Posts by Robert Harvey

  • Hard News: Music: Morales is coming,

    Thanks Russell. Morales' unfolding and exploration of 'Young Hearts Run Free' puts me in mind of various classical composers' work with popular and folk tunes of their times, though I lam not competent to make the comparison.
    One of the nicest God-I-Miss-Disco moments is this Youtube clip:
    [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBn3gTMD-yg]
    from the highly esteemed movie Pride.
    Wikipedia: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_%282014_film%29]
    <off-topic rant> Murdoch broke the Fleet St unions, Thatcher broke the Miners and the rest, leading to the disintegration of Community in British social life and planting the seed of the eventual Brexit debacle. <end rant>
    My personal music moment favourite from Pride is however Bread and Roses: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNQs6gSOkeU]
    Big ups.
    Cheers, Bob.

    Westmere • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Another year on earth,

    Concur with Geoff Lealand's praise for this column -- reading it, was (temporarily) stricken that it might be valedictory, but thank kindness, not. I don't FB or Tweet, but browse, and Firefox opens with the following sites:
    1 Metservice, 2 XKCD, 3 Alex, 4 PA, 5 Werewolf, 6 SoylentNews 7 Slashdot.
    All I want to know of what's happening is contained therein. Thank you, Bob.

    Westmere • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Indeed a good one,

    Great post Russell; was wondering where you'd got to. Thanks, Bob

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  • Up Front: The Real Victims, Here, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Aaaarrrgghhh! So much for memory. Thanks Bart.

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  • Up Front: The Real Victims, Here,

    FWIW, Kate Wilhelm's "The Gate To Women's Country" points to one way this might go, and there are times I can't see it turning out any better.

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

    The Herald has republished the post above

    Interesting (perhaps) that they did not include the link to the Vector outage map which is in your original.

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  • Legal Beagle: A Small Official…,

    Thanks for this Graeme,

    It would be nice if there was a process under which details like this could be tidied up, rather than having to depend on the whims of our Parliamentary Representatives. I suppose the trouble would be to establish the principles which might flag such 'oversights'. Since at least some part of our legislation does not even adhere to the principles of the Human Rights enactments of the UN, expecting our governors to establish democratic principles to restrain them from inappropriate actions might be wishing for the moon. And of course there's the temptation of a Constitution (oh, no!).

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  • Hard News: The hard road to a…, in reply to Sacha,

    For younger urban folk, frequent public transit services leave them free to connect online while they travel

    Agreed. I was merely pointing out that our country comprises more places worth travelling to than just its urban areas, and that some of the best of these non-urban places do not have, nor ever will have, "frequent public transit".

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  • Hard News: The hard road to a…,

    Kiwis and cars.
    Just to flesh this out a little, one of the special aspects of having a car is the freedom to get in and drive to wherever you wish whenever you wish without having to meet someone else's timetable or geographical constraints. I believe it would be a tragedy for the commons if the ability to move around the country at your own behest was to become privileged. That said, cars are quite the wrong solution to urban congestion.

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  • Hard News: Communications breakdown,

    Thanks Russell. This seems to be a not uncommon problem with CCOs. Auckland Transport appears to spend a lot of money on uniformative flyers telling us all about what they plan and implying a consultative process. But the reality is otherwise IMO. More typical of their attitude is the appalling electronic sign on Surrey Crescent, encouraging us to support local business, while notifying us of the road works along Richmond Road which have not only made the shops there very difficult to get to by those of us who need vehicle access, but also fail to mention that most of the parking adjacent to these shops is being removed by the works and no alternate is provided. Thanks guys. I could go on...

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