This post is part of OCCUPY BLOGOSPHERE initiated by Soul Dipper
1. At the moment
- I don’t have enough time to do everything I want or need to do
- I can’t keep on top of all the writing, reading and commenting that’s expected of a blogger.
- I need more hours in the day.
- I go to bed too late, and my body tells me I wake up too early.
I picked up a book in the main store: “The Way Finders – Why Ancient Wisdom Matters” by Wade Davis, and it opened to this quote:
“In the west time is like gold. You save it, you lose it, you waste it, or you don’t have enough of it.
In the Barasana language there is no word for time.”
– Stephen Hugh-Jones
I can’t imagine that! Can you?
[Stephen Hugh-Jones was the former head of anthropology at Cambridge who lived in the Amazon jungle among the Barasana in the late 1960’s.]
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2. We went to a screening of Oscar nominated short documentaries last Friday night.
There are five movies nominated. We saw four. All of them were excellent.
- James Spione’s “Incident in New Baghdad’’
- Lucy Walker’s “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’’
- Daniel Junge’s “Saving Face’’
- “The Barber of Birmingham’’
- “God Is the Bigger Elvis,’’
My vote goes to the movie “Saving Face’’ (scheduled to air March 8 on HBO) a gut wrenching documentary by Daniel Junge about the hundreds of Pakistani women whose husbands threw acid in their faces (for no reason, and usually while they’re sleeping), and the British plastic surgeon, Mohammad Jawad who travels to Pakistan to try repair the damage.
Click the link to read the review in the Guardian:
Zakia’s face looks as if half of it has been rubbed out. What’s left is one eye, half a nose and a mouth that can no longer smile. She seldom leaves the house, and when she does she wears an all-encompassing black niqab and sunglasses.
The young mother is just one of the 150 victims of acid attacks reported each year in Pakistan, according to the charity Acid Survivors Foundation – although the true figure is likely to be much higher.
Despite his years of training, Jawad admits that he was shocked, “I had not seen anything like it before… Unless acid is neutralised it just keeps going deeper and deeper into your skin…”