Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Inside Track,

    Just playing that remastered micronism track and it's making everything on my desk vibrate. Nice work, Chris Chetland!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21915 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Inside Track,

    A further note: one thing I recall about Steve at the time was that he had very firm views on the proper storage and treatment of cassette tapes. You wouldn't treat a record the way most people treat cassettes, he observed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21915 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…, in reply to Gerrit,

    Interestingly the road code promotes cyclist to use the hook turn at intersections.

    How many knew that?

    Well, it says you can. But ...

    A hook turn is a different way for cyclists to turn right at an intersection. Hook turns can be done at any intersection except at intersections with signs banning them. At some intersections there may be special marked areas to stop in at the halfway turning point. It should be noted though that hook turns can be done at intersections with or without the marked stopping area.

    Has anyone ever seen these "special marked areas"?

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  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Worth noting that the “solution” for cyclists at Carrington is laughable – can you imagine a similar solution for drivers?

    It really defeats the point of having a cycleway.

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  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    If a cyclist slows to walking speed and starts their crossing when the car is far enough away from the crossing to appropriately stop (marked by the diamond on the roadway) then there really is no reason to complain. And certainly no reason for a driver to risk the life of a cyclist just to “prove a point”.

    If there are pedestrians around I’d always dismount and zooming across at bike speed is wrong as well but apart from that being a good citizen on the road would argue that drivers stop for cyclists who are behaving reasonably.

    The last stretch of the access to the the northwestern cycleway from the St Lukes bridge is in fact a short crossing across the off-ramp. It's not explicitly marked for bikes, so I guess its a pedestrian crossing, but I'm damned if I'm getting off my bike.

    I also don't assume that cars are going to stop for me – I try not to assume any car drivers are going to do the right thing, basically – but nearly all of them do, and the drivers that don't generally seem to just not be paying attention rather than driving through on principle.

    And when they do pause for me, I always give a little signal of thanks.

    It's also illegal to ride on footpaths, but it would be a very strange parent who forbade their child from doing that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21915 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Brexlection, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    I think "NZ First and Don Brash" would be a better analogy

    Which kinda makes it worse.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21915 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…, in reply to Mikaere Curtis,

    Yes there was. It enabled two right turning lanes from the offramp. During rush hour the offramp would be massively backed up, sometimes back to the motorway.

    With you on this one. That's the part I like.

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  • Speaker: The Brexlection,

    Remainers, on the other hand, find themselves in a situation where the hated Liberal Democrats and Tony Blair appear to be the only people who represent them. Yes, that is as bad as it sounds. It’s like finding out United Future and David Seymour are the only people who agree with you.

    It seems almost callous of me to have published this somewhere my UK-based friends might see it and start crying. Sorry, friends.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21915 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    I have resolved more than one minor niggle through those chats, and they also build good rapport that’s highly desirable for workplace congeniality.

    Otoh, I have a friend who seriously needed to get out of Auckland and he now works for the APN-owned Pagemasters, working on Aussie newspaper copy from a place near Whangarei Heads. He's good at it and he's happy.

    Tbh, I'd love it if this was a more common option.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21915 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…, in reply to Greg Wood,

    Bloody good on them. Get those cars off the street.

    It makes so much sense, in so many ways.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21915 posts Report Reply

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