The Voice

The Voice of Frank Sinatra
The Voice of Frank Sinatra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The VoiceTV Singing Competition

The demised legendary singing sensation, Frank Sinatra, known solely as “The Voice”, probably lend its name to the new television singing competition.

It’s a reality talent show which saw its initiation in the Netherlans & is now catching the world by storm. Its version, adopted & adapted globally, can differ from country to country, but its basic format is a blind audition, a battle phase & live performance shows.

Created & launched in 2010 by John de Mol, the owner of the production company called Talpa, its incredible success in the Netherlands has now caught on in China, where its own version of the show kicked off in July 2012.

The Voice comes with a “format bible,” which records every detail of the original TV program, such as lighting, theatrical design, stage setting and even standards for choosing the contestants.

The Voice has become a brand and television companies that want to produce it must pay a license fee to use the intellectual property.

“The success of the Voice worldwide can be explained by the positive energy that the show sends out. The coaches, the blind auditions and the fact that audience can play along add to this positivity,” said Maarten Meijs, managing director of Talpa Distribution.

It is fair to say The Voice is successful in another aspect: it earns a lot of money through advertising and televoting.

At a time when the consumers have their own ways to skip advertising, by recording programs or watching television on demand, advertisers are looking for new ways to incorporate publicity within shows. The Voice provides them with an opportunity.

An important element of the talent show is the color red. In the Netherlands, this element subtly refers to the main sponsor of the show: Vodafone, while in China, the color reminds the audience of the local main sponsor Jiaduobao drink.

Chinese audiences are drawn & attracted to the show because of the inherent nationalism theme, stressing on the concept of “living homogeneity”, quite apart from the commercial potential of product advertising & using digital media in the show.

By & large, The Voice renders people who live in obscurity the opportunity to become famous, stimulating celebrity mania.

It’s a known fact that some of the best talents, because of the lack of opportunity, lack of exposure, the natural fear of failure & rejection, become sadly missed, going to their graves with the best music interred with their bones.

So, let The Voice be heard & captivate!

If you have a gifted voice, sing to the world

Let your hidden singing gem be uncovered!


Source: CCTV/Xinhua

Source: Xinhua

‪Hollywood Walk of Fame

Where the Stars are Immortalized

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Classic Americana from 1987. Forgotten TV star, Clayton Moore aka The Lone Ranger finally gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Disney had bought the rights to the Masked Man and would not allow the real Lone Ranger to don his famous mask at the ceremony. (YouTube)

The Hollywood Walk of Fame consists of more than 2,400 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. It is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003. (Wikipedia)

Visiting Hours: Any time

Cost: No cost to stroll on your own, best way to look out for the stars

Location: Hollywood Boulevard and side streets

Duration: A short look will take a few minutes but hunting down all your favourite        stars can take a while

Best Time

to Visit: Any time, but unpeopled photos are easier in the morning

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Like all visitors to Hollywood, we found ourselves eagerly strolling along

Hollywood Boulevard & trigger-happy with our digital camera & video. We

found some of our own Aussie stars like Russell Crowe & Cate Blanchett. Of

course, it was not possible to photograph all our favourite stars.

Walking over the stars

Come to think of it, would you really like your name to be trampled upon for all eternity?

Shoes & footwear are often not fragrant!

Having A Fair Go . . . For The Senior Gold

By P Chong                                                                       Sat. 28 August 2010

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A senior citizen after putting in 40 years of life work is naturally expected to be treated with all due respect, honour, dignity & decency, and to live whatever is left of the rest of his natural life with ease & comfort. Ironically & contrary to such expectations, a criminal enjoys more benefits for which all men slave to provide in their working lives. To make matters worse, even an illegal immigrant or refugee gets better treatment than the senior citizen in terms of perks & benefits.

For crying out loud, is this laughable or laudable? Justice is supposedly to be fair & just – but its scale is tipping rightly or wrongly in favour of the undeserved. Such a scenario you would say can only happen in an undeveloped or under-developed world. But the truth is justice though preached is not seen to be done in the globalised economically developed world.

The world we live in is topsy turvy. Apparently, the value system has been manipulated by the “politically correct” politicians – devils & crooks in disguise.

Let’s switch it around & put the seniors in jail and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks for starters and other perks & benefits that follow:

  • They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.

  • They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.
  • Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
  • They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
  • They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.
  • Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request.
  • Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.
  • Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.
  • There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

Now, for the “criminals” in the nursing home:

  • The “criminals” would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised.
  • Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.
  • Live in a tiny room and pay £900.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.

    A Worthy Law Project?

Whether you are young or old, you’d be the judge and jury!

Surely, such a suggested scenario would be called “A Fair Go”!

The Enigma With Golf


Golf is said to be better than sex – more “sexiting”!  Why then so

segregated as compared with other sports? Why its popularity?


Two novice women golfers are out on the course one day. The first tees up her ball, swing, and watches as it takes off on a 90-degree angle. It flies about 20 yards, hits a rock, bounces off a cart path, hits a tree, careens off the tree and finally comes to rest in the middle of the fairway.

“Hey!” exclaims her friend, giving her a miffed look. “Why didn’t you tell me you’ve been practicing?”


Is this the scenario to explain why fewer women play golf than men? But then why do so many men play such a frustrating game? Could this be a cultural phenomenon – a past legacy of the alpha males playing at exclusive clubs? Tennis, a traditional country-club sport, however, is now being played by nearly as many women as men. With the availability of the abundant public courses in Australia, a trend should come round to see the number of woman players on the increase.

I guess such drama, no exception with men, makes up for golf as a less action-packed sport. Yet in a typical PGA Championship, the spectators that watch the game amounts to millions including those millions that watch it on television. Golf features no body contact, unlike Aussie football, and no car crashes nor cheerleaders . . . yet men are hooked with golf, making it the most segregated sport by sex than any other.

Frustration or incompetence never seems to deter guys from becoming obsessed with it. Golf is truly a “magnificent obsession”. It is claimed that golf is better than sex. A below par performance is considered good in golf as maintained by David Letterman in his Late Night Show’s Top Ten List. Best of all, if your equipment gets old and rusty, you can replace it.

According to the List, as an encouragement to seniors, you can still make money. Three times a day is even possible and your partner doesn’t hire a lawyer if you do it with someone else. If you live in Perth, as in Florida, you can do it every day – with the exceptional wet days.

I guess nothing sells like sex. With such truism, hefty prize money awards for both men and women, great television promotions drawing an increasing large captive audience, such affordability with the opening of abundant public golf course, and the fact that once hooked you’ll be hooked for life, I dare say no other game can be as popular as golf.

Enjoy it!

Paul Chong

An Avid Golfer