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January 10, 2009 Posted by | web designing | , , , | Leave a comment

Tintin’s 80 birthday


Fans around the world celebrate Tintin’s 80th birthday Saturday just as a British politician-turned-columnist claims he knows things about the Belgian comic-book hero that the rest of us don’t.”A callow, androgynous blonde-quiffed youth in funny trousers and a scarf moving into the country mansion of his best friend, a middle-aged sailor? A sweet-faced lad devoted to a fluffy white toy terrier, whose other closest pals are an inseparable couple of detectives in bowler hats, and whose only serious female friend is an opera diva.

“And you’re telling me Tintin isn’t gay?” said Matthew Parris, ex-Tory MP.
Parris, himself gay, is a well-known newspaper columnist who notoriously ‘outed’ Business Minister Lord Peter Mandelson in the middle of a television interview in 1998.
Now, Parris insists, the reporter whose adventures have sold more than 200 million copies and been translated into 50 languages, is gay and that fans are in a state of “denial”.In an article published in The Times Wednesday, Parris said he comes to the conclusion from an examination of Tintin’s life.Tintin, who was born January 10, 1929, on the pages of a children’s supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle, has an unknown background and origin, says Parris, adding: “This is common among young gay men, some of whom find it hard to believe that they really are their parents’ child”.
Tintin’s journalism also raises Parris’s suspicion: “Tintin’s only recorded remark to his editor (on departing for Moscow) is ‘I’ll send you some postcards and vodka and caviar.’ For a cub reporter on his first assignment, a curious remark.”
In fact, Parris suspects Tintin may well have been a spy – “secret intelligence has always attracted gay men. I myself applied for and was offered a post in MI6.”He finds Tintin’s world full of men. Of the complete list of 350 characters in Tintin books, Parris counts only eight women, and he doesn’t find them attractive.
The best known of them, chain-smoking opera singer Bianca Castafiore, is a “diva fag-hag,” while Peggy, the wife of a Latin American dictator, is a “curler-wearing virago”.”The butch, bitchy, bullying, cigar-smoking, hard-drinking, flame-haired wife of General Alcazar may well have been lesbian,” Parris proclaims.
Snowy the loyal fox terrier is the only “unambiguously heterosexual male mammal in Tintin’s entire universe,” Parris says.Fans reacted calmly. “Don’t sexualise Tintin,” wrote one on the Times website. “Leave him as the asexual hero I have always unconsciously assumed him to be.”Parris is not the first person to speculate on Tintin’s sexuality. In 2001, Belgian police seized 600 copies of an unauthorised book titled “Tintin in Thailand” – which showed Tintin and his friends living it up in Thai gay bars.
However, Belgium-based Studios Herge reacted stoutly, with spokesman Marcel Wilmet declaring: “Tintin is not at all gay – he was very macho in fact. He has many friends who are boys but they are not boyfriends.”

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Satyam head arrested

The chairman of Satyam Computer Services was arrested on Friday on charges of cheating and forgery, and the government dissolved the outsourcer’s board as authorities moved to limit fallout from India’s biggest corporate scandal.

Chairman Ramalinga Raju, who resigned on Wednesday after revealing years of accounting fraud, was expected to appear before India’s market regulator on Saturday.

In a late night development, Raju and his brother B. Rama Raju, Satyam co-founder and managing director, were arrested on charges of criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, cheating, falsification of records and forgery, Reuters was told by S.S.P. Yadav, police chief of the southern Andhra Pradesh state, whose capital, Hyderabad, is home to Satyam.

Officials with India’s Registrar of Companies searched Satyam’s offices and seized papers and electronic documents, the company said late on Friday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Earlier, Corporate Affairs Minister Prem Chand Gupta said the government would appoint 10 new members to the Satyam board, which would meet within seven days. There was no move at this time to take over Satyam’s management, he said.

“The government is considering appointment of suitable persons as directors of Satyam,” Gupta told a news conference in New Delhi. “We are determined to reach the truth but are equally concerned with the fate of employees and other stakeholders.”

A Satyam spokeswoman said the company welcomed the government’s decision, which would restore the confidence of all employees, customers and shareholders. However, she said Satyam had no comment on the arrests.

In a bid to ease investors’ concerns, the Securities and Exchange Board of India said auditors’ certification of corporate results from the December quarter would be peer reviewed.

The government barred Satyam’s board from holding its scheduled meeting on Saturday, called to consider options such as inviting a takeover or strategic investor and appointing an investment banker.

Analysts said Satyam’s very existence was threatened by the scandal, which stand-in Chief Executive Ram Mynampati said has pushed the company into a crisis of unimaginable proportions.

Satyam shares slumped to 11.50 rupees (24 U.S. cents), their lowest since March 1998 and a far cry from a 2008 high of 544 rupees, before ending down 40 percent at 23.85 rupees ahead of the board’s dissolution.

The company’s market value has shriveled to $330 million, from more than $7 billion six months ago.

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