Loud conversation at Ohope beach.
And the eyes of a stink bug
In their own ways, both seem to be singing "It ain't easy being green"
Also, NZ is a post-Christian culture and Christianity has taught that suicide is a sin for 2000 years.
More than just a sin.
The habitual and almost invariable pairing of 'commit* suicide' conveys the historical condemnation that’s embedded in the language – alongside homicide, patricide, infanticide – 'with intent to commit a crime' …
So in this case it’s good to see the occasional (but increasing?) use of the noun as a simple verb – ‘to suicide’ – an appropriate expression of its reflexive nature, a neutral descriptor of the action.
It might even make it easier to talk and write about it.
Genesis: Error Correction
I must admit to curiousity in knowing the genesis to this "opinion piece". Smellie describes himself as ...
I see Pattrick Smellie managed communications for Contact Energy a few years ago. So no doubt he was the electricity industry expert/ principal of BusinessDesk responsible for this crock on Genesis Energy
carried last month by Scoop, NBR, TVNZ.
He’s added his in-depth knowledge and research to re-frame a media release by Genesis as the SOE preparing itself for sale by reducing liabilities associated with its dependence on coal-fired generation at Huntly. Its use of coal is apparently way down -
Its 2013 annual report shows that just 7.7 percent of its total electricity production of 13,057 Gigawatt hours came from coal, compared with 52.8 percent from the Tongariro and Tekapo hydro schemes, another 19.6 percent from both old and new gas-fired plant at Huntly, 13.6 percent from geothermal energy, and 4.8 percent from wind farms.
Very odd figures I thought, so checked Genesis Energy’s 2012/13 annual report where at p.17 a table lists its total electricity generation for the year as 7212 GWh, and the breakdown by source, converted to percentage of total, is coal 31.3% (rather than 7.7), gas 37.9% (19.6), hydro 30.5% (52.8), wind 0.3% (4.8) and it has no geothermal (rather than 13.6%).
Then at p.21 I find the source of Smellie’s odd figures, a table with percentages of New Zealand electricity generation by source, and for Genesis Energy’s electricity consumption by primary source, not in gigawatt-hours but oddly in gigajoules. This is a unit 3600 times smaller so 13,057 GJ rather than a surprising third of total NZ electricity production is actually very small, apparently for Genesis Energy’s own electricity consumption as perhaps in offices etc, on the assumption the primary source of that electricity matches the proportions of the overall national production rather than its own. This in the context of quarter-pai reporting its environmental footprint, under an “Environmental Management” heading.
Rather than as described under the Scoop story linked above –
Independent, Trustworthy New Zealand Business News
The Wellington-based BusinessDesk team of former Bloomberg Asian top editor Jonathan Underhill and Qantas Award-winning journalist and commentator Pattrick Smellie provides a daily news feed for a serious business audience.
– I’d say this was the work of someone deeply ignorant of the NZ electricity generating industry, as well as a sloppy researcher.
And that’s simple stuff compared with TPP negotiations!
It's like the tears at the back of your throat after your house burns down
I might have said - where's the photo of said prize opened and all?
but have to agree, that's an impressive word-picture of a taste experience!
Thanks Jackson – Marti Friedlander's Self-Portrait arrived yesterday as early Christmas present, and I’ve much enjoyed a good browse and reading the Writers and Artists section in particular.
The cover photo she explained as her first self-portrait, an impromptu effort in a hall mirror – but my first thought on seeing it askew like that was ‘Huh! – the great Marti Friedlander has trouble levelling her camera, too!’ But then thinks no, the camera if anywhere near the centre-line in a mirror selfie has to be the reference for level in the negative – this has been cropped and rotated as a matter of book cover design. So it’s satisfying to pick up among her many clearly expressed opinions that she enjoys bringing out alternative images in her negatives, that the 1970s PhotoForum dictate that a negative must always be printed whole is “rather idiotic”.
She has an incidental reference to being persuaded by Hamish Keith to agree to the use of one of her photos of Ralph Hotere as the basis for graffiti artist Askew’s tribute to him earlier this year – as featured on Capture: Art on the Street – askew again, multiple connections, very satisfying.