Michael Jackson Tribute (audio)

June 26, 2009

 

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Have a listen to this and let me know what you think. It’s my tribute to Michael Jackson (6 min):

“The Thriller’s Gone!”


Meet the Black Eyed Peas

June 20, 2009

 

Black Eyed Peas - Virgin Fest

Black Eyed Peas - Virgin Fest

The Black Eyed Peas kicked off their ‘The E.N.D.’ tour here in Montréal at ‘Virgin Fest‘. My wife and I were invited backstage to meet the group before the show. (Will.i.am was outside shaking hands).

Apparently, a couple of minutes after this picture was taken Zac Efron arrived. His girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens is in town shooting the movie ‘Beastly‘. They enjoyed the show from atop the Virgin double decker bus.

Zac and Vanessa - Virgin Fest Montreal

Zac and Vanessa - Virgin Fest Montreal


The Palestinian Dream

January 20, 2009

After Bono’s shout out to Palestine [video] from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. I decided to do some digging into “The Palestinian Dream”.

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Perpetual Occupation
Did you realize that Palestine, (as the region has been called since about 350 AD, before that ancient Israel and Canaan) and the people living there have been occupied by one foreign entity after another? Some of those entities were the Babylonians, the Romans, the Persians, the Muslims and in 1099 European soldiers arrived and massacred the Jewish and Muslim population in order to turn Palestine into a ‘Christian only’ nation calling it the Kingdom of Jerusalem. You can see the dramatic ending of that chapter in the history of Palestine played out in the Orlando Bloom movie Kingdom of Heaven.

Lawrence at Rabegh, north of Jidda, 1917

Lawrence at Rabegh, north of Jidda, 1917

The most recent occupation was by Turkey (the Ottoman Empire) who after 400 years in Palestine were defeated by a British led coalition of Arab nations which included Palestinians, promised their freedom if they fought with them. That story was told in Lawrence of Arabia. The colors of the black, white, red and green coalition flag were used to create the Palestinian flag as well as that of Jordan. Unfortunately after the Arab Revolt Britain recanted their promise and instead granted European immigrant Jews the right to create their Jewish nation in Palestine! Between WW I and WW II the situation we are seeing in Palestine today began.

Israel Born
In 1948 a Jewish nation was created in Palestine. Israel was to be a homeland for the Jews of the world. While Palestinian Jews were only 30% of the population they were granted 50% of the land. An organized effort to remove non-Jewish Palestinians from their homes, farms and villages in some cases using brutal force, began. They moved them across the new border that now divided Palestine, into what were to be temporary tent cities. Those refugee camps are still there 61 years later, they’re no longer tent cities they are, at best overcrowded ghettos filled with Palestinians waiting to go home.

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“Refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practical date” – UN Resolution 194 (1948 AD)

Right of Return
Despite the way the PLO and Yasser Arafat were portrayed here in the West did you realize that they put an offer on the table that would have given Israel 78% of historic Palestine with a Palestinian state on just the remaining 22% in Gaza and The West Bank? All Israel had to do was comply with UN resolution 194 which guarantees refugees right of return OR compensation for lost property. In 1988 this was a formal part of the PLO platform. Israel called it a dangerous “peace offensive”. [Article: Israel Doesn’t Want Peace] A then unknown group of Palestinians were encouraged by Israel to overthrow Arafat and the PLO giving them weapons, intelligence information and money. They succeeded. The name of that group? Hamas.

The Dream
Generation after generation the people of Palestine have dreamt of being free. Free to practice their religions whether they be a Christian, Muslim or Jew. Free to move around in their own country. Taxation WITH representation. Freedom to be free.

That is the Palestinian Dream.


History Being Made

January 19, 2009

Incase you missed this yesterday:


Deerhunter

November 11, 2008

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Don’t ask me how (because I don’t remember) but I just discovered this band called Deerhunter. They’re a 5 piece group from Atlanta. As you may or may not know I enjoy chilling out to ambient music most of the time but still hold a soft spot for my old punk/ska days…well, this group is listed as Ambient/Garage/Punk on their MySpace page combining the best of both worlds for me!

Have a listen, I like “Nothing ever Happened”… http://www.myspace.com/deerhunter

Now here’s the cool thing, as I was listening to their songs I read their tour itinerary and they’re in Montréal TONIGHT!

7:30 – Theatre Plaza 6505 Saint Hubert, Montreal…it’s $15 to get in. There are 2 other bands with them: Times New Viking and Neighborhood Council


Video: Radio, Behind the Scenes

August 3, 2008

Before I go on my summer vacation I’ll leave you with this little video, created last Saturday morning, enjoy and I’ll talk with you soon!


Feist 1-2-3-4

July 25, 2008

Feist will appear on the 39th season of Sesame Street singing a modified version of “1,2,3,4”. The lyrics of “1,2,3,4” were altered so that the song is about counting chickens, penguins, and monsters, rather than love, or whatever it was about. The 39th season of Sesame Street premieres August 11th and will feature appearances from A-Listers like David Beckham and Jessica Alba.


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