Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: My Mum and other good things

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  • Lucy Stewart,

    Although now that I mention it, the thought of Parliament fan-fic is perversely appealing.

    Although it is for the wrong Parliament, The Guardian is ahead of you there.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Has anyone ever told me how much you remind me of my fag?

    I don't know, have they?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Thank you Lucy. Cameron and Clegg make such a pair.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Thank you Lucy. Cameron and Clegg make such a pair.

    As long as no-one tries to extend the metaphor to our current ruling coalition, it's all good.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    As long as no-one tries to extend the metaphor to our current ruling coalition, it's all good.

    Ewww!, I better get me a bucket.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Easterbrook,

    Gerry gazed heatedly into Nick's eyes. "Come on now...where's the harm in mining that virginal, untouched valley..."

    "But, I'm the Minister for the Environment Gerry. I...I...shouldn't let this happen..." stammered Nick.

    ---

    Okay, ew, I just made myself be a little bit sick in my mouth. Back to not thinking about political fan fic.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 265 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Good god, I've never seen Rule 34 enact itself so fast. Nice work, people.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Okay, ew, I just made myself be a little bit sick in my mouth. Back to not thinking about political fan fic.

    Just as well you didn't involve any members I actually know.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Just as well you didn't involve any members I actually know.

    Snigger. Sorry, I'm just having a regressive juvi moment.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    And all this in a thread dedicated to my sainted mother ...

    Russell, thank you for the universal mother story. And sorry again for the earlier unintentional wind up at a stressful time.

    By the way, had a very strange PAS-related dream the other night set in a large garden in ancient Greece or similar and toga-ed Russell was actually addressing the PAS crowd, in a literal public address. It was sort of an AGM and he was a reknowned philosopher.
    (Maybe that's how it is in a parallel universe?)

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    (Maybe that's how it is in a parallel universe?)

    Given the direction of this thread to date, it was probably just a toga party.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Greece or similar and toga-ed Russell was actually addressing the PAS crowd, in a literal public address.

    Was he wearing sandals? This seems all too familiar.
    Or maybe it was more akin to this...

    Hard to beat a tunic and tights. In any case, Kenneth Branagh should definitely play Russell in his Biopic ;-)

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Hilary - given the Greeks didnt wear togas...cloaks kilts tunics loincloths nothing - all go but togas were a __very__Roman upper class thing-

    dream sounds a good omen though!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Hilary - given the Greeks didnt wear togas...cloaks kilts tunics loincloths nothing - all go but togas were a __very__Roman upper class thing-

    She did say Ancient Greece "or similar", which I think technically makes it Ancient Grome.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Talking about fun on the dining room table, why isn't breakfast at my house ever like this? (Don't worry - link is SFW. Promise.)

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

  • Hilary Stace,

    Hilary - given the Greeks didnt wear togas...cloaks kilts tunics loincloths nothing - all go but togas were a __very__Roman upper class thing-

    It was a dream. One of those really vivid ones you remember after you wake up and then you try and make sense of it. I was in the crowd looking around - it was a friendly crowd and I knew many of them. My impression was of an open botanical gardens type place and of a famous philosopher speaking to the crowd (wearing drapey toga-ish clothes which were not at all out of place). Then I realised it was Russell and he mentioned Public Address (which was also written in the sky in blue cloud writing if you must know). He was asking the people whether it was still a good name or should he change it? [and then I woke up so don't know the crowd's answer]

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    Joining late after much interesting catch-up reading – I’ve been off-line in Auckland of all places, seeing My Mum and other good things.

    She shows every sign of reaching 90 in 2 months, to be followed a few weeks later by the 90th anniversary of the death of her father. I took her to the Auckland War Memorial Museum to see her father’s name chiselled in marble on the walls of the strangely beautiful World War I Sanctuary upstairs – and she really did struggle up all those stairs determinedly, though to be honest she welcomed the lift back down.

    Her father’s name is slightly out of sequence at the end of a long column of names among the many thousands, as recognition of his 1920 death as war-related came a little later. It must be rare now for NZers to see their father’s name on a World War I memorial to the dead, for the majority who went to war were single or married without children (that’s why those memorials are mostly to uncles, great-uncles ...), and surviving children of the exceptions must be few and very old now, mid-90s and more. And few war-dead fathered children after they came home!

    So my Mum – she’s special too. More than two decades of volunteer work, after teaching new entrants and raising four sons before that, and a tough start in life. For her mother too, it was a hard row to hoe for working class solo mothers in the 1920s.

    Now, picking up on Dyan Campbell’s on page 4 -

    My Grandfather (on my Dad's side) was both my oldest grandparent and the only grandparent alive when I was born,. He was born in 1876 - or 1878. … I bet I'm the only person here whose grandfather's christening was attended by people born in the 1700s.

    Indeed the 1700s are a long time ago. My other grandfather was much older. I remember him just, and he too was with certainty born in 1876. I can’t quite meet the challenge on his christening though – I can be confident his grandfather was there, as he lived on another 10 years in the same Leicestershire village but he narrowly misses the jackpot being born in 1800. I don’t have a guest list for my grandfather’s christening, but perhaps a couple of his older mates were there?

    So back to my maternal grandfather – it would be surprising if there were anyone here whose grandfather died before 1920?

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    I don’t have a guest list for my grandfather’s christening, but perhaps a couple of his older mates were there?

    Sigh - perhaps a couple of his grandfather's older mates - but I guess that was obvious. Outrageous Fortune was about to start and I had to eff OF in a hurry.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Playdough's Republic...

    My impression was of an open botanical gardens type place and of a famous philosopher speaking to the crowd (wearing drapey toga-ish clothes which were not at all out of place).

    aaah! - Atlantis is rising again...
    or is it Mu or Rlyeh?

    ...bubbling up through the consciousness
    of the world's thinkers and dreamers...

    I wonder if the sea floor rose off Vanuatu?

    Meanwhile things are speeding up under Alaska.

    ...and off in the Oort Cloud, something stirs...

    Cue FX: [Music: Fade in Jaws theme...]

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    is it Mu or Rlyeh?

    O Rlyeh?

    Ya Rlyeh.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

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