February Half Term: Cinema, Libya, a Greek Quiz… and More!

Its been an interesting week this week – the February half term, meaning I had a week off college.

Half Term…

On Monday, I went to the cinema with Mum and Corrie. We went to see Paul – the new film starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, playing the parts of two British tourists touring the USA, who find an alien (names Paul, obviously) and help him get home.

On Tuesday, after a dentist appointment in the morning we went to my Grandmother’s house for a couple of nights; on Wednesday night I even cooked our evening meal – Κεφτεδάκια με Σάλτσα (Greek meatballs in a tomato sauce, served with rice)!

Last night I went to a Greek quiz, organized by Linda, my Greek teacher. All the questions were about Greece, and, like a pub quiz, there were several rounds, including: General Knowledge, Which Island, Who? and Odd One Out. I got most of the political questions, Mum didn’t. 😀

Back to college tomorrow – we’ve got 6 weeks until we break up for Easter on April 8 – between now and then, I’m hoping that the website I create in IT won’t be too bad, and maybe I’ll watch my German DVDs a few times as well.

In the News..

There’s been lots of interesting stuff going on in the news this week as well.

Following the departure of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, the Libyan population have been protesting with a view to getting rid of their leader, Gadaffi. This morning, we heard that the UN Security Council has voted to impose sanctions on Gadaffi, and a headline has just appeared at the top of the BBC News website, announcing that UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has called for Gadaffi to go. Last week on the BBC News Editors’ Blog, Jon Williams (BBC World News editor) wrote about the difficulties of reporting from within Libya.

Meanwhile, it appears that South Korea has been sending leaflets over its border with North Korea, telling them all about the recent Tunisian, Egyptian and now Libyan protests. Predictably, the North is now angry:

The South should “immediately stop psychological warfare,” said the state KCNA news agency.

The warning comes a day before South Korea starts its annual military exercises with US forces.

“South Korea is driving the Korean peninsula to overall confrontation, with beefing up anti-republic, psychological plots,” the North Korean statement went on.

BBC News

The other big story this week has been the Earthquake which happened in Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday. BBC Radio Gloucestershire‘s Sunday Breakfast Show, hosted by Richard Atkins, has been talking about the church’s role in the recovery this morning, whilst the BBC Regional News programmes have been busy finding someone from their area somehow caught up in the events.

Back here in the UK, and in Gloucestershire, its the tenth anniversary this month of the start of the 2001 Foot and Mouth crisis. Currently on air, Vernon Harwood is presenting a look back at the crisis, which you can listen to on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

I’ll write again soon. But for now, I’m going to enjoy what’s left of half term.

Fred Hart

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