October 7th, 2005


The Nobel Peace Prize.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize winner has been announced, and unsurprisingly to me, it was not Bono, even though he was not only nominated but considered a favourite by some. I do believe one of these days, he'll receive the prize for his work against poverty, though it probably won't be any time soon - kind of a shame, as if he had won today, the upcoming New York concert would have had an excellent air of celebration. In any case, the winner was the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its director, Mohamed ElBaradei. Now, if I may be cynical, note that this year is the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings, and the Peace Prize on the 40th and 50th anniversaries also went to anti-nuclear causes. It's no secret that there are politics involved in the selection of the prizewinner, and I can't help but wonder if the IAEA would've won this year had the nuclear bombs been dropped in 1944.

But that's just my cynical side talking. The IAEA are worthy winners, considering their worldwide work to ensure the safe use of nuclear materials, and I'm not disappointed Bono didn't win - if he does win the Prize sometime, I think it'd be better if it came once the fruits of his labours are more obvious, and it should probably be a joint award with people working with him like Jeffrey Sachs.

In other news, I must say that today's cricket match between Australia and the World XI is proving to be very entertaining with some quality batting from both sides. I'm annoyed Kallis was sent in after the dismissal of Gayle - and that annoyance was compounded by the fact he managed to run out the on-fire Sangakarra! But as long as the World XI manage to retain their high run rate at the moment and avoid collapse, this is going to be an exhilarating game right to the very end.

PS Pollock - you're a useless captain. Really, what was up with not using Vettori in the first game until 30 overs had passed? And whatever nitwit awarded the man of the match in the first game not to Vettori obviously didn't even watch the bloody game. Danny was clearly the best player on the park - indeed, the only one worth watching!