Happy 29th Anniversary, Maurice (James Ivory, UK, 1987), 1987–2016!

9.45pm, Sunday 30 August 1987: This night 28 years ago, audiences in the Sale Grande on the Venice Lido witnessed Maurice’s world premiere, in competition at the 44th Venice Film Festival (XLIVe Mostra Internationale Del Cinema, Venezia), Italy.

2 hours 20 minutes later, Maurice was greeted at Venice by an initial stunned silence (and some tears), followed by a prolonged standing ovation (x). James Wilby (Maurice Hall) and Hugh Grant (Clive Durham) – at the time, young unknowns in their first major film role – shared the festival’s Best Actor award. Director James Ivory was awarded Venice’s Silver Lion; and a special award, the Golden Osella, went to the late composer Richard Robbins for Maurice’s unforgettable score.

Shockingly, this is my fifth(!) year of Maurice anniversary posts – so, friends and Mauricians, feel free to explore my Maurice OPs archive and Maurice tags. :) Anniversary posts are tagged maurice 25, maurice 26, etc – plus additional specials like the sands!maurice tag (not for the fainthearted). There will be a few more posts this year, too…


Round 6, game 2 of Day 1 at Worlds! 

This was my last match of the day and it was shown on the Japanese livestream which I unfortunately can’t find as of yet.

Remember these guys?  That’s one of the trio all grown up! He did me proud!


Happy 29th Anniversary, Maurice (James Ivory, UK, 1987) [X]!

Sunday 30—Monday 31 August 1987: This night 28 years ago, audiences at the 44th Venice Film Festival (XLIVe Mostra Internationale Del Cinema, Venezia), Italy, witnessed Maurices world premiere in competition at the festival. Maurices closing credits must have rolled just after midnight in the Sale Grande on the Venice Lido…

One of Maurice’s very first reviews, by Sauro Borelli, was published on Monday 31st in Italy’s socialist newspaper L’Unita. You can read it in English translation HERE: ‘Ivory and Forster, England without nostalgia’

Meanwhile the Monday 31st evening edition of La Stampa (Stampa Sera) carried a further review by Steffano Regiani … and the super-rare photograph above of director James Ivory with his first-time film stars Hugh Grant (Clive Durham), Helena Michell (Ada Hall) and James Wilby (Maurice Hall) at Venice. Frustratingly, Rupert Graves (Alec Scudder) wasn’t there. :’(

The text reads:

In competition at the Venice Film Festival, films by James Ivory and Paolo Rocha

A happy ending for the broken taboo

Maurice, the veiled autobiography of homosexual writer E. M. Forster, provokes feeling of compassion and sympathy in the American director

Photo caption: Hugh Grant, Helena Michell, the director Ivory,  James Wilby: the actors and author [auteur] of Maurice, adapted from the novel by Forster



2016-08-13 - DCI Semifinals - Indianapolis-109.jpg by Ken Lovell

so i was at my robotics competition today and over in the section that had teams from other countries there were just these random huge ass potatoes everywhere


Pokémon event at GameStop on 8/20

If you can’t make the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco on the weekend of August 19th, stop by select GameStop stores to compete against other Pokémon fans in Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. The first 50 people at each event on Saturday, August 20th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm (local time) will receive a set of Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon art cards while supplies last. And also don’t forget to pre-order your copies of Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon.

Starting August 19th at 9am (Pacific Time), check out the live action of the 2016 Pokemon World Championships by visiting

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First Look: The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept 

McLaren Automotive has released details of the new McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept ahead of its debut on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach golf course at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world’s highest-profile competitive display of collector’s cars.  The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept will be displayed on the concept lawn where previously McLaren has displayed many of its concept and future models.

The 570GT is fitted with the McLaren-developed 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 M838TE engine. Power and torque output is 570PS (562bhp) and 600 Nm (443lb ft) respectively and power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless-shift transmission with adjustment through Normal, Sport and Track settings to produce one of the most rewarding and engaging driving experiences in the sports car class.

This delivers breathtaking performance more commonly seen in the supercar segment: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 9.8 seconds, with a top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph). Despite supercar performance figures, there have been no sacrifices to the everyday drivability and practicality of the 570GT which returns 26.6 mpg (10.7 l/100 km).

anonymous asked:

Hi. First of all, thank you for telling me to watch Rugby, i had never watched it before and it's such an amazing sport. I've already researched a lot about it too, so glad i watched it. Second, i have no idea if there's a regular rugby season but i would love to follow the sport more so could you tell me about it?

Okay, so women’s rugby is a bit difficult of a sport to get into as a spectator, just because it’s not all the widely grown yet


  • Women’s Sevens World Series (this is the rugby you grew to love over the past couple of days. 12 teams play in 4-6 tournaments a season, held over a weekend in cities around the world) (all 2015/16 competitions up on World Rugby’s YT, enter the wormhole here, at a very pretty pitch that I’m totally not biased about) streamed.
  • Women’s Sevens World Cup (every four years, previously held in 2009 and 2013, moved to be halfway through the Olympic cycle so will now run in 2018) (some cool tries here) streamed.
  • Women’s Fifteens World Cup (this is the main form of rugby, played over 80 minutes with 15 players a side. You’ll still see a lot of familiar faces on the women’s side. 12 teams compete every four years, last held in 2014, reset because of the Olympics/WSWC to next be held in 2017. Held in August. 15s has much more wear on the body than 7s, and so WRWC matches are every 4 days) (2014 final here) streamed.
  • Women’s Six Nations (15s. England, Ireland, France, Wales, Scotland, Italy. Held annually in February and March. Games every weekend.) streamed.
  • Women’s Rugby Super Series (15s. Canada, England, and USA rotate who hosts, additional guest team invited. Previously Nations Cup. Typically held in June, 2016’s edition seemed to be more developmental) streamed.
  • Elgon Cup (15s. Annual. Kenya v Uganda double-header)
  • Asian Rugby Championship (15s. Annual. Kazakhstan, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong.)
  • Rugby Europe Women Grand Prix 7s (7s. Two tournaments.)
  • End-of-year tests (teams tend to go on tour when the international tournament season is off, so there will be clusters of tests in Oct/Nov/Jan) sometimes streamed.
  • Full list of 2016 Test Fixtures


  • Canadian Rugby Championship (National Women’s League) (15s. Provincial teams. Typically played mid-August) sometimes streamed
  • CIS 15s (15s. Top two university teams each from OUA, RSEQ, Canada West, AUS. Played over a week in early November) streamed.
  • CIS Invitational 7s (whoever feels like going tbh. Played over a weekend in March.) streamed behind paywall
  • Provincial leagues: Ontario (OWL and lower tiers, EORU), BC (Premier and lower tiers), Quebec (FRQ), Maritimes (Women’s Elite and lower tiers), Sask (Senior Women), Alberta (Calgary Mavericks, Edmonton Gold), Manitoba (Senior Women)
  • Shoot me an ask if you want help finding a club

United States



  • First Division Elite 1 and 2
  • Find a club near you here




New Zealand


ScrumQueens is THE site for women’s rugby news

Current world rankings

if you need any help finding a team near you or want clarification on anything, shoot me an ask
The Ice Prince

Shiro retires from a successful career as an Olympic figure skater, hoping to find peace as a small town coach. He can finally be free from his wild fans and all the pressure that comes from competition. But life has other plans for him.

When the fiery and elegant Keith Kogane unknowingly skates right into Shiro’s hands, their lives become intertwined in the flashy world of competitive figure skating.

exo as patrons of the casino
  • SUHO:the mysterious, stoic foreigner with stacks to blow, quietly cleans up the whole house, and slips inconspicuously to his penthouse suite upstairs afterwards
  • CHANYEOL:only plays the slots with the cartoonish illustrations cause it’s the only thing he knows how to play, more entertained by the sound effects the machine makes tbh...wins plenty of coins but spills it all over the floor, ends up with nothing
  • SEHUN:the prettiest boy in the room, wandering around with his silk blouse half open, leaning all over the richest men in the joint, winds up leavin' wit Daddy Suho
  • CHEN & XIUMIN:...spends the whole time at the buffet instead
  • KYUNGSOO:unassuming, but won the World Series of Poker competition for No-Limit Deuce-Seven Triple Draw 9 years in a row
  • LAY:desperately has to pee but can't find the bathroom
  • BAEKHYUN:can't hold his liquor, drunk within the first 10 minutes, dances on the dealer's table and gets arrested for it
  • KAI:can't enter the casino because the security won't let his dogs in
Entry Restrictions at the 2016 World Championships

Please read this important message about new venue entry regulations for the 2016 Pokémon World Championships.

Due to limited venue capacity and overwhelming demand, the 2016 Pokémon World Championships will be closed to the general public in the interest of providing the best possible event experience to our qualified players and their families. While the event has been open to the public in years past, only invited players and their families will be permitted to enter the venue this year, and everyone must have an official event badge.

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NBC’s coverage of the Olympics is religious, not athletic (at least in prime time). No, seriously:

See, most athletics coverage is organized around the actual sport. Athletes compete against each other, either singly or in teams, to win positions in a hierarchy from winner to last place. Typical coverage emphasizes the athletes’ hard work, their struggles to achieve in the competitive world they inhabit, the ebb and flow of the event of competition. The point is the sport, not the person. At least usually,

As has been discussed in endless numbers of places, NBC doesn’t do this for its prime time Olympics coverage. It doesn’t emphasize the sport, or even the athletes’ struggles to excel in their sport. Rather, it emphasizes the athletes’ individual struggles with themselves. The point isn’t how to be good at sport X. The point is to overcome the disadvantages of injury or poverty or gender or race or whatever. The competition is moral, not physical.

Now, NBC defends this coverage on the grounds that it appeals to women, who watch lots of Olympics in prime time, but – and this is NBC, not me!! – allegedly don’t like sports but only care about the personal story. This is of course incredibly patronizing – it’s really, really patronizing (just ask major sports fan Mrs. Prof). But that critique has been made before.

What I find interesting is that this notion, of the internal struggle with the soul that ends in redemption for the true of heart, is essentially religious, indeed Protestant, in structure. The Puritans, after all, used to insist that success in life and decorous personal behavior was “the outward sign of inner grace.” One gained success and was a good citizen because your heart was pure and good and true.

Which is basically how NBC’s Olympic coverage (again, in prime time) accounts for the success of American athletes on the athletic field. It’s never about training, and money, and having a large population of talent to draw from. It’s never about how corporate and other support for US athletes creates a wild differential in opportunity for Americans to develop their athletic skills. 

Nope: America’s winners are good people who overcome their demons and achieve Grace.