179. The Legend Of Tarzan, Dami Im, Aida Nikolaychuk, And Great Wines!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!

Best Story Of The Week!
Calysta Bevier, 16, Beats Stomach Cancer To Remission!
Her June 21st Appearance On America’s Got Talent Is Tearful Plus!

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Rachel Platten’s Fight Song was Calysta Bevier’s selection for her America’s Got Talent audition last Tuesday. You have to research this video to see a great talent. You will, also, need a tissue box to see what she had to get through to get to the audition. Seeing Simon Cowell hug her after her performance will cause you to go through a second box of tissues. Good luck Calysta in the next rounds!

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Best Coffee Of The Week!
The Vote Is In! Cups Ready? Please Try These Great Tastes And Confirm!

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As you stand at your office’s coffee maker in the morning, you will be standing with coffee drinkers and coffee lovers. The coffee drinker will take anything next to the Keurig or push a button on a machine and be happy with what comes out. The coffee lover needs something special each day and wouldn’t put up with a coffee machine in their office, warehouse, school, or studio. Coffee Lovers have their favorites, but they are, also, on a quest to find the ultimate in coffee taste. This never ending quest is real!

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This week’s best coffee picks are Seattle’s Best Coffee Dark Intense (tantalizing) and Melitta Whole Bean (smooth). You can Amazon both flavors for two day delivery. We are not office snubs. Wawa and its twenty flavors and creams is just around the corner. Our second summer suggestion is coffee ice cubes. If you are making iced coffee and can’t get the flavor right, make iced coffee cubes first…Then pour your coffee over them. Viola!


Best Fish Tale Of The Week!
The Gwynaid! One Of The Rarest Fish In The World!
We Are Appeasing And Pleasing Our Welsh Friends!

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Each week, we ask our readers for something special from their area or like list to feature on Let’s Talk Philadelphia so we can reach a greater audience.

This week we promised our Welsh readers to feature one of Wales’s most famous rarities. We know it is a fish! So Hey! It will be the first fish featured on this column. The Gwynaid can only be found in Lake Bala in Wales. It is endangered because the Ruffies in the lake eat the Gwynaid’s eggs when they are laid. Conservationists are trying to breed the Gwynaid in other lakes. It hasn’t been a success, so far. This little fish has endured for 10,000 years. There will be a few more years in its future. Lake Bala is four miles long and a half a mile wide. Add it to your things to see on your tour of  Wales.

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Best Office Mix Of The Week!
Louisa Johnson And Reggie N’ Bollie!

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If you are making a music DVD or CD for your boyfriend, girlfriend, paramour, newborn, or ride anywhere, Louisa Johnson and Reggie N’ Bollie should be on your consideration list. Reggie N’ Bollie are rap and funk to the Snoop Dog! Their never stop moving, vocal style is infectious. Start with their semi-ballad Would You Still Love Me before moving to their rock the house songbook.

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Louisa Johnson won X Factor UK last year with her rendition of Forever Young. Her songbook, dress, and make-up show a great transition from nervous seventeen-year-old to mega-star. Josh Kear and Natalie Hemby wrote the song Jealous for Labrinth. You will love, love Louisa Johnson’s version of the song before you hear how Labrinth tackles the sensitive break-up topic. While searching for Jealous, you will come across another Jealous by Nick Jonas. This is not the song you want on your CD or DVD.

Best Quote Of The Week!
Wine Up Office Mates With This One!

“Friday just called, she will be here tomorrow and she’s bringing the wine!”


1. Libations…Bottlenotes…The Best In Sips And Suds!
From Vineyards To Bars To Your Kitchen, Then Your Backyard!
The Best Drinks, Drink Recipes, And Drink Festivals!
Do You Need Help Finding Them? Alyssa Rap Knows All!


Don’t let the Bottlenotes.com’s website design scare you away from great research in spirits, the places that feature them, and the people who create and design them. We are lending Bottlenotes our best website designers. We can make a difference! Whether it is your dinner table, backyard barbecue, house soiree, or picnic at the lake or beach, Bottlenotes has the answer to put you in the major leagues and on the I want to be there again list. You will see the respect in your friend’s and guest’s eyes!

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Bottlenotes claims: “We are enthusiasts, aficionados, and all around lovers of wine, craft beer, and artisanal spirits. Our mission is to share interesting news, hidden gems, and recipes, introduce you to unique wine, beer and spirit makers, and generally celebrate life with a good drink in hand!”

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If you need a drink in hand to celebrate life (we are church going), sign up for Bottlenote’s newsletter and scour their website for all kinds of interesting. This week’s best Bottlenote share from their newsletter was the Strawberry Cocktail. It came from Jules Aron’s book Zen and Tonic: Savory And Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker. The website and book are for anyone that wants to be more drink savvy and drink world enlightened. White Whiskey is the talk of the summer! Can you top the Strawberry Cocktail? July 4th is approaching! Hurry!


2. Movies…Tarzan 2016…The Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie Duo!
London And Tarzan Are Not A Match! Can Tarzan Return To The Jungle?
Why Would He Want To Return? Honor? The Jungle’s Call? Humanitarian!


Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) should like Victorian London (1884-1891)! He has been there for years. Great food, great theater, and no gorillas, tsetse flies, irate indigenous tribesmen, or vines. Like most great adventures, Tarzan gets out and then they pull Tarzan back into the fire.

There is no Me Tarzan, You Jane in this one.
The kissing scenes and the super 3-D make up for it.


John Clayton III, Viscount Greystokes (Tarzan), and his wife Jane Porter (Margot Robbie) are living the good life in London. They are honored, they think, with representing the British House of Commons as emissaries to the Congo Free State. Deception, violence, and intrigue started long before the famous couple, again, will step foot into the Africa they both loved and left. The Congo’s new troubles started when it was partitioned in 1884. The land grab and mineral grab were epic.

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Samuel Jackson is Tarzan’s gun toting, American side-kick in this one. He has trouble swinging through the vines as he tries to support Tarzan and protect Tarzan’s family. Christopher Walz is the really, really bad guy. Walz leads his mercenaries in a panorama of wrong that includes diamond smuggling, slavery, animal extermination, and Tarzan hunting. Jim Broadbent, John Hurt, and Dijimon Hounsou add to a great supporting cast. The Computer Generated Images (CGI) and flashbacks to Tarzan’s gorilla upbringing are just as good as the acting. Gorillas forever!

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You hope Tarzan can solve the Congo’s problems as Count Greystokes. You hope Tarzan is not going to revert to his animalistic past. Of course, The Legend Of Tarzan, would not be a movie if this did not happen. It would not be a really good movie, if this, had not happened. Swing over to this movie and compare!



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3. Music…Eurovision 2016…The World’s Greatest Music Fest!
36 Countries! 72 Performers! 36 Great Works Of Music!

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It was rewarding to find out how many readers enjoyed our suggestion of Live From Daryl’s House (www.livefromdarylshouse.com) and its 120 great shows performed in Daryl Hall’s intimate house setting. Great acoustics and great performances were featured weekly across all music categories. Famous and soon to be famous artists in duets with Daryl Hall were the show’s major selling point.

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This week’s recommendation of Eurovision 2016 rivals Darly’s House in quantity and quality of exceptional performances. Eurovision 2016 is two contests across two week’s of performances. Every European country and Australia has entries into these contests. The first contest is for best song of the year. The second contest is for best male or female singer. When you go to the link above, you can hear the performances from every country in an easy to navigate list. The performances are a music lover’s delight!

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Two great special talents emerged from this year’s contest: Dami Im and Aida Nicolaychuk. Dami Im is a singer from Australia by the way of South Korea. Aida Nicolaychuk is from the X-Factor Ukraine and has progressed from bank teller to one of Europe’s top models and singers. 204 million viewers saw their performances during these two contests. Both of these divas’ Internet song presence will provide hours of special listens across rock and roll, jazz, R and B, and musical theater.


4. Your Phone, Your Computer, And Your Television!
Applications That Make Life Easier!
What Is Everyone Talking About Today!

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Five organizations from the Department of Education to the American Library Association to Scoop-It shared an enticing article on the 30 Best New Phone/Computer Applications for the library, school, home, and office. Here is their introduction to the 30 apps feature. Google the topic or click on the link!

“Sometimes it can be hard to find the right app when there are thousands out there that could pull you in different directions. So when librarians do the work for you, take advantage. Some of the highlights on this list include an easy blogging site for kids, tools for storytelling and for developing student quizzes, and an app for kids to develop an attractive digital portfolio (Schwartz, KQED News).”

The thirty valuable applications are worth a look-over. Our two favorites are It Was Here and The Newspaper. Wherever you are standing with your phone or computer, It Was Here shows you what was there in the past. The Newspaper has back issues to 1945 of hundreds of newspapers. This gives you a first hand look at the news, public opinion, fashion, politics, sports, and editorials from the last seventy years.



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5. Do You Have Art Or Photography Ready To Reach A Greater Audience?
Would Your Business Look Great On This Column?

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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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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