Posts tagged ‘power’

August 20, 2015

Why Did Europe Conquer The World?

Why did Europe conquer the world

In 1914, 84% of the world was under colonial rule from a European nation. Quite an achievement considering that Europe makes approximately 8% of the world’s land mass. These were some of the attention-grabbing opening lines of economic historian, Philip T Hoffman’s event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

How did that happen?

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June 16, 2013

Uri Making It Up

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A new documentary that premiered at the Sheffield Doc/Fest unraveled the secret career of Uri Geller as an international psychic spy.  Spoon-bender extraordinaire Uri was allegedly recruited by the US and Israeli governments in a race with the Soviets in a psychic arms race. It sounds too silly to be true but the documentary maker apparently managed to make the hypothesis convincing

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April 25, 2013

Vanity Becomes Her

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Beyonce began her world tour with a flurry of images being published of her stage costumes.  Her press team have now declared a ban on media photography as they will be provided with official photography ensuring Beyonce looks her best.  Apparently this is due to unflattering photos of her being published earlier in the year.

It does make me wonder where the power lies in a celebrity’s relationship with the media.  

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April 27, 2012

Murdoch And Corleone

Perhaps Rupert Murdoch watched Godfather Part II (or his lawyers did) when preparing for his questioning as part of the Leveson enquiry into the British phone hacking scandal.  As Michael Corleone was hauled before a Senate Committee investigation into his family affairs the same applied to Rupert Murdoch and his famiglia, News Corporation.  Let’s play a game: Who Said What?

I’ve never asked a prime minister for anything in my life.

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