Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Random thoughts

These could have been three short posts, but I've decided (for no good reason) to lump them together.


As expected, it didn't take long for the Mystery Bar to be identified. Given the amount of speculation over the future of the former Krazy Lounge site, and its highly visible location, keen WellUrbanites would have already twigged to the fact that Ernesto (sans possessive) opened on Monday.

It's looking great, and I'm sure it will be a more than worthy successor to Krazy Lounge. I can't wait to get back and try a Martini once their spirits supplies are fully stocked. Also, many Cuba St denizens would have had a wry chuckle at the sight of their poster last week.

Che sez

Point noted (but ignored)

While the rail vs busway controversy simmers away in the comments section, the letter that I wrote along with that post has gone unpublished. I was listed among the "Points noted" section yesterday, which of course is shorthand for "we're not going to print your letter".

Fair enough: I don't expect the Dominion Post to publish my letters all the time. But this letter was different, in that I was pointing out a significant factual error in a story, once which has clearly misled some of their readers. So if the letter wasn't printed, they should at least print a correction, but I haven't seen anything of the sort.

Today's edition printed a couple of corrections on page A3, including the vital information that "Dr Graham Sharpe is the president of the NZ Society of Anaesthestists, not the head of the College of Anaesthestists as reported yesterday". I'd have thought that underreporting the number of light rail supporters by a factor of 800% would have been at least as significant an error. Unless someone's seen a correction buried away somewhere, I'll be forced to go along with Baz's conspiracy theory.

Aotea underground

I've subscribed to a customised feed from the faintly controversial nzlive.com publicly-funded cultural listings service, and I've found it a reasonably useful way to keep up with upcoming events. Given my recent post about a proposed arts & crafts market for Wellington, I was interested to see a listing for the Aotea Square market in Auckland, offering exactly the sorts of things that the council's looking for here. But there was something strange about the listing: have a close look at the venue.

A strange location for the Aotea Square market
I know that Lorry's ambitious, but that's ridiculous! On the other hand, Wellington's developing a reputation for stealing other cities' events, and perhaps squeezing the market into a tiny little basement would solve the shelter issue. Of course, I've since noticed that the site is down for maintenance. Very wise.


At 5:52 pm, September 13, 2006, Blogger Baz said...

You can upgrade my observations to conspiracy theory when I reveal that Tim Pankhurst is a member of the Exclusive Bretheren. Or something.

At 9:21 am, September 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...when he's not having a three-way with Don Brash and Diane Foreman, that is.

At 9:37 am, September 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the letters I've written to the Dom "point noted" is shorthand for "you must be joking if you think we're publishing your criticisms of us, our methods and our staff, write about Buses or councilors not us you fool"

On the conspiricy note: A family member, who is ex-media, is convinced that Pankhurst is in love with/having an affair with Prendergast based on the language used to describe her in editorials.
Personally I can't be fucked reading back over two years of editorials to confirm it.

At 1:29 pm, September 15, 2006, Blogger Baz said...

I gave up on the Dom Post a while back. We really lost something when the Dominion and Evening Post duopoly became a monopoly.

While they weren't completely separate, at least you wouldn't have had both newspapers making the same figures up and then ignoring their readers' attempts to correct them.

At 5:46 pm, September 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not the only one taking issue with the Dom Post taking a liberal approach to the facts.

The "faintly controversial" article that you link to with regard to nzlive contains several errors of fact, least of which is a headline that was never spoken.

Although we applaud the Ministry for Culture's interest in promoting NZ culture through their "cultural portal", we believe that a budget of $3.6 million in taxpayers funds to build a website that so closely reflects an existing, privately funded enterprise is way over the top.

We also believe that the Ministry should have made their intentions clearer so people like us could have made more informed investment decisions.


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