A protester in Brazil presents a birthday cake to the general assigned to control the demonstration.
We have seen some very depressing images in Australia this week; children at a Sydney protest against the film Innocence of Muslims holding up signs reading ‘Behead all those who insult the prophet’.
Worse things have happened in other parts of the world as people who haven’t seen the pathetic amateurish film (yes, I watched some of it on YouTube until I was too bored to continue) try to convince each other of their righteous anger by violently rioting, hurting and killing themselves, other demonstrators and total strangers – fellow human beings about whom they know nothing.
For a sane, measured explanation of this senselessness, I highly recommend you read the article by Waleed Aly published in the Fairfax press.
Meanwhile, my thanks to my correspondent Theo for sending me the link to these more uplifting images of people being nice to each other. If you haven’t already seen them, click on the link:
I see that 9,882,857 people have already visited them. That’s more than clicked on Innocence of Muslims. They should be compulsory viewing for everyone who feels a little holy outrage coming on.
There’s been much discussion in Australia this week about cyber-bullying, abusive tweeting and trolls, brought on by some particularly nasty tweets about Rugby League player Robbie Farah’s mother and the online hounding of television personality Charlotte Dawson.
Some politicians have jumped on the bandwagon of public outrage and have been arguing that social media outlets such as FaceBook and Twitter have a responsibility to gag those who use their services to post abusive, racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise objectionable comments. No details are supplied as to how this is supposed to happen, but it makes the politicians seem to be doing their job. Continue reading
Disclosure: Our son-in-law recently began work at Apple, Sydney, so he sent us on a mission to investigate how Apple does things in the Big Apple.
According to Apple’s publicity, the glass cube on 5th Avenue by the corner of Central Park has become the most photographed spot in New York, beating the Statue of Liberty.
This is possible, when you think about it, since many thousands of customers each day try out their newly-purchased Apple equipment by taking a few shots. Continue reading
It all looks so very good in the travel brochures. Sunny skies, crystal clear water, no people. It’s very hard to photograph humidity.
We’re flying there tomorrow, with the whole family – self, Mevrouw T, our children and grandchildren too. The weather forecast is not promising.
Will it measure up to expectations? Assuming they have internet access, I’ll let you know. Stay tuned.
Matthew Whittet is simply superb as nine (nearly ten) year old Thomas Klopper. Photo: Heidrun Lohr.
Okay, let’s be up front about this. I’m using my blog to plug my play, because it’s a production I’m immensely proud to be part of.
The Book of Everything will be back in Sydney for short season before it goes to the New Victory Theatre, 42nd St, New York in 2012, and I do want everyone to see it. Daytime schools performances are already sold out, but tickets are still available for evening and school holiday sessions. Continue reading
Do you think they look good? Photo: Roetz Bikes
About a million new bikes are sold each year in the Netherlands, from which it follows that thousands of old ones go to the scrap heap (or to the bottom of a canal).
Tiemen ter Hoeven and Mark Groot Wassink buy up useable old bike frames from police and government depots, give them a trendy paint job, fit them with durable new components and sell them. Continue reading