Monthly Archives: March 2013

Remembering who they were: The haunting photos of Alzheimer’s patients who see only their younger selves in the mirror

“Photographer Tom Hussey used sets of two people aged 50 years apart

A collection of haunting photos offering an eye-opening perspective through the eyes of the aged who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease shows their extraordinary lives like never before.

A long-retired firefighter catches sight of himself in a living room mirror but instead of seeing greyed hair and softer skin, the striking reflection of a strapping young man stares back.

The image may be nothing new to the older man, but the sight isn’t one his wife seen seated behind him appears to see as well.

 
Former lives: A retired fire fighter, who's actual photo is seen tucked in the mirror's top left corner, gazes into his reflection that shows a strapping young fire fighter staring straight back

Former lives: A retired fire fighter, who’s actual photo is seen tucked in the mirror’s top left corner, gazes into his reflection that shows a strapping young fire fighter staring straight back

 
Youth's elixir: Another man, seen stirring a cup of coffee, catches sight of himself in his days working in a lab, stirring the contents in a beaker

Youth’s elixir: Another man, seen stirring a cup of coffee, catches sight of himself in his days working in a lab, stirring the contents in a beaker

 
How we were: An elderly woman clutches a comb for her white hair while the dark-haired reflection of a young school teacher, a notebook and red apple in her arms, reflects back in her mirror

How we were: An elderly woman clutches a comb for her white hair while the dark-haired reflection of a young school teacher, a notebook and red apple in her arms, reflects back in her mirror

 

These are the photos taken by Dallas, Texas photographer Tom Hussey using sets of real people aged 40 to 50 years apart. 

‘We cast two people for each part — an older “Patient” and then another actor to look like the patient 40 years earlier in their lifetime,’ Mr Hussey told the American Society of Media Photographers.

 

Yet the underlying message is much more painful as a reflection of a mentally debilitating disease five million men and women in the United States currently suffer from.

The photographs ran as an ad for an Alzheimer’s pharmaceutical patch – seen on many of the model’s arms – aiming to help those suffering from dementia, a disease that gradually strips its victims of its more recent memories.

 
Disease: The ads were taken for an Alzheimer¿s drug, a disease that gradually strips its victims of their newer memories, for some eventually leaving them with only those of their youth

Disease: The ads were taken for an Alzheimer¿s drug, a disease that gradually strips its victims of their newer memories, for some eventually leaving them with only those of their youth

 
Familiar faces: Approximately five million Americans suffer from the disease, that leaves many of its victims only remembering their past lives

Familiar faces: Approximately five million Americans suffer from the disease, that leaves many of its victims only remembering their past lives

 
Models: The collection was taken with the help of several sets of models that resembled one another despite being 40 to 50 years apart in age

Models: The collection was taken with the help of several sets of models that resembled one another despite being 40 to 50 years apart in age

For some people, they eventually only remember the memories of their youth.

Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. The progressive nature of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, means that the symptoms will gradually get worse.

At the moment the Alzheimer’s Society estimates that there are 800,000 people in the UK with dementia.

It was a WWII vet who inspired Mr Hussey’s collection that later won him a gold Addy and ran in the 2010 Communication Arts Photography Annual.

‘He commented that he didn’t understand how he could be 80-years-old as he felt he was still a young man. He just didn’t feel it was possible he could be 80-years-old,’ Mr Hussey told the ASMP of the war veteran.

He later built a bathroom set and photographed the man gazing at himself in the mirror, as a 25-year-old version of himself smiled back.

 
Surprises: The collection's idea came to Dallas photographer Tom Hussey after a conversation with an 80-year-old WWII veteran who expressed disbelief in his old age

Inspiration: The collection’s idea came to Dallas photographer Tom Hussey after a conversation with an 80-year-old WWII veteran who expressed disbelief in his old age

 
Reflections: The profession the men and women were seen as being, a seamstress pictured, were chosen by their casting and location aspects of the ads

Reflections: The profession the men and women were seen as being, a seamstress pictured, were chosen by their casting and location aspects of the ads

 

 
Rediscovered: A man uncovers his old welding mask and after turning to look in a nearby mirror sees himself with the mask strapped to his head as a younger man

Rediscovered: A man uncovers his old welding mask and after turning to look in a nearby mirror sees himself with the mask strapped to his head as a younger man

‘We worked through the casting and location aspects of the ads helping to determine what profession the patient had been in their youth so we could portray that in the reflected image,’ he said of the photos’ creation. ‘This profession drove what room setting and propping needed to be created to complete the image.’

In result, a seamstress sees herself seated before a sewing machine. In another photo a welder holds his old mask while turning to see himself in his much younger years, the mask clipped securely around his head.

In some of the staged photos actual pictures of the models are seen tucked into the setting, showing them how they used to look, Mr Hussey said.

‘The images are all about history — remembering yourself in historical context. I think the history and memory aspects are very important to me and my interest in this helped make the campaign a success,’ Mr Hussey said.”


There’s something quite haunting and sad about the fact that most of the people are smiling in the mirror, or from the reflection. However, a few concerns have been raised that Alzheimers doesn’t just affect the elderly. Regardless, I think it’s a great project, and probably the best I’ve seen for an Alzheimers campaign.

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Yob killed gay teenager by setting him on fire at his 18th birthday party

An autistic teenager died from horrific burns after he was set alight at his 18th birthday party by a yob who had scrawled insults on his body about being gay.

Vulnerable Steven Simpson was doused in tanning oil before Jordan Sheard held a lighter to his groin and sparked it, engulfing him in flames which caused 60 per cent burns.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Sheard, 20, had called Steven a ‘gay c**t’ earlier at his birthday party and wrote ‘I love d**k’ on his stomach in marker pen.

 
Autistic Steven Simpson who died at a party after he was doused in tanning oil and set on fireJordan Sheard
 

Autistic Steven Simpson (left) who died at a party after he was doused in tanning oil and set on fire and (right) Jordan Sheard, who held a lighter to his groin and sparked it

A paramedic who came to treat the young victim reported seeing lipstick smudged on his face and the words ‘Gay Boy’ written on his forehead in pen, although it was not clear who had written it.

When Steven, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, went up in flames, Sheard fled the scene and then tried to blame his victim, telling police he had set himself on fire.

Judge Rodger Keen QC jailed Sheard for three years and six months telling him: ‘At his 18th birthday party you destroyed Steven’s life.’

Prosecuting, Sarah Wright explained how student Steven, who also had epilepsy and a speech impairment, had thrown an 18th birthday party for himself at the flat where he lived alone in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on June 22 last year.

When no-one turned up, Steven went out and returned with some people.

At some point in the evening, Sheard arrived at the party with friends but it is not known if they were invited. 

Ms Wright said Sheard and his friends were ‘egging’ Steven on to take off his clothes and dance. 

During what the prosecution described as ‘cruel behaviour’, Sheard also teased Steven about being gay. 

‘He was called a ‘gay c**t’ and the words ‘I love d**k’, was written on his body’, Ms Wright said.

At about 2am he was covered in Calypso dry oil and tanning lotion.

‘Steven Simpson didn’t object to being covered in oil. He seemed to be enjoying the situation,’ Ms Wright said.

‘However then Jordan Sheard took out a yellow lighter, struck it, and held it to Steven’s groin. He went up in flames.

‘Steven Simpson came into the living room, his lower half covered in flames.’

A neighbour, who had popped in to see how the party was going, saw Steven ‘engulfed in flames”

He ran to help him and pushed him to the floor, attempting to extinguish the flames.

‘The burning material from Steven’s trousers stuck to (the neighbour’s) hands,’ Ms Wright said.

One paramedic reported seeing lipstick smudged all over Steven’s face, as well as the words ‘Gay Boy’ written on his head in pen.

Steven, who had been bullied in the past, was taken to Barnsley Hospital before Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

He was then transferred to a specialist burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 

On the day before he died, he managed to tell his father he had been covered in the oil by ‘one of the older boys’.

But Steven’s lungs began to deteriorate significantly and he died on June 24.

Sheard was arrested outside Steven’s house and during his first police interview told police Steven had set fire to himself.

However, during his second interview he admitted that it had been him who set fire to Steven’s groin.

He said he had been ‘egged on’ by others, who told him to ‘light it, light it, see what it does’, and that he didn’t realise the damage it would do.

Andrew Smith, mitigating for Sheard, who admitted manslaughter at a previous hearing, called his client’s act a ‘criminally stupid prank which has gone wrong’ and said Sheard will ‘never forget’ the tragic consequences of his actions.

‘You tried briefly to assist and then you ran away. That, in my view, is a serious aggravating factor.’ Judge Rodger Keen QC

He said that Sheard had tried to help Steven at first before running away – an action ‘largely born out of panic’.

Accepting Sheard’s plea that the incident was ‘horseplay’ and that he was encouraged by others, Judge Keen said: ‘This whole evening seems to have as part of it good natured horseplay.

‘That lasted throughout the evening and even shortly before his fatal injuries Steven seemed to be enjoying himself.

‘But you, egged on by others, sought to put a flame to him.

‘And what it did was to engulf him in fire. You tried briefly to assist and then you ran away.

‘That, in my view, is a serious aggravating factor.’

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Middleton, of South Yorkshire Police, said: ‘Steven was described by all who know him as a very caring and likeable young man, whose family will miss him greatly. 

‘His generous spirit was taken advantage of and a single thoughtless act resulted in his death.

‘Jordan Sheard has admitted his guilt and will have ample opportunity to reflect on his conduct. 

‘I would like to thank the community for their help and I would also like to thank Steven’s family for the dignified way they have dealt with this tragedy.’

Sheard, of Cudworth, South Yorkshire, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter at a previous hearing.

Cannot believe he didn’t get longer… How is that fair?! He should have had at least 10 years. Disgusting.

Also upsetting that people still target those with learning difficulties, despite science teaching us so much about it.

Sounds like someone was a bit damaged from their own sexuality issues, if you ask me………

Dove Men hilarious new advert

“Dove’s latest ad campaign acts as a firm warning to men, showing them exactly what will come of using a women’s shampoo – ultra feminine hair.
The satirical ad, a parody of the iconic Pantene television spots, promotes Dove’s Men + Care range.
Dressed in a shirt and tie behind his office cubicle, a man called Diego greets a confused-looking colleague, who is staring at his sweeping, shiny, and luscious locks.”

Hilarious ad by Ogilvy & Mather! So different to all the macho, sports men, James Bond style men shampoo adverts.

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A massive elephant seal held up traffic for more than an hour after going on a walkabout in Brazil.

In an effort to keep it hydrated police officers and firefighters splashed water on the 10ft beast as traffic ground to a halt along busy Avenida Atlantica.

It initially moved quickly across the road before slumping down in front of a waiting car.
The confused animal, estimated to weigh over half a tonne, finally sloped off back to the water after nearly 90 minutes in the sun.
It is unknown why this giant beast decided to leave the ocean – elephant seals spend most of their lives at sea and only return to land to mate.

Made me giggle!

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Motor racing ‘legend’ in homophobia row.

Motor racing ‘legend’ in homophobia row.

Motor racing star Sir Stirling Moss has caused controversy by saying he didn’t want ‘a poofter or anything like that’ to play him in a film.

His comments came during an interview when he said he would like a ‘masculine’ actor like James Bond actor Daniel Craig to portray him in any biopic.

The 83-year-old Formula One legend then made matters worse by backtracking, claiming he had ‘homosexual friends’ and that ‘there’s nothing wrong with it’.

 

So, obviously, I think ‘poofter’ is a homophobic slur… but, the comments on this article are unbelievable! I was in genuine shock reading them.

“So what ever heard of freedom of speech” 129 green arrows

“Stirling Moss, you Sir are a legend and have earned the right to say what ever you want” 150 green arrows

“I think the man (Sir Stirling Moss) had every right to say what he said, after all the movie is about him! Maybe the days are coming to an end where we the ‘heterosexuals’ are not going to tip toe around the homosexuals any more. We’ve wrapped them up in cotton wool for to long now! ‘Afraid’ of hurting ‘their’ feelings, well enough is enough!!” 132 green arrows

“Minority groups and the PC brigade should remember they are a MINORITY and that we are still living in a democracy precarious as it is.” 107 green arrows

“You’ll get what you’re given!” 100 RED arrows!!

“The rife homophobia present in the DM comments section always really saddens me. People throw around the phrase “free speech” much too often. “Freedom of speech” was once used to defend racism and sexism, but not anymore now that the world has caught up with the fact that we’re all born equal. How anyone can applaud someone else for calling an entire group of human beings an offensive word, I don’t understand. I hear of more and more places legalising gay marriage and feel hope as time goes by, but then come online and realise these backwards views and “free speeches” are just as prominent as they were ten years ago. It’s just really sad.” 88 RED arrows!!

 

In no way should his comment ever be considered ‘freedom of speech’. Pah!! I cannot believe there are still people who think being prejudiced is acceptable. It is offensive! Why is nobody pointing out the fact that ‘manliness’ has NOTHING to do with sexuality?!

I read a comment that said “replace every offensive word in the comments on this page with ‘black’, now see how discriminative it is”. So true! 

Firstly, this guy is an absolute arse for using such language, and secondly, Daniel Craig…? Really…?

 

Sometimes, I just do not get it.

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Well I did not know about any of that! How fascinating.

Why Evolution Is True

First Christopher Hitchens took her down, then we learned that her faith wasn’t as strong as we thought, and now a new study from the Université de Montréal is poised to completely destroy what shreds are left of Mother Teresa’s reputation. She was the winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, was beatified and is well on her way to becoming a saint, and she’s universally admired. As Wikipedia notes:

[She was] named 18 times in the yearly Gallup’s most admired man and woman poll as one of the ten women around the world that Americans admired most. In 1999, a poll of Americans ranked her first in Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. In that survey, she out-polled all other volunteered answers by a wide margin, and was in first place in all major demographic categories except the very young.

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Jed Bartlett Shows Us How to Respond To Scott Renfroe

No idea where this is from, but it’s brilliant.
I don’t understand how people can believe certain parts of their holy book, but ignore the rest. Frustrating.

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The Honest Coca-Cola Obesity Commercial

HA! Hilarious. I watched ‘The truth about Dieting and Exercise’, a Ch4 docu, and it is just unbelievable what they put in fizzy drinks…

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Hope for an AIDS Cure

“A baby girl in Mississippi appears to have been cured of HIV and some in the medical community are calling it a game changer. The virus was spotted 30 hours after the girl was born; an hour later doctors began an aggressive regimen of widely available drugs. A month later virus levels were undetectable in her immune system.

The child is now two and a half and off medication and still appears cured. Some say this amazing case gives them new inspiration and fresh hope that a cure is possible, at least for babies. The battle is still raging: 1,000 babies are born with HIV each day and every year about three million people die of AIDS or AIDS-related complications.”

 

Couldn’t believe this when I read it! Science is just amazing. Let’s hope the same can happen for many other diseases in the future.

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