Tuesday 16 January 2018

Protest at Berlin Wall

A German developer has rejected calls to halt work to remove one of the last remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, despite angry protests against the plan.

On Friday, hundreds of protesters stopped workers from moving the 19 concrete slabs, each about four feet wide, to make way for an access road to a luxury development being built on the banks of the reunited city's Spree river.

Pistorius defends guns

The father of Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympian who shot his girlfriend dead on Valentine's Day, has blamed the high number of South Africans who carry guns on the failure of the ANC government to bring down violent crime.

He made his comments after it was disclosed that Mr Pistorius's father, grandfather and uncles own 55 guns between them. Henke Pistorius said they held the arms because they could not rely on the police to protect them. He laid the blame for South Africa's violent crime rates, which are among the highest in the world with 15,000 people murdered last year, on the ANC government.

Hoffman's heartache

Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman said he found it "liberating" filming the Oscar-winning divorce drama 'Kramer vs. Kramer' while his own marriage was crumbling. The actor, who won his first Oscar for the 1979 film, said he based much of his role on his failing relationship with first wife Anne Byrne and also helped rewrite the script to reflect his own experiences.

He told 'GQ': "I expected it to be a painful experience and I realised it was the opposite. It was liberating. If you're a writer, you get up in the morning and you write what's coming out of you. But an actor is working off someone else's creation. With this, I felt like the author of it."

Irish Independent

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