Good News

With all of the shit news of Baby-Hands McDrumpf and his mindless, racist thralls being shitty to everyone else, it was heartening and uplifting to see the report that all of the kids and their football coach have been safely extracted from the cave system that they had been trapped in for 17 days. From BBC News:

Divers in northern Thailand have rescued all 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves, 17 days after they got trapped underground.

The plight of the group and the massive, dangerous operation to free them has gripped the world’s attention.

The first of the boys were brought out on Sunday but the last of the group were only freed on Tuesday evening.

They got stuck deep inside the caves on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding and cut off their route out.

Aged between about 11 and 17, the members of the Wild Boars football team had entered the Tham Luang cave system in the province of Chiang Rai during an excursion with their coach.

After they were found by British divers last week, huddled in darkness on a ledge and cut off from the outside world for nine days, the race began to get them out before the weather deteriorated even further.

Finally, a bit of good news. There is still good happening in the world, even if it’s difficult to see.

Gives me a bit of hope.


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R.I.P., Jimmy Ellis

James Ellis: 15 November 1937 – 8 March 2012

The world has lost another great singer and musician, James Ellis.  He sang the 1976 hit ‘Disco Inferno’ with The Trammps; the song was also featured in Saturday Night Fever, the disco movie that launched the careers of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.  From BBC News:

Great song, great voice, and great talent. He shall be missed by many.  Thank you for the music, Mr. Ellis.

From The Guardian:

“The career of the vocalist Jimmy Ellis, who has died aged 74 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was ultimately defined by one song. The band he fronted, the Trammps, had other US and UK hits in the era when the lushly orchestrated soul music released on the Philadelphia International label was gradually mutating into disco, but they were all overshadowed by Disco Inferno.

The song had already been a success on the US R&B chart when it was included in a nightclub scene in the film Saturday Night Fever (1977). The soundtrack album went on to sell more than 15m copies, making it the biggest selling album of all time until the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Its success elevated Disco Inferno beyond hit status. When disco began to be viewed nostalgically, the track became musical shorthand for an era. It has subsequently been covered by Tina Turner, sampled by Madonna and hummed by Ricky Gervais during David Brent’s infamous demonstration of his dancing technique in The Office.

Although their drummer Earl Young was credited with “inventing” the rhythm of disco – accentuating the high-hat cymbal in a way that made tracks on which he featured easier for DJs to mix seamlessly together – the Trammps’ career predated the genre with which they came to be inexorably associated.”


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