Looks like a Lithuanian women acted to get stunt cancelled. Good for her!
The Caudwell Children Charity (founded by phone millionaire John Caudwell) has abandoned its “Locked in for Autism” stunt after criticism from people on an online petition which said that it was offensive to suggest that’s how people with an autistic spectrum disorder had to live their lives.
Alexis Ragaliauskas has autism and set up the petition saying “It’s very dehumanising and insulting. Caudwell Children need to get with the times. They are saying autism is like being trapped in a box which is offensive – quite a lot of autistic people throughout history have been restrained and put in boxes”.
Tesco is a big supporter of such causes and a member of staff at the Burnley branch volunteered to stay in the glass box for 50 hours (see my post).
Tesco has now withdrawn its support for the stunt. Whether because of the petition or perhaps the…
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One of my followers tweeted this NATO YouTube video. I think it’s no surprise that NATO has released this now given what’s happening in the Baltics.
Makes interesting viewing (and prompted RT to editorialize on it as if Russia didn’t have little green men with modern weapons working behind the lines in Ukraine).
I’ve written about Lola’s bar and the wonderful ambience. We actually found it accidentally.
We went in and it was packed out with locals. We managed to get served and enjoyed the cuts of cold meat. But we couldn’t find anywhere to sit.
Whenever a table became vacant and we sat down the staff moved us on saying it was reserved – despite there being no reserved sign. They seemed to favour the locals
We were pretty fed up by the time we squeezed into a corner and when someone nudged my arm as I was sorting out some change for a tip and it went all over the floor I left it there. As we left we noticed Lola’s further down the street and said we’d try that next time. And we did, several times until it sadly closed.
Unlike Lola’s bar, we didn’t miss it.
While my colleague was off at the opera or the theatre refreshing his high-brow tastes I was hanging out in this bar with a bottle of good red wine listening to the music waiting for him to join me.
Oh that playlist: I remember Ray Charles, Cab Calloway (singing Minnie the Moocher which you might remember from the Blues Brothers film) and the neo-tango Spanish/Argentinian collaboration called Otros Aires.
Otros Aires say it is “an electronic-archeological project created between Barcelona and Buenos Aires airports. It mixes the first tangos and milongas (fast tangos but also used to describe places where these are danced) records of the beginning of the last century with electronic sequences, melodies and words of the 21st century”
Read more about them here at Otros Aires.
You get the feeling that things are really happening in Vilnius with new developments springing up everywhere (as mentioned in previous post)
Walking back from Užupis on the way to the old town was no exception.
Not sure UK ‘elf and safety people would approve of pedestrian access arrangements but not a problem.
One of the nice things about visiting a city regularly is that you can catch up on old friend and acquaintances – if you can find them.
This time it wasn’t an eating place I was looking for but an artist’s studio on the corner of šv Kazimierz g. where I met Cica, the artist, playing a vinyl record by Dave Stewart and Candy Dufler over and over again, particularly the haunting track “Lily was here”.
But no sign of Cica and certainly no Lily. The studio was now a fashion design studio. I went inside and asked but the staff didn’t know where he’d gone. I eventually found him on Facebook when I got home so hope he is well?
It’s perhaps no surprise he has gone as the area is undergoing a process of gentrification.
I’d already noticed the refurbished buildings next to the derelict church on Savičiaus g.
Then as I turned the corner and walked up Bokšto g. towards the old artillery bastion (basteja) I saw new walls rising above the old ones.