1. Photography…Not Another One Of Our Contests With Phoney Prizes!
The World Versus Philadelphia! Bring Your Cameras And Camera Phones!
The World Photography Organization (www.worldphoto.org/national-award-2015) begins its 54 country, 10 category, photography contest for professionals, amateurs, and students on June first each year. The link, we have provided above, will show the top three winners in each of the countries that participated in the contest last year. An easy entry form is provided for this year’s entries on the site, as well. The top three winners from the United States last year were__ 1st (Courtney Colantonioto), 2nd (Jassen Todorov), and 3rd (Douglas Craft). Their winning photographs and Courtney’s descriptive paragraph are featured in the same prize order below:
In conjunction with the international contest sponsored by Sony, it is that time of the year when we, again, ask readers to participate in our annual photography contest. The rules are simple: one photograph, one title, and one short paragraph explaining your work. Five points are awarded in each of these three areas to determine winners. Last year the two photographs we received were beyond our wildest dreams. Send your photographs, titles, and write-ups to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will immediately feature them on our Let’s Talk Philadelphia column. Thanks for your participation. Here are our winners from last year’s contest:
Our first place picture was sent to us by Allison in Florida. It is called Missing Baby. Allison explained humorously that she went to feed here daughter in the morning and could not find her, at first look, in her crib .
Our second place prize went to Easter Island Inhabitant Found from Patricia in Pennsylvania. She claims to have discovered the lost link to the Easter Island mystery.
2. Movies…Spy…Melissa McCarthy Shoots Someone! Left-handed!
Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, and Rose Byrne opened with a thirty million dollar, first place, box office take in the United States and a take of fifty million dollars a good distance from our shores. Although billed as a spoof of James Bond and a tongue in cheek comedy, the movie isn’t that bad as a spy flick? That’s our word and we are sticking to it!
Melissa McCarthy is a behind the scenes desk jockey at an international intelligence agency. She excels at what she does as she guides agents through their most difficult assignments. However, like the back-up singer behind the star, this isn’t enough for her. A lost agent and possible mole in the organization puts her into the field with crazily resistant Jason Statham. Real crazy! Their mission is to save the world from the despicable Rose Byrne. Bryne has a nuclear device for sale.
The minor players lead by Miranda Hart, Jessica Chaffin, 50 Cent, and Bobby Cannavale play pivotal roles throughout the movie. Miranda takes Melissa’s desk jockey role and more. Cannavale is villain number two. Cannavale is better looking than Jason Statham and Jude Law squealed the girls two rows ahead. Squealing is in the eyes of the beholder or something like that! Give this one a look or see Insidious 3 and Poltergeist 2. The popcorn tastes the same while watching any of these movies. Remember to turn off your cell phone as you are reminded in videos ten times before the movie starts. For ten dollars the theater could buy a cell phone blocker and save millions on videos and get us to the feature sooner. Or not!
3. Music…The ‘What Is The World Listening To’ Question!
June 21st is World Wide Music Day. The day is sponsored by Musicians Without Borders. To join in Let’s Talk Philadelphia asked readers from the United States to England to Hong Kong to Australia about their single or group recommendations. Thanks to their suggestions, here is what we are listening to this week and what you might enjoy, too. The music recommended to us shows a great diversity and similarity in tastes world-wide. This is one of the goals of WWM Day!
Kelsey in Utah recommended Gov’t Mule, better known as The Mule. Small world! They are playing in Philadelphia tomorrow (June 10th) at the Ardmore Theater. They are celebrating their twentieth year as a group and the worldwide torchbearers of rock and roll. We listened to their complete concert in Germany. Try Rocking Horse on YouTube and Soulshine from The Craig Ferguson Show as starters. Gov’t Mule’s The Deep End album is a very popular rock listening purchase.
Nancy in Indiana recommended The Spike Drivers. The Spike Drivers are a guy gal blues band from the UK. There aren’t too many woman in the UK Blues journals. The Train Done Gone talks about the things that pass you in life because you didn’t have a ticket. The band’s history goes back to 1967 with, of course, a good many changes to 2015.
Win Ta from Hong Kong gives a shout out for Florence And The Machine.
Florence and the Machine grabbed world wide attention for their recording of Breath of Life on the Snow White And The Huntsman soundtrack. Florence sings everything and has more outfit styles and hair changes than a Broadway play. She has more than twenty videos on YouTube. Her acting in the videos is as good as her singing.
Lynette from Australia is following Courtney Barnett a new hot prospect from the continent island and suggests we do the same. Courtney is a left handed guitarist, singer, and lyricist. You might even call her lyrics left handed. Elevator Operator from Electric Lady Studios is her attempt at clarity in life. She asks why is it wrong to strive and train to be an elevator operator. It is a message to everyone to do what makes you happy. Pedestrian At Best is a clown directed song/video about her mistakes and successes. Maybe you will or will not fear the clown’s message.
GinLione from England says the gravel tinged voice of storyteller and pianist Paolo Conte should be on your playlist. Conte has more albums in the European record stores than the seven dwarfs have friends. His version of Its Wonderful in French and English is great with a Humphrey Bogart movie in the background.
4. Movies II…GhostBusters And Ghosts Walk Amongst Us Again And Again!
The GhostBusters Franchise Thirty Years Later! Let The Money Roll?
From 1984 through the 1990’s GhostBusters was the marketing champ of everything. You couldn’t walk down the street, attend a party, or enjoy Halloween without experiencing something Ghostbuster. Hollywood would like to grab this magic and repeat the kind of success that brought in millions from the three GhostBuster movies and even more from product spin-offs. The original Ghostbusters will have a minor role in the new re-makes.
Two GhostBuster movies are soon to hit your local movie screen. One Ghostbuster team features men lead by Channing Tatum and Chris Pine. The other GhostBuster group features women with Melissa McCarthy in the forefront. Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong complete the all girl spirit fighting foursome. New York and the boys are going to again be under siege from the spirit world and paranormal. Boston is going to be saved by the girls as filming started there yesterday (June 9).
The death of Harold Ramis one of the originals puts a pale over the new ventures. We wish both groups luck so we can re-cycle our old ghost outfits!
5. Books…Stanley T. Crawford From Poetry To Finance!
More and more readers are sharing their work and finally realizing there is no gimmick for being included in this column. Featuring a variety ideas from readers makes the column more far reaching and interesting. Here is what Stanley Crawford said about his writing:
Hello Tom Palumbo,
I am sending you my pictures and 2 paragraphs for inclusion in your column. I am the author of the book, Cinquains: Volume I. In addition, I am the co-author of a chapter in Research in Finance titled, “Managing Real Options in Not-for-Profit Organizations: The Case of Shell Space.” My most recent article titled, “Strategically Increase Your Network Using LinkedIn” appeared in the September/October 2014 issue of OnSite.
My latest book project is titled, “Stanley T. Crawford an Anthology.” The book will contain poems written at various points in my life’s journey; as well as poems never before published. The poems are fun and heart moving. The poems’ topics range from simple observations about life to heartfelt moments of love. You can follow me on the following social media venues:
Stanley T. Crawford, Ed. D.
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