Ravings From The Bog

August 25, 2009, 10:51 am
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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.

BBC News


Good Weekend

ef75-300_is_usmI have had a pretty good weekend. I treated myself to this little beauty on the way home from work on Friday. The weather being what it is at the moment, I haven’t had the chance to use it at all, but I’m hoping to get some practice shots tomorrow as I am off work. It’s a Canon 75-300mm IS USM lens. I have a Canon 350D DSLR that I haven’t been using much lately as I’ve been bored with the 18-55mm standard lens that comes with the body and I’ve been using the Fuji Finepix A5800 much more (see the Flickr link to the left of this post). I’ve always thought that Jessops were pretty expensive but having priced this lens in various photography mags and on Amazon, I got it cheaper at Jessops.

What else happened over the weekend? On Saturday, apart from the usual workday, three things.

I got a telephone call from a friend telling me she’s expecting a baby next March. I am delighted for her and really pleased that she took the time to let me know.

I also ran into my aunt and uncle in work and I haven’t seen them in a few years. It’s mainly weddings and funerals in my family but I’m always delighted to see family I haven’t seen in some time. My uncle has been made redundant after thirty years with Easons – I didn’t know this when I started talking to them – which is really sad. It would appear that Easons made some unfortunate investment decisions and as a result have moved from a very strong position in the Irish and Northern Irish markets to being perilously close to the abyss. They saw my picture in a mail-shot brochure advertising the recent changes in my store and decided to try it as a result. They’re in a strong position so there are no worries from that angle but I can imagine how I’d feel in a similar situation.

A few hours later, I’m heading towards the staff restaurant and I recognise a face I haven’t seen in at least twenty five years. He recognised me too – we both had a “double take”. He is the older brother of a girlfriend I “courted” from 1981-1983. We spent twenty minutes talking about old times and catching up on family news. His GRANDCHILDREN were running about while we were talking. Last time I saw him he was twenty two! He introduced me to his wife and I gave him my mob number. Really nice to see him!

Today, the news is good also…

My daughter’s boyfriend has returned home to Sussex after two weeks staying in our house. I finally get my house back.

I made a decision today to sell my Land Rover. More to follow on that one.

I went to see Inglourious Basterds – lots of hype about this movie, most of it true. Enjoyable, but as I’m not really into fantasy cinema, I cannot enthuse about it too much. As I described it on Twitter earlier this evening, it’s like a story from Commandos magazine that’s been written by someone on crack!

Lastly, my friend @Braziel re-blogged on his tumblr page this evening a post by Merlin Mann. It inspired me to get the laptop out and write something, anything, as I’ve been neglecting this blog for some time. The link is at the bottom of this post. It’s worth a read. I love Mann’s directness and the passion in his writing. I’d love to write something with such emotion some day, but for the moment, you’ll just have to put up with this!

Braziel\’s Tumblr

When Transformers Attack!

Transformer!I was driving through the centre of Belfast yesterday after a great Flickr Meetup walk along the Lagan as far as Stranmillis, when I came round the corner from Victoria Street and drove straight into a Hollywood film set – Transformers! Or so I thought… It took me over ten minutes to find somewhere to park the car (legally). Thankfully, the “transformer” hadn’t stomped off in the direction of Cave Hill. Only one or two other people I’ve shown the photograph to actually “get it”. Am I watching too many movies?

New Star Trek Movie Looks Great
February 4, 2009, 10:19 pm
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New Star Trek MovieOther than watching the original series from the 1960s, I’ve never had much interest in Star Trek. I know there are many Trekkie types out there, but it has never appealed to me that much. That’s why I am surprised that I’m really looking forward to the release of the new prequel coming this year. One of the great features of my iMac is the automatic downloading of film trailers up to 18 months ahead of their showing in the UK and the Star Trek trailer really looks good. One for my list!

Star Trek Art – Cool!
January 19, 2009, 1:03 am
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Starship EnterpriseFound this while browsing – great idea!  I wish I had the skills to do this sort of thing and the creative brain to think of it…

It’s a wallpaper for iPhones – can’t remember the website though! 😦

Sherrybaby – Another Great Gyllenhaal Movie!
December 30, 2008, 12:17 am
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Maggie Does It Again!Just finished watching Maggie Gyllenhaal in Sherrybaby – everything a good independent film should be, and more! Best film I’ve seen in 2008 by far. Recommended!

Mental Sunday With Space Chimps Of More Than One Type

Normally, I take Sophie to the cinema on Sunday mornings, then to McDonalds for lunch. It’s a fairly sedate time, and if I plan things right, I can get to the beach to read the Sunday paper on my own for an hour beforehand. Not today!

We had the Jacksons, Evie (4) and Louis (7), staying overnight. They’re my sister Claire’s kids and Sophie loves to spend time with them any chance she gets, as her own siblings at 16 and 20 are too old for that sort of “fun”. The downside is that the decibel level increases disproportionately with the number of children in any group. My head is pickled! 

We’re just back from watching Space Chimps at Bangor Cineplex. It was much better than I expected it would be and they all enjoyed it. Recommendations from four and seven year olds are worth their weight in gold – someone should act on that business idea! Last week, Sophie and I went to see Meet Dave with Eddie Murphy playing himself as an alien space-ship as well as playing himself as a miniature alien inside his own head – if you can figure that out… Anyhoo, my point is that the Eddie Murphy movie took a real kicking from the critics. Yet all of the kids in the cinema, including Sophie, appeared to love the concept and the execution. A really good children’s movie! I think the critics believe it was aimed at an older audience and perhaps it was, but Murphy et al, could avoid the scorn they receive if they openly targeted the children’s market.

Meet Dave as an idea, was very close to the Beano comic story, The Numskulls, in the 1970s. I read it myself at the time and loved it. There may be a few other great movie ideas in those comics that we all devoured back then – Billy Whizz, Pete’s Pockets, etc. I must check my attic!