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Sights, Sounds and Smells of India

June 2, 2010

My interest other than radio is India and its various sights, sounds and smells, including the Indian Diaspora. Featured elsewhere on this blog are profiles of three luminaries SethGhosh and Coovadia. Read on in Sights, Sounds and Smells of India

Bleak prospects face saree weavers

Indian firms defy child labour ban

Capital Radio 604

June 2, 2010

In South Africa back in the seventies and eighties, radio was terrible (to put it mildly).  It was controlled by the government and no private stations were allowed.  This was so that the government could censor the news and music and all other content.  Even though the rest of the world was already watching television from the 1940’s, South Africa still had no television because, according to the government, it was “evil”.

So, it was radio until 1976, when finally, television arrived.  Still, in the seventies, television in South Africa was boring, so most people still listened to the radio, and growing teenagers in South Africa were forced to listen to the only music station, Radio 5 (now called 5 FM).  Censorship of music was in place.  No way could South Africans listen to Pink Floyd or even The Police.

Boring radio ended in 1979 though when Capital Radio 604 came along.  Plagued from the start by engineering problems and (as many claim) the South African government continually trying to shut them down or block their signal, etc., but WOW!  What a great station!  This station single handedly changed radio in South Africa forever by introducing South Africans to great music, slick DJ’s and a great attitude (not to mention Bill Mitchell)!  Plus, no news or music censorship!

Sadly, in 1996, Capital Radio 604 was forcefully shut down by the South African government in a move that most believe to be orchestrated by East Coast Radio and the IBA, to disallow 604 an FM license and then to close them because of “financial concerns” when everyone knew that without an FM license, advertises would pull out.

Robinho warns Brazilian wonderkid Neymar to avoid joining Manchester City or Chelsea

May 27, 2010

Brazilian wonderkid Neymar is ready to take Robinho’s advice and snub Image of Neymar Da Silvaa move to Chelsea or Manchester City

The 18-year-old, who has been backed by Pele to go to the World Cup finals this  summer, is reluctant to leave his homeland at such a young age after being told  to stay put by the City loan star and his own father.

Chelsea have tracked the forward for more than two years and are weighing up a  £20m move, but Santos recently tied Neymar to a contract till 2014 and insist  he will not be sold for less than his £31.5m release clause.

Manchester City are so impressed with the skilful teen that they demanded first  refusal on him when allowing Robinho to join Santos on loan, but the option  expires on August 4.

Third-party investors Grupo DIS secured 40 per cent of Neymar’s economic rights  when the new contract was agreed with Santos in February.

DIS deny reports that they met Chelsea officials earlier this month and say  they agreed with Santos that their star player should stay in Brazil for at  least another year.

Meanwhile, Santos deny that sponsorship problems mean they are struggling to  pay Robinho’s wages and the 26-year-old has reiterated his desire to extend the  loan from City till at least the end of the year