98. Gods, Demons, And The British Government

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98. Gods, Demons, And The British Government

Closed Circuit…Bana Brutalizes Britain


The new movie Closed Circuit with its fast paced trailers filled with fiery rhetoric should not be confused with the small robot movie Short Circuit (1986) that starred Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg. At times, though, Closed Circuit moves in predictable robotic fashion. It seems that this is the British way for solving unspeakable crimes and governmental misdeeds.


There are 2 million security cameras in the United Kingdom. Watchdog groups say 4.3 million. In addition to the tens of thousands of security cameras that homes and businesses in London have, an additional 10,000 cameras are in their crime-fighting network.


It is inconceivable to think that a terrorist can drive an eighteen-foot truck into an open market and detonate its contents and kill 200 people without any photos or trace of the truck’s driver, beginning, or route. Someone in the audience had to be naïve or they wouldn’t have made the movie.

Eric Bana, Julia Stiles, and Rebecca Hall are the trio responsible for collecting evidence to defend and get the terrorist patsy, traitor off.  They work for the British court system. It seems this terrorist is a double agent Britain planted in a terrorist cell and were then double-crossed. The death-dealing explosion followed! Not something you want your ‘ale loving’ Brits to know. The government goes to no ends to keep this secret hidden throughout.


Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, and Eric Bana are good actors and kissers. The maidens in Troy (2004) attest to this. Bana doesn’t do any kissing in this one, even though, his ex-lover is Rebecca Hall and his partner in this mystery. This is the ninth time in this column that we are on the side of kissing in movies to drive the action.


You will leave this movie and say thank god the British Secret service is as disjointed as our organizations in sharing information and cooperating with each other. Jack of Twenty-Four knows this all too well.

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Percy Jackson: The Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The second movie in the popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians five book series is a boon for the creative writing and literature teacher as well as the parent worried about the content in movies their children are attending.

The books in the series introduce everyone in the pantheon of Greek and Roman mythology. Kronos was the first omnipotent ruler in their mythology. Kronos is defeated by Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. His Titans are banned to the Netherland. Kronos is shackled and wants out of his imprisonment.


Fly to the present day where a camp of the god’s friends, mythological creatures, and minor gods like Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) exist in the American back woods. Percy is the son of Poseidon and one of the only offspring of the gods until his brother arrives in camp.


Upon her death, Thalia, the tree nymph, has created a protective bubble that protects the camp. The theme sounds like Monday night television’s Under The Doom. Every ogre and Titan wants to destroy the campground and its inhabitants. Are you still with us? The Greeks have a god for everything they couldn’t explain. Their god’s sub-stories would rival the intrigue in a Shakespeare play.

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The bubble is being destroyed and only The Golden Fleece can save it and the camp. Kronos needs The Golden Fleece to overcome his imprisonment. Percy and his camp friends go on a quest to find the Fleece. Creative roadblocks, multiple battles, and Kronos’s misdirection will fill a vitamin jar with little pills of movie awe and wonder……Let me know, please, if anyone knows what this means!

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Just when you thought you could take that time saving, dark alley, 1AM shortcut to home, the new movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones appears from the shadows. While in the shadows, Instruments unleashes every demon, Shadowhunter, vampire, mundane (human), warlock, and monster that ever appeared in your nightmares. They all have Bruce Lee skills and ancient weapons that would make Alexander the Great proud.


Their time portal is outstanding, also. City of Bones is the first book in Cassandra Clare’s six book series and is followed by:

Your high school library’s multiple copies of each of the first five books is surely depleted. In ‘checked out heaven’ you might say, if you were a librarian! The power of the book’s appeal can be seen by this fact and the fact that ten million people viewed the movie’s trailer. These two powers, however, didn’t translate to high school kids in theater seats as Mortal Instruments’ poor opening grosses might curtail the planning for the next movies in the series.

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Once again, we can be happy that high school students are saving the world in a number of movies this month and in future months. Most adults this weekend, especially in Philadelphia, were too busy at the Beyonce festival and JayZ party on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and The Art Museum steps.

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Clarissa (Clary) is just a normal high school student and artist. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she begins the knowledge acquisition and change that will transition her from a mundane to a somewhat angelic Shadowhunter. Jace (Jamie Bower) her guide and movie’s heartthrob will allow her to battle for the earth’s survival. In real life he is more protective and a hand holder.


Poetry: Stand Tall Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow can’t even get any respect 125 years after his death. It seems that the Paul Revere he immortalized in his poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere was a fraud.


Two researchers have claimed this week that Paul Revere never made it to Concord or Lexington. This was, because, in their version of history, he was captured by the British a good distance from his objectives. We, of The Paul Revere Motorcycle Club, are outraged at their assertion and in our opinion their flawed research.

As we fight the battle to restore our namesake’s reputation, we hope you will embrace some of Longfellow’s other poems. Their messages, topics, stories, and visual imagery are easy to understood and reproduce as you read for pleasure or model his poems for children and adults, alike.

Her are some excerpts from our favorites:



Out of the bosom of the air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow,
Descends the snow.


The Children’s Hour

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day’s occupations,
That is known as the Children’s Hour.

From my study I see the lamplight,
Descending the broad half stair,
Grave Alice and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with golden hair.


A Psalm of Life

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate,
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Bet On These Books


The book section features book suggestions by friends and column readers. Here is what Nanci Epstein said about her recommendation.

Hi Tom,
My 2 cents on a book I enjoyed…maybe it is something you can use.

Recently I read ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed. It was the true story of a woman on a journey, both physically and metaphorically. The author had never seriously hiked, backpacked or camped yet she goes into the wild and discovers what it’s like to be totally dependent on yourself for survival.


The book is really inspirational and proves that anyone can succeed through perseverance. You may not attempt to hike the Pacific Coast Trail but we can all ‘climb any mountain’.

This column in its Helping The Community section has assisted dozens of local businesses, artists, and writers in getting the word out in what they do. This week’s group has some interesting themes.


The Jeweler’s Gems

Here is a very different jewelry concept created by Sandi Duffy. She calls her business The River Rock Collections. He is what she said about the stones she shapes into her classic jewelry concept.

These unique river stones are found deep in the mountain rivers of northeast Pennsylvania.  They are possibly the remnants of huge boulders from an ancient time or formed from ‘glacial movements’ during an ice age or even created from meteorological activity. Each one is hand picked and crafted for a one-of-a-kind jewelry wearing experience.

River Rock Collections by Sandi Duffy


Local Artist Attic

Sylvia Rago

Sylvia has sent four of her works in to brighten this week’s column. Thank you Sylvia. Using the down arrow of your keyboard, you can scroll to past other artist’s work and additional write-ups.


Hi Tom!

Thank you for your reply.

Below please find something I wrote. I have also attached images.

My paintings are mostly inspired by my surroundings: people and flowers. I find many similarities between these two subjects because of its cycle of life. My style varies from smudged paints to descriptive points and curves utilizing oils and acrylics.

I have encouraged myself with works of past and present artists that have influenced my love of art. I’d like to be able to convey the same message to my audience as the way it has overwhelmed me with it beauty.


Visit my website: https://sites.google.com/site/sylviaragosylvia/homeContact information: rago.sylviarago.sylvia@gmail.com

Brain Brighteners…The Weekly Challenge Will Rock You!

 Anagram Opposites

 An anagram is a word whose letters can be arranged into another word. You may not add or subtract a letter in forming this new word. If you anagram the correct word of the two words below, the changed word and the unchanged word will be opposites.

1. Direct and cash will give you…credit and cash

2. Finder and foe will give you…

3. Costly and reef will give you…

4. Post and go will give you…

5. Walk and urn will give you…

6. Nice and name will give you…

7. Subtract and dad will give you…

8. Frown and ring will give you…

9. Sale and open will give you…

10. Owl and high will give you…

11. Tea and starve will give you…

12. Vase and spend will give you…

13. Lane and fat will give you…

14. Pear and sow will give you…

15. Lived and angel will give you…

16. Foal and work will give you…

17. Freeze and what will give you…

See if you can write five Anagram Opposites to share with a family member, friend, or classmate. Show this activity to a teacher in the family. Answers will appear in next week’s column.

Amelia IIAmelia Earhart, Once Again

Good news on the Amelia Earhart front. On September 20th when Apple introduces its new operating system, you will be able to go to the iBookstore on any Apple device and read Amelia Earhart, Once Again from the iBookstore search. That increases the video reach of the book to 25 million devices.

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About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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