Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) is a British film directed and written by Guy Ritchie, and produced by Matthew Vaughn.

The story is a caper comedy involving a cocky young card shark who loses £500,000 to a powerful crimelord in a rigged game of three card brag. In order to pay off his debts, he and his friends decide to rob a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door, and whom they have overheard plotting to rob a drug dealer.

The film garnered Guy Ritchie international acclaim, and introduced actors Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones, a former British soccer player, to worldwide audiences.

The movie contains non-conventional cinematography with scenes often having shaky camera movement which adds to the dynamic nature of the film. The soundtrack of the movie is very vivid and well-synchronized with the action on the screen.

The film is a violent black comedy which boasts a rich cast of characters.

In 2004 the magazine Total Film named Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels the 38th greatest British film of all time.

A television series, Lock, Stock...The Series, followed in 2000.

The Bottle Left me

The Morning Sun
Crawls in my Room and Wakes me up
My head is pounding
I need a drink

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Irish American punk rock band, that formed in Los Angeles and is currently signed under SideOneDummy Records.

They have released three major studio albums, Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, and Within a Mile of Home, as well as an independent live album entitled Alive Behind the Green Door. They have toured with the Warped Tour and Larry Kirwan's American Fléadh Festival. They also contributed to the Rock Against Bush project. Also, as of late they have done extensive touring with the self proclaimed Gypsy punk band, Gogol Bordello, which is also signed under SideOneDummy Records.
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Far From Finished

Far From Finished was started from common teenage angst. Four kids joined together in an effort to escape society and indulge in debauchery. Music develops on its own and it eventually spawned into five guys within the city of Boston making their dreams come true

From Bar to Ballroom, Far From Finished has graced the stage with the finest acts of yesterday and today. Hailing from various parts of the Northeast including: Boston, New York, Atlantic City, and Philadelphia. Far From Finished comes at you with straight ahead punk rock from beneath a dark street light.


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Tom Boonen

Tom Boonen (born on October 15, 1980 in Mol, Belgium) is one of the world's best professional road bicycle racers and is the 2005 World Road Race Champion. He is considered a single-day road race specialist with a strong finishing sprint. His personality and looks, combined with his successes, also turned him into Belgium's main male sports idol of the mid-2000's.
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Sid Meier's Civilization IV

With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy-to-use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options. Civilization IV comes to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that elevates the gameplay experience to a whole new level. Sid Meier's Civilization IV has already been heralded as one of the top games of 2005, and a must-have for gamers around the globe!

Pennywise

Pennywise is an American punk band, formed in 1988; the name comes from a Stephen King horror novel, It, in which Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a monster. In 1989, in the band's original incarnation, the band consisted of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitar), Byron McMackin (drums) and Jason Thirsk (bass). They released two EPs, Wildcard (1988) and A Word From the Wise (1989)


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Jim Lindberg

James Lindberg (c. 1968), better known as Jim Lindberg is the singer-songwriter for the California punk band Pennywise. Despite the criticism that Pennywise and others signed to Epitaph Records posed to punk band The Offspring, Lindberg sang background vocals for songs on The Offspring releases Americana (1998) and Splinter (2003). Because of the close relationship that Pennywise and labelmates Bad Religion have, Lindberg sang back-up vocals for their first release on Atlantic Records, 1994's Stranger Than Fiction.

Billy Bragg

Stephen William Bragg (born December 20, 1957), known as Billy Bragg, is a British musician known for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music. He has been active for over 20 years. His music combines poetry and political comment with occasional romance. He has collaborated with many other leading musicians, including Johnny Marr of The Smiths, protest folk singer Leon Rosselson, R.E.M., Less Than Jake, Kirsty MacColl, and Wilco.

Mike McColgan

Michael "Mike" McColgan was the lead singer of the Dropkick Murphys in the band's early years. He was with the Dropkick Murphys for two years, Do or Die was the last album the band recorded with McColgan at the helm.
McColgan was born in the Savin Hill area of Dorchester, and attended catholic school. His interest in music began while he sang in the school's choir. McColgan was a soldier in the first gulf war before his stint with the Dropkick Murphys. He had always wanted to be a member of the Boston Fire Department, much like his uncle (and role model). McColgan exited the band in 1998 to pursue this life-long dream; he was eventually replaced by Al Barr, ex-vocalist for The Bruisers.
However, McColgan couldn't keep away from music. Soon enough, he started a new band, known as the Street Dogs. The outfit featured ex-punk band members, such as Johnny Rioux, and Joe Sirois. The guitarist, Marcus Hollar sent McColgan an email saying that if his new band ever needed a guitarist, that he was available. A little shocked, McColgan decided to give Johnny an audition, and was so amazed by his playing, that McColgan allowed Rioux to join the band.
The band has toured with Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, Tiger Army, Warped Tour and had a successful headlining tour at the end of 2005.

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch (born March 11, 1931) is an Australian-born American media proprietor based in New York City who is a major shareholder and the Chairman and Managing Director of News Corporation, one of the world's largest and most influential media corporations. He is one of the few chief executives of any multinational media corporation who (through a family company) have a controlling ownership share in the companies they run, but the family no longer has a majority stake. Beginning with newspapers, magazines and television stations in his native Australia, Murdoch expanded into British and American media, and in recent years has become a powerful force in satellite television, the film industry and other forms of media. Murdoch is known best for tabloid newspapers. The Sun in London, The Post in New York, The Herald Sun in Melbourne and The Daily Telegraph in Sydney are among the most successful, profitable and influential tabloids in the world.

John de Mol

John de Mol, born 24 April 1955, is a Dutch media tycoon and billionaire. In 2005 Forbes magazine named him as one of the 500 richest people in the world. [1]
De Mol, a well known personality in the Netherlands, acquired his fortune producing television programmes. He co-developed the popular reality television series Big Brother while on the board of Endemol. He also produced Love Letters, 1 versus 100 and Millionshunt for Endemol, prior to selling his share of the company in 2000.
De Mol's television channel, Talpa, owns the broadcasting rights for Dutch premier league football and also produces the popular show Expedition Robinson. A number of the previously mentioned programmes now appear on Talpa. John's sister, actress Linda de Mol, appears in and presents some of the programmes.
De Mol was formerly married to Willeke Alberti; the actor Johnny de Mol is their son. Outside of television, de Mol owns a significant share of auto manufacturer Spyker Cars.
His name literally means "John the Mole", and the name of his Talpa TV channel is a play on the Latin name for the genus of animals which includes the common European mole.

Tour de France

The Tour de France (French for "Tour of France"), often referred to as La Grande Boucle, Le Tour or The Tour, is a long-distance road bicycle racing competition for professionals held over three weeks in July in and around France. It has been held annually since 1903, interrupted only by World War I and World War II. The most recent Tour was the 2005 Tour de France.
The Tour de France is by far the most prestigious of all cycling competitions in the world. While the other two European Grand Tours are well-known in Europe and attract many professional cyclists, they are relatively unknown outside the continent, and even the UCI World Cycling Championship is only familiar to cycling enthusiasts. The Tour de France, in contrast, has long been a household name around the globe, even amongst people who are not generally interested in pro cycling, and is for cycling what the FIFA World Cup is to football (soccer) in terms of global popularity. Competitors must have an invitation to enter the race. It is also the world's largest annual pro sporting event, measured in the number of viewers.

Tour of Flanders

The Tour of Flanders (Dutch: Ronde van Vlaanderen) is a road cycling race held in Flanders, Belgium. It is held every spring, exactly one week before Paris-Roubaix, and it used to be part of the UCI World Cup. It is now part of the UCI ProTour and is regarded as one of the 'Monuments' of the European professional cycling calendar.

Jan Raas

Jan Raas (born November 8, 1952) was a Dutch professional cyclist whose 115 career wins include the 1979 World Road Race Championship in Valkenburg, he also won three of the sports "Monuments": the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 1979 and 1983, Paris-Roubaix in 1982 and the Milan-San Remo in 1977, he also took the Dutch Classic, the Amstel Gold Race on five occasions and won ten stages in the Tour de France. Raas who wore glasses was regarded as one of the shrewdist tacticians and cleverest sprinters in the pro peloton. His physical build ensured that he struggled on the long steep climbs of the major tours but he excelled on the short power climbs that were characteristic of the northern classics.

Luc Nilis

Luc Nilis (born May 25, 1967 in Hasselt, Belgium) is a former Belgian football striker. He ended his career early in the 2000-01 season after he broke his leg in a match with his club Aston Villa following a clash with goalkeeper Richard Wright.
His former clubs include K.F.C. Winterslag, R.S.C. Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven. During his time with PSV, Nilis formed one of the deadliest partnerships in Europe with team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooij. In the 1998-1999 season, Nilis and van Nistelrooij scored 55 league goals between them. van Nistelrooij finished as top-scorer, Nilis came second. In the following season, Nilis's last for PSV, they scored 48 league goals between them.
Nilis played 56 times for the Belgian national team, scoring 10 times. A prolific goalscorer with his clubs, he scored his first goal for Belgium only on his 24th cap (a 9-0 win against Zambia). Nilis played in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 which Belgium co-hosted with The Netherlands.

Romario

Romário de Souza Faria (born January 29, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro), better known simply as Romário, is a Brazilian football player. He is one of a select group of players with over 50 goals in international matches and one of Brazil's most famous and outstanding forwards. He is considered to be one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game.
Romário is the 2nd highest scorer in the history of professional football, being surpassed only by Pelé. On January 28, 2006, one day before his fortieth birthday, he scored his 950th goal (official FIFA count). He is currently pursuing the figure 1,000 goals, a mark obtained only by 2 other players in history: Pelé and Friedrich.

Marco Pantani

Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970, Cesena – February 14, 2004, Rimini) was an Italian cyclist widely regarded as being one of the best climbers of all times in professional road bicycle racing. The high point of his career was to win the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia in 1998. The bandana he often wore and his attacking style of riding led to him being dubbed 'Il Pirata' (the pirate) by the adoring Italian "tifosi" - his fans. However, since 1999 his career was dogged by drug allegations, following his failing a blood test in the 1999 Giro. He died of a cocaine overdose in 2004.

Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink (born 8 November 1946 in Varsseveld, now part of Oude IJsselstreek) is a Dutch football coach who is currently the head coach for Dutch team PSV Eindhoven, as well as the manager of the Australian national team. Throughout his entire coaching career, he is best recognised for leading South Korea to a 4th place finish in the 2002 World Cup, coaching the Netherlands into the same position in the 1998 World Cup in France, and leading Australia to the 2006 World Cup, their first appearance in the tournament for 32 years. Also since the English FA's recent decision to part with Sven-Göran Eriksson as England head coach, Guus has been widely tipped as a leading contender to take over as England head coach after the World cup.

Ric Flair

Richard Morgan Fliehr (born February 25, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee), better known by his ring name "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, is an American professional wrestler currently with WWE on its RAW brand. He has been one of the leading personalities in professional wrestling since the mid 1970s and is considered to be among the elite names in the history of the industry. His total number of world title reigns is debated, with some arguing that he has had as many as twenty five world title reigns, while others only recognize sixteen.