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Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?

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  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to Rich Lock,

    effete 2-shandy screamer.

    And no, effete 2-shandy screamers are not gay. Merely straight blokes releasing their feminine side.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    effete 2-shandy screamers are not gay

    1. weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinement
    2. exhausted of vitality or strength; worn out; spent.

    Merely straight blokes releasing their feminine side.

    I like shandy. Make mine a radl....oh, wait, I can't say that any more.

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

  • 3410,

    To me it feels like the politics of most of my adult life have been both wrong and horribly dull, and we stand on the cusp of a big rethink. When we realize we've been wrong for many years (something I've believed for many years), the future of possibilities opens up. Nothing is off the table now, either for me, or for the world.

    I had a very interesting discussion with my Grandmother recently, who lived through the Great Depression. She told me something interesting - it was the most exciting time of her life, that everyone partied like there was no tomorrow. The parties were cheap as could be, but that didn't make them less fun. Faced with adversity, people can work together, and that can be extremely enjoyable and empowering in the way that a secure future often isn't.

    Can this year be the year of parties? We've still got 4 months to make it so.

    What we really need is one of them Jamaican sound system trucks.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Party at your place, then? Bring a bottle?

    That's the spirit. There will be a few of these soon, as the RWC comes on.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8598 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to Rich Lock,

    effete 2-shandy screamers are not gay

    1. weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinement
    2. exhausted of vitality or strength; worn out; spent.

    Merely straight blokes releasing their feminine side.

    Good, got that cleared up. Both definitions apply to anyone regardless of sexuality, but more often to straight men, and if you have problems with that, I'm sure there's a few All Blacks, Ian Roberts and Gareth Thomas, who will put you right. :)

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to 3410,

    What we really need is one of them Jamaican sound system trucks.

    Indeed. Or a dozen of them. Mind you, I can hardly think of any part of Auckland you could do that, which wouldn't end up with the police arriving to bust up any unlicensed fun that was being had.

    I like shandy.

    In an age of responsible driving, it's a much underrated drink.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8598 posts Report Reply

  • Mike Graham, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Make mine a radl….oh, wait, I can’t say that any more.

    With some vint... cheese?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 202 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to 3410,

    Can this year be the year of parties? We’ve still got 4 months to make it so.

    What we really need is one of them Jamaican sound system trucks.

    To be fair, we do have quite a bit of free party action coming up on Queen’s Wharf. The Turnaround late at The Cloud on Sept 16 will be the closest thing to a Norman Jay “Good Times” joint you’re likely to see all year.

    The organisers seem determined to keep the actual listings a secret at the moment, so I’ve uploaded a PDF with this comment.

    Edit: Bah. No I haven’t. Let me try that again.

    Edit 2: It's here. Click to view or right-click to save.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18991 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to Mike Graham,

    Make mine a radl….oh, wait, I can’t say that any more.

    With some vint… cheese?

    Don't you mean some herit... oh, you know, old stuff, cheese?

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    When they blocked police access they declared they cared not at all for the truth, no matter how ugly that truth might be.

    One small point of order: We might all want to be careful to keep a clear distinction between people exercising their right to silence and potentially defamatory allegations of obstruction.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12040 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    One small point of order: We might all want to be careful to keep a clear distinction between people exercising their right to silence and potentially defamatory allegations of obstruction.

    And for all the nastiness of child abuse, does it really justify coerced confessions, like the kind of stuff seen in CIA black rooms?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4365 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I see there’s going to have a French Festival. Ideal location.

    It is scheduled to be before the first possible NZ/FR encounter in the knock-out stages, however.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4467 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Patrick Reynolds,

    ABs not to win the cup, and no clear result at the election. How do you like them apples?

    Has this been adequately rebutted? Anyway, here's mine. ABs to win comfortably, and that party which most of you loathe gets a clear majority to govern alone, but does deals with the smaller parties anyway.

    <Right, that'll be me coat>

    PS. I don't mind if I'm wrong. Except for the rugby.
    PPS. If Act and NZ First could disappear too, that would be good.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to recordari,

    that party which most of you loathe gets a clear majority to govern alone

    An ACT majority? I'll take your money.

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

  • recordari, in reply to Rich Lock,

    An ACT majority? I'll take your money.

    So you mean you don't loathe National? I'm getting this all wrong, as usual.

    You'll note my wish for Act to disappear. As loose as I can be, I try not to contradict myself in the same post, if possible.

    But hey, picked on form. Like Colin Slade. Wait...

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Can't DB be slapped with a Commerce Commission big slappy thing for false advertising.
    Radler is German for Shandy, well close enough. It is supposed to be a refreshing low alcohol beverage, about 2.5%. It is not supposed to be a 5% alcopop.
    I would suggest that the name "Radler" is deliberately misleading and aimed at poor, defenceless, little children with the intention of turning them into mindless National Voters.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4931 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Turnaround late at The Cloud on Sept 16 will be the closest thing to a Norman Jay “Good Times” joint you’re likely to see all year.

    Norman told me a couple of months ago that the two very best gigs he's ever played outside the carnival are both in NZ: The Box in 1994 and Concert in The Park - Auckland Domain, Bob Marley's Birthday/Waitangi Day circa 2002.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3208 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Concert in The Park - Auckland Domain, Bob Marley's Birthday/Waitangi Day circa 2002.

    It was 2003, I think? First year we were in NZ. We woz there.

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

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Shandy Bass. 0.5% alcohol, made with real Bass Beer and officially classed as a soft drink.

    Popular with kids in the UK, when I was one. Not sure if you can get it here - one sip of that for a 19 year old driver and you could lose your license, under National's non-nanny nanny state.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4467 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    under National's non-nanny nanny state

    I'm thinking of it as a nonny state now...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8598 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Popular with kids in the UK, when I was one.

    One? Even for the UK, that's a young age to be drinking.

    And I think the definition of 'popular' is well beyond stretched, now. Unless by 'popular with kids', you actually mean ''Granny bought this as a treat for you, because the nice man in the shop told her it was popular with kids".

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

  • Paul Campbell, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Can't DB be slapped with a Commerce Commission big slappy thing for false advertising.

    I actually reported them to the Advertising Council but was turned down - apparently advertising a Radler/Shandy with 5% alcohol content is not a problem

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2179 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Rich Lock,

    It was 2003, I think?

    Yep - you're right. I've about an hour of video footage of the gig somewhere, filmed from the stage. Must find.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3208 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to BenWilson,

    under National’s non-nanny nanny state

    I’m thinking of it as a nonny state now…

    Noddy state?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to BenWilson,

    When is an alcopop not an alcopop?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4365 posts Report Reply

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