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Prophetic Satire: Constable and PC Savage

Posted on by Janet Awe

Satire has always had an extremely important role to play, in keeping a check on society. Back in the day – way, way before South Park – there were court jesters, employed not merely to entertain but also as comedic “truth tellers”, in the privileged position of being allowed to mock anyone, including the King, [...]

Things to Distract Yourself With When You Should Be Studying: No. 37

Posted on by Janet Awe

I’ve been studying for three years now. First, I did my masters in screenwriting – two years, part time, at Birbeck College, University of London. The end of that, in October 2014, overlapped with the start of my post-graduate diploma in script development, at the National Film & Television School.  I feel very privileged to [...]

Alan Rusbridger Steps Down from The Guardian, After 20 Years

Posted on by Janet Awe

Today, Alan Rusbridger, steps down after 20 years’ of amazing service as editor of the world-respected, Pulitzer Prize-winning Guardian newspaper. He took over the reigns in 1995, after initially joining in 1979, leaving for a short stint then returning for good, to launch the Weekend magazine in 1988, followed by the paper’s G2 section in 1992. [...]

Je Suis Charlie

Posted on by Janet Awe

I was intending my first post in a while – and the first for 2015 – to be something suitably uplifting and inspirational, as is befitting a new year. Sadly, it’s not to be. I’m on a beautiful, remote island in Thailand and was feeling refreshed and positive about the months ahead – until yesterday, [...]

Google’s Human Rights-Defending Doodle

Posted on by Janet Awe

    I love Google’s current Doodle, reminding the world that the Olympic Charter states that ‘The practice of sport is a human right’ and using the colours of the rainbow flag. Perfectly timed, as the Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi – against the backdrop of Russia’s appalling anti-gay laws.

I have a dream: Mr Fingers’ “Martin Luther King Mix” of Can You Feel It

Posted on by Janet Awe

Today is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s great speech, one of many made that day, towards the end of the March on Washington in 1963. The speech lasted nearly 15 minutes but the soundbite that has endured and is regularly repeated lasts about five minutes and begins with “I have a dream”.  Click [...]

Beyoncé sings The Star Spangled Banner at Obama’s public inauguration, for his 2nd term as President of the USA

Posted on by Janet Awe

Today, President Barack Obama was publicly sworn into his second term as American President. The historical importance of this day – and the positive message that it sends to young people, and adults, of all backgrounds and lifestyles – can not be underestimated. He used his inaugural address to “issue a powerful call to action, as [...]