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Fighting Talk: Swinging Voting And Reading

Fighting Talk – Swinging Voting And Reading

Lyndon Hood - misundercommentator, Lower Hutt

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

At the time of writing it's too early to tell whose attempt to win the American 'swinging voters' has been most successful. Regular readers may realise that I'm not a 'swinger' myself (though I have done some personal research into the subject). At first glance I would have assumed that swingers were a natural Democrat constituency, but commentators seem to agree that they are undecided. And it seems to me that the campaigners are not doing much of a job wooing this particular interest group. Certainly, voters who might currently swing either way will be attracted to Kerry's pro-gay stance.


Max Johns - NZ music industry outsider, Blenheim

Monday, November 01, 2004

The man who led the New Zealand arm of Sony Music through a record year in 2003 is now out of a job. 51-year-old Michael Glading was, until very recently, enjoying his 26th year in the industry. Then the recent global merger of BMG and Sony cost him his job this week. Fans of irony will no doubt enjoy a smirk at the fact that Glading once hired Michael Bradshaw - the BMG boss who beat Glading to the top job in SonyBMG's New Zealand offices - to work under him at Sony Music.


Lyndon Hood - jetsetter, Lower Hutt

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

A Singer of the Bush

So I saw this book at the airport.

Actually, the first book I saw was the Bumper Book of Countries, or whatever it's called. It's got a glossy two-page spread for every nation of the world, with a big photo and information about what the place is like and how it get properly in touch with its spirit. Some understanding of New Zealand, for example, can be reached by eating whitebait fritters while reading Whale Rider.

For Nigeria, people were encouraged to read the plays of Wole Soyinka. This may be as close as a relentlessly positive book can get to a warning.


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