About –the stories of the world this week, 11 September to 17 September 2022: mourning a Queen’s passing; maybe the end of a special operation, of a pandemic; end of a deluge, of a tennis career; getting ready for the Moon; Tube Awards; and the return of a whip wielding adventurer.
The United Kingdom spent the week mourning the passing of it longest serving monarch The Queen and watched brothers William and Harry – armed with their respective wives – get back together, with others of the Royal Family. They shared the sorrow with the subjects of the Kingdom in a poignant re-union walk. The Queen’s coffin lies in state in Westminster Hall, having been flown over from Scotland, Edinburgh, following the drive from Balmoral Castle, and after spending a night at Buckingham Palace. The Funeral is on Monday of the upcoming week. And I’m sure the late Prince Philip cannot wait any longer for HM The Queen, in Heaven. He’s been up there since April 2021, and on Earth he was the longest serving royal consort in history. I’m sure he is looking forward to continue the relationship.
In war-torn Ukraine, the rot in the Russian Army is being exposed by a patient, methodical Ukraine Army and victories are accelerating by the week. Remember that 64 km convoy that stalled on the way to the capital of Kyiv at the beginning of the war, and was surgically shredded by Ukrainian defenders? That was the spark and the sign of things to come. Sad, Russia was partially blind and did not read that well enough – beyond the ‘Z’.
The World Health Organization (WHO) stuck its head out and finally said that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is ‘in sight’. This comes as deaths fell to lowest level since March 2020, but – as if the Virus would hear and consider coming back – adds, it’s ‘not the time to relax’. Surely not, when was the last time we fully relaxed? In the South Indian cities of Chennai and Coimbatore it is compulsory to wear masks, again.
I reckon, we are better placed than before 2020 with an arsenal of weapons – distances, shields, masks, gloves, soaps, sanitisers, vaccines, and the kind – to kick the sneaky guy out of our lives. Meanwhile, monkey-pox and other unheard of small-time fellas with weird names are prowling around waiting for that big break?
It’s been more than two months since the Deluge in Pakistan where floods submerged thousands of villages, leaving countless families displaced, many of who ended up living near stagnant water.
Following the rapid rise of water and its slow fall, there is another rise -Dengue Fever – with cases increasing by the day and claiming lives. About 3,830 cases of dengue fever have been reported in southern Sindh province, with at least nine deaths, but this may be a conservative estimate. In the laboratories, the suspected cases are around 80% of tests done.
Meanwhile, this week, a 41 year old, Rolex-watch wearing, Tennis Legend, who played 1500 matches over 24 years in 40 countries, growing up from being a Ball-Kid, from Basel, Switzerland – Roger Federer – announced his retirement from competitive tennis. He had won 20 Grand Slam Titles during his memorable career.
Roger’s body had fought injury and surgery over the past years and the message it served to him was crystal clear. And Roger listened. The ATP’s Laver Cup in London, next week, will be his last.
He thanked his amazing wife Mirka for standing by him all these years and cheering him from the stands. Also his sister and loving parents. Remember, on the sidelines Mirka aced the production department with a pair of twins – two girls and two boys. Roger went on to thank everybody else including the fans, his coaches, and Tennis itself. And attributed all to his tennis talent, which he understood and used to evolve and grow into Roger Federer-The Legend.
Roger has had an outstandingly successful tennis career and perhaps one of the few who built a sound financial empire as well – from his Tennis career. By this he has inspired generations of players and has made an immeasurable impact on the wider world of sport.
I would always remember him for superb style and technique, his breathtaking science defying shots, and his humanness, and of course that calm smile. He was once a hot-headed racquet-throwing kid, but made the transition to a cooler, in-control, graceful Champion.
While Roger Federer vacates tennis space, NASA’s Moon Launch Artemis project, which aims to get Man and Woman back to the Moon was stalled by a technical issue, while on the launch pads, is looking good, to play. The leaky issue has since been resolved (Greek God Artemis stepped-in to apply a healing balm?) and NASA is gearing up for a return ticket launch, by the end of September 2022.
The Primetime Emmy Awards – or simply called, Emmys – is one of the four major American awards for performing arts and entertainment in Television, along with the Grammy for music, the Oscar for film, and the Tony for stage theatre. The Emmy statuette, depicting a winged woman holding an atom, is named after ‘immy’, an informal term for the image orthicon tube that was common in early television cameras.
The 74th Emmys Award Ceremony was held this Monday at the Microsoft Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. It honoured the best in American prime time television programming from 1 June 2021, until 31 May 2022, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This year’s ceremony was hosted by American actor and comedian Kenan Thompson.
I’m running through the key winners.
The White Lotus – that’s also the symbol of India’s ruling Party– the limited drama comedy picked up 5 major awards and overall 10; The Drama series Succession succeeded in getting the most nominations – 12 major and in all 25 with 3 overall wins.
The best Comedy Series was won by Ted Lasso; the Best Drama Series by Succession and the Best Limited or Anthology Series by The White Lotus.
The Best Actress in a Drama Series went to Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman for Euphoria which is the second time she is winning the Award for playing a teenage drug addict, following her win in 2020. Zendaya is an American actress and singer. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in its annual list in 2022.
The Best Actor, Drama Series went to Lee Jung-jae for the Squid Game becoming the first Asian star to win the Emmy award for best male actor in a drama. He won for playing the main role of the increasingly desperate game player aiming to take home the prize money.
HBO’s ‘The White Lotus’ is a sharp social satire following the exploits of various employees and guests at an exclusive Hawaiian resort over the span of one highly transformative week. As darker dynamics emerge with each passing day the six-episode series gradually reveals the complex truths of the seemingly picture-perfect travellers, cheerful hotel employees, and idyllic locale itself. It is created, written, and directed by Mike White.
HBO’s ‘Succession’ is an satirical black comedy-drama television series created by Jesse Armstrong. The series centres on the Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of Waystar RoyCo, a global media and entertainment conglomerate, who are fighting for control of the company amid uncertainty about the health of the family’s patriarch, Logan Roy.
Apple TV’s ‘Ted Lasso’ is a sports comedy-drama television series developed by Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly. The series follows Ted Lasso, an American college football coach who is hired to coach an English soccer team in an attempt by its owner to spite her ex-husband. Lasso tries to win over the skeptical English market with his folksy, optimistic demeanour while dealing with his inexperience in the sport.
HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ is an American teen drama television series created and principally written by Sam Levinson based on the Israeli miniseries of the same name created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin. The series’ main character is Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a recovering teenage drug addict who struggles to find her place in the world.
Netflix’s Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama television series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk .The series revolves around a contest where 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial hardship, risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a US$35 million prize. The title of the series draws from a similarly named Korean children’s game.
I’ve set up the main course for your TV watching, but there are many other side dishes, which you need to find, and taste.
Indy is Curling Back
Indiana Jones, the world’s most famous archeologist- of the movies- is back for his next adventure. Harrison Ford makes a return to the Indiana Jones franchise. The film, which has Ford act the role of Dr. Henry Walton Indiana Jones, Jr., a fictional professor of archaeology, more than 40 years after he first donned the hat and the whip in 1981’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ rolls into theatres on 30 June 2023. Mark that date.
Indian Jones began his adventures in 1981 with the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1984, a prequel, The Temple of Doom, was released, and in 1989, a sequel, The Last Crusade. A fourth film followed in 2008, titled The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The series was created by George Lucas and stared Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in all the films. The first four films were directed by Steven Spielberg, who worked closely with Lucas during their production.
There’s been a lot of news regarding the next Indiana Jones films since it’s been in ‘the works’ for years. But late last week was the first time fans got an idea of what the next film could be about and what the intrepid archeologist may be after. However, any details about what adventure Indy will be on this time is being kept so hidden even he might not be able to find it.
The latest film will be the fifth for the series, and likely Ford’s last in the role. After the audience reacted to the mention of this being his last film in the role, he joked, “This is it. I will not fall down for you again.”
It also stars Phoebe Waller-Bridges and Mads Mikkelsen and is directed by James Mangold. John Williams, who composed the iconic ‘Raiders March’ is also returning to score the film.
“Indiana Jones movies are about mystery and adventure but they’re also about heart,” said Ford. “I had the time of my life making this movie…keeping up with this guy is exhausting,” said Waller-Bridges.
Avoiding poison darts, outrunning rolling boulders and all the time trying to keep that hat on and slashing that bull whip, is tough for an 80 years old actor, after all.
More whipping, real adventure stories will be uncovered in the weeks ahead. Face the world and play with World Inthavaaram.