Wow, loved reading your reminiscing, David - thank you. I read the NME from the early '80s to mid '90s and thought it was a damn fine magazine.
But then I started going off it, I simply couldn't abide Brit-pop.
Fun while it lasted.
It'd be interesting to be a fly on the wall when the promoter(s) and their staff sat down for a debrief yesterday or today, that's for sure. Wonder if they'll make any public comment on the P/Duk balls-up.
Some time ago I suggested to Andrew Geddis on PA that he might like to try cycling for this exact reason and his response was "no, not convenient".
Given that he lives way the hell out at Purakanui, from a purely practical view, it actually isn't for him.
I expect he sympathises a) with the gist of this column and, b) cycling in general, but it's "not convenient" for him because Purakanui is a good 30min drive to his work along very narrow, twisting countries roads for the first half, then a road with heavy trucks zipping along continuously on it for the second.
Also, he's an academic - bit hard to carry a couple of hundred assignments on a bike, eh ?
It's also on CD, too.
The great Nick Cave is 60 today, too. God, at one point it looked like he'd struggle to make it to 30.
I’ve left the largest of the looming deficits facing New Zealand until last: climate change and the environment.
A few close friends of mine are long-term DOC employees. One in particular is very high up in one of the conservancies.
They reckon that National's lack of interest in these issues is a) because it's not an economic, money-making industry, so who cares ? and, b) the people that are interested in these issues aren't generally National voters, so who cares ?
National's general ignorance on these issues is beyond the pale.
Optimistic - because if National win, it will be very unpopular very soon, and soon Peters will join Dunne in retirement and the left will win a landslide next time
Completely agree. Bill English - win or lose - has ran his last campaign as National Party leader.
If he wins, Nat will indeed become less popular and Judith Collins will stab him in the back, as per Bolger / Shipley. If becoming PM, even if briefly, means taking the Nats down with her, she'll settle for that.
If he loses, he'll retire to the backbenches, if not altogether, very quickly. He's been in Parliament for 27 years already and he has little stomach for three years in opposition these days, I imagine.
If Labour does lose this time, nothing is more certain than a) English being rolled and, b) Labour absolutely thrashing National in 2020.
If she becomes PM - or even if she doesn't, it'd be a total no-brainer for Laneway to have Jacinda Ardern reprise her DJ appearance from a few years' ago.
Even if she just did 30mins, it'd be great.
Hard-working New Zealanders are not an ATM for Saudi sheep farmers, Sky City or Orivida.
Labour’s new campaign slogan just got announced. It’s a lot better …
Also, the actual advert is very effective. The graphics are simple and uncluttered, the words succinct and to the point.