Posts by Ana Simkiss

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  • Hard News: John Banks: The volunteer did…,

    I'm a bit less impressed than Graeme with the investigation. Basically that is because (1) I am uncomfortable with factual conclusions being confidently expressed and unqualified where the evidential basis is unclear and (2) the Police appear to have set themselves a very high threshold to lay charges.

    One might humbly suggest these are matters for a Court.

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: OK with JK,

    Eden Park this year has worn boat shoes...

    an excellent metaphor. Not true I must say for the one match I attended this year there, but then it was the Warriors not the hapless Blues.

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  • Hard News: The Music for Occasions,

    At my dad's funeral there was a LOT of music, including a live jazz band & a full on harmonised rendition of "sunrise sunset" from fiddler on the roof (he was a king of am dram in our little town). Most fitting - and still unlistenable! was Jerusalem. It suited a heathen transplanted Englishman.
    I'm going to a funeral on Friday for someone my exact age. If there is no guns n roses we will all be haunted.
    Mine will include the theme from "the Snowman" just to get everyone in the (tragic) mood!

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  • Hard News: Doug the Goth,

    Ha, reminds me of the Darren Hanlon song about his punk flatmate, with the deathless lyric "Punk's not dead, she's just gone to bed..."

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  • Hard News: Some niceness is what I got ..., in reply to Peter Darlington,

    Did anyone else not know that Leonard Cohen's daughter has had a baby with Rufus Wainwright? I just tripped over that fact when I read that linked Guardian article. Now that could be one talent to watch.

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  • Hard News: The Very Worst, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    A society of laws is supposed to act as a curb on the worse, most atavistic instincts of people like me. At least, please God, let it ever be so.

    Hear hear. The same argument needs to be made and strongly in relation to the criminal legal aid system. No you DON"T get to decide who deserves a competent and vigorous legal defence, or to complain that it costs too much to defend certain people.

    That system of checks and balances (and appeals, and people working their arses off for little reward and no prestige) is there to protect YOU.

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  • Cracker: End of Days, in reply to Damian Christie,

    No slight intended but why oh why is all this good tvnz content only available on sky? I presume usual terms means that sky has exclusivity too?

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  • Hard News: The Golden Mile,

    I think quality rather than size is the only justifiable complaint that Brewer may have. Nothing at all wrong with small shops as amply demonstrated by O'Connell St, Vulcan Lane and (now sadly emptying) High St. This incidentally seems to be what Newmarket is trying to emulate in their little backstreet precincts, quite well in fact. The issue is crappy shops right?

    Plus, I'm not even sure I even mind crappy shops on Queen St. It's got plenty more life and variety than when I last lived here (2000). The nooks and crannies and back streets of a city are generally the bits where cool things happen anyway, why should we expect that of the main drag? (and, a little bit of crappy can be actually quite cool: see K Road, Fort Lane).

    And I didn't know about the redevelopment of the Mid City complex - could be great, could be shit, but better than a big empty building surely.

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  • Hard News: One man’s Meat Puppets is…, in reply to Hebe,

    Try a year of working nights with Van on constant repeat. I think I have PTSV.

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  • Hard News: One man’s Meat Puppets is…, in reply to Danielle,

    - contain handclaps

    o Yes.

    And a shouty chorus. And the letters of the alphabet.

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