Best Exotic Marigold Hotel-A Movie Review

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Jan 192015

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie PosterSeven elderly Britons, for a variety of reasons, respond to an online ad and travel to Jaipur, India, where they find run-down hotel with a young, exuberant, and optimistic host. Evelyn, newly widowed, wants low-cost experience, Graham seeks a long-ago love, Douglas and Jean have lost their pension in a family investment, Muriel needs cheap hip surgery, Madge seeks a rich husband, and Norman is chasing women. India affects each in different ways, enchanting Douglas and Evelyn while driving Jean deeper into bitterness. Their host, young Sonny, has dreams but little cash or skill; he also has a girlfriend whom his mother dismisses. Stories cross and discoveries await each one.

Runtime: 124 min; Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy, Drama; Released: 25 May 2012
Director: John Madden
Writer: Ol Parker (screenplay), Deborah Moggach (novel)
Stars: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Patrick Pearson, Hugh Dickson, James Rawlings, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Liza Tarbuck, Paul Bhattacharjee, Lucy Robinson, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie

Lay had to work Saturday, so after chores were done, I watched this. I found it to be a grand and fun movie, with adorable characters who made me want to see more. Continue reading »

News Roundup for The Week Ending October 28, 2007

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Oct 272007

Elephants Electrocuted in Drunken RampageMSNBC
That scrolled by on my news ticker, so how could you now click and read a story with that headline. It happened in India where elephants apparently have a taste for a rice beer brewed by local villagers. In this case, six elephants got into the drums of fermenting beer, got drunk and went on a rampage. They were eventually electrocuted when one of them knocked down a power line pole.

Citrus County Florida Necrophilia Plot
According to the report, a man in St. Petersburg had struck up an online friendship with a man in Citrus Springs. Eventually, Kevin Wade Daley asked the St. Pete man to help him kill someone so he could have sex with the victim. He’d targeted a handyman that worked in the neighborhood.

Trash to TreasureDayton Daily News
It’s the classic story of someone out for a daily walk in NYC and finding an interesting painting put out as trash. Turns out it’s an important work by Rufino Tamayo stolen in 1987. It’s been returned to the original owner, and will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, and could bring as much as $1 million. No word on whether the person that found gets a cut.

Outsourcing Maybe Gone Awry?

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Jul 282006

The latest twist in outsourcing to India? It’s not another IT job category, but it does involve a pretty specific skill set. You might say it’s a whole ‘nother line of specialized production altogether. Give up? It’s surrogacy, as in babies. According to the Los Angles Times, surrogate mothers in India are a bargain for foreigners, and a boon for the Indian women and their families. One woman in the story was paid $5,000, a fraction of the potential cost of surrogacy in the United States, but the equivalent of six years’ salary for her. The LA Times quotes the Indian Council of Medical Research, which estimates that this form of outsourced development projects could grow into a nearly $6 billion-a-year industry.

Stuck At The Airport

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Apr 192006

I am due to fly into Atlanta this evening. About 3pm a friend advised me to turn on the news where I learned that a suspicious package left at a security check point had resulted in Atlanta airport being evacuated.

Before leaving the house, I did the correct thing, and called their reservation number. I got a call center in India (yes, I confirmed that with the guy). He had to call his U.S. based supervisor to see of flights were delayed. As usual, he insisted the flight was operating on-time.

Now here I sit with my 6:09 scheduled departure now pushed to 8:30. I should have done what I first thought of doing and rented a car and drove to Atlanta. If I’d left here at 4pm, I’d be at the hotel about 11:30. As it is, if the flight actually does leave at 8:30, I’ll get to the hotel about 10:30.

I understand shit happens, but I wish they’d been honest about the delay. I could have gotten a lot more work done.