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Hard News: The Finance Campaign

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  • BenWilson,

    I wonder when they'll ask people to send in their Democracy Under Attack stories to share. Of course they'd print all the same authors as in their "Send us your P story".

    It's like those mouth-watering pictures outside bland fast food joints.

    Yup or "Jen's Desperate Rage", to describe an article whose substance is that someone took a picture of Jennifer Aniston looking frumpy, and she got pissed off about it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10655 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    It's like those mouth-watering pictures outside bland fast food joints.

    I blogged this myself a couple of weeks ago, but clearly it needs a much wider audience.

    Fast food - advertising pictures vs reality.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Sad isn't it that this is something worth noting?! Why back in my day, when I was a lad, last century, you could go to any one of 317 venues in Auckland to watch live music. Gluepot, Mainstreet, Powerstation, etc, and all sold out.

    As i were passing the Powerstation this very afternoon I noticed tradesmen weilding their weapons of mass creation yay verily, tools in hand the artisans of Auckland are rebuilding the den of iniquity as we speak.
    Also of note. Did anyone else notice Murray Mcully's wonderful threeway combover in Parlaymunt today? Astounding. The lack of Mo for Movember was a political suicide note of Obama lapel enormity that should not go without a herald edtitorial ragefest in my opinion, how dare he?
    And as for the fundraising sauasage, are they trying to kill us off with Cancer? Don't they read the Herald? Well maybe they like Deborahs way of reading that despicable rag, between the lines, I must say it makes more sense when you just look at the blank bits.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I'll say this in the Herald's defence. Most days in NZ it's "All the news worth reading". Which is kind of a rag on NZ, unless, like me, you subscribe to "No news is good news".

    Wow so we had our first 'terrorist raids'. As predicted, some guys are going to get some firearms and drugs charges, and Bomber knew some people who knew some people who said some stuff that might make soccer mums really angry. Meanwhile Democracy is Under Attack because there will be spending caps on advertising. In other big news a rusty Ford Falcon was stolen in my area today.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10655 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    All the kids are doing it. Writing messages on puppies (or "pmail") is totally the new Facebook.

    Oh man, I've been trying to tell my agency that we're wasting our time with this newfangled telegraph thing, but they refuse to listen to my suggestions to go back to the old fashioned damp sack and big fire smoke signals...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I've been trying to tell my agency that we're wasting our time with this newfangled telegraph thing

    I'm still raging against the fax machine. I mean, I know '80s retro is in right now, but one has to draw the line somewhere.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Wurr,

    First saw Sonic Youth at the Powerstation, January 1989, 3 weeks after daydream nation had come out in nz.....support from SPUD and the Verlaines. I have to say that totally blew my mind, I'd never seen anything like it before.......

    Have also just seen the said reprise gig at the Roundhouse in London in September and it was pretty damn good....although I did quite like the Sonic Nurse Auckland show a few years before.....

    I do have to say that the Powerstation was one of the better venues - much better than apartments!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    All the kids are doing it. Writing messages on puppies (or "pmail") is totally the new Facebook.

    Yup, its in the news all over the world

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Venetia King,

    I've probably missed the boat on this thread but never mind...

    I saw Sonic Youth at the Wellington Town Hall years ago and was bored nearly to tears. But each to their own :)

    The Veils show at the Masonic in Devonport was also pretty packed, the night before the Kings Arms show. Not sure if it sold out but it was sufficiently crowded that from my mosh-free possie near the mixing desk I could barely see anyone on stage. I saw someone in the audience that looked rather like their keyboardist while they were on so I've no idea whether he was playing that night or not.

    However the really startling thing was how early the gig started. I got there at 9:40pm expecting the support act to start 9:30-10ish but I'd missed them and the Veils were on at 10. And apparently had an 11pm curfew. Oh how I envy those Devonport people - I'd love to have gigs that early at home in Wellington, I'd be able to go to more of them.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    I saw Sonic Youth at the Wellington Town Hall years ago and was bored nearly to tears. But each to their own :)

    Quite. I was at that Jan '96 gig and Sonic Youth were outstanding, far better than those chronic dullards the Foo Fighters who were the main support act (local skronk act White-Winged Moth were on first). Sonic Youth rocked, then finished with a full-on, 20-min version of 'Diamond Sea' with the most intense strobe lights through-out.

    The interesting thing about that gig was the demographic divide. Just as we were walking in, my mates and I who were there to see Sonic Youth, overhead one kid turn to his mate and say in an awestruck tone "I can't believe we're going to see a member of Nirvana!". We refrained from openly sneering at them.

    Nonetheless, that sums up the audience - everyone between 15 - 25 was there for the Foo Fighters, whereas everyone older than that were there for Sonic Youth, there was no cross-over at all.

    I next saw Sonic Youth in London in mid-'98 and they were again really good. Then Spiritualized came on and a good night became even better.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Quite. I was at that Jan '96 gig and Sonic Youth were outstanding, far better than those chronic dullards the Foo Fighters who were the main support act (local skronk act White-Winged Moth were on first). Sonic Youth rocked, then finished with a full-on, 20-min version of 'Diamond Sea' with the most intense strobe lights through-out.

    I was there, and you're right, they knocked the Foo Fighter power-pop tosh into a cocked hat. And that version of 'Diamond Sea' was monumental.

    But Venetia might be right too. I saw their next Auckland show, at the Town Hall, and got so bored that I left. Although Philip Matthews pretty much saw God according to his review in the Listener.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Nice post Russell. Hopefully the problems with the EFB will be ironed out in select committee.

    Given that the Law Society noted that regulating electoral financing is a legitimate constitutional objective, the Herald's shotgun approach seems unlikely to advance public understanding.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • Venetia King,

    ... everyone between 15 - 25 was there for the Foo Fighters, whereas everyone older than that were there for Sonic Youth, there was no cross-over at all.

    Heh, I was 25 and was there for both - I'll admit to having been leaning more in FF's direction though, and I remember enjoying their set enormously. Funnily enough I can't remember anything about what they played (and no recollection of White-Winged Moth! perhaps we missed them), but Sonic Youth doing a 20 minute version of Diamond Sea has stuck with me. That was the part that really did my head in! Strobe lights wouldn't have helped either, I don't handle them too well - perhaps that was why I had to go & sit on a comfy bench in the corridor for a bit...

    I saw the Foos again on their next visit to Wellington, but when they came to the BDO (I forget what year) I ignored them in favour of PanAm and was very pleased with my decision.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Via No Right Turn, a story you won't read in the Herald:

    The Human Rights Commission has altered its view after the Justice and Electoral select committee's handling of the controversial Electoral Finance Bill, according to Green Party co- leader Russel Norman.
    [...]

    Norman said he understood the commission has written again to the committee. In the second letter the commission says it has been impressed that the select committee has gone a long way towards alleviating its concerns in its redrafting of the legislation, Norman said.

    Does that mean the march in support of the Human Rights Commission is off, and the righties can safely go back to regarding the HRC as a bunch of dangerously PC stooges for Helengrad?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    So is the amended bill not going to be officially revealed now until Monday? Does that mean we get a weekend of leaks, with media coverage and protests about things which may or may not exist? All a bit messy, can't they stay behind after school until it's done?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

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