10 Jades-A-Penny

Written by Holmes Charnley

It seems that everywhere you look, there they are, wanting to grabrepparttar limelight, wanting their 15 minutes of fame. This wasrepparttar 132425 attitude taken by Ian Burrell in a recent article he wrote for The Independent. But this phrase “15 minutes of fame?” How did a quote fromrepparttar 132426 pop-artist Andy Warhol become so ensconced intorepparttar 132427 Western World’s psyche?

The full quote that is attributed to Andy Warhol is: “Inrepparttar 132428 future everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.” These words were spoken in 1968. I likerepparttar 132429 quote. I find it incredibly portentous.

If we go back for a minute to Burrell’s Independent piece,repparttar 132430 essence ofrepparttar 132431 article was his views on howrepparttar 132432 media as a whole has a wealth of tricks up its collective sleeve to lure people intorepparttar 132433 spotlight. But don’t just think reality TV here, though of course, this is a massive part of it. Think also ofrepparttar 132434 myriad of kiss and tell stories that we so often read. All these chances, all these opportunities to make a deal and go public, just forrepparttar 132435 sake of being paid to go public. The media pays vast sums of money. Why speak of this? Well again, I want to quote Andy Warhol here. He said: “Being good in business isrepparttar 132436 most fascinating kind of art.” Here, he was speaking in 1975. It’s a mess quite frankly. Fame is cheap butrepparttar 132437 money’s good. Everyone wants to be a star. Being a star is big business.

Let me try and pull it all together by thinking a little about what Stephen Fry recently said in an interview with Jack magazine when asked about his views on 21st century fame. He spoke of it being “less stylish”, “more self-conscious.”

I think he’s hitrepparttar 132438 nail onrepparttar 132439 head here with his talk of there being a distinct lack of style. My sentiments exactly. Hypothetically speaking, and disregarding chronology, were I to switch onrepparttar 132440 TV and watch Parkinson, I would hang onto every word thatrepparttar 132441 likes of Audrey Hepburn said. Regrettably these days, I’m far more likely to getrepparttar 132442 turbo-charged spillage of Jade Goody. Seerepparttar 132443 difference between these two people? One was a personality,repparttar 132444 other’s just a person. Big Brother alone is spewing out enough sewage to last a lifetime. When you consider Pop Idol et al also … no, it’s not good. You have to earn fame before you exude star qualities. Now, they just earn via a kiss and tell and expect fame.

The Day after the Memorial Day

Written by Arthur Zulu

"We are, meanwhile, going to erect befitting memorial tombs with beautiful flowers on them for our fallen soldiers. And inscribe their names on their tombstones in letters of gold, with our national flag flying overhead. For they did not die in vain. They fought and died forrepparttar empire. And we hope that many more will volunteer to fight and die for our Great Fatherland. May God blessrepparttar 132424 Empire!"

That was notrepparttar 132425 voice ofrepparttar 132426 president ofrepparttar 132427 United States, addressing fellow Americans on Memorial Day. Rather, it wasrepparttar 132428 speech of Sunrise and Sunset, two kings who had led expeditionary forces throughoutrepparttar 132429 earth in a vain search for Inferno,repparttar 132430 terrorist. They had returned home without their soldiers, and had to explain to their countrymen and women why it was necessary forrepparttar 132431 soldiers to die. The book's title from whichrepparttar 132432 quotation was taken is my controversial work, CHASING SHADOWS! : A Dream.

According to Jonathan Glover in his book, Humanity—A Moral History ofrepparttar 132433 Twentieth Century, "Death in twentieth-century war has been on a scale which is hard to grasp. . . . But, if these deaths had been spread evenly over a period, war would have killed around 2,500 people every day. That is over 100 people an hour, aroundrepparttar 132434 clock, for ninety years." Hardly something to cheer about. People are either being slaughtered in political, racial, or religious wars. And members ofrepparttar 132435 armed forces are dying in large numbers.

It is for this reason that nations all overrepparttar 132436 word have set aside a date to remember its fallen soldiers. Americans have two—the Memorial Day, which is marked onrepparttar 132437 last Monday of May, and Remembrance Sunday or Veterans Day celebrated on November 11. On these occasions, seasoned speech writers ensconced inrepparttar 132438 serenity of well guarded offices, craft Demosthenian and Ciceronian speeches and hand them over to draft dodging heads of states, who intonerepparttar 132439 virtues of sacrifice andrepparttar 132440 reward of patriotism inrepparttar 132441 mellifluous voice of angels.

There will be somber religious services in churches on Memorial Day inrepparttar 132442 United States. The pastors will specifically petition God to acceptrepparttar 132443 ‘souls' ofrepparttar 132444 departed soldiers and give them special seats in heaven; wives would weep over their dead husbands; tombs ofrepparttar 132445 ‘gallant' heroes would be whitewashed and beautiful flowers would be laid on them; war veterans who had been forgotten would instantly be remembered; there would be reports of sighted soldiers in far away lands who had been missing in action; and most important—there would be a one minute silence in memory ofrepparttar 132446 dead.

This year's Memorial Day promises to be interesting. Because one presidential candidate is a decorated war veteran whilerepparttar 132447 other is said to have played safe. But they are both honorable men. One thing which men of honor do on Memorial days is to recount their daring escapades in war. One presidential candidate may scriptrepparttar 132448 appearance ofrepparttar 132449 man he saved from drowning in a river duringrepparttar 132450 war in Vietnam. I don't know whatrepparttar 132451 other would do. However, he too, is an honorable man. But what happens afterrepparttar 132452 Memorial Day?

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