Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: News Memories 2: The Twitter thread,

    I thought I'd collect these.

    It's interesting the way that this exercise has ended up illuminating a demographic reality that isn't apparent day-to-day on Twitter. If you and I are five or even 10 or 20 years apart in age it makes very little difference to our online conversation. But when our earliest years of awareness of the world are is about what we've lived through.

    The responses also show quite a degree of commonality. Memories cluster around a relatively small number of signal events, which crop up repeatedly. Sometimes the events are so significant that they countervail against age.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news, in reply to LeighKennaway,

    At Kowhai Intermediate School they played Nixon’s resignation over the loud speaker system….. then turned it off half way through because they thought no-one was interested. I ran straight up to the school office to listen to the rest of it!

    Nerd!

    But yes, they played it over the intercom at my school in Greymouth too.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Responses to my original tweet are still rockin' on.

    It's fascinating how this exercise provides a demographic picture that wasn't apparent before.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Actually, I've realised that the Wahine storm is actually my first news memory, having been a couple of months before Robert Kennedy was shot.

    I remember being kept home from school and gazing out the window at the weather, and a general sense of dread more than the sinking of the vessel itself.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Ha, that was quick! From the first five minutes on Twitter:

    "The death of Elvis."

    "The Wahine sinking."

    "Norman Kirk died."

    "Mt Erebus."

    "Helicopters being thrown from ships after the fall of Saigon."

    "End of the Vietnam War."

    "Challenger."

    "John Lennon's death."

    "Tiananmen, then the coup against Gorbachev."

    "Wellington's last tram. 1964. I was 3."

    "I first thought Wahine then realised that was before I was born, the mind plays tricks! So probably Elvis for some random reason."

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  • Hard News: Music Extra: "Is not a…, in reply to Francisco Blaha,

    I still remember making a point of listening to your Hard News segment in bFM all those years ago

    And some of us still fondly remember Hermano Paco's Spanish lessons :-)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Deep cuts from Aotearoa, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    So cheers to the Herald for giving me the arse I guess. Who knew?

    Good for you.

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  • Hard News: Lorde, the council and the…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    So, why bother with craft beer and vineyards and maturing single malt whiskies for 20 years? It’s just a drug, why don’t we just inject pure industrial ethanol into our eyeballs for a quick and cheap hit?

    I don't see how preferences about flavour make alcohol not a drug. I love nice beer and aged single malt, but that kind of makes alcohol a more dangerous drug for me – I really like the taste of good alcoholic beverages.

    But now that legalisation has allowed for differentiation of weed strains, you see people making similar distinctions there.

    I've talked to former junkies who've waxed lyrical about the difference between heroin and homebake, with each having its charms. They're still drugs.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Deep cuts from Aotearoa,

    I felt really happy about Ladi 6's win at the awards last night. It made me think of getting her and Parks to play our first Public Address Great Blend event, way back in 2004. The pair of them just sat on stools, with Parks on guitar and backing vocals, while the late sun reached into the Grey Lynn Bowling Club and it was so lovely that I cried a bit. I think that impressed on me all those years ago what a solid musical base those two come from.

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  • Hard News: Powerstation II: It's complicated, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    But somehow they got the wrong designation for what they have been doing, and want to continue to do.

    And nobody was able to do the paperwork to get them the right designation because …?

    It might have been easier if the venue had acted immediately, to be honest.

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