Posts by Grant McDougall

  • Legal Beagle: The Teapot Moan Scandal…,

    The PM has described the monetary settlement as "a small amount".

    Obviously the exact figure is confidential, but I'd love to know what a ballpark figure for this amount is.

    Does the PM mean "a small amount for a multi-millionaire like me, so $50, 000" or does he mean "a small amount like $1000" ?

    Any punts on a figure, please ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Data Love or: How I learnt to…,

    Ok, cheers, good to have that clarified. Whew !

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Data Love or: How I learnt to…,

    Fascinating read, cheers. However, does Hillary have an Achille's heel ?
    I was talking about her chances the other day with a friend and he pointed out that she may still be arrested over the Libyan embassy fiasco. Therefore, this would prevent her from running.

    My friend may be wrong and have the wrong of the stick, but it'd be horrible if that was to happen, or even the threat of it.

    As for Trump, I would so love to be a fly on the wall when he either loses the nomination or the election just to watch the humungous tanty he'd throw.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The flagging referendum,

    I'm voting to keep the current flag, mainly for two reasons.

    The first is that the proposed new flag just looks ugly and is a design nightmare. It looks like the sort of thing that a fifth form design student would rattle off when he / she had forgotten to do their homework last night.

    The second is - I'll be completely honest here - I want a free kick at the PM.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: You are among friends,

    I'm pleased a handful - as such - of Prince's NZ fans got to see him, but why in such a smallish (given his status / popularity) venue ?

    He could've packed out Vector Arena, surely ? I can only assume his management were badly advised as to potential audience size / popularity ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Better Man,

    Good read, thanks Grant.
    A mate of mine used to play club cricket against Brendon and Nathan's father and he said that at every game his two young sons would be there practicing their batting and bowling. Even that early you could see their talent and determination, he reckons.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Ah, yes. Maybe not. Despite the bollocking we received, I believe the crater is both tapu and environmentally sensitive.

    Fair call. (In mitigation, I did this only once 15 or so years' ago whilst visiting Auckland).

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…,

    If you ever go up to the top of Mt Eden, I highly recommend you do the following: walk down into the middle of the crater and lie down.

    You will be rewarded by the quite amazing sight of the sky completely encircled by the vivid green banks of the crater. It *really* is awesome.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway,

    I elaborate a bit more indepth here

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway,

    Going to gigs when you're over 40 really is a sobering experience. My mates and I are pretty happy just to stand at the back watching.

    It is fun discovering / watching new bands / music, but also - and this is something I'm convinced of - music is demographic (for want of a better word).
    By that I mean that you end up, rightly or wrongly, judging and comparing new bands to those you were fond of in your youth.

    You also end up widening your tastes, too. If you'd told me 20 years ago I'd end up dearly loving dub, soul, jazz, country, etc, and struggling with a lot of contemporary pop / rock, I'd have laughed you out the door. (Still can't abide metal, though...).

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

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