Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Rape on the stage, comic musical theatre from the 50s. Repopularised by the now outed dirty old man Rolf Harris in the 70s.

    I guess there was a kind of inevitability at work there, as Harris essentially reworked the fag-end of vaudeville and the music hall tradition into a TV career. There were still a few "lightning sketch artists" around in my distant childhood, who'd emerge from retirement to enliven small-town variety shows. Then suddenly there was this doofus on TV acting like he'd invented it.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to steven crawford,

    King Kapisi - adding a bit of gummi bear to Dotcom's machine-made musical Würstchen.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    For everything that he is being picked on for , he seems to have been held to account (except he didn’t credit Joe Wylie’s art that we noticed)

    Just before we let that one go, hopefully forever, I very much doubt that Dotcom was personally involved, despite it happening on his Twitter feed. When he confronted John Key with his impassioned and highly articulate invoking of NZ's anti-nuclear history, I was impressed. All of that went out the window, however, when I watched his godawful video featuring the expensive Obama impersonator. What a sorry piece of self-indulgence. Obviously I'd mistaken a calculating chutzpah for passion.

    I really don't get the down with the kids Dotcom schtick. Like his comsumption-masquerading-as-creativity "music" it seems awfully club-footed and condescending. Seriously, Pam Corkery dusted off from the frozen tombs and recycled as Harre's press secretary? The flaunted maharajah lifestyle has about as much to do with social justice as buying a lotto ticket. Sue Bradford understands this. Even if she never returns to public life she's already made a more significant contribution to making this country a better place than Dotcom ever will.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Rich Lock,

    If he’s so keen to splash his money around, perhaps he could pay some to the out-of-pocket investors in letsbuyit.com

    I'm sure the out of pocket investors would understand that the dosh was needed for more pressing gestures, like this.
    Which, btw, took place after he'd been "radicalised" by his Mt Eden incarceration.

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today, in reply to Hebe,

    It’s interesting reading views about the time written by the children of Rogernomics, and what is accepted as fact.

    Glad to have had the opportunity to read Harvey McQueen's The Ninth Floor (thank you Ian Dalziel), a far from self-serving account by an insider of the tensions within the fracturing Lange administration. Yesterday's apparent ephemera becomes today's solid history.

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today, in reply to Mr Mark,

    When I think of my parents, on a relatively low income, putting all their spare change into these little white plastic Labour ‘78 and then Labour ’81 Election campaign ’piggy-bank’ boxes, with the aim of doing their little bit for the election of a social democratic government (and thousands around the Country doing the same thing despite barely being able to afford it)…. the sheer arrogance and zealotry of Douglas, Prebble, (the particularly waspish) Bassett and their fellow-travellers defies belief !

    I remember the rueful late 80s reminiscences of an elderly guy from the Princes Street branch of the Labour Party, about the young Richard Prebble. Despite being a tad disconcerted by Prebble’s differently abled haircut and ghastly jumpers, the old party stalwarts agreed that he was the best thing that had happened to them in some time.

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today,

    The pumping station that later became Kelly Tarlton's had a nice highly visible tag: NZ: DISCO DUMP.

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  • Hard News: A wretched editorial, in reply to B Jones,

    I can only wonder if Mccully’s views on feminist issues played a role, but even that seems hard to credit.

    McCully certainly has a track record of playing to the misogynist constituency. Back at the end of the 80s he issued a press release mocking a grant to women's rugby, couched in such a way as to suggest that the recipients were a bunch of barking lesbian separatists because, well, they played rugby.

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  • Hard News: A wretched editorial, in reply to David MacGregor,

    It seems an hysterical term applied in New Zealand

    hysterical
    1610s, from L. hystericus "of the womb," from Gk. hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb" (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus.

    Khrist David, you really are one sick puppy.

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  • Hard News: Hope and Wire, in reply to Hebe,

    I’ll qualify that: last thing I read in the Press about him said Kyle Chapman was no longer in Christchurch. I shouldn’t have taken that as a fact.

    It's a nice thought anyway :) It was a few years ago now, but back when Outrageous Fortune was all the go I definitely recall the Press attempting to do a clumsy human interest angle on whatever was left of the Harris Brothers.

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