Friday, August 31, 2007

AmeriNZ #36 - Forever Young

Episode 36 is now available, and it's free no matter where you get it from. You can listen to it or download it through the player at the bottom of the post here, or subscribe for free through iTunes here (you must have the free iTunes player installed). You can also listen to it for free through the player on my MySpace page.

I had some computer issues this week, and I was a little under the weather earlier in the week. So, this episode is a bit of a mixed bag. First up, there's a new tourism commercial for NZ coming soon to highlight New Zealand as the newest nation on earth (geologically speaking). It's sparked a small controversy. I talk about that at 4.28. At 6:32, I talk about the poll on my blog for your favourite Kiwi, and tell you who those people were. Around 10:23 I give a little more—and simpler—information about the structure of local government. What do Australians think of America and Americans? At 11:59 I'll tell you. Comments are up next at 15:37. Then I tell you why I didn't podcast on Tuesday; that's at 23:06.

Leave a comment, or send an email to me at amerinz[at)yahoo.com.

Mentioned in this episode:

Controversy over the new commercial promoting New Zealand. See the new commercial here. For more about Dave Dobbyn (who wrote the former commercial song), go here.

To read biographies about New Zealanders from the past, go here.

A higher turnout is expected in this year's local elections.

Australians like Americans and America, but not George Bush. A fundamentalist preacher in South Australia had a bizarre excuse for molesting his daughters.

Leave a comment—if you want to...

Update: This post has received a lot of hits because the "Forever Young" commercial is playing overseas. I have an updated post about this, which included a video of the commercial and more information about it.

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Spikey said...

I just now watched the 100% Pure newzealand.com commercial. I have to say it seems accurate but it reminds my of my only real complaint about this place -- as a fellow stepping quickly into geezerhood, the youth and vitality of the typical Kiwi can be a little annoying (I know it's not their fault but there it is).

And, congrats on the poll win, you definitely deserve it.

Archerr said...

I love that song "Forever Young."

I'm sure you're glad the last day of winter has come and gone and that spring is on it's way.

I just knew you'd win the poll on your site. Thanks for telling us who all those people were.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

Spikey: Maybe the commercial was designed to attract young, adventurous tourists--or those who think they are. Somehow, I doubt the new commercial will be any different in that respect.

Archerr: Yeah, I liked the song so much I bought the CD single, which is really rare for me, especially since the iTunes Music Store opened in New Zealand.

I do love Spring, but with the generally mild weather all year around, and not much difference between seasons (from my Midwest America perspective), I really can't complain about the weather. Naturally, I do anyway.

Norman said...

Dave did not write the "Forever Young" song. It is an Alphaville song from the 80s.

But, it IS a good cover version!!

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

You're absolutely right, Norman. I should have been clearer: What I meant was that Dave wrote the song in use prior to "Forever Young". I have no idea what that song was called, but it begins "If you been waiting/You've been waiting too long..."

Also, none of the NZ media reported on who did the 80s version so I'm so glad you knew. Thanks!