sans soleil (chris marker, 1983)
sans soleil (chris marker, 1983)
So. I wonder if people are upset by this.
"Luck of the Irish" is considered by many academics (Notable is Edward O’Donnell) to be a rather racist term and a negative one at that.
"Luck of the Irish" is in reference to the fact the an Irishman could only succeed by virtue of his luck, never his brains or work ethic. In other words, the term is saying that the Irish were too stupid and too lazy to succeed without their fabled luck.
Id disagree. Luck is a defining part of irish trad. The way we use it is unique to us. Its the equivolent of life force luck is just a crap translation.
We are all born with a certain amount of luck and when its gone, we die. Its why young priests are considered more potent than old priests. Its why folk cures involve childrens spit.
Luck is also something that can be stolen. People can steal it by taking butter or cow pats from peoples land, adding it to your own legnthening your life and prosperity in the process.
If you really hate someone you can make a piseog bag and hang it on their land. Itll drain their luck and possibly kill them.
The belief that luck can be stolen unconciously informed the way we say hello. Dia dhuit and dia is mhuire dhiut is more than a jesusy thing. Its publically stating I bless you so everyone is sure they arent stealing luck from one another
That piseog bag sounds interesting… I have someone in need of a bollocking :p
this will always be my favorite interaction from okcupid
Horsesinthering saddle pad giveaway!
I asked in a post if you guys would be interested in winning a saddle pad. Numerous of people send me messages and said yes.
I will be ordering the saddle pad from the store and send it to you (anywhere in the world!)
The winner can choose between a dressage on or versatility one
Please read the following rules:
- You must be following me, I will check this!
- Likes will not count, only reblogs
- Winner will be chosen like as if it were a raffle drawing. And will be contacted via tumblr messages.
- You have until August 8th 9pm (Belgian time!) I will also post the winning blog
- I ship to anywhere in the world, shipping costs will be paid by me! I do want to say on forehand that it could take a while before I get it shipped. I will try my hardest to get it to you by the end of August!
Ends on August 8th, 2014 at 9pm (Belgian Time)
REMEMBER, you must also be following ME for your entry to count.
Good luck and stay lovely!
One eyed wonder horse jumps to glory: Showjumper Addy triumphs at Hickstead Derby despite being blind on his right side.
Addy – full name Adventure de Kannan – had his eye removed last year, following six years of painful ulcers.
Since then, he hasn’t looked back. ‘If anything, it’s made him better,’ said his rider Trevor Breen.
‘He’s got a great attitude and a big heart… which is why I think he has been able to overcome adversity so well. Whatever you ask him to do, he gives everything.’
Taking everything in his stride, Addy is rarely spooked by people approaching on his blind side, and has honed his hearing to compensate.
Cheered by a 15,000-strong crowd, the fiercely determined bay gelding overcame what many believed would be an insurmountable handicap to be garlanded as the first one-eyed champion in the event’s 54-year history.
So many feels - one of the broodmares on the stud I worked at had one eye, and then none.
Today, 10 countries in the world control 40% of the world’s total wealth and 15 transnational corporations control 50% of global output. Today, as 100 years ago, acting in the name of the free market and democracy, a handful of imperial powers invade countries, block trade, impose prices on the rest of the world, choke national economies, plot against progressive governments and resort to espionage against the inhabitants of this planet.
A tiny elite of countries and transnational corporations control the destinies of the world, its economies and its natural resources. The economic and social inequality between regions, between countries, between classes and between individuals has grown outrageously. About 0.1% of the world’s population owns 20% of humanity’s assets. In 1920, a business manager in the US made 20 times the wage of a worker, but today he is paid 331 times that wage.
This unfair concentration of wealth and predatory destruction of nature is also generating a structural crisis that is becoming unsustainable. It is a mutually reinforcing crisis affecting international finance, energy, climate, water, food, institutions and values. It is a crisis inherent to capitalist civilisation.
The climate crisis is caused by the anarchy of capitalist production, with consumption levels and unharnessed industrialisation that have led to excessive emissions of polluting gases that in turn have led to global warming and natural disasters affecting the entire world.
For more than 15,000 years before the era of capitalist industrialisation, greenhouse gases did not amount to more than 250 parts per million molecules in the atmosphere. Since the 19th century, and in particular in the 20th and 21st centuries, thanks to the actions of predatory capitalism, this count has risen to 400ppm. Global warming has become an irreversible process, along with weather disasters felt worst by the poorest and most vulnerable countries of the South.
In turn, global warming is generating a water supply crisis that is compounded by privatisation, depletion of sources and commercialisation of fresh water. As a consequence, the number of people without access to clean water is growing apace. The water shortage in many parts of the planet is leading to armed conflicts and wars that further aggravate the lack of availability of this non-renewable resource.
Add to these issues the cutting of food-producing lands, the imbalances between urban and rural areas, the monopoly exercised by transnational corporations over the marketing of seeds and agricultural inputs, and the speculation in food prices.
The imperial model of concentration and speculation has also caused an institutional crisis characterized by an unequal and unjust distribution of power in the world in particular within the UN system, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation. People’s social rights are endangered. Nature itself is threatened with extinction. We have reached a limit, and global action is urgently needed to save society, humanity and Mother Earth.
Bolivia has started to take steps to address these issues. Up to 2005, Bolivia applied a neoliberal policy leading to the concentration of wealth, social inequality and poverty, greater marginalisation, discrimination and social exclusion.
In Bolivia, the historic struggles waged by social movements, in particular the indigenous peasant movement, have allowed us to initiate a “democratic and cultural revolution” through the ballot box and without the use of violence.
This revolution is rooting out exclusion, exploitation, hunger and hatred. It is rebuilding the path of balance, complementarity, and consensus with its own identity, Vivir Bien (“living well”).
Anonymous said: You matter.
Thanks anon, but in the big scheme of things I really don’t.
Kayden’s first time experiencing rain (x)
Intricate Paper Cut Masterpieces That Are Also Love Letters
If you’re a fan of paper cutting you may already be familiar with the wonderful work of London-based artist Rob Ryan. The intricate lines, swirls, patterns, and figures in each piece are a testament to the painstaking process involved in this craft, but a closer look will show you what else makes each artwork special.