|Cooking for a family lunch on Saturday|
|JK Rowling's new book, The Casual Vacancy, my novel of the week|
|Tutshill where J.K. Rowling is from and the town that inspired her new book|
|Jimmy Saville, the creep for me|
He went on to present his own charity show called “Jim ‘ll fix it”, supposedly bringing ill and underprivileged children’s dreams come true. He died last year in his 80’s and now one year after his death, people have come forward claiming he sexually abused them when they were children and used the programme to do so. These people were often underage boys and girls, some as young as 10. They have done so after a documentary about the paedophile side of this ghastly man by the ITV. The BBC apparently knew, or it was common knowledge that his predatory behavior went on but they turned a blind eye. The BBC has a lot to answer for in this case, perhaps more so than Jimmy the creep for whom, unfortunately, it comes too late.
|Malala the courageous Pakistani girl|
|Oli reporting on the Red Cross flag day|
|Mo Yan the Chinese writer and this year's Nobel Literature Laureate|
|Me with Johnny Weltz and Frankie Andreu, Lance's best friend at the Tour of Spain in 1996|
|Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel both equally guilty of doping in cycling.|
Friday was a national holiday and brought with it a three day weekend. It was the day of celebrations for Hispanic nations and also the day of the Spanish saint, Pilar. It was also the day the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded. I was astonished to see that this year’s prize went to the European Union, far too big an entity I thought and just as ridiculous as the prize to Barack Obama. It sort of under minded the importance. I understand that the European Union was awarded the prize for its role in uniting the continent over the last six decades but it comes at a time when the Union is at its weakest, embroiled in the Euro crisis and found it surprising that it came from a nation, Norway, which has always refused to join. It came also during the week the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, visited Greece where she was greeted by protesters with Nazi salutes, not exactly a peaceful event! Maybe though it will serve to strengthen the Union, but I for one could have thought of more deserved peace prize winners, such as Vicente Ferrer for his outstanding service to the poor people of India.
|The girls (in stripes Suzy left and Oli right) with part of the "manada" celebrating Dave's birthday|
Whilst they were preparing for the birthday do, Eladio and I had a date at the cinema. I had bought tickets to see the new film, The Impossible. It is a Spanish made film but shot in English and stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is about the 2004 Tsunami in South East Asia. The story is based on the experiences of a Spanish family, Maria Belón and Enrique Alvarez and their three young boys who amazingly survived the tragedy.
|Members of the Spanish family with the cast who starred in the film The Impossible based on the family's tale of survival of the 2004 tsunami in South East Asia.|
|The Impossible a great film|