Daily Archives: July 12, 2014

Ann. B Davis who played Alice on The Brady Bunch dies aged 88

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ANN B. Davis, most famous for her role as Alice the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch has died aged 88.

TMZ reports that Davis fell in the bathroom of her Texas home early this morning hitting her head and suffering a subdural hematoma.

Her close friend Bishop William Frey confirmed she sadly never regained consciousness.

Davis lived with another couple and was described by one of her roommates as “pretty healthy for an 88-year old woman”.

Her death has come as “a total shock” to those close to her.

Davis played Alice Nelson in every episode of the hugely successful Brady Bunch television series which ran from 1969 to 1974.

She also appeared in several Brady Bunch TV movies and reprised her role as Alice in two short-lived Brady Bunch spin-off television series which aired in 1981 and 1990.

The New York born actress first rose to fame in 1955 in her role as Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz in the NBC sitcom The Bob Cummings Show. 

She won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series during her four years on the program.

On February 9, 1960, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In a 2004 interview with the Archive of American Television, Davis described how she created the beloved character.

“I made up a background story,” she said. “I did have a twin sister, so I used that as a basis. … I cared very much about this family. It was my family. It was close to my family as Alice would ever get. I would have died for any single one of them at any point.

“You know, they wrote me such gorgeous things to do, as the intermediary between the kids and the adults, and between the boys and the girls. And they gave me funny things to do.”

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Ann B. Davis during ABC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2003. Source: Getty Images

source: news.com

Brazil v Holland: World Cup 2014 match preview

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Brazil vs. Netherlands | Kickoff: 7/12, 4 p.m. ET | Stadium: Mane Garrincha, Brasilia

Match Preview: This isn’t where either team had hoped to be, but Brazil and the Netherlands will face off Saturday to determine the third-best team in the world!

Yeah, not all that alluring, huh?

Well, maybe it could be. After what happened to Brazil Tuesday, it’s safe to assume they’re playing for more than pride. Hell, they’re playing to regain respectability in front of their own countrymen — and also hoping to keep Neymar tuned in for the full 90 minutes.

It’s a different tune for the Netherlands. They’ve been too close too many times — it’s not difficult to imagine the Dutch will have some trouble getting up for this one. But there is a lot of pride on that squad, and this could be the last run for Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, and Robin Van Persie.

If nothing else, it will be interesting to see what brand of soccer rules Saturday. Remember, these are hyper-competitive professionals; this won’t be some lazy exhibition.

Again, especially for Brazil, a country where soccer is deeply embedded in its roots. They’re not just going to show up an roll over, especially after what happened Tuesday.

In short, don’t expect this to be a hand-fight. These sides want to win.

source:cbssports.com

Fight in Gaza has no clear winners, but one big loser

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After five days of round-the-clock rocket and missile fire that has left more than 120 Palestinians dead and several Israelis injured, the latest bout of fighting in and around the Gaza Strip has produced no clear winners.

But it has yielded a nearly indisputable loser: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who this spring was Israel’s partner in U.S.-brokered peace talks but has now been relegated to bystander status as his two longtime foes once again slug it out.

The sidelining of Abbas reflects the trajectory of a conflict that has marched steadily away from possible negotiated solutions and toward what many here fear may be an eruption of even greater violence as hard-liners on both sides consolidate power.

Here in the West Bank, where Abbas and his allies have long held sway among Palestinians, residents speak admiringly of the Islamist militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, while despairing that Abbas’s advocacy for nonviolence has led nowhere.

“You look at the number and quality of Hamas rockets, and the training of their fighters, and I think even Hezbollah must be jealous,” said Jamal Hamdan, a 50-year-old electrical engineer. “As for Abbas, it’s like he’s shy. We expect more from him.”

The overall impact is the opposite of what the United States has long sought in the Middle East — a strengthened hand for Abbas and marginalization for Hamas and other militant groups.

Bitter Abbas aides acknowledge that the president is fast losing relevance, but they say this is what Israel intended all along: hopeless negotiations followed by a fight that would elevate militant Palestinian elements at the expense of relative moderates. The timing, they say, is aimed at derailing a fragile Palestinian reconciliation deal that brought together the various factions, including Hamas, under Abbas’s leadership.

“The objective of this war for Israel is political revenge against Mahmoud Abbas,” said Husam Zomlot, a top foreign policy official in Abbas’s secular Fatah party. “Israel wants to pull all of us into the military arena, because that’s where they have the advantage.”

Israel, of course, hotly denies that, arguing it was forced into the current conflict by unstinting and indiscriminate rocket fire from the Gaza Strip that has been condemned by leaders the world over.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has brushed off calls for a cease-fire, said in a speech Friday that Israel had hit more than 1,000 militant targets in Gaza in recent days and that the operation “will continue until we can be certain that the quiet has returned to Israeli citizens.”

Given a Hamas arsenal estimated to contain many thousands of rockets, that may be a long time in coming. Hamas fired more than 100 rockets at Israel on Friday alone, prompting sirens in Israel’s largest cities.

At least four rockets were launched at Tel Aviv, and one hit a gasoline station in Ashdod, which burst into flames, seriously injuring an Israeli.

On Saturday, Israeli airstrikes hit a mosque and center for the disabled, killing two women, Palestinian officials told The Associated Press.

The Israeli military said the mosque concealed rockets like those used in the barrage by Gaza militants, AP reported.

Meanwhile, rockets fired from Lebanon struck in the northern border area Friday morning for the first time since the current crisis began. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said Israel responded with artillery fire toward the apparent source in southern Lebanon; the Lebanese army said in a statement that Israel fired 25 shells across the border. There were no reports of injuries in Israel.

Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which has fought Israel numerous times in the past. But fire from Lebanon has also been blamed on radical Palestinian factions. It was not immediately clear which group fired on northern Israel.

Escaping blame in Gaza

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz told paratroopers Friday that the militants in Gaza “are understanding that they’ve made a big mistake. . . . Gaza is slowly sinking to its doom.”

But if it is, there are few outward signs. Palestinians in Gaza may fault Hamas for its poor governance, but in the middle of a war with Israel, the population of 1.7 million in the coastal strip either stays quiet or supports the resistance — and blames Israel for their suffering.

The latest round of fighting began last month when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in the West Bank. Netanyahu and the Israeli security services blamed Hamas and responded with a massive military sweep, arresting hundreds of Hamas members, including political leaders, while confiscating funds and shutting down Hamas radio broadcasts. The Israelis also re­arrested dozens of Hamas members who had been among the 1,027 Palestinian inmates freed in 2011 in a swap for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The arrests came at a vulnerable time for Hamas, which has been isolated by the Syrian civil war and by the military coup in Egypt that ousted the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year. The group has also won well-deserved ridicule for its record in Gaza.

“As a government, Hamas has performed poorly. It has failed financially. The economy is terrible. Hamas has failed to provide services, to pay salaries,” said Ibrahim Ibrach, a political scientist at al-Azhar University in Gaza.

But, he said, the Israeli operation against Hamas will likely buttress the group.

“Israel will not end the Hamas hegemony in Gaza,” Ibrach said.

‘No evidence of unity’

Before the operation, Hamas had reached out to Fatah for a lifeline, inking a once-unthinkable deal that united the bitter rivals under a Palestinian unity government that would ostensibly return Abbas’s authority to Gaza seven years after Hamas kicked the Fatah leadership out.

The unity government might have benefitted Abbas. It angered the Israelis, stirred hope among Palestinians and helped Abbas and his party save face after nine fruitless months of U.S.-brokered peace negotiations. Abbas’s circle believed that Hamas was the needy partner and that Ramallah would have the upper hand and eventually best Hamas at the polls.

But the battle between Israel and Hamas has laid bare just how little impact the unity deal had on the ground. Abbas has virtually no presence in Gaza, and he lacks the ability to influence events there.

“Reconciliation did not achieve anything for Gaza. The unity government exists on paper, but none of us can see it. There is no evidence of unity,” said Mustafa al-Sawwaf, a writer and analyst in Gaza with close ties to Hamas.

Hamas leaders complain that Abbas and the new government in Ramallah have done nothing for them. Meanwhile, about 40,000 government employees in Gaza, who were hired by Hamas, have not been paid their salaries in months, receiving only a small stipend during the long delay.

“Israel wants reconciliation to fail. So does the military wing of Hamas,” Ibrach said. “Whatever happens, Israel will never allow Gaza and the West Bank to be reunited under Abbas.”

Abbas has tried to remain a steady, moderate voice, even as the Israeli leadership mocks him.

“What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” Abbas said on Palestine TV on Friday, without mentioning Hamas. “We prefer to fight with wisdom and politics.”

But Abbas loyalists say that if Israel continues to undermine him, he may have no choice but to join Hamas in its strategy of violence.

“I don’t think Abu Mazen can continue the way things are now,” said Ziad Abu Ein, a senior Fatah leader, referring to Abbas by his nickname. “We need an agenda to end the Israeli occupation. Otherwise there will be no peace.”

Booth reported from Gaza City. Sufian Taha in Ramallah, Loveday Morris in Beirut, Ruth Eglash in Jerusalem and Daniela Deane in London contributed to this report.

source: washingtonpost.com

«Έπνιξε» νεογέννητα κουτάβια σε σακούλα

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Ένα σκληρό και απάνθρωπο θέαμα αντίκρισε γυναίκα στη Σκόπελο την περασμένη Τετάρτη, όταν μέσα σε κάδο βρήκε νεογέννητα σκυλάκια δεμένα μέσα σε σακούλα.

Το περιστατικό σημειώθηκε σε επαρχιακό δρόμο το μεσημέρι της Τετάρτης, όταν μία γυναίκα άκουσε θόρυβο μέσα σε κάδο. Μόλις πλησίασε τον κάδο, είδε μια σακούλα ερμητικά κλειστή, στην οποία έβλεπε μικρά πόδια να κουνιούνται. Αμέσως, τράβηξε έξω τη σακούλα, την έλυσε και αντίκρισε 10 νεογέννητα σκυλάκια, από τα οποία μόλις τα δύο ήταν ζωντανά. Αμέσως ειδοποίησε κτηνίατρο της περιοχής, η οποία μαζί με το συνέταιρό της έσπευσαν στο σημείο, προκειμένου να δώσουν τις πρώτες βοήθειες στα κουταβάκια.

Πηγή:Ταχυδρόμος

Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο 2014: «Αγγαρεία» για την τρίτη θέση

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Για την τρίτη θέση στο Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο θα αναμετρηθούν απόψε Βραζιλία και Ολλανδία.

Οι δύο ομάδες θα βρεθούν αντιμέτωπες στον ημιτελικό κουβαλώντας οργή και πίκρα για την αποχή τους από τον μεγάλο τελικό του Μουντιάλ.

Η μεν «σελεσάο» υπέστη ντροπιαστική ήττα με 7-1 από τη Γερμανία, οι δε «οράνιε» είδαν το όνειρό τους να σβήνει στα πέναλτι κόντρα στην Αργεντινή.

Οι δύο ομάδες αναμετρώνται για δωδέκατη φορά στην ιστορία τους (έχουν από τρεις νίκες, ενώ πέντε ματς έχουν λήξει ισόπαλα) και πέμπτη σε Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο. Η πιο πρόσφατη ήταν στα προημιτελικά του 2010, όταν οι «οράνιε» είχαν επικρατήσει 2-1.

Οι συνθέσεις:

Βραζιλία (Σκολάρι): Σέζαρ, Άλβες, Λουίς, Σίλβα, Μαρσέλο, Φερναντίνιο, Γκουστάβο, Μπερνάρ, Όσκαρ, Χουλκ, Φρεντ (Ζο).

Ολλανδία (Φαν Χάαλ): Σίλεσεν, Ντε Φράι, Φλάαρ, Μάρτινς Ίντι, Κάουτ, Βαϊνάλντουμ, Μπλιντ, Ντε Γιονγκ, Σνάιντερ, Ρόμπεν, Φαν Πέρσι.

Διαιτητής: Τζαμέλ Χαϊμουντί (Αλγερία).

Πηγή: zougla.gr

Greek teenager takes swimming world aback

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Eighteen-year-old Apostolos Christou has surprised the world of swimming by breaking the world junior record twice within 24 hours, in the process of grabbing gold at the 100 meters backstroke in the European Juniors Championship held at Dordrecht in the Netherlands.

The Olympiakos swimmer clocked 54.41 seconds in the semifinal on Wednesday to knock three tenths off the old record by Italy’s Simone Sabbioni. Then in Thursday’s final he claimed the top spot clocking 54.04, i.e. 37 seconds off his own record, while leaving Sabbioni in second.

Christou is one of the swimmers to represent Greece at the Young Olympic Games in China next month, after choosing this event over the European Swimming Championships.

He admitted that his main ambition is to make the Rio de Janeiro Olymic Games in 2016: “It’s everyone’s dream. I want to be in Brazil in two years’ time and be able to stand out.”

source: ekathimerini.com

Greece:Two migrants dead, 22 missing off Samos

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Two migrants were found dead and 11 rescued late on Thursday after the boat they were sailing in from Turkey sank off Samos in the eastern Aegea. Another 22 were thought to be missing.

Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis expressed “deep regret” at the loss of the immigrants’ lives as coast guard patrol boats and Super Puma helicopters continued searching the sea for survivors.

The rescued irregular migrants told coast guard officers that another 22 people apart from the two who drowned had been with them in the rubber dinghy that sank.

“The frequent rescues and loss of life at sea confirms the fears that have been expressed by the Merchant Marine Ministry within Greece and abroad regarding the increase in such incidents, which make it urgent that immigration policy within Europe be reviewed,” said Varvitsiotis.

The dinghy sank some 10 nautical miles off Samos at around lunchtime.

Also on Thursday, police arrested three Greeks and three foreigners in Athens and Dilesi, north of the capital, on suspicion of being part of a human-trafficking ring. The suspects are alleged to have smuggled migrants from Greece to Italy by boat.

However, the gang is also alleged to have kidnapped two Pakistani migrants to extort money from their relatives. It is believed that one of the migrants died as a result of the injuries he suffered when he was kidnapped.

Apart from human trafficking, the suspects also face charges of kidnapping, robbery, fatal bodily harm and illegal possession of firearms.

source: ekathimerini.com

Εντοπισμός παράνομων μεταναστών σε Κω και Φαρμακονήσι

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Δέκα επτά (17) παράνομοι μετανάστες εντοπίστηκαν, βραδινές ώρες ώρες χθες, στην παραθαλάσσια περιοχή “ΣΚΑΝΔΑΡΙ”, ν.Κω, από στελέχη της οικείας Λιμενικής Αρχής.
Συγκεκριμένα, στέλεχος του Κλιμακίου Ειδικών Αποστολών το οποίο επέβαινε σε όχημα της FRONTEX εντόπισε στην ανωτέρω περιοχή λέμβο χωρίς φανούς ναυσιπλοΐας κινούμενη προς τις ακτές. Άμεσα έσπευσαν στην περιοχή πλωτό περιπολικό Λ.Σ.-ΕΛ.ΑΤΚ. και όχημα Λ.Σ.-ΕΛ.ΑΚΤ. όπου εντόπισαν δεκαεπτά (17) παράνομους μετανάστες (15 άνδρες και 2 γυναίκες) και την πνευστή λέμβο μεταφοράς του σε ημιβυθυσιμένη κατάσταση.
Οι ανωτέρω, στερούμενοι νόμιμων ταξιδιωτικών εγγράφων συνελήφθησαν, ενώ η πνευστή λέμβος πρόκειται να ανελκυθεί.
Προανάκριση διενεργείται από τη Λιμενική Αρχή Λέρου.

Άλλοι 21 παράνομοι μετανάστες εντοπίστηκαν  στις βορειοανατολικές ακτές της ν. Φαρμακονησίου.
Ανωτέρω μετανάστες, (12 άνδρες, 3 γυναίκες 6 ανήλικοι) στερούμενοι νόμιμων ταξιδιωτικών εγγράφων, συνελήφθησαν και μεταφέρθηκαν με ναυαγοσωστικό σκάφος Λ.Σ-ΕΛ.ΑΚΤ., στη ν.Λέρο.
Προανάκριση διενεργείται από το Λιμεναρχείο Λέρου.

Πηγή: zougla.gr

 

The Greek tragedy of the Pappas brothers

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Tas Pappas took the skateboarding world by storm, but it was the dark currents of success that took him down. He tells all in the documentary All This Mayhem.

Tas Pappas is a character for whom it’s worth using the idiom larger than life. Honest is an understatement to describe him – he is raw. And if you are not scared to reveal yourself, as Tas isn’t, he is polarising. Both his life story – too incredible and far too tragic to believe – and his dark humour will bring you to tears.

And there are things in Tas’ life he could hide.

But he decided to open up and tell it all in a documentary on his life, All This Mayhem, screening in limited cinemas from 10 July.

He didn’t want the Pappas brothers to be remembered as ‘maniacs’.

“There are three sides to every story – my side, your side and the truth,” Tas says in the movie.

This is Tas’ truth.

Once world champion in skateboarding, it took Tas Pappas years and the loss of a father, brother and his kids to learn.

After a years long break from the vertical ramp and skateboarding, and three years in prison, he now lives a quiet lifestyle with his wife Helen and five year old son Billy. And he is back on board.

The documentary All this Mayhem is his and his brother’s story, of a raw talent and extreme personalities, of rivalry and brotherly love, of a rise and a headlong fall; one of those highly likely to make you cry.

Pappas’ Story

Brought up in Melbourne’s tough suburb of St Albans, Tasou Micah Pappas and his brother Benjamin Ben Pappas grew up in a household that didn’t offer much peace.

Born to an Egypt-born Greek Australian father Bill and an Aussie mother, Kerry, it was a dysfunctional household and a field of fights and yelling, until the couple separated.

“It was pretty hectic as far as mum and dad were concerned. Mum was hard core,” says Tas.

“Of course, the Greek heritage always played a big role in my upbringing. Though I never learned to speak it, I mainly hung with my Greek side of the family.
Mum gave us up, my dad looked after me and my brother. Mum was young, she was a party girl and that’s what all the fights were about.

“She would be into drinkin’ and partyin’ and dad just wanted to have a normal home life, that’s where the dramas came in. He didn’t agree with what she was doing,” Tas tells Neos Kosmos.

From all that madness, Tas found an outlet in skateboarding. He fell in love with it in the late 1980s, aged 12, while he watched American professional skaters demonstrate their tricks at the Prahran ramp. And in ’80s Melbourne, there was no better place to be than Prahran if you were a skateboarder.

It didn’t take long for a nine-year-old Ben to follow in his footsteps.

From what their skating friends recall in the movie, Tas and Ben were young but rough blokes, mad for skateboarding. At the age of 14, Tas decided that he was going to become the next World Number 1. It was ‘only’ American champion Tony Hawk that he had to defeat.

At 17 he was living in the US with other skaters, while training for the professional skateboarding circuit. Ben joined him after completing year 10.

The complicated tricks and mid-air acrobatics of the wild and fearless Pappas brothers brought new energy to ‘vert’ – vertical skating.

Their performances were high risk and made them big money. The two boys from the neighbourhood of St Albans, from the Prahran skate park, reached the top of the world and competed with skateboarding elite.

It was in 1996, at the Hard Rock Cafe World Championships of Skateboarding finals in LA, that the brothers were crowned International World Champions.
Tas, then 21, became a champion, defeating Hawk with a broken rib, and Ben, 18, was a few points behind him.

With success after success and the money coming in, Tas least resembled a pro skater.

“What are you going to do when you are young, and on top of the world – mushrooms, ice, cocaine…” he tells in the movie.

With foundations in a dysfunctional family and with undiagnosed borderline personality disorders, the brothers were as unprepared as it gets to deal with success. The nightmare had begun, and then came the fall.

“We were just unprepared, full stop. We had a lot of issues we dealt with … it didn’t matter what was going to happen anyway. Some things happened beforehand – like I was sexually abused as a child by some bloke on my mother’s side, she was hanging out with a lot of blokes…

“I just had a mad chip on my shoulder so it didn’t matter, I just wasn’t ready full stop. I wanted to get out of all of it.

“It’s just now – JUST NOW,” he emphasises “that I’m being able to learn how to control myself, try to be a better person, ’cause it’s still a battle,” Tas tells.
Tas was 27 when he first told his dad about the sexual abuse he was a victim of.

“I just couldn’t take it anymore. Just didn’t know how to handle it…”

In 1999, while on his way back from US, Ben was caught with 103 grams of cocaine. His passport was cancelled for three years and his American career sealed. That was the beginning of the end for Ben, who turned to drugs to find solace.

In March 2007, Ben’s drug addict girlfriend was found dead. Ten days later Ben Pappas’ body was found in the Yarra. It was later found that Ben had killed his girlfriend and later himself.

Tas couldn’t come to terms with his brother’s death. He still struggles with it today, seven years on. It’s hard even talking about it.

” I still … I don’t like it … its just shit … all I hope is that God is merciful … ’cause the idea of me going to – if I go – to bloody heaven and he is not there – I don’t want to be there either.

“Without him … it’s a shit feeling. All I can do is try my best.”

In 2012, Tas was released from prison after his 2008 attempt to smuggle one kilogram of cocaine from Argentina to Melbourne inside his three skateboards.

It was his drug-fuelled attempt to make some quick money and send it to Colleen, his first wife whom he had married in America in 2005 and had two kids with.

He hasn’t seen his two children since he was deported to Australia, shortly after his brother’s death.

Prison years

After long-term drug addiction and three years in prison, Tas has rebuilt his life. He attributes his recovery to turning back to religion. He is happily married to Helen and proud father of five year-old Billy – who, by the way, was on the board from the age of one and a half.

Prison years for Tas Pappas meant getting off drugs, turning to religion, and starting to skate again – even if it meant just practising his manoeuvres in a jail cell on a board that couldn’t roll or in the yard.

“Prison just taught me that God is in control – not me. Before my dad died (in 2008, aged 54) he just told me that I need God. I mean, I always believed because of yiayia, she always told me about Jesus and stuff, but I just didn’t quite get it … and then before dad died, he said – read the Bible ’cause I am not going to be around forever.

“And then he died, and I read it, and all the advice, everything I needed was in there. It said it – call on me and I’ll help you…

“You know, when you are in prison, you are around murderers and crazy gangsters and sometimes people just get in shits with each other, and the next thing you know – either you’ll have to do some serious damage to protect yourself, to get more time, or someone is going to really hurt you. I started praying the prayers in the Bible, I said ‘God please help me out of this one’, and then, somehow, a lot of problems just went away.

“You know, like the person just changed their mind the next day. It just taught me to trust God once and for all.”

Tas’ honesty hits straight away.

“I pray every day but then I feel like a bad hypocrite. Because the more I read the Bible the more I see that I can’t really obey it.”

Tas is turning 39 in September. After all this hell of a mayhem that his life was, I am compelled to ask what drew him back to skateboarding.

Was it that he felt he didn’t achieve something? Maybe that faithful ‘900’, a 2 ½ revolution aerial spin – that, years before – in 1999, he was trying so hard to pull off and become the first skater ever to do this trick? Or that, simply, skating was his life?

“It’s both – skating is my life, a part of me. Helen, when she was coming up on weekends to visit me, she would bring my board, then she found where the vert ramp was, and we went on weekends leave to Albury, to train. Then she told me she wanted me to do a 900 for Christmas.

“Two and a half years later I finally got it for her.”

The truth

While still in jail, Tas was approached by his long time friend and once skateboarder Eddie Martin to tell his and his brother’s story. He had one good reason to accept.

“I didn’t want the Pappas brothers to be remembered as maniacs. There are three sides to every story – my side, your side and the truth.”

Judging by his dark sense of humour that he tells his story with, I fail when I suggest that he may not regret his teenage lifestyle.

“I regret everything! I’m just telling the story – all I can do is laugh about it.

“All you can do is laugh. I mean, what are you going to do – sit down and cry for the rest of your life?

“Of course I have regrets – I lost my kids you know. I wish I had worked out I had a borderline personality disorder earlier in life and got on the right medication…

“But if this can help, if this is the path God has led me down, so that I can talk to someone who might be heading that way – so be it! Fine, then that’s God’s rule, but I know I made a lot of dumb decisions, and he helped me out of all my stuff.”

And, if he had a chance to do it all over again, what would he do differently? He would probably just be Tas again, he says with a chukle.

“‘Cause I’m still me, I would probably just make the same mistakes – I’m only a human…”

“I just didn’t want me and my brother to be remembered just as, you know, a couple of fuck-ups. I wanted to do something right for my family name.

“‘Cause you know, my yiayia saw her name get dragged through the margins, my dad died and I just tried my best to get something right.

“Once you let yourself go down that path, it’s too easy to go back – so you’ve got to keep your guard up about yourself.”

And with the documentary hitting the cinemas on 10 July, Tas hopes it will be a platform for his two kids in the US to see his side of the story – his truth.

“The film is a platform for my kids in America to one day see it and see my side of the story and see that I’m not just a bloody animal. That I had issues. That I love them. That I’m waiting for them.

“And to show people how merciful God was. You can turn to him.

“My hopes are … to see where everything takes me and just try my best. Maybe do talks with young crew who’ve gone down the wrong path, just try my best to give back.

“I’d like to skate again.”

All This Mayhem (a film by Eddie Martin, produced by George Pank, Eddie Martin & James Gay Rees) is in cinemas from July 10, exclusive to Cinema Nova, Melbourne and Dendy Newtown, Sydney. The DVD and Digital HD release will follow on September 10.

source: Neos Kosmos

Modern Family the Greek way

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Popular US sitcom to get a Greek remake called Moderna Oikogeneia.

The popular US series Modern Family will now have international counterparts, as its Greek and Chilean remakes – Moderna Oikogeneia and Familia Moderna – go global.

While their trip to Australia may not have gone down as the best moment in their five-year history, the hit US comedy producers have ambitiously cast their eyes further afield.

Two new international remakes of the series are being launched – Chile’s Familia Moderna and Greece’s Moderna Oikogeneia – and the studio is keen to make more.

The remakes will copy the scripts of the hit series, but feature local actors in the roles of Jay and Gloria, Clare and Phil, Mitch and Cameron and their kids.

In Greece they will be known as Takis and Carmen, Faye and Philip and Dimitris and Labros.

The deals, for one of America’s highest profile network TV comedies, symbolise the emerging power of the “scripted format”, where a broadcaster buys a foreign scripted comedy or drama and adapts it for a local audience.

In the past, most formats bought and sold on the international market were in the reality genre, such as The X Factor, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars or Pop Idol.

source: Neos Kosmos