Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The unusual…, in reply to JacksonP,

    And the wonderfully elegant and musically gifted Julia Deans. Her little set was a genuine treat, and so great to have those videos.

    I think she really enjoyed it as a setting to play those new songs in.

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  • Hard News: Harkanwal Singh: What really…, in reply to WH,

    The recent movements in our housing market are a matter for real regret. Contrary to what you have repeatedly implied, the worst of the damage is likely to be inflicted on those least able to take it.

    I have in fact repeatedly made that very point to people who object to any discussion of the pressure on housing in Auckland. And I think that some of the price pressure is coming from non-resident buyers.

    But the point here is that what Twyford presented was a poorly-conceived statistical adventure which seemed designed to create a certain response. It simply wasn’t valid.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home,

    I see that Jeremy Corbyn has spotted there's a problem:

    Where has Corbyn been? On a journey, say those close by. A lifetime of instinctive “capitalist club” Euroscepticism has been shed. Passionate distress over Brexit from his young supporters and his trade union allies has brought him round. Besides, the facts have changed. His vague, abstract distaste for the EU has given way to facing the hard reality of what Brexit means: inflicting most harm on those he cares about most. If only those on the opposite benches were on the same reality-check journey.

    It seems rather a shame he didn't have his journey when it might have mattered.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Rich Lock,

    The whole thing is just…..fuck.

    Oh, man.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news, in reply to nzlemming,

    Another early TV memory is being transfixed by Alister Riddell’s Space Waltz on whatever the talent show was at the time.

    Oh, hell yes. 'Out on the Street' was the first record I ever bought with my own money.

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  • Hard News: News Memories 2: The Twitter thread,

    I thought I'd collect these.

    It's interesting the way that this exercise has ended up illuminating a demographic reality that isn't apparent day-to-day on Twitter. If you and I are five or even 10 or 20 years apart in age it makes very little difference to our online conversation. But when our earliest years of awareness of the world are is about what we've lived through.

    The responses also show quite a degree of commonality. Memories cluster around a relatively small number of signal events, which crop up repeatedly. Sometimes the events are so significant that they countervail against age.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news, in reply to LeighKennaway,

    At Kowhai Intermediate School they played Nixon’s resignation over the loud speaker system….. then turned it off half way through because they thought no-one was interested. I ran straight up to the school office to listen to the rest of it!

    Nerd!

    But yes, they played it over the intercom at my school in Greymouth too.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Responses to my original tweet are still rockin' on.

    It's fascinating how this exercise provides a demographic picture that wasn't apparent before.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Actually, I've realised that the Wahine storm is actually my first news memory, having been a couple of months before Robert Kennedy was shot.

    I remember being kept home from school and gazing out the window at the weather, and a general sense of dread more than the sinking of the vessel itself.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Ha, that was quick! From the first five minutes on Twitter:

    "The death of Elvis."

    "The Wahine sinking."

    "Norman Kirk died."

    "Mt Erebus."

    "Helicopters being thrown from ships after the fall of Saigon."

    "End of the Vietnam War."

    "Challenger."

    "John Lennon's death."

    "Tiananmen, then the coup against Gorbachev."

    "Wellington's last tram. 1964. I was 3."

    "I first thought Wahine then realised that was before I was born, the mind plays tricks! So probably Elvis for some random reason."

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