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Sonia Pantiss

Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.

American Express celebrates Abbey Road Studios 80th anniversary with “Symphony at The Park” this weekend.

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Chiswick Orange Tree Garden will host the Symphony at the Park for Abbey Road Studios anniversary

Chiswick Orange Tree Garden will host the Symphony at the Park for Abbey Road Studios anniversary

Two singularly themed symphonic concerts will honour and will emphasize the chronicle of the famous Abbey Road Studios. West London’s Chiswick House and Gardens with its idyllic surroundings hosts these majestic performances. New and classic rock, pop and epic film scores will be performed.

[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”stanga”]Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (eighty-six pieces), Crouch End Festival Chorus (forty singers) and guest instrumentalists will play modern songs and film scores. The Beatles, Oasis, Pink Floyd’s songs will be performed along with scores from Star Wars, Harry Potter. The concert premiere of Disney’s Peter Pan sequel “Return to Neverland” will be also interpreted. All of these are the Abbey Road Studios outstanding eighty years legacy.

On Saturday, August 20, The Beatles, Elbow, Elgar, The Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Queen, Radiohead’s anthems symphonic versions will be played.

On Sunday August 21 programme consists in film orchestral arrangements recorded at Abbey Road. Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra used in “2001: A Space Odyssey”, John Williams’ compositions for “Star Wars”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and for “Harry Potter”, Danny Elfman’s musical creation for “Batman” will charme the attendees.

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Also another iconic film scores will be played for the audience: Howard Shore’s music for “The Lord of the Rings”, James Horner’s “Braveheart”, Jerry Goldsmith score for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”.

The visitors who will come to see these concerts at the historic Chiswick House and Gardens are invited to bring their own picnic and rug. Also they can upgrade to a VIP Package.

Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, City of Westminster, London


Gramophone Company founded Abbey Road Studios in November 1931, later on British music company EMI Records Limited became its owner.

In the 1960s Badfinger,The Beatles, Pink Floyd’s innovative recording techniques has been hosted by these famous studios.


In 2010 the studios received historic site status from the British government.


Jerry Leiber, Elvis Presley’s hits lyricist, has died


[googlead tip=”vertical_mic” aliniat=”drapta”] The previous week (from August 9 through August 16) was “Elvis Week” 2011, anevent that commemorates Elvis Presley’s death on August 16, 1977, at 42.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”dreapta”]

This annual celebration has begun in 1982 when Graceland estate has been opened to visitors. Since then hundreds thousands of persons have travelled there.

Thousands of people went to Memphis on Monday to attend a midnight candlelight vigil, the keystone of “Elvis Week”, at Graceland.

About 20,000 fans from all over the world (including England, Germany, Japan) flocked together at Elvis Presley‘s home. They processed through the familiy cemetery. At the meditation garden, they kneeled, or quietly sang, they left flowers or others tributes on the King’s graveyard. “The Twelfth of Never” (by Johnny Mathis), was the theme song for this year, signifying the unceasing love for the King of Rock and Roll.

Kevin Kern read a message from Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley‘s daughter:

“Dear Friends, thank you so much for being here and continuing to honor the legacy of my father. Your ongoing love and support mean very much to me and my family. My father always said he had the best fans in the world, and he was right. The fact that you are here to celebrate his life 34 years after his passing is a testament to that. I hope you’ve enjoyed our new exhibits at Graceland and I look forward to being involved personally with a very special exhibit called ‘Elvis Through His Daughter’s Eyes’ opening in the Spring of next year. Before we know it, it will be Elvis Week 2012, which as you all know as the 35th anniversary will be special time. I look forward to being there with you, my mother and entire family.

Thank you all and I’ll see you next August.”

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Elvis Presley in Las Vegas 1971

The music producer Ernst Jorgensen launched a five-CD RCA/Legacy box set “Young Man With the Big Beat” on Monday at Graceland to celebrate the King’s breakout year. The CDs feature interviews, remastered rare live recordings, unpublished live songs, recording-session outtakes.

In 1956 Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right, Mama”  (1946 blues number, Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right”, turned later into a professional platter) set the teen-agers on fire. “Heartbreak Hotel “, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” were some of the song which Elvis interpretation made to reach the top of audience.”Bossa Nova Baby” hit the top in 1963.

“In the Ghetto”, issued in 1969, reached number three on the pop chart. Another hit singles were “Suspicious Minds”, “Don’t Cry Daddy”, “Kentucky Rain”.

In 1970, “The Wonder of You” was released and it was a number one in UK and on top in US.

Unfortunately,  in his late years Elvis has suffered from glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, and an enlarged colon, a possibly caused, and aggravated by barbiturates and Demerol addiction.

On August 16, 1977 he was found unconscious on his bathroom floor. Elvis Presley was officially pronounced dead at 3:30 pm at Baptist Memorial Hospital.


Argentina and Romania received the best prizes of Locarno Film Festival 2011


"Abrir puertas y ventanas" won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival 2011

"Abrir puertas y ventanas" won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival 2011

“Abrir puertas y ventanas” (Back to Stay) by Milagros Mumenthaler, co-production Argentina/Switzerland won Golden Leopard, FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize, while María Canale took the Best Actress award.[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]

“Abrir puertas y ventanas”  (To open doors and windows) is about three sisters who are trying to find their life paths. After their parents have died Marina (María Canale), Sofia (Martina Juncadella) and Violeta Tauss (Ailín Salas) have been raised by their grandmother. The grandmother has died too and the three of them have to look for other ways of living, without a parent figure.
Milagros has two sisters herself and she tells the story in an empathic way.
“What a great experience.” Said Milagros Mumenthaler on stage at the Piazza Grande when she received the prize.

Adrian Sitaru's "Best intentions" won two prizes at Locarno Film Festival  2011

Adrian Sitaru's "Best intentions" won two prizes at Locarno Film Festival 2011

Adrian Sitaru won the Best Director Leopard for the film “Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intenţii” (Best Intentions), Romania/Hungary co-production, and Bogdan Dumitrache received the Best Actor award.
Alex (Bogdan Dumitrache) is an young man who has emotional issues.  When his mother (Nataşa Raab) suffers a stroke and she is hospitalized, he comes to the hospital and look after her. He tries to follow everyone’s advice and lives under the impression that anything could hurt his mother. Alex makes mistakes driven by love and by the best intentions, as the title says: “Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intenţii.”[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]
Adrian Sitaru already won another prize at Locarno festival, the Leopards of Tomorrow in 2007, for his short film “Valuri” (Waves).
“I had a great experience here four years ago I said when I accepted my prize that I’d be back for a larger version of the award and here I am,” said Adrian Sitaru on the stage at Piazza Grande.

[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”dreapta”] Portuguese film producer, Paulo Branco, the jury president, said they had created a special jury prize for the first time ever in Locarno for Shinji Aoyama‘s outstanding career and his film “Tokyo Koen. ” (An young amateur photographer in Tokyo accepts an unusual assignment and his life begins to change).

From August 3 through August 13 Locarno Film Festival 2011 displayed around 200 films and 60 short movies with around 40 world premieres.

The blockbuster “Cowboys & Aliens” had 7,600 viewers on the Piazza Grande’s big screen while only 2,200 people attended american thriller flick “Red State. ”

Other festival prizes went to “Nana” by Valerie Massadian, France ( Best First Work), “L’estate di Giacomo”  by Alessandro Comodin, Italy/France/Belgium (George Foundation Prize) “Rauschgift” (Addicted) by Peter Baranowski, Germany (Best International Short Film), “L’Ambassadeur & Moi” (The Ambassador & Me) by Jan Czarlewski (Best Swiss Short Film).“Monsieur Lazhar” by Philippe Falardeau, Canada, took Public’s Prize UBS and Variety Piazza Grande Award. Like Adrian Sitaru did four years ago, Jan Czarlewski promised to return aiming for a good prize.

Locarno Film Festival 2011 closed with “Et si on vivait tous ensemble”(And If We All Lived Together) by Stephane Robelin, France. The movie is about some old friends. They try to avoid going to a retirement house and decide to move in together. The film features Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin’s daughter.

Locarno Film Festival 2011 had other prizes too, you can find the full list here.


Hélène Rochas, the French elegance icon, died at 84.


“After 30, you get the face you deserve.” Said Hélène Rochas paraphrasing George Orwell and Coco Chanel.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”dreapta”]

Hélène Rochas

Hélène Rochas said the clothing had to match your age


Madame, as she was called,  was determined to age with grace, to accept ageing process as natural. There was no sense in hiding, or fighting, those could do even worse.

I’m against the idea of dressing young – that shows fear. When you see a woman with long, loose hair, a slender silhouette, and she turns and you see she no longer has the face for it.”  She said in 1977 to W magazine.

 Hélène loved natural beauty and belived that everyone could find her or his own style, “create a personal atmosphere, one to refine yourself in”.[googlead tip=”vertical_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]

I don’t like creams…. In the summer, it’s fruit, like crushed grapes, to nourish my face.” (1987 W magazine).

 Hélène Rochas had a strong will and she ignored the global obsession on rejuvenation. “It’s so boring” she said about exercising. She refused to underwent a facelift. “I’d rather keep myself the way I am.
Young women are never elegant.“(People magazine 1980)

When it came for the social interaction:

A dinner for six has to be for very close friends,” (W magazine 1981)

Her perfect menu: eggs en cocotte with truffles, lamb with baby vegetables, salad and cheese and about  her chef’s sorbets: “They’re not heavy, because we use only fruit and sugar, never milk”.

About motherhood Hélène admitted her career was an impediment: “I was not a good mother.” (People magazine 1980)
She an Marcel had two children: François and Sophie.

 Hélène Rochas kept the traditional French conception on the woman. Like in a lot of  cultures, woman was perceived as a tender, needing protection person.

“I work, but I don’t want to get taken for a women’s libber,” (People magazine 1980)
Women should have a fragile air, even if they are not.” (W magazine 1984)

Madame Rochas 2nd edition, The first was signed by Hélène Rochas herself

Madame Rochas second edition. The first was signed by Hélène Rochas herself.

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“She is our nose, our intuition, our mirror,” said Jacques Pecqueraux Rochas’ president in 1980, when they asked her to come back to Rochas and she accepted.

“She was the spirit of Rochas and she will put them back on top” said Oscar de la Renta.

However, Hélène Rochas elegantly declared that she was Marcel Rochas’ creation and he was her mentor even after he died.
She was taking acting lessons when she met  Marcel on a Paris Métro in 1942. He was a designer and he suggested her to be his model.

I was very vexed because he didn’t think I was old or elegant enough to model his dresses.” she said and added with a smile: “I was a good student.”(People magazine 1980).

In 1960 Guy Robert created “Madame Rochas”. Perfume’s bottle was replica of an 18th century one that Hélène discovered in a Parisian antique dealer. The “Parfum de toilette” (Pdt) was signed by Hélène Rochas herself. The perfume has aldehydes, bergamot, lemon and neroli at the top, flowery notes in the middle and woody tones at the base. Its second edition appeared in 1989.

[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]After almost three months from Charla Nash face transplant Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Boston, released a picture of her new visage on Thursday, August 11.


While the postoperative swellings and bruises vanished, Charla, who was photographed in the hospital bed looks  spectacularly different. She has a new nose, new lips, new palate and new skin. Charla is now able to eat solid food. She can breathe through her nose and even she can smell and taste the food.

Charla Nash face transplant three views

Charla Nash face transplant three views before and after attack and after the transplant








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Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of the BWH Plastic Surgery Transplantation Program, is satisfied with recovery progress. He led the team that gave Charla a new appearance. Over  thirty physicians, plastic surgery doctors, orthopedists, anesthesiologists and nurses contributed to the full face transplant procedure which was performed on May this year.

In 2009 Charla Nash suffered terrible injuries after Sandra Herold’s 200-pound (91 kg) pet chimpanzee, Travis, attacked her. It ripped her lips, nose and eyes and it tore her hands making her defaced and blind.

Since then, Charla covered her disfigured face with a hat and a veil, but she unveiled on a November 2009 episode of “Oprah”. She could not eat any but liquid food, she was not able to breathe through her nose, she could not smell or taste food.

Charla Nash face transplant replaced her entire facial area (nose, lips, facial skin, muscles, and nerves) and it took over twenty hours. She underwent face and double hand transplant at the same time. After the surgery she developed kidney failure and pneumonia and that affected blood circulation to the hands. The hands became septic and they had to be removed.

Charla and her family expressed their gratitude  for the medical team, for anonymous female donor and her family, they also thanked the doctors at the Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, where she was treated after the attack, and at the Cleveland Clinic, where she was admitted for the long rehabilitation program.

Charla Nash face transplant is the third full face transplantation performed by plastic surgery doctors from BWH and it is also the third operation of this kind in US.

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The first world full face transplantation was done in Spain in 2010 and it is the second time when face and double hand transplant were done simultaneously. The first one was in France in 2009, but the patient died in 2010.

Photos credits from left to right: Courtesy of the Nash family, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, by Lightchaser Photography

You can enjoy an online unique experience with Perseid meteor shower NASA web chat tonight!


Perseid meteor shower NASA web chat tonight

Perseids performed a splendid show in 2009. Let's enjoy Perseid meteor shower NASA web chat tonight too!

This meteor shower peaks annualy on August 12 approximately and it brings forth about 60 meteors per hour ore more. An observer could spot up to 100 meteors per hour on the peak night when there is no moonlight. This year the Moon is full at that moment and makes shooting stars harder to see.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”stanga”]

“The Perseids are considered the best meteor shower of the year by many, but with the full moon washing out all but the brightest meteors, rates will probably only be 20-30 per hour at most — weather permitting. ” Says NASA.

This year the Perseid meteor shower will reach a peak for overnight (Friday, August 12 into the early morning Saturday, August 13) and the space agency is broadcasting a live web chat.
This wonderful sky show is more visible from the northern hemisphere because of the Perseids radiant which doesn’t go up above the horizon.

[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]Perseid meteor shower NASA web chat tonight begins at 11 p.m. EDT ( 03:00 UTC  GMT) and lasts until 5 a.m. EDT Saturday. Astronomer from the Marshall Space Flight Center Bill Cooke and his colleagues, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw, will be online.

A light-activated  camera at the NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama turn on each evening. On a dark background you can see at night stars or white points.
Hearing the sounds (whistles, blips, pings) of passing through meteors it is possible, even before the camera activates.

“The meteors themselves don’t make sounds, but they ionize the air around them as they burn up. These ionized air molecules reflect radio waves back to our antenna.” Says NASA.


[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]On the Perseid meteor shower NASA web chat tonight you can ask question about Perseid and talk to the astronomers.


The Perseids is a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, they seem to radiate from constellation Perseus. The name derives from Perseides, sons of Perseus and Andromeda in Greek mythology.
While the Earth passes through the comet’s debris, pieces of ice and dust (over one thounsand years old) burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Photo credit: fruitbit/flickr.com

Sydney Fashion Festival 2011: Myer’s Big is Beautiful controversial show.


Hélène Rochas, the French elegance icon, died at 84.


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Bay Area is hosting San Francisco Fashion Week 2011

Bay Area is hosting San Francisco Fashion Week 2011

The San Francisco Fashion and Merchandising Alliance (SFFAMA) tried to redesign the show with an adequate theme,  centered on emphasizing the city’s strongest attributes: beauty, intelligent technology and textile fabrication.

There are a lot of events going on, started with Apple Workshops and Fashion Exhibit, 5 Claude Lane.
Small technology seminars took place at the Apple Store, technicians and fashion industry professionals’ speechees covered a large field concerning technical applications.
Social media workshop on  Public Relations, fashion-focused event creation and marketing in fashion, were held at Pigment Cosmetics.

At Fashion Blogger Connect & Mini-Trunk Show  Alison Messenger, Amy Gilmer, Mira Torres-Montalvo, and Molly Covert  spoke and interacted with visitors.

San Francisco Fashion Week 2011 continues with Fashion Exhibit and Installation with Art, 5 Claude Lane Gallery and runway shows  will be presented in the next three days at Madrone Studios.[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]


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Emerging Designers Fashion Show on Friday will feature new local talents: Amanda Everest, Faatui Toele  for Lucky Lu Clothing, Avni Trivedi for Avni Fashions, and Jennifer Ly.

Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Fashion Show on Saturday will present many kind of designers’ visions, among them: Wen Guo’s Boditecture (dresses which can be wear in a lots of ways), Alyssa Casares’  Alyssa Bird, the men’s underclothing line, Victor’s Promise.

Couture/Avant Garde Fashion Show on Sunday will close San Francisco Fashion week 2011. This runway will display futuristic conception of  Camelia Skikos (Academy of Art University Fashion School professor), Violetta Vieux‘s creation, KenChen men’s and women’s clothing designs, Jackee Princeau‘s leather robots, Aya Yoruha & Diane O‘ designs.

Excerpt from SFFAMA Press release on San Francisco Fashion Week 2011:

San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliances, Inc. (SFFAMA) and Wix.com are pleased to announce San Francisco Fashion Week 2011 August 8-14, 2011. San Francisco Fashion Week ™ 2011 will highlight the convergence of fashion and technology unique to the San Francisco fashion industry while showcasing emerging designers and student collections. […]
In utilizing social media and fashion-focused event production, San Francisco Fashion And Merchants Alliance, Inc. is the leading organization acting as a catalyst for fashion and technology locally. With the burgeoning indie fashion scene, SFFAMA is leading the San Francisco fashion industry toward reinventing itself as the next fashion capital and  signifies this years theme of A New Beginning. […]

Iggy Pop at Peninsula/Félsziget Festival 2011 in Romania.


The Prodigy at Sziget Festival 2011.


Woodstock Poland 2011 News.


Polish Woodstock 2011 news Update.


SonneMondSterne 2011 electronic music festival Germany.


[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]One of the ten best major festival in Europe (in 2010), Sziget Festival 2011 started on Monday, August 8 and it lasts seven days.

Fifty-two stages and meeting places with artists from forty-one countries are presenting a great variety of genres on Óbudai-sziget (Óbudai-island) of Budapest.

Sziget Festival 2011

Sziget Festival 2011 Magyar Rádió Szimfonik Live

Hungarian musicians and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, Boban Markovic Orchestra, Roots & Routes – Art’N’Go, The Klezmatics, Leningrad  played on Day 0. Seven times Grammy awarded Prince also sang on August 9. Prince was too on the 2010 European Festival Awards’ shortlists as best headliner.

Omen, Within Temption, Terry Poison, Les Hurlements d’Leo, Soerii & Poolek, Rise Against, The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Empire of The Sun, Interpol, Ojos de Brujo, Igor Do’urden vs. Coyote, Pulp, Dorian Concept, Marc Houle, Philipp Straub and other singers performed on Day 1.

The Chemical Brothers, Judas Priest, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, Andro Sikztah Stereokillaz, Gotan Project, The Prodigy, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Above& Beyond, Goran Bregovic Wedding And Funeral Band, Baskerville, Sonata Arctica, Cheikh Lô, and many other musicians are schedueled for the next four days.

Sziget Festival 2011 is a multicultural event, about half of festival goers are from outside the Hungary.

[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]Visitors from France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Austria, Finland have attended since the festival has begun (1993).

Sziget Festival 2011 Camping Site

Sziget Festival 2011 Camping Site

The festival offers a lot of attractions: sports, games, children programmes, reading places, workshops, classical and alternative theater, operas, movies, dance. Agora, Fidelio Octopus Multi-Arts Site, Hello Wood, Ability Park, European Meeting Point, Giant Street Theather, Roma Tent are some of its interesting venues.

In the Ability Park people can learn about day-to-day lives of persons who have disabilities. For example, these exercises are suggested:

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Sziget Festival 2011

Sziget Festival 2011

Sziget Festival 2011 will gather around 400,000 people during this week, it  is estimated. The organizers are aware of the importance of environmental protection and they try to keep the island clean and to make the concert goers more conscious regarding this matter.




Photos credit: Sziget/Somay Márk képei                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Gavin DeGraw resumes tour 15 days after was beaten and hit by car




[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]Early Monday morning Gavin DeGraw, musician, was admitted at Bellevue Hospital, New York. He was beaten by a group of men and he was hit by a cab.

TMZ was the first website that reported this awful incident and mentioned that DeGraw was under observation at the hospital. According to New York Post,  on Sunday night Gavin went out for a drink, then left his friends around four o’clock in the morning. Police said several people  assaulted him on the street. They cut his face and broke his nose, then run away. DeGraw rose up and as he was walking, a cab struck him causing him mild injuries. It did not seem to be a robbery, NY Post sources said. It could be an argument that started the fight, said others (CBS New York). Anyway there were no arrests until now.

 Still no further  information could be found regarding Gavin’s  current status.[googlead tip=”vertical_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Apparentely the wounds were not severe. On Gavin DeGraw‘s official website the schedule is the same. He had planned to sing in Saratoga Springs, NY  at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, as part of his summer tour, Tuesday night, August 9.

Also a news posted on August 8, 2011, 1:19 pm says:

“Want to hang out with Gavin this Wednesday, August 10, at 5:30pm EST? Then head on over to LiveStream at that appointed day and time for a one-of-a-kind LIVE webcast, featuring performances and casual banter from Gavin. […]”

However, probably he will have to cancel his agreements.

Gavin DeGraw‘s “Chariot” went platinum.

Gavin DeGraw with Students at The Art Institute of Portland

Gavin DeGraw with Students at The Art Institute of Portland

[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”stanga”]  The  singer-songwriter is also famous for his songs “In Love with a Girl”, “Follow Through” ,”I Don’t Want to Be”. The last mentioned song is featured as the theme song for One Tree Hill, the TV drama.

This summer he performed as opening star for  Maroon 5 and Train, star rockers. On May 2011 he launched “Not Over You” single and another album, “Sweeter”,  is scheduled to be released on  September this year.

Gavin DeGraw and his brother Joey own a venue in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. That bar was opened because they wanted a meeting place for friends, musicians, good music-lovers.



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This was the longest music weekend in Thuringia ever, SonneMondSterne 2011 electronic music festival will be held in Germany from August, 12 to August, 14.  

SonneMondSterne 2011

SonneMondSterne 2009 attracted 100,000 people. Will SonneMondSterne 2011 beat this number?

In the Saalburg-Ebersdorf of the Free State of Thuringia (Freistaat Thüringen) on Saalburg Beach the fans will listen to the music, will watch their favorite shows, will dance, will play volleyball and will have fun in the water, on the sand and in many other ways.

Partybus was organized for the neighbors, the concert-goers from The Netherlands, Belgium, France or Luxemburg.

Sonne Mond Sterne (meaning sun, moon, star) is  as a metaphor for festival program that is rolling night and day. This event is also called SMS.X5.
Hide And Seek – From Here To Now is official SonneMondSterne 2011 X5 Anthem.  

The Sonne Mond Sterne Festival (SMS) is a large open-air festival of electronic music which has been held in Germany since 1997. In the first year the festival was free and about two thousand five hundred people attended it.  Since then the event grew and in 2009 it had about one hundred thousand festival-goers. Usually, the main themes are rock and pop, and some of the biggest stars in electronic music are invited.

This year the SMS. X5  festival will have a number of venues: SMS. X5 main stage, SMS. X5 main circus, SMS. X5 second stage, clubtents (Dusted Decks/City of  Music,  Muna,  Cocoon,  Bass’n’Drums), beech bar Bar 25 and SMS. Boat.

SonneMondSterne 2011 will have a lot of live shows performed by various artists.

MR. OIZO, The Bloody Beetroots, Shameboy, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Oliver Koletzki & Fran, Die Vögel, Anthony Rother, Extrawelt, Juno6, The Earth,Pentatones, Mathilde Hutfeld, Colt, Dapayk, Format:B, Johannes Heil, Jacek Sienkiwicz, SIS, Kadebostan, Norris Terrify, BSTee, Jack Hose, Andy Kohlmann, Cannibal Cooking Club.  

Sziget Festival 2011 Hungary.


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SonneMondSterne 2011 electronic music festival Germany.

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Polish Woodstock 2011 (Przystanek Woodstock) attracted around six hundred and fifty thousand people, according to officials. It seems that the previous number was below the real interest arised by this festival.

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Polish Woodstock 2011

Polish Woodstock 2011

The biggest audience was at The Prodigy concert. During the Gentleman & The Evolution’s show a great number of fans began to gather and all of them waited for the main star. Exceptionally, the stage has to be fenced in as The Prodigy requested. Jerzy Owsiak, festival creator,  objected to this. He said that putting bariers beetwen public and artists came in conflict with the values of Woodstock festival, but eventually he complied. The hits  “Breathe”, “Poison”, “Firestarter” and “Smack My Bitch Up”  were sung. The group went to the stage protected by bodyguards, played and left.

Łąki Łan Apteka performed after The Prodigy a special surprise concert and recorded a live DVD. Jerzy Owsiak said he was glad that she was the star who sang at the end of  Polish Woodstock 2011.

Airbourne performed a great show and were cheered by the public. Enej and Arka Noego, two Golden Spinning winners, were also enthusiasticly applauded. Dog Eat Dog’s singer John Connor played wearing a T-shirt of Poland national men’s ice hockey team and he also showed an Woodstock special T-shirt. Large audience danced, sang and listened to the hits “Who’s the king” ,  “No Fronts”.

On Saturday, August, 6, Przystanek Republika concert was performed by Grzegorza Ciechowskiego an his guests: Titus (Acid Drinkers), Kasia Kowalska, Ania Dąbrowska, Tomek Makowiecki, Glaca (Sweet Noise), Maciej Silski, Lipa (Lipali, Illusion), Kobra (Kobranocka).

 Przystanek Woodstock  (polish for “Woodstock Bus Stop”) was inspired by and named after the Woodstock Festival, that was held in August 1969, over 40 years ago.
Polish Woodstock 2011  edition was quite peaceful, there were some troubles regarding landing transport, but besides these, the concert-goers were delighted. 


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A recent study has shown that splendid lantern shark, besides glowing in the darkness of the deep waters, can create through light effects a “cloak of invisibility” wich helps it to avoid predators.

Also, this study gathered provings that the cylindrical-shaped sharks’ habitat is extended around the Okinawa Islands of Japan,in addition to the East China Sea, and the vicinity of southern Japan waters.

Julien Claes, Jerome Mallefet and Keiichi Sato caught three specimens of the splendid lantern shark and they kept them in conditons similar to their natural environment.

The observations they made upon the sharks pointed out that each of them had nine separated bright light emitting areas (photophores). The part on the belly, together with some other areas, are responsible for invisibility effect. More luminous zones are located on the shark’s pectoral fins, flanks, tail and sexual organs, probably involved in schooling and sexual communication.
The researchers think the process is controlled by nerves and hormones in the first way,   secondly the pigments are moving in the cells to accomplish the final effect.

Invisible sharks

Invisible sharks: velvet belly shark shares a lot of features with splendid lantern shark.


Invisible sharks do really exist as a result of a natural phenomenon called bioluminescence.

There are a number of bioluminiscent animals, they use bioluminescence to lure, to repell, to camouflage, to illuminate and even to communicate,  but not all of them can become invisible. How splendid lantern shark produce its shield is explained by Julien  Claes who said to Discovery News:

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“The photophores replace the down-welling light from the sun, which is absorbed by the shark’s body.The silhouette of the shark therefore disappears when seen from below.”

It is like someone puts a powerfull light into your eyes, I would say. You can see the light, but everything else becomes invisible, such as invisible sharks.

It is interesting to mention that another small dogfish shark, cookiecutter shark, can be only partially visible in order to attract prey.

Julien  Claes is a scientist of the Catholic University of Louvain’s Marine Biology Lab. During the recent years he and his fellows colleagues have also studied the velvet belly lantern shark, another small dogfish which also has this feature (invisibility).

Picture credit: Wikipedia.

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Polish Woodstock 2011 , also called “the biggest open-air festival in Europe”,  started on Thursday, August 4 and ends today, Saturday, August 6.

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Warsaw’s Foundation “Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity” have organized Przystanek Woodstock since 1995, every year at the end of Juky or at the begining of August. Przystanek Woodstock mean in polish Woodstock Bus Stop.

The festival has been held in  Kostrzyn nad Odrą, a town near the Germany border,  since 2004.
Warsaw’s Foundation is an annual organizer of a big fundraiser in which contribute thousands of volunteers. The funds are meant to help the polish hospitalized children.

As a reward for those dedicated people, Przystanek Woodstock  is free of charge every year, the musicians play voluntarily.

Woodstock 2011 attracted thousands of persons, especially young ones. It is  estimated that the festival gathered around five hundred thousand people.

Woodstock 2011 Poland

Woodstock 2011 Poland


Usually rock is the central theme, but lots of other genres can be found (folk, grunge, punk, heavy metal).  A lot of polish performers came to play on the Woodstock 2011 stage, but along with them very many singers from other countries were invited.

From  Poland: Plateu “Projekt Grechuta”,  Kumka Olik, Riverside,  Buldog,  Łąki Łan Apteka
From Germany: Donots, H-Blockx, Jahcoustix,  Hellloween,  Gentleman & The Evolution, Heaven Shall Burn 

Kontrast (from Austria), Airbourne ( from Australia),  Zebrahead and Dog Eat Dog from USA, Skinred and The Prodigy from UK were also glad to participate.

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Besides the concerts, there are other important events during the festival. People could meet artists, politicians, religious leaders, journalists in a place called The Academy Of The Finest Arts.

“Love, Friendship and Music” is the festival motto summarizing the values for which the participants stand.

Woodstock 2011 another motto is “Stop drugs! Stop violence!” . Rigid rules are applied during the event. Alcohol, drugs are prohibited and beer can be drink in a special zone. “Peace Patrol” ensure security.

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I Love Lucy Lucille Ball

I Love Lucy Lucille Ball Pin-up photo from Yank, the Army Weekly (Wikipedia)

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Lucille Ball, the beloved comedienne,  Lucy from “I love Lucy”,  is celebrated today.

Hallmark Channel dedicated its entire weekend in order to celebrate Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday. Almost one hundred (actually 96) episodes of “I Love Lucy” are broadcasted during this weekend. The show begins on Saturday, and ends on Monday.

On Thursday, August 4, the Hollywood Museum, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment honored Lucille Ball, America’s Queen of Comedy.
The reception began with a special guest appearance Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, singer and actress.
A new exhibition was opened at the Hollywood Museum, “Lucille Ball at 100 & ‘I Love Lucy’ at 60,” from August, 3 to November 30.

Also, some days ago, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released the DVD’s collection “The Best of I Love Lucy“.

I love Lucy Lucille Ball Hollywood Wax Museum

[googlead tip=”vertical_mare”]Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was born in Jamestown, New York . In 1929 she started to work as a model, then she began her acting career on Broadway with the stage name Dianne Belmont.
Lucy played in Roman Scandals, Three Stooges (Three Little Pigskins), Room Service, Roberta,Top Hat, Follow the Fleet, the hit film Stage Door co-starring Katharine Hepburn, Hey Diddle Diddle,Too Many Girls,The Big Street, My Favorite Husband (CBS Radio), and acted in a several B-movies.

In 1951, Lucille Ball began to play in the television series “I Love Lucy“.

Her then-husband, Desi Arnaz, was acting along with her as Ricky Ricardo. Vivian Vance was Ethel Mertz and William Frawley was Fred Mertz, the Ricardos’ friends. The show ended in 1957 after 180 episodes.

“I love Lucy” was produced by Desilu, a company founded by Lucille Ball together with  Desi Arnaz in 1950 .
“I love Lucy” was the first enormous sitcom hit. It gathered an amazing 67 percent audience share. “I love Lucy” was also the first to be shot with three cameras and among the first  recorded on tape in order to be reran.

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Apollo 18 Facebook page reminded last night about the upcoming movie. Apollo 18 is a science fiction horror film, shot in a footage style, directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego and produced by Timur Bekmambetov. 

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Initially scheduled in April, with a teaser trailer in february, the release date was postponed to September and a theatrical trailer appeared on June, 24.

The plot begins from the idea that there was a secret lunar mission that never returned.
Apollo 18 mission was launched in 1974. It followed after the 1972 Apollo 17 the mission that supposedly never went back to Earth.

The film speculates about the cause(s) the United States never started another expedition to the moon. It insinuates a government coverup of the mission of the findings that the crew has been atacked by parasitic lifeforms on the moon.

Apollo 18 Web site: “There is a reason we have never gone back to the moon”

The US government and NASA state that Apollo 17 was the last manned mission and denie the existence of the Apollo 18 mission.
The Apollo program started in 1961 and on July 20th, 1969 Apollo 11 commander Neil Alden Armstrong walked on the moon. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr followed him shortly after.  Michael Collins remained on the orbit.

According to NASA “Six of the missions — Apollos 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 — went on to land on the moon, studying soil mechanics, meteoroids, seismic, heat flow, lunar ranging, magnetic fields and solar wind.”

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The last man who left the moon was (till now) Eugene Cernan. He was the commander of Apollo 17, the eleventh and final manned mission.
There were suppositions that in fact the mankind never stepped on the moon. Films were made and books were written about this subject.

It’s weird though that after 50 years the humankind made so little progress regarding the space exploration.
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Apollo 18 Poster

Apollo 18 Poster

As we previously said Kings of Leon  singer Caleb Followill was dealing with more important condition than a mild dehydration.


On Monday they interrupted the summer tour through the United States because “vocal issues and exhaustion,” that Caleb Followill was suffering from.  The Kings of Leon‘s representative declared to Us Weekly: “The reason for the cancellation of the tour is Caleb is under doctor’s orders for vocal rest. They feel terrible about cancelling. They look forward to getting back on the road at the end of September.”

“We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break. Unfortunately, the US dates cannot be rescheduled due to the band’s international tour schedule. […] The band will resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC, on September 28th. That show was originally schedule for September 14th. ”  stated the announcement  posted on their website.


Kings of Leon interrupted show

Kings of Leon interrupted show


[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]On the other hand, on the same day the Kings of Leon bassist, Jared Followill, published on Twitter: “Utterly depressed. It’s completely out of my hands. Family has to come 1st.”  Before this he declared (on Saturday) that “there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be address”.


An insider of the group said 

“They are trying to get Caleb to go to rehab. It is mostly for alcohol. …they ended up canceling the whole tour… he drinks like a fish.”

Another  source said Kings of Leon never debated Caleb’s drinking as a problem because they all use to consume a little alcohol during their travels.

Caleb, who recently married Lily Aldridge (Victoria’s Secret model) , has been dealing with this problem for some time.

“It’s true. Caleb’s drinking is out of control and they are trying to get him into rehab. It’s a dark demon he has been fighting for awhile.” said other source.

Sources say Caleb becomes nervous about singing in front of the crowds and drinks alcohol to relax.

“There’s a running joke in the band that Caleb can’t go on stage without having a cocktail first.” said an insider.

Let’s hope Caleb will be strong enough and he will get adequate help to solve this problem and he will continue to sing with Kings of Leon. A lot of music talents  were lost because of drug and alcohol addiction.

Shark Week began on Sunday, July, 31 with a premiere, “Great White Invasion”, about a horde of great white sharks that were swimming along the beaches from South Africa to Australia, and near the coast of California.


Discovery Channel broadcasted Shark Week for the first time in 1987, on July 27. In 2000, 6 millions viewers, from United States, and from Canada, received 3D Pulfrich glasses in order to see an episode that had 3D segments. That episode was about an extinct giant shark.

Now this television program series is transmitted in over 70 countries. The target for this show is the average persons, and its purpose is educational. The aim is to make people to know about the sharks, and to convince them that this animals need to be protected. It’s about conservation and preservation of the nature.

Sharks are a type of fish. They have  a highly streamlined body and a full cartilaginous skeleton. Sharks live in every seas and are ordinary down to depths of 2,000 meters (6,600 ft). They generally do not live in freshwater.
Five centuries ago the sharks were called “sea dogs” by mariners. The name “shark” first came into use in 1569. Sir John Hawkins’ sailors exhibited one in London and refer to the large sharks of the Caribbean Sea by using the word (shark).
Despite of the general belief that sharks are only instinctual creatures, some studies  showed that many species possess curiosity, great problem-solving skills, and social skills.


The Shark Week is  aired every year, usually in July or August. This year it will end on Friday, August, 5.

It is a good opportunity to learn and see new and interesting things about the sharks.

According to Discovery Channel, this year the Shark Week programme includes:
INTO THE SHARK BITE (Originally Premiered 2010)
AIR JAWS: SHARKS OF SOUTH AFRICA (Originally Premiered 2001)

Shark Week

Shark Week

 [googlead tip=”vertical_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”] The books industry has been upended by the expansion of the e-books, and publishers are shifting in opposition to tradition by publishing paperbacks books edition earlier than regular, occasionally less than 6 months after the book came out in hardcover.

It used to be a strict schedule in the books business: first the hardcover edition was printed, and about 12 months after that, the paperback book was published.

E-books have made cost a challenge for publishers and they are considering the right time of a paperback book. There is often a big distance between the price of a fresh hardcover book and its e-book edition. The paperback book and e-book tend to be within a couple of dollars, rendering numerous publishers to speculate if cost-conscious buyers are reading e-books right away instead of waiting for the paperbacks books.

Hardcover book has been the publishing style of the first option for a long time. Authors want to make an impression with their books release, so hardcover is the initial selection when publishing. If a person favors a paperback, he or she will get the book after a long delay.



A hardcover is likely to age far more softly. Paperbacks split, wrinkle and discolor much more quickly. Some people love to have a nice-looking bookshelf. Hardback book is more likely to appear great and even as apposed to a  wrinkly paperback book. Although the story contained in a book may be identical, some people will refuse to buy a book if it is not bound in their favored form.

Paperbacks books are generally less expensives than hardcovers. When the editor and author save money in the creation process, the discounts are transferred to the buyer.
Being able to effortlessly take a book with you is a great ease. Paperbacks are free of the extra weight and also free of the thickness of a hardcovers books.

Since the large, synchronised release of hardcover and electronic editions of a book currently gather the bulk of the attention the book is likely to get, letting the paperback book edition considerably in the back, publishers state they have a fresh sense of urgency with the paperback. 

 [googlead tip=”patrat_mare”] Last week involved the trade paperback release of “Swamplandia!”, a debut novel by Karen Russell, 5 months just after it was first printed in hardcover in February.

Anne Messitte, a publisher of Vintage/Anchor, said that when Vintage editors published the paperback of “Swamplandia!”, they chose July to capitalize on product sales to summertime travellers, who tend to favor fiction.
“It felt to us like a perfect summer paperback,” she stated about the book, that stories the imaginary ventures of a Florida family members threathened by alligators.

“The Tiger’s Wife,” a fictional book by Téa Obreht, that became available in hardcover in March, will be followed by the  paperback book  in October, 7 months later.

“Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN” by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, has hardly been in book shops two months, having showed up on May, and the  paperback book edition is already planned for December. Therefore, nonfiction release has been sped up as well.

The entire publishing daily life routine has sped up in recent years. Hardcovers books have less time in book shops, due to the fact the merchants tend to shift them off the shelves more quickly than they used to.

“E-book sales are usually strong in the initial period after the publication date but do not spike again after the paperback comes out”, said Terry Adams, the digital and paperback publisher for Little, Brown & Company.  [googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Terry Adams released the paperback of “Room,” a book by Emma Donoghue, 8 months after the hardcover book due to the fact hardcover product sales had slowed down but not ceased totally. “The momentum was there, and we wanted to capture the momentum for the paperback,” he said. “For books that rise to a certain level of visibility, you really want to ride the wave.”

However, there are still exceptions to the paperbacks books  timetable. A number of publishers said that the 12 months delay was still being the principle for most books. If a book is selling quickly in hardcover, publishers tend to postpone on releasing a paperback book edition. Stieg Larsson’s 3rd book in the Millennium series, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” has not yet been printed in paperback edition in the United States, more than 12 months following the hardcover book was released.

Will certainly Randy Moss retire instead to suit up for a 14th National football league (NFL) season?

Joel Segal, Randy Moss‘ agent, informed NFL Network and ESPN of his client’s choice. He told that the receiver was thinking about offers from several clubs, but decided to retire. Segal declined to comment particularly on the offers, rather declaring his 34 yo client sensed the time was right to step aside.  [googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”]

Randy has weighed his options and considered the offers and has decided to retire,” Segal said.

Randy Moss was typically connected to the New York Jets as a destination for this year, but they signed WR Plaxico Burress yesterday.
Randy Moss performed for three teams in 2010 — he was traded from New England to Minnesota last October, waived by the Vikings in November previous to concluding with Tennessee — and had his minimum successful period (28 catches, 393 yards, 5 touchdowns).

Randy Moss

Randy Moss

“I don’t want to say he was the best ever deep threat, because a threat is something you make without doing something. He did it,” Hall-of-Fame WR James Lofton, who knows a lot regarding stretching the field, shared with USA TODAY’s Robert Klemko.

His 153 touchdowns are tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career list, and he’s also fifth in yards (14,858) and tied with Hines Ward for eighth in receptions (954).
These statistics, and his position, as perhaps the greatest strong menace in National Football League (NFL) historical past, is likely to make him a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame.

[googlead tip=”vertical_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”]His career began with 7 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings prior to he went inactive for two years in Oakland. He re-emerged as a force with the New England Patriots in 2007, lifting in a single-season record 23 touchdowns passes from Tom Brady in order to assist the Patriots reach the Super Bowl.
Randy Moss was a first-round choose of Marshall in 1998, obtained twenty-first general. However, worries concerning his off-field habits avoided him from going much sooner. He reacted by winning offensive rookie of the year honorsdeemed the best rookie season at any time by NFL Network.
Randy has been a great player for a long time,” said Bob Pruett, Randy Moss‘ college coach at Marshall. ”He’s choosing this on his own terms and I think that’s good. If that’s what he wants to do, that’s what he should do.”

 In the course of his career, Randy Moss gained the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in the game, when he wanted to be.

His combination of dimensions, velocity and cleverness has hardly ever been seen for a player at his position, and he should get some credit for the increase of two defenses throughout the National Football League that were designed in large part to prevent Randy Moss from burning them down the field.
“His body control, his ability to slow himself, elevate, and position himself is unbelievable, better than anybody I’ve ever seen play the game… He had a phenomenal presence on the football field. He was a player that defenses had to adjust to and really didn’t do a very good job of it” said Lofton.

Vikings supporters were euphoric at the news of his returning last season. Randy Moss caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in 4 games back in purple, clashed with Childress in the locker room and turned some co-players off with his inadequate treatment of a team caterer towards the end of his run. He hugged former Patriots teammates after a Vikings loss, and then strangely walked to a podium to fuss over the Patriots, upbraid the Vikings for neglecting his strategic guidance, and declare his strategy to interview himself the rest of the season rather than allowing reporters do it. [googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]

One of  Randy Moss‘ former co-player believes he’s got enough of that capability remaining that he will in fact pull back (Brett Favre Randy Moss‘ quarterback shortly  in 2010) and unretire.
“He’s as talented a guy as I’ve ever seen play the game. He’s a guy with some pride, and more than anything else in the past few years he’s thinking about his legacy,” said ESPN analyst Robert Smith, who played with Randy Moss on the Vikings from 1998-2000.


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Brandon Marshall is an exceptionally gifted wide receiver whose private daily life and off-the-field tricks have got generally attracted way more interest that his touchdown grabs or third down conversions. He informed us yesterday that he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Marshall appreciates he has got it all: National football league, wealth, a smart, attractive spouse, a beautiful house, an excellent life – almost everything any person may possibly would like. But it wasn’t sufficient. It was never good enough.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall


But now we know the reason why: the All-Pro seated for 30 minutes along with journalists following training yesterday and stated he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder earlier this year.

Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver has borderline personality disorder and, rather than disguising that fact, he’s choosing to “be the face of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).” Marshall spoke openly about it over the past weekend, informing the Sun-Sentinel: 

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I’ll make myself vulnerable if it saves someone’s life because I know what I went through this summer helped save mine.”

Brandon Marshall had experienced therapy several times prior to this.

Now, at the proposition of Dolphins teammate Ricky Williams, Marshall looked for support from McLean Hospital in Boston.

Marshall attained day-to-day together with specialists and other Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) sufferers.

Any time there’s conflict it’s a challenge,” Marshall explained. “What I’m feeling or trying to get across is right, but I’m reacting wrong. My actions or what I’m saying is not effective or productive and it makes the situation worse.”

By means of therapy, he is learning to deal with his sentiments and emotions.

By no means am I all healed or fixed,” he said, “but it’s like a light bulb’s been turned on in my dark room.”

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Borderline Personality Disorder is seldom diagnosed. It is noticeable by difficulties with human relationships, inadequate self-image as well as difficulty managing emotional behavior and sensations. Marshall has spoken about his stressed child years and desertion and abuse that can contribute to BPD. Mary Zanarini – the professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School who treated Marshall this summer – declared to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

BPD is a well understood psychological disorder. It’s not a form of misbehavior.

Brandon Marshall mentioned he plans to lobby Congress for finances to assist study into the condition, adding:

There comes a time in a guy like myself’s life, with everything that I’ve been through, that you become bulletproof to the critics and to what the world thinks of you. Right now, today, I am vulnerable. I am making myself vulnerable. And I want it to be clear that this is the opposite of damage control. The only reason why I’m standing here today is to use my story to help others who may suffer from what I suffer from.”


Kings of Leon interrupted a concert Friday in Dallas, Texas subsequent to guide performer Caleb Followill informed admirers, “I’m going to move behind the scenes and I’m gonna vomit, I’m gonna drink a beer and I’m gonna come back out and play three more songs.”

The rocker by no means came back to the stage, that pushed the other members of this rock band to say sorry to the viewers. “Caleb’s just a little unfit to play the rest of the show,” explained bassist Jared Followill. “We love you guys so much, but I know you guys fucking hate us. I’m so sorry. It’s really not our fault, it’s Caleb. He can’t play the rest of the show. We will be back as soon as possible.”

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon



Even though Caleb Followill has revealed that the cause he quit the stage was because of heat, fatigue and also lack of fluids, his sibling Jared’s remarks on Twitter after the episode suggest that Caleb’s tendencies may be part of a larger issue in the music group. Soon after apologizing again, Jared published “there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be address” and also “I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”

This is a common endeavor that other bands are also pursuing. It’s not unusual for singers and other band members to have health problems or other issues which prevent them from singing. Caleb’s problem was health related but we cannot say for sure if that was the only reason for his behavior. 





Please view the video below which shows Caleb Followill talking to the audience at the Dallas concert. The video clip also displays footage of the other members of Kings of Leon apologizing him for his sudden departure.