For my Turkish readers (I know there’s at least one of you!), here is a recent interview in the Turkish press with Paula Darwish, a musician I am currently working with who I mentioned in my previous post.
I haven’t been on Tumblr much the last few days, so I’ve only just found out about this sharks v cats thing. Not really sure what I think about it all, but I joined the cats, because Tu would never forgive me otherwise. It has to be said though, the shark avator icon is way cooler than the cat one. My avator now has what almost look like bunny ears, making me look a right twat.
Anyway, completely unrelated to this (it came up in conversation during tonight’s rehearsal with Paula Darwish who I am performing with on Sunday, where I will be singing in Turkish for the first time!), I found out that a group of cats is known as a clowder or a clutter. A group of kittens is called a kindle. What lovely words.
A dear friend has informed me that I will be getting a soprano ukulele for my birthday - I’m rather excited about it. Uke number 2 (my other uke is a baritone) - I think that officially makes me a collector now!
“Goodbye, Pirate Bay. Hello, Pirate Bay. A couple of days ago we wrote about a very special torrent, which contained a copy of the entire Pirate Bay with most of the torrents in its database. Now, someone has put it to use: you can find a fully functional copy of the Pirate Bay over at btarena.net.
The new site is not exactly the same as the old one, and some of The Pirate Bay’s functions, such as links to related content, are missing, but who cares? It works, and the torrents are there, so users can keep visiting the new site almost as if nothing has changed.
Of course, whether the new site will remain as popular as the original Pirate Bay (new torrents will be tracked via tracker.btarena.org) remains to be seen, but the simple fact has once again been proved: you can turn one torrent tracker off, but new ones will always appear and take over. The entertainment industry would do well if they stopped bothering with lawsuits towards individual services and start working on being competitive in light of new rules on the marketplace, brought forth by the internet. “
“Fear is a healthy instinct, not a sign of weakness. It is a natural self-defense mechanism that is common to felines, wolves, hyenas, and most humans. Even fruit bats know fear, and I salute them for it. If you think the world is weird now, imagine how weird it would be if wild beasts had no fear.”—
Some years ago, I devoured Persepolis: a comic that spanned several books, in which its author, Marjane Satrapi reconstructed almost 30 years of Iran, using the story of her own life. (from the last days of the reign of the Sha, to the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war). Some time later, the film arrived.(weak)
Now, a couple of iranis in exile, Pan and Payma (for security reasons, they don’t use their actual names) have borrowed the original imagery, but they have altered the text and placed the story in the agitated post-presidential election Iran this year. This way they created Persepolis 2.0, a sort of remix of the original.
‘Today Reprieve announced that it would sue the UK government to force it to reveal the identities of two men held in secret at Bagram. The case is an attempt to get to the truth of the rendition to Afghanistan of two prisoners captured by the British in Iraq in 2004 and it should make us all sit up and pay attention. Britain, once again, may be complicit in a breach of international law.
This case was brought after the then defence secretary, ohn Hutton, on 26 February this year, made what amounted to an apology to parliament. The Ministry of Defence admitted for the first time that in 2004, two men arrested by the British in Iraq were handed over to the Americans with the knowledge that they were likely to be rendered to Bagram. Even though there were widespread suspicions of prisoner maltreatment and torture, Britain did not protest.’