Far be it from me to pass judgment upon strangers – cue laugh track – but while vacationing at a slew of amusement parks in Orlando, Florida last week, one question was on loop in my mind. Why do so many couples wear matching outfits or T-shirts that refer to one another?That led to a slew of follow-up contemplations.Is it territorial marking? A desperate plea to let people know they are an item? Did they fall victim to predatorily reasonable pricing amid a genius level of product placements throughout the parks? If you’ve been to the family of Disney and (to a substantially lesser extent) Universal parks, you’ve likely seen them. Unless you were them, you may have wondered the same things. (Side notes: This does not include the family hierarchy shirts – i.e. Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter, Grandmom, and Aunt and/or King, Queen, Prince, Princess – or relations as they stand in connection to birthday girls or boys. I get that. After all, my kid made off with … [Read more...] about Why do so many couples wear matching T-shirts at Disney World?
Peaceful world lyrics
Choirs, schools , community groups and members of the public from right across the north west are being invited to take part in a ‘Sing for Peace’ rally in Derry next week. The ‘One City, One Voice’ event will take place in Guildhall Square on Wednesday, May 1 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The organisers of the event told the ‘Journal’ that they wanted as many people as possible to take up the opportunity of presenting “one city, one voice” for peace. The Sing for Peace Rally organisers said the event has been developed in the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Derry recently. Journalist Lyra McKee was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire during a night of rioting in Creggan on Thursday of last week. The 29-year-old Belfast woman, who had made Derry her home, had been among a group of innocent bystanders when the New IRA attack claimed her life.Since Lyra’s murder, calls have been growing louder for politicians to end … [Read more...] about ‘One City, One Voice’ Sing for Peace Rally to be staged in Derry
A team of people in Derry have released a newly completed music video for a rap rendition of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ following the murder of Lyra McKee in the city. The cross-community musical project was the brainchild of Strabane native Joshua Clarke and features Waterside rap artist Gary Martin, who penned his own lyrics for their version of the world-famous John Lennon and Yoko Ono peace anthem. With the help of Victoria Temple, a cross-section of local people responded to an online call out and volunteered to form part of the chorus for the song, which was filmed beside the Peace Bridge and on the City Walls. The Derry version of the song was originally recorded last year, but the events of the past few days have spurred Joshua on to complete a full video and release the song online. The video, which has already had thousands upon thousands of views and shares on social media, comes as voices grow louder for political leaders to get … [Read more...] about Cross-community version of ‘Give Peace A Chance’ released after Lyra McKee murder
We've all seen them. Carol singers. Spreading joy and messages, tuneful or otherwise, of peace and love. As children, many of us stood in rows and sang at school during the festive period. We were no strangers to the little town of Bethlehem, to Royal David's City, to the strange Yoda-esque syntax of 'We Three Kings of Orient Are' - I remember there was 'one in a bus and one in a car', but that may not have been the traditional lyric. … [Read more...] about Has the modern world lost the music of Christmas?
THE family of murdered Brit backpacker Grace Millane say their "whole world has been turned upside down" after she was killed during a dream holiday to New Zealand. Her dad David flew to Auckland from the family’s home in Essex after Grace, 22, was reported missing while staying at a backpackers’ hostel in the North Island city earlier this month. Her body was found in bushes 30 feet from the road in the Waitakere Ranges, just outside the city, on Sunday after last being seen on December 1. Today David issued a statement saying: "After the disappearance of Grace on 1st December 2018 our whole world turned upside down. "Gill, Michael, Declan and myself would sincerely like to thank everybody involved and express our most profound gratitude. "In this difficult situation where everybody is a true hero it is sometimes difficult to single out certain people." Grace's body was found near Scenic Drive, a winding road that cuts through the eastern fringe of the forest. A … [Read more...] about Grace Millane’s devastated family say ‘whole world turned upside down’ after murdered daughter ‘went off to travel world’ but never returned