Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Looking Back - Hollywood Meets Wales In Wedding Of The Year

On this day in 2000. the film world celebrated the celebrity wedding of the year in New York, as Hollywood leading man Michael Douglas married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones.
The lavish ceremony took place in New York's Plaza Hotel and cost an estimated £1.5 million.
Crowds of well-wishers and photographers lined the street outside and guests waved before walking into the Plaza ballroom where the ceremony was to be held.
Catherine Zeta Jones, 31, exchanged vows with Michael Douglas, 56, in a ceremony shrouded in secrecy due to a reputed £1m exclusive deal with OK! Magazine.
Security was so tight guests had to show their hologrammed invitations before being allowed in and private photographs were banned.
The Welsh dragon fluttered alongside the American stars and stripes above the hotel entrance, and the wedding feast featured Welsh lamb.
Even the wedding ring came from a family jeweller in Aberystwyth.
The best man was Cameron Douglas, Michael Douglas's 21-year-old son from his first marriage.
Also taking a starring role was Dylan, the couple's three-month-old son, who spent most of the ceremony asleep.
A party of 30 family and friends were flown to the US from the Welsh valleys, including Miss Zeta Jones's mother, Pat, and her father, Dai, a retired sweet salesman.
Her grandmother, from whom she gets the name Zeta, was also flown to New York although the 85-year-old is still recovering from two recent operations.
The family rubbed shoulders with the groom's father, veteran actor Kirk Douglas, 83, as well as film stars Sir Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Sharon Stone, Sir Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Danny DeVito.
As he arrived, Mr Douglas senior gave his blessing to the marriage, remarking, "I'd marry her myself, but my wife won't let me."
Catherine Zeta Jones was born on a housing estate in the Welsh seaside town of Mumbles.
She first hit the headlines as a TV star in the ITV drama The Darling Buds of May, before heading to America to star in films such as The Mask of Zorro.
Her new husband, Michael Douglas, is one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, from one of its oldest acting dynasties. He has starred in hit films such as Romancing the Stone and Wall Street.

Despite the high security, photographers from Hello! Magazine gatecrashed the wedding and took surreptitious pictures.
Immediately after the wedding the couple were granted a court injunction banning the publication of the unauthorised photos but this was lifted on appeal.
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas then sued the magazine.
After a three-year legal battle, they won a partial victory when a judge ruled Hello! had breached their commercial confidence, although he said it did not breach their privacy.
They were awarded damages of £14,600, and at a later hearing were also awarded more than 75% of the £4m they spent suing the magazine.
In the same court case, OK! Magazine won damages of more than £1m, but this was overturned on appeal, and the magazine ordered to pay back damages, costs and interests amounting to nearly £2m.
This ruling has in turn been challenged, and the two rival magazines remain locked in a legal battle through the courts.
In April 2003 Catherine Zeta Jones gave birth to her second child, a daughter, Carys.
Also in 2003, she won an Oscar for her performance in the musical movie Chicago.

Are These The Answer To UFO's

Are lenticular clouds responsible for many of the reported UFO sightings that come to the fore from time to time. The brief article that follows and the compelling pictures that accompany it are strong evidence that this could well be the case. What do you think?
Lenticular clouds are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned perpendicular to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL).
Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to or below the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapor. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a 'wave cloud'. The wave systems cause large vertical air movements and so enough water vapor may condense to produce precipitation. The clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or "visual cover" for UFOs) because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape. Bright colors (called Irisation) are sometimes seen along the edge of lenticular clouds.
Power pilots tend to avoid flying near lenticular clouds because of the turbulence of the rotor systems that accompany them, but sailplane pilots actively seek them out. The precise location of the rising air mass is fairly easy to predict from the orientation of the clouds. "Wave lift" of this kind is often very smooth and strong, and enables gliders to soar to remarkable altitudes and great distances. The current gliding world records for both distance (over 3,000 km; 1,864 mi) and altitude (15,460 m; 50,721 ft) were set using such lift.

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