Ruth Duccini was the last of the original female Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Uncredited, Duccini, who was four feet tall, played one of 124 Munchkin townspeople in the 1939 classic. There is now only one surviving Munchkin, Jerry Maren.
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Wednesday 25 February 2009
Osmo Vanska is clearly a very good thing for Minnesota.
Friday 30 January 2009
Recalling the icy landscapes of Fargo and Affliction, Peter Anthony's debut delivers all the pay offs of a cinematic chiller. Set in Immaculate, a small Minnesota farming community, the township is knee-deep in roadside shrines and creepy garden-front Madonnas – reminders of its immigrant past. It's Christmas Eve, and the town is hunkering down in readiness for a serious blizzard.
Sunday 31 August 2008
Saturday 05 July 2008
Tuesday 03 June 2008
Thursday 24 April 2008
Vaxjo, Surrounded's small home town in southern Sweden, is twinned with Duluth, Minnesota, the birthplace of Bob Dylan and slap-bang next to the headwaters of the Mississippi river and the start of the iconic Highway 61. It's an interesting detail to savour while taking in a band who so elegantly and confidently channel a very 21st-century take on Americana.
Thursday 17 April 2008
Sometimes, it's hard to see what all the fuss is about when an unknown band suddenly becomes flavour of the month. Take Minnesota's Tapes 'n Tapes, whose 2006 debut The Loon drew unaccountably rave reviews for its routine alt.rock exercises.
Saturday 08 March 2008
It's a long way from Broadway but Minnesota has become a hotbed of amateur theatre this winter, with new and assuredly amateurish productions popping up in bars and taverns up and down the state.
Wednesday 16 January 2008
Kenny Richey, who was released last week after spending 21 years on death row in the US, has said he has considered suicide more often since returning home to Edinburgh than he did during his time in jail.
Tuesday 06 June 2006
Wednesday 31 May 2006
The transfer of Salomon Kalou to Chelsea, which was completed yesterday, looked to have concluded one of the modern game's more shameless morality tales, but there may be a further chapter. This could result in Kalou being loaned out rather than replacing, or partnering, his Ivory Coast compatriot Didier Drogba.
Saturday 06 May 2006
Tuesday 25 October 2005
Saturday 05 February 2005
Monday 17 January 2005
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
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