Posts by John Valentine

  • Random Play: Out of a Clear Blue Sky,

    Why did Jolly John Key need to hire these triple AAA rated people? His election campaign showed that he knew how to start with the solution, not the problem. More cheese anyone? And now his rival Bitter Bill English has to deal with the clouds which are blocking the view of that lovely blue sky. It is still there of course, in the big picture, obscured by clouds but I can see clearly now.

    North Canterbury • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lucinda Williams made me cry,

    I just hope that nobody has been texting at any of these concerts.

    North Canterbury • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: @fltfoxz. Gr8. C u 2moro,

    I have been an old curmudgeon for most of my life. There has always been plenty to be curmudgeonly about and technology always creates lots of opportunities to be grumpy. I hated the way Mr Bell's telephone used to interrupt us when we were drinking the port after dinner back in the day.I enjoy reading discussions such as this one.
    But I find it hard to accept that in a discussion on the etiquette of texting in a particular venue some of those posting comments are forgetting the etiquette which makes this forum so much more pleasant than others. I do not think people should be called rude cunts under any circumstances. Personal abuse, apart from anything else, usually indicates that one's case is not strong.

    North Canterbury • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Citizen Key,

    " a modern, dynamic, aspirational leadership form" was Key's description of what he has to offer. What on earth does that mean?
    I looked up aspirational and definitions offered included ambitious, yearning, craving and desiring of success.
    We might be better off with a leader who is inspirational rather than aspirational.
    And he doesn't inspire me, even though he was brought up in a log cabin.

    North Canterbury • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Omigod! It's __that__ line!,

    I hadn't realised that Dr Ropata, fresh from Guatemala, was attempting to stem the tide of elective caesarian birth back in his home country.

    North Canterbury • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Announcing: Public Address System!,

    Wouldn't it be nice if every post had a real name. There are plenty of toilet walls, real and metaphorical, where the anonymous can express opinions which they don't want their mothers or their children or their workmates or their partners or their students to connect with them.

    An opinion should not be furtive, it should be bold.

    North Canterbury • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply