Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nice Celebrity Eclipse Pictures photos

Nice Celebrity Eclipse Pictures photos

A few nice celebrity eclipse pictures images I found:

Celebrity Eclipse Main Dining Room (2) celebrity eclipse pictures
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Celebrity Solstice. Grass Lawn. celebrity eclipse pictures
Image by Tom Mascardo 1 The Lawn Club. Guests are welcome to play miniature golf, croquet and bocce ball. Unfortunately, wine and cheese picnics are impossible because the underground irrigation system used to keep the grass alive leaves the grass a little damp to the touch. Oh, and no high heels! Celebrity Solstice is the first of five in the Solstice Class of vessels deployed by Celebrity Cruises on behalf of Royal Caribbean International. Other vessels in the Solstice class include the Celebrity Equinox and the Celebrity Eclipse.

Celebrity Eclipse Tour Lunch: main course fish celebrity eclipse pictures
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Corgi Degreaser

Corgi Degreaser

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Corgi Degreaser names of celebrities
Image by Apionid Been trying to get rid of this stuff for ages. We're Here! My name on a plate (Celebrity endorsed products)

Jazz Musician & Band Leader Woody Herman Star, Star Walk Outside Hotel San Carlos, Phoenix, Arizona names of celebrities
Image by classic_film This star bears the name of and the electronic engraved signature of legendary jazz musician and band leader Woody Herman (May 16, 1913 - October 29, 1987). This is one of a number of metal stars that are embedded in the surrounding walkway on the east and south sides of the historic Hotel San Marcos (down Monroe Street and Central Avenue) in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Imitating the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in California, this "Star Walk" was created in 1993 to commemorate the hotel's 65th birthday, and to serve as a tribute to the movie stars of the Golden Era of Hollywood and other celebrities who were regular guests of the elegant hotel in its earlier glory years. Location: 202 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, Arizona Some historical background about the historic hotel; text selections from the Hotel San Carlos website: The Hotel San Carlos was established in 1928, and is a proud member of The Historic Hotels of America and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. 1927: The Hotel San Carlos finally became the hotel project the growing city yearned for when Charles Harris, financed by Dwight B. Heard, purchased the hotel site and began construction. The design was done by nationally known architects, G. Witecross Ritchie of Los Angeles, in the Italian renaissance style. 1928: The formal Grand opening March 20th, 1928 was boldly announced in the Arizona Gazette (now the Arizona Republic). Mr. Dwight Heard, a prominent figure in Phoenix real estate and development, and his partner, Charles Harris, were very proud of their state-of-the-art hotel. It was the most modern hotel in the entire Southwest United States, the first air conditioned, high-rise hotel in Phoenix, and the first high-rise hotel with elevators (hand operated) in the state. It had Italian tapestries, a card room, dancing, and an outdoor sun room. At a time when the latest automobile, the model "A" Ford, cost only 0, the Hotel San Carlos was build at a cost of nearly 0,000! [...] 1928-1960: During this time, the hotel continued to be a hub for the Phoenix elite, political and social, as well as a Mecca for Hollywood stars. Mae West stayed here in 1929 while performing at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams, in "I'm No Angel". It was reported she left orders with the front desk to "not be awaked until 3:00 pm with a bottle of champagne and two glasses." The Phoenix Press Club was founded here. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent much of their romantic time here in Arizona at the San Carlos. Gable often referred to Lombard as the "love of his life." Marilyn Monroe was a guest during her filming of Bus Stop. She wanted a room close to our pool on the third floor, so that she could slip out to the deck and sunbath with the least amount of attention. Other stars such as Spencer Tracy, Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Gene Autry, and big band artists Kay Starr, Woody Herman and Harry James all spent time here over the years. Governors, senators, and countless other notables, also enjoyed the services of the San Carlos over the years.

Nice Celebrity Legs photos

Nice Celebrity Legs photos

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Maria Sharapova @ Roland Garros celebrity legs
Image by johanlb Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is an aggressive baseliner, with power, depth, and angles on her forehand and backhand. Despite her powerful game, Sharapova's greatest asset is considered to be her mental toughness and competitive spirit. 05/2011. Photo by © Johan Le Bail. view large on black | visit my website | 500px | follow me on twitter | see me on facebook

Luiza Brunet: Reina Imperatriz 2008 celebrity legs
Image by sfmission.com Luiza Brunet was the Queen of the drums for Portela up until 1993. She is well remembered for her distinguished career as the godmother, since 1994, for Imperatriz Leopoldinense, which was fortunate to participate in five Special Samba School titles: 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2001. She did not participate in the Sambodromo Carnaval from 2005-2007  but returned to again be Queen of the drums for Imperatriz Leopoldinense in this carnival of 2008. Born to humble beginnings amidst the grand natural surrounding of the Pantanal, on May 24, 1962. One of 6 children born to Luiz da Silva, a farmer from the  northeastern state of Ceará, and Alzira Botelho da Silva, a homemaker from Rio de Janeiro When she was 8 years old, she moved with her family to Rio, where she lived in the suburb of Inhaúma. She had trouble adjusting to city life and had to leave school early at 12 to help the family get by. Her beauty attracted unwelcome attention among employers and she married her first husband at 16, Gumercindo Brunet. The marriage became difficult as Luiza's career took off and ended after 7 years. Luiza Brunet became famous in the early 80s, as a model. She  posed naked for several exclusive male magazines including He and She and Playboy ( May of 1983, December 1984 and May 1986 ). But in 1984, Luiza met Argentinean antique dealer Armando Fernandez, with whom she is still married. On June 6, 1988, she had her first daughter, Yasmin. . She has been married since 1985 to the older Fernandez however as of this appearance the couple is separated.  They have two children, Yasmin and Anthony in 1997. Luiza Brunet has been a spokesperson for campaigns promoting the prevention of breast cancer and breastfeeding and is considered a successful businesswoman as well as a great beauty. "Why in the TOP 20 Brazilian Brunettes List? Luiza Brunet has fascinating eyes, long proportional legs and a seductive personality. Her enticing dark hair looks the same since her teen years. If this ranking was made a few years ago, Luiza Brunet would be definitely in our top position. ---Andre Skowronski writing about www.belavista-rio.com/blog/category/top-brazilian-muses/b... Luiza's  favorite place in Brazil is the famous resort Búzios, popular with many other celebrities as well. Her oldest daughter, Yasmin Brunet, is also a successful model. The actual title is "madrina de batería" or godmother of the drum orchestra but Queen of the Drums has become the more popular title in English. More at More at Carnaval Queens & Muses

Nice Celebs photos

Nice Celebs photos

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The Gifted Queen Sabine Mondestin Show Her Curves celebs
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Barefoot in the rain celebs
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The Black Madona Queen Sabine celebs
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Megan Gale

Megan Gale

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Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer Christian Dior couture opens Sydney CBD store... Australia is now home to yet another exclusive luxury brand. Christian Dior couture chief executive Sidney Toledano is delighted to have cracked the competitive Sydney market. Today marks the opening its first flagship boutique in Australia in Sydney. The multi-level store is designed to replicate Dior’s renowned boutique on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne. The boutique is located in the former Louis Vuitton store on the corner of King and Castlereagh streets. In recent months, Chanel, Canali, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Bottega Veneta have either set up for the first time in Australia, opened in more locations, or revamped existing stores. The brand's CEO Mr Toledano appeared unfazed by recent reports of China’s economic slowdown. “The world has changed over the last three or four years and the centre of gravity of the global economy is moving towards Asia . . . We are developing our business in this part of the world,” he said. In December, Dior reported that sales for the half year to October 31 were up 18 per cent at £632 million (4 million) and said margins had improved. The luxury French label’s history in Australia goes back to 1947, when David Jones reproduced four garments designed by Christian Dior as part of its “Paris fashion for all” line. Since 1999, Dior has opened small boutiques in DFS Galleria in The Rocks as well as David Jones in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The bottom level of the store stocks Dior’s complete range of bags and accessories while the first floor houses ready-to-wear clothing by creative director Raf Simons, as well as an array of shoes, jewellery and watches. There is a salon on the third floor, accessible only by lift, for VIPS looking for a more exclusive shopping experience. Men have access to a dedicated Dior Homme boutique, which has a dedicated entry off King Street. Suits, sportswear, denim, leather goods, accessories and footwear are spread across two levels. “There is a big demand in the world for very high quality, innovative product and brands with real history. The new generation, and in this part of the world I notice even more, they want to know what the history of the company is,” Mr Toledano said. “They go to the store and want to see it, feel it, understand it ... We want every member of our staff to know all the information so the customer understands what we do. This is our global, long-term strategy.” Advertised celebrity list included: ISABEL LUCAS, TINA ARENA, MEGAN GALE, COLLETTE DINNIGAN, GEOFF AND SARA HEUGILL, ZACH & JORDAN STENMARK, MATTHEW MITCHAM AND DIOR’S NEW “FACE”, AUSTRALIAN MODEL NICOLE POLLARD, WHO IS BEING FLOWN IN FROM PARIS TO ATTEND THE EVENT. Websites Christian Dior www.dior.com Eva Rinaldi Photography www.evarinaldi.com

Kane Concert @ the Key Club christian celebrities
Image by RavenU July 30, 2005 in LA. Part of the weekend at the Angel Booster Bash (www.boosterevents.com) was a sold out concert kick-ass preformance by Christian Kane's band Kane (www.kanemusic.com).

Nice Celebrity Fashion Games photos

Nice Celebrity Fashion Games photos

A few nice celebrity fashion games images I found:

Alex Dimitriades celebrity fashion games
Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer The Star Turns In On; Tonight in Sin City Sydney, Australia Echo Entertainment is apparently more about entertainment than gambling these days, casino tie in or not, and tonight its party time at The Star. This is most assuredly worth taking a gamble on. There's a strong chance that by the time you stop parting you would have had an absolute blast. They have hosted countless international acts and acted as home to the Hollywood and Las Vegas stars where they come down under to Sin City Sydney. They continue to push the celebrity card, and then there's the nightclubs, bars and The Darling - the 5 star hotel. If you want to find Wheel of Fortune, Cleopatra or other slot and table games, you won't have any trouble with that either. It's all there for the taking. Work hard and play and party harder. Promo... On Friday, 11 May The Star is lighting up with a night of festivities and events across the complex from 6pm til late. Best of all the events are open to everyone, so come on down and kick your weekend off in style! ROCK LILY British India Live As part of "The Star Turns It ​On" event on Friday, Melbourne indie band British India will be playing a free headlining set at The Star's home of live music, Rock Lily, from 10pm. THE DARLING Party in The Darling ​A killer DJ line-up featuring Zoe Badwi and Alex Dimitriades from 7pm, complimentary drinks, delicious canapés and giveaways. First in, best dressed! RETAIL COLLECTION Fashion Event ​A special fashion night will commence in our retail collection from 6pm, with in-store offers, models parading the various designer wares available, complimentary hand massages by The Spa at The Darling therapists, plus glasses of bubbles and beer. 24/7 SPORTS BAR Sports Stars at 24/7 Sports Bar Sports celebrities will be on-hand for photos and autographs at 24/7 Sports Bar from 6pm, including NRL greats Wendell Sailor, Benji Marshall and NSW Origin captain Paul Gallen and current South Sydney Rabbitohs. Plus all the Friday night football action on the mega screen. CHERRY After Party in Cherry A​fter exploring The Star, join us for an after party at our cocktail bar, Cherry. Celebrity Apprentice star and glamour sportswoman, Lauryn Eagle, will be hostess for the evening, plus tunes by DJ Jam Xpress. Champagne and cocktail specials will be available. Who's coming tonight... Lauryn Eagle, Alex Dimitriades, Zoe Badwi, British India, Wendell Sailor, Benji Marshall and Paul Gallen. Wrap Up... The Star's tag line is 'There will be stories', and its a sure bet Star will live up to that tonight. Something tells us the stories won't be out until later over the weekend when everyone starts recovering from a Star hangover... a positive one of course. Websites The Star www.star.com.au Echo Entertainment www.echoentertainment.com.au Cherry www.star.com.au/sydney-nightlife/Pages/cherry.aspx 24/7 Sports Bar www.star.com.au/sydney-nightlife/Pages/24-7-sports-bar.aspx Music News Australia www.musicnewsaustralia.com Eva Rinaldi Photography www.evarinaldi.com

Alex Dimitriades celebrity fashion games
Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer The Star Turns In On; Tonight in Sin City Sydney, Australia Echo Entertainment is apparently more about entertainment than gambling these days, casino tie in or not, and tonight its party time at The Star. This is most assuredly worth taking a gamble on. There's a strong chance that by the time you stop parting you would have had an absolute blast. They have hosted countless international acts and acted as home to the Hollywood and Las Vegas stars where they come down under to Sin City Sydney. They continue to push the celebrity card, and then there's the nightclubs, bars and The Darling - the 5 star hotel. If you want to find Wheel of Fortune, Cleopatra or other slot and table games, you won't have any trouble with that either. It's all there for the taking. Work hard and play and party harder. Promo... On Friday, 11 May The Star is lighting up with a night of festivities and events across the complex from 6pm til late. Best of all the events are open to everyone, so come on down and kick your weekend off in style! ROCK LILY British India Live As part of "The Star Turns It ​On" event on Friday, Melbourne indie band British India will be playing a free headlining set at The Star's home of live music, Rock Lily, from 10pm. THE DARLING Party in The Darling ​A killer DJ line-up featuring Zoe Badwi and Alex Dimitriades from 7pm, complimentary drinks, delicious canapés and giveaways. First in, best dressed! RETAIL COLLECTION Fashion Event ​A special fashion night will commence in our retail collection from 6pm, with in-store offers, models parading the various designer wares available, complimentary hand massages by The Spa at The Darling therapists, plus glasses of bubbles and beer. 24/7 SPORTS BAR Sports Stars at 24/7 Sports Bar Sports celebrities will be on-hand for photos and autographs at 24/7 Sports Bar from 6pm, including NRL greats Wendell Sailor, Benji Marshall and NSW Origin captain Paul Gallen and current South Sydney Rabbitohs. Plus all the Friday night football action on the mega screen. CHERRY After Party in Cherry A​fter exploring The Star, join us for an after party at our cocktail bar, Cherry. Celebrity Apprentice star and glamour sportswoman, Lauryn Eagle, will be hostess for the evening, plus tunes by DJ Jam Xpress. Champagne and cocktail specials will be available. Who's coming tonight... Lauryn Eagle, Alex Dimitriades, Zoe Badwi, British India, Wendell Sailor, Benji Marshall and Paul Gallen. Wrap Up... The Star's tag line is 'There will be stories', and its a sure bet Star will live up to that tonight. Something tells us the stories won't be out until later over the weekend when everyone starts recovering from a Star hangover... a positive one of course. Websites The Star www.star.com.au Echo Entertainment www.echoentertainment.com.au Cherry www.star.com.au/sydney-nightlife/Pages/cherry.aspx 24/7 Sports Bar www.star.com.au/sydney-nightlife/Pages/24-7-sports-bar.aspx Music News Australia www.musicnewsaustralia.com Eva Rinaldi Photography www.evarinaldi.com

Renae Ayris - Miss Universe Sydney Australia celebrity fashion games
Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer The Star Casino hosts Renae Ayris - Miss Universe Sydney, Australia Echo Entertainment is apparently more about entertainment than gambling these days, casino tie in or not, and tonight its party time at The Star. This is most assuredly worth taking a gamble on. There's a strong chance that by the time you stop parting you would have had an absolute blast. They have hosted countless international acts and acted as home to the Hollywood and Las Vegas stars where they come down under to Sin City Sydney. Seems a nature that the new Miss Universe Australia, Renae Ayris, and friends should be in the celebrity mix to show their faces on a Friday night at The Star. They continue to push the celebrity card, and then there's the nightclubs, bars, slots, games and The Darling - the 5 star hotel. It's all there for the taking. Work hard and play and party harder. Promo... News on Miss Universe Australia... Danver and photography lover from Perth has been crowned Miss Universe Australia. Renae Ayris has been voted the nation's most beautiful woman and presented with a ,000 Temelli Jewellery crown at a black tie event in Melbourne (9th June 2012). She narrowly edged out Melbourne woman Mary Vitinaros, who was named runner-up. The night saw some of Australia's most beautiful women take to the stage in swimwear and evening gowns before judges declared a winner. Melbourne's hopes of a local winner were buoyed when two of the final five included Melbourne woman Mary Vitinaros and Victorian Julia Perrott-Clarke. Ms Perrott-Clarke won the crowd over after facing a controversial question from former news presenter Naomi Robson about her views on gay marriage. "I believe that everyone should have equal rights whether it be marriage or any other factor," she responded. "Everyone has their own opinion and if it doesn't infringe on anyone else's rights then I think it's a great thing." Shouting her final reply she ended by saying. "If they are in love, then they should celebrate that love and if that means marriage, then they should get married because it's amazing." The response saw her named 4th runner-up. Strutting their stuff in evening gowns in front of a crowd in the hundreds in the Melbourne Sofitel's Grand Ballroom the finalists wowed the room. The panel responsible for naming the winner included actress and model Annalise Braakensiek, actor Vince Collosimo and fashion designer Wayne Cooper. The West Australian girl will now represent Australia at the international Miss Universe competition. Thirty-three national finalists battled it out for the title, with the winner to go on to compete in the international Miss Universe pageant in December. More news... Everything is a blur - Miss Universe... When Miss Universe Australia 2012 Renae Ayris received her tiara at Melbourne's Sofitel on Friday night she had the added thrill of accepting the title from her friend - 2011 Miss Universe Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs. Ms Ayris said it was watching Scherri's experience as Australia's Miss Universe that inspired her to enter the pageant this year. "I've always watched but last year I followed it really closely because Scherri was in it, she's actually a friend of mine," Ms Ayris said. "I was so excited for her to hand me over the crown." Dressed in a navy and silver cocktail dress by Perth designer Ruth Tarvydas, the 21-year-old blonde looked bright and fresh on Saturday despite having not slept a wink the night before. The life-altering announcement still hadn't sunk in when she fronted the media for her first official press call as Miss Universe Australia. "I'm so overwhelmed still, everything is just a blur from last night," Ms Ayris gushed. "I'm going to wake up one morning and say,"Wow I'm Miss Universe Australia'." The Miss Universe competition was the model's first time in a beauty pageant, but she has taken a shot at fame before. She is an avid dancer who auditioned for a role in Baz Luhrmann's Academy Award-winning film Moulin Rouge!. "I got down to the very last cut but I was too young," she said. Being crowned Miss Universe Australia will open up other avenues to Ms Ayris. As part of her duties she will be acting as the charity ambassador for Operation Smile, a children's medical charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in developing countries born with facial deformities. Another official responsibility will be to represent Australia in the international Miss Universe pageant in December. "I'll try my best to do Australia proud," Ms Ayris said. There have been two Miss Universe title-holders from Australia, with Kerry-Ann Wells claiming the title in 1972 and Jennifer Hawkins in 2004. Wrap Up... The Star's tag line is 'There will be stories', and its a sure bet Star will keep living up to that if tonight was any indication. A casino matched with Miss Universe Australia, a media pack with snappers all trying to get the models attention, so you can just imagine. Websites The Star www.star.com.au Echo Entertainment www.echoentertainment.com.au Miss Universe Australia www.missuniverseaustralia.com.au Music News Australia www.musicnewsaustralia.com Eva Rinaldi Photography www.evarinaldi.com Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Cool Celebrity Deaths Today images

Cool Celebrity Deaths Today images

A few nice celebrity deaths today images I found:

TV Shows We Used To Watch - Whicker's World 1958-94 celebrity deaths today
Image by brizzle born and bred Journalist Alan Whicker reported on interesting social stories from across the globe. Whicker was born to British parents in Cairo, Egypt, in 1921. Alan Whicker remains the gold standard by which all other television journalists are judged - and found wanting. There is nobody today who comes close to the confident professionalism exuded by Alan Whicker in 'Whicker's World'. Although the subject matters may be outdated, seeing these shows is a lesson in how TV presentation should be done, and reminds us how the TV of today has been dumbed down and spoiled by young manic presenters who don't have an ounce of talent compared to the great Mr Whicker. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uEB-Vs8m-8 Alan Donald Whicker CBE (2 August 1921 â€" 12 July 2013) was a British journalist and television presenter and broadcaster. His career spanned almost 60 years, during which time he presented the documentary television programme Whicker's World for over 30 years. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for services to broadcasting. Whicker's World is a British television documentary series that ran from 1958 to 1994, presented by journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwX4y14y1eA Originally a segment on the BBC's Tonight programme in 1958, Whicker's World became a fully-fledged television series in its own right in the 1960s. The series was first shown by the BBC until 1968, and then by ITV from 1969 to 1983, when it was produced by Yorkshire Television, in which Whicker himself was a shareholder. The series returned to the BBC in 1984, and to ITV again in 1992. www.youtube.com/watch?v=__y3i2v2G4g Blessed with one of the greatest TV themes of all time: West End by Laurie Johnston. Whicker said that one of his scariest visits was to the psychopathic dictator of Haiti Papa Doc Duvalier, the possible inspiration for Baron Samedi out of Live and Let Die. Whicker reported stories of social interest from around the world. His interviewees included locals, politicians, celebrities, and even convicted criminals as he reported on stories as far ranging as military dictatorships, British expatriates, the feminist movement of the 1970s, the Tanka people (Boat People) of Hong Kong, the American Gay Rights movement in the 1970s, the opening of Disneyworld in Florida, and the growing plastic surgery industry of California. Among his most famous interviewees were actors Peter Sellers, Joan Collins, Britt Ekland, and Christopher Lee, Haitian dictator François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Paraguay dictator Don Alfredo Stroessner, novelist Harold Robbins, Lula Parker Betenson (the 94-year-old sister of the outlaw Butch Cassidy), the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (reputedly the richest man in the world at the time of filming), opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, several Maharajas of India, and various members of the British aristocracy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnm0GWv1mVk&list=PLnhcQpwpqYu... Although episodes were self-contained, Whicker would often film a series of episodes devoted to one particular location, including four whole series devoted to the United States and three about Australia. Multi-episode series about the South Pacific, India, Hong Kong, Spain, and a voyage on the QE2 were also made. These were usually given series titles such as Whicker's New World (1969), Whicker's Walkabout: Seven Scenes Down Under (1970), Whicker Way Out West (1973), Whicker's South Seas (1973), Whicker's World Down Under (1976), Whicker's World: A Fast Boat to China (1984), Whicker's World: Living With Uncle Sam (1985), Whicker's World: Living with Waltzing Maltilda (1988), and Whicker's World: A Taste of Spain (1992). In 1998, Whicker made a six-part radio series, Around Whicker's World, for BBC Radio 2. In 2009, he returned to television with Alan Whicker's Journey Of A Lifetime, a four-part series for the BBC in which he revisited some of the locations and people shown in Whicker's World decades earlier to see how their lives had progressed since his original interviews with them. www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0UgMPzf6xs&index=30&list... In the late 1960s, the series was spoofed by the British comedian Benny Hill who did a sketch on his show called "Knickers World". It was parodied again in 1972 by Monty Python's Flying Circus, who did a sketch set on a tropical island called "Whicker Island" where all of the inhabitants were Alan Whicker clones. In the 1980s, Whicker appeared in several television commercials for Barclaycard that were based on Whicker's World and featured Whicker in various foreign locations. In 1981, Whicker's World was spoofed by The Evasions, a British funk group whose song, "Wikka Wrap" featured songwriter Graham de Wilde impersonating Whicker. Graham de Wilde also composed the theme tune for the 1980s BBC episodes of Whicker's World. Whicker died on 12 July 2013 from bronchial pneumonia at his home in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, aged 91. 2014 Whicker's World: 'Island paradise' of renowned former broadcaster and journalist Alan Whicker goes on the market for £5million in Jersey. Veteran broadcaster and TV presenter's Channel Islands home has been put on sale for £4.95million. Mont d'Olivet has four bedrooms, a heated outdoor swimming pool and sweeping views across the channel. The 1950s property was described by Whicker as his 'island paradise' before his death last year aged 91. Whicker lived in the property for more than 40 years while filming travel documentary series Whicker's World.

Madame Tussauds 03-03-2004 celebrity deaths today
Image by Karen Roe Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Today’s visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them... The attraction’s history is a rich and fascinating one, with roots dating back to the Paris of 1770. It was here that Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr Philippe Curtius. At the age of 17, she became art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace Of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a travelling exhibition of revolutionary relics and effigies of public heroes and rogues.

Luv-A-Fair: Bowie-Glamball at Celebrities Nightclub

Luv-A-Fair: Bowie-Glamball at Celebrities Nightclub

A few nice celebrity photo images I found:

Luv-A-Fair: Bowie-Glamball at Celebrities Nightclub celebrity photo
Image by Urban Mixer Anelore - Luvafair's ultimage homage to Bowie-New Wave-Glam-PostPunk - read more at www.urbanmixer.com

Celebrity Blow Your Tits Off 1 celebrity photo
Image by Ziki Questi At Celebrity Blow Your Tits Off, a build by Maya Paris, taken 22 July 2012. Recommended: See on black or see original size. Read more about Celebrity Blow Your Tits Off on my blog. Visit Celebrity Blow Your Tits Off.

Nice Celebrity Picture photos

Nice Celebrity Picture photos

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Out of focus @ [BAD TASTE] Masque celebrity picture
Image by *Zephyrance - don't wake me up. Rolleiflex 2.8F + Kodak portra 800, @shanghai. Yulizi @ the [BAD TASTE CELEBRITY] masquerade party.

Sparks @ [BAD TASTE] Masque celebrity picture
Image by *Zephyrance - don't wake me up. Rolleiflex 2.8F + Kodak portra 800, @shanghai. Yulizi @ the [BAD TASTE CELEBRITY] masquerade party.

Celebrity Infinity. Food. Souffle celebrity picture
Image by Tom Mascardo A generously-sized chocolate souffle with some sort of coffee-based sauce. Yum...

DSC00678, Interior of Celebrity Cruise Ship Century

DSC00678, Interior of Celebrity Cruise Ship Century

A few nice celebrity photo images I found:

DSC00678, Interior of Celebrity Cruise Ship Century celebrity photo
Image by jimg944 The Celebrity Cruises Motor Vessel Century viewed from the dock. 70,606 tonnage, 815 feet long, 105 foot beam width, 22 knot top speed, 14 decks, 1750 guests and 868 crew. See set comments for Welcome to the Dawn of a New Century .

Celebrity Solstice. Lifeboat. celebrity photo
Image by Tom Mascardo 1 On the promenade deck, a shot of this bright orange lifeboat/patrol boat. Celebrity Solstice is the first of five in the Solstice Class of vessels deployed by Celebrity Cruises on behalf of Royal Caribbean International. Other vessels in the Solstice class include the Celebrity Equinox and the Celebrity Eclipse.

Celebrity Century celebrity photo
Image by Tom Mascardo 3 Anchored off the shore of Icy Strait Point / Hoonah, Alaska

Nice Top Celebrity News photos

Nice Top Celebrity News photos

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The Punisher Human Statue Bodyart Bodypainting top celebrity news
Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer Human Statue Bodyart does bodypainting, bodyart and costume designs for fanboys at Supanova pop culture expo, Sydney, Australia 2013; The Punisher (Marvel Comics) superhero spotted at Sydney Supanova... Superhero fans out there... today Sydney, Australia got its first dose of Supanova - Superhero and pop culture mania again for 2013. Superheroes remained a popular theme at the famous expo that tours most capital cities of Australia, including Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. Fanboys and fangirls have been dressing up as their favourite characters for as long as we can remember, and this year the competition continued to heat up, as creative arts and bodypainting / bodyart agency, Human Statue Bodyart created some superhero creative works for Supanova, with photographic evidence surfacing that demonstrates the agency created at least one 'The Punisher' (of the the darker superhero characters from Marvel Comics aka Marvel Entertainment). Marvel Comics / Marvel Entertainment superheroes appear to be a bit more popular than the DC Comics / Warner Bros. characters this year. Neither Marvel or DC / Warner Bros. are official sponsors or advertisers at the popular pop culture expo, but that doesn't seem to have effected the exposure they receive. Speaking of exposure, it was great to see the guys and girls from AWF (Australasian Wrestling Federation at Supanova again this year. These guys sure know their pro wrestling and they appeared to attract a crowd of between 400-500. AWF promoter, Greg "TNT" Bownds is doing a top job, and has been in the business for over 14 years now, which is like a lifetime in pro wrestling circles. Take time to dress your best, as we understand lots of news media will be attending with photographers and video cameras, so if you look great there's a decent chance you will make the news in some fashion! If you didn't make it today - a wet Saturday by anyones standards, don't worry - you can still attend tomorrow. Supanova Press Release... Announcing our June Supa-Stars! Not content with delivering our biggest-ever guest line-up to Melbourne and the Gold Coast, we've announced our initial Sydney and Perth cast, too! This is our first round of guests announced for the Sydney and Perth expos with many more to come! Margot Kidder: Lois Lane in Superman I-IV Alan Tudyk: Wash in Firefly and Serenity Oliver and James Phelps: Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter series Clare Kramer: Glory in Buffy The Vampire Slayer Eve Myles: Gwen in Torchwood Kai Owen: Rhys In Torchwood Eoin Macken: Sir Gwaine in Merlin Greg Cipes: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien's Kevin Levin Cristina Vee: Homura in Madoka Magika Christine Cabanos: Madoka in Madoka Magika Rayond E. Feist: author of The Magician Jana Oliver: Author of the Demon Trappers series Juliet Marillier: The Seven Waters Trilogy George Perez: Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Avengers, The New Teen Titans and many more Mark Brooks: Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men Alex Saviuk: Amazing Spider-Man comic strip, The Phantom, Green Lantern Tristan Jones: Writer/artist of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters Billy Tan: Uncanny X-Men, New Avengers, Shadowland (Sydney exclusive) Nicola Scott: Earth 2, Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman (Sydney exclusive) David Yardin: X-Factor, Uncanny X-Men, Storm (Sydney exclusive) Official Supanova information... Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2013 Venue: Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Road , Sydney Olympic Park Date: Friday, June 21, 2013 to Sunday, June 23, 2013 Website: www.supanova.com.au The Supanova Pop Culture Expo will offer guests the chance to participate in celebrity Q&A's, autograph and photograph sessions, exclusive film screenings, interactive competitions, cosplay tournaments and showcases of all things collectable. Guests participating in this year's Supanova include: * Carrie Fisher (Star Wars); * David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider, Baywatch); * Margot Kidder (Superman I-IV, Amityville Horror); * Karl Urban (Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Riddick); * James and Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter); * Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse); * Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human); * Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring it On); * Kai Owen (Torchwood); * Adam Brown (The Hobbit, Plested and Brown); and more. Also featuring at this year's festival will be The Australian Timezone Supanova Pinball Championship. The light-hearted nature of the competition facilitates a new dimension of social interaction and the physicality of the game is what sets pinball apart. The championship has three stages including local tournaments, state finals and the national grand final, set to be held at the Brisbane Supanova from November 8 to 10. The winner will receive The Avengers Pro pinball machine. The Supanova Pop Culture Expo will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14; the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21; the Sydney Showground from Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23; Claremont Showgrounds in Perth from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30; RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane from Friday, November 8 to Sunday, November 10; and Adelaide Showground from Friday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17. Sponsor: Madman Entertainment 03 9261 9200 (Building 1, Level 1, 21-31 Goodwood Street, Richmond, VIC, 3121) ID:3125 Who's coming: Carrie Fisher, David Hasselhoff, Margot Kidder, Karl Urban and more Websites Supanova Pop Culture Expo www.supanova.com.au Human Statue Bodyart www.humanstatuebodyart.com.au Human Entertainment www.humanentertainment.com.au Madman Entertainment www.madman.com.au Sydney Showground www.sydneyshowground.com.au Media Man Int www.mediamanint.com

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Image by The Bees Knees Daily It's wild to see George Burns so young...I only remember him being old! "George Burns (January 20, 1896 â€" March 9, 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. At the age of 79, Burns' career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100." Credit Wikipedia Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie "Gracie" Allen (July 26, 1895[1][2] â€" August 27, 1964), was an American comedienne who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. She made her first appearance on stage at age three and was given her first chance On Air by Eddie Cantor. She was educated at the Star of the Sea Convent School and during that time became a talented dancer. She soon began performing Irish folk dances with her three sisters, who were billed as "The Four Colleens." In 1909 Allen joined her sister, Bessie, as a vaudeville performer. At a performance in 1922 Allen met George Burns and the two formed a comedy act. The two were married on January 7, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio. In the early 1930s, like many stars of their era, Burns and Allen graduated to radio. The show was originally a continuation of their original "flirtation act" (as their vaudeville and short film routines had been). Burns realized that they were simply too old for that material ("Our jokes were too young for us", he later remarked) and changed the show's format in the fall of 1941 into the situation comedy vehicle for which they are best remembered: a working show business married couple negotiating ordinary problems caused by Gracie's "illogical logic," usually with the help of neighbors Harry and Blanche Morton, and their announcer, Bill Goodwin (later replaced by Harry von Zell during the run of their television series). Around 1948 Burns and Allen became part of the CBS talent raid. Their good friend (and frequent guest star) Jack Benny had decided to jump from NBC over to CBS. William S. Paley, the mastermind of CBS, had recently made it openly clear that he believed talent and not the network made the difference, which was not the case at NBC. Benny convinced Burns and Allen (among others) to join him in the move to CBS. The Burns and Allen radio show became part of the CBS lineup and a year later they also brought their show to television. They continued to use the formula which had kept them longtime radio stars, playing themselves only now as television stars, still living next door to Harry and Blanche Morton. They concluded each show with a brief dialogue performance in the style of their classic vaudeville and earlier radio routines. Allen retired in 1958, and Burns tried to soldier on without her. The show was renamed The George Burns Show with the cast intact except for Allen. The locale of the show was changed from the Burns home to George Burns' office, with Blanche Morton working as Burns' secretary so she could help Allen keep an eye on him. Allen's absence was only too obvious and impossible to overcome. The renamed show barely lasted a year." Credit: Wikipedia

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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) The diarrhea song was an absolutely insane way to open up the set, and a good intro for their poop-related "D-Pants" and "Napple" skits, which were previews from S4E1. I love how the snobs over at BrightestYoungThings complained that they had to "resort" to poop humor because the live show wasn't as funny as the TV show. Nevermind that the 2 skits shown *WERE* the show, yet were decried as being worse than the show at the same time. Tim And Eric have used lots of poop humor in the television show itself, like the Cinco "Poop Tube" skit where you can poop in a urinal using a tube that shoots out over your head. That was a couple seasons back. BrightestYoungThing's idiotic review of the showcould basically be summed up as: "Wah wah, it's different live than on TV". Despite the fact that the skits shown on the projector *WERE* from TV. Durrrr. Anyway, Eric came outand sung while standing on the synagogue pews, behind me & Carolyn and next to John The Canadien at points. I don't know how he didn't fall down. Eric Wareheim, Tim Heidecker. dancing, singing. diarrhea. AdultSwim. Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 6th & I, synagogue, Washington D.C. February 2, 2009. Pic by John Kuliecza. ... Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com ... Read John The Canadien's blog at igottarambleon.wordpress.com/ ... View John The Canadien's photos at www.flickr.com/photos/jlk78/ BACKSTORY: Tim And Eric rocked the house in the awesomest comedy show we've ever seen! More laughs than Kevin Nealon; more awkwardness than Brian Posehn; more ridiculousness than Judy Tenuta; grosser than Andrew Dice Clay (at times); better props than Gallagher. Not to mention DJ Dougg Pound's incredibly unique opening "set", or the fact that David Liebe Hart, James Quall, and Sire (all featured in their show) all tour with Tim And Eric as well. Read John The Canadien's recap of the show here.

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Image by Kalexander2010 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: JULY 2011: Tributes were left outside the home of Amy Winehouse in Camden Square, London, England. Singer Winehouse, 27, was found dead at her Camden home on July 23, 2011. Two girls writing a note to put with their flowers © 2011 K Alexander

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Image by cliff1066â„¢ James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1872, Terra cotta by Joseph Edgar Boehm An innovative painter, designer, and printmaker, James McNeill Whistler frequently identified his landscapes and portraits as "symphonies," "nocturnes," and "arrangements," demonstrating his interest in atmosphere, color, and line. Though often neglected in his native United States, Whistler was lionized by the avant-garde of Europe, and his most productive years were spent in London and Paris. The artist's wit and self-fashioning further heightened his celebrity. Joseph Edgar Boehm sculpted this bust in 1872, the year in which Whistler exhibited his now-famous Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother at the Royal Academy in London. npgportraits.si.edu/eMuseumNPG/code/emuseum.asp?rawsearch...

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Image by Wootang01 9.4.09 The flight arrived on time; and the twelve hours while on board passed quickly and without incident. To be sure, the quality of the Cathay Pacific service was exemplary once again. Heathrow reminds me of Newark International. The décor comes straight out of the sterile 80's and is less an eyesore than an insipid background to the rhythm of human activity, such hustle and bustle, at the fore. There certainly are faces from all races present, creating a rich mosaic of humanity which is refreshing if not completely revitalizing after swimming for so long in a sea of Chinese faces in Hong Kong. Internet access is sealed in England, it seems. Nothing is free; everything is egregiously monetized from the wireless hotspots down to the desktop terminals. I guess Hong Kong has spoiled me with its abundant, free access to the information superhighway. 11.4.09 Despite staying in a room with five other backpackers, I have been sleeping well. The mattress and pillow are firm; my earplugs keep the noise out; and the sleeping quarters are as dark as a cave when the lights are out, and only as bright as, perhaps, a dreary rainy day when on. All in all, St. Paul's is a excellent place to stay for the gregarious, adventurous, and penurious city explorer - couchsurfing may be a tenable alternative; I'll test for next time. Yesterday Connie and I gorged ourselves at the borough market where there were all sorts of delectable, savory victuals. There was definitely a European flavor to the food fair: simmering sausages were to be found everywhere; and much as the meat was plentiful, and genuine, so were the dairy delicacies, in the form of myriad rounds of cheese, stacked high behind checkered tabletops. Of course, we washed these tasty morsels down with copious amounts of alcohol that flowed from cups as though amber waterfalls. For the first time I tried mulled wine, which tasted like warm, rancid fruit punch - the ideal tonic for a drizzling London day, I suppose. We later killed the afternoon at the pub, shooting the breeze while imbibing several diminutive half-pints in the process. Getting smashed at four in the afternoon doesn't seem like such a bad thing anymore, especially when you are having fun in the company of friends; I can more appreciate why the English do it so much! Earlier in the day, we visited the Tate Modern. Its turbine room lived up to its prominent billing what with a giant spider, complete with bulbous egg sac, anchoring the retrospective exhibit. The permanent galleries, too, were a delight upon which to feast one's eyes. Picasso, Warhol and Pollock ruled the chambers of the upper floors with the products of their lithe wrists; and I ended up becoming a huge fan of cubism, while developing a disdain for abstract art and its vacuous images, which, I feel, are devoid of both motivation and emotion. My first trip yesterday morning was to Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal Gunners. It towers imperiously over the surrounding neighborhood; yet for all its majesty, the place sure was quiet! Business did pick up later, however, once the armory shop opened, and dozens of fans descended on it like bees to a hive. I, too, swooped in on a gift-buying mission, and wound up purchasing a book for Godfrey, a scarf for a student, and a jersey - on sale, of course - for good measure. I'm sitting in the Westminster Abbey Museum now, resting my weary legs and burdened back. So far, I've been verily impressed with what I've seen, such a confluence of splendor and history before me that it would require days to absorb it all, when regretfully I can spare only a few hours. My favorite part of the abbey is the poets corner where no less a literary luminary than Samuel Johnson rests in peace - his bust confirms his homely presence, which was so vividly captured in his biography. For lunch I had a steak and ale pie, served with mash, taken alongside a Guinness, extra cold - 2 degrees centigrade colder, the bartender explained. It went down well, like all the other delicious meals I've had in England; and no doubt by now I have grown accustomed to inebriation at half past two. Besides, Liverpool were playing inspired football against Blackburn; and my lunch was complete. Having had my fill of football, I decided to skip my ticket scalping endeavor at Stamford Bridge and instead wandered over to the British Museum to inspect their extensive collections. Along the way, my eye caught a theater, its doors wide open and admitting customers. With much rapidity, I subsequently checked the show times, saw that a performance was set to begin, and at last rushed to the box office to purchase a discounted ticket - if you call a 40 pound ticket a deal, that is. That's how I grabbed a seat to watch Hairspray in the West End. The show was worth forty pounds. The music was addictive; and the stage design and effects were not so much kitschy as delightfully stimulating - the pulsating background lights were at once scintillating and penetrating. The actors as well were vivacious, oozing charisma while they danced and delivered lines dripping in humor. Hairspray is a quality production and most definitely recommended. 12.4.09 At breakfast I sat across from a man who asked me to which country Hong Kong had been returned - China or Japan. That was pretty funny. Then he started spitting on my food as he spoke, completely oblivious to my breakfast becoming the receptacle in which the fruit of his inner churl was being placed. I guess I understand the convention nowadays of covering one's mouth whilst speaking and masticating at the same time! We actually conversed on London life in general, and I praised London for its racial integration, the act of which is a prodigious leap of faith for any society, trying to be inclusive, accepting all sorts of people. It wasn't as though the Brits were trying in vain to be all things to all men, using Spanish with the visitors from Spain, German with the Germans and, even, Hindi with the Indians, regardless of whether or not Hindi was their native language; not even considering the absurd idea of encouraging the international adoption of their language; thereby completely keeping English in English hands and allowing its proud polyglots to "practice" their languages. Indeed, the attempt of the Londoners to avail themselves of the rich mosaic of ethnic knowledge, and to seek a common understanding with a ubiquitous English accent is an exemplar, and the bedrock for any world city. I celebrated Jesus' resurrection at the St. Andrew's Street Church in Cambridge. The parishioners of this Baptist church were warm and affable, and I met several of them, including one visiting (Halliday) linguistics scholar from Zhongshan university in Guangzhou, who in fact had visited my tiny City University of Hong Kong in 2003. The service itself was more traditional and the believers fewer in number than the "progressive" services at any of the charismatic, evangelical churches in HK; yet that's what makes this part of the body of Christ unique; besides, the message was as brief as a powerpoint slide, and informative no less; the power word which spoke into my life being a question from John 21:22 - what is that to you? Big trees; exquisite lawns; and old, pointy colleges; that's Cambridge in a nutshell. Sitting here, sipping on a half-pint of Woodforde's Wherry, I've had a leisurely, if not languorous, day so far; my sole duty consisting of walking around while absorbing the verdant environment as though a sponge, camera in tow. I am back at the sublime beer, savoring a pint of Sharp's DoomBar before my fish and chips arrive; the drinking age is 18, but anyone whose visage even hints of youthful brilliance is likely to get carded these days, the bartender told me. The youth drinking culture here is almost as twisted as the university drinking culture in America. My stay in Cambridge, relaxing and desultory as it may be, is about to end after this late lunch. I an not sure if there is anything left to see, save for the American graveyard which rests an impossible two miles away. I have had a wonderful time in this town; and am thankful for the access into its living history - the residents here must demonstrate remarkable patience and tolerance what with so many tourists ambling on the streets, peering - and photographing - into every nook and cranny. 13.4.09 There are no rubbish bins, yet I've seen on the streets many mixed race couples in which the men tend to be white - the women also belonging to a light colored ethnicity, usually some sort of Asian; as well saw some black dudes and Indian dudes with white chicks. People here hold doors, even at the entrance to the toilet. Sometimes it appears as though they are going out on a limb, just waiting for the one who will take the responsibility for the door from them, at which point I rush out to relieve them of such a fortuitous burden. I visited the British Museum this morning. The two hours I spent there did neither myself nor the exhibits any justice because there really is too much to survey, enough captivating stuff to last an entire day, I think. The bottomless well of artifacts from antiquity, drawing from sources as diverse as Korea, and Mesopotamia, is a credit to the British empire, without whose looting most of this amazing booty would be unavailable for our purview; better, I think, for these priceless treasures to be open to all in the grandest supermarket of history than away from human eyes, and worst yet, in the hands of unscrupulous collectors or in the rubbish bin, possibly. Irene and I took in the ballet Giselle at The Royal Opera House in the afternoon. The building is a plush marvel, and a testament to this city's love for the arts. The ballet itself was satisfying, the first half being superior to the second, in which the nimble dancers demonstrated their phenomenal dexterity in, of all places, a graveyard covered in a cloak of smoke and darkness. I admit, their dance of the dead, in such a gloomy necropolis, did strike me as, strange. Two amicable ladies from Kent convinced me to visit their hometown tomorrow, where, they told me, the authentic, "working" Leeds Castle and the mighty interesting home of Charles Darwin await. I'm nursing a pint of Green King Ruddles and wondering about the profusion of British ales and lagers; the British have done a great deed for the world by creating an interminable line of low-alcohol session beers that can be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner; and their disservice is this: besides this inexhaustible supply of cheap beer ensnaring my inner alcoholic, I feel myself putting on my freshman fifteen, almost ten years after the fact; I am going to have to run a bit harder back in Hong Kong if I want to burn all this malty fuel off. Irene suggested I stop by the National Art Gallery since we were in the area; and it was an hour well spent. The gallery currently presents a special exhibit on Picasso, the non-ticketed section of which features several seductive renderings, including David spying on Bathsheba - repeated in clever variants - and parodies of other masters' works. Furthermore, the main gallery houses two fabulous portraits by Joshua Reynolds, who happens to be favorite of mine, he in life being a close friend of Samuel Johnson - I passed by Boswells, where its namesake first met Johnson, on my way to the opera house. 14.4.09 I prayed last night, and went through my list, lifting everyone on it up to the Lord. That felt good; that God is alive now, and ever present in my life and in the lives of my brothers and sisters. Doubtless, then, I have felt quite wistful, as though a specter in the land of the living, being in a place where religious fervor, it seems, is a thing of the past, a trifling for many, to be hidden away in the opaque corners of centuries-old cathedrals that are more expensive tourist destinations than liberating homes of worship these days. Indeed, I have yet to see anyone pray, outside of the Easter service which I attended in Cambridge - for such an ecstatic moment in verily a grand church, would you believe that it was only attended by at most three dozen spirited ones. The people of England, and Europe in general, have, it is my hope, only locked away the Word, relegating it to the quiet vault of their hearts. May it be taken out in the sudden pause before mealtimes and in the still crisp mornings and cool, silent nights. There is still hope for a revival in this place, for faith to rise like that splendid sun every morning. God would love to rescue them, to deliver them in this day, it is certain. I wonder what Londoners think, if anything at all, about their police state which, like a vine in the shadows, has taken root in all corners of daily life, from the terrorist notifications in the underground, which implore Londoners to report all things suspicious, to the pair of dogs which eagerly stroll through Euston. What makes this all the more incredible is the fact that even the United States, the indomitable nemesis of the fledgling, rebel order, doesn't dare bombard its citizens with such fear mongering these days, especially with Obama in office; maybe we've grown wise in these past few years to the dubious returns of surrendering civil liberties to the state, of having our bags checked everywhere - London Eye; Hairspray; and The Royal Opera House check bags in London while the museums do not; somehow, that doesn't add up for me. I'm in a majestic bookshop on New Street in Birmingham, and certainly to confirm my suspicions, there are just as many books on the death of Christianity in Britain as there are books which attempt to murder Christianity everywhere. I did find, however, a nice biography on John Wesley by Roy Hattersley and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I may pick up the former. Lunch with Sally was pleasant and mirthful. We dined at a French restaurant nearby New Street - yes, Birmingham is a cultural capitol! Sally and I both tried their omelette, while her boyfriend had the fish, without chips. Conversation was light, the levity was there and so was our reminiscing about those fleeting moments during our first year in Hong Kong; it is amazing how friendships can resume so suddenly with a smile. On their recommendation, I am on my way to Warwick Castle - they also suggested that I visit Cadbury World, but they cannot take on additional visitors at the moment, the tourist office staff informed me, much to my disappointment! Visiting Warwick Castle really made for a great day out. The castle, parts of which were established by William the Conquerer in 1068, is as much a kitschy tourist trap as a meticulous preservation of history, at times a sillier version of Ocean Park while at others a dignified dedication to a most glorious, inexorably English past. The castle caters to all visitors; and not surprisingly, that which delighted all audiences was a giant trebuchet siege engine, which for the five p.m. performance hurled a fireball high and far into the air - fantastic! Taliban beware! 15.4.09 I'm leaving on a jet plane this evening; don't know when I'll be back in England again. I'll miss this quirky, yet endearing place; and that I shall miss Irene and Tom who so generously welcomed me into their home, fed me, and suffered my use of their toilet and shower goes without saying. I'm grateful for God's many blessings on this trip. On the itinerary today is a trip to John Wesley's home, followed by a visit to the Imperial War Museum. Already this morning I picked up a tube of Oilatum, a week late perhaps, which Teri recommended I use to treat this obstinate, dermal weakness of mine - I'm happy to report that my skin has stopped crying. John Wesley's home is alive and well. Services are still held in the chapel everyday; and its crypt, so far from being a cellar for the dead, is a bright, spacious museum in which all things Wesley are on display - I never realized how much of an iconic figure he became in England; at the height of this idol frenzy, ironic in itself, he must have been as popular as the Beatles were at their apex. The house itself is a multi-story edifice with narrow, precipitous staircases and spacious rooms decorated in an 18th century fashion. I found Samuel Johnson's house within a maze of red brick hidden alongside Fleet Street. To be in the home of the man who wrote the English dictionary, and whose indefatigable love for obscure words became the inspiration for my own lexical obsession, this, by far, is the climax of my visit to England! The best certainly has been saved for last. There are a multitude of portraits hanging around the house like ornaments on a tree. Every likeness has its own story, meticulously retold on the crib sheets in each room. Celebrities abound, including David Garrick and Sir Joshua Reynolds, who painted several of the finer images in the house. I have developed a particular affinity for Oliver Goldsmith, of whom Boswell writes, "His person was short, his countenance coarse and vulgar, his deportment that of a scholar awkwardly affecting the easy gentleman. It appears as though I, too, could use a more flattering description of myself! I regretfully couldn't stop to try the curry in England; I guess the CityU canteen's take on the dish will have to do. I did, however, have the opportune task of flirting with the cute Cathay Pacific counter staff who checked me in. She was gorgeous in red, light powder on her cheeks, with real diamond earrings, she said; and her small, delicate face, commanded by a posh British accent rendered her positively irresistible, electrifying. Not only did she grant me an aisle seat but she had the gumption to return my fawning with zest; she must be a pro at this by now. I saw her again as she was pulling double-duty, collecting tickets prior to boarding. She remembered my quest for curry; and in the fog of infatuation, where nary a man has been made, I fumbled my words like the sloppy kid who has had too much punch. I am just an amateur, alas, an "Oliver Goldsmith" with the ladies - I got no game - booyah! Some final, consequential bits: because of the chavs, Burberry no longer sells those fashionable baseball caps; because of the IRA, rubbish bins are no longer a commodity on the streets of London, and as a result, the streets and the Underground of the city are a soiled mess; and because of other terrorists from distant, more arid lands, going through a Western airport has taken on the tedium of perfunctory procedure that doesn't make me feel any safer from my invisible enemies. At last, I saw so many Indians working at Heathrow that I could have easily mistaken the place for Mumbai. Their presence surprised me because their portion of the general population surely must be less than their portion of Heathrow staff, indicating some mysterious hiring bias. Regardless, they do a superb job with cursory airport checks, and in general are absurdly funny and witty when not tactless. That's all for England!

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Image by Music News Australia You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Pauly D. Born in Providence, R.I., Paul 'DJ Pauly' DelVecchio is recognised for his musical talent as well as his reality star status on MTV's highest rated show, Jersey Shore, which premiered in December 2009. Quickly a fan favourite, MTV announced Pauly as the first cast member to receive his own spinoff, The Pauly D Project, which chronicles his life as a celebrity DJ. It's been a meteoritic rise to fame, and in 2010, DJ Pauly released his first single entitled Beat Dat Beat, which quickly climbed the charts, further establishing his place in pop culture. In 2011, Pauly won Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star at the Teen Choice Awards after being nominated for the second year in a row. This powerhouse DJ has been honoured as one of US Weekly's hottest bodies and came in close second to Vin Diesel in People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive on Facebook' contest. DJ Pauly D will perform at HQ Nightclub in Adelaide on January 24; Festival Hall in Melbourne on January 25; the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on January 26; and Platinum Nightclub on the Gold Coast on January 27.

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Image by Music News Australia You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Pauly D. Born in Providence, R.I., Paul 'DJ Pauly' DelVecchio is recognised for his musical talent as well as his reality star status on MTV's highest rated show, Jersey Shore, which premiered in December 2009. Quickly a fan favourite, MTV announced Pauly as the first cast member to receive his own spinoff, The Pauly D Project, which chronicles his life as a celebrity DJ. It's been a meteoritic rise to fame, and in 2010, DJ Pauly released his first single entitled Beat Dat Beat, which quickly climbed the charts, further establishing his place in pop culture. In 2011, Pauly won Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star at the Teen Choice Awards after being nominated for the second year in a row. This powerhouse DJ has been honoured as one of US Weekly's hottest bodies and came in close second to Vin Diesel in People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive on Facebook' contest. DJ Pauly D will perform at HQ Nightclub in Adelaide on January 24; Festival Hall in Melbourne on January 25; the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on January 26; and Platinum Nightclub on the Gold Coast on January 27.

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Image by Music News Australia You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Pauly D. Born in Providence, R.I., Paul 'DJ Pauly' DelVecchio is recognised for his musical talent as well as his reality star status on MTV's highest rated show, Jersey Shore, which premiered in December 2009. Quickly a fan favourite, MTV announced Pauly as the first cast member to receive his own spinoff, The Pauly D Project, which chronicles his life as a celebrity DJ. It's been a meteoritic rise to fame, and in 2010, DJ Pauly released his first single entitled Beat Dat Beat, which quickly climbed the charts, further establishing his place in pop culture. In 2011, Pauly won Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star at the Teen Choice Awards after being nominated for the second year in a row. This powerhouse DJ has been honoured as one of US Weekly's hottest bodies and came in close second to Vin Diesel in People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive on Facebook' contest. DJ Pauly D will perform at HQ Nightclub in Adelaide on January 24; Festival Hall in Melbourne on January 25; the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on January 26; and Platinum Nightclub on the Gold Coast on January 27.

The List Christmas Party at OPUS Hotel

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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) It was definitely a strange act. After the abstract video and Thu Tran's Food Party shorts, Bad Brilliance performed. They were... interesting. And different. And entertaining. The balloon head was quite amusing, as was the girl in panties, who didn't come on at first. Then the Balloon Head singer deliberately sat on the balloon, ceremoniously popping his own head at the climax of the performance. More stuff crossed off from my "list of stuff I never thought I'd see". This picture was BARELY salvageable. It was so grainy and dark it was throwaway quality. Brightening it up just made it grainier. But selective desaturation helped make the subjects stand out just enough to keep me from deleting it. After all, the pose and expressions in this picture are awesome, despite the technical aspects of the picture sucking. What is that in girl-in-panties right hand, anyway? String cheese? Thu Tran. dancing, singing. National Bohemian beer, balloon head, cymbal, panties, red suit, sunglasses, yellow gloves. music: Bad Brilliance. Floristree, Baltimore, Maryland. June 12, 2010. ... Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com BACKSTORY: TV Carnage video party featuring Thu Tran, creator and star of IFC's AdultSwim-like show Food Party, as well as Matt Fitzpatrick, who does the music for Food Party, and Derrick Beckles, who directed the insane AdultSwim pilot Totally For Teens. They played Food Party shorts with Matt Fitzpatrick playing the music live, as well as Derrick Beckles Totally For Teens and Workout Video projects. And we got Thu Tran to autograph our clipboard!

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Image by Canadian Film Centre cfccreates.com/music CFC and The Slaight Family Music Lab welcomed three time Academy Award®-winning composer Howard Shore for a master class at CFC, followed by a special celebration of his extraordinary body of work at TIFF Bell Lightbox. An acclaimed composer and orchestrator, Shore has scored some of cinema's most lauded films, as well as some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, including: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hugo, The Silence of the Lambs, The Fly, and Eastern Promises. Photo by Sam Santos.

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Image by Canadian Film Centre cfccreates.com/music Howard Shore and Richard Crouse. CFC and The Slaight Family Music Lab welcomed three time Academy Award®-winning composer Howard Shore for a master class at CFC, followed by a special celebration of his extraordinary body of work at TIFF Bell Lightbox. An acclaimed composer and orchestrator, Shore has scored some of cinema's most lauded films, as well as some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, including: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hugo, The Silence of the Lambs, The Fly, and Eastern Promises. Photo by Jag Gundhu.

Pascale Hutton wearing Paul Hardy - Heart and Stroke Foundation - The Heart Truth celebrity fashion show - Red Dress - Red Gown - Thursday February 8, 2012 - Creative Commons

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Image by Jason Hargrove Pascale Hutton grew up in Creston, BC and studied acting at the prestigious University of Alberta’s BFA program. Upon graduating, she worked in theatre, but quickly started booking roles in film and TV which prompted her to move to Vancouver. She has worked on numerous Canadian and American TV shows and films including A Simple Curve, Flashpoint, Smallville, Rookie Blue, Fringe, Sanctuary, Flashpoint and Intelligence. And she has been recognized for her work. She was nominated for a Leo Award (Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama) for her role in A Simple Curve and won the Gemini for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series for her performance as “Julianna” on Intelligence. Currently, Pascale is co-starring opposite Adam Beach on CBC’s hit new dramatic series, Arctic Air. Pascale resides in Vancouver with her husband and beautiful baby boy. www.imdb.com/name/nm1370984 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascale_Hutton + Canadian born and based, Paul Hardy took his career from design school graduate to personal shopper to acclaimed designer. Paul Hardy began his design career in 2002 with an opening show at Toronto Fashion Week where his first collection saw a host of rave reviews. After seeing his first collection, fashion icon Jeanne Becker, host of Fashion Television, compared Hardy’s talent as being that of the likes of Marc Jacobs or Stella McCartney. The sensation caused by his first collection led Paul to pursue opportunities south of the border at Los Angeles Fashion Week. There he garnered the attention of notable industry media outlets such as WWD who described Paul’s style as “a thoughtful, well-made collection of soft sophisticated clothes.” Such reviews about the line sent a buzz across the United States to New York. His designs have been described as “Oscar worthy” by celebrity stylist Philip Bloch and the New York Post. Acclaim for Paul’s collections has continued over the seasons, Lisa Tant, editor of Flare Magazine, was quoted saying “He has vision and he’s achieved it at every step”. In 2011, Paul began experimenting with lifestyle branding by taking on commissions pertaining to interior design. He also accepted an offer to collaborate with the Alberta Ballet, by designing all of the costumes for Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Fumbling towards Ecstasy Ballet’. The ballet received rave reviews from both the media and public and now has plans to tour this coming year. Paul was honoured to be selected as one of six international emerging designers to go and showcase his upcoming Spring 2012 collection on a seven city tour in China. paulhardydesign.com + In 2012, The Heart Truth® marks a decade of commitment to women's heart health. Starting with February's American Heart Month and throughout the year, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reaffirms its commitment to increasing awareness about heart disease among women and helping women take steps to reduce their own personal risk of developing heart disease. thehearttruth.ca twitter.com/thehearttruth.com #thehearttruth + Photography by Jason Hargrove jasonhargrove.com twitter.com/jasonhargrove This set is available with a Creative Commons Attribution license for non-commercial use for media and bloggers alike. High resolution commercial use licenses can be purchased on request :)

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Image by dbking French President Nicolas Sarkosy and wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkosy dine at Ben's while in DC to visit President Obama voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/03/hey_isn... Death of Ben Ali, Founder of Ben's Chili Bowl voices.washingtonpost.com/postmortem/2009/10/ben_ali_of_b... President Elect Obama Dining at Ben's Chili Bowl dcist.com/2009/01/obama_and_fenty_have_lunch_at_bens.php --------------------------- Ben's Celebrates Chili Power Big Stars and Just Plain Folks Mark Eatery's 50-Year Run on U Street By Keith L. Alexander Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, August 21, 2008 It was 1996, and Nizam Ali had just gotten his law degree. Instead of heading to the courtroom, he had another idea: He wanted to help run the family business. Ali told his father, Ben, that if he couldn't double the revenue at Ben's Chili Bowl within a year, he'd fall back on that legal career. To meet his goal, he went well beyond the walls of the landmark restaurant on U Street NW. He became a promoter, visiting radio stations with free hot dogs, hamburgers and half-smokes -- all covered in Ben's trademark spicy chili. Radio personalities talked up the food, and the legend of the Chili Bowl grew. Sales surged during that year as Nizam and his older brother, Kamal, oversaw the restaurant's operations -- so much so that Ben and his wife, Virginia, decided to step back and leave the restaurant they had founded in the hands of their sons. This week, the District's most famous neighborhood diner turns 50. The family is hosting a free gala tonight at the Lincoln Theatre, with celebrities including Bill Cosby and Roberta Flack. That will be followed by a street festival tomorrow in front of the restaurant, at 1213 U St. NW, and a musical tribute Sunday down the street at the 9:30 club. When they aren't behind the counter flipping burgers or scooping chili, the Ali brothers are figuring out ways to capitalize on the Ben's brand. They launched a line of souvenir baseball caps, key chains and tote bags. The Alis also helped with a book on the place's history and set up a Web site, benschilibowl.com. And they struck a deal to sell Ben's fare at the Washington Nationals' new ballpark. In October, the brothers will take over the building next door and turn it into a full bar, so patrons can enjoy Ben's chili and dogs with a beer or mixed drink, big screen TVs and possibly live bands. "We're stepping up the game," said Kamal Ali, 46. Last year, Ben's took in about .6 million in revenue, up from less than million about 10 years ago. The brothers credit generations of loyal patrons and their employees for their success. "It took a village to raise this place. Everyone in this community had a hand in this place," said Nizam Ali, 38. A third brother, Haidar, 48, is a musician and lives in California. The walls at Ben's are covered with photos of famous customers, including actors Denzel Washington and Danny Glover, tennis star Serena Williams and musicians Bono and Chuck Brown. The restaurant has been featured on Oprah Winfrey's show (twice), CNN, the Travel Channel and the Food Network, as well as in travel publications across the country. Virginia Ali can recall the day she got a phone call from a woman in Texas who wanted to make a reservation for her vacation in Washington -- three months away. "I laughed and told her: 'Honey, come on in. It's just a greasy spoon,' " she recounted through a hint of Virginia accent. By far, Ben's biggest celebrity fan is Cosby, who will serve as master of ceremonies for tonight's Lincoln Theatre event. The comic helped propel Ben's to the national spotlight in 1985 when he held a news conference there to talk about his No. 1 television program, "The Cosby Show." Cosby became a fan when he was in the Navy and stationed in Bethesda in 1958. During that time, he was a regular at jazz clubs on U Street. And he also took his soon-to-be wife, Camille, who was a student at the University of Maryland, to Ben's on late-night dates, where he would eat as many as six half-smokes at a time. Cosby likens a Ben's half-smoke, a plump beef and pork sausage, to a fine wine. "You can describe it the same way a wine connoisseur would be able to tell difference between a pinot noir and a merlot," Cosby said in a telephone interview. "When you bite into a half-smoke, the skin and the way the texture and firmness and the toppings you can get on it . . . " His voice trailed off, as if he was caught in the memory of the taste. Aside from the food, what makes Ben's stand out, Cosby and others say, is that it's as if time stood still. Ben's has the same layout as when it opened Aug. 22, 1958, aside from an expanded seating section in the back and a kitchen put in five years ago. It has its original counters, booths and stools. Ben Ali, an immigrant from Trinidad, met his wife when she was a teller at nearby Industrial Bank. When Ali opened the restaurant, Virginia joined him in the venture. They were married that October. Now 75, Virginia Ali finishes her husband's sentences and fills in the holes in stories she has heard him tell so many times. Until recently, she served as a waitress and a greeter. Lately, she spends most of her time at home caring for Ben, who is 81. The two act like love-struck teens as Ben Ali pinches, teases and whispers in his wife's ear and she giggles and lightly swats his arm. Ben Ali came up with the idea for the restaurant when he saw how Americans loved to smother their french fries with ketchup. With his Caribbean taste buds, he thought that American foods were bland and that there was a market for spicy American dishes. He tears up when he talks about his restaurant and his three sons, who all share the middle name Ben. "My whole life has been one happy life," Ali said, removing his glasses and wiping tears from his eyes. For a restaurant to become such a landmark in the District is rare, and at times, it seemed that Ben's wouldn't survive. In 1968, many businesses were torched during the riots after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But Ben's remained opened and untouched, thanks largely to Stokely Carmichael, head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which used the restaurant as a meeting place. As the years passed, the area became riddled with crime and drugs. Faithful customers told Ali that they couldn't go to the restaurant anymore because their cars kept getting broken into. The construction of Metro's Green Line from 1986 to 1991 made it difficult for customers to venture into the area, which caused a lot of businesses to close. Then things began to turn around. "We had the community support, and we survived. We didn't want to go to any other part of the city," Virginia Ali said. Ben's is like a popular barbershop or beauty salon where regulars gather to gossip, laugh and joke. "It's very much like that, where a janitor sits next to a judge, who is sitting next to a junkie. Just random people having random conversations," Nizam Ali said. James Jackson of Seat Pleasant has been going to the restaurant for 15 years. "You never know who you're going to run into," he said. The morning crowd is dressed in business suits and uniforms, men and women sipping coffee and eating cheese grits or toast before heading to work. At lunch, it's mostly workers or tourists jamming the booths and tables. The dinner crowd is made up of folks who want a quick burger. Weekends at 2 or 3 a.m., partygoers from nearby bars and nightclubs congregate for a quick meal or a handmade milkshake as Prince, Aretha Franklin or the Isley Brothers blare from the jukebox. Through it all, the restaurant's employees -- now totaling 25 -- joke, dance and pose for pictures with customers while taking orders and dishing out the food. They're led by Bernadette "Peaches" Halton, 48, a 30-year employee, who is said to be the only one outside the family to know the recipe for Ben's chili. For about 40 years, most of Ben's clients were African Americans, who patronized the U Street corridor for decades. In the late 1950s, U Street was known as the "Black Broadway," thanks to frequent performances by such stars as Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. As the demographics shifted, so did Ben's clientele. Within the past 10 years or so, it has become increasingly diverse and now includes more whites, Hispanics, Ethiopians and Asians. The customers include people from other countries who are visiting the District and want to get a taste of Ben's. Virginia Ali said Ben's is more of a "melting pot" now. The changing demographics, along with higher property taxes, caused several black businesses on U Street to relocate or go out of business. Ben's has not only remained; it has thrived. As Kamal Ali put it: "We had to adjust and stay true to form, and everyone has really embraced us." ..................................................................................................................... August 2006 Scavenger Hunt "local hangout" .................................................................................................................... It was the summer of 1958. Eisenhower was president. Federal troops were ordered into Little Rock to integrate public schools. Explorer I was launched, as was NASA. The first-ever Grammy Awards were given, and Ella Fitzgerald won two of them. 1958 was also the year Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. published his first book, Stride Towards Freedom. Griffith Stadium was home to the Washington Senators, and 30% of DC’s black population owned homes. Nelson Mandela wed Winnie. And, in 1958, newlyweds Ben and Virginia Ali gave birth to a new enterprise. Despite a national business failure rate of 55.9%, the Ali’s used ,000 to begin renovating a building at 1213 U Street. It had high-arched ceilings, character and plenty of history. Built in 1909, the building first housed a silent movie house, the Minnehaha Theater. Later, Harry Beckley, one of D.C.’s first Black police detectives, converted it into a pool hall. On Aug. 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl was born. It was an exciting time on the U Street corridor, which was then known as “Black Broadway.” Top performers could be found playing sets in clubs along the corridor, as well as eating and just “hanging out” at Ben’s. It was not uncommon to see such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Martin Luther King Jr., or Bill Cosby at “The Bowl.” In 1968, the assassination of Dr. King lit a fuse of rage. Riots ensued. Most of the city closed down; Ben’s remained open. Stokely Carmichael of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which was located across the street, obtained special police permission to let Ben’s stay open after curfew to provide food and shelter for activists, firefighters and public servants desperately trying to restore order. After the riots, the area declined. Businesses closed. But there was some glimmer of hope in the neighborhood as the concept of “Black is Beautiful” emerged. Ben’s continued to serve an eclectic crowd of regulars. In the 1970’s, black films gained in popularity, and the Lincoln Theatre next door was often packed. Still, the riots continued to take their toll. In the late 1970’s and 80’s, drug dealers began peddling heroin in open-air drug markets. The once vibrant street looked and felt whipped. Even so, the flame of hope could not be extinguished. Mayor Marion Barry, Jr. had the vision to build the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets. For the first time in years, hundreds of new jobs were created on U Street. In September 1985, Bill Cosby held a national press conference at Ben’s Chili Bowl to celebrate his number one rated show, thrusting Ben’s into the national limelight. Business improved and things were looking up. But there were more problems ahead. In 1987, construction began for Metro’s Green Line. This section of U Street became nothing more than a 60-foot hole. Business came to a halt overnight. Very few new businesses opened. Ben’s made the decision to stay open with only two employees serving Metro workers and faithful regulars each day. Through more than five years of construction and upheaval, Ben’s managed to survive. Despite all of the troubling times, Ben’s has had its share of blessings as well. Bill Cosby and hundreds of others attended its 45th anniversary in August 2003. Throughout the years, Ben’s has also been blessed with many awards and accolades: Councilmember Jim Graham named the alley adjacent to Ben’s ‘Ben Ali Way,’ Ben and Virginia were inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame (May 2001), and in 2004, Ben’s won the prestigious Gallo of Sonoma ‘America’s Classics’ Restaurant Award from the James Beard Foundation. Add to these immense press coverage, including segments on CNN, Oprah, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, PBS, BET, Food Network, and stories in Washingtonian, Gourmet, Southern Living, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and Ben’s is now recognized world-wide as a the place to eat in Washington to experience the real D.C. At present, it seems as though the tough times are behind us, and that the sky is the limit for this Shaw neighborhood. As U Street once again redefines itself, Ben’s looks forward to maintaining its strong community presence. Since 1958, Ben’s has been blessed with the most loyal of customers, and we listened when you said, “whatever you do, never change this place.” After 47 years, Ben’s is the same place it always has been. The counter, booths and stools are all original; the fresh homemade chili is still made with love, using the same secret recipe. Ben’s has made small changes, like adding veggie burgers and veggie chili to the menu, and building a new dining room to better serve large groups, but the feel of Ben’s will never change. So where are Ben & Virginia Ali these days? They are both retired (although Virginia has redefined “retirement” â€" she can be found behind the counter at Ben’s on most days), but their sons, Kamal and Nizam, are carrying on the family business. Please stop in and say hello â€" you will be greeted with a smile! Additionally a scene from the film "Pelican Brief" was shot on location inside of Ben's