A Pair Of Shoes

Weekend Stories by Trishikh

Thirteen-year-old Monikanchon dashed into the sea of clueless strollers, joyous visitors, and perplexed shoppers. The enthusiastic teenager head-butted and elbow-jabbed to reach some of his favourite stalls at the annual street fair on the occasion of Charak Puja on Beadon Street of Calcutta of 1920. It was the last day of the festival, and waves of people slowly moved through the cobbled road while mobile hawkers and makeshift stall owners screamed at the top of their lungs to attract buyers to their homegrown wares.

“Moni Dada, don’t leave my hand. You will get lost in the crowd,” screamed Godadhor, the trusted caretaker of the Zamindar, Hem Chandra Ray’s only spoilt son. “Get lost Goda! You will only slow me down, you imbecile,” shrieked back the arrogant teenager and pushed his way through the crowd.

A street fair in 1920 was not only a place to casually visit but a great…

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436 Caribbean creatives apply for CATAPULT Grant; 10 creative entrepreneurs learn new skills, thanks to Jamaica’s Kingston Creative

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Kingston Creative is forging ahead with its initiatives to boost cultural and artistic entrepreneurship in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Why do I think this is important? Because there is tremendous “untapped potential,” to use a well-worn phrase, in our creative community. I interviewed one brilliant young artist, Richard Nattoo, at the beginning of this year. Since the pandemic began, the creative energy has been toned down to some extent. Now, more than ever, it is time to support and empower, so that our creative industry can move forward – together. Team work, empathy and a positive attitude are all essential!

This amazing street art by Richard Nattoo is part of the Paint the City Street Art Project sponsored by the Tourism Enhancement Fund and Kingston Creative. Mr. Nattoo is one of the recipients of Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence. (Photo: Twitter)

Here are a couple of updates:

436 Caribbean…

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Há uma mulher…

O Outro Lado

[Há uma mulher que caminha sobre a areia da praia e voa com as aves marinhas entre risos]
Que desenha em minha pele histórias nunca vividas e que sonha atravessar o oceano a nado.

É feita de vento e alada. Ocupa os espaços todos. Quebra as regras.
É essa roupa feita de matizes e quase um fado dentro da melodia da canção.

No avesso, é essa explosão de sentimentos. O riso entalhado na arte que a seduz.

Dentro de mim, acontece. Detalhada no poema que fabrico – as mãos a tocar as asas aladas do amor – feito metamorfose do efeito leveza que as borboletas fazem.

[Há uma mulher que sonha horizontes, que sonha cidades]
Quisesse saber dela bastava abrir os braços e tocar o vento.

A pele, puro arrepio e em meu silêncio é pura fala.
Quisesse conhecer a emoção, bastava pronunciar o nome e as matas e jardins…

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The global ‘freedom movement’ is a carnival of crank and conspiracy – and very dangerous | Van Badham | The Guardian

“Freedom” protests similar in form and simultaneously nebulous in broadly anti-vax/anti-mandate political goals have materialised in BritainFrance and New Zealand. A convoy claiming to originate from across Europe is making its way towards Brussels. An ongoing gathering that locals alternately describe as “Spring Break for QAnon” or “Camp Covid” is encamped outside Australian Parliament House in Canberra.

Across these countries, protestors appear as a wild herd of “sovcit”, anti-vaxxer, QAnonner and more nefarious fellow travellers, alongside some more ordinary people. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether social media content about these events has been gathered by extremism monitors, or comedians.

Participants unwilling to be injected with a free vaccine safely used on hundreds of millions of people further advise each other that drinking one’s own wee is curative and somehow “camel urine deals with cancer”. Monitors observe attendees costumed as paramedics, pilots and deceased Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Someone really wears a tinfoil hat.

Source: The global ‘freedom movement’ is a carnival of crank and conspiracy – and very dangerous | Van Badham | The Guardian

Bertold Brecht

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” Não aceites o habitual como coisa natural, pois em tempo de desordem sangrenta, de confusão organizada, de arbitrariedade consciente, de humanidade desumanização, nada deve parecer natural, nada deve parecer natural, nada deve parecer impossível de mudar.

Bertold Brecht


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Santarém, Pá 11 de fevereiro de 2022

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The Viral Connection


Question: For what disease can a patient be treated, appear to fully recover, and then die months or years later?

Answer: Which one?

  • The Ebola virus causes massive internal bleeding, organ failure and death. While there is treatment for it, patients can appear to recover while the virus hides in the brain. Eventually, the virus emerges from its lair, causes a relapse and triggers serious illness or death.(1) Apart from one bestselling book, this virus lives in an area of Africa about which most Americans are oblivious.
  • The Epstein-Barr virus causes the “kissing disease,” mononucleosis. Some high school students and a large number of college students get it, and the typical treatment is to let it “run its course.” However, now we’re learning that it can be a trigger for onset of multiple sclerosis.(2,3)
  • Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. After the initial symptoms pass, the virus can…

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The Mosquito Population In The San Gabriel Valley Is Up (Gulp) 500% | LAist

Back in 2010 a new invasive mosquito series made its way to Southern California. Called the Aedes mosquito, it first showed up in El Monte in 2010. By 2018, it was prevalent enough that my colleague Emily Guerin investigated. She reported:

… it’s been spreading all throughout Southern California. And it’s way more vicious than our native mosquito, the Culex.

Unlike the Culex, Aedes mosquitoes bite during the day. And they go for the legs and ankles, instead of buzzing around your ears, so you can’t hear them coming.

And they need much less water to breed.

That’s one key difference between the invasive Aedes and native Culex mosquitoes. Culex prefer to lay their eggs in big sources of water, like swimming pools, but the Aedes mosquitoes hardly need any water at all. Both mosquitoes, however, can carry diseases: Culex has successfully transmitted West Nile to six people in L.A. County already this year, while Aedes can transmit Zika virus and dengue fever, although that hasn’t happened yet.

Source: The Mosquito Population In The San Gabriel Valley Is Up (Gulp) 500% | LAist