Cracker by Damian Christie

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  • samuel walker,

    that cnn interview is excruciating, a bit like watching the office. That must be true nightmare material for you.


    on the other end of the scale:


    james brown "drunk" live on tv.

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Roho,

    It is excruciating. She seemed shamefully underprepared, asked a lot of closed questions and should've killed the interview long before she did. I also glanced over a comment on Youtube saying he has Asperger's.

    To me all interviews are hard work and if I had to interview a precocious kid I would put in double the legwork, prepare the subject a bit more and strike up a rapport with him and try not to be so patronising. Not that I know whether they attempted any of that before putting him to air.

    I also know that trying to get information out of strangers for the public is only appealing to certain people - and that's why I leave the interviewing stuff to the people who like it!

    Whakatane • Since May 2007 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    your moment of international notoriety and you wanna know how many its sold, D?

    You angling to sneak onto this

    (come to think it it Johnny looks a tad like you in the photo).

    And just to sidetrack your thread before the dicussion gets going WTF is with MacBloat trying to foist a 28mb browser download onto us.

    Sorry, Damian, but it was a moment. As you were....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3201 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    That was painful, but only because the kid wasn't playing up for the camera. He just didn't seem to really care and was answering questions as anyone probably does in real life - hesitation, thinking the question through, mishearing, not admitting error - or at least trying to justify it.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    I think the kid was a bit of a shite to be honest. When she asks what his mother said and he says "I don't know you'd have to ask my mother about that"... that's almost Winston Peters territory :)

    (come to think it it Johnny looks a tad like you in the photo).

    Now I have to wonder what you're angling for Si... but thanks, yeah I can definitely see the resemblance...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1127 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    There are the people you want to propose to after talking to them for ten minutes *cough*Anita McNaught*cough*.
    Few people, man or woman alike, have survived the McNaughty personal experience unscathed.

    and you wanna know how many its sold, D? You angling to sneak onto this?
    No, I think he wants to know if it's now worth suing for a royalty payment.

    That was painful...
    Yes, but what an advertisement for home schooling!!

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Any questions?

    Yes, I have a question - can we speculate here about who the ex pat Kiwi with the smack problem is?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 726 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Yes, I have a question - can we speculate here about who the ex pat Kiwi with the smack problem is?

    {REMOVED}? Oh wait - it could be {REMOVED} herself.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    No, it's a guy apparently.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    {REMOVED}'s a guy? I KNEW it...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 726 posts Report Reply

  • Nat Torkington,

    {REMOVED} is very definitely *not* a guy.

    I want to hear the recording of Damian being outfoxed by a tricksie Winston ...

    Ti Point • Since Nov 2006 • 100 posts Report Reply

  • rodgerd,

    Now here's an example of losing control of the interview.

    (May be NSFW if the phrase "sexual yeti" would get you fired...)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 512 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Fitzgerald,

    What a bitchie blog.
    We all know stoned/addicts but to start a wee whisper circle of - thank god it's not me - You BITCH.
    We all have artists we will happily buy the CD but not buy another ticket to see.

    Since May 2007 • 631 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    heh heh heh ...!!
    (and i won't say anything more)

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    Sorry, I wasn't intending this to become a defamatory guessing game. So I've removed any names people have suggested in that vein (pun intended).

    It's really not that interesting. "Musician does drugs" is hardly a revelatory headline - I wasn't trying to titilate or start a wee whisper circle, especially when I don't even know it's true. I just thought it might go some way to justifying the person's poor behaviour.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1127 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Heh, ever read the story from the Onion's department of Libel?
    "Drew Carrey Killed Guy and Paid to Have it Covered Up".

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Is it defamatory if we're asking rather that stating?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Shaz,

    Probably, otherwise you could say whatever and put a question mark afterwards - eg, "Andrew Llewellyn - crackhead who eats babies?" Although, apparently it is hard to get someone for defamation... lawyer?

    Wgtn • Since Apr 2007 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    Yeah, I should point out that I have been a lawyer (before the lure of the big bucks of journalism got too tempting...), and yes, suing someone for defamation is a long hard expensive road. And putting a question mark at the end of a statement is certainly not a defence.

    But regardless, I'm not too keen on exposing PublicAddress to an action it couldn't afford, if say, for instance, Hayley Westenra, who probably could afford to mount such an action, got out of bed on the wrong side and decided to sue.

    (Disclaimer: Based on my encounters with her I'd bet my house that Hayley Westenra has never used heroin. I'd have to buy one first, but then I'd bet it.)

    Anyway, legally actionable or not, I just don't think defaming people is a very nice thing to do.

    Even when it's true (and therefore not defamatory, but just damaging) sometimes it's preferable not to say anything, lest the stones start flying in the direction of our own greenhouses. (Referring generally to bad behaviour here of course, not implying that we're all heroin users).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1127 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Andrew Llewellyn - crackhead who eats babies?

    That's what I said too!

    Um, Damian, surely you meant to write:

    I'd bet my house that {REMOVED} has never used heroin

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Andrew Llewellyn - crackhead who eats babies?

    Goddamn reprobate that he is!

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    BTW - have at it, phrases like that do wonders for my google hits.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    You get google hits for "Andrew Llewellyn Crackhead"?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    I'M HOPING i DO NOW! Ooh... caps... bTW - no-one has yet explained the "hooch".

    (Hatstand comment sorry).

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Shaz,

    No need to thank me. Just don't sue

    Wgtn • Since Apr 2007 • 24 posts Report Reply

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