Selection from The Guardian ’24 Hours in Pictures’ series
In today’s Guardian, a piece by Andy Beckett on the British arms industry, the excuses used to justify government involvement, “it supports 300,000 jobs”, and often used quote that doesn’t add up. It’s ties with government. Quite interesting that is these years of free market theories and “orthodoxies, how pivotal the state is.” Maybe in a somewhat humorous point, “There are only a few other businesses – such as pharmaceuticals and pop music – where Britain is still so internationally prominent.” Bomb them with arms, pop music and drugs. Class.
Where is Mark Thomas when you need him?
If anybody is in the area of Tacos Zaragoza in the East Village (14th + A), could you please pick me up a copy of the DJ/Rupture & Sonido Martines ‘1100 vs 2200’ mix CD. It’s only available to buy at this Taco spot. I got into cumbia via these two, ellos saben muchisimo.
The Guardian has got some great images taken over the course of this year. From the aftermath of a tornado in Spain; Protests by Dairy Farmers in Belgium; Something you never equate with Gaza, people having a good time; Snipers in Syria; Horses running through bonfires in San Bartolomé de Pinares, Spain. More here
In 1964, still leaving the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race.
Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the ambicious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts , a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit.
That is how the heroic initiative turned into an exotic episode of African history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger.
En 1964, con la euforia por le recién ganada independencia aún fresca, Zambia lanzó su primer programa espacial. Su objetivo era mandar doce astronautas y diez gatos a la luna, superando así el reto que exhibían Estados Unidos y la Unión Soviética en plena carrera espacial.
Pocas personas apoyaron entonces la ambiciosa iniciativa de Edward Makuka, un profesor de secundaria zambiano que estaba al mando del proyecto y que se encargó de difundirlo y buscar financiación sin demasiado éxito.
Como anécdota la iniciativa constituye un detalle exótico y tierno dentro de la sangrienta historia africana pero también un ejemplo de la grandeza del ser humano y su capacidad de superación.
Como fotoperiodista siempre he tratado de ofrecer una visión excéntrica de la actualidad y por “excéntrica” entiendo, alejada de los canales y las formas asumidas. Así pues mi discurso dentro de la documentación se ha centrado siempre en pequeñas historias cuya reflexión puede ser válida en contextos mucho más trascendentes y documentados.
From The Guardian’s 24 hours in Pictures series, Munich,Germany: an ocularist holds a glass tube over a Bunsen burner as he makes a glass eye at his medical equipment shop
Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
King Midas Sound System
It was a top night, the crew that built the sound system worked damn hard, basically worked 24hours straight through. We had 10 columns of speakers arranged in a circular fashion….and to think somebody (Kevin) said “One of my monitors isn’t working!” Well, to be fair, he didn’t say it, he had to shout!
Dancers of the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe give a performance in Wuhan, China.
Photograph: Zhao Jun/Xinhua Press/Corbis
An unusual sight for the Monday morning commute as Spanish riot police stand guard to prevent picketers from entering the railway platforms during a strike at Atocha station in Madrid. Spanish rail workers began a one day-strike to protest against the privatization of the rail sector as part of austerity measures. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters
More here at The Guardian