Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011

Ignorance and hatred run deep.

This excellent ITV documentary program is over a year old and seems to have flown under my radar till now. That situation is now corrected. Gareth Thomas is doing exactly what he said he would do  – try to make a difference.

Pt 1

Pt 2


September 30, 2011

The beauty of poetry – C.P. Cavafy with the help of Sean Connery and Vangelis

A beautiful poem made more beautiful by Connery and Vangelis.

September 30, 2011

Most awkward moment on YouTube ever.

This really interesting ( and brave) US soldier had a fairly easy coming out to his father on the phone before but his Mom was a bit of a challenge – including the old Adam and Steve thing. I am reading the South African novel Moffie now so his reactions really resonate.


“There’s nobody in this world who is any better than me Mom.”

September 28, 2011

Here’s a first – The L.A. Dodgers – It Gets Better

I am not a fan of most sports and they normally cause my eyes to roll back in my head but I was pretty amazed by this.  I didn’t think athletes best known for scratching their crotches and spitting would bother to make a message to stop the bullying of LGBT kids ( or kids in general for that matter) but they surprised me. The Dodgers are, of course, one of the greatest American baseball teams.

Support The Trevor Project.

Speaking of which The Trevor Project just posted a video from the Tampa Bay Rays –

LGBT|POV has an interesting article on the Dodgers video  that you can read here.

September 25, 2011

Paws Up Forever!

For Jamey Rodemeyer, and all the young  LGBT people who have died because their sexual identity was a problem  for others  –  I have no words – but Lady GaGa has and those words are – Paws up!


September 25, 2011

Time can never dull brilliance. Salome – 1923

A 1923 interpretation of dear Oscar Wilde’s  Salome.

Watch from the beginning here.

From YouTube:

Salomé’s Dance – from Charlie Barber’s score for percussion and voices featuring the 1923 film starring Alla Nazimova

Salomé (1923) is a rarely seen curiosity from the silent era of film. Based on an idea of artist and Hollywood 1920s bohemian Natacha Rambova, the film was produced by and starred the flamboyant Russian actress, Alla Nazimova and directed by Charles Bryant. Nazimova’s intention was to produce a piece of work that would raise the artistic levels of American film. Filmed in 1923, it might be considered one of the first ‘arthouse’ films to be made.

An adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, it has, like the play, always been surrounded by controversy. Before it had even been completed rumours took hold that Nazimova had demanded an all gay and bi-sexual cast in homage to the playwright. Adding to its notoriety is the film’s undoubted aura of loaded eroticism, heightened by the melodramatic, highly stylised performances of the cast. The film’s visual imagery matched the illustrations made by Aubrey Beardsley and was in black and white only, having just some metallic details as accents that would thus reflect the light. As one critic commented, it is “more like a bizarre Art Nouveau-inspired erotic dream than a piece of cinema”.

Hebrew text – Psalm 1, v3:
v’hayah ke’etz shatul al-palgei mayim asher piryo yiten be’ito
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season

Inspired by early fragments of music from Judea and Syria, this version of Salomé features an array of percussion instruments and voices.

Dominated by an assortment of drums, tambourines, castanets and cymbals, the percussion battery also includes the Sistrum (a small instrument with bronze jingles used in dances and religious ceremonies in ancient Egypt), Djembe (a traditional skin-covered African drum) and Tibetan Singing Bowls.

A large amount of the percussion writing is derived from ‘wazn’, the fixed rhythmic patterns that are the building blocks for Arabic music from earliest times. Most wazn are in unusual time lengths such as 10, 13 or 19 – each constructed out of smaller units of long and short beats.

For the Film
Director – Charles Bryant
Writers – Oscar Wilde (play), Peter M Winters (scenario)
Cinematography – Charles Van Enger
Art Direction/Costume – Natacha Rambova

Mitchell Lewis – Herod, Tetrach of Judea
Alla Nazimova – Salomé, stepdaughter of Herod
Rose Dione – Herodias, wife of Herod
Earl Schenk – Narraboth, Captain of the Guard
Nigel De Brulier – Jokanaan, the Prophet
Arthur Jasmine – Page of Herodias
Frederick Peters – Naaman, the Executioner
Louis Dumar – Tigellinus, a young Roman

Nick Baron – percussion
James Hulme – percussion
Alun Hathaway – percussion
Dave Danford – percussion

Rhiannon Llewellyn – soprano
Gareth Treseder – tenor
Kelvin Thomas – bass
Sianed Jones – vocal improvisations

September 22, 2011

Following on the previous post.

Dave of Such is Life Videos on YouTube has posted the latest Anderson Cooper piece on the Jamey Rodemeyer suicide. Cooper talks to the family about the bullying.

September 21, 2011

I have much admiration for Anderson Cooper

This was last night and there was another moving story tonight from Anderson Cooper – few people follow these awful stories as doggedly as Anderson. I will upload tonight’s video as soon as it is available. As the wonderful late Amy Winehouse said – tears dry on their own.

September 20, 2011

Another Life Gone

Via the Make it Better Project

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer say they’re speaking out to help others avoid the nightmare they’re going through right now. They say early Monday morning, their son, 14-year old Jamey, was found dead after an apparent suicide. He left no note. But they say he was bullied for years in middle school. Jamey even talked about it on  a video he made on YouTube in May.

Read the rest here.







September 11, 2011

The one and only “Pastor Kevin” on the state of emergency and the dreaded homosexuals.