Graeme, you're looking at this through very, very, rose-tinted glasses.
As with Paul, I too was a big spender at Real Groovy's Dunedin shop. Myself and a lot of other people here are extremely cynical about how the Real Groovy saga has played out here. Basically we feel ignored and shafted by Real Groovy's owners, who have completely left us in the lurch.
I will refrain from bitching and moaning any further, as I've already given a Dunedin perspective on this issue on Russell's original thread.
Regarding whining writers, anyone else see Joanne Black's column in the latest Listener ? She notes that the current US ambassador, a Bush appointee, has resigned and is heading back to the US. Therefore, from her point of view, ex-Labour Party president Mike Williams should resign from the various boards he's on as well, because, like, his gov't also recently lost power.
What a silly, snide, churlish comment. Also she fails to realise that it is established convention for US ambassadors to resign when their party loses, but not a convention for political party appointees in NZ to resign.
Also, I assume she also wrote the "all is sweetness and light now that John Key's been elected PM" editorial as well. It was chocker with twaddle like "The politics of envy have been replaced by the politics of aspiration".
Barf, and, indeed, barf.
Also there: a member of the judging panel that gave them the Rheineck Rock Award in the 1990s
Incorrect. They won the award in 1987 and Stunt Clown came out in '88. Either way, a superb band. Whatever happened to original backing singer Rupert E Taylor, by the way ?
The Listener's editorial is unusually direct and well-informed on the matter
I just read that as well and my initial reaction was "Good God! a Listener editorial that holds water...mustn't have been written by Joanne Black, then...".
Mr Key and his ponies is another meme that's off at a trot.
I just hope we don't get to see him having a pony*...
*in the Cockney rhyming slang sense.
Someone described Soul Bar to me as the same crowd (men) that used to party at Casablanca in Parnell and now, of course, are 20 years older, but that the women are the same age as those who once frequented the earlier venue.
For the benefit of non-Aucklanders, can you please elaborate on what Soul Bar is and what Casablanca was ?
By the way, did anyone see the valedictory piece on Helen Clark on last night's TV one news. It was terribly mean-spirited given that such things are usually reasonably generous.
I thought it was very bitter and twisted as well. They had Brash on who said "she'll be remembered as a very poor Prime Minister".
All I can say is why do the words "sour grapes, "sore loser" and "sad old man" spring to mind ?
You might want to take some Eno, give your gut a rest and start using your eyes.
I'd especially recommend starting with Here Come The Warm Jets, then if that doesn't help, maybe Taking Tiger Mountain.
Prebble's just suggested that Act stay out of formally being part of the gov't, as in the past the coalition parties have ended up as toast.
So do Act want to be in gov't or not ? This is getting weird.
Roger Douglas has just come on and still does not seem to accept Key's word that he won't be in Cabinet. Good grief.
Hearing that croaky "aaaahhhhmmm" so often again is just bizarre.
The novelty of his being back in Parliament will wear off quickly, however.
The gov't is going to get very sick, very quickly, of sending out press releases saying "Sir Roger is entitled to his personal view, but they are not those of the government...".