Sunday, February 26, 2017

Smile: We're Off to a New Week



Fun videos to start off your new week:

-- Progressive:  Peer pressure:

-- Progressive: Motorcycle misunderstanding:

-- Progressive: Heros:

-- Progressive: Super diner:

-- Old Spice: Five Year Plan:

-- Allstate: Mayhem, cleaning lady:

-- GEICO: Bowling: MIA:

Photos: Pinterest.

Tomorrow on The Allen Report: The Loo and Other Odd Bathroom Names,

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Musical Moments: Bizet, Carmen


The gang's all here.

Musical Moments features music and artists I've enjoyed over the years.

Today's feature is the video of a terrific group of talented children in Paris, who have a ball with Bizet's Carmen:

Photos: Giphy, Pinterest.

Tomorrow on The Allen Report: Smile: It's a New Week.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Darien Sees Real Estate Upturn

Weekly update:

Darien saw an upturn in residential real estate activity in the week ending today.

Results, according to the Darien MLS, were: 

-- 19 new listings of property for sale;
-- Ten price changes;
-- Seven accepted offers;
-- One property going under contract, and
-- Six closings.

For more:

Tomorrow on The Allen Report: Bizet's Carmen by some wonderful and talented children in Paris.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

Powerful exhibition...

Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili...
aka Koba and Stalin

One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art, reports

Russian Revolution, 1917.

Photos: Tumblr, Pinterest.

Tomorrow on The Allen Report: The Latest Darien Real Estate Update.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Who Are The Richest of the Rich?

A select few...

The best of times.

The top 10 — nine from the United States, one from Spain — have a combined net worth of $582 billion, Paul Sullivan reports on

While their wealth would certainly be enough to save the world from Dr. Evil, what they do with it in real life is the subject of great interest and debate, Sullivan wrote.

They had it all.

Photos: Giphy, Pinterest.

Tomorrow on The Allen Report: Russian Revolution Art.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Designers: Choosing The Best Red Paint Colors

Go for sultry, not stop sign...

Let's give it a touch of red while we're at it.

Red: It's the color of passion, love and striking design interiors, Kelsey Kloss reports on

But if approached incorrectly, it can make a space seem overwhelming or harsh -- not exactly the adjectives you want to wake up to, Kloss added.

See how interior designers solve the tricky problem of selecting the right red for the right spots:

Adding an attractive red accent to a room.

Photos: Giphy, Pinterest

Tomorrow on The Allen Report: Who Are The Richest?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Beware of Facebook Fake Friends' Requests

A request from "myself"...

Be careful out there.

A few weeks ago, I got a Facebook request from “myself,”  Jennifer Jolly reports on

I recognized it right away as a common Facebook cloning scam, Jolly wrote.

For more, including a video on how to deal with a risky and annoying ploy that can ruin your day:

Think before clicking.

Photos: Giphy, Pinterest.

Tomorrow on The Allen Report: Designers' Tips on Choosing the Best Red Paint Colors.