Wednesday, 21 September 2016

10 Interesting Facts About Asafa Powell

Powell, a sprinter who specializes in 100 metres, was the holder of the world record between 2005 and 2008. Though his initial interest was to be a mechanic, he took to athletics while studying in Kingston. Here are 10 interesting facts about the sprinter:

  • June 12, 2004, was a memorable day for Powell when he ran the 100m under 10 seconds for the first time. Participating in the National Junior Track& Field Championship he clocked 9.99s. Two weeks later he bettered his personal time in the 100m, participating in the Jamaican National Championship where he won in 9.91s.
  • He became the first man to win both 100 and 200m at the World Athletics final in championship in a record time. He recorded five IAAF Grand Prix wins in 2004 and ending the year ranked no.1 in 100m.
  • In 2006 he twice equaled his world record time of 9.77 seconds in 100m in the IAAF Golden League events and in the process he won six events to earn a total of $ 250,000 in prize money. 

  • On November 12,2006 he was awarded the title, ‘2006 Male IAAF World Athlete of the Year,’ along with a cheque for $ 100,000. He was unbeaten in 16 finals and also received ‘Track & Field Athlete of the Year 2006.
  • He has fast initial acceleration considering his 6 ft 3 in height and 14 stones in weight.  His long legs provide 2.6 metres stride with rapid progression between each stride.
  • In 2007 on January 05th he received the ‘Commonwealth Games Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year’ award.  It was handed over by the foundation’s founder Al Hamilton.
  • Running is in his family. His father William had clocked 10.2, his mother Cislyn 11.4, his brother Donavan was a finalist in the 1999 World Indoor Championship.

  • On September 09, 2007 he fulfilled his promise of breaking the world record in the 100m by year end. Competing in the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy, Powell ran a new world record time of 9.74 s in the 100m heats. In the final he set the time 9.78 s.
  • In 2008 he was honored by the Jamaican government with ‘Order of Distinction’ Commander Rank in recognition of his achievement at the Olympics.
  • Powell has run the 100m under 10 seconds legally on 94 occasions, a record held by Maurice Greene.  He has run 36 times which are in 9.80 to 9.89 second.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The First Cry

What comes to your mind when you think of a newborn? The Baby’s Cry! Isn’t it?

It’s pretty much the same every mother remembers. 90 percent of the mothers are conscious during the labor and strive to listen to the first cry of their baby. The low decibel sound gives the healing touch to the pain that the mother undergoes. Unfortunate fathers who are not allowed inside the labor room, comes to a standstill on hearing the shriek of his wife. But then the next sound brings some smile and tears to his eyes.

Those nine stressful and restricted months for a mother seems like a mere distant thought once she hears to her baby’s cry.  Every single painful tear during the pregnancy period, turns magically into happy tears, right at that moment.

You must have watched many videos of baby smiling, smirking, laughing and various other emotions that incite a good feeling in you. But what about the very first cry, probably only a parent can tell you how it felt. Ask your parents what it felt like when you entered the world with your first cry!

And just as the baby grows, everything around seems to light up. Especially for the mother, though being stuck in the house, doing nothing but feeding, changing nappy, shushing, rocking to sleep, still she will enjoy it the most. 

To say, the mother would want nothing more than holding the baby for however long it maybe, just to keep the baby safe. In case of the father, he would rush home just to see the baby smile. That’s the life of a father and a mother.

There is nothing to replace the happiest first cry of a baby and only the parents know how precious that is. Don’t you agree?

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

12 Interesting Facts About The Famous Director Alfred Hitchcock

Often referred to as “The Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock, with a career spanning for half a century, is renowned as England’s best director.

  1. When he received Irvin Thalberg Memorial Award at the Oscars in 1967 he just said “Thank You”, shortest speech ever in the history of Oscars.
  2. He was turned down by almost all the major motion picture studios because they thought he wouldn’t be able to direct Hollywood style movie. Ironically his first Hollywood movie “Rebecca” in 1940 won him Best Picture Oscar Award.
  3. The final scenes of the movie “Foreign Correspondent” in 1940 was hurriedly set in a London radio station because Hitchcock got the news that Germans were going to bomb at any time. The shooting completed on July 5, 1940 and the bombings by Germans started on July 10, 1940.
  4. His daughter Patricia Hitchcock had appeared in three of his movies namely, “Stage Fright” in 1950, “Strangers on a Train” in 1951 and “Psycho” in 1960.

  5. He completed the movie “The Paradine Case” in record 92 days. The completed film ran for almost 3 hours and it was a box office failure.
  6. His habit during any movie set after having a tea, was to toss the cup and saucer over his shoulder to fall anywhere and break, irrespective of where he was seated.
  7. He was completely against casting the lead stars Gregory Peck, Alida Valli and Louis Jourdan in the movie “The Paradine Case” as he thought they were not suitable for the role. Producer Selznick asserted his power and made him use them.
  8. He liked the idea of bringing menace to a small town and that is why “Shadow of the Doubt” directed by him in 1943 is his favorite movie.
  9. “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 1940 was the only screwball comedy made by Hitchcock. Carole Lombard talked him into directing the movie.
  10. Producer Selznick was not happy with Hitchcock’s directing methods on the sets of “Rebecca”. He asked his wife to look at some of the footage, questioning his own judgment of hiring Hitchcock. However she assured him that the movie was excellent.
  11. He found it very difficult to work on the sets of “Rebecca” because the cast and crew consisted of large number of British personal and United Kingdom had entered the World War II few days before the shoot began.
  12. Hitchcock made a cameo appearance in his movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” halfway into it. He was made to do many retakes by Lombard who directed the cameo.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

10 Taylor Swift Facts That You Didn’t Know

Taylor Swift, with blue eyes and blond hair, the winner of over 200 awards including seven Grammy Awards, six Country Music Association Awards, 16 American Music Awards, and 22 Billboard Music Awards, is the first ever country singer to win an MTV Video Music Award.  
  1. Swift wrote "Lucky You," her first song when she was just 12 years old. She wrote the song after learning to play three guitar chords from a visiting computer repairman.
  2. In her song “Out of the Woods,” she leaves a message for the famous singer Harry Styles, whom she dated from October 2012 to January 2013. As of the date of writing, she is expected to write another awesome break-up song, as she broke up with Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris in May 2016. She dated Harris for over 15 months and the duo were even ranked as the highest-paid celebrity couple in 2015.
  3. She was offered the role of Rosemary in the 2014 movie “The Giver” just a week after her Los Angeles concert. The film makers, who watched her perform decided to offer the role. However she was not aware of their presence in the audience.
  4. In “Bad Blood,” her character “Catastrophe” was actually named after her love for cats.
  5. It was after attending a LeAnn Rimes concert that she was inspired to become a country singer. However, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Patsy Cline are also her influences, along with her grandmother who was professional opera singer.
  6. Swift kept “The 1989 World Tour” a secret and decided to surprise her fans the day after she finished the tour on the 13 of December which was her 26 birthday.
  7. She met her ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner, in the sets of the 2010 movie “Valentine’s Day” whom she dated from October to December 2009. The duo actually dated in the movie, though Lautner was initially rumored to play the love interest of Anne Hathaway.
  8. It was reported that Swift dated Lucas Till, who played the role of Travis Brody in the movie “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” till September 2009.
  9. Her song "Teadrops On My Guitar" was for a boy, with whom she fell in love in her high school. However the guy saw her as a very good friend.
  10. Her favorite number is 13, which can be seen clearly written in her right hand for every show on her Fearless as well as Speak Now tours. She had the number written on her right hand even in her very first scene in the movie “Valentine’s Day.”

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

10 Unknown Facts About Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola, the famous American film director, producer and screenwriter, born on 7 April 1939, actually received his middle name Ford in honor of Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer. He was also born in Henry Ford Hospital.
  1. During his childhood he contracted polio and was bedridden for a very long time. He spent those times creating his homemade puppet theater.
  2. Academically he was a mediocre student, but he had a great interest in engineering and technology. His friends had nicknamed him as “Science.”
  3. Unlike others he attended 23 various schools before graduating from “Great Neck North School.” He had won a music scholarship to New York Military Academy.
  4. He wrote the script for the movie “Patton” in 1966 but was fired from the movie as Fox Studio objected to the opening scene with Patton’s speech. Ironically he won his first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie.
  5. During the filming of “The Godfather” in 1972, Paramount pictures frequently tried to replace him accusing him of casting errors and unnecessary expenses and not on schedule. However he finished the movie well within the budget and ahead of schedule.  
  6. He had written the outline of his 1974 movie “The Conversation” in 1966 itself, but was not able to get the financing for the production until “The Godfather” became a huge hit.
  7. Coppola was against the idea of his sister auditioning for the role of Connie in “The Godfather”, as he thought she was too pretty for the role. He however agreed on Mario Puzo’s request.
  8. Edmund H. North was credited with co-writing the screenplay along with Coppola for “Patton”; however both of them did not meet each other until collecting their awards.
  9. Coppola’s family members played one or the other part in the movie “The Godfather” including his sister, Talia Shire, his mother, Italia Coppola, his father, Carmine Coppola, his sons Roman and Gian-Carlo Coppola and his daughter Sofia Coppola.
  10. A Blue Mercedes shown during the last scene of the movie “The Conversation” was won in a bet by Coppola from Paramount Pictures. He was promised a new car by the studio if “The Godfather” was successful to a specific amount. When it was a big hit, Coppola along with George Lucas bought the car and asked the salesman to bill Paramount Pictures.