Friday, November 12, 2010

Robert Louis Stevenson’s 160th Birthday

Robert Louis Stevenson's 160th Birthday

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer. His best-known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Stevenson has been greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Schwob, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G.K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."

Photograph of author Robert Louis Stevenson

Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson

Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills Homecoming Ceremony

Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills honoured by Mayor of Louisville.

Having travelled from Sanya to Shanghai, from Los Angeles and then on to Miami, Miss World Alexandria Mills returned to Louisville, Kentucky for her homecoming, where she was honoured with a “Proclamation for Distinguished Citizen” award by the Mayor of Louisville.

With friends and family in attendance at the ceremony held in the Mayor’s Gallery, Metro Hall, Alexandria spoke of how important it meant to her to be back home: “I am honored to be here, to be from such a wonderful place. Born and raised, I wouldn’t trade it for the world and this will always be my home…Throughout this year, I want to make my country, my family and Greater Louisville proud.”

Speaking of her time during the Miss World Final, she said: “While travelling in China it was wonderful to see the beautiful places and to meet the people who welcomed us with open arms. It was just great to take part in all that…I never thought in a million years i would be in China, walking on the Great Wall – I had done a report on the Great Wall in sixth grade and I had always told my family and friends it was a place I wanted to visit…”

Alexandria also reflected on her time as Miss World thus far: “To this day, I don’t think it’s quite set in yet; I put on the sash and crown and I’m still in awe and want to pinch myself and I think ‘Oh my gosh, is this real?’ but it’s really amazing.”

Chairman of the Miss World Organisation Julia Morley spoke about the charity work during the Miss World Final, and what was in store for Alexandria’s year ahead. And Mayor Jerry Abramson commented on how appreciative he was of how she will represent Louisville all over the world.

Alexandria will now spend time in her hometown for Thanksgiving with her family before commencing the next part of her worldwide tour.

Credit: Miss World website.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Photos of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an upcoming 2010/2011 two-part fantasy-adventure film directed by David Yates, written by Steve Kloves and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film is produced by Rowling along with David Heyman and David Barron. The two parts form the seventh and final instalment in the Harry Potter film series, with the story following Harry Potter on a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's secret to immortality - the Horcruxes. The films star Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Principal photography for both parts was completed on 12 June 2010 (2010-06-12). Part 1 will be released in 2D and IMAX formats on 19 November 2010 (2010-11-19) and Part 2 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX formats on 15 July 2011 (2011-07-15). The film will also be released with D-BOX motion code in select theaters.

Check out the photos for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, opening in conventional and IMAX theaters on November 19th.

Miss World 2007 Zi lin Zhang

Miss World 2007 Zi lin Zhang attends the event by Gucci in Beijing Shin Kong Place on Oct 31, 2010