Gr8at: Stylish Rio Olympic Shots

The Rio Olympics may be over, but it provided some fantastic images among the drama. So much so that I couldn’t let it pass without showing you some of the incredible images that were captured. I’ll be putting up a post soon on dramatic sporting moments, but I wanted to do one first on the more stylish photographs taken. How much of the Olympics did you see? What was your favourite sport to watch?

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Line(s) of the Day #Barbra Streisand

Barbara Streisand

I’ve heard she once used a cake on stage to make her cry. “That’s right,” she says. “It was a chocolate cake and it was put on the stool [in the wings] where I could see it.It wasn’t that I had to cry,” she corrects. “It was that I was supposed to be in love with the actor but I couldn’t feel anything for him. I didn’t even like him. I put the piece of cake in the wings so I could pine for the piece of cake.”

Taken from an interview with Barbra Streisand (1942 – ) with The Sunday Times’ journalist Chrissy Iley. Streisand is a legend of stage and screen, with an incredible set of achievements including two Oscars, 10 Grammy awards, five Emmys and a Tony award.

Line(s) of the Day #CarelessWhisper

george Michael careless whsiper

I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no ryhthm
Though its easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool

Taken from the astonishingly successful song Careless Whisper by George Michael. Although credited to Michael, it features on Wham’s second album Make it Big (1984) and topped the charts in countries including the UK and US.

Gr8at: One-liners

I’ve always loved the sharpness and wit you can express within a cleverly-written one liner. So when I saw this recent collection at The Daily Telegraph, I just had to include my eight favourites. Is there one that really cracks you up most?  Which comedians make you laugh most?

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Line(s) of the Day #Gladiators

Gladiators TV show

Do you feel the power of the Gladiators?
Can you face the challenge of the champions?
Do you have the courage of a hero?
Do you have the will and the skill?

Taken from the opening lyrics to the theme tune of the Gladiators theme tune. The show about regular members of the public coming up against elite level athletes in different events became hugely popular. Debuting in the UK in 1992, the show featured 34 gladiators in its eight-year run, including my favourites of Wolf and Jet. A remake of the show in 2008 was a failure and cancelled after two series.

Line(s) of the Day #Disintegration

The Cure Pictures of You

I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they’re real
I’ve been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures
Are all I can feel

Taken from the song Pictures of You by The Cure, from the album Disintegration (1989). The album has long been one of my favourites.

Film Quiz: Kevin Spacey

After seeing his trailer for Nine Lives when seeing The Secret Life of Pets and The BFG earlier today, it got me thinking about the film’s main star. Two-time Academy winner Kevin Spacey has long been considered one of cinema’s true greats. I’ve been lucky to see the great man up close in his one man show Clarence Darrow where his acting was sublime. He may have been focused on his theatre work and his role in House of Cards in the past few years, but he still has a fine Hollywood CV. How many of the six films below do you know? Do you have a favourite performance?

Film Quizzes - Kevin Spacey Film 1 1. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Kevin Spacey Film 2 2. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Kevin Spacey Film 3 3. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Kevin Spacey Film 4 4. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Kevin Spacey Film 5 5. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Kevin Spacey Film 6 6. (2000s)

Answers below

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Line(s) of the Day #JuanMartindelpotro

Juan Martin del Potro

I don’t know him. For two years I was at home, watching `The Simpsons.’

Argentinian tennis star Juan Martin del Potro when asked if he knew anything about his next opponent John-Patrick Smith. The 2009 winner of the US Open has had rotten luck with injuries, and played only 14 matches in two years.