A Shot of Vodka
A dash of chili pepper and sugar
A few slivers of lemongrass and ginger
Shaken not stirred, then strained into a glass
Add ice and soda water.....
And you have the "Siam Sunray" a new signature drink the TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) unveiled this week in the hopes it will boost tourism.
“Successful signature drinks are one way to fast-track holiday destinations onto the world tourism map,” the tourism authority said in a joint statement with the Thai Hotels Association.
Siam Sunrays was the winner of a competition sponsored by the two agencies to create a national cocktail.
“Thailand's new signature drink is based on very Thai ingredients,” the statement said, adding that the drink was now available at hotels and resorts across the country.
The TAT hopes that the Siam Sunray will soon be as well known as the Singapore Sling, Cuba's Mohito or New Yorks' Manhattan.
While I haven't tried one yet, it does sound cool and inviting. Unfortunately the pubs I frequent tend to carry more standard libations such as Singha Beer!
Monday, February 23, 2009
A Shot of Vodka
Thursday, February 19, 2009
For those not familiar with Vince, from his Bio..
"VINCE EAGER is a name synonymous with British pop. As a member of the legendary "Larry Parnes stable", along with Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury and Joe Brown, Vince became a household name. "
Today, Vince still keeps knocking them dead with his unbelievably powerful voice. If you've never heard him, take a moment to watch this wonderful Youtube clip..
I often urged him to write down his life experiences in the form of a book. I'm pleased to say that finally did just that!
Along with his wife Anette, Vince is now based in rural Nottinghamshire close to his two sons Simon and Christie and their families.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
One of the acts I booked was Daniel Browning Smith, a young contortionist from Meridian MS.
As a young man, Daniel ran away from home and joined a circus as a contortionist (really!). He went to circus school and trained with Master Lu Yi in the art of contortion to become the most flexible man alive.
Daniel had worked on numerous occasions for Carl and I had heard about a new TV show called "30 Seconds to Fame" that was looking for unusual talent.
After securing permission from Daniel, I submitted his demo tape to Pat Buckles, one of the shows' producers.
Here is the clip from the Show...
I'm pleased to say, Daniel won $25,000 for his appearance!
Since then, Daniel has racked up numerous TV & Film credits including "Minority Report", "Don't Mess With The Zohan", "Monk" , "CSI:NY", "The Vaudevillian" and many more.
He now resides in Los Angeles and combines his unique abilities with acting to conform into anything imaginable for movies, commercials, stunts and motion capture!
Bruce appeared at Buddy's Midwest Theater working as Buddy's sidekick and straight man. Bruce became a friend and protégé to this Top Banana who taught him the tools of the trade. Soon Bruce was using many different talents to entertain his audience.
Nothing proved as big of a challenge to Bruce's versatility as appearing in the title role of P.T. Barnum in the national touring company of the Broadway musical "Barnum."
Monday, February 9, 2009
Back in 1982, I was a young struggling banjo player hoping against hope I might get a break in show business.
That break came through a phone call from Bill Fegan.
Bill produced national touring shows through his office in Dallas TX.
Among the many shows Bill produced was The Riverboat Ragtime Review. This "musical memoir" to the turn of the century featured Don Cowan as Mark Twain, Singer / Tap Dancer Joe Kelly, Vocal Quartet The New San Francisco Singers, Blues singer Beatrice Loo and the Riverboat Ramblers, a Dixieland band made up of such New Orleans "heavy hitters" as Bob French, Walter Payton, Orange Kellin,Pud Brown ...... and me!
I was clearly out of my league, but an opportunity like this comes along so rarely, I jumped at the chance!
I mentioned that I had not heard from Bobby in several years but that he was in good health and still working last we talked.
Within a day or two of posting the entry, I got an email from Rick Saphire Celebrity Entertainment saying that Bobby & Gloria continue to be well & Bobby continues to work!
Thanks Rick for taking the time to write and for passing my best reagrds onto the Ramsens!
Monday, February 2, 2009
A native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Don Cowan made his professional debut at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, New Hampshire, in l972, beginning his theatrical career in the time-honored New England summer stock tradition.
To my surprise, my old friend Bobby Ramsen was in the show. Bobby is a wonderful comedian/actor who I worked with for many years on Royal Cruise Line in the late 1980's.
Starting as a radio actor, Bobby's first "role" was playing a mosquito in a sketch on WOR's "Rainbow House." In a short time he was playing juvenile parts on such radio serials as "Dick Tracy," "Let's Pretend," "Front Page Farrell," and "Terry and the Pirates." At age fourteen he made his Broadway debut in a play titled "Career Angel."
His performances at the Copacabana and Latin Quarter led to bookings in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City. Bobby then traveled throughout the country sharing billing with such stars as Dinah Shore, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, and Diana Ross.
TV & Movie roles followed including Double Trouble, Night Court, Diffrent Strokes, Newhart and The Bob Newhart Show.
Movie roles included cult films such as "Hell up in Harlem" and "It Lives Again!".
He also made numerous Tonight Show, Merv Griffin & Ed Sullivan show appearances.
Bobby married Gloria, a showgirl from Lou Walter's Latin Quarter. Here's a picture of her from the performance days.
During the late '80's and early '90's the three of us traveled together quite often and I have very fond memories of both of them.
I last spoke to Bobby & Gloria about five years ago and both, I'm pleased to say were doing well. Bobby and his wife Gloria live in New Jersey and he is still quite active on the performance circuit.
Although I was aware there were ways to track website hits, I tended to avoid them for fear I'd find out my blog is lonlier than the Maytag Repairman.
Buoyed by the fact that even the Super Bowl ratings were down this year, I decided to try an experiment....
So yesterday, I placed a widget on this page to track visitors ( just locations). You'll see a small map on the left hand column called Recent Visitors.
For those of you from Seattle to Rome who have dropped by, I thank you!
With millions of websites competing for eyeballs, I'm very pleased to see a few coming my way.
I'll be posting several new blogs in the coming days.