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OnPoint: Don't cry for me, Argentina

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  • David Haywood,

    My God, we'll miss you while you're away, Keith!

    And I know exactly what you mean about having to work three days to make one day's pay. The joys of trying to be a quality journalist, and not just making up shit.

    And those spirals of self-doubt, too. But you, of all people, have less to doubt about your talents, I believe.

    Oh, and not to be insensitive or anything, but does this mean that HoS will be looking to fill some column space. Possibly with another PA writer, in nearly new condition, and only slightly shop-worn?

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    All the best - Where are you going, Argentina?

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report

  • Paul Dowden,

    We'll miss you. You made Budgets real.

    Canberra • Since Dec 2007 • 38 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Wait, you have a cool new job, but one that won't let you blog?

    That's not cool.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Deborah,

    Oh no!

    But all the very, very, best for whatever it is you are heading off to do.

    Ka kite ano.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report

  • Sue,

    when in life does madonna not fit the moment purrfectly.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report

  • Matt Smith,

    I hope the new venture works out well Keith.

    I'll miss your presence on PA. I find your writing to be a bastion of intellectual integrity and wit (*hmph* data *hmph* facts. A Jedi wants not these things!) in a world of poo-throwing monkey journalism.

    (The budget lunch just won't be the same...)

    Good luck on the next big thing

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 2 posts Report

  • Kumara Republic,


    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5446 posts Report

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  • Peter Ashby,

    Sorry to see you go Keith, but the wolf always needs to be kept from the door.

    BTW the term is 'change tack', it is a nautical allusion you see. There may be different forms of tact but it doesn't work that way.

    Dundee, Scotland • Since May 2007 • 425 posts Report

  • Stephen Judd,


    But eating is important. So is other people paying you while you learn stuff.

    I'll be watching out for your byline.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report

  • dyan campbell,

    You shall always be read Keith, though we're all sad it's not here.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report

  • Tom Beard,

    I know how you feel, Keith: the days of trolling through endless reports to find the truth behind simplistic headlines, or pointing out the glaring innumeracy in what passes for professional journalism, ended for me many months ago. Maybe there needs to be a "Statistical Ranger", with a blog to expose the lies and misconceptions that burble through the lazy media?

    Anyway, many thanks for fiskings past.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report

  • Che Tibby,

    glad to hear that job you spoke about came through </assumptions>

    give us a shout when they've finished with you!

    oh, and the best advice i ever heard about the better place you're going to?

    don't let the baskets get you down

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report

  • giovanni tiso,

    I love the idea of you changing tact. I realise I do that a lot with the in-laws.

    And of course you'll be sorely missed, like Tze Ming before you - PA has lost two very distinctive voices.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report

  • giovanni tiso,

    glad to hear that job you spoke about came through </assumptions>

    Until told otherwise, we'll have to assume it's an international secret agent-type thing. (Seriously, why the mystery.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report

  • andrew llewellyn,

    All ther best.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report

  • Joanna,

    I have this terrible feeling that when Russell promises you and Tze Ming that he's taking you out to a nice farm, he's actually just taking you out back and having you shot....

    We'll miss you!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    As the bowl of petunias said, "Oh no, not again!"

    Best of luck.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report

  • st ephen,

    There's some rich guy in Monaco who likes to dish out money in the name of preserving democracy and free speech in New Zealand. Seems to me that funding what YOU were doing would be far more effective than funding someone who's entire career is built on vanity and self-interest.
    Seriously. There's a Thinktank waiting with your name on it. Surely amongst all these over-educated PAS readers there must be one who's, like, mega-loaded?

    dunedin • Since Jul 2008 • 254 posts Report

  • Rob Hosking,

    As the bowl of petunias said, "Oh no, not again!"

    Or as the whale said 'What's this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ... ow ... ound ... round ... ground! That's it! That's a good name - ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?'

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report

  • giovanni tiso,

    Let us all quote Douglas Adams until Keith changes his mind.

    "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever developed the expression "as pretty as an airport""

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report

  • Jake Pollock,

    So long, and thanks for all the fisks.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report

  • Mark Thomas,

    I guess paid content IS king. we've all got to pay the bills somehow

    good luck with your new thing. your blog will be missed

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 317 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    So long, and thanks for all the fisks.

    That's genius.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

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