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yeah yeah yeah

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Happy New Year to All






















May 2007 rock your world

We are the meat-packers, we pack meat

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I was thinking I should put a end note on my Flying Nun box set saga, so instead of talking shite, here's the winning entry to Public Address's competition for said box set: Favourite Flying Nun moment:

Sneaking a copy of The Skeptics 'AFFCO' music vid into a conference presentation organised and attended by meat industry bigwigs. A small revenge for making half my whanau redundant in 1986 at Whakatu, and the other half redundant in '94 at Tomoana. It was 1996, so I must've been about 15 I think.
The Skeptics are one of my all time favourite groups, strangely enough of all their songs A.F.F.C.O for which they are perhaps best known is the one I like least - or maybe not to sound anti the track, cause it is wicked good, its the least interesting thing they did. Skeptics III, is my favourite rainy night drifting off to sleep album - on CD, flick past A.F.F.C.O set the volume of the stereo just a tiny bit quieter than the sound of the rain on the roof and let ya slee…

Mi Revalueshanary Fren

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Mi Revalueshanary Fren (Penguin Modern Classics)
By Linton Kwesi Johnson Penguin Books Ltd

by Silja J.A. Talvi

"When I first heard Linton Kwesi Johnson's words, they came flowing through a nearly blown-out sound system in a Los Angeles punk club in the early '80s.

I could barely hear him, but something about the intensity of his delivery--urgent, streetwise and intellectual--over a pulsing reggae beat made me take notice.

Pressed up against the stage, I turned my small, 15- year-old frame around to watch as a handful of older punks begin to chant the lyrics, mimicking Johnson's thick, Jamaican Creole English:

it woz in april nineteen eight wan
doun inna di ghetto af Brixtan
dat di babylan dem cauz such a frickshan dat it bring about a great insohreckshan an it spread all owevah di naeshan it woz truly an histarical occayshan

That song, "Di Great Insohreckshan," tells the story of the Brixton race riots of 1981, when working-class Black and Asian immigrants teamed up …

Mickey Mouse is dead

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The World Is Worth Fighting For: The Legacy of Joe Strummer

by Alexander Billet

"I'd like to say that people . . . people can change anything they want to. And that means everything in the world. Show me any country . . . and there'll be people in it just trying to take their humanity back into the center of the ring . . . . And follow that for a time. Y'know, think on that. Without people you're nothing." -- Joe Strummer

Is anything left in music that is even vaguely redeeming? In the face of all the soulless pabulum being fed to us in the MTV-strangled airwaves, I often wonder if the industry has won. When rock n' roll is so full of the cynical, the snide, the intentionally ironic, it seems like record companies are signing bands that not only won't say anything but won't feel anything. Not caring is the fad of the day, and righteousness is passé, naïve, and stupid.

Antonino D'Ambrosio agrees. As we sit in a bar on the Lower East Side of New Yor…

Post Christmas Activities for the young and mentally infirm

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Top Ten Myths about Iraq 2006
James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006), commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul", was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th-century popular music. Apartheid in the Holy Land




Word for the day: teh




Record For the Day: Pig Out - Club Poems, loving this album at the moment




Game of the day: Sim City 4, Rush Hour expansion, why it is always this time of year I reinstall this puppy I have no idea... maybe its the countless hours I like to invest in a railway network. I'd have given up on this game not long after its release if it weren't for the thousands of add ons. I love to build :)




Monarach of the day: The Queen. Our monarch represents all I don't. Yet I still dig the weirdness of it all.




Dictator Of the Day: Saddam Hussain




Picture of the Day:


















Of course if this is a bit too heady, switch on the box and watch some shite.... my pick of todays telly fair Gremlins 2 or Coro, …

Tis the season...

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...and its getting to me





Tired of slapping on a happy face just cause its expected, yeah call me the xmas grump





Oh well - I'm taking the next few days off blogging so have a good one people



Rock on!!!!

Merry Crassmass!

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We are told to learn from our mistakes, its a shame and a crime against humanity that them that lead us refuse such simple advice.

Where are my thumbs..... waiting... waiting

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wow

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Breath taking stuff. Full image here and it really is an image that deserves as big a screen as possible:http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-116/hires/s116e05983.jpgand yep thats New Zealand below, you can almost see the famers trying to bring the thing down with their shotguns.

Fresh Perspectives

I have my Brother staying - he's in town after almost two years in Japan.

Tis interesting to hear and see Auckland and NZ via his eyes - unfortunately much is embarrassing.

Our news or right now the lack thereof... the beauty of all the new buildings in the city (extreme sarcasim here)... his aversion to Adam Sandler

How can anyone not see the genuis of the Sandler

Is it cause most of his movies are crap?

Well we agree on the buildings and the lack of decent news.

I've not much to say this morning really, been a tiring weekend, a fun one and now the week awaits and the child in me is over this year, so is the adult

looks at clock

there will be a lot of that this week

Avert your eyes children

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Its that time of year again, yeah I know its an old image... but it still makes me laugh

Tired is as tired does

My head hurts

a recurring Saturday theme

just how does that work?

anyone....

Rude Not 2

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this weeks special guests :
Sifter Bob Daktari Samsara Jonathan Marshall ______________________________hey thats me..... :)

Sticky Pudding Anyone?

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Nun, nun, nun, nun

The local music magazine Real Groove's latest issue is entirely devoted to Flying Nun - pulling historic stories from itself and rival publication Rip It Up.

Not a shabby compliment to the Flying Nun Box set of which I have been harping on about.

It was straight to the pool room with both

Also for those who have been checking out Public Address's forums for the Flying Nun stories there are more stories on Public Address (links below) and resulting discussions:

John Campbell on the Flying Nun years

One for Wayne

I remember John Campbell coming into Flying Nun in the Queen Street days, he was like an excited school boy let loose in a lolly shop.... a sometimes typical fan response to the place. Theres nothing cooler than a geeky fan IMO. Hat trying to give him stuff, him trying to pay for it, a very endearing moment.

John Campbell embodies much of the warm fuzzies that labels like Flying Nun engender in oneself. He's a typical kiwi in so many ways.

Man, is it the New Year yet.... I …

Five for today

Bob in Christmas party = sore head shocker

Five songs to find the energy to get up and face the day with:

The Victor Dimisch Band - Native Waiter
The Greenskeepers - Polo Club
The Reduction Agents - Waiting For Your Love
Martin Buttrich - Lazy Bastard
Fortran 5 - Heavy Clouds Building

Well theres one for ya 'typical" books

Record company says Wednesday this week

So Tuesday I get me box set

some things never change

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

When Will the First IED Strike Cleveland?

Boomerang Effect

William Lind December 06, 2006
Last week, one of my students, a Marine captain, asked whether I had heard a news report about an “IED-like device” supposedly found near Cincinnati, and if I thought we would soon start seeing IEDs here in the U.S. I replied that I had not heard the news story, but as to whether we would see IEDs here at home, the answer is yes.

One of the things U.S. troops are learning in Iraq is how people with little training and few resources can fight a state. Most American troops will see this within the framework of counterinsurgency. But a minority will apply their new-found knowledge in a very different way. After they return to the U.S. and leave the military, they will take what they learned in Iraq back to the inner cities, to the ethnic groups, gangs, and other alternate loyalties they left when they joined the service. There, they will put their new knowledge to work, in wars with each other and wars against the American state. It will not …

Today bloody better be the day

Flying Nun Box set come on down

[update 6.11pm]

no Nun Box Set... call to Warners, they are having problems with the shrink wrap

FFS you muppets, who shrink wraps a bloody box set that is only CDs - vinyl I can understand, almost

Now I am used to the Nun not making release deadlines and I remember the newsprint days of Rip It Up when the Chris Knox penned Nun ad's always pre dated the physical release by wekks if not issues of the magazine - no doubt causeing some retailers to learn to hate the Nun.

But this isn't a straggling indie label with no cash, its one of the biggest record companies in the world, whilst I realise they have shite christmas priorities that dwarf that of the Flying Nun birthday release but come on, I want my box set.....

Worse is the birthday being touted by all and sundry with appearances by Roger (Sheppard) on radio, TV etc. to promote the set.... even Real Groove has an issue devoted (? - dunno how much have yet to sight a copy) to the brithday but alas whe…

No nerd but plenty of grumpiness

Me internetweb connection is down....

Damn that makes one panic, like the world is passing one by or worse its come to an end.

Hell get a grip man... its a lovely day and you have things to do - better things that sitting behind a monitor indoors.

Hows that Iraqi Study group report then....

How to state the obvious at great expense and protect the interests of ya big business mates huh... oh well privatisaion of Iraq's oil assets was always one of the goals.

Time to stop calling yourself a democracy - where was the anti war voice in that report? Where was the interests of the average Amercian? Where was the interests of the average Iraqi (well them still alive)? Where was the voice of the military?

Whilst the old guard do battle with the new who will consider the American public in all this?

And well done being the only country to vote against the UN proposal to draw up uniform worldwide arms sales regulations.... you could have abstained like the other war profiteers, but nope, the only…

I want, I want, I want.... yawn

My box set didn't arrive yesterday - not surprised but bored by the whole affair now, I had planned a slow day... and that day was designed around two things; the hangover (check), the box set (uncheck).

Stink

Still come Monday maybe I'll have it.

To compensate somewhat I've ordered me the Reduction Agents album, I hope I like it, I'm pretty sure I will. The track they are currently over playing on BFM (fucking sort ya shitty playlist out ya bastards.... YOU ARE NOT MOREFM, or dump ya innovator tag), is simply glorious, modern indie pop with a firm nod to the 60's. I expect this album Monday... so at worst I'll have something to devour Monday night.

I should also have got the Vorn album, perhaps my pick of albums from here this year, which I like a dumb thing am still debating buying. Doh!

So with my day not going to my weeks plans what to do.....

To important matters, Bob's been offered a gig.... a paying one at that - shock horror....

And now to decide what to d…

The Hidden Cameras

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A mix of queer politics, explicit sexuality, symphonic indie pop, and theatrical spectacle that borders on the religious, Toronto's the Hidden Cameras are the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist Joel Gibb. The 2001 debut album Ecce Homo — a collection of four-track demos released on Gibb's own Evil Evil imprint — introduced a stripped-down version of the Hidden Cameras' witty, acoustic-based songwriting, which drew comparisons to the Magnetic Fields and Belle & Sebastian. Ecce Homo also caught the ear of Rough Trade, whose signing of Gibb made the Hidden Cameras the first Canadian artist on the label in its 25-year history. Meanwhile, the group's elaborate live performances, which include up to 30 go-go dancers, strippers, and musicians, as well as videos, projected lyrics, and heavy audience participation, won the group a widespread and devoted following in Canada. 2003's Rough Trade debut, The Smell of Our Own, reflected some of the group's more el…

thinking, pondering, remembering

Its been a time for second comings in NZ

First the advent of John Key who is already showing signs of being just another National Politican, he could learn a lot from his deputy Bill English.

Apple's digital music download service launched here yesterday, again for some its like Jesus has graced us with his presence. Well I guess if you were a Mac person, with all the faith and passion they often display it might seem like a second coming - it certainly ain't a first as we've waited a long time for the store to open here, for many reasons the biggest of which being a with holding tax issue between NZ and Australia (where the store is hosted and run).

I've never quite got the whole obsession Mac owners have with their computers, I'm damn fond of my PC I must admit but also see it for what it is, an amazing yet still flawed tool.

Well we now have access to Apples online sotre, yippeee, now all the mac converts can go back to limewire happy in the knowledge that should th…

It always comes back to the Village people

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Fiji

I've been watching the coverage of the events unfolding in Fiji with a growing lack of understanding.

I realise there is a coup in progress - a rather amusing coup compared to the sort of thing we usually associate with such a political/military event.

Thankfully so, I'd rather people consider the whole affair a little 'mickey mouse' than be witnessing the carnage and casualties of a fullscale military clampdown with the shooting and lose of lives that is more the 'norm' with such things.

Its not quite the event we saw in Thailand earler this year, the Fijians are taking their time, even taking time out from the leadup to hold their annual Police vs Military Rugby match.

I do wish I'd more knowledge on the reasons for the coup - all we are getting is reportage of the actual events in the medai, no back story, no details on why the military are taking over and as such I'm a tad confused and cannot decide if in the longterm for the Fijians this is a good thin…

The day after

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I'm not sure which hurts more, my wounds or my legs from the fright they took for having to walk fast (run).... its the legs, running is a sickness, just say no kids!



In which Bob learns the lesson of war

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What better way to celebrate a friends birthday than indulging in a mock war?
Today I survived paintball, here. It was quite a education, in pain and the things we do for fun.
Those that know me won't be totally surprised to know I was a crap soldier, I 'died' the most in our team, 11 times - unlike the real world of warcraft I got a prize for my lack of skill, I certainly think that is better than a body bag.
I have a golfball growing out of my neck, where one of the many shots I took landed, its quite sore and resembles a hicky - as if I'd had an afternoon of vacum cleaner loving.
I have similar welts on my back, my thighs and my ankle. All turning into rather colourful bruises.
Why anyone would do this sort of activity for fun I have no idea.
Yet for all the pain it was quite a lot of fun, even for a first timer and a crap one at that.
We must have looked quite a site with our visors and distinct lack of camo gear, a bunch of townies in the forest fighting for victory when…

The second coming... secrets and I'm confused... its saturday

So we have a new National Party leader...

You'd think the way some are talking that Jesus had risen

Its not disimilar to the talk of the impending launch of iTunes, of which there is much speculation, conjecture and well so much hot air one need not go near a towel.

So is John Key going to rescue the National Party, I think not, but he will revitalise the party somewhat, though any new leader would have the same effect. Me I don't trust him for some reason, I had more faith in Don Brash who really never showed one iota of the intelligence nor skill he must command, his naivity was his downfall.

Key's confidence and followers may be his downfall.

As will be the desire to move the party more to the political centre, no doubt forcing the more hard liners to be attracted to Act and the like and I doubt there are too many Labourites that Key can win over.

If we were still under a first past the post system, National would all but be assured of a victory at the next election, under MM…

Summer is here

offically

rained like a big rainy thing yesterday

looking good today

might wear a hat

[edit]

twenty minutes later its pissing down

The stuff you do when awake in the wee hours

This morning I was looking for identikit software.

I'm not sure why, I started out looking for a particular type of legal letter (for no real reason, but the obvious, I can) and ended up wanting to draw a picture of myself with a moustache.

I came across just the product, but unfortunately there was no demo for me to play with.

It must be top notch stuff though, well judging by this one client testimonial:

“The Identi-Kit program... did a great job because when we caught the guy, it looked just like him.” Deputy Chief in Florida

No shit sherlock

Is it here yet... is it here yet... is it here yet...

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Bob's christmas present to himself, due for release on the 6th of December.
And what pray tell is this colourful box.... does it contain tampons?Nope, not for personal hygiene its the Flying Nun Records box set a box of CDs jam packed with long out-of-print rarities hand-picked by Roger Shepherd featuring over 80 songs on 4CDs, extensive liner notes and all the stuff one would want or expect from a box set.Well almost, a decent box set would of course be vinyl not CD, but we can't have everything now can we.I think there's two songs I don't have already on wax or CD, but thats not why I am getting the set, nope, tis the silly collector nerd child in me that so needs this. The cynical adult bob thinks the whole affair a bit over the top - celebrating 25 years of a label is a good thing, celebrating a label now owned by Warners (one oft he big four music companies of this planet) is not something I can get excited about. Tis more like a wake.As a young adult, cough cough…

Eden Park

Well after some weeks of discussion, some sad arsed behaviour from our councillers, mayor and national politicans its good to see then come full circle back to the original stadium choice for the rugby world cup.

Now the various parties are either celebrating or in classic kiwi fashion blaming the nay sayers for their small mindedness.

Being one who thought the water front stadium was a stupid idea I take offence at being called a nay sayer or it being inferred that my attitude was negative and reactionary.

Its wrong to suggest that our kiwi 'can do' attitude is more a 'can't do' one today.

It was a stupid idea and whilst perhaps a huge outpouring of positivity might have been the ideal reaction, perhaps if the idea wasn't so ill informed and badly prepared more people might have embraced such huge public expenditure on something we may need.

If the Government, councils, rugby union, eden park trust, fletcher construction and all concerned parties had actually shown…

"A week went by... I couldn't stop it"

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The greatest comedy show ever?



Possibly



Eating Media Lunch

Awesome show, watched it on a quiet Friday night in.

Even if it borrows very heavily from a bunch of English shows.

I didn't need the Freedom Flat bit - come on Wallace move on man....

In an age where communications and so much information is available to critics, I am still amazed no one has made the very obvious connections.

Still saying that its one of the few NZ produced shows that is actually funny.

Its a constant source of amazement to me why we are not overtly funny when it comes to our media productions.

As a culture we have a cracking sense of humour, why can't we translate that onto film? Or am I being overly optimistic when I think we have a sense of humour?

I dunno....

Be a man!

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Civil War

Could Lebanon the democracy the US praised so much and then completely abandoned whist Israel bombed fit or 34 days earlier this year be heading towards a civil war?

It seems so, and as the US makes overtures towards Syria and Iran to try and extricate themselves from the Iraq fiasco one can't help but think Lebanon will be left to their own devices, which doesn't look good, considering the tensions in that country right now.

Will the UN troops be of any use/help to the impeding chaos that may soon erupt? One thinks not.

And what of Israel, as they continue their policy that will one day be described as genocide (should be now) towards the Palestinians, when will the West start to report with honesty on the policies of Israel and her Allies and the over whelming force they employ against the Palistianians.

One can't help but think that there must be some similarities between the gaza strip and the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw during the second world war - have the Jews learnt anyth…

So much on my mind

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I've started and deleted about five different entries for today...

The possible impeding economic collapse of the USClimate ChangeLebanon (and the Middle East in general)NZMIC WOF SeminarsA cool Bob The Builder Scooter one can buy from Hamleys (the coolest toy store I have ever been in)... and yet I can't finish nor decide on any of them for todays post.
This week seems to be dragging on and I'm not getting all I want nor need to done. I think I'm coming down with a cold - coughing, achy back... yep its not loooking good.

I need to focus

might go and admire that scooter some more







My forest is blighted

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So all winter I waited for the tree outside to dress itself, a coat of green leaves. A bastion of nature and a source of privacy on the deck.Well bugger me if the damn thing hasn't got some sort of disease or something. One side of the tree's leaves have withered and look to be dead.I can only think that this may be due to some spraying (of what I have no idea) that might have been done whilst they have been building various motorway extensions and changes - I live near the motorway. Whatever the reason the tree isn't looking its normal healthy self, and that sucks. Not just because I've had to move my nude star jumping indoors, again, which is tramatic enough, but its simply sad. Poor tree :(I blame capitalism!

one word, two words, three words, four

"Accident" said a pretty anchorwoman on one of the TV news programs. "Tragedy", said her lovely colleague on another channel. A third one, no less attractive, wavered between "event", "mistake" and "incident".In One Word: MASSACRE!


David Frost Interviews Tony Blair

DF: "but so far it's been ... you know, pretty much of a disaster ..."

TB: "It has, but you see what I say to people is "why is it difficult in Iraq?" It's not difficult because of some accident in planning, it's difficult because there is a eliberate strategy, al-Qaeda with Sunni insurgents on the one hand, Iranian-backed elements with Shia militia on the other to create a situation in which the will of the majority of Iraqis, which is for peace, is displaced by the will of the minority for war."
A Downing Street spokesperson later said Blair's views had been misrepresented in the interview, and the UK leader had simply acknowledged…

Another day closer to Santa time

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This bloody stadium

It doesn't seem right

A huge stadium, hundreds of millions of dollars we can't afford to waste on such a vanity project

all for one silly game

My friend the couch

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Big night... good night

slow day... long day leave my head alone brain get me through the night

Happy Birthday Scott

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and wot a special gig to celebrate at.

Really looking forward to five hours of mister Carter, whoop whoop!


How I can tell that summer is here

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On my way home yesterday I had my first orange fruju for this summer. Some weeks earlier than I would usually expect too, I might add. Yep two nice days and I'm sold on this sun action. If I was a young girl my tongue would have looked something like this

Getting up, its a morning thing

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Everyday I wake up, promptly arise and make coffee, lgith a ciggie, get on the internet and check news sites, opinion sites and then music sites.

I turn the telly on and consume what current affairs is on offer - that can be anything from BBC News, to Maori news programmes to business to general morning telly that includes news.

I sometimes go to bed early (9-10pm) just so I can wake extra early, like today, up at 5am.

I'm a morning person - I don't know why but I love the morning. I feel at my best first thing (excluding days when alcohol's lingering after effects has its way on me), I'm my most productive and well I just like mornings.

In a former life I used to surf, I loved surfing even though I was at best pretty bloody crap at it. I loved getting up extra early and hitting the beach as the sun came up, sitting in the water out the back of the surf zone reflecting on life and just simply soaking in the quiet and beauty of such a perfect time of day. I sometimes think …

John Cooper Clarke

Announced for the Big Day Out

that has gotta be the oddest choice ever? One for the oldies I guess....

I pulled out his album Snap Crackle & Bop the other night to celebrate, it hasn't aged well, lyrically it still rocks - not surprising as he is a poet, musically, well.... nah it sucks by todays standards.

To make this old fella happy, chuck David Eggleton on stage before him, somehwere out of the way - by that I mean quiet, close to a bar... and I'd be well happy with only seeing them.

However, there could be a massive upside to all this, other than Mr Clarke himself. One can only hope this means that band he tours with quite a lot is coming too

whispers.... the fall

oh deary me that would be cool

I've been listening to the Wonderful & Frightening World of the Fall of late, its fab.

Whatever happens and whomever gets booked a fun day out loooms, so very far away.

Still it gives me something to type about, so thats all good, cause today I have little going on in the head d…

Stadiums

Is there anything worse than watching our public figures discuss the verious potential options for a stadium to be built in time for us hosting the rugby world cup?

I think not....

Why do we have to be so petty and mickey mouse about such things.... I guess it might be a reflection on them that serve in local government - the publically elected types, not the legions woh work in councils and for councils.

For someone who cares little for sport nor sees the need for yet another stadium its all a bit much.

I'm not against the notion of a stadium being built, I'd prefer it wasn't in the central city nor on our waterfront, for I don't see the need to clutter up an area that I believe should be opened up to public spaces and enhance the beauty of our harbour, not dominate part of it. Preferably with loads of trees, parkland and grass.

Of course its all going to be so rushed that I have little faith that anything magnificent will eventuate and we'll end up with a huge eyesore…

Sunday on the couch

Heaven, heaven I am telling ya

Snoozing, reading.... listening to whiteware do its chores...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Cripes.. wot a night

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Well that certainly turned into a bit of a night.....

I enjoyed playing records badlyat Rudenot2.. you see dance kids rock is cool... well maybe. Thanks Angela & Jarrod, Phil & Renee, Scott, Wayde & Nat, Mark and the others who foolishly popped along for a beer.


Shouts outs to:

Grobbit and the gang at Foci for the boompty styles

Matt & Brooke at Coherent






















Pip and the Chicago Disco crew, for the drinks and sounds at Ink

and finally Kerry and co at Underground




















somehow I got home... and my head didn't thank me for my evening


now for a BBQ... oh dear


it would be

rudeNot2
Friday Beats and Barby featuring

6-7 Bob Daktari
7-8 Bn1
8-9 A-Spark
9-10 Chef d Party

+ meat, mussels, salads, and the world famous moroccon steak

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 @ THE SUPPER CLUB
(Beresford Square)

Looking at the names on this lineup you'd think it was a rave or happy hardcore gig, but its not its civil gents playing civil music at a civil hour to drunken munters.

I'm playing soft rock....

Enough already

After my earlier rant I thought, stop ranting do something... so I did, I've emailed TV3 with my concerns.

To Whom It May ConcernAs a long time viewer of 3 News I must say - enough is enough.As your ratings have climbed the content presented as news has seemed to deteriate.Your inane marketing attempts to entice people to watch the news have left me cold. I do not appreciate nor need these silly and infuriating open ended questions to entice me into watching your bulletin. In fact they have got to the point where I can no longer stand to watch your news braodcast any longer.You have lost me 3 News,Yours a very disgruntled viewerBob (I actually used my real name.... Mr Daktari)PS trying to find a email address to send this to on your website, was almost more frustrating than I currently find your news... you are a media company...
Now like that Firefox dude I await their reply....

The Drinking Age and Bob's continuing frustration

Well I'm bloody glad to see the stupid notion of putting the drinking age back up to 20 didn't get passed by our parliament.

I do beleive the fear of the younger voters worked - well done the youngins and their lobbying, I say.

This doesn't side step the issue that our government, our health services and most importantly of all, ourselves have to face. We have a shocking attitude to booze.

It might change, given a lot of time, perhaps with a sustained and concerted effort in 25-40 years New Zealanders will not be the immature "get it down ya" drinkers we are currently.

I know this younger generation generally is better than mine, in regards to drinking. Especially in areas like drink driving. Not all of them of course but enough for a old lush like me to notice.

We have to empower the youth, give them the control that they both deserve and desire for their future and thus our countries.

Reactionary decision making by old farts in parilament will not a better country ma…

Spam and lifes little things

I'm having one of them weeks where I am beseiged by spam... compounded by changing my anti virus software which seems to have ahd the effect that the bulk is going to my in box not junk folder.

Its doing my head in.... the fuckers desguise the names and topics well enough that I have to check far too many to ensure I am not deleting proper emails.

Christmas advertising has kicked in.... which only leads to me feeling very anti Christmas

Its raining



bah humbug

Land of the free

Why does the US need to lock so many people up?

Their prisons house more convicts than China and India combined.


American Prison Planet
The Bush Administration as Global Jailor
By Nick Turse

Today, the United States presides over a burgeoning empire -- not only the "empire of bases" first described by Chalmers Johnson, but a far-flung new network of maximum security penitentiaries, detention centers, jail cells, cages, and razor wire-topped pens. From supermax-type isolation prisons in 40 of the 50 states to shadowy ghost jails at remote sites across the globe, this new network of detention facilities is quite unlike the gulags, concentration-camps, or prison nations of the past.

Even with a couple million prisoners under its control, the U.S. prison network lacks the infrastructure or manpower of the Soviet gulag or the orderly planning of the Nazi concentration-camp system. However, where it bests both, and breaks new incarceration ground, is in its planet-ranging scope, with si…

Saddam Sentenced To Death

I can't help thinking, like a lot of others will be, that this sentence has more to do with the US Elections than seeking justice.

Its a given that Saddam is a horrific piece of work but the words kangaroo court spring to mind.

Justice has not been served.

Guy Fawkes

Tis today - make the most of it for I doubt we'll be able to buy fire works next year...

and don't forget to lock up ya pets

De ja vu

I remember the last US presidential elections....

The media was filled with iraq stories, the failures, depending on ya perspective, of the Bush administration, and here we are again... the media again is it seems Iraq and Afganistan mad.

Nothing new here for the alternative media, but its quite strange to see so many stories in the mainstream, especially those that aren't showing whatever latest lines Bush is spouting to yet another gathering of US servicepeople or their families or the multiple ex officials of various US administrations who turn up to give their two cents worth on what might be going on in various places and/or peoples minds.

To be honest all the attention gets me a tad worked up - I keep foolishly thinking maybe, just maybe someones going to do something constructive... and then reality and sense taps me on the should and smacks me in the face.

I'm ready for the senate elections to be over, so the mainstream media can go back to normal and all but pretend there…

Get an education, or you'll end up in Iraq

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I don't have much respect for politicans and if John Kerry deserves any he lost me last Presidential elections... for what is it about the so called opposition party in the US, the supposed more liberal face of US politics that doesn't get the fact that Bush has served them up so much material to oppose that they should be in the White House right now....

But alas the Democrats are no different from the Republicans, the are quite happy to continue the folly that is Iraq and the various other disasters this current regime has unleashed on the world.

I can only shake my head with his current retractions to his original statement this week - get a backbone you muppet...

It is the poor, the uneducated and those who are trying via the military to better themselves and the opportuinites that their lives have served them who are dying in Iraq, not the rich, not the children of the power elites.... Kerry's comments were not disrespectful to those good American kids dying for their co…