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Dirty Pretty Things

Posted on 2008/11/12 22:45:36 (November 2008).

[Monday 10th November]
Was back at work in the London office today. Despite having spent all of last week in continual meetings with everyone else involved in my project, there still seemed to be a lot of meetings today, which struck me as a bit odd, but there you go.

In the evening had sauasage and mash for dinner. It was a particularly successful whisky and onion gravy.

After dinner we watched Dirty Pretty Things, a film about illegal immigrants dragged into the underworld in London. Whilst I suppose it was actually a happy ending, I found the whole thing a bit upsetting - I'm not sure how representative it was but I'm sure there are a lot of people who come to this country and are horribly exploited because of their vulnerable immigration status, and one wonders if they ever really feel it is ultimately worth it given that actually a lot of people have an extremely poor quality of life here.

So I now have a new unrealistic ambition should I ever become fabulously wealthy - to buy an island somewhere, create my own country and then throw open the borders and invite everyone who was having a hard time in their own country to come and live there. Particularly Okwe from Dirty Pretty Things who seemed like a thoroughly nice chap.

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