25.4.17

DC-3 World Tour

UMA aventura aérea, daquelas que fazem sonhar pequenos e graúdos, passou por Macau. Gostei de escrever esta história:

Boarding the Douglas DC-3 is like returning to the era of black and white movies, when commercial aviation was making its first steps. A model of the twin-engine propeller plane, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s, arrived at the Macau International Airport on Sunday as part of the Breitling DC-3 World Tour.


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22.3.17



the crunch

Too much
too little
or not enough
too fat
too thin
or nobody
laughter or
tears
or immaculate
non-concern
haters
lovers
armies running through streets of blood
waving winebottles
bayoneting and fucking virgins
or an old guy in a cheap room
with a photograph of Marilyn Monroe
many old guys in cheap rooms without
any photographs at all
many old women rubbing rosaries
when they'd prefer to be rubbing cocks
there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movements of
the hands of a clock
there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it blinking in neon signs
in Vegas, in Baltimore, in Munich
there are people so tired
so strafed
so mutilated by love or no
love
that buying a bargain can of tuna
in a supermarket
is their greatest moment
their greatest victory
we don't need new governments
new revolutions
we don't need new men
new women
we don't need new ways
wife-swaps
waterbeds
good Columbian
coke
water pipes
dildoes
rubbers with corkscrew stems
watches that give you the date
people are not good to each other
one on one.
Marx be damned
the sin is not the totality of certain systems.
Christianity be damned
the sin is not the killing of a God.
people are just not good to each other.
we are afraid
we think that hatred means strength
we think that New York City is the greatest
city in America.
what we need is less brilliance
what we need is less instruction
what we need are less poets
what we need are less Bukowskies
what we need are less Billy Grahams
what we need is more
beer
a typist
more finches
more green-eyed whores who don't eat your heart
like a vitamin pill
we don't think about the terror of one person
aching in one place
alone
untouched
unspoken to
watering a plant
being without a telephone that will never
ring
because there isn't one.
more haters than lovers
slices of doom like taffeta
people are not good to each other
people are not good to each other
people are not good to each other
and the beads swing and the clouds cloud
and the dogs piss upon the roses
and the killer beheads the child like taking a bite
out of an ice cream cone
and the ocean comes in and out
in and out
under the direction of a senseless moon
and people are not good to each other.
Appears (in an edited form) in Love is a Dog From Hell

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9.3.17

A RTP está a fazer 60 anos e abriu parte dos seus arquivos. Entre outras coisas notáveis (como o telejornal na íntegra do dia 25 de Abril de 74), há lá imenso material fascinante sobre Macau. Por exemplo, o documentário "Macau 70", que já vi várias vezes. 
Filmado em 1971, o documentário evidencia a alteração brutal que se registou em Macau nos últimos 40 anos. As imagens mostram uma cidade que já não existe, mas que ainda consigo imaginar. Alguns aspectos que destaco: 
- A zona do Senado, muito pacata, quase sem carros e com muitas bicicletas
- O uso generalizado de riquexós para funções quotidianas (e não para turismo… aliás, há uma total ausência de turistas).
- Muitos chineses com vestes tradicionais, coisa que já pouco se vê.
- A pujante industria têxtil, com imagens de centenas de operários a trabalhar em fábricas.
- O Casino Lisboa acabado de abrir (em 1970) e a Ponte Nobre de Carvalho ainda em maqueta.
- As imagens do interior de um casino (penso que será o Hotel Central) que parecem ser do sec XIX, muito longe da sofisticação actual.
- O episódio do funeral, com típicos carros chineses engalanados (já não se vê nada parecido)
- A Taipa ainda sem a ponte, quase deserta.
- A rusticidade de Coloane, com os seus pescadores e putos de pé descalço.
- Uma certa hostilidade no olhar das pessoas que encaram o “cameraman” português. Apenas algumas crianças sorriem. Estávamos ainda em tempos de Revolução Cultural (como se nota pela efígie do Mao num edifício) e pouco depois do incidente que ficou conhecido como “1,2,3”.


Mais informação nos arquivos está disponível no Macau Daily Times

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3.3.17

UM documentário já com uns anos sobre a grande Rádio Universidade de Coimbra:

UM QUARTO NO ÉTER - Trailer from Rodrigo Lacerda on Vimeo.

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4.2.17

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31.1.17

FILMES muito lá de casa:

Ikiru, uma obra prima de Kurosawa 

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27.1.17

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20.1.17

Destino


“Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.”

Albert Einstein

13.1.17

Jornalismo

MUITO interessantes depoimentos de dois mestres do jornalismo português  - o José Pedro Castanheira e o Adelino Gomes  - que colocam em perspectiva a evolução da profissão ao longo dos últimos 30 anos em Portugal. Isto a propósito do quarto congresso de jornalistas que está agora a decorrer em Lisboa:



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23.12.16

Grandes documentários sobre comida:


Jiro Dreams of Sushi:


Steak (R)evolution:

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1.12.16

"NÃO cabe ao homem colocar-se em oposição à sociedade, mas manter-se em atitude compatível com as leis do seu ser, que não estarão em oposição às leis governamentais se ele tiver a sorte de se defrontar com um governo justo. 
Deixei os bosques por uma razão tão boa como aquela que para lá me levou. Talvez por me ter parecido que tinha várias vidas para viver, não podendo desperdiçar mais tempo com aquela. É impressionante a facilidade com que insensivelmente caímos numa determinada rotina e estabelecemos para nós um trilho batido."
Henry David Thoreau (considerado por Henry Miller como um dos 50 estado-unidenses mais relevantes de sempre), "Walden ou a Vida nos Bosques", traduzido para português por Astrid Cabral. É esta a América que eu admiro. 

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19.11.16


FILMES muito cá de casa:

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18.11.16

Column: The Monetary Authority of Trump


DONALD Trump’s unexpected rise to the US presidency sent waves of shock worldwide and Macau’s response was no exception. On November 9, the day the result was known, the Monetary Authority of Macao issued a statement that apparently reacted to Trump’s win without mentioning it. (Read more here)

“Politicians don’t talk. They make sounds. It’s just noise.”
Character played by Robert Redford
“The Candidate” (1972)

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16.11.16

St Lawrence Church

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25.10.16



A melhor peça de teatro que vi em muito tempo: Krapp's Last Tape, de Samuel Beckett (encenado e interpretado por Robert Wilson, que tantas coisas boas fez com Tom Waits)

12.10.16


CHRONICLE on the first-ever Hong Kong Formula E "ePrix"
video
(...) Overtaking often does not seem to be a product of brave driving, but results of the quantity of battery available. “Piquet Jr. has 42 percent of the battery available while Sam Bird has made a better management of the battery and has 46 percent of battery available,” announced the speaker. The cars don’t race as conventional cars do… Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi drove several laps with a broken car nose and didn’t lose a place. Something unthinkable in F1, where speed and aerodynamics go to another level.
Formula E introduced a new lingo to racing. Terms like “energy management” are being heard for the first time. “Energy is quite complicated… they way you utilize to optimize lap time,” Grassi said at the winners’ press conference.
It seems like the drivers are racing like I try to manage the battery of my cellphone.(More here)

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23.9.16

Ubud, Indonesia

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4.8.16

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1.8.16

Insight: Alert in times of abundance

THE report on the mid-term review of the city’s gaming industry is a precious tool for the analysis of the status quo in Macau.
The 280-page (Portuguese language version) document was efficiently presented in May by the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong; the director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Paulo Martins Chan and Davis Fong, the director of the University of Macau’s Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming, who compiled the commissioned report.
(Read more here)

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13.7.16

DOCUMENTÁRIOS muito cá de casa:


(do grande William Klein, disponível na íntegra no Youtube)

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10.7.16

FILMES muito cá de casa:


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15.6.16

Red market

2.6.16

Insight: Missed opportunities

MY column this week: "In Macau’s politics we often see the application of the principle articulated by the writer Tomasi di Lampedusa in his novel “The Leopard”: “If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” But with a local twist: sometimes things will not stay as they are… they will get even worse."
(Read more here)

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24.5.16

Dar a mão ao Ho/ Give an hand to Ho

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TEATRO de primeira água em Macau, com o grande Robert Wilson ( o encenador de Black Rider) a protagonizar o monólogo Krapp's Last Tape, de Samuel Beckett.  




Que acaba com estas frases espantosas, que qualquer velho percebe, mesmo não querendo perceber:

"Here I end this reel. Box--(pause)--three, spool--(pause)--five. (Pause. Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn't want them back."

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3.5.16

A mãe

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27.4.16

OU yeahh:

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15.4.16

To play or not to play politics - that is the question

(...) I wouldn’t go as far as certain philosophers who claim that everything is politics. But when someone is contributing to reach common decisions that affect a group of people, they are engaging in politics, even if their power is very limited. Therefore, it seems that this stress on the term “with no political power” derives from a somewhat apolitical view of the world, where only a few privileged are entitled to engage in politics and all others should follow.
(My column, read more here)

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14.4.16

UMA nova (e necessária) visão da escola

11.4.16


A “water jet board” pictured in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. This original extreme sport uses water as a propulsion fluid, enabling the rider to swing above the water’s surface.
(My picture published on MDT)

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8.4.16

Convento de São Francisco

IMG_0143MUITO lá de casa, reabriu praticamente no "quintal de minha juventude" o Convento de S. Francisco (CSF) após obras de St Engrácia. Tem duas salas de preparadas para espectáculos de grandes dimensões, entre outras valências. Como está bem referido neste artigo do Público, quem conhece Coimbra sabe que a cidade não tem dinamismo para ocupar um tal espaço (o Teatro Gil Vicente está desocupado boa parte dos dias), apesar de ser uma cidade de estudantes (mas, agora como dantes, a maioria dos estudantes não tem inclinação para as artes, nem sede de conhecimento, nem dinheiro para "cultura"...). 
Portanto, a única forma de o CSF não se tornar num elefante branco é conseguir atrair um público nacional e até estrangeiro. Algumas notas de rodapé a esta notícia:
1. O orçamento é ridiculamente baixo (pois, não há dinheiro!) e com esse orçamento será difícil fazer uma programação que seja atraente e consistente (não é com companhias de teatro locais que vão lá).
2. Será a câmara municipal o melhor órgão para gerir um espaço deste género? Há indefinições na gestão e parece haver um preocupante fazer em cima do joelho, do tipo "vamos ver no que isto dá"...
3. A única maneira de viabilizar o CSF é apostar na organização de grandes congressos e em parcerias com privados para trazer grandes nomes a Coimbra e a Portugal.
Será difícil, mas ficaria contente se um dia dissessem que agora no meu "quintal" há uma instituição na mesma linha do CCB ou da Casa da Música.

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17.3.16

MACAU AND THE SUBVERSIVE POET BOCAGE

BOCAGE, one of the most celebrated Portuguese poets of all time, arrived in Macau at the end of 1789 and lived here for approximately six months. His presence in Macau was marked yesterday during a session held at the Old Court Building and included in the Macau Literary Festival.
With an unusual talent for improvisation and irony, Bocage was a “first class poet” and “a transgressor in social, political, religious and sexual terms,” explained Daniel Pires, a researcher of his work.
Arriving in Macau from Guangzhou (or Canton, as the Chinese city was known at the time) after having deserted the army in India, Bocage described the city in a poem: “plenty of poverty, many vile women, one hundred Portuguese, all [living] in a pigsty.”
Daniel Pires noted that, as was common in the XVIII century, he also had to write elegies for his Macau hosts. “That was normal at the time, a poor poet needed to express his gratitude.”
Back in the motherland, the short-lived poet, who died when he was forty, faced the hardships of someone “who decided to live on the margins of society and paid dearly for his choice, going through phases of extreme poverty and ‘uncertain dinners’,” Pires said.
Persecuted by censorship and the Inquisition, the poet was arrested several times. His bohemian lifestyle meant that he became famous for his romantic adventures and thus provoked many anecdotes both in Portugal and Brazil, where he also lived.
Bocage was born in September 1765. Celebrations are still being held this year to mark the 250th year of the poet’s birth.
(PB, Published in MDT)

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15.3.16

SOME OF THE BEST MOVIES ON JOURNALISM


BECAUSE of its conflicted nature, journalism has been portrayed by American films since the beginning of the cinema industry. Following the work of a Boston Globe investigative team, this year’s  Best Picture Oscar winner, “Spotlight,” is just the latest in the line of great movies about journalists.
On the top of my list is “All the President’s Men” (directed by John Schlesinger 1976), about the struggle of two Washington Post journalists – Bernstein and Woodward, played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman – to uncover what some consider the biggest scoop ever: the Watergate scandal that brought down nobody less than US president Richard Nixon. The movie shows the merits of good journalism and its reach in a democratic society. Two persuasive reporters work almost like detectives, fact-checking clue after clue until they have no doubt that the president himself is implicated in the conspiracy. Quote of the film: “Deep Throat says our lives may be in danger.”

But journalists are not always depicted by Hollywood as the “good guys.” One of my all time favorites is the little-known “Ace in the Hole” (directed by Billy Wilder, 1951), where an unscrupulous former big-city reporter (played by Kirk Douglas) creates a media circus around a man trapped in a cave. The film foresees the sensationalism of 24-hour TV news channels and the human obsession with tragedy that feeds media sensations. Quote: “I can handle big news and little news. And if there’s no news, I’ll go out and bite a dog.”


Also shot during the 50s, “Sweet Smell of Success” (by Alexander Mackendrick, 1957) portrays New York’s most influential columnist, J.J. Hunsecker (played by Burt Lancaster), and his rotten dealings with a press agent. Quote: “You’re dead, son. Get yourself buried.”


Filmed in black and white, “Good Night and Good Luck” (directed by George Clooney, 2005) depicts the opposition of great journalist Edward E. Murrow to Senator Joseph McCarthy. Murrow (played by the circumspect David Strathairn) is on a quest to protect freedom of speech in America and has to fight not only McCarthy but also the management of CBS, the TV station he works for. Quote: “We’re going to go with the story because the terror is right here in this room.”

Another genre in which movies relating to journalism are common is, of course, crime. “Capote” (directed by Bennett Miller, 2005) depicts writer Truman Capote’s investigation into a sordid criminal case in the US countryside. Capote (beautifully interpreted by Philip Seymour Hoffman) develops a close relationship with one of the killers, who is waiting for the electric chair. Quote: “If I leave here without understanding you, the world will see you as a monster. I don’t want that.”
There are many movies about journalists as foreign correspondents who witness atrocities beyond imagination and risk their lives to tell the world what they saw. One of them is “Killing Fields” (directed by Rolland Joffe, 1984), about a New York Times correspondent in a Cambodia ravaged by the “Khmer Rouge” revolution. He tells the story but is torn by feelings of guilt after leaving behind his Cambodian friend and translator.  Quote: “This is a big story, a major story, understand? We have got to get down there!”


From a humorous perspective, “Wag the Dog” (by Barry Levinson, 1997) is a great movie about the power of mass media, particularly television. What happens when a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join hands and make up a war to cover-up a presidential sex scandal? Quote: “The American people bought that war. War is show business – that’s why we’re here.”


Biography is another genre where journalists often appear as observers to the lives of great men, such as the epic “Gandhi” (directed by Richard Attenborough, 1982), where Charlie Sheen plays a reporter who accompanies the Indian martyr during some key moments of his life.


Not exactly a biography, the classic “Citizen Kane” (by Orson Wells, 1941) should also be included. Like Charles Kane (or is it William Randolph Hearst?) said, “If the headline is big enough, it makes the news big enough.”
(By PB, published here)

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11.3.16

INTERVIEW with Paulo Cardinal, legal adviser at the Macau Legislative Assembly. People who are interested in Macau should pay attention to what he says here.

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7.3.16

LUXO: O Robert Wilson, encenador do Black Rider (com música do grandioso Tom Waits), vem ao Festival de Artes de Macau. E não é apenas o encenador do monólogo “A Última Gravação de Krapp” de Samuel Becket. Vai também actuar, coisa que já não fazia há 16 anos. 
Agora só preciso de arranjar bilhete, isto é imperdível.

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