Seven brides for seven (Georgian) brothers?

For some reason, this lively rendition of a Georgian folk song reminds me irresistibly of the dance scene in the 1950’s musical ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers‘.  The music is utterly different, but the country ‘moves’ and the sheer joie de vivre of the participants is eerily similar.  See what you think.  Watch it in full-screen mode to get the full impact of the scenery, which is lovely. I thoroughly enjoyed that, even though I didn’t understand a word of it.  Can anyone point me to the lyrics and/or an English translation of them? (And if you haven’t yet seen

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Doofus Of The Day #827

Today’s award goes to the member(s) of the firefighting team at Manchester Airport in the UK who pressed the wrong button. A passenger jet was left stranded on the runway after firemen giving it a good luck salute accidentally sprayed it with foam instead of water. The Virgin Atlantic flight was to have been the first service from Manchester Airport to Atlanta, Georgia, so fire crews planned to give the Airbus A330-300 a send-off with their water cannons before passengers boarded. However, someone aboard the fire tenders, which were ready to spray a giant arch of water over the top

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Doofus Of The Day #826

Courtesy of a link at Maddened Fowl, today’s award goes to a man in Dayton, Ohio. A man said he accidentally shot himself when a gun he bought on the street jammed. . . . He told police it happened in a creek area off Norris Drive, according to the report. The man reported he went there to test fire a gun he had bought from a man named “Crack Head Dave,” according to the report. There’s more at the link. Y’know, when your friendly neighborhood firearms supplier is named ‘Crack Head Dave’, I think we’ve identified the real problem

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Screaming 9mm. and .308 ammo deal at Walmart

Those of you who shoot those calibers, call your local Walmart ASAP.  I was doing some other shopping there an hour ago when I happened past the Sporting Goods department (funny how I find myself at the ammo locker so often, isn’t it?).  They were unpacking Perfecta brand 9mm. 115gr. ball and .308 147gr. ball ammo at the ridiculously low price of $6.94 per box (of 50 and 20 rounds, respectively).  I haven’t seen prices that low for those cartridges in years.  (To put it in perspective, that’s 14c per round for 9mm. and 35c per round for .308. It’s

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Politically correct post-colonial idiots

I was infuriated to read about protests by students in Cape Town, South Africa, that have led to the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, imperialist, pioneer, visionary, mining magnate and former Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. Yahoo! News reports: A bucketload of human excrement flung at a statue has toppled a symbol of British imperialism in South Africa, marking the emergence of a new generation of black protest against white oppression. The senate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Friday bowed to student demands that a brooding bronze statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes

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Of books, the writing life, and Westerns

It’s been just over 40 days since the publication of my latest novel, ‘Stand Against The Storm‘.  It’s exceeded all my expectations, thanks to your support in buying it and spreading the word about it – even though it was the most difficult novel to write that I’ve yet experienced.  It seems that all the hard work has paid off, which is very gratifying.  That success means that Miss D. will soon be able to afford to leave her day job and help me with marketing and administration, whilst simultaneously setting up her own consultancy business as a marketing analyst

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Sounds like a good life, well lived

The obituary of an Alaska man caused me to smile.  It begins: Captain Donald Alexander Malcolm Jr., 60, died Feb. 28, 2015, nestled in the bosom of his family, while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies. He died from complications resulting from being stubborn, refusing to go to the doctor, and raising hell for six decades. Stomach cancer also played a minor role in his demise. There’s more at the link.  Read the comments below it as well.  They’re worth it. Sounds like Mr. Malcolm lived a good life and lived it well.  We need more like him, and we’re

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I think he’s done this before

I have no idea of the backstory to this video, but Dude 1 is talking on a cellphone when Dude 2 charges him with a baseball bat.  Dude 1 has some very effective moves. Nice chokehold.  Dude 2 was out cold.  I suspect Dude 1 had done this (or something like this) before. (Dude 2 is also fortunate he didn’t try that on someone carrying a gun.  Under those circumstances, a baseball bat is a potentially lethal weapon any way you look at it, so such an attack would have justified a rather stronger response, IMHO.) Peter

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