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U2 Fan Christmas/Holiday Card Exchange

Posted: November 22, 2014
By: Rashas

It's time for the 16th annual U2 Fan Christmas/Holiday Card Exchange, a chance for U2 fans to send greetings of the season to other fans worldwide!

To participate:

  • Send a message to u2christmas@gmail.com and give me your postal mailing address.
  • In the e-mail, tell me what sort of card you'd like to receive (Christmas, happy holidays, etc. or no preference). In early December, I will e-mail you the addresses of fellow U2 fans to send cards to.
  • If you wish to participate, plan on sending at least 10 cards.
  • Please let me know by December 5th if you want to be part of the Card Exchange. That way there will be time for cards to get to their destinations around the world.

Thanks again for participating and have fun!

 

NYC Surgeon Details Bono's Bike Accident Injuries, Expects Full Recovery

Posted: November 18, 2014
By: Matt McGee

The New York City surgeon that operated on Bono has detailed just how serious Bono's injuries were following a bicycle accident Sunday in Central Park.

Rolling Stone spoke with Dr. Dean Lorich, who performed the five-hour surgery on Bono Sunday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Lorich paints a pretty gruesome picture of Bono's condition, which includes broken bones around his eye and left arm/shoulder, not to mention bone breaking through his skin. Bono had a second surgery on Monday for a broken left pinky finger.

Dr. Lorich says Bono "will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected."

The full, official statement from Dr. Lorich as given to Rolling Stone is below.

On November 16th, Bono was involved in a high energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider.  Presented as a Trauma Alert to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Emergency Department, his Trauma Work-up at that time included multiple X-rays and CAT scans showed injuries that include:

1. Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye.

2. Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces.

3. Left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces. He was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.

4. One day later, he had surgery to his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.

He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected.

Dean Lorich, MD
Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital For Special Surgery

 

U2 'Films Of Innocence' Movie Available on iTunes December 9th

Posted: November 18, 2014
By: Matt McGee

Surprise, surprise: U2 is set to release a new long-form video next month called Films Of Innocence, featuring the work of 11 different artists/creatives making visuals out of U2's Songs Of Innocence album.

The film seems to only be listed right now on the iTunes Music Store, and it may be an exclusive there as part of U2's recent partnership with Apple. The release date is listed as December 9th, and the film can be pre-ordered now for $12.99 (USD) for HD, or $9.99 for standard. You can use that link to read about it and watch a 40-second trailer. The film is also currently featured in the gallery atop the Movies section of the iTunes store.

The description for Films Of Innocence is as follows:

11 of the world's most acclaimed urban artists unveil their work through a collection of art films, inspired by U2's Songs of Innocence. Taking the political murals of Northern Ireland as a reference point, U2 pioneered the project to celebrate the unique democratic power of urban art. Oliver Jeffers, Robin Rhode, D*Face, Mode 2, Chloe Early, Ganzeer, Vhils, Maser, ROA, DALeast, and Todd James make up this global multidisciplinary group project. Chosen for their undisputed ability to capture the imaginations of their audiences, the artists were given complete creative freedom to showcase their personal responses to U2's music, through a series of part-animated, part live action films. The result is an exhilarating display of diversity in approach, style and commentary. Powerful and cognizant, their works scale the globe, play with time, and weave between heightened reality and animated dreamscapes. United for the first time in film, the eleven international artists have taken their work from the streets to the screen. These original works of video art transpose their visions from the physical to the digital and are collected here together as a visual counter-point to the album, a set of unique and compelling Films of Innocence.

Jefferson Hack is credited as the film's director and Lois Newcombe as producer.

(Thanks to Chris Rotondo for the tip on Twitter.)

 

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