Saturday, October 29, 2011

Formula One races toward New Jersey - Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial

[Photo:  Sebastian Vettel celebrating his World Championship in the streets of Germany. Credit: Getty.]

[MuseWhat do you think of F1 driving a street race near New York City?].

Formula One races toward New Jersey - Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial -- Formula One is returning to the Eastern United States. This week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, along with other officials, held a press conference in Weehawken, New Jersey to announce the establishment of a new F1 race in this country.  

Called the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial, the race will take place on a road course planned out along the Hudson River. The course takes advantage of not only the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop but also the entertainment center of New York City around which officials hope to draw an estimated 100,000 spectators a day over a three-day race weekend.  CONTINUE READING...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Occupy Writers movement grows in numbers, words

[Photo:  Salman Rushdie was an early supporter of Occupy Wall Street through Occupy Writers. Credit: Getty Images.]

[Musing If sent a letter to support Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Writers, would you sign it?]

Occupy Wall Street: Occupy Writers movement grows in numbers, words -- Writers, famous and not-so-famous alike, have joined pens to throw their support behind the Occupy Wall Street movement that is protesting against corporate greed. A website listing one simple statement signed by hundreds of authors has expanded in the last few days to also include new writing such as poems and essays by some of the artists.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fairy tales on TV - 'Grimm' and 'Once Upon a Time' set to premiere on NBC, ABC

[MusingIt will be interesting to see how each network approaches these adaptations, no?]

Fairy tales on TV - 'Grimm' and 'Once Upon a Time' set to premiere on NBC, ABC -- Recent adaptations of books and fairy tales to films for young adult audiences (Red Riding Hood; Snow White and the Huntsman) is fueling interest in Hollywood in doing the same thing for television viewers. Two cases in point are Grimm and Once Upon a Time set to premiere this month on NBC and ABC, respectively.

Grimm's Fairy Tales is the common name of the book of German originated fairy tales written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Children's and Household Tales. The book was first published in 1812 and contains such well-known stories and characters as Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rumpelstiltskin. A second volume of the tales was published in 1814, and subsequent editions with various revisions came out after that.

NBC describes its new show Grimm this way:  Continue Reading...........

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[Photo:  ABC's Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold. Credit:  ABC].

Dan Wheldon crash 'surreal,' says Mario Andretti on 'Piers Morgan Tonight'

[MusingIt's a dangerous sport, but with all the safety precautions in place, is it any more dangerous than, as the racers point out, what we all encounter in everyday life?]

Dan Wheldon crash 'surreal,' says Mario Andretti on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' -- Appearing on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight Monday evening, racing legend Mario Andretti called the crash that killed driver Dan Wheldon "surreal."

Mario Andretti appeared on the program with Tony Kanaan, the leader of the race at the time it was stopped after the crash. According to Sports Illustrated, as a result of where he was in the race, Mr. Kanaan was on the pole position for the five-lap tribute to Dan Wheldon. He was also a good friend of the fallen athlete.

Mr. Wheldon was killed as a result of a 15-car pile-up on lap 11 of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship race on Sunday. He was 33.

Asked about the severity of the crash, Mr. Andretti said:  Keep reading.................

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[Photo:  Dan Wheldon's car going airborne during the crash at the Las Vegas IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 16, 2011. Getty Images.].

National Book Awards 2011: Author asked to withdraw 'Shine' from finalist list

[Musing:  If you were asked to withdraw your novel after an awards organization made a mistake in naming it a finalist, would you say 'yes' or 'no'?]

National Book Awards 2011: Author asked to withdraw 'Shine' from finalist list -- The National Book Awards named the wrong book during their announcement of finalists last week. Instead of nominating the young adult novel, Chime, for the award as intended, the announcement was made that Shine by Lauren Myracle was a finalist in the Young People's category. Yesterday, the author was asked to withdraw her novel from the list of finalists, and she agreed.

According to Publishers Weekly, the mistake was made when the person taking down the finalist titles from the judges over the phone misheard Shine for Chime. The fact that the novels have different authors (the author of Chime is Franny Billingsley, which does not bear much resemblance to the name Lauren Myracle) has not been explained.  Keep reading.............

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Paul McCartney toasts John Lennon at wedding says Barbara Walters on 'The View'

 [Musing:  Has the romantic songwriter finally re-found lasting companionship and contentment after the blow of Linda's passing, so many years ago?]

Returning to her morning talk show, The View, on Tuesday, co-host and journalist Barbara Walters talked about the wedding she attended over the weekend -- the nuptials of Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell. According to Ms. Walters, Paul McCartney made a toast to his late songwriting partner, John Lennon, at the wedding reception.

Ms. Walters told details about the wedding as well as the reception. As a cousin of  Nancy Shevell, she was one of the few people invited. Ms. Shevell is the daughter of Ms. Walters's first cousin, who passed away from cancer. On the show, Ms. Walters said that Nancy is like a second daughter to her, and they are very close. Reports elsewhere have suggested that Ms. Walters may have introduced the couple.

Barbara Walters showed a photograph of Nancy Shevell in her wedding dress which she said was designed by Stella McCartney, the Beatle's daughter. Alongside that picture, she showed a photo of the Duchess of Windsor on her wedding day. The dresses were very similar, and Ms. Walters said that Stella McCartney "redid it for her." Keep reading....

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[PHOTO:  Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell on their wedding day, October 9, 2011.  Getty Images /]

Monday, October 10, 2011

Oh, the Grape!


If you live in vineyard country like I do, you might find yourself in an obsessive relationship with the grape, as I have.  I don't mean that figuratively in terms of really liking wine -- I mean the actual grape, in this case Concord grapes that grow in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

Concord grapes are not all sweet like the ones you buy in a grocery store.  They have a combined taste of tartness and sweetness, like some kinds of apples.  Some people eat them skins, seeds, and all.  Others squish the insides out in their mouths and dispose of the skins; still others spit out the seeds but relish the skin and pulp.

One of the treats at farmer's markets around here this time of year is Concord grape pie.  I heard of someone buying one this past weekend at, appropriately enough, Naples, New York, and it made me want a slice.  I'm not a big pie fan, but I'll take a slice of grape pie or two about once a year.

We all know about Concord grape jelly sold in the grocery store, but that's just not the same (though obviously made from these grapes).  If you've never eaten Concord grapes right off the vine -- or nearly so -- I hope you'll take the opportunity if it ever presents itself to you and try them.  Our weeks of having fresh local grapes are already limited, and I'm fresh out.  Time to go out and get some more before they, and these glorious, colorful fall days of October, are gone!

Watkins Glen: The International Motor Racing Research Center & 100 Years of Formula One

[Musing:  Enjoyed this event in Watkins Glen, N.Y.!]

IMRRC marks 50th anniversary of 1st Formula One U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen – Culminating a year-long celebration on Saturday, the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York commemorated the first Formula One U.S. Grand Prix motor race to happen in the tiny village. The event took place 50 years to the day after Tex Hopkins leaped into the air and dropped the first green flag in 1961. That act so long ago launched 20 years of glory at the Watkins Glen racetrack.  Formula One racers and cars from the United States, Europe, and around the world competed at the upstate New York track each October from 1961 to 1980, adding their own fire and color to the blaze of the autumn hillsides already reflected in cool, blue Seneca Lake.

A warm and sunny day greeted race enthusiasts and participants in Watkins Glen and at the IMRRC. Michael Argetsinger, son of Cameron Argetsinger, the man credited with bringing the U.S. Grand Prix to the small upstate New York town, was on hand signing copies of his new book, Formula One at Watkins Glen: 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix, 1961-1980. The book is lush with color and black and white vintage photographs from each race as well as Mr. Argetsinger’s personal recollections, a brief history of the race at “The Glen,” and quotes from racers and others. All proceeds from the book go to benefit the IMRRC, according to the author.  Continue Reading...