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  • giovanni tiso,

    my nomination for international comedian of the year award

    This year? I liked him at first but he seemed pretty keen on endlessly recycling himself, while the material itself remained unspectacular. But perhaps he's better these days.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Actually Gio, that's a reasonable criticism - he's got half a dozen themes he updates with new/modified stories and his last tour, Sexie, was the weakest but Glorious is genius!

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    But what would I know..I didn't get Seinfeld either

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    unless you want to get verbally hammered

    Ok, it's not a hammering, but see! :

    You didn't like Ep 5 Season 2?

    Actually I saw much of Season 1 (about the only NZ thing you can find on TV here apart from Outrageous Fortune and that old show about dirty restaurants which would've completely confused many in this corner of the world) but kinda switched off after that, so I accept I may've missed the odd gem, but it just all seemed a bit lame to me.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    all that folk music from the 60's, like the Chad Mitchell Trio.

    who gave the world John Denver...yeeeeechhhh

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Thrash Cardiom,

    Christine Rankin as the head of the Families Commission? Given she is on her fourth marriage she must be perfect for the job having had so many families.

    CHB • Since Nov 2006 • 55 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Some call it research..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    all that folk music from the 60's, like the Chad Mitchell Trio.


    who gave the world John Denver...yeeeeechhhh

    The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Christine Rankin as the head of the Families Commission? Given she is on her fourth marriage she must be perfect for the job having had so many families.

    Don't give up the day job...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.

    A mysoginist hovercraft, to be precise. It's knowledge, bro.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Christine Rankin as the head of the Families Commission? Given she is on her fourth marriage she must be perfect for the job having had so many families.

    I don't particularly like what Rankin's about or stands for. I think she was a poor public servant and has hardly done much since to redeem herself since. It's these reasons why I query her appointment to the Commission. That said, I don't think her personal life ought to be a factor in her suitability for public offices. I realise this is the "Families" Commission, but families continue even when parents split. It appears that three marriages justifies some criticism? Would two be ok? What number is acceptable and why? Is not having been married a disqualification?

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Given she is on her fourth marriage she must be perfect for the job having had so many families.

    There are some really good reasons to criticise this appointment, but that's completely fucking irrelevant.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    I wouldn't be surprised if this is the portent of what's to come.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Sokolich,

    Another threadjack...
    Watching Campbell Live, Melissa Lee didn't show for an interview to answer questions about her owning the media company that produces Asia Downunder and receives govt funding!! They had an earlier recorded soundbite from her saying that she didn't see it as a conflict of interest!! WTF!!! Jim Tully disagreed. I am astounded that John Key can't see the conflict either.

    Since Oct 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I wouldn't be surprised if this is the portent of what's to come.

    Of course... because let's not fuck up a good rant with anything within spitting distance of reality. Why don't we just go here and be done with it?

    Personally, I'm a little more worried that the Law Commission has some issues with democracy.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Watching Campbell Live, Melissa Lee didn't show for an interview to answer questions about her owning the media company that produces Asia Downunder and receives govt funding!!

    Oh, what a fucking bitch! Really! You can dismiss me as a partisan hack if you must, but as so often happen with Campbell Live I wonder if there's a legitimate story in there that just happens not to be the one they're trying to beat up.

    Jim Tully disagreed.

    Not quite, Kim.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I don't think her personal life ought to be a factor in her suitability for public offices.

    In general, I agree, Paul. In this case though I believe Rankin's marital status compared with her pronouncements over the past few years about the good old nucular family are fair game. TV news had some footage of her stridently slagging Helen Clark for not having had children, so she's obviously not averse to dishing it out.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Kim, you win the enthusiastic punctuation award.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Sokolich,

    Actually I used to think you were a pompous partisan hack Craig but your recent posts have mellowed my opinion somewhat. Come on step it up!!!

    Do you mean Jim Tully didn't disagree. He seemed to. He did say making her Minister of Broadcasting would definitely be a conflict but it was a bad look all the same. You don't think so?

    Since Oct 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Charlaine Harris was somewhat shocked at how explicit True Blood was so she sits somewhere between Hamilton and Meyer in Bite to Bonk scale.

    *Really*? Because given the amount and explicit nature of the sex in the books, she has no excuse being shocked. (True, they're not Hamilton, but Hamilton's heroine can barely walk three metres without shagging someone.)

    OTOH, I much prefer that to Meyer, whose heroine wakes up with convenient sex-induced amnesia. And lots of bruises. Because, hey, the books *weren't creepy enough*.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.

    sadly I think we can blame someone closer to my soul than Denver for Parsons.

    I belong to a couple of forums where folks adore him as Balearic . Mostly, I keep well silent. We can however point the finger at Parsons for opening the door to a whole genre of appalling faux operetta...him and Pete Townshend, who I can forgive.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.

    sadly I think we can blame someone closer to my soul than Denver for Parsons.

    I belong to a couple of forums where folks adore him as Balearic . Mostly, I keep well silent. We can however point the finger at Parsons for opening the door to a whole genre of appalling faux operetta...him and Pete Townshend, who I can forgive.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Indonesian broadband strikes yet again....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Lolz a palooka

    may as well throw my hat in the ring as eat it
    though some excellent contenders have gone before

    punchlining above one's weight

    nice...
    maybe I should quip while I'm ahead

    Good to see the Topps added to the Pantheon
    and there may even be room for Red Mole and BLERTA
    at the table in Valhahahahalla - yeah I know Simon
    - I'm showing my age : )

    being a fan of the more absurdist and wordist realms
    I'm surprised there are no Mighty Boosh boosters out there,
    it's is the closest thing I've seen to a modern day, visual Goon Show . with a touch of a more cerebral Young Ones

    and let's face it aural / radio comedy is in scarce supply
    - I miss it. The Goons, Peter Cook n Dudley Moore (I still have my autographed copy of the Dagenham Dialogues ) and lest we forget the Gods - Frank Muir and Denis Nordern - the English language has never properly recovered.

    and what's that Sweetman chap got against Alice's Restaurant
    it's still "cutting edge eco-comedy" in places (which I can still recite most of...)

    and there's Lenny Bruce, George Carlin - but that's not keeping it Kiwi - so I'll taper off

    Fangs for reading dept:
    You want southern vampires in small towns?
    - Try Poppy Z Brite's books.
    True Blood - I'm waning on a tad, feels a bit Twin Peaks
    and Northern Exposure (oops just did a Sweetman!) and the imagination doesn't get taxed much - bite, bonk, literal rednecks, more bonking, yawn - but Anna P does do well and I liked the Hep V idea, and other bits n bobs - I'll keep watching for a while...

    (NB: Free Hep C awareness concert in Latimer Square in chch this Sunday 17th, 11-4 - Squirm & Dialtones and more)

    The World Buskers Festival has showcased a few smart gems too
    the earlier mentioned Wilson Dixon and Brits Hoopal from way back to name two that didn't have to fall back on bottom humour or just shouting....

    it's a funny old world...

    ya have to laugh!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

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