Last updated: 17 march, 2010 - 16:04 GMT

Live: SuperPower Nation

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Follow the BBC's live multi-lingual experiment, as the click world comes together to talk for a six-hour live event in London. All times in GMT. By Ben Sutherland.

18 March - SuperPower Nation day

1900: And that's it! It's all over at Shoreditch Town Hall. Thankyou so much for click all your messages and contributions, in whatever language you sent them in. Don't forget that the click SuperPower season continues on the BBC until 21 March.

1858: On last thought, this from IDG in Brazil: "Take care of your children, don't rely on teachers or society to do this!"

1856: The group on stage strike up for the final song. There is a lot of sitar going on. Four minutes left.

1853: "Please stop eating us - there aren't many of us left", pleads Bluefin Tuna, from the Atlantic Ocean. Apparently.

1851: "Pray for peace" are the words Rose in Canada would like to share with the world. Meanwhile Edu in Brazil says "oops, I'm naked here." Probably too much information, Edu.

1850: If you are in the Arab world, you can now watch the end of SuperPower Nation on BBC Arabic television.

1846: Douglas in Brazil has three simple words - clearly inspired by Barack Obama - "Yes we can"

1842: On click World Have Your Say, Ros talks to an Eritrean woman about her experience of the day. "I have a huge big question for the BBC that no-one can answer. I am puzzled why the BBC is so biased about Eritrea. What I think is that the media is so powerful it is set against Eritrea."

1840: If you're watching BBC World or BBC Persian television, you can watch our last live broadcast for the day now.

1834: One of my favourite messages of the day, from Eugene, in Italy. "A few minutes ago I read "We Are All One". I think that acronym W.A.A.O! would be very nice to describe what we are doing now."

1830:click World Have Your Say debating the crucial issue of corruption in developing countries. There are calls for the United Nations to get involved in tackling the problem - but doubts on whether they have the teeth to do it.

1828: "Are there any other intelligent beings from outerspace here?" asks Evan in Cleveland, Ohio. I don't really know what to say to that. click Do you have any ideas?

1820: Our final topic for the day: click If you could say one thing to the world, what would it be? I don't know what I'd say, but it wouldn't be that terrible Egyptian pun below.

1819: "The best thing we have in our country is The GOODNESS of our People, The great ancient civilization, and the beautiful weather of Egypt," says Ahmed Rakha in Cairo. Pharaoh nuff. Sorry.

1814: I've always been slightly apprehensive about Colombia, so I was very interested in what Ivan in Bogata has to say: "My country is kindness, people! simply is beautiful, unfortunately this to violence in many respects we are opaque." There may be a little mistranslation there, but I think I know what he means.

1810:click World Have Your Say is back on air. Currently debating the needs of South Africa. You can listen click here.

1808: Faby Gomez from Guadalajara, Mexico, is very proud of of his country's "diversity, climate, food, beliefs." If I made food like the Mexicans, I'd be proud of it too. click What do you think?

1805: "The best thing about my country is, of course, hospitality and kindness - you should find out for yourself!" says Matt in Tarnow, Poland. Matt, I would love to.

1800: One hour of our SuperPower Nation experiment left. Meanwhile here's Mohammad Tajima of Nepal on his favourite things: "the amazing Landscape and People of this country." Just like Derbyshire.

1756: "A lovely cup of tea" is Heather in Portsmouth's favourite thing about the UK. Mike in Texas, meanwhile, has this thought about the US: "The right to say what you think... Sometimes it's also the worst :)"

1750: And it's new topic time. Now we're asking click what's the best thing about the country you live in? For me - here in England - it's my home county of Derbyshire. "There is no finer county in England than Derbyshire" wrote Jane Austen, and she was absolutely right.

1747:It looks like we've got someone - specifically, Denisson in Brazil - in trouble: "My boss came to ask me what I'm doing. - On the BBC website, superpower nation day. BBC, he had to ask if you want to have responsibility for unemployment." Sorry Denisson.

1736: More comments on the internet censorship debate. Here's Samegui in Sao Paulo: "Nobody should control what you can see online. But we have to take good care of the children, 'cause they are not able to choose yet." Is it important to think about what children can see? click Have your say.

1731: Cecily Liu and Roberta Fortuna join me - they are from China and Brazil, and have been talknig about the differences between their two countries. They agree that Brazil has become more Western and democractic, with strong European and American influcences - while China prides itself on its Eastern tradititons. But both have something in common - an increasing middle class, which is making the country more equal.

1723: Food, in Montevideo, is convinced that no-one should control what is seen online - "since it is impossible to control everything that goes on the internet. The control should be given the style of wikipedia." What do you think - would a Wikipedia-style approach work? click Let us know.

1720: I speak to Nour Idriss, one of a group of five Girl Guides in the hall, all who speak different languages. The group have been talking about the technology we are using today. In general they were impressed, although Nour said she has noticed that not all the Arabic makes sense when translated.

1713: There's a new topic to talk about - click who should control what you see online? What do you think - who should decide what you can and can't view? Should anyone? What should be the limits anyway? All big questions - we'd love to know your thoughts.

1710:Caesar Gorse from Talca in Chile wants to know how long this experiment is going to last. We're here til 1900GMT, Mr Gorse.

1709: "Love is wherever a person finds it. Therefore, it must be possible to find love over the internet." Profound words from Margot in Suffolk, England.

1700: Our special two-hour click World Have Your Say programme is now on air, live from Shoreditch Town Hall. Listen live click here.

1651: I've just been told we are approaching 1,500 comments on our message board. Excellent stuff.

1646: If you need some inspiration on our new topic, check out the experiences of couples who met using dating agencies in India and the Middle East. They featured in our Netrimony season, click here.

1642: New topic - inspired by Matt (1604) - click is it possible to find love online? Have you ever been on a date with someone you met on the internet? Did it work out? click Tell us your experience.

1630: Amir Biabani of the Green movement in Iran - representing political students in Europe - is one of our guests. "The Western media, because of the current regine in Iran, has been ignoring events in the country... they are not even trying," he says. "We are letting the world know about what is happening in Iran - the fighting for freedoms, for human rights. People contact each other online on the day of protest - taking great risks."

1624: Time for Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet - in German and Turkish.

1623: Kate McGeown stops by to pick up a selection of your best quotes. I particularly like this from Shakiel in Derby, on the internet as a right/privilege debate: "I think in the past the same questions may have been asked of education and books or libraries. The internet is a tool for education, everyone has the right to that."

1608: My colleague Phillipa Joy, who is helping run the Global Conversation board, tells me that people have been writing in French, Polish and Japanese - and successfully having their comments translated.

1604: "Anyone up for a date? I'm willing to travel more or less anywhere. I'm very rich." says Matt in Westminster. The topic of online dating rears its head. I'm frankly surprised it's taken this long.

1559: "This is amazing technology and i hope they will apply to all of the internet," says Roman Broberg in New York. But on America's West Coast, David in San Francisco has this warning: "I am affraid this will be another reason to prevent Americans from learning a new language."

1555: Back on topic: "I do not think the internet is a right. It is rather a luxury. There are always people in this world who do not have enough to eat. Food is a right not the Internet," says Jacques Grosdalle in Paris. On the other hand, here's Zhou Peng Ying, Kunming, Yunnan, China: "In the present world, the Internet is a necessity." Join the debate click here.

1550: I know we've moved on from football, but I couldn't resist highlighting this comment from Frederick in Argentina: "Maradona will make us look bad to the world. I apologize in advance."

1542: Children addicted to the internet is prompting heated discussion on Table 23 here - where Nigerians and Jamaicans are sitting together. Is it a problem for you? click Have your say.

1534: The Sudanese and French speakers in the hall are debating whether the best way to learn a language is to live in a community that speaks it. It's certainly true in my case. I used to be terrible at German - and then I did two weeks' work experience in Darmstadt. Passed with top marks. Danke schorn!

1531: Is the web a right or a luxury? That's the new debate on the click Global Conversation. What do you think? Have your say.

1523: More Romeo and Juliet - this time the balcony scene - in Japanese.

1514: Things have calmed down briefly as some late lunch arrives for the hungry talkers. Interesting how mealtimes do get people talking - even if, like here, there's nowhere really to sit and eat except the laptop-covered tables...

1505: Incidentally, if you've not tried out our new multi-lingual tool - click which allows you to talk with people in six other languages - then where have you been? Think of something to say, and then say it! Do it. Do it now!

1501: I talk with Osman Mohamed, chairman of the Somali National Party, click Hanoolaato - which means Long Live Somalia. They use the internet as the main means of communicating to their members, who are mostly global expatriots. "The internet is the best tool - the cheapest and most effective way of communicating," he says.

1453: I grab Jose Pinocet of click BBC Mundo. What does he want to talk about, given the chance? "Barcelona, last night - magnificent. Messi and the rest." For the uninitiated, click FC Barcelona won rather well against Stuttgart. Football seems to be a really big topic amongst the global audience...

1447: New topics being discussed in the hall - can Africa solve its conflicts? Why are certain bombings "endorsed" and others not? And how do you best get to know someone else? Have your say on these - or anything else - click here.

1445: A new multi-lingual band on stage - this once including a Zimbabwean, a Cypriot and two Brazilians. Much guitar work. "It's an experiment, like everything else today", we are warned - but a surprisingly tuneful one.

1432: Amika Wardana, from Indonesia, has been talking with people from Afghanistan - and in particular about the Taliban. "They had been shot at by the Taliban. But are now behind using the Taliban for a purpose - because Afghanistan is not a safe place."

1425: A new topic on the Global Conversation. click Are you looking forward to the football World Cup? For my part, yes. Sadly for me as an England fan, I reckon it'll be a Brazil v Spain final, though.

1417: "It's kind of crazy. It's like being inside an engine. It's got the feel of a campaign office, or a telethon. But I would like to be able to hear any one thing," says Dan Sung of click Pocket-lint, who is visiting the hall.

1413: "The problem is respect" says Eyassu Tsadik, one of a group of Ahamaric speakers in the hall. "There is so little respect for human rights in our country."

1403: "Greetings from the vibrant and ebullient city of Hull," says Darius on the click Global Conversation. I went to university in Hull. He's absolutely right.

1400: There is now a great deal of discussion on the click Global Conversation about the World Cup. Who do you think will have the best chance in South Africa?

1355: "There are no language barriers. Everyone speaks English" says Thomo on the Global Conversation. Do you agree? Have your say click here.

1348: A multi-lingual sitar band are entertaining the crowd in the hall. Big topics right now are Wikipedia and the BBC's reporting of Afghanistan.

1343: "Happy New Iranian year to all citizens of the world. With the power of the internet we can celebrate more than one new year a year" says Hossein Khandan on the click Global Conversation.

1341: Bekele Teklu from Ethiopia, here in the hall, has been speaking to South Africans - in South Africa - about the World Cup. They were saying will benefit from more people visiting the country, and seeing more money coming in - and they hope it will benefit all African communities.

1333: Censorship is the hot topic in the hall, particularly in China and Venezuela.

1323: JC in Beijing says the BBC Chinese language service is being blocked in Beijing, although English works fine.

1315: Part one of the Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet in Greek andItalian.

1303: Like the New York Stock Exchange, the bell rings to officially announce the start of SuperPower Nation.

1300: And we're under way! Pooneh greets the guests in the room, before handing over for a multi-lingual greeting. I picked up at least French, German, and Japanese...

1257: Our first comment. Mariam Arnold: "I work for a translation agency and we use human translators rather than machines as we believe they are more reliable, but let's give this a go!" What do you think? Have your say click here.

1255: Five minutes until we start. The lights are on. The floor is being cleared. But what will people be saying?

1245: The tool for you to converse multi-lingually is live! Go click here and talk about whatever you want!

1240: Twenty minutes to go to the big launch. Shoreditch Town Hall is abuzz with anxious activity. No-one really knows what is going to happen - the tension is palpable.

1230: Just spoken to Pooneh Ghoddoosi, BBC Persian TV presenter, she said she was "very excited but a little scared."

1215: Some words from Mark Sandell, who is running the event here. "It's up to you to set the agenda. Let's see what the day throws up."

1210: The T-shirts are here. The town hall is getting really quite busy now.

1205: The actors are really getting into it. Meanwhile the floor manager asks that everyone clears their stuff away as our guests are beginning to arrive.

1200: The actors are on the stage rehearsing for their bit. They will be reading Shakespeare in different languages.

1000: Word has reached me that we will all be given SuperPower Nation t-shirts once we arrive at Shoreditch Town Hall. Very exciting. You will be able to see the pictures on click Flickr.

0955: SuperPower Nation will be your chance to talk to people around the world about anything you want. You can read about the project click here.

0945: SuperPower Nation will begin in just over three hours, at 1300GMT. The team setting up the website that will show the translations of your comments across languages are putting the final touches to the software.

17 March - one day to go

1900: To see the terms and conditions for taking part in SuperPower Nation, look click here.

1605: SuperPower Nation will be live in less than 24 hours

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