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Shelter From the Storm – Bob Dylan’s Tempest

The Tempest was Shakespeare’s last play so it seems fitting to speculate that Bob Dylan’s latest album, Tempest, could well be his last. At 71 his rasping voice sounds as though it is nearing its end. In time honored fashion Dylan is saying nothing.

The album itself, which is probably the best he has released since Desire days, calls on all the influences from a long and varied career – electric blues, country, rock n roll – and to be fair are all played by some of the best and tightest musicians in Dylan’s history.

This is not a homespun apple-pie collection of songs. They appear to come from a deep dark place within Dylan. It feels like he is taking a long hard look at life and death, and maybe his own mortality.

Tracks like Narrow Way, Pay in Blood and Long and Wasted Years flow like a retrospective glance back at a long hard career.

The opening track, Duquesne Whistle, is a hobo style train song, but man is it sinister, whilst Scarlet Town brings to life the no-hope low points of a corrupt and hard-hit city. The 46-verse title track seems like a throwback to Desolation Row but slides beautifully to a grim end.

The last track on the album, Roll On John is an elegy for John Lennon, but is just maybe a hymn to the silence that Dylan will eventually reach.

Unlike some artists who faced their own mortality in an album, Dylan has not borrowed from any other artist, in the same way that for instance, Johnny Cash did but stands alone, on his own ground and faces down the demons.

Dylan has always led whilst others followed, be it from the Woody Guthrie inspired days that helped the Byrds and Peter, Paul and Mary to fame, or the electrifying Like a Rolling Stone. He introduced the Beatles to dope and led them through The Gates of Eden. OK he did occasionally dabble in religion but came back with the majesty of Blood on the Tracks, Desire and Street Legal.

Is this now his most significant step? Looking at death and at his dwindling twilight days?

Doomsday Cults – Jim Jones and the People’s Temple

The mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana on November 18th 1978 was the largest civilian loss of American lives, apart from those lost in natural disasters, of modern times, that is until 9/11. Known correctly as the stown massacre, in all, nine hundred and eighteen people died in this tragic event, in the settlement itself, in the capital Georgetown and also at a nearby airstrip.

Jim Jones, leader of the cult, founded the People’s Temple in Indiana in the mid 1950’s. Unlike many cults, it had a political rather than a religious aspect, and was dedicated to the establishment of extreme socialism. And unlike many cult leaders, Jim Jones was to some extent an establishment figure, associating with high ranking members of the US government and at one time being appointed Chairman of the San Francisco Housing Commission.

During the 1970’s Jones moved his headquarters from Indiana to San Francisco. Indiana had not welcomed his integrationist views, and California had a more liberal climate in which Jones could operate.

Jim Jones views and methods were under examination and attack in the US, so he sought a more congenial place to establish his People’s Temple Agricultural Project, or Jonestown as it became known. Jones settled upon the country of Guyana, which was very amenable to his socialist views and appeared to provide a safe haven.

He and his followers began to build a community in the jungle. The small country was overwhelmed by the mass immigration of five hundred followers, and it is undoubtedly the case that there was rampant bribery by Jones to allow him to import the arms and drugs which he required. Jonestown was run along pure communist lines, and required communal living and complete equality. The model was of North Korea, the Soviet Union and Cuba, with intense restriction on personal freedom, including the inability of residents to leave.

Jim Jones was clearly a charismatic personality, as he seems to have been able to pull the wool over the eyes of many people, including the government of Guyana. By the late 1970’s, with investigative journalists hot on his trail, Jones himself moved to Jonestown, along with more migrants, and the population rose to close on a thousand. The land was very poor, and sustainability wasn’t possible. When Jones arrived, the overcrowding created pressure on the community, and this was coupled with a harsh new regime, based on the Korean model of eight hours work, eight hours study. (For study, read brainwashing.) Jones broadcast his incoherent thoughts around the compound night and day, making it difficult even to sleep.

Jonestown was hot, overcrowded, and married couples were forced to live apart. Food was meager, and work was the norm. Punishments close to torture for men, women and children were meted out to those who didn’t toe the Jones’ line. Many people became sick with dysentery and similar illnesses due to the poor hygiene of the settlement.

Eventually, people began to want to leave, and their plight was brought to the attention of Congressman Leo Ryan of Northern California, who eventually visited Jonestown and tried to take some people back to the US with him. Jones, by this time sick, abusing drugs and behaving with more than usual paranoia, ordered them to be killed. This killing took place at a local airstrip.

Fearing that the wrath of the US would be called down upon his organization, Jim Jones decided that the only escape was mass suicide. He convinced his followers that they would otherwise be subjected to torture, and a better place awaited them. A cocktail of cyanide, grape juice and Valium was prepared in vats, and people came forward to take the deadly mixture. Mothers gave the poison to their babies, then drank it themselves. Nine hundred and nine people committed suicide that day, including Jones, who shot himself � a much easier death that cyanide poisoning. Other cult members living in the capital Georgetown were instructed to kill themselves, and did so. A few people escaped, and lived to tell the tale.

The People’s Temple seems to have been less a Doomsday cult than a political experiment gone wrong. The Jonestown massacre was instigated by fear of reprisals more than by hope for a better world beyond the grave. Although Jones styled himself Reverend, there is little real evidence of religious belief or practices in the cult. Cult is certainly was, with strong elements of brainwashing and leader worship. There is no doubt that Jones was deluded at best, and wicked at worst.

The Importance of Being Comical

Stand up comedians are granted a social license to say what we think but dare not say out loud. We love comedy because it recreates our experience of life and leaves us with the gift of laughter. Comedy holds up a mirror to the conversations that dominate our society and allows them to be.

Comedy allows us to poke fun at ourselves and to laugh at the intricate web of social norms that otherwise would remain unchallenged. We feel connected as our human foibles are exaggerated and parodied for us to see in their naked form. We revel in the stories of human dysfunction in full flight. Maybe it is because it makes us feel better about the unworkability of our own lives? Maybe we just want to be taken to the absurd so we can forget.

There seems to be an even more socially important function for comedy. I recently watched Jon Stewart discuss how the gun lobby�s fear of a possible dystopian future allowed us to ignore America�s dystopian present in reality. After lunging for the dictionary, I was reminded that comedy is best when it is not only funny but also true. It is no surprise that over the last few decades, news delivered with a comedic twist has become increasingly popular. Think late shows and late, late shows. News satire has become increasingly popular since its renaissance in the UK with shows like That Was the Week that Was in the 1960�s and the now popular Saturday Night Live style that became popular from the US in the 1980�s and still enjoys large audiences today.Now with David Letterman, John Stewart, Conan O�Brien and Jimmy Fallon, there seems to be no end to the demand for the style.

But where did it all begin? Though stand up comedy could arguably be traced back to the time of the ancients. The Vaudeville style, where a comedian talks to the audience as himself, was made more widely popular during the Second World War. Comedians like Bob Hope, Jack Benny and George Burns entertained troops. Post war British favorites like Peter Sellers, Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper all began this way. After the war, the proliferation of radio and television expanded the audience even further. Many stand up comic celebrities find their way into situation comedy (sitcom) where comedic premises from their routines form the basis for the whole show. Robin Williams, Jackie Gleeson, Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby are just a few stand up comics to transition into the television sitcom world.

Now comedians typically start their journey in the open mic clubs that pop up in every populated center in pubs, clubs, coffee houses and bars. Comedians are usually given 5 minutes to work their material and impress the crowd. From here they may participate in contests or grow their skills to the point where they are offered paid gigs or MC spots. This is the brutal trial-by-fire apprenticeship that would-be comics accept as their road to success. Whether comedy is just a means of entertainment or an insight into the cultural zeitgeist, it seems like it will never lose its place in society. What we deal with as a society and individuals is reflected in our comedy. Pop into your local open-mic club soon and you may see the stars of the future honing their craft. Maybe you will even be inspired to get up yourself? Either way, you are guaranteed to be entertained.

Classic Kong Review

If you don’t know the plot, the rock you live under must be rather large. The original Donkey Kong is when Nintendo truly began to create gaming as we know it today. One man, with one mission that creates a simplistic game that has spawned 30+ years of Mario. This game basically created the whole Nintendo franchise, by helping non-gamers identify with the most well-known mascot of all time. Although the plot had been done many times before (rescue princess, defeat bad guy) no other game captured the eye and love of so many gamers at that time.
Unfortunately for later gamers this classic gem has been lost. This isn’t through Nintendo’s lack of trying as the game has appeared in Donkey Kong 64 and the Donkey Kong game on Game Boy. However, it hasn’t been the main focus of the game it’s been involved in and due to this a lot of aspects have been lost (such as difficulty and playability). In 2012 the homebrew community was invited to relive the classic (with updated graphics) on Nintendo’s definitive, Super Nintendo console, courtesy of Bubble Zap.
Classic Kong isn’t a reimagining of the game as seen within numerous other titles or repetition of the game, it’s a complete remake of the original arcade Donkey Kong, done by using graphics reminiscent of Game Boy Advance titles. The aim is simple in that you need to advance through the stage by reaching the top of the level, using a system of ladders and moving platforms. This is done to complete the stage, but also reflects upon the bitter struggle to save the princess. The real challenge is timing in this game (just like the original) with the speed and mechanics of our beloved protagonist Mario similar (if not the same) as the original. However, the difference is that Mario has become a beautifully coloured sprite, set in the backdrop of a wondrously, vivid landscape.
The game differs slightly in that the items and sprites have changed, but given the evolution that the Super Nintendo brought to home consoles, if this game was released by Nintendo themselves in the 90’s, one would assume that the game would definitely look similar to this. However, Bubble Zap did expand on what I feel Nintendo wouldn’t have done choosing characters emphatically cartoonish opposed to the original set block type, commonly seen in other Snes Mario games. The sprites are more reflective of Nintendo’s evolution into the GBA years. This is a good thing as Mario seems more approachable, just like the feelings gamers had with the arcade version done for a renewed audience.
The reimagining is beautiful and as gaming evolves it’s always pleasant to reminisce through playing re-mastered favourites. The game is still as addictive as it was all those years ago, with the added bonus that it is now a Super Nintendo game. Classic Kong takes the familiar embellishes the favourite and combines the two beautifully, to ensure those who missed its brilliance the first time roundFree Web Content, will surely be hooked upon this update.

Theme Your Kitchen With Hollywood Memorabilia

It is no secret that movies are very popular. Films have gone international with movie stars being recognized worldwide. You wait every year to see your favorite actor or actress in the upcoming film. A lot of people look forward to that warm, comfortable night in with the people they care about while curled up around the TV watching a rented DVD. The movie starts on the screen are actually invited into your living room and the moments on screen can feel as real as a memory. You can share your passion for these moments by decorating your kitchen with Hollywood memorabilia.

Hollywood memorabilia is a great design idea for the inside of your home. Everyone connects with movies, so it is good the pieces serve as good conversation piece. It will spark up a talk about everyone�s favorite films and that can break the ice during a get together; movie buffs would even argue that you can learn a lot about a person through the movies that they like. So, in a way, the Hollywood memorabilia on the walls can help you screen potential friends.

Another thing that good Hollywood memorabilia can do is set a mood. If you are partial to a piece of film then the room will take the feel of that film. Perhaps you like to hang a signed scene from a family movie, and that image will set a tone for the entire room. Everyone that sees the piece will be reminded of that famous moment, sit down and enjoy the subliminal family atmosphere. Hollywood memorabilia can help you set the tone.

The first thing to consider when it comes to decorating your kitchen with Hollywood memorabilia is what kind of paint to use behind the pieces. This really comes down to the atmosphere you are trying to promote with your art work. Perhaps you want a sleek 1950�s atmosphere, then the pain in the room should take on that theme. You can use checkered tiles on the walls and paint the room with off-white colors. If you have a lot of pieces that are very valuable then you might want to keep the d�cor and the paint tempered. A plain white, like in an art gallery, will show of the art work. It will stand alone on the wall and speak for itself.

Hollywood memorabilia will dictate the kitchen ware as well. You want silverware and plates that slide right into the feeling of the room, unless, of course, you want the kitchen to speak like an art gallery. It would be pretty odd to have a bunch of themed Hollywood d�cor and a New England style rustic kitchen set.

It is now easier than ever to decorate your kitchen the way you want. These pieces are all available online and can be bought with a specific theme in mind. You don�t have to go gallivanting to southern California for the latest in movie themed d�cor. You can sit down, in the privacy of your own kitchen and buy online while looking around at the walls.

Tips In Looking For A Local Orlando DJ Service

The things that you need to consider when hiring an Orlando DJ are the following. First is the professional background of the service provider. You want to know if the professional that you will hire for the service is a competent one. You want to know if he is experienced.

There are more other things that you want to know or check with the disc jockey. You want to know if he is a professional in the service. There are information on the internet that you will find that could help you know the disc jockey more professionally. Find out if the disc jockey is having regular gigs on a radio.

As you immerse yourself into the service, you will become a professional in no time sooner. Inquire from your local municipality if you need to secure a license in order to do a show or render the service to the public in exchange for some money. You can also search the internet for the website of the small business administration of your local area.

After the expiry date, the disc jockey cannot anymore continue to provide service to his clients without this so called business license. Renewing said license entails some requirements. You need to complete the requirements before you can be granted again with the license.

You will be assessed by local authorities. If they find you fit enough to render the service, then a new business license is issued. When it comes to professional license, there are gray areas. If you will be disc jockeying in the radio, a licensed operator suffices the requirement. The operator of the radio disc jockeying service must have the license.

You have to keep the shows in minimal quantity or else you are going to need a small business license for it. It would be better if you choose to get a small business license for it. There are advantages and privileges. You can save on taxes if you get a business license for your mobile disc jockey service.

If you choose not toScience Articles, then make sure that your earnings of the service and pay your taxes properly. People can also give recommendations to others who need a certain service. Look for people who you think can help you in finding one. This is also one way of getting feedback.

People who recommend a professional service provider can give comments on the professional background of the disc jockey. People will not recommend certain services if they know nothing about it. They must have tried the service and was satisfied with the provider.

You also have tools that you can use in writing the comments. Use these tools in editing and publishing your comments. Talk to several disc jockeys. It is nice to be able to help local performers in your area. Besides it is also easier for you to check the background of the professional if you use a local Orlando DJ. Check the experience of the professional.

Do The Maya Believe The End Of The World Is At Hand

The Mayan people who lived in what is now modern day Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico had exceptionally complicated calendars. During the 18th century, scholars began to translate the Mayan calendar, and realized that the current cycle would end round about December 21st 2012.

It just so happens that upon this date, the earth and sun will be roughly aligned with the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is also of course the Winter Solstice, or shortest day of the year. These facts combined with the overheated imaginations of people who love to speculate about the end of the world being at hand, have given rise to endless speculation that somehow the world will come to an end on December 21st 2012, or that we will transition into a new state of being.

Mayans themselves on the whole just shrug their shoulders, and entirely disbelieve in the so called Mayan prophecy. To them it is simply the end of a long time cycle, rather like 31st December. But of course, there is money to be made from Doomsday, so the Tourist Boards of the various Mundo Maya (Mayan World) countries have been milking it as hard as they can.

Many people genuinely believe that the Mayan civilization was founded by extra terrestrial beings, and that they created the complex calendar to indicate to the world that some cataclysmic event would take place. In fact, it’s not even certain that the Mayan calendar does end on December 21st 2012, experts disagree on this point.

People who follow the various Mayan Doomsday Cults believe that there will be some kind of special beam radiated from the center of the Universe to Earth. Of course, one person’s Doomsday Cult is another person’s respectable belief � after all, most Christians believe in the end of the world as we know it and the second coming of Christ.

One of the interesting aspects of the Mayan Prophecy is that people believe that the way in which humans respond to these end of the world events will affect what actually happens. Some believe that if it is greeted with open minds and hearts, we will somehow be transported into a new age, where we will enjoy a higher consciousness.

There are some who believe the the original intergalactic �seed Maya� beings will return on December 21st, bringing with them new knowledge and ushering in a new age of peace, harmony, and wisdom. Interestingly, very few people actually seem to believe that we are looking at the end of the world, rather some kind of rebirth.

Events due to take place at Mayan sites all over the Mundo Maya range from international concerts to a few enthusiasts camping out over night at some of the smaller temples. There doesn’t seem to be a mass subscription to an end of the world scenario, rather, this seems to be for most people something fun and interesting, fueled by the seemingly endless doomsday programming of the History Channel and the like.

Laughably, one such program showed an intrepid explorer traveling to a �secret� Mayan site. The �secret� site is half a mile off of a main road and visited by tourists daily. The Mayan shaman in the film, introduced as a traditional wise man in his Mayan hovel, is actually a well known village elder and tour guide who, carefully out of shot, has a TV, stereo system and the like in his admittedly traditional home.

In hushed tones the intrepid explorer explained that he had to beat his way through almost impenetrable jungle to the site, which he announced he had very special permission to visit. The impenetrable jungle he was showing the viewer was in fact a cultivated banana plantation, there were even a few chickens pecking around! Yes, the Mayan end of the world Doomsday cult has brought charlatans out in their droves.

Fortunately the Mayan Prophecy seems to be a mild and pleasant variant of the regular end times theme which has not gulled people into serious fear and worry.

Why Jumping Castle Hire Brisbane is the in Thing

Jumping castles have evolved! Once, such a device was too large to fit into the average backyard; you only saw them at public events such as shows and fetes. These days they are smaller and decorated with licensed characters to make them look really attractive. And being a little smaller they can certainly fit into most backyards for a child�s party. When it comes to jumping castle hire, Brisbane has the best castles of all.

All kids love to jump around in a bouncy castle, but there comes a time in a child�s life � especially boys � where they would not want to be seen enjoying themselves in a fairy princess castle. However, mothers don�t have to worry as they can order a pirate or Batman castle for their sons� birthdays.

There are other changes in today�s castles. Those big castles had a large area inside to jump around in, but nothing else. Today, each castle has a slide with an enclosed ladder for safety and a ball hoop for extra fun and games. How much fun is that! And of course, they also have safety netting so that children cannot accidentally bounce out onto the hard ground and sustain an injury.

In addition, these castles do not have those tent pegs that stretch way out and trip people over, but are pegged close to the castle itself, making it very safe � and the area needed to erect it smaller. The material they are made of is fire retardant and the floor part is quite deep and strong so that even adults can bounce safely on it. Even the entry mat is softly padded to ensure that your kids remain safe at all times. The company in Brisbane that has these castles also offer jumping castle hire in Ipswich.

If you are looking for jumping castles in Brisbane you are sure to be able to find them without much trouble. They are ideal for fundraisers and other events as well as for birthday parties. In fact, for an event you can hire them with an attendant if you are short of staff to look after things.

What you need for a castle is a reasonably level � though not necessarily perfect � surface, an area of approximately 6×5 metres and an overhead space of just over 4 metres that is free from overhanging branches and power lines. They can go on any kind of surface from grass to road base or gravel to plain old dirt.

Targeting, Technology and Entertainment

Women love their TV sets, men love their laptops, phones or whatever that allows them watch their favourite sports.
But had it not been for women, TV would have not emerged to be the medium that it is today. The rise of telly world started with them. And since then, it really mattered if Tulsi’s mother-in-law accepted her or not, if Mihir came back from the dead as a Karva Chauth blessing, if Parvati was what the ideal woman should be, if Ramola Sick and’s bindi matched her sari better or not?
On a serious note, television shows opened up a new reality-escape for women. The reel life characters resembled much like their own with a larger-than-life look in some elements. Shows like Kavita on Doordarshan, Rihhai, Kutumb and Kussum on SET India, Pavitra Rishta on Zee have all been much loved while most other TV shows in Hindi showcase the lives of common women in every role- a wife, a sister, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a woman; a struggle, their battle and their victory to believe in. However, all of this came in the most delightful package – entertainment.
But men have always had a much bigger life, a more open one with more exposure, experiences and people. Inspiration and entertainment have never been an issue. But who can deny the distressing impact of sports and men. It’s like meditation and all that men would really ask for barring their newspapers would be a medium to watch sports if not in the stadium itself. To the moon and back, technology has taken every route of providing convenience, even to provide sports on every possible platform. Earlier, drawing room fights were about TV shows in Hindi and sports on TV. But technology has changed that to effect too. Now, with the availability of sports TV channels online, on mobile phones, on laptops, on iPads with the variety of apps and broadcast options, following sports has become a cakewalk. Apart from cutting down on those drawing room quarrels, these TV channels online also made following the matches easier in office, while travelling, on the go! This in a way is a boon to women and their television schedules free from sports. And just in case they don’t get to watch it on television, these shows are very much available online on the channel portals.So now to each and every one, entertainmentComputer Technology Articles, entertainment and entertainment is an open secret of happy life!

Why Burning Spear Vinals Are Collectible

While Burning Spear is an artist, there is also a record company of the same name. This company, Burning Spear Vinyls has produced a number of Jamaican artists over the years. These albums have become quite collectable. It is easy to see why this is the case as the first artists to be produced on this label were recording as early as 1969.

While there may be a small resurgence of tables and vinyl on the market, most often these products are aimed towards DJs and those providing dance music at local high school or other parties. Of course, there are also others which buy these items simply as an act of nostalgia. Regardless, most often these new vinyl cuts, while extremely cool, hold little collectible value, at least not at the present time.

So, it is often best to look for this type of collectible at local antique dealers, shows, stores or other locations which sell funky art and older items. There are often a few of these types of stores in each city though finding one can definitely be a task. It is often best to make a list of each store you want to visit along with an address and phone number.

In addition, it is often a good idea to look up average values of items being bought and sold to local antique, pawn or vintage shops. Knowing this information can often help you make a more educated decision when buying or selling merchandise. And allowing sellers to make at least a little profit if at all possible.

As would be expected, generally the earlier the release on this label, often the more valuable the album. However, an artist can also add or deduct from the overall value of collectible albums and records. As a result, it is often good to have an idea of which artists comand the most value when you are buying and selling in this field.

Reggae music fans need not fear though, as this music has now also found its way into the CD/DVD/Blu-ray market place. Also, as there will be 5.1 Audio Blu-ray discs coming out in the next few months; there is no doubt the sound will be clearer than ever before. Still, as collecting is often both fun and profitable, it can be a very good way to obtain some great older music in original formats.

So, while Burning Spear Vinyls are quite popular, there are also other formats which are worth even more as collectibles. Of course, those which are most collectible are those which are antique or hard to find. As a result, there are a number of collectible Vinyl Albums and 45s of value which can be found in antique dealers’, bazaars and garage sales around the world.