WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD?
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 2nd October 2020
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDSON, RORY WHO IS 8, yes 8 YEARS OLD TODAY
AND NOW DOWN TO BUSINESS
Evel Knievel’s son sues Disney over Toy Story 4 character
Evel Knievel’s son is suing Disney over a daredevil character in the animated film Toy Story 4.
Kelly Knievel has held the publicity rights to his father’s name since 1998, according to his US District Court filing in Las Vegas.
The federal trademark infringement lawsuit claims that Disney-owned Pixar did not ask permission to use his father’s likeness when creating the character Duke Caboom.
Knievel is seeking damages of more than $300,000 (£235,000) over allegations including false endorsement and unjust enrichment.
The 60-year-old said: “Evel Knievel did not thrill millions around the world, break his bones and spill his blood just so Disney could make a bunch of money.”
Evel Knievel was seriously injured many times during 75 motorbike jumps.
Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves in last year’s film, was a 1970s toy who rides a motorbike and is “Canada’s greatest stuntman”, the lawsuit said.
Knievel was famous for stunts such as a motorbike jump over a row of buses at Wembley Stadium.
He was seriously injured many times during 75 motorbike jumps but died from lung disease in 2007.
An Evel Knievel toy was released in 1973 with a white helmet and jumpsuit, with a motorbike that could be propelled with a wind-up device.
Disney and Pixar released a similar Duke Caboom toy along with Toy Story 4.
The toy also featured in McDonald’s Happy Meals.
The lawsuit claims consumers and film reviewers “universally caught on to the connection”, despite the film company and Reeves avoiding any comparison.
Jeffrey R Epstein, corporate spokesman for The Walt Disney Co, described Knievel’s claims as meritless, saying the film company will defend itself vigorously.
Tiny ‘teapot’ found in Derbyshire garage sells for £390k
A tiny “teapot” found during a lockdown clear-out has sold for £390,000 at auction.
The object, a Chinese wine ewer that may have belonged to an emperor, was found in Derbyshire by the 51-year-old as he went through boxes in a garage.
It was expected to fetch between £20,000 and £40,000 but instead sold for more than the average house.
The anonymous seller, who almost took it to a charity shop, said he might use the cash to buy a metal detector.
The construction worker from Swadlincote added: “I’m thrilled, this will change a few things for us all. I sat and watched the auction live at home with my brother and family.
“It was tense. I got a few cans of Guinness in beforehand.
“We’ll be going for a drink tonight and toasting granddad.”
The owner’s grandfather, Ronald Wadsworth, was awarded a Burma Star medal.
The 8.5cm-high ewer was brought back from China by his grandfather, who was stationed there during World War Two.
It spent many years in his mother’s display cabinet but eventually ended up in a box in a relative’s garage in Church Gresley.
But lockdown gave the seller time to properly look through the boxes in the garage.
Hansons valuers identified his find as an 18th Century wine ewer which may have been used in the palace of Emperor Qianlong.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson said there were two other “almost identical” objects in existence and both were housed in museums in Taiwan and China.
Mr Hanson thanked those at the auction for “creating memories”.
During the auction eight phone bidders from around the world, including China, battled for the object.
It was ultimately bought by a buyer from London.
Mr Hanson said: “This is one of the most important objects I’ve ever had the privilege of selling. It has to be the best lockdown find ever.”
Mythical’ Aston Martin Bulldog supercar being restored
When Aston Martin unveiled the Bulldog 40 years ago it quickly became the stuff of legend for car fans.
Only one was ever built and its futuristic design and high-performance engine helped it become the fastest car on the road when it reached a record-breaking 192mph (308km/h).
But in 1981, Aston Martin needed to raise cash and was forced to sell the Bulldog to a buyer in the Middle East and the car disappeared from view, ending up being moved around storage units.
Now the son of the former head of Aston Martin has tracked it down and thanks to a wealthy American Bulldog fan, it’s been bought and is being restored by classic car specialists in Shropshire.
On this day
It’s 25 years since Oasis recorded (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? at Rockfield Studios, near Monmouth. And Peter Shuttleworth, of BBC Wales News, hears from a man who says he sparked a fight between Noel and Liam Gallagher he thought had split the band before they had even finished the record.
1978 Police begin using radar speed guns to catch speeding drivers – watch how we reported the first drivers getting nabbed.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
1.) “I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.”
— Salma Hayek
2). “If you’re too rigid in your thinking you may miss some wonderful opportunities for storytelling.”
— Vince Gilligan
Happiness is…finding an expensive teapot.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Why was Cinderella thrown off the basketball team? She ran away from the ball.
Love is…taking the plunge together
WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …
A time to marvel at Evel Knievel…A time to marvel at Duke Caboom
SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD
I love the art of Television and how it entertains us all.
SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT
Friday Night Dinner
Friday Night Dinner is a British television sitcom written by Robert Popper and starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, and Mark Heap. The comedy is focused on the regular dinner experience of the middle-class British Jewish Goodman family every Friday night. The first episode aired on 25 February 2011 on Channel 4. The show received two BAFTA nominations in 2012. The first series was nominated for Best Situation Comedy, while Tamsin Greig was nominated for Best Female Comedy Performance.
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 37
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TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE
Thursday 2/10/2020 DAY 180 12 Times – 120 Feet Cumulative Total 21,600 Feet
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