Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

Jump Rope Gazers

August 22, 2020

“Jump Rope Gazers,” by The Beths, 2020. Lead vocal: Elizabeth Stokes. Video directed by Annabel Kean.

The Beths website

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Barking Drones

May 22, 2019

New Zealand sheepherds trade dogs for drones.

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Good Morning Baby

February 16, 2019

“Good Morning Baby,” written by  Bic Runga and Dan Wilson, performed by Tim Finn, Bic Runga, and Dave Dobbyn, 2000.

Bic Runga website

Tim Finn website

Dave Dobbyn website

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Beatnik

July 28, 2018

“Beatnik,” by The Clean, 1982. Video directed by Simon Morris.

“He’s a rabbi, and he’s a guru, and he’s a beatnik!”

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Just Add Water

May 13, 2018

“Just Add Water,” written by Dave Dobbyn, performed by Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, 2000. All three are well-known New Zealand singer-songwriters.

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Sway

April 7, 2018

“Sway,” written and performed by Bic Runga, 1997. Music video directed by Karen Lamond.

Bic Runga website

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Today’s Weather Forecast for Middle Earth

December 1, 2012

From New Zealand’s Elvish TV Network (OneNews.co.nz). Stay tuned for Hobbit Celebrity News.

More:

“Behind the Scenes of the Middle Earth Weather Forecast” (video)

H/T: GlobalPost

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Mass Manilow Mall Maneuvers

March 3, 2009

Mass Manilow Mall Maneuvers

Managers of a New Zealand shopping plaza threaten to unleash the ultimate weapon against loitering teenage “Mall Rats”  — Barry Manilow. The facility will play tunes by the crooner over its public address system. “The intention is to change the environment in a positive way,”  Paul Lonsdale of the Central City Business Association told Associated Press. Mr. Lonsdale’s outfit manages the Stewart Plaza shopping mall in Christchurch.

Human Rights advocates are stunned. New Zealand is a signatory of the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and may adopt the Optional Protocol. Recorded pop music was an instrument of torture at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and at clandestine CIA “black site” detention centers.

Partial pop torture playlists are available; while none mention Manilow,  Neil Diamond’s “America” was featured on the Torture Top Ten and Top of the Psy-Ops Pops. Surely if one permits use of Neil Diamond, escalation to Manilow is virtually assured.

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