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
Good constructive blog critique of Alltracks
Yep, I agree with him on the Metal and Rock chart - mind you, it's about the standard I expected when I saw who curated it.....
If John Key heads off to the MCG (“What by-election?”) I will want them to win 90%.
If he turns up on the telly at the game, 80%.
If he turns up in the dressing room, 60%.
If he wears one of those silly shirts and catches the ball … COME ON Australia!
If he gets in to another awkward 3-way handshake on the winner's podium like he did at the Rugby World Cup final, can we just revoke his passport and leave him in Melbourne?
I bought this record today, from a band I'd never heard of before who recorded it in Whanganui - https://greenfog.bandcamp.com/album/bruce-farm
It's a big slab of loud droney guitar, in a similar vein to Black Boned Angel but with more notes, and it's quite wonderful.
With 10 overs to go I was quietly confident.
With 5 overs to go I was resigned to losing in the semifinals for a 7th time.
For the last two overs I was on the edge of my seat, not even wanting to talk.
That has to be the best game of cricket I've seen in a long, long time.