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Hard News: Doing anything Thursday?

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  • Hadyn Green,

    Perhaps we could change the venue to Valentines or Cobb & Co.

    Cobb & Co. Disappointingly flimsy pirate ships full of fries for all!

    And everyone gets a free Traffic Light

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Valentine's do a special giant birthday drink with sparklers 'n' shit. Imagine Whale Oil's eye's lighting up with joy!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    And everyone gets a free Traffic Light

    This is the only time you'll ever hear me say this, but I'd prefer a Jedi Knight instead please.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Perhaps we could change the venue to Valentines or Cobb & Co.

    Perhaps we could just tell the Oily One that's where it is, while we all go somewhere more sophisticated.

    Like the McCafe.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Bugger McCafe. Have you seen the tapas menu at the bar? Arrancine? Come to Mama. And I've just noticed that The Quadrant is, in fact, the old Intercontinental. Who'd a thunk it?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Please note I said "more sophisticated", Jackie - that's a relative value not an absolute. And I'm going to pretend that Cactuslab ate my </sarcasm> tag, so there.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    I've always wanted to try both of those places. My partner won't let me until I'm seventy and become of age again.

    You don’t need to wait that long.

    Valentine’s is perfect for 8 year-old birthday parties.

    (Disclaimer: I enjoy a good beetroot salad)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I think it would be fine if people came dressed as their avatars.

    Ain't shavin' my skull Gio :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Still thinking of the mess :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And I've just noticed that The Quadrant is, in fact, the old Intercontinental. Who'd a thunk it?

    Isn't the Intercontinental now the Hyatt? The Quadrant is next door.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    I think it would be fine if people came dressed as their avatars.

    Sorry. Can't come - I've just given my cat suit away to the Sallies.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    personally I just don't want to be arrested for being naked ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Oh, sorry Russell. I'm getting all geographically discombobulated. It's been an age since I've been to that end of town.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    personally I just don't want to be arrested for being naked ....

    Actually Paul, if someone who looked like your avatar turned up I would really freak out ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    "We are grey, we stand between the darkness and the light"

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Mrs Skin,

    Wellington in May will be a little cold for the doormat-jandals-pot plant look.

    the warmest room in the h… • Since Feb 2009 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats’ feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar

    Shape without form, shade without colour,
    Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Yeah, but that's a pome. Mine was a Babylon 5 quote, and therefore on topic.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    Mine was made without reference to yours, and was based on an original idea by T S Eliot. I had to look yours up on Internet.

    You will not provoke me with your claims of topicality.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Ashby,

    Paul I suspect that today's Babylon 5 may be tomorrow's TS Eliot, no, no, deep breaths, sit down here, it'll be all right, I only meant it ironically. But remember Shakespeare was not especially fêted in his lifetime and it was only the efforts of his friends in producing the folios that mean he has come down to us. Many at the time disdained Eliot too. Picking eternal winners from within a cultural moment is fraught with existential peril.

    The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,
    The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes
    Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
    Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
    Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
    Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,
    And seeing that it was a soft October night,
    Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

    Dundee, Scotland • Since May 2007 • 425 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    You are right, of course, Peter. I suspect that what will be canonical languishes, at present, in the "none of the above" category. As long as it is not Harry fooking Potter, I shall be content.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • Mrs Skin,

    Well Paul... I Don't Know Much About Books But I Know What I Like and that Harry Potter is a good read.

    the warmest room in the h… • Since Feb 2009 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Agreed Mrs Skin.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    It's fun to pontificate about these things, isn't it? Who would have thunk that the original Star Trek series, cancelled in its relative infancy, would become so popular and - gasp! - an object of study. Or the Lord of the Rings? I haven't read Harry Potter, but surely it can't be worse than Tolkien.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    E M Forster, in Aspects of the Novel, responded to the claim that a novel was a good story with "oh dear." By which he meant that a novel should be so much more than its story, which he regarded as something of an unfortunate necessity.

    Besides, those of us who read English public school novels (a distinct genre, with boys' and girls' sub-categories) as children recognised the Harry Potter stories as entirely derivative.

    I find it slightly disconcerting that adults now read stories written for children, while adult fiction is largely unread.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

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