Daily Archives: May 18, 2009

Wimbledon unveils Centre Court roof

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 06:40 18/05/2009
Wimbledon unveils centre court roof
By Pritha Sarkar

It was blustery, cold, cloudy and drizzly over southwest London – just the kind of weather fans had prayed when Wimbledon unveiled its new multi-million-dollar retractable roof over Centre Court.

Former Wimbledon champions Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, along with Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman had been billed to take centre stage for an exhibition event but for once it was not the players who were the main attraction.
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### 3 News.co.nz Mon, 18 May 2009 10:48a.m.
Wimbledon unveils Centre Court roof to public

Wimbledon picked the perfect day for showcasing its new retractable roof on Centre Court. The sliding, canvassed roof barely had time to shut Sunday for the All England Club’s grand opening – or closing – of the new structure before the rain starting pouring down over south London. In the same kind of weather that has forced so many rain delays in the past, the Centre Court then hosted a televised tennis spectacle in perfect conditions.
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### blog.wimbledon.org
On a day which can only be described as a huge success for the All England Club, the new Centre Court roof received a huge vote of confidence from Tim Henman, Kim Clijsters, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf after their exhibition matches.
Roof a re-sound-ing success, say players
Wimbledon Centre Court Celebration

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ODT publishes more stupidity

Dear old Bill Allen in the ‘very concerned of Kaikorai Valley’ or ‘outraged of Kenmure’ section of the ODT today (previously known as the Letters to the Editor section), has applied House of Mirror Horrors logic to the cost of getting acts to Dunedin and come up with some fantastic figures.

Thankfully these figures don’t actually bear any resemblance to reality, indeed the only tentative grasp on the real life they miraculously hold onto is the simple fact that the ODT has once again published bollox to either:

a) appease the masses
b) print sensationalist bullshit with the view to whipping up more frenzy, more letters and more so called facts that if repeated enough by ‘stunned of St Kilda’ might actually become reality.

Taking a very small accounting sheet, sticking it on the back of a kaleidoscope over 1km away and looking at it through a beaten up old spy glass, Mr Allen has come up with the most remarkable estimation that at worst attending a concert at our stadium will cost $333.33 and at best $250 per person.

I’d love to think that the ODT was taking the piss and giving this person enough rope, but alas, I don’t think that is the case, and dear old ‘weary of City Rise’ is allowed to voice his insane views.

Because don’t be fooled, this is stupidity of the highest levels. Kind enough to show his workings, Mr Allen obviously isn’t unintelligent, just exceedingly stupid.

But no doubt in print, it will be only a matter of time before ‘Bill’s law of concert costs’ becomes part of the anti-stadium vernacular. Mark my words it’s only a matter of time before I overhear this rubbish, or you are told this rubbish as another ‘fact’ as to how alarming this stadium is.

I am constantly reminded of the Gary Larson cartoon, in which the Doctor taking notes from the poor patient on the psychiatrists couch, simply writes, “Just Plain Nuts”.

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Loss consigns Highlanders to 11th place

### ODT Online Mon, 18 May 2009
Rugby: Best and worst of season
By Steve Hepburn

It was a mixture of some of the best and some of the worst of the season, Highlanders coach Glenn Moore said after yesterday’s match against the Force. The Highlanders started poorly and were down 23-0 at the break before coming home strongly to lose 33-28.
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Highlanders well out of semifinal running…

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 18/05/2009
Highlanders’ autopsy begins
By Logan Savory – The Southland Times

The Highlanders’ 2009 season will be put under the microscope in the coming days as both players and officials prepare behind closed doors to thrash out another poor season.
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Mayor Peter Chin: 'not about social housing'

Cr Stevenson was alleged to have leaked details of a confidential letter about the Forsyth Barr Stadium…

### ODT Online Mon, 18 May 2009
Stevenson yet to apologise
By David Loughrey

Dunedin city councillor Teresa Stevenson has yet to apologise for breaching standing orders, 10 days after she was ordered to do so, and Mayor Peter Chin said yesterday he was expecting it “sooner, rather than later”.
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### ODT Online Mon, 18/05/2009 – 5:11pm.
Comment by Duke of Ban Phai on Council doomed

I very much hope that the Mayor and his fellow councillors will be kept waiting until doomsday for any apology from Cr Stevenson. Of course, they may not need to wait long.
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