Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    Let's not forget "Norway Home of Giants"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    Oops that was last year’s … here’s this year’s celebration of the shortest day

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    yes I was going to point out that yes - we had just celebrated solstice

    but it was going to keep getting colder for months ... the Syrian refugees (technically no longer 'refugees' hooray!) that Lisa is working with were unwilling to go out yesterday because it was too cold .... I guess they'll get used to it

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    hmm 'utepils' - I can't wait ...

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  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod, in reply to David Haywood,

    It certainly sounds like Paul Brislen is halfway to helping with his definition of Hiraeth:

    (noun) “a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or that never was”

    We know at least what you’re suffering from now (if not the name of the actual place).

    I was more after just a place that is/was home but I don't live there now (even nthough here is also home) ... it's a sort of state that lives in ones own mind and changes over time (I wasn't so much going for 'wistfulness')

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    Somehow I feel that "Høstens vemod" sounds like it fell out of somewhere in game of thrones ..... but what I want is a word for "home that isn't here"

    When I went to live in the US "home" meant Dunedin, after 20 years when I moved back it somehow magically changed to mean "Oakland" .... now, 10 year later, it's just confused. I need a special word for that other place.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Pff. Presbyterianism is about enduring treats in anticipation of unpleasant things.

    to be fair these treats involve aged butterscotch

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Oh, excellent, couldn't be happening to better (worse) people, for a better reason - what they did to those researchers was IMHO the worst part of Dirty Politics

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: I Fell Down,

    I've always thought the way that Key keeps snuggling up to Ma is quite cute, AliBaba (and more important Táobǎo) is open to everyone, Key doesn't need to do some special thing to get access for NZ products .... all it takes is someone with a laptop, and a good Mandarin speaker (which you need to do biz in China anyway) - makes a good PR snap I guess, makes it look like he's doing something

    What Ma has done is quite enabling - he's provided a way for small Chinese businesses to market stuff to the world - walk through the electronics markets in Shenzhen late in the day, suddenly all you can hear is the ripping of that ubiquitous Chinese yellow packing tape - everyone's fufilling their daily AliExpress/Táobǎo orders.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Hate and guns, in reply to Martin Brown,

    some time ago when a colleague/friend applied for a license I was interviewed by police seeking my opinion on his suitability, as were others including of course, his wife. Maybe no longer so stringent. Don’t know.

    A friend was inheriting an old family heirloom and applying for a gun permit and I was interviewed as a character reference last year. I was quite impressed, they asked about his mental health, who else lived in the house, what I knew of their mental health, whether there was any whiff of spousal abuse etc etc

    I'm not sure what else you can do, perhaps contact family doctors (so they know to make that call if things are looking bad)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2419 posts Report Reply

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