The launch of the space shuttle Columbia, in April 1981. I was 6. I was so excited I made my own version from Lego to take to school.
I had my bike converted a while back with a kit from Lekkie. The first stage of any ride towards town for me includes climbing up Titirangi's Huia Rd - a pretty brutal climb for first thing in the morning.
And I confess to avoiding it all winter.
Interestingly, the battery life is just enough for the 32km round trip to the CBD, if I err just on the right side of lazy. When I let the electrics do too much of the work, I end up running out of juice at the last, worst uphill.
Outside that area, but I do hope there's a plan to make getting from New Lynn to the Waterview connection something other than terrifying for cyclists.
Thanks for sharing those extra quotes Russell.
I miss Alleluya and I miss Peter, but Emma and Tane at Bestie are lovely people who are going to do something really special in that space.
Oh wow, I'd forgotten about FreakAngels. So good.
Or even ignoring Lilian’s suggestion of how things could be improved?
It's a great suggestion. Sorry for not addressing it. I was responding to Deborah and Emma's comments around calling out behaviour.
I hate that this shit happens. And I honestly don't remember it being like this when I was in my teens/twenties either. Maybe it was the environment I was in. Who knows.
I strongly believe in people calling others out on their behaviour, but that's easier said than done. I'm reasonably intelligent and empathetic - I'm sure we all are here - and spot these things happening. But I'm also a very large male who used to remove drunks from bars for a living. I have the privilege of being equipped to intervene; not everyone can. What do you do when intervention/calling out is far too risky?
And I do think it's been creeping up on us for a long time, this war on empathy. I firmly believe there's a connection to reality TV, and to the un-empathetic behaviour of so many of our so-called leaders.
I just hope we're hearing about it more - Roastbusters, RoK, these tools at Laneway - because a societal rejection of it is building.
My 11 year old son asked to go to sleep listening to Bowie last night. I've done something right.
Cheers to you, Russell. Public Address has always been an island of refuge amongst the stress of life, and you and this community have always brought some measured, sane thought to balance my despair and frustration at many of the things that go on in this country.
I’m eagerly awaiting your Metro feature on K Rd too; this street has featured in my life for 20 years, but the last two years it’s been the place I work from every day and it has been truly fascinating.
Ever the optimist, I like to see the resurgent bFM, and the rise of The Spinoff, The Wireless, TransportBlog and others, as a natural reaction to the stifling of challenging voices by many of the big media powers and our politicians. The pressure’s been building for several years – sometime this year, I reckon something popped.
Merry Christmas everyone!