Mike Vickers' Blog

December 22, 2012

A Message for Christmas

Filed under: In Our Time, World Class — derryvickers @ 7:11 pm

Where it all began.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/25/israeli-and-palestinian-peace-campaigners-joint-pain

I have supported the Palestinians – why do the Israelis who suffered so much in  the Holocaust now persecute the Palestinians.  Is it because they want their own homeland where they hope to be safe from further persecution?

But the message here between one Israeli and one Palestinian who have both suffered at the hands of the Palestinians and the Israelis is –
we are working together to overcome the pain and suffering and ‘If you can’t be part of the solution, I would ask you to leave us alone. I really mean that’

And to me this article with its wee hope is a mind changer.

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December 19, 2012

Alan Turing

Filed under: In Our Time, Philosophy — derryvickers @ 9:45 pm

Alan Turing was perhaps the UK’s most influential mathematician of the 20th century in both theory and practice – see

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/dec/19/alan-turing-pardon-shift-legal-position

It’s not a pardon that should be given; its that the slate should be wiped clean.

It is ironic that Turing is to be featured on a postage stamp next year.

As the article in the Guardian points out he would not even have featured in the Press in today’s world.

I shall look out for the next epartition and sign it as I hope any readers of this blog will also.

December 16, 2012

RIP Newtown

Filed under: Journalism, Personal, USA — derryvickers @ 9:35 am

A short news clip from Johnny Diamond of BBC Radio 4 at Newtown drags me out of my lethargy.
An unspeakable tragedy that took no more than a few minutes to happen
A Town now overrun by hundreds of journalists, TV cameras and satellite transmitters.
The ashes being interminably raked over seeking some clue, dragging some comment out of some bewildered local
Where have we come in this instant Now featured on A Point of View by Will Self just a few minutes earlier
Why can’t we let these Towns Folk rest in peace with their grief.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/pov

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