Archive for March, 2010

Urgent business

Urgent business

by / 22/03/10 / No Comments

Is the use of urgency undermining New Zealand’s democratic ideals? It is a relatively lengthy process for a bill to become law. Once a piece of proposed legislation is dreamed up and drafted, it must pass through a number of stages before it becomes part of New Zealand’s law. There are a number of reasons [...]

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Learning to think

Learning to think

by / 22/03/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

Tony Schirato, an Associate Professor in the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria, talks to Salient Editor Sarah Robson about his upcoming lecture entitled ‘Foucault, Ethics and Fearless Speech’. What are you going to be talking about at the lecture on Tuesday? It’s tied up with two books I’m doing. One [...]

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Orientation Review

Orientation Review

by / 22/03/10 / [ 11 Comments ]

For what has been quoted as the best Orientation lineup in almost a decade, attendance told a different story at far too many events. Particularly Cool Town, which was brutally sodomised by apathy. Ten acts, playing for free, at your local student bar, with drinks specials. Yet, despite best efforts, these shows went largely ignored. [...]

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Film Archive short films

Film Archive short films

by / 22/03/10 / No Comments

Fish Skin Suit (2000) Directed by: Peter Burger Ruia Taitea: The World Is Where We Are (1990) Directed by: Barbara Cairns It is not often an Indian fellow called Moses emerges from the sea in fish scales, joins a rural New Zealand community, breaks up a marriage and repairs a family, all in 46 minutes. [...]

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Beer

Beer

by / 22/03/10 / No Comments

Sometimes—actually strike that—frequently, I enjoy drinking beer that showcases BIG flavours. Luckily, here in New Zealand there are numerous craft breweries brewing beers which do just that, and do it well. But there’s one brewery that has embraced this ‘big’ concept more than any other—Epic Brewing Company. Epic beer is just what it claims to [...]

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Lady Gaga: The Monster Ball Arena Tour

Lady Gaga: The Monster Ball Arena Tour

by / 22/03/10 / No Comments

I program a student radio station and will probably lose much credibility writing this review and—shock—saying that I really really enjoyed this show. It was, in all actuality, the show of a lifetime. I could write a small book with what I have to say about Lady Gaga and this show. 400 words will barely [...]

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Defending the language of politics

Defending the language of politics

by / 22/03/10 / No Comments

Robbie Shilliam is a senior lecturer at Victoria in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. He will be presenting a lecture as part of Victoria Student Media’s lecture series ‘How do we make ourselves a student body without organs?’ VBC 88.3FM’s Jonathan King asks Robbie about his ideas on the subject. [...]

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Mao’s Last Dancer

Mao’s Last Dancer

by / 22/03/10 / No Comments

This movie was a gem. When I saw the trailer for it I wasn’t too fussed; just another movie, really, the main guy’s accent would get on my nerves after a while. Funnily it didn’t. Of course there were those moments when you realised that Chi Cao probably had an American accent and was pretending [...]

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The International  Festival In Briefs

The International Festival In Briefs

by / 22/03/10 / No Comments

360. 12 – 21 March at Te Whaea. The central gimmick of this show, that you sat in swivel chairs as the action occurred all around you with you turning to follow it, was by far and away the most appealing part of the work. While Bruce Philips gives a wonderful, evocative performance, the rest [...]

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Homesickness

Homesickness

by / 22/03/10 / No Comments

Whether you’ve come from another part of New Zealand or from overseas, it’s likely that at some stage you will feel homesick for where you’ve come from. This is a natural part of adjusting to a new culture, environment and lifestyle.  Homesickness can involve a range of emotions, similar to those we experience when grieving—sadness, anger, [...]

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