Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Burt Lancaster Moment


Burt Lancaster in Brute Force (Jules Dassin, 1947)

Burt Lancaster, 1940s




Some Easter Fun







Trivia Bits 19 April


  • The concert choir Frankfurter Kantorei performed Mozart's Requiem and Mendelssohn's Walpurgisnacht with the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv in a concert for the city's 100th anniversary on 3 April 2009.
  • Looking for Alibrandi was a 1992 novel written by Australian writer and teacher Melina Marchetta with the film adaptation of the same title released in 1999, Looking for Alibrandi.
  • The main spirit used in mint julep is Bourbon Whiskey – other ingredients include mint leaf, sugar, and water.
  • To ossify is the process of laying down new bone material by cells called osteoblasts.
  • Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) and Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) are characters in the American television series Lost which ran for six seasons a total of 121 episodes from September 22, 2004 containing elements of science fiction and the supernatural that follows the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.
  • An American cream draft is a rare draft horse breed recognized by its cream colour, known as "gold champagne" whose population numbers are still considered critical.
  • Colloquially Adam’s Ale is better known as water and is a jokey reference to the only drink available to Adam - the first man, in the biblical and Koranic traditions. It alludes to the simplicity and purity of life in the biblical Eden before the fall in contrast to the association of strong drink with evil and the devil.
  • There are seven on-court players in an Olympic handball team.
  • The dish couscous originated in North Africa and is a traditional Berber dish of semolina (granules of durum wheat) which is cooked by steaming. It is traditionally served with a meat or vegetable stew spooned over it.
  • A Rake’s Progress is a series of eight painting s by 18th Century English artist William Hogarth.

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Quotables 19 April



Friday, April 18, 2014

A Brigitte Helm Moment


Brigitte Helm, 1934, star of Metropolis and L’Atlantide



Brigitte Helm in Metropolis 1927

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Quotables 18 April



Trivia Bits 18 April


  • Twittering Machine is one of the best known works of 19/20th Century German-Swiss artist Paul Klee.
  • On the Australian flag there are six stars representative of the Southern Cross.
  • In 1991, American rock band from Athens, Georgia, REM had a hit with their song Losing My Religion.
  • The 1999 movie Eyes Wide Shut was based on Austrian author and dramatist Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story.
  • Internationally known Australian landmark Uluru is 9.4kms in circumference.
  • Bazlama is a popular type of Turkish bread being a single layered, flat, circular and leavened bread with a creamish yellow colour.
  • The Western Australian coastal town of Broome was attacked by the Japanese in World War II in 1942.
  • In the American musical comedy-drama television series Glee fourth season premiere, "The New Rachel" airing in the United States on September 13, 2012, American actress and singer Lea Michele and South African born Australian singer-songwriter and actor Dean Geyer sing a duet Running Around in New York.
  • Director Steven Soderbergh won an Oscar for Best Director for the 2000 movie Traffic.
  • A J McLean is best known as a member of the Backstreet Boys. an American vocal harmony group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993.

Good Friday Art







Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Brigitte Bardot Moment







Trivia Bits 17 April


  • Fela Kuti was a famous Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician and composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick.
  • Macarons or Macaroons originated in France and are a sweet meringue-based confection made with eggs, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring.
  • The best friend of children’s character Bottle Top Bill is Corky featured in an Australian 2005 ABC2 children's animated television program.
  • In 1997, the powdered flavouring mix Quik was changed to the worldwide brand as Nesquik originally a chocolate powdered flavouring mix in the United States in 1948, as Nestlé Quik.
  • Weirdsister College is the sequel to the 1998 children’s British ITV television series The Worst Witch about a group of young witches at a school for magic.
  • Soleil Moon Frye starred as the title character in the TV series Punky Brewster.
  • Constance Edwina Lewes, the Duchess of Westminster was one of only two women to compete in sailing at the London 1908 Summer Olympics as owner and extra crewmember of the 8-metre bronze medal-winning yacht Sorais. The venue for all sailing races, named matches was Ryde, Isle of Wight.
  • Five-hole is a term used in the sport of Ice Hockey.
  • The most infamous person to be hung at the Old Melbourne Goal was Ned Kelly, an Irish Australian bushranger, on 11 November 1880.
  • American author, screenwriter, and educator Erich Segal wrote the 1970 novel Love Story a best-seller, and writing the motion picture of the same name, which was a major hit.

Quotables 17 April



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Bob Dylan Moment


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Trivia Bits 16 April


  • Having a visual disability of retinitis pigmentosa, a heredity disease she was diagnosed with when she was four years old, Rachel Henderson, a 2012 Australian Paralympic goalball player, represented South Australia in swimming and athletics but gave up both sports in 2010 to pursue goalball.
  • If a dessert says la mode, it means that it is served with ice cream.
  • In the Transformers movies Shia LaBouf plays the character of Sam Witwicky initially a social outcast who unintentionally buys Bumblebee as his first car unbeknown to him being a Transformer.
  • The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the largest airport in the African country of Kenya.
  • The Indian Ocean surrounds the island of Madagascar which is the coast of Southeast Africa.
  • A rip entry is associated with the sport of diving with the technique so named because if executed properly on a head first entry into the water, it sounds like someone has ripped a piece of paper and the water looks as if it is boiling as air bubbles rise to the surface.
  • The 1994 children’s novella One Day at Horrorland was written by R L Stine.
  • Canals in Thailand are called khlongs and are spawned by the Chao Phraya, the Tha Chin, the Mae Klong Rivers and their tributaries being used for transportation and for floating markets, also for sewage.
  • The seventh largest country in total area in the world is India.
  • Spanish painter José Cruz Herrera, born 1890 and given the birth name of José Maria Remigio, worked in Casablanca for much of his life, where he was a prolific painter of scenes of Moroccan everyday life.

Quotables 16 April



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Bing Crosby Moment


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Trivia Bits 15 April


  • The winning run for Harvard over Yale in the 1902 baseball series was scored in front of 9,000 fans by William Clarence Matthews, the only African-American player in the game.
  • Famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India in 1498.
  • British mathematician Margaret Meyer was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1916.
  • Michelle de Kretser , born in Sri Lanka in 1957, won the 2013 Miles Franklin Award for her fourth novel, Questions of Travel.
  • The official language of Brazil is Portuguese with Brazil claimed for the Portuguese Empire on April 22, 1500, with the arrival of the Portuguese fleet commanded by Pedro Álvares Cabral.
  • World renowned Australian actress, Cate Blanchett was born in Melbourne, Victoria.
  • The ventral stream is associated with Brain in the human body and is associated with object recognition and form representation.
  • In Australian pre-decimal currency the shilling coin featured a Merino sheep.
  • The Puerto Rico Trench is on the boundary of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean with the trench being 800 kilometres (497 mi) long and with a maximum depth of 8,648 metres (28,373 ft) at Milwaukee Deep, which is the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Puck, Miranda and Ariel are moons of the planet Uranus which has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System.

Quotables 15 April



Monday, April 14, 2014

A Betty White Moment




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Trivia Bits 14 April


  • Thailand’s largest island is Phuket off the south-west coast in the Andaman Sea. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges.
  • The internet country code top level domain of .va is the Vatican City.
  • Scottish scientist, engineer, innovator and inventor John Logie Baird is credited with inventing television with the first public demonstrations on 26 January 1926.
  • Having won many dancing titles and trained in jazz, tap, acrobatics and ballroom dancing, Australian entertainer Todd McKenney has been a judge on the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars in all series since starting in 2004.
  • The Murchison River is in the Australian state of Western Australia flowing for about 820 km (510 mi) from the southern edge of the Robinson Ranges to the Indian Ocean at Kalbarri.
  • Mount Elbert is the highest mountain in the North American range known as the Rocky Mountains standing at 14,440 feet (4,401 m).
  • Betty Nuthall and Patrick Spence formed a real-life couple after they won the 1931 French Championships mixed doubles title.
  • A Groovy Kind of Love was hit in 1988 for Phil Collins.
  • The disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, a landlocked region in the South Caucasus, is internationally recognised as part of the country of Azerbaijan.
  • The standard poker hand of Three of a kind falls between two pairs and a straight hand.

Quotables 14 April