Posts by Brent Jackson

  • 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).

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  • 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).

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

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    It’s a wee bit broken :- (.

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

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    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.

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  • Speaker: Once in a Lifetime: Unofficial versions,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I found it extremely well written and an excellent summary of the rebuild to date. I wish there was more than could be done to resolve the anger and frustation that is being felt by many in the region.

    Kia kaha.

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa, in reply to Bart Janssen,

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    Something like this Bart ?

    Not sure it shows the branching enough, but it sure is scenic !

    Waitaia Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula. In the background through the tree is Hahei, and Cathedral Cove.

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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    Coromandel pohutukawa seemed especially vivid this year. So much so, that I took a specific photo of the redified beach.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: The Vote, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I must admit, that thought did put me off voting for Whaledump.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    As I heard on the radio this morning : "War - what is it good for ? Absolutely nothing !"

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  • Hard News: Park Life,

    With the current pressure on primary schools in the region, and the proposal to convert Pasadena Intermediate school into a primary school, I went looking for land that could be used for a school. I wondered if there would be room for a primary school if Chamberlain Park gave up a few holes at the end of Sutherland Rd (ie the green blob in the west side of the above map). There would need to be a bridge over the motorway for access from Pt Chev, but there appears to be little other suitable land for siting a new primary school in the area.

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