Posts by Brent Jackson

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    The NZ system of having a payphone just disconnect the dial was unusually permissive – in the UK, the exchange knew it was a payphone line and expected some sort of special pulses/tones to indicate money had been loaded before it would connect.

    Yeah. I remember being annoyed that tapping didn't work in London when I got there.

    I did meet a NZer there who had a "batphone". It was a phone with alligator clips on, and a number of public phone boxes in London (the one I saw was in Earls Court) where you could tug the wire down out of the bottom of the payphone to expose two carefully cleaned patches of wire, to which the alligator clips attached. You could then phone for free using your phone, ignoring the pay phone entirely. Afterwards you tucked the wire back up ready for next time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    We also knew that you were allowed to dial up to 3 digits (so 111 would work), so you always chose the low numbers to dial. So in your example 584 273 I would have tapped, 5, pause, tapped 2, dialled 4, dialled 2, tapped 3, and dialled 3.

    Wasn't it weird how the charge was three 2c pieces ? How awkward was that ? A single 5c, or 10c, piece would have been so much easier. I remember having three 2c pieces in your pocket was one of the things checked on in scouts to show that you were prepared. But I never used them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

    Definitely what Dave said ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi,

    Very sad to hear of KiwiFM's demise. They were my favourite station for many years - until they started playing overseas music, which, to my mind, then made them similar to other stations such as bFM and GeorgeFM. But that only relegated them to second favourite.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Update on the Former MP's…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    No. The pay-out would've been bigger, but they could still fly with whichever airline they liked.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Changing Shape,

    I am very pleased to hear that it went well for you. Hope that wall's a bit lower than it used to be.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stella and the Fun Palaces, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Awesome – it’s made my eyes leak (to coin a phrase – thanks Emma).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I Walk the Line,

    Thank you so much for sharing this, especially so elegantly and wittily prosed.

    “My standard reply to “How are you?” is now “Hi.” It makes no difference.

    I can relate to this. In the early 1990's the sales team at my work all went to a training session, and came back using "How are you?” (or variants) as a greeting. After a couple of days, I started to just treat it as a greeting, and reply with a "Hi". It was weird how it evolved so that "Howarya" became a non-question.

    Of course, any answer to "How are you?" other than "good", is always interpreted as an invitation to the questioner to ask follow-up questions. (I'm often tempted to reply "do you really want to know?" or "fuck off", but my politeness doesn't let me).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Attachment

    It’s a wee bit broken :- (.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Attachment

    And a few weeks later, not only is it no longer blossuming, but it’s having a bit of a lie down, as this photo that my brother took shows.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

Last ←Newer Page 1 2 3 4 5 45 Older→ First