Posts by Simon Grigg

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Down the Hall…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    This is all a bit weird. The claim was originally made in a post on the Salmonella Dub Facebook page, which was later removed. I can’t recall all the details, but it didn’t really add up.

    As Grant Smithies implies on that Peter M post, it's verging on twaddle. (You can probably remove Verging from that sentence).

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sneaky…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    is that a Spelling Mistake in the front row?

    It is, and the guy next to him was known to us all as Frank. That said, I don't think this was taken at the North Shore Netball Club, rather it was another North Shore gig around the same time. I may be wrong but that's my faded memory.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Digging ASMR,

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to linger,

    If you're talking about China, it's the poorer end of the upper class who end up in NZ. The airfares and the living expenses in Auckland are beyond the means of the middle class. So, yes, it favours the prosperous. Period.

    I had a conversation about this with my HK accountant (his clients are primarily Chinese, HK Chinese, Australians - he has an office in Melbourne too – and a few New Zealanders). His take was that NZ was the affordable educational option for upwardly moving Chinese who can no longer afford the private schools in China or elsewhere. Canada is the first option, then Australia, with NZ the budget option.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Inside Track,

    If those tracks exist – the Renee ones – they are likely out in West Auckland at the EMI vault. The person who knows that vault best is Chris Caddick.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: It all leads to…, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    I really like the Bob Marley shots at the old White Heron, and theres one of Opdiner/Simon Grigg at the Windsor Castle too (pic 11).

    Even if it was spelt incorrectly in the caption. TBH I have no memory of that at all ;-)

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to mark taslov,

    but Paul Anka bought the rights to the original French version and rewrote it into “My Way”, the song made famous by Frank Sinatra in a 1969 recording on his album of the same name.

    Sinatra's producer Sonny Burke and his A&R guy Jimmy Bowen heard the song Anka was pitching and knew it was a smash. Sinatra hated it but needed a hit so he recorded it reluctantly – in one late night take (as was oft his way). It was, of course, a smash but Sinatra hated it all his life and would at times tell audiences so, explaining that he had to reluctantly sing it because it was so big.

    If wasn't from the album of the same name, though - the album was quickly constructed around the song after it was a hit, to cash in. It worked.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Russell Brown,

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Neil,

    Putin’s belief that the Ukraine is part of Russia hasn’t got anything to do with the US.

    No, it has a far deeper history. Russia has regarded it as a part of the greater Russian Empire for half a millennium or more.

    That Putin found himself in a position to assert that claim does have something to with the US though, and you are right, part of it was the way the Clinton handled Serbia (and humiliated Russia). Clinton, too, was the president who first broke the agreement not to expand NATO into the former Warsaw Pact countries*. Bush and Obama continued it. That empowered those that wanted the democratic experiment to end.

    None of which justifies Putin's aggressive positions of course.

    I guess it goes around.

    *Gorby has since denied that such an agreement was made - and then later walked back from that denial. However, the memos and transcripts from the meetings exist.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to James Dunne,

    How exactly does Russia become more secure by bullying its neighbours and acting like Upper Volga with nukes?

    The states that were part of the former Soviet Union (and historically greater Russia, like the Ukraine) are not regarded as “neighbours” by the current Russian rulers.

    If you go back some 500 years, the states that would become the Soviet Union were largely part then of the Russian empire.

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