Someone Actually Purchased A Lock Of David Bowie’s Hair For $18,750

first_img2016 has undoubtedly been a year of shocking loss in the world of musical heroes. Fans continue to mourn the unexpected losses of David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy, and too many more. With their souls gone forever from this Earth, only their personal belongings remain alongside the timeless catalogues of music left behind. Sometimes owning a piece of a hero’s life brings you closer to the hero themselves, at least according to some fans.Over the weekend, the owner of Jerry Garcia’s ‘Tiger’ guitar bought Prince’s ‘Yellow Cloud’ guitar for a shocking $137,500. At the same auction in Los Angeles, one super Bowie fan purchased an actual lock of his hair for $18,750. The hair was legit, cut from Bowie’s head in 1983 while he was being fitted for the Madam Tussauds Wax Museum. The strands came from a wig maker who created the hair that would go atop the wax-man’s body. She kept them in a picture frame, with a picture of herself standing next to the Thin White Duke, for thirty-three years. Check out the full listing here. [H/T CoS]last_img read more

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Are Spellbound By Wicked’s ‘Defying Gravity’

first_imgOctober 31 may have been Halloween, but did you know that it was also National Magic Day? So while we were stuffing our faces with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, we were also thinking back on our favorite magical moments on the Great White Way. We wanted to know: Through all the dry ice, all the glitter and all the lighting cues, which Broadway special effect is the most magical of them all? The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! 2. “It’s Possible” Transformation, Cinderella—31% Who says it’s impossible for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage? And if you twirl around enough, some basic rags are easily turned to a William Ivey Long masterpiece. He is truly a sorcerer with a sewing machine. 1. “Defying Gravity,” Wicked—35% There is nothing more magical than getting painted green, rising up through a lifetime supply of fog on a giant contraption, and belting an F. Or so we imagine. Not that we try to recreate that moment in our apartments or anything. 3. The Magic Carpet, Aladdin—11% Mickey still won’t tell us how that carpet works! Something about wires and…an invisibility cloak? We’re still waiting for our turn on that thing. We gave you t-shirts, guys. What more do you we have to do?! View Commentslast_img read more

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Buy trees and help local food group

first_imgHome gardeners, or would-be ones, can start the year off right by purchasing and planting a fruit tree, vine or bush. The Incredible Edible Grow-It-Yourself Fruit Tree, Vine and Berry Bush Sale is set for Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Atlanta Community Food Bank located at 970 Jefferson Street NW, Atlanta, Ga. Purchases will benefit the Atlanta Local Food Initiative.University of Georgia Master Gardeners will be on hand demonstrate how to plant and care for bare root trees. The sale features 40 varieties of native, antique and hardy fruits selected to grow in Georgia’s climate and bred using sustainable methods. The plants available include blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, persimmons, pomegranates, muscadines, figs and plums.Fruit growers and home gardeners can also purchase their plants online Jan. 3-17 at www.atlantalocalfood.org.last_img read more

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WanderLove Is Calling You to the Shenandoah Spirits Trail

first_imgThis fall, hike or bike miles of trail as you relish in the cooling weather and views of the changing leaves in northern Virginia. Grab provisions at one of the many farmers markets or roadside stands in the valley for a trail snack or meal on the go. Mountain bikers of every ability will find a trail at Bryce Bike Park. The eight lift-accessed trails, ranging from beginner to advanced, were designed by Gravity Logic and built by 402 Trails. You’ll find several drinking options at the base of the resort along Route 42, including Life is Hard Cider and Swover Creek Farm Brewery. Explore an additional 1,600 acres and 24 miles of trail at Shenandoah River State Park. Here, you’ll find some of the best views of the Shenandoah Valley, including Culler’s Overlook. Pack a lunch to eat along the bank of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River with views of Massanutten Mountain. Heard’s Cedar Hill Farm Market in Bentonville provides patrons with a variety of options, including local meats, produce, jams, drinks, and even fishing gear. Afterward, head to Front Royal for a cold one from the Front Royal Brewing Co. or learn the history of brewing in the commonwealth at the Virginia Beer Museum. WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience mountainous trails, roadside stands, and all of the winding roads in between when you road trip the Shenandoah Spirits Trail through the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. As you travel through six counties, several cities, and countless towns, you’ll find some of the finest outdoor recreation and craft drinks Virginia has to offer. Running along the Interstate 81 corridor through the Shenandoah Valley, the spirits trail is a great way to take in the mountain views and charming downtowns with a drink in your hand. Massanutten Country Corner Go Outside and Play If you haven’t gotten enough of the trail yet, head into George Washington National Forest for more natural wonders. Big Schloss is a treasure as you climb 1,000 feet over 4.4 miles. Or head south on Tibbet Knob, leaving from the same parking lot, for rock scrambles and incredible views. Travel the forest by bike on the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail, linking eight major trail systems across 480 miles of technical singletrack. Open year-round, the Virginia Room at Mowery Orchard offers a wide variety of locally produced fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey, spices, jams, and pies, as well as bulk products and gluten-free snacks to take out on the trail with you. Relax and unwind at the nearby Woodstock Brewhouse and Muse Vineyards for a refreshing drink in Shenandoah County. With all of these stops and more, you’ll want to keep coming back year after year. Experience WanderLove for yourself when you visit the Shenandoah Spirits Trail. Stretching 80 miles north to south, hike more than 500 miles of trail in Shenandoah National Park, including 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Take in the sights from the many overlooks along Skyline Drive and spend the night at one of the park’s campgrounds or cabins. The northern entrance in Warren County offers plenty of opportunities to grab a drink after a full day outside. In the Central District, the Massanutten Country Corner has something for everyone from a year-round farmers market with seasonal offerings to native plants at the garden shop. Pair your findings with a bottle of whiskey or wine from River Hill Distillery in Page County. Massanutten Produce, photo by Joshua Gooden In addition to the bike park, hit up the backcountry trails when you ride the Western Slope at Massanutten Resort. Don’t forget to pick up locally grown produce, a loaf of homemade bread, or freshly baked cinnamon rolls from Massanutten Produce. Explore more of Rockingham County and Harrisonburg when you visit the many wineries and breweries in the area like Cave Hill Farms Brewery and Three Notch’d Valley Collab House. If you prefer to ride pavement, bike the country backroads of Clarke County for rolling hills and epic views while in the saddle all day long. Pick up a snack or a souvenir from the Clarke County Farmers Market and end your day at one of three wineries and vineyards off Route 7. Or head into Winchester for a cluster of craft beer options downtown, including Broken Window Brewing and Alesatian Brewing Co. Please check local guidelines and regulations before making plans to get outside. Remember to practice social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and respect others’ health when outside. Hike Trail by Joe Petty, Bryce Resort Bike Park Jump by Jenna French Featuring 23 wineries, 22 breweries, three cideries, and two distilleries, you’re sure to find a drink that satisfies your post-adventure cravings. Discover the best spots to play, eat, and drink in this guide to the Shenandoah Spirits Trail.last_img read more

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NCUA approves 2015’s First Federal Credit Union

first_imgby: Nicholas BallasyThe NCUA announced Wednesday that the Finest Federal Credit Union in New York is the first new federally-chartered credit union of the year.The cooperative is also the first new federal charter in the state of New York since 2009, according to the NCUA.Finest FCU, which will be headquartered in Manhattan, was granted a charter to serve the 74,530 employees of federal, state, county and municipal agencies or departments engaged in police protection in the city of New York. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Identifying your differential value (hint: it isn’t service)

first_img 71SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Details How many times have you been challenged to answer the question “what makes your credit union different”? Many times, I’m sure. Does your answer have anything to do with intangibles like rates, service, or even staff? More often than not, financial institutions struggle to find their true differential value, outside of these general, somewhat cliché words.Let’s face it, ‘financial services’ is a commodity category, and most consumers can’t differentiate ABC Bank from XYZ Credit Union, and frankly, don’t care to. But what if you could make them care? By finding the one differentiator that is truly unique in the eyes of the consumer, credit unions can set themselves apart from the competition and people will pay a premium to have a relationship with your organization. If you say “service” is your sole differentiator, think again. Service is something that everyone, not just financial institutions, thinks they do better than the competition. Your service might actually stand above the rest, but so many companies tout their outstanding service quality to the point that it’s become diluted in the eyes of the consumer. So forget about positioning yourself as the one whose service is better than the rest, and find your differential value.“How do we find our differential value?” you ask? There are a number of ways you can get to the bottom of what makes you unique. First, if you really want to know what differentiates you in the eyes of the consumer, ask them.  Ask both members and non-members the same questions; “What makes us better than others?” or “Why would you choose us over another financial institution?” Be prepared for the likely chance that they may not have an answer, or that their answer may also be “service” or “people”. I get it, you’re thinking, “If our members think service is our differentiator, then it must be the truth.” Sure, I’m not saying that your service doesn’t totally rock, what I’m saying is that using service as your only differentiator will make it hard to convince consumers that you’re truly different than the rest. When asking consumers to tell you what’s different about a financial institution, the first thing they think of is the last interaction they had with you, and if that interaction was friendly, or albeit remotely average, they are likely to claim “service” when in all reality, nothing truly stood out as distinctive.If you find yourself running in circles trying to find your differential value, then it’s probably time for a change. The goal is to find something you can do better than your competition and make it the number one reason you exist. If you don’t do anything better than the competition, then find something you’re moderately good at that can be tweaked or improved enough to place your full confidence behind at all times.Hint: Ask your most profitable members what they value most about the credit union. You might find that tailoring to the things they value most can help you find your differentiator.Here’s an example for you. What is the one thing that Wal-Mart claims to do better than anyone else? You got it, price. Wal-Mart, because of its discount prices, has earned a reputation in the industry for being the cheapest place to buy most household goods and foods. Despite receiving public backlash about their treatment of employees and wholesalers, Wal-Mart has continued to stand by and live out it’s motto of “Always Low Prices”, and their more recent motto, “Save Money. Live Better.” This may be an extreme example because by Wal-Mart living out their differentiator, they have gotten into hot water with some socially conscious consumers. But the bottom line still remains that they made a conscious decision to live out their differentiator at any cost.Look for differentiators in places you might not think to look. Ask employees, “Other than service, what makes us different?” You might be surprised at some of the answers you get. A great way to start brainstorming about possible differentiators is to complete a SWOT Analysis on your credit union. Completing the SWOT exercise will separate your strengths from your weaknesses as well as help you determine what your competition does better (opportunities/threats).You can take this exercise to another level by completing a Product SWOT Analysis on individual products and services. When comparing the analyses side by side you might find a few product/service strengths that you can transform into game-changing differentiators (i.e. self-service technology, user experience, or customized solutions).Once you’ve identified your differential value, the work has only just begun. To truly be different in the eyes of the consumer the entire organization must embody and live the chosen differentiator, one hundred percent of the time. It’s every employee’s job, (not just marketing) to communicate your brand’s differential value, at every touch point.last_img read more

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Virtual New York State Fair highlights local dairy farmers

first_imgMonday’s video highlighted how children across New York dairy farms take care of their cows and prep them for what would have been competition time at the fair. You can see watch the videos on the A.D.A.N.E Facebook page here. Topics to be covered include everything from the famous butter sculpture, what dairy farm life looks like, how to use dairy in cooking and more. Normally, hundreds of families would make the trek to the fair to show off their cows. Since that isn’t possible this year, over the next week, videos from the American Dairy Association North East will bring different aspects of dairy in New York to you. (WBNG) — The New York State fair has gone virtual this year, but this week you can learn all about New York dairy from the comfort of your own home.last_img read more

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Bristol offices: Bristol’s second wind

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Kanu rates Mikel Arteta’s start as Arsenal boss

first_imgKanu rates Mikel Arteta’s start as Arsenal boss Comment Arteta took over from Emery (Picture: Getty)Kanu has praised Mikel Arteta’s start as Arsenal manager, but insisted the team needs to start winning games.Arteta is just a few months into his efforts to turn Arsenal back into a strong Premier League force following the sacking of Unai Emery.Arsenal have managed just one league win under Arteta so far, but Kanu believes the Spaniard is still in the infancy of a tricky period of transition.‘So far so good, I don’t think he is doing badly. Everybody loves him and he is trying to organise the team and also impose his own system,’ he told Goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s always difficult when a new manager comes in because you want them (the players) to follow you in whatever you want to do.‘Sometimes some players might not understand what you are doing, and if you are lucky, everybody will be in the same direction.’ Advertisement Arsenal v Newcastle: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:14FullscreenArsenal v Newcastle: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-newcastle-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2110832/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal return from the winter break with a clash against Newcastle at the Emirates on Sunday.The Gunners have drawn their last four league games and Kanu has predicted Arteta will soon start turning draws into three points.He said: ‘If you look at the games they have played so far, there have been a lot of draws which I think is making the team steady and when he gets things rights, the results will come.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Whoever knows the Premier League knows that every team wants to win.‘Knowing where Arsenal are now and where they are coming from, a draw is better than losing games, however, the team must do better.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang warns Arsenal team-mates about Allan Saint-Maximin ahead of Newcastle clashMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals why Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas Pepe has struggled in debut season Coral BarrySunday 16 Feb 2020 3:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal legend Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to sign two more players after Willian transfer

first_img Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta has been urged to sign two more players by Arsenal hero Alan Smith (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has urged Mikel Arteta to sign at least two more players this summer after Arsenal agreed a deal with former Chelsea winger Willian.The Gunners confirmed on Friday that Brazil international Willian had signed a three-year deal with the club, having left London rivals Chelsea at the end of the season.Willian won two Premier League titles and the Europa League at Stamford Bridge and has become Arteta’s first signing of the summer.Former Arsenal striker Smith expects more additions to follow and has urged Arteta to sign a midfielder like Thomas Partey and another defender.ADVERTISEMENTHe told Sky Sports: ‘With a few quid to spend, another central defender must be on the cards. This area, in fact, is the most interesting of all.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Will William Saliba, for instance, be given an early chance after finally coming over from St Etienne? Advertisement The Gunners signed Willian on a free transfer (Picture: Getty)‘Saliba, by all accounts, has tremendous potential as a classy defender in the Virgil van Dijk mould.‘I can just imagine Arteta on that training ground, working hard with the 19-year-old to instil good habits. Depending on how that goes, we might see the Frenchman let loose early on.‘Next to whom is another matter though. Will Arteta continue with three at the back, a system that helped bring about such huge improvement?’Smith added: ‘Plenty of questions there, as there are in midfield where the future of Dani Ceballos looks far from certain.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I am sure Arteta would love to keep this clever ball player with an excellent work ethic who forged a useful understanding with Granit Xhaka. Real Madrid, of course, might have other ideas.‘Midfield would further benefit if Matteo Guendouzi can be used in a deal to recruit someone like Thomas Partey, the much-admired lynchpin from Atletico Madrid.’Under Arteta, Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League this season and won the FA Cup.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Alan Smith fires warning to Arsenal star after Mikel Arteta signs WillianMORE: Arsenal plot ‘active’ summer transfer strategy after signing Willian Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 10:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Arsenal legend Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to sign two more players after Willian transferlast_img read more

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