Man endures massive jellyfish swarm

Bruckner Chase staggered ashore at San Carlos Beach in Monterey on Tuesday evening after a 14-hour swim to raise awareness about the fragile nature of the local marine environment.
Ironically, some of the creatures native to that environment made Chase pay dearly for his 25-mile traverse across fabled Monterey Bay.
Chase was first stung about an hour into a swim that began in his hometown Santa Cruz before dawn. The jellies became more dense and the stings more frequent, so a determined Chase donned a wetsuit handed to him by those aboard an escort boat.

But that only protected his torso, arms and legs. “I got stung on my tongue, inside my mouth, on my neck and my feet and hands,” he said during an interview Wednesday morning, while parts of his body still itched and contained welts. “After the sun came up I did not take a single stroke in which I did not at least see a jellyfish.”
Chase, 44, who scheduled the event earlier than he would have liked to help kick off this week’s Blue Ocean Film Festival, became only the second person to have completed the swim across Monterey Bay.

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Miss Universe 2010

A 22-year-old Mexico woman has won the Miss Universe pageant after donning a flowing red gown and telling an audience that it’s important to teach kids family values.

Jimena Navarrete was first to answer an interview question Monday night and the last of 83 contestants standing in the headline-grabbing pageant on the Las Vegas Strip.
Navarrete was asked whether kids should use the Internet unsupervised and said the Internet is an indispensable tool of our time.

First runner-up was Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps, while second runner-up was Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell.

Wedding’ Season

R&B power couple Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have tied the knot. The two were married Saturday at a private residence overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Keys, 29, a 12-time Grammy-award winning singer, wore a Grecian-inspired, one-shoulder Vera Wang gown. Her groom, a DJ/producer/rapper, wore a tuxedo designed by Tom Ford that featured a white jacket and pale pink shirt.

The couple are expecting a child together.

Swizz Beatz and Keys have been friends for several years and worked together on one song for her current album, “The Element of Freedom.”

Raúl y Guti se despiden del Real Madrid

Raúl González, emblemático delantero del Real Madrid, se despidió este lunes de los aficionados del club, donde jugaba en el primer equipo desde hacía 16 años, en lo que significó “un día muy duro y muy difícil” para el atacante, que probablemente se marchará al alemán Schalke 04.

Fue “el mejor entre los mejores”, dijo en la ceremonia de despedida el presidente del club, Florentino Pérez, y agregó que se trataba de un “momento muy emotivo”.
“Es un día muy duro y muy difícil para mí en mi carrera”, declaró Raúl, visiblemente emocionado, quien luego salió a saludar a los aficionados que se habían dado cita en el estadio del Real Madrid.

José María Gutiérrez ‘Guti’ cerró este domingo 24 años en el Real Madrid, en una emotiva despedida en la sala de prensa del Santiago Bernabéu con todas las copas que ha ganado a su espalda y acompañado del director general Jorge Valdano, y aguantando las lágrimas dijo que su “corazón siempre estará en Madrid”.

En el acto, Guti no quiso anunciar aún su próximo destino, el Besiktas turco, pero dijo adiós al club de su vida escoltado por el técnico que le hizo debutar con el primer equipo del Real Madrid, Jorge Valdano, y rodeado de sus familiares y mejores amigos.

En su adiós dejó entrever que la decisión de marcharse ha sido compartida con el club, ya que a última hora su deseo era cumplir el año de contrato que le restaba.

“Agradezco al club lo bien que se ha portado conmigo en 24 años de mi vida, que se dice pronto, con etapas buenas y complicadas pero al final he podido conseguir una de las cosas más importantes para mi en un club tan importante, poder crecer con ellos y sentirme madridista. Seguiré jugando pero mi corazoncito siempre estará en Madrid”, aseguró Guti.

Sanity

Sanity refers to the soundness, rationality and reasonableness of the human mind. A person is sane if they are rational. In modern society, the terms have become exclusively synonymous with compos mentis (Latin: compos, having mastery of, and mentis, mind), in contrast with non compos mentis, or insane.

I chose to look at this word today as I realize how important is to remain sane. We´ve been shocked by a news today and we did not understand the reasons at first. As the story unfolds, there´s a simple conclusion, for me at least… losing sanity is far too dangerous. It can take your life and rip it to shreds.

España, que lo disfrutes

Estoy viendo la celebración que hay ahora mismo en Madrid, la había visto también en 2008 cuando España ganó la Copa de Europa.
Es impresionante la cantidad de gente que aguanta el calor y que necesita ser “regada”, es impresionante la ya conocidísima afición al deporte y el cariño hacía los deportistas que está mostrando la familia real española.
Me alegro muchísimo por estos jugadores profesionales, cercanos y humildes y por Vicente del Bosque, un gran señor.
A disfrutar España!

P.D. En septiembre voy a visitar España igual que he visitado Francia en 1998, una semana después de proclamarse campeona mundial.

Eros Ramazzotti in Concert

Tonight I attended the Eros Ramazzotti concert. The theme and the name of this tour: Alli e Radici.
I did not want it to end. He played all the hits and only two new songs. He is funny, he is cool and has an extraordinary voice. I like the artists that play live the same version that’s on the album. It means a lot.
And the way the rain shifted away from the stadium. Incredible…