Archive for 27/06/2013


Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process

Directed by Steven Knight, the film stars Jason Statham, Senem Temiz, Vicky McClure, Siobhan Hewlett, Agata Buzek, Andrew Crayford and Benedict Wong.

Click on, for exclusive snaps from ‘Hummingbird’.


wendy {dot} blog

3567635422_2f2f6fa4f8A couple of weeks ago, the phone rang at 7am. Now you know just as well as I do that almost nothing good comes from unexpected phone calls before 9am and after 10pm and this was no exception.

It was my husband, calling me from work. He asked me to turn the news on and wait for a story about the woman in our area who was killed by a lightning strike at the beach the night before. I recognized her last name when the news report came on. Turns out that she was the wife of one of my husband’s coworkers. Very sad.

But here’s the part that gave me chills.

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Rolbos ©

knifeThey didn’t come quietly.

They never do; not in the townships where gangs need to impress, create fear, and rule without mercy. Being part of a gang will provide free drinks at the shebeen, the respect of everybody in the community and an unlimited supply of young girls. It also makes you untouchable – nobody will challenge you in anything. Gangs control everything from horse racing to drugs, making the strongest of the strong fabulously rich.

There is a price, of course: every member has to participate in the raids and fights that is part and parcel of the power struggles in gangland. This is where members have to prove their worth; the more ruthless the action, the higher they climb in the order of the group.

However, the ideal is to attack a defenceless individual. Here, the action is fast and furious and the results, atrocious.

Cathy’s father had …

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Convert Confidential


When Steve was a kid, he attended a week-long Lego camp where he learned to build robots out of Lego blocks. As you can see, he was a hip nerdy kid before it was cool.

One day, a camper started telling Steve and another boy jokes. He told racist jokes about minorities and recounted jokes at the expense of women. Then, Steve remembers the camper said something to effect of: “How do you know if there’s a Jew in a crowd? Throw a penny down the street and see who chases after it.”

Though at the time Steve didn’t fully get the joke, he says he instinctively felt upset. He didn’t know how to respond and yet knew that what his fellow camper had said was deeply wrong and even hurtful. Up until this point in his life, Steve had gone to Jewish day school, lived in Newton, and been…

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Archaeology and Material Culture

On the afternoon of July 7th, a column of reenactors will launch yet another futile assault on Cemetery Ridge, 150 years and four days after the slope was originally charged by 12,500 Confederates who left half of their number dead on the hillside.  The Pickett’s Charge performance will cap four days of reenactments at Gettysburg a century-and-a-half after the battle.  Visitors will be able to tour camps with roughly 10,000 reenactors and watch the key moments in the battle from grandstand seating or a live pay-per-view “battlecast.”  This summer similar sesquicentennial reenactments will be held at the Battle of Corydon (Indiana), Morgan’s Raid (Ohio), the Battle of Richmond (Kentucky), and the Battle of Chickamauga (Ohio), following 150-year anniversary reenactments at Manassas/Bull Run in 2011, the Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Antietam in 2012, and the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 2013.

We are now in the…

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London Traveller

This fascinating map (blog) really caught my imagination and when I found myself bombarding a friend with details I clearly had to explore the area in more detail, if only to protect his sanity! I was excited by the prospect of seeing the past in the present, but of course very little remains static and I was to be disappointed.

Westminster Abbey continues, but without a central tower, and the Chapel of Henry VII remains awe-inspiring.

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