Ravings From The Bog


Disgusted.
August 25, 2009, 10:51 am
Filed under: America, Entertainment, Movies, Society, Taboos, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Marilyn MonroeI am disgusted by the recent sale of a burial plot directly above that of the actress, Marilyn Monroe. The original owner gave instructions before he died that he wanted to be buried face down “facing” the interred remains of Marilyn Monroe – what sort of sick bastard thinks this way? He and his wife were cut from the same cloth obviously. She moved her husband’s remains to make money and has used the actor’s allure to feather her own nest in a mercenary and disgusting fashion.

What will happen in twenty or thirty years? Will another widow decide to sell the new buyer’s plot and make a few more dollars? Will the remains of Marilyn Monroe become a macabre attraction for perverts beyond the grave? From what I’ve read, Marilyn was vulnerable in life and now she’s vulnerable in death. If I had enough money, I’d buy the plot myself so that it would remain undisturbed in perpetuity, rather than become a revolving door of disrespect.

The burial vault above the remains of Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe has been sold for more than $4.6m (£2.8m).

More than 20 offers, starting at $500,000, were received for the space, located in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

The vault had been advertised on the auction website eBay by the widow of the current occupier.

The name of the buyer has not been revealed – except for the initials OS, used to take part in the auction.

The space was auctioned by the widow of the man buried – face down – above Monroe, to raise enough cash to pay off the mortgage on her Beverly Hills home, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month.

His remains would be moved sideways to a neighbouring plot to make room for the new occupant, said widow Elsie Poncher.

Her eBay advert was entitled “Spend eternity directly above Marilyn Monroe”.

Richard Poncher died 23 years ago at the age of 81.

The Westwood Village Memorial Park is the final resting place for many celebrities, including Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, Truman Capote and Farrah Fawcett.

The space next to Monroe’s vault was sold in 1992 to the publisher of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner, for $75,000.

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The Wire’s David Simon Coming to Belfast
May 12, 2009, 10:07 pm
Filed under: America, Belfast, Culture, Entertainment, TV | Tags: , , , , ,

Stringer BellI’ve just bought my tickets for David Simon’s talk at the newly reopened Ulster Hall at the end of this month. Great to see such a distinguished writer and director visiting Belfast. Really looking forward to it! I’m currently watching The Corner on DVD which features a lot of the actors later involved in The Wire. Quality acting.



NPR Hearing Voices Life-Affirming & Inspirational
January 27, 2009, 9:35 pm
Filed under: America, Apple Mac, Family, Life, Podcasts, Taboos, Technology, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Hearing VoicesI was lucky enough to catch a great podcast from NPR’s Hearing Voices series (available on iTunes) yesterday morning on my to work. Three separate stories, each of them inspirational in its own way, which gave me an insight into different aspects of strangers’ lives. Horrific and fascinating in equal measure, Steve Fugate’s story especially, drove home one man’s challenge to change things and help others following two particularly tragic events in his life. Really worth a listen! It’s called Happy Families.

Love life!



Chinese New Year – Year Of The Ox

year-of-the-oxThat Obama chap seems to get everything just right! In another strangely fortunate turn of events, Chinese across the world are celebrating the Year of the Ox. The ox, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, symbolises calm, hard work, resolve and tenacity. All qualities that Obama will need in abundance to undo the damage caused by his predecessor. The Year of the Rat was in 2008. I know who the rat symbolises but he’s away back to Crawford, Texas and obscurity hopefully!



Guantanamo Bay Closing Down Sale!

This is hilarious! Hopefully something similar will happen soon…



USAir Near-Disaster – Amazing Pilot!
January 19, 2009, 1:19 am
Filed under: America, Life, New York, News, Technology, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , ,

Incredible      1 1526 local time (2026 GMT): Flight 1549 takes off from LaGuardia airport
      2 1527 (2027 GMT): Pilot Chesley Sullenberger reports birds hitting engines
      3 1528 (2028 GMT): Pilot told to land at Teterboro airfield
      4 1531 (2031 GMT): Pilot ditches plane in Hudson River

The above graphic illustrates the quick thinking and fast reaction times that saved the 155 people on board Flight 1549 in New York last week. From taking off to hitting the water took just five minutes. Just incredible! 

I know this happened a few days ago, but I wanted to record my admiration for this pilot and crew and I also hope that I would be just as decisive and reactive in a crisis. Not much chance of that…

It’s nice to report some good news for a change too.



Starbucks Denies Supporting Israeli Zionism

 

Starbucks Denial

Starbucks released a statement on it’s website denying its rumoured support for Israel and the savage brutality of it’s invasion of Gaza. Coincidentally, the window of the Starbucks directly outside the Israeli was one of the first to be broken in yesterday’s protest riot in London.

January 5, 2009
Rumor Response: Starbucks Statement re: Support of Israel   

Rumors that Starbucks Coffee Company and its management support Israel are unequivocally false.  
 
Starbucks is a publicly traded company with stores in 49 countries. Though our thousands of partners (employees) and business associates around the globe have diverse views and share many beliefs about a wide range of topics, our primary focus remains to deliver the best customer experience possible. Starbucks is a non-political organization and does not support political causes. Further, the political preferences of a Starbucks partner at any level have absolutely no bearing on Starbucks company policies. 

Contact Information:
Starbucks Customer Relations
(800) 235-2883
info@starbucks.com