tagged w/ Gypsy
February 2, 2011
“Here comes the party, you might as well accept it”, the first words chanted on “Revelator”, the powerful new album from Sideshow Tramps are very apropos. The definitive medicine show folk rockers and ZenHill are teaming up to usher in the next season of the Tramps. “The Reverend” Craig Kinsey, Geoffrey “Uncle Tic” Muller, “Coach” Shane Lauder and Scott “Ragtag Mac” McNeil have been extremely busy readying their tour-de-force second LP.
http://www.zenhillrecords.com/archives/918February 2, 2011 “Here comes the party, you might as well accept it”,... more
Made up of migrants from various countries, including Russia, China and Uruguay, Gogol Bordello’s first album was released in 1999. Trancontinental Hustle is their fifth. What makes this undeniably innovative band, with its fusion of a range of world musical styles with the energy of punk rock, so significant right now? Gogol Bordello’s music has always been political, but growing racist attacks from First World governments has provoked a more explicit stance of resistance. Across Europe, Roma are facing extreme and growing persecution. Roma have, once more, become scapegoats of a capitalist economic crisis. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/album-rewievs/10503-gogol-bordelloMade up of migrants from various countries, including Russia, China and Uruguay, Gogol... more
Traian Basescu has asked French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stop deporting Roma (Gypsy) settlers.
France has been dismantling illegal camps and flying them back to their home countries.Traian Basescu has asked French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stop deporting Roma... more
The issue of Romany camps in the United Kingdom was brought to the fore by the recent and current Meriden standoff.
This is a pictureesque middle England town around Birmingham. A field in green belt area was sold to an Irish Traveller, who paid fair and square in cash to the owners satisfaction. Roumers of a camp being set up were confirmed
when an application was made with five minutes to close in the local council offices, after hich lorries with ground preparation materials rolled in. Just as quick, the locals blockaded the site.
In an unprecedented move, the loacal council opened up over the weekend and processed a development block order, and so work was stalled, and the standoff started.
The locals claim the green belt should not be developed, and the gypsies are sly to try and force it in, as they succeeded doing elsewhere by the bank holiday weekend application trick. The gypsies counter application to councils is
no good, as local will block, in a classic "not in my back yard" thinking.
The objections to the camp, the same as in their native Ireland (these are not Romany gypsies) is class based, and similar to the Roma gypsies - once said of all Irish - the stereotype is of theiving, connmannary and dirty campstes, health issues and so forth. However within 20 miles of the village of Meriden there is two very well run gypsy camps featuring residents both from the Romanys and the Irish Travellers, so it can be proven that it can work.
What result to this will come is unclear - there is two issues here. Does a community have the right to objet to another developing his land, or does a man have the right to expect to be allowed to develop land that he has purchased, within reason.
The poem tells the story.The issue of Romany camps in the United Kingdom was brought to the fore by the recent... more
One of the last victims of the Balkan wars are a people of whom we hear very little about over the years, yet they are suffering in a camp where there is lead posioning and 89 are dead in the last 11 years, and every youth born suffers brain damage from the local lead mines. What does this have to do with the war?, you may ask... Why does the UN not get the Kosovar governement to sort it?
The camp they live in was made by the UN!
After the fighting dies down, Kosovo Roma refugees returned from Macedonia to Mitrovica, where they were housed in a schoolhouse, only to me moved at start of term to a camp in the shadow of the local leadworks. It was to be only for 45 days... it is now 11 years. Some were moved to the former French barracks (after being stationed there the French got a treatment programme for lead exposure) but the majority were left there along with new arrivals being deportees from Germany.
A site found in the old gypsy quarter was not suitable such is the fear after being burned out when the war ended. These people suffered worse than the Irish in the North of Ireland, yet did not retaliate with bombs and bullets. They done what God asks and turned the other cheek, bore their pain with dignity and silence.
Campaigns to get the UN to move them and get treatment are falling on deaf ears, with activists such as Paul Polansky, Bernard Sullivan and umpteen NGO'S active in the area.
My poem posted here focuses on a photo of three children, and how their lives are blighted by the lead poisoning, not caused by them choosing to camp in a dangerous area, or by the Kosovars or Serbs placing them there, but by the UN, that should be protecting them, that is ignoring their plight for the last 11 years.
http://www.savethesekids.comOne of the last victims of the Balkan wars are a people of whom we hear very little... more
Self described as "gypsy-punk-country hybrid" this bands energy is explosive. Their concerts, though low in attendance, are wilder and blood pumping. Go see this band live, you will not be disappointed!Self described as "gypsy-punk-country hybrid" this bands energy is... more
S.L Ranga, a Rajisthani Raga singer, enchanted me with his soul-ful song, his Gypsy song, that penetrated deep into my heart. It was a hot day along the banks of the Ganga on April 14th for the Kumbha Mela in Haridwar; standing with a few of my favorite people in the world, shoulder to shoulder with Mark Whitwell, he saw us, he came to us and he sang for us...fully from the depths of his soul into our soul. om shantiS.L Ranga, a Rajisthani Raga singer, enchanted me with his soul-ful song, his Gypsy... more
Gabriel and Uriel, father and son, own and operate their own barber shop and shoe repair store in the heart of Manhattan. But what makes them special is that Uriel, the father, serenades his customers with the Klezber Clarinet .. old jewish songs. Beautiful! L'Chaim!Gabriel and Uriel, father and son, own and operate their own barber shop and shoe... more
A preview look at my latest Directing project - the upcoming Brecksville Theater on the Square production of "Gypsy"- featured on "Call-Back"
Reserve your tickets now by calling 440•526•6436
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music By Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Suggested by memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee
DIRECTED BY GEOFFREY SHORT
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY GEORGIANN BODLE
CHOREOGRAPHY BY KATIE KOCIK
COSTUMES BY DAVID GLOWEA preview look at my latest Directing project - the upcoming Brecksville Theater on... more
A Romanian woman was accused of something (I don't speak the language so I can't confirm the charge) and when visited by the police, she slapped one of them. What happens next is very unexpected but extremely funny ....A Romanian woman was accused of something (I don't speak the language so I... more
Art. 27 of the Italian Constitution, already unheeded in the part saying that penalties should recover detainees and cannot consist in treatments contrary to human dignity, is largely ignored in our country also in the first paragraph that says "Criminal responsibility is personal". Indeed, the concept applies only if the suspect of a crime is a "normal" Italian, while does not apply if it's an immigrant, let alone if it's a Romani.
http://www.inaltreparole.net/en/news/persecuzionerom121109.htmlArt. 27 of the Italian Constitution, already unheeded in the part saying that... more
I think it’s time for this girl to pack up and go. Shall she hitch it? Maybe she should get her thumb manicured and skip town?I think it’s time for this girl to pack up and go. Shall she hitch it? Maybe... more
Part Two of a short video documentary on camps in Kosovo that were created by the United Nations that are slowly killing the Gypsy race.Part Two of a short video documentary on camps in Kosovo that were created by the... more
Part One of a short video documentary on camps in Kosovo that were created by the United Nations that are slowly killing the Gypsy race.Part One of a short video documentary on camps in Kosovo that were created by the... more
The Court of Justice appreciated the wording “filthy Gypsy” as discriminatory, but did not sanctioned it, because it was used in a private discussion. As a result Romania continues to have problems in the field of respecting human rights.The Court of Justice appreciated the wording “filthy Gypsy” as... more
The German paper Bild revealed never-before-seen architectural plans of the Auschwitz extermination camp on Saturday.
The floor plans, cross-sections and maps on yellowing paper, mostly on a scale of 1:100, were allegedly found during the evacuation of an abandoned Berlin apartment. They were drawn up between 1941 and 1943, when the Holocaust was at its peak.
The 28 documents include detailed blueprints of prisoner barracks, gas chambers marked clearly Gaskammer in a gothic-inspired font and even a cross-section of the gate into which entered the rails of trains carrying Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, disabled persons and other people the National Socialists sent to die in the most horrifyingly efficient genocide in history.
The German paper Bild revealed never-before-seen architectural plans of the Auschwitz... more