All she does is say no. She hates musical ditties, Dick Van Dyke, mustaches, children, California, cookies, stuffed animals, Jell-O and fun. The characterization is so monotonous that the film is halfway to being a full-on bore until Tom Hanks shows up as Disney, spreading his arms wide, and turning the twinkle in his eyes to full beam. "You. Cannot. Imagine. How. Delighted. I am. To finally meet you," he says, separating out each word as if personally charming each in turn. Travers visibly stiffens, while the audience goes limp as a pillow. What follows is basically a Burbank version of The Taming of The Shrew, in which Jell-O-disdaining Anglican frigidity attempts to keep its shape under the heat of the California charm offensive. You'll never guess who wins. … [Read more...] about Can Tom Hanks rescue Walt Disney from Saving Mr Banks?
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Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist, not only pioneered the concept of microcredit – offering small loans to those too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans – but put his ideas in practice when he founded the Grameen Bank. Now that a wave of microlenders – from Kiva to Deki to Five Talents – has followed in his footsteps, it's easy to invest your money in the business, career development and all-round wellbeing of someone in the developing world: a mother setting up a café from her home, perhaps, or a small shopkeeper looking to expand and employ more staff. So if you have a spare £10 – or more – doing nothing in your account, why not consider lending it to someone to whom it will make a world of difference? … [Read more...] about Ethical ideas: Ten ways to change the way we live
Like Eliza Lynch, a million miles away from County Cork, or the disappearing Hegarty brother, the people in these stories are never at home, or happy with the idea of home. The self-exiled, self-mocking Irish are always on the look-out for a false story, a sentimental cliché about Irishness. "So tell me about your grandfather," says one Irish woman to her American lover. "Tell me about coffin ships and how you came from Connemara, really. Tell me about potatoes." She does not warm to his enthusiasm for "your big family, all those brothers and sisters bubbling up, like the froth on milk". When she finally takes him to the Dublin family home, they make love silently at night on the floor, "under the table where, looking up, Elaine saw a crayoned boat she had drawn, one endlessly idle afternoon, when she was nine or ten. A green boat with a blue sail. Her own secret sign." That secret boat never quite takes these characters away, or to where they want to be. For that to happen, they … [Read more...] about Pawed, used, loved and lonely
I would very much doubt that sexual harassment is still rife in academic institutions, and I think it would be a foolish academic or lecturer who would do that now because young women know they have redress. As far as Wolf is concerned, it's a little bit late, frankly. And I would have thought that someone with such a mouth on her would have said something at the time. It's only 20 years ago - people were discussing issues of sexual harassment then. We're not talking about the dark ages. And I think we've moved on now - we're not delicate little flowers who sit in the corner and say, "Isn't it terrible what happened to me?" So I don't have much patience with her doing this, I'm afraid. … [Read more...] about Who’s crying Wolf?
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