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1. Weird Soup

  • Published: 2010-07-24T16:51:36+00:00
  • Duration: 5
  • By eladbari
Weird Soup

**Ka-Ching! Got an Honorable Mention from Nick Campbell. Thanks Nicky :] ** http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2010/08/five-second-project-winner-cmyk/ My mom always told me i should eat my vegetables.. ..even if they looked kinda funky.. :$ Yet another GSG 5second project, for the theme "CMYK": http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2010/07/five-second-project-cmyk/ vimeo.com/channels/cmyk Since I figured CMYK was Sooo Old [19th century?!what tha..?], I thought I might as well just vintage the Hell out of anything in this project. Therefore, the crystal clear audio got some dirty ol' treatment, and so did the visuals. I've also watched some good old Intermission ads they used to show in drive-in's during the 50's & 60's, just to study those funky camera moves :] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqrVgxf9P3k T'was pretty funny to see how they brainwashed kids into eating this junk food. Thank you, mr. spokesman, but I'll stick to my vegetables :]


2. Preseason Soup

Preseason Soup

The worlds leading soup conglomerate sent a bunch of dinguses to the slopes with a platinum visa card and a weird amount of pastrami got purchased. After the cold cut hangover they got some boardin in too. Tune in next time for a sneak peek at the new flavour. Vegetarians don't even worry about it. boardin by Aaron Santos, Dylan Vachon, Connor Copithorn, Colin D Watt, Dan Norb, Dirty Mike, Kyle Stainton, James Senger and Lucio DM


3. Animal Soup

  • Published: 2012-04-25T20:02:06+00:00
  • Duration: 240
  • By carlen altman
Animal Soup

Animal Soup, a late night interview show showcasing strange and exotic animals, made popular through Youtube videos, hosted by weird human, Carlen Altman. Credits: Hosted, written, and directed by Carlen Altman Animation sequences written and created by Dan Meth. [email protected] More info on the Blobfish http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/7077472/Blobfish-worlds-most-miserable-looking-marine-animal-facing-exinction.html More info on the Pygmy Slow Loris http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_slow_loris


4. Digital Rosa Show Flyer #1

  • Published: 2009-04-26T05:57:35+00:00
  • Duration: 30
  • By The Wail
Digital Rosa Show Flyer #1

Come see the following 5 electronica acts play at The Wail in Portland on May 10th 2009. There will be dancing digital cats galore! noteNdo soup purse alienated hominid ogo eion weird fiction *stay tuned for more videos featuring Rosa.


5. InkStarter.cc

InkStarter.cc

— InkStarter.cc — You draw. You vote. I tattoo myself! It's a project about tattoos. Creativity. Trust. A very weird Crowdsourcing Tattoo Experiment. Real bonds. Forever connected. For more information visit http://inkstarter.cc/en • Soundtrack: Vegetable Soup by Igorrr http://igorrr.com Taken from the "Hallelujah" album. Published by Ad Noiseam http://adnoiseam.net • Footage/Post production: Fabiano Nogueira • Brand: Filippo Comini http://filippocomini.com — InkStarter.cc — Você desenha. Você vota. Eu tatuo em mim! É um projeto sobre tatuagens. Criatividade. Confiança. Um estranho experimento de tatuagem colaborativa. Laços reais. Conectados para sempre. Para mais informações visite http://inkstarter.cc/br • Trilha sonora: Vegetable Soup por Igorrr http://igorrr.com Tirada do álbum "Hallelujah". Publicado por Ad Noiseam http://adnoiseam.net • Filmagem/Pós produção: Fabiano Nogueira • Marca: Filippo Comini http://filippocomini.com —


6. The Book of Right On - Joanna Newsom (Harp and Voice Cover)

  • Published: 2016-07-15T15:50:02+00:00
  • Duration: 277
  • By Natalie Wagner
The Book of Right On - Joanna Newsom (Harp and Voice Cover)

A man by the name of Jeremy requested anything from Joanna Newsom, and this was my pick. The bass pattern and rhythms taught me a lot of technique! This song is WEIRD. I love it. "I killed my dinner, with karate. Kicked 'em in the face, taste the body." *laughing* Even though it's crazy, I had a blast singing my heart out! Sometimes we just need to lose our minds for a few minutes. :P I hope you all don't mind my complete randomness when it comes to music, you'll just never know what to expect next. Thanks so much for watching! --- Natalie The Book of Right On Joanna Newsom March 23, 2004 The Milk-Eyed Mender Harp Soup Natalie Wagner [email protected] www.harpsoup.com Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Harpsoup/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/harp_soup/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLIMKEc9rMDRhf-DGk99RSg


7. MA Exhibition Video Art Collaboration

  • Published: 2014-07-23T21:19:20+00:00
  • Duration: 774
  • By Noo-Studio
MA Exhibition Video Art Collaboration

The Video Art piece was designed and produced by Piotr Zalewski from Noo-Studio | The House of Collaboration. This video art piece was created to support "MA" Exhibition by Karolina Szymkiewicz at TASTE Shop. The video was projected onto a cotton panel during the length of the exhibition between 11.04.2014 - 11.05.2014 The Concept: Video Art for the MA Exhibition was created to support and transform the space to implement and showcase the concept of “MA”. The basis of the artist’s approach was based on the idea of contrasted elements: structures, lines & shadows. There is a space in-between the lines, that creates a way to interpret the reality of the person, strongly attached in Asian & European culture, corresponding with the changing environment we live in. The main components of the video are abstract lines, based on the original video by: Credits: Video Title: “Urban Butoh” Project / Performed by Butoh dance master: Atsushi Takenouchi / Directors: Jordi Arqué and Roberto Romero / Music: Hiroko Komiya /shot in the Poble Nou cemetery in Barcelona | http://vimeo.com/26881375 The Images in an art work are overlapping, changing and transforming to abstract objects. The movement is preserved, but filtered and mixed with noise & sound, that creates loops & bubbles. The simplicity of it interacts with Asian parts of the drawing, but the attachment to the body as a structure and figure, references to European idea of beauty. The music breaks and repeats itself; slightly altered original movie tracks are juxtaposed with Alva Noto & Ryuchi Sakamoto sounds, creating an impactful yet tranquil experience. The Music: Japanese polymath Ryuichi Sakamoto, here playing the role of minimalist pianist. The other is German sound-sculptor Alva Noto (known to his mother as Carsten Nicolai), who stands behind a bank of electronic units. Noto makes music by manipulating the stray burbles that accompany everyday modern life – the steady hum of a fridge-freezer, the white noise from an untuned radio, dialling tones, modems and so on – recontextualising them as provocatively as a Warhol soup can or a Duchamp urinal. The two have collaborated for more than a decade. Initially, Noto would make weird ambient noises while Sakamoto played modal chord clusters on the piano but, after five albums, their roles have started to converge. The sound textures shimmer appealingly, but it’s the melodies that really transform this pleasant mood music into something more epic. Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto are both opposites and kindred spirits. One is classically trained. The other studied landscape architecture. One is Japanese. The other is German. But when the duo come together, something special happens. For more than a decade, their Raster-Noton collaborations have explored what happens two opposite and kindred spirits get together and try to meld their sounds together. Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Insen (2005) from Forma on Vimeo. Insen is the first of a series of new films by Sam Blair which celebrate some of Forma’s landmark projects from the past 10 years. Featuring live footage from the premiere of Insen at the Barbican in 2005 as well as interviews with Forma Artistic Director and founder, David Metcalfe. The film also includes an interview with Michael Bracewell which explores the lasting importance of the piece and the unique contribution of Forma in producing and commissioning new collaborative and experimental work.


8. 7x7 Week 42: 12/17/14 - 12/23/14

7x7 Week 42: 12/17/14 - 12/23/14

1) Scootered to Alexa's so I could chauffeur her to her nail appointment and hair appointment. Got soup from Sage between the two. Ended up eating nachos and watching Nacho Libre by the time the day came to an end. We both love nachos. Oh, and Chas came over once she left and we caught up for way longer than expected. 2) Ride or die. Scootered to Cody's, and went on an awesome man date. Ate Los Molcajetes, then saw the mind blowing film Interstellar. What is life? 3) Finished the final episode of Korra, and Avatar as we know it, then went to Portland with Chas and Yoel. We went to Yoel's sister's friend's house, and it was really weird. 4) Watched Exidus in Sherwood. Me Chas and Yoel were the ONLY ones there, so we went wild and played tag. We ate at Chipotle on the way back, then had a little get together at Chas' with some old friends. 5) Made some music videos before kicking Alexa's butt at Jenga, then compared personality quizzes till way too late in the night. 6) Went climbing with Tanner at Circuit, ate at Los Molcajetes, then goofed around with Tanner, Chas, Megan, and Eliza in my living room. 7) Went to the casino with Will and TJ, and ate dinner there. We all lost, but the food was incredible.


9. Beef Cheek Ravioli on American Thanksgiving

  • Published: 2010-02-27T04:44:35+00:00
  • Duration: 304
  • By Foodtease.com
Beef Cheek Ravioli on American Thanksgiving

Since moving to the States, David and I have come to realize that Thanksgiving is almost a bigger deal to Americans than Christmas. For our past two years we have been spoiled by having our American Thanksgivings provided for us by our cousins Lisa and Josef (we were introduced to our first foie gras and deep fried turkey all in one day) but since moving to Laredo we have had to fend for ourselves. Neither of us wanted to try and replicate our turkey from Canadian Thanksgiving (the real one) so we decided to just have a happy fancy meal. With my ongoing love of eating weird animal parts it seemed destiny that we finally were able to find beef cheeks in a grocery store. Our menu consisted of an amuse bouche of Eggs with Anchovy Crumbs, followed by Chilled Asparagus Soup with Creme Fraiche, then Mushroom & Shrimp Arugula Salad, and finally our Beef Cheek Ravioli. For desert we made Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes with Blackberries. http://foodtease.com/2008/11/american-thanksgiving-2008


10. Showing Out Ellaine Around San Francisco On Her Last Sunday With Us (9-23-12)

Showing Out Ellaine Around San Francisco On Her Last Sunday With Us (9-23-12)

This video shows us take Ellaine out around San Francisco, CA since it was her last Sunday here with us before she left for Irvine, CA for her studies there. It was myself, Richie, my sis, Rochelle, Steven, Loraine, Ian, Mico, and Ellaine's bro, Jason that went with Ellaine. Firstly, it shows us (with a few photos) head to the Humphry Slocombre to get some weird, strange flavored ice cream! I got the Secret Breakfast flavored one. Then we headed onto Van Ness Ave into Downtown San Francisco. It was pretty busy and crazy. The coastal fog was also rolling in at this time. We also saw quite a few gays around the roads and somehow we find that pretty entertaining! As we continued up along Van Ness, and passed the city hall, we then turned left off of Van Ness and towards Japantown. We arrived Japantown just after 5 p.m. We entered the Japan Center through the Hotel Kabuki from the parking garage and into the East Mall. Afterwards, we went outside into the Peace Plaza. Then we entered into the West Mall. We looked around and had a bit of fun around the mall with Ellaine and the rest of our group. There was a nice pool with a wall of mirror! By 6:20 p.m. or so, we went into the Izumiya to eat our dinner. I got the Chicken Cutlet. It was similar to chicken katsu. It was served with salad and soup. Coming around 7:45 p.m., we then left the restaurant and headed back towards the Peace Plaza. But before that, we stopped by at the nippon-ya store. The restaurants were still quite packed at the time as well. We also a lot more of food displays at the Kushi Tsuru. Then around 8 p.m., we exited the West Mall and out into the Peace Plaza. It was pretty chilly and misty/foggy outside! It was like 51 degrees only (courtesy of The Weather Channel). We took quite a few photos around the plaza and also took a few shots at the five-tiered Peace Pagoda. Then at 8:20 p.m. or so, we headed to the parking garage and left Japantown. Despite the fog, we then headed to the Golden Gate Bridge. We stopped a short time at the Vista Point. We arrived at the Vista Point after 8:45 p.m. Although it was foggy, we still enjoyed our fun times together with Ellaine. Hope you enjoyed the video! We will miss you, Ellaine! ♥ (Video taken on Sunday, September 23, 2012 in and around San Francisco, CA)


11. True Blood: Brad Farmerie Makes Boudin Noir

  • Published: 2012-02-10T17:26:38+00:00
  • Duration: 185
  • By eatTV
True Blood: Brad Farmerie Makes Boudin Noir

Call me squeamish, but when PUBLIC and Double Crown chef Brad Farmerie busted out an IV bag filled with blood, that, in a short time I’d be eating, I felt a little spooked. Sure, I was at a blood cooking demo at the StarChefs 2010 International Chefs Congress, and sure, I’ve eaten some pretty weird things, but eating ingredients from a medical apparatus is a first. OK, so I have been known to use hypodermic needles to inject flavor into animal flesh, but seeing blood red liquid in an IV bag destined for my plate felt like another level of ickyness. What can I say? I don’t like to mix my meal with my medicine. Revulsion soon turned to utter mesmerization as I watched Farmerie working this scarlet wonder. The rich, bright color and the shiny, unctuous texture of this liquid was simply entrancing. Watching him pour, squirt, and fill things with the blood, I was like a venison in headlights. And speaking of venison, Farmerie used venison blood and pig blood to make two staples on his Public and Double Crown menus, which the class had a chance to recreate for themselves. First came black pudding, which he called “blood with training wheels,” because it’s an easy introduction to working with blood. He finished with boudin noir, a dish he likens to “putting soup into an intestine and trying to turn it into something delicious.” Farmerie definitely turned it into something delicious, thanks to the earthiness of porcini mushroom powder, the green apples cooked in duck fat and deglazed in rum, and the Quatre Épices spice blend traditionally used in the dish altered with star anise and green cardamom pods. According to Farmerie, with the exception of Jewish and Islamic cultures, blood is an ingredient in almost every other ethnic cuisine. While Islamic cultures consider blood to be the soul of the animal—and thus an ingredient to avoid—Scandinavian cultures eat it for that very reason, believing it brings power, strength and nutrition to the body. They bake blood into their bread, and make blood pancakes during the holidays. Lao people have a version of larb (minced meat salad) that uses duck blood, while Filipinos make dinuguan, a stew made with pigs blood. There are Polish, Vietnamese and Swedish versions of blood soup, and around the world, blood pudding (also known as blood sausage ) can be found in various incarnations, from the UK’s black pudding, to the Germany Blutwurst, or the Korea Soondae. Chemically speaking, bloods are very similar, but have very different flavor profiles and viscosities. For example, sheep’s blood is very thin, while cow’s blood is rich and thick. Cow’s blood is the most readily available blood in the U.S., and thus the content of most blood sausage found here. Farmerie, however thinks bovine blood is “insipid” and says that’s the reason why the flavor is so “disappointing.” He favors pork, venison, and rabbit blood, which are not nearly as easy to find. Farmerie says it’s harder to get blood then drugs. There’s some “legal issues” involved in shipping blood, and a bit of skittishness, so some vendors send it with a separate, blank invoice, while others prefer to ship it in a hospital bag. Now, call me crazy, but perhaps mailing an IV bag filled with blood will stand out just as much as a food container filled with red liquid? Considering that 7% of an animal’s weight is in blood, Farmerie rues that most people let it just “drip down the drain.” With the rising interest in reducing waste and nose-to-tail eating, and with an increase in humanely raised and killed animals, maybe it’s blood’s time in the scarlet spotlight.


12. 031 DA VAZ in FOKUSZ - RTL-Club

  • Published: 2010-02-24T19:04:41+00:00
  • Duration: 221
  • By Jürg Da Vaz
031 DA VAZ in FOKUSZ - RTL-Club

Jürg Da Vaz, a Swiss artist, a painter and filmmaker Fókusz – RTL Club Interview by Emese Acs, RTL KLUB Budapest Edited by Róbert Kurucs Filmed on site at the Zoo, Gundel and Hajos utca, Budapest Showtime 14.11.2002 1909pm on MTV2, Hungarian TV 00:01:02 Anikó: Jürg Da Vaz, a Swiss artist, a painter and filmmaker, arrived at Budapest, and we could spend a day with him. Don’t turn off, please stay with us! I know these kind of subjects don’t thrill you, but this time it’ll be different I promise. Because Da Vaz is not like a normal, boring artist. For example there are the pigs… 01:23 Narrátor: Jürg Da Vaz is waking up in his home in Budapest. His morning shower is different from the traditional one. Today he takes a shower with his Pyjamas on. Don’t ask why, maybe he is still in his dreamworld? Narrátor: After his unique morning toilet he shows us his ever so special bedroom. He sleeps under a huge portrait of his wife above his bed, this way he’s never alone, not even late at night. 01:48 Da Vaz: She’s my lover, my girlfriend, my companion, I like to have her with me, but if she gets too much on my back, I roll her up for a break. 01:56 Narrátor: Jürg Da Vaz was born 1946 in Switzerland. He paints and draws since the age of 19 when he dropped out of school. Since 1996 he started to make films and he began to let himself be filmed while drawing among animals. He didn’t think much about acceptance and public aprouval. His interest was adventure and discovery. He made several motion pictures featuring chickens and pigs interacting with him. 02:34 Da Vaz: The people generally think my films as well as my paintings are strange, wild and bufling. Many of them like it, they are intrigued but they wouldn’t hang it in their bedroom. 02:47 Narrátor: Jürg Da Vaz chose a brand new place for his creation in the Hungarian capital Budapest. Because he couldn’t find any chicken or pig farm within the City limits, he decided to visit the Zoo. 03:00 Narrátor: Although this time there were no chickens and pigs around that related to him he quickly made friends with the goats, the donkey and the gnu. Da Vaz could feel their curiosity and their way of being part of the creative process quite soon. They really began eating away at his drawings! 03:10 Pasi: Well, his approach is novel. Da Vaz isn’t a fool, but he certainly is a provocation and people are puzzled. 03:17 Da Vaz: You know I’m very intrigued by the animals. Their instinct is so refreshing to my own senses. Their instinct is very close to my creative attitude. First is curiosity. To be among animals makes me feel free like swimming in the pool of heaven. 03:24 Narrátor: When we thought that the Pyjamas-shower and the drawing show „among-the-animals” were Jürg’s last surprises, we were wrong. The inventive artist took his roller strolling straight into one of the finest restaurants of Budapest. 03:38 F. József: Da Vaz is a very interesting, mind widening, unpredictable but friendly person with a global approach… 03:45 Da Vaz: Yes, I think this little trip to the Zoo gave me a fresh shot of creative energy. I feel I got new impulses from the searching noses of the animals. I have – as we say in german – “dem Leben auf’s Maul geschaut“. 03:56 Narrátor: The pictures of Jürg Da Vaz – „some of them were made in pig and chicken farms, other ideas come from garbage dumps, from daily life situations or from traveling - are also great entertainment”, the artist told us. The push, the inspiration he gets from the animals has brought him a greater widening of his horizon, as well as exhibitions and success with it. The answer of the weird creator to our question: what profit it has brought for the animals was: „it is my understanding they are not only made to go into the soup! first of all they are not mechanical meat-machines for tasty barbecue. In my experience, they are distinct personalities because they show excitability and curiosity like humans. To me they are there to enlarge my mind and widen my horizon. Here in the Zoo, their first interest was to look for the unexpected…, something new… and eat my drawing but not my carrot!…. It reminds me so much of my own creative bite.” Then Da Vaz rolled away… Zolcer TV production 2003


13. Wedding Sankt Petersburg , wedding movie in Russia by Jos Dinkelaar

Wedding Sankt Petersburg , wedding movie in Russia by Jos Dinkelaar

Wedding , how to make wedding movie... Filmmaker and editor Jos Dinkelaar, The Netherlands. Russian wedding traditions and customs: Engagement and preparations for the wedding Russian wedding protocol is quite different from what you are used to. For example, there are no bridesmaids, a best man and flower girls. I will describe here an average wedding, the type all my friends and family had. Nowadays the new rich probably have something more Western-like, but the ordinary people's weddings still fit into this description. First of all, let's start with engagement. Frankly speaking, there is no such a thing. A man asks a woman if she marry him, that's it. No rings are given; no one is informed about the event excepting closest friends and family. If the man is gallant, he will give his lady flowers, but this is not mandatory. The wedding is usually planned soon, within 1-3 months. The time depends on the department of registrations (ZAGS - department of registration of civil statuses, that is also responsible for registrations of births and deaths, divorces etc). The couple is supposed to apply in writing to the department of registrations asking to register their marriage. The department will give them available dates (when the registrar is available), but according to the law there must be at least 1 month of "waiting period". During Soviet time this period was 3 months, so the two had time to cool down. People in Russia marry early, mostly at the age of 18-22, and often one of the partners collects the application form from ZAGS after an argument or something like this, to just hurt the other - reapplication is possible, but they have to pay a fee again, and would be given another waiting term. Still quite a few couples do not appear in ZAGS on the day of registration without a prior notice. After the couple has applied to the department of registration, they are considered as being a bride and a groom; but Russians do not talk about being engaged, they say "They handed in the application". The planning of the wedding is very simple (I was amazed how much more complicated it is here!), and includes rings, brides' dress, cars, and reception. Such things as stationery, flowers, music, brides maids' dresses, and many others do not feature. Russians call "engagement rings" the rings that the couple exchanges during the wedding ceremony. The two buy them together; the groom pays; this is the necessary part of the wedding tradition. Russian engagement rings are in reality just plain wedding bands of gold, without diamonds or stones, and they wear them on the RIGHT hand on the finger next to the "pinky". (An "engagement ring" on the LEFT hand on the same finger will mean for Russians that the person is divorced or widowed, i.e. is not currently married but was married before.) I am often asked about how Russian sizes of rings correspond to western ones. It's easy. Russian sizes of rings are given in MILLIMETERS OF DIAMETER. So if woman's size is 17, it means the ring should be 17 millimeters in diameter. (1 millimeter = 0,1 centimeter) The bride's dress is usually made specially for the occasion because it's cheaper than buying it. All Russian women can sew (sewing is compulsory in the course of 'domestic labor' subject for girls in Russian schools - boys learn to make furniture and fix taps etc). Many girls sew beautifully; so brides often opt for making their wedding dresses themselves. The others buy dresses, and sell them afterwards. There is no custom of giving a wedding dress to a daughter, and if somebody marries in her mother's dress Russians will think it's weird or that you don't have money to buy a new one. Hiring a dress is not typical. Most still opt for the traditional white dress, while a few others go for a white or pale colored suit. Price for making the dress may be anything from $50 (including fabric) but rarely is more than $200, and if the woman makes the dress herself it may cost her less than $10 (depending on the fabric). Accessories may be hired. The necessary part of the wedding ceremony is a wedding train of several cars. Big black cars are considered as luxury in Russia (they used to be available for Soviet government elite only), and usually if the couple has money, they will hire at least one for the bride. The more cars participating in the wedding train, the more proud the couple will be. Usually they ask all their friends and relatives who have cars to join the ceremony. The cars are used to collect the bride, and go to ZAGS for registration ceremony. In the old days (before Perestroyka) the bride's family was supposed to pay for the reception, nowadays brides' and groom's families usually share expenses. The reception takes place at a restaurant/cafe or at groom/bride's home, the last option is more popular as it's more affordable. The biggest concern at the wedding is to have enough liquor. A Russian Wedding is an event where everybody must be drunk. No one will be surprised if people drink themselves to unconscious on the wedding - and many do. Having plenty of food is typical for any Russian function, and a wedding is not an exception. If you have enough liquor and food, the wedding is basically ready. This is all about preparations for the wedding - it's not very complicated, is it? Next chapters will be about the wedding itself - and this is very interesting and special! You are probably surprised to find out that a Russian wedding lasts for 2 days!! (Well, at least. Some weddings last as long as a week, and this is something to be proud of and remember for years: it means the couple had enough liquor to go on and on, and enough devoted friends to stay.) OK, about day 1. The groom and the bride have their family and friends with them; it means, the groom's company meets at groom's place and the bride's company meets at bride's place. The groom goes to pick up the bride for ZAGS, and then they go go to the ceremony of "brakosochetanie" (this is a formal word that is officially used to name the ceremony when a bride and a groom exchange rings and put their signatures in the registry). But there is much more before they are allowed to go! Traditionally the wedding is ruled by "witnesses". The best friend of the groom/bride usually acts as his/her "witness". Those witnesses must prepare a script for the wedding so guests are entertained all the time. They meet before the wedding a few times, make posters, write speeches and invent contests. (As was said before, Russians marry early, usually when both partners are still at college or university. This tradition of an entertaining wedding comes from student traditions of making any event a real life comic script. During Soviet times there was a communist youth organization called "Komsomol" that was responsible for communist upbringing of the youth; it's aim was to develop community spirit in young people, and this organization did lots of things to make the life of young people real fun. Usually students worked in "stroyotryad" (temporary organized group of workers) during summer to make some pocket money and at the same time having "work experience" - seldom connected with their future profession, usually in building industry in the country side; this "third working semester" was mandatory for all students. Working and spending all spare time together away from home created a wonderful spirit of community in students. They arranged lots of performances and competitions between different groups inside the "stroyotryad" that made their lives very interesting and fun. Something like a scout camp for adolescents. During the study time at university people were still participating in "stroyotryad's" activities - different public actions, community and charity work, competitions, etc. This is where traditions of current wedding scripts come from.) Back to the wedding. There are of course many "ready to use" scripts that are doing rounds from one wedding to another, and witnesses usually review a few to compose their own. A Russian wedding must be fun, or it is not a wedding. (I have attended a few western weddings including my own, and compared to Russian ones they are just plain boring.) When the groom arrives to fetch the bride he must have some spare time until the ceremony as he is about to fight to get the bride. Russians live in blocks, and the higher the bride's apartment, the more effort the groom has to spend. There are posters with jokes about family life and wedding all over the walls on his way up made by the bride's friends. Each stair-well is a challenge for the groom - he must answer a question to be allowed to make those few steps up. It's a team work - bride's friends ask devious questions (sometimes about a bride, sometimes just difficult enigmas), and the groom must answer with the help of his friends. For example, he may be shown a few photos of baby girls and he must say which one is his bride. If he guessed wrong, he must pay cash to pass this stair-well. (If the building has a lift it will be usually blocked by the bride's team; but if the groom manages to find another way to the bride's apartment than the stairs, it's his right. He can climb up the wall or climb down from the roof - it would be much more fun but grooms are seldom that adventurous.) So it can be quite a tough intellectual task to get to the door of his bride. He can be also asked to sing, to dance or anything else. But eventually he will make it of course. After the groom reaches his bride, they go to ZAGS for the ceremony of "brakosochetanie". Usually it's only the closest family and friends who accompany them (also depends on how many people the wedding train of cars have room for). The rest of the guests only join at the reception . The groom and the bride go in the same train but in different cars. All cars are decorated with ribbons and balloons, often the bride's car has a doll on the bonnet, or two stylized golden rings on top of the car (one bigger and one smaller), or both. Two crossed golden rings are Russian symbol of marriage that may be also seen on wedding invitations etc. The ceremony in ZAGS is similar to what happens at a civil ceremony in the West - the bride and the groom will be asked if they want to marry each other, and they must answer "Yes", then they exchange rings, then they kiss each other, then sign the registry, then the witnesses sign. The official representative of ZAGS will say a few words of greetings, and play the official hymn of marriage ceremony - march of Mendelssohn. The guests who are present give flowers to the bride, and drink a bottle of Champagne. Nowadays many couples opt for a marriage in a church but church marriages in Russia still do not have official status, and the church requires a civil marriage certificate to arrange the ceremony for the couple (the couple must be officially married by ZAGS before the marriage in church). So if the couple plans to have a church ceremony, they will usually go through the civil ceremony a few days before the wedding. The Russian church ceremony is colorful and solemn but the complete traditional ceremony is very long, and as guests and the couple have to stand during the ceremony (there are no benches in Russian churches at all; people must stand during all church services), faints are not rare. Most couples wisely opt for a shortened version of the church marriage ceremony. (The missing part in a Russian marriage ceremony, both civil and church, compared to the western one is the question if there is somebody who knows why those two people cannot marry.) After the marriage ceremony the coupe leaves the guests for a tour around the city sights. Usually it's only the couple and the witnesses in one car but sometimes it may be two cars and the closest friends (seldom family: they must take care of the reception). The couple visits memorials in memory of people who died in the World War II or Russian Civil War of 1918-1922, other famous graves or memorials, and lay flowers there. (I think it's a very nice custom that makes people think and be grateful for what they have). After 2-3 hours of the city tour the couple arrives at the reception. Depending on where it's held there will be more or less guests; with 30-50 guests for a home reception and 50-100 guests for a restaurant. Having more than 100 guests is not typical; guests at Russian weddings are usually only family and friends and not anybody you happen to know. Also traveling is expensive, and family members from other cities seldom attend weddings (though usually will attend funerals - strange, isn't it?). Tables for a wedding are moved together in the form of letters "T" or "П", where the couple and witnesses sit on the "top" (in the case of home reception tables sometimes go through one room to another). Next to the couple and witnesses sit their parents, then close family and friends, then the rest of the guests but seats are not prearranged exactly, people sit where they want. First thing to start the reception is a toast. The first toast is of course for the new couple. One of the witnesses will announce the first toast, and then the parents have their say. Witnesses will also add some greetings, usually in the form of a poem, and eventually announce the toast itself: "Za molodykh!" ("For the newlywed!") Here we come close to the most popular and prominent Russian wedding tradition. For the first toast people usually drink Champagne, and after the first sip somebody says "Gor'ko!" ("Bitter!"); it means the vine is bitter. All guests together start to shout "Gor'ko! Gor'ko!" To make the vine sweet, the newlywed couple must kiss each other. They must stand up and kiss each other for as long as possible, and all the guests start counting "1, 2, 3, 4 , 5..." while they are kissing. If the couple was not kissing long enough, the guests can insist that the vine is still bitter, and request another kiss. This happens after almost every following toast, so the couple has lots of kissing during the wedding. The second toast is always for the parents; and after a witness announced the toast, the bride and the groom have their say of "Thank you" to both bride's and groom's parents. (With another "Gor'ko!" and kissing afterwards.) Then the witnesses continue running the wedding, reading jokes and poems, and sometimes asking the new couple questions to make fun of them. Witnesses ask one person or another to say the next toast, usually in the order how people sit, one by one. The pause in between the toasts is 5-10 minutes, when people have time to eat and talk, then the next guest gets up and says the toast. Usually when a person says the toast, he gives his gift to the newlywed. Traditionally money is considered as the best gift, and is given in an envelope. Some time after the beginning of the reception when people start to become drunk the witnesses will ask everybody to give their gifts and one of the witnesses will collect envelopes from the rest of the guests with a tray. Then the first part of the reception is over. During this part people only eat starters and salads but there are usually 10-20 different types of starters on the table, so no one is hungry (usually vice versa, after starters people must take a break of 1-2 hours before the main course to have space for it.) Then people have time to dance. First dance is opened by the new couple. After the music starts, there is no exact script anymore, and witnesses can relax a little. They still occasionally announce a toast but do not entertain the guests with jokes and poems; guests by this time are already having lots of fun and are able to entertain themselves. Movements become quite hectic; some people go out "to refresh", and at some moment in this movement the bride gets... "stolen"! She disappears, and when the groom starts looking for her, he is faced with a request for a ransom. Usually it's his buddies who "steal" the bride. A more or less short wrangle about the amount, and he can have his new wife back. But he must watch out - the bride sometimes may be stolen a few times! Then there are the bride's friends - they steal the bride's shoe. The groom must pay ransom for the shoe too - the guests enjoy watching wrangles. (Sometimes the groom is having so much fun that he does not notice that his bride has disappeared; and his buddies have to tell him about it. Some grooms don't seem to care, and have their first marriage scandal on the day of the wedding - of course the bride participates in the "stealing".) The music stops once for the time when the main course is served, then the fun continues. There is no tradition of a wedding cake in Russia though they will probably adopt this western tradition soon; Russians enjoy rituals. They give a cake at the end of the reception (which most guests miss dancing and having fun; there is much more dancing at Russian weddings), but there is no custom of bride and groom cutting it together. Often guests leave the wedding in such a condition that they cannot remember what happened. If this was the case with the majority of guests, then the wedding was a huge success :-) The second day the party is held at the place where the newlyweds are going to live (usually at one of the parents' place - most young families live with wife's or husband's parents first). It starts in the morning or early afternoon. Guests arrive with a terrible hangover from yesterday, and the most popular drink on the second day is beer (switching to stronger liquor later). Guests are not given knives, spoons or forks (sometimes no glasses are given either) - they must "buy" things if they want to eat and drink (actually, they borrow them because they don't take knives or forks home). Of course one can bring a knife and fork with him but it's in bad taste - though if you do, it will only add joy to the event (if you don't mind making a fool of yourself). The money goes to the newlyweds. On the second day the couple wears different clothes but it must be something new bought specially for the occasion - a nice dress for the bride and shirt and pants for the groom (but not jeans and a T-shirt!). The number of guests on the second day is smaller; actually anyone from day one can attend the party but it's usually only the closest friends and family that do. On the second day they cook a bit less food (still much more than they do for any occasion on the west), the preferred choice is national cuisine - "borsch" (beetroot soup with vegetables, potatoes and meat) or "ukha" (soup of fresh water fish with potatoes and onions) - soups are very popular among Russians and the best remedy from a hangover. The main course is often "pelmeni" (similar to ravioli) that can be also eaten with a broth. There is no strict structure for the second day reception but it also includes lots of toasts and "Gor'ko!" After the meal the bride must "clean" the floor in the room. The fun part is that guests are allowed to mess as much as they want while she is cleaning - this is what they are actively doing, but they only can mess with money - coins or banknotes. Usually people make a special effort to get lots of change, so the bride has to work hard. The collected money belongs to the couple, and some generous guests can significantly contribute to the new family's budget. There are may be some other competitions arranged by witnesses that are aimed to help the new couple financially - like a lottery with a live chicken as the first prize (of course guests don't know what it is!); the revenue from sold tickets goes to the newlyweds. As Russians marry early money from the wedding (gifts and other ventures) is often the only cash they can start their married life with. The atmosphere on the second day of the wedding is more quiet and relaxed though still cheerful and fun. I believe guests on a Russian wedding enjoy it much more than the newlywed couple who are all the time made fools of. The worst fate is the work of the witnesses who must be there to not let the guests get bored - there is nothing worse than a boring wedding. It is a great honor to be a witness but a hard job too! (I've done it once in my life - so I know!) As a wedding is supposed to be two days, usually the first day is Friday with the celebrations continuing on Saturday, and time for rising from the dead on Sunday. Wedding is an event where everybody must be drunk, and being sober is simply impolite; there is also so much excellent food that there is a saying "If you are going to a wedding, you don't need to eat 3 days before and 3 days after". I know many couples decide to have two weddings: one on the west and another one in Russia; think about it - probably you should also try this way, it's a lot of FUN!


14. Rev Joshua Cotter - LLM Sermon Apr. 8, 2012

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Rev Joshua Cotter - LLM Sermon Apr. 8, 2012

Dreaming the Impossible Dream Reverend Joshua Cotter April 8, 2012 Happy Easter Sunday, brothers and sisters. Happy anniversary of our True Parents’ 52nd wedding anniversary, all across the nation and around the world. And happy third anniversary, Lovin’ Life Ministries. We thank God today for sending his son Jesus as the messiah and that he could resurrect and bring this glorious future of humankind that’s starting right now. Let’s have a seat. How are you today? We want to welcome all of our guests. Give them a big hand. Thank you for being here today. All across America, this is Lovin’ Life’s anniversary. Welcome to Lovin’ Life, and we are grateful to have you here today. Let’s give the band a big hand. That was an amazing set. All across America, brothers and sisters, we want to thank you for investing your heart and soul into Lovin’ Life Ministries these past three years. And we want to welcome our True Parents back to America and give a big shout-out to Las Vegas right now. Las Vegas is watching this service today, and they are raving down there. So Las Vegas is doing great. We want to shout out all across this nation. I wish we could shout out to over 100 locations, large and small, that have contributed to making this great ministry, and we’re just getting started. I can say from Miami, Florida, down here, to Kodiak, Alaska, and from Portland, Maine to San Diego, California, way out to Hawaii, “Welcome. Welcome to Lovin’ Life.” And everywhere in between. We want to thank our senior pastor, Rev. In Jin Moon, for doing such a tremendous job over these past three years. We love her. True Parents’ Blessing There are almost too many things to celebrate today. It’s a great, great day that we celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus as the messiah. We celebrate this day: 77 years ago today, our True Father received his calling from Jesus Christ and from God. 77 years ago today! Amen. We were with True Parents in Korea a couple of weeks ago for True Parents Day. One thing that Father said as he was speaking that morning was very beautiful and very touching. He said, “In my life [talking about John Lennon, My Life] I was never able to see anyone’s footsteps before me. I was never able to see footsteps before me. So what could I do? I wanted to follow in someone’s footsteps, but there was no one. This was my life. Nowhere to lay my head and nowhere to rest.” I was so profoundly moved by that. It was a beautiful time with True Parents on True Parents Day, and of course the Blessing. We want to congratulate also once again all the newly-Blessed couples here in America and around the world who took part in the beautiful Blessing ceremony. If you were Blessed this last time, stand up and let us appreciate you. All the Blessed couples. Give them a big hand. God bless your marriage. God bless your marriage for eternity. Especially all the members of the clergy who joined together with us across the nation and received the Blessing, God bless you. It is so wonderful that you can be blessed at this time and part of True Parents’ family. We also want to congratulate our True Mother on a successful five-city tour of Japan, where she blessed all the brothers and sisters there in such a wonderful way. Thank you to our True Mother. Let’s give her a hand. When she was speaking all across Japan, Father was watching and listening by video phone, not just by regular phone. It’s a new age. So he was watching her and communicating with her by video phone from Korea. True Parents were so grateful to Japan that they invited 80 of our Japanese church leaders to come to Las Vegas. They’re there right now. In fact, I think they’re listening to this Sunday Service in Las Vegas. And they’re celebrating in a special way True Parents’ 52nd wedding anniversary. So welcome to all the Japanese leaders. Also at that time in Korea, as you heard, we had the Wongu Peace Cup. Let’s give a big hand. We had about 70 athletes from this nation, young people who really represented all of you. There were 600 athletes from around the world. I was there in the freezing rain while they were playing soccer. I was there when they were playing basketball against a professional team from Europe, and I have to say that these guys were courageous. They were champions. In fact, they won many awards, gold, silver, and bronze, but one in particular I want to show you. My little box. I always have to have something. This is the champion award that our team won for the Harmony and Unity Game. Let’s give them a big hand. It says champion on there. So we should sing, “We are the champions, we are the champions.” I don’t know the rest of it. I just know that much. They are champions. Thank you to all of our team across the nation, thanks to Naokimi and Yoda and everyone’s prayers because they represented you well. God bless them. Revealing the Mission of the Messiah And of course Lovin’ Life Ministries is three years old today. Can you believe it, brothers and sisters? Three years ago today our senior pastor, Rev. In Jin Moon, began this amazing ministry, and it’s been quite a journey. Ever since she began this ministry, her vision has never wavered. Just like her dad. She always talks about Father Moon, who never wavered from the time he received his mission. She never strayed from her vision, no matter what, and we’re going to talk about that today. But really, we wouldn’t be here if it were not for God and for Jesus, whom he sent as the messiah. Jesus’ heart, his spirit, is with all of us today, and we thank him for his life. Father Moon revealed to us many years ago what a lonely life Jesus had. In fact, if you look at Luke 9:58, you get a sense of some of the loneliness of Jesus’ life. There was a man at that time who wanted to follow him. He said, “Lord, let me follow you.” And Jesus said, “Foxes have holes, birds of the air have their nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest his head.” This is the reality of Jesus’ short life on this earth, 33 years. I always felt: How can we say Happy Easter? How can we say that, knowing the kind of suffering that Jesus went through? How could it be? I asked myself. How was it that the Son of God, the messiah, the King of Kings, the Everlasting Father who came on this earth 2,000 years ago, instead of being received by those who were prepared to receive him, he was rejected? He was betrayed. He was alone. He was scorned and covered with scars at the end of his life: crucified for humankind. I said, “No, God, this must be a bad dream, a terrible dream, a nightmare that the messiah could endure this kind of suffering and then end his life before his mission was completed.” But it’s not a dream. It’s a reality. Father Moon revealed to the world the true nature of the mission of the messiah. Jesus had to come to know God. He had to understand God’s heart at the creation, God’s ideal. He had to come to understand what took place at the Fall and why humankind was separated from God by the Original Sin. He had to become that true olive tree that could engraft all of humankind into him, into God’s lineage. As David said, more than just that, Jesus was to restore as perfect Adam, to restore Eve, to restore his bride. And as True Parents, Jesus and his bride’s mission would have been to give the blessing of marriage 2,000 years ago. But no one understood that, really, until Father Moon. No one understood. So Jesus, alone, betrayed at the end of his life, had to go the way of the cross. God had to sacrifice his only begotten son for humanity. He had no foundation to stand on as the messiah. Even at the end of his life he prayed in Gethsemane, until tears, sweat, and blood came from him. He prayed so desperately, “God, give me just a little more time. If I go, what hope do you have? If I leave this earth, what hope does humanity have?” He prayed desperately, but his disciples slept. There was no way for him to continue. And so he went to the cross. And on the cross Jesus forgave those who tortured him, those who pierced him, those who betrayed him, all of us, and gave his life for humankind. With his last ounce of courage, with his last drop of blood, brothers and sisters, he gave his life for us. But the victory is the Resurrection. Amen! Resurrection means to rise again: the promise that Jesus would come again, that the messiah would come again. “The Glory of Jesus’ Resurrection” I want to read with you about the Good Shepherd, in the tenth chapter of John. It gives you an insight into the heart of Jesus and what he came to do. “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me. Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down: I have authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” Jesus is the Good Shepherd for humankind. At a certain point it became the will of God that he go to the cross to sacrifice his life, and he said, “I willingly lay it down and offer my life.” But by the power of God he could take it up again, and that’s the glory of Jesus’ resurrection. That’s the hope of humankind and the hope of God. So even though Jesus’ heart must have been breaking, breaking because God’s heart was breaking and he saw this dream of God’s, this impossible dream of True Parents and humanity being connected to God, slipping away from him as the blood drained from him, he could offer his life with the hope of resurrection and the hope of his return. You know, there’s a Gospel song called “Rise Again.” Jesus is speaking, and he says, “Go, ahead, drive the nails in my hands. Laugh at me where you stand. Go ahead, say it isn’t me. The day will come when you will see because I’ll rise again. Ain’t no power on earth can keep me down.” Amen. Can you sing it, Sister Glenda? “Yes, I’ll rise again. Death can’t keep me in the ground.” Then it goes on, “Go ahead, mock my name, but my love for you is still the same. Go ahead, and bury me but very soon I will be free. ‘Cause I’ll rise, I’ll rise again. Ain’t no power on earth can keep me down. Yes, I’ll raise, I’ll rise again. Death can’t keep me in the ground.” And then he says, “And I’ll come, I’ll come again. Ain’t no power on earth can keep me back. Yes, I’ll come, I’ll come again. I come to take my people back.” Isn’t that what he comes to do? So he promised he would come again, and the breaking news is that Jesus appeared to a young boy and anointed him to complete the mission of the messiah. This was in 1935, 77 years ago today, nearly 2,000 years after his resurrection, after Jesus anointed his disciples with the Holy Spirit at the time of Pentecost so that they would have the power and the spirit. In a sense they needed a double portion of Jesus’ spirit, like Elisha asked Elijah, “Give me a double portion of your spirit.” So Jesus gave the Comforter, the motherly heart of God, the Holy Spirit to those disciples so they could endure and be his witnesses, as it is said in the book of Acts, and prepare the world for this time, 2,000 years later. The Mission of Rev. Sun Myung Moon Jesus appeared to a young boy on a cold Korean mountainside, who had been praying all night long the night before Easter Sunday, 77 years ago, praying with tears, desperately, to God. God answered his prayer by sending Jesus in spirit to him, and Jesus appeared to this young boy and called him for his life’s mission. I want to read to you from Father Moon’s autobiography his own words about that morning 77 years ago. Early Easter morning, after I had spent the entire night in prayer, Jesus appeared before me. He appeared in an instant, like a gust of wind, and said to me, “God is in great sorrow because of the pain of humankind. You must take on a special mission on earth having to do with heaven’s work.” That day I saw clearly the sorrowful face of Jesus. I heard his voice clearly. The experience of witnessing the manifestation of Jesus caused my body to shake violently. I was simultaneously overcome with fear so great, I felt I might die. And gratitude so profound, I felt I might explode. Jesus spoke clearly about the work I would have to do. His words were extraordinary, having to do with saving humanity from its suffering and bringing joy to God. My initial response was, “I can’t do this. How can I do this? God, why would you even give me a mission of such paramount importance?” I wanted somehow to avoid this mission, so I clung to the hem of Jesus’ clothing and I wept inconsolably. What was clear was that I had received a special mission from heaven. It was such a huge and tremendous responsibility, no matter how much I tried, I could not free myself for even a moment from the memory of having met Jesus. My encounter with Jesus changed my life completely. His sorrowful expression was etched into my heart as if it had been branded there and I could not think of anything else from that day on. I immersed myself completely in the word of God, and any time I began to waver, I steadied myself by remembering I received God’s word directly. It was not easy to choose this course because it would require for me to sacrifice the rest of my youth, but I gladly offered my life in order to pursue the way that God desired. I could not have run away even if I tried. It was the only way I could have chosen. What did God see in me? It must have been a sincere heart that sought him with tears of love. God was searching for a person who would live with a heart of love and who, when faced with suffering, could cut off its effects with love. And even now I insist uncompromisingly on sacrificing my life to live for God’s love and nothing else. So Father, at the age of 16 was anointed by God and Jesus for this mission. Whether he could fulfill it or not he didn’t know, but it was a quest. It was a mission that God had given him, and he knew that he would give it his best unto his last drop of blood, his last ounce of courage; he promised God that he would not fail. For God and Jesus, it must have been an impossible dream: that this boy, from an obscure place in Korea that no one even knew about, could take the mission of the messiah and complete that mission with the help of God and Jesus, establish True Parents on this earth, break the curse of the Fall, and connect humankind back to God’s heart through the Blessing into God’s lineage. But that’s what he did. That’s what our Father has done. In the beginning of this sermon, I mentioned that he said, “I had no place to rest my head. I had no footsteps to follow.” Even God’s footsteps, even Jesus’ footsteps ended at some point. You know about the famous poem, “Footprints in the Sand.” “I wondered where you were, God, in all the times I was struggling,” and God said, “Well, those were the times I was carrying you.” But Reverend Moon didn’t have that luxury. In fact, he had to carry God on his back. He had to carry Jesus on his back. He had to bear the weight of this world on his shoulders in his course. If you know about his life, you know that it was a lonely life and a suffering life. He found himself in prison so many times for the will of God, going through crucifixion after crucifixion, when the drops of blood drained out of his body, when life drained out of his body. But in those desperate moments he never asked God to think about him. He said, “God, use my blood to save this world. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be okay. I will not die by something as trivial as being tortured.” He felt compassion for those who were stomping on his chest until his bowels exploded, for those who were torturing him in unimaginable ways. Day after day, week after week he forgave those people and loved them. And he endured. Don Quixote, Jesus and the Story of Redemption There’s a song that means a lot to me. It’s called “The Impossible Dream.” Actually, it’s called “The Quest.” It comes from a very special story about a man named Don Quixote de la Mancha. It was written back in the 1600s by a great author. In fact, it’s one of the great masterpieces of literature. It’s called Don Quixote de la Mancha. Miguel de Cervantes wrote it, and a play and movie were made about the book. It’s called The Man of La Mancha. Have you ever seen it? The signature song, “The Quest,” or “The Impossible Dream,” for me has such significance. It lays out the course that God has walked, the course that Jesus has walked, the course that our Father has walked, that True Parents have walked in order to accomplish God’s ideal. We used to sing it in our workshops. When we were talking about God’s word, we’d sing this song before we talked about the suffering life of Jesus. We would sing this song before we talked about the Fall or before we talked about Father’s life, and I can never forget it. I had a chance to sing this song for our True Father in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. That was very special because for me it’s about him and his life, and it’s about Jesus and about God. It’s an amazing story. It’s a story of redemption, of Don Quixote and the love of his life, whom he named Dulcinea, which means “my sweet little one.” She was a prostitute. Her name was Aldanza. She was a sinful woman who had such a difficult life. She worked during the day and then men would use her during the night. For her life, was, as she put it, a dung heap, and people were just maggots crawling on that heap of dung. But when Don Quixote saw her, he saw a beautiful child of God, a beautiful daughter, so he dubbed her Dulcinea, my sweet little one. It’s really about Jesus and about redemption. Jesus came, as he said, for his entire flock, for all humankind, especially for those who were filled with sin. In the Book of Luke, the seventh chapter is an amazing chapter, where Jesus confronts first of all a Roman centurion and marveled because this centurion had more faith than any of the Israelite leaders. And then he talks about John the Baptist in the next part of this chapter, how even the least in heaven is greater than John because of John’s faithlessness. And then there’s an interesting part of this chapter. Jesus goes to the house of one of the Pharisees, one of those who was prepared to receive him but received him not. He goes to the house of Simon the Pharisee and has dinner, breaking bread together with him. And when he’s there, a sinful woman, a prostitute who has heard about her Lord comes to the house and breaks in. What does she do? She bursts into tears because she knows who he is. She knows his love. He’s sitting there with these leaders, but she spends the time dropping her tears on his feet and wiping his feet with her hair and her tears. She has an alabaster jar of perfumed oil and she anoints the head of the messiah with oil. You can imagine what the Pharisees and the leaders sitting around the table are thinking. In fact, they voice their opinion. How can this man be a prophet and not know that this woman is a prostitute, a sinful person? In other words, he should have nothing to do with her. But Jesus and God are the opposite. Jesus knew what they were thinking, and so he gave them a little parable. He said, “Simon, let me speak with you. Suppose there was a man and there were two debtors. One owed this man 500 silver pieces, and the other one owed him 50 silver pieces. And the man out of the kindness of his heart forgave the debt of both.” And he said to Simon, “Which one of those debtors would be more grateful?” And Simon says, “Well, I suppose the one who had been forgiven more, right?” And Jesus says, “You are exactly right.” Then he said, “Simon, this woman has not stopped shedding tears, washing my feet with her hair, and anointing me with oil since I came here. You have done none of these things. It is because of her great love that her great sins have been forgiven because of that.” So Jesus was that kind of savior. He came to forgive humanity. Don Quixote is like Jesus. So much of our great literature is after the model of the life of Jesus. Sometime we’ll talk about Les Miserables, an incredible story. But this story is so beautiful because it’s about a man who redeemed another person, who redeemed this prostitute. Cervantes wrote in his book: ”One man, scorned and covered with scars, still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars, and the world will be better for this.” That’s the story of Don Quixote. Don Quixote and Dulcinea At the end of his life, Don Quixote was a little bit senile. He was a little bit off. He had been reading too many books, and his brain dried up from too much reading. And then he thought, “I need to go out, like a knight errant, a wandering knight, and I need to conquer evil and I need to rescue damsels in distress.” And so he took his trusty sidekick Sancho, and together they went out. You know the story. In fact he was a little bit nearsighted and when he saw these huge windmills he thought they were giants. And so he began to joust with the windmills. That’s where we get our expression, “tilting at windmills.” If you find someone like Andrew Love who thinks he can end evil and is going to fight the giants, you say, “Oh, he’s just tilting at windmills.” We have another word in our language, quixotic. It means striving after visionary ideals, but it’s kind of a skeptical term. “Oh, he’s just quixotic, like Don Quixote.” But he probably was the only sane one in a world gone mad. At the end of his life his family brought Don Quixote back home. They always thought he was crazy, his poor family. At the end of his life he’s on his deathbed. The light has gone out of his eyes, brothers and sisters. The spark has gone out of his eyes. And the priest is there, calmly writing out his last will and testament, probably waiting for him to expire on the bed. But then at the end of his life, Sancho, his trusted sidekick, with his little mule Dapple come dappling in. And then Dulcinea comes, and they won’t let her in because she’s a slut. But he’s saved her. He’s already saved her life. She forces her way in, and she reminds him of his quest. Let’s watch. Man of La Mancha [Video clip] DULCINEA: Please try to remember. DON QUIXOTE: Is it so important? DULCINEA: Everything. My whole life. You spoke to me. And everything was different. DON QUIXOTE: I spoke to you? DULCINEA: And you looked at me, and you called me by another name. Dulcinea. (Singing) Dulcinea. Once you found a girl and called her Dulcinea. When you spoke the name, the name an angel seemed to whisper. Dulcinea. Dulcinea. DON QUIXOTE: Then perhaps it was not a dream. DULCINEA: You spoke of a dream and about the quest. DON QUIXOTE: Quest? DULCINEA: How you must fight, and it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose if only you follow the quest. DON QUIXOTE: What did I say to you? Tell me the words. DULCINEA: To dream the impossible dream. They are your own words. To fight the unbeatable foe. Don’t you remember? To bear with unbearable sorrow. You must remember. To run where the brave dare not go. DON QUIXOTE: The right the unrightable wrong. DULCINEA: Yes. DON QUIXOTE: To love, pure and chaste from afar. DULCINEA: Yes. DON QUIXOTE: To try when your arms are to weary. To reach the unreachable star. DULCINEA: Thank you. DON QUIXOTE: This is not seemly. On your knees – DULCINEA: But my lord, you’re not well! DON QUIXOTE: Not well? What is sickness to the body of a knight errant? What matter? For each time he falls he will rise again, and woe to the wicked. Sancho – SANCHO: Here, your grace. DON QUIXOTE: My armor, my sword. [End of video clip.] See, her love resurrected him, even as his love had saved her. Did you see the spark come back to his eyes, the life come back? It’s so beautiful. It reminds me of Father, his life. I hope you have a chance to study it. “To dream the impossible dream.” What’s more impossible than thinking about how do we turn this fallen world back into the Kingdom of God? That is the eternal dream of humanity. To fight the unbeatable foe. Who would have thought that someone could win over Satan, as he did? Amen. “To bear the unbearable sorrow.” As we heard, the sorrow of God, the sorrow of Jesus. Father Moon shed rivers of tears. Even today when he speaks about Jesus he cannot stop crying. “To run where the brave dare not go.” Running into the depth of God’s heart, the spiritual world, to discover the truth. Walking into prison where he knows his life will surely be lost for humankind. “To right the unrightable wrong.” Who could understand what the Fall actually entailed, that it was a sin of love? To understand that and to reveal that to the world, and to right it, to make everything right again. “To love, pure and chaste from afar,” throughout his entire life. “To try when your arms are too weary.” Imagine what it’s like to have all of your internal organs broken when they were breaking table legs over you and then to have to get up. He said it was impossible. But finally, “to reach the unreachable star,” to establish True Parents, True Family, to open the Blessing of marriage for the first time to all of humanity is what he did. “It’s about Love” Brothers and sisters, this is what Lovin’ Life Ministry is all about, in case you wondered. Our senior pastor, from Easter Sunday 2009, has shared this heartbreaking yet victorious and beautiful story, a true story, with the world, with America. The story of one man and one woman who have changed the world through their life and through their love. The meaning of Lovin’ Life Ministries, in our senior pastor’s own words. She actually took it from her own father, who said the highest aspiration of any one of us is to be born in love. You know it. To be raised in love. To live by love, and to leave a legacy of love behind. Amen. That’s our mission statement. When she got this mission from her parents, they told her, “Please just take care of America’s children the way that you take care of and raised your own beautiful children.” And that’s exactly what she’s done. I’m a witness. I feel like a child with her. I’ve seen how she invests in people and loves people like her parents do. She’s not waiting for her parents to tell her what to do. She knows what to do. She knows how much love we all need. I’m amazed by her because when a person has a birthday, she will have 60 or 70 people in the room go around and take the time for each person to tell the birthday person how special he or she is to them and to God. It could take three hours. I’ve seen it. That’s really amazing. When I first married my wife and we were blessed by True Parents, I forgot her birthday one time. And she cried so much. I said, “What’s the matter?” She said, “Well, when I was a little girl I had no one. When my birthday came around, there was no one to tell me that I mattered, that I meant something, except for God. So many times I thought, why should I live? Why was I born? It doesn’t matter whether I live or die.” There are many people in that situation, don’t you think? We have to let each other know how important we are, especially on our birthdays. So I never forgot after that. It only takes one stupid time for me. I always, always let my wife know on her birthday, and my children and everybody else. Here at Lovin’ Life usually Aunt Heather and I will pray over someone on a birthday and thank God that this person was born: “Thank you, God, for creating this precious son or daughter, and please bless them today and throughout their life.” That’s the heart that our senior pastor has for each person. She said that loving comes before the word life, doesn’t it? “Loving Life.” It’s because my life is not about me. It’s about love. It’s more what I can do. How can I become a catalyst for other people to want to be better, to do better, to try harder? How can I help my brothers and sisters to appreciate what they may have taken for granted, to see how precious our lives are and the time that we’re living in? That’s her heart behind this ministry. “The Spark Is Back” Where it all came from is, as she told me, “I came to America with my parents, and my parents showed up with this entourage of people who looked like you, Reverend Cotter. They were kind of strange. They were a little bit weird, but they had this spark in their eyes, every one of them, like they were going to change the world. And they had love in their hearts. And I never forgot that. I never forgot the spark in their eyes.” But she said, the spark went out. Like old Don Quixote, the spark was gone. So, she said, “I want to build the ministry so that the spark comes back into those brothers’ and sisters’ eyes.” And the spark is back, brothers and sisters. In the Revolutionary War, somebody said, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” I feel like In Jin Nim is saying, “Don’t stop until you see the spark back in their eyes. That spark, if you think about it, is that divine spark that’s in each one of us. Our senior pastor really has been the engine driving Lovin’ Life Ministry. It’s hard to try to take a huge nation like this and drive it alone. It’s kind of like Jed Clampett and his family. They put all their belongings in an old truck, driving out to Beverly Hills. It’s very hard to do that. Engines don’t go anywhere without what? A spark plug. That little spark plug that’s screwed in there. It’s amazing. It generates an electric spark that somehow ignites the gas. It ignites the gas so that the engine can have life. If there’s no spark, there’s no life, there’s no car. You can’t go anywhere. Her spark has been driving this ministry these last three years, of course with all of our help. We’ve come, I think, to the place where a lot of people get it; they get her heart, her vision, and the spark is back: first-generation and second-generation. So before I forget, thank you. Give yourselves a big hand. Thank you for building this ministry. When she started out preaching in 2009, everybody started complaining, “Hey, we need to see other preachers up there.” And now she’s letting these other preachers stand up here, the district pastors, and everybody’s saying, “Where’s In Jin Nim? But she’s smart. She had to build the unity, the ministry for over two years, but now she’s spreading the responsibility. She took a lot of hits in the beginning. A lot of people didn’t get it, but now many people get it. Do you get Lovin’ Life? Are you loving life? Today we start our spring quarter, the launch of our spring quarter, and the theme is, “I’m loving life.” That has a great meaning. So now we have a great ministry across the nation. A national live broadcast has been broadcasting for three years. Brothers and sisters, we’re just getting started. The spark is back. Young people are back in church. And they’ve got the spark, let me tell you. When we were in Korea with True Parents, you saw the pictures of the beautiful GPA choir. I was there, brothers and sisters. Not only was the spark in their eyes, but what’s great is that sparks spark other people. Sparks are meant to catch fire. I saw the sparks in their eyes light up True Parents. And to see sparks in True Parents’ eyes, that’s truly fantastic. At the Blessing in Korea, there was such a beautiful event. At the very end, there was beautiful dancing on the stage. I was way out in the audience, but I could see the light, the sparks in True Parents’ eyes as they watched those couples dancing. It was magnificent. That was worth everything. “One Person Can Change the World” So I think our senior pastor is a genius. How about you? Thomas Edison said that genius is ninety-nine percent perspiration and one percent inspiration. That’s true. It’s hard work doing something like this, and we need to work together. Thomas Carlisle, who was a Victorian art critic, said that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. Interesting, right? Have you ever heard of the word painstaking? It’s one of those English-sounding words. I think of Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter: “Mr. Potter, don’t you know that we have taken great pains to provide you a decent education? I would appreciate some cooperation.” It’s like taking pains. We don’t say that so much. Painstaking. So painstaking means incredibly meticulous attention to detail, hard work, taking great pains. But it also could be having a lot of pains. Our senior pastor has been pains-takingly, if you will, building this ministry in a way that promotes internal and external excellence. At the same time, she’s taken a lot of pains, a lot of hits. But her graciousness and her love, like her parents, is to take and absorb everything and to keep going. To change the world, you need to have a certain genius. One person can change the world. I’ll give you an example. How many people have iPhones? Just hold them up. Tons of people have iPhones, right? Actually it’s okay to text in church as long as they’re church-related texts. For example, you could say, “Hey God, man, it’s really awesome to be here today. What’s up with you?” And God will say, “Son, everything is up with me.” Something like that. It’s okay to text as long as it’s God-related. How many people have iPods, iPads? They come from a guy named Steve Jobs, one man who changed the world. We could say, “Steve, job’s well done.” Now he’s with God. It’s an incredible story, how he’s changed our lives for the better in seven different industries. That kind of genius is what’s driving this ministry. In Jin Nim would say, “Well, why would God choose a motley crew like us? Like you, Reverend Cotter. And even like me?” Somehow God could see our hearts. In Jin Nim, our senior pastor, knows the value of True Parents. That’s why she will always speak the truth about the breaking news. She had to stand strong, like Don Quixote, and fight against those who were trying to destroy what she was trying to do. She had to stand strong even to preserve great assets like this, the Manhattan Center, the New Yorker Hotel, 43rd Street. She saved HSA, our church. She really did. Otherwise we wouldn’t be sitting here. She wants us to become those engines. She wants us to get the spark back. Stick the plug in your engine and start your engines, brothers and sisters, and go fast and furious across this nation. This is Boost Sunday. We’ve invited our brothers and sisters here, our guests and friends and family, for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do. Just because. Don’t be an observer. Be an active participant. Be a catalyst. Be that live yeast, if you will. Have you ever baked bread before? Did you know that yeast is a living organism? It’s actually a fungus. When you put that bread in your mouth next time, you’re eating fungus. But if that yeast is dead, there ain’t no bread. So don’t be dead yeast. Be live yeast. Be the catalyst. Having Faith in Ourselves It’s time for us to grow up in Lovin’ Life Ministries. It’s time for us to become the miracle, for us to become true parents. The motto that our True Parents give each year is significant. This year’s motto has to do with liberating True Parents. How do we do that? By becoming true parents ourselves. By growing up. By attending to the things that matter to God and matter to them. So, brothers and sisters, let’s stop waiting for God. Let’s stop waiting for Jesus, for True Parents, for anyone else to do it but ourselves. When Jesus and God called Father Moon, he took it upon himself and accomplished it. In Acts 1:11, the angel said to Jesus’ disciples after his resurrection, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This Jesus who’s been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way that you have seen him go into heaven.” Many of us are looking for Jesus to come on the clouds in some miraculous way. I understand that. But that miracle already happened, 77 years ago. God and Jesus called Father Moon to take on the mission of the messiah, and he has fulfilled the mission of True Parents. That’s the breaking news. So instead of looking up, we need to look to ourselves. Do you like Jim Carrey? I like Jim Carrey. I’m not going to try to imitate him. There’s a great movie called Bruce Almighty. Did you ever see that one? Morgan Freeman plays God. He’s a much better God than George Burns. I really like him. Morgan Freeman did a good job. Bruce takes on the task of being God, and he messes it all up. He’s looking for miracles to change his life. Finally he learns a lot and changes a lot. Then God comes to him at the end. They’re mopping the floors together, and God says to him, “Bruce, you have a divine spark. You have a gift for bringing joy and laughter to the world. I know. I created you.” And then finally when he’s about to take his leave, here’s how the scene goes. God says to Bruce, “Bruce, parting your soup is not a miracle. It’s a magic trick. A single mom who’s working two jobs and still finds time to take her kids to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says no to drugs and yes to an education, that’s a miracle. People want me to do everything for them, but what they don’t realize is they have the power.” Can you say that? “I have the power.” “Bruce, you want to see a miracle? Be the miracle.” And then God starts climbing into the attic to turn out the lights, he’s about to leave, and Bruce panics. “Wait! Are you leaving?” God says, “Yeah, I figure you can handle things now.” Bruce says, “But what if I need you? What if I have questions?” He says, “That’s your problem, Bruce. That’s everybody’s problem. You keep looking up.” Then the attic closes and the light goes out. It’s profound. It’s not that we don’t need God and we don’t need Jesus and True Parents, but we need to have faith in ourselves and what God created in us. That’s the point of Lovin’ Life. Can you be the miracle, brothers and sisters? Just because? Reach out to this world and save it? “We Need True Parents” So we need True Parents. Some people are saying, “No, we don’t need True Parents. All we need is God.” But we need True Parents. I’m not saying that we should not become true parents, but because of their foundation and their life, we have the Blessing of marriage. Only they have been anointed by God and by Jesus Christ for this purpose. The work of Father Moon for these last 77 years has been for this moment: so that you could find True Parents and the true value of your life. That’s why we welcome you to Lovin’ Life Ministry. That’s why we celebrate today. Do we need True Parents? Some people say no. But what about asking God? Shall we text God? “God, do you need True Parents?” What do you think he’d say? He’d say, “Is the Pope Catholic?” He would say, “Yes, I need True Parents. Without them I could not reach my children and bless them in marriage and welcome them back home, which has been my impossible dream. They’ve liberated my heart and that of my son Jesus, and they accomplished my dream. Yes, I need them.” Let’s grow together as we enter into this fourth year together. Let’s congratulate God. Let’s comfort the heart of Jesus, because without him we could not be here. Let’s thank our True Parents on their anniversary. And let’s live legendary lives. Our senior pastor said that our lives are a beautiful song; our responsibility is to make our song memorable so that it can be played over and over again and it can be told over and over again so that future generations will sing about and remember each one of us. Each of us is a legend in the making. So I’d like you to stand with me. We’re going to sing “The Impossible Dream,” for God, for Jesus, for True Parents. Are you ready? Sing with your whole heart, all across the nation. To dream the impossible dream, To fight the unbeatable foe, To bear the unbearable sorrow, To run where the brave dare not go. To right the unrightable wrong, To love, pure and chaste from afar, To try when your arms are too weary, To reach the unreachable star. This is my quest, to follow that star, No matter how hopeless, no matter how far, To fight for the right, without question or pause, To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause. And I know if I’ll only be true to that glorious quest That my heart will lie peaceful and calm When I’m laid to my rest. And the world will be better for this, That one man, scorned and covered with scars, Still strove with his last ounce of courage To reach the unreachable star. Amen. Thank you, brothers and sisters. Happy Easter. Have a wonderful launch party. God bless you.


15. 7x7 Week 23: 08/06/14 - 08/12/14

7x7 Week 23: 08/06/14 - 08/12/14

1) Had to stay a little later than usual at work to load a few hundred thousand dollars worth of berries into a container that was getting sent over to Korea. They have a ridiculous amount of regulations for their berries. 2) Got offered a job at Pac Sun, ate delicious Olive Garden breadsticks and soup, then saw the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opening night. 3) Worked, then spent the evening at Cody's house. 4) Went to work expecting to only be there for 8 hours, had our company BBQ, then ended up working until 2:30 in the morning. That's a 20 hour day. 5) Woke up early to go BACK to work, then a few hours in got told to go home and get sleep. Spent the rest of the day in bed, and making trick shots in pool. 6) Worked, then spent another bizarre evening with Chas watching Korra and mixing weird foods, as is usual. Oh, and Lula chat rooms. 7) Work gets exhausting, so once my shift is over I relax and regenerate with some dramatic reading.


16. Honor Society at School of Rock in NJ!

  • Published: 2010-01-24T04:38:47+00:00
  • Duration: 635
  • By Meghan K.
Honor Society at School of Rock in NJ!

Here is Honor Society at SCHOOL OF ROCKKKKKKK in the dirty jerz. It's a video montage of my few videos, and some pics! STORY TIME! We got there at midnight Thursday morning/Wednesday night. We honor rolled at 2 AM, and tried to stay warm all night, it was so damn cold. Once the sun came up, all was well! UNTIL the manager came out and told us we couldn't stand in line. We got him to take our names so we'd be in the front later, and tweeted the shit out of Kat and Rebecca trying to fix it. HAH. Umm let's see, the afternoon consisted of telling bitches they couldn't stand in line at that time, The creepers bar, some new friends, standing around, creepin' around the School of Rock, chatting with Brett and Pete, and lots and lots of waiting.... Was it worth waiting 20 hours, sleeping 10 hours in three days, and driving 9ish hours? OF COURSE IT WAS! Best concert I've ever been to. So personal. So awesome. Finally gave Andy Hungry Hungry Hippos, 'ned and the guys were aware of us', Got pictures with Andy and Alex (even if I was talking, and looked weird), called out Alex on tweeting about soup when we were outside the SOR, getting one of Andy's bass pics, total non-verbal communication with Alex on stage.... Okay, I'll stop talking now. Enjoy!


17. >>Weird Pink Soup

  • Published: 2012-07-25T21:59:55+00:00
  • Duration: 310
  • By LIVING ROOM
>>Weird Pink Soup

Rehearsal for Transeuropa2012 Festival, Hildesheim - Germany, May 2012 Living Room had some guests over for a Lithuanian dinner. Lithuanians like to eat it a lot and generally enjoy good food. “Šaltibarščiai” is a cold weird pink soup - a great meal for a hot summer day. Want to try it? Here you can find a recipe: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_borsch


18. Chicken Soup

  • Published: 2012-07-25T03:33:35+00:00
  • Duration: 385
  • By Paul Wald
Chicken Soup

If you don't like chicken soup, you are weird! Here is a condensed recipe showing how 3 different chicken soups can be made.


19. Doritos - Think Outside the Bag

  • Published: 2015-07-23T21:15:47+00:00
  • Duration: 32
  • By Zhu Visual
Doritos - Think Outside the Bag

Director's Commentary: "Doritos: Think Outside the Bag" is a new and fun way to eat Doritos! I want to show the world that you can add Doritos to your steak, salad, soup and so on. You don't have to eat it the way it was intended to. After all, I want you to have fun with it! Spoof it! Make a Vine out of it! Take Instagram photos of it! Share it on Facebook! Tweet about it! Gif it on Tumblr! Get together with your friends and come up with weird, creative ways to demonstrate your love for Doritos! #thinkoutsidethebag Produced, Written & Directed by: Alexander Zhu Director of Photography: Alexander Zhu Featuring: George Jac - imdb.com/name/nm4248382/ Amy Dowell - imdb.com/name/nm4490286/ Alexander Zhu - facebook.com/aXanderD.Offi... Adrian Morales Santiago White Camera 1: Alexander Zhu Camera 2: Tommy Do Sound Recordist: David Schafer Makeup Artist: Thanh Thao Tran Special Thanks to Anni Ma & David Freitas with tweaking the script!


20. Globe Trekker - Eastern Caribbean

  • Published: 2017-06-29T12:51:34+00:00
  • Duration: 3027
  • By Pilot
Globe Trekker - Eastern Caribbean

Justine Shapiro travels to the Eastern Caribbean, a 600 mile long group of islands also known as the Lesser Antilles. Most people think of the Caribbean as a luxury vacation destination for the rich and famous. But as Justine discovers, the Caribbean has a unique history and fascinating culture that will captivate the independent traveler. She begins her journey in culturally diverse Trinidad, just 6 miles off the coast of South America. In the month of March the streets of the capital, Port of Spain, come alive with revellers at one of the largest street parties on earth. The carnival was introduced by French Catholic plantation owners who used to hold masquerade balls to celebrate the last 2 days before lent. When slavery was abolished, the masqueraders took to the streets and today more than 250,000 people take part in the festivities. Justine finds herself a costume and takes the opportunity to learn the Caribbean arts of chipping and wining. With the party over on the stroke of midnight, Justine flies north to Trinidad’s sister island, Tobago. Famous for its unspoiled beaches and crystal clear waters, Tobago was a wealthy British colony until 1962, thriving on the coconut, sugar and cocoa plantations. Justine visits Richmond Great House, a former plantation turned guesthouse, and witnesses a local gambling institution, the Buccoo goat race. From Tobago, Justine journeys north to the spice island of Grenada. Here, she pays a visit to the thriving St. George market, which sells all the weird and wonderful fruit, vegetables and spices grown in Grenada. She samples a regional aphrodisiac known as souse, a hearty soup made of vegetables, cow skin and pigs’ feet, before catching a local bus to Pearl’s air field. Here she sees some old Cuban planes and learns about the 1979 coup by the people’s revolutionary government, when Grenada came to the attention of the world’s media. Justine sails 17 miles north, over an underground volcano known as ‘Cancun Jimmy’, to the tiny island of Carriacou. Just 7 miles long by 2 miles wide, Carriacou is a small island with a big culture: every year the locals compete in Shakespeare recital contests, a tradition begun 100 years ago when a plantation owner who wanted to educate his slaves introduced Shakespearean masks to the island. Carriacou is also the home of internationally celebrated Caribbean artist Canute Calliste who claims to have been inspired by a mermaid he encountered on the beach when he was a boy. Justine journeys on to Dominica, which was named by Christopher Columbus after the Latin word for Sunday, the day in which he first sighted the island. Dominica boasts the largest ocean rainforest in the Caribbean and Justine hikes through one of the protected nature reserves. It’s also home to the oldest woman in the world, 125 year-old Ma Pempo. Justine pays her a visit to try and discover the secret of her long life. Next day, she sets out for Champagne Reef, one of the most dramatic dive sites in the Caribbean. Dominica’s underwater landscape developed around the crater of a submerged Soufriere volcano, which attracts an incredible variety of tropical marine life including the puffa fish, angel fish, trumpet fish and parrot fish. For the final leg of her journey, Justine returns to the north-east coast of Trinidad to witness one of the most awe-inspiring events in the natural world, the giant leatherback turtle laying her eggs on the beach. Weighing up to half a tonne and measuring 8 ft in length, the leatherback is the largest turtle in the sea and one of the oldest species on the planet – leatherbacks have been around since the time of the dinosaurs.