Most lovable people

IN7666953LONDON---J_121481tThe Beeb asked the question, two years ago:

Whether it’s Heather Mills or Kerry Katona, the celebrities that ordinary people vilify seem disproportionately to be female. Why?

Because of the music offering later this evening, I’m not in the mood for negativity – there was enough of that in the posts earlier in the day. Rather, I’d like to look at the positive side of the coin:

In a survey [in 2008], by Marketing magazine, the respondents’ top five most loved celebrities were men – Paul McCartney, Lewis Hamilton, Gary Lineker, Simon Cowell and David Beckham.

Well, who are the people, past or present, whom you find the most lovable?  I don’t mean celebrities, film stars and so on but anyone at all, leaving aside Jesus and your family two generations either side of you.  And I don’t mean “greatest” or “most loved” [by the world] or “most famous”.  I mean “most lovable”.

Five I can think of, off the top of my head, in no particular order:

Don’t shoot the messenger

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All the way from Xinhuan:

“This is the first time in our history that we are appointing the European Commission in our capacity as a real co-legislator,” EP’s President Jerzy Buzek said during the debate held on Tuesday morning. “This is the dawn of a new decade, with a new way of working for the European institutions,” he said.

How would you interpret “a real co-legislator”?

“We need strong European institutions to tackle these challenges and it was up to the commission and parliament acting together to ensure that the EU is more than the sum of its parts,” he added.

“More than the sum of its parts?”  How can that be interpreted?  That it is not just a collection of member states for the greater economic benefit of all but a sovereign body in its own right, with embassies all over the world and its own army?

Africa

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Lady Macleod breaks into print on the galling state of affairs in Africa:

“…the brutal war here in eastern Congo has not only lasted longer than the Holocaust but also appears to have claimed more lives. A peer- reviewed study put the Congo war’s death toll at 5.4 million as of April 2007 and rising at 45,000 a month. That would leave the total today, after a dozen years, at 6.9 million.”

I can’t even imagine those figures as real lives, as individuals. It’s so overwhelming in its horror and sheer numbers of the dead that my brain can’t envision it as real, but what may be even more difficult for us, in our protected lives to envision, is the rape, torture, and mutilation that is daily fare in this ravaged country.

Europe is not the EU

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There are those who flatly refuse to see and then there are those who would like to see but don’t think they’ve seen enough to justify leaving the EU.  These are the people I’m addressing now.

The Road to EU Serfdom was a respected blog [on the right] some years back and then he just stopped.  It was a bit like Wat Tyler’s Burning our Money, in that it catalogued each new piece of wastage as it came out.

As a new blogger at the time, I looked at this constant stream of corruption and wastage and thought yeah, yeah but wasn’t all that enthused – it was all happening “over there”.  This is the sort of thing Serf posted in 2007:

Typical bullying arrogance in this statement by Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Huebner.

Getting published 2

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Let’s face it, readers and writers essentially fall into these categories:

1.  Readers

  • non-writers;
  • fellow writers who read widely.

2.  Writers

  • serious [published; unpublished];
  • occasional.

Somewhere in this mix is the vast number of  “I have a novel tucked away I’ve always been meaning to finish,” who tell you “Some friends told me I should get it published.”  More rarely, there is the writer with both the means and the perseverance to get published – who has people behind him/her to accomplish just that.

L’Ombre, in the first part of this mini-series, stated the pitfalls and the meagre earnings involved, even if you do get past those initial hurdles but he also held out hope that e-books, using POD selling are a way forward, once the DRM problem [the control by the providers of the equipment and lists] is overcome.  I’d say the dead-tree version is always going to be around, on a 50-50 basis with e-books.

Now, looking at your product – is it publishable?