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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

I, Russell Brown

[UPDATE: OK, just because Brown resorts to cheap shots:
I actually assumed the new National Party billboard was some sort of online wheeze when I saw it, then it appeared that it was for real and now it appears that it really is just a product of the overactive imagination of the hands-down winner of the "most annoying blogger" poll, the pride of the centre right, Aaron Bhatnagar.
Doesn't mean we need to. However the original post is clickable below.]


Mark on NZPundit's tag-board suggested Russell Brown likes talking about himself:
Has anyone else noticed that Russell Brown likes to write about himself a lot?
Below are the few sentences from Brown's latest post where he mentions himself:
I am given to understand that they suggested perhaps he was referring to my column in the Listener this week.

It certainly looked that way to me.

And
I feel bound to say that Prime had plenty of time to correct that impression when I was researching the column.

I called Hopkins who confirmed that it was he who had posted the message ("Anyone else remember the beatings Benson-Pope used to dish out?") under the Bayfield High section of Oldfriends.co.nz.

He then referred
me to Prime's communications department, where I explained the story.

They called back and said that Paul Holmes producer Pip Keane would call
me "very soon".

I called her repeatedly over two days, leaving half a dozen voicemail messages emphasising that I needed to hear from her, and even called another staff member asking her to pass on a message to Keane that I needed to hear from her.

I don't think Hopkins' was a hanging offence, or that it need necessarily reflect on the overall performance of the programme.

So I appear to be in the news this week, kicking off with that all-important nod from Bridget Saunders in the Star Times' About Town section.

Why didn't I listen to Graham Reid?

I actually assumed the new National Party billboard was some sort of online wheeze when I saw it, then it appeared that it was for real and now it appears that it really is just a product of the overactive imagination of the hands-down winner of the "most annoying blogger" poll, the pride of the centre right, Aaron Bhatnagar.

And in conclusion: it looks like I'll be in Wellington for the weekend of July 2, the Lions test.

I don't have a ticket, of course.

But if anyone could see their way forward to offering me a ticket at face value, or extending some form of hospitality, my gratitude would know no limits.

I guess I might even be induced to do a turn.

Did I mention I've never been to the Stadium before?
It's all about Russ.
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Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 6/01/2005 10:14:00 pm

4 Comments:

Blogger noizy said...

Drawing a rather long bow, isn't it? Considering the story was, to a certain extent, kicked off by one of his own stories, it's probably fair enough to talk about his own opinions on it - it is his blog, after all, and he wouldn't be the first blogger to speculate about things in the first person, would he?

Incidentally, total 'I' count in his next post: 2
Total you/your count: ~22

In this instance, it's all about you.

6/02/2005 10:01:00 am  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

Considering you find Antarctic Lemur infesting almost every comments section of any NZ blog you care to name this really does take the cake. Never has a man with so little to say taken the opportunity to say it ad nauseam.

6/02/2005 10:12:00 am  
Blogger Mark said...

AL, I wasn't insinuating that he is an egomaniac, just that he tends to name drop himself quite a bit. I didn't mean my comment in a nasty way. DPF is tending that way also. :-)

6/02/2005 10:13:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

The IWI/KIWI billboard certainly got the flame machines cranking up. Russell was no exception. It was obviously a sensitive target.

But on the issue of "I" versus "them", I don't mind Russell Brown declaring what he thinks about issues - it means he's putting his name to the thought and that is a lot better than speaking for some-one else, who might not even agree with their unchosen representative.

His column's a pretty good read, even if I have disagreement with his opinions.

6/02/2005 11:15:00 am  

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