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Peregrine falcons are not Harry Potter fans.

If you live along the eastern seaboard of the United States, now is the time to look for snowy owls, Bubo scandiacus. These mostly-white owls, made famous by Harry Potter's faithful companion, Hedwig, are Arctic birds as one realises when they catch a glimpse of their thick insulative plumage -- even their feet and toes are protected with feathers. Despite this, lots of these birds are suddenly appearing in all sorts of strange places -- even in Bermuda and Hawaii!

Snowy owls are large and dramatic birds, standing two feet tall with a five-foot wingspan, making them very conspicuous. Adult males are pure white whilst the larger females retain some dark barring on their feathers. The juveniles and immatures have much heavier barring on their plumage. (Keen-eyed observers will notice that Hedwig was actually portrayed in the Harry Potter films by a number of individuals,
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'The Sopranos' and 'Seinfeld' top WGA's 'TV 101' list of best-written series ever

'The Sopranos' and 'Seinfeld' top WGA's 'TV 101' list of best-written series ever
The Sopranos was named the best-written show in television history by the Writers Guild of America, edging out an eclectic collection of some of the most beloved and admired series. Members of the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) voted online for the 101 Best Written TV Series, with David Chase’s iconic “family” drama topping Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H*.

“At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers
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‘The Sopranos’ Leads WGA List of Top TV Series

The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).

On the other end of the list was a three-way tie between the original NBC “Late Night with David Letterman,” FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s intense prison drama “Oz.”

The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.

The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:


The Sopranos


Created by David Chase


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Comedy Central Renews ‘Jeselnik Offensive,’ ‘Nathan for You’

Comedy Central has given frosh programs “The Jeselnik Offensive” and “Nathan for You” second seasons.

“Jeselnik Offensive” features Jeselnik’s comedic, sardonic spin on must-see headlines. Show is exec produced by Jeselnik, head writer Tom Johnson, Krysia Plonka and Mosaic’s Christie Smith. Comedy Central plans to lens ten new episodes in July.

Comedic docuseries “Nathan for You” follows Nathan Fielder as he uses his real-life biz degree and experience to help struggling companies with strategies that no traditional biz consultant would dare to attempt. Comedy Central will debut ten new episodes next year. “Nathan for You” is exec produced by Fielder, Michael Koman and Dave Kneebone.
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Comedy Central Renews ‘Nathan For You’ & ‘The Jeselnik Offensive’ For 2nd Seasons

Comedy Central has picked up freshman series The Jeselnik Offensive and Nathan For You for 10-episode second seasons. Jeselnik Offensive, executive produced by Anthony Jeselnik, head writer Tom Johnson, Krysia Plonka and Mosaic’s Christie Smith, is slated to begin in July. Nathan, executive produced by Fielder, Michael Koman and Dave Kneebone, will return in 2014. The Jeselnik Offensive, which premiered in February, features Jeselnik’s take on news ripped from the headlines of Gawker, Reddit and the places we troll for the darker, more shocking and lurid stories. The docu-reality comedy Nathan For You, which also premiered in February, features Nathan Fielder as he uses his real-life business degree and prior real-life experiences to help struggling companies with strategies that no traditional business consultant would dare to attempt.
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'Star Trek: The Video Game': The Gorn as poetry in (slow) motion

'Star Trek: The Video Game': The Gorn as poetry in (slow) motion
Star Trek: The Video Game arrives on April 23 and shines a special spotlight on the Gorn, that toothy reptilian race that conquered the collective heart of Starfleet fans back in 1967 but never enjoys the kind of attention those loudmouth Klingons get.

April also brings us National Poetry Month and though it’s not the smartest pick as far as the calendar goes (the real reason T.S. Eliot called it the “cruellest month” is because nothing rhymes with April) the timing does work out nicely for our ongoing Days of Gorn celebration, which features previews of the Gorn varieties in
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Comedy Central Orders Series With Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer And Ben Hoffman

Exclusive: Comedy Central has ordered new series starring comedians Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer and Ben Hoffman for a 2013 launch. Jeselnik’s show is a weekly, topical series reflecting his dark and twisted point-of-view, Schumer will topline a sketch series, and Hoffman will star in a sketch/man-on-the-street hybrid. “These three shows have one thing in common, and I dare viewers to watch every single episode to find out what it is,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s Head of Original Programming and Production. The untitled Anthony Jeselnik series is written and executive produced by Jeselnik and head writer Tom Johnson. Showrunner Krysia Plonka and Mosaic’s Christie Smith are also executive producers. Jeselnik is probably best known for his appearances on Comedy Central’s roasts of Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump. Jeselnik, who recently taped a one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central, Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula, had this response to
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South Africa vs. England – Rugby Union 2nd Test Preview

England faces South Africa in the second test of this three game series. After losing last week in Durban, Stuart Lancaster’s men must win on Saturday to draw the series and take it to a winner takes all game next week. Leave your predictions or comments either in the comments below or as always on Twitter @ballintouch

England’s best chance of beating South Africa on this tour was probably last week, at sea level against a side with barely a week’s preparation together and several new caps. The result if you missed it was a narrow 22-17 loss for Stuart Lancaster’s men that showed some encouraging stuff that ultimately fell short.

The next game this Saturday is in Johannesburg at Ellis Park, a stadium renowned for being at altitude and a happy hunting ground for South Africans, especially in 1995. Besides the extra week of getting-to-know-you time
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Rugby Union: South Africa vs. England 1st Test Preview

Having ridden a wave of support since taking charge as caretaker and then full time, the honeymoon period will be well and truly over on Saturday for Stuart Lancaster as he unleashes his young guns on South Africa in Durban for the first Test of the three match series. Let us know your thoughts on the team or predictions for Saturday either in the messages below or on Twitter @ballintouch

For all their hospitality off the pitch,South Africa will be far from welcoming on it. Any fresh faced men in white who pause to take in the moment, be it their first cap or trip to the Southern Hemisphere, will find themselves flattened by a tsunami of South African aggression. If you ain’t local, you’re in trouble.

Counting in England’s favour is that this is Heyneke Meyer’s first game in charge and there are also
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