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I finally got around to watching Birdsong. I loved the book and I wondered how this long-awaited adaptation would hold up. I wasn't disappointed. I'm looking forward to seeing part two on Sunday night.

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Great Performances - Tony Bennett duets

Right now Carrie Underwood and Tony are singing "It Had To Be You", Amy Winehouse was just on...so sad!

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Getting ready to watch a three part mini series by the BBC called "Berlin".

Here's a rather interesting summary of each of the three parts:

Part One : Dangerous Ideas

The 18th-century king Frederick the Great was a contradictory character whose legacy would define Berlin as a place of both aggressive militarism and enlightened idealism. He would be embraced as an icon by Hitler and, later, the Communist leaders in East Berlin. But Frederick's liberalism created a city in which new theories of sex and sexuality could flourish, inspiring groundbreaking art. During the Cold War, the street that bore the king's name, Friedrichstrasse, was also brutally divided - and irreconcilable. Only after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 was King Frederick returned to his desired resting place. The funeral was intended as a laying-to-rest of more than just a body.

Part 2: Ruined Visions

The story of Berlin and its buildings is one of visionary creation and terrible destruction, of human ambition and delusion. From the 19th-century architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel to the Bauhaus pioneers of Modernism and the rebuilding of the city after the fall of the Wall, it is a city that has always looked to the future. Architect Albert Speer had grand plans to transform Berlin into a monumental Nazi capital for Adolf Hitler, and the buildings that remain from his scheme are still haunted by their terrible associations. There is no other city in the world where the morality of the architecture has been so heavily scrutinised. Buildings with Imperial, Nazi and Communist pasts all inspire fierce debates about whether this city should acknowledge or deny it's chequered history.

Part 3: Ich Bin Berliner

The life and character of Berliners have been defined by a struggle for freedom. In 1963, President Kennedy declared that all free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. But centuries earlier, the rulers of the city offered freedom to the oppressed. Jews moved to the city from Vienna and Eastern Europe, and were instrumental in creating the city as it now exists. During the Nazi years, however, Berlin's Jews were driven underground, many unable to leave the city they loved. When the Russians arrived at the end of the Second World War, Berlin's women found themselves at the mercy of rapists rather than liberators. Citizens became pawns in a global game through the Berlin blockade, and when the Berlin Wall was built, both East and West held themselves up as beacons of freedom. But only when it fell did Berliners attain the freedom that their early rulers had promised them.

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the news.......cuz i just can't get enough election coverage...........or hear about Gronkowski's ankle for half an hour

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American Dad

I saw my first episode of this last week. The title was Stanny Tendergrass...did you see it? It was hilarious. I was actually gonna post a clip of it here, (Make me Laugh thread) but couldn't find one available at the time. I couldn't get over the few times when the lil' kid jumped on several peoples shoulders (throughout the show) and would plop his "boobs" on their heads. At the end Hulk Hogan made an appearance. I got hooked after that one clip. Gotta see it again.......

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Making chocolate chunk cookies and watching "Meet Me in St. Louis" on TMC...Judy Garland, sigh.

Love "The Trolley Song"!

" 'Clang, clang, clang' went the trolley

'Ding, ding, ding' went the bell

'Zing, zing, zing' went my heartstrings

From the moment I saw him I fell"

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Finian's Rainbow

Although I'm not sure why I'm watching it....

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