He is just too cute to handle!
Turning up early just to see the Daleks and look at his face, he’s so excited about them blowing up people!
Plus the whole coat/scarf/glasses thing is just amazing! he should be illegal!
Tilda Swinton in Derek Jarman’s The Last of England
An activist from the International Solidarity Movement blocks IDF soldiers from shooting at protesting Palestinians in Gaza, saying “You’re shooting at kids, don’t you understand that? Just pull back!“
Guys. This is a woman grappling with an armed soldier wearing nothing but a jacket.
I think we need to know her name.
this is why I wanted to be a war journalist. how powerful is this segment. why did it not make it on the news?
Because Western/US media supports Israel’s war crimes, just as the US funds and arms Israel’s ethnocidal regime.
GREAT-BRITAIN. Ilford. Thermal power station. 1954.
#behold: THE PENGUIN RUN! #Doctor my baby WTF #great running skills for someone whose job is all about ‘running’ #and he jumps like an antilope #Peter you ARE having the fun of your life arent you sweetheart #he’s such a dork i cant!! #over 2000 years of living experience #and you still cant run Doctaah!! #this is why Peter is the perfect choice for the role
Love his runing with hopping. <3
ladies and gentlemen, the oncoming storm
I can really complain about things now.
Hello yes, I am a Capaldi, gonna be actor of MOST COMPLAIN DOCTOR!!!!! I am BEST AT COMPLAIN because I am both a SCOTTISH and a WHOVIAN. SCOTTISH MOST COMPLAIN COUNTRY, WHOVIAN MOST COMPLAIN FANDOM. Very exciing, because weriterman also a Scottish and whovian, EXCELLENT at complain, yes. Everyone say we are arguers, not understand is a CULTURE of Scotland, also wholand, to do a complain. We are complainbuddies, also do a smooching! Is okay, wives know, polyamroy is VERY FUN THING! Sexy old Scottish men smooch smooch and much complaining, YES.
One thing that drives me nuts about the lack of GSM representation is how there’s so much representation needed on SO MANY FRONTS that sometimes they almost clash.
We need more female characters who are just really close, emotionally intimate friends. We also need more lesbians.
We need more straight male characters who can be emotional and caring and “feminine.” We also need more gay characters, both flamboyant and otherwise.
We need more female characters who don’t conform to societal expectations of gender and who show frustration with being female due to its limitations in their culture. We also need more FTM characters.
We need more male characters who don’t conform to societal expectations of gender and decide it’s okay to wear skirts and makeup if they want to look pretty. We also need more MTF characters.
We need more characters who can live without sex, who want to wait until marriage, who aren’t comfortable moving too quickly in a relationship and that’s seen as okay and not a flaw. We also need more asexual characters.
We need more characters who push the boundaries of what “cishet” means. We also need more characters who AREN’T cishet.
AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS, what we GET is usually a character who sits squarely in the middle of the road and the creators refuse to define, leaving the fans to argue and rage at each other as the two sides cling desperately to the only characters they’ve been able to relate to in ages for different but equally legitimate reasons.
these kinds of posts are always a note to self to me: try to write a LOT, try to write ALL OF THESE KINDS OF CHARACTERS. A huge body of work offering diverse interpretations of sexuality, gender, and so on will start to make up for the sad lack of diversity in so many areas of media
All this yes.
We also need more sexual trans and queer characters. Not hypersexualized for the straight, cis gaze, but sexual in that they are comfortable in their sexual skin, they experience and enjoy desire and pleasure, and they are not ashamed about experiencing that pleasure and desire (as long as everyone is a safe, consenting adult, etc). The way our culture constructs desire and sexuality is very cishet, and steeped in commodifiying sexuality and desire rather than actual healthy expressions of adult desire and sexuality. That includes asexuality and people who want to wait, as well.
Broidery on a medieval page
Holes in the pages of medieval books are common. They were easily made (by the parchment maker’s knife), as in this wonderful case. Fixing it by stitching the hole together with strings of parchment is also common: parchment makers did it all the time, leaving behind “scars” on the page. What is totally unusual, however, is the repairs seen in this 14th-century book in Uppsala, Sweden. The damage is repaired, or at least masked, by good old broidery. It was done by the nuns who purchased the book in 1417. It is delightful to think that they took the effort to make a medieval hole disappear by replacing it with patterns like this, made up from pieces of silk in the most vivid of colors.
Pics: website of University Library Uppsala. More information about the preservation of this manuscript here. Note 2 August, 2014: the website has been removed but can still be seen via the Web Archive (here).
‘The Twelfth Doctor is just a non-swearing Malcolm Tucker’ is one of several interesting ways to admit that you have not, in fact, watched a single episode of The Thick of It.
Important things from Igbohistory Instagram. European colonialism has, and still continues to dismantle the myriad of sophisticated social constructs upheld by so many African ethnicities, by presenting Africa as a unit by choosing to ignore the huge ocean of differences between ethnic groups, let alone countries.
Interesting fact: Many African ethnic groups, kingdoms, and states were referred to as ‘countries’ before the rise of colonial powers throughout Africa. They were okay as ‘countries’ when slaves and other goods were being traded. You’ll hear of the Ebo country, Benin Country, Whydah Country and so on when reading pre-1850 writing. If you label a kingdom or a state a ‘tribe’ this those what is described above but also implies there was no major or important political organisation. ‘Tribe’ made/makes indigenous African states and ethnic affiliations sound petty and unimportant. Imagine calling the Edo or Songhai people a tribe when their empires have wielded more power than most of the world ever has? But why would you call them countries when you’re trying to impose your own country on them?