Archive for the 'World Today' Category



07
Aug
08

What’s the greatest ever Olympic performance?

Less than  a week to go and much chat in the BBC offices over what’s the greatest ever Olympic performance. Jesse Owens in Berlin in 1936….Mark Spitz and his 7 golds in 1972….Michael Johnson and his record breaking 200 metres…Bob Beamon and his 1968 jaw dropping long jump. What do you reckon?

17
Jul
08

Is the Tour de France a waste of time?

Same old same old in cycling’s most prestigious event. Arguably the race’s most exciting rider this year Ricardo Ricco tests positive for performance enhancing drugs. Every year there is a scandal. Every year we ask is the Tour de France dead? Is it?

11
Jul
08

I’m Spartacus: Is Cristiano Ronaldo a modern day slave?

He earns about 240 thousand US dollars a week but Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is feeling hard done by. The Manchester United Player says he completely agrees with the Presdient of FIFA, Sepp Blatter who has described footbal’s transfer and contract system as modern slavery. Poor Cristiano? Or get a grip?

11
Jul
08

What’s the greatest sporting rivalry of all time?

After the sensational Federer-Nadal showdown last weekend we’ve spent all week in the Today chewing over what have been the greatest sporting rivalries in history. Coe-Ovett, Borg-McEnroe, Ali-Frazier, Larry Bird-Magic Johnson, Senna-Prost? What do you reckon?

02
Jul
08

Done Fishing ?

When you tuck into a bit of fish, is your only thought about how tasty it is? Does this question ever cross your mind – is the meal on your plate contributing to making some of the world’s poorest people even poorer? The problem: illegal fishing. It’s big business with a big impact – one estimate puts the cost to Africa alone at $1bn a year.
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26
Jun
08

What’s on John McCain’s ipod?

Barack Obama has told the world what tickles his musical fancy. Howlin’ Wolf, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and Jay Z tick most of the electoral demographic boxes on his wannabe presidential ipod (where’s the Latino artist though?) What might be on his rival John McCain’s MP3 player? Any suggestions?

25
Jun
08

What’s the world’s most pointless pastime?

“What’s the point of skiing….it’s totally stupid. You climb up to ski down. Why not stay down and read a good book?!” The thoughts of Slovenian  philsopher Slavoj Zizek here on the BBC. He goes on….on football “why is it so fascinating that one stupid guy kicks football better than another?” Such pronouncments got us to thinking here on the World Today about other pointless pastimes. Any suggestions?

25
Jun
08

Zimbabwe: Mandela’s shame?

NB: Jon wrote this before Mr Mandela made his comments last night..
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So Nelson Mandela turns 90 this week. But as he celebrates his birthday he’s facing growing criticism for failing to take a stand over Robert Mugabe’s regime in Zimbawe. Some people are even calling it Mandela’s shame . Should he be ashamed? Or it is fair enough, given that he’s long retired from political life?

13
Jun
08

Ireland “No” vote – your best Limerick?

So Ireland has rejected the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. EU Treaties aren’t normally the inspiration for flights of poetry, but can you write a killer Limerick to sum up the moment? Is this a deserved slap in the face for Eurocrats who just don’t listen? Or is it Ireland – which has enjoyed a massive economic boom since joining the EU – that’s just given Europe an undeserved kick in the teeth?

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06
Jun
08

Should Hillary be Obama’s VP?

So Hillary and Barack have been holding talks…..could it be they’re putting together a joint ticket? Would it be a dream ticket?  Or is Barack Obama better off without her? What do you think John McCain would like to happen?




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