Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: The Wall and the Paper

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  • Paul Williams, in reply to Sacha,

    the Simon Uptons

    Precisely, where's he nowadays?

    If you’re talking Lhaws, that’s private flogging *by* page 3 grrls

    Too many years ago, I met Antionette Beck, the alter-ego of Lhaws Exec Secretary and the person he blamed for his lies to Parliament. I wonder if she doesn't pretend like that never happened? Honestly, how's a complete prat like him ever attain any standing? It is beyond my comprehension.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2233 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Precisely, where's he nowadays?

    Here.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Where is the articulate and reasonable right?

    Well, there's our own Rob Hosking if you want a true blue but thoroughly reasonable chap, albeit I don't think he does much opinion journalism. As noted, I believe you could have a nice drink with Karl du Fresne and reach amicable conclusions on some subset of the worlds' problems without fear of violence. Fran O'Sullivan we've all bagged at one time or another, but she's not unreasonable per se, just starting from a very different set of political axioms. And so on. Laws has got nothing in common with the most of the right wing people writing in the NZ press and I don't think many of them would want or indeed deserve to be lumped in with him. The only "attraction" he offers to the SST op ed section is controversy.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2968 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Matthews, in reply to peter mclennan,

    Askew's Morningside murals are amazing. I havent seen them in person but must check them out http://www.aucklandtrains.co.nz/2011/03/15/rail-murals-to-turn-grey/
    Surely they are not next to go? Does anyone know where they exactly are? (I only know Monringside from Bro town!)

    Auckand • Since Jan 2010 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    The laws opinion peice, "A black eye for liberals" talks tough and goes nowhere - it offers and delivers nothing.

    With Michael Laws self praise would likely be at the foundation of why he does what he does:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3260457/Praise-for-Laws-traced-to-his-own-firm

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1199 posts Report Reply

  • peterpeasant,

    Now I understand why our subscription to the (woeful) Dompost now also entitles us to the SST, delivered free.

    Apart from Oram there is not much heft left in the SST.

    Mind you the op piece on incoming GG was worth reading.

    Pity about losing McDonald and Mcleod.

    Lhaws is well past his use by date.

    new zealand • Since Oct 2010 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to peterpeasant,

    Yup, a bit of nothing for nothing-

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

  • DeepRed, in reply to peterpeasant,

    Lhaws is well past his use by date.

    He deserves to go the way of Paul Henry. But if Lhawsgate comes to pass, would the reactions be bigger than Henrygate? As in Tea Party proportions, that is.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4351 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    Lhaws is well past his use by date.

    Did he ever have one?

    Or "well past" would be a massive understatement.

    I have just read his latest SST column. Based on that column and everything I've read and heard about him in the last few years, he is nasty, vicious, hypocritical, vindictive, sleazy, intolerant, and uninformed. I hate it when he waxes sentimental about his own kids as if he were a decent bloke and then lashes out brutally at poor people or disabled people.

    I'd almost like the Hell's Angels to march down the main street of Whanganui in full regalia just to spite him.

    As for print columnists out there, I've always been an admirer of Linley Boniface. She is wasted in the Health section of the Listener. (Her latest effort there is very shallow - homoeopathy mentioned uncritically etc) But she's witty, insightful and fluent when writing about issues of her own choice.

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Richard Aston,

    that man should be advising govt

    He regularly does. It's just that government doesn't listen.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2140 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Fran O’Sullivan we’ve all bagged at one time or another, but she’s not unreasonable per se, just starting from a very different set of political axioms.

    And her actual reporting is pretty damn solid – she has good contacts and knows how to use them.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12031 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Honestly, how’s a complete prat like him ever attain any standing? It is beyond my comprehension

    Name recognition, pure and simple. He kept his complete prattishness well disguised until he went off with Winston. After that, he was electable anywhere, as the burghers of Whanganui found out. Even crap can create its own momentum.

    Watching the local government election from the inside last year was both educational and unnerving. Some of the people elected are absolute morons, and they've been getting elected for years, purely because people now know their names. It's the first time that's the hardest.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2140 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Exit thru the Gift Shop

    Wonderful film

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye, in reply to Richard Matthews,

    Surely they are not next to go? Does anyone know where they exactly are?

    Outside my window. :)
    That mural’s the one to which Sofie refers on the corner of New North Road and Morningside Drive, behind the shops. It’s viewable from Morningside station (one stop west of Kingsland). There are other pieces right by the railway tracks on both sides*, in a car tunnel in the shops on the other side of New North Road, and on the end of that block, by the busstop.

    * the Health & Sports piece pictured, & opposite is graffiti that I imagine isn’t commissioned.

    Under the western motorwa… • Since Nov 2006 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Richard Matthews,

    The first one on the article you linked to is on the corner of Morningside Drive and New North Rd behind the dairy on the carpark wall. It is massive. Cant miss it, and you wouldn't want to, it's fantastic. Those others look like platforms to train stations.Guess you need to take a ride. :) Glad to see Jackie Clark had her Dad recognised in New Lynn.
    The point is though, it is in the eye of the beholder and one man cannot decide what I want to see (Mr Sheilds!) This bland (and often mismatched, not even similar toned,) blanket wall covering will sooner than you think, turn our world battleship grey. UGH!

    And I see... "All together now" ;) Heather is faster than me writing in the dark

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6261 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    -- but suddenly Askew exploded on Twitter. He would not be painting the wall because, he said, the Auckland Council's graffiti prevention advisor, Rob Shields, had intervened. Shields spoke to the building's owner and convinced him that he, Shields, should take charge of the repainting of the private wall -- and stipulate its content. Askew was invited to apply to paint the wall, according to Shields' guidelines, which proposed a historical theme and (curiously for street art) no use of words in the painting.

    If Auckland Council's graffiti prevention adviser Rob Shields is really going 'round applying some sort of political acceptability test to Art on private property, well, that's just not acceptable, I'm afraid.

    I'd appreciate hearing from the mayor or councilors as to whether or not this is official policy.


    P.S. What's a "graffiti prevention advisor"?
    Sounds pretty bloody self-appointed, if you ask me.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to 3410,

    I’d appreciate hearing from the mayor or councilors as to whether or not this is official policy.

    Oh, I’ll be cynical enough to guess Len will be cheerfully playing “blame the officials” with the best of them. But may I suggest it’s an easy way to score some positive ink from people who are keenly aware that the next election will not be a referendum on John Banks.

    If Auckland Council’s graffiti prevention adviser Rob Shields is really going ’round applying some sort of political acceptability test to Art on private property, well, that’s just not acceptable, I’m afraid.

    I’m honestly not trolling for a fight here, but isn’t “heritage” all about political acceptability applied to private property? Seriously interested in where people draw the line.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12031 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I'm honestly not trolling for a fight here, but isn't "heritage" all about political acceptability applied to private property?

    It's a Zen thing, like 'how many babies fit in a tire?'.

    Firstly, my money's on this guy having gone a bit Colonel Kurtz, rather than this being actual policy. Let's find out.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I’m honestly not trolling for a fight here, but isn’t “heritage” all about political acceptability applied to private property? Seriously interested in where people draw the line.

    I think where-the-line-is-drawn is actually the nub of this issue. What powers does Shields have, what policy was he acting under, what are the damn rules anyway?

    In general, the issue of council officers' power vs. that of elected representatives is worth discussing in the Super City.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18957 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to 3410,

    P.S. What's a "graffiti prevention advisor"?
    Sounds pretty bloody self-appointed, if you ask me.

    Think they are very much self appointed. We had one badgering us to paint over a tag outside our work. Admittedly for free, but there was a point at which the line between community spirited service and judgemental stand over tactics became a bit blurry. We did let them paint the wall in the end, as it wasn't at all picturesque, but could see how they might just paint first and ask questions later in other circumstances.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    In general, the issue of council officers’ power vs. that of elected representatives is worth discussing in the Super City.

    It's worth discussing everywhere; because I truthfully have a lot of sympathy with officials who have to try and apply policies that have a high degree of, shall we be polite and say, politically useful strategic ambiguity. "Tagging is evil" is never going to lose anyone votes on the campaign trail, but making it work is another kete of kai moana entirely.

    It's also politically useful that those despised bureaucrats can't (and shouldn't) respond to with the international sign for "dude, I've seen sceptic tanks less full of crap than you." (If you'd like to make one at home: Take one clenched fist, then fully extend your middle finger. Repeat until you feel better.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12031 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to 3410,

    3410:

    P.S. What's a "graffiti prevention advisor"
    Sounds pretty bloody self-appointed, if you ask me.

    Craig R:

    but isn’t “heritage” all about political acceptability applied to private property? Seriously interested in where people draw the line.

    The difference between graffiti and tagging is like porno - hard to define on paper, but you know it when you see it. Still, even officially approved graffiti is Degenerate Art to some.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4351 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Cecelia,

    Did he ever have one?

    He's like a Twinkie. Will still be edible in the post-zombie-apocalypse world, but not really very nice even when brand new.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8584 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston, in reply to BenWilson,

    He’s like a Twinkie. Will still be edible in the post-zombie-apocalypse world, but not really very nice even when brand new.

    Ben you crack me up - and after consumption you get a slightly toxic feeling that only a hot shower can remove

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 503 posts Report Reply

  • Thomas Johnson, in reply to BenWilson,

    He's like a Twinkie. Will still be edible in the post-zombie-apocalypse world, but not really very nice even when brand new.

    I must say that after a mis-spent childhood reading comics that advertised these things, it was a major disappointment to actually eat one the first time I was in the USA. Talk about unmet expectations!

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

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