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program announcement RJ’s 10 Commandments THE FAMILY PROJECT “What
to
do
on
your
first
 date
has
been
done
to
 death,
so
much
so
that
 people
tend
to
do
opposite 
 of
what
is
evangelized
 through
those
points
so
I
 thought
of
giving
it
a
twist
 with
a
list
of
what not to 

1. Do not.. .. dress up like a Christmas tree…(you are

going on a date not a

modeling assignment. Keep it simple)

do on your first date.  In
order
to
make
the
list
 more
comprehensive,
 various
gay
chat
rooms,
 social
networking
websites
 and
friends
were
consulted
 before
preparing
the
list
 and
after
a
brainstorming
 session
on
the
loo
seat,
 this
never‐ending
list
was
 narrowed
down
to
10


t..

4. Do no

… at him .. ogle lly the (specia body ding protru parts)

22

the grey line WHO WE ARE

8

3. Do not..

t..

2. Do no

your rs for are g flowe r you .. brin embe (rem not a date… a GUY te with on da !!!) Girl…

.. ask your date whether he travelled by car or bike…(people still use public transport. Is cheap, and puncture proof)

for your table 6. Do nocoffee t.. WHY ARE FAGGOTS SO AFRAID OF FAGGOTS

5. Do not..

.. stare at anothe r hottie sitting nex t to you r table…(un less ur date is also sta ring at him )

.. talk on and on and on… (it’s a date not an extempore. Give him a

the front row SUMMER STORM

26

for the morning after SHRIMP SALAD WITH MANGO

chance to speak)

points,
as
it
was
near
 impossible
to
include
all
of
 them.
 Here’s
a
birds
view
of what
 NOT
to
do
on
your
first
 date…” ‐ RJ

11

7. Do not..

.. walk out by saying your mother called and you need to leave urgently…

(there are 10 other ways to say “Sorry Not my

t..

8. Do no

ss a first ki e your agus’ .. mak oesoph ue in t peck ‘tong (a we ) nce… rie pe suffice ex would e lips on th

9. Do not..

editor’s pick t.. . Do no 0 10 COMMANDMENTS 1 RJ’S type”)

.. ask if he knows some

more guys in your

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locality…(why d hell r u

st date ur fir end yo and .. ever condom e used (leav with a eets… pled sh next crum r the hing fo et m so e) on

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And
above
all,
just
go
with
the
flow
 and
be
yourself.
Even
after
that
if
it
 turns
out
to
be
a
dampener,
don’t
 lose
heart
because
there
are
 plenty
of
fish
in
the
sea
and
many
 are
still
looking
to
find
LOVE…!!!

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heart+the+entire+summer+collection+of+United+

post+since+I+got+the+green+light+for+a+column+of+my+

Colors+of+Benetton!+Being+gay+is+fighting+for+

own.+As+I+was+in+the+shower+today+(please+don’t+

equality+and+being+as+political+as+the+color+saffron.+

imagine+that),+a+thought+came+to+my+mind.+ Phew!+The+symbol+rainbow+sure+is+perfect!+We+are+ You+know+how+there+are+so+many+stereotypes+

indeed+diverse+within+a+minority!+Mind+you,+there+

about+being+gay?+Like+that+one+where+we+are+sex+

aint+no+solidarity+within+the+community;+no+“gay>

hungry+animals?+Or+that+we+are+all+uniquely+

gay+bhai+bhai!”+

fashionable?+Or+that+a+gay+relationship+is+less+ credible+than+a+straight+relationship?+Or+that+>+okay+

We+have+our+own+form+of+prejudices,+fueled+by+

you+got+the+idea!+Have+you+ever+wondered+how+

narcissism,+pride,+and+the+lesser+known,+

much+we+as+“gay”+people+(Oh!+the+minions+of+

vulnerability.+You+just+have+to+walk+into+a+Saturday+

Satan)+actually+contribute+to+these+stereotypes?+

night+party+to+figure+that+out.+And+there+you+go!+ And+here+are+straight+people,+thinking+all+these+

I+mean+sure+there+is+some+serious+truth+to+these+

glorious/not>so>glorious+things+about+us!+

statements+and+no+matter+how+much+we+shrug+our+ shoulders+and+say+“I+give+a+fuck!”+lets+face+it,+we+

I+wake+up+in+the+morning,+hating+the+fact+that+I+

do.+And+on+the+flipside,+have+you+ever+wondered+

have+to+wake+up.+I+take+a+little+extra+time+to+figure+

how+much+being+gay+actually+alters+our+actions+in+

out+what+to+wear.+By+the+end+of+it+I+have+my+tote+

daily+life?+

bag+on+my+shoulder,+wayfarers+on+my+eyes,+ smelling+of+the+body+mist+I+recently+bought+from+

We+dress+differently+(and+better)+sure,+but+does+

The+Body+Shop,+and+dreading+another+day+at+work.+

that+change+how+we+feel+about+the+fact+that+the+ neighbor’s+daughter+ran+away?+I+guess+not.+For+

My+manager+and+I+have+arguments,+my+colleagues+

some+of+us,+being+gay+is+all+there+is.+And+that+

always+especially+interested+in+all+that+I+do+and+by+

“being+gay”,+comes+in+as+much+variety+as+

the+end+of+the+shift,+I+am+tired.+

underwear.+ On+my+way+home+I+talk+to+my+lover+who+shares+

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how+last+night+he+had+such+a+great+time+with+his+

and+hump+like+bunnies!+Being+gay+is+knowing+by+

friends+and+how+he+is+worried+about+his+dog+or+

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EDITOR’S PICK

RJ’s 10 Commandments “What
to
do
on
your
first
 date
has
been
done
to
 death,
so
much
so
that
 people
tend
to
do
opposite 
 of
what
is
evangelized
 through
those
points
so
I
 thought
of
giving
it
a
twist
 with
a
list
of
what not to 

1. Do not.. .. dress up like a Christmas tree…(you are

going on a date not a

modeling assignment. Keep it simple)

do on your first date.  In
order
to
make
the
list
 more
comprehensive,
 various
gay
chat
rooms,
 social
networking
websites
 and
friends
were
consulted
 before
preparing
the
list
 and
after
a
brainstorming
 session
on
the
loo
seat,
 this
never‐ending
list
was
 narrowed
down
to
10


t.. o n o D 2.

your s for r e w o re g fl you a r .. brin e b em (rem not a date… GUY a h t i te w on da !!!) Girl…

.

not. o D . 4

… at him .. ogle he ially t c e p s y ( g bod n i d u r prot ) par ts

3. Do not..

5. Do not.. .. talk on and on and on… (it’s a date not an extempore. Give him a

.. ask your date whether he travelled by car or bike…(people still use public transport. Is cheap, and puncture proof)

6. Do not..

.. stare

sitting n

at anoth e

ext to y

r hottie

our unless u r date is also sta ring at h im) table…(

chance to speak)

points,
as
it
was
near
 impossible
to
include
all
of


.

them.
 Here’s
a
birds
view
of what
 NOT
to
do
on
your
first
 date…” ‐ RJ

7. Do not.. .. walk out by saying your mother called and you need to leave urgently… (there are 10 other ways

to say “Sorry Not my type”)

not. o D . 8

ss a rst ki i f r u ke yo us’ .. ma ophag s e o eck ue in wet p ‘tong a ( … ience fice) exper ld suf u o w e lips on th

9. Do not.. .. ask if he knows some more guys in your

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not.. o D . 10 ate

rst d our fi y d n re and .. eve ondom c d e us ave …(le s with a t e e h pled s next crum r the o f g thin some one)

locality…(why d hell r u on a date? …go and log

on to planetromeo!)

And
above
all,
just
go
with
the
flow
 and
be
yourself.
Even
after
that
if
it
 turns
out
to
be
a
dampener,
don’t
 lose
heart
because
there
are
 plenty
of
fish
in
the
sea
and
many
 are
still
looking
to
find
LOVE…!!! 7

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One+of+the+great+things+about+the+hottest+club+in+

throwing+fits+and+bitching+and+moaning+because+

any+town+these+days+is+that+gay+people+are+

no+one+is+going+to+put+you+on+a+pedestal+(or+let+you +

welcome.+But+with+acceptance+comes+

dance+on+a+go>go+platform).+Just+deal+with+it+for+

responsibility,+and+over+the+years+homosexual+

one+night.+You're+still+pretty+and+special,+even+

partiers,+like+a+bunch+of+hard>drinking+Emily+Posts,+

though+no+one+is+buying+you+a+drink+and+inviting+

have+had+to+learn+the+ins>and>outs+of+how+to+

you+to+the+VIP+room.+No+one+wants+to+fuck+you+

behave+in+a+mostly>straight+environment+without+

here,+so+you're+going+to+need+to+get+the+fuck+over+

pissing+anyone+off.+It's+a+straight+man's+world,+

yourselves.

we’re+just+livin’+in+it. Lowering&the&Bar Unfortunately,+the+same+cannot+be+said+for+

Remember+when+I+said+we+love+it+when+straight+

straight+people+when+attending+a+gay+watering+

people+come+to+our+bars?+Well,+that's+not+always+

hole+with+their+same>sex>loving+friends.+We+love+

true.+There+are+some+bars+we+don't+want+you+to+go+

having+straight+people+hang+out+with+us,+we+really+

to.+They+are+usually+bars+where+boys+go+late+at+

do,+but+I'm+going+to+break+down+the+rules+for+the+

night+to+make+out+with+strangers+and+engage+in+a+

breeders+who+forget+how+to+behave+when+there+is+

little+slap+and+tickle+in+a+dark+corner.+Do+not+go+

a+rainbow+flag+on+the+wall.+For+our+purposes+we'll+

there.+No+matter+what+your+friends+say,+there+is+no+

be+talking+about+gay+male+bars,+since+lesbian+bars,+

place+for+you+at+the+C**k,+or+any+establishment+

like+pandas+in+the+wild+and+good+female+acoustic+

that+is+named+after+the+male+genitalia+or+

folk+acts,+are+harder+and+harder+to+find+these+days.

something+incredibly+masculine+like+Rawhide,+ Truck,+or+Woody's.+Boys+who+like+boys+are+going+

Your&Vagina&Has&No&Power&Here

there+to+get+laid,+and+babysitting+straight+people+is+

This+is+the+most+important+lesson+for+all+ladies+to+

not+conducive+to+scoring+d**k.+When+your+friends+

know+before+they+step+foot+in+a+queer+

show+up+there,+it's+time+to+go+get+a+piece+of+pizza+

establishment+(unless,+of+course,+it+is+the+fabled+

and+hail+a+cab+home.+Also,+leave+anyplace+called+

lesbian+bar).+Women+are+used+to+being+let+into+

The+Eagle+alone,+unless+you+really+want+to+see+a+

clubs+first,+not+having+to+pay+a+cover,+served+at+the+

bunch+of+bears+in+harnesses+and+other+leather+gear+

bar+quickly,+and+basically+allowed+to+do+whatever+

giving+you+the+stank+eye+while+grinding+each+

the+hell+they+want+to+do+in+straight+bars.+That's+

other's+jock+straps.

because+if+there+were+no+women,+men+wouldn't+ spend+money+to+get+them+fucked+up+and+try+to+

No&One&Likes&a&C**kblocker

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Keeping+your+"gay+BFF"+(please,+never+utter+that+

velvet+ropes+between+a+woman's+thighs.+It+is+

phrase)+from+getting+laid+is+the+cardinal+sin,+even+if+

exactly+the+opposite+in+a+gay+bar.+Women,+while+

you+are+at+an+otherwise+mixed+and+tame+lounge,+

fun+to+have+around,+are+practically+invisible+at+a+

dance+club,+or+dive+bar.+If+anything+you+are+there+

gay+party.+They+have+to+wait+for+the+one+tiny+

to+be+his+wingman.+The+problem+is,+no+one+there+

restroom+(which+has+probably+been+co>opted+by+

wants+to+have+sex+with+you.+That's+why+it's+better+

boys+and+drag+queens+anyway),+they+don't+get+to+

to+go+to+a+gay+bar+with+a+gaggle+(the+scientific+term+

annoy+the+DJ+to+request+songs,+and+the+(probably+

for+a+group+of+gays),+so+if+one+of+the+boys+is+about+

shirtless)+bartender+is+going+to+take+their+order+

to+get+lucky,+you+can+shift+your+attention.+Don't+be+

last.+Congrats,+ladies,+this+is+how+men+feel+in+

the+drag+keeping+a+love+connection+from+

straight+bars.+Now,+you+need+to+get+used+to+it,+no+

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with+you+to+the+Robyn+song+on+the+jukebox.+If+you+

This&One&Is&For&the&Gentlemen

see+young+love+blossoming,+get+out+of+the+damn+

OK,+straight+guys,+just+because+you're+in+a+gay+bar+

way,+or+excuse+yourself+to+make+your+own+booty+

does+not+mean+you+like+to+take+a+c**k+in+the+ass.+

call.+Then+everyone's+getting+theirs.

That+means+you+can+stop+clutching+your+girlfriend+ like+she's+some+sort+of+heterosexual+life+preserver+

No&Girls&Allowed

to+keep+you+from+drowning+in+a+sea+of+receptive+

Ladies,+we+don't+mind+going+to+your+bachelorette+

anal+intercourse.+You+don't+need+to+hold+her+hand+

parties,+because+we+love+and+support+you+as+

and+make+out+with+her+and+go+out+of+your+way+to+

friends+even+if+we+find+it+a+little+insulting+(and+

announce+your+orientation.+We+already+know+

genitally+incorrect)+that+you+keep+calling+us+"one+of+

you're+straight.+Those+shoes+you+wore+on+your+way+

the+girls."+However,+if+we+don't+know+you,+we+have +

in+told+us,+you+don't+need+to+keep+repeating+

no+interest+in+being+at+your+party.+That+means+

yourself.+It's+a+bit+insulting.+And+keep+the+PDA+light.+

keep+them+out+of+gay+bars.+We+know+you+want+to+

If+we+wanted+to+watch+straight+people+make+out,+

look+at+strippers,+but+you+have+to+find+somewhere+

we'd+go+just+about+anywhere+else+in+the+whole+

for+women+to+do+it.+Do+not+show+up+at+a+gay+go>go+

damn+universe.

bar+and+screech+and+squeal+and+push+all+the+other+ patrons+out+of+the+way+so+you+can+drunkenly+slip+a+

When&in&Rome,&Go&Greek

note+in+a+tiny+sliver+of+spandex+stuck+up+a+plump,+

Just+because+the+gays+at+the+bar+know+a+guy+is+

oiled+backside.+To+you+it+might+be+one+night+of+

straight+doesn't+mean+he+won't+get+hit+on.+In+fact,+

misbehaving,+but+this+is+our+life.+Please+respect+

it+probably+increases+his+likelihood+of+dudes+

that,+and+take+your+high>decibel+revelry+

wanting+to+chat+him+up.+Know+how+straight+guys+

somewhere+that+will+cater+to+your+"big+day."

like+girl>on>girl+action?+Gays+feel+the+same+way+ about+straight+guys,+so+they're+going+to+want+to+try+

Hands&Off

to+"turn"+you.+(Unless+you're+ugly.+Then+you're+

OK,+ladies,+we+will+make+a+deal+with+you.+We+won't+

totally+safe.)+Just+let+the+poor+deluded+soul+hitting+

touch+your+b**bs+if+you+don't+touch+our+c**ks.+Is+

on+you+down+nicely+without+being+insulting.+Either+

that+fair?+We+know+you+find+it+thrilling+that+your+

that+or+flirt+your+way+into+a+few+free+drinks.+Just+

lady+parts+mean+nothing+to+us+and+that+you+can+

because+you're+not+interested+doesn't+mean+you+

touch+our+magic+sticks+without+making+them+stand+

can't+take+him+for+everything+he's+worth.+At+least+

on+end,+but+that+does+not+mean+there+should+be+

one+girl+has+done+that+to+you+before,+right?+If+your+

any+inappropriate+groping.+We+don't+want+anyone+

new+paramour+continues+to+pressure+you+or+gets+

in+public+handling+our+junk+unless+they+were+

too+handsy,+don’t+punch+him+in+the+grill.+The+room+

invited,+so+please+watch+your+hands.+In+return,+we+

will+turn+on+you+and+call+you+a+gay+basher+faster+

will+try+to+resist+touching+your+knockers.+It's+hard+

than+you+can+say+Laramie,+Wyoming.+Instead+just+

for+gay+men+to+leave+titties+alone,+because+they+

throw+a+drink+on+him+like+it's+an+episode+of+

are+foreign+and+quite+enjoyable+(they+don't+call+

Dynasty.+Not+only+will+that+solve+your+problem,+

them+funbags+for+nothing)+but+we'll+keep+our+

you'll+probably+make+a+bunch+of+new+friends.

grubby+mitts+off+of+them+unless+told+otherwise.+ That+doesn't+mean+you+should+force+our+hands+

No&F**king&Cosmos

onto+them+though.+Yours+might+not+be+the+kind+of+

Seriously,+it's+not+1997+and+you+are+not+Carrie+

pair+that+we're+into.

Bradshaw.+Put+down+the+f**king+appletini+and+ order+a+beer+or+a+vodka+tonic+like+everyone+else.

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the after party

MDNA by shourya

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Trailblazing+her+way+to+the+top+with+re>invention+

or+the+stunning+experimental+sonic+boom+of+1998ns+

being+her+persistent+blueprint+for+success+has+been+

‘Ray+Of+Light‘.+The+thing+is,+‘MDNA‘+was+not+meant+

Madonna’s+mantra,+a+formula+that+fueled+

to+be+another+‘Confessions..‘+or+a+‘Ray+Of+Light‘.

Madonna’s+ascent+to+the+throne+as+the+Queen+Of+

When+the+album+starts+of+with+the+dance>floor+

Pop+around+3+decades+ago+in+1983.+I+use+the+words +

ready+‘Girl+Gone+Wild‘,+you+know+Madonna’s+in+no+

‘has+been’+for+the+very+reason+that+if+you+listen+to+

mood+to+slow+down.+If+you+could+ignore+the+

Madonna’s+12th+studio+album+‘MDNA‘+expecting+

cheese>fest+that+are+the+song’s+lyrics+(‘You+got+me+

another+round+of+re>invention,+you+might+be+a+

in+the+zone,+DJ+play+my+favorite+song‘),+the+song’s+

trifle+disappointed.+It’s+not+an+album+with+which+

kinda+decent.+The+video+more+than+makes+up+for+

Madonna+wants+to+push+boundaries,+or+stay+in+the+

what+the+song+lacks+though.

forefront+of+musical+trends+for+that+matter.+ The+same+goes+for+the+Nicki+Minaj+and+MIA+ ‘MDNA’+is+a+retrospective+album+which+finds+

assisted+Martin+Solveig>produced+breezy+nod+to+

Madonna+grappling+with+rare+moments+of+

cheer>leading,+‘Give+Me+All+Your+Luvin‘+that+sounds+

vulnerability+coupled+with+her+defiant+attitude,+a+

like+a+misfit+on+the+album.+Again,+the+video+

post>divorce+reclamation+of+what+her+life+used+to+

delivers,+and+the+song+is+already+Madonna’s+38th+

be,+musically.+It’s+a+self>referential+cornucopia+of+

Billboard+top+10+hit.+Watch+out+for+an+occasional+

everything+that+she’s+done+over+the+past+30+years.+

reference+to+some+classic+Madonna+songs+here+(‘In +

And+the+underlying+statement+is,+she+wants+to+

another+place,+at+a+different+time,+you+can+be+my+

have+fun.+

lucky+star‘).+I+do+wish+Nicki+and+MIA+had+more+to+ do+on+the+song+than+occasionally+hoot+‘L>U>V+

The+very+name+of+the+album+‘MDNA‘+expresses+it+

Madonna‘+and+throw+in+a+2+second+long+verse+

all.+She’s+in+a+euphoric+state+of+mind,+and+the+

each.

album+title+is+a+sly+nod+to+the+club>drug+ecstasy,+

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also+called+MDMA.+And+Madonna+definitely+wants+

The+highlight+of+the+album+comes+in+the+form+of+

to+take+us+to+the+club+with+some+infectious+and+

‘Gang+Bang‘,+a+dark,+twisted+and+grimy+tale+of+

propulsive+grooves+that+made+the+final+cut.+The+

destruction+woven+over+a+thumping+pulse+and+a+

title+also+cleverly+incorporates+everything+

dubstep+break.+This+one+deserves+the+video+

Madonna+represents,+probably+a+nod+to+her+one>

treatment,+and+I+would+love+to+see+Madonna’s+

of>a>kind+DNA,+and+as+you+listen+to+the+album,+

fierceness+in+the+video+during+the+song’s+

numerous+lyrical+and+musical+references+to+her+

conclusion+when+she+gleefully+howls+‘Drive,+bitch!+

past+pop+up,+giving+you+a+triumphant+taste+of+some +

And+while+you’re+at+it,+die+bitch!‘.+Classic+

classic+M>DNA.

Madonna!

It’s+difficult+to+ignore+the+flaws+when+you+listen+to+

‘I’m+Addicted‘+is+the+next+highlight,+a+surging+

‘MDNA‘+for+the+first+time.+Synthetic,+rehashed+

dance>pop+club+banger.+Watch+out+for+a+nod+to+

sounds,+occasionally+banal+and+insipid+lyrics+

Madonna’s+1989+classic+‘Like+A+Prayer‘,+as+she+

(especially+songs+like+‘B’Day+Song‘)+,+MIA+and+Nicki+

declares+‘Something+happens+to+me+when+I+hear+

Minaj’s+unrelated+and+underwhelming+presence,+

your+voice+and+I+have+no+choice‘.+Slickly+produced+

Madonna’s+signature+taunts+towards+religion..+the+

by+the+Benassi+Brothers+and+The+Demolition+Crew,+

album+is+not+cohesive+at+all.+It+lacks+the+sheer+

this+song+is+defiant+nod+to+the+sound+of+her+

brilliance+of+2005ns+‘Confessions+On+A+Dance+Floor‘+

‘Confessions..‘+days.

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Nicki+Minaj+makes+a+second+appearance+on+‘I+Don’t+

+‘MDNA‘+is+an+album+that+represents+fun.+After+a+

Give+A‘,+an+Electro/Hip>Hop+production+that+is+

couple+of+listens,+it’s+impossible+to+not+get+

probably+directed+at+Madonna’s+ex+husband,+Guy+

addicted+to+some+of+the+tunes+on+the+album.+The+

Ritchie.+Although+the+song+starts+off+on+a+tepid+

very+fact+that+the+album+has+already+topped+every+

note,+it+gradually+builds+up+to+a+crescendo,+when+

credible+chart+in+the+world+with+Madonna’s+best+

Nicki+Minaj+delivers+her+signature+verses,+and+

first>week+sales+seen+since+2000ns+‘Music‘,+without+

defiantly+growls+‘There’s+only+one+Queen,+and+

any+promo+apart+from+the+Super+Bowl+

that’s+Madonna..BITCH!!‘+during+the+song’s+

performance+shows+that+yet+again,+Mademoiselle+

conclusion.+A+worthy+inclusion+on+the+album.

Madonna+Louise+Ciccone+has+delivered.

Madonna’s+stunning+introspective+balladry+turns+

Overall,+‘MDNA‘+may+have+its+flaws.+Madonna’s+

out+to+be+the+album’s+biggest+highlight+for+me.+The +

voice+may+not+sound+the+same+as+it+did+30+years+

Golden+Globe+winning+‘Masterpiece‘+from+her+

ago.+The+music+maybe+calculative+and+

directorial+début+‘W.E‘+is+her+most+poignant+

manipulative+under+a+general+veil+of+plasticity.+And +

moment+on+the+album,+and+Madonna+delivers+

it+may+sound+far+less+triumphant+from+anything+

vocally+on+this+song.+Ironically+with+dance+music+

that+she’s+ever+done+before.+In+short,+it’s+not+a+

being+her+forte,+Madonna’s+longest+running+#+1+

perfect+album.+But+‘MDNA‘s+sheer+energy+and+the+

single+on+the+Billboard+Hot+100+is+actually+the+

unstoppable+Queen+Of+Pop’s+shrewd+confidence+

incredibly+lush+power>ballad+‘Take+A+Bow‘.+Just+

makes+it+an+album+that’s+rapturous,+euphoric+and+

shows+that+this+woman+can+really+truly+do+it+all!

fun,+and+there’s+quite+literally+no+other+album+out+ there+that+sounds+anything+like+‘MDNA‘.+

Unfairly,+‘I+Fucked+Up‘,+another+mid>tempo+ introspective+number,+finds+itself+on+the+deluxe+

In+short,+it’s+a+true+Madonna+album+that+has+been+

edition+of+‘MDNA‘.+A+rare+song+showcasing+a+

created+with+an+agenda,+and+that+is+to+bend+the+

vulnerable+and+apologetic+Madonna+that+sounds+

rules+with+a+defiant+display+of+the+middle>finger.+

rather+good+after+a+few+listens.+Although+not+

She+did+it+back+then,+when+she+dared+to+break+the+

worthy+of+a+single,+this+is+the+kinda+song+that+holds +

rules.+And+she’s+still+doing+it+now,+30+years+after+

an+otherwise+non>cohesive+album+together.+Again,+

her+arrival.+Deal+with+it.

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a+reference+to+Madonna’s+2005+classic+‘Sorry’+(‘I’m + sorry,+Je+suis+desolee’)+on+this+one. The+rest+of+the+album+boasts+of+some+catchy+club+ and+pop+cuts,+which,+in+spite+of+being+a+little+ hollow+and+devoid+of+the+slick+groove+of+a+dynamic+ club+anthem,+sound+just+fine.+Like+the+Martin+ Solveig+produced+‘Turn+On+The+Radio‘,+the+William+ orbit+produced+‘Love+Spent‘,+and+‘I’m+A+Sinner‘,+ that+sounds+like+a+throwback+to+her+1999+single+ ‘Beautiful+Stranger‘.

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KASHISH 2012 needs EVERYONE to contribute

WHAT IS ‘KASHISH’? KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and the only such festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The festival is organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost in association with The Humsafar Trust. The theme for the third edition of the festival, KASHISH 2012, to be held from May 23-27th is ‘FOR EVERYONE’. The festival will make a special effort to program films and have panel discussions that appeal not only to the LGBTQ community but also those that relate to families and friends of LGBT people. The festival is open FOR EVERYONE and it is a FREE event.

WHY IS ‘KASHISH’ FUNDRAISING? The festival is a not-for-profit event. We don’t charge ticket prices or registration fee. It is open to EVERYONE free of charge.

With no government support or much corporate sponsor support, we rely heavily on individuals, organizations and corporates to make the festival happen. We are crowd-funding the festival this year through Wishberry and LGBT Supports. All the money collected is used to cover festival expenses like venue costs, printing and stationery, promotional materials, trophies and awards, travel and stay for filmmakers, etc.

HOW CAN YOU HELP ‘KASHISH’? EVERYONE can contribute, to help us organize this festival that offers EVERYONE a better understanding about LGBTQ people, their issues, their pain and problems, their joys and victories; not only in India but across the world. You can support the cause in your own big or small way! We have some exclusive incentives to show our gratitude FOR EVERYONE who contributes.

Support 3rd KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival with a contribution • Personal contributions: http://www.wishberry.in/Kashish-International-Queer-Film-Festival-2012Personal-13359  • Corporate contributions: http://www.wishberry.in/Kashish-International-Queer-FilmFestival-2012-Corporate-13358  • Personal contributions http://www.lgbtsupports.org/kashish-mumbai-international-queer-filmfestival/

For more information about the festival visit Website: www.mumbaiqueerfest.com , Blog: http://kashishmiqff.blogspot.com , Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kashish.MIQFF Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kashish2012

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The winner of the Kashish 2012 Poster Contest is S AYYAPPA, a young graphic design student from Vijayawada.

THE FRONT ROW

Summer Storm Summer+Storm+is+a+2004+German+coming>of>age+film+ directed+by+Marco+Kreuzpaintner.+The+story+is+set+to+the+ background+of+a+rowing+regatta,+which+climaxes+into+a+ summer+storm. Teams+from+all+across+Germany+descend+on+a+quiet+ camping+ground+for+a+week+of+training+leading+up+to+a+final+ rowing+competition.+The+plot+follows+the+members+of+the+ RSC+rowing+club+from+southern+Germany+as+they+train. The+boys+are+excited+by+the+prospects+of+camping+with+a+ female+rowing+team+from+Berlin.+However,+by+a+stroke+of+ fate,+the+Berlin+girls'+team+cancels+and+is+replaced+by+ Queerschlag+("Queerstrokes"),+a+gay+youth+rowing+team,+ and+these+boys+are+out+proud+and+camp+it+up+to+their+full+ potential. Amidst+the+sometimes+tense+interactions+between+the+ members+of+his+team+and+those+of+Queerschlag,+Tobi+is+ himself+forced+to+confront+his+long>time+feelings+for+his+ friend+and+team>mate+Achim,+who+is+already+romantically+ involved+with+his+girlfriend+Sandra.+Spurned+by+Achim,+Tobi+ is+devastated,+but+is+partly+consoled+by+his+new+friendship+ with+Queerschlag+member+Leo+. The+tension+between+the+members+of+the+two+teams+ culminates+in+a+scene+set+to+the+backdrop+of+a+summer+ storm,+during+which+Leo+confronts+Tobi+about+his+ homosexuality+in+front+of+his+fellow+team>mates.+Tobi+ denies+being+gay,+and,+in+an+attempt+to+defend+him,+one+of+ his+team>mates+tells+Tobi's+girlfriend+Anke+(Bachleda>CuruĹ›)+ to+tell+the+rest+of+his+team>mates+so.+Anke,+the+only+person+ to+whom+Tobi+has+confided+his+secret,+remains+silent. Ultimately,+Tobi+comes+out+to+his+fellow+team>mates+and+ his+rowing+team,+who+seem+to+accept+Tobi+no+matter+what,+ and+they+go+on+to+compete+with+Queerschlag+in+the+finals.

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Disclaimer:$The$photographs$and$video$are$used$only$ to$popularize$the$movie.$Content$is$copyrighted$and$ property$to$their$respective$owners.

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for the morning after -

SHRIMP SALAD WITH MANGO & AVOCADO

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Ingredients • 3+tablespoons+fresh+lime+juice • 2+tablespoons+vegetable+oil+ • 1+tablespoon+sugar+ • 2+large+firm>ripe+mangoes+(2+lbs.+ total)+ • 2+medium+firm>ripe+avocados+(1+ lb.+total)+ • 2/3+cup+each+thinly+sliced+green+ onion+and+chopped+cilantro+ • 1/2+tsp.+dried+red+chili+flakes • 1+pound+(70+to+110+per+lb.)+peeled+ cooked+shrimp+ Preparation& • In+a+large+bowl,+whisk+together+ lime+juice,+oil,+and+sugar+until+ sugar+dissolves. • Dice+mangoes+and+avocados+into+ 3/4>in.+cubes;+add+to+bowl.+ • Add+green+onion,+cilantro,+chile,+ and+shrimp.+ • Mix+gently.+Serve+or+cover+and+ chill+for+up+to+1+hour. TQC

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