Category Archives: A Slice Of Life

Live: Fire rages at iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at the French capital’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, where flames and black smoke were seen shooting from the base of the medieval church’s spire on Monday.

UPDATE: The spire has collapsed.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, 5 Years Later: The Crucial Clue the Investigators Missed

This much we know: Precisely five seconds after MH370 left Malaysia-controlled airspace, someone turned off all of the communications equipment and cranked the plane into a hard left-hand turn. Beneath a clear starry sky, the plane completed a one-eighty, skirted the edge of Thai airspace, and barreled over the Malay peninsula. Hanging a right around the island of Penang, it flew pedal-to-the-metal up the Malacca Strait. Then, an hour and 20 minutes after takeoff, at 18:22:12 universal time, it slipped off military radar coverage.


‘Cinderella moment David Bowie made me a star again’: Tina Turner was living in poverty and fearing for her life after her split from Ike – until twist of fate transformed her into the biggest female rock icon of all, as she reveals in her own words

My Cinderella moment happened in New York at a club called the Ritz. Unknown to me, David Bowie had turned down an invitation from record-company executives to go out to celebrate the launch of his new album, Let’s Dance.

He’d be busy that night, he said — he was going to see his favourite singer at the Ritz. Me!

Well, that started a stampede. Suddenly, my manager was being bombarded by calls from music executives who were desperate to get tickets. With David’s seal of approval, I’d suddenly become infinitely more interesting. The show went really well — great energy and an audience that was with me every high-kicking step of the way. And afterwards, David came backstage with Keith Richards in tow.

Ol’ David was a good man.


Rock Around the Clock, 16 September 1956

“Dig that crazy jive, man!”

To the South London teenagers Rock ‘n’ Roll is something quite mysterious, and different from the old jazz. But to the jazz experts its pedigree is dull and not very respectable. Rock ‘n’ Roll, it seems, is a rough mongrel of blues and hill-billy, with some hot-gospelling thrown in. It’s novelty isn’t so much in its beat or tunes, as in the raucous, jungly accompaniment of a honking saxophone and crude guitar-strumming, and a very powerful beat. The result is a naked, aggressive kind of jazz which most jazz pundits despise.


An Extraordinary Thing Happened At Jordan Peterson’s Indianapolis Performance.

When Dr. Peterson made his way onto the stage, you’d have thought you were attending a rock concert.  It wasn’t the expected polite applause you’d imagine might be appropriate for a lecture of this sort.  It was full on, raucous, whooping and hollering cheers.  We were in the 5th row, where it was easy to see Dr. Peterson’s facial expressions, and as he looked at the audience – smiling humbly and nodding slightly – taking it all in, it seemed to me that he wasn’t altogether used to this kind of reception.  I expect he receives it often, but it seemed like something that still surprises him.  It reminds me of how Daisy and I are still shocked when someone is all excited to meet us.  You’re simultaneously delighted and humbled all at the same time, that you have a palpable level of impact on another person. It’s overwhelming, and for us at least, it’s not something you get used to.


Rosie the Riveters talk history and Mother’s Day

Ella King was 57 years old when she learned how to muscle a rivet gun in World War II.

Her daughter, Anna Hess still marvels at the confidence and work ethic displayed by her Rosie -the-Riveter mom on the home front.

My next door neighbor – gone a year now – was the quality control inspector for the 16″ shells used on battleships when the local steel plant was converted to wartime manufacturing. The stories she told! It was clearly one of the proudest points of her life.


The counterculture is always repackaged and made into a product. It’s part of America. — Jim Jarmusch

The history of the gay rights movement in the United States is fascinating. Is it a civil rights movement or is it a social justice movement? Is gay a demographic or is gay a community? Are gay rights the drive for civil rights, that gay people be at liberty, as individuals, to participate in society, openly, and free from persecution? Is it a social justice movement, the gay community driven by a countercultural constituency, intent on separating itself from mainstream culture?

Pongo is the Gay Guy With Guns and one of this blog’s earliest readers, in this piece he offers his take on aspects of the nature and history of the Gay rights movement.