Posts by Robyn Gallagher

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A Strange Road, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    I’m just going to jump in here with some self promotion;

    https://soundcloud.com/bunnies-on-ponies/castle-van-halen

    That’s a good one. It reminds me of being 19.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A Strange Road,

    3 News has an interesting article on Watson’s decision to remove “Planet Key” from the web.

    Watson tweeted on Tuesday that he would be removing it from sale “by order of the Electoral Commission” – but the commission says it has made no such order.

    “We haven’t ordered anything to be taken down, or removed,” a spokesperson told 3 News. “The commission does not have any power to prosecute."

    Watson is calling it “censorship”, but he’s the one who is voluntarily removing the song when it doesn’t have to be removed.

    One thing’s for sure – all this publicity isn’t going to be hurting sales of the song. I will be very interested to see if it’s reached the top 40 when the latest chart is released later today!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can do better than this,

    In one of the early reports that annoyed me, Radio New Zealand’s political editor Brent Edwards, talked about smears being unleashed to “blogs” and “the blogosphere”. Actually, we’re not all like that. The multitude of bloggers, political bloggers included, have no part in this.

    I've been blogging for over 18 years now. In that time the only PR offer I've had was to write about a well known brand of baked beans in exchange for one (1) can of the baked beans. Meanwhile, W. Oil gets $6500 a month for writing about how smoking is cool.

    So yeah, most of the "blogosphere" (worst word ever) is nothing like the 'Oil.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Anonymous Coward,

    the most likely scenario is that either the DDoS attack is a read hearing

    Totally off topic, but "read hearing" is the best eggcorn ever. It fills my heart with joy!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Grey Fucking Area,

    FVEY – the title is a contraction of “Five Eyes”

    I might be the only one who didn't know this, but I thought FVEY was a bizarre title for an album until a rogue Wikipedia link led me to discover that Five Eyes (and its military abbreviation FVEY) is the name of an intelligence alliance of the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and NZ. So fitting right in with Shihad's targets of rage.

    I got a clatter of responses back on Twitter to the effect that they weren’t really independent, because they had, well, views.

    Independent is not the same as neutral!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Curatin' for…,

    Worth nothing - Katy Perry's new music video, for her song "This is How We Do", was directed by Auckland dude Joe Kefali, otherwise known as director of the "Royals" and "Tennis Court" videos for Lorde.

    It's a very different style to the stark world of those videos, but the candy lol fun pop world of "This is How We Do" is perfect Katy Perry.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Food Show 2014: Not Bad, in reply to Joanna,

    Is the Food Show in Auckland significantly different from the one in Wellington?

    My impression - the Auckland show is bigger and less chaotic, even when it's full of the groups of grannies determined to stick their toothpicks into every cheese sample available.

    The Wellington show always felt busier and harder to move around, so getting pissed is a more fun thing to do than spend hours with someone ramming their 4WD baby buggy into your calves as you attempt to walk around.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    I've just discovered the existence of a newly registered party (as of 24 July) called 1Law4All. Le sigh. Needless to say, they are in agreement with Whyte.

    If their Facebook page is anything to go by, it's very much a party for angry middle-aged people who have good lives but are convinced that undeserving people have it better. At the moment the party is mysteriously faceless, with the website proclaiming, "Our party leader will be announced at a later time."

    But the thing I'm most interested in knowing - is the spelling of their party name inspired by '90s text message styles or personalised number plates?

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does…,

    Last night my Twitter feed was full grainy pics of a giant beardy face hovering over the Civic audience.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…,

    I've gone back to learning French, after many attempts over the past 25 years. I've found what really helps is having cool music and TV and films to watch. Stuff to obsess over on its own terms, with the language acquisition being a bonus.

    But is there stuff like this with Maori? I know there's content in te reo on Maori TV and there are no shortage of musicians writing lyrics in te reo, but to work for me it would have to be stuff that I can fangirl over, not just tolerate.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

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