Blogger raises questions about Martin Devlin’s missus – but does anyone (besides the HoS) give a toss?

June 5, 2011

Martin Devlin’s missus is among those who have become the subjects of the Herald on Sunday’s inclination to trivial pursuits.

This time the rag’s hacks draw public attention to how she phoned somone during work time (we must suppose they have never used company phones for private business).

Obviously they are short of genuine scandals this week.

Oh, and they have taken this phone call as a frail pretext for publishing – yet again – the sports broadcaster’s photo.

The HoS item which carries the photo (in the on-line version, anyway) is breathlessly headed Devlin’s wife in strife at threats.

Oh dear.

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But if we muzzle Paul Henry, don’t we have to muzzle the Duke of Edinburgh, too?

October 5, 2010

Well, well, well. Look who is demanding more than an apology from TV presenter Paul Henry over the daft comments he made about Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand.

Yep. The bloody Race Relations Commissioner.

Most people – Alf supposes – know that Henry was interviewing Prime Minister John Key when he suggested Sir Anand’s successor should look and sound more like a New Zealander.

“Are you going to choose a New Zealander who looks and sounds like a New Zealander this time … Are we going to go for someone who is more like a New Zealander this time?”

Oooh. Crass, provocative and highly offensive.

Racist, too, let’s make no mistake.

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What’s in a name? A chance to win cheap laughs if you are confronted with a name like Dikshit

October 3, 2010

Hyacinth Bucket - or Bouquet? And how would Paul Henry handle it if it were spelled Fucket???

Paul Henry is back in the gun after calling an Indian politician Dix-Shit.

He’s not the only one, as Kiwiblog points out. Many presenters can’t help doubling up with laughter when they mention the name of Delhi’s Chief Minister, which happens to be Sheila Dikshit, although it seems it is pronounced Dixit.

A sophisticated bloke would know that the spelling of a surname often gives no clue to how it should be pronounced. Marjoribanks, for example. Or Death. Or Bucket.

And a professional broadcaster would want to get it right.

Hence Henry should have got it right when – according to the HoS –

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Welcome to Waitangi – a bothersome mix of bare bums and demands for koha

February 6, 2010

It’s hard to say which is the more bothersome. A photograph on the Stuff web-site of Prime Minister John Key being challenged as he walks on to Te Tii marae with – good grief – Titewhai Harawira.

Or the report beneath the photograph telling us that Waitangi lower marae officials have demanded a $500 fee before they will allow the media to enter the ground to cover the PM’s visit.

No, it’s not the image of Ma Harawira that Alf finds bothersome. It’s the image of the Maori gentleman doing the challenging. He’s almost starkers.

Mrs Grumble reckons this bloke has an admirable bum. Dunno about admirable. But you can certainly see all of it.

If he kitted out like that for the Sevens in Wellington, he would be arrested. The security people would regard him as a streaker waiting for his chance to dash on to the pitch.

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