Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Shopping News,

    Well that was fun!

    I played some records at Marbecks, then used the Queen's Arcade escalator to get a video of Sandy Mill and band.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Shopping News, in reply to Kebabette,

    Put together a blog post with some deets of 2018 RSD in Chch.

    Thanks! I've added that to the post too.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Shopping News,

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    This digital poster just arrived in the Flying Out mailer. They also have a limited run of t-shirts bearing the old Alec Bathgate-designed Flying Nun logo in in the style of Sun Records.

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  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come, in reply to Sacha,

    Welli’s most likely trees would have already fallen down in your normal breezes.

    Exactly.

    Although some big-assed trees came down last Tuesday. The gum tree by the supermarket in Richmond Road, for instance, was apparently healthy. I wonder if the way the most extreme winds were very localised might also have been a factor.

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  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come, in reply to Tet Yoon Lee,

    On a slightly related point, while I agree that generally the UFB project was a good idea, I think these problems and those mentioned in the story Russell Brown do raise questions over some of the specifics. It does seem Chorus is going down the ultra cheap and shoddy route in some cases, especially with the home installs.

    Good point (and not the only one in your very useful comment). I'm possibly still just elated at finally getting off the ancient paper-insulated copper in Point Chev. We were offline for more than a week after Watercare broke a pipe and the copper got wet.

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  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come,

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    Okay, this is pretty interesting.

    This is from the Auckland Emergency Management action plan presented on Saturday. I think the way to read it is that the new upwards flow of information to the political layer (the minister and MPs) was prompted by some "please explain" questions, because it's not standard operating procedure – especially without a state of emergency having been declared.

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  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come,

    The Herald has republished the post above – and Shayne Currie tells me that Simon Wilson and others are working on the story today.

    Which is good, because I'd been feeling like the Herald was kind of missing an important story.

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  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to Gareth,

    One thing I’ve learned: cook with gas. I’ve always insisted on having a gas hob and electric oven. You can live without the oven for a long time if you’ve got a kettle-style barbecue/BGEgg/pizza oven, and, well, you’re cookin’ with gas…

    It drives me nuts that the nice F&P gas hob we bought a year before we renovated won't work without electricity, it really does.

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  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to BenWilson,

    ETA: Oh and of course the car has multiple charger adapters, including one multi adapter for every kind of phone ever made, although TBH that was less about survivalism and more about getting a good Uber rating.

    Very well, then. I am moved by your story and I shall not seek to ruin your life by awarding a mere four stars.

    But yeah – I forgot that one in the post. The USB port in our cheap car stereo seems to charge all the things too. We were not going to run out of devices.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: In troubled…, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    From what I gather, at least four locations are participating: Real Groovy, Southbound, Marbecks and the Cross Street market. Looking forward to it!

    Pretty sure Flying Out will be on the case too. Even if you can't afford to spend a lot, it's just a fun day doing the shops.

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