Bahamas dolphin brings back drowned cellphone to dancer

This video says about itself:

Flipping Incredible! Moment [common bottlenose] Dolphin Retrieves Mobile Phone – Helpful Dolphin Retrieves Woman’s Phone

28 September 2015

The only thing worse than dropping your phone is dropping your phone into the goddamn ocean, where it’s guaranteed to disappear forever — unless there’s a helpful dolphin around to retrieve it for you.

That’s what happened to Miami Heat cheerleader Teressa Cee when she went swimming with dolphins near Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas, and a helpful cetacean named Cacique lent her a flipper.

Cacique is a trained animal cared for by Dolphin Encounters, who was rewarded for his good deed with a selfie with Cee and her fellow dancers.

Cee’s video of the phone rescue has been watched more than 1.5 million times on Facebook.

See also here.

Dancing is illegal in Japan

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Real Scenes: Tokyo

10 February 2014

Read more about this film here.

For our latest Real Scenes films, we journey to the Japanese capital to meet the DJs, promoters, campaigners and producers who have been affected by the Fueiho. We hear how a rapidly aging population and the negative public perception of nightclubs have meant that fighting for reform is just part of the problem.

Despite these extraordinary challenges, Tokyo is home to passionate, dedicated dance music community, who have responded with campaign groups like Let’s DANCE, and the establishment of small, underground music spaces. There is a collective understanding that if they want to affect change it will have to come from within.

From The Newsletter, #70, spring 2015, of the International Institute for Asian Studies:

The politics of dancing in Japan

Dancing is illegal in Japan. That does not mean it doesn’t happen, and indeed nightclubs regularly stay open into the early hours. However, since 2010 police have begun reanimating Japan’s old fueiho cabaret law, dubiously used to crackdown on nightclubs.

This has been a disaster for Japan’s vibrant underground music scene, an affront to freedom of expression, and evidence of a growing authoritarianism by elites who rely on vague legal and institutional practices.

With a push back from Japan’s civil society in the form of the Let’s Dance Campaign, and a simultaneous alignment between domestic and international elites worried about the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, things may be beginning to change. This article explores the structures of power underlying this issue and speculates on the degree to which recent developments may be cause for alarm or cheer.

Read full article here.

Music, poetry and dance

On 21 November, there was a music, dance and poetry night. First on stage was the soul/funk music of James & Black. This is a music video from their hometown, Austin, Texas in the USA. Contrary to that video, on this night no guitarist, bass player and drummer: just the male keyboard player and the female singer Bella Black, plus DJ Phil Ross.

During their last song, the teenage girls of the local BplusC dance group joined them on stage. They will be in the band’s next music video.

Next on stage was local comedian Ronald Oudman. One of his targets was the idea of ‘positive thinking’ supposedly solving all problems, including cancer. He also said: ‘I don’t believe in reincarnation. In my last life I did; but not any more in this life’.

Next was yours truly; with poems about a damaged umbrella; about love; about a ladybird; about greenbottle flies; and about a bee-eater.

Then came klezmer music, by the local band Di Krenitse (the Source in Yiddish language). They are Karel Das, on violin and vocals; Dorien Hooman on accordion and vocals; Rob Nederhof on soprano clarinet. They used to be five musicians; but Eva van den Berg has moved to the east of the country.

Their final song tonight was the 1930s Yiddish love song Bei Mir Bistu Shein (To me, you are beautiful; the song was later translated into English and sung by the Andrews Sisters and others).

There is also a Dutch language version of this song. However, that version is not a love song, but a sarcastical song about how poor people saw the 1930s economical crisis:

Bei Mir Bistu Shein [in Yiddish original in the Dutch lyrics],
we leven van de steun [we are dependent on unemployment benefits]
we leven van het crisiscomitee [we live on rich people’s charity].

We krijgen erwtenssoep [We get pea soup]
die lijkt op koeiepoep [which tastes like cow shit].
We krijgen roggebrood [We get rye bread]
daar gooi’n we de kat mee dood [good only for killing the cat by throwing it].

We eten vlees uit blik [We eat canned meat]
van een bedorven sik [of a rotting goat carcass] …

Bei Mir Bistu Shein,
we leven van de steun [we are dependent on unemployment benefits]
en de groeten van het crisiscomitee [and best wishes from the rich people’s charity].

This is a video of that Dutch language version, plus other songs (barrel organ and vocals).

After the klezmer music, poems by yours truly again. This time about a window; the Iraq war; winter; the Dutch royal family; and the BP oil disaster.

Then came singer-songwriter Sam van Tienhoven. He accompanied his singing on guitar and harmonica.

After a pause came Japanese dancing by Raiden Yosakoi. Raiden means Thunder and Lightning in Japanese. The dance group members are mainly students of Japanese and Korean at the university.

After the dancing, my last poem. Also the longest poem: about Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet.

Then, classical music by the Leids Kamerkoor. At first they sang songs by Brahms. Then, Mendelssohn – Die Nachtigall (The Nightingale); on the video, performed by the university choir of Munich in Germany.

Then, singer-songwriter Sarah Laure.

This music video is called Sarah Laure – Let Me Be Distracted.

Finally, rock ’n roll by Weltmeister.