Widow Margaret Tyler, 71, is a retired telephonist who has four grown-up ...
Roman says: We eat, sleep and live cuckoo clocks. When we started collecting in the 1970s no one wanted them because battery and electric clocks were all the rage. We picked many up for next to nothing. Now we have perhaps the world's largest ...
April 6, 2015
The scene: AJINAI, BELLE & SEBASTIAN and ELECTRIC WIZARD
Electric Wizard's Jus Oborn sings about the world burning and nuclear warheads ready to strike and being nothing and its being time-to-die o'clock. He does it while digging into the heaviest, deepest, loudest, riffiest riffs like an excavator hollowing ...
April 8, 2015
Review: Belle and Sebastian leads indie pop dance party in Royal Oak
The visuals mixed with colorful graphics and retro videos for the remainder of the show, as “I'm a Cuckoo,” “The Party Line,” “Funny Little Frog,” “Electronic Renaissance,” “The Perfect Couples,” “Piazza, New York Catcher,” “If You're Feeling Sinister ...
April 3, 2015
How a gentle electrical jolt can focus a sluggish mind
there is a good chance you might conjure up this intense image. The treatment powerfully depicted in the 1975 Oscar-winning movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” is called electroconvulsive therapy. The basic idea goes back to the Romans, who ...
April 1, 2015
Trekking Around Titlis: Snowshoeing in Central Switzerland
It's late afternoon, that magical part of the day when the sun gives those last rays everything it's got. The pretty alpine landscape now seems magical, as a pink hued glow is cast upon the snow. Only the soft crunch of snowshoes striking the ground ...
March 24, 2015
The Lebanese designers now gaining global recognition
The duo's comparatively pared-down cuckoo clock is made of Lebanese cedar, and so riffs on their native country's national emblem, despite looking resolutely modern. Beirut has a tight-knit design network. “Over the past 15 years, there has been a ...
March 13, 2015
Belle and Sebastian at Massey Hall
The professional dancing gave way to the fan-provided excitement, with people rushing to the front for the set's second song: “I'm a Cuckoo”, from 2004's Dear Catastrophe Waitress. By the third number – 2015 single “The Party Line” – Belle and The ...
April 4, 2015
And within that first year of 1996, they had already released two classic albums and managed to charm fans all over the world in a pre-internet era that seems daunting, especially when you consider the same couple years also featured in-your-face... Belle and Sebastian didn’t overwhelm with their sonics, but rather with the familiarity and beauty of Stuart Murdoch’s melodies, the vividness and quirkiness of his characters, and the assembly of a band of everymen (and women) who were very much... At a time before Pitchfork and indie rock were a commodified industry, Belle and Sebastian laid the groundwork of earnest songwriting that a whole culture would build off. Yeah, we can say all that, but that ignores that there is something special about their music that isn’t quantifiable or explicable — like emotional resonance, nostalgia, discovery of the beauty that is around us in everyday actions, belief in the... We very easily could have made a top 40 Belle and Sebastian songs list (in particular, recent albums have seen Sarah Martin come into her own as a songwriter, taking some of the pressure off Murdoch).
To keep on top of it all — and stay sane — I’ve developed 5 daily habits that help keep me one step ahead. Each day, my priorities vary. If I’m at a client’s office, I’m engrossed in what they need. Each day, I try to write down the three things that must be achieved that day. This helps me keep focus on what I truly need to get done — and feel good about my accomplishments. My entire team is remote, so when I’m in the office, I don’t have to worry about anyone physically interrupting me … but I do have electronic interruptions. To reduce these, I try to spend an hour a day without email, the phone or instant messaging. There are days I can’t make this happen, but it’s important to find a way to reduce interruptions when I haven’t finalized my daily priorities. Check email less frequently. Time management experts recommend checking email only a few times a day rather than every five minutes. I generally check email early in the morning before the day begins, then periodically in between meetings and at the end of the day. When traveling or waiting for someone, I check email on my phone. I preach automation and integration to my clients because I know it makes a huge difference in keeping them on track, thereby saving time and money.
The Penguin has just been let out of jail, and strange non-crimes involving umbrellas are happening all over town. Clearly the Penguin is up to something, but why isn’t he committing any actual crimes. In fact, he has a cunning plan — an umbrella that he gets the Dynamic Duo to take as evidence in fact contains a bug. he’s trying to get them to figure out what crime he’s planning, so he can then use the plan they figure out. “Batman is not only going to pick my crime, he is going to provide me with a blueprint as to how I should pull it off. Smokes, or at least carries a cigarette lighter in his Bruce Wayne costume. Batman also has faith in the US prison system’s rehabilitative abilities — faith which is shown to be wrong, at least in the case of the Penguin. ” Has started using alliterative exclamations starting “holy…”, in this case “Holy haberdashery. Gets knocked out by the Penguin’s gas when the Penguin invades Wayne Manor. Uses a service elevator to get to and from the Batcave, rather than the batpoles used by Batman and Robin. Is proud of his men when they admit their inability to deal with the Penguin.