Saturday, August 4, 2012

JUST FOR FUN 04 AUGUST

 

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MORE ACTUAL NEWSPAPER HEADLINES!

 

  • Lucky Victim Stabbed Three Times
  • Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge
  • President of Company Says, "Stud Tires Out"
  • Arson Suspect Held in Massachusetts Fire
  • Bridge Held Up By Red Tape
  • Man, Minus Ear, Waives Hearing
  • Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
  • Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in Ten Years
  • Plane Too Close To Ground, Crash Probe Told
  • British Left Waffles on Falklands

MY SECRET LOVE AFFAIR WITH DORIS DAY … A NEW BOOK

 

 

COVERMichael DeVita is the author of a brand new book about Doris Day that chronicles her life, especially her music, from the beginning to the very end. "My 'Secret Love' Affair With Doris Day",

The author shares his story about a life-long devotion to Doris Day and how that enthusiasm (another word for "affair") affected his entire life. The book is available now on Amazon.com. Proceeds from sales will be shared with the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the source of Miss Day's time and efforts at the present. The book is available in print format as well as a kindle book. The author hopes to eventually also have the book available as a narrated audio book.

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DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY: LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL - REMASTERED - 2005

 

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This "Live At Carnegie Hall" Cd shows Shirley Bassey at her ultimate best. It was compiled from her 2 nights at Carnegie Hall, May 11th and 12th 1973. The wonderful orchestration was written by Arthur Greensdale. Shirley's voice is at it's peak and she's able to balance the powerful with the tender giving each song a unique blend; listening to her rapport with the audience makes you feel like you were actually there.

Every song on here is great!!! She opens with her hit "Goldfinger," with a slightly more upbeat tempo resulting in something different and magical. I never thought I would hear a rendition of "Where Am I going" that could rival Dionne Warwick's, but Miss Bassey is certainly a contender. Her power can really be heard on "Johnny One Note," along with "I (Who Have Nothing)." It seems like everyone sang Godspell's "Day By Day" in the 70's, but only a few were able to make it memorable, and I dare say Miss Bassey does this tune effortlessly. "Diamonds Are Forever" is sexy, strong and intriguing, as well as the enchanting "Never, Never, Never." You can hear the pure emotions in her voice when she sings "You and I" and "This Is My Life (La Vita)."

You will miss something very special if you don't listen to this CD from beginning to end.

Track Listing:
1. Goldfinger
2. Where Am I Going
3. I Capricorn
4. Let Me Sing and I'm Happy
5. Johnny One Note
6. For All We Know
7. I'd Like to Hate Myself in the Morning
8. I Who Have Nothing (Uno del Tanti)
9. Day by Day
10. And I Love You So
11. Diamonds Are Forever
12. Big Spender
13. Never, Never, Never (Grande, Grande, Grande)
14. You and I
15. Something
16. Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, A
17. This Is My Life (La Vita)
18. Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, A
19. Party's Over, The

TRIVIA BITS 04 AUGUST

 

  • A brontometer records the activities of thunderstorms and was invented by Richard, of Paris in 1890.
  • The Bull and Bear are used metaphorically to describe the movement of financial market trends.
  • The heat of Chilli Peppers is measured on the Scoville scale. The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville whose method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test
  • In the NATO phonetic alphabet the letter C is represented by Charlie.
  • A patzer is the name given to a poor player in the game of chess probably from the German word Patzer bungler or from patzen to blunder. First Known Use: 1959
  • The Munich Olympic Games in 1972 will always be remembered for the terrorist attack by Palestinian terrorists during which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches, a West German police officer, and five terrorists were killed.
  • The maiden name of US Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s mother was Moon.
  • The North African nomadic inhabitants known as Tuareg are known as the people of the veil because the men wear the veil.
  • The Melbourne Cup is known as the “race that stops the nation” in Australia.
  • The Tallahatchie Bridge in Money, Mississippi is celebrated in the 1967 Bobbie Gentry song Ode to Billie Joe collapsed in 1972.

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QUOTABLES 04 AUGUST

 

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Friday, August 3, 2012

AYE, IT’S BONNIE SCOTLAND

 

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JUST FOR FUN 03 AUGUST

 

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PIXAR FROM A TO Z

 

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Artist Mike Boon has created a “P is for Pixar” alphabet poster with letters inspired by characters from the Pixar animated movies, which are legion. If you don’t recognize the full 26 dramatis personae, check the reveal, then check out Boon’s other cool ‘bets.

MORE VINTAGE TRAVEL POSTERS

 

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HELPING YOU THROUGH ANY BAD DAY

 

  • If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.
  • There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office.
  • Keep your boss's boss off your boss's back.
  • Everything can be filed under "miscellaneous".
  • Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of a cocktail hour.
  • Teamwork means never having to take the blame yourself.
  • To err is human, to forgive is not our policy.
  • Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he / she is supposed to be doing.
  • Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
  • If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.

HEY MR. PRODUCER!: THE MUSICAL WORLD OF CAMERON MACKINTOSH (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MATERIAL)

 

HEY MR. PRODUCER!

This Cd has got it all! Diva Songs, Diva Singers, you name it! This Phenomenal Collection of songs is in salute to Mr. Musical Theatre himself, Mr. Producer, Cameron Mackintosh. Producer of such shows and Mega hits as Les Miz, Phantom.., Cats, Miss Saigon, Oliver, Carousel and a gang of other great shows! This CD is not to be missed.

Recorded on a different night than the PBS airing and the video, the CD starts off with about 150 children singing "Food Glorious Food" from OLIVER. A wonderful catchy start to this double disc CD. It soon goes into 5 songs from the revival of MY FAIR LADY starring Jonathan Pryce (Prof. Higgins), Liz Robertson (Eliza), Peter Bayliss as (Eliza's Father). They all do well with the material. John Barrowman dives right into "One Two Three" from the new rock musical THE FIX. Next up is the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS montage starring Original Audrey, Ellen Greene. After 15 years Ellen still sounds Phenomenal. Not only does she sound great, but her acting is fierce, you can hear it!!

Then we are graced with Bernadette Peters singing "Unexpected Song", a song that she originally sang in SONG AND DANCE (And won the TONY). Next the unknown (to me) DIVA newcomer, Jasna Ivir, dazzles us with her vocal acrobatics in the rousing dance song, "Nicer in Nice" from THE BOYFRIEND. Sail through LAUDER, FIVE GUYS NAMED MO to the OLIVER section where Russ Abbot (Fagan) and Adam Searles (Gavroche from Les Miz Concert, potrays Dodger) in "You Gotta Pick A Pocket Or Two." Then out comes Nancy (Sonia Swaby, Gigi from Miss Saigon Complete Recording) to blow us away with her fierce rendition of "As Long As He Needs Me."

We are next treated with a "sneak peak" at the, then , new Rendition of MARTIN GUERRE with David Campbell (of Saturday Night) singing the title song with tremendous intensity. His voice is clear and powerful. Then Maria Friedman sings "How Many Tears" exploding to it's belting climax, only to softly melt away. MISS SAIGON blasts it's way through the speakers. We are then graced with Lea Solonga reprising her role as Kim. She and David Campbell sing a stunning rendition of "Last Night Of The World." Campbell is literally the BEST Chris I've ever seen or heard. Jonathan Pryce then wows us with the show stopping "American Dream." And all this is just CD 1!!

Disc 2 opens with Colm Wilkonson and Lisa Vroman in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Next, all the ladies in the show come out and beg the producer with "Broadway Baby." OKLAHOMA is then represented by Hugh Jackman (Wolverine from the New X-Men movie) singing "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning." CAROUSEL'S segment is wonderful too.

The Sondheim section is next, and a real treat at that. "You Could Drive A Person Crazy" is just wonderful sung by Lea Solonga, Maria Friedman, Millicent Martin, and the fabulous Ruthie Henshall (Fantine of Les Miz Concert, Roxie of Chicago!) Judi Dench then sings a stirring, acting rendition of "Send In The Clowns" from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. True her singing voice isn't strong, but her emotion is haunting. Michael Ball treats us, and his fans to "Losing My Mind" from FOLLIES. Bernadette graces us, yet again with the crowd pleasing "BEING ALIVE" from COMPANY. We then switch gears into the sizzling "You Gotta Get A Gimmick" from GYPSY sung by Bernadette, Julia McKenzie and, of course, the fabulous Ruthie Henshall, who sings most of the song on Ballet Pointe, not to mention in the sizzling hot Butterfly Costume!!

The Cast of CATS electrifies the stage and stereo with "Jellicle Song". Then, when all is quiet, out steps Elaine Paige to sing the infamous "Memory", but this is like you've never heard it before. Elaine has now matured gracefully as an actress and can fully utilize her age to shine through Grizabella, and let me tell you it's the most Phenomenal and Touching rendition ever recorded.

They saved the best for last. LES MISERABLES. Philip Quast, Lea Solonga, Colm Wilkonson, Michael Ball and Lisa Vroman now treat us with a 15 minute montage of LES MIZ. My number one complaint would be the absense of Ruthie Henshall's outstanding performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" as seen on the video. LES MISERABLES is the perfect ending to this wonderful callaboration of song

Disc: 1
1. We Said We Wouldn't Look Back [Salad Days] - Martin Koch
2. Cats Overture [From Cats] - Martin Koch
3. Food Glorious Food [From Oliver!] - Workhouse Children
4. Wouldn't It Be Loverly [From My Fair Lady] - Gillian Lynne, Liz Robertson, Company
5. Quit Professor Higgins [From My Fair Lady] - Company
6. Rain in Spain [From My Fair Lady] - Jonathan Pryce, Liz Robertson,
7. Get Me to the Church on Time [From My Fair Lady] - Peter Bayliss, , Company
8. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face [From My Fair Lady] - Jonathan Pryce, Liz Robertson
9. Introduction (Show Medeley) - Julie Andrews
10. One Two Three [The Fix] - John Barrowman
11. Little Shop of Horrors - Wendy Mae Brown, Dawn Hope, Femi Taylor
12. Somewhere That's Green [Little Shop of Horrors] - Ellen Greene
13. Suddenly Seymour [Little Shop of Horrors] - Ellen Greene, Teddy Kempner
14. Day by Day [Godspell] - Company
15. I Get a Kick Out of You [From Anything Goes] - Laurie Holloway, Marian Montgomery,
16. Variations [Song and Dance] - Julian Lloyd Webber, , Company
17. Unexpected Song [Song and Dance] - Bernadette Peters
18. Nicer in Nice [The Boyfriend] - Jasna Ivir, Company
19. I Love a Lassie [Lauder] - Jimmy "Doc" Logan, Scottish Power Pipe Band
20. Five Guys Named Moe/Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? [Five Guys ...] - Trent Armand Kendall, , , ,
21. Pick a Pocket or Two - Russ Abbot, , ,
22. As Long as He Needs Me [From Oliver!] - Sonia Swaby
23. Introduction - Julie Andrews
24. I'm Martin Guerre - David Campbell
25. How Many Tears? [Martin Guerre] - Maria Friedman
26. Heat Is on in Saigon [From Miss Saigon] - David Campbell, , Lea Salonga, Company
27. Wedding [From Miss Saigon]
28. Last Night of the World [From Miss Saigon] - David Campbell, Lea Salonga
29. This Is the Hour [From Miss Saigon] - Company
30. American Dream [From Miss Saigon] - Jonathan Pryce, Company

Disc: 2
1. Phantom of the Opera [From The Phantom of the Opera] - Lisa Vroman, Colm Wilkinson
2. Music of the Night [From Phantom of the Opera] - Colm Wilkinson
3. Broadway Baby [Follies] - Maria Friedman, Julia McKenzie
4. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning [From Oklahoma!] - Hugh Jackman
5. Carousel Waltz/Ballet [From Carousel] - Dana Stackpole, Company
6. Porch Scene [From Carousel] - Hal Fowler, Barbara King, Joanna Riding, Dana Stackpole
7. You'll Never Walk Alone [From Carousel] - Joanna Riding, Company
8. Introduction - Ned Sherrin
9. Side by Side [Company] - David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie, Ned Sherrin, Stephen Sondheim
10. You Could Drive a Person Crazy [Company] - Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall, Millicent Martin, Lea Salonga
11. Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music) - Judi Dench
12. Losing My Mind [Follies] - Michael Ball
13. Being Alive [Company] - Bernadette Peters
14. You've Gotta Have a Gimmick [From Gypsy] - Michael Ball, Judi Dench, Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall, David Kernan, , Dean Martin, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters
15. Introduction - Stephen Sondheim
16. Duelling Pianos - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim,
17. Poisoning Pigeons in the Park [Tom Foolery] - Tom Lehrer
18. Jellicle Songs [From Cats] - Brian Blessed, , Paul Nicholas, Company
19. Memory [From Cats] - Elaine Paige
20. At the End of the Day [From Les Miserables] - Company
21. Stars [From Les Miserables] - Philip Quast
22. Do You Hear the People Sing? [From Les Miserables] - Hal Fowler, Company
23. On My Own [From Les Miserables] - Lea Salonga
24. Bring Him Home [From Les Miserables] - Colm Wilkinson
25. One Day More [From Les Miserables] - Michael Ball, Hal Fowler, Ruthie Henshall, Tammi Jacobs, Teddy Kempner, Philip Quast, Lea Salonga, Colm Wilkinson, Za
'26. We Said We Wouldn't Look Back [From Les Miserables] - Cameron Mackintosh

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MARILYN MONROE: DEAD 50 YEARS, BUT WAS IT REALLY AN ACCIDENT?

 

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The story made headlines around the globe: Marilyn Monroe, the world's most celebrated starlet, had apparently committed suicide.

But many who knew her didn't believe she'd take her own life, and as the 50th anniversary of her death at age 36 approaches, her tragic end remains shrouded in mystery.

In the new issue of PEOPLE, guest writer J.I. Baker – author of The Empty Glass, a new murder thriller based on her death – uses his research and fresh reporting to explore the truth.

On August 5, 1962, Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood hacienda.

Toxicology reports showed high levels of Nembutal and chloral hydrate in her bloodstream, and her death was ruled a "probable suicide." But why wasn't her body turned over to medical examiners for more than five hours after it was discovered?

Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht tells PEOPLE he has "a strong suspicion she might have been injected," given the lack of pill residue found in her stomach – but by whom?

Why did not-yet-tested tissue samples go missing, along with Monroe's phone records? And were Jack and Bobby Kennedy, with whom she was rumoured to have had affairs, involved?

I guess we may never know!

DORIS DAY CBS SPECIAL - 1970

 

"The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special"


On the weekend of April 11 and 12, 1970, singer-actress Doris Day taped a special at CBS Television City in Hollywood that was broadcast the following year. By presenting several raw clips from the studio recordings, this sequence provides some insight how music and variety programs were produced and assembled during the heyday of this genre. Absent are the audience reactions, sound effects and titles that were added later during post-production editing of the final show.

TRIVIA BITS 03 AUGUST

 

  • Au represents Gold in the periodic table.
  • Nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale often an owlet in her pocket.
  • The main ingredient of the dish Lutefisk is Cod.
  • To cook the dish Baba Ganoush, a Levantine dish, is made from eggplant, tahina, garlic and lemon.
  • A speleologist would study Caves.
  • Crab Apple Cove, Maine was the home city to M*A*S*H character Hawkeye.
  • Dendrophobia is the irrational fear of Trees.
  • Mary Poppins said she would stay with the Banks family until the wind changes in the novel by P. L Travers.
  • The salad leaf arugula is better known as Rocket.
  • In America in 1984, the heart of a baboon was used to keep Baby Fae alive for 21 or her 33 days.

A RITA HAYWORTH MOMENT

 

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Rita Hayworth as Salome (1953)

Rita Hayworth on arrival at Victoria Station in London, 1950.

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Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl, 1944

AUGUST 03, 1958

 

QUOTABLES 02 AUGUST

 

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

POUR LES AMOUREUX DE CHEVAUX*

 

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*For Horse Lovers

JUST FOR FUN 02 AUGUST

 

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NEW INTERNATIONAL "SKYFALL" TRAILER

 

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Australian release date for SKYFALL 22 November 2012

For the SKYFALL movie website click here

MORE BUMPER WISDOM

 

  • Hang up and drive.
  • God must love stupid people. He made SO many.
  • I said "no" to drugs, but they didn't listen.
  • I fish, therefore I lie.
  • Smile, it's the second best thing you can do with your lips.
  • I took an IQ test and the results were negative.
  • Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
  • If catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults.
  • It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.
  • Don't drink and drive. You might hit a bump and spill your drink.
  • Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
  • Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  • Rap is to music as Etch-A-Sketch is to art.

25 GREATEST UNSCRIPTED SCENES IN FILMS

 

25 Great Scenes in Film that actually were not scripted, but rather, improvised. Please keep the captions on, as I will explain the improvisation.

BEE GEES – CHILDREN OF THE WORLD

 

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Type: Album
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Sep, 1976

Brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb made musical history for close to four decades with their magnificent vocal harmonies and ever-evolving styles. Masters of orchestral pop, blue-eyed soul and R&B, dazzling dance grooves, and disco fever alike—as well as uniquely blended hybrids of all these genres and more—the Bee Gees delivered album classics and top chart hits throughout their enduring career. On this newly remastered edition, the amazing genetics of their harmonies shine, as does the ongoing artistic evolution that’s made them one of contemporary music’s most successful and legendary acts.

Track Listing:

1 ~ You Should Be Dancing
2 ~ You Stepped Into My Life
3 ~ Love So Right
4 ~ Lovers
5 ~ Can’t Keep a Good Man Down
6 ~ Boogie Child
7 ~ Love Me
8 ~ Subway
9 ~ The Way It Was
10 ~ Children of the World

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