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Freelance Journalist and Presenter, BBC Front Row and NewsWatch — BBC
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Presenter BBC Front Row&Newswatch.Freelance Journo,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.

Issue 1142 | Big Issue — In this week's Big Issue... Sean Penn - the double Oscar-winner who likes to jet around the world fixing things in trouble spots. Adrian Lobb talks to him about conscience politics, the Liam Neeson-driven vogue for older action heroes, some de rigueur rhapsodising about Mark Rylance and where the "enemies" are coming from.

Are the rich winning a cultural class war? — That Britain's cultural class war is complicated is perhaps most apparent in the fact that Labour's new culture spokesman, Chris Bryant, was educated at private Cheltenham College while the Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is a bus driver's son from a comprehensive school.

Samira Ahmed: Finance and fashion are Hong Kong's heartbeat. But will they be enough? — I'm standing on the high peak of the Dragon's Back trail, under a warm blue sky, looking back at a strange outcrop of tiny towers in the distance. They are the skyscrapers of Hong Kong island just a bus ride away. Hong Kong in winter is a bit magic that way.

Samira Ahmed: A disturbing trend in how we consume truth — I have a little BBC News app on my mobile phone. It sends an alert when something big has happened. It doesn't ping me all day. But if I've been asleep or in a meeting or watching a film with my family, when I choose to look I am reliably told if something big has happened or resolved: a massacre, a hostage crisis, a political resignation or a major criminal conviction or charge.

‎‘White Heat’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd — Prison film, cop procedural thriller, full of fascinating LA locations from farms and early urban streets to Valley drive-ins - this film completely surprised me. Way ahead of its time, including in its action packed length. Michael Mann's Heat owes everything to this film.

Samira Ahmed introduces the Every Second Counts Forum - video — Samira Ahmed, the BBC journalist, writer and broadcaster, opens the Every Second Counts Forum by urging young people to be faithful to "a child like passion about what [...they] want to do in the world".

Samira Ahmed: Forget the space escape - there won’t be any second chances — I like to go to the cinema to escape the gloom of a Sunday evening and what better escape than Interstellar? An epic journey to other worlds. It begins in a rural America devastated by environmental disaster. Real survivors of the Dust Bowl describe their memories of the dust storms, as we watch the dark clouds swirl again.

‎‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Even better and darker on a second viewing with rich overtones of The Manchurian Candidate in the brainwashing and a child sexual grooming survivor's testimony. The cynicism about revolution and news propaganda in wartime is breathtakingly witty and sophisticated. "What if she gets killed? Catch it on camera."

Battling it out with the 70s & The Lamb’s Navy Rum Girl — My earliest registered nightmare (circa 1971): Coming downstairs in the dark to find the TV taken over by a ghost station, broadcasting horrors for the denizens of the night. I didn't know then of course, that one day there would be ITV3, where monstrosities of 70s cinema flicker in their nylon negligeed, muttonchop-sideburned, tombstone-toothed lechery in an eternal digital afterlife.

Crossing the black line: the secret history of Durham Cathedral — BEYOND THE GREY TOWERS: THE MYSTERY OF DURHAM CATHEDRAL from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. When you walk into Durham Cathedral take a moment to look down at your feet in the nave. You might notice a big black line of stone in the grey slab floor, right near the entrance at the back.
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Mar 02, 2015

@susborne @newswatchbbc Do you want to spell our concern? Maybe in an short email? I think it cd be issue in a debate.

Mar 02, 2015

@hendopolis @janegarvey1 depends how of measure damage, but am sure Presidents Bush Jnr & Clinton have their critics.

Mar 02, 2015

RT @simonjhix: A Pikettyesque FT editorial: The madness of King George’s non-dom tax system -> attacking Lab & Cons …

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