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« Reply #165 on: March 27, 2012, 04:23:17 PM »
I have just found a reference in a book.  Shadowland  by Peter Straub.  The fictional story is about magicians in the 1950s, but the main magician is a man who studied to be a doctor and served in France during WWI.  This story is about evil and magic.

On page 321 Straub's character Coleman Collins says:  Ernest Hemingway bought me a drink in a Montparnasse bar but would not come to my table because he thought I was a charlatan. I heard that he had referred to me as 'that dime-a-dance Rasputin,' a description I did not mind a bit. The real tinpot Rasputin was an Englishman who fancied himself a demon.

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« Reply #166 on: March 29, 2012, 09:52:09 AM »
Not sure if I'm allowed to broaden things to include "games / entertainment" but a Famous Song Lyrics round was included in last night's Quizzo (AKA "team trivia") at the local restaurant I go to...

Q: "I stuck around St. Petersburg, when I saw it was time for a change...killed the Czar and his ministers, Anastasia screamed in vain"
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« Reply #167 on: March 29, 2012, 10:08:13 AM »
That would be The Rolling Stones  "Sympathy For the Devil"" 1968.

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« Reply #168 on: March 29, 2012, 10:29:42 AM »
That would be The Rolling Stones  "Sympathy For the Devil"" 1968.

That would be one point for Alixz in Round Three :-)

Classic song...I'm a pretty big Stones fan but sometimes you forget about certain things like their lyrics. I went online just to refresh my memory on all of the words to "Sympathy" and it's bloody genius! In the words of Greg Kihn..."they just don't write 'em like that anymore".
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« Reply #169 on: March 29, 2012, 10:31:44 AM »
eDubs - I know this is off topic - (sorry FA) -  but I wanted to let you know I got your PM - thanks!    I can't send out pm's for some reason yet I can receive them.   Didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.   -Gloria

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« Reply #170 on: March 30, 2012, 12:55:54 PM »
That would be The Rolling Stones  "Sympathy For the Devil"" 1968.

That would be one point for Alixz in Round Three :-)

Classic song...I'm a pretty big Stones fan but sometimes you forget about certain things like their lyrics. I went online just to refresh my memory on all of the words to "Sympathy" and it's bloody genius! In the words of Greg Kihn..."they just don't write 'em like that anymore".

Actually that would be one point for Rodney_G., Erik.  See post 122 earlier (5/6/11). But then, hey, who's counting?

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« Reply #171 on: March 30, 2012, 01:07:56 PM »
That would be The Rolling Stones  "Sympathy For the Devil"" 1968.

That would be one point for Alixz in Round Three :-)

Classic song...I'm a pretty big Stones fan but sometimes you forget about certain things like their lyrics. I went online just to refresh my memory on all of the words to "Sympathy" and it's bloody genius! In the words of Greg Kihn..."they just don't write 'em like that anymore".


Actually that would be one point for Rodney_G., Erik.  See post 122 earlier (5/6/11). But then, hey, who's counting?

Shame on me! I knew I should have typed "Rolling Stones" into the search tool before opening my mouth. I could have guess you would have been all over that one Rodney :-) But it was more about the time & place of the reference (Wednesday Quizzo) then the fact that I've heard it sung by Mick Jagger about a thousand times, lol.

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« Reply #172 on: September 13, 2012, 09:57:05 PM »
Another source.

A series of books by Dean Koontz about a character who can see the "lingering dead" called Odd Thomas. That's right Odd not Todd, his parents had a weird sense of humor.

In the book Brother Odd on page 237, Odd Thomas is with the lingering spirit of Elvis and he says this:

"When making his music, he had been the essence of cool, but in his movies he was often a self-parody embarrassing to watch. Colonel Parker, his manager, who had picked movie scripts for him, had served Elvis less well than the monk Rasputin had served Czar Nicholas and Alexandra."

Anyone interested in strange mysteries fiction with a tongue in cheek flair should check out the "Odd Thomas" series. There are five books in the series, but, in my opinion, only the first three are very good. The last two are just OK. In #5, though, Koontz brings in the spirit of Nikola Tesla one of the greatest inventors whose patents actually were filed before some of Edison's and Marconi's, but Tesla was a strange duck, stranger than Einstein, and he didn't get much credit for what he did do. Tesla was the person who proved that AC power was better and could be sent longer distances than Edison's pet project DC power.

I have been finding Tesla mentioned in a number of spooky fiction books and it got me to buy a biography of the man. I haven't finished it yet, but the man was truly a genius and Einstein and Mark Twain both knew him and agreed on that.

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« Reply #173 on: September 13, 2012, 10:44:00 PM »
Thanks for the recommendation, Alixz - putting the series on my list now!

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« Reply #174 on: September 14, 2012, 09:12:11 AM »
Another source.

A series of books by Dean Koontz about a character who can see the "lingering dead" called Odd Thomas. That's right Odd not Todd, his parents had a weird sense of humor.

In the book Brother Odd on page 237, Odd Thomas is with the lingering spirit of Elvis and he says this:

"When making his music, he had been the essence of cool, but in his movies he was often a self-parody embarrassing to watch. Colonel Parker, his manager, who had picked movie scripts for him, had served Elvis less well than the monk Rasputin had served Czar Nicholas and Alexandra."

Anyone interested in strange mysteries fiction with a tongue in cheek flair should check out the "Odd Thomas" series. There are five books in the series, but, in my opinion, only the first three are very good. The last two are just OK. In #5, though, Koontz brings in the spirit of Nikola Tesla one of the greatest inventors whose patents actually were filed before some of Edison's and Marconi's, but Tesla was a strange duck, stranger than Einstein, and he didn't get much credit for what he did do. Tesla was the person who proved that AC power was better and could be sent longer distances than Edison's pet project DC power.

I have been finding Tesla mentioned in a number of spooky fiction books and it got me to buy a biography of the man. I haven't finished it yet, but the man was truly a genius and Einstein and Mark Twain both knew him and agreed on that.

Colonel Parker I believe turned the down the role for Elvis that was eventually given to Kris Kristofferson in "A Star Is Born". That would have been filmed in 1975/76 and might have revived Presley somewhat who died the following year.

Sticking with the entertainment theme for a moment I always found one of the most clever band names in history was that of 'Tesla'. A forgettable band but I have to give the group members some credit. I'm certain they grew up fans of the rock group 'AC/DC' and decided to do some research on the namesake. Looking into "Alternating Current / Direct Current" the name Tesla pops up pretty quickly. Hope that biography is interesting Alixz...
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« Reply #175 on: September 14, 2012, 09:44:50 AM »
Colonel Parker also turned down the role of Bernardo in West Side Story. George Chakiris won an Oscar.

There is also a car manufacturer named Tesla. I was surprised to find that they are still in business. They make - no surprise here - electric cars. You must order them and they are, of course, quite pricey.

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« Reply #176 on: September 14, 2012, 09:49:42 AM »
As to the bio of Tesla, he was born in Croatia and in the first chapter it is like reading a history of Russia and the Serbs. The names roll easily off the tongue as they are Slavic and the territory is familiar with Austria -Hungry, the Ottoman Turks, and Serbia and Herzegovina

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« Reply #177 on: November 05, 2012, 08:51:04 AM »
Got another one.

Last night on the second season of Upstairs Downstairs, Prince George of Kent is talking to his "friend" Hallam Holland about Stalin and if the Russians will be friendly to Germany or England during WWII.

He says something like "After what the Bolsheviks did to our Romanov cousins..."

I am not sure about the rest of the quote but it would be appropriate for The Duke of Kent to say something like that. In the show, Prince George is shown to be a "playboy" and a heavy drinker with a hint of being homosexual.  Princess Marina is mentioned but never seen.

I think that the show hasn't gotten to September 1939 yet, when Hitler invades Poland, but since Prince George died in service to his country in 1942, he hasn't much time left in the series.


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« Reply #178 on: November 05, 2012, 03:24:12 PM »
It looks like someone chose a very interesting painting to put on the cover of this Anna Karenina e-book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anna-Karenina-ebook/dp/B008HSEEKO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1352150387&sr=8-2

Is Maria turning in her grave or was she a fan? :)
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« Reply #179 on: November 05, 2012, 03:56:40 PM »
Hi Sara,

Wow......
The Dowager Empress standing in for a 'whore' - even though a high class one!!!!!!

Thanks for posting.

Larry