Via the Theriomorph, CRN finds from Devious Diva that it’s International Roma Day, in which, according to the European Roma Information Office,
…we unite with Roma communities around the world in celebrating the Roma culture and remembering the long fight of Roma for their recognition.
But the history of European Roma is not only one of their fight against racism and social exclusion. It is also a history of the development and consolidation of a non-territorial nation in Europe. Over the centuries, Roma language, tradition and culture have not only become a part but have enriched the European culture. Here, the resistance of Roma against the Nazi and other authoritarian regimes as contribution to the development and consolidation of peace and democracy in the European Union should be acknowledged.
Here’s some Taraf de Haidouks to mark the day, in a cut from Latcho Drom. And I’ve said so before, but will again: check out la Diva’s Roma Series if you want to learn more. It’s important writing.
As you know, every February 29 we post Kathy McCarty videos here at Creek Running North. This February 29 is no exception.
From 1985, with Glass Eye.
… it usually makes me want to do a swan-dive off a tall building.
But a future made up of these kids? I could handle that.
I would like to adopt that singer right now please. Thank you.
Happy birthday, Cab.
PS: This video may provide an unexpected moment of pleasure when you realize which actor they cast as Sam, the head porter. He wasn’t always 147 years old.
For your perusal: an historical document pertaining to some of what is good and wholesome in American culture.
And one more, because we can.
More evidence for my contention that Billy Zoom is a replicant. Or maybe that’s my friend Matthew’s contention. It’s been 25 years, and I don’t remember.