out of coals

Last night I was getting ready to barbeque, and as I was spreading the coals out I tossed in a little dried out rose I’d found while sweeping the patio - must have gotten knocked off one of the little bushes, it was almost a perfect whole blossom. It was kind of impulsive I guess? Not like a planned-out spell or anything.

But I had music going in the background, OneRepublic’s Counting Stars, and just as I tossed it in the second verse wrapped up.

“Everything that drowns me…”
the rose goes up in flames, fwooosh
“…makes me wanna fly”

And then I put a salmon fillet and a vegetable kebob on that fire and I swear that meal was one of the most powerfully magical things I’ve done all summer.

a coalition of coal miners and queer activists

Just learned about this “based on true events” film about how a bunch of London queers came out in solidarity for Welsh coal miners during the 1984-1985 strikes. Pride. Not a Baptist and bootlegger kind of coalition, but something more amazing - a coalition formed from imagination and empathy.

"You have worn our badge, Coal Not Dole, and you know what harassment means, as we do. Now we will pin your badge on us, we will support you. It won’t change overnight, but now 140,000 miners know that there are other causes and other problems. We know about blacks and gays and nuclear disarmament and we will never be the same.” - Miner and trade unionist Dai Donovan at the “Pits and Perverts” benefit concert

In September 2010, the writer Stephen Beresford was about to leave a meeting with film producer David Livingstone when he was asked: “Is there any story you are burning to write?” “Well, there is one,” he replied, hesitating at the door, “but no one is ever going to make it.” He acknowledges now that this is a line you can only use once in a pitch and explains that he went on to tell the story of miners in the Dulais valley in South Wales during the 1984-5 strike – the longest in British history – and a gay and lesbian group from London that donated more money (£11,000 by December 1984) to their cause than any other fundraiser in the UK, along with a minibus emblazoned with the logo LGSM: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.In a decade when a degree of homophobia was the norm, LGSM drove a couple of minibuses from Hackney Community Transport and a clapped-out VW camper van to a bleak mining town in South Wales to present their donations, uncertain what sort of welcome to expect. The events that unfolded said a lot about what it means to be empathetic, to overcome dissent and face common enemies: Thatcher, the tabloids, the police. They told a story about solidarity. (source)

anonymous asked:

Wrought are you watching the RNC right now? They are talking about how coal companies shouldn't go out of business because coal is the AMERICAN energy source. For the sake of keeping jobs. Heck I'd gladly leave my job for cleaner fuel.

i had to look up what the RNC is so it’s safe to say i’m not watching it, but good to know that coal is an all american energy source in the same way that a hamburger is the all american health food


Born 9th July 1861 in Glasgow, shipping merchant, philanthropist and art lover William Burrell.  His father and grandfather were involved in shipping. Burrell entered the family firm in 1875 and, on his father’s death, William and his brother took over the running of the firm. They developed the technique of ordering modern, advanced ships at rock bottom prices when the shipping market was in a slump, thus trading with brand new ships when the market recovered and then selling, at a large profit, when the market was at a peak. William also had an eye for detail and an astute eye for opportunities. Having learned that a squadron of Royal Navy ships were on a flag waving exercise in distant ports, he realised they were likely to run out of coal and sent some of his ships to one of the ports of call, selling the cargo at a handsome profit.
The brothers amassed a large fortune and Burrell entered into local politics. He was active in the setting up of the Glasgow International Art Exhibition in 1901. At the age of 40 he married Constance Mitchell, daughter of another ship-owner and the following year, with the birth of a daughter, the family moved to a “Greek” Thomson designed house in Great Western Road.
Having again built up a large fleet of modern vessels, the brothers sold most of them during the First World War - at more than three times the building cost. It was at this stage that Burrell effectively retired and devoted the rest of his life to being an art collector. He had a wide range of tastes but built up an important collection of Chinese ceramics, tapestries, stained glass, silver, bronzes, Persian and Indian rugs and furniture, travelling widely in the process. In 1916 he bought Hutton Castle in the Borders, although he did not move in to the castle until 1927. The same year he was knighted for his public work and services to art. He always had a good eye for a bargain - a 14th century Chines porcelain ewer was bought for 85 pounds and is now worth over 250,000 pounds. In 1944, he gave almost his entire collection to the city of Glasgow along with 250,000 to construct a building to house it. However, the terms of the bequest (he thought it should be in a rural setting) posed problems and it was not until the 1970s that a building for the Burrell Collection, in Pollok Country Park, was eventually completed.