Letter to the Prime Minister

Your honour,

I’m appalled that you let the GE Moratorium be lifted considering the vast public opposition. When did you and your party constituants stop representing the opinions of New Zealand?

Losing faith in the abilities of democracy in New Zealand,

Brett Taylor

Mr Scruff Replys!

The Scruff replied to the email I sent him:

Hi brett

You may have received a reply already, so apologies if that is the case. I
just wanted to say thank you for your support and kind words, I had a
fantastic time at studio nine, and can’t wait to get out to NZ again, you
are all lovely mellow soulful people who know how to party (and that love of
reggae and loud basslines helps too!).

All the best!

Andy scruff

Hot Pot Show
with Mr. Scruff & Treva Whateva
Every Friday night/Saturday morning, 1-2am
on Key 103 (Manchester)

Why I bought your albums: A public letter to Mr Scruff

Dear Mr Scruff,

You are one skilled artist. I live in New Zealand, and although I’m writing to your radio show email address, I have never listened your show. However I have listened to all your CDs

I am writing to tell you how MP3s of your CDs introduced me to your fantastic tunes and

I have a friend in England who I met online. He is a big fan of your music, and he told me I should see if I could score some Mr Scruff MP3s online. I did. And I was impressed, nay, flabbergasted! Your music was beyond words! It was indescribable to those who had not yet become instant fans after hearing one track! I wanted more. I downloaded more. I listened in pleasure, wanting just one more track. Your music is an addiction. I went to all the music stores in Wellington looking for any of your CDs. After several months of listening I found your Get a Move On / Ug single and PURCHASED IT. Even though I had heard both of these tracks before, I said I must own that and give the Scruff his due – a small amount of money. Now notice that this CD was an import; most full album CDs in NZ cost about NZD$30. I paid $41 for your SINGLE CD. I then heard Trouser Jazz was on the way, and I pre-ordered it from a CD Store that said they were getting them in. It cost me the same $41. Another store also got Trouser Jazz in, and got some Keep It Unreals in too, so I bought one of those too! Heck, I almost bought your vinyl, even though I have no decks, but I thought I’d leave it for someone who would get much more happiness from it that I could. I even bought a Zentertainment CD just because it had a track by you on it.

Then you came to Wellington and played a 6 hour set at StudioNine! Wow! I scored me some tickets and attended your DJ session and had the time of my life!

So there you have it – I am a Mr Scruff Fan for life, and you can thank a friend of mine challenging me to download MP3s.

This letter has been posted here for all to see at: http://glutnix.webfroot.co.nz/index.php?p=110%A0more=1%A0c=1

Thank you once again for your amazing musical prowess!
Brett Taylor

iPod is good – Materialism is bad

Don’t get me wrong – my iPod is awesome. It’s like the best mp3 player you can get and it’s far outstripped my expectations. But the ‘buzz’ of getting a new toy wears thin. I’ve had this thing for a week and it’s still cool, but not as cool as the first day I got it. It’s just another cool thing I own.

Lusting after material things is a bad thing. I can say that my iPod is great, but I didn’t NEED it. I wanted it, and the benefit of buying it was great, but was it just the next new toy?

You hear on webfroot how I want to get myself a GPS unit so I can go GeoCaching. My justification for buying a GPS is as follows:

I need to get fit. I know this, but not because of people who care about me telling me so. I’m getting a beer belly like my father, and that’s a scary thought to me. I used to do orienteering (the foot variety) but I gave it up when I became a christian because orienteering events where I lived were always on a Sunday morning. Geocaching is a cousin to orienteering – it deals with maps, terrain and getting places. My mum will tell you I’ve always liked maps from when I was a kid. I have never been a sport-playing person. I tried, but I was never good enough to join in with kids of my own age. Orienteering was good for me cos it was me versus me — I was only competing against my previous records. And now I’m a desk jockey, I need another (the only?) decent form of exercise. I believe GeoCaching is that exercise. And I can take my iPod with me 🙂

But then again, anyone can justify anything to themselves. And I’m not trying to justify myself to you.

Part of me is real guilty about desiring these material things. There is so much good that NZ$400 or NZ$700 could do for other less fortunate people than myself, the same money I could use to get a GPS or an iPod. Should I think more about other people than my own vanity or lust for gadgets or new cds to put on my iPod? Can you see my moral dillema?

The bible says in many places within its pages that one of the true signs of a christian is that person treating others as they themselves want to be treated. I know what I should do and it’s something I’ve been thinking of for a very long time. I want to do it but I don’t want to do it. I’m afraid of what it will mean and what I’ll become. But I’m excited of what will happen – what good it will do others and what good it will do me. Jesus tells the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18 to sell all his possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then why don’t I see other christians selling all their possessions? The bible isn’t condemning having possessions. It’s condemning not using your wealth lovingly.

This is a snapshot of how I feel. It’s a dump of my thoughts. Don’t take it as how I feel all the time. Please just try and see how I am being challenged. Thank you.

Argentinian Spammers

Don’t send me spam Argentina,
The truth is I never let you,
All through my noob days,
Your baned existance
I kept mine private,
Please keep your distance…