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#451 Sep 3rd, 2017, 04:01
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that two good friends have both been diagnosed with brain tumors. One inoperable. Both vibrant women: one an award winning costume designer for stage and screen, another a dancer.

another example of how life changes in a second so if not now, when?
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Jana Novotna Passes Away

A Tennis Perfectionist Who Was Decidedly Human

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Not long before she vanquished her nerves and finally won the Wimbledon singles title she richly deserved, I asked Jana Novotna if she felt she had ever choked in a tennis match.

Novotna turned her penetrating gaze on me for a moment or two. She was very far from a fool and just as far from a poker face.

“Well, I must tell you that I hate that word,” she said.

It is an ugly word, I conceded.

“A very, very ugly word,” she said.

So what word would she prefer?

“I think you could say, ‘She got a little tight,’ Novotna said, having begun to laugh. “I like it much better than ‘choke.’”

But had she, in her own estimation and for lack of a gentler term, choked?

“I think of course I have, and I think we all have choked in our matches,” she said. “I think it’s a very natural thing to do. That’s what sometimes happens because we are humans. We are not robots.”

It was the essence of Novotna’s appeal that she was no tennis automaton. She was beautiful to watch in action. She had a smoothly sliced backhand, arched her back deeply before striking a serve, and made frequent forays to her happiest hunting ground at the net.

Some played. Novotna flowed.

But she also was, like many of tennis’s most compelling protagonists, a perfectionist in a sport where perfection is unfortunately not an option.

This inevitably created doubt and angst as she glided across the courts of the world. The fallout was often etched on her face: so different from the more inscrutable countenance of her contemporary Steffi Graf, the all-but-irresistible force of the era.

Novotna came off as much more vulnerable, much more relatable, which was why her Wimbledon victory struck such a chord. She accepted the champion’s trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, from the Duchess of Kent, the same empathetic, publicity-shy British aristocrat who had offered Novotna a shoulder to cry on five years earlier when Novotna had blown a third-set lead against Graf in the 1993 final.
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Lord, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off.
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this man's death.

A great actor and a friend. Knew so many who worked with him in Chicago theater.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post ...A great actor and a friend...
You were privileged to have known him.
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A legend of the Indian cinema bites the dust. Actress Sridevi dies at 54 after a massive cardiac arrest in Dubai.
RIP!
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post A legend of the Indian cinema bites the dust. Actress Sridevi dies at 54 after a massive cardiac arrest in Dubai.
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This was the "film in the film" in Salaam Bombay.
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She had her grace and dance steps even in her later years. Navari majhi from English Vinglish.

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The death of 11 trekkers in forest fire

i feel so sad and unhappy hearing about the death of 11 trekkers in the kerala-tamilnadu forest area. I wonder why the trekkers were not warned properly about such an eventuality during the hot summer! It is said that they were issued permits; but without any advance information about a forest fire ? Or what to do in a situation like this? I think the panic also contributed to these deaths. Was it avoidable ? Will an inquiry be conducted about this?
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Entry is restricted in the Nilgiri forest during summers (April - May). What happened in Theni was an unfortunate accident.
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A Bangladeshi airliner with 71 people on board crashed and burst into flames while landing in Kathmandu on Monday, killing 49 people and injuring more than 20 others in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades.

The US-Bangla Airlines flight from Dhaka swerved repeatedly as it descended towards Tribhuvan International Airport, witnesses said. The plane crashed during a second attempt to land after an unexpected turn in cloudy weather, they added.

The Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft came down east of the runway and careened into a football field. Rescue teams had to cut apart the mangled and burned wreckage of the upturned plane to pull people out.

More here : https://www.hindustantimes.com/world...019HafpxJ.html
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What's making you feel sad now?

The air crash and the fire... Both very sad news.

The crash seems to have been communication failure. What a high price to pay!

The Chennai Trekkers group has been around a long time, and I guess that they have experienced members.
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This part of the deadly car crash in Delhi that claimed the lives of two engineering students. The driver and her two friends sustained injuries but were fine.

Delhi crash: With four times permissible alcohol in blood, driver tried to conceal her identity

Diksha Dadu, the 19-year-old law student who was allegedly driving the car during a joyride that resulted in the death of two of her friends in north Delhi on Sunday, had four times the permissible limit of alcohol in her blood, the police said.
When police met her minutes after the accident, Dadu allegedly tried to save herself by lying about her name. She also tried to mislead the rescuers by claiming the accident was triggered by another car ramming the Hyundai i20 she was driving. Police officials added that she did not even have a valid driver’s licence.
The accident took place on 2.30am on Sunday in Mukherjee Nagar and it resulted in the death of two male Amity University engineering students, while two female students from the same university were wounded. All the students were in the car with Dadu and were aged between 19 and 21.
“Medical examination showed Dadu had 137 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood in her body at the time of the accident. The permissible alcohol limit for driving is 30 mg per 100 ml of blood,” said Aslam Khan, deputy commissioner of police (northwest). “Her learner’s licence had expired last October. She did not get a driving licence after that.”
The officer said the medical reports on the alcohol status of the other four persons in the car were awaited. Eyewitnesses had alleged that at least two unbroken alcohol bottles, plastic glasses and snacks were recovered from the mangled remains of the car.
A policeman who was the first to reach the accident spot stated in the FIR that the woman driving the car had initially said her name was Priya Sharma. The FIR, which was registered two hours after the accident, reflected Priya Sharma as the driver’s name.
“Dadu lied about her name as she was probably scared of the legal consequences. One of her surviving friends later revealed her real identity,” said Khan. Dadu, who is the daughter of a businessman, lives with her family in outer Delhi’s Rohini.
Booked for causing death by negligence, if Dadu is found guilty she can be punished with two years in jail, or a monetary penalty or both.
According to Sagar Arora, a local resident and one of the rescuers, Dadu was the first to come out of the car. “Initially, she kept insisting that another car had rammed the i20. But when police arrived, she admitted that she had lost control of her car,” Arora alleged.
Police said the car had rolled up a road divider, knocked down a metal board, a cement slab and a marble signboard before flipping and colliding with a traffic signal. An investigator had said that the extent of damage suggested that the car was being driven at speeds in excess of 100 km/hr.
Another local who had arrived at the accident scene Ashok Arora claimed that the five students were driving recklessly in the Mukherjee Nagar market for nearly an hour before the crash. An investigator said the students planned to go to Murthal for an early morning dinner later.
According to an investigator, Dadu had taken to the wheel just three minutes before the accident. “For hours before the accident, the car was being driven by its owner, Ritesh Dahiya. But when Dahiya got off his seat for a break, Dadu occupied it and insisted that she drive despite Dahiya’s resistance,” the officer said.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi...W01wNlUsN.html
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Stephen Hawkings no more

The slow motor neuron disease finally caught up with him!

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I am not very good at narrating events but here I go.


This young lad has three sisters, and him being the only lad they all dote on him. He is an engineering student from Thrissur studying in one of the numerous colleges in Bangalore.


His family hate him using two wheelers because of the danger.

Anyway one weekend he comes home, and when it is time to go back his sister drops him of at the railway station and watches him get on the train and the train leave.

The lad then gets off a couple of stations later and spends the day with his friend.


That night both the lads set off (yup you guessed on a bike) to Bangalore, broadcasting their trip thru the net, of course this is boring so they do a few stunts, zig zag and make a pest of themselves.

Unforunately during their antics they did not see a lorry coming, and he was killed instantly.

I can't imagine how his parents must be feeling. He is from an above average family.
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