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Full Video of David Gilmour and Roger Waters at Hoping Foundation Fundraiser 2010

The video of Roger Waters and David Gilmour performing together at the Hoping Foundation charity event is now available for you to watch above.

Filmed by Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, it shows clips the pair performing the 4 songs they played on July 10th 2010.

They played four songs including ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’, ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Comfortably Numb’ and ‘Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two)’.

On his Facebook page, Roger Waters wrote, “Here is a 2 minute taster of the gig David and I did together for The Hoping Foundation back in July. The sound quality is crap but it was a great night for me, and for him, and also for “US and THEM” . Please support the Hoping Foundation, they are doing great work for refugee children. David and I have given the charity the whole 29 mins and I’m told they’re going to put it up at approximately 5.00pm (UK time) on Monday. Go to to see the video and please support the charity if you can. Roger

Watch the Video

Video of Roger Waters and David Gilmour at Hoping Foundation Charity Event 2010

Video of Roger Waters and David Gilmour at Hoping Foundation Charity Event 2010

You can either view the 2 minute clip on Roger’s Facebook page or watch the full 29 minute version above.


Perhaps open for debate is David attempting those high pitches in the first song To Know Him is to Love Him!

Wish You Were Here sounded much better even if Roger must insist on applying his post Pink Floyd vocal style and melody on the song!

Interesting swearing after Wish You Were Here even if a donation did follow.

Comfortably Numb was a small taster of what David Gilmour re-uniting with Roger Waters on The Wall Tour 2010 or 2011 will be like! Of course the staging will be much more grand and the experience of seeing that live will be something else. Still no news on which date David Gilmour will be choosing to perform with Roger Waters.

Shame someone stood in front of the camera during the second solo and the sound was distorted somewhat! He did get a recording on his phone by the looks of it so perhaps to redeem himself… well… you never know what YouTube can throw up!

They finished with Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) which is probably their most famous song amongst non-fans. hahadavi

Fantastic Fountain Shows from Around the World

For millennia, artists have attempted to capture water and light, but today’s fountain designers work with the actual mediums, creating fluid sculptures that draw hundreds of thousands of people daily.

Fountains of Bellagio

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Bellagio Fountains

Dimensions: 50,000 square feet
Gallons released per minute: up to 17,000
Cost: 50 million USD

Fountains of Bellagio

Fountains of Bellagio in Action—

One of Las Vegas’ most captivating (and certainly more elegant) spectacles, the Fountains of Bellagio dance every fifteen minutes to the tune of everything from Frank Sinatra to Andrea Bocelli. The Bellagio Casino glitters above the 20 million gallon man-made lake, which houses the 1,000 individual fountains that create the show.

Interlocking arcs of sparkling water are perfectly synchronized to the state-of-the-art sound system, prompting Steven Spielberg, of all people, to call it “the greatest single piece of public entertainment on planet Earth.”

Dubai Fountain

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Fountains

Dimensions: 1870 square feetGallons released per minute: 22,000
Cost: 220 million USD

Fountains at Dubai

Dubai Fountain in Action—

An anemone of light and water blooms from the artificial lake’s dark surface. Impressive, you think. However, is it Dubai impressive? Then another anemone appears, and another, and another, and another. The water arcs high and explodes in massive stars of light like the finale of a major fireworks display.

Located just blocks from the world’s tallest building, Dubai Fountain plumes to nearly 500 feet (equivalent to a 50-story building), often to the ethereal tune of that perennial fountain favorite, “Time to Say Goodbye” as performed by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. The display uses 6,000 lights and can be seen from over 20 miles away. Performances take place every 20 minutes.

King Fahd’s Fountain

Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

King Fahd Fountains

Dimensions: Height up to 1023 feet
Gallons released per minute: 9,000Cost: N/A

Fountains of King Fahd's

Fahd’s Fountain in Action—

A single plume of salt water from the Red Sea spouts to 1023 feet at a speed of 233 miles per hour, frothing and cascading against the deep blue Saudi Arabian sky. More of a spectacle than a show (this plume doesn’t assume a swan shape), King Fahd’s Fountain is worth seeing for the sheer majesty of a tower of water which reaches heights of the Eiffel Tower.

Moonlight Rainbow Fountain

Location: Seoul, Korea

Moonlight Rainbow Fountain

Dimensions: 3740 square feetGallons of water released per minute: 190
Cost: 16.1 million USD

Fountains of Moonlight Rainbow

Moonlight Rainbow Fountain in Action—

The Guinness Book of Records lists the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain as the world’s longest bridge fountain. Programmed to display about 100 different formations, the fountain undulates and pulses in a shifting rainbow as cars zoom across the bridge, the glow of headlights adding an element of spontaneity and immediacy to the delicate play of water and light.

Musical Fountain

Location: Jerudong Park, Brunei

Musical Fountains

Dimensions: (Jerudong Park) 57-hectare
Gallons of water released per minute: N/A
Cost: (Jerudong Park Building Cost) 1 Billion USD

Musical Fountains

Musical Fountain in Action—

The tiny country of Brunei (on the island of Borneo) hosts one of Asia’s most impressive fountain shows, notable for its glowing jewel tones and delicate floral motifs. Located in Brunei’s Jerudong Amusement Park, the fountain also serves as a backdrop for laser shows and holographic cartoons.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain

Location: Xi’an City, China

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountain

imensions: 65,000 square foot
Gallons of water released per minute: N/A
Cost: 14.7 billion USD

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountain

Music Fountain in Action—

Worth mentioning for its name alone, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain is notable for its majestic backdrop, the ancient and eponymous pagoda, built over 1200 years ago. The fountain show is free and can attract crowds of up to 100,000 people in the summertime. The beautiful display spouts folding landscapes of water and fire while the atmospheric mist rises below the ancient pagoda.

Old Faithful

Location: Yellowstone National Park, USA

Yellowstone Old Faithful Fountain

Dimensions: Height 110-185 feet
Gallons of water released per minute: approx. 2500
Cost: NA

Old Faithful Fountain

Old Faithful in Action—

There’s nothing like a classic. Located in Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful geyser has been delighting visitors for hundreds of years. Water jets from 100-180 feet, roiling in fluffy clouds. Shows may last between 1.5 and 4.5 minutes but show times remain unpredictable.

Star Tours II queue video


Disney’s Star Tours is now closed in Anaheim, and closes soon in Orlando, for a massive overhaul to Star Tours II. Disney has now released one of the queue videos that play on the big jumptron screen while you wait in line. They aren’t confirming any of these destinations will be part of Star Tours II, but it’s been known that Endor isn’t the only place the Starspeeder can go in the upgrade. Check out the video below.

Fly Geyser, Nevada

August 14, 2010

Fly Geyser, Nevada

Photograph by Stephen Oachs

This Month in Photo of the Day: Photos From the 2009 International Photo Contest

The rising sun illuminates Black Rock Desert and the Fly Geyser, which sends a continuous stream of scalding, mineral-laden water sky-high.

Return of the Jedi Missing Lightsaber Scene

Here it is Fanboys and Fangirls, the Return of the Jedi deleted scene to be included on new Blu-Ray release.

The scene shows Luke Skywalker building his Return of the Jedi lightsaber. It gave me goosebumps, and I hope it gives you some too!

This is the missing scene from Return of the Jedi where Luke is building his Lightsaber in a cave on Tattooine. Taken at The Main Event at Star Wars Celebration V.

‘Star Wars’ Is Coming To Blu-ray!

‘Star Wars’ Is Coming To Blu-ray!

The Movie God

Earlier today at Star Wars Celebration V, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox announced something fanboys have been wanting to hear for what feels like a millennium: the beloved Star Wars saga will be finally coming to the realms of high definition Blu-ray.

A bit of a wait is still in your future as the set isn’t marked for release until the fall of 2011, but the wait sounds like it will be worth it. The Blu-enhanced Star Wars box set will consist of all six films, bathed in the highest possible visual and audio formats. Also included will be a wealth of special features including documentaries, unseen footage from the Lucasfilm archives, retrospectives, interviews, and rare behind-the-scenes moments.

While speaking about the exciting announcement, the creator himself George Lucas said “Blu-ray is the absolute best way to experience Star Wars at home – in pristine high definition. The films have never looked or sounded better.”

It’s unclear at the moment if the only available set being released next fall will be the above-mentioned six-film package, or if all movies will be offered individually as well. It’s obvious that the individual films and separate trilogies will likely get a Blu-ray release at some point, but a little more waiting may be involved there.

[Source: Lucasfilm]

100-year-old Scotch pulled from frozen crate


August 13, 2010 100-year-old Scotch pulled from frozen crate (AP)


In this Feb. 5, 2010 file photo released by Antarctic Heritage Trust on Feb. 8, 2010, one of crates of Scotch whisky and brandy is pictured after they have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. One of the crates of the Scotch whisky that was trapped in Antarctic ice for a century was finally opened Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 but the heritage dram won't be tasted by whisky lovers because it's being preserved for its historic significance. (AP Photo/Antarctic Heritage Trust)

(AP) -- A crate of Scotch whisky that was trapped in Antarctic ice for a century was finally opened Friday - but the heritage dram won't be tasted by whisky lovers because it's being preserved for its historical significance.

The crate, recovered from the Antarctic hut of renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton after it was found there in 2006, has been thawed very slowly in recent weeks at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.

The crate was painstakingly opened to reveal 11 of Mackinlay's Scotch whisky, wrapped in paper and straw to protect them from the rigors of a rough trip to Antarctica for Shackleton's 1907 Nimrod expedition.

Though the crate was frozen solid when it was retrieved earlier this year, the whisky inside could be heard sloshing around in the bottles. Antarctica's minus 22 Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius) temperature was not enough to freeze the liquor, dating from 1896 or 1897 and described as being in remarkably good condition.

This Scotch is unlikely ever to be tasted, but master blenders will examine samples of it to see if they can replicate the brew. The original recipe for the no longer exists.

Once samples have been extracted and sent to Scottish distiller Whyte and Mackay, which took over Mackinlay's distillery many years ago, the 11 bottles will be returned to their home - under the floorboards of Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds on Ross Island, near Antarctica's McMurdo Sound.

Whisky lover Michael Milne, a Scot who runs the Whisky Galore liquor outlet in Christchurch, described the rare event as a great experience.

"I just looked at this (crate) and honestly, my heartbeat went up about three paces. It was amazing," he said. "The box was like a pioneer's box with the wood and nails coming out," he said.

Although Milne said he'd give anything to have a taste of the whisky. "It is not going to happen and I am not going to get excited about it," he said. "But if there was ever an opportunity, it could be a wonderful one to have."

Nigel Watson, executive director of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, which is restoring the explorer's hut, said opening the crate was a delicate process.

The crate will remain in cold storage and each of the 11 bottles will be carefully assessed and conserved over the next few weeks. Some samples will be extracted, possibly using a syringe through the bottles' cork stoppers.

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Simply awesome: life-size TIE Interceptor

By Peter Pachal

Simply awesome: life-size TIE Interceptor

Tyson reflects on sex, drugs, spirituality

By: By Pablo S. Torre,
Mike Tyson sat down with Pablo S. Torre for a feature in Sports Illustrated's 'Where Are They Now' issue, on newsstands this week.
Howard Schatz/SI

This spring, over the course of two days and two different cities (New York and Las Vegas), I spent approximately eight hours hanging out with Mike Tyson. The final product is a feature in Sports Illustrated's annual "Where Are They Now?" issue, on newsstands this week. Here, below, is a portion of our conversation.

SI: I imagine you have a few stories from your days as a junkie.

Mike Tyson: Listen: I was in St. Tropez, in the South of France. In Ibiza, Spain. I was in Monte Carlo. I was in the Ukraine, Russia, all those places, for three months. From Russia I went to Lisbon, Portgual, from Portugal I went to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam I met this drug dealer, right? And he sees that I like getting high, and he wants to be my buddy, right? This guy goes and gets me a big rock of cocaine. So pretty soon I got a party going on. I got everything: I got these rugby players. I got these naked girls, I got all these ... everything's going on in the room. Plus I also had this girl with me that I picked up in Romania. But then [the dealer he met in Amsterdam] saw how much of a mess I was. He came in and kicked everybody out of my room! All the nude people, all the people having sex. He said, "I feel so bad I ever gave him that stuff."

SI: How about in Las Vegas? What would your typical day in Vegas be like?

Tyson: This is how the day would start: I would go to a club, at say, 2 o'clock [a.m.]. Hang out there for what, two hours, and then I'd go to the after-hours [clubs], that start at 6 o'clock [a.m.]. So I'd stay there from 6 in the morning to 7:30 at night. I'd be sitting down and drinking and doing cocaine, talking to girls ... doing anything. Everything. Then I make it home and I'm tripping out at home. I'm calling people, I'm tired, but I've got people coming in and we're making plans to go out a few hours later. We're getting high, staying up, [doing] cocaine. Somebody would be calling me: "Come hang out with me." So we would go out and get high, till 11 o'clock [p.m.] or something, then go somewhere, to a bar or somewhere. We might go to a club, then get high all day long.

SI: You got involved with prostitutes.

Tyson: Listen, I was living a crazy life. A [prostitute] would go, "There's that guy who hit me the other day, who took money from me the other day, who intimidated me." And [that guy] had to give some money up. [I'd say,] "This is my girl, man. She works for me now. This is my girl now." That's how it was. I wanted to show loyalty to these people. I was so stupid. I'd say, "If you have a problem, just let me know." And all these guys would say, "What's Mike Tyson going to do [to me]?" It was always like that until I got in their f-----' ass. I'm a nice man, but back then, I wasn't. I'm not proud of it.

SI: So your home looks pretty different now, it's safe to say...

Tyson: I'm very fortunate that I have my wife and my children. I don't know how it happened, but, man, I'm living such a different life. Listen: If I allowed my will to run riot, this house would be full, you'd hear people screaming from sex upstairs. If I allowed my mind to run riot, that's what this place would be like.

SI: How many times did you end up going to rehab?

Tyson: I was addicted to rehab. I was like the poster boy, because I would go to like five meetings a day. You were only required to go to one. I would go to five, because I'm an addictive freak. I love hanging out, the camaraderie. It's just awesome! But you know what people want, too? [Tyson leans in closer, his voice suddenly quieter.] This is what I realized, bro: It gives people family. A way of starting over. [In rehab] we start a new life with new family members. And all they gotta do to stay in this family is not get high, and you gotta try really hard. And then if you do get high? "We got your back." That's what I like.

SI: What do you see when you look back at your infamous press conferences?

Tyson: I always wanted to be that guy who said, "F--- you." When I see people doing that, trying to imitate me, these tough guys trying to emulate me, I'm sitting there thinking, like, This guy's an idiot, so I know I'm an idiot. Floyd Mayweather doesn't stand a chance as far as that idiocy. He's not even in my league as an a--hole. He's a good kid. Everyone's hard on him, but this is a great kid. He's just a kid having fun, living in a fantasy world.

Behind the Tyson photo shoot
Source: SI takes you behind the lens during the Mike Tyson photo shoot while reporter Pablo Torre discusses what it's like to spend a day with Iron Mike.

SI: When did your wife, Kiki, really get to know you?

Tyson: She really got to know who I am, the real core, maybe two years ago, three years ago. She got to know the barometer of an individual. She never gave up on me; I gave up on me. But she would never give up. I have a great deal of respect for her as a human being for that. Me and her, we're too far gone as just human beings to try and butter each other up.

SI: What was it like to lose over 100 pounds of weight?

Tyson: I don't want to be grotesque, but when you're 330 pounds, it's hard to wipe your a--. You know? I didn't like living like that. I felt like an animal. I'm more active than I have been in years.

SI: You're a big fan of ancient history, I've heard.

Tyson: I like classical biographies. Hannibal was an awesome person. Clovis was pretty awesome, the Franks and stuff. The Khans: Genghis and his grandsons. Listen, this is pretty interesting, with this Clovis guy. Clovis was king at 15. He gets to be king at 15 with some of his father's ragtag army. Still, he would conquer people and take all their lands. He was still an evil guy. His bloodline became kings of different countries.

SI: How did you learn about all of that stuff? Do you go online now?

Tyson: Before I got involved with the Internet, I used audio books. I used to listen to them while working out, or lying down and falling asleep. [Kiki, his wife, then interjects: "He'll randomly, out of the blue, say, 'Google for me, Who is Clovis' father's first monkey's pet?' It's the craziest things."]

SI: What did you make of your time in jail?

Tyson: In a weird way, prison was the best thing that happened to me. Imagine if I was out here from '92 to '95 -- I probably would have caught AIDS, I would've got shot, I would've got into all kinds of s---. You have no idea what kind of person I was on the street, when I was in Mike Tyson megalomaniac mode.

SI: You famously converted to Islam. Are you still very religious?

Tyson: You know, people say, "My god is better than your god." But how do we prove whose god is better? And this is when it gets really interesting. This is how we prove whose god is better than whose: [by saying,] "I'm going to kill you, or you're going to kill me first." And that's real godly. That's real godly. Yeah. I bet you people think, I wonder who would win a fight with the Prophet Mohammad and Jesus? These are sick people. This is crazy, you know what I mean?