Wednesday, August 08, 2007

I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult.
-E.B. White

Chasing your dream taking the road less travelled and all that jazz… In July 1980 I had the once in a lifetime pleasure to meet and work for Karel Schwarzenberg at his Viennese Palace a stone throw away from abode of an Australian Ambassador, Dr James Cumes, who lives with wonderful Heide and Kim. I never understood the better the sentiment of the statement than then ... To those who in their homeland have no freedom, and to those who in their freedom have no homeland.
Karel and Vaclav Havel have been good friends for a long time and Klaus never liked that fact… The appointment of Karel Schwarzenberg as foreign minister in the Czech Republic's latest temporary government has infuriated the Czech president, Vaclav Klaus * Prince Karl XVII von Schwarzenberg (to give him his Austrian title)

The Past is a Foreign Country A hero of his Bohemian time
He never went with the crowd and has written a political memoir like no other

THE publishers probably groaned on receiving the text of this unusual book. It seems scratched together and rushed—even a paste-up job. But there is craft in the casualness. Before becoming his country's first post-Communist president, Vaclav Havel wrote absurdist plays and prison letters about speaking the truth to those in power. An intellectual with a near-liturgical respect for words, he distrusts mass-media patness almost as keenly as he hated Communist doublespeak. A writer with his ear and his ironic humour was never going to spoon-feed readers with a smoothly blended fairy tale.
At the end of his presidency, Mr Havel left behind neither heir nor party. This was no surprise. His whole career, like this book, can be taken as a plea for individuality, for not going with the crowd. Mr Havel is sage enough to know that not everyone wants to stand out. Still, his lesson is a good one, and at times even funny.

A bunch of the world’s most famous dissidents ; [A must link to journalism and exposure; A conference in Prague gives food for thought Refusenik: A Czechered meeting ]
• · It never fails to amaze me the things people spend time and money researching and the so-called "studies" they produce - It may seem obsessive, but every day — sometimes hourly — Aaron Shepard checks the sales rankings for his 12 self-published books Amazon of Cold River Ranking; Google has also developed prototype phones and talked over technical specifications with manufacturers including LG Electronics Gmobile: Google phone coming next year: report
• · Librarians as Change Agents: How You Can Help Influence Public Policy in the 110th Congress Dedicated to Dr Cope; The Government Domain: 'Insanely Useful' Legislative Sites - This is not your grandfather's online legislative research environment. It is not even your older sibling's legislative research environment Domain of key links
• · · Art of politics just follow the yellow rod brick road to tax havens or private equity - Political snag for Chalco. The Australian Nigel Wilson July 30, 2007. The biggest Chinese investment in Australia -- the proposed $3 billion Aurukun bauxite/alumina development -- is in danger because it has been blocked from receiving federal funding as a result of a federal-state political feud. Politicians, money always a bad mix: The inverted snobbery ; Fortunately, every now and then Media Dragon drops some knowledge about ex-communists: In this undated image released by Louis Vuitton former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sits in a car, a Vuitton bag at his side and the Berlin Wall in the background as he appears in an ad campaign for the French luxury label. Move over Scarlett - Gorby's in town
• · · · Today you can read all about my Villawood in award-winning Australian director Bruce Beresford's memoirs, Josh Hartnett definitely wants to do this . . . true stories from a life in the screen trade Director's trade talk ; A wickedly funny account of celebrity, Hollywood and everything in between
• · · · · Ocker films Cold River, hot destination = Brilliant director haunted by a traumatic past Bruce Beresford Instincts Of The Heart ; Books and reviews