When Penelope met Bob Geldof

“6:00 π.μ.:Δεν μου αρέσουν οι Δευτέρες” τραγουδάει ο Μπομπ Γκέλντοφ στο “Radio 2″. Αυτή η σκέψη προφανώς τριγυρίζει στο μυαλό του εκφωνητή και dj της πρωινής εκπομπής, τον οποίο δεν αδικώ.. Τι άλλο θα μπορούσε να σκεφτεί κανείς στις έξη η ώρα το πρωί Δευτεριάτικα” απόσπασμα από το βιβλίο “Πηνελόπη Οnline
Με τον Μπομπ Γκέλντοφ να τραγουδάει “Ι don’t like Mondays” αρχίζει το ημερολόγιο της Πηνελόπης “Πηνελόπη Οnline”*. Που να ήξερε η δημιουργός του χαρακτήρα “Πηνελόπη” και συγγραφέας της σειράς των ημερολογίων της Πηνελόπης, ότι μία μέρα θα έβγαινε φωτογραφία τετ-α-τετ με τον Σερ Μπομπ!

“6:00 a.m: I don’t like Mondays” Bob Geldof is singing on Radio 2. Obviously, this thought is going around the dj’s head. I don’t blame him, what else somebody can think about early Monday morning…” extract from “Penelope Online”.
Who thought that the creator of the Penelope’s diaries would meet someday Bob Geldof and have a snap tete-a-tete!

Ο Μπομπ Γκέλντοφ ήρθε στα Εμιράτα, όχι για να κάτσει, αλλά για μια σειρά συναυλιών και την προώθηση του φιλανθρωπικού του σκοπού- την εξάλειψη της φτώχιας στην Αφρική. Επί τη ευκαιρία, παρεβρέθηκε και στο συνέδριο “Food security forum” σαν βασικός ομιλητής. Ο Σερ Μπομπ ήταν αρκετά απαισιόδοξος στην ομιλία του-ο δημιουργός του “Ι don’t like Mondays” δεν θα μπορούσε βέβαια να είναι αισιόδοξος-. Μίλησε για την πείνα στην Αφρική, τον υπερπληθυσμό που θα δημιουργήσει στο εγγύς μέλλον σοβαρά προβλήματα αληθινής πείνας και όπως είπε με τα δικά του λόγια : “Έχουμε γίνει πολλοί σε αυτό το βράχο που λέγεται γή. Κάπου πρέπει να σταματήσει αυτή η αύξηση του πληθυσμού σε λίγο δεν θα υπάρχει ούτε τροφή, ούτε νερό, ακόμα και για τις αναπτυγμένες χώρες”. Μίλησε για δύο τύπους διευθέτησης του προβλήματος από τους υπεύθυνους του πλανήτη, όσον αφορά τη χάραξη πολιτικής : Tον απάνθρωπο και τον ανθρώπινο. Το τελευταίο που φυσικά και ο ίδιος υποστηρίζει είναι η χρήση προφυλακτικών για τον έλεγχο των γεννήσεων. Παλαιότερα βέβαια είχε υποστηρίξει και την αποχή-μην ξεχνάμε τις βαθιές Καθολικές του ρίζες, Ιρλανδός γαρ.. Έκανε ακόμα και υπαινιγμό-κάτι πολύ σημαντικό- περί της ιδιαιτερότητας κάθε τόπου/χώρα. Όσο η παγκοσμιοποίηση τρέχει με γρήγορους ρυθμούς τόσο πιο αναγκαία και σημαντική είναι η τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση.

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Bob Geldof came at the Emirates for a series of concerts and promotion of his charity work about the poverty in Africa. On this opportunity, he took part in the conference “Food security forum” as the main speaker. In his speech, Sir Bob was quite pessimistic about the future-the creator of “I don’t like Mondays” couldn’t be happy goes lucky. He talked about the famine in Africa, the overpopulation which will create in the near future real food and water problem, even in the developed countries. He talked about the solutions provided by the policy makers of this planet : the inhumane and the humane. The latter is, of course, his way by using condoms as birth control etc. In the past, he had referred to the abstain.. -don’t forget his deep Catholic roots, as a formidable Irish guy. He insinuated-something very important- about the peculiarities of each place/country. As the globalisation is going fast, the role of the local governments is getting more important.

Ήταν φανερό ότι ο Σερ Μπoμπ ήταν κουρασμένος από την χτεσινοβραδινή συναυλία και δεν ήταν ακριβώς σε φόρμα να υποστηρίξει τους σκοπούς του και να μιλήσει με την δική του γλώσσα : “Give us your fucking money”. Kάποια στιγμή, ο Μπομπ φόρεσε τα Ray Bans και έριξε έναν υπνάκo καθήμενος.

Ένας άλλος λόγος για αυτήν την απαισιοδοξία του, κατά την γνώμη μου, είναι ότι έχει δει πολλά και έχει περάσει την ηλικία που μπορεί κάποιος να είναι αισιόδοξος για το μέλλον. Κατά ένα τρόπο, μου θύμισε την σκηνή από το φιλμ “Cabaret: the future belongs to me”. Tην στιγμή που ο γέρος Γερμανός κουνάει απαισιόδοξα το κεφάλι του όταν τα νεαρά παιδιά τραγουδάνε. Η απαισιοδοξία ανατρέπεται ανα πάσα στιγμή απο τους νέους και δημιουργικούς τύπους, είτε για καλό είτε για κακό.

Η αλήθεια είναι ότι οι άνθρωποι σαν τον Μπόμπ Γκέλντοφ και γενικά οι ροκ στάρ έχουν ένα πολύ ιδιαίτερο χάρισμα. Η παρουσία του και μόνο, στην αίθουσα και αργότερα στο χώρο της δεξίωσης δημιούργησε μια δόνηση στο περιβάλλον και μετέφερε ένα δυνατό ενθουσιασμό και κινητικότητα σε όλους εμάς που παραβρεθήκαμε στον ίδιο χώρο μαζί του. Είμαι σίγουρη ότι όλοι θέλαμε να γίνουμε Μπoμπ Γκέλντοφ στη θέση του Μπομπ Γκέλντοφ και να ακολουθήσουμε το σύνθημά του “Let’s make something big”. Κάτι που είμαι σίγουρη ότι περιτριγυρίζει στα μυαλιά των νέων παιδιών στην Ελλάδα.

Στο τέλος της ομιλίας του πήγα να τον συγχαρώ και βέβαια του συστήθηκα σαν Ελληνίδα και για να πρόλαβω οποιοδήποτε σχόλιο είπα “όπως καταλαβαίνεις Σερ Μπoμπ, εμείς δεν έχουμε χρήματα να σου δώσουμε αλλά από πατάτες διαθέτουμε όλων των ειδών και χωρών”.

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Ιt was obvious, that Sir Bob was tired from the last night concert and wasn’t in good form to support his cause as well as to speak on his own language “Give us your fucking money”. At some point, Bob wore his Ray Bans and had a quick nap.

Another reason for this pessimism-according to my opinion- was that he has seen a lot and passed the age which somebody can be optimistic. Somehow, he reminded me the scene from the film “Cabaret:the future belongs to me”. When the old German man is hearing in vain the songs of the young Germans.

The truth is that people like Bob Geldof have an aura. They create and transmit a vibration and enthusiasm to their audience. Somehow, we wanted to be Bob Geldof instead of Bob Geldof and follow his slogan “Let’s make something big”. Something, I’m sure, is hovering around the minds of the young Greeks.

At the end of his speech, I went to congratulate him and of course I introduced myself as Greek and in order to obviate any other comment I said “as you understand Sir Bob, we don’t have any money to give you but we have potatoes, all kinds and countries”.

* Σύντομα θα εκδοθεί η καινουργία-ανοιξιάτικη- και ανανεωμένη ηλεκτρονική έκδοση για iPad της “Πηνελόπης Online” με καινούργιο εξώφυλλο κλπ. και σε Eλληνικές πλατφόρμες προώθησεις ηλεκτρονικού βιβλίου. Ελπίζω να έχετε διαβάσει όλο το ‘Κεφάλαιο’ του Μάρξ και τα οικονομικά άρθρα του Κρούγκμαν και να έχετε μπουχτίσει ώστε να αποζητήσετε κάτι πιο ελαφρύ. Mην ξεχνάτε, η Πηνελόπη δεν μένει σε άλλο πλανήτη και αυτήν την ταλανίζουν σκέψεις γύρω από την κρίση, την προσωπική ταυτότητα, σκέψεις γύρω από τον επαγγελματικό προσανατολισμό… Όλα βέβαια δοσμένα με χιούμορ και ελαφρότητα. Γιατί στο κάτω, κάτω της γραφής δεν χρειάζεται να κόψει κανείς τις φλέβες του διαβάζοντας ένα βιβλίο 😉

* The new revised/spring e-book for iPad “Penelope Online” is going to be published in Greek platforms of promotion Greek books. Hoping you have already read all the chapters of “Das Capital” by Marx as well as all the Krugman’s articleς and you’re already overwhelmed by your economic knowledge. And as result, you’re at the point of starvation for something more light. Don’t forget, Penelope is not living in another planet. She has the same concerns about the financial crisis, the personal and professional identity. But all the issues are unfolded in a funny way. After all, somebody doesn’t need to cut his wrists by reading a book 😉

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Leadership and democracy

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Καθώς πλησιάζουν οι Ελληνικές  εκλογές  και διαβάζω το βιβλίο ‘ Why Socrates died‘ by Robin Waterfield by  faber and faber,  παραθέτω μερικά αποσπάσματα έτσι για τροφή στη σκέψη.0903-Bunker

“Τhe incompatibility between the Athenian democracy and government is brilliantly imagined by Plato, in an extended ship-of state metaphor

‘Imagine the following situation on a fleet of ships, or on a single ship. The owner has the edge over everyone else on board by virtue of his size and strength, but he’s rather deaf and short-sighted, and his knowledge of naval matters is just as limited. The sailors wrangle with one another because each of them thinks that the ought to be the captain, despite the fact that he’s never learnt how. They’re for ever crowding closely around the owner, pleading with him and stopping at nothing to get him to entrust the helm to them. They think highly of anyone who contributes towards their gaining power of showing skill at winning over or subduing the owner, and describe him as an accomplished seaman, a true captain, a naval expert; but they crititicize anyone different as useless. They completely fail to understand that any genuine sea captain has to study  the yearly cylce, the seasons, the heavens, the stars and winds, and everything relevant to the job, if he’s to be properly equipped to hold a position of authority in a ship. In fact, they think it’s impossible to study and acquire expertise at how to steer a ship or be a good captain. When this is what happens on board ships, don’t you think that the crew of such ships would regard any true captain as nothing but a windbag with his head in the clouds, of no use to them at all?’

“Α Socratic leader : his first purpose would be the persuasion, by rational argument, of as many of the citizens in his care who had ears to hear, that the focus of their lives should be on improving their souls, and his second purpose would be the establishment of the correct legislative apparatus for achieving his  goal.

The only qualification on his call for true statesmen was his belief that perfect wisdom is unavailable for any human being, in any sphere of activity”

P.S   Η Δημοκρατία είναι δύσκολη, ακατάστατη, ανομοιογενής  και αντιφατική αλλά την ίδια στιγμή δημιουργεί ελπίδα και απελευθερώνει το ανθρώπινο πνεύμα  για να γράψει να  μιλήσει και να ψηφίσει, κάτι που θα κάνουν σχεδόν ολοι οι Ελληνες αύριο όσο και απογοητευμένοι αποθαρρυμένοι νάναι από την παρούσα κατάσταση κάπου η ελπίδα είναι κρυμμένη μέσα τους

What the foreign media say about the Greek election

Greece’s electorate looks hard for inspiration

Despite its corrupt past and a lack of credible policies, opposition party Pasok will probably win Greece’s snap election

by Matina Stevis Guardian 8/09/09

  • Like a lover who has been indifferent and unfaithful for far too long, but asks for a final opportunity to make things right, Greece’s prime minister of five and a half years, Kostas Karamanlis, has called for early elections, again. Karamanlis has been unable to complete a full, four-year term in office; he was elected in 2004, only to cut his own term short in 2007. He won then, to yet again ask for a third term two years before the end of his second one.

A mere 26 days away from this new electoral battle (set for 4 October), his promises remain the same as in 2004: fight against corruption; smaller, cheaper and less sclerotic government; tidy-up Greece’s notoriously messy public finances spearheaded by a war on tax evasion; a better educational system.

Karamanlis’s decision to call for early elections has caused a major rift within his own party, Nea Dimokratia, for the simple reason that they are most likely to lose. Some claim that he has made a behind the scenes agreement with another prominent member of the party – many site ambitious Foreign Secretary, Dora Bakoyanni – to step down upon defeat and hand over the leadership. Whatever the case, the latest polls, published in the Sunday papers, show a 5.7-6.7% lead for the Pasok opposition.

This comes as no surprise. Karamanlis’ government has been overwhelmed by scandals involving even his closest associates. He was in charge when two of the most catastrophic fires in modern Greek history ate away at the country’s remaining forests (in 2007 and again a few weeks ago). It was on his government’s watch that the murder of a teenage boy by a police officer culminated in dark days of urban unrest and destruction in the capital of Athens last December. He was at the wheel while the public debt skyrocketed even before the financial crisis hit, putting the country under European Commission probation for excessive debt for the second time during his premiership.

Karamanlis is blaming his decision to call for early elections on the opposition. He argued, in a nationally broadcast address last week, that opposition party Pasok’s vow to cause early elections in March was going to drag the country into a painful and prolonged pre-election period of political tension, which would only harm the economy.

On Sunday, at a major press conference in Thessaloniki, he assured his party’s electoral base that he is feeling combative as ever. He then went on to announce that, if reelected, he plans a two year freeze on pay and pension increases, among other measures, in an attempt to bring the public deficit under control and slow down public borrowing. He apologised for past mistakes and swore this time would be different; he would try his hardest ever, just as unfaithful lovers do.

Yet the other suitor vying for the Greek vote is no knight in shining armour. Opposition leader George Papandreou has led Pasok to several electoral defeats. He is well-liked at home and abroad, but regarded as lacking that certain je ne sais quoi. Papandreou’s American upbringing and his frequent linguistic slips, his obsession with a rigid work-out regime, his apparent lack of decisiveness and aversion to making specific policy proposals are just a few of what most regard as his faults.

He has been demanding early elections for a few months and despite the fact that his party is well ahead at the polls, it is yet to prove that it has a consistent plan to steer the country away from the economic trouble that it’s in. Moreover, Pasok’s governmental record is also riddled with corruption scandals, a thorn in the hearts of Greeks who are asked to pay dearly for an ailing economy while they have been watching their governors get richer for decades.

As Karamanlis struggles to rid his party’s candidate list from the names of those involved in scandals in an attempt to prove he is a reformed man, Papandreou strives for the words and specifics that will convince 39-41.5% (required to form government, varying depending on the performance of smaller parties) of Greeks that he knows what he’s talking about. Pasok is likely to have a hard time, under existing electoral law, to gather enough seats to form a government on its own. However, it is aided in its endeavour by an ailing left and a shaky opponent…….

P.S Για την Rits μιας και ξεκίνησε κουβέντα για τις εκλογές   από το προηγούμενο ποστ