Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Denis Norden

    Still on deck, though largely retired. There are a bunch of It'll Be Alright On The Night segments on YouTube which showcase his (for me) excellent 80s TV incarnation. Favourite quote: Modern life is full of surprises, not all of which respond to antibiotics.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Randy California: is that a person or a place?

    Yes :-)

    It’s a name that’s never worked too well in non-US English, i.e:
    “Hi. I’m Randy.”
    “Oh good for you.”

    That said, Mr California, who pretty much was Spirit for the last 20+ years of his life, died a bona fide hero back in 1997 saving his young son from drowning. His estate might yet make his heirs very wealthy indeed.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    yeah La Z says it all. That’s actually just bad taste :) Didn’t their parents teach them anything? That chair has got to be up there as the ugliest of ugliest for all time.

    For me La-Z-Boy is inextricably tied to the terminal uncoolness of Rob's mob and NZ the way they wanted it. Turn on the TV back in 1978 and it was wall to wall ads for Fiji cruises and those goddam things.

    While awaiting a minor procedure on my vertebrae a while back my doc asked if I owned a La-Z-Boy, as it would help with sleeping upright. To my shame I realised that I was probably too cool for my own good. So when someone younger than I, whose coolness is writ large via their contribution to the life-enhancing arts, scored one of those horrors off TradeMe for similarly therapeutic reasons, prompting a bunch of social media posts from a hitherto unknown underground of aficionados, even I have to admit that the Cascade rocker version isn't too aesthetically on the nose.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Prosperity, maybe but part of the establishment, be dammed.

    I was recently mildly shocked to discover that La-Z-Boys are something of a cult item with people around a decade younger than me.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to steven crawford,

    Mangere Bridge

    Some of my younger whanau sold up in Mangere Bridge a few years ago, which enabled them to buy mortgage free in Dunedin. They did have to go back into hock for some extensive terraforming, as the Mornington terrain isn't readily conducive to offstreet parking.

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  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Ben Austin,

    My confusion was more as to why the government hasn’t decided to sell their stake in the broadcaster, given it has been fully commercial for sometime

    Well y'know it's been a whole quarter-century since TVNZ employees were vandalising the outdoor advertising for the then upstart TV3, with apparent tacit approval from their own top level.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to nzlemming,

    It only works if you’re not up-front about it. Gibbs has been buying Epsom’s vote since forever.

    Maybe Gibbs isn’t upfront about it, but when Boag & Hooton were tearing strips off one another not so long ago they paused to enthusiastically hi-five each other over what a splendid wheeze the Epsom rort would once again prove to be.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Tom Scott nails it …. more than once

    Thanks, but surely that first link's Sharon Murdoch's work?

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Was it upstairs in what became Shands in Hereford st or was it in Cashel ?

    Shands in Hereford is right, I was wrong about the ReStart site. Some amazing locations could be had for a pittance, like the office space under the dome of the Regent Theatre.

    I couldn’t get my head past ‘Oxus’ which was over by the river, near the Bridge of Remembrance… (I think..)

    I remember spotting that one a few years earlier. Definitely gone by the later 1970s.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That’d be him!

    Perhaps you recall Quasimodo, his emporium from around 1976, upstairs where the ReStart Mall is now. Alan (Allan?) Franks was always one to take the suburbs to the stars, the kind of Christchurch he inhabited seemed full of possibilities.

    Still, the last I ever saw him he was a barman at the Gluepot. When he recommended what I heard as a 'housewife' I expected an ironically named cocktail. Instead he poured me a chilled semillon, which turned out to be the house white.

    About Gopas: There's a story I heard from one of his students from the latter part of his career, about coming across the great man in an Ilam street after dark with his ear pressed to the pavement. In keeping with the arcane subject matter of his late period ballpoint drawings he was listening to the internal workings of the planet. Perhaps he was eavesdropping on the buildup to the earthquakes.

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