Imagination Is Key

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“Do you agree with Albert Einstein in that ‘imagination is more important than knowledge’? Why or why not?”

I really think that it is so. Knowledge is very important. Otherwise it’s all just day dreams or pipe dreams. But you need the imagination and here’s why I feel that it is more important than knowledge.

Knowledge is great, you need to know how to build stuff. But…it is an imaginative mind that comes up with the designs, the end product and what it will do. You ofcourse then need to know how to get it done but your brain has to first think of what you need. I know the properties of “X” and I know the properties of “Y”. I dream up a product or device called “Z” but unless I know that “X” working with “Y” in certain aspects will create me a “Z”. You need the know how but you need the imagination more. So if you have all the technical skills in the world but no imagination, it won’t do you much good.

Because someone with lot of imagination will come up with an idea and get some other knowledgeable people to get it done….and make a lot of money in the process!

Saving Hope – Season 1

Saving Hope is a Canadian made medical drama with a supernatural twist and is mostly centered in the fictional Toronto hospital Hope Zion. It is aired on both CTV in Canada and NBC in the US. The show ‘s plot is based on Erica Durance’s character, Dr. Alex Reid whose fiance Dr. Charles Harris (Michael Shanks) is in a coma after being in an accident. Alex fights to try and get him the treatment needed to bring him out of the coma and later one will have to fight a decision to take him off the ventilator. The show also stars Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), a new orthopedic surgeon and Alex’s former lover. Reid also works along with Dr. Shahir Hamza (Huse Madhavji), a neurosurgeon, Dr. Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross), a third year surgical resident on rotation in the General Surgery department, Dr. Gavin Murphy (Kristopher Turner), a psychiatry resident, Dr. Zachary Miller (Benjamin Ayres), the ER doctor, OR nurse Victor Reis (Salvatore Antonio), Dr. Tom Reycraft (K.C. Collins), Dr. Melanda Tolliver (Glenda Braganza), and Dr. Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden), a cardiologist and Charlie’s ex-wife.

In the first episode we find Dr Alex Reid and her fianc√© Dr Charles Harris getting ready to get married. Throughout the day they go about their work, in & out of surgery and going about their daily rounds. They are involved in a car accident while rushing on the way to their wedding in a taxi. Minutes later, Charlie falls into a coma. However as the maddening rush to take him to the hospital and treat him, Charles finds himself outside his body and able to roam the hospital in the form of a spirit. No one can see him except for people who are similarly either in a coma or who have died and their spirits haven’t moved on. He now experiences life “hoping” that he will survive. Dr Alex Reid deals with a kid, Cal, who has a disease. He goes into a coma, and meets Dr Charles Harris. Charlie asks Cal to send a message to Alex for him, when Cal wakes up. Despite this, the boy forgets Charlie’s name. Charlie’s ex-wife suggests in-coma arousal therapy. Meanwhile, surgeons Joel Goran and Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) deal with a lady who will die without surgery. Due to their religion, her husband refuses treatment. Alex and Maggie treat Benjamin Munk (Zachary Bennett), a patient that is discovered to have psychological problems. Alex realizes that he has¬†M√ľnchausen syndrome¬†‚Äď he fakes problems or inflicts injuries on himself so that he can be hospitalized. With Charlie, Alex tries to wake him by using coma arousal therapy, but Shahir later finds no change in his status. Charlie helps a deceased patient resolve his issues with his brother, who has to undergo a risky surgical procedure from Joel, which is a success. Also, the staff realizes Maggie and Joel hooked up when the two are caught acting strangely, and Gavin fails in asking Maggie on a date.

An exhausted Alex works the night shift in the ER and assists a hockey star that had been attacked trying to prove his toughness. He refuses a CT scan, leading Alex to wonder if he is hiding something. The patient actually has brain trauma and is afraid the news will end his career. Also, a young victim of a stabbing appears with Charlie in spirit form several times to learn he is going to die. The boy survives and Charlie wonders if it is also possible for his own return. Scott has been in a coma for 27 years and does not quite have the same view as Charlie does regarding his situation, although he harbors abandonment issues with his wife. Charlie then realizes that he has to assist others in his waking from his coma. After Alex successfully surgically re-attaches a hand, she has a party at her apartment with her co-workers. Although the mood is festive, her exhaustion causes her to have a breakdown and realize that she has nearly forgotten about Charlie. Joel comforts her. A patient is brought into Hope Zion with¬†rebar¬†protruding from his chest, but yet has no knowledge of how it got there nor exhibits any pain. His belongings are searched and a¬†psychic’s business card is found. The doctors deduce that the patient has been¬†hypnotized. The psychic known as “The Great Randall” is called in and it is learned that the patient has been suffering from¬†photosensitivity¬†and stomach pain for years. Someone jokes that the patient is a¬†vampire¬†and Alex realizes the patient has¬†porphyria. Randall can also see Charlie’s spirit form, who asks his assistance in communicating with Alex. The idea works until Randall asks for money from Alex to continue talking to Charlie. Maggie and Joel commit to being exclusive with each other.

Joel performs surgery on Karn (Billy MacLellan), whose self-implanted horns have become infected. The medical team decides to remove the horns, against Karn’s vehement wishes, which leads to a psychiatric consultation. Meanwhile, Alex prepares to conduct a standard tumor removal on patient Sandhya (Gia Sandhu). However, the patient has an adverse reaction to the anesthesia and slips into a coma. There, while seemingly content with not waking up from her coma, she philosophizes about love and religion with Charlie. He learns that Sandhya has been forced into marriage and has yet to find love in her own way. Their mutual discussions elicit an innocent kiss before she is brought out of her coma. Charlie’s ex-wife Dawn (Michelle Nolden) returns to check on Charlie’s condition and reveals that she is petitioning for a¬†DNR¬†order. Dawn and Alex await a legal decision on whether to resuscitate Charlie. Meanwhile, they must work together on a heart transplant surgery. The donor is a deceased prisoner that Charlie must help “cross over”. Their discussion is a change from those Charlie has had with others in spirit form ‚ÄĒ he has to make peace with what is eventually going to happen. Joel and Maggie continue their rocky relationship, as he still has feelings for Alex. His tension with Maggie allows Gavin to step up and make a move on her, leading to a kiss between them. Charlie is taken off the¬†ventilator, but breathes on his own, causing Dawn to change her mind about the DNR. In his coma state, Charlie meets an old doctor friend whose mission is to help Charlie “cross over”. During their discussions, they see Alex’s patient Bea, whom has been diagnosed with¬†Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The two ethereal doctors surmise that Bea is suffering fromaphasia¬†and will get worse if untreated. Alex soon realizes what is wrong with her. Meanwhile, Dr. Goran’s patient is a paralyzed woman who is discovered not to be paralyzed. He deduces that she is someone who uses pain as a distraction from accepting the loss of her husband. Dr. Reycraft is appointed Chief Resident.

Still reeling from witnessing a patient’s suicide and nursing his broken hand, Goran asks Kinney for a leave of absence, Instead, she suggests taking a road trip ‚ÄĒ together. During their travel, they assist in a roadside accident and later have sex. Back at Hope Zion, Charlie, in his coma state, meets a deceased therapist who learns the real reason Charlie is not waking up. Afraid of being left alone, which stems from his parents dying when he was young, Charlie deals with these fears by staying in a coma. He cannot be left by loved ones if he is the one who leaves. Dr. Hamza tries¬†transcranial magnetic stimulation¬†on Charlie to help him wake up. In his coma state, Charlie bleeds from his forehead where a TMS electrode is attached. He also learns that he witnessed the car accident that killed his parents when he was a boy‚ÄĒhe simply blocked it from his memory. This causes him to temporarily wake from the coma, which no one immediately witnesses. They are distracted when a sick airline passenger is rushed to the hospital. As Alex performs emergency surgery on the passenger, she begins to realize the patient may be infected with a deadly and contagious virus. A specialist declares the hospital safe and Alex returns to notice Charlie had moved. Shahir and Alex plan a last-resort procedure for Charlie, which forces Charlie to come to terms with his past. A female jockey undergoes risky surgery that results in partial paralysis, and Joel quits, feeling guilty for this outcome. Gavin crosses the line with a patient when he starts to become personally involved, and disaster ensues. After Alex urges Shahir to keep trying, Charlie finally wakes up. Joel tries to save a patient from¬†flesh-eating disease¬†and Alex has some hard decisions to make. Charlie enjoys being back in the land of the living and plans on marrying Alex as soon as possible. Then he discovers he didn’t leave the spiritual plane behind as much as he thought, when he realizes that a woman he’s been talking to, is in fact already dead.

How will Charlie adjust to this development? Is he ready to live his life always seeing spirits? And will  the wedding take place?

Mesut Ozil Moves To Arsenal

Arsenal have completed the ¬£42.4m signing of Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil to break their club record by ¬£27.4m. Ozil, 24, has signed a five-year deal. “I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League,” he said. The Gunners have also signed Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, 27, but talks have broken down with Chelsea to sign striker Demba Ba, 28, on loan. Arsenal have failed in high-profile attempts to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, a former team-mate of Ozil at Real Madrid, this summer.

But they have now captured Ozil after Gareth Bale’s world-record ¬£85.3m switch from Tottenham to Real triggered further deals on the final day of the transfer window. The move easily surpasses the ¬£15m they paid Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin in 2009. Germany international Ozil joined Real from Werder Bremen three years ago for a fee believed to be about ¬£12.4m and has played 155 times for the club. Going into transfer deadline day, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had previously made only two signings – striker Yaya Sanogo, 20, and midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 29, arriving on free transfers. But the signing of Ozil, who helped Real win La Liga in 2011-12 and was named in Uefa’s team of the tournament at Euro 2012, delivers a signal of intent to the Gunners’ Premier League rivals.

The Gelsenkirchen born Ozil is from a Turkish immigrant family and has previously played for Schalke. He has been capped 47 times by Germany scoring 14 goals in international matches. He has won the Spanish Super Cup (2012) & La Liga (2011-12) & Copa del Rey (2011) with Madrid, and a DFB Cup (2009) & DFL Supercup (2009) with Bremen.

Beer Types – Lambic

Lambic is a type of beer brewed traditionally in the Pajottenland region of Belgium (southwest of Brussels) and in Brussels itself at the Cantillon Brewery and museum. Lambic is now mainly consumed after refermentation, resulting in derived beers such as Gueuze or Kriek lambic. Unlike conventional ales and lagers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer’s yeasts, lambic beer is produced by spontaneous fermentation: it is exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies. It is this unusual process which gives the beer its distinctive flavour: dry, vinous, and cidery, usually with a sour aftertaste.

Today the beer is generally brewed from a grist containing approximately 70% barley malt and 30% unmalted wheat. When the wort has cooled, it is left exposed to the open air so that fermentation may occur spontaneously. While this exposure is a critical feature of the style, many of the key yeasts and bacteria are now understood to reside within the brewery and its (usually timber) fermenting vessels in numbers far greater than any delivered by the breeze. Over eighty microorganisms have been identified in lambic beer, the most significant being Brettanomyces bruxellensis. The process is generally only possible between October and May as in the summer months there are too many unfavourable organisms in the air that could spoil the beer. Since at least the 11th century and probably earlier, hops have been used in beer for their natural preservative qualities as well as for the pleasant bitterness, flavor, and aroma they impart. Today it is the latter that is the reason for their inclusion in almost all beer styles other than lambic. Since the method of inoculation and long fermentation time of lambic beers increases the risk of spoilage, lambic brewers still use large numbers of hops for their antibacterial properties. To avoid making the beer extremely bitter, however, aged, dry hops (which have lost much of their bitterness) are used. Consequently, lambics often have a strong, cheese-like, “old hop” aroma, in contrast to the resiny, herbal, earthy hop bitterness found in other styles.

Pictured above is a Lindemann’s Pomme (apple) Lambic.

Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0

Arsenal continued their fine home record against Tottenham by handing their north London rivals a first defeat of the season. But they really had to work for the win and for the last 20-15 minutes of the game it looked like Spurs might be that equalizer. Olivier Giroud scored his fourth goal this term when he tucked in Theo Walcott’s low cross at the near post. Andros Townsend had a shot saved in an open start, while Hugo Lloris denied Giroud and Walcott after the break. Wojciech Szczesny stopped Jermain Defoe’s deflected shot as Arsenal moved fourth in the Premier League table.

There was one worry for Arsenal fans as midfielder Jack Wilshere came off before half-time but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said afterwards it was illness rather than injury that prompted the 21-year-old’s withdrawal. This absorbing encounter lacked the high-scoring of the 5-2 victories the Gunners have enjoyed over Spurs for the last two seasons. But a fourth consecutive win since they lost to Aston Villa on the opening day was a perfect response from the Gunners to taunts about Arsene Wenger’s lack of spending compared with Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. Tottenham have only won once at Arsenal since 1993 and, despite creating several good openings, it was Arsenal who enjoyed the more clear-cut opportunities, Santi Cazorla twice showing his invention from clever free-kicks early on.

The Bang Bang Club

The Bang-Bang Club is a film adaptation of the autobiographical book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War co-written by Greg Marinovich and João Silva who were part of the group of four photographers known as Bang-Bang Club, the other two members being Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek. The joint Canada-South Africa production stars Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Philippe, Malin Akerman and South African actors Frank Rautenbach and Neels Van Jaarsveld. They portray the lives of the four photojournalists active within the townships of South Africa during the Apartheid period, particularly between 1990 and 1994, from when Nelson Mandela was released from prison to the 1994 elections.

The movie tells us about how the Bang Bang Club was formed. Freelancer Greg meets up with fellow photographers Joao, Ken & Kevin while heading to a volatile Zulu residence area in Soweto where an altercation is happening between their  Inkatha Freedom Party and the Mandela backed African National Congress. They photograph a dead body lying on the road before it is taken away and introduce themselves. Greg heads off into the residential area on his own, despite the warnings of a couple of boys, and is chased into a small dwelling by Zulus. He speaks to one of the leaders in English and says that he is a member of the press and he photographs them in various war dance poses before they kill an infiltrator. Later he joines the other 3 and meets Robin Comley at the Star newspaper who does everything she can to get the photos published. The 4 becomes close friends and join forces in heading out to the violence filled areas, taking photos & capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa. In the evenings they would go to a local bar and let their hair down. Kevin in particular was the playboy type.

The lives of the 4 men are in constant danger from violent men on both sides. Flying bullets aren’t too discriminating in avoiding unbiased journalists. Greg is also hacked at by a protestor as a group use swords and knives to slice at a man before burning him alive. Greg’s photos of the man burning and while one of his assailants runs and slashes a sword at him wins him the Pulitzer prize and the group head off to celebrate. Robin & Greg start an affair while the toll seems to tell on Kevin who flirts with drugs and alcohol. Awards, fame & celebrity status is new to the 4 but they revel in the attention as their photos are published in newspapers and magazines across the glob. At a party a younger photographer asks to join the Bang Bang club and Greg agrees to let him do so at a shoot out between the two opposing groups. The young man is shot dead almost as soon as they get there and despite them rushing him to a hospital in their car he dies in Greg’s arms. Kevin goes on a downward spiral and is soon fired for possessing drugs while on assignment. Broke he borrows some money from Greg and goes to shoot photos of the effects of famine in Sudan. This is where his world famous photo of a vulture stalking a gaunt starving toddler, which wins him a Pulitzer and sets him on a bigger road to fame. He however is shaken when he is criticized for not knowing what happened to the child after the picture was taken and is rattled by questions as to why he didn’t take the child physically and carry it away.

Robin leaves Greg as on an assignment at night Greg photographs a dead body in a small house after interviewing the father of the young boy. Robin holds a light to get better photos for Greg, as the women sit stunned next to the corpse. She breaks down and wants to distance herself from these assignments. As Kevin is interviewed by a radio personality, the other 3 join an older colleague and take some photos at a firing exchange between the army and some insurgents and while they take photos of the shooting, Greg rushes to one area to buy cokes for the group and is soon shot. The older colleague is shot dead on the spot while Ken is fatally wounded. In 1994 a broke & homeless Kevin takes his own life by taping one end of a hose to his pickup truck‚Äôs exhaust pipe and running the other end to the driver’s side window. He dies of carbon monoxide poisoning, aged 33. Kitsch reads out a portion of Kevin’s suicide note in the film “”I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners … I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky.”

As the movie ends we learn that the two remaining living members of the Bang Bang club still live in Johannesburg, despite having several international assignments and travelling the world. Greg was shot 3 more times, the last while on assignment in Afghanistan and has now left the combat photography field. Joao worked for the New York Times for while before returning to South Africa. They co-wrote the book together. The 2010 film had its world premiere at TIFF in 2011 and has only had minor release in theatres in the US. I quite liked the movie and it’s a compelling watch. They could have done more with the film as the story is begging to be made. Still good enough for a 8 outta 10 from me!

RIP Sir David Frost

The ¬†English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and daytime TV game show host Sir Robert Frost has passed away at the age of 74. Born in¬†Tenterden,¬†Kent, on 7 April 1939 as the son of a¬†Methodist¬†minister, he was the youngest of 3 children, having two older sisters.¬† He was taught in the Bible class of the Sunday school at his father’s church (Byron Road Methodist) by David Gilmore Harvey, and subsequently started training as a Methodist local preacher, which he did not complete. He subsequently studied at Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in English. Throughout his school years he was an avid¬†football¬†and cricket player, and was offered a contract with¬†Nottingham Forest F.C. At Cambridge he was editor of both the student newspaper,Varsity,¬†and the literary magazine,¬†Granta. After leaving university, he became a trainee at¬†Associated-Rediffusion¬†and worked for¬†Anglia Television.

Frost was chosen by writer and producer¬†Ned Sherrin¬†to host the satirical programme¬†That Was The Week That Was,¬†alias¬†TW3. Frost fronted a number of programmes following the success of TW3, including its immediate successor, Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, which he co-chaired with Willie Rushton and poet P. J. Kavanagh. More successful was The Frost Report, 1966 and 1967, which launched the television careers of John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. He signed for Rediffusion, the ITV weekday contractor in London, to produce a “heavier” interview-based show called The Frost Programme. Guests included Sir Oswald Mosley and Rhodesian premier Ian Smith. His memorable dressing-down of insurance fraudster Emil Savundra was generally regarded as the first example of “trial by television” in the UK. Frost was a member of a successful consortium, including former executives from the BBC, which bid for an ITV franchise in 1967. This became¬†London Weekend Television, which began broadcasting in July 1968. From 1969 to 1972, Frost kept his London shows and fronted¬†The David Frost Show¬†on the¬†Group W¬†(U.S. Westinghouse Corporation) television stations in the United States.[3]¬†His 1970 TV special,¬†Frost on America, featured guests such as¬†Jack Benny¬†and¬†Tennessee Williams. In 1977 a¬†series of interviews¬†with former US President¬†Richard Nixon¬†were broadcast. Made for American television, they were screened internationally. This inspired the highly acclaimed Frost/Nixon motion picture in 2008.

During the 1980s, 90s and 2000s, he presented the panel game Through the Keyhole, latterly on daytime TV, which featured a long running partnership with Loyd Grossman. Frost remained a presenter after transferring from ITV, his Sunday morning interview programme Breakfast with Frost ran on the BBC from January 1993 until 29 May 2005. Following the end of the BBC series Frost worked for Al Jazeera English, presenting a live weekly hour-long current affairs programme, Frost Over the World, which started when the network launched in November 2006. The programme has regularly made headlines with interviewees such as Tony Blair, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, Benazir Bhutto and President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. Frost was the only person to have interviewed eight British prime ministers serving between 1964 and 2010 and the seven US presidents in office between 1969 and 2008. Frost was known for several liaisons with beautiful and high profile women, and he is also known for remaining friendly with most of them. In 19 March 1983, David Frost married Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard and together had 3 sons. For many years they lived inChelsea, with their weekend home at Michelmersh Court in Hampshire. On 31 August 2013, Frost was giving a speech on board the cruise liner, the MS Queen Elizabeth. During his speech he had a suspected heart attack and died.

Sir David Paradine Frost,¬†OBE¬†(7 April 1939 ‚Äď 31 August 2013)