Earth Hour: I couldn’t think of anything siller than sitting in the dark for an hour to ‘raise awareness of climate change,’ but the intellectual giants of our right-wing blogosphere have: they spent Saturday night turning on all their lights, opening their curtains and switching their heating on. We should have an environmental awareness campaign in which everyone is encouraged not to drink drain cleaner. We’d raise our average national IQ by a dozen points in a matter of minutes.
The SST have a couple of scoops this week: they stalked an Auckland Mayor on Thursday night:
By chance, the Star-Times observed [North Shore Mayor Andrew] Williams drinking barside at Takapuna’s GPK bar and restaurant around 10pm on Thursday. He talked to a couple at the popular eatery and could be heard referring to himself in the third person. He said he was North Shore’s mayor and enjoyed his role.
Inquiries with two bar staff revealed Williams had been drinking red wine at the establishment since 4pm. Six hours later Williams left GPK alone and headed down Hurstmere Rd towards the offices of the North Shore City Council, where he has been mayor since 2007.
On his way he stopped, pulled down his trousers and urinated on a tree outside the council offices.
Williams then headed for the council underground carpark, collected his mayoral vehicle and drove home to Campbells Bay, a 6km trip.
They probably should have called the police. I wonder if they decided not to because it might have compromised their exclusive? Still a good story.
The SST’s Jonathan Marshall also wins the race to be first journalist publishing a story with the words ‘Terry Serepisos’, ‘convicted’ and ‘serious drug offences’ in the lead. The offenses relate to Serepisios’ brother.
Paula Bennett appears to have exhausted her repertoire of media strategies rather early in her career. What ever happened to that Privacy Commission enquiry?
TV3s The Nation is already veering into Campbell Live/Close Up territory with an upcoming feature on ‘the nude’. Classy.