Posts by Hugh Wilson

  • Hard News: Rugby Now,

    My experience is that any team sport activity is likely to result in injuries, usually because other people (especially blokes) get so gee'd up on adrenaline, testosterone and/or frustration they end up impacting others (be it through fouls, poor coordination or poor judgement). I threw the towel in when I was late 20's and got more into cycling / mountain biking instead!

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  • Hard News: Stupidity and ignorance have…,

    Didn't take long: Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership

    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/us/politics/climate-accord-trump-china-global-leadership.html

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Asking the…,

    Those were tough questions, I couldn't answer any!

    Came across this available for-free-but-$-if-you-like comp on bandcamp - looks to have some tasty stuff if you like beats etc:

    https://wearefriends1.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-friends-2

    Elsewhere Dust and Grooves have feature on the bloke Nowagain's Egon calls the 'greatest collector in the world'. Interesting to note he houses his collection, literally, in a second house!
    https://dustandgrooves.com/geoffrey-weiss/

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  • Hard News: Stupidity and ignorance have…, in reply to Euan Mason,

    The USA can thank us later.

    To an extent yes, but it may be the case that America experiences quite substantive costs as a result of being an outsider of sorts to multilateral frameworks. Clearly there are a lot of progressive companies in the US that support emission reductions and transformation of energy intensive areas (i.e. Tesla), but as a consequence of this move they will miss out on at least some support in the form of innovation policies.spending and a domestic market that is smaller than it might of otherwise been. Put another way, the winds of change are gathering strength and its better to be involved in these things as a leader than on the outside as an eventual follower. Someone will hopefully present a more thorough exposition than me in coming days, but think of US car manufacturers (is retaining petrol/diesel models viable? will they produce to European standards?), power generation technologies(who’s going to be funding/using Coal to a large scale?) and value-adding ‘green’ industries in general. Add in professional fields/skills like urban planning, engineering which will all be involved in shaping future cities and rebuilding/maintaining infrastructure to deal with climatic changes and suddenly you could be a long way off the 8 ball.

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  • Hard News: Rugby Now, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I've never been, but it certainly looks average on the tele when the heavens open

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  • Hard News: Rugby Now, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And, oh, wouldn't it be great to have a compact, single-purpose 25,000-capacity rugby ground in Auckland?

    It certainly would - Eden Park, despite all of its history, clearly has an average at best configuration for watching rugby (and thats being kind). Smaller to mid size stadia have an important role to play as few games will attract 40K+, and Dunedin's Forsyth Barr is the biggest success in this regard of recent years. That said, Melbourne's AAMI park seems to have been deemed too small at ~25k for the All Blacks, leading to the odd game being played at the MCG where binoculars are needed to see whats happening. The MCG at night also resembles the inside of ones fridge over the late May-September period.

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  • Hard News: Rugby Now,

    I can remember seeing Sean Fitzpatrick out for a Sunday drive on our little dead end street around 1989 or 1990 – he was in his blue builders ute, which I suspect was dispensed with (along with the carpentry career) soon afterwards. I can also remember school boy stakes being upped in the early to mid 1990’s, with names like Andrew Blowers and Jonah Lomu getting whispered about, and the private schools suddenly having more Polynesian players in the mix . My secondary school was somewhat of an All Black factory, and I recall a first XV trail game where the hulking form of Isitola Maka broke through the line running towards me and a couple of others – no one was game enough to try tackle him (and I didn’t make the team either). Meanwhile back in the 3B’s (and 3C’s the year before that), I was playing alongside Finau Maka who captained Tonga at the 2008 WC (think thats right), and Xavier Rush who captained the Blues to their last Super rugby title. Still got my ‘most improved player’ trophy, not that I progressed anywhere sporting wise .. With a bit of hindsight lots of players had relatively short periods at the top, and things have become even tougher since.

    Its been good to see Super Rugby visiting the Pacific a couple of times this season, but its also a reminder that the games commercial growth hasn’t been as inclusive as it might of been. Here in Aust the game seems to be in bit of a shambles, and its a rare occurrence indeed to encounter a local fan, which isn’t the most encouraging for the future – endless winning is nice, but also makes things less interesting. I’ve been to a few Super games at AAMI park, which is great for viewing games being rectangular, but concur with the earlier comment that the relentless and booming mix of music & announcements makes you wonder why you bothered.

    Will be watching the Lions, and hopefully theres some cracking games to come.

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  • Capture: Autumn, what autumn?,

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    First autumn in our house and nicely surprised by the grapevine

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Inside Track, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

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    And the back cover of the Blerta LP with names blacked out (it is the copy with the Taste records sticker)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Inside Track,

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    Heres thethe rear cover of tasteful with – I presume – Malcolm Hayman

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