Positive Rejections

The recent two rounds of United Nations-sponsored talks between Morocco and the Frente Polisario on Western Sahara were positive but they could not be described as negotiations, given the two sides largely rejected each other’s views, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the issue.

ref: http://allafrica.com/morocco/

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Suggestive research

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City of Culture?

Going to Leeds to celebrate Tinks’ birthy-day. We shall be showing those people how to partaay!

Yesterday’s results

4-2 United v Dinamo Kiev, great job.
7-0 Arsenal v Slavia Prague, brilliant play!
But 0-0 Rangers v Barcelona? Amazing result.

Maria Full of Grace

First of all, thank you LoveFilm.com It’s a really great service and I’m really enjoying the choice during my 30-day trial. Sign up and get a free trial like I did; it’ll change your life. I love going home and finding a great movie on the floor. And it’s damn easy to use as well. So go ahead and do yourself a favour.

Maria is a 17 year old Columbian girl who worked as a flower packer in her small home town untill she got tired of being treated like a sub-human. She sets off to Bogota to find work, and an acquaintance introduces her to Felipe who interviews her for a job by asking about her digestive system.

Yes, Maria Alvarez is to be paid to swallow pellets of cocaine and fly to New Jersey.

One of the other drug carriers or mules she befriends is on the same flight, and so is her friend from the flower factory who also wants to make a quick buck. It is a common tactic to send mules together so that if one does get caught by customs officials, the risk of the others getting stuck is minimised.

A mishap occurs which strands these village girls in America.

This is a most poignant film and I was deeply moved by it.

The next one will be a Chinese movie called “Happy Times Hotel”

Are you trying to —— me?

I heard a brilliant ad on Classic FM radio this morning on the way in to work.

Anne Bancroft: Please wait till my husband gets home.

Dustin Hoffman: When is he coming back?

Anne Bancroft: My husband will be back quite late. He should be gone for several hours.

Dustin Hoffman: Oh my god.

Anne Bancroft: Pardon?

Dustin Hoffman: Oh no, Mrs. Robinson, oh no.

Anne Bancroft: What’s wrong?

Dustin Hoffman: Mrs. Robinson, you didn’t – I mean, you didn’t expect –

Anne Bancroft: What?

Dustin Hoffman: I mean, you didn’t really think that I would do something like that.

Anne Bancroft: Like what?

Dustin Hoffman: What do you think?

Anne Bancroft: Well, I don’t know.

Dustin Hoffman: For God’s sake, Mrs. Robinson, here we are, you’ve got me into your house. You give me a drink. You put on Classic FM.

Anne Bancroft: So?

Dustin Hoffman: Mrs. Robinson – you are trying to relax me …. Aren’t you?

Ha ha!

(Disclaimer: I obviously didn’t remember the radio ad verbatim so I nicked the original film dialogue from Wikiquotes. Equally obviously it wasn’t Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman doing the ad but voice-actors.)

China’s Stolen Children / The Edukators

A heart-breaking programme on telly on Monday about the kidnapping of children in China (Dispatches – China’s Stolen Children)

A very informative programme, and I was surprised to find parents get lower prices for their child if the buyer is rich, because they feel their child will have a better shot at life in a rich family. And conversely, for the best price a parent/guardian must sell their child to a poor family.

I liked the way the interviews were conducted in a non-intrusive manner and the subjects were very open and frank, especially a broker of deals in human beings.

The programme also followed some vigilante rescuers who posed as buyers and then sprung the victims from their captors.

China’s One-Child policy got a lot of blame, and there was a lot to think about.

Yesterday’s movie was a German film The Edukators ‘die Erziehungsberechtigten’ (the film is known as “Die fetten Jahren sind vorbei” in German = The days of High-living are over) who set out to set right the evils of capitalism. Tired of useless demonstrations, they opt for more direct action, which leads to a spiral of events.

I really enjoyed the film for the underlying debate on how rebellion slowly fades into maturity without realising. A line in the film says something like “You rebel, then you start a family, buy a house and then you have commitments, then you want security, education for the kids costs, and suddenly one day you’re at the polls… voting conservative”.

Well, he said it better, but you get me. GO watch it.

Meanwhile at work I have Another Russian Deal to clinch….. 🙂

Reject if depressed

Yes, my dear readers, this is the advice I saw printed on the top of a jar. Reject if depressed.

But what does it mean? Should I reject somebody if they are depressed? Surely that would only drive them deeper to despair! Or does it refer to when I feel depressed? But if so what is it that I must reject?

I am confused.

Anyway, this jar of free balti sauce is good. Lloyd Grossman, whoever you are, you bespectacled respectacled cooker, you know your sauces.