American Elephants


The United Kingdom Explained! by The Elephant's Child
February 8, 2011, 2:10 pm
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I love this! It simply clarifies everything, sort of.
(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)



The Half-Blood Prince! by American Elephant

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If you’ve been with us a while, you might have noticed I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, and, only slightly less so, the movies. So, naturally, I have been waiting very impatiently for the first glimpse of the movie of the 6th book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

That wait is over.

The movie, which comes out in November (precisely 113 days, 20 hours, 15 minutes and 20 seconds from the time of this writing), has also been chosen as this year’s Royal Film Performance. It’s not clear just which Royal will attend — I’m putting my money on Harry or William. But who knows! maybe they’ll drag her Majesty, the Queen, along for the show.

In any case, if you’ve read the book, most of the trailer should make sense to you. But be forewarned! they have apparently added a scene to the movie to illustrate the increasing dangers Voldemort and his death eaters pose to the outside world, and especially to Harry himself. Its a scene where Fenrir Greyback and Bellatrix LeStrange attack Harry and the Weasleys at the Burrow. I am dubious, to say the least. I don’t like it when they mess with my movies!

Nonetheless, I wait patiently for the theatrical trailer. This is one of the best books in the series and promises to be one of the most exciting movies yet.

November is a very long time away!

Luna Lovegood Spectrespecs HBP



Brave New World by The Elephant's Child

Is this the world of the future? Gordon Brown announced last summer, plans for 10 eco-towns in response to the housing shortage in Britain. Half of the households in eco-towns will have to live without a car, and those that have one will be limited to a speed-limit of 15mph.

These new towns will have about 20,000 residents each, and such amenities as skateboard parks will be included to help achieve community cohesion. Rainwater will be captured and wastewater recycled so there is no overall increase in water demand.

The Secretary of State for Communities and the Minister for Housing and Planning have other plans. Happy socialist plans to assure that everyone gets along. The possibility of limiting Britain’s open door immigration policies to ease the housing crisis seems never to have occurred to anyone.

Melanie Phillips, author of Londonistan, has a must-read article from the Daily Mail about what is happening to England, and what seems to be her inexorable future.

Glowing descriptions of the eco-communities of the future sound uncomfortably familiar to the glowing descriptions of gracious apartment buildings in “modern housing projects” that were described to us many years ago. The notion that government can do a better job of planning our future than we can, is fairly frightening.

There’ll always be an England
And England shall be free
If England means as much to you
As England means to me.

 




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