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Islamophobic massacre in Canada

This 8 June 2021 video from Canada says about itself:

Reaction from the Muslim community as 4 family members killed in London, Ont. vehicular attack

Members of the Muslim community react to the tragedy that occurred Sunday evening in London, Ont., which saw four members of the same family killed when they were struck by a vehicle in what police believe was a targeted act due to their faith.

Three adults and a teenager were killed when they were struck by the vehicle, said Chief Steve Williams on Monday. A child from the same family is in serious, but non-life-threatening condition.

Global News’ Catherine McDonald and Erica Vella report.

DRIVER IN CANADA KILLS 4 IN SUSPECTED ISLAMOPHOBIC ATTACK A Canadian man is accused of hitting five members of a Muslim family who were out for a walk with his car on Sunday night, killing four of them in what police suspect was a premeditated attack motivated by Islamophobia. Police in London, Ontario, have charged a 20-year-old Canadian with first-degree murder. [HuffPost]

Seabirds on Scottish desert island

This 21 May 2021 video says about itself:

RSPB Scotland works in some amazing places, but few as spectacular as the uninhabited Shiant Isles off the East coast of Lewis. A team recently returned to see if their efforts to remove invasive predators from the island were still successful.

Linda Lindas, teenage punk girls band

This 16 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

The Linda Lindas are Mila (8), Eloise (11), Lucia (12), and Bela (14).

This 11 August 2019 is called The Linda Lindas – Linda Linda [LIVE]

You can see a bit in these videos that this band of enthusiastic preteen/teenage girl musicians were still learning then … but look at how fantastically they have progressed now that they are two years older! No more need for a guest bass player like in the top video etc.

This 21 May 2021 video is called The Linda Lindas – “Racist, Sexist Boy” (Live at LA Public Library).

Now 10-year-old drummer Mila drums and sings at the same time. Far from easy.

The song is about anti-Asian racism in the USA.

This 21 May 2021 video says about itself:

Official video of punk band, The Linda Lindas, performing a mashup cover of Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl and The Muffs’ Big Mouth in Moxie 🖤★

Look at that audience, like a sea on a stormy day. Many of them girls in their early teens. A bit reminiscent of this concert in 1980. Some writings depict that age group as stupid musically, incapable of anything but screaming and swooning as manufactured boring boy bands perform. That may be true for some individuals. But it was not true for the whole category in 1980, and it is not true now.

This 22 May 2021 video says about itself:

Teen punk rockers, The Linda Lindas, are going viral with their original song “Racist Sexist Boy.”

Hummingbirds at Panama feeder

This video says about itself:

Snowy-bellied Hummingbird And Violet-crowned Woodnymph Visit The Panama Fruit Feeder – May 27, 2021

The nectar feeder is popular this morning. A Snowy-bellied Hummingbird came in for some nectar and then an hour later a female or juvenile Violet-crowned Woodnymph came in for a lengthy drink.

Charlie Harper, UK Subs, punk and ska

This 13 November 2020 music video from England says about itself:

Form Square is the lead single from The Mistakes upcoming LP “A head full of damage”. Featuring Charlie Harper of The UK Subs.

So, Charlie Harper recently not only recorded new music for the UK Subs. He not only made a solo 7″. He not only played harmonica with Brighton all-girl band the Ramonas. He also played harmonica with this band from Poole in Dorset, the Mistakes. With a photo of Paul Simonon of the Clash in the background of the video.

The song is about standing strong in difficult situations.

The Mistakes call themselves ‘punk rock and roll with a ska influence.’ You can hear that influence in the song Form Square.

So, what is the relationship between ska and punk?

In the 1960s there was the first international wave of ska, with Millie Small and other Jamaican musicians.

In Jamaica, it became an influence on reggae. In the 1970s, there came mutual influence between ska and punk bands in Britain and elsewhere.

Like one can hear in Brighton band the Piranhas.

This live video is called Cheap ‘N’ Nasty | The Piranhas | The Prince Albert, Brighton | 30/03/2019.

The song was first recorded much earlier, in 1979.

The Piranhas then became an influence on the bass player/female vocalist of Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, named after the Piranhas song.

You can hear some ska influence in the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty Covergirl EP, with four songs written by her. Not in the first song, Covergirl. In the second song, Unknown.

This video has all four songs of the Covergirl EP.

And today, there is still ska influence in British punk bands. As not only the Mistakes show. Also this video by Smiley & The Underclass.

This 2020 video is called Smiley & The Underclass – We All Get Like This (Official Music Video). This London band has also played outside Britain, eg, in Germany and Japan.

This 2021 video by Millie Manders and The Shutup is called Broken Record.

They also have a song called Panic. Which, like the recent Charlie Harper song of the same name, is about the threatening climate crisis.

The present line-up of the band is Millie vocals, Alex drums, Don trumpet and sax, James guitar, Georgina, bass.

Young New Zealand albatross stretches her wings

This video from New Zealand says about itself:

Tiaki Stretches Wings, Shows Off Plumage On #RoyalCam | DOC | Cornell Lab – May 25, 2021

RoyalCam was set up in January 2016 by the Department of Conservation. For the 2019/2020 season we have collaborated with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. To learn more while watching, view the cam at here.

Royal Cam is a 24-hour live stream of a Northern Royal Albatross nest during the breeding season at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on the southeast tip of New Zealand’s South Island.

The season of 2019/2020 has seen the Royal Cam once again move up the hill. Now at Top Flat Track our new pair is OGK (banded Orange, Green, Black) a 21-year-old male and YRK (banded Yellow, Red, Black) and 25-year-old female. YRK laid the egg on 14 November 2019.

This season the live stream has partnered with Cornell Bird Lab. There are some new features including a trial of night vision and the ability to pan and zoom the camera at the ranger’s discretion.

Happy birthday, Siouxsie Sioux!

This 1982 music video from the Royal Albert Hall in London, England says about itself:

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Painted Bird – Live

Without Siouxsie Sioux and other women like Poly Styrene, the Slits etc. there would have been no punk today.

Today, 27 May, is Siouxsie’s birthday. A very happy birthday, thank you for everything!

It is still early, but Happy Halloween for everyone, with Siouxsie!

Siouxsie and the Banshees 1981 interview and photos here.

Another interview: here.

About Siouxsie and the Banshees, and other, lyrics: here.

Are Siouxsie and the Banshees a Goth band? Here.

Siouxsie and the Banshees music videos: here. More videos here.

Saving millions of Gough island seabirds

This 19 May 2021 video says about itself:

Part of the UK Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island is home to more than eight million breeding birds from at least 24 different species, including highly threatened species such as the Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross, Atlantic petrel, MacGillivray’s prion, Gough bunting and Tristan albatross.

More about Gough island

The Critically Endangered Tristan albatross, one of the world’s greatest wanderers, is in need of an eleventh-hour intervention.

Mice were accidentally introduced by sailors to the remote Gough Island during the 19th century. These rodents have now colonised this World Heritage Site and learnt to exploit all available food sources on the island – including seabirds. Video cameras reveal how the mice eat the flesh of live seabird chicks – and, more recently, live adult birds too. Tristan albatross chicks weigh up to 10kg (more than 300 times the size of the mice), but the open wounds inflicted frequently lead to their deaths.

The situation is so severe that just 21% of Tristan albatross chicks survived to fledge during the 2017/18 breeding season. Such low breeding success is rapidly pushing the Tristan albatross towards extinction. The new evidence of attacks on adults is a dreadful development – the loss of adults will accelerate the path to extinction for this amazing bird.

The RSPB and Tristan da Cunha have developed an ambitious programme to save the Tristan albatross and other highly threatened species on Gough, such as MacGillivray’s prion and Atlantic petrel. Successfully restoring the island to a seabird haven will prevent the deaths of at least two million seabirds each year.

The coronavirus pandemic delayed the project, but the team are now back on the island ready to take the next step in restoring the seabird colonies.

The project is being run by the RSPB, in partnership with Tristan da Cunha, UK Government, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (South Africa), BirdLife South Africa, BirdLife International, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Island Conservation, Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

Sound recording by Roelf Daling.

Find out more here.

UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs’ new EP

This music video from England says about itself:

Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants – “Live@Rebellion Festival”

Winter Gardens, Blackpool. August 3, 2019.

That was the last Rebellion festival before the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 edition has been postponed to August 2022.

Alvin Gibbs is best known as bass player in the UK Subs: 1980–1983, 1988, 1996, 1999–2002, 2003–present. Talking about the UK Subs: today, 24 May, is Charlie Harper’s birthday.

Besides the UK Subs, Alvin also played in the Iggy Pop band. And, with Charlie Harper, in the Urban Dogs. And in the 1990s in Cheap And Nasty. Cheap And Nasty should not be confused with other bands with very similar names. Nothing to do with the later West Australian band Cheap’n’Nasty. Also unconnected to Dutch punk band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. Alvin knows them. They played with the Subs in 1980 and 1981. He bought the first copy of their Covergirl EP.

In 2018, Alvin formed his band the Disobedient Servants.

Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants. Band live photo credit Andy Luckett

This photo shows Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants. Band live photo credit Andy Luckett.

The band that, like also, eg, the UK Subs, played at the 2019 Rebellion festival. And the band which now has released a new EP. Simultaneously with the new record by UK Subs singer Charlie Harper.

The Disobedient Servants are: Alvin on bass and vocals, UK Subs drummer Jamie Oliver (not the cook) and Ruts DC guitarist Leigh Heggarty.

The new EP is called State of Grace. Gaye Black (aka Gaye Advert) designed the sleeve.

The three songs on it are: ‘State Of Grace’, ‘Too Bad She’s In Love’, and ‘Brother, Sister’.

The first two songs are about somewhat problematic relationships.

In State of Grace, the guitar sounds out. Alvin’s voice clearly sounds well, though different from Charlie Harper.

Too Bad She’s In Love is a faster song than State of Grace. You can hear Alvin’s bass prominently.

While the third song, like Charlie Harper’s new song Panic,is about grave world problems.

From the lyrics of Brother, Sister:

“When the cake is cut in favour of the few
Brother, I can’t take it anymore…
When forests are burned and the world’s unconcerned…
Sister, it cuts me to the core…

When I see the hunters murder just for blood
Brother, I can’t take it anymore
When leaders speak of change but do nothing
Sister, it cuts me to the core

When freedom’s dead, our democracy unwed
Brother, I can’t take it anymore
When a tyrant ties a rope to your throat
Sister, it cuts me to the core”.

Even someone who is not a fan of punk music told me that Alvin has a good voice in this song.