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If far-right candidate Marine Le Pen makes it through to the run-off in the French presidential election, it will just be one more of many political shocks and populist wins around the world in recent months, none bigger than the victory of Donald Trump in the United States. The US President has not endorsed Le Pen, at least not yet. But a lot of powerful people in the United States will be rooting for Le Pen on Sunday.
From New York to Washington, from Trump Tower to the US Congress, Marine Le Pen has established her own circle of trust in the United States.
Our correspondents Philip Crowther and Sonia Dridi meet Marine Le Pen's American inner circle in this exclusive report.
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24/7 Pens by Jolie Brown on Prezi
Being both a student and avid fan of practicing my alphabet, I have used many a pen in my day. That all changed in the face of the revelation that is the Pentel Rollerball 24/7. From the smooth, unrelenting gloss of the finish to the crisp, bold strokes of the ink, I was enraptured and enthralled immediately. I soon discovered that not only was the quantity of my writing extended - the effortless gliding of the nib across my paper did little to tax my wrist, and I found I could write for periods of up to 80+ hours- but the quality as well. My lackluster, unoriginal and trite verse was transformed before my very eyes into beautiful, flowing script seasoned with the pain and soul of 1,000 Bic disposable pens.
I soon could not hear to be with my friends and family. They called me reclusive and bitter, choosing to spend my days hoped up in my room with only a candle illuminating the dim scene, the only sound the frantic chaffing of wrist against paper as line after line found it's way from the darkened tomb of the mind and found life in the loving breath of the Pentel Rollerball 24/7. I stayed this way for months, abstaining from all but the most basic of necessities, treating blurry-eyed sympathizers and those who sought to help me with a vicious attack and I would give them no quarter. My outward appearance was unkempt and offensive. I cared only now for the Pen. My Pen. I wrote through endless night, stopping only to burn pages after pages when my cluttered space threatened to bury me alive.
It was only after years of this behavior that I eschewed paper, instead writing upon the walls of my cell, verses singing the praise of the Pen and the Verse and the Word. Walls gave way to flesh and I soon bore the marks of the Pen, my body proclaiming the knowledge of the Pen. There was eventually nothing left to write on in my room. Every inch of me was covered in Words. So I sat down in the middle of the room, legs folded and closed my eyes, holding the Pen in my hands. Concentrating on it. If the leakproof cap could prevent ink drying, could not I emulate that same quality? If this Pen could effortlessly provide a steady flow of ink 24 hours a day, 7 days a week was it not my duty to be this way as well? My eyes closed, my inner eye opened and turned it's gaze to the cosmos; and i felt my consciousness ascend, expanding. My thoughts gathered at all corners of existence, a thought-process evolved beyond words and humanity. I had become Everything, and yet I was the Pen... The Pen is Everything. The Pen is life. It's in every newborn baby and every passing soul. It's in you and everyone you will know. And If you look with the right pair of eyes, you can sometimes see the beautiful crisp ink of the Pentel Rollerball 24/7, writing the words of life across the universe.
5/5 would buy again.
Jan 7, 2016 - 24/7 Pens Get your money out
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "has taken countless hits through the years for his approach to marketing the league," but "even his most ardent critics must admit that yesterday's announcement that the NHL will at the league's most interesting current rivalry ... is a stroke of genius," according to Chad Finn of the BOSTON GLOBE. HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg said that the "24/7" series featuring the Capitals and Penguins "will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with interviews of coaches, players, and front-office personnel." Bettman said the series is an "absolutely fantastic opportunity to bring hockey fans and all sports fans an opportunity to see our players and see our game in ways they've never been able to see before and in fact in ways fans of no sport have ever been able to do before." Finn writes there is "no doubt this will be must-see for even casual NHL fans" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/24). NHL COO John Collins said that the idea for the show "came from HBO's 'Broad Street Bullies' documentary, which told the story of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team in the 1970s." He added that the NHL and HBO began discussions for "24/7" after screening "Broad Street Bullies" this spring. Greenburg said that the NHL project marks the "first time HBO would be filming a show during the regular season." He added that teams "would retain the right to shut off the cameras during specific meetings, and that the NHL would view the final product before airtime." Greenburg noted that the series also "would distribute unseen, cutting-room floor content on the show's website" (Fred Dreier, SportsBusiness Journal). Greenburg said that he has been "talking for months with the NHL, which he says will have 'a supervisory role' in the Caps-Pens series" (USA TODAY, 9/24).
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