Maybe Terry would be better off if he had taken an apprenticeship under Sir Bob

May 2, 2010

Alf’s fellow blogger at Keeping Stock obviously didn’t have a Sunday sleep-in this morning, because more than two hours ago he was posting an item about Sir Bob Jones and a bloke with a Greek-sounding name that is not easily pronounced.

Yeah – that’s it. Terry Serepisos.

Mrs Grumble can pronounce it and moreover she reckons he is a bit of a hunk.

Anyway, thanks to Keeping Stock Alf’s attention was drawn to an item in the Sunday Star-Times which quotes Jones as saying the appointment of Serepisos to host the TV reality show The Apprentice was “shocking” and his excuses for failing to pay bills “childish”.

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Great stuff for Fox but what do Kiwi taxpayers get back for their investments in a blockbuster?

February 14, 2010

A bloke called Luke Malpass raises a bloody good question in the Sunday Star-Times today: it’s whether taxpayers should be pumping money into our film industry.

Malpass is a Policy Analyst at The Centre for Independent Studies.

His question is something that Alf tried to bring up with Gerry Brownlee, our Minister of Economic Development. He didn’t get far.

The question was triggered for Malpass by news that the film Avatar had overtaken Titanic to become the highest grossing movie in history by raking in about $US2 billion.
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