Saturday, April 23, 2011

Uptown Downstairs Abbey Part One - Red Nose Day 2011 - BBC Comic Relief Night

Via JMG: AbFab To Return, Sweetie


After months of speculation, confirmation arrives today that the cast of Absolutely Fabulous will reunite for three new episodes.
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will reprise their roles as Patsy and Edina in three new episodes of the sitcom expected to begin filming later this year. The BBC said it was "putting the finishing touches to the deal" and is expected to confirm it imminently. Lumley is reported to have told Hello! magazine that shooting will begin in the summer, but she said Saunders had not yet started on the script. "In late August I start filming on three episodes of Absolutely Fabulous, which we are all ecstatic about," added Lumley. "Miss Saunders has been so busy writing Uptown Downstairs Abbey for Comic Relief and also Spice Girls: The Musical, I don't think she's started [the script]."
The last new episode of AbFab aired in 2005.


reposted from Joe

Os tapetes estão começando a aparecer / The rugs are beginnng to appear

After lunch at Heloisa's we walked to get tickets to a concert tonight...



the traditional construction in the historic center revealed!






The first carpets are being built in Antonio Dias



it will stretch all the way thru downtown past our neighborhood and down to Pilar...






Casa de Elizabeth Bishop


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Photos: pre-lunch walk / Fotos: caminhada antes do almoço









Sacks of sawdust and other colored materials are being placed along the street in preparation to make the tapetes (carpetes)



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Via AmericaBlog: Krugman on the GOP's ludicrous health care "plan"

NYT:
Now, what House Republicans propose is that the government simply push the problem of rising health care costs on to seniors; that is, that we replace Medicare with vouchers that can be applied to private insurance, and that we count on seniors and insurance companies to work it out somehow. This, they claim, would be superior to expert review because it would open health care to the wonders of “consumer choice.”

What’s wrong with this idea (aside from the grossly inadequate value of the proposed vouchers)? One answer is that it wouldn’t work. “Consumer-based” medicine has been a bust everywhere it has been tried. To take the most directly relevant example, Medicare Advantage, which was originally called Medicare + Choice, was supposed to save money; it ended up costing substantially more than traditional Medicare. America has the most “consumer-driven” health care system in the advanced world. It also has by far the highest costs yet provides a quality of care no better than far cheaper systems in other countries.

But the fact that Republicans are demanding that we literally stake our health, even our lives, on an already failed approach is only part of what’s wrong here.

Via AmericaBlog: Republicans say "no tax increases" while Dems concede on Social Security and program cuts

This negotiation is already going to hell in a hand basket. The GOP is saying "no tax cuts," while demanding huge program cuts, and all the while Senator Durbin is off talking about cutting Social Security (I wonder what concession he got from the Republicans in exchange for that cave? Nothing, you say? Way to go, Dick.), and Claire McCaskill has an idea that will get Medicare and Social Security and has the added benefit of possibly killing growth for the next decade.

Republicans should go on an extended vacation while the Democrats argue amongst themselves about how much they can cut essential programs while not touching taxes.

But seriously, note how the Republicans keep saying "no" and the Dems keep coming up with more ideas as to how to move the ball closer to the Republican side.

Friday, April 22, 2011

A poodle on a windowsill and a procession / Um poodle na janela e uma procissão











rather fond of this shot









Igreja Rosario... midnight... we live right behind this amazing building...

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