Monday, June 19, 2006

Men more suicidal than women?...Errrr...not in China!

This actually happens to be true and sad at the same time. I was just browsing through the web as usual, and I stumbled upon an article on BBC online which puzzled the living soul out of me.
China being the most populous country in the whole World, home to about one-fifth of the world's population and as anywhere else, women outnumbering men,there's a growing concern about societal pressures on women,mosty based on traditional beliefs that seem to belittle women in so many aspects. The full extent of this worrisome trend is available on the site below:

Matte Babel,the hottest VJ on tv today...

This in my opinion is the hottest tv personality alive.
Matte Alexandros Babel was born in Thornhill, Ontario and graduated from Wilfried Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario with a double major in communications and sociology. After graduating, Matte showed up at MuchMusic and convinced the station to hire him as a VJ...Well, he would have convinced me of anything...Ahem...Moving on...His favorite artists are OutKast, Kanye West, Jigga, Spice Girls, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, BSB.Matte Babel has lived in New York City, Atlanta, Toronto, Milton and now he calls Hamilton,Ontario,home.He has an older brother, a young brother, and a young sister. Apparently he played semi pro football in Austria...Okay...He considers himself to be a "cool dude" who values originality in people. His advice: "Just be you."Way to go Matte!!

Quai Branly Museum Exhibit:Re-discovering indigenous art.

From top left, clockwise : Marquesas Islands(French Polynesia),Kafir Bafhgali woman(Pakistan), Ife head(Nigeria), Aztec sculpture.

I just finished watching this amazing documentary on TV5 and I was just blown away.
It was a two-hour long exhibit of ancient art from "les quatres coins du monde", the full content of which will be displayed at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris when the museum officially launches off on June 23rd this year.
The museum will be displaying thousands of collections of ancient and contemporary art from as far away as indigenous Australia and China to the deepest forest of New Calédonia, via Africa.
I just wish I was in Paris when it launches off but I guess I will catch the exhibition some other time.
You can get a glimpse of the the show-in french I might add- by clicking on this link

Toronto Pride week 2006...Goodies!!!

Pride Week is the fun and fabulous arts and culture festival that happens each year in Toronto. Pride Week celebrates our diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, families, friends and lives. Check out this link for details
But of course for some of us, pride week also means, hunky hunks with shirtless sweaty bods walking up and down the legendary Yonge Street (the longest avenue in North America?!?) as well as a display of numerous vendor booths, artisans and the likes on the famous Church Street.

For me it means all of the above but especially the "pride after-event" part of it. What black people here call "Blockorama"or "Homo hop" also refered to as "Fierce Fearless Fabulous".

Stage show includes the incredible Michelle Ross, DC king’s roKETT, vocalist extraordinaire Ashley Veronica and Homohop stars Deep Dickollective of Oakland, California.

"Include the un-included",says Katharine Jefferts Schori on CNN

I knew that electing a woman as a bishop was a huge step for the episcopalian church but I had no idea that this particular lady was in favor of the ordination of Gene Robinson. Today on CNN, she briefly explained how she went from a catholic school girl to an oceanographer to faith and how essays from Einstein and the likes inspired her to ask the deeper questions in life. She was then asked whether or not she believes being a homosexual is sinful and she said " I don't believe so". She said that each and everyone of us is given a "different gift" and that some people find affection towards the opposite sex and others to the same. She was asked if the bible should be taken as black and white and she responded that a book to be written about the experiences of people who lived well over a couple of thousands of years before us doesn't tell us how to wear our clothes or even how to eat our foods, both of which are not observed today and that rather the book should be about how to love and cherish one another, as Jesus so vividly reminded us.
She also said that the teachings should be about "including the un-included". I just loved that last part. Now, I'm an atheist as some people know but I can't help it but applaude this woman.
I'm pretty sure she's bringing to the table what no one before has ever done.
Good job.