Grass is greener

I wonder what Harry and Meghan would have found if they had considered living in New Zealand twenty years ago?

Kiwi spirit is what pastor and baritone Rodney Macann talked about in my interview with him in 2000. Rodney Macann was, in 2000, leader of the ministry team Wellington Central Baptist. Later, he was the NZ Baptist national leader. As well, he was singing throughout New Zealand and Australia with the major Opera and concert organizations like the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the NBR Opera NZ.

Interviewer: What do you think is the mood of the New Zealand public, considering the economic downfall, distrust of the government, the ‘brain drain’ (New Zealanders heading overseas to live and work), and our Olympians not performing up to expectations.

Rodney: I think the public mood changes hugely and very, very quickly. For example, if we think about sport for the moment, people are a bit downhearted that we didn’t do so well. But my view of it is, is that we are a tiny country with very limited resources.

We’re naturally quite physically strong.

Interviewer: What do you mean physically strong?

Rodney: I think we grow up in a country that provides a very, very healthy environment. That could be changing because our figures are most probably skewed a wee bit by people who are getting overweight on junk food and this sort of thing. Kiwis, for the best part of the last century, have most probably healthier food and living conditions than most other parts of the world and this is shown in the physique of the average Kiwi, I think.

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Not finished, yet

I wasn’t looking forward to typing out a transcript of an interview I have recorded, that’s been kept away for several years. But it turned into an easy to transcribe process. It’s just in the getting to the destination that can make me slightly impatient. I still have some work to do yet, but I’ll get there.

Catching up

Looking back at the people I’ve interviewed in older articles I have written makes me wonder where are they now? Where are they now is a question that publishers seem to like asking about well-known or once well-known people. It gauges a lot of interest and speculation among readers. It’s appears to be a natural thing to ask–how are you? Readers want to know. I’m curious about where people are at, when I had talked to them twenty-odd years ago. Some die, some move on to something else, and some are keeping on going with what they have been doing, while some things change here or there, some quite remarkably and significantly. Catching up satisfies my curiosity about people I had been in touch with. And it’s always interesting to see what’s happened to celebrities and movie stars as they move on. There’s something about the march of life that makes catching up and finding out stuff about people utterly compelling.

Paying attention

It’s so easy for the details to slip through the cracks if one isn’t paying full, conscious attention. Years back, I did an article about pastor’s views on an issue of the day (and still is). One pastor complained that he didn’t get the photo of himself back. Each pastor who was interviewed had a photo by their opinion, and one said he hadn’t got his photo back. The photos were provided by the interviewee and sent to the publisher who should have sent them back. Alas, one slipped through the cracks, apparently, even though I huffed and puffed about sending it back. Apparently, the publisher no longer had it. Lost. These are the painful, unfortunate incidents that when on the receiving end are difficult to swallow. It’s like losing a book someone borrowed from you. Then, it’s gone. The pastor, however, was understanding, although it would have been much better for everyone that this one didn’t fall through the cracks. Sending the photo back is evidence one is paying thoughtful attention to the needs of their interviewees, which is very important.