Espiner to replace Robinson

December 30, 2013

Guyon Espiner is to replace Geoff Robinson when he retires from Morning report next year.

. . . Espiner has been a political editor for Television New Zealand and the Sunday Star-Times, and has presented TVNZ’s Q + A programme on Sundays.

He also worked on TV3 programmes The Vote and 3rd Degree and has been in journalism for 20 years.

Radio New Zealand’s chief executive Paul Thompson described Espiner as an incisive interviewer with an impressive career and impeccable journalistic credentials. . . .

When I did the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme we visited Radio NZ while Morning Report was on air and were able to speak to Robinson afterwards.

I asked him what made a good interviewer, he said, one of the most important attributes was being a good listener.


For better, for worse . . .

November 28, 2013

Tweet of the day, on the announcement Geoff Robinson is retiring from Morning Report after 35 years.

The marriage vows have a different meaning for people who take on politicians – marriage to an MP is for better, for worse and for a lot of separation.


Mickey Mouse turns 80

November 19, 2008

The time difference between the USA and New Zealand means that although Mickey Mouse’s 80th birthday was yesterday, November 18th, celebrations are happening today November 19th for us.

One of those celebrating is Lila Frisch  who shares Mickey’s birthday.

The Port Angeles woman and the Walt Disney icon are turning 80 on Tuesday, and Frisch — an admitted Mickey aficionado — will celebrate with a Mickey-themed party at her Fogarty Avenue home.

For Frisch, the party won’t compare to that for her 75th birthday, when she was the grand marshal of a parade at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

“You just can’t imagine how that made me feel,” Frisch said. “They treated like me like royalty. I figure I could never be treated so royally again.”

Instead, Frisch will celebrate with her “Mickey people,” as she calls fans of the squeaky-voiced cartoon character. And there are quite a few Mickey people in Port Angeles, Frisch said.

Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Wille, 1928.

Time marks the birthday here.

Morning Report also took a look at Mickey’s life and although it’s not on-line Geoff Robinson tried to sing the song. Come on, you know it – altogether now: M-i-c-k-e-y-m-o-u-s-e


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