Friday, 30 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Spain's Catalonia votes to outlaw bullfighting
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If Spain and Catalunya practise bullfighting should Italians hold gladiator fights and throw Christians to the lions?
by Raquel Castillo
MADRID — Catalonia could become the first mainland Spanish region to ban bullfighting in a local parliamentary vote this Wednesday that has pitted animal rights activists against fans of the centuries-old national symbol.
The bill went to Parliament after 180,000 Catalans signed a petition circulated by anti-bullfighting group Prou! (Enough, in English), which argues bullfights are cruelty to animals.
In December the parliament voted 67 for and 59 against to take the citizens' petition under consideration, and the final vote on Wednesday is expected to echo that outcome as lawmakers of all stripes, from Socialists to conservatives from the nationalist CiU party, support the ban.
"We understand it's a tradition but now is the time to rethink such a bloody act. There are other traditions we can hang on to," Silvia Barquero, spokeswoman for the small anti-bullfighting party, or PACMA.
In the bullring, the torero and his team use capes, lances and darts to master the bull and then eventually kill it with a sword in a highly-ritualized performance.
The bullfight was made illegal in Spain's Canary Islands in 1991.
Under the ban, which would come into effect in 2012, the last active bullring in Catalonia's capital, Barcelona, would shut down as would the remaining few elsewhere in the region.
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Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Northern Ireland would join with the Republic to create a new state.
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FoE Scotland has been giving scores out of ten to the country’s political parties for their environmental policies. Since the last election in 1999, all the parties have improved, except for the Conservatives, says the group, although the Scottish Socialist Party was not included in the 1999 survey.
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Saturday, 24 July 2010
Green Light for Cork Buddhist Temple
(the Cork News)
Cork County Council has granted planning permission for Ireland's first traditional style Buddhist temple, which will be built near Allihies in west Cork.
The Dzongchen Beara Trust are proposing to build a 14.5 metre high temple with three adjacent single storey buildings on the site of its Retreat Centre at Garranes.
Work will commence on the building once the required €1 million has been raised and the news was confirmed to visitors while spiritual leader Sogyal Rimpoche was at the Centre attending a retreat.
To date €100,500 has been collected through fund-raising efforts and donations with nearly €18,000 spent on initial plans including engineer and architect fees. A contribution to the Trust can be made at www.Rigpa.ie.
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blog : http://duffdom.blogspot.com/
June 2010 # 20
Dom Duff is one of the most exciting and innovative musicians from Brittany, much sought after as a studio and concert guitarist and singer. He is also a wonderful singer-songwriter who started solo in 2000, after being driving force the infamous band Diwall. He was born in bro Bagan (Pagan county), a little place on the north-west coast of Brittany and, like his parents, speaks breton language fluently.
Crossing breton influences and great guitar licks, all releases are in a cutting edge production.
The new album ROC'H, is in a complete studio mode. It contains a repertoire of refreshing unusual songs inspired by or adopted from his native breton culture. Blending great breton guitar licks, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, words, rythms, melody with folk/rock energy. The result is inventive and no doubt something that falls into the rabidly developing category of "power folk".
Dom first cd "Straed an Amann" (Butter street), as been awared best first breton cd 2004.
"...when Dom sings his breton language, it sounds like an international one." Ouest-France.
"I love those people who are revitalising breton music. Dom DufF for example is very personable, his music comes from the heart." Alan Stivell.Breton Magazine 08/06.After cooperation last year with Alan Stivell,
Breton based singer Dom DufF is coming back with his new album
to listen, follow the link :
purchase : 15 €
"Good stuff" WSLR 95FM Floride USA
"International bewitchment" Planet FM - Auckland NZ "la musique et le rythme sont génials, ainsi que cette jolie voix" Radio Internationale Athènes "Songs with soul" Radio Varna Bulgarie
CONCERTS : - 05 juin Jour de fête Lanvaudan 56
- 19 juin Fête de la musique Molac 56
- 15 juillet Francofolies La Rochelle 17
- 25 juillet Aux Anges Guern 56
- 01 aout Celtival Guéméné Penfao 44
- 13 aout Guérande 44
- 14 aout Pénestin 56
• acheter cds
• Last FM
about ROC'H :
12 songs :
studio Boutou @ Lampaul Plouarzel (BZH) by Dom Bott, Gilles Kersulec, Patrick Péron.
Rhondda Street Studio@Swansea by huw Rees
Dom DufF : voice, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, e-bow, banjoNicola Hayes : fiddle
Dom Bott : bass
Mourad Ait Abdelmalek : drums
David Seité : bodhran, cajon,
Huw Rees : drums
Patrick Péron : piano
CONTACT : Arsenal Productions quai Nielly 29200 BREST FR
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