Safe Space Opera: your tiny hand is a bit cool

I came across the attached report in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.

Local directors want to censor or rewrite operas to remove violence towards, and stereotypes of women.
Of course I fully support this, provided the same sensitivity applies to men (eg the hero of Aida who is buried alive, and Don Giovanni who falls down a pit into hell because he is a fornicator…Israel Folau would like that one).
I would especially support this if it resulted in banning Wagner operas, which I regard as conclusive proof that Hell exists. I recently read an advertisement for a 5 hour performance of Die Walkure, which is near enough to eternal punishment for me.
This plan should extend to other branches of the sexist art world, such as Shakespeare and fairy tales. Also any novel by Jane Austen or a Brontë, which are all full of gold digging females looking for a man with a large property portfolio.

The future is looking better and better.

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The road to speaking

My ambition is to reach basic conversational level in both Russian and Italian.

In order to do this, the steps have been:

1) learn basic grammar using teach yourself books and tapes, as well as apps such as Duolingo and Babbel

2) Join group classes with a teacher

3) read simplified texts

4) watch videos made by native speakers:
realrussianclub.org (also a YouTube channel “real Russian club”
learnrussian.org

YouTube channel “be fluent in Russian”

YouTube channel “RU-land club”

YouTube channel “Russian for education”

YouTube channel “Anastasia Semina”

YouTube channel “Italy made easy”
learnitalianwithlucrezia.com

5) make contact with native speakers using
Italki.com
HiNative (also called Lang-8)