|G21 NEWS: Lyuba and Tamara are near to despairing. Their job is to feed us. And lunch is a sacred affair that needs to involve hot soups, chunky slabs of meat and sweet tea. When I rush in, ask for a quick sandwich and leave to feed myself on the way to some meeting, half the staff congregates in the car park to tell me off, for missing a meal. Of course, I realise that I am failing Lyuba and Tamara. Not sitting down for a meal prepared with much effort is as ungracious as not accepting a gift.... RENDT GORTER "Letters from Chechnya" More
DAY ONE: Scanning the coverage of an admittedly shallow and partisan press there was little interest in the summit communique from Okinawa. If anything, there was more interest in what the politicians ate and drank and whether their hosts should have been so lavish. The 'peg' for this story was the failure of the world's most powerful economies to live up to their Cologne commitments a year ago to cancel a substantial portion of the debt of the world's poorest countries. The Japanese, so the canard went, should have given their hospitality budget to the poor. - KEVIN CAREY "OKINAWA" More
CARTOONS BY GASPIRTZ: A droll sense of humor, a twist of fate. OLIVER GASPIRTZ.
MY GLASS HOUSE: Like many people, when I read that Wilt Chamberlain claimed to have slept with *hundreds* of women during his professional basketball career, I was stunned. In my view, that was an open admission to a lack of staying power. As is well-documented here, I slept with scores of women during those years that I was rutting. One of my opening lines, unlike Wilt, was "Do you have a couple of hours to kill?" In my view, sex was a sacramental ritual.
This approach gained me the reputation of being "over-sexed" ( a buzzword of the late '70s and mid-80s) and even allowed some people to use the hurtful word "libertine" ... ROD AMIS "Not Wilt Chamberlain" - More
The modern koto is 180 cm long and 35cm wide. Made of paulowniawood, it's placed horizontally on the ground or on a small table. It's played by plucking the strings with the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand, which are fitted with ivory attachments. The left hand can be used to alter the pitch or ornament the sound of each string by pressing or manipulating the strings on the other side of each bridge.... - BOB POWERS "New Sounds from Asia" More
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Please, Please, Please!ROD AMIS
Let's face it: no matter how you cut it, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, can no longer be called the hardest working man in show business.
Tonight, 3 August, 2000, political junkies will see one of the two men vying for that title. But you don't have to be a political junkie to know that.
Disaffected as we all might be from the sideshow that is American politics, we all also know that this will be the first glimpse we'll get at the flim-flam that George W. Bush, Jr., will offer us if he is chosen to be the most powerful man in the world.
Is That Your Final Answer?ED CANTARELLA
Far and away, more than at any other time in history, adult authority figures, especially parents, are faced with an enormous credibility issue.
Due to the explosion of information that is readily available, written, audible and visual, young people know a lot more about what we, the "old folks", wanted to keep secret - for the good of both us.
Having four children, ranging in age from 6-20, it seems like every single day I am pulled in opposite directions by my childrens' impressions of "How the World Really Works." My parental position of, "I've told you how things REALLY work - just do as I say, not as I do" is rendered invalid.
Sanctuary of AzjenFAYCAL FALAKY
Amran. His name means moon. That was the first thing I learned from him at around two o'clock, one dark morning, at Jim Morisson's famed Polly Magoo's bar in Paris.
"Amran," I repeated. "You must be Arab then."
He laughed and softly remarked, "not exactly. I am a Moroccan Jew," he continued in half Arabic, half French.
For a second, we stared at each other in an awkward silence, and then it happened. We hugged. We hugged as if we had not seen each other for a long time; and, to tell you the truth, that was really how it felt. That dark morning, Polly Magoo witnessed not only the encounter of two drunk Semites, but also the re-encounter of two sisterly cultures, separated by nothing but circumstances.
Philadelphia? Puh-leaze!THOMAS HART
George (The Shrub) Dubya and his Republivik cronies are gathering in Philly this week, ya'll. And could you believe our Publisher Man, Mr. Rod, actually thought I'd be willing to check that out?
Why would I do that when, like any registered Sanitation Engineer down here in the Trailer Park, I could see which of the bimbettes on "Big Brother" gets boffed first, or attend another WWF Smackdown at the local arena?
Generating energy for the 21st Century. GENERATOR 21 A.K.A. G21
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