Happy Birthday Russell!
You've done important work here, and I know I'm not the only one who did a lot of personal development in the System, and made some wonderful friends. I value the space you created, and your tolerance of diverse approaches.
I hope this will be a great decade for you, with exciting new projects and opportunities to connect with whoever the new live wires turn out to be. :-D
PS: I wouldn't be me if I didn't occasionally (!) nitpick, what's now the EU was the EEC in 1973. But you knew that. :-)
As in, “Is there no presser today?!”
For those who haven’t seen them, the IMDb reviews of the 1pm Daily Update are beautiful.
That place we've lost many good people :-(
As in, "You bloody casserole!"
Thanks so much for this, Chelle. I live with a severe chronic illness and my life may not seem meaningful in economic terms, but it's meaningful to me. Hoping for the best, for all of us. xxxx
CBC's TuneIn app is worth a look. Plenty of content, general and local: music, sports, podcasts and shows, with the option of making your own podcasts. Pretty good.
Those who support Concert might like to sign the petition, which now has over 20,000 signatures.
Concert plays a lot more than Classical music: they play orchestral music from all over Europe and spanning hundreds of years, plus contemporary and New Zealand composers; choral music; opera; jazz; visual arts interviews; contemporary ambient (I first heard Rhian Sheehan on Concert); and a lot more.
They record and archive and play performances from the NZSO and Auckland Philharmonic as well as more specialised instrumental groups.
The presenters have a depth of expert knowledge and an ongoing connection with both the performers and the audience. They're a community hub.
There could be more Māori, Pasifika, and other non-European content, sure. Can't we add things rather than throwing Concert in the bin??
So there is a limit to how many stations will fit on the FM band. Why can't we have internet radio for the local youth music? Surely the young folks are more likely to stream content on their phones than to listen to radio broadcasts.
Let the older peeps keep their Concert on the radio and their mental health. Let the rest of us stream Concert+, which is all the current content plus added diversity. Everyone wins! It will cost more, but as Helen Clark said, "Some things are more important than money".
Let's invest more in our culture, and expand our music industry and musical community in all its wonderful diversity. Maybe we could fund it by paying Peter Jackson a bit less.
Excellent article here with the excellent news that The Guardian is making a profit without a paywall. One of their big things is soliciting donations from readers:
Remember that people’s financial relationship with a publication isn’t purely transactional. “You write stories I want to read, I give you money” is one way to view the paid-reader relationship. But so are “I like what you stand for, I give you money,” “I want others to be able to read your stories, I give you money,” and “I want to be the sort of person who supports you, I give you money.” With a functionally infinite supply of free news available, the relationship your reader has to you has to be a lot more like the one public radio listeners have with their favorite station. They’re not buying access; they’re supporting a cause.
PS there's a wonderful blog here on the keen folk at Otari Wilton's Bush hand-pollinating a rare (white) Bartlett's rātā this season.