Saturday, September 09, 2006

Playlist|Liar [Queen]

Words and music by Freddie Mercury

I have sinned dear Father Father I have sinned
Try and help me Father
Won't you let me in? Liar
Nobody believes me Liar
Why don't they leave me alone?
Sire I have stolen stolen many times
Raised my voice in anger
When I know I never should
Liar oh ev'rybody deceives me
Liar why don't you leave me alone

Liar I have sailed the seas
Liar from Mars to Mercury
Liar I have drunk the wine
Liar time after time
Liar you're lying to me
Liar you're lying to me
Father please forgive me
You know you'll never leave me
Please will you direct me in the right way
Liar liar liar liar
Liar that's what they keep calling me
Liar liar liar

Listen are you gonna listen
Mama I'm gonna be your slave
All day long
Mama I'm gonna try behave
All day long
Mama I'm gonna be your slave
All day long
I'm gonna serve you till your dying day
All day long
I'm gonna keep you till your dying day
All day long
I'm gonna kneel down by your side and pray
All day long and pray
All day long and pray
All day long and pray
All day long all day long all day long
All day long all day long all day long

All day long all day long all day long
Liar liar they never ever let you win
Liar liar everything you do is sin
Liar nobody believes you
Liar they bring you down before you begin
Now let me tell you this
Now you know you could be dead before they let you

It's all about the timing.

Personal Daily Horoscope
Sunday, 10 September 2006
born 4 May 1960
©Astrodienst AG

Personal desires
This is a time for making plans about your personal life and for thinking about your goals and objectives, not in terms of your career but in terms of your inner feelings and personal desires. Often the demands of the outside world become so great that we lose track of what we really want in life and spend our time trying to live up to someone else's expectations. Even worse, we internalize those expectations and convince ourselves that they are our own. Now is a good time to cut through all of those ideas within yourself and to think about what you want and about yourself as you really are. On a more external level, this is also a good time to make plans concerning your household and family or the physical dwelling that you live in. Also, buying or looking for real estate is favored during this time.

Mercury Opposition Med.Coeli exact at 03:32
activity period from 9 September 2006 to 10 September 2006.

Playlist|Getaway [Texas]

Getaway [Acoustic]|Texas
Size: 5.3 MB
Close your eyes. And be in this moment.
Check the lyrics first. Listen one hundred times.
In a row.

Just stop you know you can't deny
Just stop you know there's no reply
I've had it all don't say that
Just stop and tell me it's good bye
Don't you understand
What I'm saying
We never gave ourselves the chance

You know I've got to get away
Run, leave you behind
The world goes slowly
So sad to leave this time
The ring you were holding
Has hit the floor
And I can't live in this house with you no more

This time I know you'll hesitate
Deep down you hope it's not too late
You said it all except good bye
I think it's time that you should try
Don't you understand
What I'm saying

We never gave ourselves the chance

Directions to TEXAS

Getting to TEXAS couldn't be easier than clicking here.

Never forget.

Image c2006

Friday, September 08, 2006

Playlist|Feel [Robbie Williams]

I don't wanna die
but I ain't keen on livin' either...

One year later.

One word: BLURB.

So many lyrics in my head.
So many songs...
So many images...
And my voice is stronger,
inner, and projected.
And my vision is clearer,
and with a razor-sharp focus.
You, however, will never know.

Whatever happened to taking a risk?
Better that, than nothing at all.

words like violence
break the silence. - Depeche Mode

Things get damaged
Things get broken
I thought we'd manage
But words left unspoken
Left us so brittle
There was so little left to give. - Depeche Mode

Getaway - TEXAS

Just stop you know you can't deny
Just stop you know there's no reply
I've heard it all don't say that
Just stop and tell me it's goodbye

Don't you understand
What I'm saying
We never gave ourselves the chance

You know I gotta getaway
Run leave you behind
Oh I'll go slowly
So sad to leave this time
The ring you were holding
Has hit the floor
And I can't live in this house
With you no more

This time I know you’ll hesitate
Deep down you hope it's not too late
You've said it all except goodbye
I think it's time that you should try

Don't you understand
What I'm saying
We never gave ourselves the chance

Because I know
I still loved you
And I can't stay another day

You know I gotta getaway
You know I gotta getaway

Sorry 'bout that. Just...

an invasion of privacy.
I'm 99% certain you'll get your stuff on Monday.
I'm pulling some strings...

Required Reading|Volume One

A great, and necessary, read published on-line in OUT Magazine.

Personally, I continue to wonder what happened to the good ol' days of someone catching your eye and leaving the rest up to Fate. All these "do you smoke? are you cut? live with your parents? own your own home? vacation at least twice yearly in P-Town (for a week!)? are you HIV-neg? DDF? do you see a shrink? are you chemical-free? (and yes, that includes anti-depressants and the like)" well, they just about drive me O2M2.

That's "out of my mind" for those who don't know.

There's something comforting about remembering back in the day when you just saw someone at a bar, maybe on the dancefloor, or lurking in a dark shadow (because they were nervous, not because they were devious) and everything, and I do mean everything, started with a "hello" or, daresay, "doyouwannadance?"

This is a great article, and a solid read. And I'm going to wager the book has an interesting premise, and a few good takes on situations I've encountered.

The author slipped up, though.

Single, with greyhound. Or two.


Time to clear out the Rolodex.
Life's either a two-way street, or it's not worth the drive.
It's amazing when there's an accident or two on the road and people can't restrain themselves from looking. It's even more shocking, however, when the people you thought you knew drive on by without so much as even a "hey, need a lift?"
If you ever thought it was impossible to save both time + money,
clear out your Rolodex.
Much like shaving my head one month ago, I save time not having to worry about what my hair looks like, and whether or not it's a "bad hair day" or how I wish to present myself to the world. One just "is" when you shave your head.
A thinner Rolodex will make for an interesting and memorable Hallowe'en.
At least you'll know no-one's dressed up in the robes of a hypocrite.


Jupiter trine Ascendant

People at their best

Mid January 2006 until end of September 2006: This influence signifies your willingness to grow in consciousness and experience through your contacts with others and to be more magnanimous and willing to help others. In this you are helped by the fact that your relations with others are very good at this time, and you experience people at their best. This makes you more optimistic, and you rightly believe that whatever you give to others will be returned with interest. A person may enter your life now who really helps you out in various ways, especially by teaching you something about the universe and your role in it. This learning will be on whatever level you are ready for, perhaps simply learning to be more tolerant and open to new ideas or even encountering deep spiritual and religious truths through this relationship. Certainly you are ready for a greater spiritual understanding of the world now. You need to experience more than the superficial banality of life that many people become mired in. Although you are inclined to idealize the world in general and certain persons in particular, in the long run you will find that this is not a delusion but a period of truly expanding knowledge.

Your learning at this time is not limited to spiritual truths, for you are in general more intellectually eager and willing to learn. This is an excellent time to go to school or take a course in a subject that will give you greater insight into the questions that interest you.

On occasion this influence will signify the beginning of a relationship that can bring you great emotional happiness. It could be a new love, although that is much more likely if indicated more specifically by another influence at about this time. Any new love that comes now will be very beneficial to your personal growth, whether or not it lasts.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Full moon + Partial Lunar Eclipse

Thursday, 7 September 2006
born 4 May 1960
©Astrodienst AG
Full Moon Lunar eclipse (p)

Evasive maneuvers
During this time it may well be that you hide yourself away somewhere to avoid having to deal with the tension between your desires and your anxieties. Or perhaps you give in to your desire, but only half-heartedly, so that you get only half of something in the end, which is not what you actually wanted. This quality of time can indicate where your difficulties lie, i.e. in acknowledging your desires and completely giving yourself up to certain experiences. You will perhaps ascertain that this has to do with an insecurity or feeling of inadequacy of yours. That is why you should find out which experiences you actually avoid - then you can make a conscious effort to share these experiences with an understanding, sympathetic person who will not injure you anew.

Venus Opposition Chiron exact at 13:12
activity period from 6 September 2006 to 8 September 2006.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sadly, a fallen star...

Willi Ninja, 45, Self-Created Star Who Made Vogueing Into an Art, Dies
September 6, 2006

The New York Times

Willi Ninja, known as the Grandfather of Vogue, a dance form that he helped move from the New York club scene of the 1980’s to the concert stage, died on Saturday in Queens. He was 45.

The cause was AIDS-related heart failure, said Archie Burnett, a close friend.

Vogueing — with its angular body movements, exaggerated model poses and intricate mimelike choreography — and the colorful characters who populated Willi Ninja’s world were introduced to the public at large by “Paris Is Burning,” the award-winning 1990 documentary about New York’s drag vogue-ball scene. Later in his career, Willi Ninja also performed in works by postmodern choreographers including Doug Elkins, David Neuman and Karole Armitage.

Vogueing had been around for years, but Willi Ninja brought it to a level of visibility and perfection in performance that no one had ever reached before, said Sally Sommer, a professor of dance at Florida State University.

“He was tall man, about 6-3,” she said, “and God gave him the biggest, broadest dance shoulders in the world, so when he would do those things with his arms it was just so impressive.”

Willi Ninja is featured in Ms. Sommer’s documentary, “Check Your Body at the Door,” now in production.

William R. Leake was born in Queens on April 12, 1961, and grew up in Flushing. He began dancing at 7. By the early 1980’s he was vogueing in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and at drag balls throughout Harlem. He prided himself on being a clean, sharp dancer, with swiftly moving arms and hands, and he was deeply inspired by the martial arts — hence his adopted name, Ninja.

As the “mother” of the House of Ninja — part dance troupe, part surrogate family — he became a New York celebrity, known as much for his quick wit and sharp tongue as for his darting limbs. His ensembles — a coat made of braided synthetic hair, a suit jacket with a skirt and Doc Marten boots — also turned heads wherever he went: “severe” is the word.

An androgynous, self-described “butch queen,” Willi Ninja taught vogueing throughout Europe and Japan, modeled in runway shows for the fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler and danced in music videos.

He also taught models how to strut, giving stars like Naomi Campbell pointers early in their careers. Most recently, he worked with the socialite Paris Hilton, whose red carpet sashay has since become her signature.

In 2004, he opened a modeling agency, EON (Elements of Ninja), but he never gave up dancing, appearing on televisions series like “America’s Next Top Model” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and dropping in at local clubs.

“If he saw someone doing something on the dance floor that he loved, he’d walk up to them and say, ‘Oooh, child, you are fierce,’ ” his friend Mr. Burnett recalled. “That was one of his highest compliments.”

Willi Ninja is survived by his mother, Esther Leake of Queens.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Donate a star!

Grace + I are Star 588.
Rob is Star 612.
What's your number?

Sequined Freddie!


The following photographers are hereby found GUILTY
of photographing children:

Lewis Hine - activist documentary work from early 20th century, from Ellis Island to child labor to sweatshops

Jacques-Henri Lartigue - a child photographer, with exuberance and delight, France before World War I


Levitt, Helen
American, b. 1913

Helen Levitt (b. 31 August 1913) is an American documentary photographer.

Levitt grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Dropping out of school, she taught herself photography while working for a commercial photographer. While teaching some classes in art to children in 1937, Levitt became intrigued with the transitory chalk drawings that were part of the New York children's street culture of the time. She purchased a Leica camera and began to photograph these works as well as the children who made them. The resulting photographs appeared, to great acclaim, in 1987 as In The Street: chalk drawings and messages, New York City 1938–1948. Named as one of the "100 best photo-books", first-editions are now highly collectable.

Required reading for photographers.


Connecticut recognizes the four privacy torts.

Intrusion: A reporter and photographer who attended a private "mock unwedding" to celebrate the recent divorces of two individuals and published photographs of the celebration might have intruded upon the participants privacy, depending on whether the news media were invited to the party. Rafferty v. Hartford Courant, 416 A.2d 1215 (Conn. 1980).

Surreptitiously photographing a prison inmate during his parole hearing, and subsequently broadcasting the footage, was not intrusive because the prisoner became a public figure by virtue of his crime and his public trial. Travers v. Paton, 261 F. Supp. 110 (D. Conn. 1966).

Private facts: A man who was arrested for drunken driving appeared on police videotape punching himself in an apparent effort to creat evidence for a police brutality claim. The videotape was broadcast during an episode of the television news magazine Hard Copy. The broadcast did not amount to a publication of private facts because the story was newsworthy and of legitimate public concern, and because the man had no reasonable expectation of privacy during his arrest and subsequent booking. Cowras v. Hard Copy, No. 3:95CV99 (D. Conn. Sept. 29, 1997).

False light: A man arrested for drunken driving was captured on police videotape punching himself in an apparent effort to create evidence for a police brutality claim, and the videotape was broadcast on Hard Copy. The man could not support his false light claim, which in Connecticut requires a showing of "actual malice" -- knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard for the truth -- because the broadcasters failure to interview the man or confirm that a police brutality complaint was being filed did not amount to reckless disregard for the truth. Cowras v. Hard Copy, No. 3:95CV99 (D. Conn. Sept. 29, 1997).

Misappropriation: A man who was arrested for drunken driving appeared on police videotape punching himself in an apparent effort to create evidence for a police brutality claim. The videotape was shown on Hard Copy. The man could not bring a misappropriation claim because the videotape was used to illustrate a non-commercial, newsworthy broadcast. The fact that the broadcasting company operates for profit did not, by itself, make the videotape use commercial. Cowras v. Hard Copy, No. 3:95CV99 (D. Conn. Sept. 29, 1997).

When a person whose photograph is used in an advertisement without his permission files suit and asks for punitive damages, he must prove malice -- reckless indifference to the rights of others or intentional and wanton violation of those rights -- to recover such damages. Venturi v. Savitt, 468 A.2d 933 (Conn. 1983).

Misappropriation can occur when a photo is used, without the subjects permission, for advertising purposes. Korn v. Rennison, 156 A.2d 476 (Conn. Super. Ct. 1959).

Your Photography Rights|Andrew Cantor

To paraphrase TEXAS:
The camera I was holding has hit the floor,
and I can't stay in this darkroom with your images no more.

Bless the beasts. They can't complain, but they can kill you.
Bless the children? I'll reserve judgement.
Children have parents.

I will say this much:
prejudice, all types, is LEARNED behaviour.

If you can see it, you can shoot it

Let's get the easy stuff out of the way. Aside from sensitive government buildings (e.g., military bases), if you're on public property you can photograph anything you like, including private property. There are some limits — using a zoom lens to shoot someone who has a reasonable expectation of privacy isn't covered — but no one can come charging out of a business and tell you not to take photos of the building, period.

Further, they cannot demand your camera or your digital media or film. Well, they can demand it, but you are under no obligation to give it to them. In fact, only an officer of the law or court can take it from you, and then only with a court order. And if they try or threaten you? They can be charged with theft or coercion, and you may even have civil recourse. Cool. (For details, see "The Photographer's Right.")

It gets better.

You can take photos any place that's open to the public, whether or not it's private property. A mall, for example, is open to the public. So are most office buildings (at least the lobbies). You don't need permission; if you have permission to enter, you have permission to shoot.

In fact, there are very few limits to what you're allowed to photograph. Separately, there are few limits to what you're allowed to publish. And the fact that they're separate issues — shooting and publishing — is important. We'll get to that in a moment.

You can take any photo that does not intrude upon or invade the privacy of a person, if that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Someone walking in a mall or on the street? Fair game. Someone standing in a corner, looking at his new Prozac prescription? No. Using a long lens to shoot someone in an apartment? No.

Note that the limits have nothing to do with where you are when you take the shots; it's all about the subject's expectation of privacy. You can be on private property (a mall or office-building lobby), or even be trespassing and still legally take pictures. Whether you can be someplace and whether you can take pictures are two completely separate issues.

Chances are you can publish it

Publishing photos has some different restraints, although they're civil, not criminal. Break one of these "rules" and, while you won't go to jail, you could find yourself on the short end of a lawsuit. (Although, according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, "the subject's remedy usually will not include the ability to bar the publication of the picture.")

Revealing private facts about someone is a no-no. As the American Law Institute put it, "One who gives publicity to a matter concerning the private life of another is subject to liability to the other for invasion of his privacy, if the matter publicized is of a kind that A) would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, and B) is not of legitimate concern to the public."

Here the private property issue comes a bit more into play. Publishing a recognizable photo of someone at an AA meeting could be a problem, even if that meeting is open to the public. (An elected official, perhaps, but not of Joe Citizen.)

You also can find yourself in civil court if you publish a shot that places a person in a false light. That might be more of an issue with the caption than with the photo; running a shot of the mayor and his daughter labeled "Mayor meets with porn star" could land you in hot water. (Assuming his daughter isn't a porn star.)

Finally, you can't use someone's likeness for a purely commercial purpose — using a photo of someone in an ad, for example. That isn't to say you can't publish a photo in a commercial environment, such as a newspaper or a blog that accepts ads. If the photo is being used in a news or artistic sense as opposed to a commercial one you're OK.

Risk factors

The fact that taking a photo and publishing it are separate things might go against some folks' common sense.

Let's say you're banned by the local mall for taking photos there, but you go back anyway and take more. Now you're trespassing. But unless the photos you take violate someone's expectation of privacy, your taking photos isn't illegal — only being there.

That said, if you're arrested and convicted, a judge might use the fact that you were taking photos to increase the penalty, but shooting on private property isn't a crime in and of itself. As one lawyer told me, "I don't see why the act of trespass would turn something that occurs during the trespass into a tort if it wasn't one already."

There are some other risks to taking and publishing 'problematic' photos. But, as you'll see, they're easy to avoid.

Trespassing is an obvious problem. If you're not supposed to be someplace — you see a sign or you're told by the property owner, for example — you can get arrested. Sure, you might be able to publish the photos you take, but Web access from jail is limited. (Trespassing is almost always a misdemeanor, by the way.)

You might be charged with your state's variation of intrusion — using technology (e.g., a long lens, hidden camera, or parabolic microphone) — to access a place where the subject has an expectation of privacy.

Beyond trespass, the major risks you run are civil, not criminal. You can lose an invasion of privacy lawsuit if your photographs reveal private facts about a person that are offensive and not newsworthy when the person had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Ditto if they place the person in a false light, or inappropriately use the specific person's image for commercial purposes, e.g., stating that the mayor endorses a product by publishing a photo of him using it.

All of this should be good news for amateur and professional shutterbugs. Carry your camera, shoot to your heart's content, and know your rights — and your risks.

Andrew Kantor is a technology writer, pundit, and know-it-all who covers technology for the Roanoke Times. He's also a former editor for PC Magazine and Internet World. Read more of his work at His column appears Fridays on

Photographers' Rights. At what cost?

Burn, baby, Bern.
Tick. Tick. Boom.

Smoke must be rising from every orifice in my body at the moment, pores included. Because of the narrow-mindedness of certain people, my equipment is elsewhere, according to court order.

Including my iPod.

And today is Freddie's 60th birthday.
And Tisane's was SO INTO playing all Queen tonight,
via the iPod hookup.

Guess where my iPod, and Freddie + Queen's life's work is?

Lock up.

And to think I was inspired daily by the man with the flipper arms.

In the meantime,
enjoy my prototypes.

A Stand for Photographer’s Rights
The right to take photographs in the United States is being challenged more than ever. People are being stopped, harassed, and even intimidated into handing over their personal property simply because they were taking photographs of subjects that made other people uncomfortable. Recent examples have included photographing industrial plants, bridges, buildings, trains, and bus stations. For the most part, attempts to restrict photography are based on misguided fears about the supposed dangers that unrestricted photography presents to society.

Ironically, unrestricted photography by private citizens has played an integral role in protecting the freedom, security, and well-being of all Americans. Photography in the United States has an established history of contributing to improvements in civil rights, curbing abusive child labor practices, and providing important information to crime investigators. Photography has not contributed to a decline in public safety or economic vitality in the United States. When people think back on the acts of domestic terrorism that have occurred over the last twenty years, none have depended on or even involved photography. Restrictions on photography would not have prevented any of these acts. Furthermore, the increase in people carrying small digital and cell phone cameras has resulted in the prevention of crimes and the apprehension of criminals.

As the flyer states, there are not very many legal restrictions on what can be photographed when in public view. Most attempts at restricting photography are done by lower-level security and law enforcement officials acting way beyond their authority. Note that neither the Patriot Act nor the Homeland Security Act have any provisions that restrict photography. Similarly, some businesses have a history of abusing the rights of photographers under the guise of protecting their trade secrets. These claims are almost always meritless because entities are required to keep trade secrets from public view if they want to protect them.

OrangeMercury's 700th Posting!

The online music community at DigitalDreamDoor has consistently placed Freddie Mercury at the number one position on a list of the 100 greatest rock vocalists.

Rock Music's Most Famous Bare Chest

The world's first Indian and Persian rock star

Because Freddie Mercury was of Parsi descent, grew up in India,
and did not move to the UK until he was 17,
he was arguably the world's first Indian rock star.
Due to his Parsi roots he was also, arguably,
the world's first Persian rock star.

Freddie Lives!

Sponsor a star, raise money for AIDS Awareness.
Grace + I are Star #588.
Look for us in the sky...

My horoscope on Freddie's 60th B-Day

Tuesday, 5 September 2006
born 4 May 1960
©Astrodienst AG

Relax and unwind
This is a day of pleasant thoughts and communication, of easy intellectual exchanges with other people, general light-heartedness and good times. This is a good day to tell someone that you love him. It is also a good day to discuss any aspect of a relationship. If something has been bothering you today, you can discuss it and clear the air in such a way that there will be no negative feelings. Today it will be easy to let the other person know that you are fond of him and that you are only trying to make the relationship better. Go out for a drive today, or better begin a long vacation. A trip started under this influence will give you great pleasure, stimulate your mind and expand your consciousness. You may meet new friends who will stay with you for a long time.
Venus Trine Mercury exact at 21:41
activity period from 5 September 2006 to 6 September 2006.

Rock Music's Greatest Live Performance...ever!

If you've not heard Freddie + Queen at Live Aid,
here's a birthday gift from OrangeMercury to you!
Download here.

Quintessential Freddie!

My best friend...for 30+ years!

Happy 60th Freddie!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Taking pictures + naming names

photos c2006

I look at it this way.
Be afraid; be very afraid.
It's not "only a movie."

Get your dictionary (-ies) out.
You'll know it when you see it.
Actually, when I see it.

Let me show you the world,
through my eyes. -Depeche Mode

Apple SE iPod|Queen + Freddie Mercury

The Rise of Mercury|Freddie Mercury

2 September 2006
By Julie McCaffrey
WHO would have thought that the shy, toothy 10-year-old sitting proudly behind his sports trophy would grow up to be one of the world's most flamboyant superstars?

Yet it wasn't for his athletic prowess that Farrokh Bulsara was to find fame, but as Freddie Mercury, the legendary frontman of rock band Queen.

Freddie was only 45 when he died of pneumonia brought on by Aids 15 years ago. Had he lived, he would be celebrating his 60th birthday on Tuesday. To mark this milestone, Freddie's relatives have opened up their family album for a special TV tribute to the star.

Their snapshots include photos of him as a wispy-haired baby in a flowered dress on his mother's hip, wearing the flower garland and skull cap of the Zoroastrian religion aged four, as a gangly seven-year-old with his little sister, as a young lad out for a bike ride with his mates, and as the fledgling rocker giving his mum a cuddle.

Together, the pictures give a fascinating insight into Freddie's early upbringing in Africa and India - parts of his life he kept private from his fans and refused to discuss with his friends. The iconic showman believed his exotic background and family's Zoroastrian beliefs didn't exactly fit in with his wild rock 'n' roll image.

Born on September 5, 1946, and christened Farrokh by his diplomat father Bomi Bulsara and mother Jer, he and his younger sister Kashmira spent their first years on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar.

In 1955, at the age of nine, he was sent to St Peters private boarding school in Panchgani near Bombay where he got the nickname Freddie. He won trophies for sport, excelled at art and stood out as an accomplished pianist. Yet his schooldays were marred by homesickness and the stress of hiding a secret from his classmates.

Fellow pupil Zahid Abrar recalls: "Freddie felt very lonely and would sometimes cry in a quiet corner. He was homesick. At the time, I didn't know Freddie was a gay guy. I still wonder what was going on in his mind when we were chasing girls."

But his shyness and unhappiness didn't stop him shining onstage. By the age of 12, Freddie had played to his schoolmates in his first band, The Hectics. Music was already a big part of his life. In his early teens he and his schoolmates were obsessed with rock 'n' roll and trying to perfect their Elvis-style quiffs.

In 1964, two years after Freddie finished his schooling, political unrest in Zanzibar forced the Bulsaras to look for a new home. He persuaded his parents to move to England and the family settled in Feltham, South London.

He spent the next 10 years at art school, doing part-time jobs and trying to establish himself as a musician. He formed Queen in 1970 with his friends Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon. They found worldwide fame five years later with Bohemian Rhapsody and went on to sell 150 million albums.

As his fame grew, so did his notoriety. Freddie's wildly hedonistic parties became the stuff of showbiz legend. He once flew a jumbo jet full of guests to Munich for a black and white ball and hired naked mud wrestlers for a London bash. But despite the scandals he was always the consummate performer.

Mum Jer, who was there for his Live Aid performance in 1985, says: "I couldn't take my eyes off him. I thought, 'What have you done? You have proved yourself'."

But by 1987, his life of excess had caught up with him. His sister Kashmira Cooke, 55, says: "I did suspect he had Aids. But I didn't want to ask a dying man that question so I waited to see if he wanted to tell me. One day I saw that his foot was very badly scarred. He chose that moment to say, 'Look, my dear, you must know that I am dying'."

Freddie's death on November 25, 1991, left his family and legions of fans devastated.

Kashmira says: "It didn't register until I saw the newspaper articles. I can remember now, reading with my dad, his tears and my tears dropping on to the article. I still think of him every day. Every single day."

Jer adds: "When I hear him on the radio, I realise that people still love him, people still remember him. That keeps me going."

Freddie Mercury: A Kind Of Magic is on ITV1 on Tuesday, September 12, at 9.45pm.

Life|Hard Labour?

Many readers are reacting strongly to the graphic photographs and vivid descriptions of military medical teams working to save the wounded in Iraq.

You MUST see these photographs: especially Spc. Bryan Anderson with his Army buddies in the water near Fort Hood, TX.


Bringing Back the Wounded With Heart, Soul and Surgery
Injured troops are swept up in a lifesaving process unmatched in past wars -- reaching hospitals in minutes and the U.S. in days. But their agony doesn't end on the battlefield.

David Zucchino, LA Times Staff Writer
Rick Loomis, LA Times Staff Photographer
April 2, 2006

Sunday, September 03, 2006


–noun 1. the estimation in which a person or thing is held, esp. by the community or the public generally; repute: a man of good reputation.
2. favorable repute; good name: to ruin one's reputation by misconduct.
3. a favorable and publicly recognized name or standing for merit, achievement, reliability, etc.: to build up a reputation.
4. the estimation or name of being, having, having done, etc., something specified: He has the reputation of being a shrewd businessman.
[Origin: 1325–75; ME reputacioun < L reputātiōn- (s. of reputātiō) computation, consideration, equiv. to reputāt(us) (ptp. of reputāre; see repute) + -iōn- -ion]
—Related forms
rep‧u‧ta‧tion‧al, adjective

Pronunciation[ri-stawr, -stohr]
–verb (used with object), -stored, -stor‧ing.
1. to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order.
2. to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
3. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
4. to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne.
5. to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
6. to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.
[Origin: 1250–1300; ME restoren < OF restorer < L restaurāre; see re-, store]
—Related forms
re‧stor‧a‧ble, adjective
re‧stor‧a‧ble‧ness, noun
re‧stor‧er, noun
—Synonyms 2. mend. See renew. 4. replace, reinstate. 6. rebuild.

—Synonyms 1. regard, name. Reputation, character are often confused. Reputation, however, is the word which refers to the position one occupies or the standing that one has in the opinion of others, in respect to attainments, integrity, and the like: a fine reputation; a reputation for honesty. Character is the combination of moral and other traits which make one the kind of person one actually is (as contrasted with what others think of one): Honesty is an outstanding trait of his character. 2. fame, distinction, renown, esteem, honor, recognition. 3. See credit.
—Antonyms 2. disrepute.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary,
© Random House, Inc. 2006.

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