Posts by Julian Melville

  • 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%.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 182 posts Report Reply

  • 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!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 182 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 182 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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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The First Time, in reply to Hugh Lucero,

    I think Toni Childs played before Stevie Ray Vaughan. Amazing show. And Dave Dobbyn did an excellent solo turn in between the very slow set changes, just him and an electric guitar that cut out mid song. All the roadies were busy switching the set around so he was running around the stage in between singing each verse, trying to find what was wrong. Didn't miss a beat.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 182 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The First Time, in reply to Mark Easterbrook,

    I remember that '92 Chili Peppers show. They'd just got a new guitarist in after Frusciante quit (Axel somebody?) and he wasn't much cop, and it just wasn't all that great. Until Flea told everyone to take off their tops and fling them round their heads while he launched into Higher Ground, which they dutifully did. Just getting into it and then the tip of somebody's sweatshirt sleeve caught my girlfriend in the eye and flipped out her contact lens, and we spent the best bit of the show trying to find it on the ground.

    My first proper show was Pink Floyd at Western Springs in '87. I wondered why I bumped into almost everyone I knew at that show, but then nearly 1 in 50 people in NZ was there, so maybe it's not that surprising!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 182 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On Telly, Telly Off,

    My Dad still complains about the imposition of UHF aerials...

    (btw Russell I think you've marked up an extra para at the end of Tim's bit that's actually back to you talking: "I'm not sure how many CRT sets" etc.)

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 182 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Dancing Fool,

    One of my favourite things about working at a stand-up desk most of the time is that I can dance around a bit more when the music is up loud. For the safety of others, I only do it in my home office...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 182 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Game Lorde,

    I don't use Mediahint, unblock.us or anything like that, I'm on a regular Telecom connection with regular Teleecom DNS, and I can't get to iheartradio.co.nz in Chrome or Firefox. It bounces straight to iheart.com.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 182 posts Report Reply

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