What Else Is Going On

Old Medical Students (2007) Lectures
April 5, 2009

What Else Is Going On

 Here is where I talk about stuff that does not fit within the other pages. Fun things, interesting things and challenging things. I will, of course, be updating it regualrly

 August 2007

 Its been so long since I edited these pages! There have been many movies and many songs since then.

I just saw “The Last King of Scotland” This is a great story – a faction – as I once heard those stories where the truth is mixed with a little bit of fiction – called. The story has been turned into an equally great movie. There was first class perfomance by Forest Whitacker and the other actors gave excellent performances. Who can forget Idi Amin?!? Growing up in Africa, his antics were fodder for the Nigerian press. I cannot recall reading many incisive articles about his regime – probably because many African newspapers in those days could not afford to have foreign correspondents in other African countries.

 Unfortunately, his maniacal misrule and irresponsible behavior was inadequately covered in the movie. I think the movie humanised hm more than he deserved. One could not tell from the movie that this “Head of State” murdered 3 out of every 100 citizens of his own country. Worse still is the realization that such behavior is still possible in Africa and other parts of the developing world today. History will reveal how many monks were murdered in Burma in last few days.

 With thoughts like that, who feels like talking about music. The song continues to die daily in the mouths of human victims of misrule, geopolitics, and other crimes.

 December 2006

 I expected to have been here earlier than now, but c’est la vie.

 Movies

 At about the time that I bought the Rent DVD, I also got Yesterday but because of heavy work and travel committments, I could not see the movie for a while. When I did see it. I was stunned, the story was so evocative and true to the experience of many HIV/AIDS patients in Africa today. It is incredible that this one movie could encapsulate the beauty, hope, tragedy and drama of the daily lives of many Africans, including those without HIV/AIDS but whose life is marred by poverty, misgoverment and betrayal. It is fortuitous that I am talking about 2 movies with shared themes of HIV/AIDS.

 Music

 I am one of those who bought the AMERIE with the Sony failed attempt at copy protection. As part of the settlement of the class action suit, I could download 3 albums of my choice. One of the albums I chose was Marc Anthony’s Mended. While it is not as good as his self titled first English language album, I am really enjoying this album. For now, my favorite song there is “I’ve got you”. I am certain that the others too will grow on me.

 Books

I haven’t had the opportunity to read a new novel in a while but I have the new “State of Africa” by Meredith Martin in my travelling bag in the hope that I will reach for it at the earliest opportunity. I am hoping that it is a really insightful book about Africa and how to fix it. If it turns out to be another chronicle of well worn tales about what is wrong, I will be sorely disappointed. I think most of us know what is wrong, what is not certain is how best to fix it. 

 September 2006

 Movies

 I am an avid movies fan and my choice is eclectic. I am currently into “Rent” I think the performances are great. Though for the U.S. the issues appear dated, they are just evolving in Nigeria and would resonate in the nearest future. The movie brings up several questions that interest anyone involved in HIV/AIDS, PLWA, bioethics, human rights and stigmatization. You can see information about the movie at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294870/

 Music

 I steal moments to listen to music and you guessed, the range that I listen to is quite broad. In my car’s CD player right now, you will hear Rihanna http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:5v8o1vg6zzva. Check out “Break it down” and for those who grew up on Island Reggae (Cliff Richards, Denis Brown), there is plenty to like in the album.

 Books

 I read Kazuo Ishigoro’s latest book sometime ago and bought all the copies I could find for friends during a visit to Salt Lake City for a meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. For some reason, I recently picked it up again. It is a great book. Check it out http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4629918. It is also on the Time 100 best novels of all time. A reviewer said “It’s an existential fable about people trying to wring some happiness out of life before the lights go out” which, if you ask me, is what we are all trying to do 🙂

 

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