Sunday, February 16, 2020

Robert Beveridge writes


The clink in the basement might be a leaky pipe or a loose piece of glass caught in a sporadic draft. The Derby favorite might look sore in the post parade because he needs to warm up a little more. Your bank might have sent that email because they do indeed care about the safety of your personal information. Perhaps the cult nailed the carcasses to your door for protection. He’s from the government, and he’s here to help you. The green on the cheese is just a rind. It’s got a 0% rating at Rotten Tomatoes because critics don’t understand art. The editor hasn’t responded because the work is still under consideration. Your favorite knife isn’t in the block because it’s still somewhere in the dishwasher.

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  1. A derby is a type of horse race named after the Derby Stakes run at Epsom Downs Racecourse in England, named after Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th earl of Derby, who inaugurated the race in 1780, before he held office as chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1783 and 1806-1807). At a 1778 dinner party at The Oaks, his estate in Carshalton (which was commemmorated in a Surrey folk-rhyme, "Sutton for mutton, / Carshalton for beeves, / Epsom for whores, / and Ewell for thieves") he outlined a sweepstake horse race, also known as The Oaks, which was won the following year by his own mare. At a celebration after her win someone proposed a similar race for colts, which became the Derby Stakes (officially, the Ibvestec Derby). The UK's richest horse race, and the most prestigious of the five Classics, it is sometimes referred to as the "Blue Riband" of the turf and serves as the middle leg of the British Triple Crown. In 1872 Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, witnessed the Derby Stakes at Epsom before going to Paris, France, to watch the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, then the nation's premier racing event. Returning home to Kentucky, he organized the Louisville Jockey Club to raise to build racing facilities on land provided by John and Henry Churchill. The Kentucky Derby, held at Churchill Downs, the 1st leg of the American Triple Crown, has been held uninterrupted since 1875.

    Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation website for film and television. Senh Duong, Patrick Y. Lee, and Stephen Wang, undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, who were partners at the web design firm Design Reactor. Duong was inspired to create the website after collecting all the American reviews of Jackie Chan's Hong Kong action movies and then joined with Lee and Wang to pursue Rotten Tomatoes. The firm's name connects to the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes at poor stage performances. (The 1st reference to the practice was in 63, when future Roman emperor Titus Flavius Vespasianus, then governor of Africa Proconsularis, was hit with turnips during a riot in Hadrumetum (modern Sousse, Tunisia), and in 1883 John Ritchie was the 1st performer to be subjected to it; according to the "New York Times" a "large tomato thrown from the gallery struck him square between the eyes and he fell to the stage floor just as several bad eggs dropped upon his head."). However, the original inspiration for the name was a scene in Jean-Claude Lauzon's 1992 Canadian coming-of-age fantasy film "Léolo" in which the central character's mother was revealed in a dream as having been impregnated after falling into a cart of tomatoes contaminated by semen. The movie is regarded as among the 10 best Canadian films.


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