Posts by Grant McDougall

  • Hard News: Music: A Teutonic Tonic,

    The truly great Can. This from the late '70s - miles ahead with their ideas, as always.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 758 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Slow Burns,

    Sandra Mill was the year behind me at Lytton High in Gisborne in the early - mid '80s. I had no idea until a year or so ago a) what had ever happened to her, and, b) that she was such a talented singer.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 758 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Avantdale is something…, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    Is Blair planning any live outings?

    Mike, I won't go into too much detail, but Blair has had some rather pressing health problems this year, so has to deal with that ahead of other things, etc, unfortunately.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 758 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The spaceman…, in reply to Paul Kennedy,

    Ah, cheers, appreciate it.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The spaceman…,

    her debut album, Personal Best.

    I'm a bit baffled. Hasn't she already done at least one or two albums as Princess Chelsea on (iirc) Lil' Chief ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 758 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Bourdain,

    A very good tribute, Russell.

    One of the best stories I've heard about him was that when he was just starting his career in NYC in the late '70s he'd often go to CBGBs after work, which at that point in time would've been mind-blowing just about every evening.

    He also ended up good mates with Iggy Pop, they're cut from the same cloth, so no surprise they hit it off.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 758 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All or Nothing: Accidentally Great,

    Good to know that it's worth checking out, I was worried it'd be as bland and unedifying as that recent Richie McCaw hagiography.

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  • Hard News: Music: The Noisy Library…,

    Audioculture's an excellent website, good call on the photos, images, etc, all sorts of incredible pics I thought I'd never see.

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  • Hard News: Protecting privilege in Epsom,

    Last week there was a story on Newshub about a rumour that National was not going to give Seymour a free pass in Epsom next election.
    When asked about this, Simon Bridges was very vague and non-committal about continuing the free pass.
    I can't remember exactly what he said, but it was along the lines of "we'll cross that - [no pun intended] - bridge when we come to it" - hardly a ringing endorsement of confidence.
    I suspect National are heartily sick of Act and see them as little more than nuisance value. Plus, I suspect Paul Goldsmith will really throw his toys if he doesn't become the electorate MP in 2020.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 758 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Budget 2018: The final tick,

    A lot of us here in Dunedin that were contemporaries of his in the early - mid '90s are pretty proud of Grant. I last spoke to him in person three years ago (at a Tiny Ruins gig !) just after he'd became finance spokesman.

    He told me he'd been given that portfolio because Andrew Little thought he'd be best at, as he put it "selling our policies to the public".

    It's also pretty cool that the Minister of Finance knows who the likes of Shayne Carter, etc, are, too.

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