Posts by Julian Melville

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    I was at the tail end of the tapping thing, I knew how to do it and had tried it a couple of times to see how it worked, but never used it "for real". However... does anybody remember the old Telecom Phonecards with a mag stripe? Apparently you could spray the back with a few coats of hairspray, enough that the phone could read the credit off the card but couldn't write the new value back again. Free calls!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Everybody Loves…,

    Saw Roy Ayers at the East Coast Blues & Roots in 2003, just a magnificent show. Between him, Robert Randolph and Sly & Robbie (and the Violent Femmes and Tuck & Patti and......) it was a big weekend.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    'Hagar'. With an 'a'. The number of times that cropped up this year...

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts,

    Honestly I think it's not just one leader that's the problem. It's time for an entire generation of Labour MP's to step down and admit they've had their time. Let some fresh blood come through and see what happens. The soundbites that kept coming out about how people should consider Labour because it's been around for so long were ridiculous.

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  • Speaker: If political parties were beer ..., in reply to George Darroch,

    George, you could be on to something. I always find Steinlager Pure makes me feel quite unwell, as does the National Party!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting,

    That looks really tasty. I think you're a couple of years behind the times in terms of local session beers though, they're all over the place now. Brothers even held a sessionable beer festival early this year with about 18 beers on tap, and the strongest one there was the homebrewer group effort at a bit over 5%.

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  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!, in reply to Mr Mark,

    In fact, I think the first most New Zealanders saw of it was when the second series of The Young Ones won a Bafta in 84 or 85 (and they showed the scene of Vyvian kicking his head along the railway tracks on the way to University Challenge).

    Yup, that's exactly my memory of it. I saw that clip on the news when I was about 14, then my dad went off his nut about how terrible it was and it was an instant favourite before I'd even seen the show!

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  • Muse: The Disappearing of Paradise,

    I'll have to admit to being woefully ignorant of Phillip Mann. I've got no idea why, but I'll fix that sharpish. I do think that SF generally gets pretty short shrift as "genre" fiction rather than "real literature", whatever that is, maybe that's why it hasn't been mentioned.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Colour coding Jonestown,

    Thanks for this Simon, I've been to Thailand but never had any sense of the politics. Fascinating.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to B Jones,

    Whisky neophyte - Ardbeg will change your life.

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