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Christopher Walken Impression- Kevin Pollak -

“Ditching Christopher Walken” – Kevin Pollak on BOB&TOM

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 Christopher Walken” – Kevin Pollak on BOB& TOM
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How not to get your ass kicked by the police! – Chris Rock -


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20 people got busted on November 23, 2010

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Who is Rafael Márquez Álvarez?

Who is Rafael Márquez Álvarez? The Soccer world know him as a Mexican footballer, who is currently a free agent after being given a free transfer by his previous club Barcelona in La Liga. He plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder. He also captains the Mexico national team.

Club career

Atlas

Márquez was born 13 February 1979 in Zamora, Michoacán. He began his career at Atlas, for whom he debuted in 1996 at the age of 17. Márquez rose to prominence while with Atlas, making 77 appearances for the team and being runner-up in the league losing the final against Deportivo Toluca in penalties.

Monaco

In 1999, Monaco purchased him for €6 million. Monaco scouts had gone to see Pablo Contreras on a Copa América match against Mexico, but they were impressed with Márquez’s performance, so they signed the two defenders. Marquez was an immediate success with Monaco, helping lead the team to the French title in his first season with the club. Despite pressures from larger clubs, he would remain with the Monegasque club until 2003, when Barcelona signed him for €5 million to revitalize their back line. In doing so, he became only the second Mexican to play for Barcelona, after Horacio Casarín.

Barcelona

In his first season with Barcelona, Márquez appeared 21 times, helping the team to a second place finish in La Liga. During his second season, he was moved from his natural position as a center back to a defensive midfield role, due to injuries to players Thiago Motta, Edmílson and Gerard López. He completed a great season, being one of the main players that helped Barcelona win its 17th league title on 14 May 2005 after a 1–1 tie with Levante. After an injury in his left knee, he returned after a month to play against Milan in the first leg of the 2006 UEFA Champions League semi-final. Barcelona, playing away at the San Siro, won 1–0.

Márquez was present in the Champions League final on 17 May 2006 for Barcelona, in which they won the tournament over Arsenal. This achievement made him the first Mexican football player to ever win this competition, something Hugo Sánchez was not able to do during his time in La Liga with Real Madrid. After the 2006 World Cup, Barcelona extended his contract for the following 4 years to €38.5 million which will see his contract end in June 2010. Despite sustaining injuries, he was rumored to be up for sale at the end of the 2006–07 season. His future at Barça was up in the air until the 2007 Copa América, where Márquez regained his best form and was one of the best players of the competition, helping Mexico to an acceptable 3rd place.
In the 2007–08 season, Márquez got off to an excellent start, as he managed to form a solid partnership with new signing Gabriel Milito while captain Carles Puyol was out injured. However, constant injuries threw off his form. Márquez’s success declined with the rest of the season leading Barcelona to end up in 3rd place after a miserable second half where injuries lead to his contribution being negligible. Even so, new coach Josep Guardiola continued to rely on his contributions; with the departure of Ronaldinho, Márquez has become the last original signing of the Rijkaard era to remain on the team. He was Guardiola’s first choice at center back along with captain Puyol for the 2008–09 season. On 13 December 2008, Márquez played his 200th match for Barcelona in the clash against Real Madrid, which they won 2–0. He got injured on 28 April 2009, in a match against Chelsea in the semi-final. Márquez was told he needed surgery on his left knee, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.[2] Barcelona would go on to win a historic treble after winning the 2008–09 Champions League, in which Márquez was present but was sidelined. Márquez also received an offer from Fiorentina.[3] However, Márquez admits he would like to end his career at Barcelona and insists he is not concerned about the fact that his current contract runs out during the summer of 2010.[4] Márquez signed a new contract with Barca in November 2009 that will keep him at the club until 2012.[5] On 20 February 2010, he scored his first goal since his return against Racing Santander. Rafael officially left Barcelona after being released on a free transfer on 31 July 2010, he is currently without a club but has been consistently linked with a move to New York Red Bulls which would reunite him with Thierry Henry. [6]

International career

Since making his international debut on 5 February 1997 against Ecuador, but was not chosen for the 1998 FIFA World Cup squad. Márquez has been one of the Mexican national football team’s most important players. Márquez has played various tournament’s with the Mexican team, winning the 1999 Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Márquez started all four of Mexico’s games during the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, where he was given the Captain’s Armband by then coach Javier Aguirre despite his young age of 23. Despite a strong performance during the group stage of the tournament, he received a red card during Mexico’s second round 2–0 loss to the United States for a deliberate midair head butt on Cobi Jones in the final minutes of the match. Márquez was an integral part of Mexico’s subsequent World Cup qualification campaign and was selected by Ricardo Lavolpe for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
During the 2006 World Cup, Márquez played in all of four of Mexico’s opening round matches, and scored the lone Mexican goal in a 2–1 loss to Argentina in the second round off a Pável Pardo free kick which was headed to the far post by Mario Méndez, allowing an unmarked Márquez to strike the ball into the back of the net. The winner was scored by Maxi Rodriguez in extra time after Hernán Crespo had equalised for Argentina. Since Mexico’s second round exit, he has spoken out about the need to encourage future Mexican football players to play in Europe to increase the competitiveness of the team.

Former Mexican coach Hugo Sánchez asked Márquez to participate in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2007 Copa América. Rafael joined up with the team Mexico for the Gold Cup’s championship game against the United States after the conclusion of 2006–07 La Liga; Rafa started the match, a game that Mexico lost 2–1.http://www.youtube.com/v/uDCC4CHf_0c?fs=1&hl=en_US
Marquez captained the Mexico national football team at the 2010 World Cup. Marquez scored Mexico’s first goal against South Africa in the 79th minute against the hosts tieing the game one a piece. In Mexico’s 2-0 win against France, Marquez played a tremendous ball to Javier Hernández Balcázar which put them up 1-0 in the game.http://www.youtube.com/v/PFCAAddP8k0?fs=1&hl=en_US

Personal life

He was married to Mexican actress Adriana Lavat, the couple married in December 2001 and had 2 children, Santiago Rafael and Rafaela, before separating in early 2007[7]. He is now dating Jaydy Michel.[8][9]

 

 

Honours

 
Monaco
2000
2000
2003
Barcelona
2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
2009
2005, 2006, 2009
2006, 2009
2009
2009
International
1999
2003
Individual
2000
2005
  • IFFHS 3rd Most Popular Player in the World: 1
2006
2008

Career statistics

As of 25 April 2010.[10]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
1996–97 Atlas Primera División 24 2 24 2
1997–98 20 1 20 1
1998–99 33 3 33 3
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1999–2000 Monaco Ligue 1 23 3 2 0 6 0 31 3
2000–01 15 1 0 0 4 0 19 1
2001–02 19 0 3 0 22 0
2002–03 30 1 0 0 30 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2003–04 Barcelona La Liga 22 1 6 0 3 0 31 1
2004–05 34 3 1 0 6 0 41 3
2005–06 25 0 4 1 8 0 37 1
2006–07 21 1 7 0 7 0 35 1
2007–08 23 2 5 0 8 0 36 2
2008–09 23 1 4 1 10 1 37 3
2009–10 15 1 3 0 5 0 23 1
Total Mexico 77 6 77 6
France 87 5 5 0 10 0 102 5
Spain 163 9 30 2 47 1 240 12
Career Total 327 20 35 2 57 1 419 23

National team

As of 8 February 2008.[11]
All-Time National Performance
Nationality Year Games Played Minutes Played Goals Scored Yellow Card Red Card
Mexico 1997 1 29
1999 13 1177 1 2
2000 10 902 2 1
2001 12 1020 5 1
2002 7 557 1 1
2003 7 299 1 1
2004 8 676 1 3
2005 11 710 1 3 1
2006 6 554 1 2
2007 10 810 1 2
2008 6 540 1 2
2009 2 155 2 1
2010 6 496 1
Career totals 93 7925 11 23 4

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 February 1999 Hong Kong Stadium, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Egypt 1 – 0 3 – 0 1999 Carlsberg Cup
2. 13 February 2000 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States Trinidad and Tobago 1 – 0 4 – 0 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. 3 September 2000 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Panama 5 – 1 7 – 1 2002 World Cup qualifier
4. 12 May 2002 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Colombia 2 – 1 2 – 1 Friendly
5. 24 July 2003 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Costa Rica 1 – 0 2 – 0 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
6. 19 June 2004 Alamodome, San Antonio, United States Dominica 0 – 3 0 – 10 2006 World Cup qualifier
7. 7 September 2005 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Panama 2 – 0 5 – 0 2006 World Cup qualifier
8. 24 June 2006 Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany Argentina 0 – 1 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) 2006 FIFA World Cup
9. 28 March 2007 McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, United States Ecuador 2 – 2 4 – 2 Friendly
10. 10 September 2008 Estadio Víctor Manuel Reyna, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico Canada 2 – 0 2 – 1 2010 World Cup qualifier
11. 11 June 2010 Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa 1 – 1 1 – 1 2010 FIFA World Cup

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Jill Clayburgh, American actress (An Unmarried Woman, Ally McBeal, Dirty Sexy Money), died from chronic leukemia she was , 66

 Jill Clayburgh  was an American actress. She receivedAcademy Award nominations for her roles in An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over died from chronic leukemia she was , 66..

(April 30, 1944 – November 5, 2010)

Clayburgh was born in New York City, the daughter of Julia Louise (née Dorr), a theatrical production secretary for David Merrick, and Albert Henry “Bill” Clayburgh, a manufacturing executive.[2][3][4] Her paternal grandmother was concert and opera singer Alma Lachenbruch Clayburgh.[5]
Clayburgh’s father’s family was Jewish and wealthy.[6][7] She was raised in a “fashionable” neighborhood on Manhattan‘s Upper East Side, where she attended the prestigious Brearley School.[6] She then attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she decided that she wanted to be an actress.
Clayburgh married screenwriter and playwright David Rabe in 1979. They had one son, Michael Rabe and one daughter, actress Lily Rabe. She dated Al Pacino for five years (and briefly appeared with him in a November 1968 N.Y.P.D. episode, “Deadly Circle Of Violence”).
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Clayburgh joined the Charles Street Repertory Theater in Boston. She appeared in numerous Broadway productions in the 1960s and 1970s, including The Rothschilds and Pippin. Clayburgh made her screen debut in The Wedding Party, filmed in 1963 but not released until six years later, and gained attention with roles such as the love interest of Gene Wilder in the 1976 comedy-mystery Silver Streak, co-starringRichard Pryor.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for 1978’s An Unmarried Woman, for which she won the “Best Actress Award” at the Cannes Film Festival, and for 1979’s Starting Over, a comedy with Burt Reynolds. She also received strong notices for a dramatic performance in I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.http://www.youtube.com/v/Z86IE_8Z948?fs=1&hl=en_US
Her other films include Portnoy’s ComplaintGable and Lombard (in which she portrayed screen legend Carole Lombard), as a pro football team owner’s daughter in Semi-Tough, as a mathematician in It’s My Turn (in which she teaches the proof of the snake lemma), as a conservative Supreme Court justice in First Monday in October and in Bernardo Bertolucci‘s controversial La Luna, a role in which her character masturbates her son in an attempt to ease his withdrawal from heroin.
Television audiences know Clayburgh from numerous roles in series and movies including Law & OrderThe Practice and as Ally McBeals mother. She received Emmy Award nominations for her work in the made-for-television movie Hustling in 1975 and for guest appearances in the series Nip/Tuck in 2005.
In 2006, she appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon‘s Barefoot in the Park with Patrick Wilson and Amanda Peet; she played Peet’s mother, a role originated by Mildred Natwick. She also returned to the screen as a therapist’s eccentric wife in the all-star ensemble dramedy Running With Scissors, an autobiographical tale of teenage angst and dysfunction based on the book by Augusten Burroughs. During 2007, Clayburgh appeared in the ABC television series Dirty Sexy Money, playing Letitia Darling.
Clayburgh lived with chronic lymphocytic leukemia for more than two decades before succumbing to the disease. She died at her home inLakeville, Connecticut, on November 5, 2010.[1] The movie Love and Other Drugs, was dedicated to her memory.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1969 The Wedding Party Josephine
1971 The Telephone Book Bit Part (uncredited)[8]
1972 Portnoy’s Complaint Naomi
1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner Jackie
1974 The Terminal Man Angela Black
1976 Gable and Lombard Carole Lombard
Griffin & Phoenix
Silver Streak Hilly Burns
1977 Semi-Tough Barbara Jane Bookman
1978 An Unmarried Woman Erica Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1979 La Luna Caterina Silveri Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Starting Over Marilyn Holmberg Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — American Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1980 It’s My Turn Kate Gunzinger
1981 First Monday in October Ruth Loomis Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1982 I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can Barbara Gordon
1983 Hanna K. Hanna Kaufman
1986
Miles To Go Moira Browning
Where Are The Children? Nancy Holder Eldridge
1987 Shy People Diana Sullivan
1990 Oltre l’oceano Ellen aka Beyond the Ocean (USA)
1991 Pretty Hattie’s Baby
1992 Whispers in the Dark Sarah Green
Le grand pardon II Sally White aka Day of Atonement
1993 Naked in New York Shirley, Jake’s Mother
Rich in Love Helen Odom
1997 Going All the Way Alma Burns
Fools Rush In Nan Whitman
2001 Never Again Grace
Vallen Ruth aka Falling
2006 Running with Scissors Agnes Finch
2007–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Letitia Darling Television
2010 Love and Other Drugs Mrs. Randall
2011 Bridesmaids Completed, and Clayburgh’s last film.

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Charles McDowell American journalist and syndicated columnist, died from complications from a stroke he was , 84,

Charles “Charley” McDowell, Jr.  was a long-time political writer and nationally syndicated columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and panelist on PBS-TV’s Washington Week in Review died from complications from a stroke he was , 84,. McDowell appeared in an interview in Ken Burns’documentary The Congress;[1] provided the character voice for Sam R. Watkins in Burns’ documentary The Civil War;[2][3] and provided character voice as well as consultation for Burns’ documentary Baseball.[4] McDowell was a Washington and Lee University alumnus and a member of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.[5]

(24 June 1926 – 5 November 2010)

Charles Rice McDowell, Jr. was born in Danville, Kentucky on June 24, 1926. He was the son of Charles Rice McDowell, Sr. (1895–1968) and Catherine Frazier Feland (1904–1986). When he was young, the family moved to Lexington, Virginia, where the elder McDowell was a professor of law at Washington and Lee University. (His mother was the long-time secretary to the law dean; eventually, she was said to wield so much power that she effectively “was the dean of law.”[6]) The younger McDowell became an undergraduate there, majoring in English and graduating in 1948. He then attended the Columbia University School of Journalism, and graduated the following year.http://www.youtube.com/v/ewGdjLAUXa8?fs=1&hl=en_US

McDowell then moved to Richmond, Virginia, and joined the staff of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he would remain his entire career, retiring in 1998. He covered local news and was then assigned to the State Capitol, where he reported on the General Assembly and state politics. In 1954, McDowell began to write a syndicated column that appeared three or four times per week and would span the remainder of his career. He was assigned to Washington, D.C., in 1965, and relocated to Alexandria. McDowell wrote three books: “Campaign Fever,” a journal of the 1964 presidential election; and two collections of humor columns titled “One Thing After Another” (1960) and “What Did You Have in Mind?” (1963). He was also a panelist on PBS’ “Washington Week in Review” for 18 years, beginning in 1978, and was a writer, narrator and host for other PBS programs, including “Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings,” “Richmond Memories” and “For the Record.” McDowell also provided voiceovers for the productions “The Civil War” and “Baseball” by Ken Burns.
McDowell was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 1988, and awarded the Fourth Estate Award by the National Press Club in 1996. He married Ann G. Webb of Ashland, Virginia. McDowell lived with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia until they moved to Virginia Beach after his retirement. He died on November 5, 2010, due to complications of a stroke.[7][8][9]

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Randy Miller, American drummer (The Myriad), died from bone cancer he was ,39

Randall “Randy” J. Miller  was an American musician and drummer for the Seattle-based band, The Myriad died from bone cancer he was ,39.

(February 9, 1971 – November 5, 2010)

Miller was born in Long Beach, California, on February 9, 1971, to parents, Jack and Jayne Miller.[1] He moved to Redding, California, in 1985 with his family.[1] Miller graduated from Central Valley High School in Redding in 1989.[1] He initially owned and operated Metolius Construction, a concrete business, with business partner, Tommy Carlson, before leaving to join The Myriad in 2006.[1][2]
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The Myriad, which included Miller as drummer and lead vocalist Jeremy Edwardson, who was also a 1997 alumae of Central Valley High School, rose to success after winning MTV’s Dew Circuit Breakout Band of the Year in December 2007.[1] Their 2008 sophomore album,With Arrows, With Poise, was released shortly afterward after being mastered at Abbey Road Studios.[1]
Miller was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, form of bone cancer, in 2008, the same year that With Arrows, With Poise was released.[1] He underwent treatments, including chemotherapy.[1] His condition improved enough that he was able to tour with The Myriad during the Fall of 2009.[1]
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Randy Miller died at his home in Redding, California, on November 5, 2010, at the age of 39.[1] He was survived by his wife, Kristyn Miller; their two children – Conor and Gillian.[1]

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Adrian Păunescu, Romanian author, poet and politician , died of renal, liver and heart failure.he was 67

Adrian Păunescu  was a Romanian poet, journalist, and politician died of renal, liver and heart failure.he was 67. Though criticised for praising dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu,[1] Păunescu was called “Romania’s most famous poet”[1] in a Associated Press story, quoted by the New York Times.

(20 July 1943 – 5 November 2010)

Born in CopăceniBălţi County, in what is now the Republic of Moldova, Păunescu spent his childhood in BârcaDolj County. He did his secondary studies at Carol I High School inCraiova.
Păunescu studied philology at the University of Bucharest and became a writer and journalist. He was an influential public figure for Romanian youth throughout the 1970s and early 1980s[2]. Though he was criticised for writing flattering poems about dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu,[1]Păunescu remained popular in Romania,[1] where he appeared on television several times a week.[1]http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/xbndsz?width=&theme=none&foreground=%23F7FFFD&highlight=%23FFC300&background=%23171D1B&start=&animatedTitle=&iframe=0&additionalInfos=0&autoPlay=0&hideInfos=0
adrian paunescu scuipat la revolutie
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As posthumously summarized by newspaper România Liberă, Păunescu “is still viewed as a hero by the man in the street”[2] although “intellectuals continue to question his integrity and the literary value of his work”[2].
A member of the Union of Communist Youth between 1966 and 1968, and, between 1968–1989, of the Romanian Communist Party, Păunescu gained control over a major weekly publication, Flacăra and became the producer and host of the only itinerant folk and pop show in the country, Cenaclul Flacăra, founded in 1973. He was a member of the Romanian Communist Party Central Committee and “court poet”[2] of the dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu.
After 1989 Păunescu pursued a political career, aligning himself with socialist and then social-democratic political parties.
In 1996, he ran in the Romanian presidential election but received only 87,163 votes (0.69%). He was a senator from 1992 to 2008, representing Dolj County (1992–2004) and then Hunedoara County (2004–2008), first of the Socialist Labour Party, and later of the Social Democratic Party of Romania. He received the most votes in his district at the 2008 election, but failed to win a seat after the votes were redistributed pursuant to the MMP system used.
Aged 67, Păunescu was hospitalized on 26 October 2010 in the intensive care unit of the Floreasca Emergency Hospital in Bucharest, with problems of more vital organs caused by pulmonary edema. Păunescu had subsequent renal, liver and heart failure. He was declared dead at 7.15 AM, on 5 November 2010.[3]. Survived by his wife and three children, Păunescu was posthumously thanked by Romania’s presidentTraian Băsescu who in saluting him mentioned only his contributions to art.[1]

Books

  • Ultrasentimente (1965)
  • Mieii primi (1966)
  • Fântâna somnambulă (1968)
  • Cărțile poștale ale morții (1970)
  • Aventurile extraordinare ale lui Hap și Pap (1970)
  • Viata de exceptii (1971)
  • Sub semnul întrebării (1971)
  • Istoria unei secunde (1971)
  • Lumea ca lume (1973)
  • Repetabila povară (1974)
  • Pământul deocamdată (1976)
  • Poezii de până azi (1978)
  • Sub semnul întrebării (1979)
  • Manifest pentru sănătatea pământului (1980)
  • Iubiți-vă pe tunuri (1981)
  • De la Bârca la Viena și înapoi (1981)
  • Rezervația de zimbri (1982)
  • Totuși iubirea (1983)
  • Manifest pentru mileniul trei (1984)
  • Manifest pentru mileniul trei (1986)
  • Locuri comune (1986)
  • Viața mea e un roman(1987)
  • Într-adevăr (1988)
  • Sunt un om liber (1989)
  • Poezii cenzurate (1990)
  • Romaniada (1993–1994)
  • Bieți lampagii (1993–1994)
  • Noaptea marii beții (1993–1994)
  • Front fără învingători (1995)
  • Infracțiunea de a fi (1996)
  • Tragedia națională (1997)
  • Deromânizarea României (1998)
  • Cartea Cărților de Poezie (1999)
  • Meserie mizarabilă, sufletul (2000)
  • Măștile însîngerate (2001)
  • Nemuritor la zidul morții (2001)
  • Până la capăt (2002)
  • Liber să sufăr (2003)
  • Din doi în doi (2003)
  • Eminamente (2003)
  • Cartea Cărților de Poezie (2003)
  • Logica avalanșei (2005)
  • Antiprimăvara (2005)
  • Ninsoarea de adio (2005)
  • Un om pe niște scări (2006)
  • De mamă și de foaie verde (2006)
  • Copaci fără pădure (2006)
  • Vagabonzi pe plaiul mioritic (2007)
  • Rugă pentru părinți (2007)
  • Încă viu (2008)
  • Libertatea de unică folosință (2009)

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Martin Starkie, British actor and writer died he was , 87

Martin Starkie was an English actor, writer and director for theatre, radio and television. The Oxford University Poetry Society administers the annual Martin Starkie Prize in his honour. Starkie died at the age of 87 on November 5th in London 2010.

(November 25, 1922 November 5, 2010

Starkie was born in Burnley,Lancashire, England, UK and educated at Burnley Grammar School and Exeter College, Oxford, under critic Nevill Coghill.[1] In 1946 he founded the Oxford University Poetry Society, and with Roy McNab edited the Oxford Poetry magazine in 1947.

He made his name in the BBC‘s The Third Programme and on television in the 1950s. He went on to write with Nevill Coghill and composers Richard Hill and John Hawkins, and to produce and direct Canterbury Tales, based on Nevill Coghill’s translation, first in Oxford, then in the West End, on Broadway and in Australia.[2]

The Oxford University Poetry Society administers the annual Martin Starkie Prize in his honour.

His acting roles included The Resurrection and the Judgement, The Crucifixion, The Second Shepherd’s Play, Guilds and Pageants and Noah and the Flood.

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