Dueling Banjos

The ‘Dueling Banjos’ (guitar & banjo) scene was NOT part of the original script in the movie, until the cameraman happened to catch it on film.

The guy playing the guitar in Deliverance is Ronnie Cox.

This is an excerpt of the film “Deliverance”.

When the filming group of the movie stopped at a gas station somewhere,

One of the actors started to play a tune of the film on his guitar.

An Autistic boy was watching the filming at the gas station and heard the music. He started to respond with notes from his banjo. This started an incredible dialogue of instruments and the autistic boy expressed himself in probably the only form in which he was prepared to communicate.

This is how this remarkable scene, ‘that was included in the movie’, was developed and filmed.

Look at the expression of the boy. At first, he seems uncertain and waiting but as the intensity of the music progressed, his lost expression was gone and an expression of pleasure and happiness was recovered, thanks to this guitar player (Ronnie Cox) who happened to pass by.

After this magic moment passed, the boy returned into himself leaving this part of his externalized beauty in the film… a truly memorable part of the movie.

Watch the boy especially at the end.

NOTE: The family of the boy was well paid and beat poverty by accident.

Dueling Banjos

Gordon Brown

As the UK PM Gordon Brown goes on a state visit to Israel.  

While he is on a tour of Jerusalem he suffers a heart attack and passes away.  

The undertaker tells the British Diplomats accompanying him, ‘You can have him shipped home for £5,000,000, or you can bury him here, in the Holy Land, for just £100.’

The British Diplomats go into a corner and discuss for a minute. They come back to the undertaker and tell him they want Gordon shipped home.

The undertaker is puzzled and asks, ‘Why would you spend £5,000,000 to ship him home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only £100? With the money you save you could help pay back some of the deficit, help pay for the Olympic Games or help the elderly’.

The British Diplomats replied, ‘long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead.  

We just can’t take the risk.’

Judgement Day For Dave

MORNING BRIEFING – By Benedict Brogan (Daily Telegraph)

I’m in France for the French elections today, so Donata Huggins is editing the email today. You can read my verdict on last night’s brutal debate here. Let’s put Dave and Ed through nearly three hours of face to face combat.

Polling stations opened at 7am and if predictions are correct ( read them here (£) voters are going to give the Coalition parties a good kicking.

David Cameron seems to think so too – and not just this week, but in 2015. In an interview with the Evening Standard yesterday he said that the electorate had a choice between Labour and a “Conservative-led government” – so not a Conservative majority then?

Team Cameron quickly backpedaled on the statement, telling Conservative Home that, of course, they were working towards an outright majority (read the Times (£) report here ). His already disgruntled activists are going to love that blooper.

And it’s not just his activists that he needs to calm. The Times (£) reports the PM has already tamed the language on Lords reform in the Queen’s speech to appease his party. A good plan, given that they’re not going to take tomorrow’s result well…

A CLEGG UP?

Nick Clegg seems a bit more optimistic. In an interview in today’s FT (£) he said he expected an improvement on last year, when the party lost 700 council seats in the first set of local elections since it formed the coalition government, adding:

“This campaign feels different on the doorstep. Last year there was a lot of highly emotive campaigning on the back of the comprehensive spending review and the higher education [tuition fee] row.

But this year, people are more willing to give us a hearing, partly because they have seen what has happened in Europe. They have seen what things could have been like and have realised we have to make difficult decisions in government.”

UKIPPERS

This is great news for Ukip, of course. Nigel Farage is interviewed in the FT (£) saying that popular disillusionment isn’t going to go away – and his party will profit. That said, Ukip are only fielding about 750 candidates in approximately 5,000 contests.

Their big focus is winning a seat on the London Assembly, where the proportional voting system could produce two seats for the party. Start with the grassroots, and next, the country.

NOT HAVING A MAYOR

It’s still not looking good for the government on the mayoral referendums – mainly because so few people know they are happening - the Guardian’s report for more. Most cities are predicted a “no” vote, but that hasn’t stopped Greg Clark, interviewed in today’s Times (£) , saying that he wouldn’t object to giving mayors control over a bigger base – even whole regions.

RESHUFFLE KERFUFFLE

Whitehall is abuzz with talk of a cabinet reshuffle. It was always on the cards this year, but the Jeremy Hunt affair seems to have sped up the process. Dave is still reluctant to fire Mr Hunt, but circumstances might yet force him.

Grant Shapps, Maria Miller, Chris Grayling, Damian Green, Mark Harper and Greg Clark are tipped for promotion, while Ken Clarke, Andrew Lansley, Caroline Spelman, Sir George Young and Cheryl Gillan are thought to face the axe.

Dave will need a right-winger and he’s unlikely to reduce the number of women. The appointment of Chloe Smith last year set an interesting precedent for rapid promotion. Key question: how many and which ones from the increasingly dominant 2010 intake will win promotion?

BOE BOMBSHELL

Sir Mervyn King has just come off the Today programme. He said:

On his responsibility for the crash: “My main point was to try not to blame anyone – it was the failure of the system. I accept responsibility for going along with a system that failed.”

To the accusation that he allowed the economy to grow too fast: “The speed at which the economy was growing was sustainable… No sign that it was going to quickly or too slowly. We were building up a trade deficit – but that wasn’t unique to the UK. Had we run the economy at a slower speed we would have had rising unemployment.”

To the accusation that the BoE was too slow to react to the crisis: “Certainly late to the game on understanding the scale of the crisis, but we weren’t alone in that.” 

On the health of the economy: “A reasonable view is that some growth will show later in the year.”

Sir King is in all the papers because yesterday he admitted that the Bank of England failed to do enough to warn about the risk building up in the banking sector ahead of the financial crisis, read our report here.

OTHER NEWS

Today is a jam-packed day, here are a few other political bits you might enjoy:

We report that Philip Hammond has told the Germans to get over the war

The Sun reports that Caroline Spelman says we need to use bath water to flush the loo.

The Guardian reports that Mitt Romney is cross with Dave

TWEETS AND TWITS

Stephanie Flanders, the BBC’s economics editor, on trying to vote: “Just tried to vote. My polling station, in Hammersmith, had closed two hours early. Has anyone else had same problem?… My democratic outrage is now in abeyance. Apparently all stations closed because, er, today isn’t Thursday. Clearly I need an early night.”

Dan Hodges had the same issue: “I tried to vote this morning. Polling station filled with children in assembly. Anyone else had this problem…”

POLL WATCH

Latest YouGov/The Sun: Labour lead on 10: Conservative 33%, Labour 43%, Lib Dem 8%, UKIP 8%

Overall government approval rating: -40

TOP COMMENT

In The Telegraph

Peter Oborne: The Murdoch and News Corporation scandal wasn’t about Conservative Party sleaze – but it is now

Sue Cameron: Stand up, you Spads, and be accountable

Leader: A tax rate too high for those who earn too little

Leader: Obama’s hollow triumph

Best of the rest

Martin Kettle in the Guardian: Devolution and the separation of the English mind

David Aaronovitch in the Times (£): The Left believes it was The Sun wot won it

Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail: Ditch the class war Ed, the real aliens in British politics are red not blue

Anushka Asthana in the Times (£): What did the Lib Dems do for us? Quite a lot

THE AGENDA

Today: Local elections take place in England, Scotland and Wales

Today: Mayoral elections take place in London, Liverpool and Salford

Today: Mayoral referendums take place in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield

12:45pm Iain Duncan Smith takes part in an event hosted by Reform on the universal credit.

10pm: Polls close

11.59pm: First council results expected

The Murdoch and News Corporation scandal wasn’t about Conservative Party sleaze – but it is now

It is now just over 20 years since the newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell fell off his yacht near the Canary Islands and drowned. After the obligatory period of mourning, Conservative Central Office launched a brilliant and merciless campaign to link Mr Maxwell to Neil Kinnock’s Labour Party. With a general election looming, very few stones were left unturned. Any doddery Labour-voting peer who had served, however briefly, on the board of a Maxwell company would suffice to demonstrate the depravity of the link between the dead tycoon and the unfortunate Mr Kinnock, whose dealings with Maxwell had in reality been a model of propriety from start to finish.

Happily, Rupert Murdoch remains in excellent health, but some uncomfortable parallels are nevertheless beginning to emerge between the partial collapse of his newspaper empire and the Maxwell demise. Both are politically dangerous, if not lethal. The fall of Maxwell did enormous damage to Labour, helping Mr Kinnock to lose the 1992 general election. The Murdoch scandals are turning into a first-class disaster for David Cameron and his party, while so far leaving Labour intact.

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Put some Tesco ladies on the Heathrow check-out

After a mini-break in Istanbul, I came home last Wednesday night. Or, at least, I tried to come home. The first sign that entering the land of my birth might present huge difficulties came when our British Airways captain explained that we would be unable to land at Heathrow for 30 minutes because the adverse weather conditions had caused a backlog. This explanation was amended by my frequent-flyer neighbour, who jeered: “That means the arrivals hall is full and they’re keeping us up here because there’s no bloody room for us down there.”

Soon, however, there was better news. The captain told us we had secured the best gate at Terminal 5, no distance at all to Passport Control. My, how we cheered. And then we saw Passport Control. Actually, that’s a lie. We couldn’t see Passport Control. Not unless the British Airports Authority had supplied binoculars and mini-trampolines, in which case we could have bounced high enough to see over the heads of thousands of travellers and spied the front of the queue, which appeared to be several days away.

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