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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Grace and Frankie

M.P. and I just discovered this Netflix series by accident last night, and OMG we laughed and howled until it hurt.  The cast is stellar - Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston - and the writing excellent.  Do check it out, fellas - you'll be glad you did.




BTW, your Head Trucker remembers the first time he ever saw a gay character in a movie was in 1972's That Certain Summer, starring the late Hal Holbrook and Martin Sheen as lovers.  The movie portrayed them in a sympathetic light, which was shockingly radical at the time.  Quite interesting to see the thoroughly heterosexual Sheen return to a gay role at this late date - which he performs brilliantly, I think, as do all the lead actors.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

British Cocktails

This one goes out with Cheers! to my truckbuddy Tim, for today is his eleventy-first birthday - or something like that.



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Getting There Is Half the Fun (1950)


Cunard offers you a gay, luxurious voyage you'll never forget!



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

American Accents

Young people around the world attempt American accents - some of them do surprisingly well:




And some Irish folks find it all very amusing:




The interesting thing is, all these folks may not sound like us, but they sure look like us, don't they?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

70 Years On: VJ Day in Color

Alfred Eisenstat's famous photo of the "Kissing Sailor" in Times Square on VJ Day, as originally published in black and white in Life, and as colorized by Swedish artist Sanna Dullaway in 2012.  Click to enlarge.

World War II ended 70 years ago yesterday.  Here are some scenes of jubilant crowds in America and England celebrating the victory in the warm August sunshine - and getting a little rowdy too.





Life magazine published some fascinating pictures taken that week around the United States, showing what life was like for ordinary folks, as well as some interesting commentary on what the end of the war meant for the world and its future. Worth a look here.



Friday, August 14, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Australian MP Recalls His Beloved Gay Uncles

This week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a former Catholic seminarian, torpedoed a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage by Australia's federal parliament, instead pledging to hold a non-binding plebiscite on the issue if his governing coalition is re-elected next year.

Senator Eric Abetz, leader of the government in the upper house, told his fellow Senators that gay marriage is "the latest fad" and the example of Dolce & Gabbana shows that "lots of homosexuals don't want to get married."

Senator Tim Watts, calling Abbott and Abetz "anachronistic jokes" for their anti-marriage attitudes, delivered a moving speech about his two gay uncles, well worth your time to listen to:



For background on the marriage situation Down Under, see the Wikipedia article.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

25 Maps

An unverified, but mildly interesting little vid:



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