Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An unforced craft,

    You could also read Hadyn Donnell’s excellent Pantograph Punch story on what makes Tonnon tick. Among other things, it offers a background to the Ecan theme of ‘Water Underground’.

    It's a great read. The lyrics … Water Underground should be in the curriculum for NCEA English! A standout track at his Lyttelton show. Any review of the King's Arm show last night?

    Water management of course, is a key aspect of the ECan review. Here’s the discussion document. Submissions close May 1.

    Well known artist and writer Sam Mahon also has a strong interest in water underground. In the vein of David Kilgour and Sam Hunt, I can sense an Anthonie Tonnon and Sam Mahon collaboration in the offing!

    BTW, the clip for ‘Every Time It Rains Like’ appears to have been pulled from YouTube :-(

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: An unforced craft, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I saw Anthonie and band at Wunderbar at start of their tour, coupla weeks back. Feckin lovely - and nice young man to chat to too! Sadly, Ed Castelow was not on bass, result of a longboard elbow injury. Band nevertheless impressive.

    Lots happening in town tonight... I thunk I might be a bit tispy, just emerged from a wild Chch RSA opening tonight! Following on from the Campbell Live intro Wed, pretty moving too. The (Irish flavour) band included a wonderful trumpet soloist.

    Anthonie btw has come along leaps and bounds since Tono and Finance Company days pre-quake Dux show when I last saw him play. Still signs his CDs 'Tono' :-)

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to George Darroch,

    From the Guardian, Virat Kohli and co caught short as India fail to banish ghost of World Cups past. First time an Asian side hasn't made the finals since 1987. India were beaten at home in the semis that year against Gooch & co.

    As this writer says "History does repeat itself, in the most painful ways."

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Steve Parks,

    It did strike me as strange in that if the ball had clipped the wire it would only have been a more difficult catch to take. But I can see a rationale for for ruling it a “dead ball”, as Steve H indicated would likely be the case

    From what I understand, should the ball strike any object in the field of play (e.g. a spare fielding helmet behind the keeper - and I have seen this happen), then five runs is signalled (though not sure if players then swap ends for the odd number).

    What happens if e.g., it strikes something above - a bird or a wire - or a drone (that will happen sooner or later) I'm less sure - dead ball I think.

    I noticed Steyn had a 'sand castle' by his run-up start. If a straight drive had clipped that, I wonder if a five would have awarded?

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to BenWilson,

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    That's very cool. Quite a bit of interest in the US. And (finally) a little blip from Scott Base!

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to George Darroch,

    The sledging was particularly unpleasant for Chris Cairns following his sister's tragic death in the Rolleston train crash. Can't remember who the ejit Oz fielder was who made the obnoxious 'choo-choo' sounds when Cairns stood up to face the bowler... actually I can't recall Cairns' reaction at the time now but I can only imagine.

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’ve seen Vettori up close, and he’s a tall, athletic man. His bowling action is, of course, graceful and balanced. But he bats and runs like a goony bird. It’s brilliant.

    And his fielding is superb, that one handed catch at the Basin on Saturday against Windies an absolute blinder. And more than worth his weight as a lower order test batsman, what 5 centuries? Never minding his agricultural approach at times!

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Tristan,

    I loved the fact that there were two 36 year olds at the crease in that final over. Those two cheeky byes too, eh?

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  • Hard News: The greening of the Red Zone,

    Not sure where the best place for this but along with recent Chch-focused posts (80s music, and this, greening the red zone), we now have a potential new one, the form of the regional council (ECan) after the 2016 elections.

    Out today, Environment Canterbury Review: A discussion document Govt agencies are seeking feedback on a proposed mixed-model governance structure.

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