Friday, October 30, 2009

The Leaf Turner


So, when I pitched my idea of “going on a hike” in my tutorial and received a less than even remotely interested response, I packed away my mind map and had a little think. What haven’t I done? I haven’t become a millionaire (yet), I haven’t eaten human flesh (not going to try that one), I haven’t lost any more DP’s recently (probably a good thing).

The list went on and nothing quite sparked my imagination until a friend suggested I spend the last night before swot week going back to my old ways *insert daunting music here*. Now, for the sake of clarification I am in fact a g08. I came to Rhodes University last year, bright eyed and relatively sober. I returned this year blurry eyed and rather pickled. After many a drunken trawl up and down New Street, stern looks from lecturers and pitying looks from locals; I thought it was time to turn a new leaf.

Since the beginning of third term I have not put a drink to my lips, not set a foot in a club/pub or bar and most importantly I have clear, vivid memories of the past two terms! Okay, so that was a slight over exaggeration, I have in fact done the trawl once or twice, but with a mere R2 to my name, so yes – not a sip of alcohol but rather a glass of water which I claimed was “vodka and sprite”.

Thinking that as a seasoned Rhodent my alcohol tolerance would have simply lain dormant over the past six months; I put on my dancing shoes, drinking hat and my game face. The night began with crackling pre-drinks, a stumble to friars and suddenly I found my heart palpitating gloriously along to some crappy Lady Gaga song and I felt… well… at home. As the night went on I began to wonder; what am I doing? Then proceeded to down my drink, slur “whooo-hooo” and promptly pass out in the corner.

I awoke the next morning wondering why my eyes seemed supernaturally glued together, why my head felt like a woodpecker was having the time of it’s life with my skull and why pray tell, was I wearing my domestic’s apron? As reality dawned; I recalled being taken home (possibly forcibly removed from friars), undressed and redressed in an apron (due to an unfortunate event with projectile vomiting from er, food poisoning), and left prone in a drunken stupor on my couch.

If I could remember the actual night, I'm sure I had a lot of fun. But for now, the leaf has been re-turned and until exams are over I will nurse my aching head and liver. I can feel the disapproving looks from my “maring” peers but being a “marer” is all good until you quit, then unfortunately for all the leaf turners out there – its best to keep that leaf well turned.

Nothing Better Than Coffee and Cigarettes in The Morning



Having become rather biased and partial to my own group’s blog I felt a strange sense of impending doom when we received our assignment brief. It was daunting to actually acknowledge that maybe our blog wasn’t quite the most fabulous creation; maybe, just maybe someone had a better idea with more… what was it? Oh yes – “flair”. Well, I held down ctrl and I clicked on the first thing that caught my attention.

I apprehensively opened my eyes and the flair was well and truly there. Cigarettes and Coffee (
http://journalismcigarrettesandcoffee.blogspot.com/
), how I love those two very things, and here was a blog encompassing the cathartic early morning ritual so many of us either openly or sneakily partake in before those dreaded 7:45 lectures.

The blog’s background imagery consists of a worn wooden floor and a perfect cup of coffee contrasted with black and white stockinged feet. Further, they have a voting gadget, an informative and enticing “about me” section, two different “template headers”, many photographs and the actual writing is quick, clever and concise – it’s glorious.

I was so impressed that my egotistical nonsense about my own blog went right out the window. I spent the next three and a half hours going through every blog they had conceived and then through the entire JMS1 blog list, without even one cigarette break! Coffee and Cigarettes blog had set a very high standard for the others I was about to browse through, but I wasn’t disappointed by any of them. In face quite the opposite; the first year blogs of 09 are most certainly the epitome of great writing, creativity, insight and of course… flair.

An irresistable kind of blog?

Sugar-honey ice tea? This delicious-sounding mixture of a blog is at http://dasugarhoneyicetea.blogspot.com/ .

It even looks like it sounds because of its colour scheme and lively yellow patterns. Whilst the blog professes to be “schizophrenic” it is still neatly laid out and easy on the eyes. Entertainment News is its game and the collaborators update the blog twice-weekly. The articles are far from hard news-worthy, including articles on Busta Rhymes, Oprah, and scandalous adoptions.

Because it gives off a ‘gangsta’ impression a lot of slang is appropriately used in their writing such as “LOL” but this doesn’t mean that their punctuation is justifiably incorrect. There are chunks of text with no commas, and many apostrophes left out. Perhaps they were too ambitious in updating the blog often because I find that many of the articles are carelessly written and not very absorbing (Do we need a step by step commentary on Busta Rhymes’ lyrics?)

They didn’t really explore the technological potential of the blog by posting video clips, for example, but their use of bright and relevant pictures is very good. They did a poll on their followers to get their opinion of what they are discussing and I thought that this was an imaginative idea to encourage an audience response. This blog is similar to other entertainment blogs but the collaborators do give conflicting opinions on topics and if it interests you then can you really have too much of a good thing? The blog oozes passion about the genre.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Walking with the mind


Candice Struthers

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For the past ten months of this year I have starred into the beautiful scenery surrounding my residence, namely Margaret Smith: a distant res, far far away from campus. Although I never quite ventured into these natural surroundings until yesterday where I was no longer a student, no longer ‘Candice”, no longer some being that exists purely to advance. I was wonderfully absent minded from reality.


It was a magic moment although the word ‘moment’ is not quite correct as that would imply time- here there was no time. I had entered a new world that ironically stood meters from reality. With no worries in the world my legs carried me to the aqua dam that lay ahead. I pictured the life beneath, the small fish and the movement of the water above them. Above water I felt the sky looking down and smiling at the nature that lay before it. The sounds were life and I only formed part of the symphony. I lay down for some of the time as if the wind had placed me there and awoke as if the sun had told me too, as if telling me that ‘bedtime’ had come or that my time was done.


Beyond the gate, into the deep thicket of grass that I had somehow lost touch with in my ‘normal’ life, I found myself a new character. I existed simply for each step and for each breath. Everything was alive, from my senses to the stones that crunched under my feet. My humanity was reduced to a blade of grass, although I delighted in this new feeling. I had no worry in the world, and I’ve never felt safer.


It might have been the intensity of the sun, the way it shone, the way it weaved itself between the grass that made everything in this hour so different – I simply don’t know. What I do know though is that I wasn’t in this world, figuratively that is. It is no doubt that this all occurred to me in my mind and that the things I felt were not completely ‘real’ although it’s the feeling that matters to me the most. In this hour I let myself be open to the influence of nature and I have never been more surprised. The power of the mind can therefore never be doubted: as ones soul lies in the hands on the mind that I now see can transport anyone anywhere. Pretty exciting I would say.

Follow the blogging rainbow

Utopia on the web

Candice Struthers

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Two cuddly figures, possibly a mother and a daughter, look out toward a bright rainbow and blue blue sky. The daughter carries a lollipop and the mother holds her other hand. The trees are circular as are the mountains and white clouds. A safe haven: you have entered blog-topia!

On visiting “The Number 42 is Purple” the look and consequential ‘feel’ of the blog is what initially catches the reader’s eye. The almost but not quite childlike picture acts as the ‘cover’ of the blog and rejuvenates the readers’ need to read and need to be involved in the life that the blog possesses.

Intimacy within the blog is suggested by the two close figures. Four intelligent outspoken women are the makers of this new found blog-haven. Catherine addresses the reader about an experience between herself and another member in the group. The piece is delightful in its randomness but most importantly shares with the reader the close relationship between the four blogging journalists. There is a level in sincerity in the words of these women who cover topics such as the Nobel Peace Prize debate, rape victims as well as child trafficking.

Each post forms part of a literary rainbow which opens the reader to a world in which no boundaries exist. As the journalists are free so is the reader. The blog is delightful and easy to follow; also entertaining, organised and relevant. These women are prolific in creativity- follow them and see where the rainbow takes you.

Taking note of other blogs

‘Please Note the Following’ (http://pleasenotethefollowing.blogspot.com/) is a blog created and contributed to by 4 first year journalism students. One of the bloggers states that their blog serves to “inform the world about issues and happenings in a reader friendly way”. It is also advertised on twitter as: “Not another teen blog? This one’s worth it, with an aim to devastate and deviate.” Contradictory to this, one blogger’s view is that the blog is written “with the intention of addressing the more ‘mundane’ things – the events have become ‘insignificant’”. Although the blog does not present what it was intended to it is somewhat interesting. The bloggers comment on popular culture in articles such as “Don’t wanna be an American idiot” and “Tomorrow Converse will still be popular”. Music is featured in the post “Rocking the Daisies 2009”. A large portion of what is written involves the nature of journalism, the ethics behind journalism and becoming a journalist. “The Painters of Battles” and “Why waste the time” are two such posts. Political commentary and opinion do feature prominently in the blog. ‘Please Note the Following’ serves as an insight to the thoughts and interests of journalism students. There are some very valid and interesting comments and concepts. This blog is an amalgamation of what these 4 journalism students think their followers should take note of. In contrast to a blog such as http://digestthis24.blogspot.com/ which has a very clear focus, this blog lacks a main objective however as a journalism student it may be relevant to internalising the role of a journalist.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Observatory




Observing the Grahamstown Observatory

Having only time for art galleries and little patience for museums I decided to move out of narrow minded comfort zone and confront the most boring museum (rumour has it) in all of Grahamstown- the Observatory Museum. On entrance I expected to be confronted with instant fatigue and a desire to claw my way out of the door…my experience however, was vastly different. Despite the strange and rather creepy Victorian figures staring blankly at you from every angle, the visit proved to be interesting and educational. The camera obscura placed in the actual observatory above the museum stole the show. The museum was a house owned by Henry Carter Galpin, goldsmith and watchmaker interested in astronomy, from 1850-1886. Working via a simple mirror placed on the roof of the observatory (which I had a look at by climbing up a rickety ladder) you can see the whole of Grahamstown in moving detail (from people to cars and stray dogs) on a large white circular board. It is fascinating and slightly unnerving to see absolutely everything outside- within the museum in perfect focus and detail and knowing that perhaps minutes ago someone had been staring at me-in-miniature walking down the street. My advice to anyone who lives in Grahamstown or who visits (careful you don’t blink) this quaint town, a visit to the Observatory is definitely in order.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Escape from a hot day


Our brief was to do something out of the ordinary. I decided to to go somewhere I'd never been before. It was a boiling hot day, and I was feeling claustrophobic, so I ventured outside of Grahamstown and came accross an oasis.
Grey dam is in effect a third space from a journalistic point of view.
People from all over town gather there to relax and chat. There were students tanning, people getting dropped off by taxis to join a braai, and many picnickers.
I swung out over the dam and loved it. Being there calms you down, it cools you down. I will definitely be returning there.

A new & interesting experience



Angela Mac Donald
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A new & interesting experience


It was late Sunday night when I checked my email to find out what JMS1 tutorial preparation/assignment was due for Monday afternoon. Presented with the task of partaking in something unfamiliar, different, fun, for at least an hour, I decided I would join in on the boys' LAN.


To be a bit more specific, I was at my boyfriend's house (Chris) with his two best friends (Matt and Damien). The guys had decided to relive one of their all time favourite childhood experiences by LANing for hours on end.


The pull-in factor for me was that (a) I have never taken part in a LAN, (b) my younger brother and his friends LAN and I was interested to know what it was all about, (c) I wanted to experience what it was like to be completely absorbed in the happenings on my PC screen.


All in all, I found the experience surprisingly exhilarating and absorbing. Call Of Duty 2 (aka COD2) is such an awesome game; the graphics are brilliant, the actions and audio are frighteningly realistic and the suspense is unmatched by any other computer game I have ever played. It is definitely an experience that I look forward to taking part in again; hopefully with my little brother next time.


To anyone who has never played COD2, give it a go! It feels so great to step out of your comfort zone, even if it's only for a while, and be one of the boys.

A walk down "The Paper Trail"

Angela Mac Donald
g09m3011

A walk down The Paper Trail

Firstly, I love The Paper Trail's blog set-up; the whole folio note book and pencil crayons really does it for me - it is what I envisage when I think about writing.

The blog posts are personal, well written, professional, and interesting. I particularly like how the blogger's included images wherever possible; it gives their posts that little something extra.

There were a couple of blog posts that really caught my eye and that I enjoyed reading. These were:

"You asked for it!" by Marina Maema.
I enjoyed how Maema addressed the whole paparazzi issue and how it was easy to hear her own personal voice coming through. I definitely share her view.

"Let's be considerate" by Cam Skerritt.
This particular article resonated with me as I am very concerned about animal rights. The post is factual and informative. Coincidentally, I also wrote my opinion piece on anti-animal cruelty.

"Our President of the Free World" by Nkuli Nhlabathi.
I enjoyed this piece particularly because it was written in the first person. Nhlabathi expressed his opinion clearly and his voice was loud and clear.

"Armed gang hits Joburg bakery" by Candice Scear.
I was unaware of the Johannesburg robbery so the article was very informative. I love how Scear questions human kind in the third paragraph, making it truly personal.


If you are interested in taking a walk down The Paper Trail click on the link below:
http://thepapertrail09.blogspot.com

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Object of Objectivity

By Candace Gawler

Objectivity simply means not to be influenced by personal feelings or prejudice, based on facts or unbiased. The Oxford dictionary defines the word ‘objective’ as “not influenced by personal feelings or opinions; considering only facts.”Well that’s all very well ‘a thing that is known to be true’- a fact. What is truth? As we are steadily learning as journalism students, it is a rather ambivalent term. As some might realise there are what I like to call versions of the truth. I may see a chinchilla and you may see a long-haired cat, neither of us is wrong, both statements are the truth so surely one of us was being subjective. However they are both seemingly objective observations. If I say ‘it is a chinchilla” am I being any less objective by saying “I see a chinchilla’ just because of the inclusion of ‘I’ in the statement? In journalism whether writing in the fist or third person there is an ‘I’ sitting behind the desk writing the story. Objectivity cannot exist. It is simply impossible to be entirely objective. Humans are the most emotional of all beings. As a journalist you present your version of the events, they cannot be deemed incorrect however they are seen from your perspective and it is impossible to remove yourself. As Einstein so cleverly pointed out- it is all relative. Everything is relative to our perspective. You and I may see the same thing however my version will probably differ from yours. An interesting article called “Objectivity in journalism is an illusion” (http://inwent-iij-lab.org/Weblog/2009/07/31/objectivity-in-journalism-is-an-illusion/) may help you understand and realise that objectivity is an incredibly stupid and idealistic concept. “Objectivity and journalism: an essay” (http://nebuchadnezzarwoollyd.blogspot.com/2007/02/objectivity-and-journalism-essay.html) is a very interesting take on this goal of objectivity we journalists-in-the making strive for. I have decided it is an absurd notion that should be dropped. We should not aim to be objective, it is impossible. We should aim to present the truth from our perspective. The truth, even with all its versions may just matter a bit more than objectivity. Some would see objectivity as a means to presenting the truth- but don’t fool yourself. You don’t have the capacity to be objective I’m afraid, after all, you are only human.

Political Correctness, or rather Opinionated Appropriateness?


Mao Zedong (Tse-Tsung) a revolutionary and political theorist, also one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world, coined the term “Political Correctness” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_correctness . As defined by any student’s trusty but underground source; Wikipedia, this term refers to language which attempts to minimize social offense. Okay, now that doesn’t sound like a bad idea in theory. We most certainly should be aware of our body language, behaviour and language in order to promote peaceful social organisation. The problem, however, with this grand idea is that “political correctness” has become merely a euphemism for censorship, sanctioning and social suppression of the individual http://ourcivilisation.com/pc.htm . In a world where the term “hermaphrodite” is smothered with “political correctness” thus becoming “intersexual” or a even the term “maid” is transformed to “domestic technician”, one must question whether we might be taking it a little far. As a learner, not a student of course, entering into a discourse about Journalism, not a “lesson” by the way, with educators (God forbid I call them “teachers” or “lecturers” – that is far too taboo) I am constantly struck by this odd endeavour towards total “objectivity” and “political correctness”. I thought we were here to form opinions, to have them challenged and shattered, to rebuild more informed opinions regardless how biased or inappropriate. Isn’t that the point of higher education? Quite frankly, if someone were to refer to me as a “womyn”, “female human”, or as a “gender specified human organism of lighter complexion”; I would sum up every ounce of “political correctness” within me, and tell them to piss off.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Praise for a politician

Don’t despair in politicians. On Tuesday South Africa’s Minister of foreign affairs, Nkoana Mashabane, gave a talk at Rhodes University. Whilst many South Africans believe that our politicians are boring and inactive the show put on by this accomplished woman begs to differ. She begins her speech by poking fun at her balding colleague and the introductory speaker. Then going on to give some students advice on their sex-lives, promoting dedication to studies and the delay of other activities until one’s 30s. She satirizes the importance of what she has to say when some students leave the room early - but I am sure that these students did not opt to leave the lecture theatre because of a lack of entertainment. The mere fact that students are now able to hear members of government talk live is evidence of some government progress. (Earlier this year I even had the privilege of hearing a speech by President Thabo Mbeki.) In Minister Mashabane’s speech she emphasized the importance of engaging with South African citizens and this speech was clearly evidence of the department’s mission. Whilst trying to build up a good image may seem unimportant to many it boosts support for the ideals that the department are trying to achieve and increases citizen diplomacy which will help them achieve those goals. I think that every bit of positive work that politicians do (that is not in their own interest) can aid our country in becoming successful.

Her speech is at:
http://www.dfa.gov.za/docs/speeches/2009/mash1022.html

A little Chuck Bass or a little Edward Cullen?

Tapping into the ‘dark’ world in which unreal vulnerabilities make us feel safer than ever.

The gorgeous vampire men who have this far graced our screens are not the solo driving forces behind this years vampire craze. Twilight has set in motion vampire-entertainment which has been received exceptionally well by the young world. Film and media often reflect the tone of the times, as people across the globe struggle in a financial crisis that hasn’t been experienced since the Great Depression. Hence we exist is a ‘dark’ time, one that may be a likened to the abundant vampire material of this year. Lady Gaga recently appeared on the cover of Out Magazine highlighting the vampire ‘fashion’ with blood, black and little clothing to cover her trendy ‘white’ body. The current 1420835 fans on the official Robert Pattinson Facebook Page bare a piece of society’s new obsession. The ‘dark’ future intends not to end with vampires but move toward the more grotesque as Zombieland a new epic film is set to hit cinemas in November. The innocence of the Twilight saga has rapidly developed to encompass a larger target audience. True Blood exemplifies vampire-porn and The Vampire Dairies captivate a deeper evil. Ultimately, graphics and evil aside, the vampire trend stands in great perfection to the reality in which we live. Even the Chuck Bass’s of the world cannot compare to the forever committed, passionate, strong, deep and dangerous vampires that have become the pale yet beautiful objects of our imaginations.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Life is life, whether in a cat or a dog or a man!
















Angela Mac Donald

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Life is life, whether in a cat, or a dog, or a man!



Although I can acknowledge that there are many things in this world that I do not understand and do not necessarily approve of, there is one cause for which I will not stand back.

Cruelty towards animals is a disgusting and heinous crime. In my opinion, people who are cruel towards animals deserve to be treated in the exact same way. As Ingrid Newkirk said, "When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst; a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy." Cruelty towards animals, in my eyes, is a worldwide epidemic. It is a blanant display of the barbarity and crudity of western society and the sick perception so often held by its inhabitants that animals are without rights.
Animals cannot speak for themselves, and they (especially our pets) depend on us for love, care, and safety. What really makes me question humanity is how a person can feel no compassion for an animal that they have hurt, but can still claim to love a fellow human being - what is the difference, both are living things!! One could just as easilly argue that how one treats animals is a good indicator of how he/she treats fellow human beings.
As well as sport and domestic abuse of animals, animal testing is just as unjust. George Bernard Shaw said the following of vivisection, "Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character."


For more anti-animal cruelty quotes visit: http://www.quotegarden.com/a-rights.html





Woops, who broke the moon?

So, NASA bombed the moon. To some this may sound impressive, daring and rather exciting but in my mind it sounds rather – to be frank, blatantly stupid. Who bombs the moon? Well, NASA does apparently (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/index.html).

Their aim was in fact, to shoot a rocket that will project a missile (yes, they weren’t messing around) from Cape Canaveral, out through the atmosphere and into the great unknown with the intention of literally bombing the moon. The purpose, you may be wondering, was for a group of seemingly bored scientists to test if they could create water (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nasas-mission-to-bomb-the-moon-2009-06). Sounds like a good idea, yes? No. How do us mere humans, down here on our little safe planet, actually know what our “bright ideas” will provoke?

Our understanding of the universe, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_universeniverse) no matter how worldly, intelligent or well-studied we are is not in the least adequate enough for us to be shooting off missiles and attempting to create water on a piece of floating rock which we actually kind of need… you know that thing that in partnership with the sun that dictates day and night?

Now, I am personally all for science, innovation and progress but somehow this seems to be a rather rash and idiotic move forward. Yes, it would absolutely earth-shattering (probably literally) if they could create water by bombing the moon, but how about we leave that up to big guy in heaven. He seemed to manage quite fine without our missiles and look, he created oceans.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Malema Dilemma

I watched Thabo Mbeki’s resignation speech leaning against a Steers counter at a BP petrol station almost a year ago. The sorry sight is still being referred back to today. SAPA recently described Julius Malema, leader of the ANC Youth League, as “disrespectful,” “an embarrassment to the party,” and someone whose behaviour towards Mbeki was “un-African,” and “unacceptable.” (http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/Politics/1057/02402e8bfb3c401ab9d2a7eb61ac6b6e/28-09-2008-09-18/Disrespectful_Malema_blasted_)
Malema’s controversial statements with more recent examples such as his recent ploy to mobilise society against Nedbank after its withdrawal of sponsorship from Athletics SA need some consequences. Another example is his attack on Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Bheki Mbanjwa reported that, ““In his latest attack, Malema referred to Buthelezi as a "factory fault", while calling the IFP a "terrorist organisation"!” (http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20091013103256163C575964 ) We cannot have someone in such a powerful position, who we democratically voted for, threaten the integrity and freedom of NGOs and individuals. He does not seem phased by the ANC’s reprimands and I agree with the Mail and Guardian when they say that he has become a “dilemma which can no longer be ignored”. Their article showcases Malema as arrogant and unaware of the regional and international consequences of the seemingly narrow-minded things he says. (http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-10-02-ff-plus-calls-on-anc-to-clamp-down-malema ) We cannot continue to let him continue on his rampage, and by ‘we’ I mean the ANC. As the leaders of our country they need to take action and make Malema aware that there are negative repercussions from the careless things he says. Perhaps we can oust Malema just like Mbeki was removed from the presidency.

The Nobel One

By Candace Gawler

The name ‘Obama’ used to conjure up images of the gorgeous man who was a promise of hope and a better world. Despite my loyalty to the man, the name now conjures up ‘Peace’, ‘Prize’….Noble….'Nobel'? The main question on everyone’s mind is: did Obama really deserve that Nobel Peace Prize? Has he done enough to deserve it? Peter Beaumont asks precisely this question in his article entitled “Barack Obama’s Nobel prize: Why now?” in the Mail and Guardian (www.mg.co.za/article/2009-10-10-barack-obamas-nobel-prize-why-now). America still has troops in Iraq, how is this peaceful? The Nobel committee nominated Obama on the basis of “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Peter Vale, a Politics and International Relations Professor at Rhodes University, believes that the troops will be withdrawn within the next few months. It is Obama's intention to resolve the war on terrorism peacefully however he has not YET done anything substantial that warrants getting the award. Although he has good intentions his vision has not manifested any consequential results. However I also question if there is anyone else worthy of the prize? As Obama is the leader of such a powerful country, and we must admit that America has hegemony over the world at the moment, it is more likely that the world can come closer to reaching Obama’s “vision … for a world without nuclear weapons." (www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html)
Obama said he was surprised and humbled by the award and it is felt by some that it may spur the White House into action with the media’s beady eye on them yet again.(www.msnbc.com/id/33237202). To watch a video of Obama’s acceptance speech go to: www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/09/obama-nobel-speech-video_n_315324.

No more ice baby


Freezing old
Candice Struthers
g09s3356

Every few months we are enlightened by numerous news reports of the melting ice caps in the Arctic and the “summer sea” that is to replace the ice within what they now assume could be as little as a decade. http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-07-08-sea-ice-is-slowly-disappearing
One may hear of these stories possibly three to four times a year and every time they are confronted with the same spell of nostalgia that leaves them helpless in the comfortable arms of their chairs at home. Explorers, scientists, environmentalists and the like set out to better their findings and develop solutions to combat the epidemic. The structure of the story never changes, only the content and therefore one assumes little progress.
http://www.citizen.co.za/index/article.aspx?pDesc=1,1,22&type=top&File=080828040228.y4aeutld.xml
We at the other side of the television watch with disability as no matter how much we listen we are limited by our inferior knowledge and expertise. Yes we can use less petrol or less deodorant during the day and other ‘solutions’ (to reduce carbon emissions) to aid the slowing down of the melting process but ultimately there is little that we can do big enough to fight this growing anxiety about the world around us. So we’ll continue to listen and we’ll continue to smell a little less than ‘great‘ during the day and as we do we will hope and pray that someone somewhere can help an entire world of people within the span of an uncertain decade or two.
http://www.news24.com/Content/SciTech/News/1132/72e5f94a3fd74d459109ceb236581813/15-10-2009-10-26/Arctic_ice_may_disappear
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tragic loss for family, friends, & fans of Boyzone’s Stephen Gately.


Angela Mac Donald
G09m3011



Tragic loss for family, friends, & fans of Boyzone’s Stephen Gately.


The late Stephen Gately, member of the five-man Irish band, Boyzone, died on Saturday 10 October 2009 while holidaying on the Spanish island of Majorca with his civil partner, Andrew Cowles.


A post-mortem revealed that the star died of natural causes, specifically pulmonary oedema, which is an accumulation of fluid on the lungs causing respiratory failure. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8304419.stm

Speculation that the star choked on his own vomit has been dismissed by officials saying that neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in his death. In order to confirm the post-mortem results, a sample of pulmonary fluid will be sent to a forensic laboratory in Barcelona.


X Factor judge Louis Walsh, who created the boy band, said: "We're all in shock. We still cannot believe it.” This feeling is shared by family and friends who are battling to come to terms with the 33-year-old’s sudden death.


Spokesman for Gately's family Ireland, Lawyer Gerald Kean, confirmed that the necessary papers have been signed in order to allow the release of Gately’s body. Although permission for the body to be flown home has been granted, it may take a few more days for it to reach Ireland.
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Literature of the 21st century

Investigating myths...

Rhodes Streakers


No Place Like Home


There's no place like home -
Sunset at Long Beach in Noordhoek,
Cape Town, 2009.

(click on image to enlarge)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

ROAR Animal Awareness Week


It's Animal Awareness Week at Rhodes and ROAR [Rhodes Organisation for Animal Rights] members, along with other like-minded students performed a protest of Anti-Vivisection outside Zoo major. Coincidently, the first years had been performing rat disections today - hence; "Love thy fellow Rodent". 07-10-09



See link: http://www.pikistrips.com/clicked/32835208