Thursday, May 24, 2007

Oh! Pirates!

Just got back from POTC: AWE (oh, that spells "awe" and I am definitely in it . . .). Fabulous! Exciting! Adventurous! Romantic! Scary! Just excellent!

Go see it! And, even though the end credits are super long, do stay for a very special scene.

And may I say, Will Turner aka Orlando Bloom . . . Hot! (And I usually don't talk that way!)

I will write a review some time this weekend.

"At the End of the World, the Adventure Begins"

In a few short hours, I'm off to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End!!! I am very excited, as Pirates is one of my all-time favorite movies.

Are you going??? Let us know what you think!

Official website here.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ship For Sale

I'll take! Especially if it comes with Horatio Hornblower (aka Ioan Gruffudd) aboard. Well, I wish, at least.

the Daily Mail (UK): Yours for £3m - one replica 18th Century frigate---

Are you bored by your Learjet? Fed up with your private island? Then why not splash out on a full-size replica of an 18th Century British frigate, complete with 12 cannon? One care- ful owner and an absolute snip at £3million.

The Grand Turk is the ultimate millionaire's plaything. I know because I built her.

She was commissioned by ITV for the Hornblower series starring Ioan Gruffudd in the title role and Robert Lindsay, and was the first wooden frigate to be built for more than 150 years.
Isn't that amazing?!

We finished the ship, which we named the Grand Turk, in August 1997, at a cost of £2million and only a month late. She was a magnificent sight: a ship Nelson himself would have been proud of, and we were anxious to set sail for Yalta.
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Hornblower premiered on ITV that autumn and was a huge critical and popular success. Since then, the Grand Turk has been used for sailing events, corporate or private charter, and receptions in her spacious saloon or on the deck. But now I'm putting her up for sale for £3million because I am retiring.

She would make a fantastic toy for a rich business- man and, of course, taking her out on the waves is an experience like no other. There's messing about in boats - and there's piloting the Grand Turk.

I will be sad to let her go - she is a wonderful reminder of how great the British Navy once was, and she draws crowds wherever she goes.

God bless her, and all who sail in her.
How I wish I could afford to purchase The Grand Turk. It is a magnificent ship. Use the link to see some pictures or, better yet, buy the Horatio Hornblower dvds and see The Grand Turk in action! Magnificent!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Hokie Healing

If you knit, you might want to participate in this:
Use the link to find all the information you will need.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Another Tea Benefit?

Reuters: Tea drinkers may have lower skin cancer risk---

People who unwind with a cup of tea every night may have a lower risk of two common forms of skin cancer, new research suggests.

In a study of nearly 2,200 adults, researchers found that tea drinkers had a lower risk of developing squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma, the two most common forms of skin cancer.

Men and women who had ever been regular tea drinkers -- having one or more cups a day -- were 20 percent to 30 percent less likely to develop the cancers than those who didn't drink tea.

The effect was even stronger among study participants who'd been tea fans for decades, as well as those who regularly had at least two cups a day, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

However, the findings do not mean it's okay to bake in the sun as long as you have a cup of tea afterward. The researchers found no evidence that tea drinking lowered skin cancer risk in people who'd accumulated painful sunburns in the past.

Still, the findings support the theory that tea antioxidants may limit the damage UV radiation inflicts on the skin, according to the study authors, led by Dr. Judy R. Rees of Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

In particular, a tea antioxidant known as EGCG has been shown to reduce burning on UV-exposed skin.
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Tea consumption was linked to a lower skin cancer risk, even with factors such as age, skin type and history of severe burns considered. However, tea drinkers who'd suffered multiple painful burns in the past did not have a lower risk of skin cancer.

It's possible, the researchers explain, that the antioxidants in tea are enough to limit skin damage caused by moderate sun exposure, but not the "more extreme" effects of sun exposure, such as cancer-promoting damage to the DNA in skin cells.
So drink more tea! I always recommend Earl Grey and English Breakfast.

And, while we are on the subject of tea, Queen Elizabeth is stateside and will be attending a White Tie State Dinner at the White House. One can only suppose they will have tea at some point. I wish I could be there.

Don't forget, don't add milk to your tea.