Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: Wanna Route?,

    And I hope all the Hamilton cyclists have been to the (fairly) new Velo Espresso in Garden Place.

    Thanks, Steve. I have noticed the new addition with interest. Must cycle on down there soon. Garden Place certainly needs something like that.

    I have been doing a bit of late night Tour d' France viewing and I now harbour a yearning to go see one live. What is the best one of doing that? Join the camper van mob, or get around some other way?

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  • Hard News: Wanna Route?,

    Wilth all the expertise here, someone might have some advice. I ride an Avanti road bike to uni most days (only minor hills on the way) . I enjoy the ride but something about my bike setup doesn't seem right as I often seem to have to push my bum backward on the saddle when I hunch forward at speed. Should the saddle be level, or tipped slightly forward or back? Should my seat be higher or lower?

    And where do you get good padded cycle shorts? I tried a pair at Katmandu once, and couldn't get them above my knees!

    I reckon we all should chip in and buy Jackie a bike! I would be a starter with $100.

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  • Hard News: Changing the News,

    Good Media 7 last night. I am organising another road trip with my students, to join the audience for the August 18 taping.

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  • Hard News: Changing the News,

    Academia, or as I like to call it "the land that wit forgot"

    Too harsh, Giovanni! We enjoy a joke* as much as the next bloke/blokess--and we do have the advantage of captive audiences!

    * but the joke about Catholic priests and cheerios on 7 Days last week did border on the marginal!

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  • Hard News: Changing the News,

    In some academic circles, they do not refer to it as The News but rather as The Olds as the majority of content in evening television news bulletin follows a pre-determined pattern around a rigid set of 'news values', and even more it is borrowed from other sources (such as the morning newspaper).

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  • Hard News: The Munter and the Munted,

    First response suggests that Tim Shadbolt pops up to welcome them to Invercargill.

    At which point I will stop watching--unless they push him off a cliff or run him over, of course!

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  • Hard News: The Munter and the Munted,

    Yikes. What did they do with that blow-up doll? Put it back in props?

    Van seems to have taken an extra dose of stupidity pills over the summer break, whilst Munter has become a wise young mentor.

    Cheryl pleading guilty? How will they tie her into the storylines now? Maybe she can develop a nice line in orange boiler-suit accessories!

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  • Hard News: The Munter and the Munted,

    I really liked James comment re The Wests (in Canvas), he loved them but wouldn't want to live next door to them.

    Spin Doctors was a bit OK too. Seemed to be based on some first-hand knowledge.

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  • Speaker: KICK IT! The Wee Fella,

    * Ok, I could go out, but the light is just sooo bright!

    Me too. Isn't it a bastard--all that sunshine streaming in the windows and I am lying on the couch, with a damp flannel over my eyes (just got up to refresh the flannel and to check if my legs still work!!)

    Got to share the sympathy around. Some consolation in hearing some of the Julia Deans solo release on NatRad--sounds good.

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  • Hard News: The Commission, and creative risk,

    But then the Film Commission is essentially paying for education, which is really not something I think that the Film Commission should be doing.

    In my submission to the Review, I argued for more attention to be paid to education--but not training for filmmakers, but education of the audience--most especially building enthusiasm and a following for NZ films in schools. Media and English teachers are one of the best--and most passionate--advocates for NZ films (and film generally) but their students do not always share their enthusiasm. The Commission has produced study guides for particular films and these are great but it could do more eg filmmakers/scriptwriters in schools; testing films with students;making direct links with teachers (Jeremy Macey was doing this but he has now left the FC).

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