In a review on a Guardian blog about tonight’s BBC broadcasting of the Mrs Mandela, the writer says that “it’s good to see film makers dramatising the lives of real black people”.
Incredible isn’t it? Black people. Real? WTF! Where the fake ones?
The film sounds interesting though. Hannah Pool, the writer, says that “there is a scene where Winnie keeps her newly liberated husband waiting while she gets ready to face an eagerly awaiting crowd of journalists, politicians and well wishers. As Nelson exasperatedly hurries his wife along, she turns to him: “I have waited 27 years for you, the least you can do is wait a few minutes for me.” This small, almost mundane tension between husband and wife is the film’s strength.”
It’s showing tonight at 9pm on BBC4; followed at 10.30pm by The Real Winnie Mandela. If you can access BBC4 watch for the local times.
Ok there may have been a security risk with dropping food parcels and water into the devastated areas of Haiti but ignoring the fact that no food and water wasn’t getting to desperate people is silly. Last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said airdrops had been ruled out because they might do more harm than good, according to the BBC . But yesterday U.S. Military finally began dropping food and water over Haiti.
This is the report on Slate:
The U.S. military dropped about 14,000 ready-to-eat meals and 15,000 liters of drinking water outside of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince yesterday in an attempt to help those who have been left without food or shelter after last week’s earthquake. Responding to complaints that supplies weren’t moving into the country fast enough, the U.S. military decided to bypass airport congestion and is now considering airdrops in other areas around the devastated country. Last week, the The city’s port was destroyed in the earthquake and debris litters the roads, slowing down the traditional delivery routes for aid.
The BBC has invited the British National Party to participate in a debate on prime time television. Other Brits are furious. BNP last week admitted in court that its constitution was in breach of the law by discriminating against black and Asian people who might want to join. Would black or Asian people want to be members of an organisation which wants them to leave the UK? Doubt it.
Ex South African but now a UK cabinet minister Peter Hain has said that the BBC might face a legal challenge. But the Guardian reported that “the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, has rebuffed Hain’s claim that the corporation may face a legal challenge if it allows British National Party leader Nick Griffin to appear on Question Time this week.
Thompson was responding to Hain’s letter claiming the BNP was an “unlawful body” after the Equality and Human Rights Commission started a county court action last week accusing it of breaching race relations laws with its whites-only membership rules.
Can’t cope when the free speech is offensive. I am with the whingers on this one.
The BNP is so excited by its BBC invitation, they’re counting down the seconds till the Thursday date on their website.
Because I’ve been preoccupied with Earth, the film, and all things green today, I’ve posted Michael Jackson’s song “Earth”. Sad and depressing. I’ve posted the lyrics below.
I’m planning to take my children to see Earth the film. It opens at most cinemas in South Africa tomorrow and looks absolutely stunning. See the trailer here.
What about sunrise?
What about rain?
What about all the things,
That you said we were to gain?
What about killing fields?
Is there a time?
What about all the things,
That you said was yours and mine? Read More…
News from Congo is so confusing, conflicting and this the latest BBC report, is troubling. BBC is reporting that leaders “called on the international community to end sanctions against Zimbabwe and backed away from the possibility of holding an extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe, against the wishes of the country’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.”
And here is the Reuters report:
Southern African heads of state called on the international community to end sanctions on Zimbabwe, ending a regional summit meeting on Tuesday with a statement many had expected. Read More…
Poor Annie. She’s in deep trouble already what with owing millions of dollars. Now there is hard-to-believe news of her being sued. “Paolo Pizzetti claims Ms Leibovitz used photos he took in Venice and Rome, and passed them off as her own in a 2009 calendar for a coffee company,” according the BBC online. The coffee company is Lavazza according to a coffee blog. This is one of the calender pictures:
They tell us not to drink too much of it – bad for the arteries. And not to drink or eat the full fat stuff. But I like nothing less than extra thick Greek yoghurt. And lots of milk. My children too. So I was delighted to read this story on BBC: “Children who eat plenty of dairy foods such as milk and cheese can expect to live longer.”
“Some 4,374 UK children from a 1930s study were traced 65 years later by researchers in Bristol and Queensland.
They found those who had had high dairy and calcium intakes as children had been protected against stroke and other causes of death, journal Heart reports.
Vernon Koekemoer approves:
Today at the concert, Bono said Obama’s election was an American and Irish dream as well as “a European dream, an African dream, an Israeli dream.” Then he added: “And also a Palestinian dream.”
Obama has said precious little about Gaza. It’s an issue that many are waiting to hear more about on Wednesday – eventhough a ceasefire has been declared.
It may be a very fragile ceasefire but this is good news. It could be the start of some progress. The BBC reports that:
Mr Olmert was speaking at a news conference with European leaders after first Israel, then Hamas declared unilateral ceasefires in Gaza.
Some Israeli troops have already begun pulling out of the Gaza Strip, following a three-week offensive.
Meanwhile, Ismail Haniya, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, said the Palestinians had won a great victory over Israel.
“The enemy has failed to achieve its goals,” he said in a speech broadcast on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV.
Tonight on BBC’s Panorama, viewers will learn that Baby P, the little boy pictured above, was refused a foster home by the services manager, Clive Preece, at Haringey Council in North London. A senior social worker,Sylvia Henry, had found him a foster home and didn’t want him to be looked after by a family member. But her concerns, and those of the police, were ignored by Clive Preece.
Instead, the baby was placed with a family member rather than put in foster care. Read More…