I'm a Counties supporter, have been ever since I was 10 (North Auckland before that, but that's another story). When Super Rugby started, Counties was overlooked as one of the Super teams, despite being one of the top teams in the country at the time. Yes, you probably couldn't have had 3 Super teams in the top half of the North Island, but we were still treated pretty shabbily by the NZRFU.
And then they lumped us in with Auckland to form the Blues - Auckland, who were the enemy. Auckland, who we loved to hate. Fucking Auckland. You'd be hard pushed to find any Blues supporters in Counties. So I never had an interest in Super Rugby, and that's continued - I'd much rather watch a provincial game than a Super Rugby game.
I'm in a position where I can probably afford a Sky subscription nowadays, but I resent the way their packages are structured - $50 a month for a bunch of stuff I have no desire to watch, then pay extra for channels that do have something I want to watch.
Sky would have to be a lot leaner and smarter in their offerings to entice me, and I'm already with Vodafone and have a fibre connection. I'm just not really all that willing to pay over the odds for a vast quantity of channels I don't want to watch, in order to then pay more for channels I do want to watch.
Season passes, or streaming pay per view without having to be a subscriber would be much more attractive than their current offerings.
My parents still have a Whites aerial photo of Ninety Mile Beach on their wall, bought when we were living in Kaitaia - so about 45 years ago. I always thought it was a colour photo, but by the sound of this It may be a colourised photo - I'm going to have to have a closer look next time I visit. It definitely had
the flowing ‘Whites’ signature.
That petition was very dodgy - someone brought a copy round at work (steel mill, very blue collar) and asked if I wanted to sign it. I said no, if it had been pro the legislation I would have - and got some funny looks. One of the guys signed it and signed it for his son, wife, daughter and his son's wife as well "because they'd want to sign it too".
Closer to home, our resident curtain-twitcher believes that you should simply suck it up if you're the wrong colour.
Dammit, now you've made me go and look at something written by Martin van Beynen, and I've been doing so well recently completely ignoring him.....
I would love to see the current flag replaced, but I will be voting to retain it. Because I don't want my country's flag to be a corporate logo created from clipart for the rest of my life. If it's a choice between crap and crapper, I'll hold my nose and vote for crap.
I was at the 1984 Mainstreet gig, and it was bloody LOUD. It was also bloody good. We were among the last to leave, and Lemmy and the rest of the band just wandered out and started chatting to the bouncers and staff and punters who were still there. As Danny Noonan said, he was a genuinely nice guy.
Motorhead were the cool end of metal, close enough to the punk ethos to appeal to me at the time, and still do appeal. They were about having a bloody good time and damn the circumstances. I'll miss Lemmy, and I'm going to be sad that he won't be making music any more. For all that Motorhead's albums can sound a bit same-y, there was nearly always a monster track on each.
Hats off to you, Lemmy, and I think a whiskey or two tonight wouldn't go amiss.
New Joanna Newsom album Divers is out - you can if you're interested stream it on NPR here. It's very good.
The Fall at Bodega last Sunday night was an excellent night of curmudgeonlyness - Mark E Smith was in good voice, he only fiddled with everyone else's gear about 5 times, and he even smiled once. Apart from the couple of boofheads in front of me who decided moshing was a good idea (at a Fall concert? Really?), it was the best fun I've had at a concert in ages.
Is the now-quoted “mentally deficient” actually accurate? Or simply someone paraphrasing brutally?
That's paraphrasing - I can't remember the exact words, but it was something along the lines of "now we know who aren't quite as bright as the rest of us"
I was at an event last night where the Prime Minister spoke - he was supposed to have 3 minutes. His first 3 minutes was filled with making jokes about the speed with which Australia replaces Prime Ministers, and how he'd visited the sheep in Saudi Arabia and they were fine and had flown first class (unlike him), and some facile tale about multiple marriages and how the Saudi prince he was with would be allowed 4 wives but his first wife wouldn't let him (I don't know, other people seemed to find the speech funny, maybe I'm just a humourless left-wing nanny-state wowser).
He then said he was going to exceed his time and talk about something important - so he spent the next 5 minutes on a rambling justification for changing the flag to a silver fern. People wave it at sports events, it's on the gravestones of soldiers overseas, people will be excited about it and want to own it (with an aside about how New Zealanders are patriotic but don't show it, but if we had a nice new flag with a fern on it, then everyone would want to wave one all the time). This was after he insulted the half of the audience who wanted to keep the existing flag by calling them not as bright as the ones who wanted to change. it was cringeworthy.....