Category Archives: Current Affairs

The latest beauty secret!

 

Last October, I blogged these photos of famous women whose photographs had been altered using the Adobe graphics editing software Photoshop.

Here, a bunch of laugh merchants go to town on the way the program is often used and abused:

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Corey Ogilvie’s Occupy Wall Street short film

Corey Ogilvie is a Canadian film-maker who graduated in 2005 from the University of British Columbia and has since been making award-winning documentaries, most of them focused around issues of social change.

It really is no surprise, therefore, that Ogilvie has made a short film, called I Am Not Moving, of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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The day it rained in Dublin

Over the weekend, it rained and rained and rained in my hometown. At one point, yesterday evening, a month’s worth fell in just under six hours. The resulting floods were pretty spectacular. Some of my friends were in Dundrum Shopping Centre where veritable Titanic-like scenes were recored on various cameras:

Aberdeen hasn’t had quite such an exciting time weather-wise however, it would seem the wind has picked up a little bit…


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Norris -> President

The following is probably the best summary of current events in Ireland regarding the upcoming Presidential elections. For those of you unfamiliar with recent goings-on, the main point of interest is an ageing senator named David Norris, who couldn’t be more controversial a figure if he tried. He’s an openly gay, Anglo-Irish Protestant whose campaign has encountering no small amount of difficulty, leading him to bow out of the race at the beginning of August, only to re-enter last Friday:

David Norris made late-night television history Friday, appearing on the RTÉ network’s Late Late Show to address the personal allegations that have derailed his Irish presidential campaign. The Irish presidency is a largely ceremonial position, a national spokesman job really, with no legislative or executive power but a good deal of cultural clout. And for months David Norris — the openly gay, avowedly intellectual writer, Trinity College Dublin literature professor and ceremonial Irish senator — has been challenging and reshaping the Irish cultural zeitgeist like no public figure of his time. But is that a good thing? 

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September

This photo, The Falling Man, by AP photographer Richard Drew, is of a man falling from the North Tower on September 11th 2001. To me, it’s probably the most disturbing of all the images from that day. The man has been unofficially identified as Jonathan Briley, who worked in a cafe on the top floor.

Amongst the wreckage of the two towers, 147 wedding rings were found.

Take a look at this interactive map by the New York Times, asking readers where they were on that day, ten years ago.

And this story, published in London’s Evening Standard newspaper on Friday.

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The London Riots, as seen through Facebook, iPhones and Blackberrys

My friend Mark went to Hackney last night to take some photos. He said it started out fairly casual, there was the odd brick thrown by a teenager and bins set alight but nothing too dramatic. As it got dark however, the atmosphere got a lot more tense and eventually things turned pretty nasty. He was threatened by youths for taking pictures of ‘black faces’. He left soon afterwards but later on, several journalists were beaten up and mugged for their equipment and money.

(Photos by Mark Napier)

Later on, in Clapham Junction, my  friends Iain, Kenny and Simon were  there when it kicked off and the mob started burning buildings on St John’s Road:

The damage around Brixton was evident on my way to work this morning:

There was heartening news however, from Clapham Junction, where hundreds of residents joined together in a huge effort to clean up the mess left by a night of violence, burning and looting.

My friend Kenny took part (and got a girl’s number – well done, Kenny!) as he lives just around the corner. He said the atmosphere was incredible, and this video makes me inclined to believe him.

Even when I was there later on, you could still spot the odd broom-armed hero, like this guy who was striding along, sweeping brush over his shoulder and a can of Red Stripe in his hand:

At the moment, talking heads are arguing over the root cause of the violence, with several different theories being bandied about. Many people are, of course, getting very angry. This woman was telling it like it is in Hackney last night, and has become of an internet heroine…

Indeed, the major role the internet has played in all of it is undeniable, often with amusing/bemusing results.

Here are a couple of examples that made me LOL.

And with that – I’m off to find my dinner/a shop that’s still open in Clapham.

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Why study for a degree in Politics when you could just watch the West Wing?

My friend Delap has recently become obsessed with the West Wing, just as I did in my second year at uni. I loved how much it taught me about the world of American and indeed, global politics.

This here is just one of several uncanny examples of life imitating art:

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