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PUN­ISH­MENT

What have we done and what penance should we per­form to rid our screens of MasterChef Aus­tralia (TVNZ 1, Satur­day and Wed­nes­dayFri­day), or are we con­demned to it for all eter­nity?

Please tell us what to do and we’ll give it a go. Norma McCal­lum (Waikanae) Talk­back re­sponds: Norma, your prayers have been an­swered. The grand fi­nal of MasterChef Aus­tralia is on Wed­nes­day. Hal­lelu­jah!

PM, IN­TER­RUPTED

Tova O’Brien’s Septem­ber 16 re­port on New­shub Live about the Prime Min­is­ter’s Sun­day speech, out­lin­ing the Government’s pri­or­i­ties, failed to tell us any­thing that the PM said, but, in­stead, ir­rel­e­vantly told us a lot about what O’Brien thought of it all.

The re­port in­cluded a brief in­ter­view with the PM in which O’Brien in­ter­rupted her be­fore she had time to com­plete a sen­tence.

It’s the same on TVNZ 1. In a re­cent in­ter­view with Grant Robert­son, Corin

Dann kept in­ter­rupt­ing him be­fore he could com­plete an an­swer. Such be­hav­iour by TV jour­nal­ists can only alien­ate view­ers by show­ing them they need to turn to other me­dia for ba­sic in­for­ma­tion. Lind­say Shel­ton (Welling­ton)

FAST TALKERS

In a sim­i­lar vein to M Thomp­son’s point on pro­nun­ci­a­tion ( Talk­back, Septem­ber 29), the lat­est trend seems to be to speak as rapidly and for as long as pos­si­ble be­fore tak­ing a breath, which then be­comes a hor­ri­bly loud hiss­ing in­take.

Maybe their mi­cro­phones are much more sen­si­tive than pre­vi­ously? Scotty Mor­ri­son was par­tic­u­larly speedy and hissy re­cently on 1 News.

This also hap­pens on RNZ Na­tional. Please slow down and smell the roses. Clare Dud­ley (Coro­man­del)

MISRULE BRITANNIA

On Septem­ber 26, I lis­tened on RNZ Con­cert to Last

Night of the Proms at the

Royal Albert Hall. It was heart-warm­ing with a sense of to­geth­er­ness spiced by good-hu­moured in­ter­ac­tion be­tween au­di­ence and con­duc­tor.

I dare in­ject a sour note. Land of Hope and Glory … Mother of the free? Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set? Rule Britannia?

Bri­tish jour­nal­ist Richard Gott wrote, “The Bri­tish em­pire was es­sen­tially a Hit­le­rian pro­ject on a grand scale, in­volv­ing mil­i­tary conquest and dic­ta­tor­ship, ex­ter­mi­na­tion and geno­cide, mar­tial law and ‘spe­cial courts’, slav­ery and forced labour …”

Aotearoa/New Zealand didn’t es­cape. Think of Par­i­haka. Allen Cook­son (Ox­ford)

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