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  1. 15 points
    I think Mika is always very intentional about what he does -- I'm sure he thought carefully about what he wanted to say, and wanted to have meaningful links and attractive graphics to go with his post, and that took time. I don't think his post was a reaction to all the backlash. Just my opinion, of course. 🤷‍♀️
  2. 15 points
    Google translator MIKA in Athens during quarantine days The British-Lebanese popstar Mika stayed in Athens during the quarantine and talks to Athens Voice about his experience. In the early days of quarantine, going through thousands of photos on social media of artists and non-artists, we were surprised to see one of the most positive and open-hearted pop stars, the British-Lebanese Mika being photographed on an Athenian balcony, telling Athens how he goes home, reading, cooking and enjoying the city. After posting on the Athens Voice site and several days later, I got the answers to the questions I had sent him. Starting with a polite, apologetic note: "I would like to apologize for the delay in replying. The truth is that I have refused all interviews at this time. I also saw the warm text you uploaded a few days ago and the report at the end of the article that you are still waiting for my answers. That made me laugh and I decided to answer your questions. I feel very lucky to be in such a good weather during this difficult time. Best wishes. M. » How did it come about that you are in Athens during the quarantine? My partner, who is Greek, has a house here. I was at the height of my world tour. I had just finished Australia and New Zealand when the whole Asian tour was canceled. I couldn't go back to Italy because of the complete lockdown, and I didn't want to be the only one in the United States because I would be too far away from my family in Paris. So, I came to Athens 6 weeks ago without knowing exactly what was going to happen. In which part of Athens do you live in? It's in Pagrati. I seem to have been in an area where at least 4 musicians live on this road. I have not met them, but I hear them practicing every hour. Pianists, singers, saxophonists. I have a lot of concerts in Bach, Cole Porter, Portuguese Fado and some other uncertain self-designs. I have to admit that the members of this "unofficial orchestra" are much better than others! Even though the playing isn't always amazing, I really like being on a road where you don't see anyone but you hear the music they play. It is very poetic. Have you been to Athens before? Many times. Although I was always in a hurry. Before that, my longest stay was 4 days. I can say that I am discovering it for the first time normally, now. It's ironic; everything had to be closed for me to be able to connect normally with the city. To sit, to walk, to listen, to understand it better, without falling into the trap of going to the same restaurants and hotels. I am fascinated by this city and I am really starting to love it, in fact I am thinking of making it a more permanent part of my life. What is your favorite place in Athens? I like the popular Friday in the various neighborhoods, especially the one in Mets. At this time, being able to run around the Acropolis and the Observatory without the thousands of tourists is amazing. I feel very, very lucky to be able to see them this way. I run up and down Filopappou and the view of the city fascinates me every time. Athens is full of urban secrets that are not obvious to the tourist at first glance; the shops with ethnic cuisines and restaurants in Omonia, Victoria Square, the Municipal Market and the fact that the sea and the mountains are here next to you. I find this city unique. But my favorite thing is the terraces. I sit on my balcony and spy on other people living their lives. I am very connected to this ocean by terraces and low buildings. At midnight, at the Resurrection, it was spectacular to see the city come alive in the way it did. What is your favorite food in Athens? All these past weeks I've been cooking at home. You get tired of delivery very quickly! Also, many good restaurants do not seem to deliver. So I became an expert in the grocery stores in my area! I know which butcher is good and who isn't. I know which greengrocer on my way sells the best tomatoes. I've also learned which employees are friendly and which to avoid! The lady who has the oven nearby makes me smile every time I go. At first it was difficult because I don't speak Greek but now, whenever I go shopping, I say good morning to ten different people. We have seen that in quarantine days you read some very interesting books. Can you tell me about these books? I really enjoy a book called "Damascus" by an Australian author, Christos Tsiolkas. These are stories about the lives of various characters, including St. Paul, a generation after the death of Christ. It is a very beautiful book and, through these stories, you are transported to a critical moment of the birth of Christianity. It is appropriate to read something epic at this time, as our reality has somehow been suspended. I also read a book by Ismail Kadare, "Chronicle in Stone". He is a boy who grew up in Albania during World War II. I don't know much about Albania, but I'm very curious. The Balkans in general are very interesting and I think, at least in the UK, we don't learn much about this part of the world, and it's a shame. But my favorite book right now is Albert Camus's "Plague." It's an amazing book. I'm impressed by the striking similarities between what Camus describes in a fantastic 1940s epidemic and what the world is going through now. Everything from emotions to politics, food, drink, and sex. What makes it even more remarkable is that the epidemic, as Camus describes it, never really happened. I find that reading a book that is so closely related to what we live in is extremely comforting. I started reading it and then I started listening to it as I ran down the street, doing my daily exercise. This book, combined with the ancient monuments around me, has made me very interested in philosophy. So I found a university professor from UCL in London who has started and is teaching me through FaceTime. I am currently studying Plato and Socrates in depth. It's amazing to think that I only sleep a few miles away from where Plato's Academy was. You also have a Swatch watch and Pilot pens. Do you paint at all while you are here, with the quarantine? I have a small design company with my sister Yasmine. We have just completed a major design program for a product that will be released later this year. The project turned out to be much more complicated than we expected, because we have so much more time at our disposal! They were probably lucky (customers). I paint strange things sometimes that I don't know why I paint them first. I'm reading a story about Native Americans and I believe them, so I painted this a few days ago: The drawing that MIKA painted a few days ago, during his stay in Athens, in the middle of a pandemic I always paint with the same pencil and pen technique that you dip in ink. How do you feel about this whole situation with the corona virus? Do you think it will change our lives in the long run? Are you optimistic? I am optimistic, even if I am realistic about the painful social and economic consequences it will cause and we will have to deal with. For me personally, this whole situation gave me the opportunity to decompress, so much so that I was curious and full of impatience to learn about new things coming, in a way that I hadn't felt since I was a teenager! Financially, in my work, I have suffered a lot, but I believe that I will creatively get out of this story, better. At least I hope so! And that hope keeps me optimistic. It's a terrible virus, and having gone through what it can do to your loved ones, I can tell you how scary it can be for someone to collapse. I think it's time to ask ourselves and the world around us as many questions as possible. I think the answers can and will come later. You just released your album in October 2019 and the quarantine started soon after you started your tour. Tell me about the album and the tour. The album was my own reaction to a moment of instability in my personal life. A very strong, creative reaction to various challenges including the death of several people in my family and friends, my mother's struggle with an incurable disease, changes in my life and the fact that I had to deal with growing up in an industry that is obsessed with youth. My reaction was to grab my colors and make them even brighter and not faded. In music, melody is color, so I wanted an album full of melody and disrespectful lyrics that were both personal and playful. The tour was a continuation of that. This is a huge show that, although it has sets and lighting that fills 6 trucks, is built around me like a one man show. I wanted to create something that would be spectacular but also inward. A kind of circus of one. Until now, it was the most favorite tour of my career and it was going to be my biggest. We would play in big arenas in South Korea as well as at the Lollapaloza festivals in South America and Coachella, and then, for two months, we would tour the United States and Canada. And ALL THESE were canceled! And as it seems now, all the summer festivals in Europe that I would play will be canceled. So I made a decision. When things change again, I will continue from where I left off, and I will play in all the festivals next year, where I was going to play this year. And it will be even more interesting as I will continue to change and make more music. This means that the idea of the show will have evolved and will be more tempting over time. This pause can really be one of the most important and productive things that has happened to me in my life, creatively. I am sure that there will be a huge piece of creativity that will come out of this phase. I hope that what happens in my own process happens to other artists as well; which means that we will have many surprises and interesting things to see released in the coming years. For the last 7 years you have been living and working in Italy. How do you feel about this country and what do you have to say about the recent tragedy? I spend a lot of time there but I don't live permanently. The situation is terribly sad and the consequences are not yet clear, I think. We are still in the storm and we are facing this turbulent situation. What scares me is what will happen next; how to maintain morale and hope when people are tired, have fewer supplies, when anger will replace adrenaline. There are so many psychological consequences that are not yet clear. That's why I think it's really time to ask. Italy has suffered a lot, and politically I don't think the European Union has dealt with this crisis in the right way, especially in the early days. Italy will need help, that's for sure. I hope to be able to go there soon. The Italians are very resilient and proud of that. In what ways has this pandemic changed you, as a human being and as an artist? In so many ways. I feel it. I feel my mind breathing. I pay more attention to the people I love, even if there is anxiety; there is also connection. I'm also very careful with people I don't want to be in contact with! My curiosity has really intensified and I'm sure that will change me a lot. How exactly? I don't know and I don't need to know at the moment. Now is the time to ask questions. The answers will come later.
  3. 11 points
    Here is an English translation of the interview. RADIO CANADA 16 05 2020 interview by Pierre_Yves Lord He should give a concert yesterday evening in Montreal, and today in Quebec at the Center Videotron. However, he had to cancel America's tour for a reason well known to us. But we could talk to him by phone in distant Athens, where, along with his two dogs, he decided to be in quarantine. Good evening Mika. M: Good evening. How are you? P-Y: I'm fine. I am glad that during the "5 a 7" program we can talk over a long-distance drink. How are things in Greece? M: As for the situation here, it is rather good. The government reacted very quickly. But I'm becoming a little crazy. Really. I can tell you that they reacted here very quickly and so on ... I found myself here in a strange moment. I was on tour. I was in Australia and suddenly ... The concerts in China were canceled ... Then South Korea ... Then Japan ... Then I thought that next will be Lollapaluza in South America ... Coachella ... and all the rest. The tour was to last two and a half months. And I was in Wanuatu ... in the Pacific ... I was filming there something. I asked myself then: where should I go now? My boyfriend cannot enter the United States because he has no green card. I couldn't be with my family in Paris because the hotel I always stay in was closed. I told myself: OK. I don't want to be alone in the States and go crazy there. I don't know how long it will take. I'm going to Athens. And now I'm in his (Andy's) tiny apartment, right in the city center, where the Acropolis can be seen from the balcony. It's such a flat for a student with an amazing view. I can say that I was lucky because I am not too far from my family, and I have a beautiful view from the balcony where I spend most of my time reading books. P-Y: You know Mika, I had the opportunity to see what your apartment looks like. In social media, on Instagram you showed videos, so-called "Live", where you cook, talk, play music for an hour. You dance, cook ... M: What is a home? For me, like for many people, this is kitchen and music. Often both at the same time. I listen to everything. For example, tonight we're going to have dinner - me and Andy – and I listened to Mike Posner's album, the song is called "Iris". I also listened to the arias performed by Cecylia Bartoni – a lyrical singer. In contrast, there was also Nirvana and a little bit of Cher .... I really feel a little awkward because it's not a perfect playlist. But it is funny. At home, we don't care what other people think ... I didn't want to perform in this whole situation. I don't have a piano here, I didn't want to sing a capella. I didn't want to perform using my telephone. Everything I had, I invested in this tour, a huge show. And suddenly the tour ends in a half way Everything is canceled. What am I supposed to do? Sing to the phone? I said no. I don’t sing now. I'm listening now. And then I'll sing even more and louder. P-Y: Let's imagine that you would enter the Center Videotron stage tonight. What would the last moments before going on stage look like? When the lights are down, when you hear the crowd waiting for the beginning of the show? What state are you in? What happens for a few seconds before entering the stage? M: The question you asked me is very important on my concerts. My concert starts at the moment you enter the venue. If we want the audience to open completely, to become softer ... more expressive ... we must take responsibility for managing it. You have to tell them that everything is fine. If only life changes for these two and a half hours, if we suspend reality, make us more human, more real, let us feel emotions that are more joyful ... When people come to my concerts, something starts to happen. For this latest tour, I wrote songs that are something like a biography, self-portrait, which is associated with colors. It is divided into chapters in different colors. And I put my life and my emotions that I share with the audience into colors. Blue, red and so on ... I created a whole rainbow. And finally I say: even in white, which is not the color, which is the coldest thing in the world, all the colors of the universe are included. So this is a poetic and emotional journey through emotions, using music, of course. So, the concert becomes a circus of colors. Spectacular and very personal at the same time. P-Y: Does this mean that you're preparing the audience to be open to feeling? And you, Mika? When you are on stage - let me remind you that your album is called "Michael Holbrook" - then are you Mika or Michael? M: I am both. This is the result of both of them. One is going to bed at night crying, afraid, worried. The second one goes on stage and sings in front of thousands of people he doesn't know ... I speak in the third person now, but in order to show this fight between two personalities in my life ... Since I have been working since I was seven, I am Mika. But I was born as Michael. I rejected my father's name, Michael, to become Mika ... P-Y: But why? M: I don't know. I never understood why it happened ... I was afraid that I would not have the strength to be Mika ... It is strange ... There is always tension in me provoking creativity ... For me it was also a relationship with my dad, my mum who trained me ... dad was often absent ... but there is a lot of love between three of us and the whole family ... It's funny, but on stage I can say everything without the need to look for nice words, without the need to apologize, without fear of someone being offended ... ... I can say everything on stage. Through gesture, emotion, look ... I say that while singing we expose ourselves completely. We can do strip tease ... I can take off ... I can show my bare ass ... I can take off my underwear ... but you will see less than when I sing. This applies to everyone. P-Y: Yes, a more personal relationship is created ... Mika, apparently you are learning Arabic and philosophy in Greece. M: And how do you know that? Did you do the research? P-Y: Yes, I did some research. So is that true? Are you learning Arabic and philosophy? M: Well, I have to do something. I don't have a piano here. For now, I listen to a lot of music. I’ll tell you something. It hasn't happened to me for a long time ... I listened to the music last night and I had tears in my eyes. I was alone in my room and really ... I wasn't drunk. I drank tea and I had tears in my eyes ... it has not happened to me for so long that I was alone in my room and had tears in my eyes. P-Y: What was the song? M: Oh, you want to know everything. P-Y: I want to know which song made you cry. What kind of music causes you such emotions that tears flow. M: It was Nina Simone "Black, Black, Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair". This is an amazing song. (We hear a fragment of the song) ... It's amazing, isn't it? I think it's because of the decompression of my brain that has taken place over the last 6-7 weeks ... it made me more ... human. Everything has become more important again. Music has become more important. Awareness of the love I feel for my friends, family and music. It all became much more important. And at the same time I don't care what other people think. This is the kind of irreverendness that I hope I can keep when one day - and it doesn't happen quickly - everything will become more normal again. P-Y: We give up our defences. We are more real ... Mika, is it possible that one day you will move to Montreal? For a month, for several months ... years? M: I would like to. I spoke about it many times, but no one offered me a job. And because I'm a gypsy from the circus ... because I really work like in a circus: I started very early ... I follow creativity, because I feel at home when I can express myself freely when a project comes up. But for now, nobody offered me anything. I wouldn't really think too long. I really like Montreal. P-Y: I think this city loves you too. And if you look for a job, we can work together on the radio at "5 and 7". I invite you whenever you want ... It was a huge pleasure to talk to Mika. You are very nice. M: Thank you. It was a great pleasure. You warmed my heart.
  4. 10 points
    A little bit off topic but in relation to racism I found this photo. Sometimes humans should learn from them
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    AUDIO VIDEO @Subtitling Team Could you translate it ? Thank you.
  6. 10 points
    Athens Voice.gr Ο MIKA στην Αθήνα τις μέρες της καραντίνας Γιάννης Νένες Ο Βρετανο-Λιβανέζος popstar Mika, έμεινε στην Αθήνα κατά την διάρκεια της καραντίνας και μιλάει στην Athens Voice για την εμπειρία του. Τις πρώτες ημέρες της καραντίνας, διατρέχοντας ανάµεσα σε χιλιάδες φωτογραφίες στα κοινωνικά δίκτυα καλλιτεχνών και μη, με έκπληξη είδαμε έναν από τους πιο θετικούς και ανοιχτόκαρδους ποπ σταρς, τον Βρετανο-Λιβανέζο Mika να φωτογραφίζεται σε ένα αθηναϊκό µπαλκόνι, λέγοντας πώς περνάει στο σπίτι στην Αθήνα, διαβάζοντας, µαγειρεύοντας και απολαµβάνοντας την πόλη. Μετά από τη δηµοσίευσή µας στο site της Athens Voice και µε αρκετές μέρες καθυστέρηση, πήραµε και τις απαντήσεις στις ερωτήσεις που του είχαµε στείλει. Ξεκινώντας µε ένα ευγενικό, απολογητικό σηµείωµα: «Θα ήθελα να ζητήσω συγγνώµη για την αργοπορία στην απάντησή µου. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι έχω αρνηθεί όλες τις συνεντεύξεις αυτή την περίοδο. Είδα όµως το ένθερµο κείµενο που ανεβάσατε πριν λίγες µέρες και την αναφορά στο τέλος του άρθρου ότι ακόµα περιµένετε τις απαντήσεις µου. Αυτό µε έκανε να χαµογελάσω και αποφάσισα να απαντήσω στις ερωτήσεις σας. Νιώθω πολύ τυχερός που βρίσκοµαι σε ένα τόσο όµορφο µέρος αυτή τη δύσκολη περίοδο. Τις καλύτερες ευχές µου. M.» Πώς προέκυψε και βρίσκεσαι στην Αθήνα µε την καραντίνα; Ο σύντροφός µου, που είναι µισός Έλληνας, έχει ένα σπίτι εδώ. Εγώ βρισκόµουν στη µέση της παγκόσµιας περιοδείας µου. Μόλις είχαµε τελειώσει από την Αυστραλία και τη Νέα Ζηλανδία, όταν όλη η ασιατική περιοδεία ακυρώθηκε. ∆εν µπορούσαµε να γυρίσουµε πίσω στην Ιταλία εξαιτίας του πλήρους lockdown, και δεν ήθελα να µείνω µόνος µου στις ΗΠΑ γιατί θα ήµουν πολύ µακριά από την οικογένειά µου που βρίσκεται στο Παρίσι. Έτσι, λοιπόν, ήρθα στην Αθήνα πριν 6 εβδοµάδες χωρίς να ξέρω καλά-καλά τι πρόκειται να γίνει. Σε ποιο µέρος της Αθήνας είναι το διαµέρισµα που µένεις; Είναι στο Παγκράτι. Φαίνεται να έχω βρεθεί σε µία περιοχή όπου ζουν τουλάχιστον 4 µουσικοί στον δρόµο µου. ∆εν τους έχω συναντήσει, αλλά τους ακούω να εξασκούνται κάθε µέρα. Πιανίστες, τραγουδιστές, σαξοφωνίστας. Έχω τζάµπα συναυλίες µε Bach, Cole Porter, πορτογαλέζικα Fado και κάποιους µάλλον αβέβαιους αυτοσχεδιασµούς. Πρέπει να οµολογήσω ότι τα µέλη αυτής της «ανεπίσηµης ορχήστρας» είναι πολύ καλύτεροι µουσικοί από άλλους! Ακόµα όµως κι αν το παίξιµο δεν είναι πάντα καταπληκτικό, µου αρέσει πολύ που βρίσκοµαι σε έναν δρόµο όπου δεν βλέπεις κανέναν αλλά ακούς τη µουσική που παίζουν. Είναι πολύ όµορφο και ποιητικό. Έχεις ξαναβρεθεί στην Αθήνα; Πολλές φορές. Αν και πάντα ήμουν πολύ βιαστικός. Πριν από αυτό, η μεγαλύτερη διάρκεια παραμονής μου ήταν 4 μέρες. Μπορώ να πω ότι την ανακαλύπτω για πρώτη φορά κανονικά, τώρα. Είναι ειρωνεία· έπρεπε να είναι τα πάντα κλειστά για να μπορέσω να συνδεθώ κανονικά με την πόλη. Να καθίσω, να περπατήσω, να ακούσω, να την καταλάβω καλύτερα, χωρίς να πέφτω στην παγίδα να πάω στα ίδια εστιατόρια και ξενοδοχεία. Είμαι γοητευμένος με αυτή την πόλη και αρχίζω να την αγαπάω αληθινά, μάλιστα σκέφτομαι να την κάνω πιο μόνιμο μέρος της ζωής μου. Ποιο είναι το αγαπημένο σου μέρος στην Αθήνα; Μου αρέσουν οι λαϊκές της Παρασκευής στις διάφορες γειτονιές, ειδικά αυτή στο Μετς. Αυτή την εποχή, το να μπορείς να τρέξεις γύρω από την Ακρόπολη και το Aστεροσκοπείο χωρίς τους χιλιάδες τουρίστες, είναι καταπληκτικό. Νιώθω πολύ πολύ τυχερός που μπορώ να τα δω με αυτό τον τρόπο. Τρέχω πάνω κάτω στου Φιλοπάππου και η θέα της πόλης με γοητεύει κάθε φορά. Η Αθήνα είναι γεμάτη urban μυστικά που δεν είναι φανερά στον τουρίστα με την πρώτη ματιά· τα μαγαζιά με τις έθνικ κουζίνες και τα εστιατόρια στην Ομόνοια, την πλατεία Βικτωρίας, τη Δημοτική Αγορά και το γεγονός ότι η θάλασσα και τα βουνά είναι εδώ δίπλα σου. Βρίσκω αυτή την πόλη μοναδική. Το πιο αγαπημένο μου πράγμα όμως είναι οι ταράτσες. Κάθομαι στο μπαλκόνι μου και κατασκοπεύω τους άλλους ανθρώπους να ζουν τη ζωή τους. Έχω συνδεθεί πολύ με αυτόν τον ωκεανό από ταράτσες και χαμηλά κτίρια. Τα μεσάνυχτα, στην Ανάσταση, ήταν θεαματικό να βλέπεις την πόλη να ζωντανεύει με τον τρόπο που έγινε. Ποιο είναι το αγαπημένο σου φαγητό στην Αθήνα; Όλες αυτές τις περασμένες εβδομάδες μαγείρευα στο σπίτι. Κουράζεσαι πολύ γρήγορα από το ντελίβερι! Επίσης, πολλά καλά εστιατόρια όπως φαίνεται, δεν στέλνουν στο σπίτι. Έτσι λοιπόν έγινα εξπέρ στα μανάβικα της περιοχής μου! Ξέρω ποιος κρεοπώλης είναι καλός και ποιος στριμένος. Ξερω ποιος μανάβης στον δρόμο μου πουλάει ντομάτες που διατηρούνται περισσότερο. Ακόμα έχω μάθει ποιοι υπάλληλοι είναι φιλικοί και ποιους να αποφεύγω! Η κυρία που έχει τον φούρνο εδώ κοντά με κάνει και χαμογελάω κάθε φορά που πάω. Στην αρχή ήταν δύσκολο γιατί δεν μιλάω ελληνικά αλλά τώρα, όποτε βγαίνω για ψώνια, λέω καλημέρα σε δέκα διαφορετικούς ανθρώπους. Έχουμε δει ότι τις ημέρες της καραντίνας διαβάζεις κάποια πολύ ενδιαφέροντα βιβλία. Μπορείς να μου μιλήσεις για αυτά τα βιβλία; Απολαμβάνω πραγματικά ένα βιβλίο με τον τίτλο «Δαμασκός» ενός αυστραλιανού συγγραφέα, του Χρήστου Τσιόλκα. Πρόκειται για ιστορίες γύρω από τη ζωή διάφορων χαρακτήρων, μεταξύ των οποίων και ο Άγιος Παύλος, μία γενιά μετά τον θάνατο του Χριστού. Είναι ένα πολύ όμορφο βιβλίο και, μέσα από αυτές τις ιστορίες, μεταφέρεσαι σε μία κρίσιμη στιγμή της γέννησης του Χριστιανισμού. Ταιριάζει να διαβάζεις κάτι επικό αυτή την περίοδο, καθώς η πραγματικότητά μας έχει κατά κάποιο τρόπο ανασταλεί. Διαβάζω επίσης ένα βιβλίο του Ismail Kadare, το «Chronicle in Stone». Πρόκειται για ένα αγόρι που μεγαλώνει στην Αλβανία κατά τη διάρκεια του Δεύτερου Παγκοσμίου Πόλεμου. Δεν γνωρίζω πολλά για την Αλβανία, αλλά είμαι πολύ περίεργος. Τα Βαλκάνια γενικά έχουν μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον και πιστεύω ότι, τουλάχιστον στη Μεγάλη Βρετανία, δεν μαθαίνουμε πολλά για αυτό το μέρος του κόσμου, και είναι κρίμα. Το αγαπημένο μου βιβλίο όμως αυτή τη στιγμή είναι η «Πανούκλα» του Αλμπέρ Καμί. Είναι ένα καταπληκτικό βιβλίο. Είμαι εντυπωσιασμένος από τις εκπληκτικές ομοιότητες ανάμεσα σε αυτό που περιγράφει ο Camus σε μία φανταστική του επιδημία στη δεκαετία του 1940 και σε αυτό που περνάει ο κόσμος τώρα. Στα πάντα, από τα συναισθήματα μέχρι την πολιτική, τις συνθήκες στο φαγητό, το ποτό, και το σεξ. Αυτό που το κάνει ακόμα πιο αξιοσημείωτο είναι ότι η επιδημία, έτσι όπως την περιγράφει ο Καμί, στην πραγματικότητα δεν συνέβη ποτέ. Θεωρώ ότι η ανάγνωση ενός βιβλίου που συνδέεται τόσο πολύ με αυτό που ζούμε, είναι κάτι εξαιρετικά παρήγορο. Άρχισα να το διαβάζω και μετά άρχισα να το ακούω καθώς τρέχω στο δρόμο, κάνοντας την καθημερινή μου άσκηση. Αυτό το βιβλίο, σε συνδυασμό με τα αρχαία μνημεία γύρω μου, με έχει κάνει να ενδιαφερθώ πολύ για τη φιλοσοφία. Βρήκα λοιπόν έναν καθηγητή πανεπιστημίου από το UCL του Λονδίνου ο οποίος έχει αρχίσει και μου κάνει μαθήματα μέσω FaceTime. Μελετάω εις βάθος τον Πλάτωνα και τον Σωκράτη αυτή την περίοδο. Είναι καταπληκτικό να σκέφτεσαι ότι κοιμάμαι μόνο μερικά χιλιόμετρα μακριά από το σημείο που βρισκόταν η Ακαδημία του Πλάτωνα. Έχεις επίσης σχεδιάσει ένα ρολόι Swatch και πένες Pilot. Ζωγραφίζεις καθόλου όσο είσαι εδώ, με την καραντίνα; Έχω μία μικρή σχεδιαστική εταιρεία με την αδερφή μου Yasmine. Μόλις έχουμε ολοκληρώσει ένα μεγάλο σχεδιαστικό πρόγραμμα για ένα προϊόν που θα κυκλοφορήσει αργότερα μέσα στη χρονιά. Το έργο κατέληξε να είναι πολύ πιο περίπλοκο από όσο περιμέναμε, γιατί έχουμε τόσο πολύ περισσότερο χρόνο στη διάθεσή μας! Μάλλον στάθηκαν τυχεροί (οι πελάτες). Ζωγραφίζω, περίεργα πράγματα μερικές φορές που δεν ξέρω γιατί τα ζωγραφίζω καταρχάς. Διαβάζω μία ιστορία για τους Ιθαγενείς Ινδιάνους της Αμερικής και τα πιστεύω τους, οπότε ζωγράφισα αυτό πριν λίγες μέρες: Πάντα ζωγραφίζω με το ίδιο μολύβι και με την τεχνική της πένας που βουτάς στο μελάνι. Πώς νιώθεις για όλη αυτή την κατάσταση με τον κορωνοϊό; Πιστεύεις ότι θα αλλάξει μακροπρόθεσμα τις ζωές μας; Είσαι αισιόδοξος; Είμαι αισιόδοξος, έστω κι αν είμαι ρεαλιστής σχετικά με τα επίπονα κοινωνικά και οικονομικά αποτελέσματα που θα προκαλέσει και θα πρέπει να αντιμετωπίσουμε. Για μένα προσωπικά, όλη αυτή η κατάσταση μου έδωσε την ευκαιρία για αποσυμπίεση, τόσο πολύ ώστε να είμαι περίεργος και γεμάτος ανυπομονησία να μάθω για τα καινούργια πράγματα που έρχονται, με έναν τρόπο που είχα να νιώσω έτσι από έφηβος! Οικονομικά, στη δουλειά μου, έχω υποστεί μεγάλη ταλαιπωρία αλλά πιστεύω ότι δημιουργικά θα βγω από αυτή την ιστορία, καλύτερος. Τουλάχιστον το ελπίζω! Και αυτή η ελπίδα με κρατάει αισιόδοξο. Είναι ένας τρομερός ιός, και έχοντας περάσει από αυτό που μπορεί να προκαλέσει στους αγαπημένους σου ανθρώπους, μπορώ να σας πω ότι είναι τρομακτικό το πόσο γρήγορα μπορεί κάποιος να καταρρεύσει. Νομίζω ότι είναι η ώρα για ερωτήσεις προς τον εαυτό μας και τον κόσμο γύρω μας, όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερες ερωτήσεις. Νομίζω ότι οι απαντήσεις μπορούν και θα έρθουν αργότερα. Μόλις κυκλοφόρησες το άλμπουμ σου τον Οκτώβριο του ’19 και η καραντίνα ξεκίνησε ακριβώς μόλις άρχιζες την περιοδεία σου. Μίλησέ μου για το άλμπουμ και την τουρνέ. Το άλμπουμ ήταν μία δική μου αντίδραση σε μία στιγμή αστάθειας στην προσωπική μου ζωή. Μία πολύ δυνατή, δημιουργική αντίδραση σε διάφορες προκλήσεις μεταξύ των οποίων τον θάνατο αρκετών ανθρώπων της οικογένειάς μου και φίλων, τον αγώνα της μητέρας μου με μία ανίατη ασθένεια, αλλαγές στη ζωή μου και το γεγονός ότι έπρεπε να αντιμετωπίσω το ότι μεγαλώνω σε μία βιομηχανία που έχει εμμονή με τη νεότητα. Η αντίδρασή μου ήταν να αρπάξω τα χρώματά μου και να τα κάνω ακόμα πιο φωτεινά και όχι ξεθωριασμένα. Στη μουσική, η μελωδία είναι χρώμα, έτσι λοιπόν ήθελα ένα άλμπουμ γεμάτο μελωδία και ασεβείς στίχους που να είναι τόσο προσωπικοί όσο και παιχνιδιάρικοι. Η περιοδεία ήταν μία συνέχιση αυτού. Πρόκειται για ένα τεράστιο σόου που αν και έχει σκηνικά και φωτισμούς που γεμίζουν 6 νταλίκες είναι χτισμένο γύρω από εμένα σαν one man παράσταση. Ήθελα να δημιουργήσω κάτι που θα ήταν θεαματικό αλλά και ενδόμυχο. Ένα είδος τσίρκου του ενός. Μέχρι τώρα ήταν η πιο αγαπημένη περιοδεία της καριέρας μου και επρόκειτο να είναι και η μεγαλύτερή μου. Θα παίζαμε σε μεγάλες αρένες στη Νότια Κορέα καθώς και στα φεστιβάλ Loolapaloza στη νότια Αμερική και στο Coachella και μετά, επί δύο μήνες, θα κάναμε περιοδεία στις ΗΠΑ και τον Καναδά. Και ΟΛΑ ΑΥΤΑ ακυρώθηκαν! Και όπως φαίνεται τώρα θα ακυρωθούν και όλα τα καλοκαιρινά φεστιβάλ της Ευρώπης που θα έπαιζα. Έτσι, λοιπόν, πήρα μία απόφαση. Όταν τα πράγματα θα ξαναφτιάξουν, θα συνεχίσω από το σημείο που είχα σταματήσει, και θα παίξω σε όλα τα φεστιβάλ της επόμενης χρονιάς, εκεί που ήταν να παίξω φέτος. Και θα είναι ακόμα πιο ενδιαφέρον καθώς θα έχω συνεχίσει να αλλάζω και να κάνω περισσότερη μουσική. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι η ιδέα του σόου θα έχει εξελιχθεί και θα είναι πιο δελεαστική του χρόνου. Αυτή η παύση μπορεί πραγματικά να είναι ένα από τα πιο σημαντικά και παραγωγικά πράγματα που μου έχουν συμβεί στη ζωή μου, από δημιουργική άποψη. Είμαι σίγουρος ότι θα υπάρξει ένα τεράστιο κομμάτι δημιουργικότητας που θα βγει από αυτή τη φάση. Ελπίζω ότι αυτό που συμβαίνει στη δική μου διεργασία να συμβαίνει και με άλλους καλλιτέχνες… πράγμα που σημαίνει ότι θα έχουμε πολλές εκπλήξεις και ενδιαφέροντα πράγματα να δούμε να κυκλοφορούν τα επόμενα χρόνια. Τα τελευταία 7 χρόνια ζεις και δουλεύεις στην Ιταλία. Πώς νιώθεις για τη χώρα αυτή και τι έχεις να πεις για την τραγωδία που ζει τελευταία; Περνάω πολύ χρόνο εκεί αλλά δεν ζω μόνιμα. Είναι τρομερά λυπηρή η κατάσταση και οι επιπτώσεις δεν είναι ακόμα ξεκάθαρες νομίζω. Βρισκόμαστε ακόμα μέσα στην καταιγίδα και αντιμετωπίζουμε αυτή την ταραχώδη κατάσταση. Αυτό που με φοβίζει είναι τι θα συμβεί μετά… πώς θα διατηρηθεί το ηθικό και η ελπίδα όταν οι άνθρωποι θα είναι κουρασμένοι, θα έχουν λιγότερα αποθέματα, όταν ο θυμός θα αντικαταστήσει την αδρεναλίνη. Υπάρχουν τόσες πολλές ψυχολογικές συνέπειες που δεν είναι ακόμα ξεκάθαρες. Για αυτόν το λόγο πιστεύω ότι είναι πραγματικά η ώρα να αναρωτηθούμε. Η Ιταλία έχει υποφέρει πολύ, και σε πολιτικό επίπεδο δεν νομίζω ότι η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση αντιμετώπισε αυτή την κρίση με τον σωστό τρόπο, ειδικά τις πρώτες μέρες. Η Ιταλία θα χρειαστεί βοήθεια, αυτό είναι σίγουρο. Ελπίζω να μπορέσω να πάω εκεί σύντομα. Οι Ιταλοί είναι πολύ ανθεκτικοί και είναι υπερήφανοι για αυτό. Με ποιους τρόπους σε έχει αλλάξει αυτή η πανδημία, σαν άνθρωπο και σαν καλλιτέχνη Με πάρα πολλούς τρόπους. Το νιώθω. Νιώθω το μυαλό μου να αναπνέει. Προσέχω περισσότερο τους ανθρώπους που αγαπώ, ακόμα κι αν υπάρχει η ανησυχία… υπάρχει επίσης η διασύνδεση. Επίσης είμαι πολύ προσεκτικός με τους ανθρώπους που δεν θέλω να είμαι σε επαφή! Η περιέργειά μου πραγματικά έχει οξυνθεί και είμαι σίγουρος ότι αυτό θα με αλλάξει πολύ. Πώς ακριβώς; Δεν ξέρω και προς το παρόν δεν μου χρειάζεται να ξέρω. Τώρα είναι η ώρα να κάνουμε ερωτήσεις. Οι απαντήσεις θα έρθουν αργότερα. Το σχέδιο που ζωγράφισε ο ΜΙΚΑ πριν λίγες ημέρες, κατά την παραμονή του στην Αθήνα, εν μέσω πανδημίας
  7. 10 points
  8. 9 points
    All in all, this episode made me change my point of view on social media. The reason why I joined any of the social networks in the first place was because of Mika, and despite all the bad news you get (also) there whenever bad things happen in the world, to me it always was a happy place, the only connection I can have with Mika when he's not touring, and the only connection I have with other fans who don't come on MFC much (anymore). So I never really understood the negative things Mika said about social media, starting with his "Twitter bitter" post years ago, and continuing in several interviews and his continuous absence from socials. But now I think I understand what he means. If a few people criticize a post (by Mika or by anyone else), it's normal to me, it's not something I notice much. But what I've seen posted to Mika recently, even if most posts aren't hateful if you just look at a single post - but the sheer amount of it is just overwhelming. It's like drops of water that destroy a stone in the long run, and Mika has had this for years, about pretty much everything he does or doesn't do. And yes, often enough I've taken part in this, not seeing what it does if you get that kind of stuff hundreds of times every day. And maybe it'll happen again because even with the best intentions people do make mistakes, and social media still IS the only way we all can be in contact with Mika and give him feedback. So I'm not blaming anyone (apart from the few really hateful posters) or saying this or that could or should have been done. It just changed my opinion on social media to a probably more realistic one. And for once, although I do miss him, I'm happy that Mika doesn't come much on the socials these days, because it means I can take a bit of a break from it as well, without having the feeling that I'm missing much. As I said on Twitter the other day, social networks aren't life, and often it's just not possible to express certain thoughts with a few words or in a photo. I'm happy that Mika found a way with his well-researched and thoughtful post. ❤️
  9. 9 points
    He posted it on Twitter as well, together with some links. I agree that he needn't have posted anything and it's purely his own decision. But I love it that, as always, he put a lot of thought into what he posted, all of this is certainly nothing he put together within 5 minutes. You get bombarded with so much information on Social Media, I think the hardest thing is to choose and to select what to follow, to read and to support in particular. Not everything that is done in the name of a good cause really does serve this cause. So I'm very thankful to Mika that he has done all this research and put this together. Mika's text & links: Google translate Italian Google translate French
  10. 9 points
    Hi everyone! Joined your lovely forum and wanted to virtually introduce myself. So I’m Mi and live in the very western part of Germany, not too far from the Dutch border. I’m actually Dutch, but found love in Germany and decided to follow my heart. Now we have three kids and a house with a garden, so I think we can say that worked out very well! I have recently rediscovered Mika as they played “Relax, take it easy” fairly often whenever I was in the store (the only trip outside of the home during this lockdown, so you can imagine that song spoke to me on various levels). I decided to Shazam the song and was surprised to see it was by Mika. I remember “Grace Kelly” being played on the radio constantly a few years back. So often, that I (will shamefully admit...) would turn it off back then.... oops... Anyway, with Spotify being readily available these days, I decided to listen to all of his albums and they’ve been on repeat ever since. I wonder if I wouldn’t have turned out Grace Kelly back then and would’ve done my research, if I would’ve joined your ranks much earlier! My outlet during this lockdown has been drawing. After a 20 year hiatus (I’m actually a year younger than Mika, but it does make me feel old when I say that, haha!), I decided to pick up my pencils again. One of the first things I decided to draw was Mika, with the colors of his latest album MNIMH. Hope to see and talk to you more on this forum! Cheers!
  11. 9 points
  12. 9 points
    That's probably his passive aggressive way of getting revenge on the neighbour who owns the piano but can't actually play it. He's gonna be vacuuming the house at 2 am .
  13. 9 points
    mika is having a good hair day and wants us all to see it
  14. 8 points
  15. 8 points
    Stories 76403ee4-5b8a-4b60-be9e-301697c3c851 (1).mp4 26d76811-f74f-4272-99d4-74e3345c904a.mp4 bbacd36c-5f8c-40a5-b9b0-f0d0e3b97094.mp4
  16. 8 points
  17. 7 points
    I guess with everything going on in the world, people have put social media (even more) as a center of their attention. With no other distraction, waiting for your favorite person to respond feels even longer and some get very impatient. Let’s be kind to one another and have more patience 😊 I think you guys are right about Mika putting a lot of thought into this, because that’s what it reflects, including making it look pretty and colorful. (Loved that!) Bad thing about being in the spotlight like him, you can’t do everyone justice. There were several posts that highlighted that he has less followers now, but in the end, you would want the people that see and appreciate you to stick around, not the ones that are upset with every little thing you do (or don’t do, in their respective timeline).
  18. 7 points
  19. 7 points
    Just discovered that picture. I think I haven't seen it before. But I totally fell in love with it.
  20. 7 points
    Yeeesss, he's looking SO good! And his eyes are sparkling full of happiness, that's sooo good to see!
  21. 7 points
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  23. 7 points
    Yesterday, I posted just his story on MFCB page saying ATTENTION - BREAKING NEWS to see how people would react and I don't regret it
  24. 7 points
    Didn't he already buy 3 of them on Black Friday last year? Ok probably he didn't take these with him... But why didn't Andy have one before? Was it broken? Didn't it live up to Mika's high expectations? Did another person/cleaning company clean the flat before Corona? Will we get a #CleaningWithMika IG live next? This video raises lots of philosophical questions, the answers will come later. (or maybe not)
  25. 7 points
  26. 6 points
    I don't believe anyone who knows Mika had any doubts that he would post about the situation. He always has in the past when things get rough or good because he truly cares and he is really a good guy. However it is better to think carefully about what you post and he took his time which is a good thing. I am against putting pressure on anyone either online or offline. I think it is rude and counterproductive. You can ask in a nice way but not with caps (for example) and using please... but you can also be patient...I will sound like an old thing maybe, but love and patience are the best way...always...trust me
  27. 6 points
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  30. 6 points
    It's my Mika-versary! 13 years ago today I'm pretty sure one man changed my life forever. I was lucky to get the free tickets to Radio 1's Big Weekend in Preston. There were many acts that day, including Rihanna's first UK performance, I only cared about one of those acts though. I will never forget somehow getting to the front row and chanting "Mika! Mika!" with a bunch of other fans. There was crying (happy tears) and laughter in equal measure. My jaw hurt from smiling so much and I lost my voice from screaming. Until I see Mika again, nothing will top that day. My first time seeing Mika perform (hopefully not the last) is the best day of my life so far!
  31. 6 points
    I was watching today a video from The Trianon gig from the 4th of October 2019 and there just before singing Sanremo Mika sais : "When I close my eyes and I think about home there are smells coming to my head. And when I think about my own home it's about dogs' hair I am cleaning constantly. It's my obsession". I think he should have mentioned a word "vacuum cleaner" 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 VID_20200518_151517.mp4
  32. 6 points
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    Today memories from fb Sweet smile.
  34. 6 points
    @Mikasister and @Kumazz OMG... you're so so so so super funny luckily I entered this splendid forum and found very nice people like you who know how to cheer up my every day. i like to stay here
  35. 6 points
    I don't remember... Waiting for #CleaningwithMika
  36. 6 points
    INSTAGRAM stories on 11 May 2020 Mika bought a new vacuum cleaner !
  37. 5 points
    It's just a rumor... Cattelan will announce new X-Factor 2020 judges on 9 June. davidemaggio.it BOOM! Mika torna a X Factor venerdì 5 giugno 2020 15:19 Fabio Fabbretti Se Emma Marrone, come vi abbiamo anticipato, sarà l’unica donna della giuria di X Factor 2020, DavideMaggio.it è in grado di annunciarvi anche il nome del primo giurato uomo confermato. Si tratta di un ritorno, quello di Mika. Nonostante le sue partecipazioni come giurato a X Factor Italia non abbiano affatto lasciato il segno (ma la lista è lunga ed è in buona compagnia), il cantante libanese naturalizzato britannico tornerà a ricoprire il ruolo di giudice nel talent di Sky, dove ha esordito nella settima edizione (2012) ed è stato confermato nelle due stagioni successive. La nuova giuria di X Factor 2020 esordirà a breve con le Audizioni, prima tappa delle selezioni che precedono il live show. Messa in onda su SkyUno in autunno. BOOM! Mika returns to X Factor If Emma Marrone, as we have anticipated, will be the only woman on the X Factor 2020 jury, DavideMaggio.it can also announce the name of the first confirmed juror. It is a return, that of Mika. Despite his participation as a jury member of X Factor Italia have not left their mark at all (but the list is long and is in good company), the naturalized British Lebanese singer will return to play the role of judge in the talent of Sky, where he made his debut in the seventh edition (2012) and has been confirmed in the two subsequent seasons. The new X Factor 2020 jury will debut shortly with the Auditions, the first stage of the selections preceding the live show. Aired on SkyUno in the fall.
  38. 5 points
  39. 5 points
    I think Mika didn't post because he felt he had to. He knows perfectly well that we never doubted him. His involvement against discrimination is part of his daily life. He probably wanted to do something serious and thoughtful. The conduct of these so-called fans is lamentable, if only because it leaves a doubt and could discredit him in the eyes of a certain press. I don't understand the behaviour of these people who regularly seek to provoke
  40. 5 points
    This is the problem with social medias. People think they can say anything they want and criticize without any limits. They stay anonymus so who cares. I hope Mika does not read it. I wonder what they - who have so much to say - did in real life except writing a few words for free? But on the other hand I know there will be always people thinking they know better and they are always right. God save me from meeting them in real life.
  41. 5 points
    Guys. I'm getting really concerned about Mika being criticised on Twitter... I'll write again what I wrote on my latest Instagram post : I'm getting really pissed off about Mika being criticised on Twitter about his reaction on George Floyd. Seriously, the people who do that have to mind their own business! I don't know if they're blind or something, but Mika POSTED to show his support, he didn't do NOTHING like some celebrities! Mika has a golden soul, and it's not because he didn't put links to petitions or donations that he isn't affected about these horrible things. I'd like to make you remember that he supports many causes, for exemple cancer, homophobia, refugees... So please, think a lot about what you'll say before writing things that are not that nice. --------- I'm just really, really annoyed! Some people forgot that it's only social media, it's not real life. They forgot that between posts there's a human soul that feel a lot more than he expresses in his writing. On Instagram, lots of fans are starting to defend him in stories, posts. Idk if you agree with me, but the world is turning sh*t right now
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    TPi magazine.com 19th May 2020 Ayrton Khamsin-S Shines for Mika Jacob Waite Mika rehearses at Production Park Studios on a set built by Brilliant, decorated by Vince Foster’s lighting using multiple Ayrton fixtures. Photos courtesy of Sarah Womack/Brilliant. The charismatic singer-songwriter Mika’s Revelation tour in support of his fifth studio album, My Name is Michael Holbrook, may have been postponed midway through due to the current COVID-19 crisis, but it wowed audiences from autumn through to this spring. Lighting Designer, Vince Foster who, with an impressive CV which spans well over 30 years, requires little introduction. Foster’s design for Mika’s Revelation was clean and uncomplicated: plenty of floor lighting, significant numbers of side fixtures and trusses in the most effective of locations. His choice of fixtures was similarly unambiguous: just four different fixtures and overwhelmingly from Ayrton. Alongside around thirty Ayrton Magic Blade-FX fixtures were approximately one hundred and twenty of one of Ayrton’s newest moving heads, Khamsin-S. “Every moving light is a Khamsin,” opened Foster when we spoke to him about his design. “I have always been a big fan of Ayrton, using a variety of their fixtures over the years and their move into developing moving heads that have that Ayrton combination of feature-rich technology and quality engineering is really exciting.” The Khamsin-S were everywhere on the rig: the floor, the side hangs, the ‘B’ thrust stage and on both the stage trusses and the one downstage of the B stage. “The rig was designed with input from both Mika and his sister Yasmine. We wanted an unfussy but solid music hall look to allow the audience to focus on Mika himself,” Foster reminisced. “The brief was essentially to create something of a ‘Baron Munchausen’ feel, a slightly tongue-in-cheek, comedic atmosphere. He is the consummate performer, a true showman with a very theatrical approach, and a gift to an LD; he is like a peacock – you shine a light on him and he shows off.” This was the first time that Foster had used an LED light as his primary workhorse as he explained: “I’ve always felt that LEDs are not bright enough for a big, arena sized show but Ayrton’s Khamsin proves that LED has now come of age. Khamsin is a great fixture, it seems to have everything. It is a big beast but very quiet, and, as for its features: gobo wheels; animation wheel; two prisms; frosts – I have used them all – and of course the excellent beam range which allows me to use it equally as both a wash and a profile.” With no video on this show, the stage uses raked rainbow coloured stripes to allude to the new album cover, the lighting was very much central to establishing the visual ambience of the set. Foster used the Khamsin-S colour palette to full effect with the set list based on rainbow colours. “With some colour mixing you can lose intensity, particularly when adding greens, but not with Khamsin. Having that facility in the same fixture that you can use effectively as a key light shows the light’s flexibility,” he added. “Mika spends a lot of time out on the B stage so we light him essentially in 360o and can use the Khamsins as back key lighting with support from followspots. In situations like that, and for lighting the B stage, the shutters are very useful, sited as they are on stage, for framing set pieces like the drum risers. I also use a single Khamsin as a big back light with a rotating gobo at the upstage vanishing point for his first entrance, and another under a grill at the top of the ramp to light him from beneath.” Alongside the Khamsin-S fixtures on the rig were nearly 30 of Ayrton’s Magic Blades-FX. “The MagicBlade-FX’s are great,” enthused Foster. “The zoom is fantastic, it can create a really wide back light that is completely beamless – like a wall of light. I have ten up on the mid truss, eight on the floor and nine out on the B stage. On the thrust, they work really well as uplighters and you get great footlight with a nice even fill which added to the theatricality out there. I’m also a fan of the individual cell control; with seven cells you can have the outside one colour, then graduate the palette inwards and then flip it around. “I am really pleased that I took the option of using the Khamsin-S and the Magic Blade-FX fixtures as the foundation for this design,” concluded Foster. “The Khamsins have proved to me that they are a perfect choice if you are looking for a light that does everything in an arena environment. They have more than met that challenge.” Ayrton is distributed exclusively in the UK by Ambersphere Solutions. www.ayrton.eu Twitter Facebook
  44. 5 points
    Maybe because Mika himself doesn't want to reschedule events as long as we don't know how long this crisis will last...... Like he said to Deb during her IG live....
  45. 5 points
    A song Mika mentioned in the interview: he was listening to while preparing his dinner with Andy that evening.
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    Here is the other article mentions Mika by Γιάννης Νένες. athensvoice.gr Ο Mika περνάει τις μέρες της καραντίνας σε αθηναϊκό διαμέρισμα Γιάννης Νένες 23.04.2020 | 12:52 Ο γνωστός Λιβανο-Βρετανός τραγουδιστής #Μένει_Σπίτι στην Αθήνα και μοιράζεται αγάπη, βιβλία και συνταγές μαγειρικής O Mika ζει την καραντίνα σε ένα διαμέρισμα της Αθήνας και επικοινωνεί με τους φανς μέσα από τα media δείχνοντας συνταγές μαγειρικής και βιβλία. Ο Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr., ή απλώς Mika, είναι ένας καλλιτέχνης που η δουλειά του χαρίζει χαρά με τη χρωματιστή, φωτεινή pop που κάνει και το θετικό vibe που εκπέμπει. Τα τελευταία χρόνια, ζώντας κυρίως στη Γαλλία και την Ιταλία όπου συμμετείχε και σε τηλεοπτικά talent show ως κριτής (στο γαλλικό The Voice και στο ιταλικό X Factor), έδειξε να αγαπάει τις μεσογειακές του ρίζες και να απολαμβάνει τη διαμονή του στον Νότο. Στην Ιταλία, μάλιστα, είχε και δικό του τηλεοπτικό πρόγραμμα, το «Ἁπόψε στο Σπίτι με τον Mika» το οποίο κέρδισε και το διεθνές βραβείο Rose d’Or στον τομέα Ψυχαγωγίας, το 2017. Το «Stasera Casa Mika» είχε καλεσμένους Ιταλούς και ξένους διάσημους ηθοποιούς, μουσικούς και καλλιτέχνες όπως η Kylie Minogue, ο Sting, η LP και η Dita von Teese, μαζί με κωμικά σκετς αλλά και σοβαρά θέματα που αφορούσαν στη ζωή στην Ιταλία. Ο πολυτάλαντος Mika, το 2013, μαζί με την αδερφή του Yasmine σχεδίασαν δύο ρολόγια για τη Swatch, προς τιμή των 30 χρόνων της εταιρείας. Επίσης, το 2017, ο Mika ξεκίνησε συνεργασία με την εταιρεία Pilot για την οποία, μαζί με τη Yasmine, σχεδίασαν μία συλλογή 24 διαφορετικών στιλό με την ευκαιρία των 100 χρόνων από την ίδρυση της εταιρείας. Ένα πραγματικά pop icon που συνδυάζει την pop art με τη μουσική, τη φιλανθρωπική δράση και τον υπερβατικό διαλογισμό. Τον Οκτώβριο του ’19 κυκλοφόρησε το πέμπτο του στούντιο άλμπουμ «My Name is Michael Holbrook» το οποίο πήρε θερμές κριτικές για την ψυχαγωγική, «καλόκαρδη» ποιότητά του και το καλοκαιρινό groove που το χαρακτηρίζει. Πρώτο single του άλμπουμ, το «Ice Cream», είναι αυτό που έπαιξε πολύ το καλοκαίρι στα ραδιόφωνα και στα κλαμπ, με ένα βίντεο α-λα Kylie που γυρίστηκε στη Βαρκελώνη. Το επόμενο single, «Tiny Love» που κυκλοφόρησε τον Αύγουστο, έδειξε για άλλη μία φορά πόσο σπουδαίος καλλιτέχνης είναι ο Mika: ένα υπέροχο κομμάτι που ξεκινάει ήρεμα και κορυφώνεται θαυμάσια δείχνοντας μάλιστα και τις επιρροές του Mika από τους Queen. To τρίτο single «San Remo» που κυκλοφόρησε τον περασμένο Σεπτέμβριο, έχει μία α λα George Michael ποιότητα, όχι μόνο γιατί είναι ένα γλυκό, σέξι ερωτικό γράμμα προς την Ιταλία αλλά και γιατί σημειώνει και την «έξοδο στο φως» που έκανε άλλωστε και ο ίδιος ο Mika, για τη σεξουαλικότητά του. Τον Οκτώβριο του ’19 δέχτηκε το Βραβείο Virgin Atlantic Attitude του δημοφιλούς gay περιοδικού «Attitude», λέγοντας ότι «μετά τον πρώτο καιρό της καριέρας του που αντιμετώπισε την ομοφοβία, αποφάσισε να κάνει ανοιχτά και χωρίς καμία διάθεση να απολογηθεί για αυτό, queer μουσική η οποία τον βοηθάει να θεραπεύσει και πληγές του παρελθόντος». Ο Mika, περήφανος και με ανανεωμένη διάθεση, ξεκίνησε την προώθηση του άλμπουμ με μία παγκόσμια περιοδεία η οποία όμως σταμάτησε πρόωρα λόγω του ξεσπάσματος της πανδημίας του κορωνοϊού. Όταν ο κορωνοϊός χτύπησε την Ιταλία, ο Mika έγραφε: «Είμαι υπερήφανος να είμαι ένας από τους πρώτους που συμμετέχουν στις νέες καμπάνιες @vanityfairitalia και @marchettisimone #Iloveitalia. Η σοβαρότητα και το επείγον της κατάστασης εξαπλώνονται σε όλο τον κόσμο, οι καρδιές και το βλέμμα μας εξακολουθούν να είναι στην Ιταλία και στον τεράστιο αγώνα που αντιμετωπίζει το έθνος. Εγώ και τόσοι πολλοί άλλοι, είμαστε εδώ για να σας ενθαρρύνουμε να διατηρείτε μεγάλες ελπίδες και αλληλεγγύη. Ιταλία Σ’ αγαπώ!» Η έκπληξή μας ωστόσο ήταν μεγάλη όταν είδαμε τον Mika να φωτογραφίζεται για το Instagram, περνώντας τις μέρες της καραντίνας σε ένα αθηναϊκό διαμέρισμα, γράφοντας: «Στο μπαλκόνι στην Αθήνα. Επιτέλους μπορώ να διαβάσω με την ησυχία μου αφού είχα αρκετά στο κεφάλι μου μέχρι πρόσφατα. Η πόλη είναι έντονα ήσυχη σήμερα. Ο μόνος ήχος που ακούγεται είναι από κάποιο περαστικό φορτηγό ή τη βέσπα του ντελιβερά. Ένας άντρας περνάει με το σκύλο του, ενώ μιλάει στο τηλέφωνο. Είναι πάνω από 50 μέτρα μακριά μου αλλά μέσα σε αυτή τη σιωπή της πόλης τον ακούω πεντακάθαρα. Είναι Γάλλος και ρωτάει πώς είναι η οικογένειά του. Αυτές τις μέρες διαβάζω δύο διαφορετικά βιβλία –ένα μυθιστόρημα, το “Chronicle in Stone” του Ismail Kadare για το πώς ήταν η Αλβανία κατά τη διάρκεια του Β΄ Παγκόσμιου Πόλεμου και το εξαιρετικό “Δαμασκός” του Χρήστου Τσόλκα που περνάει από το 35 μ.Χ. και τον Β΄Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο μέχρι σήμερα. Εσείς, φίλοι, τι διαβάζετε;» Ανάμεσα στο cocοοning και το διάβασμα, ο Mika άρχισε να κάνει και live επίδειξη μαγειρικών ικανοτήτων: «Το να μένω στο σπίτι ανέκαθεν είχε να κάνει με το μαγείρεμα και την ακρόαση μουσικής. Όμως και τα δύο αυτά πράγματα είναι πάντα καλύτερα να τα μοιράζεσαι με άλλους. ΟΠΟΤΕ! Συνδεθείτε αύριο live με την κουζίνα μου, όπου θα ακούω μουσική ετοιμάζοντας το βραδινό φαγητό, μιλώντας για τα πάντα και για τίποτα. Μπορεί να μην μπορούμε να αράξουμε μαζί προσωπικά αλλά μπορούμε να το κάνουμε με άλλους τρόπους. Θα σας δω αύριο όλους σας! Τι θα μαγειρέψω στο πρώτο επεισόδιο;; Προφανώς το μόνο πιάτο που δεν μπορώ να ζήσω χωρίς αυτό και το φτιάχνω από τότε που ήμουν 7 χρονών… Συντονιστείτε για να δείτε ποιό είναι αυτό!» «Σας το είχα πει ότι θα έβγαινε καλό! Παράτολμο να φτιάξω κάτι για πρώτη φορά ζωντανά μπροστά σε τόσους ανθρώπους ΑΛΛΑ δούλεψε! Το σπανάκι σάς κάνει δυνατούς, παιδιά. Θα τα πούμε την Πέμπτη για άλλο ένα #cookingwithmika». «Θα σας δω αύριο το βράδυ στις 7 για άλλο ένα μάθημα μαγειρικής #cookingwithmika. Αυτή τη φορά όμως θα σας δώσω τα υλικά για το πιάτο που θα φτιάξουμε, για να μπορείτε να κάνετε κι εσείς το ίδιο ταυτόχρονα από το σπίτι σας. Είναι ένα πιάτο homage στη λιβανέζικη καταγωγή μου. Είναι σούπερ εύκολο και δεν έχει τοοόσο πολλά υλικά. Ελπίζω μόνο να έχετε αυτά τα υλικά στο σπίτι ή να μπορείτε να βγείτε και να τα αγοράσετε, αν και επιμένω ότι πρέπει να μένετε μέσα στο σπίτι όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερο. Αν δεν μπορείτε να βρείτε ταχίνι αυτές τις δύσκολες μέρες, μην ανησυχείτε. Μπορείτε απλώς να παρακολουθείτε και να κρατάτε σημειώσεις για να μπορέσετε να κάνετε τη συνταγή όταν θα είναι δυνατό να βγείτε έξω για ψώνια. Άλλωστε θα έχουμε πολλή μουσική και κουβέντα την ώρα του μαγειρέματος! Μαζί μου θα είναι και μερικοί φίλοι μεταξύ των οποίων και η βραβευμένη με αστέρι Μισελέν σεφ Viviana Varese στο Μιλάνο. Εκείνη με παρότρυνε να το κάνω αυτό εξάλλου! @viviana_varese #iocucinoacasa #vivavivianavarese “ Η ATHENS VOICE προσπαθησε να επικοινωνήσει με τον Mika. Μετά από μερικές μέρες σιωπής όμως, ήρθε ένα νέο μήνυμα στο Instagram: «Θέλω να απολογηθώ για τη σιωπή μου τελευταία. Την περασμένη εβδομάδα είχαμε πολλές φασαρίες στην οικογένειά μου όπως και τόσες πολλές άλλες οικογένειες σε όλο τον κόσμο. Πολλά κοντινά συγγενικά μου πρόσωπα, όλοι τους στο Παρίσι, παρουσίασαν συμπτώματα του COVID-19. Την Κυριακή το απόγευμα, όμως, την ώρα που ήμουν έτοιμος να βγω στον αέρα στο ραδιόφωνο της RAI UNO, η μητέρα μου μεταφέρθηκε με ασθενοφόρο στα επείγοντα περιστατικά. Αναγκάστηκα να διακόψω τη ζωντανή ραδιοφωνική σύνδεση και να βοηθήσω την αδερφή μου και τον αδερφό μου από μακριά. Φέτος, μεταξύ άλλων, η μητέρα μου παλεύει με έναν επιθετικό καρκίνο του εγκεφάλου και καθώς οι μέρες περνούσαν και η κατάσταση χειροτέρευε, είχαμε ειδοποιηθεί να προετοιμαζόμαστε για το χειρότερο. Μείναμε σπίτι, ο καθένας μόνος του, χωριστά, ανήμποροι να επικοινωνήσουμε μαζί της, να της μιλήσουμε, όπως και σε τόσες άλλες περιπτώσεις τώρα. Χθες, ως εκ θαύματος, πληροφορηθήκαμε ότι η κατάστασή της σταθεροποιείται. Νιώθω απίστευτα ευγνώμων που μπορώ να γράφω αυτό το μήνυμα και τόσο μεγάλη ευγνωμοσύνη στους ανθρώπους του νοσηλευτικού προσωπικού που μάχονται τον κορωνοϊό στην πρώτη γραμμή. Προχωράμε σιγά, κάθε μέρα και από λίγο, και έχουμε ακόμα πολύ δρόμο για να βγούμε στο φως. Η καρδιά μου είναι κοντά σε όλους όσοι έχουν προσβληθεί από αυτόν τον τρομερό ιό. Το να μην μπορείς να δεις και να μιλήσεις με αυτούς που αγαπάς ενόσω υποφέρεις και αγωνίζεσαι, σου ραγίζει την καρδιά γι’ αυτό και θέλω να εκφράσω την πιο βαθιά μου συμπαράσταση σε εκείνους που βρίσκονται τώρα στην ίδια κατάσταση και, ακόμα χειρότερο, έχουν χάσει κάποιο αγαπημένο τους πρόσωπο. Η οικογένειά μου κι εγώ σας στέλνουμε την αγάπη και τη συμπόνοια μας. Αυτά τα δύο είναι που θα χρειαστούμε για να κρατηθούμε με όλη μας τη δύναμη, για να αντέξουμε τις επόμενες εβδομάδες». Mετά από αρκετές ημέρες Τα ευχάριστα νέα είναι ότι η μαμά του Mika είναι καλά. Όσο για εμάς, περιμένουμε ακόμα να απαντήσει στις ερωτήσεις μας 🙂 Mika, σε αγαπάμε έτσι κι αλλιώς. Mika spends his quarantine days in an Athenian apartment The famous Lebanese-British singer #Meni_Spiti in Athens and shares love, books and cooking recipes Mika lives the quarantine in an apartment in Athens and communicates with the fans through the media, showing cooking recipes and books. Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr., or simply Mika, is an artist whose work brings joy with the colorful, bright pop he makes and the positive vibe he emits. In recent years, living mainly in France and Italy where he also participated in a television talent show as a judge (in the French The Voice and the Italian X Factor), he showed that he loves his Mediterranean roots and enjoys his stay in the South. In Italy, in fact, he had his own TV show, "Stop at Home with Mika" which also won the Rose d'Or International Entertainment Award in 2017. "Stasera Casa Mika" had invited Italians and foreigners famous actors, musicians and artists such as Kylie Minogue, Sting, LP and Dita von Teese, along with comic sketches and serious issues related to life in Italy. The multi-talented Mika, in 2013, together with his sister Yasmine designed two watches for Swatch, in honor of the company's 30 years. Also in 2017, Mika started working with Pilot, for which, together with Yasmine, they designed a collection of 24 different pens on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the company's founding. A truly pop icon that combines pop art with music, charity and transcendental meditation. In October of '19, he released his fifth studio album, "My Name is Michael Holbrook," which received rave reviews for its entertaining, "good-hearted" quality and summer groove. The album's first single, "Ice Cream", was the one that played the most on radio and club in the summer, with a Kylie a-la video shot in Barcelona. The next single, "Tiny Love", released in August, once again showed how great an artist Mika is: a wonderful piece that starts calmly and culminates wonderfully, even showing Mika's influences from the Queen. The third single "San Remo" released last September, has a la George George quality, not only because it is a sweet, sexy love letter to Italy but also because it marks the "exit to the light" that he made Mika himself, for his sexuality. In October '19, he received the Virgin Atlantic Attitude Award from the popular gay magazine Attitude, saying that "after the first time in his career dealing with homophobia, he decided to do so openly and without any apology, queer music or which helps him heal the wounds of the past. " Mika, proud and in a renewed mood, started promoting the album with a world tour which, however, stopped prematurely due to the outbreak of the coronation pandemic. . When the Crown Prince struck Italy, Mika wrote: "I am proud to be one of the first to participate in the new @vanityfairitalia and @marchettisimone #Iloveitalia campaigns. The severity and urgency of the situation is spreading around the world, our hearts and eyes are still on Italy and the huge struggle facing the nation. I and so many others are here to encourage you to maintain high hopes and solidarity. Italy I love you! " However, our surprise was great when we saw Mika being photographed for Instagram, spending the days of quarantine in an Athenian apartment, writing: "On the balcony in Athens. I can finally read in peace as I have had enough in my head until recently. The city is very quiet today. The only sound heard is from a passing truck or the delivery of the delivery. A man walks by with his dog while talking on the phone. It is more than 50 meters away from me but in this silence of the city I hear it very clearly. He is French and asks what his family is like. These days I am reading two different books - a novel, Ismail Kadare's "Chronicle in Stone" about what Albania was like during World War II and Christos Tsolkas' excellent "Damascus" that goes through 35 m. X. and World War II to this day. What do you guys read? " Between reading and reading, Mika began to show live cooking skills: "Staying at home has always been about cooking and listening to music. But both of these things are always better to share with others. NEVER! Connect tomorrow live with my kitchen, where I will listen to music preparing dinner, talking about everything and nothing. We may not be able to work together personally, but we can do it in other ways. I'll see you all tomorrow! What will I cook in the first episode? Obviously the only dish I can't live without and I've been making since I was 7 years old… Tune in to see what it is! ” "I told you it would be good! Dare to do something live for the first time in front of so many people BUT it worked! Spinach makes you strong, guys. We'll tell you on Thursday about another #cookingwithmika ". "I'll see you tomorrow night at 7 for another cooking class #cookingwithmika. This time, however, I will give you the ingredients for the dish that we will make, so that you can do the same at the same time from your home. It is a homage dish of Lebanese origin. It's super easy and doesn't have as many ingredients. I just hope you have these materials at home or you can go out and buy them, although I insist you should stay in the house as long as possible. If you can't find tahini on these difficult days, don't worry. You can just keep track and keep notes so you can make the recipe when it comes to shopping. Besides, we will have a lot of music and conversation during cooking! With me will be some friends, including the Michelin-starred chef Viviana Varese in Milan. She encouraged me to do this anyway! @viviana_varese #iocucinoacasa #vivavivianavarese “ ATHENS VOICE tried to contact Mika. But after a few days of silence, a new message came on Instagram: "I want to apologize for my silence. Last week we had a lot of noise in my family as well as so many other families around the world. Many of my close relatives, all in Paris, had symptoms of COVID-19. On Sunday afternoon, however, while I was about to go on the air on RAI UNO radio, my mother was transported by ambulance to the emergency room. I was forced to disconnect the live radio connection and help my sister and brother from afar. This year, among other things, my mother is battling a brain cancer attack, and as the days went by and the situation got worse, we were warned to prepare for the worst. We stayed home, each on his own, separately, unable to communicate with her, to talk to her, as in so many other cases now. Yesterday, miraculously, we were informed that her condition is stabilizing. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to write this message and so much gratitude to the people in the nursing staff who are fighting the corona in the front line. We are moving slowly, every day and for a while, and we still have a long way to go to come to light. My heart is close to all those who have been infected with this terrible virus. Not being able to see and talk to those you love while you're suffering and struggling breaks your heart about it and I want to express my deepest support to those who are now in the same situation and, even worse, have lost someone. their favorite person. My family and I send you our love and compassion. These two are what we will need to keep on with all our might, to withstand the coming weeks. " After several days The good news is that Mika's mom is fine. As for us, we are still waiting for him to answer our questions Mika, we love you anyway. .
  47. 5 points
    I don't think so. The video is mirrored (moles on the wrong side of the neck), so the real time on the clock is always 8.10.
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    So nice to say hello to us ♥️ And the batteries in the clock have been changed. 15:50 on the wall 😁 😁😁
  49. 5 points
    Wow, that's great!!! I hope next year the the situation has normalized and we can once again enjoy life as before and his shows as well. We will need them.
  50. 5 points
    Today I tried to sing a song during the MFC Live on Instagram. Unfortunately some technical problems (for all singing fans) cut me 3 times. So I decided to record a video and put it here Here is BLUE. As I don't have any instrumental version I put the original in the background and I amplified my voice with a microphone. Blue cover by Anna Ko.mp4