North Korean women band want to play at South Korean Olympics


This music video is called Moranbong Band – My country is the best! [North Korea].

That all-women North Korean band wants to play at the February 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongcheang.

Dutch NOS TV reports that today North and South Korean delegations are again talking about North Koreans going to Pyeongchang. One northern delegate is Ms Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the Moranbong Band. She wants her band to play during the games.

This music video from North Korea says about itself:

North Korean Moranbong Band: The World’s Most Famous Songs (US, Brazil, Russia, France…)

6 May 2017

We have nothing to envy in this world – Kim Hyok

Symphony No. 40, 1st movement – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Rondo alla Turca – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Those Were The Days – Boris Fomin

Dark eyes – Evheniy Grebenka

Isle of Capri – Wilhelm Grosz

Red river Valley – American folksong

Tico -Tico no Fubá – Zequinha de Abreu

Swan lake – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Skaters’ Waltz – Émile Waldteufel

O sole mio – Eduardo di Capua

Radetzky Marsch – Johann Strauss

Carmen Overture – Georges Bizet

Brilliant motherland – Ri Myon-sang

THE rival Koreas agreed today to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea: here.

Trump emphasises hostile stance on North Korea: here.

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Trump won’t visit Britain, parody song


This satiric song from Britain. a parody of the song ‘London Bridge Is Falling Down‘, says about itself:

Donald Trump – “London Bridge is Failing Bad”

12 January 2018

President Donald Trump clarifies the cancellation of his London visit via the medium of song.

LYRICS:

London Bridge is failing bad

Failing bad, failing bad

London Bridge is failing bad

Failing bigly

It is full of no-go zones

No-go zones, no-go zones

It is full of no-go zones

‘Cause of Muslims

Obama sold the embassy

Embassy, embassy

Built a new one somewhere else

Worst deal ever

Wanted me to open it

I said no, I said no

Wanted me to open it

Worst deal ever

No invite to Harry’s wedding

Harry’s wedding, Harry’s wedding

No invite to Harry’s wedding

That’s just bullshit

Londoners bring drugs and crime

Drugs and crime, drugs and crime

Londoners bring drugs and crime

And they’re rapists

Paddington’s an illegal migrant

Illegal migrant, illegal migrant

And he just eats marmalade

So he might eat me

I’m a stable genius

Sadiq Khan, he is not

I’ll beat him in an IQ test

Beat him hands down

And I’ve got the best hands, believe me

London Bridge is failing bad

Failing bad, failing bad

London Bridge is failing bad

Failing bigly

Trump: Program protecting young illegal immigrants ‘probably’ dead: here.

New marine spider species named after Bob Marley


This reggae music video is called High tide or low tideBob Marley (lyrics in ESPAÑOL/ENGLISH).

From ScienceDaily:

New species of marine spider emerges at low tide to remind scientists of Bob Marley

December 23, 2017

It was 02:00h on 11 January 2009 when the sea along the coastline of Australia’s “Sunshine State” of Queensland receded to such an extent that it exposed a population of water-adapted spiders. The observant researchers who would later describe these spiders as a species new to science, were quick to associate their emergence with reggae legend Bob Marley and his song “High Tide or Low Tide.”

This video says about itself:

23 December 2017

Desis bobmarleyi: New underwater spider species named after Bob Marley builds air chambers from silk.

A new species of semi-aquatic spider has been discovered scuttling over corals exposed by the receding tides on an Australian beach.

The spider has been named Desis bobmarleyi in honour of the legendary reggae musician and his song “High tide or low tide”, by the scientists who discovered it.

Desis bobmarleyi belongs to a family of marine spiders with special behaviours that allow them to survive submersion in water.

They seem to have adapted to an underwater lifestyle by hiding in air-filled pockets in rock cavities, shells and seaweed.

The ScienceDaily article continues:

In their paper, published in the open access journal Evolutionary Systematics, the team of Drs. Barbara Baehr, Robert Raven and Danilo Harms, affiliated with Queensland Museum and the University of Hamburg, describe the new Bob Marley‘s intertidal spider and also provide new information on two of its previously known, yet understudied, relatives from Samoa and Western Australia.

Unlike the spiders which people are familiar with, the intertidal species, whose representative is Bob Marley‘s namesake, are truly marine. They have adapted to the underwater life by hiding in barnacle shells, corals or kelp holdfast during high tide. To breathe, they build air chambers from silk. Once the sea water recedes, though, they are out and about hunting small invertebrates that roam the surfaces of the nearby rocks, corals and plants.

The new species, listed under the scientific name of Desis bobmarleyi, is described based on male and female specimens spotted and collected from brain coral on that night in January.

Both sexes are characterised by predominantly red-brown colours, while their legs are orange-brown and covered with a dense layer of long, thin and dark grey hair-like structures. The females appear to be larger in size with the studied specimen measuring nearly 9 mm, whereas the male was about 6 mm long.

While the exact distribution range of the newly described species remains unknown, it is currently recorded from the intertidal zones of the Great Barrier Reef on the north-eastern coast of Queensland.

“The song ‘High Tide or Low Tide’ promotes love and friendship through all struggles of life,” explain the authors for their curious choice of a name. “It is his music that aided a field trip to Port Douglas in coastal Queensland, Australia, to collect spiders with a highly unique biology.”

Apart from reporting their research, the scientists use their paper to pay tribute to a German naturalist from the late 19th century — Amalie Dietrich, as well as the famous Jamaican singer and songwriter. Both admirable figures, even if representative of very different fields, are seen by the authors as examples of “the adventurous and resilient at heart” human nature in pursuit of freedom and independence.

Frogs and Dutch song music video


This 25 December 2017 video is about frog species living in the Netherlands. Mainly edible frogs; also a tree frog and an European toad.

The piano music in this video is the tune of the old Dutch children’s song Er zaten zeven kikkertjes al in een boerensloot (There were seven little frogs in a farmer’s ditch). The ditch in the song is frozen, the frogs half dead.

According to Dutch Wikipedia, the song is from 1843.

However, it may be even older. I remember a version of the song with as final lines:

En er kwam een vent uit Pruisen
met honderdduizend man.
Die nam de zeven kikkertjes
en braadde ze in de pan.

Translation:

A guy from Prussia came
with a hundred thousand men.
He took the seven little frogs
and fried them in the pan.

This may mean that the song is from shortly after 1787. Then, the king of Prussia had one of his generals invade the Dutch republic. Not with 100,000 soldiers; with 26,000 soldiers, but it was enough for victory. The aim of the Prussian invasion was to restore the power of Prince William V of the Orange dynasty, who had been driven away from the capital The Hague by the republican Patriot party.

The song may have been meant originally by the pro-Orange dynasty party to mock their Patriot opponents as powerless frogs.

London Grenfell disaster survivors deserve justice, singer Adele says


This video about London, England says about itself:

Adele Attends Emotional Vigil For Grenfell Tower Fire in London

15 June 2017

By Marina Fang:

12/04/2017 04:52 pm ET

Adele Calls On Theresa May To Do More To Investigate Deadly London Apartment Fire

The singer has made helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire a personal cause.

Helping victims of a deadly high-rise fire that took place in London over the summer has become a personal matter for Adele. The singer has added her voice to an effort to promote more representation and transparency in the United Kingdom’s investigation into the incident.

Adele asked her fans on Monday to sign a petition in which victims and their families call on British Prime Minister Theresa May “to take urgent action to restore their faith in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.”

“We must keep on talking about what is still not happening,” the singer wrote in a tweet distributing the petition.

Officials in the United Kingdom are investigating circumstances of the fire that killed 71 people, including many low-income immigrants, at a London apartment complex in June.

Victims and their families have protested that the panel conducting the investigation is not representative of the community and has not been transparent about its proceedings, according to the BBC.

Adele, a London native, has continually championed the victims of the fire, including using her recent concert tour to raise money for relief. The singer also attended a vigil less than 24 hours after the fire to comfort victims. She later thanked firefighters for their efforts, having tea with them and bringing them cake. In August, Adele hosted a private screening of the movie “Despicable Me 3” for children who were hurt in the fire.

Grenfell fire families challenge government inquiry cover-up: here.

British disabled punk rocker Penny Pepper interviewed


This video from Britain says about itself:

Morning Stories | Penny Pepper On The Problem With ‘Sensible’ Shoes

24 August 2015

Penny Pepper, a disabled writer, talks about rebelling against the “what’s best” rhetoric when it comes to fashion.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

‘The world was a liar and I had too much to say to listen to its prejudice’

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Self-confessed saucepot PENNY PEPPER talks to Felicity Collier about the life experiences informing her recently published memoir

JUST before she starts her reading in a Camden Town pub from her memoirs First in the World Somewhere, Penny Pepper is abuzz with anecdotes from her punk youth, be they striking up a rapport with Morrissey or performing gigs in front of Diane Abbott.

A writer and disabled-rights activist, she instigated change in the 1980s by firing off a letter to music magazine Jamming! calling for equal access to gig venues.

The reaction she stirred led to her meeting her first love, forming a band, and recognition that, if punk is about “breaking down barriers,” that must include disability rights.

Her memoirs follow Penny’s childhood and adolescence in the Chilterns where she was keen to escape her lot with an abusive stepfather and a home life she describes as “a prison, hell.”

She savoured times when there was enough money for batteries to power her radio so she could listen to John Peel (“an absolute saviour”) and, when she first heard The Smiths, she immediately bought “everything they had breathed on.”

Feeling represented by Morrissey’s outsider lyrics, Penny wrote to him “endlessly” and was rewarded with a vinyl copy of Barbarism Begins at Home.

Another pivotal moment was watching Siouxsie Sioux and the Sex Pistols on TV setting the tone for a new youth movement.

Rejecting “the designated life of the cripple,” and the restrictive attitudes from health professionals, she was determined not to live a life ruled by Still’s disease, the arthritic condition which affects her joints and requires her to use a wheelchair

Her dream of living an independent life in London was granted when Ken Livingstone, then Greater London Council leader, acted on a letter she wrote. “Letter writing was my escape, my way of fighting back in the world,” she tells me. “The power of my words took me somewhere.”

Cue letters to the Greenham Common women, membership of CND and Rock against Racism, all provoked by “hating Thatcher and everything she stood for.”

She moved in with her partner-in-crime Tamsin — also disabled — and the pair studied, partied and made music together.

“We didn’t think we shouldn’t do what other people do in their twenties,” she says, recalling how at that time disabled people lived with their parents or in a care home. She was intent on avoiding “incarceration” and the sense that her destiny was set in stone was vehemently rejected when she decided to write.

But it took a long time for her to realise that she had “as much right as anyone else” to tell her story. As with writing, so it was with having a sexual identity as a disabled person. She published a pamphlet on the subject and wrote erotic fiction and her candid and vivid memoirs are excellent testament to her tackling ignorance and discrimination.

As a musician, record company executives “leered” over her breasts, she recalls, but took umbrage at her wheelchair. It was an awakening — being made to feel like she could not belong or be sexy because she used a wheelchair and had arthritis. “I decided the world was a liar and I had far too much to say to listen to its prejudice.”

Outrageously funny and brilliantly defiant, Penny is now in her fifties and she has an enduring identification with anarchism, defining it as mutual aid that involves people who are “programmed to help each other to survive rather than the survival of the fittest that capitalism thrives on.”

Yet she’s been a socialist all her life and has a lot of hope for Jeremy Corbyn. Penny encountered Corbyn in the summer while fundraising and he has supported her disability campaign group Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC).

“He’s definitely captured the imagination of people — he’s made politics fresh. You can’t undo the passion he’s stirred. For the many, not the few!” she chortles.

Penny and her partner were among the first to have a home help in their own flat. She refused to be placed in a care home in an impersonal system, instead demanding independence in her youth.

But there was a battle to have disabled access fitted to the front door when she was forced to move house and the couple encountered fierce opposition from neighbours.

These days, she works with DPAC in its campaigns against the government’s dismantling of social care, including the fight to preserve the Independent Living Fund that enables disabled people to live independently in their own homes, with visiting personal assistants.

But she is not, she says, “vulnerable” and it’s a word she hates. “It’s really abused. I’m no more vulnerable than anyone else, unless my social care is threatened.”

Of government cuts, she says: “We’re talking about basic equalities — being able to sleep and not in your own pee.” It’s a shocking testament to today’s government because, as she points out, Thatcher ignored disabled people, “but she gave us benefits.”

First in the World Somewhere is available from Unbound, unbound.com. Penny is appearing in Brighton tonight at New Writing South, 9 Jew Street. British Sign Language-interpreted.

Under the Tories, attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants have doubled – why won’t Theresa May scrap the work capability assessment? Here.