When André was 12, he was already over 6 feet tall and weighed 240 pounds. He was too big to fit on the local school bus and his family didn’t have the money to buy a car that could deal with his weight if it drove him to and from school.
Samuel Beckett, Nobel Prize winner (literature) and esteemed playwright, probably most noted for Waiting for Godot, bought some land in 1953 near a hamlet around forty miles northeast of Paris and built a cottage for himself with the help of some locals. One of the locals that helped him build the cottage was a Bulgarian-born farmer named Boris Rousimoff, who Beckett befriended and would sometimes play cards with. As you might’ve been able to guess, Rousimoff’s son was André the Giant, and when Beckett found out that Rousimoff was having trouble getting his son to school, Beckett offered to drive André to school in his truck — a vehicle that could fit André — to repay Rousimoff for helping to build Beckett’s cottage. Adorably, when André recounted the drives with Beckett, he revealed they rarely talked about anything other than cricket.
I am really glad this got so many notes (300 is a lot for me lol)…. but not because I want the notes or whatever but because when I saw this comic it made me feel really weird and sad inside and I thought that I wanted a lot of people to see it too
it makes a point thats really difficult to explain with words in such an artful way and it’s not something I thought about much
Crap. I am feeling equal-but-opposite amounts of love/hate on two ends of the spectrum today.
I Hate that music artists I Love have teamed up with other artists I don’t care for and put out new singles that are crap… literally… country + rap = crap (most of the time).
On the other end of the spectrum, an artist I have previous to today immensely disliked has released a new album, Spirit In The Room by Tom Jones, and it’s pretty damn good. A great, stripped-down, classic Americana feeling, with groove, heart and patience. It’s still Tom Jones, which brings a bit more ‘smarmy’ than I care to listen to (and I found out last night, whom I share a birthday with - he will be 74 tomorrow, and I will be 30), BUT the album will probably garner multiple listens and a few tracks may end up on the new ‘mix cd’ for my car that will be made soon. I’m going to have to punch my brother in the arm tomorrow at dinner for being right about this recommendation and making me like Tom Jones. Pest.
Kudos Birthday Buddy - on nearly 50 years of hits, being such a fantastic artist (even if not to my liking most of the time), and creating joy in so many peoples lives. Your new album is rock solid.
*(on a side note: it has a very similar feel and sound to the tunes he played in the Hugh Laurie special on PBS when Mr. Laurie took a trip to New Orleans and walked through some history of the blues and dixieland and americana, and then performed a concert with Alan Toussaint and Tom Jones, among other awesome artists. It’s free to watch on PBS.org, and on the free PBS app for smart phones. I HIGHLY recommend it!!!! - anyway, it makes me wonder if Mr. Jones was working on the album then - or if the concert preceded the album and instigated the project.)
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
mtvuk | Bradley Cooper has praised his The Place Beyond The Pines co-star Ryan Gosling, calling him “sexy as hell.”
During an interview with GQ magazine, Cooper - who stars alongside The Notebook hunk in the crime thriller - also claimed he felt “honoured” to have worked with Ryan, despite killing him off in the flick.
The Silver Linings Playbook actor told the publication: “Who would ever want to be in a movie where you’re the guy that kills Ryan Gosling.
“Ryan Gosling looks sexy as hell in this movie, too. He’s all muscled out, tattooed up; a super-cool outlaw bank robber who gets to hold a baby for most of the movie.”
Cooper continued: “And me - my character, this cop who lies and rats on his buddies - is supposed to turn up 45 minutes into the movie and kill Ryan Gosling?” | RyanGoslingFTW on Facebook
Spoiler alert - but I still want to see this movie!!!