Posts by Robert Urquhart

  • Hard News: Public Address and PressPatron,

    Minor issue: only the Info For portion of the Info For Readers link in the footer is linked.


    ... I suppose I should really use their contact form to tell them that directly.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 161 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address and PressPatron,

    OK I have found where to log in on the PressPatron website, but where/how the heck do I create a subscriber account?

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 161 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?,

    Just after I had gone to bed - ~10 seconds of "that's a substantial aftershock" followed by ~ 1:30 of "that's not local - that /has/ to be a major event inland" followed by the usual string of Geonet checks and FB check ins. Then slept though the tsunami warnings that followed but have friends who evacuated and have not yet returned. Grimacing at the photos of road damage this morning.

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.,

    Another stray thought: given current government methods of accounting W&I probably gets to claim all those debts as being a positive on the “asset” side of the ledger. Regardless of the (practically zero) likelihood they will ever be substantially repaid.

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.,

    Something my parents asked me at the weekend which I did not have an answer for and have not had much time to research - suppose you /have/ more rooms than you need (eg empty nest) and you want to make those available to help people who need short term assistance - who do you talk to? Is there any organisation or service which serves as a communication hub for such things? Who are the relevant charities/organisations?

    I'm pretty sure HNZ / W&I will not have a bar of talking to / managing individual offers, they will only want to outsource that administration to "approved providers".

    Any pointers?

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  • Polity: Lady luck smiles more than we think,

    As another who is only in the comfortable position I am due to positive fortune, I like to take as one of my guiding principles a slight modification of another well-know saying: “Be the luck you want to see in the world”.

    Life is absolutely not “fair”, the very concept is a personification, but it is within our power to make living more so.

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  • Up Front: Five,

    This also seems the appropriate thread to share my photos from the We've Had Enough rally on Sunday.

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  • Up Front: Five,

    I have posted my thoughts from the day (somewhat inspired and informed by Emma) in my journal.
    http://marsden-online.dreamwidth.org/969722.html

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 161 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Russell Brown,

    > You’re talking about your events being tarnished and how to prevent that. The women on this thread (and some of the men) are talking about this being only one facet of the wider issue – sexual intimidation and lack of respect for women. I think your priorities are a little skewed.

    They’re not “my events”, I’m not the promoter. We’re talking about concrete steps to stop this happening at music events. I think that’s a laudable aim. And, again, it’s what we were talking abut upthread.

    A mountain is moved (or levelled might be a better metaphor in this instance) one rock at a time. It's perfectly possible to acknowledge (or not) a wider problem and say "well here are the areas I have interest and influence, here is where I will try and make my difference" and hope it spreads; or that others are doing the same in their respective spheres.

    That is what I think is happening here. The two conversations are not at cross-purposes.

    ~~~
    I am not at all a music person or part of the festival scene so I have nothing concrete to offer there. And the few times I have had real opportunity to call strangers out on their behaviour I admit I 'froze'. But within my social circles (which mostly consist of younger people) there is a definite movement to address the same sort of issues and as one of the "elders of the tribe" I do my best to support that.

    Men need to step up to address the issue; however that does mean that often as not, and with the best intentions, we are going to take a "male" approach to "analysing" and "solving" the "problem". I have learnt that we need to listen to women / those affected *first* and *in an ongoing fashion* to gain the perspective needed to usefully frame our responses, but that lesson was a long time taking and in truth it's still something that requires constant attention.

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  • Up Front: So Farewell Then, UCSA, in reply to Lilith __,

    A bit strange to have the stage on one side of the amphitheatre and not in the middle *where it’s designed to be*!

    Buildings may come and go, but Phil Anderson is eternal.

    You are not the only person in my various social media to have made either of those comments :D

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