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’cause the lie becomes the truth- Billie Jean (1983)

Media has been in a frenzy with the news of Michael Joseph Jackson’s death (1958-2009). Jackson’s death is as “whacko” as his life- full of doubts, puzzles and unsolved mysteries. A one man industry and a brand that generated billions of dollars, died broke and deep in debt.

The uncrowned King of Pop
The uncrowned King of Pop

Personally, I did not follow this iconic pop singer’s career moves, but I admit I grew up listening to his music. Some how they do not seem dated even today. His songs differed from mainstream pop music as there was always some underlying message in the lyrics.

The song “Billie Jean” makes the cut to the top notch dance single genre to this day.  When these lyrics are carefully heard a whole new meaning comes to light. One wonders whether the heavy over tones of regret, unhappiness and sometimes hurt come from real experiences, or are they just a fragment of Jackson’s imaginative mindworks. 

The  song according to Jackson was about a fan who claimed that he was the father of her twins. As a rock band the Jacksons had always been in the lime light and groupies were part of the normal equation in their life.  But Jackson still maintained he had never seen the girl or been with her. She wrote him several letters and once sent a package that contained her photo and a gun with a letter stating the date and time when Jackson should kill himself.  She said she will kill the child Jackson had fathered and herself as well. Jackson claims he got nightmares after the event.  Later the woman was taken to a Psychiatric facility for treatment.  

With a life plagued with scandal, controversy, criminal charges and a devestating personal life Jackson still remains a legacy and an icon. He is undoubtly reigns as the ” King of Pop”.

As charges of child molestation and sexual abuse were made by a 13 year old Jordan Chandler in 1993, Jackson’s downward spiral had begun. He got hooked onto drugs and alcohol to find release from the stress of this investigation.  The case was settled out of court with Jackson paying the Chandlers a reported $22 million.

Rumours did not die out as Jackson married the King of Rock’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1994. In Jackson’s eyes this was a match made in music heaven with the two iconic families merging together.  He clung to Presley for support during his molestation trail. The couple split 19 months later as she could not keep up with his bizarre antics and the “leeches” Jackson always seemed to attract.

In the same year he married his dermatologist nurse Deborah Jean Rowe with whom he had been friends during his numerous cosmetic surgeries. He fathered three children ( two boys and a girl) with Rowe.  The couple never lived together but Rowe gave Jackson full custody of the children.

On June 25, 2009 Jackson collapsed at a rented home in Los Angeles. He had been rehearsing for a 50 concert come back series in London which was to begin from July 15 at the O2 theatre. His death was confirmed two hours later, the same day on which actress Farah Fawcett’s lost her battle to cancer.  

 “People always told me be careful of what you do
And dont go around breaking young girls hearts
And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do cause the lie becomes the truth…” – Billie Jean (1983)

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UV indexed

Summer is here. The sunbloc, an endless supply of fluids, sun hats and coolants are essential items for anyone , anywhere.  

There are unique ways of enjoying time basking in the golden rays. But the term fun under the sun takes a new meaning for this couple as they maintain their self made ecological garden in interesting camoflague outfits and are happy to explain why they are doing so.

We found Raven gardening in her camoflague bikini
We found Raven gardening in her camoflague bikini

This story was featured on GlobalBC TV by Mike McCardell on June 11, 2009. It is a quirky piece.

The camoflagers with Mike
The camoflagers with Mike
Environment and Climate Change, life

Space tourism the Cirque way

Move over Gold Coast Australia, the hot new tourist destination is the stars. 

Laliberte's Cirque Du Soleil - Photo courtesy: Cirque Du Soleil Promo
Laliberte's Cirque Du Soleil - Photo courtesy: Cirque Du Soleil Promo

Fire-eater and stilt-walker Guy Laliberté, 49, founder of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, will fly on a Russian ship as a space tourist in September.

The first circus act in space is being trained to visit the International Space Station and is spending millions for his joyride. Some of us are questioning the motive. Is it a publicity stunt to bring the 25th year anniversary for the show to public’s attention or a genuine need to discover the twlight zone?

Laliberte has begun training with cosmonauts at Star City, near Moscow, for a 12-day trip organised by Space Adventures that will cost him around $20 million.

He said yesterday: “Travelling has always been my way of life and I have been researching the possibilities of space travel with Space Adventures since 2004. But I needed it to be the right time and for the right purpose.

“This is the time. And the purpose is clear: to raise awareness on water issues to humankind on planet earth. My mission is dedicated to making a difference on this vital resource by using what I know best: artistry.”

Unfortunately Laliberte will not be allowed to take his accordian on board the space station in case he gets an epiphany for the next fire breathing Cirque show.

Here is more coverage on the issue:

Cirque du soleil’s Guy Laliberte defends millions being spent on space trip

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The Cobalt Vancouver

My article on The Cobalt Vancouver has received surprisingly immense readership. Here is the link:

The Cobalt Vancouver struggles through

The Cobalt has served as the home of extreme metal music for several years on the West Coast and its status quo has been threatened by noise complaints of the neighbours. City of Vancouver’s by-laws dictate the bar has to follow proper protocol to reduce noise pollution.

Seemingly traight forward solution, complicated background. Read on…