What To See In Pattaya City

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Submitted by: Nicholas Jarder

Pattaya City is undoubtedly one of the liveliest and most vibrant cities in the world, with a broad range of attractions for both the young and the old. While it has developed a reputation as a wild site for fun-loving tourists, in recent years it has tried to moderate this and position itself as a more family-friendly destination. Here are some of the attractions in Pattaya that the whole family can enjoy.

1. Tiffany s Ladyboy Cabaret Show is the first cabaret show in Southeast Asia performed exclusively by transvestites. Starting in 1974 with only three performers, the Tiffany s show cast has since grown to more than 100 performers adorned in elaborate costumes performing in the company s own 1,000-seat theater. With any raunchiness toned down, the show is now deemed safe for all ages and encompasses a wide range of styles ranging from a history of Siam told through dance to Broadway musicals and even a Bollywood-style number.

2. The Ripley s Believe It or Not museum features over 300 exhibits from the collection of Robert Ripley, the creator of the internationally-famed books about world oddities. Located at the third floor of the Royal Garden Plaza, the museum has ten galleries featuring all manner of strange and shocking exhibits, such as genuine human shrunken heads and a mask made entirely of human skin, as well as more benign curiosities such as a model of the Titanic made from more than a million matchsticks.

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3. The Alangkarn Theater is a must for tourists wanting to see the hottest cultural shows in Pattaya City. The 2,000-seat theater is adorned with modern Thai d cor and features the 70 meter long Hexa Stage which has a host of state-of-the-art facilities such as a gigantic movie screen and high-tech light and sound systems that include digital synchronized pyrotechnics as well as multi-colored laser animation. And viewers can treat themselves to delicious local and international cuisine at the theater restaurant before or after the show or go shopping for souvenirs in the Cultural Rostrum, which features a wide variety of traditional handicrafts.

4. The Marine Science Aquarium and Museum of the Bang Sen Institute of Marine Science is the ideal educational destination for visitors wanting to learn more about local marine life. Designed to educate visitors about marine life and the marine environment, the Marine Science Aquarium features a large collection of marine life, including crustaceans, fish and vegetation. And the museum is conveniently located near the Bangsaen Beach, one of Pattaya s most laid-back and affordable beaches.

5. Mini Siam in Pattaya City is one of the world s most unique attractions a park that features over a hundred miniature replicas of famous sites worldwide. Divided into two sites Mini Siam and Mini Europe you can not only see such familiar attractions as the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, but also famous structures from Thai history, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Sukhotai s Wat Mahathat to more modern creations like the Hualamphong Train Station and the Rama IX suspension-cable bridge.

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Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas dies at age 75

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas died Friday at age 75, after suffering from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He began the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1978 and taught acting classes there to noted actors including George Clooney and Gene Hackman. Katselas is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Katselas directed an off-Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, and received a Tony Award nomination for his 1969 direction of Butterflies are Free. Actress Blythe Danner won a Tony Award for her role in Butterflies are Free under Katselas’ direction. He moved to California to direct the film version of that play, and went on to direct films and television movies. Actress Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her role in the film version of Butterflies are Free.

Katselas directed the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! by playwright James Kirkwood, Jr. In his author’s notes in the publication of the script, Kirkwood acknowledged Katselas, and wrote that the plays were “directed with incredible energy and enthusiasm by Milton Katselas, to whom I am extremely indebted”.

Katselas directed the television movie Strangers: Story of a Mother and Daughter, and actress Bette Davis received an Emmy Award for her role in the movie. Katselas taught many famous actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Baldwin, and Patrick Swayze. Katselas was credited with being able to nurture actors with raw talent so that they could develop strong Hollywood careers. He utilized innovative techniques in his courses – one course called “Terrorist Theatre” had a simple premise: successfully get an acting role within six weeks or leave the course.

He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents who had immigrated from Greece, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg in New York at the Actors Studio, and received advice from directors Joshua Logan and Elia Kazan.

Katselas was a prominent Scientologist, and a July 2007 profile on Katselas in The New York Times Magazine observed that some of his students stopped taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse because they felt they had been pressured to join the Church of Scientology. According to the article, Katselas credited Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard “for much of his success in life”, and one of his students works at Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. The article commented that some in Los Angeles view the Beverly Hills Playhouse as “a recruitment center for Scientology”.

Katselas met L. Ron Hubbard after moving to California, and began studying Scientology in 1965. The New York Times Magazine reported that he had reached the level of “Operating Thetan, Level 5, or O.T. V.” in 2007. According to The New York Times Magazine when Scientologists proceed up the “The Bridge to Total Freedom” they learn the story of Xenu, and that: “75 million years ago the evil alien Xenu solved galactic overpopulation by dumping 13.5 trillion beings in volcanoes on Earth, where they were vaporized, scattering their souls.” A Church of Scientology publication, Source, lists Katselas as reaching O.T. V. in 1989.

Though some actors felt pressured to join the Church of Scientology after taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, at least one individual felt Katselas was not active enough with the organization. Actress Jenna Elfman left the Beverly Hills Playhouse because she felt Katselas was not committed enough to Scientology. Katselas had previously directed Elfman in half of Visions and Lovers: Variations on a Theme, two one-act plays about relationships that he had written himself. In 1999 Katselas had planned to adapt the script of Visions and Lovers to a film version, and Elfman was set to reprise her role from the play. In an article in Variety about the project, Elfman commented on her experience working with Katselas: “He is brilliant, and knows me so well as a person and an actress that he gets the most out of me.”

Other prominent Scientologist actors who have studied under Katselas include Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Leah Remini. According to Rolling Stone, Katselas also recruited actress Kelly Preston to Scientology. Actress Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), told Scientology publication Celebrity that Katselas motivated her to get more active in Scientology, and she stated she took the organization’s “Purification Rundown” and her life “took off completely”.

Anne Archer was introduced to Scientology while studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, as was former Scientologist and now outspoken critic actor Jason Beghe. Beghe told Roger Friedman of FOX News in April 2008 that “He [Katselas] gets kickbacks”, and that he was brought to a Scientology center by fellow Beverly Hills Playhouse classmate Bodhi Elfman, Jenna Elfman’s husband. In a 1998 article for Buzz Magazine, Randye Hoder wrote “In his class, Katselas is careful not to label anything as a tenet of Scientology, but there is no question that the church’s influence seeps into the playhouse.”

Anne Archer’s husband and fellow Scientologist, producer Terry Jastrow, commented to The New York Times Magazine that Katselas changed the way he experiences life on a day-to-day basis: “I go out in the world and look at human behavior now. I see a woman or man interacting with a saleslady, and I see the artistry in it. Life is an endless unspooling of art, of acting, of painting, of architecture. And where did I learn that? From Milton.”

Actor Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoke highly of Katselas in a 2002 interview with San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s this wonderfully intuitive teacher and his premise is basically: The only real barriers are the ones we put in front of ourselves. If you say, ‘My character wouldn’t do that’ — bollocks! Ultimately it’s you who wouldn’t say that. Who knows what your character might do.” In the acknowledgements of her 2004 autobiography Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs, and Lasagna, actress Doris Roberts wrote: “I thank my friend and acting teacher, the incredible Milton Katselas, for his insights, wisdom, and inspiration, which have helped make me the actress that I am.”

Katselas authored two books: Dreams Into Action: Getting What You Want, first published in 1996 by Dove Books, and Acting Class: Take a Seat, which came out earlier this month. Dreams Into Action, a New York Times Bestseller, sought to modify motivational acting exercises to the field of business.

In an interview in the 2007 book Acting Teachers of America, Katselas commented on his experiences as an acting teacher over the years: “I have very special teachers here at the Beverly Hills Playhouse—some have been with me for over twenty-five years. I believe that to make a difference over the long haul, we need to train teachers. I really care about the craft of acting. It’s absolutely necessary to take the time and patience to really develop an actor.”

British actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom dies aged 95

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 

Tributes are being paid following the announcement late last night that the veteran British actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom has died at the age of 95.

He passed away peacefully at the Abbot’s Wood nursing home, Ballasalla, Isle of Man yesterday evening. Following a series of strokes over the last 6 months, his health had declined severely.

Sir Norman’s career spanned almost seven decades, during which time he starred in 19 films, and 38 sitcoms, most as the inept character “Pitkin”, the persistant thorn in the side of his boss, Mr. Grimsdale. His most well known serious role came in the television play Going Gently in 1981, for ITV, in which he played a patient in hospital suffering from terminal cancer.

Following the news, the Albanian Ambassador in the UK, Zef Mazi explained that Sir Norman’s death was covered on all the news channels in Albania, where he was exceptionally popular. His material was the only Western-style comedy permitted to be shown in the Communist country. “After Charlie Chaplin, he was the biggest comedy star in Albania. I still remember his character Pitkin and his boss Mr Grimsdale,” he said. “He was very popular with everyone from very young people to very old people and he made us laugh at a time, in the communist period, when there were not many reasons to laugh.”

The Isle of Man’s Chief Minister, Tony Brown MHK, said that he was “deeply saddened” to have heard of the death. He is quoted as having said “[w]e were very fortunate indeed that Sir Norman chose to make the Isle of Man his home. He was a wonderful asset to the local community and made a tremendous contribution to countless Island charities and good causes.”

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in her conferred role as Lord of Mann on his 90th birthday in 2005, at the same time being made a Freeman of the Borough of Douglas.

The announcement of Sir Norman’s death was confirmed by his son and family in a statement last night.

Caribou plays the Bowery Ballroom

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 

Daniel Snaith, better known as Caribou, formerly known as Manitoba until a lawsuit by musician Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, recently played New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with the electronica pioneer.

David Shankbone: How is the tour going?

DS: How do European and American audiences compare to each other?

DS: But they are more electronic in Europe than they are here, right?

DS: You reach the same fans in each place?

DS: Do you play to larger audiences over there or here?

DS: Do you have a favorite venue?

DS: What would be a dream venue to play?

DS: Is there a continent you haven’t played where you would like to?

DS: Rio or São Paulo?

DS: How has the Iraq War affected you as an artist?

DS: Has it affected you as a person?

DS: Do you find you’re more inspired by manmade things or things in nature?

DS: What sort of ideas inspire you?

DS: Would you consider your music to be mathematical?

DS: Do you have a favorite mathematician or unsolved mathematical problem?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in other people?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in yourself?

DS: You think that might be a negative?

DS: That’s a challenge for any human of whether or not to pursue something you think is a greater good or indulge yourself. How do you wrestle with that question?

DS: Well, we need music in this world and if people are responding to it, you’re giving something to them.

DS: Maybe. [Laughs] Hillary or Barack?

DS: What do you think of Gordon Brown?

DS: What would be a bigger turn-off for you in bed, someone who was overly flatulent, or someone who spoke in a baby voice?

DS: Do you have a favorite curse word?

DS: Favorite euphemism for breasts?

DS: If you had to choose between the destruction of the entire continent of Africa or the entire continent of Asia, which would you choose?

DS: What are traits you respect in a woman?

DS: It doesn’t differ in men?

DS: What’s your most treasured possession?

DS: Any favorite films?

DS: What difficult question in an interview do you anticipate but are never asked?

DS: What question are you tired of answering?

DS: In the last year, where have you drawn most of your influence, and you can’t have been listening to them beyond a year ago.

Black Storm 60x Auto Dark Bronzer Review

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NASCAR driver Labonte terminates deal with TRG Motorsports

Friday, June 25, 2010 

On Tuesday, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Bobby Labonte ended his contract with TRG Motorsports because of the possibility of becoming a “start and park” racer because the team could not find sponsorship. Labonte said, “I just don’t want to do it, I don’t want to do the start and park thing.” The move became public earlier this week.

After leaving the team, Labonte will drive for Robby Gordon Motorsports in New Hampshire this weekend, then for Phoenix Racing for the following two events. Robby Gordon said Labonte may be able to race later in the summer, but for now it is a one race only deal. Labonte also stated, “We didn’t have the success that we really wanted, and kind of got to the point where Kevin was in a position that he was going to have to do some start and park races”.

Gordon hopes to have Labonte in the car for more races, so his team can learn from the former Sprint Cup Series Drivers’ Championship winner.


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Automobile, motorcycle, and electronic industries center at TWTC & TWTC Nangang

Thursday, April 10, 2008 

2008 Taipei International Auto Parts & Accessories Show (2008 Taipei AMPA), a trade show for the automotive industry, located at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (TWTC Nangang), opened yesterday and will continue until this Saturday April 12 with two concurrent trade shows for motorcycle and electronic industries at Taipei World Trade Center named Taipei International Automobile Electronics Show (AutoTronics Taipei) & Taiwan International Motorcycle Industry Show (Motorcycle Taiwan).

The three main shows in different venues, highlighting key issues like the environment, energy-efficiency, and industry transformations. TAITRA held “AutoTronics Forum” and “Taiwan Automotive International Forum & Exhibition” in hopes of forecasting the future of the electronic and automobile industries. Yamaha Corporation put on the “‘Fi’ 5th-Stage Emission Standard Pavilion” to showcase the research achievement and solutions for the future standard of fifth-cycle.

Organising A Charity Dinner

By Dave Matthews

Anyone who has spent time planning and organising charity events will tell you what a time consuming, yet rewarding an necessary process it can be. A proven method for successfully collecting funds is by organising some sort of charity dinner event. There are several ways by which you can raise money from such an event as proceeds from entry tickets, event activities and donations can all be channeled to one or several worthwhile causes you are seeking to champion. If you organise your charity dinner successfully, not only will it raise plenty of money for a well deserving cause but it will also raise much needed awareness which in itself can instigate further fund raising events. If you are thinking of planning a charity event then here are a few useful suggestions to help you on the way.

The most obvious first task is for you to focus on the cause in hand. The reason for this is that if the goal is defined too generally then it may have less of an impact on those attending your event. To take an example, if your event was geared towards ‘poverty’ then you may want to define a specific cause to whom the even will dedicate it’s proceeds. People stricken by poverty in a particular region or country will be a more tangible cause than poverty as a general concept.

The next step is for you to choose a suitable venue. Your choice of location will depend greatly on the budget that you have available. Depending on the type of event and the number of attendees you will need to decide whether you wish to hire a venue such as a plush hotel ballroom which may attract the city’s big spenders. If your budget is restricting you to smaller venues then there will still be plenty of ways by which you can successfully raise money.

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Decide upon a running order for your evening that will keep people engaged. Usually this will consist of either entertaining and informative speakers, musical acts where appropriate and of course activities geared rewards raising additional funds towards your chosen charity.

The next aspect of your event to decide on is the catering. If you are likely to have a large number of people in attendance then a buffet could be the most realistic and cost effective option. If you are holding your event at a conference centre then they may well be able to supply facilities and staff for serving up food.

Send out invitations to as many people as possible who you feel would be interested in helping your cause. Again, if the event is likely to be large then you should take care of any marketing and invitations several weeks in advance. It can also be worth your while printing out fliers and posters in order to provide further coverage for your event. If your budget allows it, you may also wish to place a large colourful advertisment in a local paper.

When the event takes place, don’t forget to mix and mingle with those who are in attendance in order to promote the cause further. When it finishes, thank as many people as you can both verbally and in writing, especially to those who have donated the largest sums of money.

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