Are bars simply non-viable businesses now?

Video killed the Radio Star and now Grindr has killed the Gay Bar.  Or has it?

Social media apps are killing the gay bar scene, claiming as their latest victim New Zealand’s longest-running gay venue.

Urge in Auckland is the ninth gay bar to shut down in New Zealand over the past two years because of dwindling patronage, echoing the closures of international gay hotspots in New York, San Francisco and Sydney.

Sociologist Michael Stevens blames the internet, as apps such as Grindr, and social change, render such venues redundant.

“In the past you had to go to a venue to meet other LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people, today you don’t.”

Now people can just grab a phone, swipe left or right according to preference – at work, in bed or in a meeting.

Must be a tough realisation that few¬†actually came to your bar because you were running a place people want to have a drink. ¬† Read more »

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Face of the day

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The Western Bay’s Volunteer of the Year Sara Hillier-Jones of Pyes Pa. Photo / John Borren

A wonderful article from my childhood home of the sunny Bay of Plenty, that reminds us all, that giving can give us as much satisfaction as getting.

Volunteering for the IHC has given Sara Hillier-Jones a purpose in life that she lost when crippling migraine headaches forced her out of the workforce.

The 49-year-old Pyes Pa occupational therapist was declared Western Bay’s Volunteer of the Year at a special champagne breakfast. ¬† Read more »

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21

12 The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; He will bring disaster on them.

Sunday nightCap

Vegans need not apply: beat that meat

A different way to cook a steak.

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Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, DMX, and The Notorious B.I.G. all went to the same high school. (source)

 

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I’m sure Cam’s already ordered a pair

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Dutch brewery Bavaria has more courage than Sony

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Daily Roundup

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Sort of gone off Herald Bombs because I could fill a blog every day on the clangers they come out with. ¬†But I thought the above was particularly noteworthy. ¬† Either they got it wrong, or I’m starting to get quite attracted to George Clooney myself.

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