Saturday, July 14, 2012

JUST FOR FUN 14 JULY

 

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MORE ODD DEFINITIONS

 

Often words in a modern society take on new, different and somewhat humorous meanings.

  • Percussive Maintenance: The fine art of whacking an electronic device to get it to work again.
  • Perfect Pitch: What it is when you throw a banjo in a dumpster and it didn't hit the sides.
  • Petranoid: Someone who is both petrified and paranoid. Usually a mother.
  • Pharmacist:: A helper on the farm.
  • Phonecrastinate: To put off answering the phone until caller ID identifies the caller.
  • Pokemon: A Rastafarian proctologist.
  • Polarize: What penguins see with.
  • Porcupine: A craving for bacon.
  • Primate: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV.
  • Raisin: Grape with a sunburn.

ELAINE PAIGE: ELAINE PAIGE CELEBRATING 40 YEARS ON STAGE (2009) DVD

 

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Elaine Paige was brought to the public's attention when she created the role of Eva Peron in the original London production of Evita. She then created the role of Grizabella in the original production of Cats and followed with a recording hit: "I Know Him So Well," with Barbara Dickson, from the concept album of Chess.

Paige later starred in the West End mounting of Chess as well as London productions of Anything Goes, The King and I, Piaf and Sunset Boulevard. She repeated her work as Norma Desmond for New York audiences, and in 2004 she performed the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the New York City Opera (and snagged a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work).

She has recorded 16 solo albums and six cast albums. In 1995 Paige received the Order of the British Empire for services to Musical Theatre. Paige most recently starred in the title role of the London production of The Drowsy Chaperone and currently hosts a weekly radio program for the BBC.Elaine Paige, the British musical theatre actress who made her Broadway debut in Sunset Boulevard, in a televised concert that celebrates her stellar stage career.

The program takes the audience on a journey from Paige's beginnings in the musical Hair to performances in Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Cats, Sunset Boulevard.

The evening was filmed in 2009 at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia, during her 40th anniversary tour.

ACT 1
1. Overture
2. Life Goes On
3. Tomorrow
Introductory Chat
4. Easy to be Hard
5. Broadway Baby, with interpolations of chat
6. I Don't Know How To Love Him
Being Short Chat
7. Small Packages
Brief Chat
8. Hello Young Lovers
Dustin Hoffman Chat
9. Shoot the Breeze
Auditions Chat
10. Yesterday
11. Evita Instrumental
12. Don't Cry For Me, Argentina

ACT II
13. Sunset Boulevard Entr'Acte
14. As If We Never Said Goodbye
Sweeney Todd Chat
15. By the Sea
Queen Mother Chat
16. I Get a Kick out of You
17. I Dreamed a Dream
18. Chess Instrumental
19. Someone Else's Story
20. I Know Him So Well
21. Poor Old John
Piaf Dialogue
22. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
23. If You Love Me
Thank Band & Chris Egan
24. Cry Me a River
24a. Play Off
Calls. Encores:
25. Memory
25a. Play Off
Calls & Flowers
26. With One Look
26a. Play Off

COOL IMAGES 14 JULY

 

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DORIS DAY - HEY THERE

 

DORIS DAY - HEY THERE (THE PAJAMA GAME)

Doris Day singing "Hey There" from the 1957 musical The Pajama Game. She's amazing. She sang this song live, not pre-recorded!’’

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TRIVIA BITS 14 JULY

 

  • Java is an island that forms part of Indonesia.
  • Tasmania is the smallest of the Australian six states.
  • Deva was the Roman name for the English city of Chester.
  • The Scottish city of Glasgow is on the banks of the River Clyde.
  • If you are being served pottage, you are being served a soup.
  • In Japan, Geishas entertain men with singing, dancing and conversation.
  • Saintly won the 1996 Melbourne Cup.
  • Australian singer/songwriter Peter Allen was born in Tenterfield, New South Wales 1944.
  • The French name for the English Channel is La Manche.
  • The town of Conclurry is in the Australian state of Queensland.

A LINDA DARNELL MOMENT

 

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Linda Darnell, 1940s

JULY 14, 1789

 

QUOTABLES 14 JULY

 

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Friday, July 13, 2012

FRIDAY 13TH

 

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HERE A WHITE BEAR, THERE A WHITE BEAR!

 

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JUST FOR FUN 13 JULY

 

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WINNER OF MOST COSTUME CHANGES WITHOUT EDITING (18)

 

 

It’s Eytan & the Embassy’s “Everything Changes,” with Eytan being quick-changed from the chest up into a selection of rock legends Can you name all of them?

A GLORIA SWANSON MOMENT

 

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Gloria Swanson, 1920s

MORE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WORK

 

 

  • It is simple to make something complex, and complex to make something simple.
  • Measurements will be quoted in the least practical unit; velocity, for example, will be measured in 'furlongs-per-fortnight'.
  • An expert will always state the obvious.
  • The chance a copy machine will break down is proportional to the importance of the material that needs to be copied and inversely proportional to the amount of time till the material will be needed.
  • A maintenance department will neglect a customer's complaints until it starts installations on the customer's new projects.
  • If it works in theory, it won't work in practice. If it works in practice, it won't work in theory.
  • No matter how clever and complete your research is, there is always someone who knows more.
  • The less intelligent the idea, and the person stating it, the more likely it will be funded.
  • A man with one watch is certain about time. A man with two watches isn't.
  • The more knowledge you gain, the less certain you are of it.
  • Technicians are the only ones that don't trust technology.
  • The more you want to contact someone over an instant messenger is inversely proportional to the chances that they will be online.
  • The more important your email is, the worse your email program will screw it up.
  • The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

2013 WALK OF FAME HONOUREES NAMED

 

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Rick Baker
Javier Bardem
Viola Davis
Olympia Dukakis
James Franco
Ron Howard
and Helen Mirren
will receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced.

Among the 24 honourees next year will also be TV favourites:
Simon Baker
Bryan Cranston
Ellen DeGeneres
Jane Lynch
Katey Sagal
and Matthew Perry

From the recording industry, stars will be given to:
the Backstreet Boys
Jennifer Hudson
Jane's Addiction
Janis Joplin
New Kids on the Block
Usher
Thalia
and Luther Vandross

Also receiving the five-pointed salute will be:
Penn & Teller,
Steve Harvey
and deejay Shotgun Tom Kelly.

THE RINK : ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST

 

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THE RINK is a fantastic musical from the pen of John Kander and Fred Ebb, starring two of the best triple-threats in the business, Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli, as feuding mother and daughter Anna and Angel. Rivera and Minnelli are always at their best with Kander-Ebb material (Rivera in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and CHICAGO; Minnelli in FLORA THE RED MENACE, CABARET and THE ACT). THE RINK was a splendid showcase for these 2 formidable divas. Chita and Liza had (briefly) co-starred when Minnelli filled in for a sick Gwen Verdon during the run of the original CHICAGO.

The story concerns freewheeling hippy Angel (Minnelli) who returns to the family nest after leaving as a teenager. Her weary-yet vital mother Anna (Rivera) has been running her husband's rollerskate rink by herself ever since he walked out on her when Angel was a little girl. Now the time has come that Anna can sell up and start living her own life...imagine her shock when her daughter shows up broke and looking for a reunion!

Touching and bittersweet, THE RINK also features a pre 'Seinfeld' Jason Alexander in a great role as Anna's wannabe-suitor Lenny, singing the heartfelt "Marry Me". Other standout numbers include "Colored Lights", Anna's riotous "Chief Cook and Bottle-Washer", "The Apple Doesn't Fall" and the cataclysmic "Mrs A." where Angel confronts her mother's indiscretions.

THE RINK was a mild success and a Tony Award Winner for Rivera, when it opened on Broadway, buoyed by the star-power of Rivera and Minnelli. The show folded a few weeks after Minnelli's departure (being replaced by Stockard Channing of GREASE fame). The London production featured A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC's Diane Langton but it quickly shuttered. A sadly underrated musical featuring a strong and memorable score.

Chita refused to have her profile used on the album cover, she had other ideas and wanted a tribute to a certain Mom, three guesses whose profile was used....3, 2, 1.....Judy.

 

DORIS DAY ON HEDY LAMARR

 

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I think I would have given my soul to look like Hedy Lamarr.
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COOL IMAGES … 13 JULY

 

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FRIDAY 13TH!

 

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DANXIA LANDFORM, CHINA

 

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This is a geological phenomenon known as Danxia landform. These phenomena can be observed in several places in China. This example is located in Zhangye, Province of Gansu. The colour is the result of an accumulation over millions of years of red sandstone and other rocks.

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2012 AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC GAMES SWIMMING TEAM

 

Australian Olympic Games Swimming Team

(L-R) Eamon Sullivan, James Roberts, James Magnussen and Matt Targett of Australia pose during an Australian swimming portrait.

CHALK ART

 

 

Watch chalk artist Chris Carlson’s 11 hours of drawing a three-dimensional Super Mario game fly by in just under four minutes thanks to the miracle of time-lapse.

TRIVIA BITS 13 JULY

 

  • Warsaw is the capital of the European country Poland.
  • A Hendecagon has eleven sides.
  • English monarch, Elizabeth I, was sometimes called Good Queen Bess.
  • The River Murray flows into Lake Alexandrina in South Australia.
  • The first Holden cars went on sale in Australia in 1948.
  • The Greatest Show on Earth is often used to describe the circus.
  • The evergreen song White Christmas was written words and music by Irving Berlin.
  • In the Nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle the cow jumped over the spoon.
  • Oil tycoon Blake Carrington in the TV series Dynasty was played by John Forsythe.
  • Arthur Haley wrote the 1968 novel Airport.

MOVIE REVIEW ... THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

 

amazing-spider-man-POSTER-002After a less than amazing third outing, the Spider-man franchise needed refreshing.  Thankfully director Marc Webb provides this rejuvenation with a more captivating adventure.  Although not adding anything in terms of special effects, the new performers and writers successfully re-boot a stagnant series.  Less cluttered and unburdened by multiple villains, this new take weaves a web most would be happy to be caught in.

School student Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is in constant emotional turmoil.  With attempting to unravel his parent’s mysterious disappearance and having a major crush on fellow student Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), he has a lot on his mind.  When he gains spider-like powers from an experiment gone wrong, his world quickly unravels.  Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) adds to Peter’s dramas when he turns into The Lizard – a creature of unbridled hatred shattering Peter’s world to the core.

Despite re-telling Spider-man’s origins a decade after the initial film, Marvel’s re-boot works.  With a small but talented cast and well-paced script it would have been difficult for it to fail.  Each scene blends into the next with ease with Garfield, Ifans, Stone effectively conveying authentic qualities.  This makes for some believable moments despite the fantastical premise.  Whilst it misses the ‘bubble-gum fun’ of the original trilogy, the film’s mood reflects more of the gritty feel of the earlier comics.

Although entertaining overall ‘Amazing Spider-man suffers somewhat from being a little too low-key.  The action sequences and drama are fine but only occasionally do they pack any real punch.  It’s as if the film-makers were scared in really letting loose although what’s on offer is suitably dazzling.   Garfield especially hits the ground running with his veneer of youthful arrogance working in this different interpretation.  He places his own stamp amongst the CGI which thankfully never overwhelms the narrative. 

‘The Amazing Spider-man’ is certainly distinctive from previous entries although it gradually becomes its own entity.  It will be interesting where the franchise goes next with revived prospect of new web-swinging adventures welcome.

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Movie Review Rating  7 / 10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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SOUNDTRACK

CUPCAKE ANYONE?

 

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