R.I.P Bob Hoskins - The Legend!

British actor Bob Hoskins, who was best known for hit movies including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mona Lisa, has died at the age of 71.
The star, who won Bafta and Golden Globe awards during a career spanning four decades, died in hospital with his family at his side following a bout of pneumonia.
In a statement, his wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.
"We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support."
Hoskins had suffered from Parkinson's disease in the later years of his life and retired from acting in 2012 after what he called a "wonderful career".
He was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on October 26, 1942, and said he got his big break by accident after he was mistakenly called for a theatre audition .
The actor's first major movie role came in 1980's Long Good Friday, in which he played Harold Shand.
As well as 1986's Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit two years later, he starred in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film Hook.
His distinctive gravelly, cockney accent is also remembered from a TV advertising campaign for BT, in which he told viewers: "It's good to talk."
Leading figures in the entertainment industry were quick to pay tribute to Hoskins on Twitter.
Stephen Fry described him as a "marvellous man", writing : "Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That's awful news. The Long Good Friday (was) one of the best British movies of the modern era."
Officials at Bafta said they were "deeply saddened", while Nick Frost, who starred in Hoskins' final film, Snow White and the Huntsman, tweeted : "A pleasure to have shared the screen with you, mate. An actor's actor and a gentleman to boot. RIP."
Hollywood legend Samuel L Jackson described  the actor as a "truly gigantic talent", while Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp added : "So few cockney actors are taken seriously in acting or even given (the) opportunity. Bob Hoskins smashed the glass ceiling and rose. Respect."
 
 

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Lone Indian Man Plants 1,360 Acre Forest single-handedly.

 
A little over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavour, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handily.

It all started way back in 1979 when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. One day, after the waters had receded, Payeng , only 16 then, found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. That was the turning point of his life.

“The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested,” says Payeng, now 47.

While it’s taken years for Payeng’s remarkable dedication to planting to receive some well-deserved recognition internationally, it didn’t take long for wildlife in the region to benefit from the manufactured forest. Demonstrating a keen understanding of ecological balance, Payeng even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. Soon the shade less sandbar was transformed into a self-functioning environment where a menagerie of creatures could dwell. The forest, called the Molai woods, now serves as a safe haven for numerous birds, deer's, rhinos, tigers, and elephants — species increasingly at risk from habitat loss elsewhere.

Despite the conspicuousness of Payeng’s project, Forestry officials in the region first learnt of this new forest in 2008 — and since then they’ve come to recognise his efforts as truly remarkable, but perhaps not enough.

“We’re amazed at Payeng,” says Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gunin Saikia. “He has been at it for 30 years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero.”
 
 


Homemade Zucchini Oven Chips


 These breaded, oven-fried zucchini chips taste like they’re fried, yet they are baked and amazingly crispy. These chips make a healthy substitute for French fries or potato chips.

Ingredients:...

1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
 sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons milk
2 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini (about 2 small)
Cooking spray


 Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
3. Place milk in a shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
4. Place coated slices on an ovenproof wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet.
5. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until browned and crisp. Serve immediately.
 
(I have not actually made this recipe yet but I just wanted to share it with you)

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