Posts by Will de Cleene

  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    Aro Valley really set the bar for how candidates meetings should go. e.g. water pistols for prolix, convivial but boisterous atmosphere. Great testing ground for the House too.

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  • Access: Respect, please,

    As I noted on Mojo's Facebook page the other day, ideally Norms would wear muffs from birth to get the full pre-lingual vibe of deafness. Extending the similie to breaking point, ideally you'd throw in some speech problem malware and a cocktail of drugs that induce tinnitus, high stress and chronic fatigue as well.

    The lesson of the muffs etc is to increase tolerance and humility for the impossibly singular experiences of others. There's no similie that nails the full experience, but they're better than nothing.

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  • Hard News: A law gone awry,

    I had been sceptical that the PSA might have been newer version of Jim Anderton's novel Schedule D in the Misuse of Drugs Act in the '00s. Both were rushed and may have been set up to fail.

    Keep whacking those moles, Parliament.

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  • Up Front: Just Like Unicorns, in reply to Emma Hart,

    If we'd stuck with matrilinear inheritance, there'd be no need for this bollocks.

    Mitochondrial DNA is bringing matrilinear inheritance back into popular favour.

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…,

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    From last weekend:

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I know this is hipster blasphemy, but basically everything Hunter S. Thompson published after 1980 was embarrasing.

    The dividing line appeared to me to be when HST missed the Rumble in the Jungle. He never seemed to forgive himself for that. He became a self-parody of sorts, throwing in the words atavistic, preternatural and fiend into his prose and passing it off as the good stuff. Poor bastard.

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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person.,

    Media is much like Parliament. People enter with the best of intentions before the institution grinds them into wearing cynicism. The hope remains that both public services can surmount this obstacle and raise the level of public discourse.

    Oh lord, it's hard to be humble, when you wear greasepaint every day...

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  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    I've already gone on record with Panopticmonium.

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  • Hard News: Being Jim,

    (The anxiety generated by welfare reforms cannot be overstated.)

    One side effect of a recent WINZ inquisition; I wrote a long doggerel poem called Ode to a Small Lump of Pus I Found in my Armpit One Mid-Winter's Morning (which apologies to Grunthos the Flatulent and Douglas Adams).

    All I can say is thank Dagg for the Medical Appeals Board.

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  • Hard News: Who else forgot to get married?,

    As a flatmate commented many years ago when I asked whether she intended to get married, "It would be rude to get married before my parents did."

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