Och! Certainly a case of me glad you're reading this stuff so I don't have to...
Congrats on the Shy broadcast. Unified Field Theory to follow...
I've a longstanding theory, based on witnessing other Yes listeners, that their attachment to the band was because it was their first encounter with prog and were never able to acknowledge their first love may not have been their best. Harsh I know but it's a common theme of those with much more than Yello under Y in their collections.
But in the interests of fairness, as you've shared, I'll take this opportunity to admit: The Wombles.
Yes: News Stand. Thanks Ian.
For anyone reading who are thinking that perhaps where Russell with this all, so might you and wouldn't early non-invasive treatment be better:
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'DHB trials device for kidney stones' (The Northern Advocate) has Whangarei Hospital trialling a laser lithotripter (as well as having ultrasound and electro-kinetic units). Anyone know how that works? Do they project from different direction to intersect on the stone or something?
And naturally, sick of reading it though you might be, I'm glad you've relief from the long and short-terms pain now Russell and all the best for your return to fighting fit.
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.
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.
But with Christine Rankin and Richard Worth the case against included more than inexperience.
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.
Thanks for the reassurance Scott.
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.