Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What an 'annoying' article! Not an immediate personal choice but Toby's got a strong point (citing Rowan Simpson) with Red Peak:

    it looks like a flag, not a logo, and illustrates the point by placing it, and the officially shortlisted options, alongside some other great flags. It is simple enough to be drawn by a child - one of the criteria emphasised by the panel - yet there is genuine substance; the historic, cultural, mythological and even topographic references are there if you want them.

    I am reminded of the flag of Antigua and Barbuda
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Antigua_and_Barbuda#/media/File:Flag_of_Antigua_and_Barbuda.svg

    Adopted in 1967, it's full of symbolism (e.g. the Caribbean, African origins of people) which match the colouring - the sun, sea, and sand and the (triangle) V-shape for victory. it was the winning design of around 600 entries.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Songs of Ennui,

    Kody Neilson’s Silicon, whose debut album is out today

    Kody Nielson's new project Silicon does compute! I note Kody is support for the upcoming Tame Impala shows.

    Here's God Emoji

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…,

    Brian Rudman has a piece on this case in the Herald today: NZ should take a leaf out of liberal cannabis law.

    He points out the absurd inconsistency of McDonald's decision in comparison to a recent case in June in Ashburton where an Israeli couple, caught red-handed with 6kg (= 9 times as much as Kelly van Gaalen had) of dried cannabis, were discharged without conviction! (Though, in return for a $2000 donation to the Salvation Army.)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Not just…,

    That’s a really interesting observation. It’s not just having a merch desk that’s important at gigs, it’s making the time to personally sell your stuff, before and after you play: to always be hustling.

    Absolutely. Maybe I'm old school in that regard, really can't embrace Spotify and streaming. The personal touch really counts. It's really cool to connect with the artist directly plus you help them out in sales in no small way. Delaney Davidson, Jol Mulholland, Ed Castelow all 'hustle well',... and Anthonie's such a charmer that my maiden aunt, had she been at the Wunderbar gig, would have bought a box load!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A dramatic and unremarkable decision,

    Some positive news through this morning - Alex has opened his eyes and is responding to voices! The Elixinol is supposed to be arriving today too.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/69333788/Teenager-in-coma-opens-eyes-responds-to-voices

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: They even taxed…,

    Those nostalgic for 70's British punk won't have to wait long. Recently there was mention of The Slits and their upcoming doco film Here To Be Heard - which is still crowd-sourcing for the funds to 'make it to the finish line', later this year.

    Over the line already though is the Damned doco, premiering in a coupla days in London: The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead. Powerful looking stuff from the trailer, can't wait - but Captain Sensible doesn't want a bar of it!

    Shouldn't be too long before it shows here, probably at the NZIFF - which in Christchurch this year, is back in the CBD at last at the beautifully restored Theatre Royal. Further on the NZIFF, Chch finally gets (now with two capacious venues) a long overdue expanded programme. And with new projector equipment installed, Chch will again be able to host any gala premieres coming this way

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Campbell Live: A Disturbance…, in reply to Tim Michie,

    Oh gosh, quite forgot, it's Friday and my brain is elsewhere!

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  • Hard News: Campbell Live: A Disturbance…,

    Don't be too despndent, there's always The Civilian: MediaWorks confirms reruns of Road Cops is its new current affairs show. Love this... 'Road Cops is a "natural evolution" of Campbell Live... [Mark] Jennings said that the stars of Road Cops had spent “much more time” in local and poor communities than even John Campbell, and that the social advocacy focus of the show would “definitely still be there,” with police promoting such values and messages as “don’t nick stuff,” and “don’t talk back, alright?”'

    A random thought, with White Man Behind A Desk, always thought there's space for a Jon Stewart Daily Show take on things. He and Ben Uffindell / The Civilian are more or less in the same space, could harness their energies?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Out there in…,

    Lyttelton's Aldous Harding is making waves on her UK/Europe tour. In between dates in Manchester, she did three songs live in session on ' Happy Fall Guitarist' Marc Riley's BBC Radio 6 show last week. They have a great rapport! She's on for first song c. 20 min then back for two more c. 45 min including the just written The World Is Looking For You. Marc clearly a wider fan of kiwi music with UMO also on his playlist.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Out there in…, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    A great intimate set at the Gallery/Darkroom too. Included one or two Serge Gainsbourg numbers including Bonnie and Clyde with a guest 'Bonnie' whose name escapes me. Will Wood was a worthy opening act.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 209 posts Report Reply

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