Daily Archives: May 13, 2008

Winning a Nobel was a disaster

Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has said winning the prestigious award in 2007 had been a “bloody disaster“.

The increased media interest in her has meant that writing a full novel was next to impossible, she told Radio 4’s Front Row. Lessing, 88, also said she would probably now be giving up writing novels altogether. Her latest book is the partly fictional memoir entitled Alfred and Emily.

Since her Nobel win she has been constantly in demand, she said. “All I do is give interviews and spend time being photographed.” Speaking about her writing, she said: “It has stopped; I don’t have any energy any more.”This is why I keep telling anyone younger than me; don’t imagine you’ll have it forever.

“Use it while you’ve got it because it’ll go, it’s sliding away like water down a plughole.” Lessing is the 11th woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in its 106-year history. Her best known works include The Golden Notebook and The Good Terrorist.

The disaster is that she’s not writing anymore and makes you think the cost of these …ten minutes for the ones who could do without the Hollywood style fame.

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Finnish trade with Brazil

Renewable energy and promoting trade are subjects high on the agenda of Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen‘s visit to Brazil this week. He is accompanied by a Finnish business delegation.

Vanhanen’s first task was to take in the stunning views of the Brazilian capital. This is the Prime Minister’s first visit to South America and Brazil is Finland’s most important trading partner on the continent.

After ….pulping Amazon Vanhanen is going to nuke Brazil!!!

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McCain adviser leaves over Myanmar

Doug Goodyear, McCain’s Convention chief executive officer, and Doug Davenport, one of his regional campaign managers, both resigned after a report that GOP firm DCI — where Goodyear had served as CEO and Davenport had headed the lobbying effort — had represented Myanmar’s ruling military junta.

“Today I offered my resignation so as not to become a distraction in this campaign,” Goodyear wrote in a statement released by the McCain campaign Sunday. “I continue to strongly support John McCain for president, and wish him the best of luck in this campaign.”

At least we know where we are standing, George W. Bush had a soft point for Pakistan’s Musharraf, McCain has it for Myanmar’s dictators

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Bush to help Lebanese army

The US is prepared to help strengthen Lebanon’s army so it can disarm Hezbollah, US President George W Bush said in an interview.

He said the Shia Muslim Hezbollah movement had acted against its own people and was destabilizing Lebanon. He made the remarks ahead of a trip to the Middle East later this week.

At least 60 people have died in clashes in the capital Beirut and other cities between supporters of the government and the Hezbollah-led opposition. The sectarian violence is the worst since the end of the 15-year civil war in 1990.

Why every time there is a screw up somewhere George W. Bush offers …his help?

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Over 10,000 people dead in China

The most powerful earthquake to hit China in 30 years has killed at least 10,000 people in south-western Sichuan province, with thousands more trapped.

Chinese state media said that 10,000 people were thought to be buried in one town alone near the epicenter of the earthquake in Wenchuan County. Premier Wen Jiabao has called for urgent efforts to reach cut-off areas.

“The situation is worse than we previously estimated and we need more people here to help,” he said. Speaking from the disaster relief headquarters northwest of Sichuan’s provincial capital, Chengdu, he said roads to towns at the quake’s epicenter had to be cleared.

Perhaps this earthquake will shake the foundations of the state as well.

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