July 28, 2012

Olympic Games Declared Open! Woof!

The most surprising part of the Olympic Games opening ceremony was probably a video clip (directed by Daniel Boyle) that showed Queen Elizabeth's sense of humor. Actor Daniel Craig alias James Bond arrives at Buckingham Palace, marches to the Queen's room (royal corgis at his feet), is welcomed with the words "Good Evening, Mr. Bond," and gallantly escorts Her Majesty to the opening ceremony (the video suggests that they both arrive in and jump out of a helicopter). Stealing the show: The Queen's corgis, happily romping down the palace stairs (and, may I say it, not exactly looking super trim).

After such an unexpected beginning, the Queen's actual opening of the ceremony was a bit of a letdown: "I declare open the games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era," she read from a sheet. No corgis were present.

July 16, 2012

No puppy for Suri Cruise

I am not following the Cruise/Holmes drama closely and I don't really know why Holmes marches their young daughter through Manhattan in front of as many cameras as possible, but this is just a classic picture of a child -- any child -- that got to hold a puppy but isn't allowed to take it home. We've all seen that face. (All the more reason not to take your child to a store that sells puppies.)

July 14, 2012

Sew kool!

Clever blending of two concepts (linguistically and as a business idea) or pseudo-witty and annoying creative spelling? Your call. (Personally, I find the written form of the word dangerously close to "sewer" -- not a concept I would like to have my business associated with).

(And in case you are wondering: The two words are not etymologically related. The verb is very old and of Germanic origin, the noun is of Romance origin and is spelled "sure" in Shakespeare's words, according to the OED.)