Some of you know this already, but earlier this month, I got the chance to interview Dominic Mitchell. He is a lovely, LOVELY man. We chatted for an hour about the show, including discussions of:
And because I’m from Lancashire too, we had a bit of a chat about Lancashire and Roarton, which was fun!
Anyway, you can read the interview HERE and it would be really awesome if you guys could all comment on it, because the link is being sent to Dominic and I’d love for him to see the responses to it!
Okay, Vin Diesel wins the Ice Bucket Challenge. (And I totally want to plant a tree for Groot.)
The Westboro Baptist Church is an American church who have become famous for their ‘God hates fags’ slogans, and picketing of high profile funerals. This week they called Robin Williams a ‘fag lover’, and threatened to picket his funeral over his debauched and hedonistic ways. Alright. I don’t think this is okay, for a number of reasons. – Adam Hills [ x ]
national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality)
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I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture.
So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.
Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome.
So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to.
I really hope James Gunn sees this.
NO OKAY LISTEN THIS MAN RIGHT HERE
IS FANTASTIC AND I’M GOING TO TAKE UP AS MUCH BLOODY SPACE AS I NEED TO TO MAKE THAT MESSAGE CLEAR
A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF WHY ADAM HILLS IS A BRILLIANT PERSON.
- His standup shows more often than not have a sign interpreter
- He tore the shit out of Joan Rivers for her comments about Adele.
I feel the need to say things regarding Robin Williams. I try not to get into personal life too much on Tumblr, but I need an outlet that Twitter can’t provide.
I have experience with depression and suicide. In the past two years, I’ve had to have counselling and use the services of The Samaritans. A number of my family members and friends have depression, and some have attempted suicide. I saw a member of my family (I’m not saying who) cutting into his own arm. My next door neighbour hung himself, and although I know he was already dead and I couldn’t help him, I still feel guilty that I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed when his girlfriend was banging on my door for help. I didn’t know what was happening, of course. I thought it was just the window cleaner coming for his money and my parents weren’t in. I was too young to have been of any help anyway, but the guilt is still there.
My job involves working with at risk and vulnerable teenagers. Some have depression, some self-harm, some contemplate suicide. Thankfully, nobody I have worked with has made an attempt, but the potential for them to do so is always on my mind.
Robin Williams was a talented, hilarious, warm and wonderful guy. He suffered from depression, and he lost his battle to it. Nothing can be done now for him except to show support to his family. But it doesn’t mean we can’t help others. Depression and mental illness doesn’t discriminate: it can affect anyone regardless of their personal circumstances. It is also something that sadly still has a stigma attached, and people are not getting the help they need and deserve. If one positive thing can come of Robin’s loss, let’s make it that we help to stop the same thing happening to others. End the silence on mental illness, show support to the people in your life, and live life with the joy in your heart that Robin’s work brought so many of us.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE SAMARITANS UK CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Sorry, I don’t have contact info for international support networks, but if I see one, I’ll reblog it.
Reading material, tickets and whiskey. Everything I need for Edinburgh Fringe, am I right?