Wednesday, January 15, 2014

About those Waikato Times letters of the week

Someone at the Waikato Times reads this blog, or perhaps has a copy of Lunch and Journalism: the Wintec Press Club which contains interviews with a bunch of famous people – Colin Meads! John Campbell! Robyn Malcolm! Paul Holmes! Jacinda Ardern! – plus me talking to Wintec journalism student Sophie Iremonger about why I sometimes blog the letters to the editor. (In the book I am placed between Michael Laws but ahead of Winston Peters. And that’s me on the cover between Robyn Malcolm and Michele A’Court. Mustn’t grumble.) Quote unquote:
He travels up and down New Zealand, and he reads the letters pages in newspapers in both islands, but he says nothing approaches the level of wackiness in the Waikato.
So true. Today’s edition of the paper has what promises to be the first in a series of interviews by the excellent Denise Irvine with regular writers of letters to the editor.  It kicks off with Paul Evans-McLeod. Quote unquote:
He also mentions this advice from his mother: "If you can't be good, be careful. If you can't be careful, buy a pram. If you have to buy a pram, the next time you visit, you should have the pram, and the lady on your arm."
Can Ken Weldon, Glywn McInnes and Barry Ashby be far behind? I shall renew my subscription.


Paul said...

Hamilton's Mayor looks a lot like Michele A'Court.

Stephen Stratford said...

Why, yes, she does. Because that is in fact Michele. Julie is on p13, inside. Shh, don't tell either one I couldn't tell them apart.

Stephen Stratford said...

Fixed now. Exit stage left, red-faced.