Sunday, July 08, 2012

A Good Man  

"Sir Nicholas George Winton, MBE (born 19 May 1909) is a British humanitarian who organised the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for them and arranged for their safe passage to Britain.[2] The UK press has dubbed him the "British Schindler" [-]

Winton kept his humanitarian exploits under wraps for many years until his wife Grete found a detailed scrapbook in the attic in 1988.[17] The scrapbook contained lists of the children, including their parents' names, and the names and addresses of the families that took them in. After sending letters to these addresses, 80 of "Winton's children" were found in Britain.[17] The world found out about Winton's work in 1988 during an episode of the BBC television programme That's Life! [18] when Winton was invited to be an audience member. At one point during the programme Winton's scrapbook was shown, and his achievements explained. The host of the programme, Esther Rantzen, then asked if there was anyone in the audience who owed their lives to Winton, and, if so, to stand – at which point more than two dozen audience members surrounding Winton rose and applauded." (wikipedia)

Here is a short video of that moment.

Friday, July 06, 2012

The Exciting Middle

My statcounter registered this: في الوسط المثيرة لل from an IP apparently from Beirut.

Curious as to what it meant, I used google translate and got this: In the middle of the exciting
which I suppose is a translation of my blog's name: The Contentious Centrist.

It's nice to know that in Arabic Contentious is a synonym for Exciting.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Comments trailed:

@Bob's; About circumcision

@CIF: About Shamir's passing

@Engage: Can we stop talking about Zionism as if it were still an ideology on the table?