Friday, November 24, 2006


Rediff has an article titled "Thanks to India the dream of free Tibet resuscitated" - which is a quote from online questions posed to and answered by Tenzin Tsundue - the Tibetan activist. Curiously, the Economist carries an article with the headline "Hu's afraid of the Dalai Lama" which essentially maintains that India has softened it's stance on Tibet in order to ensure better business links with China. The Economist, after praising India's long standing support of Tibet, says "... So it is sad to see India follow the West in helping China by making even the limited political space available to Tibetan exiles even smaller". Needless to say, both articles are illuminating.

ps Happy birthday aporup.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Borat, CNN, Junk food ads and bed scenes

I saw the Borat movie. It was hilarious...




Ok, some parts of it were very funny. Some parts of it were old gags which were vaguely amusing. But a large part of the movie was crass and cringeworthy and my primary emotion through much of the running time was one of embarrassment. The kind you experience when you see something you shouldn't be seeing, with people who you shouldn't be seeing these things with.

On another note, I've been watching CNN news of late and I'm suddenly aware that there are subtle changes in their coverage. They actually pronounce Pakistan as "paak-e-staan" and not the american "Pack-e-stan". They even had a program on Khadims the shoe company headquartered in Kolkata and they actually prounounced correctly the word "borobabu" (as Roy Burman the head of the business is called within the company).

Today, the news is that Ofcom has banned junk food ads on childrens channels. You have to agree that this is a draconian move as some of the newspapers have termed it. Is shutting off information and communication the right answer to anything in today's world? Would we next stop showing financial ads to prevent people from borrowing too much? Yes I know I'm stretching the point. But keeping in mind the need to curb the influence of the offending ads, in my humble opinion, it's yet another scenario where parents are abdicating responsibility and pointing fingers at other sources. There are always reasons why children may get tempted. We've recently seen footage on TV of parents ignoring the school drive for healthy eating and feeding their kids chips and snacks through the school gates. At the end of the day if we don't take responsibility for the outcomes of our own actions, nobody else will.

As I said before, my mornings start reading in bed for an hour or two. Some days, I go straight through to lunch in this position - when work essentially involves reading, reviewing, writing, mailing and calling people. Needless to say, K is jealous of this state of affairs. Having the Camden Arts Centre next door is also pretty handy as its a quick option for a coffee and seeing actual people.

Current reading includes Ogden Nash, Alex Fergusson's Autobiography and Nick Mason's Inside Out - the story of Pink Floyd.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Nov 10 - of beds, backsides and browsers.

As always I start my day tucked in bed with my laptop, reading, for a couple of hours, in a thinkly veiled excuse for working. No really, I do read lots of fascinating reading ... BBC Sports, Guardian Football, Soccernet, Football 365... its tough keeping up with all the news and gossip.

And the fascinating tidbits - like this one - from football365:

(my question is, how cold does it get in sunderland actually???)

'A man is recovering in hospital from serious internal injures after launching a firework from his backside. The 22-year-old suffered a scorched colon and other injuries in the incident in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: "We received a call stating there was a male who had a firework in his bottom and it was bleeding. A spokesman for the Firework Association, said he had never heard of an incident like it in 45 years' - The Press Association

Apart from this, in a major development (life changing moment) I've switched from Microsoft Internet Explorer, to Firefox from Mozilla. Its much much faster, and has a few clever features (imports all your bookmarks and cookies) and you can download plug ins like a clip tagger from Clipmarks, Sage a feed manager and a blogging tool called Performancing, which allows you to blog any content from it's original page on the web, to your blog.

The MI5 head thinks there are 200 terror plots being tracked by the police. Sir Malcolm Rifkind thinks that the announcement for Saddam's sentence was timed, on request of the US, to coincide with their elections. And I have a full day of work, at home.