Jean-Luc Picard – Patrick Stewart

Jean-Luc Picard – Patrick Stewart

Jean-Luc Picard - Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, on July 13, 1940. His father was a career soldier; his mother worked in industrial weaving. Because Mirfield, a river valley settlement of some 12,000 people, had a rich culture for a provincial town of its size, Stewart’s stage experience started early. His involvement was encouraged when, at the age of twelve while in secondary school, he enrolled in an eight-day drama course, where he met some professional people who were very influential in his life.

Thereafter, his participation in local amateur dramatics increased steadily, even after he quit school at fifteen to work as a reporter. However, his employer resented his dedication to the local theater and finally, after a little more than a year of Stewart’s less than dedicated reporting, he issued Stewart an ultimatum forcing him to choose between acting and journalism. Although it was a very good job, Stewart quit and, out of spite, became determined to prove himself as a professional actor.

To save money for training, he worked for a year as a furniture salesman; then, after consulting the professionals he had met, he enrolled in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1957 at age seventeen. He spent two years there, learning his craft and losing his accent. Stewart speaks of almost living a “double life” during this period, for while he spoke with Received Pronunciation professionally, he continued speaking with his native Yorkshire accent and dialect with family and friends.

After leaving school, Stewart was never out of work, despite a warning from an instructor who told him that his baldness would make him a young character actor rather than a juvenile lead. In fact, Stewart was able to land jobs by convincing directors that with a toupee he could play both, doubling his range and serving as “two actors for the price of one.” His professional stage debut was at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln, in August of 1959, playing Morgan in a stage adaptation of Treasure Island.

Now an internationally respected actor known for successfully bridging the gap between the theatrical world of the Shakespearean stage and contemporary film and television, Sir Patrick Stewart continues to demonstrate his versatility with a wide range of upcoming projects.

In early 2002, Stewart filmed X2: X-Men United, the sequel to 20th Century Fox’s blockbuster X-Men, directed by Bryan Singer from a script by David Hayter and Zak Penn. Stewart reprised his role as ‘Professor Xavier,’ a wheelchair-bound professor said to be the planet’s most powerful telepath, which earned him a nomination for Favorite Actor in the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. The sequel reunited all the original cast including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Anna Paquin.

In December 2001, Stewart was heard as the voice of King Gobot in Nickelodeon Movies’ computer animated motion picture Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Martin Short provided the voice of King Gobot’s sidekick Ooblar. The movie was released by Paramount Pictures.

In Fall 2001, Stewart filmed Star Trek: Nemesis, the tenth installment of Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek feature films. He reprised his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and re-teamed with Star Trek cast member Brent Spiner in a script by John Logan(Gladiator). Read more…

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Sweetcorn And Zucchini Fritters

Sweetcorn And Zucchini Fritters

Sweetcorn And Zucchini Fritters

  • 1 x 310 g can cream style sweetcorn
  • 2-3 Zucchinis grated (approximately 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs – separated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 50 g butter and 3 tablespoons oil, to cook


In a bowl mix the cream style corn, grated zucchini, self raising flour, milk, egg yolks, salt, freshly ground black pepper and sweet chilli sauce. In a separate small bowl beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites into the mixture. Melt 50 g butter and 3 tablespoons oil in a non stick pan and cook spoonfuls of the mixture over a medium heat for about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Special Instructions: Serve with crisp bacon or sausages and a green salad, or simply with a dollop of sour cream and sweet chilli sauce.

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Moving through Depression

Moving through Depression

Moving through Depression

No pills, No drugs, No bad side effects

CALM (Creative Accelerated Learning Methods) is about helping you to cope with life and its sometimes extraordinary ups and downs.
We show you how to develop practical life skills that make your everyday life more directed and enjoyable.
With these skills, you develop the strength that is within – they are then in place when you really need them … in any crisis.
We use the latest science to offer you coping skills that are empowering, easy to learn and lasting.
The CALM System is one that offers techniques to achieve the change you want in your life. NO pills, NO drugs, NO bad side effects, NO trials of will-power, No mumbo jumbo, just down to earth every day ways.
These changes will last. CALM Research Centre teaches creative accelerated learning methods in the Chi Seminars.
From 1989 to 2009 more than 1500 seminars have been conducted (and now these Seminars are on DVD, Audio CDs and Workbooks) being Meditation Classes, Life Skills Courses/Seminars and Student Seminars.
The Seminar help to improve your mind power, teach stress management, help you understand your subconscious mind through tried and tested Body/Mind exercises and goal setting techniques.

There is no doubt that stress and anxiety can lead to depression, insomnia, lack of concentration, anger, cancer, fear, migraine, physical pain, loss of self esteem and focus and bad habits leading to smoking and weight gain.
Many of today’s challenges commence with stress management.
Stress and stress related illnesses push many people to an earlier than necessary grave.
With the “Switch On” life coping techniques you will learn important keys not only for healthy longevity but also how to relax and release stress, any time, anywhere in less than 30 seconds.

No matter what we want to achieve or cope with in life, we can make it easier for ourselves if we deliberately use the power of our deeper inner mind.
This is often known as the subconscious mind which is 88% of our mind.
This subconscious mind has in it all our memory, habits, personality, and self image.
So you see, we use it, because we use our memory and our habits but we do not use it deliberately.
Have you ever tried to change a habit just using the conscious mind?
This means you’re really using willpower it’s quite difficult isn’t it?

It often takes a crisis before we discover our inner strength. What a pity that this quality so often lies dormant for years and is only activated when our backs are well and truly to the wall.

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Happy – Pharrell Williams

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Happy - Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams was born on April 5th, 1973 and is an American music producer, singer-songwriter and rapper. He is one half of the production duo The Neptunes, with Chad Hugo, and he has produced music for a range of well known Pop, Hip-Hop and R&B artists.
As well as his production talents, Pharrell is also the lead singer and drummer of the funk-rock band, N*E*R*D.
Although Pharrell had produced for different artists, it wasn’t until 2001 when he attained world wide recognition. Britney Spears’ single, “I’m a Slave 4 U” became a world-wide #1 hit and catapulted the group and their production skills into the lime light.

In 2002, N*E*R*D released their first album- In Search Of… to critical acclaim.

In 2003, as The Neptunes, Pharrell went onto release The Neptunes Present…Clones, featuring songs and remixes from various artists. This album topped the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

In 2004, he would release a second album as N*E*R*D called Fly or Die.

In 2007, he wrote and produced “Why Should I Be Sad” on Britney Spears’ latest album Blackout. He also produced two songs for The Hives latest record, The Black and White Album.

In April of 2008, Madonna released her album, Hard Candy, which features production by The Neptunes on seven of the twelve tracks.

In June 2008, Seeing Sounds would be released as the third studio album from N*E*R*D.

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Rik Mayall Young Ones star dies aged 56

Rik Mayall Young Ones star dies aged 56

Rik Mayall Young Ones star dies aged 56

The British actor and comedian has died at the age of 56.
Comedian suffered an “acute cardiac event” after returning from a morning run, his widow said on Thursday.

Barbara Mayall said her family had received “thousands and thousands of messages of condolence” from around the world, adding: “We always knew that Rik was well loved but we are all overwhelmed by so many joining us in our grief.

The Essex-born actor, who starred in alternative comedy shows such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, died on Monday morning, a spokesman for Brunskill Management said. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Mayall was best known for his comedy partnership with Adrian Edmonson, whom he first met at university. The pair went on to become one of the biggest comedy duos of the 1980s, co-writing The Young Ones. Mayall later starred in Jonathan Creek.

In 1998, Mayall was nearly crushed to death by the quad bike he was riding when he fell off. He suffered a fractured skull and severe haemorrhaging and spent five days in a coma.
The comic actor later made light of the trauma at his Devon farm.

Mayall is survived by his wife, the Scottish make-up artist Barbara Robbin whom he married in 1985, and his three children Rosie, 28, Sidney, 26, and Bonnie, 19.

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Banana chocolate cake

Banana chocolate cake

Banana Chocolate Cake

This is easy to make and use up your over ripe bananas

Ingredients (serves 8)

* 1 1/2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour

* 3/4 cup self-raising flour

* 2/3 cup cocoa powder

* 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

* 1 cup caster sugar

* 2 eggs, lightly beaten

* 2 large, over-ripe bananas, mashed

* 3/4 cup milk

* 1/2 cup vegetable oil

* Icing

* 1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture

* 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

* 2 to 3 tablespoons milk, warmed


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease an 8-cup capacity, 24cm fluted ring tin.
Sift flours, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.
Add husks from sieve.
Add sugar. Stir to combine. Make a well in the centre.

2. Combine eggs, banana, buttermilk and oil in a jug. Pour into well. Stir to combine.

3. Spoon cake mixture into prepared tin. Smooth surface.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Stand cake for 5 minutes in tin. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

4. Make icing: Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Add milk. Using a wooden spoon, mix until smooth. Pour icing over cooled cake.
Using a flat-bladed knife, spread over top.
Allow icing to run down sides. Stand for 20 minutes or until icing sets.

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Back on Track Motorcycle Parts Australia

Back on Track Motorcycle Parts Australia

Back on Track Motorcycle Parts Australia

Whether sailing through the air above a 50 foot tabletop is your thing, or blasting along your favorite back road with nothing but the road before you, at the heart of the matter is the boundless reward attained from riding a motorcycle.
Passionate motorcycle riders know their bikes inside and out.
Avid riders can spend more time tuning, replacing motorcycle parts and working on their bike than they do out on the track, simply because they want their bikes to perform at its very best.
Riders are mechanically minded, they understand the mechanics of their motorcycle and tasks such as replacing a lever after a heavy stack or fitting a fresh oil filter to ensure maximum engine life come with the territory.
Motorcycle riding can be an expensive pursuit, the additional cost of a mechanic can put a strain on the budget and, more importantly, take away from those extra rides.

At Kickstart Motorcycle Parts, we understand the compromise that must be reached by all riders between the insatiable need to be out riding and the cost involved in repairing/maintaining a prized possession.
Kickstart Motorcycle Parts was started to provide riders who are willing to work on their own motorcycles a viable outlet to purchase their replacement parts directly and in turn enable them to reap the benefits of a more direct buying channel.
Each penny saved is a penny that can be put towards riding whatever terrain or road that has you enraptured.

The drive behind Kickstart Motorcycle Parts is an intense passion to assist each rider in spending as much time as they can doing what they enjoy the most – riding.

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Katy Perry – Dark Horse ft Juicy J

Katy Perry – Dark Horse ft Juicy J

Katy Perry - Dark Horse ft Juicy J

Edgy and non-typically including herself in the good girl image, Katy Perry may be one great example of the future musician. Born on October 25, 1984 in a strict Christian family, Perry was later known for her song “Ur So Gay”. Her parents are two devoted pastors who directed their daughter into singing in churches or local restaurants. Perry said that her mother used to ban her from listening to what they call “secular music.” Thus, young Perry was apt in gospel music until one day during a slumber party she heard the voice of Freddie Mercury.

Inspired by the Queen front man’s style of singing, she was metaphorically ‘opened’ to another possible side of music, although it was not until much later that this side of her would come out as her main music style. At the age of 15 she moved from birth town Santa Barbara, Calif. to Nashville to work closely with songwriters. Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp of Red Hill Records signed her to the label to release her debut album which was self-titled while she used her name Katy Hudson. The album that contained Christian songs was released in 2001.

At 17, she met Glen Ballard …

who is responsible for the extreme success of Alanis Morissette in the album “Jagged Little Pill“. Citing Morissette as one of her influences, Perry found comfort in working with Ballard who then gave her necessary mentor. In 2004 she became the vocalist of The Matrix production team and recorded some songs with Ballard that made her dubbed “The Next Big Thing” by Blender magazine. Through her sessions with Ballard, Perry was heard by Capitol Music executive, Jason Flom who then agreed to sign her in Spring 2007.

By being in the club, Perry was introduced to a number of renowned musicians such as Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Dr. Luke and Max Martin. In November 2007 she offered free download of the song “Ur So Gay” on her MySpace account. It was an instant hit, but it was the second single “I Kissed a Girl” that propelled her to chart success. The latter song was used in an episode of teen drama series “Gossip Girl“, thus prompting it to climb up the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #2.

Perry constantly added her live experience by scoring the opening act slots for big singers like Mika and The Starting Line. Her full-length …

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Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding


1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

2 Tbsp melted butter

2 eggs, beaten*

2-4 Tbsp of roast drippings

* If you double the recipe, add an extra egg to the batter.


Sift together the flour and salt in a large bowl.
Form a well in the center.
Add the milk, melted butter, and eggs and beat until the batter is completely smooth (no lumps), the consistency of whipping cream.
Let sit for an hour.

Heat oven to 450°F.
Add roast drippings to a 9×12-inch pyrex or ceramic casserole dish, coating the bottom of the dish.
Heat the dish in the oven for 10 minutes.

For a popover version you can use a popover pan or a muffin pan, putting at least a teaspoon of drippings in the bottom of each well, and place in oven for just a couple minutes.

Carefully pour the batter into the pan (or the wells of muffin/popover pans, filling just 1/3 full), once the pan is hot.
Cook for 15 minutes at 450°F, then reduce the heat to 350°F and cook for 15 to 20 more minutes, until puffy and golden brown.

Cut into squares to serve.

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Bobble Nodder Wobbler Heads

Bobble Nodder Wobbler Heads
Sheldon Bobblehead
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A bobblehead doll, also known as a bobbing head doll, nodder, or wobbler, is a type of collectible toy. Its head is often oversized compared to its body. Instead of a solid connection, its head is connected to the body by a spring or hook in such a way that a light tap will cause the head to bobble, hence the name.

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