Posts by Simon Chamberlain

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Dean Hokianga,

    I'd guess because describing women as "hos" is a sexist term of abuse, whereas describing men as "bros" isn't? And this is a thread about sexual assault and sexism directed at women, so that part of your comment really reflected a failure to read the room IMO.

    I'd urge you to read or re-read the thread and look at what women are saying in here. Especially the comments from Joanna, Robyn and Emma on page 5 about how this is a long-standing problem not limited to one particular age-group or demographic (well obviously other than being men...). Stephen's comment on page 6 is worth a look as well.

    London • Since Aug 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Deborah,

    Thank you for that post Deborah, I'm glad you made it.

    I agree there's a responsibility on men to step up in this situation, and especially those of us who are older can use the privilege which age gives us (if things go badly, security/police are probably going to take our side over younger, drunker guys).

    Russell, I suspect there's probably little point in arguing with the sort of person who uses terms like 'white knights'...

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    :). I was expecting you to mention it in your original article, it definitely seemed like you'd read it or something similar.

    If we're still adding recommendations, I enjoyed Elizabeth Knox's Wake a lot (sci-fi/horror set near Nelson).

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    This Buzzfeed article is both hilarious and frustrating:
    Author posted a personal ad saying she wasn't interested in guys who don't read books by women. She got lots of messages from guys either criticising her, or asking for recommendations. Yep. Completely unable to find one book by a woman on their own. For rage-laughs, read the comments which explain she is giving feminism a bad name and she should educate these poor men.
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/accio-soulmate#.yidXLajwn

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Soon Lee,

    Fascinating, thanks for that.

    Meanwhile, 6 Aussies (so far) out caught. Maybe Hayden should have warned them how big the SCG is...

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

    Wonderful game, I danced like a loon and hugged a few strangers when Elliot connected for that six. Think I'm still buzzing.

    Don't think I can ever remember a game that swung back and forth so often - when we were batting it seemed like every over, even every ball, I was re-adjusting my predictions as to who would win. On paper, our required run-rate should have been easily achievable - but with Bren, Guptill, Williamson, Taylor and then Anderson out, and facing those bowlers, I was never confident.

    Really impressed by the crowd. A lot less nasty than in the Aussie match (where there were plenty of chants of 'Johnson's a wanker' and a few, far worse but thankfully not as widespread, of 'Johnson's a faggot'). Whereas on Tuesday, after AB's interview he walked across the field and into the stand near me, and everyone gave him a standing ovation. Sure, it's easy to be generous when you win, but it was still a nice gesture.

    On a more negative note: wish they'd get rid of spider-cam. It was annoying me, and I wonder if it ever distracts the players? And if it had cost SA Anderson's wicket that would have been terrible. I could have done without the ground announcer trying to be clever and playing Everybody Hurts when Corey got out - we've got a match a win, it's at a crucial moment, try to rev the crowd and the players up FFS.

    London • Since Aug 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    Urban legend, never happened. See Stephen Fleming's autobiography.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Festival of Non-Dudeyness,

    So from acts I've seen: I'd rather have Caribou than Belle & Sebastian, he's fantastic live. I saw St Vincent with David Bryne and collectively they were excellent, she should be good on her own. Alan, I've seen Hawley a couple of times and he didn't really move me.

    Plenty of good stuff there that I haven't seen; shame it's only in Auckland.

    London • Since Aug 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What rules are these?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    DIsgusting quote from the article: "An Auckland photographer who knows Runting well, but asked not to be named, says the problem with that inference is that Runting is not even slightly creepy, and if Yelich-O'Connor thinks so, she is misreading the situation."

    Nope: if she is being creeped out by him then by definition he is creepy, whatever he thinks he is doing.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The First Time,

    1986: Icehouse supported by Boom Crash Opera in Wellington. Aged 13. (Went with a friend, no parents).

    The Kiwi Concert Date Archive says it was July 26 at the Town Hall, but it was definitely the Show Buildings. I remember not liking Boom Crash Opera much and Icehouse just fine.

    Probably saw some bands at school before then, but can't remember.

    London • Since Aug 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

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