The Real African problem?

The following was posted as a comment but I think it’s deserving of it’s own space – thanks to Hans for pulling together his thoughts, some of which I’d heard in isolation before, into a fascinating little article. Note that Hans wrote this, not me – I’ll pass on any comments about this to him, if you don’t want to post them here.

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In a rut

So much to talk about, so little inclination. Live 8 – the vitriol surrounding these concerts astounds me. Is it ideal? No. Is it part of a greater scheme that actually seems to be working? Yes. Sir Bob was on Jonathon Ross at the weekend, Jonathon asked him “why have the G8 countries done nothing?”, Bob responded “I have no idea”. Ultimately, and I don’t believe it will be a miracle cure, the steps taken recently WILL make a difference. This is a GOOD thing. Peter at Naked Blog has dropped out of Big Blogger, I’m sad to see him go, I’m also wondering where Big Blogger is heading. I’m still treating it as a silly bit of fun though …

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R.E.M.

Whilst I remember, I have one spare ticket for this Saturday’s R.E.M. gig in Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond, the venue is amazing, and if the sun is out it should be a great day. If you want the ticket, make me a (monetary) offer. P.S. You’ve only got a couple of days before I bung it up on eBay.

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Sorry Philip

Do you dream every night? I think I do but as I awake the dream floats off into the light, disappearing from view, blurring into nothing and glimpses of the dream are all I can grab. I’ve stopped trying to remember them now, and it’s only the secondary dreams that I can recall, the ones created after I’ve woken and gone back to sleep, the ones that feature real people, real things and places, the ones that I know give me a sense of déjà vu from time to time. There are various schools of thought as to why we dream, from Freud and Jung to modern interpretations, and all agree that dreaming is a release of emotion, the unspoken …

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Sin City

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic There’s only one thing that annoys me in the cinema more than a bad movie – and aside from inconsiderate people – it’s a mediocre movie that could have been a great movie. In saying that, even typing that sentence has me wondering if that’s true of Sin City. In case you don’t know, it’s based on a series of “graphic novels” by Frank Miller, and the movie is shot largely in black and white to reflect that. Visually the effect is stunning, with only a few colours allowed on screen you find yourself noticing details you may not have noticed before. Unfortunately one of the things you notice is how stilted …

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Mr and Mrs Smith

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic I’ve used this phrase to describe movies before and once again it’s apt, quite simply Mr and Mrs Smith is exactly what you expect. Two of the beautiful people turn up, make a movie, flirt, smile and indulge in some Hollywood style action. This is not a clever movie, it’s not a violent movie, it’s not a comedy, a romance or an action movie. In fact it’s a bit like Romancing the Stone but not as good. I’m guessing that the lead actors saw the script and saw a simple little movie that wouldn’t stretch their acting skills. Brad Pitt coasts through this barely breaking sweat at any point, relying on his …

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DVD Meme

Lyle “tagged” me – what is with that anyway, so very American is it not? “Tag you’re it” I played TIG when I was a child, tee eye gee TIG! – so you get the joy of another meme. I have a love hate relationship with this. Love them cause the good ones can be quite interesting, hate them because they make me think.. The total number of DVDs, videos, and films I own. Videos is around the 300 mark I think. DVDs (checks list) are at 112, although not all of them are bought – the joys of having a DVD recorder and Sky Movies! The last film I bought. Was… hmmm well I recently bought three for Louise’s …

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So far…

Gardening yesterday, had more planned for today but Mother Nature decided the plants needed watering. Typical. So we’re off to the cinema later so I can drool over Angelina Jolie and Louise can drool over Brad Pitt… and Angeline Jolie. In her own words it’s “great being a woman”. Personally I don’t think it’s fair and she’s just being greedy, and anyway Brad isn’t my type. Big Blogger continues a pace. Rumours of me running naked around the garden may have some substance. And now a little word about online etiquette. I have a “Contact Me” link over there on the left, some people don’t and their comment box is the only way you can contact them. Trackbacks are for …

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Summer

Finally thoughts turn to summer as the sunshine holds and whilst it’s still a few weeks away the holiday is already beckoning. Of course there are some priorities to sort out, namely which books to take and what music to fill the iPod with. I’m driving down to Torquay on my own, Louise, her sister and the kids are taking the train, so I’m gonna go overnight I think. I have the iTrip working, a car charger and so just need some good driving tunes. I’m also gonna make up a “summer” playlist – suggestions welcomed. Book wise I’m going to take some classics with me I think – Counte of Monte Cristo for example – as well as some …

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Miscellany

Tonight, Channel Four, 10.30pm (I think) Channel Five at 10pm. House. As previously mentioned. Worth a watch if you can get past Hugh’s American accent – his wonderfully acerbic character should help. ~ Road charges. According to the Beeb there seems only to be some “outrage” and on the whole this idea seems to be gaining some momentum. Of course that’ll all change when the government publish proposed figures of how much it will cost a driver, and everyone sits down to do the arithmetic. As the numbers start to add up, it’s how far beyond what we currently pay that will make or break this idea, I think. ~ G8 Protesters say “We demand the right to march past …

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