The Ghost: The Film Clip

The Guardian has a clip of Roman Polanski’s new film, The Ghost Writer, based on the novel by Robert Harris.  Excited about this – read the book a few months ago and it’s good fun.

The Second Childhood

Amelia Gentleman’s article in The Guardian about a day in the life of an elderly care home is very hard to read, but very necessary, and compassionately written. The constant contrast between the residents’ past lives and their undignified present existence persistently reminds us that this could be our future too. She doesn’t criticise the quality of care that the patients receive, but just shows us what it feels like to grow so old that we become helpless again.

After the jump, a few examples of what I mean:

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Tiananmen Square, 20 years on

Thursday is the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Tomorrow, I’ll be attending an Amnesty event where some of the people involved will be speaking, and will be blogging from there.

In anticipation of the anniversary, the Chinese government has already started shutting down online communication services.

After the jump, an excerpt from Chinese novelist Ma Jian‘s excellent piece on Tiananmen and what it means now, in today’s G2:

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