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Hard News: The Minister's Brain Has Exploded

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  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    and is really more about the horsetrading around iwi involvement in the super-Auckland

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19683 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Thanks - It would be classic if it wasn't up my the time the RWC was over.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Rugger buggered by AC/DC…
    well, a temporary power line really,
    and maybe a transformer explosion…
    (Sheer la Boof!?)
    But dammit, it meant I missed the last ten minutes or so of the Samoa vs SA game last night, apparently the temporary overhead high tension line bringing power to our part of Chchch ceased working (8000 odd houses affected) – it was restored some time after midnight, but I didn’t get the result until this morning.
    Poor Samoa…
    Bloody earthquake flow-on effects…
    And that stupid searchlight (- of hope – hah! ) kept on going, aimlessly wandering about the firmament, questing for the Brownlee Blimp of better times and rubbing our noses in our suburban powerlessness….
    grrrr…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    And that stupid searchlight (- of hope – hah! ) kept on going, aimlessly wandering about the firmament, questing for the Brownlee Blimp . . .

    Thanks Ian, wihout that heads-up I'd never have spotted the bastard.

    The mayor's father, Bob Parker Sr, last night flicked the switch on Father's Day . . .

    No doubt Dad P blinked back a tear as the lights reminded him of the star that appeared in the firmament at the hour of Bob Jr's birth.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Nice Blimp Joe - Colonel Brownlee makes a great bloated floater...

    ...as the lights reminded him of the star that appeared in the firmament at the hour of Bob Jr's birth.

    A timely reminder that Bob is from a stable background, were it to happen today, what with the cuts at the University of Canterbury, no wise men would be available, though I'm sure we could rustle up 3 Kings Old Boys to fly down as he lay down with the City Manager and other live and laughing stock (there being virtually no Inns in Chchch these days) and as to the nearest star in the firmament - it took a hell of a hit 3 days ago! Just what was in that Comet!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Brownlee as a floater!
    Yesss! Fits his presence, his fatty upward drifty self, *and* his name- let’s just call him that as long as his political life span lasts-

    yup, Ian has already got onto it= I just wanted to vaunt the idea-

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

  • Rob Stowell,

    what with the cuts at the University of Canterbury

    Not yet a done deal. If anyone wants to help out a tiny bit- and shares the feeling Canterbury needs a decent, broad-based university- please consider signing this petition from the TEU.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite,

    Nice Blimp Joe – Colonel Brownlee makes a great bloated floater…

    I have to say that The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is one of my favourite films, and the comparison of the honorable Clive Wynne-Candy with the irredeemably oafish and vulgar Gerry Brownlee is galling.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 982 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kracklite,

    Turkish Bath Delight...

    and the comparison of the honorable Clive Wynne-Candy with the irredeemably oafish and vulgar Gerry Brownlee is galling.

    Apologies, having never seen the film, I was thinking of Kiwi, David Low's cartoon creation, described as: "pompous, irascible, jingoistic"

    Low developed the character after overhearing two military men in a Turkish bath declare that cavalry officers should be entitled to wear their spurs inside tanks.
    Blimp would issue proclamations from the Turkish bath, wrapped in his towel and brandishing some mundane weapon to emphasize his passion on some issue of current affairs. Unfortunately, his pronouncements were often confused and childlike. His phrasing often includes direct contradiction, as though the first part of a sentence of his did not know what it was leading to, with the conclusion being part of an emotional catchphrase.
    Blimp was a satire on the reactionary opinions of the British establishment of the 1930s and 1940s, epitomized by Winston Churchill. Colonel Blimp has been called the representative of "all that Low disliked in British politics" – such as a perceived lack of enthusiasm for democracy.

    Such lines as "We must protect Liberty by taking away Liberty to take Liberty to take away Liberty to take Liberty - Dammit" seem a typical Brownleean Notion to me...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Yes, you're right on the money with the Low character - just having a bit of a rib.

    Do see the film if you have the chance; Blimp (though he's never called that in the script) becomes quite a lovable, well-intentioned character.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 982 posts Report Reply

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