I, on the other hand, would not let that man-eater near me.
The bird, not Bobby.
We had to burn the shirt later that night.
(Dig the daddy in the background.)
She stopped the show – but then the show wasn't traveling very fast.Ah, the Master ...
Many years ago I remember a famous actress explaining to me with perfect seriousness that before making an entrance she always stood aside to allow God to go on first. I can also remember that on that particular occasion He gave a singularly uninspired performance.
It's no use to go and take courses in playwriting any more than it's much use taking courses in acting. Better play to a bad matinee in Hull – it will teach you much more than a year of careful instruction. Come to think of it, I never did play to a good matinee in Hull . . .
I can't sing, but I know how to, which is quite different.
I should love to perform "There Are Fairies in the Bottom of My Garden" (Bea Lillie's signature song), but I don't dare. It might come out "There Are Fairies in the Garden of My Bottom".
I have always been very fond of them (drama critics) . . . I think it is so frightfully clever of them to go night after night to the theatre and know so little about it.
Criticism and Bolshevism have one thing in common. They both seek to pull down that which they could never build.
I don't believe in astrology. The only stars I can blame for my failures are those that walk about the stage.
I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.
I've sometimes thought of marrying - and then I've thought again.
It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.
Work is much more fun than fun.
An opening night telegram to Gertrude Lawrence: A WARM HAND ON YOUR OPENING.
To know you are among people whom you love, and who love you – that has made all the successes wonderful, much more wonderful than they'd have been anyway.
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,("Optional"?! Who're you kidding?)
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).
I Just Want to Be a Tugboat Captain - I don't know if Dave is really a deep thinker (how could I tell), but he makes me laugh. And he's the only person who can point out when I'm being really stupid without making me feel really dumb about it.Well, I guess that's it. Joshua, if you would, please proofread this and let me know if I left anything out. Thank you.
Kyklops - He's Canadian, that makes him smart. He lives in Japan, that makes him even smarter. And he writes short stories. That's important. Thinking people do that sort of thing.
Long Story Longer - She's really cool and looks really pretty in the tiny little picture on her blog. She also seems to like me a little, even if she likes Dave best.
Wet Bank Guide - He probably won't like me tagging him since he's a serious-minded guy. But he's a genuine thinking person. I know that, cause I have to read and reread his stuff several times.
And finally, Winding Road in Urban Area - Now this is one smart lady even if she does still live in Houston, Texas, of all places. And I don't think she even knows who Dave is at all. That makes her mine.
I just went over there to leave a comment about it, but it turned out to be really long. It also seemed to be pretty good. So I figured, why waste it on his blog, let me share it with my wider readership. So here it is:
I am so - I don't know - kinda, like, awed by all the psychic stuff that happened to you and Robert after this very important event. It makes me wish I had gone, too. Then I might have had a dream from Marie Leveau telling me not to eat that piece of leftover birthday cake this morning, cause it was going to give me such a severe sugar rush that I would almost call 911 and beg for an ambulance, thinking I was dying. Really bad trip, man, that sugar rush.
Oh, and another thing. The pictures you took look really cool - with the blurry movement and all - spooky. I especially like the last one with you and Robert all looking like you're having a gay wedding ("I will march down that aisle in white! I don't care what they think of me for doing it.") - but I worry about what people might think of you in that little Caucasian doo-rag. With your beard and all, it kinda makes you look like you might be carrying something bad in your shoulder pack. It's rough times these days, and I worry for you.
Oh, and one final thing - I promise. Somebody made a slide show of the voodoo ceremony and I have copied it. Here it is:
It's really cool. I can even see you and Robert in a few of the pictures.
Like I said, though, ditch the doo-rag in public. Government snitches might be snapping pictures, and you don't really have enough money for a good lawyer.
A special note to my readers: Dave is misleading you about how tall he is. Don't let him know I told you.
The first ever San Fermin in Nueva Orleans will take place on Saturday, July 7 at 8 a.m. in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the same day the original Spanish event will be taking place in Pamplona.Women in scanty threads - with horns - on wheels ... That's either a nightmare or a dream come true.
The event will replicate and pay homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, aka The Running of the Bulls, only the bulls (played by longhorn-adorned Big Easy Rollergirs) will be a little different, and we will mostly be speaking in English.
The event will officially begin at 7 a.m. (!) at the Three Legged Dog bar on the corner of Conti and Burgundy Streets. Spanish wines and good cheer will be available. At 8 a.m. the run will begin.
The run will end at The Sidebar on the corner of Conti Street and Exchange Alley, wherein more Spanish wines, Sangria, and good cheer will be available. That's when the party starts, probably right around 8:12am.
Multiple DJ's will be holding down the turntables, and a general block-party will ensue.
Runners are required to wear (any kind of) white shirt, white pants or shorts, and a piece of red cloth about the waste or neck.
Women are welcome to run.
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In the early days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina, Kermit Ruffins was in the city of New Orleans. We had no electricity, gas, or running water. We had biting flies and swarming mosquitoes. During the long evening hours, Mr. Ruffins would step out onto his balcony and blow his horn, serenading a wounded city.
THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank our Chef, Paul Prudhomme, from
New Orleans, Louisiana-- one of the great chefs in . Thanks for coming, Paul. (Applause.) ... Kermit, come up here. Kermit, we're proud to have you. America
MR. RUFFINS: Well, thanks for having us.
THE PRESIDENT: Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, right out of
. (Applause.) New Orleans, Louisiana
MR. RUFFINS: Thank you. Thanks for having us. We're glad to be here.
THE PRESIDENT: Proud you're here. Thanks for coming. You all enjoy yourself. Make sure you pick up all the trash after it's over. (Laughter.)
The Vatican on Tuesday issued a set of "Ten Commandments" for drivers, telling motorists not to kill, not to drink and drive, and to help fellow travelers in case of accidents.
An unusual document from the Vatican's office for migrants and itinerant people also warned that cars can be "an occasion of sin" — particularly when they are used for dangerous passing or for prostitution.
It warned about the effects of road rage, saying driving can bring out "primitive" behavior in motorists, including "impoliteness, rude gestures, cursing, blasphemy, loss of sense of responsibility or deliberate infringement of the highway code."
It urged motorists to obey traffic regulations, drive with a moral sense, and to pray when behind the wheel.
Cardinal Renato Martino, who heads the office, told a news conference that the Vatican felt it necessary to address the pastoral needs of motorists because driving had become such a big part of contemporary life.
He noted that the Bible was full of people on the move, including Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus — and that his office is tasked with dealing with all "itinerant" people — including refugees, prostitutes, truck drivers and the homeless.
"We know that as a consequence of transgressions and negligence, 1.2 million people die each year on the roads," Martino said. "That's a sad reality, and at the same time, a great challenge for society and the church." ...
But it laments a host of ills associated with automobiles: drivers use their cars to show off; driving "provides an easy opportunity to dominate others" by speeding; drivers can kill themselves and others if they don't get their cars regular tuneups, if they drink, use drugs or fall asleep at the wheel.
It also pointed the finger at traffic problems particular to Rome: "Danger also derives from city cars, which are driven by youngsters and adults who do not have (full) driving licenses, and the reckless use of motorbikes and motorcycles."
It called for drivers to obey speed limits and to exercise a host of Christian virtues: charity to fellow drivers, prudence on the roads, hope of arriving safely and justice in the event of crashes.
And it suggested prayer might come in handy — making the sign of the cross before starting off and saying the rosary along the way. The rosary was particularly well suited to recitation by all in the car since its "rhythm and gentle repetition does not distract the driver's attention."...
The "Drivers' Ten Commandments," as listed by the document, are:
1. You shall not kill.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
7. Support the families of accident victims.
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
10. Feel responsible toward others.
It's so nice to have someone looking out for your well-being, not having to worry about thinking for oneself or ever having to grow up to assume autonomy.
On the military plane that crossed the ocean at night, the wounded lay in stretchers stacked three high. The drone of engines was broken by the occasional sound of moaning. Sedated and sleeping, Pfc. Joshua Calloway was at the top of one stack last September. Unlike the others around him, Calloway was handcuffed to his stretcher.
When the 20-year-old infantry soldier woke up, he was on the locked-down psychiatric ward at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A nurse handed him pajamas and a robe, but they reminded him of the flowing clothes worn by Iraqi men. He told the nurse, "I don't want to look like a freakin' Haj." He wanted his uniform. Request denied. Shoelaces and belts were prohibited.
Calloway felt naked without his M-4, his constant companion during his tour south of Baghdad with the 101st Airborne Division. The year-long deployment claimed the lives of 50 soldiers in his brigade. Two committed suicide. Calloway, blue-eyed and lantern-jawed, lasted nine months -- until the afternoon he watched his sergeant step on a pressure-plate bomb in the road. The young soldier's knees buckled and he vomited in the reeds before he was ordered to help collect body parts. A few days later he was sent to the combat-stress trailers, where he was given antidepressants and rest, but after a week he was still twitching and sleepless. The Army decided that his war was over.
Read the rest here.
President Bush missed several meetings this morning, including one on aid to Africa, after falling ill with a mild stomach ailment. He is now “back on schedule,” a top aide said.Sorry, I come from the Land of Opportunity.
OSAKA (AP) -- A group of scientists in Japan have developed a humanoid that acts like a toddler to better understand child development.I know a lot of parents and pediatricians who could have saved them a lot of time and trouble.
The Child-Robot with Biomimetic Body, or CB2, was developed by a team of researchers at Osaka University in western Japan and is designed to move just like a real child aged between one and three years old.
CB2, 4.3 feet tall and weighing 73 pounds, changes facial expressions and crawls on the floor.
The robot's movements are smooth fitted with 56 actuators in lieu of muscle. It has 197 sensors for touch, small cameras working as eyes, and an audio sensor.
CB2 can also speak using an artificial vocal cord.
When it stands on its feet, the robot wobbles like a child who is learning how to walk.
Minoru Asada, a professor at Osaka University who leads the project, said the robot was developed to learn more about child development.
"Our goal is to study human recognition development such as how the child learns a language, recognizes objects and learns to communicate with his father and mother," he said.
Paris Hilton is to return to court today to face the judge who sentenced her to a 43-day jail sentence for violating the terms of her probation.Throw the useless bitch away, already. Important things are going on in the world today.
Responding to a court filing by the Los Angeles city attorney, Judge Michael Sauer responding has ordered the hotel heiress and celebrity to appear before him at 9am (1700 BST). ...
At her sentencing in May, the judge decreed that she was to serve her sentence behind bars, specifically ruling out the possibility of electronic monitoring. But the LA sheriff's department, which is responsible for prisoners, allowed her to leave prison after serving just five days of her sentence. Citing an unspecified medical condition, the sheriff's department said that Ms Hilton must wear an electronic ankle bracelet and remain at home. ...
In his court filing, the city attorney Rocky Delgadillo argues that the city's sheriff's department should be held in contempt of court and that Hilton should be returned to prison in the south of the city to complete her sentence.
Such action, says the filing, "will restore any loss of public confidence in and respect for the integrity of the government of this city, county and state". ...
He concluded: "If law enforcement officials are to enjoy the respect of those we are charged with protecting, we cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment. We must ensure that in our city, in our nation, and under our constitution, justice remains blind."
The great artists of the theater's Golden Era -- many of whom would have scoffed at that characterization of themselves and insisted instead that they were craftsmen -- great heroes like Abe Burrows, Noel Coward, Mary Martin, Bert Lahr, Frank Loesser and the rest, applied themselves to the modest and deeply difficult goal of creating work that was entertaining, and so, they invariably, and often inadvertently, created work that was profound. But now profundity is the unembarrassed goal. These days it seems like every other interview with one of you guys includes two or three unabashed pronouncements about your work's importance. Way too many of you plead the case that theater people are great artists, unfairly ignored by a television-watching world that is too ignorant to appreciate you.But there's lots more.
Desperate to shore up its flagging ranks, the military is quietly enlisting thousands of active gang members and shipping them to Iraq. Will a brutal murder finally wake up the Pentagon?Read it here.
The bodies are no longer being dragged from houses and buildings toppled by Hurricane Katrina, but nearly two years later many in the medical community think the storm is still killing.
Storm survivors are dying from the effects of both psychological and physical stress, from the dust and mold still in dwellings to financial problems to fear of crime, health experts and officials say.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Katrina is still killing our residents," Orleans Parish coroner Dr. Frank Minyard said this week.
"People with pre-existing conditions that are made worse by the stress of living here after the storm. Old people who are just giving up. People who are killing themselves because they feel they can't go on," Minyard said.
Some say an in-depth federal analysis is needed, despite a new state report that found no significant increase in deaths in the New Orleans area from January 2006 through June 2006. The state Department of Health and Hospitals is still compiling figures for the last six months of 2006.
Dr. Raoult Ratard, the state epidemiologist, said "the only slight increase" in deaths was in the first three months of 2006 in Orleans Parish.
But New Orleans medical officials say that jump, from 11.3 per 1,000 deaths to 14.3 per 1,000, - a leap of more than 25 percent - was anything but slight. Moreover, the report doesn't take into account evacuees who died while away from the city and were returned for burial.
"Our death rate was already high, that's huge," said Dr. Kevin Stephens Sr., director of the New Orleans Health Department.
Some New Orleans doctors questioned the accuracy of the population figures used to determine the death rate, saying they might have been too high. DHH secretary Dr. Fred Cerise said he was comfortable with the population data, which he said came from the Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...
Minyard believes the medical community's different observations reach the same conclusion, and one day will be proven correct.
"Years from now when they talk about post-traumatic stress, New Orleans after Katrina will be the poster child," he said.