‘Ishaare. Gestures and Signs in Mumbai’ by Annelies Kusters

“Ishaare” has a double meaning: it means “gestures” in Hindi and Marathi, but it also means “signs”, as such indicating that there cannot be made a strict distinction between them. However, whilst there seems to be overlap between gestures and sign language, they differ too, as the protagonists of the movie show and tell us. The film “Ishaare” documents how six deaf signers communicate with familiar and unfamiliar hearing shopkeepers, street vendors, customers, waiters, ticket conductors and fellow travellers in Mumbai. Reena and Pradip, who is deaf blind, go grocery shopping along local streets, in markets and in shops. Sujit, our guide throughout the movie, communicates in public transport. Mahesh is a retail businessman who sells stocks of pens to stationery shops. Komal runs an accessory shop with her husband Sanjay, where most customers are schoolgirls. Durga is the manager of a branch of Café Coffee Day, an upmarket coffee chain. When enquiring, selling, bargaining and chitchatting, these deaf and hearing people use gestures and signs, and they also lipread, mouthe, read and write in different spoken languages. In the film, they share how they experience these ways of communication.”

A film directed by Annalies Kusters.

Sarah-Jane Gillman’s version of “Uptown Funk” (in BSL)

Lyrics to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson.

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh
Doh doh doh, doh duh (Aaaaaaow!)

This hit
That ice cold
Michelle Pfeiffer
That white gold
This one for them hood girls
Them good girls
Straight masterpieces
Stylin’, wilin
Livin’ in up in the city
Got chucks on with Saint Laurent
Gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty

I’m too hot (hot damn)
Call the po-lice and the fireman
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Make a dragon wanna retire, man
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Say my name you know who I am
I’m too hot (hot damn)
And my band ’bout that money
Break it down…

Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)
Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)
Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to ya
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to ya
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to ya
Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch (Come on)

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me just watch

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh!

Stop
Wait a minute
Fill my cup put some liquor in it
Take a sip, sign a check
Julio, Get the stretch!
Ride to Harlem, Hollywood, Jackson, Mississippi
If we show up, we gon’ show out
Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy

I’m too hot (hot damn)
Call the po-lice and the fireman
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Make a dragon wanna retire, man
I’m too hot (hot damn) {hot damn}
Bitch, say my name you know who I am
I’m too hot (hot damn)
And my band ’bout that money
Break it down…

Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)
Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)
Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to ya
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to ya
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to ya
Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch (come on)

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me just watch

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh!

Before we leave
Let me tell y’all a little something
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up, uh
I said Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up

Come on, dance
Jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
If you freaky then own it
Don’t brag about it, come show me
Come on, dance
Jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
Well it’s Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch (come on)

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me just watch

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh!

Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Uptown Funk you up
Aaaaaaow!

‘Understanding Hearing Parents Of Deaf Children’ by Barry Sewell

When we published the piece by ‘The Deaf Terminator’, we were given a link to a video made by Barry Sewell, otherwise known as ‘The Holism’. We thought we would pass onto you, our readers, the link to the very same video.

“Recently much attention have been generated between AG Bell’s (Alexander Graham Bell Organization) and the culturally and linguistically deaf people, also known as the sign language community. AG Bell believes it is better to provide deaf children with necessary means and tools to learn to speak and hear sounds. However the sign language community believes it is better for deaf children to learn American Sign Language. Each sides have been vying for the most attention in the social media. They both are aiming for each other’s throats. Unfortunately it only hardened their stances against each other however I wanted to contribute my thoughts on the situation, maintaining my focus on 95% of deaf children’s hearing parents because they are the ultimate force here.”

~ Barry Sewell.

‘EU Referendum in BSL Survey’ by Drip Media

The EU (European Union) referendum leaflet is in just written English, large print and audio CD. There are no visual materials for those who rely on sign language hence why, I support this video by Drip Media in trying to gauge just how many people would like to see the same content available to them so they too, can make an informed choice however which way they would like to vote.

Their video is in BSL yet it is captioned to be inclusive of all.

Please complete their survey in order to assist them in achieving what I hope, will be a successful and fair result. This will only take a minute of your time.

http://www.dripmedia.tv/eureferendum

Thank you for your time and patience.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

‘For Better Or For Worse’ by Robert & Helen Oxlade

World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD) falls annually on the 8th of May.

Back in 2014, her darling husband Robert, in a bid to raise awareness, shared Helen’s story on Facebook. We at ‘The Tree House’ wishes to help Helen and Robert, raise even more awareness regarding Ovarian Cancer by bringing their experience, to your attention.

8th of May 2014.

Today is World Ovarian Cancer day, and it is today that we are telling everyone on Facebook Helen Oxlade’s story. If you only read this far, please go and see your GP if you think you have any of the symptoms of ovarian cancer – http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/ovarian-cancer/about/ovarian-cancer-symptoms

After Helen and I were engaged in 2011, and with Helen’s Mum and my parents’ blessing, we started to try for a baby. Sadly, we didn’t seem to have any luck, so Helen went to the GP to start to investigate why.

As part of the investigations, Helen’s various blood tests didn’t show any cancer, however there was a tennis ball sized cyst on one of her ovaries, which in turn had moved and attached itself to her womb. The ovary and cyst were removed in March this year. We were given the life changing news ten days later.

Although they think it was contained to the ovary they removed, Helen has early ovarian cancer. This was only half of the news, since part of the treatment was a hysterectomy as quickly as possible, to prevent the cancer spreading. The doctor told us that we risked Helen’s life trying to save any eggs, so that wasn’t an option.

The 14th of March 2014 was the day our hopes and dreams of having our own family were shattered, and our lives turned upside down with uncertainty for what will be happening in the future.

On the 23rd of April, Helen returned to hospital for a hysterectomy. There were quite a few complications, but she is being strong, and is slowly recovering. Thank you to all of our friends who already know, and have offered their help and thoughts.

Tomorrow (9th of May) we return to the hospital for the results of the biopsies taken during the hysterectomy. Given our situation, I believe we have been lucky, and have caught the cancer early. Ovarian cancer is one of the more aggressive cancers, and often goes undetected. All women are able to get this horrible cancer, so please, if you think you have the symptoms, go and see your GP.

This is most definitely the “for worse” bit mentioned in our wedding vows. I hope she knows how much I love her, because sometimes I’m distant and hiding in my shell with worry, but I think and hope we are going to be very lucky.

Please like and share this video so that we can help spread awareness of this terrible cancer.

By Robert and Helen Oxlade.

Exactly one year after the dreadful news of the ovary biopsy result Helen was given, she admirably made another video.

We are truly honoured, being able to share Helen & Robert’s experiences, with you. 🙂