Saturday, April 14, 2012
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play an exhibition match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, the home stadium of football giants Real Madrid, hoping for a crowd of 80,000 to watch tennis' top two players.
Real Madrid says on its website that the top-ranked Djokovic and local favourite Nadal will meet on July 14 at the Bernabeu, with proceeds going to the club's and Nadal's charity foundations. Spaniard Nadal is a well-known Real Madrid fan while Serbian Djokovic has been a guest of honour at the club's facilities, and once wore a Real Madrid shirt when he walked out for a tennis match at the Madrid Masters.
The stadium has a maximum capacity of approximately 85,454 and the pair are hoping to smash tennis single session attendance record. The current record for attendance is the 35,681 fans that watched an exhibition between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium in July, 2010. That exhibition broke the previous record of 30,372 fans that saw Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes" in Houston in September, 1973.
Nadal and Djokovic have won a combined 14 majors and have had one of sports' top rivalries of late. Djokovic had defeated Nadal in the last seven finals they've played, including in the last three Grand Slam tournaments — Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open.
- ALL men see in only 16 colours, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a colour. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
- If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
- We are not mind readers and we never will be. Our lack of mind-reading ability is not proof of how little we care about you.
- If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing", we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
- If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.
- Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as navel lint, the shotgun formation, or monster trucks.
- Foreign films are best left to foreigners. (Unless it's Bruce Lee or some war flick where it doesn't really matter what they're saying anyway.)
- BEER is as exciting for us as handbags are for you.
- Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight, but did you know, it's like camping.
To launch the high quality TV channel TNT in Belgium a big red push button was placed on an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town. A sign with the text "Push to add drama" invited people to use the button. And then waited... Discover what happened!
Liza Minnelli and a star-studded audience of Old Hollywood favourites helped launch the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival with a newly restored 40th anniversary screening of Cabaret.
Before the film TCM host Robert Osborne interviewed cast members Minnelli, Joey Grey, and Michael York, who each shared memories about making the 1972 musical. Minnelli, who won an Academy Award for best actress for her signature performance as Sally Bowles, said late director Bob Fosse was allowed to get away with making the film he wanted because he shot it in Germany far from the prying eyes of studio executives. She recalled that when Fosse would receive telegrams from the studio he'd read them aloud to his cast and crew before tearing them up in front of them. Grey shared that he believed Fosse preferred making straight films and considered Cabaret a straight film with musical numbers, rather than a musical film.
Before the film, a section of Hollywood Boulevard in front of Graumann's Theatre to allow for a re-premiere of the acclaimed film, which won eight Academy Awards and is still considered one of the greatest and most innovative musical films ever made. Other celebrities in attendance included Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Rush, Rose McGowan, Jennifer Grey, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Grey, and Illeana Douglas.
The TCM Film Festival continues through April 15. For more information go here. Watch footage from the red carpet below.
- The painting, “American Gothic” depicts the sister and the dentist of artist Grant Wood as rural farm folk.
- The Pantheon is the largest building from ancient Rome that survives intact.
- The Pearl Harbour air raid inspired the song 'Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition'.
- The permanent teeth that erupt to replace their primary predecessors (baby teeth) are called succedaneous teeth.
- The phrase ' The 3 R's ' ( standing for 'reading, writing and arithmetic' ) was created by Sir William Curtis, who was illiterate.
- The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.
- The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
- The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.
- The Pillsbury Bake-off has been held every year since 1948.
- The pineapple was symbol of welcome in the 1700-1800's. That is why in New England you will see so many pineapples on door knockers. An arch in Providence RI leading into the Federal Hill neighbourhood has a pineapple on it for that very reason. Pineapples were brought home by seafarers as gifts.
Friday, April 13, 2012
- Why, if man is descended from apes, do we still have apes?
- Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but he still ducks when someone throws the gun at him?
- Why do you keep trying to vacuum up that string, and when it doesn't get picked up, you'll pick it up and then put it down to give the vacuum another chance?
- Why don't sheep shrink in the rain?
- Why is it called rush hour when you don't move?
- Why isn't there a speed of dark?
- Why are animals made out of meat if we're not meant to eat them?
- Why is it that when you attempt to stop something from falling off the table, you manage to knock something else over?
- Why aren't there father-in-law jokes?
- Why couldn't the Professor on Gilligan's Island fix a boat if he could make a radio out of coconuts?
SAVED FROM THE TITANIC - USA, 1912
Starring survivor Dorothy Gibson wearing the same dress in which she had been rescued - it was claimed.
ATLANTIC - UK, 1929
The first sound film made about the disaster. Highly fictionalised and doesn't refer to the Titanic explicitly - the White Star Line forbade the production company from doing so.
TITANIC - GERMANY, 1943
The "Nazi Titanic" commissioned by Goebbels. The Titanic attempts an Atlantic crossing speed record so it can manipulate the share price of the White Star Line. A German First Officer's warning is ignored.
TITANIC - USA, 1953
Hollywood's first take on Titanic - the plot centres on an estranged couple sailing on the Titanic's maiden voyage.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - UK, 1958
A docudrama based on Walter Lord's bestselling book - long regarded as the most accurate of the films.
S.O.S. TITANIC – USA. 1979
On April 14, 1912 the R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage. Over 1500 people were lost. This docudrama follows the personal stories of some of the passengers and crew aboard on that fateful night. John Jacob Astor and his new bride Madeline, Laurence Beesley, Molly Brown, a group of Irish emigrants, the wireless operators and the stewards are among the characters.
RAISE THE TITANIC - USA, 1980
A group of Americans compete with the Russians to raise the ship - as a rare mineral on board could be used to avert missiles from entering US airspace.
The Chambermaid on the Titanic – France, 1997
Horty, a French foundry worker, wins a contest and is sent to see the sailing of the Titanic. In England, Marie, saying she is a chambermaid on the Titanic and cannot get a room, asks to share his room. They do, chastely; when he awakens, she is gone, but he sees her at the sailing and gets a photo of her. When he returns home, he suspects that his wife Zoe has been sleeping with Simeon, the foundry owner. Horty goes to the bar, where his friends get him drunk and he starts telling an erotic fantasy of what happened with him and Marie, drawing a larger audience each night
TITANIC - USA, 1997
The romantic epic which became one of the most expensive films ever made. Lovers Jack and Rose are fictional but some characters are based on historical figures.
Genre: Easy Listening
1 of 20 ~ Second Last Chance
2 of 20 ~ Sh-Boom
3 of 20 ~ Gambling Man
4 of 20 ~ Come Back My Love
5 of 20 ~ Say What I Feel
6 of 20 ~ Carolyn
7 of 20 ~ The Longest Time
8 of 20 ~ Good Ol’ Fashioned Love
9 of 20 ~ Blue Moon
10 of 20 ~ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
11 of 20 ~ In the Still of the Night
12 of 20 ~ Don’t Make Me Over
13 of 20 ~ Whoops
14 of 20 ~ Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight
15 of 20 ~ Why Do Fools Fall In Love
16 of 20 ~ Only Girl (In the World)
17 of 20 ~ Rolling In the Deep
18 of 20 ~ Beggin’
19 of 20 ~ Forget You
20 of 20 ~ We Can Work It Out
The Overtones - Gambling Man (Official Video)
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”
Hands started going up.
He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.
He then asked, “Who still wants it?”
Still the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.
We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
You are special – Don’t ever forget it!
- The opera singer Enrico Caruso practised in the bath, while accompanied by a pianist in a nearby room.
- The opposite of 'cross-eyed' is 'wall-eyed'.
- The orang-utan's warning signal to would be aggressors is a loud belch.
- The ordinary house-fly beats its wings nearly two hundred times a second.
- The original name of Los Angeles was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles del rio Porciuncula, translating into:The Village of our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River.
- The original source of the dye 'sepia' was the cuttlefish.
- The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, 'Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.'
- The original title for the best seller 'Gone with the wind' was 'Ba! Ba! Black sheep'.
- The Oscar statuette was designed by MGM's art director, Cedric Gibbons, in 1928. The design has remained unchanged, except for getting a higher pedestal in the 1940's.
- The 'Over the rainbow' scene from 'The Wizard of Oz' was originally cut from the film because it was 'slow' and added nothing to the plot. It was added again at the last moment.