September 17th, 2006


The next war

I guess we all know the next war will be with Iran, which is probably why BBC Radio 4 have decided to run a season of programmes called Uncovering Iran.

I caught the first of a three part series called Iran: a Revolutionary State this afternoon, which traces the history of the country through the 20th century to the present.

Here's the blurb: The image of Iran - through the prism of the western media - gives a somewhat one-sided view of a fanatical yet repressed population railing against the Great Satan.

The fact that British and Iranian modern history is inextricably linked, that Iran had the Middle East's first democratically elected government which in turn was toppled by Western powers and also has a century old women's movement is less known.

Knowing nothing about Iranian history, I found it fascinating. For example, I didn't know that Iran was invaded without provocation in both world wars (by both sides!) - simply to secure access to its oil. Gee, wonder when that will happen again?

If anyone's interested, you can listen to the programme online here. I'd recommend it.
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S60 rambling

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a die-hard shipper. I lurve ship. In fact, I don't think there's any show I've gone nuts over that hasn't hooked me with the ship.

So this has got me thinking about S60, because it seems obvious that the most interesting relationship in this show is going to be between Matt and Danny. Will this draw me in as much as romantic ship does, I wonder? I've always loved the male-male relationships Aaron Sorkin writes, he seems to have such a strong feel for the fraternal bond and treats it with such respect and subtlety. So I know it will be beautifully written, but will it hook me?

I'm sure there will be plenty of romance as well, but in terms of intense relationships I can't imagine any that would be stronger or more interesting than the relationship between Matt and Danny. So this is new territory for me!

I should probably keep a note of this entry, so that when I become hooked by a ship pairing I can remind myself of what I thought before I watched it! And eat my words. *g*
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