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Christie’s plans to auction 1729 Stradivarius violin April 1, 2007

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The auction house Christie’s plans to auction next week a 1729 Stradivarius violin with an estimated worth of up to 1.5 million dollars.


The instrument, known as the “Solomon, Ex-Lambert,” from the names of its previous owners, the violin is not the most expensive ever auctioned. Christie’s sold a Stradivarius known as “The Hammer” last year for more than 3.5 million dollars.

The instrument to be auctioned next week was previously owned by collector Seymour Solomon, who bought it in an auction in 1972 from Murray Lambert, a British concert violinist in the 1920s. Christie’s said the “Solomon, Ex-Lambert” was made in Cremona, Italy, by Antonio Stradivari. The violin still retains power, sonority and tonal balance as well as its construction in bold outline, superb arching and quality materials.


Olympic champion Ian Thorpe denied using drugs April 1, 2007

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ian_thorpe1.jpg  Five-times Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has been accused by the French paper L’Equipe that he returned a drug test with “abnormally high” levels of testosterone and Luteinizing Hormone, Timed Finals reports.

Meanwhile the sportsman has denied using performance-enhancing drugs and vowed to clear his name after a doping test before his retirement showed unusually high levels of naturally, occurring hormones. The 24-year-old former Australian swimmer told a news conference on Sunday he had no idea why the random test, taken in May last year, had produced an irregular result.

ian_thorpe2.jpg  “I have never cheated,” Thorpe said.

Thorpe, regarded as one of the greatest swimmers of all time, described how he was stunned to hear the news on Saturday, after it was leaked to a French newspaper.

“I was in complete shock, I did not know what to do, I didn’t know how to react. I was physically shaking. I just didn’’t understand, it was gut-wrenching”. “It’s probably at the other end of the spectrum of winning an Olympic gold. It puts a question mark over that achievement and all my achievements. My accomplishments in this sport in people’s eyes are being diminished.”

Wearing a light blue collared shirt, a red-eyed Thorpe addressed a gathering of around 200 journalists and photographers across the road from Rod Laver Arena, the venue for the world championships this week, Guardian Unlimited informs. He added that he had never used any illegal substances and would co-operate with the investigating authorities to prove his innocence. “There’s never going to be an ideal outcome but it will finish and I will win,” he added.

“No” to life-size chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus April 1, 2007

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easter_jesus.jpg  A Manhattan art gallery canceled its Easter-season exhibit of a life-size chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus on Friday after an outcry by Roman Catholics.

According to Reuters, the gallery’s artistic director tendered his resignation to protest the cancellation. The sculpture “My Sweet Lord” by Cosimo Cavallaro was to be exhibited for two hours each day next week in a street-level window of the Roger Smith Lab Gallery in Midtown Manhattan. The artwork was created from more than 200 pounds of milk chocolate, and features Christ with his arms outstretched as if on an invisible cross. Unlike the typical religious portrayal of Christ, the Cavallaro creation does not include a loincloth, Washington Post informs.

The display had been scheduled to open on Monday, days ahead of Good Friday when Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus and Easter Sunday when they celebrate his resurrection. But protests including a call to boycott the affiliated Roger Smith Hotel forced the gallery to scrap the showing.

Elton John to visit Moscow in July April 1, 2007

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Elton John will give a concert in Moscow’s Gorky Park in his European Red Piano Show this summer, Kommersant reported.

Elton John will bring his Las Vegas Red Piano Show to celebrate his 60th birthday and 40 years of touring. Sir Elton John will play such prominent locations as Plaza de Espana in Seville, France’s Chateau de Versailles, San Marco in Venice, Italy, and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

The show has been designed by famouse photographer and good friend of Elton John, David LaChapelle.

Sir Elton John said: “We have so many things thrown at us in our everyday lives that are so upsetting that no one really ever concentrates on the positive things in life, we only read about the horrible things that go on. But you know, I believe in love.”

Will Ferrell and Jon Heder in “Blades of Glory” April 1, 2007

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“Blades of Glory”, a comedy film in which actors Will Ferrell (Talladega Nights) and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) play an all-male, figure skating pairs team, opens in theatres Friday.

According to Salon, most of the gags in “Blades of Glory”, written by the team of Jeff Cox and Craig Cox, and John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, play off the head-butting contrast between these two characters: Jimmy is gentle and effeminate, he’s shy with girls, although there’s one in particular he does like; Chazz is a macho buffoon who can’t keep his paws off the ladies.

“I think it’s going to be good, and I think that it’s going to bring some attention to our sport,” says U.S. men’s champion Evan Lysacek.

Rule 302 of the International Skating Union says a pair “must be one lady and one man.” After the characters portrayed by Ferrell and Heder are banned from singles skating, they find a loophole to form a pair, USA Today reports.

Dick Button, World Figure Skating Hall of Famer and TV analyst, says he “can’t wait” to see it. “I was supposed to be in it. Unfortunately, it didn’t jell for me,” says Button.

It’s interesting that unbridled by international rules, the “Champions on Ice Tour” already has a two-man skating team. Ukranians Vladimir Besedin. (6 feet 2, 210 pounds) and Oleksiy Polishchuk. (5-7, 150) entertain with comedy and acrobatics.

Skating stars with cameo roles in Blades of Glory include Brian Boitano, Sasha Cohen, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton and Nancy Kerrigan.

2007 USA) Color Feature
Language: English
Runtime: 93 mins.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett
Subject: Comedy, Sports/Leisure, Camp
Type: “Straight”