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North Korea Warns Of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack On U.S.

North Korea Warns Of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack On U.S.

Pictured above:  Korean War/National Archives

VAV!/March 7, 2013

A preemptive nuclear attack on the United States and allies is being threatened by North Korea as the United Nations Security Council moves forward to approve new sanctions in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

The threat from the North Korean Foreign Ministry came just hours before the United Nations Security Council was scheduled to meet on the sanctions, Thursday.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 April 2013 05:24 )

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Fine Living - Foreign Correspondant

Life’s a Journey - Teenage Crushes

Life’s a Journey - Teenage Crushes

VAV!/February 10, 2012 By Helen Spencer of Life's A Journey

Look, if I'm going to be totally honest with you about this, then there were more than three.

But in case anyone ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 May 2014 04:47 )

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The Madness of King George III – London Theatre Review

The Madness of King George III – London Theatre Review

VAV!/February 10, 2012  By Rebecca McWattie

This tremendous Theatre Royal Bath production of Alan Bennett’s play is directed by the great Christopher Luscombe. King G...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 February 2012 09:15 )

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Diana Mitford, Part II – Rebel with a Cause

Diana Mitford, Part II – Rebel with a Cause

VAV!/January 28, 2012 By Rebecca McWattie

(Diana Mitford - Bright Young Thing Part I )

In 1932 Diana was still at the height of her beauty and her life with Bryan Guinness and...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:55 )

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Diana Mitford, Part I - Bright Young Thing

Diana Mitford, Part I - Bright Young Thing

VAV!/January 12, 2012 By Rebecca McWattie

My old penguin copy of Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate is without doubt the most well thumbed book in...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:27 )

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Lesley Gore - It's My Party

Pictured above: Lesley Gore/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/February 16, 2015 Singer-songwriter Lesley Sue Gore (née Goldstein), who is remembered for her chart topping 1963 song "It's My Party," followed by "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "You Don't Own Me," died from cancer on Monday, February 16, 2015  at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 68. Gore  was discovered at age 16 by record producer Quincy Jones and soon other hit songs followed.  Among them were "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," "That's the Way Boys Are," "She's A Fool," "Maybe I Know," "Look of Love," and she co-wrote "Out Here On My Own" from the acclaimed film "Fame (1980)" with her brother Michael Gore.

 

The Boy Next Door

Pictured above:  Scene from "The Boy Next Door" VAV!/February 17, 2015/Contributed by Stars in her eye "The Boy Next Door" is the kind of movie that a girl should enjoy with their friends and some wine. It's not the kind of film you get all dressed up for and then have a night on the town. You need some of your best friends to make fun of the movie within the privacy of your own home (a place where no one can get irate with you for heckling).

 

St. Valentines Day Massacre

Pictured above: Two guns used in the 1929 Massacre/Courtesy The Mob Museum VAV!/February 14, 2015 On February 14, 1929, a day that was anything but sweet hearts amidst a bed of roses, the St. Valentines Day Massacre unfolded as five rivals of gangster Al Capone and two wannabes were gunned down in a garage on the North Side of Chicago, IL. The day's events are, arguably, the most publicized and talked about mob event in history.  The sole purpose of the killings was the elimination of George "Bugs" Moran, the last rival to Al Capone's title of crime boss in Chicago. Witness statements are varied, but this is generally how the slaying was believed to have 'gone down'... 

 

Ma Bell Calling - Alexander Graham Bell

  On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a United States patent for the invention of the telephone. By 1877, he formed the American Bell Telephone Company and the first exchange opened in New Haven, Connecticut. In a few fleeting years, local exchange companies were launched in every major city throughout America. There were four major divisions of the American Bell Telephone Company; The American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) that had been created by American Bell Telephone Company to provide long distance calls and to interconnect between New York and Chicago and beyond; Western Electric Company, Bell's equipment manufacturing arm; Bell Labs, that conducted research and development for AT&T and finally, Bell operating companies, providing local exchange telephone services. By 1899, AT&T would acquire the assets of its parent American Bell Telephone Company. AT&T then became the parent of American Bell, and thus the head of the Bell System. This acquisition was put into place, it's reported, to take advantage of the leaner regulatory and tax rules in NYC which were leaner in New York than in Boston, where American Bell was headquartered. Following a government anti-trust suit and the Kingsbury Commitment, by 1913.  AT&T agreed to the Kingsbury Commitment in which they would sell their reported $30 million in Western Union stock, allow competitors to interconnect with their system, and not acquire other independent companies without permission from the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) At the end of 1934, AT&T was regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The company was to become the largest corporation in the world until its divestment by the United States Department of Justice in 1984, at which time the Bell System ceased to exist. The Bell trademark pictured above was used from 1921 through 1939.

 

Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Pictured above: The Spirit of Ecstasy/Rolls Royce Ornament VAV!/February 8, 2015 The hood ornament or "mascot,"' remains a striking vestige of the past and a distinctive styling ornament that helped define the hallmark of fine automobiles as well as a drivers' style. While primarily ornamental since the 1930s,  the hood ornament originally evolved from a  need to provide a cooling system monitor for automobiles produced during the teens and the 1920s. Consequently, investing in an engine temperature gauge for the radiator, located externally at the front of the automobile and equipped with a filter cap on its top in direct sight of the driver, was a pretty good idea. The gauge monitored the radiators' temperature for proper functioning, as well as providing for its', longevity and efficiency, too.  Enter Moto Meter, a company from Long Island, NY,  who promised a product to fulfill  just that need.  (Moto Meter was founded in 1912 by George H. Townsend, president of the Moto Meter Co. Inc. Townsend obtained the exclusive rights under Boyce patents to manufacture radiator and dashboard motor temperature indicators.  Soon, the Boyce Moto Meter dominated the motor vehicle industry with their product.  Their motto was "Boyce Moto Meter, Your Car Deserves One.")

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