By Jessica Williams
In this re-creation of her bestseller, Jessica Williams exams the temperature of our international and diagnoses a malaise with a few stunning signs. Get the evidence but additionally the human part of the tale at the world?s starvation, poverty, fabric and emotional deprivation; its human rights abuses and unbelievable wealth; the unstoppable upward push of consumerism, psychological sickness, the medicine exchange, corruption, gun tradition, the abuse of the environment and extra. The diagnosis could glance bleak, but there's desire, Williams argues, and it is right down to us to behave now to alter issues.
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It seems that many people still hold that view dear. Napoleon Beazley was just seventeen years old the night he killed John Luttig during a car-jacking. He had owned up to the killing and apologised to Luttig’s family, although he never did explain just quite what drove him to murder that night. The crime shocked Beazley’s home town of Grapeland. Beazley was president of his senior class, son of the town’s first black city councilman. He hoped to attend Stanford Law School one day. 2 All appeals were unsuccessful, and Beazley was executed by lethal injection.
One of the more eye-opening experiences I had was a trip to Japan. 50 Facts was released in Japanese by Soshisha, and it turned out to be something of a success over there. I was invited over to Tokyo by Nihon TV who wanted me to present a segment of their show The Most Useful School in the World – I would be playing the part of a guest teacher, lecturing a ‘classroom’ of Japanese celebrities. To the immense amusement of my colleagues, Nihon TV asked for me to send video footage of my office at the BBC, which was cut together into a montage that featured me at the end as a Facts-busting superheroine.
It was really interesting to gauge the reactions of people I encountered while I was promoting 50 Facts. I was derided as a chunky-cardigan-clad, sandal-wearing twenty-something by one prominent Australian newspaper – which made me laugh, because only one of those things is true, and only then if you class flip-flops as sandals. Reviews on the internet were mostly really positive, though I was tickled by a supporter of the National Rifle Association telling one website that I’d got it all wrong about gun control.