Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Aboriginal dancers pay tribute to Michael Jackson

SIX-year-old Lauchlan Baker has become an internet celebrity

Northern Territory News

Thriller performance from Milingimbi
July 28th, 2009

The youngster from Milingimbi - a remote community about 500km east of Darwin - doesn't say much, but he's shown the world he can dance.

Lauchlan and his fellow Milingimbi Dancers wowed the crowds at the Royal Darwin Show over the weekend with their tribute to pop legend Michael Jackson.

The NT News filmed the group's rehearsal on Friday. It has now been viewed more than 20,000 times on, and YouTube.

The video's popularity ensured a huge crowd was on hand at the show on Saturday night to watch the dance troupe's encore performance.

Milingimbi Dancers co-ordinator Jeremiah Larrwanbuy Baker - Lauchlan's grandfather - said the dancers had been huge fans of Michael Jackson after watching him on ABC TV show Rage.

Mr Baker said the dance group had toured around Arnhem Land but hoped to take their tribute to Jackson around the country.


thanks to a colleague in Australia, who sent me this video

Carmen Lomana on the Economic Crisis

A friend from Spain just sent me the video, above, from a Spanish national TV program that follows a woman (famous for being among the few in the country that buys couture) on a shopping spree in Madrid. When asked about the economic crisis, she says she has become more selective when buying (then you see her putting aside a supremely tacky Dior diomond encrusted watch).

She also said that the poor "the ones that beg", have always been poor, so "they are used to this". But some of her friends are the ones really having a hard time. They have assets but they are tied up or devalued, and they are in a bind because they don't have access to "cash" (she says the word in English). Then they ask her if she shops at mercadillos which are market fairs, or flea markets, where everyone shops even richer people who go slumming there. She says she has never been to one!

Her terrifyingly ageless wax mannequin face was vaguely familiar, and of course, she had been featured in one of the HOLA articles that opens each issue, an in depth interview with a millionaire that shows off their vulgarly ostentations ginormous home/vacation home/yacht. In hers, she protested that she did not want to known for being solely a rich widow who spent all her time jetting around the world, buying couture. Then in the spread you see her talking about her closets organized by designer......Below is her "c.v." taken from another Spanish glossy called Diez Minutes, not as prestigious as HOLA but maybe the third rung down, below SEMANA.