I’ve Bin Photoshopped –
The US government withdraws an age-enhanced image of Osama Bin Laden after admitting it was partly based on a photo of a Spanish politician found on Google.
Top List –
Top 100 films of the Noughties (2000-2009)
List from Daily Telegraph By David Gritten, Tim Robey and Sukhdev Sandhu
Part 8 – 30-21
- 30 Downfall
Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004: Bruno Ganz gives the best ever portrayal of Hitler on film in this intense account of the desperate madness of the Führer’s final days.
- 29 In the Mood for Love
Wong Kar Wai, 2000: Exquisitely gorgeous romance set in Sixties Hong Kong confirmed Tony Leung’s film-idol status and made its director internationally famous.
- 28 The Queen
Stephen Frears, 2006: Helen Mirren’s astonishing portrayal of Elizabeth II in the week after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales helped make screenwriter Peter Morgan a name to reckon with.
- 27 Star Trek
JJ Abrams, 2009: Who would have guessed that this wheezy old franchise could be freshened up by a cast of unknowns?
- 26 Être et Avoir
Nicolas Philibert, 2002: A documentary about a devoted schoolteacher in rural France was heart-warming in both its subject matter and its word-of-mouth success.
- 25 Up
Pete docter, 2009: This wondrous animated Pixar fable about an old man who ties balloons to his house and drifts off to South America had more emotional truth and depth than almost any film this year.
- 24 The Gleaners and I
AgnÈs Varda, 2000: Funny, melancholic and deeply political, Varda’s digital cine-essay about social outsiders scouring the French countryside for food has been quietly influencing young filmmakers all decade.
- 23 Shaun of the Dead
Edgar Wright, 2004: There were lots of zombie films this decade, but only this super-smart, suburban updating of a once-tired genre featured gags about Eighties electro.
- 22 City of God
Fernando Meirelles, 2002: Flashy Guy Ritchie visuals meshed with Ken Loach-style politics in this kinetic and stylised dispatch from the favelas of Rio.
- 21 The Bourne Supremacy
Paul Greengrass, 2004: Greengrass took the wheel and the influential amnesiac-assassin franchise leapt into hyperdrive in this barnstorming sequel.
Top News –
- Previously unknown Florence Green, at 108, is believed to be Britain’s oldest surviving UK-resident First World Warveteran, and the last known female First World War veteran, having served with the Women’s RAF (WRAF) in 1918 (The Daily Telegraph)
- Aftermath of 2010 Haiti earthquake:
- Spanish politician Gaspar Llamazares says the United States‘s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) use of his photo in its “shameless” digital manipulation of Osama Bin Laden for a wanted poster, has left him insecure and worried about travelling to the United States in future. (BBC) (Sky News) (The Daily Telegraph)
- The German government asks its citizens to stop using Microsoft‘s web browser Internet Explorer to protect their own security. (BBC) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The Daily Telegraph)
- The first detailed measurements of the melting point of diamond indicate that it behaves similarly to water in that the solid floats on the liquid. (Discovery News) (Popular Science)
- The Afghan parliament for a second time rejects most of President Hamid Karzai‘s cabinet nominees. (CNN) (The Hindu)
- India‘s National Security Advisor M K Narayanan steps down as part of an overhaul of security in the country. (The Times) (Times of India)
- China announces an increase of 28% in the number of internet users in the country, now at 384 million. (Times of India) (China Daily) (The Independent)
- Authorities in Cuba are investigating the death of 26 patients at a psychiatric hospital after a spell of unusually cold weather. (BBC) (Havana Times)
- Another church is attacked in Malaysia and a mosque also targeted for the first time in a row over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims. (Times of India) (AFP)
- Kenya will deport a radical Jamaican Muslim cleric Abdullah el-Faisal after protests against his detention led to rioting.(Reuters) (Daily Nation)
- Australian police bust a $A18 million cannabis crop. The cannabis crop has been found growing on leased land in anational park in northern New South Wales. (Otago Daily Times)
- Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa vows to stay on after the arrests of several of his aides in a growing funding scandal in the Democratic Party of Japan. (Xinhua) (Canadian Press)
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