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8 diciembre 2011 4 08 /12 /diciembre /2011 18:58

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I have seen the other side of the coin, on a cinema and on television. Why do I say that, because I saw a film and I watched a television series about male nudity, the first, and male prostitution, the second.

Acustomed to female nudity and prostitution on the screens and everywhere here in Toronto where they have a lot of prostibules and "clubs" with women calling to enter and pay a ticket for whatever they show, a male nudity and a male prostitution story on the screen was a novelty.

It has been after i followed on local television and on the main news of the country how they were speaking about a film called "Shame". For that reason I  decided that the film was a "must" for me and I went to the cinema.  More media ink has spilled on "Shame" that on any other movie. The star is Michael Fassbender a very attractive men and the director is Steve Mc Queen, a British artist turned to filmaker. "Shame" explains how a guy has compulsive sex with strangers and shows its "frontal" nudity, the television news reporter stressed. Yes, it shows it but explains as well that the film character is incapable of relationships and has a dark childhood.

It is a movie about sex addition and I wonder if thit is considered a pathology. Used to see on the screen and on the ads women naked or half naked I wonder why a male nudity is that shocking. Besides explaining how bad the guy feels about not being able to have sex with comitment the whole plot is presented in a very let us say delicate manner, beautifully photograped showing the beauty of nudity, with no weapons, no computer graphics, slow moving and with a largely silent dialogue. No matter the director is an artist. 

It is not pornography as they are trying to present the film on the mainstream media here in Toronto. So, please why you don't do a film like this with a female main character that does not lean towards pornography as all do.

I have seen as well some episodes of an HBO tv series called "Hung". It explains the story of a suburban Detroit high school baseball coach who goes to male prostitution and guess who are his pimps, two women that at some point compete to get the most of him, in" business terms ", of course. One of them, the ugliest, seems to be in love with him, at least this was my impression. A male "Pretty woman", who knows. I'll have to wait till the series arrives in Spain, if it arrives, to see what focus they put in the new episodes.

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21 noviembre 2011 1 21 /11 /noviembre /2011 17:01

AS A JOURNALIST I AM AND AS A VOTER I FOLLOWED SPANISH ELECTIONS. YET I HAVE TO SAY THAT I COULD NOT VOTE BECAUSE MY BALLOTS DID NOT ARRIVE ON TIME. EVEN THOUGH PLEASE LOOK HOW "THE GLOBE AND MAIL", ONE OF THE LEADING CANADA'S PAPERS, SAYS ABOUT THE NEW LEADER TO GUIDE SPAIN. NEVERTHELESS IT IS A REUTERS DISPATCH, I SUPPOSE WRITTEN WITH BRITISH GUIDANCE AND STYLE .

IT SAYS:

 

 

MARIANO RAJOY, WHO WILL BECOME SPAIN'S NEW PRIME MINISTER AFTER A SWEEPING ELECTION VICTORY, IS A CAUTIOUS MODERATE WHO MAKES AN UNLIKELY CRISIS MANAGER FOR A COUNTRY ENGULFED IN THE EURO'S ZONE'S CRISIS.

   THE COLOURLESS 56-YEAR-OLD FORMER INTERIOR MINISTER STRUGGLES TO CRACK A SMILE AND HIS OVERWHELMING VICTORY WAS BUILT MORE ON MISTAKES BY THE SOCIALISTS IN POWER FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS THAN ON HIS OWN VISION OR INSPIRATION.

 

VERY WELL WRITTEN LEAD GIVING THE CLUE OF THE WHOLE THING.

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21 noviembre 2011 1 21 /11 /noviembre /2011 16:51

http://www.canadafreepress.com/images/uploads/AUNG_SAN_SUU_KUYI,_home_arrest.jpgFOLLOWING ALL PIECES OF NEWS THAT I CAN GET ON SUU KYI I JUST FOUND THIS AFP DISPATCH:

   MS. SUU KYI HINTED THAT SHE WOUD STAND FOR OFFICE AT A MEETING OF PARTY DELEGATES ON FRIDAY WHEN THEY DECIDED TO RE-REGISTER AS POLITICAL PARTY AND CONTEST ELECTIONS AFTER BOYCOTTING LAST YEAR'S VOTE, MYANMAR'S FIRST IN 20 YEARS. 

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7 noviembre 2011 1 07 /11 /noviembre /2011 22:09

   

   Two people in one country is what Amira Hass an Israeli journalist born in Jerusalem in 1956 and working for years in the occupied territories proposes as her own solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is a long-time journalist with Ha'aretz, Israel's largest circulation liberal daily newspaper. Straightforward and very clear, during her almost one hour talk in Toronto, part of a Canadian tour sponsored by the Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) and others, she dennounced Israel's politics of closure and said that she doesn't want to collaborate with the silence of their occupation. Struggles are inclusive, she added, in reference to the occupation that the aboriginal people, Canada's First Nations, suffered as well, receiving the applause of the audience.

   Settled in Ramallah since 1997, in the occupied West Bank, Hass has been subjected to restrictions and arrest by Israeli military authorities and her reports have also been criticized by Palestinian organizations. However, her journalistic commitment is unquestioned: she has received many awards, like the World Press Freedom Hero from the International Press Institute in 2000 and the Press Freedom Prize for "independent and outspoken reporting" from media monitors Reporters Without Borders in 2009.

   After Toronto, she spoke in Hamilton, Ottawa and Montreal.

   Hass constantly points out the double standard mentality of the Israeli military government and its ongoing colonialism, including many borders, confiscation of land and water, and restrictions against the free movement of the Palestinians. Amira Hass herself cannot drive Palestinian friends to Israel in her car. Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, is as closed to them as the moon, she said, and many Palestianians, unlike their political leaders, need permits to move, relocate and to travel, so that many of them have never even seen the sea.

   On the other hand, she stated that as a journalist she has freedom of speech in Israel, which she said is officially a democracy, and journalists don't feel threatened.

   Someone in the audience, a middle aged woman, made the point that many Jews have come to Israel as refugees not as colonizers; this woman added that she is a daughter of Holocaust survivors, both of whom were active in left-wing politics in their countries of birth and Israel. That woman referred to the protests this summer, mainly in Tel Aviv but also in other cities, against deteriorating living conditions. Hass said that some palestinians participated in these protests as well and made it clear that the movement started like those in Cairo and Spain, but that its leaders in Israel refused to connect the protest to the ongoing occupation. Even those who are on the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder don't protest about the occupation, she added.

 

   Amira Hass answered many questions from the audience during this conference and emphasized, "There are two peoples in this land and the future of these two peoples is just one State". 

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6 noviembre 2011 7 06 /11 /noviembre /2011 15:37

I WAS CONCENTRATING ON READING THE PAPER, TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE EXPERTS COMPLEX ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE GLOBAL TURMOIL WHEN I HEARD A RING. I THOUGHT IT WAS AT THE NEIGHBOUR'S HOUSE BUT SOME SECONDS AFTERWARDS THERE WAS ANOTHER RING AND IN A WHILE SOME MORE RINGS. SOMEBODY WAS RINGING THE BELL.

   AS I OPENED THE DOOR I SAW A MAN CARRYING A LEATHER BRIEFCASE. "GOOD MORNING MADAM", HE SAID. "WE ARE CURRENTLY INSTALLING WATER METERS IN YOUR AREA AND I NEED TO SEE YOUR BASEMENT".


   I WAS SPEECHLESS, I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THE BASEMENT ENTRANCE WAS. HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT SAFE TO LET HIM IN. MOREOVER I WAS IN MY PYJAMAS AND I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE WATER METER PROGRAM WHOSE INSTALLATION WAS MANDATORY, HE SAID.


   INSTEAD OF SAYING "COME ANOTHER DAY, THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE IS NOT HERE", I COULD ONLY ARTICULATE A FEW WORDS SUCH AS "SORRY, I'M THE CLEANING LADY" AND I SHUT THE DOOR IN THE FACE OF AN ASTONISHED MAN. WHAT I DID WASN'T AS NICE AS THE LYRICS OF ABBA'S SONG "RING RING. I WAS WAITING ALL ALONE BABY..." AND SO ON.


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4 noviembre 2011 5 04 /11 /noviembre /2011 04:50

 

   Catalonia has the constitucional status of a nationality within Spain. Yet, some catalans want more and in their pursuit of excellence they woud like Catalonia to be independent.

    I'm one of the 7,5 million people living in this community situated in the northwest of Spain.

    We have a beatiful land of 32,114 KM2. with the Pyrenees mountains in the North as a natural border, between France and Andorra, and the Mediterranean sea in the East.

    Catalonia has its own language, Catalan, which is an official language along with Spanish or Castillian as it is named.Catalan is my mother-tongue.

    When the dictator, General Franco, died in 1,975 Catalonia recovered the powers it had during the Second Spanish Republic and regained its Statute of Autonomy of 1,932. Since then the country is in some turmoil about whether its future could be a little independent State like Andorra or a powerful autonomous country within Spain.

     I'm for an independent future for Catalonia but its relationship with the Kingdom of Spain has to be defined and this will take a long time and many negotiations.

     Yet, no pain, no gain and if we want to be an independent country he have to struggle and speak up whenever necessary.

     Catalans are courageous people and even if though they are often accused inside Spain of considering themselves the cream of the crop but we will not be discouraged from our healthy and pacific striving for one independent little country.

 




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31 octubre 2011 1 31 /10 /octubre /2011 21:16

 

 

   "A Room with a View" (1908) is an Edwardian social comedy and "A Room of One's Own" (1929) is a non fiction book written by Virginia Woolf to say that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction". As I do not have these and I have here a room with no view, my description of the "view" I get from my window will be a little obscur. Here in Toronto I have a room with no view generously lent by a colleague journalist. For that reason the description of my room is positive, but I have to say that the view I get from the room window is far from attractive.

    From my room window, If I may describe in a sort of literary way, I see the wall of a Victorian house made of dark red bricks, not aligned neatly, a wall that obstructs me, that confines me to a nowhere land. If I pass over this emotion I can be taken to a more positive attitude and travel to past times where the bricks were handmade and almost were a work of art.

    During the Nineteenth century this kind of bricks hosted Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury Group members such as herself, her sister, Bertrand Russell, Katherine Mansfield and John Maynard Keynes, among others, who in turn admired the paintings of Gauguin, Van Gogh or Cezanne, and would never had a room with no view, a room with no view like mine.

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20 octubre 2011 4 20 /10 /octubre /2011 22:11

   On Monday I went to Bickford Community Centre for a conversation class. The instructor put me at  table of three to practise elementary topics such as: where do you come from? or what  are you doing for a living"and so on. There were three of us: a retired russian longing for the URSS "ancien regime", a chinese housewife working as a sushi maker and myself, a  journalist transformed into a Toronto student. Conversation was difficult and boring due to the low level of English till somebody joined us. The newcomer was a handsome guy with well-developed biceps. He said, "Hello...I come from Mexico, from the south of the country, a very dangerous area and I'm working here as a stripper". I couldn't stop laughing when I saw the looks of the chinese woman and the retired russian man, an electrical engineer. I couldn't even hold the laughter when I realized that they weren't aware f the meaning of "stripper". Our new peer asked me to explain it to the rest. "No way", I replied, "You do it yourself". And he did. The chinese woman didn't show any signs of surprise in her face and the russian man, after making sure that he thoroughly understood the whole thing, replied: "And what future do you have?".  

                                                                             Toronto 6th. October 2011

 

 

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18 octubre 2011 2 18 /10 /octubre /2011 17:13

"Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you a person who has never achieved much" Joan Collins.

           I made a mistake the other day but I learnt a lesson from it: We have to follow the rules of the country that welcomes us but, show me a person who has never made a mistake.

         I was walking home with my mind somewhere else, without paying much attention to what I was doing and I took the wrong entrance to my subway station. I took the way out instead of the way in. I heard behind me a loudspeaker saying something but I kept on walking and took no notice.

         Suddenly two hulking men, two policemen like tanks, stopped me and shouted: Madam, you have not paid your fare!. Just as well as I actually held the token in my hand and I convinced them that I had made an error, that I didn't know the way very well, that I'm a newcomer, that the mistake will teach me not to do it again.

          I achieved what I was trying to get, not to pay the $500, the five-hundred bucks fine they threatened me with. "Sorry", I said, and even dared to add: "Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you a person who has never achieved much". They did not like the quote.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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