Have you ever walked down the street and seen something amazing and cursed yourself for not having a camera? Lucky for us, Flickr user mciccone640 had his camera and shot today’s Photo of the Day of couple of robots stormtroopers* in Las Vegas. I wonder if there was a convention in town or if the guys were just wearing costumes for luck in the casinos. Perhaps a theme wedding? Hope they had a lucky night (going to the bathroom couldn’t have been easy), no matter the reason.
*This PotD was originally called Robots in Las Vegas until my husband informed me that they were, in fact, storm troopers and not robots. Sorry. Still can’t be easy for them to go to the bathroom.
I don’t know about you, but I’m already sick of the royal wedding. Something about hard-drinking aristocrats getting married on television while the peasants gawp upsets just about every sense of justice and decorum I have.
It seems I’m not alone. British artist Lydia Leith has designed a Royal Wedding Sick Bag. The Brits are generally understated in their language, so they say “sick” instead of the more descriptive “puke”, “barf”, or “Technicolor yawn”. As you can see from the accompanying photo, they come in a lovely blue or red with the label “THRONE UP” and the suggestion to “Keep this handy on April 29th 2011”. Good advice, Lydia, perhaps British Airways will give you a contract.
These are sure to be a hit. According to the artist’s website the first edition of the bag has already sold out. Sadly, other wedding memorabilia is selling well too, like getting your picture taken with a waxwork William.
I wish I had one of these back in 1981 when I was forced to watch Charles and Diana get hitched. If you missed that one, check out the video below and its embarrassingly gushing commentary. It will give you some idea of what will dominate TV and the Internet come April 29. I’ll be in England that day and the only way I can think of to avoid it is to go hiking in England’s protected forests.
The 83rd annual Academy Awards are coming up in a few weeks and the Oscars race is on. This year’s nominations contained few surprises, with many nods for Brit period piece The King’s Speech, Facebook biopic The Social Network, and headtrip Inception. While 2010’s ultimate travel blockbuster Eat, Pray, Love failed to made the cut, there’s still plenty to inspire wanderlust among the Best Picture picks.
Read on for a travel guide to the best movies of 2010 and how to create your own Oscar-worthy trip.
127 Hours – Location: Danny Boyle’s nail-biter was shot on location in Utah’s Blue John Canyon near Moab and on a set in Salt Lake City. Go there: Should you want to explore Moab’s desert and canyons while keeping all limbs intact, check out Moab in fall for bike races and art festivals.
Black Swan – Location: Much of the ballet psychodrama was shot in New York City, though the performances were filmed upstate in Purchase, New York. Go there: To see the real “Swan Lake” on stage at Lincoln Center, you’ll have to hope tickets aren’t sold out for the New York City Ballet, performing this month February 11-26.
The Fighter – Location: in the grand tradition of Oscar winners Good Will Hunting and The Departed, the Mark Wahlberg boxing flick was filmed in Massachusetts, in Micky Ward’s real hometown of Lowell, 30 miles north of Boston. Go there: For a map of locations in Lowell, check out this blog post and perhaps spot Micky Ward at the West End Gym.
Inception – Location: The setting of this film depends on what dream level you’re in. The locations list includes Los Angeles, England, Paris, Japan, even Morocco. Go there: There are plenty of real locations to visit, including University College London and Tangier’s Grand Souk. Canada’s Fortress Mountain Resort where the snow scenes were shot is currently closed, but you can ski nearby in Banff.
The Kids Are All Right – Location: Director Lisa Cholodenko is a big fan of southern California, she also filmed the 2002 Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. Go there: Love it or hate it, L.A. is still a top travel destination in the US and perhaps this year you can combine with a trip to Vegas, if the X Train gets moving.
The King’s Speech – Location: A prince and a commoner in the wedding of the century. Sound familiar? This historical drama was shot in and around London, though stand-ins were used for Buckingham Palace’s interiors. Go there: It might be hard to recreate the vintage look of the film, but London is full of atmospheric and historic architecture and palaces to visit. If you’re a sucker for English period films or places Colin Firth has graced, tour company P & P Tours can show you around many historic movie locations like Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
Toy Story 3 – Location: The latest in the Pixar animated trilogy is set at the Sunnyside Daycare. Go there:Reviews are mixed, but Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a new Pixar parade, to let fans see their favorite characters in “person.” Visit any Disney gift shop to make your own toy story. True Grit – Location: The Coen brothers western remake may be set in 19th century Arkansas, but it was filmed in modern day Santa Fe, New Mexico and Texas, taking over much of towns like Granger. Go there: If you’re a film purist or big John Wayne fan, you can tour the locations of the original film in Ouray County, Colorado.
Winter’s Bone – Location: Many moviegoers hadn’t heard of this film when nominations were announced, set and shot in the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri. Go there: The difficult film centers around the effects of methamphetamine on a rural family, but travel destinations don’t get much more wholesome than Branson, Missouri. Bring the family for riverboat shows and the best bathroom in the country.
Portuguese flight attendant Vera Silva got the inflight surprise of her life when her boyfriend picked up the P.A. microphone to propose to her. While Ms. Silva was busy preparing drinks in the back of the plane, her boyfriend told her that he was on board because he loves her, and because he wants to “ask her a question”.
With the help of her fellow crew members and the pilot, the proposal entertained the whole plane – and with an embarrassed “Sim”, the 80 passengers celebrated the moment with loud applause.
TAP pilot Pedro Matthias told ITN reporters that this was the first time he’s experienced this in his 35 years of flying. After the proposal, Ms. Silva told reporters that she was so embarrassed that she wanted to hide in the bathroom.
Congratulations to the happy couple – this is one story they’ll probably be telling for years to come.
Think you’re being original when you plan your wedding at sea? Think again. What about getting married midair? A same-sex couple couple from Germany and a lesbian couple from Poland were married in a mile high wedding on an SAS-operated flight from Stockholm to New York, reported MSNBC yesterday.
Aleksandar Mijatovic and Shantu Bhattacherjee of Germany, then for Ewa Tomaszewicz and Gosia Rawińska of Poland tied the knot about 20 minutes after takeoff. Aftewards, guests enjoyed champagne and cake as well as a multi-course wedding dinner (and a traditional first dance). We’re glad there wasn’t turbulence.
More than 350,000 people voted in the social media contest that granted the two couples the in-flight “dream wedding” package.
SAS is owned by the governments of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. These countries were among the world’s first to legalize same sex marriage.
Is it tawdry to wonder if they joined the mile high club to kick off their honeymoons?