I'm nodding vigorously, just in case you can't see.
Ach, I can now- I was looking in the wrong direction.
And the one black artist - Snoop Dog - didn't mention the reason for the concert once just - "raise you're m*****f***ing (for those of a quiet disposition) hands inthe air/ raise you're m*****f***ing hands like you just don't care" - when caring was what it was all about!
Yeah Snoop made me a little uneasy. I mean, was that golden gun hanging round his neck entirely appropriate?
I suppose it's to show us how tough he is - it didn't really go with the little girl pigtails (plaits) from the top of his head though.
It was a whole lot better, racial-balance-wise, here in Philly. Not that I followed the lineup much, but I did take notice of that. Our closer was Stevie Wonder.
You also had Will Smith. We saw a bit of him kicking off the show. I thought he was fantastic. We could have done with someone equally charismatic acting as compere.
We have Will Smith a lot -- he's a Philly boy, and he's been talking about opening a big sound studio about half a mile from our house for years. I guess I just think of him as a local. He's pretty cool.
I like him- Men in Black, Ali, Independence Day- he's a good actor.
And, from all I've seen, a really nice person, too.
I felt cynical about this concert from the beginning, but I don't have a right to gripe about it because I didn't watch it.
My thinking is that Bush won't do a dratted thing more to help--he insulted Tony Blair, IMHO, with the paltry offer--a sop--for additional aid to Africa, after Blair came over here to ask for help.
If the point of this effort was to raise global consciousness, then possibly it succeeded. I hope so.
They were saying that the concert(s)was being broadcast to something like 85% of the world's population- which makes it the "biggest" event in television history.
I started off cynical, but then I sat down and watched it from beginning to end (with detours to take in the Williams/Davenport match.) I guess the verdict on its effectiveness will take a long time to come in.
I just saw an interview with Bush (vis a vis Live 8) where he said he didn't feel he owed Blair anything....
Why am I not surprised that Bush said that.
What an idiot. Blair never said he "owed" him anything. It wasn't about Blair...
Oh, well. He is hopeless.
Eighty-five percent! That's wonderful. I wonder what the impact will be on the Zeitgeist? (I haven't felt a ripple yet, but it's early days.)
I should imagine Blair feels thoroughly betrayed. He put himself on the line for Bush over Iraq.
The commentators are talking about a growing rift between London and Washington. I'm not really sure what it portends....
Was it on broadcast TV here? I didn't see it and didn't even see it advertised on any of the stations I watch.
I think saying it was 'broadcast to' is quite different than saying it was watched.
I don't know what the arrangements were on your side of the Pond.
National concerts were staged in all of the G8 countries- The USA, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan and Russia. Over here the entire London concert (11 hours of it) was transmitted live on the BBC.
Sorry--that was a question for Jackie.