NOW THE NEW SINGLE OF FEBRUARY 2020 : CHILL OUT
ROD BEST : BIO
Over the years Rod Best has been involved in training and
developing of singers and musicians as well as writing music
arrangements for small stage band through to large
orchestras, direction of major musical productions and song
He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music in Jazz Improvisation and Advanced Arranging,
developing a wealth of experience in composition and
arrangement in jazz and contemporary keyboarding styles.
He has also studied under some great Australian jazz piano
players including Tony Ansell, Mike Nock, Michael
Bartolomei, Chuck Yates, Judy Bailey, Dave Fennell, Vince
Genova and Kevin Hunt.
He studied at Jazz Worx in Brisbane and received an Associate Diploma in Jazz.
Rod is married to Jan and lives in Queensland, Australia.
Rod has released five instrumental albums called “Best Of Smooth”,
“The Best of Rod Best”, “Groove On”, “A Peaceful Place”
and “The Next Level” as well…
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En guise d’art “trompe l’oeil”, nous avons des centaines voire milliers de dessins à proposer et existants sur les réseaux sociaux ou internet.
Nous avons préféré en sélectionner “un seul” dessin : Trouvant que ce dessin embellit la façade de l’immeuble certes, mais aussi la vie, la journée et nous offre des espaces de rêves , de liberté et d’évasion.
N’hésitez pas à partager…Pour partager la joie, la bonne humeur, la sérénité et l’amour.
Laajasalo – the biggest island of Helsinki and Helsinki’s 49th district in eastern Helsinki
Visiting Laajasalo (Degerö in Swedish) is easy. Take metro which goes to Itäkeskus or Myllypuro. Hop off at Herttoniemi subway station. Walk out of subway station and take some of these buses: 84 – Gunillankallio, 85 – Jollas , 88 and 88B – Kaitalahti and Kruunuvuorenranta, 89 – Yliskylä. There are other bus routes, but I suggest to You these routes. You can hop off anytime or at final stop. Where You decide to hop off, start walking. As soon as possible, choose a path. Everywhere on the island, there are cycling and walking paths. Selecting path, they give to You an excellent way to explore the island. Getting lost – no, because every path lead to some road and on roads there is traffic. When returning all the busses are marked…
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Travelling the world
If you’ve ever considered going on a road trip through Iceland, chances are you will have heard of the ‘ring road’. The ring road – or route one – is a 1,332km circular road that runs all around Iceland, connecting all the major cities and towns. This road is well maintained and well signed, making it the perfect way to travel all around Iceland.
Because of the circular nature of the road, pretty much all Icelandic road trips will start (and end) in the capital of Reykjavik.
We had picked up our rental car a couple of days before actually departing from Reykjavik, as it made more sense to use the capital as a base to explore the Golden Circle rather than trying to cram too much into each day.
After packing up our little car and finally saying goodbye to the hustle and bustle of the capital, it wasn’t long before we goodbye to the traffic and finally arrived onto route one.
Our first stop on route one was Seljalandsfoss, one of approximately fifty bajillion waterfalls in Iceland. In a country of so many beautiful waterfalls – or foss’ in Icelandic – they need to be pretty dang special to stand out. Luckily, Seljalandsfoss isn’t just any other waterfall.
No, Seljalandsfoss is one of the few waterfalls in the world which allow you to actually walk behind the plummeting stream of water! Due to the hollowed out and cave-esque nature of this rock, Seljalandsfoss provides visitors with a way to see a waterfall from a totally different perspective.
Fair warning, even though it looks like the pathway is quite far from the water, you will absolutely still get wet!
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Un détenu s’est évadé d’une prison suédoise pour faire soigner une rage de dent avant de se rendre à la police, et a vu sa peine prolongée d’une journée.
Le prisonnier s’était échappé début novembre de la prison de Oestragaard dans le sud-ouest de la Suède, deux jours avant la date de la fin de sa peine, “parce qu’il avait mal aux dents et voulait aller chez le dentiste”, ont indiqué des responsables de la prison. “En sortant du dentiste il s’est rendu à la police”, selon la même source.
L’homme de 51 ans s’était plaint de maux de dents auprès des responsables de la prison quatre jours avant son évasion de cette prison aux mesures de sécurité peu strictes. “Tout mon visage était totalement enflé”, a expliqué ce prisonnier au quotidien suédois Dagens Nyheter. “A la fin je ne pouvais plus le supporter”, a-t-il ajouté.
Sa peine, d’un mois de détention à l’origine, a été prolongée de 24 heures, les responsables de la prison ayant décidé de décompter le jour de l’incident du temps purgé en prison. Le détenu, qui a quitté la prison depuis, a expliqué au journal suédois qu’il était avant tout content de s’être débarrassé de sa rage de dent. “Maintenant il me reste à payer la note du dentiste”, a-t-il conclu.
Source de l’article AFP / 7S7 belgique.
PARAMOUNT CHANNEL : CARY GRANT
Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and “dashing good looks”, Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood‘s definitive leading men.
Nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor (Penny Serenade and None But the Lonely Heart) and five times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Grant was continually passed over. In 1970, he was presented an Honorary Oscar at the 42nd Academy Awards by Frank Sinatra “for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting with the respect and affection of his colleagues
Early life and career
Archibald Alexander Leach was born at 15 Hughenden Road, Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (née Kingdon) Leach (1877–1973) and Elias James Leach (1873–1935). An only child, Leach had an unhappy upbringing, attending Bishop Road Primary School.
His mother had suffered from clinical depression since the death of a previous child. Her husband placed her in a mental institution and told his 9-year-old son only that she had gone away on a “long holiday”. Believing she was dead, Leach did not learn otherwise until he was 31 and discovered her alive in a care facility. When Leach was 10, his father abandoned him after remarrying and having a baby with his new young wife.
Leach was expelled from the Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol in 1918. After joining the “Bob Pender Stage Troupe”, Leach performed as a stilt walker and traveled with the group to the United States in 1920 at the age of 16 on the RMS Olympic, on a two-year tour of the country. He was processed at Ellis Island on July 28, 1920.
When the troupe returned to the UK, he decided to stay in the U.S. and continue his stage career. During this time, he became a part of thevaudeville world and toured with Parker, Rand, and Leach.
Still using his birth name, he performed on the stage at The Muny in St. Louis,Missouri, in such shows as Irene (1931), Music in May (1931), Nina Rosa (1931), Rio Rita (1931), Street Singer (1931), The Three Musketeers (1931), and Wonderful Night (1931). Leach’s experience on stage as a stilt walker, acrobat, juggler, and mime taught him “phenomenal physical grace and exquisite comic timing” and the value of teamwork, skills which would benefit him in Hollywood.
After appearing in several musicals on Broadway under the name Archie Leach, Leach went to Hollywood in 1931. When told to change his name, he proposed “Cary Lockwood”, the name of the character he had played in the Broadway show Nikki, based upon the recent film The Last Flight.
He signed with Paramount Pictures, where studio bosses decided that the name “Cary” was acceptable but that “Lockwood” was too similar to another actor’s surname. Paramount gave their new actor a list of surnames to choose from, and he selected “Grant” because the initials C and G had already proved lucky for Clark Gable and Gary Cooper, two of Hollywood’s biggest film stars.
Grant appeared as a leading man opposite Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus (1932), and his stardom was given a further boost by Mae Westwhen she chose him for her leading man in two of her most successful films, She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel (both 1933).
I’m No Angel was a tremendous financial success and, along with She Done Him Wrong, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, saved Paramount from bankruptcy. Paramount put Grant in a series of unsuccessful films until 1936, when he signed with Columbia Pictures. His first major comedy hit was when he was loaned to Hal Roach‘s studio for the 1937 Topper (which was distributed by MGM).
The Awful Truth (1937) was a pivotal film in Grant’s career, establishing for him a screen persona as a sophisticated light comedy leading man. As Grant later wrote, “I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be and I finally became that person. Or he became me. Or we met at some point.” Grant is said to have based his characterization in The Awful Truth on the mannerisms and intonations of the film’s director, Leo McCarey, whom he resembled physically. As writer/director Peter Bogdanovich noted, “After The Awful Truth, when it came to light comedy, there was Cary Grant and then everyone else was an also-ran.”
The Awful Truth began what The Atlantic later called “the most spectacular run ever for an actor in American pictures”. During the next four years, Grant appeared in several classic romantic comedies and screwball comedies, including Holiday (1938) and Bringing Up Baby (1938), both opposite Katharine Hepburn; The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Hepburn and James Stewart; His Girl Friday (1940) with Rosalind Russell; and My Favorite Wife (1940), which reunited him with Irene Dunne, his co-star in The Awful Truth. During this time, he also made the adventure films Gunga Din (1939) with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth and dramas Penny Serenade (1941), also with Dunne, and Suspicion (1941), the first of Grant’s four collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock.
Grant remained one of Hollywood’s top box-office attractions for almost 30 years. Howard Hawks said that Grant was “so far the best that there isn’t anybody to be compared to him”. David Thomson called him “the best and most important actor in the history of the cinema“.
Grant was a favorite of Hitchcock, who called him “the only actor I ever loved in my whole life”.
Besides Suspicion, Grant appeared in the Hitchcock classics Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief(1955), and North by Northwest (1959). Biographer Patrick McGilligan wrote that in 1965 Hitchcock asked Grant to star in Torn Curtain (1966) only to learn that Grant had decided to retire after making one more film, Walk, Don’t Run (1966);
Paul Newman was cast instead, oppositeJulie Andrews. Producers Broccoli and Saltzman originally sought Cary Grant for the role of James Bond in Dr. No but discarded the idea as Grant would be committed to only one feature film and the producers decided to go after someone who could be part of a franchise.
In the mid-1950s, Grant formed his own production company, Granart Productions, and produced a number of films distributed by Universal, such as Operation Petticoat (1959), Indiscreet (1958),That Touch of Mink (co-starring with Doris Day, 1962), and Father Goose (1964). In 1963, he appeared opposite Audrey Hepburn in Charade. His last feature film was Walk, Don’t Run three years later, with Samantha Eggar and Jim Hutton.
Grant was the first actor to “go independent” by not renewing his studio contract, effectively leaving the studio system, which almost completely controlled what an actor could or could not do. In this way, Grant was able to control every aspect of his career, at the risk of not working because no particular studio had an interest in his career long term.
He decided which films he was going to appear in, often had personal choice of directors and co-stars, and at times even negotiated a share of the gross revenue, something uncommon at the time. Grant received more than $700,000 for his 10% of the gross for To Catch a Thief while Hitchcock received less than $50,000 for directing and producing it.
Grant was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Penny Serenade (1941) and None But the Lonely Heart (1944), but never won a competitive Oscar; he received a special Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1970. Accepting the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1965, Father Goose co-writer Peter Stone had quipped, “My thanks to Cary Grant, who keeps winning these things for other people.” In 1981, Grant was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors.
Grant poked fun at himself with statements such as “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant—even I want to be Cary Grant”, and in ad-lib lines—such as in the film His Girl Friday, saying, “I never had so much fun since Archie Leach died”. In Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), a gravestone is seen bearing the name Archie Leach. According to a famous story now believed to be apocryphal, after seeing a telegram from a magazine editor to his agent asking “How old Cary Grant?” Grant reportedly responded with “Old Cary Grant fine. How you?
Cary Grant retired from the screen at 62 when his daughter Jennifer was born, in order to focus on bringing her up and to provide a sense of permanency and stability in her life.
While bringing up his daughter, he archived artifacts of her childhood and adolescence in a bank-quality room-sized vault he had installed in the house.
His daughter attributed this meticulous collection to the fact that artifacts of his own childhood had been destroyed during the Luftwaffe’s bombing of Bristol in the Second World War (an event that also claimed the lives of his uncle, aunt, and cousin as well as the cousin’s husband and grandson), and he may have wanted to prevent her from experiencing a similar loss.
Although Grant had retired from the screen, he remained active.
In the late 1960s, he accepted a position on the board of directors at Fabergé. By all accounts this position was not honorary, as some had assumed; Grant regularly attended meetings and his mere appearance at a product launch would almost certainly guarantee its success. The position also permitted use of a private plane, which Grant could use to fly to see his daughter wherever her mother, Dyan Cannon, was working.
He was a keen motoring enthusiast and, like many other Hollywood stars of the era, owned many notable cars. One of the first he owned was a 1929 Cadillac Cabriolet. His love of Cadillacs never waned and he later purchased a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Other cars that he owned included an MG Magnette and a Sunbeam Alpine series one roadster.
In the last few years of his life, Grant undertook tours of the United States in a one-man show, A Conversation with Cary Grant, in which he would show clips from his films and answer audience questions. Grant was preparing for a performance at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa, on the afternoon of November 29, 1986, when he sustained a cerebral hemorrhage (he had previously suffered a stroke in October 1984). His wife did not know what was going on and she went to a local pharmacy to get aspirin. He died at 11:22 p.m. in St. Luke’s Hospital at the age of 82.
The bulk of his estate, worth millions of dollars, went to his fifth wife, Barbara Harris, and his daughter, Jennifer Grant
In 2001, a statue of Grant was erected in Millennium Square, a regenerated area next to Bristol Harbour in his city of birth, Bristol.
In November 2005, Grant came in first in the “The 50 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time” list by Premiere magazine. Richard Schickel, the film critic, said about Grant: “He’s the best star actor there ever was in the movies.
- North by Northwest (reelryan.com)
- The Dandy, and What We Can Learn from Him (esquire.com)
- Cary Grant Is the Owner of the Coolest Piece of Clothing Ever (complex.com)
A lire aussi ( A french article)
Theories abound as to the origins of Russian cake. The popular legend goes that it was created by a New Orleans baker who ran out of ingredients to bake a proper cake for the Russian Grand Duke Alexis when the latter visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 1872. But the late food historian Michael Mizell-Nelson put this theory to…
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Comme les doutes internationaux entourent les prétentions américaines, diffusées dans le monde entier depuis des années, selon lesquelles les États-Unis auraient débarqué des hommes sur la Lune, le chef de l’agence spatiale russe « Roscosmos » Dmitry Rogozin a proposé à plusieurs reprises de vérifier si les Américains étaient vraiment allés sur la Lune.
Les États-Unis ont affirmé que six missions ont débarqué des hommes sur la Lune, à commencer par celle d’Apollo 11 en juillet 1969, au cours de laquelle Neil Armstrong est apparemment devenu le premier homme à marcher sur la Lune. Apollo 13 devait se poser sur la Lune, mais on a dit qu’il s’était limité à un survol en raison d’un dysfonctionnement à bord du vaisseau spatial. Étonnamment, les neuf missions habitées sont retournées sur Terre en toute sécurité.
Comme l’a rapporté Forbes en 2015, la NASA a publiquement affirmé
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Ce jour, nous avons décidé de tester un produit : Le “smartspeaker” (dit en français : L’assistant intelligent ).
Pour ce, nous avons reçu le “smartspeaker” de celui d’Amazon : Alexa. ( Alexa Echo Dot 2e Génération)
Pour être franc, outre les usages partiels et rapides auprès des entreprises et groupes qui nous avaient montrés à l’époque ce produit, nous n’avions pas eu l’occasion de le tester longtemps et d’une manière plus profonde.
Ce fut une véritable joie et excitation que de paramétrer ce petit joujou, qui du premier abord pourrait nous paraître comme “gadget ” mais au final, nous nous y habituons et il devient partie intégrante du paysage de nos bureaux ( et / ou de nos maisons).
Il a fallu choisir entre la langue anglaise et française ( eh oui…Nous pouvons choisir la langue, cependant, ce qui en découle est important:
=> Si nous optons pour le FR, nous serons connectés directement sur le “amazon shop” de france. Cad nous aurons tous les médias, sites parlant français. Exit , les médias autres que Français cad ceux des US et UK, russie, inde, arabes , hébreux … bref toutes les langues du monde ( A la radio, nous sommes plus que polyglottes et plus de 15 langues cohabitent puisque nous diffusons mondialement et que nous ne sommes pas focalisés sur la France ou l’europe seulement).
Donc, il a fallu paramétrer… Le français fut choisi in fine, étant donné que nous sommes à PARIS ( attention, nous parlons du Test effectué en français, cependant, nos différents “smartspeakers” dans nos studios , sont paramétrés dans diverses langues. Selon la team / le pôle en charge ( Nos équipes sont organisées par “continent + langue” )
Comme vous verrez sur cette vidéo, en saluant Alexa, il a fallu la calmer et l’arrêter 🙂 puisque la machine était paramétrée pour nous annoncer les principaux évènements de la journée, rien qu’en la saluant ( “bonjour” ) : Donc ceci est à revoir
C’est la faute de notre équipe qui a voulu s’amuser. Cependant, en tant normal, Alexa répond “Bonjour + le nom de la personne, qu’elle reconnait par la voix ).
La machine est personnalisable.
En fait, cet outil est interessant à divers niveaux :
Outre le fait qu’Alexa nous lance , les radios ( dont la nôtre RadioSatellite) , nous avons pu lui demander de rajouter sur notre calendrier / agenda, divers évènements.
Vocalement, nous lui demandons de rajouter” Alexa, rajoute sur la TO DO LIST, mon rendez vous demain à 16h00 à Madame Dupond à l’adresse XX à Londres ou à New York ou Paris…
Ce rendez vous est rajouté immédiatement sur un calendrier déjà créé aussi bien, sur notre smartphone que sur la machine ( Application qu’on a déjà installé, aussi, sur nos smartphones) .
Ne pas oublier que les “smartspeakers” fonctionnent en harmonie avec les “smartphones” ( ou tablettes) notamment lors du paramétrage du démarrage.
Il suffit de lui demander le matin ” Alexa, il y a quoi sur ma TO DO LIST pour aujourd’hui? ” et voilà…Alexa nous rappelle tout et nous n’avons plus aucun pretexte de louper une réunion ou rendez-vous.
Nous pouvons supprimer “vocalement” aussi un rendez vous. Il sera supprimé (aussi ) du calendrier existant sur notre smartphone.
Pour la France, nous avons pu découvrir un calendrier ( c’est obligé, il faut qu’il y ait un calendrier en SKILL pour le rapprocher avec la machine Alexa.) :
Le calendrier https://www.any.do/
En tout cas, c’est l’une des fonctions … Il existe des milliers de Skills ( Une sKILL c’est l’équivalent des applications pour smartphones). Skills à activer sur Alexa. ( Contrairement aux apps des smartphones, sur ces machines, nous n’installons pas de Skill…Pas de téléchargment…c’est juste l’activation ou la désactivation => Désactivation par défaut )
Pour revenir à Alexa amazon:
C’est un vrai assistant personnel , cet outil. La qualité du son est plus que correcte. Même que nous pouvons connecter Alexa à des enceintes BlueTooth si l’on veut ( ce n’est pas obligé mais c’est une option en plus à notre disposition ).
Pour notre part, il nous sert pour l’instant de calendrier, de moteur de recherche vocal pour nous trouver un bon restaurant tous les midis, les itinéraires, les grèves et pannes de transports en commun ou routiers. Evidemment pour écouter les flash infos ou les radios etc..
Pour résumer, Alexa est utile. Ce n’est pas “uniquement” un gadget à offrir à sa famille. C’est aussi un outil de travail pour une meilleure productivité et un calendrier vocal / écrit que les équipes peuvent mettre en commun pour le suivi des journées, rendez vous et TO DO LISTS
Cela fait longtemps que je n’ai pas partagé avec vous des infos, des histoires drôles ou autres
Voici une vidéo marrante 🙂
Hi all, it has been a long time, we didn”t meet and share funny news or videos. That’s why, today, we have this great funny show .
CHILDREN’S DAYCARE / NURSERY
If you are in France or you work in France ( ALL DEPARTMENTS AND ALL CITIES in FRANCE) : More than 1 300 addresses.
So if you want to keep your young children (under 4 years old) well guarded, and to let them spend educational days? … Here is an address , a website to remember. ( you can use Google translator …Just in case )
Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent.
He had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold. During 1955 to 1960, he had eleven top 10 hits and his record sales were reportedly surpassed only by Elvis Presley. During his career, Domino sold over 65 million records.His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums.
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The Paul Farrar Comedy Show is a unique comedy, guest and music radio show where guests are interrupted while talking by the host’s comic creations entering the studio and causing chaos.
Exploding studio equipment, hundreds of noisy cats and dogs entering the studio while a guest is being interviewed, inept builders undertaking extension work in the studio and totally destroying it in the process,
Batman trying to help out but making things considerably worse, and being transported to various locations across the world that are fraught with danger are some of the disastrous situations facing guests on this show. Let the mayhem commence…