Monday, November 20, 2017

The Bridge, Swedish/Danish television series

Ok, so having watched the English/French television series "The Tunnel", previously mentioned in an earlier posting, I bumped into the original Swedish/Danish television series "The Bridge" -  we just finished watching this.

Once again, this is graphic.

Sofia, who portrays the Swedish police officer,
was absolutely perfect for this part - she certainly appears to have ice water in her veins!

We enjoyed this even more than "The Tunnel"

Give it a try.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Into the Mud They Go

From 11-16-17 Politico's M. Wuerker.

How far into the mud will American lawmakers, celebrities and other well known men be allowed to go before we all make THEM accountable?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Tunnel, a TV series

This joint television production - English, French - is based on the Swedish television series The Bridge, which we are now watching.  

The cover here is from the second season, which we just finished watching.

The first season started with a body found in the Tunnel, between England and France, exactly at mid-point in the Tunnel, so police forces from both countries are involved in this extremely unusual case. Both detectives involved form a unique relationship.

Warning this series can be quite graphic.

We "enjoyed" this one as it has very interesting views into opposing police forces having to come together to solve very complicated cases.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Our Last Tango, a film

We watched this very interesting documentary, with actors portraying Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes as the dancers in their youth.

Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carols Copes were Argentina's most famous Tango couple for 50 years. They performed one last tango years after their separation as a "couple".

Maria is more often the focus of the documentary, than Juan Carlos, even into her 80's she is still full of fire, determination, passion for dance and highly attractive.
Juan Carlos still displays the male tango attitude that seems to predominate the dance world.

Music was wonderful, dancing was great.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Who you "gonna" believe?

Trump's Renoir painting is not real, Chicago museum says

Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Two Sisters (On The Terrace)Image copyright Art Institute of Chicago
Image caption Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Two Sisters (On The Terrace)
A US museum says an Impressionist painting which President Donald Trump reportedly claims to own is a fake.

In a recent interview, Trump biographer Tim O'Brien said he was once told by the future president that his artwork was an original.

But the Chicago Institute of Art says the real painting, Two Sisters (On The Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, has hung in its gallery for 80 years.

A museum spokeswoman said "we have had this authentic painting" since 1933.
"We're proud and grateful to be able to share this exceptional work of art with our 1.5 million visitors each year," Amanda Hicks said in an email to the BBC.

The painting was given to the institute in 1933 from a donor who bought it for $100,000 (£76,000).
The donor acquired it from an art dealer who purchased it directly from the French Impressionist painter in 1881, she added.

But Mr O'Brien said during a recent interview with Vanity Fair's Hive podcast that Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed to him that his version of the painting was authentic.

During a flight on Mr Trump's private jet while he was writing his 2005 book, TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, Mr O'Brien said he spotted the painting and asked about it.
"You know, that's an original Renoir," the author said Mr Trump had told him, adding that the property tycoon repeated the claim the following day.

"Donald, it's not," he recalled telling Trump. "I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called Two Sisters on the Terrace, and it's hanging on a wall at the Art Institute of Chicago.

"That's not an original."

The artwork was later apparently moved to Trump Tower, the author said, noting that it was visible in the background of a CBS 60 Minutes interview that Mr Trump gave shortly after the presidential election.

"I'm sure he's still telling people who come into the apartment, 'It's an original, it's an original,'" Mr O'Brien said on the podcast.

Mr Trump sued Mr O'Brien for $5bn because the author wrote in TrumpNation that rather than being a billionaire, his net worth was actually as low as $150m.

The defamation lawsuit was dismissed. 

Who you "gonna" believe, the Art Institute where the original has been since 1933, and this writer lived in Chicago and saw it in the Art Institute back in the early 1970's  or Trashmouth?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Riches vs A Good Name

Proverbs 22King James Version (KJV)

22 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Steven Mnuchin
United States Secretary of the Treasury

Betsy DeVos
United States Secretary of Education

and of course, Trashmouth, should take a moment and consider the above Biblical verse.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

How many have been killed by guns since 1968?

Here’s a summary of deaths by major conflict:

War                                      Deaths
Revolutionary War                4,435
War of 1812                          2,260
Mexican War                         13,283
Civil War (Union and Confederate, estimate) 750,00

Spanish-American War           2,446

World War I                           116,516

World War II                           405,399

Korean War                            36,574

Vietnam War                          58,220
Persian Gulf War                     383

Afghanistan War                     2,363
Iraq War                                 4,492
Other wars (includes Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Haiti)                                     362

TOTAL    1,396,733

Americans killed by guns from 1968 - 2015       1,516,863