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  1. Re: Art Fleming's Jeopardy. Saith youtube, "Ask and ye shall receive." :)
  2. Announcement today: this is the second major figure skating event in China this year that has been cancelled: https://www.isu.org/media-centre/press-releases/2021-2/26132-isu-four-continents-figure-skating-championships-2022-tianjin-china-cancellation-relocation/file?fbclid=IwAR3UhYS4dEMJ7XWAJdZMOLSF8CXcUzf8KWLVUdc70GtRvOaBfLy5bzyLI1A It'll be interesting to see if any other country picks it up.
  3. James & Radford's first competitive outing:
  4. There was an animated made-for-TV movie in 1977, by Arthur Rankin (of Rankin and Bass) - in fact, there were various animated versions of the Tolkien works in the late 1970s, capitalizing on the fandom that was in full swing at that time. There's a pretty good summary on Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2019/04/24/middle-earths-weirdest-movie-rankin-bass-animated-the-return-of-the-king/ and an article specifically about the animated Hobbit: https://www.tor.com/2018/09/17/1977s-the-hobbit-showed-us-the-future-of-pop-culture/ I first read the Rings trilogy (and subsequently The Hobbit
  5. surreysmum

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    And this, in a nutshell, is why I mostly read/review authors who are dead, or old/mature enough not to give a rat's ass about Goodreads. I do try to review everything I read, and my standard star rating is 3, which means "no, I don't regret the time I spent.". If I really liked it, it's a 4. A 5 for me is a book that actually changed my life, and I think I've used it three times out of 1100+. So I'm a hard marker. Boo-hoo. But if some author were to take issue with me or my reviews, I'd give them exactly the amount of attention they deserve - none. Revenge 1-star reviews are also child
  6. Social media is a mistake, that's all I'm saying. They're entitled to have their emotions, but they need to take the drama offline, for their own sakes. They'll all get over it quicker, and they'll frustrate the know-it-all trolls who think they know every detail of what everyone must have known, thought and done. Have some dignity, children.😒
  7. They retired together, after winning one world gold medal (or was it two? can't remember), and three Olympic medals (counting the team ones). Meaghan is angry because she has been deprived of the opportunity to skate professionally for a few years, and make some money to offset the expenses of amateur years, basically. It was a reasonable expectation, and I don't blame her for being pissed off, especially if it wasn't discussed with her well in advance.
  8. Well, I'm sorry that Meaghan's hurting, but I think this is good news for Canadian skating in general. Both Eric Radford and Vanessa James still look as though they have a couple of years of good skating in them, and if they can mesh their techniques in time, I'd call them a reasonable bet for top 5 at the Olympics, possibly even a medal. On the other hand, having them there is very good motivation for M/M and the younger teams to up their game and try to beat them at Canadians.
  9. He has the support - including a short video summarizing Burton's accomplishments - of his Star Trek compadre George Takei, who has a large social media following (about 3.2 million on Twitter, in addition to Burton's 2 million). I'm not sure whether recognizability falls in the "pro" or the "con" column for the Jeopardy job, though. Probably a bit of both. In any case, I'm sure the producers will be monitoring the online "conversation". My own personal preference remains Ken Jennings, though the last few months have reassured me that Jeopardy could survive just about any host except, pe
  10. "Dr Oz a ratings flop" https://windsorstar.com/entertainment/television/dr-oz-a-ratings-flop-as-jeopardy-host/wcm/bf99b41b-efdf-4f36-ad34-0a565debd7a3?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3WDFKve3uTQk5E0LlMOCQTZ11iE6SF77w7nVU4lUJ7ajI8KArkI2xvREg#Echobox=1618253280
  11. Not by any means unheard of. I found this on Wikipedia. One of the names it cites is Diane Natalicio, who was President of the University of Texas at El Paso from 1988 to 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_women_presidents_or_chancellors_of_co-ed_colleges_and_universities But of course the list gets dramatically longer once you hit the 21st century. On the other hand, I find it highly unlikely that a professor would have his arm twisted to deliver remote lectures by phone to a single student, no matter how "special." Provide faxed or mailed notes and phone coaching, ma
  12. It's blacked out in my country, and you didn't say which program. Could you specify so I can check it out? Thanks
  13. Well, I enjoyed that and was pleased with the outcome. Sue me.
  14. Apparently Tom Bergeron has categorically ruled out any return to DWTS. I wonder if he'll be amongst the lineup of "auditioning" guest hosts. I could live with Bergeron. He's low-key, but quick-witted; used to making people comfortable when they're in a state of nerves, and moving things along without being strident; and he doesn't make a show all about himself. He doesn't reproduce our favourite Trebek quirks, but then we wouldn't really want him to.
  15. I'll just sit quietly here at my Unpopular Opinion table. The NFL guys can't leave my screen soon enough, and I'm glad Aparna got the chance to vent instead of having to pretend to be nicey-nice as they've all been doing so far. Clearly the producers were fine with the venting too, or they would have shut it down and/or edited it out. I'd also be perfectly fine with a Will & James win. I know plenty of Will-and-Jameses, and I've experienced plenty of genuine kindness and generosity from people whose peacock-like exterior make them seem entirely self-absorbed. So they get the benefit o
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