Archive | January, 2008

Media Library

28 Jan

Just a quick post to say that the Media Library should be finished by early February.
I’m still uploading things to it but I’ve almost finished.

Those ironing out bugs – please use the new URLS that you were emailed. I’ve frozen the links on the M.L homepage.


Fat: New Zealand’s latest trend

27 Jan

It seems that being fat is the “in” thing nowadays in New Zealand.

Sitting in front of the TV, you might expect to see some cheesy American comedy show or a good quality drama. While these types of shows are on offer with our networks, there is a new type of show that is growing at an alarming rate.

Fatty shows. These are shows about overweight people. Seriously, what’s the interest? Why do we need these shows? Why do we want them?
It’s crazy, being interested in watching strangers shred their pounds. On one particular show, the participants stand almost naked, jiggling their fat proudly to the camera.

It’s disgusting and wrong, not entertaining.
We don’t just have shows for overweight people, we also have shows of overweight pets. Yes – pets! It’s insane – and it’s got me thinking about what television has come to.

On the subject of large people, over half of New Zealand adults and nearly one-third of New Zealand children are already overweight or obese.
These figures are expected to rise, as are the health problems associated with being overweight, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Blog Stats

27 Jan

Hits from August 2007 – 26 January 2008: 4,082
Best day ever: Friday, January 4, 2008
Most visited post: ORIENTAL STREET MURDER 5 (500 hits)

Post count: 138
Comment count: 192
Categories: 11

Memorial Service

25 Jan

We raced from Westfield Glenfield, hoping to get to Parnell in time before all the roads were closed off. After about 12 or so minutes, we managed to get into the side streets, find Dad’s supplier and park under their building.
We then walked up to the main street where they were just about to close the street. There were heaps of people walking up the road towards the church/domain.
Hours before, I watched on Breakfast as Sir Edmund’s casket was removed from the Cathedral by soldiers and taken slowly into St Mary’s Church.

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Parachute 2007

25 Jan

Last year, Parachute went from the 26th to the 29th of January.
On the 28th, the rain poured down during Dave Dobbyn’s performance on the mainstage.
It didn’t stop. Drains got blocked and the water actually rose and flooded the land!
I was there and lost about $60 during this storm. Stall owners were forced to pack up and people took refuge under the 24 hour cafe tent, but the water poured in. People stood upon tables and chairs, used old stacked newspapers to dry themselves.
When they got an attempt to escape, they found all their belongings had been washed away and their tent submerged in water.

Exciting stuff. It was fun! I was under a gazebo with a few friends as it started. This huge balloon man with moving arms, powered by a fan under him bent over thanks to the wind and his arms flopped about under our shelter, resulting in us getting wet and running wildly away in horror. It soon sported a huge hole and appeared to have died.
The grounds soon drowned under small lakes of water which resulted in raging rivers though the campsite.

Imagine the cleanuyp the next day! We slept in one of the buildings and a movie was shown as people nodded off. The boys and girls were in one room, later separated, the guys went into a new room and I fell asleep, only to be woken for the guys to swap with the girls. It was annoying.

The next day we cleaned up the muck that was wet blankets and tents.
Free breakfast was given to the refugees, the survivers (you can see us to the right), and that was good. Our food had floated away.

From today until Monday, Parachute 2008 is on. I wasn’t able to go this year, but maybe I will next year! 😀

The Service

22 Jan

I’ve just returned from Sir Ed’s very special memorial service.
I can’t write about it right now as I’m going to have lunch, then head back to New Plymouth. But it was a very moving service, as you probably saw on TV One’s coverage.

Monday: Sir Edmund’s Funeral

22 Jan

Today is the day of the funeral.
TV One’s Breakfast has had very impressive coverage and I’ve enjoyed watching it.
A fantastic job has been done by TVNZ and I look forward to seeing the funeral.
Now Intrepid Journeys will air, before coverage returns at 10am. It will be hosted by Simon (ONE News) and Mark (Close Up).
I do stress that you watch TVNZ’s coverage and not TV3’s. TV3’s coverage starts later and uses TVNZ’s footage, but it is not as content rich.
I’m going to leave now for the funeral but when I return, I’ll post a more detailed article.
If you didn’t hear my interview about coming up to Auckland for the funeral, hear it below.