This video from the USA says about itself:
Red Winged Blackbird at Backyard Bird Feeder
6 June 2017
An immature male Red Winged Blackbird makes a rare stop at a Backyard feeder in Florida and a resident woodpecker takes exception. Amazingly this is the first Red Winged Blackbird ever sighted in the Backyard in over 20 years – just a random and rare visitor. The habitat is too dense and wooded generally to attract the Red Winged Blackbirds who prefer open spaces.
I saw these beautiful birds in Costa Rica.
This video says about itself:
2016 Deadliest Year for LGBTQ Community in U.S.
30 June 2017
The LGBTQ community in the U.S. just experienced its deadliest year in addition to countless — and often unreported — non-fatal sexual violence, stalking, bullying, physical assault and verbal harassment.
Gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers report ‘tragically high’ suicide risk: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Eastern Towhee Father Feeding Fledgling
3 June 2017
Baby Eastern Towhee just out of the nest is trying to open the seeds that Dad is giving him, but the fledgling has not quite got the hang of it yet! Towhees go through quite a transformation from sort of generic gray to the striking jet black and rufous colors of the mature male. Filmed in the Great Smoky Mountains – there are no Towhees in Florida.
This video from London, England says about itself:
Councillor’s outrage at Grenfell Tower meeting banning press & former residents
30 June 2017
Labour councillor’s outrage at Grenfell Tower meeting banning press & residents over fears of violence, calling it a “complete fiasco.”
By Martin Hayes in London, England:
Thursday 29th June 2017
Martin Hayes – one block of council flats left
just one block of council flats remains in this area
where we work our magic in
allocating out jobs to couriers
so that multinationals and £500-an-hour law firms
and hedge-fund managers who look after billions of pounds
can remain healthy and strong
making more money in one hour
than all the tenants of this last block of council flats left
will make in their lifetimes
just one ugly block of brick and red cladding council flats still stands
amongst all of the million-pound lofts and chrome and smoked-glass luxury flats
that have sprung up in this area over the last 8-years just one
block with 42 flats
where couriers and mechanics and school teachers and bus drivers
and nurses and firemen and waitresses can still safely keep
a roof over their families heads where they can
still wash and cook and put their children into a bed
and get them up to go into a school this one block of flats left
sat there like a rotten tooth in a row of perfect molars
housing these workers
enabling them to keep their dignity and love as millionaire footballers
move in next door as seven-figure-waged-bankers buy whole floors
just so they can have somewhere to stay
while in London
as people in media hire cranes
to lift £30,000 pieces of furniture into their lofts as
politicians and councillors plot
how best they can make this last ugly block of council flats left
along with its infections
Note: Martin Hayes works half a mile from Grenfell Tower. This poem was written over 6 months ago.
Martin was born in 1966 and has worked in the courier industry for over 35 years. His second book of poetry, When We Were Almost Like Men, was published by Smokestack Books and he has another collection coming out with Smokestack in 2018.
The human cost of capitalism: The Grenfell fire and the poisoning of Flint, Michigan: here.
This 30 May 2017 video from the USA says about itself:
Extreme 4K UHD close-up of a friendly Red Squirrel eating some sunflower seeds. He doesn’t mind if you watch him eat just don’t expect to have any seeds!!
From Museum Helmond in North Brabant province in the Netherlands:
Work for a better world
For art and design enthusiasts, now is the time to visit the Netherlands, for it is the year of Mondriaan and ‘Dutch Design’. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the founding in Leiden of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl (The Style). Beginning at the end of the First World War, artists such as Bart van der Leck and Piet Mondriaan attempted to utilise this principally abstract and entirely ‘new art’ to make the world a better place, and modernise society.
The ‘Work for a Better World’ exhibition at Museum Helmond gives art lovers the opportunity to enjoy art from artists including Peter Alma, Bart van der Leck and Johan van Hell. ‘Work for a better world’ will run from 4 April to 27 August in De Kunsthal, located in the centre of Helmond and easily accessible by bicycle, car, public transport and on foot.
Speaking up for workers
Artists such as Alma, Van der Leck and Toorop spoke up for workers at a time when they were afforded few rights, received low wages and worked long, hard days. Begun as a journal, De Stijl showcased artists who used their social commitment to produce paintings and prints. Peter Alma in particular, a friend of Mondriaan and Van der Leck, used elements such as black lines, primary colours and abundant white in his work. Alma’s main aim was to produce art for the ordinary man. His wood carving ‘8 uur’ (8 o’clock) from 1928 is a battle cry for workers’ rights, while ‘Stilleven met blaasbalg, hamer en bijl’ (Still Life with Bellows, Hammer and Axe) from 1918 is a textbook example of De Stijl.
Johan van Hell and others
The exhibition has been put together from the museum’s own collection Mens en Werk, supplemented by loaned items. In addition to works from proponents of De Stijl as mentioned above, the exhibition will also feature works from artists including Lou Loeber, Johan van Hell, Theo van Stiphout and Meijer Bleekroode.
This video from California in the USA says about itself:
American Avocet Flock Feeding Extravaganza
31 May 2017
Hundreds of American Avocets can be found in Owens Dry Lake near Lone Pine, CA. If you are fascinated by these unique looking birds this is the place to go winter through early spring.