“Adam Richards” to appear on Japanese TV

According to Yahoo, Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards, the cruiserweight boxer, will appear on Japanese pay channel Wowow tonight at 8pm, when they will show highlights from his March 13 attempt to take the WBO cruiserweight title away from current champion Marco Huck in Germany, Huck’s home turf:

エキサイトマッチ~世界プロボクシング
アンドレ・ディレル vs アルツール・アブラハム マルコ・フック vs アダム・リチャーズ アレクサンデル・ポベトキン vs ファビエル・モーラ
[初][HV][W] エキサイトマッチ~世界プロボクシング #3 激戦の”スーパー・シックス”、ディレルvsアブラハム! ・S・ミドル級12回戦  アンドレ・ディレル vs アルツール・アブラハム ~3月27日/アメリカ・ミシガン州 ・WBO世界クルーザー級タイトルマッチ  マルコ・フック vs アダム・リチャーズ ・ヘビー級10回戦  アレクサンデル・ポベトキン vs ファビエル・モーラ ~3月13日/ドイツ
出演
解説:ジョー小泉、浜田剛史 実況:高柳謙一 進行:中島そよか

I won’t ruin the match for anyone planning to watch, but suffice to say Huck is still the champion. The Wowow synopsis of the fight notes that while Richards won several titles as an amateur and boasts a fairly impressive professional career, he has so far not gone up against many powerful fighters.

I am happy someone with my name is having some success, but if he ever wins and gets famous it could complicate my life a little bit. From this video he seems like a pretty down to earth guy who can remember every detail of his fights. Also watch for how much exercise he can do without breaking a sweat (it’s a lot more than me):

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Adam J. Richards disappointed in court decision in favor of Borat

From Bloomberg:

News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox Film won an appeals-court ruling affirming the dismissal of three lawsuits filed by people who claimed they were emotionally harmed by appearing in the “Borat” movie.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York upheld the dismissals from last year in an order today. People who appeared in the film, including those in a dinner-party scene in which the protagonist presents a bag of feces, also sued for fraud and unjust enrichment, according to the ruling. They argued the ambiguity of “documentary-style film” in signed releases meant the lower court couldn’t rely on them to dismiss the litigation.

“While the character ‘Borat’ is fictional, the film unmistakably tells the story of his travels in the style of a traditional, fact-based documentary,” the appeals court wrote. “Indeed, the film’s stylistic similarity to the straight documentary form is among its central comedic conceits, employed to set the protagonist’s antics in high relief.”

“It’s disappointing,” Adam J. Richards, a lawyer for six of the seven plaintiffs, said of the ruling in a phone interview. “It allows well-financed parties such as Twentieth Century Fox to outright lie to people and rely on, in my opinion, an ambiguously worded document to get by the lies.”

The appeals court found the plaintiffs couldn’t claim the filmmakers fraudulently induced them into signing the releases because they didn’t try to verify what they were told by, for example, asking to meet the “reporter” or learn his name.

“They would have lied to him,” Levine said of his client Psenicska. “To use clear language like ‘mock documentary’ or ‘mockumentary’ would have given the game away. They were clearly trying to use obsfucation.”

While I agree that the plaintiffs should have maybe had a little common sense before jumping in front of the camera, I really hope Sasha Baron Cohen remains the only one making these obviously subversive movies. They work, but only because the makers are doing things everyone knows are completely wrong.

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Adam Richardses: A competitive angler and a fictional homeless man

Today’s installment of Adam Richardses of the World is a mixed bag:

  • First, let’s all congratulate Adam Richards of Billingham, England for catching 17.54 kg of unnamed fishat Fish O Mania XVI, a competition held at the scenic Cudmore Fishery in Whitmore. You didn’t win, but you get an “A” for Adam Richards.
  • At this painfully unfunny news parody site, a fictional Adam Richards is described as “a homeless man” who witnessed Pamela Anderson yelling at her own breasts as she was jogging. I guess that’s supposed to be a joke.

Malibu, California – As the Southern California sun slowly rises and there is still a faint mist visible in the air, the shapely silhouette of Pamela Anderson can be seen jogging along the shoreline of Malibu beach.

“I haven’t seen her train like that since the 1990s,” said an old local fisherman as he cast his line into the crashing ocean waves of the Pacific in the early morning hours. “It’s not like she ever had to mind you. I mean she always kept fit and that body of hers tight.”

Only it is not her glorious body that Pamela Anderson is training on her early morning jaunts. Rather it is her breasts.

“She talks to them too,” said the old fisherman, removing a corncob pipe from his white bearded face. “And you know what? They answer her back.”

“Here in L.A., you see that kind of stuff all the time,” said Adam Richards, a homeless man (a comedy writer in Hollywood). “So I really didn’t think much of it until she started falling down and yelling at her breasts. But she could have been talking on a cell phone. She was too far away to tell for sure.”

Suddenly, the homeless man made the sound of a cell phone ringing out from the side of his mouth.

“Hold on a minute,” said the homeless man as he bends down, taking off his shoe and holds it up to his ear. “I got to take this call; it’s from my agent.”
 

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Adam Richardses update: day camp in British Columbia, diploma in Iowa

The Google informs me of two more high-flying Adam Richardses:

“There are some camps where you can go and spend a couple of hours in a pool — these camps don’t have that privilege,” he said. “So they rely more on the other aspects of camp, discovery, animation, storytelling.

“There’s a theme throughout the whole summer so the kids get to follow the theme and be involved in the story of the camp.”

  • An Iowa AR graduates from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. The school offers a variety of programs with a focus on agriculture. Congratulations!
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Adam Richards (of SC) wins the ultimate perfect attendance award

Hats off to fellow Adam Richards of Boiling State High School in South Carolina for never EVER missing a day of school!

Students’ perfect records impress
Sixteen area grads haven’t missed a day
By LEE G. HEALY

Published: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 10:10 p.m.

Adam Richards probably should have stayed home from school a few weeks ago when he was sick. He also wishes he was out with his friends on senior skip day. But Adam stuck it out to become one of the elite few to achieve perfect school attendance through graduation.

Adam was one of 72 seniors in the South Carolina Class of 2009 to make it through their entire academic careers without missing a single day of school. Among them were 16 students from high schools in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties.

“This achievement never ceases to amaze me,” said State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex in a news release. “Twelve years, 2,160 consecutive days and not a single absence. That’s really something.”

Richards, a Boiling Springs High School senior, said his persistence definitely paid off.

“But there were times I didn’t want to be in school and I went anyway,” he said.

This AR joins another in Aurora, Illinois on the growing list of Adam Richardses who have earned academic honors. This is what I like to see!

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Cyclist Adam Richards tries to keep his pants clean

It has been a while since I highlighted an Adam Richards of the world, but I couldn’t ignore this fashion triumph. An Adam Richards in Montana has apparently joined a campus trend of rolling up one pant leg to protect against bicycle chains:

Adam Richards, a communications studies graduate student, said that although he sports the bike leg when it’s warm, he uses a rafting strap to cinch his pants to prevent wind from drafting up his leg during the cold months.

“It works fine,” Richards said, adding that the cold may be too much with rolled up pant legs.

“Maybe I’m just a wuss,” he said.

Even with this alternate approach to keeping pant legs intact, Richard still admits that sometimes the strap isn’t enough.

“I’ve ruined a couple pairs of pants,” he said.

Two things:

  1. This article features something I have had to deal with all my life – people thinking my name is “Richard” instead of “Richards.” Either they think my first name is Richard, or they forget my last name ends in “s.” This is something I am sure all Adam Richardses of the world can agree on.
  2. I sometimes see people in Tokyo with the “bike leg”, but it’s generally unnecessary since most bikes here come with metal guards over the chains.
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Adam Richardses of the world update

I guess in Japan a post like this violates the personal information protection law, but you know what – damn the man:

  • With the budget cut for the only part-time officer position in town, for all intents and purposes police chief Adam Richards now is the law in Somerset, PA, and according to the council, “he’s doing a great job”:
  • No salary has been allotted for a part-time police officer. The borough’s part-time officer resigned several months ago, leaving Chief Adam Richards to cover the borough alone.

    “I don’t want to knock him, because he’s doing a great job,” said council member John Mull. “I just think scheduling is the issue, and we can get by with one officer.”

    Council will consider hiring another officer in the future if the need becomes apparent, members said.

    Back when he and his part-time partner were keeping order, Chief Richards was getting all Dirty Harry on bored teenage house vandals by “meeting with residents to lay the groundwork for starting a Community Watch.” There has yet to be a follow-up story, but we’ll be watching this closely to see if these rascals can’t somehow live up to their potential to be good citizens.


  • British financial regulator spokesman Adam Richards-Gray
    does not think that 6-figure fees are too much for his FSA to charge mortgage advisors (which may be true depending on what kind of “surgeries” they offer the mortgage firms in exchange*)
  • * (I believe that surgery may be a British real estate industry term for some kind of credit check that the FSA performs with the fees it collects)

  • The story is no longer available, but one Adam Richards in NZ is apparently a king of drift in his refurbished Nissan Cifero. I can’t tell if this is cooler than the UK stuntman Adam Richards.
  • Another dead link story (I’ll never forgive myself for not posting sooner) – A “children in need fever” inspired hotel manager Adam Richards in the UK to offer a “sponsored leg wax” which I can only assume is a competition among people who get their legs waxed for a living.
  • Congratulations to Cincinnati Adam Richards for making the 8th Grade Honor Roll. We expect many good things to come of this up and coming AR.
  • I thought I saw something recently about the boxer Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards but not I can’t find it. Here’s hoping he is still kicking some serious ass somewhere.

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    Leeds-based Jazz Bassist has a hep name

    Cafe Adam might be an acquired taste, but I wish my namesake all the best anyway:

    To put it bluntly Café Adam are absolutely ridiculous, but that’s the whole point! Comprising the technical ability of Jazz bassist Adam Richards and manic vocal talents of Adam ‘Benbow’ Browne, the two Adams have undeniably created something that they can entirely call their own.

    I feel it’s important to point out that I have seen Café Adam before, because musically and conceptually they are quite difficult to digest. Heavily influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk, The Fall and extreme electronic music pioneers Whitehouse, Café Adam sound like Techno Pop terrorists. Very political and very un-PC at the same time, they blast out songs about wearing women’s clothing, cooking ‘poncey’ food and why you shouldn’t take a full time job at a bank. Armed with slogans like ‘Café Adam will take your face off’ Adam ‘Benbow’ Browne delivers his lyrics with a manic jerkiness reminiscent of Ian Curtis and with all the pompous melodrama of a Morrissey chorus. It may take you a little time to fully ‘get’ Café Adam but it might just be worth the effort.

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    Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards, up-and-coming heavyweight

    ‘Swamp Donkey’ Richards’ boxing career rising with help from Holyfield
    By DAVID BOCLAIR

    swamp-donkey.jpgBoxing has had a pair of Sugar Rays, an Iron Mike and a Raging Bull, among others.

    Now there’s Swamp Donkey. That’s right — Swamp Donkey.

    No, Adam Richards is not from Louisiana or Florida or anyplace else generally associated with swamps. The 26-year-old Riverdale High School graduate and former MTSU student does pack a mule-like wallop, though, which makes him an attraction in the world of professional boxing. An original nickname, even if it is a bit unusual, does not hurt either.

    “More people (in boxing circles) know me by ‘Swamp’ or ‘Swamp Donkey’ than my own name,” he said. “It’s really taken off. It’s catchy. If you look up on the Internet, I get a little grief. There’s a lot of people who make fun of it and a lot of people who like it. You’re going to have either way.”

    For the better part of the last three years, though, Richards’ career has been headed in one direction — up.

    Earlier this month he moved into the top 100 heavyweights in the world, according to at least one ranking source. For the past two years he has worked with one of the sport’s leading trainers, Ronnie Shields, in the same Houston camp as former world champion Evander Holyfield.

    What this article doesn’t tell you is that he took the name “Swamp Donkey” because his boxing buddies kept getting him confused with a certain blogger…

    (I’ve noted Swamp before)

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    Harvard-educated Burma democracy activist Adam Richards, 1996

    Back when I was just 14 another Adam Richards was making a difference. From the Burma Library Archives:

    FBC: HARVARD DUMPS PEPSI: CONCERN OVER CONNECTION TO
    FORCED LABOR
    April 8, 1996
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cambridge, MA

    Cambridge: Harvard University dining service has scuttled a $1 million
    contract with Pepsi after Harvard students raised concerns over Pepsi’s
    activities in military-run Burma.

    Harvard is not the only top university where contracts with PepsiCo are
    under fire: Stanford University Burma democracy activists have more than 2000
    student backers for an effort to keep Pepsi-owned Taco Bell off their
    campus. Dozens of high school and college campuses across the US are
    involved in similar efforts.

    “I’m a businessperson who says that we have to be socially and ethically
    responsible” says Harvard Food Services director of dining services
    Michael Berry. Regarding Pepsi he says “I do think there is a problem
    doing business with such a company.”

    As recently as Feb. 22, a Pepsi memo sneered at the Harvard students,
    noting that a Harvard demonstration against Pepsi “involved a mere 25
    students.” “This shows the power of the information we provided on
    Pepsi,” says Harvard senior Adam Richards.

    “What you have is America’s ‘best and brightest’ challenging PepsiCo based
    on the facts” says senior analyst Simon Billenness of Franklin Research and
    Development. “Students are at the heart of Pepsi’s target market. Pepsi
    is extremely vulnerable.”

    Pepsi entered Burma shortly after military authorities quashed an
    overwhelming (82%) May, 1990 election victory by the NLD party of Nobel
    Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. NLD spokespeople have repeatedly
    called for Pepsi to cease operating in Burma. Pepsi’s Burmese partner is
    also chairman of a joint venture with the military called JV3. In Burma,
    “the army controls all major businesses. Not even a small scale merchant
    can survive without solid army connections” says the authoritative Far
    Eastern Economic Review.

    To repatriate its profits from Burma, Pepsi engages in “counter trade” by
    purchasing agricultural goods for export. Recent reports by the United
    Nations and human rights groups note that forced labor has become pervasive in
    Burma’s agriculture sector. The Burmese army has a practice of confiscating
    farmland and using the evicted farmers as forced labor.

    Despite several enquiries, PepsiCo has not disclosed the parties from
    which the company buys farm products or provided any evidence that
    PepsiCo is trying to avoid buying from farms that use forced labor.
    Despite rising concern over its presence in Burma, Pepsi’s lawyers each
    year work diligently to keep such issues off of the shareholder ballot at
    its annual meetings.

    Pepsi’s revenues in Burma, $14 million in 1995, are dwarfed by US sales of
    over $10 billion.

    Other US companies, including Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss, Eddie Bauer, Liz
    Claiborne, Amoco and Columbia Sportswear, shun Burma. UNOCAL, Texaco and
    ARCO remain, and along with Pepsi are the targets of consumer and shareholder
    activism.

    F R E E B U R M A C O A L I T I O N
    For More Info Contact: Adam Richards

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