Posts by Gareth

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A beat is more…, in reply to bob daktari,

    Well, I could hear that with my deaf ear, so it must be good...

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 253 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A beat is more…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    It's a deaf sentence (David Lodge book - very funny).

    Apparently they can trigger the little hair cells to regrow in mice. And the recent progress in linking cochlear implants with iPhones is encouraging. I think computational hearing is going to be very interesting - think hearing aids that can do sound sculpting on the fly.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: A beat is more…,

    Over the last ten years I have become, to all intents and purposes, deaf in my left ear. Thus my views on listening to music have changed, as have my preferred methods. There is a certain irony in all this, given that for a good chunk of my younger years I wrote about, published about, obsessed about hi-fi. And then there's the tinnitus...

    These days, being deeply rural and possessed of much grass that requires mowing, I spend a lot of summer time listening via a recently obsoleted iPod Shuffle, wishing it would do mono.. In the office, the iMac provides music via some slightly better than average computer speakers, and in the kitchen an old radio and an old Apple Airport serves John Campbell while cooking, and occasionally something more outrageous via AirPlay. But the recent revelation, and remember I can no longer opine on stereo imaging, is the Naim Muso Qb, which does TV sound, streams my iTunes library, and annoys SWMBO, even though she be asleep at the other end of the house...

    Works wonders with your veg chopping

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  • Hard News: Stupidity and ignorance have…,

    I'm waiting for Trump to declare that they will be "fast followers"...

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  • Capture: Where have you been all Summer?,

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    It's also about the accommodation.

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  • Capture: Where have you been all Summer?,

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    It's all about the location : moored up for the night in the middle of Golden Bay, Feb 15th.

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  • Feed: World of Food 5: Andorra –…,

    I suspect the mushroom of choice in Andorra would be the saffron milk cap/Lactarius deliciosus - it's incredibly popular in Catalonia and Northern Spain, where it's called niscalos or rovellon (amongst many other names). It's bright apricot orange, weeps greenish "milk" (hence Lactarius), and is deliciously nutty, a little peppery and very mushroomy.

    It has been introduced to NZ, and there's a company growing it commercially on pines in Gisborne, but I believe all production goes to Japan. ChCh residents can occasionally find a Plant & Food Research scientist (hi Alexis!) selling them outside Canterbury Cheesemongers on Saturdays during the season - which will start as soon as Canterbury gets some decent rain.

    It's much more common in Australia, where it's called the pine mushroom.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 253 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Singer Must Die - Leonard…,

    Thanks Grant - a nice tribute. My "first Cohen" was a little earlier than yours, as you might expect - Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye, which was one of the tracks on the 1968 CBS UK sampler Rock Machine I Love You. I can still sing most of the words. And then at university his stuff (and Cat Stevens!) provided the soundtrack to some of my favourite formative experiences...

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  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Well, to an extent me too - but the bigger point that China will relish a US led by Trump stands, because the two countries are (more or less) inextricably linked. As the Brexiteers are finding out for the UK and EU...

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  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The U.S. debt to China is $1.185 trillion, as of August 2016

    That's we call a hell of a bargaining chip.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 253 posts Report Reply

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