World Television Day

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was held in 1996 it brought together leading figures from the media industry to analyze the growing impact that TV had on decision-making and public opinion when it comes to issues of worldwide peace and security. In December 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 21st of November World Television Day, the same year the first World Television Forum was held. Acording to the United Nations, this decision was taken in order to give recognition of the increasing impact television has had on decision-making by bringing various conflicts and threats to peace and security to the world’s attention, as well as its coverage of other major issues, including economic and social.

World Television Day is not meant to be so much a celebration of the electronic medium itself, but rather of the philosophy which it represents–a philosophy of openness and transparency of world issues. Television has long been thought to represent communication and globalization in the contemporary world. However, not all of the government representatives present saw matters quite that way. The delegation from Germany said, “Television is only one means of information and an information medium to which a considerable majority of the world population has no access… That vast majority could easily look at World Television Day as a rich man’s day. They do not have access to television. There are more important information media and here I would mention radio in particular.”

World Television Day can be marked by watching television. However instead of watching vulgar reality shows offering little to no value of any kind to their audience it may be a good opportunity to rewatch and relive some of the greatest moments of television such as David Attenborough, or some other groundbreaking series such as Cosmos, Important Televised Events like the moon landing, Royal Events or Live Aid which that helped bring the reality of a rapidly technologically advancing world into people’s homes, forever changing their lives and how they perceived the world. 1954 marked the launch of Disney’s “Wonderful World of Color”, a family-friendly variety program that mixed iconic cartoons, drama and documentary programming. The very first televised presidential debate between Republican Vice President Richard Nixon and his challenger, relatively unknown Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960 changed the presidential elections forever. For the first time ever, American voters actually saw the candidates present their ideas, which worked greatly in favor of the young and handsome Kennedy, who went on to win the election. And few moments, if any, in television history could ever surpass Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Ed “Buzz” Aldrin’s moon landing in 1969, which many people consider to be a pivotal moment in their lives until this very day–after that, nothing was going to be impossible again.

World Television Day was established as a way of bringing focus back to these issues on an annual basis. In years gone by major TV stations have come together on the day to broadcast tributes to the importance of television in people’s lives. The obvious way for anyone to celebrate is to turn on their TV and watch. Those that want to become more involved and have ideas about how to honor the day are welcomed to send their thoughts to the official website. However not everybody was happy about this and Opposition to this declaration took the form of 11 abstentions to a vote on the resolution; in expressing their opposition, the delegation from Germany said:

“ There are already three United Nations days encompassing similar subjects: World Press Freedom Day; World Telecommunication Day; and World Development Information Day. To add another day does not make much sense… [T]elevision is only one means of information and an information medium to which a considerable majority of the world population has no access… That vast majority could easily look at World Television Day as a rich man’s day. They do not have access to television. There are more important information media and here I would mention radio in particular. We think it is more important to enhance the role of those media than that of television.”

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Alex James (Blur)

Alex James, the bassist with seminal Bitpop band Blur was Born November 21st 1968. Blur were Formed in London in 1988 as Seymour, consisting of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur’s debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change influenced by English guitar pop groups such as The Kinks, The Beatles and XTC, Blur released Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). As a result, the band helped to popularise the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK, aided by a chart battle with rival band Oasis in 1995 dubbed “The Battle of Britpop”.

In recording their follow-up, Blur (1997), the band underwent another reinvention, showing influence from the lo-fi style of American indie rock groups. “Song 2″, one of the album’s singles, brought Blur mainstream success in the United States. Their next album, 13 (1999) saw the band members experimenting with electronic and gospel music, and featured more personal lyrics from Albarn. In May 2002, Coxon left Blur during the recording of their seventh album Think Tank (2003). Containing electronic sounds and more minimal guitar work, the album was marked by Albarn’s growing interest in hip hop and African music. After a 2003 tour without Coxon, Blur did no studio work or touring as a band, as members engaged in other projects.

In 2008 Blur reunited, with Coxon back in the fold, for a series of concerts and have continued to release several singles and retrospective releases. In 2009 Blur reunited, with Graham Coxon back in the fold, for a series of concerts and during the following years they released several singles and retrospective compilations, and toured internationally. In 2012, the group received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Their first major release in twelve years, The Magic Whip (2015), became the sixth consecutive Blur studio album to top the British charts.

World Hello Day

World Hello Day Takes place Every year, on November 21. The objective is to say hello to at least ten people on the day. The message is for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts. Participants verbally greet ten people or more on that day as an expression of the importance of personal communication in preserving peace. World Hello Day was founded in 1973 by Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, in response to the Yom Kippur War. The McCormack brothers mailed 1,360 letters, in seven languages, to government leaders worldwide to encourage participation in the first World Hello Day. Since then World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.

Any person can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people or more. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace. World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the fall of 1973. People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts. In its first year, World Hello Day gained the support of 15 countries.[4] As a global event World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace.

Thirty-one winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among the people who have noted World Hello Day’s value as an instrument for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace. Other supporters include almost 100 authors, entertainers, and world leaders, including novellist Michael McCormack has recalled since a young age of seven that he enjoyed writing and acting. He graduated Harvard University in 1974 and, during the fall of his senior year in 1973, he and his brother, Brian McCormack, started World Hello Day. Throughout his college years, McCormack was editor of the first-year literary magazine and a writer for the Lampoon, a semi-secret organization that publishes a humor magazine. Since the creation of World Hello Day, Michael J. McCormack has written several novels including, Gandhi’s Last Book and “The Quotations of Chairman Meow”, as well as plays like “Farewell Fillmore High”. After graduating from Harvard, McCormack moved to New York City. In 1999, Michael McCormack was accepted to the University of California at Los Angeles film school for directing and subsequently moved to LA from Nebraska to follow his directing aspirations.

Justice League

I would like to watch Justice League, the superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. It features Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, and Diane Lane, as Batman, Superman, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Alfred Pennyworth and Martha Kent. It is directed by Zack Snyder and is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

It begins as Bruce Wayne (Batman and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) decide to recruit a team of Superheroes, comprising of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash in order to save the planet from the catastrophic threat of newly awakened enemy called Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons originally attempted to conquer and remake Earth thousands of years ago through the combined energies of the Mother Boxes. However they were defeated by a unified army that included the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, humans, and Green Lanterns. However Steppenwolf returns to Earth following the death of Superman to retrieve the Mother Boxes and manages to retrieve the Mother Box from Themyscira, prompting Queen Hippolyta to warn her daughter, Diana Prince, of Steppenwolf’s return.

So Diana and Bruce Wayne attempt to unite the other metahumans, with Wayne searching for Arthur Curry (Aquaman) and Barry Allen(The Flash), while Diana tries to locate Victor Stone (Cyborg). Allen and Stone eventually join the group after Stone’s father Silas is kidnapped, by Steppenwolf along with several other S.T.A.R. Labs employees, While he is looking for the box left with mankind. Steppenwolf then attacks Atlantis to retrieve the second Mother Box. Meanwhile Commissioner Gordon discovers where the Parademons are based. Following a confrontation with the enemy Stone retrieves the last Mother Box and Wayne decides to use it to resurrect Superman, however this does not go to plan and Steppenwolf manages to purloin the last Mother Box. So the remaining five heroes travel to a village in Russia Without Superman, to defeat the Pandemons in an exciting show-down and prevent Steppenwolf uniting the boxes once again and reshaping the world.

War for the Planet of the Apes

The science fiction film War for the Planet of the Apes is out on DVD. It is directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), it is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn, and follows a confrontation between the apes, led by Caesar, and the humans for control of Earth.

It is set two years after the U.S. military fought off an attack by a vengeful, human-hating bonobo named Koba and his tribe of increasingly intelligent and dangerous apes, who staged a coup against Caesar, the leader of the apes, and waged war against the human survivors in San Francisco. The apes’ clan, led by the chimpanzee Caesar, find themselves under attack from a rogue paramilitary faction known as Alpha-Omega, led by a mysterious Colonel. The human soldiers are met by heavy ape resistance and some are captured by the apes. Caesar arrives and releases the human soldiers, telling them to deliver a message to the Colonel – that he killed Koba for starting the war and that he desires peace between the humans and apes. Meanwhile Caesar’s son, Blue Eyes, and his lieutenant Rocket search for a safe haven for the apes. That night, a group of Alpha-Omega soldiers, led by the Colonel, infiltrates the apes’ home behind a waterfall and The Colonel kills Ceasars wife Cornelia. Then the ape “Winter” disappears and is suspected of treachery.

So Caesar departs with the apes Maurice, Luca and Rocket to exact revenge on the Colonel for the deaths of his wife and oldest son. Meanwhile The other apes head for the desert and come across an abandoned village, where they encounter a soldier, and kill him. Caesar, Maurice, Luca, and Rocket discover a mute girl who the soldier was looking after. Caesar’s party eventually sneak inside an Alpha-Omega camp on a beach and encounter Winter, He tells Caesar’s group that the Colonel has departed for a location called the “border”, so they follow the soldiers to the border and encounter Bad Ape, a reclusive chimpanzee hermit who lived in the Sierra Zoo before the Simian Flu pandemic who reveals the location of the human soldiers When the group arrives at the border, they see hundreds of apes held captive inside a former quarantine facility. Luca and Caesar encounter an Alpha Omega Patrol. Caesar discovers that the captured apes belong to his clan, and are being forced to build a wall with no food or water. Caesar also learns that the Simian Flu virus has mutated and now causes humans who survived the original strain to become mute. the Colonel wants to stop the spread of the virus and explains to Caesar that he is fighting a “holy war” for survival. So Maurice, Rocket and the mute girl, Nova, attempt to rescue Caesar, and escape, Confront the Colonel and rescue the other apes,

However the facillity is suddenly attacked by the Northern Army and there is an epic battle between Alpha-Omega and the northern army and Maurice, Rocket, Red, Preacher, Caesar, and Nova all find themselves caught up in the fighting between Alpha Omega and The Northern Army and try to escape the carnage, meanwhile the Colonel gets unwelcome news.

Valerian and the City of a thousand planets

The French science fiction action-adventure film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is out onDVD. It is written and directed by Luc Besson and co-produced by Besson and his wife, Virginie Besson-Silla. The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, and Rutger Hauer in supporting roles

It takes place in the 28th century, on the space station Alpha where millions of creatures from different planets live peacefully and exchange their knowledge and cultures. Alpha began as a space station around Earth and grew as more alien species colonised it. Valerian and Laureline are special agents living on Space Station Alpha. During a dream, Valerian sees a planet where a low-tech humanoid race lives peacefully in a tropical paradise. They fish for energy-containing pearls and use certain animals to duplicate them. As this idyll is destroyed by spaceship debris crashing onto the planet, Valerian wakes up.

He and Laureline are sent on a mission to retrieve one of the rare animals from his dream, called a “converter”, from a black market dealer. He and Laureline obtain the converter and return to Alpha, where they are told by Commander Filitt that part of the station has been infected by an unknown force, rendering it highly toxic, that troops sent into the area have not returned, and that the infection is spreading. Laureline and Valerian are assigned to protect the commander.

Sadly they are ambushed by the humanoids who kidnap the Commander. Luckily Valerian frees himself and the others and pursues the kidnappers, who head for the infected area. Meanwhile Laureline goes searching for Valerian and finds him unconscious at the edge of the infected area and is kidnapped by a group of primitive humanoids. Later Valerian and a Shapeshifter named Bubble manage to rescue Laureline and escape Unfortunately Bubble is killed in the fighting. As Valerian and Laureline venture further into the infected area, they also discover where Commander Filitt is being held.

The leader of the humanoids explains to Valerian that his people were living peacefully on the planet Mül when two technologically advanced races, one of them human, started fighting, a doomsday weapon was fired during the conflict which destroyed the enemy but unfortunately also destroyed Mül. Luckily A small group of survivors sheltered in a crashed spaceship and managed to repair it, learning much about technology and the history of other races. They Journeyed to Alpha where they constructed a spaceship that could recreate a planet like Mül. However they still need a Converter and a Pearl in order to launch the ship. Valerian and Laureline then learn of Filitt’s dubious activities during the destruction of Mül. Then as the spacecraft is prepared for flight, Filitt’s robot soldiers attack and all hell breaks loose…

Spiderman Homecoming

Based on the adventures of Stan Lee’s Marvel character of the same name, Spider-Man: Homecoming is out on DVD. It stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It begins shortly after the chaos caused in previous Avenger movies, and sees Tony Stark and the federal government deciding to create the U.S. Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.). However one of the new measures introduced inadventantly sends salvage company owner Adrian Toomes out of business. So Determined not to give up, an embittered Toomes decides to take revenge on Tony Stark by using Chitauri technology he scavenged from the Battle of New York to further his criminal agenda.

Following the Avengers’ internal dispute, Peter Parker resumes his studies after Stark tells him that he is not ready to become an Avenger. Despite this, Peter quits his school’s decathlon team in order to spend more time focusing on “the Stark internship”, which is a cover for his crimefighting activities as Spider-Man. Unfortunately after foiling a robbery, Peter’s best friend Ned discovers Spiderman’s identity. Spiderman then discovers that local Gangster Aaron Davis has acquired Chitauri weapons from Toomes’ associates Herman Schultz and Jackson Brice and is almost killed but is rescued by Iron Man and Peter manages to Retrieve a Chitauri weapon left behind by Brice. Unfortunately Schultz later manages to track Peter and Ned down and confronts him.

Peter subsequently rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C. for the Nationals. However he is sidetracked when he tries to prevent Toomes from stealing weapons. Peter then tracks Ned to the Washington Monument, where Peter, Ned and fellow classmate Liz soon find themselves in great peril. Returning to New York City, Peter Confronts Toomes and his associates again at the Staten Island Ferry, but Toomes escapes. At the Midtown’s annual homecoming dance, Peter learns that Liz is Toomes daughter. During the dance, Peter realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a D.O.D.C. plane transporting weaponry from Avengers Tower to the team’s new headquarters. So he decides to try and stop Toomes, Schultz and Brice in an exciting show-down