Events in History ... and Wanganui
|Five years on from 9/11 I don't believe history has a full grasp of the enormity of the event. That said, the infamy surrounding 9/11 is relative. The fact the Twin Towers collapsed in New York City, USA, and did so in such dramatic fashion for all the world to see, makes it an event of greater magnitude - or at least a greater media event - than other recent catastrophes that caused more considerable loss of life, such as the Asian tsunami of 2005. Other smaller tragedies are certin to have occured on the ninth of September 2001. The enormity of the day's events in New York warrants its own moniker, 9/11. Prime Television's 9/11 docu-drama, which screened on Sunday night, was compelling to watch simply because it made me put myself in the victims' shoes. I won't say anything of the politics of 9/11, its causes and aftermath, solely because there's nothing I can say that hasn't been said before. But the Prime documentary was a good account of the human story of the event. That is, everyday people going to work to their offices on a Tuesday and winding up, through death and survival, participating in one of modern history’s most significant moments. I didn’t bother watching TV1’s ‘Path To 9/11‘, a fictionalised account of the events leading up to the collapse of the Twin Towers, because I'm certain I wouldn't learn anything from it. I flicked over during the ad breaks and saw what I expected to see - depictions of Arabs in back alleys plotting violence, and US intelligence officer who despite their CSI-like stealth were unable to foresee, or even attempt to thwart, the ultimate act of terror that we’re all remembering.|
Taufa'ahau Tupou, the King of Tonga, has died at the age of 89. His death was not unexpected. Nor was Wanganui Mayor Michael Laws' 'stand'. Laws - who I heard say earlier this year on his Radio Live talkback show that Tonga is a nation of inbreds - believes King Tupou is a despot and for that reason has ordered his city council staff not to lower the New Zealand flag to half-mast to mark his death. A despot - isn't that a man in power whose rulings, no matter how arcane, are permitted on the strength of his celebrity and the fear he invokes in his subordinates? Sounds like a despot to me, what do you reckon Laws?