covid pandemic – Schlammpeitziger http://schlammpeitziger.com/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 07:23:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://schlammpeitziger.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png covid pandemic – Schlammpeitziger http://schlammpeitziger.com/ 32 32 I am a legend sequel to the film by Michael B. Jordan and Will Smith https://schlammpeitziger.com/i-am-a-legend-sequel-to-the-film-by-michael-b-jordan-and-will-smith/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 05:35:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/i-am-a-legend-sequel-to-the-film-by-michael-b-jordan-and-will-smith/ Will Smith returns in a sequel to his 2007 film I Am Legend, alongside Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan, with both actors also producing. Famous actor and rapper Will Smith returns for a surprise sequel to his 2007 film I’m a legend, with Michael B. Jordan joining him for a first-ever shared project. Both actors […]]]>

Will Smith returns in a sequel to his 2007 film I Am Legend, alongside Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan, with both actors also producing.

Famous actor and rapper Will Smith returns for a surprise sequel to his 2007 film I’m a legend, with Michael B. Jordan joining him for a first-ever shared project. Both actors will serve as producers in addition to starring.

The story that the next Warner Bros. will tell, and how far it will be from the original, is currently unknown, as reported by Deadline. However, Akiva Goldsman from the original film is returning as writer and producer. No admin is currently attached.

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the original I’m a legend was based on a 1954 novel by Richard Matheson. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic New York City, where an epidemic has turned the human population into violent living zombies that can only emerge at night. Smith plays Dr. Robert Neville, a virologist whose immunity to disease leads him to attempt to find a cure. While the town is deserted except for Dr. Neville and his dog, a German Shepherd named Sam who provides his only company, Smith spends much of the film alone on screen.


Smith shared her own I Am Legend sequel announcement with an image on her Instagram, below:

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I’m a legend was a box office success, grossing $256.4 million domestically and $585.4 million worldwide. Over the past two years, the film has been revisited as the basis for conspiracy theories about the COVID-10 pandemic, prompting screenwriter Goldsman to respond on Twitter, “Oh. My. God. It’s a movie. J I made that up. It’s. Not true.”

As an actor, Smith first rose to stardom through his 1990s television series The prince of Bel-Air. Since then, he has acted in many successful films of various genres, such as Independence Day, men in black and I robot, and has also been active as a producer, comedian and musician. Smith is up for an Oscar this year in Best Actor and Best Picture with King Richard.


Michael B. Jordan is best known to Marvel Cinematic Universe fans as Erik Killmonger, the likeable antagonist of Black Panther. He’s about to come back for the sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverand has also starred in a number of film and television projects, including Raising Dion, Space Jam: A New Legacy and the Creed series.

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Singer and entrepreneur Danny K takes over Sweets from Heaven https://schlammpeitziger.com/singer-and-entrepreneur-danny-k-takes-over-sweets-from-heaven/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 18:58:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/singer-and-entrepreneur-danny-k-takes-over-sweets-from-heaven/ Bruce Whitfield talks to award-winning musician Danny K about his plans for the Sweets from Heaven brand. At one time, Bonbons du Ciel was everywhere… but when was the last time you saw a shop? Bruce Whitfield, host of The Money Show Singer Danny K (Daniel Koppel) bought the famous South African brand Sweets from […]]]>

Bruce Whitfield talks to award-winning musician Danny K about his plans for the Sweets from Heaven brand.

At one time, Bonbons du Ciel was everywhere… but when was the last time you saw a shop?

Bruce Whitfield, host of The Money Show

Singer Danny K (Daniel Koppel) bought the famous South African brand Sweets from Heaven.

Image from Sweets from Heaven Facebook page @sweetsfromheavensa

The award-winning musician is the founder and CEO of KD Foods

It served him well during the Covid-19 pandemic, Danny K tells Bruce Whitfield.

The last couple of years have been very tough for the music industry so I’m lucky to have had this interest and this company…I’m in Dubai right now with Bell Foods…watching interesting things around food development…

Danny K, singer and CEO – KD Foods

He confirms that his KD Foods has had a relationship with Sweets from Heaven for four to five years, using some of its products.

I am proud to say that we are now the official owners of the brand and the company, all these years later.

Danny K, singer and CEO – KD Foods

It’s a fantastic brand that many South Africans grew up loving, myself included.

Danny K, singer and CEO – KD Foods

He acknowledges that Sweets from Heaven stores have been going through a tough time.

However, the intention was never to run retail stores, but to get the brand on prepackaged confectionery.

We may one day reopen stores, but for now the strategy is our pre-packaged confectionery and licensed brand app.

Danny K, singer and CEO – KD Foods

Even though the stores closed, I don’t think it tarnished the brand.

Danny K, singer and CEO – KD Foods

You’ll start to see the brand alongside all the “riders” like Maynards and Manhattan. We really think it has the legs and the legacy to be the next big candy brand in the country simply because it has been a part of our lives for so many years…

Danny K, singer and CEO – KD Foods

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A crossfield country artist prepares for the final showcase of Project WILD https://schlammpeitziger.com/a-crossfield-country-artist-prepares-for-the-final-showcase-of-project-wild/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/a-crossfield-country-artist-prepares-for-the-final-showcase-of-project-wild/ A Crossfield-based country glam artist – inspired by Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline – prepares for his final performance in Project WILD, a competition that seeks to find the next budding country and roots music star of Alberta. Crossfield-based country glam artist Robert Adam prepares for his final performance in Project WILD, a […]]]>

A Crossfield-based country glam artist – inspired by Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline – prepares for his final performance in Project WILD, a competition that seeks to find the next budding country and roots music star of Alberta.

Crossfield-based country glam artist Robert Adam prepares for his final performance in Project WILD, a competition that seeks to find Alberta’s next budding country and roots music star.

The last showcase performance will take place at King Eddy, Calgary’s famous music-centric tavern, on February 25th. He and other Project WILD Top 12 finalists will perform Feb. 24-26.

Each artist is up for a grand prize of $100,000, with second and third place winners receiving $75,000 and $50,000 respectively.

According to a press release issued by Alberta Music and radio station WILD 95.3 FM in Calgary – the contest’s host – following the performances and a public ballot, the top three performers and winners of the season will be selected.

Adam, who entered the contest as a solo artist but also plays with his band The Lucky Stars, said many people describe his musical style as “dreamy” and often refer to him as the “cowboy of the dream angels”. He said he was inspired by people like Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.

“I specialize in dreamy ’70s-inspired country music with fabulous ’70s-inspired outfits – lots of rhinestones and lots of satin,” he said.

Adam said he also likes to make sure his music has meaning and stays with the listener, even if it’s a “good time song”.

“I like putting on a show for people and going back to a time in country music where it was kind of flashy, it was fun,” he said.

Project WILD, originally launched in 2014, is funded by a $4.9 million grant from the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. The annual competition aims to support emerging Canadian musicians through various boot camps and training initiatives.

Each of the top 12 artists receives a $5,000 development prize, an invitation to a week-long boot camp to hone their skills in performance, songwriting and business strategy, and a chance to win one of the first three aforementioned prizes.

Adam, who grew up in Bonnyville, Alberta, lived in Ontario between 2015 and 2017. Since returning to his home province, he has wanted to be part of Project WILD.

“Since I came back, I really wanted to be in this contest, but I wasn’t developed enough as an artist, I think, to be really taken seriously by the Alberta country music industry,” did he declare. “But this year we participated and it was like a dream come true, although there is still a lot to do in the competition as we approach the final presentation date at the end of the month.”

So far, the top 12 contestants have participated in boot camp, progressed through an activity portfolio, hosted a charity event, designed a unique merchandise item, and collaborated with other artists.

“We’ve done a bunch of challenges already – what we’re left with is our final showcase, and we also have to enter a final report, which is a really big document outlining our marketing and business plans,” he said.

Adam said with increased pressure since January and the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, he began to feel “tremendous stress, inner turmoil and self-doubt” from competition, but added that ‘He has since come to peace with high degree of uncertainty.

“It’s really anybody’s game at this point because every artist has been advantaged and disadvantaged in some way by the way events have unfolded,” he said. “I’ve really come to peace with the fact that I’m going to stay true to what I’ve done.

“I was chosen in the Top 12 for a reason, so I’m going to do what I’m going to do best, with the resources I have to write the best business plan and bring them the best performance and then that’s party to the judges”.

He added that if he wins, it will be a “dream come true”, but if he doesn’t win, he will still continue to make music.

“I never came for money or a benefit. Being a gay country singer, there’s really no upside,” he said of his affiliation with the LGBTQ2S+ community. “I know with that money I could really do great things. things.

“If I don’t win, I’m going to continue on the same path anyway. I’m still going to do great things, and I really believe in it.

He added that he would be happy to see one of his contestants win the top prize.

“I’m just going to carry on like I normally do and whichever first three they pick, I wouldn’t be disappointed,” he said. “I know most of my competitors, I met them before the competition and they are great people, so I can’t even blame them because they all worked really hard too.”

Adam’s new single, Don’t Touch My Rhinestones, can be streamed on various streaming platforms from February 4. For more information or to listen to Adam’s music, visit robertadammusic.com

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We’ve Got a Problem: In the Artist’s Thrall: In This Week’s Issue, Darla Teagarden’s Otherworldly Paintings – Chronicles https://schlammpeitziger.com/weve-got-a-problem-in-the-artists-thrall-in-this-weeks-issue-darla-teagardens-otherworldly-paintings-chronicles/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 06:33:45 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/weve-got-a-problem-in-the-artists-thrall-in-this-weeks-issue-darla-teagardens-otherworldly-paintings-chronicles/ Darla’s tea garden (Photo by Jana Birchum) In this week’s cover, Richard Whittaker talks to Darla Teagarden, a multidisciplinary artist. Often his own subject, Teagarden merges performance art and self-portraiture into otherworldly tableaux that spark the imagination. I asked Richard what first attracted him to Teagarden’s work. “Honestly, I can’t remember when I first saw […]]]>

Darla’s tea garden (Photo by Jana Birchum)

In this week’s cover, Richard Whittaker talks to Darla Teagarden, a multidisciplinary artist. Often his own subject, Teagarden merges performance art and self-portraiture into otherworldly tableaux that spark the imagination. I asked Richard what first attracted him to Teagarden’s work.

“Honestly, I can’t remember when I first saw his work,” he told me. “She’s just been such a ubiquitous presence in the gothic and fine art photography scenes here that it’s hard to think of either without her name and images springing to mind. She’s how his photos are both mean and formal, that’s what makes his portfolio so captivating.”

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Captivating so is the word for it. Check out the interview on page 22 – and perhaps take an extra moment to admire photographer Jana Birchum’s gorgeous cover photo and art director Zeke Barbaro’s artful treatment.


I am writing this a day before an arctic cold front descends, well, just as this article goes to press. All week, my inbox has been filled with warnings about insulating pipes and collecting emergency kits; there is a feeling that the city is collectively holding its breath. Hoping this cold front passes quickly and safely for everyone.


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Matcha latte at Monkey Nest Coffee (Photo by Dina Barrish)

Not-so-sweet news: Sweet Ritual owner Amelia Raley announced she was suspending operations at her popular vegan ice cream shop due to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically citing supply chain issues and related inflation, low sales and the exit of a partner.

From stage to page to screen: Culture editor Richard Whittaker chats with Pulitzer winner Tony Kushner about the adaptation West Side Story.

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Cruise ship with 700 passengers and crew on board diverts to Bahamas to avoid arrest warrant https://schlammpeitziger.com/cruise-ship-with-700-passengers-and-crew-on-board-diverts-to-bahamas-to-avoid-arrest-warrant/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 06:09:23 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/cruise-ship-with-700-passengers-and-crew-on-board-diverts-to-bahamas-to-avoid-arrest-warrant/ A cruise ship with 700 passengers and crew turned away from its scheduled stopover in Miami to flee a warrant to seize the ship for more than $1.2 million in unpaid fuel bills. The Crystal Symphony, which was due to return to Miami on Saturday to complete a 14-day Caribbean cruise, instead diverted to Bimini […]]]>

A cruise ship with 700 passengers and crew turned away from its scheduled stopover in Miami to flee a warrant to seize the ship for more than $1.2 million in unpaid fuel bills.

The Crystal Symphony, which was due to return to Miami on Saturday to complete a 14-day Caribbean cruise, instead diverted to Bimini in the Bahamas, where it docked on Saturday evening.

Elio Pace, a British musician performing aboard the Crystal Symphony, told DailyMail.com there were around 300 passengers on board the ship as well as 400 crew, a staffing ratio that reflects the struggle of cruise lines to attract passengers in the pandemic.

Crystal Cruises’ parent company, Genting Hong Kong, had filed for liquidation of the company, warning that it “will soon be unable to pay its debts as they come due”.

Now passengers are scrambling to rebook their trip after their arrival in South Florida was delayed for at least a day, and the crew faces the grim prospect of losing their jobs as the company parent of the cruise line faces liquidation.

“Every one of these people is trying to reschedule their flights,” said Pace, who said the crew did their best to keep guests informed and comfortable as the bizarre events unfolded. “There’s no panicking, there’s no tantrum, they’re taking it in their stride.”

The Crystal Symphony is seen moored in Bimini on Saturday night after turning away from its scheduled call to Miami to avoid an Admiralty Law arrest warrant for unpaid fuel bills of $1.2 million .

Elio Pace, a British musician performing aboard the Crystal Symphony, told DailyMail.com that there are currently around 300 passengers on board the ship, which can carry up to 900, along with 400 crew.

Elio Pace, a British musician performing aboard the Crystal Symphony, told DailyMail.com that there are currently around 300 passengers on board the ship, which can carry up to 900, along with 400 crew.

Instead of returning to Miami as planned, the cruise ship has diverted to Bimini, where passengers will take a ferry to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday morning.

Instead of returning to Miami as planned, the cruise ship has diverted to Bimini, where passengers will take a ferry to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday morning.

The Crystal Symphony left Miami on Jan. 8 for its two-week cruise, and all went smoothly until Wednesday, when Crystal Cruises unexpectedly announced it was suspending operations until at least April.

Malaysian tycoon Lim Kok Thay controls Genting Group

Malaysian tycoon Lim Kok Thay controls Genting Group

“This was an extremely difficult but prudent decision given the current business environment and recent developments with our parent company, Genting Hong Kong,” Crystal Chairman Jack Anderson said in a statement on the decision to cease all cruises.

Pace told DailyMail.com the news stunned passengers and crew but operations were continuing as normal and he even delivered his musical performance as planned.

“It was pretty extraordinary, to be able to have to play with people, knowing that the cruise line went into liquidation,” he said. “It was a shock to everyone when we received the announcement on Wednesday.”

Almost simultaneously with Genting Hong Kong’s filing to relax, fuel supplier Peninsula Petroleum Far East filed a lawsuit in Florida seeking an arrest warrant for the Crystal Symphony under US Admiralty Law.

Crystal Cruises' parent organization, Genting Hong Kong, has filed for liquidation of the company, warning in the filing that it will be

Crystal Cruises’ parent organization, Genting Hong Kong, has filed for liquidation of the company, warning in the filing that it will be “immediately unable to pay its debts as they come due”.

Peninsula alleged Genting affiliates reneged on a total of $4.6 million in fuel payments, including $1.2 million attributed to the Crystal Symphony alone.

On Friday, Judge Darrin Gayles of the US District Court in South Florida approved the warrant, and the Crystal Symphony now faces impoundment if it enters a US port.

Instead of continuing to Miami as planned, the ship veered east to Bimini. The Genting Group owns Resorts World Bimini and the Crystal Symphony is reported in the Bahamas.

The diversion came as a shock to passengers, said Pace, who boarded the ship on Tuesday and expected to continue giving guest performances throughout the next month.

Now passengers wait overnight for a ferry to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, to take them on a two-hour trip to Fort Lauderdale.

“For me it’s a headache, but for the crew, for the staff, the brilliant staff of this magnificent luxury liner, I feel sorry for them more,” Pace said. “I’m being fired, but they’ve lost their jobs for the foreseeable future.”

Pace blamed the fiasco squarely on the Genting Group, which is part of a larger conglomerate that also includes Genting Malaysia and Genting Singapore.

The company, controlled by Malaysian tycoon Lim Kok Thay, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Pace questioned why the ownership group couldn’t pay what they owed or face the consequences in Miami, to avoid massive inconvenience for their guests.

“They can afford to take care of these people,” he said. ‘On a human level, why do people behave like this, why can’t they help?’

“I don’t understand why these multi-billionaires don’t care, they just don’t care,” he added.

The Genting Group owns the Resorts World chain of leisure parks as well as 30 casinos across the UK

The company’s finances have been thrown into shambles after the German government this week rejected its request to draw an $88 million support facility linked to the MV Werften shipyard in northeastern Germany.

German officials have accused Genting of refusing to contribute 10% to a $678 million bailout that would protect 1,900 jobs at the shipyard.

The shipyard has filed for bankruptcy, and events on Monday triggered another shipyard it owns in Germany, Lloyd-Werft in Bremerhaven, to file for insolvency.

Genting reported a net loss of $238 million for the period ending June 2021, compared to a loss of $742.6 million for the same period in 2020.

Genting Hong Kong reportedly halted payments on nearly $3.4 billion in debt in 2020.

“The company and the group do not have access to any other liquidity under the group’s debt documents and the company’s free cash balances are expected to be depleted towards the end of January 2022 according to the company’s cash flow forecast”, Genting said in its Wednesday filing.

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The CTE Awareness Foundation Preserves the Memory of Chandler Kimball https://schlammpeitziger.com/the-cte-awareness-foundation-preserves-the-memory-of-chandler-kimball/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:54:20 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/the-cte-awareness-foundation-preserves-the-memory-of-chandler-kimball/ Father and son Jason and Chandler Kimball loved football. The Kimballs had season tickets for the Cardinals and even saw them play in the Super Bowl. For them, football was a religion. “It was spiritual watching Chandler play football,” Jason said. “I have never felt more joy than watching Chandler find joy in his passion. […]]]>

Father and son Jason and Chandler Kimball loved football. The Kimballs had season tickets for the Cardinals and even saw them play in the Super Bowl. For them, football was a religion.

“It was spiritual watching Chandler play football,” Jason said. “I have never felt more joy than watching Chandler find joy in his passion.

“But it wasn’t worth it. And there are a lot of other sports we could have enjoyed without such risks.”

The risks came from playing tackling football at a young age. Chandler played youth football and played for Phoenix Desert Vista, where he won a state championship in 2011.

The repeated blows to the head Chandler received in football began to take its toll around the age of 22, and Chandler’s endearing personality took a turn.

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5 best horror performances of 2021 https://schlammpeitziger.com/5-best-horror-performances-of-2021/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 01:00:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/5-best-horror-performances-of-2021/ 2021 has been a bit of a strange year for movie releases, in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were challenges and still many delays, fans were able to enjoy many great new films. Some of them came from the horror genre. While there may not have been as many big horror […]]]>


2021 has been a bit of a strange year for movie releases, in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were challenges and still many delays, fans were able to enjoy many great new films. Some of them came from the horror genre. While there may not have been as many big horror releases this year as there has been in the past, there were still a few standouts. And with these big new movies, came some stellar acting performances.

From a deaf girl seeking to save her family to a legendary masked killer, these performances both terrified and enjoyed audiences. Horror continues its strong resurgence with quality titles, and these performances have certainly helped the genre continue its box office dominance in 2021.

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One of the most publicized horror releases of this year was A Quiet Place, Part II. Set directly after the events of the first film, Part Two follows a family in the midst of an apocalypse. Silence is the key in this world, as monsters attracted to sound have invaded the earth and killed many people.

Millicent Simmonds plays Regan, the eldest of the central family. She is also deaf, which makes her both more vulnerable and equipped for this world. Regan was a big character in the first movie, but she really gets in the spotlight in the second part. The character is brave and has a genuine desire to save the world. She is embarking on a solo journey, both physically and mentally. Watching it unfold is tense and touching, with Simmonds’ performance stealing the show.



candy killer

New from Nia DaCosta Candy The film was highly anticipated, in part because of horror icon Jordan Peele’s involvement, and ultimately received mixed reviews. It was marketed as a “spiritual sequel” but is actually a direct sequel to the original 1992 film and tackles many of the same themes.

Instead of Virginia Madsen, or a woman at all, in the lead role, this film instead features Yahya Abdul Mateen II. He plays an artist named Anthony, living in Chicago. After hearing the story of Helen Lyle and the Candyman, he heads to the now gentrified neighborhood of Cabrini-Green for inspiration. The deadly legend begins to consume him and his life, however, driving him mad and even affecting his body.

Mateen has appeared in several works, but never quite in the lead role like this. This movie relies heavily on his performance, and he delivers completely. Anthony is a man who is losing his grip, something is taking him completely. On top of that, there is a lot of gruesome body horror attached to this role. It was a lot to take on and Mateen delivers completely all over the place, making it a truly engaging watch for viewers.



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The night house was a bit more of a low-key release this year, but it really packs a punch. And so does the performance of Principal Lady Rebecca Hall. The story follows Hall’s character, Beth, at a very sensitive time in her life. She has just lost her husband to suicide and begins a grieving process. Throughout this process, however, she begins to uncover secrets about her husband and his life that rock her.

Hall is the star of this film, and he wouldn’t be as effective without his performance. She is very convincing in this role, which is really difficult to hold. Pretending to be terrified in a way that isn’t cheesy isn’t an easy thing to do. She also has to play a lot of psychological roles as her character is, to some extent, losing her mind and constantly discovering shocking new information. It’s easy to get lost as a viewer in this film, largely because of his work.



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Although Holy maud The festival was originally held a few years ago, it wasn’t widely broadcast in most places until 2021. The horror community was very excited for this one and when it came out, and people were blown away by the main performance.

Morfydd Clark plays Maud, a newly converted Catholic hospice nurse. She has had some difficulties in her life and is looking for a new start. When she accepts a job as a private nurse for a dying woman, she decides to make it her mission to save her soul. While this plot alone doesn’t sound too gruesome, it is a slow, deep psychological burn that is incredibly tense and very unsettling.

Clark is under a lot of pressure to perform here as she is responsible for so many of these tense and unsettling moments. She plays the part of Maud as scary as she should be. Not overdone, but still deeply disturbing. Not everyone will enjoy this movie, but the effectiveness of the main character is undeniable.



Halloween kills Michael Myers

Everyone was excited for Halloween kills This year. The second in a reboot trilogy, starring OG’s final daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, this film has not been the best received by mainstream audiences. And for good reason, it’s a bit of a mess.

That being said, James Jude Courtney is playing the role of killer Michael Myers and he does an absolutely amazing job. He is perhaps the best Michael Myers to date. He’s brutal, he’s got a personality, and he’s really scary. Gone are the wacky, bland 1980s versions of Michael, in this reboot trilogy he’s got so much more presence. While Courtney doesn’t show her face or have any speaking parts, he absolutely nails that beloved part and is honestly the best part of the movie.

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Premier’s Christmas card – gov.scot https://schlammpeitziger.com/premiers-christmas-card-gov-scot/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 15:45:12 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/premiers-christmas-card-gov-scot/ Posted: Dec 18 2021 15:38 The map shows iconic landmarks in Scotland. A design featuring Scotland’s landmarks and national symbols has been unveiled as the Prime Minister’s 2021 Christmas card. It was created by artist Emily Hogarth, who previously worked on illustrations to mark St. Andrew’s Day and a new child-friendly space at the Royal […]]]>


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The map shows iconic landmarks in Scotland.

A design featuring Scotland’s landmarks and national symbols has been unveiled as the Prime Minister’s 2021 Christmas card.

It was created by artist Emily Hogarth, who previously worked on illustrations to mark St. Andrew’s Day and a new child-friendly space at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.

The map features some of Scotland’s best-known landmarks and iconic buildings, with familiar images such as the Scottish Parliament building and the Finnieston crane. He also has personal ties to the Prime Minister, with his official Bute House residence included in the design.

Premier Nicola Sturgeon said:

“I am delighted to have such a striking design for my Christmas card this year.

“Emily Hogarth’s artwork celebrates just a few of the things that make Scotland special, and there’s no better time of year to stop and reflect on the things that make Scotland special. our lives a little brighter.

“After another particularly difficult year weathering the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope this card will help lift people’s spirits, spread some festive joy and, most importantly, remind us all of better days. are to come. “

Emily Hogarth said:

“I felt very honored to have been selected. It has been nice working with the Scottish Government in the past, but being chosen by the Prime Minister to make the Christmas card struck me as very special.

“It’s more important than ever that we focus on the little things that make life better, whether it’s getting a nice card or chatting with your friends. We must remember that we are all in the same boat and the good times will return. “

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Emily Hogarth is an artist based in Musselburgh. Through her work she tries to capture the magic of the Scottish landscape and loves the combination of daring and delicacy of working with paper illustrations.

Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008, she has worked as a freelance illustrator and surface designer. His designs have been seen at the National Museum of Scotland and at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.


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After having worked to the bone … The German conductor sacked following the musicians’ protest https://schlammpeitziger.com/after-having-worked-to-the-bone-the-german-conductor-sacked-following-the-musicians-protest/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 00:34:58 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/after-having-worked-to-the-bone-the-german-conductor-sacked-following-the-musicians-protest/ In November, Burghard Toelke, director and concertmaster of the Staatsbad Philharmonie Kissingen in Bavaria, Germany, was fired days after musicians in his orchestra staged a protest. At Toelke’s initiative, the orchestra members demanded better pay, shorter working hours, bonuses for extra non-professional work, and clear vacation and travel rights. This summer Bad Kissingen, along with […]]]>


In November, Burghard Toelke, director and concertmaster of the Staatsbad Philharmonie Kissingen in Bavaria, Germany, was fired days after musicians in his orchestra staged a protest.

At Toelke’s initiative, the orchestra members demanded better pay, shorter working hours, bonuses for extra non-professional work, and clear vacation and travel rights. This summer Bad Kissingen, along with ten other historic thermal spas, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the commemorative ceremony for the recognition of the city, local dignitaries gathered in a luxurious setting, to be confronted with musicians wearing yellow vests with the word “Strike”.

Burghard Toelke (YouTube)

The employer of the musicians is the Bayrische Staatsbäder Bad Kissingen GmbH and its shareholders are the State of Bavaria and the city of Bad Kissingen. The city’s mayor, Dirk Vogel, is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). As recently as 2012, his SPD predecessor, Kay Blankenburg, spoke enthusiastically about the spa orchestra, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for performing 727 concerts in a single year.

In 2018, the orchestra was renamed Staatsbad Philharmonie Kissingen. The name was intended to emphasize the high musical level of the orchestra and to attract young, well-trained candidates. Within a few years, a large part of the orchestra was to retire. The new conductor was violinist Toelke, an exceptional musician with international experience who embarked on artistic work with flying colors.

Toelke was fascinated by one peculiarity of the Staatsbad Philharmonic: it maintains the tradition of the Great Berlin Salon Orchestra, a delightful ensemble of 13 strings, winds, percussion, piano and harmonium, capable of playing practically “anything”. The demands placed on musicians are considerable. All are soloists. Many are masters of two instruments.

Musicians of Staatsbad Philharmonie Kissingen (Photo credit – Deutsche Orchestervereinigung)

In a short time, the orchestra transcribed many parts of historical scores in hard, unpaid work. Its sheet music archive has grown to around 3,000 works ranging from baroque to operetta, musicals, big band jazz pieces, hit songs, The Beatles and classical music. Works performed included pieces by Beethoven, Wagner and Tchaikovsky, as well as Dvorak’s famous “New World” symphony, all of which normally require a large orchestra.

The orchestra is quickly sought after beyond the limits of the spa. A premium annual ticket has widened its audience beyond the city. Subscription concerts with renowned singers increased its appeal. The orchestra’s employer emphasized the quality of the ensemble to the public. However, in September, management responded to the orchestra’s demand for a collective agreement by firing two young musicians shortly before the end of their probationary period. Spa visitors and local residents joined in protests against the unfair action, while other orchestras sent letters of solidarity. The highlight of the events was a joint concert with musicians from eight different orchestras in front of the town hall.

The city initially refused to reverse the layoffs. Instead, the orchestra received the “offer” of a salary increase far below the salary to which orchestral musicians are entitled based on their years of service. The offer put orchestra members on the same financial footing as newcomers to the profession. The orchestra’s weekly working time was formally reduced from 40 to 30 hours, but its request for 9 weekly concerts instead of 13 was rejected. In practice, this meant that the amount of work required to prepare for concerts had to be done either in unpaid overtime or in fewer hours, all to the detriment of musical quality.

In the press, the ensemble, whose artistic level had previously been praised for having made Bad Kissingen a leading “cultural place”, is now accused of being “too good”. He was striving to achieve an unnecessary level of quality, complained the local SPD faction leader. The demand was raised by the Staatsbad GmbH for the orchestra to focus again on ‘key tasks’, i.e. providing nice background music to spa clients, which prompted a musician to comment sarcastically that only one player on a ship’s piano was clearly needed.

Mayor Vogel’s letter to DOV, the orchestra’s union. is scandalous. He reiterates the rejection of collective bargaining and provocatively asks whether a public employer was prepared to “permanently employ an orchestra whose members are expected to work nine hours a week, but ultimately earn the same salary as a conductor. office in the public service. ? “

Vogel outrageously equates the number of nine weekly concerts requested by the orchestra with its weekly working hours and considers the orchestra to be completely overpaid for its current total of 13 concerts. Everyone knows that the main work of musicians is invisible to the public. The concerts are preceded by intensive orchestral rehearsals and long hours of individual practice at home.

Toelke is furious that his employer’s only concern is to satisfy spa customers with an undemanding music program. He is particularly disappointed that a mayor of the SPD refuses to pay the orchestra according to a formal contract. The SPD’s response here, however, as in other areas of society, is typical. For many years, the SPD has imposed austerity measures in cooperation with the unions while seeking to dispel any opposition.

The exchange between Vogel and the DOV union is also exemplary in this regard. Instead of a strike, the orchestra’s union staged a melodious protest and said in its response to Vogel that it had “little interest in escalating the conflict”. The union hailed its role as a specialist in “tailor-made internal collective agreements” and explained in its latest press release that “the positions in the current conflict are in fact not so far apart”.

Openly threatening to dissolve the orchestra, which would only like to work “nine hours a week”, the mayor of the SPD appeals to the most backward prejudices on supposedly rapacious artists. It is a serious warning which goes far beyond the city of Bad Kissingen, a categorical refusal to recognize the rights of musicians acquired in the past.

There are hardly any permanent musicians in the spa industry today. They are usually hired on a seasonal basis or replaced every few weeks, often by musicians from Eastern Europe desperate enough to work for miserable salaries. In the Staatsbad Philharmonic, the largest spa complex still in permanent employment in Germany, artists from Poland, Japan, Korea, Belarus and an excellent pianist from Iran rub shoulders with German musicians. The licensed clarinetist is from Spain, the young licensed flautist, who gave up her post in a large symphony orchestra to play in Bad Kissingen and won against 60 competitors, is from Turkey. In the meantime, the two have apparently been reinstated.

They will probably be expected to express their humble gratitude for being allowed to perform in the state which is the birthplace of Bach and Beethoven. After the orchestra’s intervention at the UNESCO ceremony, poisonous voices were raised against the role of “outsiders”, which, as Toelke recalls, also included a member of the city council.

After Toelke’s sacking, the press and the DOV orchestras union fell silent. The union did not even mention the scandalous dismissal of Toelke. However, expressions of solidarity with the small ensemble orchestra in several German states, including the Staatkapelle Berlin, show that the musicians do not view the dispute as a local issue. The same pressures apply everywhere.

For example, there are some parallels to the 2011 Berlin orchestral strike, when the city’s three opera orchestras demanded better wages under a national collective agreement – a contract that the City Senate (a coalition of the SPD and the Left Party) evaded when he left. the national employers’ association. The musicians were particularly outraged by the intention of the employing State to no longer remunerate the temporary work of the members of the orchestra and thus to create a single global orchestra based on a reduced number of musicians. In addition to unpaid overtime work for employed musicians, Senate policy involved reductions in the quality of performance of the three very different orchestras.

The 727 performances of the Staatsbad Philharmonie are impressive proof of the considerable demand for high-quality culture on a smaller scale. Toelke rightly fears other consequences if savings are made at this level: “We also want to inspire children with our music. Will our school concerts be canceled now? “

The action of the musicians of Bad Kissingen and the dismissal of its musical director show one thing: the cultural needs of the population cannot be defended within the framework of trade union actions or calls for politicians. For years, German music schools have replaced permanent teachers with low-paid freelancers.

The experience of the musicians of Bad Kissingen is not unique. Especially in the two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear how much culture is subordinated to the commercial interests of large corporations and banks, and how small cultural institutions, ensembles and initiatives are being left out.

Musicians can only defend their livelihoods and the cultural interests of the people by joining forces with teachers, parents and workers in other regions and countries on the basis of opposition to capitalism.


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American pop group challenges BDS https://schlammpeitziger.com/american-pop-group-challenges-bds/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 12:19:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/american-pop-group-challenges-bds/ The Grammy-winning group performed in Jerusalem this week despite heavy pressure from pro-Palestinian activists. By Erin Viner The Black Eyed Peas, perhaps best known for the hit single “Where is The Love”, were greeted by exuberant fans in Israel, which allows live performances to be held as part of its Green Pass program despite the […]]]>


The Grammy-winning group performed in Jerusalem this week despite heavy pressure from pro-Palestinian activists.

By Erin Viner

The Black Eyed Peas, perhaps best known for the hit single “Where is The Love”, were greeted by exuberant fans in Israel, which allows live performances to be held as part of its Green Pass program despite the recent emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign lobbies for Israel to be avoided on all fronts, including academically and culturally. The movement has been condemned as anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the German Parliament and elsewhere, and around 30 US states have banned the implementation of BDS measures.

Despite calls from the BDS movement, such as a statement from its branch in France demanding the cancellation of the “scandalous” concert, group leader will.i.am told The Associated Press that politics did not dictate his actions and that he would not be dissuaded. to exercise or maintain ties with Israel’s high-tech sector.

“I’m a musician and a tech enthusiast and people love our music,” he said, standing alongside 2 of the other band members, Taboo and Apl.de.ap. “Am I turning my back on the people who live here because of politics?” No, that’s not how we were built.

will.i.am also revealed many personal connections in Israel as to why he will not boycott the country. His first girlfriend was Israeli, he said, and the group often met at an Israeli friend’s house when they started out in Los Angeles – where they were often invited to share meals on the Jewish Sabbath.

The Black Eyed Peas’ cultural connection to the Jewish state is also evidenced by the use of Hebrew in another of their biggest hits, “I Gotta Feeling,” and the group also recently collaborated on a song with the artists. Israeli musicians Static and Ben El.

On the tech scene, the musician / entrepreneur has made numerous visits to the country after his firm “i.am + tech” acquired an Israeli startup in 2016. During his current trip this week, will.i.am also participated in an innovation. conference organized by Improvate.

Referring to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will.i.am, Taboo and Apl.de.ap said they were less worried about coming to Israel than other countries, due to its strict procedures for travel, test and vaccination.

To date, 43.3% of the total population of Israel has received all three doses of the vaccine, and all attendees at the Black Eyed Peas concert in the capital had to prove that they had been fully immunized or had received medication. negative results in the PCR test.


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