This Abandoned All-Girls’ School Is About To Be Demolished

Bennett College, a school for women, was founded in 1890. Located in Millbrook, New York, many privileged women passed through Bennett’s doors until it closed in 1978.
Since then the school’s main building, Halcyon Hall, originally built as a luxury hotel, has remained abandoned.
Steven Bley, a photographer, went inside the decaying building (which has moved well beyond its halcyon days) and came up with a lot of eerie photographs. He was kind enough to share them with us.
Bley said that the hall has been fenced off since last fall, and he believes it is set to be demolished any day now.

Thanks, Matthew!

Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music

  • 1. Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix

    Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix

  • 2. Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10

    Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10

  • 3. Ke$ha’s “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single

    Ke$ha's “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single

  • 4. Flo Rida’s “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”

    Flo Rida's “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles' “Hey Jude”

  • 5. The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song

    The Black Eyed Peas' “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song

  • 6. Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record

    Celine Dion's “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record

  • 7. Same with Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”

    Same with Shania Twain's “Come On Over”

  • 8. Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album

    Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album

  • 9. Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined

    Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined

  • 10. People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus’ album “Some Gave All…” 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album

    People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus' album “Some Gave All...” 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album

  • 11. The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles

    The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles

  • 12. This guy exists.

    This guy exists. 

    That is all.

     

    Thanks, Dave!

Adriana Lima on What it takes to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel


Most models would have you believe they eat whatever they like – “I eat burgers and French fries!” they protest, as if they fall out of bed every day looking like a magazine advertisement. Industry people know that’s not true, and so does supermodel Adriana Lima.

Lima is disarmingly frank about what it takes to prepare for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show – watched by eight million people, reportedly – in which the world’s highest – paid models wear barely-there lingerie as part of a production that costs $10 million.

So here’s what it really takes to be an Angel:  Lima, 30, has been working out every day with a personal trainer since August. For the last three weeks, she’s been working out twice a day.

The Routine

It is really intense, it’s not really the amount of time you spend working out, it’s the intensity: she jumps rope, does boxing, lifts weights.

She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body’s muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima’s energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”. Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely.

“No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” she says.

Lima has been an Angel since 2000. She has since had a baby.

The preparation is all worth it, says Lima, because the show is the highlight of her year.

“Actually, the Victoria’s Secret show is the highlight of my life. Becoming an Angel, once I achieved that, it was a dream come true for me. And I know that after all this is done, when I sit down with my daughter one day, we are going to look back and it’s going to be very special.”

What does being hand-picked to represent the brand do for a model’s career (not to mention her income)? “It opens up so many doors, everyone knows your name, the whole world knows you now,” she says.

“Any model in this world would love to be an Angel.”

Updated Carols for the Indian Politician


Christmas is upon us, and reminds us that the turkeys up in Delhi have had the stuffing knocked out of them. Sauce for the ghoos rivals the sauce for the ganda, since dirty tricks flourish in every department. We have been snowed under inefficiency, inability and insatiable greed. The promises of growth and economic powerdom now seem as empty as the gift-wrapped presents under the fake fir trees in halls and malls.

So here’s an annual edition of updated carols.

We three kings tune:
We 2Gs of telecom are/ Dispensing spectrum, we’ve traversed afar,
Raja and Kani-a, Chids and Chandolia/ Following ‘phony power.
Oh-Oh, power of auctions/ Power of sleight,
power with royal kickbacks bright/ But, now Swamy leading
CAG proceeeeding/ Save us from the scamming blight.


Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer tune:

Cyrus, the modest Mistry,
Loved his very quiet ways
And if you ever saw him
It wouldn’t be in flashy bays.
All the other celebs barely ever called his name,
They knew that all he wanted
Were his horses and his golfing game.
Then one sudden Tuesday morn,
Ratan came to say,
‘Cyrus with your shareholding might,
Won’t you take my reins tonight?’
Then all the country’s media
Sought him out with glee.
They said to shy young Cyrus
‘Now you aren’t a Mys-te-ry!’

Away in a manger tune:
Away in a village/ Rough cot for a bed,
The little Lord Anna/ A great movement he led.
The trumpets are blowing/ The poor government quakes.
But little Lord Anna/ No concession he makes.
We love you, Lord Anna/ Let your bandwagon ride high.
And stand fast by your threats/ Till your Lokpal is nigh


Hark the Herald tune:

Hark the herald Wiki si-ings
Leaking all the hidden things.
Mess on earth, no mercy mi-ild
Cables spilling fast and wild.
US banks and secret no-otes
India’s cash for nuclear votes.
Blackmoney stash and Maya’s sandals,
A million files on global scandals.
Red-faced, all the leaders ri-ise,
Hang Assange for rape and lies.
But still the muzzled Wiki si-ings,
Glo-or-ry to the Net-spread stings.

Thanks Bachi!

100 Pipers India Music Week Schedule

Celebrate the spirit of Pure Music with the 100 Pipers India Music Week, as artists from India,Norway, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Spain, UK, Australia and even from the exotic French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean perform across the most happening clubs and venues across New Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore at India’s first ever Music Week by 100 Pipers.

From big band jazz to hip electronica, from intelligent pop to strident rock, from ska and dance hall to progressive psy trance, drum & bass and even the good ol’ blues and folk….100 Pipers India Music Week straddles multiple genres to provide an all-inclusive Indian contemporary urban music experience.

With over 40 artists, and 40 events, spread across New Delhi, Bangalore & Mumbai, the 100 Pipers India Music Week does not stop at being just a music festival. With the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi, a two-day music conference and workshops are being hosted in New Delhi on the 17 and 18 of November.


For more info, please check India Music Week!

What is St. Stanislaus in Bandra Up To?

The reputation of St. Stanislaus in Bandra has been going downhill lately. Just a while back it made new when the boys were caught consuming alcohol at a school camp. And now, it’s in the news again for 2 reasons – molestation and illegality. Here’s the scoop

I’ve heard so many parents rant about the principal Father Jude Fernandes’ insensitivity towards them and the kids too. Even the teachers hardly speak up because of his attitude. And even though I hate to speak against a ‘holy’ man, his deeds just don’t match up to what is expected of him. He’s just the kind that won’t listen to anyone… even if he’s wrong. Now it seems like everyone has started picking reasons to degrade the friar.

Here’s what happened this time

In a letter addressed to the Bandra police, angry parents complain of sexual improprieties committed on their young girls by male swimming teacher.

The ‘sexual mischief’ committed by a swimming instructor while training minor girls has plunged the pool at St Stanislaus High School in a sea of trouble, with parents dispatching an angry letter of complaint to the Bandra police, with the support of the Bandra Welfare Committee Association.

The letter also complains about the lack of a basic sanitation system for the pool and the filthy condition of the water. It also alleges that the school, which is using the pool commercially to reap profits, has not bothered to obtain the necessary licence from the BMC. The swimming lessons were offered not only to school students, but also to outsiders, who could avail of lessons as guests, by paying a sum of Rs. 300.

The complaint states that the sexual improprieties had even been brought to the notice of Father Jude Fernandes, but that no action was taken by him to address the issue. This is exactly what I’m talking about –> He Doesn’t Listen.

Cop Speak 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Pratap Dighavkar said, “We get many letters every day, but I can’t remember having received any letter about a swimming pool in St Stanislaus School. So I cannot comment on the matter.”

And look at this – How can an Asst Municipal Commissioner not know his jurisdiction?? Ridiculous.

Assistant Municipal Commissioner of Bandra H-west Ward Sunil Dhamne said, “I have only recently assumed this post, and will have to find out if St Stanislaus School comes under my jurisdiction. From the legal point of view, every swimming pool needs a BMC licence.”

School Says 

Father Jude Fernandes, principal of St Stanislaus School, claimed that the swimming lessons for female students had been cancelled following the incident. He said, “It is true that a parent complained about such improprieties a while back. We immediately terminated the appointment of the instructor. We also stopped offering swimming lessons for girls.  Asked if they had made any plans to address the matter, he added, “If the classes are ever resumed, we will appoint a female instructor.”

“We returned the fees paid for the lessons by the aggrieved parents. The little girl’s mother used to send a maid to chaperone the girl, but claims that when the attendant wasn’t looking, the swimming instructor touched her daughter mischievously. I don’t know how much truth there is in their claims, but we have sorted the matter out.”

Ok first he agrees that he was aware of the issue… then in his next breath he says he doesn’t know how much truth there is in the claims. BUT, it is sorted out.

So he agrees to what really now?

Thigh-High Boots: Flaunt Em or Shelve Em?

Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lea Michele

Thigh highs aren’t just for hookers anymore. But should they be?
It’s a question you should take very seriously.

So I’m taking this chance to be a fashion critic…because I can!

It works on Kim because she’s kept it monochromatic. I love the suede boots with the light-coloured denim.

But whose boots should have been shelved? …It’s a tie.

Kourtney Kardashian has way too many things going on with the print dress, the fur vest, the Chanel bag and the Chanel boots.

Lea Michele strikes out as well. This would have worked on her if she wore dark jeans or black jeans to elongate her legs, because this makes them look a bit thicker than they are and she’s very tiny and very thin.

Still, I think I could give this trend the thumbs-up.

But if you’re not feeling the love, since thigh highs discriminate against anyone who doesn’t have long skinny legs… Bring it on or give this trend the boot.

Which side are you on? Sound off in my comments section!