Posts by Richard Stewart

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Both sides of…,

    I'll freely admit to not liking pretty much anything Springsteen has done musically, but the Royals cover is truly awful. I've witnessed some pretty lame attempts by touring artists to endear themselves to the home crowd but that one takes the biscuit.
    I quite like this though - recommended by my teenage son...

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poor Choices,

    Sometimes I just think Nick Cave was right..

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  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes, in reply to DeepRed,

    Probably a good thing - can you imagine the awful wheezing sound that would emanate from said blubberhole after even the least arduous ascent?

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Friday Music: Counting…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Wow that looks like a nice selection of tasty food! It's evident that a lot of effort has gone into providing a high standard for this event, starting with what will be a really nice venue.
    Hopefully this will carry over into in an improved beer selection? In the past it's been brown water at MOET prices.

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Making it up on smacking,

    We used to hear stories about parents who had beaten their children with a length of hose or similar, which was deemed acceptable by the courts as 'reasonable force'. This is no longer acceptable which is a good thing.

    Surely the long term goal is for a change in attitudes about parental violence against children, and this requires having a clear line which shouldn't be crossed.

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  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Yes, riding 2 abreast is allowed. And yes the time delay to motorists is negligible.
    I'm allowed to drive in the right hand lane of the motorway at 80k. But it doesn't mean I'm not a twatcock if i do it.

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  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes,

    On the subject of cyclists doing things that invite the ire of motorists, something I seem to encounter regularly is when a bunch of riders (usually the look-at-me-in-all-my-flash-gear-on-the-way-to-a-cafe-Sunday-rider-types) ride 2 or 3 abreast effectively preventing following traffic from passing without crossing onto the wrong side of the road. I understand the notion of 'owning' your space on the road, but this sort of behaviour does nothing to improve cyclist/motorist dynamics.

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Second hand helmet? If my sweaty noggin is anything to go by, this would be on a par with opshop undies :-)

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes,

    I regularly commute from Pt Chev to Henderson. The only truly scary bit is the section through Te Atatu Sth, and you'd have to be crazy to ride on the road. Far safer to break the law and ride on the footpath - at least i have some control over watching out for cars exiting driveways as opposed to the danger of being mowed down from behind without warning.
    It will be nice not to encounter the tide covering the cycleway when it's remodeled - salt water and bicycle chains don't go together very well!

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Punk rock and…, in reply to Che Tibby,

    I bet you weren't imagining this version of Wonderwall...about as far from punk as you can get?

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 49 posts Report Reply

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