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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by rmb » Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:49 pm

Nick don't answer this if you feel it's too personal.
After the publishing and release of the book TC and the corresponding media coverage on your brother Tom's drug addiction has there been any signs that your families story has had effect on others as a deterrent or some sort of sign of hope to others who have found loved ones in a similar situation?

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Beanpole » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:39 pm

Since I go up and down about 4 to 5 flights of stairs between 5 and 8 times a day I've taken to running up half the time. Lately I've started running down with my legs further apart. This seems to bite more.

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by crabmeat thompson » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:37 am

nick ... have you ever thought about contacting the Cake Decorators Guild of NSW and covering the cake decorating championship circuit? maybe even uncovering the andy verse kelly rivalries which exist within this nation's top cake decorators.

I can't help but notice this year's criteria – Wedding cakes: A Kaleidoscope of Colour – and think to myself, things are going to get heated at some point.
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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Beanpole » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:49 am

You have a wide range of interests braithy. I think this dovetails nicely with surfing in a way that Shearer with his surfing/fishing coupling can only dream of.

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Mr Percival » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:01 am

Nick, do you remember the first paid bit of writing you did?

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Davros » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:17 am

Nick, who are your top 3 Hawaiian surfers of all time and why?

Also saw some comments on a surfer from the 70s called Ron Ford, apparently rivalled MP in talent. Do you know much about him?

2 questions, pushing the limits.

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Nick Carroll » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:20 am

rmb wrote:Nick don't answer this if you feel it's too personal.
After the publishing and release of the book TC and the corresponding media coverage on your brother Tom's drug addiction has there been any signs that your families story has had effect on others as a deterrent or some sort of sign of hope to others who have found loved ones in a similar situation?
Oh yeah, both of us have had a great deal of contact with people who found a resonance with their own lives or those of their friends and families, and found it helped them to resolve things in their own ways.

I haven't talked to anyone who has found the tale to be a deterrent though.

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Nick Carroll » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:23 am

Braithy wrote:nick ... have you ever thought about contacting the Cake Decorators Guild of NSW and covering the cake decorating championship circuit? maybe even uncovering the andy verse kelly rivalries which exist within this nation's top cake decorators.

I can't help but notice this year's criteria – Wedding cakes: A Kaleidoscope of Colour – and think to myself, things are going to get heated at some point.
I just don't care, braithy. The rivalries may burn hot, but cake decorating leaves me cold. Pressured into the task, I would write something so dark and sarcastic that it would probably result in my death at the hands of some outraged decorator.

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Nick Carroll » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:24 am

Mr Percival wrote:Nick, do you remember the first paid bit of writing you did?
Oh yes! It was an interview with Gerry Lopez for Australia's People magazine in 1976.

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by foamy » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:30 am

Nick could be a judge of the water sports section of the cake decorating titles.

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Nick Carroll » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:37 am

Davros wrote:Nick, who are your top 3 Hawaiian surfers of all time and why?

Also saw some comments on a surfer from the 70s called Ron Ford, apparently rivalled MP in talent. Do you know much about him?

2 questions, pushing the limits.
True Hawaiian, I will have to put aside AI etc.

1 Dane Kealoha. I just loved everything about his surfing, incredibly powerful and electric. Plus he was such a cool happy guy, more welcoming to a grommet than any of the other hot shot pros of the late 70s. You sensed this great strength and decency underneath as well.

2. Barry Kanaiaupuni. My favourite surfer as a kid. I didn't see him during Sunset in the flesh but everyone who did see him in the late 60s and 70s swore he was head and shoulders the best surfer in the world. He always looked so loose and powerful in heavy situations.

3. Gerry.

It's really hard to name just three, thinking of Buttons and Larry Bertlemann, Rell Sunn, the Keaulanas and so many other great Hawaiian surfers. I didn't include Duke or Eddie Aikau in this list because they are in another realm of legend hood.

Re Ronny Ford, Ron was originally from Bondi and moved to North Narrabeen where he was one of the big guns, a very solidly built tall guy who nevertheless ripped through turns with amazing speed. Quintessential Australian power surfer of the 1970s really. Think a bigger stronger Mick Fanning type. Earned a lot of respect from everyone not just because he ripped, but because he was a straight shooter and a good person. Vegetarian before his time. I think he lives up at Crescent Head now?

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Nick Carroll » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:38 am

foamy wrote:Nick could be a judge of the water sports section of the cake decorating titles.

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What, like "well that looks like shit, why isn't he getting barrelled"

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Wyre » Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:08 am

Nick, do you think Poetry as a dedicated art form is becoming obsolete? I know musicians, writers, painters, all at different levels of dedication and career.. but no 'full time poets'.

Will there ever again be rockstar poets (Byron, Shelley, late '60's counter culture cats etc), or has the new Gen grown up with such a strong emphasis on visual input that Poetry is seen as a bit of a dinosaur..

Or will there be a revolution of poeTweets?
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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Drailed » Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:42 am

I reckon shearer has written a book of poetry. Top secret though
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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Nick Carroll » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:01 pm

Shit no, I don't think poetry as a dedicated art form is becoming obsolete.

I do think it faces a terrible challenge from poetry as a lifestyle accessory, like the number of fcuk knuckles who list "poet" on their CVs. Though you could say the same about all forms of writing really couldn't ya.

Rockstar poets, well it is interesting you use that term given the past 50-60 years of popular music, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, etc all the way through to say Kendrick Lamar, PJ Harvey and so forth. That all seems to be alive and kicking.

Poetry is often rich with the kind of one liners that people use to describe various shit. shearer used TS Eliot's epic Hollow Men line right here recently (though inaccurately but what the hell):

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

People also constantly quote the substance of WB Yeats's line about the best lacking all conviction,

"while the worst
are full of passionate intensity."

They miss the best lines in that poem, the one about the reeling shadows of "indignant birds", and these:

"The darkness drops at last; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last
Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?"

You don't see people coming up with that stuff on Twitter.

Anyway plenty of good and great poets working today and they'll be around as long as language.

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by ctd » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:04 pm

It's still poetry even if set to music - I mean:

I never miss a beat
I'm lightning on my feet
And that's what they don't see, mmm-mmm
That's what they don't see, mmm-mmm

That's up there with anything Hopkins wrote

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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Drailed » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:13 pm

"I came to dance, dance, dance, dance
I hit the floor 'cause that's my plans, plans, plans, plans
I’m wearing all my favorite brands, brands, brands, brands
Give me some space for both my hands, hands, hands, hands"
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Re: Ask Carroll

Post by Nick Carroll » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:18 pm

listen ctd, there's no Taylor Swift in here, OK?

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