Roger Waters: Trump creating as much enmity as possible

Roger Waters gestures during the event in London on Thursday. (Reuters)
Updated 17 February 2017

Roger Waters: Trump creating as much enmity as possible

LONDON: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has said the band’s seminal album “The Wall” had taken on new significance with the rise of Donald Trump, accusing the US president of “creating as much enmity as possible.”
Songwriter Waters was making a rare public appearance with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason in London ahead of a major exhibition charting the band’s journey from minivan tours to the sound-and-light spectacle of “The Wall.”
“It’s very relevant now with Mr. Trump and all of this talk of building walls and creating as much enmity as possible between races and religions,” he said.
“It is about how detrimental building walls can be on a personal level, but also on broader levels.”
The rocker said he was “absolutely” prepared to reprise the album’s epic stage show on the US-Mexico border — where Trump has promised to build a wall — but that “there needs to be an awakening period... before something like that can happen.”
He issued a rallying cry to fellow musicians to speak out about “the right wing... raising its ugly head all around the world.”
“Music is a legitimate place to express protest, musicians have an absolute right, a duty, to open their mouths to speak out,” he said.
The 73-year-old predicted “demonstrations in London bigger than any demonstrations than have ever been seen” when Trump makes his planned state visit to Britain later this year.
The first major retrospective of the British prog rock giants will be held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from May, inspired by the band’s 50th anniversary.
The show will feature 350 exhibits, including posters, groundbreaking instruments and a recreation of the minivan in which they first toured.
Also on show will be the actual cane used by Waters’ headmaster at his school in Cambridge, south-east England, the inspiration behind the strict teacher in the video from “The Wall.”
“I want to see the cane they beat me with,” said Waters. “They’ve got the punishment book... it says 1959, six strokes for fighting, of which I’m inordinately proud.”


World’s shortest man dies in Nepal at 27

In this file photo taken on September 24, 2010 Nepalese teenager Khagendra Thapa Magar poses for a picture with Miss Nepal Sadichha Shrestha (C) and first runner-up Sahana Bajracharya (R) and second runner-up Samyukta Timilsina (L) in Kathmandu. (AFP)
Updated 18 January 2020

World’s shortest man dies in Nepal at 27

  • Magar became an official face of Nepal’s tourism campaign, which featured him as the smallest man in a country that is home to the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest

KATMANDU: The world’s shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died Friday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said.
Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimeters (2 feet 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200 kilometers from Katmandu, where he lived with his parents.
“He has been in and out of hospital because of pneumonia. But this time his heart was also affected. He passed away today,” Mahesh Thapa Magar, his brother, told AFP.
Magar was first declared the world’s shortest man in 2010 after his 18th birthday, photographed holding a certificate only a bit smaller than him.
However he eventually lost the title after Nepal’s Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6 centimeters, was discovered and named the world’s shortest mobile man.
Magar regained the title after Dangi’s death in 2015.
“He was so tiny when he was born that he could fit in the palm of your hand, and it was very hard to bathe him because he was so small,” said his father, Roop Bahadur, according to Guinness World Records.
As the world’s shortest man the 27-year-old traveled to more than a dozen countries and made television appearances in Europe and the United States.
“We’re terribly sad to hear the news from Nepal that Khagendra is no longer with us,” said Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief.
“Life can be challenging when you weigh just 6 kilograms and you don’t fit into a world built for the average person. But Khagendra certainly didn’t let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life” he said.
Magar became an official face of Nepal’s tourism campaign, which featured him as the smallest man in a country that is home to the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
During his stint he met other short people around the world, including the shortest woman, Jyoti Amge, from India.
In a video released by Guinness World Records, Magar is seen playing a guitar with his brother, riding a bike and sitting at his family’s shop.
The world’s shortest non-mobile man remains Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who measures only 59.93 centimeters but is unable to walk or stand unaided, according to Guinness World Records.
The record for shortest living mobile man is now retained by Edward “Nino” Hernandez of Colombia, a reggaeton DJ who stands 70.21 centimeters tall, Guinness said.