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Thursday, August 29, 2002

Shakespeare. I dropped by a lecture yesterday to take pictures of the event for the university paper and ended up staying because the speaker was so engaging. His name is Andrew Tidmarsh and he's from Goldsmith's University of London. The lecture was about teaching Shakespeare to college kids.
Andrew thinks that there are a lot of similarities between present Filipino social miliue and Elizabethan society. This makes it easier, he says, for Filipinos to relate to Shakespeare's plots. He says that many of the concepts dear to Elizabethan society are now alien to the present Brit.
I especially enjoyed his stories of his time in the provinces. He marvels at how people in rural areas are so open even to strangers. On one of his trips, he met a 38-year old woman who told him, within an hour of their meeting, that she and her husband were trying to have a baby. She told him that she was getting so desperate because of her age and that she was willing to forego anything if only she could get pregnant. He said that while this woman was going on and on about her woes, all he could picture was the image of her trying to get pregnant. And he was screaming to himself, "No, no, no. Don't picture it."
While on the outside, he was doing his damnedest to be polite.

A powerful firm? A classmate recently told me that the ticket to juicy government posts nowadays was the Carpio Villaraza & Cruz law office. It seems that they've got an inside track to Malacaņang. I came across this Newsbreak article about the firm. This piece gives us a closer look into the firm. See for yourself if there's any truth to the rumours.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Listen to this. If you're into soundtracks, and good music in general, you might want to get a copy of the I Am Sam soundtrack. It's very very good. It's a sort of a "tribute to the Beatles" album. Various ultra cool and very good musicians do their own versions of Beatles classics like Strawberry Fields Forever, Don't Let Me Down, Two of Us, Blackbird, and Across the Universe. Imagine this: Nick Cave sings Let It Be. It's actually kind of creepy.


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