Posts by Russell C

  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to Russell Brown,

    That's where emojis would be so useful in these comments :-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to Neil,

    Hmm, quite how is that so Neil? Sounds more like a poor attempt at deflection to me.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    HeraBird

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  • Speaker: A Singer Must Die - Leonard…,

    Yes, that New Yorker interview by David Remnick is a great insight into Cohen. I remember discovering Leonard Cohen when I read a small (but positive) review of Various Positions when it was released (mid 80s?) and watching that slightly odd video clip of him singing Hallelujah on RWP. I was very moved by that and happy that it seemed a bit of a secret treasure - back then no one else my age seemed to be into him. Since then I followed his new releases and worked back to the beginning. For me its Cohen over Dylan every time - perhaps that Nobel should have been split between them. 2016 had a lot to answer for already, its just gotten exponentially sadder but we'll always have the music.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Roger writes…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Saw that Gary Steel item, it is a particularly vile and mean spirited article. I could not describe it as a review of the book because clearly it is not. Sad and tone-deaf.

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  • Hard News: The Next Act,

    Nice post, yes too many hagiographies elsewhere.

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  • Capture: Cats Love Cameras,

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    Was a favourite spot for my old cat to sit on a sunny day (pity if you wanted to put some rubbish in the bin though).

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  • Capture: Cats Love Cameras,

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    Po the cat (RIP) on Po.

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  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    How about the following slightly meaningless government faves 'shared services', 'back office' and it's companion 'frontline'.

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  • Hard News: Introducing: The New Zealand…, in reply to nzlemming,

    To be fair, the bulk of the damage to that document occurred before it ever reached Archives New Zealand.

    In my informed opinion, the main issue with Archives being part of DIA earlier was being a small cog inside a large wheel, and not a very squeaky one. Being a separate department meant being able to make appropriate professional and technical choices that did not have to intermesh with the rest of DIA, and was not subject to the internal political prioritization that large omnibus departments like DIA (and MED, to a large extent) are prone to. This has made Archives a very effective agency, over the last decade.

    One should also remember that Archives New Zealand is the memory of government, not just a repository for anything old. National Library is the place for non-governmental archiving. There is still much concern in the library, archives and recordkeeping communities (another division most people don’t think about) about the impacts of the merger, especially around skilled staff leaving and some absurd technical decisions that I, for one, keep hearing about. Lotus Notes, FFS! And a old version to boot.

    Yes, I wasn't referring to damage to the Treaty, that was far far far earlier and another story completely. This whole issue is largely a rerun (albeit one they pushed through second time around) of the then National Government's attempt in 1999 to merge ANZ with Heritage & Culture. Now there's another one that is likely to hauled back into the mothership sooner rather than later. I'll have no problem with it if there is a transparent and accountable reason for it to happen, but I'd be surprised...

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