Posts by Richard Aston

  • Feed: Saints Preserve, in reply to Rebecca Williams,

    +1 for a gardening blog ... me too

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 421 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Saints Preserve, in reply to BenWilson,

    I tend to pile lawn clippings under citrus, too. They don’t like root competition, and it’s a regular addition of nutrients that you’ve got to put somewhere anyway. Maybe 5cm deep spread right out to the drip line, which is the rough extent of the roots.

    Me too Ben, lawn clippings are a fantastic mulch, put on fresh they seem to burn off the weeds - except kikuyu of course.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 421 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Saints Preserve, in reply to Hebe,

    The only decent crop it has had was in 2011 when the sewerage failures meant three males were peeing around it for months.

    That's how I restored a failing lemon tree , lemon trees it seems just loved to be pissed on. Same for orchids.

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  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy, in reply to The Ruminator,

    We all just think the media is anti-whicheverside-we’re-on

    But News reporters are meant to be balanced, well according to Brian Edwards. Deeper in his blog he says

    But we have laws in this country about reporting in news and current affairs programmes. In those programmes journalists are required to be balanced in their reporting and analysis. The rules for TVNZ and TV3 are quite different from the rules for Fox News for example. Comment must also be clearly distinguished from straight news.

    Is that true that we have laws requiring news journalists to be balanced?

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  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I find it difficult to understand how a newsroom that contains John Campbell (who has become a very good journalist) and the team that supports him, can also contain Mr Gower. It strikes me as odd.

    Me too

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  • Hard News: Polls: news you can own, in reply to DeepRed,

    It’s part of a burning question: are polls intended to reflect public opinion, or influence it?

    Bloody good question Deep Red.
    It seems to me that in this election more than any other the media is playing a much bigger role in "shaping" perceptions. The recent nazisification of Kim.Com was a classic case of media as propaganda attack dogs.
    It concerns me how much Poll result influence the marginally motivated voters or those on the fence, people like to back winners.

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  • Hard News: Inside the Shrine, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Key: “I can tell you I was bought”

    Confession?

    No. Freudian slip

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  • Hard News: Things worth knowing,

    Is that enough to seriously toast Collins ?
    Who will take it up , Labour or media ?

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  • Hard News: Things worth knowing, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    what was her arse as Justice Minister doing over there ? We have no idea.What is she actually responsible for that requires her dealing over in China?

    Bloody good point Sofie. She's the minister of Justice and moonlighting on ACC and Ethnic Affairs, what the hell was she doing there anyway . Ethnic affairs ?

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  • Hard News: Things worth knowing, in reply to BenWilson,

    They're starting to exert influence here that rivals the USA

    Good point Ben , shit they will be wanting their nuclear armed ships in our ports next.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 421 posts Report Reply

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