environment & politics


Gallery from Durban climate change conference

Nice collection of photos from the Durban climate change conference.

I don’t have much to say on this right now, except that it’s extremely unlikely a global deal will ever happen, and probably because of the US delegation – which is much the same as what happened at Kyoto. (Ironically, it was Al Gore who ‘drove a wrecking-ball’ through that process.)

I just hope that in 30 years time these delegates will be brave enough to look into the eyes of their children and say they knew what was happening, but didn’t do enough to stop it.


Alan Bennet at Occupy LSX & Other Book Links

It’s so nice to see an author unashamedly backing these protests, especially having read the car-crash of appalling bad logic that Frank Miller has recently used.

On this theme, there’s an interesting article in the Guardian about Alan Moore, the man behind the iconic protest mask that first manifested in V for Vendetta:

“I suppose when I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn’t it be great if these ideas actually made an impact? So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world… It’s peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction.”

While I’m linking elsewhere, there’s also a pretty cool interview with Umberto Eco today that’s worth checking out:

It’s only publishers and some journalists who believe that people want simple things. People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged.

Couldn’t agree more. As a reader, I loved to be challenged. There’s always room to grow (note: that’s nothing to do with reading fiction aimed at younger or older audiences); there’s always ways to develop your understanding of a book. Maybe reading is a craft or a skill just as much as writing?