Gregan was actually good value on World Cup Weekly along with Jeff Wilson and Joel Stransky during the tournament. It was the most watchable of a surfeit of shows.
Regarding the sledge, it's genius.
As to Gregan's character, I don't know him at all, but I'm happy to judge him on his deeds which include pouring cash into kids hospitals in NSW to support playgrounds and medical support for infants with various ailments. Forget what he did/didn't do on the field, he and his partner do great stuff for the young'uns.
Most notably, he apologised to those he’d hurt and let down, rather than trying to make himself look like a victim.
Yes. Savea. That's a change too. The reflexsive non-apology shits-me-to-tears! It's nice being a Kiwi in Australia for the moment I might add.
Russell, your writing entirely captures my feelings about this team. If these be our heros, they appear ok. In fact, they appear a thoroughly decent collection of individuals who happen to be, also, a remarkable team. I do recall one incident involving one member of the team that I sincerely hope was appropriately dealt with.
I see there are no dates for Sydney... yet?
With my wife and some friends, we loved the tour Don did with Dave Dobbyn which included a gig, or two, at the Basement (a great venue if you're ever in town).
Thank you, Paul. You and Robert are both amazing role models. We are lucky to have you.
I sincerely hope Paul you have time to blog more. As Sacha's said, role models like yourself and Robert are essential both to those you represent and as a standard for all advocates.
name the back office Labour peeps who are bastions of competence. Go on.
I'll not name those that I particularly regard as such, but there's a number, Salmond is definitely one of them. That said, their specific influence will always be limited relative to Caucus, Leadership and the broader membership (as it should be).
And then party leadership has carried on talking about things like, well, housing and the future of work and the like.
Point well made Deborah. I had noticed, and entirely support, the close attention to the future of work and also the debate on housing. I guess my lens on NZ politics is a little narrow, however, as I saw as much from Quin as I did on these other more significant matters.
I can't help but think the moment Labour starts talking about Labour it could be talking about something else.
And as someone who went to a no-uniform school (Wellington High, mid-90s), I can tell you that’s the exact opposite of my experience. Granted, it may have had something to do with High’s very Liberal culture, but there was absolutely no hassling on the basis of clothes, and certainly none on the basis of expense.
I won't argue that the reverse is not possible. I guess my experience, in South Auckland in the '70s and '80s, partly defines my perspective.
This is not so much “but a ‘boy’ might wear a skirt!” as “We may teach your nine year old to smash the patriarchy, okay?”
There’s only one place where I have a serious problem with this whole thing: it’s not compulsory. The schools who will do this will be the schools who would do it anyway.
Why is it not compulsory? Not compulsory to provide a safe space for kids regardless of sexual identity or not compulsory to reflect the recommendations in the sexuality curriculum?
Don’t see why kids need uniforms. Most European countries, they don’t. We didn’t in my sixth form, and the world didn’t fall in because a few kids went to school fully goffed, punked or metalled up.
It’s all about indoctrinating kids into subordination for the sake of it.
I thought that for years, particularly when I was at school. I don't now. I think a uniform is one of the easiest and least disruptive ways to avoid kids feeling shitty 'cause they can't all have the flashest clothes all the time. I entirely agree with Emma's comment that practical, gender-neutral uniforms, priced to be accessible to all families ought to be every school's practice.