I still have a fondness for Zenna Henderson's 'The People' series...
Does no-one read Fay Weldon anymore?
Just the Chchch Girls' High Old Girls...
Let them eat quake!
… the local Journal of Record has unearthed what might be a genuine case of lèse-majesté.
I was kinda appalled by Cecile Meier’s folding on this issue – especially in light of her impassioned plea for the freedom to express ideas and outrage earlier in the year;
On Thursday morning I was in bed with my phone, crying as I read news report after news report about the deadly shooting at French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo.
But when I came across a French satirical news show’s take on the event, a reluctant chuckle escaped me.
The show is called Les Guignols de l’Info – “The News Puppets" – and features spoof alter-egos of newsmakers, and a lot of swearing.
The evening after the shooting, the show featured French president Francois Hollande’s puppet lamenting the cartoonists loss: “I want Charlie Hebdo to keep ridiculing me, I want them to draw me with a fat belly and a small willy again.”
The presenter responded: “True. Charlie Hebdo doesn’t only do caricatures."
Satire is a vital and ingrained part of French media. As such, most of my French Facebook friends changed their profile picture to “I am Charlie” on Thursday. Many expressed their shock and support for freedom of expression.
The French declaration of human rights, which has constitutional value, states: “The free communication of thoughts and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man.”
In addition, the Press Law guarantees freedom of the press, subject to exceptions including incitement to hatred, discrimination, slander and racial insults. This includes the freedom to ridicule powerful figures. And Charlie Hebdo did just that. They poked fun at pretty much everyone and everything, from Michael Jackson to Muhammad, politicians, Jesus and the Pope – no-one was safe. They did this to make people laugh and show that nothing should be taken too seriously, not even religion.
Je suis C1…
Comet allez vous…
Moomin mania is currently sweeping across Europe (again) – there was/is a big exhibition in Angouleme (France) at the excellent Museum of Bande Dessinee (la Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image) – which was closed the day I visited dammit (the exhibition that is, not the museum – that was fascinating)
Moomin paraphernalia is everywhere, backpacks, pencil cases, postcards, books…
Was that a yes or a no?
While it does carry derogatory baggage,
I see it as a borderline ageist generic grouping in this context.
...all considerably muddied nowadays, especially as I see so many young people (mostly women admittedly) with blue hair!
There is another take though - as 'Bluey' is also slang for the rubiginous-tressed among us - so perhaps it's just another 'Ginger Group bringing pressure to bear...
Whining and dining?
odd man out?
did you mean Leigh Brackett?
or am I over-Reachering?
cyan and handwringing?
do you see “blue-rinsers” to be a derogatory term?
Like National’s ’Bluegreen’ wing?
Ageism aside – I find this bunch (above) pretty offensive.
; – )
(and I am pretty much the same age as some of them!)
surely back sliding bogans on the skids would be toboggans!