12 December 2011

Making Sense of the Economic Crisis ... with the help of Rap

I was shown this rather clever video yesterday which combines the musical and poetic talent of Rap with heavyweight political and socio-economic discourse - thrown in with a bit of comedy - to make for a very thought provoking and accessible commentary on topical issues.

This Video is called: 'Termination of Economy'

'TheJuiceMedia Rap News – the news source for the discerning viewer, delivering a bulletin to restore your faith in the fourth estate, make you nod your head to the beat even as you shake it in disbelief. An off-beat musical, current-affairs programme, ‘Rap News’ is responsible for turning bollocks-news into socio-poetic/comedic analyses which everyone can relate to and understand. Join your host, Robert Foster, for the latest broadcast of Rap News.

~TheJuiceMedia: Rap News is written and created by Hugo Farrant and Giordano Nanni in a home-studio/suburban backyard in Melbourne, Australia.

Hugo Farrant fills the role of the amiable Rap News anchorman, Robert Foster – as well as all the guests who appear on the show. Hailing from Branksome in the UK, Hugo is a prolific rhymer and orator, MC and spoken-word poet who regularly graces the stages and festivals of Melbourne. Having spent seven years rhyming and rapping, he now co-rhymes/writes ~TheJuiceMedia: Rap News.

Giordano Nanni is Rap News’s writer, director and editor, whose rants and ruminations on history, politics and current affairs are channeled into rhyme by Robert Foster. Hailing from Italy and South Africa, Giordano’s background is in history, music, and media; he is the instigator of a number of original projects spanning theatre, print and the internets – including ~TheJuiceMedia, which he established in 2008.

Robert Foster - Rap New’s affable anchorman, whose retro outfits and biting critiques of current affairs have earned him respect in the whisical world of news satire. Specialising in the ancient art of independent-broadcasting with rhyme-and-reason, Robert is the personified embodiment of the collaborative duo, Hugo and Giordano. (Although he would never admit it if questioned directly).

With thanks to Juice Media

11 December 2011

Liberal Democrats in Jersey? Interview with Dr Mark Forskitt

When you first think of Jersey Politics, the words liberal  and democratic do not immediately spring to mind, however, last Wednesday, a meeting was held at Hautlieu School to discuss the idea of forming a branch of the UK Liberal Democrat party in Jersey.

I attended the meeting, which was a modest affair. Notable in her absence was Advocate Rose Colley, who I am sure had a good reason for not attending; however, the meeting was essentially called by students whose idea it was in the first place. It was refreshing to hear 4 young people who were intelligently and articulately commenting on politics in the island. Maureen Lakeman was one of those students. Here she talks with Tom Gruchy about politics in Jersey.

Footage Courtesy of Tom Gruchy

09 December 2011

Nun The Wiser - Some Christmas Cheer Courtesy of Jersey Tourism

As we enter the yuletide period, I am taking this opportunity to provide a bit of festive cheer courtesy of the ingenious and hard working folk at Jersey Tourism. What we see here is a bit of Jersey street theatre of the finest quality. It is a credit to the team at Tourism who provide events and street theatre to liven up our streets all year round to the benefit of visitors and locals alike.


05 December 2011

Should there be a Media Watchdog for Jersey?

Deputy Trevor Pitman will be asking a question
about  media in the States this week
Following on from the Theme of Media in Jersey, I am pleased to publish here part 2 of my interview with Team Voice. Part one can be seen here

Tomorrow Deputy Pitman will ask the following Question of Deputy Tracey Vallois, who is the President of the Chairman's (Scrutiny) Panel: 'Will the President clarify whether she intends to pursue the recommendation of the [previous] Education and Home Affair's Scrutiny Panel to include scrutiny of the media under the remit of the Scrutiny panels?"

More on this after tomorrow's response.

But for now, here is part two. Enjoy