Archive for October, 2010

that story is MINE

October 28, 2010

Glad to see that the news are not surrounded by individual stories re the Chilean miners who luckily escaped the abyss of the earth two weeks ago. Of course that story received the world-wide attention and no doubt that its happy ending raised hope and belief . But when I realised the intensity of the media coverage around the ‘black hole’ I prepared myself for an endless media story about where the miners find themselves after the rescue, how they adjust to the new reality etc etc. I was worrying for a ‘that story is mine‘ media attitude but it seems that the story is just theirs…..

Houston we (still) have a problem…

October 27, 2010

Not very promising predictions for the Greek Economy I’m afraid. The Greek finance minister, George Papakonstantinou did not raise many hopes by admitting that the Greek economy will ‘shrink by up to 3%‘. I look forward to his speech to be delivered at LSE next Monday, 8th November. I am curious to find out how he will address the future prospects for the country, the need for further structural reforms…the problem so far is that Greece plays nicely with the terms, preferring reformed structures rather than structural reforms…..

to be continued…

the magic letter -i-

October 26, 2010

A few weeks ago at the beginning of the academic term one of my students made an interesting observation while discussing the political and social implications of ‘Netizen-ship’ : how the letter ‘i’ has dominated our networked society and whether it is more related to Independency rather than to Individualism. Or both.

Just today I came across the BBC Magazine’s post re the meaning of the ‘i’ letter. It is also today that the i Newspaper by the Independent is making its appearance in the stage of the British Press.

Treasures from Budapest @ RAA

October 26, 2010
I have such a beautiful taste after visiting the Treasures from Budapest exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Over 200 works from two Hungarian museums are included. Paintings, drawings and sculptures by great masters welcome the visitors; Da Vinci, El Greco, Duerer, Schiele, Rubens, Poussin, Goya, Monet, Manet etc. I discovered Pal Szinyei Merse and the great painting Skylark. Here it is:

Onassis @ Novello Theatre

October 22, 2010

Yes, I wanted to see how Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate, is portrayed in the theatre. So, I went to Novello Theatre some days ago. Robert Lindsay convinced me as a Greek human -eager to challenge the Gods- taking risks and paying the costs through a personal drama that reminded me of the old Greek Tragedy story: Hybris is followed by Nemesis and every time the Gods find you being arrogant towards your fate, they punish you….Onassis wanted to become an Uebermensch….he just became a multimillionaire…Although Lindsay brings a lot of energy on the stage, the messy involvement of two famous women in his life -Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy- are given as ‘moments’ and not in a continuity, not even in a witty way. Onassis is portrayed as a charismatic man, with no limits, ruthless, also likely to have been actively involved in the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

I felt that the ‘scenario’ of this involvement is given in the play in a quite direct and unquestioned way. I found today in the Evening Standard an announcement made by Onassis foundation according to which the play is based on ‘rumours’ and not on ‘serious research’. I am not examining the accuracy of the claims or whatever but I like seeing prompt responses like that….

When self-confidence turns into Hybris? Who is in control of Nemesis?