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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Words of Opinion

"There are few in Turkey who do not remember with deep emotion the response of Greece after the devastating earthquake of Aug. 17, 1999. Not awaiting an official call, thousands queued up at Athens blood banks just hours after the news. The İpsala border gate was jammed with volunteer ambulance squads seeking to get to Gölcük and Adapazarı. The Greek medical teams were the first to arrive, crowding Istanbul's Atatürk Airport. And the thousands of small acts of heroism: the Istanbul-based taxi driver born in Thrace, who had deserted the Greek military in 1974 and fled to Turkey, showing up at the same airport to volunteer as a Greek-Turkish translator was just one."
"From the Bosphorus: Straight - Turkey Does What it Can for Greece", an opinion piece from the Turkish English language Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

"Whether you believe in the power of prayer or not, the fundamental issue is that there are people out there caring about society."
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton of Devon and Cornwall Police in an article by the Daily Mail Online that alleges the power of prayer has helped drive down a British town's crime rates

"But could it be that, for the man who wrote "what do they know of England who only England know?"; "the female of the species is more deadly than the male" and "you'll be a man, my son", a more lasting theme may be "East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet"?"
In the BBC article "Kipling's Indian Legacy" Andrew Walker discusses whether writer Rudyard Kipling's racist outlook taints his legacy of literature

"She bitterly resented the ‘silly' confinement of women under medieval rules designed to preserve chastity. She was dismayed to perceive that it was not only acceptable, but fashionable, for the university's young men to cling to each other rather than to women.
Daily Mail columnist Max Hastings reminiscing about his mother's time at Oxford University in the 1930s, one of the first British women to make a top career in journalism

"He has expressed an aversion to gay sex, and even oral sex among heterosexual couples..."
In the BBC article "Why does the West love the Dalai Lama?" writer Alexander Norman, who co-operated with him on his autobiography as well as several other works after first meeting him in 1988, debunks the completely accepting spiritual image of the Dalai Lama

"I don't think I want to be a dame because I'm a Unicef goodwill ambassador... I just don't want to be dame of the British Empire. It doesn't fit my skin."
Actress Vanessa Redgrave speaking on Radio 4, insisting she doesn't want to be a dame

"There's a story - I don't know if it's true - about a Hollywood studio which commissioned some very expensive market research in the late 1980s to find out which kind of movie made the most money.

"Some time, and millions of dollars later, a high-level delegation attended a meeting to hear the results. In a room tense with expectation and solemnity, the moguls were told that the genre most likely to provide a return on their investment was... the sequel."
The BBC's arts editor, Will Gompertz in his article "To sequel or not to sequel: That is the question"

"All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one."
Tony Montana, from the movie Scarface (a film sequel was never made)

"It is terrible to see a man who has the incomprehensible in his grasp, does not know what to do with it, and sits playing with a toy called God."
Russian writer Leo Tolstoy

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