Posts by Stuart Coats

  • Hard News: Oh, Auckland, in reply to Pete Sime,

    I just wanted to second Peter's recommendation of Bookbinder. I saw it in the Wellington Fringe and it is remarkable. A deserving winner of the Best of Fringe award. The show works in very small venues (here in Wellington it was 15 people per show) so when it comes to your town BOOK!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 179 posts Report Reply

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

    The nastiness happens at an individual level too, where the competition is between colleagues for the best jobs, the chance to present, be an overseas correspondent, or even to get off the intern desk just once and do a story. It turns friends into rivals, even enemies, remarkably easily. Just this week I heard another case of a ‘friend’ betraying another’s confidence, effectively stomping on the fingers of their colleague as they climbed up the ladder.

    I remember years ago a media friend of mine and I busted each other gossiping about the other. We genuinely liked each other – still do – so why? It was part envy, part mischief, and sometimes just going along with whatever the group might be saying. We had it out one day over lunch, then made a pact. It’s one I’ve stuck to, and extended to others, never to criticise each other, and if someone else was to say “don’t you think so-and-so is awful?” to explicitly disagree and stick up for your friend – an act so uncommon and unexpected in media that it often elicits an immediate backdown.

    I don't think this is just a media thing. It happens in all industries, in all walks of life. I guess that the big problem is that what is said "in the media" becomes news and/or a part of the national conversation.
    I have worked in a few industries now and I'm happy to say that I think the cream rises. In all walks of life there are people who try to get to the top via scheming and backstabbing. That works for a while, but I have found that the people who truly "make it" are those who act in a generous manner and care about other people.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 179 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This time it's Syria,

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  • Hard News: A Golden Age for the Arts?,

    It does depend on what the minister is refering to. Are there great artists out there producing terrific work? Yes. Are they being fairly recompensed for their work? No.

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  • Field Theory: The Wonder Years,

    Showing my age, but this match has always been a favourite, especially as it was played on Australia Day

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  • Random Play: Stop! In the Name of Love!!,

    Off-topic....

    Graham, are you worried that people might think your book is a detailed account of the Balloon Boy saga?

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  • Hard News: Bowie for the BDO?,

    Wellington is actually quite a good town to live in

    I know, I live here. I'm just saying that it's cold today.

    I thought in his non-scripted bits he sounded a little bit like he was begging/desperate to have tourists to come over

    Don't they call this "keeping on message" in politics?

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  • Hard News: Bowie for the BDO?,

    Whatever you do, wherever you decide to go in Wellington, bring a coat. Brrr-loody cold!

    No-one's mentioned Fidel's yet? I haven't been for a while, but it used to be worth it just for the hash browns. Floriditas is also good, but I'm afraid I can't recommend Duke Carvells.

    I thought Key did okay. He doesn't write the material.......

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  • Up Front: Actors Don't Hunt in Packs,

    @ Matthew
    Yes, not only was I there but I was on stage just before the accident occurred. I was also working for the company at the time so got to be part of the aftermath. We had an interesting time with OSH afterwards. Our natural theatre tendency (the show must go on) collided head first with their policy of leaving an accident scene alone until they have had a chance to look at it.

    I've performed in most of the theatres in NZ, and if a lot of them were inspected they may not pass. But then that's half the fun!

    I no longer work for the Opera company, but I am in the chorus for Eugene Onegin in Wellington. The show is playing in Auckland this week and it is, by all accounts, fantastic. No antlers to fall either.

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  • Up Front: Actors Don't Hunt in Packs,

    Sorry, not sure why that happened twice! Maybe I shouldn't have said Macbeth before I posted.....

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