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Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

 

In 2004, the Australian govenrment refused to acknowledge gay marriages, so as a move of symbolic protest a huge cluster of islands of the Northeast Coast of Queensland were declared the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands, a Euro spending constitutional monarchy under the rule of King Gautier I. With a national anthem by Gloria Gaynor, anyone who was gay or lesbian was immediately granted citizenship — though the only economic activity on the islands was tourism, fishing, and selling stamps. Yes, it’s silly, and no it’s not meant to be taken seriously, but it was an interesting protest, and all done in fun.

The kingdom issued its first stamps in July 2006 “with the aim of creating a high and distinctive reputation amongst the philatelic fraternity”. The kingdom’s defunct website used to say that tourism, fishing and philatelic sales were its only economic activities. However, swimming, reef walking, lagoon snorkelling, bird-watching, seashell-collecting, and shipwreck-exploring were all government-sanctioned non-economic activities.

In a scheme similar to Israel’s right of return, a person was automatically granted permanent resident status and was immediately eligible for citizenship in the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands simply by being gay or lesbian. There was no visa requirement to visit the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands, but there was a requirement that visitors be gay or lesbian.

Tips for tipping in the US

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Tipping is one of the most widely practiced social customs in the United States. Standards vary, but generally, gratuities are given for services rendered in the restaurant, bar, food delivery, and taxi industries. For most of the 20th century it was considered inappropriate for the owner of an establishment to accept any tips, and while this is still considered the standard etiquette rule, the practice has mostly vanished as tipping has become ubiquitous for certain types of services. This etiquette applies to bar service at weddings and any other event where one is a guest as well. The host should provide appropriate tips to workers at the end of an event.

How much should you tip when you travel in the US?

tips for tipping

國際道家太極拳社2011太極日

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

今天來到多倫多市中心的登打士廣場(Dundas Square),滿眼全是打太極的大爺大媽.而且,絕大多數都是白人.

Playing Tai Chi at Dundas Square

前方舞台上還有人發表講話,趕緊去聽聽吧.發言用四種語言進行-粵語,英語,法語和國語.國語由一位白人小夥子負責,講得字正腔圓.想必是在武當山上修練過吧.

原來這裡是國際道家太極拳社主辦的2011太極日活動.今天全世界26個國家的會員代表們齊聚多倫多,宣傳太極文化.

發言完畢就進行舞龍表演同遊行.

Two Dragons in front of Toronto Eaton Centre

今天會場上有兩條龍.其中一條龍體型超長,可以繞整個廣場一圈了.舞龍者幾乎都是白人,有老年人,也有小學生.

Dragon Dance at Dundas Square

另一條稍短,但更加靈活.時不時的奔跑跳躍,變化出各種造型.

Chinese Dragon at Dundas Square

這龍頭形象還真威猛.不過小朋友們沒有被嚇壞,反倒很願意去親近巨龍.

Kids Play with the Dragon in Toronto

舞龍和遊行隊伍在市中心巡遊一週後,回到登打士廣場,繼續打太極. 連來觀光的南亞老太也忍不住要加入…拍照留念.

Play Tai Chi with Hundreds of People

國際道家太極拳社的宗旨是:
1.將太極健身運動帶給所有需要的人
2.宣傳太極的健身效果
3.促進文化交流,傳播中華文化
4.幫助他人

國際道家太極拳社的網址是 www.taoist.org