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Onwards and upwards | Mar 25, 2009 10:13

Russell Brown's Hard News

The Trans-Tasman Political Letter is quoting "highly-placed sources" as saying that Helen Clark is to be named as head of the United Nations Development Programme. The full release from Trans-Tasman is posted below. I'm a bit busy preparing for tonight's Media7 recording, but I'm sure you will all have some...

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A day or two at Dramfest | Mar 25, 2009 08:59

GUEST: Matthew Littlewood tastes the water of life

What is it about whisky that inspires such fervour? Robert Burns was so enraptured by the spirit as to once write: "Oh whisky! soul o' plays and pranks! Accept a bardie's gratefu' thanks!" Author Ian Banks loved the drink enough to travel the whole of Scotland in search of the...

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Being a dick about Earth Hour | Mar 25, 2009 02:47

Keith Ng is getting a bit Rorschach

How much can you save during Earth Hour? If you completely stop using electricity in your house, by my rough but generous estimate, you'd saved about 2,800Wh and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by 420g. (Workings at end.) If you change a 75W incandescent lightbulb to an energy efficient equivalent,...

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Making a List, Not Bothering to Check It | Mar 24, 2009 00:45

Emma Hart said so, that's why.

Alright, I admit it, I briefly took my eye off the Australian net censorship ball. Apparently this made it feel neglected enough to go completely batfuck crazy, and when it comes to this issue, my Batfuck Crazy Bar is high. So, let me tell you a little story, and then...

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ReEntry IV: Hills, Harbour and the Dominion Post | Mar 19, 2009 10:21

GUEST: Daniel Kalderimis on coming home

I had big plans for how it would be driving back into Wellington. I imagined tearing down the Ngauranga Gorge, fighting its counter-slanting incline, to catch the first glimpse of the harbour and then the city, all to a carefully chosen selection of tunes on the iPod. As it happened,...

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Post St Patrick's Day Blues | Mar 18, 2009 15:57

Damian Christie - Cracker With Attitude

I don't know what I think about the David Bain t-shirts. I guess at least they're kinda subtle, I mean they could have a picture of the man himself with "you were the only one who deserved to live" written underneath in an 80s computer font or something...

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You wouldn't read about it. | Mar 17, 2009 15:07

Graham Reid's many things

Ignoring the news for a while gives you your real life back. I re-discovered this fundamental truth a few weeks ago when, racing to prepare for a couple of trips away, I neglected to keep abreast of world and local news, the opinions of strangers on issues I vaguely cared...

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Mother Dog! | Mar 17, 2009 10:56

Hadyn Green yells. A lot.

Anyone who watched an American College movie from the 1980s knows that human beings can be separated into two clear sub-species: Jocks and Nerds. And much like Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens these two tribes tend to "get it on 'cause they don't get along". Usually the Jocks are the football...

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No news is good news | Mar 17, 2009 08:41

Jolisa Gracewood read the news today, oh boy

If a newspaper falls in a city that you don't actually live in, does it make a sound? And is it a loud whump, like a redwood hitting the earth, or the shuffling sigh of a small pile of documents swept off a desk into the recycling bin?...

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The Prime Minister will see you now | Mar 11, 2009 07:23

David Slack exports noughts and ones

Your doctor knows it's best to wait until you're lying down to raise bad news. "I've got a lot of very stressed and worried people coming in here," he told me. He was stitching my back. We were swapping stories about the wounded economy. I told him what a visitor...

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Bob's House | Mar 10, 2009 23:07

David Haywood from Christchurch

Adding everything up, I recently calculated that Bob-the-baby has lived at 33 different addresses during his first eighteen months. The only constant in his life -- apart from his parents -- has been the small draw-string bag that contains his toys. Each morning there is a ritual opening of the...

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Asserting ancient rights | Feb 28, 2009 16:10

Graeme Edgeler learns the lesson of history

The news that section 92A is likely gone, or neutered, is great – although I'm not convinced that it is as bad as was being made out. I've noted my concern over the strained interpretation in comments here and on other 'blogs before, but Steven Price...

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The death of television, again | Feb 08, 2009 14:03

Fiona Rae from the couch

I was working on getting Radiation down to the very bottom of the opening page of Public Address, but seeing as the blog at the bottom is ARD Fairburn from 2006, it's not working out very well. "Yay! I'd be first at the wrong end!" I was thinking, but "Second...

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My Imaginary Journey | Feb 03, 2006 09:27

A.R.D FAIRBURN in a strange land

If Rex Fairburn had been writing now he would surely have been a blogger. Not one whose work fell easily on the "left" or the "right", but assuredly one who would not shrink from a good argument. "He always wanted a scrap …" wrote Denis Glover and Geoffrey Fairburn on...

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