Ariel has embarked on a study of Welsh at Aberystwyth University, which is also home to the Welsh National Library. It stopped because of COVID-19. This did not deter Welsh teachers, however, who soon hope to have 1 million people speaking their language. They went online with their classes, Ariel joined in and so I got used to hearing, at odd times of the day and night (Greenwich Mean Time), hearing conversations in Welsh which , I discovered, has a distinct and lyrical beauty. Also, it has vowels, only they are disguised as consonants, (the letters “y” and “w”) so that the word cwrw (beer) is, in fact, pronounceable (“kuru”). Most classes, thus becoming one of the few Welsh speaking dogs in California. I would wake up to hear a cheerful chorus of Ariel’s dog loving Welsh classmates: “Hello, Puck!” or, if he wasn’t up by 1 am yet, “Where’s Puck?” I also learned as I entered the fall that the Welsh were following our presidential election with the kind of horrified fascination usually reserved for films like “Pyscho” or “Night of the Living Dead”. I dare say that Ariel’s vocabulary widened greatly as she tried to explain the Electoral College (coleg etholiadol). It was just before Christmas when one morning our house was filled with Welsh Christmas carols. It was a virtual song, which Ariel did not hesitate to participate in, at 1 a.m. or at any time. If in the dark months to come you need to cheer yourself up, I recommend you google “Welsh Choral Music”. It should do it. .
The Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) on Sunday honored the 10 Heroes of the Covid Pandemic, who stepped forward voluntarily in providing food, cash livelihoods and health support, opposing the stigmatization of certain groups, or stopping and preventing child marriage including violence against women and girls.
The British actor who played the main villain Darth Vader in the Star Wars trilogy has passed away after a brief illness.
Dave Prowse, British weightlifter turned actor who is the body, though not the voice, of Darth Vader’s main villain in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died. He is 85 years old.
Prowse died on Saturday after a brief illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said on Sunday.
Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time British weightlifting champion and represented Britain in weightlifting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games before breaking into films in roles that emphasized command size, including the monster Frankenstein in a pair of horror film Hammer Studios.
Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a fraction of A Clockwork Orange and asked the 6-foot-6-inch (nearly 2-meter) actor to audition for evil Vader or Wookie Chewbacca in Star Wars.
Prowse later told the BBC that he chose Darth Vader because “you always remember bad people”.
Physically, Prowse is perfect for the role. His mellow English West Country accent was deemed less than ideal, and his dialogue was dubbed by James Earl Jones.
Prowse wore Darth Vader’s black armor and helmet for Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
He expressed regret that, thanks to Vader’s mask, “I was able to walk around anonymously.”
“All actors want recognition and I want to have a few like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo,” he told The Associated Press in 1980.
“Luck tends to follow fame.”
Prowse stuck with the character, telling AFP in 2013 that he was “the greatest big screen villain of all time”.
‘Rest in peace, Bristol’s best’
Prowse also worked as a trainer for other actors, helping Christopher Reeve prepare to become Man of Steel in the 1978 hit film Superman.
Prowse was also known by generations of British children as the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero in a series of road safety commercials during the 1970s and 80s.
He played the role for nearly 20 years, and earned MBE in 2000.
Other film credits include the Minotaur of 1972 and Jabberwocky of 1977, and he has also appeared on many TV shows including The Saint and The Benny Hill Show.
He was a regular at Star Wars fan shows, but was banned from an official convention by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out.
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the film “Star Wars”, tweeted that Prowse was “a good guy & more than Darth Vader”.
Hamill said the actor “loves his fans as much as they love him. #DIE”
It’s sad to hear that David Prowse has died. He’s a good guy & more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 times British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loves his fans as much as they love him. #DIE pic.twitter.com/VbDrGu6iBz
– Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) 29 November 2020
“Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright also paid tribute to Prowse on Twitter.
“As a child Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; lurking along the corridors as evil incarnations on the part of Darth Vader & stopping an entire generation of kids from being cut off on the road as Green Cross Code humans, “he wrote.
“Rest in Peace, Bristol’s finest.”
As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t have been more famous to me; lurk along the corridors as evil incarnate Darth Vader & stop an entire generation of kids from being cut off on the road as Green Cross Code humans. Rest in Peace, Bristol’s finest. https://t.co/VYdxM37JWb
– edgarwright (@edgarwright) 29 November 2020
The Peter Mayhew Foundation, founded in memory of the actor who played Chewbacca, tweeted a picture of Mayhew with Prowse and co-star Kenny Baker, along with the message: “RIP Dave Prowse.”
– Peter Mayhew Foundation (@TheWookieeRoars) 29 November 2020
Prowse leaves his wife Norma and their three children.
Italy closed cinemas and cinemas last week under a new COVID-19 decision.
Italy will “also close museums” as part of a new decision, expected in the near future, to curb its spread covid-19, said Minister of Culture and Tourism Dario Franceschini.
The minister spoke last night in an interview with a television program What’s the weather like on the Rai Tre state television channel.
The news follows the closure of Italian cinemas and cinemas last week under the latest COVID-19 restrictions.
Their closure, also announced earlier by Franceschini, led to protests from the battled cultural sector of the nation.
It remains to be seen, however, whether the imminent closure of the museum, as anticipated by Franceschini, will take place at the national or regional level.
The Italian government is currently considering new restrictions including locking up provinces, restricting travel between regions and mandating distance learning third year of middle school senior High School student.
On Sunday November 1, Italy recorded 29,907 new coronavirus infections over the previous 24 hours, down from 31,758 new cases the day before, with 298 coronavirus-related deaths, compared with 297 the previous day.
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