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And that was September 2008... And that was September 2008...
by The Ovi Team
2008-10-01 09:27:33
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That was one helluva September for the globe, especially as we all try to get our heads around the comic book sum of $700 billion - it reminds me of the outrageous ransom demands made by Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies. Sadly there has also been a great deal of evil committed throughout September with the Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad and the tragic shooting here in Ovi's homeland, among many others.

At each step of the way the Ovi team have been there offering their opinions, thoughts and viewpoints, each of which are not always appreciated by our readers and nor should they be - firing up constructive discussion and debate are the cornerstones of Ovi's founding principals, so don't ever expect anything less from us or our team of contributors. Once again we take this moment to acknowledge and thank each every one of you who has participated in Ovi over the past thirty days.

Now, for the cover stories, we began with Leah Sellers offering the positive argument for the choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate, then Abdulhadi Hairan discussed the people's uprising against militants in Pakistan and Luis Alves shared his collection of photographs showing the world's largest photovoltaic power station. Dr. Habib Siddiqui analysed the sad saga of American democracy and Juliette Roques began her new column entitled "Rock and Travel" with an interview with the Finnish band Underwater Sleeping Society.

Alexandra Pereira asked us what we think about CERN, Abdulhadi Hairan returned again to discuss the prominence of terrorism on the news, Linda Lane used the film Ronin in a new context, Rene Wadlow examined the Phantom Republics in the Balkans, Emanuel L. Paparella wrote about Epictetus and the man in the white suit, Christopher Wilkinson shared his thoughts on the financial crisis, Jane Eagle sent in the next instalment of her "Jane of Thought" column and Alexandra returned again for a touching piece for International Day Against Alzheimer's Disease.

There was no stopping Alexandra this month as she triggered a landslide of discussion with her exhibition entitled "Art for the End of the World"; we also saw two exhibitions from Thanos Kalamidas ("Polarage" and "US"). Christopher Wilkinson honoured Buddy Holly's birthday with a song called "Love in Time" (watch out for the album this October) and Artie Knapp made us smile with a great children's story called "Alligator Alley".

Asa was inspired by Star Trek Day, Talk like a Pirate Day, the sad death of Paul Newman and the horrific events in Kauhajoki, while Thanos set his sights upon McCain, Pakistan, Mbeki and Chavez, plus a story inspired by Arthur C. Clarke.

As we said at the start, September was one helluva month and we can only sit and wait for October to reveal both its delights and its horrors, either way we hope you will continue to share in this opinionated publication, the one and only Ovi magazine.

The Ovi Team

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