Ushering 2017 with Sheila Majid,Malaysia’s Lady of Song

December 31, 2016

Welcome 2017 with Malaysia’s Lady of Song–Ms. Shiela Majid

2017 is just a few hours away. Dr Kamsiah and Din Merican present Malaysia’s Lady of Song, Ms Sheila Majid as the guest entertainer for your listening pleasure. We wish you all our friends all over the world a Great New Year from Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh. Thank you for your comments on the blog.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

The Passing of America’s Sweetheart of the ’50s: Debbie “Tammy” Reynolds

December 29, 2016

The Passing of America’s Sweetheart of the ’50s: Debbie “Tammy” Reynolds

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Debbie Reynolds, who starred opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, has died a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

The US actress, 84, had been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke.Her son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of his sister’s death had been too much for her and in her last words, she had said she wanted to be with Carrie.

US actress Bette Midler said Reynolds was “devoted to her craft” and that her death was “too hard to comprehend”.

Actress Debra Messing said Reynolds, her on-screen mother in sitcom Will and Grace, had been an “inspiration”.”A legend of course,” she wrote in a statement. “The epitome of clean-cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working.”

Actor Rip Torn, who worked with Reynolds in her Las Vegas stage show, said: “I was blessed to work with this remarkable woman for 45 almost 50 years. That makes for a very rare bond and unique relationship.

“She was generous to a fault, never caring who got the laugh from the audience. I will always love her.” Veteran comic actress Carol Channing agreed: “She was beautiful and generous. It seems like only yesterday she was having lunch here at the house and we were discussing the possibility of working together in a new show.”

For Star Trek actor William Shatner, Reynolds was one of the last of the Hollywood royalty. “It breaks my heart that she is gone,” he wrote. “I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.

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Reynolds had been at her son’s house in Beverly Hills – apparently discussing the arrangements for Carrie Fisher’s funeral – when she was taken ill.

She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre suffering from breathing difficulties and her death was confirmed a few hours later. It is thought she suffered a stroke.

Carrie Fisher, renowned for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, had died aged 60 the day before, after spending three days in a Los Angeles hospital.

She never regained consciousness after suffering a massive heart attack on board a flight from London to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.

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Speaking to the Associated Press news agency about his mother, Todd said: “She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken.”

Celebrity news site TMZ reported that Reynolds cracked while discussing plans for Carrie’s funeral with her son, telling him: “I miss her so much; I want to be with Carrie.”

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Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher in 1955 and had two children, Carrie and Todd. The couple divorced in 1959 after news emerged of his affair with movie star Elizabeth Taylor.Reynolds married twice more.

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The actress has a sometimes strained relationship with her actress daughter, who wrote about it in her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge. The pair stopped speaking to each other for many years but became closer later in life.

In an interview last month with US radio network NPR, Fisher said her mother was “an immensely powerful woman” whom she admired “very much”.

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As people gathered to pay their respects to the actress at Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, one couple, Jose and Daniela Barrera, appeared to speak for many after a year marked by celebrity deaths.

“It’s just, you know, a sad time I guess,” Jose told the Reuters news agency. “With the closing of the year and so many deaths in the year, it’s just sad.”

“It was so sad,” added Daniela. “It was a shocker. I mean, what were the odds of this happening? It was incredible finding out, sad.”

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Xmas is Just around the Corner: Peace and Goodwill

December 10, 2o16

Xmas is Just Around the Corner–Let there  be Peace, Harmony and Goodwill Among us

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Only 2 weeks away, so let the Christmas spirit open our hearts. It is a time of great cheer among us irrespective of race, colour, creed and religion ( except for those bigoted Muslims in Malaysia). Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican present you all around the world with a collection of Xmas songs. Enjoy your holidays .–Dr, Kamisah Haider and Din Merican

Presenting Harry Belanfonte

December 3, 2016

Your weekend entertainer for the Weekend–Harry Belafonte

By presenting Harry Belafonte, we hope we can divert your attention from the 2016 UMNO General Assembly, which is being stage managed to boost the sagging morale and battered image  of its President.

Our best wishes  for this first week in December with Christmas only weeks away. As we all know, 2017 will open with the inauguration of President-Elect Donald J. Trump as the 45th POTUS.

Fats Domino–Our Guest for this Weekend

November 26, 2016

Fats Domino–Our Guest for this Weekend

Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican present Fats Domino of the Rock ”n’ Roll era. He appeared on the music scene in the 1950s together with Rock ‘n’ Rollers like Bill Haley and His Comets, Elvis Presley and others who brightened up the 1950s with their unique brand of all American music. Enjoy your Sunday.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

Russell Watson–Our Guest for your weekend entertainment

November 12, 2016

Russell Watson–Our Guest for your weekend entertainment

Will Donald keep his word? Like the Mexicans, we are not going to pay for it

Like it or not, Donald J. Trump is POTUS-Elect. Let us wish him well as he becomes the 45th President of the most powerful democracy. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican were rooting for Hillary Clinton who was by popular acclaim the most qualified politician ever to be elected successor to the popular Barrack Obama. It is not to be and that is destiny for you.

We were right since Hillary won the popular vote but she did not get the 270 electoral votes to take The White House. President-Elect Trump got more than 280 votes. As a result, he made history by becoming the first business person to become Commander-in-Chief. Put politics behind, let us enjoy Russell Watson and relax.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican.