Posts by James Butler

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  • Up Front: Outraged of Sockburn,

    Would you make an exception for HBO dramas such as Six Foot Under or True Blood?

    The most disturbing sex scene in Six Feet Under has no sex or nudity in it at all, just... nuzzling.

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  • Hard News: Iggy told me,

    This is like being asked to join Grampy outside on the front porch with a jug and washboard.

    ...only to find out he's having a Tupperware party.

    But hey, put me down for backing vocals.

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  • Hard News: In the Game,

    (FFS, David: if you really want to raise the tone of your comments, don't fanny about giving "20 demerit points". Just ban these people.)

    That would be prescriptive nanny-blogism.

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  • Speaker: How to Look Good as a Nazi,

    I would have got three other guys and gone as Kraftwerk.

    Two mannequins with laptops would be enough.

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  • Up Front: Get Your Hand Off It,

    A nice analysis of some of the (socio-political) issues with To Kill A Mockingbird

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  • Hard News: Invasion of the pagan matrons,

    AFAIK, there's been no use of the word "quadrant" in any official Wellington tourism marketing, so it might just be Russell's coinage.

    It was, entirely. It just seemed the appropriate word for the small area we traversed.

    Well, I guess that's allowable.

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  • Hard News: Invasion of the pagan matrons,

    @Tom:
    My main beef with 'Quarter' is not that it's unoriginal or pretentious, but that (in Wellington's case) rather than being preexisting common usage of the inhabitants, it was entirely a product of marketing types wanting something to write on silly signs (literary types - help me out here, surely there's a word for that? And a German word for the particular kind of foolishness involved in trying to pretend otherwise?). I would more impressed if they had named the quarters by their usage - Hipster Quarter, Yuppie Quarter, Bureaucrat Quarter etc.

    Left Bank is one of the least pretentious places in Wellington, and is probably more Cuba St than Cuba St itself these days.

    I don't dispute that, and at Satay Kingdom your delicious, cheap meal is usually ready before you've sat down.

    "The bits around Cuba Street"?

    This one.

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  • Hard News: Invasion of the pagan matrons,

    the heart of the Cuba quadrant

    Oh puh-lease... when I last lived in WN the council were trying to pretend it was Paris (Left Bank anyone?) with their "Lambton Quarter" "Cuba Quarter" signs etc... and now they want us to believe it's Westminster?

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  • Hard News: Bowie for the BDO?,

    No-one's mentioned Fidel's yet?

    Last time I was back in WN Fidels was a disappointment. Maybe it's just my rose-tinted nostalgia, but when I used to go there in my school lunchtime the coffee was consistently amongst the best around... now, not so much. I think Havana beans are still pretty good, so it must be the baristas. Kids now days, jeez.

    Mind you, kudos to them and Midnight Espresso for resisting the urge to redecorate.

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  • Hard News: Bowie for the BDO?,

    I'm not going to post a link, but the best song about technology ever is clearly every track on Computer World.

    Also +1 Floriditas - nice crockery too.

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