Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
From the Washington Post
PARIS - A parliamentary panel that wants Muslim women to stop veiling their faces recommended Tuesday that France ban such garb in public facilities, including hospitals and mass transit, and refuse residence cards and citizenship to anyone with visible signs of a "radical religious practice."
The nearly 200-page report contains a panoply of measures intended to dissuade women from wearing all-enveloping veils in France. However, there is no call to outlaw such garments - worn by a tiny minority of Muslims - in private areas and in the street.
The veil is widely viewed in France as a gateway to extremism, an insult to gender equality and an offense to France's secular foundation. A 2004 French law bans Muslim headscarves from primary and secondary school classrooms.
As hearings proceeded, "it appeared to members of the panel that the wearing of the full-body veil threw out a challenge to our Republic. It is unacceptable," the report said.
I can tell you what is unacceptable...this is fricking merde!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I ♥ this blog. Sophie Blackall's beautiful illustrations about posts on Missed Connections websites. Her pictures tell the story about strangers who reach out to each other. Sophie describes it perfectly "their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down."
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Just before the end of last year, I posted about the work of Austin Kleon - he is the artist that blacks out newspaper articles to make very clever artwork. His work is featured on this fantastic website 20x200. Their website is all about affordable art, and linking people who want to sell art with people who want to buy it, so anyone who loves art can be an art collector! Now, with all the interesting work being made around the world and with the internet helping us to buy it - there is no excuse for not buying original art. Seriously, original work is now often more affordable than posters pimped by ikea. No excuse.
Anyway, stepping down from the soapbox, 20x200 introduces two new pieces of art a week, all in limited editions. Today they are releasing a new edition by Austin Kleon from his Newspaper Blackout series called Agoraphobia. The text in this work is beautiful.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
I was given the cookbook for Christmas and it has some wonderful recipes. While it has inspired me to cook, it has also made me hanker for a lunch or dinner at Dank Street...I could think of worse ways to pass the time than eating three course for $50 and knocking back some Australian sparking wine, while watching day turn to night on Dank Street Waterloo.