GreenJolly – Orange Revolution 2004 Mastermind

Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant

Reality bites.

The News Review:

– Reality bites.
– Host City To Be Announced Tomorrow
– The end of innocence?
– Jonathan Freedland: ur culture exploits children | Society | The…

Reality bites.
Free with registration – Europe Intelligence Wire – – Nov 22, 2003
The other Mickey Harte rose from being a largely unknown singer-songwriter on the chicken-and-chips circuit to become one of the mosttalked-about entertainers in Ireland in a matter of months – and it was all thanks to a television show. The premise ofYou’re A Star was simple. Find a new act to represent Ireland in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest. Audition thousands of hopefuls in front of the camerasand show the funniest moments. Whittle the contestants down to 40 and let the publicdecide who they want to continue in the show. Take the final 10 and let them perform live – every weekend from Dublin’s newish venue The Helix. The show proved a ratings.

Host City To Be Announced Tomorrow
International Sailing Federation – Nov 25, 2003
”At 11:51 Pierre-Yves FIRMENICH Commodore of the Société Nautique de Genève will join Michel BNNEFUS in revealing the identity of the new Host City. The ceremony will commence at 11:15 and will be followed by a press conference. This event is for media and team members only but can be viewed live on Eurovision. The entire ceremony can be viewed via a live webcast. Full webcast details can be found on the America’s Cup website at the address below. AC ManagementE-mail this pagePrint this page.

The end of innocence?
Kathimerini – Nov 22, 2003
It is also a rupture in the child’s growing process through which one can discern an unexpected hell a world of perversion and psychological sexual and financial exploitation. Before seeing it for themselves a healthy mind would have found it difficult to imagine a Eurovision song contest for children. Youngsters are moulded by show business bosses into the kitschiest type of talentless stars. Little children dressed up in shiny costumes dancing singing bowing to the camera like a repulsive mixture of child and adult ageless sexless with no clear role. Up until now we were only familiar with beauty contests for infants those unacceptable parades of made-up trussed-up toddlers broadcast before a public which is no longer shockable. What is that makes these events acceptable within our society? Is it that the innumerable conflicts and demands of a materialistic society have dulled our senses? Is it that this society provokes competitiveness between individuals from a young age? That the consumer society does not distinguish between different ages?It is true that youngsters these days have more or less the same freedoms as adults; there are no protective boundaries.

Jonathan Freedland: ur culture exploits children | Society | The…
Guardian Unlimited – Nov 22, 2003
For there is too much evidence all around us from our shops to our schools and shot through popular culture that we are becoming a society that does not look after and perhaps does not even like children. At its mildest it’s the shock any visitor from continental Europe or America has at the unwelcome we give to kids here. It can be formal: the “Sorry no children” signs that still incredibly bar families from public restaurants. r informal: the glares rather than smiles meted out to kids on buses or shops or cafes. It seems the Victorian attitude to kids that they are to be seen but not heard is stubbornly persistent. At its most extreme there is the staggering degree of pain inflicted on children every day. The numbing statistics are that each week at least one child will die as a result of an adult’s cruelty; a quarter of all recorded rape victims are children; a recent NSPCC survey found one in 10 young adults had suffered serious abuse or neglect in childhood.

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