Archive for August, 2011

Evil Oompa Loompas

August 24th, 2011 Articles

The Oompa Loompas were the factory workers and engineers in the classic story Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Originally a childrens story by Roald Dahl it also came in movie versions with the first featuring Gene Wilder in the early 70′s and more recently Johnny Depp in the title role. In the tale, a mad inventor and eccentric business man “Willy Wonka” dreams up all sorts of fantastic goodies and the Oompa Loompas faithfully develop his ideas with perfect precision. The orange faced Oompa Loompa people are the scientific brains, engineers and workers behind Willy Wonka’s thriving candy empire. This video should will refresh your memory of the people from Loompa Land.

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Take the A Train

August 12th, 2011 Articles

In the early days of professional basketball there was a giant who dominated the middle for almost two decades. He played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the times of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Julius Irving. It’s was also the time of big Afro hair and short shorts.


Injury of the Month

August 5th, 2011 Articles



Now everybody get’s injured. It’s just part of the game, and the “experience” of sports activity. Perhaps I’m hanging out with too many marketing types but I’m taking a new approach to non “career” ending injuries.

I propose to highlight a few injuries with a picture, story or whatever other media is available. We’ll then give the “Injury of the Month” award/distinction to the injury that get’s the most votes.

What I hope to do with this “award”  is to raise awareness and inspire those who are injured with the happy confidence that they will recover. Awareness is good, but I also hope to pass on a bit of knowledge on how to treat the nasty injury. With the “Injury of the Month” we’ll report on various injuries and how they are best treated. This section is intended to be both inspirational and perhaps a bit informational for others with similar injuries.

I suppose it’s only appropriate that the Dutch taxation department moto is, ‘Leuker kunnen we het niet maken. Wel makkelijker!’ Which roughly translates to “we can’t make it nicer but we can make it easier!”. And this is also how I will now look at your typical injury. So instead of hiding the injury and the associated gore we will celebrate the injury as the first step to getting better. What do you think? Could this help? At the very least we’ll have a nice gallery of various injuries and stories!

Phil Winram
Last month winner was myself. I suppose it’s a bit unorthodox to give an “award” to yourself. But it’s significant and gory enough to qualify for an  award and it was the inspiration for this article. I was actually injured on the way to the sport hall while riding my bike. The crank shaft shattered suddenly and my leg was impaled on a shard of metal. A trip to the hospital and four stitches later a winner was born. The good news is that I’ve fully recovered and now have a nice scar to prompt a gory story and prove my bravery under the needle. No permanent damage!