Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    Went out for a walk today, more people walking in the neighbourhood than usual, people carefully keeping distance, walking into the street - but absolutely everyone said "hi!" and smiled

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2611 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    I normally work at home, have done so for most of the time since my son was born (he's 29). This is all very weird - all these people are going home, finding wonderful things there - I feel quite left out - wish I could take time off to join everyone.

    Meanwhile we're in the middle of moving house (the kids are gone, this one deserves a bigger family in it), the movers were coming on Friday, much of my office is already there, we're stuck in a house full of boxes for a month. We're also carrying a bridging loan, hoping the market wont crash while we're holding the baby.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2611 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "OK Boomer" wins Public…,

    The Guardian explains "gammon" here and here

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2611 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    "woke" as an insult

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…,

    So I can grow my own in my old age, but can I buy seeds?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2611 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted,

    I feel there’s a rule of thumb this sort of constitutional change requires a super-majority, say a 2/3 majority, otherwise the results are chaos and recriminations (for a great modern example the ongoing brexit clusterfuck)

    (which doesn't excuse the Spanish government's overreach)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2611 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Drug History: What happened…,

    In 1980 I bought a small cottage in Waitati north of Dunedin, summer was amazing, the vege garden turned out to be full of “self seeded” poppies, one morning they were all gone ….

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  • Hard News: Music: Some deep belief,

    I saw the movie last night, there's a scene where they explain that he's tried a different drug now and it's worked ... they didn't go into details, but it wasn't just "you're cured".

    The movie was great, not some airbrushed hagiography, but also not a tell all assassination - something in between warts and all.

    It's also a bit of an homage to Dunedin, wonderfully quirky shots of everyday places made special, if you are from here you probably should go just for that

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  • Hard News: Music: Some deep belief,

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  • Hard News: Digital persuasion and the…,

    The US also has the "fairness doctrine" which essentially required the users of the public airwaves to be politically neutral, effects of that spun over into cable (because much of cable is also on satellite which is over the air)

    Sadly it was repealed by the Republicans in the late 80s

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