“After the show aired, I had 150 text messages, which was cool. And everyone likes, ‘You are doing extraordinary. The fire brigade is a great competitor, ” said Thomas. “I like it,‘ Wait a minute, it’s true that he was a firefighter, but that man ranked second in the world at CrossFit Games a few years ago. If anything, he is a pro and I am an amateur who plays in his arena. “
“I didn’t really pay attention to how close it was until it was all over and I saw The Rock’s reaction. He left, ‘Oh! That’s the closest we have seen to the Titan Game! ’
That doesn’t mean the competition isn’t tiring for Thomas, who retired from the NFL in March 2018 and has dropped almost 75 pounds from his 325 pounds. One of the reasons he didn’t realize his victory was a fraction of a second was because he almost died, he said.
“I’ll tell you what, that’s really brutal. It’s a lot harder than I expected. It’s terrible. I won’t lie,” Thomas admitted. “It was a 3-minute all-out effort, and for the people I fought, the CrossFit champion, I’m sure they were accustomed to pushing their bodies to such limits. And they benefited from not having 15 years of college and professional football in the body they are far more trained at it.
“Even though I really did some intense training to get ready as soon as I knew I would be on the show, my body was used for explosions of 3 to 5 seconds (in football). And then I get 30 to 40 seconds rest. And the show was as legitimate as doing the entire NFL game in 3 minutes. That’s like 65 playing back-to-back-to-back.
Day V-E – Victory on European Day – during World War II was unveiled today 75 years ago.
The surrender of the German armed forces was ordered on 7 May 1945 by Karl Dönitz, who became head of the German state after Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30.
The signing of the official submission document took place the following day, May 8, 1945.
“VICTORY! GERMAN SURRENDER!” Announced the 30-page special edition of the Denison Bulletin that day.
“Truman announced the German capitulation; the radio address brought the long-awaited announcement, “the newspaper continued.
Germany declared war on the United States on December 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The end of the war in Europe had been predicted several weeks before that happened.
“Giving up ending 10 days of busy activity in the East,” the Bulletin announced.
The newspaper listed important events during the 10 days:
Sunday, April 29: The death of Benito Mussolini at the hands of Italian patriots revealed.
Tuesday, May 1: Germany announces the death of Adolph (sic) Hitler.
Wednesday, May 2: Berlin falls, German forces in northern Italy and western Austria, nearly one million people, surrender.
Friday, May 4: German troops in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwestern Germany lay down weapons.
Saturday, May 5: Two German troops surrender, facing the US troops in the southeast.
Sunday, May 6: Submission of negotiations reported.
Monday, May 7: The final surrender of German troops was signed at General Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims.
“Sober V-E Day was observed in Denison’s quiet service,” May 10, 1945, the Denison Review reported.
“In following the plans for VE Day worship, formulated a few months ago, the Denisons went to their respective churches Tuesday morning to observe the day officially announced by president Truman at 8 CWT (Central War Time) earlier that day . “
“News of Germany’s unconditional surrender was delivered in Denison at 9am when an air strike warning system was sounded, followed by the ringing of church bells. Church services were opened an hour later, “the Bulletin reported.
According to the Review, “V-E Day in Denison was taken as a solemn event, with a little joy and celebration. And the public is very responsive to the solemn atmosphere. “
“It is estimated that at least 40,000,000 victims occurred during nearly six years of disputes and terror that began when Hitler’s arrogant forces invaded Poland on September 1, 1939,” the Bulletin noted.
The full cost of the war will not be known for years to come, but a portion of the price appears in the column next to the story of the review of the Denison celebration.
“Donald Rice Killed in England,” the headline. Rice, from Deloit, was a bomber with the 445th Bomber Group and had died only two weeks before. “His parents have been notified by the War Department,” said the story.
The bulletin registers the Crawford County toll on V-E Day: Dead, 61; Missing, 19; Prisoners, 14.
“Parents get a final notification about the victim,” reports the Bulletin. “The ‘Lost’ soldier was declared ‘dead’ after the official report.”
Charles G. Cassaday, Robert Chapman, Ernest J. Nissen, and Lyle W. Stepanek are among the disadvantaged people who have confirmed status changes.
Another story in the May 8 Bulletin related to the reason for the quiet celebration in Denison.
“Winning is only half a won, Truman said this morning,” said a title.
The other half of the victory hasn’t arrived in the Pacific.
An advertisement for the Doud Milling Company in the special edition of the Bulletin stated clearly:
“We are all proud — at the front of the house, in front of the battle; and now we are taking another obstacle in our belts and starting to cast everything! NEXT JAPAN!”
Day V-J, Victory over Japanese Day, is still more than three months away.
LAHORE: Almagul Menlibayeva, an award-winning contemporary artist, has been deeply inspired by Pakistani culture and the warmth of people especially the people of Lahore and the intellectual property and artistic assets of the city.
“Pakistani art is very strong. I would love to work together and dialogue with local practitioners, “said youth Almagul Menlibayeva from Kazakhstan, who works mostly in multi-channel video, photography and mixed media installations.
He was recently in Lahore to participate in the very popular mega event ‘LAHORE Biennale’. He was very happy to be in Lahore and commented, “I am impressed with where and how contemporary art projects are being presented at locations around the City. It is very cool! Each of the artists here I am involved with is like a universe separated into themselves. The invitation to participate in the Lahore Biennale opened a new world for me because it was my first visit to Pakistan.
He continued, “Previously, I was familiar with Pakistan’s contemporary art and a number of artists, thanks to the activities of the Sharjah Biennial and several other major exhibitions in Europe. I’m just a little used to traditional Pakistani music and Sufism. I was impressed with where and how contemporary art projects were presented at locations around the City, it was so cool! Every artist here that I am involved with is like a separate universe; a unique opportunity for artists through their work to give a new meaning to a place, to expand and change their meaning, to ask relevant questions and to engage in dialogue. “Almagul lives and works in Germany and Kazakhstan. His work has been shown internationally at the Sydney Biennale, Australia; Venice Biennale; Moscow Biennale, Russia and Gangwon International Biennale, South Korea. Recent solo exhibitions include Green, Yellow, Red and Green again, TSE Gallery, Astana, Kazakhstan (2018); Transformation, Grand Palais, Paris, France (2016-2017); My Silk Road to You, Lexing Art, Miami, USA (2016); Union of Fire and Water, Curator of Suad Garaeva, 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2015); Transoxiana Dreams, Videozone, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany (2014); Empire of the Memory, Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw, Poland (2013) and An Odd for the Wastelands and Gulags, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2013) As the winner of the Grand Prize of the Kino der Kunst International Film Festival in Munich (2013), Menlibayeva was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture in 2017. He said , “Me given various types of advice; some relating to the beauty of the country and other information are about things to watch out for. For example, there is a stereotype that it is dangerous for young women to travel alone in Pakistan. Pakistani embassies abroad also inform this when they give visas. People often discuss the problem of clean drinking water in big cities. They are advised to vaccinate the disease before going to Pakistan. On the positive side, the general opinion is that Pakistanis are open and friendly, which is absolutely true. In terms of culture there are many beautiful traditional arts such as sewing in all its varieties. The cuisine is good, and I would recommend Food Street of Lahore. One of my favorite landmarks is the Lahore Museum on Mall Road. “
Regarding his visit to Pakistan, he pointed out, “For me, the best way to get to know people and places is to work through cultural, economic and sociological aspects such as the Biennale. The projects involve collaboration in various fields such as history, politics and sociology. After returning from Pakistan, at one point I realized how this trip enriched me. “
He said, “The experience was very valuable and intense. I can say that I now recognize Lahore in its richest unique history; its modernity, and people who dream of doing their best for the City. “