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Hopeful Is Taken by Banquet Table
Hopeful Is Taken by Banquet Table
SARATOGA SPRINGS. N.Y., Aug. 28-C. V. Whitney's favored Banquet Table and his jockey, Jean Cruguet, had a profitable reunion today at the closing session of Saratoga's 24‐day meeting when they combined to capture the 72d running of the Hopeful Stakes.Under the able guidance of the French rider, Banquet Table turned in an impressive performance in heating Willian 0. Hicks's Turn of Coin in the $85,575, 6½‐furlong contest by a length. Elberon Farm's P.R. Man was an outdistanced third, six lengths behind Turn of Coin.A burhper crop of 13 juvenile colts turned out for the fixture, which this year in particular was considered a barometer for those 2‐yearolds who may he considered as the best in their division. Until today, it was felt no outstanding candidate for the juvenile championship had emerged.This afternoon, however, with 23,595 fans on hand despite heavy skies, the $7.40‐for‐$2 Banquet Table established himself as the leader in his division. To reach this niche, however, the Whitney color‐bearer had to outlast Turn of Coin in a tense stretch duel that had the crowd roaring.The choice, one of six colts in the event‐ wearing mud caulks, was clocked in 1:16 1/5 over the wet, but fast, strip. He was a top contender throughout, racing in the second spot behind Llangollen's First Pretense during the early going and then taking the lead (and holding it) the far turn.For Cruguet, the winning ride was particularly gratifying because ailing Jacinto Vasquez had become the colt's regular rider, winning with him in the Great American at Belmont, last fune and in the Saratoga Special earlier at the local meeting.With Vasquez sidelined, the Frenchman became the replacement.It was Cruguet, who first brought Banquet Table to the winners' circle in the colt's debut in a maiden event last May. In that race and in the next one-also under Cruguet's guidance-Banquet Table had not shown gateleaving speed.Today, however, the Whitney performer left barrier as if jet propelled. The speedy departure was a surprise to Cruguet."He really surprised me the way he broke and ran early," the jockey said. "When I first got to know him he was slow to get under way, lazy maybe. But today he wanted to run from the start, and I wasn't about to throw him down."All Cruguet did once he found himself alone in the stretch with Turn of Coin running on the inside of him was to "shake my mount up."Angel Cordero, who had the leg up on Turn of Coin-he Vras sent to the post as the second choice-made a valiant effort to try to pass his rival in the straightaway."My colt tried hard," said Cordero, who had three winners on the card. "In fact, he got his head in front at the quarter pole. But Banquet Table wasn't giving up."The victory, worth $51,345, increased Banquet Table's lifetime earnings to $110,319. It enabled Cruguet to round out a successful meeting with a big triumph that was worth about $5,100 to him.With all entries carrying similar weights of 122 pounds, the contest catapulted Banquet Table and Turn of Coin to the top of the juvenile division-at least for the time being. First Pretense, who had shown such great early speed, finished last. As for the rest of the field, it provided no challenge for the first two finishers.New York's major racing scene now shifts to Belmont Park, where a 48‐day meeting starts on Monday. The big items on the opening program will be two divisions of the Fall Highweight Handicap.El Rosillo VictorMIAMI, Aug. 28 (AP) - El Rosillo rolled to victory today in the $29,500 Meadowland Handicap at Calder, 3½ lengths ahead of the favored Lightning Thrust, with Latin Leader third, four lengths off the pace.Ridden by Mike Rivera, El Rosillo ran 1 1‐16 miles on the grass in 1:42 2‐5 and paid $9.20, $3.60 and $3.
Jane Asher and Admirable Young Cast Can't Save a Not so ...
Jane Asher and Admirable Young Cast Can't Save a Not so ...
The chimney-sweeps of yore have become the toiling board-treaders of today. Were children forthwith banned from performing on our stages, the consequences for British theatre would be dire. They're prime movers in umpteen musicals and straight theatre needs its quota of them, too. Up in Leeds we find youngsters to the fore in Michael Eaton's adaptation of Great Expectations, directed by Lucy Bailey.I have only warm admiration for the trio I saw at the opening matinee, braving the varying challenges of Young Pip, Young Estella and the briefly glimpsed Young Herbert Pocket. Take a bow Rhys Gannon, Imogen Cole and Magnus Cameron.Gannon's Pip in particular, though, is shouldering an incredible amount of responsibility. Yes, there's pathos in seeing this sweetly solemn lad contemplate his parents' gravestone, get seized by the convict Magwitch, be simulated-whacked by his vicious older sister 'Mrs Joe' and suffer the scornful laughter of Cole's poised and prim Estella. But his vulnerable presence is mainly picturesque, and provides little psychological insight. The script is a pipsqueak echo of the novel; it dispenses with the narration and Christmas-pudding-rich prose, but also the complex sense of Pip's older self recounting his younger days.Bailey's production is hostage to a revolving wooden design (by Mike Britton) which looks imposing - with its hulking evocation of a convict-carrying ship - but allows far too many back-stage crew sounds to compete for our attention.One chapter grinds round into another,the basics are covered. But few in the adult ensemble shine. Daniel Boyd's older, mysteriously elevated Pip - lewdly initiated into privileged society by being made to kiss a severed pig's head (a crude spot of Bullingdon bashing) - remains blandly genial even in his ingrate period of newly assumed gentility. I preferred Patrick Walshe McBride, who plays Herbert Pocket in manhood and brings frilly, camp inflections to his friendly character's circumlocutory way of talking. The scene in which he keeps interrupting himself to correct Pip's etiquette provides a first-rate comic fillip.The casting coup of the show, its celebrity benefactor as it were, is Jane Asher as literature's most famous jilted (and long-grieving) bride: Miss Havisham. She matches the sinister requirements with her ragged-hemmed wedding-dress, herfierce eyes whichlock steadfastly onto their target and her hissing manner. But Miss H is only around for short bursts and her fire-ravaged demise is feebly conveyed by a little row of flames that jet up along her un-cleared wedding banquet table.Not a disaster, then, this Dickens. Alas, not so great either.Great Expectations, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, until April 2. Tickets: 0113 213 7700; wyp.org.uk Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019 Need help?Visit our adblocking instructions page.
Commentary: Winter Olympics Thaw Won't Warm Young South Koreans to Unity
Commentary: Winter Olympics Thaw Won't Warm Young South Koreans to Unity
The woman from North Korea was following the standard party line. "All Koreans all over the world dream of and are working towards unification," she told me as we chatted in Pyongyang three years ago. "Actually, I hate to tell you this," I cautiously replied, "but I've spent some time in the Village Down There," borrowing a euphemism Northerners use for South Korea. "Young people have largely lost interest in unification. They see the Koreas as two separate countries and don't think it's necessary to rejoin." It was, I think, the first time she'd heard such an idea. She stuttered and changed the subject. The long-lasting effect of the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Feb. 9 may bring that message home to her compatriots in the North - and those on the South Korean left. Pyongyang's charm offensives on the South will no longer work; younger South Koreans just don't care that much about unification. Pyongyang has long appealed to Southern sentiments about bringing together the "ethnic community" of Koreans as a way to try to earn support while undermining conservative South Koreans who support the U.S.-Korea Alliance. Targeting Southerners' emotions about the nexus of race and family, particularly during Seoul's "Sunshine Policy" outreach of the 2000s, was in part a way to say, "Look, we want to work with you, our southern brothers and sisters, but the Americans are standing in our way." The recent appeals to a cooperative spirit saw Pyongyang and the Moon Jae-in government rush into a number of exchanges and conciliatory measures in early January, centered on the Olympics. These include a joint North-South Ice Hockey team, a joint ski practice at North Korea's Masikryong resort, a cheer squad and Northern exhibitions of Taekwondo, as well as concerts by a Northern orchestra. Let's look at how Moon's poll numbers have fared as his team put these events together. In the middle of January Moon's approval rating dropped to 67 percent, Gallup Korea reported, and was down to 64 percent by the end of the month. It had been at 73 percent at the beginning of the year. The pollsters found the drop amongst young people was especially severe and that it was forcing the creation of the Joint Olympic team that engendered the most opprobrium. This dip in popularity isn't a catastrophe, of course, and some of President Moon's slide in opinion polls is also tied to his robust attempts to bring crytopcurrency trading under state control too. And this again speaks to how young people - the country's biggest demographic of Bitcoin traders - are interested in the core promises he was elected on: clean governance and economic opportunity. Nonetheless, at least some of the disapproval is clearly connected to Moon's eagerness to offer North Koreans multiple seats at the Olympic banquet table. When 12 North Koreans were added to the South Korean women's hockey squad, one poll showed 70 percent disapproval, while another showed a more even split, with 44.1 percent opposed and 42.5 percent in favor. This is part of a trend in which younger South Koreans are either apathetic about or actively hostile towards North Korea. An Asan Institute study from 2015 found that "youth detachment from North Korea" was "perhaps the most important recurring theme in the public opinion data" during the preceding five years. "While this cohort is clearly progressive on issues such as gay marriage, it also identifies as conservative on hard security issues," the study found. Indeed, Moon's numbers remained high when he agreed to deploy the THAAD anti-missile system in August 2017. That choice had 72 percent support amongst South Koreans. There are always concerns about the reliability of polling on North Korea, but these findings align with other observations. We can infer that younger South Koreans are hawkish because their views of the North have been framed by coming of age during a period in which Seoul blamed Pyongyang for the 2010 sinking of the Cheonan warship that killed 46 sailors; the North's shelling of the island of Yeonpyong-do that same year, and Pyongyang's increasingly aggressive nuclear and missile-testing program. Moreover, globalization and the battle to compete in difficult economic circumstances inform young South Koreans' perceptions of themselves and their position in the world. It's clear that in many ways life is tougher for those in their 20s than it was for their parents. Given their own economic struggles, young people are not in favor of blithely giving financial handouts to the North. Many are not even in favor of giving hard-earned roster spots on their national hockey team to North Koreans. Liberal and progressive values are also a factor. More young people have studied or traveled abroad. They've consumed foreign media and seen mixed-race marriages normalized. Their attitudes towards bloodlines and purity of race and identity have changed. And, unlike their parents, they've never actually known anyone from the North. The division of the peninsula is a political, but not a personal fact. Given the DPRK's dysfunctions, it is unsurprising they think unification with the Northern state is unattractive. When North Korea called for "all Koreans" to promote cooperation and unification last month, young South Koreans heard it, but they're unlikely to act on it. They'll still be curious as they watch the Northerners visiting their country, but won't be rapt and full of hope the way audiences were during the outreach of the early 2000s. Moon is a democratic, pragmatic politician. If he gets too far ahead of prevailing sentiments, he will adjust. How Pyongyang will react is a different matter. Some of Pyongyang's elite - global travelers and internet users - already know about the trend lines among younger South Koreans. Some, particularly older decision-makers, probably do not. If the charm offensive fails to have the impact it did in decades past, will they adjust their messaging? It is possible to imagine Pyongyang dampening down unification rhetoric and shifting towards messages of coexistence for audiences outside their borders. But it is also possible that the North will double down on propaganda that no longer really works, in an attempt to mobilize sentiments that no longer really exist. Neither approach is likely to succeed if the North continues its cycle of weapons testing and provocation. The opacity of elite decision-making in Pyongyang makes it hard to predict its responses. What we can already see the outline of, however, is that the Pyeongchang Olympics will be a watershed in how both Koreas understand each other.
Forks: From Odd Byzantine Instruments to Modern Utensils
Forks: From Odd Byzantine Instruments to Modern Utensils
Food isn't just about what you eat; it's also about how you eat it. All societies-from hunter-gatherer tribes to royal courts-have rituals of dinner. Table manners, though they vary wildly from culture to culture, generally boil down to a couple of basic premises: mindful appreciation of food (we're lucky to have it) and compassionate awareness of fellow eaters (we need each other). This isn't to say that good manners can't be put to bad use. Table manners, since time immemorial, have been perverted to enhance social status and reinforce class barriers. Manners can be the equivalent of a fraternity hazing, or at least an embarrassing stick in the eye to those who aren't quite in the know. In 1922, the same year Emily Post published her best-selling Etiquette Emily Post published her best-selling Etiquette , Lillian Eichler published the competing two-volume Book of Etiquette , advertised monthly in Redbook magazine via the soap-opera-like story of the social misadventures of Ted and Violet Creighton. In one particularly awful episode, Ted is being considered for a promotion, and he and Violet are invited to dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Brandon (Ted's boss) along with Ted's competitor for the job, a Mr. Roberts. It's a dreadful meal. Ted does something (vague, but wrong) with his fork; Violet cuts her lettuce with a knife (a no-no), and then compounds the disaster by dropping the knife on the floor and reaching for it at the same time as the butler. ("Oh, it was humiliating, unbearable! They didn't know what to do, how to act!") Needless to say, the impeccably behaved Mr. Roberts gets the job, and Ted and Violet-who would have been fine, if only they'd had the proper etiquette book-are consigned to social oblivion. It's obvious, however, that the real villains of the piece are the Brandons, who deliberately conspired to make Ted and Violet feel like worms. The History of Table Manners The earliest known etiquette book was written in 2400 BCE by Egyptian vizier Ptahhotep , who-in his brief chapter on eating behavior-advises those invited to elite dinner parties to eat what's given to them and to avoid staring at the host. It was the first of a long line of instructional tomes for the hopefully correct. Erasmus, the Dutch classical scholar and cleric, wrote a manners book titled On the Civility of Children's Conduct in 1530, addressed directly (and, at the time, unusually) to the young. In it, he touts the use of handkerchiefs (not sleeves), warns against staring (it makes you look stupid), and provides helpful hints such as, "It is equally impolite to lick greasy fingers or to wipe them on one's tunic. You should wipe them with the napkin or on the tablecloth." The book was the top best-seller of the 16thcentury-thousands bought it-and within a decade it had been translated into 22 languages. Eventually it ran to 130 editions. George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company - a 110-point list copied as a schoolboy exercise-were based on a set of precepts composed by French Jesuits, many of which were taken directly from Erasmus. Helpful dinner-table rules include "When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usualy Discovered," "Feed not with Greediness," "Cleanse not your teeth with the Table Cloth," and-every parent's cry through the ages-"Drink not nor talk with your mouth full." Napkins and tablecloths played a more important role in dinner in the age before cutlery; in Erasmus's day, polite diners made due with fingers and personal knives. According to food historian Margaret Visser , medieval napkins, which necessarily had to cope with a lot of finger-mopping, were the size of bath towels, designed to be draped protectively over the diner's left shoulder and left arm. Tablecloths were a sign of wealth and status; these were, by preference, white, and the best came from Damascus in Syria. The worst of medieval insults, writes Visser, was to have the herald of an angry fellow knight approach at dinner and slit the tablecloth to the right and left of one's place, thus indicating shameful isolation from the rest of the company. Given the cost of medieval table linens, she adds, this must also have seriously peeved the host. Forks,Less Popular Than Knives and Spoons Knives and spoons are of ancient lineage, but forks, historically speaking, are relatively new. The first known mention of a fork dates to the 11thcentury. Two-pronged and solid gold, it was the property of Theodora Anna Doukaina, a Byzantine princess married to Domenico Selvo, Doge of Venice. She later died of the plague, though St. Peter Damian, Bishop of Ostia-appalled by the fork-attributed her death to her "excessive delicacy" in eating. The fork was an item of scorn and derision for the next several centuries-only silly or peculiar people used one-except in Italy, where it was found to be the ideal implement for eating pasta. The Elizabethans had tiny sucket forks, which had prongs at one end and a spoon at the other: these were intended for prying sticky sweetmeats ("suckets") out of jars, then using the spoon to scoop out the sugary syrup. Queen Elizabeth I had forks, but preferred to use her fingers. By the 1700s, forks were common on tables throughout Europe. A French etiquette manual of 1782 lists napkin, plate, goblet, knife, spoon, and fork as necessities for every dinner guest ("it would be utterly gross-mannered to do without any one of these"), though there continued to be anti-fork hold-outs. Nineteenth-century American dissenters, for example, sneered that eating peas with a fork was like eating soup with a knitting needle. On the other hand, when Grover Cleveland-elected president of the United States in 1894-was accused in print of eating his meals with a knife in lieu of a fork, he was so incensed that he refused to shake hands with the perpetrating editor. How Important Is Etiquette? The mid-19thcentury witnessed an explosion in the complexity of cutlery-the result of a sweeping change in the way in which dinner was served. Where meals were once served "French-style" ( à la fran çaise ), in which all dishes, higgledy-piggledy, were placed upon the table at once, starting in the 1830s, a Russian style of service ( à la russe ) was adopted, in which dishes were served in successive courses, each with separate arrays of appropriate tableware. The Victorians had knives, forks, and spoons for every conceivable comestible. There were bouillon, cream-soup, and aspic spoons, tea and (smaller) coffee spoons, egg spoons, grapefruit spoons, marrow spoons, and melon spoons; lobster forks, fruit forks, salad forks, ice-cream forks, strawberry forks, snail forks, and sardine forks. Serving implements were just as numerous: there were berry spoons, asparagus tongs, grape scissors, pie and cake servers, bon-bon scoops, and special spoons, scoops, and spades dedicated to everything from fried oysters to potato chips. It's no wonder that the underlings on Downton Abbey spend so much time polishing the silverware. This wealth of cutlery wasn't simple to master, which plunged the uninitiated into a state that one food writer terms "fork anxiety," torturous worry about committing a silverware faux pas . A (probably false, but compelling) story describes how France's Cardinal Richelieu once unmasked an impostor at the banquet table because he ate his olives with a fork; and then there's the chilling tale of the unhappy Ted and Violet. The truth is that, in the world of correct behavior, using the wrong fork is not the end of the world. ( Judith Martin , the incomparable Miss Manners, suggests that if such a thing happens, you simply lick the offending utensil clean and sneak it back onto the tablecloth when no one is looking.) Johns Hopkins professor Pier Forni, author of Choosing Civility , points out that in any case it's not all about the forks: manners-rather than a game of "gotcha!"-are ultimately intended to show that other people's feeling matter to you. The story of the hostess who, when a clueless guest drank from his finger bowl, promptly lifted her bowl and drank too is an object lesson in manners. Mr. and Mrs. Brandon fail the test. They were just plain rude.
Top 10 Restaurants in the Philippines
Top 10 Restaurants in the Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands wedged between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, drawing millions of visitors each year, particularly during the warm period between March and May. The Southeast Asian nation is well known for its white sands and clear water, upscale inner city shopping and Spanish colonial-style architecture dating back to the 16th century. However, the Philippines is also home to several high-quality restaurants, with the 10 best offering indigenous haute cuisines, highly attentive personal service, a distinctive well-manicured ambiance and recommendations from local experts in the know.Antonio's (antoniosrestaurant.ph) is a three-story colonial building known for its romantic ambiance, with ingredients grown on its own organic farm. The tables in the main hall sit between hardwood floors and blue chandeliers, while al fresco dining is available in the immaculately tended garden area. Popular entrees include arugula salad with pan-seared foie gras, Chateaubriand steak and boneless stuffed pig served with sauerkraut. The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Charley's (no website; Gov. Leviste Hwy., Marawoy, Lipa City, Batangas; 011-63-043-756-5876) is located on a farm surrounded by pastures where horses roam freely about. The dining hall is suitable for large groups thanks to a wooden banquet table that can easily fit 12. Fresh herbs and vegetables are grown on the premises and used in menu items like tomato basil soup, steamed seafood custard, lemon grass iced tea and Batangas rosemary beef. The owner will occasionally give guests a tour of the farm.Claude Tayag's Bale Dutung (baledutung.com) is highly regarded for its Kapampangan cuisine, which draws influences from Spain, Malaysia and Macau. Lunches are slow-cooked, and dining may take guests several hours, with frozen cologne-scented towels, steamed peanuts and cool buko juice provided at the outset. Entrees like seafood paella and mustasa leaves with fried catfish are presented in a stylish, artistic fashion. Plus, the owner regales diners with stories of the restaurant's seven-year construction.Entalula Island (no website; El Nido, Palawan) is a tropical paradise where lush green limestone cliffs and white sand beaches meet the warm waters of Bacuit Bay. Visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch served under shady coconut palms, with a variety of grilled seafood, vegetables and meats placed on low-sitting tables. Also, fruity alcoholic beverages are available to wash it all down. After sleeping off the meal, visitors can go swimming or snorkeling off the coral-rich coast.The Isla Naburot Resort (facebook.com/IslaNaburot), which in a private, unspoiled setting, is most famous for its gourmet cuisines, with a low-sounding bell announcing lunch or dinner. Outdoor nighttime dining is lit by hanging kerosene lamps. Local women in malongs serve traditional Filipino delicacies such as coconut soup with Malunggay leaves and deep-sea prawns with sauteed vegetables. Homemade sinamak vinegar comes with every meal, while Guimaras mangoes are a natural dessert.The Kinabuhayan Café (kubli.multiply.com) is about 2.5 hours from Makati, nestled in a thick forest near a freshwater spring. Guests are seated outside on rocks and makeshift benches. Entrees like grilled steak and breaded eggplant are typically in the low- to mid-price ranges, with cooking styles that range from Greek, Italian and Mediterranean to Chinese, Japanese and Asian fusion. Roast barako coffee and lambanog (aka coconut wine) wrap up the meal. This establishment takes cash only.Kusina Salud (kusinasalud.multiply.com) is a garden-style eatery along the Maharlika Highway in San Pablo Laguna. The restaurant is a mish-mash of cultures, from the Spanish-style exterior to the Chinese ornaments adorning the inside walls, to the indigenous Filipino furniture. Popular breakfast entrees include milkfish belly and adobo flakes, while lumpiang ubod (Philippine egg roll) and carabao meat are favorites for dinner. Buffets are offered occasionally. Also, massage services can be requested.La Cocina de Tita Moning (lacocinadetitamoning.com) is housed in a mansion in the San Miguel District of Manila and furnished with early 20th century antiques symbolic of old wealth. This family owned-and-operated establishment is known for its Spanish cuisines, with recipes handed down through several generations. Fashionable entrees include beef tongue, osso buco and slow-roast pork accompanied by appetizers like vichyssoise and gazpacho. Guests can choose a pre-fixe multi-course menu when making a reservation.Ugu's Pottery Garden Restaurant (no website; Tiaong, Quezon; 011-63-42-545-9144) is a red clay house owned by celebrated local pottery artist Augusto "Ugo" Bigyan. Guests are seated in any one of several open-air terraces, all with thatched roofs, and eat off Ugu's original dinnerware sets. Halaan soup with fresh Pacific calms and a fern salad are typical starters, while dinner items like barbecued spare ribs, squid rings and lapu-lapu with mango relish are chef specialties. Cold coconut juice is an ideal complement.The Swiss-style Vieux Chalet (vieuxchaletphilippines.blogspot.com), established in 1984, is a house-turned-restaurant perched on a forested hill in Antipolo, sporting uninhibited views of Manila. Gourmet entrees like homemade roesti, raclette, pate de foie and fettucine alfredo are paired with European wines, and the lamb shoulder in Cafe de Paris sauce is from sheep raised on site. The property also offers spa services, with a sauna, pool, on-call beautician and a spacious loft for yoga and tai chi.Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.
Is That Acceptable Under the Gift Ban?
Is That Acceptable Under the Gift Ban?
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) returned from Libya with a new pair of sunglasses courtesy of his host, Col. Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi gave Boehner the stylish souvenir during the Republican leader's brief, and somewhat bizarre, visit with the Libyan strongman. En route to Tripoli, Boehner's plane was diverted to Surt, Gaddafi's hometown on the Gulf of Sidra. Emissaries showed the Ohio Republican a man-made lake in the middle in the desert before shuttling him off on a caravan into the country's barren expanse. On the drive, they encountered Bedouin herders marshalling goats along the road. Eventually, the caravan headed directly into the desert, where it came upon a big white tent. Boehner was led inside, where he met the colonel. Carpets covered the uneven desert floor. The two sat on white folding chairs and proceeded to have "a very frank discussion," Boehner said while recounting his spring break trip for a crowd of reporters at a Christian Science Monitor lunch at the Capitol Hilton on Thursday. Trending News Google Cloud Outage Missing Connecticut Mom Virginia Beach Shooting Protester Interrupts Harris At one point, an aide to Gaddafi entered the tent with a box of sunglasses. Upon reviewing the box, the colonel offered Boehner a pair, telling the Republican leader that the "desert not kind to blue eyes." Boehner accepted the gift from the Libyan colonel, telling reporters Thursday that "they're nice glasses, but they don't fit." When a reporter present asked him whether the sunglasses were acceptable under the gift ban, most of the assembled scribesat the long banquet table chuckled along with the Republican leader.Congressis oftendull, but life as a congressman can still be an adventure.
James Corden Bemoans That 'chubby People Don't Get to Have Sex in Films'
James Corden Bemoans That 'chubby People Don't Get to Have Sex in Films'
James Corden has hit out at the absence of "chubby" actors from leading film and TV roles, bemoaning that they never get to fall in love or have sex.The Late Late Show host said the best "fat" people could expect when looking for screen parts was to be cast as the funny friend of an "attractive" star, rather than secure a main part for themselves.Speaking on David Tennant Does A Podcast With, the 40-year-old said such actors "never really fall in love" and "never have sex" on the big or small screen, and that "no-one ever finds you attractive".He told fellow actor Tennant that his experience of being excluded from roles is what spurred him on to start writing, which eventually led to him co-creating the hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey."I had no idea if I'd be able to write," said Corden, who has become a worldwide star since he began hosting his US talk show four years ago."It came about because I'd done a film with Shane Meadows, I'd done a Mike Leigh film and done Fat Friends on ITV, and now I was in this play which was the play to see (The History Boys)."And I was in this play with seven other boys who were at a similar age and a similar place in our careers, and pretty much every day, three or four of these boys would come in with this massive film script under their arm."Corden, who continues to present Sky One sports quiz show A League Of Their Own, said he and two other actors in the acclaimed History Boys production were eventually told about the "hottest script".He told Tennant that his two colleagues were sent the script for the lead roles, while he only got two pages with a view to playing a minor role as a newsagent during the opening of the film.Corden recalled: "I really felt like people were going, 'We think you're quite good. It's just because of what you look like.'"If you only watch TV or films, if an alien came back and they had to take a reading on planet Earth by just watching films or TV, they would imagine that if you are chubby or fat or big, you never really fall in love, you never have sex."Certainly no-one really ever finds you attractive."You will be good friends with people who are attractive and often will be a great sense of comfort to them and perhaps chip in with the odd joke every now and again."As you get older you'll probably be a judge in something or you'll be dropping off a television to a handsome person in a sitcom. And that's really how it can feel."It felt like if the world of entertainment was a big banquet table, people are like, 'There isn't a seat for you here.' I was like, 'if that's not going to happen then I'm going to try to make something happen for myself'."Corden has secured a number of Hollywood film roles since his show debuted in the US, but most of them have been vocal performances in animated features.He had parts in the Dreamworks musical Trolls in 2016, The Emoji Movie in 2017, and was the voice behind the title character in Peter Rabbit last year. He had a minor role in the live-action Ocean's 8.Corden is due to appear in a new film adaptation of the musical Cats later this year, alongside fellow Britons Idris Elba and Judi Dench, as well as US stars Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo.
Unforgettable Party Theme - Luau - Pig Roasting Made Easy
Unforgettable Party Theme - Luau - Pig Roasting Made Easy
Home parties are becoming very popular again. Today's economy is forcing us all to tighten our belts. Save money by staying home instead of going out. Invite your family and friends over for an unforgettable afternoon.A luau themed party can be affordable and is fun for all ages. Island music, lots of fruit, leis and limbo contests will be sure to entertain your guests for hours.To keep expenses down, have your guests bring a dish to pass. You can provide the main course by roasting a whole pig. This may gross out some of your guests, but your party will definitely be one they will always remember.Order the Pig in Advance Where you get your pig will depend on where you live. If you are in a rural area, you might check with local pig farmers for a fresh pig. Local meat packers usually offer the best prices and they will have the pig clean and prepped for you. If necessary they will even freeze it for you. This is helpful if you are planning your party for a holiday when the packer is closed. The meat packer can also help you determine how large of a hog you will need to serve your guests and how long it will take to cook.Reserve the Pig Roaster Call local rental stores to compare prices and styles of roasters they carry. Let the rental clerk know what size pig you plan on roasting, this is helpful on determining the proper cooker. Charcoal and propane models are available. Larger units are usually transported by towing and some have rotisseries. If you do not have a hitch on your car, check with the rental store to see if delivery is available.Party Day Pick up the pig and roaster early. A 100 pound pig can take 5-6 hours to cook. You will probably have to get up pretty early to get the pig cooking. You want to be sure the meat is done in time.How you season your pig is up to you. If you are going to stuff the cavity of the pig with chickens or other meat, be sure to allow a lot of extra cooking time. For best results it is recommended to cook the pig separately. The pig will cook evenly and you do not have to worry about raw food. You do not want your guests to get sick.A mixture of garlic juice and salt is a simple and tasty way to season your pig. Make a paste texture and spread it over the skin and cavity. A new paint brush or barbeque brush works great. Pierce the skin with a heavy fork or knife so the juices soak in for added flavor.The internal temperature of pork should be 170 degrees. Allow the pig to rest for 20 minutes before carving. If you cannot carve the pig in the roaster, transfer it to a large banquet table covered with foil. Have plenty of containers handy for leftovers.Don't throw away the skin. The crunchy salty snack will be expected by some of your guests. Have barbeque sauce and buns for sandwiches later.The greatest advantage of cooking a pig is that it really cooks itself. No need for standing over hot coals all afternoon, you just have to check on it every once in a while. That leaves more time for you to visit with your guests.
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Where Celebrities Dish -- Relaxed, Uncensored -- for Hours
Where Celebrities Dish -- Relaxed, Uncensored -- for Hours
Kevin Pollak’s live online talk show is supposed to run for two hours, but tonight it’s going long again -- way long. That doesn’t bother Pollak: He wants his guest to keep talking.Between sips of beer, former “Saturday Night Live” star Dana Carvey ranges through a series of strange and revealing anecdotes as Pollak nods from across a round wooden table.With a glint in his eye, Carvey brings to life an evening two decades ago when he was at a small get-together at the home of “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels. There was a knock on the door and Carvey answered. It was Paul McCartney -- the first person Carvey had taught himself to imitate, when he was 9.“Your face has gone a bit funny,” Carvey, mimicking McCartney’s Liverpudlian accent, recalls the singer saying.Carvey goes on, uninterrupted: Several days later, after he and McCartney listen to an unpublished track the music legend had recently recorded, McCartney leans over to Carvey and confides, “Sometimes, when you’re writing, you try to live up to whatever . . . and you end up ruining the [expletive].”Pollak snorts in disbelief.“Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show” is streamed on the Internet, and there’s no reason to stop a good interview -- not for time slots, not for commercials and certainly not for censors. The long-format interview show is unlike anything else on the Web or certainly, with its unfiltered conversations, on broadcast television.The likes of James Lipton and Charlie Rose have been hosting lengthy conversations with celebrities for years. But that was conventional television -- a high-stakes enterprise. Pollak is playing the same game with some big names, but with far fewer rules.Online -- where Hollywood’s efforts at original programming have floundered and amateur videos have flourished without advertisers -- the pressures of television are blissfully remote. Pollak’s show doesn’t even have salaries to pay.Indeed, removing TV’s constraints is like taking the conversation out of a corset: Everyone breathes easier and lets a little more hang out. And viewers get a glimpse of what celebrities sound like uninhibited.In a conversation spiked with cursing, drug references and R-rated banter, Carvey has taken Pollak and the online audience from his childhood through his television and movie career, his 1997 struggle with cardiac problems and a bungled bypass surgery. The finale is Carvey reprising a heart-to-heart chat last October with his onetime satirical target and current friend George H.W. Bush.In his famous Bush accent, Carvey mimics what the former president confided about the end of his son’s administration: “For us, it’s all about getting our boy back.”“Oh man,” Pollak says. “Oh man.”Near the end, Carvey asks Pollak, an old friend from their stand-up comedy days: “How do you do this? It’s like 2 1/2 hours of television. Who does this?”“Nobody,” Pollak says.In commercial or critical terms, original Internet television has produced few successes. For most efforts, scoring even a thousand viewers is a coup. Only a few shows have been able to win regular audiences of a million or more -- usually qualified. “Lonelygirl15,” for example, was a Web hit in 2006, but interest waned when viewers realized the thriller’s ingenue was fictional. Last year’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” starring Neil Patrick Harris, was widely lauded but had only three episodes. A current hit is “Fred,” an amateur show about the life of a hyperactive 6-year-old, which was created by a Nebraska teenager but is largely unknown to adults.Hollywood has been even less effective online than those independent productions. Web production studios such as Disney’s Stage 9 Digital and Turner Entertainment’s SuperDeluxe were shut down with little fanfare. Pollak tapes his show from a corner studio -- with exposed ceiling joists -- inside a cavernous, stone-floor Santa Monica factory that is home to Web search company Mahalo.com, his production partner. The makeup and dressing room is a white-tiled industrial shower area. The night Carvey appeared, a few friends of Pollak -- seated in plastic chairs against the wall -- made up the studio audience. Pollak’s show has aired 12 episodes at kevinpollakschatshow.com at 5 p.m. Sundays. The audience is minuscule compared with, say, the 5.2 million on average who watched Jay Leno’s final season of “The Tonight Show.” The episode with Carvey drew about 400 simultaneous viewers, with about 8,000 surfing by to catch bits before moving on. Many learned about the show through word of mouth and sent chat or Twitter messages to the laptop at Pollak’s side.Pollak and his production partner said they don’t worry much about the number of people tuning in. The episodes are archived online. They figure that if they can bank enough quality interviews, maybe fans will find the content later, days or months after the taping. Or even buy a DVD.But for an interview show that few have heard of, Pollak has amassed an impressive guest list. Actors Matthew Perry of “Friends” and Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” have appeared, and this Sunday, director Kevin Smith of “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy” is scheduled. Comedian Adam Carolla did the hourlong segment before Carvey’s.Pollak also has mixed in figures more recognizable in the world of digital culture: actress Felicia Day, of online comedy series “The Guild,” and Elon Musk, founder of electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors.Guests seem to be put at ease by Pollak, a veteran of three decades in show business. Besides appearing in dramas such as “A Few Good Men” and “The Usual Suspects,” he is a seasoned comic especially skilled at ad lib and impressions.In one of the show’s gags, Pollak ridicules Kevin Bacon for “needing” six steps to connect himself to any other celebrity. Pollak repeatedly shows he can do it in three -- or fewer. When a viewer sent a message trying to stump him with Bette Davis, he scoffed, “Nice try.” The one degree was Mia Farrow, who played Pollak’s mother in 1995’s “Miami Rhapsody” and performed alongside Davis in 1978’s “Death on the Nile.”Being a few degrees away from everyone in show business helps when it’s time to book guests.“I’ve got a barn and some costumes,” he said he tells guests. “Let’s throw on a [expletive] show!”There’s that expletive again. Pollak doesn’t bother censoring himself. “The rule from the beginning was this cannot be slick, it cannot be polished,” he said. “It can’t be about any concerns that broadcast television could have.”Pollak admits to stealing his minimalist leitmotif from the set of PBS talk show host Charlie Rose: a wooden table and a black background. Like Rose, he has thrown out the practice of pre-interviewing guests.He believes that plotting a discussion’s course in advance leads to the kinds of rigid, plug-filled segments common on late-night television. “When we go on [those] talk shows, it’s not to share our stories -- it never is,” Pollak told Carvey during their conversation. “You’ve got to kill in six minutes, and every second counts.”Carvey agreed: “I don’t treat going on Letterman or Leno as an interview at all. It’s a complete performance.”Pollak and Mahalo each own half the show, but so far, that means little in terms of revenue or expenses.The 23-year-old director and the crew of up to three people are Mahalo employees who volunteer their time. Mahalo already owned the equipment. A bowl of homemade pasta salad on a banquet table suggested that food costs may not be particularly high, either.“The main reason for doing the show is that the people who are doing it enjoy it,” said Jason Calacanis, Mahalo’s chief executive. “The audience in some ways is secondary.”But they’re angling for a strategy that would bring in some money. Pollak looks back to the early days of television -- to “The Colgate Comedy Hour” -- when a single brand would provide a show’s support in exchange for constant exposure.Calacanis said Pollak’s show already has one sponsor, the online video platform Ustream.tv, but he would not disclose the financial terms. He said he hoped Pollak’s efforts would have broader appeal to attract sponsors able to pay “a couple of thousand dollars” each per show.Among Mahalo’s other productions is “This Week in Startups,” an online program that generates about $2,500 total per show from its three sponsors.But the partners also have a post-television mentality, judging the success of a show less by what happens the night it airs than by what happens thereafter.“The archive is the endgame,” Calacanis said.Viewers of “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show” can watch the entire catalog of full-length episodes online at any time, or they can download them from iTunes for free. Thousands more viewers have nibbled at archived episodes than have watched live. Eventually, the partners want to package the biographical interviews on DVDs and sell them.A joke on Pollak’s set is that the show has only 17 loyal viewers. There are more than that, but the small size of the regular online viewership -- and the way Pollak and the crew interact with them as the show is taping -- gives the enterprise a tight-knit feel that wouldn’t be possible on a large scale.“The word ‘community’ seems to make more sense than ‘audience.’ An audience feels like something you market to,” Pollak said. “A community seems like something that finds you.”david.sarno@latimes.com
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