IMF Zimbabwe Statement.

"Achieving Zimbabwe's fuller growth potential over the medium term depends on pursuing strong macroeconomic policies, including by building up fiscal and external buffers and increasing budgetary resources going to non-personnel related spending, and implementing structural reforms to foster investment, improve the business climate, and strengthen governance and institutions, including by increasing the transparency of the minerals regime."

From the Statement At the Conclusion of an IMF Mission On Zimbabwe

Press Release No. 14/135 (dated) March 27, 2014

(Italics and emphasis are the authors)

Movies: More Hunger Less Games - Divergent

'Women warriors are on the rise again in American movies, and so, too, are hopes that they’ll be able to strike where it counts: in the industry’s executive suites.

Some of this faith can be traced, irrationally or exuberantly, to “The Hunger Games.”'

'There is a crucial difference: While Katniss Everdeen doesn’t make much room for romance in “The Hunger Games” (she has a revolution to lead), Tris Prior spends a whole lot of time wondering why her instructor pays attention to her.'

From the New York Times review:

This Dystopia Has Some Smooches. In 'Divergent,' Jolted Awake by Fear and Romance

by Mahohla Dargis


A Reason to watch?

One to Watch: Just a Sigh "Le temps de l'aventure".

"Alix lives sloppily. She leaves her cellphone charger in Calais; her credit cards don’t work for lack of funds; and she carries almost no cash. On the train from Calais to Paris for an audition, she makes eye contact with an older, English-speaking stranger (Gabriel Byrne), whose name, Douglas, isn’t revealed until the end of the film. "

From the New York Times review by Stephen Holden

Dire in the Drive.

They sang and jived in the ice rink in the city by the lake. We watched and lived the songs of old London town where the Calvinists used to reign.

She said how much they moved to the rhythm of the night, and La Bise blew down from the mountains that reflected streets and cars of the city by the lake.

He drove down the Les Quays and watched the waters flow into the river that swept past, out of the machine and into the night.

Which way does she go, that dancer in the crowd. Which way did he leave, that writer’s child sitting by the lake, and living in the room.

In the hotel where the bridge can be seen.

John Lennon 'In His Own Write'

'Nobody had imagined, in 1964, that Lennon had anything as bizarre as In His Own Write up his sleeve. The early songs of The Beatles, mostly written on the hoof to meet tight deadlines, showed little signs of lyrical sophistication compared to the musical audacity and technical accomplishment with which they were delivered. Young boys and girls fell in and out of love, held each other, missed each other, got back together again. But Lennon’s imaginative world was already inhabiting a more curious space.'

From John Lennon as writer and artist by Peter Aspden in the Weekend FT Life and Arts

Movies - One to Watch: On My Way or Elle s'en va.

"'The gently fatalistic motto of “On My Way” comes down to three little words: “Live your life.”'

So concludes the New York Times critic of the film by Steven Holden, which is headed "A Tough Day Being French (She Needs a Cigarette) - Catherine Deneuve in 'On My Way', a French Road Movie".

An interesting critique of the film, whose original title is "Elle s'en va", which evokes a different sentiment than the banal 'On My Way'. The English title uses a change of gender and personal verb that does not carry the same weight as the French original.