Laurel & Hardy – The Sublime Dance

The immortal comedy duo of Stanley Laurel and Oliver Hardy has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was young, my father introduced me to them. My siblings and I watched their movies repeatedly on tape and laughed uproariously at their various antics. As time has passed, I watch them less but still find them funny. Being older, I enjoy noticing the finer parts of their comedy, particularly their facial expressions, vocal intonation and exact comedic timing. They were true masters of their art.


Yassmin’s Story – review, rebuttal, critique

On February 13th, 2017 the ABC live-talk show 'Q&A' featured an altercation between Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied (YAM) and Australian Senator Jacqui Lambie regarding sharia law. Lambie stated that Australian authorities should deport all people who supported sharia – this prompted an histrionic outburst from YAM who mentioned that “praying five times a day is … Continue reading Yassmin’s Story – review, rebuttal, critique

Hizb ut-Tahrir, wife-beating and the obfuscation of Silma Ihram

Recently, a leader from Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia sanctioned the killing of apostates from Islam which has legitimate roots within Islam’s foundational texts. This week Hizb ut-Tahrir made the news again: The Australian reported about a video posted to Facebook by the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia, where two women demonstrated how Muslim men may discipline … Continue reading Hizb ut-Tahrir, wife-beating and the obfuscation of Silma Ihram

Paco de Lucía plays Mario Escudero’s “Impetu”

Paco de Lucía (1947-2014) is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest flamenco guitarists. He was particularly famous for pioneering the ‘new flamenco’ style – de Lucía collaborated with other guitarists and blended flamenco with other genres, including classical, jazz and Latin fusion. Some of de Lucía’s well-known albums include Entre Dos Aguas (1975), Siroco (1987) and Luzia (1998).