This might be as good a thread as any to comment on the recent decline of the stuff mobile app.
Until the recent changes, the 30 top stories were primarily National/World with a bit of sport and business thrown in. Stories would basically slide out the back as new ones hit, lasting about 24 hours on a busy news day, a couple of days on a slow one. It was a good way to keep up with the news, especially living with a 2GB/month data cap.
Since the latest upgrade, there seems to be a basic split of 40% news (national/Intenrnational, business and tech), 30% sport, and 30% lifestyle, much of which is Aussie-sourced. Stories such as the secrets of great fingernails can linger for days, whereas news coverage is totally inadequate.
There has also been a marked change in writing style from journalism to feature writing - even half the news stories read as though they belong in "New Idea".
Is this just deliberately softening us up for the paywall? I certainly wouldn't pay for anything that risks being more of the above.
Conservative parents, so they didn't take me to anything. First big gig was Hunters and Collectors playing Canty Uni Orientation (1985 I think, I had wheels by then). I believe I had successfully suppressed the memory Certain Sounds.
I do recall being taken to a scout Gang Show in the James Hay Theatre while I was in cubs. It had a "the janitor is a hidden Eric Clapton" type sketch, which might have been the first time I heard music that wouldn't have made it on National Radio. I was impressed, by the show in general but by that act in particular.
When the Chch Gang show was revived in the late 90's they used Rep, where I worked. The performance quality was dreadful and the script dire - I must have grown up in between.
Wow - I stayed there a few years back - camped out on the cinema stage. Didn't realise Neil and Jette had left these shores - a loss to the country.
We've been on the lookout for a Sunbeam toastermatic (1960's "pop-less" toaster) ever since. Well, not since we moved off-grid and 1kW electric elements are a no-no.
That’s not right, it’s not Knott, but Nott!
Really - I'm a Nott on my birth mother's side (from Australia though).
There's also Mihirangi, who's been a favourite of mine long before the rest of the country discovered her via TV.
The males in our household are earlybirds, the females night-owls. Parenthood put an end to my solid sleep-through times, now I awaken quickly at any sound that might be a child. Consequently I seem to have lost my very strong body-clock which used to jolt me awake at the same time (to the minute) for months at a time. I don't mind this, as anything which required an earlier-than-body-clock start (particularly travel) weighed on my mind so much that I had a sleepless night.
In winter, I usually just beat the alarm (6.15) up, but now I find I'm waking with the light (or with the roosters, who often beat dawn by an hour) - thank gawd for daylight time!
For some time now I've found it impossible to work in the evening - I just nod off repeatedly. I think it's something to do with sitting down, because if I'm standing/moving about I'm fine. We've christened the sofas "the somnulent sofas of doom", because sitting on them seems to put paid to any planned achievements for the evening - and since the kids' bedtimes are inching later we're resenting the loss of "alone together" time in the evening. In theory I'm getting insufficient sleep (~5.5-6.5 hours), but maybe the solution is a siesta rather than an earlier bedtime. Historically I've never been good at sleeping during the day, however. While I used to read myself to sleep, the eyesight is at the point where reading needs very bright light, and our bedroom is not set up for that.
I'm definitely not a good sleeper away from my own bed (and I used to do tours for a month at a time!)
Our 11 year old daughter has suffered from insomnia for a couple of years. We've developed bedtime routines (meditation etc) and she uses a little pillow containing lavender and hop flowers - the trick is to get it out from under her pillow before you want her to wake up!
With regards to caffeine, I've heard say that an evening coffee isn't a problem, but an afternoon one is.
Ok, I won't mention that we haven't watched broadcast TV for 4 years then.
I see Red Zoning as a positive response in broad terms to the Earth Quakes and wonder if Sea Level rise should not be factored into the rebuild? It has been mentioned before and if we’re going to address it, now is the time to do so.
Back in the 1980s I saw (while working for the then Riccarton Borough) the "Classified Info" map of 1m sea level rise inundation of Chch. With the exception of the Ferrymead area, it seems to match the main Red Zone pretty closely.
The end of the Brighton Spit has moved hundreds of metres over the 150 years humans have been photographing it. There are houses built on "land" which was sea-bed as recently as 1970. Basically, development should never have been allowed on the last km or two. I think the Council had an out by a special clause that regarded all buildings there as "relocatable".
making massive decisions like whether to repair the Town Hall
And most of the people who used to use the James Hay Theatre (as technicians and performers) say that it shouldn't be repaired as it was a pig of a place to work. It was the one Chch theatre I never really worked in, but I heard gripes all the time.