A language revolution in the media

Watching old movies I never knew whether to laugh or cry when German soldiers appeared speaking English even amongst each other. Was the viewer deemed to dumb to realise that this doesn’t make any sense? A film almost entirely in German on UK tv was a big step when Deutschland 83 started, but having it introduced in (some kind of) German is really sensational. Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Let’s hope it’ll make German more popular again in the UK.

Je Suis Paris

Je suis Paris
Je suis Paris – I am Paris, a common slogan expressing solidarity with the victims

Despite being used to horrible news I felt the Paris attacks affected me personally. I was in London at the time and Paris was only a couple of hours away on the train. They way the terrorists shot indiscriminately at people sitting outside in restaurants sent a clear message: Be afraid wherever you are! As a journalist I went to Paris.

Police and army were seen at every street corner and sirens were heard almost constantly. Continue reading Je Suis Paris

Fundraising Campaign Countdown

Thanks very much to the recent anonymous donor to my indiegogo campaign! Your £25 are really appreciated. If you’d like me to send you the DVD and postcard, please let me know your details. Everyone else please go and check out the perks including a Cambodian postcard (might be posted from UK) and a Cambodian gift. The countdown is on with only 4 days left until the campaign closes: http://igg.me/at/cambodiafilm.

On Wednesday our group of volunteers will be getting a crash course at Edinburgh Napier University in how to teach English. The uni’s marketing department have said they are interested in contributing to my fundraising campaign as well. Really excited about that.

Otherwise preparations are going well with my first round of vaccinations done and the second one due on Tuesday. Spent £189 in the drugstore the other day. A new passport is hopefully on its way after I managed to convince the German authorities that I wasn’t living in Germany anymore. Not even 6 weeks to go until we take off!!!

Cambodia Volunteering

Cambodia is still recovering from the aftermath of the rule of the Khmer Rouge which left 1/4 (yes, that’s one quarter) of the population dead. 30% of the people live below the national poverty line. Together with a group of students of Edinburgh Napier University we will go out to Cambodia in July to work with some of the poorest communities there. The trip is organised by the Future Sense Foundation, which has a track record in the region.

I will also produce a short film about the impact of the project on the people we are helping as well as on the students who are giving up their holidays to work for them. My film will pay for my travel costs, but as part of our efforts we have to fundraise for the communities we will work in. Some additional production costs will also have to be covered. Please give generously to my indiegogo campaign. Thank you.

BBC Correspondent, Scotland Broadcast languages: ENGLISH, GERMAN, SPANISH, SCOTS GAELIC Interview languages: PORTUGUESE, FRENCH, ITALIAN, RUSSIAN ————— TV Journalism Lecturer at EDINBURGH NAPIER UNI, Religious Correspondent, Travel Photographer