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Hard News: Friday Gold: An email exchange with Michael Laws

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  • Islander,

    "Dancing With Beelzebub" is not even a 'good read' in the danbrownish sense....

    What is written - lasts much longer than what is oral, and, just sometimes- records what the oral was, from the writer's hear-point (I refer interested people to the journals of John Boultbee for an ear-insight to what spoken southern Maori probably sounded like.)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • conseismal,

    parenthetically, why should anyone be automatically interested in what Maori 'sounded like'? Is it not at least as astonishing trying to imagine what the first 'kiwi' sounded 'like'? or, much more to the point, why he sounded the way he did, even more to the point, why anybody iterated the mad new sounds that he made? These are events, it seems to me, way more worthy of consideration than some kind of shot at .."ear-insight" HELLO? (usa)

    Since Jul 2009 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    piss off, troll

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    I reckon it's only a matter of time until Laws has a Jimmy Swaggart / Jimmy Baker day of reckoning. Someone should go through his rubbish. I bet it's a goldmine of credibility destroying tidbits.

    Um - isn't that what this thread is largely about? It's not as if he provides the world with anything much else to feed its morbid fascination with the grotesque.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    On the other hand, speaking of PA social type things, it's the holidays coming up and I have a hankering to see my PA buddies at a certain neighbourhood bar. With rum. Email me if you too have this hankering.

    Oh Jackie, wish I could :( Wont be back until October. London is a bit far to get to the pub from. Tell you what, Cutty Sark Pub in Greenwich is mighty perdy and oh so comfortable if you wanna meet me there one night next week. We could sit outside and look across the water at the 02 Dome.:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6358 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Jen Hay on Kim Hill's show last week talking about our changing vowels (streaming 15 mins , MP3, 5.4MB)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Rum, you say..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Oh Jackie, wish I could :( Wont be back until October. London is a bit far to get to the pub from. Tell you what, Cutty Sark Pub in Greenwich is mighty perdy and oh so comfortable if you wanna meet me there one night next week. We could sit outside and look across the water at the 02 Dome.:)

    What are you doing in London???? Why wasn't I told? I wondered where you were, I have to say. I miss you.
    @Sacha yes rum - and pizza even..........

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Owe you one.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    (bloody AK sybarites, dont even think about wopwop friends starving to death in Big O ec etc etc)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    But we lack abundant wildlife and must settle for pizza.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    But we lack abundant wildlife and must settle for pizza.

    Thanks to 1080 there's not the same abundance of roadkill. And now that hubcaps are made of plastic there's a lack of handy roasting dishes.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Sooo...hello Loop! Watcha doin' tonight? (whack)

    O bugger, another kangaroo -when *do* the seaweed hordes come through? This vegan really has to *eat*-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Did someone say wachadoin?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Well, I could've probably stirfried the cellphone thing...


    (As a small note of formal appreciation, can I say how much I really relish all the clips/leads/sites/et al that come from here?

    *Thank you all*)

    Now, off to hunt some edible stuff- a hah! Fresh glistening young puha clump! gotcha! Tweedlydee, eggs, tweedlyda, grated spud = yay! breakfast!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    (bloody AK sybarites, dont even think about wopwop friends starving to death in Big O ec etc etc)

    Ahem.... beg to differ :) I am dreaming of the lil' baby cheezus.Except that it's 3.30 in the afternoon!I like this edit button. 3 cheers Russell.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6358 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    A more restrained article from Laws - just the normal beneficiary bashing and no mention of himself. BUT I can't help thinking there's a sub-text - it was the parents wot did it - they made the "kiddies" challenge my authoritai.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/opinion/2882791/Suffer-little-children-its-your-parents-fault

    Also: Herald - the email exchange.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10598419

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I think I now owe a lunch at Maria Pia's to everybody. Better start saving.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7412 posts Report Reply

  • Emily Zorn,

    Giovanni, you were right!

    Just read the Herald on Sunday account and Laws has turned the whole exchange into a positive. It will play even better in Wanganui. Own goal, Russell.

    Since Sep 2009 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    Just read the Herald on Sunday account and Laws has turned the whole exchange into a positive. It will play even better in Wanganui. Own goal, Russell.

    Where does he turn it to his advantage? By saying he was sick of non-residents expressing their opinion?

    And for what it's worth I emailed Laws a week ago because of his SST article - I tried to be rational but I'm not the best of writers - anyway I got back the rudest response I've ever received - might not sound bad to you but ... It was "Bye bye crazy lady"

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Pretty sure his council must have standards for communication from their email addreses. I'd be complaining there.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Lea,

    breaking news! The original document from the founding of W*anganui has been found. After examination by electron microscope it can be revealed that there was no 'H'.

    The original spelling was WI-IANGANUI but over the years the ink smudged into the shape of an 'H'.

    Soon after the town was run by a team of mathematicians that felt compelled to subtract the second 'I' from the first, leading to the spelling W0ANGANUI (I-I = 0) for a short time. The zero was eventually dropped altogether because it looked stupid.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 30 posts Report Reply

  • Emily Zorn,

    I'm sorry Cecilia but that's quite a funny reply!

    Since Sep 2009 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Emily Zorn,

    I apologise, Cecelia. But to answer your question, it is as Giovanni oroginally said: in Wanganui telling some outsider that they are a dickhead because they've called hs entire city a bunch of ignorant hillbilly hicks - do you really think that would have the locals rooting for anyone other than Laws?

    Since Sep 2009 • 9 posts Report Reply

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