Saturday, 29 February 2020

Portuguese Dancer Antonio

Antonio Casalinho is the new dancing sensation from Portugal. 
Born in Leiria, he has trained since the age of eight at the Academia
Annarella Ballet School.

I just recently caught him in this video below which is really a
tv commercial for domestic wooden flooring, and it is a wonderful
video. But you'll have to be quick to catch it because for some
unexplainable reason it keeps getting taken down
when grabbed from Youtube and posted up on various sites.

More of Antonio on his FACEBOOK.


Thursday, 27 February 2020

Igor Denali

For anyone that's been scouring the internet for eye candy over the last
10 years, Igor Denali must be a very familiar face.
Still modelling and looking as good as ever having reached the grand young
age of 30 recently, he actually first came to our attention when he was
involved in the Emo scene when his hair was a little longer.

It seems that he's never far from a beach, hence the many pictures of him
sporting speedos, something those South Americans appreciate more
than their Cousins in North America who prefer to cover up with their
Bermuda shorts.

Below are just a few more recent images of Igor plus some of him
when he favoured the Emo look.





Below:  Igor from his Emo Scene days.

To Each His Own.

Here's an interesting Japanese film I first saw last year. It's all about the stress
and strains that afflict Japanese salaryman  Takashi (Asuka Kudo) until he
can no longer live with the pressure.
And just by chance he is saved at the last minute from falling in front of an
oncoming train by Yamamoto (Sota Fukushi) someone from his past,
although he has no recollection of him.

Somehow Yamamoto succeeds in cheering him up and helping him out of his
misery. But after Takashi does an online search on him, he starts to believe
that his good samaritan might not really be who he said he was.
Some might call it a Bromance film but it's certainly worth watching if only
for the appearance of the beautiful Sota Fukushi.

The film also exposes the often cruel and harsh world of the Japanese culture
of the salaryman and the bullying that can take place, as it clearly does in
this Japanese drama. And of course corporate salarymen are locked into their
jobs for the entirety of their whole working lives, something I really can't get my
head around... the thought of spending your whole life with one employer kind of
horrifies me. In my working life I never stayed in a job for more than 5 years at a time.
Anyone who stays in one job all their life is either very fortunate or simply unadventurous
and possibly insecure, and frightened of change.
After all variety is the spice of life and a life of rigid routine doesn't give you
much to look back on when you retire.

But where as Western workers are generally self motivated, Japanese salarymen
embrace a group mentality and look to their managers for approval before making
big decisions.
And I do wonder if that old corporate tradition still stands where Company employees
are not allowed to leave their desks to go home until the Manager decides
to call it a day, however late that might be.

And if anyone recently saw 'Tony Robinson's Train Journeys Around the World'
on Channel 5 last year, he visited a place called Harajuku where Japanese youths
reject the whole salaryman ethic and celebrate something called 'Kawaii' the
cult of cuteness and outrageously colourful clothes fashions with many stores
in Harajuku dedicated to 'Kawaii' where the store employees revel in their
outrageousness. You also imagine that those Kawaii store employees are way
happier than those trapped in the salaryman culture.

Below is a short trailer of 'To Each His Own'
plus a couple of gifs I made of Sota from the film.