Spare A Thought For Nelson Mandela Who Had To Meet All Those Celebs In London

June 30, 2008

Spare A Thought For Nelson Mandela Who Had To Meet All Those Celebs In London

Do you think Nelson Mandela had a good time in Britain last week when he came to celebrate his 90th birthday? I doubt it, I seriously doubt it. It was not even his birthday, by the way. His birthday is in July, but he still came because last week was the anniversary of that famous Free Nelson Mandela concert two decades ago. And, of course, the pressure on him was building for some time to hold another concert in his honour. Because there are so many pop stars nowadays that realise the marketing potential of gigs like that. Sure, they don’t get paid for their input and all the proceeds go to charity but their album sales go through the roof. And what’s there for them not to like about it? But first there was a charity gala dinner in Hyde Park with all the usual suspects gathering... 

Controversy At Wimbledon. This Time Outside The Courts

June 29, 2008

Controversy At Wimbledon. This Time Outside The Courts

Controversy at otherwise uneventful Wimbledon championship: in an interview to an American radio station Justin Gimelstob, who happens to be one of the directors of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), had a go at some of the women tennis players. He called Russian Anna Kournikova ‘a bitch’ and said that he ‘despises her to the level just below hate.’ He also referred to Czech Alize Cornet and France’s Tatiana Golovin as ‘sexpots’ and pointed out that women tennis players generally lacked social skills because they didn’t attend high school and didn’t go to parties.   Gimelstob, who is a tennis player himself and is ranked 63rd in the world, is at Wimbledon as a commentator for one of the American TV cable channels. His remarks provoked... 

The BBC Pays Too Much To All The Wrong People

June 28, 2008

The BBC Pays Too Much To All The Wrong People

I hear that the House of Lords communications committee has called on the BBC to ensure that huge salaries that the corporation pays to its presenters do not undermine the quality of its news programmes. Can you imagine, it has come to that? Fifty or so people are paid so much money by the BBC that it actually influences the quality of its news programmes? It is a scandal. In a normal situation all the directors of the BBC should have been forced to resign immediately. Because they actually misuse public money and abuse their positions. Let me explain why I am so angry with BBC. Over the years I have met a lot of freelance journalists who complained to me that the BBC did not pay them for their contributions. They were asked to appear in news programmes to comment on some recent... 

The West Is Making All The Wrong Moves Against Mugabe

June 27, 2008

The West Is Making All The Wrong Moves Against Mugabe

They still don’t get it, the Western governments, that is. They continue to condemn President Robert Mugabe and increase diplomatic pressure on him but this only strengthens his position in Zimbabwe itself. The criticism that Western leaders come up with, like Prime Minister Gordon Brown calling Mugabe’s regime a ‘criminal cabal’, does not hurt him. Look at it from the point of view of a man on the street in Zimbabwe who has been brainwashed for years into thinking that all the problems of the country have been caused by the disgusting ‘colonialists’ in Britain and other countries of the West. What should he think about these statements? He will naturally think that it is all part of a coordinated campaign to undermine and humiliate Zimbabwe. He’ll also... 

Russia Lost To Spain In The Semi-Final Of Euro-2008. I Told You So

June 27, 2008

Russia Lost To Spain In The Semi-Final Of Euro-2008. I Told You So

Didn’t I tell you that the Russian football team had won the quarter final of Euro-2008 against Holland because Holland played like a Mongolian national team? I did. I pointed out that the Russian players didn’t really produce anything outstanding during the tournament and knocked out Holland simply because it played like Mongolia.   And the semi-final between Russia and Spain yesterday proved my point. Spain winning 3:0 says it all really. But let me tell you something else that proves that the Russian team was very, very average: throughout the whole match the Russians did not manage to produce a single shot on target. Not one! In all of 90 minutes plus stoppage time not once did the Spanish goalkeeper had to spring into action. He might have just as well wondered off... 

President Dmitry Medvedev Outlines His Views. I Am Not Impressed

June 26, 2008

President Dmitry Medvedev Outlines His Views. I Am Not Impressed

Russia is a free country where there are no special controls over the media and where people can choose freely what they want to watch and read. This was the message, or rather part of the message that has been conveyed by the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in his interview to Reuters press agency released on the eve of the EU-Russia summit which opens today in Hanty-Mansiisk in Siberia to discuss the new partnership agreement between Brussels and Moscow.   This was President Medvedev’s first interview to a Western media outlet since his inauguration in May and the Kremlin obviously wanted it to be seen as a presentation of his views on the future of Russia. Mr Medvedev continues to remain a mystery to a lot of people, both inside Russia and abroad, due to his highly unusual... 

Imagine If The High Court Would Have Ruled Against The Lisbon Treaty

June 25, 2008

Imagine If The High Court Would Have Ruled Against The Lisbon Treaty

What a pity that the High Court judge, who was considering a legal challenge to the British government’s decision to ratify the Lisbon treaty without a referendum, did not rule against the defendants? The government, that is.     Just think what could have happened had he had the courage to uphold the challenge: the treaty has already passed through the British parliament and was given the Royal Assent. It was only left for the government to deposit legal documents in Rome to close the matter. And yet, Lord Justice Richards, who was considering the legal challenge brought by euro-sceptic tycoon Stuart Wheeler, could have ruled that the whole process of ratification was illegal and that a referendum had to take place.    Now that would have been fun, wouldn’t... 

I Hope The Russian Football Team Doesn’t Win Euro-2008

June 24, 2008

I Hope The Russian Football Team Doesn’t Win Euro-2008

This is not something I’m saying lightly but I’ll say it anyway: I hope that the Russian football team loses to the Spanish in the semi-final of the Euro-2008. There, I said it. I, a Russian, am actually wishing a Russian football team to crash out of the tournament.But let me explain myself. I have my reasons for not wanting my compatriots to win Euro-2008. First of all, I don’t think that the Russian team is playing great football in the tournament. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see any exciting football on the part of the Russian players. And I also think that they got really lucky in their game with Holland, because Holland, my friends, had simply disintegrated as a team. It just wasn’t Holland. Sure, the orange colour was there and some of the names rang... 

Former Celebrity Comes Clean About Her Past. And Makes Herself Look Dirty

June 24, 2008

Former Celebrity Comes Clean About Her Past. And Makes Herself Look Dirty

Here we go again: another former celebrity comes clean about her past. This time it is 71-year old Valerie Singleton, a former popular TV and radio presenter who has told the Mail on Sunday that during her time at the BBC she had a string of affairs with men. With many, many men, it seems.   Ms Singleton presented, among other things, that popular children’s programme, Blue Peter. In her interview she revealed that she had a fling with her co-presenter, Peter Purves. Whoever that is. She also spoke candidly about her affair with a BBC scriptwriter and confessed for some reason that she had to have an abortion less than a year after joining the team of presenters of Blue Peter. She also boasted that most of her lovers were much younger than her and that her last boyfriend was actually... 

China’s Arms Exports: A Way To Gain Access To Mineral Wealth

June 23, 2008

China’s Arms Exports: A Way To Gain Access To Mineral Wealth

(This article has been provided by a leading expert on international affairs.) Last month, according to an official spokesman for the Zimbabwean government, a shipment of Chinese munitions, including 3,000 mortar rounds and 1,500 rocket propelled grenades, had arrived in Harare. Although no official explanation was given how the shipment got there, word had it that the munitions came from a ship that had initially arrived at the South African port of Durban where the local dockers refused to unload it once they learnt about the final destination of the deadly cargo. The ship then left the port and, according to rumours, was later unloaded either in Angola or the Democratic Republic of Congo from where the munitions were delivered to Zimbabwe by air. When asked to comment on this ‘explosive’... 

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