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Hard News: New Zealand Weekend Television

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  • Grant McDougall,

    longing for Georgie Pie

    Good call. I'm baffled that it seems to be the cause de jour of slebs and that so many people have a hankering for it.

    In reality, while they were cheap they were also mediocre pies, even compared to supermarket pies.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Just on the topic of Bob McCroskie and media criticism in general, see today's superb, hilarious and rather scary Editing the Herald post...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    easy Grant, them's fighting words.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    In reality, while they were cheap they were also mediocre pies, even compared to supermarket pies.

    The best thing about Georgie Pie was the pricing, which was all based about $1, $2, $3 etc. So a little pie was $1, a big pie $2.

    The sundaes for $1 were great value compared to other food joints. As were the little pies.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Cheryl Bernstein,

    This week I made a long black and the blotch on the crema was in the shape of New Zealand. I should have taken a photo.

    Incidences of rock-and-roll induced pareidolia seem to be hotting up. In the past few months I have seen John Lennon on the washing line (or possibly Leonard Cohen), and Johnny Cash in a corn fritter.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Interesting disucssion on Afghanistan. Good to know that when the US State Department sends a New Zealand journalist there what that journalist is left with is a "feel" for the desires of the US State Department. Truly profound. Thanks for holding his feet so firmly over the fire on that one.

    I can't tell whether you're being ironic, snarking or what. Are you saying he and the paper should have refused to go at the State Department's invitation? That would, of course, have meant no reportage at all, as even Jon Stephenson conceded, at a time when our government was about to make a major decision on a renewed commitment.

    Too bad we don't have real foreign correspondents or any relevant world news of which to speak.

    It is. The loss of genuine foreign correspondents in the NZ media is a long, sad story.

    Of course, according to the VO in the intro, the media "is" producing "excellent stories". Glad we haven't presupposed our own disucssion -- spooky music notwithstanding.

    The script noted some local stories and said "But these excellent stories are the exception. Are we seeing enough coverage of Afghanistan in the media?" It sounded like a question to me.

    I don't think Gower ducked the provenance question at all, and the series that appeared in the paper over the week (I suspect he had to fight for that much space) was very good. So was Stephenson's story.

    You do tend to hand down some thunderous judgements on your peers from behind that pseudonym.

    (But I will grant you that the misplaced plurals need attention.)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I loved Telethons. And I will be watching some of it, for no other reason than nostalgia. And the comedy, and the drag. But really, it's a bit like Xmas isn't it? When you were young, it was magic. When you are older, you remain perpetually baffled (especially when childless) as to where the magic went.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Sokolich,

    easy Grant, them's fighting words.

    I reckon. No way were they mediocre, I think it had something to do with pastry - yummy. Although I'd interested to know what supermarket pies you think are superior. I've never bought a pie from the supermarket apart from one of those big Irvine ones and they are average.

    Since Oct 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • andrew gunn,

    I once saw a potato that, viewed from a certain angle, didn't look like Jim Bolger

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2009 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Sokolich,

    I loved Telethons. And I will be watching some of it, for no other reason than nostalgia.

    Likewise. Although I am considering boycotting, not because they pulled Dexter though that does piss me off especially to replace it with a lame doco on prison escapes - not exactly riveting, but because unless my memory is wrong (which it well could be) aren't Telethons meant to be 24 hours long? I know some people can't cope with not being able to watch the news at 6pm but it's a one-off and for charity and think of the kids that are allowed to stay up for the whole thing...

    Since Oct 2008 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Apologies if this has been posted already: but for more on Afghanistan- and Dr Haywood on tour!- worth checking out the latest Werewolf.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Apologies if this has been posted already: but for more on Afghanistan- and Dr Haywood on tour!- worth checking out the latest Werewolf.

    Arrgh. I knew there was something I forgot to put in this morning's post. Had the page open and everything.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I once saw a potato that, viewed from a certain angle, didn't look like Jim Bolger

    ROFFLENUI.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    "thunderous judgements on your peers"???

    really? who is this precious judgementalist then?

    come on Paistey, out with it...I promise not to tell.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • octopusgrrl,

    Although I'd interested to know what supermarket pies you think are superior.

    Foodtown pies used to be just as good, because they were the same pie <strike>David</strike>, at least for a few years there. Something about the sweetness of the pastry and the gooeyness of the cheese used to get me every time.

    Dunedin • Since May 2009 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I prefer to think of him as 'That Guy'.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    (But I will grant you that the misplaced plurals need attention.)

    I dunno, I think you can make a good argument against treating "media" as a plural in many contexts these days. Ditto "data".

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    'That wowser' more like...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    I can actually recall the very first New Zealand Telethon,

    Was that the one that Split Enz played on? I've looked (not especially hard) for that clip (playing Maybe I think), but never found it. I don't suppose anybody else has? I'd love to see it...

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart,

    I got all fired up when they first announced the new telethon (September last year?) and decided to run a board-gameathon (gold coin donation per game played in).

    Various organisational discrepancies (including moving the bloody date ) have cooled my enthusiasm, but there will still be board games & suchlike happening @ my place in Christchurch from midday Saturday to whenever on Sunday afternoon/evening.

    Chch PAers are welcome to come along, email me for details [points at envelope icon] :D

    A post-midnight game of Munchkin: Impossible is a must - it's time the Sleeper Agent got some love!

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    and decided to run a board-gameathon

    And the penny finally drops and I know who Robert Urquhart is. I feel like such a nong.

    It is a well-known fact in the appropriate circles that KAOS and associates cannot identify each other by their real names.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart,

    :D Emma

    To be fair, I keep the 'identities' mostly separate online. The gravatar might be the only giveaway.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • R A Hurley,

    Telethon ?

    Does this presume that TV occupies the same cultural and community role that it did in the past ? One might speculate that a whole generation might fail to notice this at all. Though of course I do wish them luck.

    I think there might be something to this... I honestly did not know anything about any Telethon until about 5 minutes ago, reading Russell's post.

    Although, funnily enough, I did get an email two days ago from a friend apologising for a delay in posting me something with the phrase, "sorry, was busy preparing for the Telethon"... I thought it was odd at the time, and since he spends most of his time in England now, I turned to my partner and said, "hey wow, they're having a Telethon in Britain... I thought that was just a Kiwi thing?"... Apparently there's a picture of me in the dictionary next to "oblivious"...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • Aidan,

    I don't want to to get **too* secret squirrel about it, but there is no such address as Belconnen Road in Canberra, and 2233 is the postcode of some southern areas of Sydney. There is a Belconnen Way in Canberra (funnily enough it is in the locality of Belconnen) but there is no 16 (you can see why on the map).

    Is it coincidence that a made up address happens to actually not exist, or has persons unknown who registered the domain chosen it quite deliberately? i.e. they might actually be from Canberra. Even live near that address.

    Canberra, Australia • Since Feb 2007 • 154 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    I'm a bit late to the party (gee thanks, Bloglines) but in response to Craig's call for More Cowbell, I give you 3:10 of this:

    followed by perhaps the world's greatest treefrog solo at 3:58.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

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