Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Evelyn Nesbit Moment


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Trivia Bits 30 September


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The 1982 American science fiction film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (poster pictured) was based on an imaginary friend Steven Spielberg created after his parents' divorce in 1960.

The tiger is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.3 m (11 ft) and weighing up to 306 kg (670 lb).

Roman numerals do not have a symbol for the number 0 (zero).

The herb mint is traditionally used in a Mojito Cocktail together with white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice and sparkling water.

Genuphobia is the fear of knees and/or kneeling either the fear of one’s own knees or someone else knees and/or the act of kneeling.

American construction contracting and engineering firm Thompson-Starrett Co. built six National Historic Landmarks in the U.S., including the Rockefeller Estate and the Woolworth Building, at 233 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City which was tallest skyscraper in the world from 1913 to 1930.

Choux pastry is used to make a croque-en-bouche which is a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel.

The Amunden Sea is located off the continent of Antarctica being named after the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer of polar regions, by the Norwegian expedition of 1928–29, under Captain Nils Larsen, while exploring this area in February, 1929.

Port wine was originally produced in Portugal and is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine though it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties.

In metallurgy, a substance used as a chemical cleaning agent is known as a flux.

Quotables 30 September



Monday, September 29, 2014

An Evelyn Laye Moment


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Trivia Bits 29 September



In Jewish cuisine, the traditional hamantash (pictured) is triangular a filled-pocket cookie or pastry.

Despite having developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, American inventor and businessman Thomas Edison was never awarded a Nobel Prize.

The first Australian-born astronaut to enter space was South Australian born Andy Thomas - American aerospace engineer and a NASA astronaut.

Spanish sailor and cosmographer Diego Ramírez de Arellano set a southern navigation record in 1619 in discovering the Diego Ramírez Islands, the most southerly point visited by Europeans until the discovery of the South Sandwich Islands by Captain James Cook in 1775.

American flight navigator, sea captain and aviation pioneer Fred Noonan disappeared with aviator Amelia Earhardt somewhere over the Central Pacific Ocean in 1937.

King Khalid International Airport is in Saudi Arabia and is located 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with Heads of state and other high-ranking VIP visitors to the Kingdom are greeted in the Royal Pavilion which has open spaces, garden areas, and fountains.

In 2007, French chef Anne-Sophie Pic became the fourth woman to win three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic, in southeast France.

The Australian city of Melbourne hosted a White Night Festival on 22 February 2014 drawing an estimated 500,000 people and was open from 7pm to 7am the following morning, featuring music, dance, visual display, light show, and a variety of buskers with Art institutions such as The National Gallery of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image featuring free exhibitions and films for the public to attend.

2012 Paralympics competitor Rajinder Singh Rahelu won the first-ever medal for India in powerlifting in 2004.

Competing for the FFA (Football Federation Australia) cup are teams playing Soccer also known as Association Football and is the national association football knockout cup competition in Australia.

International Coffee Day



Coffee is an international language.

We drink coffee morning, day and night with friends, business associates and lovers. Walking down the local high street, the number of coffee cafes shows the extent of our love affair with this favourite caffeinated beverage.

Whether you favour espresso, lattes or cappuccinos; iced, decaf, instant or filter – Coffee Day is the day to savour and appreciate your beverage.

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Coffee beans are actually the pits found in the coffee berry or cherry. The properties of coffee beans are thought to have first been discovered in Ethiopia where it is thought that a 9th century goat herder noticed their stimulating effects on his goats and began experimenting.

Coffee drinking was originally popularised in the Arab world around the 15th century spreading across Asia then to Italy and across Europe and to the Americas – and finally to your coffee cup.

As you drink your cup of coffee today, inhale the aroma, taste the dark and full-bodied flavour – but most of all enjoy.








Quotables 29 September



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Movie Review ... The Equalizer


The_Equalizer_10‘The Equalizer’ provides an abject lesson in how not to adapt.  Based on the hit 1980’s Edward Woodward TV series, this adaptation strives to do justice to its memory.  Proving Hollywood’s obsession with plundering classic TV shows can sometimes go awry, this version is best avoided.  Contorting the series premise to deliver an ultra-violent ‘Death Wish’-style vigilante fantasy, ‘The Equalizer’ is more akin to Rambo than the TV version’s restraint.

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a man with a mysterious past who has deadly weaponry skills.  They come in handy when meeting Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Trapped in the vice-like grip of Russian gangsters, she needs all the help McCall can deliver.  Taking arms and eager to fight for justice, McCall shows why his new moniker of ‘The Equalizer’ should be feared by evil-doers crossing his path.

Laced with grisly violence, one dimensional characters and Antoine Fuqua’s heavy handed direction, ‘The Equalizer’ is a disappointment.  Fans of the TV series would be aghast at the changes made.  High among them is Washington’s mono-sibylic performance as a man initially wanting a clean slate.  His role is blank given the little emotion shown.  Fuqua’s decision to make McCall almost superhuman destroys any semblance of the TV series’ gritty reality.

As each fanciful action sequence appears, ‘The Equalizer’ has less credibility.  You may as well watch a Superman movie given how ridiculously indestructible McCall becomes.  The villains he faces are of the usual clichéd variety highlighting the scripts’ far-fetched elements.  Nothing is believable with the mean-spirited violence offering uncomfortable viewing. 

‘The Equalizer’ is a mediocre vehicle for Washington and Fuqua who have done better.  Whilst some scenes stand out, this overlong ode to brutality proves it takes a certain skill to adapt a property – something ‘The Equalizer’s’ film-makers clearly lack.


Movie Review Rating out of 10:  4

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An Evelyn Brent Moment


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Trivia Bits 28 September


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Founded 1853 in Manhattan in New York City, Steinway & Sons is best known for the making of pianos (pictured) of high quality and for its influential inventions within the area of piano development with the company holding a royal warrant by appointment to Queen Elizabeth II.

US actor Charles Bronson played vigilante Paul Kersey in the Death Wish series of movies with the first in the series Death Wish released in 1974.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, United States being officially sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association on its foundation in 1954, and recognized by the International Tennis Federation in 1986.

In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the celestial body, the moon, as well as goddess of the hunt and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals.

In the Kinks' song Sitting in My Hotel, singer and songwriter Ray Davies muses about the cost of stardom in terms of loneliness and losing touch with his roots and was released on the Kink’s 1972 album Everybody's in Show-Biz.

The Kakadu National Park in Northern territory, Australia, was declared under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975 (NPWC Act) in three stages between 1979 and 1991 and with the Aboriginal people have occupied the Kakadu area continuously for at least 40,000 years it is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites with more than 5,000 recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years.

In November 2013, 22 year old Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen defeated Indian chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 2013.

The Ganges River, a trans-boundary river, flows through India and Bangladesh and is the most sacred river to Hindus.

There are five players on each side of an indoor field hockey team and is indoor variant of "traditional" outdoor field hockey.

American singer-songwriter, musician and parodist, Weird Al Yankovic was noted for parodies of popular songs including in 1988 Fat a parody of the Michael Jackson hit Bad, also Eat It a 1984 parody of Michael’s Beat It both of which had Michael Jackson’s approval.

Quotables 28 September



Saturday, September 27, 2014

An Eve Arden Moment


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Trivia Bits 27 September


Flag of Albania

The flag of Albania (pictured) features a two-headed eagle with the current design adopted in 1992 when the Democratic Party of Albania won the elections.

American cartoonist E. C. Segar is best known as the creator of the cartoon character Popeye a pop culture character who first appeared in 1929 in Segar's comic strip Thimble Theatre.

The one act opera Elektra was composed by Richard Straus which was adapted from his 1903 drama Elektra and was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on January 25, 1909.

The Kanak people are the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of the French collective of New Calendonia.

Korean dish of bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul, sautéed and seasoned vegetables, and gochujang, chili pepper paste with a raw or fried egg and sliced meat common additions.

In 2006, Iceland resumed commercial whaling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tripitaka, meaning three baskets, describes the various canons of scripture in Buddhism particularly a Sūtra Piṭaka, a Vinaya Piṭaka and an Abhidharma Piṭaka.

Eclectic, Munson, Personal and Teeline are all types of the writing technique known as Shorthand.

With a population of around 8.5 million, Ruhr is a large region in the European country of Germany consisting of several large, industrial cities bordered by the rivers Ruhr, Rhine and Lippe.

German composer bassoonist and composer Victor Bruns, who played at the Leningrad Opera and with the Staatskapelle Berlin, composed six ballets and four bassoon concertos.

Quotables 27 September



Friday, September 26, 2014

An Eva Marie Saint Moment


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Trivia Bits 26 September



Radarange 1947

First sold in 1947, the microwave oven, named the Radarange (pictured), was invented by Percy Spencer after World War II from radar technology developed during the war.

Based on American-Canadian children's books written by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy, the 2010 British children's television series The Octonauts, features a cat named Kwazi.

Five cities staring with M have hosted the Summer Olympic Games – Melbourne, Mexico City, Munich, Montreal and Moscow.

In the 2013 Great Australian Bake Off, each baker does three bakes in each episode - The Signature Bake, The Technical Bake and The Showstopper.

Mount Taranaki is an active but quiescent, stratovolcano on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.

Jane Stanford co-founder of Stanford University ordered in 1905 that after her death her jewels to be sold and the funds used as a permanent endowment to be used exclusively for the purchase of books and other publications.

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev made a speech which became known as On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences to made to the Twentieth Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 25 February 1956 in which he was sharply critical of the reign of deceased General Secretary and Premier Joseph Stalin.

The main religion of Peru is Roman Catholicism due to the December 1532 a party of conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro defeated and captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa conquering the lands.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living is an artwork created in 1991 by an English artist Damien Hirst, and is a tiger shark in a glass tank of formaldehyde.

The O in American film director, screenwriter, and producer David O Russell’s name stands for Owen.

In Greek Mythology, the gorgon Medusa was killed by Perseus, the legendary founder of Mycenae and the off-spring of Zeus and Danae.

Johnny Appleseed Day



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Johnny Appleseed is a famous historical American figure, who’s most notable for his spread of apple trees throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He was a prominent conservationist, business man and religious figure, and well known and liked for his kindness and generosity – Johnny Appleseed Day commemorates his birth on September 26, 1774.