The embeded comic was written by Darrin O’Toole, art by Barry Keegan, colours, letters and design by Dee Cunniffe. Based on the true story of John Byrne who was begging on O’Connell Bridge wh!en his bunny got thrown into the river

We Can Be Heroes by Darrin O’Toole

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Neat idea! An interactive media installation created in collaboration with Mike Allison. A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals and expressively play. Now a whole wall of it at home would be so cool!

small-apartment-with-modern-minimalist-design-aindreas-com If interiors interest you like I check out this neat Japan interior design team, bakoko made up of Kayoko Ohtsuki and Alastair Townsend. Am thinking I will probably renovate my house, in Dublin. Below the delightful terfly wall decals design wall stickers mews renovation aindreas-com

Related aindreas post; Tiny transforming terraced cottage that packs eight rooms into 350 square feet #Interior design below. Related aindreas post here. Continue the conversation europafitness aindreas-com

I live in Dublin, quiet close to the city centre in a cottage that is roughly a hundred and ten years old. It’s gone through a few renovations in that time, though not as many as I would expect. I want to renovate it. Atticus-Milo-for-Huntingtower-Australian-Desin-Awards-2012-interior-residential Photo (c) Australian Design Awards of Atticus & Milo for Huntingtower wining entry way back in 2012. I like the height, drawers (in my mind they’re drawers) and shelves.

Besides, my house is tiny, think small apartment size. So I have been looking into renovating a la Tokyo or Dutch style. Am not a fan of Dutch tiny hotel rooms, though like their ability to not go conventional but to go practical in design. This Bauhaus peut-être thinking is even evident in Ireland, my bro has an apartment in a converted convent complex that Dutch city planners decided to copy cm by cm. The bonus about a house versus an apartment renovation is I can play with height. I plan on excavating downwards. The vimeo below is super exciting, love his use of the two hidden single beds, the wc/ shower, but mostly am excited about how he got it off the ground. He ran a crowdsouce competition on designing the apartment, won by two Romanian students. Exciting times ahead! Of the books I’ve looked into, Studio Apartments (Big ideas for small spaces) seems the more delectable.

Isn’t the suspended bed interesting, under all that light though would be a no go for me, interesting in other aspects though. Pic ref suspended  bed mews renovation aindreas-com

I like what the folks did with the foldable exterior back wall and the clean white kitchen. Will definitely incorporate theses great udeas in my renovations.

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Epicurious spoke to artist Sam Van Aken about his amazing 40 Fruit Tree and his talk at TEDx. I want one for my little garden!

“A ward-winning contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken grew up on a family farm in Reading, Pennsylvania, but he spent his college years and much of his early career focused on art rather than agriculture. While Van Aken says that his work has always been “inspired by nature and our relationship to nature,” it wasn’t until recently that the artist’s farming background became such a clear and significant influence, first in 2008 when he grafted vegetables together to create strange plants for his Eden exhibition, and then shortly after that when he started to work on the hybridized fruit trees that would become the Tree of 40 Fruit.

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Each tree begins as a slightly odd-looking specimen resembling some kind of science experiment, and for much of the year, looks like just any other tree. In spring, the trees bloom to reveal an incredibly striking and thought-provoking example of what can happen when nature inspires art. Then, over the course of several months, Van Aken’s trees produce an incredible harvest of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and almonds, including many you’ve likely never seen before.

Thus far, Van Aken has created and placed 16 trees in museums, community centers, and private art collections around the country, including in Newton, Massachusetts; Pound Ridge, New York; Short Hills, New Jersey; Bentonville, Arkansas; and San Jose, California. Using a unique process he calls “sculpture through grafting,” Van Aken creates trees that grow and support more than 40 varieties of stone fruit, including many heirloom, antique, and native varieties.”

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Ah Verbotene Liebe, you haven’t seen it? It’s a German drama avail with english subtirles, aas well as subs in other languages. Two of it’s wonderful cast are Christian and Oliver, you have a long story line in it… Which has changed over the years…

I love Chrolli, as much for the actors (Thore Schölermann and Jo Weill) playing the characters as the plots in VL – Verbotene Liebe. VL led the field with soaps everywhere with its strong unfazed and naturally presented gay relationship. I haven’t watched it in awhile. Not since Nanna stopped. For various reasons, including doing a degree. The degree in law is in the bag so next..

Update: FINISHED my degree! Must get back to watching VL.. and this post is probably put of date ..it is but no spoilers here. Update VL had been cancelled so the 2015 season will be the last.

Jo Weill aindres-com Gratuitous Photo (c) Jo Weill’s FB page

Since Ichglotzutube stopped, the lads have been busy by the looks of it. Am free now to watch everything again. Where to start watching, at the beginning with Nanna’s videos, the last video playlist below. German with English subtitles. Jo Weill’s FB page above has video playlists details. Update: I’ve copied over the Jo Weill FB links, see under the videos. Note: on some videos the sub titles aren’t obvious. To view sub titles, go to full screen video and click on open captions button.

If you don’t speak German, as I don’t (yet) Deutsche-Welle (DW.de) have a superb interactive facility to start learning (English/Russian/German)….  You just join up here for free! Free learning am a sucker for.

“To view all the entire storyline of Verbotene Liebe’s “Christian and Oliver”, you can find the you tube uploads (Many thanks to Nanna and Mercury May) with English Subtitles at the following Links:

Playlist 1 (Nanna’s) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCE1738656BCC0E20&feature=plcp

Playlist 2 (Nanna’s) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5D0607FDC8598F5B&feature=plcp

Playlist 1 (Mercury May’s) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBB447C8725D495D4

Playlist 2 (Mercury May’s) http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5FFD2C9A6F8C1899Spanish Subtitles found here : http://www.youtube.com/user/chrollilatinoamerica/videos

Playlist 1 (Chrolli Worldwide) http://www.youtube.com/user/Chrolliworldwide

To view the Chrolli storyline in Spanish, the link are: http://www.youtube.com/user/chrollilatinoamerica/videos

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL58CC434060C8D205

To view the Chrolli storyline in Seberian, the link is : http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL164E1DB0034FA2D4&feature=plcp

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When I started reading John Irving‘s In One Person I did not know what to make of it. The thought crossed my mind, I may not finish it. John-Irvings-In-One-Person-aindreas-com-300x467

I am a John Irving fan. Young, and those with heart, those travellers around Europe that spend time out here, whether it’s Vienna, Mardrid or Berlin will have Irving as one on their reading essentials. Like an air ticket, a rail pass, spending time in the Mediterranean, Irving is a rite of passage. He his books stay long after you have departed to pastures new. Hotel New Hampshire, The Fourth Hand, The World According to Garp of which In One Person has been likened to are great reads into a different world. Of mid America, a small group of friends/ family and Europe. So.. I knew any doubts I had about continuing with In One Person was just me rushing ahead wasn’t really a goer. Irving starts off the novel ever the voyerist. Which he does gleefully. If he were a kid I would have thought he was trying to shock though he tells Billy, the protagonist’s life story flawlessly. He muses on Billy’s rite of passage very well. Looking back after reading I would like to know more about Billy’s life. Not a negative (!) but I knew as I kept reading I was going full circle – from not sure if I could finish it to wishing Irving would slow down.

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I currently (2013) edit, write, put together a magazine whose demographic is conservative. After reading this novel I had to write it up, even for such a publication. It’s an accomplished piece of storytelling, am glad I read it. I will reread in over time. A honourable piece of storytelling for a subject which still needs everyone to be stand-up-able and perhaps be educated about. John Irving fans will love it, mostly but some not. But if you want a recommended read here’s In One Person. In One Person: A Novel in hardcopy I  never believe book cover promo’s though they may give you an idea of the story.

Like; “His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade” (Vanity Fair). Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award A New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp. In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.” More on John Irving’s offical site.

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Leo’s Room ( El cuarto de Leo), a movie for your classic gay film library.

Leo runs into Caro, a childhood school friend. The casual re-encounter is observed as are other interludes in Leo’s life in the city, and I guess you could say he stands at a cross roads. Directed by Uruguayan, a fine debutant Enrique Buchichio, with this his first film impressed no less than Variety), he shows a thoughful calm observant eye for Martín Rodríguez  as Leo. Leos Room aindreas -c om gay film Uruguay Argentina movie

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Am currently playing around with the site back-end. Hope you like progress on the newbie aindreas.com. As before I will write up on gay movies and film. Watch this space. Here’s one I heard about recently. Gayby. A play on words, gay and baby.. GayBy-Aindreas-c0m-940x681

Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfil a youthful promise.. Gaby, an alright holiday gay movie pick to assist over the holidays! Very dryly (drolly?) told story, I like. Jonathan Lisecki‘s written & directed movie stars Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas (who was in the excellent The New Twenty, currently in Spiderman Turn of the Dark on Broadway, ) and Mike Doyle. Available on Netflix. Great to watch a movie with actors not in puberty. Matt Wilkas, actor below. Continue the conversation europafitness aindreas-com

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Holes was the fourth single from Mercuury Rev‘s fourth studio album, Deserter’s Songs.

Time, all the long red lines, that take Control, of all th smoke-like streams that flow into your Dreams, that big blue open sea, that can’t be Crossed, that can’t be climbed, just born Between, oh the two white lines, distant gods and faded Signs, of all those blinking lites, you had to pick the one tonight…

Holes, dug by little moles, angry jealous Spies, got telephones for eyes, come to you as Friends, all those endless ends, that can’t be Tied, oh they make me laugh, and always make me Cry, until they drop like flies, and sink like polished Stones, of all the stones i throw, How does that old song go? How does that old song go?…

Bands, those funny little plans, that never work quite right. Writers; John Paul White & Gregory Becker Mercury Rev boches aindreas-com

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I-Dreamt-Under-the-Water-Movie-Poster-11-x-17-Inches-28cm-x-44cm-2008-German-Style-A-aindreas-comJ’ai rêvé sous l’eau – I Dreamt Under Water Pictures above is the main protagonist Hubert Benhamdine. The quality of photography by Hormoz stands out, His direction a match for the full bodied story co-written by Philippe Arrizabalaga. Hubert Benhamdine the main protagonist is on cam prob 98% of the film, uncompromising, honest and that ends my review -  there’s not too much ..I want to give away [sure to shock some]..simple story well executed, get the dvd.

Great music provied by David Kelly, Plastikman (below), Virgin Prunes, Complot Bronswick, Superpitcher,

and Killing Joke

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