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Shame on the BBC

From BBC News Thursday 22/01/09

“Aid agencies are battling to meet the urgent needs of tens and thousands of displaced, homeless and injured people in Gaza, as well as to get damaged water, power and sewage infrastructure back even to their ailing pre-war levels.

That stage alone will cost “hundreds of millions” of dollars, while long term reconstruction will run into “billions,” the UN has said.

Two separate Palestinian surveys have put the cost of the damage just under $2bn.

One said it would take three to five years to rebuild even under normal conditions – never mind with the continued Israeli blockade which stops all but humanitarian basics entering the strip.”

From BBC News Thursday 22/01/09

“The BBC has defended a decision not to air a TV fund-raising appeal for Gaza, saying it wanted to avoid compromising public confidence in its impartiality.

It said a decision was taken with other broadcasters not to show the Disasters Emergency Committee crisis appeal on any network in the UK.

A corporation statement added there were also doubts about “the delivery of aid in a volatile situation”.

DEC said there was “clear evidence” the British public wanted to help.

In a statement, the BBC said: “The BBC decision was made because of question marks about the delivery of aid in a volatile situation and also to avoid any risk of compromising public confidence in the BBC’s impartiality in the context of an ongoing news story. “

Fuckwits.

Is This the Most Relaxed Man in the World?

Thanks Kenny!

relax

One Giant Leap

I’m sure Stu won’t mind my spreading the word further on this. I saw this clip at his blog. This is the result of a collaboration of Jamie Catto (Faithless) and Duncan Bridgeman.

They travelled the world and in each location they added bits and pieces (drums here, bassline there) from local musicians. The theme for the project is “Unity Through Diversity”.

As if to illustrate the point there are contributions from Michael Stipe, Robbie Williams, Eddi Reader (did I ever tell you Eddi was once in my shop?) and Denis Hopper amongst others.

The scoop is here

If you watch the following and don’t start at least some rhythmic movement, I have some bad news.

You’re probably dead.

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