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    Berlin

    Ken Follet books:

    Fall of Giants
    Pillars of the Earth
    World Without End
    Winter of the World
    Jackdaws
    A Dangerous Fortune
    Whiteout

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    Purple (how about someone else can take a crack at this one...?)

    meanwhile...

    Figure skater De-evolution - which Men's skater gets to be sent back to 1950s, viewed via black+white newsreel footage, in a "waiter's uniform" sans sequins , sporting perfect figures, footwork and spins, but limited jumps:

    Evan Lysacek
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Patrick Chan
    Stephane Lambiel
    Johnny Weir
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    Evgeni Pluschenko


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    1) Pillars of the Earth, because my parents read it and liked it (I think).
    2) Lysacek or Lambiel. Ever literal-minded, I have a feeling that the less lucrative nature of skating back then would've kept Weir in the equestrian realm (that's no criticism of him, of course), that a devastated USSR would be unable to nurture Plushenko's awesome talent, that the Japanese federation lacked sufficient clout to promote Takakashi, and that racial prejudice would've been among the factors keeping Chan from getting his due.

    #382 deserves a repeat.
    I can call the moon a pear, but it doesn't make it so. -- kwanfan1818

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    Bond girls:

    Eunice Grayson
    Ursula Andress
    Barbara Carrera
    Sophie Marceau
    Rosamund Pike
    Eva Green
    Diana Rigg
    Daniella Bianchi

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    Ursula Andress

    ...and special mention:
    Honor Blackmon as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger
    Famke Jansson as Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye

    Figure skating De-Evolution, Part Deux:

    Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1949...

    Which lady skater gets to time-travel, skating figures and an old-skool program at a charming yet snowy (and utterly freezing) outdoor ice-ring, commemorated via black+white newsreel footage....?

    Carolina Kostner
    Shizuka Arakawa
    Elena Radionova
    Lu Chen
    Michelle Kwan
    Ashley Wagner
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    Oksana Baiul

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    Lu Chen and Kwan!!!

    Same question

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    Baiul, though she's not my favorite. You call that a swan, Sonja? This is a swan!

    fell in the free skate, but won the World title, anyway:

    Stojko in 1995
    Yagudin in 2000
    Plushenko in 2004
    Chan in 2012
    Last edited by falling_dance; 10-12-2012 at 07:10 AM.
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    Plushenko


    Nancy Kerrigan
    OR
    Oksana Baiul

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    Christi Yamaguchi or Midori Ito?

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    red panda or giant panda?

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    Red panda.

    Best choreography: Hoot or Oh!?

    I like your username, pinkhulk.

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    Hoot

    Tennis
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    Tennis

    which tennis playin' nation...?

    Russia
    Spain
    Argentina
    Chile
    France
    Belgium
    USA
    UK
    Czech Republic
    Slovakia
    Serbia
    or...
    ?

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    tennis during the

    1970s
    1980s
    1990s
    2000s
    2010s
    I can call the moon a pear, but it doesn't make it so. -- kwanfan1818

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    2000s


    John McEnroe
    Evan Lendl
    Pete Sampas
    Roger Federer
    Bjorn Borg
    Andre Agassi
    Novan Djokovic

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    Bjorn Borg.

    Billie Jean King
    Martina Navratilova
    or
    Chris Evert
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    Navratilova

    Holocaust books:

    If This Is A Man (Survival in Auschwiz) - Primo Levi
    Night - Ellie Wiesel
    The Pianist - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
    Hana's Suitcase - Karen Levine
    Escape from Sobibor - Richard Rashke
    Life and Fate - Vasily Grossman
    Eyewitness Auschwiz - Filip Muller
    Holocaust by Bullets - Fr. Patrick Desbois
    Defiance - Nechama Tec

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    Diary of Anne Frank.

    This cover of I Have Nothing: yay or nay?

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    Not bad, but NAY


    Actors turned directors:

    Clint Eastwood
    Robert Redford
    Ben Affleck
    Kevin Costner

    And I too love post #382

    Re #383:
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    ... I have a feeling that the less lucrative nature of skating back then would've kept Weir in the equestrian realm (that's no criticism of him, of course) ...
    Oh, of course not a criticism, just kind of a small dig, eh? Yeah, small potatoes, as Weir has definitely been accused of much worse, and as he's said before, he's heard a lot worse things said about him in men's rooms.

    BTW, I believe Johnny was 11 when he was turned onto figure skating watching Oksana Baiul skate at the 1994 Olympics. After he began taking skating lessons, having graduated from practicing in the corn field behind his family home, Johnny had to make the momentous decision of whether to give up training to become an equestrian or give up training to become a figure skater. Not unlike the decision many young athletes who pursue more than one sport must eventually make.

    Yes, falling_dance, so you believe Weir made the choice to go with figure skating at the age of 12 because he felt it was going to be so "lucrative." Tell that to his Mom and Dad. At that age, most young skaters don't even know if their parents are going to be able to continue paying for ice time, much less for coaching and skating equipment, and travel to competitions. In the end, Johnny made the right decision, of course. He may have dreamed of becoming a star, but I doubt anyone who eventually becomes successful, initially made the decision to skate because they thought it would be "lucrative."

    Now, as for tennis players, another think entirely!

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    Orson Welles

    Fwiw, I think Johnny made the choice to go to figure skating after seeing Oksana in that pink-feathered get-up or as a voidy swan...

    Circa late 1950's or so.... Tatiana Nemtsova (URS) as a voidy swan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtiSRV4ydBM

    Actors turned directors, part deux:

    Ben Stiller
    Sofia Coppola
    George Clooney
    or
    Woody Allen
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