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New Places & Subjects
Almost a year ago I wrote of accidentally discovering Dominick Gravel’s photo-blog during one of my aimless middle of the night surfing safaris. What a treat…
And so it was that I discovered the photos of Dominick Gravel early Monday morning when I couldn’t sleep.
I’d say I “wasted” two hours at his website and blog, because I should have been sleeping so I could be human for work in the morning, but I couldn’t stop. Mr. Gravel’s photos took me around the world and every one of them was more than art. Playing lot cricket in India, school girls in Japan, riding bicycles in Nepal, a smile from the Dalai Lama, speeding across the plains of Tanzania, an alleyway in Hong Kong, releasing a captured bear somewhere. Who is this guy?
… from BFP’s We discover Dominick Gravel’s blog – a creative feast for eyes and imagination
Last night I found that Mr. Gravel has posted many new and fabulous photos of Vietnam, Korea, Paris and Australia, and more people, people, people!
Have a look at Dominick Gravel’s DKGphoto.com and his info website, but I warn you… be prepared to blow at least an hour. Well worth your time.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mike Tompkins: LIVE!
We’ve been fans of Mike Tompkins for almost a month – that’s all. Yesterday he released his latest and it’s going viral.
One man, one computer, a few pads and a couple of mikes in his girlfriend’s apartment. THIS is what the internet is all about. THIS is why Sony Music, Virgin, CBS and all the rest are freaking. Tompkins is making a living with his voice, and if he keeps it up he might make a good living – marketing straight to his fans, selling songs through iTunes or giving them away in exchange for club dates where he can make some money too.
No 15% contract for this man like some beggar saying “Please Mr. Sony, please distribute my CD and take all the money.”
Music, fiction, politics, economies, freedom: The internet changed everything.
Watch this video and you might believe there is hope for the world after all
Matt is a self-described 35 year old ‘micro-famous deadbeat’. He’s the dancing guy from “Where the hell is Matt?” website who got paid to take his girlfriend around the world doing Stride chewing gum commercials. At one point he was a flat-broke guy hanging around Hanoi, Vietnam when he had a friend make a video of him dancing with some kids on the street. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Half way through Matt’s new 2012 video, Shona, the boys and I were laughing and tearing up at the same time. The kids were dancing. Shona was dancing. I was dancing.
Then I started thinking what a great idea this would be for a Barbados Tourism Authority commercial: spend a month going around the island getting people to dance – taxi drivers, fisherfolk, chefs, hotel staff, children, shop clerks, police – everybod all around the island. Then take the best and make it into a Barbados TV commercial with the same feeling as Matt’s videos. Better yet: get Matt to Barbados and have him make the commercial for the BTA. Done well, that could be a great commercial.
Shona, the boys and I would dance for Matt and the BTA… how about you?
My sock fell off. What do I do now?
Of course all the girls at work did nothing else yesterday after this hit the network! 🙂
An old friend sent us this video with the message “Show this to your local Union guys and to workers. This is production!“
I couldn’t help but post it as a Spark. It’s magic and I want to visit India just to see this team in action.
“I didn’t think anyone would want to marry me, but she said she did.”
Shander Herian had been blind since an accident at the age of 10, but that didn’t matter to his wife to be. It was an arranged marriage for the Brit of Indian heritage and the Gurjeet said “yes”.
The couple worked hard. Together they assembled computers and sold them. She drove him to the customers and he used a braille keyboard to set up the software. Two daughters and ten years later they were millionaires.
Then he could see again.
An uplifting story of love and miracles that’s just what I needed on Monday morning.
You read a story like this, you feel good and you realize that compared to some people you have no problems at all!
“Just happened to pick up the camera…”
Okay, we know it’s not a fish, but we couldn’t resist the play on words considering this is a Bajan blog and all that. Click on the photo and you’ll be taken to the Daily Telegraph to see the large photo and read how Matt Deans took this one in a million shot.
Spark of the Day! is our occasional reminder of how beautiful this little planet really is – and should be.
‘Princess’ is smart, friendly and doing alright by the standards of the camp. She has put on weight and is healthy. Like most of the children, once she gets into the programme she has an excellent chance at a good future. I wish I could have taken her home, but that wouldn’t have been right either. See you next year, little one!
This Spark of the Day! is our way of reminding our readers and ourselves that we should be giving something back. One person can make a difference! It made a difference to Princess.
Some seek truth one way, some in another…
We received this photo of a Japanese prayer circle from an anonymous reader and it makes me think about how little I know about how others seek God, or if you prefer, truth. I don’t know what religion this “prayer circle” represents if it does at all and I haven’t researched it yet. Perhaps our Robert knows because he’s been everywhere. Something about the photo attracts me even if I can’t quite describe its appeal because I’m off to bed and I might have had a few or more.
Spark of the Day! is our reminder that other folks are different, but the same as us.
Ted Williams from Brooklyn: The Man with the Golden Voice
Sometimes you have to see the bottom before you can start your climb back. Will Ted Williams be able to rescue himself? He seems grounded in his reality and so full of hope. I hope he finds the new life he’s searching for.
Remember Ted in your prayers today. And never think that it couldn’t have been you or someone you love.
Fred thinks of Geneviève bringing him some strudel.
Not exactly the photo you had in mind when you hear about someone traveling to the Congo? Then maybe you should think about buying an airline ticket to someplace you’ve never dreamed of visiting. Travel: it will change your worldview… and change you too!
Spark of the Day! is our little reminder that most of the folks you meet anywhere are likely to return your smile and kindness – and they are as curious about you as you are about them.
Our thanks to Fred, and yes – Geneviève makes your little heart skip a beat, fuh sure!
L’Acoustica plays and the world gets smaller
After seeing the above photo inserted into a YouTube video from Scotland, I tried to discover more about the musicians. I think I’ve discovered who they are, but I’ve been unable to hear their music anywhere.
L’Acoustica is a new Scottish sonic folk/soul trio formed by Bryan Tolland, Noel Bridgeman and Carl Bridgeman. Bryan is the white guy and twin brothers Noel and Carl hail from Dominica – or at least their family does. The group’s website is fuzzy on that.
They played live on BBC Radio Scotland on the Janice Forsyth broadcast at the Royal Highland Show, but sadly BBC didn’t post a recording, only some photos. There is something wildly intriguing about this fusion of music and cultures. The photo showing one of the Bridgeman brothers dressed in a kilt and riding a stand-up bass like Buddy Holly and the Crickets playing the Apollo is pure adrenaline for mixies* like yours truly. And part of the high is knowing that it drives the racial haters and segregationists (of all colours) insane.
*Mixies = People who are mixed race, mixed culture or in mixed marriages.
Did you know that the old meaning for the word “Charity” was “Love”? The parents are dead of AIDS, but with a little love, this child will make it. Merry Christmas, little one.
Give thanks to a friend of a friend who sent this and other photos of hope from Kenya.
Children are the same anywhere, or rather they should be. These cuties in Kenya were playing and laughing and being children when Naddel photographed them in 2009. You can check out his other Africa photos here.
Spark of the Day! is our reminder to pause once in a while and enjoy The good, good Earth.
Daphna, Lysemene, Fabienne and Loudia can’t stop smiling
Look at them. You know what’s happened in Haiti this year and it’s a wonder that anyone can smile, but these girls have good reason to be happy.
Go ahead: take a moment, click on the photo and discover why they are smiling. You know you want to!