In 1958, the Manchester United team was under manager Matt Busby and the team was known as the ‘Busby Babes’ because of their collective young age. The team had a hectic schedule of domestic and European games this time of year. Eager not to miss any games and in an attempt to reduce some travel hardship on the players, the club chartered a plane. After playing their away match against Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup, the team waited to depart. Heavy slush on the runway and a bad mix of fuel caused loss of speed on take off and the plane skidded off the end of the runway into a house. Billy Whelan, a young Irish footballer, like many others on the plane, was a nervous flier. It’s reported that before take-off, he said “This may be death, but I'm ready.”
Considered one of Chaplin's finest alongside 'The Great Dictator', and 'Gold Rush', Modern Times is a satirical and slapstick look at the industrial machine we've all become caught up in and the socio-economic conditions people found themselves in after the Great Depression in 1930's. Ever the non-conformist, Chaplin used his multiple talents and position to relay how he felt about the world we find ourselves in. The messages in the film are still relevant today. He makes comment on how peoples humanity has been reduced in the name of production and profit, reducing us to cogs in a ever-spinning machine.
For a great analysis of the movie, click here.
You might have heard of this site. In 2004 Mark Zuckerbergh and a couple of friends launched [theFacebook] from their bedroom in Harvard university. Originally, they limited the membership to Harvard students. Now it's the biggest social network on the planet. Here's some numbers:
- 1.23bn monthly active users,
- Mr. Zuckerburg has a net worth of $19bn...about £12 billion.
- And the most popular page is Facebook for Every Phone with 380,870,942 'likes' (that's what I'm going for).
Thanks theguardian for the stats info. I won't bother with a link to Facebook today...
"The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national conciousness is a political fact."
The first wave of Western European colonisation of the African continent began in the 15th century. The end result of the 'Scramble for Africa' meant that by 1914, only Ethopia and Liberia remained independent of European rule. Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Russia and the Netherlands had all lay claim to African soils. Many African colonies helped support the allies in WW2. After the war, African nationalism and the desire for self-determination was on the rise. During 1950's and 60's the British Empire's days were numbered and so began the process of decolonisation. Howard Mac Milligan was Britain's Prime Minister when he made a tour of South Africa in 1960. His speech in Cape Town about the future direction of the continent and Great Britain's involvement were welcomed by some and considered duplicitous by others.
F. W. DeKlerk was the last head of state of south Africa in the apartheid era. Shortly after he became president he called for a non-racist south Africa to come into being . He also lifted bans on the ANC (African National Congress) and the Communist Party of South Africa and promised to release the anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela. After his release, the men united to give rise to the first multi-racial elections in South Africa, in 1994. The two men are credited with helping to end apartheid.
Read about the negotiations here.