Lobby Lud Articles by: Lobby Lud

International

Never transit through Shanghai-Pudong

Never transit through Shanghai-Pudong

1020 – Descent (ascent) into Hades. The terminal boasts a giant billboard picturing blue sky.

by × June 24, 2015 × 1 comment

News

Is there a more real-life version of Mr Burns than Rupert Murdoch?

Media media media

I have to disagree with my mate Rumi. I don’t think the media are our friends and I’d rather they weren’t.

by × September 16, 2014 × 3 comments

News, Politics

Thoughts on the media coverage #4

Thoughts on the media coverage #4

Media rant 9 days to go

by × September 11, 2014 × 0 comments

News, Politics

Thoughts on media coverage of the election #3

Thoughts on media coverage of the election #3

Media rant 12 days to go

by × September 8, 2014 × 0 comments

News

Thoughts on media coverage of the election #2

Thoughts on media coverage of the election #2

Media rant 15 days to go

by × September 5, 2014 × 1 comment

Politics

Thoughts on media coverage of the election #1

Thoughts on media coverage of the election #1

Media Rant – 16 days to go

by × September 4, 2014 × 2 comments

Politics

Wilful ignorance

Wilful ignorance

Confession statement: I’m a frustrated political junkie – frustrated because, as a particular type of public servant, I’m not allowed to participate in democracy the way I would like… i.e. not openly.

by × September 2, 2014 × 0 comments

International

Burger off!

Burger off!

Yeah, I’m about to get a little preachy about Burgers…

by × August 20, 2014 × 4 comments

Health

This is your baby in London, pining for New Zealand

The terror of procreation part II

We had always decided that we would be coming home to have children. Hats off to our fellow Kiwis who are doing the hard yards raising a child in London – I do not envy you.

by × July 7, 2014 × 0 comments

Health

Though not Lobby Lud, I imagine this is how he looks all the time

The Terror of procreation

Part one of an occasional series (when I’ve had enough sleep to enable typing).

by × May 19, 2014 × 1 comment

International, Politics

Everyone loves a Royal Tour (even if they don’t much like Royalty).

Everyone loves a Royal Tour (even if they don’t much like Royalty).

This Royal tour is a funny thing. Latest polling seems to suggest that as a country, we want to move on from the Monarchy. Republic NZ’s polling shows that only 46% of those polled wanted the Next British monarch to become King of New Zealand.

by × April 14, 2014 × 2 comments

Humour, Politics

Blog commenters if their world was real

Facts are Sacred. Comment is (of variable quality)

Blogs were supposed to offer new hope for journalism. The days of the churnalists/repeaters/lamestream media were numbered, to be replaced by the purity and investigative depth of citizen-journalists. 

by × March 28, 2014 × 1 comment

Rights

We don’t need your…

We don’t need your…

So there are times when I look at countries with written constitutions with a wry smile. Look at you United States, with your archaic second amendment, or you Fiji, with your vote-for-your-own-race electoral system.

by × March 18, 2014 × 1 comment

Health

On Credulity (and manners)

On Credulity (and manners)

Holidays are fine things. They provide an opportunity to rest, and (if you are so inclined) to reflect. As a result of experience during my most recent break, I’m currently reflecting on whether my disdain for woo makes me useful, or just rude and intolerant.

by × February 4, 2014 × 2 comments

General

Talking about my Generation (and failures thereof)

Talking about my Generation (and failures thereof)

This November, in preparation for the return of my lovely wife and her precious cargo, my father very kindly helped me to paint the inside of my house.

by × December 5, 2013 × 2 comments

International, Politics

Ain’t no party like a black is white, up is down, wrong is right tea party

Ain’t no party like a black is white, up is down, wrong is right tea party

Some of you may share my frustration at what’s going on in the US. I’m hugely disturbed that the country that serves as the anchor for the world economy can be brought to its knees by a handful of loons.

by × October 18, 2013 × 0 comments

International

All of the “Back in my London Days” whining (out of the way in one easy post).

All of the “Back in my London Days” whining (out of the way in one easy post).

The time has come for me to return from Blighty to the land of my birth. I’m excited – I love green more than I love grey. I love the fresh smell of Wellington harbour more than I love the open-sewer smell of the Thames.

by × October 11, 2013 × 0 comments

International

Hello children

None so blind

Our history is littered with them: 1 February 1981, 23 July 1994, 24 June 1995… days when despite our inimitable spirit, never-say-die attitude, fair-play mentality and ability to string together clichés, we were struck down by the forces of evil

by × September 17, 2013 × 1 comment