Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, just concluded their nine day Diamond Jubilee Tour representing Queen Elizabeth II in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. Half way through their tour, the royal couple became embroiled in a scandal resulting in criminal charges filed against the French magazine that published topless photos of Kate. Despite the turmoil back home, the photogenic couple pressed on with the grace and dignity of modern day royalty.
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Sept. 18 Photo Brief: William and Kate dance in Tuvalu, Chinese protest Japanese businesses, a sexy salute to the royal guard
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance while on a Diamond Jubilee tour in the South Pacific, Crazy Horse dancers salute on the River Thames, Chinese protest on the 81st anniversary of Japan’s invasion of China, a Golden Carriage carries royalty in the Netherlands and more in today’s daily brief.
For a musical to resonate on an international level more than 50 years after its original Broadway debut demonstrates the brilliance of its creators.
With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story battled its way onto Broadway from a vision of updating Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for a beatnik and ballet proficient generation. Many Tony nominations followed in 1957, resulting in a win for Robbins’ choreography, but it lost the “Best Musical” award to the wholesome River City, Iowa spectacle The Music Man. The film adaptation fared much better earning ten Academy Awards including “Best Picture” in 1961.
All of this happened long before our two subjects jetéd into their parent’s lives. Courtney Ortiz and Nicholas Sipes joined the international touring cast earlier this year bringing the original magic of West Side Story to the European stage. The following interview was conducted in August, just before a short break brought them home to the States. They head back to Germany in October and finish out 2012 in Paris.
A giant marrow wins all six classes in the giant vegetable competition, environmentalists hold a mass floating event in the Dead Sea and more in today’s daily brief.
With only 2 days left of the 2012 Paralympic Games, there has been a tremendous amount of victorious moments coming out of London. As for the medal count, The People’s Republic of China is still way ahead with 78 golds (198 total) followed by Great Britain with 32 golds (113 total) and the Russian Federation also with 32 golds (91 total). The top individual medalists are all swimmers with Australia’s Jacqueline Freney bringing 7 gold medals back down under. Tied for second are Matthew Cowdrey, also from Australia, and Jessica Long from the U.S. with 5 golds and 2 silver medals each.
Already on Day 6, the London 2012 Paralympic Games is in full swing. The People’s Republic of China leads the medal count with an astonishing 49 golds (121 total) followed by Great Britain with 22 golds (74 total) and the Russian Federation with 18 golds (54 total). By the time of the Closing Ceremonies on September 9, the London Games will have welcomed 4,280 competitors from 164 nations, the largest number of athletes since the first Paralympics in 1960.
Romney stresses jobs, Eastwood sees an empty chair and Obama concedes the night on Day 4 of the Republican National Convention
Formally accepting his nomination, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the stage Thursday night to address millions of voters on why he should be chosen to lead the country.
Romney’s remarks focused on unfulfilled promises of the Obama administration, religion, jobs and the economy. “Hope and change had a powerful appeal,” Romney said. “But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”
The last night of the convention also saw mystery surprise guest Clint Eastwood who delivered an ad-lib speech in support of Romney, speaking to an Invisible Obama sitting on a chair. The remark launched the @InvisibleObama Twitter account (which ballooned to 26k+ followers by the end of the convention) and spawned countless #Eastwooding memes.
Other final day events highlights came from Jeb Bush, past Olympians Scott Hamilton, Mike Eruzione and Kim Rhode, musical performances by Taylor Hicks and Bebe Winans & choir, a massive balloon drop and prayer.
With newly upgraded Hurricane Isaac blowing past Florida, the Republican National Convention surges on with speeches by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former GOP presidential race contender Rick Santorum, and Ann Romney, the wife of the now affirmed GOP presidential nominee. The abbreviated convention schedule may have dampened the opening day, but with Mitt Romney’s arrival, Day 2 finds the winds of the Grand Old Party struggling to hold onto the many hats of a divided Republican base.
August 28 Photo Brief: South Koreans rescue Chinese fishermen, blood stains Syrian streets, Hitler sells clothing in India
A typhoon capsizes two Chinese fishing vessels near Seoul leaving five people dead and ten missing, a clothing store in Ahmedabad causes an uproar over its name, Syrians witness another devastating day of violence and more in today’s daily brief.
August 21 Photo Brief: Wildfires in Spain, endangered sea turtles in South Carolina and a battered swimmer in the Florida Straits
Wildfires continue to sweep across Spain, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad abandons her fourth attempt to swim from Florida to Cuba, loggerhead turtle hatchlings begin their trip to the ocean, and more in today’s daily brief.