Summary of “How An Obscure British Comedy Sketch Became The World’s Most Repeated TV Program”

In 1983, up to 125 million people watched “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” the last ever episode of M*A*S*H. But when it comes to the single most repeated program in history, that title is claimed by none of television’s biggest names, but by an obscure British comedy sketch, filmed in 1963 with a cast of two, that has gained a cult audience all over the world.
Frinton first made a name for himself in the music halls and variety shows of wartime Britain, and after World War II added a sketch to his show entitled “Dinner For One.”.
At the end of the sketch, as they’re going up to Miss Sophie’s bedroom, James asks, “Same procedure as last year?” and Miss Sophie replies, “Same procedure as every year.” James responds, “Well, I’ll do my very best,”-a very risqué move at the time.
During a tour of English seaside resorts in 1962, a German entertainer and television star named Peter Frankenfeld happened to see Frinton and Warden performing the sketch in Blackpool and asked if they would like to reproduce it as part of his TV show, Guten Abend.
How did such an unassuming sketch become the Guinness World Records’ most repeated TV show ever?
Well, besides proving immediately popular with Frankenfeld’s audience, part of the skit’s success lies in Frinton’s expert physical comedy and partly in its short running time, which for many years made it the perfect short to fill time between broadcasts.
“Dinner For One” has been shown every New Year’s Eve in Germany since, and has established itself as such a traditional part of the country’s New Year celebrations that Miss Sophie’s catchphrase is now familiar to practically all native German speakers: In 1996, an opposition finance minister even accused his opponent of adopting “The same procedure as every year” in the German parliament.
For such a quintessentially British sketch, it has yet to be shown in its entirety on British television.

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Summary of “The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months”

After trawling the web for a while, I came across an obscure blog that told an arresting story: “One day, in 1977, six boys set out from Tonga on a fishing trip … Caught in a huge storm, the boys were shipwrecked on a deserted island. What do they do, this little tribe? They made a pact never to quarrel.”
The story concerned six boys who had been found three weeks earlier on a rocky islet south of Tonga, an island group in the Pacific Ocean.
Were the boys still alive? And could I find the television footage? Most importantly I had a lead: the captain’s name was Peter Warner.
The protagonists were six boys – Sione, Stephen, Kolo, David, Luke and Mano – all pupils at a strict Catholic boarding school in Nuku’alofa.
“By the time we arrived,” Captain Warner wrote in his memoirs, “The boys had set up a small commune with food garden, hollowed-out tree trunks to store rainwater, a gymnasium with curious weights, a badminton court, chicken pens and a permanent fire, all from handiwork, an old knife blade and much determination.” While the boys in Lord of the Flies come to blows over the fire, those in this real-life version tended their flame so it never went out, for more than a year.
Mr Taniela Uhila, whose sailing boat the boys had “Borrowed” 15 months earlier, was still furious, and he’d decided to press charges.
Then he had the six boys brought over and granted them the thing that had started it all: an opportunity to see the world beyond Tonga.
While the boys of ‘Ata have been consigned to obscurity, Golding’s book is still widely read. Media historians even credit him as being the unwitting originator of one of the most popular entertainment genres on television today: reality TV. “I read and reread Lord of the Flies ,” divulged the creator of hit series Survivor in an interview.

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Summary of “How An Obscure British Comedy Sketch Became The World’s Most Repeated TV Program”

In 1983, up to 125 million people watched “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” the last ever episode of M*A*S*H. But when it comes to the single most repeated program in history, that title is claimed by none of television’s biggest names, but by an obscure British comedy sketch, filmed in 1963 with a cast of two, that has gained a cult audience all over the world.
Frinton first made a name for himself in the music halls and variety shows of wartime Britain, and after World War II added a sketch to his show entitled “Dinner For One.”.
At the end of the sketch, as they’re going up to Miss Sophie’s bedroom, James asks, “Same procedure as last year?” and Miss Sophie replies, “Same procedure as every year.” James responds, “Well, I’ll do my very best,”-a very risqué move at the time.
During a tour of English seaside resorts in 1962, a German entertainer and television star named Peter Frankenfeld happened to see Frinton and Warden performing the sketch in Blackpool and asked if they would like to reproduce it as part of his TV show, Guten Abend.
How did such an unassuming sketch become the Guinness World Records’ most repeated TV show ever?
Well, besides proving immediately popular with Frankenfeld’s audience, part of the skit’s success lies in Frinton’s expert physical comedy and partly in its short running time, which for many years made it the perfect short to fill time between broadcasts.
“Dinner For One” has been shown every New Year’s Eve in Germany since, and has established itself as such a traditional part of the country’s New Year celebrations that Miss Sophie’s catchphrase is now familiar to practically all native German speakers: In 1996, an opposition finance minister even accused his opponent of adopting “The same procedure as every year” in the German parliament.
For such a quintessentially British sketch, it has yet to be shown in its entirety on British television.

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Summary of “How Stephen King’s Wife Saved “Carrie” and Launched His Career”

King couldn’t even afford his own typewriter; he had to use Tabby’s Olivetti from college.
Each evening, while Tabby changed diapers and cooked dinner, King ignored the ungraded papers in his briefcase and locked himself in the laundry room to write.
There’s a running joke at the King dinner table that Stephen married Tabby only because she had a typewriter.
King modeled Carrie White after two of the loneliest girls he remembered from high school.
“Very rarely in my career have I explored more distasteful territory,” King wrote, reflecting on how both of them were treated.
“Stephen King, are you there? Stephen King?” King reached for the intercom and said he was there.
King quit teaching and Tabby stopped peddling pastries.
Three years later, King bought Tabby another present.

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Summary of “The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions”

We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics-hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they will do to jobs.
Personally, I should probably be wary of the second sentence in his first law, as I am much more conservative than some others about how quickly AI will be ascendant.
Suppose we further show Newton how the device can illuminate the dark, how it can take photos and movies and record sound, how it can be used as a magnifying glass and as a mirror.
Performance Versus CompetenceWe all use cues about how people perform some particular task to estimate how well they might perform some different task.
We naturally assume that this person can answer questions like What is the shape of a Frisbee? Roughly how far can a person throw a Frisbee? Can a person eat a Frisbee? Roughly how many people play Frisbee at once? Can a three-month-old person play Frisbee? Is today’s weather suitable for playing Frisbee?
Besides the fact that they can only label more images and cannot answer questions at all, they have no idea what a person is, that parks are usually outside, that people have ages, that weather is anything more than how it makes a photo look, etc.
Not so for AlphaGo or Deep Blue.Suitcase words mislead people about how well machines are doing at tasks that people can do.
It turns out that many AI researchers and AI pundits, especially those pessimists who indulge in predictions about AI getting out of control and killing people, are similarly imagination-challenged.

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Summary of “Baby Boomers’ retirement savings are running dry”

West Allis, just outside Milwaukee, was once the headquarters of the Allis-Chalmers Co., which manufactured industrial machinery, employed 31,000 unionized workers in Wisconsin and elsewhere, supported a solid standard of living for its workers for nearly eight decades, and paid them pensions when they retired.
Only about one-quarter of employed Americans work continuously through their 50s and their early 60s in jobs with benefits, according to a study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.
“If older workers can’t work in high-contact areas,” said Teresa Ghilarducci, who studies aging and employment issues at the New School University in New York, “Employers will have to make accommodations for them.” That’s an expense.
That’s what befell Gregory Bates – and he’s only 61.Bates went to work for the local utility company in Milwaukee – now called WE Energies – when he was 18, as a file clerk, and, after four years in the Air Force, eventually worked his way up to budget analyst.
Just 40 percent of working Americans aged 55-64 participate in a job-related retirement plan, according to a Stanford University study.
With 401(k)s and other individual savings accounts, which collectively are more expensive to manage than a pension plan, each worker has to provide for an unknowable number of years in retirement.
Her son, who works for a company that makes environmentally friendly doors, works from home now and has had his hours cut back.
“The hardest part,” said his wife Tammy, 57, who is unable to work full-time because of a back injury she sustained while working in a dry cleaner’s, “Has been when you’re fighting the big medical bills, even though you have insurance – okay? – and it’s hard to find money for anything else. And now that he’s retired it’s going to be even harder.”

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Summary of “Only at the Met: An Oral History of the World’s Most Glamorous Gala”

Cardinal Dolan, who I got to know quite well during the Heavenly Bodies dinner, he likes his food and he was appalled about how small the portions were.
Growing up, I was persecuted for being gay, for being different, for having flamboyant style in rural Missouri.
Seeing her documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare and seeing her love of her dancers and the gay community, I would think, Well you know what? Madonna will be my friend one day.
Fast forward to 2017, when she was my date to the Met gala and we went into the video booth.
There I am dancing with Madonna; I’m making a music video with Madonna, who is dressed in my designs.
You almost forget the environment you’re in and then you’ll walk into the bathroom and be like, “Oh my God, there’s Jennifer Aniston! Oh my God, Sarah Jessica Parker.” You know what I mean?
I know Cass Bird was in there for awhile and she would take all the photos and I even have some cool photos.
You always can snap good photos in the bathroom, that’s for sure.

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Summary of “11 Actors Who Asked for Their Characters to Be Killed Off”

Here are 11 actors who asked for their characters to be killed off.
Dean Norris // “Hank Schrader” on Breaking Bad While his character was a fan favorite, Dean Norris wanted Hank Schrader to be killed off in the middle of Breaking Bad’s final season.
Sophie Turner wants her Game of Thrones character Sansa Stark to be killed off before the series ends-because she wants her character to die in a memorable and shocking way.
Executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse weren’t happy to see him leave, but respected Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s wishes and killed off his character at the beginning of season three.
John Francis Daley // “Dr. Lance Sweets” on Bones Although he was a series regular, John Francis Daley’s Dr. Lance Sweets was killed off on Bones at the actor’s request.
At the end of season three, Stevens wanted to pursue a career on the stage and in movies-so Crawley was killed off in a car accident.
Apparently, Sigourney Weaver wanted to kill off Ripley because she didn’t want to keep playing the character in movies that sounded awful.
As a result, Knight asked to be written off the TV show, and Dr. O’Malley was subsequently hit by a bus.

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Summary of “Authors list the books they might finally read in quarantine”

We asked a number of authors about the books that they’ve intended to read over the years without actually reading.
For me this has to be “Middlemarch,” a book I have attempted to read over 100 times, I am sure.
“Middlemarch” is my favorite Victorian novel, but I’ve never read George Eliot’s last opus, “Daniel Deronda.” I’ve had it on my shelves since graduate school – so for nearly 20 years.
For the record, I’ve read the classic long-term TBRs – Proust, Melville and “Infinite Jest” – and see no reason to try “The Man Without Qualities” because I’ve never liked Musil all that much.
Then I will read “Lampedusa,” the novel about Giuseppe di Lampedusa, the author of “The Leopard,” and then reread “The Leopard.” Essentially I’ll engage in a series of linked exercises that will require me to make many more connections that will keep me from my fears.
One book on my ‘to read’ shelf is Yoko Tawada’s “The Emissary,” which won the National Book Award in translated literature.
For the first time in two years, I’m reading a book I don’t have to read. It’s Kate Elizabeth Russell’s “My Dark Vanessa.” I’m also rereading “Sabbath’s Theater.” Oh, and I have to add my downstairs-bathroom book too.
The book that has been on my bookshelves the longest is “Middlemarch.” Now that we’re all facing weeks of self-isolation, I might finally have a chance to read it.

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Summary of “The Peace Corps Breaks Ties with China”

Between China 1 and China 16, the G.D.P. increased more than tenfold.
The Peace Corps China groups started to expand with China 4, which was also the first cohort to include an African-American volunteer.
In 2014, the Peace Corps started allowing applicants to specify which country or region they wanted to work in, and China became a coveted assignment.
Yung-Mei Haloski, a China 4 volunteer who later worked in recruitment and placement for the Peace Corps, told me that China was seen as a top priority.
Chengdu acquired the nickname Gaydu, because of a relative tolerance for gay culture that would have been unimaginable during the days of “Survey of Britain and America.” With China 21, the Peace Corps sent a same-sex married couple for the first time.
In August, 2018, Jody Olsen, the Peace Corps director appointed by President Trump, came to China to celebrate the program’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
The Peace Corps hoped to move into even more remote places, and Olsen and Stephen Claborne, the head of the China program, met with officials in Beijing.
Rick Scott began demanding an end to Peace Corps China in the summer of 2019.

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