Posts by Robert Urquhart

  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.,

    Another stray thought: given current government methods of accounting W&I probably gets to claim all those debts as being a positive on the “asset” side of the ledger. Regardless of the (practically zero) likelihood they will ever be substantially repaid.

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.,

    Something my parents asked me at the weekend which I did not have an answer for and have not had much time to research - suppose you /have/ more rooms than you need (eg empty nest) and you want to make those available to help people who need short term assistance - who do you talk to? Is there any organisation or service which serves as a communication hub for such things? Who are the relevant charities/organisations?

    I'm pretty sure HNZ / W&I will not have a bar of talking to / managing individual offers, they will only want to outsource that administration to "approved providers".

    Any pointers?

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  • Polity: Lady luck smiles more than we think,

    As another who is only in the comfortable position I am due to positive fortune, I like to take as one of my guiding principles a slight modification of another well-know saying: “Be the luck you want to see in the world”.

    Life is absolutely not “fair”, the very concept is a personification, but it is within our power to make living more so.

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  • Up Front: Five,

    This also seems the appropriate thread to share my photos from the We've Had Enough rally on Sunday.

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  • Up Front: Five,

    I have posted my thoughts from the day (somewhat inspired and informed by Emma) in my journal.
    http://marsden-online.dreamwidth.org/969722.html

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  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Russell Brown,

    > You’re talking about your events being tarnished and how to prevent that. The women on this thread (and some of the men) are talking about this being only one facet of the wider issue – sexual intimidation and lack of respect for women. I think your priorities are a little skewed.

    They’re not “my events”, I’m not the promoter. We’re talking about concrete steps to stop this happening at music events. I think that’s a laudable aim. And, again, it’s what we were talking abut upthread.

    A mountain is moved (or levelled might be a better metaphor in this instance) one rock at a time. It's perfectly possible to acknowledge (or not) a wider problem and say "well here are the areas I have interest and influence, here is where I will try and make my difference" and hope it spreads; or that others are doing the same in their respective spheres.

    That is what I think is happening here. The two conversations are not at cross-purposes.

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    I am not at all a music person or part of the festival scene so I have nothing concrete to offer there. And the few times I have had real opportunity to call strangers out on their behaviour I admit I 'froze'. But within my social circles (which mostly consist of younger people) there is a definite movement to address the same sort of issues and as one of the "elders of the tribe" I do my best to support that.

    Men need to step up to address the issue; however that does mean that often as not, and with the best intentions, we are going to take a "male" approach to "analysing" and "solving" the "problem". I have learnt that we need to listen to women / those affected *first* and *in an ongoing fashion* to gain the perspective needed to usefully frame our responses, but that lesson was a long time taking and in truth it's still something that requires constant attention.

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  • Up Front: So Farewell Then, UCSA, in reply to Lilith __,

    A bit strange to have the stage on one side of the amphitheatre and not in the middle *where it’s designed to be*!

    Buildings may come and go, but Phil Anderson is eternal.

    You are not the only person in my various social media to have made either of those comments :D

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  • Up Front: So Farewell Then, UCSA,

    I went along to the event today; it was actually an even more thinly disguised attempt to tap alumni for money than expected. Jokes on them; I judge not many of the people in attendance were the sort with money to spare.

    Of the speakers only one evidenced any real connection to the building. If not for him it the ostensible purpose of the event would have been all but omitted from the proceedings.

    My photos; including of the concepts/plans for the replacement building which were on display.

    http://smu.gs/21QNfYt

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  • Access: How many agencies does it take…, in reply to Angela Hart,

    The craziest thing about solar at the moment is that if mains power goes off and you’re grid connected, you loose your solar as well. Because of risk to linesmen if there is unexpectedly power on the line when they try to fix it. You’d think the system could be rigged to automatically disconnect from the grid and be reconnected, possibly manually, when power is restored.

    [Grumps] That's the only disappointment with my recently installed solar. (Excluding the circus of actually getting it installed, certified and an appropriate meter.) I can understand why, but I'd be perfectly happy to have to throw three big-ass switches in three different locations around the house to make sure everything was isolated before drawing directly from the panels, even if it was to a single power point. It undermines half the reason for getting it in the first place [/grumps]

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  • Up Front: So Farewell Then, UCSA,

    2008: a few bits of the UCSA building in behind the March for Undead Rights

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