Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Just Some Things

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  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    If you are my friend, stand up before me
    and scatter the grace that's in your eyes.

    Sappho

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Metafilter, which I frequent, has a Bosniak member who posted a couple of harrowing accounts of being in Sarajevo here and here.

    ...in reality, I didn't win, Karadžić did. Around the time my parents were killed, he said of Sarajevo that soon one wouldn't count those killed, one would count those who survived. I suppose it was a wish of his, but as a wish it came true. Most of my school friends and neighbors and much of my family died or disappeared. Of my classmates in school, more than half died. Everyone I know has problems from the war still. In fifteen years I've never had a good night's sleep like I did in my little room in the house of my parents.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Well, Happy Birthay Mr. Brown. May tommorrows hangover be mild and somewhat pleasant. ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Oh, and the "hiding in plain sight" thing is bullshit. If Serbia weren't desperate to get into the EU he would be happily peddling quackery still. Lots of people knew where he was but there was no will to hand him over. (see 1, 2. "Hiding" is face-saving spin for "sheltered by influential people in the Serb establishment and large numbers of ordinary people who thought he was a great guy", and we ought not to repeat it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    On the drummer thing.
    many years back, 69 or 70 if my memory serves me well, I was at a party in Blackheath, saarf east London. A certain Ginger Baker performed a little party trick. Sitting backwards on a chair at the top of quite a long flight of stairs he flicked himself backwards and proceeded to fend off stair-treads as he fell, landing on his feet at the bottom. This, he said, demonstrated his outstanding co-ordination. Apparently.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Many happy returns, Russell. Feel free to celebrate with a truly splendid air-drum solo.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • davidamstalden,

    Happy Birthday, sir.

    I'm sure I'm not alone in looking forward to another year of insightful and searing posts about a bunch of interesting stuff, so let me just take this moment to say...thank you.

    New Plymouth • Since Mar 2008 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    HB Russell.
    Wrt the health quackery, I've never been a believer in any of those cures or methods but I think it is best exemplified by that fact that no "health" medicines are supplied with child-proof lids. That's because they know that anyone can gobble as many as they like and there will be little or no effect.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Boden,

    Happy Birthday Russell. Let us know how the HD is... :)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Did I mention it's my birthday?

    No. But Facebook did.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    Happy Birthday us!

    I hope yours is better than mine. My Zune died last night (6 months old!) and I've already had the limp rendition of Happy Birthday sung to be at my obligatory office morning tea.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Happy birthday to you....

    I feel the inexplicable need to exclaim that I am not from Lesbos, but I do like women...

    Also, I dont know exactly what a loinge is, but maybe what you do in it or to it, should not be shared with the public?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Let us know how the HD is... :)

    One totally geeky point. They said at the launch the broadcasts would be 1080i, but the HDMI connection is showing up as 720p. I guess I should make a phone call before poking around in settings ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    happy birthday!
    Bur damm you for getting le tour in HD, I am soo soo SOOO jealous
    and you get it just in time for the final stage of the alps

    did you notice how it was also broadcast in windscreen last night
    so prtutty

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I'm expecting the Tour de France to look very sexy indeed

    Is there something you want to tell us about cycle shorts? We'll be very understanding and almost not prurient at all.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Happy Birthday Russell!

    Lesbians of Lesbos - You're still OED definition 1 ... is it the tourism that's getting you down..?

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Bur damm you for getting le tour in HD, I am soo soo SOOO jealous
    and you get it just in time for the final stage of the alps
    did you notice how it was also broadcast in windscreen last night
    so prtutty

    I did notice, and I thought that the non-HD picture looked amazing. Sky can toggle the bandwidth for individual channels at will, and I think they're chucking quite a bit into the sports channels at the moment.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Martin,

    One totally geeky point.

    Be as geeky as it takes,Russell. Our sky hd is to be installed in a couple of weeks and it can only be of assistance if you adivise us of ,and smooth, the process.

    Great timing for the installation too! Enjoy the new toy...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Happy birthday!

    The Lesbos thing begs the question: what do they call women of the Sapphic persuasion on said island?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    The Lesbos thing begs the question: what do they call women of the Sapphic persuasion on said island?

    Tourist attractions.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Michael,

    Thanks for the link to Karadžić's site. I'm very happy to have him caught - I stayed in Sarajevo about a month ago and after hearing and seeing some of what what done, and the lingering effects all these years later then I'm keen for as close as we can get to justice.

    Hokitika • Since Nov 2006 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I knew a lesbian couple who went to Lesbos for a holiday. One of them came back pregnant. True story.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones,

    All this Greek islandry has reminded me of my favourite blend of classics, pop culture and comic opera, The Heroine Barbarian:

    I travel with a poet who is perky and parthenian
    And scribbles her hexameters in Linear Mycenian
    (And many have attempted, by a host of methods mystical,
    To tell if our relationship's sororal or sapphistical).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Will we be Drinking Liberally tonight?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I knew a lesbian couple who went to Lesbos for a holiday. One of them came back pregnant.

    Girlz can do anything. Apparently.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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