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Hard News: A Work of Advocacy

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  • HORansome,

    He apologised profusely for the texture of his felafel but I can confirm that Fiona found me eating it with a spoon straight from the dish towards the end of the party, when I thought no one was looking; it was delicious.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings, in reply to HORansome,

    So a post-party felafel then?

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    He ate my falafel, too.

    Did you make it yourself?

    Yes, from the balls-out don't-even-boil-the-chickpeas Madhur Jaffrey recipe. Delicious, but it's really hard to get the balls to hold together.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Delicious, but it's really hard to get the balls to hold together.

    You do this sort of thing on purpose, don't you?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    peppers pray?

    ...eating it with a spoon straight from the dish towards the end of the party...

    - So a post-party felafel then?

    or some sort of fel-later perhaps?
    speaking of house parties, there is
    always that Aussie literary classic
    - He Died with a Felafel in his Hand...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    You do this sort of thing on purpose, don’t you?

    Yes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    It's a felafel a minute on this thread! Getting coat, going now......

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Yeah, except that there are many good safety reasons to park behind them, none of which is related to capturing things on camera. Or are you talking about the cops who pull people over for the specific purpose of doing them mischief, as opposed to the ones who pull people over for some valid exercise of their legal powers?

    Yeah, I was referring to (what other people referred to) was if officers were out to do something which they knew would get them in trouble, getting/wrecking a copy of the recording wouldn't be the way to approach it. Just point the car away from the action via pointing your car away.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Russell isn’t hidebound by a priori conceptions of felafel.

    Danielle can now go into Easter a much happier person having made this comment :)

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi, in reply to Jacqui Dunn,

    It’s a felafel a minute on this thread! Getting coat, going now……

    You know who else likes felafel? Oasama Bin Laden. I'm just saying, for a thread about terrorism, we're venturing into some scary, scary places.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    Danielle can now go into Easter a much happier person having made this comment :)

    You're working off an a priori conception of Danielle?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Sounds like an ultra vires conception to me (holy mother of dog! channelling my inner Farrar there and it was a bit scary)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to HORansome,

    He apologised profusely for the texture of his felafel

    This should be the opening sentence of a novel.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    .... as he wiped it off the inner leg of her pant suit.His nervous perspiration was dripping and diluting, turning the stain into a chick pea soup. He reached for a slice of pita bread.....
    No? ok no.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    This should be the opening sentence of a novel.

    The classic, Lytony aside and sadly never used, was Edward Bryant's "One day, the Pope forgot to take her Pill."

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 982 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Vriller... take me to your Lieder!
    Now this is an orchestrated Lyttony...

    and as it's Easter - Let it Be...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Sobering the tone a bit – because it’s Good Friday and very nearly Anzac Day

    Blow. Can’t make it come up with a picture. What am I doing wrong? ETA: MAGIC!!!!
    Anyway, this piece of music was inspired by something scrawled on a Gestapo cell by an eighteen year-old female prisoner. “Oh mother, do not weep. The Queen of Heaven protects me.”
    Regardless of whether or not you believe in “heaven” and the protection of those who might inhabit it, I’d be surprised if you didn’t find this undeniably moving.

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That hurt, Ian! But led me by chance to a chap called Roy Zimmerman who you must listen to as penance. Particularly, you may enjoy this one:

    and this one:

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Saw Op8 last night @Paramount. It's slanted all right, but the point is clear - the cops have far more dangerous people to chase after than a small bunch of people playing silly buggers.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    And come to think of it, it raises the wider issue of the anti-PC brigade's own version of 'political correctness' - shutting down debate simply by accusing someone they don't like of terrorism.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Listener review by David Larsen.

    And I say “needs to be viewed” advisedly, because this is a film that every New Zealander ought to see. It has a very clear political agenda, and we ought to welcome that: there is no way to deal with this subject without taking a position on it, and a film which attempted to present itself as innocently objective would strike me as far more suspect than one which wears its heart on its sleeve. A two-hour film about three years in the life of a police case and the people it targeted simply cannot tell the full story; there isn’t time. The devil is in the things you choose to leave out. I’m much happier with the selection bias of the film-makers out in the open.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Morgan Godfery has what appears to this Pakeha to be an excellent blog on Maori politics over at Maui Street. Today he posted two articles very relevant to this thread (1, 2), in which he passes on rumours of planned Operation 8 style raids on Te Whanau a Apanui.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Morgan Godfery has what appears to this Pakeha to be an excellent blog on Maori politics over at Maui Street. Today he posted two articles very relevant to this thread (1, 2), in which he passes on rumours of planned Operation 8 style raids on Te Whanau a Apanui

    It's really good blog: literate, connected, relevant. And there appears to be a good source for the tip on a raid.

    But I would be more than astonished if there was anything like the October 15 action. In 2007, the police had people on tape talking about killing (yes, probably the kind of bullshit people talk when they're out of it, but still ...) and considerable evidence some had been been obtaining weapons -- and even then they learned a big lesson about overkill. I genuinely struggle to imagine they have evidence of that kind about Te Whanau a Apanui.

    I'd hate to be proved wrong ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I saw this tonight in Dunedin - it certainly wears its heart on it's sleeve and is still well worth seeing.

    It's playing again tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Rialto at 11:15am.

    Seeing Ross Meurant (of springbok tour red squad fame) now framed as the good guy is decidedly unsettling

    Right before op 8 also saw the movie before "White Meadows" an Iranian Movie that was full of allegory about the current regime - it's both bizarre and excellent, I think I need to see it again - the director and editor of that film got 6 years in jail and are banned from film making for 20 years - at least here we can still make these sorts of movies and don't have to hide their meanings under layers of symbolism to try and stay out of jail.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Operation 8 is now showing @Paramount on general release.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

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