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We've all seen selfies taken in questionable places. During a school lockdown. In front of a man attempting suicide. At Auschwitz. Now, some people are adding President Obama to the list of people with poor selfie judgment after the leader of the free world posed with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday in South Africa. It appears from photos of the incident that Obama was not the instigator (that distinction goes to Thorning-Schmidt). But he seems to have participated happily, though First Lady Michelle Obama seemed unimpressed by the whole spectacle. The photo has earned the world leaders a place among other funeral selfie-takers who are featured in the Tumblr "Selfies at Funerals." Read more >>
The cartoon by Steve Bell from The Guardian shows a selection of 'world leaders' taking selfies of themselves at Mandela's memorial service. From left to right they are, Ed Milliband (Leader of the British Labour Party), Sir John Major (ex-UK Prime Minister), George W. Bush (former U.S. President), Tony Blair (ex-UK Prime Minister), David Cameron (current UK Prime Minister), Barack Obama, Bono (don't ask), George Brown (ex-UK Prime Minister), Prince Charles, and Bill Clinton (former U.S. President).
The cartoonist seems to be saying that our so-called world leaders are just a bunch of shallow, preening poseurs. Even in death, Mandela could teach them all a lesson about human dignity.
Selfie was Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 and was defined thus: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
World leaders were among tens of thousands of mourners paying tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela during his memorial at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium. Jillian Kitchener reports.
REPORTER: Dozens of world leaders attend the memorial for Nelson Mandela, as tens of thousands of South Africans gathered under a rainy sky in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon used the weather as a metaphor to describe Mandela's Rainbow Nation.
UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON: "A rainbow emerges from rain and the sun. It is that blending of the symbol of grief and gratitude that I feel today."
REPORTER: President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro put aside their differences and shook hands, as Obama made his way to the podium.
U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again … And while I will always fall short of Madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man."
REPORTER: In contrast to Obama's roaring ovation, boos were heard as South African President Jacob Zuma took the stage. Organizers tried to drown out the noise with the choir, and Zuma began.
SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA: "We sing that he is one of a kind, that there is no one quite like him."
REPORTER: Mandela's grandchildren paid tribute to the man they loved. And a representative of the Mandela family acknowledged the grief shared around the world.
GENERAL THANDUXOLO MANDELA: "Indeed our pattern of pain and sorrow is daily being lessened by the outpouring of national and international grief for our father and elder."
REPORTER: Nelson Mandela will be buried on Sunday in his home town of Qunu.
Fussy shoppers are a major cause of food waste, Tesco claimed yesterday. The supermarket giant said UK customers ‘always pick the cream of the crop’, forcing it to bin thousands of tons of old or misshapen produce. Its Eastern European customers are, by contrast, more willing to accept less than perfect food. Read more >>
Someone who is fussy is very concerned with unimportant details and is difficult to please. • Our teacher is very fussy about punctuation.
"Do you have to drink the orange juice straight out of the carton?"
Members of Parliament (or MPs) are set to receive an 11 per cent pay rise, taking their salaries to £74,000 from 2015, despite objections from all three major party leaders. Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury, said the increase would be “wholly inappropriate” coming at a time when many public sector workers have had their pay frozen. Yet despite the fury the announcement has sparked among the public, several MPs have spoken out today in defence of their salaries being increased. Read more >>
This cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail takes place in Santa's Christmas Grotto. Usually, it's children who sit on Santa's knee and tell him what they would like for Christmas, but here we see an MP being tempted with wads of banknotes (representing the 11% pay rise). The MP tells Santa, "No. No. I absolutely refuse ... you really shouldn't have ... oh well, if you insist ..." Meanwhile, there's a long queue of fellow MPs with bags waiting to see Santa and get their 'present'.
Senior figures in all three parties branded the pay proposals ‘preposterous’, ‘unthinkable’ and ‘wholly inappropriate’ at a time of public sector pay freezes — but cynics might say that they do protest too much. In fact, backbench MPs reacted with anger at the calls for restraint, arguing that they deserve pay rises.
Santa is flanked by two reindeer. And the plant hanging from the ceiling is mistletoe, which people traditionally kiss under.
• Paul Thomas cartoon (Daily Express)
including one's unattractive characteristics (mit allen Fehlern und Schwächen)
"Myths, true or not, are important to any society," writes Mike Pilewski as he looks at one myth particularly relevant to 2013.
Condolence books, flowers and speeches around the world mark latest outpouring of support for late South African leader Nelson Mandela. Nathan Frandino reports.
REPORTER: His image is everywhere. From the streets of South Africa to embassies around the world. Supporters of the late Nelson Mandela are traveling near and far to pay tribute to the leader. At the African National Congress in Johannesburg, a condolence book is running out of pages.
PULENG MABOEE, LOCAL RESIDENT: "What I have written there in that book is what is in my heart and it is not enough. The way Tata Mandela was ... I think most people have not realized what Mandela was fighting for, because what Mandela was fighting for is what Jesus needs - people are one, people love each other."
REPORTER: South Africa's first black president died last week, prompting an outpouring of support across the globe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the South African Embassy in Berlin, where she, too, gave her condolences in a book. In the British parliament, speech after speech recognized Mandela's impact. British Prime Minister David Cameron.
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON: "Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our lifetime, a pivotal figure in the history of South Africa and the world and it is right that we meet in this parliament to pay tribute to his character, his achievements and his legacy."
REPORTER: Back in South Africa, officials are preparing for Tuesday's memorial in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already arrived for the service, and U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are on the way.
More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter. Read more >>
Theft is the crime of stealing something from a person or place car. Theft can be countable or uncountable. • Police are warning partygoers across the UK to be on their guard after a number of thefts [C] by 'hugger muggers'. • Property is theft! [U]