Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: Weekend Warriors,

    One thing that baffles / annoys me is the way that right-of-centre commentators (including Paul Holmes) keep going on about how hot Palin is.

    Apparently the Republicans have been screaming "sexism" whenever Palin gets asked a hard question, yet they were happy enough to have button badges saying "Hottest VP, Coolest state" at their convention.

    Also, there's a fair bit of typical GOP hypocrisy going on: it's "sexist" to attack palin, but not "racist" for them to attack Obama, it would appear.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 683 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The out-of-control manchild…,

    Purely out of curiousity, is Aaron Bhatnager any relation to Roger Bhatnager, the Auckland businessman that owns (owned ?) Noel Leemings, etc ?

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  • Island Life: Serving suggestion only,

    That billboard is going to come back and haunt National should it win the election.
    NZers going to Australia, UK, US, etc to live is a fact of life and won't change even if the economy flourishes.

    People leaving, like crime, is an easy political football to kick around, but it's a lot harder to do something substantial about it.

    Thatcher famously got elected using a billboard saying "Labour isn't working" slogan and a picture of a big dole queue.

    When unemployment sky-rocketed under her, Labour responded with "The Conservatives aren't working" and an even larger dole queue picture.

    Expect Labour to respond in kind on this issue.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 683 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Go Us,

    Hamish McDouall; insighteful choice, looking forward to the candidates quiz.

    Shortly after his standing was announced, I e-mailed Hamish and asked him if he was going to get Ian McMeeking to endorse him.

    (This is a Dunedin joke...back in 1990, Hamish appeared in a few ads in weekly freebie The Star endorsing National's Dunedin North candidate Ian McMeeking. According to what Hamish told Radio One at the time, he was put up to it by his folks, as McMeeking was an old family friend).

    Anyway, he's a clever bloke and he'll play the "local boy made good" card well.

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  • Field Theory: The Undertaker is Hamlet,

    And yet I promise you I can get a lot more people to watch Ronaldinho perform than Jackson Pollock. Fancy.

    Shouldn't be any trouble seeing as Pollock's dead. ;)

    I said "exhibiting" not "performing". I agree with you, however. Fitba is popular around the world through all socio-economic classes. Art, unfortunately, tends to be relegated to the middle classes of the western world.

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  • Field Theory: The Undertaker is Hamlet,

    I would hope that someone would come along and say "no, fuck off, sport is not art".

    Well, y'know, if I must...

    Is sport art? Don't be so bloody silly. I move in both circles and the very notion is just spastic to the nth degree.

    I was at an exhibition opening at the DPAG last Friday. If you'd asked anyone there if sport was art, they'd have laughed you out of the gallery.

    The next day I went to harriers (I'm a long-distance runner). If I'd turned it around and asked them "is art sport ?" they'd have laughed me out of the clubrooms.

    Sport is a competitive event, in which people seek to achieve the fastest or most of something.

    Art - the arts in general, in fact - is about expression and creativity.

    One is a physical event, the other more a mental event.

    Regarding the cursed question of how to define art, I always say that art is defined as "something that is designed or created to be exhibited for the viewing pleasure of others".

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  • Hard News: The Spiral of Events,

    I'm stuck for a metaphor for Sean Plunket's extraordinary, impromptu interview with Winston Peters this morning.

    I found myself thinking "Now I know what the sound of a man digging his own grave is like."

    This has all been very messy for Labour, but at least Clark has reached out for the big needle and is about to lance the boil.

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  • Island Life: He lied to us all,

    I imagine her meetings with Peters have been ... interesting.

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall. This is pretty much "Tuku Morgan's undies" territory - sure, it makes NZF and the gov't look bad, but when it comes to the crunch, it's simply a matter of numbers and Labour needs NZF's support.
    I expect Clark has been gagging to boot his sorry arse outa cabinet, but she won't because a) she won't want to risk Winston throwing his toys around big time and b) it'd look even messier than what it already is, were she to do so just before an election, and, c) if there wasn't an election looming, she probably would've.

    If Peters was a Labour MP, however, she'd have given him the sack.

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  • Hard News: National Exuberance,

    <quote>Whaleoil playing victim again? Surely not.

    I think I might have said to Mikey that Slater's father was embarrassed by his weird behaviour.<?quote>

    So, does that make Whaleoil "Mr Slater's parrot" ? Don't worry, I'll get me coat...

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  • Southerly: The Joys of Unclehood,

    Regarding McDonald's, without wishing to state the obvious, they also market pretty well to adults as well.

    The shop I work at is adjacent to the Dunedin North McDonald's and there is a steady stream through the drive-through, which is always nose-to-tail from 12 - 2.

    Also, the amount of people that eat their for breakfast is just baffling. Sure, having a snack there is understandable, but breakfast ?

    I always remember when McDonald's opened in Gisborne, about 20 years' ago. A bloke I knew, Chris Taylor, now a lawyer in Wellington, got a part-time job, while at high school.
    A few months later, one Saturday evening, there was a party somewhere, so he threw a sickie...went to the party...got liquoured up...got hungry...then went to McDonald's. :) Needless to say, he was told not to turn up at work again... :)

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 683 posts Report Reply

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