Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Island Life: Ice-cold rabble rousing,

    Congratulations, then, to Marie Dybergh for having the fortitude to stick up for the separation of powers as she did today on Morning Report.

    Agreed - she was completely correct. But, it's somewhat ironic that this is the same lawyer reminding us of the right to silence when only a few years ago she threatened a NZ Herald court reporter that she'd better not write up certain aspects of a case, or else, despite there being no supression of the aspects.

    Of course, the threat ended up being a story unto itself and Dybergh had to swiftly back-pedal over it.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Ice-cold rabble rousing,

    ...the private members bill to limit the right to silence...

    I think the proposed bill is merely that MP (Geoff Braybrooke? I know it's one of the Hawkes Bay ones) thinking out aloud. Such a bill hasn't got a snowball in hell's chance of becoming law.
    I suspect he's just trying to make it look as if he's being active on law and order, always a popular political football, during election year. At most, it's kite-flying and I expect it'll get little more attention.
    The right to silence has been a long-established right for centuries. Just because it was used in a high-profile case is no reason to get rid of it.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Yes we canny,

    ...but hasn't Three News and Campbell Live been finding recently that dumbing down is doing it no good in the ratings?

    I've been baffled by Campbell Live's recent dip into dumbed down articles as well. Campbell himself looks uncomfortable presenting them; he puts on a facial expression that suggests he knows it's a crap story, but that it's been foisted on him and he knows it's crap, but has to just trudge on stoically.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Yes we canny,

    Yeah well..*.shamelessly lifted from The Standard* Peters' post budget address...:

    Did you know that John Key himself in his Wellington parliamentary office employs has 36 people?… they cost the taxpayer, every year… over seven million dollars… Teams of PR people and spin doctors and policy advisers and what for? There is no policy! …

    Hmm, so John Key's happy to promise to slash the number of beaurocrats, yet also be surrounded by dozens of flunkies? I doubt he'll put his money where his mouth is and cut the number of people on his office staff.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: You, Me and the DHB: Your Tax…,

    I'm a "sinister" leftie as well. I also write left-handed, too (b-dum-tish!, thangew, thangew...).

    Back in 1981, my Form 2 teacher tried to get me to have a go at writing right-handed, in an attempt to improve my already messy, somewhat illegible, hand-writing. It lasted about a week, then I just went back to being a leftie.

    I generally don't find any inconveniences to being left-handed. I suspect I may in fact, technically-speaking, be ambidextrous. I write left-handed, but hold a spoon in my right hand, for example. Sports buffs may also wish to know that Richard Hadlee bowled right-handed, but batted with his left.

    I also recall seeing a shop specialising in left-handed goods (including, presumably, can-openers ;) ) in Bath, England, 10 years ago. I expect it was more successful than Ned Flanders' left-handed shop as per an episode of The Simpsons a while back.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Acid Man,

    Simon Sweetman looks like he's too young to remember the "bad old days" of New Zealand music, when there was no airplay, even for insanely popular bands (Screaming Mee Mees, Blam Blam Blam, Toy Love, etc) - and when Crowded House had to get airplay overseas before they got played here. Mainstream radio may play the Exponents and the Dudes nowadays, but they sure didn't when those songs were originally released.

    Good call. I remember when the utterly mainstream DD Smash (Dave Dobbyn's '80s band) had a #1 album in about '82 or so. Commercial radio wouldn't touch them with a barge pole, despite their popularity and very mainstream sound.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Acid Man,

    Simon Sweetman is the worst music writer in the country. He is to music writing what The Feelers are to music: dull, insipid, unchallenging and mediocre. This is a man that gave a recent Tears For Fears re-issue a rave review, for f--ks sake.

    That Dom Post article is interesting, in that it's all about subtext, not subject. It's having a pop at Judith Tizard through her failing some small quiz. I expect assorted music biz types also bombed out in it, but there's no mention of that. I suspect that National's arts and culture spokesman / woman (whoever it is) would've done just as bad. I've no qualms with the Dom Post taking a pop at Tizard, but I just wish they'd be more honest about the context they do it in.

    Conversely, if it was "NZ Film Month" I bet the Dom Post would've been all gushy about it, peeing their pants over all the Wellington film types (that's a pop at the paper, not Wellingtonians, btw).

    However, I saw the clip of Tizard singing at the launch on the news last night and it was just as embarassing as that wretched version of 'The Gambler' that Labour ministers did at the recent conference. It makes them look stupid and they really need to step away from the mic.

    As for Chris Knox's comment's, well, I admire the guy's honesty: it is a great opportunity to promote his umpteenth album. Also, NZ Music Month in general seems to be about promoting the more commercially-friendly end of the scene. If it gets a few people the recognition they crave, good on 'em.

    But NZMM's, by and large, of no consequence to the less commercial bands, yet they still manage to get themselves known through other means. I was talking to Die! Die! Die!'s manager the other day and their about to tour America with the Van Bondies, which will do their "career" a lot more good than having a couple of songs played on commercial radio.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Things To Do,

    I like GST and think we should keep it. It's an excellent indirect tax. Yes, it does suck that food prices are going up. But a lot of the revenue gained via GST is going back into the gov'ts education / health / education / welfare spending which is there to support those on lower incomes.
    What goes around comes around.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Five Simple Ingredients for a…,

    Regarding Emerson's in Dunedin, apart from the places already mentioned, Al Bar in lower Stuart St also has it.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Five Simple Ingredients for a…,

    those hideous fake-Irish and fake-English pub interiors.

    Ain't that the truth. The long-established, much-loved Dunedin pub, The Albert Arms (on the corner of George and London Sts) had been a very, very good, unpretentious pub for decades.

    Then about a year ago, it was bought out and transformed into what I call a "kit-set Irish pub" called - cue gagging - The Bog, completely with all manner of the usual generic rubbish used to signify "Ireland".

    I went there on its opening night about six months ago and took great advantage of their ever-so-generous offer of unlimited free Guinness. Other than that, I have not darkened its doorway again and do not intend to.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 626 posts Report Reply

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