Archive for May 31st, 2010


5.31.2010 … Long grenouilles vivantes list for Memorial Day! … pouring … Happy birthday, jeff!

random:  My dad always liked this true story … and the movie.

Biggs, from Lambeth, south London, was a member of a 15-strong gang which attacked the Glasgow to London mail train at Ledburn, Buckinghamshire, in August 1963, and made off with £2.6 million in used banknotes.

He was given a 30-year sentence but after 15 months he escaped from Wandsworth prison in south west London by climbing a 30ft wall and fleeing in a furniture van.

Biggs was on the run for more than 30 years, living in Australia and Brazil before returning to the UK voluntarily in 2001 in search of medical treatment.

via Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs admitted to hospital – Telegraph.

literature, The South: Really enjoyed this article.  Who is your favorite Southern Writer and why?

Perhaps it is the shared and unique history. Certain themes such as slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, family, religion, community, dialect and the overwhelming sense of “place” emerge consistently throughout the best of Southern literature.

Or is it, quite simply, a way of viewing the world around one and then portraying that vision with inimitable elegance and emotional honesty? As with all things in the Deep South, we must look to the past for answers.

via Carrying on the Southern literary tradition by Alex Kearns |

blogs: kinda interesting … especially like the graphic … 🙂 How Not To Act Old.

culture, teenagers:

As teenagers mature into their senior year of high school, many parents begin to feel more comfortable about letting them drink alcohol. But new research from brain scientists and parenting experts suggests loosening the reins on drinking may not be a good idea in the long run. And, researchers say, parents’ approach to addressing teen drinking does influence a teen’s behavior.

via With Drinking, Parent Rules Do Affect Teens’ Choices : NPR.

marketing, 2010 World Cup:

The meticulously organised and carefully choreographed tour is a centrepiece of one of the most ambitious pieces of marketing linked to next month’s World Cup. Over the past eight months or so, Coca-Cola, the world’s biggest international drinks company, has taken the 14in-high gold statuette to 83 countries.

This quasi-religious fervour has fed through to other aspects of the marketing of Coca-Cola and Fifa, football’s world governing body.

Coca-Cola’s executives say they are creating “brand love”. The company’s sponsorship of the World Cup, which dates back to 1978, is important for Fifa too.

The company is less willing to talk about its commercial goals. But it is clear “brand love” serves a business goal. South Africa is by volume already one of Coca-Cola’s 10 most important markets. That partly reflects the success of social responsibility policies developed during the apartheid era, when the company provided support for black football and other sports. Moreover, as African economies grow, sales of consumer goods – from mobile phones to beer – are booming.

Coca-Cola is benefiting but the market for soft drinks is becoming more competitive. That means there is good reason to invest heavily in brand promotion. And what better way to do it than develop an identity with Africa’s new passion?

In Durban, at least, the formula was working. As Ms Dhabicharan puts it: “When we watch the matches we’ll be buying a big crate.” / Management – World Cup tour lifts Coke in South Africa.

culture, 2010 World Cup: Those Brits!

The average Briton turns up to work with a hangover three times a month, according to a survey on Wednesday, and the frequency is expected to increase during next month’s World Cup.

via UK work hangovers set to rise as Cup kicks off | Reuters.

museums, London: sounds interesting.

The galleries, revamped over three years at a cost of 20 million pounds ($29 million), tell the story of the capital from the Great Fire in 1666, which destroyed four fifths of the city, to the modern day.

Some 7,000 treasures have been cherry-picked from its collection of more than 2 million artifacts to illustrate the city’s rapid development.

Trade, crime, poverty, population growth, fashion and the heavy toll of war are all explored in the many interactive and high-tech displays.

In the gardens exhibit, visitors walk through a darkened room featuring real trees under star-lit skies. Mannequins adorned with original costumes, wigs, masks and hats of the period, glimmer under colored lighting.

via Sinful pleasure garden unveiled at London Museum | Reuters.

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