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Hard News: Greetings from the Garden City

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  • Kong,

    How bizarre, my wife has been calling our newborn the "Milk Vampire", and when I told her there was a TV series about just that she said she wanted to see it. Just yesterday!

    Since Jul 2009 • 89 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan Shortridge,

    Ah! A Haunting We Will Go and Count Homogenised! Brings back memories. Thanks very much for putting it up. Kevin Wilson as the Major is perhaps better known latterly as Goldstein's boss in the ASB ads.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 122 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Piano playing.

    Best tips for late bloomers?

    </random>

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    (younger boy's birthday tomorrow)

    Happy birthday, Brown Minor. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    righto, you lucky people yous...it is a rare and wonderous thing indeed to behold true genius and have all your paradigms wobbled like purple jelly with beetroot slices sitting in a stiff breeze.

    I present Raygun...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • johnno,

    These days, he'd have to be the Count Trim-Soy-with-Calcium-Enrichement.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 111 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Davidson,

    Sydney • Since Mar 2007 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    These days, he'd have to be the Count Trim-Soy-with-Calcium-Enrichement.

    That's classist and elitist. I'm sure most of us at PAS would disapprove of such titular honours.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    These days, he'd have to be the Count Trim-Soy-with-Calcium-Enrichement.

    Heh... I don't know about that -- aim it at the kids, and you'd be surprised what you can get under the radar. Just ask Paul Rubens -- Pee-Wee's Playhouse was some seriously superfreaky shit.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Kong,

    Heh... I don't know about that -- aim it at the kids, and you'd be surprised what you can get under the radar.

    So true. This is the first time I've seen the Count with adult eyes, and he's already brimming over with subtexts. At the time I thought he was just a clown (but a funny one).

    Since Jul 2009 • 89 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston,

    Piano playing.
    Best tips for late bloomers?

    Just play it as badly as you possible can until something sweet emerges.

    The late American poet Charles Bukowski had some great advice in the title of a poem -
    "Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until The Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 509 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    The talk itself went well: I enjoyed it, and the students seemed to as well.

    Always good value, those students. But I did observe (and I am sounding like my own parents here), they all looked so damn young

    I am off on my own jaunt in a week or two-, to do talks at three conferences (London, Liverpool and Cardiff) in 10 days! Conferences on 'Transforming Audiences', a 'Media Education Summit' and 'The Future of Journalism'. Such is the lot of the modern academic (and guilt-ridden about the carbon miles)!

    I am open to taking requests to bring back supplies (light/cheap/legal) from the UK. I intend to hunt down a DVD copy of Afghan Star.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • RaggedJoe,

    Random

    Sand art - just stunning!

    http://www.wosu.org/blogs/arts/?p=353

    Sorry no idea how to post a link properly, so you have to cut and paste to enjoy.

    City of Sales • Since Sep 2008 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Rik,

    The rest of the day was given over to a pilgrimage to Whisky Galore (where I spent more than I intended, to put it mildly: damn you, Brora 1981 25 year-old, for being so complex and entrancing)

    According to their website Whisky Galore still have a bottle of this left.

    I commend your restraint in not cleaning out their stock!

    Since Jun 2007 • 130 posts Report Reply

  • Pete Sime,

    Excellent. Now just put in an episode of <i>Woolly Valley</i> and my life will be complete.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Woolly Valley

    Seconded!

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

  • Sylvie Zlami,

    Sand art - just stunning!

    Amazing!!

    auckland • Since Dec 2007 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Sarah Horth,

    There's a bit of Woolley Valley in this clip of Eating Media Lunch but in Farsi. 3:50 into the clip.

    Seattle • Since Aug 2009 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    My Friday Random:

    Confirmed: Bryan Singer to direct a Battlestar movie

    Obviously, nobody at Universal endured the multiple bore-gasm that is Superman Returns. I should be so lucky...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Sand art - just stunning!

    That is quite impressive. Thanks for posting that.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    Heh... I don't know about that -- aim it at the kids, and you'd be surprised what you can get under the radar.

    Can I hear an Amen for "Yo Gabba Gabba", the kids TV show that has included musical guests such as Biz Markie, Jack Black, Ladytron, The Ting Tings, and Chromeo? Kids TV: there's more to it than you think.

    Confirmed: Bryan Singer to direct a Battlestar movie

    I see you that, and raise you Lego - the movie!

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Can I hear an Amen for "Yo Gabba Gabba"

    I watch it every single day and I don't even *have* kids. The episode I watched yesterday had Money Mark and Rhys Derby on it! Rad. When Amy Sedaris turned up as the Tooth Fairy in one episode I thought I might levitate.

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

  • Kebabette,

    How about a bit of Chch foodiness for the weekend? I highly recommended the pork sandwiches from New York Deli ... they make them with Rachel Scott bread, onion jam, and the crackling all smashed up into little crunchy delicious bits.

    Plus Richard Till will be doing a talk in the Central Library on Sunday.

    Groovy things I've been told of this week:
    For all you polaroid freaks http://www.poladroid.net/
    And a right creepy blog cakewrecks starringLenin Cake

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    When Amy Sedaris turned up as the Tooth Fairy in one episode I thought I might levitate

    That's excellent, I must watch more closely next time my kids have it on. OTOH, to much famiglia Sedaris might be bad for their mental health...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Russell said we could post anything today so here is nice little local music clip instigated, produced, directed and posted on Youtube by Joe, the boy on the left.
    Joe and Phil play the blues

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3189 posts Report Reply

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