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.
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.
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.
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. ;)
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.
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. :)
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..." ?
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.
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. ;)
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.