Tue 1st May, 2012 will be… Lei Day

Arthur’s told us to get envolved & get laided….

hawaiileis

The most common festivities on Lei Day are hula, lei making demonstrations and contests, and the crowning of the Lei Queen and her court.

Each island has its own Lei, traditional to each made with flowers, fruit and vines found on that island. Hawaii’s Lei is the Lehua, made from blossoms of ‘Ohi’, a Lehua tree which grows on the slopes of the Volcano.

History

Officially made a holiday in 1929, and continues to date. The record for the world’s longest Lei was set at the 81st celebration of Lei Day in 2008. Unofficially the Lei measured more than a mile in length.

 

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Drop Bears are in Danger!

bear-1

by Pip G. + Arf the Dog

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Comic strip writer: Batman is ‘very, very gay’

In what could provide further fuel for those inclined to psychoanalytical readings of comic strips, a writer who revamped Batman for DC Comics has said that the titular character is “very, very gay.”

Grant Morrison, who writes for Action Comics, spoke about the comic superhero during an interview with Playboy magazine, when the topic of a possible gay relationship between Batman and his sidekick Robin, came up.

Mr Morrison said that Batman was “very plutonian in the sense that he’s wealthy and also in the sense that he’s sexually deviant.

“Gayness is built into Batman,” he said, adding, “I’m not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay.”

The writer also said that this very “gayness” was responsible for the near-universal appeal of the character. “I think that’s why people like it,” he said. “All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesn’t care — he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.”

On Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, he said: “He’s Batman’s perfect opposite, and because of that he’s as sexy as Batman, if not more so… I quite like him, because he’s a pop star—he’s like Bowie.”

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/04/26/comic-strip-writer-batman-is-very-very-gay/

by The Punjapit Alliance

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Mon 30th April, 2012 will be… Honesty Day

Honesty Day is all about telling the truth. Be brave and share opinions, thoughts and perspectives that might otherwise go unsaid in order to be polite – but take care not to upset or offend others.

by Punjapit Alliance

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spring wind brings the fireworks…by Christopher Kelen and Agnes Vong

A woman blows bubbles toward a child on a sunny afternoon in Hong Kong

Xin Qiji (1140-1207) was a Song Dynasty poet who wrote in a range of genres and is famous for the more than six hundred ci poems he composed to one hundred and one different tunes. Kit (Christopher) Kelen and Agnes Vong have worked through around a quarter of Xin Qiji’s surviving oeuvre in order to present the reader with this collection of translations, adaptations and responses to the work of the Song poet. Prepared at the University of Macau in South China, this book brings the classical Chinese poem face to face with the Kelen/Vong translations and Kelen’s original poems ‘in the manner of’ Xin Qiji.

**Like an unwanted hitch-hiker, accompanying spring’s warmer weather is a raft of rain and showers and steamy humidity. Spring weather in Hong Kong (March – May), can bring wonderfully warm days with clear blue skies, or it can bring apocalyptic downfalls, resulting in black rainstorm warnings. It’s so unpredictable the only way to get a weather forecast is to look out the window.Humidity is relatively mild at the start of the season but as spring becomes summer, you’ll feel like a lobster in a pot.**
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via: http://vacpoetry.org/spring-wind-brings-the-fireworks/

by aniie + remora

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Something to Sing About…

…(In the meantime), the Bryon-Edmond family have been studying the History of the Cornish Pasty. And guess what? This most Cornish of foods may not be very Cornish at all.
The standard theory is that the Cornish pasty got going when Cornwall’s tin miners were looking for a convenient snack.

The pasty provided nutritious lunch in its own wrapping. The miner – whose hands would be mucky and possibly tainted with arsenic – could use the pastry crimp as a ‘handle’, to be thrown away at the end of the meal.
Nonsense, says Ben Bryon-Edmond. The pasty first came to Britain in the 1500s from the Mediterranean. It arrived here with the sailors who pitched up at Plymouth.

‘In Devon. That’s where we see the first recorded recipe for the pasty,’ he says grimly.

‘Then the Cornish miners jumped on it and wanted to make it theirs. They stole it from us.’

Elizabeth + Arthur Furrowfield

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North Korea Freedom Week in London – April 25 to May 1

Kimjongilia the Movie

So, North Korea Freedom Week is all about turning the spotlight onto the country’s human rights crisis, raising public awareness, and mobilising people to act. It is part of CSW’s strategy to help end the suffering of North Korea’s people, including many Christians who are held in prison camps and sometimes face execution. CSW has been working to highlight religious persecution and other human rights violations in North Korea for more than a decade, using every tool available. In addition to raising awareness and advocating pressure, CSW has been working with Lord Alton and Baroness Cox to find ways to talk directly to the North Korean regime about our concerns. In 2010, CSW travelled with a parliamentary delegation to North Korea where we were able to meet senior regime officials to discuss human rights concerns face to face.

by Arthur Furrowfield + Arden

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