Thursday, March 29, 2007


The Queer Lisboa 11 – 11th Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is accepting film submissions to its forthcoming edition, in the following formats: Feature Film (fiction), Documentary (feature and short), Short Film (fiction and documentary), Experimental and Animation (both features and shorts).
The deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 st May 2007
The submission form and festival regulation are available for download in our website:
The 11th Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which will adopt the new designation of Queer Lisboa - from now on, will take place between the 14 th and the 22nd September 2007, at the Cinema São Jorge, in Lisbon, Portugal

The Festival has three competition categories: Best Feature Film (Jury Award), Best Documentary (Jury Award), and Best Short Film (Audience Award)
In its previous edition, the Festival screened 114 films, representative of over 22 different countries, and the Competition Winners were: "Un Año sin Amor", by Anahí Berneri (Best Feature); "Au-delà de la Haine", by Olivier Meyrou (Best Documentary); and "Hitchcocked", by David M. Young (Best Short Film)
For its forthcoming edition, we estimate to programme circa 80 films, representative of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and transgender world cinematography, offering priority to productions dated from 2006 and 2007, to be premiered in Portugal at the Festival. A parallel section will focus on gender and sexuality issues in pop music, among other sections to be announced in due time.

For additional information, please visit our website or contact us through the e-mail

João Ferreira
Director and Programmer
Associação Cultural Janela Indiscreta
Apartado 30036, Estação Correios Necessidades,
1351-901 Lisboa, Portugal
Fax: + 351 21 364 39 17 / Mobile: + 351 91 402 28 86 /

Cosas de Casados GLT

The glance of 66 artists about the legalization of the homosexual marriage in Spain.
Spain occupies one of the first places of the world concerning the defense of the human rights. VISIBLE wants that this conquest is fixed for history and has published this book celebrating a total equality of rights, between all the citizens and citizens.
66 graphical works from different artists and texts from authors like Alvaro Pombo, Eduardo Mendicutti, Cristina Peri Rossi or Leopoldo Wings.

You can find my contribution at page 30

Boda en Lisboa – 2005
(Fotografia Retocada)


The Nazca Plains Corp. (a closely held Nevada corporation) was organized in November, 1994 with the purchase of Naked Magazine® – then published from Los Angeles, California. Historically, the Company has focused on the male gay market.
Magazines Published and Planned: Naked Magazine® enjoyed a run from 1994 to 2001. After 9/11, bulk mailing and magazine distribution became so bogged down that publication was suspended – at a time that it had a 14,000 person subscription base. Naked Magazine® is currently on hiatus as we are preparing to reintroduce MACH21 – a gay book review magazine. The first issue of MACH21® was out in the Spring of 2005. Other planned magazines will focus on strippers and erotic stage performers.
They have been watching the growth of interest in the Master/slave movement and have now responded by opening a division of our company to focus on this special area of interest.
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On issue n° 2 (see picture) you can find my artwork from page 43 to 46

Rainha de 2 Cabeças

I have no idea about what my dearest Cesar Almeida is doing mixing Cioran (in my opinion the best philosopher from the XX century) with Vampires. Perhaps the fact of both of them came from Transylvania, well, he knows...

“O pensamento é uma mentira, como o amor e a fé.pois as verdades são fraudes e as paixões, odores; e no final das contas, a escolha está entre o que mente e o que fede.”
Cioran(Breviário de Decomposição)

check his blog at:


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There's a lot to look at here at Hot Boots!!
You'll find the "Boots On Line" message board - your place to talk about boots - and the "Boots For Sale" message board - a place to list boots for sale here or listed for sale or auction on another site. There's also "Boot Chat" where you can engage in live conversation with other bootmen.
There are several photo galleries with thousands of photos of boots and men in boots, pages with links to manufacturers and stores selling new boots, used boots, leather, rubber and other merchandise, a calendar of upcoming events where you're sure to find men in boots, "Hot Boots Personals" for making contact with other bootmen, "Boot Swap" for listing your interest in swapping or exchanging boots, links to boot information - including an excellent tutorial on all types of boots, to boot clubs and organizations, other boot web sites and Bootmen's sites, to leather-levi bars, other boot-related message boards, boot chat rooms, and lots more!
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STRAFBAT by Nikolai Dostal

The Shtrafbat - Penal Battalion
Russia 2004
Director: Nikolai Dostal
Colour, 550 min (11 parts)
Cast: Aleksei Serebriakov, Iurii Stepanov, Aleksandr Bashirov, Il'ia Kovrizhnykh, Roman Madianov, Dmitrii Nazarov

Nikolai Dostal'’s critically acclaimed 11-part television serial Penal Battalion redefines Russia’s last Soviet myth—the heroic myth of the Great Patriotic War.

The serial focuses on the theme of penal battalions—Stalin’s application of GULAG methods to combat environment. This theme, like the GULAG, was a taboo topic during Soviet times and continues to be a rare subject matter for discussion in the Russian media and historiography. Penal battalions were created in 1942 following Stalin’s Order #227 known as “Not A Step Back” to punish soldiers and officers retreating under the pressure of the German offensive. The soldiers sentenced to service in a penal battalion were considered “enemies of the people” who had two choices: either to die or, in the words of Stalin’s order, “to redeem their guilt with blood.”

STRAFBAT by Nikolai Dostal

STRAFBAT by Nikolai Dostal

Thanks to P3dr4 (from Montevideo) for the suggestion. I'm glad cause I've got the 11 episodes.

DIE ROTE ARMEE by Carey Schofield and Leonid Jakutin

Wow, You can't believe the pictures inside...

Armies boot out Soviet tradition

The post-Soviet armies of Ukraine and Belarus are set to part with one of their oldest traditions.
Defense ministries in both countries are decommissioning traditional foot bindings and canvas boots.
For centuries they formed part of a soldier's standard uniform across the Russian empire.
Then the Soviet Union inherited the tradition and after its demise in 1991 many of its successor countries preserved this tradition.
Early service regulations of the Red Army even explained in great detail how to wear the boots and how to wind on the foot bindings.
For soldiers, the learning curve was steep. Alexander - who served as a tank gunner in the 1980s - says that in the first few weeks of the military service his feet were covered with bleeding wounds.

Russian army chiefs say their soldiers will keep wearing them

Sore Feet

"You can't just stick your feet in and go off on a cross-country march" - he recalls. "It takes a while to get used to the foot bindings and to the canvas, and then you grow enormous corns, and just don't care any longer. Your feet become so hard you can drive in nails with your toes".
A traditional foot binding is a rectangular piece of thick cloth 35 by 90 centimetres (13.6 by 35 inches) in size.
First worn with bast sandals by Russian peasants, they remained almost unchanged through the ages. But, for all the blood, sweat and tears involved in wearing bindings, former soldiers say the thick cloth and the canvas boots were a perfect match.
Former infantryman Ian Leder described typical Soviet boots as "a tough piece of work".
"There were stitches in places where you'd least expect them. And measurements were rather vague. So the thicker the layer between your feet and your boots, the better", he says.

Cold Climate

Some long-serving privates did try to switch to socks, but very soon they all went back to the foot bindings.
Advocates of the tradition say cheap and virtually indestructible boots and foot bindings suit the cold Russian climate better than the refined footwear of Western armies. And in the marshland, there is almost no danger of water making its way inside.
So, while large parts of Russia remain off-limits to anyone but the toughest, generals in Moscow do not seem prepared to move on.
Russia's neighbours face a terrain which is, arguably, less challenging. This could, perhaps, explain their post-Soviet change in footwear priorities.
Defence chiefs in Ukraine say there is a need to maintain hygiene in the army and to make soldiers' lives more bearable.
In Ukraine, the old tradition will be phased out within a few months. Belarus is taking things slower. There, the last pair of canvas boots and matching bindings will only be laid to rest in 2010.

"It takes a while to get used (to them) and then you grow enormous corns, and just don't care any longer"
Ian Leder, former Soviet infantryman

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

February 2007: Fribourg

A medieval unity unique in Europe
Timeframes converge upon Fribourg. The old part of town proudly lines up thousands of medieval mansions hiding historical treasures set in a perfectly upkept artistic heritage. Fribourg is a modern town where exchanging viewpoints and open-mindedness will inevitably lead you to charming cafés, restaurants or to see a show.
Founded in 1157 by Duke Berthold IV of Zaehringen and sheltered from the ravages of history, Fribourg is an important volume in the complete set of Western civilization and its old town, one of the biggest Medieval architectural ensembles in Europe. Wherever you go, wherever you look, you come across a surprise, make your way through the centuries, architecture from the past and other objects made by traditional handcrafts as well as modern work. Fribourg is a city
that preserves its past and remains open to the future.

Art and History have woven a bond of love in Fribourg. Eight centuries of artistic creation have shaped its prestige, perpetuated by many contemporary artists such as Jean Tinguely whose works have gained international acclaim.

February 2007: Fribourg

Enjoying Fribourg

February 2007: Fribourg – Cathédrale St-Nicolas

Fribourg’s highlight is the towering, High Gothic Cathédrale St-Nicolas, just off Place Notre-Dame. Take a moment to absorb the breathtaking, soaring, buttressed tower, exposed to view for its entire 73m height clear to the ring of feathery spires on top. Built over a church dating from the city’s foundation in 1157, the present building was begun in 1283, and took two centuries to complete. Traffic swishes past the elaborate main portal, featuring a tympanum with the Last Judgment.

The vast interior is impressive, especially with the atmosphere done by the stained Art Nouveau glasses. Magnificent. Saints and Martires hurt to death by arrows, soldiers wearing seducing boots.