Posts by Ana Simkiss

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

    God totally I HATE novelty songs.
    Novelty covers particularly get my goat. The latest awfulness that seems to be everywhere is a reggae cover of all of Nirvana's Nevermind. The awful unecessariness of this makes me run screaming out of shops and restaurants.

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 126 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty deeds done by Digger?,

    From the link on the end of the lawsuit, without comment:

    "This brings an end to this long drawn-out process in which we vehemently denied all allegations of piracy which were made against us over a decade ago," said Abe Peled, NDS Group executive chairman. "Piracy is an issue throughout the industry and injurious to all in the value chain. It is only with the active anti-piracy efforts of companies such as ourselves that the pay-TV industry is able to evolve and continue to enable people to enjoy premium TV viewing."

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  • Hard News: Back to mediocrity,

    The food at Eden Park is TERRIBLE except for the Weiner kiosk in the north stand - not sure it is there all the time?

    Also - the Warriors at Eden park the other week was choice and all seemed to run very smoothly entrance-wise.

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  • Hard News: Time to move on, in reply to Islander,

    Some criminal law expert will no doubt be along shortly to correct me but my understanding is that Islander is right. Each party has a certain number of challenges for no cause (i.e. you need offer no reason). As a general rule jurors get asked no questions by Judge or lawyers although they are told (usually after empanelling) that they should not participate if they know someone involved etc. So you would hardly ever have a basis to challenge for cause.

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  • Hard News: The Vision Thing,

    So how about this for the vision thing: Key announces huge new super-ministry?

    Perople used to be incredulous at the size and variety of tasks of the MED. Imagine this beast!

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  • Muse: The Good Word, Bad Numbers and The…, in reply to Islander,

    Another lovely one in the Canvas mag today was the substitution of "extrudes" for (I presume) "exudes". That word, I do not think it means what you think it means...

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  • Hard News: MySplore,

    the fire engine shuttle was a bit of a racket! $1+ per passenger, about 25 people per trip, four trips an hour at least...that's a bit more than "covering costs" as they claimed.
    I don't really mind - it's fine to make money but let's be honest about it!

    I should add to my moan before - getting out was a breeze and well organised. We even got a ride on one of the golf carts (splore people are nice).

    Also, the only reason we left before lunch on Sunday was because we didn't want to swim after the lifeguard told us there were "floaters" because some boats had emptied their sewage tanks. I'd be interested to know if there are any consequences for the boarties and/or the festival as a result of that very, very bad behaviour.

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  • Hard News: MySplore,

    waits of up to four hours for pre-entry booze searches ...

    I was in that queue. We arrived at 3:45 just as they stopped letting anyone through. Searches were not the reason, I was told that they had simply run out of campsites and carparks and had to sort something out. We waited an hour and a half, got directed back down the road to park the car, then waited another hour and a half for a shuttle to get us up to the camping area. So I was pretty pissed off and I missed the Yoots.

    This is a bit of a cock up given they knew how many people were going to turn up! If I had to guess why they ran out of space, I'd suggest the number of cars parked in the camping areas might have something to do with it.

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  • Hard News: Media Mathematics, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    The question is whether a politically appointed funding agency should be involved in documentaries.

    I confused. Isn't one answer to the present concerns about the disappearance of public broadcasting that NZ on Air funding is available to make public interest programmes? and aren't documentaries kinda at the core of that description?

    and I may be a misinformed member of the general public, but the notion of NZ on Air as a politically coloured entity of any kind is a pretty new one, brought about by recent actions by its members.

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  • Hard News: Media Mathematics,

    Briefly (and somehow appropriately) interrupting my design of a drainage system to say what a *great* piece this is, Russell. Bloody outstanding work, dude.

    Seconded here, and so was the tv show. Just imagine, you've got an issue about statistics, and one of your guests is ...a statistician.

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