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Simon Reeve

In Attitude, Travel on May 12, 2010 at 14:55

“If somebody turned up at my house from Moldovan TV and stuck a camera in my face, I wouldn’t be very welcoming. So I was amazed by how willing people were to talk to me in front of a camera. Generally, people were pleased that we were taking an interest precisely because they feel that many of these places have been forgotten by the rest of the world. In Transdniestria, I met a guy who had sold a kidney to buy a cow – can you imagine? How can you ever look at your own life and think you’ve had a bad time? It’s humbling, especially in a country like that, which is on the border of Europe. You realise just how lucky you are. My guide in Somaliland was a war hero called Yusuf Abdi Gabobe who fought with the Somaliland resistance. He had lived in the bush for 10 years and talked to us about fighting against a dictatorial regime. Everywhere we went, where they had hardly seen white people, they would stand open-mouthed and then see Yusuf and start cheering – ‘Yusuf, the great hero!’ Somaliland was my favourite place because of the spirit of the people. It was a really moving experience.”

Simon Reeve, British TV presenter, he makes travel documentaries and has received “One World Broadcasting Trust Award” for “outstanding contribution to greater world understanding”.

Robert Leckie

In Attitude, War on May 11, 2010 at 12:49

“Dear Vera, it seems a lifetime since we met outside Saint Mary’s. This great undertaking for God and country has landed us in a tropical paradise, somewhere in what Jack London refers to as “those terrible Solomons.” It is a garden of Eden. The jungle holds both beauty and terror in its depths, most terrible of which is man. We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself.”

words of Robert Leckie, “The Pacific” Marine played by James Badge Dale

Better Than Ezra

In Lyrics on May 11, 2010 at 11:32

“Nothing is certain, time slips away
The world may be ending
But it ain’t happening today…”

lyrics from Better Than Ezra’s song “Black Light”