Posts by Grant McDougall

  • Busytown: Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!,

    The best non-fiction I've read this year was Robert Hilburn's magisterial Johnny Cash - A Life. Even if you're not a fan of his actual music, it's a cracking, superbly-written story. A fascinating, warts 'n' all insight to one of the giants of 20th C music and American culture.

    Antony Beevor's Stalingrad was gripping. I just assumed it'd be an interesting, but basically prosaic recounting of the facts. Instead, after a few pages, it became clear it was a lot better than that.
    It really got inside the character and psychology of the Russian and German armies and, especially, their commanders. It clearly and succinctly outlined the appalling conditions and brutality but without being merely gratuitous. Great read.

    On a lighter note, Harry Ricketts' How To Watch A Cricket Match was plenty of fun. His enthusiasm was a pleasure to follow and the anecdotes were always entertaining.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to mark taslov,

    #dirtypolitic’s legacy...

    At the end of the day

    Ho-ho, very clever !

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics,

    Always a fun read, the WOTY reveal. I'm really pleased #dirtypolitics won; it was the biggest story in NZ politics for years and in years to come will taint Key's legacy. It'll continue to linger over the government for the rest of their term - and rightly so.

    Also, it is all encompassing of the times and issues, whereas others like Whaledump and "at the end of the day" wouldn't have been as widely known or existed without it.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Well they sure do seem like something invented by The Onion.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Big Reveal

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Lorde

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas that…,

    Russell, I'm bitterly disappointed at your failure to tell everyone that DJ Max Key is in the house

    Listen to them here

    I wonder if this song will be in their set ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4TMJ6oEla4

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    I'm quite surprised that Finance has gone to Robertson. He's a clever bloke and should handle it competently, but I think his heart is more in the social issues / policy area, not bean-counting.

    Still, he's a safe pair of hands and it's a good way of keeping him close to the leader. It's a pity David Parker didn't want to retain it, as he's been very good. It's also pleasing that Little has signaled for the likes of Goff, etc, to hand in their retirement notice before the next election.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter…,

    KEXP's a great station, loads of good stuff on it.

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    What’s wrong with a Union?

    Nothing at all. But their inordinate effect on the leadership vote is. As I said earlier, the vote should've just been made by the caucus.

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