Just read a fascinating laundry list... sorry, I meant Associated Press article raising questions about some of Sarah Palin's activities while she was boss hog (ahem) in Alaska.
Makes me wonder how fascinating it would be if The Wire returned with a special Wasilla one-off in the run-up to the American elections. Perhaps it could serve as a CSI-style pilot for a spin-off. Or not.
I only just got into the Wire, courtesy of Net 2 who are showing the fourth (and apparently best) season on Sundays. Each season offers insight into a different aspect of the US city of Baltimore: its drug trade, its port, bureaucracy in city hall, the school system and (in Season 5) the media, looking at how each institution affects the other and the people in the city. I read a magnificent suggestion in a blog I follow (can't remember which one) that something similar should be done for international development. We live in hope.
There are no famous actors or actresses to be seen on the Wire (although Idris Elba and Lance Reddick are becoming increasingly familiar faces). Above all the show just seems real, stripping away the glamour and gloss; portraying ordinary people in bad situations, bad people in good situations and everything in between, with no syrupy Hollywood endings in sight.
... and yes: like others things recently posted on this blog, it gets the Obama endorsement too.
The man just has good taste...
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