|Harmonices Mundi||Ecco qui di seguito il mio contributo alla raccolta Tifiamo asteroide. Cento storie sulla fine catastrofica del governo Letta.|
Dai banchi del governo, il Presidente del Consiglio leggeva il discorso di presentazione della finanziaria 2014.
L'emiciclo di Montecitorio era completamente vuoto.
Il nuovo regolamento della Camera, approvato all'unanimitÃ pochi mesi prima, prevedeva solo riunioni in videoconferenza. Gli onorevoli seguivano e votavano da casa, via Intranet, attraverso una rete locale controllata dal Ministero dell'Interno, con notevole risparmio per l'erario.
Il centro di Roma era deserto, recintato: "zona rossa" presidiata dalle autoblindo dell'esercito e da pattuglie mobili dei corpi di polizia. Gli abitanti erano stati invitati a non uscire di casa. Comunque quasi tutti erano giÃ sfollati nelle seconde case in localitÃ di villeggiatura, perchÃ© non si sa mai.
Dal cielo, per ora, solo il rombo degli elicotteri. In lontananza, dalla periferia della cittÃ , si udivano provenire paurosi boati e colonne di fumo nero si levavano all'orizzonte. Stava accadendo qualcosa laggiÃ¹. Difficile sapere cosa, perchÃ© le telecomunicazioni erano state temporaneamente oscurate e Internet funzionava poco e male, evidentemente per intervento della polizia postale e dei servizi. Ma eravamo riusciti ad intercettare la linea Intranet del ministero, e dalla nostra base potevamo seguire la seduta del parlamento; ammesso che la si potesse ancora chiamare cosÃ¬.
I passaggi principali del discorso di Letta erano commentati da tonanti applausi preregistrati. Licenziamento di metÃ dei dipendenti pubblici (applausi). Chiusura di un terzo delle scuole e di un terzo degli ospedali (applausi). Abolizione dello statuto dei lavoratori (applausi). Nuova legge molto piÃ¹ restrittiva sullo sciopero, sui sindacati, sulla stampa (applausi), innalzamento a 80 anni dell'etÃ pensionabile (applausi), e ancora tagli, tagli, tagli... Aumento dei finanziamenti alle scuole private. Applausi. Aumento delle spese militari. Applausi.
Arrivato al passaggio sulla chiusura dei Conservatori, Letta si interruppe. C'era un sostantivo tedesco, SphÃ¤renmusik. Cosa diavolo voleva dire? Certo, il testo del discorso era arrivato solo un'ora prima da Francoforte, e la segreteria aveva dovuto farlo tradurre in fretta e furia. "Ma caspita", pensÃ² il Presidente del consiglio, "questo significa lavorare col culo. Anche lÃ¬ bisognerÃ licenziare"...
Letta non riuscÃ¬ a completare il pensiero, interrotto da un fatto improvviso e incomprensibile. Gli altoparlanti della Camera, al posto degli applausi finti, avevano iniziato a diffondere il Capriccio n. 24 in la minore di NiccolÃ² Paganini.
Che stava succedendo? Mentre Letta e gli altri componenti il governo si guardavano intorno, disorientati, la musica fu sovrastata da un sibilo acutissimo, che si faceva sempre piÃ¹ forte.
Dopo il boato assordante, con le orecchie che fischiavano, sentivamo ancora quella musica.
Dove fino a un istante prima si trovava Enrico Letta, capo del governo di larghe intese, si apriva una spaventosa voragine. Dall'enorme cratere si levavano nubi di fumo nero.
|Il terremoto di Messina del 1908||Ripubblico qui di seguito una mia recensione (risalente a sei anni fa) al libro di Giorgio Boatti, La terra trema. Messina 28 dicembre 1908. I trenta secondi che cambiarono l'Italia, non gli italiani, Mondadori, Milano 2004, pp. 414, â¬ 18,50.|
"Ore 5.20 terremoto distrusse buona parte Messina - Giudico morti molte centinaia - case crollate sgombro macerie insufficienti mezzi locali - urgono soccorsi per sgombro vettovagliamento assistenza feriti - ogni aiuto sarÃ insufficiente".
E' il testo del telegramma con cui il governo italiano apprese del terremoto di Messina: inviato dal comandante di una nave militare da una stazione telegrafica calabrese alle 14.50 del 28 dicembre 1908, giunse al Ministero degli Interni alle 17.35 dello stesso giorno, cioÃ¨ dodici ore dopo il disastro.
In questo telegramma la valutazione dei danni Ã¨ naturalmente molto sottostimata: il terremoto, dell'undicesimo grado della scala Mercalli, distrusse quasi completamente le cittÃ di Messina e Reggio Calabria e causÃ², secondo le statistiche ufficiali, 77.283 morti (in altre valutazioni la cifra oscilla fra le 80.000 e le 140.000 vittime).
A volte, quando ci si sofferma a considerarla, la storia del nostro paese sembra un'ininterrotta sequela di disastri. Ogni generazione ha la sua catastrofe civile da ricordare e anzi spesso piÃ¹ d'una, a volte d'origine naturale e a volte umana. Il copione sembra sempre lo stesso: evento tragico; prime ricostruzioni giornalistiche, concitate e a forti tinte; interviste ai superstiti; il cordoglio della nazione; le autoritÃ dello stato si precipitano sul luogo dell'evento; polemiche sulla tempestivitÃ dei soccorsi e sulla loro efficienza; i parenti delle vittime accusano; funerali solenni; ancora polemiche finchÃ© i riflettori dei mass-media si spengono.
Questo libro di Giorgio Boatti sul terremoto di Messina si basa in gran parte su uno studio accurato dei giornali dell'epoca. Una prima constatazione Ã¨ che in essi lo schema che ci Ã¨ tristemente familiare appare giÃ operante. Il governo di Giovanni Giolitti dovette ben presto difendersi dalle accuse di non aver compiuto in modo adeguato e tempestivo l'opera di soccorso delle popolazioni colpite. In particolare, l'opinione pubblica dell'epoca fu colpita dal fatto che i primi soccorsi organizzati non vennero apprestati da parte italiana, bensÃ¬, a partire dalla mattina del 29 dicembre, dagli equipaggi di squadre navali russe e inglesi che casualmente si trovavano nei pressi al momento del terremoto (equipaggi che, secondo tutte le testimonianze, svolsero la loro opera eroicamente). I primi soccorritori italiani, dell'ottavo reggimento dei Bersaglieri, provenienti da Palermo, sbarcarono solo nel pomeriggio inoltrato dello stesso giorno.
Ma la cosa che piÃ¹ colpisce nella reazione all'evento da parte del governo italiano non consiste tanto nella lentezza o inefficienza dei soccorsi, per la quale si possono addurre delle circostanze attenuanti: l'Italia era allora un paese povero, sottosviluppato rispetto alle altre nazioni europee; la stessa tecnologia dell'epoca non consentiva una grande rapiditÃ di reazione; il terremoto danneggiÃ² molto seriamente le infrastrutture e le vie di comunicazione nelle zone colpite; infine non esisteva ancora il moderno concetto di protezione civile e lo Stato italiano non era preparato ad affrontare simili emergenze.
CiÃ² che realmente sorprende Ã¨ che fin dall'inizio, il governo e una parte della pubblica opinione sembrarono considerare il terremoto principalmente come un problema di ordine pubblico. Fra le prime preoccupazioni si registrano, infati, il timore delle epidemie e la paura dei saccheggi.
Scrive il quotidiano "La Tribuna" del 2 gennaio 1909: per impedire un'epidemia occorre "compiere l'opera distruggitrice perpetrata dal terremoto: buttare giÃ¹ quel poco che resta di queste case, buttarlo giÃ¹ nel modo piÃ¹ energico, piÃ¹ rapido: a colpi di cannone. Far sgomberare i pochissimi superstiti e dalle navi bombardare queste scarnificate vestigia della cittÃ (...) non v'Ã¨ altra via per impedire che il luogo dov'era Messina diventi un centro d'infezione a cui nessuno osi piÃ¹ avvicinarsi". (p. 118). "Il Mattino" del 6-7 gennaio rilancia la stessa idea attribuendone la paternitÃ al Re, mentre "Il Messaggero" del 6 gennaio suggerisce di ricorrere al fuoco: "Si dia in preda alle fiamme [Messina] per purificarla, o si ricostruisca con piccole case come una cittadina giapponese" (p. 119).
E' sconcertante che fra le prime misure suggerite dopo un terremoto, vi sia quella di deportare la popolazione colpita e poi bombardare la cittÃ : sembra che nel caso di Messina non si sia arrivato a tanto solo perchÃ©, a distanza di molti giorni dalla catastrofe, si continuavano a trovare dei sopravvissuti sotto le rovine. Ma si rimane ancora piÃ¹ stupiti quando si apprende che uno dei motivi che suggerirono queste misure estreme, fu la necessitÃ di preservare dai furti i valori rimasti sotto le macerie e soprattutto i caveaux delle banche.
Il regio decreto del 4 gennaio 1909 stabiliva lo stato d'assedio nei territori colpiti dal terremoto e conferiva i pieni poteri per l'emergenza al generale di corpo d'armata Francesco Mazza (annota Boatti che una diceria popolare fa discendere dal suo cognome l'etimologia della locuzione siculo-calabra "non capire una mazza"). Installatosi con il suo stato maggiore a bordo di una lussuosa nave militare al largo, e senza scendere quasi mai a terra, il generale Mazza provvide a circondare Messina di un cordone sanitario di truppe, cui diede l'ordine di sparare su chiunque dall'esterno si avvicinasse alla cittÃ senza lasciapassare. Questo per impedire che bande di saccheggiatori si riversassero sul luogo del disastro.
Ecco alcuni passi tratti dal bando emanato dal generale Mazza il 10 gennaio, riportato integralmente a p. 374 del libro di Boatti: "1 - Sono sospesi fino a nuovo ordine gli scavi delle macerie da parte di privati cittadini, sia per rintracciare cadaveri, sia per recuperare valori. (...) Le persone trovate a scavare saranno considerate come ladri e deferite al tribunale di guerra. [Questo mentre ancora i parenti delle vittime cercavano i loro cari sotto le macerie, n.d.r.] Anche le truppe, nei lavori stradali che compiono, si limiteranno esclusivamente ai lavori di assestamento evitando di eseguire scavi. (...) 3 - E' proibito l'ingresso in cittÃ a tutte le persone non munite di regolare permesso rilasciato dall'autoritÃ politica della provincia da cui provengono..."
Il 6 gennaio l'autoritÃ militare ordina di sospendere la distribuzione di viveri ai superstiti. Saranno distribuiti viveri a bordo delle navi, solamente ai profughi che accetteranno d'imbarcarsi per lasciare la cittÃ . L'idea, commenta Boatti, Ã¨ perciÃ² quella di "utilizzare l'arma della fame e della sete per imporre (..) la desertificazione di Messina" (p. 135). Questa cinica soluzione non viene attuata perchÃ©, come accennavo sopra, alcuni dei sepolti sotto le macerie si ostinano a farsi ritrovare vivi anche dopo giorni e giorni dal terremoto; ma altresÃ¬ per le perplessitÃ espresse da una parte della pubblica opinione e anche per le proteste degli stessi messinesi: un'assemblea autoconvocata di cittadini chiede il 19 gennaio la revoca dello stato d'assedio. Stato d'assedio che - osserva con sarcasmo il corrispondente de "Il Mattino" del 6 gennaio 1909 - sembra avere lo scopo precipuo di garantire "il sonno ai morti e la biancheria, gli oggetti e i titoli di banca ai vivi" (p. 137).
In seguito Giolitti giustificÃ² la scelta di dare prioritÃ al recupero dei valori, adducendo il timore di speculazioni al ribasso sulla lira (p. 146). Boatti propone un'altra spiegazione: "La difesa delle proprietÃ , la guardia ai caveaux delle banche, il salvataggio dei lingotti che mette in secondo piano altri interventi Ã¨ una linea d'azione adottata, anzi, sbandierata, perchÃ© dal disordine - anche sociale - del terremoto emerga alfine una visione dove a prevalere Ã¨ l'ordine, lo status quo, l'autoritÃ e il prestigio dell'apparato dello Stato. (...) Salvare milioni, o lingotti, dopo tutto Ã¨ meno complicato che cercare di strappare alla morte, in una gara contro il tempo, migliaia di sepolti vivi" (p.155).
A questo atteggiamento grettamente calcolatore da parte degli apparati dello Stato si contrappone lo slancio di solidarietÃ manifestato da piÃ¹ parti della societÃ . In poche settimane si raccolgono piÃ¹ di ventun milioni di lire (dell'epoca) in sottoscrizioni, buona parte delle quali provenienti dall'estero. La cosa non manca anzi di creare preoccupazioni nelle alte sfere: non si rischierÃ di creare l'abitudine all'assistenza, al farsi mantenere dallo Stato, a quello che oggi si chiama assistenzialismo? Sua Altezza Reale il Duca d'Aosta esprime autorevolmente questo cruccio quando afferma che "Ã¨ immorale mantenere un'orda di vagabondi e creare oziosi" (p. 234).
Non si trattÃ² soltanto di solidarietÃ finanziaria. Volontari affluirono da tutta Italia per prestare opera di soccorso. Boatti dedica particolare attenzione alla vicenda di uno di essi, il parlamentare parmense Giuseppe Micheli, un deputato cattolico che, arrivato a Messina pochi giorni dopo il terremoto, subito mise in piedi, con la collaborazione dell'Arcivescovo, un "comitato messinese di soccorso", a carattere volontario, che si rivelÃ² un'organizzazione semiufficiale sotto molti aspetti piÃ¹ efficiente di quella statale (pp. 263-68). Un'altra figura che emerge Ã¨ quella dell'ex sindaco socialista di Catania Giuseppe De Felice Giuffrida, che era stato protagonista pochi anni prima di una delle esperienze politico-amministrative piÃ¹ avanzate della Sicilia dell'epoca: da sindaco della sua cittÃ aveva promosso forme di socializzazione dei servizi pubblici (forni municipalizzati, cucine popolari), la cui esperienza risultÃ² ora preziosa per organizzare la distribuzione dei viveri ai superstiti del terremoto (pp. 203-4).
La miseria delle regioni colpite dal terremoto impressionÃ² molti degli osservatori e degli inviati giunti sul luogo della catastrofe. Qualcuno propose dei rimedi; ad esempio il letterato Giovanni Cena suggerÃ¬, naturalmente quale misura temporanea, quella di emigrare. "Parecchi anni di duro tirocinio all'estero (...): poi gli emigranti calabresi torneranno altri uomini e non domanderanno piÃ¹ nulla, fuorchÃ© il loro buon diritto di cittadini" (p. 381). (Oggi si puÃ² dire che noi calabresi abbiamo seguito il consiglio, e che gli "anni di tirocinio" sono stati effettivamente molti, anzi durano tuttora. SarÃ che siamo un po' lenti ad imparare?).
Il libro di Boatti non manca di sottolineare l'imprevidenza e anche l'incoscienza generalizzata che indussero i cittadini di Messina e Reggio Calabria (le cittÃ che oggi qualcuno vorrebbe unire con un ponte lungo tre chilometri, inutile, dannoso e pericoloso) a costruire tutto, anche gli edifici pubblici, al di fuori delle piÃ¹ elementari regole di sicurezza. Le fotografie che corredano il volume illustrano un panorama di distruzione impressionante, ove emerge, unica costruzione intatta perchÃ© edificata con criteri antisismici, il villino di un medico messinese.
Nella sua ricognizione della pubblicistica dell'epoca, Boatti dedica due capitoli ad alcune singolari polemiche: quella (cap. XVII) fra autoritÃ laiche e cattoliche riguardo alla sistemazione degli orfani del terremoto (il Vaticano pretendeva ovviamente che fossero tutti educati "in Cristo" nei suoi istituti), e quella concernente il destino dell'UniversitÃ di Messina, di cui alcuni illustri cattedratici proposero senz'altro la chiusura, in base alla considerazione che di universitÃ ce n'erano fin troppe e che in particolare quelle meridionali erano diplomifici per giovani sfaccendati (pp. 276-7).
Boatti chiude la sua esposizione con un'osservazione suggestiva: la "meglio gioventÃ¹" dei volontari del terremoto, poco dopo, buttÃ² via inutilmente la propria carica di idealismo e di amor patrio, la propria volontÃ di fare e di cambiare le cose, nelle trincee della Prima guerra mondiale. Agli ordini (aggiungo io) di quella medesima classe dirigente ignorante, ottusa, autoritaria, incapace e meschinamente arroccata nella difesa dei propri privilegi, che aveva giÃ dato prova di sÃ© nella gestione ufficiale dell'emergenza-terremoto e che di lÃ¬ a poco "inventerÃ " il fascismo.
Questo testo di Giorgio Boatti fa luce su un episodio importante e poco conosciuto della nostra storia nazionale, e lo fa (a differenza della pseudo-storiografia sensazionalistica e superficiale oggi di moda) con grande scrupolositÃ e metodo: il volume si chiude con ben cento pagine di appendice documentaria e di note al testo. Anche solo per questo sarebbe da raccomandare. Per chi come me proviene da una delle zone disastrate, la lettura di questo libro Ã¨ irrinunciabile e consente di ritrovare la radice di mali antichi.
Originariamente pubblicato il 22 febbraio 2005, qui.
|Stella rossa sull'Europa||"Buongiorno, Anne. Buon anno".|
"Buongiorno, Valentin. Buon anno anche a te. NovitÃ ?"
"SÃ¬. Un nuovo arrivo. Sabato notte. Hai il colloquio giÃ fissato per le undici. Trovi tutti i dettagli in agenda".
Anne Dupont, psicologa del Centro di Prima Accoglienza di Calais, entrÃ² nel suo ufficio, accese il terminale e consultÃ² la sua agenda elettronica.
LunedÃ¬ 5 gennaio 2011, ore 11,00. Colloquio con Monsieur Philip Brasser. Cittadino britannico. EtÃ 38. Celibe. Operazione di salvataggio in mare, Canale della Manica, acque internazionali, 3 gennaio u.s. Condizioni fisiche buone. Non parla francese. Attribuzione provvisoria: codice blu.
Bene, pensÃ² Anne. Un rifugiato politico. Iniziare l'anno nuovo con un codice blu era di buon auspicio. Il colloquio era di lÃ¬ a due ore. Non c'erano altri impegni per la giornata. CompletÃ² con calma alcuni referti clinici iniziati la settimana precedente, fece una partita a Tetris, chattÃ² con alcuni amici in Internet. Quando fu il momento, si aggiustÃ² il make-up e si recÃ² in sala colloqui.
Era una stanza non troppo ampia, arredata come un normale studio specialistico ma con qualche accorgimento per mettere gli ospiti a proprio agio: colori pastello, luci soffuse, lettino basso, comoda poltrona. Su quest'ultima, di fronte alla scrivania della dottoressa, era giÃ seduto il signor Brasser.
"Good morning, Mr. Brasser. Prima di tutto, come sta?"
La domanda non era solo formale. L'uomo appariva molto provato. I tanti capelli bianchi, la pelle del viso magro solcata da numerose rughe, le profonde occhiaie dietro le lenti spesse, lo facevano sembrare piÃ¹ vecchio di dieci anni rispetto alla sua etÃ anagrafica. Al posto degli abiti che indossava al momento del suo salvataggio, fradici e inservibili, gli avevano fornito un nuovo completo, che era tuttavia di due numeri piÃ¹ largo e accentuava la gracilitÃ del suo fisico. Gli tremavano le mani.
Quegli scafisti maledetti, pensÃ² Anne.
"Adesso sto meglio, grazie. Certo, suppongo che la notte passata all'addiaccio su quel canotto non abbia migliorato granchÃ© la mia cera. Ma ho fatto una buona dormita, qui da voi, e la vostra cucina Ã¨ ottima". La sua voce era ferma, con una sfumatura d'ironia. "Solamente, non sono riuscito a procurarmi neppure una sigaretta, dottoressa..."
"Dupont. Ma puÃ² chiamarmi Anne. Temo che non ne troverÃ neppure in futuro. Nell'Unione non se ne producono piÃ¹. Fino a qualche tempo fa, le importavamo dal suo paese".
"Oh, giÃ , ora ricordo. Le esportazioni cessarono sei anni fa. Troppo pochi fumatori, qui da voi. Non c'era abbastanza profitto. Lo so perchÃ© all'epoca lavoravo in un'agenzia di rating".
"Lei Ã¨ analista finanziario?"
Il signor Brasser rise. "No. Laureato in agraria. Da Troody's ero operatore al call center. Ogni grande compagnia ha il suo. E' la mansione che ho sempre svolto, durante tutta la mia carriera. Ho lavorato per almeno trenta societÃ diverse, ogni volta per non piÃ¹ di sei mesi. Si imparano tante cose, sa?"
"Non ho dubbi. Ma veniamo al punto. Lei ha chiesto lo status di rifugiato politico. Data la sua provenienza, certamente la sua richiesta sarÃ accettata. Lei diventerÃ fra breve, a tutti gli effetti, cittadino dell'Unione delle Repubbliche Socialiste d'Europa. GiÃ adesso, comunque, lei Ã¨ libero di circolare in tutto il territorio dell'Unione, ed eventualmente anche di tornare da dove Ã¨ venuto..."
"No grazie! Non ci tengo affatto".
"Dicevo per dire. In genere, qui da noi i rifugiati si integrano abbastanza in fretta. Tuttavia, non si puÃ² escludere che, all'inizio, lei si trovi un po' spaesato. Il nostro sistema sociale Ã¨ molto diverso da quello da cui lei proviene. A sua richiesta, lei puÃ² fruire di adeguata assistenza psicologica e culturale, per superare eventuali difficoltÃ di adattamento. In questa fase iniziale, se vuole, mi consideri pure come suo referente".
"Oh. E quanto dura questa... fase iniziale?"
"PuÃ² finire anche subito, se crede. L'unico suo obbligo, se intende rimanere nell'Unione, Ã¨ di iscriversi nelle liste di collocamento e nelle graduatorie per gli alloggi. Non credo che le sarÃ difficile trovare un lavoro e una casa. Se lei non ha esigenze particolari, penso che troverÃ una sistemazione accettabile nel giro di un paio di settimane. Fino ad allora, comunque, puÃ² rimanere qui, o spostarsi in una delle altre strutture di prima accoglienza nel territorio dell'Unione".
"Sembra magnifico. Dov'Ã¨ la fregatura?"
"Ecco. Era proprio ciÃ² che intendevo. Non c'Ã¨ nessuna fregatura, per quanto lei sia abituato a pensare che debba per forza esserci. Non pretendo che lei mi creda. Presto se ne accorgerÃ da sÃ©".
Non c'erano straordinari da fare, quel giorno. Alle tredici, Anne spense il computer, salutÃ² i colleghi che arrivavano per il turno pomeridiano e, senza passare dalla mensa, prese l'elio-tram che, serpeggiando silenziosamente lungo la costa, la portÃ² a casa sua in dieci minuti. Era una magnifica giornata di sole. Il mare era inusualmente calmo, in quei giorni. Una fortuna, per Brasser. Aveva evitato il triste destino di tanti boat-people che partivano clandestinamente dalla riva inglese ma non riuscivano a raggiungere i nostri mezzi di soccorso nelle acque internazionali.
Anne abitava da sola. Si preparÃ² un leggero pranzo macrobiotico, poi un caffÃ© d'orzo. Accese la radio; la spense. Si guardÃ² nello specchio del soggiorno. Sorrise. Tutto sommato, si piaceva. Si chiese come sarebbe stato il suo sembiante, alla sua etÃ , se anzichÃ© in Europa continentale fosse vissuta in quell'inferno che doveva essere Londra. I profughi le avevano raccontato storie orribili. Inquinamento, degrado. Se andava bene, orari lavorativi di dieci o dodici ore. Altrimenti, la disoccupazione, l'emarginazione e la pazzia. Oppure, per una ristretta minoranza, la ricchezza e il potere, ma a costo di rinunciare a qualsiasi barlume d'umanitÃ . Un'altra forma di follia, in fondo.
MercoledÃ¬ 7 gennaio, ore 10,00. Secondo colloquio con Monsieur Brasser.
Quella mattina l'aspetto di Mr. Brasser era molto migliorato. Anne glielo disse.
"Grazie, Dottoressa. Lei Ã¨ gentile quanto bella".
Anne Dupont ignorÃ² il complimento.
"Se ho chiesto un nuovo colloquio" continuÃ² Brasser, "non Ã¨ per ottenere assistenza psicologica".
"Davvero? E perchÃ©, allora?"
"Ho due domande da porle".
"Le risponderÃ², se posso. Ma prima, permetta che le faccia io una domanda. Cosa sa, lei, dell'Unione?"
"Poco, in realtÃ . So che dapprima ci fu la Rivoluzione d'Ottobre, in Russia, nel 1917. Poi, tra il '18 e il '20, il capitalismo fu abbattuto in Germania, in Ungheria e in Italia. In rapida successione, tutte le colonie europee in Asia e in Africa conquistarono l'indipendenza. L'India nel 1925, la Cina nel '27, e cosÃ¬ via. Poco dopo fu la volta dell'Algeria e del Marocco, e a quel punto la rivoluzione scoppiÃ² anche in Francia e in Spagna. Alla fine degli anni '30, tutta l'Europa continentale era socialista.
Frattanto, il crollo di Wall Street nel 1929 aveva gettato l'America nella crisi piÃ¹ nera. Le elezioni presidenziali del 1940 furono vinte da Charles Lindbergh, un fanatico antisemita che instaurÃ² negli U.S.A. una dittatura razzista, appoggiata dal grande capitale. Presto quel regime si circondÃ² di una serie di stati-satellite che coprivano tutta l'America del Sud e del Nord.
Negli anni '80, quelle dittature iniziarono ad implodere, dapprima in America Latina e poi in Canada. Quando nel 1989 cadde il Muro di Tijuana, finalmente il capitalismo crollÃ² negli stessi Stati Uniti. Da allora, secondo la nostra propaganda, il Regno Unito di Gran Bretagna Ã¨ rimasto l'ultimo baluardo del libero mercato e della civiltÃ , contro la barbarie socialista che ha travolto tutto il resto del globo. Questo Ã¨ quanto".
"Bene - disse la dottoressa - a parte la faccenda del baluardo, il quadro storico Ã¨ corretto. Non le sarÃ stato facile ricostruirlo..."
"No, infatti. Da noi, formalmente, la cultura Ã¨ libera, e ognuno puÃ² leggere ciÃ² che vuole. Si possono prendere in prestito, nelle poche biblioteche rimaste, anche testi di Marx o di Lenin, e persino di Fabio Volo. Non Ã¨ vietato. Di fatto, perÃ², ci sono materie che non conviene approfondire troppo. Se si viene a sapere che lei fa certe letture e che ha determinate idee (e si viene a sapere sempre), non speri di trovare lavoro tanto facilmente. Io me la sono cavata con i call center, solo perchÃ© le mie origini non sono troppo umili. Quando avevo vent'anni, i miei riuscirono persino a mandarmi all'universitÃ . Certo, oggi non potrei piÃ¹ frequentarla. Da allora le rette sono decuplicate."
"Ah, lei ha letto Fabio Volo? Complimenti. Da noi, molti lo considerano un autore troppo difficile".
"SÃ¬, Ã¨ molto rigoroso e denso, ma se si ha tempo da dedicargli, Ã¨ un pensatore affascinante. Le consiglio la Critica del tempo unidimensionale, se non l'ha ancora letta. A me ha aperto la mente. In realtÃ , uno dei motivi per cui mi sono deciso ad espatriare Ã¨ che anche studiare per conto proprio da noi Ã¨ diventato impossibile. Troppo costoso, da quando il dizionario Ã¨ stato privatizzato".
"SÃ¬. Tutti i sostantivi che iniziano per vocale appartengono alla Mircosoft. Quelli che iniziano per consonante sono del gruppo Murdogh. Gli avverbi sono di Merdaset, e cosÃ¬ via. Per leggere o per usare comunque le parole bisogna pagare il noleggio ai legittimi proprietari. Quando lei scrive una e-mail, oppure quando chatta o quando telefona, un sistema di contatori automatici calcola la cifra e l'addebita sul suo conto. Ottimo sistema, fra l'altro, per controllare i contenuti della comunicazione. Io, per esempio, ho fatto quindici giorni di carcere per uso illecito di marchio registrato, la volta che in una mia mail ho scritto che la Cocca Colla mi faceva schifo".
"Senta, Mr. Brasser. Quali sono i suoi progetti? Cosa intende fare, ora che Ã¨ venuto qui da noi?"
"Primo, togliermi una curiositÃ che mi ha tormentato a lungo. Ed Ã¨ la prima delle due domande che volevo farle, si ricorda?"
La dottoressa Dupont sbuffÃ². "Va bene. Spari".
"La domanda Ã¨: perchÃ© non ci avete invaso? Come avete potuto lasciarci a mollo in quella fogna?"
Anne si appoggiÃ² sullo schienale della sedia. "Beh, alcuni partiti in seno all'Internazionale erano per dichiarare guerra. Ma infine prevalse l'idea che il socialismo non puÃ² essere imposto con i carri armati. Se ci avessero attaccato, ci saremmo difesi. Per fortuna non accadde. Oggi, poi, molti sostengono che una pluralitÃ di sistemi sociali diversi non Ã¨ necessariamente un male. In India, in Giappone e in Sud America, dove la transizione al comunismo Ã¨ molto avanzata, stanno giÃ smantellando le strutture dello Stato, per sostituirle con vari tipi di organizzazione non statuale. In Europa e in Africa ci troviamo ancora nella fase socialista, in vari stadi di sviluppo a seconda dei territori. Forse Ã¨ bene che ci siano delle zone dove ancora vige il capitalismo."
"SarÃ un bene per voi, che ci osservate dall'esterno come se fossimo allo zoo! Ma per noi che siamo in gabbia Ã¨ un altro discorso".
"Lei ora non Ã¨ piÃ¹ in gabbia. Comunque, mi sembra che il suo atteggiamento nei confronti del suo paese d'origine sia un po' troppo negativo, non crede?"
"Mi dica lei cosa ci vede di bello, in quel letamaio", ribattÃ© Brasser.
"Beh, che so... Avete una scena musicale molto vivace. Un sacco di gruppi pop, rock, punk, post-punk... Wim Wenders ci ha fatto anche un film. Poi, comunque, il vostro sistema ha ancora una base di consenso popolare".
"Si riferisce a West End London Social Club, vero? Quel film mi dÃ la nausea! Le televisioni del regime lo replicano senza tregua. L'unico film d'autore trasmesso in prima serata, e senza interruzioni pubblicitarie."
"Ecco, ad esempio - lo interruppe la dottoressa - PerchÃ© lei parla di televisioni di regime? Da voi ci sono sei o sette canali, se non sbaglio, tutti privati e in concorrenza fra loro..."
"... e trasmettono tutti le stesse schifezze. Non si distinguono l'uno dall'altro. Anne, lei non ha capito: da noi l'economia Ã¨ allo sfascio, la societÃ Ã¨ in piena decadenza, la cultura Ã¨ morta e sepolta. L'unica attivitÃ che va a gonfie vele Ã¨ la manipolazione del consenso per mezzo dei mass-media. Quella Ã¨ l'unica industria che non conosce crisi!"
"Non volevo farla arrabbiare. Si calmi. Lei ora Ã¨ al sicuro. AndrÃ tutto bene. Respiri profondamente, e mi faccia la seconda domanda che voleva pormi".
"Mi scusi. La domanda Ã¨ questa. Lei Ã¨ libera stasera? Ho letto sul giornale che in un cinema d'essai a Dunkerque proiettano L'Atalante di Jean Vigo. E' una vita che desidero vedere quel film, e mi chiedevo se... lei volesse venire con me a vederlo, ecco."
Pubblicato su Evulon in due puntate: la prima il 7 gennaio 2011 qui, e la seconda il 12 gennaio 2011, qui.
|'..the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets..' (no replies)|| '..the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets over the past eight years of extreme monetary stimulus.'|
'The Fed is not blind. They monitor stock prices and corporate debt issuance; they see residential and commercial real estate market values. Years of ultra-low rates have inflated Bubbles throughout commercial real estate â anything providing a yield â in excess of those going into 2008. Upper-end residential prices are significantly stretched across the country, also surpassing 2007. They see Silicon Valley and a Tech Bubble 2.0, with myriad excesses that in many respects put 1999 to shame. Iâll assume that the Fed is concerned with the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets over the past eight years of extreme monetary stimulus.
'Itâs now an all-too-familiar Bubble Dynamic. The greater the Bubble inflates, the more impervious it becomes to cautious âtighteningâ measures..'
'The problem today is that years of ultra-loose monetary conditions have ensured everyone is crowded on the same bullish side of the boat. Tipping the vessel at this point will be chaotic, and the Fed clearly doesnât want to be the instigator. Meanwhile, timid little baby-step increases only ensure more problematic market Bubbles and general financial excess.
'..In terms of Credit Bubble momentum, itâs notable that Net Worth inflated over $2.0 TN in both Q3 and Q4.'
'The unprecedented amount of system-wide debt is so enormous that the annual percentage gains no longer appear as alarming. Non-Financial Debt expanded 4.7% in 2016, up from 2015âs 4.4%. Total Household Debt expanded 3.6%, with Total Business borrowings up 5.6%. Financial Sector borrowings expanded 2.9% last year, the strongest expansion since 2008.
'..the S&P 500 is now far more overvalued than in 2000, 2007, or indeed in any prior point in history..'
|(Bazaarmodel - To Heal - Teal) - '..is it possible to build a truly Evolutionary-Teal school?' (no replies)|| |
'This factory-like system seems increasingly out of date. More and more people are crying out for innovation in education and starting to experiment with curricula, technologies, and governance in schools. But is it possible to build a truly Evolutionary-Teal school? And what would it look like? A superb example can be found in the center of Berlin in Germany. The âESBZâ is a grade 7-12 school that opened its doors in 2007 with more than a bit of improvisation. Just three months before the start of the school year, the city council had suddenly given a decrepit prefabricated building from communist times to a group of pesky parents who simply wouldnât let go of their dream. When the school year started, only 16 students were registered. A few months later, at the mid-year point, 30 more students had joined, mostly rejects and troublemakers other schools had expelled. Hardly a promising start for a new school. And yet today, only a few years later, the school has 500 students and attracts hundreds of principals, teachers, and education specialists from all over the country who want to study the ESBZ model.'
'..Yet unlike Sudbury, Montessori or Steiner schools, Rasfeldâs institution tries to embed student self-determination within a relatively strict system of rules. Students who dawdle during lessons have to come into school on Saturday morning to catch up, a punishment known as âsilentiumâ. âThe more freedom you have, the more structure you need,â says Rasfeld.
The main reason why the ESBC is gaining a reputation as Germanyâs most exciting school is that its experimental philosophy has managed to deliver impressive results..'
'..At OberlÃ¤nderâs school, there are no grades until students turn 15, no timetables and no lecture-style instructions. The pupils decide which subjects they want to study for each lesson and when they want to take an exam.
(To Heal - Teal - Bazaarmodel) - Striving for wholeness '..We have let our busy egos trump the quiet voice of our soul; many cultures often celebrate the mind and neglect the body..'
|Who Else Wants To Know How To Raise Their Credit Score?|
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|What is your Dream Homeâs view?||Homeownership is part of the American dream. Ask any generation and they will overwhelmingly agree. The pros outweigh the cons and the American public has spoken. However, like snowflakes, no two dreams are exactly alike. Some find peace with the waves crashing against the beach. Others find solace in being nestled in the mountains. But, not every market has such amenities. Here is the Dallas/Fort Worth people strive for different views. All of which are to escape this cities fast paced lifestyle.Lake View 1013 Private Road 5937, Emory, TX 75440 - Impressive water front property on Lake Fork with 500 feet of waterfront with retaining wall. Paved pathway meanders through the treed lot to boat house.Golf Course View 6619 Clubhouse Cir, Dallas, TX 75240 - Sophisticated and Elegant Custom backs to Northwood Club and boasts a magnificent View of the 10th Fairway and Wooded Creek!Breathtaking Sunsets 2177 Fm 740 S, Heath, TX 75032 - Built in 2008, this gorgeous Hill Country estate sits on 9 rolling acres and features an open floor plan that exudes country sophistication. Pamper yourself with your own private hilltop. Personal Oasis 1215 Winding Brook Dr., Garland, TX 75044 - Stunning Upgrades, inside & out. This is a 5 Bedroom Custom Home on a stunning cul-de-sac. Take advantage of the professionally landscaped creek lot with oversized custom spa, plus retaining wall-walking path.Whatever your preference is we are able to make your dream come true. |
|Shopping Edisi 1!|
Salam... Hey this time i want to talk about shopping. Oho, knp ntah nia sgt susah nk thn nafsu dri shopping... tk tahu knp nia sgt tk syg duit dn tend to spend my money senang2 je.. Haha.. Okay hari tu pegi jusco seremban. Pastu terfikir nk beli baju kt F.O.S, sbenarnye nk beli utk adik dn along. Utk adik, beli baju yg ade gmbr pistol.. Utk along, beli baju yg ade gmbr dinasour. haha...comel sunggohh~but suddenly trnampak satu baju yg ade gmbr crown! ohh ape lg, princess nia mesti lah nak! Ape lg...terus rembat je baju tu..confuse nk amik size S ke M.. last2 amik saiz M je lah ( tk yh nk perasan budak2 amik saiz S ).nk dijadikan citer, waktu nk bayar kt cashier tuh, tiba2 rupa2nye duit tk cukup ==" ... haa tu lah padan muka bli byk sgt. Then cpt2 rush pegi mesin atm utk drawww duit.. Duit pun dh naik muak tgk muke nia.. hehe.. so bayar3...pastu pegi lah kt food court, konon2 nk bukak puase situlah ngn kwn2.. then, tgk makanan smue jenis byk2 rase teliurr sgt.. Last2 nia beli steamboat + chicken grilled + ice blended chocolate so total RM 20 lebih kurang.. Isy, makan nk sedaap aje cik tania nie... Hmm, campur tambang taxi, shopping baju, shopping hadiah utk teacher, makanan lg... total yg habis dlm sehari tuh RM 50+ la kot.. haih pdhal pegi seremban je pun dh habis byk gile..dn niat asal yg cume nk berbukak puase kt situ dh terpesong2 dh haa... aaa.. tidak...kawan2, jgn ajak nia kuar lg..nnti duit nia habis.. Klau kuar ngn mr beckham je nia pndai kawal duit :) okaylah itu sahaje for this time..see ya! org nk balik kg nie..nk raya.. yeay
Yeay, ini die baju tue.. baju ni kaler die cantik sbenarnye, tapi lighting effect kamera ni buat kaler die nmpk tk cantek! :p
ADVICE FOR TODAY: Next time nk berbelanja, wlaupun korang ni byk duit, jgn membazir okey.. tk baek :p
|My New Love|| |
They met by the sandstone cliff overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the Lebanese border. He was there waiting for her for a while, and already found entire colonies of Coridothymus capitatus (Israeli Thyme). He held the little sprigs gently to her nose, allowing her to inhale its clean, warm, spicy, wild scent of mountains; exotic yet at the same time with the strong homecoming reassurance of za'atar in all its mundane glory.
Under the sandstone cliff there was a half-cave, protected from the wind and from prying eyes. And there he lay a straw mat and simmered water in a portable kettle with an improvised wooden handle on his little gas burner. From his knapsack he extracted what seems like a whole apothecary - little containers of dried herbs from his garden, raw brown sugar, yerbamate.
In they went, after he carefully examined each herb, as if communing shortly to see if it's the right leaf or twig, recalling the exact branch from which he picked them and which sunny spot in the garden they soaked up their healing powers: marjoram...wild white mint...thymbra...lemongrass... sensing which is right for this evening of almost-full-moon, and finishing off with the delicate spearmint, so it does not scorch.
This entire brew was then poured into a fine little gourd finjan which was packed with dry mate. They sipped it from a delicate silver straw - savouring the mingled herbs and the astringent, tobacco-like mate.
The almost-full-moon lit the top of the salty waves with white streaks of light, competing with the red dots that lit along the sea-border. Maybe that is the time when love potions are supposed to be taken. When the moon is only almost full, so there can be a rerun the next night and the next?
Slowly their hearts opened and got closer. Or maybe it was just the poison of thymol seeping in through their veins and making them more brave than common sense would suggest. Or perhaps it was a metaphoric counter balance to the two dark silhouettes of the IDF navy boat patrolling the north frontier, approaching each other, ignoring each other, merging with one another. Blacking out.
Whether the thymol is their poison or medicine, they're yet to find out. For now let them enjoy the salty air mingled with juicy watermelon and coridothymus' floral, warm and cleansing purifying aura that erases from the heart all such worries.
|Percutian Ke Cameron Highland 2016||Salam..|
Hari ni dah masuk hari yang keenam kita umat Islam berpuasa. Ada yang dah ponteng tak? Hiksss... terasa rajin nak update blog sebab tadi bosan-bosan, sesaje scroll balik semua gambar dalam OneDrive, teringat holiday ke Cameron Highland few days sebelum puasa.
Cameron Highland merupakan destinasi percutian kegemaran wanie dengan cik abam. Last kitorang bercuti ke sana time habis intern di Heitech dulu. Time tu, tak leh nak boros-boros sangat sebab takde income lagi. Alhamdulillah, setelah hampir 2 tahun setengah, wanie berkesempatan lagi ke sana dan kali ni seronok sikit kan nak beli itu ini dah ada income sendiri... hahahahah~
Macam biasa, cik abam akan booking 2 bilik di Copthorne Hotel (formerly known as Equatorial Hotel). Kali ni kami datang berempat, bawa 2 orang adik cik abam ikut sekali bercuti. The more the merrier kan... hehehe.
Dah jom layan sikit percutian kami... hehehe
Selfie sket dalam bilik ... hehehe..
Nak tangkap gambar Copthorne tu, tapi geng-geng bikers ni parking ramai-ramai depan tu. Sedih.. tapi tangkap jugaklah
Kalau tak silap, waktu cik abam book hotel ni untuk 1 malam dalam RM 248 (booking 2 minggu awal melalui website)
Disebabkan plan je nak ke Cameron Highland tapi dalam kepala cuma tahu ladang teh je, nasib baik jumpa board ni kat dalam hotel time check in. So, senang sikit nak tahu destinasi-destinasi menarik dalam Cameron Highland untuk dilawat.
Time kitorang pergi ni cuti Wesak Day. Jem nya ya ampunnnnn!
P/S : Jangan minum air banyak sangat jem jem macam ni, nak shuu shuu nanti takde toilet.. dah la sejuk... hahaha
Lepas check in hotel, terus ke Boh Sungei (Sungai??) Palas. Having a sip of hot tea really refreshing and feels like our trip totally worth the penny! Masing-masing stress dengan keja kan, dan dah lama sangat tak bercuti.
Tapi sebab kitorang sampai pun dah agak lewat petang, tak sempat nak masuk tengok macam mana diorang proses tea. Sebelum balik, sempat lah beli teh songket all flavor sebagai souvenir.
Dan malamnya, kitorang tak plan ke pasar malam tu lagi sebab nak parking tu nangisssss wehhh~ Ramai teramat sangat. Kitorang plan nak ke Abang Nasi Kukus Sambal Strawberry yang famous tu. Tapi............................
Nasi kukus ni hanya dibuka 7.30 pagi hingga 6 petang saje. Malamnya stimboat. Alaaaa~~ sedih hati, patutnya mana boleh limited macam tu sebab sambal strawberry tu signature dish kan...
So, kitorang decide dinner di satu kedai area situ jugak. Tak ingat apa namanya... wanie susah nak complain kalau makan tu tak sedap, tapi masalahnya, totally DISASTER! wanie order lain, yang lain yang datang... mahal pulak tu. Time tu memang cik abam nak mengamuk (susah nak tengok dia ni mengamuk tau!) tapi sebab dah masing-masing lapar sangat, kitorang makan je...
Kitorang ni jenis tak cerewet, bukan sekali dua kalau makan tempat lain-lain yang order lain sampai nye lain, kitorang makan jugak sebab consider orang tu tersilap dan asalkan perut kenyang dan anggap je surprise~! Hahahaha~ benda-benda kecik chillex je dah kan...
Sebab tak nak sedih-sedih, beli je lah yang dalam botol macam ni. Harga kalau tak silap dalam RM 16 - 17 macam tu. Ada 2 jenis - yang biasa macam dalam gambar ni dan juga extra spicy. Wanie beli dua-dua je.
Dah rasa dah... ok not bad lah. Ada ikan masin dalam sambal ni, jadinya ada rasa sweet, salty and spicy. Bila makan dengan nasik dan sambal ni, boleh rasa flavor strawberry tu dan biji-biji strawberry tu. Unik!
OK... settle seharian. On the way balik hotel tu, singgah kejap jugak lah pasar malam. Beli cendawan goreng dan strawberry untuk nak makan-makan kat hotel.
Ini dah hari kedua. Dah checkout hotel awal sebab plan nak visit tempat-tempat lain dan terus nak balik. So, kitorang ke Healthy Strawberry Farm untuk borong strawberry. Serious gaisss... kalau korang nak borong strawberry banyak-banyak, meh ke sini tau sebab murah sangat. Wanie ada jugak pergi visit Ravi Strawberry tu dengan Kasimanis Strawberry, this is the best and cheapest! Jangan lupa beli aiskrim strawberry homemade diorang, dan JANGAN BELI 1 sebab memang tak cukup! Hahahah sedap sangattttt!!
Gambar-gambar kat atas ni diambil sewaktu wanie ke House of Lavender. Comel angat angat angat tau! Sebagai souvenir wanie beli sabun mandi dan lotion. Sabun tak guna lagi sebab kat rumah wanie je ada 3 jenis sabun yang wanie guna ikut citarasa hahahaha~ Lotion dia soft je bau, and quick absorbency. Kat sini wanie diberi taste cordial lavender tu, rasanya sooooo light and sweet. Tak berapa nak masuk taste so wanie tak beli... hehehe..
OK last! On the way turun, kitorang minum-minum teh kat Cameron Valley. Pekena teh tarik dengan chocolate scone. Lepak-lepak jap, ambik angin dan cuba pujuk diri sendiri yang tak nak balik time tu! Hahahaha~
Dan finally, gini lah muka kitorang semua yang tak nak terima hakikat kitorang tengah on the way balik! Orang belakang yang sengih-sengih tu tak yah sengih sangat sebab the next day dia ada exam! Hahaha~ wanie minta extra cuti sebab konfim letih dah sampai rumah, so sempat untuk bertenang dan cuba move on! Hahahah~
Insyaallah... the next holiday tak plan lagi ke mana. Tapi, masing-masing simpan duit untuk hari besar kami berdua. Doakan segala perancangan kami berjalan lancar ya...
|DESTINASI WISATA TERBAIK 34 PROVINSI SE INDONESIA (BAGIAN 4)|
DESTINASI WISATA TERBAIK 34 PROVINSI SE INDONESIA (BAGIAN 4)
Pulau Lengkuas, Ilustrasi Destinasi Wisata Terbaik Se Indonesia bagian 4. Sumber: eloratour
AIR TERJUN CURUP MAUNG, PROVINSI SUMATERA SELATANwisatania
Air terjun Curup Maung memiliki ketinggian sekitar 80 meter dengan lebar yang hampir sama dengan tingginya. Air Terjun Maung atau juga disebut âCurup Maungâ ini terletak di Desa Rinduhati, Kecamatan Gumay Ulu., Kabupaten Lahat, Provinsi Sumatera Selatan. Berjarak sekitar 220 Km dari kota Palembang.
Air Terjun Curup Maung sejak ditemukan oleh warga pada awal tahun 2014, menjadi buah bibir di kalangan pecinta alam dan wisatawan, bahkan sempat menjadi trending topic dibeberapa situs destinasi wisata nasional.
CURUG SEMBILAN, PROVINSI BENGKULU
Curug sembilan atau yang juga disebut dengan Air Terjun sembilan tingkat terletak di Desa Tanah Hitam Kecamatan Padang Jaya, Bengkulu Utara, Provinsi Bengkulu. Sayangnya untuk mencapai Curug Sembilan, masih harus melintasi Hutan Lindung Boven Lais dengan kendaraan khusus. Dari desa, pengunjung harus melintasi jalan berlumpur tanah merah yang tidak mungkin bisa dilintasi oleh kendaraan biasa. Bahkan mobil sejenis jeep saja terkadang sulit melintas, apalagi kalau sehabis hujan.
Tapi perjuangan berat mencapai lokasi akan terbayar setimpal. Pemandangan alam dan terjunan yang bisa dinikmati di Curug Sembilan sebanding dengan perjuangan itu. Air Terjun Curug Sembilan menyajikan satu pemandangan yang sangat menakjubkan. Air terjun yang jatuh sebanyak sembilan tingkat, mengalir deras ke bawah di sela-sela pepohonan hijau yang rindang, menyatu dengan aliran sungai di bawahnya. Karena kondisinya masih sangat alami, maka di Curug Sembilan juga masih sering dijumpai aneka binatang liar.
PULAU LENGKUAS, PROVINSI BANGKA BELITUNGPulau Lengkuas, Destinasi Wisata di Provinsi Bangka Belitung. Sumber: masdonie
Pulau Lengkuas adalah salah satu primadona pariwisata di Provinsi Kepulauan Bangka Belitung. Pulau ini merupakan satu dari ratusan pulau yang mengelilingi Pulau Belitung. Daya tarik utama di pulau ini adalah sebuah mercusuar tua yang dibangun oleh pemerintah Kolonial Belanda pada tahun 1882.
Pulau Lengkuas dapat dicapai dengan menyewa perahu nelayan dari beberapa tempat, yaitu Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga, atau Tanjung Tinggi. Waktu tempuh berperahu dari Tanjung Kelayang ke Pulau Lengkuas memakan waktu sekira 20 menit. Sementara itu, dibutuhkan waktu sekira 30-45 menit apabila menumpang perahu dari Tanjung Binga atau Tanjung Tinggi.
Pulau Lengkuas dengan luas 1 ha ini mampu menyuguhkan panorama laut yang memikat. Anda hanya cukup menaiki mercusuar setinggi 50 meter yang menjadi ciri khas nya itu dan langsung bisa menikmati pemandangan spektakuler di Pulau Lengkuas. Pesona yang memikat ada pada hamparan laut biru dan jernih dengan bebatuan granit yang sangat mempesona.
Selain menikmati pemandangan pantai yang indah, di Pulau Lengkuas, biasanya pengunjung tidak akan melewatkan kesempatan menikmati pemandangan bawah laut dengan snorkeling atau diving. Di depan perairan Pulau Lengkuas, terdapat spot-spot diving yang bagus, dan terdapat pula wreck indomarine. Penjaga mercusuar juga memelihara Penyu hijau.
DANAU KERINCI, PROVINSI JAMBI
Danau Kerinci terbentuk setelah letusan gunung Kerinci, diduga terbentuk sejak 2000 tahun yang lalu. Danau Kerinci merupakan danau terbesar kedua di Pulau Sumatera. Danau Kerinci mempunyai kedalaman sekitar 110 meter dan terbentang seluas 4.200 hektar. danau ini menawarkan keindahan yang sangat menawan.
Danau Kerinci berada di dua kecamatan yakni kecamatan danau Kerinci dan kecamatan Keliling Danau, di gunung Raja,salah satu gunung vulkanik yang ada di jambi.
Banyak wisatawan yang datang untuk berkemah, berenang,atau memancing di Danau Kerinci. Selain itu wisatawan yang datang bisa mencicipi makanan khas di tengah danau, sebab banyak restoran yang menawarkan menu khas di restoran sekitar danau atau di tengah danau. Makanan khas Jambi yang perlu Anda coba antara lain: beras payi, dendeng beteko, jeruk pelompek, lemang, gulai ikan semah, dan tak ketinggalan adalah kopi Kerinci yang sudah cukup terkenal.
BUKIT BINTAN, PROVINSI KEPULAUAN RIAU
Bukit Bintan, atau masyarakat setempat lebih sering menyebutnya Gunung Bintan, menawarkan wisata hiking. Dengan mendaki puncaknya, kita akan bisa menyaksikan keindahan Bulau Bintan yang sangat luas dari atas.
Dibutuhkan waktu hanya sekitar 3 jam untuk mendaki Destinasi Wisata di Kepulauan Riau ini.
Bukit Bintan, sesuai namanya, merupakan pegunungan yang terletak di Teluk Bintan dan terkenal sebagai daerah produksi buah durian terbesar. Bagi pecinta buah durian, mampir ke Gunung Bintan merupakan tindakan sekali dayung dua tiga pula terlampaui.
SURFING DI OMBAK BONO SUNGAI KAMPAR, PROVINSI RIAUeloratour
Sungai Kampar menawarkan sensasi wisata air yang langka di dunia, yakni surfing di ombak bono. Ombak bono adalah gelombang sungai yang terbentuk akibat siklus pasang-surut air laut.
Kecepatan ombak bono di Sungai Kampar, bisa mencapai 40 km/jam, dengan ketinggian ombak antara 4 - 6 meter dan panjang gelombangnya mencapai 300 meter lebih, membuat peselancar dunia pun berlomba-lomba mencoba menaklukkannya. Tapi mesti hati-hati dengan keberadaan hewan liar penghuni Sungai Kampar seperti buaya muara dan ular boa dan piton
PULAU PASUMPAHAN, PROVINSI SUMATERA BARATtelusurindonesia
Pulau Pasumpahan adalah sebuah pulau yang berada di pantai barat Kota Padang, persisnya di perairan Kecamatan Bungus Teluk Kabung, Kota Padang. Lokasinya di sebelah barat Pulau Setan Kecil atau 200 meter dari Pulau Sikuai. Pulau Pasumpahan berada di perairan Kecamatan Bungus, sehingga pulau ini dekat jika kita menggunakan speed boat dari Teluk Bungus.
Pulau Pasumpahan luasnya sekitar 5 hektar dan memiliki hamparan pasir putih dengan air laut yang bening. Menariknya yaitu permukaan laut pulau ini seperti terbagi tiga. Warna bening di pinggir, hijau di depannya, dan membiru pada bagian yang lebih ke tengah. Selain panorama pulau Pasumpahan yang memukau, terumbu karang dan berbagai jenis ikan karang atau ikan-ikan hias juga sangat menarik untuk dinikmati.
AIR TERJUN SIGURA-GURA, PROVINSI SUMATERA UTARA
Air Terjun Sigura-gura terletak di Kabupaten Toba Samosir, letaknya tak jauh dari Danau Toba, dan konon air terjun ini bersumber dari Danau Toba. Air Terjun Sigura-gura merupakan air terjun tertinggi di Indonesia dengan ketinggian sekitar 250 meter. Tempat ini cukup ramai dikunjungi wisatawan, baik lokal maupun macanegara.
PULAU RUBIAH, PROVINSI NAGROE ACEH DARUSSALAMarraziibrahim
Pulau Rubiah terletak di sebelah Pulau Weh, Sabang. Nama Pulau konon diambil dari nama Nyak Rubiah, salah satu keramat dari 44 keramat yang menjaga Kota Sabang. Pulau Rubiah dahulu merupakan asrama untuk jemaah haji yang akan pergi naik haji ke Mekah.
Taman Laut Rubiah memiliki luas sekitar 2.600 ha, dengan kekayaan biota laut yang cantik, seperti ikan kakak tua, atau ikan macan. Setidaknya ada 14 biota laut yang dilindungi di Indonesia terdapat di Pulau Rubiah. Keindahan bawah laut Pulau Rubiah tidak diragukan lagi, banyak wisatawan yang datang sekedar untuk berenang atau bermain dengan ikan hias.
Demikian 4 artikel Citra Property Land berjudul DESTINASI WISATA TERBAIK 34 PROVINSI SE INDONESIA (BAGIAN 4). Semoga bermanfaat.
|NYS OUTDOOR WRITERS SAFARI 2013 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY - GREAT|
Washington County safari yields a tom
Reach Gazette outdoors columnist Ed Noonan at enoonan@nycap.-rr.com.
Last Thursday, I was one of 16 members of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association who visited the Cambridge/Salem area of Washington County for our annual safari.
Each spring in May, NYSOWA chooses a New York county to visit and enjoy the outdoor activities our host county has to offer. Unlike our annual conferences, the safari is strictly a âno businessâ event in which we just have fun and renew friendships. Iâm a bit embarrassed to say this was my first hunting visit to the area, and I live less than 30 miles from Cambridge.
The two primary outings this time of the year center around turkey hunting and fishing, and what better place to fish in May than on the famous Battenkill River. When canoeing, kayaking and hiking trips through those beautiful plush green hills that surround this picturesque area are added, you couldnât ask for a better place to spend a long weekend.
Our Thursday evening Meetand-Greet get-together was held at Mommaâs Restaurant in Cambridge, where we were welcomed by Christine Hoffer, Washington County tourism administrator, who outlined our busy agenda and introduced the two places where we would be staying â Batten Kill Valley Outdoors (www.battenkillvalleyoutdoors.com) and Battenkill Riversports and Campground (www.brsac.com). The former offers all types of river rides, boat rentals and a vacation rental house we used as our headquarters, and they have quite an assortment of gear and flies in their shop. Battenkill Riversports and Campground is located right on the Battenkill.
After driving up to Cambridge, especially along New York Route 313, where both these places are located, I came to the conclusion that Vermont may be the Green Mountain State, but this southern area of Washington Countyâs rolling hills are equally as green. The next morning, I found out just how hilly they really were.
Everyone was up early and anxious to chase gobblers or hook up with some of those Battenkill brown trout. The turkey hunters, with the exception of three, headed off with their guides where they would hunt private lands. Melody and Frank Tennity of Honeoye and I were going to be on our own, hunting several portions of state land that had been pointed out to us the afternoon before.
My starting point was the 512-acre Eldridge Swamp State Forest that borders the Battenkill. This area is stocked with pheasants every fall by DEC. And I know that two of them are still alive. When I arrived there just before sunup, I made my way along the edge of the wood line and stopped at a corner of the field to wait and listen.
A morning greeting from a distant owl got me the response I wanted (gobbles) several hundred yards off into a mixed pine and hard woods, and I quickly and quietly headed in the direction of where the tom was still gobbling. I stopped about 75 yards from him, and my first soft yelp got a double gobbling result, and I set out my three decoys. Then our conversation began.
I knew he was coming, but fi rst in was a hen who eyed my decoys. Mr. Jake appeared shortly after, gobbling and all puffed up with his notched tail. He wasnât what I wanted, but fun to watch, and finally they moved off.
I waited about 10 minutes and began calling again, and I got a response from the same area, and this one came in on the run. It was another jake, who continued to strut around the decoys. For fun, in a very loud voice I asked him: âWhat are you doing here?â He actually fell down twice trying to run off.
At about 6:30 a.m., after walking and calling without any responses, I decided to try spot number two, up behind the lodge. It was defi nitely âup,â and there was no trail. Eventually, I made it to the stone fence they told me about and set up again. I didnât hear anything for more than an hour, nor was I able to solicit a gobble, so I guessed it was time to do a little walking and talking.
For the next hour, I followed the wall, stopping every 100 yards or so to call, fi rst with a low tone and then increasing the volume. At 8:30, I headed down and back to the truck â time to visit spot number three, the 2.5-mile State Peaked Rock Trail, also in the Battenkill State Forest.
Its peak altitude is 1,100 feet above the Battenkill. As I made my way slowly up the trail, I found these 69-year-old legs were not as strong as they used to be, and believe me when I tell you, there were numerous stops. Up about a half-mile or so from its head, the trail bordered several different green fields on one side and a dried creek bed on the other. At each field, while resting, I made some yelps with my box call. I got one response on the other side of the road on private land.
At the top of the third field, I noticed there was a deep gully leading to the creek bed which had three to four inches of water in it. It looked like a good spot to rest and call.
My normal calling ritual when walking and stopping to call is to begin by making soft yelps, then, depending upon the results, continue to increase the call volume. I repeat the sequence every fi ve or 10 minutes.
I liked the looks of the area, so I decided to stay a little longer and occasionally make a few calls. On my fifth calling sequence, I got a thundering response gobble somewhere above me. I estimated him to be at least 200 yards up, but on the other side of the creek. Every time I called, he responded and was getting closer, but still on the other side of the creek.
Now the âbookâ says incoming toms will not cross creeks. So I grabbed my decoys, slid down the gully, crossed the creek, set them out on the edge of that side, then I climbed about three-quarters of the way back up from the creek on the trail side and settled in with my Benelli and got him talking again. With all that up-and-down running around, itâs a good thing I donât use a mouth call. I wouldnât have had enough wind to blow it.
What happened next was a fi rst for me. The tom crossed back over to my side, and I thought all was lost when he went quiet. I was looking straight to where I heard his last call when out of the corner of my eye, there he was, fully displayed and walking âinâ the creek toward the decoys. It was the fi rst turkey I ever shot in the water, and he was a beauty, even though he was wet.
I canât remember the last time I shot a turkey on New York state land, and I couldnât wait to show him off. My Washington County gobbler, after drying, was over 20 pounds, carried a 9 3 /4-inch beard and 1 1 /8-inch spurs. Thank you, Jerry Wilson, for your great box call. It did it again (www.wilsongamecalls. net).
You can also see my Washington County tom at http://fi shguydblog.-blogspot.com/.
Back at the lodge for lunch, I found out that the Battenkill River and Dead Lake anglers all had some nice trout on ice.
Our afternoon tour of the Quality Deer Management Co-op in Easton began with a most interesting presentation by Tony Rainville, president and founding member of the local branch, and Jami Whitney, local branch director.
What I learned and saw on our walking tour of the food plots, etc., was very impressive and clarifi ed many questions Iâve had. These individuals are a dedicated group thatâs truly improving the deer herd, and itâs a LOT more than just developing trophy bucks.
I urge every deer hunter to go to www.qdma.com and see what itâs all about.
Thank you, Christine Hoffer, and all the Washington County individuals who helped make this safari a very enjoyable and successful outdoor experience. Iâll be back.
DAN LADD Charles Witek of West Babylon, a member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association, fishes with his wife, Theresa, from a boat on Dead Lake in Washington County. They were part of the groupâs annual safari.
LAKE PLACID HIGH PEAKS TURKEY HUNT MAY 1, 2013
Three years ago, the New York State Outdoor Writers Association held its annual fall conference in Lake Placid. I limited my outdoor activities that weekend to the various types of lake and stream fi shing the area offers.
October is a great time to be standing by or in any of the many trout streams or boats fi shing their crystal clear lakes. Threre isnât a more picturesque place to be during the peak of the colorful foliage season. During the dayâs conference, I found out they had a growing population of wild turkeys. Lake Placid Tourism hosted dinner that evening, and I said Iâd like to try hunting these high-peak gobblers in the spring.
In late January, I got an email from Sue Cameron, events and communications manager of the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Offi ce of Sustainable Tourism, asking if I was still interested in hunting turkey in the high peaks, and if I was, what would I need. It didnât take me long to answer that question. I told her if they could find any properties that had turkeys, all Iâd need is permission to hunt. I also added if someone, or a guide, wanted to help me, that would be great.
Several weeks later, Sue contacted me and said she had talked to many of the hunters in the area, and the name that kept popping up when it comes to turkeys was Bill Moore, the Lake Placid chief of police. I also found out that Bill had taken two NYSOWA members turkey hunting during the fall conference. I thought this was great, because Iâd have someone familiar with the territory and the birdâs habits and locations. In all my years of hunting, Iâve never shot a turkey north of Glens Falls, and I was going to be hunting the high peaks.
Shortly after lunch April 30, I headed for Lake Placid. Iâve always enjoyed the ride on state Route 73 from the Adirondack Northway at Exit 30 to Lake Placid village. It winds through Essex Countyâs Keene Valley and alongside the famous trout waters of the Ausable River.
What really surprised me was the large chunks of ice still on some of the high rock walls. I believe when the foliage along this road starts to green, itâs almost as beautiful as in the fall. I wasnât the only one that day to stop at one of the pull-offs to take a few photos.
It was right around 3 p.m. when I passed the Olympic ski jumps that were built when Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics. My first stop in town was to check in with Sue Cameron, who gave me directions to The Pines Inn, where I would be spending the night. The Pines Inn is a turn-of-the-century historic inn, but with all the modern conveniences, and the proprietors, Jill and Frank Segger, were very congenial hosts.
Once settled in, I had an early dinner, and later that afternoon, I met up with Bill at his son, Seanâs, baseball game. Sean was going to join us for opening day of the turkey season, but he was one up on us. On the first day of the Youth Hunt season, Sean shot a 20-pound tom with a nine-inch beard oneinch spurs.
I set the alarm for 4:15 a.m., but I was up shortly after 3, as usual, anxious to get into the woods. It was still dark when Bill and Sean picked me up, and he said weâd start on his friendâs property. His friend had called the night before and said he heard toms gobbling out behind his house.
We parked several hundred yards from where the birds were believed to have roosted, then walked slowly down a dirt road winding through the pines, stopping occasionally to call, but got no responses. Before leaving, we set up on the edge of a fi eld, made a few more calls, got one response, but nothing after that.
âBack to the original plan,â Bill said.
We packed up and headed for the area heâd roosted birds several times during the week. As we were driving down the road leading to the property, we saw a tom and two hens well out into a field, and on our way to turn around, we spotted at least six birds on the other side of the road, about 200 yards in along a woodline. Two were definitely toms.
We quickly parked the truck and began sneaking and peeking, using bushes and trees to cover our advance. Sean and I got within about 50 yards of where we thought the birds were feeding, and each took a spot where we could watch each side of the cover. Sean was watching the left, I the right.
Bill stayed back about 25 yards in the high brush and set out his decoy. The plan was that the tom would see the decoy and head for it, and Sean or I would intercept him.
Bill began with several soft yelps on his slate and immediately got several booming responses. This is when that chill runs up and down your spine and your fi nger slowly moves towards the safety as you anchor your cheek on the shotgunâs stock. I donât care who you are or how long youâve been hunting turkeys, when you know that tom is interested and coming, you can feel your adrenaline level beginning to rise. I know that mine rose significantly when I heard him spitting and drumming, a sure sign that he was close and coming.
Out he came on a fast trot and in full display with his big bright red head pushed back against his raised fan feathers that were glistening in the morning sunlight, and all he saw was that lovely hen decoy that was about to cost him his life. It was during this stare that I slid the safety off and placed the orange front sight on the base of his neck and squeezed the trigger.
At just 30 yards, it didnât take long for the three-inch No. 4 copper-plated pellets of my Federal Premium Mag Shok leaving my Benelli Vince at 1,300 feet per second to reach Mr. Tom. It was quick, clean, and he never took another step. This was my seventh turkey with this gun in just as many shots. Finally, after decades of successful turkey hunting, Iâd taken my fi rst high-peaks gobbler.
But before I could move, two more gobblers announced their presence, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a lone hen walking and clucking her way past Sean. Both of us froze so as not to alert her or the toms. When the hen was out of sight, one soft yelp by Bill was all that was needed to light up those two gobblers and in they came, side by side, and walked behind my downed tom. I think the dead tom might have made them a bit nervous because they quickened their pace as Sean raised his gun. Unfortunately, he was unable to get off a good shot. All this excitement, and it was only 6:45 a.m.
We estimated my tom weighed about 18 pounds, and his full, thick beard measured 9 1 /4 inches. What was interesting, and a first for me, was that he did not have any spurs.
Prior to our setting up for these birds, I hadnât looked at our surroundings and never noticed just how picturesque a background I had for the hunt and our photo shoot. I was just about 100 yards from where we took the photos, and I could actually see the tops of the Olympic ski jumps. But most impressive were the mountains. Looking at them left to right, I could see Marcy, Skylight, Colden, Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois. If you go to my blog at: http://fi shguydblog.blogspot.com/, youâll see what I mean. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them and check out the snow on the tops of some of them. Itâs truly beautiful country.
With several hours of legal hunting time left, there was plenty in which to get Sean a tom. Bill decided to circle the area where Iâd shot my tom and see if we could come in below where the other two toms had run off into the woods.
We walked down parallel to the woodline several hundred yards away from the birds and then entered a trail that led us deep into the woods. Once inside them, Bill began a walking 50 to 75 yards, stopping to call and listening. But the toms were not talking, and after an hour, we loaded up to move to another area.
âTheyâll be back,â Bill said, âand weâll give them a try tomorrow.â
We made several other stops, but none produced sightings or responses, and we ended the dayâs hunt about 11 a.m.
Back at The Pines Inn, I thanked Bill and Sean for their hospitality and for what was definitely one of my most memorable wild turkey hunts.
Thank you, Sue, Bill, Sean and the Seggerâs for your hospitality.
|BLACK BEAR MEETS REMINGTON R-25|
It was a warm sunny late September afternoon when I pulled into the Canadian Border Customs in Lewiston several weeks ago in route to Port Loring, Ontario where I hoped to shoot my seventh black bear. Little did I know then that this would be the last ray of sunshine I would see for the next 5 days. Having my gun registration paper work completed prior to my arrival helped to expedite the process; however when I opened my gun case and the Canadian officer saw my new fully camouflaged Remington R-25 .308 caliber modular repeating rifle, he was quite impressed as were several of his fellow officers who also came over to look. Once across the border I knew that I would not reach Port Loring until the wee hours of the night and decided to drive until about 9 p.m. and find a motel to spend the night; which I did in Trey, Ontario. And by mid-morning the next day I was knocking on Hermann and Lise Stroeherâs door. It was really good to see them again since my last visit 4 or 5 years ago and they were as warm and friendly as ever. But Hermann was all business and told me we can talk later and to follow him to where I would be staying. He wanted me to get unpacked and back to his house by 1:30 p.m. so I would be in my treestand by 2:30 p.m. I could feel the adrenaline already starting to boil just thinking about the hunt. My accommodations this year were at Wright Point Resort, a beautiful spot on the banks of the Pigeon Lake which is actually is part of the Pickerel River system; and it is loaded with small and largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye(they call them pickerel). The owners, Dianne and Dan Feasby, had set me up in one of their 4 motel rooms which, like their 7 lake-side cottages were fully furnished with all modern appliances, dishes, pans, etc. and they had boats and motor rentals right there. What a place to spend a weekâs vacation, fishing and/or hunting. And if you are a snowmobiler, they showed me an Ontario trail map with thousands of miles of snowmobile trails. Unfortunately I only got to fish the lake for about two hours; in which time I caught and released 31 nice bass. The majority were smallies, the largest measuring 20 inches and two of the largemouth were over 3 pounds. All were taken on a Stick-O-Worm rigged wacky style. I did leave the rest of these worms with Dan and one of his campers. The hospitality here was outstanding and if you would like to see more go to their web site at, wrightpointresort.com. DAY 1 At 1:30 p.m. I was following Hermann in my truck headed to my treestand site and I was anxious. It was a long ride, approximately 25 miles on a paved road and another 6 miles into the bush on a dirt road where I parked my truck and Hermann walked me in on a small trail to the site got me settled, then headed back to camp. There were dark clouds beginning to roll in but I was hoping the rain would hold off until dark. It didnât. Perhaps and hour or so after I climbed into the stand I heard thunder in the distance behind me; but it sounded like it was going away from me. It wasnât. The rains came first but I was ready for that and quickly slipped into my rain suit and used another light rain jacket to cover my gun. The winds followed shortly and I found out later that they were upward of 40; which at times felt like I was on the high seas. Within 45 minutes of the start of the rain the thunder began, and with it the lightning. Now my choices were climb out of the stand and go sit in the truck until it passed and then sneak back in, which would probably ruin the hunt. So I chose the second option of staying in the tree. An hour or so later the thunder and lighting did stop, but the heavy rain and high winds didnât. And at 7:50 p.m., the end of legal shooting time, I climbed down from the stand and sloshed my way back to the truck. Did not see a bear. Back at camp no one else had seen a bear either and Hermann said that the combination of the heavy rain, high winds and thunder and lightning makes them very nervous. All we could do is go back out again the next morning. DAY 2 I was in my stand an hour before sunup and when I looked through my scope I could see that the bait had not been touched; so there was still a chance that the bear would come in this morning. Forgot to mention it was still raining and the wind was about 20-25 mph. At 10:30 a.m. I climbed down and headed back to camp. After breakfast and a short nap I was sitting in the stand in full rain gear hoping that tonight was the night. The rain continued along with the heavy winds all evening and once again there were no bear visits. But I did have 4 grouse cooing around under my stand for about an hour. The grouse season was open but the .308 was a little overkill for grouse hunting. DAY 3 After another morning of rain, wind and no bear I met up with Hermann who suggested that after breakfast I join him on his morning baiting trips and we could check the activity at several of the sites, and I could pick the one I liked for the afternoon hunt. We visited 5 sites, all of which were hit since the last time he checked them. The site that I choose had plenty of activity signs but the real draw for me was the timber wolf tracks I saw in the mud on the way in that got me excited. Only once, years ago while sitting in a treestand at Hermannâs, I had a timber wolf appear about 150 yards from me. I did get to look at him through my binoculars but he quickly disappeared. That evening the rain continued and it was then that I realized the value of good equipment. Other than my hands and face the only thing that got a little wet and cold during these long sits in the nasty weather was my nose. The camouflaged Red Head Squaltex Bone Dry rain gear totally protected my body from the rain and the wind and the Burris Full Field II, in all this nasty rain, never once fogged up on me. Actually I did get a bit wet the next day when climbing down from my stand in the morning I caught my jacket on a nail and ripped a big chuck out of it. As for the bear this particular evening; nothing came it. DAY 4 The final day, my last chance. The morning hunt went too quickly and the rain did stop for an hour or so and, the sun did shine for perhaps an hour. But there were no bears. It was going down to the wire again. That afternoon I was in the stand earlier than usual but knew this was it; because tomorrow I was heading home. The weather was actually fairly pleasant; for awhile. Then about 3 p.m. the winds began followed by the rain, and with each hour both increased and by 6 p.m. things were back to normal; heavy rains and gusting winds that were causing my treestand to move a good six inches from side to side. I must have looked at my watch at least a dozen times; and time was running out. I remember checking my watch at it 7:35 p.m. and saying to myself, just 10 more minutes of legal shooting time left; it looks like it is over. But when I looked up there he was coming in, 70 yards away in the opening. Quickly I shouldered the gun and put the crosshair on the bearâs shoulder and clicked off the safety. My only problem now was that the 40 plus mph wind was again rocking the stand side to side. It seemed like forever that I held the horizontal crosshair of the scope on target just waiting for the wind to stop. And when it did I set the crosshairs on its shoulder and tapped the R-25 trigger and the Remington 150 grain Ultra Bonded PSP put him down. To say I was relieved and excited would be an understatement as I scrambled down the steps and trotted to the bear. A tap on his nose with the rifle barrel told me what I already knew; it was over. Quickly I unloaded my rifle, put it in its case, which is required when leaving the woods after legal shooting time in Canada, and quickly headed to my truck to go get Hermann. He was as happy as I was about the news and he had already put the ATV on the back of his pickup; and we headed back to get my bear. Once again I watched Hermannâs skill with the Outdoor Edge cutlery(Kodi-Pak) I had given him years ago. But the fun really began when we had to drag the bear about 20 yards over a number of brush piles and stumps to the ATV. Two old men pulling on a bear would have made a great photo, but we got it there and loaded on the back of the ATV. And yes, it was still raining and windy; but I really did not care. This was another great hunt with some very special old and new friends; and I have to rate it as my most memorable bear hunt. If you would like to see more photos of the bear you can go to, fishguydblog.blogspot.com/
|NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE - SCI SILVER AWARD|
PART I - THE BEGINNING
Have you ever flipped through the pages of Field & Stream or watched an exciting big game hunt on the Outdoor Channel and said to yourself, âSomeday I would like to do that?â I guess all hunters have a specific species they dream about pursuing and mine has always been a moose. In terms of my âbucket listâ for animals I want to hunt, the moose has always been number one. For years, I have sent my check to Vermont and Maine in hopes of getting drawn in their moose hunting lottery; but it never was. But last Fall I received an email from Amsterdam hunters Dick Andrews and Marshall Knapik and Rich Kraus(Ballston Spa) about their Newfoundland moose hunt that finally lit the fire under me. And the results is that in 3 weeks my dream hunt will finally become a reality.
The moose, which is derived from the Algonkian name meaning âeater of twigs,â was not native to Newfoundland. They were introduced, two bulls and two cows from New Brunswick, in 1904 and today it is estimated that there is a population of 120,000. Moose are the largest member of the deer family with a weak eyesight but their most acute sense is their hearing. Their habitat is includes swampy areas as well as forested higher ground around lakes.
The destination, which I choose mainly because of Dickâs recommendation and the fact that he has hunted there successfully five times already and will be returning in 2010, is Samâs Hunting and Fishing Camps located in Portland Creek, Newfoundland, Canada. Owned and operated by Sam and Hebbert Caines, they have over 30 years of experience guiding and outfitting hunters. Samâs has three hunting camps located in Area No. 3 on the Northern Peninsula: St. Paulâs Big Pond, where I will be hunting, which is one-half mile from Gros Morne National Park which is 35 miles from Deer Lake; Long Range Mountains at Trophy Lake and High Pond which are each 60 miles from Deer Lake which is the pick up point for all Samâs hunters. Now although we will be hunting from fly-in remote sites, which I am looking forward to, it is comforting to know that there is two-way radio and cell telephone contact with these camps.
There are two ways to get to Deer Lake; driving and flying. If you drive there is a 5 - 8 hour ferry crossing depending upon the weather or, my choice, drive to Montreal and fly into Deer Lake. Here I will spend the night, be picked up early the next morning and flown in to camp by helicopter. And this, the helicopter ride, is something I am looking forward to also. All the camps are built to Newfoundland Tourism specifications and include indoor toilets, showers, two bedroom with two single beds in each, a large dining room and a kitchen. And each camp has a full time cook. Each hunter has his/her own guide. The actual hunting is done by spot and stalk, which is walking and glassing a variety of terrains, and/or sometimes glassing from elevated blinds.
Now when choosing a guide/outfitter success rate should always be a major consideration. In the case of Samâs Hunting and Fishing Camps he has a 90 percent success rate for moose and 100 percent for caribou. Unfortunately, I applied for a Woodland caribou hunting tag but did not receive one; but I did get a black bear permit which I hopefully will be able to fill during this hunt. As for the caribou, I will try again next year.
When hunting in Canada there are a number of forms and documents that are needed when crossing the border. The easiest way to travel to and from Canada is with a passport. As for your firearm, this too is fairly simple and most of the paperwork can be competed before you go. You cannot bring a fully automatic weapon, handgun or pepper spray into Canada. Your regular hunting rifle/shotgun is not a problem as long as complete a Nonresident Firearms Declaration(CAFC909EF) form. Sam sent this form to me when I confirmed my hunt with him in February. The form is very simple to complete and on it you can register up to 3 firearms and the cost is $25(Canadian) which you pay at the time of crossing. The registration is good for 60 days. Do not sign and date the form until you are at customs. In all the times I have traveled to Canada with a firearm(s) to hunt it has been a very simple process which usually will take no more than 30 minutes. To download this form Goggle âCanadian firearms declaration form.â
With regards to transporting firearms to Canada , which they may or may not inspect at the border, is in a protective and lockable case, and obviously, unloaded. It is wise if your gun is a bolt action to remove the bolt, and if it a clip remove the clip.
Weather-wise, during September it is usually very pleasant in the mid - 40s which is good hunting weather. But Dick and other hunters who have been to Newfoundland in September all agree that things can change very quickly. âYou will hunt in the rain,â they tell me and things will get damp and therefore layering you clothing is the best method. The absolute must for this trip is quality rain gear which should include quality rubber boots that are 16 or 17 inches high and with aggressive tread.
Now those of you who know me are probably saying: âFirst moose hunt; he will surely have to buy a new gun.â Thatâs what my wife thought also. Well, believe it or not, the gun that I will be using is one that is already in my gun cabinet. In fact I have had it for at least 7 years now and never really shot anything with it. It is a ported Remington Model 700 BDL in the .300 Win Mag caliber. I told you I knew that one day I would be making this hunt and actually bought the gun solely for the purpose of hunting moose with it. The only action it has seen up until now has been a twice a year complete cleaning and oiling. But now that my dream hunt is going to be a reality I have added a quality optic and spent some range time getting acquainted with this gun; and I am very impressed with its performance and power; just what is needed to bring down a large bull moose that stands higher than a large saddle horse and can weigh as much as 1500 pounds.
When I asked Sam and Hebbert what to expect in terms of the range of shooting distance he said that it could be anywhere from 50 yards to 400 yards; which was another reason I chose the .300 win mag cartridge.
With the number of quality scopes offered today my selection of the right one for this rifle and especially this hunt was difficult. At the Shot Show in January I spent one day visiting optic manufacturers booths and reviewing what they were offering in scopes. One in particular impressed me; Hawke Optics. And when Brad Bonar, their Sales Manager, let me look through their Endurance 30 series 3-12x50 L3 Dot IR reticle scope all I could think about was placing that red dot on the shoulder of my Newfoundland bull moose. Other important features include a 30mm matt black mono tube, it is fog and waterproof, shockproof and has an 11 setting rheostat to adjust the Dotâs intensity to any light condition.
After mounting and bore sighting the scope I headed for the range where I tested 3 brands of ammunition shooting from a Caldwell Lead Sled shooting rest which is the only way to sight in a firearm for two reasons: one is that you get the best accuracy and two, it absorbs almost all of the felt recoil. My 3-shot grouping with the Endurance was quite impressive(one-half inch) and the best results were with the Winchester Supreme Elite XP3, 180 grain 2-stage expansion bullet with delayed controlled expansion, deep penetration and high weight retention. Ballistically it has a muzzle velocity of 3000 feet per second and energy of 3597 foot pounds. Just the right medicine for taking a moose down. Zeroed at 200 yards it will be 1.4 inches high at 100 yards and 6.4 inches low at 300 yards. And should I get that 400 yard shot, my holdover will be 18.5 inches.
One other service I found helpful when dealing with Hawke Optics was their Ballistic Reticle Calculator(BRC) which is a free software package that will help you to choose the right ammunition for your gun and print a copy of the results. This program covers calibers from a 177 air rifle, up to a 300 Weatherby magnum and even will calculate the best crossbow bolt for your crossbow. To get the BRC go to their web at hawkeoptics, click on âHawke BRCâ and they will email it to you. And while you are there click on âNEW Reticle Informationâ and see how my L3 DOT IR looks when sighting in a bull elk in the field.
PART II - THE HUNT
Forty five years ago when I realized how much I enjoyed big game hunting I promised myself that someday I was going to go on a moose hunt. And two weeks ago my wish came true in Newfoundland at Samâs Hunting and Fishing Camps; and I can honestly say it was the most exciting hunting adventures I have ever experienced.
It was 2a.m. when I stepped off the plane in Deer Lake along with several other camo clad passengers and headed for the baggage claim conveyor. Now if you have ever traveled with a firearm on a hunting trip you know how good you feel when you see that gun case come out on the conveyor; and mine did. But my suitcase, with all my hunting clothes, boots and other accessories, didnât. Now I had a real problem because in just 4 hours my outfitter Sam Caines was going to pick me up and take me to the helicopter that would fly me into St. Paulâs Big Pond; which was the only access to the camp.
At the airline desk I completed the missing baggage claim form and explained the situation and asked how, when they found my bag, they would get it to me. They would have to send it to the outfitter who would then have it flown out to me at the camp. So when I climbed into that helicopter later that morning I was wearing my hunting clothes: jeans, Nike shoes, long sleeve cotton shirt, baseball cap and a photographerâs vest. Not exactly what I needed for the spot and stalk hunting in wet bogs in the wind and rain and temperatures in the low 40s.
The helicopter ride was great and I got a chance to see just how beautiful the Newfoundland wilderness really is; and it was then that I felt the excitement of the upcoming hunt despite the knot in my stomach because of my lost luggage. I could not hunt like this and all I thought about was having to stay in camp for 7 days and not being able to hunt; something I waited a lifetime to do.
After settling in, which did not take long for me, I got to meet the other three hunters: Oscar Primelles, my roommate from Florida; and Victor Chandler and Wayne Cleveland who were both from Nova Scotia. The staff included guides Hebbert, Sherman and Harrison Caines, Ralph House and Derrick Kelly our camp cook. Each hunter at Samâs has his/her own guide. Ironically all had heard of my problem with the airlines and they all said âthey would dress me.â Each one of them contributed to my hunting outfit and when I dressed for hunting on Monday morning the only piece of clothing I was wearing that was mine was my underwear; which by the way, I washed each evening and hung over the wood stove to dry.
That evening before the hunt I felt lot better knowing I would be able to hunt comfortably and thoroughly enjoyed Derrickâs ham dinner with all the trimmings which we all found out was equally outstanding all week. And that included the home made bread, pies and cakes.
It rained all night and it was raining at 7 a.m. with 5-10 ph winds and temperatures in the mid - 30s when Sherman, my guide, and I along with Oscar and his guide Hebbert, all climbed into an 18 foot aluminum boat and headed for the other end of the pond. This âpondâ by the way was the size of Saratoga Lake.
Once on shore we all started up 12 STOP mountain which is the name I gave it because it required 12 rest stops where I would catch my breath before I reached the top. Sherman and I stayed on one side of the top while Oscar and Hebbert went over the top to the other side to set up. Each of the guides would call, using only their mouths, but nothing came in.
By 9 a.m. the wind had picked up considerably and that combined with the heavy rains made sitting difficult; and at by 11:00 we were back in the boat and headed for camp. And when we got there Derrickâs homemade turkey vegetable soup was just what we all needed. No one that morning had seen a moose.
The afternoon watch took us up another steep incline( 10 Stop mountain) and the bad weather conditions were the same. I remember reading that moose do not move much when it is rainy and windy and they didnât this evening either. Victor and Ralph reported seeing two cow moose that evening but they were about 500 yards across the bog.
Anticipation was high that morning despite the fact that conditions had actually gotten tougher and we had to wait about an hour for the fog to lift before we left camp. This time Sherman and I headed out behind the camp for an area they called the Waiting Rock stand. It was an 8 stops climb for me and we climbed into the 20 foot high tower. These towers are quite unique. They(guides) find four 10 - 12 inch trees that are in a square about 5 or 6 feet apart, trim the branches from the ground up, cut the tops off the trees, and build a platform blind enclosing the sides with canvas and with seats. It is quite comfortable but I found out that temperatures were a bit colder at this height. And at times the high winds would create horizontal rains which added to our discomfort. But thatâs hunting. And again, by 10 a.m. we were headed back to camp without sighting a single moose.
It was on this trip back to camp that I found out about what Newfoundlanders call a bog hole, and why they told me to always watch and duplicate where your guide steps; which I did on the first day. However on this day I got caught up in looking at the beautiful scenery and my right foot with the 18 inch high boot found its way into a 24 in hole full f water. I knew than that I was done hunting for the day. But as it turned out, because of the bad weather no one went out that afternoon.
Finally Mother Nature turned off the water, reduced the wind and replaced them with chilly 34 degree temperatures. At daybreak Sherman and I headed back up for the Waiting Rock tower; but we never made it. The evening before Hebbert had told me that in the history of this camp Waiting Rock had produced at least 100 moose harvests and on this day I was about to make it 101.
Several hundred yards from camp we stopped and Sherman made a few cow calls but got no response. Continuing up the hill we were just about 100 yards from the bog that the tower was located in when Sherman stopped, tapped his ear and pointed at the thick spruce off to our left. I heard the scraping and then saw those large palmated antlers thrashing the trees and brush about 80 yards from us. I think I froze momentarily in awe. It is one thing to watch something like this on the Outdoor Channel, but it is nothing like actually being there. Quickly and quietly I chambered a round and turned the Hawke scopes power down to 4. I donât remember being nervous but I am sure I was.
By watching the movement of the bushes and trees we could see the bull was heading parallel to us and hopefully he would cross a 15 foot opening about 50 yards from me. Sherman motioned me up a few yards where I set up on a small rise in the trail, got down on one knee, clicked off my safety and laid my cheek on the stock.
All the time I could feel the chill running up and down my spine and my heart was pounding. To keep the bull headed in our direction Sherman cleverly turned his back on the bull and called again making it sound like this love sick cow was leaving. It worked.
Not only did the bull step into the opening but he started to turn down the trail towards me. I donât know remember my feelings or even pulling the trigger when that big bull was just 40 yards from me slowly tossing his head from side to side. I knew I had hit him, but I am not sure he knew. Shot number two got the reaction I was looking for and shot number three put him on the ground. It was then that I remember what the veteran hunters and guides in camp said; â shoot until he is down.â
My knees were a bit shaky when I stood up and so were my hands as Sherman and I waited a few minutes before moving cautiously toward the fallen bull. And when we were sure he was dead the high 5s, hoots, hugs and handshakes began. I donât know exactly how many times I thanked Sherman, my 27 year old guide, for my first bull; and he thanked me also; because I was actually the first client he had guided.
I believe I stood over my bull for at least 15 minutes just admiring his rack, head, swollen neck and shoulders. Everything about him was âBIG.â
Now the real work was about to begin for Sherman. That big half ton at least animal had to be rolled over and not only field dressed but boned, quartered and carried out on a pack frame.
Back in camp that afternoon after another long photo shoot Hebbert gave me my bulls statistics. He estimated that the bull weighed 1500 pounds, was 7-8 years old, had 22 measurable points, 13 inch palms, a 48 3/4 inch spread and the bases of his antlers measured 9 3/4 inches around.
As for the other hunters in camp they too tagged out by the end of the week. My cabin roommate Oscar, shot a 10 point bull, called in by Hebbert, just about 550 yards from where I took my bull on the Waiting Rock watch. On the next morning, Thursday, Harrison called in a 3 point bull and a cow moose to Victor, who chose to shoot the cow. And at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, the final day of hunting, I was in camp when Ralph called in to report he had called in a 4 point bull at the Waiting Rock tower, which Wayne dropped with just one shot at 158 yards. It was this 73 year old gentlemanâs 10 th bull and his 10 th year of hunting with Sam. The first week of the 2009 moose hunt at St. Paulâs Big Pond was 100 percent successful. And I later found out that only one hunter in all three of Samâs outpost camps had not taken a moose this week.
If you have ever considered a moose hunt I highly recommend that you contact Samâs Hunting and Fishing Camps(709-898-2535).
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Guttetur er ikke hva det en gang var...
Kassevis med Ã¸l, tÃ¥kete erindringer av bygdedans og kalde joikaboller? For det var vel sÃ¥nn det en gang var?!? Alkoholforgiftning, sjanselÃ¸s damemysing og elendig mat har liksom alltid vÃ¦rt grunnpilarene innenfor den superhemmelige Guttetur-bevegelsen? Det gÃ¥r jo fremdeles gjetord om de legendariske gutteturene til Jesus, Bartolomeus og Judas... Og selv i oldtiden fikk tydeligvis kalde joikaboller bein Ã¥ gÃ¥ pÃ¥, ikke minst da Kheops, Sneferu og Tuthmose en sjelden gang fikk fri fra husets plikter!
Joda. Jentene har ogsÃ¥ hatt sine turer, de ikke fullt sÃ¥ myteomspunnede "Jenteturene"... Sant nok er det vel ingen mann i hele verden som Ã¦rlig talt vet hva som foregÃ¥r der? Men vi har likevel vÃ¥re tanker... Vi liker ihvertfall Ã¥ innbille oss at disse jenteturene ogsÃ¥ er bygget pÃ¥ 3 grunnpilarer.. Formodentlig: symaskin, spinnerokk og tupperware? Muligens spritet opp av et kvart glass med utvannet rÃ¸dvin? Og at det litt ut pÃ¥ kvelden, nÃ¥r glasset nÃ¦rmer seg halv-tomt, i enkelte tilfeller kan dukke opp noen fnisete historier om han halv-kjekke treningsinstruktÃ¸ren som muligens har blunket diskrete til en av jentetur-deltagerne?
SelvfÃ¸lgelig snurrer de opp et mangfold av innbydende hjemmelagde paier og ostesmÃ¸rbrÃ¸d, et bugnende ost & kjeks bord, reke-cocktail og konfekt. Og nÃ¥r klokken runder 22 blank er hytten ryddet og strÃ¸ken. Samtlige jenteturdeltagere ligger og sover sin sÃ¸teste sÃ¸vn i yndige nystrÃ¸kne blomstrete nattkjoler og rent undertÃ¸y.
PÃ¥ guttetur blir det nÃ¸dvendigvis litt annerledes... Utfordringen har vel alltid vÃ¦rt at punkt 1 (alkoholkonsumet) som oftest fÃ¸rer til at punkt 2 (damemysingen) heldigvis faller helt i dass. Det hÃ¸rer nemlig til sjeldenhetene at guttetur-deltagere faktisk makter Ã¥ holde Ã¸yelokkene oppe sÃ¥pass lenge at de klarer Ã¥ skimte konturene av disse frammande spanande kvinnfolkene man ved neste guttetur ideelt sett skulle preike i det vide og det brede om?
Og enda verre er det med punkt 3 (ukulinert mat)! For nÃ¥r gutter drar pÃ¥ tur skal man bruke minimalt med tid pÃ¥ matlaging! Man skal jo ikke kaste bort den dyrebare tiden man heller kunne brukt til Ã¥ fortÃ¦re enda en 6-pack!?! Dessuten hÃ¸rer ikke ekte mannfolk hjemme pÃ¥ kjÃ¸kkenet... De hÃ¸rer hjemme i stresslessen! Resultatet blir en handlevogn stappet til randen med fuktige brunevarer og helt pÃ¥ toppen en Ã¸rliten hermetikkboks med Joikaboller, TrÃ¸ndersodd eller Whiskas! Om det er plass...
Men litt ut pÃ¥ kvelden (fra 16:23 og utover) gÃ¥r det pÃ¥ hÃ¸gg og belegg. En saus av hungersultne mannfolk lengter etter konemÃ¸dre der de raver rundt pÃ¥ kjÃ¸kkenet pÃ¥ hÃ¥plÃ¸s jakt etter boksÃ¥pneren... Selvsagt en umulig oppgave! Mannfolk har jo ikke den villeste idÃ© om hvor konemÃ¸drene gjemmer slike redkaper!?! Og heller ikke hvordan man bruker dem. SÃ¥ da er det heller frem med slakteknivene som henger pÃ¥ veggen.
Etter et raskt knivslagsmÃ¥l der 2-3 av gutteturdeltagerne segner om klarer endelig sistemann Ã¥ treffe hermetikkboksen. Ut strÃ¸mmer det en uimotstÃ¥elig velduft av innbydende TrÃ¸ndersodd. Boksen flerres opp pÃ¥ tvers og innholdet slurpes uoppvarmet rett fra hermetikkboksen... Neste morgen vÃ¥kner man opp pÃ¥ kjÃ¸kkengulvet med skjorten pÃ¥ snei i et hav av resirkulert sodd, kroppsavfall og legemsdeler.
Men DET var i gamledager... I 2012 har tydeligvis verden gÃ¥tt videre, med stormskritt?
Blomsterstjernen og hans barndomskompis, ja hvorfor ikke bare kalle ham for Anti-Blomsterstjernen, hadde nemlig lenge snakket om Ã¥ ta seg en velfortjent frihelg i sistnevntes 80-talls cabincruiser-ikon: Draco 3000. Men utfordringen er jo som alltid, at med lekne smÃ¥barn, mannskjÃ¦re koner og unaturlig travle liv blir det dessverre sjelden tid til Ã¥ realisere den slags planer...
Men for tretten dager siden, da solen plutselig tittet frem igjen etter den Ã¥rlige bergenske "syv-Ã¥rs-monsunen", klarte utrolig nok de 2 kompisene Ã¥ presse inn den forjettede gutteturen! Ikke en fullblods langhelg, men noen dyrebare timer mellom kl 16 lÃ¸rdag ettermiddag og klokken 12 sÃ¸ndag formiddag... Men en mini-guttetur er heller ikke Ã¥ forakte? Her kombinerer man jo det beste fra to verdener: Familiekos & Haraball... Kan det bli bedre? (Sikkert...)
Det skulle vise seg Ã¥ bli en kamp mot klokken og solen... I lynende fart (81 km/t i 80-sonen) suste de norske kopiene av Sonny Crockett & Rico Tubbs ut av bergensk politidistrikt og over Nordhordalandsbroen i blendende ettermiddagssol. I det fjerne blinket en av 80-tallets mest undervurderte cabincruisere... Men fÃ¸rst mÃ¥tte det jo handles!
Et brÃ¥brems utenfor landhandleren var selvsagt pÃ¥krevd. Ingen guttetur uten mat & drikke! Handlevognen ble ubÃ¸nnhÃ¸rlig stappet av Ã¸l i alle Tuborgs farger! (Kremt... da snakker vi altsÃ¥ om en sÃ¥nn barne-handlevogn...) Men sÃ¥... Plutselig var det som om verden sto stille for et lite sekund... Anti-Blomsterstjernen stilte det uunngÃ¥elige spÃ¸rsmÃ¥let: "Hva skal vi lage til middag?"... SpÃ¸rsmÃ¥let dirret i lÃ¸se luften. Blomsterstjernens tanker lÃ¸p lÃ¸psk... Mat? Guttetur? BÃ¥tkjÃ¸kken (byssen)? Anti-Blomsterstjernen..?
Selv om Blomsterstjernen formelig elsker delikatesser og gourmetmat fikk han ikke opp annet svar enn et nÃ¸lende "Joikaboller"..? Anti-Blomsterstjernen svarte uanfektet: "Jeg kunne heller tenkt meg Tapas"...
Tapas? Tapas? Tapas? Tapas? Tapas?!? Til sjÃ¸ss? PÃ¥ guttetur?!?
Selv om dette kom som et gigantisk sjokk pÃ¥ undertegnede var han selvsagt hel-giret pÃ¥ idÃ©en! Ikke i sin villeste fantasi hadde han sett for seg at dette kunne vÃ¦re et aktuelt middagstema pÃ¥ guttetur i en 80-talls cabincruiser... Men verden vil bedras.
Landhandleren var i sjokk! Aldri fÃ¸r hadde han opplevd kunder som spurte etter Tapas-rÃ¥varer... Men innimellom butikkhyllene for potetkaker, kÃ¥lrabi, svineknoker og brun saus fant man likevel de ingrediensene man trengte for Ã¥ diske opp et helaftens Tapas-bord, til sjÃ¸ss...
Solen lÃ¥ allerede lavt i horisonten! Her var ingen tid Ã¥ miste!!! Brennkvikt (61 km/t i 60-sonen) brÃ¸lte vi videre mot CabincruiserdrÃ¸mmen. Klokken ble godt og vel 18 fÃ¸r vi endelig kunne stige ombord i det flytende totalrenoverte klenodiet! Draftet ble saumfart etter nÃ¦rmeste gjestehavn for egnet "gutteturing"...
"Kjelstraumen" pekte seg raskt ut som et yndet motiv! Visstnok et yrende feststed! (ihvertfall sommerstid...) En rask telefon senere var beslutningen tatt! Joda Kjelstraumen (eller rettere sagt "TjiiiedljjschtrÃ¦Ã¦Ã¦uumÃ¦n" som de lokale uttalte det) hadde bÃ¥de gjestehavn med strÃ¸m og en frekk pub som att pÃ¥ til var Ã¥pen helt til kl 2 om natten!!!
Klokken nÃ¦rmet seg 18:30 og solen senket seg allerede mot fjellknausene. Kalesjen ble flerret av i rekordtempo og de to mannevonde V8-erne knurret pÃ¥litelig under dekk. En drÃ¸y halvtime senere etter febrilsk kartlesing gjennom urent farvann ankret 80-tallets sÃ¸nner opp ved gjestgiveriet nÃ¸yaktig da solen takket for seg! For en timing! For en tur! For en festaften dette skulle bli!
Endelig kunne den fÃ¸rste (eller var det andre?) Ã¸lboksen jekkes opp! Gasskomfyren ble tent og de 2 hypermoderne guttene satte i gang et Tapas-marathon uten like! Aldri fÃ¸r hadde nok den slags mat satt sine fÃ¸tter i en av 80-tallets Draco'er? Nei her ombord var de nok langt mer fortrolig med TrÃ¸ndersodd pÃ¥ boks, Karbonade pÃ¥ skive eller kanskje Toro's JÃ¦gergryte med lever - om det skulle vÃ¦re virkelig fint? Aldri hadde vel heller en sÃ¥nn mengde hvitlÃ¸k fÃ¥tt fritt spillerom i byssen. En sydlandsk eim spredde seg over hele Nordhordaland denne aftenen. Fremmed-skepsisen kom til syne. Innbyggerne skalket vinduer, dÃ¸rer og luftekanaler i frykt for at de var blitt invadert av Iran, Irak eller Spania.
En time eller tre senere sto middagsbordet endelig dekket med spicy kjÃ¸ttboller i frekk chilitomat, lakserull-lefser med urteost, fylte olivener, dadler i rÃ¸kt bacon og en soltÃ¸rket tomatsalat. SelvfÃ¸lgelig akkompagnert av en nitidig temperert rÃ¸dvin fra ChÃ¢teauneuf-du-pape, etter sigende til en verdi tilsvarende bÃ¥tens nypris i 1981... PÃ¥ stereoanlegget buldret alt fra TnT, via Tindrum til Stage Dolls. Den perfekte taffelmusikk.
Det mysne blikket var allerede pÃ¥ plass! Det var pÃ¥ hÃ¸y tid Ã¥ oppsÃ¸ke denne tilsynelatende heidundrane nattklubben som antageligvis hadde herjet Kjelstraumen siden oppstarten i 1610! Men fÃ¸rst: oppvasken! Ja du hÃ¸rte riktig!!! Moderne gutter foretrekker nemlig renhet og orden pÃ¥ gutteturer... Blomsterstjernen lever da ogsÃ¥ etter "alt som er gjort er gjort"-prinsippet. Og ingenting hindrer jo en liten bonus-Ã¸l under oppvasken?
Kysten lÃ¥ klar! Nordhordaland skulle gjÃ¸res utrygg! De to kumpanene holdt ustÃ¸ kurs mot vepsebolet; nattpuben! Men lange i gjeipen mÃ¥tte de raskt konstatere at hÃ¸sten nok ikke var like attraktiv her ute i havgapet som den sydende fellesferien... Den forjettede nattklubben lÃ¥ nÃ¦rmest brakk! Det eneste som rÃ¸rte seg der inne var fire gamle fordrukne sjÃ¸ulker som attpÃ¥til la beina pÃ¥ nakken da de kjente hvitlÃ¸kseimen som fulgte i vÃ¥re fotspor. Men en ting skal de ha her ute ved kysten! NÃ¥r man spÃ¸r etter en halvliter, ja sÃ¥ fÃ¥r man en halvliter! Ikke 0.45, 0.40, 0.33 eller 0.25 som er trenden innaskjÃ¦rs...
Etter endt plikt var det bare til Ã¥ returnere duknakket men fornÃ¸yd tilbake til skipet, spanjolenes nordligste fort. Og etter nok en runde med nattlig tungrock og iskald nattpils var det tid for kahytten. Blomsterstjernenen passet visstnok perfekt i "akterkabinen" nÃ¦rmest motorene da han i fÃ¸lge kompanjongen ogsÃ¥ hÃ¸rtes ut som en dieselmotor nattestid... En av oss sov veldig godt. Den andre hadde Ã¸reverk.
Og omtrent sÃ¥nn endte da ogsÃ¥ denne moderne gutteturen. Kanskje ikke helt sÃ¥nn man holdt pÃ¥ pÃ¥ 1600-tallet? Da vi vÃ¥knet neste morgen skinte solen like fint og brorparten av alle drikkevarene sto uÃ¥pnet i kjÃ¸leskapet. Verden er tydeligvis i forandring! Men guttetur-idÃ©en lever likevel videre: "det gjelder Ã¥ lÃ¸srive seg fra dagliglivets plikter og regler". SÃ¥ ogsÃ¥ ved frokostbordet... For nÃ¥r sant skal sies har det vel ALDRI hendt at tannlege-konemor serverer Cola og sjokoladepÃ¥legg til frokosten!
Men til sjÃ¸ss er alt lov! Takk og pris...
God fredag og "Dra te sjÃ¸ss"!
P.S. For alle dere som lurer sÃ¥ kan jeg rÃ¸pe at det ble benyttet Nugattis superdigge nyhet pÃ¥ morgenbrÃ¸det: "Melke-sjoko"
|Tag! You're It|
Biologists catch and tag big sawfish in Florida waters
Food for Thought
Once a common top predator throughout coastal seas around the globe, sawfish have become remarkably rare. Indeed, today most populations are threatened with extinction. So spotting even one of these animals is reason to rejoice, notes Beau Yeiser of Mote Marine Laboratory in southern Florida. And this week, "we are nothing but giddy," he reports.
He and colleague Tonya Wiley just returned from a 2-day sawfish-scouting expedition during which they tagged a 7-foot male on Oct. 16. At that size, the strapping youth may be 5 to 7 years old, Yeiser says. He cautions, however, that estimating age is challenging "as we try and piece together the life history of this species. We don't even know its size at maturity yet."
These animalsâessentially flattened sharks with wingsâare members of the ray family. Only one species of this fish remains in U.S. waters, mostly off of Florida. Over the first half of the 20th century, this smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) was fished to the brink of extinctionâlargely by accident.
Although many cultures eat sawfishâthe animals' fins are especially prized in Asia as the featured ingredient in a pricey soupâmost of the animals in U.S. waters were landed and destroyed as bycatch, that is, nuisance species hauled in by commercial fishing fleets. The dire status of sawfish globally won these animals protection, last month, under a treaty banning international trade in endangered species (see Hammered Saws).
So far this year, Yeiser and Wiley have caught just 14 sawfish, most of them less than 4 feet long. Those would still be little kids, considering that these fish are almost a yard long at birth. Then again, the pair had expected only small ones because they've mainly been cruising coastal shallows this year in hopes of running into newborns and youngsters.
The scientists attach a numbered identification tag to the dorsal fin of every sawfish they catchâand then release the animal.
But last week's catch was so big that it qualified for a second identifier: a pop-up archival tag, or PAT. These recording devices are so heavy that they're reserved for large sawfishâat least 7-footers. To date, only some dozen of these animals have received PATs. Costing at least $4,000 each, these data-storage systems collect information every minute, for months, on the depth at which its host is swimming, the water temperature, and light levels. The latter information gets plugged into a computer program that roughly gauges the animal's geographic coordinates at any moment.
Researchers program a PAT to pop off the fish on a particular date. Once it floats to the surface, it sends its stored information in spurts, twice a day, to a satellite. That orbiting relay station then shoots those data back to Earth and the scientists' email addresses.
Last week's sawfish encounter took place in a southern Florida national wildlife refuge, in very shallow water. Investigated as a possible nursery, Yeiser says "I was expecting any sawfish that I might catch to be perhaps 4 to 5 feet in length." Instead, he found a much older juvenile. "But that's the beauty of this [sawfish] project; you never know what you are going to get when you're scouting a species that has not been studied much!"
Yeiser named the youth that he tagged last week Raloff. HmmmâI like the sound of that. Its tag is programmed to pop off on March 15. Stay tuned for an update on my namesake's travels.
If all goes well, that is.
A 7- and an 11-foot sawfish each received PATs in May. Although the satellite tags had been programmed to pop off 3 months later, they actually surfaced within just a couple weeks, Yeiser saysâand were never recovered.
So, each time biologists deploy the pricey devices, he says, "we just cross our fingers that they won't pop up earlyâor get lost in the middle of the Gulf."
Don't try this yourself
The sawfish is an endangered species, so federal law forbids its captureâexcept by researchers who have been granted a waiver. And even they need to release an animal after measuring and tagging it.
It's against the law to even harass the animals. Still, anglers may inadvertently snag one of the toothy marvels. When that happens, this species "should be released by keeping the fish in the water and cutting the line as close to the hook as possible," according to guidelines issued late last year by the National Marine Fisheries Service in St. Petersburg, Fla. "If it can be done safely, untangle the line if it is wrapped around the saw. Do not handle the animal or attempt to remove any hooks on the saw, except for with a long-handled dehooker," NOAA says.
Biologists request that any anglers who sight a sawfish report their encounter to the Mote lab. Its scientists are maintaining a database to help them identify important habitat for these endangered animals.
As interesting as these piscine oddities are, biologists would prefer that the public give the fish a wide berth. The primary reason: Approaching the animals can stress them, chase them from what should be waters safe from predators, or even interfere with their reproduction.
But there's another reason to steer clear, according to Captain Harvey Lee Hamilton, who charters a fishing boat out of Pineland, Fla. "I've caught plenty of sawfish in my life, and I'll tell you: They're dangerous. I'm still scared to death of them." Their sawsâwhich he terms bladesâare edged with dozens of razor-sharp "teeth." The muscular animals slash those saws from side to side to kill prey or defend themselves.
Says Hamilton: "Those fish get big, with blades that can go to at least 5 foot." And they slash those blades "so fast," he says, "that they could slice your feet off." Indeed, he told Science News Online: "I'd rather fight a shark than a sawfish."
If you would like to comment on this Food for Thought, please see the blog version.
Beau Yeiser and Tonya R. Wiley
Center for Shark Research
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Smalltooth Sawfish Coordinator
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33071
2006. Mote scientists to help eBay identify species in new sawfish ban. Mote Marine Laboratory news release. Jan. 25. Available at [Go to].
Mote Marine Laboratory. How you can help save the U.S. smalltooth sawfish. Available at [Go to].
Raloff. J. 2007. Hammered saws. Science News 172(Aug. 11):90-92. Available at [Go to].
______. 2002. Clipping the fin trade. Science News 162(Oct. 12):232-234. Available at [Go to].
Sawfish in Peril: Sawfish Education Program. Available at [Go to].
|Dando feito putas na Boite|
No Ãºltimo conto, contei como comecei a me transformar numa putinha, graÃ§as a minha amiga Paula. Bom o que passo a contar agora, Ã© mais uma aventura que vivi por causa da minha amiga. Comentei com a Paula que tinha ouvido uns amigos nossos da escola comentarem que foram numa boite erÃ³tica, onde as meninas danÃ§avam nuas ou semi nuas. Para minha surpesa a Paula disse que tambÃ©m conhecia uma boite assim, onde as meninas depois de certa hora faziam de tudo lÃ¡ mesmo com os clientes. Perguntei como ela sabia disso e ela me respondeu que jÃ¡ tinha ido lÃ¡ algumas vezes. JÃ¡ tinha me esquecido como a Paula era vadia. Mas aquilo me excitou e disse a ela que tinhas vontade de um dia ir tambÃ©m. Ela me deu umas dicas, do tipo, sÃ³ fazer algo lÃ¡ dentro mesmo, para nÃ£o sair dali com clientes pois a casa nÃ£o se responsabiizava. Marcamos uma quinta feira, onde eu disse que dormiria na casa dela e ela na minha, assim nossos pais nÃ£o nos chateariam. Com ajuda da Paula, escolhi uma mini saia preta com mini blusa sem sutiÃ£ e por baixo uma calcinha branca fio dental. A Paula foi de vestidinho vermelho, bem sexy, sem soutien e com uma calcinha fio dental vermelha.
Eu tremia quando entramos. Muitas garotas jÃ¡ desfilavam de lingerie e eram alisadas pelos homens. Passamos por um corredor cheio de garotos bonitos e fui muito alisada, a Paula mais safada ria e passava a mÃ£o nos paus deles. O lugar tava bem cheio e perdi a Paula de vista. Fui para um canto e fiquei meio sem saber o que fazer. No meu lado estava um cara sentado, com a cabeÃ§a virada para trÃ¡s com cara de muito prazer. Olhei para baixo da mesa e entendi, havia uma garota so de calcinha chupando o cara. Assim quieta num canto percebi o clima do lugar, pois vÃ¡rias garotas chupavam os caras e poucas como eu, ainda estavam de roupa, algumas sentavam-se no colo deles e eram penetradas. Fui me excitando cada vez mais. Logo apÃ³s vejo a Paula sÃ³ de calcinha vinda na minha direÃ§Ã£o com um cara atrÃ¡s segurando seus seios e outro do lado alisando sua xota. Ela vira e diz: Aninha me ajuda aqui que o terceiro ta vindo., Eis que surge outro tambem alisando ela. A Paula tira minha mini blusa e minha saia me deixando de sÃ³ de calcinha tambÃ©m. Eu estava super excitada e sentia minha xana molhadinha. Um deles me vendo semi nua, veio para cima de mim e jÃ¡ caiu de boca nos meus seios fazendo-me sentar no banco, deixando-me com minha boca na altura da cintura dele, que de imediato abaixou o zÃper da calÃ§a colocando um monumental cacete para fora , oferecendo-me parachupÃ¡-lo. Como eu nÃ£o reagi, ele disse que jÃ¡ havia combinado o preÃ§o e acertado com a minha amiga (lembre-se que nÃ£o estÃ¡vamos ali pelo dinheiro, atÃ© por que somos patricinhas e nÃ£o precisamos, mas tinhamos que disfarÃ§ar). Sem perder mais tempo e com o tesÃ£o que eu estava, cai de boca naquele cacetÃ£o e chupei ele todo. Olhei para olado e vi que a Paula ja tinha sua calcinha puxada para o lado e cavalgava um dos caras, enquanto chupava o outro. Vendo a cena meu tesÃ£o aumentou ainda mais e comecei a chupar o que estava comigo com mais tesÃ£o ainda. Percebendo o meu estado, o cara que eu tava chupando resolveu sentar e pediu para eu cavalga-lo tambÃ©m, o que fiz logo que ele colocou uma camisinha. Nisso um outro garoto com cara de bem novo veio pro meu lado e me ofereceu o cacete para mim chup-alo, o que fiz, mas ele devia ser bem inexperiente, pois logo gozou, enchendo minha boca de gozo. O que me penetrava vendo a cena, tambÃ©m gozou. Assim como os dois que estavam com a Paula gozaram tambÃ©m. Terminada a foda, eu e Paula fomos atÃ© o banheiro, onde haviam outras mulheres se limpando e comentando sobre a transa que acabaram e de ter. Nos limpamos, retocamos a maquiagem e somente de calcinha, retornamos para o salÃ£o, onde conhecemos novos caras e transamos mais algumas vezes. LÃ¡ pelas tantas da madruga eu e Paula, apÃ³s muitos gozos resolvemos ir embora. Eu ainda preservava a minha calcinha, mas a Paula perdeu a dela. Fomos atÃ© o banheiro, nos limpamos, vestimos nossas roupas e saÃmos em direÃ§Ã£o a um hotelzinho que tinha nas proximidades, jÃ¡ que nÃ£o podÃamos voltar para a nossa casa, senÃ£o nossa mentirinha seria descoberta. JÃ¡ no hotel, ao contarmos o dinheiro que ganhamos, atÃ© nos surpreendemos pelo alto valor e passamos a entender o porque que muitas amigas nossas, tornaram-se garotas de programas, pois em trÃªs horas que ficamos na boate, eu e Paula arrecadamos mais de quinhentos reais, mas como disse, nÃ£o precisÃ¡vamos e nem precisamos vender nossos corpos, pois fomos ali por uma nova experiÃªncia e nos satisfazermos. Eu disse a Paula que aquela tinha sido minha maior loucura, mas que deixou-me bastante satisfeita, embora eu nÃ£o tenha conseguido gozar. Paula disse que estava cheia de tesÃ£o tambÃ©m, pois tambÃ©m nÃ£o gozara e caso eu topasse poderÃamos experimentar algo novo e nos aliviar mutuamente. Entendi a insinuaÃ§Ã£o e disse que por mim tudo bem e passei para a cama dela, onde passamos a nos tocar e nos chupar atÃ© que ela me fez gozar e eu a ela. Satisfeitas e saciadas nesta nossa primeira experiÃªncia bi, relaxamos e dormimos abraÃ§adinhas, despertando por volta das oito da manha. EntÃ£o levantamos e fomos juntinhas tomar um banho, onde nos tocamos, nos beijamos e gozamos novamente. Surgia ali uma dupla implacÃ¡vel e insaciÃ¡vel na matÃ©ria sexo e daÃ pra frente tivemos muitras experiÃªncias novas, com outras mulheres, casais, travestis e homens, muitos homens, mas sempre fechando as relaÃ§Ãµes, comigo e ela transando para o deleite de nossos fikantes.
Ana Carolina â ItaguaÃ - RJ
|IRMÃOS SEPARADOS POR UMA COPA|
Kevin e JerÃ´me Boateng: irmÃ£os separados pela Copa
Ã normal dois irmÃ£os se enfrentarem em nÃvel de clubes, como jÃ¡ ocorreu com os holandeses Ronald e Frank de Boer, os dinamarqueses Michael e Brian Laudrup, aquio no Brasil entre o volante Fernando (ex-Flamengo) e o meia Carlos Alberto (ex-Vasco), entre muitos outros. Mas seria inimaginÃ¡vel dois irmÃ£os nascidos no mesmo paÃs, criados juntos, atuarem por duas seleÃ§Ãµes diferentes e se enfrentarem, concordam? Pois os irmÃ£os Kevin-Prince e JÃ©rÃ´me Boateng se tornaram pioneiros nesta prÃ¡tica numa Copa do Mundo..
Ambos sÃ£o nascidos em Wilmersdorf, vilarejo nos arredores da capital alemÃ£ Berlin, filhos de mÃ£e alemÃ£ e pai ganÃªs. Kevin-Prince nasceu em 6 de marÃ§o de 1987, enquanto JÃ©rÃ´me, em 3 de setembro de 1988. O primeiro, meia, comeÃ§ou a dar seus primeiros passos no futebol nas categorias de base do amador Reinickendorfer FÃ¼chse e logo apÃ³s ingressou nos juvenis do Hertha Berlin. JÃ¡ o segundo, que Ã© zagueiro, deu seus primeiros chutes no Tennis Borussia Berlin e logo depois juntou-se a Kevin nas escolinhas do Hertha.
A separaÃ§Ã£o dos irmÃ£os comeÃ§ou quando o mais velho foi contratado pelo inglÃªs Tottenham Hotspur em 2007 apÃ³s duas temporadas entre os profissionais do clube alemÃ£o. JÃ©rÃ´me permaneceu em Berlin por mais alguns meses atÃ© ser negociado com o Hamburgo. Pelo bom futebol apresentador pelos dois naturalmente foram convocados para a seleÃ§Ãµes de base da Alemanha. Kevin defendeu as cores sub-21 germÃ¢nicas atÃ© 2007, enquanto seu irmÃ£o atuou atÃ© 2009 e conseguiu o tÃtulo europeu na categoria.
JÃ©rÃ´me foi convocado para a seleÃ§Ã£o alemÃ£ principal pela primeira vez em outubro de 2009 para uma partida diante da RÃºssia - neste jogo foi expulso apÃ³s receber dois cartÃµes amarelos. JÃ¡ Kevin havia sido preterido devido Ã forte concorrÃªncia no setor de meio-campo alemÃ£o, que jÃ¡ contava com nomes de bastante qualidade como Ballack, Schweinsteiger, Trochowski, Khedira e etc.
Em 2009, mesmo apÃ³s conselhos de seu ex-treinador do Hertha Berlin Dieter HoeneÃ de optar por defender seu paÃs natal, Kevin-Prince comunicou ao atual tÃ©cnico do selecionado Joachim LÃ¶w que vestiria a camisa de Gana para disputar a Copa do Mundo de 2010 na Ãfrica do Sul. JÃ¡ seu irmÃ£o caÃ§ula, que Ã Ã©poca acertou sua ida para o Manchester City, continuava a disputar as partidas eliminatÃ³rias para o torneio pela Alemanha e foi convocado para a disputa da competiÃ§Ã£o, assim como Kevin. Curiosamente, este Ãºltimo, entÃ£o atleta do Portsmouth, foi responsÃ¡vel pelo corte do capitÃ£o alemÃ£o Michael Ballack do Mundial, quando atingiu de forma violenta o "conterrÃ¢neo" do Chelsea, que teve os ligamentos de seu tornozelo lesionados, na decisÃ£o da FA Cup inglesa.
Quis o destino que alemÃ£es e ganeses caÃssem no mesmo Grupo D da Copa e em 23 de junho de 2010, na cidade de Joannesburgo, pela primeira vez na histÃ³ria do futebol dois irmÃ£os se enfrentassem por duas seleÃ§Ãµes distintas. JÃ©rÃ´me Boateng se deu melhor que Kevin-Prince Boateng e os alemÃ£es venceram os ganeses por 1 a 0.
JerÃ´me defende as cores do Bayern de Munique desde 2011 e estÃ¡ novamente entre os 23 convocados por LÃ¶w para a disputa do Mundial aqui do Brasil. JÃ¡ Kevin-Prince deixou o Portsmouth logo apÃ³s a Copa de 2010 rumo ao italiano Genoa. Depois passou por Milan e hoje veste a camisa do alemÃ£o Schalke 04. Neste dia 21 de junho de 2014 em Fortaleza, apenas 2 dias antes de se completarem 4 anos exatos do primeiro embate histÃ³rico, irmÃ£os separados por uma Copa voltarÃ£o aos gramados defendendo suas naÃ§Ãµes, seja de nascimento ou de adoÃ§Ã£o.
Abaixo, dados e estatÃsticas dos irmÃ£os em lados opostos na Copa do Mundo.
* Nome: JÃ©rÃ´me Boateng
* Nascimento: 3 de setembro de 1988 em Wilmersdorf/ALE
* PosiÃ§Ã£o: zagueiro
* Clubes (4): Hertha Berlin (2006/07), Hamburgo (2007 a 2010), Manchester City/ING (2010 a 2011) e Bayern de Munique (desde 2011)
* TÃtulos (10): Campeonato Europeu de SeleÃ§Ãµes sub-21 (2009), FA Cup (2011), Supercopa AlemÃ£ (2012), Liga dos CampeÃµes da Europa (2012/13), Supercopa da UEFA (2013), Mundial de Clubes (2013), Copa da Alemanha (2012/13 e 2013/14) e Campeonato AlemÃ£o (2012/13 e 2013/14)
* SeleÃ§Ã£o alemÃ£: 40 partidas e nenhum gol desde 2009
* Nome: Kevin-Prince Boateng
* Nascimento: 6 de marÃ§o de 1987 em Wilmersdorf/ALE
* PosiÃ§Ã£o: meio-campo
* Clubes (7): Hertha Berlin (2005 a 2007), Tottenham Hotspur/ING (2007 a 2009), Borussia Dortmund (2009), Portsmouth/ING (desde 2009), Genoa/ITA (2010), Milan/ITA (2010 a 2013) e Schalke 04 (desde 2013)
* TÃtulos (3): Copa da Liga inglesa (2007/08), Campeonato Italiano (2010/11) e Supercopa da ItÃ¡lia (2011)
* SeleÃ§Ã£o ganesa: 6 partidas e 2 gols desde 2010
Obs.: Dados atualizados atÃ© 20/06/2014
Foto 1: Alessandra Tarantino/AP
Foto 2: TheFA.com
|LifeProof FrÄ 5.5" Cover Zwart|
|Carnival in Guinea Bissau|
What a good decision that was - I would recommend this carnival to anyone! A riot of drumming and colour!
The parades started at 4pm on Monday, with each of nine districts of the capital putting on their own displays in a relay that lasted until well after dark at 7.30pm (a little sad for those parading last given the lack of street lighting in Bissau), with the same pattern the next day for the regional displays. The basic format was the same for each district, first the dancers in costume, and then those sporting giant papier-mache masks, all accompanied by fast and frantic drumming.
The papier-mache masks were enormously varied and impressive, from tigers and dragons, pieces of fruit and vegetables, army chiefs and colonial administrators, fishing boats and - my favourite - a turtle mask, its poor 'wearer' having to crawl along on all fours around the carnival route.
The crowd were enjoying it all immensely, pressing forward into the road; every so often the police would hit out with big sticks to get them back into place. Others were perched in the branches of trees to get a better view - and at one point a branch fell with the weight of the people there and a commotion ensued as an ambulance forced its way through the crowd to collect the injured. But nothing could stop the party spirit.
It all reminded me, again, of what it is that makes me so enjoy my life here. It is that Africa, unlike the West, has not yet lost its primitive side. The rhythms are of night and day, and seasons (rather than of clocks and calendars) accompanied by the rhythms of the drums and the wonderfully expressive forms of African dance. They bring both a feeling of being at peace with the environment and a joy in being alive. Perhaps that is why most Africans, despite the pervasive poverty, are usually smiling.
|Mud marvels in Mali|
It was a great feeling - one of exhilaration - as the 5am bus pulled away from the dark little side-street in central Bamako to start the 580km trip north-east to Djenne.
I first visited Djenne 13 years ago, and I wasn't going to let coups, rebellions or ill-informed foreign office advice stop me from going back. I'd checked and double-checked and Djenne is safe. But with much of Mali currently so unsafe there are no tourists coming, and with the embassies advising against all travel to Mali even the business travellers are leaving as quickly as they can - so I knew that I would have Djenne all to myself.
I hope I didn't raise any false hopes (please, readers, go to Djenne, and spend money there!) but it was nice to feel so welcome and wonderful to wander the streets and visit a couple of nearby villages without seeing another tourist. The need for tourist $ also meant I was allowed inside the famous mosque, nornally off-limits to tourists (although to be honest the interior turned out to be far less impressive than the exterior).
Djenne is a truly beautiful place, one of my favourite towns/cities in the world. Buildings are built with banco (mud mixed with millet straw) in traditional styles maintained by a strict guild of masons, and are regularly replastered to counter rain damage. Located in the Niger inland delta, the surrounding land is a floodplain, underwater for several months of the year. During my visit the water had only partly receded, so the town was effectively an island reachable only by crossing a bridge or taking a ride in a pirogue.
|Is the Negative Voice the Evil Inclination?||I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts today - Jonathan Roche's No Excuses Weight Loss on Blog Talk Radio. It isn't really about weight loss, although that may well be a welcome side effect of listening to Jonathan in the long term. It's really about the Lizard Brain, the Imposter Police, or what Jonathan calls the Negative Voice. Jonathan encourages listeners to exercise, eat well, but most importantly, to learn to silence that voice that tells them that they aren't worthy of all those loving efforts.|
So why am I blogging about this now? I've been listening to Jonathan for years. I enjoy his direct approach, his gentle humour, and his uncanny ability to put his finger on the real issues his callers are struggling with. But today he spoke with a long-time listener from Israel, a guy named Steve. That was interesting enough in itself as the overwhelming majority of Jonathan's callers are female, although Jonathan handles male callers with the same ease and aplomb, with no hint of awkwardness. Steve has been dealing with some major health issues, but he's been doing well recently - swimming, walking and becoming more fit. That's all good, but then Steve said something I found quite fascinating. Jonathan commented on his positive attitude in the face of his health challenges, and Steve said that the Negative Voice was "what we call in Hebrew the yetzer ha'ra - the Evil Inclination."
According to Jewish tradition, children are born with the Evil Inclination, but start to develop the Good Inclination (the yetzer hatov) after they become Bar or Bat Mitzvah (13 or 12 years of age for boys and girls, respectively). The Good Inclination's job is to control the Evil Inclination, to make a child who is only interested in pleasure into a responsible adult who is an asset to the community. It is a long struggle.
But the rabbis did not see the Evil Inclination as a demon to be exorcised - it is considered the source of many good things in life. If the Evil Inclination were banished, there would be no marriage or procreation, no one would bother to work or invent anything, ambition would be gone. The Evil Inclination drives people to desire.
How can this powerful force for creation be the Negative Voice or the Lizard Brain? The Evil Inclination is not fearful. It doesn't call us names - on the contrary, it flatters us into action we may regret. Maybe it convinces us to eat cake we don't need, but I imagine that the desire to increase health and energy comes from the same source. The Good Inclination doesn't lead to the kind of fierce joy we get from being strong. If anything, it is more likely to put us in our place - maybe the Negative Voice is more related to the Good Inclination? How confusing.
It seems that the traditional Jewish concepts of Evil and Good Inclinations don't map easily onto the idea of a Negative Voice or Lizard Brain or Resistance that is trying to keep everything status quo, keep your head down and don't rock the boat. If anything, that much-lauded Good Inclination would play the bad guy role, as it takes the Evil Inclination's wild energy and bops it on the head and pushes it into socially acceptable directions. Yet, anyone who does not learn how to function in society, at least minimally, is going to be seriously distracted from their creativity and art by the difficulties of everyday life. Wheels within wheels and layers within layers!
This has turned out to be a somewhat abstruse blog post, but I really love combining different parts of my life in this way. I hope you like thinking about these things, too.
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|The travesty that is Australia's asylum seeker offshore detention policy -"If they had arrived by airplane and with a tourist visa then they would be here."|
It seems the truth will out.
After the United States completes its vetting of asylum seekers held in overseas detention by the Australian Government it is not obliged to take even one of those individuals U.S. immigration officials have examined.
In May 2017 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed 268 people had completed their second-stage security interview with US officials: 220 in Nauru and 48 on Manus Island.
U.S. immigration officials halted screening interviews and departed Nauru on 14 July 2017, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the US had reached its annual refugee intake cap.
However, under the original agreement once that vetting is completed Australia becomes obliged to resettle between 20 and 50 people under a U.S. "Protection Transfer Arrangement" in Costa Rica set up to resettle refugees from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Prime Minister Turnbull verbally changed that undertaking to an open-ended number of people the Trump Administration might be âvery keen on getting out of the United Statesâ.
There is no indication that the U.S. Government intends to complete its vetting of those detained on Nauru and Manus islands.
The Washington Post, 3 August 2017:
The Washington Post has obtained transcripts of two conversations President Trump had with foreign leaders: one with Mexican President Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto and another with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The transcripts were prepared by the White House but have not been released. The Post is publishing reproductions rather than original documents in order to protect sources. The reproductions below also include minor spelling and grammatical mistakes that appeared in the documentsâ¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
JANUARY 28, 2017 FROM 5:05 TO 5:29 P.M. EST.
Mr. Prime Minister, how are you?
I am doing very well.
And I guess our friend Greg Norman, he is doing very well?
He is a great mutual friend yes.
Well you say hello to him. He is a very good friend. By the way thank you very much for taking the call. I really appreciate it. It is really nice.
Thank you very much. Everything is going very well. I want to congratulate you and Mike Pence on being sworn in now. I have spoken to you both now as you know. I know we are both looking to make our relationship which is very strong and intimate, stronger than ever â which I believe we can do.
I believe you and I have similar backgrounds, unusual for politicians, more businessman but I look forward to working together.
That is exactly right. We do have similar backgrounds and it seems to be working in this climate â it is a crazy climate. Let me tell you this, it is an evil time but it is a complex time because we do not have uniforms standing in front of us. Instead, we have people in disguise. It is brutal. This ISIS thing â it is something we are going to devote a lot of energy to it. I think we are going to be very successful.
Absolutely. We have, as you know, taken a very strong line on national security and border protection here and when I was speaking with Jared Kushner just the other day and one of your immigration advisors in the White House we reflected on how our policies have helped to inform your approach. We are very much of the same mind. It is very interesting to know how you prioritize the minorities in your Executive Order. This is exactly what we have done with the program to bring in 12,000 Syrian refugees, 90% of which will be Christians. It will be quite deliberate and the position I have taken â I have been very open about it â is that it is a tragic fact of life that when the situation in the Middle East settles down â the people that are going to be most unlikely to have a continuing home are those Christian minorities. We have seen that in Iraq and so from our point of view, as a final destination for refugees, that is why we prioritize. It is not a sectarian thing. It is recognition of the practical political realities. We have a similar perspective in that respect.
Do you know four years ago Malcom, I was with a man who does this for a living. He was telling me, before the migration, that if you were a Christian from Syria, you had no chance of coming to the United States. Zero. They were the ones being persecuted. When I say persecuted, I mean their heads were being chopped off. If you were a Muslim we have nothing against Muslims, but if you were a Muslim you were not persecuted at least to the extent â but if you were a Muslim from Syria that was the number one place to get into the United States from. That was the easiest thing. But if you were a Christian from Syria you have no chance of getting into the United States. I just thought it was an incredible statistic. Totally true â and you have seen the same thing. It is incredible.
Well, yes. Mr. President, can I return to the issue of the resettlement agreement that we had with the Obama administration with respect to some people on Nauru and Manus Island. I have written to you about this and Mike Pence and General Flynn spoke with Julie Bishop and my National Security Advisor yesterday. This is a very big issue for us, particularly domestically, and I do understand you are inclined to a different point of view than the Vice President.
Well, actually I just called for a total ban on Syria and from many different countries from where there is terror, and extreme vetting for everyone else â and somebody told me yesterday that close to 2,000 people are coming who are really probably troublesome. And I am saying, boy that will make us look awfully bad. Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people. Really it looks like 2,000 people that Australia does not want and I do not blame you by the way, but the United States has become like a dumping ground. You know Malcom, anybody that has a problem â you remember the Mariel boat lift, where Castro let everyone out of prison and Jimmy Carter accepted them with open arms. These were brutal people. Nobody said Castro was stupid, but now what are we talking about is 2,000 people that are actually imprisoned and that would actually come into the United States. I heard about this â I have to say I love Australia; I love the people of Australia. I have so many friends from Australia, but I said â geez that is a big ask, especially in light of the fact that we are so heavily in favor, not in favor, but we have no choice but to stop things. We have to stop. We have allowed so many people into our country that should not be here. We have our San Bernardinoâs, we have had the World Trade Center come down because of people that should not have been in our country, and now we are supposed to take 2,000. It sends such a bad signal. You have no idea. It is such a bad thing.
Can you hear me out Mr. President?
Yeah, go ahead.
Yes, the agreement, which the Vice President just called the Foreign Minister about less than 24 hours ago and said your Administration would be continuing, does not require you to take 2,000 people. It does not require you to take any. It requires, in return, for us to do a number of things for the United States â this is a big deal, I think we should respect deals.
Who made the deal? Obama?
Yes, but let me describe what it is. I think it is quite consistent. I think you can comply with it. It is absolutely consistent with your Executive Order so please just hear me out. The obligation is for the United States to look and examine and take up to and only if they so choose â 1,250 to 2,000. Every individual is subject to your vetting. You can decide to take them or to not take them after vetting. You can decide to take 1,000 or 100. It is entirely up to you. The obligation is to only go through the process. So that is the first thing. Secondly, the people â none of these people are from the conflict zone. They are basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. That is the vast bulk of them. They have been under our supervision for over three years now and we know exactly everything about them.
Why havenât you let them out? Why have you not let them into your society?
Okay, I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people â
That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.
This is our experience.
Because you do not want to destroy your country. Look at what has happened in Germany. Look at what is happening in these countries. These people are crazy to let this happen. I spoke to Merkel today, and believe me, she wishes she did not do it. Germany is a mess because of what happened.
I agree with you, letting one million Syrians walk into their country. It was one of the big factors in the Brexit vote, frankly.
Well, there could be two million people coming in Germany. Two million people. Can you believe it? It will never be the same.
I stood up at the UN in September and set up what our immigration policy was. I said that you cannot maintain popular support for immigration policy, multiculturalism, unless you can control your borders. The bottom line is that we got here. I am asking you as a very good friend. This is a big deal. It is really, really important to us that we maintain it. It does not oblige you to take one person that you do not want. As I have said, your homeland officials have visited and they have already interviewed these people. You can decide. It is at your discretion. So you have the wording in the Executive Order that enables the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State to admit people on a case by case basis in order to conform with an existing agreement. I do believe that you will never find a better friend to the United States than Australia. I say this to you sincerely that it is in the mutual interest of the United States to say, âyes, we can conform with that deal â we are not obliged to take anybody we do not want, we will go through extreme vettingâ and that way you are seen to show the respect that a trusted ally wants and deserves. We will then hold up our end of the bargain by taking in our country 31 [inaudible] that you need to move on from.
Malcom [sic], why is this so important? I do not understand. This is going to kill me. I am the worldâs greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people and I agree I can vet them, but that puts me in a bad position. It makes me look so bad and I have only been here a week.
With great respect, that is not right â It is not 2,000.
Well, it is close. I have also heard like 5,000 as well.
The given number in the agreement is 1,250 and it is entirely a matter of your vetting. I think that what you could say is that the Australian government is consistent with the principles set out in the Executive Order.
No, I do not want say that. I will just have to say that unfortunately I will have to live with what was said by Obama. I will say I hate it. Look, I spoke to Putin, Merkel, Abe of Japan, to France today, and this was my most unpleasant call because I will be honest with you. I hate taking these people. I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.
I would not be so sure about that. They are basically â
Well, maybe you should let them out of prison. I am doing this because Obama made a bad deal. I am not doing this because it fits into my Executive Order. I am taking 2,000 people from Australia who are in prison and the day before I signed an Executive Order saying that we are not taking anybody in. We are not taking anybody in, those days are over.
But can I say to you, there is nothing more important in business or politics than a deal is a deal. Look, you and I have a lot of mutual friends.
Look, I do not know how you got them to sign a deal like this, but that is how they lost the election. They said I had no way to 270 and I got 306. That is why they lost the election, because of stupid deals like this. You have brokered many a stupid deal in business and I respect you, but I guarantee that you broke many a stupid deal. This is a stupid deal. This deal will make me look terrible.
Mr. President, I think this will make you look like a man who stands by the commitments of the United States. It shows that you are a committed â
Okay, this shows me to be a dope. I am not like this but, if I have to do it, I will do it but I do not like this at all. I will be honest with you. Not even a little bit. I think it is ridiculous and Obama should have never signed it. The only reason I will take them is because I have to honor a deal signed by my predecessor and it was a rotten deal. I say that it was a stupid deal like all the other deals that this country signed. You have to see what I am doing. I am unlocking deals that were made by people, these people were incompetent. I am not going to say that it fits within the realm of my Executive Order. We are going to allow 2,000 prisoners to come into our country and it is within the realm of my Executive Order? If that is the case my Executive Order does not mean anything Malcom [sic]. I look like a dope. The only way that I can do this is to say that my predecessor made a deal and I have no option then to honor the deal. I hate having to do it, but I am still going to vet them very closely. Suppose I vet them closely and I do not take any?
That is the point I have been trying to make.
How does that help you?
Well, we assume that we will act in good faith.
Does anybody know who these people are? Who are they? Where do they come from? Are they going to become the Boston bomber in five years? Or two years? Who are these people?
Let me explain. We know exactly who they are. They have been on Nauru or Manus for over three years and the only reason we cannot let them into Australia is because of our commitment to not allow people to come by boat. Otherwise we would have let them in. If they had arrived by airplane and with a tourist visa then they would be here.
Malcom [sic], but they are arrived on a boat?
Correct, we have stopped the boats.
Give them to the United States. We are like a dumping ground for the rest of the world. I have been here for a period of time, I just want this to stop. I look so foolish doing this. It [sic] know it is good for you but it is bad for me. It is horrible for me. This is what I am trying to stop. I do not want to have more San Bernardinoâs or World Trade Centers. I could name 30 others, but I do not have enough time.
These guys are not in that league. They are economic refugees.
Okay, good. Can Australia give me a guarantee that if we have any problems â you know that is what they said about the Boston bombers. They said they were wonderful young men.
They were Russians. They were not from any of these countries.
They were from wherever they were.
Please, if we can agree to stick to the deal, you have complete discretion in terms of a security assessment. The numbers are not 2,000 but 1,250 to start. Basically, we are taking people from the previous administration that they were very keen on getting out of the United States. We will take more. We will take anyone that you want us to take. The only people that we do not take are people who come by boat. So we would rather take a not very attractive guy that help you out then to take a Noble [sic] Peace Prize winner that comes by boat. That is the point.
What is the thing with boats? Why do you discriminate against boats? No, I know, they come from certain regions. I get it.
No, let me explain why. The problem with the boats it that you are basically outsourcing your immigration program to people smugglers and also you get thousands of people drowning at sea. So what we say is, we will decide which people get to come to Australia who are refugees, economic migrants, businessmen, whatever. We decide. That is our decision. We are a generous multicultural immigration nation like the United States but the government decides, the peopleâs representatives decides. So that is the point. I am a highly transactional businessman like you and I know the deal has to work for both sides. Now Obama thought this deal worked for him and he drove a hard bargain with us â that it was agreed with Obama more than a year ago in the Oval Office, long before the election. The principles of the deal were agreed to.
I do not know what he got out of it. We never get anything out of it â START Treaty, the Iran deal. I do not know where they find these people to make these stupid deals. I am going to get killed on this thing.
You will not.
Yes, I will be seen as a weak and ineffective leader in my first week by these people. This is a killer.
You can certainly say that it was not a deal that you would have done, but you are going to stick with it.
I have no choice to say that about it. Malcom [sic], I am going to say that I have no choice but to honor my predecessorâs deal. I think it is a horrible deal, a disgusting deal that I would have never made. It is an embarrassment to the United States of America and you can say it just the way I said it. I will say it just that way. As far as I am concerned that is enough Malcom [sic]. I have had it. I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.
Do you want to talk about Syria and DPRK?
[inaudible] this is crazy.
Thank you for your commitment. It is very important to us.
It is important to you and it is embarrassing to me. It is an embarrassment to me, but at least I got you off the hook. So you put me back on the hook.
You can count on me. I will be there again and again.
I hope so. Okay, thank you Malcolm.
Okay, thank you.
END OF CALL
* My yellow highlighting.
|Report blows hole in wealth creation theory||A report released today by the OECD has put pay to the trickle down theory espoused by right wingers when seeking to justify the massive incomes of those working at the top of the financial sector.|
Those that insist that protecting the interests of the very wealthy will benefit the whole of the economy because they are "wealth creators" is rubbished by the findings of the new report "Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising."
Inequality around the world is rising fast and it's particularly bad in the UK where the top 10% now have incomes 12 times higher than the lowest 10%. This is up from a ratio of eight to one in 1985.
As Nicholas Timmins rightly concludes in the Financial Times:
"Trickle down theory is dead. The belief fostered by Ronald Reagan in the US and Margaret Thatcher in the UK in the 1980s, that if the rich got richer, their income and wealth would trickle down the income scale so that a rising tide lifted all the boats, has had the last rites pronounced on it."So if the rich bankers aren't really creating wealth for society, who really provides it? A good starting point would be a 2009 study by The New Economics Foundation which compared the social value of different occupations. For bankers it found that "while collecting salaries of between Â£500,000 and Â£10 million, leading City bankers destroy Â£7 of social value for every pound in value they generate."
Tax accountants meanwhile destroy Â£47 for every Â£1 in value they generate.
In comparison it showed that childcare workers generate between Â£7 and Â£9.50 and hospital cleaners more than Â£10 of benefits for society for every Â£1 they are paid.
The OECD recommends that to stem the tide of rising inequality investment in "human capital" is vital and that "more and better" jobs should be created.
"Once the transition from school to work has been accomplished, there must be sufficient incentives for workers and employers to invest in skills throughout the working life."We will only recognise these challenges if jobs are created for those who are society's real wealth creators. Stopping the damaging public sector cuts would be a wise place to start.
|Everything We Know About Battlefield 4 Multiplayer|
At the EA booth I jumped into a 64-player conquest battle in the Siege at Shanghai map. After playing through a couple rounds and speaking with executive producer Patrick Bach, here is what I learned.
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|QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - OS REIS DO STONER ROCK|
NÂº72 MOTO REPORT Dezembro 2007
Stoner Rock Ã© um subgÃ©nero do rock, caracterizado por possuir riffs de guitarra graves e lentos, com grande influÃªncia do psicadelismo lisÃ©rgico dos anos 70. Os QOTSA serÃ£o talvez a banda mais emblemÃ¡tica deste movimento do rock alternativo. Os seus temas sÃ£o intensos e vigorosos, tal como o som de uns drag pipes num motor V2.
Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, John Garcia e Alfredo Hernandez formaram uma banda californiana chamada Kyuss que, apÃ³s ter sido apadrinhada pelo produtor Chris Goss, saiu do completo anonimato para se tornar numa referÃªncia da cena heavy-metal americana, chegando inclusivamente a figurar como o principal Ãcone do stoner rock Ã Ã©poca. No entanto, apesar da popularidade, os Kyuss dissolvem-se em 1995. O lÃder e guitarrista, Josh Homme, muda-se nessa altura para Seattle para ingressar na formaÃ§Ã£o dos Screaming Trees, como segundo guitarrista, durante a digressÃ£o do Ã¡lbum Dust de 1996. A banda participa na Ãºltima ediÃ§Ã£o do festival Lollapalooza, tocando ao lado de bandas como os Sound-garden e os Metallica. A partir de 1997, com as actividades dos Screaming Trees tornam-se cada vez mais esparsas, Josh encontra o tempo suficiente para trabalhar num projecto prÃ³prio. Foi o inÃcio da sÃ©rie âDesert Sessionsâ, iniciativa que lhe permitiu expressar-se com maior liberdade, no mais puro experimentalismo. âDesert Sessionsâ foram sessÃµes experimentais de estÃºdio, criadas por Josh Homme em parceria com mÃºsicos de diversas bandas de rock americanas, com a intenÃ§Ã£o de compor novas mÃºsicas, porÃ©m sem fins comerciais. As gravaÃ§Ãµes iniciaram-se em Agosto de 1997 e foram feitas num estÃºdio que ficou conhecido como Rancho De La Luna, na cidade de Joshua Tree, localizada num deserto no interior do estado da CalifÃ³rnia (terra natal de Josh Homme). Foram seis Ã¡lbuns extraÃdos das âDesert Sessionsâ que, mesmo sem objectivos comerciais, acabaram por ser lanÃ§ados mais tarde pela editora independente Manâs Ruin Records. Na sequÃªncia das âDesert Sessionsâ, Josh resolve formar outra banda, os QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Com a ajuda do baterista Alfredo Hernandez, Josh retorna Ã regiÃ£o do deserto californiano para trabalhar o som da nova banda. Embora o som dos QOTSA, Ã primeira impressÃ£o, relembre os Kyuss, fica bem claro que se trata de uma proposta diferente, com uma sonoridade mais eclÃ©tica. O primeiro disco (homÃ³nimo) foi financiado pela prÃ³pria banda e acabou por ser lanÃ§ado em Setembro de 1998 pela editora Loosegroove, de Stone Gossard, guitarrista dos Pearl Jam. O Ã¡lbum teve uma repercussÃ£o impressionante e ajudou a fixar o nome dos QOTSA como uma das grandes promessas emergentes do rock alternativo. A banda esteve em digressÃ£o durante quase dois anos, tocando com grandes nomes como Bad Religion, Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole e Ween. Em Junho de 2000, os Screaming Trees terminam, deixando Josh exclusivamente dedicado aos QOTSA que, de volta a Palm Desert, trabalhou no seu segundo Ã¡lbum que contaria com vÃ¡rias participaÃ§Ãµes especiais. No mesmo mÃªs foi lanÃ§ado âRated Râ, desta vez pela Interscope. O disco que possui, entre outras, as participaÃ§Ãµes de Mark Lanegan e Barrett Martin dos Screaming Trees, Rob Halford dos Judas Priest e Pete Stahl dos Scream e Goatsnake, Ã© recebido com entusiasmo pela crÃtica, mas nÃ£o atinge grandes cifras de vendas, apesar de conter canÃ§Ãµes candidatas a hit, tal como âFeel Good Hit of the Summerâ e âThe Lost Art of Keeping a Secretâ. Para o segundo disco, os QOTSA contaram com a participaÃ§Ã£o de dois bateristas: Gene Troutman e Nicky Lucero. Finalizado este trabalho, os Queens of the Stone Age embarcaram em mais uma exaustiva tournÃ©e de dois anos pelo mundo fora, incluindo uma memorÃ¡vel apresentaÃ§Ã£o no Rock in Rio em Janeiro de 2001, onde Nick Oliveri se apresentaria em palco completamente nu. No ano seguinte a banda jÃ¡ estava em estÃºdio a preparar o seu terceiro disco. Mark Lanegan integra definitivamente o colectivo como segundo vocalista, enquanto que, na bateria, a banda contaria com a participaÃ§Ã£o do ilustre Dave Grohl, ex-Nirvana e lÃder dos Foo Fighters. Com o disco pronto, os QOTSA, encetam mais uma tour com Lanegan e Grohl. âSongs for the Deafâ Ã© lanÃ§ado em Agosto e o sucesso entre pÃºblico e crÃtica Ã© quase unÃ¢nime. Em 2004, a banda passa por uma fase mais complicada. Depois de Dave Grohl retornar aos Foo Fighters (lanÃ§ando logo apÃ³s um disco que possui influÃªncias bem expressivas do seu perÃodo na banda de Josh Homme), Joey Castillo assume as baquetas do grupo. Contudo, haveriam mais baixas: Josh resolve demitir Nick Oliveri, alegando estar cansado do comportamento completamente irresponsÃ¡vel do baixista. Mark Lanegan aproveita e tambÃ©m abandona a banda. Ã lanÃ§ado o EP âStone Age Complicationsâ, numa tentativa de abafar a turbulÃªncia, enquanto Josh Homme tenta reorganizar a banda para gravar o 4Âº Ã¡lbum. Ã entÃ£o lanÃ§ado âLullabies to Paralyzeâ e com ele surge uma proposta diferente dos QOTSA. Embora muita da ferocidade da banda tenha sido suprimida neste trabalho, Ã© trazida Ã tona toda a capacidade dos restantes membros comporem melodias mais densas, sombrias e perturbadoramente pesadas. Com o line-up refeito, Josh Homme, Alain Johannes (multi-instrumentista que jÃ¡ tinha colaborado nas Desert Sessions com Chris Cornell), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitarrista, ex-A Perfect Circle), Natasha Shneider e Joey Castillo saem em digressÃ£o internacional. Momentos marcantes dessa Ã©poca sÃ£o: a gravaÃ§Ã£o do MTV Akustik Session em Berlim, a reuniÃ£o com John Garcia (exvocalista dos Kyuss) para um concerto, cantando canÃ§Ãµes da antiga banda, e a gravaÃ§Ã£o do primeiro CD/DVD ao vivo âOver The Years And Through The Woodsâ em Londres. Devido ao adiamento de dois concertos nesta cidade, os mÃºsicos decidiram presentear o pÃºblico com um EP contendo a faixa inÃ©dita âThe Fun Machine Took A Shit & Diedâ, supostamente âperdidaâ durante as gravaÃ§Ãµes de âLullabies to Paralyzeâ. De regresso aos EUA, Josh Homme e Brody Dalle (vocalista e guitarrista dos The Distillers) tiveram uma filha e, na altura, pouco se sabia sobre o que a banda faria a seguir. No entanto, no segundo semestre de 2006, os QOTSA entram em estÃºdio para gravar seu 5Âº Ã¡lbum, novamente com a produÃ§Ã£o de Chris Goss. O Ã¡lbum, intitulado âEra Vulgarisâ, Ã© finalizado em MarÃ§o de 2007. Rumores indicariam que Alain e Natasha haviam decidido voltar as suas atenÃ§Ãµes para a sua banda original, Eleven. Mais uma vez ocorreram boatos de que Oliveri voltaria ao grupo, muito em funÃ§Ã£o da interrupÃ§Ã£o abrupta dos concertos da sua actual banda, Mondo Generator. Entretanto, os zunzuns foram desmentidos apÃ³s a contrataÃ§Ã£o de Michael Shuman, dos Wires On Fire. O novo Ã¡lbum tem colaboraÃ§Ãµes de Jesse Hughes (dos Eagles Of Death Metal), Trent Reznor (dos Nine Inch Nails) e Julian Casablancas (dos Strokes). Billy Gibbons (dos ZZ Top) e Mark Lanegan asseguram tambÃ©m a sua participaÃ§Ã£o como convidados.
Josh Homme â Voz, guitarra e baixo
Troy Van Leeuwen - guitarra, baixo e
Joey Castillo â bateria
Michael Shuman â baixo
Dean Fertita â teclas
Queens of the
Over The Years
And Through The
Songs for the Deaf
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|Kauai Day One!||On June 21st around 10:30 pm I arrived at my friend's where I would be spending the night so her mom could drive us and her brother my friend's brother to the airport at San Jose, a three hour drive from where we would begin. I was expecting my friend to be asleep because of our early start that next morning, but she and her mom was awake and eating Chinese salad, so we all stayed up chatting and preparing until nearly 1:00 a.m. |
Our alarms went off at 2:00 a.m.
After dragging myself out of their comfy guest bedroom where my friend and I had slept that night, we got all of our things together and were in the car before 3:00 a.m. driving sleepily to San Jose. I was completely wiped and fell asleep on the side of the car, the headrest in front of me, and my friend's leg multiple times, and when I next awoke, it was 5:00 and we were nearing the airport. my friend's mom dropped us off and we said our goodbye's before heading inside with our (heavy!) bags on our (tired!) feet. It was a bit of a struggle to get our bags checked, mainly because there was no correctly marked lines or directions and the airport lady running around would says something that confused us and then run off again. But we did it eventually! Then we went through the longest security line ever! It was like standing in line at Space Mountain at Disneyland. We finally made it through and then we were in the airport terminals. We were also hungry.
So we went to Starbucks and I had a white mocha and a cranberry scone, and my friend and her brother got croissants and a breakfast sandwich. Yummy! We chugged our drinks because it was time for us to get in line to board at that time, on the smallest big plane I've ever been on. It held maybe 80 people and had the teeeniest seats ever! my friend and I sat together and my friend's brother a few seats in front of us. We departed by 7:20 a.m. and arrived a little over an hour later in LA. my friend dozed that whole flight and the waiting time before our next flight, but I wasn't able to sleep on that flight.
The next flight we took a shuttle (loooong ride!) across the airport to the proper terminal to get to our gate, which was either 43 or 48. We weren't sure because the screen had bad pixels. We thought it was 43. Our flight was meant to depart at 9:50. my friend fell asleep in the chair, I called Mom, Nick, Dad, and my aunt Terry who lives by LA, and then suddenly my friend's brother says, âIt's 9:50 and we haven't been called yet. I'm gonna go check it out.â Oblivious to the meaning of that sentence, I nod and he disappears, leaving me with a sleeping friend and some bags.
A few minutes later he jogs back and tells us to hurry, wake up, we're at the wrong gate and they are boarding NOW. We grab our stuff and book it to gate 48 and board the plane.
This flight we did not have seats next to each other, which was very disappointing. We were going to trade with people but no one was able to, so my friend was at the front, my friend's brother in the middle, and I in the very last row by the window, next to a family of four plus a cousin. It was a loooong flight. The kids across from me were quiet which I was thankful for, but not talking to anybody for five plus hours kind of sucked. my friend stopped by once and I got up once to use the bathroom and go say hi back, but as soon as I headed down the plane the seatbelt sign turned on and I got back down, and it was too difficult to get back out to attempt it again. I read Emma by Jane Austen and slept that flight away.
Finally we landed in Kauai! It was 12:56 p.m. Hawaiian time (three hours earlier than California) and we deplaned, got our bags, and started sweltering in the humidity. It was about 75 degrees in Kauai but the humidity made it feel like we were swimming through the air, definitely hot the dry heat we were used to around Sacramento.
We took a shuttle to the Hertz car rental place, where my friend (awesome my friend, who planned this whole damn thing) had rented us a Nissan Vesta AND where they got a surprise $150 discount on the underage driver thing because the guy had a coupon he gave us! Yay!
Then we drove off to Poipu, a resort area on the South side of the island, using my friend's brother's phone for a GPS. We didn't get lost, but it did take a while because all the drivers here are apparently sloooow! We were distracted, however, by the gorgeous lush plants and scenery and the amazing hills and cliffs. We drove through the resort area until we made it to our beautiful resort, and parked and trekked inside in our sticky airplane clothes, where we were greeted with âMahalo!â and given leis and told some of the resort's events and checked in. We then grabbed our bags and walked five or ten minutes to our building, and took the elevator to the third floor to our room.
Our ocean-front room.
The ocean in front of me as I type this is not an ocean you can wade in. It hits up against a rock bank/cliff and makes some impressive smashes, and is beautiful to see. The entire suite we have is gorgeous. It had a living room, a dining room, a full kitchen, a master bedroom with a king bed and a master bathroom with a huge tub and a huge shower, a smaller bedroom with a Queen bed, a smaller bathroom but still a large shower, and a few closets. And it had a balcony, which has a table and four chairs, a smaller side table, and a lounge chair that I am sitting on at 6:11 a.m. and typing this down in Open Office to hopefully transfer to my blog later today with some photos.
Anyhoo, after arriving yesterday we were sooo hungry because the long flight didn't feed you unless you paid $10 for a salad or sandwich, and since we had some trail mix bars it wasn't necessary. We decided to go down to the grill at the resort, and my friend and I had a delicious fresh fish sandwich with fries and my friend's brother had a burger. We were right by this huuuge pool that had lots of people swimming and lounging around. It was a pleasant spot.
There was also an incident.
A bird incident.
While we were eating, my friend noticed âthe cutest baby birds ever!â flocking around us hoping for some crumbs. I decided to feed them some even though my friend warned they would all come around and pester me for more. I tossed them a few crumbs and started to eat a french fry. I took a bite and had another bite to go when one of the small birds decided I wasn't sharing enough.
It flew at me, beating its wings in my face and hooking its claw around my lip for purchase as it tried to eat the french fry that I was eating. I screamed and flung my hand up at the bird, and it flew away, leaving me a panting pile of panic and the other two dying of laughter. The long and short of it is I do not in fact, now have bird rabies, and that I will never in my whole entire life feed birds again. (Later today I would find a placard by the main room that says "DO NOT FEED THE BIRDS". Oops).
Another odd thing happened during our dinner. I started getting really dizzy. I'm not sure why, if it was the lack of sleep, the two flights and possibly altitude sickness, or the humidity, but we came back to our room and all decided to lay down. I called Nick and talked for a while, still feeling like I was on a boat rocking back and forth even though I was laying down. We hung up and I decided to nap for a while. I fell asleep around 4 or 4:30.
I woke up after my friend and my friend's brother went to get groceries, after the rest of our party arrived (Drew, his brother Zach, and his girlfriend Allie) and after they had made and eaten a pizza and were chatting around the dining room table. It was after midnight.
I stumbled out, said hi, and stumbled to the bathroom to take out my horribly goopy and glued in contacts. Then I walked back out and redid my hi, sitting down and chatting for a while as well. Within the hour we were all back in bed, though I was afraid sleeping would be impossible now after a day of napping and six straight hours of sleep.
My friend and her brother took the master bedroom, Allie and I took the Queen bedroom, and Drew and Zach slept on the pull-out couch. Allie dropped off right away and it took me about two hours to get anywhere near sleep. I kept starting to doze off and then jerking awake. It was hard to sleep without Nick. I still woke up every two hours or so, but I managed to stay asleep until just before six. The rooms were humid (we had the window open to hear the ocean and it was looooud, it also rained sporadically and loudly through the whole night) and I was hot and not tired anymore. So, in the dark of the room, I grabbed my laptop and snuck through the living room where Drew and Zach were sleeping, opened the slider as quietly as possible, and sat down to write everything that happened yesterday, while watching the sunrise. (It's beautiful, by the way). It has been raining with sprinkles and outright downpours since I've been out here, but it is cooler and the mist is welcome. The ocean is crashing into the rocks and those (evil) small birds are chirping. I think I'm the only one awake right now, so I'll stay out here for a while longer and perhaps doze a bit more.
On the balcony with an ocean-view in Kauai.
(Pictures have been taken, but with a really good camera, and they are too large to even upload to Photobucket quickly. Wifi is only available in the main room unfortunately, and my battery is running out. I'll get them up as soon as possible, but in the meantime, here is a dark and stormy looking picture of the view off our balcony!)
|Canal Day - 'Massive event' will go ahead this year despite previous cancellations||THOUSANDS of boating fanatics are set to descend on the county for a 'massive event'.|
|Keeping up with CONA|
We just got back from our annual convention with the Carriage Operators of North America. This years convention was held in San Antonio, Tx. The photo was taken on our riverboat ride and dinner. As you can see everyone is all smiles and having a great time!
CONA is an organization that supports the horse drawn carriage industry. The group keeps us up to date on marketing options, helpful tips, and lots of face to face networking with our peers allowing us to share information. Education is a major key to a top quality carriage operation and CONA members are dedicated to stay educated about this industry that we all love.
Having been a member for a good number of years now we naturally have formed many friendships from other companies from all around the US. Its always so much fun to see our old friends and sometimes meet new ones too! We had a great time! and are looking forward to next years convention!
|October: Leaf Season and Pumpkin Fest|
Last week we jumped to Thanksgiving, but we need to back up a bit and enjoy what Maine is offering right now.
Leaf season is underway! In New Harbor the leaves are beginning to change and peak season will be the first three weeks in October.
Come visit The Bradley Inn for a few days, cruise around taking in Autumn's display of vibrant colors. Make use of the Midcoasts' abundant hiking trails to hear the crunch of leaves beneath your feet and feel the clean fresh Maine air in your lungs.
Pumpkinfest in Damariscotta is from October 5th - 14th this year with non-stop pumpkin entertainment, a parade, giant pumpkin growing contest, Zombie Run, Pumpkin Catapult, Pumpkin Express Train Rides and more culminating with the Pumpkin Regatta Race with courageous folks who carve out giant pumpkins and race down them Damariscotta Tidal River. For real!!
Whatever your daytime adventures are, save room for an amazing meal.
Our dining room is open every evening except Tuesdays and for a more casual dining experience try our Tavern / Chart Room. Our dinner and pub menus are available anywhere you dine with us. Our wine is designed to meet any taste and our knowledgeable staff can assist in pairing your food and wine.
After dinner retire to your comfortable room and drift away with thoughts of a hot delicious breakfast waiting for you in the morning.
We think fall is the perfect time to unwind from the excitement of summer, relax and just enjoy the moment. We think you'll find The Bradley Inn the perfect place to do just that!
Make your reservations now... www.bradleyinn.com
|The finest ingredients makes for fine food....||As you can imagine with summer is in full swing the restaurant at the Bradley Inn is serving lots of food to lots of guests. Deliveries come rolling in, dairy, produce, seafood, duck, ground lamb, liquor and as fast as it arrives it is stowed away neatly in its proper place and then whipped into fantastic creations and gobbled up by happy diners. |
There is no microwave in the kitchen, there is no Crisco. We go through a case of eggs each week from Bowden farm in Waldoboro Maine and if we've had a run on the crÃ¨me brulee or ice cream we'll need more. Smokey from Pemaquid Oysters shows up with bags of briny delights.
Sarah of Even Keel Farm comes on Fridays with bags of mixed greens in which she has edible flower petals (we LOVE edible flowers!) fresh basil, carrots, beans - all from her organic farm just a few miles away. And who could not mention the lobsters that come from Pemaquid Lobster Co-op? Nothing wows the tourists at The Contented Sole more than watching Warren or Bytza take the boat across the harbor to buy lobsters bring them back and haul them up the dock. No questioning freshness there!
The best, freshest, local ingredients result in a standard of food integrity that is unmatched. We invite you to experience a delicious meal that will have you closing your eyes in delight with each bite.
We are quite excited to extend some new really neat packages. These are great for families vacationing together, couples, friends vacationing, company outings or team building.
The first is the Lobster Bake - get out on a lobster boat hauling in traps! If you're not up for the high seas stay at the inn and partake in a Yoga class, a massage, or just relax. Then it's off to harvest oysters. Wait 'til the folks back home here about this! Once back at the inn you can help as much or as little with the lobster bake itself. A good time is guaranteed to be had by all and you'll go home with some stories of real Maine adventure!
The second package is the Maine Wine & Cheese Tour. Visit a local winery where you will be treated to a lovely lunch, then get a backstage peek at making cheese from an artisan. Return to the inn for an exquisite dinner of perfectly paired wine, cheese and local fare. A foodie's dream getaway!
Okay, so based on the number of exclamation points you can see we are really pumped about these packages. Give us a call to reserve yours today!
Available: minimum 6 people, maximum 20
Package price: $795 (double occupancy)
Package includes: Two nightâs New Harbor B&B lodging, dinner the first evening in the inn's Pemaquid Point restaurant, full country breakfast each morning. Your first morning waking at the Inn you will have the choice of heading out on a lobster boat to haul traps or enjoying Yoga in the beautiful gardens.
The next stop is to learn about and harvest oysters! You can also choose to enjoy a massage and sauna at the Inn's Rose Hip Spa. A picnic lunch will be waiting for you to enjoy on the grounds or at the beach.
That evening you can be hands-on during the lobster bake. Learn to steam lobsters, shuck oysters and layout a traditional and delicious New England Lobster Bake!
Package price: $745 (double occupancy)
Two nightâs New Harbor B&B lodging, full country breakfast each morning. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a wine and cheese reception in the Chart Room at the Inn. The next day you will be given a detailed tour including a list of scavenger hunt items to pickup at each location and bring home as souvenirs of your trip!
Enjoy lunch at the Cellar Door and tour the winery and vineyard. Then you are off to visit a Maine Cheese Artisan to get a behind the scenes look at the fine art of crafting cheese. Return for a multi-course gourmet dinner in the inn's Pemaquid Point restaurant, with wine pairings carefully selected by our Chef. End your visit the next day with brunch at our sister restaurant, The Contented Sole.
|Perfume Review: Lou Lou, Cacharel|
Perfume da Rosa Negra
From Perfume, We Return!
Recordar uma determinada dÃ©cada com roupas ou acessÃ³rios vintage, adquiridos a muito custo e garimpo em algum brechÃ³, Ã© um dom que pouquÃssimas pessoas possuem. Para completar a indumentÃ¡ria fashionista, que tal um perfume que tambÃ©m marcou Ã©poca?
Exatamente no inÃcio da dÃ©cada de 1980, em meio ao desejo louco de brilhar e aproveitar a vida como os quadros da pop-art multicolorida de Andy Warhol, e a badalaÃ§Ã£o interminÃ¡vel de uma boate que chocava o mundo, o famoso clube 54 em New York, a Europa entrava em um colapso econÃ´mico sem precedentes atÃ© aquela Ã©poca, os Estados Unidos tem um crescimento exagerado em seu patriotismo e sua economia cresce em ritmo vertiginoso, o desejo de ter tudo o que o dinheiro pode comprar torna-se cada vez mais intenso, as grifes europÃ©ias invadem a America do Norte e trazem seus magnÃficos perfumes.
Foi em meio a essas inÃºmeras modificaÃ§Ãµes econÃ´micas e comportamentais que LouLou foi lanÃ§ado, com um frasco em formato piramidal em vidro opaco de cor azul celeste adornado por uma listra horizontal vermelho profundo. As mulheres desejavam destacar-se no mercado de trabalho, as ombreiras exageradas e paletÃ³s retirados diretamente do closet masculino eram um hit entre as executivas americanas, maquiagem forte mesmo durante o dia, batons em tons de vermelho e violeta intenso, olhos esfumaÃ§ados de preto e chumbo e intensamente delineados com lÃ¡pis preto, cortes de cabelo cada vez mais curtos e andrÃ³genos. A igualdade entre sexos era o foco dessa dÃ©cada. Para brindar esse busca insana pelo sucesso, nada melhor que um aroma denso e que fosse capaz de demarcar territÃ³rio, sendo sexy de modo discreto.
LouLou Ã© este cheiro, um bloco sÃ³lido de matÃ©rias primas variadas com o objetivo Ãºnico de chamar atenÃ§Ã£o, o mix de notas destaca quase que exclusivamente os acordes de Iris. Com o decorrer do dia, o perfume mostra acordes de canela e incenso o que compÃµem o lado oriental da fragrÃ¢ncia. A evoluÃ§Ã£o Ã© mÃnima, pois o exagero de matÃ©rias usadas nÃ£o permite uma percepÃ§Ã£o de notas separadas, sabe-se que hÃ¡ tuberosa, mimosa, jasmim, ylang e outras notas florais, mas a percepÃ§Ã£o Ãºnica Ã© de que todos se unem para compor um sÃ³ acorde sÃ³lido e com leves pitadas de especiarias adocicadas. A impressÃ£o Ã© que se estÃ¡ usando um perfume attar resinoso e floral, que nÃ£o se diferencia entre masculino e feminino.
Nada combina mais com o desejo de ostentaÃ§Ã£o de luxo que o mercado de trabalho impunha Ã s mulheres que LouLou, um perfume romÃ¢ntico de modo mascarado, que mostrava quem dominava o ambiente e tirava o fardo de fragilidade e delicadeza das jovens mulheres dos anos 1980.
Nota do autor: FixaÃ§Ã£o boa. Usar em doses minimas em noites frias e em festas que exigam black-tie
AvaliaÃ§Ã£o Perfume da Rosa Negra
Review by Perfume da Rosa Negra Colaborator Italo Wolff for Perfume da Rosa Negra. Lou lou Ads, a courtesy of Cacharel.
|Obama Secures Youth Vote||Obama and Biden appeared on MTV today in a very refreshing interview with Sway about Thursday's debate and what the Obama policies mean to the younger generation. Obama addressed his treatment of American voters, the problems facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and the effect of the economic bailout on our generation. It's not often that you see a politician target an audience with such success.|
Obama reigns when it comes to character. He obviously went the diplomatic route when Sway steered the questioning towards who won the debate, explaining the point wasn't to win, but rather to inform the American people of the differences between the two candidates. But even though Obama is still rowing a political boat, I believe that he's trying to arrive at a humane and decent destination.
"I think the pundits and the press, you guys are looking at tactics. What the American people are looking at is they might lose their job ... they might lose their house...What's relevant is the substance of this thing, which is people out there are hurting, and John McCain has promoted the same policies of George Bush, and people know they're not working. They understand we can't continue four more years of doing the same thing."
But the instance that I was most excited about (and I hope it excited any other half-interested person under the age of 25) was Obama's explanation of the $700 billion bailout and what is happening in the economy. My happiness came partly because I've spent most of my morning on the internet, trying desperately to figure out what exactly is going on in the economy and how it got this way. I've been reading The Guardian, a short history of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an Economic Times article on the recent re-structuring of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Wikipedia pages for "bailout," the SEC, and GSEs, and I even called my father to try and understand what the fuck is happening and whether it will affect me. And after reading all of that and slowly coming to grasp just the smallest crumb of understanding, it was lovely to hear Obama's rationalization of the economic crisis:
"If the credit markets collapse, what it means is banks aren't lending businesses money. Businesses then can't invest in plants and equipment and make payroll, so they shut down. And that means the suppliers of those companies, they shut down. Over time what happens is you get the whole economy coming to a standstill. That's what happened during the Great Depression," he explained. "And at that time, it was just banks that were in charge of capital. Now you've got all different ways that money flows ... but the bottom line is, that if money freezes up, businesses can't do business, and you get an enormous contraction of an economy. And that, ultimately, will affect that 20-year-old, because that 20-year-old is going to be looking for a better job after he gets out of school. ... If our businesses aren't creating jobs, they're not creating tax revenues â now it's harder for government to finance that college education or to build that new university. So it has a ripple effect."
His explanation is a little basic, but that's actually what our generation needs. We're the ones who grew up inside a nearly virtual system of currency. Most young people have no idea how to balance a check book, let alone have a detailed understanding of how banks work or how to invest in the stock market! Obama understands this, and I think that he's being honest and straightforward about the effects of the economic crisis on our future.
The bottom line is, I trust Obama. I trust that he will bring a good change to this country. I trust that he will make decisions with his electorate's best needs at heart. I trust that he is in this presidential race to spur forth America's progress, not to make himself a powerful figure in history. I trust his judgement, I trust his humanity, I trust him.
|Book Love! A Sunday Morning Picture Book / Boats for Papa|
Boats for papa byJessixa Bagley.
a perfect picture book for a rainy day,
loving this sweet couple:
Buckley, a cute boat carver beaver and his loving mother.
love the cozy cabin by the sea
and the beautiful story.
found this nice video of the making
and Jessixa's watercolor technique.
hope you enjoy it,
Barcos para papÃ¡ de Jessixa Bagley.
un libro perfecto para un dÃa lluvioso,
estoy enamorada de esta parejita:
Buckley, el castor que construye barquitos y su adorable madre,
me encanta la casita en la que vien junto al mar
y la preciosa historia.
he encontrado este vÃdeo tan chulo del proceso de creaciÃ³n
de las acuarelas que ilustran el libro.
espero que lo disfrutes!
|Lil bit rusty â lil bit new (50% discount)||Is this one of my fav summer picnic tables? Yep prolly, its by Lunar Seasonal Designs and is currently being sold at a mahoosive 50% discount! I totally love the rusty old look but you do get a choice, each piece can also look as good as new. The set has a real vintage vibe going on, from its shabby paintwork to the shape of the pieces. You get a whole boatload of animations in each chair, from sits, to eating & drinking. The chairs have a colour change menu for seat and back, the table also!
This is the “charcoal bowl grill” and boy-oh-boy it’s really got a lot going on. It rezzes food, props and has some fantastic animations, plus sizzly sound effects. Really low Li too.
As you can see, you can also rez various meals on the table and they wont cost you a lot of prims . At the moment this collection is on an offer with 50% discount, you can grab the table and chairs as a set, or buy single chairs. The BBQ is also on promo – all items are out ready to test out .… Read the rest|
|Skinny Dip! UPDATED||This new super-duper pool by Circa is at the Home Show (not as previously blogged the mainstore!) – Its dead brilliant, with heaps of poses to keep you busy and having fun. deets:
“New inflatable pool set and matching accessories to get into the party mood or just to lounge around and catch some rays. The pool has a custom painted aquatic themed motif for the surround and it’s filled for animations for some swimming, sits and floats. Did we mention the pool is portable? Oh yes it is! Also it’s long enough to include more people, so it would be an upgrade from those kiddie pools. To match we have a pineapple pool ring, U-float, and float loungers which can be purchased separately. Each have a series 10 to 18 animations for sitting and floating and texture changers for colour and pattern options.”
My current favourite thing in the whole wide world to lounge on is this “Sealife boat lounger”, so so pretty with plenty of fabric options built right in.… Read the rest|
|Weight Inward into Lightness: A Reading of Canoe Repair||
âCanoe Repairâ takes place at a transitional time for the main character. Zanes moves from New York City to a New Hampshire town and has to adapt to a new life and a new job, running a Laundromat, as well as to his sonâs new hang-gliding activity and his wifeâs new TV job. Thus, âCanoe Repairâ occurs at a moment when rural and urban worlds are put in âconnection and disconnection at the same timeâ (âMidcourse Correctionsâ 50). While we learn more about Zanesâ occupations, we also read a portrait of the townâs life. We discover a picture of America and its smell of âcoffee richly dripping and poppy-seed-blue corn muffinsâ (69). We read Zanesâ discussions with âSeemyon Stitching â¦ a spring immigrant from Byelorussia and a trained marathon runnerâ (62), and find out about the âpresidentâs eight oâclock message to the nationâ they listen to when âno one among the machine-users seemed to be waiting for the presidentâs speechâ (72). The story deals with the movements of people from the town who use the Laundromat and the movements of the canoe on the lake, as well as the hang-gliding and the weather.
One might describe the events in these terms. But the story is also a reflection on time and on strange, everyday moments in oneâs life. âCanoe Repairâ presents a section of a manâs life, also a canoeâs, since its repair is at the center of the storyâs multiple directions, its focus on space and movement. The story is a space where different tensions meet. It shows the strain between two worlds, two generations, between different experiences of time and perception, and between two voices telling the story. âBetweennessâ is central in McElroyâs writing. In âCanoe Repair,â âââBetweennessâ isâ¦ the crumbling edge of the interface of worlds, selves, and situationsâ (Saltzman 100). Betweenness is also at stake when we consider âMidcourse Corrections,â an unusual autobiographical interview/essay ended by âCanoe Repair.â
âIs a canoe too beautiful to be funny unless somebody falls out of it?â asks Joseph McElroy in âMidcourse Correctionsâ - âfalls out, tipping it over? Put two people in it facing forward. Whatâs the stern paddler see? Whatâs the bow paddler feel? - for the stern paddler?â(42).
These questions about canoe uses are put into practice in McElroyâs short story, independent but part of the essay, as he explains. âSome of the material in âMidcourse Correctionsâ could be said to turn into âCanoe Repairââ¦ I wanted to use âCanoe Repairâ to fulfill âMidcourse Corrections,â that peculiar interview memoir â¦ that should turn into fiction at the end.â Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001.
âCorrectionsâ is itself an experiment in literary form that in many ways epitomizes the body of McElroyâs writing. âWith its inserted interviews, its odd proportions, and its highly colored perspectives of me,â McElroy writes in a letter, â[âCorrectionsâ] is a hybrid fiction, I suppose. A daydream posing as a document.â (cited in Tabbi 156)
The thematic and structural research of this âhybrid fictionâ turns into practical experience in âCanoe Repair.â The authorâs reflections upon space, motion, and perception connect to the movement of the boat on water because the âcanoe becomes an occasion to think.â Personal correspondence with the author, February 6, 2003. We can approach the story from different angles due to the openness of its particular structure linking it to the essay, of which it is also the unusual closing part. Nevertheless, it would be unfair to consider the story strictly as a conclusion to âMidcourse Corrections;â it has its own structure, dynamics, and meaning. It is a complex and intense story because of the multiple tensions we can feel in its narration.
To understand âCanoe Repair,â we have to focus on the transient aspect of Zanesâ life and its relation to tensions that appear both thematically and structurally. The text is literally at the end of the âMidcourse Correctionsâ but metaphorically âin between.â It connects to âMidcourse Correctionsâ but is autonomous. Moreover, it plays strangely with the readerâs expectations. It is organized around a double voice that disturbs the readerâs traditional way of reading. The reading, because of structural devices that put us âin between,â becomes the experience of the transition moment Zanes goes through, his shift from one world to another, his perception of the world.
Zanesâ visions can sometimes be confusing. Hence, some aspects of the story can be destabilizing to the reader. The story starts with a family scene: Zanes and his son are watching the river. A strange canoe used by a black man and a blond woman catches their attention. Zanesâ neighbor calls him afterward to fix the canoe for the blond womanâs son; the canoe captures Zanesâ attention throughout the rest of the story. Parallel to Zanesâ work on the canoe, we learn about his arguments with his son regarding the latterâs hang-gliding practice. We also get to know more about the life that goes on at the Laundromat where Zanes meets with Seemyon Stytchin and a group of young punks that disturb the community. Zanes starts a friendship with Lung, a member of this group. However, this summary contradicts the storyâs original presentation of Zanesâ world because it reassembles what is purposefully fragmented in âCanoe Repair.â We only achieve this vision of the story retrospectively because it is not told linearly.
Our expectations as readers are challenged, as David Porush notes when associating the technique of âde-automatizationâ provoked by the unsettling language of McElroyâs novel Plus. Plus â main character Imp Plus is a brain detached from its body and put in orbit to communicate with earth during a scientific experiment. When relearning ways to communicate, Imp Plus uses language unusually. Therefore, the reader is forced to see words in a different way. Imp Plus presents a new use of words that questions the systems we automatically refer to when using language. In âCanoe Repair,â the challenge to our automatisms lies in the distortions that affect the structure of the story. The compact paragraphs of âCanoe Repairâ are juxtaposed without transitions. When turning to a dialogue, McElroy does not use rules of quotation to let the reader know that the viewpoint is changing. Tabbi claims that for McElroy âthe mental text â¦ does not precede the work at all but exists instead in the work, where the reader might imaginatively participate in the compositional or self-creative effort that went into the life/workâs compositionâ (158). The activity of the reader is thus part of the structure of the short story. Disjunction calls up the readerâs activity of representation. It asks us to create a coherent image of the narrative, a coherent text. Omitting the relation between two events leaves room for the reader to fill in the blanks. This crafted incompleteness creates the structure of âCanoe Repair.â Facts have more than one logical order; the reader coordinates elements by analyzing fragments.
Thus, the reader organizes the very space of the text. We shift, for example, from âWhen he took his canoe out, Zanes also thought,â to âThe ideas knew how to get away sometimesâ in the next paragraph (59). Reading âZanes also thought,â the reader does not expect the sentence to stop at this point. S/he expects a complement to the verb âthought.â Therefore, reading âCanoe Repairâ can be somewhat frustrating; the author even ironically refers to our unsatisfied expectation when we lack a transition between the two sentences. That is why, as Wolfgang Iser notes in The Implied Reader, we have to use imagination to compensate for the gaps. The context created by the sentence: âWhen he took his canoe out, Zanes also thought,â is destroyed so that the reader steps back and reflects upon the narrative as a work of art. âThe artwork itself is represented as an artworkâ (McHale 30). The reader finds metafictional allusions that suggest a fiction conscious of its fictionality, which makes the reader understand the story at another level of representation. These metafictional moments create a disjunction in addition to the fragmenting of the plot itself.
Each blank invites interpretation and coordination. Do the gaps become the theme of the narrative? When analyzing Modern texts such as Ulysses, Iser engages the issue of semantic richness and incoherence of gaps, moments of inconsistency, disruption, or omission. He sees reading as a process the reader undergoes to synthesize fragmented elements; the reader creates meaning.
The unconnected allusions and the abrupt alternation of stylistic devices disclose a large number of gaps â¦ [that give] rise to the stimulating quality of the text. On the one hand, the density of allusions and the continual segmentation of style involve an incessant changing of perspectives, which seems to go out of control whenever the reader tries to pin them down; on the other hand, the gaps resulting from the cuts and abbreviations tempt the reader to fill them in. (Iser 213)
The structural breaks in âCanoe Repairâ might be less extreme than those in Ulysses but, similarly, the gaps and omissions become part of the storyâs theme, possibly denying thematic synthesis itself. Zanesâ fragmented thinking and his way of experiencing life are present in the style the author uses. The medium is often the message. The construction of sentences that might make us insecure reminds us that reading âCanoe Repairâ is a special experience that enables us to coordinate elements of the story and thus penetrate Zanesâ mind and his somewhat eccentric thinking. The reader, by grasping multiplicity, references, and rambling elements, maps out what is happening in Zanesâ mind. The way things get originally connected structurally mirrors Zanesâ experience of the world that also reaches for unusual connections.
How do we find our bearings reading âCanoe Repair?â The narration resists linear order. It seems laminated into different sequences of the characterâs life. Flashes are exposed with neither explanation nor transition. Joseph McElroy ânever hid the gapsâ (âNeural Neighborhoodsâ 204). Chronology is not respected; events follow a pattern of shifts from one subject to another, from one point of view to another, and everything seems important and unimportant at the same time. There is sometimes no link between consecutive sentences: âWas it my time device operating again?â and âA canoe is what makes you doâ (77). Here, gaps interfere with our sense of the evolution of the story and the progression in the characterâs life, if there is one. These gaps are caused mostly by the double narration of the story, and they are even more challenging to the reader. When we shift from, âWas it my time device operating again?â to âA canoe is what makes you doâ (77), we shift from an âIâ to an omniscient narrator. Zanesâ own perspective on his life is balanced by the omniscient narrator. To understand Zanesâ life, we need to be inside him and outside him. We need to know the world exterior to Zanesâ subjectivity to understand his reactions, hence the role of the omniscient voice.
The embedded structure of the story told by two narrators juxtaposes two sources of information. This construction enables the insertion of one perspective within another and it leads us to see Zanesâ life as an accumulation of fragments. Different perspectives provide distinct information about and approaches to the same life. Can the story be seen as a dialogue between these two poles? Unlike traditional narrations where the reader faces a set of events exposed in a linear way, âCanoe Repairâ makes the reader feel the duality of life.
McElroy constructs a dynamic that can be paralleled with the theme of the double, often present in gothic stories. In these stories, the narrator and the character are the same person, although it is usually not clearly stated in the text. In âCanoe Repair,â there is, to some extent, a renewal of the theme of the double since our character has a double voice. The schizophrenic tensions represented by the strange vision of the double in the gothic stories appear in âCanoe Repairâ in a somewhat different way. The strain between two voices can be understood as the representation of power over the development of the story.
First, the omniscient exterior narrator controls the story. Progressively, âIâ becomes dominant. At the end, rapid shifts of viewpoint break up the story. The evolution of each viewpoint implicitly lets us gather details about the context of each narratorâs intervention. The constant shift form âIâ to âheâ changes the readerâs relation to the narrator because it implies a nonlinear way to gather information. Each narrator puts the reader into a frame of mind that influences interpretation. The shifting of frames makes the readerâs activity intense. When we change frames, we have to change our interpretation. How to base our understanding of the story on a specific context when the latter is always denatured?
The two narrators fragment the story, and they produce a repetitive pattern. Each of the narrators gives us details on the same moments of Zanesâ life. The double narration is thus based on the repetition of similar life sequences. The double narration allows repetition to penetrate the narrative. It is thanks to repetition that the reader can make sense of the storyâs disconnected elements. The gaps that we apparently cannot coordinate - such as âIs there somebody over there? Zanes said. Probably, his son saidâ and âAll but one of the machines were in use that eveningâ(72) - are so large that the only way the reader can assemble the fragments of the story is by focusing on the repetitive patterns that connect these partial perspectives. We constantly come across the same moments: the observation of the canoe, meetings between Zanesâ wife and the producer of her cooking show, scenes with Lung, discussions with Seemyon, and so on. The plot offers not so much progress as recurrence, duplication, and reiteration.
In our mind, those terms are usually connected to something monotonous. Yet in âCanoe Repair,â the iteration of words, ideas, and/or themes does not result in a redundant effect on reading. The first reference to âsunsetâ (56) is echoed by â[o]ne of them materialized at sunsetâ and âat sunset a window beamedâ (57). Through repetition, meaning emerges. Repetition is not used to stop the progression of the plot: the elements of Zanesâ life are never told twice in exactly the same terms. The accumulation of repetitions creates an unusual meaning, a meaning understood through indirect means. Zanes refers to his own time: âmy time deviceâ (58), âanother timeâ (61) as opposed to âmy wifeâs cookbook, my time machineâ (69). Zanesâ experience of life does not rely on a chronological structure. When we accept repetition, we understand that time does not need to be seen as a linear progression.
Repetition lets us understand how Zanes organizes his life. The first and last moments of the story present similar scenes. âIt was sunset and the boy was angry and wanted to be somewhere elseâ (56). Zanes and his son are outside watching the canoe for the first time. The first words of the story put the reader in the middle of a situation. The first character we meet is not Zanes but his son referred to as a âboy.â He could be anybody. In that sense, the story can be considered a statement about any family life, its structure, its implicit rules, and its repetitive patterns. The reference to âsomewhere elseâ also puzzles the reader at the beginning of a story; we do not even know where the character is. At the end, we have circled back: âAbove me, I felt the presence of my son at his window. If I didnât take down the screens, it would soon be summer againâ (78).
The end is paradoxical since it does not explain the story but at the same time concludes it through indirect means. The story ends on âagain,â which alludes to an opening, a repetition of what we have read, maybe an allusion to the beginning if we think of the circularity of the repetitive pattern of the narration. On the other hand, the allusion to the coming summer ends with a period. Spring will soon be finished. We note here again the parallel between the first scene and the last one since the story opens on the ending of something, of a day. We are at a time when Zanes makes a pause in his life. His work on the canoe is what âmakes [him] doâ (77). His crafting the canoe changes aspects of his life, his relationship with his family and his community. The end of spring makes a kind of conclusion to the story but, at the same time, it opens the story toward a new time period. The conclusion and the opening lead us to different interpretations. We face some conflicting perception of time and closure. Depending on the type of time framework one has in mind, things can be open or closed; that is where the tension originates. The last and first scenes teach us to pay attention to how things are repeated in variation in the story. Both scenes point to a double direction. By examining this process, one understands that repetition is used to let one access Zanesâ subjective knowledge.
In the two scenes, the son and the father are both watching another place, an outsider place. They disagree on the hang-gliding activity. But this tension gets somewhat resolved at the end when they both look again in the same direction. An open conversation about this issue never appears in the story. Tensions are solved indirectly: âIs the leak like worry, no more than worry?â (75). The boat becomes the center of our attention; it is a place where Zanesâ concerns are to be projected and fixed too. The leak of the boat is associated with Zanesâ life: âWhen you left your job last year you were taking what you had and making it flow into a new system rather than holding onto what had been used. It would have leaked away if you had not made it move into a new systemâ (63). The canoe becomes a system of reference we share with Zanes to understand his life. The changes he goes through are projected into the repairing of the canoe, and thanks to the details of the crafting we understand the adjustments of his own life.
Connection is hidden where we cannot see it at first sight, where we do not expect it. For instance, a paragraph describing Zanes canoeing ends, âA wind was coming up, and I heard a breathing sound of paddlingâ (65). The next paragraph begins, âHe treaded water and in his mind smelled fish scales. A wind came up. Zanes felt a wash against his domeâ (65). The wind coming up appears twice, but the repetition is not identical because it lets us collect different details about Zanes canoeing. The first time, the wind relates to sound, while the second time it is linked to smell and then touch because of the sensation of âwash.â The different senses are connected to the same moment of Zanesâ life, and we gather this general image as well as its fragmented aspect thanks to repetition. Zanesâ sense of the world is not constructed upon a close frontier between things. Wind and breath become one; canoe and lake become one. To Zanes, âthe beautiful canoe could loosen in your mindâ (73). The different parts of his life (his relationship to Lung, his son, his wife, the canoe, the neighbor) are permeable. They communicate in an unusual way because they get to influence one another without ever being purposely or directly connected. The apparently rambling progression of the content of the story mirrors Zanesâ vision of life. As a result, the nonlinearity guides us.
The relationship between âCanoe Repairâ and âMidcourse Correctionsâ emphasizes the reflections on moments of ârepairâ or âcorrectionâ in oneâs life. The two works present pauses at a transitional time. The reading of âCanoe Repairâ is the reading of images and themes mapped out in a paradigm linking scattered elements from the story, âMidcourse Corrections,â and the readerâs world. McElroyâs variation on themes common to both âMidcourse Correctionsâ and âCanoe Repairâ is close to Andy Warholâs technique in a series such as Marilyn. Like the painter, the author chooses a theme and modulates it. This project changes the narrative framework and our reaction to it. We can consider âMidcourse Correctionsâ and âCanoe Repairâ to be doublings on a similar project: both pieces give different perspectives on the same thing, the way âCanoe Repairâ also gives partial perspectives on the same plot. When reading âCanoe Repair,â the reader may have âMidcourse Correctionsâ in mind. Both pieces are meant to add to each other.
In that sense, McElroy ârepeat[s] something now to make you remember something then and set[s] you up for something laterâ (Kawin 34). The reiterations linking the two pieces can be understood as emphases on moments that create echoes in the readerâs network of references. In âMidcourse Corrections,â McElroy writes that his essay is written to âinterrupt, interleave, break diverse kinds of documentsâ (10). âCanoe Repairâ can be read as the application of such a project to fiction. The gaps are motivated by a wish to mix disconnected âdocuments.â Tabbi notes that the interviews âare like a fictionâ (160). In that sense, the frontiers between the essay and fiction are blurred because of their connections. Tabbi also claims, âMcElroy locates his compositional self in the space between plural subjectivitiesâ (160). The double narration of the story pluralizes Zanesâ subjectivity in a parallel way.
Structurally, the two pieces are surprisingly close. âMidcourse Correctionsâ is a combination of three interviews interrupted by the authorâs reflections, âINSERTS,â and â workpoints.â The short story and the autobiographical essay display a structure that accepts gaps and emphasizes echoes that connect the two texts. The substance of the canoeâs texture is mirrored by other parts of the essay:
INSERT: hinge turning: remember those trick hinged pieces of wood that were really constructed with curiously attached canvas strips?
An essay like that. An interview. A sentence fly-by that manufactures its own canvas in the space it also generates out of a music its thought spun off. (âCorrectionsâ 20)
The crafting activity of canoe repair is paralleled by the composition of writing. The textsâ themes and images branch into one another. As McElroy expresses it, the âmixed metaphor of [his] work extends a fluid trial. Like a mixed metabolism and through the pulmonary winding also unfolding and exfoliation of the sentenceâs plot it holds exchanges even between incompatiblesâ (âCorrectionsâ 15). A paradigm of images is used to progressively construct the original way Zanes conceives his world. We understand how in the story, incompatibles such as âweightâ and âlightnessâ can correlate. In the canoe, âthe noble forcing of the ribs into this oval narrow form turned the weight inward into lightnessâ (67). In oneâs life âcorrectionsâ and ârepairâ bring âweightâ and âlightnessâ in contact. Traditional oppositions are reconciled in âCanoe Repair.â
The Laundromat is a place where clothes are washed, but it also becomes a place to meet, a place where life is concentrated. In addition, when Zanes thinks ârowing looks like workâ (58), we see how things can serve different purposes. For Zanes, things do not have a unique meaning. Commonly, a Laundromat is used for washing. The rowing activity is meant to move a boat. However, experience changes the use of things. Zanes gives them a power to influence the world indirectly. His time influences the âreal time;â his vision of space dialogues with the âreal space.â
The reader adapts, concentrating on the unsettling aspects of Zanesâ representation of the world, and it participates in the creation of a simultaneous immobility and movement as when âthe canoe [is] moving but â¦ [is] stillâ (56). The apparent contradiction of this statement is illustrated by the structure of the story, which is partly why we may wonder if the canoe or the landscape is moving. Referring to a similar moment of immobility and movement in Hindâs Kidnap, Tony Tanner explains that âwe are all familiar with such optic illusion pictures which can be read in more than one way, often as focus shifts so that figure and ground seem to change placesâ (219). This optic effect is rendered by the way the story is told. The process of perception alters the representation of time and space: â[t]he lake was part of the canoeâ (58).
When reading the description of the canoe, we have an example of a moment when âthe eye following the line of something creates motion.â Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001.
Its grand lines flared to a beam so wide it seemed low and was. Which end was which? Ribs curved with a beautiful singleness up to the gunwales, and, out of the bent tension in which they seemed to grip and bow the ribs, as you ran your eyes over it and felt it the canoe developed a force of tightness and actual lift, as if the noble forcing of the ribs into this oval narrow form turned the weight inward into lightness. (67)
The passage describes the canoe precisely and technically - âribs,â âgunwales.â We are so close to the ribs of the boat that we get an impression of immensity. The sentences saturated with commas and information prevent us from picturing a full image of the canoe. Each small detail gets enlarged so that each part seems to expand itself infinitely. The movements are underlined: âflared,â âcurved,â âbent,â âgrip,â âbow,â âlift,â âturned.â The canoe is still but its description creates motion.
This passage can be seen as a micro-structural template for the way the story evolves. The story is the combination of different lines gathered into a unique moment. Indeed, there is a network of words that refer to either abstract images or other words linked to the movement of the boat in the story. The circuitry of words and their relation to other words is as important as what the words refer to. The formal fragmentation and disconnection lets us experience literally what happens in Zanesâ mind. The narrator explains Zanes has a ârestless mindâ (60) but never explicitly explains what it means. He never gives a full description of the way Zanes orders his thoughts. We access the definition of Zanesâ ârestless mindâ through the organization of the story. The tensions inviting for ârepairâ in Zanesâ life are present at any level of the text without ever being clearly expressed. The slow paths of the narration, its fragmentation, and its echoes are images of the canoe which itself reflects the tensions at stake in Zanesâ life.
These descriptions let us experience a different sense of space but also reveal the storyâs sensual approach to the world. Zanesâ readjustments orient and transform his vision. Things are examined, and their perception is detailed when Zanes describes his wife swimming, for instance: âHe imagined her, and he knew her words had reached some reservoir in his brain, where she was swimming at night, the luminous things like tiny muscular wakes lit up her thighs and the curve of her backâ (60). The âluminous things like tiny muscular wakesâ are observed with attention, and remind us of a vision of a sculpted body where forms and relief are emphasized. Narration zooms in on details of surfaces, and the intense observation of body parts and of the canoe makes a paradigm of sensual representations. The story pays attention to the concrete surface of things: the canoe looks like a âdeer swimmingâ (56). Things and people are described minutely, and the scale used is so close that the images of the story appear as details of a painting. The details Zanesâ vision focuses on remind us of the indirectness of his actions. Zanes pays attention to things in their details and cannot always see the overall framework of these things. Similarly, he cannot perceive the outcomes of all his actions.
McElroy refers to ââ[a]ttentionâ [as] a rather cold word [he] use[s] to suggest that the ways in which we embrace the world and embrace other people can be more precise and clear than we think sometimesâ (Anything 248). Zanesâ attention to the canoe and to his breath, for instance, as he feels the âair filling the space of [his] chest to be measured by another timeâ (60), is his way to âembrace the world.â His attention to the world indirectly penetrates his relationships. Zanesâ precise description of the exterior world lets us access his interior world. We understand, when paying attention to the depiction of his environment, why âthe lake [is] part of the canoeâ (58). Peopleâs lives are permeable, their energies travel into one another. Zanesâ activities involuntarily connect to other areas of his life. The clearer vision of life that appears when Zanes repairs the canoe gets transferred in mysterious ways to the other parts of his life. Different aspects of Zanesâ life influence one another, although it is not clear to him or us how they connect.
The flashes and fragments emphasized in the sequences of the story are used to represent the world: âit is the very abundance of perspectives that conveys abundance of the world under observationâ (Iser 226). The canoe is personified by Zanesâ interest in it: âA body was what it wasâ (73). Zanesâ observations change our perception of the canoe. It is compared to a lover, an animal, and a body: âhe almost loved the canoeâ (67), â[t]he canoe attracted others to it, they were in its futureâ (75), and â[a] canoe is what makes you doâ (77). Intensity changes the characterâs visions of the world.
This intensity also affects the way time is represented in the story. Perception is altered. Likewise, time is distorted. McElroy refers to âthe arranging of things in space, the motion of things and persons in space. Time dissolved into spatial relations.â Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001. When Zanes asks, âwhat if space was time?â (72), his question could be considered as a comment on the devices used by the author. In âCanoe Repair,â time is peculiar since it is fragmented and does not follow a plain progression. McElroy writes in âMidcourse Correctionsâ that his writing is to be understood as âmodifications of language editing the rhetoric of whatâs inside and not disclaiming faith that the words really rendered things and motions outside - and outside, somehow, consciousnessâ (13). The subjective experience of Zanesâ time is spatialized in the story. âOutsideâ and âconsciousness,â connected in âMidcourse Corrections,â become the pivot of âCanoe Repair.â
The story covers approximately seven months (âOne bright mid-September afternoonâ  to âsummer soonâ ), but the vision we have is the vision of an infinite time without bearings or perhaps a very short time so dense that the notion of its temporality is not valid. The sentences are constructed in order to convey the circuits and canals of Zanesâ stream of consciousness and even his perception process sometimes. Time is altered by perception and becomes spatialized in the story. We think about the witty reference to the Times and the âtwo Timeses for the price of oneâ (âCorrectionsâ 19) that could ironically summarize the treatment of time in the short story where subjective time is juxtaposed to seasonal time. When reading âCanoe Repair,â we face two experiences of time: one that is subjective and distorted by experience, and the other that is universal and related to the seasons referred to in the story. The original structure of the story, its fragmentation, and connections to âMidcourse Corrections,â is a means for the author to present a subjective system of perception.
When allowing the defamiliarizing elements of the story to change our reading, we penetrate a new experience of the world, of perception, and of time. For example, the image of the canoe passing is a recurrent pattern in the short story: âIt came out of a cove as quiet as a deer swimmingâ (56), â[t]he canoeâs animal flanks and low length absorbed the two paddlersâ (57), â[t]he lake was part of the canoeâ (58), â[t]reading water, my hand upon the overturned canoeâ (65), and so on. These allusions create a network of references to the symbolical meaning of the slow movement characteristic of an infinite moment. The personal experience of Zanesâ time transforms the time of the story: âBut he wondered what the long bark canoe felt like. Its length and strong delicacy. Its secret speed. Its timeâ (64). The canoe has its particular pace, its own time. Reading âCanoe Repairâ is experiencing canoe(ing) time.
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|Know How To Fish For Tench||Tinca Tinca or Tench as it is more commonly known is by far one of my favorite species of fish. They are hard fighting and pound for pound the strongest of still water fish and surpassed only by the illusive Barbel where they can be found on rivers. As Tench feed off the grubs on […]|
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|What the hell are we doing?||The conversation about asylum seekers is getting more and more emotional on both sides, as the bodies are piling up. I am not much of a psychologist, but I suspect that part of what is making people scream so loudly is that it's getting quite clear that the old "nobody there is in real need of help anyway" and, on the other side, "we gotta help everyone who needs help" are not working anymore: there are obviously lots of people really in need of help, and we just as obviously cannot help them all. All that can be discussed at this point is numbers, which kind of takes all fun away from an ideological debate, and pisses off both sides.|
But yes, lots of people are trying to get to the EU and apply for asylum. And no, for the most part we cannot help them where they are. In the places overrun by ISIS, for example, "helping them where they are" would, I am afraid, involve a summary execution of all the members of ISIS, which is rather expensive, and likely to produce a lot of innocent victims if done by carpet bombing.
I am looking at all this, and I am wondering: what the fuck are we doing? I don't even mean that we are taking too many, or too few: how are we going about it, and who gets selected?
Seriously, this makes no sense at all: we (Europe) build fences and do everything we can in order not to let asylum seekers into the EU. Then after some of them do get into the EU, we have to take the applications from all of those, and in the first country they arrive to (I can see how Italy and Greece might be a bit pissed off by this system, and we would be too if the eastern neighbor suddenly started producing refugees). Then the applications are considered, hopefully to the best of the officials' ability, and their ability is not all that good: it's hard to say who is a criminal, it's hard to say who is a terrorist, it's sometimes even hard to say who is who and who is from where. But then, after an application has been approved, we are not gonna kick the person out no matter what kind of criminal he or she has turned out to be.
What is the sense of all of this? We are actively selecting the people who can get to Europe in something that doesn't deserve to be called a boat, and can afford to pay the smugglers. I totally think that both young men, and people who have money can be just as worthy of asylum as for example poor old women, but is there any point in actively selecting them, and in the process encouraging lots of people to a) risk their lives while crossing the seas on god-knows-what, and b) give their money to the people who provide that unseaworthy transportation?
Can't we, like, decide on how many we can take, handle the applications elsewhere, and then let the winners of that lottery arrive on a proper ferry with proper papers, while turning the users of Oh-Shit-The-Raft-Is-Leaking Sea Transportation away on arrival? People are not dumb (well, most aren't), and if rafting over the Mediterranean is not occasionally rewarded with a residence permit they are likely to stop doing it.
And please, can we send the seriously criminal ones back? On the Oh-Shit-The-Raft-Is-Leaking Sea Transportation, if needed. Yeah, the transportation might take a downward direction, quite literally. Yeah, they might be subjected to inhumane treatment there. They will probably have to take a number and stand in line for that along with half of the population, many of whom we have turned away to begin with, but anyway... Tough shit. They could've thought about it before robbing or raping somebody. No matter how many or how few refugees we decide to take, all the refugee places should be reserved for regular people trying to resettle and live a normal life, not for somebody wanted for terrorism in Iraq or armed robbery in Finland.
We can fight about the numbers later, but can we put some sense in the procedure first, and fast?
|S-12 Club, new dinghy design launched (very light wind)||The new dinghy design is now called the S-12.
Launched into light winds, there's not a lot to report, but a photo essay. And some comments about the staying of the rig and keeping boats cheap and simple.|
|S12 Club New design â lightweight and efficient plywood racing dinghy||A new lightweight 12ft plywood dinghy under development. This prototype by Canadian Rick Landreville. It won't have a cloud of sail area,but will be light enough low drag enough to hit consistently high speeds relative to other boats of this length.|
|OzRacer wins PDRacer Worlds for the fourth time in five years||2013 - Once again an OzRacer wins the PDRacer World titles. That is four times in the last five years.
An OzRacer does need to be modified to fit the PDRacer rules or as standard is an excellent boat for first time sailors. It sails REALLY well which aids learning. And doesn't need to cost any extra money. Plans $20|
|How does the BETH sailing canoe go in mixed fleets and handicap racing?||BETH sailing canoe - The designer has lots of fine things to say about the sailing performance of BETH - but Andrew Barclay has been racing his against mixed fleets in British Columbia where she sails equal with Laser Radials in light wind and gradually outclasses them in stronger.
I provide some tips about getting a bit more from the boat.|
|Precut Plywood Kits Available for Storer Boats â UK, Europe, USA, Australia, South Africa.||List of Kit suppliers for Storer Boat Plans. UK and Europe, USA, Australia, South Africa. Kits make building a Storer Boat even easier.|
|OzRacer-RV â simpler build, cockpit space and better for kids or adults (Itâs not a PDRacer)||The OzRacer Mk3 has been rebranded as the OzRacer RV.
Detailed plan - a boatbuilding course in a book for $20 each.
So now racing sailors can use the OzRacer Mk2 and cruising sailors can use the OzRacer RV plan. The RV is no slouch though - it won the World titles in 2010.|
|Rick Landreville is the Canadian PDRacer Champion in an OzRacer modified to meet the PDRacer rules||From Rick The Canadian Nationals took place today at Summerland B.C.Â with 7 boats competing for the coveted title of ‘Canadian Champion’. Pictures are posted. We had a beach start over a triangular course that was 4.2 kms long, and, well, I won. A testiment to the fine design of Michael Storer. Canadian National Puddle […]|
|BETH Sailing Canoe being built by Norm in Toronto||Norm is putting together a BETH Sailing Canoe and documenting it on the WoodenBoat forum. He is going like a rocket, it is possible to drop in every day and see some big changes. He has departed a bit from the plan in both building method and detail. I’d suggest that most people who build […]|
|Reclaiming Adventure in the Kenai Fjords|
From my forthcoming article for Ocean Paddler -- Britain's best glossy mag devoted to sea kayaking.
"Rising early for our put-in at Seward, I checked the forecast for 30-knot winds and 6-foot swells. Frothy whitecaps and promising winds were building. Yes, the real Alaska was on its way. But only hours later, pulling on drysuits and ferrying loaded boats to the waterline, the throbbing seas had gone flat, the wind-blasted treetops motionless. It was rejection, the rebuke of a lover, and my mind scrambled in denial. I didnât come for this. Calm seas and postcard-perfect scenery would get boring fast.
One pristine, clear day led to the next. Where was my Alaskan adventure? While I ruminated, moody and petulant, Kenaiâs incandescent beauty surpassed itself daily. Caves, rock arches and pour-overs were common at the base of high cliffs, and riding incoming swell as it fired into narrow slots required total absorption in body, boat and blade. On open water and in rocky coves, surprise encounters with marine life were frequent. Sea lions, seals and otters, each with bright personalities reminiscent of Archie Bunker, Sanford and Son; the gambit of 70s sitcoms."
|OzRacers and PD Racers Marching Around the World||PDRacers abuilding. Well – winter is coming to an end and also it is some time since the Mk2 OZ PDR plan was launched. So quite a few OZ PDRs are appearing around the world. At least as far as registered boats. The fleet in Australia is now a dozen. Not all OZ PDRs but […]|
|City of Gig Harbor Hosts Exhibit on History of Shipâs Caulking||Gig Harbor, Wash. â December 17, 2007 â Ship's Caulking: Keeping Boats & Culture Afloat a traveling exhibit highlighting the ancient skill of ship's caulking is now on display and free to the public at the Gig Harbor Civic Center (City Hall) located at 3510 Grandview Street, Gig Harbor.|
|Volunteer: Research Expedition in Norway!!|
JOIN A RESEARCH EXPEDITION IN NORWAY
We are currently searching for 7 research assistants to join boat based expeditions in Norway.
Best Explorer (www.bestexpeditions.net)
Aims of the expedition and itinerary
The aim of this expedition is to conduct a survey during which we will collect data on marine mammal distribution along the North coast of Norway. Data will be used by several students working currently on their PhD and MasterÂ´s thesis in Whale Safari Andenes, Norway. This expedition is organized in collaboration with La Isla de los Delfines (www.laisladelosdelfines.com).
We will sail out from TromsÃ¸ harbor, and during 7 days of navigation we will pass through the areas of high concentration of cetaceans along the coast of the VesterÃ¥len and Lofoten islands, like the Bleik Canyon, a key feeding ground for sperm whales. In the area we might also encounter killer whales, Atlantic white-sided dolphins, white beaked dolphins, pilot whales, porpoises, fin whales, minke whales and humpback whales. We will conduct visual and acoustic surveys, and work on the photo identification of sperm whales and killer whales. We will spend the night at a different harbor each day, allowing us to explore the wild coasts of these islands.
The itinerary is subjected to weather conditions, as sometimes the sea state may oblige us to stay on land. In this case, additional activities will be proposed.
Â· 16th â 24th June 2011
Â· 19th â 27th September 2011
The boat and life on board
Best Explorer is a 15 m long sailing boat that has been used for sailing across remote areas in Northern Norway and the Arctic during the past years. It has a capacity for 12 persons and is perfectly equipped to conduct research surveys.
More info: www.bestexpeditions.net
The boat is equipped with 3 showers and a full kitchen. As space might be limited, we recommend bringing reduced luggage.
Participant requirements and duties
Participants will help during the survey in effort and marine mammal data collection and analysis. During the expedition we will expend cca 10h a day working on the survey. Participants will learn how to design surveys and data sheets, use GPS, recognize marine mammal species, gather behavior data, individual identification of cetaceans and sailing skills among other tasks.
We will enjoy local nature and landscapes through excursions the rest of the time, the midnight sun in June, and northern lights in September.
During the expedition, participants will be provided with lectures about marine mammals, cetaceans and training in research techniques. A boat safety lecture will be also arranged on the first day of the expedition.
Anyone with an interest in getting actively involved in marine mammal research can join the expedition. Though no prior experience in the marine mammal field is necessary, it will be considered a plus.
The applicants should be aware of the weather conditions on the Norwegian sea, which can sometimes be rough, so we discourage people who suffer from seasickness to apply.
Applicants will be accepted on a first come â first served basis.
Unfortunately, the budget of this project is very limited, so there is a fee of 1500 euros per participant strictly to cover the boat expenses.
The fee includes travel insurance, accommodation on board in 3-4 persons cabins, and boat expenses (e.g: rental fee, crew salary, oil, harbor fees). Food expenses will not be covered, but we will keep these expenses low by arranging community meals.
As the participation fee only covers boat expenses calculated on the basis of 7 participants, we need to fill all the assistant positions for the expedition to take place.
The payment can be done by 30th April and it can be done through installement, but please consult me beforehand for this way of payment. However, a part of the fee (300 euros) must be paid in advance (before 31st March) to book the placement. This fee will be returned if the participant communicates refusal of the placement before 31st March.
For more information and application, please contact:email@example.com
Whale Safari Andenes
|Volunteering: Slovenia - Morigenos Dolphin Project!!|
Morigenos â marine mammal research and conservation society is seeking applications for:
RESEARCH ASSISTANTS for season 2010
Research assistants are required to assist with the ongoing long-term research and monitoring programme of the Slovenian Dolphin Project. The project focuses on the study, monitoring and conservation of the local population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Slovenian and adjacent waters in the north Adriatic Sea since 2002, collecting information on distribution, abundance, social structure, habitat use, fishery interactions and tourism impact.
The research base is located in Portoroz, Slovenia (EU). The fieldwork is carried out in Slovenian and adjacent waters (north Adriatic Sea).
20th June â 1st October 2010
Candidates are expected to committ to the project for a minimum of 1 month, but can also apply for the whole period.
The research assistant will be responsible for assisting the project leaders in all aspects of research and associated tasks. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Â· daily fieldwork (boat surveys on a 5.7 meter RIB, land-based watches with binoculars and theodolite tracking, photo-identification, behavioural sampling, data recording)
Â· database entry, database management, data analysis
Â· boat upkeep and maintenance
Â· research base upkeep and maintenance
Â· coordinating teams of participants in Morigenos research camps
This position is unpaid, but accommodation and food are provided. Successful applicants need to cover their own travel costs.
IMPORTANT SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
The following qualifications are not required, but one or more of the following will be considered an advantage:
HOW TO APPLY
Send a letter of interest and a CV, outlining why you are applying, your previous experience and qualifications, why you think you should be considered for the position and your availability in the given period. Include contact details of two references.
Send your application to tilen.genov(at)gmail.com. Please specify 'MORIGENOS RESEARCH ASSISTANT' in your subject title. Deadline: 3rd April 2010.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the 13th April 2010.
Morigenos team will be at the ECS conference in Stralsund, where we would be happy to talk to you. When you send your application, please let us know whether you are attending the ECS and we can possibly arrange a meeting.
Morigenos - marine mammal research and conservation society
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Allied Whale, the marine mammal research lab of College of the Atlantic located in Bar Harbor, Maine, seeks 4 interns for the 2010 summer field season.Leah M. Crowe
Two three-month positions (June-August) and two five-month positions (June-October)are available.
Individuals will assist in numerous research projects monitoring humpback, finback and North Atlantic right whales, including off-shore surveys, data collection on local whale watching boats, tower surveys on our remote off-shore research base,passive acoustic monitoring, and general logistics. Individuals will be able to earn limited income as deckhands. Research responsibilities include photo-identification
of whales and data collection/entry. Deckhand responsibilities include line handling, vessel cleaning, and passenger safety. Training will be provided.
The applicants should have a college background in biology and/or zoology. Some knowledge of research methods is an advantage. Knowledge of marine mammals and seabirds is an asset. Previous experience in photography (conventional and digital) is helpful but not required. Applicants must be positive, flexible, able to work independently, and comfortable working offshore on boats.
These are entry-level research positions designed to offer experience for individuals seeking to develop their professional careers in marine mammal research.
The positions begin June 1st and applicants must be able to work through with no other commitments (excluding COA students).
Please specify which position you are interested in.
Hours will vary depending on schedules, housing is provided and mandatory for a fee (~$100/wk).
Application deadline is March 22, 2010.
Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying, a resume, and two letters of recommendation to:
105 Eden St.
Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609
Or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Volunteering: Gray whale research in Canada!!|| |
SEACR MARINE RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS SUMMER 2010
Questions regarding the MRIP application or internships can be directed by email to: UVICwhalelab@gmail.com
|Employment: photoID internship in North Carolina!|
Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Internship Position for 2010
The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research (OBXCDR)/Nags Head Dolphin Watch is currently accepting applications for the 2010 summer season. One internship position is available. The research season is May 15 -September 30. Successful applicants must be able to commit through the end of August.
The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Outer Banks, NC. Our programÂ´s goal is to gain an understanding of the population size, movement patterns, and behavioral ecology of coastal bottlenose dolphins in the sounds and coastal waters near the Outer Banks. The OBXCDR currently conducts a photo-identification monitoring study of bottlenose dolphins in Roanoke, Croatan, Albemarle, Pamlico and Currituck Sounds. Data is collected via dedicated small boat surveys as well as opportunistically from a local dolphin watch. This study is a continuation of the long-term study initiated by the Nags Head Dolphin Watch in 1997. Information from the current long-term study will provide a basis for initiation of studies involving habitat utilization, social associations, and anthropogenic effects on the dolphins. For more information about the OBXCDR, please visit: www.obxdolphins.org
The internship position will consist of field research, photo-identification, and environmental education. Responsibilities include:
- Assisting with boat-based photo-identification surveys of bottlenose dolphins, including operating small vessel during surveys, collecting environmental, location, and behavioral data for dolphin groups
- Photo-identification of dolphins in the lab, including photo sorting, sighting data entry, assist in maintenance of long-term photo-id catalog using the program FinBase
- Mate/naturalist duties aboard a local dolphin watch, including educating the general public on dolphins and the sound/marine environment, collecting opportunistic photo-id data, and additional mate duties
This internship is a paid position. Applicants will receive an hourly salary for performing ecotours on the dolphin watch. From May 15- June 11 and August 18- September 30, the intern will conduct mate/naturalist duties and opportunistic photo-id aboard the Nags Head Dolphin Watch for 4-5 days per week. From June 12- August 17, time commitment to the dolphin ecotours will be 2 days per week. During this time, the internship requires a minimum of 30 hours per week, consisting of ecotours, dedicated field surveys, and lab photo-id. The rest of the week, the intern may seek employment in the Outer Banks or have the time off.
Housing: A studio apartment is available for rent in Kill Devil Hills for the duration of the research season ($50 per week), however transportation to and from the Outer Banks as well as to and from the field site is not provided.
The successful applicant would ideally have the following qualifications:
- Minimum of 18 years of age and currently or recently enrolled in a college-level program in marine biology, biology, zoology, or related field
- Strong interest in the marine environment and conservation
- Ability to swim
- Basic computer proficiency in MS Office Access
- Enthusiasm, attention to detail, responsible, and works well on a team
- Field research/small boat operation experience preferred but not required
- First AID/CPR certification preferred but not required
NOTE: The United States Coast Guard requires all passenger vessels to be drug free work environments. In order to work aboard the dolphin ecotours, the intern will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test and to participate in random drug testing during the period of the research season.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references via email to: email@example.com Use "Dolphin photo-id internship" in the subject line of the email. All applications will be reviewed; those received by April 1st will be given priority.
Jessica Weiss, M.E.M. Coastal Environmental Management
Scientific Advisor, Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research
7517 Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
|Volunteering: Capricorn Cetaceans Project!|
The Capricorn Cetaceans Project is currently accepting applications for volunteers,interns and research assistants for the Australian winter season from June to September 2010.
|Volunteering: photoID in Cardigan Bay!|
The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (New Quay, West Wales, UK) is seeking a Voluntary Assistant Photo-ID Catalogue Officer for the 2010 field season.
The primary purpose of our ongoing research, supported by Environment Wales and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is to monitor the marine mammal populations found within Cardigan BayÂ´s Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and beyond. Using non-invasive photo-identification techniques, we are endeavouring to establish the size and health of the population as well as reproductive and survival rates.
We need a committed volunteer to work at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre between April and October 2010.
- Main responsibility will be to assist with the cataloguing of the bottlenose dolphin photographs for the photo-ID purposes of the CBMWC, including matching individuals to previous year?Â´ images.
- Giving talks on the photo-identification work conducted at the CBMWC to interested parties.
- Co-ordinate and organise other volunteers participating with the photo-ID work at CBMWC, to tie in with the daily rota.
- Be responsible for training new volunteers in the analysis of photo-ID images, transferring images from memory cards to the Photo-ID computer and ensuring that all images are stored in the correct folders on the computer, e.g. week, date and trip folder and encounter folder if there is more than one per trip.
- Production of up to date procedures for all aspects of the photo-ID work in order that other volunteers can use them in order to complete any photo-ID tasks required of them.
- Ensure that all 2010 images and data are backed up on a regular basis throughout the season (external hard drive, DVDs or CDs) so that there is more than one copy in existence in case of computer failure.
- At the end of the 2010 season help to compile a photo-ID catalogue that includes images from 2009 and 2010 and information and data on what, where and when animals were seen.
There will also be the opportunity to assist with the boat and land-based dolphin surveys and help in the Visitor's Centre.
Desired skills and qualifications:
- Fluency in English (essential)
- IT skills
- Able to work well in a small team and independently without supervision
- Willingness to work in a conscientious, responsible and reliable manner
- Enthusiastic and hard working
- An interest in wildlife and conservation
- Experience working with the public, and public speaking would be useful
- An interest and knowledge of British cetaceans would be an advantage
- A background in biology, particularly marine biology/environmental science would be useful
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
The Voluntary Assistant Photo-ID Officer role requires a commitment of at least four months, including July to October. Preferably you would be able to commit for the entire field season April-October. Volunteers living locally who are available on a part time basis are also welcome to apply.
Accommodation and expense arrangements:
Basic, shared accommodation can be arranged for approximately ?55 per week. Volunteers are responsible for their own food, travel and accommodation costs.
About the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (Est.1996):
The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is a non-profit organisation
dedicated to promoting public awareness of the marine species, habitats and conservation of the marine wildlife in Cardigan Bay through research and education. The group is affiliated to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and supported by Environment Wales. The centre is in the heart of New Quay overlooking the beautiful beach and harbour. It is used as a base for our research and also includes our Visitor Centre.
Contact Laura on 01545 560032 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our website www.cbmwc.org
How to apply:
Please contact us by e-mail email@example.com to request an application form and further details.
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
Patent Slip Building
Wales, SA45 9PS
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|The Top Things to See and Do in Nunavut||Though Canadaâs Confederation was in 1867, Nunavut was not named a territory until 1999. It is a territory that covers most of the Canadian Arctic. Its name means âOur Landâ in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit people who reside there. From birdwatching and boating to dog sledding and visits to the floe edge, Nunavut […]|
|Artigo - Concursos pÃºblicos: mitos e verdades - Todo mundo jÃ¡ ouviu alguÃ©m fazendo afirmaÃ§Ãµes a respeito dos concursos pÃºblicos. Fique atento com os boatos e saiba o que Ã© mito e o que Ã© verdade||Todo mundo jÃ¡ ouviu alguÃ©m fazendo afirmaÃ§Ãµes a respeito dos concursos pÃºblicos. Fique atento com os boatos e saiba o que Ã© mito e o que Ã© verdade|
|8 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Me|
When tapped to share â8 things you probably didnât know aboutâ James Farrar he noted that blogging is quite the âexhibitionistâ activity. Much of my blogging experience these past years has been more in audience capacity; a vicarious blog explorer, rather than an active onstage character. Vicarious means I observe certain events by âimaginative or sympathetic participation in the experiences of anotherâ.
2. When I was about 8 years old, I separated from my parents while on board the Sternwheeler (steamboat) called the "The American". We were visiting an ill-fated and short-lived amusement park in the Bronx (New York) called: Freedomland U.S.A. There is a certain irony to all this. The year was 1960 and the civil rights movement was coming into its own with the Greensboro Four staging a peaceful sit-in at Woolworthâs in North Carolina, breaking down the segregation walls in the south. Back on the steamboat, my parents found me quickly. I was staging my own sit-in of sorts, in the steamshipâs bandstand. There they found me sitting entranced on a trumpet playerâs lap. His name: Louie Armstrong. Iâve always loved his voice and music.
3. When I was 10 I decided to have a âpenny fairâ and created an amusement park in my yard. I gathered $5.57 cents from all of our neighborhood children (a great many pennies). Although rather pleased with my entrepreneurial success, I wound up donating the money to a school for mentally handicapped children. The principal sent me and the neighborhood children a very nice thank you letter.
4. When I was 16 I discovered that although my sister and I shared the same birth date, it wasnât the one recorded in our birth certificates. My mom had changed them both by a few days to give us the opportunity of starting kindergarten early. I think it was a shocking revelation that documents could be misleading or doctored.
5. At 20 I took a road trip across the US. It was the summer of â74 and in California, after a day of many driving mishaps; I got pulled over by the police. I had gotten a ticket earlier that day for speeding on the freeway. While paying my speeding ticket, I parked in a no-parking zone. I then proceeded to run a stop sign. It was a bad-hair driving day.When I saw the flashing lights in the rear-view mirror I was baffled. Couldnât think of a single additional infraction I might have committed other than the fact that our car was a real jalopy with only one workable door, totally dust-covered and we (my future husband and I) looked a bit like â70âs hippies after our 6 weeks on the road. I roll down my window (Iâm the driver) and ask: âyes officer?â, failing to notice the growing number of squad cars accumulating behind us. The policeman looks oddly tense. âDid you hear about the bank robbery?â, says he. âOh sureâ, says I., âIâm Bonnie and thisâ (pointing to my future husband) âis Clydeâ. The policemen werenât particularly amused as they pulled me out of the car thinking I was the fugitive kidnapped newspaper heiress turned militant, Patty Hearst .
6. I studied theater directing in the Tel Aviv University drama department. In 1979 I turned down an invitation by the national theater to assistant direct and work with theater luminary Joseph Chaiken on âThe Dybbukâ. What we do for love. I was expecting my first child.
7. In the early eighties, before âGlastnostâ and the subsequent transparency policies of Gorbachev, I went on a small mission to meet with prisoners of conscience and human rights activists in a number of cities in the Ukraine and found myself and travel partner âinterviewedâ by the KGB concerning our activities in each city. I think Iâm a âpersona non grataâ in the former Soviet Union.
8. In the middle nineties started a grassroots movement of citizens concerned about environmental hazards and the rights of local residents and was invited to speak in the Israeli Parliament, together with my Bedouin neighbors.
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|My Beijing Bash: Part II||Day 2:|
The gem of China and the most breath-taking structure built by mankind ever..is none other but the Great Wall
There are several sections of the wall which can be visited from Beijing...the famous ones being the Badaling section and the Juyongguan Pass...
I visited this pass..it is one of the steepest section of the wall..the climb is really tiring with the sun bearing down upon you...but once you reach the top..it is just amazing...surrounded by hills with the wall running all over....really makes you wonder...how did the ancient Chinese even build this...what it must have been to be a guard on duty..protecting China from the invading Mongols...
Tip: The best way to get to the Wall is to sign up with a tour...the trip includes lunch and visits to a silk and jade factory...
After the wall...it was time to visit the Summer Palace
The Summer palace was built by Empress CiXi after the first one was burnt down during the Opium Wars...the palace is a true exhibition of the glory and rich past of China...but also a reminder of the neglect of the chinese emperors by spending huge amounts on building it instead of looking after their subjects...
In the evening, I went down to Luilichang Hutong...this is the art lane in Beijing with interesting shops selling lot of unique art and memorabilia..got some very interesting posters of slogans during the Cultural Revolution...
Stay Tuned for Day 3..the visit to the Forbidden City
|Trains and boats and planes (and waiting for meetings and ...)|
I was in the middle of doing various things the other week when I got a phone call from a colleague. "Just thought I'd catch up on a few things" she said. "So, what are you doing ?" I enquired politely. "On a train" came the reply. "Thought it would be a good time for me to catch up with you."
A couple of days later I got call from an old business acquaintance. "I've just done a sales call in Liverpool" he said. "I'm having a sandwich and watching the ferry across the Mersey. Thought it would be a good time to give you a call"
The day before yesterday I received a call from a contact who I had been trying to get in touch with for weeks. He had been talking away for a minute or two when I heard a tannoy in the background announce that the flight to Munich was departing from gate 24. "Got to fly" he said, unaware of his unintentional pun, "The flight was a bit delayed so I thought it would be a good time to call you."
It struck me that a LOT of calls I get from people on mobile phones are people who are in transit, waiting in a station or airport, waiting in a reception area before a meeting starts, waiting for someone to turn up, waiting around between sales calls ... in other words they are stuck waiting somewhere and turn to their mobile phone as a means of either catching up with work or quite simply to provide a bit of company for them.
Sales people do this a LOT. Now, think about the possibilities of them being able to use that mobile phone to listen to training material and improve their knowledge and skills.
Given the propensity to turn to their mobile phone whenever there is a free moment suggests that it would be the most natural thing in the world for them to do.
|Malapascua Island Adventure|
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|back in High School|
I keep having dreams I am still in high school. They have never stopped. Every once in a while I will dream I am back in school. Most times I look like I look now, and in fact it is as If I am the age I am today but it is as if I am taking some sort of classes and back in school, or maybe some classes for work, yet all my friends and classmates are there. And it is such a good feeling. High school for me will always be one of the best times of my life. It is as if when my mind can't deal with the stress, worries, bills, tasks, and problems of everyday life it takes advantage of my dreams and takes me back to simpler times. The dreams may sometimes be stressful, maybe I am taking a test, and I realize I did not even study for this, but then I sit down and see a familiar face, some classmate of mine and then I realize how lucky I am to be taking classes with all my old classmates and friends, and its just such a familiar feeling, like being HOME again.
Its so hard to explain sometimes, so many teenagers say high school is one of the worst times in their lives and my experience was so far from that. I went to a very small high school, and I mean small- my graduating class had less than 40 students. Because it was such a small school, we were all close, everyone knew every one's name. There was never anyone being stuffed into lockers (does that even happen in real life?), no ones glasses were ever broken, and no one was ever given a wedgie. My memories are staying after school just to chat and goof around with friends, stuffing all our coats, books, umbrellas, in one tiny locker (there was about 8 of us) I never understood why we never though of using our own lockers? Going during lunch hour to Central Park to play on the swings, having class trips to the Museum of Natural History, the statue of liberty, Ellis Island and about every other museum and tourist spot you can think of. I remember passing notes to each other (cellphones weren't in back then), stuffing roses and love notes in notebooks from that short guy who just wouldn't leave you alone, walking and singing and playing in the rain all of us under one single umbrella, I remember just hanging in the hallways and stairways with about other twenty people and just laughing and laughing till your tears came out and your cheeks hurt. Then there is the school trip at the end of the year. There wasn't enough money for some unknown reason (maybe the teachers went out partying ;) and we couldn't go to the Poconos for the weekend like every other senior class before us did. We were all pretty upset about that. But we were taken to Bear Mountain to spend the day. We played volleyball, we ate, we rode boats, and we ran and then it started pouring rain. And Harry said fuck it and started running in the pouring rain, and everyone joined and we laughed and played spin the bottle under the rain, and we splashed and jumped and by the end of the day our clothes and hair were soaking wet and it just didn't matter.
Yeah now I know why I keep dreaming back in school, how could I not? High School was amazing. Every single person from my high school brings me good memories. And so my mind, every time I am stressed, keeps popping them up in random places, to help me deal with whatever I am dealing with, just a familiar face here and there to give me that homey feeling again....
|THE KING MAKER'S SECONDARY INDICATORS: Free-Throw Percentages.|
Charity is good, as long as you get to the stripe!
This is a real quick article in honor of a pal. He always gets nervous when we take an OVER if a lousy free-throw shooting team is in the mix. In many cases, it's a series of lousy foul shots that kill an OVER or, at least, that's what people think killed the total.
In reality, all totals are decided by the confluence of hundreds of variables, but it's often the most apparent or memorable factors that catch our attention. And this is why my buddy rejects many of our OVER calls. Everyone has lost a total by a "hook" due to a brick from the charity stripe. If you've gambled on basketball for more than 5 years, then you've lost a game by a few missed free throws. Or, at least, that's what we blame it on.
To make a long story VERY short:
Many of the more questionable free throw shooting teams have poor percentages because they shoot a boatload of free-throws!
WE took Ball State in an OVER last night. It was set at 112.5 and it cleared that number by 9 points. Ball State shoots 68% from the line (and it was closer to 66% earlier), but they are ranked #2 in the Nation in terms of scoring offense from the Charity Stripe! 28% of their offense comes from the Line, so when they took 26 foul shots last night, we were taking advantage of a hidden Secondary Indicator. IT'S NOT NECESSARILY THE AVERAGE, BOYS.....IT'S THE FREQUENCY.
Here are the teams that score almost a third of their points from the Free Throw Line:
Ball St. 68%-66%
Colorado St. 69%
North Texas 73%
Louisiana Monroe 73%
HARVARD (tonight) 76%
The overall averages of each of these teams are pretty strong, but they usually contain players that have GREAT percentages mixed with some pretty bad players. Those 68% teams have a lot of "UGLY" on their roster.
The next batch of teams with at least 25% charity contribution are as follows:
Kansas State (65%), TAMU (64%), Arizona (75%), Washington State (70%), Washington (71%), Colorado (76%), South Florida (67%).
The teams that are shocking people: Like Kansas State and South Florida, or teams that seem to come out of nowhere with sudden covers like Colorado, Ball State, and Wyoming are doing it with speed, defense, and boards, but the common denominator is that all important Charity Stripe Factor.
I suppose I'm trying to introduce you to seconday and tertiary data strings. As handicappers we need to get underneath the "surface noise" and get into the bones and tendons of a team's functionality.
So DON'T fall for the shooting percentage.
Go after the FREQUENCY and SUCCESS RATE. 26 attempts at 66% is much better than 9 attempts at 75%, ok?
Afterall: a team can shoot 43% from the ARC, but only take 6 of those shots per game, right? The same thing goes for Free-Throws, Field Goals, and Points-Per-Shot. FREQUENCY, FREQUECY, FREQUENCY.....
I hope this makes sense, if it doesn't ,then comment for me and I'll edit for clarity.
Good luck tonight!
|The Scintilla Project: Day Seven||The prompt: Talk about a time when you saw your mother or father as a person independent of his or her identity as your parent.|
Talk of the units always presents with a bit...OK a boatload, of trepidation. As the once-- but no longer-- only child of addicts, I've struggled through the years to let my siblings have their own reality, their own experiences and mostly their own voice, often stifling mine in the process, but that ended when my writing began.
I'll tell you that much of my life I've seen my mother as anything but a mother. For the entirety of my childhood, I was the parent, hers and mine, and later my siblings and lastly--still amidst my childhood, my own children.
She is the subject of many unpublished essays, therapy sessions and my own looming fears. She's just so flawed, so human, so independent of her identity as anything or anyone, and subsequently independent of obligations to anything or anyone. I find her equally as shameful as she is enviable.
I could go on forever about the times she disappointed me, "dropped the ball", but what I fear I'll never understand is why I always rush to pick it up, again and again, until I'm juggling-- mother, daughter, sister, teacher, friend, therapist, perpetual fixer-upper to the clan. I've spent my life navigating and surviving her independence. What I'd like is to someday bear witness to the declaration of my own independence; a life independent of codependency.
|Boat Racing|| |
|ibiza, spain|| although ibiza is most renowned for its all-night-dionysian-techno-hump-fests it also affords some amazing meditarranean moments, not to mention, being the supposed home of christopher columbus as well as a muse for many artists including brian eno, jimmy page, albert camus, and bob dylan (who spent a summer in a windmill writing in these islands). of course, as luck would have it...actually, let's call it 'mercy' - a dear friend of mine, elliot moore (the most open dude i know), gave me his aunt's info who happens to live on ibiza (she deserves her own posting, of which i will write later). nonetheless, we got in touch and she told me to come on out. i left my russian friends and headed south determined to find the most epic and cheapest way to get to the islands. upon arriving in the port town of Denia, i made my way to the private docks to ask folks if i could get passage on their boat in exchange for work. this did not work - at least this particular time. so, i decided to spend my last euros on ferry. but i was too late and the faux-hawked british girl in front of me in line at the ticket office got the last available space on the night ferry. "ok, no worries...you are living life as an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be figured out" i say to myself as i leave the office and head into the shipping yard. sitting on my flybar, i watched the movements of another docked ferry for about 15 minutes and decided to sneak onto it as a stowaway (long story for the southern sun in boulder). mission accomplished only to find out in the early morning that it wasn't going to ibiza, rather a repair yard (thank God i got caught) - thus, leaving me no other option than to sleep on a park bench and catch the next morning's ferry at 6am. which i did.|
other tramps and trampings...
after connecting with the lovely, johnnis lunow (elliot's aunt), i wandered into the metropolitan areas of eivissa town whereupon i met some kindred hearted travelers waiting out the sun's midday heat under some shade in the plaza del parque. we got jugglers, musicians, poi-fire dancers, magicians...basically a bunch of cool looking girls and guys who look like they were all braveheart extras. the dreadlock mullet is humming over here...
anyway, i meet pablo and maru...two kids in their early twenties from the canerie islands on their summer break. they are beautiful together and totally in love. over the course of the next few days everytime i looked at them i would hear the guitar seagulls from don henley's classic song, "boys of summer". turns out, pablo is a rockclimber. we share jubilation for a few seconds and then he drops mad science on me about some great spots to climb here in abiza...
atlantis y es vedra
over the next few days we organize a camping and climbing trip with a few other transients from ibiza's beach squatting summer sub-culture. the excitement brewing during the bus ride away from the noisy city, and the hike into another part of the island quickly turned to gasping amazement as we arrived at the zenith of our trail to see these epic land masses rising out of the ocean.
this is es vedra and people talk about the "energy being really good here" - nostradomas purportedly talked about it, too...something about this being the place to be when the end of world comes. no shit, sherlock. who wouldn't want to be?
anyway, we find an amazing place to call home for next several days underneath a giant boulder on the edge of the land and sea.it is here where we sleep in til 10, prepare humble potpurri meals of rice and anything else we can find to mix in, scratch ourselves like cavemen, and of course, conduct spanish/english lessons like a pack of oxford dons. this is all interrupted by occasional exploratory excursions, swims, siestas, scratching faces and figures into sand cliffs, and fantastic ocean bouldering - of which the pictures speak for themselves.
alex finds his way while tio pibo coaches from the drink
pablo is very laid back...except when he's climbing. then he's more like a pissed off lion.
pay it forward
a few days into our trip, we ran out of water and tio pibo and i volunteered to hitch hike back to the nearest town to obtain el jugo de vida. liquid gold, man. enter, david and laura from valencia, spain...another couple sojourning and laughing their way through life.david just returned from 6 months in india where he was studying reiki, yoga, and thai massage.
he has an old converted van/home. it was very comfortable to go to the store in. i am putting a picture of them here b/c they are real live examples of people who are kind, happy, and loving life without having much money at all. also, because they embody a musing of one of their fellow spainards -pablo picasso, when he said, "i am constantly doing that which i cannot do, in order that i may learn to do it." amen. not only did david and laura give pibo and i a ride to the store, they turned around and gave us a lift back to trail into atlantis...which was totally out of their way and totally a blessing to us as the sun was in a bad mood that day. keep learning, guys...keep loving.
a few more pics...
|The Silly Run||"Do the silly run, Daddy," she says.|
Every morning, we drop K off at the commuter rail station.
As he leaves the car, the silly run is often requested.
My husband then morphs into what I can only liken to a rocking chair with boat propellers.
His arms fly out like airplane wings.
His lower legs rotate at the knee joints and spin at odd angles.
He zig zags, serpentine in great S curves past expressionless commuters and motionless people quietly waiting for the bus.
Inside the car, there is laughing and sometimes applause.
He'll pause, halfway to the station entrance and throw kisses back towards us.
K is normally quiet and mild mannered.
He's an introvert. He's shy.
I hope my kids remember his silly run long after he's gone.
It is a true act of love.
|Anney Boatright Waddell: Bastard Out of Carolinaâs Villain, Victim, or Heroine?||A friend recently posted on Facebook a local news story of a battered five-week-old baby. The story portrays the childâs father as the culprit of his multiple head injuries and broken bones. It also states that the babyâs mother attempted to cover up her partnerâs abuse of the baby, which she witnessed firsthand on several occasions, and failed to seek medical treatment for the child in a timely manner. One person commented, "How does this happen?" Indeed, it is difficult to understand the abuse of a child by anyone, let alone the battering of a tiny baby by the kidâs own father. And it is equally as hardâif not harderâto fathom that a mother could stand by and watch her innocent five-week-old be beaten and shaken and then neglect to have his injuries treated.|
I was reminded of this news story a couple of days later as I finished Dorothy Allisonâs Bastard Out of Carolina (1992). The semi-autobiographical novel depicts the childhood of Ruth Anne âBoneâ Boatright, who is born to the âwhite trashâ Anney Boatright, promptly labeled a bastard by the state, and, later, physically and sexually abused for years by her stepfather, Daddy Glen Waddell. The story ends with the absolutely heart-wrenching portrayal of Glenâs brutal assault and rape of the then 12-year-old Bone. Anney interrupts the attack and pulls Glen off of Bone, only to turn away from her daughter to comfort Glen when he cries and apologizes. Anney takes Bone to the hospital for treatment but disappears as soon as the young girl is signed in. She turns up a last time to visit Bone as the child recovers from the attack, which left her with a dislocated shoulder and various other physical injuries, at Aunt Rayleneâs. At this time, Anney turns over to Bone a new copy of her birth certificate, one that she has managedâafter countless attemptsâto have printed without the word âBastardâ stamped on it, and then leaves for good. Bone knows that her mother is headed to another state to live with Glen.
Just as it is difficult to understand the abuse and neglect of the five-week-old baby in the news article, it is hard to muster much sympathy for Anney, a mother who ignores the long-term abuse of her daughter and finally runs away with her daughterâs attacker and rapist, presumably to continue an emotional and sexual relationship with this brutal man. But as much as readers struggle against it, the book urges us toward anâalbeit tenuousâunderstanding of Anney Boatright Waddell. In the somewhat puzzling final words of the novel, Bone seems to come to peace with her motherâs betrayal and even goes so far as to posit her mother as a sort of role model, saying, âI was who I was going to be, someone like her, like Mama, a Boatright womanâ (309). Surely, this statement is partially the product of Boneâs still traumatized state-of-mind, but it seems to be more than that. Bone sees that, like herself, her mother has struggled against adversity her entire life and persevered in the way that she knows how. Ultimately, then, we are given little choice but to read this in many ways despicable mother as victimized by a social system that has positioned her as âtrashâ and triumphant in finally (though certainly belatedly) giving her daughter the chance for a better life.
Thereâs no doubt about it, Anneyâs life is defined and limited by the systematic oppression of the poor, white, working class. As a Boatright, a member of a family reputed in the Greenville, South Carolina community for shiftlessness, fighting, drunkeness, and sexual immorality, Anney has struggled against the stereotype of âwhite trash,â a label that she felt inscribed upon her very being when the state officially designated her first child a âBastard.â J. Brooks Bouson points out that although Anney resists the label of âtrashâ by working hard on a daily basis and repeatedly seeking to have Boneâs birth certificate changed, she internalizes the stigma of her position as a poor white woman, ultimately passing on the shame caused by this stigma to Bone and her other daughter, Reese (106). As if the shame of her position as âwhite trashâ were not enough, Anney struggles for the means to feed her family as Glen loses job after job because of his bad temper. She works full-time at a local diner, periodically takes a second job at a factory, and onceâafter she is forced to feed her children a meal of crackers and ketchupâeven turns to prostitution. Anney is also portrayed as psychologically tormented by the knowledgeâhowever deeply deniedâof Glenâs hatred and abuse of Bone. Anney dates the seemingly doting Glen for two years to ensure that he will âmake a good daddyâ (15) and, after the marriage, leaves Glen two times because of his physical mistreatment of Bone (she is not aware of his sexual abuse until the final rape scene). During the times when Anney and her girls do live with Glen, Anney is careful to remove Bone from the house at the times when she cannot be home to oversee her care. She sends Bone to Aunt Almaâs after school and to stay with Aunt Ruth or Aunt Raylene during summer vacations. On the rare occasion of witnessing Boneâs abuse, Anney cries for Glen to stop and afterward encourages her daughter to just stay out of Glenâs way in order to avoid the beatings that she knows Bone does not deserve. Anney is depicted as physically and psychologically exhausted by the trials in her life; Bone notices that she looks more worn with every passing year.
Besides being just a really bad guy, on a figurative level, Glen seems to embody the system of power that keeps Anney in a state of poverty and shame. Although his relationship with his family of origin is strained and despite his failure to secure a steady job, Glen is from a different social stratum than the Boatrights. He is depicted as coming from affluence and uses his marriage into the Boatright family to âshame his daddy and shock his brothersâ (13). As he ensnares Anney and her girls within an ultimately dysfunctional family unit, then, Glen becomes representative of the inescapable dominance of the bourgeois over the poor working class. Anney is no match for his brutality and manipulation; she finally gives in to the system against which she has struggled for so long and, in the process, betrays her daughter and loses herself. She abandons Bone and leaves with Glen because she so badly wants to escape the degradation of her position as âwhite trash.â She receives from Glen the attention that she never got within a family defined by a culture of shame, a family in which the highest form of compliment to a child seems to be to call him or her âugly,â a title which ensures that the child is âa Boatright for sureâ (21). However misguidedly, Anney also seems to see in the middle-class Glen her chance to flee the shame of her existence as a Boatright, a family regarded in the larger community as worth little more than garbage.
Despite her ultimate abandonment of Bone, Anney does succeed in re-writing the originally sordid story of her daughterâs beginnings by securing for Bone a new birth certificate. Indeed, the whole lower section of the paper that Anney gives to Bone before she leaves with Glen is âblank, unmarked, unstampedâ (309), signifying that because Anney has managed to unmoor Boneâs origins from the stereotypical origins of most âwhite trash,â Boneâs future is no longer bound to the restraints of her class position. It is perhaps because Anney gives Bone this gift of hope that Bone is able to face her future while still acknowledging her familyâs past. The new birth certificate comes to signify, as Tanya Horeck states, âthe inextricability of the daughterâs future from that of her motherâs at the same time [that it] contain[s] the possibility the child will script her life differentlyâ (56). In the final words of the novel, Bone claims the strength and perseverance of the Boatright women, but she is able to imagine a fate different from that of her aunts and especially her mother.
Bastard Out of Carolina challenges us to look beyond Anneyâs inability to consistently protect and nurture her daughter, despite her appalling behavior in the final scenes. The novel points to the ways that Anney has herself been brutalized by a system of oppression that works to keep her in a state of disempowerment and shame. I donât claim to understand Anneyâs refusal to face her daugherâs abuse or her final choice to leave her daughter, but I can sympathize with the physical and psychological exhaustion inflicted upon Anney by a lifetime of debasement as âtrash.â
So, the news article about the abused five-week-old bothers me, not only because I am horrified by the terror and pain inflicted upon this little guy by the very people who are supposed to care for him in the first weeks of his life, but also because I read the subtext of this article to say of the parents, âWhat more would you expect from these trash?â From their separate addresses, which are provided in the article, we can infer that the parents are unmarried and also that they live in some of the most impoverished areas in our city. Furthermore, the article cites the particular obscenities that the mother claims to have heard the father shout at the child, making both of them seem ignorant of the social norms that dictate the acceptable use of these terms in both private and public settings. The mother is also portrayed as either slow to understand that her child was being abused or a heartless bitch to deny him treatment. The father is depicted as using an imagined medical condition to excuse his abuse of the baby. He is further discredited by the detailed recounting of his past convictions: âWihebrink is no stranger to local authorities, having been booked into the Delaware County jail nine times. He was convicted of battery by body waste (in 2006), possession of marijuana (2008) and receiving stolen property (2004).â Like the Boatrights are regarded by the greater Greenville community, then, these people are clearly perceived by the writers of this article as poor, stupid, lazy, and morally bankrupt, and readers are invited to see them this way as well. Given the details provided in the news article, these parents may be all of these things, but to characterize them in this light might also allow all of us to ignore the social circumstances that have almost certainly contributed to the awful mistreatment of this baby. To represent and perceive these people as âtrashâ is to dismiss our own culpability in maintaining a system that shames and debases our poor simply for being poor and, in doing so, might very well perpetuate the abuse of children.
Bouson, J. Brooks. ââYou Nothing But Trashâ: White Trash Shame in Dorothy Allisonâs Bastard Out of Carolina.â Southern Literary Journal 34.1 (2004): 101-23.
Horeck, Tanya. ââLet Me Tell You a Storyâ: Writing the Fiction of Childhood in Dorothy Allisonâs Bastard Out of Carolina.â New Formations 42 (2000): 47-56.
|Clever Names and Sayings on Boats||If you're like me, you like reading what people write, on the back of their boat.
|Fishing Access Improvements on Missouri River's Ft. Randall Dam||Sometimes the best fishing spots are the hardest to get to, and if you don't have a boat, you might not have access. Along the Missouri River near Pickstown, South Dakota things have changed.
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|A little Saturday poetry Jam||Liz Howard, a treasured old friend - that is to say we became friends about half a lifetime ago, not that she is old - is a Canadian poet (and scientist). And a very good one at that. She recently made the Canadian short list for the Griffin Poetry prize. I looked it up and it is a major award. |
Oh, she was also a finalist for a Governor General's Award last fall. Another major award. That's right, Liz is a serious force in the poetry world.
In honour of Liz and her accomplishments, I have written a poem (hopefully this is not a dubious honour). Since this is a car blog, it is about my car. Make sense?
And while I can't even pretend to have any talent in this field, I can probably safely say that it is likely the best poem you will ever read about a 1985 Ford Crown Victoria. But, maybe have a few drinks before you read it just to be safe.
By Sean McCoy
3V under 3LThis car has the blues
A long foot pressed into spinning wheels
Its bellows longing for speed
A massive heart surges
Wheezing boasts of a dubious past
Restrained, restricted, rusted and wretched
A committee made bargeThe desperate catch-up
Foiling the General only by law
But it is not of the people
Appreciated only in the margins
Cast-offs creating in an impoverished glow
Making their joy from a desperate plot
Irrational connections forged on potentialAdd-ons are omitted in a harsh environment
As modifications multiply on falling currency
One into two, two into four
Freed heads flow easier into the burn
Facilitating fresh lift over worn timing
Exhausted effort powers the work
The gain is pastNo, this is not better than new
It is nostalgia made from a drought of perspective
Making what was never meant of this corporate intention
Upright fools that commune in a common web
Because creating less from more is uncompromising
But it is ours
Now if you want to cleanse your pallet of this drabble, read some of the best poetry in the country and support Liz - her book can be ordered from Amazon.ca.
Congratulations, Liz! It's been way too long, but you're never too far from my thoughts.
|Lincoln gets a cash injection and my new obsession with the Silverado.|
So Iâve been quite the lazy blogger. Iâm hoping I can turn this around soon, but Iâve been pretty busy with a million things going on... also Iâve become addicted to the Panther Forum Iâve joined (grandmarq.net). Iâve had a good time meeting a bunch of folks online who share my (newly developed) obsession with full-sized 1980âs Fords. For a primer as to why this has happened, check out my last post. However, my car world still extends beyond 30 year old blue ovals. Letâs see whatâs caught my eye today...
You may be saying to yourself, âSean, how can I get in on this cheap vintage car craze?â Well, there are lots of cheap old goodies listed online. Jalopnik recently posted a list of stuff thatâs been put on ebay forunder $10,000. Of course, for me thatâs a huge budget, but thatâs not big money for getting into the old car game. Iâm thinking my favourite of the list is the Saab Sonnett. Not the greatest sports car ever, but itâs certainly a classic that you donât see every day!
Good news for Lincoln! Apparently Fordâs investing $5 Billion over the next few years intoimproving the brand. Personally, I think this is great. For too long Lincoln has been putting out rebadged Fords. While they typically look prettier than their blue oval cousins, Iâve had a hard time reconciling the thought of paying huge premium for a tarted up Ford. The big news is a new platform that will hopefully result in a rear-wheel-drive sedan! This will position Lincoln to compete more directly with other premium brands like BMW, Mercedes, and historical rival Cadillac.
Speaking of rear-wheel-drive, Iâm a big fan of pony cars. The Chevrolet Camaro is certainly a great example of the breed. And all great pony cars deserve a high powered halo example to lead the charge into the dreams of the car buying public. The ZL1 is the high ranking Camaro that happily takes this on this task, motivated by a 580hp 6.2L V8. If youâre like me, youâll probably never get the chance to drive one. Check out these editor notes from Autoweek for some great impressions onhow this car drives. Not anywhere close to as good as actually driving the car, but at least it will provide some fuel to fire up your imagination the next time you play make believe behind the wheel of your daily driver. Vroom-vroom!!
In other news, back on the home front weâve been tempted lately by Silverados. Our neighbours recently acquired one and my uncle did too shortly after that. They both went with 5.3L 4x4âs, black on black. They are pretty sharp. I know I wanted to stay away from pick-ups, but lately Iâve missed having a vehicle with some utility. And towing capacity. Hereâs a TFL review of the big threeâsfull-sized truck offerings... well more of a 0-60 competition rather than a review. But itâs 0-60 towing 5,000lbs! I canât think of a better piece of info than who has the best hustle under load (well, I can, but this is still good to know... and fun)!
On a related front, hereâs a cool video of a Silverado HD in a tugof war contest against a semi. Check it out for fierce tire burning carnage!
And with that, I'm out. I'm putting together a post of some of the best, coolest and strangest cars I saw at the various shows I attended this summer. Look for it soon!
|The Big Blue Boat!|
Itâs been a long time since the last post. Things have just seemed really busy the last couple of months and I just havenât been able to get around to writing. I have been involved in some car stuff though... I just havenât been able to write about it.
Probably the biggest car news from the front is that Iâm the proud new custodian of a 1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria. Itâs a bit of a family heirloom, having originally belonged to my wifeâs grandparents. Itâs basically been sitting in a barn for the last 10 years though, so it needs a little TLC.
Over all though, Iâd say itâs in pretty good shape. The interior is excellent, everything still works (including cold blowing AC!) and the underside is practically new looking! There are a couple of minor rust events occurring on the body as we speak, but nothing too bad. I will be on the hunt for a new rear bumper at some point though, as this one has a small hole in it.
Now traditionally being a GM man, I was initially looking for a B body or a G body, preferably something with 2 doors but a sedan wasnât out of the question. I had a next to nothing budget of about $1000-$1500, which back when I was a teenager would have yielded good results. Nowadays that only buys, well, crap.
There were a few promising looking ads in kijiji that caught my attention. Tales of rust free, non winter driven cars that only need a few minor repairs for safety draw you in. But the reality is a car that has Blizzaks on it was probably not ânever driven in winterâ.
Also, I discovered people have a very liberal interpretation of ârust freeâ and âsurface rustâ. Look, if thereâs red, crumbling sections on the carâs body itâs not ârust freeâ. And if I can see daylight on the other side of that rust, itâs not âsurface rustâ.
Anyway, after one particularly disappointing viewing, I was talking to my wifeâs uncle and he let me know that her other aunt and uncle were getting rid of their old 1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria. They had been given the car from my wifeâs grandparents as a B-car. Only thing is it had been off the road for about 10 years.
My dad and I went to take a look at the old beast and we werenât disappointed. Itâs a two tone blue four door sedan with a 302. It wasnât perfect, but it was in a lot better shape than everything else that I had found. In the coming weeks Iâll go over some of the stuff weâve done, what needs to be done and what we dream about doing in the future.
For now the big olâ girl is resting in the garage getting ready for a safety. I donât expect to get her on the road until next year, but itâs good to know that sheâs there for some big blue boat cruising.
|AB: Paying Their Debt to Society||What do ponzi-scheming Bernie Madoff and money-laundering Toronto lawyer Simon Rosenfeld have in common? They both have amassed boat-loads of money, but still rely on taxpayers to feed, clothe and shelter them while in jail. South of the border, one politician is looking to change this.|
|3 Scouts Dead After Sailboat Hits Power Line In Texas||Three Boy Scouts have died after a sailboat they were aboard struck a low-hanging power line on a lake east of Dallas, Texas, over the weekend. The Scouts were sailing in a Hobie Cat on the Lake O' the Pines when the catamaran's mast snagged the transmission cable. Wardens from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department found the boat on fire about 300 yards north of the cable, according to The Dallas Morning News. The bodies of two of the Scouts, apparently electrocuted, were found in the water nearby. A third, 11, was rescued by another boat, where he was given CPR before being transported to an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Shreveport, La., but authorities said Monday that he had succumbed to his injuries. Daniel Anderson, chief operating officer for the East Texas Boy Scouts of America, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying the boys were at a campout at the lake. "There's literally hundreds of campouts like this every year in East Texas and nothing like this ever|
|Power Outage In N.C.'s Outer Banks Could Take Weeks To Fix||North Carolina's Outer Banks has been without electricity for days â and that could last for weeks, according to estimates of how long it will take to repair transmission lines that were inadvertently severed by a bridge construction crew. PCL Construction, which is building a new span to replace the old Bonner Bridge across the Oregon Inlet, has acknowledged that early Thursday its workers drove a steel casing through a major underground transmission cable belonging to the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative. The accident has left thousands of residents without power and forced vacationers to depart. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said "a lot of money" was being lost due to the outages that come at the peak of tourist season when people come from all over the country to relax on the region's sandy beaches. "You've got waiters and waitresses who are losing tip money. You've got restaurants who aren't selling meals. You've got hotel owners who aren't selling rooms. You've got boat|
|Royal Navy tests remote-controlled minehunter||
The motorboat, called Hazard, is currently being put through its paces by a specialist team of sailors in Portsmouth naval base. The boat can also act as the ‘mother ship’ to an assortment of hi-tech remote-controlled and robot submersibles.
Collectively, they can search for, hunt and finally destroy mines faster than the Royal Navy’s Sandown and Hunt-class ships, and they also have the added benefit of keeping the sailors required to operate them out of harm’...|
|GBP300 M investment for UK submarine industry||
Over the next 8 years BAE Systems’ boatyard in Barrow-in-Furness will undergo a transformation, part funded by the Ministry of Defence, to improve the infrastructure at the site, which has been making submarines for over a century.
Around 850 contractors will work on the development at its peak to replace older buildings with newer, larger, state-of-the-art facilities to allow the construction of the UK’s future nuclear deterrent submarines, known as Successor.
|Royal Navy ship assists in Caribbean drugs bust||
RFA Wave Knight and the US Coast Guard worked together to seize cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of £8.5 million in what was Wave Knight’s second successful counter-narcotics operation in 3 weeks.
While on patrol in the Caribbean Sea on 11 February, the crew of Wave Knight detected a suspicious speedboat operating in the area.
A US Coast Guard helicopter was quickly despatched from Wave Knight and, after arriving at the scene, the coast guard team saw 2 men throwi...|
|New Investment in Successor Submarines||
The Successor submarines, which will carry the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, will be the largest and most advanced boats operated by the Navy, and their design and construction will be the most technologically complex in the history of the UK.
Two contracts worth £47 million and £32 million have been awarded to BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines who are leading on the design of the vessels.
The investment will allow BAE Systems, who currently...|
|The Miami Mess|
When I first heard about the Yahoo! Sports report that a Miami booster provided cash, cars, jewelry, use of mansions and a yacht, prostitutes, bounties for taking out the opposition, and an abortion for Miami football players, I had three immediate thoughts: 1) Holy balls, Miami knows how to party, 2) This wouldnât even be that big of a deal if the NCAA werenât an unprecedented and corrupt cockblock that gets away with a multibillion dollar scam year after year, and 3) Having said that, the rules are the rules and â if the allegations are true â Iâm not sure there has ever been such a flagrant breaking of NCAA rules in the history of both the NCAA and their explicit rules against soliciting prostitution and boosters paying for abortions.
Letâs start with whatâs really important â the partying. Now, thanks to depictions of Miami in all sorts of TV shows and movies (and at least one music video), Iâve always thought that I had a relatively good idea of just how much the city likes to party. I mean, anyone who has seen Will Smith rocking a wifebeater while hollering at hoochies, Tony Montana burying his face in a heaping mound of blow, Ace Ventura talking out of his butthole, Horatio Caine smoothly putting on his sunglasses after pausing midsentence, and Dexter Morgan saran wrapping criminals to a table and driving a knife through their chest before dismembering their bodies, putting the remains in a bunch of garbage bags, and dumping the bags in the Atlantic Ocean should fully understand that the city of Miami is all about having a good time. But even with all of these depictions of Miami being a zoo fully packed with party animals, I was still pretty surprised when the Yahoo! report came out and revealed that the average Miami football player apparently breaks the BYU Honor Code 14 times before they even eat breakfast.
What made the report so surprising to me is that even though the fact that this all took place in Miami shouldnât make it all that shocking, weâre still talking about 18-22 year old kids here. Sure it seems like â18-22 year old kidsâ and âpartyingâ are synonymous, but if you really think back on your days in college, Iâm guessing âpartyingâ just meant drinking a bunch of cheap beer, listening to music that was turned up way too loudly only because whoever was hosting the party wanted to show off their sound system, crossing your fingers that the girls you were hitting on were too drunk to notice how ugly you were, and drawing penises on the foreheads of your friends who passed out before you did. Every now and then maybe there were people passing around a joint or two, but for the most part that is what a typical college party entails.
Nowhere in that description did I mention yachts, mansions, cash, jewelry, or â most importantly â prostitutes, which is why the Miami allegations are shockingly awesome to me. According to US census data taken in 2010, less than 1% of American citizens have ever partied on a yacht or with prostitutes, so for a bunch of Miami football players to allegedly have done both before they were even old enough to legally rent a car is truly a remarkable thing and is something I wonât hesitate to admit makes me jealous (hell, Iâm sure a lot of them went to these parties before they were even old enough to legally drink). Then again, I guess all of this shouldnât have been much of a surprise considering the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about Miami emphasized how wild the Hurricanes were back in the 80s and 90s, and the 7th Floor Crew song in 2004 (very NSFW language) revealed that dorm room gangbangs are apparently as much of a current Miami football tradition as pissing and moaning about a pass interference call from almost a decade ago.
Anyway, now that we got the important and fun part out of the way, letâs discuss what is rapidly becoming the bane of my existence â the NCAAâs steadfast refusal to let athletes profit from their own abilities even though those same athletesâ abilities are the reason the NCAA and the schools the athletes represent rake in billions every year. As a guy who had to wear the NCAA handcuffs for four straight years (although, letâs be honest, since I was a walk-on my handcuffs werenât that tight) and couldnât even accept a free sandwich if I was offered one, I think itâs nothing short of ridiculous that the NCAA continues to cockblock their athletes.
As far as Iâm concerned, the Miami football players getting cash, jewelry, cars, access to yachts, etc. shouldnât even be an issue, just like the Ohio State football scandal should have never been an issue, because thereâs no logical argument as to why the athletes shouldnât be entitled to all those things (the OSU scandal especially shouldnât have been a big deal since Iâm of the opinion that the players technically earned the things they sold). Now, the prostitutes and the bounties that were allegedly paid to Miami players to take out opposing players are obviously a big deal, but Iâm focusing on the free cash and gifts right now. As shady and corrupt as college sports may seem, at the end of the day the superstar athletes that generate millions for their schools have every right to accept all the cash and gifts they want because they arenât anywhere close to being as fully compensated as they deserve to be. Thatâs right, I said it â itâs criminally unfair that college athletes (read: football and menâs basketball players) arenât paid.
The prevalent argument against paying players is that the players are already getting paid in the form of a free education and a monthly stipend, but I have two issues with this argument. First, from experience I can tell you that the stipend is basically just enough money to survive on and typically isnât a large enough sum of money to result in very much discretionary income for the players, so really it isnât even worth mentioning (as Iâm sure you all remember me infamously discussing in a certain earlier blog post). In all honesty, when you think about all the hours the players put into their respective sports, the stipend is probably just a little bit higher than minimum wage. Obviously there are many people in America who are living off of minimum wage (or in this economy, no income at all), but these people also arenât bringing in millions upon millions of dollars for their schools and conferences like the star athletes are, so itâs not exactly fair to just say âif other people can make it work, college athletes should be able to also.â
Secondly, while you and I might place a high value on a college education, many superstar athletes are in college solely because they want to prepare for the pros, so a free education doesnât really mean much to them. I mean, if you really think about it, the fundamental purpose of college is to gather all the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce in your desired field. Keeping that in mind, for a lot of these guys the sport they play is essentially their major and taking classes and graduating is really just their form of an extracurricular activity. Much like how you wanted to be an accountant so you went to college and majored in accounting, these guys want to be NFL linebackers so they go to college to major in breaking spines and ripping the heads off of timid receivers coming across the middle.
This notion is obviously a stereotype and doesnât apply to everyone who is a shoo-in to make it to the NBA or NFL, but for the most part the All-American college athletes really only care about their education to a certain extent. At the end of the day, their primary focus is making it to the big leagues, so while a free education would mean a great deal to people like you and me, for the superstar athletes who are likely going to leave college early anyway, a scholarship is the equivalent of being a paraplegic and being given a brand new motorcycle.
People who are against paying college athletes and have a hard-on for protecting the concept of amateurism also often cite the fact that NCAA athletes know what theyâre getting into because they sign all sorts of forms that explain how the system works, so they have no right to complain about anything. But having gone through this form-signing process four times, I can assure you that itâs not nearly as simple as signing a contract with, say, a cable or gas company might be.
When I was at OSU, we would have compliance meetings at the start of every academic year where we would be given a stack of papers to sign. I specifically remember a handful of times when our compliance person would explain what the form we were about to sign meant and I would consequently think, âThis is BS. I donât want to sign this.â On one occasion, I actually said this out loud to the compliance person and his response was, âWell, then youâll be ineligible.â So really, my hands were tied because my choices were to either sign the forms or essentially quit the team and miss out on the plethora of poon that comes with being an Ohio State athlete. Negotiating was not an option so I had no choice but to sign the forms as they were.
Now, I wasnât really all that worked up and was mostly just trying to be a pain in the ass with the compliance people to screw with them a little bit because I knew that giving Ohio State and the NCAA the right to use my image and whatnot wasnât really that big of a deal since, well, frankly I knew that they would never actually use my image to promote anything. But at the same time I couldnât help but think how pissed Iâd be if I were someone who was a big time Ohio State athlete like, say, Terrelle Pryor. Pryor was essentially forced to sign the same forms I had to, only when he was signing them, he was signing away thousands if not millions of dollars in potential earnings.
So for someone like him, the choices are either to not play or to let the school and NCAA profit boatloads of money off him while he gets essentially nothing in return. In other words, for all intents and purposes, all college athletes are pretty much forced to sign these papers, especially since the fact that the NBA and NFL both require draft entrants to be a certain age leaves these guys with no viable alternative to playing in the NCAA (football in particular since high school kids can at least play professional basketball overseas instead of going to college while foreign football leagues versus big time college football is as laughable of a comparison as Qdoba versus Chipotle). So the âthey have no right to complain because they know what theyâre getting intoâ argument holds no water from my perspective.
I guess we could argue about whether or not college athletes should be paid until weâre blue in the face, but in the end it wonât really mean much because the NCAA isnât going to change their ways anytime soon. The fact of the matter is that the only real way to get the rules changed seems to be for the players to essentially just go on strike and cause a lockout. But this will never happen because the players simply arenât around long enough to make it happen.
It can be assumed that the upperclassmen and the superstar freshmen and sophomores are the ones who are missing out on the most money (simply from the fact that theyâre the ones who put butts in the seats at the games and would likely be the ones getting endorsements and whatnot), but by the time they realize that theyâre getting screwed and they actually get upset enough to take action to stop the exploitation, they are already gone to the pros or have graduated and moved on to more important things in their lives. After those guys leave, the carousel continues to spin as a new crop of college athletes comes in and goes through the same cycle of sitting on the bench for a couple of years, finally playing toward the tail end of their careers, and not realizing that theyâre getting exploited until itâs too late and theyâve got other things to worry about (and most importantly no longer have any motivation to see that college athletes are justly compensated).
Because the athletes can never get enough traction to seriously challenge the NCAA, nothing gets changed and the exploitation continues. The NCAA knows that they will always have this advantage over the players, which is why Iâm fairly certain they all sit in their offices and just cackle, rub their hands together with malevolent glee, and twirl their mustaches all day. I canât decide if I think everyone involved with such a corrupt organization should be thrown in prison for eternity or if they should be congratulated and given some sort of award for successfully pulling off a multibillion dollar scam on unsuspecting kids year after year (the real irony here is that the NCAA â an organization that profits from screwing people out of money â is most likely going to punish the Miami kids for hanging out with a guy who screwed people out of money).
But I digress. The bottom line is that, if the allegations are true (itâs more fun to just assume they are, isnât it?), the Miami players knew exactly what they were doing and knew that what they were doing was a blatant violation of NCAA rules, so itâs impossible to feel all that bad for them (especially if the stuff about the hookers and bounties is true â that really is indefensible). Sure the rules are archaic and unjust, but ultimately theyâre the rules and until they change, itâs probably best to just abide by them and not choose to break them in the most ridiculous and flagrant ways imaginable. In the meantime, until the rules change, all us fans can really do is just sit back and hope that someday we can all look back on this era of college sports like we now look back on Prohibition (and will most likely look back on the illegality of marijuana
The world is a better place when yacht parties featuring hookers are plentiful and that is a fact. The sooner the NCAA realizes this, the better off weâll all be.
Itâs inevitable that at least one of you will think my hatred for the NCAA stems from the fact that I was forced to donate all the money from my shirt sales to charity when I was playing at Ohio State, so I thought Iâd address that real quick. First of all, let me say that the money went to a remarkable charity and was no doubt put to great use and I couldnât be happier to have been somewhat responsible for that (I know itâs clichÃ© to say that and you probably donât believe me, but screw it â itâs the God honest truth). At the same time, though, of course the selfish side of me would have loved to have had that $50,000 to spend on whatever I wanted. Youâre lying to yourself if you think for one second that some part of you wouldnât feel the same way. Who in their right mind wouldnât want $50,ooo just handed to them while they were in college?
But the reason I wasnât all that upset that I couldnât get that money and the reason Iâm not necessarily pissed at the NCAA for that is because I knew that I wasnât being exploited since I was a walk-on benchwarmer. Itâs not like Ohio State or the NCAA was making tons of money off of me, so I really didnât have that big of a problem with me not being able to make money off of me either (I still thought it was dumb, but I wouldnât say I was ever âpissedâ about it).
No, my hatred for the NCAA comes from the fact that they use their athletes to gain a profit (which is completely understandable and fine) but wonât allow the athletes to use themselves to gain a profit (which is complete horseshit). It sucks that I couldnât make money from selling my shirts, sure, but the idea that Jared Sullinger wonât be paid a single dime for singlehandedly selling a bunch of tickets and jerseys this upcoming season is pretty disgusting to me. I know this kind of thing goes on with corporations all over the world, but since I played college basketball and was around the NCAAâs exploitation on a daily basis, this particular instance is the one that I really get fired up over. Pair my anger with the breaking story about Miami and the fact that I really donât have anything better to do with my time and it explains my motivation behind this blog post.
This is your last reminder that Iâm writing a mailbag post on Friday, so donât be a doucher and send me an email.
Also, weâve got a few more additions to my list of things that make people lame if they arenât good but complete badass if they are good. Here are a few more of my favorites that the Trillion Man March sent in:
âShotgunning a beer â if you've never done it before or if you're bad at it, it can squirt all over you (that's what she said) and make you soggy and smell like beer all night. If you're a pro, you take it down in one gulp and game over (again, that's what she said.)â
How is drinking in college not the gold standard for novices sucking and experts being amazing? Everyone wants to be like Frank the Tank and hammer that beer bong all night at the party. Depending on the size of your wood, you may or may not want to go streaking through the quad, but that's only a problem for those who can survive a night long of heavy chugging first anyway. But the kid who just got to the party, shotgunned 2 cold ones, and is already passed out puking in the bathroom? He's the biggest loser douche at the party and is going to wake up to shame and a lot of Sharpie dicks drawn all over his body.
A related subject, beer pong. The guy at the party who always lets his partner shoot first because he never misses and will hit any cup is pretty awesome and can definitely keep that hot streak going all night right into some hot mama's bed. But the guy who can't hit a cup and then is running around the house naked showing off his tiny schlong because his team got shut out? Not so cool to be him.â
Criminals (specifically thieves)
âIn real life, its fairly common to hear about people who try to rob a convenience store and end up getting held at gunpoint by the guy at the counter while the cops come. This is lame, even I could do better than that. On the other hand, real (ok, mostly fictional) hard core criminals are incredibly badass. Kaiser Soze? His nickname is the devil, pretty hardcore. Then there are all the other bankrobbing movies, The Oceans (11 through 13) Inside Job, etc. Then in real life you used to have Jesse James and all the wild west types. There just aren't cool robberies anymore really, its almost a pity.â
I also thought about this one when I heard about the Miami football story and Nevin Shapiroâs Ponzi scheme and couldnât help but think, âEven though that guy screwed a bunch of people out of a ton of money and should no doubt be locked up for a very long time, a small part of me is kind of impressed.â I feel the same way about guys like Pablo Escobar, D.B. Cooper, Al Capone, etc.
Also from Trevor:
âNow on the other side of the spectrum, we have cops. There's the stereotypical cop, drinking coffee and eating donuts, kinda pathetic. Then you have supercops, like in the movies. I assume that the CIA and FBI are pretty intense in real life too, but I don't really know what they actually do.â
Proud to Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,
Club Trillion Founder
|Another Misguided Concept|
Admit it â you donât think I can pull it off, do you? Well, itâs Day 2 of what Iâm now referring to as Nut Up or Shut Up Week at Club Trillion and here I am. In case you were wondering, I am actually writing all of these blogs posts the same day that I publish them, so donât think that I wrote a bunch of these and stockpiled them just so I could just sit back and make it seem like Iâm working diligently (I really am working diligently, dammit!). Also, even though it may seem like this week is all about me giving back to the Trillion Man March or something, the truth is that Iâm much more selfish than that. The sole purpose of this week is to get me to stop being so lazy and to give myself the kick in the pants that I kinda need right now, which is ironic since had I not issued this challenge to myself in the first place thereâs a solid chance I wouldnât have even put pants on at all this entire week (another irony: this last sentence discussed both pants and irony and sometimes I iron my pants before I put them on!!!).
Anyway, for Day 2 Iâve decided to write about something Iâve been giving some thought to for a little while and was just reminded of this past weekend when I went back to Indiana and stayed in my hometown for a few days. Now, Iâve mentioned Brownsburg a time or two on this blog before, but in case you missed it or donât remember what the town is like, just imagine your stereotypical suburban town and thatâs pretty much it. Thereâs really nothing all that special about the place (save the Little League World Series appearances in 1999 and 2001 and the fact that Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz, Drew Storen of the Washington Nationals, and Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals all graduated from BHS within a few years of each other), but there is at least one thing about Brownsburg that Iâve yet to see duplicated anywhere else, and that one thing is the unprecedented amount of adolescent loitering. Yes, loitering (loiteringâ¦and smoking the reefer).
Forgive me for sounding like a grumpy old geezer, but every time I go back to my hometown, there always seems to be a ridiculous amount of 12-15 year old dudes just hanging out everywhere throughout the town. They never have any sort of agenda and seem like theyâre just really bored and want to get out of their houses cause their moms are strung out on drugs and their dads are alcoholics who beat them or something. No matter the day of the week or the time of day, it always seems like there are kids hanging out at the grocery stores, the bowling alley, the Wal-Mart, the movie theater, both of the McDonaldâs (donât want to brag or anything but yeah, Brownsburgâs got two), and even the liquor stores. Itâs like a gay pedophileâs paradise seeing as how the entire town is crawling with 12-15 year old boys.
Now, using my own adolescence as a template, I originally thought that these kids were at the grocery stores to MILF hunt, were at the bowling alley to hit on girls their own age, were at the Wal-Mart to commit petty theft, were at the movie theater to sneak into some terrible (probably Tyler Perry) movie and get a handy in the back row, were at the Mickey Dâs to get free food from their friends who work there, and were at the liquor stores to try to get someone who is 21 to score some booze for them. But Iâve observed these kids enough to know that they arenât doing any of that (um, I swear I observed them for research purposes for this blog post and not some other reason).
Instead, theyâre just hanging out by the entrances of all these places and are talking amongst themselves, presumably about how big of a bitch their English teacher is or how badly they want to see that Kelly chickâs boobs. More often than not, they never actually go into the establishment that theyâre hanging out by and instead just get in everyoneâs way since theyâre sitting right by the entrance, which is why these kids annoy me so much. Also, without fail there is always at least one kid in the group who has a skateboard with him. And thatâs what got me thinking.
Because of the kid in the group with a skateboard, Iâve noticed that Iâve developed a bit of a disdain for all kids who skateboard, primarily because Iâm a stereotyping ass. Having said that, though, I donât have a blanket hatred for all skateboarders, as I actually think pro skateboarders are pretty badass and enjoy watching them do their thing during the X Games every summer. Iâm a big fan of Tony Hawk, Rob Dyrdek, and Jason Ellis in particular, and anyone who knows anything about me knows that just thinking about Rune Glifberg doing a Christ Air on Tony Hawk Pro Skater makes my nipples rock hard. I really do enjoy skateboarding, but thanks to these kids who loiter with their skateboards at popular places in my hometown and annoy me to no end, I only like pro skateboarding and kinda think that all non-pro skateboarders are crusty tampons.
After giving it some thought, I realized that skateboarding isnât the only thing that I feel this way about. There seem to be a handful of skills/activities that I think to myself, âThat guyâs a doucheâ if I see someone doing the activity recreationally or as just a hobby or something, but also think, âThat guyâs a total badassâ when I see an expert doing the exact same thing. Obviously this is somewhat hypocritical thinking since itâs impossible for someone to become an expert at something without being a novice first, so itâs stupid to rag on young skateboarders because Tony Hawk was once a novice too.
With that in mind, this is more of an observation of my own flawed thought process than anything else. So if you do any of the activities that Iâm going to mention in a little bit as a hobby, please donât take this the wrong way and think that I think youâre an idiot for what you choose to do with your free time. Iâm not trying to tell you how to live your life. Iâm instead just basically pointing out how messed up my logic is (although, my guess is that a lot of you feel the same way about a few of these things so really itâs more of me pointing out how messed up everyoneâs logic is).
Now that we got that disclaimer out of the way, letâs take a look at my list of the nine things other than skateboarding for which I think novices are losers but experts are badasses. Before we do, though, I should address the fact that you might be thinking that this criteria applies to all activities. You might be saying to yourself, âBut of course you think novices suck and experts are awesome. Thatâs because novices are novices and experts are experts. Thatâs how everything works.â My response to this is well, not necessarily. Hereâs a chart that provides some examples and shows the difference between a few separate activities.
If you play pick-up basketball but arenât that good, nobody is going to look down on you or judge you or anything (I mean that they wonât judge you for the decision to play basketball â if they make fun of you, itâs because you are atrocious and canât even hit the rim and not because of what you choose to do as a hobby). Meanwhile, video games are something that are almost better to not be that good at. Itâs cool to play video games with your friends every now and then, but when you become an expert at a particular game, people think youâre a complete loser who never leaves your house (this explains the genesis of Nut Up or Shut Up Week). And poor Magic: The Gathering players â no matter how good or bad you might be, the mere fact that youâre playing it at all kinda makes you a loser.
So now that you see the difference, keep in mind that weâre concerned with just that fourth case on the chart. Iâll provide my list, but part of the reason I wrote about this is because I want some input from the Trillion Man March. I know that there are some things I didnât think of, which is why Iâm hoping some of you will email me with examples you come up with. Anyway, hereâs my list:
I guess MMA guys could also kinda be grouped in with this, but here I really mean guys who do karate or judo or taekwondo or whatever else they teach at your local dojo. Just think for a second how youâd react if you found out your friend goes to karate class every Thursday night versus how youâd react if you found out your friend was a black belt in karate. I donât know about you, but Iâm equal parts jealous and terrified of anyone who has a black belt in any of the martial arts, which might explain why I make fun of people who take martial arts classes and arenât yet black belts. Maybe Iâm just getting in my licks while I feel like I still can since once they get black belts theyâd be able to mutilate me without even breaking a sweat (yes, Iâm aware that even non-black belts could still have their way with me).
I know some people probably think ventriloquists fall into that Magic: The Gathering group in that no matter how good or bad they are, theyâre still kind of weird for doing it at all. But thereâs something about good ventriloquism that I appreciate. I really shouldnât have to defend myself, but I offer this example as one bit of evidence why I am sometimes jealous of and thoroughly entertained by ventriloquists.
Itâs been brought to my attention that some people donât know what Parkour is, so if youâre included in this group, watch this video and get up to speed. I might be alone in this, but the first time I watched that, my jaw would have dropped all the way to the ground had my fully erect penis not stopped it first. Some of the stuff on there completely blows my mind and makes me wonder exactly how someone practices that stuffâ¦.
â¦which brings me to the homeless man I saw in downtown Los Angeles a couple of months ago who was apparently trying to run up walls. Now, thereâs a good chance this guy was just high on LSD, but Iâm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was actually just trying to practice some Parkour, because he also jumped over a few benches and twirled himself around a street sign. Up until that point, I had always assumed that all Parkour was sweet, but then I saw this homeless man faceplant after he tried to jump over a bike rack and I realized that for as cool as the Parkour experts are, the Parkour novices are exactly that uncool.
(If you didnât click the links, I should mention that the video that I linked to as the good example probably isnât the one that you thought was going to be the good one.)
Obviously thereâs nothing wrong with being able to make a good meal for yourself, so donât think Iâm picking on you if you regularly cook. Iâm more concerned with the guys like Randy Marsh from the âCrÃ¨me Fraicheâ episode of South Park. You know, guys who own all sorts of utensils (and probably donât know what most of them do), obsess over cooking shows, are always on the hunt for good recipes, and think theyâre gourmet chefs just because they can make a casserole.
Actual gourmet chefs, on the other hand, are doing the Lordâs work. I fully respect people who can make elaborate and delicious meals, to the point that the rare times I eat at a nice restaurant, I typically donât enjoy the meal as much as I should because Iâm too busy envying the chef and hating myself for not knowing how to make anything more than a ham sandwich.
This is pretty self-explanatory. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your cheesy uncle who thought he was awesome when he would pretend to pull his thumb off or find a quarter behind your ear whenever he saw you at family reunions was actually a complete loser. Conversely, this is kind of badass.
This one is a little different than all the others in that I personally never get jealous of someone because they do drugs (just say no, kids). But I still thought I should include it because there are enough examples of people who I think are pure badass primarily because of the boatloads of drugs they did or still do. Plus, I think the juxtaposition of a looking down on the stereotypical meth head high school dropout and idolizing the stereotypical rock star who shoots up in his trailer before and/or after playing to a packed house is interesting.
Sure there are exceptions and not everyone who does a ton of drugs is awesome (Lindsay Lohan), but guys like Hunter S. Thompson, Charlie Sheen (I know heâs become a clichÃ© at this point and has kind of run his course, but less than six months ago the guy was on fire), and handfuls of pro wrestlers leave me no choice but to tip my hat to them simply because their ability to consume enough drugs to take down even the huskiest of Michigan cheerleaders is pretty impressive to me in some strange way.
The kids who spray paint random lines on alleyways and the sides of trains are undoubtedly complete twats, but after watching Exit Through the Gift Shop, I canât help but think that guys like Banksy and Shepard Fairey rule (if Exit Through the Gift Shop was a hoax, that only makes me respect Banksy that much more since he was able to dupe so many people).
Anybody who has spent any time on a college campus has seen the guy who knows two or three chords and sits in a grassy area on campus (usually with his shirt off), strums his guitar, and throws lyrics to a popular song over top of some guitar playing that in no way matches the actual song. This is the novice Iâm talking about, not people like me who tried to teach themselves how to play guitar (but failed miserably) in the privacy of their own homes (of course Iâm not talking about me â I have to find a way to save face, after all). And really, you donât even have to be an expert at guitar for me to think youâre awesome. So long as you can actually play the thing and arenât just trying to give the impression that you know how to play, youâre cool in my book. Itâs the dude with his shirt peeled who is desperate for attention and bought a guitar just because he thought chicks would like him more that needs a swift kick to the taint.
I think I might make my blog post for Friday a mailbag post, but that depends mostly on whether or not I get any good emails between now and then, so if you have anything to ask or tell me, send it to me in the form of an email and Iâll respond to it for all the world to see. I know Simmons is in the midst of his âSummer of Mailbagâ over at Grantland, so after youâre done complaining about how Iâm copying him and after youâre done sulking over the fact that he didnât include your email in his mailbag column from last week, send your rejected email my way and Iâll take care of you.
And donât forget to do your homework tonight and send me any ideas you came up with for what I discussed with this post. If I get some good ones, Iâll post them at the end of the blog entries throughout the week and give you a shoutout, which will in turn surely result in at least 2 or 3 Facebook friend requests you wouldnât have otherwise received.
As always, if your ideas suck please keep them to yourselves.
Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,
Club Trillion Founder
|Less Than A Week Away|
I gotta be perfectly honest with you and admit up front that this blog post is basically just a filler one, primarily because itâs late May, which is another way of saying that the Indy 500 is right around the corner and Iâm so excited for it that just about every body part I have is fully erect (including â but not limited to â my penis) and I canât even think straight. Every year at about this time, I mentally zone out and focus solely on the race and everything that comes with it. What will I wear this year? What hairstyle am I going to go with? What is going to be my strategy to get a white trash chick to flash her boobs to my group of friends? When she inevitably does flash, will I even want to look? And when I inevitably do look, how will I explain to my fiancÃ©e that I was completely justified because getting a trashy chick to show her nips is an Indy 500 tradition as old as the race itself? Ah yes, itâs late May in the Midwest alright. And I couldnât be more excited about it.
(By the way, the best example of me zoning out in May came almost exactly one year ago, when I flew out to LA and met Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Simmons, and Adam Carolla. While we were all at dinner, Simmons asked me what my favorite network comedy was for whatever reason and I froze and told him How I Met Your Mother because all my favorite comedies are on cable and it was the only one that I watch and could think of on the spot, which was an answer that prompted Carolla to playfully make fun of my terrible taste in TV for the rest of the night. Donât get me wrong, I donât think How I Met Your Mother is an awful show necessarily, but it certainly isnât even in my top five favorite network comedies, so for me to claim that it was #1 and then fail to even provide a #2 was a monumental brain fart for me and sent a message to everyone at the table that I never intended to be sent. There arenât many moments in my life that I wish I could do over, but my answer at that dinner was certainly something I will always regret.
Also, while I have you, the second best example of me mentally checking out in May is the fact that I just inexcusably told an irrelevant story with the sole purpose of name dropping, which is something that will surely lead to many of you calling me out for being a doucher. But Iâm too distracted to care, so Iâm just going to leave it. Besides, Zach Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were also at the same restaurant on that night, but you donât see me dropping their names do you? Exactly.)
Since Iâm focusing all my energy towards the race at this point and Iâm therefore too lazy to think of anything to write about, I figured Iâd just tackle an issue that Iâve gotten a few emails and tweets about. A handful of you have been asking about my take on the whole Jim Tressel/OSU football saga, either because you value my opinion or, more likely, because you want to know if I have any inside information. While I know this story seems to be yesterdayâs news, itâs far from being settled so I figured Iâd address it real quick. As always, if you donât like it, you can firmly press your tongue to my buttcrack.
First of all, I donât have any âinside informationâ, mostly because I didnât play football and therefore have no idea how their program is run. Iâve never been to any of their practices, I never once hung out with any of the players, I went to completely different tattoo parlors and car dealerships when I was at OSU than they did, and the envelopes full of cash I received always came from a different booster than their cash came from (I had a class with Ross Homan one quarter, and we worked on group projects together and usually sat by each other, but I wouldnât exactly say we âhung outâ really). Also, Iâve only ever talked to Jim Tressel twice in my life, with the first of these occasions being when he came to one of our practices during my sophomore year, and before he started the speech he had prepared for our team, he asked, âWhere is #34? He can really shoot.â (I replied, âThatâs nothing. You should see me punt a football. Most scouts had me as the 7th ranked punter in all of Brownsburg High during my senior year.â He had no response to this, which leads me to believe that hearing about my punting prowess left him speechless.) The second time I talked to him was during the spring football game a couple years later, when he shook hands with all the basketball players who were standing on the sideline for the game and said to me, âYou must be the benchwarming blogger.â So yeah, I donât really have much perspective considering I didnât really know any of the players and Iâve only talked to the head coach for a grand total of 30 seconds (strangely enough, in those 30 seconds he managed to pinpoint my entire identity on the basketball team â âthe benchwarming blogger who can shoot wellâ).
Having said all of that, I frequently crossed paths with a bunch of the football guys for a variety of reasons (stayed in the same dorm as some of them during my freshman year, went to same place for our training table meals, had a bunch of mandatory athlete meetings with them, some of them hung out with my teammates, etc.). And in crossing paths with them so frequently, I can offer this analysis: While I donât really know anything about the whole tattoo ordeal, Iâm almost certain that there was something shady going on with the car dealer. In fact, as the news of the free tattoos and sold merchandise or whatever came out, I kept telling my family how funny it was that they were getting busted for tattoos and gold pants when I was pretty sure they had been getting serious discounts on cars for years. Again, I have no âinside informationâ and really only know what the general public knows. But it doesnât exactly take top notch detective skills to figure this one out. Anyone who spent any time on Ohio Stateâs campus while I was there could tell you that there were an unusually high volume of brand new Dodge Chargers driving around on campus, and just about all of them had tinted windows and rims on the outside with Ohio State football players behind the wheel on the inside.
Now, I understand that thereâs a chance these guys all paid the same price for their cars that normal citizens like you and I would pay, and I honestly hope that they did. But my intuition has told me for years that something is off. Iâm not sure how much the monthly scholarship checks the football team got were for, but when I was on my basketball scholarship for my first two years at Ohio State, I was only given $1,100 a month. That might sound like a lot of money at first thought, but you have to realize that these checks had to cover the monthly cost of rent, utilities, food, gas, entertainment, tattoos, trips to the strip club, bottles off the top shelf, weed, hookers, blow, and â on top of all of that â child support. I wouldnât necessarily say I struggled to pay all my monthly bills, but as you can imagine, I sure as hell never had enough of a cushion to afford a $400 monthly car payment either.
The fact of the matter is that Iâm sure there are ways for football players to buy new cars and still obey NCAA rules. From what I can remember, there are all sorts of other forms of financial aid other than just the scholarship checks that the players could be eligible for, so thereâs a good chance they got more than the $1,100 a month that I got. But even so, I seriously doubt that the extra aid was enough for them to take on a hefty car payment on top of all their other expenses. Especially when you consider that most of these guys lived lavish lifestyles when compared to your average college student. Sure they theoretically could have probably afforded a new car if they would have lived modestly in an average sized apartment with a few roommates, didnât go out much, and didnât spend a lot of money on things like phones, TVs, iPods, etc. But does anyone seriously believe that these guys lived modestly? If you were to play a word association game and were given the phrase âbig time college athleteâ, the word âmodestâ wouldnât even be on the list of the first 100,000 words that come to mind.
In the end, Iâm too lazy to formulate a legitimate argument as to why I think guys on the football team got discounted and/or free cars. That would involve way too much research on how the system works, way too much investigating on what actually transpired in the last few years, and â most importantly â way too much effort on my part. And I really donât care that much. So please donât take this the wrong way. Iâm not trying to say that I know certain things and Iâm certainly not trying to play the role of insider informant. The truth is that I have no facts, and God knows that if Iâm entirely wrong it would be far from the first time (hell, I hope I am wrong). Iâm just saying that I was always under the impression that the scholarships the football guys got were close to (if not exactly) the same as the basketball guys, yet in my four years of playing basketball at Ohio State, my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was consistently one of nicest cars on the team because none of us could afford anything better. Meanwhile, it seemed like everyone on the football team had either a new Charger or a new Chrysler 300. From this, I am deducing that either the football guys were paid a considerably larger stipend than we were (in all honesty, that could be the case â I really donât know), were excellent at managing their money, came from financially well off families, or received discounted and/or free cars. I really canât see how any of them couldâve had the cars they did without at least one of those four things applying.
So to recap, I have no facts, I donât know what Iâm talking about, and in no way should I be taken seriously. All Iâm saying is that I wonât be surprised in the slightest if the NCAA digs up some serious dirt on the Ohio State football team (especially the stuff surrounding the discounted and/or free cars) because itâs something Iâve been scratching my head over for years. So if youâre an OSU football fan, Iâd suggest not getting your hopes up. Thereâs a solid chance that this wonât end well.
As for the allegations that Will Buford was included in the same group of guys who got free/discounted tattoos and cars, and the news that Jon Dieblerâs parents bought a car from the same guy who sold cars to all the football players, well, I honestly donât know what to say. As hard as it may be to believe, I never talk to any of those guys about any stuff like that, mostly because Iâm of the opinion that ignorance is bliss (Iâve watched way too many mob movies where the guy who knows too much information gets bin Ladenâd). What I can tell you is that when I was teammates with him, Will only had a couple of tattoos and didnât even own a car, so if anything did go down, it had to have happened after I left. In fact, I had to give Will rides to and from practice all the time, so Iâll be pissed if I find out that all that time he not only had a car, but his car was much better than mine and he got it for free. I know it might seem like Iâm withholding information to protect the basketball program, but youâre just going to have to trust me when I say that I really donât know anything about those guys (it will be easier to trust me on this when my book comes out next year and you realize that Iâm of the opinion that protecting the basketball program should never get in the way of a good story).
So thatâs my take on the whole issue. Iâm essentially in the same boat as all of you in that I donât exactly have inside information or anything and Iâm just anxiously waiting to see how everything unfolds. Iâll be shocked if the NCAA doesnât find anything when they look into this car scandal, but again I feel like I need to stress that Iâm only basing this viewpoint off of information that every OSU student from 2006-2010 should have (after all, the football players werenât exactly discreet with their cars). In other words, to summarize this entire blog post, I donât really know what happened and I donât really have any idea whatâs going to happen from here. Glad I could help.
I apologize for this blog post to all the non-OSU people who Iâm sure are sick of hearing about Tressel and/or just Ohio State in general. But Iâm not that sorry because I told you in the first sentence that this was just a filler post, so itâs your fault for reading the whole thing. Nonetheless, to make it up to you, I plan on doing a retroactive running diary of my experience at the Indy 500 this upcoming weekend for my next blog post, which has the potential to be my favorite piece of writing ever. Get excited.
By the way, I feel like I should use this last paragraph to try to convince you to go to the Indy 500 if you live within driving distance of the track. It is not only my single favorite sporting event in the world, but itâs my single favorite anything in the world, and travel expenses aside, itâs actually pretty cheap (you can get an infield ticket for $20 and bring your own cooler full of food and drinks into the track). So if you live in the Midwest and have never been to the race, do yourself a favor and make the trip. If you do end up making it over to Indy, find me in the turn 3 infield and Iâll spot you a beer or two and try to get a trashy chick to show her goods so you can get the complete Indy 500 experience. Itâs the least I could do.
Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,
Club Trillion Founder
|Ken Ludwig's ROBIN HOOD! Extends Again at The Old Globe|
The Old Globe today announced that due to popular demand, the exciting Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! has now extended again, through September 10! This is the second and final extension for the hit show, which previously announced a one-week addition through September 3. The production plays in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets start at $45 and are on sale now.
Two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright and inventive comic genius Ken Ludwig is back at the Globe following the smash success of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which broke box office records in 2015. Director Jessica Stone also returns to the Globe, where she helmed the hit productions of Arms and the Man and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two-you won't want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun!
Daniel Reece plays Robin Hood (Belleville, The Realistic Joneses at Yale Repertory Theatre), joined by Michael Boatman (Broadway's "Master Harold"...and the Boys, "Spin City") as Prince John, Kevin Cahoon (Love's Labor's Lost at the Globe, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Off Broadway) as The Sheriff of Nottingham, Manoel Felciano (Globe's Twelfth Night, Broadway's Amélie, Sweeney Todd) as Sir Guy of Gisbourne, Meredith Garretson (Private Policy at Signature Theatre Company) as Maid Marian, Andy Grotelueschen (Fiasco's Into the Woods and The Imaginary Invalid at the Globe) as Friar Tuck, Suzelle Palacios (student in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program) as Doerwynn, and Paul Whitty (Amélie and Once on Broadway) as Little John.
The creative team includes Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design), San Diego native, two-time Tony Award winner, and Old Globe Associate Artist Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Original Music and Sound Design), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director), David Huber (Voice and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager), and Annette Nixon (Stage Manager).
"Ken Ludwig is fast becoming a part of The Old Globe family, and we couldn't be happier," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "Ken is arguably the leading comic dramatist in the American theatre, and with Robin Hood! he has fashioned an extraordinary new take on the legend. The play is a fun summer romp full of swashbuckling and romance, and it's also a moving tale of a young man's discovery that everyone has a responsibility to care for his fellow man. This fast, funny, and colorful play is interpreted by another Globe mainstay, the gifted director Jessica Stone. She has assembled her own team of merry men and women to help make a memorable evening of theatre, and I'm delighted to share it with San Diego."
Ken Ludwig (Playwright) is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed every night of the year throughout the world in more than 30 countries and over 20 languages. He has written 24 plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London's West End. His Tony Award-winning play Lend Me a Tenor was called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century" by The Washington Post. His other plays and musicals include Crazy for You (five years on Broadway, Tony Award for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game's Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers, The Beaux' Stratagem, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, and A Comedy of Tenors. His critically acclaimed adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, written at the request of the Christie estate, premiered this season to sold-out houses at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. Mr. Ludwig has received commissions from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bristol Old Vic, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of McCarter Theatre Center. His many awards and honors include the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Southeastern Theatre Conference Distinguished Career Award, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theatre. His book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Random House) won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014, and his essays are published by The Yale Review. He holds degrees from Harvard University and University of Cambridge.
Jessica Stone (Director) worked as an actress on and Off Broadway and in television and film for the last 30 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Butley, The Odd Couple, The Smell of the Kill, Design for Living, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Grease. Her Off Broadway credits include Crimes of the Heart, Krisit, The Country Club, June Moon, Tenderloin, and Babes in Arms. She has performed in regional theatres across the country including Huntington Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Geva Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, and 10 seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Ms. Stone's television credits include series-regular and guest-starring roles on CBS, NBC, ABC, and Hulu. Her film credits include work with Ang Lee, M. Night Shyamalan, and Kevin Bacon, among others. Concurrently, she was an assistant/associate director on and Off Broadway to Nicholas Martin, Joe Mantello, David Warren, and Christopher Ashley. Ms. Stone's directing career began in earnest with her all-male 2010 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her directing credits now include Arms and the Man (The Old Globe), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (The Old Globe, Huntington Theatre Company), Charlotte's Web (Theatreworks USA), June Moon and Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Absurd Person Singular and A Funny Thing... (Two River Theater Company), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), and Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse). Ms. Stone's upcoming productions include Bad Dates for Huntington Theatre Company and Dancing at Lughnasa for Two River Theater Company.
Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors California Bank & Trust, Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, Paula and Brian Powers, Jean and Gary Shekhter, Theatre Forward, and Pam Wagner and Hans Tegebo, as well as Artist Sponsor Jo Ann Kilty (for Daniel Reece, playing Robin Hood) and Evelyn Mack Truitt (for playwright Ken Ludwig). Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.
Additional events taking place during the rest of the run of Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! include:
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SINGLE TICKETS to Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! start at $45 and are on sale now to the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more. Performances have been extended by popular demand and now run through September 10. Performance times: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The 2017 Summer Shakespeare Festival includes William Shakespeare's classic tragedy Hamlet, one of the greatest plays ever written. Directed by the Globe's own Barry Edelstein, this exhilarating new production will run August 6 - September 10. Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, and family saga, all packed in one with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world famous lines. The Prince of Denmark comes home from college to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds.
The Summer Season also features Guys and Dolls, playing July 2 - August 13 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. This musical fable of Broadway is based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, presented in association with Asolo Repertory Theatre. Guys and Dolls tops Entertainment Weekly's list of the Greatest Musicals of All Time, and for good reason: it's everything we love in musical theatre. Now fast-rising director/choreographer Josh Rhodes returns to the Globe to direct our first-ever production of this Broadway masterpiece. Nathan Detroit needs some serious dough to keep his "oldest established permanent floating crap game" going. He's also got his hands full with his marriage-minded girlfriend Adelaide. But when Nathan makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson, his problems appear to be solved. Based on Damon Runyon's famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful showtunes ever, including "Luck Be a Lady," "I've Never Been in Love Before," and the irrepressible anthem "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat." Guys and Dolls will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face and remind you how much fun it is to see a top-notch Globe revival of a classic American musical!
The Summer Season began with Shakespeare's King Richard II, which was directed by Erica Schmidt and closed on July 15, 2017.
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CALENDAR: King Richard II (6/11-7/15), Guys and Dolls (7/2-8/13), Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! (7/22-9/10), Hamlet (8/6-9/10), Benny & Joon (9/7-10/22), The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (9/30-10/29), Globe for All Tour: Twelfth Night (10/31-11/19), Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/4-12/24), M.F.A.: Romeo and Juliet (11/11-11/19), The Importance of Being Earnest (1/27/18-3/4), Uncle Vanya (2/10-3/11), American Mariachi (3/23-4/29), The Wanderers (4/5-5/6), A Thousand Splendid Suns (5/12-6/17), Native Gardens (5/26-6/24), Dr. Seuss's The Lorax (7/2-8/12).
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdooR Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre's artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.
Michael Boatman (Prince John) starred in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of "Master Harold"...and the Boys. His other stage credits include The Glass Menagerie (Lorraine Hansberry Theatre), Tiny Mommy (Playwrights Horizons), and Blithe Spirit (Williamstown Theatre Festival). His television credits include "The Good Fight," "Madam Secretary," "Instant Mom," "The Good Wife," and "Spin City." He is the author of four novels, including Last God Standing and Who Wants to Be the Prince of Darkness? He studied acting at Western Illinois University.
Kevin Cahoon (The Sheriff of Nottingham) was seen at the Globe last season in Love's Labor's Lost (Craig Noel Award nomination). He has appeared on Broadway in The Wedding Singer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Rocky Horror Show, The Lion King, and The Who's Tommy. His Off Broadway credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch (also Boston, San Francisco, Edinburgh International Festival), How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage Theatre), The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Playwrights Horizons), The Foreigner (Roundabout Theatre Company, Lucille Lortel Award nomination), The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Hair and Babes in Arms (City Center Encores!). Mr. Cahoon's regional credits include Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bard SummerScape, Ahmanson Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and others. He has appeared on television in "Nurse Jackie," "Modern Family," "NCIS," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The Good Wife," "Odd Mom Out," "Six Degrees," "Black Box," "The Mentalist," "Franklin & Bash," "Canterbury's Law," "Law & Order," and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," among others. His film credits include I Am Michael, Mars Needs Moms, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The Thing About My Folks, Sudden Manhattan, and the documentaries SqueezeBox! and Whether You Like It or Not: The True Story of Hedwig. With the band Ghetto Cowboy, Mr. Cahoon won the OUTmusic Award for their album Doll.
Manoel Felciano (Sir Guy of Gisbourne) was previously seen at The Old Globe in Twelfth Night and I Just Stopped By to See the Man. He appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd (Tony Award nomination), Amélie, Disaster!, Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cabaret, and he appeared Off Broadway in The Changeling (Red Bull Theater), Trumpery (Atlantic Theater Company), Shockheaded Peter, and Much Ado About Nothing (New York Shakespeare Festival). His regional credits include the world premiere of Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly (Bucks County Playhouse), The Exorcist with Brooke Shields (Geffen Playhouse), Scorched, Tales of the City, Clybourne Park, Norman in Round and Round the Garden, Caucasian Chalk Circle, November, Jerry in Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, and Rock 'n' Roll (American Conservatory Theater), Elektra with Olympia Dukakis (Getty Villa), Tateh in Ragtime (The Kennedy Center), Three Sisters directed by Michael Greif (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and George in Sunday in the Park with George directed by Jason Alexander. His film and television credits include Uncertainty with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Elementary," "NCIS," "Trauma," "Life on Mars," "The Unusuals," "One Life to Live," and "All My Children." Mr. Felciano's concert credits include Soldier's Tale (Sun Valley Symphony), Ragtime (Lincoln Center), Nick Adams with Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, and Sean Penn (San Francisco Symphony), and Zipperz (Oakland and Marin Symphonies). As a singer/songwriter he has performed on live@joe's pub, Moonshot, and SundaySongs. He has also directed and taught at New York University, Viterbo University, American Conservatory Theater, Boston University, UC Berkeley, and University of Florida.
Meredith Garretson (Maid Marian) is thrilled to make her first appearance at The Old Globe. She is a proud graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting M.F.A. Program, class of 2017. Some of her favorite roles there include Hermione in The Winter's Tale directed by MarK Wing-Davey, Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard directed by Lucie Tiberghien, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar directed by Janet Zarish, Hypatia in Misalliance directed by Ms. Zarish, and Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Tamilla Woodard. She has appeared on ABC's "What Would You Do?" as well as in multiple independent and short films.
Andy Grotelueschen (Friar Tuck) was recently seen at The Old Globe in Fiasco Theater's world premiere adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid. He has appeared Off Broadway and around the U.S. in Fiasco's Into the Woods (The Old Globe, Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival and nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical), The Two Gentleman of Verona (Theatre for a New Audience, St. Clair Bayfield Award), Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience/Barrow Street Theatre), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater, Long Wharf Theatre), and Twelfth Night. He also appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac. His other New York credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), the Cyclops in The Odyssey (Public Works at Delacorte Theater), and world premieres at 13P, The Exchange, and St. Ann's Warehouse. Mr. Grotelueschen's regional credits include Yale Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theater, and all across the country with The Acting Company. He has appeared on television in "Elementary," "The Good Wife," and "The Knick." His film credits include Still on the Road (PBS), Coin Heist (Netflix), Geezer, Land of Kings, and Tumorhead. He is a Fiasco Theater company member.
Suzelle Palacios (Doerwynn) is a second-year M.F.A. student in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. She has been seen in The Old Globe's Summer Shakespeare Festival in King Richard II, Love's Labor's Lost, and Macbeth. Her previous credits include Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Audrey in As You Like It (The Old Globe/USD), Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice (Houston Shakespeare Festival), and Our Country's Good, The Miser, Blood Wedding, and The Crucible (University of Houston).
Daniel Reece (Robin Hood) is making his Old Globe debut in Robin Hood! His other credits include Belleville, The Realistic Joneses, and Owners (Yale Repertory Theatre), Pygmalion and The Bachelors (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Arabian Nights, A Man for All Seasons, Hair, and Love's Labour's Lost (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Petty Harbour, Dead Ends., Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night, and Sunday in the Park with George (Yale School of Drama). His television credits include "Elementary," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and "Public Morals." Mr. Reece is a co-founder of Old Sound Room, where he most recently appeared in the company's fifth production, JIB.
Paul Whitty (Little John) is thrilled to be making his Old Globe debut. Most recently he was in the original cast of Amélie on Broadway. He also originated the role of Billy in the Tony Award-winning musical Once, giving over a thousand performances on Broadway and also a handful at American Repertory Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and even Tokyo. His Off and Off Off Broadway credits include Bayonets of Angst (New York Musical Festival), Violet (Encores! Off-Center), and Twelfth Night (Sonnet Repertory Theatre). His regional work includes Amélie (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group), Peter and the Starcatcher (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Judge Jackie (Sharon Playhouse), Be More Chill (Two River Theater), reasons to be pretty and Art (Crescent Stage), Circle Mirror Transformation (PURE Theatre), and Doubt and War of the Worlds (Village Repertory Co.). On screen, Mr. Whitty has appeared in the films Song One and The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell and on the television series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Guiding Light." His recordings include the Amélie and Be More Chill cast albums, the Song One motion picture soundtrack, and the Grammy Award-winning Once cast album.
Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design) recently designed the Globe's productions of Skeleton Crew and The Last Match. His Broadway credits include The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper (also West End) and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee. His Off Broadway credits include Guards at the Taj (2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Scenic Design) and Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater Company), Vietgone and Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club), Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), Luce (Lincoln Center Theater), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), and Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater). Regionally Mr. Mackabee has designed for Geffen Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Ford's Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Geva Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, South Coast Repertory, Victory Gardens Theater, Bay Street Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, The Muny, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His dance credits include Doug Varone and Dancers, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. His television credits include Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, "Gotham," "Smash," and "The Today Show."
Gregg Barnes (Costume Design) is an Associate Artist of The Old Globe. He has designed the Broadway productions of Tuck Everlasting (2016 Tony Award nomination), Something Rotten! (2015 Tony nomination), Aladdin, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony nomination, 2016 Olivier Award), Follies (2012 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Henry Hewes Design Award), Elf, Legally Blonde (2007 Tony nomination, 2010 Olivier nomination), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award, Olivier nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Flower Drum Song (Tony nomination), and Side Show. His other New York credits include Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way. and Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall), The Wizard of Oz (Madison Square Garden), Pageant (Blue Angel Theatre, West End, Olivier nomination), and Dreamgirls (West End, 2016 Olivier nomination). His national tour credits include Something Rotten!, Aladdin, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Flower Drum Song. Mr. Barnes also designed the regional productions of Robin and the 7 Hoods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Lucky Duck, Hay Fever, and more (The Old Globe), Minsky's (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award), Mame and Follies (The Kennedy Center and productions at Arena Stage, The Glimmerglass Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, June Opera Festival of New Jersey, and Paper Mill Playhouse. He is the recipient of the Theatre Development Fund's Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.
Jason Lyons (Lighting Design) recently designed Red Velvet, Love's Labor's Lost, and Macbeth at The Old Globe. He designed the Broadway productions of Hand to God, On the Town, Bronx Bombers, Let It Be, Bring It On: The Musical, Rock of Ages (also Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London, and national tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, and Good Vibrations. His other recent credits include Dry Powder, Barbecue, and Venice (The Public Theater), Smart People (Second Stage Theatre), Murder for Two and Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), Hand to God (MCC Theater), The Commons of Pensacola (Manhattan Theatre Club), Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Musicals), All in the Timing (Primary Stages), Medieval Play (Signature Theatre Company), Uncle Vanya (Classic Stage Company), White Noise (Chicago), Broke-ology and Clay (Lincoln Center Theater), Happy Hour, Two by Pinter, and Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), and The Good Mother, Marie and Bruce, Abigail's Party, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Hurlyburly, and more (The New Group, 10 years).
Fitz Patton (Original Music and Sound Design) previously sound designed the Globe productions of Constellations, The Winter's Tale, Good People, and August: Osage County and provided original music for The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He is currently represented on Broadway with Present Laughter and The Little Foxes. His other Broadway credits include The Father, The Humans, Blackbird, It's Only a Play, An Act of God, Airline Highway, The Other Place, I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina, The House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Broadway Bound. Mr. Patton's many Off Broadway credits include this season's Prodigal Son (New York City Center), When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards), and The Other Place (MCC Theater, Lortel nomination). His symphony credits include The Holy Land. Mr. Patton is the founder of Chance Magazine, a theatre design magazine.
Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director) is honored to return to the Globe after 2013's The Last Goodbye and 2014's Othello. He is also fight director for Hamlet in this year's Summer Shakespeare Festival. His credits as fight director include Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop, New World Stages, national tour), Peter Pan Live! (NBC/Universal), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway, The Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway), Here Lies Love (The Public Theater, commercial remount), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company), Sailor Man (also co-creator, New York International Fringe Festival, winner of Best Play), The Buccaneer (also playwright, The Tank, Fight Fest), and Robin Hood (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Mr. Grigolia-Rosenbaum has also been fight director for numerous regional and touring companies, including Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Ogunquit Playhouse, and National Theater for Arts and Education. He was the stunt coordinator and creature performer for the horror film Dark Was the Night (Caliber/Image) and was a D1 varsity fencer while at Yale University.
David Huber (Voice and Dialect Coach) has worked on the Globe productions of The Imaginary Invalid, Skeleton Crew, Red Velvet, The Blameless, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Measure for Measure (Globe for All), October Sky, Meteor Shower, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, The Last Match, The Metromaniacs, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The Royale, Bright Star, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His previous Globe acting credits include The Winter's Tale directed by Jack O'Brien, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice, among several others. He has studied voice with Master Linklater Voice teacher David Smukler, Eric Armstrong, and Kate Burke. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto. His regional theatre credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REPertory Company, and Centennial Theater Festival, among many others. Mr. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting locally, works on speech issues with special needs students, and recently taught speech in the graduate theatre program at UC San Diego. He is a graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.
Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast the Globe productions of Skeleton Crew, Red Velvet, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Blameless, Meteor Shower, tokyo fish story, Constellations, The Last Match, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Rich Girl, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The White Snake, The Twenty-seventh Man, The Royale, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Bethany, The Winter's Tale, The Few, Double Indemnity, The Rainmaker, Other Desert Cities, Be a Good Little Widow, A Doll's House, The Brothers Size, Pygmalion, and Good People. Their Broadway casting credits include A Doll's House Part 2, The Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Little Foxes, The Father, Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It's Only a Play, Disgraced, The Country House, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Lyle Kessler's Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family. They also cast for Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Signature Theatre Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, Second Stage Theatre (seven seasons), and Williamstown Theatre Festival (three seasons). Their recent film and television credits include HairBrained with Brendan Fraser, "American Odyssey" (NBC), "How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC pilot), "Ironside" (NBC), and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).
Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) previously worked on the Globe productions of The Imaginary Invalid, Red Velvet, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Measure for Measure (Globe for All), Love's Labor's Lost, tokyo fish story, The Metromaniacs, In Your Arms, Twelfth Night, Buyer & Cellar, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, The Winter's Tale, A Doll's House, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, the 2011-2013 Shakespeare Festivals, Rafta, Rafta..., Robin and the 7 Hoods, Alive and Well, Sammy, Cornelia, Since Africa, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and The Glass Menagerie. Her Broadway credits include In the Heights. Her regional credits include Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis, and Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse) and Post Office (Center Theatre Group). Her San Diego credits include Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and Lamb's Players Theatre.
|BWW Review: 'Robin Hood!' at The Old Globe|
It's hard to keep a good legend down, and like other heroes Robin Hood is always ready for his return to pop culture. Not that he really ever truly left, having been portrayed in movies and on stage for the last 80 years, and in stories for longer than that. The new work by Ken Ludwig commissioned by The Old Globe "Robin Hood" proves that it was time for yet another fun frolic through the forest with Robin and his band of Merry Men!
Just like Batman or Spiderman, most everyone knows Robin Hood's back story; he's a noble who decided to stand up for those who couldn't stand up for themselves when King Richard leaves for the Crusades and leaves his brother, the dastardly Prince John in charge. With the help of Sir Guy and the Sheriff of Nottingham, Prince John abuses his power and soon Robin has become an outlaw as he robs from the rich to gives to the poor.
As our master of ceremonies and narrator Friar Tuck sets the tone for the show with a sense of energy, delight, and fun. Played with a serious sense of fun by Andy Grotelueschen, Tuck keeps everything moving along, and his audience interaction keeps everything lighthearted.
Daniel Reece is our charming rogue Robin, the noble who matures from a frat boy noble to a social crusader willing to give up his lands and holdings to take care of the people until King Richard returns. Reece keeps him delightfully mischievous, and amusingly sure he is smarter than anyone in the room.
Meredith Garretson's Maid Marion is not the damsel in distress she has been in the past, and is more a smart and capable fighter (and better archer than Robin). She is not afraid to play the diplomat with her royal Uncle Prince John, or contemplate marriage to Sir Guy as a political match, but there is no doubt she is choosing these actions to help people on her own terms, and no one else's. (Thanks to a gorgeous wig, when grown up Marian arrived I almost yelled "She's a grown up Merida!" which made me so happy. But I digress)
Robin's merry men (and woman) are rounded out by Suzelle Palacios as the spirited Doerwynn and Paul Whitty as The Mandolin plaYing Little John. Both steal the show with a funny and sweet scene in the second act that plays with scenic perspective.
Our bad guys are comprised of Michael Boatman, as the decadent Prince John who can't stop creating amazing quotes for his Sheriff to jot down for his theatrical works later (so I guess Shakespeare is really quoting him 400 years later). Manoel Felciano is the stern and exasperated Sir Guy; while Kevin Cahoon is terrifically funny as the faint-hearted fighter Sheriff of Nottingham. You may recognize him from stealing all of the scenes he was in as Boyette in "Love's Labour's Lost" at the Globe last summer.
The costumes by San Diego native and double Tony winner Gregg Barnes are gorgeous and not to be missed. They are so richly textured and colored that it's a surprise that Robin hasn't tried to steal those as well. Also, it proves that we should all be wearing more corsets, capes, and clever hats.
The set by Tim Mackabee is inventive and interactive, with vines and ropes decorating the entire theatre, the better to allow the cast to drop in from the top. The use of some crates, plates, and doors in the floor allow for quick scene changes, and the cast use the ability to play with heights, and perspective in fun ways.
The show takes a modern musical cue with some contemporary versions of pop and folk music; a clever move that keeps the tone and energy for the audience throughout the show and even when the lights are up.
Directed by Jessica Stone, she keeps the focus on the upbeat energy, and a sense play, that serves this material well. This allows the audience to become a part of this merry band (a fact that the cast plays up encouraging the audience to participate.)
Overall, ROBIN HOOD! at The Old Globe proves that the Legend of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest is as alive and ever.
Photo Credit: by Jim Cox.
|BWW Interview: Janaya Jones and SDMT Take Us Back to the 90's|
For those people who grew up in the 90's, it doesn't seem possible that this decade is over 20 years in the past. San Diego Musical Theatre is hoping the world premiere of their newest show (by the creators of the hit musical MIXTAPE the Lamb's Player's Theatre musical review PUMP UP THE VOLUME: A 90'S PALOOZA brings some happy memories of grunge outfits, Nirvana songs, battling boy bands, Britney and Christina feuds, and Spice Girl songs.
I'm so sorry, I did not mean to make you feel old; it seems to me that it can't have been that long ago either!
This world premier musical by the creators of the hit musical MIXTAPE the Lamb's Player's Theatre musical review that ran in San Diego for over two years.
Janaya Jones is part of his journey to the 90's. You may recognize her and her dulcet tones from playing Doris Walker in San Diego Musical Theatre's past holiday show MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. So I took a moment to find out from her what to look forward to in this show and what some of her favorite memories are form the 1990's.
How old were you when you got the performing bug? Was there a moment that stands out to you that this what you needed to do as an adult?
I remember that I've always loved to sing. I started Choir In 3rd grade and Band in 5th grade, but when high school hit, I just felt that theatre was the next step. I auditioned for "The Music Man" my freshman year of high school and totally tanked the audition. It was that first no that got the fire fueled in me to work harder and get into the musical next year. From being an ensemble member in Fiddler on the Roof to now, I definitely felt in my heart that this was the journey that I needed to take and I couldn't be more thankful for every single experience that has lead me to Pump up the Volume and hopefully many projects in the future!
What do you look forward to audiences seeing/experiencing with this show?
This show is A LOT of fun. There will never be a moment where we're not smiling (unless we were directed to!) I think what I'm most excited about is seeing all of the different walks of life that will be able to look back to on an incredible decade. Whether you were a kid (like me) or in high school or a working man or woman during the 90's, there is a part for everyone in this show.
Do you have a favorite moment that you look forward to when you are performing? Like being backstage getting ready, that first step onto the stage that day, or hearing the audience before house lights go down? What puts a smile on your face when performing?
I have a couple. Getting ready before a show is definitely my #1 favorite. It always puts a smile on my face when I get to walk into my second home and prepare for a show. Doing my makeup and putting on my costume is almost therapeutic for me. It's nice to shed whatever happened that day (whether it be good or bad) and put on this character that you've grown to love! My second favorite thing is curtain call & post show. I love getting to talk to friends, family, and others after the show and pick their brains about what their favorite parts of the show were.
What was it like to originate a role in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET last year?
Originating Doris Walker was a dream come true. She challenged me to take a step out of my comfort zone and she taught me so many lessons about life, love, and the future that have helped me a lot in my own personal life. I didn't even think that I was going to be able to make it to that audition, but thank goodness everything worked out in the end. That role will always be very near and dear to my heart since it was the first role I've had the honor of originating and I couldn't have done it without my incredible cast mates, Colleen, Jon, Lance, Brian, and SDMT.
Is there a 90's trend that you look back on and wonder, how/why did anyone wear/do that?
ALL OF THE DENIM. Trust me I'm down for a jean jacket here and there but I'm pretty sure I owned every article of clothing in a denim fabric back in the 90's. Also when I was 3 or 4 years old my mom bought my sister and I matching denim jackets with characters from The Lion King spray painted on the back of it. The look of terror in my face in those life touch photos that we got in those jackets will be forever engraved in my brain
What is your favorite 90's memory?
My favorite 90's memory was definitely 90's TV & movies. There were so many shows to watch no matter what time of day it was! I was always watching some cartoon on Saturday Mornings (Ahh! Real Monsters, Animaniacs, Power Rangers, Pokemon, etc.) I was also a huge Batman fan an that was an iconic time for the batman series. Harley Quinn was introduced, Batman Forever was released in '97... The list goes on.
What Harry Potter house would you be sorted into?
Ever since I was 8 years old I always had thought that I'd be sorted into Ravenclaw. But as I'm getting older, the Slytherin House is most definitely where I belong. (And I took the official Pottermore Quiz like 5 times now and I'm 3 Slytherin and 2 Ravenclaw).
If you can choose only one:
Trolls, Beanie Babies, Tamagotchi, or Pokemon?
Pokemon! I had 3 Binders filled with Pokemon cards and when I was in kindergarten, I wrote a story about Evee and my starter Pokemon, Squirtle.
Britney or Christina?
Zack Morris or AC Slater?
Zach Morris. Definitely. He was such a Dreamboat!
You can follow Janaya's adventures on Instagram @Esmerelduhhh_ or on my Acting page https://www.facebook.com/janayamjones/
You know you want to see this show and have a blast reminiscing about our 90's past! Go to www.sdmt.org for ticket and show time information! San Diego Musical Theatre at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter.
Photo Credit: San Diego Musical Theatre
|Photo Flash: Ken Ludwig's ROBIN HOOD! Opens at The Old Globe This Sunday|
Inventive comic genius Ken Ludwig, whose Baskerville brought Sherlock Holmes to the Globe, is back with a brand-new Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy about another icon: Robin Hood! Packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two-you won't want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun!
Photos by Jim Cox.
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|Benelux trip â Prologue|
I have mentioned in 2013 Europe Epilogue that I would love to return to Europe if there is cheap airfare. We almost visit Eastern Europe in Mar 2016 but due to hubby's work commitment, we forfeited our Lufthansa air tickets of $736.
Swiss Airline is having irresistible airfare to Europe from $777 with the addition of Boeing 777-300ER into their aircraft fleet. I was so tempted and persuade hubby to visit Central Europe in May 2017. Then I plan another trip to Europe this year and decided on Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg) after discussing with my sis who will be my travel partner for this trip. We have split the planning so I will research on Luxembourg and Belgium while my sis will research on Netherlands.
Destinations in Benelux
As Swiss airline flies direct from Singapore to Zurich, it involves transiting in Zurich before continuing to other European cities. As the open jaw ticket is about the same price as the round trip ticket, it's make sense to buy an open jaw ticket to save travelling time and save on the transport cost back to the starting point.
Luxembourg card comes in 1, 2 or 3 days card and includes free access to over 70 museums and free train and buses on the national public transport network. The Luxembourg card is available from the Tourist Office in Luxembourg city or can be purchased online with a postage charge of â¬3. As there is no Tourist Office in the airport, I decided to purchase it online as the single trip bus ticket (â¬2) from the airport to hotel is included in the Luxembourg card. I received the card in registered mail within a week after ordering online.
From Luxembourg, we will be taking inter city train to Brussels which takes 3hr. Advance booking is not necessary since the train departs hourly and no seat reservation is required. The train from Luxembourg will stops at all the 5 stations in Brussels: Bruxelles-Luxembourg, Bruxelles Schuman/Brussel Schuman, Brussel Noord/ Bruxelles Nord (Brussels-North), Bruxelles Central/ Brussel Centraal and Bruxelles Midi (Brussels-South).
Prior reservation and booking for intercity train within Belgium is not required hence I will be purchasing the train tickets on the spot. There is a rail pass which cost â¬76 and is valid for 10 journeys in 2nd class within any destination in Belgium. This can be use by 1 or more passengers. However I did not purchase the rail pass as the total trips we will be taking is less than 10 journeys so it's not worth purchasing.
In Brussel, we will get around using Metro. I will buy single trip ticket instead of Metro pass since we will be only taking 3 Metro rides. In Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp, we will get around using tram and bus. I have calculated that Lijn card (â¬14 for 10 rides) is cheaper compared to single trip ticket which cost â¬3.
In Bruges, I will be getting the 48 hours Brugge City Card which included free admission to many attractions and include canal boat ride (sailings guaranteed from 1 Mar to 15 Nov). The Brugge City Card can be purchased in Bruges at the official tourist information offices: Historium, Station and Concertgebouw (Concert Hall).
Then from Antwerp to Amsterdam, I have booked the Thalys train which will takes 1hr compared to intercity train which takes 2hrs. The reservation opens 3 months in advance and fares start from â¬29. As we only confirmed this trip 2 months earlier, the cheapest fare was not available. Although the fare which we booked is â¬8 more expensive than the intercity train, we still proceed with booking Thalys train to save travelling time.
We will be getting the OV-chipkaart and Unlimited GVB travel ticket (48 hours) from Amsterdam Schipol airport. The OV-chipkaart works like our Ezlink card and is valid for bus, tram and train rides. It has a non refundable deposit of â¬7.50. We will be using Unlimited GVB travel ticket in Amsterdam and OV-chipkaart outside Amsterdam.
My sis has purchased the tickets for Madurodam online since it's â¬2 cheaper. She has also bought the tickets for Amsterdam highlights (Adam Lookout, Blue Boat and Heineken Experience) online to avoid the queue.
Throughout the 14 days trips, we will be staying at the ibis hotels except in Brussels. I have budgeted S$100 per room per day and the hotels which we will be staying is within 10 min walking distance to the train stations except the hotel in Amsterdam. We choose not to stay in Amsterdam Central as the accommodation is at least S$200 per night. We end up booking 5 nights stay at the airport Ibis budget hotel which is 15min train ride to Amsterdam Central. Since we will only be spending 2 days in Amsterdam Central with the remaining 3 days at Hague, Haarlem and Zaanse Schans, we save significantly even after deducting the transport to and fro Amsterdam Central. Breakfast is not included in all the hotels except ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare.
Itinerary for this trip:
Day 1: Reach Luxembourg at 10.05am (GMT+2)
Attractions: Monument of Remembrance, Casemates Bock, NeumÃ¼nster Abbey, Barrio Grund, Corniche and old town, Viaduc (Passerelle), Place Guillaume II, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), CathÃ©drale Notre-Dame, Grand Ducal Palace
Accommodation: ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare (â¬72)
Transport & Pass: 2 days Luxembourg card (â¬20)
Day 2: Vianden & Echternach
Attractions: Trinitarian church, Vianden Chairlift, Vianden Castle, Echternach Old Abbey, Echternach Town Square
Accommodation: ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare
Transport & Pass: 2 days Luxembourg card
Day 3: BrusselsAccommodation: Maxhotel (â¬59)
Attractions: Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark, Espace LÃ©opold (European Parliament), Place Royale (Royal Palace of Brussels), Palais de Justice/Justitiepaleis (Law Courts of Brussels), Atomium
Transport & Pass: Train from Luxembourg to Brussel Noord (â¬41), Single trip metro ticket (â¬2.10 per ride)
Day 4: Brussels
Attractions: Jeanneke-Pis, Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule (St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral), Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Grand Place-Grote Markt, Manneken Pis, The Bourse
Day 5: Ghent
Attractions: Sint-Elisabeth Begijnhof, Het Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts), Patershol, Kraanlei, Graslei, Het Groot Vleeshuis, St Michael's Bridge, Korenmarkt Gent (Post Plaza), Sint-Niklaaskerk (St Nicholas's Church), Stadhuis (Ghent Market Hall), Belfort en Lakenhalle (Belfry and Cloth Hall), Sint-Baafskathedraal (St. Bavo's Cathedral), Langemunt (Shopping Street)
Accommodation: ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station (â¬54)
Transport & Pass: Train from Bruxelles Nord to Gent-Sint-Pieters (â¬14), Train from Gent-Sint-Pieters to Bruges (â¬6.60), Lijn card (â¬14)
Day 6: Bruges
Attractions: Grote Markt, Belfry, Brug Square, Stadhuis, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Choco-Story Museum, Lumina Domestica (Lamp Museum), The Friet Museum, Ezelpoort (Donkey's Gate)
Accommodation: ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station
Transport & Pass: Lijn card, Brugge City Card 48 hours (â¬47)
Day 7: Bruges
Attractions: Koeleweimolen (Koelewei Mill), Sint-Janshuismolen (Sint-Janshuis Mill), Diamant Museum, Brewery De Halve Maan, Beguinage, St. John's Hospital, Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk (Church of Our Lady Bruges)
Accommodation: ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station
Transport & Pass: Lijn card
Day 8: Antwerp
Attractions: Cogels Osylei, MAS Museum aan de Stroom, Vlaaikensgang, Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal), City Hall/Old Market Square (Stadhuis/Grote Markt), Saint Paul's Church (Sint-Paulusparochie), Carolus Borromeus Church (St. Carolus Borromeuskerk)
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport (â¬62)
Transport & Pass: Train from Bruges to Antwerp (â¬15), Lijn card, Thalys from Antwerp to Schiphol Airport (â¬40)
Day 9: Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam
Attractions: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam, AâDAM Lookout, Heineken Experience
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport
Transport & Pass: OV-chipkaart
Day 10: The Hague
Attractions: Madurodam, Statue of Willam of Orange, Binnenhof, Ridderzaal, Noordeinde Palace, MuseumcafÃ© Panorama Mesdag, Vredespaleis (Peace Palace)
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport
Transport & Pass: OV-chipkaart
Day 11: Amsterdam
Attractions: Zevenlandenhuizen, Rijksmuseum, Begijnhof 34, Schuttersgallery, Bloemenmarkt, Munttoren, Church of Saint Nicholas, Trompettersteeg, Singel 7, Python Bridge, De Gooyer
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport
Transport & Pass: Unlimited GVB travel ticket 48 hours (â¬12.50)
Day 12: Amsterdam
Attractions: Albert Cuyp Market, NAP bezoekerscentrum, Nationale Opera & Ballet, Houseboat Museum, Electric Ladyland Fluorescent Art, Torensluis, Royal Palace Amsterdam
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport
Transport & Pass: Unlimited GVB travel ticket 48 hours
Day 13: Harleem, Depart Amsterdam at 8.05pm (GMT +2)
Attractions: Corrie Ten Boomhuis, Hofje In den Groenen Tuin, St. Bavo Church, Town Hall Haarlem, Haarlem, Station
Transport & Pass: OV-chipkaart
Budget for this trip is S$2,400:
- S$550 for accommodation
- S$300 for transportation
- S$200 for admission fees and pass
- S$850 for meals
- S$500 for souvenirs & shopping
>>Day 1: 16 Sep 16
|Perth trip â Prologue|
I always wanted to visit the Down Under i.e Australia and New Zealand. Both are colloquially known as Down Under due to their position in the Southern Hemisphere below the equator.
Initially I plan to visit Australia during Chinese New Year but after doing some research, I dropped the plan as it is summer season and February is the hottest month in Australia. I was contemplating booking Qantas as it is offering S$700 return fare to Melbourne but we couldn't find a pair of friend to join us. In the end, hubby and I decided to visit Australia on our own. Scoot promotion came along and return fare to Perth is S$266 which is relatively cheap. I booked 25kg and 40kg for departure and return leg for one pax instead of booking individual baggage as it is slightly cheaper this way.
I make use of the Labour Day holiday in May for this 10 days trip. I have planned to depart on Saturday and return on the following Sunday but there was no cheap tickets so we depart on Friday instead. Scoot flight timing is usually not favourable either on the departure or the return leg. The departure flight is noon timing and reach Perth in the evening while the return flight departs in the evening and reach Singapore at midnight. I would prefer a red eye flight to Perth since the flight duration is 5hrs.
Map of Australia (extracted from Lonely Planet)Australia is the sixth largest country in the world by land area and it's capital is Canberra. Australia main cities are served by numerous airlines from Singapore which makes it one of the top holiday destination among Singaporeans:
- Sydney: Singapore Airlines, Scoot, British Airways, Qantas
- Melbourne: Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Jetstar, Emirates, Qantas
- Brisbane: Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas
- Gold Coast: Scoot
- Perth: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Scoot, Jetstar
- Adelaide: Singapore Airlines
- Cairns: Silkair
- Darwin: Silkair
Perth is the capital and largest city in Western Australia and Western Australia is the largest state in Australia. It is the fourth most populous city in Australia after Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. After I have started to do research on Perth, I discovered that everything is expensive in Australia, ranging from accommodation, attraction admission ticket to food. At least, the car rental is reasonable and pertrol is slightly cheaper than Singapore.
All visitor to Australia except Australian and New Zealand citizens requires a visa to visit Australia irregardless of the visit. There are 3 types of visitor visa depending on the nationalities and Singaporean falls under the Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)â. Visa can be applied online and processing time takes less than a day. Although there is no visa application charges, there is a service charge of AUD20 for online application.
Taxi from airport to Perth CBD cost at least A$40 ~ S$44 while the Connect Shuttle cost A$15 ~ S$17 per pax. The cheapest way to get to Perth CBD is taking the free shuttle bus from Perth Airport T1 to T3 and board Transperth bus number 37 or 40 which cost A$4.40 ~ S$5 per pax. The journey time to Perth CBD range from 40 - 60 min. The other option is to rent the car directly at airport itself but since we will be reaching Perth in the evening, it's not advisable to drive to the outskirt at night.
In Perth CBD & Fremantle, it is easy to navigate around public transport as there are reliable and extensive public transport networks. There are free CAT bus services in Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup. In addition to the free CAT bus service, travelling on public transport is free within Perth Free Transit Zone. However it is recommended to rent a car when travelling beyond Perth.
There are many car rental companies in Perth and some allow rent and return at different location. After doing the research, we decided to rent a car from Bayswater which has outlets in both Perth CBD and near Perth Airport but it does not allow rental and return of car at different location. Bayswater offers competitive rate at A$300 for a Toyota Corolla Sedan car for 6 days rental for driving within 500km from Perth. The excess damage is capped at A$400 and can be reduced to A$0 with a top up of A$7 per day. Extra charges such as rental of GPS is A$7 per day and each child booster is A$7 per day (capped at A$70). Petrol price in Australia is currently A$1.40/ litre which is slightly cheaper than the petrol price in Singapore.
Even though I have travelled to many countries, I have yet to purchase a local SIM card, not even when I travelled to Europe as I relied on the maps which I have printed out. However I will be buying local SIM card in Perth. It's much value for money compared to renting a GPS since we can use the data to surf net on top of the google map which we require. The cheapest prepaid card cost A$1 per day and comes with 30min local calls, unlimited local SMS and 40MB data per day and I have decided to buy the A$2 prepaid plan which includes unlimited local call, unlimited local SMS and 500MB data per day.
As we will first be travelling North and then to the South, we will be staying at 4 different hotels and B&B throughout this trip. In Perth, we will be staying at Ibis Perth Hotel as it is conveniently situated at Perth CBD Murray Street. There was 40% Accor discount for at least 2 consecutive nights booking hence I saved around S$120 for the 4 nights in Perth. Hotels under the Accor brand range from from economy brand (Ibis etc), midscale brands (Mercure, Novotel etc), Upscale brands (Grand Mercure, Pullman etc) to luxury brand (Sofitel) and membership is free. In the outskirt, we will be staying in B&B instead of hotels. It's more intimate since B&B usually have fewer rooms and those B&B which we will be staying includes complimentary breakfast.
For Margaret River Region, I have done intensive research from Margaret River Visitor Centre and I have even request a visitor guide and map which was mailed to me free of charge (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). In the 2004 visitor guide, there is a list of wineries and breweries in the Margaret River Region and I'm spoilt for choice when selecting which one to visit.
Day 1: Reach Perth at 5.25pm (GMT+8)
Accommodation: Ibis Perth (A$92)
Transport: Bus 37 or 40 from Airport to Perth CBD (A$4.40)
Day 2: Fremantle
Attractions: Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Markets, Fremantle Round House & Whalers' Tunnel, Shipwreck Galleries, E Shed Market
Accommodation: Ibis Perth (A$92)
Transport: Train from Perth to Fremantle (A$4.40 each way)
Day 3: Caversham Wildlife Park & Cervantes
Attractions: Caversham Wildlife Park, Hangover Bay, Kangaroo Point, The Pinnacles @ Nambung National Park
Accommodation: Windbreak Bed & Breakfast (A$140)
Transport: Car rental
Day 4: Lancelin & Mandurah
Attractions: Emu Downs Wind Farm & Lancelin Sand Dunes, Mandurah Performing & Arts Centre
Accommodation: Aran Brae Bed & Breakfast (A$130)
Transport: Car rental
Day 5: Bunbury & Busselton & Margaret River
Attractions: Koombana Beach, The Bunbury Tower, Busselton Jetty, Underwater Observatory, Duckstein Brewery, Bettenay's Margaret River Nougat Company, Margaret River Providore, Margaret River Chocolate Company, Margaret River Silk Road, Margaret River Nuts & Cereal, Margaret River Dairy Company
Accommodation: Pinda Lodge (A$200)
Transport: Car rental
Day 6: Margaret River
Attractions: Wine Tourism Showroom @ Margaret River Tourist Information Centre, The Good Olive, Margaret River Fudge Factory, Miller Ice Cream Farm, Candy Cow, Voyager Estate Winery, Leeuwin Estate, Edwards Wines, Vasse Felix, Bootleg Brewery
Accommodation: Pinda Lodge (A$200)
Transport: Car rental
Day 7: Margaret River & Augusta
Attractions: Boranup Karri Forest, Hamelin bay, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Jewel Cave, Blackwood Meadery, Colonial Brewery
Accommodation: Pinda Lodge (A$200)
Transport: Car rental
Day 8: Donnybrook & Perth
Attractions: Spring Valley Orchard, Crawley Edge Boatshed (Blue Boat House)
Accommodation: Ibis Perth (A$92)
Transport: Car rental
Day 9: Perth
Attractions: King's Park, Parliament House, Barracks Arch, Government House, Kangaroos in the City, The Swan Bells, Ferry from Barrack St Jetty to South Perth
Accommodation: Ibis Perth (A$92)
Transport: Transperth bus & CAT bus
Day 10: Perth, Depart Perth at 6.35pm (GMT+8)
Attractions: Shopping at London Court & Hay Street
Transport: Bus 37 or 40 from Perth CBD to Airport (A$4.40)
Budget for this trip is S$2,400:
- S$700 for accommodation
- S$30 for transport
- S$400 for car rental & petrol
- S$20 for prepaid card
- S$150 for admission fee
- S$750 for meals (include $150 for a wine pairing meal at Leeuwin Estate)
- S$350 for souvenirs and shopping
>>Day 1: 24 Apr 15
|Find Snowboarding: ALEUTIANS - Journey To Cold Bay|
Shotgun, check. Splitboards, check. Bear mace, check. ATVs, check. Wait, did anything fall off the boat?
Every adventure has its trials and tribulations and Find Snowboarding: ALEUTIANS was no different. But what's an adventure without a few setbacks?
Travel with Aspen Rain Weaver, Cody Booth and Thomas Delfino as they explore Cold Bay and its surrounding terrain in search of new lines and epic adventures.
Find Snowboarding: ALEUTIANS Full Film premiers 9.25.14 on Transworld Snowboarding's website.
Cast: Rome Snowboards
|Turkey Taco Boats|
Give taco night a makeover with these turkey taco boats! Weâre swapping out taco shells for crisp lettuce wraps for a light and satisfying meal thatâs bursting with flavor! Continue reading
|Travel Laval, QC: Canoe, not kayak, with the dog at Parc de la Riviere-des-Mille-Iles||Lake kayaking is a lot like taking a light shower in sewage â¦ and equally enjoyable. For the second time in my life, I tried kayaking â this time at Parc de la Riviere-des-Mille-Iles in Laval, Quebec, about 20 minutes outside of Montreal. The good news is sitting in a small plastic boat almost level […]|
|Komentar di RUMUS/DATA oleh TOTOLOVER||2D Mimpiku
01 = 05 â 95 â 12 â 45
Setan â Bandeng â Obor â Jambu Mente â Tangan
â Betara Kala
02 = 16 â 53 â 09 â 35
Sarjana â Bekicot â Loncat Tinggi â Wortel â
Sandal â Betara Brahma
03 = 32 â 52 â 85 â 25
Orang Mati â Angsa â Loncat Galah â Sawi â Kaki
04 = 12 â 65 â 05 â 15
Kwan Im â Merak â Lompat Jauh â Kangkung â
Balon â Dewi Ratih
05 = 01 â 89 â 10 â 39
Kepala Rampok â Singa â Loncat Indah â Kayu
Manis â Kereta Api â Garu Langit
06 = 20 â 91 â 51 â 41
Dewi Bulan â Kelinci â Renang â Kapas â Boneka â
07 = 24 â 58 â 57 â 08
Pelayan â Babi â Perahu Layar â Bawang â
Pancing â Sulatri
08 = 17 â 57 â 04 â 07
Maling Kecil â Macan â Motor Boat â Kecubung â
Pasar â Talamaria
09 = 33 â 87 â 88 â 37
Jendral â Kerbau â Mendayung â Kates (Pepaya) â
Jala â Bima
10 = 18 â 82 â 03 â 32
Kelenteng â Kelabang â Menyelam â Kelapa â Bir â
11 = 15 â 77 â 02 â 27
Menteri Serakah â Anjing â Lari Cepat â Sapu â
Kipas â Sengkuni
12 = 04 â 69 â 17 â 19
Penasehat Perang â Kuda â Lari Gawang â Lemon
â Bola Lampu â Wibisana
13 = 14 â 79 â 07 â 29
Penjaga Pintu â Gajah â Lari Estafet â Kipas Angin
â Keris â Prabukesa
14 = 13 â 96 â 08 â 46
Potong Babi â Onta â Tolak Peluru â Jembatan â
Spet (Suntikan) â Jaya Langsuan
15 = 11 â 54 â 00 â 04
Hakim â Tikus â Lempar Martil â Kantor Pos â
Sekrup â Kresna
16 = 02 â 74 â 15 â 24
Orang Sakit Gudig â Tawon â Lempar Cakram â
Surat â Nanas â Jembawan
17 = 08 â 88 â 13 â 38
Pemadat â Bangau â Lempar Lembing â Durian â
Telepon â Buto Terong
18 = 10 â 78 â 01 â 28
Kas Uang â Kucing â Polo Air â Lombok â Kantor
Polisi â Bisma
19 = 27 â 62 â 54 â 12
Pelavur Kelas Tinggi â Kupu Kupu â Sepakbola â
Srikaya â Ban Sepeda â Banowati
20 = 06 â 72 â 19 â 22
Istri Sejati â Lalat â Volleyball â Palu â Ban Mobil â
21 = 22 â 93 â 55 â 43
Pelacur Umum â Walet â Bulutangkis â Permen â
Kapak â Lesmanawati
22 = 21 â 70 â 50 â 20
Peti Mati â Capung â Tenis â Terong â Harmonika
â Arjuna dan Sembadra
23 = 30 â 84 â 81 â 34
Setan Gantung â Kera â Bola Basket â Pisang â
Piano â Wilkampana
24 = 07 â 66 â 14 â 16
Sumber Air â Katak â Tenis Meja â Sikat Gigi â
Padi â Dewa Ruci
25 = 35 â 85 â 82 â 03
Menantu Raja â Rajawali â Baseball â Jagung â
Tapal Gigi â Kangsa Dewa
26 = 31 â 90 â 80 â 40
Raja â Naga â Hockey â Ganggang â Mesin Jahit â
27 = 19 â 61 â 06 â 11
Wanita Cantik â Kura Kura â Bola Sodok â Sabun
Bubuk â Otak â Dewi Supraba
28 = 29 â 68 â 56 â 18
Pencari Kayu â Ayam â Menembak â Tomat â
Jarum â Nakula
29 = 28 â 63 â 53 â 13
Pendeta Sakti â Belut â Panahan â Kursi â Koran â
30 = 23 â 99 â 58 â 49
Nelayan â Ikan Mas â Angkat Besi â Belimbing â
WC â Nagatatmala
31 = 26 â 94 â 59 â 44
Anggota Kelamin â Udang â Senam â Cacing Pita
â Sangkar Burung â Yuyu Rumpung
32 = 03 â 60 â 18 â 10
Ahli Nujum â Ular â Yudo â Kamar Mandi â Tali â
33 = 09 â 86 â 16 â 36
Pengemis â Laba Laba â Gulat â Gigi â Sabun â
34 = 36 â 73 â 89 â 23
Orang Buta â Rusa â Silat â Jamu â Paru Paru â
35 = 25 â 75 â 52 â 02
Wanita â Kambing â Tinju â Lambung â Jalan
Jalan â Drupadi
36 = 34 â 83 â 87 â 33
Pendeta Wanita â Musang â Balap Sepeda â
Manggis â Rumah Obat â Sayempraba
37 = 38 â 59 â 83 â 09
Orang Bongkok â Ikan Gabus â Balap Mobil â
Anggur â B.H â Truk â Gareng
38 = 37 â 67 â 84 â 17
Putri Raja â Cendrawasih â Balap Sepeda Motor â
Engsel â Drum â Untari
39 = 44 â 55 â 77 â 05
Kekasih â Kalajengking â Balap Kuda â Topi â
Bemo â Narasuma
40 = 43 â 76 â 78 â 26
Penolong â Gelatik â Golf â Tang â Peci â Widura
41 = 49 â 56 â 76 â 06
Pahlawan â Kepiting â Lompat Kuda â Lilin â
Sabuk â Warsaya
42 = 45 â 97 â 72 â 47
Jejaka Tua â Buaya â Gerak Jalan â Catur â Dokter
â Lesmana Widakta
43 = 40 â 71 â 41- 21
Janda Muda â Ikan Suro â Anggar â Mawar â
Grendel â Sumbadra
44 = 39 â 81 â 86 â 31
Berandal â Badak â Ski Air â Seruling â Sisir â
45 = 42 â 51 â 75 â 01
Pengembara â Banteng â Terbang Layang â Kendi
â Tas â Rama
46 = 48 â 64 â 73 â 14
Nenek Moyang â Orang Utan â Terjun Bebas â
Sikat â Toko â Hyang Wenang
47 = 50 â 92 â 21 â 42
Banci â Zebra â Upacara Bendera â Tangga â Hotel
48 = 46 â 00 â 79 â 50
Si Ceroboh â Landak â Main Catur â Garuk â
Gedung Bioskop â Dasamuka
49 = 41 â 80 â 70 â 30
Drakula â Kelelawar â Mendaki Gunung â Cetok â
Rok â Betari Durga
50 = 47 â 98 â 74 â 48
Orang Eskimo â Beruang â Pembawa Obor â
Pacul â Guru â Bagong
51 = 55 â 45 â 22 â 95
Ahli Filsafat â Kerang â Patelele â Tebu â Celana â
52 = 66 â 03 â 99 â 85
Raja Laut â Ikan Paus â Main Tali â Matahari â
Dompet â Antasena
53 = 82 â 02 â 35 â 52
Penjual Silat â Ikan Duri â Akrobat â Rambutan â
Taxi â Abimanyu
54 = 62 â 15 â 95 â 65
Raja Kera â Ikan Lele â Sepatu Roda â Kalung â
Dokar â Kera Hanoman
55 = 51 â 39 â 20 â 89
Pertapa â Kangguru â Kasti â Gelang â Kemaron â
56 = 70 â 41 â 71 â 91
Budak â Ikan Duyung â Ringen â Kenanga â Cikar
57 = 74 â 08 â 47 â 58
Anak Sakti â Ulat Sutera â Layang Layang â
Sepatu â Ranjang â Gatotkaca
58 = 67 â 07 â 94 â 57
Penari â Cumi Cumi â Main Kelereng- Rumah â
Sekolahan â Selir
59 = 83 â 37 â 38 â 87
Putra Raja â Kakak Tua â Dakon â Kedondong â
Kaos â Rd Lesmana
60 = 68 â 32 â 93 â 82
Kepala Polisi â Cecak â Karambol â Delima â
Handuk â Sentiyaki
61 = 65 â 27 â 92 â 77
Pedagang â Kecoak â Gendongan â Kacamata â
Buku â Baladewa
62 = 54 â 19 â 27 â 69
Pagoda â Walang Kadung â Petan â Termos â
Selendang Pelangi â Candi Sapta Arga
63 = 64 â 29 â 97 â 79
Pendekar Wanita â Kumbang â Treksando â
Bantal â Jendela â Larasati
64 = 63 â 46 â 98 â 96
Dewa Uang â Kuda Laut â Bandulan â Apel â
Guling â Betara Indra
65 = 61 â 04 â 90 â 54
Raja Setan â Ikan Hiu â Kayang â Klompen â
Petromak â Kala Srenggi
66 = 52 â 24 â 25 â 74
Dewa Bumi â Jerapah â Sawatan â Sukun â Gelas
â Anta Boga
67 = 58 â 38 â 23 â 88
Penjual Daging â Burung Onta â Engrang â
Sendok â Korek Api â Abilawa
68 = 60 â 28 â 91 â 78
Pembuat Pedang â Burung Hantu â Panjat Pinang
â Pisau â Garpu â Cepot
69 = 77 â 12 â 44 â 62
Pencari Jejak â Mimi â Engkleh â Gunting â
Gunung â Antareja
70 = 56 â 22 â 29 â 72
Panglima â Keledai â Tarik Tambang â Lampu
Minyak â Rumah Makan â Adipati Karna
71 = 72 â 43 â 45 â 93
Pemburu â Macan Tutul â Lempar Karet â Sumur
â Baju â Pandu
72 = 71 â 20 â 40 â 70
Dewa Langit â Ikan Terbang â Ik Ol â Kran Air â
Arloji â Betara Guru
73 = 80 â 34 â 31 â 84
Tuan Tanah â Semut â Tulupan â Anting Anting â
Bintang â Dursasana
74 = 57 â 16 â 24 â 66
Bajak Laut â Pinguin â Setipan â Gentong â Radio
75 = 85 â 35 â 32 â 53
Suami Istri â Bebek â Balapan Lari â Nangka â
Lemari â Ratih dan Kamajaya
76 = 81 â 40 â 30 â 90
Jendral Wanita â Nyamuk â Teplekan â Mata â
Timbangan â Srikandi
77 = 69 â 11 â 96 â 61
Walikota â Penyu â Bekel â Cincin â Payung â
78 = 79 â 18 â 46 â 68
Orang Kaya â Ikan Gergaji â Balap Becak â
Semangka â Wajan â Lesmana Mandrakumara
79 = 78 â 13 â 43 â 63
Jendral Serakah â Orong Orong â Okol â Jeruk Bali
â Kompor â Suyudana
80 = 73 â 49 â 48 â 99
Kepala Desa â Bajing â Apollo â Potlot â Ceret â
81 = 76 â 44 â 49 â 94
Penipu â Kancil â Damdaman â Hidung â Cangkir
82 = 53 â 10 â 28 â 60
Gembala â Kuda Nil â As â Telinga â Berlian â
83 = 59 â 36 â 26 â 86
Ibu Suri â Ikan Layur â Dadu â Kumis â Pipa â
84 = 86 â 23 â 39 â 73
Budha â Kalkun â Salto â Mulut â Kacang Tanah â
85 = 75 â 25 â 42 â 52
Wanita Sihir â Jangkrik â Latihan Hansip â Teratai â
Pintu â Sarpakenaka
86 = 84 â 33 â 37 â 83
Dewa maut â Ikan Sampan â Gerak Badan â Salak
â Rokok â Yamadipati
87 = 88 â 09 â 33 â 59
Orang Gila â Betet â Kerja Bakti â Botol â Toilet â
88 = 87 â 17 â 34 â 67
Dewi Mega â Domba â Balap Karung â Jeruk
Manis â Piring â Wilutama
89 = 94 â 05 â 67 â 55
Pemabuk â Ikan Bendera â Setopan â Jeruk
Keprok â Ember â Bomanarakasura
90 = 93 â 26 â 68 â 76
Tawanan â Trenggiling â Perempatan Jalan â Pil â
Sawah â Shinta
91 = 99 â 06 â 66- 56
Siluman Air â Serigala â Ambulans â Bambu â
Toples â Witaksini
92 = 95 â 47 â 62 â 97
Putri Kipas Besi â Ikan Tengiri â Garis Finish â
Apokat â Sarung â Siti Sundari
93 = 90 â 21 â 61 â 71
Penjilat â Babi Hutan â Perahu Layar â Kaos Kaki â
Lapangan â Durna
94 = 89 â 31 â 36 â 81
Kwan Kong â Ikan Kakap â Pemandian â Jambu â
Pen â P.Salya
95 = 92 â 01 â 65 â 51
Petani â Perkutut â Jalan Raya â Kunci â Pisau
Cukur â Irawan
96 = 98 â 14 â 63 â 64
Prajurit â Ikan Nus â Laut â Mangga â Minyak
Angin â Citrayuda
97 = 00 â 42 â 11 â 92
Raksasa â Tokek â Kali Brantas â Sirsak â Lemari
Es â Prahasta
98 = 96 â 50 â 69 â 00
Penjaga Malam â Tongkol â TV â Lengkeng â
Kecelakaan â Trijati
99 = 91 â 30 â 60 â 80
Hidung Belang â Burung Jalak â Bayi â Kodak â
Meja â Arjuna
00 = 97 â 48 â 64 â 98
Penyair â Tapir â Sempritan â Rembulan â
Tanggalan â Kumbakarna|
|ETIKA BISNIS (UAS)|
Bisnis dan Etika dalam Dunia Modern
1. Bisnis modern merupakan realistas yang yang amat kompleks. Banyak faktor yang mempengaruhi dan menentukan kegiatan bisnis. Guna menjelaskan kekhususan aspek etis ini, dalam suatu pendekatan pertama kita membandingkan dulu dengan aspek-aspek lain, terutama aspek ekonomi dan hukum. Sebab, bisnis sebagai kegiatan social dapat disoroti sekurang kurangnya dari tiga sudut pandang yang berbeda tetapi tidak selalu mungkin dipisahkan ini : sudut pandang ekonomi, hokum, dan etika.
1.1. Sudut pandang ekonomis
Bisnis adalah kegiatan ekonomis Yang terjadi dalam kegiatan ini adalah tukar-menukar, jual-beli, memproduksimemasarkan, bekerja-memperkerjakan, dan bertinteraksi dengan orang lain lainnya, dengan maksud memperoleh untung. Dipandang dari sudut ekonomis, good bussines atau bisnis yang baik adalah bisnis yang membawa banyak untung. Orang bisnis selalu akan berusaha membuat bisnis yang baik (dalam arti itu).
1.2. Sudut pandang moral
Disamping aspek ekonomi dari bisnis, di sini tampak aspek lain : aspek moral. Selalu ada kendala etis bagi perilaku kita, termasuk juga perilaku ekonomis. Tidak semuanya bisa kita lakukan untuk mengejar tujuan kita (di bidang bisnis : mencari keuntungan) boleh kita lakukan juga. Kita harus menghormati kepentingan dan hak orang lain. Bisnis yang baik (good bussines) bukan saja bisnis yang baik secara moral .
1.3. Sudut pandang hukum
Tidak diragukan, bisnis terikat juga oleh hukum. âHukum dagangâ atau âHukum bisnisâ merupakan cabang penting dari ilmu hukum modern. Dari segi norma, hukum lebih jelas dan pasti dibandingkan etika. Karena hukum dituliskan hitam atas putih dan ada sanksi tertentu, bila terjadi pelanggaran. Hukum dan etika kerap kali tidak bisa dilepaskan satu sama lain. Memang benar, ada hal-hal yang diatur oleh hukum tidak mempunyai hubungan langsung dengan etika. Tetapi ada juga ada perilaku dalam segi moral penting, tetapi tidak diatur menurut hukum.
Untuk bisnis, sudut pandang hukum tentupenting. Bisnis harus menaati hukum dan peraturan yang berlaku. âBisnis yang baikâ antara lain berarti juga bisnis yang patuh pada hukum. Disamping hukum, kita membutuhkan etika juga. Kita memerlukan norma moral yang menetapkan apa yang etis dan tidak etis untuk dilakukan. Pada taraf normatif etika mendahului hukum. Jika secara moral suatu perilaku ternyata salah, kemungkinan besar (walaupun tidak pasti) perilaku itu melanggar hukum juga.
1.4. Tolak ukur untuk tiga sudut pandang ini
Dapat disimpulkan, supaya patut disebut good bussines, tingkah laku bisnis harus memenuhi syarat-syarat dari semua sudut pandang tadi. Memang benar bisnis yang ekonomis tidak baik (jadi, tidak membawa untung) tidak pantas disebut bisnis yang baik. Bisnis tidak pantas disebut good bussines kalau tidak baik dari sudut pandang etika dan hukum juga. Dalam hal ini penting aspek hukum lebih mudah diterima, sekurang-kurang pada taraf teoritis (walaupundalam praktek barangkali sering dilanggar).
2. Apa itu Etika Bisnis
- Etika sebagai praksis berarti : apa yang dilakukan sejauh sesuai atau tidak sesuai dengan nilai dan norma moral.
- Etika sebagai refleksi adalah pemikiran moral. Dalam etika sebagai refleksi kita berpikir tentang apa yang dilakukan dan khususnya tentang apa yang harus dilakukan atau tidak boleh dilakukan.
- Etika adalah cabang filsafat yang mempelajari baik buruknya manusia. Karena itu etika dalam arti ini disebut juga âfilsafat parktisâ.
Seperti etika terapan pada umumnya, etika bisnis pun dapat dijalankan pada tiga taraf : taraf makro, meso dan mikro. Tiga taraf ini berkaitan dengan tiga kemungkinan yang berbeda untuk menjalankan kegitan ekonomi dan bisnis.
- Pada taraf makro, etika bisnis mempelajari aspek-aspek moral dari sistem ekonomi sebagai keseluruhan.
- Pada taraf meso (madya atau menengah), etika bisnis menyelidiki masalah etis di bidang organisasi. Organisasi di sini terutama berarti perusahaan, tapi bisa juga serikat buruh, lembaga konsumen, perhimpunan profesi dan lain-lain.
- Pada taraf mikro, yang difokuskan adalah individu dalam hubungan dengan ekonomi atau bisnis. Di sini dipelajari tanggung jawab etis dari karyawan dan majikan, bawahan dan manajer, produsen dan konsumen, pemasok dan investor.
3. Perkembangan etika bisnis
Sepanjang sejarah, kegiatan perdaganga atau bisnis tidak pernah luput dari sorotan etika. Namun demikian, jika kita menyimak etika bisnis sebagaimana dipahami dan dipraktekkan sekarang, tidak bisa disangkal juga, di sini kita menghadapi suatu fenomena baru. Belum pernah dalam sejarah, etika bisnis mendapat perhatian besar intensif seperti sekarang ini.
Etika bisnis dalam arti khusus ini pertama kali timbul di Amerika Serikat dalam tahun 1970-an dan agak cepat meluas ke kawasan dunia lain.
4. Profil etika bisnis dewasa ini
Kini etika bisnis sudah mempunyai status ilmiah yang serius. Ia semakin diterima di antara ilmu-ilmu yang sudah mapan dan memiliki ciri-ciri yang biasanya menandai sebuah ilmu.
5. Faktor sejarah dan budaya dalam etika bisnis
Jika mempelajari sejarah, dan khusunya dunia barat, sikap positif ini tidak selamanya menandai pandangan terhadap bisnis. Sebaliknya, berabad-abad lamanya terdapat tedensi yang cukup kuat memandang bisnis atau perdagangan sebagai kegiatan yang tidak pantas dilakukan bagi manusia beradab. Orang seperti pedagang jelas-jelas dicurigakan kualitas etisnya. Sikap negative ini berlangsung terus sampai zaman modern dan baru menghilang seluruhnya sekitar waktu industrial.
6. Kritik atas etika bisnis
6.1. Etika bisnis mendiskriminasi
Kritik pertama kali ini lebih menarik karena sumbernya daripada isinya. Sumbernya adalah Peter Drucker, ahli ternama dalam bidang teori manajemen. Tuduhan Drucker tidak beralasan. Sekali-kali tidak benar bahwa etika bisnis memperlakukan bisnis dengan cara lain ordinary folk (orang biasa). Kritiknya berasal dari salah paham besar terhadap maksud etika bisnis. Justru karena orang bisnis merupakan ordinary folk (orang biasa). Justru orang bisnis merupakan ordinary folk, mereka memerlukan etika. Sebagaimana semua orang lain, para pebisnis merupakan pelaku moral.
Etika bisnis menjadi suatu ilmu dengan identitas tersendiri, bukan karena norma-norma yang tidak berlaku di bidang lain, melainkan karena aplikasi norma-norma yang umum atas suatu wilayah kegiatan manusiawi yang minta perhatian khusus, sebab keadaannya dan masalah-masalahnya mempunyai corak tersendiri.
6.2. Etika bisnis itu kontradiktif
Kritik lain tidak berasal dari satu orang, tetapi ditemukan dalam kalangan popular yang cukup luas. Sebenarnya bukan kritik, melainkan skepsis. Orang-orang ini menilai etika bisnis sebagai suatu usaha yang naÃ¯f.
6.3. Etika bisnis tidak praktis
Tidak ada kritik atas etika bisnis yang menimbulkan begitu banyak rekasi seperti artikel yang dimuat dalam Harvard Business Review pada tahun 1993 dengan judul âWhatâs the matter with business ethics?â. Pengarangnya adalah Adrew Stark, seorang dosen manajemen di Universitas Toronto, Kanada. Ia menilai, kesenjangan besar menganga antara etika bisnis akademis dan para professional di bidang manajemen.
6.4. Etikawan tidak bisa mengambil alih tanggung jawab
Kritikan lain lagi dilontarkan kepada etika terapan pada umumnya, termasuk juga etika bisnis, di samping etika biomedis, etika jurnalistik, etika profesi hukum dan lain-lain. Kritisi meragukan entah etika bisnis memiliki keahlian etis khusus, yang tidak dimiliki oleh para pebisnis dan manajer itu sendiri.
Seluruh kritikan ini juga berdasarkan salah pahan. Etika bisnis sama sekali tidak bermaksud mengambil alih tanggung jawab etis pebisnis, para manajer, atau pelaku moral lain di bidang bisnis. Etika bisnis bisa membantu untuk mengambil keputusan moral yang dapat dipertanggungjawabkan, tapi tidak berniat mengambil tempat dari para pelaku moral dalam perusahaan.
Sekilas Teori Etika
Etika bisnis adalah penerapan prinsip-prinsip etika yang umum pada wilayah pelaku manusia yang khusus, yaitu kegiatan ekonomi dan bisnis. Secara konkret etika sering terfokuskan pada perbuatan. Bisa dikatakan juga bahwa teori etika membantu kita untuk menilai keputusan etis.
Akan tetapi, setiap penguraian macam ini terbentur pada kesulitan bahwa kenyataanya pada teori etika. Di sini akan dibahas secara singkat beberapa teori yang dewasa ini paling penting dalam pemikiran moral, khususnya dalam etika bisnis.
âUtilitarismeâ berasal dari kata Latin utilis yang berarti âbermanfaatâ. Menurut teori ini suatu perbuatan adalah baik jika membawa manfaat, tapi manfaat itu harus menyangkut bukan saja satu dua orang melainkan masyarakat sebagai keseluruhan. Dapat dipahami pula utilarisme sangat menekankan pentingnya konsekuensi perbuatan dalam menilai baik buruknya suatu perbuatan.
Kita dapat menyimpulkan bahwa utilitarisme aturan membatasi diri dari pada justifikasi aturan-aturan moral. Dengan demikian mereka memang dapat menghindari kesulitan dari utilitarisme perbuatan.
Istilah Deontologi (deontology) ini berasal dari kata Yunani deon yang berarti kewajiban. Maka deontology melepaskan sama sekali moralitas dari konsekuensi perbuatan. Utilitarisme mementingkan konsekuensi perbuatan, sedangkan deontology konsekuensi perbuatan tidak berperan sama sekali.
3. Teori Hak
Dalam pemikiran moral dewasa ini barangkali teori hak ini adalah pendekatan yang paling banyak dipakai untuk mengevaluasi baik buruknya suatu perbuatan atau perilaku. Sebetulnya teori hak merupakan suatu aspek dari teori dentiologi, karena berkaitan dengan kewajiban.
4. Teori keutumaan
Apa yang dimaksud dengan keutamaan?keutamaan bisa didefinisikan sebagai berikut: diposisi watak yang telah diperoleh seseorang dan memungkinkan dia untuk bertingkah laku baik secara moral. Ada banyak keutamaan dan semua keutamaan dan semua keutamaan untuk setiap orang dan untuk setiap kegiatan. Diantara keutamaan yang harus menandai pebisnis perorangan bisa disebut: kejujuran, fairness, kepercayaan, dan keuletan.
Kejujuran secara umum diakui sebagai keutamaan pertama dan paling penting yang harus dimiliki oleh pelaku bisnis. Orang yang mempunyai keutamaan kejujuran tidak akan berbohong atau menipu dalam transaksi bisnis, bahkan kalau penipuan sebenarnya gampang. Perlu diakui, tentang keutamaan kejujuran kadang-kadang ada kesulitan juga. Garis perbatasan antara kejujuran dan ketidakjujuran tidak selalu bisa ditarik dengan tajam.
Keutamaan kedua adalah fairness. Kata inggris ini sulit diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Indonesia. Kerap kali diberi terjemahan âkeadilanâ dan memang fairness dekat dengan paham âkeadilanâ tapi tidak sama juga. Barangkali terjemahan yang tidak terlalu meleset adalah: sikap wajar. Fairness adalah kesediaan untuk memberikan apa yang wajar kepada semua orang dengan semeua orang dan dengan âwajarâ dimaksudkan apa yang bisa disetujui oleh semua orang yang terlibat dalam suatu transaksi.
Kepercayaan (trust) juga adalah keutamaan yang pentng dalam konteks bisnis. Kepercayaan harus ditempatkan dalam relasi timbale balik. Ada beberapa cara untuk mengamankan kepercayaan. Salah satu cara ialah member garansi atau jaminan.
Keutamaan keempat adalah keuletan (Solomon menggunakan kata toughness). Pebisnis harus bertahan dalam banyak situasi yang sulit. Ia harus sanggup mengadakan negosiasi yang terkadang seru tentang proyek atau transaksi yang bernilai besar. Ia harus berani juga mengambil risiko kecil ataupun besar, karena perkembangan banyak faktor tidak bisa diramalkan sebelumnya.
Kelompok keutamaan lain menandai orang bisnis pada taraf perusahaan. Dengan kata lain, keutamaan-keutamaan ini dimiliki manajer dan karyawan sejauh mereka mewakili perusahaan. Keempat keutamaan ini adalah: keramahan, loyalitas, kehormatan, dan rasa malu.
Keutamaan sebenarnya lebih cocok untuk digambarkan secara konkret daripada diuraikan pada taraf teoritis. Dalam filsafat dewasa ini dikenal pendekatan yang sering disebut ânaratifâ. Artinya, kebenaran filosofis yang mau dibicarakan, tidak diuraikan secara teoretis, melainkan dikisahkan dalam suatu contoh atau kasus konkret. Dibandingkan dengan teori-teori lain, teori keutamaan mempunyai kelebihan lagi, karena memungkinkan untuk mengembangkan penilaian etis yang lebih etis. Teori-teori yang didasarkan atas aturan, pada umumnya cenderung menilai perbuatan-perbuatan dari segi negative, artinya mereka terutama menyoroti yang tidak etis.
EKONOMI DAN KEADILAN
Keadilan dapat diartikan sebagai to give everybody his own (memberikan kepada setiap orang apa yang menjadi haknya).
Ciri khas keadilan :
a. Keadilan tertuju pada orang lain
b. Keadilan harus ditegakkan atau dilaksanakan
c. Keadilan menuntut persamaan (equality)
Pembagian keadilan menurut Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) yang mendasarkan pandangan filosofisnya atas pemikiran Aristoteles (384-322 SM) disebut juga pembagian klasik, membedakan keadilan menjadi :
a. Keadilan Umum (general justice) : berdasarkan keadilan ini para anggota masyarakat diwajibkan untuk memberi kepada masyarakat (negara) apa yang menjadi haknya.
b. Keadilan Distributif (distributive justice): berdasarkan keadilan ini negara (pemerintah) harus membahi segalanya ddengan cara yang sama kepada para anggota masyarakat.
c. Keadilan Komutatif (commutative justice) : berdasarkan keadilan ini setiap orang harus memberikan kepada orang lain apa yang menjadi haknya.
Pembagian keadilan yang dikemukakan oleh pengarang modern tentang etika bisnis, khususnya John Boatright dan Manuel Velasquez dapat dibedakan menjadi :
a. Keadilan Distributif (distributive Justice)
b. Keadilan Retributif (retributive justice) : berkaitan dengan terjadinya kesalahan
c. Keadilan Kompensatoris (compensatory justice) : berdasarkan keadilan ini orang mempunyai kewajiban moral untuk memberikan kompensasi atau ganti rugi kepada orang atau instansi yang dirugikan
Disamping pembagian tersebut, keadilan juga dapat dibedakan menjadi keadilan sosial dan keadilan individu
Dalam teori etika modern, ada dua macam prinsip untuk keadilan distributif, yaitu : prinsip formal dan prinsip material. Prinnsip formal yang dirumuskan dalam bahasa Inggris berbunyi âequals ought to be treated equally and unequals may be treated unequalsâ. Yang dapat diartikan bahwa kasus-kasus yang sama harus diperlakukan dengan cara yang sama, sedangkan kasus-kasus yang tidak sama boleh saja diperlakukan dengan cara yg tidak sama. Sedangkan prinsip material menunjukkan kepada salah satu aspek relevan yang bisa menjadi dasar untuk membagi dengan adil hal-hal yang dicari oleh berbagai orang. Beauchamp dan Bowie menyebut enam prinsip keadilan distributif terwujud apabila diberikan kepada setiap oraang dengan syarat :
a. Bagian yang sama
b. Sesuai dengan kebutuhan individualnya
c. Sesuai dengan haknya
d. Sesuai dengan usaha individualnya
e. Sesuai dengan kontribusinya kepada masyarakat
f. Sesuai dengan jasanya
Berdasarkan prinsip material tersebut, telah dibentuk beberapa teori keadilan distributif. Antara lain :
a. Teori egalitariasme (membagi dengan adil berarti membagi rata)
b. Teori sosialistis (membagi adil sesuai dengan kebutuhan individualnya)
c. Teori liberalistis
Liberalisme dan Sosialisme sebagai Perjuangan Moral
1. Tinjuan historis
1.1. John Locke dan milik pribadi
John Locke (1623-1704), seorang filsuf inggris yang banyak mendalami masalah-masalah social politik, secara umum diakui sebagai orang yang pertama kali mendasarkan teori liberalisme tentang milik. Menurut Locke, manusia mempunyai tiga âhak kodrat: (natural right): âlife, freedom, and propertyâ. Yang penting adalaha hak atas milik karena keidupan dan kebebasan kita miliki juga. Jadi, hak atas milik menyedia pola untuk memahami kedua hak lain juga. Argumentasinya mempengaruhi secara mendalam pemikiran tentang milik di kemudian hari.
Dalam pandangan Locke ini, sudah tampak beberapa cirri kapitalisme liberal yang dengan tegas akan ditolak oleh Karl Marx. Pertama, Locke mengandaikan begitu saja bahwa pekerjaan pun harus diukur atas dasar nilai tukarnya, artinya sebagai komoditas pasaran. Kedua, Locke mengandaikan juga bahwa hasil kerja karyawan menjadi milik sah dari pemilik tanah atau pemilik sarana produksi.
1.2. Adam Smith dan pasar bebas
Tokoh lain yang pantas dibahas dalam rangka liberalism adalah orang Skotlandia, Adam Smith (1723-1790). Adam Smith menjadi terkenal karena dengan gigih membela pasar brbas di bidang ekonomi. Adam Smith tentu bukan filsuf pertama yang membedakan antara kepentingan-diri dan egoisme, tapi ia melihat pentingnya khusus untuk relasi-relasi ekonomis. Kepentingan diri merupakan motIvasi utama yang mendorong kita untuk mengadakan kegiatan ekonomis.
Kegiatan ekonomis di pasar bukan saja menguntungkan bagi pihak-pihak yang langsung terlibat di dalamnya, tetapi bermanfaat juga untuk masyarakat sebagai keseluruhan. Smith menekankan bahwa dengan mengejar kepentingan diri masing-masing dalam sistem pasar para anggota masyarakat mewujudkan kesejahteraan umum yang paling besar.
1.3. Marxisme dan kritiknya atas milik pribadi
Yang dimaksud dengan marxisme adalah pemikiran Karl Marx (1818-1882) bersama dengan teman seperjuangannya, Friedrich Engels (1820-1895). Marxisme adalah ajaran social-ekonomis-politik yang sangat kompleks dan tidak mudah untuk disingkatkan tanpa mengorbankan cukup banyak unsure yang sebenarnya hakiki juga. Bisa dikatakan juga marxisme menolak pemilikan pribadi atas capital atau modal, sebab yang memiliki capital dengan sendirinya memilki juga sarana-sarana produksi. Ciri kapitalisme yang jelek adalah bahwa mereka memperkerjakan orang lain untuk memperkaya diri sendiri. Menurut Marxisme, lembaga pribadi pada dasarnya merupakan penindasan atau eksploitasi kaum pekerja. Di sini dengan jelas tampak inspirasi etis dari marxisme. Tujuannya bukan menghapus milik pribadi begitu saja, melainkan secara radikal menentang penindasan atau eksploitasi yang berasal dari pemilikan eksklusif atas sarana-sarana produksi. Menurut mereka, cara pemilikan itu harus diganti dengan sistem milik kolektif.
2. Pertentangan dan perdamaian antara liberalism dan sosialisme
Inti pemikiran liberalism adalah tekanannya pada pada kebebasan individual (liber Lat.=bebas). Tugas pokok Negara menurut pandangan liberalism secara klasik dilukiskan sebagai nighwatch state, âNegara jaga malamâ, karena Negara hanya membatasi diri pada perlindungan dan pengamanan para warga Negara.
âSosialismeâ berasal dari kata Latin socius yang berarti âtemanâ atau âkawanâ. Sosialisme memandang manusia sebagai makhluk social sebagai sesame yang hidup bersama orang lain. Liberalisme lebih cenderung melihat manusia sebagai individu yang mempunyai kebebasan masing-masing. Masyarakat yang diatur secara liberalism ditandai egoism, sedangkan masyarakat yang diatur secara sosialistis atau kesetiakawanan.
a. Sosialisme komunistis
Sosialisme komunistis atau komunisme (communis Lat.=bersama) menolak milik pribadi. Menurut mereka, milik harus menjadi milik bersama atau milik kolektif. Tetai, sebagaimana dijelaskan sebelumnya, Karl Marx tidak menolak semua milik pribadi. Marx dan pengikut-pengikutnya membedakan antara pemilikan barang konsumsi dan pemilikan sarana-sarana produksi. Barang konsumsi adalah barang yang dipakai oleh seseorang bersama dengan keluarganya, seperti rumah, kendaraan, fasilitas olah raga, koleksi buku dan lain sebagainya. Yang tidak boleh menjadi milik pribadi adalah sarana-sarana produksi, seperti pabrik.
|Dallas : Opportunities Limited in Grapevine's Vineyard Creek Estates|
Opportunities to purchase a luxurious Plantation Homes’ design in the intimate, upscale community of Vineyard Creek Estates are dwindling. However, the builder still has home sites and inventory homes available for buyers ready to act quickly.
The 12 elegant designs Plantation offers feature high-end finishes, award-winning architecture and a variety of amenities such as island kitchens, stylish master suites and game rooms. The one- and two-story designs range from 2,092 to 3,614 square feet and are priced from the $410,000s.
Buyers hoping to move in before the New Year can choose from a range of available homes in various stages of construction. Already completed is 4429 Vineyard Creek Drive, featuring hardwood-clad floors, a sweeping “Gone with the Wind” staircase, a private study with triple French doors, a tiered media room, a jewel box breakfast nook surrounded by oversized windows and a deluxe master suite. The four-bedroom home is priced from the $540,000s. Two additional inventory homes are slated for November and March completion.
All Plantation Homes come with a two-year heating-and-cooling cost guarantee, and meet the highest standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program. Certification through this program requires following stringent mandates to build high-performance homes that use less energy, less water and fewer natural resources, creates less waste, and is healthier and more comfortable for homeowners.
Residents of Vineyard Creek Estates enjoy numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy boating on Lake Grapevine, an 8,000-acre recreational lake surrounded by miles of hiking, biking and Segway trails. Golfers can hit the links at any of three nearby golf courses, and everyone will enjoy Grapevine’s many award-winning festivals.
The community also is zoned to award-winning schools in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District, including Colleyville Heritage High School — ranked No. 55 in the state. The school earned gold level recognition from U.S. News and World Report in 2015 based on state proficiency standards and how well the school prepares students for college. Colleyville Heritage also ranked 263 out of 2,300 high schools across the nation on the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High School List.
|Sprout-tastic||Sprouts are the best. They're the lazy man's greens and there's so many varieties to get you through the year.|
I'll backtrack. We all know that vegetables are super important in any diet. Particularly raw vegetables. Particularly raw, green, leafy vegetables. But it's not always easy to eat enough of them, especially in winter. Who wants big leafy salads loaded with cooling produce (like lettuce and cucumbers) when it's freezing outside?
This is why sprouts save the day. Did you know that one cup of lentil sprouts contains 2.5mg of iron? And almost 7 grams of protein? You'd have to eat about 7 cups of raw spinach to get that much nutrition.
And, sprouts are easy to make, even for the black-thumbed gardeners out there. Soak some seeds for 8-12 hours or overnight, and drain and rinse a couple of times a day until little tails have formed. There's plenty of step by step sprouting guides on the internets so I won't go into detail here. No fancy equipment necessary. Just a jar, seeds, water, and TLC.
Here's a terrible photo of some sprouts I made today.
The tails are about the same length as the seed, and that's when I like to eat them. Here we have a lentil sprout and a mung bean sprout - but of course you can sprout anything, like chickpeas, wheat, almonds, sunflower seeds... Any whole seed, bean, or grain.
Then what? Well, you can cook them but that will lead to some nutrient losses. Also I personally think they taste better raw. Just throw a hefty handful on top of any dish - soup, salad, stew, or mixed through rice or quinoa. As long as your food isn't piping hot when you mix the sprouts through, you'll retain the nutrients.
You can also create a side dish using the sprouts. They taste great with a sprinkle of cumin and a squeeze of lemon juice. Or, you can try my version of raw chili. You'll need:
1 cup of sprouts (I like mung bean sprouts for this)
A half cup of corn (optional, not everyone handles raw corn well)
2 large or 3 medium tomatoes
Half a red capsicum
A big handful of fresh herbs like parsley and oregano (dried is ok too)
A few squeezes of lemon
A chilli pepper (optional).
Set aside sprouts and corn in a bowl. Put the tomato, capsicum, herbs, lemon, and chilli into a food processor. This will be the sauce, so make it as smooth or as chunky as you like. Pour the sauce over the sprouts and corn, and stir through.
You can eat it just like this, or spoon it into cos lettuce leaves to make "boats". It also tastes good as a topping for a baked potato.
You could add cumin and use coriander leaves as the herb, and then put this chili in a burrito or atop nachos.
If you're so inclined, you could dice celery and capsicum into this chili and make it even more like its cooked counterpart.
Leftovers keep pretty well, although the liquid from the sauce may separate and need to be stirred through.
If you're like me and feeling a bit stodgy from all the winter comfort food, try adding some sprouts to your meals. I'm pretty excited about sprouts, and with their help I think I may just make it through another Melbourne winter :)
|Why weight loss doesn't work||The fat trap.|
This article appeared on the New York Times website a while ago. It describes the plight of the overweight and obese in losing weight. Those who successfully lose significant amounts of weight will eventually regain it. This is compounded by "fat genes" that supposedly predispose individuals to obesity and even to selecting high fat, high calorie foods. Those who lose weight are described as forever having to meticulously monitor calorie intake and expenditure.
Pretty depressing stuff if you're overweight.
Losing weight is fantastic, but who wants to always be measuring food and maniacally exercising? Always thinking about food and worrying about the pounds coming back on? It's enough to make a person abandon the running shoes for a pair of extra wide sweat pants.
This article is everything that's wrong with weight loss and "dieting". It's based on starvation level diets, which are unrealistic and impossible to maintain in the long term. Unfortunately, what the author doesn't realise is that by eating in accordance with our physiology, it IS possible to lose weight and keep it off, without being doomed to a life of food scales and calorie charts.
The problem with "diets" is that they're a quick fix solution to a systemic problem. Mainstream medicine will tell you that it's all about "calories in vs calories out", without taking into account the complexity of the human machine. Starve, over exercise, and get hyped up on stimulants, and the body will eventually rebel. Rapid weight loss will see a significant loss of muscle tissue, the body's effort to reduce calorie requirements by removing energetically demanding tissue. With a loss of muscle tissue comes a drop in basal metabolic rate. In addition, stress hormones kick in, which promote fat storage and feelings of hunger. Then, when the dieter succumbs to any sort of refeeding, their body a) becomes more likely to gain fat, and b) requires fewer calories to maintain the same initial body weight.
This is why fast weight loss never works in the long run. People want to lose 5 or 10 pounds in a matter of weeks, but this is often mostly water, salt, or glycogen... with some muscle loss and eventually some fat loss. It makes about as much sense as chopping off a leg to lose some quick pounds. The number on the scale may be lower, but at what cost? What's the point of being "thin" if your adrenal glands are burned out from chronic stress? Or if you've increased the risk of cancer from all the chemicals ingested in food? Or if you're unable to enjoy life because of obsessive calorie counting?
Most people want to lose weight to reduce their risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease. But too many weight loss programs leave the individual in worse shape than when they started! Malnourishment is the precursor of disease - and it is difficult to obtain all necessary nutrients on most calorie-restricting diets.
In the raw food world, there is increasing focus on building health as a means of achieving a healthy weight. When an individual is truly healthy, mentally and physically, a healthy weight can be effortlessly maintained.
How is this achieved?
True health includes athletic fitness, hydration, stress management, strong social relationships, a sense of community and belonging, exposure to sunshine and nature, and adequate rest, in addition to ingestion of healthy foods and minimising exposure to toxins. Addressing all these issues permanently means a lifestyle and habit change - developing a consistent routine that addresses all of these needs, and which is realistic and can be easily maintained.
So, what should the overweight person do to lose some pounds? Before doing anything, get a full physical work up. Cholesterol, liver function, blood pressure, heart rate, everything. It's called a baseline measure - and it will be the comparison point for all subsequent measurements on the journey to health.
Once that's done, it's time for diet change. Don't be afraid - a healthy diet will not mean rabbit food and leave you constantly hungry. In fact, you get to eat more than you ever would have thought. Cut out animal products: dairy, meat, eggs, honey, as well as soda, fast food, and processed snack food. Replace these things with whole plant foods, like fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and beans, and small amounts of nuts and seeds. Stick to a low fat, whole food vegan diet and watch your health skyrocket. Incorporate as much raw food as you can. Entire meals can be made 100% raw, like a breakfast smoothie with bananas, mangoes, and water. And for those who think it's too radical a dietary change: don't worry, there's vegan alternatives to almost every meal in existence. Tempeh and seitan instead of meat. Veggie burgers instead of beef burgers. Scrambled tofu instead of scrambled eggs. Almond milk instead of cow milk. Yes, you can have vegan pizza, burgers, and pies. All of these are great transitional tools for getting off the dead animals and onto the plants.
Make sure you eat enough - the calorie density of plant foods is generally lower than animal products. One fast food hamburger meal is easily the equivalent of 10-15 bananas. Make sure enough calories are consumed to meet nutritional targets, maintain energy levels, and sustain a positive mental attitude. 30bananasaday.com is a great resource, or check out the Banana Girl Diet, Banana Boy Diet, and Raw Til 4 pages on facebook.
Next is movement. You can't be healthy if you're not fit. Do whatever floats your boat, whether it's running, walking, swimming, rock climbing, salsa dancing, or yoga. As long as you're moving. If you do what you enjoy, it won't even seem like a work out - it will just be fun. Incorporate activity into daily life. Play with your dog or your kids. Ride your bike or walk instead of using the car. Take the stairs.
Ensure adequate rest. Get off the stimulants. Most of us are running around on too-little sleep, but artificially boosted with coffee, energy drinks, and chocolate. The body can't rest when we're hyped up on drugs, and rest is crucial for recovery. It's common to require 8-10 hours of sleep per night - or even more if athletic. Drink plenty of water. Spend time with uplifting people who encourage you to make positive changes. Get outdoors.
Over time, you will see radical shifts in your physique as well as mental outlook and attitude. You will become less interested in weight and more focused on how you FEEL. Happiness, vitality, and vibrancy will attract more of those things into your life. And THAT's the goal - not simply a number on the scale.
|Enjoy the Benefits of Living Near Nature with Plantation Homes|
When searching for a new home in a community, several key characteristics always seem to rise to the top. Buyers are often searching for a home close to employment centers, a community that feeds into a good school district, and a location that provides easy access to the types of dining, shopping, and entertainment options that may interest them.
In addition, people now find themselves eager for a community that includes all of these options with the additional added benefit of being close to nature and/or designed to put a focus on outdoor spaces and natural elements – and for good reason.
Data is increasingly indicative of the benefits of living in and spending time in nature. With today’s busy schedules, the need for these elements to be closer and easier to access is understood.
Spending Time in Nature has Positive Health Benefits
Research shows convenient access to natural elements and an increase in time spent outdoors have positive benefits on the health of humans, contributing to reduced stress levels and positive mental well-being.
Research into the topic has shown:
Advantages of a Waterside Property
An oft-cited reason by many new buyers is the ability to take advantage of the additional recreational opportunities provided by a body of water. With popular hobbies such as boating, fishing, waterskiing and more only able to be conducted on water, it is easy to see why sports enthusiasts flock to these locations. Some people even cite the ability to partake in new hobbies that would been prohibitive in urban locations as an added benefit.
But in addition to the recreational opportunities, lakeside and lakefront homes also offer additional advantages over traditional homesites. Lakeside and lakefront homes are often more desirable and retain their value longer than other properties due to their limited supply and secluded locations that can offer additional privacy as compared to other structures.
Enjoy the Benefits of Lakeside Living with Plantation Homes
One such community is Wildridge, located directly on the shores of Lewisville Lake in north Dallas. Even though the community is part of the bustling Metroplex, new home buyers in the community will find the outdoors right out their front door. Community features include miles of winding trails, a stocked fishing pond, and waterfront access. Plus, a recreation and amenity center complete with pool allows residents to have the choice of enjoying leisure within the community or exploring the surrounding wooded landscape.
Located west of the bustling Frisco area in Oak Point, residents enjoy easy access to I-35 and the Dallas North Tollway allowing quick drives to downtown Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Denton, McKinney, even Arlington. Schools in the community are zoned for the Little Elm ISD.
Contact Plantation Homes today to find out more about the floor plans and homesites available at Wildridge.
|Houston : Plantation Homes Offers $10,000 in Options for Towne Lake Homes|
Summer just got a little hotter for purchasers of a new Plantation home in the award-winning, waterfront community of Towne Lake. The builder is offering $10,000 in options and upgrades when customers purchase a new home by July 31.
Buyers can peruse available options and decor selections at the Plantation Homes’ design center. There, they can view the hottest trends in home design, such as outdoor kitchens with built-in grills, wet bars in the game room or the addition of a second master suite. New homeowners can choose upgrade granite countertops and hardware, add hardwood floors or design the perfect bedroom retreat, all with the help of a Plantation Homes’ design professional.
“There is more to creating a perfect home than selecting a floor plan, “said James Miller, region president of McGuyer Homebuilder Inc., (MHI), parent company of Plantation Homes. “Buyers want homes that express their interests and fit in with their lifestyles. With Plantation Homes’ flexible home designs and an array of options, the sky is the limit — and $10,000 goes a long way.”
Plantation Homes offers 20 contemporary designs in Towne Lake, a planned community comprising 2,400 acres in Cy-Fair. Homes range in size from 2,384 to 4,271 square feet and feature volume ceilings, island kitchens, spacious great rooms and relaxing master suites. Prices are based price from the $350,000s.
Residents of Towne Lake enjoy an active lifestyle with neighborhoods connected by waterways and scenic coves. A planned Boardwalk will feature waterfront restaurants, office space and recreational outlets with marina parking for residents’ boats. Other amenities include a fitness center, tennis courts, clubhouse, biking and hiking trails and a new, state-of-the-art waterpark featuring a lazy river winding through waterfalls and tunnels, a diving pool and a landing pool for the spiraling water slide.
Towne Lake is located in Northwest Houston off Barker Cypress and U.S. 290, close to major employment centers, shopping, dining and entertainment options. Students attend schools in the award-winning Cy-Fair Independent School District.
|Houston : Plantation Homes Touts Kings Harbor Townhomes|
Plantation Homes has started construction on six luxurious townhome designs that are sure to sell quickly in Kings Harbor, a 40-acre mixed-use development that combines lakeside urban living in one of Houston’s most coveted suburban neighborhoods, Kingwood.
The designs now underway showcase the variety of townhomes Plantation Homes offers in Kings Harbor. Buyers can select from attached and detached designs, two and three bedrooms, and plans with game rooms and flex space. All of the homes feature ample outdoor living areas, including covered patios and balconies, second floor common areas, two-car garages and third-floor master suites with spacious closets.
Plantation offers five townhome designs in Kings Harbor, which is built along the shores of Lake Houston. Priced from the $310,000s, the designs range from 2,475 to 2,739 square feet. The builder has opened its Corrigan design — a two-bedroom home with a formal dining room, first-floor flex space and dual master closets — as its model home at 1707 Billfish Boulevard.
Empanadas at Chimichurri’s and fresh fruit smoothies at The Berry Bar are in walking distance for residents of Kings Harbor, which boasts numerous restaurants, shopping and boutique offices. Residents also enjoy engaging events, such as First Friday concerts, a patriotic fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day and “Champagne Tuesdays” at The Tasting Room. The Pier at Kings Harbor is the only multi-venue waterfront alternative on Lake Houston for boating enthusiasts. The community is located along Lake Houston Parkway near Kingwood Drive and FM 1960. Upscale shopping and popular restaurants at Kings Crossing Town Center and Kingwood Commons are a short distance away, making this an idyllic hometown for those with urban sensibilities.
|Houston : Plantation Homes Now Selling in Towne Lakeâs New Section|
The essence of lake living is within your reach when you purchase a new Plantation home in the scenic, master-planned community of Towne Lake in Cypress. The builder is now selling in a new section of the 2,400-acre property, which is centered on a private, 300-acre, recreational lake.
Inviting, easy-living home designs, inspired by the Hill Country ambiance that imbues this sought-after Cy-Fair community, provide ample living space and endless opportunities for casual entertaining with spacious great rooms flowing into attractive, functional kitchens. A model located at 10403 Mayberry Heights Drive demonstrates both the beauty and functionality of these homes.
With 20 designs ranging in size from 2,384 to 4,271 square feet, beautifully finished exteriors and interiors, formal living and dining rooms, upstairs game rooms adjoining data centers, elegant staircases and indoor balconies and options to create al fresco dining areas with Texas-sized covered patios and outdoor kitchens, buyers are sure to find a home that perfectly expresses their individuality. Prices start from the $350,000s.
Plantation Homes builds all of its homes to be eco-friendly, exceeding the platinum standards of the Environment for Living Program and ensuring that homes are comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient.
Residents of Towne Lake enjoy an active lifestyle with neighborhoods connected by waterways and scenic coves. A planned boardwalk will feature waterfront restauran