Posts by Rachel Prosser

  • Field Theory: Red versus Green,

    Tricky one! In the end the simplicity of the South African jersey won it for me. Although I think it's unfair to judge jersey on stand vs jersey on player....

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: In Judgement, in reply to Emma Hart,

    That Bulls away strip should have a cocktail named after it.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: In Judgement,

    That's a tough bracketing Hadyn.

    Putting two good uniforms up against each other - Highlanders and something I liked but have forgotten now, and Fiji and Samoa then leaving dull match-ups elsewhere (Italy v Argentina....

    Sadly, I agree with you on the A I G thing (probably a necessary evil, but dilutes the aura nonetheless).

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dressing for the Road,

    DON’T WEAR THE RED ONES!

    This was one of the occasions I wish the blogging software had a "like" button. Or perhaps a "roflnui"

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dressing for the Road,

    Also - if you do want the fancy team jerseys to train in here's a tip I got from a friend: Head to SaveMart - New Lynn is apparently quite good.

    Cycling shirts are apparently sized so much smaller than most buyers expect, that many people who order them online overseas find that they don't fit, and they end up in the donations bins, and thence to SaveMart.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dressing for the Road,

    I take the view that if you travel on foot, you can stroll, walk briskly, jog or run. Same options for cycling (on the flat, at least).

    If I ran to work I’d put on workout gear, but if I stroll, or walk, I wouldn’t (other than flat shoes).

    In Wellington, or Christchurch, I’ve only ever worn regular work clothes, and my high heels work very well (shoe-boots in winter). Also, when its raining, legs (bare, or in hosiery) dry quickly, so dresses work well.

    But – and it’s a big but – I have only commuted cycling on the flat (with the exception of a quick burst up Woodward St to the Terrace or up Molesworth St), and haven’t had more than a 25 minute commute round the bays. And I cycle for pleasure or transport (passive exercise), not as a work-out.

    Also, I now commute with folding bike, so if the weather is too bad, then I can take the bus.

    People do tend to smile at the folding bike too – it’s similar in size to a Raleigh 20, so I’m a bit of a novelty, and not really threatening. I agree the Lycra factor can add to the alienation of cyclists – some of the lycra clad and lithe can whizz by so fast they startle people.

    My pet peeve as a driver (or as a person walking down Oriental Parade) are those awful super bright strobe lights. (I’m not talking about the small flickery ones – although I personally think it’s much easier to keep track of where a cyclist is on the road if their light isn’t flickering).

    The superbright strobe lights are unpleasant and antisocial – blinding and distracting to other road users road. If they make the user safer, they do it at the expense of other road users’ safety.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Wogistan form book, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    It's harder to ignore, when you happen to share the same last name. (No relation!)

    I hate Richard Prosser's views, and the damage they do by feeding hatred, and thereby making us all less safe.

    On a selfish level, it's unpleasant seeing our family name in a disparaging context (the views he expresses are far from our family's views. In fact, they are as far from our value system as islamist terrorists' views are far from the values and views of every person I have known who is muslim)

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    I see that Google is listed as a noun, but I'm pretty sure I (and others) submitted it as a verb - "to google".

    Robyn's use above ("I’ve been googling words and restricting results to the last year ") is the perfect example.

    People now say they googled something with Bing, so the verb has escaped its noun somewhat.

    I see that it hasn't made the spell checker yet though - it's showing as underlined as I type this.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address 2012 Word…,

    Cloud (as in "in the cloud")

    For the decade "to google" as a verb. Even more ubiquitous than "blog".

    Also "yeah yeah yeah" When did we start saying that in threes?

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: In closing,

    Why didn't Annie Lennox sing 'Sweet Dreams Are Made of This'?

    Perhaps the lyrics

    "Some of them want to use you. Some of them want to get used by you. Some of them want to abuse you? Some of them want to be abused" weren't quite the vibe they were after?

    I noted that Eric Idle didn't sing "Always look on the bright side of death...." I loved his face though at the Bollywood bit there. He was awesome.

    But what was up with the sound?

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

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