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Sean Cowen

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Writer first, then Bookseller, Speaker... Founder of +Friday Night Sessions and +Helping Others. Passionate about the arts, and life.

Occupation: Writer and Creator (FNS Studios)

Birthday: 10/21

Followers: 60,675

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Tech Times T-Lounge192Join @109147574323970937362 & @112711494543746598839 as we broadcast LIVE from Las Vegas for the kick off event to @114786898916421737866 2015: *CES Unveiled* We will be hanging out and streaming all the cool technology we see with our video host and director of social, @111048918866742956374 who will be joined as well by @103883275526489130828 and @101618838660572321623  We welcome your comments and questions at anytime and look forward to bringing you this year's innovative event at @112507134346032712650! Please visit our CES page for more breaking stories: http://www.techtimes.com/ces2015 Also subscribe to our @115229808208707341778 and watch more great CES coverage: https://www.youtube.com/user/tloungevideo/videos     #CESUnveiled   #TechTimesCES   #CES2015  CES 2015: CES Unveiled with Tech Times - Hangout On Air2015-01-05 01:00:0018  
Daria Musk3,833,371Hey everyone! I am so excited to bring you with me (virtually) to the famous Pace University Stage in New York City! It’s the same spot where they film the TV show “Inside The Actor’s Studio” and just like that show I’ll be sitting down for a passionate conversation about music, business, tech, being an “artistprenuer" and making what-you-love-what-you-do! And of course I’ll be singing for you and all the smarty-pants business and arts school students in the house too!  *YOU CAN RSVP & WATCH LIVE RIGHT HERE!* And quick! Zap me a note through Gchat if you want to be one of the 10 people featured in the actually Hangout on stage! I promise your gorgeous faces will be huuuuge! I’ve seen the screen, it’s one of the biggest we’ve had so far!! Can’t wait to sing our story to a whole new group of G+niuses and dreamers! *XO, Daria*Daria Musk Live At Pace University2014-10-21 18:15:00140  
Sean Cowen60,675This is our LAUNCH DAY/PARTY event for the product I've been working so hard on, the @114238219828751986709! I'll be holding HANGOUTS throughout the day, showing you my company's plant and operations, and, of course, showing off this product we are so proud of. *You'll be among the first in the world to see it. LIVE!* I might even figure out a way to get a kiddie pool here in my office to show how cool this is (then you can see it in action). Who knows? There may be cocktails out early as well. Join me, even if you just want to say "hi" and offer your support. Tell a friend! *Look for prizes, giveaways, and more!*Global Launch of the Pool Netr™2014-06-27 21:00:0025  
Daria Musk3,833,371*HUGE HANGOUT CONCERT!* _This Wednesday, 5/21, I'll be playing and hanging out with *you* live from the world-famous House Of Blues in New Orleans! OMG!!_ I am so crazy excited about this G+niuses! Beyonce drops surprise albums, we drop surprise Hangout Concerts!!! Yeah, we woke up like dis.  *HOUSE OF BLUES HERE WE COME!* It's time for our first big blow-out Hangout Concert of the season and I can't imagine a cooler way to do it! This will be the _first_ interactive live concert from The House Of Blues, ever! And most importantly, it's featuring *you*! There will be a huge screen up on stage with your gorgeous faces on it as you join and watch the show live!! That means you'll be the real stars of the show, with the packed house "ooohing and aaahing" at your awesomeness. *WATCH & JOIN THE HANGOUT CONCERT LIVE:* Read below to see how you can hop into the Hangout and be live on-stage with me on Wednesday! Yay! _Here's your Hangout to do list:_ ✖ RSVP HERE! ✖ Let me know - in the comments - that you'd like to join live and see your face on the big screen! ✖ You'll get a private message from me and the team who will be running the Hangout backstage to confirm your VIP first-join status! ✖ Feel free to make fun signs to show off in the Hangout so the crowd at the venue and the global audience watching see how awesome you are! ✖ Spread the love and share this post (and the event page) so everyone can rock out with us!! ✖ Get ready to rock on Wednesday 5/21! _Cannot wait to look up and see you on stage with me!_ *XO, Daria* _Ps. This concert will be brought to you by CO-OP Connected Credit Unions. Empowering people. Amplifying Dreams._DARIA MUSK ★ HANGOUT CONCERT ★ LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES2014-05-22 02:45:00397  
The Huffington Post3,865,850  +The Huffington Post and +HitFix are excited to talk  2014 Television LIVE on Thursday, February 6 at 1pm ET / 10am PT with a panel of #awesomepeople  including TV Critics +Alan Sepinwall (What's Alan Watching?, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), Daniel Fienberg (the Fien print, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), +Maureen Ryan (Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan), and +matthew rappaport (+Hangout Conversations Host)! They will be examining the best shows to come and that have recently premiered in 2014 along with the premieres of some of your favorites (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and more!), taking your questions LIVE, a fun amount of mirth to be had and just asking "WHY?!" with certain series PLUS always surprises and epic moments! Happy to have you TUNE in G+ers :) Join us LIVE or Watch later! Please submit all questions, comments and other thoughts using the Q&A App in the corner of the video, list them on our watch page or Tweet us using  #huffposthitfixTV . Also, be sure to check out MOAR while you're waiting: Alan & Dan's fun, new Video Show &The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast http://www.hitfix.com/podcasts/firewall-iceberg Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan http://talkingtvwithryanandryan.libsyn.com/ What's Alan Watching? http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching  the Fien Print http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print Hangout Conversations http://www.youtube.com/hangoutconversations #television   #thewalkingdead   #tv2014   #gameofthrones   #truedetective   #firewallandiceberg   #seasonpremiereHuffPost & Hitfix 2014 Television Hangout On Air Roundtable2014-02-06 19:28:2041  
byron rempel165,237Mostly doodling my day and the events that transpired, as well as talking about marketing and youtube and stuffdrawing my day and talking about marketing and stuff2013-12-18 04:13:287  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival470,935http://ugpff.com Live, interactive and showing in a city near you including New York, Singapore, Wellington, New Zealand, Seattle, Mexico and more.      • Watch great short films and web series.      • Interact with filmmakers live.      • Attend film panels with industry experts.      • Meet other filmmakers and film lovers. *Seattle Event Information:* RSVP here, limited seats available. http://www.celebrations.com/rsvp/zh2ne64yk663gwz2f   The 3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival in partnership with +SnagFilms, is becoming the world's largest short film and web series festival.  Live and interactive, this global event celebrates the best in short cinema from around the world and allows the audience to attend a world class film festival from the comforts of their own home.   The future of film festivals is finally here.3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival2013-12-13 19:00:00468  
matthew rappaport223,838It's almost Halloween which means #nychirl3  and Surprise Hangouts On Air throughout between October 31 and November 3, 2013! More info on the New York City Event: https://plus.google.com/events/c0v0a356o41fa282ud92pqqt4lo It'll be mini surprises and feel free to suggest stuff here in NYC and Plussers popping in from all angles :)  #awesomesauce  +G+ Achievement Unlocked #nychirl3 : Hangouts On Air at any point during the Weekend / Halloween2013-11-01 03:00:0017  
Trey Ratcliff8,853,531Join us!  I'll be announcing a new big event in Japan at the end of the week at the Google HQ in Tokyo!  Also, we'll be catching up with +Thomas Hawk  +Cali Lewis +Clayton Morris +Gino Barasa and +Erica Joy  on the latest photography news... full-rez photos on Google+...  Comment-ranking changes on Facebook... backing up on the road and more! :) If you have live questions, come to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com and see the embedded player! :)Show #73: Photography Hangout with Thomas Hawk from ThomasHawk.com, Clayton Morris from Fox, Gino Barassa from Mars (7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-04-09 04:00:00245  
pio dal cin82,744Samantha will be sent with four other astronauts to the ISS where she will spend six months experimenting . Join me on a live Hangout where she will talk about her new great challange. She was chosen among thousands of candidates for the 2014 mission.Interview with Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut on the ISS2013-02-15 17:00:00276  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival470,935*Film Block 1* http://www.ugpff.com/the-unofficial-google-plus-film-festival/film-block-1/ *Film Block 2* http://www.ugpff.com/the-unofficial-google-plus-film-festival/film-block-2/ *Film Block 3* http://youtu.be/BkZPiWB1mH0?t=17m5s *Web Series Block 1* http://www.ugpff.com/web-series-block-1/ *Web Series Block 2* http://www.ugpff.com/web-series-block-2/ *Web Series Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/web-series-panel/ *Pitch Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/pitch-fest-submit-your-pitch-to-screenwriting-panelists/ *Producer Financing Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/producer-financing *Music Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/music-panel/ We are getting ready to go live at +The Los Angeles Film School and to the world for our third block of films. Stay tuned for a great show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZPiWB1mH0 We will pass on a requests to the Google+ development team to include an option to message guests for future festivals!  Thanks. We are live with filmmakers from all over the world for our first block of short films. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAjEmHYcGI4 The Pitch Panel. http://www.youtube.com/user/UGPFilmFestival?v=yuMmmfR8bK4 Web Series Block 1 http://youtu.be/VozU9Xxbg5g?hd=1&t=10m Web Series Block 2 http://youtu.be/VozU9Xxbg5g?t=1h18m22s The Unofficial Google+ Film Festival is an online, interactive, live, international short film festival featuring some of the best short films and web series out there. To be notified of the most accurate information for the festival visit: http://ugpff.com/signup *This years festival includes* 1. Great short films w/ live interactive Q&A sessions w/ the filmmakers. 2. Interactive film panels. 3. An interactive marketplace. 4. A public film festival lounge where anyone can interact with anyone attending. 5. Free live showings in both Los Angeles, CA and Asheville, NC. See our complete schedule of events here. http://goo.gl/NXxcN or add the complete event to your iCal http://goo.gl/WN1WV By using some of the tools of Google+ like Hangouts On Air, as well as the easy of the internet, we are able to bring the film festival experience to your living room or computer.  You will be able to interact directly with the filmmakers and participate as if you were actually sitting in a theater. Join us for many of our exciting events between Fri. Nov. 30 - Sun. Dec. 2, 2012 for our second annual film festival.  This event is *FREE* to anyone who wants to attend. Please share this event and help make this one of the most exciting events on Google+ (and beyond). Thank you, +Adam J. Cohen  #ugpff2012  Unofficial Google+ Film Festival - 2012 (Public Event)2012-12-01 22:30:001014  
Daria Musk3,833,371*You, Me & A LIttle Music History!* Join me - virtually - on November 29th for a very special live in-studio, interactive Hangout Concert from Times Square in New York City! *How To Join The Hangout!* ★ RSVP Right Here! ★ Circle @109766514680275896293  They're our gracious Hangout Hosts ★ Be a VIP by commenting below! I'll add you to my early-invite VIP circle! ★ We'll rotate the Hangout seats to get as many people in as possible! ★ Global Start Times: http://bit.ly/QbrDDv *Tell Me More...* I have a feeling this virtual, interactive, multi-dimensional concert will be another amazing night to remember and share together! We'll have cameras, lights, lots of songs and tons of action! This is the launch of a new series of Hangout Event Series by +Stonehenge NYC and I'll be singing and hanging with you from world-famous KMA Recording Studios where everyone from Whitney Houston, to Karmin to Jay-Z have laid down their tracks!  And our secret(ly awesome) undisclosed location has been revealed! It's The Brill Building - where hit songs have been written and recorded generation after generation. The walls are singing with music legends past and now you and me will be a part of it's storied history! Woop! :) *One More Surprise* is on the way... Something special for everyone joining the Hangout... I can't wait to light up New York City with you... More deets to come ;) XO, DariaDaria & You ★ In-Studio Concert From Times Square ★ Live At Stonehenge NYC2012-11-30 02:00:00379  
Ryan Van Sickle787,876*HOPE RISING* *_A Hurricane Sandy Benefit ON AIR Concert_* *Thursday, November 8th at 9PM EST*  *Host @111048918866742956374 Along with* *Singer Songwriters @102002299339025067376 @107291158434082397409 & Friends* *Charities* The Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/ New York Cares - http://www.nycares.org/ *We would love for you all to participate, so from 10PM - 11PM it will be open to anyone wanting to tell their story or share a song.* Photo by @114242552432938641752 & Poster by @117344786984788205452 HOPE RISING A Hurricane Sandy Benefit ON AIR Concert w/ Heather Fay, Ryan Van Sickle, Matthew Rappaport & Friends2012-11-09 03:00:00226  
Jessica Northey1,984,197Join @115263347034954886450  Wednesday October 24th starting 5pm PT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eDGGFu-Ok9w We'll be talking about Americana and folk music with @115355394914388821672, @101855386466968203040, @102002299339025067376, @107291158434082397409 as well as @111956683258824284439  We'll talk about what Americana music is and some performances showing difference styles! A few weeks ago, I wrote about the never-ending debate about the definition of Country Music. As tough as that is, it’s nothing compared to how one defines the term “Americana.”  In writing about this topic, I’m going to be (gasp!) honest about my thoughts – as they were when you first started hearing the term to describe a musical genre. There were several artists who had been favorites of the Country genre who no longer found themselves played on mainstream radio. Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris were two examples of this. Crowell had a string of top tens from 1988-1992, but all of a sudden his name disappeared from radio playlists. The same happened to Emmylou Harris following her 1988 top ten “Heartbreak Hill.” Critics of the musical format said it was that Country Music had changed – and gotten more pop and rock influenced. That is true – but, only halfway. If you listen to some of Harris’s post 1992 work, as well as Crowell’s, you’ll find some different sounds and subject matter that they weren’t doing earlier. That’s not saying they weren’t doing great music – but it WAS different than their own music that was played on top-40 Country radio just a few years earlier. So, (at least in my mind), that’s how the Americana format was born– as a place for acts who weren’t getting the commercial reception that they once had. Ok, I know I just offended several of my friends with that – but that’s my opinion. I never said that the music was bad, just different. Twenty years later, the definition of Americana is not that simple in my mind. One of the best albums of late in the format is Radney Foster’s current album, DEL RIO, TEXAS REVISITED: UNPLUGGED AND LONESOME , is a stunning re-take on his classic 1992 album DEL RIO, TEXAS 1959. The songs are the same that were radio hits back in the early 1990s. They were Country then, what changed? When artists like Patty Loveless release new projects, they get a warmer reception in the Americana format than Country – and this is by an artist that is a former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Granted, she wasn’t cutting Bluegrass music back in 1988 as her last album was, but the voice is still as pure and stunning as ever. But, Americana reaches far beyond the Country format. There’s tinges of Blues, Rock, Gospel, and Bluegrass that are sprinkled throughout. So, is Americana “anything outside of the mainstream?” I don’t know. The Civil Wars, a critical favorite, recently collaborated with Taylor Swift on “Safe and Sound.” What do you call that?  Part of my continuing education concerning “Americana” Americana & Folk Music Twangout with Twang Nation's Baron Lane, Joe Whyte, Heather Fay and Ryan Van Sickle.2012-10-25 02:00:0046  
Billy Wilson1,550,284It's now the 29th episode of my weekly on air G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 thank you guys for being so supportive! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining Caricature Artist @105046530334806680420; @103333429938529668020 who's quite known around G+ and is the host of @103052407716987048126; Geek, Writer, and Host @100035762233109552669; Tea Enthusiast and the person behind the Google+ Book Club @117665613028757061169 who's going to be talking to us about her new show called "Family By the Fireside"; Country Music Chat Host @105901258272269401150; and Special Musical Guest @101758878457837294885 ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live! Thank you so much for a lively thread last episode! The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #29: Caricatures, M Monica's New Show, Live Music and More! (On Air Hangout)2012-10-20 04:00:00143  
Google Play9,737,284Google Play presents: Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in their first ever Hangout On Air where they will be exclusively premiering the trailer for their upcoming movie, Lincoln. Google Play will update this event invite with a link to the live hangout a little before 4pm PT. You can also watch the hangout at play.google.com/+ starting at 4pm PT/7pm ET.  #lincolnhangout   ABOUT THE MOVIE: Steven Spielberg directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt in  “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.Google Play presents: Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt2012-09-14 01:00:006765  
matthew rappaport223,838*NYC @116758906530929229377 Concert on Friday, August 10, 2012 as part of #nychirl2  weekend*   Join us as we rock and roll all through the night with +Amazing music, laughs, and more at this @101066233324483545716 @107733598197138913821 Free Concert @The Living Room NYC (No Tickets Required!) It'll be amazing to see each other after 6 months and reunite where we had an EPIC Party the 1st time round & meet new PLUSpals.                             An All-Star+ Music Lineup & Surprises: Starting at 9pm : @114728696012925918708 & @107291158434082397409  The Living Room NYC Located at 154 Ludlow Street http://www.livingroomny.com Are you coming to the Official #nychirl2  Weekend concert? OH WHAT A +NIGHT! A Major @103052407716987048126 to rock your world and it'll all be BROADCAST live via a #hangoutsonair ! You won't have to miss a thing! (Although we do want to see you dance & smile!)                     Lots of fun in store for the Night and entire weekend! For more info about the #nychirl2  Weekend happening the 2nd weekend of August : Thursday, August 9 - Monday, August 13, 2012 Check out the @101560853443212199687 @117173351243749913463 Page:  https://plus.google.com/events/cca0dj8ro36ruegud2go8ap9rg0/111048918866742956374 Any Questions? Comment below or @111048918866742956374!  #plusversary   #nychirl   #livemusic   #coolhangouts   #nowTHISiscommunity   Latest Post with +H.I.R.L.tinerary for the weekend to check out: https://plus.google.com/111048918866742956374/posts/7pbifsbxuRk H.I.R.L. - Hangout In Real Life Memories2012-08-10 21:00:0069  
Ryan Van Sickle787,876ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027  

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The Scopes Trial Begins On 10 July 1925 in Tennessee

In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.

The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” With local businessman George Rappalyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense.

Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and afundame... more »

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Nirvana MTV Unplugged In New York

"MTV Unplugged in New York" is a live album by the American grunge band Nirvana. It features an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, for the television series MTV Unplugged.

The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and first aired on the cable television network MTV on December 16, 1993. As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, the band played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets, whose Cris and Curt Kirkwood joined Nirvana onstage.

MTV Unplugged in New York was the first Nirvana album released following the death of Kurt Cobain. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has become the group's most successful... more »

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Nirvana MTV Unplugged In New York

"MTV Unplugged in New York" is a live album by the American grunge band Nirvana. It features an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, for the television series MTV Unplugged.

The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and first aired on the cable television network MTV on December 16, 1993. As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, the band played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets, whose Cris and Curt Kirkwood joined Nirvana onstage.

MTV Unplugged in New York was the first Nirvana album released following the death of Kurt Cobain. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has become the group's most successful... more »

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Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest

27 July 1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest's Nepstadion, Hungary, and the gig was filmed and released as 'Queen Magic in Budapest'.

The Magic Tour was the biggest and final ever tour by the British rock band Queen with their lead singer Freddie Mercury and their bassist John Deacon. which took place in 1986. The band would not tour again until 19 years later, when the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour began in 2005, after the death of Freddie Mercury on 24 November 1991, and the retirement of John Deacon in 1997. The Magic Tour took in 26 dates around Europe's stadiums, in support of their latest album A Kind of Magic.

In 1987, Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS and the band together made the decision to stop touring,... more »

Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest

27 July 1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest's Nepstadion, Hungary, and the gig was filmed and released as 'Queen Magic in Budapest'.

The Magic Tour was the biggest and final ever tour by the British rock band Queen with their lead singer Freddie Mercury and their bassist John Deacon. which took place in 1986. The band would not tour again until 19 years later, when the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour began in 2005, after the death of Freddie Mercury on 24 November 1991, and the retirement of John Deacon in 1997. The Magic Tour took in 26 dates around Europe's stadiums, in support of their latest album A Kind of Magic.

In 1987, Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS and the band together made the decision to stop touring, making the concert at Knebworth on 9 August 1986 the last time ever the four members of Queen performed on stage together.

Over a million people attended the Queen tour, making it one of the largest ever. Support acts included The Alarm, Big Country, INXS, Level 42, Marillion, Gary Moore, The Bangles and Status Quo.

From this tour, Queen have since released Live at Wembley '86 on VHS, CD & DVD, Live Magic on CD and Live in Budapest on VHS & Laserdisc (later re-released and retitled as Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ’86 on DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe editions).

Queen: Hungarian Rhapsody - Live In Budapest 1986 (Full HD 1080p) Complete Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGj3cIWYL4k

Tracklist:

Intro
One Vision 1:08
Tie Your Mother Down 6:35
In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited 8:34
Seven Seas Of Rhye 11:05
Liar (Guitar riff)/Tear It Up 12:25
A Kind Of Magic 14:36
Queen/Freddie Mercury in Budapest 21:05
Vocal Improv 23:17
Under Pressure 24:31
Who Wants To Live Forever 28:06
I Want To Break Free 32:10
Guitar Solo 35:12
Brian May in Budapest 39:30
Now I'm Here 41:08
Love Of My Life 46:56
Tavaszi Szel Vizet Araszt 49:37
Is This the World We Created... ? 51:40
Rock N' Roll Vocal Improv 54:10
Tutti Frutti 55:01
John Deacon in Budapest 57:55
Bohemian Rhapsody 59:26
Hammer to Fall 1:04:43
Crazy Little Thing Called Love 1:09:00
Roger Taylor in Budapest 1:12:40
Radio Ga Ga 1:13:59
We Will Rock You 1:20:00
Friends Will Be Friends 1:23:04
We Are The Champions 1:25:05
God Save The Queen 1:28:57

#queen   #rocknroll   #musiclovers   #budapest   #hungary   #magictour   #freddiemercury   #rocknrollhistory  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Tour_(Queen)

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Robespierre Overthrown in France on 27 July 1794 and the Reign of Terror Was Over The Following Day

Maximilien Robespierre, the architect of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, is overthrown and arrested by the National Convention. As the leading member of the Committee of Public Safety from 1793, Robespierre encouraged the execution, mostly by guillotine, of more than 17,000 enemies of the Revolution. The day after his arrest, Robespierre and 21 of his followers were guillotined before a cheering mob in the Place de la Revolution in Paris.

Maximilien Robespierre was born in Arras, France, in 1758. He studied law through a scholarship and in 1789 was elected to be a representative of the Arras commoners in the Estates General. After the Third Estate, which represented commoners and the lower clergy, declared itself the National Assembly, Robespierre became ap... more »

Robespierre Overthrown in France on 27 July 1794 and the Reign of Terror Was Over The Following Day

Maximilien Robespierre, the architect of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, is overthrown and arrested by the National Convention. As the leading member of the Committee of Public Safety from 1793, Robespierre encouraged the execution, mostly by guillotine, of more than 17,000 enemies of the Revolution. The day after his arrest, Robespierre and 21 of his followers were guillotined before a cheering mob in the Place de la Revolution in Paris.

Maximilien Robespierre was born in Arras, France, in 1758. He studied law through a scholarship and in 1789 was elected to be a representative of the Arras commoners in the Estates General. After the Third Estate, which represented commoners and the lower clergy, declared itself the National Assembly, Robespierre became a prominent member of the Revolutionary body. He took a radical, democratic stance and was known as “the Incorruptible” for his dedication to civic morality. In April 1790, he presided over the Jacobins, a powerful political club that promoted the ideas of the French Revolution.

He called for King Louis XVI to be put on trial for treason and won many enemies, but the people of Paris consistently came to his defense. In 1791, he excluded himself from the new Legislative Assembly but continued to be politically active as a member of the Jacobin Club. In 1792, he opposed the war proposal of the Girondins–moderate leaders in the Legislative Assembly–and lost some popularity. However, after the people of Paris rose up against the king in August 1792, Robespierre was elected to the insurrectionary Commune of Paris. He then was elected to head the Paris delegation to the new National Convention.

In the National Convention, he emerged as the leader of the Mountain, as the Jacobin faction was known, and opposed the Girondins. In December 1792, he successfully argued in favor of Louis XVI’s execution, and in May 1793 he encouraged the people to rise up in insurrection over military defeats and a food shortage. The uprising gave him an opportunity to finally purge the Girondins.

On July 27, 1793, Robespierre was elected to the Committee of Public Safety, which was formed in April to protect France against its enemies, foreign and domestic, and to oversee the government. Under his leadership, the committee came to exercise virtual dictatorial control over the French government. Faced with the threat of civil war and foreign invasion, the Revolutionary government inaugurated the Reign of Terror in September. In less than a year, 300,000 suspected enemies of the Revolution were arrested; at least 10,000 died in prison, and 17,000 were officially executed, many by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution. In the orgy of bloodshed, Robespierre succeeded in purging many of his political opponents.

On June 4, 1794, Robespierre was almost unanimously elected president of the National Convention. Six days later, a law was passed that suspended a suspect’s right to public trial and to legal assistance. In just a month, 1,400 enemies of the Revolution were guillotined. The Terror was being escalated just when foreign invasion no longer threatened the republic, and an awkward coalition of the right and the left formed to oppose Robespierre and his followers.

On July 27, 1794 (9 Thermidor in the Revolutionary calendar), Robespierre and his allies were placed under arrest by the National Assembly. Robespierre was taken to the Luxembourg prison in Paris, but the warden refused to jail him, and he fled to the Hotel de Ville. Armed supporters arrived to aid him, but he refused to lead a new insurrection. When he received word that the National Convention had declared him an outlaw, he shot himself in the head but only succeeded in wounding his jaw. Shortly thereafter, troops of the National Convention attacked the Hotel de Ville and seized Robespierre and his allies. The next evening–July 28–Robespierre and 21 others were guillotined without a trial in the Place de la Revolution. During the next few days, another 82 Robespierre followers were executed. The Reign of Terror was at an end.

In the aftermath of the coup, the Committee of Public Safety lost its authority, the prisons were emptied, and the French Revolution became decidedly less radical. The Directory that followed saw a return to bourgeois values, corruption, and military failure. In 1799, the Directory was overthrown in a military coup led by Napoleon Bonaparte, who wielded dictatorial powers in France as first consul and, after 1804, as French emperor.

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2016-07-27 04:11:44 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

Star Wars Night Lights. Can You Say Badass?

Sometimes, when I'm surfing the Nets, I'll stumble on things that are so cool, especially to a die-hard Star Wars geek like myself. I see things like this and want them instantly. Then I have to plan in my mind exactly where I'd put them. That always makes my day! :-)

Colorful Star Wars Night Lights: Set this night light to one of seven colors and gradually cycle through the whole rainbow. LED lights projected through a sheet of transparent plastic gives this small light a striking 3D effect.

#starwars   #bb8   #millenniumfalcon   #stormtrooper   #geek   #r2d2   #nightlights   #LED   #homedecor   #starwarsfans  

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Star Wars Night Lights. Can You Say Badass?

Sometimes, when I'm surfing the Nets, I'll stumble on things that are so cool, especially to a die-hard Star Wars geek like myself. I see things like this and want them instantly. Then I have to plan in my mind exactly where I'd put them. That always makes my day! :-)

Colorful Star Wars Night Lights: Set this night light to one of seven colors and gradually cycle through the whole rainbow. LED lights projected through a sheet of transparent plastic gives this small light a striking 3D effect.

#starwars   #bb8   #millenniumfalcon   #stormtrooper   #geek   #r2d2   #nightlights   #LED   #homedecor   #starwarsfans  

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2016-07-27 03:50:19 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

The Marine Building Skyscraper In Vancouver, BC, Canada Featuring Stunning Art Deco Work

Marine Building, Vancouver. 1930s facade This is an exterior shot of the Marine Building in Downtown Vancouver. Displaying the Art Deco Design.

The Marine Building is a skyscraper located at 355 Burrard Street in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada near the Financial District, designed by McCarter Nairne and Partners. It is renowned for its Art Deco details and for a time for being the tallest building in the British Empire.

The brainchild of Lt. Commander J.W. Hobbs of Toronto, it was opened on 7 October 1930, and at 97.8 metres (321 ft) (22 floors) it was the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939. According to the architects, McCarter & Nairne, the building was intended to evoke "some great crag rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and... more »

The Marine Building Skyscraper In Vancouver, BC, Canada Featuring Stunning Art Deco Work

Marine Building, Vancouver. 1930s facade This is an exterior shot of the Marine Building in Downtown Vancouver. Displaying the Art Deco Design.

The Marine Building is a skyscraper located at 355 Burrard Street in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada near the Financial District, designed by McCarter Nairne and Partners. It is renowned for its Art Deco details and for a time for being the tallest building in the British Empire.

The brainchild of Lt. Commander J.W. Hobbs of Toronto, it was opened on 7 October 1930, and at 97.8 metres (321 ft) (22 floors) it was the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939. According to the architects, McCarter & Nairne, the building was intended to evoke "some great crag rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green, touched with gold." The building cost $2.3 million to build – $1.1 million over budget—but due to the Great Depression it was sold to the Guinness family of Ireland for only $900,000. The 2004 property assessment is $22 million.

There was an observation deck, but during the depression in the 1930s the 25-cent admission price proved unaffordable for most. Currently, there are no public galleries in the building.

Inside the massive brass-doored elevators the walls are inlaid with 12 varieties of local hardwoods. All over the walls and polished brass doors are depictions of sea snails, skate, crabs, turtles, carp, scallops, seaweed and sea horses, as well as the transportation means of the era. The floor presents the zodiac signs. The exterior is studded with flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green and touched with gold.

During a renovation from 1982-1989 to update the electrical, mechanical and air-conditioning systems, the "battleship linoleum" (imported from Scotland) in the lobby was replaced with marble. The former Merchant Exchange was also gutted, and is now a restaurant called Tractor Foods. This building was also the management centre for oneworld, of one of the three largest airline alliances in the world, from its founding in May 2000 until it was relocated to New York City in June 2011.

The building has often been used in filmmaking and television production. It was the setting for the final scene in the movie, Timecop and it was used as the headquarters of the Daily Planet in the popular television show Smallville. The building was used in the movie Blade: Trinity. It stood in for the Baxter Building in New York City in 2005's Fantastic Four and its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

#artdeco   #marinelife   #design   #art   #skyscraper   #architecture   #architecturephotography   #vancouver   #canada   #filmset  

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2016-07-26 05:24:12 (4 comments; 16 reshares; 179 +1s; )Open 

Steve McQueen's Harley-Davidson 1931 Motorcycle

That sound. That roar. You may be instantly startled, you then you gather your wits and know that a Harley is heading your way. Harley-Davidson is as American as apple pie and the Stars and Stripes. It's as ubiquitous as any of the best known brands in the world, as it has always been an American classic.

This landmark 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74 was owned by Steve McQueen, an avid motorcyclist and biking enthusiast throughout his life. 1931 was the first year for the VL model, a twin-flathead which was one of the most popular touring bikes Harley ever produced. Reliable and sleek for its time, the VL 74 captured the imagination of motorcyclists worldwide and established new standards for the industry.

This Harley was a restoration McQueen was actively working on at the end of his life in Santa... more »

Steve McQueen's Harley-Davidson 1931 Motorcycle

That sound. That roar. You may be instantly startled, you then you gather your wits and know that a Harley is heading your way. Harley-Davidson is as American as apple pie and the Stars and Stripes. It's as ubiquitous as any of the best known brands in the world, as it has always been an American classic.

This landmark 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74 was owned by Steve McQueen, an avid motorcyclist and biking enthusiast throughout his life. 1931 was the first year for the VL model, a twin-flathead which was one of the most popular touring bikes Harley ever produced. Reliable and sleek for its time, the VL 74 captured the imagination of motorcyclists worldwide and established new standards for the industry.

This Harley was a restoration McQueen was actively working on at the end of his life in Santa Paula, California, where he owned an airplane hangar and large garage for his car and motorcycles. It first sold as Lot 601 at the Steve McQueen Estate Auction November 24-25, 1984 at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. It includes the original engine, body and frame, and the paint reflects a period-correct color combination of red, black and gold. Other noteworthy features include rear wheel brakes, instrument panel, tool box, horn and black leather saddle.

Barbara McQueen says her late husband would have been pleased at the end result. “Steve was fanatical about antique motorcycles and we once drove 700 miles on a whim to go see a rare bike,” McQueen said. “He had an encyclopedic mind when it came to every make and model, and knew the entire history of all his bikes. The Harley was definitely done to Steve's standards and he would have dug it.”

About Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (H-D), or Harley, is an American motorcycle manufacturer, founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903.

As one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression (along with Indian), the company has survived numerous ownership arrangements, subsidiary arrangements (e.g., Aermacchi 1974-1978 and Buell 1987-2009), periods of poor economic health and product quality, as well as intense global competition — to become the world's fifth largest motorcycle manufacturer and an iconic brand widely known for its loyal following — with owner clubs and events worldwide as well as a company sponsored brand-focused museum.

Noted for a style of customization that gave rise to the chopper motorcycle style, Harley-Davidson traditionally marketed heavyweight, air-cooled cruiser motorcycles with engine displacements greater than 700 cc — and has broadened its offerings to include its more contemporary VRSC (2001) and middle-weight Street (2014) platforms.

Harley-Davidson manufactures its motorcycles at factories in York, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; Manaus, Brazil; and Bawal, India — and markets its products worldwide.

History - The Beginning

In 1901, 20-year-old William S. Harley drew up plans for a small engine with a displacement of 7.07 cubic inches (116 cc) and four-inch (102 mm) flywheels. The engine was designed for use in a regular pedal-bicycle frame. Over the next two years, Harley and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson worked on their motor-bicycle using the northside Milwaukee machine shop at the home of their friend, Henry Melk. It was finished in 1903 with the help of Arthur's brother, Walter Davidson. Upon testing their power-cycle, Harley and the Davidson brothers found it unable to climb the hills around Milwaukee without pedal assistance. They quickly wrote off their first motor-bicycle as a valuable learning experiment.

Work immediately began on a new and improved second-generation machine. This first "real" Harley-Davidson motorcycle had a bigger engine of 24.74 cubic inches (405 cc) with 9.75 inches (25 cm) flywheels weighing 28 lb (13 kg). The machine's advanced loop-frame pattern was similar to the 1903 Milwaukee Merkel motorcycle (designed by Joseph Merkel, later of Flying Merkel fame). The bigger engine and loop-frame design took it out of the motorized bicycle category and marked the path to future motorcycle designs. The boys also received help with their bigger engine from outboard motor pioneer Ole Evinrude, who was then building gas engines of his own design for automotive use on Milwaukee's Lake Street.

Prototype

The prototype of the new loop-frame Harley-Davidson was assembled in a 10 ft × 15 ft (3.0 m × 4.6 m) shed in the Davidson family backyard. Most of the major parts, however, were made elsewhere, including some probably fabricated at the West Milwaukee railshops where oldest brother William A. Davidson was then toolroom foreman. This prototype machine was functional by September 8, 1904, when it competed in a Milwaukee motorcycle race held at State Fair Park. It was ridden by Edward Hildebrand and placed fourth. This is the first documented appearance of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the historical record.

In January 1905, small advertisements were placed in the Automobile and Cycle Trade Journal offering bare Harley-Davidson engines to the do-it-yourself trade. By April, complete motorcycles were in production on a very limited basis. That year, the first Harley-Davidson dealer, Carl H. Lang of Chicago, sold three bikes from the five built in the Davidson backyard shed. Years later the original shed was taken to the Juneau Avenue factory where it would stand for many decades as a tribute to the Motor Company's humble origins until it was accidentally destroyed by contractors cleaning the factory yard in the early 1970s.

In 1906, Harley and the Davidson brothers built their first factory on Chestnut Street (later Juneau Avenue), at the current location of Harley-Davidson's corporate headquarters. The first Juneau Avenue plant was a 40 ft × 60 ft (12 m × 18 m) single-story wooden structure. The company produced about 50 motorcycles that year.

In 1907, William S. Harley graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in mechanical engineering. That year additional factory expansion came with a second floor and later with facings and additions of Milwaukee pale yellow ("cream") brick. With the new facilities production increased to 150 motorcycles in 1907. The company was officially incorporated that September. They also began selling their motorcycles to police departments around this time, a market that has been important to them ever since.

Production in 1905 and 1906 were all single-cylinder models with 26.84 cubic inches (440 cc) engines. In February 1907 a prototype model with a 45-degree V-Twin engine was displayed at the Chicago Automobile Show. Although shown and advertised, very few V-Twin models were built between 1907 and 1910. These first V-Twins displaced 53.68 cubic inches (880 cc) and produced about 7 horsepower (5.2 kW). This gave about double the power of the first singles. Top speed was about 60 mph (100 km/h). Production jumped from 450 motorcycles in 1908 to 1,149 machines in 1909.

By 1911, some 150 makes of motorcycles had already been built in the United States – although just a handful would survive the 1910s.

In 1911, an improved V-Twin model was introduced. The new engine had mechanically operated intake valves, as opposed to the "automatic" intake valves used on earlier V-Twins that opened by engine vacuum. With a displacement of 49.48 cubic inches (811 cc), the 1911 V-Twin was smaller than earlier twins, but gave better performance. After 1913 the majority of bikes produced by Harley-Davidson would be V-Twin models.

In 1912, Harley-Davidson introduced their patented "Ful-Floteing Seat", which was suspended by a coil spring inside the seat tube. The spring tension could be adjusted to suit the rider's weight. More than 3 inches (76 mm) of travel was available. Harley-Davidson would use seats of this type until 1958.

By 1913, the yellow brick factory had been demolished and on the site a new 5-story structure had been built. Begun in 1910, the factory with its many additions would take up two blocks along Juneau Avenue and around the corner on 38th Street. Despite the competition, Harley-Davidson was already pulling ahead of Indian and would dominate motorcycle racing after 1914. Production that year swelled to 16,284 machines.

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The Final Edition of Top Of The Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London on 26 July 2006

Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside The Rolling Stones who were the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops on New Year's Day in 1964.

Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally shown every Thursday evening on BBC1, except for a short period on Fridays in mid-1973 before being again moved to Fridays in 1996, and then to Sundays on BBC Two... more »

The Final Edition of Top Of The Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London on 26 July 2006

Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside The Rolling Stones who were the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops on New Year's Day in 1964.

Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally shown every Thursday evening on BBC1, except for a short period on Fridays in mid-1973 before being again moved to Fridays in 1996, and then to Sundays on BBC Two in 2005.

Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music artists, with a rundown of that week's singles chart. Additionally, there was a special edition of the programme on Christmas Day (and usually, until 1984, a second such edition a few days after Christmas), featuring some of the best-selling singles of the year.

Although the weekly show was cancelled in 2006, the Christmas special has continued. It also survives as Top of the Pops 2, which began in 1994 and features vintage performances from the Top of the Pops archives.

In the 1990s, the show's format was sold to several foreign broadcasters in the form of a franchise package, and at one point various versions of the show were shown in nearly 100 countries. Editions of the programme from the 1970s (and now 1980s) are being repeated on most Thursdays on BBC Four, although episodes featuring disgraced former presenters are not repeated.

History

Top of the Pops was created by BBC producer Johnnie Stewart, inspired by the popular Teen and Twenty Disc Club which aired on Radio Luxembourg. It was first aired in 1964 and was originally based on the Top 20. By 1970 the Top 30 was being used and the show was extended from 30 to 45 minutes duration. The show was also now shown in colour following the BBC1 upgrade in November 1969. A switch to the Top 40 was made in 1984. (Radio One also changed to the Top 30 in the early 70s and to the Top 40 in 1978).

The show saw many changes through the decades, in style, design, fashion and taste. It periodically had some aspect of its title sequence, logo and theme tune, format, or set design altered in some way, keeping the show looking modern despite its age. The programme had several executive producers during its run (although not all were billed as such), in charge of the overall production of the show, although specific content on individual shows was sometimes decided by other producers.

When Stewart left the show in 1973, after nearly 10 years in charge, he was replaced by Robin Nash. Both Stewart and Nash made brief returns to the show as producer after they left, in 1976 and 1981 respectively.

Stewart devised the rules which governed how the show would operate: the programme would always end with the number one record, which was the only record that could appear in consecutive weeks. The show would include the highest new entry and (if not featured in the previous week) the highest climber on the charts, and omit any song going down in the chart. Tracks could be featured in consecutive weeks in different formats. For example, if a song was played over the chart countdown or the closing credits, then it was acceptable for the act to appear in the studio the following week.

These rules were sometimes interpreted flexibly and were more formally relaxed from 1997 when records descending the charts were featured more regularly, possibly as a response to the changing nature of the Top 40 (in the late 1990s and early 2000s climbers in the charts were a rarity, with almost all singles peaking at their debut position).

When the programme's format changed in November 2003 (three months after the appointment of Andi Peters as Executive Producer), it concentrated increasingly on the top 10. Later, during the BBC Two era, the top 20 was regarded as the main cut-off point, with the exception made for up and coming bands below the top 20. Singles from below the top 40 (within the top 75) were shown if the band were up and coming or had a strong selling album. If a single being performed was below the top 40, just the words "New Entry" were shown and not the chart position.

The show was originally intended to run for only a few programmes but lasted over 42 years, reaching landmark episodes of 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 in the years 1973, 1983, 1992 and 2002 respectively.

Top of The Pops: The True Story (BBC1, 01 January 2001)
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#topofthepops   #TOTP   #britishtelevision   #BBC   #rocknroll   #musiclovers   #popmusic   #musiccharts   #musichistory  

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2016-07-26 04:28:29 (6 comments; 13 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Library of Congress Art Deco Owl

Center Reading Room, Fifth Floor. John Adams Building, Washington, D.C.

There's something about the symmetry of Art Deco that always appeals to me. I think it speaks to my inner architect and love of order in general. And perhaps to my OCPD. But it always has a beauty that I respond to...

#artdeco   #owl   #libraryofcongress   #design   #art   #architecture   #architecturephotography   #artsandcrafts  

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Library of Congress Art Deco Owl

Center Reading Room, Fifth Floor. John Adams Building, Washington, D.C.

There's something about the symmetry of Art Deco that always appeals to me. I think it speaks to my inner architect and love of order in general. And perhaps to my OCPD. But it always has a beauty that I respond to...

#artdeco   #owl   #libraryofcongress   #design   #art   #architecture   #architecturephotography   #artsandcrafts  

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2016-07-25 05:51:13 (23 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Vacation Travel

If you went on, or are going on a vacation soon -- or will be later on this year, which continent will you be visiting (or did you visit)? This is pretty straight-forward. I'm curious about the hot spots this year. Feel free to give us more details in the comments, as I AM curious where people are traveling to this year...

1. The Americas - United States, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador et al.

2. Europe - Russia, Germany, Turkey, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Romania et al.

3.. Africa - Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Algeria, Sudan, Uganda, Morocco et al.

4. Asia, Australia & Oceania - Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Iran, Turkey, Thailand
... more »

Vacation Travel

If you went on, or are going on a vacation soon -- or will be later on this year, which continent will you be visiting (or did you visit)? This is pretty straight-forward. I'm curious about the hot spots this year. Feel free to give us more details in the comments, as I AM curious where people are traveling to this year...

1. The Americas - United States, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador et al.

2. Europe - Russia, Germany, Turkey, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Romania et al.

3.. Africa - Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Algeria, Sudan, Uganda, Morocco et al.

4. Asia, Australia & Oceania - Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Iran, Turkey, Thailand

5. Antarctica

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Jack London Sails for the Klondike on 25 July 1897

As a young boy, I was enamored with stories of travel and adventure. stories about pirates and finding lost treasure. I was addicted to Jack London, and his tales along those same themes. But he also captured my attention with his writings about the people he met, and the places he visited. That Gold Rush in the Klondike strongly has stayed in my mind, and years later, when I visited the Gold Bug Mine in California, I couldn't help but think about London, and how not too far from Sacramento, California has it's own gold rush...

Jack London leaves for the Klondike to join the gold rush, where he will write his first successful stories. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. His father, an astrologer named Chaney, abandoned the family, and his mother, a spiritualist and music teacher, remarried. Jack assumed his... more »

Jack London Sails for the Klondike on 25 July 1897

As a young boy, I was enamored with stories of travel and adventure. stories about pirates and finding lost treasure. I was addicted to Jack London, and his tales along those same themes. But he also captured my attention with his writings about the people he met, and the places he visited. That Gold Rush in the Klondike strongly has stayed in my mind, and years later, when I visited the Gold Bug Mine in California, I couldn't help but think about London, and how not too far from Sacramento, California has it's own gold rush...

Jack London leaves for the Klondike to join the gold rush, where he will write his first successful stories. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. His father, an astrologer named Chaney, abandoned the family, and his mother, a spiritualist and music teacher, remarried. Jack assumed his stepfather’s last name, London.

From an early age, London struggled to make a living, working in a cannery and as a sailor, oyster pirate, and fish patroller. During the national economic crisis of 1893, he joined a march of unemployed workers. He was jailed for vagrancy for a month, during which time he decided to go to college. The 17-year-old London completed a high school equivalency course and enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, where he read voraciously for a year. However, he dropped out to join the 1897 gold rush.

While in the Klondike, London began submitting stories to magazines. In 1900, his first collection of stories, The Son of the Wolf, was published. Three years later, his story The Call of the Wild made him famous around the country. London continued to write stories of adventure amid the harsh natural elements. During his 17-year career, he wrote 50 fiction and nonfiction books. He settled in northern California about 1911, having already written most of his best work. London, a heavy drinker, died in 1916.

Gold Rush & First Success

On July 12, 1897, London (age 21) and his sister's husband Captain Shepard sailed to join the Klondike Gold Rush. This was the setting for some of his first successful stories. London's time in the harsh Klondike, however, was detrimental to his health. Like so many other men who were malnourished in the goldfields, London developed scurvy. His gums became swollen, leading to the loss of his four front teeth. A constant gnawing pain affected his hip and leg muscles, and his face was stricken with marks that always reminded him of the struggles he faced in the Klondike. Father William Judge, "The Saint of Dawson", had a facility in Dawson that provided shelter, food and any available medicine to London and others. His struggles there inspired London's short story, "To Build a Fire" (1902, revised in 1908), which many critics assess as his best.

His landlords in Dawson were mining engineers Marshall Latham Bond and Louis Whitford Bond, educated at Yale and Stanford. The brothers' father, Judge Hiram Bond, was a wealthy mining investor. The Bonds, especially Hiram, were active Republicans. Marshall Bond's diary mentions friendly sparring with London on political issues as a camp pastime.

London left Oakland with a social conscience and socialist leanings; he returned to become an activist for socialism. He concluded that his only hope of escaping the work "trap" was to get an education and "sell his brains". He saw his writing as a business, his ticket out of poverty, and, he hoped, a means of beating the wealthy at their own game.

On returning to California in 1898, London began working to get published, a struggle described in his novel, Martin Eden (serialized in 1908, published in 1909). His first published story since high school was "To the Man On Trail", which has frequently been collected in anthologies. When The Overland Monthly offered him only five dollars for it—and was slow paying—London came close to abandoning his writing career. In his words, "literally and literarily I was saved" when The Black Cat accepted his story "A Thousand Deaths", and paid him $40—the "first money I ever received for a story".

London began his writing career just as new printing technologies enabled lower-cost production of magazines. This resulted in a boom in popular magazines aimed at a wide public and a strong market for short fiction. In 1900, he made $2,500 in writing, about $71,000 in today's currency. Among the works he sold to magazines was a short story known as either "Diable" (1902) or "Bâtard" (1904), in two editions of the same basic story; London received $141.25 for this story on May 27, 1902. In the text, a cruel French Canadian brutalizes his dog, and the dog retaliates and kills the man. London told some of his critics that man's actions are the main cause of the behavior of their animals, and he would show this in another story, The Call of the Wild.

In early 1903, London sold The Call of the Wild to The Saturday Evening Post for $750, and the book rights to Macmillan for $2,000. Macmillan's promotional campaign propelled it to swift success.

While living at his rented villa on Lake Merritt in Oakland, London met poet George Sterling; in time they became best friends. In 1902, Sterling helped London find a home closer to his own in nearby Piedmont. In his letters London addressed Sterling as "Greek", owing to Sterling's aquiline nose and classical profile, and he signed them as "Wolf". London was later to depict Sterling as Russ Brissenden in his autobiographical novel Martin Eden (1910) and as Mark Hall in The Valley of the Moon (1913).

In later life London indulged his wide-ranging interests by accumulating a personal library of 15,000 volumes. He referred to his books as "the tools of my trade."

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Nirvana MTV Unplugged In New York

"MTV Unplugged in New York" is a live album by the American grunge band Nirvana. It features an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, for the television series MTV Unplugged.

The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and first aired on the cable television network MTV on December 16, 1993. As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, the band played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets, whose Cris and Curt Kirkwood joined Nirvana onstage.

MTV Unplugged in New York was the first Nirvana album released following the death of Kurt Cobain. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has become the group's most successful... more »

Nirvana MTV Unplugged In New York

"MTV Unplugged in New York" is a live album by the American grunge band Nirvana. It features an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, for the television series MTV Unplugged.

The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and first aired on the cable television network MTV on December 16, 1993. As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, the band played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets, whose Cris and Curt Kirkwood joined Nirvana onstage.

MTV Unplugged in New York was the first Nirvana album released following the death of Kurt Cobain. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has become the group's most successful posthumous release, having been certified 5x platinum in the United States by 1997. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. The performance was released on DVD in 2007.

The Performance

Nirvana had been in negotiations with MTV to appear on its acoustic-based show MTV Unplugged for some time. It was while touring with the Meat Puppets that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain finally accepted. The band wanted to do something different from a typical MTV Unplugged episode for its performance. According to drummer Dave Grohl, "We'd seen the other Unpluggeds and didn't like many of them, because most bands would treat them like rock shows—play their hits like it was Madison Square Garden, except with acoustic guitars." The group looked at Mark Lanegan's 1990 album The Winding Sheet as a source of inspiration.

Among the ideas the band members came up with included covering David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" and inviting members of the Meat Puppets to join them on stage. Still, the prospect of performing an entirely acoustic show made Cobain nervous.

The band dedicated two days to rehearsals. The rehearsal sessions were tense and difficult, with the band running into problems performing various songs. During the sessions, Cobain disagreed with MTV as to how the performance should be presented. Producer Alex Coletti recollected that the network was unhappy with the band's choice of the Meat Puppets as guests ("They wanted to hear the 'right' names-Eddie Vedder or Tori Amos or God knows who", Coletti recalled) and the dearth of hit Nirvana songs on the setlist. Upset, the day before filming was set to take place, Cobain refused to play. However, he appeared at the studio the following afternoon. Cobain was suffering from drug withdrawal and nervousness at the time; one observer said, "There was no joking, no smiles, no fun coming from him... Therefore, everyone was more than a little worried about his performance."

Nirvana taped its performance for MTV Unplugged on November 18, 1993, at Sony Studios in New York City. Despite the show's premise, Cobain insisted on running his acoustic guitar through his amplifier and effects pedals. Coletti built a fake box in front of the amplifier to disguise it as a monitor wedge. Coletti said, "It was Kurt's security blanket. He was used to hearing this guitar through his Fender. He wanted those effects. You can hear it on 'The Man Who Sold The World.' It's an acoustic guitar, but he's obviously going through an amp." Nirvana was augmented by guitarist Pat Smear and cellist Lori Goldston, who had been touring with the band. Cobain suggested that the stage be decorated with stargazer lilies, black candles, and a crystal chandelier. Cobain's request prompted the show's producer to ask him, "You mean like a funeral?", to which the singer replied, "Exactly. Like a funeral."

Unlike many artists who appeared on the show, Nirvana filmed its entire performance in a single take. The band's fourteen-song setlist included a single song from its debut album, Bleach, four songs from the 1991 album Nevermind, three tracks from the then-recently released In Utero, and six cover versions. The group shied away from playing its better-known songs; the only hit the band performed was its 1992 single "Come as You Are". Ten songs in, Cris and Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets joined the band onstage to perform three of their group's songs with Nirvana. The set ended with a performance of a traditional song "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" arranged by blues musician Lead Belly. This rendition has been regarded by many as one of the greatest live single song performances of all time.

As The Atlantic critic Andrew Wallace Chamings described, "For the final line, 'I would shiver the whole night through,' Cobain jumps up an octave, forcing him to strain so far he screams and cracks. He hits the word 'shiver' so hard that the band stops, as if a fight broke out at a sitcom wedding.

Next he howls the word 'whole' and then does something very strange in the brief silence that follows, something that’s hard to describe: He opens his piercingly blue eyes so suddenly it feels like someone or something else is looking out under the bleached lank fringe, with a strange clarity. Then he finishes the song."*After the band finished, *Cobain argued with the show's producers, who wanted an encore. Cobain refused because he felt he could not top the performance of that song.

Release & Reception

After Cobain was found dead in April 1994, MTV aired the Nirvana episode of MTV Unplugged repeatedly. In order to fulfill demand for new Nirvana material and to counter bootlegging, DGC announced in August 1994 that it would be releasing a double album titled Verse Chorus Verse, which was to include live performances from 1989 to 1994, as well as the entire MTV Unplugged performance. However, the task of compiling the album was too emotionally difficult for the surviving band members, so the project was cancelled a week after the official announcement. Instead, Novoselic and Grohl opted to commercially release just the Unplugged performance. Scott Litt, who had produced the performance, returned to produce the record.

MTV Unplugged in New York was released on November 1, 1994. The following week, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 310,500 copies, which was the highest first-week sales of Nirvana's career. The album received positive reviews from critics.Q magazine said that as an acoustic ensemble, the band sounded "most moving, possessed of a ragged glory", while Rolling Stone found the record "stirring and occasionally brilliant" with "spare and gorgeous spots everywhere", highlighting the band's chemistry on "All Apologies" and Cobain's unaccompanied performance of "Pennyroyal Tea". Ben Thompson from Mojo felt that unlike most "unplugged" releases, the format's "colourless, generic aspect" and not seeing the actual performance benefits Nirvana's record because of how intense it seems in light of Cobain's death.

In Entertainment Weekly, David Browne also felt unsettled listening to it: "Beyond inducing a sense of loss for Cobain himself, Unplugged elicits a feeling of musical loss, too: The delicacy and intimacy of these acoustic rearrangements hint at where Nirvana (or at least Cobain, who was said to be frustrated with the limitations of the band) could have gone."

At the end of 1994, MTV Unplugged in New York was voted the fourth best album of the year in Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of prominent American critics published by The Village Voice. Robert Christgau, the poll's supervisor, also ranked the album fourth in his own year-end list, deeming it a testament to Cobain's depth of feeling, "sincerity" as a vocalist, and distinction from other sensitive alternative rock types such as Eddie Vedder and Lou Barlow: "The vocal performance he evokes is John Lennon's on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. And he did it in one take."

By March 1995, the album had outsold In Utero with 6.8 million copies sold. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine said MTV Unplugged in New York was fearlessly confessional unlike most other records as it found Nirvana and Cobain "on the verge of discovering a new sound and style".

Jason Mendelsohn from PopMatters believed its intimate folk rock quality was radical from a band that had revolutionized rock music the way they had and from a musician as introverted as Cobain, "as crass of a business move as it was" by their record label. In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), journalist Charles M. Young called it the band's "second masterpiece", alongside Nevermind, and claimed that Cobain could have "revolutionized folk music the same way he had rock" because of his striking voice, exceptional taste in covering songs, and the quality of his own songs, which proved to be great with "a loud band bashing away behind you" or "with just an acoustic guitar".

According to Acclaimed Music, MTV Unplugged in New York is the 316th most ranked record on critics' all-time lists. In 2012, it was placed at number 313 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The magazine also named it the 95th best album of the 1990s. NME placed MTV Unplugged in New York at number 1 on their list of the "50 Greatest Live Albums". In July 2014, Guitar World ranked MTV Unplugged in New York at number 30 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Machu Picchu Discovered 24 July 1911

On July 24, 1911, American archaeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years afterwards, its existence was a secret known only to the peasants living in the region. That all changed in the summer of 1911, when Bingham arrived with a small team of explorers to search for the famous “lost” cities of the Incas.

Traveling on foot and by mule, Bingham and his team made their way from Cuzco into the Urubamba Valley, where a local farmer told them of some ruins located at the top of anearb... more »

Machu Picchu Discovered 24 July 1911

On July 24, 1911, American archaeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years afterwards, its existence was a secret known only to the peasants living in the region. That all changed in the summer of 1911, when Bingham arrived with a small team of explorers to search for the famous “lost” cities of the Incas.

Traveling on foot and by mule, Bingham and his team made their way from Cuzco into the Urubamba Valley, where a local farmer told them of some ruins located at the top of a nearby mountain. The farmer called the mountain Machu Picchu, which meant “Old Peak” in the native Quechua language. The next day–July 24–after a tough climb to the mountain’s ridge in cold and drizzly weather, Bingham met a small group of peasants who showed him the rest of the way. Led by an 11-year-old boy, Bingham got his first glimpse of the intricate network of stone terraces marking the entrance to Machu Picchu.

The excited Bingham spread the word about his discovery in a best-selling book, sending hordes of eager tourists flocking to Peru to follow in his footsteps up the Inca trail. The site itself stretches an impressive five miles, with over 3,000 stone steps linking its many different levels. Today, more than 300,000 people tramp through Machu Picchu every year, braving crowds and landslides to see the sun set over the towering stone monuments of the “Sacred City” and marvel at the mysterious splendor of one of the world’s most famous man-made wonders.

Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often mistakenly referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas" (a title more accurately applied to Vilcabamba), it is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of how they originally appeared. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored and restoration continues.

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

"Jesus Christ Superstar" is a 1970 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The album musical is a musical dramatisation of the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, beginning with his entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Crucifixion. It was originally banned by the BBC on grounds of being "sacrilegious."

The album's story is based in large part on the Synoptic Gospels and Fulton J. Sheen's Life of Christ, which compares and calibrates all four Gospels. However, greater emphasis is placed on the interpersonal relationships of the major characters, in particular, Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene, relationships that are not described in depth in the Gospels.

The album topped the U.S. Billboard Pop Albums in 1971 and served as a launching pad for numerous stage productions on Broadway... more »

Jesus Christ Superstar

"Jesus Christ Superstar" is a 1970 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The album musical is a musical dramatisation of the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, beginning with his entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Crucifixion. It was originally banned by the BBC on grounds of being "sacrilegious."

The album's story is based in large part on the Synoptic Gospels and Fulton J. Sheen's Life of Christ, which compares and calibrates all four Gospels. However, greater emphasis is placed on the interpersonal relationships of the major characters, in particular, Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene, relationships that are not described in depth in the Gospels.

The album topped the U.S. Billboard Pop Albums in 1971 and served as a launching pad for numerous stage productions on Broadway and in the West End. The original 1970 boxed-set issue of this 2-record set was packaged in the U.S. with a special thin brown cardboard outer box which contained the 2 vinyl records and a 28-page libretto. The album was listed as the top-selling LP on the U.S. Billboard Pop chart of 1971. It is also the sixth most successful album of all time in Norway, peaking at No. 3 and staying on the charts for 87 weeks.

Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 (full album) + lyrics
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Cast:

Jesus: Ted Neeley
Judas: Carl Anderson
Mary Magdalene: Yvonne Elliman
Simon Zealotes: Larry Marshall
Pilate: Barry Dennen
Caiaphas: Bob Bingham
Annas: Kurt Yaghjian
King Herod: Josh Mostel
Peter: Paul Thomas

Music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics written by Timothy Miles Bindon Rice

Track list:

Disc One:
00:00 1 Overture
05:31 2 Heaven On Their Minds
09:53 3 What's The Buzz
12:29 4 Strange Thing Mystifying
14:21 5 Then We Are Decided
16:55 6 Everything's Alright
20:30 7 This Jesus Must Die
24:17 8 Hosanna
27:11 9 Simon Zealotes
32:03 10 Poor Jerusalem
33:41 11 Pilate's Dream
35:11 12 The Temple
41:06 13 I Don't Know How to Love Him
45:05 14 Damned For All Time - Blood Money

Disc Two:
0:49:44 15 The Last Supper
0:56:58 16 Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)
1:02:40 17 The Arrest
1:05:55 18 Peter's Denial
1:07:24 19 Pilate And Christ
1:10:22 20 King Herod's Song
1:13:38 21 Could We Start Again, Please
1:16:25 22 Judas' Death
1:21:05 23 Trial Before Pilate
1:27:56 24 Superstar
1:31:54 25 The Crucifixion
1:34:37 26 John Nineteen - Forty-One

Act One

The apostle Judas Iscariot expresses his concern over Jesus's rising popularity as a "king" and the negative repercussions that will have. He strongly criticises Jesus for accepting his followers' unrealistic views, and for not heeding his concerns ("Heaven on Their Minds"). While Judas still loves Jesus, he believes that Jesus is just a man, not God, and worries that Jesus's following will be seen as a threat to the Roman Empire which would then punish both Jesus and his associates. Judas's warning falls on deaf ears, as Jesus's followers have their minds set on going to Jerusalem with Jesus. As they ask Jesus when they will be going to Jerusalem, Jesus tells them to stop worrying about the future, since whatever will happen is determined by God ("What's the Buzz?").

Recognizing that Jesus is irritated by the badgering and lack of understanding from his followers, Mary Magdalene tries to help Jesus relax. Judas is concerned that Jesus is associating with a woman of "her profession", i.e., a prostitute. It seems to Judas that Jesus is contradicting his own teaching, and he worries that this apparent lack of judgment will be used against Jesus and his followers ("Strange Thing Mystifying"). Jesus tells Judas that Mary is with him (Jesus) now, and unless Judas is without sin he should not judge the character of others. Jesus then reproaches his apostles for being "shallow, thick and slow" and somewhat bitterly answers that not a single one of them cares about him. Mary Magdalene tries to assure Jesus that everything is alright while anointing him with oil ("Everything's Alright").

Judas angrily insists that the money used to obtain the oil should have been used to help the poor instead. Jesus sadly explains that he and his followers do not have the resources to alleviate poverty and that they should be glad for the privileges they have. He claims that once his followers no longer have him, they will lose their path.

Meanwhile, Caiaphas (the high priest), Annas, and other Jewish priests (who have been studying Jesus's movements) meet to discuss Jesus and his disciples. Jesus's growing following consists of Jews unwilling to accept the Romans as their rulers, and the priests believe that Jesus may become seen as a threat to the priesthood's integrity and the Roman Empire. If the Romans retaliate, many Jews will suffer, even those who are not following Jesus. Caiaphas tells them they are "fools" for not seeing the inevitable consequence of Jesus's activities. He believes there could be great bloodshed and the stakes are "frighteningly high!"

For the greater good, he has to "crush him completely! So like John before him, this Jesus must die!" Annas and the other priests concur ("This Jesus Must Die"). As Jesus and his followers arrive exultantly in Jerusalem they are confronted by Caiaphas, who demands that Jesus disband them, which Jesus says would be futile and change nothing. As the crowd cheers him on, Caiaphas suddenly asks, "Hey JC, JC, won't you die for me?" To this, Jesus visibly reacts with concern ("Hosanna"). Jesus is approached by Simon the Zealot, who suggests that Jesus lead his mob in a war against Rome and gain absolute power ("Simon Zealotes"). Jesus rejects this suggestion, stating that none of his followers understand what true power is, nor do they understand his true message ("Poor Jerusalem").

Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, has had a dream, in which he meets with a Galilean (Jesus) and that he, Pilate, will receive all of the blame for the man's violent and mournful death ("Pilate's Dream"). Jesus arrives at the Temple in Jerusalem and finds that it has become a haven of sin and debauchery as it is being used for selling everything from weapons to prostitutes and drugs. He is furious and demands that the merchants and money changers leave ("The Temple"). Angry, disconsolate, and tired by his burden, Jesus rests and falls asleep. In a chilling nightmare, he is confronted by lepers, cripples, and beggars, all wanting to be healed. Even though he heals some, their number increases, and he is overwhelmed. Unable to solve everyone's problems, Jesus tells the crowd to heal themselves. He awakes to find Mary Magdalene by his side. She lays him to rest ("Everything's Alright (Reprise)"). While Jesus is asleep, Mary acknowledges that she is unconditionally in love with Jesus, unlike any man she has known before, and it frightens her ("I Don't Know How to Love Him").

Judas gradually becomes more and more envious of Mary; he believes she has usurped him as Jesus's most trusted ally and that he prefers her to his Apostles. Conflicted, Judas seeks out the priests and promises to help them capture Jesus, while belaboring that he is acting with unselfish motives and that Jesus himself would approve if he knew those motives; he bids the priests not declare him damned. Caiaphas demands that Judas reveal the location of Jesus so that the authorities can apprehend him. In exchange for the information, Judas is offered money as a "fee" so that he can assuage his conscience by using the money charitably ("Damned for All Time/Blood Money"). Judas decides that it would be better to turn Jesus in before his popularity leads to the deaths of Jesus and his followers, Judas included. He reveals that on Thursday night, Jesus will be at the Garden of Gethsemane.

Act Two

At what Jesus knows will be the Last Supper, he pours wine and passes bread for his apostles ("The Last Supper"). Very aware of the ordeal he faces, he is stung when the others pay little attention to him; "For all you care this wine could be my blood / For all you care this bread could be my body," he remarks, alluding to (and anticipating) the Christian doctrine of the Eucharist.

He asks them to remember him when they eat and drink; he predicts that Peter will deny him three times "in just a few hours" and that one of them will betray him. Judas, believing that Jesus already knows ("cut the dramatics, you know very well who"), admits he is the one and angrily accuses Jesus of acting recklessly and egotistically. Claiming he does not understand Jesus's decisions, he leaves to bring the Roman soldiers.

The remaining apostles fall asleep, and Jesus retreats to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray ("Gethesemane (I Only Want to Say)"). He admits to God his doubts, fears and anger, that he is tired and has done all he can. He asks powerfully if any of it has meaning and implores God not let him suffer the horrible death that portends for him. He feels disillusioned with his quest as the Messiah, does not understand what it has achieved and wishes to give up. Receiving no answer, Jesus realises that he cannot defy God's will, and surrenders to God. His prayer ends with a request that God take him immediately, "before I change my mind."

Judas arrives with Roman soldiers and identifies Jesus by kissing him on the cheek ("The Arrest"). Jesus is arrested, and his apostles attempt to fight the soldiers. Jesus tells them to let the soldiers take him to Caiaphas. On the way, a mob (acting like—and sometimes represented as—modern-day news reporters) asks Jesus what he plans to do, but Jesus declines to comment. When Jesus is brought to trial before the Sanhedrin, Caiaphas asks if he is the son of God. Jesus responds: "That's what you say, you say that I am."

This answer is affirmative according to Jewish custom, and that provides enough justification for the high priests to send Jesus to Pontius Pilate. Meanwhile, Jesus's apostle Peter is confronted by an old man, a soldier and a maid, and Peter denies to each that he knows Jesus ("Peter's Denial"). Mary asks Peter why he denied Jesus, and Peter responds that he had to do it in order to save himself. Mary wonders how Jesus knew that Peter would deny him three times.

Pilate asks Jesus if he is the son of God. Jesus gives the same answer that he gave Caiaphas: "that's what you say." Since Jesus is from Galilee, Pilate says that he is not under his jurisdiction and sends him to King Herod ("Pilate and Christ"). As Jesus is dragged away, the chorus asks where Jesus's power has gone. The decadent and flamboyant King Herod asks Jesus to prove his divinity by performing miracles, offering to free him if he complies; but Jesus ignores him ("King Herod's Song (Try It And See)"). Herod decides that Jesus is just another phony messiah and angrily sends him back to Pilate. The apostles and Mary Magdalene remember when they first began following Jesus, and wish that they could return to a time of peace ("Could We Start Again, Please?")

Judas is horrified upon beholding Jesus's harsh treatment by the authorities. Feeling extreme guilt for this, and panicking that he will be seen as responsible, Judas expresses regret to the priests, fearing he will forever be remembered as a traitor. Caiaphas and Annas say that what he has done will save everyone and that he should not feel remorse for his actions before throwing him out of their temple.

Left alone, recognition dawns that memories of this could haunt the rest of his life, that God chose him to be the one to betray Jesus, and that he has been used as a pawn for the "foul bloody crime!" He suffers a mental breakdown during the epiphany, cursing God for his manipulative ways, and in a final attempt to detach himself from his destiny, he commits suicide by hanging himself from a tree ("Judas's Death").

At Jesus's trial Pilate asks the crowd if they would crucify Jesus, their king, and they declare: "We have no king but Caesar!" Pilate remembers the dream he had about the crowd and the unjust execution of Jesus. Pilate tells the crowd that, while Jesus should be imprisoned, he does not deserve to die. Pilate demands that the crowd give him a reason to condemn Jesus, and the crowd breaks into a pep rally-style cheer about how Jesus is a blasphemer and has defied Rome.

After revealing Jesus as nothing more than a pathetic human being ("Behold the man!"), Pilate calls the crowd hypocrites, as he knows they hate Roman rule. He attempts to satisfy their bloodlust by having Jesus whipped, counting thirty-nine bloody strokes ("Trial Before Pilate, (Including The Thirty-Nine Lashes)"). Pilate, clearly disturbed by the whole ordeal, pleads with Jesus to defend himself; but Jesus says weakly that everything has been determined, by God, and Pilate cannot change it. The crowd still screams for Jesus to be crucified, and Pilate recalls his duty to keep the peace.

He reluctantly agrees to crucify Jesus to keep the crowd from getting violent. Pilate then washes his hands of Jesus's death: "I wash my hands of your demolition! Die if you want to, you – innocent puppet...."

As Jesus prepares to be crucified, he is mocked by the spirit of Judas. Judas questions why Jesus chose to arrive in the manner and time that he did, and if what happened to him was really part of a divine plan, but Jesus does not say ("Superstar"). After reciting his final words and commending his spirit to God, Jesus slowly dies on the cross, his fate coming full circle ("The Crucifixion"). In the end, the Apostles, Mary and Judas, mourning the death of their fallen saviour, reflect on the impact he has had on their lives ("John Nineteen: Forty-One").___

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Amy Winehouse & The 27 Club

23 July 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career.

About Amy Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul), rhythm and blues, and jazz.

Winehouse's debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success int... more »

Amy Winehouse & The 27 Club

23 July 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career.

About Amy Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul), rhythm and blues, and jazz.

Winehouse's debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black (2006), led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the general field "Big Four" awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Winehouse won three Ivor Novello Awards: in 2004, Best Contemporary Song for "Stronger Than Me"; in 2007, Best Contemporary Song again, this time for "Rehab"; and in 2008, Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game." She also won the 2007 Brit Award for Best British Female Artist, having been nominated for Best British Album, with Back to Black.

Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century. In 2012, Winehouse was ranked 26th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music. The BBC has called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation.

Amy Winehouse - "Rehab"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUmZp8pR1uc

Amy Winehouse - "You Know I'm No Good"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-I2s5zRbHg

Amy Winehouse - "Back To Black"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJAfLE39ZZ8

Amy Winehouse - "Tears Dry On Their Own"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojdbDYahiCQ

Mark Ronson - "Valerie" ft. Amy Winehouse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HLY1NTe04M

Amy Winehouse - "Just Friends"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvRnrIv3mpM

Amy Winehouse - "Me & Mr. Jones" - Live HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLuf3VsrO4g

#amywinehouse   #musiclover   #rocknroll   #vocalist   #27club  

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42nd Street, NYC, 1964 - Burt Glinn

The light, the patina, the overall "feel" of this caught my eye. The colors reminded me a bit of Hopper. And the marquee's, of course, lured me in with my love of cinema, Old Hollywood, and the theatre. Cool pic, by a cool man.

About Burt Glinn

Burton Samuel Glinn (July 23, 1925 – April 9, 2008) was an American professional photographer who worked with Magnum Photos. He covered revolutionary leader Fidel Castro's entrance into Havana, Cuba, and photographed people such as Andy Warhol and Helen Frankenthaler. Glinn's photos show such things as the social scene of the rich, the dirtyness of politics, and the humorous flotilla that called itself the Seattle Tubing Society. He was also a contributor to Holiday.

Glinn, a Pittsburgh native, studied literature at Harvard University, whereh... more »

42nd Street, NYC, 1964 - Burt Glinn

The light, the patina, the overall "feel" of this caught my eye. The colors reminded me a bit of Hopper. And the marquee's, of course, lured me in with my love of cinema, Old Hollywood, and the theatre. Cool pic, by a cool man.

About Burt Glinn

Burton Samuel Glinn (July 23, 1925 – April 9, 2008) was an American professional photographer who worked with Magnum Photos. He covered revolutionary leader Fidel Castro's entrance into Havana, Cuba, and photographed people such as Andy Warhol and Helen Frankenthaler. Glinn's photos show such things as the social scene of the rich, the dirtyness of politics, and the humorous flotilla that called itself the Seattle Tubing Society. He was also a contributor to Holiday.

Glinn, a Pittsburgh native, studied literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the college newspaper Harvard Crimson.*He served in the US Army and worked for Life magazine from 1949 to 1950. Glinn became an associate member of Magnum Photos in 1951 along with Eve Arnold and Dennis Stock - *the first Americans to join the agency - and became a full member in 1954.

Glinn became famous for his color pictures of the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico, and California. At a New Year's party in 1958, Glinn was notified that Fidel Castro had taken over Cuba. By dawn the next day he was covering the revolution in Cuba, making photographs "as everybody got whatever weapon they could get their hands on," he once said. In 1959 the photographer received the Mathew Brady Award for Magazine Photographer of the Year, offered by the University of Missouri for a photo essay on the South Seas.

He was president of Magnum from 1972 to 1975 (then re-elected to the position in 1987) and also served as president of the American Society of Media Photographers. He covered the Sinai War as well as the US Marine invasion of Lebanon and also completed a photo essay project on medical science. His images have been published in Esquire, Fortune, Geo, Life, Travel and Leisure, and Paris-Match.

When asked in an interview which of his images he most closely identifies with, Glinn replied that without a doubt it is the picture showing the back of Nikita Khrushchev's head in front of the Lincoln Memorial:

“I was late and I couldn’t get to where everybody else was, in front of Khrushchev, so I came running up and I was in the back of him. And I looked up and there it was. I got two shots of that and then it disintegrated. If I’d been on time I would have gotten a very ordinary picture of Khrushchev and Henry Cabot Lodge looking at this statue of Lincoln but you couldn’t see the statue. The most important thing that a photographer like me can have is luck, you know."

#photography   #photographer   #nyc   #42ndst   #newyorkcity  

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The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick

Something about this plot feels so damned familiar right now. Perhaps plausible is more apt. It's a world gone mad of late, and this scifi book almost sounds prescient. Hmm.

The Penultimate Truth is a 1964 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. The story is set in a future where the bulk of humanity is kept in large underground shelters. The people are told that World War III is being fought above them, when in reality the war ended years ago. The novel is based on Dick's 1953 short story "The Defenders". Dick also drew upon two other of his short stories for the plot of the novel: "The Mold of Yancy" and "The Unreconstructed M".

The Plot

World War III begins early in the 21st century. It is fought between the two superpowers, West-Dem and... more »

The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick

Something about this plot feels so damned familiar right now. Perhaps plausible is more apt. It's a world gone mad of late, and this scifi book almost sounds prescient. Hmm.

The Penultimate Truth is a 1964 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. The story is set in a future where the bulk of humanity is kept in large underground shelters. The people are told that World War III is being fought above them, when in reality the war ended years ago. The novel is based on Dick's 1953 short story "The Defenders". Dick also drew upon two other of his short stories for the plot of the novel: "The Mold of Yancy" and "The Unreconstructed M".

The Plot

World War III begins early in the 21st century. It is fought between the two superpowers, West-Dem and Pac-Peop. The fighting is extensive and severe, most of it performed by "leadies", robots built to withstand the most extreme circumstance. The Earth becomes a battlefield. Unable to exist in the atmosphere created by robot war, vast "ant tanks" are constructed underground to save the diminishing human population.

The government and war engine remains on the surface; the elite "Yance-men". Their president, Talbot Yancy, delivers inspirational speeches to the tankers, motivating them to increase their production of leadies and win the war. The war does eventually end. However, the Yance-men design a conspiracy to maintain the wealth of the Earth for themselves. Yancy continues to describe devastation in televised speeches. The tankers continue to produce leadies.

Talbot Yancy is actually a computer generated simulacrum. The Yance-men program him from the "Agency" in New York. They live in immense villas on private parks, called "demesnes". The leadies are actually used by the Yance-men as personal servants and to maintain their estates. The Agency is run by the most vicious and greedy Yance-man, Stanton Brose, who is kept alive by pre-war artificial organs which he hoards.

The story begins in one of the tanks, named Tom Mix (named after the actor Tom Mix). The tank president, Nicholas St. James, is forced to go to the surface to buy an artificial pancreas on the black market. He emerges on David Lantano's property (a Yance-man). When some of Lantano's leadies try to kill St. James, they are destroyed by a mysterious man who looks like Talbot Yancy. St. James wanders around, through the ruins of a war, and eventually ends up at Lantano's mansion.

Simultaneously, Joseph Adams (another Yance-man) is put on a special mission by Brose. He must plant evidence of alien artifacts on land belonging to a real-estate agent (Louis Runcible) so the land can be legitimately seized. The artifacts are buried using a time travel device. One by one, the people attached to this project are killed. Adams fearfully retreats to Lantano's mansion.

Another person to appear in the mansion is Webster Foote, the owner and operator of a private detective corporation. Foote accepts on a per-case basis work from everybody (including Brose, Lantano and Runcible) but wishes to save Runcible from the plot against him.

Lantano then reveals to Foote, Adams and St. James, that he is a Cherokee from the distant past, somehow being given extended life by the time travel device that placed the artifacts back in time. He has lived through history, taking many positions of note under different names, and now he has killed the members of this special project. Lantano, Foote, and Adams together now plot to kill Brose and free the people underground.

However, Adams figures out Lantano was behind the deaths as part of his plot to bring down Brose. In desperation and fear, he joins up with St. James, who discovered a cache of artificial organs, and flees into the Tom Mix tank with him. They discover that Lantano was ultimately successful but contemplate that the biggest lie is yet to come.

#scifi   #sciencefiction   #books   #booklovers   #philipkdick  

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Triad/Panther
1978
Cover art: Peter Goodfellow

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A Loaded Beetle

I'm not even sure what to say about this one, so I'll invite captions. It looks like someone is on their way to some sort of wild adventure, Texas-style!

#travel   #vw   #vwbeetle   #roadtrip   #summervacation  

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A Loaded Beetle

I'm not even sure what to say about this one, so I'll invite captions. It looks like someone is on their way to some sort of wild adventure, Texas-style!

#travel   #vw   #vwbeetle   #roadtrip   #summervacation  

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The Wall Takes Place at the Berlin Wall, 21 July 1990

Roger Waters' The Wall took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier. Over 350,000 people attended and the event was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O'Connor and others took part.

The concert was staged on vacant terrain between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, a location that was part of the former "no man's land" of the Berlin Wall. The show had a sell-out crowd of over 350,000 people, and right before the performance started the gates were opened which enabled at least another 100,000 people to watch.

While this broke records for a paid-entry concert, 7 days earlier Jean Michel Jarre had set a new world... more »

The Wall Takes Place at the Berlin Wall, 21 July 1990

Roger Waters' The Wall took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier. Over 350,000 people attended and the event was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O'Connor and others took part.

The concert was staged on vacant terrain between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, a location that was part of the former "no man's land" of the Berlin Wall. The show had a sell-out crowd of over 350,000 people, and right before the performance started the gates were opened which enabled at least another 100,000 people to watch.

While this broke records for a paid-entry concert, 7 days earlier Jean Michel Jarre had set a new world record for concert attendance, with his free Paris la Defense show attracting a live audience of two million.

The event was produced and cast by British impresario and producer Tony Hollingsworth. It was staged partly at Waters' expense. While he subsequently earned the money back from the sale of the CD and video releases of the album, the original plan was to donate all profits past his initial investment to the Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief, a UK charity founded by Leonard Cheshire. However, audio and video sales came in significantly under projections, and the trading arm of the charity (Operation Dinghy) incurred heavy losses. A few years later, the charity was wound up, and the audio and video sales rights from the concert performance returned to Waters.

The production was designed by Mark Fisher and Jonathan Park. The stage design featured a 550-foot-long (170 m) and 82-foot-high (25 m) wall. Most of the wall was built before the show and the rest was built progressively through the first part of the show. The wall was then knocked down at the end of the show.

Waters had stated on the first airing of the making of The Wall on In the Studio with Redbeard in July 1989 that the only way he was to resurrect a live performance of The Wall was "if the Berlin Wall came down". Four months later the wall came down.

Initially, Waters tried to get guest musicians like Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton but they were either unavailable or turned it down. Both Rod Stewart, who was to sing "Young Lust", and Joe Cocker were originally confirmed to appear but when the original planned concert date was put back both found themselves unavailable. So, on the same 1989 interview with Redbeard, Waters stated that "I might even let Dave play guitar." On 30 June 1990 backstage at the Knebworth Pink Floyd performance at Knebworth '90, during a pre-show interview, David Gilmour responded to Roger's statement on an interview with Jim Ladd by saying that "he and the rest of Pink Floyd (Nick Mason and Rick Wright) had been given the legal go-ahead to perform with Roger but had not been contacted." Two days later, on 2 July 1990 Waters appeared on the American rock radio call-in show Rockline and contradicted his Gilmour invite by saying, "I don't know where Dave got that idea".

In the end, Hollingsworth (with Waters assisting) brought in guest artists including Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band, The Hooters, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, Cyndi Lauper, Marianne Faithfull, Scorpions, Joni Mitchell, Paul Carrack, Thomas Dolby and Bryan Adams, along with actors Albert Finney, Jerry Hall, Tim Curry and Ute Lemper. Leonard Cheshire opened the concert by blowing a World War II whistle.

This performance had several differences from Pink Floyd's original production of The Wall show. Both "Mother" and "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" (like in the 1980/81 concerts) were extended with solos by various instruments and the latter had a cold ending. "In The Flesh" (also like the 1980/81 concerts) has an extended intro, and "Comfortably Numb" featured dueling solos by the two guitarists as well as an additional chorus at the end of the song. "The Show Must Go On" is omitted completely, while both "The Last Few Bricks" and "What Shall We Do Now?" are included ("The Last Few Bricks" was shortened). Also, the performance of the song "The Trial" had live actors playing the parts, with Thomas Dolby playing the part of the teacher hanging from the wall, Tim Curry as the prosecutor, and Albert Finney as the Judge. The show officially ended with "The Tide Is Turning", a song from Waters' then-recent solo album Radio K.A.O.S. The Wall's classic closing number, "Outside the Wall," was affixed to the end of "The Tide is Turning."

The Wall – Live in Berlin was released as a live recording of the concert, although a couple of tracks were excised from the CD version, and the Laserdisc video in NTSC can still be found through second sourcing. A DVD was released in 2003 in the USA by Island/Mercury Records and internationally by Universal Music (Region-free).

Hollingsworth's company Tribute, a London-based "good causes" campaign company, sold worldwide television rights, with 52 countries showing the two-hour event. Twenty countries showed up to five repeats of the show and 65 countries broadcast a highlights show. There was also distribution of a double music CD and post-production VHS videotape by Polygram.

ROGER WATERS "The Wall" LIVE in Berlin 1990 (Full Audio Concert)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-fFQiB0460

Pink floyd the wall with cyndi lauper in berlin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e7X9m9QC3k

Pink floyd The Wall Live In Berlin 1990 - "The Trial"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqqKMFjcrfI


Setlist

1. "In the Flesh?" by Scorpions
2. "The Thin Ice" by Ute Lemper & Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
3. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)" by Roger Waters; sax solo by Garth Hudson
4. "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" by Roger Waters
5. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" by Cyndi Lauper; guitar solos by Rick Di Fonzo & Snowy White, organ solo by Peter Wood, synthesizer solo by Thomas Dolby
6. "Mother" by Sinéad O'Connor & The Band; accordion by Garth Hudson, vocals by Rick Danko & Levon Helm; acoustic instruments by The Hooters.
7. "Goodbye Blue Sky" by Joni Mitchell & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir; flute by James Galway
8. "Empty Spaces/What Shall We Do Now?" by Bryan Adams, Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
9. "Young Lust" by Bryan Adams, guitar solos by Rick Di Fonzo & Snowy White
*10. "Oh My God – What a Fabulous Room" by Jerry Hall (intro to "One of My Turns")
11. "One of My Turns" by Roger Waters
12. "Don't Leave Me Now" by Roger Waters
13. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3)" by Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
14. "The Last Few Bricks"
15. "Goodbye Cruel World" by Roger Waters
16. "Hey You" by Paul Carrack
17. "Is There Anybody Out There?" by The Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir; classical guitars by Rick Di Fonzo & Snowy White
17. "Nobody Home" by Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir, guitar solos by Snowy White
19. "Vera" by Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
20. "Bring the Boys Back Home" by The Rundfunk, Band of the Combined Soviet Forces in Germany & Red Army Chorus
21. "Comfortably Numb" by Van Morrison, Roger Waters & The Band & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir, guitar solos by Rick Di Fonzo & Snowy White
22. "In the Flesh" by Roger Waters, Scorpions, the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
23. "Run Like Hell" by Roger Waters and Scorpions
24. "Waiting for the Worms" by Roger Waters, Scorpions and the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
25. "Stop" by Roger Waters
26. "The Trial" by The Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir, featuring:
Tim Curry as the Prosecutor
Thomas Dolby as the School Master
Ute Lemper as the Wife
Marianne Faithfull as the Mother
Albert Finney as the Judge
27. "The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)" by the Company (lead vocals by Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams, Van Morrison and Paul Carrack.) & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir.
28. "Outside the Wall" by Roger Waters

#rogerwaters   #thewall   #pinkfloyd   #berlin   #berlinwall   #germany   #rockmusic   #potzdamerplatz   #musiclovers   #rocknroll   #nomansland   #eastgermany   #westgermany  

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The Aswan High Dam Across the Nile River in Egypt is Completed on July 21, 1970

After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam across the Nile River in Egypt is completed on July 21, 1970. More than two miles long at its crest, the massive $1 billion dam ended the cycle of flood and drought in the Nile River region, and exploited a tremendous source of renewable energy, but had a controversial environmental impact.

A dam was completed at Aswan, 500 miles south of Cairo, in 1902. The first Aswan dam provided valuable irrigation during droughts but could not hold back the annual flood of the mighty Nile River. In the 1950s, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser envisioned building a new dam across the Nile, one large enough to end flooding and bring electric power to every corner of Egypt. He won United States and British financial backing, but in July 1956 both nations... more »

The Aswan High Dam Across the Nile River in Egypt is Completed on July 21, 1970

After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam across the Nile River in Egypt is completed on July 21, 1970. More than two miles long at its crest, the massive $1 billion dam ended the cycle of flood and drought in the Nile River region, and exploited a tremendous source of renewable energy, but had a controversial environmental impact.

A dam was completed at Aswan, 500 miles south of Cairo, in 1902. The first Aswan dam provided valuable irrigation during droughts but could not hold back the annual flood of the mighty Nile River. In the 1950s, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser envisioned building a new dam across the Nile, one large enough to end flooding and bring electric power to every corner of Egypt. He won United States and British financial backing, but in July 1956 both nations canceled the offer after learning of a secret Egyptian arms agreement with the USSR. In response, Nasser nationalized the British and French-owned Suez Canal, intending to use tolls to pay for his High Dam project. This act precipitated the Suez Canal Crisis, in which Israel, Britain, and France attacked Egypt in a joint military operation. The Suez Canal was occupied, but Soviet, U.S., and U.N. forced Israel, Britain, and France to withdraw, and the Suez Canal was left in Egyptian hands in 1957.

Soviet loans and proceeds from Suez Canal tolls allowed Nasser to begin work on the Aswan High Dam in 1960. Some 57 million cubic yards of earth and rock were used to build the dam, which has a mass 16 times that of the Great Pyramid at Giza. On July 21, 1970, the ambitious project was completed. President Nasser died of a heart attack in September 1970, before the dam was formally dedicated in 1971.

The giant reservoir created by the dam–300 miles long and 10 miles wide–was named Lake Nasser in his honor. The formation of Lake Nasser required the resettlement of 90,000 Egyptian peasants and Sudanese Nubian nomads, as well as the costly relocation of the ancient Egyptian temple complex of Abu Simbel, built in the 13th century B.C.

The Aswan High Dam brought the Nile’s devastating floods to an end, reclaimed more than 100,000 acres of desert land for cultivation, and made additional crops possible on some 800,000 other acres. The dam’s 12 giant Soviet-built turbines produce as much as 10 billion kilowatt-hours annually, providing a tremendous boost to the Egyptian economy and introducing 20th-century life into many villages. The water stored in Lake Nasser, several trillion cubic feet, is shared by Egypt and the Sudan and was crucial during the African drought years of 1984 to 1988.

Despite its successes, the Aswan High Dam has produced several negative side effects. Most costly is the gradual decrease in the fertility of agricultural lands in the Nile delta, which used to benefit from the millions of tons of silt deposited annually by the Nile floods. Another detriment to humans has been the spread of the disease schistosomiasis by snails that live in the irrigation system created by the dam. The reduction of waterborne nutrients flowing into the Mediterranean is suspected to be the cause of a decline in anchovy populations in the eastern Mediterranean. The end of flooding has sharply reduced the number of fish in the Nile, many of which were migratory. Lake Nasser, however, has been stocked with fish, and many species, including perch, thrive there.

#egypt   #nile   #aswandam   #nasser   #nlleriver   #abusimbel   #suezcanal  

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Neil Armstrong Walks On The Moon on 20 July 1969

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy’s bold proposal.
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Neil Armstrong Walks On The Moon on 20 July 1969

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy’s bold proposal.

In 1966, after five years of work by an international team of scientists and engineers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted the first unmanned Apollo mission, testing the structural integrity of the proposed launch vehicle and spacecraft combination. Then, on January 27, 1967, tragedy struck at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, when a fire broke out during a manned launch-pad test of the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn rocket. Three astronauts were killed in the fire.

Despite the setback, NASA and its thousands of employees forged ahead, and in October 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, orbited Earth and successfully tested many of the sophisticated systems needed to conduct a moon journey and landing. In December of the same year, Apollo 8 took three astronauts to the dark side of the moon and back, and in March 1969 Apollo 9 tested the lunar module for the first time while in Earth orbit. Then in May, the three astronauts of Apollo 10 took the first complete Apollo spacecraft around the moon in a dry run for the scheduled July landing mission.

At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, with the world watching, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins aboard. Armstrong, a 38-year-old civilian research pilot, was the commander of the mission. After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19. The next day, at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the command module, where Collins remained. Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface, and at 4:18 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston, Texas, a famous message: “The Eagle has landed.”

At 10:39 p.m., five hours ahead of the original schedule, Armstrong opened the hatch of the lunar module. As he made his way down the lunar module’s ladder, a television camera attached to the craft recorded his progress and beamed the signal back to Earth, where hundreds of millions watched in great anticipation. At 10:56 p.m., Armstrong spoke his famous quote, which he later contended was slightly garbled by his microphone and meant to be “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” He then planted his left foot on the gray, powdery surface, took a cautious step forward, and humanity had walked on the moon.

“Buzz” Aldrin joined him on the moon’s surface at 11:11 p.m., and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and spoke with President Richard M. Nixon via Houston. By 1:11 a.m. on July 21, both astronauts were back in the lunar module and the hatch was closed. The two men slept that night on the surface of the moon, and at 1:54 p.m. the Eagle began its ascent back to the command module. Among the items left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon–July 1969 A.D–We came in peace for all mankind.”

At 5:35 p.m., Armstrong and Aldrin successfully docked and rejoined Collins, and at 12:56 a.m. on July 22 Apollo 11 began its journey home, safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:51 p.m. on July 24.

There would be five more successful lunar landing missions, and one unplanned lunar swing-by, Apollo 13. The last men to walk on the moon, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt of the Apollo 17 mission, left the lunar surface on December 14, 1972. The Apollo program was a costly and labor intensive endeavor, involving an estimated 400,000 engineers, technicians, and scientists, and costing $24 billion (close to $100 billion in today’s dollars). The expense was justified by Kennedy’s 1961 mandate to beat the Soviets to the moon, and after the feat was accomplished ongoing missions lost their viability.

#moonlanding   #neilarmstrong   #moon   #lunarlanding   #apollo11   #spaceexploration   #astronauts  

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2016-07-20 04:26:05 (20 comments; 5 reshares; 166 +1s; )Open 

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy: FRED

Just a beast to look at, and I was always curious what the ride on this monster was like. Massive, so massive...

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft originally designed and built by Lockheed, and now maintained and upgraded by its successor, Lockheed Martin. It provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability, one that can carry outsize and oversize loads, including all air-certifiable cargo. The Galaxy has many similarities to its smaller Lockheed C-141 Starlifter predecessor, and the later Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The C-5 is among the largest military aircraft in the world.

The C-5 Galaxy's development was complicated, including significant cost overruns, and Lockheed suffered significant financial difficulties. Shortly after... more »

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy: FRED

Just a beast to look at, and I was always curious what the ride on this monster was like. Massive, so massive...

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft originally designed and built by Lockheed, and now maintained and upgraded by its successor, Lockheed Martin. It provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability, one that can carry outsize and oversize loads, including all air-certifiable cargo. The Galaxy has many similarities to its smaller Lockheed C-141 Starlifter predecessor, and the later Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The C-5 is among the largest military aircraft in the world.

The C-5 Galaxy's development was complicated, including significant cost overruns, and Lockheed suffered significant financial difficulties. Shortly after entering service, cracks in the wings of many aircraft were discovered and the C-5 fleet was restricted in capability until corrective work was completed. The C-5M Super Galaxy is an upgraded version with new engines and modernized avionics designed to extend its service life beyond 2040.

The USAF has operated the C-5 since 1969. In that time, the airlifter supported US military operations in all major conflicts including Vietnam, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, as well as allied support, such as Israel during the Yom Kippur War and operations in the Gulf War. The Galaxy has also been used to distribute humanitarian aid and disaster relief, and supported the US Space Shuttle program.

Design

The C-5 is a large high-wing cargo aircraft with a distinctive high T-tail fin (vertical) stabilizer, and with four TF39 turbofan engines mounted on pylons beneath wings that are swept 25 degrees. Similar in layout to its smaller predecessor, the C-141 Starlifter, the C-5 has 12 internal wing tanks and is equipped for aerial refueling. Above the plane-length cargo deck, it provides an upper deck for flight operations and for seating 75 passengers including the embarked loadmaster crew, all who face to the rear of the aircraft during flight. Full-open(able) bay doors at both nose and tail enable "drive-through" loading and unloading of cargo.

The cargo hold of the C-5 is one foot longer than the entire length of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. For its voracious consumption of fuel and its maintenance and reliability issues the Galaxy's aircrews have nicknamed it FRED, for: Fucking Ridiculous, Economic/Environmental Disaster.

Takeoff and landing distance requirements for the plane at maximum-load gross weight are 8,300 ft (2,500 m) and 4,900 ft (1,500 m), respectively. Its high flotation main landing gear provides 28 wheels to distribute gross weight on paved or earth surfaces. The rear main landing gear can be steered to make a smaller turning radius, and rotates 90 degrees after takeoff before being retracted. "Kneeling" landing gear permits lowering the aircraft when parked, thereby presenting the cargo deck at truck-bed height to facilitate loading and unloading operations.

The C-5 features a Malfunction Detection Analysis and Recording (MADAR) system to identify errors throughout the aircraft.

The cargo compartment is 121 ft (37 m) long, 13.5 ft (4.1 m) high, and 19 ft (5.8 m) wide, or just over 31,000 cu ft (880 m3). It can accommodate up to 36 463L master pallets or a mix of palletized cargo and vehicles. The nose and aft cargo-bay doors open the full width and height of the cargo bay to maximize efficient loading of oversized equipment. Full width ramps enable loading double rows of vehicles from either end of the cargo hold.

The Galaxy C-5 is capable of moving nearly every type of military combat equipment, including such bulky items as the Army armored vehicle launched bridge (AVLB), at 74 short tons (67 t) , from the United States to any location on the globe; and of accommodating up to six Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters or five Bradley Fighting Vehicles at one time.

#galaxyc5   #usaf   #military   #militaryaircraft   #c5   #aircraft   #combatequipment   #airplane   #lockheedmartin   #aviation   #movingfromatob   #airforce  

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2016-07-20 03:58:36 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

Alfredo Pini: Frammenti

When I want to let my mind wander and search through modern art, I always start at saatchiart.com. I love this site. I can search paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, collage, and prints. But I can further narrow my search down to style, subject, medium, and even keywords. Every time I have visited this site, artists have inspired me. Artists throughout the world. It fascinates me.

Frammenti

"In this painting I wanted to represent the birth of an idea of an idea or a project , and ' very intimate , meditative. The pianist and ' light ' cause he knows what he's getting , but still does not know how , does not know yet which way to go to get to the finish line . Scraps of paper, fragments of words , slashes of color, drips break the vacuum and the target and ' them in front , visible and... more »

Alfredo Pini: Frammenti

When I want to let my mind wander and search through modern art, I always start at saatchiart.com. I love this site. I can search paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, collage, and prints. But I can further narrow my search down to style, subject, medium, and even keywords. Every time I have visited this site, artists have inspired me. Artists throughout the world. It fascinates me.

Frammenti

"In this painting I wanted to represent the birth of an idea of an idea or a project , and ' very intimate , meditative. The pianist and ' light ' cause he knows what he's getting , but still does not know how , does not know yet which way to go to get to the finish line . Scraps of paper, fragments of words , slashes of color, drips break the vacuum and the target and ' them in front , visible and tangible , it has not ' easy to reach."

Painting: Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas. Translated, so apologies for the grammar etc...

Alfredo Pini ""frammenti" olio su tela cm. 100x100 anno 2014

In questa tela ho voluto rappresentare la nascita di un'idea di un pensiero o di un progetto, e' molto intimo, meditativo. Il pianista e' in luce perche' sa dove vuole arrivare, ma ancora non sa come, non sa ancora quale strada percorrere per arrivare al traguardo. Ritagli di carta, frammenti di parole, sciabolate di colore, sgocciolature interrompono il vuoto e l'obiettivo e' li davanti, visibile e tangibile ma non e' facile da raggiungere

Keywords: pianoforte, musica, pianista, musicisti, jazz

#musiclover   #jazz   #modernart   #piano   #trumpet   #jazzclub   #americanmusic   #painting   #art   #artlover  

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2016-07-19 23:19:39 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Word On The Water: The London Bookbarge

What could be better than a fabulous canal-boat bookshop, with poetry and live music on its roof? Not another coffee shop courtesy of a gigantic corporation, that’s for sure.

To the businesses that stand against all odds, you'll find a lot in common with Paddy, John, and their bookshop that floats on a boat just outside Paddington station. Setting up shop in the wave of the recession, Word on the Water, started in Spring 2011 when Paddy's twenty year stint in the public sector rehabilitating former addicts, had taken its toll; all the while, John's book business in Archway aptly named 'Word on the Street' was thinking to make a little extension.

After buying a canal boat the pair spent months moving up and down the River Lea. However, when attempting to settle permanently in Paddington theyf... more »

Word On The Water: The London Bookbarge

What could be better than a fabulous canal-boat bookshop, with poetry and live music on its roof? Not another coffee shop courtesy of a gigantic corporation, that’s for sure.

To the businesses that stand against all odds, you'll find a lot in common with Paddy, John, and their bookshop that floats on a boat just outside Paddington station. Setting up shop in the wave of the recession, Word on the Water, started in Spring 2011 when Paddy's twenty year stint in the public sector rehabilitating former addicts, had taken its toll; all the while, John's book business in Archway aptly named 'Word on the Street' was thinking to make a little extension.

After buying a canal boat the pair spent months moving up and down the River Lea. However, when attempting to settle permanently in Paddington they faced copious threats of fines from the Canal & River Trust. Fortunately, with the help of Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, a campaign from locals kicked off meaning that this amazing place can finally stay put.

Here, the way of doing things is simple; thanks to donations and sourcing the gems cheaply, quality second-hand books are sold at unbelievable prices - £3 for paperbacks and £4 for hardbacks - with new editions also available. When the weather is good, it's the impressive site of the covers lining the top deck that make even the least of book lovers want to browse and buy. That, or want to join in the ad hoc music nights, book launches and readings. In winter when the weather bites, it's the company of mulled wine at an insanely decent £3 a pop, Paddy's two adorable cats (mother and daughter Queeny and Skitty), and the cosy inside that make you want to stay here till way past your bed time. Need books? Here's your answer.

#booklover   #books   #bookbarge   #london   #canalboat   #cats   #bookstore  

via/ http://twentysomething.com/place/word-on-the-water-bookshop

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/08/save-word-on-the-water-floating-bookshop-canal___

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2016-07-19 05:59:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

For the next few weeks, Beaker has the right advice.

Stay calm, breathe, relax, get riled up, release those pent-up emotions, throw soft things at the TV, curse often, only take your aggression out on inanimate objects, like popcorn and vintage Smurfs, breathe again, and know that things always seem to work out in the end. Er, for the most part.

And whatever else happens, know that we still have Beaker and The Muppets in the world, and that is good...

#beaker   #themuppets   #staycalm   #thisfreakinyear  

For the next few weeks, Beaker has the right advice.

Stay calm, breathe, relax, get riled up, release those pent-up emotions, throw soft things at the TV, curse often, only take your aggression out on inanimate objects, like popcorn and vintage Smurfs, breathe again, and know that things always seem to work out in the end. Er, for the most part.

And whatever else happens, know that we still have Beaker and The Muppets in the world, and that is good...

#beaker   #themuppets   #staycalm   #thisfreakinyear  ___

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2016-07-19 05:02:31 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Reading this now at nights and finding it rather interesting. Lisbeth completely fascinates me as a character, and I'd be curious to know how closely the translated book is to the original in Swedish. I read the whole series some years ago, now I'm re-reading it at a much more leisurely pace, and finding that I'm discovering new things, when I'm taking my time. I love how books can do that with our minds...

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish: Flickan som lekte med elden) is the second novel in the best-selling Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously in Swedish in 2006 and in English in January 2009.

The book features many of the characters who appeared in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005), among them... more »

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Reading this now at nights and finding it rather interesting. Lisbeth completely fascinates me as a character, and I'd be curious to know how closely the translated book is to the original in Swedish. I read the whole series some years ago, now I'm re-reading it at a much more leisurely pace, and finding that I'm discovering new things, when I'm taking my time. I love how books can do that with our minds...

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish: Flickan som lekte med elden) is the second novel in the best-selling Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously in Swedish in 2006 and in English in January 2009.

The book features many of the characters who appeared in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005), among them the title character, Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant computer hacker and social misfit, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist and publisher of Millennium magazine.

Widely seen as a critical success, The Girl Who Played with Fire was also (according to The Bookseller magazine) the first and only translated novel to be number one in the UK hardback chart.

Millennium

Millennium is a series of best-selling and award-winning Swedish crime novels, created by Stieg Larsson. The two primary characters in the saga are Lisbeth Salander, a woman in her twenties with a photographic memory and poor social skills, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist and publisher of a magazine called Millennium.

Larsson planned the series as having ten installments, but due to his sudden death in 2004, only three were completed and published. All of them were published posthumously: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2005, The Girl Who Played with Fire in 2006, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest in 2007.

The series was originally printed in Swedish by Norstedts Förlag, with English editions by Quercus in the United Kingdom and Alfred A. Knopf in the United States. The books have since been translated and published by many publishers in over fifty countries. As of March 2015, 80 million copies of the three books have been sold worldwide.

A fourth book, The Girl in the Spider's Web, commissioned by the publisher Norstedts to continue the series, was published in August 2015. The book is based on Larsson's characters and was written by the Swedish author and crime journalist David Lagercrantz.

#booklovers   #bookworm   #Sweden   #crime   #thriller   #mystery   #translation   #bestseller   #bibliophile   #reader   #thegirlwho   #stieglarsson  

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2016-07-19 04:14:46 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 148 +1s; )Open 

The Night Bruce Springsteen Played East Berlin – and the Wall Cracked

When Bruce Springsteen turned up in Communist East Germany on 19 July 1988, it was, according to one fan, a "moment some of us had been waiting a lifetime to hear". The US rock star greeted an audience that was restless, jaded and sick of being locked behind the Berlin Wall. And nothing, as it turned out, was to provide a better outlet for their frustration than a rock'n'roll concert.

But it was still a surprise when an estimated 300,000 people from all over the German Democratic Republic (GDR) surged into a large field by a cycle track to hear him play, while millions more watched the shaky and distorted transmission on state television. Historians believe almost no young East Germans did not know about it.

Communist authorities, whose regime was notorious for widespreadc... more »

The Night Bruce Springsteen Played East Berlin – and the Wall Cracked

When Bruce Springsteen turned up in Communist East Germany on 19 July 1988, it was, according to one fan, a "moment some of us had been waiting a lifetime to hear". The US rock star greeted an audience that was restless, jaded and sick of being locked behind the Berlin Wall. And nothing, as it turned out, was to provide a better outlet for their frustration than a rock'n'roll concert.

But it was still a surprise when an estimated 300,000 people from all over the German Democratic Republic (GDR) surged into a large field by a cycle track to hear him play, while millions more watched the shaky and distorted transmission on state television. Historians believe almost no young East Germans did not know about it.

Communist authorities, whose regime was notorious for widespread censorship, suppression of political opposition and spying on its people, had given its youth wing, the Free German Youth (FDJ), the go-ahead to book one of the west's most popular musicians in a desperate effort to release some of the growing tension. However, the event had the opposite effect. "It was a nail in the coffin for East Germany," said Jörg Beneke, who was there that day.

Now, in the biggest collection of eyewitness reports, files from the Stasi secret police and interviews with Springsteen's entourage, a new book has pieced together how the gig inflamed a spirit of rebellion that contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall 16 months later.

"Forget David Hasselhoff," says Erik Kirschbaum, author of Rocking the Wall, referring to the actor-singer whose single "Looking for Freedom" was No 1 in West Germany in the spring of 1989 – and who famously claimed he brought down the Berlin Wall. "Unlike Springsteen, Hasselhoff didn't go to East Berlin to perform, and neither did he call for the wall to come down a year before it happened."

The highlight of Springsteen's four-hour concert, in which he played a total of 32 songs, was undoubtedly a passionate speech, delivered in a creaky but understandable German, that carried a subtle but clear political message. "I'm not here for any government. I've come to play rock'n'roll for you in the hope that one day all the barriers will be torn down," he said to a crowd that erupted, before he launched into Bob Dylan's Chimes of Freedom, whose lyrics – about the "city's melting furnace … with faces hidden while the walls were tightening" – could hardly have resonated more with his captive audience, many of whom the crowd waved homemade American flags.

Historians believe Springsteen's gig, far from appeasing people, simply made them want more. "Springsteen's concert and speech certainly contributed in a large sense to the events leading up to the fall of the wall," Gerd Dietrich, professor of history at Berlin's Humboldt University, told Kirschbaum. "It made people … more eager for more and more change … Springsteen aroused a greater interest in the west. It showed people how locked up they really were."

According to Thomas Wilke, an expert on the impact of rock and pop music in East Germany, it was the GDR's biggest concert ever. "It was a topic of discussion for quite some time afterwards, he said. "There was clearly a different feeling and a different sentiment in East Germany after that concert."

Among the 80 pages of files Kirschbaum dug up from the Stasi archives was evidence that the concert was part of a leadership-sanctioned campaign to assuage the country's youth. "They were still reeling from incidents in 1987 when police used truncheons and electric stun guns to beat back East Berliners who, hungry for some of the fun the west was enjoying, had pressed themselves as close to the Berlin Wall as possible to listen to concerts by the likes of David Bowie and the Eurythmics that were being held just metres away from them in West Berlin."

A year later, before Springsteen's gig, thousands of troops lined the wall to keep East Germans at bay as Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson played in the west.

The decision to site the Springsteen concert far from the wall, in the depths of East Berlin, was a strategic one, to prevent huge crowds gathering at the border and – intoxicated by rebellion – sparking an impromptu revolution.

One Stasi file reveals how the FDJ sought to justify Springsteen to its communist elders, most of whom had no idea about rock'n'roll. "He's considered to be at the undisputed pinnacle of contemporary rock music in the world today," they said. The file also emphasised the singer's working-class roots, stressing how his music included "hard and unadorned songs about the shady side of American reality". They also tried to make the concert more palatable by misleadingly selling it as a charity concert for Nicaragua.

Even now, many who were there that night talk about it as a life-changing moment. "There was this underlying sentiment in the crowd that night that people didn't want to live behind a wall anymore," Andrea Dubois, then a 27-year-old scientist, told Kirschbaum.

"It was gradually dawning on everyone between about 20 and 30 years old that things couldn't just continue in East Germany the way they had been going. Something had to change. And when Springsteen came, his concert fitted right into all that."

But what was so special about Springsteen? Kirschbaum believes East Germans tuned into his working class ethic, not least his willingness to play for free. The Rolling Stones were also huge and they, too, Kirschbaum is certain, could have had a huge impact. "But they wanted hard currency, which the East didn't have, so they didn't get there until the summer of 1990, once the East Germans had converted their ostmarks into deutschmarks."

Years later, Springsteen reflected on the concert himself. "Once in a while you play a place, you play a show that ends up staying inside of you, living with you for the rest of your life," he said. "East Berlin in 1988 was certainly one of them."

#brucespringsteen   #eastberlin   #eastgermany   #ironcurtain   #communism   #stasi   #berlinwall   #rocknroll   #musichistory   #rockhistory  

via/ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/jul/05/bruce-springsteen-east-germany-berlin-wall

Bruce Springsteen, "Born in the U.S.A.", East Berlin 1988
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK6nB_e3Ve0

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Live Radrennbahn Weissensee, East Berlin 1988-07-19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywEIMhxd9TM

0:00:00 -01. Badlands
0:05:24 -02. Out In The Street (tour debut)
0:11:04 -03. Boom Boom
0:15:02 -04. The River
0:21:02 -05. The Promised Land (tour debut)
0:27:04 -06. Spare Parts
0:34:45 -07. War
0:37:44 -08. Born In The U.S.A
0:44:51 -09. Chimes Of Freedom
0:50:20 -10. Paradise By The "C"
0:53:55 -11. I'm A Coward (When It Comes To Love)
1:00:19 -12. I'm On Fire
1:04:28 -13. Dancing In The Dark
1:10:12 -14. Light Of Day
1:17:17 -15. Born To Run
1:22:28 -16. Hungry Heart
1:26:59 -17. Interview
1:30:20 -18. Glory Days
1:39:55 -19. Can't Help Falling In Love
1:43:36 -20. Bobby Jean
1:47:55 -21. Cadillac Ranch
1:52:54 -22. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
1:57:22 -23. Sweet Soul Music
2:01:53 -24. Twist And Shout

Bruce Springsteen - Cadillac Ranch - East Berlin 1988
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJsHD958vpg

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2016-07-18 06:44:10 (30 comments; 5 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea

Do you ever have those quick flashbacks and remember cool, old TV series from when you were a kid? This was one for me. It had all the elements I loved: the sea, adventure, suspense, the unknown, exploration. Very cool, and still interesting!

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a 1960s American science fiction television series based on the 1961 film of the same name. Both were created by Irwin Allen, which enabled the movie's sets, costumes, props, special effects models, and sometimes footage, to be used in the production of the television series. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was the first of Irwin Allen's four science fiction television series, as well as the longest-running. The show's main theme was underwater adventure.

Voyage was broadcast on ABC from September 14, 1964 to March 31, 1968, and... more »

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea

Do you ever have those quick flashbacks and remember cool, old TV series from when you were a kid? This was one for me. It had all the elements I loved: the sea, adventure, suspense, the unknown, exploration. Very cool, and still interesting!

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a 1960s American science fiction television series based on the 1961 film of the same name. Both were created by Irwin Allen, which enabled the movie's sets, costumes, props, special effects models, and sometimes footage, to be used in the production of the television series. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was the first of Irwin Allen's four science fiction television series, as well as the longest-running. The show's main theme was underwater adventure.

Voyage was broadcast on ABC from September 14, 1964 to March 31, 1968, and was the decade's longest-running American science fiction television series with continuing characters. The 110 episodes produced included 32 shot in black-and-white (1964–1965), and 78 filmed in color (1965–1968). The first two seasons took place in the then future of the 1970s. The final two seasons took place in the 1980s. The show starred Richard Basehart and David Hedison.

Pilot Episode

The pilot episode "Eleven Days to Zero" was filmed in color but shown in black-and-white. It introduces the audience to the futuristic nuclear submarine S.S.R.N. Seaview and the lead members of her crew, including the designer and builder of the submarine Admiral Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart), and Commander Lee Crane (David Hedison), who becomes the Seaview's captain after the murder of her original commanding officer. The submarine is based at the Nelson Institute of Marine Research (NIMR) in Santa Barbara, California, and is often moored some 500 feet below NIMR in a secret underground submarine pen carved out of solid rock.

The Seaview is officially for undersea marine research and visits many exotic locations in the Seven Seas, but its secret mission is to defend the planet from all world and extraterrestrial threats in the then-future of the 1970s.

Season One

Adm. Nelson and the ill-fated Capt. Phillips are attacked after leaving the Nelson Institute of Marine Research.

The first season of 32 episodes began with Admiral Nelson and the crew of the Seaview fighting against a foreign government in order to prevent a world-threatening earthquake, continuing with a foreign government destroying American submarines with new technologies in The Fear Makers and The Enemies. The season also had several ocean peril stories in which the Seaview crew spent the episode dealing with the normal perils of the sea.

Two examples are "Submarine Sunk Here" and "The Ghost of Moby Dick". The season introduced the diving bell and a mini-submarine, as well as the first alien story (Don Brinkley's; 'The Sky is Falling') and the first sea monsters. The season ended with the Seaview crew fighting a foreign government to save a defense weapon.

In the first season, the gritty, atmospheric, and intense series featured story lines devoted to Cold War themes, as well as excursions into near-future speculative fiction. Many episodes involved espionage and sci-fi elements. While aliens and sea monsters, not to mention dinosaurs, did become the subject of episodes, the primary villains were hostile foreign governments. While fantastic, the scripts had a semblance of reality.

During the course of the first season Admiral Nelson was promoted from Three Star to a Four Star Admiral, and it was established that while essentially a marine research vessel SSRN Seaview was also a key part of the U.S. military in the nuclear armed fleet (most notably defined in William Read Woodfield's episode; Doomsday).

The first season opening credits depicted Seaview rising towards the surface, and the closing credits played out over a still of the _Seaview'_s spectacular arctic surface, as featured at the start of the 1961 film.

ABC "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" promo 1960s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGI8VY0Frws

"Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" - The TV series DVD trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZXQEtqqtzk

"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: S04E03 Cave of the Dead
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UA9cAr0Tyk

#voyagetothebottomofthesea   #tvseries   #scifi   #thesea   #marine   #adventure   #suspense   #exploration   #marinelife   #submarine  

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2016-07-18 05:40:48 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

FDR Nominated for Unprecedented Third Term on 18 July 1940

On this day in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who first took office in 1933 as America’s 32nd president, is nominated for an unprecedented third term. Roosevelt, a Democrat, would eventually be elected to a record four terms in office, the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms.

Roosevelt was born January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, and went on to serve as a New York state senator from 1911 to 1913, assistant secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1920 and governor of New York from 1929 to 1932. In 1932, he defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover to be elected president for the first time. During his first term, Roosevelt enacted his New Deal social programs, which were aimed at lifting America out of the Great Depression. In 1936, he won his second term in office by defeating Kansas governor Alf Landoni... more »

FDR Nominated for Unprecedented Third Term on 18 July 1940

On this day in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who first took office in 1933 as America’s 32nd president, is nominated for an unprecedented third term. Roosevelt, a Democrat, would eventually be elected to a record four terms in office, the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms.

Roosevelt was born January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, and went on to serve as a New York state senator from 1911 to 1913, assistant secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1920 and governor of New York from 1929 to 1932. In 1932, he defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover to be elected president for the first time. During his first term, Roosevelt enacted his New Deal social programs, which were aimed at lifting America out of the Great Depression. In 1936, he won his second term in office by defeating Kansas governor Alf Landon in a landslide.

On July 18, 1940, Roosevelt was nominated for a third presidential term at the Democratic Party convention in Chicago. The president received some criticism for running again because there was an unwritten rule in American politics that no U.S. president should serve more than two terms. The custom dated back to the country’s first president, George Washington, who in 1796 declined to run for a third term in office. Nevertheless, Roosevelt believed it was his duty to continue serving and lead his country through the mounting crisis in Europe, where Hitler’s Nazi Germany was on the rise. The president went on to defeat Republican Wendell Wilkie in the general election, and his third term in office was dominated by America’s involvement in World War II.

In 1944, with the war still in progress, Roosevelt defeated New York governor Thomas Dewey for a fourth term in office. However, the president was unable to complete the full term. On April 12, 1945, Roosevelt, who had suffered from various health problems for years, died at age 63 in Warm Springs, Georgia. He was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman. On March 21, 1947, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which stated that no person could be elected to the office of president more than twice. The amendment was ratified by the required number of states in 1951.

About the Roosevelt Presidency

In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt successfully defeated incumbent Republican president Herbert Hoover to win the presidency of the United States. Having been energized by his personal victory over his polio, FDR relied on his persistent optimism and activism to renew the national spirit. In his first hundred days in office, which began March 4, 1933, Roosevelt spearheaded unprecedented major legislation and issued a profusion of executive orders that instituted the New Deal—a variety of programs designed to produce relief (government jobs for the unemployed), recovery (economic growth), and reform (through regulation of Wall Street, banks and transportation). He created numerous programs to support the unemployed and farmers, and to encourage labor union growth while more closely regulating business and high finance. The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 added to his popularity, helping him win re-election by a landslide in 1936. The economy improved rapidly from 1933 to 1937, but then relapsed into a deep recession in 1937–38.

The bipartisan Conservative Coalition that formed in 1937 prevented his packing the Supreme Court, and blocked almost all proposals for major liberal legislation (except the minimum wage, which did pass). When the war began and unemployment ended, conservatives in Congress repealed the two major relief programs, the WPA and CCC. However, they kept most of the regulations on business. Along with several smaller programs, major surviving programs include the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wagner Act, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.

As World War II loomed after 1938, with the Japanese invasion of China and the aggression of Nazi Germany, Roosevelt gave strong diplomatic and financial support to China and the United Kingdom, while remaining officially neutral. His goal was to make America the "Arsenal of Democracy", which would supply munitions to the Allies. In March 1941, Roosevelt, with Congressional approval, provided Lend-Lease aid to Britain and China. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, which he called "a date which will live in infamy", Roosevelt sought and obtained the quick approval, on December 8, of the United States Congress to declare war on Japan and, a few days later, on Germany. (Hitler had already declared war on the US in support of Japan). Assisted by his top aide Harry Hopkins, and with very strong national support, he worked closely with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek in leading the Allies against Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan in World War II.

He supervised the mobilization of the U.S. economy to support the war effort, and also ordered the internment of 100,000 Japanese American civilians. As an active military leader, Roosevelt implemented a war strategy on two fronts that ended in the defeat of the Axis Powers and the development of the world's first nuclear bomb. His work also influenced the later creation of the United Nations and Bretton Woods. During the war, unemployment dropped to 2%, relief programs largely ended, and the industrial economy grew rapidly to new heights as millions of people moved to wartime factory jobs or entered military service. Roosevelt's health seriously declined during the war years, and he died three months into his fourth term. He is often rated by scholars as one of the top three U.S. Presidents, along with Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

#FDR   #franklindelanoroosevelt   #roosevelt   #americanhistory   #potus   #wwii   #president   #depression   #newdeal  

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My New Reality...

It just happened last Thursday, and yes, it was a shock. I've spent the last few plus years launching a national brand, and that all ended last week. It was sudden, painful, my position was eliminated, and it's crushed my spirit and soul. Once again, I'm seeking work. Only this time, I'm at that age where people are no longer hired or considered, and if anyone's been in a Blue Funk before - you know where I am right now.

I've been self-medicating all weekend, while simultaneously still posting and doing my 4.75 years running Friday Night Sessions. What else can I do? This is who I am. I AM a survivor. However, this time, it all feels different to me. I know it's now a job-seekers market again, but that doesn't make this any less stressful. If you want to give me thoughts, prayers, good karma - I'll take it... and thanks!... more »

My New Reality...

It just happened last Thursday, and yes, it was a shock. I've spent the last few plus years launching a national brand, and that all ended last week. It was sudden, painful, my position was eliminated, and it's crushed my spirit and soul. Once again, I'm seeking work. Only this time, I'm at that age where people are no longer hired or considered, and if anyone's been in a Blue Funk before - you know where I am right now.

I've been self-medicating all weekend, while simultaneously still posting and doing my 4.75 years running Friday Night Sessions. What else can I do? This is who I am. I AM a survivor. However, this time, it all feels different to me. I know it's now a job-seekers market again, but that doesn't make this any less stressful. If you want to give me thoughts, prayers, good karma - I'll take it... and thanks!

#jobseekers   #jobsearch   #jobhunt   #outofwork   #unemployed  ___

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Billie Holiday

No one would understand the pressures and tortures of being an artist or musician, unless they lived the life. I'm not sure of the terminology of "non musicians and artists" in communities, but it makes me think of circus life, where outsiders are "Gilly's." Billie is an American treasure, and she had the voice of a generation. A spectacular, original voice. What a loss!

1959, On July 17th, Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.) In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank.

About Billie

Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959),p... more »

Billie Holiday

No one would understand the pressures and tortures of being an artist or musician, unless they lived the life. I'm not sure of the terminology of "non musicians and artists" in communities, but it makes me think of circus life, where outsiders are "Gilly's." Billie is an American treasure, and she had the voice of a generation. A spectacular, original voice. What a loss!

1959, On July 17th, Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.) In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank.

About Billie

Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Holiday was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education. While there were other jazz singers with equal talent, Billie Holiday had a voice that captured the attention of her audience.

After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs around Harlem. After being heard by producer John Hammond, who commended her voice, Holiday was signed to Brunswick Records in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which would later become a jazz standard. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday booked mainstream success with labels such as Columbia Records and Decca Records. By the late 1940s, however, Holiday was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, Holiday performed a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. However, due to her drug and alcohol problems, her reputation deteriorated.

Though she was a successful concert performer throughout the 1950s with two further sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, Holiday's bad health, coupled with a string of abusive relationships and ongoing drug and alcohol abuse, caused her voice to wither. Her final recordings were met with mixed reaction to her damaged voice, but were mild commercial successes. Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1959. A posthumous album, Last Recording, was released following her death.

Much of Holiday's material has been rereleased since her death, and she is considered a legendary performer with an ongoing influence on American music. Holiday is the recipient of four Grammy awards, all of them posthumous awards for Best Historical Album. Furthermore, Holiday herself was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973. Lady Sings the Blues, a film centered on Holiday's life, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972. She is the primary character in the play and later film "Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill" The role was originated by Reenie Upchurch in 1986 and played by Audra McDonald on Broadway (winning a Tony Award) and in the film.

#billieholiday   #blues   #bluesmusic   #musiclovers   #jazzmusic   #jazz  

Billie Holiday - "All Of Me"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P0hG3sD0-E

Billie Holiday - "Strange Fruit"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Web007rzSOI

Billie Holiday - "Summertime"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYUqbnk7tCY

Billie Holiday - "I'll Be Seeing You"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDlKb2cBAqU

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Moller M400 Skycar

Designed and developed to provide efficient and a futuristic means of personal transportation, the Moller M400 Skycar from Moller International is one of the most elegant as well as one of the most expensive flying cars in existence.

The M400 Skycar is powered lift vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle that encompasses the attributes of a helicopter and a jet airplane.

Meet the true Jetson vehicle. A "VTOL" (vertical take-off and landing) flying car, the M400 is the life's work of inventor Paul Moller. Unfortunately, the road to commercial success is still long (and bumpy). In 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil fraud action against Moller for selling the unregistered shares of stock directly to the public via the Internet, raising approximately $5.1 million from more than 500 investors nationwide.... more »

Moller M400 Skycar

Designed and developed to provide efficient and a futuristic means of personal transportation, the Moller M400 Skycar from Moller International is one of the most elegant as well as one of the most expensive flying cars in existence.

The M400 Skycar is powered lift vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle that encompasses the attributes of a helicopter and a jet airplane.

Meet the true Jetson vehicle. A "VTOL" (vertical take-off and landing) flying car, the M400 is the life's work of inventor Paul Moller. Unfortunately, the road to commercial success is still long (and bumpy). In 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil fraud action against Moller for selling the unregistered shares of stock directly to the public via the Internet, raising approximately $5.1 million from more than 500 investors nationwide. Moller International was hit with a $50,000 fine, though it remains active today.


#skycar   #m400   #vtol   #helicopter   #airplane   #personalflying   #flyingcar   #aviation   #flying   #moller   #future  

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Specs

Skycar® 400 Targeted Performance

VTOL Configuration: Four thrust-vectoring nacelles with two counter-rotating Rotapower® engines per nacelle. Hybrid design configurations are currently under development

Passengers: 2+2
Emergency Airframe Parachutes: Yes
Fuel Type: Ethanol
Noise Level at 500ft (Goal): 65 dBA
Dimensions (L x W x H): 21.5’ x 8.5’ x 7.5’
Operational ceiling: 36,000 ft
Takeoff and landing area: 35 ft dia
Max speed @sea-level: 331 mph
Cruise Max speed @20,000 ft: 308 mph
Rate of climb @sea-level: 4,800 fpm
Endurance: 5.9 hours
Disc loading: 140 lb/ft2
Range @ 131 mph (21.3 mpg): 805 miles
Net payload: 720 lbs
Gross weight: 2,400 lbs
Continuous Engine Power (Total): 720 hp
Maximum Lift/Drag: 12.5___

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Atom Bomb Successfully Tested on 16 July 1945

On this day in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies were established as early as 1939, when Italian emigre physicist Enrico Fermi met with U.S. Navy department officials at Columbia University to discuss the use of fissionable materials for military purposes. That same year, Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt supporting the theory that an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction had great potential as a basis for a weapon of mass destruction. In February 1940, the federal government granted a total of $6,000 for research. But in early 1942, with the United States now at war with the Axis powers, and fear mounting that Germany was working on its own... more »

Atom Bomb Successfully Tested on 16 July 1945

On this day in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies were established as early as 1939, when Italian emigre physicist Enrico Fermi met with U.S. Navy department officials at Columbia University to discuss the use of fissionable materials for military purposes. That same year, Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt supporting the theory that an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction had great potential as a basis for a weapon of mass destruction. In February 1940, the federal government granted a total of $6,000 for research. But in early 1942, with the United States now at war with the Axis powers, and fear mounting that Germany was working on its own uranium bomb, the War Department took a more active interest, and limits on resources for the project were removed.

Brigadier-General Leslie R. Groves, himself an engineer, was now in complete charge of a project to assemble the greatest minds in science and discover how to harness the power of the atom as a means of bringing the war to a decisive end. The Manhattan Project (so-called because of where the research began) would wind its way through many locations during the early period of theoretical exploration, most importantly, the University of Chicago, where Enrico Fermi successfully set off the first fission chain reaction.

But the Project took final form in the desert of New Mexico, where, in 1943, Robert J. Oppenheimer began directing Project Y at a laboratory at Los Alamos, along with such minds as Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, and Fermi. Here theory and practice came together, as the problems of achieving critical mass-a nuclear explosion-and the construction of a deliverable bomb were worked out.

Finally, on the morning of July 16,in the New Mexico desert 120 miles south of Santa Fe, the first atomic bomb was detonated. The scientists and a few dignitaries had removed themselves 10,000 yards away to observe as the first mushroom cloud of searing light stretched 40,000 feet into the air and generated the destructive power of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT. The tower on which the bomb sat when detonated was vaporized.

The question now became-on whom was the bomb to be dropped? Germany was the original target, but the Germans had already surrendered. The only belligerent remaining was Japan.

A footnote: The original $6,000 budget for the Manhattan Project finally ballooned to a total cost of $2 billion.

Little Boy, a gun-type weapon, and Fat Man, an implosion-type weapon, were used in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. In the immediate postwar years, the Manhattan Project conducted weapons testing at Bikini Atoll as part of Operation Crossroads, developed new weapons, promoted the development of the network of national laboratories, supported medical research into radiology and laid the foundations for the nuclear navy. It maintained control over American atomic weapons research and production until the formation of the United States Atomic Energy Commission in January 1947.

#atomicbomb   #manhattanproject   #nucelarweapons   #wwii   #history   #militaryhistory   #losalamos   #einstein   #fermi   #oppenheimer  

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Foo Fighters

One of the best f***in bands in the world, hands down. Now and forever!

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters.

Prior to the release of Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. Goldsmith quit... more »

Foo Fighters

One of the best f***in bands in the world, hands down. Now and forever!

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters.

Prior to the release of Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. Goldsmith quit during the recording of the group's second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997), when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smear's departure followed soon afterward, though he would rejoin them in 2005.

They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999). The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band's lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002.

The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material.

Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. The band's seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011, in which Smear returned as a full member. In November 2014, the band's eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name.

Over the course of the band's career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. As of 2015 the band's eight albums have sold 12 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Musical Style & Legacy

Foo Fighters has been described as alternative rock, post-grunge and hard rock. When Grohl first started the band, its music was often compared to that of his previous group, Nirvana. Grohl acknowledged that Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain was a major influence on his songwriting. Grohl said, "Through Kurt, I saw the beauty of minimalism and the importance of music that's stripped down".

Foo Fighters also utilized the technique of shifting between quiet verses and loud choruses, which Grohl said was influenced by the members of Nirvana "liking The Knack, Bay City Rollers, Beatles, and ABBA as much as we liked Flipper and Black Flag, I suppose" Writing and recording songs for the first Foo Fighters album by himself, Grohl wrote the guitar riffs to be as rhythmic as possible. He approached the guitar in a similar manner to his playing a drumkit, assigning different drum parts to different strings on the instrument. This allowed him to piece together songs easily; he said, "I could hear the song in my head before it was finished." Once Grohl assembled a full band, his bandmates assisted in song arrangements.

The members of Foo Fighters meld melodic elements with heavier ones. Grohl noted in 1997, "We all love music, whether it's the Beatles or Queen or punk rock. I think the lure of punk rock was the energy and immediacy; the need to thrash stuff around. But at the same time, we're all suckers for a beautiful melody, you know? So it is just natural." Grohl said in 2005, "I love being in a rock band, but I don't know if I necessarily wanna be in an alternative rock band from the 1990s for the rest of my life." Grohl noted that the band's acoustic tour was an attempt to broaden the group's sound.

#foofighters   #davegrohl   #altrock   #rocknroll   #rockmusic   #musiclovers   #drummer   #everlong   #postgrunge   #hardrock  

Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBG7P-K-r1Y

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1969 Camaro Z28

The Chevrolet Camaro is an automobile manufactured by Chevrolet, classified as a pony car and some versions also as a muscle car. It went on sale on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year and was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang. The car shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967.

Four distinct generations of the Camaro were developed before production ended in 2002. The nameplate was revived on a concept car that evolved into the fifth-generation Camaro; production started on March 16, 2009

Before any official announcement, reports began running during April 1965 within the automotive press that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang, code-named Panther. On June 21, 1966, around 200 automotive journalists received a telegram from General Motors... more »

1969 Camaro Z28

The Chevrolet Camaro is an automobile manufactured by Chevrolet, classified as a pony car and some versions also as a muscle car. It went on sale on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year and was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang. The car shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967.

Four distinct generations of the Camaro were developed before production ended in 2002. The nameplate was revived on a concept car that evolved into the fifth-generation Camaro; production started on March 16, 2009

Before any official announcement, reports began running during April 1965 within the automotive press that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang, code-named Panther. On June 21, 1966, around 200 automotive journalists received a telegram from General Motors stating, "...please save noon of June 28 for important SEPAW meeting. Hope you can be on hand to help scratch a cat. Details will follow...(signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet public relations – SEPAW secretary."

The following day, the same journalists received another General Motors telegram stating, "Society for the Eradication of Panthers from the Automotive World will hold first and last meeting on June 28...(signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet public relations SEPAW secretary." These telegrams puzzled the automotive journalists.

On June 28, 1966, General Motors held a live press conference in Detroit’s Statler-Hilton Hotel. It was to be the first time in history that 14 cities were connected in real time for a press conference via telephone lines. Chevrolet general manager Pete Estes started the news conference stating that all attendees of the conference were charter members of the Society for the Elimination of Panthers from the Automotive World and that this would be the first and last meeting of SEPAW. Estes then announced a new car line, project designation XP-836, with a name that Chevrolet chose in keeping with other car names beginning with the letter C such as the Corvair, Chevelle, Chevy II, and Corvette. He claimed the name, suggests the comradeship of good friends as a personal car should be to its owner and that to us, the name means just what we think the car will do... go. The Camaro name was then unveiled. Automotive press asked Chevrolet product managers, what is a Camaro? and were told it was a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.

According to the book The Complete Book of Camaro: Every Model Since 1967, the name Camaro was conceived by Chevrolet merchandising manager Bob Lund and General Motors vice president Ed Rollett, while they were reading the book Heath's French and English Dictionary by James Boïelle and by de V. Payen-Payne printed in 1936. In the book The Complete Book of Camaro, it states that Mr. Lund and Mr. Rollett found the word camaro in the French-English dictionary to mean friend, pal, or comrade. The article further repeated Estes's statement of what the word camaro was meant to imply, that the car's name "suggests the comradeship of good friends, as a personal car should be to its owner". In fact, the actual French word that has that meaning is "camarade", from which the English word "comrade" is derived, and not "camaro"; "camaro" is not a recognized word in the French language.

The Camaro was first shown at a press preview in Detroit, Michigan, on September 12, 1966, and then later in Los Angeles, California, on September 19, 1966. Public introduction of the new model was on September 26, 1966. The Camaro officially went on sale in dealerships on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year.

The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared in Chevrolet dealerships in September 1966, for the 1967 model year on a brand-new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a 2-door, 2+2 seat, hardtop (no "B" or center pillar) or convertible with a choice of six-cylinder and V8 power plants. The first-generation Camaro was built through the 1969 model year.

The Camaro's standard drive train was either a 230 cu in (3.8 L) straight-6 engine rated at 140 hp (104 kW) or a 327 cu in (5.4 L) (307 cu in (5.0 L) later in 1969) V8 engine, with a standard three-speed manual transmission. There were 8 (in 1967), 10 (in 1968), and 12 (in 1969) different engines available in 1967-1969 Camaros. The two-speed "Powerglide" automatic transmission was optional. The three-speed "Turbo Hydra-Matic 350" automatic became available starting in 1969. The larger Turbo 400 three-speed automatic was an option on SS396 cars. A four-speed manual was optional.

There was a plethora of other options available all three years, including three main packages:

The RS was an appearance package that included hidden headlights, revised taillights with back-up lights under the rear bumper, RS badging, and exterior bright trim. It was available on any model.

The SS performance package consisted of a 350 or 396 cu in V8 engine and chassis upgrades for better handling and to deal with the additional power. The SS featured non-functional air inlets on the hood, special striping, and SS badging.

The Z/28 performance package was designed (with further modifications) to compete in the SCCA Trans-Am series. It included a solid-lifter 302 V8, 4-speed transmission, power disc brakes, and two wide stripes down the hood and trunk lid.

The idea of offering such a wide variety of "packages" and numerous options was to "blanket" Camaro's end of the personal car market with everything from a nice, plain and docile Six to a gaudy and fire breathing V8.

Almost all of 1967-1969 Camaros were built in the two U.S. assembly plants: Norwood, Ohio and Van Nuys, California. There were also five non-U.S. Camaro assembly plants in countries that required local assembly and content. These plants were located in the Philippines, Belgium, Switzerland, Venezuela, and Peru.

#camaro   #chevrolet   #z28   #ponycar   #musclecar   #cars   #automobile  

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Pink Floyd The Wall

The movie premier for Pink Floyd's The Wall was held at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, England on 14 July 1982.

Pink Floyd – The Wall is a 1982 British live-action/animated surreal musical film directed by Alan Parker with animated segments by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and is based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name. The film centers around a confined rocker named Floyd "Pink" Pinkerton, who after being driven into insanity by the death of his father and many depressive moments during his lifetime, constructs a metaphorical (and sometimes physical) wall to be protected from the world and emotional situations around him; when this coping mechanism backfires he demands himself free. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters.

Like its musicalc... more »

Pink Floyd The Wall

The movie premier for Pink Floyd's The Wall was held at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, England on 14 July 1982.

Pink Floyd – The Wall is a 1982 British live-action/animated surreal musical film directed by Alan Parker with animated segments by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and is based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name. The film centers around a confined rocker named Floyd "Pink" Pinkerton, who after being driven into insanity by the death of his father and many depressive moments during his lifetime, constructs a metaphorical (and sometimes physical) wall to be protected from the world and emotional situations around him; when this coping mechanism backfires he demands himself free. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters.

Like its musical companion, the film is highly metaphorical and symbolic imagery and sound are present most commonly. However, the film is mostly driven by music, and does not feature much dialogue. Gerald Scarfe drew and animated 15 minutes of animated sequences, which appear at several points in the film. It was the seventh animated feature to be presented in Dolby Stereo. The film is best known for its disturbing surreal environment, animated sequences, violence and gore, sexual situations, characterization, and many more that caused it to be one of the most surreal musicals of all time. The film has since fared well generally, and has established cult status.

Filming

Parker, Waters and Scarfe would have frequent clashes with each other during production, to the point the director described the filming as "one of the most miserable experiences of my creative life." Scarfe has declared that he would drive to Pinewood Studios carrying a bottle of Jack Daniel's, because "I had to have a slug before I went in in the morning, because I knew what was coming up, and I knew I had to fortify myself in some way."

During production, while filming the destruction of a hotel room, Geldof suffered a cut to his hand as he pulled away the Venetian blinds. The footage remains in the film. Also, it was discovered while filming the pool scenes that Geldof did not know how to swim. Interiors were shot at Pinewood Studios, and it was suggested that they suspend Geldof in Christopher Reeve's clear cast used for the Superman flying sequences, but his frame was too small by comparison; it was then decided to make a smaller rig that was a more acceptable fit, and he simply lay on his back.

The war scenes were shot on Saunton Sands in North Devon, which was also featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason six years later.

#pinkfloyd   #thewall   #rocknroll   #musichistory   #theempire    #rockmusic   #conceptalbum   #alanparker   #animation   #london   #surrealism   #movies   #film   #musiclover  

Pink Floyd - The Wall (Disc 1 & 2)HQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLQr3oec8MA

Pink Floyd The Wall (Full Film, with subtitles)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLBcP1B4-b0

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Walt Disney Studios

If there was ever a film studio most closely associated with a single man, it would be Disney. The entire history of this studio revolves around the dreams and visions of Walt Disney, and to this day, you can feel that in his movies and theme parks, and in the entire core of The Walt Disney Company.

Over the last few months or so I've posted about the "Big 6" in Hollywood, the major studios. So far, I've covered Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, and Universal Pictures. Tonight, it's all about Walt Disney Studios. After we get through the "Big 6" I'll also be looking at the other majors of their era - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and RKO Pictures. As well, I'll end this series by looking this summer at some of the "mini-majors" today.

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Walt Disney Studios

If there was ever a film studio most closely associated with a single man, it would be Disney. The entire history of this studio revolves around the dreams and visions of Walt Disney, and to this day, you can feel that in his movies and theme parks, and in the entire core of The Walt Disney Company.

Over the last few months or so I've posted about the "Big 6" in Hollywood, the major studios. So far, I've covered Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, and Universal Pictures. Tonight, it's all about Walt Disney Studios. After we get through the "Big 6" I'll also be looking at the other majors of their era - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and RKO Pictures. As well, I'll end this series by looking this summer at some of the "mini-majors" today.

About the "Big 6"

The "Big Six" majors, whose operations are based in or around the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood, are all centered in film studios active during Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s. In three cases—20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., and Paramount—the studios were one of the "Big Five" majors during that era as well. In two cases—Columbia and Universal—the studios were also considered majors, but in the next tier down, part of the "Little Three". In the sixth case, Walt Disney Studios was an independent production company during the Golden Age; it was an important Hollywood entity, but not a major. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and RKO were majors.

Today, Disney is the only member of the Big Six whose parent entity is still located near Los Angeles (actually, on Disney's studio lot and in the same building). The five others report to conglomerates headquartered in New York City, Philadelphia, and Tokyo. Of the Big Six, Paramount is the only one still based in Hollywood, and Paramount and Fox are the only ones still located within the Los Angeles city limits, while Disney and Warner Bros. are located in Burbank, Columbia in Culver City, and Universal in the unincorporated area of Universal City.

About The Walt Disney Studios

Prior to the official opening of the Burbank lot in 1940, the Walt Disney Studios was located at several different locations in Los Angeles. During summer 1923, Walt Disney created "The Disney Bros. Cartoon Studio" in his uncle Robert Disney's garage, which was located at 4406 Kingswell Avenue, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles (just east of Hollywood). This garage has been on display at the Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove since the 1980s, several blocks away from Disneyland. His brother Roy O. Disney was also in Los Angeles at the time. During October 1923, the brothers leased office space on the rear side of a real estate agency's office at 4651 Kingswell Avenue. On October 16, 1923, Walt Disney accepted an offer from Margaret Winkler of Universal Studios to distribute the new Alice Comedies starring Virginia Davis. It was also at this site where on January 14, 1924, Walt Disney met his future wife Lillian Bounds, an "ink and paint" girl whom he personally hired. In February 1924, the studio moved next door to an office of its own at 4649 Kingswell Avenue. The late Robert Disney's residence and the small office building that is home to 4649 and 4651 Kingswell Avenue have survived to the present and are still in use.

In 1925, Walt Disney placed a deposit on a new, considerably larger lot at 2719 Hyperion Avenue, and the studio moved there in January 1926. It was here where, after a train journey with his wife Lillian, Walt fully created the character of Mickey Mouse in 1928. The first color animated film, the Silly Symphony Flowers and Trees and the first animated cartoon using the multiplane camera, The Old Mill was created. In 1937, the Hyperion studio produced the world's first full-length animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney's staff began to grow to a substantial size at the Hyperion studio, and Disney Legends such as Disney's Nine Old Men began their careers there. The Hyperion studio site was sold in 1940 and divided between two different industrial manufacturers, and in 1966 a subsequent owner demolished what was left of the studio complex and replaced it with the supermarket and shopping center that stand there today. To honor the company's former headquarters from 1926 to 1940, the name 'Hyperion' has been reused over the years by the Walt Disney Company for multiple divisions and attractions, including Hyperion Books and the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park.

The current Walt Disney Studios, located at 500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, was made possible by the revenue from the 1937 release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Walt Disney and his staff began the move from the old studio at Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake on December 24, 1939, and was completed on May 6, 1940. Designed primarily by Kem Weber under the supervision of Walt Disney and his brother Roy, the Burbank Disney Studio buildings are the only studios that have been owned by The Walt Disney Company to survive from the Golden Age of filming. A bungalow and other small buildings that were located at the Hyperion Avenue location were moved to Burbank.

The Walt Disney Studios was originally designed around the animation process, with the large animation building in the center of the campus, and adjacent outlying buildings were built for the story department, the music department, the ink-and-paint departments, and the other various functions of the studio. Both above-ground walkways and tunnels connected the buildings, and the campus also included a movie theatre and a number of soundstages. The Disney feature The Reluctant Dragon, starring Robert Benchley, served as a tour of the then-new studio, which was also frequently seen and toured on the various Walt Disney television programs.

In the late 1940s, the studio began regular work on live-action features, as they needed the money. Though their first films were shot in England, the necessity to build live-action facilities still arose. Lacking the capital to do it themselves, Jack Webb offered to put up some of the money to build live-action soundstages in exchange for the right to use them (Webb used them to shoot much of the "Dragnet" TV series). During this time, backlots for exterior shots were also built and remained standing at the studios until after a major change in management in 1984.

In 1986, after the corporate restructuring of Walt Disney Productions into The Walt Disney Company, the studio lot was remodeled to accommodate more live-action production space and administrative offices. The studio lot is now home to multiple office and administration buildings and 10 soundstages. It is bounded by South Buena Vista Street on the west, West Alameda Street on the north, South Keystone Street on the east, and West Riverside Drive on the south. It sits in an area of Burbank where the street grid is offset at a diagonal, but most of the original buildings and roads within the campus itself were laid out in alignment with the cardinal directions.

About Walt Disney, The Man

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer he received 22 Academy Awards from 59 nominations and has won more individual Oscars than anyone else. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and one Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Born in Chicago in 1901, Disney developed an early interest in drawing. He took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He moved to Hollywood in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio (later The Walt Disney Company) with his brother Roy. With Ub Iwerks, Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras. The results, seen in features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Fantasia, Pinocchio (both 1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942), furthered the development of animated film. New animated and live-action films followed after World War II, including the critically successful Cinderella (1950) and Mary Poppins (1964), the second of which received five Academy Awards.

In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland. To fund the project he diversified into television programs, such as Walt Disney's Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club; he was also involved in planning the 1959 Moscow Fair and the 1960 Winter Olympics. In 1965 he began development of another theme park, Disney World (now Walt Disney World), the heart of which was to be a new type of city, the "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" (EPCOT). Disney was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and died of lung cancer in December 1966 before the park or city was completed.

Disney was a shy, self-deprecating and insecure man in private but adopted a warm and outgoing public persona. However he had high standards and high expectations of those with whom he worked. Although there have been accusations that he was racist or anti-Semitic, they have been contradicted by many who knew him. His reputation changed in the years after his death, from a purveyor of homely patriotic values to a representative of American imperialism. He nevertheless remains an important figure in the history of animation and in the cultural history of the United States, where he is considered a national cultural icon. His film work continues to be shown and adapted; his studio maintains high standards in its production of popular entertainment, and the Disney amusement parks have grown in size and number to attract visitors from many countries.

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Complete List of Walt Disney Movies (through 2013)

# 1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
# 2 Pinocchio
# 3 Fantasia
# 4 The Reluctant Dragon
# 5 Dumbo
# 6 Bambi
# 7 Victory Through Air Power
# 8 Saludos Amigos
# 9 Three Caballeros
# 10 Make Mine Music
# 11 Song of the South
# 12 Fun and Fancy Free
# 13 So Dear to My Heart
# 14 Melody Time
# 15 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
# 16 Treasure Island
# 17 Cinderella
# 18 Alice in Wonderland
# 19 The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
# 20 Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue
# 21 The Sword and the Rose
# 22 Peter Pan
# 23 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
# 24 The Littlest Outlaw
# 25 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
# 26 Lady and the Tramp
# 27 Westward Ho, The Wagons!
# 28 Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
# 29 The Great Locomotive Chase
# 30 Johnny Tremain
# 31 Old Yeller
# 32 The Light in the Forest
# 33 Tonka
# 34 Third Man on the Mountain
# 35 Darby O'Gill and the Little People
# 36 The Shaggy Dog
# 37 Sleeping Beauty (1959)
# 38 The Sign of Zorro
# 39 Ten Who Dared
# 40 Kidnapped
# 41 Pollyanna (1960 film)
# 42 Toby Tyler
# 43 Swiss Family Robinson
# 44 Greyfriars Bobby
# 45 Babes in Toyland
# 46 The Parent Trap
# 47 The Absent-Minded Professor
# 48 101 Dalmatians (Animated)
# 49 The Legend of Lobo
# 50 Almost Angels
# 51 In Search of Castaways
# 52 Moon Pilot
# 53 Big Red
# 54 Bon Voyage!
# 55 Son of Flubber
# 56 Savage Sam
# 57 Miracle of the White Stallions
# 58 Summer Magic
# 59 The Incredible Journey
# 60 The Sword in the Stone
# 61 A Tiger Walks
# 62 The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
# 63 The Three Lives of Thomasina
# 64 The Moon-Spinners
# 65 Emil and the Detectives
# 66 Mary Poppins
# 67 The Monkey's Uncle
# 68 Those Calloways
# 69 That Darn Cat!
# 70 Follow Me, Boys!
# 71 The Fighting Prince of Donegal
# 72 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
# 73 The Ugly Dachshund
# 74 The Happiest Millionaire
# 75 Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar
# 76 The Gnome-Mobile
# 77 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
# 78 Monkeys, Go Home!
# 79 The Jungle Book
# 80 Never A Dull Moment
# 81 Blackbeard's Ghost
# 82 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
# 83 The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
# 84 The Love Bug
# 85 Rascal
# 86 Smith!
# 87 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
# 88 The Wild Country
# 89 King of the Grizzlies
# 90 The Boatniks
# 91 Smoke
# 92 The Aristocats
# 93 Scandalous John
# 94 The Barefoot Executive
# 95 The Million Dollar Duck
# 96 Bedknobs and broomsticks
# 97 Chandar, the Black Leopard of Ceylon
# 98 Run, Cougar, Run
# 99 Napoleon and Samantha
# 100 Snowball Express
# 101 The Biscuit Eater
# 102 Now You See Him, Now You Don't
# 103 The World's Greatest Athlete
# 104 Charley and the Angel
# 105 One Little Indian
# 106 Mustang
# 107 Superdad
# 108 Robin Hood
# 109 The Island at the Top of the World
# 110 Castaway Cowboy
# 111 The Bears and I
# 112 Herbie Rides Again
# 113 Ride a Wild Pony
# 114 The Boy Who Talked to Badgers
# 115 One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
# 116 Escape to Witch Mountain
# 117 The Strongest Man in the World
# 118 The Apple Dumpling Gang
# 119 Escape From The Dark (The Littlest Horse Thieves)
# 120 Treasure of Matecumbe
# 121 No Deposit, No Return
# 122 Freaky Friday
# 123 The Shaggy D.A.
# 124 Gus
# 125 Candleshoe
# 126 The Rescuers
# 127 A Tale of Two Critters
# 128 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
# 129 Pete's Dragon
# 130 Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo
# 131 Hot Lead and Cold Feet
# 132 Return From Witch Mountain
# 133 The Cat from Outer Space
# 134 Unidentified Flying Oddball
# 135 The North Avenue Irregulars
# 136 The Black Hole
# 137 Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
# 138 Watcher in the Woods
# 139 Midnight Madness
# 140 Popeye
# 141 The Last Flight of Noah's Ark
# 142 Herbie Goes Bananas
# 143 Dragonslayer
# 144 Amy
# 145 The Devil and Max Devlin
# 146 Condorman
# 147 The Fox and the Hound
# 148 Tex
# 149 Night Crossing
# 150 Tron
# 151 Something Wicked This Way Comes
# 152 Trenchcoat
# 153 Tiger Town
# 154 Never Cry Wolf
# 155 Love Leads the Way
# 156 Where the Toys Come From
# 157 Return to Oz
# 158 The Black Cauldron
# 159 The Journey of Natty Gann
# 160 One Magic Christmas
# 161 Basil the Great Mouse Detective
# 162 Flight of the Navigator
# 163 Benji the Hunted
# 164 The Brave Little Toaster
# 165 Return to Snowy River
# 166 Oliver and company
# 167 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
# 168 Cheetah
# 169 The Little Mermaid
# 170 Shipwrecked
# 171 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
# 172 Rescuers Down Under
# 173 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
# 174 Rocketeer
# 175 White Fang (1991 film)
# 176 Beauty and the Beast
# 177 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
# 178 The Muppet Christmas Carol
# 179 The Mighty Ducks
# 180 The Newsies
# 181 Aladdin
# 182 The Nightmare Before Christmas
# 183 A Far Off Place
# 184 Hocus Pocus
# 185 The Three Musketeers
# 186 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
# 187 Cool Runnings
# 188 The Adventures of Huck Finn
# 189 Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
# 190 Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
# 191 Blank Check
# 192 Iron Will
# 193 White Fang 2
# 194 D2: The Mighty Ducks
# 195 Angels in the Outfield
# 196 The Santa Clause
# 197 The Lion King
# 198 Tall Tale
# 199 Man of the House
# 200 Heavy Weights
# 201 A Goofy Movie
# 202 Pocahontas
# 203 Operation Dumbo Drop
# 204 A Kid in King Arthur's Court
# 205 The Big Green
# 206 Tom and Huck
# 207 Toy Story
# 208 First Kid
# 209 James and the Giant Peach
# 210 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
# 211 D3: The Mighty Ducks
# 212 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
# 213 101 Dalmatians (1996 film)
# 214 Muppet Treasure Island
# 215 Tower of Terror
# 216 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
# 217 Jungle 2 Jungle
# 218 Rocket Man
# 219 Under Wraps
# 220 Northern Lights
# 221 Angels in the Endzone
# 222 Air Bud
# 223 That Darn Cat
# 224 George of the Jungle
# 225 Hercules
# 226 Flubber
# 227 Mr Magoo
# 228 You Lucky Dog
# 229 Halloweentown
# 230 Brink!
# 231 A Knight in Camelot
# 232 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
# 233 Meet the Deedles
# 234 Mulan
# 235 The Parent Trap
# 236 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
# 237 Air Bud: Golden Receiver
# 238 I'll Be Home for Christmas
# 239 Mighty Joe Young
# 240 Lion King II: Simbas Pride
# 241 A Bug's Life
# 242 Don't Look Under the Bed
# 243 Genius
# 244 The Thirteenth Year
# 245 Johnny Tsunami
# 246 Can of Worms
# 247 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
# 248 Horse Sense
# 249 Smart House
# 250 Endurance
# 251 My Favorite Martian
# 252 Doug's 1st Movie
# 253 The Straight Story
# 254 Tarzan
# 255 Inspector Gadget (film)
# 256 H-E Double Hockey Sticks
# 257 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
# 258 Fantasia 2000
# 259 Toy Story 2
# 260 The Ultimate Christmas Present
# 261 Phantom of the Megaplex
# 262 Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire
# 263 The Other Me
# 264 Quints
# 265 Ready to Run
# 266 Stepsister from Planet Weird
# 267 Miracle In Lane 2
# 268 Rip Girls
# 269 Alley Cats Strike
# 270 The Color of Friendship
# 271 Up, Up, and Away
# 272 Angels in the Infield
# 273 Air Bud 3: World Pup
# 274 Mail To The Chief
# 275 Geppetto
# 276 An Extremely Goofy Movie
# 277 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
# 278 Dinosaur
# 279 The Kid
# 280 Little Mermaid II, The: Return to the Sea
# 281 Remember The Titans
# 282 102 Dalmatians
# 283 The Emperor's New Groove
# 284 Jett Jackson: The Movie
# 285 The Other Side of Heaven
# 286 Twas the Night
# 287 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
# 288 The Poof Point
# 289 Jumping Ship
# 290 The Jennie Project
# 291 Hounded
# 292 The Luck of the Irish
# 293 Zenon: The Zequel
# 294 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
# 295 Motocrossed
# 296 Recess: School's Out
# 297 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
# 298 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
# 299 Spirited Away
# 300 The Princess Diaries (film)
# 301 Max Keeble's Big Move
# 302 Monsters, Inc.
# 303 Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch
# 304 The Scream Team
# 305 A Ring of Endless Light
# 306 Gotta Kick It Up!
# 307 Get a Clue
# 308 Tru Confessions
# 309 Cadet Kelly
# 310 Double Teamed
# 311 Snow Dogs
# 312 Return to Never Land
# 313 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
# 314 Lilo & Stitch
# 315 The Country Bears
# 316 Tuck Everlasting
# 317 Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause
# 318 Treasure Planet
# 319 Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
# 320 The Rookie
# 321 Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time
# 322 Air Bud: Spikes Back
# 323 Full-Court Miracle
# 324 The Cheetah Girls
# 325 Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off
# 326 The Even Stevens Movie
# 327 Right on Track
# 328 You Wish!
# 329 Brother Bear
# 330 101 Dalmations II: Patch's London Adventure
# 331 The Jungle Book 2
# 332 Inspector Gadget 2
# 333 Piglet's Big Movie
# 334 Holes
# 335 Atlantis: Milo's Return
# 336 Lizzie Mcguire Movie
# 337 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
# 338 Freaky Friday
# 339 George of the Jungle 2
# 340 Haunted Mansion
# 341 The Young Black Stallion
# 342 Finding Nemo
# 343 Going to the Mat
# 344 Pixel Perfect
# 345 Zenon: Z3
# 346 Halloweentown High
# 347 Tiger Cruise
# 348 Stuck in the Suburbs
# 349 Teacher's Pet
# 350 Miracle
# 351 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
# 352 Home on the Range
# 353 Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
# 354 Around the World in 80 Days
# 355 The Three Musketeers
# 356 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
# 357 Howl's Moving Castle
# 358 Mulan II
# 359 National Treasure
# 360 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
# 361 The Lion King 1 1/2
# 362 The Incredibles
# 363 Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove
# 364 the greatest game ever played
# 365 Valiant
# 366 Once Upon A Mattress
# 367 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
# 368 Go Figure
# 369 Life Is Ruff
# 370 The Proud Family Movie
# 371 Twitches
# 372 Lilo and Stitch 2: Stich Has a Glitch
# 373 Pooh's Heffalump Movie
# 374 The Pacifier
# 375 Ice Princess
# 376 Sky High
# 377 Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
# 378 Now You See It
# 379 Buffalo Dreams
# 380 Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe
# 381 Chicken Little
# 382 Herbie Fully Loaded
# 383 Air Buddies
# 384 Read It and Weep
# 385 Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
# 386 Cow Belles
# 387 The Cheetah Girls 2
# 388 Return to Halloweentown
# 389 High School Musical
# 390 Brother Bear 2
# 391 The Fox and the Hound 2
# 392 Glory Road
# 393 Bambi II
# 394 Cars
# 395 Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
# 396 Invincible
# 397 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
# 398 The Wild
# 399 Eight Below
# 400 The Shaggy Dog
# 401 The Secret of the Magic Gourd
# 402 My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas
# 403 Twitches Too
# 404 High School Musical 2
# 405 National Treasure: Book of Secrets
# 406 Enchanted
# 407 The Game Plan
# 408 Ratatouille
# 409 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
# 410 Underdog
# 411 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
# 412 Bridge to Terabithia
# 413 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board
# 414 Jump In!
# 415 Meet the Robinsons
# 416 Snow Buddies
# 417 The Cheetah Girls: One World
# 418 Bedtime Stories
# 419 Little Mermaid III - Ariel's Beginning
# 420 Tinker Bell
# 421 Bolt
# 422 Camp Rock
# 423 Minutemen
# 424 Beverly Hills Chihuahua
# 425 College Road Trip
# 426 Wall E
# 427 High School Musical 3: Senior Year
# 428 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
# 429 Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie
# 430 Santa Buddies
# 431 A Christmas Carol
# 432 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
# 433 Old Dogs
# 434 Princess Protection Program
# 435 Ponyo
# 436 The Princess and the Frog
# 437 Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too
# 438 Hatching Pete
# 439 Dadnapped
# 440 G-Force
# 441 Space Buddies
# 442 Up
# 443 Hannah Montana: The Movie
# 444 Race to Witch Mountain
# 445 The Search for Santa Paws
# 446 Avalon High
# 447 Den Brother
# 448 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
# 449 Secretariat
# 450 Tangled
# 451 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
# 452 TRON: Legacy
# 453 The Sorcerers Apprentice
# 454 Star Struck
# 455 Toy Story 3
# 456 Prince of Persia : Sands of Time
# 457 Alice in Wonderland
# 458 Geek Charming
# 459 Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!
# 460 Phineas & Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension
# 461 Spooky Buddies
# 462 The Muppets
# 463 Once Upon A Warrior (Anaganaga O Dheerudu)
# 464 The Suite Life Movie
# 465 Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
# 466 Lemonade Mouth
# 467 Winnie the Pooh
# 468 Prom
# 469 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
# 470 Cars 2
# 471 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
# 472 Mars Needs Moms
# 473 Girl vs. Monster
# 474 Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
# 475 Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess
# 476 Radio Rebel
# 477 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
# 478 Treasure Buddies
# 479 The Secret World of Arrietty
# 480 Frankenweenie
# 481 Wreck-It Ralph
# 482 Frenemies
# 483 John Carter
# 484 The Odd Life of Timothy Green
# 485 Brave
# 486 Let It Shine
# 487 Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings
# 488 Teen Beach Movie
# 489 Planes
# 490 Super Buddies
# 491 Oz: The Great and Powerful
# 492 The Lone Ranger 2013___

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French Revolutionaries Storm the Bastille on 14 July 1789

Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.

The Bastille was originally constructed in 1370 as a bastide, or “fortification,” to protect the walled city of Paris from English attack. It was later made into an independent stronghold, and its name–bastide–was corrupted to Bastille. The Bastille was first used as a state prison in the 17th century, and its cells were reserved for upper-class felons, political troublemakers, and spies. Most prisonersthere w... more »

French Revolutionaries Storm the Bastille on 14 July 1789

Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.

The Bastille was originally constructed in 1370 as a bastide, or “fortification,” to protect the walled city of Paris from English attack. It was later made into an independent stronghold, and its name–bastide–was corrupted to Bastille. The Bastille was first used as a state prison in the 17th century, and its cells were reserved for upper-class felons, political troublemakers, and spies. Most prisoners there were imprisoned without a trial under direct orders of the king. Standing 100 feet tall and surrounded by a moat more than 80 feet wide, the Bastille was an imposing structure in the Parisian landscape.

By the summer of 1789, France was moving quickly toward revolution. There were severe food shortages in France that year, and popular resentment against the rule of King Louis XVI was turning to fury. In June, the Third Estate, which represented commoners and the lower clergy, declared itself the National Assembly and called for the drafting of a constitution. Initially seeming to yield, Louis legalized the National Assembly but then surrounded Paris with troops and dismissed Jacques Necker, a popular minister of state who had supported reforms. In response, mobs began rioting in Paris at the instigation of revolutionary leaders.

Bernard-René Jordan de Launay, the military governor of the Bastille, feared that his fortress would be a target for the revolutionaries and so requested reinforcements. A company of Swiss mercenary soldiers arrived on July 7 to bolster his garrison of 82 soldiers. The Marquis de Sade, one of the few prisoners in the Bastille at the time, was transferred to an insane asylum after he attempted to incite a crowd outside his window by yelling: “They are massacring the prisoners; you must come and free them.” On July 12, royal authorities transferred 250 barrels of gunpowder to the Bastille from the Paris Arsenal, which was more vulnerable to attack. Launay brought his men into the Bastille and raised its two drawbridges.

On July 13, revolutionaries with muskets began firing at soldiers standing guard on the Bastille’s towers and then took cover in the Bastille’s courtyard when Launay’s men fired back. That evening, mobs stormed the Paris Arsenal and another armory and acquired thousands of muskets. At dawn on July 14, a great crowd armed with muskets, swords, and various makeshift weapons began to gather around the Bastille.

Launay received a delegation of revolutionary leaders but refused to surrender the fortress and its munitions as they requested. He later received a second delegation and promised he would not open fire on the crowd. To convince the revolutionaries, he showed them that his cannons were not loaded. Instead of calming the agitated crowd, news of the unloaded cannons emboldened a group of men to climb over the outer wall of the courtyard and lower a drawbridge. Three hundred revolutionaries rushed in, and Launay’s men took up a defensive position. When the mob outside began trying to lower the second drawbridge, Launay ordered his men to open fire. One hundred rioters were killed or wounded.

Launay’s men were able to hold the mob back, but more and more Parisians were converging on the Bastille. Around 3 p.m., a company of deserters from the French army arrived. The soldiers, hidden by smoke from fires set by the mob, dragged five cannons into the courtyard and aimed them at the Bastille. Launay raised a white flag of surrender over the fortress. Launay and his men were taken into custody, the gunpowder and cannons were seized, and the seven prisoners of the Bastille were freed. Upon arriving at the Hotel de Ville, where Launay was to be arrested by a revolutionary council, the governor was pulled away from his escort by a mob and murdered.

The capture of the Bastille symbolized the end of the ancien regime and provided the French revolutionary cause with an irresistible momentum. Joined by four-fifths of the French army, the revolutionaries seized control of Paris and then the French countryside, forcing King Louis XVI to accept a constitutional government. In 1792, the monarchy was abolished and Louis and his wife Marie-Antoinette were sent to the guillotine for treason in 1793.

By order of the new revolutionary government, the Bastille was torn down. On February 6, 1790, the last stone of the hated prison-fortress was presented to the National Assembly. Today, July 14–Bastille Day–is celebrated as a national holiday in France.

#frenchrevolution   #bastilleday   #louisxvi   #marieantoinette   #paris   #monarchy   #anarchy   #prison   #riot   #revolt   #revolution   #france  

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Live Aid Concert Opens On 13 July 1985 in London

On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans. Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations. In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than $125 million in famine relief for Africa.

Live Aid was the brainchild of Bob Geldof, the singer of an Irish rock group called the Boomtown Rats. In 1984, Geldof traveled to Ethiopia after hearing news reports of a horrific famine that had killed hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and threatened to kill millions more. After returning to London, he called Britain’sand I... more »

Live Aid Concert Opens On 13 July 1985 in London

On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans. Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations. In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than $125 million in famine relief for Africa.

Live Aid was the brainchild of Bob Geldof, the singer of an Irish rock group called the Boomtown Rats. In 1984, Geldof traveled to Ethiopia after hearing news reports of a horrific famine that had killed hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and threatened to kill millions more. After returning to London, he called Britain’s and Ireland’s top pop artists together to record a single to benefit Ethiopian famine relief. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was written by Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure and performed by “Band Aid,” an ensemble that featured Culture Club, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, U2, Wham!, and others. It was the best-selling single in Britain to that date and raised more than $10 million.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was also a No. 1 hit in the United States and inspired U.S. pop artists to come together and perform “We Are the World,” a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. “USA for Africa,” as the U.S. ensemble was known, featured Jackson, Ritchie, Geldof, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, and many others. The single went to the top of the charts and eventually raised $44 million.

With the crisis continuing in Ethiopia, and the neighboring Sudan also stricken with famine, Geldof proposed Live Aid, an ambitious global charity concert aimed at raising more funds and increasing awareness of the plight of many Africans. Organized in just 10 weeks, Live Aid was staged on Saturday, July 13, 1985. More than 75 acts performed, including Elton John, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Sting, Bryan Adams, the Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Queen, Duran Duran, U2, the Who, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton. The majority of these artists performed at either Wembley Stadium in London, where a crowd of 70,000 turned out, or at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, where 100,000 watched. Thirteen satellites beamed a live television broadcast of the event to more than one billion viewers in 110 countries. More than 40 of these nations held telethons for African famine relief during the broadcast.

A memorable moment of the concert was Phil Collins’ performance in Philadelphia after flying by Concorde from London, where he performed at Wembley earlier in the day. He later played drums in a reunion of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. Beatle Paul McCartney and the Who’s Pete Townsend held Bob Geldof aloft on their shoulders during the London finale, which featured a collective performance of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Six hours later, the U.S. concert ended with “We Are the World.”

Live Aid eventually raised $127 million in famine relief for African nations, and the publicity it generated encouraged Western nations to make available enough surplus grain to end the immediate hunger crisis in Africa. Geldof was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts.

In early July 2005, Geldof staged a series of “Live 8″ concerts in 11 countries around the world to help raise awareness of global poverty. Organizers, led by Geldof, purposely scheduled the concert days before the annual G8 summit in an effort to increase political pressure on G8 nations to address issues facing the extremely poor around the world. Live 8 claims that an estimated 3 billion people watched 1,000 musicians perform in 11 shows, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and by 2,000 radio stations. Unlike Live Aid, Live 8 was intentionally not billed as a fundraiser–Geldof’s slogan was, “We don’t want your money, we want your voice.” Perhaps in part because of the spotlight brought to such issues by Live 8, the G8 subsequently voted to cancel the debt of 18 of the world’s poorest nations, make AIDS drugs more accessible, and double levels of annual aid to Africa, to $50 billion by 2010.

#liveaid   #wearetheworld   #dotheyknowitschristmas   #faminerelief   #africa   #aids   #hunger   #internationalaid   #bobgeldof   #eltonjohn   #madonna   #santana   #sting   #beachboys   #davdbowie   #queen   #u2   #thewho   #tompetty   #neilyoung   #ericclapton   #philcollns   #michaeljackson   #lionelritchie   #mickjagger   #tinaturner   #ledzeppelin   #paulmccartney   #bryanadams  

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Every Performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfVKruxpQ5Q&list=PLHp_BwHqxTe5aFv9FtC_Ql1d1hhvalgbT

Queen at LIve Aid [60 fps]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A22oy8dFjqc

12.02 : Status Quo
12.19 : Style Council
12.44 : Boomtown Rats
13.00 : Adam Ant
13.06 : INXS (video from Melbourne)
13.16 : Ultravox
13.34 : Loudness (video from Japan)
13.47 : Spandau Ballet
13.51 : Bernard Watson
14.02 : Joan Baez
14.07 : Elvis Costello
14.10 : The Hooters
14.15 : Opus (video from Austria)
14.22 : Nik Kershaw
14.32 : The Four Tops
14.38 : B.B. King (video from The Hague)
14.45 : Billy Ocean
14.52 : Black Sabbath
14.55 : Sade
15.12 : Run DMC
15.18 : Sting
15.27 : Rick Springfield
15.35 : Phil Collins
15.45 : REO Speedwagon
15.50 : Howard Jones
15.58 : Autograph (video from Moscow)
16.03 : Bryan Ferry
16.15 : Crosby, Still & Nash
16.24 : Udo Lindenberg (video from Cologne)
16.26 : Judas Priest
16.38 : Paul Young - Alison Moyet
17.00 Linkup
between Wembley in the UK and JFK in the US
17.02 : Bryan Adams
17.20 : U2
17.40 : The Beach Boys
18.00 : Dire Straits & Sting
18.26 : George Thorogood & the Destroyers / Bo Diddley / Albert Collins
18.44 : Queen
19.03 : David Bowie / Mick Jagger ( video)
19.07 : Simple Minds
19.22 : David Bowie
19.41 : The Pretenders
20.00 : The Who
20.20 : Santana / Pat Metheny
20.50 : Elton John
20.57 : Ashford & Simpson / Teddy Pendergrass
21.05 : Elton John / Kiki Dee / Wham!
21.30 : Madonna
21.48 : Freddie Mercury / Brian May
21.51 : Paul McCartney
21.54 : McCartney / Bowie / Pete Townshend / Alison Moyet / Bob Geldof
21.56 UK Finale from Wembley
22.14 : Tom Petty
22.30 : Kenny Loggins
22.49 : The Cars
23.07 : Neil Young
23.43 : The Power Station
00.21 : The Thompson Twins
00.39 : Eric Clapton
01.04 : Phil Collins
01.13 : Robert Plant /Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones
01.47 : Duran Duran
02.15 : Patti LaBelle
02.50 : Hall & Oates / Eddie Kendricks / David Ruffin
03.15 : Mick Jagger
03.28 : Mick Jagger / Tina Turner
03.39 : Bob Dylan / Keith Richards / Ron Wood
03.55 US Finale___

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Supermarine Spitfire

Fantastic up close & personal shot of this vintage warbird that played a huge part for the RAF in WWII.

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries before, during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts, with approximately 53 Spitfires being airworthy, while many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world.

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine... more »

Supermarine Spitfire

Fantastic up close & personal shot of this vintage warbird that played a huge part for the RAF in WWII.

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries before, during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts, with approximately 53 Spitfires being airworthy, while many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world.

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works, which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928. In accordance with its role as an interceptor, Mitchell supported the development of the Spitfire's distinctive elliptical wing (designed by B. Shenstone) to have the thinnest possible cross-section; this enabled the Spitfire to have a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the development of the Spitfire through its multitude of variants.

During the Battle of Britain, from July to October 1940, the Spitfire was perceived by the public to be the RAF fighter, though the more numerous Hawker Hurricane shouldered a greater proportion of the burden against the Nazi German air force, the Luftwaffe. Spitfire units, however, had a lower attrition rate and a higher victory-to-loss ratio than those flying Hurricanes because of its higher performance. Spitfires in general were tasked with engaging the Luftwaffe fighters (mainly Messerschmitt Bf 109E series aircraft which were a close match for the Spitfire) during the Battle.

After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire superseded the Hurricane to become the backbone of RAF Fighter Command, and saw action in the European, Mediterranean, Pacific and the South-East Asian theatres. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire served in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber and trainer, and it continued to serve in these roles until the 1950s. The Seafire was a carrier-based adaptation of the Spitfire which served in the Fleet Air Arm from 1942 through to the mid-1950s. Although the original airframe was designed to be powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine producing 1,030 hp (768 kW), it was strong enough and adaptable enough to use increasingly powerful Merlins and, in later marks, Rolls-Royce Griffon engines producing up to 2,340 hp (1,745 kW); as a consequence of this the Spitfire's performance and capabilities improved over the course of its life.

#spitfire   #aircraft   #warbird   #airplane   #vintageaircraft   #historic   #MkVb   #wwii  

Photography by Anthony Baines

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Flourish and Blotts was first established in Diagon Alley in the year of 1454

"They bought Harry’s school books in a shop called Flourish and Blotts where the shelves were stacked to the ceiling with books as large as paving stones bound in leather; books the size of postage stamps in covers of silk; books full of peculiar symbols and a few books with nothing in them at all."
—Harry Potter's first time at Flourish and Blotts

Flourish and Blotts Bookseller is a bookshop in North Side, Diagon Alley. Established in 1454, it is where most Hogwarts students purchase their schoolbooks. The shop has had a few problems with certain books, such as The Invisible Book of Invisibility which cost them a great deal of money though they never found them, and The Monster Book of Monsters which tore each other up as well as biting the manager when he tried to getone... more »

Flourish and Blotts was first established in Diagon Alley in the year of 1454

"They bought Harry’s school books in a shop called Flourish and Blotts where the shelves were stacked to the ceiling with books as large as paving stones bound in leather; books the size of postage stamps in covers of silk; books full of peculiar symbols and a few books with nothing in them at all."
—Harry Potter's first time at Flourish and Blotts

Flourish and Blotts Bookseller is a bookshop in North Side, Diagon Alley. Established in 1454, it is where most Hogwarts students purchase their schoolbooks. The shop has had a few problems with certain books, such as The Invisible Book of Invisibility which cost them a great deal of money though they never found them, and The Monster Book of Monsters which tore each other up as well as biting the manager when he tried to get one out.

Flourish and Blotts also runs a service, which enables purchasers to buy books via owl delivery. They also take advance orders for books that are in high demand, such as The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.

Establishment
Flourish and Blotts was first established in Diagon Alley in the year of 1454.

1991
Flourish and Blotts was briefly closed during the summer of 1991, as they were dealing with an outbreak of bookworms.

1992
Sometime in early 1992, Flourish and Blotts was closed as it attempted to locate its order of Disappearing Ink. In August of 1992, famous wizard author Gilderoy Lockhart held a book signing at the shop and used it as an opportunity to announce his taking of the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that year.

In an effort to gain more publicity, he dragged Harry Potter into the spotlight against his will and gifted Harry a complete set of his books. That same day, a fistfight occurred between Lucius Malfoy and Arthur Weasley, and Lucius Malfoy secretly gave Tom Riddle's Diary to Ginny Weasley.

During the Christmas holidays, the bookshop was temporarily closed, as they were still tidying up after Gilderoy Lockhart's book signing in August.

1993
In the summer of 1993, the front window of Flourish and Blotts held an iron cage filled with hundreds of copies of The Monster Book of Monsters. To deal with the vicious books, set for the third year Care of Magical Creatures class taught by Rubeus Hagrid, the harassed manager had to gear up with thick gloves and jab at them with a knobbly walking stick, as the books tend to rip each other apart.

When Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley went to the shop to buy their schoolbooks, the manager almost cried when Ron and Hermione said they wanted two copies of The Monster Book of Monsters, but was very relieved when Harry noted that he already had a copy. Harry also asks for a copy of Unfogging the Future to which the manager leads them to a small corner in the back of the shop where a small table lies for books on Fortune Telling, such as Predicting the Unpredictable: Insulate Yourself Against Shocks, Death Omens: What to Do When You Know the Worst is Coming and Broken Balls: When Fortunes Turn Foul.

1994
In the summer of 1994, Molly Weasley went to Florish and Blotts to get three copies of The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4 for Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

#booklover   #bookstore   #harrypotter   #flourishandblotts   #books   #diagonalley  

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The Thingmaker: Creepy Crawlers

Memories flooding back over this one. Creating your own "creepy crawlers" to scare the Bejesus out of friends and family. Sigh. They don't make cool kids stuff like this anymore. It's all sanitized and analyzed now, and there's no way this would pass safety tests today. What toy maker would ever let kids today have an open-face electric hot plate oven that heats to 390 °F (199 °C)?? But then? It. Was. Awesome!

Creepy Crawlers (or Thingmaker) is an activity toy made by Mattel, beginning in 1964. The toy consists of a series of die-cast metal molds resembling various bug-like creatures, into which is poured a liquid chemical substance called "Plastigoop", which comes in assorted colors. The mold is then heated to about 390 °F (199 °C) on an open-face electric hot plate oven. The Plastigoop is cured by thehea... more »

The Thingmaker: Creepy Crawlers

Memories flooding back over this one. Creating your own "creepy crawlers" to scare the Bejesus out of friends and family. Sigh. They don't make cool kids stuff like this anymore. It's all sanitized and analyzed now, and there's no way this would pass safety tests today. What toy maker would ever let kids today have an open-face electric hot plate oven that heats to 390 °F (199 °C)?? But then? It. Was. Awesome!

Creepy Crawlers (or Thingmaker) is an activity toy made by Mattel, beginning in 1964. The toy consists of a series of die-cast metal molds resembling various bug-like creatures, into which is poured a liquid chemical substance called "Plastigoop", which comes in assorted colors. The mold is then heated to about 390 °F (199 °C) on an open-face electric hot plate oven. The Plastigoop is cured by the heat, and when cooled forms semi-solid, rubbery replicas which can be removed from the mold.

The concept of the Thingmaker was introduced in 1963, as part of Mattel's "Vac-U-Maker" set. This omnibus toy combined the new molds and Plastigoop technology with the existing "Vac-u-form" machine, which molded simple sculptures by heating thin sheets of plastic, then using a vacuum pump to form the softened plastic over hard plastic forms. Following this introduction period, the Thingmaker portion was spun off as a separate set, and launched as the "Creepy Crawlers" line.

Mattel packaged molds from various sets to be sold separately, and also combined molds into larger omnibus editions, encompassing several themes into one set, under names such as "Triple Thingmaker", "Super Thingmaker" and "Every Thingmaker".

Mattel produced many Thingmaker sets as follow-ups to the original "Creepy Crawlers" throughout the 1960s, utilizing a variety of themes, aimed at both boys and girls. There were also several exclusive single mold sets, such as Superman and Tarzan, and original Mattel concepts including Squirtles and Gangly Danglies.

This post reminded me of an equally cool post by +Yonatan Zunger that looked at a vintage Atomic Energy Lab for kids. So awesome!

https://plus.google.com/103389452828130864950/posts/cJ39KAJmF9x

#toys   #creepycrawlers   #thingmaker   #mattel   #kids   #growingup   #vintagetoys  

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2016-07-12 05:19:04 (25 comments; 21 reshares; 434 +1s; )Open 

Benedetto 16-B One-Off Custom Aquamarine Burst Guitar

Stunningly beautiful, striking Aquamarine coloring, vivacious curves, this handcrafted guitar has it all. Presence, beauty, and timeless features. This guitar embodies the best elements of handcrafted instruments...

This is a very unique 16-B that features exceptionally highly flamed European Maple back and sides and a European Spruce top. This differs from our standard 16-B by replacing the “S” hole shape common on the Bravo and 16-B models with our bound “F” hole shape.

We’ve also used the beautiful Americana Inlay on the headstock faceplate, and replaced the standard A6 pickup with a black B6 pickup. The unique finish is similar to the Chinery collection Blue Guitars, but with a touch of amber making this an exquisite Aquamarine Burst finish that shows off the stunning woods whileriveting ... more »

Benedetto 16-B One-Off Custom Aquamarine Burst Guitar

Stunningly beautiful, striking Aquamarine coloring, vivacious curves, this handcrafted guitar has it all. Presence, beauty, and timeless features. This guitar embodies the best elements of handcrafted instruments...

This is a very unique 16-B that features exceptionally highly flamed European Maple back and sides and a European Spruce top. This differs from our standard 16-B by replacing the “S” hole shape common on the Bravo and 16-B models with our bound “F” hole shape.

We’ve also used the beautiful Americana Inlay on the headstock faceplate, and replaced the standard A6 pickup with a black B6 pickup. The unique finish is similar to the Chinery collection Blue Guitars, but with a touch of amber making this an exquisite Aquamarine Burst finish that shows off the stunning woods while riveting the audience. As a 16-B, there is no better gigging guitar on the planet, but this instrument’s uniqueness make it a great player and very highly collectable.

Every single Benedetto guitar is made here in the United States, all under the same roof, at our shop in Savannah, Georgia. Our Flagship guitars (carved) are made in one section of our building and the Professional Series are made in a different room. The rough milling, finishing, buffing and final assembly are done in the same rooms by the same hands whether a $4,500 Bambino or a $40,000 Sinfonietta. Absolutely no compromise in quality, or outsourcing of labor.

About Benedetto Guitars

Founded in 1968 by American luthier Robert Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars, Inc. of Savannah, Georgia is celebrating 47 years of jazz guitar excellence. The internationally renowned company builds some of the world’s most collectable and expensive instruments while still focusing their production on the needs of professional and aspiring jazz guitarists.

Benedetto guitars have been played by four generations of jazz masters including Johnny Smith, Kenny Burrell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Taylor, and Pat Martino as well as Howard Alden, Dan Faehnle, Jack Wilkins, Ron Eschete, Frank Vignola, Chico Pinheiro, Jimmy Bruno, Earl Klugh, Andreas Varady and many others.

The Benedetto guitar appears on countless recordings, videos, and TV and film soundtracks, and has been featured in books, magazines and museums (including the permanent collection of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History), and on concert stages and jazz festivals around the world.

#guitar   #handcrafted   #jazzmusic   #jazz   #musiclover   #music   #musicmonday   #benedetto  

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Now that some time has passed, I thought I might seek out more people who might be familiar with The Three Investigators. They're still one of my favourite series from my youth, and I'm literally holding first edition hardcovers in my hand of The Mystery of the Moaning Cave and The Mystery of the Screaming Clock.

To this day, I'd still love to turn this series into a Netflix Original series. They're that good, and they've obviously stayed in my mind for decades!

#thethreeinvestigators  

The Three Investigators

Here's what I know: I was addicted to this series as a young boy; the stories were thrilling, and full of mystery and adventure; they have not been brought to television or the movies in any meaningful way (other than two Austrian films); and I would give my right leg (and a kidney) to option any of these books for a film or series. They have never strayed far from my mind for my entire life. If you are familiar with Jupiter, Pete, and Bob - let me know!

The Three Investigators is an American juvenile detective book series first published as "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators" . It was created by Robert Arthur, Jr., who believed using a famous figure such as movie director Hitchcock would attract attention. Random House, which is owned by Bertelsmann AG, is the U.S. publisher and still holds some of the rights to the books. Other rights are held by the heirs to Robert Arthur, Jr. and the German publisher Kosmos.  

This series was (and is)  popular all over the world (Die drei Fragezeichen in Germany; Les Trois Jeunes Détectives in France; Teen nanhay suraghrasaan in Pakistan; Trio Detektif in Indonesia, to show a few examples).

The "three investigators" are: Jupiter Jones, Peter Crenshaw and Bob Andrews.

Most of the mysteries involved investigation of baffling phenomena (e.g. an ancient Egyptian mummy that apparently whispered and a human skull that seemed to talk).

#mystery   #detectives   #threeinvestigators    #alfredhitchcock   #kidsbooks   #adventure   #solvingmysteries  

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image via/ http://www.skooldays.com/blog/alfred-hitchcock-and-the-three-investigators/___Now that some time has passed, I thought I might seek out more people who might be familiar with The Three Investigators. They're still one of my favourite series from my youth, and I'm literally holding first edition hardcovers in my hand of The Mystery of the Moaning Cave and The Mystery of the Screaming Clock.

To this day, I'd still love to turn this series into a Netflix Original series. They're that good, and they've obviously stayed in my mind for decades!

#thethreeinvestigators  

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Bowie's "Space Oddity" Released On 11 July 1969

"Space Oddity" is a song written and performed by David Bowie and released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969. It was also the opening track of the album David Bowie.

The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States' Apollo 11 mission would launch five days later, and would become the first manned moon landing another five days later. The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme, which had only launched rockets at that time and has never attempted a moon landing.

Besides its title, which alludes to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the introduction to the song is a barely audible instrumental build-up that is analogous to the deep bass tone in... more »

Bowie's "Space Oddity" Released On 11 July 1969

"Space Oddity" is a song written and performed by David Bowie and released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969. It was also the opening track of the album David Bowie.

The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States' Apollo 11 mission would launch five days later, and would become the first manned moon landing another five days later. The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme, which had only launched rockets at that time and has never attempted a moon landing.

Besides its title, which alludes to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the introduction to the song is a barely audible instrumental build-up that is analogous to the deep bass tone in Also sprach Zarathustra that is prominently used in the film.

"Space Oddity" was David Bowie's first UK top 5 hit, and was awarded the 1969 Ivor Novello Award, together with Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?". It became one of Bowie's signature songs, and his second album, originally released as David Bowie in the UK, was renamed after the track for its 1972 re-release by RCA Records, and became known by this name. In 1975, upon re-release as part of a maxi-single, the song was Bowie's first UK No. 1 single.

Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs "Ashes to Ashes", "Hallo Spaceboy" and the music video for "Blackstar". German singer Peter Schilling's 1983 hit "Major Tom (Coming Home)" is written as a retelling of the song. In 2013, the song gained renewed popularity after it was covered by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who performed the song while aboard the International Space Station, and therefore became the first music video shot in space.

In January 2016, the song gained new popularity following the death of David Bowie, and re-charted in singles charts around the world, reaching a new peak of number 1 on the French Singles Chart, Bowie's first number one single in the country. The song also ranked as third on iTunes on January 12, 2016.

The song is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Recording and Release

In addition to demo recordings and an Italian version of the song, three primary studio versions of "Space Oddity" exist: an early version recorded in February 1969, the album version recorded that June (edited for release as a single), and a 1979 re-recording.

The early version of "Space Oddity" was recorded on 2 February 1969 for Bowie's promotional film Love You Till Tuesday. This recording became commercially available in 1984, on a belated VHS release of the film and accompanying soundtrack album. It also appeared on the compilation album The Deram Anthology 1966–1968.

In June 1969, after Bowie's split from record label Deram, his manager, Kenneth Pitt, negotiated a one-album deal (with options for a further one or two albums) with Mercury Records and its UK subsidiary, Philips. Mercury executives had heard an audition tape that included a demo of "Space Oddity," recorded by Bowie and his then musical partner John Hutchinson in spring 1969. Next Bowie tried to find a producer. George Martin turned the project down, while Tony Visconti liked the album demo-tracks, but considered the planned lead-off single, "Space Oddity", a 'cheap shot' at the impending Apollo 11 space mission. Visconti decided to delegate its production to Gus Dudgeon.

The album version of "Space Oddity" was recorded at Trident Studios on 20 June 1969 (with overdubs a few days later) and used the in-house session player Rick Wakeman (Mellotron), who was later to achieve fame with the progressive rock band Yes, as well as Mick Wayne (guitar), Herbie Flowers (bass), and Terry Cox (drums). Differing edits of the album version were released as singles in the UK and US.

The song was promoted in advertisements for the Stylophone, played by Bowie on the record and heard in the background during the opening verse. The single was not played by the BBC until after the Apollo 11 crew had safely returned; after this slow start, the song reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart. In the US, it stalled at 124.

Mogol wrote Italian lyrics, and Bowie recorded a new vocal in December 1969, releasing the single "Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola" ("Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl") in Italy.

Upon its re-release as a single in 1973, the song reached No. 15 on the Billboard Chart and became Bowie's first hit single in the United States; in Canada, it reached No. 16. This was then used to support RCA's 1975 UK reissue, which gave Bowie his first No. 1 single in the UK Singles Chart in November that year. It spent two weeks at the top of that chart.

Bowie recorded a stripped-down, acoustic version in late 1979, which was issued in February 1980 as the B-side of "Alabama Song". The 1979 recording was re-released in 1992 on the Rykodisc reissue of Bowie's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) album.

The B-side of the original single, "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud", first appeared on CD on 1989's Sound + Vision. This compilation also included, as its opening track, the spring 1969 demo of "Space Oddity" featuring Bowie and Hutchinson. (An earlier Bowie/Hutchinson demo appears on the 2009 two-CD special edition of the album David Bowie.)

On 20 July 2009, the single was reissued on a digital EP that featured four previously released versions of the song and stems that allow listeners to remix the song. This release coincided with the 40th anniversary of the song and the Apollo 11 moon landing.

#davidbowie   #spaceoddity   #apollo11   #astronaut   #rocknroll   #rockmusic   #musichistory   #onthisday   #space  

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David Bowie- Space Oddity Original Video (1969)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D67kmFzSh_o

David Bowie – Space Oddity
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"Space Oddity" by Chris Hadfield
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George Bayntun, Bath, England

George Bayntun’s bindery has been open since the 1800s, and even now there are eleven binders working there, with clients across the globe. Between them they’ve been in the field for 337 years. The bindery also claims to have the largest collection of hand tools and blocks in the world – over 15,000.

From Bayntun's

Welcome to George Bayntun, one of the world’s most famous bookshops and home to the Bayntun-Riviere bindery, which dates back to 1829. The bookshop specialises in fine bindings, both old and new, first and illustrated editions, with an emphasis on English literature, and familiar and unusual books, all in the best possible condition. In the bindery eleven craftsmen and women bind and restore books for stock and for customers all over the world.

George Bayntun was born in Bath on 4th August 1873. Heserved ... more »

George Bayntun, Bath, England

George Bayntun’s bindery has been open since the 1800s, and even now there are eleven binders working there, with clients across the globe. Between them they’ve been in the field for 337 years. The bindery also claims to have the largest collection of hand tools and blocks in the world – over 15,000.

From Bayntun's

Welcome to George Bayntun, one of the world’s most famous bookshops and home to the Bayntun-Riviere bindery, which dates back to 1829. The bookshop specialises in fine bindings, both old and new, first and illustrated editions, with an emphasis on English literature, and familiar and unusual books, all in the best possible condition. In the bindery eleven craftsmen and women bind and restore books for stock and for customers all over the world.

George Bayntun was born in Bath on 4th August 1873. He served his apprenticeship with the Taylor family in Trim Street and started his own bookbinding business in Northumberland Place in 1894. He employed London binders to raise the standard of craftsmanship and soon moved into a larger workshop in Walcot Street.

Book Auction Records for 1906 recognised his success: "He has brought intelligence into play as well as high craftsmanship". In 1920 he bought the business of George Gregory, with a stock of books filling 23 rooms, and in 1939 the Bayntun and Riviere binderies were incorporated into our present premises in Manvers Street.

George Bayntun was fondly described by Wilmarth Lewis in Collectors Progress (Constable, 1954): "He wore a smock in the shop and after selling a certain number of books took snuff. The sneeze released fresh energies". Questioned about his adherence to traditional techniques he responded, "We work in the old way. Machine binding? Ah yes... but not for us".

He had an especially good relationship with many of the pre-eminent American dealers, and Arthur Brentano, Maurice Inman, Nat Ladden and Dr Rosenbach hosted a lunch in his honour on a visit to New York in 1936.

George Bayntun died in 1940 at the age of 67, having built a world famous business. Wilmarth Lewis wrote "After twenty seven years his books are sound and with any kind of care they will remain so forever". George Bayntun's final years were crowned by the frequent and knowledgeable patronage of Queen Mary, who spent the war years at Badminton, near Bath. In 1950, she granted the firm the appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty.

During the Second World War the Admiralty commandeered half of the new Manvers Street property and most of the staff joined the services. The firm struggled on with a series of managers, and George's only child, Constance, stubbornly oversaw its survival.

In 1953 she was joined by her son, Hylton Bayntun-Coward. The following year he took over the management, regained former employees, and restored confidence, profitability and the bindery's worldwide reputation for the highest standards of craftsmanship. He served twice as President of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, in 1980-82 and 1992-93, and as High Sheriff of the County of Avon in 1993-94.

On Hylton's death, at the age of 67 in 2000, over 700 friends attended his memorial service in Bath Abbey and lengthy obituaries appeared in the Times, Telegraph and Independent. Anthony Rota told the apocryphal story about four booksellers, an Englishman, a Scotsman, an American, and Japanese, who were stranded together on a desert island. They none of them knew one another, but they all knew Hylton Bayntun-Coward.

George Bayntun is now owned and managed by Hylton's son, Edward Bayntun-Coward. Educated at Marlborough College and University College, Oxford, he worked for almost ten years at Maggs Bros in Berkeley Square. He is Chairman of the Bath Preservation Trust and a number of museums, including No.1 Royal Crescent, The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel and William Beckford's Tower on Lansdown. He is married to Laura, who he met at Maggs, and they have three children, who all love books.

#booklovers   #rarebooks   #book   #bookbindery   #georgebayntun   #UK   #england   #bookstore   #bookshoppe   #antiquarian   #bookbinding   #bookrepair   #bibliophile   #bath  

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The Scopes Trial Begins On 10 July 1925 in Tennessee

In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.

The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” With local businessman George Rappalyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense.

Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and afundame... more »

The Scopes Trial Begins On 10 July 1925 in Tennessee

In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.

The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” With local businessman George Rappalyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense.

Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, the great attorney Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU in the defense, and the stage was set for one of the most famous trials in U.S. history.

On July 10, the Monkey Trial got underway, and within a few days hordes of spectators and reporters had descended on Dayton as preachers set up revival tents along the city’s main street to keep the faithful stirred up. Inside the Rhea County Courthouse, the defense suffered early setbacks when Judge John Raulston ruled against their attempt to prove the law unconstitutional and then refused to end his practice of opening each day’s proceeding with prayer.

Outside, Dayton took on a carnival-like atmosphere as an exhibit featuring two chimpanzees and a supposed “missing link” opened in town, and vendors sold Bibles, toy monkeys, hot dogs, and lemonade. The missing link was in fact Jo Viens of Burlington, Vermont, a 51-year-old man who was of short stature and possessed a receding forehead and a protruding jaw. One of the chimpanzees–named Joe Mendi–wore a plaid suit, a brown fedora, and white spats, and entertained Dayton’s citizens by monkeying around on the courthouse lawn.

In the courtroom, Judge Raulston destroyed the defense’s strategy by ruling that expert scientific testimony on evolution was inadmissible–on the grounds that it was Scopes who was on trial, not the law he had violated. The next day, Raulston ordered the trial moved to the courthouse lawn, fearing that the weight of the crowd inside was in danger of collapsing the floor.

In front of several thousand spectators in the open air, Darrow changed his tactics and as his sole witness called Bryan in an attempt to discredit his literal interpretation of the Bible. In a searching examination, Bryan was subjected to severe ridicule and forced to make ignorant and contradictory statements to the amusement of the crowd. On July 21, in his closing speech, Darrow asked the jury to return a verdict of guilty in order that the case might be appealed. Under Tennessee law, Bryan was thereby denied the opportunity to deliver the closing speech he had been preparing for weeks.

After eight minutes of deliberation, the jury returned with a guilty verdict, and Raulston ordered Scopes to pay a fine of $100, the minimum the law allowed. Although Bryan had won the case, he had been publicly humiliated and his fundamentalist beliefs had been disgraced. Five days later, on July 26, he lay down for a Sunday afternoon nap and never woke up.

In 1927, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.

#scopestrial   #monkeytrial   #creationism   #fundamentalism   #americanhistory   #clarencedarrrow   #williamjenningsbryan   #law   #history   #evolution   #science  

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Casablanca

One of the most iconic scenes in film. Whatever you do, if you've never seen this film, see it. Spend a lazy afternoon with your loved ones, curl up on the sofa, and watch this beautiful masterpiece. It's easy to dismiss classics from Old Hollywood, but they knew how to tell stories without all the effects and CGI of today. They understood characters, and drams, and in this case, how to make an interesting, exciting, exotic movie. Trust me, you want to see films like this, you just may not know it...

The Quote That Goes Along With the Image: SPOILER ALERT!

“I’m saying this because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it."

Do you have a favourite quote from thefilm? There... more »

Casablanca

One of the most iconic scenes in film. Whatever you do, if you've never seen this film, see it. Spend a lazy afternoon with your loved ones, curl up on the sofa, and watch this beautiful masterpiece. It's easy to dismiss classics from Old Hollywood, but they knew how to tell stories without all the effects and CGI of today. They understood characters, and drams, and in this case, how to make an interesting, exciting, exotic movie. Trust me, you want to see films like this, you just may not know it...

The Quote That Goes Along With the Image: SPOILER ALERT!

“I’m saying this because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it."

Do you have a favourite quote from the film? There are many great ones, and there is a wealth of them!

About Casablanca

Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play "Everybody Comes to Rick's". The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; it also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. Set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

Story editor Irene Diamond convinced producer Hal B. Wallis to purchase the film rights to the play in January 1942. Brothers Julius and Philip G. Epstein were initially assigned to write the script. However, despite studio resistance, they left to work on Frank Capra's Why We Fight series early in 1942. Howard E. Koch was assigned to the screenplay until the Epsteins returned a month later. Casey Robinson assisted with three weeks of rewrites, but his work would later go uncredited. Wallis chose Curtiz to direct the film after his first choice, William Wyler, became unavailable. Principal photography began on May 25, 1942, ending on August 3; the film was shot entirely at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, with the exception of one sequence at Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.

Although Casablanca was an A-list film with established stars and first-rate writers, no one involved with its production expected it to be anything out of the ordinary. It was just one of hundreds of pictures produced by Hollywood every year. Casablanca was rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier. It had its world premiere on November 26, 1942, in New York City and was released nationally in the United States on January 23, 1943. The film was a solid if unspectacular success in its initial run.

Casablanca did account for three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Director (Curtiz) and Adapted Screenplay (the Epsteins and Koch) – and gradually its reputation grew. Its lead characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song have all become iconic and the film consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films in history

Casablanca - Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJvlGh_FgcI

"As Time Goes By" - Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vThuwa5RZU

SPOILER: Casablanca - We'll Always Have Paris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa-dGYjSq5k

#casablanca   #romance   #film   #movie   #michaelcurtiz   #humphreybogart   #ingridbergman   #hollywood   #OldHollywood  

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Château de Fontainebleau - Galerie François I

For Americans, architecture like this boggles our minds a bit, I believe. It's the scale and grandeur that never really became part of our architectural movements here. Granted, we had large-scale projects when talking about Government buildings, but rarely do we see opulence like this in our history. With possibly the exception of the Gilded Age in the 1870s to 1900, and the mansions built by the wealthy and elite that today are mostly seen clustered in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Okay, throw in the Biltmore Estate and Hearst Castle, and you're getting close.

Château de Fontainebleau

The Palace of Fontainebleau or Château de Fontainebleau is located 55 kilometres (34 miles) southeast of the centre of Paris, and is one of the largest French royal châteaux.

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Château de Fontainebleau - Galerie François I

For Americans, architecture like this boggles our minds a bit, I believe. It's the scale and grandeur that never really became part of our architectural movements here. Granted, we had large-scale projects when talking about Government buildings, but rarely do we see opulence like this in our history. With possibly the exception of the Gilded Age in the 1870s to 1900, and the mansions built by the wealthy and elite that today are mostly seen clustered in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Okay, throw in the Biltmore Estate and Hearst Castle, and you're getting close.

Château de Fontainebleau

The Palace of Fontainebleau or Château de Fontainebleau is located 55 kilometres (34 miles) southeast of the centre of Paris, and is one of the largest French royal châteaux.

The medieval castle and later château was the residence of French monarchs from Louis VII through Napoleon III. Napoleon I abdicated his throne there before being exiled to Elba. Today it is a national museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located in the commune of Fontainebleau.

The Francis I Gallery

A masterpiece, a prototype for the gallery itself and a showcase for the Renaissance in France, the Francis I Gallery in the Château de Fontainebleau (post-1528) served as a model for future generations of artists. It pre-dates the Apollo Gallery in the Louvre (post-1661) and the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles (post-1678).

About Francis I

Returning to his throne as king of France in 1527 after two years of captivity under the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Francis I (r. 1515–47) launched an aggressive campaign to restore a small, dilapidated hunting lodge in the Forest of Bièvre, forty miles southeast of Paris. Due to the sack of Rome by imperial armies in 1527, Francis was able to lure an unprecedented number of talented artists, architects, and artisans from Italy and collectively they transformed a ruined country château into the king’s primary royal residence, a palace of grandeur and great embellishment known today as Fontainebleau. These artists brought with them the prevailing Mannerist style developed by painters such as Pontormo (1494–1556), and influenced by Michelangelo (1475–1564).

The first to arrive at Fontainebleau, in 1530, was Rosso Fiorentino (1494–1540). The Florentine artist had already established himself by working with important painters such as Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) (1501–1547) in Rome. Shortly thereafter, the Bolognese painter Francesco Primaticcio (1504–1570) arrived in France from Mantua.

Under the direction of Rosso and Primaticcio, a style evolved, known today as the School of Fontainebleau, which sought to create a harmonic confluence between painting and decoration in the interior apartments of the Château. The Museum’s Nymph of Fontainebleau is painted after an engraving of a composition by Rosso.

Following Rosso’s premature death in 1540, Primaticcio assumed the lead. Under his direction, a style developed that is characterized by exaggerated lines, brilliant colors, and elongated figures with sometimes awkward poses, often set in classical and mythological landscapes. In addition, a revealing sensuousness in the nude figure, largely absent in French art before this time, evolved at Fontainebleau. Primaticcio subsequently invited Niccolò dell’Abbate (ca. 1512–1571) from Modena to assist him.

Niccolò introduced deeply recessed landscapes spotted with figures, as seen in the decorations for the Galerie François I, the Galerie d’Ulysse, and the Salle de Bal. The decorations for the Galerie François I demonstrate the collaborative spirit fostered at Fontainebleau, which integrated architecture, craftsmanship, and painting. The gallery’s highly ornate design features twelve narrative frescoes, numerous sculptural relief borders, and carved walnut wainscoting, as well as other decorations extant today only in prints.

In the 1540s, a group of artists, perhaps directed by Primaticcio, began to produce prints after drawings by Rosso, Primaticcio, and others in the relatively new medium of etching, a faster and more fluent technique than engraving. Among the most important printmakers associated with Fontainebleau are the Bolognese painter Antonio Fantuzzi, an assistant to Primaticcio; the French painter Jean Mignon, who also assisted with the decoration; and the professional engraver Leon Davent, who soon switched to etching. As a result, a significant number of designs are preserved through etchings and engravings which record abandoned plans or destroyed decorations. The use of the print also proved helpful to Niccolò, Primaticcio, and others who accepted private commissions in Paris, and throughout France, for spreading the artistic ideas and processes practiced at the Château.

The Metropolitan’s Contest between Athena and Poseidon by Fantuzzi after Rosso, and Venus and Mars by Davent after Primaticcio beautifully demonstrate the kind of fluid and graceful line produced in prints at Fontainebleau, which were collected in their own right as precious works of art.

Following the death of Francis I in 1547, royal patronage at Fontainebleau subsided until the ascension of Henry IV (r. 1589–1610). Although originally made up of Italian artists, the second School of Fontainebleau—from about 1595 to the early 1610s—emerged largely dominated by Flemish and French artists.

The artists dictating the style of this second school were Ambroise Dubois (1563–1614) from Antwerp, and Toussaint Dubreuil (ca. 1561–1602) and Martin Fréminet (1567–1619) from Paris. During this later period, the decoration is characterized by a greater solidity of figures and depth of composition, as seen in the Metropolitan’s Birth of Cupid . The use of contrasting light and shadow, synthesized with strong gradations of bold, rich color, distinguishes it from the earlier decoration and alludes to the emergence of the Baroque style in the seventeenth century.

James Voorhies
Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

#fontainbleau   #frenchmonarchy   #paris   #chateau   #france   #art   #architecture   #painting   #etching   #decor   #decoration   #craftsmanship   #woodworking  

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The Goonies

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. Anybody who was a kid in the 80s grew up with this film. It had everything kids loved: freedom, independence, adventure, intrigue, lost treasure - it was incredible seeing this with young eyes for the first time!_

The film's premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting to save their homes from demolition, and in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. During the entire adventure, they are chased by a family of criminals, who also want the treasure for themselves.

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The Goonies

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. Anybody who was a kid in the 80s grew up with this film. It had everything kids loved: freedom, independence, adventure, intrigue, lost treasure - it was incredible seeing this with young eyes for the first time!_

The film's premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting to save their homes from demolition, and in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. During the entire adventure, they are chased by a family of criminals, who also want the treasure for themselves.

The film grossed $61 million worldwide and has developed a cult following.

Production

Principal photography on The Goonies began on October 22, 1984 and lasted five months. There was an additional six weeks of audio dubbing recording. The shooting script was lengthy, over 120 pages, and several sequences were eventually cut from the final theatrical version. During the film's dénouement, mention is made of an octopus which refers to a scene that was excised from the final cut.

In The Making of The Goonies, director Richard Donner notes the difficulties and pleasures of working with so many child actors. Donner praises them for their energy and excitement, but says that they were a handful when brought together. The documentary frequently shows him coaching the young actors and reveals some techniques he used to get realistic performances.

One of these tricks involved One-Eyed Willy's ship, which was actually an impressive full-sized mock-up of a pirate ship created under the direction of production designer J. Michael Riva. Donner restricted the child actors from seeing the ship until they filmed the scene wherein it is revealed to their characters.

The characters' first glimpse of the ship was thus basically also the actors' first view of it, bringing about a more realistic performance. However, that particular scene in the movie is actually the second shot, as the cast was so overwhelmed at first sight that the scene had to be re-shot. It was later noted that the entire set was scrapped after shooting because they could not find anyone who wanted it.

In his book There and Back Again, Sean Astin claims that Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg were "like codirectors" on the film as he compares and contrasts their styles when directing scenes.

Some of the on-location filming was done in Astoria, Oregon. The interior and exterior of the old Clatsop County Jail features as the holding place of Jake Fratelli at the start of the film. (The building was later converted into the Oregon Film Museum, which opened on the 25th anniversary of The Goonies with memorabilia from this and other local films.)

The museum where Mikey's father works is, in reality, the Captain George Flavel House Museum. The Walsh family home is a real home at 368 38th Street. The scenes along the coast were filmed in Oregon, but they were a considerable distance from Astoria. The Goonies bicycle to Ecola State Park (in reality, over 26 miles south of Astoria) and then find the starting location of the map using Haystack Rock as a guide.

Underground scenes were filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, including the cavernous set where the Goonies find One-Eyed Willy's ship, which was in Stage 16, one of the largest sound stages in America. The final scene was shot at Goat Rock State Beach in Sonoma County, California.

The film marked Wes Takahashi's first major motion picture as an animation supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic.

#thegoonies   #stevenspielberg   #films   #movies   #80skids   #growingup   #coolmovies  

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The Goonies Trailer
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The Wine Library in Zurich, Switzerland

This is a boutique hotel in Zurich, within a former brewery. Honestly, I'd go there simply to ogle to books. What a view!

"In this space, a sense of history emanates from the beer-bottle chandeliers and the collection of 33,000 books. The Wine Library is a public space where hotel guests can relax, read, chat, browse online, network, flirt, eat and drink. On request, we can bring snacks to your table at any time of day or night – from Swiss 'Hinkelstein' cheese, matured for 18-20 months and served with balsamic vinegar, to beef tartar – and treat you to fine wines from the Zurich region."

#booklover   #books   #library   #zurich   #switzerland   #hotel   #boutiquehotel   #brewery  

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The Wine Library in Zurich, Switzerland

This is a boutique hotel in Zurich, within a former brewery. Honestly, I'd go there simply to ogle to books. What a view!

"In this space, a sense of history emanates from the beer-bottle chandeliers and the collection of 33,000 books. The Wine Library is a public space where hotel guests can relax, read, chat, browse online, network, flirt, eat and drink. On request, we can bring snacks to your table at any time of day or night – from Swiss 'Hinkelstein' cheese, matured for 18-20 months and served with balsamic vinegar, to beef tartar – and treat you to fine wines from the Zurich region."

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