Posts by Gregor Ronald

  • Speaker: A Slight Diversion from…,

    I was told that half of all ferro-cement boats ended up as swimming pools.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Say the web front end went down, but the server and its OS stayed up. There are lots of ways that someone could gain access, depending on security at the server - and in many sites security is in need of updates and riddled with holes. You'd still need a database login, though - unless the data was in plain text.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I agree, he used the "Sorry people were offended" line several times. I kept waiting for him to apologise for the statement itself, but I honestly think he didn't understand the difference.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    Well pointed out B Jones: Shakespeare's Shylock is unlikable, but that trait is then used to make a serious point about how we all share a common humanity regardless of race and religion. Even in a lightweight play it's complicated.

    I do believe it's possible for someone to know the name but not its connotations - not everyone took English to Year 13 or beyond. Two friends I asked didn't know that Shylock was a Shakespearean character or Jewish, they just thought it was slang for "money lender". Another thought it referred to land agents.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    Rough chip surface? A solitary pothole? Luxury...

    Come cycling in Christchurch for some real adventures!

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Fine Line, in reply to bob daktari,

    I heard somewhere recently that immigrants tend to settle and remain in an area after 4 years; they've settled in to work, made friends, kids are in school, other relatives have settled near by. So why not allow immigrants to settle in the regions and bond them to stay there for 5 years? Very few would then migrate to Auckland from the regional towns - but we'll need to have jobs waiting for them of course.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Sacha,

    The flooding isn't in Gerry's electorate. Most people on his side of town haven't visited the east side for a year or two, so they think it's all fine and dandy - they just want some nice fashion and interior decorating shops to appear in the CBD.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Russell, you're spot on. Key's photo ops and Brownlee's bullying are not helping, and Lianne has been left to handle the mess while these goons play their power games.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Just Like Unicorns,

    I was reminded of Bill Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman" bullshit. If it involves your sexual organs and makes you feel sexy, it's sex all right.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The secret Christchurch…,

    We had next-door neighbours in the red zone who left for Nelson - a professional couple with two primary-age boys. They needed to get the kids into a secure school setting, and luckily their employment worked out well. Now they enjoy a great lifestyle in the sunshine, while Christchurch gets crappier by the day.

    We're in our 60s and we know we'll never see a viable city centre - life has shrunk to a series of suburban malls with occasional bars and restaurants dotted about, and city administration has become a struggle between quangos and the CCC.

    I still have sympathy for the Council, but their performance is far from adequate, especially with issuing building consents. Having Key and Brownlee blame the CCC for flooding that's a direct result of the quakes is not helping, but I still hope the flood victims can be helped by somebody.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

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