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Apr. 30th, 2017 11:00 am
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Today is the last day to sign up for Not Prime Time. Sign ups will close April 30th, 11:59 pm Eastern time.

I've written a lot more for my unofficial Blind Go fic. \o/ I started down a path that was going to require a LOT of plot and was veering in another direction entirely, but I think I've figured out a way to rein it in so I can write the story I want and in a timely manner.

Yesterday, I felt like I could be coming down with a cold and I refuse to be sick, so I drank a ton of water and napped. Today, I'm feeling slightly better, so I'm hoping that's all. I have to remain healthy.

I love IKEA. There's an IKEA near my place and I like to go there from time to time to window shop. There's a sleeper sectional that's $600 and it's soooo comfy and right up my alley. It's out on the showroom, so I like to sit on it and test it out. I definitely don't have $600 to purchase it (more because I'd have to have it delivered since my car is tiny and I live on the 2nd floor with no elevator, so delivery it is), but a girl can dream.

Bassculture Islands No. 11

Apr. 30th, 2017 02:21 pm
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A post by Peter Jordens:

The Netherlands-based magazine Bassculture Islands calls itself an “island lifestyle and creativity magazine, featuring tropical islands, and sharing paradise with the world”.

The most recent issue, No. 11, focuses on the Bahamas, features photography by Donn Thompson (Bahamas/USA) and Kwesi Marcano (Trinidad and Tobago), and contains articles by island hopper Jamie Werner, diver André Musgrove (Bahamas) and artist Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (Trinidad and Tobago), and interviews with entrepreneur Monica Walton (Cayman Islands), artist Giovani Zanolino (France/Curaçao), underwater photographer Lucie Drlikova, and filmmakers Kareem Mortimer (Bahamas) and Miquel Galofré (Spain, based in the Caribbean).

Flip through it here http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1260143?__r=581429&s=w (click on ‘Read Now’). Previous issues are available at: https://issuu.com/basscultureislands.


Another Victorian beauty in the U.K.

Apr. 30th, 2017 11:00 am
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Posted by KiM

I think I have a new item for my bucket list - move to the U.K. and live in one of these absolutely glorious Victorian homes I continue to die over. This one I especially love because would you look at the kitchen!!! It's soooo pretty - and I am smitten with the brass details including the backsplash (I want to do this badly) and chandelier. I really REALLY love this. Located in Stamford, Lincolnshire and is available as a location home through Shoot Factory

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An exhibition titled “Different Developments” will open on Friday, May 5, at 6:00pm, at Bajo El Sol Gallery in Mongoose Junction, in Cruz Bay, St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands).

“Different Developments” will feature works that utilize the medium of photography in innovative ways, either through inventive techniques or printing processes. Artists include, renowned St. John photographer Steve Simonsen (who will be exhibiting a curated selection of his work printed on acrylic); jewelry artist Kim Nogueira (exhibiting new jewelry works with image transfers of her photography in enamel); marine biologist Caroline Rogers (who will exhibit her latest photos of St. John marine life printed on metal), multidisciplinary artist Jessica Rosenberg (featuring ceramic pieces with photos burned onto silk screens and printed onto clay or glass); and David Knight Jr. (who will be exhibiting a narrative series of iPhone photographs on metal titled “Voyages in the Dark” and whose series seeks to tell a story about journeying, belonging, and memory.) The show will run until June 1, 2017.

Mongoose Junction’s monthly “First Friday” art and music event will be occurring the same evening from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

[Image above: Detail from Steve Simonsen’s “Mangrove Upsidedown Jelly.”]


Dutch Baby Pancake

Apr. 30th, 2017 08:49 am
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We have had guests here at our home for the past week.  It has been a whirlwind week really.  We've been taking them places and showing them what we can of the "England Wales North West." The weather has been dry but very cold, so we were a bit limited, but we tried our best.  We live in such a beautiful part of the country here, and there was ever so much more I wanted to share with them, but the time just seemed to evaporate!


On one of the mornings that they were here I made us a delicious Dutch Baby Pancake for breakfast.  It went down a real treat!


A Dutch Baby Pancake is kind of like a huge sweet batter or Yorkshire pudding!  It puffs up in the oven like magic, leaving a huge hollow centre, ripe for filling with whatever your heart desires!


We like fresh berries with ours and I had picked up some lovely looking raspberries and blueberries, so they went perfectly with it.


*Dutch Baby Pancake*
Makes 2 - 4 servings
(depending on appetites)

This is like a magic pancake.  It puffs up in the oven like a cloud and then settles when you remove it from the oven.  Make sure your pan is well heated to begin with and you will be well rewarded by a beautiful light as a cloud delight.  I serve it with fruit and syrup!
 

70g plain flour (1/2 cup)
120ml whole milk (1/2 cup)
2 large free range eggs
2 TBS granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 TBS butter 

To serve:
icing sugar to dust
maple syrup
fresh fruit/berries 

Place the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt into a blender or food processor. Blitz to combine for about 20 seconds, scraping down the sides after 10 seconds.  Let stand on the counter top or about 20 minutes. 


Preheat the oven to 225*C/425*F/ gas mark 7.  Place a heavy oven proof skillet into the oven. (I use my iron skillet)  Once it is hot, remove carefully and add the butter to the pan.  Swirl it to melt the butter and coat the pan.   Pour in the batter and swirl the batter around to coat the bottom of the pan.Immediately return the pan to the hot oven.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until well puffed and golden brown.  Remove from the oven, and allow to cool slightly.  Dust with Icing sugar and serve, cut into wedges with syrup to drizzle and fruit to spoon over top.


 

This is a simple and easy recipe, which makes it perfect for entertaining.  The fact that it is also delicious and very pretty is quite simply the icing on a very delicious cake!


It puffs up huge in the hot air of the oven!  You are almost afraid that it is going to overflow, but no worries.  It is supposed to do that.  Its all a part of the magic of the experience.  Be prepared for plenty of Oooohs and Aaaaahs when you bring this delightful breakfast to the table!


Bon Appetit!

Things I Did Today

Apr. 30th, 2017 12:59 am
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I wanted to get some recreational coding done today, but that didn't happen. A few other things did, though.

Household things: I put up a new curtain rod for the blackout curtains in our bedroom, and did some lawn maintenance in the front yard. After initiating some mowing two weeks ago, last week's trip meant that a lot of progress got wiped away. More weed whacking and mowing have it looking okay, but still not great. In the backyard, [personal profile] temptingcuriosity has asked for the dandelions to be harvested for greens, so I'm going to continue with that tomorrow.

I found my copy of Sad Pictures for Children. It's such a strange artifact now. It's the printing of a webcomic that's been wiped from the web, and which may or may not have narrowly escaped being burned by the author after printing. But it's so beautiful. At this point it's one of the most difficult things to get that I own.

I also grabbed a copy of one of my Doom Patrol TPBs and read a bit of that.

When I settled down to code, I made the mistake of putting Cowboy Bebop on as "background." It was totally not background. It's still an incredible show, and I haven't watched it in a while, so it completely dominated my attention.

We watched the new Doctor Who, which I liked, and the finale of Bates Motel, which I also liked.

My impulse is to try to wrap this up with something I've learned, but striving for meaning in simple communication is one of the things that keeps me from posting anything.

If you don't like it, scroll past!

Let It Be Sunday!

Apr. 30th, 2017 07:51 am
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Posted by joythebaker

Let It Be Sunday!

Hello dear friends!

It’s feeling very much like Spring here in New Orleans, with warm days and high humidity and reason enough to go outside and weed the garden.  It’s a peek at the steamy days ahead and I’m not even mad about it. 

The best part about Spring in New Orleans is Jazz Fest.  I hope you get to be here for a day or two to enjoy the festivities.

Continue reading Let It Be Sunday! at Joy the Baker.

hockey

Apr. 30th, 2017 03:02 pm
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Drew against Mb, 1-1. I scored our goal first half, then they came back in the 2nd half. That, and the sun was crazy hot, and it baked our brains and boiled our muscles. By the last five minutes, we were completely flat.

I got at least two, maybe three more shots on goal, but none of them got in. I do need to remember to share the shots around - pass in the circle, dear! It confuses the goalie!

A bit of an issue with the coach: he doesn't tend to listen very well to what people say they can play. Apparently several people said that they'd like to play left side, or right side...and he had them playing on the other. I told the other wing (who was used to playing left wing) that if she wants to swap sides with me, just let me know. I can do either side, I'm just not much good in the centre.

But we had some good play going; we just need to practise our short passes into the gaps, and how not to pass the ball to the opposing team. Always good things to learn and practise!

Dear Prime Time Player

Apr. 29th, 2017 08:57 pm
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Dear Prime Time Player,

Thank you in advance for writing in one of my fandoms. You are a superstar. My AO3 name is BridgetMcKennitt.

I like femslash, slash, het, threesomes/moresomes as you can tell from my various requested relationships. I like reading explicit as much as I do non-explicit. Don't feel you need to write a certain way because you don't. I've listed many different, varied options for each fandom below, and I would be thrilled with whatever road you decide to take.

I do have some likes and dislikes when it comes to fics. I don't expect you to use everything in my kinks/likes section, and I wouldn't want you to as a lot of it doesn't work together and/or doesn't work for a particular fandom, so don't worry about that. Just please don't write my dislikes and I'll be a happy camper.

Likes: Character driven plot, worldbuilding both big and small, alpha/beta/omega, smut/PWP, threesomes, bondings (forced or otherwise), obsession, tension, misunderstandings, subtle flirting, fluff, dub-con, non-con handholding (or whatever non-con non-sexual situation), kidfic, mpreg/fpreg (or preg in general, I don't have a particular person designated as the pregnant one), established relationships, foodporn or other non-sexual things described in loving detail.

I'd like happy endings for any fic you write.

Dislikes: Crossovers, OOC, first or second POV, character death, crack, bashing, not!fics, unhappy endings.

Fandoms: Agents of SHIELD (TV), Ao no Exorcist | Blue Exorcist, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Chronicles of Riddick Series, Daiya no A | Ace of Diamond, Hikaru no Go
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The new novel by Leonardo Padura is a multigenerational epic of baseball, religion, and a mysterious Rembrandt painting–A review by Josephine Livingstone for The New Republic.

Leonardo Padura’s full name is Leonardo de la Caridad Padura Fuentes. Like his name, Padura’s new novel Heretics is long, elegant, a little religious in flavor, and invokes a great mononymous painter of the European past.

That book, at nearly 600 pages, presented numerous difficulties for his translator Anna Kushner. In a 2014 interview with Guernica she described how the length of The Man Who Loved Dogs “wasn’t the biggest challenge. It was the fact that there were three distinct voices in the book.” In a style that shares qualities with crime writing in its thoroughness, almost its empiricism, Padura likes to approach the same event or enigma from several different angles. Heretics is a polyphonic narrative, with storytellers across continents and centuries unspooling a mystery through recollections, recollections of recollections once heard, letters, and more.

Mario Conde is a former cop enjoying his late-middle age in Havana. Conde was the protagonist of Padura’s old hardboiled works: Pasado perfecto (1991), Vientos de cuaresma (1994), Máscaras (1997), and Paisaje de otoño (1998). All those works were translated into English with the rather boring title formula of “Havana [Color]” (Havana Blue, Havana Red, and so on). But now Conde is older, and determined to stay out of the game until a young man named Elias asks for his help in tracking down a painting that was stolen from his family when they were fleeing the Holocaust. They were passengers on the St. Louis, the real Hamburg-to-Havana liner that President Federico Laredo Brú turned away from Cuba’s port in 1939. Of 937 on board only 28 passengers disembarked; the rest were sent back to their deaths. Elias’s father, Daniel Kaminsky, lost his family at the port. What happened to his inheritance, the Rembrandt portrait of a beautiful young Jewish man?

 

Each layer to this large and dense sponge-cake of a novel has a historicity that defines its voice, ethics, and subject matter. Conde in contemporary Havana speaks about rum and his girlfriend Tamara; Kaminsky the elder lives a Jewish Cuban life in the 1940s and 50s, losing his faith while becoming obsessed with baseball and his Russian neighbor’s pubic hair; Rembrandt and the Jewish subject of that long-lost painting mix pigments in seventeenth-century Amsterdam, surrounded by snow and tulip bulbs.

The title is not concerned with heresy in the Catholic sense, but the rabbinic institution of cherem: the total exclusion of a transgressor from the Jewish community (more comparable to vitandus excommunication). Since each generation of Jewish scholars must study, interpret, and re-rationalize the law for their own times, cherem is not a stable category. Padura uses Jewish scholarship as a medium for thinking about historical subjectivity.

Should one do what feels to be the right thing, and risk shunning by the community in which one happens to live? By asking this question of Jews in different times and places, Padura pulls a triptych of desire, convention, and choice out of history, a great complex lock to which cherem is the conceptual key.

Padura’s last novel was about Trotsky, who himself was the subject of a cherem in 1918, along with Grigory Zinoviev and others. The other book that Heretics recalls is Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which also uses a painting as its central organizing motif. Both Tartt and Padura employ the ekphrastic mode, using the paintings’ subjects—the delicate bird, the glowing Jewish young man—as stable weights at the heart of their stories. They are the central node in a constellation of ideas that are continually rearranging themselves.

When the young Daniel Kaminsky (Elias’s father) begins his life in Havana, he “quickly discovered that everything there began and ended with yelling, everything sputtered with rust and humidity.” Padura describes a tumult to Havana that ends up modeling how history operates in Heretics, a human and animal chaos that nonetheless hangs together into life itself:

…cars moved forward amid the wheezing and banging of engines or the long beeping of horns, dogs barked with and without reason and roosters even crowed at midnight, while each vendor made himself known with a toot, a bell, a trumpet, a whistle, a rattle, a flageolet, a melody in perfect pitch, or, simply, a shriek. He had run aground in a city in which, on top of it all, each night, at nine on the dot, cannon fire roared without any declaration of war or city gates to close, and where, in good times and bad, you always, always heard music, and not just that, singing.

We remember Rembrandt and his paintings, but most non-Jewish people have already forgotten the St. Louis. Padura’s novel does not just place dogma and religious law against human desire; he asks the reader to consider the relationship between the arts and discriminatory violence in our vision of the past. Heretics asks us what we remember, and why; do we know anything about our own grandparents’ traumas, and, if so, why is that generational memory easier to lose in time than a painting?

Law and art, art and the law: There is some kind of answer in that tension. History is a mess of dogs barking and shrieking and vendors’ bells, but human memory transforms that illicit noise into music, and not just that, singing.


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Doctor Who 10.03 - "Thin Ice"

Apr. 30th, 2017 11:05 am
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Such is my fondness for the show this season that I'm almost ready to get a Twelfth Doctor DW icon. THAT IS THE LEVEL OF MY COMMITMENT.

'Human progress isn't measured by spoilers.' )
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A report by Weston Williams for the Christian Science Monitor.

On Thursday, Google activated a line of caching servers in Cuba, becoming the first foreign company with the ability to provide online content in the country. The new servers will help speed up internet access for the small percentage of Cuba’s population that are internet users, and could lay a groundwork for future web expansion in the isolated nation.

Cuba has had some form of internet access since the 1990s, but the use of the internet is heavily restricted in the country. Government censorship, combined with prohibitively high prices for many residents, has kept the vast majority of the population offline in the ensuing decades. But with the resumption of diplomatic relations with the United States, Cuba may be on track to join the rest of the digital world – though widespread change will have to happen before the shift can be completed.

“The lack of connectivity in Cuba is part of a deliberate government strategy to control the flow of information and whose ultimate end is to maintain the one-party system,” says Stephen Clark, a professor of Spanish at California State University, Channel Islands.

Dr. Clark, who has visited and written about Cuba on a number of occasions, tells The Christian Science Monitor in an email that improved internet programs like this could lead to some challenges to the authoritarian status quo. But, he adds, many Cubans already have an access to a semi-legal, offline “internet” in the form of a weekly downloaded package, which is circulated with flash drives across the country. This stream of non-Cuban media, while not the same as totally free internet access, has yet to form the backbone of any earth-shattering freedom movements.

“Whether increased internet access can make Cuba a freer society is a different question altogether,” Clark says. “To answer this question, the case of Venezuela is illustrative: Venezuela is one of the most wired countries in Latin America, but its government is the most repressive after Cuba…. Venezuelan citizens and opposition leaders freely use the internet to regularly denounce the repression, but things have only gotten worse in terms of the society becoming less and less free ever over the last 20 years.”

And while the new Google servers will speed up access to things like YouTube videos, it will not be able to circumvent censorship, or even expand the small percentage of internet users in the country by themselves. Instead, the servers are designed to reduce load-times for extant users. The devices work by storing copies of frequently viewed media like YouTube videos, allowing them to be viewed much more quickly than they would on servers located farther away in other countries. Currently, Cuba gets most of its internet through an underwater cable from Venezuela, which makes connection speeds very slow.

“Right now, it’s cumbersome to access the Internet in Cuba, even in a big metropolitan area like Havana – and forget about the countryside,” Mark Grabowski, an an associate professor of Internet Law and Ethics at Adelphi University on Long Island, tells the Monitor via email. “Typically, to get online, you have to buy a card from a street vendor, and it has a code that gives you internet access for an hour. These cards are relatively expensive – perhaps $2 or $3, which is a lot in a country where the average person makes the equivalent of $25 per month. Then you must find one of the rare hot spots to login with your card. And, of course, you need some sort of device, like a smart phone or laptop, that will allow you to get online. To put it in perspective, I had easier and more access to the internet when I lived in Cairo, Egypt, in 1998 than I did when I visited Havana last year.”

And even if non-Cuban tech companies like Google begin to move in over the next few years, limited, censored internet likely won’t change any time soon. However, the resumption of diplomatic relations with the US could mean that freer internet is in the cards for Cuba – but even so, a freer Cuba might not necessarily result, says sociologist Jen Schradie, a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France.

“The problem with relying on the internet as a path to a freer society is that it gives technological tools too much credit,” she tells the Monitor in an email.

Dr. Schradie argues that social class, economic standing, and other factors influence the flow of media in any country, even in places like the US that have unbounded internet access. Access to the greater world of online media could open many Cubans’ eyes to alternative forms of government and interact with a large portion of the world that they have been unable to engage with for decades, but palpable change will have to come about by tackling social problems the old-fashioned way, she says.

“I would hope that if more Cubans are online that they would share their stories publicly to the world about what life is like for them, such as their relatively high rates of medical care and public education, so that we could have a real dialogue online, rather than the limited information and stereotypes that Americans get about Cuba, such as the pre-revolution old cars or political restrictions,” Schradie adds. “It would also be great if Cubans heard directly from the American people, rather than government information from either Cuba or [the US government].”


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Amy Wilentz for SDPB Radio. Click on the link to the original report for the complete audio.

The Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme was one of the great artistic innocents. This doesn’t mean he was unsophisticated — far from it, just look at his work. But he was open to the world and thought the world had something to teach him; he was an eager and even a hungry learner.

I’m not sure when he first started coming to Haiti but I met him there in the mid-1980s, when the dynastic Duvalier dictatorship was ousted and the Haitian people made another thrust toward democracy. Jonathan was fascinated by Haitian culture; in fact, by all things Haitian. Above all other things, though, he loved Haiti’s amazing, storied 1791 revolution; its muscular African-American-Caribbean religion; the incredibly beautiful and moving countryside; the crowded capital city and its music and art. He had one of the world’s great collections of Haitian art, and in his films he liked to include Haiti references and bits of Haitian music.

Jonathan was a generous friend who actually really cared about others less fortunate than himself, but he didn’t broadcast it. He didn’t think of the people he tried to help as lesser than himself, and he didn’t condescend; he just wanted to put opportunity their way. He wasn’t a user. He did things and he made things that included people of all kinds.

I remember when I was working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, I ran into actor Sean Penn, who was running a displaced persons camp in Port-au-Prince. We were sitting at the same table at a hotel restaurant. I said something like, “Jonathan Demme has also always been interested in Haiti.” Penn, with his usual abrupt honesty, immediately corrected me. He pointed out that he himself had never really been interested, until the earthquake. He said, “You know, Jonathan was always, Haiti this, Haiti that, Haiti this, Haiti that, and we’d listen and go like, yeah, that’s Jonathan.”

And that was Jonathan. Once involved, he was committed, and happily. He always wanted to make a movie about the Haitian Revolution, and was always sorry it wasn’t happening, wasn’t coming together. For years he was back and forth from the US to Port-au-Prince, and he chose to live neither in Los Angeles nor New York City, but in Nyack, New York, with its large Haitian community. He felt more comfortable with Haitians around. His house was a brightly festive near-museum of Haitian art and sculpture. In a way, he was an old-fashioned Haiti admirer, but in another — whenever he could help or provide or make connections for people — he was involved, and kept being involved.

Jonathan used to tell a story about New Year’s Day, 2000, when he called Jean Dominique, a legendary Haitian radio journalist about whom he was making a documentary, and wished Jean happy new year.

Jean immediately responded in his harsh, cigarette-ridden voice and Haitian accent (as Jonathan recounted it): “Jonathan, what is your agenda?” And Jonathan was flummoxed because … he didn’t actually have an agenda. He just wanted to wish Jean a happy new year. Jonathan told this story at a memorial for Jean Dominique in New York, just after the journalist was assassinated in the courtyard of his radio station four months after the new year.

Jonathan Demme died on April 26, 2017, at 73 years old. His boyish directness and wide-eyed appreciation of the world will be missed by all who came into contact with him. Certainly Haiti was just a little bit better understood by outsiders because Jonathan cared about it and tried to interpret it. He made two outstanding documentaries about the country: “Dreams of Democracy,” about the beginning of hope after the dark days of Duvalier, and “The Agronomist,” about Dominique. Even the end of “Rachel Getting Married” had a Haitian attitude, if you knew how to see it. Haiti was part of him.


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A report from the Los Angeles Times.

Congress hopes to avoid a government shutdown by swiftly approving a stopgap spending bill to allow negotiations to continue for another week on a longer-term funding deal.

But negotiators were still trying to narrow a few unresolved issues — including aid to Puerto Rico.

The concern is about Puerto Rico’s struggling Medicaid program, which is running short on funds and could lead to 900,000 residents losing healthcare coverage by the end of the year. Democrats want to provide Puerto Rico aid, but Trump called it a “bailout.”

Trump tweeted his concerns.


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A report by Christina Prignano for the Boston Globe.

It was billed as a luxury music festival with high-end accommodations and top-notch food on a Caribbean island, but now attendees are scrambling to leave.

The Fyre Festival, which sold ticket packages starting at $1,500, is currently working to get people off the island and back to the US after ticketholders arrived to find an incomplete site and a chaotic scene.

Attendees on social media described little to no staff, sparse food and water, and tents that resembled emergency camp sites.

An ad posted to Instagram promised “the best in food, art, and music” on an island “once owned by Pablo Escobar,” but the festival infrastructure was never completed, according to organizers. The band Blink-182, which was scheduled to perform, pulled out on Thursday.

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“We’re not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give our fans,” the band said on Twitter.

In a statement on its website, organizers said the event had been postponed due to “circumstances out of our control.”

The statement urged attendees not to make their own arrangements to get off the island.

“At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can.”

But guests described hours of waiting to depart the island.

“Still on the same plane we’ve been on since 1:30 am,” attendee William Finley IV said on Twitter around 6:00 a.m. this morning.


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A report from the St. Lucia News Online.

Super centenarian Violet Brown has received the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation.

Brown, the 117-year-old matriarch of Duanvale, Trelawny is the oldest person in the world.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness visited her at home and presented her with the medal.

“The country takes great pride in acknowledging Mrs. Mosse-Brown,” Holness said.

A day earlier, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips also visited the super centenarian.

“You are the most important person in Jamaica and the world at large,” Phillips told her in an animated exchange.

“You are among the many reasons people all over the world talk about Jamaica. Because of social media, the world has become like a small village, and so your name on longevity is on the lips of people all over the world.”

Brown told Phillips that a “clean” life and good food were the secrets to her longevity.

“You have to eat a lot of dip-and-fall-back,” she told him.

Dip-and-fall-back is rural delicacy with a coconut base.

“Yuh want some?” Brown asked Phillips, triggering laughter.

She would later recite a poem entitled ‘Flowers,’ which she learned as a child, and accept a bouquet and basket of goodies from Phillips.


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Credit to: [personal profile] timeasmymeasure (sourced original theme) and [personal profile] solarbird
Base style: Neutral Good
Type: Mobile-aware responsive theme, in alpha test.
Best resolution: Any.
Tested in: Mobile Safari, Safari (desktop), Firefox on MacOS/OS X.
Features: Fully responsive/mobile-aware theme in alpha test, intended to be the basis for a simple and clear base theme for new users. Intended to be applied to reading pages, other journals (view in your style), and so on. Avoids horizontal scrolling in as many cases as possible through compaction and rescaling of objects. Avoids iOS autozoom in comment forms. Addresses deep nesting in comment chains on mobile, and additional replies made by the reader therein. Intended to be aware of and respect user customisation, including user-chosen colours.

Navbar 2.0 is a cosmetic redressing of the Navbar for more modern appearance and some improvements in behaviour.

This is an Alpha release; I'm looking for testers. )

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