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L - Change the world

First I'd like to thank Nuffnang and GSC Midvalley for the free screening. And the free poster, popcorn and coke - though I do wish they would have salted popcorn... One interesting thing is that they give you a CD with information on the film, trailers and stills and it includes some on-set photos like this one, which shows a bit how complicated it can be to shoot a film:

I have never heard of 'Death Note' before, but I now know it's a manga based on a supernatural notebook which ensures that anyone whose name is written in it will die in 23 days. This film is the third based on the manga. The manga feel to the film was quite clear, with the obligatory Japanese schoolgirl Maki (Mayuko Fukuda) - seen here with her father (Shingo Tsurumi) who meets a pretty gruesomely spectacular end later on:
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A gentleman's honour

Well the news here in Malaysia is quite exciting - Penang has gone to the opposition, Samy Velu is out...

Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, there's a short piece on BBC about a sailor who was on a ship that was sunk by the Germans in 1940. He was pulled out of the water and
They were taken to Narvik and transferred to a German ship where they signed an agreement promising that when they returned to Britain they would not fight the Germans.

"We had to sign a declaration saying we wouldn't take up arms against them.

"That really upset me because of course I wanted to go back."

Imagine! "Ve haff blown a hole in your Englander pig-dog ship and vish ve killed you. But since you made it out, pliss sign this and promiss you von't try to shoot us again. Heil Hitler!"

Then, they let him go! And when he managed to get back to England from Norway
Unable to return to the navy - because of his declaration not to fight the Germans - he joined Ford where he worked as an engineer checking aeroplane engines.

Two things amaze me here:
1. He actually stuck to his word. I wouldn't fell bound by it.
2. He was allowed to stand by it at a time when there was a universal draft.

Was that the true 'British spirit'? Or perhaps he was not judged suitable for other reasons...