Recently, I was finally able to watch the Pilot episode
of Fox-TV's critically-acclaimed new show Glee from
beginning to end without interruption, instead of in bits
I even noticed over the weekend while I was over at
Wal-Mart that they was selling the Pilot DVD for only
$5 a pop, and as it happened, while I tried to find a
register with a short line, I noticed a couple of kids
with the DVD in their hands, certainly a positive sign
for Fox in general, and what promises to be a huge
audience tonight -including me- when it has its Fall
premiere at 9 p.m.
That's about the time that most Americans will be
wondering why President Obama didn't outline
the specifics of what he wanted in his health care
reform package in the first place, instead of giving
Congress enough rope to hang themselves,
as if his doing the exact opposite of Hillarycare,
holding things close to the vest and meeting in private
and initially refusing to tell the public and press
who was in the meetings, was going to be the road
One of the songs that was sung in the Pilot is one that
I've heard probably a couple of dozen times before,
Where is Love from Oliver!, and yet I know that
what's become my favorite version of it, an a cappella
version, is one that 99.99% of you have never heard before.
Well, that being said, since the show will be on in a
couple of hours and I can't really imagine any scenario
where I'd ever have an excuse to use it here in the
near future, for your listening pleasure, from Stockholm,
the ridiculously-talented Sandén sisters: Mimmi,
Frida and Molly.
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If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But seldom if ever see...
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Ethics? Not for us! Follow-up to my post re Hallandale Beach's unethical "business as usual" attitude, with "special rules for special people" if they are named Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders; What ethics? What rules? @MayorCooper, @SandersHBIn twenty-two more days, you'll get the chance you've wanted to take Hallandale Beach City Hall b ack and completely change ...
re Sonia Sotomayor ruling that teen's blog post created a created "foreseeable risk of substantial disruption"May 28th, 2009 4:30 p.m. You may've already heard about this particular case involving Sonia Sotomayor already, but just in case...
re Topix, Sun-Sentinel's reader comments site; Venture Beat: Online news gatherer Topix aims for election-ad dollarsSome of you are already quite familiar with the downside of using the Topix reader comment boards affiliated with newspaper websites. If...
More posts are forthcoming about what a mess Magna & Forest City have made of Gulfstream Park & The Village of Gulfstream Park in Hallandale BeachAbove, the U.S.-1 & S.E. 3rd Street entrance to Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino and The Village at Gulfstream Park retail comp...
Important public forum on the proposed Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is scheduled for Tuesday Sept. 4th at 6 p.m. Chief among topics will be whether the Hollywood CRA should increase their investment in the Lon Tabatchnick project on Johnson Street and the Broadwalk from $10 million to $23 millionImportant public forum on the proposed Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is scheduled for Tuesday Sept. 4th at 6 p.m. Chief among top...
7 Days for the Miami Dolphins to end or add to their reputation for terrible NFL Draft selections. A last chance for sanity and common sense for long-suffering Dol-fans? We want Quinton Coples, DE from North CarolinaDE Quinton Coples on ESPN Sport Science with John Brenkus, April 8, 2012. http://youtu.be/n6JO299HD4w 7 Days for the Miami Dolphins to...
Scroll through time to see the evolution of transit in Miami, from streetcars to the metro. https://t.co/KElqz0ev8U pic.twitter.com/R...
"A" is for Awesome and ABBA as the new ABBA Museum in Stockholm officially opens this afternoon. Monday night's gala premiere brought Anni-Frid, Benny and Björn together, cheered on by a select group of invitees from across Swedish society and the music industry, who are, in the end, just fans of the band like everyone else, and very excited that this amazing museum is FINALLY a reality; #abba, #AbbaMuseum, #ThankYouForTheMusic, @stockholm, @swedenEuronews YouTube Channel video: Euronews reporter Valerie Zabriskie speaks with lucky Abba fan club members selected to get a sneak preview...
Tonight's 6 PM meeting at Hallandale Beach Cultural Center re growth, development and transportation -two days before important HB P&Z meeting on giant Chateau Square project- will require some long overdue tough talk and pointed criticism!re Tonight's 6 PM meeting at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Center re growth, development and transportation... I plan on speaking ...
Important 'Meet the Candidates' forum tonight in Downtown Hollywood at the Hollywood Center for the Performing Arts; I'll be there, pen, pad and camera at the ready, to observe whatever happensHollywood City Hall, August 5, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. Given the pauci...
Congratulations Sweden - 200 years of peace! Solveig Rundquist (@RundquistS)
Which European country has the most attractive citizens?
As seen in my July 31st, 2013 blog post titled, "Which European country has the most attractive citizens?" Sweden won in a landslide with almost four times as many votes as second-place France, with Spain third and Norway fourth. Yes, seeing is believing!; Norwegian.com's non-stop flights from Fort Lauderdale to Oslo start in 4 months! :) http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/boredpandacom-poll-of-europeans-asked.html