My reading was much the same.
Ditto. For context, there’s been a lot of frothing from the right about Obama failing to use the right words against ISIS. He's very careful to avoid the idea of a 'war on islam.' Not just to avoid offending key allies - it's exactly the message ISIS want out there.
And a bunch of vainglorious wanna-be-importants keep trumpeting the descent of angels and ‘grand clash of civilizations.’
It’s like they’ve never twigged to the religion of the soldiers in the Iraqi army and militias – and in the Kurdish peshmerga. The vast majority of people killed by ISIS are moslems; the vast majority of people fighting ISIS are moslems.
Somehow that doesn’t register with the armchair warriors.
‘if Labour were in government our commitment to the latest US/UK adventure in Iraq would be pretty much identical’
I’m inclined to agree- but I *hope* there would have been a serious attempt to explain and justify the decision to us all. Re-taking Mosul could be a bloodbath – or it could go well. Avoiding sectarian division as much as possible is one role an international presence could play and that seems a worthy goal.
I don’t think under any other party than the Nats we’d have been forced to endure the infuriating charade where it’s very clear the decision was made- and likely a commitment given – many months ago, yet we’re forced to pretend it came down to a cabinet decision on Monday.
In the immortal words, etc – cut the crap.
Oh, man, thank you for that link!
'The Hoghton Hustle - the story of World Records' would make a marvellous movie - half 'The Harder They Come' half 'Boogie Nights'.
Andrew Schmidt's 'mysterex' blog was the go-to for Chch 80s music scene writing, but it seems to have disappeared :(
Does that have pictures?
Not many, if any :) (There's a copy in the UC McMillan Brown collection - I went and looked it up!)
A former flatmate did an art-school photography project called 'Christchurch Boots' in 79-80. That would be good to end up at audioculture.
I like how Bruce Russell puts it:
in my opinion it’s the psychic discharge of pent-up frustration and inchoate rage that explains this music. The people making it were fed up with doing what was expected of them by a narrow-minded and conformity-mad society of people that presented as wowsers and drank like navvies.
Great writing, Greg. It's the grit that gets into the everyday which starts to wear and nag like sand in an engine. Don't want to go into our own experience with EQR/EQC - but it's evident that easy stuff, with clear lines of profit (plaster and paint jobs) are easy to get done. But they have little effect on peace of mind or quality of life. Faced with a hard job - everyone runs a mile.
We've got a long way to go. So it's especially disturbing to feel we're not on the right road.
PS - Stephen Judd would be an asset to anywhere on the planet. But there are plenty of folks - well-meaning and not - here making big $ 'helping out'. Many stories, rumours and slander in the air. Hope some of the dirtier dirt (if indeed it's not all just idle scuttlebutt) makes it out into the sunlight.
Sounds great - will definitely try to catch this. Being in Chch through these times, even with eyes and ears half-shut, was a blast.
I hope Ms Spong, in the odd break between bursts of her vital parliamentary stenography, takes the time to write her own life story. Blood needs to be curdled; hackles, raised; spines tingled. It's her patriotic duty!
they only work for the betterment of all mankind
And all for the minimum wage without any footware allowance :(
The NZ cricket broadcasting teams are bloody good, and clearly have been sidelined. 'Star' bringing in most of the crew (and gear) leaves NZ freelancers in the lurch. There was a time when NZ (and Nzers) wouldn't have allowed it. I'm wondering if the 'Hobbit Laws' have any bearing on this?