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Old 06-30-2005, 08:59 AM   #121
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It was a related thread! I clicked it! I didn't know! I DIDN'T KNOW!!!

wait. is it illegal for me to post in here? I mean, do you have to be in the "club" of PLEBANS? This has always confused me. Maybe I'll stay...
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Video from the EDUN launch: http://broadcast.organicframework.com/p/166,25152.html
I just watched this video, and heard Ali's voice for the first time. She has a really pretty voice!
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Back on the homefront, it is Ali who runs the show. When I ask if Bono is a new man, the response is unequivocal. "Oh my God no," Ali says. "One part of his brain is a genius, but he can only focus on one thing. He wasn't able to negotiate his way through school, but he can sit and read seven books in a day, and just absorb all this information like a sponge; it's like breathing for Bono, but he won't notice the washingup.

"Bono is definitely not a metrosexual. Jordan takes after her dad; she won't notice her bedroom is in a mess, but will sit for hours playing Chopin on the piano."
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Stars go postal to defuse nuclear threat

Amelia Hill
Sunday April 21, 2002
The Observer

Tony Blair and Prince Charles are to be targeted by almost every household in the Republic of Ireland in the largest environmental protest ever mounted by one nation against its neighbour.
In a campaign masterminded by Ali Hewson, the wife of U2 singer Bono, millions of pre-paid postcards demanding the closure of the Sellafield nuclear plant will be posted to Britain this week.

They have been delivered to every one of Ireland's 1.3 million households over the past month, backed by a massive nationwide media campaign. Newspapers, TV and radio stations have urged residents to send the cards directly to the Prime Minister, the Prince of Wales and executives at British Nuclear Fuels, which runs Sellafield.

'The support has been absolutely amazing,' said Hewson. 'Any celebrity we have asked to help has just jumped at the chance.'

The cards, which picture an eye and the words: 'Tony, look me in the eye and tell me I'm safe,' are due to be posted to Britain on Friday, the sixteenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Some observers believe the sheer volume of protest mail could bring chaos to the postal system.

'The British Government has ignored our concerns about this and we have had enough,' said Hewson. 'We will make this an election issue and if we do not make them listen this year, we will come back next year and the year after: this is an unending campaign.'

Hewson, whose home in Co Dublin faces Sellafield across the Irish Sea, added: 'I have four children and I want to know they are safe. But my concerns are also global: there are 75 tons of plutonium in Sellafield. If there is an accident or it is targeted by terrorists, it is not just the people of Ireland who will suffer and not just the people of Britain but those throughout Europe and further afield.'

The postcards will be collected and posted free by An Post, the Irish postal service. But while the government and politicians have been keen to jump on board the campaign, Hewson is determined to ensure the voice of her protest is a predominantly civil one.

'This is an issue of acute, personal concern to every Irish resident and it is a shock and a disgrace that even though we live in an anti-nuclear country, we have no say in this issue,' she said. 'This is our chance to let the ordinary men and women of this country make their feelings known at the breakfast tables of the most influential people in Britain.'

Hewson has been involved in the anti-nuclear movement since travelling to Chernobyl in 1993 to make a documentary. Her campaign is backed by musicians such as the Corrs, Ronan Keating and Samantha Mumba. Other supporters include actor Colin Farrell and Manchester United captain Roy Keane.

Sellafield has been the subject of many complaints by the Irish government and environmentalists. In February, hundreds of protesters brought chaos to the roads of Cumbria, claiming the plant was to blame for miscarriages and child leukaemia along Ireland's eastern coast.

Campaigners also say it is responsible for destroying marine life and presents a major risk from accidents or terrorist attack.
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'I won't let a Chernobyl happen here'

Ali Hewson, wife of U2's Bono, on why the band is leading a campaign in Ireland and beyond about the nuclear threat from Sellafield

Amelia Hill
Sunday April 21, 2002
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From her living room in Co Dublin, Ali Hewson, the wife of U2 frontman Bono, looks out across the Irish Sea - which bobs across to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, squatting bleakly on Britain's Cumbrian coast.
She both loves the view and resents it for its daily reminder of the danger that the plant poses. 'This is a nuclear-free land and yet if anything happens to that plant, the east coast of Ireland is straight in the firing line,' she says. 'The Irish nation is not even in the debate; we have no choice and yet we take all the risks.

Hewson's Shut Sellafield campaign - one of the largest environmental protests launched by one nation against another - grew from a late-night chat with Bono in January. If every household in Ireland could somehow be persuaded to register their concerns with the British Prime Minister, they agreed, things might start to change.

'This is an issue of acute, personal concern to every Irish resident,' she said. 'We are sitting ducks just waiting for an accident to devastate our lives and our country.

'The British Government has ignored our concerns about this for long enough. We will make this an election issue and, if we don't make them listen this year, we will come back next year and the year after.'

The suggestion has, thanks to Hewson's endless energy, grown to dominate the Irish community over the past fortnight. Supporters run the gamut of Ireland's pop and sporting successes, including Ronan Keating, Westlife, Samantha Mumba, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and pop siblings The Corrs, alongside the World Cup football squad and the national rugby team.

Ireland's politicians would, Hewson said, have been delighted to leap on board, but: 'I have wanted to keep this on a civil level because I see it as a health and environmental battle, rather than a political issue. I wanted the average man and woman on the street to have a chance to say how they feel; after all, it is they who will live or die.'

The protest, which has seen almost every one of Ireland's 1.3 million households return their prepaid postcard bearing an anti-Sellafield message, will reach its climax on Friday, when the cards are delivered en masse to the breakfast tables of Tony Blair, the Prince of Wales and the chief executive of British Nuclear Fuels, Norman Askew.

Sellafield has long been a source of contention between the British and Irish governments; the Irish government has repeatedly challenged the plant in the European courts, without success, and even took out a series of anti-Sellafield advertisements in the British press last year.

'When we tested out support for our campaign, we were amazed by how personally every Irish person takes this issue,' said Hewson. 'Almost everyone we spoke to had some story about how they, their family or their friends had suffered from an illness they were convinced was linked to Sellafield.'

Their fears were boosted last week when the British Green MEPs launched a highly critical report on Sellafield's discharges, alleging that the two million gallons of mildly radioactive waste water the plant discharges into the Irish Sea each day are equivalent to a large-scale nuclear accident each year.

Such claims, however, are dismissed by the UK Department of Trade and Industry, which disputes the alleged links to cancers and insists that Britain is making good progress towards cutting discharges to close to zero by 2020.

'We already have the most artificially radiated sea in the world washing up on our shores,' said Hewson. 'All we're asking the British government to do is to err on the side of caution. I have seen what happened in Chernobyl and there is no way I am going to let that happen here.

'We know the plant can't be shut down because the waste that is already there needs to be stored and protected for thousands of years, but we want the British Government to stop producing more material.

'If Tony Blair could look me in the eye and tell me my children are definitely safe, I might leave them alone. But in the past five years there have been more than 15 incidents that have left us with serious cause for concern,' she added.

'After 11 September, everyone is questioning their own personal safety and their children's safety, and, when the people of Ireland look at their vulnerability, Sellafield sticks out like a sore thumb.

'The plant has to be on top of any terrorist's list. The result would be catastrophic not only for the people of Ireland, but for everyone in Britain and Europe, too.'
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From the Daily Mirror:

"Is there no end to the many talents of Bono's wife Ali Hewson?
She's managed to keep rock's biggest star on the straight and narrow for 20 years, launch her own clothing label and work tirelessly for a number of charities.
Bu she was also on hand back stage at U2's sell out Croke Park gigs to give Bono a much needed energy boost.
My man with the backstage pass revealed: "She makes Bono these special energy drinks to her own secret recipe before he goes on stage. She makes him drink it half an hour before he goes onstage".
So that's how he manages to leap aound at his age!

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wow those drinks ali makes sure do the trick
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Bono on Ali:

Bono describes his wife as confident, relaxed and smart. She is, he says, very much like The Edge in that respect.

"Because Ali and I have know each other since we were kids, we’re like mates," he says. "People have tried to figure out our marriage for years. It’s simple. Relationships need management and she’s a very good manager.

"There’s still a lot I don’t know about her. She’s a mystery to me. Sometimes I feel I’m not good enough for her...I love her," he says, finishing his drink.
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"She makes Bono these special energy drinks to her own secret recipe before he goes on stage. She makes him drink it half an hour before he goes onstage".
So that's how he manages to leap aound at his age!

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