Movie poster for the film. Source: Wikimedia commons
It’s Christmas, and at Christmas you’re supposed to tell the truth.
To tell you the truth, actually, “Love Actually” has grown on me.
It was released 10 years ago. I was in my early 20s and it didn’t really appeal to me in 2003. I saw it once and didn’t think much of it. My worldview was much more cynical then, and I wasn’t in the mood for “Love Actually” and its almost quaint sentimentality. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s about the interconnecting stories of more than a dozen characters who are dealing with their individual romantic crises.
Recently a friend of mine mentioned that she watched it every year around the holidays. I gave it another try. I don’t know if the movie has gotten better with age or my taste has gotten worse, but it has weaseled its way into my pretentious, cynical heart.
I’m a bit of an movie trivia hoarder. I spend long and pointless hours scouring Internet Movie Database in the hopes I could find some nugget of information that would be useful to me at bar trivia. So far, no luck there. But thanks to IMDb and some other websites, I’ve learned some interesting things about my new favorite Christmas move. Actually, did you know that … Continue reading
So the AJC published a great story about small businesses increasingly relying on foreign markets to help them grow their companies. The article uses Decatur-based Southern Culture Artisan Foods as its jumping off point and quotes its owner, Erica Barrett.
You can read it on AJC.com, but it’s behind a paywall. Or you can read it on the website of the Iowa-based Telegraph Herald for free.
So, to review: you can buy a subscription to read a local story on a local website, AJC.com, or you can Google the story and read it for free on some website based in Iowa.
I wonder if this irony can teach us anything about the logic of paywalls erected by newspapers that have content distribution agreements with wire services?
Cilantro Corn Pancakes. Photo: Highland Bakery Facebook page.
Highland Bakery, a popular brunch spot based in Old Fourth Ward, will be adding another location: Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
According to Tomorrow’s News Today, it will be the bakery’s fifth location in metro Atlanta. The Emory Wheel, the school’s student newspaper, reports that the restaurant will open a few days before the start of the spring semester.
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According to College senior and FACE Co-Chair Michael Sacks, the restaurant will be open Monday through Friday. However, he added, the University is considering opening the bakery during weekends as the bakery at other locations is very popular on those days.
“Entertaining the idea of maybe opening on the weekends given that there is business is a possibility we are very receptive to,” Sacks said.
The Wheel says the Emory menu will be similar to one at the bakery’s Georgia Tech location.
To read the Tomorrow’s News today article, click here.
To read The Wheel article, click here.
Elizabeth Johnston. Source: Woodstock Funeral Home.
I was checking my email this morning when I saw a link to this obituary in the Cherokee Tribune for Mrs. Elizabeth Davis Johnston, 94, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College in 1940.
“Elizabeth was a prominent leader in civic, cultural, church and educational activities,” her obituary says. “She served as President of the Young Matrons Circle for Tallulah Falls School. She was instrumental in founding the Woodstock Public Library and served as Chairman of its Board of Trustees. She served on Cherokee County library boards from 1964 until 1991.”
And it just goes on and on like that. She dedicated her whole life to public service of one sort or another. It’s a nice way to be remembered, I think.
The whole obit is worth a read. To do so, click here.
Decatur resident Kaveh Kamooneh said he spent 15 hours in jail for a petty crime: plugging his electric car in at Chamblee Middle School and stealing approximately $.05 worth of electricity. But 11 Alive, which first broke the story, reports that city of Chamblee officials have a decidedly different take on the events that led to Kamooneh’s arrest.
Clearly a story like this requires some in-depth fact finding and reporting. TV host and comedian Stephen Colbert has stepped up to the plate, 11 Alive reports.
Colbert is planning a segment on Kamooneh for an upcoming episode of Colbert Report.
To be totally honest, I don’t know what to make of this story. While it wouldn’t be the first time in history that police have overreacted to a minor offense, the flat contradictions between Kamooneh’s story and the story told by City of Chamblee officials make it difficult to believe either party.
Chamblee officials maintain that a resource officer at the school had prior run-ins with Kamooneh and that was a contributing factor in the arrest. If that’s true, would there be some record of it, like emails or a police report?
Hopefully Colbert can find the sweet delicious truthiness at the bottom of this nutty story.
To read the latest from 11 Alive, click here.
Photo from The Bishop Facebook page showing a row of store fronts in Avondale Estates
It’s official: The Bishop, a contemporary restaurant serving American classics and comfort food, will be opening in Avondale Estates in Spring 2014.
The restaurant will be located at 124 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, Ga., 30002, not far from the recently-opened Pallookaville restaurant. According to an announcement from The Bishop, it’s the first restaurant venture for Avondale Estates resident Luellen Marshall.
Marshall has more than 20 years experience in the restaurant business and hospitality industry. She’s worked at Village Tavern, TGI Fridays International and Ruth’s Chris, the announcement says.
“I feel the time is right to invest in Avondale and work with the community to rejuvenate a very special part of Atlanta’s landscape,” Marshall said in the announcement. “I can’t wait to share The Bishop with the community I have fallen in love with.”
The announcement says, “Signature dishes will include roasted prime rib, creole ham steak and farm-raised trout.”
To visit The Bishop’s Facebook page, click here.
The Grinch is loose and he’s swiping packages from Decatur doorsteps, police say.
Decatur Police have issued an alert about a rash of package thefts in recent days. With the holiday season approaching and with more people ordering online, there’s plenty of opportunity.
The Police received the following reports: Continue reading