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What Future For Media Reforms?

  • March 25th, 2013
  • Posted by 7thmin

news-of-world-logo2.jpgrupert-murdoch21.jpg leveson-report.jpg stephen-conroy.jpg                                The British government has announced its plan for regulation of the press, with a new complaints procedure; mirrored by far-less successful efforts, and less cooperation among legislators, in Australia.

It followed the media scandals of 2011 and after, which provoked questions on what to do about the London tabloid newspapers. … Read More »

Putin’s Passport Offer to Gerard Depardieu: One More “Oligarch” For Moscow?

  • January 4th, 2013
  • Posted by 7thmin

gerard_depardieu-wikipedia.jpgOPINION: A reality check for Gerard Depardieu (picture): the tax-averse French actor and multi-millionaire has been invited by Russia to become a citizen there – and if he really wants, to say goodbye to France forever.

Mr Depardieu, a hugely loved and accomplished performer, became a symbol of his native country through 114 films or tele-movies made since 1971; in the world of unreality as an ordinary bloke battling comically against all odds, a Frenchman abroad, or an historical  leader of humankind. … Read More »

Charles Dickens 1812 – 2012

  • February 7th, 2012
  • Posted by 7thmin

charles-dickens.jpgOliver Twist, “ungrateful boy”, wanted more to eat, (and was a leader of others); Uriah Heep was “very’umble”, unlike Mr Bumble; Bill Sikes’s Nancy was a tragic figure of those times, and these; something turned up for Mr Micawber, in Australia.

Charles Dickens’s characters, sketched amiably for the newspapers of 19th Century England, gave their creator an outlet for an incisive sense of humour, and a feeling for sufferers of unjust fortunes. … Read More »

Europe Day – Celebrations And Sorrows

  • May 17th, 2011
  • Posted by 7thmin

eu-flag-flies.jpgEvents for Europe Day 2011 were played out against a backdrop of new crises, challenges and opportunities for the European Union. … Read More »

Smoking: Letting Go Can Be So Hard

  • January 20th, 2011
  • Posted by 7thmin

gauloises-resize.jpgRebellious responses by cafe goers in Greece or Spain in recent weeks, to strictures against smoking in public places, are just newer  installations in a battle of the last two decades … … Read More »

John Lennon Remembered

  • December 9th, 2010
  • Posted by 7thmin

double-fantasy-1.jpgInformal commemorations are taking part at the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, New York, for the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon, on 8.12.80.

Lee Duffield * recalls the time: … Read More »

Films: Bravo “Samson and Delilah”

  • May 28th, 2009
  • Posted by 7thmin

samson-d-mattriviera.jpgA story of two young aboriginal people in trouble and falling in love  — Samson and Delilah — won this year’s Camera d’Or award at Cannes (24.5.09). … Read More »

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