The movie musical Grease is 40 years old. Had not thought much of that until I saw star John Travolta teaching talk show host Jimmy Fallon dance moves on TV. It has indeed been that long and to his credit, despite ups and downs in his career and his private life, John still looks great and has his dance chops down pat. Grease, the motion picture version of the hit Broadway musical of the same title, opened in the US on June 16, 1978. Originally written by Bronte Woodard, it was intended as a satiric take on the jukebox musical films of the ‘50s era like Rock Around The Clock. But it turned out to be such great fun and became a huge success. It was music producer Robert Stigwood who got the film rights to Grease. After creating groundbreaking hits with artists like the Bee Gees and Donna Summer, he added box-office hits to his treasure trove when he ventured into movies. Among these was Saturday Night Fever (SNF), which fueled the disco craze worldwide to an all-time high. … [Read more...] about Grease is 40 years old
Young looking 50 year olds
With the oldest elected leader in the world, Malaysia has taken the definition of active ageing to a whole new level. At 93, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is setting new benchmarks. After all, if a nonagenarian can clock in a full day of work, what’s anyone else’s excuse? While the ways in which people age aren’t mutually exclusive, Malaysians now have an opportunity to challenge preconceived ideas about ageing, says Assoc Prof Dr Noran Mohd Hairi from Universiti Malaya’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. “Our new PM and his wife and the entire Council of Eminent Persons are challenging society’s outdated beliefs. They are changing conversations on ageing and encouraging us to re-think the negative stories we sometimes tell ourselves and each other about growing old. “They inspire us and show us the ability to live longer is not impossible. Their healthy (physically and mentally) lives is a great achievement, … [Read more...] about 93-year-old Dr M proves that age is no excuse to slow down
Ernesto De Jesus San Juan, a 95-year-old Filipino of Gapan, Nueva Ecija, has been staying there, at 958/423b Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 71, since 2008 as his document says. But it was only on March 1, that his Filipino neighbors knew his name and his desire to go home for good. He started knocking on doors, asking for food. His mental faculties are fading. A video of Lolo Ernesto was posted on the Facebook page “Kababayan at Kapamilya sa Thailand (KKT)” on March 1. In the video, Lolo Ernesto is seen talking about the Golden Triangle, and Pasig City. He doesn’t mention where in the Philippines he can go home to. He has no family and has been living alone for many years, the longest resident in the Tower said. Jane Cabaya, the administrator of KKT and a leader in the Filipino community, sought my attention in the hope of understanding Lolo Ernesto. I was surprised to see him as barely 5 feet tall, although age may have bent him. Lolo Ernesto immediately told me stories that … [Read more...] about Exclusive : Mysterious 95-year-old Filipino stranded in a Bangkok apartment
The Yellow Submarine & other 50-year-olds The animated film, featuring Beatles music and the Beatles themselves, tells the story of Pepperlandia, an undersea paradise that was invaded by the Blue Meanies who hate music. The Yellow Submarine, the animated film featuring Beatles music and the Beatles themselves, is turning 50 years old this year. The musical fantasy inspired by Ringo Starr’s composition of the same title, first hit the theaters on July 1968 and a version that was restored frame by frame with a remixed soundtrack, is set to have a special theatrical run this year to commemorate the event. Directed by George Dunning using a process called limited animation, The Yellow Submarine tells the story of Pepperlandia, an undersea paradise that was invaded by the Blue Meanies who hate music. These bad guys imprisoned the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in a music-proof glass globe and rendered the people immobile. The King sent out … [Read more...] about The Yellow Submarine & other 50-year-olds
An 18-year-old girl from Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia fainted and died while she was on a job hunting spree at a mall. The incident took place on Sunday, January 7 afternoon. Amiratul Hakimah Ismail, the deceased was looking for a job at the Kiara Square mall in Bahau, reports New Straits Times. The deceased told her friend that she was feeling unwell and felt like she would faint. Reportedly, she lost her consciousness. As per the police reports, Amiratul regained consciousness soon after and said that she was feeling nauseous. While seated on the public bench in the mall she gasped for breath and fainted again. Paramedics announced Amiratul dead upon arrival. Her body has been sent to Jempol Hospital for post-mortem and her case has been termed as sudden death. Rampant unemployment Is the socio-economic situation of the country to be blamed for people like Amiratul, who are travelling far and wide and hunting for jobs to support their family? Unemployment is a major issue faced by … [Read more...] about Malaysia: 18-year-old girl dies while looking for job, underemployment to be blamed?