also: RIP Lewis Collins.
he inspired a great many forward rolls and a longterm yearning for a white Capri 2800.
I think you might enjoy this:
First free school concert: Craig Scott and Angela Ayers. Hmm. I can vaguely recall my 11-year-old self liking Angela a lot but thinking Craig was boring.
First paid gig: Robert Plant, Mt Smart, on The Principle of Moments tour, with the Pink Flamingoes as support. During the PF slot, people set fire to the fence to get in without paying.
Best ever gig: Like Matthew H, I have to go for Violent Femmes 1990, except I saw them at the ANU student union in Canberra. Packed out venue, all totally into the band (the Femmes were big JJJ faves and very popular in Oz). I drove 6 h from the little town in country NSW where I was living at the time just to see them, and they didn't disappoint. My A0-size '1990 Debacle Tour' poster still hangs on the wall of my study to this day. Not quite sure how they managed to go so fast downhill after that.
The support was also excellent - Sydney's The Clouds, including NZ's Trish Young on bass.
Unhappy band? Yeh nah, I never thought so. They had lots of happy songs. Caterpillar? The whole Kiss Me Kiss Me album? Even 'Boys Don't Cry' had an upbeat, poppy feel to it. And wasn't this the best little pop song of the 80s:
But more importantly: Lorde's 'Royals' has now moved into the US Top 10.
Flicked on my radio while making breakfast this morning, and was delighted to hear 'Royals' has been chosen as this week's featured "Inevitable" track on Danish National Radio. She's jolly well gone global!
DR has a nice positive write-up about her on their website - it's in Danish but Google Translate makes a reasonable hash of translating it:
We also had a chat to the man about quite how much rice Sunrice grows in Australia, which seems to run to several million metric Australian fucktonnes. Roughly.
Where on Earth do they find the water for that?!
Heavily subsidised irrigation, is the short answer. About 11% of Australia's irrigation is for rice. I lived in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area for 6 years and my abiding memory will be driving past glistening rice fields on 45-degree days when it hadn't rained for months.
It's all very controversial - see this recent opinion from LaTrobe's Professor Lin Chase:
They were giving the Herald on Sunday away at the Warriors game. Didn't actually read it.
"Ah, yes, without question my favourite magazine; soft, strong and thoroughly absorbent". Since we're doing Stephen Fry.
Ted Dawe was my 4th Form Social Studies teacher in 1976. He was a *seriously* good teacher. He used to do things like taking us to the art gallery or for a tour round the Shortland St studios instead of class on some days. I imagine most people couldn't think of a bigger nightmare than dragging 38 14-year-old boys round an art gallery, but he seemed to enjoy it.
Good to know the site too. Do you know Kendrick Smithyman's poem 'Tomarata'? I've been to similar places perhaps in the North, but feel I know much about (Lake) Tomarata the place as itself as well as more broadly from this great poem. Actually going there is on the list too.
Thanks for the link to the poem Chris - had not heard of that at all. Always learning something new when reading PAS!!
But then, aha! - I see evidence of a (SI) West Coast context for such a photo from a previous post of yours.
Oops, I'd forgotten that I'd posted that other photo. Not meaning to be repetitious. But I do love my harakeke. And my raupo. And all my other water plants. That particular harakeke is at Lake Tomarata, north of Auckland, and is some of the tallest I've ever seen, with those very soft and upright leaves.
She was cool. And I think it was unusual at the time for a young woman to be writing and performing her own songs.
I liked her really early stuff best of all. From Foreign Affairs onwards they started putting that benighted 80s reverb sound on her albums that ruined so much other pop of the time, but this song was exquisite. Love that lovely pause and chord change at the chorus.