Friday, February 27, 2009

Gothic Weddings

Your wedding should be a reflection of your love as a couple, your personalities, and your values. Goths are usually very romantic at heart, so it's certainly not unheard of for goths to get married. In spite of occasional discrimination from vicars confusing gothic lifestyle with satanism, handfastings and blood devotion vows are now common enough that there's nothing to stop a gothic bride and groom adding official weight to their love in a way that holds some meaning for them.

Unfortunately, discrimination can occur if a gothic couple are opting for a traditional church wedding. Often, vicars will refuse to perform the ceremony if they feel the couple is 'un-Christian'. Local newspapers will refuse to print pictures of goth couples in their wedding galleries. Unfair discrimination - as usual. As many goths follow various pagan religions, they often choose to have pagan handfasting ceremonies instead of a traditional wedding. Handfasting is a pagan ritual (duh) which symbolises a bond between lovers, but unlike a marriage ceremony is not legally recognised. Handfasting can be performed at any age.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flight Attendants by Brian Finke

New project of Brian Finke is devoted to the air hostesses during their work and leisure time. Brian used the services of such airlines as Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Southwest, Song Airlines and even Hooters Air. Moreover, female employees of Air France, Qantas, British Airways, Air Asia, Thai, Tiger, ANA and Cathay Pacific also feature on some of his photos. As a bonus you can find Brian’s previous photosession about cheerleaders, called “2 4 6 8″.

Guard Dog Training

This Dog training video is about guard dogs, attack dogs, personal protection dogs, killer dogs, or whatever type of training a dog trainer may call it. In reality this video is about a well trained black german shepherd (shepard, shepperd, Sheppard) some people spell german shepherd wrong! A well trained Doberman pincher and guard dog training done on a Rottweiler or rottie.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Venice Carnival 2009

The Carnival of Venice was first recorded in 1268. Masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival. Check out the magnificent costumes at this year's Carnival, whose theme is "Golden Passion".

Despite the economic crisis, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the Italian canal city for more than 10 days of parties that end on Tuesday. Visitors had numerous attractions to choose from including a masked costume contest, street concerts, theater, and acrobatic performances.

While the masses photograph the extraordinary outfits on display, the rich enjoy themselves with lavish parties usually held in palaces along the Grand Canal, Venice's main waterway. Dressed in costumes that easily fetch for more than 1,000 euros ($1,275 US dollars), party dwellers try to recreate the lavish atmosphere of the 1700s. The most exclusive, Ballo del Doge, where tickets cost 1,000 euros each, did not disappoint with 300 guests from various nations including a European Prince. They even had an auction of a Ferrari.

The Venice Carnival began centuries ago as a period of excess before the rigors of Lent, the 40 days of fasting that traditionally precede Easter. Venetians could then hide their identities behind masks and do as they pleased. It's beautiful and spooky all at the same time!