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HARD NEWS 28/02/03 - Very Busy

Hi folks,

I thought I'd better get out a post to the list before the week expired. I haven't had the time to blog much this week: my partner strained her back so badly on Friday night that she couldn't walk unaided for two days, and I, as luck would have it, also had a lot of work on.

Big ups to the British Council, the Music Industry Commission and Mai FM for organising the Resonate music and video seminar this week. I chaired the first day, with Brent Hansen, Pete Chambers and Liz Kessler, and it was a successful and satisfying experience. We later took the Brits out for a night on the town (actually, on Ponsonby Road) and that was successful and satisfying in a different, but no less valid, way.

Anyway, the results of the Hard News Faith Challenge 2003 really are coming soon, and so is that Vint Cerf transcript (the story is in the coming week's Listener). But not today. Today I am allowing someone to buy me lunch and then I am watching the Blues beat the Chiefs. Go Carlos! Nice.




Enlarge your penis successfully |Feb 27, 2003 18:34
Now playing in the Muse Lounge

Auckland's petit mayor John Banks is set to pump up his annual salary to the tune of $45,741 . What's his rationale? When I was employed by the Auckland City Council a continuance of a salaried position let alone a pay rise had to be justified annually according to a written set of official milestones and objectives. John-John: the ratepayers would like to read your list. And no, polishing up the mayoral jerkin and ...,


The Third Place |Feb 27, 2003 12:06
Rob O'Neill live in Sydney

We wandered out on Saturday to get the Girlie a desk. Years 11 and 12, as they call sixth and seventh form over here, are pretty important and she's got a lot of work to do heading into her HSC (Higher School Certificate)...,


Fine work and history |Feb 25, 2003 09:55
Russell Brown's Hard News

In 1983, I came to work in a building that stood at the corner of Queen and Darby Streets in central Auckland. A Body Shop squats expensively there now, at the foot of one of the National bank towers. Back then, it was four rickety stories, no lift, and it was home to an odd bunch...,


Lest we be forgotten |Feb 25, 2003 08:47
Jolisa Gracewood in NYC

My friend Vanessa once found herself trying to explain the "tall poppies" metaphor to an American acquaintance. As she elaborated, he looked increasingly aghast. "Oh my God," he interjected, "They chop their heads off? Because they're too, what, tall, you said? That's the most barbaric thing I ever heard!" Vanessa was pretty impressed by this gung-ho defence of the divine right to be the best, even if it seemed a tad over the top, ...,


Things that I learnt on my summer vacation in Australia |Feb 23, 2003 03:16
Damian Christie - Cracker With Attitude

In Australia, it's okay for the Prime Minister to go to the Whitehouse, have a discussion with the President and come out addressing the nation with the phrase 'We want Saddam Hussein to get Fair Dinkum!' Bush however, didn't find it to his liking, apparently getting weighed down by the detail and reasoning of Mr Howard's speech...,


Slow surrender: Peter Sanson on yoga/life |Feb 16, 2003 12:44
Debra Daley's astral plane

We are sitting at a table in a cafe in Grey Lynn with yoga teacher Peter Sanson and his partner Hojung Audenaerde. It is a lovely, glittering summer morning. After teaching yoga for years all around the world, Peter Sanson remarks that we NZers are very hard on ourselves and that we suppress strong emotions. That is why, on this trip to Auckland, he is witnessing some of the most angry, aggressive driving he's ever ...,


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