Friday, September 29, 2006

In news Around the World

I've been busy with work so haven't had time for my own musings, so hopefully you enjoyed the last few videos i've posted. In other news today I saw the following articles of interest that I thought I'd share.

Lightning bolt throws photographer in the air
Apparently this lightning bolt through the photographer in the air who was taking the picture. I've always been fascinated with lightning so this was a cool shot.
Here's the link to the article

On a more lighthearted note...

'Glorious nation' of Kazakhstan fights back against Borat
The Kazakhstan government is desperately fighting to salvage its country's image and reputation after being made a laughing-stock by Borat, the alter ego of comedian Sacha Boran Cohen.

A four-page colour supplement appeared in the New York Times yesterday, presenting the country as an industrialised, outward-looking modern nation with a stable economy and thriving tourist industry.

A far cry from the anti-Semetic, "horse-urine drinking, incestuous people", 'journalist' Borat portrays in his TV show and takes even further in his film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Cohen has done anything but "make benefit" for Kazakhstan, where the government is furious to have become the target of such ridicule, which can only increase with expectations the film will be a huge hit.

Despite threats of legal action against Cohen, (of which his response is: "I have no connection with Mr Cohen and fully support this government's decision to sue this Jew) the Kazakhstan government is now trying to counter Borat's image of a prostitute-ridden country, with a $50 million tribal epic called Nomad.

It's hoped the government-funded film, the most expensive in its history, along with the supplement in the New York Times will provide a more accurate picture of the country.

The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nasarbayev, was due to arrive in the US yesterday for a trip that will include a meeting with President George Bush.

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