Posts by Clint Fern

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Textual relations

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Kitchen Hacks,

    A pretty good substitute for pinenuts (when they're $100 a kg) are sunflower seeds, toasted of course.

    Item that rises well above gadget status has to be a rice cooker. Got one with Flybuys and now is an essential. Great rice every time and frees up gas rings. Also makes passable risotto.

    I'll add my name to the supporters of Urban Hippie miso, but direct from Nelson Market ;)

    Store cupboard essentials, pickled ginger, fried shallots and Kecip Manis. Make a great stir-fry every time.

    Pomegranate molasses and homemade preserved lemons (or limes - had a glut and tried them instead) have masses of uses.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media3 Nights,

    This is good news. Weekends always busy and not so good for remembering to watch / set recorder. Wednesdays much better. Looking forward to it.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The not-so-Evil Empire,

    The only bit of Apple kit that I have is an iPad which I use without having entered credit card details, and it works fine.

    I'm very far from an Apple fanboy - I have a self built PC system with quality parts which I find better than factory built Pc / Apple systems. I also find the Apple OS doesn't work how I'd like and for my work my system is far more suitable. I find the prices Apple charge for their components (two of my neighbours have had to replace out of warranty DVD writers) ridiculous - Foxconn brings into mind FotC "Think about it".

    Having said that, I don't see Apple as any worse than a lot of players in changing terms and conditions - certain social media seems to be far worse. Its a matter of being careful about what you agree to. I do see the ability of apps to give a free trial period and then start charging as a con if there is no confirmation for this - however this would appear that the app creator is to blame (if it happens).

    So Apple < Paragon but also Apple < Evil Empire.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media7 will soon be Media3,

    Thought you didn't look as disappointed as you should at the end of last nights show when I thought there was only two to go. Well done, great that at least part of 7 will live on.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A right old Barney, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I know that by 1990 things had started to change a bit, but the cops were pretty low profile still. I think I probably only saw a couple on site. Its a pity they weren't on duty in the carparks - my mates mini got broken into and we had to get a mechanic to hotwire it and drove back to Cornwall without letting the engine stop. Still managed to both get clean at Exeter Services. The Sunday that year was one of those Glastonbury mud days and the facilites on site were pretty grim.

    Still it was good to have got there before it became Glastonbury TM and the massive increase in ticket price / security etc.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A right old Barney, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I went to Glasters the next year and was amazed by the difference. As you say it was a beautiful setting and instead of goths there were hippies, I think they could still get free entry to the Green Field.

    I knew quite a few people who regularly got in for free - which reminds me of the Bill Bailey sketch about the tunnel leading into the tent.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A right old Barney,

    I was at the Reading Festival that year, it was my first festival and so at the time didn't realise how crap the location was. As I remember it was the year that Reading turned from a headbangers heaven to something a bit more contemporary. I think NO were back from recording in Ibiza so they were definitely in a good 'mood'. Looking at the line up not a bad first day with My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Sugarcubes and then NO. No wonder I put up with the facilities.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    Of the other two confirmed Govt parties, ACT got less votes than Mana dropping from 85,496 to 23.889 and the Peter Dunne Party got pretty much the same as the Bill and Ben Party did last time - 13,443 to 13,016 which would be a joke if he hadn't been given so much by Key.

    Great that MMP is retained, needs to be changed to stop the Key/Banks/Dunne behaviour of this time round though - any solutions?

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to Stephen Hill,

    then Nat/Act/UF would have 60 seats.

    Which to my mind would still make them the Govt, just one that may not be able to pass asset sales. There really isn't a credible alternative at the moment unfortunately. A weak Labour Party would not be able to govern as it'd have to get the agreement of the Greens, Mana, the Maori Party (up until this point plausible) and then the Winston Party (and it all falls apart) on any piece of legislation they wanted to pass.

    The best I'm hoping for is for the specials to deliver a result that will put a brake on the asset sales, but Key will be PM for the next 3 years.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 59 posts Report Reply

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