Happy Birthday Bunga Bunga Boy….

happy 75th birthday Silvio….

by Arf the Dog

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Mad about the boy…. Jimmy Dean

Looking back over half a century to the meteoric career of James Dean, the one thing that now seems obvious is that the boy was as queer as a coot. It wouldn’t matter a scrap if he hadn’t also been groomed to perform vulnerable young male innocence, tormented by inchoate yearnings for heroism, freedom, and true love with the right girl. The studio made sure that he acted it out in real life by supplying him with starlets to be seen with in public.

After he wrote himself off, 50 years ago this September, in his new Porsche 550 Spyder at the age of 24 on a highway near Salinas, there was no reality left to intrude on the myth. Robert Altman, then a naive outsider in Hollywood, was given the job of making a black-and-white pseudo-documentary based on the account of Dean’s life, fashioned by William Bast, Dean’s “closest friend and room-mate for five years”. Altman’s film presents Dean as the studios wanted him to be remembered. He is adolescent torment personified, his the loneliness of every male trapped between childhood and manhood. Dean would be forever the boy who “belonged to no one”.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2005/may/14/film

by The Punjapit Alliance

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Triumph of Style over Safety – Beckham visits Barack

Not quite a T-Bird: David Beckham rides his motorcycle in LA wearing a tie on his way to meet President Obama

Zooming along in a shirt and tie, he doesn’t quite ooze the coolness of a T-Bird or the menace of a Hell’s Angel.

Instead David Beckham ignored safety measures of wearing boots and leathers by hopping on his motorbike in an outfit fit for the office.

Credit where it’s due, he set a good example to the children by sacrificing his hairdo and wearing a helmet as he went to meet President Obama.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2042408/David-Beckham-rides-motorbike-meet-President-Obama.html#ixzz1ZCz4DZpI

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The Spiritual Pagoda by Ikimono Architects

Full Article and more pix at Spoon & Tamago Blog

The spiritual pagoda is both towering yet delicate. Inspired by the tragic events of March 11th, the architects felt the need to depict a clearer vision of the future. What they saw were not the bright lights of the city nor the robust feats of engineering that has symbolized the development of mankind. Instead, what they saw was something unchanged yet eternally present: the seasons and time and weather that is produced by the mountainous breathing of our planet.

full article: http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2011/09/27/nakanojo-biennale-2011-pagoda-by-ikimono-architects/

by Arden + Pip G.

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Transsexual actress slams prejudice

Transsexual actress slams prejudice

A famous dancer says she was axed as a judge on a TV talent show because she has had a sex change.

Jin Xing was contracted to appear on eight episodes of Feitong Fanxiang, a contest for professional singers broadcast on Zhejiang TV.

However, on Monday night she received a call from the show’s director, Chao Chi-tai, to say she had been dropped because “her transgender identity could have negative effects on society”.

Jin told China Daily that Chao was citing an official document from the Zhejiang provincial administration of radio, film and television.

“We have been friends for many years, and he is a reputable artist, so I believe in him,” said the 44-year-old retired dancer.

An official at the watchdog declined to comment on Thursday, saying only: “I’m too busy to confirm or deny it.”

Jin, who underwent a sex-change operation in 1996, insisted she is not interested in compensation or in taking measures to force an apology from the administration.

“I’m just angry that the officials used such a lame excuse. It’s a personal attack,” she said.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/22/content_13763307.htm

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Shed’s Drink of the Week….Death’s Door Spirits

Nobody’s allowed pass Arthur’s Door of Death office….

Death's Door Spirits

Named after the super treacherous strait formed by Washington Island, WI and the Door Peninsula, Death’s Door Spirits have both a literal and poetic connection to the location. The company’s gin is made from organic wheat and wild juniper berries harvested from the island, while the vodka is made with an organic wheat grown only on Washington Island. Death’s Door White Whisky is made from a mash with an 80:20 ratio of organic Washington Island Wheat and organic malted barley, double-distilled to 160 proof (!), and finished in uncharred oak barrels to bring it together.

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Surfing dogs hit the waves

Dogs have been having a swell time at one of the world’s quirkiest events – California’s Surf City Surf Dog contest.

Some 40 dogs competed in different weight categories in the competition, held at Huntington Beach.

Organiser Lisa Scolman said: “We had a great swell of surf which has made for a really great event.

“The competition has grown in spectators over the years because of the waves, although this year we maybe haven’t had as many new dogs joining in because the extra surf scared them away.

“We’ve had a good event besides that, and even the ones that don’t want to join in can take part in the costume party or the walking event.”

 http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/Video_Surfing_dogs_hit_the_waves

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