Yes indeed. Though a columnist writing “I’m sure of my beliefs, in spades” is, regrettably, a tautology these days. Also fits with the “just world” reasoning noted by Virginia above: “I must be right because I have a privileged position”.
I AM NOT A DATA POINT – my next t-shirt. Sorted.
I love that. Prisoner reference, check; but also the delicious irony that wearing a messaged t-shirt does rather make you a data point.
* The first reference link seems no longer to work; try 10 Ways to Show Love to Someone With Depression
It would help immeasurably if the MSM were to decide that, PM or not, Key's "suspicions", "suggestions", and other such freshly squeezed opinions do not deserve to be treated as news. Some chance of that though.
rite of passage
[ sic, for “right of passage"] – Is that typo the Herald ’s, or was it already in the ODT source article?
Answering my own question – the online ODT version has the correct phrasing.
Dunno what Sky actually deliver. (Yamis?) Yes, “Other Chinese” is not a very helpful category, so I’d expect them to ignore that.
the South Asian languages are so heavily skewed towards Hindi.
That’s been increasing recently. The number of self-reported Hindi speakers in NZ tripled between 1996 & 2006. But speaker numbers for most Asian languages (other than Cantonese and Japanese) more than doubled over the same period; so Hindi has extended rather than suddenly achieved numerical dominance over Gujarati or Panjabi in NZ.
I bet there’s a huge amount of overlap in the Chinese languages, especially Mandarin and ‘Other’.
I agree. The “Cantonese” total increased only 25% from 1996-2006, while “Mandarin” and “Other” responses both more than doubled, so it’s possible that many more recent immigrants tended to report both of the last two language categories. The figures could reflect immigration from (e.g.) Malaysia as much as directly from PRC/RoC.
Underneath all Sky’s “quality product” bullshit, it’s just audience demographics.
2006 NZ census figures for Asian languages above 0.25% of population (totals rounded to nearest 100):
Hindi 44,600 = 1.2%; Cantonese 44,200 (1.2%); Mandarin 41,400 (1.1%); other Chinese 38,100 (1.0%); Korean 27,000 (0.7%); Japanese 20,900 (0.6%); Gujarati 15,900 (0.4%); Tagalog 12,500 (0.3%); Panjabi 10,700 (0.3%).
On these figures, Sky didn’t have to really care about catering for any Asian languages in NZ over the past decade; but if they were going to make some half-hearted effort, a package favouring Chinese was, & still is, their best bet.
(However, looking back at 1996 and 2001, the numbers for Hindi are increasing faster than for Chinese, so this could change.)
What makes the Panasonic case surprising is there’s not many “hotels” per se for under USD100 [=currently JPY10,000] in central Tokyo. There are budget chains as cheap as JPY6000/night, but not in central locations, and breakfast would not be included, and the tariff tends to include “per hour” rates, i.e. it’s not somewhere a respectable businessman should be spending the night. Unless you really want practical demonstrations of how well your company’s batteries work.
Any lower than that, and, either it’s a capsule outfit, or you’re in hostel territory.
(Backpackers start from JPY2000/night for a shared room.)
But if your brief is to turn the company around to be profitable, by unsympathetically shearing off unprofitable product lines, stores -- and, in consequence, downsizing the staff -- you really can't be seen to be living it up at the company's expense. (ETA for Craig: it's not intended to be a comfort, so much as to avoid bloody revolution if he hadn't done this!)
cinemas as gathering places must become much more, or simply different.
As in The Kentucky Fried Movie ?
(which would be ... chorus-gating?)