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    • Tuesday 02.10.12 ‘It is the business of historians to remember what others forget’ Eric Hobsbawm on communism, war and jazz Aditya Chakrabortty Hotel GB Hadley Freeman Howard Barker How we made ... 12A Who needs an 84in TV? Check it out but don’t check in Are red trousers OK? ‘I write from ignorance’ Ben 10
    • Shortcuts Media Jimmy Savile – is this now the moment of truth? H e was, plainly, eccentric. The yodel, the catch- phrases, the tracksuits, gold jewellery and big cigar. The lifelong bachelor who, even as one of the nation’s most successful radio and TV present- ers, lived with his mother (he called her “the Duchess” and, after her death, left her bedroom untouched. Every year, he took her clothes to be dry-cleaned.) This being another era, Jimmy Savile’s personal life never made headlines. In his autobiography, he sketched a prolific sex life, claiming to have had encounters in “trains ... boats and planes and bushes and fields, corridors, doorways, floors, chairs, slag heaps, desks and probably everything except the celebrated chandelier and ironing board”. Savile … accused in a TV documentary of sexually assaulting young girls in the 1970s But in an interview with Lynn Barber in 1990, he said he had and a former BBC radio producer, broadcast because it “could not for this to come out for 30 years never been in love, had never had Wilfred De’Ath, recalling that be substantiated”. The corpora- ... You just didn’t mess with Jim”. a live-in girlfriend, and had never Savile – who had “a shocking tion has also said a search of its Back in 1990, Savile told Bar- even come close to marrying (too reputation ... for being into young files has revealed “no evidence ber that the rumours stemmed busy “living the business”). He girls” – had told him that Top of ... of misconduct or allegations of purely from the fact that young described sex as “like going to the the Pops was his “happy hunting misconduct by Sir Jimmy Savile girls flocked to him because of his bathroom” and “like what they ground”. during his time at the BBC”. association with the stars who say about policemen – never there It also includes footage of a But the allegations have were their idols. She concluded when you want one.” 2009 interview in which Savile view opened the floodgates: broad- oodgat that since “the tabloids have Were some of those many defended Gary Glitter (he “did caster Esther Rantze now says Rantzen never come up with a scintilla of sexual encounters with underage nothing wrong ... it was rong she fears the industr “blocked industry evidence”, he was maybe right. girls? Half a dozen women will for his own personal n its ears” to the rumo rumours about That now seems unlikely. claim in an ITV1 documentary air- gratification”) in on”) Savile’s behaviour. S Singer Coleen In the music business in the ing tomorrow that the entertainer possessing child g Nolan has revisited her re 1970s, certainly, such behaviour sexually assaulted them, some- pornography. hy. horror at being “inti- – and attitudes – were rife. In times repeatedly, in the 1970s The BBC has C mately cuddled” ma later years, even Savile himself when they were young girls. The defended its by Savile on b seemed to hint at it: “I once said assaults allegedly took place in decision last ast Top Of The to a girl: ‘I’m older than your his Rolls-Royce, at a hospital, year to axe a e Pops in 1979, grandfather,’” he told Simon an approved school and at BBC Newsnight t when she was w Hattenstone in this paper in 2000. Television Centre. investiga- 14: “He was all “ “And she says, ‘Well, I love him as The programme shows a BBC tion into over me,” she ove well.’ I say, ‘Good-oh, but I’m still Leeds newsroom assistant say- Savile’s recalls. And Paul rec too old for you.’ And she says, ing she saw Savile in 1978 with behaviour, , Gambaccini has Gam ‘No, you’re not, because you’re “his left arm up the skirt” of a saying the told breakfast TV ageless, you’re you.’” 14-year-old girl sat on his lap, item was not he has been “waiting bee Jon Henley Ê Keep on running Now you see her … Forget the golf. There Ikea has apologised Shorter was more British sporting success at the weekend after it was revealed that women had been cuts when ultramarathon runner Lizzy Hawker came third in airbrushed out of the Saudi Arabian version the Spartathlon, covering of its catalogues, not 153 miles in 27 hours. helping gender equality.2 The Guardian 02.10.12
    • Diplomacy That was thanks, in part, to a blue floor-light that makes the ceiling Pass notes Why Assange is look like the sky, along with a UVB No 3,257 light. on the run in his Ken Loach has donated a run- The Ryder embassy room ning machine, on which Assange runs three to five miles each day. Cup There’s a Spanish dictionary, for conversing with embassy staff, J ulian Assange’s bedroom and a book about Guantánamo. Age: 85. behaviour is the subject of Assange claims he works 17-hours Appearance: Once every two years. much debate, but now we daily – at one end of the room is What is it? A nail-biting international golf tourna- know what his bedroom looks a conference table for meeting IN NUMBERS ment, held this year in Medinah, Illinois. like. Assange has given the Mail journalists and colleagues – but A golf tournament? Nail-biting? I’d rather watch on Sunday a tour of his garret he still finds a suspicious amount Nohomophobes.com my nails grow. I know where you’re coming from, inside the Ecuadorean embassy, of time for watching films. The tracks the casual but the Ryder Cup is different. where he fled in June to escape West Wing and The Twilight Zone use of homophobic How? Well there are two teams, America and allegations of rape. are favourites. language on Twitter. Europe, with 12 golfers each competing over three So what have we learned? The But it’s not all fun and games. From 24-30 days. They start with foursomes matches, where September the secrets of his tan, for one. When Outside, he moans, “there is an team pairs take alternate shots using the same following words were he emerged blinking into the light absurdly oppressive police pres- counted: ball. Then they move to fourball, where each for a speech in August, he looked ence”. And we thought Bradley player has his own ball ... surprisingly ruddy for a man who Manning had it tough. I’m going to stop you there. That sounds had spent two months indoors. Patrick Kingsley boring and stupid. This year America moved 215,174 into the final day – the singles matches – Faggot comfortably ahead, 10 points to six, their Fashion victory all but assured. On Sunday at Paris fashion week, Céline unveiled the strangest shoes of Boring, stupid and typical. And then, in an the season – furry heels. One pair was described by the New York Times unprecedented turnaround, Europe won. as looking like blue, hairy sandals; a fur-lined court shoe was compared 99,153 Really? Yup – after a day of changing fortunes, they to the surrealist Meret Oppenheim’s fur teacup sculpture. Yet are they No homo squeaked ahead to win 14½ points to 13½, after a the most impractical shoes fashion designers have dreamed up? There spectacular 6ft putt from German Martin Kaymer. are a few other contenders for that title, says Rosie Swash And that’s never happened before? Actually, it has, but the other way round – the US came back 74,795 from the same deficit, to win by the same score, So gay in 1999. It all sounds about as exciting as lawn-mowing time trials. Not for the newcomers who happened to tune in yesterday: with 12 pairs on the course at 28,018 once, the final day moves at a hectic pace. Sedate Dyke knots of spectators are replaced by large, boister- ous, deeply partisan crowds. The atmosphere is distinctly gladiatorial. Céline’s furry heels (2012) Antonio Berardi’s heel-less Alexander McQueen’s This is still the game with the little ball and the High heels that look like boots (2008) Cost £3,000, Armadillo shoes (2010) flags sticking out of holes, right? Yes, and soPHOTOGRAPHS GARY CALTON COVER JANE BOWN slippers – Hlippers? worn by Victoria Beckham Controversial hoof shape much more. I’ll take your word for it. How did it all start? The cup began in 1927 when Samuel Ryder, a Brit- ish seed-packet magnate and golf enthusiast, donated the 100 guinea gold trophy. Originally designed as a tournament between the US and Britain and Ireland, it was extended to include European golfers in 1979. Before that, the US almost always won. Since then, Europe has main- tained a narrow overall lead. Do say: “If it features Europeans beating Vivienne Westwood stack Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos Christian Louboutin glass in Americans, I’m sure I can enjoy this healthy heels (1993) Famously (2008) Gwyneth Paltrow lass, slipper (2012) A glass, glitter competition as some sort of proxy war.” toppled Naomi Campbell braved them at premieres ty and lace monstrosity Don’t say: “Hey Tiger! Miss it! MISS! LOSER!” School ties Pounds to the people le Get on your bike Etonian Justin Welby The UK’s highest earners Ed Balls and Andy Burnham kicked is a frontrunner for live in: Tooting, formerly off Labour conference with a game Archbishop of Canterbury. the lefty enclave of Citizen of footie. David Cameron and Boris Do we want another of the Smith. The average income Johnson played it at their pub peace school’s old boys in the is now £66,100, beating summit. Don’t they know it’s no upper echelons of power? Knightsbridge and Chelsea. longer our national sport? Let them know: @c_of_e 02.10.12 The Guardian 3
    • Aditya Chakrabortty Growth-hungry Britain prizes innovation. But how do colossal TVs or self-sorting smart socks boost our standard of living?O nly 83 days left till Christmas so offer None of IT’s growth? Not so. In August, the US economist a vote of thanks to the folk at Sony, Robert Gordon published what has already turned for they have seen off your gift-shop- benefits out to be one of this year’s most talked-about bits ping migraines. I speak, of course, of have of academic research. He totted up the boosts the XBR-84X900: the 84in television. to growth from three industrial revolutions: theThe “largest, highest resolution picture” Sony rivalled, first ran from 1750 to 1830 and delivered steamhas ever produced for a TV, it displays images in and railways; the second, from 1870 to 1900,4K quality – which is, the press release assures say, the provided flushing toilets and electric lights, andme, a gazillion times better than HD, yet so bleed- introduction the third, from the 1960s on, might be termed theing edge that hardly a programme in the world is IT revolution.made in it. And, you lucky people, it goes on sale of running The Northwestern University professor doesn’tnext month at £20,000. Unsporting types will water at the deny that computers have enabled us to workdoubtless sigh that this is over a tenth of the price more efficiently. But in terms of a boost to ourof a house in Wales. The rest of us will recognise turn of standard of living, none of IT’s benefits haveit as an absolute snip for what CEO Kaz Hirai the 20th rivalled, say, the introduction of running water atpromises is “an unprecedented and revolutionary the turn of the 20th century. Before that, everyviewing experience”. century drop of water for drinking and bathing had to Ah, innovation. Who would dare oppose it? be drawn by hand, so that a housewife in NorthOne of the universal values of post-industrial Carolina in 1885 would have to walk 148 miles persocieties, it stands in incontestable supremacy year to carry 35 tonnes of water.alongside “creative”, “entrepreneurial” and Gordon’s paper seeks to make a bigger, if“iPhone”. To be an innovator in growth- sketchier, argument, as hinted at in its title, “Is UShungry Britain is to have a government minis- economic growth over?” That interests me lesstry dedicated to advancing your cause (Vince than what he has say to about innovation. “Inven-Cable’s Department of Business, Innovation tion since 2000 has centred on entertainment andand Skills). It is to invite the interest of David communication devices that are smaller, smarter,Cameron’s fixers, for the prime minister never and more capable,” he argues, “but do not funda-looks happier than when wandering around mentally change labour productivity or the stand-some skinny-jeaned social-media startup in the ard of living in the way that electric light, motorEast End of London. Politicians want to be pho- cars, or indoor plumbing changed it.” You mighttographed with you; civil servants sweat over love your iPhone, and I might spend too muchpolicies on how to clone your success. In 2008, time on Twitter, but we’d both be fine if they’dGordon Brown laid out plans to turn Britain into never been invented.an “innovation nation”, which even at the time In a market economy, innovations shouldsounded less like a white paper and more like a benefit both the seller and the buyer if they are to MicrochippTV pilot featuring Anneka Rice. ed that sort th socks take off. It is easier to see how much the customer Innovation is the badge that must be worn emselves gains from Gordon’s earlier innovations than a – yours forby seekers after arts funding. Public servants £117 Wii Fit, let alone Angry Birds.can no longer simply lay on schools and hospitals And it is true of a lot else besides consumerand social services; they must do so with private- electronics. Finance has produced plenty of in-sector sass and novelty. A word meant to novation over the past three decades, and yetsum up the commercial application of as the former US central banker Paul Volcker fortechnological progress has seeped into all points ou none have been as useful as the out,parts of our culture. machine and some have been downright cash mac Yet look around at the fruits of disastrous. disastrouinnovation. A television too big for The drugs industry pumps millions into dyour house and too advanced for the developing drugs for luxury ailments, yet puts developbroadcasters. A six-blade battery- next to n nothing into treating hookworm orpowered razor (thank you, Gillette). developing-world diseases. The Sabin other de“Smart socks” with microchips that Vaccine Institute calculates that 1,393 medi-will sort themselves (yours at £117 cines were developed between 1975 and 2000, wefor 10 pairs). but only 16 were for diseases that predomi- I could go on into the realms of techno- no- nantly blight developing countries.lunacy, but you’ve seen enough glossy As James Wilsdon, formerly of the Royalsupplements. Each of these could be described escribed Society and now at Sussex University puts Soas innovative, but really they are just unneces- nneces- i “Politicians welcome as innovative it:sary reiterations of basics (or not-so-basics) that sics) anything that’s new and of supposedalready serve us fine. Their ultimate end is as d economic value.” It’s time we got aexpensive landfill. lot more discriminating and demand- But aren’t such baubles essential for economic in about what passes for innovation. ing 02.10.12 The Guardian 5
    • On history On 28 June 1992 President Mitterrand Historic of France made a sudden, unannounced catastrophe … and unexpected appearance in British soldiers Sarajevo, already the centre of a Balkan on the Somme war that was to cost many thousands in 1916 of lives during the remainder of the year. His object was to remind world opinion of the seriousness of the Bosnian crisis. Indeed, the presence of a distinguished, elderly and visibly frail statesman under small-arms and artillery fire was much remarked on and admired. However, one aspect of M Mitterrand’s visit passed virtually without comment, even though it was plainly central to it: the date. Why has the president of France chosen to go to Sarajevo on that particular day? Because 28 June was the anniversary of the assassination, in Sarajevo, in 1914, of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, which led, within a matter of weeks, to the outbreak of the first world war. For any educated European of Mitterrand’s age, the connection between date, place and the reminder of a historic catastrophe precipitated by political error and miscalculation leaped to the eye. How better to dramatise the potential implications of the Bosnian crisis than by choosing so symbolic a date? But hardly anyone caught the allusion, except a few professional historians and very senior citizens. The historical memory was no longer alive. The destruction of the past, or rather of the social mechanisms that link one’s comtemporary experience to that of earlier generations, is one of the most characteristic and eerie phenomena of the late 20th century. Most young men and women at the century’s end grow up in a sort of permanent present lacking any organic relation to the public past of the times they live in. This makes historians, whose business it is to remember what others forget, more essential at the end of the second millennium than The work of the renowned Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm ranged across Hobsbawm6 The Guardian 02.10.12
    • s revolutions and the centuries. Here we print extracts from his major worksm’s history 02.10.12 The Guardian 7
    • ← ever before. But for that very reason they must be more than simply chroniclers, remembrancers belong to the generation for whom the October Revolution represented the hope of the world, as China never did. lation in our century. Most of them occurred in areas which were not growing all that fast. and compilers, though this is also the The Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle Hecatombs on this scale were historians’ necessary function. In 1989 symbolised it. beyond the range of imagination in the all governments and especially all Interesting Times, Little Brown, 2002 19th century, and those which actually foreign ministers in the world would occurred took place in the world of have benefited from a seminar on On barbarism and progress backwardness or barbarism outside the peace settlements after the two Before 1914, virtually the only the range of progress and “modern world wars, which most of them had quantities measured in millions, civilisation”, and were surely destined apparently forgotten. outside astronomy, were populations to retreat in the face of universal, if The Age of Extremes, Little Brown, 1994 of countries and the data of pro- uneven, advance. The atrocities of duction, commerce and finance. Congo and Amazon, modest in scale On communism Since 1914 we have become used to by modern standards, so shocked The months in Berlin made me a life- measuring the numbers of victims the Age of Empire – witness Joseph long communist, or at least a man in such magnitudes: the casualties Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – just whose life would lose its nature and of even localised wars (Spain, Korea, because they appeared as regressions its significance without the political Vietnam) – larger ones are measured of civilised men into savagery. The project to which he committed himself in tens of millions – the numbers of state of affairs to which we have as a schoolboy, even though that those driven into forced migration or become accustomed, in which torture project has demonstrably failed, and, exile (Greeks, Germans, refugees in has once again become part of police as I now know, was bound to fail. The the Indian subcontinent, kulaks), even methods in countries priding them- dream of the October Revolution is the number massacred in genocide selves on their record of civility, would still there somewhere inside me, as (Armenians, Jews), not to mention not merely have profoundly repelled deleted texts are still waiting to be re- those killed by famine or epidemics. political opinion, but would have been, covered by experts, somewhere on the Since such human magnitudes escape justifiably, regarded as a relapse into hard disks of computers. I have aban- precise recording or elude the grasp barbarism, which went against every doned, nay, rejected it, but it has not of the human mind, they are hotly observable historical trend of develop- been obliterated. To this day I notice debated. But the debates are about ment since the mid-18th century. myself treating the memory and tradi- millions more or less. Nor are these After 1914 mass catastrophe, and tion of the USSR with an indulgence astronomic figures to be entirely increasingly the methods of barba- and a tenderness which I do not feel explained, and still less justified, by rism, became an integral and expected towards communist China, because I the rapid growth of the world popu- part of the civilised world, so much Bolshevik Red Guards at the start of the October Revolution in Petrograd (St Petersburg). Above right: Duke Ellington8 The Guardian 02.10.12
    • so that it masked the continued and world is what happened and not what striking advances of technology and might have happened if things had the human capacity to produce, and been different, we need not consider even the undeniable improvements the possiblity of other scenarios. The in human social organisation in many end of the cold war proved to be not parts of the world, until these became the end of an international conflict, quite impossible to overlook during but the end of an era: not only for the the huge forward leap of the world east, but for the entire world. There economy in the third quarter of the are historic moments which may be 20th century. In terms of the material recognised, even by contemporaries, improvement of the lot of humanity, as marking the end of an age. The years not to mention of the human under- around 1990 clearly were such a secu- standing and control over nature, the lar turning point. But, while everyone case for seeing the history of the 20th could see that the old had ended, there century as progress is actually more was utter uncertainty about the nature compelling than it was in the 19th. and prospects of the new. For even as Europeans died and fled Interesting Times, Little Brown, 2002 in their millions, the survivors were becoming more numerous, taller, On jazz healthier, longer-lived. And most of The sort of teenagers who were most them lived better. But the reasons likely to to be captured by jazz in 1933 why we have got out of the habit of I experienced were rarely in a position to buy more thinking of our history as progress are than a few records, let alone build a obvious. For even when 20th-century this musical collection. Still, enough was already progress is most undeniable, predic- being issued in Britain for the local tion suggests not a continued ascent, revelation at market: Armstrong, Ellington, Fletcher but the possibility, perhaps even the Henderson and John Hammond’s last imminence, of some catastrophe: the age of first recording of Bessie Smith. What is another and more lethal world war, more, shortly before the trade dispute an ecological disaster, a technology whose triumphs may make the world love, 16 or 17 stopped American jazz-players from coming to Britain for some 20 years, uninhabitable by the human species, the greatest of all the bands – I can still or whatever current shape the night- ate and gigantic project to restore the recite its then line-up from memoryPHOTOGRAPHS HULTON GETTY, CORBIS; EXTRACTS REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF DAVID HIGHAM ASSOCIATES mare may take. We have been taught west European economies, because – came to London: Duke Ellington’s. by the experience of our century to the supposed danger to these econo- It was the season when Ivy Anderson live in the expectation of apocalypse. mies – communism and the USSR sang Stormy Weather. Denis [Preston, The Age of Empire, Little Brown, 1987 – was easily defined. The economic a cousin] and I, presumably financed and political consequences of the col- by the family, went to the all-night On the cold war lapse of the Soviet Union and eastern session (“breakfast dance”) they The end of the cold war suddenly re- Europe were even more dramatic than played at a Palais de Danse in the wilds moved the props which had held up the troubles of western Europe, and of Streatham, nursing single beers in the international structure and, to an would prove even more far-reaching. the gallery as we despised the slowly extent not yet appreciated, the struc- They were predictable enough in the heaving mass of south London dancers tures of the world’s domestic politi- late 1980s and even visible - but none below, who were concentrating on cal systems. And what was left was a of the wealthy economies of capital- their partners and not on the wonderful world in disarray and partial collapse, ism treated this impending crisis as a noises. Our last coins spent, we walked because there was nothing to replace global emergency requiring urgent and home in dark and daybreak, mentally them. The idea, briefly entertained massive action because its political floating above the hard pavement, by American spokesmen, that the consequences were not so easily captured for ever. old bipolar order could be replaced specified. With the possible exception Like the Czech writer Josef by a “new world order” based on the of West Germany, they reacted Skvorecky, who has written better single superpower which remained in sluggishly – and even the Germans about it than most, I experienced this being, and therefore looked stronger totally misunderstood and under- musical revelation at the age of first than ever, rapidly proved unrealistic. estimated the nature of the problem, love, 16 or 17. But in my case it virtually There could be no return to the world as their troubles wih the annexation replaced first love, for, ashamed of my before the cold war, because too much of the former Geman Democratic looks and therefore convinced of being had changed, too much had disap- Republic were to demonstrate. physically unattractive, I deliberately peared. All landmarks were fallen, all The consequences of the end of the repressed my physical sensuality and maps had to be altered. Politicians and cold war would probably have been sexual impulses. Jazz brought the economists used to one kind of world enormous in any case, even had it not dimension of wordless, unquestioning even found it difficult or impossible to coincided with a major crisis in the physical emotion into a life otherwise appreciate the nature of the problems world economy of capitalism and with almost monopolised by words and the of another kind. In 1947 the USA had the financial crisis of the Soviet Union exercises of the intellect. recognised the need for an immedi- and its system. Since the historian’s Interesting Times, Little Brown, 2002 02.10.12 The Guardian 9
    • Katie Pip er: ‘I do somet t’s nice for me to hing (right) Go lighthearted’; r Gok Wan, don Ramsay, Mary Por Phil Spen tas and cer T Check it out here is a hair in my fish is on the other side of the restaurant pie. “Are you sure it’s not taking someone’s pudding order. I yours?” says Rachael, my call him over. “I don’t want Gordon dining companion. But to be angry,” I tell Spencer, who is al- but don’t it’s not, and it’s not one ready looking pink and flustered, “but of the cat’s either (I’m used to eating there’s a hair in my pie.” food with cat hair in it; it falls off my Later, when Ramsay comes over to jumpers). It’s baked into the mashed apologise I tell him I hope nobody gets check in potato, sticking out like a neat little sacked for it. “I’m not going to sack garnish. Ordinarily I wouldn’t bother to anyone because of a pube,” he says. complain, the idea of making a scene in Actually, I don’t think it was a pube. a restaurant far more offputting to me “Was it curly?” he demands, like an than a mere stray hair, but the feeling aggressive detective. Not really – it that we’re being watched – the restau- wasn’t thick either. (How does pubic rant is rigged with microphones and hair end up in food anyway? Are chefs cameras that swivel towards us – forces trouserless behind the pass?) Ramsay, me to confront it. They want me to, Welcome to Hotel GB, run by who is wearing trousers, looks a bit don’t they? Channel 4 celebs along with some happier. Until the hair incident, we had been I have spent the morning at Hotel enjoying our lunch at Hotel GB in young, unemployed trainees. But if GB – most of it, admittedly, in a bed- south London, staffed by celebrities Emine Saner’s experience in the room waiting for the production team for a new Channel 4 show that began to finish filming before I’m allowed last night. I can see Gordon Ramsay restaurant is any guide, the stars into parts of the hotel. Ramsay and in the kitchen at the back. The maître d, Phil Spencer from the property still have a bit to learn themselves the retail consultant Mary Portas are its co-general managers, with other show Location, Location, Location, famous Channel 4 people taking on10 The Guardian 02.10.12
    • tasks: Kim Woodburn is in charge of then you can build up your own busi-housekeeping, Gok Wan is working ness and soon it will take off. Shethe bar, Katie Piper is the spa man- will be at her happiest when she’s herager. They are in charge of 14 trainees own boss.” By Patrick Kin– young unemployed people who have I don’t know what to ask Dr Chris- gsleybeen given this chance to learn how tian, he of Embarrassing Bodies fame,to run a hotel, though quite what they being in possession of neither a thirdare going to learn from celebrities who nipple nor a mouldy penis, and he onlyalso don’t know how to run a hotel arrived 10 minutes ago and doesn’t The paper owned by its readersI’m not sure. One of the trainees has seem to really know what he’s sup- To paywall or not to paywall: it’s aalready walked out. posed to be doing here either. He says question that plagues the media. At its At 18, Manisha Sengupta is the he will do things like measure guests’ heart is a debate about whether youryoungest trainee and is working in the waists and warn them about choles- readers are your customers – or yourspa. We chat as she gives my nails a terol, and encourage them to do more product, to be sold to advertisers.quick file. After finishing a hair-and- exercise. He makes me try a hand-held At Die Tageszeitung, a newspaperbeauty course, she had been unem- weight, supposedly to firm up triceps, based in Berlin, they look at it differ-ployed for two months when she was and shows how to move it up and ently. Its readers are its owners. Quitespotted by a Channel 4 researcher down in a pumping action. I feel myself literally, in fact. Taz – as the paper isoutside a job centre. “It’s so depressing blushing. “I call it a wank stick,” says nicknamed – is owned by a co-opera-being out of work. I was looking, look- Dr Christian. tive of 12,000 readers.ing, looking. I was so happy I got this I’m still not entirely sure what Taz was founded in 1979 by westopportunity. This shows opportunities the point of the show is, beyond the Germans disenfranchised by the con-can come up when you least expect it,” chance to see – hopefully – Woodburn servative mainstream media and it is ashe says. Is she nervous about or Portas spar with Ramsay or see leftwing paper. Half of its readers votebeing on TV? “I keep forgetting about someone from Towie have a back, sack Green. In 2009, on the outside of itsthe cameras.” and crack wax in the salon. It is office, its journalists unveiled a hugeM raising money for youth unemploy- mural of a naked Kai Diekmann – editor anisha’s manager is ment charities (the guests who have of Bild, a rightwing daily. Diekmann’s Katie Piper, the former started checking in around the time erect penis stretches across all five model and TV presenter I leave are all paying to stay, eat and TV SOUP storeys. The subtext is clear. whose efforts to over- drink here) and two of the trainees For years, Taz – circulation 60,000 come a horrific will get paid jobs with Ramsay and – was funded by state handouts. But What’s Hotel GBattack in 2008, in which acid was Portas at the end of the week, but it’s made of? with the fall of the Wall in 1989 came athrown in her face, has been followed in mainly about instilling confidence, drop in subsidy – and by 1992, the pa-documentaries. “It’s nice for me to do says Ramsay, who has three trainees Hell’s Kitchen per faced bankruptcy. Enter the Genos-something more lighthearted, so in the kitchen. “I’m amazed at how (celebs serve the senschaft, or co-operative: a grouppeople can see me in a different way,” many young people are out of work,” public) of concerned readers who valued thesays Piper. “I like the competitiveside as well [divided into men’s and says Ramsay. “This will give these people whatever it is they need to set + paper’s independence, or its ability, as one has it, “to put its finger into the The Hotel Inspectorwomen’s teams, the celebrities are them apart.” If there is a serious point (difficult customers) wounds of our economic system”. Thecompeting to raise the most money this show has unintentionally high- group invested its savings in the paper,for charity].” As a teenager, Piper did a lighted it’s the idea that the reason + and the paper was itself saved.hair-and-beauty course at college and a million 18- to 24-year-olds are un- The Apprentice Two decades on, the co-operative’sworked as an apprentice in a hotel spa, employed is because of some sort of (who can make coffers contain €11m (£8.7m). Murdoch,“so I was in Manisha’s position once, and attitude problem, rather than a com- the most?) this isn’t: anyone can invest as little asit’s lovely to come back and do it again”.She says all this while she washes and plicated mess of global economics and policy failures beyond their control. + €500, and everyone gets an equal say, re- gardless of their stake. They can’t influ- Jamie’s Kitchenmassages my feet. It’s a faintly uncom- “It’s easy to be cynical,” says Por- (training unemployed ence the paper’s day-to-day operations,fortable experience having someone tas, who is watching as two of her people) but they can propose policy at the AGM.you admire and respect do this for you (I trainees on reception are checking in Recent meetings discussed whether toresolve to leave a large tip). an excited family. “Oh, here we go, + raise freelance fees (yes) and to ban ad- On the way to meet Dr Christian another reality show performing as if The Hotel vertising for nuclear energy (no).Jessen in the gym, where he will be it’s doing something for society. But (staff and guests The egalitarian approach extends caught on camera)offering guests “health MOTs”, I peer I do think there is a role for people to the 140-strong newsroom. “You’re athrough the door of the bar and see in the public eye to do more to help very free journalist here,” says deputyWoodburn, hair like an elaborate empower people and make a change.” editor Reiner Metzger. Reporters areChristmas cake, cleaning tables. There I’ve been impressed with all the train- free to follow their own hobbyhorses,is no sign of Gok Wan, the barman, ees I’ve met so far and if it helps any of which he says makes life tough as anor indeed anyone else. Is she being them get a job, then good for them. editor. “People argue very hard. Wefilmed, or does she just do this all “Look at her, isn’t she great?” says don’t have a hierarchical structurethe time wherever she goes? Nobody Portas, looking at Rory, a 22-year-old where someone can say: shut up now.”seems to know. with tattoos and piercings who I had Salaries are pretty flat, too. Metzger Dr Christian is in the gym but not decided earlier was the friendliest and is paid only €500 more than the mosthis trainee, Jess, a 20-year-old from most welcoming person I have met junior reporter – though he gets addi-Dagenham. “She hasn’t been able to in any hotel. Rory visibly swells with tional support for his children.hold down a job – she has got strong pride. And what about paywalls? Unlikely,opinions of her own,” he says. “I said he laughs: “We were founded on theyou’ve just got to hold down a job for Hotel GB is on Channel 4 every night at 9pm idea of distributing information as farlong enough to get some funds in and until Friday as possible.” 02.10.12 The Guardian 11
    • Women W hy is it that, while dominated.” In the end, Mulqueeny women make up 49% recruited model Lily Cole to the judging of the UK labour force, panel – and female signups rose to 23%. they account for just Is it too simplistic to try and motivate 17% of IT and telecom women based on them being women? professionals? What’s more, the pro- Kim Plowright has spent 12 years in motion and visibility of Marissa Mayer, tech as a producer and project manager, the recently promoted Yahoo chief including work for the BBC and UK executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, the startups including Moo, Somethin’ Else number two at Facebook, comes as the and Storything. She describes herself number of women in the industry in as “the world’s worst feminist” for just the UK at least has been falling over the wanting to get on with work, rather than past 10 years. Why? compartmentalising “female and male There are dozens of groups professions”. “I do feel quite conflicted promoting women in tech, from pub about it. My parents made no distinc- meetups to formal networking and tions, so I just got on with what felt corporate efforts, yet few seem to be normal to me. Perhaps it’s more about taking Karren Brady’s advice in her addressing parents and their attitudes.” autobiography that pioneers in any field Little Miss Geek suggests that the need to hold the door open “as wide as “ultimate goal is to make tech more possible, for as long as possible, to allow glamorous and desirable to women”. other women to march through it”. But the act of programming itself is not One woman who believes the glamorous, and the low-key nature of problems start much earlier is Belinda Parmar, who founded the Lady Geek marketing agency in 2010, advising corporate clients, including Sony, This is what developing, perhaps even the male en- vironment, is cited as a selling point for many women, including Plowright. “It’s a great field to work in, because Ubisoft and Vodafone, how to recruit and sell to women. She’s often shocked, she says, by the “shrink it and pink it mentality” of tech marketers, but that’s a geek looks of the people,” she says. “Developers tend to be good, straightforward sorts with a refreshing lack of ego, who genu- inely enjoy collaborating. The industry hardly surprising when there are so few women employed in the industry. “I have a four-year-old daughter and I want her to think that anything like to a girl wants to change – it knows the gender balance is off, and will probably do things to address that.” For example cult craft site Etsy has announced is possible, that no career in out of Is it any wonder that so few grants to support female hackers this bounds,” she says. “If any other compa- women are working in technology? year while Google developed an algo- rable industry had a female workforce rithm in August to help identify when of only 17% there would be an outcry.” At the start of a new campaign, and why women dropped out of its Today, Parmar launches Little Miss Jemima Kiss asks what can be done recruitment process. Geek, a book which aims to trace the Leila Johnston, writer and technolo- obstacles women face starting out gist-in-residence for the Happenstance in the tech industry. It is aimed at project at Sheffield’s Site Gallery, says: industry leaders, government and “Women in tech are perhaps getting parents, and is at its most persua- a little bored of talking about their sive when it states the financial case women-ness now. Which is a shame, as for inclusion: tech companies with who else will stand up and say it’s OK women on management teams have for girls to hang out in the computer a 34% higher return on investment, Whitman and Joanna Shields as well A drawing by a room every lunchtime, like we used to?” according to a Catalyst report, while a as others – it’s those quietly successful 10-year-old - Johnston was recently asked how much 2009 report for the Harvard Business women actually building great stuff taken from Little she really knows about technology. “I’ll Review claims that the female demo- that we need to hear from. The most Miss Geek always wonder if these attitudes are graphic is worth around $20tn in con- inspiring role models, as Little Miss about me personally, or about the fact sumer spending every year. Geek’s manifesto concludes, are those that I’m female,” she says. But there is something alarmist working on projects that young creative Is it time to forget the tired stere- in the tone of Parmar’s statistics and technologists can relate to. otypes of engineers and technologists capitalised infographics: “GIRLS SEE Rewired State founder Emma as nerds and geeks and boffins? “My COMPUTING AS UNFEMININE… Mulqueeny has been organising hack role models were people who seemed ‘I’D RATHER BE A DUSTMAN THAN events since 2009, bringing talented to do whatever they wanted, without WORK IN I.T.” and it’s hard not to feel developers together with mentors. ‘Who else caring what anyone thought of them,” a little downbeat at the use of “little She says she has given up “single sex” will say it’s says Johnston. “It might just be this misses” for women. Are the messages campaigns. “I spent two months doing attitude that gives girls the push to not and pretty illustrations in danger of everything I could to promote the OK for girls care about going against the grain.” reinforcing the stereotypes, rather than Young Rewired State hack to girls – and to hang dispelling them? the sign-up rate dropped from 5% to What seems missing from the cam- 3%,” she said. “It was because I shed out in the How do we inspire more women to learn about and join the technology industry? paign is the celebration of women’s light on it being a more male thing, and achievements in technology. And while that’s like social suicide. They think computer Have your say at guardian.co.uk/women and join a twitter debate tomorrow at 1pm. we can all think of the executives – Meg you’ll only get nerdy girls if it’s boy room’ #womenintech12 The Guardian 02.10.12
    • New Scotland yarnHow African refugees have foundsupport in tartan and each other A certain age Michele HansonOxfam customers in Glasgow may As well as support and campaigning, I’m not quite sure why Fortnum andsoon be able to buy a new kind of for Koubakouenda, it was also about IN NUMBERS Mason are bothering to “investigate”tartan, woven from red, green and keeping isolation at bay. “When you the farms that supply their foie gras, togold thread. The cloth, registered come to a new country, you don’t know make sure no cruelty is going on. Anyearlier this summer, is the most the people and you don’t speak the 31% fule can see that it is.vivid expression of a support and language. Can you imagine how hard The rise in Even if the geese can stagger aroundadvocacy group set up by a group of that is? Getting together is also a way unemployment without their legs collapsing underfemale refugees from Africa with the of breaking the isolation. Karibu helps among women the weight of their giant livers, theyevocative name of Karibu Scotland. these women to have a new bond of aged 50-64 since still can’t have been having much of a Founder Henriette Koubakouenda family.” May 2010 fun time. How do you ram tubes downwas 50 years old when she arrived in the The women who use Karibu also something’s throat and force-feed it,UK from her native Democratic Republic come for services such as ESOL pleasantly?of the Congo in the summer of 2001, to English classes and IT lessons. The What a waste of effort and torture.join an existing community of African organisation also has a social enterprise 4.2% I know because I’ve eaten foie gras. The overall increasewomen in Scotland. Using her know- arm: hence the sewing group that in unemployment By accident. Years ago I went out toledge of English and her experience of registered the tartan in the Karibu since May 2010 a swanky birthday dinner, with setworking with women in community colours and the catering enterprise menu, which included some flat bitsdevelopment (she had worked with Taste of Africa (they cater events of pinky slime. I ate some, it wasn’tthe United Nations Development around Glasgow). anything to write home about, I assureProgramme back in Kinshasa), They are planning a Karibu Scotland Source: Office for you, then I asked what it was. Too late. National StatisticsKoubakouenda would help her fellow cafe. “We are hoping to have the cafe Is there nothing we will not eat,asylum-seekers with their phone calls before the Commonwealth Games. never mind how we get hold ofand letter-writing. “Many of the women Many people will be coming from it? Shark’s fin, tiny skewered songdidn’t speak English and it was really Africa, and if they can find a place birds, bull’s dick, monkey’s brain,difficult for them to access mainstream where they can eat African food, it pig-snout, warthog’s anus? All rightservices,” she tells me from her flat in would be great,” says Koubakouenda. if you’re hungry and there’s nothingGlasgow. “And I thought maybe if we “We just need to secure the funding.” else available, but not just becausecan organise ourselves, this could be Laurentine Zibi, chair and former you’re a poncy-dick gourmet/foodie,more formal and people will see us. volunteer, says: “All the feedback toss-potting about with your dinner,The mainstream services will know we’ve had on our services and events drizzling, injecting, wilting, sweating,our need and respond to it. has always been so positive.” She adds: couli-ing, pulsing and diddling with “I called that first meeting on the “We did not choose to be here but now some strange bit of possibly tormented31 August 2003, and around 15 to that we are – this is our home, this is animal on the way to extinction.20 women came into my flat,” says our country and our voice should be What is wrong with a lovely, fluffy,Koubakouenda. Karibu Scotland was heard through our projects, events buttery, crispy baked potato? Last yearborn – as a group for refugees and and skills.” Rosemary and I got into a Saturday-asylum seekers arriving in Glasgow. Bim Adewunmi night habit of watching Spiral/Borgen/ anything with Lundt in it, while having baked potatoes and cabbage for our dinner. Sometimes we went wild and added salad or baked beans. It was paradise. Fielding ate nothing else in his youth. Not that he had any principles. He just couldn’t cook anything else, except a few steamed vegetables. People sneered, but it was pretty avant-garde really – a sort of austerity, save-the-planet-type cooking. A bit extreme perhaps, but on the right track. Not that I’d dare tell everyone to be vegetarian, but I can warn those silly gourmets defending F&M’s right to sell this “delicacy”, that come the revolution, it won’t be the guillotine for them, just tubes of grain and fat pumped endlessly down their throats. By plebs. Delicately andWe are family … members of Karibu Scotland show off their tartan humanely, of course. 02.10.12 The Guardian 13
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    • Style Q&A Why do so many grown men think it’s acceptable to wear red trousers? Ask Hadley So now brightly coloured trou- sers are trendy and, if either of us Len Gomez, Manchester Don’t just hate red trousers cared about such things, which we do not, we would have to get with I think the real question, Mr Gomez, or Len, if I may be so bold, is why so – orange and yellow the programme. With all due respect, I suspect you would find it more many Englishmen have such a thing difficult to divest yourself of your red about red trousers. For this really is an ones are equally bad trousers prejudice than me. For I am a English thing, you know, like getting lady and you, sir, are a man, and there excited about tea and believing that is no species more rigid about fashion “sorry” is a synonym for “you just rules than a man who claims to have stepped on my foot”. no interest in fashion. Not being originally from this This is not a gender generalisation country I must confess that I didn’t but rather an inevitability of a situation even notice the whole red trouser issue that is not the fault of men, poor men. for at least the first decade or so of my Mainstream menswear is not – let’s existence here. Sure, I grasped the be honest here – much fun. Men’s basics of English life – the importance of fashion can be brilliant, but basic John Lewis, the centrality of chocolate. Red trousers pleasant sights to gaze upon than a pair menswear? Not so much. Beyond Anyway, American men wear so many of red trousers (examples are helpfully deciding whether you’re a T-shirt style abominations that the red trousers in the UK are collected on the celebrated blog Look man or a button-down shirt man would have barely registered, battered associated At My Fucking Red Trousers). Person- there isn’t much going on, and what is as I’d been for decades by khakis, jeans ally, I’m not much of a fan of brightly going on is generally pretty tedious. with elasticated waists and general with braying coloured trousers full stop, which Because of this, style-averse American sports paraphernalia. is, really, my point: singling out red men (read: fashion-fearful men), But now, after two decades and then poshos on trousers seems unfair when surely often heterosexual in their tenden- some of careful study in this country, I the King’s orange or, Lord help us, yellow ones cies, will hear a fashion rule once have mastered this minefield, by which are at least as bad from an aesthetic and they will carve it on to their I mean I understand it, but I don’t Road point of view. To focus on the red poi very brains, still following it and entirely sympathise with it. Hold on to ones means that you are hating on one parroting it whole decades later, the seat of your (non-scarlet) trousers, them because of the old associations’ the whether it be always wearing a belt Len, and I shall explain. emphasis on “old”. emp with their trousers, never showing a Like I said, I get it. OK? I get it. Red As I said earlier, this anti-red trouser A naked ankle or red trousers are evil. trousers are associated in this country prejudice is an English issue, one not prej Proffer a fashion maxim to these with braying poshos on the King’s shared by foreigners, which is why sha men (do not wear double denim; Road, utterly devoid of self-awareness upstarts from overseas such as Uniqlo ups yes, black jeans count as denim) and but wealthy in idiocy; people who (Japanese) and American Apparel (USA! (Ja they will cleave to it as devotedly as a probably lost their virginity to an USA! USA!) have been knocking out US religious fanatic to the voice of God. unfortunate member of staff in daddy’s red trousers, along with other brightly And fanaticism is so unstylish. country pad, and are as flushed in the coloured legwear, as if it were 1984 co Hating red trousers because of their face as they are round of belly. So that in Sloane Square, but re-styled for Sloaney associations is passe; hating is the whole red trouser thing and that hipsters, a demographic I personally h all coloured trousers because of theirPHOTOGRAPH DARIO CANTATORE is why you hate them. find as annoying as English people hipster connotations is far more au But as sports people say (maybe): find Sloanes. Thus, for youngsters, courant. After all, even fashion rules don’t hate the game, hate the player, red trousers have none of the hango- re need updating occasionally – except which means, translated into the ver symbolism that many Englishmen ve for double denim. Never that. fashion vernacular, hate the wearer, associate with them. Rather, they see asso but not the garment. them as bringing them one step closer the Now stopper your mouth, Len, to CClapton and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Post your questions to Hadley Freman, Ask Hadley, The Guardian, Kings Place, because I know what you’re going and if only they would go there and 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. to say here. I agree, there are more blooming well stay there. bloo Email ask.hadley@guardian.co.uk 02.10.12 The Guardian 15
    • Arts W Lights, hile the people finished their films the day of the of Benghazi were Tripoli screening. They are all young ejecting the Islamist men, mostly students and part-time militias from their photographers. “We brought out a lot camera, city last Saturday, of up-to-date equipment, but they another smaller but equally remarkable already had their own,” says Noe event was taking place 400 miles Mendelle, director of the SDI. “What away in Tripoli. In the former French they didn’t have was a knowledge revolution embassy, some 70 people were of film language. A lot of them had attending the first public screening done TV-style films or reports, quite of Libyan-made films since last year’s macho stuff. It was new to think about revolution (and possibly a long time different ways of portraying a character, before that). There were just six short or using sound to tell a story.” documentaries, around five minutes Libya had no film-making culture This could be seen by some as each. In the final film, Granny’s Flags, a Tripoli grandmother recounted how, under Gaddafi: just a handful of a top-down exercise in exporting cultural expertise, but it’s as much a during the revolution, women had to cinemas and a propaganda machine. bottom-up one. The regime’s lies about bake bread before the electricity ran the progress of the conflict, and the out, and how she’d been kept busy Days after a film sparked violence there, rebels’ brutality towards civilians, were sewing makeshift versions of Libya’s Steve Rose meets the new wave regularly dispelled by amateur footage reinstated national flag. “We are happy posted on blogs, YouTube, Facebook that Muammar died … He used to and Twitter. Moving from this to short smother us,” she says, before telling documentaries could be a crucial step off Libya’s toppled dictator as if he in developing a film culture. were her own son: “Gaddafi, Gaddafi, According to local critic Ramadan Gaddaaaaafi. We got rid of him.” And Salim, there were six features and she spreads her hands as if clearing him some 100 documentaries made in Libya off the table. The audience burst into during the Gaddafi era, but few people spontaneous applause. have seen them and their current New freedoms of expression are whereabouts are unknown. There is being tested in Libya and elsewhere, just one functioning cinema in Tripoli, post-Arab spring, but the subject playing mostly Egyptian and Dubai- of cinema has become particularly made commercial films. Pirate DVDs pertinent in recent weeks, largely of Hollywood blockbusters are widely because of a film that has nothing to do available for as little as one dinar (50p) with the country itself. The Innocence each. The Twilight franchise is huge. of Muslims has become the most Libya for the first time in September Gaddafi did, however, have a hand famous movie that practically nobody last year. It’s her own granny in the in two films everybody in Libya knows, has seen – a clumsy but effective film, she explains. “We’ve seen the both starring the ethnically flexible attempt to provoke the Muslim world common view of the revolution but Anthony Quinn, and both directed by by depicting the prophet Muhammad we don’t hear much about the older, Moustafa Akkad, a Hollywood-based (a sacrilege in itself), and portraying normal people. I thought it was really Syrian who went on to produce the him as a fraud and a degenerate. important to show it wasn’t just these Halloween franchise. The first and most Benghazi, Libya’s second city, was an boys going out and fighting – every one notorious is The Message (also known PHOTOGRAPHS KARIM SAHIB/AFP/GETTY; ALLSTAR/CINETEXT; DAVID MCNEW/GETTY early flashpoint, and the killing of the was involved on some level.” as Mohammed, Messenger of God), an US ambassador Chris Stevens and three Her film, and the five others that expensive account of the birth of Islam. others there on 11 September fanned screened in Tripoli, are also part- Unlike The Innocence of Muslims, The the flames of anti-American sentiment British. They were part of a project Message respects the taboo against across the Arab world. Conversely, initiated by the British Council’s film depicting Muhammad; instead it western media responded with knee- division, with the Edinburgh-based uses point-of-view shots, implying jerk condemnations of “Muslim Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI). Muhammad’s presence via musical rage”. The narrative of the Arab spring They held a workshop in Tripoli last cues, and having other characters threatened to take a U-turn. summer that resulted in three films, ‘Gaddafi repeat his unspoken words (Quinn There is now a cultural vacuum in including Arebi’s. They returned to plays the prophet’s uncle). Finding no Libya, as well as a political one, thanks do the same in Benghazi – though by didn’t want funding in the US, Akkad turned to to the Gaddaffi regime. “There was no this time security issues prevented Gaddafi. Even so, many Arab countries film-making culture here at all under the British contingent from leaving anybody to refused to believe that The Message Gaddafi,” says Naziha Arebi, director Tripoli, so the Benghazi film-makers be more did not depict Muhammad and would of Granny’s Flags. “He didn’t want had to travel back and forth between not screen it. The film triggered a 39- anybody to be more famous than the two cities. All the films focused on famous hour siege of three office buildings in him. Even the football players had ordinary people: a novice graffiti artist, than him. Washington DC in 1977, involving 149 just numbers on their shirts, because a fisherman, a car salesman, a museum hostages and the death of a reporter. he didn’t want anyone to know their guard (who describes how he hid He certainly A few years later, Akkad shot Lion names. He certainly wasn’t going to let artefacts to protect them from looting), was going to of the Desert, a biopic of Libyan hero anybody be a film director.” and a female medical student learning Omar Mukhtar, who fought against Arebi is half-English, half-Libyan. to drive. “You’re a doctor, so if you hit let anyone the invading Italians in the 1920s. She grew up in Hastings, studied at someone, at least you can save them,” Alongside Quinn, it stars Oliver Reed, the Royal College of Art, and worked her brother tells her. be a film John Gielgud and Rod Steiger as Benito a little in film circles before coming to The Benghazi team had just director’ Mussolini. Like The Message, it was a16 The Guardian 02.10.12
    • Filthy, terrifying, daft Video: Adrian Searle’s guide to this year’s barnstorming Turner prize show guardian.co.uk/artcommercial failure, but both films have nently. He has big plans, starting with Clockwise from “When I first came here lastplayed regularly on Libyan television a film festival this December. “The main, pro- September, the atmosphere wassince they were made. famous taboos for Arab cinema are sex, democracy electric,” Naziha Arebi says. “Tripoli had Does establishing a film culture religion and politics,” he says. “We’re protesters rally just been liberated and everybody wasreally matter in a precarious new not in the mood for sex now, religion in the centre of still in this revolutionary spirit. I camedemocracy with so many other is very touchy, but political expression Tripoli last year; back to the UK and I just felt, what am Ipressing needs? Absolutely, says must be shown.” He aims to show films Anthony Quinn doing here?” Her short is now lined upMohamed Maklouf, a Libyan film- from across the Arab world, “about rev- in the Gaddafi- to play festivals in the UK and US. “It’smaker and former dissident. “Visual olution, about the problems of young backed The hard making films in Libya full stop,”culture started the whole revolution,” people, about unemployment, all these Message; a she says. Being a female film-maker ishe says. “If we didn’t see these images, things”. In the longer term, Maklouf woman protests even harder. “My Libyan family thinkwhich changed people’s minds around wants to set up a permanent film- against The I’m doing a man’s job. But I’m sure therethe world, nothing would have making institute in Benghazi. Funding Innocence of are a lot of women here who wouldhappened. So film is very important. is still an issue. But he is preparing a Muslims in Los like to be film-makers, and there areUsually around the Arab world it has fictional short film, using untrained Angeles a lot of stories to be told. We’ve had abeen tightly controlled, like Hitler did actors, and he has been collecting patriarchal society for a very long time.”with Goebbels controlling the image footage to make a definitive first-hand She also recalls having her cameraof the Nazis. Some countries, like documentary of the uprising. snatched from her hand in August,Egypt, give a little bit of freedom to Other exiled or expatriate Libyans just across the street from where we’refilm-makers, but then you still have are now returning to play their part. talking, for taking pictures of Salafithe problem of the censor. Someone is Over a coffee in the souk, Khaled militants demolishing a Sufi mosquetelling you to cut this and that.” Mattawa, a Libyan poet and professor at – a precursor to the events that lead to Few Libyans had heard of Maklouf the University of Michigan, tells me he the death of Stevens in Benghazi. “Theyuntil recently. He has spent the past 36 plans to screen a series of European didn’t have freedom of speech underyears in exile, mostly in the UK, where films here. His ceramicist wife, Gaddafi, either,” she says. “Nowhe has worked as a journalist and film- Reem Gibriel, has arranged for everyone’s having their say. Wemaker, routinely criticising Gaddafi and a series of artists’ videos to have to be careful about makingother Arab regimes. He has made films be projected on to Tripoli’s [the militants] a marginalisedabout censorship, and about other streets. A new youth group, the group. That just makes themLibyan exiles, including its current National Awareness Movement, stronger. I don’t know howinterim president, Mohamed Magariaf. is planning to hold the first we’re going to deal with this. Now in his early 50s, Maklouf is Tripoli Human Rights film But we have to start telling ourabout to relocate to Benghazi perma- festival in November. own stories.” 02.10.12 The Guardian 17
    • Arts F The art of or most British playwrights, form of theatre. Although his work having your work staged is often fiercely political, he doesn’t at the National theatre for believe, he says, in political theatre. the first time would be a “I don’t want to hear somebody’s pinnacle of achievement. arguments about politics, thank you. For Howard Barker, it’s a kind of defeat. Scenes from an Execution, which focuses on the relationship between a pusillanimous artist and her patrons in Renaissance Venice, is Barker’s most suffering Nearly all theatre and all culture now is about projecting meaning. It’s very Enlightenment. Go to a newspaper if you want enlightenment: don’t go to the theatre.” famous and accessible play – which, to Howard Barker doesn’t care if you like Although Galactia expresses disgust him, is a problem. his plays, and thinks theatre should be at the idea of being “understood” by “I’m glad it’s being done,” Barker her public, Barker says it’s another of says. “But I’ve got a lot of plays that are an ordeal. He tells Maddy Costa why his characters, Machinist from Animals better than this.” Plays like Victory, a being on at the National is a problem in Paradise, who comes closest to bold swoop through Restoration-era expressing his own view – by refusing England, featuring a king obsessed to express one at all: “I write from with bottoms, and paupers liberal with ignorance. I don’t know what I want to profanities. Or The Europeans, a gory say, and I don’t care if you listen or not.” vision of 17th-century Vienna following He does, however, care that his work the expulsion of invading Muslim gets performed, which is why he has forces, in which a raped woman gives spent the past 20 years directing his birth on stage. own theatre company, the Wrestling “A good play puts the audience School. Although an ensemble, it through a certain ordeal,” he says. “I’m effectively operates as a dictatorship. not interested in entertainment.” He “I’m not interested in collaboration,” does admit to being fond of Galactia, Barker says firmly. “I’m interested the artist in Scenes, being played at in getting people to realise what I’m the National by Fiona Shaw: lusty telling them.” (The Wrestling School and fierce, she spends the entire lost its Arts Council England funding in play arguing with the Venetian state 2007; the cut still rankles.) about the purpose of public art. But He comes across as an acutely the suggestion that she comes across solitary figure: he has lived alone in sympathetically fills him with disdain. Brighton since divorcing in the 1980s, “I don’t like sympathetic characters. and traces his preference for solitude Theatre should be a taxing experience: back to childhood. “A solitary child the greatest achievement of a writer invents friendships and invents his is to produce a character who creates life. Maybe that habit has become fixed anxiety.” He’ll probably be quite in me. To be solitary is to invent.” He pleased that early reviews, beginning spends each morning writing, and most PHOTOGRAPH LINDA NYLIND FOR THE GUARDIAN to trickle out on Twitter and blogs, afternoons painting; his most recent suggest that some audiences are work has been inspired by Pontius indeed finding the play taxing; there Pilate and Velázquez’s Las Meninas. have been reports of walk-outs. If he doesn’t care for his audience’s You can see why Barker is so enjoyment, why should anyone watch frequently described as chilly. Yet his work? His answer is typically there’s something curiously romantic singular. “If you have a soul – does about him. His vision of what theatre everybody have a soul? I don’t know – should be is outlined in Arguments for but if you do, then there’s a necessity a Theatre, first published in 1989 and for it to be exposed to things. Theatre augmented ever since, as he developed is a safe place to expose it.” his belief in tragedy as the greatest Scenes from an Execution is at the National ‘I write from ignorance’ … Barker theatre, London SE1, until 9 December. Box office: 020-7452 3000. s m18 The Guardian 02.10.12
    • How we made ... Ben 10 The team behind the hit cartoon on their boy with a magic watch, and drawing crazy-coloured alien life Tramm Wigzell, co-developer great. Kids would tell us: “Oh yes, back to the heart of it: a kid having You hear so many pitches in this that’s like my brother, or my friend.” adventures, finding his way, not business and there’s almost always They said, “If I could do all that, that’s knowing what he’s doing but having something wrong with them: the team what I’d be like.” And it was the same a ton of fun doing it. He’s a kid, he’s are great, but the idea’s not quite right; thing with the omnitrix. We thought: being a hero, and there’s no dark side. or the idea’s good, but you’re not sure “As kids, if we ever got a new video It’s less fun to me to do a story about the team can pull it off. But when game or a gadget, we would never read someone who’s all cramped up about TV production house Man of Action the instruction book. We would just the trauma of being a superhero: I just – a bunch of real industry veterans – put it on and start trying to figure out don’t know if I’d feel that way about pitched Ben 10, we knew pretty much how it works.” That’s just what Ben it. There are a whole lot of things out straightaway that this was a show we does. It’s what guys do anywhere, so there getting darker; I guess this is my wanted to do. it’s easy to relate to. reaction to that. It’s partly the simplicity: there’s When we launched it, we had The great thing about sci-fi and this kid who has an “omnitrix” on his a strong feeling it was going to do aliens is that there are just so many wrist that means he can turn himself well, but you never know. And then – things you can do. Since it’s aliens, you into 10 different types of alien and ‘Gordon slowly but surely – it started to grow. don’t have to worry much about beings save the world. But alongside that, The ratings were good, but the thing too realistic. You can make them crazy there’s his personality: full of bravado, Brown said that really struck us was when we’d purples and pinks. So my Ben 10 ism full of himself, so you get comedy in he couldn’t be out and see a kid with an omnitrix really bright: the colours are practically among the action, too. Know what on his wrist. And then someone bleeding out of the television. I thought? I thought: “This is the get the forwarded me an article that quoted As a kid, I was always into cartoons summer blockbuster that I wanted to Gordon Brown saying he couldn’t get and comic books: GI Joe, Transformers, see when I was nine but I never did.” theme tune the theme tune out of his head. The that kind of thing. Even before I started We got quite a bit of negative out of his prime minister? From Britain? Is this on Ben 10, I used to fantasise about feedback during its development. a joke? what I would do if I ever got into that People were asking: “Does Ben have to head. The playground. It’s a great job: I go in to be so bratty?” Or saying: “Kids don’t prime Matt Youngberg, director and work and draw aliens shooting laser want to turn into gross aliens. And they producer beams at each other. won’t like it that the omnitrix doesn’t minister? The last series of Ben 10 was darker always work. They’ll want him to be Is this than the earlier stuff. Ben was older, Interviews by Bibi van der Zee. Ben 10: all-powerful.” and a lot of it took place at night. So Omniverse is on the Cartoon Network from But for us, that was what was so a joke?’ when I took over, I wanted to get 6 October. 02.10.12 The Guardian 19
    • Television C an we talk about camera Soft inside … James Nesbitt as positioning for a sec? I was Gabriel Monroe watching something, I can’t remember what, the other death issues have happy outcomes, day from inside the fridge. this time at least. And Monroe can pour Well that’s where the camera was, so himself a glass of red and reflect on I saw people open the door, reach in things, to That Home by the Cinematic towards me to fetch milk or whatever. I Orchestra. don’t know why I was in the fridge, and House’s great strength is in the I’m not sure I liked it very much. It was complexity of the character, his misan- ... well, cold. I felt like butter. Very dark thropy and anger as well as his medical in there too, and claustrophobic, when brilliance. Next to that Monroe looks that door closes. like just a grump, soft inside, a bit sug- There’s an even weirder one here in Monroe (ITV1). James Nesbitt – Gabriel Last nights TV ary and sentimental. And I think less interesting for it. It’s not bad at all – it’s Monroe, a neurosurgeon – is showing his team a CT scan of a patient. The Monroe is a bit like House – smart, Nesbitt is as watchable as ever, there is obviously some very interest- scan is on a screen, up on the wall. Sud- denly we’re inside the screen looking except more sentimental ing camera work. But it’s simply not as good as House. out. One of Monroe’s juniors is actu- ally framed in a cross-section of the and less interesting Staying within the health sector then, and bloody hell, Health Before patient’s skull. Why though? Is there the NHS (BBC4), what a nightmare. I’m a point here, about the randomness of glad I wasn’t born at the beginning of disease, that the young doctor could the 20th century. Well, chances are if I be next to have a life-threatening brain had I wouldn’t have lasted very long. condition? Does the director feel we And I wouldn’t have had a mother; she need to get an understanding of what almost certainly would have died giving it’s like to be inside the patient’s head? birth to me, because the person deliver- A tumour’s eye view of things? I’m not By Sam Wollaston ing me was actually a chimney sweep, sure I like being a seeing tumour any and just did a bit of midwifery on the more than I liked being butter. Comparisons with House (RIP), side, for an extra thruppence a month. Anyway, the head, into which we’re though perhaps unfair, are inevitable. Peggy she was called, or Enid. And being inserted, belongs to Paul, 31, who A medical drama named after its pro- she didn’t sterilise her brushes. (I’ve will almost certainly die if he doesn’t tagonist – maverick doctor, contemptu- dropped all the would haves, two awk- get his operation. But to operate is so ous of authority, probably an alcoholic, ward, easier to pretend it happened.) dangerous two surgeons at different probably a depressive, who breaks the Then, because I lived in a slum, I hospitals have refused. Monroe is his rules but gets away with it because of caught loads of horrid diseases, which last hope. “Look, it’s in here, like a tick- his brilliance. The difference lies with I then died of, in childhood. If I got to ing bomb,” says Paul, tapping his head. aforementioned heart. Monroe – the my late 40s it was a miracle. Basically it “And, I don’t know, you can see how character, and the series – is a bit soppy was like living in Angola. we’re fixed [strokes pregnant wife’s underneath. Paul gets his op, it’s suc- People with money lived longer bump, cue sad, I’m-too-young-to-die cessful, he’ll get to see his kids grow up of course. They could buy medical music]. I can’t live like this, neither of after all. A run-over woman is success- treatment. They could take out health us can. This ... this isn’t my story, you fully jump-started. Another man who insurance. Perhaps their company pro- know what I mean. My story’s about a looks like a goner comes back. There vided them with schemes; they could guy who gets to see his kids grow up. are some problems that remain unre- AND ANOTHER go to nice hospitals when they got sick. You’re not saying no, are you?” solved – Monroe has to lose one of his THING But if you didn’t have a job, or a policy, Of course he isn’t saying no. Because assistants, his son is marrying some- or you’d let it lapse, you were screwed. under the cynicism and the jokes and one he has been going out with for five Not long now. On the scrapheap. Not just like living in the bravado, Monroe is a nice guy. minutes, not everyone in the hospital #Homeland. Returns Angola then, but also a bit like living in Gregory House, with a heart. is getting along. But the big life-and- on Sunday. America.20 The Guardian 02.10.12
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