The exhibition brings together the different perspectives and approaches of artists, product and fashion designers, as well as professionals in the catering field, on the concepts of service and serving.
The British Council has launched a new website dedicated to creating more international opportunities for Deaf and disabled artists.
www.disabilityartsinternational.org builds on the UK’s reputation as a home to many unique disabled artists whose excellent work is being presented and celebrated around the world. Primarily designed for an audience of global arts professionals, venue programmers and arts curators, the website allows disabled artists and disabled-led companies from around the world to profile their work and find new international bookings. In addition the website offers promoters resources, case studies and personal testimonies, sharing insights into how the UK came to be recognised as world leader in disabled-led arts.
I was writing somewhere else about the most popular picture of all times on Twitter, that of actress and Academy Awards hostess Ellen DeGeneres together with some of Hollywood’s most popular actors (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt et. Al)....
I discovered it very recently; contrary to what its inhabitants believe or proclaim, Japan is a big country and furthermore, I haven’t travelled beyond Honshu, the central island and this is in the northern, Hokkaido. So to get there, you need to either take a 3-4 hour train ride from either one of the local airports or from Sapporo, the area’s biggest city. And eventually reach the Tomamu resort and the terrace called “Unkai” or “sea of clouds”.
To be honest I don’t have much to write because I couldn’t find much information anywhere; most websites post their images (invariably taken from the biggest such collection which is posted on imgur) and some comment on the pranksters’ humor:
Most of us found that out seeing pornography when we were teenagers: after a certain point you become fed up by the constant repetition of the same images. And later we confirmed it when we started travelling and realized that some sights wouldn’t impress us because we had already seen them too much on TV or in films.
Even though I often brag about how many things I know about the country that has been hosting me for the last few years, I only recently came across a fascinating story featuring Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986) or “Sempo”, a diplomat who thanks to his uncommon for the time language skills (English, Russian and German) served in Eastern Europe from 1939 to 1947 and who was Japan’s Vice-Consul in Lithuania from 1939 to 1941.
In Ukraine they hide a spider and its web in the Christmas tree, in Catalonia besides the tree people decorate a log making it look like an animal, in Norway they hide their brooms so the witches won’t find them, in some villages in Wales the season’s mascot is the skull of a horse and in some villages in Italy the gifts are given by a good witch called Befana.
It’s an unbelievable story, one of those you’d expect to see in some naïve Hollywood comedy but not in the reality of the American south: Daryl Davis, a black musician playing classic R ‘n R not only turns up in Ku Klux Klan rallies as a honored guest of the head of the local organization but when the official gets on his podium to talk he tells his white followers “I respect this black guy more than any of you.”