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Nothing funnier - Putin pokes fun at Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony: reprise the failed 5th snowflake Olympic Ring


One of the Olympic rings failed to open during the opening ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.


Sochi 2014's organisers made a joke at their own expense during the closing ceremony with the fifth Olympic ring "failing" to unfurl.

"Remember when planking was like the cool thing to do in 2011? Well, Australian aerial skier David Morris is singlehandedly trying to bring it back in extreme fashion."

2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Mascots extinguish Olympic flame during the closing ceremony

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"Say as you think and speak it from your souls." - William Shakespeare

"Say as you think and speak it from your souls."
- William Shakespeare

"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them."
- Mark Twain

"It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions."
- William Shakespeare

Bond between people and horses: true story of 100 horsemen training 100 wild mustangs in 100 days... Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year of the Horse


Everybody loves the movie "Wild Horse, Wild Ride" (rated 93% at RottenTomatoes.com) which tells the true story "of the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, an annual contest that dares 100 people to each tame a totally wild mustang in order to get it adopted into a better life beyond federal corrals. Stunning and poignant, Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus' debut feature documentary chronicles a handful of unforgettable characters from their first uneasy meeting with their horses and over three months as they attempt to transform from scared strangers to the closest of friends..."

Oscar, 8 times nominated legend Peter O'Toole left behind Creator ("The Big Picture"), My Favorite Year, Lawrence Of Arabia

"Farewell, Peter."
Peter O'Toole (1932-2013)


"We're all missing 'The Big Picture'."
Opening scene of the film 'Creator' starring Peter O'Toole.


"My Favorite Year" - Trailer
Peter O'Toole gives a knock-out performance as Alan Swann...


ABC - "Remembering Peter O'Toole"
Noel Coward: "If you had been any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia."


"David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I. "

"Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If virtue precede us every step will be safe."
- Seneca

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
- Winston Churchill

Queen:"reflection, meditation and prayer make us better people"; remained constant is "family, friendship & good neighborliness"

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Watch the Queen's Christmas Day message 2013 in full
The Queen reflected on prominent events from the past year during her Christmas broadcast - from the service that marked the 60th anniversary of her coronation to the birth of Prince George

"balance between action and reflection"
"reflection, meditation, prayer help to renew us"
"family, friendship, neighborliness"
"principle and service"

Her broadcast began with the Queen telling her audience how a man she once knew gained a clearer insight into the world after spending a year in a plaster cast recovering from a back operation.
She said: "He read a lot, and thought a lot, and felt miserable. Later, he realised this time of forced retreat from the world had helped him to understand the world more clearly.
"We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock."

The Queen, who was dressed in a single crepe wool primrose dress which she wore to William and Kate's wedding in April 2011, also said in her broadcast: "As with all who are christened, George was baptised into a joyful faith of Christian duty and service. After the christening, we gathered for the traditional photograph.

"It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations."

The Queen also looked back over the past 12 months to the 60th anniversary of her coronation, celebrated with a national service in June.

She said: "I myself had cause to reflect this year, at Westminster Abbey, on my own pledge of service made in that great church on Coronation Day 60 years earlier.  read more »

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