We are so lucky to have the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

I shared with Kanani Fong via Facebook The Golden Hour with Mark Corcoran from Foreign Correspondent. I knew she would be interested because she is a “military wife” as well as a writer. Her husband is with a US military medical team in Afghanistan, the very subject of that episode of Foreign Correspondent. I do wonder if anything quite as good has appeared in the US in free-to-air TV? We had the additional blessing that it is commercial-free; the ABC is not beholden (yet!) to the pressures, subtle and not so subtle, that sponsorship brings.

On her blog The Kitchen Dispatch Kanani has just posted on the program.

Neil Whitfield, of Neil’s Second Decade recently sent me the following link to a story filed this past week by Mark Corcoran of Foreign Correspondent, an offshoot of ABC News Australia.

"The Golden Hour" chronicles the efforts to save lives on the combat zone –from Medevac to the E.R. and also some heartbreaking follow up care to a young Afghan boy whose condition is terminal.

The medical teams help everyone, regardless of nationality. Their first priority is –and always will be in their professional lives, to preserve human life, and let those who are ready to or have already passed on, to do so with dignity. It’s all part of their calling. It’s why they went into medicine.

Only too happy to be of service, Kanani.

Would it be too jingoistic of me to commend some of our programs for regular visits? Aside from Foreign Correspondent I recommend Four Corners and Australian Story. But there are so many others!


Visit ABC and look around, and don’t neglect radio either!

Jon Taplin has a valuable post today

Jon Taplin is a Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. Today he has posted Social Democracy & Fiscal Sanity.

Consider this graphic from that post as you listen here in Oz to Abbott, Hockey, Rudd or Swan.


Having strayed into film study yesterday…

From EnglishBiz, a great UK site on most aspects of English Studies, comes this PDF on TV and film study. Opens in same window.

If you want real depth YALE FILM STUDIES Film Analysis Web Site 2.0 is an encyclopedia on the subject from one of America’s leading universities.

Film Education (UK) has study guides for some relevant and recent movies. There’s also a good film study language guide. These two are at school level.

Top 100 Film Studies Blogs is well worth browsing. You’re bound to find some very interesting stuff there.

This YouTube comes from Darwin High School. It’s very good.