Not because of relevance to the discussion, but because I think some people who post here might care, (and because I choked on my coffee when I read it) can I point out that "onetime" drummer possibly indicates that Barker was part of the original Split Enz line up. He actually only drummed in their latest reunion tour in 2008 (although worked with Neil and Tim Finn separately). He was never part of the band during their active years (1972-1984): he was only 18 when they broke up.
Relevantly though - an eyebrow-raising piece indeed - looking forward to the show (especially the panel!)
I agree entirely with your summation, Russell. I found 10 Conditions of Love to be fairly underwhelming (no doubt as a result of it being so hyped up). Moreover, I did get the strong feeling that crucial information about both the Han - Uyghur conflict and Kadeer personally was missing. I really would like to know how an impoverished divorced woman becomes the seventh richest woman in China by starting a simple laundry business.
In any case though, as you state, the Chinese 'response' was laughable for its mediocrity and repulsive for its graphic violence.
Best. Post. Ever.
Nine to Noon is best when Lynn Freeman's hosting it, she's just more listenable than Kathryn Ryan for me.
I agree entirely - I hope Lynn Freeman moves onto a more regular weekday spot in the near future. Both she and Maggie Barry have a much better style than Kathryn - it's a treat on public holidays when they hold the fort.
Ah yes, but Sean Plunket is starting to regress a bit into his old 'Too Much Coffee Too Early In The Morning Man' persona, which is a shame.
Best Plunket moment, circa 2003:
SEAN: Mr Peters, please answer the question!
WINSTON: I've just about had enough of you, Plunket! Don't think I don't know things about you, Plunket. Nasty things. Don't think I won't tell...[cut-off]
SEAN: Looks like Mr Peter had to go...
Gold. Can't imagine Geoff or Todd Niall doing that. Bring on the espresso, I say.
Call me 23 going on 40, but I think RNZ National is the best thing since sliced bread. I rate the news as the best in any medium, and concur with Russell on the new shows such as 'This Way Up' and old favourites like 'Mediawatch' - they're really very good. I'd add 'At the Movies' at 1.00 p.m. on Sunday - sardonic, in a word.
I think Sunday Morning is still worth listening to - if only for the nice snippets from Dougal Stevenson (!) and 'Insight'. My only lament is the loss of Tom Frewen and Max Cryer for coverage of Parliament and etymology respectively.
Right - perhaps you'd better make that 23 going on 80...
Beat me to the count, there Philip! That'll teach me for trying to be clever with the hyperlinking.
Perhaps it's too early for this, but has anyone written a sustained account of what's been happening at the Listener under the most recent editor, and why? I mean, it's not just about cost-cutting, is it?
It's funny you say that. It feels like everyone talks about the standards of The Listener and slippage thereof, but noone has ever written about it. With one exception. The University of Otago's student magazine, Critic, recently featured a very good article on the issue. It's worth a read.
Mr Hood, you are a scholar and a gentleman. I'm off to Bar Edward right now - I had a hunch they'd stock some, but never in my wildest dreams did I think they'd stock the Stout! Even Eureka in Dunedin doesn't do that...
Pray tell, what are these places you speak of? Jolt that memory back into action! I would expect the Malthouse or Bar Edward has it, but I haven't checked