Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…, in reply to Paul Kennedy,

    Thanks for the useful and comprehensive response, Paul.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…, in reply to Ken Double,

    Thanks for that, Ken. How awful.

    I saw Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan years ago at Womad in the UK. It was quite an experience.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    But each week, literally half the chart is songs by Six60,

    In a victory for diversity, only eight of the Top 20 this week are songs by Six60.

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  • Hard News: Starting the cannabis…, in reply to Shane Le Brun,

    Huhana is also going as spokesperson for MCANZ. :).

    Ah, good.

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  • Hard News: Starting the cannabis…, in reply to Alfie,

    My interpretation of what must be a reheated press release is that the Southern Police district appears happy to believe that they’re pushing dope smokers towards much worse drugs.

    That's really quite astonishing.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Three decades on…, in reply to Conrad Heine,

    Watching a petition-wielding Sallie approach a skinhead on Queen Street, and said skinhead gleefully scrawling.

    Things had come down several notches by the time of Destiny Church's 'Enough is Enough' march in 2004, but I've always been surprised that it seemed to be only me who noticed a group (of pakeha) who marched along with National Front placards. That certainly took the creepiness up a level.

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  • Hard News: Starting the cannabis…,

    And to answer the inevitable question: there may be a live stream. It's not my department, but I gather it's under discussion.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Three decades on…,

    Oh, also: Sunday’s Neighbourhood episode focuses on K Road and is presented by the very talented Ramon Te Wake. There’s a law reform-themed show called ‘The Bill’ at Artspace, it turns out.

    It’s on TVNZ on Demand here.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Three decades on…, in reply to Sacha,

    I recall being stoked as a straight man witnessing the spectators at the Hero Parade opening our collective arms in celebration not just ‘tolerance’. Felt like the culture had caught up (even if only in that place).

    I did interviews with Rex Halliday and others for Planet and we ended up getting some free tickets to the Hero party on Prince’s Wharf. We were at a barbecue beforehand and our gay friend Darren couldn’t afford to go along. So we clubbed in and bought him a ticket and he was so happy. He’d literally never been in a big queer space like that before.

    I may have cried during the performance part. And I wasn’t even on drugs.

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  • Access: Legless, in reply to Ianmac,

    Your description of your position is a valuable insight. Thanks Chelle.

    I this is what Chelle does well – writes about experiences most of us will never have with such candour and clarity that we can start to understand them.

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