Retro sweets are creating a little of a comeback and everybody has their favourites. You will find nonetheless a couple of old fashioned sweetie shops in existence and these nonetheless possess the large glass jars of all of your old favourites with every thing from liquorice torpedoes to barley sugars to foam shrimps and a lot of much more. There have also been comebacks of some old favourites like Spangles but to me they by no means had exactly the same taste and I didn’t care for the new version, nevertheless, numerous from the old style retro sweets haven’t changed more than the years.
There’s nonetheless an enormous selection of old fashioned sweeties to select from and these may be fantastic enjoyable for placing with each other a unique present for somebody. They’ll bring back plenty of memories from childhood and beyond, that will hopefully, give the recipient some thing to smile about. Numerous of those confections are becoming well-liked once more and are discovering their way in to the affections of a entire new generation. Sherbet was usually a favourite in our home and I fondly keep in mind issues like Refreshers, sherbet fountains and sherbet dib dabs. An additional that was higher around the list was McCowan’s toffee, this was probably the most fantastic sweet and extremely sticky chew that seemed to final to get a extremely lengthy time.
Treat your self having a sweetie in the previous by taking a trip down memory lane having a bag of sweets that you simply enjoyed years ago. The retro sweets of this generation can’t evaluate towards the sweets of our childhood, that will usually hold a unique location in our lives as they bring back numerous memories of brighter days playing below the sun. Sharing these sweet yummy old fashioned retro sweets with buddies was a novelty then, and it’s a novelty these days. Sweeties may be categorised into numerous kinds like boiled retro sweets, jellies, liquorice, gums, lollies, sugar totally free, mints, bonbons, sherbet and chocolate. Every category has an extraordinary selection when it comes to flavours, shape and to a degree, texture. A few of the producers happen to be extremely inventive with what they do using the retro sweets and have come up with some truly fascinating goodies. Take for example these jelly cola bottles, using the addition of a sour sugar coating, they turn out to be totally various each in taste and in texture. More than the years numerous various flavours happen to be utilized to make an assortment of confectionary. Mint has usually been well-liked, and anytime I see these small difficult round white mints I’m usually reminded of my grandfather who loved pan drops and usually had a packet within the vehicle. Fruit flavours are also well-liked, foam bananas come to thoughts and I appear to recall that these had been fairly strongly flavoured. Blackcurrant was combined with liquorice to make these boiled blackcurrant and liquorice sweets.
Previously there was not the amount of Television channels to watch so kids spent lots of time outdoors with their buddies sharing what ever sweeties they occurred to possess. There was not a lot access to confectionary either, it was much more of a luxury back then, so kids consumed fewer retro sweets. In these days outside games would consist of issues like hopscotch, peever, cowboys and Indians and hide and seek. In the event you enjoyed such humble pleasures, why not take a trip down memory lane and purchase some great old fashioned sweeties to share together with your family members.
Packaging Christmas presents for children in poverty throughout the world. Cleaning up the grounds at Bridgeton Christian School. Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Teams. Yours For the Taking Community Give-Away (a yard sale where everything is free and lunch will be served to the community). The church will be holding a Special Faith In Action worship service on Saturday, from 6 to 7 p.m., with guest worship leader Ian Goode and special music by Teri Bodine. “This past week, I was asked is there any hope for Bridgeton, said Pastor Weinstein. The hope for Bridgeton is found in the church truly being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ through loving acts of service, the unashamed proclamation of the Gospel, and being peacemakers. This is the message of our Faith in Action Day that God loves us and because of that fact hope is alive!” For more information or to volunteer, call 856-451-4601, email (email@example.com), or by visit the churchs website: www.bethanyinbridgeton.com. The Cumberland County SPCAs last low-cost, vaccine clinic is Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Muse Gets Unsettlingly Close in New Concert Film
After its release in late 1971, Zappa pretty much put “200 Motels” behind him except for his lawsuit against the Royal Albert Hall , whose management abruptly canceled a February 1971 concert of the piece, having deemed it obscene. The case came to trial in 1975, the judge ruling that “200 Motels” was not obscene and that the hall had violated its contract but that Zappa deserved no compensation. Zappa “never mentioned ’200 Motels’ once during my seven years with him,” recalled Scott Thunes, who played electric bass in his band through 1988 the end of Zappa’s touring days. “That said, we ended almost every concert with ‘Strictly Genteel,’ so maybe he harbored a little bit of ‘someday’ wistfulness.” Thunes and Ian Underwood, the Mothers’ keyboards player and saxophonist from 1967 to 1974, will be in the rock rhythm section for the Disney Hall concert, playing in the passages scored for both electric band and orchestra or chorus. While the concert is billed as a world premiere, an earlier iteration of the full “200 Motels” orchestral score was performed in 2000 in Amsterdam. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra had approached Gail Zappa about doing the piece two years earlier, prompting extensive detective work to put its sheet music in order. VIDEO: Inside Disney Hall Zappa’s widow said the Royal Philharmonic never returned the score used to film the movie. While her husband’s original music manuscripts were in a box in his home studio, they had been thrown out of order over the years. In 1971, Zappa apparently shuffled the order while doing editing nips and tucks for the soundtrack; his career-long working habit of plucking older material from sheet music or tapes to repurpose it in a new context may have further jumbled the sequence. “What you’re hearing in this concert is the reconstruction of the score,” Gail Zappa said. While there haven’t been any posthumous changes or additions, she said it can’t be guaranteed that the sequence is precisely as her husband had intended. The BBC Concert Orchestra will perform the same music Oct. 29 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, under the baton of Jurjen Hempel, who conducted the 1990 concert in Amsterdam. In L.A., James Darrah, a young, UCLA-trained opera director who’s worked previously with the L.A. Phil, is overseeing the staging.
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October 17, 2013 (AP) By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer Muse frontman Matt Bellamy had to be more than just camera-ready for “Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium.” The British rock band’s new concert film was shot in 4K, which meant a whole new level of detail. “There’s weird things like hair and stuff that you probably would never pay attention to,” Bellamy said. “It’s so much more noticeably sharper that it’s almost unsettling at first.” “Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium,” directed by Matt Askem, is the first concert film released in the new ultra high definition format. Also called 4K, UHD has a much better resolution than regular HD and is considered the next technological leap in film and television. Thousands of movies have been shot in 4K, but almost all of them have been shrunk down to HD format before being screened. Exceptions include Sony’s 2011 remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Will Smith’s sci-fi adventure “After Earth.” Fans will get a first look at the Muse film Nov. 5 when it debuts in 20 cities around the globe, before expanding to 700 theaters worldwide the next day in 2K and 4K. Bellamy said in a phone interview Wednesday from Costa Rica that the band was inspired by U2′s use of then-new technology in the 2008 concert film “U23D,” so they decided to kick up the production values and aim for something a little more grand. A trailer shows video screens stories tall and pyrotechnics backing the band. Spider cameras crawled over rigging above the crowd during the July concert, and a pair of actors contributed abstract theatrical interpretations of some of the songs. Even so, Bellamy said when he saw the movie, his eyes often drifted away from the action on stage to the vivid details elsewhere. “You see the sort of big panning (shot) across the audience and your eyes are drawn to the details of so many people’s heads and what they’re wearing,” Bellamy said. The release of the film and the conclusion next month of a long world tour leaves Muse, which also includes bassist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard, at something of a crossroads with no concrete plans at the end of a six-album record deal. “Early next year I think we’ll probably take a break for a few months and at some point next year we’ll start writing new music,” Bellamy said. “I think if everyone is up for it, we’ll start recording music sometime next year.”
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The area planted with winter crops by Russian farmers was 20 percent smaller than last year as of yesterday, Agriculture Ministry data show. Plantings in central Russia and along the Volga are significantly below the target, and there are problems in the south as well, Rylko said. This may mean a potential shortfall of four million tons of wheat for next years crop. Rains and cold weather delayed winter-crop planting in both Russia and neighboring Ukraine. Planting of winter grains in Russia may fall 4 million hectares (9.9 million acres) below the target, Hamburg-based researcher Oil World said Oct. 15. Wheat is heading for a fifth straight weekly gain in Chicago , the longest winning streak since July 2012. Russian farmers planted 12.1 million hectares with grains and other winter crops as of yesterday, compared with 15.1 million hectares a year earlier, according to the Agriculture Ministry . The government set a target of 16.4 million hectares under all winter crops. The area may drop to 13 million hectares, Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fedorov said Oct. 7. Late Planting Central Russia and Volga are unlikely to add to plantings, while southern Russia may still sow more, said Alexander Korbut, vice president of Russias Grain Union, a producer and trader group. The total area under winter crops will come to 14 million to 14.5 million hectares, he said. The problems are obvious: late planting, delayed vegetation, higher risks on entering dormancy and spring survival, Korbut said. As a result, the winter crop will be lower, and winter grains define total crop. Russias Central district accounted for 26 percent of the countrys grain crop last year, according to the Federal Statistics Service. Farmers in the central Federal District will plant 2.8 million hectares with winter crops, compared with 3.74 million hectares planned, Rylko said.
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Feel like a tsar in St. Petersburg. Approximately 400 miles from Moscow and only 90 minutes via a nonstop flight on Aeroflot, St. Petersburg is home to some of the most stunning palaces in the world. Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a complex of palaces and gardens commissioned by Peter the Great in the early 1700s, and is known as the Russian Versailles. It is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site, with some famous attractions such as the Grand Palace and the fountain complex known as the Grand Cascade. Perhaps even grander than Peterhof is the Tsarkoe Selo (Pushkin), which was built by the Romanov tsars in the 18th century and is known to be a symbol of Russian opulence and extravagance. But more displays of grandeur abound in St. Petersburg. Golden Ring St. Basils Cathedral. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY 3. Take a tour around the Golden Ring, and explore Russias spiritual side. The Golden Ring is a cluster of cities toward the northeast of Moscow, which has become popular with tourists for its many churches, monasteries, and a taste of the Russian pastoral life. The closest stop would be Sergiev Posad (approximately 83 miles from Moscow), home of the ancient monastery founded by Sergey Radonezhskiy, a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church. For a more rustic feel, head out to Suzdal (approximately 134 miles and four hours by land from Moscow), and find yourself surrounded by 12th- to 13th-century churches and monasteries.
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It lost $285 million in Europe in the first six months of this year, less than the $688 million it lost in the first half of 2012. Russia will be integrated into GM Europe starting Jan. 1. GM Russia has been part of Shanghai-based GM International Operations. The shift places management of the Opel brand, which is sold in Europe and Russia, under the same roof. It also comes as GM Europe and GM International Operations have undergone leadership changes this year. GM Russia President Jim Bovenzi will be reassigned to Detroit headquarters as executive director of global localization strategy, giving GM Europe President Karl-Thomas Neumann responsibility for business in the country. GM hired Neumann this year as president of GM Europe and CEO of Opel. It also recently reassigned GM International Operations President Tim Lee to chairman of GM China and hired Volvo executive Stefan Jacoby as the new leader of the GMIO unit. Lee continues to serve as executive vice president of global manufacturing. Neumann said one likely benefit would be to increase Opels market share in Russia, where GM also sells Chevrolet and Cadillac. All forecasts point out that Russia will become the biggest market in Europe in the next years. Opel enjoys a high reputation in Russia, Neumann said in a statement.
about 21 hours ago Greenpeace activist’s bail appeal rejected in court British Greenpeace Artic 30 activist Alexandra Harris, who was detained last month on piracy charges when armed Russian officials boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, has had her appeal for bail turned down. Harris was part of a group of 30 people, which included five other Britons, who were arrested by Russian coast guards in September. Credit: Dimitri Sharomov/Greenpeace Alexandra Harris pictured at her bail hearing today in Murmansk. Credit: Dimitri Sharomov/Greenpeace 6:54 am, Fri 18 Oct 2013 Father: British activist being ‘treated well’ in Russia The father of Greenpeace activist Alexandra Harris who is being detained in Russia on piracy charges has said she is being “treated well”. Clifford Harris told ITV News that he spoke to her recently and she is “completely mystified why all this is happening” He added that the family are hoping she will be deported after being detained for two months pending investigation. 3:18 am, Fri 18 Oct 2013 Recap: Thirty detained in Russia on piracy charges Last month, a group of 30 people, which included six Britons, were arrested when armed Russian officials boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise. Greenpeace insists they were staging a demonstration against oil drilling, but Russia has charged all of the detainees with piracy, and hinted that further charges may follow. Russia armed guards purportedly about to board the Greenpeace ship on September 18 Credit: Greenpeace Those arrested include citizens of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Finland, France, Sweden, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine and the US. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the activists were clearly not pirates but that their protest did violate the law. The case has already upset Moscow’s international ties, with the Netherlands launching legal proceedings against Russia, saying it had unlawfully detained the activists and others. 2:56 am, Fri 18 Oct 2013 British activist faces piracy charges in Russian court British activist Alexandra Harris who is being detained in Russia on piracy charges is due to appear in court today. She was part of a group of 30, which included five other Britons, who were last month arrested by Russian coast guards in the Arctic. Dame Vivienne Westwood stands in front of banners urging for Alexandra Harris to be freed. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire Greenpeace insists they were staging a demonstration against oil drilling, but Russia has charged them all with piracy, and has hinted that further charges may follow.
He has also put some fundraisers together to benefit musicians and played in many more. I remember watching him on a Sunday afternoon at the East End Grill jamming while Red Velvet sang Hes Got the Whole World in His Hands AT A BAR. At Neils during the Pat Taylor fund raiser (to help pay medical bills for cancer) he had everyone in the room, and it was standing room only, hold hands and pray for Pats recovery. He is also one of the best guitar players in Memphis. Last night as I looked up at him on that stage as I have a hundred times before I saw him in a different light. I saw a man with a heart as big as Texas, a music minister. All the things I learned about him in our interview. As he brought musician after musician up to jam with him and his band Triplthret, he talked about their careers and talents. He not only shares the stage, he turns it over to them. He brought Eric Hughes up and talked about how hard he works. Eric jammed with the band and then sang a couple of original tunes. As I watched Eric perform I thought about when we sat down and talked.
Cyrus is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to her expression of music, and her latest project with rapper Future doesn’t disappoint. The 20-year-old songstress strips down naked to portray an alien for his video for “Real and True,” a track featuring Cyrus on his forthcoming album, “Honest.” Dan Steinberg/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Miley Cyrus strips down and is coverd in body paint on the set of Future’s new music video for ‘Real and True.’ While the “We Can’t Stop” singer’s nudity is masked by metallic body pant, the photos released Wednesday give a clear sneak peek of what is to come in the futuristic clip. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS THANKS LIAM HEMSWORTH IN NEW ALBUM DEDICATIONS Cyrus’ collaboration with Future was a returned favor, as he is featured on Cryus’ new album, “Bangerz, in the emotional track “My Darlin.’” “We got a lot of great records, and it all came from conversation and having a nice vibe,” Future explained in an interview with MTV. Frank Micelotta/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Future and Miley Cyrus behind the scenes of his new music video for ‘Real and True,’ which will be on his album ‘Honest.’ RELATED: MILEY CYRUS BREAKS SILENCE ON BROKEN ENGAGEMENT TO LIAM HEMSWORTH “Whenever she allowed me in her personal life through conversation, I tried to take that vibe and go to the booth. I told her, ‘You’ve gotta embrace your fears. If something’s bothering you, you’ve gotta run toward it. If you’re crying about it, you need to cry till you can’t cry anymore. If you try to hold it back, then it’s gonna eat you up. But if you embrace [it], the music moves.’” “The songs I did with her [are] very touching,” he added about their meaningful jams. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS’ ‘BANGERZ’ HITS NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART “Certain days it’s about money, partying and vibing, and some days [it's about needing] somebody to stand by you and hold you down.
Leaving Hollywood To Break Into Hollywood: ‘Thula’
I recently sat down with the filmmaking team of Jahmela Biggs , Caitlin Talbot and James Bland to talk about how they pulled together an international shoot on the back of a crowdfunding campaign. We started with the choice to go to South Africa in the first place. “The decision to shoot there was made before we had the script,” said writer-actor Biggs. “Or the crew,” added her co-star Talbot. “Or the money,” tagged in director Bland . “Right, exactly, or the financing,” continued Biggs. “So we decided pretty early on we wanted to make that happen. We wanted to have James direct it. We knew that we’d be able to shoot at (Talbot’s) aunt’s house. We knew certain things were given so the script was created from that.” What the “Thula” team displays with this kind of thinking is the tried and true practice that some call “availiblism”. You’ve got some actors (Biggs and Talbot), a director (Bland) and a key component–the location–so you build your work around that. In this case the location happened to be 10,000 miles away.
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EDT October 14, 2013 In this undated handout photo provided by the Belgian government, the Belgian ship Pompei, owned by De Nul, is shown in unidentified waters. (Photo: Belgian Government) Mohamed Abdi Hassan was charged with hijacking a Belgian ship He was baited with a promise of a movie about piracy Prosecutor: Hassan is one of the most ‘important and infamous’ pirates SHARE 61 CONNECT 28 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE BRUSSELS (AP) The alleged pirate kingpin thought he was going work in the movies. Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate,” federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. “(He’s) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said. Abdi Hassan whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said. The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders. “Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,” Delmulle told reporters. Malaysian authorities almost captured the reclusive Adbi Hassan in April 2012, but a document from the Somali transitional government let him slip back home, according to a U.N. report last year that called him “one of the most notorious and influential” leaders of a piracy ring that has netted millions in ransom. So Belgian authorities decided to go undercover to get him, because they knew he traveled very little and that an international arrest warrant would produce no results in unstable Somalia. They approached an accomplice known as Tiiceey, dangling a fake job as an adviser to a fake movie about piracy, Delmulle said.
View gallery A general view of the exterior of Linda Vista Hospital is seen during the “American Horror Story: Asylum” sleepover, on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP) The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week: DARREN ARONOFSKY, PARAMOUNT SPAR OVER ‘NOAH’ FINAL CUT (EXCLUSIVE) The auteur and the studio are at odds over the final cut of a $125 million biblical epic plagued by troubling reactions from audiences in New York (largely Jewish), Arizona (Christian) and Orange County, Calif. (general public). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/darren-aronofsky-paramount-spar-noah-648777 ‘LION KING’ IS BROADWAY’S FIRST $1 BILLION SHOW Disney’s musical relies on consistency, not sky-high prices, to hit a historic milestone. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lion-king-is-broadways-first-648455?AP MANIC MONDAY: CBS RETOOLS LINEUP AS RATINGS FALL FROM GRACE Struggles for “2 Broke Girls,” lackluster comedy launches and a troubling start for “Hostages” leave next season’s “How I Met Your Mother”-less block looking dreary. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2-broke-girls-hostages-ratings-648543?AP ‘FIFTY SHADES’: CHARLIE HUNNAM’S SCRIPT SHOWDOWN AND CHAOTIC FINAL DAYS Why the star got cold feet and the studio’s wish list of actors willing to step in, as a deadline to start shooting the sexy book adaptation looms. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fifty-shades-charlie-hunnams-script-648778?AP ‘BRAINWASHING’: HOLLYWOOD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR GRADE-SCHOOLERS UNDER FIRE A partnership between ISPs, the MPAA and RIAA will include “age-appropriate concepts of sharing and ownership,” like illegally downloading movies because “taking without asking is mean.” http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/brainwashing-hollywood-educational-program-grade-648907?AP ‘BREAKING BAD’S’ VINCE GILLIGAN REVEALS DETALS OF ‘SAUL’ SPINOFF AND TERROR OVER WHAT’S NEXT The anxiety-ridden showrunner is mulling a Western film, saying “no” to dozens of film pitches and how Jeffrey Katzenberg courted him, even as he admits “the odds of winning the lottery (twice) are pretty infinitesimal.” http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/breaking-bads-vince-gilligan-reveals-648425?AP VINCE GILLIGAN TACKLES FOUR ‘BREAKING BAD’ MYTHS The show’s creator is on the hot seat as THR’s Aaron Couch drills him on four myths about the hit AMC series. With the finale behind him, Vince finally busts or confirms “Breaking Bad” fans’ favorite theories, plus reveals a X-Files shoutout that was incorporated into the show. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/video/vince-gilligan-tackles-four-breaking-648851?AP THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER NAMES THE 50 POWER SHOWRUNNERS OF 2013 THR’s annual list of TV’s top writer-producers reveals the latest swings in the revolving door of who’s on top — and what it takes to stay there. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/hollywood-reporter-names-50-power-648546?AP THE BIG PROBLEMS BEHIND THE DELAY IN A NEW ‘BRIDGET JONES’ MOVIE As Helen Fielding’s third book piques interest, a rival project and Renee Zellweger’s fading star could prevent a trilogy.
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Compass Rose meets the challenge with a set designed by Joe Powell, who allows audiences to imagine the Alps within the confines of the 70-seat theater through a minimalist approach. Powell uses the stage height to create three levels, with a middle staircase accommodating a series of actions. A variety of flags are hung to indicate specific locations from convent to chapel to Salzburg Theater. As director, Merry-Browne, moves the action speedily and smoothly, drawing the audience in by using the theater’s center aisle for various processions. Adaptive of the minimalist approach, Merry-Browne uses space for maximum effect with her talented cast, so that intimacy is taken to full advantage to engage the audience in the von Trapp family’s plight. All the young cast members are excellent, each distinctly individual and disarming, from young Gretl, adorably played by Sophia Nasreen Riazi-Sekowski, to the eldest, Liesl, beautifully played by Broadneck High School senior Mariel White. White is already a veteran of Talent Machine and Children’s Theatre of Annapolis productions. Completing the stage family of von Trapp children are Daniel Starnes as Friedrich, Mallory Holson as Louisa, Annabelle Cotton as Kurt, Madelyn Schloss as Brigitta and Sarah Grace Clifton as Marta. A. J. Whittenberger impresses as Rolf Gruber, especially when he joins White in “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” both are charming in song and dance. Adding humor and sophistication are characters Elsa Schraeder, played by Jamie Odgen, who has graced Toby’s Dinner Theatre productions; and opportunistic concert entrepreneur Max Detweiler, played by Equity actor Daniel Seifring, a reliable Compass Rose favorite. Seifring provided a memorable Louie in the Compass Rose production of “Lost in Yonkers” and defined the role of Fagin in “Oliver.” As Captain von Trapp’s fiancee, Baroness Elsa Schraeder is a successful career woman with a survivor’s instincts, and is well played by Odgen, who proves a talented musical performer. Together, Ogden and Seifring deliver a sardonic “How Can Love Survive?” humorously expressing their worldly views.
According to the book’s introduction by Robertson, the project began when his son was working part time at a childrens recreation and learning center, and noticed that they didnt respond to the average, pandering childrens music near as much as they did to really good songs performed by great artists. So the quartet of lifelong music aficionados began to work together to create a book that could introduce and inform kids about artists whose music has shaped the world around them. The list of those included stretches back as far as jazz innovator Louis Armstrong and journeys from jazz (Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald) to Great American Songbook pop (Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole), primal rock (Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard) to R&B and soul (Ray Charles, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield) to country (Williams, Johnny Cash , Patsy Cline) to classic rock (Dylan, Carole King) and reggae (Bob Marley). PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations The connective thread, beyond the essential quality of the chosen recordings, was focusing on music created by those Robertson refers to as the original risk takers, extremely unique, and tremendously influential to future generations. The 128-page books descriptions of the artists, while short and to the point, is colorfully revealing. Ray Charles, for instance, redefined rhythm and blues with his personal brand of high-energy ultra-groove, a comment complemented by a quote from Frank Sinatra saying Ray Charles is the only real genius in the business. Of Joni Mitchell, whom Robertson famously backed on her recording of Raised on Robbery, the book states, Rather than focusing on political and social issues like traditional folk artists such as Woody Guthrie, Joni wanted to tell stories that spoke to personal, human truths and her songs revealed quite a bit about her life. Her romances, her neighbors, and the daughter she had to give up for adoption all found their way into her songs. The tracks selected for each artist, not surprisingly, are kid-friendly choices including the Beatles Here Comes the Sun, Cashs Get Rhythm, Mitchells The Circle Game, Billie Holidays Lets Call the Whole Thing Off and Marleys Rebel Music. The illustrations were created by 15 different artists. All four authors will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Barnes & Noble store at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. Robertson also will be a guest on Tavis Smiley’s show Wednesday, Oct. 16. Update at 12:05 p.m. Oct. 16: An earlier version of this posted listed the price of ‘Legends, Icons & Rebels’ as $35. The price is $29 U.S., $35 Canadian. ALSO:
So when I read an article in New York Magazine this week that explored the changing economics of the industry, I thought it would be interesting to explore it in a little more detail and review some investment ramifications of these changes. The main story centred around Grizzly Bear, a popular indie band, that has had a great deal of artistic success, which hasnt translated into the same amount of commercial success (although they did sell out Radio City and their latest album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Chart). When the band tours, it can afford a bus, an extra keyboard player, and sound and lighting engineers. (That U2 tour had a wardrobe manager.) After covering expenses like recording, publicity, and all the other machinery of a successful act (Agents, lawyers, tour managers, the merch girl, the venues take a merch cut; Ticketmaster takes their cut; the manager gets a percentage; publishers get a percentage), Grizzly Bears members bring home well, theyd rather not get into it. I just think its inappropriate, says Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear. Obviously were surviving. Some of us have health insurance, some of us dont, we basically all live in the same places, no ones renting private jets. Come to your own conclusions. Before we hop into the analysis, I also want to acknowledge that musicians getting hosed by records labels et al. isnt exactly a new phenomenon (read:Motown). Its just different people taking a cut of the pie this time around. New album sales One of the more interesting statistics is regarding new album sales.
“We know we made the right choice,” Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told ABCNews.com today. The chain has no regrets even though Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services said food stamp recipients should have been limited to $50 each during the emergency and that Walmart will have to pay the difference. Lundberg declined to comment about how much the company may have lost or why it did not follow the emergency $50 limit. Read More: Walmart to Get Stuck With Most of Food Stamp Shopping Spree Courtesy KSLA.com Shelves in the Walmart store in Springhill, La., were cleared Saturday, when the store allowed purchases on EBT cards that didn’t show limits. Another Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said, “Our focus was to continue serving our customers.” Food stamp recipients jammed into Walmarts in Mansfield and Springhill Saturday when word of the glitch spread. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were buying eight to ten grocery carts full of food. The store in Mansfield temporarily closed because of overcrowding and Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs said some shoppers left with up to eight carts of food and then went back for more. The food shelves were left bare and all the meat was sold as well, Lynd said. The shopping frenzy was triggered when the Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down because a back-up generator failed at 11 a.m. EST Saturday during a regularly-scheduled test, according to Xerox, a vendor for the EBT system and based in Norwalk, Conn. The outage erased limits on the EBT cards.
Walmart Says Food Stamp Shopping Spree Was ‘Right Choice’
REACT View Photo ‘Chinese Food’ Song Deemed Offensive, The mastermind behind the infamous, yet super-viral, Rebecca Black “Friday” song unleashed a new song, “Chinese Food,” this week that instantly became another Internet sensation. But it’s controversial this time, with some claiming the song is offensive because of its overt use of stereotypes. Ark Music Factory co-founder Patrice Wilson, who wrote and produced “Friday,” which now has more than 220 million views on YouTube, created the song, “Chinese Food,” which features 11-year-old Alison Gold’s singing about the Chinese food dishes she loves to eat after a night of hitting the club. The Los Angeles-based production company is known for its sassy, tongue-in-cheek, teeny pop tunes. Wilson has also found success with his “It’s Thanksgiving” song from teen singer Nicole Westbrook. But the imagery used in the “Chinese Food” music video, which was posted on YouTube three days ago and already has more than 7 million views, has some crying foul. With lyrics like, “I love Chinese food. You know that it’s true. I love fried rice, I love noodles, I love chow mein, chow m-m-m-mein,” Alison and other young girls in the video are seen dressed in geisha garb – even though geisha is from Japanese culture. In another scene, they are playing Monopoly to the tune of “I like Chinese food and some wanton soup. Get me broccoli while I play Monopoly.” The camera zooms in on a dog figurine on Oriental Avenue on a Monopoly board. In another scene, Alison is frolicking through a field with Wilson, in a giant panda suit, by her side.
Diageo Plc (DGE.L), the world’s biggest spirits company, reported a 3.1 percent rise in sales for its first quarter, ended on September 30. While sales rose 10.9 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, 5.1 percent in North America, they grew only 1.3 percent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey and 0.6 percent in Asia Pacific – markets whose growth drinks firms have been relying on as austerity-hit Western Europe struggles. Sales in Western Europe fell 1.1 percent. Several analysts said Diageo’s results were below consensus expectations for an overall sales rise of 4 percent. Investec analyst Martin Deboo said the results for Diageo, were maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, fitted his sell thesis – “that emerging markets are set to make life difficult for Diageo for a while”. Both Diageo and France’s Remy Cointreau (RCOP.PA) cited a Chinese government crackdown on gift-giving as a drag on sales there. Remy, which generates about 40 percent of its operating profit from cognac sales in China, said wholesalers were reducing inventories after sales fell short of expectations during the Chinese New Year. The maker of Remy Martin cognac, Cointreau liqueur and Mount Gay Rum said revenue declined 5.3 percent on a like-for-like basis to 294.4 million euros (247 million pounds) in the three months to September 30, its second quarter, compared with a 2.3 percent decline in the previous quarter. Sales of Remy Martin cognac fell 8.3 percent like-for-like, compared with a 12.9 percent slump in the first quarter, and the firm said China would continue to weigh on sales in the coming months. A recent weakening of various currencies against the U.S. dollar has also hit results. Diageo, which made a net profit of 2.59 billion pounds in the year to June 30, said that, based on spot rates, foreign exchange factors would reduce 2014 operating profit by 165 million pounds. Meanwhile brewer SABMiller Plc (SAB.L), maker of Peroni and Grolsch beers, reported net revenue rose 6 percent in its second quarter, after a 2 percent rise in the first. Sales rose 4 percent in Latin America, 3 percent in North America, 12 percent in Africa, and 5 percent in Asia Pacific, but were flat in Europe. “We see this as a solid result in tough market conditions,” said Numis Securities analyst Wyn Ellis.
Where is the reaction of the rating agencies to the irresponsible behavior of the worlds biggest economy? Mr. Fahrenschon, a former Bavarian finance minister, asked the crowd. Even in Europe, theres a tradition of parliaments struggling to seal a budget deal, Mr. Fahrenschon said, harvesting a round of applause. But in Europe it is good form that contracts that have been made salaries and social benefits are still serviced even in a period without a budget. Mr. Fahrenschon was speaking before Fitch Ratings Service put the U.S. credit rating on negative watch and warnedthat the governments failure to honor interest or principal payments on U.S. Treasury securities would trigger a downgrade to restricted default. But Mr. Fahrenschon was demanding harsher treatment than the one set out in the Fitch warning. Government finances in the U.S. were systemically and qualitatively different from Europe, he said, because by not paying salaries and benefits the government was already reneging on the social contract it had entered with its citizens. I believe that a budget that cannot guarantee that commitments that have been made are followed through has to be evaluated differently, he said. *Massive h/t to Oliver Grimm , U.S.
Europe faces new wave of oil refinery extinctions
“Cheap gas is making a huge difference to the profitability of U.S. refining industry. The loser is Europe. It has to be. There is no consolidation going on and no great consolidation hope,” Torbjorn Tornqvist, chief executive officer of trading house Gunvor told the Oil & Money conference this month. Diesel imports from Russia, Asia and the U.S. Gulf Coast reached a record 4 million tonnes in September, according to traders. “The trend of U.S. exporting products is going to continue, you’re going to see diesel coming from the United States to Europe for the foreseeable future,” the head of Glencore’s oil division Alex Beard said this month. 2013 may go down as one of the weakest in recent decades, as refining margins in the third and fourth quarter plummeted due to high crude costs and weak product demand. Total, Europe’s biggest refiner, said refining margins in the region had dropped to a near four-year low of $10.6 per tonne in the third quarter. Other than the old, simple East European refineries, plants in coastal areas such as Italy that are easily accessible for importing remain the most vulnerable. This year was set to go down as one of the worst for the European refining industry, with refinery utilisation slipping down to around 78 percent in 2013, according to JBC. The path taken by the Mantua refinery is not new. Last year, TotalErg, a joint venture between France’s Total and Italian refiner ERG, converted its 90,000 bpd refinery outside Rome to a storage hub.
Canada: Who Will Keep an Eye on the Spies?
“You better be ready to play when the puck drops and play 60 minutes of hockey,” said USA coach Katie Stone after her team turned in a lackluster opening 40 minutes. “We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go,” Stone said after Canada built a 3-0 lead and absorbed the USA’s late two-goal counterattack. “We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected.
Privacy coalition formed amidst surveillance concerns By Justina Reichel , Epoch Times | October 17, 2013 Last Updated: October 17, 2013 7:07 am < > Justice Minister Peter MacKay. A new coalition have been formed to watch out for Canadians’ privacy amidst mounting concerns over online government surveillance and fears that MacKay is planning to reintroduce Bill C-30. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young) It has grown secretive, it’s expensive, and it’s out of control. David Christopher, OpenMedia.ca Complaints Over Ford Brothers Drug Allegation Coverage Rejected Canadian Dollar Closes Higher as US Debt Deal Reached Mounting concerns over online government surveillance have spurred more than 30 organizations to form a coalition that aims to watch out for Canadians privacy rights. The move comes amidst revelations that Canadas ultra-secretive electronic spy agency may have illegally targeted Canadians within the past year, and fears that the controversial Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act could be re-introduced now that Parliament has resumed. The Protect Our Privacy Coalition spans the left-right political spectrum and includes citizen-based and civil liberties groups, privacy advocates, First Nations, labour groups, businesses, and academic experts. [The coalition] was formed in response to the concerns Canadians have over the governments dragnet collection of our really sensitive and private information, says David Christopher, communications coordinator for OpenMedia.ca, an open-internet advocacy group leading the coalition. It has grown secretive, its expensive, and its out of control. According to Sharon Polsky of the Privacy and Access Council of Canada, a member of the coalition, there are more than 100 federal laws that allow sensitive data to be gathered, used, and shared internationally without anyones knowledge or consent. The main force behind this data collection is the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), whose operations will soon be housed in a new $1.2 billion complex in Ottawathe most expensive Canadian government building ever constructed. But recent revelations have brought to light questionable discernment in the agencys surveillance practices, and critics say oversight is sorely lacking. In August, CSEC watchdog and retired judge Robert Decary said the agency could be engaging in potentially illegal spying during a review of its activities over the past year. A small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to the law, Decary wrote in his report, saying he was unable to conclude whether the snooping was legal or not because of unclear and incomplete records. CSEC has also been linked to the infamous National Security Agency phone and Internet surveillance program in the U.S., leaked earlier this year by Edward Snowden. The Canadian agency played a role in the NSAs efforts by handing over control of an international encryption standard that allowed it to build a back door to encrypt data, according to documents obtained by the New York Times. More Oversight Needed Leading cyber-researcher Ron Diebert has warned that oversight of CSEC is really thin, and its historically cozy relationship with the NSA could put Canadians at risk of surveillance. In the latest scandal, it was revealed last week that CSEC has been conducting industrial espionage against Brazil on behalf of the NSA. These revelations have prompted concerns that the spying could do permanent damage to Canadas relationship with Brazilan important Latin American ally. It really points to the fact that we need much greater oversight and much greater transparency over what [CSEC] is up to, says Christopher. Canadians deserve a public, democratic debate about CSEC and the role that it should play, because CESC is conducting these activities in the name of all Canadians. The governments Privacy Commissioners office has said it wants to find out more about CSECs activities and is conducting its own investigation into whether the agency is illegally spying.