Posts by BlairMacca

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to Terry Baucher,

    And then, at the end of the Hurricanes’ rugby match against the Reds in Brisbane, someone thought it appropriate to mark this time of loss with round of after round of machine-gun fire from an armoured vehicle. It seemed impossibly insensitive

    It was truly gobsmacking. If I hadn't seen it I wouldn't have believed it

    I caught this item on One News on Australian's 'celebrating' anzac day by getting smashed off their faces and gambling. Maybe its an Aussie thing but I prefer our more 'sober' rememberance

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Personally, I really enjoyed the CWC up to the semi-final, but I found the hysteria in the media this past week a huge turn off and I watched a movie last night instead.

    I feel sorry for one so cynical

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts,

    I had my wifes family, voting in their first election after movign from Ireland, who said to me "I really like Labour's policies, but I just can't vote for David Cunliffe" I don't think they were alone. I was on the fence earlier last night, but seeing Cunliffe's lack of humility over such a pantsing, I just don't see how he can remain.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Gower Speaks,

    "Winston comes in at 4.9 and I instantly think, hey, he’s good for 5% on election day.

    “But you’ve got to stick with the information that you’re given. And you’ve got to stick with it from month to month and pretend that there is nothing else out there, for the sanctity of that information."

    However they also make the assumption that National does a deal with the Conservatives and they bring in 3 MP's. Which isn't based on anything concrete. I can understand if its an existing held seat, but there is currently no deal in public.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: BDO - Post Hoc,

    The Hives were awesome. I think if we can't have a laugh at our national Tolkein infatuation we aren't much of a country.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Backwards and Forwards, in reply to Russell Brown,

    No, they were definitely down for the Aroha/Tamaki stages. If they'd played immediately before or after Snoop Dogg it would have made for quite an evening lineup on those stages.

    I had heard they were scheduled before Arcade Fire?

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Backwards and Forwards,

    I realise this might be going against the grain here, but I was there for Pearl Jam and they were amazing. Great set. I mainly stayed in the main arena as the queues getting in there early on put me off venturing far. The Hives were fantastic fun. Arcade fire were great. Beady Eye was there for a pay cheque.
    All in all a good day and a pretty good setup, except for the queues. WOuld have been interesting to see how Blur would ahve fitted in on the bill, if I think they were meant to play the lakeside stage, that would have been more than interesting to see the crush entering and exiting.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Music: Pop TV Lives, in reply to Hebe,

    permanent ad in Mt Cook helped

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Music: Pop TV Lives, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    There comes a point in every older person’s life when you discover that music telly isn’t like it used to be in your youth, mainly because when all the videos being on YouTube, they’re not the special rare gems that they used to be. The kids of today aren’t going to have that experience. Yeah, they might stumble across a weird video, but their friend isn’t necessarily going to have seen it at the same time. Unless they message their friend with the link.

    And basically any song. I remember listening to the radio when I was a teen in the 90's waiting for songs to come on so I could tape them. And how excited I would be to have it and be able to listen over and over. Kids don't have that excitement anymore which i feel a bit sorry for them for.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Holiday Music: Pop TV Lives, in reply to Russell Brown,

    That's the last televised performance byJoy Division and apparently the only one to be nationally broadcast at the time.

    I remember seeing that clip of Transmission for the first time getting home drunk at about 3 in the morning on M2 (think thats what it was called) in the early 2000's . Freaked the hell out of me, I was certain Curtis was having a fit onstage (which he quite possibly almost was). Again now I could see that within seconds of searching, in those days that was the first time I had ever seen a Joy Division performance

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 203 posts Report Reply

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