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Hard News: Asking for a Contribution

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  • Ant Timpson, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    I investigated this with the company that controls all the espresso cups in Oceania. You won't believe the system setup. Don't try and circumvent it but there's a very good reason why my Newspresso (weekly mini newspaper / gigs/ ads printed onto coffee cups and given to AK central cafes) idea never took off.

    But if anyone's keen on it - I have it all written up and it'd suit a one-person business.

    Since when did avid coffee snobs drink out of a mug? PA-branded espresso cups, please

    AK • Since Mar 2008 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ant Timpson,

    I investigated this with the company that controls all the espresso cups in Oceania.

    I investigated it back when we had Karajoz as a Great Blend sponsor. They were keen to help, but it was really hard to make the numbers work.

    Unless you can really commit to it, merch is quite hard.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18646 posts Report Reply

  • Ant Timpson,

    The paper cups can work but you need volume. It's okay for a one-off promotional tool but not as a regular gig like I required. 25,000 per week is tough. I didn't realise cafes paid to advertise their suppliers coffee. Always thought they were freebies and a reciprocal thing. Anyway, I know a lot more about coffee cups.

    Merch. I've done it for stuff over the decades. Never made a dime. You have to have to patience of a Mr Vintage or reach a wide market like my buds at Mondo do.

    AK • Since Mar 2008 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Stewart,

    I'll turn up at one of those Blendy things as a Single Malt.

    I'm going to assume this means you'll be totally drunk.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2341 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Or you could do what some of our parents tell us is done in their churches which is to announce from your pulpit how much everyone has given. <sarc>

    And where I have gotten much practice stage whispering "Oh, what an adorable wickerwork basket. I'd take it, but haven't got anywhere to put the darling wee thing. Perhaps this nice family would have use..."

    They will get the hint eventually....

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11846 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Actually, PA-blended single malt (or a superior blend from a private bottler) is something that could be possible for Christmas, but I'll need to get onto it soon.

    Still wouldn't really make much money, but it would be cool.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18646 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    PA-blended single malt

    excellent idea

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16414 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Actually, the other thing I need to get onto now is the 20th-anniversary Hard News book.

    There, I said it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18646 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Do a special PAS/Copyright rum, and I'm totally there.

    Yarrrrrr....

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2341 posts Report Reply

  • John Armstrong, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Choice! But will it come with a CD? Written Hard Newses are a grand thing, but I do sometimes miss the nuance that comes with careful modulation of tone and appreciative background snickering. Ah the good old days..

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 126 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to John Armstrong,

    careful modulation of tone

    Is that a polite way of saying "the supersonic screech of blind terror when you realise you're too hung over to read the balls you scrawled on the back of a cocktail napkin much earlier that morning"?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11846 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Copyright rum

    Is that where we get to sniff the bottle but the distiller asserts ownership of its contents?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16414 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    20 yrs of Hard News? Well congratulations for that, my dear.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to John Armstrong,

    Choice! But will it come with a CD? Written Hard Newses are a grand thing, but I do sometimes miss the nuance that comes with careful modulation of tone and appreciative background snickering. Ah the good old days..

    Actually, great idea. Just a few selected ones and/or a mash-up with a backing track.

    Although I'd probably do it as a digital download. I hear all the kids are crazy for those.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18646 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    What is this "digital" you speak of?

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 407 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to HORansome,

    What is this "digital" you speak of?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The Merch of Vendors…
    a mere pound of PAS pastina pasta?
    Pasta alphabets – just the letters for Hard News
    & Public Address ?
    including fideo from You tubetti…

    …swamped in a rich and reliable sauce,
    topped with great cheese, natch!

    so we’ve covered most of the major site predilections with clothing, food, whisky, cups, etc – only things left might be Hard News / PAS fluoro bike clips and shoe horns (made from old Feelers vinyl)!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4615 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    so we’ve covered most of the major site predilections with clothing, food, whisky, cups, etc – only things left might be Hard News / PAS fluoro bike clips and shoe horns (made from old Feelers vinyl)!

    Did the Feelers ever do vinyl?

    I'd be more comfortable getting into my boots with something more ... tasteful anyway. Vintage rocksteady records or nothing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18646 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    .

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye, in reply to HORansome,

    What is this "digital" you speak of?

    It means that you have to operate the book with your fingers.

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

  • Islander, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    Heh!

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

  • Sacha, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    operate the book with your fingers

    Braille, then?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16414 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Sacha,

    Double heh!

    (O, by the way, really great to learn about the country's investment in sign- as it should've been way before now, but long may it continue-)

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

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Sacha,

    Is that where we get to sniff the bottle but the distiller asserts ownership of its contents?

    Over the years, I've certainly been on the receiving end of some beers that aren't so much drunk as borrowed for a while before being passed back for the next customer. I guess the horse would have to be really ill to be producing spirits of the same provenance...

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2341 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    PA-blended single malt

    Say what now? A whisky is blended OR it is single malt. Perhaps you meant "PA-Branded"?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1831 posts Report Reply

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