John Grisham

imageHaving read The Summons, the Appeal and Playing for Pizza I thought Iwould doe a post on AmericanLawyer, Politician and Author John Grisham, who was born February 8 1955. Best known for his legal thrillers, he.  graduated from Mississippi State University before attending theUniversity of Mississippi School of Law in 1981.Grisham started working for a nursery as a teenager, watering bushes for US$1.00 an hour. He was soon promoted to a fence crew for US$1.50 an hour. He wrote about the job: “there was no future in it.”At 16, Grisham took a job with a plumbing contractor, but says he “never drew inspiration from that miserable work.”Through a contact of his father, he managed to find work on a highway asphalt crew in Mississippi at the age of seventeen. It was during this time that an unfortunate incident got him “serious” about college. A fight had broken out among the crew on a Friday, with gunfire from which Grisham ran to the restroom to escape. He did not come out until after the police had “hauled away rednecks”. He hitchhiked home and started thinking about college.

His next work was in retail, as a salesclerk in a department store men’s underwear section, which he described as “humiliating”. He decided to quit, but stayed when he was offered a raise. He was given another raise after asking to be transferred to toys and then to appliances. A confrontation with a company spy posing as a customer convinced him to leave the store. By this time, Grisham was halfway through college. Planning to become a tax lawyer, he was soon overcome by “the complexity and lunacy” of it. He decided to return to his hometown as a trial lawyer. Grisham practiced law for about a decade and also won election as a Democrat in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1983 to 1990 at an annual salary of US$8,000.Grisham represented the seventh district, which included DeSoto County. by his second term at the Mississippi state legislature, he was the vice-chairman of the Apportionment and Elections Committee and a member of several other committees

imageGrisham’s writing career blossomed with the success of his second book, The Firm, and he gave up practicing law, except for returning briefly in 1996 to fight for the family of a railroad worker who was killed on the job. his official site states that “He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer. Grisham successfully argued his clients’ case, earning them a jury award of US$683,500 — the biggest verdict of his career.” Grisham said the big case came in 1984, but it was not his case. As he was hanging around the court, he overheard a 10-year-old girl telling the jury what had happened to her. Her story intrigued Grisham and he began watching the trial. He saw how the members of the jury cried as she told them about having been raped and beaten. It was then, Grisham later wrote in The New York Times, that a story was born. musing over “what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants”, Grisham began writing his first book ATime to Kill, in1984 and took three years to complete it. Finding a publisher was not easy. The book was rejected by 28 publishers before Wynwood Press, an unknown publisher, agreed to give it a modest 5,000-copy printing. It was published in June 1989. the day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on his second novel, the story of an ambitious young attorney “lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared.” the Firm remained on theThe New York Times’ bestseller list for 47 weeks, an became the bestselling novel of 1991 and was later adapted into a film starring Tom Cruise and aTV series in 2012which continues the story of Attorney Mitchell McDeere and his family ten years after the events in the first novel.

Beginning with A Painted House in 2001, the author broadened his focus from law to the more general rural South, but continued to write legal thrillers. He has also written sports fiction and comedy fiction. in 2005, Grisham received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. The award is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. In 2010, Grisham started writing a series of legal thrillers for children between 9 and 12 years old. It featured Theodore Boone, a 13-year-old kid who gives his classmates legal advice from rescuing impounded dogs to helping their parents prevent their house from being repossessed. He said, “I’m hoping primarily to entertain and interest kids, but at the same time I’m quietly hoping that the books will inform them, in a subtle way, about law.” he also stated that it was his daughter, Shea, who inspired him to write the Theodore Boone series. “My daughter Shea is a teacher in North Carolina and when she got her fifth grade students to read the book, three or four of them came up afterwards and said they’d like to go into the legal profession. as of 2012, his books had sold over 275 million copies worldwide. a Galaxy British Book Awards winner, Grisham is one of only three authors to sell 2 million copies on a first printing, the others being Tom Clancy and J.K. Rowling And eight of his other novels have also been adapted into films: The ChamberThe ClientA Painted HouseThe Pelican BriefSkipping ChristmasThe RainmakerThe Runaway Jury, and A Time to Kill. His books have been translated into 29 languages and published worldwide.

2014 WInter Olympics Opening Ceremony

imageThe Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Sochi took place on Friday 7 February 2012 and included tributes to the Bolshoi Ballet, The Russian Revolution, a tribute to Tchaikovsky, Catherine the Great, a Steam Locomtive Bathed in red light, and suspended  from wires inched across the sky of the Fisht Stadium, accompanied by the same discordant music that a few in the audience might have recognised as the tune that played when the figure-skater Irina Rodnina salchowed her way to gold at Lake Placid in 1980. After the locomotive came hammers and sickles, cosmonauts, spaceships and 7ft boxer Nikolai Valuev playing Russia’s equivalent of a lollipop lady.

Organisers had promised an avant-gardist take on the Russian Revolution, and it did not disappoint. However there was no mention of Stalin or Lenin and no Alexander Solzhenitzyn on stilts, no farms being collectivised and no mention of their poor record regarding the treatment of Lesbians and Gays, in fact, tATu also performed a the opening ceremony but probably toned down their performance for fear of ending up in a Siberian Gulag. Still Russia is no more guilty than anyone of airbrushing out the less savoury moments in its history when in the world’s spotlight. Instead Russia reminded us of the country’s near-incomparable contribution to civilisation. Dostoyevsky, Gagarin, Catherine the Great, Russian Ballet, Tchaikovsky, Kandinsky, Nabokov, the Periodic Table, Sputnik, Chekhov finished off by spectacular firework display following the lighting of the Olympic Beacon which was brought into the arena by Maria Sharapova.

This event is The most expensive games in history – £30bn, apparently – but had an arguably less grandiose beginning than others, which was not helped by one of the Olympic Rings refusing to appear during the opening ceremony (the red one, which is supposed to represent China, Japan or Spain), which gave journalists the world over more chance to criticise the Olympics after having already criticized the shoddy accomodation, unfinished hotels and facilities which include side-by-side toilets complete with warnings not to fish in them; Olympic workers charged with spraying dead, brown grass green; and ceiling-mounted power sockets, not to mention the poor human rights record regarding Lesbians and Gays and mass cull of stray dogs (they should train them to pull dog sleds and add that as another event lol 😀 or just look after them Properly in the first place.

Vince Neil ( Mötley Crüe)

Vince Neil, the lead singer with American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe was born 8th February 1961 .Mötley Crüe formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The group was founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx, and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe has been described through the years as the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band and has sold more than 80 million album copies worldwide, including 25 million in the U.S.

The band members have often been noted for their hedonistic lifestyles and the persona they maintained. All of the original members have had numerous brushes with the law, spent time in prison, suffered from alcoholism, suffered from long addictions to drugs, had countless escapades with women, (including Pamela Anderson) and are heavily tattooed. Their ninth studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, was released on June 24, 2008, certified Gold album in January 2012. Motley Crue has been working on their tenth studio album, which is set for release in 2013. Mötley Crüe are ranked tenth on MTV’s list “Top 10 Heavy Metal Bands of All-Time” and ninth on “VH1′s All Time Top Ten Metal Bands”.

Tribute to Jules Verne

jv-j2coeBest known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), the French Science Fiction Author Jules Gabriel Verne was born February 8, 1828 in Nantes France After completing his studies at the lycée, Verne went to Paris to study law. Around 1848, in conjunction with Michel Carré, he began writing libretti for operettas, five of them for his friend the composer Aristide Hignard, who also set Verne’s poems as chansons. For some years, he divided his attentions between the theater and work. However, some travelers’ stories he wrote for the Musée des familles revealed his true talent: describing delightfully extravagant voyages and adventures with cleverly prepared scientific and geographical details that lent an air of credibility.

When Verne’s father discovered that his son was writing rather than studying law, he promptly withdrew his financial support. Verne was forced to support himself as a stockbroker, which he hated despite being somewhat successful at it. During this period, he met Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, who offered him writing advice. Verne’s situation improved when he met Pierre-Jules Hetzel, one of the more important French publishers of the 19th century, who also published Victor Hugo, George Sand, and Erckmann-Chatrian, among others. They formed an excellent writer-publisher team until Hetzel’s death. Hetzel helped improve Verne’s writings, which until then had been repeatedly rejected by other publishers. Hetzel read a draft of a Verne story about balloon exploration of Africa; the story had been rejected by other publishers for being “too scientific”. With Hetzel’s help, Verne rewrote the story, which was published in 1863 in book form as Cinq semaines en ballon (Five Weeks in a Balloon). Acting on Hetzel’s advice, Verne added comical accents to his novels, changed sad endings into happy ones, and toned down various political messages and was able to make the science fiction genre successful in Europe

From that point, Verne published two or more volumes a year. The most successful of these are: Voyage au centre de la Terre (Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1864); De la Terre à la Lune (From the Earth to the Moon, 1865); Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, 1869); and Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Around the World in Eighty Days), which first appeared in Le Temps in 1872. The series is collectively known as the Voyages Extraordinaires (“extraordinary voyages”). Verne could now live on his writings. But most of his wealth came from the stage adaptations of Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (1874) and Michel Strogoff (1876), Many of his novels involve elements of technology that were fantastic for the day but later became commonplace. He is the second most translated author in the world (after Agatha Christie). Some of his books have also been made into live-action and animated films and television shows. Verne is often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”, a title sometimes shared with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells.