Dharma and Greg – Are we ready for something ‘different’?

Sometimes, I wonder what went wrong with this one. The idea is definitely good – ‘a mismatched couple and their family deals with situations and circumstances in their own conditioned way.’

Hilarious, sometimes thought provoking, sometimes whimsical.

Are we not ready for this kind of TV shows yet? Is compatibility so important to us that we disregard everything that does not fit into our pre-programmed selves? Why are we so uncomfortable with those who are ‘different’?

 

Ali and the ball

Dir. Alex HOLMES    Written by HELEN  PANCKHURST   Editor: Simon NJOO

8-year-old Ali lives in a refugee detention centre with his mother and little sister Fatima. When his mother’s precious knitting needles are confiscated, Ali is forced to take action. Desperate to save his family, he hatches a plan using a ball and the help of a girl on the other side of the razor-wire fence.

Best Short Fiction Film, Sydney Film Festival, 2008

Best Direction in an Australian Short Film, Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, 2009

Wind of change – The Scorpions

The band wrote this during a visit to Moscow in 1989. The previous year, they became the first hard-rock band to play in Russia, and they returned to play the Moscow Music Peace Festival. At this show, they were inspired by the sight of thousands of Russians cheering them on even though they were a German band. In our interview with Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker, he called this song, “a kind of message soundtrack to the world’s most peaceful revolution on earth.”

Lead singer Klaus Meine told NME: “Everyone was there: the Red Army, journalists, musicians from Germany, from America, from Russia-the whole world on one boat. It was like a vision; everyone was talking the same language. It was a very positive vibe. That night was the basic inspiration for Wind Of Change.”

In 1990, this became the unofficial anthem for the German Reunification, an event that politically lasted from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the official reunification on October 3, 1990.

Courtesy: Songfacts.com