Tuesday, December 30, 2008
It was a real vivid, real-like dream. He was in this little diner, dressed all smart to the 9's, hands in pockets, walked over to us and said "hey, what's up, whadda guys doing"? and then bought us all Ice-Cream and when he turned around he was dressed in a white T-shirt and swimming trunks! It was so cool. He walked down the street with all us girls and spent the intire day like he was a long last friend. One of us. laughing and smiling and visiting people. We walked down the middle of the street as if we were in a parade, just licking our snow-cones and ice creams!
I woke up with a smile on my face!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Rock-star curators thrust their left-field wish lists at Australian festival punters next month
Friday, December 19, 2008
'This is your captain. Sorry... but I'm not qualified to land the plane,' Flybe pilot tells stunned passengers
'This is your captain. Sorry... but I'm not qualified to land the plane,' Flybe pilot tells stunned passengers
They are not the most comforting words to hear at 30,000ft.
So imagine the shock of passengers on a Flybe aircraft who heard the captain announce: 'Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane.'
He then turned it around and flew back to the airport they had left hours earlier.
Yesterday passengers spoke of their shock at hearing the announcement as they waited for the 80-seater plane to land in Paris, which was shrouded in thick fog.
Their captain had more than 30 years of flying experience - but he had only recently started to pilot the type of plane they were in.
This meant he had not passed the necessary low-visibility training. After making the unsettling announcement at the end of the 300 mile journey, the captain flew back to Cardiff airport instead.
Cassandra Grant, 29, said: 'We were about 20 minutes from landing, when the captain said: "Unfortunately I'm not qualified to land the plane in Paris. We'll have to fly back".'
She added: 'It was amazing. The whole thing beggars belief. The captain apologised but said it was down to his qualification status.'
Miss Grant and her fellow passengers on flight BE1431 had already been delayed for three hours by fog at Cardiff International Airport on Tuesday morning.
Luckily, by the time the plane returned to Wales, the runway was clear. Miss Grant added: 'There were a lot of puzzled and disappointed people on board. 'When the pilot said he couldn't land the plane we all thought: "Pardon? You can fly a plane but you can't land it?"
'Everyone was pretty appalled but there was some concern that the pilot wasn't fully qualified.
'I would expect an airline pilot to have every qualification possible - then a few more.
'If he couldn't land in the Paris fog what would have happened if it was foggy back in Cardiff?'
Yesterday a spokesman for Flybe stood by the decision taken by its unnamed captain.
She said: 'He has relatively recently transferred his type-rating from a Bombardier Q300 to a Bombardier Q400.
'He has not yet completed the requisite low-visibility training to complete a landing in conditions such as the dense fog experienced in Paris Charles de Gaulle. The captain therefore quite correctly turned the aircraft around and returned to Cardiff, a decision which the company stands by 100 per cent.'
It is understood the plane could not be landed by the co-pilot as both pilots must have the correct flying qualifications.
The Civil Aviation Authority yesterday backed the pilot's action and said: 'He did the right thing.'
A spokesman added: 'If he had landed in Paris he could have been prosecuted.
'It is not like driving a car where you can pull over into a lay-by to look up the handbook. A pilot can't do that at 12,000 feet with 100 passengers sitting behind.'
Independent aviation consultant Simon Gill said: 'His only mistake was announcing his lack of qualification. If he had just said it was not safe to land because of adverse weather conditions, nobody would have minded.'
Music fans have exhausted hours at house parties contemplating their fantasy festival line-up.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are the lucky blokes who get to live the dream as the curators of Australia's inaugural All Tomorrow's Parties festival.
Of course it's never as dreamy as it sounds. Budgets and availability can whittle that wish list down, but the final collection of acts will cater for both the curious and the converted alternative music fan.
Cave is satisfied that he and his bandmates "got really close" to making their fantasy a reality.
"There were some people we couldn't get, which was inevitable. But this is going to be good and certainly it isn't like anything anyone has seen (in Australia)."
Cave, Mick Harvey, Warren Ellis, Conway Savage, Martyn P. Casey, Thomas Wydler and Jim Sclavunos devised their hit list on the road in the US.
"We were on the bus for incredibly long hours each day. We literally had a sheet of paper, tossed names around to see which ones would stick between the lot of us," Cave says.
"That was amazing as it turned out because it was funny to see where each person was coming from."
Cave credits Harvey and the other Australian-based Seeds with having more to do with sourcing local acts to join the bill, which will travel to Mt Buller.
The 51-year-old musician isn't enamoured of the festival experience -- with the exception of All Tomorrow's Parties, an event he graced in Somerset, England, as a solo performer and with Grinderman last year.
That program was curated by the Dirty Three, who appear on the Australian tour.
But the festival's non-mainstream aesthetic and the absence of a VIP area are important points of difference for Cave.
"The idea of the All Tomorrow's Parties thing for us was to put together a festival -- or a set of concerts rather -- with a range of people you would never ever get a chance to see under the same roof.
"It is not designed around what are the biggest current bands of the day; it's about something completely different."
The completion of his curator duties comes as Cave enters a frenzy of creation.
A novel, a film score and a new Grinderman record are a few of his endeavours.
He reckons work keeps him out of trouble.
"It's kind of a wish to pull your head in now and then and remind myself, 'I am not f---ing Nick Cave here'," he says of his life at home with partner Susie Bick and twins Arthur and Earl.
Each day when not on tour, Cave suits up and heads to a nearby office to work.
"But I don't know why it's all coming now, I can't help it. There's just a lot of stuff pouring out at the moment. It keeps me out of mischief, from getting into any more fights with my neighbours. I'm kind of the neighbour from hell unless I'm working hard. I will get in everyone's face. Invariably my wife and kids will say, 'Isn't there a novel you could write?' or something like that and I'm happy to oblige."
The novel, The Death of Bunny Munro, will be released early next year and Cave insists it is nothing like his debut effort, And the Ass Saw the Angel.
"The novel is very different from what I normally do -- it's chick lit. You are going to love it."
The score has been written with Warren Ellis for the new John Hillcoat film The Road, adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel.
"It always looks like it's going to be smooth sailing with films but it never is. It takes f---ing years," Cave says.
Cave doesn't expect to wait too long to realise one of his festival ambitions; if it happens it will be one hell of a supergroup.
"I have no idea what will happen but there will be extensive interaction between the bands. You have a wealth of artists you love and respect all in the same place, so it's bound to happen," he says.
"It's usually the opposite for us, where we are usually surrounded by bands we loathe.
"Generally the way a festival is put together, they take a more populist approach to the bill because they just want as many people to come along as possible. So generally we hate them and they hate us; it's always been the way.
"But we are excited to be with the people on All Tomorrow's Parties. Hopefully they won't hate us."
SEE Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Palace Theatre, Jan 6-7, $78, www.oztix.com.au
Thursday, December 18, 2008
URGENT ALERT: Demand Obama rescind invitation to homophobe
It is appalling that President-elect Barack Obama would invite California Pastor Rev. Rick Warren, an ardent supporter of Prop 8 and someone who is opposed to the equality of LGBT Americans, to give the invocation at his inauguration.
:: Demand President-elect Obama to immediately rescind this invitation.
Would President-elect Obama invite someone to give the invocation who supported eliminating the civil rights of a minority other than the LGBT community? Of course he wouldn't!
This is a slap in the face to the millions of LGBT Americans who supported his historic candidacy.
:: TAKE ACTION: Sign EQCA's petition to President-elect Obama. Ask him to immediately rescind this despicable invitation.
It's with sadness that we write to tell you that a special friend passed away yesterday. You may already be familiar with Gregoire - the oldest living chimpanzee in Africa and a celebrity throughout the Congo.
He was the best known of the more than 140 chimpanzees living at JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center - a sanctuary for chimpanzees orphaned by the illegal commercial bushmeat trade. In fact, he was something of an international celebrity, having been on the cover of National Geographic and featured in Animal Planet and BBC television specials.
Gregoire was also a study in resilience, having survived more than 40 years of solitary display in a barren cage at a zoo and then an airlift during a civil war.
More than anything, however, Gregoire was a beloved personality, known for his playfulness even far into old age and a mellow disposition. We'll miss him, but we are so happy to have been able to help him find companionship and contentment in his twilight years.
He is one example of the ways we are making a difference for people, animals and the environment.
PLEASE READ THIS-
Gregorie's Story, so sad-thank god he was rescued!http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/janegoodall/earthalert/earthalertgregorie.html
I been following Jane's career ever since I was fascinated by her when I was a little girl. I collected all the National Geographic magazine's that she was in. I was blessed to meet her about 7 years ago in Pasadena, Ca. at The Huntington Art Museum. I talked to her & handed her my letter. I was shocked when I got a beautiful 'Eagle and the Wren' postcard from her, writing me from South Africa! What a gift that I treasure! She has always been and will always be one of my major heroes for all the hard work she has done through out her life and tireless efforts on behalf of these lovely creatures that are so close to us humans. ;o) She is truely amazing as so was/is Gregoire! I wish I could be right there by her side, doing that same kind of work. *sighs*... Maybe someday! It was awful and a sad sad trajady what poor poor Gregoire went thru for 50 some odd years, but I am so glad Jane found him, saved him and it makes my heart flutter to know he was happy in the last years of his life. Which is the most important, isn't it?
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I say..."So long, fare well, Auf wiedersehn, fuck you and goodbye... "
Bush dodges flying shoes in Baghdad
1981 Murder of Son of America's Most Wanted Anchor John Walsh is Solved-I remember when this happened
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The investigation into the 1981 murder of Adam Walsh, the 6-year-old son of "America's Most Wanted" anchor John Walsh, is finally closed.
Hollywood, Fla., Police Chief Chad Wagner announced Tuesday that the department had concluded that Ottis Toole, a serial killer who died in jail in 1996, was the man who kidnapped and decapitated the young boy.
The announcement brought to a close a case that had angered the Walsh family for more than two decades, inspired the television show about the nation's most notorious criminals and triggered changes in how authorities search for missing children.
"Who could take a 6-year-old and murder and decapitate him? Who?" an emotional John Walsh said at Tuesday's news conference. "We needed to know. We needed to know. And today we know."
Adam Walsh with his parents, 1974-1981
The Twisted Life of Serial Killer Ottis Elwood Toole
Adam Walsh disappeared from a Hollywood mall on July 27, 1981. Two weeks later, fishermen discovered his severed head in a canal 120 miles away. The rest of his body was never found.
Toole confessed twice to Adam's murder, but he had confessed to hundreds of other killings, and police determined most of those confessions were lies.
Officials were never able to verify his confessions because of a series of errors they made in the investigation — including losing the bloodstained carpeting from Toole's car, preventing DNA testing, — and the car itself.
Toole's niece later told Walsh that her uncle gave a deathbed confession to Adam's murder in September 1996.
Wagner acknowledged and apologized for the mistakes that were made in the investigation, but he said detectives were always led back to Toole.
"Our agency has devoted an inordinate amount of time seeking leads to other potential perpetrators rather than emphasizing Ottis Toole as our primary suspect," he said. "Ottis Toole has continued to be our only real suspect."
For all that went wrong in the probe, the case contributed to massive advances in police searches for missing youngsters.
Adam's death, and his father's subsequent activism, helped put faces on milk cartons, started fingerprinting programs, increased security at schools and stores and spurred the creation of missing persons units at every large police department.
It also prompted legislation to create a national center, database and toll-free line devoted to missing children, and led to the start of "America's Most Wanted," which brought those cases into millions of homes.
With the case now closed, Wagner said he hoped the Walsh family could find some closure.
"The not knowing has been a torture, but that journey's over," John Walsh said.
John Walsh: 'Not knowing has been torture'
Monday, December 15, 2008
The video shows one dog struck by a vehicle while trying to cross a multi-lane highway in Chile. While no drivers stop to assist the injured dog, one very brave dog does intervene to save a fellow dog. The rescue dog runs to the injured dog and pulls it out of the traffic by the scruff of its neck. After the dog saves dog rescue, a road crew pulls up and assists. This story is a heartwarmer.
That's the lesson for humans, if the dog can do why not by human . I am overwhelmed by that rescurer dog. It shows how SORRY ASS humans can be, they kept whizzing by instead of slowing down HUMANS make me sick sometimes!
VERY very sad!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Dear Brother Obama,
You have no idea, really, of how profound this moment is for us. Us being the black people of the Southern United States. You think you know, because you are thoughtful, and you have studied our history. But seeing you deliver the torch so many others before you carried, year after year, decade after decade, century after century, only to be struck down before igniting the flame of justice and of law, is almost more than the heart can bear.
And yet, this observation is not intended to burden you, for you are of a different time, and, indeed, because of all the relay runners before you, North America is a different place. It is really only to say: Well done. We knew, through all the generations, that you were with us, in us, the best of the spirit of Africa and of the Americas. Knowing this, that you would actually appear, someday, was part of our strength. Seeing you take your rightful place, based solely on your wisdom, stamina and character, is a balm for the weary warriors of hope, previously only sung about.
I would advise you to remember that you did not create the disaster that the world is experiencing, and you alone are not responsible for bringing the world back to balance. A primary responsibility that you do have, however, is to cultivate happiness in your own life. To make a schedule that permits sufficient time of rest and play with your gorgeous wife and lovely daughters. And so on. One gathers that your family is large. We are used to seeing men in the White House soon become juiceless and as white-haired as the building; we notice their wives and children looking strained and stressed. They soon have smiles so lacking in joy that they remind us of scissors. This is no way to lead. Nor does your family deserve this fate. One way of thinking about all this is: It is so bad now that there is no excuse not to relax. From your happy, relaxed state, you can model real success, which is all that so many people in the world really want. They may buy endless cars and houses and furs and gobble up all the attention and space they can manage, or barely manage, but this is because it is not yet clear to them that success is truly an inside job. That it is within the reach of almost everyone.
I would further advise you not to take on other people’s enemies. Most damage that others do to us is out of fear, humiliation and pain. Those feelings occur in all of us, not just in those of us who profess a certain religious or racial devotion. We must learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. It is understood by all that you are commander in chief of the United States and are sworn to protect our beloved country; this we understand, completely. However, as my mother used to say, quoting a Bible with which I often fought, “hate the sin, but love the sinner.” There must be no more crushing of whole communities, no more torture, no more dehumanizing as a means of ruling a people’s spirit. This has already happened to people of color, poor people, women, children. We see where this leads, where it has led.
A good model of how to “work with the enemy” internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet.
Because, finally, it is the soul that must be preserved, if one is to remain a credible leader. All else might be lost; but when the soul dies, the connection to earth, to peoples, to animals, to rivers, to mountain ranges, purple and majestic, also dies.
And your smile, with which we watch you do gracious battle with unjust characterizations, distortions and lies, is that expression of healthy self-worth, spirit and soul, that, kept happy and free and relaxed, can find an answering smile in all of us, lighting our way, and brightening the world.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
In Peace and Joy,
Monday, December 8, 2008
I listened to both songs and although I think their different from the 'No Pussy Blues' album (of course because they are for a movie) I like them. Nothing can be better then 'Love Bomb' and 'When my love comes down to meet you' in my opinion. ; ) I am patiently waiting their new album and having weird dreams about it! Ha! Don't ask! :O)
Both the Palermo Shooting score (by Can man Irmin Schmidt) and original soundtrack are available to buy/download now. Apart from 'Let Us Know' the soundtrack also features two new songs from Nick Cave's Grinderman ('Dream (Song for Finn)' and 'Song for Frank') and one from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy ('Torn and Brayed'), as well as tunes from Iron & Wine, The Velvet Underground and Beirut amongst others. The movie also features a cameo from Lou Reed.
Here's the link and enjoy! :O)
The movie Trailer...
A great read: