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.
As a child of the 1980s, British band Spandau Ballet was one of the first artists I came across. Their songs ‘True’ and ‘Gold’ are generally regarded as their most successful hits – they are catchy melodies which easily slip into your brain. Once listened to, never forgotten.
A golden oldie classic from the 1960s. Released in 1967, just turned 50 years old. Like all classics, this song is timeless, speaks to the soul and across generations.
There’s not enough you can say about the brilliance of Benny Goodman, one of the greatest big band jazz musicians and clarinetists. His heyday was during the 1930s and 1940s yet he performed for decades afterwards, even up until his death in the 1980s.
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
Another week, another interesting figure pops up in the news with controversial comments about Islam. This time it is Malaysian Member of Parliament (and former sharia court judge) Datuk Shabudin Yahaya.
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).