Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: This whole, glorious trainwreck,

    Cameron 'Whaleoil' Slater, self-regarding attack dog of the wingnutosphere, has become the confidant of Sunday Star Tmes gossip columnist Bridget Saunders;

    Aah, now that'll explain the somewhat baffling and inane comment about a cabinet minister in her column this morning. Slater really is deluded.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This whole, glorious trainwreck,

    As long as it is not about the Sensible Sentencing Trust. Who's for setting a Senseless Sentencing Trust?

    Just recently an anti-SST group was actually set up, also based in Napier. It's called "True Sensible Sentencing Trust" or some such.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: What it don't get, I can't use.,

    Today's PA quiz (prize: a ride in David Slack's jet):

    Which politician chose "I am a Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel?

    My money's on Prebble. Palmer was more of a light-jazz man.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Abusage,

    Weird, I never took it to mean what you've all described it as. I always figured it meant "the all-players average" not their individual ones. By which I mean if Dan Cater only scores 3 points instead of his average of 20 (a figure I really must look up one day) then he's down to being an "average" player rather than the world's best first-five.

    You're missing my point, Hayden. Maybe talking about numbers was a bad example. But I meant that sports commentators do mis-use the word "average" when they clearly mean poor, bad, mediocre, appalling, hopeless, dreadful, etc, etc.

    To use two non-number-related examples: 1) if a halfback throws a hospital pass to a first-five, it gets described as "average", when, in fact, such passes are poor, bad, etc, etc. If it was an "average" pass, it would be a regulation, good, easy to catch pass.

    2) if a fullback makes a clearing kick and the ball slices off the side of his boot and bearly makes any ground, it gets described as an "average" kick, when, again, it is poor, bad, dreadful, etc. If it was an "average" kick it would be kicked well and make a bit of ground.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Abusage,

    I loath it when "average" is used wrongly to signify poor, mediocre, appalling, bad, etc. Sports commentators are especially bad with this.
    If Daniel Carter averages, say, 20 points per game and in his next game he only scores, say, three, that is not an "average" performance, it is poor, mediocre, sub-standard, etc.

    I also hate it when sports commentators say that a player / team "lacks intestinal fortitude", when they mean "internal fortitude".
    Since when do intestines have to be brave ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • The Clean, live 1989,

    Rockin' at Sammy's.

    I was at that gig: May, 4, '89 (I know, cos for years I had a promo poster for the gig bearing the legend "Wed, May 4, Sammy's").

    It was the first time I ever saw The Clean. My mates and I were flabbergasted, we never, ever thought we would ever see them.

    Sammy's was jammed to the gunnels, absolutely chocker. The atmosphere was, to this day, the most electric I've ever experienced at a gig, big or small, big star or cult act.

    Lee Harvey kicked off, then Chris Knox, then JPSE, then The Clean. They were as great as everyone that saw 'em in the early '80s said they would be.

    An anecdote: a mate of mine, the late Andrew Heal, was outside with the delightful Catherine Scully, nervously about to do the whole "Um, um, er, er, um...I really like you and want to go out with you" talk with her, when he heard a huge cheer, then that riff as The Clean opened up with 'Tally Ho'.
    He suddenly realised to he had to hurry up and ask her, otherwise he was missing The Clean. He blurted it out, she said "yes" and they rushed back inside.
    They were together for 11 years, until he drowned in early 2000.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio Times,

    It peaves me no end, it really does.

    God I know what you mean, I feel the same way about bad spelling :)

    Doh! rumbled.

    Anyway, Ralston...it's ironic that he slags off RNZ for being dull and irrelevant, yet happily accepts a pay cheque from that bastion of mediocrity, the Listener.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio Times,

    Kim Hill is the biggest brain on radio but if she says 'fillum' one more time, the radio will be out the window.

    Christ on a bike, that annoys the crap outta me too. It peaves me no end, it really does.

    Whenever I hear her say "fillum", I always ask myself if she also has "milluck" in her tea or coffee.

    I once heard her explain her pronounciation of "film" as "fillum" as being due to the fact that he Irish dad used to pronounce it like that, so she learnt to say it that way as well.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So far from trivial,

    Whispers here are that the Dompost haven’t finished yet. Not by a long shot.

    Yes. I heard there's more tomorrow.

    I was saying yesterday to a mate that the Dom will treat this story like they did with Tuku Morgan's undies - they'll drip-feed the story bit by bit for all it's worth.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So far from trivial,

    The Tui billboard is up already in Auckland, according to Stuff.

    "Here's a hundred grand - keep it quiet. Yeah right".

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 654 posts Report Reply

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