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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

What does Woodstock mean to you?

August 13th, 2009
02:45 PM ET

It's forty years ago this week that hundreds of thousands converged on a plot of land in New York state and became part of a now legendary event. The organisers were businessmen and were out to make money but they could never have predicted the numbers that would flock to the site. The gates were thrown open and it ended up being a free festival epitomising the zeitgeist of peace and love, plus a bit of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. The story was epitomised by one performer. Melanie was a relative unknown in the music business but she asked the organisers if she could get involved. Just before she went on stage, candles were being handed out as part of an unrelated silent protest. As Melanie nervously picked up her guitar, the enormous crowd was so taken by her performance, they started waving their candles. In the decades that followed, music fans would relive that moment time and again at their own concerts, with lighters rather than candles.
On Thursday's Connect the World, I sit down with Melanie in a famous London Sixties hangout and relive Woodstock and everything that comes with it. Was it really that special? Why is it just as fascinating for people who didn't go as for those that did?
Your thoughts would be much appreciated so we can use them in our coverage.

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What consitutes 'compassionate grounds?'

August 13th, 2009
12:32 PM ET

Should the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, who has terminal cancer, be freed on compassionate grounds?
Should the Lockerbie bomber be released on compassionate grounds because he has terminal cancer? Let us know your thoughts.

The British authorities released the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, last week because he has only months to live. They took the same view with the gangland boss Reggie Kray.

Then again, American authorities have denied 17 appeals for release by Susan Atkins, who murdered Sharon Tate, and who is now paralysed by terminal brain cancer.

On tonight's show, we will explore what makes the case for "compassionate grounds," and we'll feature some of your comments on the show.

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