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Review of the Movie "Zulu"

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Rob Atherton


The 1964 film "Zulu" shows the story from the defence of Rorke's Drift by the tiny garrison of British soldiers who had been attacked by at least four thousand Zulus. The soldiers kept the attackers at bay while the conflicts raged in to the night of 22/23 Jan 1879. By early morning, the Zulu warriors had called off the attack.

The motion picture stars Stanley Baker as well as Michael Caine with Richard Burton narrating and was a follow up to "Zulu Dawn". That picture covered the story of the Battle of Isandlwana which took place earlier in the day. The first scenes start with the consequences of Isandlwana as Richard Burton narrates the telegram from Lord Chelmsford updating the government of the loss of Isandlwana. Zulu warriors are seen gathering up weapons belonging to the dead British troopers.

Before the battle, Rorke's Drift was a mission station operated by Swedish missionary Otto Witt. While Lord Chelmsford brought his men across the Buffalo River and into Zululand from Natal, a company from the 24th Regiment remained behind to watch the mission station that was being used as a hospital and a supply depot by the British. The 2 commanders were Lieutenant John Chard from the Royal Engineers played by Stanley Baker and Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead of the 24th performed by Michael Caine. This was Caine's 1st starring role.

The picture shows Chard as well as some troops putting up a bridge on the Buffalo River. Bromhead returns following a hunting trip and the 2 exchange words before a scouting party arrives updating them of the calamity at Isandlwana. Chard is seen to assume overall control as he was commissioned a few months ahead of Bromhead and despite the fact that this is normal procedure, it irks Bromhead. They look at their choices with Lieutenant Joseph Ardendorff with the Natal Native Contingent (NNC) who had been just one of the few survivors out of Isandlwana. Ardendorff is performed by Gert Van den Bergh. The Afrikanner talks about the Zulu "Horns of the Buffalo"? battle tactics. Bromhead is convinced they must leave however Chard makes the decision to stand and fight on ground of their choosing.

The Reverand Otto Witt and his adult daughter are also in the mission station and attempt to have the soldiers to run away in an effort to avoid a conflict. Witt swayed troopers of the NNC to abandon Rorke's Drift. At this point, Chard orders Witt and his daughter to go out of the mission station in their buggy. At the same time, shielding lines of mealie bags and wagons are now being lined out to boost the lines of defence by joining the store room and the hospital. This is carried out under the watch of CSM Frank Bourne portrayed by Nigel Green.

As the Zulu warriors approached, Boer horsemen show up at Rorke's Drift. Notwithstanding requests from Chard, the Boers leave the British garrison. Immediately the fight begins with ranks of Zulu warriors facing up to the British defences. The Zulu warriors are mown down by concentrated fire from the soldiers of the 24th and they eventually fall back. Following that, Zulu sharpshooters in the hillsides start off shooting down into the mission station and the British suffer their very first dead and injured.

The Zulus continue probing with their assaults and in due course get into the hospital, setting fire to the roof in the process. Private Henry Hook, who has so far been described as a good for nothing layabout, just takes over of the scenario inside the hospital where he aids with an escape of the unwell by hacking through the walls of the hospital. The survivors escape the burning hospital across to the final defensive position close to the store house as the battles continued through the night.

By early morning, the Zulu warriors started a war chant in preparation for a last assault. The troops of the 24th reacted by singing "Men of Harlech". The last attack see the Zulu warriors charge into a hail of British rifle fire as 3 ranks of troops fire volley upon volley straight into the onrushing Zulu warriors. With such heavy losses, the Zulu warriors finally retreat. The British begin to regroup and CSM Bourne carries out a role call. The Zulu warriors reappear on the hillsides looking over the mission station but rather than attacking, they sing in salute of the "fellow warriors".

The movie finishes with Richard Burton narrating. He reads out the names of the eleven men who were awarded the Victoria Cross for the Battle of Rorke's Drift. The men who were awarded the V.C. were:

- Corporal William Wilson Allen

- Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead

- Lieutenant John Rouse Merriot Chard

- Acting Assistant Commissary James Langley Dalton

- Private Fredrick Hitch

- Private Alfred Henry Hook

- Private Robert Jones

- Private William Jones

- Surgeon Major James Henry Reynolds

- Corporal Christian Ferdinand Schiess

- Private John Williams

Furthermore, 5 men were also awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal:

- Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne

- Private John William Roy

- Second Corporal Michael McMahon

- Second Corporal Francis Attwood

- Wheeler John Cantwell

As with most videos based on a true event, there are many discrepancies. Some are for artistic licence although others will be oversights for different reasons.

The film depicts the 24th Regiment of Foot as a Welsh regiment. Although, it was not named the South Wales Borderers until 1881, 2 years after Rorke's Drift. There had been a significant number (about 25%) of men from Wales in B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot but the bulk came from England.

The Swedish missionary Otto Witt was shown in the film that his daughter was grown-up. Yet, his 2 kids were both infants. On top of that he was not the pacifist the motion picture implies and had made it clear he didn't oppose the British intervention with Cetshawayo.

The British weapons were the Martini-Henry which fired a substantial .45 round. It was quite capable of causing huge harm on the human body. In the film, the wounds on shot Zulus are tiny. In one scene in the infirmary, a Zulu warrior who was battling hand to hand with Private Hook was shot in the back and Hook was unscathed. At such close range, the round from the Martini-Henry would have easily gone through the Zulu and killed Hook too.

Today, Rorke's Drift is a tourist destination for people who really want to discover more about the Anglo Zulu War of 1879.




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Bathroom Remodel Suggestions To Stick to

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Fred Nystrom


The bathroom is a part of the home where we spend a great deal of time. Every day we use it to bathe, for grooming, and for other personal uses. Most of us can complete bathroom renovation projects successfully if we are somewhat handy and we do a little planning.

These important bathroom design tips can save you money. In addition to that, having a well designed bathroom means increasing the value of your home, and getting a higher price if you opt to resell it. Simple changes like painting the walls and upgrading the flooring don't require you to change the layout of your bathroom.

If you decide you want to move the fixtures into a different configuration, your project will be much even more expensive. A complete remodeling of the bathroom where you redesign and rebuild the room from scratch will be very challenging.

You will have to do that if the old fixtures need to be replaced. You will have to get rid of everything and strip the room to the bare walls. Then you must replace everything.

Even though a bathroom may be small, it can still be very expensive to remodel this room. Granite is an excellent choice for counters, and is always fashionable and useful.

You may wish to redo the flooring as well. Adding new tiling can completely change the look of the entire room. Renovation doesn't have to mean major construction or changing out the entire layout of a room.

A more complicated project such as installing tiles in the shower will probably require an expert. If you are interested in making some changes, examine what your budget can afford, get a few estimates, then decide on what gives you the most value for your money. You can definitely resign your kitchen and bathroom both without spending a fortune.




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The 12 Hours Of Sebring: Scott Tucker, A Year In Review:

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Harrison Grey


Scott Tucker and his Level 5 Motorsports teammates recently began the final quarter of a racing year that has included numerous podium appearances, multiple car changes, incredible accomplishments and yet still room for improvement. Tucker, owner and driver for Level 5, has been a leader for the team despite the rookie status he maintained merely months ago. His tight, balanced driving has earned him top honors in the American Le Mans Series as Rookie of the Year and Champion Driver in 2010. His races often end with stints on the podium, and his career has only just begun.

As Tucker, his co-drivers Christophe Bouchut and Luis Diaz and team manager David Stone prepare to close the year with the all-important Petit Le Mans and the Ferrari International Finals, the stakes are high-the team has woven itself a reputation of excellence that is best understood by looking back at what has made 2011 a stunning year for Level 5 Motorsports.

In mid-March, following a strong showing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona several weeks earlier, the Level 5 Motorsports team made its LMP2 debut. After winning its LMP class in 2010, the drivers nabbed the LMP2 distinction. As has become somewhat of a tradition in the past year, the team was working feverishly to finish its entry car in time for the starting flag. In a matter of just days, the Lola Honda was finished and shipped to Florida for its race debut and the team's class debut.

Level 5 drivers Scott Tucker, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Luis Diaz split time commanding the racetrack. Tucker told members of the media that the 12 Hours of Sebring was a "test run" for the Lola Honda, as it had come straight off the assembly floor, but if Sebring was a test, Level 5 Motorsports scored an A+. Even in the face of a handful of mishaps and issues, the drivers drove strong and finished strong, making up for any mistakes with skillful maneuvering around turns and careful, strategic straightaway shots. The Level 5 Motorsports team secured an LMP2 victory, reliving their LMP success from the previous year. Tucker also won the Champion Driver award at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2010.

The Lola Honda wasn't the fastest car through the straights, but shined when the track started to bend. Tucker and Diaz made the first rounds of the Sebring International Speedway and made clear their class dominance early on. Strong showings from the drivers on the first two legs of the race still left work to be done by Hunter-Reay, a Florida native. Hunter-Reay drove an excellent leg, recovering plenty of time for the team and ultimately whizzing past the finish line at the front of the pack.

"The team had some issues but made up for lost time," Tucker said. "Ryan had a grew last few laps," Tucker also added. Although the Lola Honda was barely finished before tackling a notoriously grueling 12-hour race, the car didn't show any signs of fatigue or wear at race's end. The team didn't face any mechanical issues, and nary a scratch was visible on the body at the end of the day. "We're pleased with the vehicle performance," Tucker said. "We knew we had a great car, and we're eager to see what we can do with it."

The Level 5 team, along with other entries, donned Japan stickers on their cars to honor the country after the earthquake and tsunami that had occurred in the time leading up to the Sebring race.

Reaching podium on the first ALMS appearance of the year was exactly the start Level 5 Motorsports had hoped for coming into Sebring. With plenty of races to come before the championship Petit le Mans in October, they had a lot of work ahead of them, a lot of miles to drive, and a lot of potential for successes to come.




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Fantastic Shoulder Blade Tattoo Ideas

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Fabian Douglas


Are you thinking about getting a tattoo on your shoulder blade? This is a great place to get a tattoo and the reason is because your shoulder blades are so big that you won't have to worry about the size of the tattoo at first. Think about it, when you get a tattoo on another part of your body (arm, neck, leg, wrist) you have to think about the style and size before anything else.

Being that there are a lot of great shoulder blade tattoo ideas out there, I have created a list of 4 ideas that will work perfectly for you. Whether you are a male of a female, these shoulder blade tattoo ideas will work perfectly for you.

Shoulder Blade Tattoo Ideas

Cross - Have you ever wanted to get a cross tattoo? A lot of people like this because a simple cross is not what they want and with the space you can do just about anything with it. Trust me, if you want a cross, then there is no better place to tattoo it.

Tribal - Do you like the different tribal designs? If you like tribal designs then you will love placing them on your back. Not all tribal tattoos are supposed to be on your arm and that is what makes these designs so unique when placed in a different spot. The nice thing about placing a tribal tattoo on your shoulder blade is a tribal tattoo looks best on a somewhat curved surface and that is exactly what your shoulder blade is.

Picture - Do you want to honor somebody with a picture of them on your body? Placing a picture of somebody on your shoulder blade is a good thing to do and the reason is because you have the canvas to make the picture big enough. The problem with people who get pictures on their arms or legs is that at some point that picture will start to droop or squeeze together and when this happens that picture will just look like a big ink spot.

Scripts - If you want to write a quote, name or maybe just a saying, then doing it on your shoulder blade is a good idea. Something that I want to make sure you understand is that writing tattoos are some of the best common tattoos around.

There are a lot of different things that you can do on your shoulders so just make sure you do what you want. My advice when getting any tattoo would be to take your time and figure out if that is really what you want, no matter what your initial idea is, there is always a way to improve on it.




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What To Expect Inside A Comedy Club In Los Angeles

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Ginger Clemons


Living a fast paced lifestyle or following a really hectic schedule can often take its toll on a person. Since it is important that one gets to unwind and relax every once in a while, coming into places like comedy club Los Angeles where he gets to enjoy a hearty laughter will be a great choice.

These days, there are now a number of establishments like this in the city whose main purpose is to provide high quality of entertainment to its patrons. Hence, people who are trying to find options on how they can unwind and get rid of the various negative vibes that managed to clung to them.

Of course, the usual type of night entertainment are still pretty popular. However, many people have started shifting their attention towards those options that allow them to have fun in the real sense of the word, instead of just drinking or dancing their nights away with the company of others.

Getting a hearty laugh at a comedy club Los Angeles is a type of entertainment that would be really worth your while. Hence, if you plan in coming into such a place, it is best that you know of the best establishments around that offer such entertainment that would be worth the money you will spend.

People are advised to take a look at the roster of comedians who are going to perform in a certain establishments at a certain schedule. If they know of somebody who have been in these places before, then they can always ask for their suggestions on who they should be referring to.

Ambiance of the place is also another thing that people must take into account. He will be able to enjoy the experience more if the place he is coming in is one that offers a great and relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for him to unwind, have fun, and have a good time.

By the way, since the entertainment offered by comedy club Los Angeles is always during the night hours, just make sure that you will choose an establishment that is near the downtown area. Or if not, make sure that it is accessible enough for you to find the necessary transport and conveyance vehicles. comedy club los angeles




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