Monday, June 18, 2012

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Will be back in a couple of days due to work commitments.

 

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Graham

JUST FOR FUN 18 JUN

 

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FAST FOOD GETTING FASTER

 

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It had to happen. Now that cupcakes have surpassed donuts as the quick treat of choice, the vending machine approach makes total sense.. Each machine will carry 600 freshly-baked cupcakes daily, packed in individual boxes and in a variety of flavours, including Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Marshmallow. Select your cupcake, swipe your card and the next thing you know, your sugary delight will pop out, ready for greedy feasting.

But the next level has been revealed .... Pizza Vending Machines

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The Let’s Pizza vending machine is already a major success in Italy. And now, it’s attracting widespread interest among fast-food vending connoisseurs in the UK.

Let’s Pizza kneads the dough, forms a round, adds tomato sauce, layers toppings – and then bakes it all in front of your very eyes. There are no frozen pizzas here; Let’s Pizza is a mini-pizzeria that’s open 24 hours a day!

HOW TO KISS … 80 YEAR OLD INSTRUCTIONS

 

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Retronaut website have published a guide to proper kissing. That’s right. How to smooch appropriately. The photos come via a Life Magazine spread from 1942.

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ACTUAL NEWSPAPER HEADLINES!

 

  • Kicking Baby Considered to be Healthy
  • Bush Argues That Economy is Fundamentally String
  • Crack Found on Governor's Daughter
  • Navy Changes Skirt Policy, Making Apparel Optional
  • Stolen Painting Found by Tree
  • Dead Officer on Force for 18 Years
  • Headless Body Found in Topless Bar
  • State Dinner Featured Cat, American Food
  • Robber Holds Up Albert's Hosiery
  • Chinese Ape-man Dated

KUROKAWA NAKAGIN CAPSULE TOWER, TOKYO

 

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The 60s and 70s were an exciting period for Japanese architecture. In particular, the Metabolist Movement which was founded by a group of futuristic visionaries, including late architect Kisho Kurokawa, put forth ideas of “large scale, flexible and extensible structures that facilitate an organic growth process”. Perhaps the most exemplary metabolic building is the Nakagin Capsule Tower built to accommodate bachelor salary-men in downtown Tokyo.

Completed in 1972, Kisho Kurokawa designed the 14-story tower of 140 pre-assembled individual capsules hoisted by a crane and bolted to the concrete core shaft. Each capsule unit is complete with appliances and furniture for a single dweller, and by connecting additional units, can accommodate a single family. Designed to be adaptable and sustainable with the capsules’ ability to be removed and replaced for upgrades.

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The Nakagin Capsule Tower has been short-listed for the World Heritage by the International Committee of Docomomo International since 1996. However it is currently at the mercy of the wrecking ball, and efforts are still being made to preserve this masterpiece.

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On April 15, 2007, the building's residents, citing squalid, cramped conditions as well as concerns over asbestos, voted to demolish the building and replace it with a much larger, more modern tower. In the interest of preserving his design, Kurokawa proposed taking advantage of the flexible design by "unplugging" the existing boxes and replacing them with updated units, a plan supported by the major architectural associations of Japan; the residents countered with concerns over the building's earthquake resistance and its inefficient use of valuable property adjacent to the high-value Ginza. A developer for the replacement has yet to be found, partly because of the late-2000s recession.

STILLER AS WALTER MITTY

 

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Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig have undergone very drastic physical transformations for their roles in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". The two looked nearly unrecognizable in old-age makeup while filming a scene for the comedy movie in New York on Friday, June 14.

Stiller was photographed looking nearly 40 years older with white hair and round-framed spectacles. He finished off his dramatic makeover with a grey long coat, a bowtie and a red scarf. Wiig, meanwhile, looked classy in a green trench coat that she paired with a matching cap and a pair of furry boots.

In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", Stiller plays the titular character who likes to imagine himself as a hero experiencing great adventures. His dream comes true when he accidently meets a mysterious woman who hands him a little black book.

According to the woman, the book contains the locations of the Dutch crown jewels hidden since World War II. Soon, Mitty finds himself in the middle of a confusing conspiracy and has to admit that being a hero in real life isn't that easy.

A remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye film "Secret Life of Walter Mitty", the upcoming comedy is directed by Stiller and also starring Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn. The movie will be released late in 2013.

In the meantime enjoy the 1947 version starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo and Boris Karloff.

COOL IMAGES 18 JUN

 

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DULL AND BORING ARE REAL PLACES

 

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Dull and Boring officially exist in the world. To be exact, the village of Dull exists in Perthshire, Scotland, while the town of Boring exists in Oregon, US. It is just so obvious that these two towns should be twinned.

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If the teenagers of Boring complain that nothing ever happens in their town of 10,000 now they can be threatened with a visit to Dull  which has a teenage population of approximately 10.

YEAH, BUT THE MOVIE WASN'T AS GOOD AS THE BOOK

 

BOOKS ABOUT TO BECOME MOVIES

ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy

ANNA KARENINA

Status: November 9, 2012.

Who's involved: Joe Wright directing an adaptation by Tom Stoppard. Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfayden and many more.

Why you should read the book first: When people talk about capital ‘L’ Literature, this is the novel they’re talking about. It’s Russian Literature that even other Russian Literature alludes to with references in works by Chekhov, Bulgakov and Nobokov. The innovative tome may seem like a daunting task with eight thick parts to conquer, but at least you get to hold it over everybody’s head when you’re finished. And reading the story of Anna Karenina - and also Konstantin ‘Kostya’ Levin - before watching Wright’s film will not only help you keep your Vronskys and Oblonskys, Myagkayas and Vronskayas straight, but give you the opportunity to fully explore the layered thematic implications of the arguably un-adaptable novel as well as put the events you’re to see in proper context. The film’s talent will likely deliver an enjoyable version of Anna Karenina, but it cannot help but pale in comparison to the virtues of the full text. Stoppard is a genius, but even he cannot condense the classic into a two (and a half) hour movie and do it justice. I imagine it will be heavy on the Anna and light on the Levin.

TRIVIA BITS 18 JUN

 

  • Hawaii – The Big Island – is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • The capital of Syria is Damascus.
  • Joe Cocker was arrested in 1972 in Adelaide, South Australia for drug possession.
  • Impetigo is a contagious skin disease.
  • The poem The Solitary Reaper was written in William Wadsworth.
  • The musical instrument the tuba belongs to the brass section of the orchestra.
  • The title role of the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia was played by Peter O’Toole.
  • Famous soprano Maria Callas died in Paris on September 16, 1977.
  • Navigator Abel Tasman was Dutch.
  • The cube of 19 is 6859.

JUNE 18, 1812

 

QUOTABLES 18 JUN

 

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

JUST FOR FUN 17 JUN

 

TICKLINGKOALA

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A MYRNA LOY MOMENT

 

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Myrna Loy in The Mask of Fu Manchu 1932

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WELFARE STORIES

 

Letters actually sent to welfare agencies.

  • I am forwarding a marriage certificate and six children. I have seven but one died, which was baptized on a half piece of paper.
  • I am writing the Welfare Department to say that my baby was born two years ago. When do I get my money?
  • Mrs. Jones has not had clothes for a year, and has been visited regularly by clergy.
  • I cannot get sick pay. I have six children. Can you tell me why?
  • I am glad to report that my husband who is missing is dead.
  • This my eighth child. What are you going to do about it?
  • Please find out for certain if my husband is dead. The man I am living with can't eat or do anything until he knows.
  • I am very annoyed to find out you have branded my son illiterate. This is a dirty lie, as I was married a week before he was born.

BEE GEES – THE ULTIMATE BEE GEES

 

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Type: Album
Genre: Pop
Release Date: Oct 30, 2009

THE ULTIMATE BEE GEES is a double-disc career retrospective featuring the group's many hits and chart-topping singles, performances of a selection of hit songs they wrote for others, and liner notes by Tim Rice.

Tim Rice's liner notes accompanying THE ULTIMATE BEE GEES puts the group's extravagant popularity into perspective. 'Within this package is a collection of performances and songs that very few practitioners of popular music of the past could match for quality, originality, and emotion. It's the singing, the harmonies, the arrangements, the sound, the rivalry, the love, the intelligence, the determination, but above all it's the songs.'

Track Listing:

1 ~ You Should Be Dancing
2 ~ Stayin’ Alive
3 ~ Jive Talkin’
4 ~ Nights On Broadway
5 ~ Tragedy
6 ~ Night Fever
7 ~ More Than a Woman
8 ~ Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)
9 ~ Spirits Having Flown
10 ~ If I Can’t Have You
11 ~ Boogie Child
12 ~ Love You Inside Out
13 ~ You Win Again
14 ~ One
15 ~ Secret Love
16 ~ Alone
17 ~ Still Waters (Run Deep)
18 ~ This Is Where I Came In
19 ~ Spicks and Specks (Live)
20 ~ How Deep Is Your Love
21 ~ To Love Somebody
22 ~ Words
23 ~ How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
24 ~ Too Much Heaven

COOL IMAGES 17 JUN

 

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YEAH, BUT THE MOVIE WASN'T AS GOOD AS THE BOOK

 

BOOKS ABOUT TO BECOME MOVIES

 

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

Status: In development, still needs a director.

Who's involved: Patrick Dempsey is supposed to star and as of December 2011, Unstoppable's Mark Bomback is set to pen the script.

Why you should read the book first: Unlike other dog-focused stories, The Art of Racing in the Rain is told from the perspective of the dog, as opposed to the owner. The story of race car driver Denny Swift is told to us by his faithful dog Enzo. It's a truly charming, touching story that will make you want to hug your dog (or get a dog if you don't already have one), and wonder how your own pet might tell your story, if given the opportunity. While it should prove to be especially tricky to adapt the novel to screen while keeping the focus on Enzo's perspective, the book is a real page-turner and a great read. It's impossible not to fall in love with Enzo, a dog who, in addition to loving his owner, is also studying humanity in preparation for his next life, which he hopes will be a human one.

TRIVIA BITS 17 JUN

 

  • The collective noun for a group of owls is Parliament.
  • Belgian artist Georges Remi created the comic book character Tintin.
  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs was famously paid an annual salary of $1 per year.
  • The city of Osaka is on the Japanese Island of Honshu.
  • Former UK Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher is portrayed by Meryl Streep in the movie The Iron Lady.
  • The Slap , a novel by Australian author Christos Tsoikas was adapted into a min-series on the Australian network ABC.
  • An espresso coffee with a small amount of milk in it is known as Macchiato.
  • The Australian Herring is better known in South Australia as Tommy Ruff.
  • Decimal currency was adopted by Australia in 1966.
  • A cavoodle is a cross between a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and a Toy Poodle.

ELEGANT VINTAGE EVENING DRESSES

 

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Dress by Jean Desses 1953

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QUOTABLES 17 JUN

 

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