Friday, February 24, 2012








Confucius Say!

  • Man who run behind car get exhausted.
  • Man who keep feet firmly on ground have trouble putting on pants.
  • Man with one chopstick go hungry.
  • Man who scratches rear should not bite fingernails.
  • Man who sinks into woman's arms soon will find arms in woman's sink.
  • Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.
  • All men eat, but Fu Man Chu.
  • War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left.
  • Girl who go camping must beware of evil intent.
  • If you want pretty nurse, you must be patient.










Barbra Streisand has re-signed with her long-time recording label Columbia Records and will release "a 12-set DVD that consists of never before seen footage directly from Barbra’s archives," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The multi-award winning Streisand, who released her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, in 1963, has sold over 70 millions records for the label. Her long-time manager Marty Erlichman has reportedly been in heated talks with execs about keeping Streisand on the Sony-owned record label.

Perhaps as exciting for fans of the legendary entertainer is news that to commemorate her 50th anniversary, "Columbia will also release a 12-set DVD featuring unprecedented access into Streisand's professional and personal life. The DVD set will consist of never before seen footage directly from Barbra’s archives."

Streisand released a statement, saying, “From the day Goddard Lieberson signed me almost 50 years ago, Columbia Records has been my recording home, and I am thrilled to continue that partnership for many years to come.”

Columbia Records Chairman and COO Steve Barnett adds, “There are stars and there are superstars, and there’s Barbra Streisand... Columbia Records is proud to play a vital role in her extraordinary career. We’re looking forward to the next chapter in our long and fruitful relationship.”

Besides her fabled work as a recording artist and Academy Award-winning work as a film actress, Streisand is also a noted philanthropist. According to the press release, "The Streisand Foundation has given millions of dollars in more than 2100 grants to over 700 non-profit organizations including her substantial underwriting of The Cedars-Sinai Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program which addresses the leading cause of death among women in the United States, as well as men." Streisand was also honoured last year by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors for her generous support and dedication to the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Centre.

Last summer, as Streisand released her most recent album What Matters Most, biographer William Mann offered his perspective on why Streisand remains relevant and continues to fascinate her legions of fans.



  • The "Nullarbor" in Nullarbor Desert in Western Australia is a Latin name; Null=No, Arbor=Trees.
  • The "O" when used as a prefix in Irish surnames means "descendant of."
  • The "Twelve Days of Christmas" gifts: A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese laying, seven swans swimming, eight maids milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming. (There are 364 gifts altogether)
  • The "y" in signs reading "ye olde.." is properly pronounced with a "th" sound, not "y". The "th" sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England used the rune "thorn" to represent "th" sounds. With the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case "y".
  • The 180m sprint of the776 BC Olympics (the earliest recorded) was won by Coroebus .
  • The 1970 World cup football match between El Savador and Honduras was so highly charged that it resulted in the two countries embarking on a 3 day war.
  • The 1st Academy Awards ceremony to be telecast was the 25th, in 1953.
  • The 1st Academy Awards were presented in 1927.
  • The 1st annual Grammy Awards were awarded in 1959. The Record of the Year was "Volare" by Domenico Modugno, the Album of the Year was "Peter Gunn" by Henry Mancini and the winner of the best R&B performance was "Tequila" by Champs.
  • The 1st CMA (Country Music Association) Awards, hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry, were presented at an awards banquet and show in 1967.




Thursday, February 23, 2012








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  • Experience is knowing a lot of things that you shouldn't do.
  • Some people speak from experience. Some people, from experience, don't speak.
  • Experience is a good school, but you never get a vacation.
  • There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.
  • Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it the second time.
  • The school of experience will let you repeat the lesson if you flunk the first time.
  • Experience is something you have plenty of when you're too old to get the job.



This is some assorted rare colour footage from the Ziegfeld extravaganza Glorifying The American Girl.
The footage is very fragmented, so is the sound. But we don't get to see this every day... This important movie has made it to our times and has been restored.




  • Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with
  • Tarantula's can survive 2.5 years without food.
  • 'Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu' is the name of a hill in New Zealand.
  • Tea was so expensive when it was first brought to Europe in the early 17th century that it was kept in locked wooden boxes.
  • Ten per cent of the salt mined in the world each year is used to de-ice the roads in America.
  • Tequila is made from the root of the blue agave cactus.
  • Texas was one of the first US states to adopt capital punishment by lethal injection -- in 1977.
  • The ' funny bone' is not a bone but a nerve.
  • The "D" in D-day means "Day". The French term for "D-Day" is "J-jour".
  • The "L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.
  • The "Miss America" pageant made its network TV debut on ABC In 1954. Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether, was crowned the winner.




Wednesday, February 22, 2012


let it be roberta
Roberta Flack the four-time Grammy Award-winning artist is back with a new song and forthcoming album, "LET IT BE ROBERTA"--a collection of Beatles song interpretations. Roberta Flack has long been known as an unparalleled musician who effortlessly inhabits the worlds of pop, soul, R&B, jazz and folk. From her very first recording , "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" which hit #1 in the U.S across all charts, Flack has created strong emotional bonds with her listeners through her poignant musicality and unerring stylizations while also shining an uncompromising light onto the culture and politics of the times.

Let It Be Roberta is Flack's first in 8 years and was produced by Sherrod Barnes, who has also produced Beyonce' and Angie Stone, with contributing producers Jerry Barnes and Barry Miles, and is slated for release on February 7th worldwide.

Since bursting onto the scene in 1969 with the blockbuster album "First Take" (produced by the legendary Joel Dorn), she's followed her fiercely uncompromising lyrical and musical muses earning her a place alongside pioneering artists such as Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and Nina Simone. A multiple Grammy winner, she is the only artist along with U2 to win "Record of the Year" in consecutive years (for "The First Time, Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly"). Although she's taken some time between recordings, she's never stopped performing having constantly toured worldwide. Flack, a national treasure gives her time freely to a host of charitable and humanitarian causes--among them, the ASPCA (spokesperson of the year for 2011) and the Roberta Flack School of Music in Bronx, NY (which she founded in 2006).

Says Roberta: "My passion for this project comes from the magical genius of the greatest songwriters of all time. Love, inspiration, friendship and my own life's lessons come together when I sing the songs they created. I am honoured to be a part of the fabulous legacy of the Beatles."
Track Listing:01. In My Life
02. Hey Jude
03. We Can Work It Out
04. Let It Be
05. Oh Darling
06. I Should Have Known Better
07. The Long & Winding Road
08. Come Together
09. Isn’t It a Pity
10. If I Fell
11. And I Love Him
12. Here, There and Everywhere
13. Here Comes the Sun (Bonus Track)
Digital Booklet – Let It Be Roberta – Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles



  • Why is the small size of a candy bar the "fun size"? It's more fun to eat a big candy bar.
  • Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
  • Why are there handicap parking places in front of the skating rink?
  • Why doesn't whoop-ass doesn't come in bottle?
  • Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and then a diet coke?
  • Why are they called apartments when they're all stuck together?
  • Why do banks leave both doors open but they chain the pens to the counter?
  • Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are dead?
  • Why do Americans leave their expensive cars on the driveway, but have useless junk in the garage?
  • Why don't the hairs on your arm get split ends?






Shankill Graveyard




  • 'Stewardesses' and 'reverberated' are the two longest words (12 letters each) that can be typed using on the left hand.
  • 'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
  • Stroking the sole of the foot is used by doctors to produce the Babinski effect.
  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has
  • Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869 . . . by a dentist ( William Semple)
  • Superman's hair grows ' incredibly long' when exposed to red kryptonite additional storylines include other random effects.
  • Swahili is a combination of African tribal languages, Arabic and Portuguese.
  • Sweetbread is neither sweet, nor bread. It is a dish made up of the pancreas or the thymus gland of a calf or lamb.
  • Swiss Steak, Chop Suey, Russian Dressing, and a Hamburger all originated in the US.
  • Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.




Tuesday, February 21, 2012


The film Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Executive produced by Corey Smyth, the soundtrack features contemporary artists singing their renditions of freedom songs that were prevalent in the civil rights movement. Smyth was also music producer for the film.
Soundtrack for a Revolution celebrates the vitality of this music. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), and executive produced by Danny Glover, Soundtrack for a Revolution is a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances a film of significance, energy and power.
The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. 
The acclaimed film was shown at numerous festivals and screenings, and won the Vancouver International Film Festival Rogers People's Choice Award, the Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque For Direction, and the Morelia International Film Festival Audience Award. The film also made the Academy Award® Shortlist, and is a finalist for three International Documentary Associated Awards.
Track Listing:01. Mary Mary - We Shall Not Be Moved 2:50
02. Wyclef Jean - Here's To The State Of Mississippi 5:50
03. Richie Havens - Will The Circle Be Unbroken? 3:58
04. The Roots - Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around 3:18
05. John Legend - Woke Up This Morning 3:46
06. Joss Stone - Eyes On The Prize 3:48
07. Angie Stone - Wade In The Water 2:36
08. Anthony Hamilton & The Blind Boys Of Alabama - This May Be 3:31
The Last Time
09. Vivian Green - Oh Freedom 3:07
10. Anthony Hamilton, Joss Stone, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Mary 3:21

Monday, February 20, 2012




Just to let you know that blogging will be intermittent over the next couple days as I have succumbed to an illness.


Hope to be back with you real soon!











"How Many Schoolboys Can You Fit In One Bed?" taken from the 1961 British Pathe reel 'Bed Record'. Filmed at Hampton Grammar School, Middlesex.




A wedding is an auspicious event that not only celebrates a union of two people, but joins two families together as well. On this happy occasion, a wrong comment, even if its said as a joke, can have a lasting impact on the whole marriage, turning it into an eternal tiff rather than eternal bliss. So make sure you’re not the one responsible for a spat or an uncomfortable atmosphere by avoiding these ten remarks, because when it comes to a wedding, silence is surely the best policy!

1. Never make any mention of past marriages

Past is past and it should remain that way. The couple is starting a new life and therefore, reminding them of a previous marriage in any way is the last thing you would want to do. Even funny comments like, “This one is way better than your last one” or “I hope this one lasts longer than the previous one”, are a big NO.

2. Don’t pass a negative comment about the bride’s dress

The bride’s dress should not bother you because you’re not the one who’s wearing it, and obviously she wouldn’t be wearing it if she thought it were bad! So comments like, “Wasn’t it available in a different colour?” or “I think this should have been a little longer/shorter” or “Why didn’t you go to that designer I told you about?”, should be avoided. You don’t want to make a bride loose her confidence on her special day!

3. Don’t criticize the menu

It’s their wedding, therefore they decide the menu. So whatever comes your way should be appreciated. Still if you feel that you can’t have the food over there, then a polite comment like, “My stomach is upset”, or something similar is a better option than actually criticizing the food.


4. Never compare the bride and the groom

Never compare the bride and the groom even if the bride is downright ugly or the groom has the looks of a Greek god and vice versa. As long the couple is happy with each other, you should be happy for them as well. Some people even have the audacity to whisper in the bride or the groom’s ear that they could have done so much better. This is plain rude and a comment like this deserves nothing but tight slap on the speaker’s face.

5. Check before mentioning a deceased family member

A wedding is a happy occasion and the mention of someone who has passed away can give the event a sad atmosphere, especially if that person was close to the bride or groom and their families. Hence it is always better to play it safe and avoid mentioning such a person because you never know who you might end up upsetting.

6. Keep the secrets about bridge and groom to yourself

Everyone has secrets and everyone has done crazy things in the past, and just because someone is getting married doesn’t mean he/she would want their spouse to know, especially on their wedding day. However, relating a funny incident is completely harmless, but besides that, all the wild crazy stuff should go with you to your grave.


7. Don’t tell mother-in-law jokes

Mother-in-law jokes are no doubt very funny but a wedding is not the best place to share them, especially when two newly made mother-in-laws are on the loose. You never know how they or other people might take them, that is why its better to save them for another occasion.

8. If you had/have other plans don’t make any mention of them

People invite you to their wedding because they want you to be a part of their special day and want to share their happiness with you. Saying that you have to go somewhere else or had to be somewhere else gives the impression that rather than being a part of their joy, you were actually doing them a favour by attending the event, and this could even hurt their feelings.


9. Don’t predict the future of the marriage

As a joke, many people, especially the bride and groom’s friends, actually make bets guessing how long would it take for the couple to break the marriage bond. Believe me its not funny, on the contrary its rude and offensive and I shouldn’t even be telling you to keep away from such games, you should be sensible enough to know that yourself!

10. Stop bragging about your gift to the couple

Ok, just because you gave a great expensive gift or a fat cheque to the newly wed couple doesn’t mean that you start bragging about it. Not everyone can afford it and your showing off can make people feel inferior and uncomfortable with their gift or money.




Bachelor film project 2012 from The Animation Workshop.

Toki's tribe expects him to bring home the head of the biggest animal possible. In return, he will receive honour and respect. However, this rite of passage does not turn out as planned. With the help of a colourful new friend, he achieves something much bigger.


Ride Of Passage from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

By: Christian Bøving-Andersen, Casper Michelsen, Eva Lee Wallberg, Tina Lykke Thorn, Søren B. Nørbæk, Allan Lønskov, Jakob Kousholt, David F. Otzen

Support the emerging animators of the future by visiting the links below.!/pages/The-Animation-Workshop-Official-Page/1045254...



Are you ever stuck for words or in need of a way out of a tricky conversation? Not any more – ‘Self-Annihilating Sentences‘ are the perfect get-out clause which will instantly put an end to any argumentative or stagnant discourse!


  • No man can die properly without experience.
  • No matter where you go, there you are.
  • No two things are the same, no matter how you look at them.
  • Show me an honest man and I'll show you a man who tells the truth.
  • An artist without paints can't paint unless he has a canvas.
  • Everything that exists has a good reason for existence - which has long since disappeared.
  • All simplifying assumptions are too complicated.
  • If your father was sterile, the same is probably true of you.
  • A sway-backed horse doesn't have to sag.
  • Any truth is an under-exaggeration.










Two CD compilation that explores the Brazilian Jazz groups and artists at the centre of the Bossa Nova explosion of the early 1960s, known as 'Samba Jazz' or 'Hard Bossa'. 
Groups such as the Sergio Mendes Trio, Tamba Trio, Quarteto Novo, Bossa Tres, Zimbo Trio feature alongside the greatest instrumentalists of the era in Brazil - Dom Um Romao, Raul de Souza, Baden Powell, Edson Machado, Joao Donato and others. 
At the end of the 1960s, many Brazilian artists left Brazil for the United States leading to an explosion in fusion where Brazilian music met Jazz and this album includes the work of the most successful of these artists such as Airto Moreira (who played in Miles Davis's group) and Deodato. The album comes with extensive sleeve notes contextualizing the music in its political and social context within both Brazil and the United States. 
Track Listing:
 0.01: Sambalanco Trio - Samblues (02:13)
0.02: Tamba 4 - San Salvador (02:21)
0.03: Airto Moreira - Xibaba (04:36)
0.04: Sergio Mendes - Canto Do Ubirantan (02:07)
0.05: Dom Um Romão - Birimbau (02:42)
0.06: Walter Wanderley - Capoeira (04:19)
0.07: Zimbo Trio - Anoiteceu (02:54)
0.08: Som Imaginario - A-3 (03:11)
0.09: Sergio Mendes - Neurotico (02:23)
0.10: Meirelles E Os Copa 5 - Solo (01:46)
0.11: Airto Moreira - Tomba In 7/4 (06:23)
0.12: Milton Banana - Primitivo (02:40)
0.13: Antônio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower (03:19)
0.14: Sambalanco Trio - Improviso Negro (02:44)
0.15: Quarteto Novo - Vim de Santana (05:12)
0.16: Edu Lobo - Vento Bravo (03:31)
0.17: Tamba 4 - Slick (03:06)
0.18: Luis Carlos Vinhas - Batucada (02:38)
0.19: Eumir Deodato - Bebe (02:29)
0.20: Paulo Moura - Das Tardes Mas Sos (03:09)
0.21: Quinteto Villa Lobos - Ritmica 1 (01:55)
0.22: Meirelles - Mulhé Rendeira (04:05)
0.23: Zimbo Trio - Para Lennon e McCartney (02:00)
0.24: Quarteto Novo - Fica Mal Com Deus (03:30)
0.25: Joao Donato - Patambalacunde (03:06)
0.26: Tamba 4 - California Soul (02:58)
0.27: Tenorio Jr - Consolacao (02:28)
0.28: Salinas - Like A Rainy Night (05:16)
0.29: Balanco Trio - Zazueira (02:42)
0.30: Baden Powell - Rosa Flor (02:54)


ARTIST: David Soul
SONG: Don’t Give Up On Us
YEAR: 1977
David Soul (born August 28, 1943) is an American-British actor and singer, best known for his role as Detective Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson in the television programme Starsky and Hutch (1975-1979). He gained British citizenship in 2004
The son of a Chicago minister, actor David Soul actually launched his career as a folk singer. Born David Richard Solbert on August 28, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, David moved to Mexico during his youth, when his father took a lengthy assignment as diplomatic advisor for the U.S. State Department. The experience (and the Mexican environment) engendered in young Solberg a permanent love of indigenous folk music
After impulsively deciding to become a stage performer, and studying with the legendary Uta_Hagen in New York, Soul definitively opted to embark upon a singing career. From 1966 to 1967, the performer turned up as the hooded "mystery singer" on the syndicated television talkfest The_Merv_Griffin_Show.
In the mid-late 1970s, Soul returned to his singing roots. Produced by Tony Macaulay, he recorded such hits as "Don't Give Up on Us" (1976) which reached number one in the US and the UK, and "Silver Lady" (1977) which also topped the charts in the UK. Between 1976-78, he had five UK Top 20 singles and two Top 10 albums. From 1976 to 1982 he toured extensively in the US, Europe, Far East and South America.


Whitney Houston: I Know Him So Well (With Cissy Houston) [Single 1988]
i know him so well
Track Listing:
1. I Know Him So Well
2. Just The Lonely Talking Again
3. You're Still My Man

Whitney Houston: One Moment In Time [Single 1988]
one moment in time
Track Listing:
1. One Moment In Time
2. Love Is A Contact Sport

Whitney Houston: I Want To Dance With Somebody [Single 1987]
i want to dance with somebody
Track Listing:
1. I Want To Dance With Somebody
2. Moment Of Truth

Whitney Houston: Whitney (1987)
Whitney Houston - Whitney [1987]
Whitney's sophomore effort, simply entitled "Whitney", was an album fill with truly great music. Whitney had the voice and some great material (thanks to her mentor Clive Davis) to put together a truly classic album.
The sound of the album is more of a sythesized-pop/R&B feel (remember, this WAS the 80s), with the signature Whitney Houston ballads. The album features productions and writing from Narada Michael Walden (who produced most of the album - and frequently produced for many, many artists throughout the 80s and early 90s), Jellybean, Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly, and Michael Masser, among others.
Most notable hits are "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "So Emotional" (my personal favorite), "Love Will Save The Day", "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "Didn't We Almost Have It All." Another notable song is "I Know Him So Well" which features Whitney's mother Cissy Houston
Track Listing:
1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
2. Just The Lonely Talking Again
3. Love Will Save The Day
4. Didn't We Almost Have It All
5. So Emotional
6. Where You Are
7. Love Is A Contact Sport
8. You're Still My Man
9. For The Love Of You
10. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
11. I Know Him So Well

Whitney Houston: How Will I Know [Single 1986]
how will i know
Track Listing:
1. How Will I Know
2. Saving All My Love For You

Whitney Houston: All At Once [Single 1985]
all at once
Track Listing:
1. All At Once
2. Greatest Love Of All

Whitney Houston: Saving All My Love [Single 1985]
saving all my love for you
Track Listing:
1. Saving All My Love For You
2. All At Once
3. The Greatest Love Of All

Whitney Houston (1985)
whitney houston
This is Whitney Houston's absolute best album. This was her debut album back in February 14, 1985 and made her phenomenally successful. If you are a fan of Whitney's heartfelt music, then this and her second album "Whitney" is a must for your music collection. To date, this is Whitney's most successful studio, non-soundtrack album. The only album that tops this in sales is the Bodyguard soundtrack. This album has sold about 23 million copies worldwide, while her second album sold 19 million to date.

Track Listing:
1. You Give Good Love
2. Thinking About You
3. Someone For Me
4. Saving All My Love For You Whitney Houston
5. Nobody Loves Me Like You Do Whitney Houston with Jermaine Jackson
6. How Will I Know Whitney Houston
7. All At Once Whitney Houston
8. Take Good Care Of My Heart
9. Greatest Love Of All
10. Hold Me
There are so many singles and remixes of Whitney’s work that it would take a long time to research them all. Hope that the work related here pays tribute to her incredible talent and the legacy that she leaves to the world.