It’s that time of year again… In eleven short days, Phish will return to New York’s Madison Square Garden for their annual four-night New Year’s run. Each year, we like to celebrate the season in the days leading up to Phish at MSG with the 12 Days of Phishmas, a daily series that gives you your Phish fix and helps stoke your excitement in the days leading up to the run. In 2016, we took you back to 12 historic Phish performances at The Garden. In 2017, with the Baker’s Dozen barely out of sight in the rearview, we relived the magic and mystery of the band’s historic residency.For years, we’ve been earmarking some of our favorite Phish interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and other cool content that we haven’t found the right occasion to share with you…until now. For 2018, we’ve made you a very special Phishmas Advent calendar to help spice up your countdown to showtime. As we approach the start of the run on the 28th, we’ll open up one panel a day and reveal a fun surprise inside—a little something sweet and Phishy once a day until the Garden party begins. No peeking! By the time we’re finished with the calendar, it will finally be time for the gift we’ve all been waiting for: Four nights of Phish on their home court at the World’s Most Famous Arena.11 Days Til’ Phish: David Byrne Interviews Phish (1998)On the second day of Phishmas… David Byrne interviews Phish for PBS‘s Sessions at West 54th. Yesterday’s full-band interview saw the band mess with their eager community access interviewer to great comedic effect. Today’s full-band interview, taped on October 20th, 1998, sees the band in a much more sincere state of mind as they speak with one of their most respected musical influences—as you no doubt remember, Phish had covered Talking Heads’ Remain In Light for their last Halloween costume set in 1996.If we’re being totally honest, the interview itself doesn’t illustrate much that wasn’t already known by fans. What makes this clip so interesting is the mutual respect and curiosity that’s clearly apparent on both sides of the conversation. The subtext of the often-tense interview speaks volumes. While Byrne’s trademark unassuming persona is in full effect, you can tell he’s genuinely interested and curious about Phish’s unusual approaches to various aspects of their trade. When he asks about the Phish’s largely different mindsets with regard to studio records vs. live shows, you can tell he’s wondering in context to his own work—after all, Byrne has long been known for his spectacular yet fine-tuned live shows.The vibe begins to loosen as the interview goes on, and both Byrne and his subjects start to open up a little more freely, from discussions of onstage antics (Byrne: “What’s with the trampolines?”) to the thought process Phish taps into when covering an album (Trey: “We spent a year in your head”). You can even hear Jon Fishman lamenting that they were just getting warmed up as an off-camera producer tells them to wrap things up.Watch the clip to learn more about the onstage spiritual experience that inspired Mike to change his college major to religion, the hubristic origins of Phish’s Halloween tradition, why Tom Marshall maintaining his 9-5 job has been crucial to his creative output with Phish, the medical perils of being a vacuum virtuoso, and more.David Byrne Interviews Phish (1998)[Video: Surface Dweller]We’ll be back tomorrow to open the third panel on our Phishmas 2018 Advent calendar. What other Phishmas surprises are in store? You’ll just have to wait and see…In the meantime, you can go back through the previous Phishmas surprises:On the first day of Phishmas… The Big Daddy ShowOn the second day of Phishmas… David Byrne interviews Phish
NewsHub 9 May 2019Family First Comment: Far more to worry about than just gummi bears.This shows just how naïve OR misleading the Greens are being around the real risks of cannabis products. #saynopetodopeGreen MP Chlöe Swarbrick has brushed off National’s concerns around cannabis-infused edibles, suggesting most types will likely be banned.National’s drug law reform spokesperson Paula Bennett said cannabis-infused edibles could be “dressed up so they’re appealing to young people and accidental use is of real concern”.Swarbrick wouldn’t confirm cannabis-infused gummy bears would definitely be banned, but said there was consensus among the Greens, Labour and New Zealand First that protecting children and displacing the black market were top priorities.“In line with all of those things, it’s pretty evident that we will be following what other jurisdictions have done in terms of banning or ensuring that we won’t have gummy bears.”Swarbrick said there’s no way with the Government’s “health-based approach” to drug reform that “we would be enabling products that could be argued as targeted towards children”.She said there will be “nothing to glorify the consumption of cannabis” – and actually, “quite the opposite because there will be public education campaigns about the harms”.Swarbrick wouldn’t confirm cannabis-infused gummy bears would definitely be banned, but said there was consensus among the Greens, Labour and New Zealand First that protecting children and displacing the black market were top priorities.“In line with all of those things, it’s pretty evident that we will be following what other jurisdictions have done in terms of banning or ensuring that we won’t have gummy bears.”Swarbrick said there’s no way with the Government’s “health-based approach” to drug reform that “we would be enabling products that could be argued as targeted towards children”.She said there will be “nothing to glorify the consumption of cannabis” – and actually, “quite the opposite because there will be public education campaigns about the harms”.Comparing cannabis-infused lollies to alcohol-soaked lollies, Bennett said: “You’re not going to get absolutely drunk off a couple of vodka-soaked lollies, but you can get absolutely wasted on a few concentrated marijuana [edibles].”READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/05/cannabis-gummy-bears-could-be-banned-under-law-reform.html
Press Association “You have to accept the way it is and contrary to whether it breaks the rules or it doesn’t, it happens. “You are not going to prove it anyway. It is just one of the ways the football world works.” Allardyce believes while Reid may well “think he can do better” than West Ham, there is no reason to freeze the defender out of the team. “Why cut your nose off to spite your face? It doesn’t look like he is playing with his mind somewhere else to me, with the position we are in at the moment,” Allardyce said, who stressed there was no real need for the club to look to “cash in” on Reid during this month. The Irons boss continued: “What is it £1.8million a place (in the Premier League table)? So you might not be losing that (transfer fee) money actually and you have to balance it out. “It is not just the fact if somebody offers a certain amount of money you should grasp it because you are going to lose them for nothing in the summer and anyway whatever money we get won’t be enough to replace him in January.” Allardyce is not expecting a busy transfer window, but hopes his squad will be able to get through what is set to be a testing spell with players away at the African Nations Cup. West Ham are continuing to assess the extent of the back injury suffered by forward Diafra Sakho against West Brom, which could prevent him from being able to join up with Senegal. “Our major concern is making sure he is fit whenever he is fit,” Allardyce said. “If they (Senegal) want to come over here and assess him they can do, but you can’t really want him to fly all the way out there,” “If he has to go Senegal afterwards, then so be it, but it is not as if he is a major player for Senegal. He has only played 15 minutes.” “(With) what other managers are telling me it doesn’t bode well. Who knows? Only Winston and his agent can decide at the end,” said Allardyce. “But from what other people are telling me, what is going on in the world of football makes it difficult to think he is going to stay here.” Allardyce claims West Ham have put “a million offers” to Reid over the past year, but there has been no progress. As a free agent in the summer, the defender can, under FIFA transfer regulations, now talk to other sides – but as Allardyce was quick to stress “only foreign clubs”. The West Ham manager continued: “But can we prove it? “We have had them (regulations) for a long, long time. If you can prove that they (clubs) have broken the rules, then they are in serious trouble aren’t they? But you can’t prove it these days. You hear rumours, this, that and the other. “It might have nothing to do with the two clubs directly, it could be between two agents, so how can you relate that (back) to the football clubs? You can’t, so it can all get done that way.” Allardyce added: “If he is not going to sign a contract (here), I (would) find it highly unlikely if it is not already verbally done. The 26-year-old New Zealand international is out of contract with the Irons in the summer, and has so far failed to agree new terms at Upton Park. Allardyce, who takes his side to Everton in the third round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, now feels the player has decided to further his career elsewhere, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United having been touted as possible destinations. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes defender Winston Reid has probably already agreed to play somewhere else next season.
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