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Click to play 3 minute YouTube video (for the movie trailer) which has already had 5.4 MILLION hits. The dance routine starts around the 21 second mark. It is ALL good. SMILE.
The whole household, without exception, likes “Bollywood” songs and dance routines and over the last 5 – 6 years we have got to watch a LOT of them since the TV cricket subscriptions I get typically also include some Bollywood options.
Given the tons we have seen it takes something SPECIAL to get me to take notice and that was the case with this ‘Mohenjo Daro’ title song dance. They have been showing it, quite a bit, on Willow Cricket over the last month. Though I invariably FF through the commercials this one got my attention. Then, moreover, each time it was on I would WATCH it. That meant that it was compelling.
I just wanted to SHARE it with you since there is a chance that you may not have seen it. Enjoy.
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I really do not think you see this level of sportsmanship in any other sport. No wonder we have the adage “it is just not cricket” to describe ‘bad behavior’ (of the Donald Trump kind).
Earlier this year, as I documented, we had British National Hero Ian Botham wiping a tear from his eye when (black) South African youngster Temba Bavuma score his maiden century in Tests — against England. Where else would you see that. A national hero shedding a tear when somebody in the other team scores a century against their country. That was brilliant.
Then Denesh Ramdin indicating that it was NOT a fair catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT. There are NO REVIEWS in T20. It would have been a done deal. Even if they saw it on replays after nothing would have been said or done. It was all legit. But Ramdin voided the catch. Yes, we have seen West Indies players not say anything in other ‘questionable catch’ situations — but this was nice. Yes, I know that the outcome of this match did not matter. The West Indies had already qualified for the Semi Finals. But it was grand. Made my day.
And then to have Chris Gayle helping the victorious Afghan players celebrate. Meant a LOT to them and you could tell that. Here was a cricket superstar, from the opposition, sharing their joy. Yes, Chris Gayle did NOT play in the match — and as I just said the outcome of this match did not matter. But it was another lovely gesture. And even greater … The commentators (echoing the views of the fans) applauded. Nobody misinterpreted it as Chris Gayle not being loyal to his team. We all knew that this WAS CRICKET.
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by Anura Guruge
>> 2014 Cinco de Mayo.
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Never mind the ‘Cinco de Mayo‘ Google Doodle. Google, as I pointed out last year, has never done one. Probably because it commemorates a war victory and Google prefers to stay clear of subject matter of that nature.
And before we conclude this merry Cinco de Mayo post
ENJOY this merry jig.
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>> London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony: The John Lennon Segment Was Inspired. Thank You — August 19, 2012.
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Other than for the stupid, uncalled for Winston Churchill blunder, the remainder of the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies ROCKED! Thank You. Bravo. Way to go. I am so happy and proud.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were pretty amazing and I have to think that the opening ceremonies with all those drums etc. will continue to be hailed as one of the greatest of events for decades to come.
I was worried that MY London would come up short. That they said at the start that they decided that they were not gong to compete with the Chinese kind of upset me. I am always into forward and upward.
We made up for it with the Closing Ceremonies — though, now old, I have to confess, I had NO IDEA who some of the performers were! Neither did Deanna. But, they were good. The Pinball Wizard segment was spectacular. We have watched it three times so far, with the speakers blasting. Of course, I would have liked to have see the WHO perform it, but c’est la vie.
That they finally showed some Indians (^^^^ above) was gratifying — albeit it was in the COMEDY segment with Eric Idle! Was that a dig at the Indians? That is OK with me. A favorite pastime in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where I come from is to poke fun of Indians. The dancing and music was good. The kids, who love Indian music, thought it was great. Some of the dancers (if not all) were Sikhs. That was poignant given what took place in Wisconsin during the Olympics. NBC did not make that connection. They wouldn’t know. They probably thought the turbaned dancers were from Pakistan!
Loved seeing the Rolls Royces. We make some of the most awesome cars in the World (and these days most of them are reasonably reliable and don’t rust that much). I am glad they featured British cars and didn’t insult me by using any German ones. All said, I am delighted. I e-mailed a friend of mine in the U.K., a Catholic priest named ‘Churchill’ (though alas not a relative), about how proud WE should all be. London and the U.K. did good. Demonstrated, once again, that we are still a world power to be contended with — even sans the Empire.
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Prior posts on HopFest:
July 18, 2012.
Yes, I got my customary front row aisle seats (so Teischan can more readily interact with the performers in the aisle), at 8:40 am this morning; thank you. I had put a reminder on my calendar for yesterday, and that alone is unusual because, at most, I might have 10 reminders, in total, for a whole year. Since to me a day starts at midnight, I planned to buy the tickets before going to bed last night. Alas, Dartmouth works on a more pedestrian 8am to 5pm schedule. 8am, I am still asleep. But, I got Devanee to bring in her laptop and I bought the tickets, from bed, while drinking my coffee and listening to CNBC.
The funny thing is that front row seats at the Hopkins and also at Plymouth are NOT considered prime seats! So they are not the most expensive. That makes them even better. Yes, I know that there are many that find the front row too close and quite literally a pain in the neck. It has never bothered me and the kids like it. Plus, during the intermission they typically get to meet some of the performers because they come down from the stage to press the flesh.
This year it is an Irish immigrant Christmas on a ship, set in 1907 (to the shades of the Titanic). We like Irish music and dance. So that should be good, though Deanna and the kids most prefer the traditional medieval English Revels. But, I am hopeful. Revels North, who do this performance is an inspired bunch. This is their Web site. You should definitely pay them a visit.
Last Christmas, because we liked their show so much, I rushed off and got tickets for the ‘main’ Revels at Harvard, Cambridge, MA. Wow. What a location. What a show. Given that it was a last minute thing, we had poor seats. Plus, it was a Mediterranean theme. I thought it was very good, but Deanna, in particular, was very down on it. I haven’t checked what they are doing this year, though I am on their e-mail list.
So, we will see you at Revels in Dartmouth. Merry Christmas.