Posts by Stuart Coats

  • Hard News: Comedy Festival 2: The Genius…, in reply to Te Radar,

    Totally seconded. Kraken was one of the funniest shows I've seen, and a great antidote to all of the stand-up (I love going to stand-up but it is nice to have a change). It contains one of the greatest entrances I have ever seen on the stage at Bats.

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  • Hard News: Humour with heart,

    From down in Wellington: give Tighty Whiteys a go when it gets up north. Really funny stuff from a couple of great performers.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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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