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    How coronavirus is changing the world

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    "How are democracies and authoritarian states reacting to the coronavirus pandemic? An investigative team is looking for clues worldwide and interviewing virologists, health experts and citizens. Where is the fight against COVID-19 working and where isn’t it?

    Nine months after the new coronavirus first appeared, the documentary "The Pandemic Spreads" finds some initial answers to these questions. The film takes the viewer on a journey around the world: We dive into seven different countries and analyze their ways of handling the virus. We return to the putative beginnings of the pandemic in Wuhan in China. We see how Taiwan reacted to the virus earlier and more decisively than almost any other country in the world, as Europe and North America were still lulling themselves into a false sense of security.

    In retrospect, it is clear that the Western democracies saw the coronavirus as a local Chinese problem for far too long. Yet research from France and other European countries suggest it was probably already among us here in Europe at the end of 2019. Our viral world tour also takes us to the outsiders of the pandemic: Sweden, for example. At first the Swedes' special approach was still seen as daring, but months later it seems to have gone disastrously wrong.

    The biggest health and economic crisis in recent history has underlined recent global political developments: as the world power USA sinks into corona chaos, its rival China seems to have hit its stride. Will Beijing’s authoritarian regime come out on top of the crisis through its aggressive and consistent approach to the virus? "The Pandemic Spreads" shows how COVID-19 is changing our world for good."

    Aug 31, 2020

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    Meet the NYC street tailor
    mending clothes from a pushcart

    By Suzy Weiss

    September 2, 2020



    Makayla Wray

    "Call her Tailor Swift.

    Makayla Wray, 29, an East Village tailor, works in Chinatown for an upscale designer during the day.

    But in the evenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. until dark, she’s a street seamstress working out of an old cart stationed at the corner of East Houston and Mulberry streets.

    “In the morning I make runway clothes, then I come in at night to hem the little guys,” she told The Post.

    The pandemic has created a throwback economy — and Wray represents an updated version of the old-timey merchants who used to barter and haggle downtown in the early 1900s.

    “People say to me, ‘You’re keeping [the spirit of] New York alive,” said Wray, who offers onsite mending, as well as alterations.

    Her cart — a retro-fitted nut-roasting apparatus — is one she inherited from her old boss, Byron Kaplan, at Peddler. In 2018, she worked at the “mobile coffee shop” slinging joe in the mornings before heading to TV and movie sets to earn money doing quick fixes on costumes."



    “Byron used to say, ‘You should work full days,’ and I told him, ‘If you put a sewing machine on this cart I could,’ ” said Wray. “It was kind of a joke.”

    But after her freelance gigs dried up when the pandemic hit, Wray struck a deal with Kaplan to take over his old coffee rig at the beginning of June.

    “I had to weld an ironing board onto it and make a clothing rack,” said Wray, who also outfitted the cart with vintage Abraham & Strauss and Singer sewing machines, along with spools of thread, a mini-iron and more.

    “I was originally going to park it [one block west] under the Calvin Klein ad to create a contrast between me and the fast-fashion billboards,” said Wray. “But there’s not as much foot traffic there.”



    "She currently works three evenings a week, weather permitting, and accepts cash and Venmo.

    While she’s sewing, by hand or with her machine, she’ll send customers to nearby bar Botanica for a drink. More time-intensive projects can be picked up the following day.

    The Pittsburgh native charges a range: two bucks for an on-the-spot button, $15 for a hem, and $60 for an old pair of trousers that a friend requested be made into a new bucket hat. And she’ll make custom wares out of old clothes, too."



    “I use every inch of material that I can, and I’ll turn scraps into teddy bears,” said Wray, whose favorite projects are ones where she gets to use her tiny workshop to update a beloved family hand-me-down.

    “Some guy wanted me to repair Army pants that had a bunch of holes and tears. The pants were his grandfather’s in the war, and his dad also wore them and passed them down” said Wray.

    “I’m happy I got to save something from being in a box in a storage unit.”


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    FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR -
    England #2 (Boris Karloff, Alice Liddell, etc.)


    Welcome to Hollywood Graveyard, where we set out to remember and celebrate the lives of those who lived to entertain us, by visiting their final resting places. Today we continue our tour across England, where we’ll find such stars as Boris Karloff, John Bonham, the real Alice in Wonderland, and many more.

    Full list of stars visited today: Harold Pinter, Maria Bjornson, JG Ballard, Pete Burns, Danny La Rue, Christopher Hewett, Celia Johnson, Harry H. Corbett, Gustav Holst, Thomas Weelkes, Alice Liddell, Arthur English, Brian Connolly, Bessie Love, Richard Griffiths, Pocahontas, David Frost, June Whitfield, Lynda Bellingham, Derek Nimmo, Richard Attenborough, Sheila Sim, Edmund Kean, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, James Thomson, Frankie Howerd, George Martin, Paul Scofield, Tony Hart, Harry Secombe, Jack Wild, Carol Reed, Lynden David Hall, Saeed Jaffrey, Eric Morecambe, Frank Finlay, John Bonham, Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Boris Karloff.

    Sep 8, 2020

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    Higher Love by Lilly and Steve Winwood

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    Higher Love by Lilly and Steve Winwood

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    Timely and beautiful.
    Whatever is true. Whatever is noble. Whatever is right. Whatever is lovely. Whatever is admirable. Anything of excellence and worthy of praise. Dwell on these things. Jesus Christ (I agree)

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    wow, she's talented. If people could carry that around with them ... this would be a better place.
    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    In retrospect an interesting listen from the past ...



    Aldous Huxley interviewed by Mike Wallace : 1958 (Full)

    Author and screenwriter Aldous Huxley is best known for his 1932 novel 'Brave New World,' a nightmarish vision of the future, below in this vintage TV interview he shares his visions and fears for this brave new world.


    28:12 minutes


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    #thenatureofthegame ...

    Sympathy For The Devil -
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    An amazing film in documenting what could be achieved in such a short span of time, one can only imagine and ponder, if such determined skills were used for helping the regular German people back during this time ...

    Hitler's Eagle's Nest
    History of the Kehlsteinhaus


    Newly discovered and partly previously unpublished footage of the secret construction of Adolf Hitlers Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) and the road make this video the ultimate documentary about the "Project Kehlstein".

    NEVER BEFORE there was such an extensive documentary about the development of the probably most daring building project of the III. Reich.
    "The creation of Hitler's Eagle's Nest was a remarkable engineering success, a battle against time, snow, and rugged terrain.

    Martin Bormann was known for his massive building program on the Obersalzberg below, but this enormously difficult project was colossal, even for him. And this creation had an important deadline: Hitler's 50th birthday on April 20, 1939.

    Construction of the Eagle's Nest

    The project began in April of 1937. The gift of this conference center (later called Hitler's Eagles Nest by the Allies) was to be from the Nazi Party which supplied the funds, along with some donations.

    Construction of the building on top of a mountain, with its steep access road and a 400 foot elevator shaft inside the mountain, was an ambitious goal, but consistent with the Third Reich's grandiose building plans.

    Over 3,000 men worked day and night, winter and summer, for 13 months to complete the project. The road was blasted out of the mountainside, passing through five tunnels to get to the entrance.

    Heavy wooden gates guarded the opening into the Kelhstein, leading into a 406 foot (124 meter) tunnel cut into the heart of the mountain.

    An elevator shaft the same length as the tunnel was then cut straight up through the mountain to the peak itself. The house sits on the summit, at 6,017 feet (1834 meters)." ... More here

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    FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR - England #3
    (The Bronte Sisters, Gladys Cooper, etc.)


    Welcome to Hollywood Graveyard, where we set out to remember and celebrate the lives of those who lived to entertain us, by visiting their final resting places. Today we conclude our tour across England, where we’ll find such stars as The Bronte Sisters, Gladys Cooper, Spike Milligan, and many more.

    Full list of stars visited today: Vivien Leigh, Bille Brown, Elizabeth Spriggs, Cecil Beaton, Pamela Brown, Michael Powell, David Hemmings, William Golding, Kenneth Grahame, John Stainer, Jill Dando, Siegfried Sassoon, Cilla Black, Ken Dodd, Brian Epstein, Sylvia Plath, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Richard Todd, Peter Butterworth, Janet Brown, Spike Milligan, Tony Hancock, Wendy Hiller, Anna Neagle, Herbert Wilcox, Christopher Wicking, Joseph Merrick, Stephen Lewis, Max Miller, Stanley Unwin, Gladys Cooper, Dulcie Gray, Michael Denison, Robert Morley, Ronnie Barker, Stanley Holloway, Edward Elgar, Jacqueline du Pre, Jack Rosenthal, Madame Tussaud, Dennis Potter, Noele Gordon, Jenny Lind, Rod Hull.

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    How some older Americans are monetizing their #VanLife

    With large parts of the economy still sputtering under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are having to scale back. But some older Americans were already living a minimalist lifestyle on the road -- and some of them have leveraged their nomadic approach into income. Economics correspondent Paul Solman has their story as part of our Making Sense series on Unfinished Business.

    Oct 1, 2020

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    Back to school at 63 | DW Documentary

    Gerhard Prange concealed the fact that he could not read or write for years. In Germany alone six million people are estimated to be in a similar position. But now he wants to change all that.


    Gerhard Prange is one of six million Germans who are unable to read or write. Letters from the authorities were left unanswered, leading to all kinds of problems; Prange began drinking and his marriage broke up. Finally he reached a turning point, and admitted that he was illiterate. For him, it was a liberating move and since then his life has improved. He’s stopped drinking, has a regular job and above all, the 63 year old has decided to go back to school and take part in a literacy course. He still needs nearly an hour to write a sentence without mistakes, with the help of a teacher. But he’s set himself a goal, one day Gerhard Prange plans to write a letter to his adult daughter. A report by Axel Rowohlt.
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    I'm with this guy ... My situation is different, but my goal is the same.
    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    High Society: Exploring The Cannabis Cafe
    (Narcotics Documentary) | Real Stories


    "Four women from the Welsh choir Only Menopause Aloud and boxing giants Kellie Maloney and Jamie 'Rocky' Johnson smoke weed and ask some big life questions

    Two-part documentary about 20 Brits trying cannabis in a Dutch cafe, from curious rookies to a pair of ex-drug squad colleagues with polar opposite views on cannabis legalisation."

    Oct 7, 2020

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    A wee/extensive visit for the weekend ...

    Secret Scotland With Susan Calman
    S03E02 (2020) - The Trossachs and The West


    44:50 minutes



    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90AzsAbB8-c



    Secret Scotland With Susan Calman
    S03E03 (2020) - Fife and the East


    44:49 minutes


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