Manchester’s Women Reclaim The Night

Amy Stott

Marchers lined the streets of Manchester last night to take a stand for women’s rights.

Meeting at 7pm in Owen’s Park,  activists gathered in blocks, with women at the front and a group of both men and women at the back.

The march began on Wilmslow Road, with plenty of chanting about women’s rights, sexual violence and unity, from the on-set.

The crowd was a sea of banners and signs; some playing on humour to voice their opinions on Donald Trump, while others took a more serious stance, focusing on violence towards women.

Continuing along the Curry Mile, passing cars sounded their horns in support, and shop owners, diners and passers by, lined the main road to take photos and film the procession.

Interviewees voiced their concern about ‘lad culture’ in modern Britain, as well as how they felt the march brought people together to make women of all cultures, religions and backgrounds…

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Brazilian cuisine – Moqueca


Moqueca is a Brazilian recipe based on salt water fish stew, tomatoes, onions, garlic and coriander.



For the Fish

  • 1 1/2 pounds Mahi Mahi, cut into large chunks
  • 8 ounces shrimp, peeled and de-viened
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon palm oil, melted

For the stew:

  • 1 ¾pounds black sea bass, filleted, trimmings reserved
  • 12ounces large shrimp, peeled, shells reserved
  • Salt
  • 2bay leaves
  • 1small white turnip, peeled and diced
  • 3medium onions
  • 4large plum tomatoes
  • 6ounces shishito peppers, chopped
  • 2cloves garlic
  • cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼cup chopped chives
  • 1green plantain
  • ½red bell pepper, cut in rings
  • 2green Cubanelle peppers, green frying peppers or 1 small green bell pepper, cut in rings
  • 10ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4tablespoons dendê oil, or red palm oil, available online
  • 6ounces cooked octopus tentacles…

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Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Stop Making Sense

Elizabeth Kolbert writes for The New Yorker:

The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight.

1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other by a person who had subsequently taken his own life. The students were then asked to distinguish between the genuine notes and the fake ones.

Some students discovered that they had a genius for the task. Out of twenty-five pairs of notes, they correctly identified the real one twenty-four times. Others discovered that they were hopeless. They identified the real note in only ten instances.

As is often the case with psychological studies, the whole setup was a put-on. Though half the notes were indeed genuine—they’d been obtained from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office—the scores were fictitious. The students who’d been told they were…

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Dos & Don’ts of Spain’s #1 Carnaval

Get Up. Get Out. Get Lost.

This weekend begins the beautiful debauchery of one of Spain’s most cherished festivos. If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating in one of the top Carnaval hotspots in Spain – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Cadiz, Sitges – get ready to be dazzled. From shimmering, sequined gowns and luminous firework displays to blaring Latin beats and the sensation of thousands of people soaking it all in with you, your senses are sure to be on overload.

But remember, as you get down and dirty in one of Spain’s Carnaval capitals over the next ten days, it’s more than just a party. Carnaval traditions are deeply rooted in these cities, and have lasted and grown increasingly important over the years. There’s a story behind everything from the Queen’s 100kg gown to the mocking refrains of the murgas and, of course, the sparks of a papier-mâché sardine…

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Samba! Feathers! Glitter! Streamers! Confetti! — Carnaval has officially begun in Brazil!

A little bit of history

Did you know that the word carnaval is believed to derive from the Latin phrase carnem levare which means “to remove meat”? Carnaval, like Mardi Gras in the U.S. or Karneval in Germany, is a pre-Lenten celebration that ends on Ash Wednesday and has its roots in European Catholicism (or in earlier pagan traditions, depending on your source!).

Carnaval in Brazil is a transcultural phenomenon and its history is inextricably linked to European colonialism and African slavery. The Portuguese settlers of Brazil introduced Entrudo (another name for Carnaval) during the 18th century. Initial celebrations evolved over the years and took on the form of masquerade balls, polka dances and waltzes. At this point, festivities were still clearly delineated according to social class—there were “Grandes Sociedades” for aristocrats, “Ranchos Carnavalescos” for the working-class, and “Cordões” for the lower classes…

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It’s Gnocchi Friday (& More) in Verona!

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g0290450Carnevale Parade in Verona

If you are looking for an alternative to the carnevale crowds in Viareggio and Venice, Verona may hold the ticket. Gnocchi Friday in Verona is kind of like Fat Tuesday in New Orleans. It’s the first of FIVE days of celebration as the fun carnevale period ends and the Christian abstinence period of Lent begins. Verona is a city in the northern Italian province of Veneto, often thought of when Romeo and Juliet are mentioned.

papa-del-gnoco-01.jpgIl Papa del Gnoco

GNOCCHI FRIDAY  “Venerdi Gnoccolare” Starting around noon on Friday floats start to gather for their journey through downtown, starting around 2pm. Led by “Il Papa Gnocco” (the Father of Gnocchi), 70 floats participate along with bands and entertainers in front of 100,000+ strong crowd. The 6 km parade ends at Piazza Bra, but head over to Piazza Zeno where the real fun begins in my opinion (FOOD!)…

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People Watching… (You are not Alone)

The Cerebral Hedonist

So let’s talk about this right here… and why I think its beautiful

This series is one of the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen and everything I ever wanted.


When I first watched this video, I was expecting just a run-of-the-mill montage of idiotic and hilarious situations however…

I was not ready for the depth of attention they paid to human experience and insecurity in the realm of social interaction and the seeking of a partner. It’s not the most original approach but it is certainly the smartest and most impacting. The emphasis on honesty towards potential mates as well as towards themselves.

Then there’s this one:

Another steeped in being honest but with a twist. Being honest about how you feel and what you think and realizing that… you’re not alone in your issues. Most people have these issues and they affect everything they do not only because…

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Oscar’s too white, Carnival’s too black – DMovies – your platform for thought-provoking cinema

As Brazil prepares for Carnival, DMovies remembers Black Orpheus, the Oscar and cordial racism in Brazilian cinema and beyond

Source: Oscar’s too white, Carnival’s too black – DMovies – your platform for thought-provoking cinema

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Carnival in A Rio Neighborhood

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Carnival in Rio makes gets wild on the beach.. The Sambadrome is ready for people and floats like you see on TV but meanwhile… photo from Neighborhoods all over Rio make their own…

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Racial inequality in the education system: The modern day slavery that Brazil insists it doesn’t see

Black Women of Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Can we be real about this? Inequalities in access to quality education should be considered a crime. How can any government claim it seeks equality, or “progress”  when it does nothing to equalize the means to which people can become equal? This is not to say that this exists only in Brazil. In the United States, I often marveled at some of the elite, mostly white elementary and high schools that look liked colleges and academies in comparison to the deteriorating old schools I would see in inner city, mostly non-white schools. Schools are the places where future leaders are trained and when the kids who have access to this sort of training are overwhelmingly white (or something close to it), what do we expect the VIPs of the future to look like? I’ve seen it time and time again, in various states across…

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