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Music History #2: “Smoke on the Water”

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of Bill DeMain’s new column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. “Music History” will appear twice a month. “Smoke on the Water” Written by Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice (1972) Originally performed by Deep Purple The Music It’s the riff that will not [...]

Meet Claude the Tasmanian Giant Crab

Meet Claude the Tasmanian giant crab, who was saved from boiling death when a British aquarium bought him: Catch of the day: Held up by Sealife aquarist Jemma Battric, Claude weighs a mighty [...]

Claude The Cookbook Companion

Claude The Cookbook Companion – $34.94 (sold separately) Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Are you looking for the perfect gift for your gourmet loving Mom? You need Claude The Cookbook Companion from the NeatoShop. This little guy is a great kitchen helper. He can hold cookbooks, recipes, or an iPad. Use his little thumbs [...]

11 Broadway Musicals Featuring Characters in the U.S. Military

Not only have the men and women of the United States Armed Forces served their country, they have also served as inspiration for the Great White Way. 1. Carmelina (1979) This was the story of a single mother who told everyone in her small Italian town that the father of her teenage daughter was an American soldier [...]

Crab with three pincers caught by fishermen

A mutant crab with three pincers has been fished up in a lobster pot off the coast of Northumberland. Nicknamed Claude the crab was donated to the Blu…

Color Video of London in 1927

YouTube link. This is a true color movie, not a “colorized” one. This wonderful film was made in 1927 by Claude Friese-Greene. Colour film from the 1920s is exceptionally rare, and this is a very powerful example… The Cenotaph sequence from around 3:37 to 3:54 is very poignant. This was filmed only nine years after the end [...]

The Late Movies: The Bo Diddley Beat

The Bo Diddley beat, counted out as a two-bar phrase, goes a little something like this: “One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and, etc.,” but you might know it better simply as an incessant, earth-shaking “Bomp, bomp, bomp…bomp, bomp” that gets pounded out through a song [...]