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Campaign Against Christmas (read all 14 entries…)
Facebook group

http://www.43things.com/things/view/1800331/campaign-against-christmas?new_entry=4299203#entry4299203
This seems to be the most popular of the groups on Facebook



Campaign Against Christmas (read all 14 entries…)
song- a parody of Tom Waits and Pete Murphy

http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Will-Not-Celebrate-Christmas-This-Year/49933



Campaign Against Christmas (read all 14 entries…)
Support group for those intending to avoid the Hell of Christmas

http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Will-Not-Celebrate-Christmas-This-Year/49933



Campaign Against Christmas (read all 14 entries…)
Here's a nice article

http://atheism.about.com/od/christmasholidayseason/p/BahHumbug.htm

I especially liked this paragraph:

Humbug of Forced Happiness:

Christmas is marketed as a season for happiness, joy, and warm, snuggly feelings. It’s unAmerican not to be happy and joyful this time of year, so the ads, songs, and cards keep reminding of us of how we are expected to feel — but not everyone can or does feel happy at this time. Pressure to be happy can cause serious depression, and what about all the fires and accidents this time of year brings? I’d like to send a warm, snuggly Humbug to those who push happiness like a drug.



Learn Portuguese (read all 16 entries…)
progress

I’m making fair progress, I’ve an excellent teacher and seem to have reached that basic level where one isn’t simply overwhelmed all the time.

Getting a good, private tutor has been crucial for me, because my wife speaks English and I risk living here in Brazil in a sort of English-speaking bubble, watching American films and using the internet.



do more art (read all 3 entries…)
Internet, art, storage...

I’m working on ways of doing art online now. I mean, making things, then photgraphing them and sticking them online.

This is because I’m having serious issues with storage: I just don’t sell enough work, and I haven’t enough friends to give it away, and it is taking up a lot of room.o

So, I’m using blogger http://tadeuszderegowski.blogspot.com/ to post short stories and the photos I take.

Images are posted on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/28509471@N05/sets/



Cancel Christmas! (read all 2 entries…)
George Orwell

I saw that they were installing decorations on the Shopping Mall in the centre of town yesterday.

Here, Brazil, the fact of it being Summer here makes this US importtion seem particularly bizzarre and unnecessary. The commercialisation ios especially ugly in a country where there are such huge dispartities of income.

I’m not against American traditions- for Americans! There is always something odd when one culture’s festivals are simply grafted onto another, without any adaptation to local conditions or attitudes.

Here is George Orwell on Christmas, and Utopias in general http://www.flickr.com/photos/28509471@N05/3153495566/

For Orwell, Dickens is successful in describing Chjritsmas as a happy occasion because the family who ar celebrating have been undergoing such difficult times immediately prior, and it’s a relief.

But what function does Christmas have in modern Western Cultures, where excess perhaps causes as much misery as does shortage? I mean excess of food, leading to obesity, excess of time, leading to irritability and purposelessness, excess of ease, leading to complacency and people becomeing physically unfit.



Cancel Christmas! (read all 2 entries…)
Just say "NO" to this dreadul crap called Christmas

Wal-Mart security officials and the police cleared the store, swept up the shattered glass and locked the doors until 1 p.m., when it reopened to a steady stream of calmer shoppers who passed through the missing doors and battered door jambs, apparently unaware that anything had happened.

Ugly shopping scenes, a few involving injuries, have become commonplace during the bargain-hunting ritual known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The nation’s largest retail group, the National Retail Federation, said it had never heard of a worker being killed on Black Friday.

Wal-Mart declined to provide details of the stampede, but said in a statement that it had tried to prepare by adding staff members. Still, it was unclear how many security workers it had at the Valley Stream store for the opening on Friday. The Green Acres Mall provides its own security to supplement the staffs of some large stores, but it did not appear that Wal-Mart was one of them.



Campaign Against Christmas (read all 14 entries…)
Let's say "NO" to Christmas.

Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death

NEw York Times

By ROBERT D. McFADDEN and ANGELA MACROPOULOS
Published: November 28, 2008
The throng of Wal-Mart shoppers had been building all night, filling sidewalks and stretching across a vast parking lot at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y. At 3:30 a.m., the Nassau County police had to be called in for crowd control, and an officer with a bullhorn pleaded for order.

Tension grew as the 5 a.m. opening neared. Someone taped up a crude poster: “Blitz Line Starts Here.”

By 4:55, with no police officers in sight, the crowd of more than 2,000 had become a rabble, and could be held back no longer. Fists banged and shoulders pressed on the sliding-glass double doors, which bowed in with the weight of the assault. Six to 10 workers inside tried to push back, but it was hopeless.

Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him. Others who had stood alongside Mr. Damour trying to hold the doors were also hurled back and run over, witnesses said.

Some workers who saw what was happening fought their way through the surge to get to Mr. Damour, but he had been fatally injured, the police said. Emergency workers tried to revive Mr. Damour, a temporary worker hired for the holiday season, at the scene, but he was pronounced dead an hour later at Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream.

Four other people, including a 28-year-old woman who was described as eight months pregnant, were treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, who is in charge of the investigation for the Nassau police, said the store lacked adequate security. He called the scene “utter chaos” and said the “crowd was out of control.” As for those who had run over the victim, criminal charges were possible, the lieutenant said. “I’ve heard other people call this an accident, but it is not,” he said. “Certainly it was a foreseeable act.”

Some shoppers who had seen the stampede said they were shocked. One of them, Kimberly Cribbs of Queens, said the crowd had acted like “savages.” Shoppers behaved badly even as the store was being cleared, she recalled.

“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” Ms. Cribbs told The Associated Press. “They kept shopping.”

Wal-Mart security officials and the police cleared the store, swept up the shattered glass and locked the doors until 1 p.m., when it reopened to a steady stream of calmer shoppers who passed through the missing doors and battered door jambs, apparently unaware that anything had happened.

Ugly shopping scenes, a few involving injuries, have become commonplace during the bargain-hunting ritual known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The nation’s largest retail group, the National Retail Federation, said it had never heard of a worker being killed on Black Friday.

Wal-Mart declined to provide details of the stampede, but said in a statement that it had tried to prepare by adding staff members. Still, it was unclear how many security workers it had at the Valley Stream store for the opening on Friday. The Green Acres Mall provides its own security to supplement the staffs of some large stores, but it did not appear that Wal-Mart was one of them.



Campaign Against Christmas (read all 14 entries…)
Chirstmas kills...Shopping stampede kills sales assistant in Wal-Mart, Valley Stream New York

This news story from New York illustrates better than anything I can say the awfulness of modern Christmas

This shows why Christmas should be abandoned.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/business/29walmart.html



Campaign Against Christmas (read all 14 entries…)
Chirstmas kills...Shopping stampede kills sales assistant in Wal-Mart, Valley Stream New York

This news story from New York illustrates better than anything I can say the awfulness of modern Christmas

This shows why Christmas should be abandoned.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/business/29walmart.html



Campaign Against Christmas (read all 14 entries…)
Christmas is coming!

I wonder how many people out there are seeing the arrival of Christmas decorations and promotions in the shops and feeling a terrible dread?



oh bugger off... (read all 17 entries…)
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getting rid of people who are waste of time. Yippee.

Treading water in dull friendships. Better to be alone.



Learn Portuguese (read all 16 entries…)
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Definately improving. Working my way through the subjunctive cases.



have a plan for my forties (read all 12 entries…)
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Boredom. Travel. Moving around, wanting success, going round and round.



do more art (read all 3 entries…)
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I am slowly gathering material and getting the things I need for my next series of paictures, which will concern fountains,

I did some prints based on fountains before, but they were unsatisfactory, so I am hoping these ones will come out better somehow.

As with all the projects, it`s im[portant not to expect any good results in the too near future- to see things in a 2 month basis.



have a plan for my forties (read all 12 entries…)
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I feel I am clearer now.

It seems to me that it is really up to me how imaginatively I wish to live.

I went through a doubtful phase. I think I stopped appreciating things as much as I ought to have, and allowed my self to hide behind routines.

A lot of this s connected with art, and a good deal is connected with sex.



be an elf (read all 6 entries…)
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I really could do with being an elf today. I want to walk through a forest glade, and build a tiny fire, and roast marshmallows and not think about too much.



do more art (read all 3 entries…)
resume

I fluctuate between making very conventional paintings, whcih some people find boring, and others love, and making more off the wall stuff, which some people love, and others find annoying.

So I`ve always wondered which one of me is the real creative artist, it seems so unlikely that both could be possible.

At the moment my mood is more off the wall, and so I`m going to mbark on a set of prints roughly based on Indian Pacific Northwest art.

This thing about painting- what makes me question my ability as a painter- is that it is a medium which allows you to fuss alomost indefinately on work.

Prints, on the other hand, are very decisive, you do it, and you can`t go back, so they re-inforce very clear decisions, and the type of prints I do- monoprints really make you work fast and spontaneously.

But sometimes, of course, you`re not in the mood for speeed.



paint (read all 5 entries…)
break

I`m having a break.

I`m going to be working on other creative projects. I need to do some art work more based on imagination.

So back to printmaking and making theatre projects



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