Posts by andrew r

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A beat is more…,

    Almost only stream now via paid subscription and offline (the later is super handy on the road). Solid collection of vinyl fun to have though not recently updated and mostly sits there. Stream into solid old school big speakers and via old school amp in living room. Head cans I lv (pretty decent ones) when occasionally flying. They're on the whole time for the whole flight, ambling through tunes and reading. And yes small blue tooth speakers cheap and cherry I use a bit when away on surfin roady or somethin.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to Russell Brown,

    'I don't really resile ...' Bless, that's a tiny bit of humble pie - that'll do.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Exactly !!!!!!
    Amazing how utterly drab,dull, staid, and actually *wrong*Labour centrists are looking about now.
    Why even the author of this site may have been wrong in bowling with the centrists.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    What's a hippy? Is that a Dad rock thing?
    Labour seem very politically shy on this issue. It really is time to make the law match the populace view. So slow coming.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Britain: the crisis isn't…,

    Got on ya George - this seems a better focus. Especially right about---- *now* !!
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/25/vote-labour-jeremy-corbyn-theresa-may

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  • Hard News: (Good) Friday Music: In and…,

    Imagine The Flaming Lips headlining !
    They would be startling in that setting.
    They were startling doing their colourful psychedelic thing last year outside under Edinburgh castle, to 40 thousand people mid summer in the never ending Scottish twilight.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Three Strikes five years…,

    Valuable research Graeme - cheers.
    Many variables indeed in terms of measuring reducing recidivism efficacy.
    I think third strike sentences are the real kicker. And the example you note is a great reflection of how inequitable the third strike effect is. That prisoner receiving the mandatory maximum 7 years prison for that particular indecent assault; there is no doubt but for the strike legislation and even with that defendants previous conviction list that there is not a judge in the land who would have sentenced him to more then 3 years. And if there were, that would undoubtably have been reduced on appeal.

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  • Hard News: Helen,

    Amazing woman. Lovely tribute. You touched on her subtleties. Cheers Russell. R1P HK

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Apple and the…,

    I might go to Laneway just for Tame Impala and Car Seat Headrest and the odd kid electro surprise. Haven't been for a few years. Lonerism is a great record. A drug record nearly. T.I for sure have their own Aussie interesting nod to '67 thing going on.

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  • Legal Beagle: On Gell-Mann Amnesia; or…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You might reasonably be surprised but often a judges sentencing notes particularly in the DC do not make compete sense, and even can seem contradictory in parts. In the HC a sentencing judge has often mostly prewritten their sentencing decn based on written submissions earlier filed by both crown and defence. The judge then tweaks it slightly after hearing Counsels further oral submissions on day of sentence hearing. The decision is then delivered so much more coherent.
    In the DC invariably delivered on the hop. The judge will have end sentence very clear in his/her mind, getting there is often a slightly different story.

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