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Aung San Suu Kyi reunites with her son, Kim Aris.

By Jackie May | 2010-11-23 13:49:55
Reuniting after 10 years

Reuniting after 10 years

It must have been an emotional, special and beautiful meeting. It was a very public one at Yangon International Airport today. I am sure there are stresses and strains in this relationship – (adult) children raised by political activists are often troubled souls.

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Aung San Suu Kyi. The mother.

By Jackie May | 2010-11-14 00:48:41


Aung San Suu Kyi plays with her two sons, Alexander (in the braces) and Kim in front of her father-in-law’s house in Scotland in 1980. I took this from a slide show, the private photo album, on the Guardian’s website. Have a look at it – I’ve never seen the photographs before.

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Aung San Suu Kyi.

By Jackie May | 2010-11-14 00:40:24

I have just seen on the internet that Aung San Suu Kyi was released from her house arrest this morning. A bit late in the day to find this out. She is now free to work, and almost immediately met with the National League for Democracy. But there was a warning from
John Simpson on the BBC who says that Burma “isn’t South Africa and the old regime isn’t just prepared to fade away. We’ll get more of a clue to all of this on Sunday at noon Rangoon time, when Aung San Suu Kyi holds a press conference – assuming that it’s allowed to go ahead by the authorities. But the generals are taking a huge risk in releasing her from house arrest and the battle of wills is only just beginning.”

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In Italy. Via Madrid-Barajas airport.

By Jackie May | 2010-11-14 00:12:40

I’ve been travelling around Italy with a group of journalists this week. Trafalgar Tours invited us to see/try elements of their new guided holiday packages. It’s been interesting. Italy is a wonderful country to experience – the food, wine, landscape, history, art, etc..
First things first, to get to Rome the South African contingent flew through Madrid. We’ve just redone our airports – world class and so on. But none I’ve seen anywhere compare to the Madrid-Barajas airport desiged by Richard Rogers Partnership. It is so marvellous. What a beautiful public facility. It’s light and seemingly simple. The roof is its main feature – colourful, tent-like and curved. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it functions well too.
It’s a few years old already, so many of you have probably been through that airport. But I’ve just been through it for the first time.

Anyway, here is a shot of it.

madrid airport

PS I will tell you more about Italy when I’m rested, have downloaded my pictures or have more time.

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Cult of Less. Generation Zero.

By Jackie May | 2010-11-04 09:37:33

cult of less

Generation Zero, that’s our youth – they are high-tech, mobile and getting rid of their possessions. Yes, ‘sushi’ lovers. This now is the “radical world of Generation Zero”. The Times of London this week featured Jessican Dang who writes the blog Minimal Student. A guide, she says ” for aspiring minimalists at university or college to find a healthier and happier life through simplicity and Zen”.

Of the Generation Zero she said, “My wardrobe is about a quarter the size of most of my friends’. I only have one pair of each type of shoe… one pair of trainers, one pair of heels… I think you can bend the rules with socks though. They count as one.”

And she has managed to cut back her possessions to 100. A product of the recession. Or just wise.

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Sorry Obama.

By Jackie May | 2010-11-03 19:11:56


I am sorry Obama had a “crushing setback” yesterday. I hope that he takes the lessons he may learn from this and turn those angry tea partiers into supporters of his reform programmes. It’s not impossible. There are another two years to go before the next election.

In the meantime it’s lovely to have images of Obama gracing our pages again.

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Stella McCartney for kids.

By Jackie May | 2010-11-03 13:19:24

Stella McCartney, a mother of 3 and pregnant with her fourth, today launches her clothing range for children. She has been collaborating with Gap on a clothes for children for the last couple of years. So this seems an inevitable follow-on. When she announced this project she said “As a brand with so many working parents in the team, i wanted to create a fun, desirable, wearable kids collection that was affordable. I feel all the timeless children’s wear is reserved for the expensive brands and that did not sit well with me. Kids and parents, aunts, uncles, friends should all be able to have access to Stella McCartney Kids clothes.”

The clothes look adorable. And if you can afford them, you can buy them from her website.

Not for white kids only

Not for white kids only

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Obama writes to me.

By Jackie May | 2010-11-02 13:33:40

And to millions of others. He has contacted his 2008 supporters begging them to vote. Polls are predicting a bad election for the Democrats. So if you’re in the USA and can vote do so. Now.

“Jackie –

Tomorrow, you can help determine not just the outcome of this election, but our country’s future.

You made the difference in 2008. Now, once again, you can defy the conventional wisdom that says you can’t overcome the cynicism of our politics; you can’t overcome the special interests and the big money; you can’t tackle our biggest challenges. Read More…

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Nicole Richie and Jonathan Franzen.

By Jackie May | 2010-10-29 18:29:06

Apparently, according to the Vanity Fair, Nicole Richie is a kinda literary genius – she’s just published her second novel, Priceless. Who would have guessed?
I like this extract from an interview with the ‘skinny white girl’ comparing her to Franzen by Eric Spitznagel.

Let’s say someone’s at a bookstore, and they’ve got Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom in one hand and Priceless in another. Which one do they buy?

Well, if you want to be educated, you get Priceless. Read More…

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Die Antwoord ‘stabs’ director Sean Metelerkamp.

By Jackie May | 2010-10-28 15:40:52

How is this for gossip? Pendra Dissell who sent me this press release says Die Antwoord won’t have anything to do with her and Sean Meterlkamp after being told that “I can’t stand you” and “Just F@#k off.”

Eish! What does Die Antwoord say to this release?

Here it is:

Following Die Antwoord posting the below mentioned libelous statement on their Face Book page, where they have over 150 000 fans, Harry & Co, on behalf of Pendra Dissell and Sean Metelerkamp, would like to issue the following statement.

Check it: SEAN METERLEKAMP who claimed to ‘direct’ ZEF SIDE is a fuckin parasite and a liar. Ninja, Yo-landi and DJ HI-TEK started DIE ANTWOORD 5 years ago on our own. Sean took some photos of us and interviewed us under our direction then stabbed us in the back and keeps using our music and imagery without our permission. That art award is a fuckin wank. Sean fuck you and your old alcoholic slut boss in the face.

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