With decades of broadcasting experience behind him, Andrew Dickens has worked around the world across multiple radio genres. His bold, sharp and energetic show on Newstalk ZB is always informative and entertaining.

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With decades of broadcasting experience behind him, Andrew Dickens has worked around the world across multiple radio genres. His bold, sharp and energetic show on Newstalk ZB is always informative and entertaining.

    Greta Thunberg and German railway company clash over viral photo

    Greta Thunberg and German railway company clash over viral photo

    Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags.
    The image has drawn plenty of comment online about the performance of German railways.
    Thunberg posted the tweet late Saturday with the comment "travelling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I'm finally on my way home!"
    But German railway company Deutsche Bahn suggested that Thunberg may not have spent the whole time sitting on the floor. And the 16-year-old Swedish activist later sought to draw a line under the matter by tweeting that she eventually got a seat and that overcrowded trains are a good thing.
    Some Twitter users expressed pity for Thunberg for not being able to get a proper seat on the train for the long ride home from Madrid, where she was attending the U.N. climate change conference. Others wished her a safe trip home after months of traveling by trains and boats to different climate events in Europe and the United States.
    Greta Thunberg listens to speeches before addressing the U.N. climate conference in Madrid. Photo / AP
    Thunberg doesn't fly on planes because it's considered harmful to the climate. Last week, she was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for her efforts to prod government and others to take faster actions in fighting climate change.
    Deutsche Bahn, which used to be famous for its punctuality, has come under fire in recent years for delays, last-minute train cancellations and expensive ticket fares.
    In Deutsche Bahn's first reply to the teenager's initial tweet, the company wished her a good trip back home and adding that "we continue working hard on getting more trains, connections and seats."
    Later, however, the railway company wrote in a statement to the media that Thunberg had a seat in first class between Kassel and Hamburg and that other members of her team were already sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards.
    In the photo on Twitter, Thunberg is sitting on the floor at the end of a rail car with her back leaning against a suitcase, staring out of a window. There's an empty food box next to her and more suitcases and backpacks piled up by her side.
    Later on Sunday, Deutsche Bahn tweeted twice more in regard to Thunberg's train travels through Germany.
    In the first tweet, the company thanks the teenager for supporting Deutsche Bahn's battle against climate change and pointed out that the train she used had been running 100% on eco-friendly electricity.
    In the second tweet, however, Deutsche Bahn seemed to suggest that Thunberg hadn't spent the entire train ride sitting on the floor.
    The company pointed out to the teenager that "it would have been even nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competently our team served you at your seat in first class."
    Thunberg later tweeted that the fact she didn't first sit in a seat wasn't meant as a knock against Deutsche Bahn.
    She wrote that "this is no problem of course and I never said it was. Overcrowded trains is a great sign because it means the demand for train travel is high!"

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    Graeme Edgelar: Former Wellington mayor Justin Lester wants a recount

    Graeme Edgelar: Former Wellington mayor Justin Lester wants a recount

    Ousted Justin Lester has officially called for a mayoral vote recount in Wellington.
    It comes after results put Mayor Andy Foster just 62 votes ahead of Lester to claim the city's top job.
    Lester was at the Wellington District Court this afternoon to lodge a request with a judge to recount the mayoral votes.
    Outside of court, he said he believed there was a "strong likelihood" there should be a manual recount.

    It would now be up to a judge to decide but there had been no indication of a timeframe, Lester said.

    Justin Lester and Graeme Edgeler outside Wellington District Court. Photo / Emme McKay
    Wellington City Council uses the STV voting system, which sees voters rank their mayoral preferences.
    There were at least 302 partially informal votes which were excluded because voters filled the form out incorrectly.
    In Lester's formal application, it said 193 of the partially informal votes were in Lester's favour and 109 in Foster's.
    "The 84-vote difference here would be enough to change the result, if on a close inspection of the votes they were held to express a valid preference between Mr Foster and Mr Lester," it reads.
    In response to people telling Lester to move on, he said they needed to make sure "they got it right."
    "This is a sliding doors moment for the city, there's a potential to end up with a New Zealand First mayor with Andy Foster verses a Labour mayor with very different values.
    "I owe it to the 27,000 people who have voted for me, who have come out in large numbers and supported me and said we want you to do this recount and we want to make sure that democracy works and the election is transparent."
    Lester's legal counsel Graeme Edgeler said they had asked for a manual recount of the votes.
    "How do you know that the computers got it right? The one way you do is someone has to look to check the computers were right."
    There had been instances in the United States with computer counts were they had done recounts and several hundred votes had changed, he said.
    There was also Winston Peters' recount from the 1978 general election.
    Edgeler said they would try and tell the judge it was the voter's "intent" that mattered and showing what the voters intended to do, particularly with the 302 partially informal votes.

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    Drug educator: ‘Shorter sentences for drug addicts could be problematic’

    Drug educator: ‘Shorter sentences for drug addicts could be problematic’

    In a landmark judgment released by the Court of Appeal, meth dealers who can prove their addiction caused their offending could have their sentences cut.
    An offender's role in a drug network will also have a greater bearing on the length of a prison sentence, or if they're jailed at all.
    What's more, a drug dealer's poverty and deprivation will be considered as potential mitigating factors.
    CEO of The Drug Detection Agency Kirk Harding, who informs workplace drug policy and testing, told Andrew Dickens with so many factors it will end up coming down to the judge’s discretion.

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    Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at 80

    Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at 80

    Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician who was best known for his time with the power trio Cream, died Sunday at age 80, his family said.
    Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world's most admired and feared musicians.
    With blazing eyes, orange-red hair and a temperament to match, the London native ranked with The Who's Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham as the embodiment of musical and personal fury. Using twin bass drums, Baker fashioned a pounding, poly-rhythmic style uncommonly swift and heavy that inspired and intimidated countless musicians. But every beat seemed to mirror an offstage eruption — whether his violent dislike of Cream bandmate Jack Bruce or his on-camera assault of a documentary maker, Jay Bulger, whom he smashed in the nose with his walking stick.
    Bulger would call the film, released in 2012, "Beware of Mr. Baker."
    Baker's family said on Twitter that he died Sunday: "We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in hospital this morning."
    His daughter Nettie confirmed that Baker died in Britain but gave no other details. The family had said on Sept. 25 that Baker was critically ill in the hospital.
    While Rolling Stone magazine once ranked him the third-greatest rock drummer of all time, behind Moon and Bonham, Baker had contempt for Moon and others he dismissed as "bashers" without style or background. Baker and his many admirers saw him as a rounded, sophisticated musician — an arranger, composer and student of the craft, absorbing sounds from around the world. He had been playing jazz since he was a teenager and spent years in Africa in the 1970s, forming a close friendship with the Nigerian musician-activist Fela Kuti.

    Ginger Baker (c) with Cream in 1967. Photo / AP
    "He was so unique and had such a distinctive personality," Stewart Copeland of the Police told www.musicradar.com in 2013. "Nobody else followed in his footsteps. Everybody tried to be John Bonham and copy his licks, but it's rare that you hear anybody doing the Ginger Baker thing."
    But many fans thought of Baker as a rock star, who teamed with Eric Clapton and Bruce in the mid-1960s to become Cream — one of the first supergroups and first power trios. All three were known individually in the London blues scene and together they helped make rock history by elevating instrumental prowess above the songs themselves, even as they had hits with "Sunshine of Your Love," ''I Feel Free" and "White Room."
    Cream was among the most successful acts of its time, selling more than 10 million records. But by 1968 Baker and Bruce had worn each other out and even Clapton had tired of their deafening, marathon jams, including the Baker showcase "Toad," one of rock's first extended drum solos. Cream split up at the end of the year, departing with two sold-out shows at London's Albert Hall. When told by Bulger that he was a founding father of heavy metal, Baker snarled that the genre "should have been aborted."
    To the surprise of many, especially Clapton, he and Baker were soon part of another super group, Blind Faith, which also featured singer-keyboardist Stevie Winwood and bassist Ric Grech.
    As Clapton would recall, he and Winwood had been playing informally when Baker turned up (Baker would allege that Clapton invited him). Named Blind Faith by a rueful Clapton, the band was overwhelmed by expectations from the moment it debuted in June 1969 before some 100,000 at a concert in London's Hyde Park. It split up after completing just one, self-titled album, as notable for its cover photo of a topless young girl as for its music. A highlight from the record: Baker's cymbal splashes on Winwood's lyrical ballad "Can't Find My Way Home."
    From the 1970s on, Baker was ever more unpredictable. He moved to Nigeria, took up polo,...

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