Posts by Grant McDougall

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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.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 676 posts Report Reply

  • 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...

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 676 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 676 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Listen to the Music,

    I did an interview with Blair Parkes from the band for tomorrow's Public Address Radio

    Ok, excuse my ignorance, but what station and frequency is this being broadcast on and at what time, please ? Also, is / will there be a podcast of it ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 676 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Listen to the Music,

    Yep, gotta say the new L.E.D.s album is a cracker.

    As for Ladyhawke, I reckon she's gonna be a flash in the pan. Her songs are insubstantial and pretty laboured, compared to, say, the far more original and talented Bachelorette.

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  • Hard News: Rain on his parade,

    And we'd be even less aware of it (and women and children and families and men damaged and offended etc etc) if the TV news didn't shove it in our faces at peak time. That's 'news'?

    I "hear" what you're saying about it being of dubious news value, but I suspect that it's being justified by the facts that a) it's vaguely controversial b) involves local body politics in NZ's biggest city and therefore the biggest chunk of the audience and c) vague talk of "civil rights".

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 676 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Rain on his parade,

    I am very rarely inclined to agree with "Banksy" but the injunction seeking and general opposition is merely giving it the oxygen of publicity.

    I suspect very few people were unaware of the impending parade until the news of the injunction broke. (Though Aucklanders may well have been bombarded with promo billboards, posters, etc, I don't know).

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 676 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: I've been hybridising for a…,

    Are there any links to Simon Pound's story on The Chronicle ? I had a look at the Herald and Stuff, but couldn't see anything.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 676 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: I've been hybridising for a…,

    the impending demise of the Levin Chronicle, the award-winning local daily that APN is to turn into just another bi-weekly freesheet.

    What ??!! The Chronicle was the first paper I ever worked on, after leaving Welly journo school in late '95.

    I actually asked in my interview with then-editor David Saunders (one of at least four people in the country by that name, incidentally) what the future of the paper was and he told me "I can see it lasting for at least another 20 years".

    It's pretty easy to take the psis out of the smaller provincial dailies, but they pretty much run on the smell of an oily rag.

    They also provide a place for good journalists to kick-off their careers; RNZ Nat's Danya Levy and Elizabeth Banas were there when I was there, for example. Plenty of others went on to bigger and better medja jobs from The Chronicle as well.

    Levin was a crap-heap to live in, but The Chronicle was a good place to work at, I learnt a lot in my two years there. About a year into it, the paper was given a big redesign and it looked heaps better.

    I understand that in recent years it's exapnded from covering Horowhenua into Kapiti as well (correct me if I'm wrong). Maybe this proved to be uneconomic and gave the excuse to end its life as a daily?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 676 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 676 posts Report Reply

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