Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Bikelash, paralysis – and progress, in reply to Rickai,

    Prager’s protest against felling the pine trees between West View Road and the Zoo is particularly barmy.

    That was incredible. The pinus radiata there are at end of life – 55 have died in the past three years. And they're falling. It would be utterly reckless to leave them.

    Everything in their stupid statement about taking over "community guardianship" of Western Springs Park was demonstrably wrong. I broke my usual rule and commented on their Facebook post noting every falsehood in detail. No response, oddly enough.

    I’m sure the Green Party are stoked that she is using the back of their election signs for her placards.

    I wonder if they're old or new ones? Some of the local Greens did get rather too close to that crowd for a while.

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  • Hard News: Bikelash, paralysis – and progress,

    Here's AT's project page for Richmond Road (West Lynn) and Westmere.

    It includes a survey for residents. I'd urge anyone who lives in the area and doesn't want these ghastly people to ruin the whole thing to do the survey.

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  • Hard News: Bikelash, paralysis – and progress, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    4 way stops – that means cars stop at every intersection, and never really get up to speed

    Oh, I meant to say: the Occupy people’s new line, trotted out at the meeting yesterday, is now that it’s wrong to try and slow down traffic.

    I wish I was joking.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Roundup, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Yeah, I bought the album and sat outside with a wine listening to it earlier – brilliant. Although I'm not sure how the occasional monologues will weather ...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Roundup,

    Oh, one more: the reliably excellent Dusty Crates record fair outside Conch on Ponsonby Road tomorrow.

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  • Hard News: A medical cannabis korero by…, in reply to steven crawford,

    It would be simpler to ether treat it the same as any other pharmaceutical, decriminalise it for everyone including patched gang members, and other such alcoholics, and angry people.

    Agreed. I think any medical regime would be much easier if growing was addressed under general cannabis reform.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: NME – it was…, in reply to DaveSwift,

    I think this is the best bit.

    And that final big NME interview I did, with Brian, paid off again in 1992 when he was battling A&M Music in an LA court. A&M had been virtually handed the rights to all of his classic songs when angry dad Murry Wilson sold off Brian’s Sea of Tunes publishing company dirt cheap. Lawyers flew me to LA, put me up in a 5 star hotel for 5 days, gave me a rental car and pocket money, all for a 30-minute deposition in a legal office: “I swear that these cassette tapes are a true record of my interview with Brian Wilson in London four years agio.’’ I learned then why lawyers are so costly.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: NME – it was…, in reply to DaveSwift,

    And that’s the last time I will haul out these memories, I guess. Cheers Russell. Thanks for the inspiration.

    That's brilliant, David. Thank you!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: NME – it was…, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    my secondary school library used to stock The Face, which portrayed a world quite different to that around us. Coincidentally the New Yorker’s Hua Hsu recently penned a similar piece of reminiscing (and what struck me about this was that he was in NY, seeking out the very same worldliness as me and my friends in suburban AKL):

    I particularly loved what The Face was doing towards the end of the 80s in mixing its style and music fare with reportage and politics. And it was quite thrill meeting Sheryl Garratt once when I had to deliver something to her as a cycle courier.

    I actually have copies of the first issues of both The Face and iD – they were part of a pile I found when I broke a new squat in 1987. The junkies who'd been living there left the toilet solid to the brim, ut they had good taste in mags!

    Might not be everyone’s cup of tea

    Relevant to my interests!

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  • Hard News: ACL: The best of times, the…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I think you both have good points.

    Is it even possible to put together a large festival now, when so many acts come through Spark Arena, and when the kind of storied artists who you’d put at the top of your bill maybe don’t have the demographic reach you need? And you’re not going to get stadium-fillers like the Foo Fighters because they can fill stadiums on their own.

    And yet: $175 was actually a pretty good deal for that lineup, and it was a much nicer environment than the bloody arena. And Grace, of course, did very well for her promoter in Queenstown.

    Maybe the venue itself has issues – the stadium bowl needs quite a lot of people in it before any real atmosphere develops. There certainly wasn’t at any point the crowd fervour you saw at Anderson Paak at Laneway, or even Dizzee Rascal at Splore.

    I’d miss ACL a lot if it wasn’t there, but it’s a conundrum.

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