Archive for March, 2013

15th JANUARY 2013 – BARACK OBAMA – THE SECOND INAUGURATION.

A great event to watch – the closest thing Americans have to a coronation – but no gowns, crowns and unsightly relatives.
But more – it was clever politicking with an eye to pleasing the biggest growing minority in the States – the Hispanic Americans. He knows who has their vote and “the gays” will win the White House in 2016. The inauguration speeches and personalities reflected, celebrated and paid homage to that fact. It opened the door to their minds via the heart.

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE – 2009

The Nobel Committee said he won it for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.

·         He has deported more people than George W. Bush.
·         He signs Executive Orders to launch drones against “terrorists” – no trial needed.
·         He sanctioned cyber-attacks against Iran, Thought you wanted to develop dialogue.
·         Martin Luther King, his hero.Obama used MLK’S bible as part of the swearing in process. Gandhi – an inspiration to MLK. They were fans of peace.
·         Sanctioned – with a front row seat to watch – the capture/shooting of Osama Bin Laden. How that increased his credentials as a tough President (see the Iron Lady). Some say his greatest foreign policy achievement in the first term.
·         Israel – Palestine – silence for four years and in the inauguration. Hilary Clinton traveled a million miles and what was achieved. Now his second term has begun and no action is promised. The silence on the Israel-Palestine question is deafening.
By the way any news on our peace envoy. Last seen lining up to bank his cheques from advising governments and making speeches. Wonder if Barack will call him for tips?

I wait to see how history judges his time and wonder when he will, like all Leaders, start to see his reflection in the mirror of history.

The “shooter” –the man who pulled the trigger and shot Osama Bin Laden left the military in September 2012 with 16 years of service because he feared he would not survive to see his children grow. He is now without a pension or health insurance because he did not complete 20 years of service and is struggling financially. (i- Feb 2013)

3RD FEBRUARY 2013 – MICHAEL JACKSON – THIS IS IT(DVD) 
As a life- long fan of The Jacksons I see them as musical and creative royalty. Watching this film I saw another side of the man. The title “a legend” fits squarely and safely on his shoulders. When rehearsing a song he drops in words and phrases such as – “let it simmer”, “nourish” “with love” – speaking about the creative process as organic and like a living thing. The music is in his DNA. Not an X Factor add on-where they take on a song with the same ego as they don their outfits to perform. This man, lived, breathed and inhabited the creative moment and each note. Fantastic- as he stands with a guitarist and urges her to find the highest note she can – more- keep going – “It’s your moment to shine” he tells her. And we will be there with you. Getting the best and more from his crew so they can give their best. Inspiration. Motivation. Leadership. Humility – he is not bigger than the show or the audience.
All the time reaching and soaring just like an eagle among eagles.

29th JANUARY 2013 – LINCOLN (CINEMA)

I felt the story of a family and a certain intimacy in the White House of old. While doing important business of State your son walks in and wants to play. Then it’s back to freeing the slaves and winning the Civil War.
The mammoth task of creating a free, fair, civil and just society came down to wheeling and dealing – getting someone’s’ vote in return for… and then when I open my eyes on today I see nothing has changed. I wasn’t convinced Lincoln was that concerned about the slaves but that maybe he saw the future and what would be needed for the country to grow and heal once the war was won.
The film was swimming with brilliant acting from all involved in creating strong, humorous and believable characters. You can be nominated for an Oscar but to look great you need others around you who also aim for their best. Just like in the storyline of the film.
These films and experience inspire me to think broader and higher. Look at my game.

Ask myself –what do I stand for? 

What do I believe?

How have these events influenced how I am?
And to imagine, then act on what’s next……

6th JANUARY 2013 – MARGARET THATCHER-THE IRON LADY.

I watched the film – a mix of reality and writers imagination. I saw a person – a human being at once weak, brilliant, and strong, out of touch both during her time in office and the time out of it. Agree or disagree with her – she still ignites those strong emotions – the old school Tories would love her back. No chance of gays running rampant then. Tony Blair and David Cameron act out their role in her shadow – showing their veneer as strong and resolute leaders. Still they don’t cut it. After twenty-two years her presence is still felt. A pretty nifty achievement for a woman in a man’s world – her condition now? Is that what they call karma?