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Kaleidoscope Man is currently in-production and coming soon. Check-out Kaleidoscope Man production blog at:

I asked friend and filmmaker, Mark Robbins, how he met Simon Cox, director of Kaleidoscope Man, and here is what he had to say.

Hello Jennifer, nice to meet you. Congratulations on your new appointment.

I’m really happy for you and of course the KMan Team keeps growing.

I went to school with my good old friend Simon Cox, we also shared a house in London, which is where I lost touch with him when I moved away, for 20 years.

It was Facebook that hooked us up again.

I have two other friends on FB that got me interested, their names are Cox and Simon, weirdly enough, totally different people.

It had to be a pointer, I had heard facebook gets you back in touch, so I tried it.

Soon after the initial shock!! Simon asked me to help him make his movie, Kaleidoscope Man.

He showed me what he was doing and it blew me away!

My little buddy was so talented! And I could see his dream.

I remembered that I opened a Twitter account but not really understood it. So, I went back to it to learn! Ha ha… still learning!

My favourite part about promoting KMan is being accepted by & working closely with the most amazingly talented passionate people, who see the same movie.

It’s a big movie that you can follow the making of it online, and join in with fb, twitter, pinterest, instagram, vimeo, youtube,

I love to try new creative eye catching ideas out. There’s a scene in KMan where Thomas Dunn’s Dad Brian tells him, “Whatever you do, be Spectacular!”.

The advice from luminaries in the industry is do something big!

I started on KMan as an associate producer, now I’m a co-producer, working with the amazingly talented co-producer Heidi, from the other side of the world!

How did that happen? Heidi’s guidance and inspiration are invaluable!

I have tried to make promoting KMan fun!
That’s what Simon and I are all about; we can’t stop laughing when we’re together.

I have to prioritise on the spur of the moment, especially with Twitter, it’s live all the time now 24/7.

But what a ride!!

When we’re in between crowdfunding campaigns, we’re reaching out to people making friends, building an audience for Kaleidoscope Man.

Thanks for the interview, Jennifer!


Interview: SERVERS leave with us

SERVERS – LEAVE WITH US an interview with the band, SERVERS.

Skin Back Alley


“We set out with the intention of releasing a solid album that would hopefully stand out from the crowd,” say SERVERS of their sonically stupendous debut album “Leave With Us”, released with little fanfare in February of this year.

The following 12 months saw the Barnsley based band hailed by the music press, play some fierce headline shows and support LA metal band My Ruin on their last ever tour of the UK in August. Add in charity singles, visually stunning videos, a sound like no other band around and an imminent final gig of the year, and we’ve got plenty to talk about.

So we sat down with the self-styled kings of cult to do just that…

SBA: 2014 has been an amazing year for SERVERS following the release of Leave With Us in February. What have your most memorable moments been?

SERVERS: Wow, tough one, there have been…

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If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise.

If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go in disguise!

The cast and crew, of The Hollow Ones, filmed for 19 days,

in the woods and other areas of Maple Ridge, Surrey and Langley, BC, Canada.

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This feature film is being made by a team of award-winning filmmakers.

Director: Jeremy Lutter, (Cannes Not Short on Talent, TIFF KIds, etc.)

Cinematographers: Nelson and Graham Talbot, (who just had their Doritos commercial air, during 2015 Super Bowl; the first Canadian commercial, in history, to do so.)

These folks bring to the table, a plethora of skill, talent and expertise,

that is sure to make, The Hollow Ones, a very, scaaaaaaary Feature Film.

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The Hollow Ones, is a horror thriller film, about evil fairies, based on the 15th century folklore of Changelings.

You can be part of it. Here’s how.

The filmmakers need help to make, The Hollow Ones, as scary, as possible!

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It take time and money, to turn a lovely, 11-year-old girl, into a scary monster!

Blood, make-up, and monster effects, such as: building an underground lair and other special effects are required,

to increase the on-screen scariness, on The Hollow Ones.

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The Hollow Ones started an Indiegogo campaign on: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015. The campaign ended (at midnight) on: Friday, April 10th, 2015. The campaign was successful, even surpassing the goal of $10,000CAD.


Which means, it is not too late to make, The Hollow Ones, scaaaaaaary!

Every dollar pledged, will be used, to make this film, more scary.

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Everyone on set is working, at a reduced rate or donating their time.

I will gladly match my time and money, to the hard work of this talented and dedicated, cast and crew.

If they create it, the least I can do, is join them on the journey, to make it scary and bring it to the big screen.


Join the journey to bring, The Hollow Ones, to fruition on the big screen.

Can’t wait to see this scary movie, with my eyes closed and the sound off.


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Help make, The Hollow Ones, more scaaaaaaary!

Make a pledge, while this campaign, is still In-Demand on Indiegogo.

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Thank you!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.







excerpts from the call to action by Amy (Ta’ah) George

– Burnaby Mountain

– November 2014


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Nov 29, 2014 | By Black Powder

On Thursday, Rueben George, watched over Amy George, as her and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, along with other indigenous leaders were arrested for crossing the police line at the lower Kinder Morgan drilling site on Burnaby mountain.

Amy George is a 71-year-old Tsleil-Waututh elder, a pipe carrier, a sundancer and a spirit dancer. She is also the daughter of Chief Dan George, and the mother of Rueben George, a Sundance Chief, and longtime critic of the Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion proposal.

Elder Amy George crosses the police line into the police-protected Kinder Morgan work site. Photos by Mychaylo Prystupa. Elder Amy George crosses the police line into the police-protected Kinder Morgan work site. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

Prior to the arrests, a host of First Nation leaders made speeches denouncing the Albertan oil industry and its impacts on people living downstream of the oil sands.

“Warrior up!” people shouted,  as Amy George, denounced the…

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My primal wound
Gushes forth
Like a maddened volcano

Spilling and spewing out
It’s red-hot, lava-like blood
Down the sides
Of it’s own mountaintop

From far away,
What a wondrous, miraculous sight to behold
This awesome manifesto
Of heart’s inner core

My life’s desire
Cresting on fiery waves
With determined healing

Fate cries out
Freedom! Hope!
Come now and birth thyself
Into flowing, glowing rivers
Of silver-crusted, molten rock

Force thy yearning self
Through this softened, ripened cervix
Of my heart

I am tired, torn, and beaten
Almost completely worn-out

Yet suddenly now quickened
Bearing down on fiery eruptions
Of crowning heads held high
In liquid amber-golden flame

My voice screaming out
An urgent alarum
In anguished sounds
Near threshold pain

Can a country,
Be brought forth in a day?
Or a nation in a moment?
Who will welcome this grand arrival
Of emergent newborn life?

Come now, Love
Writhe thy pulsating self
Through this groundswell birth canal

Perforce with vigor
Through this smouldering hot
Raging and rimmed Ring of Fire

Thrust thy meek and mighty self
Into hallowed presaged destiny

Mother’s womb is gone
Child now is born
Breathing has begun
Angels sing their songs

Victory swords are drawn
This battle will be won
Time now has come
For we have seen the dawn

Tell me,
Would we die a certain death?
If we could feel the burning spot?
In God’s own manifold soul.

Jennifer Steel
October 2004
Isaiah 66:8 (NIV)


For more information on Mount St. Helens:

Photo image of Mount St. Helens. Posted from WordPress for BlackBerry.

I have been working on the poem, MY PRIMAL WOUND: MOUNT ST. HELENS’ MUSE, for over ten years. And it still is not complete. But, this is the best draft, so far. I get caught up in not knowing where to put commas and other punctuation, so it looks like I did my best to make this poem, punctuation free.

I would like some visual art to go with this poem. I am looking at a few artists right now and will be asking someone to do a commission piece. More on that to come. I am also interested in an audio piece to go with this poem. Something orchestral. I have someone in mind and will be making a request for a commission piece shortly. More on that to come.

If you are moved by this poem and have any suggestions for it’s dynamic life, then please contact me.




NO! I am not bipolar.

I have been diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), a result from my experiences, being raised in a war zone, called family.

I am bemused and perplexed by this diagnosis of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How can it be a disorder, when it seems a primal reaction, to severe trauma and stress? Fair to say, that not everyone reacts to trauma, in the same way.

From my own experience, the hard part of having PTSD, is when I get stuck in the trauma mindset and can’t get unstuck. Meanwhile, the traumatic event has long come and gone.

This is how my body physiologically reacts, during times of panic and stress:

my adrenaline spikes up high, above and beyond, an average person’s adrenaline peak; it plateaus at a high range, then takes a long time, for my body to gradually return, to a healthy state of rest.

PTSD is an odd disorder. It is mentally and physically painful. It is chronic and does not get better with time, without the care of others, who understand PTSD.

The diagnosis of Complex PTSD is helping me, like a road map, to navigate where I am, where I am going and how to get there.

Within the context of Complex PTSD, I am learning to be strong, when weak; humble, when proud; and persevering, when all I want to do, is give up and die alone.

It is a great comfort, for me to research, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), identify symptoms and know that, YES, this is what is going on for me!

If you have been to hell and back, you will not be surprised, to find yourself feeling a wee bit off or odd, nutty or crazy, mental or insane, lost or out of it or whatever it is, you may want to call, how you are feeling.

You, do not need a diagnosis, to understand yourself better, but it sure does help me.

I have no magical cure for PTSD, but I can ease some of the symptoms, when I practice these following points:

• Plant seeds of compassion and understanding

• Weed out useless thinking

• Fertilize healthy thinking

• Feed helpful habits

• Practice patience

• Laugh and Play

• Sleep and Rest

• Eat and Drink healthy

• Breathe

• Be a friend

I have a framework, I can now build on, to create the legacy, I want to leave behind. Step by step and moment by moment, I am becoming a gentle soul.

I made a commitment to myself and others, to not harm or injure myself, without talking to someone, first.

I made a commitment to myself and others, to talk with and not ignore the person, who shows subtle signs of suicide or outright says, they want to end their life.

For the rest of my life, I will live in a state of mental Triage. I daily and hourly, assess my mental health, moods, emotions, mindsets, and physical strength.
I use self-care, as a daily tool, to prevent illnesses and guard against pre-mature death.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, has also helped me, become me.

For more information on PTSD check out:

Thank you for being here. Thank you for letting me share. Be gentle with yourself.

You are loved. You are safe. You are secure.

There is hope. To be continued.

Jennifer Steel,
Burnaby, BC,

Original Post: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on September 11th 2013.

First Revision: There Is Always Hope on September 6th 2014.

Second Revision: There Is Always Hope: Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (my story) on October 12th 2014.

Thank you for sharing your support and comments.

Leonard Peltier Markz Seventy Yearz





Stop Drop Robot, aka SDR, is an electronic rock band, that hail from Sheffield, UK.

Photo courtesy of Lady Corvid G:
Lady Corvid G and Drummer Dan, at Stop Drop Robot’s wicked set at the opening night, of Players Bar, Wakefield, UK, on August 15th 2014.


Stop Drop Robot, aka SDR, is an electronic rock band, that hails from Sheffield, UK.

I asked frontman, Sam Christie, a few questions about the band and the song, Murder The Drums ft Joe Green.

Here is what, Sam, had to say!

These lyrics are a mouthful. How do you keep the beat, when singing on stage?

I’ve been singing for a long time, so had a lot of practise. Dan, our drummer, is very reliable and makes it easy, for the rest of us, to stay in time.

I noticed that Dan, can sure play drums! I have always, had a love for percussion.

Sam, what instrument do you like to play, other than voice?

Bass guitar is great fun and easy to play. If I wasn’t a singer, I’d be a bassist, they have an easy job.

Ha! Yeah, bass is def cool! Sure I can quote that, without ruffling feathers?!

Yeah lol

I like Matt’s strong stage presence, what do you enjoy most, about Matt, on stage?

Matt brings the noise, we love him.

Yeah, Matt is a good guy!

And super Nathan?
I love Nathan’s voice and how I hear Ringo, when he speaks. Or am I imagining things?

Haha maybe 😀 they are both drone, the north of England.

Hmmm. I love it.
I like your voice a lot.

What do you remedy your throat with, on the night you sing?

I like to drink cider, lager, Jägermeister and plenty of water.

Thirsty, I bet!

What Sheffield music legacy, have you recently, embraced?

Sheffield is a great place. A lot of great bands have come before us and we hope to add to our city’s electronic sound and advance it further, so it sounds modern and exciting.

So good, so far!

What is the up-coming gig, you mentioned, with other local bands?

Top secret :p 😀

C’mon man! Top Secret, does sound like it could be, an awesome event name!

If I had a band, I would name it, Free Sex. How did you, come up with your band name?

What exactly, is a Stop Drop Robot?

You would have to ask Nathan lol he came up with our name. 😀

Will do.

Thank you, Sam, for being available, to chat about the band.

Murder The Drum’s ft Joe Green is Lady Corvid G’s favourite SDR song, with her encouragement and Sam’s help, I nailed the lyrics.

Here they are! Enjoy.

Murder The Drums ft Joe Green lyrics by Stop Drop Robot

Can the drummer get some
Ladies and Gentlemen
Give it up 4x

Well, these 4 walls are closing in
Yeah and it’s been that way
Ever since time began

What do they want from me
What have I done to them

All they left me withs a fractured imagination
See the crowds take a shot at me

Cus when I murder the drums
It feels
Like I am second to none

It heals
All my open scars
hammer a nail
into the coffin marked your preconceptions
See the stars realign for me

You know it’s funny
Oh how we laugh

when I hold the drumsticks in my hand

I decide my own destiny
I decide where the beat needs to be
I decide not them

well out there there’s all these blood suckers trying to run it

don’t it just make you sick to your stomach

I’ll show the puppeteers where to shove it
on the day they crown me king

Thank you, Stop Drop Robot, for permission, to post these lyrics.


Stop Drop Robot, have just announced, an online publicity stunt:

Starting at 12PM BST on Saturday, 30th of August 2014; SDR will have 24 hours to write, record, produce and promote, the release of a brand new single.

In addition, the band will also be filming, editing and uploading a music video.

Expect video updates, throughout the day, as we invite you, to spend 24 hours with Stop Drop Robot. #‎SDR24‬

Give the band, Stop Drop Robot, a shoutout this week, using the hashtag, #SDR24.

Join the fun, online at: Meet the band and other SDR fans, all day and night long, on Saturday, August 30th, 2014.

SDR would love, to get to know you and you will become fast friends and fans!

Stop Drop Robot:
Sam Christie – vocals
Nathan Bailey – bass
Matt Ross – guitar
Daniel Battye – drums











STOP DROP ROBOT is an electronic hard rock band, that hail from The Steel City, Sheffield, UK. I got hooked on the first song, I ever heard by Stop Drop Robot, ‘Running Tricks’.

 I listened to ‘Running Tricks’ and watched the music video. I got hooked like a junkie.They say that the first one is free. So, it is. I spent loads of time, searching for more and more of my wonderful new drug, Stop Drop Robot.

 I followed the band on Bandcamp, Facebook, iTunes, Pinterest, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter and Youtube.I searched Google for whatever I could find. My addiction to Stop Drop Robot was serious, right from the get go. I needed a non-stop supply. I needed a fix and I needed it now.



I got to know Stop Drop Robot frontman, Sam Christie, via Twitter. We bantered back and forth for a few months. I got to know the band and their music. I asked Sam to give me the low down, on what Stop Drop Robot is up to and here is what he had to say:

“We have a new 4 track VP coming out, 4 related music videos, which tell a story. The story is about life as a human, but is told using the water cycle as a metaphor, eg. rain = birth, river = youth, ocean = adult life and evaporation = death.”

“We are being produced by legendary producer, Karl Heilbron, (tupac, Rhianna, TLC, Rage Against The Machine) and are hoping to put out the videos, in random order, over the next course, of the year.” Checkout Karl Heilbron’s webpage. It is user-friendly and fun! Just like Karl Heilbron, himself.

‘Running Tricks’ is the first Stop Drop Robot song, I ever heard and I was determined to nail the lyrics. I tried my best and with the help of Sam Christie, here they are.


Intro: beatboxing by drummer Dan Battye

You see me.
I got this mighty fine girl, you’ll see.

The kinda girl, who makes a boy like me, crazy.

But, I got this feeling in my gut, that she be running tricks.

And it’s just my kinda luck.

So sure.
I got a friend of mine, to follow her.

To see, if there’s another man.
Make my baby pussy purr.

After a week, I get the message from the street.

She’s not working on her feet.
She’s working in on down the street. Cause.

She be running tricks.
She be running tricks alot. x4

Tricks. x5

Yes, she’s running tricks.
And I am running. x4

Your mind.
Do you find?

You wondering, is she only mine?
Do you believe?

She can’t deceive?
Or does it haunt you in your sleep?

And the way, that she say, ‘I love you’.
Sounds different, today.

Are you blind?
To the signs?

Or were you just scared of what you’d find.
If she’s running tricks?

RAP section:
You’ve been running late, you know.
Who run the show?

If you be running tricks.
You’ll reap what you sow.

SDR explode.
From the get go.
With maximum bassline,
out of minimum cash flow.

Was it fate or fear that brought us here?
Well we be mp3
by the dozen this year

If you’re running tricks
You better stay more clear

Cuz, I’ll turn a trick into a tear
If you’re running…

She’s running tricks. And I am running… 5x

Soon, I became fast friends, with fellow Stop Drop Robot fan, Lady Greer.

Follow Lady Greer on Twitter:

Subscribe to Lady Greer on Youtube:

Stop Drop Robot is:

Sam Christie – vocals
Nathan Bailey – bass
Matt Ross – guitar
Daniel Battye – drums

I am hooked on Stop Drop Robot. I love their music and I like their style. Don’t just take my word for it, checkout Stop Drop Robot for yourself. Give the band a shout. I am sure you will become friends fast.








Thank you for stopping by. Leave a comment. Say hello. Rock on.



Stop Drop Robot, aka SDR, an electronic rock band, hail from Sheffield, UK. RUNNING TRICKS is my fave SDR song, so far. I’m looking forward to a bright and healthy year of music, coming from Sheffield, UK music scene!

New Music: Stop Drop Robot – Running Tricks, plus new Video. Comments welcomed..

A Conversation with Director Simon Horrocks

More about Simon Horrocks and his film Third Contact, hopefully coming to twenty cities in CANADA/USA, this summer 2014!

Sarah Myles

The last time we saw a revolution in independent film, producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein were leading the charge with Miramax Films – taking small, critically acclaimed ‘arthouse’ movies such as Sex, Lies and Videotape and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, and investing in their distribution to wider audiences. Although their championing of independents from around the world gave us greater access to the work of Almodovar, Tarantino, Soderbergh and Smith, among many others, they eventually came under fire for driving the budgets of independent filmmaking up.  Though they had helped to raise the profile of the independent film industry in general, young, self-funded auteurs were still struggling to reach their audience.

The movie-making game is rigged against independent movies. Every aspect of filmmaking, from production financing to distribution, is pre-disposed to favour studio pictures. That being the case, small projects are marginalised at…

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RUSH: The Holy Triumvirate of Canada’s progressive-rock trio is Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

RUSH got it up and kept it up, for over three hours of Rock + Roll, in Vancouver, BC, CANADA, on Friday, JULY 26th, 2013. The Clockwork Angels String Ensemble were on stage with the band, as well. They held their own, keeping us entertained, on our feet moving to the music!

Neil Peart’s drum kit was massive! I swear, Peart’s percussion equipment, took up over half the stage! It looked dynamite and so did he. Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee were energetic, comedic and genius! Lifeson and Lee ripped it up, loud and proud, on their cool guitars and bass!

The visuals on the big screen were colourful, Beatle-esque and told a story. The lasers, lights and pyrotechnics were almost completely insync, with the audio, by about 99%. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are a perfect holy triumvirate! This band was having as much fun on stage, as we were having in our seats!

RUSH, did not disappoint, on the contrary, RUSH, fed their hungry guests, until all were satiated. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. The finale of the evening show was inevitable and bitter-sweet. But, when it came time for a wrap and for the guests to go home, the band just kept on playing!

We stood in our seats, for an unforgettable encore of TOM SAWYER and 2112, which I had to take home in a doggy bag. Geddy Lee’s voice strained, as he belted out the last of the songs. He sang it, as if he may never get the chance, to sing again.

This is what I truly appreciate about the band RUSH – these boys have big balls!

The Clockwork Angels Tour 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, CANADA on Friday, July 26th was flawless, fluid and fun! We had the time of our lives, getting strung out on the West Coast, with RUSH the band and The Clockwork Angels String Ensemble!

Good times. Great music and memories for life! Let’s do it again. Thanks!

Jennifer Steel Burnaby, BC



RUSH rock and rolled the whole night at Rogers Arena!



EXPLOSION! – National Geographic Photo Contest – 2012 Winner


EXPLOSION! is the winner of the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.


Psychopaths, sociopaths, and narcissists: What’s in a label?

via Psychopaths, sociopaths, and narcissists: What’s in a label?

My New Year’s Incremental Ambitions

Welcome to the New Year 2019.

Why It Matters

It hardly seems possible to me that we’re nearly two decades into the 21st century, maybe because so little has changed.

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Saint George and the Dragon in Iconography

God raised you as his own gardener, O George,
for you have gathered for yourself the sheaves of virtue.
Having sown in tears, you now reap with joy;
you shed your blood in combat and won Christ as your crown.
Through your intercessions, forgiveness of sins is granted to all.

A Reader's Guide to Orthodox Icons

Russian Icon of St George, based on a 15th Century depiction

The wealth of images depicted in holy icons is overwhelming, yet one thing appears to unite them all. Despite not usually being painted in a naturalistic way, they are always concerned in depicting reality. In icons of the life of Christ, His Saints, or other historic events we are always presented with what happened, and the meaning behind what happened.

The image of St George killing the dragon, on the other hand, appears more like a fairy-story; indeed, it is a popular image in children’s story books.

So why are there literally thousands of holy icons surviving of St George killing a dragon, found in all parts of the Christian world, and spanning centuries?

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Deep Cuts: Songs For the Stuff In Your Life

Do you got stuff you love?

Why It Matters

Americans love stuff.

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Alien Knife Fight Release Stunning DIY Official Video for Empowering New Single, “Flightplan”

In 2010 Monique moved from Boston to Austin, met multi-instrumentalist Michael Howard and they started writing and recording music together. With Mike’s primal beats and Monique’s powerful vocals and growling 2-string slide bass and fretless bass playing, the two gradually shaped their sound into something sinister, sexy, soulful and groovy all at once.

Currently AKF are working on a new record. In March of 2017 they will be touring the west coast in support of Scott H Biram.

Music-Sports & Entertainment Magazine

Indie Rock’s Best Kept Secret Alien Knife Fight, comprised of vocalist/bassist Monique Ortiz and drummer Michael Howard, are gearing up to join fellow Texans Scott H Biram and Jesse Dayton on a West Coast run, and are preparing fans with the release of an elegant, lo-fi music video for their newest single, “Flightplan.” First featured on Paste Magazine, while simultaneously racking up plays on Facebook, “Flightplan” is a compelling, Gospel-like aria, with scenes of Monique’s captivating performance style and dreamy imagery laid over for a perfect visualization of the song’s subversive narrative.

AKF 2017 West Coast tour with Scott H Biram & Jesse Dayton:
03/23 @ Hoots Pub, Amarillo, TX
03/24 @ Triple Nickle Tavern – Colorado Springs, CO
03/25 @ 3 Kings – Denver, CO
03/26 @ Hodis Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
03/28 @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
03/29 @ Neurolux…

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Remembering Joan Court: Animal and Human Rights Activist

Remembering Joan Court: Animal and Human Rights Activist

Author Carol Browne

JoanCourt1An inspirational woman I recently heard about through my involvement with an animal welfare organisation is Joan Court. Despite leaving school at twelve, Joan became a social worker and specialised in caring for children with behavioural problems and she also qualified as a nurse. She went on to work in poverty-stricken regions of Turkey, India and the Appalachian Mountains and 1946 saw her in the slums of Kolkata organising midwifery care. It was then that she met the great spiritual leader Mahatma Ghandi whose example had a tremendous impact on her life.

One day in 1978, back in the UK, someone handed her a leaflet from Animal Aid, an anti-vivisection organisation I have supported for many years. Joan wasted no time in setting up a new local group and they conducted all-night vigils outside Cambridge University to demonstrate their opposition to the animal research being carried out there.

Joan’s campaigning…

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Alexandre Burrows. Forever a Canuck. The first Canuck’s game I saw was at Rogers Arena. It was magical. Burrows skated as though he was floating over the ice. Watching #14 on the ice was a thrill. He must have angels by his side! Vancouver will never be the same. I feel the same sense of inspiration, as was mention in Sarah’s beautiful farewell message. Thank you, Burrows. That is all I can offer you, as well. Yesterday was such a sad day, when I heard he was traded to the Senators. The only good news is watching Burrows make his mark with the Ottawa Senators. Alexandre Burrows, you make hockey magical.


Dear Alexandre Burrows,

Thank-you, hardly seems enough for what you gave this city for 12+ years, but I’m going to try. First things first, please know that you never once for a second ever let me down.

Fans from across the league never really knew just how lucky Vancouver Canucks fans were to have you as a part of the team. The road wasn’t any easy one, but you stayed the path. From a ball hockey champion, to the Quebec Major Junior League, to the AHL to the NHL. From a rookie looking to make his mark to a seasoned veteran, you did it all and you did it with incredible grace.

822 games over the last 12 years in Vancouver, you have embodied everything that it meant to have the heart of a Canuck. You were never meant to make it to the NHL, let alone play on the…

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Gandhi and Kipling: cultural schizophrenia and the White Man’s burden

Thoughts while living in a postcolonial age. Because we need each other more now than ever. Everything is going to be all right. Because our children are wiser than we are. We can’t go back to what we were and where we came from. What now? Just dream.

On The Trail With Yellowstone’s Wild Bison….

Save the Buffalo Nation (Tatanka Oyate). This is an ongoing effort.

Howling For Justice

It was a snowy March day in Yellowstone National Park, very cold. We hiked out of West Yellowstone and were lucky to briefly share the trail with several of  Yellowstone’s wild, free-roaming, bison. It was an honor to be in their presence, I hope you enjoy this short video.

Please support the Buffalo Field Campaign and the vital work they’re doing to protect and save America’s last genetically pure wild bison herd. They are in serious danger. Winter 2013/2014, 653bison were slaughtered. Just this week a bull buffalo was killed by a Montana hunter. They need America’s help!


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Bison Threatened, Bighorn Dying in Gardiner Basin‏
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Another bull buffalo was killed by a Montana hunter this week, bringing the total to five. One by one the buffalo migrate across Yellowstone’s boundary, and…

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Bear Medicine

My fave excerpt from “Bear Medicine”: Bear Medicine is a powerful ally who offers protection and guidance during stressful situations, to resolve long-standing problems, in which one may feel locked in and can’t find their way out. Bear Medicine teaches us how to be silent and still so that we may receive higher guidance and inspiration. Bear Medicine also teaches us how to meet all our needs from within, so we never have to go without.

Winter is a good time to settle in and dig deep for spiritual truths. The wisdom of “Bear Medicine” is good medicine for troubled times.

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Bear Medicine the Power of Introspection, an offering to the Eagle.

Bear waving Hello Bear Medicine says Hello. Gimmie Five!

Bear Medicine is powerful medicine, bringing healing, renewal, and rebirth. This is the gift that Grandmother Bear brings those who live with Bear Medicine.

Leonardo da Vinci Drawing It could just as easily been a Bear in the Boat. Maybe Bears of old had horns. And that’s no Bull.

Bear Medicine is the power associated with the spirit of the bear, particularly the bears ability to heal, is known in virtually all cultures within the bear’s range. The bear is known to seek plants for its own healing. North American brown bears are known to dig up Ligusticum porteri, not surprisingly known as, “bear root”. The plant is known to have antibiotic properties, being good for stomach aches, and repelling insects. Now that’s Bear Medicine Medicine, if you know what I mean! They chew on it…

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