- For the first time in history, Saudi women have taken seats on The Saudi Consultative Council
- The group of 30 women, comprised of university graduates, human rights activists and two princesses took their seats in the same room as their 130 male colleagues
- This is revolutionary development in a country where women are still banned from driving and must be escorted by a male guardian
- King Abdullah has stated that he is committed to women’s rights but believes this must be a gradual process
- In 2011, he granted women the right to vote and in 2015 women may run as candidates in the next local election
- And while I am certain there are many who will criticise his methodology, in my opinion it is an effective way to elicit change in a fundamentalist culture without further jeopardizing the safety of the women
Apologies to listeners that emailed in questions for the Valgeir Sigurðsson interview last Saturday. Unfortunately, Valgeir did not make it to the station but we may do a Skype interview in the future.
- The Artefact festival continues and runs until Sunday. If you haven’t yet seen a show, visit their site for further details and get your arse down there!
- Calexico play a sold out show tonight at Het Depot.
- Radio Scorpio has Lazy Sunday at OPEK which runs from 2-6 and is free every Sunday.
- The Beginning hosts a quiz night at 630pm.
- There`s Jazz on Sunday, a free weekly event at 9pm at Stuk.
- Radio Scorpio has CULT at OPEK which runs from 8-10 and is free every Monday.
- Voodoo Twinz, a boogie blues band from Liege play the Blue Cat at 9pm. Free.
- There’s a piano based performance entitled The More Feminine at The Lemmens Institute. 8pm
- Maya’s Moving Castle plays a free show as part of the ongoing Café Depot series. 8pm.
- Viktor Lazlo performs her 20 favourite Billie Holiday Songs at 30cc. 8pm €8- 20.
- This is one I’m really looking forward to. Old Tire Swingers perform a free bluegrass show at café Libertad as part of the Colora festival.
- There’s a percussion and saxophone based concert at 8pm at The Lemmens Institute.
- Isbells play a folk pop show at Het Depot at 8pm. €14- 19.
- Oddlaner plays an electronic music night from 10pm at Apero.
- The Leuven Beer Therapy Club is hosting a free new wave night at M- Café. 8:30pm.
- U-Boat and Overspill play a prog rock show at Sojo’s in Kessel Lo which apparently has the late starting time of midnight.
The Get Out of Town Gig of the Week
- Sympathy for the Vinyl Party 8pm Free
- A night of Electro!
The Wax Club: Boulevard Anspachlaan 66, Brussels
- Django Unchained continues
- All About Eve, the classic from 1950 starring Bette Davis
- Unfair World is in Greek with English subtitles. It is a dark comedy about a police officer who decides to pardon criminals if they have committed a crime due to necessity.
http://www.cinemazed.be/schema/index.asp (English link not working)
Valgeir is performing as part of the Artefact festival and will be in studio this Saturday for an interview. We’re super excited! Readers/listeners can email in questions for Valgeir.
- Gay marriage should soon be legal in France and parts of the UK
- France’s National Assembly has approved a controversial bill that would legalize gay marriage.
- What is causing the controversy is not the gay marriage component but the fact the bill would also legalize gay adoption and protests have recently been held in Paris as a result
- British legislators have approved gay marriage in England and Wales despite fierce opposition from members of the Conservative party, with half of the PM`s Conservative legislators refusing to back him on this issue
In chronological order, the other countries that have federally legalized same-sex marriage are:
Netherlands – 2001
Belgium – 2003
Canada and Spain – 2005
South Africa – 2006
Norway – 2008
Sweden – 2009
Argentina, Portugal and Iceland – 2010
Brazil – 2011
Denmark – 2012
- A third patient in Britain has contracted a new SARS-like virus, becoming the second confirmed British case in a week
- Sadly, one person died in the UK yesterday as a result of the virus
- The Corona virus was identified by the World Health Organisation in September 2012
- The first documented case was a Qatari male who had recently visited Saudi Arabia.
- So far, 11 people have contracted the virus and 6 have died
- Most of the infected lived or had recently visited the Middle East
- The WHO has stated there is currently no need for travel restrictions or special screening