So maybe we do have to start again: small, local operations that make enough to break even, that share their copy with other small outfits,
I remember back in the days of Earwig, Cock, Itch and Ferret (that's not a law firm, but 4 different NZ Counter Culture mags! Well 5 counting Counter Culture) there was the UPS (Underground Press Syndicate) and other casual arrangements, that much like some Fanzines today, allowed hard copy and content swapping - all by mail mind you...
call out the aggregators...
Because there's something in the air!
We need to talk about Facebook. And Google
The Strangler Figs of the communication ecosystem.
Will the parasite kill the host?
Most of the stories on this merger don't really stress that both parent companies of FairfaxNZ/Stuff and NZME have Australian parent companies, it's not as if we are really supporting local media enterprises, and recent history shows that the Australians don't care for NZ on many levels.
a cultural aside:
(from The Secret Life of Books )
John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's autobiographical classic Confessions of an English Opium Eater
Ken Loach's 2013 Documentary The Spirit of '45
Tuesday, May 9 at 7 PM - 10 PM
Joint event co-hosted by the Canterbury Socialist Society and the NZ Fabian Society screening Ken Loach's 2013 Documentary "The Spirit of '45'".
Through a collection of interviews and archival footage, Ken Loach explores the landslide electoral victory of the UK Labour Party in 1945 that helped establish the post-war consensus, the welfare state, and the nationalisation of certain industries. "The Spirit of '45" looks at the legacy of this period, the strengths and weaknesses, and is instructive for audiences today in how a somewhat ambitious - though no doubt flawed - Keynesian Social Democratic programme gained enormous popular support within the British working class.
The evening is open to all who are interested, and is being held in the wonderful Space Academy - 371 St Asaph Street (between Fitzgerald Ave and Barbadoes St - opposite Galaxy and the Dark Room). Admission is free, and the evening will run as follows:
7pm - Brief welcome and introduction
7.10-8 - Part one of the film
8-8.15 - Intermission
8.15-9 - Part two of the film
Afterwards attendees are welcome to stay and mingle, discuss the film, have a beer and chat.
[Event image: Poster from the Labour Party campaign, 1945]
So that's why 'the real shady slim' John Key got outta dodge...
Fyre I bid you to burn...
Welcome to Festerville!
It could have been OK if you were into it, the "cultural moment created from an alchemic blend of music, art and food" it was promoted as.
Instead the festival, supposed to start on Friday (NZT) has descended into chaos and been postponed.
Guests on social media are reporting they are stranded at an unfinished site overrun by feral dogs and mountains of rubbish.
Tents have reportedly been set on fire and festival-goers are jostling over limited and poor quality food.
I see via the wayback machine that the 'organisers' claims were quite prescient:
LIKE ALL GREAT STORIES,
THIS IS A VOYAGE
This is a world of surreal experiences and inspired curiosity that touches the sweet spot between imagination and possibility. A place where the tropical sun shines all day, and our celebrations ignite the night. This is an invitation to unplug, connect with something deeper, and hunt for something bigger."
Lord of the Flies anyone?
Steve said he couldn’t believe how good it sounded when he went back to it. The key, he thought, was …
The Vegetables hold the key…
One of my favourite tracks off the squirm songs tape was ’Veges’
Maybe Steve might put the Gorgonzola tape (SQ002) up for listening as well
why ’hanging song’ was never a hit eludes me (or ’Rules of Conduct’ ) and I also seem to have The Reflectograph Corporation tape by The Squirm as well.
They were great live as well.
These guys were well ahead of the curve – a complete works is called for IMHO.
Trump is a closet Francophile - accordion to some sources....
render unto Caesar...
the tip of an iceberg
...albeit a particularly curly one?
why - just be cos...