Archive for the ‘Encouragement’ Category

Alicia Machado’s courage. Bravo

The Republican candidate and his campaign are, once again launching attacks, insults and are attempting to revive slanders and false accusations about my life, in order to humiliate, intimidate, and unbalance me. These attacks are cheap lies with bad intentions. This, of course, is not the first time the candidate insists on discrediting someone or […]

“I don’t wanna be caught in your social machine”

I like Kimbra, as we’ve discussed. (That’s why she’s got a tag: Kimbra.) She’s a smart, talented, no doubt hard-working artist and performer who writes songs that are deeper than your average pop earworm. I’ve had this one, ‘Posse’, from her album Vows (which I bought on release) in my ears on some thinking walks […]

Auckland Law Revue strikes again

Nice. Gotta love ’em. – P

Nice insight into the woman who is ‘Christine and the Queens’

As I noted earlier, I’m impressed with this young French artist: pop musician and dancer Christine and the Queens (see: Tilted – Christine and The Queens). This short Channel 4 news interview is a delight … discussion ranging from who she honours in her stage name, snippets of her life story, deceitful use of Photoshop (one […]

Tilted – Christine and The Queens

Spotted on Graham Norton… Wow. Opening lyrics … I’ll die before Methusalah / So I’ll fight sleep with Ammonia And every morning with eyes all red / I’ll miss them for the tears they shed But I’m actually good / Can’t help it if we’re tilted …

Wow. A rocket landing

One of my interests is rocketry and photography. This, from Space-X, is amazing.

RIP David Bowie

I actually, literally staggered when I was told yesterday that David Bowie had died. ‘Have you heard about David Bowie?’ someone asked me. ‘What? About his new album?’ I replied … then what a crash. Bowie was a hero to me, an artist whose influence was enormous in my life. I have written about him […]

“Only human”

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Wow. The talented and likeable Morgan James

I’m really pleased to have stumbled across this performer, Morgan James. See if you enjoy watching her introduce herself in this feature below, as I did, so much … The last few lines (and the last line in particular) declare such self-awareness, it gave me goosebumps. Here she proves it’s true … Good on her. I’ve […]

Alexa O’Brien, Amnesty International, testimony to Catalonia Parliament re Chelsea Manning

This testimony by Alexa O’Brien provides a good, compact ‘highlights’ package/history of the treatment whistle-blower Chelsea Manning received at the hands of the US Military judicial system. The video features her speaking with a translator (21 mins) while in the audio below (mp3 10 mins) the translator has been trimmed out. Worth paying attention to, […]

Dedicated to no-one in particular …

‘Cool Kids’ by Echosmith — on Jimmy Fallon’s show (Update: that Jimmy Fallon link ‘expired’, so here’s a new ‘live’ version… albeit somewhat tightly produced & cut … I really did like the Fallon show live version) ‘Official’ music video here

Power of music

Wow, watch this. via the extraordinary, effervescent Aleks Krotoski. – P

O Mary!

U2 has been in the news lately … which reminded me of  Mary J Blige …

Nicky Hager’s public meeting in Auckland last night

Nicky Hager was in Auckland last night, at a public meeting called to give people the opportunity to hear from — and question — the author of Dirty Poltiics, a book the author said is about ethics. Quite a good turnout (about 350-400) but I was surprised at the absence of MPs (did anyone notice a […]

Robin Williams RIP

What can one say about Robin Williams that hasn’t been said in the last 24 hours? I loved him, what I knew of him from his work. His brittle, manic side seemed always near the surface — but so too, even nearer and unmistakable, was his sensitive, heart-warming, generous, warm and encouraging side. Robin Williams […]