Dunkirk Movie Preview

Dunkirk is an upcoming war film, written and co-produced by director Christopher Nolan. Set during World War II, it focuses on the true story of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation. Nolan wrote the story with the intention of telling it from 3 perspectives, land, sea, and air. The producers made efforts to create suspense through the details, as the script contains little dialogue. Dunkirk is set for a July 21st 2017 release.

The main premise of this film focuses on Operation Dynamo and the efforts to evacuate the Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France that were surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk in the early stages of WWII.

The film will star: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance.

In my observation this movie appears to draw certain parallels to an older film called The Battle Of Britain. Not only in the fact that the events of the Dunkirk evacuation almost immediately precede the Battle Of Britain, but also that the two films seem to share a similar vibe as well. Perhaps Director Christopher Nolan drew inspiration from The Battle Of Britain, and used it as a point of reference for Dunkirk. 

By Daniel H.

JEFF’S ECCENTRIC PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS: EMPEROR NORTON

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Think that politicians are off their rocker? I don’t blame you. No Matter what political party you belong to, there is no argument that most have more than one screw loose. And if there is any city in USA that has plenty of loose screws that is none other than San Francisco. But probably never in the city’s history (or the American government’s) has there been a more eccentric or bizarre character than Joshua Norton, the first and still only Emperor of the United States of America

The Emperor was born in England somewhere between 1814 and 1819, but grew up in South Africa. Joshua Abraham Norton moved to the US in 1849 with about $40,000.00, a little over one million in today’s money, to his name to seek his fortune. After some successes in real estate, he tried to make a monopoly in the rice industry with unsuccessful results that ruined him. Probably embarrassed, he left San Francisco for a short time.

Then, on September 17 1859, he entered a number of articles to various city newspapers declaring himself the “Emperor of these United States,” and later “Protector of Mexico.” For the next 20 years he paraded around the city inspecting his “realm” and delivering his own brand of philosophy and wisdom to all who would listen in an old navy uniform with golden epaulettes, a worn out old saber, gifts from the local military fort, and often with a beaver hat with a peacock feather and a brass rosette. (see picture). The people however decided to play along with him, giving him real royal treatment and the imaginary monarch was genuinely loved and respected by his “subjects”.

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He was given free meals at restaurants, rides on the trolley, a reserved seat at theaters and city council, and had a yearly inspection of the Army post at the Presidio of San Francisco. He only accepted handouts if the giver gave them as taxes and had his own money printed that was jokingly used by local business and were great souvenirs for visitors. His Imperial residence was just a room in a boarding house that he lived in for free. He even stopped an anti-Chinese riot by standing between the groups and recited the Lord’s Prayer. Another interesting event of his “reign” was when a police officer actually attempted to arrest him and send him to an asylum. The people were outraged and demanded that their Emperor Norton be released. The chief of police complied, issued a formal apology and had the police force salute the Emperor whenever he was present. His Highness saved the embarrassed policeman’s job by issuing an Imperial Pardon for the man who arrested him. He also printed a number of decrees, often printed in the city’s newspapers, demanding things like disbanding the Republican and Democrat parties, creating a League of Nations and even was a leading supporter of building the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge, a command finally obeyed long after the Emperor’s death, starting in 1933 and completed in 1936.

Some fascinating rumors spread around Emperor Norton during his “rule.” There was some talk that he sent a letter to Queen Victoria of the British Empire, asking for her hand in marriage. Some also said that he was the son of Napoleon III although Norton never claimed that, (and Louis Napoleon would still be a kid when Joshua Norton was born). Other people said that he was secretly still rich and only faked insanity. He is reported to have met a real emperor, Pedro II of Brazil when the South American monarch made a visit to the US and really did write to Queen Victoria, though I doubt she wrote back. On his way to a lecture at the California Academy of Science, His Majesty fell from a stroke and died on January 8 1880. His funeral had about 30,000 mourners and even a three gun salute. In 1934 a new tombstone was placed on his grave that said: Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

The Emperor Norton remains a figure admired, laughed at and laughed with in American lore and San Francisco culture. He has inspired characters or appeared as a character himself in books, comics, role-play games and musicals by various authors including Mark Twain, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman and Robert Anton Wilson. Several western and anthology television shows have done an episode on the American Emperor including “Bonanza.” There is a walking tour in the city called “Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine” with a guide dressed and acting as Joshua A Norton. There is even a parody religion, Discordianism, that has him as a second class saint (first class is for fictional characters) and one of the oldest LGBT organizations, the International Imperial Court System, uses the Emperor as an inspiration. (Well it is San Francisco!) The founder, Josè Sarria, gave himself the title “the Widow Norton,” and is buried at foot of his hero’s grave.

Every January 8 in the city he once ruled celebrates Emperor Norton Day. In America’s capital of Eccentricity, he still reigns  as the King of Eccentrics and is still the only monarch of the United States of America.

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Larimar Facts

Larimar facts

*”Early theories suggested Larimar was produced by the Sea, later by the earth’s volcanic movements. … The stone is formed when hot gases push crystallized minerals up though volcanic ‘tubes’. In order to mine and excavate the stone miners must identify these tubes and dig deeper and deeper into old volcanoes.”

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*Larimar stones were named after the ocean and the daughter of the man( Miguel Mendez) who rediscovered it, Larissa and Mar which means sea in many languages.

*Larimar is a form of pectolite. But it is the only specific form of this crystalline.

*It  was rediscovered in 1974. It was originally discovered in 1916. Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren asked permission to mine the blue stone he had found, but his request was denied and no one else knew of it until it’s rediscovery.

*Larimar stones are only found in the Caribbean sea in the Dominican republic on the island of Hispaniola.

Transformers: The Last Knight(Preview)

 

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming movie Transformers: The Last Knight.

 

This is the 5th live-action Transformers movie as well as the final film in the Transformers franchise.

 

The cast of Transformers: The Last Knight consists of Optimus Prime(Autobot Leader), Bumblebee(Autobot Scout), Hound(Autobot Commando/Field Medic), Drift(Autobot Tactician/Samurai), Megatron(Decepticon Leader) and Grimlock(Dinobot Leader).

 

Also, this movie introduces us to both Optimus Prime’s Creators and HotRod(Bumblebee’s French accented brother-in-arms) as well as reintroduces us to Barricade(Decepticon Scout) from the 1st Transformers movie.
In conclusion, I personally believe this movie will bring a climatic finish to the Transformers film franchise as well as teach us how important it is to value everyone’s existence and not just your own.

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Facts about Gemstones

Amethyst Facts

“Amethyst is formed in silica-rich liquids deposited in gas cavities of lava that occur in crystalline masses. Such cavities occur in the earth’s crust for several reasons such as gas bubbling in circular cavities or filling of veins.”    

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Amethyst in Hebrew is “Ahlamah” which also means “dream”.

Amethyst is the birthstone of Febuary .

The world’s biggest amethyst geode is called The Empress of Uruguay. It is 10ft. (3.27m.) tall and weighs 2 tons! The Empress is located in The Crystal Caves in Cairns Queensland Australia. http://www.crystalcaves.com.au/

Amethyst was once believed to protect the wearer from drunkenness.

Amethyst was also know to bring peace, love, dreams healing and happiness.

The first character I ever created, which was part of a game I played with my friends as kids, was a member of a superhero team that used gemstones to transform and gain powers from. This character’s Powerstone was amethyst.

There is a member of the Crystal Gems from the TV show Steven Universe who is an Amethyst.

The Empress of Uruguay

~Breanna D.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales(2017)(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. This movie is the 5th installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise while featuring both old and new characters. The cast of characters consist of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow who in this movie is not only the captain of the Black Pearl but also seeks the Trident of Poseidon which gives it’s bearer total control over the seas, Javier Bardem as Armando Salazar who in this movie is an undead pirate hunter who also seeks the Trident of Poseidon so he can eradicate every last pirate in the world which includes Captain Salazar’s old nemesis Jack Sparrow, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner who is the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth who is a feisty and altruistic astronomer, Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs who is Jack Sparrow’s loyal friend and 1st mate, Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa who is the captain of the Queen Anne’s Revenge as well as Jack Sparrow’s former rival turned ally and Orlando Bloom returning as Will Turner who is the captain of the Flying Dutchman. This movie also features new additions such as a young Jack Sparrow and a location known as the Devil’s Triangle as well as finally featuring the return of Jack Sparrow’s Crew such as Pintel, Ragetti, Mr. Cotton and Mr. Cotton’s Parrot. In conclusion, this movie is a must see summer blockbuster which is due out in theatres on Friday May 26, 2017.

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Wonder Woman-2017(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming 2017 movie Wonder Woman. This movie tells the origins of Wonder Woman which takes place during World War I. The cast is comprised of Gal Gadot(Keeping Up with the Joneses’ Natalie Jones) as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman(Amazon Princess/Zeus’ Daughter), Chris Pine(Star Trek’s Young Captain Kirk) as Steve Trevor(US Air Force Captain), Connie NielSen(Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Detective Dani Beck) as Hippolyta(Amazon Queen/Zeus’ Wife), Robin Wright(BeoWulf’s Wealthow) as General Antiope(Hippolyta’s Sister/Diana’s Aunt), David Thewlis(Harry Potter Franchise’s Remus Lupin) as Ares/Mars(Greek/Roman God of War) and Danny Huston(X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s Colonel William Stryker) as Erich Ludendorff(German Army General). In conclusion, this movie is due for release in theatres on Friday June 2, 2017 and will without a doubt give a definite true meaning to the phrases Girl Power and I Am Woman Hear Me Roar!!