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Friday, 24 May 2013

You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Meet Pistol Pete, Male Stripper… He’s Greek… He’s Orthodox… He Goes to Liturgy on Sunday… What’s Not to Like?

00 Pistol Pete. Australian male stripper. 24.05.13

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Greek-born Melbourne-based stripper Pistol Pete won’t accept a booking after 23.00 on a Saturday night. An Orthodox Christian, he gets up at 08.00 every Sunday to go to church. He said, “The feeling I get when I go is amazing, it’s priceless”. Stripping for the first time, he experienced a similar feeling of elation, saying, “To hear the roar of the crowd, I just went blank, you feel like you’re not really there. I was like, ‘Is this really happening? I’m a stripper now'”. That was nearly three years ago. Pete says he has made considerable progress in the industry in a short space of time. “I’m the first Australian to make it overseas as an international stripper in less than one year of stripping. I set a new benchmark”.

Before he was a stripper, Pete was an accountant in Melbourne, but lost his job in 2008, during the global financial crisis. Shortly prior, his relationship with his fiancée ended and he moved from the couple’s home to a house in the south-eastern suburbs, where he now lives with his brother. Their parents live around the corner. In 2007, Pete developed diabetes insipidus, characterised by extreme thirst and frequent excessive urination. Due to a combination of medication and binge eating, he was also severely-obese, with 42 per cent body fat. As an accountant, Pete had purchased a BMW Z4, a motorbike and a jet ski that he was struggling to pay off without a job. The debt collectors came knocking and repossessed his toys. Pete took what was left of his savings and headed to Thailand for six months of exercise and reflection. He trained in Muay Thai martial arts every day and lost 40 kilogrammes (88 pounds).

Back in Melbourne, some friends at the gym suggested he try topless waiting. Pete said that seeing the strippers that worked at the same events ignore the less-attractive female guests bothered him. He’d go up and hug the “oversize” girls “so they could feel good about themselves. The only reason I wanted to get into stripping was because I wanted to treat those girls right, the girls that were less advantaged”. He contacted Pantha, multiple Mr Nude Australia, to ask for advice. Pantha took him under his wing and helped him choreograph a routine as a policeman called Pistol Pete.

At one point in Pete’s routine, he skids across the ground wearing knee pads, a rose in his mouth, to the tune of Hold Me Now by ex-Eurovision star Johnny Logan. The last song in the routine, at which point Pete drops his boxers behind a towel, is 50 Cent‘s Candy Shop. Pete said, “I didn’t just want to get out there and wiggle my dirty bits around within two minutes, because I don’t see that as being art, it’s not entertainment. I’ve got more respect for myself. There are girls at the show that have got boyfriends or husbands, and they might get offended, so I’m not going to do that. I guess there are two or three who are always going to get excited, but I need to cater for everyone”. When Pete drops his towel, it’s for the hen or birthday girl’s eyes only, and Pete says it’s so dark in there, she can’t really see anything anyway.

Nine months into his stripping career, Pete won a competition with an LA-based agency that sent him to strip in Las Vegas. He has since stripped in Hawaii, in Cancún twice, for college girls during spring break, and met a nightclub owner who invited him to perform at her venue in Sweden. He’s been invited back to Vegas twice since his first visit, but he said that his obligation to his four-year-old goddaughter prevents him spending too much time overseas. “They’ve got no support network, no family, no nothing, so I want to do the right thing.”

Pete doesn’t drink, take drugs, or go out clubbing, but occasionally, he’ll hook up with a single lady that he meets on a booking. Forming relationships is harder, he said, “No one wants to date a stripper”. For Pete, the stripping is a social activity. However, he’s increasingly aware of the contradiction between his work and his religion, and for this reason, it’s not something he wants to do forever, noting, “The biggest sin I’m committing is creating lustful eyes”, referring to the desire he might incite, particularly in married women.

His parents are supportive. When learning his choreography, he told his Mum he needed to practise in front of women, so she rounded up her friends, and they assembled in the lounge room to watch his routine. Pete elicited whoops and cheers from the senior citizens. “Zat’s my son, zat’s my son!” sang out his proud Mum, whose English is limited. On one particularly busy day, when Pete had 14 bookings, his father drove him from job to job. “My dad is like, ‘Son, you’re not murdering anyone, you’re not screwing anyone’s wife, you’re not prostituting yourself, you’re maintaining your morals in the industry. So, go out there, and be the best at what you do and have fun”.

24 May 2013

Annabel Ross

Stuff.co.nz

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/8713136/Meet-Pistol-Pete-male-stripper

Editor’s Note:

Truly, “you can’t make up shit like this”… however, this is reality… its real life. People do what they gotta do… and this dude’s priest knows the score. It sure shows you that Orthodoxy’s the freest religion out there. Just watch, the usual cast of suspects will moan and groan. I say, let the perfect throw stones…

BMD

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sweden Won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012… Buranovskiye Babushki Came in Second… Good on the Grannies

Loreen (Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui) (1983- ), the winner of the 20012 ESC, although Loreen was born in Sweden, both of Loreen’s parents are from Morocco, and Loreen is of Berber descent

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At the end of voting, from 42 countries, Sweden’s Loreen (Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui) won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in BakuRussia’s Buranovskiye Babushki came in second place. Loreen garnered 372 points, only 15 points off the absolute record established by Alexander Rybak in the 2009 ESC of 387 points. Eighteen countries gave Loreen twelve points, the highest score possible:

Austria
Belgium
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Latvia
the Netherlands
Norway
Russia
Slovakia
Spain
UK

The following countries gave Loreen ten points:

Cyprus
Lithuania
Romania
Serbia
Slovenia
Sweden

The following countries gave Loreen eight points:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Georgia

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Russia placed second in a bitter struggle for the most points with a singer from Serbia. The Buranovskiye Babushki scored 259 points. The only European country not to give them a single point was Switzerland. The other countries scored them as follows:

COUNTRY POINTS SCORED
Belarus 12
Azerbaijan 10
Italy 10
Latvia 10
San Marino 10
Belgium 8
Denmark 8
Estonia 8
Finland 8
Norway 8
Portugal 8
Slovenia 8
Spain 8
the Ukraine 8
Germany 7
Iceland 7
Serbia 7
Sweden 7
Turkey 7
Bulgaria 6
Croatia 6
Lithuania 6
Moldova 6
Austria 5
Cyprus 5
Georgia 5
France 4
Greece 4
Macedonia 4
Montenegro 4
the Netherlands 4
Romania 4
Albania 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3
Malta 3
Slovakia 3
UK

The following 26 countries ended in the finals of the competition after the two semi-finals:

Albania
Azerbaijan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
Macedonia
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Lithuania
Malta
Moldova
Norway
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Spain
Sweden
Turkey
the Ukraine
United Kingdom

The Buranovskiye Babushki took the stage sixth, after the participants from the UK, Hungary, Albania, Lithuania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The audience greeted their performance with applause and cheers, which didn’t abate as they sung their song. People got up and danced due to the influence of the Babushki’s song. During their performance, the Babushki had a Russian-style stove in which they baked Udmurt pies. The Baba’s singing captivated the ESC audience. After the semi-finals, the bookies laid odds that the Babushki would “place” (take second place), and, in fact, that’s what happened, as most pundits predicted that the Swedish singer would be the most likely winner long before the semi-finals.

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Željko Joksimović from Serbia also performed according to the bookies’ predictions; he took the “show” position (third place). Russians were mildly optimistic about our entry in the contest. According to VTsIOM, more than half of Russians didn’t doubt that the Buranovskiye Babushki would be amongst the “top ten”, 14 percent thought that they’d be amongst the “top three”, and 13 percent though that they would win. The Babas won the right to represent Russia at the ESC by winning a national selection. They performed their song Party For Everybody and outran 24 other competitors. The votes of a jury comprising eminent pop music figures and the votes of television viewers, each taken in equal proportion, were the basis of choosing the winner. Baku hosted the ESC 2012 after Azerbaijani duet Ell and Nikki (Eldar Gasimov and Nigyar Dzhamal) won the 2011 contest in Düsseldorf performing the song Running Scared, by winning 221 points.

This was the second time that the Babas took part in the national final. In 2010, they were among the leaders, but could not overcome the internet votes for Pyotr Nalich. This year, they finally met with success; the audience in the national selection gave the performance of the “golden age” artists a hearty and joyful reception. Their artistic director, Olga Tuktaryova, remembered the audience’s reaction to their performance, saying, “There was such a roar that we were moved to tears… we couldn’t sing, we could only cry. That was true for me, at least, it seemed, because I felt such energy from the audience. Moreover, these are youngsters, and we’re grandmas. The intensity was just so very strong. Was this for the Babushki… oh, yes, it was!”

NB:

Click here for the official Eurovision 2012 site

 26 May 2012

Svetlana Maksimenko

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012_05_26/75973231/

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Buranovskiye Babushki Start Eurovision Rehearsals

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On Monday, according to their producer, Ksenia Rubtsova, the Buranovskiye Babushki, a sextet of Russian grannies who won the national Eurovision-2012 selection contest, started rehearsals in their home village of Buranovo. Rubtsova said, “It’s easier, better, and more convenient for the grannies to rehearse at home. The group spent ten days in Moscow and its participants miss their relatives and homes. Of course, there’ll be rehearsals in Moscow, but the Buranovskiye Babushki will sing at home for the moment”. On Tuesday, a crew from the state Rossiya TV channel will arrive in Buranovo, which is in the Republic of Udmurtia in the Urals, to stage their show for Eurovision. The sextet of babushkas faced a tough competition in the final selection from 24 other Russian contenders, including 2008 Eurovision winner Dima Bilan, but in the end, they won the hearts of jurors and TV viewers by performing “Party for Everybody” in the Udmurt language. The colourful grannies, some of them over 70 years old, don’t speak English and their folk-style performance includes their own songs and covers of many international music hits. They mostly sing in Russian and Udmurt. The group first tried for the Eurovision contest in 2010, but lost in the selection round.

12 March 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/art_living/20120312/172111134.html

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