There are walk-ons from the long-suffering waitress and the co-respondent in this crime of passion, and Jack himself gives us a song: a thoroughly and almost parodically Lynchian moment that I couldn’t help laughing at. No more than an exercise in style – but what distinctive style. … [Read more...] about What Did Jack Do? review – David Lynch’s surprise Netflix short is pure, surreal style
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In a recent interview with BBC News, Dos Santos said these criticisms were “completely unfounded” and part of an “orchestrated attack by the current government that is completely politically motivated”. She says the couple’s companies are privately funded. “I can say my holdings are commercial, there are no proceeds from public contracts or money that has been deviated from other funds,” she told the BBC. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s all gone’: community bulldozed at site of Isabel dos Santos ‘masterplan’
The Young African Leaders Initiative has sent thousands of young African leaders to the US to help give them some skills, but most importantly to give them a network. They go back home and start businesses, they start initiatives, they start NGOs. We're trying to water these plants so that they grow into very strong trees in these communities — and they're already there. The few thousand that went to the US are hugely outnumbered by the network we maintain virtually — hundreds of thousands that want to know more about the US, that want information about energy, or engineering or legal or medical fields. We also have regional leadership centers where young Africans can come and have access to these resources. It's ultimately going to be African entrepreneurs that create those jobs. It may be an American or foreign investor that creates some of the impetus for it. … [Read more...] about What is the US up to in Africa?
The most overt racism in the whole race row that ensued did not come from Jade (it was Danielle Lloyd who asked where Shilpa Shetty's hands had been when preparing the housemates' food, and Jade's mother Jackiey who refused to pronounce her name properly, simply referring to her as "the Indian") but that did not mean she was not being a ringleader, as her autobiography reveals she has been all her life - or a bully. Or that the intervening years in the spotlight had given her any more control over her anger. But what is obvious, looking at the footage now, is that when this anger was unleashed against Shetty, it had nothing to do with her being brown, and everything to do with vertigo, with Goody suddenly being shown the thin air upon which her fragile self-esteem was built. … [Read more...] about A reflection of our times: What our treatment of Jade Goody taught us about ourselves
Although abuse is unusual, the work can still be unpleasant, particularly for women. While there are female deckhands and male stewards, they are the exceptions. “My feeling is that it’s often a better job for men than for women,” says Jo Morgan. “Men get to drive the tenders and show the guests how to use the jet skis. Often these are skills the billionaires don’t have – most of them wouldn’t even know how to turn their yacht on – so there’s an element of respect there. But they’re used to being waited on, so they’re not impressed by having someone serve them a drink, or having their bed made with hospital corners. Which is a shame, because the level of service is high and requires real skill.” … [Read more...] about Sun, sea and silver service: what’s it like crewing on a superyacht?