Posts by Grant McDougall

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The Fall in a Hole record is a legend (two records: 1 @ 45rpm and 1 @ 33 1/3rpm)

    I highly recommend reading long-serving Fall bassist Steve Hanley's recent memoir The Big Midweek. Crikey, talk about suffering for your art. Loaded with lots of great details, anecdotes and crossing paths with the great and the good.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    It'll be really fascinating to see what Campbell and his team actually end up doing once this has all been settled one way or the other.

    Ideally he / they'll still have some broadcasting / print outlet, rather than drifting into obscurity or PR. Let's wait and see...

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    It seems to be that way in Radio as well,

    I'm not so sure. In the past year the PM has been regularly interviewed on Morning Report (though that is probably prompted by DPF / Curia polls). Also, I'm sure you're aware of the number of Nat toadies turning up on The Panel, etc.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Serious question: who here regularly watches Campbell Live? And by that, I mean the full episode, live to air. Not occasionally watching a video someone has shared on Facebook.

    I do. I watch it most nights. I generally really like it and - stating the obvious, I know- god knows it's a hell of a lot better than what else is on offer.

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

    Pretty much any of the sixes NZ hit at Eden Park the other night would've been sixes at the MCG, too.

    Also, if the Aussies are so good at playing on big grounds, why did they only hit four sixes at Eden Park compared to NZ's six ?

    It will be a superb game and the intense Trans-Tasman rivalry will motivate NZ no end, let alone that it's a final. Also, it'll probably be Vettori's last game for NZ, so he'll be wanting to give it all and the team for him, too.

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I had the same feelings looking at Blair Parkes’ latest Beach Storm double exposures…We do need to organise a Capture post from that man.

    Would love to see one, please.

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  • Hard News: The greening of the Red Zone,

    Great pics. Very, very sobering images. I expect a lot of the people that lived in those streets are sick of talking about the 'quake and subsequent issues, but it'd be fascinating to take some of them back to where their houses once were and to interview them about their life their in general.
    There'd be some great memories and anecdotes, I reckon.

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  • Hard News: Rugby has a problem, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    It is corrupt organisation, if you define corruption as riddled with patronage, nepotism, jobs for the boys, and elitism of the unearned sort.

    Back in the mid-90s, a sports reporter told me that the hapless Mark Carter's father was the president / chairman (one or the other) of the ARU. His close mate also just happened to be John Hart...

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  • Hard News: Rugby has a problem, in reply to dcrobertson01,

    A coaches job is to win games. If the rules are such that a particlar style of play increases your teams chances of winning, then that is what you coach and how you play.

    Well that doesn't explain why the Blues are on a losing streak. Every other coach in the S15 has to deal with the same rules and most manage to win. So presumably, going from your logic, Kirwan's failed to adapt to the rules and use the considerable talent at his disposal to the Blues' advantage.

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  • Speaker: 1080, "eco-terrorism" and agendas,

    A good friend of mine is highish-up at one of the eight regional DOC officers and is a long-term DOC staffer. I can't name him for obvious reasons, but as he said in a text to me a few days' ago: "Environmentalists are the strongest advocates for 1080. It will be a rabid red-neck hunter that has done it"[made the threat, etc].

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