Posts by Tim Michie

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  • Southerly: Bubbles Over Blockhouse Bay,

    Whenever I encounter these family names, whether relevant or not, I often remember: "Sally, or rather Sarah (for what young lady of common gentility will reach the age of sixteen without altering her name as far as she can?)" Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey.

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  • Michael Jackson: A Life?,

    Interview with Brian Priestley and Jeremy Wells, Mediawatch December 19, 2004 by one Russell Brown. For some reason I've 'Newsweek' lodged in mind as his earlier 'Fourth Estate' incarnation.

    Michael Jackson: It must've often been often awful to be Michael Jackson for much of the last decade as the fantasy crumbled, ill-fated attempts to maintain it and the press waited for the next schadenfreude. And an early life that appeared to drive him into seeking the fantasy world. So rest in peace.

    Michael Jackson's Science Fictional Life WARNING: Bad 80s costume at top of the page.

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  • Island Life: A week in the life of that…,

    But with Christine Rankin and Richard Worth the case against included more than inexperience.

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  • Island Life: A week in the life of that…,

    I'm noticing a theme through the latest personnel problems from the government - it is as if when considering someone for a position only one side of the ledger is given any weight. And inexperience isn't treated as much of a downside at all. John Key, having been accused of this himself, may be measuring others by his quick rise to leader and Prime Minister.
    Paula Bennett - With no great changes in the department, someone who been there herself must've looked good with inexperience not treated as a downside, and she approves...
    Christine Rankin - On paper she may've looked like someone to speak for families but many years of negatives were passed over as if nowt.
    Melissa Lee - Youth, energy and ethnicity but again inexperience and a conflating media company work with the mettle to manage the hustings.
    I'd also add Mark Ford, Chair of the Auckland Transition Agency - they did erconsider this as the heat from those above was so fresh, but went with him anyway. With the role of the private sector in local government still to be decided he and Associate Local Government Minister John Carter Chairing the Select Committee will need watching. At least (I hope) the bills won't passed under urgency.
    And now Rchard Worth who, as I've discussed before around elections as I'm in the Epsom electorate, has never shone in Parliament, making him a Minister seems to have required a serious disregards for his past mis-steps.

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  • OnPoint: Budget 2009: “Aww, shit.”…,

    Thanks for the reassurance Scott.

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  • OnPoint: Budget 2009: “Aww, shit.”…,

    If it's okay to borrow for long term infrastructure investments why isn't okay to borrow for research and development?

    I looked long at hard at National election criticism of Labour for not increasing New Zealand productivity versus their lack of any policies to change that. I guess neutering the RMA may count towards efficiency in the construction sector but holding fast to current research funding when the private sector hasn't willing participated without encouragement seems frustrating anti-intellectual.

    To me at least.

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  • Talk: Budget 09,

    Parliament TV - commentators come after, not before or interrupting the main thingy...

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  • Talk: Budget 09,

    Couldn't we lock the clowns in..?

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  • Field Theory: An odd morning,

    Oh, the Barcelona followers who talked down their pespects from players out will be stoked. Game time was too close to work start but otherwise I'd've been there enjoying the enthusiasm.

    What with how they said above, I'd thought it was to be Man. U. and so commiserations Neil...

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  • Cracker: The Happy Hikoi,

    If they were only used for ceremonial pirposes? Maybe yes. But I think an iwi's relationship to a taiaha may be different then a tribe's relationship to an AK47 so they aren't interchangable.

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