September 26, 2014 |
A COMMON THEME in the old classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" goes like this: Someone is mortally wounded - arrow in heart, all limbs chopped off, the plague - and is given up for dead. Except that he not only survives, but pronounces, to the amazement of all, that "I'm feeling much better. " This then, is the position taken by the Philadelphia Eagles defense three games into the 2014 season, at least as expressed by its architect, and the majority of its warriors not named Cary.
July 8, 2014 |
There was a giant concert in Philadelphia on Friday, with half a million people on the Ben Franklin Parkway to see the Roots serve as house band for a star-studded slate of acts. The next night, the big guns came out. Literally and figuratively - on Saturday, Beyoncé and Jay Z brought their overstuffed 21/2-hour "On The Run" tour to sold-out Citizens Bank Park. The most prominent power couple in music - she's in the top spot of the Forbes Celebrity 100, he's No. 6 - put on a 44-song hip-hop and pop action-packed extravaganza.
February 1, 2014 |
The encore portion of Jay Z's Magna Carter World Tour concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday - which, appropriately enough, began with "Encore" - lasted for five songs altogether. For the record, the other four songs were "Empire State of Mind," "Izzo (H.O.V.A)," "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)," and the feel-good closer "Young Forever," which was dedicated to Nelson Mandela. In total, however, the five songs didn't last as long as an interlude in the middle, when the rapper-mogul and Made in America main man, who was playing a non-festival solo show in Philadelphia for the first time since 2009, took the music down and had the cameras turned on the audience - for a good 15 minutes of bonding with his people.
July 10, 2013 |
It's no secret that Jay-Z thinks highly of himself. Long before Kanye West declared "I Am a God" on his new album Yeezus , Jay-Z, the rapper and entertainment mogul born Shawn Carter, embraced the nickname "Hova," short for Jay-hova. His one-word job description on Twitter is "Genius. " And his new album, which became available to owners of the Samsung Galaxy smartphone on July 4 and to everyone else Tuesday, is called Magna Carta Holy Grail (Roc-A-Fella ***). Boasting, of course, is de rigueur in rap. It'd be hard to think of an MC who would nothave reacted as Jay-Z did when he stood on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art last year to announce his inaugural Budweiser Made in America festival, and a fan called out "You're the best, Hov!"
July 7, 2013 |
LONDON - A producer on Friday won a British court victory over Monty Python for a bigger share of royalties from the stage musical Spamalot and said that despite the dispute he still found the comedy troupe funny. Mark Forstater brought a High Court lawsuit against the anarchic comedians over the show, which is based on the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Forstater produced the film, and his lawyers claimed it was agreed that he would be "treated as the seventh Python" financially, entitled to the same share of Holy Grail merchandising and spin-off income as the other members.
August 11, 2012 |
A half-dozen medical students crowd into a lab at Jefferson Medical College as Jeffrey Joseph points to a graph of a patient's blood sugar. While healthy levels stay within a narrow range, this man's pattern is wildly erratic, peaking at four times the normal amount after a meal and plunging dangerously low during sleep. The graphs are from a diabetic named Brian who had his blood sugar, or glucose, continuously monitored over three days for a study, says Joseph, head of Jefferson's Artificial Pancreas Center.
May 25, 2012 |
SOCCER FANS who are too enthusiastic are often called hooligans. These guys are terrorists. Giovanni Moreno, a midfielder for an Argentinian league team called Racing Club, was threatened at gunpoint recently because of his perceived ineffectiveness on the pitch. An unknown gang of thugs pointed a gun at his leg and threatened to blow off his knee unless he improved. "We think no one should have to go through something like this," Racing Club president Gaston Cogorno said Wednesday.
December 15, 2011
ARE YOU SOMEONE, or do you know someone, or would you like to get to know someone, who doesn't eat meat? If so, here's your handy 2011 V for Veg Holiday Gift Guide: TofuXpress . You're welcome. OK, we do have a couple of other suggestions, but first, let's talk tofu. It's an ancient concoction from soybeans that is famously superhigh in protein and superlow . . . all right, supernonexistent in flavor. But it absorbs flavors well - when it's not already full, that is. A block of tofu packed in water needs that liquid squeezed out before it can be permeated with, say, a marinade.
September 11, 2010
MOAB, Utah - A team that shoots pumpkins from a 90-foot compressed air cannon says it achieved the holy grail of the sport - chucking a pumpkin a distance of more than one mile. The team from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey said it launched the 9.5-pound pumpkin at Moab's old airport on Friday. The team went to southern Utah hoping the high elevation and thin air would help pumpkins sail farther. Ralph Eschborn, a 62-year-old wastewater engineer from Chadds Ford, Pa., said he had a better crop of pumpkins to shoot this time.