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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Avatar: a looking glass inside Hollywood

Just watched Avatar.
The morale is: take a brilliant idea, have an exceptional team of experts around to create the perfect fantasy land, give it to Cameron et voilĂ  = perfect Hollywood film, clicheed within an inch of its frail life.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

ED209 study

I will have to study now. No more excuses, damn! I'm so good at fabricating excuses. Transactional models - tma03. I'll start with the definition(s) of development, move on the the biological context, then social context, then transactional models. This structure looks good for now.

Don't you just love the Catholic Church?!

Although abortion is illegal in Brazil, over 1 million women there have the procedure each year. 250,000 of those women suffer trauma due to botched abortions and must be treated by doctors through the government's managed health care system. Forty percent of Brazil's rape victims are children, whose parents are then forced to break the law in order to terminate their daughters' pregnancy. Into this ugly morass the Catholic Church has waded, once again demonstrating how oblivious the Vatican is to the suffering of its followers.

A nine-year-old girl from the countryside was impregnated by her stepfather. The man had been sexually abusing her since she was six. A medical team in Brazil's northeastern city of Recife performed an abortion on the girl, who was fourth months pregnant. She was carrying twins.

When told about the incident, Archbishop Don Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of Recife excommunicated the doctor, the child's mother, and the medical team involved in the procedure. The abusive stepfather was not excommunicated because, according to Sobrinho, "A graver act than rape is abortion, to eliminate an innocent life."

Friday, May 14, 2010

Gweney Paltrow - can anyone else be more boring???!!!

She goes a bit airy-fairy again while explaining. 'I don't know. I think because I always felt like a very, very fortunate person, and I get to travel and get exposed to yoga, macrobiotics, Chinese medicine, detoxing. And I started accumulating all of this information, and I have access to these amazing people.

'Like I would be at a conference and meet a nutritionist at the forefront of cutting-edge science and learn all of this cool stuff. And I thought, surely there's a mum in Ohio who would want to know this, but doesn't have the access to it?

Robin Hood saga is getting funnier by the day...

"Hollywood star Russell Crowe walked out on a BBC Radio 4 interview after being riled by accusations that he had made Robin Hood sound Irish.

Tough guy Crowe, 46, swore after presenter Mark Lawson suggested that hints of his accent did not sound English.

The actor has already faced concerns from critics about the accuracy of his speech.

Questioned on arts show Front Row about whether the Irish tinges were deliberate, he snapped: 'You've got dead ears, mate. You've seriously got dead ears if you think that's an Irish accent.'

Um.....come along Russell, admit it: you are tone deaf! English accents are hard to do and you would not be the first one to get it wrong!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Robin Hood

Yes, do you get it at all???? We, Europeans are sick of Robin Hood, however handsome (which is not the case of Russell Crowe) he may be. Period. Give us a break, Hollywood!

I'm in love with this book!

Classism and Feminist Therapy: Counting Costs

I found it on Amazon!

all in a day's work

My day at work. Can't talk about it. It's confidential, you see. Everything I do is confidential. Anyone I come in contact with needs to stay anonymous.

I'm working on my new assignment, which I need to figure out pretty soon! It's due a week from today minus 6 hours difference between US and England. That's for the ED209 Child Development with Open University. I enjoy some aspects of this course, but I still can't make up my mind about its overall appeal.

Had an interesting conversation with a friend today. Talked about a book called Classism and Feminist Therapy....:-)

In the meantime I came across a really interesting story: in which The former lord chief justice Lord Woolf presides over a trial of the US death penalty for perverting the course of justice. Two of Britain's leading criminal barristers cross-examine witnesses with intimate knowledge of the American justice system, including a mother who argued against the death sentence for her daughter's murderer. That's from my favourite paper: The Guardian! Could not live a day without it!