Hey mister, can we have our ball back–100 years later?

The BBC has an odd story. A family visited a cathedral in England and threw a ball up against it about a century ago. It’s been stuck there ever since, and whenever they go and visit they look to see if it is still there. Now the building is under renovation and they were afraid their ball would be lost so they wrote a letter asking for the ball back. It’s actually now considered one of the oldest tennis balls in England dating back to 1914.]]>

Sailors chip in

The Diplomadic is reporting that several of the sailors serving in relief missions in Asia have pooled together there own money to buy toys for orphans they come across. Apparently the ship’s store has a collection of teddy bears and other gifts that they have been handing out. I think I need to find a way to ship something to these sailors. I hate going through NGO’s with all their overhead and bureaucracy and would rather find a way to get it directly to those in need. P.S. Diplomadic is the best blog on the relief operations you will find. ]]>

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda tells the story of an unlikely hero, the hotel manager of a five star hotel in the capital of Rwanda at a time when his country was falling into chaos. Paul Ruseabagina was half Hutu, half Tutsi and didn’t seem to care much about politics, only in the sense that he knew who to bribe to get good whiskey and who to favor to protect his family. Eventually his skills at finagaling were put to an immense test as civil war broke out and the ethnic cleansing of the tutsi’s commenced. 1200 people sought refuge in his hotel, which he managed to maintain as a sanctuary through bribes and force of will. “As long as they think of this place as a foreign-owned five star hotel and not a refugee camp.” The movie is well made, and Don Cheadle will get an Oscar nod without a doubt. They use a quote from Clinton’s spokesman that showed how much of a backbone you can find from a guy who says “it depends on what your definition of is is.” It’s definitely worth a look if you can find it at a theater near you. I saw the movie in Bethesda, headquarters of the Blue State anti-American crowd, with my friend Russ who gave up smoking this weekend. He needed to see movies to get his mind of cigarettes and his desire to hit someone in the face. Unfortunately, surrounded by Kerry Edwards stickers, his rage was only magnified. ]]>

Finding Neverland

J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. Barrie based Peter Pan on his friends, the Llewellyn-Davies boys who he met in Kennsington Gardens in London one day. He eventually became the surrogate father and then guardian of the children. The movie is quite well done. Johnny Depp will get a nod from the Academy, and the color and period costumes are entertaining. The story dragged abit though, as I wasn’t quite sure where it was going toward the end. What I thought was a climax wasn’t and then I was a bit lost. Unlike Topsy Turvy, which was another period piece about making a stage play, this moved much faster but with a bit less detail behind the scenes, but then again, it wasn’t just a movie about a play. Worth seeing, eventhough it is in limited release. UPDATE WHOA! Just read this piece on Was John Barrie a pedophile. The answer is probably not, but that last paragraph contains the fate of the five boys in the film. Tragic ends to most of their lives. A little strange…]]>