The horrifying events in Georgia have coincided with the first appearances in the UK by the Georgian Ballet. Here is a deeply moving interview with Nina Ananiashvili, now the director of the Georgian Ballet.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 500470.ece
I find a terrible irony in the fact that the Russian invasion of Georgia has coincided with the opening of the Olympic Games in China. One of the fundamental principles of the Olympics as drawn up by the ancient Greeks was that all hostilities were suspended for the duration of the games. Such niceties of course are now an historical irrelevance in these brutal and 'enlightened' modern times.
For those who may be unaware of the events leading up to the invasion and the political significance of those events. Here is an excellent article in today's Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... orgia.nato