Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Dorothy Dell Moment

 

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Trivia Bits 23 July

 

The second story in The Jungle Book (1894), Kaa's Hunting is an 1893 short story by Rudyard Kipling featuring seven-year-old "man-cub" Mowgli, raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, being tutored in the Law of the Jungle by Baloo the bear.

The lead singer of internationally renowned band, Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning was raised in Brisbane, Australia.

Angela Jolie topped Forbes magazine’s 2013 list of Hollywood highest earning actresses.

Proverbially the sweetest fruit is that which is forbidden.

Stonehenge is surrounded by 56 pits known as Aubrey holes which are a ring of Chalk pits at Stonehenge named after the seventeenth-century antiquarian John Aubrey.

To the end of 2013, the only Australian woman to win a Best Actress Academy Award is Nicole Kidman for her performance as Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002).

Jesse Fisher in the 2012 movie Liberal Arts is played by Josh Radnor who also wrote and directed the movie.

Sydney's Belmore Park, in New South Wales, is on land that used to be a police barracks, a cemetery, a women's shelter, an asylum and a common and was landscaped in 1868.

Yemen is bordered by two countries – Oman and Saudi Arabia.

English playwright and novelist, Dorothy “Dodie” Smith, wrote I Capture the Castle(1949) and The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956).

Quotables 23 July

 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Dorothy Dare Moment

 

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Patricia Barber – A Distortion of Love 1992

 

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Artist: Patricia Barber

Album: A Distortion of Love

Genres: Vocal, Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Rock

Released: May 19, 1992

℗ 1992 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Pianist and singer Patricia Barber’s second album, and major-label debut, is a consistently interesting, but not always completely rewarding, array of original instrumentals, vocal standards, and surprise cover versions.

The arrangement of “Summertime” that opens the program is eerie almost to the point of creepiness, and all the more effective for it: after a long instrumental prelude, Barber sings the lyrics over the most minimal bass-and-piano unison pedal point, her voice goosed with reverb and wailing softly like a ghost.

“Subway Station #5,” the original composition that follows, is nervous, jumpy, barely tonal, and moves niftily from a contrapuntal and polyrhythmic introduction into a straight swing section. The problem is that it lasts almost ten minutes, and by the seventh or eighth minute, its ideas seem pretty well played out. “Or Not to Be” and “Yet Another in a Long Series of Yellow Cars” suffer from similar treatment.

But her singing on “You Stepped Out of a Dream” and, especially, her sweet and touching rendition of the soul classic “My Girl” are quietly spectacular.

 

Track Listing:

1. Summertime 6:14

2. Subway Station #5 9:31

3. You Stepped Out Of A Dream 7:36

4. Parts Parallels 5:06

5. Or Not To Be 7:04

6. Yellow Car 5:50

7. Yet Another In A Long Series Of Yellow Car 4:28

8. I Never Went Away 4:37

9. My Girl 3:44

10. By Myself 4:54

Trivia Bits 22 July

 

Scarlet fever is not caused by a virus but by toxin-producing bacteria.

The 17th Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1893 authorized a US$5,000 bounty for the capture of the renegade Apache Kid dead or alive.

A lepidopterist, or Aurelian, collects moths and butterflies with term including hobbyists who are not formal scholars.

South-West Africa became known by the name the Republic of Namibia after gaining independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990.

The Sitka, native to the west coast of North America, is the largest species of spruce tree growing to almost 100 m tall and with a trunk diameter at breast height that can exceed 5 m.

In Formula One racing, the diagonally divided black and white flag signifies unsportsmanlike conduct.

The capital of the Indonesian province of Aceh is Banda Aceh.

Maryland Route 170 was relocated for the construction of Baltimore/Washington International Airport in the late 1940s.

Vitamin C is water-soluble.

On 6 April 1199, Richard the Lionheart died as a result of an infected arrow wound to the shoulder received during the siege of Chalus in France.

Quotables 22 July

 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Dorothy Dandridge Moment

 

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Richard Marx – Beautiful Goodbye 2014

 

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Artist: Richard Marx

Album: Beautiful Goodbye

Genres: Pop, Music, Singer/Songwriter, Rock

Expected Release: Jul 08, 2014

℗ 2014 Richard Marx, Inc. d/b/a Zanzibar Productions

The follow-up to 2008′s Sundown, this is the tenth original studio album from the American adult contemporary singer/songwriter probably still best remembered for his 1989 worldwide smash hit “Right Here Waiting.” Co-written with, among others, Vertical Horizon’s Matt Scannell, David Hodges of Evanescence, and ’80s über-producer Walter Afanasieff, and partly inspired by his divorce from actress Cynthia Rhodes after 25 years of marriage, Beautiful Goodbye is another perfectly crafted set of his trademark smooth, emotional pop/rock. The racy single “Whatever We Started” is included.

Track Listing:

1.Whatever We Started 3:52

2.Suddenly 4:43

3.Inside 5:27

4.Beautiful Goodbye 4:53

5.Forgot to Remember 3:47

6.Turn Off the Night 3:26

7.Have a Little Faith 4:41

8.Like the World Is Ending 4:14

9.To My Senses 4:54

10.Getaway 3:39

11.Eyes on Me 3:01

Trivia Bits 21 July

 

The Chislehurst Caves of Kent are actually mines that were first worked in 1250 and are 22 miles (35 km) long series of tunnels in Chislehurst, in the south eastern suburbs of London.

Australian painter Jeffrey Smart initially wanted to become an architect instead of an artist and was known for his precisionist depictions of urban landscapes with his autobiography, Not Quite Straight, published in 1996.

Rhodesian-born pilot Ernest Melville Guest was part of the RAF escort that flew with HMS Hereward taking the Dutch Royal Family to safety in England during World War Two.

Saskatchewan is a province of the country of Canada.

In 1968, Swedish pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall became the first Olympian disqualified for drug use, for drinking two beers during the Summer Olympics held in Mexico City.

The collections of the Chicago Public Library began with the 8,000-volume "English Book Donation" which came in response to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871with donors including Queen Victoria, Benjamin Disraeli, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, John Stuart Mill, John Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold.

The 2001 novel Dirt Music was written by Tim Winton - an Australian novelist and short story writer.

Imari porcelain is Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū and were exported to Europe extensively from the port of Imari, Saga, between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century.

Marilyn Monroe married baseball player Joe DiMaggio in 1954.

Residents of the old soldiers' home known as Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement home and nursing home for some 300 British soldiers who are unfit for further duty due to injury or old age, are called Chelsea pensioners.

The Crested Chameleon can be found over 1,000,000 square kilometres (390,000 sq mi) in Africa

Italian physicist and founder of the Electromagnetic Wave Research Institute Nello Carrara coined the term "microwave". He coined the word in his paper on "The Detection of Microwaves" in 1932.

Quotables 21 July

 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Elaine Stritch: Elaine Stritch At Liberty (2002)

 

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The legendary Tony and Emmy winner Elaine Stritch talks about her audition for the role of Dorothy in a classic hit CBS show The Golden Girls. The role, of course, went to Bea Arthur.

Veteran actress/singer Elaine Stritch had a career in musicals, straight plays, movies, and TV dating back to the mid-’40s, and at age 76 she reviews it all on this two-CD album, which is a recorded version of her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty. Her singing voice has long since become raspy and limited, but her timing and phrasing enable her to put across almost any song effectively.

She features her signature songs, from “Civilization” (the novelty in which a monkey expresses a preference for the jungle), which she sang in her first Broadway show, Angel in the Wings, in 1947, to Noël Coward’s witty “Why Do the Wrong People Travel,” which she introduced in Sail Away in 1961, and, inevitably, “The Ladies Who Lunch,” her showstopper from Stephen Sondheim’s Company in 1970. Other songs tend to be incidental to the anecdotes she tells, starting with an annotated version of “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” from which she hangs a series of humorous personal observations. Stritch is unsparing to herself as well as her colleagues, providing an impressionistic autobiography that is revealing, if selective. You would hardly know about her extensive work in television, which goes almost unmentioned, but her major theatre credits are all touched on. She is unafraid to discuss her problems with alcohol or with men. Containing entertaining stories concerning such figures as Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Ethel Merman, and Noël Coward, this is an album that will delight anyone interested in the history of theatre over the years from the 1940s to the 1980s, as told from the vantage point of one of its more acute, if occasionally addlepated, observers. And though the mere listener is denied the added pleasure of having Stritch on-stage performing it, very little is actually lost in the transfer to disc.

Recorded live at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York, New York on January 10-12, 2002.

Track Listing:

1. There’s No Business Like Show Business (Berlin)
2. Caca
3. I Want a Long Time Daddy (Grainger)
4. A Piece of Mahler
5. This Is All Very New to Me (Hague/Horwitt)
6. Going to New York
7. Marlon Brando
8. Broadway Baby (Sondheim)
9. My First Broadway Show
10. Civilization (Hilliard/Sigman)
11. Ethel Merman
12. Can You Use Any Money Today? (Berlin)
13. Pal Joey
14. Zip (Hart/Rodgers)
15. Ben Gazzara
16. Nokl Coward
17. Why Do the Wrong People Travel (Coward)
18. Richard Burton
19. But Not for Me/If Love Were All (Gershwin/Gershwin)
20. I’m Still Here (Sondheim)
21. Booze
22. Little Things You Do Together (Sondheim)
23. The Ladies Who Lunch (Sondheim)
24. John Bay
25. There Was Never a Baby Like My Baby (Comden/Green/Styne)
26. I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party (Coward)
27. God So Quickly
28. The Party’s Over (Comden/Green/Styne)
29. Absent Almost Always
30. Something Good (Rodgers)

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Movie Review ... Sex Tape

 

Sex Tape posterModern technology can be a wonderful thing.  The speed with which messages and photos are delivered is often mind-boggling.  Sometimes such occurrences can be dangerous.  ‘Sex Tape’ shows just how awry today’s technological world can be.  Based on several infamous celebrity scandals, it serves as a comedic warning that for certain occasions a camera’s presence would be most unwise.

After a decade together, Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) still love each other.  Parents to two children, despite their affection they feel the marital spice has gone walkabout.  Deciding to fix this by filming a sex tape, their very adult union ends up being leaked.  Becoming an internet sensation, they desperately try to retrieve the footage from the all-powerful Cloud network.  What follows is a series of mis-haps as their amorous coupling brings the joy to others they initially hoped to achieve for themselves.

‘Sex Tape’ makes a lot out of the chemistry of its leads.  Segel and Diaz make for a watchable duo as their characters attempt to right a very naughty wrong.  Most of the time it’s fun to watch with cameos by Rob Lowe and Jack Black adding some spark.  Unfortunately Jake Kasdan’s leaden direction drags the story.  Where more energy was needed it sags with the threadbare plot spread too thinly.  Another sub-plot or two could have beefed things up with some sequences failing to reach their potential.

Despite its lurid title, ‘Sex Tape’ generally avoids diving into totally smutty territory.  It makes an attempt to be somewhat clever in creating laughs with the cast showing good comic timing.  A message about maintaining a relationships’ passion can be seen amidst the wicked carry-on.  This adds some substance to the silly script even if it doesn’t really engage as much as it should.

A fluffy movie ultimately reaching an unsatisfying climax, ‘Sex Tape’ is only modest fun.  Although more needed to be done with the material it serves as a warning that filming private encounters is something best to be avoided.

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Movie Review Rating out of 10:  5

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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Movie Review ... Still Life

 

stilllife.poster‘Downsizing’ has become the new word for economic rationalism.  Decreasing the number of workers for the maximum amount of saved dollars, companies have done this for centuries.  Employees who are left behind are forced to work harder in delivering the same level of expected service.  ‘Still Life’ examines this social malaise with skill.  Tightly scripted and directed it’s a fine drama looking at a person’s refusal to surrender to corporate interference.

John (Eddie Marsan) is a council worker whose department has been downsized.  His job is to contact the next of kin of those who have died alone on council property.  Facing the prospect of unemployment, he embarks on one last case.  When meeting Kelly (Joanne Froggatt), daughter of a deceased tenant, he is taken on an unexpected journey.  Learning to re-connect with life, his encounters change his viewpoint in unexpected ways.

Sensitive and interesting, ‘Still Life’ is an often moving exploration of loneliness.  In helping wrapping up the lives of those who died alone, John’s own introverted nature surfaces.  His forced redundancy serves to further focus attention on carrying out his duties with the dignity and professionalism his co-workers lack.   How his unswerving loyalty to the deceased never wavers is effectively driven home under Uberto Pasolini’s astute direction.

Making ‘Still Life’ work so well is its mix of drama and humour.  Both complement each other without descending into sentimentality.  This allows for genuine authenticity with the character interactions and atmosphere.  The photography mirrors the initial bleakness of John’s daily life but soon creates more colour with the people he meets.  Marsan and his co-stars embody their characters well with Marsan showing his versatility with a rare nice guy role.

‘Still Life’ is a fine light drama showing how to embrace the most out of life.   Doing one’s best in the face of changed circumstances is something anyone should aspire to as ‘Still Life’ effectively shows.

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Movie Review Rating out of 10:  7

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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A Dorothy Burgess Moment

 

 

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Trivia Bits 20 July

 

Scandanavia's High North Alliance founded in 1991 works to protect the whaling interests of member countries of Norway, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland.

On a map of London, the circle line is coloured yellow on a map of the London Underground.

Austrian tenor Karl Beck became a master baker after his singing career, which included creating the title role in Wagner's opera Lohengrin, was cut short by deterioration in his voice.

A deficiency of Vitamin D is the main cause of oesteomalacia - the softening of the bones caused by defective bone mineralization.

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland Australia, covers 300,000 square kms and is the only living organic collective visible from outer space.

Luis Sotelo was a Spanish friar who died as a martyr in Japan in 1624 and was beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1867.

Walnuts are found in a Waldorf salad along with fresh apples and celery, dressed in mayonnaise, and usually served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal.

A croft is type of a small farm and is a fenced or enclosed area of land, usually small and arable with a crofter's dwelling thereon.

The Trumpeter Swan is the largest swan with habitats in large shallow ponds, undisturbed lakes, pristine wetlands and wide slow rivers, and marshes in northwestern and central North America, with the largest numbers of breeding pairs found in Alaska

The current Duke of Normandy is Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Kojo Tovalou Houénou became a prominent critic of French colonialism in Africa after being ejected from a Paris club in 1923 where he was attacked by Americans who objected to an African being served.

Apiphobia is an extreme fear of bees.

Echidna of Greek mythology was half woman and half snake and was known as the "Mother of All Monsters" because most of the monsters in Greek myth were mothered by her.

In November 2013, Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded and honorary doctorate by the Australian National University in Canberra.

Motorcycles Triumph and Norton were combined to produce the Triton café racer.

The London Charter of the International Military Tribunal established the legal basis for the Nuremberg trials was issued on 8 August 1945 defining three categories of crimes - war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity.

The slats of the Kendo Shinai sword are traditionally made from bamboo.

Indian revolutionary against the British rule, Jatindra Mohan Sengupta is called Deshapriya (beloved of the country) by people of Bengal.

The original name for the Rubic’s Cube was The Magic Cube. The cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.

Cara cara, Rhode Red and Biondo are all types of Oranges.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Dorothea Kent Moment

 

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Trivia Bits 19 July

 

Children’s game Hungry Hungry Hippos features the animal characters Lizzie, Henry, Homer and Harry with idea for the game published in 1967 by toy inventor Fred Kroll and introduced in 1978 by Milton Bradley.

Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park, located in the province of Alberta, covers 6,641 km2 (2,564 sq mi) of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes.

Games of the XXIX Olympiad or the 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, China, from August 8 to 24, 2008.

In Greek legend, Midas had the Golden Touch because of his ability to turn everything he touched into gold which came to be called the Golden touch, or the Midas touch.

Samples of moon rock and lunar dust soil from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions, mounted on wooden plaque displays especially for Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Honduras, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Romania, Spain, and Sweden, plus the US states of Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and West Virginia, were later reported missing by many of the recipients.

There are 1,000 kilograms in a tonne.

The screenplay for the 2012 movie Anna Karenina was written by Tom Stoppard who also wrote the screenplays for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Enigma (2001) and Empire of the Sun (1987).

American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan, The White Stripes consisted of former husband and wife team Jack and Meg White.

The first European to climb South Australia’s Mt Lofty in April 1831 was Collet Barker who was a British military officer and explorer. He explored areas of South Australia, Western Australia and Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory.

Science fiction author H G Wells has been quoted as saying If we don’t end war, war will end us.

Cotton candy, also known as candy floss, candyfloss or fairy floss, was first sold to the public at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box.

Quotables 19 July

 

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