I can highly recommend the Slush Fund version of Point That Thing and the version of Fish off Syd's Pink Wiring System (https://theclean.bandcamp.com/track/fish-syds-pink-wiring-system-version) in a single playlist on repeat during a long overseas flight.
Both versions discovered on these very pages I believe a while ago
and now I know that bellwether refers to a sheep not an atmospheric state
Love the cello piece - in a similar vein here's a string quartet who often play with Neil Gaiman
Hey Bart, could you explain a little of what you mean when you say "the Greens anti-science arm"?
I see this in their current (2011) science policy:
The Greens see many potential benefits from the technologies derived from the science of genetics. We support the development of genetic technologies when they are:
10. Properly contained in a laboratory.
11. Subject to case by case approval, including ethical screening and a proper
application of the precautionary principle.
12. Not applied to food production.
Is 12 your beef? or do you think they are more against genetic research then this policy implies?
Can I just say I for one really enjoyed the building post...
If you are receiving regular income from overseas you should definitely check out a third party foreign exchange broker. When I signed up to mine we went back over six months transactions to discover the ANZ was charging a 1% worse exchange rate that the broker would give me, that's before the fees. "Hope you haven't been doing this long" he said, nah just eight years I said...
What was odder in the Herald the other day? Rodney Hide singing the praises of Len Brown or the Herald for printing them?
I can't believe I forgot to name check The Bernie Gunther Novels of Philip Kerr. A detective in Berlin set before, during and after world war 2. Great sense of place, woven with real historical events.
Philip Kerr also does a series about a football manager in the English premier league who solves crimes - they're particularly stupid, dumb good fun...
Emma!, from Christchurch and no Paul Cleave shout out? My wife, appalled that I have only read 4 woman authors out of the 80 or so books this year, put me onto Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series - Case Histories is the first one and then there's another three to knock off after that. Got to love finding a series you can binge read.
Is it just me or is The Luminaries just a good who dunnit? Also recommend Paul Thomas, Pierre Lemaitre, Parker Bilal (Somalian detective in Egypt), Malla Nunn (South African crime).
Regarding women's prominence in crime fiction - this month I've read 11 women authors - a good proportion crime fiction - I must say, they're not afraid of snuffing the kiddies to kick things off...
I wonder how many headline bands SJF blew away as the support act, I saw them wipe The La's (you may remember "There She Goes", or maybe you won't) off the stage in San Francisco once.