“IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”
The 17-year-old daughter of Steve Irwin says show has ‘changed her life’ as she is announced winner of the US reality show with partner Derek Hough. They triumphed in the final of the reality TV show on Tuesday night, November 25, 2015. Clem Bastow
The pair got a perfect score of 30 for their final dance routine and brought audience members to tears.
“Thank you so much for everything.
I can’t believe I’m here.
Thank you for changing my life,” Irwin said.
Irwin, who like her her father Steve Irwin works as a conservationist and a TV presenter, has been impressing audiences with her dancing flair during the past three months.
Steve Irwin died in 2006 after a stingray stuck its barb into his heart, and his daughter’s final Dancing with the Stars performance on Monday, November 23, 2015, was dedicated to him.
First she and Hough danced quickstep to Dr. Bones, by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and then moved to a freestyle dance to Footprints in the Sand, by Leona Lewis.
In a video intro to the dance, Hough said: “It reminds me of where you’re from and your dad always being there no matter what.”
Irwin said: “I’ve tried to just remember his strength, knowing that Dad is kind of still with me.”
I’ve been following this season with more enthusiasm than ever before. From the day Season 21 started, I’ve been following, admiring and rooting for Bindi.
Last night, the freestyle which Derek choreographed for her was simply amazing and unforgettable.
She has been consistent in her performances. She has improved so much as the weeks have passed. She seems to be older than her years. The support of her family and loved ones has been remarkable. The presence of her father, Steve, has been quite notable.
Tonight is the night.
I’m holding my breath because I really hope she wins the mirrored trophy.
I found this YouTube video which shows the complete evolution, the practice, the reasoning, the performance and the judging of the dance.
Bindi Irwin reduces Dancing With The Stars audience to tears as she breaks down during emotional performance in memory of her late father Steve
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There was hardly a dry eye in the Dancing With The Stars arena on Monday night after frontrunner Bindi Irwin took to the stage for a heartfelt tribute dance.
The Australian teenager couldn’t keep her composure and fell sobbing into the arms of her partner Derek Hough, after a childhood image of herself with her late father Steve flashed up at the end of her sequence.
The judging panel and studio audience members were visibly moved by the outpouring of emotion and many were seen wiping their eyes.
It’s hard to overstate just how dedicated and positive Bindi is.
Derek’s words here give us a hint:
“Since it’s Halloween, I’ll leave you with a story that is simultaneously gross and indicative of how awesome Bindi is. Yesterday, she had her socks off and my jaw dropped to the floor when I saw her feet.
Three of her toenails have fallen off, she had huge blisters all over and bruises on her knees.
It was not pretty!
She was like, “Oh, yeah, they fell off yesterday. That one was bleeding last night.” I was like, “Bindi, you gotta tell me.” And she was like, “Oh, it’s nothing.” I said, “No, I gotta know when you’re hurting.” She was like, “No, really, I’m fine. It’s not a big deal.”
I’ve had partners who needed to take a 20-minute break if it’s one little blister.
Bindi Irwin waltzes into perfection on Dancing With The Stars again
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Can you improve on perfection?
It seems you can if you’re Bindi Irwin and the American TV network hosting Dancing With the Stars.
Already a favorite of viewers and judges, Irwin and her dance partner, Derek Hough, performed a traditional Viennese waltz to the song “Roses And Violets” on this week’s episode. Well, ok, “traditional” if blindfolds had been de rigueur on dance floors along the Danube 200 years ago, but this is not the time to quibble.
In any case, Irwin and Hough, didn’t just impress, they earned perfect tens from each of the judges who had been left gibbering in their wake.
The performance also secured her a place in next week’s semi-finals.
As one judge put it, “every week you’re so flawless” and another gushed that watching it had been like “watching a sunrise”. Luckily though the declaration from the third judge that the dance “spoke for itself”, didn’t quite hold, much to the relief of the show producers who still had some time to fill.
Those who have been keeping a Bindi eye on the competition so far, a perfect score is both rare, for others, and becoming commonplace for the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, who has received the honor three times now.
Bindi and Derek have won the top score in the competition seven out of the past nine weeks.
It isn’t that long ago that this pair earned perfect scores from the three regular judges and guest adjudicator Olivia Newton John, for a dance set to, and modeled on, “The Time Of My Life” from the film Dirty Dancing.
Breathless and beaming after her dance, and before the scores were announced, Irwin showed her shaking hands and said “this dance has meant so much and it’s so beautiful … that I can’t stop shaking when I’m doing it”.
Irwin thanked Hough via Instagram over the weekend.
“Even when I’m super tired he gives me strength and encourages me to keep trying my best and always believe. You’re the greatest big brother I could ever ask for,” she wrote.
Bindi Irwin pulls off perfect score as she nails Dirty Dancing routine on DWTS
BINDI Irwin has done what most girls have always wanted to do and recreated the iconic dance from hit movie Dirty Dancing — and pulled off a perfect score too.
Irwin and her dance partner Derek Hough performed the routine on the US series of Dancing With the Stars.
The routine went off without a hitch and clearly impressed the judges who all gave the couple a 10/10.
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough Recreate Dirty Dancing’s Iconic Water Lift Scene
The 17-year-old wildlife expert has become season 21’s front runner and fan-favorite, thanks to her impressive dance skills, her seemingly endless supply of positive energy and effortless chemistry with partner Derek Hough.
And for their upcoming dance on Monday night, Bindi and Derek are set to pay homage to one of film’s most iconic moments, recreating Dirty Dancing’s “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” routine as part of the ABC reality hit’s “Famous Dance” night.
The duo is definitely taking this theme and performance seriously as E! News has photos of Bindi and Derek practicing their lifts … by recreating the 1987 hit film’s iconic water scene in a Los Angeles lake!
I found this video today as I was surfing the net, looking for interesting topics.
My world has been reeling for a while and it became worse when this stupidity about the national outrage over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Gov. Mike Pence on Friday, March 27, 2015.
There has been huge backlash since the signing of this law.
It’s making me think … it’s discrimination at its best against the LGBTQ community.
However, let’s consider other minorities: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic, Latinos, Jews, left handed people, brown eye people, Muslims …. the list is endless.
If this isn’t stopped …. you could be the next one. And it happens everywhere.
“No one should be made to feel like crap, just for being who they are”
Beyondblue’s national campaign highlighting the impact of racism on Indigenous Australians
Beyondblue recently released a new campaign named ‘Invisible Discriminator’. This campaign is aimed at drawing attention to subtle racism experienced by Indigenous Australians and the ongoing negative effect racism can have on Indigenous mental health.
The television advertisement was released in response to national data and a BeyondBlue survey of 1000 Non-Indigenous Australians. The survey found that almost ten per cent of non-Indigenous respondents would not hire an Aboriginal jobseeker, based on their cultural identity. One in ten said they would avoid sitting next to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person on public transport, and one in three people said they believe Indigenous Australians are sometimes a “bit lazy.” Of the males surveyed, more than a quarter said it was hard to treat Indigenous Australians equally to everybody else. “We have launched this campaign to tell people that it doesn’t matter if it’s subtle or overt – racism is still racism and it ruins lives. Australian Bureau of Statistics data tells us that Indigenous Australians are twice as likely to die by suicide as non-Indigenous Australians, and are almost three times more likely to experience psychological distress. Racial discrimination contributes to these tragic statistics and it’s about time things changed,” Beyondblue chairman, the Hon. Jeff Kennett AC said.
The campaign is due to run for six weeks through television and digital media, through an advertisement highlighting subtle forms of racism that experienced by Indigenous Australians on a regular basis. Beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said the Invisible Discriminator character in the campaign represents the voice inside the heads of some non-Indigenous Australians.
“You’re not staying there, right?”
“What do you think she’s up to?”
“Could you really rely on her?”
“Don’t make eye contact.”
“Come on. It’s only a joke.”
“Beyondblue recognises that much needs to be done to address depression, anxiety and related drug and alcohol problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Over time and across Australia, generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have experienced trauma, grief and loss. Psychological distress is high amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and this is exacerbated by ongoing social and health factors.” The key message of this campaign is that casual racism is just as hurtful as more obvious forms. The message ‘Stop. Think. Respect’ encourages Australians to think about their behavior in relation to Australia’s first peoples.
Jupiter Ascending is a 2015 American-Australian space opera film written, produced, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski. Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, the film is centered on Jupiter Jones (Kunis), a down-on-her-luck cleaning woman, and Caine Wise (Tatum), an interplanetary warrior who informs Jones that her destiny extends beyond Earth.
Supporting cast member Douglas Booth has described the film’s fictional universe as a cross between The Matrix and Star Wars while Kunis named its underlying themes indulgence and consumption.
The film was co-produced by Grant Hill, who acted as executive producer on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and as producer on V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, Ninja Assassin and Cloud Atlas, making Jupiter Ascending his seventh collaboration with the Wachowskis.
Several more longstanding Wachowski collaborators since the creation of The Matrix films have contributed to the picture, including production designer Hugh Bateup, visual effects supervisor Dan Glass, visual effects designer John Gaeta, supervising sound editor Dane Davis and costume designer Kym Barrett. Other notable past collaborators include Speed Racer’s composer Michael Giacchino, Cloud Atlas’ director of photography John Toll along with its editor Alexander Berner and hair and make-up designer Jeremy Woodhead, who worked on both.
In the story, Earth’s residents are unaware that life on Earth and countless other planets has been seeded by families of alien royalty for the purpose of “harvesting” the resulting organisms at a “Darwinian state of perfection” to produce a type of youth serum for the elites on still other planets.
After the death of the matriarch of the House of Abrasax, the most powerful of the alien dynasties, her children Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), and Titus (Douglas Booth) quarrel over the inheritance, with Balem inheriting an enormous production facility on Jupiter and Titus declaring his intention to dismantle the youth serum trade, of which Earth is the next intended source.
Protagonist ‘Jupiter Jones’ narrates that her father Maximilian Jones (James D’Arcy) met her mother Aleksa (Maria Doyle Kennedy) in Saint Petersburg. After Maximilian is killed by a robbery, Aleksa names their daughter Jupiter, after his dying wish, and they move to Chicago to live with Aleksa’s family.
Many years later, Jupiter (Mila Kunis) works with Aleksa and her Aunt Nino (Frog Stone) and cleans the homes of wealthy people. To buy a telescope, Jupiter agrees to sell her eggs with the help of her cousin Vladie (Kick Gurry), under the name of her friend Katharine Dunlevy (Vanessa Kirby).
At Katharine’s house, Jupiter and Katherine are attacked by extraterrestrial ‘Keepers’; and when Jupiter photographs them, they erase her memory of the incident. During the egg donation procedure, the doctors and nurses are identified as Balem’s agents, sent to kill her; and she is saved by Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-soldier sent by Titus.
Stinger Apini (Sean Bean), an old comrade of Caine’s, agrees to help Jupiter; but a group of hunters take her to Kalique’s palace on a distant planet, where Kalique explains that Jupiter is genetically identical to the dead matriarch, and therefore heir to the Earth. Supported by Captain Diomika Tsing (Nikki Amuka-Bird) of the Aegis (an intergalactic police force), Caine retrieves her from Kalique, and brings her to the planet Ores (the intergalactic capital city) to claim her inheritance.
On the way back to Earth, Titus detains Jupiter and Caine. He reveals his plan to marry and then kill Jupiter and claim Earth before throwing Caine into the void, but Caine survives and saves Jupiter at the altar. Jupiter asks return home; but her family has been taken hostage by Balem. In his citadel in the Great Red Spot, Balem demands Earth in exchange for Jupiter’s family. Realizing that Balem can “harvest” Earth only if she signs it over, Jupiter refuses. Balem tries to kill Jupiter; but she defeats him in a fight.
She escapes and is rescued by Caine, Stinger, and Tsing.
Jupiter’s family is returned home with no memory of her disappearance, while Jupiter secretly retains ownership of the Earth.
Her family buy her the telescope she wanted and Caine is granted a pair of wings earlier removed from his body.
From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things.
Powerful …. just for one minute, put yourself in this human being’s shoes!!
(Please, watch this video with the sensibility it’s intended to have. No intention to offend).
Ruby Rose: ‘I used to pray to God that I wouldn’t get breasts’
The Australian model, DJ and television personality opens up about her struggle with gender identity depicted in her new video
Everybody has a crush on Ruby Rose. Her heart-shaped jaw and piercing eyes first caught the attention of modeling agents when she was a child, and by her teens she was known as the cool tattooed girl on Australian MTV (her audition process required her to pound shots of beer and make out with strangers in the street).
And being gay was not much of a problem for mainstream television. While accepting an award for Favorite Female Personality in 2009, Rose impulsively blurted a question for her teenage tormenters: “Where are you now?!” The statement catapulted her to legitimate Australian sweetheart status, and won her a prestigious contract with Maybelline.
But being a beautiful, down-to-earth lesbian is far less challenging to the status quo than say, secretly wishing you were a boy. These are feelings Ruby has had since she was five or six. Throughout her life, she has oscillated between presenting as feminine and masculine (her “reincarnations,” she calls them), to varying degrees of happiness. In 2013, she cancelled a series of DJ gigs, citing “your ugly old friend Mr Depression.”
Last week, Rose released a very personal short film to tell that story, a gender-fluidity tribute called Break Free. Rose was the last person to predict the resonance that the video would have: at the time of writing, it has been watched almost 5 million times, and has gained Rose 200,000 new Facebook fans. The song, a previously unreleased, unmixed track by Butterfly Boucher, is being prepared for iTunes.
Obviously it’s very autobiographical. As a little kid, I was convinced that I was a guy. I used to bind with ACE bandages, which is really, really bad for you. I was like, five or six? I was really young. I didn’t have anything there to bind! I used to sleep on my chest because I thought it would stop me from getting boobs. I used to pray to God that I wouldn’t get breasts.
Then in my teens, I tried to be quite feminine. My mum was pushing me to do some modeling – everyone said I was a very pretty girl. And then one day it just got too much. I shaved my head and just went “Fuck you” to everyone who thought I need to look a certain way. And I got bullied after that. I found myself in really dangerous situations, where, if a guy said something to me like, “What are you? You’re a girl but you’re trying to be a boy,” or “Look at you, you’re disgusting” … if I talked back, a few times I got hit by guys. They’d say, “I would never hit a girl, but you’re not a girl.”
Eventually I went, “That’s it! I’ll grow my hair again, and try and be a girl.” Because I was pretty determined to get into entertainment, because I was bullied so much. I always said, “You watch! One day, I will do something, it will be great!” So I kind of did the more feminine thing again, did MTV, and after a little bit chopped everything off and am kind of back where it started.
So that’s kind of the video.
You can watch it both ways: you can watch it from the end to the beginning, and it’s exactly the same as watching it from the start to the end, depending if you’re a guy that feels like he’s in a woman’s body or a woman that’s in a guy’s body.
~~Published on Jul 14, 2014~~
A short film about gender roles, Trans, and what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo.