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Hard News: Space for Ol Dat I See

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  • Stephen Judd,

    How … literate.

    It's hysterical.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Reid,

    Because it's a ute?

    South Africa • Since Nov 2006 • 80 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    It's hysterical

    Boom boom!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I want "bogan wordplay" to feature as word of the year, somebody please write it down.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Greg A,

    Surely that should be 'Utes- R-Us'.

    Albany • Since Jan 2010 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    That was a very good Dylan Taite piece by Jose Barbosa. But do you know off hand if there was any footage still around of some legendary stoush with a 70s era Lou Reed, who may or may not have been in search of a friendly pharmacist? It's one of those stories you hear about that era but I've never seen a clip. There was also the fact that he discovered -- well, not quite -- the Sex Pistols.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Surely that should be 'Utes- R-Us'.

    Well, yes, if you wanted to kill the joke stone dead it would be ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    There was also the fact that he discovered -- well, not quite -- the Sex Pistols.

    It was Dylan's idea that the Sex Pistols sign their record contract in front of Buckingham Palace, for his story. Fiona mentioned it as we watched the show last night and I really could not think how we'd managed to leave out that story. Oh well.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Is he a Dad? Maybe Egyptian?

    Papyrus

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1588 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd,

    That's quite humerus.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    That reminds me of the sign on a building off Newton Rd.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Re the Bike Tracks

    Isn't it wonderful how you feel when you get to the other end of your ride through the boonies via tracks that don't take in the roads? For some reason the lack of the need to keep an eye out for cars and trucks and - bogans - makes the trip so much more meaningful and enjoyable.

    The goal of any cycle track system is seperation of road vehicles and bikes. The new Mway system in Petone has failed on all counts. Bikes having to cross off and on ramps, and not much more than a metre in places clearance to the left hand lane.

    Have fun!!! Enjoy!

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1588 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    That reminds me of the sign on a building off Newton Rd.

    I love that they just keep touching the sign up instead of changing it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Higgins,

    That Sex Pistols interview was hugely infuential here. I tried to find the original film in the TVNZ Archive several years ago when we doing "Give It A Whirl". Finally found the handwritten index card - listed under "Johnny Rotten and his Sex Pistols" - located the box, opened it with much trepidation and found a neatly written issue card saying it had been loaned out to D. Taite. I wonder where it is now...

    The Lou Reed interview was a real trainwreck. Musy have been on Grunt Machine. I still remember it. Dylan and Lou wandering around a carpark building. It was just after Metal Machine Music came out - and it degenerated into them arguing about the colour of labels on particular records. Lou was at his combative best/worst but Dylan stood his ground. Pretty sure that footage was ditched years ago. I saw printouts of surviving Grunt Machine film - and it certainly wasn't there.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2008 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I love that they just keep touching the sign up instead of changing it.

    Old folks were taught the proper use of the apostrophe, so they know it's not at all ambiguous.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    While searching for things mentioned above, being so inclined, I found the VisWiki page on Dylan Taite. It has 7 interviews including Darcy Clay, Jeff Buckley (which I was pleased to find) and Bob Marley. Oh, and John Rowles. No Lou though, and it would have been too much to expect given Michael's story.

    Pause for preview and search for errant apostrophes.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    Here's the North Shore cycling hotspots map - all kinds of things are noted, like bike shops, cafes and slippery surfaces on the road

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 242 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Whate are the chances of the PS3 and XBox 360 both dying at the same time? (Assuming no correlation).

    Still, I can see the drama. We just upgraded from PS2 to XBox 360 this Christmas and I would not have wanted to deal with the 360 breaking down in those first days. Hell, I had to schedule and negotiate an outage with the kids to move some cabling around.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Here's the North Shore cycling hotspots map - all kinds of things are noted, like bike shops, cafes and slippery surfaces on the road

    Thanks! Although the notes are often pretty depressing.

    I do like that green route through the parks in Devonport/Bayswater though. Might have to visit Mr Slack sometime.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    I remember a TV interview with Lou Reed just as CDs first hit the scene. (Was it with Dylan Taite?)

    What was memorable was his impassioned plea with head turned directly at the camera saying something like:

    "Go out and buy CDs. They are wonderful. You won't believe what you are hearing".

    Or words to that effect.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1588 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    I have a lot of time for hybrids; for most people, I think they're the kind of bike best suited to the riding people actually do. I'm currently putting the odd quid aside here and there to pick up one of Avanti's new belt-drive bike - should be the perfect all-weather commuter, I reckon.

    Most of my riding these days is on my commute. But since my commute involves half of Wellington's two best cycle routes (round the bays and the Makara road loop), that's not much of a problem.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    What are the chances of the PS3 and XBox 360 both dying at the same time? (Assuming no correlation).

    The PS3 bricked in the last couple of hectic days before Christmas, and the Xbox a couple of days after. Both with known issues.

    It worked out quite well with the Xbox, though: we traded the bricked one, an older PSP and some games and that made for most of a new Xbox 360 Elite, which is much quieter.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Ballantyne,

    Old folks were taught the proper use of the apostrophe, so they know it's not at all ambiguous.

    From a pedant's point of view that is so, so wrong.

    Starting with the word "folks" itself. Remember, I write as a pedant.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I believe you'll find the word is "pendant". (Plural: pendant's.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I have a lot of time for hybrids; for most people, I think they're the kind of bike best suited to the riding people actually do.

    Yeah, as I said, that's what I'm finding. The slightly more upright riding posture has solved the back and neck problems I was get on a MTB too. I'm quite stoked.

    I'm currently putting the odd quid aside here and there to pick up one of Avanti's new belt-drive bike - should be the perfect all-weather commuter, I reckon.

    That looks really nice. But I do like the option I have now of flicking on the front suspension on mine.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

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