Archive for May, 2010

no money , no honey (no revolt?)

May 19, 2010

A website that kept a close eye on the parliamentary behaviour in the Commons is about to close. Revolts. co.uk provided very useful info on the behaviour and votes in the Commons, the discipline re the backbench rebels etc. Such monitoring, I feel, is always welcome especially under a coalition government. The reason for its closure? No funding…

‘Butcher’, a Chinese netizen activist

May 19, 2010

I am in favour of the spread of social networking services. They’ll probably become the future tools of accountability. Who knows? With interest I read the story of a Chinese social activist, Wu Gan, known as ‘butcher’, who uses social media to scrutinise the government, to identify the governmental misdeeds and call for further invenstigations. By tweeting, uploading videos, blogging the makes an effort to use the virtual world in order to change real lifes. I wish him good luck. (more…)

Irving Penn @ National Portrait Gallery

May 19, 2010

Glamour and mystery in the photos of Irving Penn. The camera hides and reveals at the same time the truth about famous people and famous moments. The game between reality and its absence is nicely represented by the camera.

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Need to rescue the Euro-dream?

May 19, 2010

If Europe is meant to survive and develop, it is not only Europe itself but Japan and US as well that are about to celebrate. To celebrate what? The continuation of a dream, the maintenance of a hope that internationalism, international legal order and co-operation between nations can survive. Is that true? For Gideon Rachman (FT, 18th May 2010) both Japan and US (under Obama’s administration)  are (or were?) keen supporters of the ‘European Idea’. Is this belief to the ‘new world order’ as inspired by Europe to pass away due to recent economic crisis? Definitely saving the Eurozone is of first priority but to do so the restructure of the European governance is essential. It is not any rescue package (or bail-out if we prefer) that can provide a long-term solution to the problem. Before (or even after…)  we rescue the economies we need to rescue the dream, the European dream….

The Greek party that doesn’t know how to party….

May 10, 2010

Without ‘structural change’ and ‘substantial reforms’ not only the future of Greece but also the future of Eurozone is at risk. And scepticism of Wolfgang Muenchau goes on…..

How can we make sense of the recent (lack) of action of the Greek opposition party? The triumph of opportunism once more is what marks the behaviour of a party that opposes a plan that is not matter of choice but of absolute need. The oppositions party opposes pragmatism through a non-pragmatic rhetoric…..

En Attendant Nick?

May 5, 2010

In the Guardian (Friday April 30 2010) Nick Clegg admitts that ‘it is impossible to get tired of Becket’.

So true! And tomorrow Thursday -elections day-  I am sure that both Didi and Gogo will be sitting under the tree wondering whether Nick will make his appearance in the front scene of British Politics…

Legacy Locker or how to control virtual assets after death…

May 5, 2010

What happens to your online assets when you cannot access them? How to take care of your digital legacy? In the Financial Times (Thursday April 15 2010) we read: ‘…Mr Toeman, serial web enterpreneur based in San Francisco, created a service to help get round the problem. Last year, he launched Legacy Locker, a site that allows people to save passwords to important online accounts and have them passed on to a nominated person after death….’. This is very important in a time when many websites do not allow access to accounts for bereaved families. I can see a huge potential here for the area of law that deals with digital worlds. Various social questions are also raised: In the era of facebook and twitter is the ‘real’ death the beginning point of the ‘digital afterlife’? Can we still ‘survive’ through the continuation of our ‘digital persona’? Or…I log on therefore I exist??