Murder on the Orient Express

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Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh with a screenplay by Michael Green, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.

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The film stars: Branagh as Hercule Poirot, with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley in supporting roles.

Who is the killer? That’s a mystery, this is the fourth adaptation of Christie’s novel, following a 1974 film, a 2001 TV film and a 2010 episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot on PBS.

Agatha Christie was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and six romances under the name Mary Westmacott. In 1971 she was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.

Did you know there was an actual murder that took place on The Orient Express? Maria Farcasanu was robbed and murdered by Karl Strasser, who pushed her out of the moving train, one year after Agatha Christie’s book was published, that made her write the story.

Did you know the story was inspired when the Orient Express was trapped in a blizzard in 1929? It was going to Çerkezköy, Turkey, where it was marooned for six days.  Two years later Christie was involved in a similar scenario when she was traveling on the Orient Express, and the train got stuck for a period of time due to heavy rainfall and flooding, which washed part of the track away.

Also, the Charles A. Lindbergh kidnapping case inspired the story, in which Lindbergh’s 20-month old son was taken and held for a $50,000 ransom. The ransom was paid, but unfortunately, Lindbergh’s son was never returned.

This movie will be successful and the possibilities of franchising Agatha Christie novels to the movies, which is a good idea.

Go see it this weekend

What is your favorite Agatha Christie novel?

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King Tide

 

KIng Tide 1We like to post weather updates on our Facebook pages, which is a good idea and warn people not to drive in the area where the flood is coming.

On November 5, Virginia Beach, the coastal area beaches, and Northeastern North Carolina will get a little flooded, so be careful when driving on highways.  We are getting a King Tide.

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A King Tide is when the sun, earth, and the moon will be close to the earth, and it will line up too. We will have a high tide, and it will bring floods. We will not see the moon, and it is not an Eclipse we had that in August 2017.  Water will rise, and it will cause flooding. Maybe Queen low tide will make it disappear in two to three hours.

Notes

https://pilotonline.com/news/local/environment/an-astronomical-high-tide-will-hit-hampton-roads-on-nov/article_e8eb4963-4a78-5270-b2f4-bb2a4378a1f4.html

 

Haunted Universities in North Carolina

Did you know the College and Universities that you sent your son and daughter to study to get a real education is haunted?

Anyway, we do have haunted universities in North Carolina, and they are:

Lees-McRae College

Lees McRae College

Established in 1900, Lees-McRae College is named after Suzanna Lee and Elizabeth McRae, named by founder Reverend Edgar Tufts after a renowned educator (Lee) and the school’s benefactor (McRae). A friendly ghost, Emily Draughn, is said to be found around Tate Dorm.

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The site of the dormitory was once Grace Memorial Hospital, which was where Emily died of tuberculosis during the 1930s. Emily made her presence known by making phone calls, operating the elevator, confusing corridors, and shifting furniture. Emily doesn’t appear to have any malicious tendencies. But she exists.

Haunted Universities

Chowan University

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Founded in 1848 and with a current student body of only 1200 students, Chowan University is known for its united atmosphere and its athletic record. What the school is also known for, however, is its long history of paranormal disturbances.

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A ghost haunts the second floor of the Mixion Hall in the Music Hall. Student’s have been reporting to hear music when they get to the room. The piano stops. It was said that someone hanged himself in that room.

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In Belks Hall, students have heard a little girl giggling while riding her tricycles down the stairs. And screams of someone who committed suicide.

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The “Brown Lady” is perhaps the most frightening and famous apparition that haunts the school. Lingering on the third floor of the Columns Building, her footsteps have been heard, leading to brief chases by security guards suspecting unauthorized students.

Queens College

Salem College

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Salem College has undergone some transformations since its founding in 1772. Originally built as a primary school, it later was turned into a high school, and then finally a college. It is consistently ranked among the best colleges in the nation and has the distinction of being the United States’s oldest female educational establishment that is still a women’s college.

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An institution with over two centuries of continued use is bound to have a colorful history, and Salem is no exception. The Gramley Building is the site of a library where two girls were killed in an electrocution accident in 1907. According to reports, the girls visibly manifest and scream at students. Similarly, a student allegedly hanged herself in the attic of Gramley’s dormitory, leading to students hearing dragging and scratching sounds from the attic.

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A young girl fell down an elevator shaft in Clewell’s dormitory, making many believe her presence is still in the building. The school’s other dormitory, Babcock, is said to have a painting in its lobby of Mary Reynolds (daughter of R.J. Reynolds), whose eyes that follow students as they walk by. Last, but certainly not least, the Fine Arts Center has had a variety of paranormal disturbances, including a phantom pianist who plays pianos and organs, and a patron who died in Theatre #2 and still lingers to this day. Creepy.

The Greensboro Ghost

Western Carolina University

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The story that has floated around WCU for decades involves two female roommates in the 1960s that decided to remain on campus during a school break. Supposedly, one of the girls left the room to take a shower but was gone for a suspiciously long time. When the other girl went to investigate, she stood frozen by the door as a set of scratching noises accompanied a scream from the hallway. Out of seemingly nowhere, a repairman walked by outside the dorm’s window and yelled up that everything was okay, and for the girl to stay in her room. She obliged out of a crippling fear, but as it turns out, the other girl had been raped and murdered.

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Rumors suggest that the spirit of the murdered girl never left the Moore Building, instead of staying to terrify future classes of girls with screaming and crying bouts. In a strange twist on the regular ghost story, the murderer was arrested and served time in a mental institution, only to die in the mid-1980s. Since then, the sightings of the murdered girl’s ghost have been spotted and believe to be wandering the Hallway.

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In the 1990s Scott Hall began its conversion to “the dark side.” During this time, it is said that a female student hung herself in the East Wing of the building. Her motives for suicide are not known, but the legend lives on. The floor was closed for many years afterward because numerous people reported having seen the young lady there.

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Built in 1971, the fifth floor of Harrill Hall has a similar history of unusual occurrences. According to legend, a girl died of an asthma attack while having a sleepover with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, she suffocated in her sleep. Her ghost is now said to haunt the fifth floor of Harrill, along with the building’s elevators. The elevators sometimes open only on the first and fifth floors, but other times they open on all floors when no one is aboard. People on the fifth floor have reported strange occurrences and the feeling of being watched, as well. This girl seems to have influenced numerous parts of Harrill Hall, of which the WCU community should take note. Harrill Hall underwent a major renovation during the 2011-2012 school years.

So have you taken a ghost tour of your university?

Tell me your story

Notes:

http://www.hauntedplaces.org/item/north-carolina-state-university/

 

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

 

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Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is a comedy horror written, produced, directed by and starring Tyler Perry.  Wow,  he can do everything, that’s inspiration. He is a genius of filmmaking.  He knows how to make us laugh at the silliest. We need a good movie to laugh at, instead of watching slasher movies. What can we learn from slasher movies? Trying not to be killed and get a good career when we graduated from our universities.

It is the tenth film in the Madea series, the sequel to Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) and the third Madea film (after Madea’s Witness Protection and Boo!) not adapted from the stage play. What if Boo was a Broadway play, that will be one to watch and hysterical.

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry plays three characters in this movie; he plays Mabel “Madea” Simmons, Brian Simmons and Uncle Joe Simmons.

John Shearer

Cassi Davis is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Ella Payne on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and one of Madea best friends from the TV show and it Madea films, since 2009.

Patrice Lovely

Patrice Lovely is an American actress, and comedian. She is best known for her role as Hattie Love in the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor and the comedy film Boo! A Madea Halloween.

Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

Go see it. But don’t choke on your popcorn!

I am Frankie

 

FRanke TV showI am Frankie is an America Show on Nickelodeon. An Argentine writer Marcella Citterio created the show and Catharina Ledeboer adapted to a whole new for an audience can relate too.  Catharina is credit for “Every Witch Way” (which completed four seasons) and “Talia in the Kitchen.”

“I Am Frankie” is the story of Frankie, an experimental android who navigates the perils and wonders of being a teenager. Frankie looks like any other girl but functions like the newest computer: complete with Internet access, extensive memory, and a hard disk. Frankie goes to school and no one but the members of her family knows her secret. She adapts to the real world quite well, despite having no feelings or emotions, but all that changes when she begins to experience family life, make friends and have a boyfriend.

The story is fantastic and the cast is amazing. This show is much fun to watch. Compare to other shows on Nick, this is so much better. Since The Thundermans is going to Leave Next year. There should give it a second season and broadcast in Nickelodeon USA.  It’s a great family show. If you haven’t seen I Am Frankie, I highly recommend that you watch it.

 

notes

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nickelodeons-i-am-frankie-viacom-intl-studios-miami-1201683868/

Santa Clause is Bury in Turkey

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Do you believe in Santa Clause? Do you think he was real? If you say “yes,” he was real.  If you say “No” you had better watch out because he’s making a list and checking it twice trying to find out who’s naughty or nice.

Santa Clause Tomb

Archeologist had found his tomb and gravesite in a church in Southern Turkey, underneath the church, in which his bones are being protected from looters.  The ironic part was in Turkey.  So what kind of music do Pilgrims like –Plymouth Rock?

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Anyway, Saint Nicholas was 4th-century bishop who inspires the modern myth of Santa and his gift giving. So would that make that reindeers cannot fly?

Notes:

http://beyondrealitynews.com/2017/10/05/santa-claus-lies-in-an-ancient-undisturbed-grave-in-turkey-claim-archaeologists/

 

JC Sawyer School haunted

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I recently heard about this story and I did not know until a couple days later, that I overheard a couple of teachers who go to J.C. Sawyer Elementary school, the same school I went when I was a child in the 1970’s. Great memories I had in that school and great teachers I had who now passed away. Is now haunted.

A teacher who goes to the school was talking to her friend that her students saw a ghost of a woman walking behind them and she was wearing white and her hair was up. It stood for a few seconds and disappeared.

Many of her students have seen it. However, she brushed it off and told the students it was their imagination, but the students really saw a ghost at their school and they were talking about it in the classroom. She had enough with the students telling their stories and told them to settle down and be quiet. They were quiet.

Five of the teacher’s book flew off the shelves, from the wall, hit the floor and then the closet open and slam shut by itself.

The students and the teacher were horrified by what they saw. None of the students were close to the closet or the shelves.

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Later, she found it out the classroom that she was in was a former teacher by the name of Mrs. Annette Moss, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 80.  She taught in the same classroom for thirty-nine years in that room.