Posts by Jean Hughes

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Hurrah stephen - you've got it

    Mangere • Since Nov 2006 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men,

    thanks Russell - I do love events and will continue to go. I will still have to put with some idiots and their negative ageist/sexist comments (such comments are not ok but much better than touching and threats). Most ageist comments on the day were sweet and not meant negatively at all.
    There were older men around us but they didn't get targeted - this is essentially sexist bullying - and as others have said the sentiments are there whether fuelled by stimulants or not. God help their mothers.
    I hope our responses gave them some fleeting moments of reflection when they sobered up yesterday or today.

    Mangere • Since Nov 2006 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway, in reply to Russell Brown,

    oh yes I agree Russell - the vibe was generally and mainly as good as it ever was - I enjoy seeing people enjoying themselves. And yes no security could not have got to these guys - hey even those people 2 or three away would have had no idea what was going on - it is a tight bunch down the front.
    I was astounded that they would pick on older women in such a sexual way - we even asked them if they treated their mother and grandmother this way - and I am sorry to say they didn't look that ashamed. I think they are a product of a political leadership that puts down women and cracks cheap bullying comments at will.
    They were well fuelled and one offered us weed, mda etc so that explained a lot. I just wish it hadn't happened and hope they didn't pick on younger women at their first big exciting day out. I don't care how sorry they were the day after - the fact they still act like that in any state means they have the nastiness inside them.
    I saw another couple of guys at random throughout the day - their first Laneways and they were sailing very very high at East India Youth - laughing, happy, smiley, gorgeous young lads - and still just as bouncy and happy when I last saw them at the end of Grimes - thats the sort of fueling effects I like.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway,

    well the Laneways experience was mixed for me this year which was a pity.
    We went early to to see Leisure and East India Youth and I was glad we did as East India Youth was a real highlight and we were nice and close with heaps of room to spare. Diiv were good but after about 4 tracks we were moving on. Saw a wee bit of Goldlink, but not really my thing so on we went to see Thundercat which I thought would be really good. But the first 3 songs were all over the place, sounding like bad 60 jazz fusion so off again, people watching, and eating and drinking along the way.
    One big winner seemed to be fashion houses and high st shops that sold mini jumpsuits or play suits – the playground was fairly jumping with them in many guises. Boys wearing pj styled shorts looked cool too.
    We managed to get upstairs onto the 2º deck and watched Shamir from there – a very welcome cool breeze added to the sounds. He was fun and seeing the crowd from above added to it. Missed Oscar Key Sung as we were still cooling off on high, but managed to get down low for Battles which didn’t really appeal.
    By then it was time to get a good position for Courtney and in doing so were close to Hermitude who I did like more than I thought I would.
    Then it all got a bit messy and my day was kinda spoiled
    A young arrogant out of it man and his female sidekicks thought it would be fun to bully a couple of older women – me especially. Not content to trying to grab me about my person, calling me Grandma, he tried to simulate sexual goings on with me and asked the young equally out of it lads around us who wanted to “fuck Grandma” Not nice when you are all so close to each other. He stopped when my friend, turned and punched him in the stomach, totally surprised a ‘Grandma’ could do such a thing, after nicely asking him to cease. And his gal mates laughed and giggled along with the play – female solidarity obviously unheard of.
    We moved away and almost immediately another young, out of it idiot set his sights on us – heckling, poking, pointing and coming up really close – no amount of ignoring him would get him to stop. Again he had the backing of his mates, male and female and they just went on and on. By then Courtney was on and we did really want to listen and enjoy and happily she was not their cup of tea or they found someone even older or more female to bully and off they went, not before pointing two fingers at me and saying ’"we will be back"- bullies to the end.
    After this, even though Courtney had done her best, I felt old, tired and slightly emotional and went and sat down. Never in all the events I have been to (and there have been quite a few) have I been treated so meanly and unnecessarily so.
    It had been a long day – but we rallied to view Grimes from afar – I wasn’t going into that crowd again. Not quite the same feelings though I did like what I saw and heard.
    Then over for a brief listen to QT but the day had spoiled, tiredness had been given an in and I even flagged Flume to go home.
    So sad that my last Silo Laneway ended not with a bang but a whimper.
    And today I see we were not the only women whose Laneways was disrupted by bad mannered men.

    Mangere • Since Nov 2006 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway,

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway,

    So looking forward to also seeing everyone else enjoying themselves. One of the things I like about Laneways is the very good vibes there. It all combines to transport me back to feeling very young again and just enjoying the whole experience of large crowds, good music and people.
    A friend sent this and I am using it as my morning nostalgia wake up (with a great big smile)
    This is my favourite time of London, and possibly of my youth.
    Enjoy.
    See the possible Amy Winehouse influence at about 7:09. (not sure how to embed)

    Mangere • Since Nov 2006 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stories: Home,

    Home - is many things
    Privately it is my bedroom that has never been shared all my life except when someone is invited in.
    Emotionally it is the skyscape and seascapes of New Zealand - I need to live on or very near to the coast.
    Intellectually it is the London of my youth when I was free and the present me was beginning to develop.
    When I am homesick far away it is the smell of the bush - it permeates my dreams
    Realistically I feel at home wherever I am unafraid, unthreatened and able to sleep - I know the fortune I have to be able to say that.

    Mangere • Since Nov 2006 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    I love that dark red one - especially when mixed with new bright green leaf

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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    and another on the ride - I think the ride to work at this time of year may be the reason I go to work!

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    Then a wonderful walk up Mangere Mountain....

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