Saturday, June 27, 2020

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy . . .


Some risque content ahead. 

Dixie Chicks: 

The singing group formerly known as The Dixie Chicks and now simply The Chicks, is one of my wife’s favourite country groups. 

(Which brings to mind Bob Newhart’s comment: “I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'.”) 

Hopefully Kate won’t do a Goodbye Earl on me for that comment. 

The girls have dropped the reference to Dixie as part of the current swing against Confederate symbols, statues and names. Dixie is a nostalgic nickname for the Civil War-era South. 

One problem with the name change was that there was already a New Zealand female group performing as The Chicks, or The Chucks in NZ-speak. According to The Chicks (US version): “A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honoured to coexist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!” 

June 26, 2020 

By the way: 

From Wikipedia 

Dixie", also known as "Dixie's Land", "I Wish I Was in Dixie", and other titles, is a popular song in the Southern United States. It is one of the most distinctively Southern musical products of the 19th century and probably the best-known song to have come out of blackface minstrelsy. It was not a folk song at its creation, but it has since entered the American folk vernacular. The song likely cemented the word "Dixie" in the American vocabulary as a nickname for the Southern United States.

"Dixie" had originated in the minstrel shows of the 1850s and quickly became popular throughout the United States. During the American Civil War, it was adopted as a de facto national anthem of the Confederacy. New versions appeared at this time that more explicitly tied the song to the events of the Civil War.

The song was a favorite of President Abraham Lincoln; he had it played at some of his political rallies and at the announcement of General Robert E. Lee's surrender.

Several theories exist regarding the origin of the term "Dixie". According to Robert LeRoy Ripley (founder of Ripley's Believe It or Not!), "Dixieland" was a farm on Long Island, New York, owned by a man named John Dixie. He befriended so many slaves before the Civil War that his place became a sort of a paradise to them. James H. Street says that "Johaan Dixie" was a Haarlem (Manhattan Island) farmer who decided that his slaves were not profitable because they were idle during the New York winter, so he sent them to Charleston where they were sold. Subsequently, the slaves were busy constantly, longing for the less strenuous life on the Haarlem farm; they would chant, "I sure wish we was back on Dixie's land." The most popular theory maintains that the term originated in the Mason–Dixon line. 

Kurt Cobain’s guitar: 

The guitar that grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain played during his 1993 MTV Unplugged performance sold at auction last weekend for a record $6 million (AU$8.78m). The performance took place five months before his suicide at age 27. 

June 26, 2020 

Cobain’s cardigan from the same performance sold for $489,000 in October last year, According to Rolling Stone, the unwashed cardigan has a missing button and two cigarette burns and it “smells like a grandmother’s musty attic”. 

October 19, 2019 

Nicole Kidman re Jay Leno: 

Russell Crowe revealed last week that his friend Nicole Kidman had pranked Jay Leno some years ago by telling Leno that the Oz expression “crack a fat” meant something else. According to Crowe: “She said it and Jay kept repeating it over and over again, and Nicole realised the hole she'd dug herself into. Jay kept saying things like, "We'll be right back after this break to crack a fat with Nicole Kidman!" And that sent Nicole into giggles.' 

Daily Mail 
25 June, 2020 

Now every schoolboy in Oz knows that the expression to “crack a fat” means to get an erection, to get a boner, a stiffy, what our American cousins term to get wood. 

No wonder Nicole Kidman was giggling every time Leno used the expression unaware of its meaning. 

Marilyn Monroe house: 

Victorian real estate agent Christian Gravias has come up with some quirky ideas in the past to promote properties he is tasked with selling, from featuring the Joker in the video of one house and a James Bond in another. 

This time he has the job of selling 161 Munro Street, Coburg, Victoria, a reinvigorated former shopfront on the market for $1.15-$1.25 million. What better way to sell in Munro Street than with Marilyn Monroe, and what better way to do that than with a mural by local artist Lushux of the most famous and iconic image of her . . . 

There is also a video of a Marilyn Monroe lookalike doing the tour of the property on the marketing video: 

June 24, 2020 

By the way: 

Shooting the upskirts scene at 1.00am, Monroe was watched by a large crow of spectators which included new husband Joe Di Maggio. Coming from a traditional Italian family, he had definite ideas on women, wives, their roles and their expected behaviour, and having skirts blowing up to reveal legs and underwear was definitely not part of it. At their hotel room after filming had finished, he beat her so badly that management was called by concerned guests and makeup had to cover her bruises the next day. Three weeks later he told sports writer Stacy Edwards Things got out of hand, I admit it. But she pissed me off so much. She didn't care what I thought about anything, she just wanted to do what she wanted to do." 

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