Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Staying Okay,

    And just as I finish the post – a new Head Like a Hole video!

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  • Hard News: Music: Places to Play, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Anthonie sounds … kind of … majestic.

    Wait till that ballad comes out.

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  • Hard News: Cycle infrastructure: the…, in reply to Viv10101,

    We walked across the Waterview bridge a few weekends ago – It was really cool!! I definitely want to go back and explore more – is there a map somewhere with the cycle path routes?

    Here's the Waterview map.

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  • Hard News: Cycle infrastructure: the…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    One Sunday we explored further in that direction and ended up riding up Gt South Road through to Newmarket. It’s a beautifully smooth road surface (please can we make bike routes smoother) and on a quiet Sunday morning a pleasant ride but it reminded me of when I dodged traffic to ride to my holiday job as a student – essentially everyone was trying to kill me and it doesn’t look much different now.

    That's how I "discovered" Great South Road – although the first two times I was only on a short stretch before crossing over to do the circuit around the isthmus. And it was the weekend, which made me wonder how much worse it was at commuter rush hour.

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  • Hard News: Cycle infrastructure: the…,

    BTW, did anyone else catch Bryan Leyland’s hilariously wrong-headed submission on the Point Chev cycleway?

    This paragraph:

    It also seems that they did not consider how many cyclists might use it and whether or not most of them would be recreational cyclists – which is certainly the case right now. Why should the Council spend large amounts of money providing for recreational cyclists instead of spreading that money equally among other organisations and groups of people who provide and make use of recreational facilities?

    Of course no one has ever driven a car in a frivolous mood. It’s a very serious business, motoring, and all journeys matter. (Also: the council has actually spent millions of dollars on "recreational facilities" either side of the road.)

    He then goes on to recommend a more serious and appropriate, if highly circuitous, route – across the middle of a school playground!

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  • Hard News: Cycle infrastructure: the…,

    This just posted by Bike Auckland: how the Waterview path was won.

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  • Hard News: Cycle infrastructure: the…,

    I've added this from Peter Haynes, chair of the Eden-Albert local board, to the post:

    You probably know this, but the traffic planners decided to start in the centre, where the population is densest and the usage greatest, and then move outwards from there. (It is certainly true that Waitemata Local Board has by far the highest population density in NZ, and the Albert-Eden Local Board the second highest in the region.) Where I think they got it wrong, and where the argument against the traffic planners' thinking is strongest, is that there are far higher numbers of car accidents and people killed and injured by traffic in the south than others parts of Auckland.

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  • Hard News: Cycle infrastructure: the…, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Where is that first photo (rainbow one) taken please. A street address

    It's the path that runs between Unitec and the motorway west of Carrington Road – effectively part of the northwestern cycleway. At the bottom of the slope, you hang left to join the Waterview path, or right to take the overbridge and continue on the northwestern.

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  • Hard News: Music: Places to Play, in reply to tim,

    awesome, thats Chris Burt on drums in The Stridulator photo eh?

    It is indeed. He and Steve are slowly (because they're perfectionists) working on a re-release of the Stridulators stuff.

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  • Hard News: Music: Places to Play, in reply to Brian Murphy,

    I wonder if this other photographer still has some. Thats me on the right, Mr Sweeney in the center. And yes, what is he wearing?

    There are some fruity pictures of Mr Sweeney!

    I was inspired by poring over NME in my youth maybe. Anton Corbijn etc.

    That's cool – I was getting the same from reading the words. And yeah, Corbijn is the archetypal NME photographer.

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