Today, 2 February, is International Ballerina Day. International Ballerina Day is celebrated each year on the second of February so support your Ballerinas today.
International Ballerina Day is celebrated each second of February because the date is written (this year at least) 2-2-2015 and disregarding the year 2-2 or if you like tu-tu.
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When I was a kid this tongue twister helped confuse me about the similar homonyms of one and two. It goes a little something like this.
“Won-one was one racehorse, Two-two was one too, Won-one won one race and Two-two won one too.“
Now my kids are just as confused about similar homonyms of one and two as I was.
Terrence “Spike” Milligan was a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor. He was the kind of comic genius that saw him influence the Monty Python crew, Kenny Everett and many other pioneering comedians. A member of the famous Goon Show with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine he brought madness and madcap to generations.
He possessed the kind of malaise that the genius possess and the insane lament and which saw him regularly voluntarily institutionalised as a sufferer of bipolar disorder. His mind, however gave us such classics as the Q series, The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d and many more. Here he portrays Hitler singing in the style of other famous crooners of the time.
Love the pies in the face between takes.
“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”
Tweeted by – @brucemills on 12 February 2012
Born in Antigua in the West Indies Robert Coates was the son of a wealthy sugar planter. When he inherited the estate in 1807, he moved to Bath in the UK to pursue an acting career. His lack of any skill in acting was obvious to his contemporaries but notwithstanding a lack of any ability in this area he eventually drew the attention of the manager of the Theatre Royal Bath and finally began to appear in plays in 1809.
He later appeared in a production Romeo and Juliet in the role of Romeo. When performing the role Coates appeared in a costume of his own design. The costume had a flowing cloak with sequins, red pantaloons, a large cravat and a plumed hat – not to mention dozens of diamonds – which was hardly suitable for the part. Unsurprisingly, the audience collapsed in gales of laughter. The reaction of his audiences, however, did not dissuade him from the view that he was ‘…the best actor in the business‘ – or at least that is what he claimed.
He routinely forgot his lines and invented new scenes and dialogue on the spot. He loved dramatic death scenes and would repeat them – or any other scenes to which he happened to take a fancy three to four times over – mid performance.
Coates claimed that he was driven by a desire to ‘improve the classics‘. Continue reading
The Princess Bride is one of my favourite all time movies for its wit, child like innocence, brilliant casting and multitude of cameo appearances but more than that it is a good story well told and has some of the best dialogue in movies bar none. One of my favourite characterisations in The Princess Bride was Peter Cook’s hilarious role as ‘the impressive clergyman’ who officiated at the wedding ceremony for Prince Humperdink and Princess Buttercup. His rendition of the marriage or should that be mawage ceremony has to go down as one of the most memorable and often quoted in movie history. That can be said for this movie in general. It has spawned all sorts of references in popular culture which is perhaps testament to the qualities referred to earlier.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen The Princess Bride you have been sadly deprived of a true entertainment treat and you should delay no longer in acquiring and viewing a copy. If you have seen the Princess Bride then you already know what I’m talking about.
Today 9 January, in 1995 Peter Cook, one of my favourite comedians, passed away following a gastrointestinal haemorrhage directly associated with severe liver damage due to chronic alcohol abuse. This abuse is abundantly clear and apparent if you have ever listened to any of his Derek & Clive material which he wrote and performed with Dudley Moore and which provide some of the funniest comedy I have ever heard. Peter Cook left an indelible legacy on modern comedy. When he died he was 57 years old.
It is a pivotal moment in the movie ‘The Sound of Music’. Maria, the young novice, goes back to the convent to confide in the Mother Superior about how she feels she cannot continue as the governess of the von Trapp household and wants to take refuge behind convent walls.
Mother Superior counsels her about the realities of life and the need to find the courage to follow her heart following which she bursts into song with ‘Climb Every Mountain‘
During the exchange between Maria and the Mother Superior there is a line spoken by the Mother Superior which has been the subject of much laughing and giggling and sniggering behind hands. For mine it is one of the classic misheard lines in movie history. A true classic.
The line is delivered as ‘What is it you can’t face?‘ but sounds like something alarmingly, hilariously different if you aren’t paying close attention to the dialogue.