Loki: I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. Odin: Do you not truly feel the gravity of your crimes? Wherever you go there is war, ruin and death! Loki: I went down to Midgard to rule the people of Earth as a benevolent God, just like you. Odin: We are not gods! We’re born, we live, we die, just as humans do. Loki: Give or take five thousand years.
Tom Hiddleston and Sir Anthony Hopkins in the superhero drama Thor: The Dark World (2013). Following on from Thor (2011), the film further explores the difficulty in being a ruler and the fraught sibling relationship with Loki and his bother Thor.
After my previous post on stylish photographic excellence, I wanted to do a post that concentrated on the elation, despair, aura of invincibility and supreme concentration that was on display at Rio. Do you have a favourite moment of joy? A moment that made you cry out in despair? Feel free to let me know if you have a favourite image or of any athlete that captured your imagination.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.