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Erk! My emails! Wot?

Tl;dr version:  There’s a been a problem with the email account for The Paepae  since April. Sigh. It’s fixed now. Please re-send anything you need to.  Thanks. -P Longer version: So, I went looking for my invitation to be a character witness at the Jordan Williams trial thinking maybe it had gone straight to spam, […]

“I don’t wanna be caught in your social machine”

I like Kimbra, as we’ve discussed. (That’s why she’s got a tag: Kimbra.) She’s a smart, talented, no doubt hard-working artist and performer who writes songs that are deeper than your average pop earworm. I’ve had this one, ‘Posse’, from her album Vows (which I bought on release) in my ears on some thinking walks […]

Why does Jordan Williams expose himself to so much loathing, contempt and ridicule?

Lawsuits are always risky. There’s a term for it: ‘Litigation risk’. As a person with a law degree, Jordan Williams should know that. The boy-wonder with a penchant for deceit first caught my eye as the ‘front’ (as in, public face) of the grubby and dubious anti-MMP campaign ‘Vote for Change’. I wrote about that […]

Auckland Law Revue strikes again

Nice. Gotta love ’em. – P

Guest post: Regan Cunliffe spreading “utter bollocks”

Newspaper journalist Bevan Hurley appears to be the target of wannabe media proprietors Cameron “FFS I’m not a journalist” Slater and his off-sider, bitter ex-entertainment blogger Regan Cunliffe. By “target” I mean they’re repeatedly attacking him and his reputation, apparently trying to make him the face of alleged malfeasance  in the news media. The context is […]

Nice insight into the woman who is ‘Christine and the Queens’

As I noted earlier, I’m impressed with this young French artist: pop musician and dancer Christine and the Queens (see: Tilted – Christine and The Queens). This short Channel 4 news interview is a delight … discussion ranging from who she honours in her stage name, snippets of her life story, deceitful use of Photoshop (one […]

More evidence that Carrick Graham is a paid character assassin

Spotted in yesterday’s news: two references to dirty PR (or as he likes to put it: ‘below the line communications‘) work carried out by Carrick Graham and his most-likely-only-doing-it-for-the-money glove puppet Cameron Slater. In a case that seems to have been judged (by, like, an actual Judge) as attempted character assassination, Carrick Graham appears to […]

Michelle Obama’s full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

What an astonishing person Michelle Obama is. – P

The zeitgeist of this photo of Ieshia Evans #IeshiaEvans

Look at this. Please click to enlarge and just take a few moments to take it in. I’ll wait. The BBC reports people’s comments about photographer Jonathan Bachman’s powerful, gripping soon-to-be-legendary photograph and he was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s nine-to-noon show this morning. He sounded like a good man. Saying demonstrators have been trying […]

Tilted – Christine and The Queens

Spotted on Graham Norton… Wow. Opening lyrics … I’ll die before Methusalah / So I’ll fight sleep with Ammonia And every morning with eyes all red / I’ll miss them for the tears they shed But I’m actually good / Can’t help it if we’re tilted …

Copy editor slacking on the job 

Nice to have some assistance with this latest book project. But look at her slacking on the job. It’s hard to get good help these days.

Let’s Enhance

Let's Enhance (HD) from Duncan Robson on Vimeo. Lovely. Some of my best friends are clichés. h/t to @thegrugq

I’ve got an idea who should replace Mike Hosking on TVNZ

Do these petitions actually ever work? (Stuff story archived here because sometimes stories about Mike Hosking mysteriously disappear.) So … Mike Hosking. 14,000 and counting want him OFF the telly. That’s quite a response. What an extraordinary thing to have occurred. The criticisms seem genuine and well-founded and, I can’t recall any similar such outpouring or […]

They laughed when I stuck tape over my web cam…

I’m not kidding. One of the first things I did at a new workplace was stick a small rectangle of Post-it note over the web cam. It provoked a few comments re “paranoia”, but did I care? Nope. Then, months later, I read that FBI director James Comey did the same thing, citing people who […]

Will Congress listen?