Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: A bit tacky, no?,

    Russell, my condolences at the loss of a friend.

    It's quite funny how that Winston blog slags of the media, yet it's basically another case of a writer interviewing theuir keyboard.
    Still, he'll have plenty of time to write indepth, well-researched pieces after the election, when Doug Kidd's prediction that "NZ First will be dog tucker" does eventually occur.

    Re: Headless Chickens, it's the Fiona line-up, going from what I've read elsewhere. No Michael Lawry either, apparently.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Disclaimer Day,

    Ex-players should coach, although there is too much of an emphasis on that too.

    A coach needs to be able to understand and communicate a higher technical understanding to his smaller but more focussed.

    I disagree. Being a good player doesn't automatically mean they'll also be a good coach. There's a lot of good ex-players that are mediocre coaches. Graeme Mourie, David Kirk and John Kirwan, for example, were fine players, but unsuccessful coaches.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Disclaimer Day,

    Haydn, just a question out of curiousity: do you play / participate in any sport yourself?

    (I used to write a lot of music articles / reviews despite never being a musician and if you don't play sport I don't see that preventing you from writing about sport).

    I'm a long-distance runner, myself.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A few days away,

    bitching about McBeth and Quinn

    Look on the bright side - at least it's not Tony Veitch.

    Yes, McBeth and Quinn are silly old bores, but at least they're not obnoxious, braying "celebrities". Also, they both genuinely have a passion and depth of knowledge for sport, unlike Veitch.

    Also, while we're discussing sport...if you'll forgive me for blowing my own trumpet, my team, Leith #2, beat 20 other teams to win the 40km, eight-stage Peninsula Relay, one of the most prestigious events on the Otago athletics schedule, on Saturday. Not quite the Olympics I know, but, hey, indulge me. ;)

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Heard any good tunes lately?,

    Am I alone in finding Brooke Fraser downright sinister?

    I wouldn't say she's sinister, as such. However, regardless of how utterly mediocre her music is, I will always forgive her. Why, you ask ?
    Because her father is the truly great Bernie Fraser, that's why.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Heard any good tunes lately?,

    Adrian Sherwood and Tackhead at the powerstation

    I was at that gig as well; it was my 27th birthday and I also reviewed it for Real Groove.
    A Japanese band called Audio Active went on first. They were all dressed in white boiler suits and their first song was a humungous drone with the lyrics "free marijuana, free marijuana, free marijuana...". They were great.

    Sherwood and Tackhead were amazing, great stuff.

    It was also incredibly loud. I didn't realise how shot my hearing was until the next morning, when I bumped into a mate in Corner Records (RIP), who'd also been at the gig and the shop assistant came up to us and asked us to stop yelling at each other. :)

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All your Trade are belong to us,

    the eight pages of don't-worry-be-happy drivel that constitutes a cover story

    Slagging the utterly mediocre Listener is shooting fish in a barrel territory these days I know, but that article really is abject, insipid, twaddle bereft of any genuine merit.

    As I've said before, why don't they just change their name to Self-Help Weekly and get it over and done with ?

    It guts me how weak and pathetic that magazine has became.

    I mean, how many times have they ran cover stories with the the words "How To..." or "How You Can..." ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Food Show 08,

    I went to Gov's for the icecream sundaes, anyway. And the hot chocolate.

    Gov's sundaes were superb, as were their banana splits. A few months ago I had a truly outstanding piece of carrot cake there, so it's still pretty good.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Food Show 08,

    I like coffee, I like tea...

    I like tea too and it is amazing how utterly incompetent most cafe staff are at making a pot of tea. If I order a pot of tea in a cafe, I always make sure to tell them to include two tea bags, three if it's a big pot. (Though it's better if they use tea leaves, of course).

    This is because a lot of cafe staff are clueless at making a good pot of tea. They often chuck one tea bag in the pot, blindly unaware that one tea bag simply is not enough to produce a good, strong, tasteful brew.
    With only one tea bag, the tea is weak and insipid and at at least $3 a pot, shouldn't be so. Coffee drinkers wouldn't accept an espresso with only half a shoot of coffee in it, so tea drinkers shouldn't accept weak tea.
    Yes, I'm a tea nazi, sue me. ;)

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Food Show 08,

    The Percolator was the first "proper" cafe in town, beforehand, it was only tea shops.

    Not so! What about Governors.

    Governors did coffee, but only those old-fashioned, heated, big glass pots of swill. It didn't have an espresso machine, The Perc was the first to have one.
    Also, Gov's merely did cups of warmed-up brown liquid. The Perc did an extensive range of coffees. Don't get me wrong, I liked Gov's, but as I said The Perc was the first to have an espresso machine and all that that entails.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

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