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Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday's Event: World AIDS Day

Remember all the many friends that have gone before as well as those who are living with the plague initiated in the last century: December 1st, good people, is World AIDS Day.

Go here for more info.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gay Thursdays: DirtyLaundryTheMovie.com

There is much this week to make unhappy gay news--just visit your local gay blogger if you want a dose. Therefore, this was stolen from last week's Next magazine about what promises to be a memorable film by Nathan Williams, Dirty Laundry.

"A Feast Fit For A Queen" by Derrick Reaves

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday Word: Sexy Men

It's true Italians invented Latin. There's no disputing it. Italians, along with Spaniards, the Portuguese, the French and, believe it or not, Romanians are the Latins of Europe.

Main Entry: 2Latin
Function: noun
Date: before 12th century
1: the Italic language of ancient Latium and of Rome and until modern times the dominant language of school, church, and state in western Europe — see indo-european languages table
2: a member of the people of ancient Latium
3: a Catholic of the Latin rite
4: a member of one of the Latin peoples; specifically : a native or inhabitant of Latin America

Latin men are in every continent and, in honour of their much appreciated beauty, here are images of more than one whose origins reflect both hemispheres.

Main Entry: 1Lat·in
Pronunciation: \ˈla-tən\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Latin Latinus, from Latium, ancient country of Italy
Date: before 12th century
1 a: of, relating to, or composed in Latin b: romance
2: of or relating to Latium or the Latins
3: of or relating to the part of the Catholic Church that until recently used a Latin rite and forms the patriarchate of the pope
4: of or relating to the peoples or countries using Romance languages; specifically : of or relating to the peoples or countries of Latin America

Pax vobiscum.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday Talent: A lot of Smoke, Suspiciously Random Smoke

There was some talk around here about using this current event (or non-event, as the case may be) for Gay Thursdays. By then it may have fizzled out, or taken on more life. It is important to say this: all gay people are homosexual, but not all homosexuals are gay. Trent Lott may be homosexual, but he is definitely not gay.

Benjamin Nicholas is both.

He seems to be quite talented at being both. Now he is the center of what may turn out to be another GOP gay scandal. This web log has no problem with consenting adult activity. This web log has a lot of problems with hypocrisy and deep disrespect for one’s own kind. There is a lot of that going on here, perhaps with both participants in this nascent drama.

From Dan Savage at The Stranger, pointing to the why and wherefore of the finger being pointed at Mr. Nicholas.

"The credibility-challenged blogger that, er, fingered Nicholas stands by his story. Nicholas, for his part, denies ever having seen Lott in a professional capacity—or in any other capacity. He also insists that the quotes attributed to him on BigHeadDC were “falsely pieced together” and that BigHeadDC’s story was “fabricated.” But Nicholas has credibility problems of his own.

"At the moment I’m inclined to believe Nicholas when he denies any involvement with Lott—even though, of course, Nicholas’ commitment to client confidentiality pretty much requires him to deny ever having seen Lott. But one thing gives me pause—one aspect of this makes me think that there might be something to this.

…Still, it seems a little too random—suspiciously random—that BigHeadDC would tag Nicholas with this and not one of the dozens of male escorts working in Washington D.C."

Go here to read it all

DC Head has posted all the electronic correspondence received from Mr. Nicholas and go here to read them.

What makes all of this quite interesting is Nicholas’ emphasis on his profession’s professional protection of the client’s privacy

Previously in The Stranger, 6 November, 2006:

"Private Lives"
This Male Escort Doesn't Think Mike Jones Is a Hero
By Benjamin Nicholas

“When Haggard paid Jones for these "massages," he was in effect not only paying for the intended sexual action, but also for something much more important: privacy. Any professional in the sex industry worth his or her salt would agree that Jones was wrong to expose Haggard, however offensive the pastor's hypocrisy.”

Here’s the complete article

Before this gets lost in the mess about to ensue in cyberdom, let it be said here: Hypocritical people in power who are self-loathing and oppress others who are like them—should be outed. There is no honour is protecting the likes of Trent Lott or other self-righteous hypocrites that have gone before him. Mr. Nicholas seems to be on first name basis with “Trent,” he ought to, then--please--use that familiarity to encourage the man to come clean.

All of this is very believable, by the way, and should it be proven true—how refreshing it would be for someone to just admit not only the deed, but also how wrong they’ve been all along.

So, here’s to two very talented men who know how to be wrong.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Moonday Tarot Meditation: Prince of Cups

These weekly meditations on serious Jungian interpretations of The Tarot are acquiring a bit of levity ... a spoonful of sugar.

The Charming Son

This Prince is a very charming, emotional, and romantic young man who enjoys being a center of attention, who can be truly delightful with a group of people, and who is usually subtle, sparkling, witty and diplomatic.

He receives a great deal of attention and is constantly being pursued -- which has tended to make him rather self-centered and superficial in his interactions. He gives very little of himself which, perhaps ironically, is part of his attraction.

He is a very detached observer of people (whom he often uses to his own advantage) but his judgments are usually quite subjective; he sees people in his own terms and can be quite thoughtless about the feelings of others.

He is capricious and elusive in relationships, but although he likes to 'play around.' is actually a very loving person. He can be a wonderful to someone who places no strictures on his behaviour.

This is an idealist who is afraid of being hurt and who avoids conflict, although he may generate considerable friction without intending to do so. He loves music and art and, although he has some talent at painting and at writing, would rather let others expend the creative effort.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Songs of the Week: Mark Murphy

These quotes are from his Wikipedia entry:

'There's a party goin' on in Mark's head, and I want to go to it!' – Liza Minnelli

'He is my equal.' – Ella Fitzgerald

'I was quite literally amazed. Mark's musicianship, range, intonation, diction, inventiveness and incredible rhythmic sense are all of a piece and all marvelous.' – Alec Wilder (composer)

'One of the major artists of our age.' – Stereo Review

'For decades, the question What exactly is a jazz singer has had two easy answers: Betty Carter and Mark Murphy.' – New York Post

'He is arguably the best male jazz singer in the business.' – Rex Reed

'I can't help relishing his sure and swinging time, his musical and ever-inventive phrasing and that certain quality of sound and feeling combined with time and taste that to me spells jazz.' – Dan Morgenstern (jazz journalist)

'He is one of the true remaining jazz hipsters of our time’. – Jazziz Magazine

'Mark has devoted a long career to singing the hippest music with the best musicians. Consider the company he has kept on records. In the '60s, Clark Terry, Dick Hyman, Roger Kellaway. In the '70s, David Sanborn and the Brecker Brothers. In the '80s, Frank Morgan, Richie Cole, and the Azymuth Trio. Consider the jazzmen to whose instrumental works he has composed and sung lyrics: Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Charlie Parker, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter.' – Leonard Feather

His official site.

With an eye on those who tend to get depressed during the holidays as they are upon us, Mark Murphy's rendition of Michael Franks' "Don't Be Blue" leads the trio of this week's songs. Stick around to hear the emotion laden "Again." These cuts are from Mr. Murphy's Stolen Moments lp. Dusty's still here with "Just A Little Lovin'" and that's because they are kindred spirits. Not that Dusty is a jazz singer, although she has done so more than once and admirably.

Years ago, ten or so, when the music industry was allegedly more solvent a small distributor in Portland, Oregon--Allegro Music--used to fly buyers from all across the US to sell its products. Among the attendees were journalists from Jazziz and Downbeat from time to time. A question was asked about why Mark was not hugely commercially successful while being universally respected as a great artist. The response was, "Homophobia, I guess" from the journalist seated at the seminar.

Mr. Murphy turned 75 this year and continues to make memorable recordings.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Saturday Beefcake: Getting Stuffed and Leftovers

Recovering from eating stuffing and getting stuffed can take many forms. There are assuredly many inhabitants of the United States who would be eating leftovers and here are a couple of light and tasty Mediterranean sides to go along with the Turkey and stuffing.

Insalata Provenzale

Eggplants, two medium, cut into one inch cubes
Virgin Olive Oil, one third cup
Coarse Salt
Ground Black Pepper
Zucchino, one medium, chopped
Onion, medium, chopped
Garlic, minced, one tablespoon
Plum Tomatoes, two medium, chopped
Fresh Thyme Leaves, one tablespoon
Fresh Lemon Juice, one tablespoon
Parsley Leaves for garnish

1. Let the eggplant cubes ‘weep.’ Sprinkle with salt, place in colander for about 45 minutes. Rinse. Drain. Pat dry.
2. With half of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add eggplant. Salt. Pepper. Stir occasionally for ten minutes and then let drain on paper towels
3. Add remaining oil to pan and repeat process with the zucchino for about two minutes.
4. Add onion and garlic; stir for another minute or two.
5. Add tomatoes and onions, cook fro another minute.
6. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Salt. Pepper.
7. Place everything in a large salad bowl. Mix well. Serve at room temperature.

Accompanying the first side, is a photo of Andre from DNA #91 on his side, giving new meaning to the concept of a side dish. And with the next side is the same young man on the side.

Fagiolini alla Greca

Coarse Salt
Ground Black Pepper
Green Beans, one kilo, washed and trimmed
Plum Tomatoes, two, cored and minced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Lemon Juice

1. Boil beans until barely tender.
2. Drain. Rinse until cool.
3. Place in a bowl. Toss with tomatoes, olive oil,
lemon juice, salt and pepper all to taste.

Here is Shaun from DNA #92 wearing something shaped like a wishbone. OK, the word, "wishbone" says all there is to say

Shaun again, this time making a contribution to the meaning of stuffing. What follows is a great quick recipe for Turkey soup, something light so that you can better concentrate on your fantasies involving Shaun.

Quick Turkey and Cannellini Soup

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, two teaspoons
Leeks, two, using white and green parts, cut into quarter inch rounds
Sage, fresh, one tablespoon (quarter teaspoon, if dried)
Broth, about a liter
Water, two cups
Cannellini Beans, cooked, 500 grams
Turkey, white meat, about a kilo

1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven, medium high heat.
2. Add leeks, cook, and stir often for about three minutes.
3. Stir in sage; continue cooking for about 30 seconds.
4. Add broth and water, increase heat and bring to a boil
5. Add beans and turkey. Cook uncovered.
6. Stir occasionally, until heated through (three minutes).

Accompanying the simple soup recipe is a model from Rufskin who is, unfortunately, unnamed, but whose pose is to the point and provides inspiration nonetheless. Wait, there was a point to his being here ...oh well, enjoy anyway. It's not exactly pointless.

Finally, we return to Andre who reminds us how most holiday gatherings get started with bottoms up, so to speak.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Friday's Main Event: You Say You Want A Revolution

Revolution: The T-Dance For POZ Men
November 25, 2007
San Francisco, CA

Revolution has been going every month for almost a year now. It's the only advertised tea dance in the Bay Area for HIV+ gay, bi, and trans men to meet each other socially and without stigma. It's held at Club Eight in the South of Market area and has been growing each month. One of the cooler aspects about the event is that it has been a great way to reach out to poz men in the Bay Area who are not service seekers and who are generally younger.

Image is from Darren G. Davis' graphic novel Lost Raven

"The book isn't about sexual relations, but what it's like to live with this disease day to day,” said the book's author, Darren G. Davis, who has been HIV positive since 1999. “I want people to know if you contract the virus, there are options. I've been enjoying a successful career publishing mainstream comic books, and now I want to tell a personal tale, about a journey I'm taking with millions of others. Excerpts from my journal were used in the comic book, exposing very raw emotional periods such as the initial diagnosis, surrendering to living with the side effects of medication, and grappling with the social stigma and mental strain often associated with this disease.”

Neither Mr. Davis nor his fictional hero may be there, but to learn more about the book go here. To meet HIV positive men who are heroes in their own right hang out at Club 8 on Sunday.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gay Thursdays: Gods be Praised, Great to be Gay

Perhaps there is some validity to the idea that all of us are here for a purpose. There just may be a why and a wherefore to homosexuality. Something to be grateful for, a definite place in the larger scheme of things. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wednesday Word: Jason Thompson


Main Entry: con·nec·tion
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈnek-shən\
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin connexion-, connexio, from conectere
Date: 14th century
1: the act of connecting : the state of being connected: as a: causal or logical relation or sequence b (1): contextual relation or association (2): relationship in fact c: a relation of personal intimacy (as of family ties) d: coherence, continuity
2 a: something that connects : link b: a means of communication or transport
3: a person connected with another especially by marriage, kinship, or common interest
4: a political, social, professional, or commercial relationship: as a: position, job b: an arrangement to execute orders or advance interests of another c: a source of contraband (as illegal drugs)
5: a set of persons associated together: as a: denomination b: clan
— con·nec·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Go here for Soaptown's take on it

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tuesday Talent: John Lloyd Young

For his Broadway debut in Jersey Boys, John Lloyd won the Tony Award (Best Performance by a Leading Actor), the Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Lead Actor), the Outer Critics Circle Award (Outstanding Lead Actor), a Theatre World Award (Outstanding Broadway Debut), was nominated for the Drama League Award (Performer of the Year), and can be heard as lead singer Frankie Valli on the Grammy-winning cast album. John Lloyd Young is one of only two American actors in history to win the Lead Actor in a Musical Tony Award for his Broadway debut (joining Robert Alda) and the only American actor in history to win the Lead Actor in a Musical Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for his Broadway debut.

Last night's Stockings With Care fund-raiser was a success for many reasons not the least of which was to have John Lloyd serve drinks to donors. He graciously smiled back at a kiss blown in his direction.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Moonday: The Queen of Swords

... at once perceptive, sensitive and flexible -- never wishing to offend, always willing to listen and to compromise.

... a consummate diplomat who avoids confrontation unless she feels that she has been wronged.

... her life is drawn in two somewhat contradictory directions:

Family and home are all important to her; she draws strength from here family.

Yet her interpersonal abilities bring her to the forefront of career and social situations, and she finds herself balancing delicately between the two worlds.

On the negative side, she is actually very self-centered and has little interest in social causes or the rights of others. She can be both deceitful and disingenuousness, and always chooses sides and points of view which will bring her the greatest personal advantage in a given situation.

From learntarot.com

The personality of the Queen of Swords combines the positive air energy of the Swords suit with the inward focus of a Queen. You can always count on her to tell you exactly how it is. Above all else she admires honesty, and she lives by her commitment to being truthful. Lies, tricks and games are of no interest to her, but she's not easy to fool. She is experienced in the ways of the world, good and bad. The Queen of Swords can size up a situation quickly. She understands human folly, but doesn't condemn it. She knows when cow manure is being thrown around and simply finds clever ways around it. She prefers being straightforward and direct. Her observations are candid, but never hurtful. In fact, this Queen has a delightful sense of humor. She likes a good laugh and always has a witty comeback ready-to-hand. She knows that life isn't meant to be taken too seriously. The Queen of Swords is refreshing in her candor and lack of pretense.

In readings, the Queen of Swords asks you to think and feel as she does. For example: Are you being completely honest? (Check this one first!) Do you see the humor in the situation? Are you getting right to the point? Have you figured out what's really going on? Are you letting yourself be fooled?

This Queen can also represent a man or woman who is like her, or an atmosphere of honest, direct communication. In a reading, she tells you that her special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this Queen in whatever form she appears in your life.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Song of the WeeK: This Old World Wouldn't Be Half as Bad

Dusty Springfield's musical tour de force, her capolavoro in its original release had only three outright happy songs. They are here included led by "Just A Little Lovin'' Paul Howes says in The Complete Dusty Springfield, the ultimate compendium and reference guide for her music:

Although Jerry Wexler claims that Dusty initially rejected all the songs that he gave her for the Memphis album, back in 1993 Dusty's recollection was slightly different. She recalled that in the early days of choosing material she was sent a tape containing about twenty songs and from that tape she picked "Son of A Preacher Man" and "Just A Little Lovin' (Early in the Mornin')." After that, she waded through things for a week at Jerry Wexler's house in 'Little Neck or Great Neck ... or one of those Necks.' She said that although she didn't like "Son of A Preacher Man," she did like "Just A Little Lovin'."

... Barry Mann had this to say, 'To me Dusty Springfield is one of the great female singers of all time. She has a voice like silk that can make your heart melt. Her interpretation of my song ... is as good as it can get (and maybe even more).' the music press was of like mind: 'Spare time to listen ... it's a dream.' And '...Dusty really lives it.'

For the record "Lovin'" was recorded in September 1968, written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil with Cissy Houston and the Sweet Inspirations on backing vocals.

Our Dust' was luminous from her glass closet in both good and bad times. What makes her, for lack of a better term, a gay icon is not only her talent but the pathos she generated. Just listen to her live interpretation -- we'll get around to posting it -- of Peter Allen's "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage," which he wrote for his mother-in-law. Dusty's insecurity was endearing, but her talent shone through.

We have included two luminous young men. One of them looks back at us appropriately from a bed. The other just looks back, but he's like the morning sun. We're almost certain that neither are sons of preacher men. We are moved, nevertheless.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday Beefcake: Your Just Desserts III

Golden Apple Triangles

Sugar, six tablespoons
Cinnamon, ground, one half teaspoon
Granny Smith Apples, two, peeled and grated
Fresh Lemon Juice, one tablespoon
Sea Salt, one eighth teaspoon
Puff Pastry Sheets, two
Flour to roll out sheets
Turbinado Sugar, two tablespoons
Preheated oven 375F

1. In one bowl combine two tablespoons sugar with the cinnamon.
2. In another bowl, mix the apples with the remaining sugar, lemon juice and salt. Let stand five minutes and drain. Reserve the juice.
3. On a floured work surface roll out a sheet of puff pastry to rectangle roughly 9x12 inches. Cut into six squares.
4. One tablespoon of the apple filling goes into each.
5. Lightly brush the edges of each with the reserved juice. Fold into triangles. Seal edges by crimping with a fork. Of course, do this with all of them.
6. Place all the turnovers in the freezer for at least fifteen minutes.
7. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
8. Brush tops of frozen turnovers with apple juice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
9. Arrange on baking sheets and sprinkle with the coarse sugar.
10. Bake twenty to twenty-five minutes, rotating the halfway through baking time.
11. Cool a bit before serving.

Ryan seems to be one of those who can indulge. Well, most people do take it upon themselves to indulge. That's why these sweet things were presented today.

Saturday Beefcake: Your Just Desserts II

Pumpkin Pie alla Giovanni

For the crust:

Almond Cookies (Novelle d'Abruzzo) two cups (crushed very fine)
Melted Sweet Butter, six tablespoons
Crystallized Fructose

Mascarpone, 350 grams
Crystallized Fructose, two thirds cup
Pumpkin Puree, one cup
Fresh Orange Juice, two tablespoons
Grated Orange Rind, one teaspoon
Vanilla Extract, one teaspoon
Almond Extract, one quarter teaspoon

Sour Cream, one cup
Orange Rind, grated, one teaspoon
Vanilla Extract, one teaspoon

1. Combine crumbs, butter and fructose, press into a ten inch pie plate
2. Beat mascarpone until smooth and add eggs and fructose alternately (three times) and beating each time
3. Blend in just one cup of the pumpkin puree, orange juice, rind & flavours
4. Pour into crust and bake for 50 minutes in a 350F oven
5. In the meantime, fantasize about hooking up with the tough guy in the picture, and blend the sour cream, and orange rind. Spread on top (no, not him) of the baking pie and then bake for five minutes more.

Saturday Beefcake: Your Just Desserts

Pumpkin Pots de Crème

Pumpkin Puree, eight ounces
Heavy Cream, two cups
Vanilla Bean, split lengthwise
Egg yolks, eight
Sugar, granulated, one half cup
Cinnamon, ground, one quarter teaspoon
Nutmeg, grated, one eighth teaspoon
Amaretti Cookies, crumbled
Ginger, crystallized, finely chopped, one tablespoon

1.In a heavy saucepan over medium heat bring pumpkin, and vanilla bean halves to a boil, set aside for fifteen minutes and then remove vanilla bean.
2.On top of a double boiler, combine yolks and sugar, whisk constantly until mixture forms a ribbon when whisk is lifted. (six to eight minutes)
3.Whisk in hot pumpkin mixture and cook over medium heat. Whisk often.
4.When mixture has achieved the consistency of thick cream (45 minutes or so)
5.Add nutmeg and cinnamon to the gently steaming mixture and mix well.
6.Strain into a pitcher or bowl with pouring lip.
7.Divide mixture among ten to twelve bowls or ramekins. Refrigerate at least four hours or up to two days.
8. Garnish each with the ginger and the amaretti right before serving.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday's Main Event: Drag Queen Bingo

Host: Entertainment AIDS Alliance
Location: Hamburger Mary's
8288 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046 US

When: Wednesday, November 28, 8:30PM

What's the name of the game? BINGO !
How do we play it? LOUDLY !

Please join the Entertainment AIDS Alliance (EAA) for Legenday Bingo (aka Drag Queen Bingo), donate to a good cause, and have a chance to win fabulous prizes!! Judi Evans (Days of our Lives) will be our guest celebrity ball caller along with Bridgett from Madison County!

Two wicked dueling wits!

For $20 you get 10 chances to BINGO including the Grand Prize!
Please arrive between 8-8:30 p.m. for parking and best seating, game starts at 9 p.m., and you should be out of there at 10:30 p.m. Some of us will be at the first Bingo seating at 7 p.m. for a different charity, if you would like to come early. $20 each sitting.

This is not your grandma's bingo so if you've never been you'll have a blast, and if you have, you know what I'm talking about!


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gay Thursdays: Pax Britannica

And why there will always be an England:

Brian Paddick, the former deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, today pledged to bring about a "dramatic" effect on crime and disorder if elected as London mayor.

Paddick was earlier named as the Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate after he won a ballot of the party's London members. He will take on the current mayor, Labour's Ken Livingstone, and the Tories' nominee, Boris Johnson, in next year's election, scheduled for May 1.

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In his first speech after being chosen, Paddick said that crime was the "number one priority" of Londoners and urged them to look at his track record.

"I am going to work with the commissioner to transform the relationship between the police and Londoners so that all but the tiny lawbreaking minority will have trust and confidence in, and be justifiably proud of their police service," he said. "The effect on crime and disorder will be dramatic."

With all three major parties fielding well known names in next year's poll, the stage is now set for the most high-profile mayoral election since the position was introduced in 2000, as Paddick locks horns with the controversial Livingstone and the eccentric Johnson.

Paddick insisted he was the only "serious alternative" to Livingstone, as he accused the Conservative candidate of "playing the fool".

He said he had delivered "real results" as commander of Lambeth police force, where he had responsibility for a £37m budget.

"I have looked beyond the criminal activity to understand the issues behind the crimes - poverty, housing, education, health, business and employment - and I have worked with those agencies responsible for these aspects of London life," he said.

Paddick said he would champion the London assembly and not surround himself with "my friends and my cronies".

He beat Chamali Fernando, a 28-year-old barrister, and Fiyaz Mugha, a former deputy party president and Haringey councillor, to win the Lib Dem candidacy.

Paddick, 49, was the highest-ranking openly gay officer in the Metropolitan police before he retired in May.

A London-born Oxford graduate who worked his way up through the ranks, he was a sergeant on the front line in the Brixton riots of 1981 and returned to the area when he became the Met's commander in Lambeth in 2000. His critics dubbed him "Commander Crackpot" after he ordered officers in Brixton not to arrest or charge people found in possession of cannabis - three years before the government downgraded the drug from class B to class C.

In his manifesto, Paddick promised to overhaul London's congestion charge in order to target "the chief executive in his chauffeur-driven car instead of the delivery driver who keeps the capital supplied".

He also pledged to recruit more police and convert the tube to run on renewable energy.

Vincent Cable, the acting Lib Dem leader, said that Paddick had the "high-level experience needed to be London mayor".

"London is one of the greatest cities in the world and, in Brian Paddick, Londoners finally have the serious candidate they deserve," he said.

Stolen from The Guardian.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Wednesday Word: Ilene Kristen Participates in Art

Main Entry:
\ˈi-ləs-ˌtrāt also i-ˈləs-\
Inflected Form(s):
il•lus•trat•ed; il•lus•trat•ing
Latin illustratus, past participle of illustrare, from in- + lustrare to purify, make bright — more at LUSTER
transitive verb1obsolete a: ENLIGHTEN b: to light up2 aarchaic : to make illustrious bobsolete (1): to make bright (2): ADORN3 a: to make clear : CLARIFY b: to make clear by giving or by serving as an example or instance c: to provide with visual features intended to explain or decorate 4: to show clearly : DEMONSTRATEintransitive verb: to give an example or instance
— il•lus•tra•tor \ˈi-ləs-ˌtrā-tər also i-ˈləs-\ noun

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday Talent: Adrian Paul

There's nothing wrong with veering toward those with whom one feels a bit of kinship and with Adrian Paul, Anglo-Italian actor, there is more than one reason to experience the kinship. He may not be gay, but he played one in a TV Film: Tides of War, to be exact.

When Matt Battaglia's name was also seen in the credits of the orginal Here TV production, one's kindred heart beat a little faster. Alas, his character was not the object of Mr. Paul's character's affection.

The movie definitely passes muster in that one gets to see an expression of the kinship one feels, i.e. in the original version not the one available on DVD.

What one needs is Mr. Battaglia and Mr. Paul in more of the same, expressing kinship all over the place and with each other.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Lunar Monday: Wheel of Fortune

The Mother Who Determines Experience

The Wheel of Fortune has been generally accepted to mean fate, to mean chance and, especially, to mean good fortune--because of its traditional assignment to Jupiter, a broadly benevolent planet. Those may not believe in astrology should at least be aware that the same medieval society which created Tarot, and which lacked a psychologically descriptive vocabulary, often used planets to represent types of behaviour and personalities. So, it may be assumed that the inventors of The Wheel of Fortune intended that we interpret it in positive Jupiterian [Jovial] terms.

However in the Jungian Tarot deck, the emphasis on good fortune has been expanded to suggest a wide range of experience. Unlike the card's design in any previous deck, a female figure is shown behind a wheel to which a youthful male figure is attached. This represents one of the most significant contributions of Jungian psychology: it shows the Mother who determines the experience of the Son. In other words as conscious and unconscious move closer together, toward the formation of something new (self-awareness, the Son), consciousness acts on the experiences generated by the unconscious.

...The wheel is divided into twelve sections suggesting each of the signs of the Zodiac as a discrete and different form of life experience. The principle is that the Mother determines the trials, pains, and pleasures of the Son by turning the circle which, in Jungian Psychology means Self. Twelve eyes around the circumference refer to the vision of Ezekial and thus relates The Wheel of Fortune to The Chariot.

For many, conversation with the Mother who is in control, may recall difficult and painful personal experience--haunting and unresolved vestiges of childhood which the figure will help to resolve.