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Presque vu LXXII

I got tickets for Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in Newcastle, with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart. They will play in Malvern, Milton Keynes, Brighton, Bath, Norwich, Edinburgh and Newcastle in March and April next year before a run at London’s Theatre Royal in Haymarket. You’ll have to hurry.


The Root has an open letter from Alice Walker to Barack Obama, “on expectations, responsibilities and a new reality that is almost more than the heart can bear.”

Thanks to Rethabile Masilo for the lead to this one.


In the closing days of the US election, Ralph Nader also wrote a letter to Barack Obama:

Far more than Senator McCain, you have received enormous, unprecedented contributions from corporate interests, Wall Street interests and, most interestingly, big corporate law firm attorneys. Never before has a Democratic nominee for President achieved this supremacy over his Republican counterpart. Why, apart from your unconditional vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, are these large corporate interests investing so much in Senator Obama?


The Guardian reports on McCain’s sense of humour over his defeat:

Asked how he had been since the election, McCain resorted to a joke he used eight years ago after losing the Republican nomination battle to George Bush. “Well, I’ve been sleeping like a baby. Sleep two hours, wake up and cry.”

Asked why he had hidden the funny, likeable part of his personality during the campaign, McCain said times were tough: “I don’t frankly think that a lot of people wanted a stand-up comic.”

Thanks to Tom Baker for this one.

3 Responses to “Presque vu LXXII”

  1. Jim Murdoch says:

    I am jealous but the pairing I would’ve loved to have seen would have been Steve Martin and Robin Williams.

    jb says: Nice one, Jim. And I suppose it could happen.

  2. I have to congratulate Senator McCain’s efforts, but certainly Senator Obama managed to rally much more support in the media. Mr. Nader’s remarks are certainly welcome though at this point they will do little to change things.

    jb says: Thanks FW. You are, of course, right. Changing things weren’t uppermost in my mind when I made these links, rather the fascination of watching how it all pans out.

  3. Jim Murdoch says:

    It happened, John, back in 1988 and, although not always faithful to the text (blame Williams despite promising to behave) I would still love to have seen it.,9171,968952,00.html

    jb says: Haha, amazing, Jim. You really got me there. I thought you’d come up with an inspired original idea, and I was thinking of approaching producers on your behalf. Thanks for the links, too. Sounds like it was the place to be on the night.