Posts by Ken Sparks

  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest, in reply to John McCormick,

    Before editing the documentary I was given a specific directive to exclude any references to methods of suicide for the very reason John states. It wouldn't have been in any way helpful if we had but we did have to be careful when editing interviews with those who had attempted suicide. What is helpful is to hear from those people who have come close to suiciding but are now really pleased they didn't and have managed to turn their lives around.

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest,

    I had a completely different opinion of Mike King after editing the 'Target Zero' documentary. As a comedian he never appealed to my sense of humour but I'm filled with admiration for him and the way he manages to connect with people less than half his age. Handing out your phone number to who knows how many desperate teenagers is a huge responsibility and I'm pretty sure he doesn't take that lightly.

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I was gonna put a link to this fine piece in the comments there, but I am stuck elsewhere and have forgotten my Stuff log in details

    Done!

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Collins is doing her best here to make sure politicians rank as low as they possibly can on the 'most respected' list.

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…,

    Thank you Dave for confirming all my worst fears. In any sane world this latest round of publicity would be enough to shut down this illegal 'business' venture. I really despair about the current Government's worship of the almighty dollar at the expense of everything else - particularly our most fragile environments. Actually, it makes me really fucking angry...

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Sacha,

    A swish merlot sounds good anywhere and I'd like to think that investigations into the revelations of dirty politics are far from resolved. There are many unanswered questions.

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    We should never forget #dirty politics

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    TVNZ archive is about to be gutted, anything considered not worth keeping will be dumped. I can't tell you how I found this out but noises should be made and LOUD ones.

    This is quite alarming news. I don't trust TVNZ to do the right thing here. given their attitude toward anything that isn't going to make them a buck. Maybe someone needs to approach Nga Taonga Sound and Vision to see if they can supervise the cull?

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero,

    I took Douglas Lilburn's electronic music course at his studio at Vic in 1975. There were only a handful of students and lectures mainly consisted of Douglas playing all sorts of fascinating stuff - both his own and what he considered the best from overseas. He also gave us a rundown on all the wonderful equipment he had accumulated and had built (the patchbay was a work of art in itself!) and then set us loose to create our own pieces. There was no end of course exam, we were evaluated on some essays and our composition. Douglas was a wonderful teacher and a very humble but approachable person and I loved every minute I spent in his class. I also remember taking a 'Pop Music' course with Gordon Campbell the main lecturer and singing in the University choir under the baton of Ross Harris. I'll always fondly reminisce about those hours spent in the music room in the magnificent old Hunter Building - aah, those were the days...

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher, in reply to Michael J. Parry,

    A real New Zealander looks and sounds like Anand Satyanand - well one of them does anyway...

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

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