Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Image through the screen of Mum's back window, at dusk.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Paul McCartney Musicares Show
Los Angeles - February 10, 2012
Host: Eddie Izzard
Paul McCartney - Magical Mystery Tour; Junior's Farm
Foo Fighters - Jet
Alicia Keyes - Blackbird
Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas - No More Lonely Nights
Tony Bennett - Here, There and Everywhere
Duane Eddy - And I Love Her
Norah Jones - Oh Darling
Katy Perry - Hey Jude
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - I Saw Her Standing There
Sergio Mendes - Fool on the Hill
Coldplay - We Can Work It Out
James Taylor - Yesterday (with Diana Krall on piano)
Diana Krall - For No One (with James Taylor and Joe Walsh on guitar)
Paul McCartney - My Valentine; I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (aka Kisses on the Bottom); 1985 (with Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl on guitar); Golden Slumbers; Carry That Weight; The End
Would I have liked to be there? Is the pope - wait, what is he again, German? Anyway, the answer is a heart-stopping yes. Ah well, a girl can dream. And a Happy Valentine's Day to you too.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
I shared many of your views on the Beth Blog today. I read “The Man” at a very young age and was very profoundly moved by it. In fact, I believe I read it a few times. It was prescient. Great Book.
I was also watching “Judgement at Nuremberg” this week and I always find it powerful.
And then, as to this “Richard” you quote on Downton, well I agree with him also. Concordance is a good thing.
The note is from my friend Richard.
Brava to Carmen Aguirre for her Canada Reads win with Something Fierce, her memoir of fighting the Pinochet regime with her hippy mother. She says in the Globe that as she wrote, she thought of the work as a novel, because she hesitated to expose herself:
"I grappled with that till the very end," she says, "Then I thought, 'Well, have some balls and call it what it is. It's your memory and it's your interpretation of events.' That's what a memoir is." WOO HOO!
Jeanette Winterson has just published a memoir called Why be happy when you could be normal? It's a truthful telling of her nightmare childhood, the exact same story that was presented as fiction in her first book Oranges are not the only fruit. I am very happy that writers like Aguirre and Winterson are finally just telling their true stories, instead of pretending they're made up.
The general feeling about Canada Reads this year seems to be that the books were worthy but some of the panelists were not. At least, that is the opinion of a man whose opinions I value highly: Richard.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
This is to inform you that the next DESK DAY will be on Monday, February 13th.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
With encouragement from their colleagues, three Conservative MPs stood in their places earlier this week and tabled petitions calling for thede-funding of the CBC.
You can read their exact words here.
This latest episode of hostility follows a long list of attacks on our CBC from the Prime Minister and his party – floating the idea of cutting our CBC by more than $100 million in the upcoming federal budget. The consequences of a cut of this magnitude would be devastating.
But, even in the darkest hour there is a ray of hope.
For the CBC, that ray of hope is you and millions of other citizens who love the CBC and understand the importance of public broadcasting as a force forCanadian sovereignty, culture and democracy.
We must stand together to defend our national public broadcaster. I am writing to ask you to make a special investment in our Countdown Fund.
We are pulling out all the stops as we count the days to the federal budget – which we expect will be tabled in Parliament at the end of February or the beginning of March.
We have only a few weeks to show this government how much the CBC means to us and to the country.
The regular Francophone soiree last night was particularly interesting – old friend A., a French diplomat, was there. He has spent his life living in different countries, including 3 years in China; recently, he organized the G20 and G8 conferences in France. The French conferences, which cost far, far less than the Canadian events, were organized by 7 people; the Canadian ones by 80. The Americans are mad for organization, he said. When the enormous American delegation arrived, they were so disturbed that all their questions about every aspect of the event were being answered by one man - A. - that he showed them the room where a big crowd of carpenters and sound technicians was setting up. That's our management team, he said. The sight of all those busy people made the Americans happy.
We had to give everyone gifts, he said with disgust. Beach bags with a nice towel, personally approved by Sarko. They're there to discuss how to save the world, and everyone is opening their beach bags to see the towels. In fact, was his conclusion, those meetings can never work – how can you bring thousands of people together to back world leaders - who meet for 24 hours? Jack pointed out that at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, decisions were made, like the founding of the World Bank, that have remained in place ever since. Now, after these enormous meetings that cost many millions, nothing changes.
There were 3500 members of the world press there, A. told us, who never got near the candidates. They had a good time at the café’s, were handed a press release, filed it and went home.
Re France: A. said that Sarkozy quoted Angela Merkel 14 times in his last speech. They are both now nicknamed Merkozy. He will not survive the next election, he said, and neither will she. A. has lived for the last 2 years in Paris and will be happy to leave. I hate Parisians, he said. Snobbish, rigid, rude in cafés, in the streets. I have to dress someone down about their behaviour every day. I lived in London for 12 years, the happiest years of my life. Such crazy people, the British, funny, creative. I laugh all the time in London. I never laugh in Paris.
That discussion wound down, and we moved on. We discussed daily structure – do we need it to be creative? Or does it impede creativity? And then anarchy, and Bakunin. Has Bakunin been misrepresented by history? someone asked. (Of course I knew the answer but pretended, humbly, that I barely knew what they were talking about.)
Obama – the great disappointment. How, said one of the young people at the dinner, could you have thought he was a man of the left? It’s obvious he’s not.
But think who was there before - he was the opposite of George Bush, the swaggering cowboy! I cried. Obama spoke the English language beautifully, with idealism, passion and depth. He was a Communist poet next to Bush. We wondered why the American white working class supports the Republicans, who are actively working against their interests. But then, perhaps the working class has always been fundamentally more conservative than is logical.
Our final, disheartening topic: Why are there almost no leaders of conscience and principle left in the world? Where are the F. D. Roosevelts and Churchills? Everywhere, the flimsy politics of show biz, spectacle and gossip. There’s no substance; the level of debate is appalling. Is it the fault of citizens who don’t demand better, or the fact that no good people want to enter politics? Except for Jack Layton and Vaclav Havel. (And, I add now, Elizabeth Warren in the U.S., who was so stirring recently on Jon Stewart.)
Nearly every African leader who led his country to freedom, said Jack, who knows almost everything, became a corrupt and brutal dictator.
And on that sombre note, after much wine and dinner, head buzzing with thought, conversation and questions about Bakunin, I went home.