Monday, 24 May 2010

LOST and found... It's all over

So lost comes to an end, I must admit - I was saddened at the prospect of no more LOST but I'm glad I stuck by it for six years. Heck, I don't think I've stuck with anything so consistently for so long! lol.

So the finale, was it worth it? Trauling the internet, it seems like a fairly even split between those who hated it, those who loved it and those who's brains were fried and will take a few more viewings to make up their mind's. As for me; I loved it. It was moving and resolved the most important issue for me - Will there be a happy ending or doom?

I've stopped myself from dissecting every scene or analysing every plot-hole or dead end as I'm not trying to find answers that the show did not provide.

What I took from the last six years is that many of us hope to one day be in a place where we can be with the people who we care deepest for and resolve the hurt of being departed from them.

That is exactly what LOST depicted. We all get lost at various points in our lives doing things we believe we are "supposed" to do, solving mysteries, seeking answers - all in the hope that one day we will be at peace - what ever happens. How anyone can have a complaint about a show that has taken us on such an emotional and intellectual roller coaster is beyond me. There are mythologies and concepts I may have never read into and discussed had it not been for this show. For the entertainment, for the knowledge, for the one-liners, #jackfaces, fist pumps and tears; I am thankful.

LOST >>>> Any other TV series made yet (in this timeline) ;)

If you've never watched it or if you started and got lost somewhere between Season 2-3 - I encourage you to give it a go.

- Mr Devo

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Friday, 21 May 2010

The World Cup, South Africa and yet ANOTHER Muhammad cartoon scandal!

In case I've forgotten to mention to you...

I will be at the World Cup in South Africa this year, so over the next few weeks, my posts if I find time to do them will be World Cup and South Africa related.

Today, the terrorist threat in South Africa shifted from "Low" to "Moderate" overnight with the World Cup just around the corner.

The recent furore surrounding cartoon depictions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad see no signs of letting up as top newspaper in South Africa the Mail and Guardian decided to join the fray and publish it's own cartoon of the prophet, drawn by controversial cartoonist Zapiro. I don't have the offending image in question, but here's one of my favourite Zapiro images - it's less controversial but equally as sharp.

Despite warnings and a failed interdict by the Council of Muslim Theologians, the Mail and Guardian published the cartoon depicting Muhammad sat in a psychiatrist's chair pondering the attitude of his followers with a speech bubble that read: "Other prophets have followers with a sense of humour!..."

Following incidents this week, PASCO, a highly-specialised global risk consultancy firm based in South Africa today changed it's terrorist threat status from "Low", meaning little prospect, to "Moderate".

With "un-refuted" reports of a suspected World Cup terror plot being thwarted earlier this week by the arresting of Al Qaeda militant Abdullah al-Qahtani in Iraq and the Mail and Guardian publishing this cartoon of Muhammad, the threat to the summer games is becoming heightened, a spokesperson from PASCO told me earlier today.

While the timing of this couldn't have been worse, considering the extreme threats of violence and drastic action taken in Pakistan following the Facebook group "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day", earlier this week. Some people are concerned that the Mail and Guardian could have increased the threat of terrorist action at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, with almost two weeks to go until the opening ceremony.

This Mail & Guardian's editor-in-chief felt the cartoon was a gentle poke at the frenzy surrounding Pakistan's clampdown on Facebook but found himself drawn into High Court proceedings last night in an attempt to block the cartoon ahead of today's edition by the Muslim Council, also known as Jamiatul Ulama, the same group which tried to block the Mail on Sunday's republishing of the notorious Danish Muhammad Cartoons back in 2006. In court the council, although denouncing violence couldn't guarantee that there wouldn't be violent reaction to the paper's actions, signalling the World Cup as an obvious target.

However, the proceedings failed as the paper was already available in some outlets and the cartoon had also been published on the newspaper's site. "My view is no cartoon is as insulting to Islam as the assumption Muslims will react with violence." Dawes said after winning the case.

It was a very naive move on the part of the Mail and Guardian if you ask me, there really is no need to fan the flames, whether right or wrong. Plenty of people are betting on things to take a turn for the worst when the world descends on South Africa in June, the Mail and Guardian did themselves or their country no favours with this stunt.

- Mr Devo

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

After the totally spiffing start these guys got off to yesterday,
today I present to you....


I can't take full credit for this, my mother came up with the name.

Happy thursday friends!

- Mr Devo

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

A brave new world - "ConDemNation" all round then?

Today we stand at the precipice of a great unknown, for the first time in British history we are governed by a "full" coalition government between the Centre-right Conservatives and the "far-left" Liberal Democrats, so where does that leave us?

For the first time, at least in my lifetime, heavily-paid and highly-respected political commentators have no past to contrast the political landscape we now face against, in short, today - they don't know what's going to happen next, any better than we do; no one does.

I'm sure you would have gathered from my past couple of entries that I was excited about the political scene at the moment and I'm happy to say that, despite the doom-sayers claiming that the world would end if we had a hung Parliament, I'm reasonably optimistic about the opportunity about the prospect of a more plural and conversational form of government. In David Cameron's own words, we will see a coalition government that serves and does not master and we will all have to work together to create a Britain based on 'Freedom, fairness and responsibility'.

Some people are interpreting that negatively, but I feel the arguments against Cameron and Clegg's vision, as just as some of them may be, are neglecting to see the opportunity. IF you complain, that Cameron is a "toff-elitist", who only gives a damn about the rich and the affluent, you are doing yourself an injustice. What I'm trying to say, is we live in a society which may not be broken as David Cameron ignorantly claimed, but we live in a society which is increasingly devoid of aspiration beyond fame-chasing.

IF Cameron is protecting the rich and the affluent and asking those who aren't to start helping themselves, then why not help yourselves?! Why not get rich, get affluent and if you don't make it over night, you will be supported whilst making the effort.

I'm no conservative supporter, nor am I a fan of David Cameron - the man has made me swear for the past two years. But the heart of Cameron's words tamed by Clegg's vision, I don't see snobbery, whether it is there or not, I see a strong belief that we are capable of better. We are capable of much more than we have become through walking the roads of apathy, of protectionism, of "them" versus "us". Great Britain was once the leader in manufacturing, innovation, literature, law, medicine but now all we churn out are pop-idols, football stars and eccentric chefs. Anything short of that and we're benefit-hugging couch-dwellers watching pop-idols, football stars and eccentric chefs.

For fear of being too judgemental and critical, we talk about people being 'at risk of obesity' instead of talking about people who eat too much and don't do enough exercise. We talk about people being 'at risk' of poverty, or social exclusion as if obesity, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, random acts of violence — were uncontrollable external events like a bird-flu or bad weather. We can choose differently, but we've been dictated to and ignored for so long that we act as if the responsibility is no longer ours. Of course, circumstances — where you are born, your neighbourhood, your school and the choices your parents make — have a huge impact. But the problems our society is facing are often the consequence of the choices people make and fail to make.

I believe we have an opportunity to better ourselves and recapture the spirit of aspiration, community and productivity that our grandparents were children of.

Who can argue against that?


- Mr Devo

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