Do the policies agreed to on Friday really herald the 'most right wing government since the early 1990s'?
The news from the new government is reaaaally depressing so I have gone back to just reading my news on Spinoff/Substack for now... thanks for all you do!
Repealing the smoke free laws is the most backward shit I’ve heard in a long time. They would kill less people if they repealed the seatbelt law instead.
I guess there’ll be an increase in health spending to pay for all the damage done by repealing the smoke free laws, right? *laughs in derisive despair*
So much depressing news (local, national, international...) so it was a joy to click through & read about Elizabeth Knox and the Vintners Luck 😍😊👍 Perhaps because I re-read it so many times, but it is probably the most memorable book I have read, and it was a perfect explanation of it, plus the added bonus of Elizabeth sharing about where she was in her life while typing it up into manuscript. Made my day! (and now back to the reality of the 3-headed govt getting "power" to undo years of progress I guess 😡)
The Stuff article about ram raids is infuriating given they were totally on the bandwagon reporting 13 stories a day about ram raids ram raids ram raids before election day and ... zero the day after. Hypocrites.
I was living almost next to Athletic Park when David Bowie played on that legendary 1983 tour, my then partner and I had been Bowie fans since 'Hunky Dory' (me) and 'Ziggy Stardust' (him) so were looking forward to what we'd now call a virtual concert. We certainly got to hear every note (even if the sound system wasn't up to 21st century standards) but without the charisma of Bowie's physical presence, what we heard was... kinda disillusioning, TBH. There weren't too many points when Bowie was singing in the same key as the band was playing - or possibly the other way round - and he sounded not so much louche, the way he sounds on his records, as tired and disengaged.
Maybe he was saving his voice for Auckland? Maybe he was responding to the awfulness of the Athletic Park venue? (It was an appalling dump, but I saw a few good concerts from big international acts there). Or maybe it was just that I wasn't stoned?
The ex got most of our Bowie records when we split up, but I still treasure my copy of 'Hunky Dory', though.