Posts by Russell Brown

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  • OnPoint: Bar brawls aren't my thing,

    I am sure she will pass on any polite and reasonable requests to muzzle DC to the big boss: nicky.jones@apn.co.nz

    I think it's a better idea to write a letter to the editor; that's the process. Writing to the CEO trying to get someone sacked isn't a great look. And apart from anything else, it would be the sowing the seeds of anti-PC martyrdom.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Assault by Monstrous,…,

    The alternative for the waterfront stadium is not to create some new open-space design; the stadium is the only means to wrestle the land off the port.

    Yup. Having perused Auckland Waterfront Vision 2040, it is my perception that there is no other way that Ports will be moved off that land. It actually says Captain Cook Wharf will remain in commercial use "for the foreseeable future".

    I wish people like Keith Locke would actually acknowledge that when they sermonise about the despoiling of "Auckland's beautiful waterfront".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Assault by Monstrous,…,

    Although the french camera-guys did their best to try and ruin the experience with all those stupid zoom-ins and slow-motion glow replays of people licking their lips. Seriously, what's with that?

    My friend Big Gay Paul advised me that those sequences were in fact GayCam.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Assault by Monstrous,…,

    Excuse me? I've read ad nauseum that if this stadium doesn't go ahead Auckland is condemned to being a third world backwater and international laughing stock ...

    Could you point me to the direct quotes for that? Or were you exaggerating a bit?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Something up with Apple?,

    If I could actually spell that would be good.

    Don't worry. Your job is making pictures. Leave the spelling to us.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Assault by Monstrous,…,

    Come on! Who was the Nat MP? When and where did he or she say this? Anyone else but you heard it? Methinks was but a figment of your overheated imagination.

    Read more closely sir. That was an extract from Fran O'Sullivan's column. She knows loads of National MPs.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Assault by Monstrous,…,

    and I'd respectfully suggest to our host that there's plenty of foam-flecked hysterics coming from the pro-camp.

    And I think I'd be on strong ground in saying that the hysteria has overwhelmingly come from the anti-stadium lobby - so much of the language has been plain daft.

    The anti-stadium rhetoric generated in that meeting yesterday just defied reason. Cancerous? Used condom? Please ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Something up with Apple?,

    Speaking of Blowfish Sushi, I went to the one in West Hollywood and it was very good indeed. Those US-based sushi chefs really know how to make the stuff - much more adventurous than the standard 'sushi' we get in NZ.

    Yep, I went to the San Francisco one, and it was not at all yer standard sushi house. Great cocktails, too. I'm just glad it was a freebie, because we'd have been up for a bloody big bill that night ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Assault by Monstrous,…,

    Sorry, Russell, but if we're calling 'bullshit' on the Herald, perhaps you need to look a bit closer to home at your *ahem* rather dim view of the disdain Messers Mills and Banks had for the niceties of public scrutiny and planning law where their pet projects were concerned. What's the difference?

    A fair cop, to some extent Craig. But Mills' original Britomart plan was simply insane: an interest-free loan to a rather odd private developer, a council planner who led the push and then went to work for the developer, plans deliberately withheld from the minority on council, and sundry other follies. The eastern corridor plan would have wrecked an estuary and directly affected (as in, we're from the council, hand over your house) many more people than the stadium. It also had the significant problem of having no visible means of funding.

    Anyway, back to stadia: the Eden Park option will also require legislating over the Resource Management Act, and it will rise to a similar height, towering over neighbourhoods of single-storey houses. It will remain a transport nightmare, with severe restrictions on the type, frequency and hours of events that can be held there. It just doesn't make sense to me, and it certainly doesn't inspire me.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

  • Camilla Speaks!,

    Really? I thought it kicked the sorry arse of most other travel programmes, not least because it was about something other than the sponsor.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22680 posts Report Reply

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