The GWPF! Oh please.
Just have a look at the board members. Nigel Lawson FFS.
I was there for the Pukeahu dawn service as well, and you've described it very well; it was the same approaching from the Newtown end. The atmosphere was quite magical. The dawn chorus of tui was very lovely.
If anyone's interested in a detailed history of the development of water resources in the American west, I can recommend the classic book "Cadillac Desert" by Marc Reisner. Prefaced of course by Shelley's Ozymandias:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
For the short version, PBS made a four part documentary based on the book which is probably well worth a watch.
Every club has teams that compete in social grades. A bit like Ben I didn't get into the teams at high school but I am now in a 40-over per side league that plays on Saturdays.
That's good to hear, Stuart. My 15 year old lad adores cricket but is much more of a social player - he's actually quite a good captain as he understands the game well - but isn't much of a batsman. Good to hear of these pathways to enjoy the game in years ahead.
I love that piece by Andy Bull.
This link is cool, from the comments thread - a crowd's eye view of the great moment.
Hoping it's not too OT to point y'all to Monica Lewinsky's Ted talk on how the internet enables instant, global, and unerasable shaming. It's really worth watching.
More on this theme from the Guardian.
My first thought was "Why didn't they get out earlier?" I was gobsmacked to hear the next statement. "Nobody knew it was going to be this bad, the first thing we knew it was on us, nobody was prepared"
I don't think that's quite fair, Steve. One of my colleagues headed up there last Wednesday, fortunately for her to Port Vila rather than the outer islands where she usually goes. I was just looking at last Wednesday's coverage on the Herald and at that stage Pam had just been upgraded to category 3 and the Fijian met service were predicting that it would track well to the east of Vanuatu. Given the difficulties of communication on Vanuatu I'm not that surprised that the ferocity took them somewhat by surprise. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
However I kind of agree with your final point. Disappointing how the Herald has already moved on to more pressing matters such as X-Factor dramas.
Apologies for the tangent to what is a very compelling and timely post and discussion.
I pretty much disagree with Josie Pagani's take on this episode. I'm not usually one to give this government much credit for anything, but I don't really see them as the main villains of this particular piece as she seems to.
the "Norman Bates" line was the kind of thing that I would consider clever "snark" if I read it in an online review or blog comment rather than on live TV
I thought the Doppelganger line sounded rehearsed as well.
Most likely to me is still just a looney who either didn’t think about the likely reception and repurcussions
I don't know about that, seems to me that the intended consequences - ie to create a big scare about 1080 and get it into the headlines, see this weekend's DomPost - were calculated and intentional to a chilling degree. I don't know if I'm alone in finding the condemnations of the action from the anti-1080 lobby a little insincere, or that they are that uncomfortable with its polarising nature.
It's a shame that this incident has ramped up the hysteria around the use of 1080 even further. In fact the EPA risk assessment suggested that the public health hazard would be higher if 1080 was not used:
The acute health hazard to the public from cyanide baits is substantially higher than for 1080 baits due to the higher toxicity level and the speed of action of the poison.
Oh, and great post Dave, you really nailed it.