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LONDON – Rare color footage of the bomb damage inflicted on London during World War II has surfaced on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Blitz.

The dramatic footage shows the destruction of several London landmarks, including the flagship John Lewis store on Oxford Street. (more…)

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Yvonne Roen and Timothy McCown Reynolds<br> in <i>Rudolf II</i><br> (© Arthur Cornelius)
Yvonne Roen and Timothy McCown Reynolds
in Rudolf II
(© Arthur Cornelius)

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Sorry for the delayed review (due to my basement flooding) but a few weeks ago I was fortunate to Edward Einhorn’s new play, “Rudolf II”. This is a fantastic production at the newly restored Bohemian National Hall. First of all, the space itself is gorgeous. This is also the first full-length play that has played there. The story intertwines historical figures in this fictional work. The play centers around Rudolf II, a bisexual, bipolar emperor in 1600 Prague. Set completely in Rudolf’s bedroom, the play is a portrait of an emperor who was both extraordinary visionary and self-destructive. Through his bedroom, he interacts with many characters: his mistress; Libuse, the prophetess who founded Prague; Tycho Brahe, famous astronomer, to name a few.

What I really found captivating about this play is the use of language. Through the play is set in 1600 Prague, the language is modern and Mr. Einhorn does a great job of conveying how each character felt about this demanding emperor. Also the use of having the character Libuse narrate the story helps propel everything a little more. As the play progresses, the audience gets a look into Rudolf’s mind as he gradually losses his mind.

The directing by Henry Akona is superb and set as a theatre in the round. Also, adding small details add to the atmosphere: a group of singers who chant, the terrific color pallet, and the costumes. For a play set in only one spot, the audience never gets bored. There is so much action with very clear dialogue.

The cast is great and I must say an outstanding tour deforce performance by Timothy McCown Reynolds. For 99% of the play he is on stage and gives life to Rudolf. Since the play centers around his character, he not only have many monologue (some seem like tongue twisters!) but also to make this character seem engaging. The rest of the cast works solidly together and each actor plays their part with conviction.

This is a great take on a classic historical time period not many people know much about. Don’t be fooled by the title- Rudolf II is filled with sex, science and of course ,history.


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from http://news.yahoo.com:

It's definitive: An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs LONDON (Reuters) – A giant asteroid smashing into Earth is the only plausible explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs, a global scientific team said on Thursday, hoping to settle a row that has divided experts for decades (more…)

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from http://mygloss.com/buzz/2010/01/06/casey-johnson-funeral-sandra-bullock-makes-history-200-million-film-kathy-griffin-banned-cnn:

Sandra Bullock makes history!  Bullock’s hit movie  The Blind Side became the first movie in history to pass the$200 million mark with only one top-billed female star, according to PEOPLE.  The Blind Side earned $208.5 million in box office sales.

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from YahooNews:

Victoria Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy hugs Senator Majority Leader Harry

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history.


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From http://news.nationalgeographic.com/

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It may be called Turkey Day, but the U.S. Thanksgiving Day is about more than just the bird. Learn about a holiday myth—the first “real” Thanksgiving wasn’t until the 1800s—and how we celebrate Thanksgiving dinner today. (more…)

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from http://www.mirror.co.uk:

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Barack Obama has asked Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker to be one of his advisers on the arts. (more…)

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From my mom..one of my favorites!

Back in the 1500s:

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery……..if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”
But worse than that were the really poor  folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot………..they “didn’t have a pot to pee in” & were the lowest of the low

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June… However, since they were starting to smell . .. . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the
Babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip an d fall off the roof. Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt.. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold…

(Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous..

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus,someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer…

And that’s the truth…Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

So . . . get out there and educate someone! ~~~ Share these facts with a friend like I just did! ! !

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