Armless pianist plays with toes to win “China’s Got Talent “

17 10 2010

Armless pianist plays with toes to win “China’s Got Talent

Tue Oct 12, 12:14 pm ET

BEIJING (Reuters) – An armless pianist who plays with his toes has won the first series of China’s version of the internationally popular television talent show, “China’s Got Talent.”

Liu Wei, 23, who lost both his arms aged 10 when he was electrocuted during a game of hide-and-seek, defeated 7-year-old standup comedian Zhang Fengxi at the final on Sunday at the Shanghai Stadium, the Shanghai Daily reported.

The pianist, from Beijing, who taught himself to play the piano at age 18, impressed the audience with his performance of “You’re Beautiful,” singing and using his feet to play the piano.

He also reported won over the judges by commenting: “At least I have a pair of perfect legs.”

Cai Xiuqing, 23, a college student from Shantou in Guangdong province, won third place for singing “Boundless Oceans Vast Skies,” a hit for Hong Kong rock back Beyond.

At the award ceremony, Liu was invited by Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai to be a guest performer on her world tour which gives him the chance to perform in Las Vegas for three months.

The award ceremony also featured winners and finalists from the popular “Got Talent” series in Britain and the United States including British singer Paul Potts and dance group Diversity.

British music mogul Simon Cowell, best known as the former acerbic judge on “American Idol,” developed the TV format of “Got Talent” in Britain, the United States and Europe. He has become one of the most powerful entrepreneurs in reality TV.

The British version of the show catapulted the dowdy, Scottish singer Susan Boyle to international stardom last year.

The Chinese version of the TV talent show made its debut in May and has steadily risen in popularity, with the semifinal on Sept 26 ranking the top programme nationally by ratings.

The show’s director Jin Lei told the newspaper that the success of the show ensured it would continue next year.



come on mate, shit or get off the pot!

12 10 2010

Cat Swimming In Pool | Angry Expression

OMG! I just returned from my daily swim on the beautiful Fijian beach and realised I have not updated this since people stopped clapping and Tinkerbell died… You would not believe my anguish at my misdoings. I prostrate myself in sorrow and beg thy forgiveness..

I am lost in a sea of pseudo-olde-english with setting fire to people wearing Crocs, learning to fart the theme to neighbours, just generally being asleep, dreaming and chancing to anyone unfortunate to cross my path, my day is a magical flight from the light through yonder window breaks to I feel like going to bed. I am plotting and planning. can’t they see I am blogging.

I go, my lords and ladies; just I will make more of an effort to blog more often until the nice men in the white coats come back. You wanna test me? Don’t hold your breath though, you’re likely to turn blue..




Banksy Unveiled !!

12 10 2010

Banksy Unveiled for the first time! you heared here first! 😛

For the first time ever, Banksy reveals himself to the public and gives us an exciting glimpse into his day to day life. A unique blend of sketch comedy from double act Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns.

I Invented Facebook

12 10 2010

Angelos explains how he invented Facebook and the idea was stolen from him. His version is not on the computer, it is done on paper, which means more people can use it, because only some people have got computers

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Rescuers may have killed UK Afghan aid worker

12 10 2010

By Tim Castle – Mon Oct 11, 6:16 pm ET

LONDON (Reuters) – A British hostage who died in Afghanistan on Friday during a U.S.-led rescue mission may have been accidentally killed by the troops trying to save her, British Prime Minister DavidCameron said on Monday.

Linda Norgrove, 36, who worked for a U.S. aid group, had been abducted on September 26 along with three Afghan co-workers when they visited a project in a remote part of Kunar province, a lawless region bordering Pakistan.

Britain’s Foreign Office had said on Saturday that Norgrove had been killed by her captors during a failed rescue attempt.

Cameron said General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, had contacted his office to say a review of events had revealed evidence indicating that Norgrove may not have died at the hands of her captors.

“That evidence, and subsequent interviews with the personnel involved, suggests that Linda could have died as a result of a grenade detonated by the task force during the assault,” Cameron told a news conference at his Downing Street office.

“However, this is not certain, and a full U.S.-UK investigation will now be launched,” he said.

Cameron will be able to discuss the investigation in person with Petraeus on Thursday when the general comes to Britain as part of a pre-arranged visit.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said Norgrove’s captors were believed to be a group allied to local Taliban insurgents with links ultimately to al Qaeda.

He said a review of military video footage had thrown doubt on the initial belief that Norgrove had been killed by the explosion of a suicide vest worn by one of her captors.

“The initial viewing of the various videos that were taken during this action suggested that it was an explosion caused by the hostage takers that had cost Linda Norgrove her life,” Hague told parliament.

“It was on a second viewing by different U.S. personnel that it appeared there was another possibility.”

Cameron said he took full responsibility for authorizing the operation to rescue the aidworker. He said intelligence at the time suggested Norgrove was about to be passed “up the terrorist chain of command,” placing her in an even more dangerous situation, and hence it had been urgent to act.


Cameron also said it was right that U.S. forces had attempted the rescue as Norgrove was being held in an area where military operations were under U.S. control.

“We were clear that Linda’s life was in grave danger and the operation offered the best chance of saving her life.”

The U.S. military in Kabul confirmed Petraeus had ordered an investigation into Norgrove’s death.

The prime minister’s office said late on Monday that Cameron had spoken to U.S. President Barack Obama and they agreed the decision to launch the rescue operation had been right.

“The prime minister and the president agreed that it was now essential to get to the bottom of what had happened in the course of the rescue operation,” it said in a statement.

Norgrove’s kidnapping highlighted the dangers faced by aid workers in Afghanistan, where insurgents and other armed groups hold sway in many parts of the country.

The rescue attempt was not the first such operation. A raid that freed New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, a Briton, from his Afghan captors last year provoked anger after his Afghan colleague and a British soldier were killed.

Cameron praised the efforts of soldiers involved in the rescue mission.

“General Petraeus … and U.S. forces did everything in their power to bring Linda home safely. We should remember that Linda was being held at a remote location high in the mountains. This was a very difficult operation,” he said.

Ultimately the responsibility for Linda’s death lies with those who took her hostage.”

(Additional reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Matt Falloon; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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First commercial space ship tested

12 10 2010

– Mon Oct 11, 11:47 am ET
First commercial space ship tested

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The world’s first commercial spaceship made its first manned free flight over California Sunday and successfully landed at Mojave Air and Space Port, its creator announced.

Virgin Galactic, the US company developing the world?s first commercial manned space flight system and tourism business, announced the successful completion of the first piloted free flight ofSpaceShipTwo, named the VSS Enterprise.

The spaceship was released from its mothership, the four-engined aircraft dubbed Eve, at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 metres), the company said.

During its first flight the spaceship was piloted by Pete Siebold, assisted by Mike Alsbury as co-pilot.

The two main goals of the flight were to carry out a clean release of the spaceship from its mothership and for the pilots to free fly and glide back and land at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

“The VSS Enterprise was a real joy to fly, especially when one considers the fact that the vehicle has been designed not only to be a Mach 3.5 spaceship capable of going into space but also one of the worlds highest altitude gliders,” Siebold said in a statement.

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First Miner out !!

12 10 2010

So that’s where he’s been hiding…

With thanks to


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Solomon Burke remembered

12 10 2010

Posted: Oct 11, 2010 at 11:09 AM [Today]

Burke_SolomonSolomon Burke

Solomon Burke should have been a bigger star.

The soul singer — who made some fantastic records in the 1960s, with a powerful voice, a crack band and great songs — has died at age 70. “King Sol” continued to actively record and tour in recent years.

Good basic obituaries have been produced by the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone revived a profile of the singer and also lists 15 of his best songs.

Here’s a latter-day performance of one of his signature songs, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”: (If you’re not familiar with Burke but recognize this song, it was used in the movie “The Blues Brothers.”)


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