That petition was very dodgy - someone brought a copy round at work (steel mill, very blue collar) and asked if I wanted to sign it. I said no, if it had been pro the legislation I would have - and got some funny looks. One of the guys signed it and signed it for his son, wife, daughter and his son's wife as well "because they'd want to sign it too".
Closer to home, our resident curtain-twitcher believes that you should simply suck it up if you're the wrong colour.
Dammit, now you've made me go and look at something written by Martin van Beynen, and I've been doing so well recently completely ignoring him.....
I would love to see the current flag replaced, but I will be voting to retain it. Because I don't want my country's flag to be a corporate logo created from clipart for the rest of my life. If it's a choice between crap and crapper, I'll hold my nose and vote for crap.
I was at the 1984 Mainstreet gig, and it was bloody LOUD. It was also bloody good. We were among the last to leave, and Lemmy and the rest of the band just wandered out and started chatting to the bouncers and staff and punters who were still there. As Danny Noonan said, he was a genuinely nice guy.
Motorhead were the cool end of metal, close enough to the punk ethos to appeal to me at the time, and still do appeal. They were about having a bloody good time and damn the circumstances. I'll miss Lemmy, and I'm going to be sad that he won't be making music any more. For all that Motorhead's albums can sound a bit same-y, there was nearly always a monster track on each.
Hats off to you, Lemmy, and I think a whiskey or two tonight wouldn't go amiss.
New Joanna Newsom album Divers is out - you can if you're interested stream it on NPR here. It's very good.
The Fall at Bodega last Sunday night was an excellent night of curmudgeonlyness - Mark E Smith was in good voice, he only fiddled with everyone else's gear about 5 times, and he even smiled once. Apart from the couple of boofheads in front of me who decided moshing was a good idea (at a Fall concert? Really?), it was the best fun I've had at a concert in ages.
Is the now-quoted “mentally deficient” actually accurate? Or simply someone paraphrasing brutally?
That's paraphrasing - I can't remember the exact words, but it was something along the lines of "now we know who aren't quite as bright as the rest of us"
I was at an event last night where the Prime Minister spoke - he was supposed to have 3 minutes. His first 3 minutes was filled with making jokes about the speed with which Australia replaces Prime Ministers, and how he'd visited the sheep in Saudi Arabia and they were fine and had flown first class (unlike him), and some facile tale about multiple marriages and how the Saudi prince he was with would be allowed 4 wives but his first wife wouldn't let him (I don't know, other people seemed to find the speech funny, maybe I'm just a humourless left-wing nanny-state wowser).
He then said he was going to exceed his time and talk about something important - so he spent the next 5 minutes on a rambling justification for changing the flag to a silver fern. People wave it at sports events, it's on the gravestones of soldiers overseas, people will be excited about it and want to own it (with an aside about how New Zealanders are patriotic but don't show it, but if we had a nice new flag with a fern on it, then everyone would want to wave one all the time). This was after he insulted the half of the audience who wanted to keep the existing flag by calling them not as bright as the ones who wanted to change. it was cringeworthy.....
My issue with it was that I’d feel a bit mean stealing it off the Tino Rangatiratanga people unless someone asked nicely first, and I couldn’t see them going for that if the issues around shared governance et al weren’t resolved first.
It is a really nice flag though.
This was my favourite from the long list, but even then the koru is on the wrong side to hang nicely on a flagpole - you would have thought that woudl be one of the prerequisites to think about when designing a flag.....
I honestly thought at the beginning of this process that we might get an evocative representation of who we are and where we are as a new flag, but the process has just made me more disillusioned as it went on.
The whole thing seems to have been set up to fail – overt support for one option from John Key from day one, a huge expense to turn more people off, a panel of “distinguished” New Zealanders, half of whom I hadn’t heard of, the long list being a selection of variations on two or three themes, and then the blandest of the bland being chosen as the final four. Shit.
Just got around to watching this. It says:
1. These deaths, injuries and apparent attempts to defraud are a good thing, because they give the private system a chance to demonstrate its superior accountability.
That's what I can't get my head around - is he seriously taking the position he seems to espouse, or has he disappeared into his own bizarro world and been replaced by Jeremy Wells' "Mike Says" persona full-time? Or is it just part of his activities as an unpaid shill for the National Party?
Mike Hosking has been thinking hard about this issue - it's actually a sign that private sector accountability is working