Howie’s Hot Five for…24 July 2009

5. Unashamed Self Promotion Slot...The Inaugural Campfire Dinner has just been held in Waitomo at HUHU Cafe… headed up by our very own Howie of Howie’s Hot Five…

What?….The Inaugural Campfire…oh never mind – here’s what happened;

We arranged for four raconteurs to tell a story in front of an intimate group of guests.

4 storytellers – an actor, an artist, a poet and a well travelled raconteur…
– 10 minutes
– and the evening’s theme was ‘ out on a limb and out of your element’

So it was an evening of wonderful, good old fashioned storytelling… and here’s what the punters had to say…

“Please do it again, it was brilliant…like going to a really really good wedding”

And hereeeee’s the best man…Greg Johnson, one of Aotearoa’s finest actors who took a room full of strangers back to his childhood in Palmy North… just don’t say ‘juicy fruit…guess you had to be there…

greg johnsonShane Te Ruki

As well we had Shane Te Ruki, a local Maori Artist and Orator…and read this wonderful profile of Shane in The Waikato Times

Location; HUHU Cafe, Waitomo www.huhucafe.co.nz

The evening was all about the dying art of a good yarn…tickets sold out in a matter of hours – and we are being pressured to organise another evening later in the year.

4. This week’s minor topic…the future of music! Um, ah righto…

For those of you who want to dip a toe in the murky world of ‘free and legal’ music…here the lowdown:

Step One: Do plug your laptop into your my stereo (little connection from Dick Leeming)…

Step Two: Check out these wonderful, totally legal streaming services…

Grooveshark.com this outfit is currenlty streaming 60 million songs a month to 40,000 users – has great functionality at saving favourites …check it out… and you can load your own music.

grooveshark

Deezer – similar as above, not as varied

and…WE7.com – invite only at the mo but check it out (Who’s behind it? Why Mr Serious – Peter Grabriel) – all about artists getting a cut.

One of our favourites is definitely…

8tracks.com people’s favourite mixed tapes lists…Here we discovered great version of acrcade fire backing david bowie on ‘life on mars’…. Search Hotfive’s July Mix …yes it’s ours!!!

Myt favourite quote that sums it all up is ‘dinner party pirates’ – thats what we are ….downloaders only because it’s more convenient than buying it. …tisk tisk etc but it’s a fact…

And stop being alarmist!    It’s like the VHS, which a major studio head in the 1980’s saying the VHS was jack-the-ripper on a winters night and the film industry was a poor defenceless virgin on her own at home…

3. Brilliant tip of the Week …if you are finding it hard to find a book for your mum who’s say over 70 years of age…

and let’s be honest there’s a host of intellectural young novelists sprouting more hyper-drama than a Tory Amos Cd…we’re talking opus’ as big as moby dick and built like a tarantino movie…starting from the end, ending at the start and shuffling millions of characaters – exhausting mum!

Old people want a good story…hey don’t we all…

Young Adult Novels…

“We write for people who are pressed for reading time. We try to craft our books so they’re not bloated or meandering.”

Try these:

“The Book

Thief” by Marcus Zusak

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon

10 pm Question by Kate De Goldi – caught it being read by Johnny Lee on Nat Radio – one work – brilliant and…2009 book of the year…

2.  “Fill in your tank while draining another”

You gotta love that heading – Wired Magazine article this week was about powering your car with your own pee…

A scientist at Ohio University has devised a way to extract hydrogen from urine…

Urea is main component of pee and that’s where the hydrogen is from…

Small device can be used in the car…uses very little battery power…

It’s already patented…

1. Shortland Street….yes this show is back…it’s getting better and Hot Five says New Zild’s Kylie in waiting is Sarah Thompson…

tracey-morrison-shortland st. she’s a great little actress…but can she sing?

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