Posts by Gregor Ronald

  • Muse: Guilt By Association Copy,

    It sounds like an extension of Godwin's Law to me. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=godwin%27s%20law)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drugs, development and reality,

    If you make selling the village's opium crop attractive enough (i.e. a Hilux ute and satellite TV for the headman, and cellphone access for everyone in a village) then anyone who breaks ranks and risks cancelling the deal will be a pariah. Once you have farmers that you can talk to, with a regular income, you can start on substitution programmes.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're back!,

    Great news - another step towards Maori TV becoming our de facto national channel.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Not burglary?,

    I used to live in a holiday town in Otago, and these holiday-home break-ins by local kids came in cycles. (I know this lot didn't go inside, but anyway...) Usually they got caught by the cops, the school became involved, and the kids were publicly shamed at a school assembly. (With the approval of their parents.) All the kids in the school got the message and the problem went away, until 4 or 5 years had passed and a new crop of Year 9-13 kids grew up. Then the cycle was repeated.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Future of Television,

    More proof that if you're 60+, broadcast TV has very little to offer. Yet I have more disposable income now than I've ever had, surely someone wants to sell stuff to my demographic? I doubt that a 20-something TV producer has any idea about how to do this, though.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Crazy Gang Nation,

    These Republicans swore an oath to protect & defend their country. Why are they not being charged with treason?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: In the red zone,

    Your first River Rd photo is next to our house, demolished 11 months ago. The last neighbors in the block left a few weeks ago, after months of night time prowlers and looters, and the fear of arson. We were lucky being zapped by the first quake, we were sorted and moved before it all turned to custard. What does Brownlee plan to do with the zone? A plan would be nice.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Neither fish nor fowl,

    In Christchurch, around half the roads I ride on have restrictions for repairs. In the narrow lanes of cones, I'll dodge onto the footpath to let the cars go past. I have a helmet mirror, which helps me see if I am blocking anyone. Lots of people give a toot or wave, so it's good PR.

    I always use pedestrian lights and crossings at a couple of places where it would be suicide to mix it with the traffic, e.g. Blenheim Rd. I guess the same applies to 6-lane major urban roads anywhere.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, Grow Up, in reply to Angus Robertson,

    Yep, Angus, you're right. I'm 65 next birthday, but my brain still thinks I'm 25-30. Shame about the body...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Wogistan form book,

    Prosser apologised to Kathryn Ryan for the style and manner of his delivery, but skirted around the message.

    I actually sympathised with him for having his knife confiscated. I had to hand over a nice little Leatherman on my key ring when leaving Sydney last year - though they let me carry on a bottle of Scotch that I could have killed people with!

    But the guy's a racist prick, and a carpetbagger too - Winston's quality control is a bit lackadaisical I reckon.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

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