Posts by Gabor Toth

  • Hard News: Polls: news you can own,

    Excellent feature on this very subject on yesterday's Media Watch programme from RNZ

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    My favorite “Indian” while living in London was this great vegetarian place. We frequented it often in part because of the all-you-can-eat Sunday buffets (which I note now cost a very modest £6.95 which is only a couple of quid more than it was 20 years ago). Also I tended to hang with Brits rather than Kiwis and just about every young (aged say 18 – 25) middle-class English woman I knew was vegetarian (though in many cases the healthy element of the diet seemed to be countered by the constant consumption of mars-bars and jaffa cakes...)

    Those memories also have reminded me of this wonderful satire of English curry culture. An oldie but a goodie…

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  • Hard News: Holiday Music: Pop TV Lives,

    Here's another Monks track that caught my interest from the West German TV pop show "Beat Beat Beat" in 1966 . It's not so much the music but the introduction by the show's host as he effortlessly jumps between English and German (probably to cater for the large number of allied troops stationed in West Germany at the time). I do have another language up my sleeve (Hungarian) but I'm still envious at the ease at which Germans seem to be able to pick up multiple languages (the Dutch are a similar).

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  • Hard News: Holiday Music: Pop TV Lives,

    German TV pop shows playing music which goes out on a limb seems to be as old as television broadcasting itself. Here are The Monks from 1965. They were a group of American GI's based in Germany who got together to form a band and then stayed on in after they were discharged and developed a bit of a cult following in that country. I can't imagine that they would have produced this kind of music or had much of a following had they returned to the United States which speaks volumes about the openness to experimentation that was prevalent in Germany at the time. A big influence on The White Stripes apparently...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bright pastel…, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    The Clean never came to Bristol in 1988 however the Chills and Sneaky Feelings did make it to the Fleece & Firkin pub where incidentally Ali Farka Toure and band also played a mind-bending set.

    Gad! I was at that Chills gig too! I was living in a dump in Filton (ghastly place) on the outskirts of Bristol and had come into town for "a bi't of culcha". Whodathought...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: I'm Over The Edge,

    Like others, I found Sheen of Gold to be a moving experience. It was a reminder of just what an extraordinary band the Skeptics were as well as creating the profound "ache" of nostalgia; long-forgotten memories of lost friends and lost youth came flooding through my mind. I feel so privileged that I was able to see them play live.

    Highlights for me was when the title track played about two-thirds of the way through the film; the tension building up in that wall-of-sound in the first 60 seconds then released in those funky off-beat loops. You could hear an audible release of breath from the audience when the track concluded. Also the closing sequence of Mamouth being played live at the Gluepot in their last-ever performance; a beautiful poignant song with David D'ath giving all he has to give, knowing that he only has weeks left to live; gosh that brought a lump to my throat.

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  • Speaker: The Mirror of Our Selves,

    Wonderful images!
    What ever happened to spark-plug advertising? I remember as a young lad how spark-plug ads were everywhere; newspapers, magazines, bill-boards, sometimes murals covering the whole sides of buildings (the one of the rear of the L. T. Watkins building on the corner of Cuba and Ghuznee Streets in Wellington has only recently disappeared. It must have been at least 50 years old). Most were for Champion but I'm sure other brands were involved too. Cars still use spark-plugs and they are just as important as they have ever been but the main-stream advertising of them seems to have completely gone.

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  • Hard News: U: It's about the combos,

    Surely one of either Four or C4 counts. C4 2, as originally named, was only Freeview based, and it still exists as C4.

    C4 was "temporarily" pulled from Freeview satellite about a year ago or so but (surprise surprise) its removal was quietly made permanent and it can now only be received on Freeview terrestrial.

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  • Hard News: Kitchen Hacks,

    Not so much a hack as an endorsement: Dissco "black-iron" frypans. (Dissco = Dunedin Stainless Steel Company Ltd ). These are commercial-kitchen grade, olde-school frypans made of 2mm thick cold-rolled carbon steel plate. Handles are long and made of steel tube which is rolled flat towards the end to form a taper and then arc-welded to the pan with some of the meatiest welding you will ever see. They do need to be seasoned and they do end up looking pretty manky (like a good frypan should) but are a dream to cook with. They are great on gas, not sure how they would perform on a ceramic hob. Much lighter than a cast-iron skillet and the handles never get hot to touch. They are cheap as chips (I bought a 200mm one for about $20, a 260mm for $24 and a 330mm whopper was about $28). For those in Wellington, they are easily available at Moore Wilsons who I suspect are primarily selling these to restaurants. If you are elsewhere, try commercial kitchen supplies or contact Dissco for a list of distributors. Made in New Zealand, brilliant to cook with and inexpensive...what more could you want?

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  • Legal Beagle: D-Day for Dunne (updated),

    He's just resigned as a Minister!!!

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