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  1. tennis4me

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    I once had the pleasure to try on a Vacheron Constantin Tourbillon watch in their Zürich HQ. I was dressed as a tourist, but the store staff was gracious enough to not look down on my clothing. Supposedly each shop only have a few, some may have as low as one or none, because there are so few of them made each year. It came in a big beautiful wooden box.

    That Tourbillon watch was a piece of art. It 'only' cost around 120k USD in early 2000.
    No, sadly I didn't come home with it. I still dream about that watch once a while. Need to win a lottery first.
     
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    I once went to the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution as a tourist. Before leaving, I went to the museum's shop, and bought two watches. One was a commemorative watch celebrating the PLA's fiftieth anniversary, and the other was a commemorative Lin Biao watch, which was surprising to see, as he was a controversial historical figure in China who died in a plane crash under suspicious circumstance.
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    I showed the PLA watch to a guy who owned a watch shop, and he put it under his watch x-ray machine to see the gears. He laughed and said he has never seen such a simple watch.
     
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    Cancer Ward (Russian: Раковый Корпус, Rakovy Korpus) is a semi-autobiographical novel by Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008), winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature. Completed in 1966, the novel was distributed in Russia that year in samizdat, and banned there the following year. In 1968 several European publishers published it in Russian, and in April 1968 excerpts in English appeared in the Times Literary Supplement in the UK without Solzhenitsyn's permission. An unauthorized English translation was published that year, first by The Bodley Head in the UK, then by Dial Press in the US.

    I read it long ago, and would like to do so again.
     
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    Just imagine how careful the chair umpire must be when pronouncing the players' names in a match between Marton FUCSOVICS and Juan Pablo FICHOVICH

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  5. Vcore89

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    At least Juan Pablo Fichovich's initials [JPF] stands for ''just plain folks'' while Marton Fucsovics' initials [MF] stands for...
    mother father.:D
     
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    My Friends Moss Green & Fuchsia :D:rolleyes:
     
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    Guess the colour green is the mother and fuchsia is the father then?!:D:oops:
     
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    Roald Dahl in his book Matilda wrote: It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
     
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    Brothers Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt Jr became the first Westerners known to shoot and kill a giant panda in May 1929.
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    The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, are rugged volcanic isles known for their black- and white-sand beaches. Tenerife, the largest island, is dominated by the sometimes-snowy active volcano Mt. Teide, which has its own astronomical observatory and is part of Teide National Park. Tenerife hosts a huge pre-Lent Carnival in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. I would really love to go there as several British friends of mine seem to go every year for holiday and love it.
     
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    I am happy with hand-me-down Calatrava Platinum [3796] and it is nowhere near $120k.
     
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    What came first? The chicken or the egg?

     
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    Rekindling has won ''the race that stops a nation''.
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    Rekindling won the Melbourne Cup as young Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien's horse dramatically beat his father Aidan's Johannes Vermeer into second.

    Joseph O'Brien only began training last year after retiring from a successful riding career aged 22, and becomes the youngest trainer to win in the 157th running of the race.

    He said his father, who is on holiday in Barbados and has never won the Melbourne Cup, congratulated him over the phone.

    When Joseph O'Brien quit the saddle last year after a career which saw him win major prizes aplenty, including the Epsom Derby - once on a horse called Australia - clearly the hope was that he could carry on the family tradition.

    Joseph, the eldest of four children all involved in racing, was the youngest jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race when he triumphed on St Nicholas Abbey for Aidan in 2011.

    The following year they became the first father-son/trainer-jockey combination to win the Derby, with Camelot.

    Joseph, at nearly 6ft tall, quit as a jockey after struggling with his weight, but is already making history as a trainer.

    Australian racehorse owner Lloyd Williams, who had the first two home as he celebrated a sixth [winningest owner] Melbourne Cup triumph, praised the trainer.

    "I have been telling anyone who will listen to me that Joseph will be the leading trainer in the world in years to come, his father needs to watch out.'' Said Williams.

    Jockey Corey Brown timed his run to perfection on the three-year-old Rekindling - the youngest victor for 76 years -to win for the second time after success with Shocking in 2009.

    Last year's winner Almandin, ridden by Frankie Dettori, was 12th.

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    From your photo and other on line, I am much disappoint to see racing does not travel counter clockwise Down Under. If I make it there one day, will I also be disappoint to find toilets swirl clockwise just as they do in the Northern Hemisphere???

    On a sadder note, one of the thoroughbreds in an earlier race at Flemington had to be euthanized after a serious spill.
     
  16. Vcore89

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    Joao Moreira came in second last year at the Melbourne Cup aboard Heartbreak City.
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    Almandin, left, with jockey Kerrin McEvoy approaches the finish line [by a stride] to win the Melbourne Cup. Joao Moreira and Heartbreak City finish second. Photo: AP Photo/Andy Brownbill

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    Joao Moreira tumbles to the turf from Regal Monarch. Picture: Getty Images
     
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    I think this infernal glitch has finally been fixed!!!
     
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    I do too.

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    Poob dew two and ewe don't wanna bee around.
     
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    It was all a big collusion that caused the confusion and led to a brain contusion.
     
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    is it back?
     
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    Brahma Bulls have a hump on their backs.
     
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    Japanese students' "artworks": :D :p

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    The "lead" inside pencils is actually graphite though. :)
     
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    You can lead a horse to water but a pencil must be led.
     
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    Led Zeppelin is GOAT. Just ask @r2473 or Damone.
     
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    Allrecipes.com says one gulab jamun has 142 calories [​IMG]
     
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    SexiSuri's manboobs increase a cup size for every dozen gj's consumed.
     
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    I wonder how many he gets through at one AYCE sitting
     
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    When Nixon visited China, the Chinese would have many toasts to get Nixon drunk. People would come by and keep refilling the glasses, but the Chinese leaders were served water.
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    There is a buried piece of underwear in Tacoma, Arizona.
     
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    SexiSuri's compression underwear could probably stretch from Tacoma WA to AZ.
     
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    There's a consumer's war going on between Pepsi and Coca-cola on community college campuses throughout the country, lol. :)
     
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    I have just learned through Wikipedia that The Glass Menagerie is a five-character memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. However, I have no idea what a memory play is supposed to be.
     
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    The lead actor narrates the story based on his recollection of events.
     
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    Not sure how it works at Melbourne Cup and high profile races but in small profile horse racing where I have seen it in places like Hong Kong and Japan unfortunately the life for the majority of horses is short and cruel unless they are successful, and even then they can be injured. The life for the jockeys is also spartan and dangerous, but they at least have a choice in the matter :(

    Thank you very much for posting this. I have read this book recently. I can assure you, it is a very good book to re-read and will reward the efforts.

    Алекса́ндр Солжени́цын is very bittersweet writer and icon for me. He is yet another great contribution to the world from this powerful country Russia (I am not Russian) BUT this author was a harsh, harsh critic old Russia and this country did not support him while he was making his best works. Out of this conflicts and exile and a lot of struggles we have received all of his writing.

    It's as dramatic and profound and productive a life as a person could possibly have and he did it during a lot of darkness and problems and fights.

    I will not say any more on the issue, but there are very good other books that he has written and if you disagree with the ideologies these are still very important books to read.
     
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    His UNDERWEAR?​

    Could stretch all the way to the moon.​
     
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    After all the wear and tear it's been through, and the inhospitable conditions it has faced, I wouldn't want to be the person stretching them.
     
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    You mean like an 8-lane expressway ?
     
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    Asspressway . : )
     
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    Did you know the way to The Man's heart is through his stomach.
     
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    The first exit on the A.S.S.pressway always has an AYCE buffet nearby.:p:D
     
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    Can all the AYCE owners nearby and faraway put up with his hugeness every time he shows up to pig out like there's no tomorrow--for always?
     
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    There is ketchup in the world, lol. :)
     
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    When is Roger's match at O2 ?
     
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