Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ensemble

World Aids Day

Campaigners from around the world will be coming together on World AIDS Day, 1 December, to commemorate the theme of universal access and human rights. This year the World AIDS Campaign is working to promote the Light for Rights campaign. Light for Rights events are taking place on every continent this World AIDS Day! We also have many other tools below (and more to come). Our partners and friends are also working to prepare to mark World AIDS Day. The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) and the World AIDS Campaign say that to ensure continued success in the HIV response, policies and programmes must respect and protect the human rights of those most affected by HIV. The 2010 Global Update on the AIDS Epidemic by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) suggests that significant progress has been made in advancing access to HIV prevention, treatment, support and care over the past ten years, but notes that human rights approaches are crucial to further progress.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Losing my patience

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Protest

Berlin piracy

Hardy members of Germany's Pirate Party stripped down to their underwear and went to Berlin airport, their bodies marked with slogans in makeup or on paper signs: "Something to hide?", "Be a good citizen -- drop your pants." One woman has the word diaper scrawled on her lower back with an arrow pointing to her underwear and the word prosthetic printed on her leg. The word piercing and an arrow point to one of her breasts. The full-body scanners use high-frequency radio waves to produce an image of a passengers naked body beneath clothes. Anything a passenger is carrying against the body -- weapons, drugs or explosives -- would be exposed. The scanners would also reveal the presence of prosthetic devices and breast implants. As such, there have been privacy and legal concerns raised about the invasive equipment, particularly because its unclear if the scanners would be able to detect explosives hidden in body cavities and would therefore likely provide only minimal security.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

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The absinthe effect

For your information from Wikipedia : Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic (45–74% ABV) beverage. It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium, commonly referred to as "grande wormwood", together with green anise and sweet fennel. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green colour but can also be colourless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as la fée verte (the Green Fairy). Although it is sometimes mistakenly called a liqueur, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is therefore classified as a spirit. Absinthe is unusual among spirits in that it is bottled at a very high proof but is normally diluted with water when consumed.
Last evening, there was at my friends' place a dinner. This is a kind of event this time of the year when we have the same meal, brought by one of us : duck backed in the oven hours long with mash potatoes and red collyflower cooked with wine and apples. This is absolutely delicious and It's not a thing I would miss, knowing in advance we will have a good time. It is in a small commity and It lasts hours; eating, drinking and sharing what happened during the year as we meet for wome of us only at this dinner. Some new people are invited but the close circle is always there. There was a new experiment to be made this evening : drinking absinthe and Its ritual. We brought the spoon (there is a shop in the city specialized in this alcohol) and the sugar and It started. It lasts pretty long, especially if you are a number around the table. Take your glass, put the spoon on it, put the sugar on the spoon, pour the absinthe slowly on it and, optional (that we did), set the sugar on fire with your lighter. Mix with some water. When It is ready, drink. It is very strong, so do not be surprised if suddenly, you can't express yourself correctly after the first drink. The thing is that we had more than one and sometimes even pure. The effect on me ? I felt suddenly vey tired (OK, It was already 3:00 a.m) but It charges me as well with some sad feelings that stay a long time today. This is completely weird and I asked around me and It is not exceptional. So I understand perfectly how It was in the beginning of last century when people got mad drinking this in Paris. I am not certain to try it again. I'd better have one of my favorite martini cocktail. If you wish to have something natural this week-end in the city, try the East Germany products' fair !

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Go East

Funny how a city can change : for 20 years, everyone in Berlin wanted to leave East Berlin, walk through what was left from the wall and find eldorado in West Berlin before It's too late, with all problems that come within : find a job, a place to live, being able to adpate yourself with new laws, meaning make your own life but you are on your own now. Lately this west Berlin's eldorado seems old as everyone wants to be a part of the East Berlin's evolution. I even start to see in my neighborhood cars from Denmark and Sweden. 20 people stands in the rain in front of building doors to visit a flat to rent it. I am happy for Berlin, the city needs the money but in a w ay yet the city is loosing Its heart, what makes Berlin popular : Its alternativity. Things are becoming standard and I am afraid It will be boring.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Best of my love


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Taxi zum Klo

Last evening, I went to the cinema to watch this movie from 1980. I was expecting some tour around the city and be able to see how It changed since the fall of the wall but actually had to see a documentary about the sex life of a gay man in the Berlin of those years. I understand at the time It could have looked outrageous but since then, also in our own life, we have seen much worse. Plot : West Berliner Frank tries to keep his professional and personal life separate. During the day, he is Herr Ripploh, a dedicated public school teacher, who does some tutoring on the side. Although he likes his students and his fellow teachers, he does only the mandatory functions required with them. At night and on the weekends, he is often known as Peggy to his friends, Peggy/Frank a gay man who is always on the prowl for anonymous sex often in public places. The one thing that Frank does do to blur his personal and professional time together is to mark his students' homework while he's sitting in public washroom toilet stalls waiting to meet men for sex. Things on the personal side of his life may change when he meets Bernd, a movie theater clerk. At first, Bernd is just the latest in a string of one nights stands. However, Bernd quickly moves into Frank's flat and the two talk of their future life together, Bernd dreaming of them living together on a farm. But Frank, despite loving Bernd, feels restless and continues his quest for anonymous gay sex. Bernd knows that Frank is still having sex with other men, doesn't much like it but can't stop Frank from doing it. Even a hospital stay, the result of his risky sexual behavior, doesn't stop Frank from cruising public washrooms. But fight after fight between the two, the latest following the annual Queen's Ball, makes Frank evaluate his life in all its components.