Posts by Christopher Dempsey

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  • Hard News: That Buzzing Sound,

    Islander -

    I hear ya, and it's our lot in life to be fated to lead the 'straight', the 'narrow' and the 'moral' out of the darkness (where, goodness, many have (legal) err, interests shall we say) into the good life and light.

    And that's a whole other lifetime.

    Sigh.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That Buzzing Sound,

    although, on the other hand, an arguement could be made for that his sexuality does actually deny me that choice. Heterosexuality, patricarchy, white men's homophobia, drag queens and all that. But that's another day, and another thread....

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That Buzzing Sound,

    He's straight and I'm a fag. Simple. He has a choice because of his sexuality, and I should have clarified - I don't have that choice because of my sexuality.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That Buzzing Sound,

    No, but at least I think you got the little irony that you and Fiona had and still have a genuine choice about whether to marry or not, that David and I sure don't have ... something I don't think some others quite got their heads around. Sorry for the semi-threadjack.

    Lemme add to that. My brother, widowed, has a choice to either get married or civil unionised. I don't have that choice at all. Discriminatory? Absolutely. My brother's sexuality gives him that choice and denies me the same choice.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That Buzzing Sound,

    I could be really bitchy and note that a good number of the legislators who've decided (one may or the other) that I'm not fit to enter into a civil marriage with my same sex partner of 14 years, aren't exactly poster children for matrimony.

    You know Craig, I never thought about this issue like this until you pointed it out. I absolutely agree. The hypocrisy is fucken unbelievable.

    Another thing to add to the pile when I hear people telling me I can't marry my male partner...

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Some Week,

    I'm voting Evo Morales for Transport Minister...

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Some Week,

    Or try to define our national identity with kiwiana images and sporting heroes.

    Sorry, I forgot to mention that Telecom should also have featured motorways running through green parkland and suburban housing as part of the national identity.

    Hmm... what's some alternative images to reflect our identity?

    (merely trying to drum up some Friday afternoon fun cause FFS we need it after this week...)

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Some Week,

    Telecom's XT Network launch was, in the end, just the usual room full of people drinking free booze, but the road there was fun. CEO Paul Reynolds has presentational skills his predecessors lacked (it's simply not possible to imagine Rod Deane getting up and enthusing the way Reynolds did), and the showpiece light installation created by Michael Mizrahi and his team is an extraordinary feat. Both inside and outside the Auckland Town Hall, the projections were perfectly mapped onto the building's physical features. How did they do that?

    If you're in town for the next two evenings, do go down and have a look at the Town Hall's transformation.

    I saw the projection last night - very impressive.

    I did think however, if Telecom were genuinely a more Kiwi switched on hip with the current cultural gesalt company then I thought what better than to have te reo words projected onto the building as well as the English ones?

    They had gone the hog - liquorce allsorts anyone? Paua shells, bush, etc, so they might was well have gone the whole hog.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Economics of the Waterview Tunnel,

    Wearing my community board beanie...

    As I've pointed out in a press release, Enron style accounting is expected of failed finance companies and shady firms, but not governments. It is disappointing to see the government hold itself to this standard in this issue.

    Whipping said beanie off...

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Economics of the Waterview Tunnel,

    I missed that one, but heard the sequel with the chair of the community board and a resident (8.15 ish). Sean's line was (paraphrase) "it must make sense, why else would the government be doing it?"

    Sticking my Chair of Community Board felt lind and merino wool beanie on -

    Just to clarify, I was not interviewed by Sean Plunket this morning. It would have been the Deputy Chair, Phil Chase.

    Reluctanly removing said beanie....

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

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