Thursday, January 31, 2013


On February 2, 1979 Punk rock musician Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols died of a drug overdose at age 21. On February 2, 2013 T.R.A.C.S has a Punk Party.
 T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island

Drag Queen Contest in Sweetgrass

I got this note about the Drag Queen Contest in Sweetgrass
OK guys...get into your best drag queen outfits and break out the makeup, high heels, big hair, and falsies!!  Sweetgrass will have their Drag Queen Contest to see who will represent Sweetgrass in the SL-wide Drag Queen Grand Finale on February 10.  
The top 3 winners at Sweetgrass will go on the SL Grand Finale, so let's show them that we are the BEST!!

Party is Sunday, Feb. 3, from 21.00 - 23.00 CET or Noon - 2 PM SLT.  
DJ Frankie will rock the House. See you all there Dahlings!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PUNK part II

The word "punk" originated in the 1950s, when it was used to describe a hoodlum, ruffian, or worthless person. The term "Punk rock" was first coined by the rock critic Dave Marsh, in a 1970 issue of Creem magazine, in which he used it to describe the sound and attitude of and the Mysterians. In 1972, Lenny Kaye used the term in the liner notes of the anthology album Nuggets to refer to 1960s garage rock bands such as The Standells, The Sonics, and The Seeds. Bomp magazine continued this usage through the early 1970's, also applying it to some of the darker and more primitive practitioners of 1960s psychedelic rock.

By late 1976, bands such as the Ramones in New York City and the Sex Pistols and The Clash in London were recognized as the vanguard of a new musical movement. The following year saw punk rock spreading around the world, and it became a major cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom. For the most part, punk took root in local scenes that tended to reject association with the mainstream. An associated punk subculture emerged, expressing youthful rebellion and characterized by distinctive styles of clothing and adornment and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies.

By the beginning of the 1980s, faster, more aggressive styles such as hardcore and Oi! had become the predominant mode of punk rock. Musicians identifying with or inspired by punk also pursued a broad range of other variations, giving rise to post-punk and the alternative rock movement. By the start of the 21st century, pop punk had been adopted by the mainstream, as bands such as Green Day and The Offspring brought the genre widespread popularity.

Punk fashion
Punk fashion is the styles of clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics, jewelry, and body modifications of the punk subculture. Punk fashion varies widely from Vivienne Westwood styles to styles modeled on bands like The Exploited. The distinct social dress of other subcultures and art movements, including glam rock, skinheads, rude boys, greasers, and mods have influenced punk fashion. Punk fashion has likewise influenced the styles of these groups, as well as those of popular culture.

The classic punk rock look among male American musicians harkens back to the T-shirt, motorcycle jacket, and jeans ensemble favored by American greasers of the 1950s associated with the rockabilly scene and by British rockers of the 1960s. The cover of the Ramones' 1976 debut album, featuring a shot of the band by Punk photographer Roberta Bayley, set forth the basic elements of a style that was soon widely emulated by rock musicians both punk and nonpunk. Richard Hell's more androgynous, ragamuffin look—and reputed invention of the safety-pin aesthetic—was a major influence on Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren and, in turn, British punk style. John Morton of Cleveland's Electric Eels may have been the first rock musician to wear a safety-pin-covered jacket. McLaren's partner, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, credits Johnny Rotten as the first British punk to rip his shirt, and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious as the first to use safety pins. Early female punk musicians displayed styles ranging from Siouxsie Sioux's bondage gear to Patti Smith's "straight-from-the-gutter androgyny". The former proved much more influential on female fan styles. Over time, tattoos, piercings, and metal-studded and -spiked accessories became increasingly common elements of punk fashion among both musicians and fans, a "style of adornment calculated to disturb and outrage". The typical male punk haircut was originally short and choppy; the Mohawk later emerged as a characteristic style. Those in hardcore scenes often adopt a skinhead look.

The characteristic stage performance style of male punk musicians does not deviate significantly from the macho postures classically associated with rock music. Female punk musicians broke more clearly from earlier styles. Scholar John Strohm suggests that they did so by creating personas of a type conventionally seen as masculine: "They adopted a tough, unladylike pose that borrowed more from the macho swagger of sixties garage bands than from the calculated bad-girl image of bands like The Runaways."  Scholar Dave Laing describes how bassist Gaye Advert adopted fashion elements associated with male musicians only to generate a stage persona readily consumed as "sexy". Laing focuses on more innovative and challenging performance styles, seen in the various erotically destabilizing approaches of Siouxsie Sioux, The Slits' Ari Up, and X-Ray Spex' Poly Styrene.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Netherlands gets first king in a century

Yesterday the Dutch Queen Beatrix announced her abdication in favor of her eldest son Prince Willem-Alexander in an address to the nation.
"I have the greatest confidence to hand over the throne to my son, the Prince of Orange. He and Princess Maxima are prepared for their tasks. With all their talents, they will choose their own approach. I hope to meet you very often and I am grateful for the confidence and the many years that I have been the Queen," she said.

The resignation from the throne will take place on April 30 this year.

She went on with: "On Thursday, I hope to celebrate my 75th birthday. I am grateful that I can do this in good health. At the end of this year, our Kingdom will last two hundred years. These two things made me decide to step aside from the throne."
Beatrix is the eldest daughter of late Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. In 1966, Beatrix married Prince Claus van Amsberg from Germany, with whom she has three children: Prince Willem-Alexander (1967), Prince Friso (1968) and Prince Constantijn (1969). Beatrix's marriage caused a massive protest in Amsterdam, because her German husband was associated by a part of the Dutch population with German Nazism. Beatrix's husband died in 2002.

Beatrix was crowned Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on April 30, 1980, as successor of her mother Juliana. During the investiture, some people used the occasion to protest against poor housing conditions in the country and against the monarchy in general. The rioters clashed violently with the police.

The traditional Dutch Queen's Day will not longer be celebrated on April 30, the birthday of Juliana. Instead, from 2014 on, the King's Day will be celebrated on April 27, the birthday of Willem-Alexander, said the Government Information Service (RVD).

Monday, January 28, 2013

PUNK part I

Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie (10 May 19572 February 1979), was an English musician who was the bassist of the punk group Sex Pistols. Vicious joined the Sex Pistols in early 1977 to replace Glen Matlock. Since his skills on bass guitar were highly questionable, Vicious only performed on one song on the band's sole studio album Never Mind the Bollocks. During the brief drug-filled ascendancy of the Sex Pistols, Vicious met Nancy Spungen (February 27, 1958 – October 12, 1978), who became his girlfriend and manager and later died. Vicious continued his drug habit. Jailed for another offence, he emerged detoxed, but was given heroin by his mother at a party celebrating his release and died that night.

Sex Pistols
According to various publications (such as the biography England's Dreaming by Jon Savage) and films (namely The Filth and the Fury) Vicious was asked to join the group after Glen Matlock's departure in February 1977 due to his being present at every gig. Manager Malcolm McLaren once claimed "if Johnny Rotten is the voice of punk, then Vicious is the attitude."

McLaren also said in person and in a documentary that if he'd met Vicious before he had hired Rotten to be the singer, Vicious would have been the Sex Pistols' front man, because he had the most charisma of anyone on that stage. Alan Jones described Vicious as "[having] the iconic punk look (...) Sid, on image alone, is what all punk rests on." His nails would be painted in a sloppy manner with purple nail polish. Vicious played his first gig with the Pistols on 3 April 1977 at The Screen On The Green in London. In 1977 Sid Vicious met Freddie Mercury because they were both recording in the same studio, he insulted Mercury but Mercury grabbed him by the lapels and pushed him out of the booth. His debut was filmed by Don Letts and appears in Punk Rock Movie. What Vicious had lacked in musicianship he made up with unmatched punk charisma, as he hurled insults at the crowd and slashed himself. On the group's U.S. tour in January 1978, although not during a show, he carved the words "Gimme a fix" into his chest. In the Longhorn Ballroom concert, he spat into the crowd and mocked and taunted the "Cowboys" in the audience.

In March 1977, Vicious had met American Nancy Spungen; they began to date. They, and with them the group, deteriorated visibly during the American tour. The Pistols broke up in San Francisco after their concert at the Winterland Ballroom on 14 January 1978.

Something Else Lyrics

Look at that
Here she comes
Here comes that girl again
One of the cutest since I don't know when
But she don't notice me when I pass
She goes with all the guys from outta my class
But that can't stop me from thinkin' to myself
She's sure fine lookin', man,
She's something else

Look at that 'cross the street
There's a car built just for me
To own a car would be a luxury
But right now I can't afford the gas
A brand new convertible is out of my class
But that can't stop me from thinkin' to myself that car's fine lookin', man,
It's something else

Hey, look at that
Just wait and see
Worked hard and saved my dough
I buy that car and then I roll up with joe
Get me that girl and we go ridin' around
We look real sharp with the wide top down
I keep on dreamin' and thinkin' to myself
When it all comes true, man,
Wow, that's something else

Hey, look at that
What's all this?
Never thought I'd do this before
But here I'm a-knockin' on her door
My car's out front
And it's all mine
It's a '41 job not a '59
I got that girl and I'm thinkin' to myself she's sure fine lookin', man,
Wow, she's something else


On January 26, 1965, Hindi became the official language of India and last Saturday we had a Bollywood Party at T.R.A.C.S. Deejay Maharajah Racker had a made a great set of Hindi songs. I had a lot of IM's of guests that they loved the set because it was not the usually what one hear at clubs and be also very danceable. 
You did a great job, Racker.
For the second time, in a few weeks, the sim crashed and we had just 20 people on it. We had more problems lately, so I checking the sim for what maybe caused it and writing Linden Lab a note.
Here are some of the pictures I made.
▲ Racker
▲ Eleutherios
▲ Norbie
▲ Christo
▲▼ Ellbee and Guy
▲ Alvei
▲▼ Alvei and Martin
▲ Infa 
▲▼ Fiorino and in the background Ellbee and Dillon
▲ Martin, Lena and Caasper

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


On January 26, 1965, Hindi became the official language of India.
On January 26, 2013, T.R.A.C.S have a Bollywood Party with DJ Racker.
T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island


Clothing in India
Clothing in India varies from region to region depending on the ethnicity, geography, climate and cultural traditions of the people of that region. Historically, men and women's clothing has evolved from simple Langotas and loincloths to cover the body to elaborate costumes not only used in daily wear but also on festive occasions as well as rituals and dance performances. In urban areas, western clothing is common and uniformly worn by people of all strata. India also has a great diversity in terms of weaves, fibers, colors and material of clothing. Color codes are followed in clothing based on the religion and ritual concerned. For instance, Hindus wear white clothes to indicate mourning while Parsis and Christians wear white to weddings.

Woman's clothing
In India, woman's clothing varies widely and is closely associated with the local culture, religion and climate.
Traditional Indian clothing for women in the north and east are saris or gaghra cholis and lehengas while many south Indian women traditionally wear sari and children wear pattu pavadai. Saris made out of silk are considered the most elegant. Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is one of India's fashion capitals. In many rural parts of India, traditional clothing is worn. Women wear a sari, a long sheet of colorful cloth, draped over a simple or fancy blouse. Little girls wear a pavada. Both are often patterned. Bindi is a part of women's make-up. Indo-western clothing is the fusion of Western and Subcontinental fashion. Churidar, dupatta, Khara Dupatta, gamchha, kurta, mundum neriyathum, sherwani are among other clothes.

The traditional style of clothing in India varies with male or female distinctions. This is still followed in the rural areas, though is changing in the urban areas. Girls before puberty wear a long skirt (called langa/paawada in Andhra) and a short blouse, called a choli, above it.

Men's clothing
For men, traditional clothes are the Sherwani, Lungi, Kurta and Dhoti or Pajama. Also, most recently Pant and shirt have also been accepted as traditional Indian dress by the Government of India.

A Sherwani is a long coat-boss jacket fastened with buttons. It comes to just below the knees, somewhere high on the calf. The jacket has a Nehru collar, which is a collar that stands up. The Sherwani is worn with tighter fitting pants or trousers called churidars. Churidars are trousers that are loose around the hips and thighs, but are tight and gathered around the ankle. Sherwani is usually worn during the wedding ceremonies by the groom and is usually cream, light ivory, or gold colored. It may be embroidered with gold or silver. A scarf is sometimes added to the sherwani.

The Indian turban or the pagri is worn in many regions in the country, incorporating various styles and designs depending on the place. Other types of headgear such as the Taqiyah and Gandhi cap are worn by different communities within the country to signify a common ideology or interest.

The Dastar, also known as pagri, is a turban worn by the Sikh community of India. Is a symbol of faith representing values such as valour, honour and spirituality among others. It is worn to protect the Sikh's long, uncut hair, the Kesh which is one of the Five Ks of Sikhism. Over the years, the dastar has evolved into different styles pertaining to the various sects of Sikhism such as the Nihang and the Namdhari.

Pheta (turban)
Pheta is the Marathi name for turbans worn in the state of Maharashtra. Its usually worn during traditional ceremonies and occasions. It was a mandatory part of clothing in the past and have evolved into various styles in different regions. The main types are the Puneri Pagadi, Kolhapuri and Mawali pheta.

Mysore Peta
Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Vishveshwaraiah in traditional Mysore Peta
Originally worn by the kings of Mysore during formal meeting in durbar and in ceremonial processions during festivals, and meeting with foreign dignitaries, the Mysore peta has come to signify the cultural tradition of the Mysore and Kodagu district. The Mysore University replaced the conventional mortarboard used in graduation ceremonies with the traditional peta.

Rajasthani pagari
Turbans in Rajasthan are called pagari. They are distinctive in style and colour, and indicate the caste, social class and region of the wearer. In the hot and dry regions, turbans are large and loose. The paggar is traditional in Mewar while the safa is to Marwar. The colour of the pagaris have special importance and so does the pagari itself. In the past, saffron stood for valour and chivalry. A white turban stood for mourning. The exchange of a turban meant undying friendship.

Gandhi cap
The Gandhi cap, a white coloured cap made of khadi was popularised by Mahatma Gandhi during the Indian independence movement. The practice of wearing a Gandhi cap was carried on even after independence and became a symbolic tradition for politicians and social activists. The cap has been worn throughout history in many states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and is still worn by many people without political significance.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Hindi, or more precisely Modern Standard Hindi (also known as Manak Hindi, High Hindi, Nagari Hindi, and Literary Hindi, is a standardised and sanskritised register of the Hindustani language. It is the native language of people living in Delhi, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, northeastern Madhya Pradesh, and parts of eastern Rajasthan, and is one of the official languages of the Republic of India. But many non-native speakers from other parts of India, too, understand it easily because it is close to their native languages that, just like Hindi, originated from various Prakrit languages. These languages have common roots and the native speakers of several regional Indian languages find it easier to understand the more Sanskritised form of Hindi.

Hindi is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world with about 487 million speakers. It is an emerging language in the United States as well. Hindi is closely related to Urdu, the language of Pakistan. Hindi may be a great language choice for a student who is interested in learning a new alphabet; Hindi uses far less characters than other Asian languages.

The Indian constitution, in 1950, declared Hindi in Devanagari script to be the official language of the union. Unless Parliament decided otherwise, the use of English for official purposes was to cease 15 years after the constitution came into effect, i.e., on  26 January 1965.

Hindi dance songs
Hindi dance songs are now widely heard around the world. They first became popular among overseas Indians and were eventually discovered by others. Bollywood film music is called filmi music from the the Hindi language which means ‘films’.

The filmi music and dances in Bollywood films are a synthesis of formal and folk Indian traditional music and dance traditions, with the infusion of Western techniques. The dances in older Hindi movies represented supposed dances of the common people, although they involved original choreography. Bollywood dances have evolved as a unique and energetic style. Since they are group dances, they are often used as joyful exercise music.

The choreography of Bollywood dances takes inspiration from Indian folk dances, classical dances (like kathak) as well as disco and from earlier Hindi filmi dances.

Eddi Haskell

Eddi Haskell is a photographer in Second Life, and active in the LGBT scene. His blog also covers Eddi's real life interests including arts, politics, entertainment, and other virtual worlds.

Today is the sixth rezday in SecondLife of this superblogger.
Sadly I will not be able to join the celebration, today at The Bunker, because it is to late European time.


Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; however, it is only a part of the total Indian film industry, which includes other production centres producing films in multiple languages.
The name Bollywood is a contraction of Bombay and Hollywood. India has the largest film industry in the world, measured by the number of films produced. People from around the world are acting and working in Bollywood. However, unlike Hollywood, Bollywood does not exist as a physical place. Though some deplore the name, arguing that it makes the industry look like a poor cousin to Hollywood, it has its own entry in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Bollywood is formally referred to as Hindi cinema. There has been a growing presence of Indian English in dialogue and songs as well. It is common to see films that feature dialogue with English words (also known as Hinglish), phrases, or even whole sentences.

The films produced are mostly in Hindi spoken, although English subtitles are usual. The films are generally lively musicals that are timeless tales of love and turmoil, they are big crowd pullers. Outside India enjoy the films popularity, especially with the substantial diaspora of the subcontinent.

Movies from Bollywood have their own internal logic and can be as surreal as musicals from American or European studios. Songs from Bollywood movies are generally pre-recorded by professional playback singers, with the actors then lip synching the words to the song on-screen, often while dancing. Lately there is a new trend that the actor sing them self.

The increasing visibility and greater audience numbers, some Bollywood movies on fairly large budgets arches, making them famous film sets can be used, such as Hatfield House and Blenheim Palace in the United Kingdom .

The majority of the films can be divided into the following types:
  •  The Hindu mythology, are hereby epic stories filmed.
  •  Old stories from the Sanskrit.
  •  Indian theater that are filmed.
  •  Modern stories, often romantic comedies. Sometimes it also remakes of Hollywood movies and can there be plagiarism.
The history of Bollywood goes back to 1913, when the film Raja Harishchandra was recorded. In the 30s, the industry has grown so much that some 200 films a year were produced. The first movie with sound was Alam Ara in 1931. The first colour film, titled Kisan Kanya was in 1937 incorporated.

In the 70's and 80 were many action films released, including many so-called Curry Westerns. An example is the western Sholay, which is seen as the most successful Indian film ever. In the 90s , the focus again more on the romance .

Late 20th century, the film industry in Bollywood caught up by the production of television programs and video games. At the same time it was interesting to budget friendly alternatives to look outside Bombay, for location shooting but also in new studios, in various other Indian cities.

At the beginning of the 21st century the Bollywood movies also break through in Europe, especially where many Indian and Pakistani immigrants settled (mainly in the UK).

Monday, January 21, 2013


"Jai Ho" is a song composed by A. R. Rahman for the soundtrack to Subhash Ghai's 2008 film Yuvvraaj. Ghai, who suggested Rahman use the words "jai ho" in a song, thought it was "too subtle and soft" for inclusion in the film. Rahman and Gulzar, who co-wrote the lyrics to the song, felt that the song had "immense potential", so when Danny Boyle, the director of the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, approached Rahman to compose its soundtrack, Rahman used the song for it. "Jai Ho" accompanies a choreographed dance sequence at the end credits of Slumdog Millionaire. The song features vocals from Sukhvinder Singh, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Vijay Prakash in three Indian languages: Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Indian singer Tanvi Shah wrote and provided vocals for a Spanish section of the song.

"Jai Ho" was, at the time of its release "the toast of the town in almost every part of the world". Videos were posted on YouTube of people covering and remixing the song, as well as doing the "Jai Ho" dance featured in the film. "Jai Ho" received universally favorable reviews from music critics, citing it as the best song on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. It was also the official campaign song of the Indian National Congress during the 2009 election. 
American girl group The Pussycat Dolls recorded an English interpretation of "Jai Ho". Entitled "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)", and credited to "A. R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger", the song appeared on the re-release of the group's second studio album Doll Domination (2008). After watching Slumdog Millionaire record executives Ron Fair and Jimmy Iovine wanted to turn "Jai Ho" into a "pop record without deviating from the original melody". Music critics responded generally favorably to "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)", citing it to be a great adaption to the original song.


Yesterday Club Satyricon had their pre-selection for the
The Invitation is made by Apuh and he also made the picture with their three winners.
I do not know the names of them.
On Sunday February 3,  21.00-23.00 CET / 12 PM-2.PM SLT, Sweetgrass, with DJ Frankie, have their Drag Queen Party and election. 

Rock Party in Sweetgrass

With DJ Racker
Every Sunday a theme party at  Sweetgrass Pool & Disco
More pictures of the event, for one week, at:
▲ Rod 
▲ Gany, making the picture of the winners. ▼