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Originally posted on Calling Through The Fog:

chariotsIt was my first time in a cinema and I was agog.

People dipped discreetly into boxes of chocolate-covered nuts. There were carpets on the walls. An entire seat just for me. And not the usual rubbish designed for children, made of Marmite-proof, Oros-repellent plastic: this one was upholstered in the kind of plush, red velvet you can only dream of when you’re six. Best of all, we’d come to see Chariots Of Fire, a film about two of my favourite things at the time: chariots and fire.

When we opened on a beach in Scotland, with no sign of burning two-wheelers, I was disappointed. But only for a moment. Soon I was bewitched by the iconic theme, clean as endorphins pulsing through a brain; hypnotised by the white-clad figures skipping through the St Andrews surf.

One of them seemed to be overcome with some sort of rapture, throwing…

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Originally posted on feelosophical:

“Our love was lost;

But now we found it.”

– Love Lost, The Temper Trap

On the theme of “Afloat” for this week’s Photo Challenge, I immediately thought of Hat Yai’s Floating Market I visited last December during one of my trips to Hat Yai and Songkhla as part of my fieldwork. I’d never heard of the market before so I had no idea what to expect; when I got there, I was over the moon when I discovered that this place was in fact a food haven, for there was an entire row of boats with men and women (who are Thai but ethnically Malay and therefore Muslims) selling some of the best food I’d come across during my visit to Southern Thailand.

I had a sample of the ais batu kacang (ABC — a sort of sweet delicacy made of crushed ice showered with syrups of all colors and…

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The Great Invisible

Five years ago today, on April 20, 2010, the Gulf Coast was devastated by the explosion and aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of the 126 crew members and injured many more, and caused the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued deep-water offshore drilling. In the wake of the disaster, media coverage often overlooked the human stories in the aftermath — those who survived or lost their lives on the rig, and the ordinary citizens of the Gulf Coast whose livelihoods were damaged.

The documentary film The Great Invisible takes audiences to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas to explore the fallout from this disaster. Years later, Gulf state residents still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page.

The Great Invisible premieres tonight at 10/9c on Independent Lens on PBS. Check your local listings.

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“There’s a Place That’s Nearly Perfect for Growing Food. It’s Not California.” Reply


Despite the ever-worsening drought, California still grows more than half the produce in the United States. But not without a cost: Groundwater supplies are low, and soil is eroding and getting saltier.

Maybe it’s time to “de-Californify” the nation’s supply of fruits and vegetables. But how? Well, I have an idea. To find out what it is, click here.

“Has the Tea Party lost its touch?” Reply


Is that faction of the right wing likely to have the same kind of impact challenging establishment incumbents in the 2016 primaries? Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas and former Rep. Steve Latourette, R-Ohio, discuss with Steve Kornacki.

Is that faction of the right wing likely to have the same kind of impact challenging establishment incumbents in the 2016 primaries? Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas and former Rep. Steve Latourette, R-Ohio, discuss with Steve Kornacki.

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