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Sep. 25th, 2006

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Music to get knocked out by

By Chuck Bennett
amNewYork Staff Writer

September 25, 2006
It sounds like the premise for a silly comedy sketch, but famed boxing gym Gleason's is serious about bringing live chamber music to its monthly fight nights.

"It will be like a pre-sixth century Greek ritual," said cellist Dan Barrett, who originated the idea of pairing sets of pugilism with classical music.

Barrett, who has performed on several PBS documentaries, approached Gleason's owner Bruce Silverglade on combining the two "arts" into one event at the Brooklyn gym.

"I thought it was just terrific," Silverglade said. "Everybody I talked to and mentioned it to, just loved it."

Thus "Strike!" was born -- an evening of chamber music intermingled with boxing bouts of Gleason's fighters who are under 18.

Musicians -- complete with harps, cellos, and violas and a double bass -- will set up in one ring while the boxers in training will duke it out in another. The final fight of the four bout event will actually have musicians doing free-form improv music to match the action in the ring. The audience will get kazoos and other instruments to join in.

In recent years parents have been taking their children to gym for training.

Whether it's getting an overweight child back in shape, teaching a wild child self-control or a bullied kid self-confidence, the gym has become like a community center for kids.

"Kids learn a sense of control and self-command, a feeling of congenial relations to their milieu rather than an adversarial relationship with their milieu," Barrett said.

And that environment would be an ideal place to expose them to classical music, both Barret and Silverglade said. After all, both boxing and music require incredible discipline, patience and training.

Money collected from the $10 tickets will be used to fund workshops for children in literature, philosophy, film music and art.

Strike
A New Music & Boxing Extravaganza
Saturday, October 7, 8 p.m.
Gleason's Gym
83 Front St., Brooklyn

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By Chuck Bennett
amNewYork Staff Writer

September 25, 2006
It sounds like the premise for a silly comedy sketch, but famed boxing gym Gleason's is serious about bringing live chamber music to its monthly fight nights.

"It will be like a pre-sixth century Greek ritual," said cellist Dan Barrett, who originated the idea of pairing sets of pugilism with classical music.

Barrett, who has performed on several PBS documentaries, approached Gleason's owner Bruce Silverglade on combining the two "arts" into one event at the Brooklyn gym.

"I thought it was just terrific," Silverglade said. "Everybody I talked to and mentioned it to, just loved it."

Thus "Strike!" was born -- an evening of chamber music intermingled with boxing bouts of Gleason's fighters who are under 18.

Musicians -- complete with harps, cellos, and violas and a double bass -- will set up in one ring while the boxers in training will duke it out in another. The final fight of the four bout event will actually have musicians doing free-form improv music to match the action in the ring. The audience will get kazoos and other instruments to join in.

In recent years parents have been taking their children to gym for training.

Whether it's getting an overweight child back in shape, teaching a wild child self-control or a bullied kid self-confidence, the gym has become like a community center for kids.

"Kids learn a sense of control and self-command, a feeling of congenial relations to their milieu rather than an adversarial relationship with their milieu," Barrett said.

And that environment would be an ideal place to expose them to classical music, both Barret and Silverglade said. After all, both boxing and music require incredible discipline, patience and training.

Money collected from the $10 tickets will be used to fund workshops for children in literature, philosophy, film music and art.

Strike
A New Music & Boxing Extravaganza
Saturday, October 7, 8 p.m.
Gleason's Gym
83 Front St., Brooklyn

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Sep. 23rd, 2006

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Whoever did this is so getting fired



Go to Home Depot before they pull it down, and see the leaf in action:
Home Depot Ad

From gizmodo

Sep. 13th, 2006

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Stingray Slaughter Blamed on Irwin Fans

Steve IrwinA spate of attacks on stingrays on Australia's eastern coast are believed to be work of aggrieved fans of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, who was killed last week by the poisonous barb of a ray. But a colleague and friend of Irwin's is begging fans -- if they are in fact responsible for the killings -- to stop doing so.

At least ten stingrays -- which are typically shy, unobtrusive fish -- have been found dead and mutilated on two beaches in Queensland state, where Irwin lived and ran the wildlife park Australia Zoo. A few of the rays have even been found with their tails chopped off. And Michael Hornby, executive director of Irwin's conservation group and a family friend, is pleading with the stingray killers to stop, saying that it would completely go against what Irwin stood for. "We are disgusted and disappointed that people would take this sort of action to hurt wildlife," says Hornby. "I hope everyone understands we have to protect wildlife now more than ever."

Meanwhile, fans are also expressing their anger via an online game called "Terri Irwin's Revenge," in which Irwin's widow is seen firing at stingrays underwater; players try to kill as many rays as possible. Terri Irwin hasn't commented on the game, but the creators have issued the rather bizarre disclaimer: "We should make it clear, this game is intended to be a memorial and NOT a funny parody."

Source: TMZ

Sep. 1st, 2006

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Breaking News!


(thanks laurenis!)

Aug. 31st, 2006

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Woman Sees Virgin Mary On Pet Turtle

CHICAGO -- The Virgin Mary has made another appearance, this time on a Chicago woman's pet turtle.
Shirley McVane believes her pet turtle, Mary, has the image of the Virgin Mary silhouetted on its belly. 

 

McVane said she named the turtle after the Virgin Mary. 
She also has another turtle named Joseph, in honor of the Virgin Mary's husband. 

McVane said she considers herself a religious woman, with pictures and statues adorning her house. 
McVane's daughter, Dolly Fordyce, said she was shocked to see the silhouette, but she believes her mother. 
McVane said her friends doubted that the image was that of the Virgin Mary.

 

"They said, 'Oh, Shirley, you're getting nuts; you're 81 years old,'" McVane said.

 

The Roman Catholic Church has an investigatory process for such religious sightings. The Archdiocese of Chicago said that, for the moment, if these visions encourage people to reflect, pray and lift their hearts and minds to God, that is a good thing.

 

"There's no doubt," McVane said. "You can't doubt it's the Virgin Mary. You know it's there, and that's all. You don't know how it got there."

 

Just this week, people reported seeing images of the Virgin Mary in the drip tray of a George Foreman grill and in the wood paneling of a restaurant in San Diego. She has also been spotted on a grilled cheese sandwich that sold for $28,000.


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Strippers help Las Vegas area schools

LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School District kicked off the first day of school Wednesday with scant resources. But it got a major donation from the scantily clad.

The same day the nation's fifth largest school district began the year with some 400 teaching vacancies, the nonprofit corporation that supports it, the Public Education Foundation, accepted a $2,500 donation from a strip club, Scores Las Vegas.

"Thank you for your donation of $2,500, received on August 30, 2006," said a letter from foundation president Judi Steele to Scores' marketing director, Shai Cohen. "Thank you again for your willingness to support our community and invest in our children ... our future."

Scores raised the funds at an Aug. 23 back-to-school event called "Detention" that featured strippers dressed as teachers, schoolgirls and librarians.

"It's back to school time and you know what that means. Detention for everyone who has been bad!" one advertisement read.

The performers peeled off clothes and offered lap dances to customers, Cohen said. Patrons also left more than $1,000 donations in a jar that the club said would go to the Clark County School District. Scores matched the donations roughly dollar for dollar, he said.

"In this town, money is money, regardless," Cohen said. "We're a respectable business. We pay taxes like everybody else. We have a business license. It's for a good cause."

"Education is very important," he said.

The foundation's director of development, Deb Hegna, said the donation was gratefully accepted.

"From any licensed, legitimate business, we're certainly happy to accept donations," she said, adding the gentleman's club told them it had raised the funds at a charity event.

The money was earmarked for the foundation's exchange program, which provides new or gently used materials, supplies and computers to Clark County teachers for free or little cost.

The district, a sprawling area covering 8,000 square miles in southern Nevada with more than 300,000 students expected this year, is the fastest growing in the nation, said school district spokesman Steve Lombard.

The district has had difficulty hiring teachers to keep pace with growth, especially with the high cost of housing in southern Nevada, he said. The state ranks 46th in the nation in per-pupil spending, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.

The district's associate superintendent, Karlene Lee, said the district was not informed about and did not condone the flier used to promote the strip event.

Lee had no comment on the fundraising activities of the foundation, a separate entity which raises about $5 million a year.

"The donation was made to the foundation and for the inner workings of how that functions, you can contact the foundation again."

On the Net: 
The Public Education Foundation, http://www.ccpef.org 
Scores Las Vegas, http://www.scoreslasvegas.com


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Woman crashes when teaching dog to drive

BEIJING - A woman in Hohhot, the capital of north China's Inner Mongolia region, crashed her car while giving her dog a driving lesson, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday. 

No injuries were reported although both vehicles were slightly damaged, it said.

The woman, identified only be her surname, Li, said her dog "was fond of crouching on the steering wheel and often watched her drive," according to Xinhua.

"She thought she would let the dog 'have a try' while she operated the accelerator and brake," the report said. "They did not make it far before crashing into an oncoming car."

Xinhua did not say what kind of dog or vehicles were involved but Li paid for repairs.


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Toilet tales from ladies' loo make it live onto CNN

NEW YORK (AFP) - Her "loving" husband emerged pretty well, but her "control freak" of a sister-in-law is probably less amused, after a CNN presenter left her microphone on while chatting to a colleague in the toilets. 



Viewers who tuned into Tuesday's edition of "Live From ..." to watch President George W. Bush in New Orleans were instead treated to the president competing for attention with anchor Kyra Phillips giving a lavatory low down on her family.

"My husband is handsome and he is genuinely a loving, you know, no ego... you know what I'm saying," Phillips told an unidentified confidante in a bathroom back-and-forth transmitted live to the nation for over a minute.

When her powder room pal turned to talk of her latest love interest and her mother's approval ratings, Phillips confided -- or so she thought -- that her brother was the one she needed to look out for.

"He's married, three kids, but his wife is just a control freak," she said.

A CNN official eventually interrupted the bathroom banter.

The network said in a statement it had experienced "audio difficulties" and apologised to viewers... and the upstaged president.


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Aug. 27th, 2006

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"Outsize shoemaker flies to world's tallest woman"

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A German outsize shoemaker said he will fly to China next week with three pairs of size 57 ladies shoes as a special and much-needed gift for Yao Defen, believed to be the world's tallest woman. 


Georg Wessels, who lives in Germany and the Netherlands, said he had spent years trying to track down Yao, who is from a poor farming family in eastern China's Anhui province and 2.36 metres (7.74 ft) tall, according to Chinese doctors.

"I wrote to China to ask her what kind of shoes she would like and in what colour. She answered she didn't care at all what colour they were she would just be so happy to have some proper footwear," Wessels said.

The largest shoes he has made so far were a size 69 for Matthew McGrory, who has the world's biggest feet, according to the Guinness World Records.

Yao, began treatment in June for a brain tumour which is largely responsible for her extraordinary height by stimulating her body to release excessive amounts of growth hormone

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"It just looks like a penis pump mom"

CHICAGO - A Cook County judge has decided there is enough evidence to prosecute a man who says an airport security guard misheard him when she thought he said that a sexual device in his backpack was actually a bomb.  

Mardin Amin claims he actually told the guard the small, black object was a "pump" — as in a penis pump.

Amin's attorney said her client was embarrassed to explain the object in front of his mother, who was traveling with him, so he whispered. The guard misunderstood, and thought he said "bomb," according to defense attorney Eileen O'Neill-Burke.

"His mother is standing there so, under his breath, he says, 'It's a pump. Put it away. Put it away,'" O'Neill-Burke told The Associated Press on Thursday. The guard asked him again and he repeated that the object was a pump, the attorney said.

O'Neill-Burke added that Amin, an Iraqi, has a thick accent and she herself had trouble understanding him until he brought the pump to her office and showed it to her. She said she recently learned that Arabic speakers sometimes have trouble distinguishing the sounds "p" and "b."

However, Judge Gerald Winiecki decided there was sufficient evidence for the case to move forward after the female security guard testified that she heard Amin "clearly" say the word bomb on Aug. 16 at O'Hare International Airport.

Amin, 29, of Skokie, is charged with felony disorderly conduct and faces up to three years in prison if convicted. He was released on $75,000 bond and is due back in court Sept. 13. O'Neill-Burke said he will plead not guilty then.

Amin told the Chicago Sun-Times after the hearing that security officials did not give him a chance to explain the misunderstanding, that he would never use the word "bomb" while going through a security checkpoint, and does not consider a penis pump an unusual object to own.

"It's normal," he said. "Half of America they use it."

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