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Support The Little Guy – “Life of Brain” @BrianHopeComedy

There is something about hunting for hidden gems in the creative abyss of a community that gives me an incredible rush. Deep down there, in the abyss, is something for each and every one of us. Whether you like comedy, poetry, art, music, video, or any other artistic medium.

Today I received a copy of @BrianHopeComedy’s Best of Twitter booklet “Life of Brain”. I chuckled as soon as I opened the envelop. The booklet has the appearance of an over-sized passport and has the feel of one of those ancient German-Latin hymn books my Oma used to have in every room of the house.

“Life of Brain” a collection of the best tweets from @BrianHopeComedy

Some of my favourite Life of Brain Tweets:

“If my wife owned a black-light I would have a lot of explaining to do.”  
What guy wouldn’t have this issue?

“My superpower is that I have the ability to own every single type of battery with the exception of the one I need.”
Admit it, we’ve all been there!

“My wife thinks it’s funny when I forget to do my zipper up. Security at Toys R Us doesn’t.”
I can only imagine the awkwardness of explaining you’re not a pervert, simply an airhead.

“Seeing a motivational speaker with no arms talk about all of the obstacles he has overcome inspired me to write this tweet with my penis.”
The only thing I have to say to this one: It really took you that long to try it?

“Wow – did that lady ever get mad when I corrected her after she said ‘I’m not just a pretty face’.”
Foot-in-mouth disease, happens to me all the time!

Brian said that some people refer to Life of Brain as perfect bathroom reading, but in my house that title is only bestowed on the bible, fifty shades of vampire type porn, crossword puzzles, and the Ottawa Sun. Life of Brain will spend some time on my living room table and then graduate up to the spare bedroom to tickle our guests before bed.

If you enjoyed the bits and pieces I shared with you here please follow Brian Hope on twitter @BrianHopeComedy and visit his website!

Who is Brian Hope?

 

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Local Art

 

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Documentary: Islamic History of Europe

It’s a late July lazy, humid, Sunday afternoon. My partner has left for an eight day holiday and all the creatures in the house are either sleeping or staring out the window. It’s a state that creates the perfect conditions for me to turn to the world wide web in the search of a documentary.

After typing in some keywords such as world, civilization, history, universe, evolution etc. a BBC documentary caught my attention. The title drew me in right away “The Islamic History of Europe”. Having grown up and traveled extensively in Europe I was aware that the Arab people conquered and settled Southern Europe. Throughout those centuries they left behind large chunks of their cultures, customs, religion, arts, architecture, medicine and philosophy. However, many people are unaware of this history or refuse to accept it as fact.

Now, I won’t spoil the experience of watching the documentary for you! Please follow the link to the YouTube video and be prepared to be amazed!

Enjoy,
Karsten

 

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in History Documentary

 

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Portrait of Maddox

A mixed media portrait of my partner’s four year old American Bulldog Maddox.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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My One and Only Response to Tim Thomas

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“Tim Thomas has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.” modified by me from former Prime Minster P. E. Trudeau.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Theo Fleury: a Survivor, a Role model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In light of the Penn State scandal I randomly replied to someone’s tweets stating that I could not conceive anypunishment that would be sufficient for a child molester and those who stood by and did nothing. To my surprise I received a reply from Theo Fleury himself asking me to focus on helping survivors of child sexual abuse heal instead. I am a child and youth worker, no not a social worker, the definition of a CYW (also referred to as a Child and Youth Care Worker) can be found here. From the short time I have worked in the field I am dumbfounded at how little support and resources there are for the victims and how much concern is placed around the accused. The current approach to dealing with child sexual abuse is flawed. It’s broken. Kaput. In shambles. It needs fixing. Badly.

I can think of only a handful of people as brave as Theoren “Theo” Fleury. A victim of child sexual abuse while playing junior hockey in the 1980’s Fleury has come forward in a compelling autobiography “Playing With Fire”. Order your copy today

In 2010 he decided to file a complaint against his former junior hockey coach Graham James, James was sentenced to two years in a federal penitentiary. To me and many others two years for child sexual abuse is a travesty and a gross injustice to his victims and any other child/youth who suffered/is suffering through sexual abuse. Listen to Theo Fleury’s victim impact statement.

For more information and resources try some of the following links

  1. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncfv-cnivf/nfntsabus-eng.php
  2. Little Warriors
  3. Kid’s Help Phone

Remember speak out until someone hears you!

 

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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