Posts by Pete Sime

  • Hard News: Oh, Auckland,

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    The Dunedin Fringe Festival was finishing up. I managed to see two plays this weekend – Velcro City and Cherie Jacobson: the Diary of a Young Cynic. The highlight of the festival as a whole for me was a one-person play called The Bookbinder, which made a great use of light and shadow and is touring the country later this year. It’s really worth seeing.

    On Saturday afternoon I strolled through the Botanic Gardens, enjoying the autumn colours and the crunch of leaves underfoot. I returned there again on Sunday (I live nearby) and came across a brass band playing in the bandstand. It all felt very Edwardian. This is my favourite time of year, just before the weather turns really cold and the first frosts arrive.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How do you sleep?,

    I sometimes listen to guided relaxation podcasts and they seem to send me off tickety-boo. But on more than one occasion I've woken in the middle of the night to untangle myself from the lead for my earbuds.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday: A happier place,

    The video for Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros always makes me smile.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    However, they do need sufficient admissible evidence of offending before they lay changes. Depending on the charge, the type of evidence needed to meet the standard will differ. If they have video of someone having sex with someone who is obviously a child, then I would be very surprised if they did not lay charges, even if the child refuses to make a statement, or is unknown.

    But surely there's enough evidence available to seek a search warrant against the parties invovled - seizing their cellphones, computers and other devices for analysis and building a case against them.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It's worse than you think, in reply to DeepRed,

    There are signs that the GCSB issue is breaking out of the Beltway and into public discourse

    I had a look at Google Trends - GCSB is certainly gaining as a search term on Google, and is slightly ahead of the April peak for the search term "Marriage equality", but is quite far behind the search term "Gay marriage". It doesn't appear to be the political story of the year, but interest is growing.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Treasure at the End of…,

    I really enjoyed having my iPad in hand following Twitter while watching the events unfold on Parliament TV. It's a really great way of fostering political engagement - people not only speaking up while watching on from the peanut gallery, but engaging in conversation. And the character limit prevents screeds of diatribes from being posted.

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  • Capture: Someone, Somewhere, In Summertime,

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    I had a wonderful daytrip down to the Catlins today. Here's some pictures from Curio Bay and the petrified forest.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Someone, Somewhere, In Summertime,

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    I drove out to the lookout at Port Chalmers yesterday and had a look around.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Someone, Somewhere, In Summertime,

    I'm quite lucky to have this just behind my back fence. This is my first summer in this house. The birdsong an the stream make it quite tranquil in my backyard.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,

    I'm happy with the silver position. I was raised on Vegemite, anyway.

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