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Bride of the Water God / Habaek Eui Sinbu
Ли Дон Ук / Lee Dong Wook
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- 1 Основные сведения:
- 1.1 Cancer Edit
- 1.2 Cardiovascular disease Edit
- 1.3 Hyperlipidemia Edit
- 1.4 Inflammation Edit
- 1.5 Mortality risk Edit
- 1.6 Toxicity Edit
- 1.7 Growing, harvesting and processing Edit
- 1.8 Import of radioactive Japanese tea Edit
- 1.9 China Edit
- 1.10 Japan Edit
- 1.11 Korea Edit
- 1.12 Other countries Edit
- 1.13 Серия GREEN TEA включает два вида косметической продукции:
- 1.14 6 months leave
- 1.15 Hotel Thoughts
- 1.16 Fly with Kitty
- 1.17 20 years ago today — Canadian Unity Rally in Montréal, 1995
- 2 Sunday, August 23, 2015
- 3 Смотрите видео: [GREEN TEA] Пока ты спишь 01
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21 ноября выходит на экраны первая серия захватывающего романтического триллера «Достоинство императрицы».
События разворачиваются в 2018 году, но в альтернативной реальности, Показать полностью… в которой Южная Корея является конституционной монархией.
Главная героиня- яркая, харизматичная, жизнерадостная актриса мюзиклов О Санни (Чан На Ра) вынуждена вступить в брак с императором Ли Хёком (Син Сон Рок). Став императрицей, она попадает в самую гущу дворцовых интриг. Ее глубоко возмущает, насколько жестоки методы этой борьбы, как безжалостно угнетаются во дворце слабые и беззащитные, и она бесстрашно вступает в схватку с абсолютной властью дворца. Она мечтает найти свою любовь и настоящее счастье, но для этого ей приходится сначала постараться выжить.
В этой борьбе у нее есть союзник- таинственный охранник императорской семьи На Ван Сик (Чхве Джин Хёк), у которого для этого есть свои причины — он проник во дворец, чтобы отомстить человеку, ответственному за смерть его матери.
О Санни оказывается втянута в таинственное убийство бабушки императора Ли Хека, что помогает ей и Ван Сику разрушить королевскую семью и в итоге обрести настоящую любовь.
Главный противник нашей героини- злодейка и интриганка Мин Юра (Ли Эллия). Она – доверенное лицо императора и высокопоставленное лицо во дворце, умная, профессиональная и проницательная. Во всех интригах дворца она — одно из главных действующих лиц.
Не складываются и отношения со свекровью, самой могущественной женщиной во дворце. Она заботливая и преданная мать, страстно любящая своего сына, но многолетний опыт безжалостных интриг и свирепой борьбы за власть превратили ее любовь к сыну в нездоровую одержимость.
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There is no conclusive evidence that green tea helps to prevent or treat cancer in people.   A review of existing studies concluded that while suggestive evidence existed, it did not amount to a clear indication of benefit. 
Daily consumption of black tea (but not green tea) has been associated with a significant reduction in death from all cancers. 
The link between green tea consumption and the risk of certain cancers such as stomach cancer and non-melanoma skin cancers is unclear due to inconsistent or inadequate evidence.  
Green tea interferes with the chemotherapy drug bortezomib (Velcade) and other boronic acid-based proteasome inhibitors, and should be avoided by people taking these medications. 
Cardiovascular disease Edit
Observational studies found a minor correlation between daily consumption of green tea and a 5% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In a 2015 meta-analysis of such observational studies, an increase in one cup of green tea per day was correlated with slightly lower risk of death from cardiovascular causes.  Green tea consumption may be correlated with a reduced risk of stroke.   Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials found that green tea consumption for 3–6 months may produce small reductions (about 2–3 mm Hg each) in systolic and diastolic blood pressures.     A separate systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that consumption of 5-6 cups of green tea per day was associated with a small reduction in systolic blood pressure (2 mmHg), but did not lead to a significant difference in diastolic blood pressure. 
Drinking green tea or taking green tea supplements decreases the blood concentration of total cholesterol (about 3–7 mg/dL), LDL cholesterol (about 2 mg/dL), and does not affect the concentration of HDL cholesterol or triglycerides.    A 2013 Cochrane meta-analysis of longer-term randomized controlled trials (>3 months duration) concluded that green tea consumption lowers total and LDL cholesterol concentrations in the blood. 
A 2015 systematic review and meta-analysis of 11 randomized controlled trials found that green tea consumption was not significantly associated with lower plasma levels of C-reactive protein levels (a marker of inflammation). 
Mortality risk Edit
In one study, daily consumption of green tea was correlated with a lower risk of death from any cause, an increase of one cup of green tea per day was linked with a 4% lower risk of death from any cause.  A separate analysis found that an increase of three cups of tea or green tea per day was associated with a small lower risk of total mortality in Asians and women. 
Moderate, regular, and habitual consumption of green tea is safe,  however, there are reports of liver toxicity in humans after consuming high doses (10–29 mg/kg/day) of green tea extract dietary supplements,  and high doses may act as a pro-oxidant to damage DNA. 
In 2013, global production of green tea was approximately 1.7 million tonnes, with a forecast to double in volume by 2023.  As of 2015, China provided 80% of the world's green tea market, leading to its green tea exports rising by 9% annually, while exporting 325,000 tonnes in 2015.  In 2015, the US was the largest importer of Chinese green tea (6,800 tonnes), an increase of 10% over 2014, and Britain imported 1,900 tonnes, 15% more than in 2014.  In 2015, Kenya was the largest exporter of black tea in the world (443,000 tonnes). 
Growing, harvesting and processing Edit
Green tea is processed and grown in a variety of ways, depending on the type of green tea desired. As a result of these methods, maximum amounts of polyphenols and volatile organic compounds are retained, affecting aroma and taste. The growing conditions can be broken down into two basic types − those grown in the sun and those grown under the shade. The green tea plants are grown in rows that are pruned to produce shoots in a regular manner, and in general are harvested three times per year. The first flush takes place in late April to early May. The second harvest usually takes place from June through July, and the third picking takes place in late July to early August. Sometimes, there will also be a fourth harvest. It is the first flush in the spring that brings the best-quality leaves, with higher prices to match.
Green tea is processed using either artisanal or modern methods. Sun-drying, basket or charcoal firing, or pan-firing are common artisanal methods. Oven-drying, tumbling, or steaming are common modern methods.  Processed green teas, known as aracha, are stored under low humidity refrigeration in 30- or 60-kg paper bags at 0–5 °C (32–41 °F). This aracha has yet to be refined at this stage, with a final firing taking place before blending, selection and packaging take place. The leaves in this state will be re-fired throughout the year as they are needed, giving the green teas a longer shelf-life and better flavor. The first flush tea of May will readily store in this fashion until the next year's harvest. After this re-drying process, each crude tea will be sifted and graded according to size. Finally, each lot will be blended according to the blending order by the tasters and packed for sale. 
Import of radioactive Japanese tea Edit
On 17 June 2011, at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France, radioactive cesium of 1,038 becquerels per kilogram was measured in tea leaves imported from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on 11 March, which was more than twice the restricted amount in the European Union of 500 becquerels per kilogram. The government of France announced that they rejected the leaves, which totaled 162 kilograms (357 lb). 
In response, the governor of Shizuoka Prefecture, Heita Kawakatsu, stated: "there is absolutely no problem when they [people] drink them because it will be diluted to about 10 becquerels per kilogram when they steep them even if the leaves have 1,000 becquerels per kilogram," a statement backed by tests done in Shizuoka.  Japanese Minister for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety Renhō stated on 3 June 2011 that "there are cases in which aracha [whole leaves of Japanese green tea] are sold as furikake [condiments sprinkled on rice] and so on and they are eaten as they are, therefore we think that it is important to inspect tea leaves including aracha from the viewpoint of consumers' safety." 
In 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration updated its import status on Japanese products deemed to be contaminated by radionuclides, indicating that tea from the Ibaraki prefecture had been removed from the list by the Government of Japan in 2015. 
Loose leaf green tea has been the most popular form of tea in China since at least the Southern Song dynasty.   While Chinese green tea was originally steamed, as it still is in Japan, after the early Ming dynasty it has typically been processed by being pan-fired in a dry wok.  Other processes employed in China today include oven-firing, basket-firing, tumble-drying and sun-drying.  Green tea is the most widely produced form of tea in China, with 1.42 million tons grown in 2014. 
Popular green teas produced in China today include:
Produced in Jiangsu, this tea is named after the shape of the leaves, which are curled like snails. 
- Chun Mee
Known in English by its Cantonese name, and popular outside China. It has a plum-like flavor. 
- Gunpowder tea
A tea which is tumble-dried so that each leaf is rolled into a small pellet that resembles gunpowder. 
- Huangshan Maofeng
A type of maofeng tea grown in the microclimate of the Huangshan mountain range in Anhui province. Maofeng teas are harvested by plucking intact two equal-sized leaves and a bud together. 
Also known as "Dragon Well" tea, the English translation of its name. Grown near Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, Longjing is the most well-known pan-fired Chinese green tea. Its flavor derives partly from the terroir of the region in which it is produced. 
- Lu'an Melon Seed
Grown in Anhui province. Unlike typical Chinese teas, two leaves are plucked separately from each branch, with no bud and no stems. Harvested later in the season, it has a grassier flavor than typical Chinese green teas. 
- Taiping Houkui
Grown in Anhui province. Uses a cultivar with an unusually large leaf. The production process flattens the tea leaves, creating the so-called "two knives and a pole" shape from the leaves and stem. 
- Xinyang Maojian
A type of maojian tea grown in Xinyang, Henan province. Maojian teas are harvested by plucking a bud and one leaf together. 
Tea seeds were first brought to Japan in the early 9th century by the Buddhist monks Saicho and Kukai. During the Heian period (794–1185), Emperor Saga introduced the practice of drinking tea to the imperial family. The Zen Buddhist priest Eisai (1141–1215), founder of the Rinzai school of Buddhism, brought tea seeds from China to plant in various places in Japan. Eisai advocated that all people, not just Buddhist monks and the elite, drink tea for its health benefits. 
The oldest tea producing region in Japan is Uji, located near the former capital of Kyoto.  It is thought that seeds sent by Eisai were planted in Uji, becoming the basis of the tea industry there.  Today, Japan's most expensive premium teas are still grown in Uji.  The largest tea producing area today is Shizuoka Prefecture, which accounts for 40% of total Japanese sencha production.   Other major tea producing regions include the island of Kyushu and the prefectures of Shiga, Gifu, and Saitama in central Honshu. 
All commercial tea produced in Japan today is green tea,  though for a brief period black tea was also produced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Japanese tea production is heavily mechanized, and is characterized by the use of modern technology and processes to improve yields and reduce labor. Because of the high cost of labor in Japan, only the highest quality teas are plucked and processed by hand in the traditional fashion. 
Japanese green teas have a thin, needle-like shape and a rich, dark green color. Unlike Chinese teas, most Japanese teas are produced by steaming rather than pan firing. This produces their characteristic color, and creates a sweeter, more grassy flavor. A mechanical rolling/drying process then dries the tea leaves into their final shape.  The liquor of steamed Japanese tea tends to be cloudy due to the higher quantity of dissolved solids. 
Most Japanese teas are blended from leaves grown in different regions, with less emphasis on terroir than in the Chinese market. Because of the limited quantity of tea that can be produced in Japan, the majority of production is dedicated to the premium tea market. Bottled tea and tea-flavored food products usually use lower-grade Japanese-style tea produced in China. 
Although a variety of commercial tea cultivars exist in Japan, the vast majority of Japanese tea is produced using the Yabukita cultivar developed in the 1950s. 
Popular Japanese green teas include:
A lower-grade tea plucked from the same bushes used to produce sencha. It has a somewhat bolder flavor, and is plucked each season after sencha production is finished. 
Made by combining sencha tea leaves with toasted puffs of rice.
Grown under shade for three weeks prior to plucking, gyokuro is one of the most exclusive varieties of tea produced in Japan.  The shading technique imparts a sweeter flavor, and produces a particularly rich color thanks to the higher amounts of chlorophyll in the shaded leaf. Gyokuro tea is associated with the Uji region, the first tea-growing region in Japan. It is often made using smaller-leaf cultivars of the tea plant. 
This type of tea is made by roasting sencha or bancha leaves with kukicha twigs. 
Similar to gyokuro, kabusecha is shaded for only a week prior to plucking. Its flavor is somewhat between that of gyokuro and normal sencha. 
A blended tea made of sencha leaves and stems. 
Like gyokuro, matcha is shaded before plucking. The plucked and processed leaf is called tencha. This product is then ground into a fine powder, which is matcha. Because the tea powder is very perishable, matcha is usually sold in small quantities. It is typically rather expensive. Matcha is the type of tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony. It is prepared by whisking the tea with hot water in a bowl, until the surface is frothy. If the water is too hot, the tea may become overly bitter. 
This type of tea is produced throughout the tea season, and is the standard style today, representing 80% of all tea produced in Japan.  90% of sencha is grown from the Yabukita cultivar. 
The first early harvest of tea, plucked before the first flush, is called shincha. Shincha is made from the youngest new growth leaves, and is plucked from early April to early May. Shincha typically refers to the early harvest of sencha, but can refer to any type of tea plucked early in the season, before the main harvest. Because of the limited quantities in which it is produced, shincha is highly prized and expensive to obtain. 
According to Record of Gaya cited in Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms, the legendary queen Heo Hwang-ok, a princess of the Ayodhya married to King Suro of Gaya, brought the tea plant from India and planted it in Baegwolsan, a mountain in current Changwon.  : 3 However, it is a widely held view that systematic planting of tea bushes began with the introduction of Chinese tea culture by the Buddhist monks around the 4th century.  Amongst some of the earliest Buddhist temples in Korea, Bulgapsa (founded in 384, in Yeonggwang), Bulhoesa (founded in 384, in Naju) and Hwaeomsa (founded in Gurye, in 544) claim to be the birthplace of Korean tea culture.  Green tea was commonly offered to Buddha, as well as to the spirits of deceased ancestors.  Tea culture continued to prosper during the Goryeo Dynasty, with the tea offering being a part of the biggest national ceremonies and tea towns were formed around temples.  Seon-Buddhist manners of ceremony prevailed.  During the Joseon Dynasty, however, Korean tea culture underwent secularization, along with the Korean culture itself.  Korean ancestral rite jesa, also referred to as charye ( 차례 , 茶禮 , "tea rite"), has its origin in darye ( 다례 , 茶禮 , "tea rite"), the practice of offering tea as simple ancestral rites by the royal family and the aristocracy in Joseon. 
Tea culture of Korea was actively suppressed by the Japanese during the Japanese forced occupation period (1910‒1945), and the subsequent Korean War (1950‒1953) made it even harder for the Korean tea tradition to survive.  The restoration of the Korean way of tea began in the 1970s, around Dasolsa.  Commercial production of green tea in South Korea only began in the 1970s,.  By 2012 the industry was producing 20% as much tea as Taiwan and 3.5% as much as Japan.   Green tea is not as popular as coffee or other types of Korean teas in modern South Korea. The annual consumption per capita of green tea in South Korea in 2016 was 0.16 kg (0.35 lb), compared to 3.9 kg (8.6 lb) coffee.  Recently however, as the coffee market reached saturation point, South Korean tea production doubled during 2010‒2014,  as did tea imports during 2009-2015,  despite very high tariff rate (513.6% for green tea, compared to 40% for black tea, 8% for processed/roasted coffee, and 2% for raw coffee beans).
Korean green tea can be classified into various types based on several different factors. The most common is the flush, or the time of the year when the leaves are plucked (and thus also by leaf size).
Ujeon ( 우전 , 雨前 , lit. "pre-rain"), or cheonmul-cha ( 첫물차 , lit. "first flush tea"), is made of hand-picked leaves plucked before gogu (20–21 April).  The ideal steeping temperature for ujeon tea is 50 °C (122 °F). 
Sejak ( 세작 , 細雀 , lit. "thin sparrow"), or dumul-cha ( 두물차 , lit. "second flush tea"), is made of hand-picked leaves plucked after gogu (20–21 April) but before ipha (5–6 May).  The tea is also called jakseol ( 작설 , 雀舌 , lit. "sparrow tongue") as the tea leaves are plucked when they are about the size of a sparrow's tongue.  The ideal steeping temperature for sejak tea is 60–70 °C (140–158 °F). 
Jungjak ( 중작 , 中雀 , lit. "medium sparrow"), or semul-cha ( 세물차 , lit. "third flush tea"), is made of leaves plucked after ipha (5–6 May) until the mid May.  The ideal steeping temperature for jungjak tea is 70–80 °C (158–176 °F). 
Daejak ( 대작 , 大雀 , lit. "big sparrow"), or kkeunmul-cha ( 끝물차 , lit. "final flush tea"), is made of tea leaves plucked in late May and after.  It is usually made into tea bags or used in cooking.  The ideal steeping temperature for daejak tea is 80–90 °C (176–194 °F). 
The mode of preparation also differs:
- Ipcha (yeopcha)
The synonyms ipcha ( 잎차 , lit. "leaf tea") and yeopcha ( 엽차 , 葉茶 , lit. "leaf tea") refer to loose leaf tea, often in contrast to tea in tea bags. As the words mean "leaf tea", they can also be used in contrast to powdered tea. 
- Garucha (malcha)
The synonyms garucha ( 가루차 , lit. "powder tea") and malcha ( 말차 , 末茶 , lit. "powder tea") refer to powdered tea. 
Leaf teas are processed either by roasting or steaming.
- Deokkeum-cha (bucho-cha)
Roasting is the most common and traditional way of tea processing in Korea. Also translated into "pan-fried tea", the deokkeum-cha ( 덖음차 , lit. "roasted tea") or bucho-cha ( 부초차 , 麩炒茶 , lit. "roasted tea") varieties are richer in flavour. 
Steaming is less popular in Korean green tea processing, but the method is still used in temple cuisine. Tea prepared with steamed tea leaves, called jeungje-cha ( 증제차 , 蒸製茶 , lit. "steamed tea"), are more vivid in colour. 
Southern, warmer regions such as Boseong in South Jeolla Province, Hadong in South Gyeongsang Province, and Jeju Island are famous for producing high quality tea leaves. 
Banya-cha ( 반야차 , 般若茶 , lit. "prajñā tea") is one of the most renowned Korean green teas.  This steamed tea is developed by Buddhist monks in Boseong.  The tea is grown on sandy loam near mountains and sea.  The word banya is a Korean transliteration of the Buddhist concept prajñā.
Jungno-cha ( 죽로차 , 竹露茶 , lit. "bamboo dew tea") is one of the most renowned Korean green teas.  The roasted variety of tea is made of tea leaves grown among the bamboo in Gimhae, Hadong, and Jinju in South Gyeongsang Province. 
Green tea can be blended with other ingredients.
Nokcha (green tea) blended with hyeonmi-cha (brown rice tea) is called hyeonmi-nokcha ( 현미녹차 , 玄米綠茶 , lit. "brown rice green tea").
Nokcha (green tea) blended with lemon is called remon-nokcha ( 레몬 녹차 , lit. "lemon green tea").
Other countries Edit
In Canada, green tea is defined as a dry-based mixture and the sale of it is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). It is one of the foods for which a standard of identity is specified according to the Food and Drug Regulations. It should contain not less than 33% water-soluble extractive (determined by official method FO-37 which is the determination of water-soluble extractive in tea) and the total ash should between 4% to 7%. 
Серия GREEN TEA включает два вида косметической продукции:
- для ночного ухода. Эта косметика увлажняет кожу, дарит изумительное ощущение отдыха и релаксации, устраняет раздражение, убирает мелкие дефекты,
- средства для дневного ухода — смягчают кожу, насыщают ее витаминами, повышают эластичность, помогают создать защитный барьер от негативных факторов внешней среды.
При регулярном применении косметики Deoproce на основе зеленого чая кожа становится гладкой, упругой, эластичной, выравнивается ее тон. Благодаря высокой концентрации кофеина, зеленый чай оказывает благотворное воздействие на кожу вокруг глаз — убирает «гусиные лапки», мешки, темные круги. Использование косметики GREEN TEA — это ухоженная кожа и открытый, сияющий взгляд!
6 months leave
This is kind of big news although it has been in the works for two years. I've taken six months of unpaid leave from work to travel. I've given up my apartment and put my stuff into storage. Here's the plan I've come up with after months of overtime work, saving and planning:
Right now I'm at my departure gate at the Toronto airport while my first flight of about two dozen this year is delayed for parts replacement. Not a great start as I am very likely to miss my non-refundable bus connection to Bristol and I may end up having to kill several hours at Gatwick for the next available transit. I thought an hour and 40 minutes would have been enough to catch the bus but. I guess not. Thanks AirTransat. I can only hope I'm getting the worst over with at the start.
Let's start with this. EVERY HOTEL needs one of these: a digital luggage scale with a chart of the baggage allowances for every airline operating in the region. It could save you an embarrassing check-in counter re-pack. This set-up was at CityInn Hotel Taipei Station.
When I'm planning trips, I always try to cross-reference aggregator site reviews with blogger reviews. And whenever I travel, I intend to write up my hotels when I get back. But, I haven't written anything about my last three or four trips. Instead of agonizing over perfect prose, I just want to get into posting again so here are some very quick, rough thoughts on four hotels I enjoyed on the past three holidays. I tend to choose mid-range, non-chain hotels that have some element of local flavour.
After dusk, there is very little going on in this neighbourhood.
XVA Art Hotel Dubai (2 night stay in Nov 2013)
It's tough to find anyplace in Dubai with much patina. XVA Hotel and Gallery, in the Al Fahidi/Bastakiya, is a restored Persian merchant home. The night before, I'd been in one of the glass skyscrapers more typical of Dubai, an indulgence for sure, but it was nothing less than a delight to walk into the courtyard at XVA to see trees and vines and sleeping cats and art.
All the rooms here lead off one of three courtyards and each is decorated differently. I had a very small but comfortable single room. A fresh, Gulf-style breakfast was included in the room rate. Other than the cafe and the gallery, there aren't any amenities here.
Even if you can't get a booking at the hotel, it is worth visiting the space to see traditional Persian architecture. You can experience how the wind towers work to cool the lower floors. The cafe also serves the absolute best iced lemon-mint.
Dandy Hotel Tianjin, Taipei, Taiwan (3 night stay in November 2014)
I had the worst jetlag of my life in Taipei. I think it was the 12 hour difference from home — I couldn't figure out which side to be on — sleep early or sleep late? Wake early or wake late? I settled for waking early and sleeping through the middle of each day then staying awake 'til late. This means that my experience in the Tianjin neighbourhood was a bit off-kilter, but I did really like it. It reminded me of some parts of Kyoto, with the narrow streets of small cafes and izakayas, convenience stores and cute shops.
Dandy Hotel Tianjin is compact but fresh, clean and efficient. I had a standard room so I didn't get one of those rock star balconies you can see in the photo. The hotel's proximity to Zhongshang Station is convenient. The free breakfast buffet was a combo of Chinese and western items, nicely set-up. The only negative I can give is that the staff were extremely strict about check-in time, meaning I sat in the dining room with a convenience store drink drenched in sweat waiting for 3pm to arrive. Taipei was about 10 °C hotter than seasonal when I was there (36 °C in November?!) so I made ample use of the free laundry.
Dandy Hotel Daan Park, Taipei, Taiwan (4 night stay in November 2014)
The same hotel group as the Tianjin Dandy Hotel. Many of the same features like a well-designed and spotless room, helpful staff, a really good breakfast buffet and free access to the laundry. I treated myself to a park view room here and it was worth the price difference. I loved sitting by that big window, watching the people pass by. Daan Park Station, which has to be one of the most pleasant subway stations in the world, is just a few metres from the hotel entrance and many bus routes run along that street, too.
Moment Hotels , Malmö, Sweden (2 night stay in June, 2015)
This place had everything I needed and nothing I didn't. My single room was tiny — just a platform bed and a fold-down table — but I started fantasizing about living a serene, minimalist Swedish life with a capsule wardrobe and no clutter whatsoever. Again, I was having a slightly weird time in Malm ö with jetlag compounded by Scandinavian mid-summer and it still being light outside at 10:45 pm. So, I spent quite a lot of time resting by looking out that big window onto the Central Station.
Moment Hotels has free bike rental (note: I'm 5'5" and the bikes were too high for me, riding them was scary). There's a dining room with a coffee and tea set-up and a roof-top garden where I ate take-out dinners. There's also a lovely open sandwich buffet for breakfast. Sweden in general was expensive but I felt this hotel was excellent value if you don't mind teeny little rooms.
Fly with Kitty
From my trip to Taiwan one year ago that I haven't mentioned taking yet: the Hello Kitty departure gate at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. This is a fully functional gate. When I took the photos, a flight had just departed for a Chinese city I'd never heard of.
I have to say that Taiwan gives Japan a serious challenge in the cuteness competition. Stay tuned for pictures of Taipei's Hello Kitty gondola.
On the back wall: Sanrio characters dressed as members of Taiwan's various Aboriginal groups.
A travel-themed Sanrio store, under the watch of Pilot Kitty.
20 years ago today — Canadian Unity Rally in Montréal, 1995
Autumn of 1995 was an uncertain time to be a Canadian. The Province of Québec was about to hold a referendum on whether to take steps towards independence from Canada.
The referendum question was as follows: "Do you agree that Québec should become sovereign after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership within the scope of the bill respecting the future of Quebec and of the agreement signed on June 12, 1995?" A vote of OUI/YES would be for sovereignty while NON/NO would be to remain as part of Canada.
The vote was set for October 30th. As the date got closer, the opinion polls found the OUI and NON sides almost even. For many of us outside Québec, fear set in. Everything was uncertain. What happens if our country splits?
So the NON side organized a rally in Montréal to take place three days before the vote. The idea was to show that the rest of Canada supports and needs Québec.
My high school was offered transportation for interested students to join the rally. Immediately after the Halloween dance, a collection of Grade 12 and 13 students climbed into coaches that had been provided by the Liberal Party (which ended up being a bit of an issue. ) We travelled through the night, eight hours, then we were disgorged into a chaotic downtown with our flags and banners.
I've scanned some photos and ephemera from my high school scrapbook. In the centre photo above is the prime minister Jean Chrétien at the podium.
I am not certain how it happened but the group from my high school ended up at the very front of the rally, in the first row of the crowd in front of the stage where the politicians gave their speeches. We later found ourselves in Macleans Magazine, on TV, even on the front page of the New York Times.
The exact size of the crowd at the October 27th Unity Rally is unknown. Estimates range from 30,000 people to 150,000 people. Here's the NYT's take on the event: "what had started here as a grass-roots call to show solidarity with Quebecers mushroomed into an emotional national event, drawing people from as far away as the Yukon, many taking advantage of cut-rate "unity fares" offered by train, bus and airline companies. It was the biggest demonstration in recent years in the city that is Quebec's commercial capital".
So tens of thousands of us hit Montréal as a love-bomb, asking Québec to please stay. To be honest, I don't know how many undecided voters would really have been convinced by our presence. The NON crowd completely took over le centre-ville, brandishing placards in mangled French. We were intrusive. There were arguments with OUI supporters and other kinds of disruptions. Still, we were there and we showed that the rest of Canada did care.
In the end, the vote was one of the closest ever. A 93.52% voter turnout resulted in 49.42% for OUI/YES and 50.58% for NON/NO. Canada would remain united in 1995.
As for my experience at the rally, it was a memorable day for me and it's cool to be able to say "I was there". The atmosphere that day is not something I can forget. I am actually not a patriotic person whatsoever but I did and still do care very much about Canada remaining a united country.
As of 2015, the issue of Québec sovereignty is by no means resolved forever. In last week's federal election, the Bloc Québécois won ten seats, up from four in 2011 (in 1995, the party held 54 seats in the Canadian parliament). Party leader Duceppe re-stated the BQ's stance simply: "I think we're better off being a country in the world than a province in Canada".
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Apropos of nothing, here are four songs I've been playing a lot recently.
"New music"? What is that?
Up On The Catwalk — Simple Minds
Available on iTunes.
Pictures of You — The Cure
I actually prefer the longer, original version from the Disintegration album but I couldn't find a decent YouTube video to embed.
Available on iTunes.
Dream Dream Dreaming — Glasvegas
Regional pronunciation is such a rare and precious thing in English language pop music. There's more than a hint of Glasgow here.
Available on iTunes.
Everything Fades — Nicky Wire
Nicky Wire is lyric writer and bassist for my beloved Manics. His lo-fi solo album is likely to be "niche interest only" but I have INTENSE FEELINGS about this song.
Too indie for iTunes. Try Amazon or eBay.
Top 5 Photos I Didn't Take
Thinking recently about missed chances to take photos, I came up with these five highly picturesque moments that will have to be preserved in my memory only.
5. Row of yak heads at Paro market
October 2010, Bhutan: I joined a group hiking to the Tiger's Nest, near Paro. We came from Thimphu on a bus and we made a short stop at the notorious public toilets beside the Paro market. Along the perimeter of the market, someone had placed three severed yak heads in a row. Each massive, wooly head was sitting at a different angle with its tongue drooping out, eyes in various levels of openness. It was grotesque but would have been a great photo. Unfortunately I'd left my camera on the bus for the toilet break and I couldn't make the group wait for me to rush back to take pictures. I am placing this lowest on my list of missed photos because if I get to Paro on market day some other time, there's a good chance I can find more severed yak heads.
4. Mennonite ladies and a wall of roses
Last summer, near my hometown of Waterloo, Ontario: on a country drive with my parents, we passed a Mennonite farm. Two ladies in their calico dresses and prayer caps were standing in front of a wall of climbing roses, cutting flowers. It was a perfect rural tableau. I had my camera with me but taking photos of Mennonites is pretty rude so I didn't.
3. Falcon in a world of ice
December 24th, 2013, Highway 401, Ontario: it was two days after a major ice storm brought gorgeous destruction to the region. This was the first sunny day since the storm: the sunlight glinting through the ice made the whole landscape gleam with silver. I was in the first row of a Greyhound bus, heading to my parents' place for Christmas. In the centre divider of the highway, I spotted an enormous bird of prey (likely a falcon) perched low to the ground on a broken, twisted tangle of iced-over greenery. It looked spectacular with the world of silver ice all around it. Zooming past on a public bus, it was an impossible situation.
2. Three horses at dusk, Iceland
October 2012, somewhere west of Vík, Iceland: the volcanic landscape here is characterized by funny bubbles and bumps. In a van being driven by my hiking guide, we passed three small hills clustered together. There was a horse standing on each hill: one white horse, one dark horse and one dappled horse. Each was standing still facing the road to the south. It was a magical scene but I couldn't find my voice to call out 'stop!' to our guide even though she was very amenable to photo breaks.
1. 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution
January 1st, 2009, somewhere near Matanzas, Cuba: my then-boyfriend and I were on a Christmas break trip to Cuba. We had taken a public bus to Havana for the day. It just so happened that this day marked the 50th anniversary of the overthrow of the Batista government on January 1st, 1959. Other than a lot of flags on display, Havana had been very quiet. On the night trip back to the beach town where we were staying, the bus made a stop at a petrol stand and snack bar. Someone had placed a small TV on a chair in the dining room and there was a large circle of people silently watching the broadcast of Raul Castro making a speech about the anniversary. It would have been a wonderful photo of normal Cuban citizens reacting to the occasion. I have no idea why I did not take photos, I can only guess that I was too interested in people-watching at the time. This is my #1 missed chance because it will never be the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution ever again.
Can you relate to this? Are there moments you wish you'd captured with your camera?
Manic Street Preachers 101: No love songs!
I wrote and formatted this entire post already then Blogger deleted it for reasons unknown. So, I am feeling completely miserable about starting again from scratch. I will try anyway. I recently became re-enamoured with a favourite band, Manic Street Preachers. In the UK, they are a pretty major act but here in North America, they are not well known with only a cult following. Since the bulk of my legitimate site traffic is from Canada, the US and South Asia, I am going to guess that most readers here will not know the Manics. This is my messy, half-baked attempt to introduce Manic Street Preachers to those who are unfamiliar and list a representative sample of their music, followed by my own experiences as a fan.
The Manics story is an extremely interesting one. Here are the basics from NME's artist biography:
Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band. [. ] The group originally consisted of James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals and guitar), Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics), Sean Moore (drums) and Richey Edwards (rhythm guitar, lyrics). However, Edwards went missing in February 1995 and the remaining members have continued as a trio since. The band, who are commonly referred to as The Manics, formed in Oakdale Comprehensive School, South Wales in 1986.
. During an interview with NME's Steve Lamacq, Edwards responded to questions about the band's sincerity by carving the phrase '4REAL' into his arm with a razor blade, he was treated in hospital and received 17 stitches. The Manics signed with Columbia Records to release their debut album 'Generation Terrorists': the band themselves claimed that the LP would be the "greatest rock album ever" and sell 16 million copies worldwide. Instead, the album sold an estimated 250,000 copies around the world upon its release and peaked at Number 13 on the UK Albums Chart, but it was given a 10/10 review by NME who declared it "nothing short of a modern miracle". The band's second album, 'Gold Against The Soul', was released in 1993, while their career-defining masterpiece 'The Holy Bible' followed in 1994. NME have described the album, which unflinchingly explores Edwards' emotional and mental struggles at the time, as a "work of genuine genius". The album, however, also reflected on Edwards' continued problems: by early 1994 he had been admitted to The Priory mental health hospital. On February 1, 1995, Edwards disappeared: he checked out of the Embassy Hotel in London at 7am and his car was later found abandoned near the Severn Bridge service station. He has not been since and was declared presumed dead on November 23, 2008, by his family.
After his disappearance the band considered disbanding but later decided to carry on, although they have kept a percentage of their royalties aside should he ever return. The band's fourth album, 'Everything Must Go', is considered one of their most triumphant: recorded in the wake of Edwards' disappearance, it was released in 1996 and became a critical and commercial success, partly due to the popularity of the single 'A Design For Life'. The band continued their success with their next album, 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours', which was similarly well-received upon its 1998 release. Since then, the band have released the albums 'Know Your Enemy' (2001), 'Lifeblood' (2004) and 'Send Away The Tigers' (2007). Their 2009 album 'Journal For Plague Lovers', meanwhile, featured lyrics left behind by Edwards before his disappearance, and they released another album, 'Postcards From A Young Man', in 2010. In 2013, Manic Street Preachers released their album 'Rewind The Film': a sparser, more acoustic-based record. Less than a year later they released 'Futurology', a more experimental and expansive record which has been hailed as one of their finest yet. If that is a little much for you to read, try this two minute clip instead.
The band's music has shifted through so many styles through the years. It is safe to say that they specialize in the 3.5 minute guitar rock song with a straightforward verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus format. The music, written by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore, often has an unexpected key or melody. Lyrically, the themes are politics, history, art, philosophy, social issues, economics, feminism, despair, and later, more introspective topics. Twisted or grotesque imagery was frequent early on. One detail that is somewhat unusual is that lead vocalist James Dean Bradfield sings lyrics written by other band members. Initially the words (oh so many words) were written mostly by Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire but after Edwards's disappearance, Wire has written almost all of the lyrics. His writing is more sparse which allows Bradfield's voice enough space to stretch out. Bradfield seems to be a good sport about singing the often very personal lyrics (eg. Edwards on self-mutilation and self-starvation, Wire and "I wish I had been born a girl not this mess of a man"). Note: there are essentially no love songs! Well, a couple tracks come close but at least they aren't ballads. Even songs with the word 'love' in the title are not about romantic love. I really like this aspect of the band. Also, they occasionally smash their instruments, which is a delight.
Lucky Toronto, we were one of only seven North American cities to see the Manics in 2015 (or actually, in the past 5 years). The same week as the Toronto show, the Manics had (hard to believe) their first American TV appearance. They opted to perform their massive comeback single from 19 years ago, but with a bit of a lounge crooner delivery:
I wish I could share these as audio only. With the exception of the first one, I think videos distract/detract from the music. This is a long list but it covers 24 years of music, albeit unevenly. Headphones in!
You Love Us -1991
"We won't die of devotion, understand we can never belong." This is just brazen fun: acting out rock star bravado although they were only on their first album. Pretty, young things Nicky and Richey fashioned themselves into instant icons.
If you liked the song itself, try this one which is much better. If you seek more Richey and Nicky yaoi frolic regardless of song quality, step this way.
Motorcycle Emptiness — 1992
Everything about it is so early 90s but this anti-consumerism anthem really catches my heart.
Faster — 1994
NME said of The Holy Bible, "Originally their MO had been to subvert from within, sugar-coating disturbing ideas in a radio-friendly glam-rock shell, but by 1994 it was their response to the resultant tectonic shift that set them sonically free. What emerged was an album [The Holy Bible] that seethed. Its labyrinthine lyrical concerns of collapse of the self set against the worst depravities of the 20th century was an equal and unholy marriage of militantly abrasive lyrical content and punishing music."
'Faster' is very much an exemplary track from The Holy Bible album. Some of the band's most quoted slogans are in here.
I love this one even more. So menacing.
Everything Must Go — 1996
And here's the big change.
The disappearance of Richey Edwards in 1995 remains one of the biggest mysteries in rock'n'roll. His absence and the lack of answers must have been beyond devastating for his family and friends. Eventually, the three remaining Manics found a way to write music again and decided to continue as a band. This song expresses that resolve directly: "freed from the memory, escape from our history, and I just hope that you can forgive us, but everything must go".
The big single from this album was 'A Design for Life', the song from the American TV performance posted above. And hey, Sony Music UK have shared the entire 'Everything Must Go' album over on YouTube, right here.
If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next — 1998
From XFM: ' The band's first number one single was about the Spanish Civil War that took place between 1936 and 1939. A group of Welsh miners travelled to Spain to join in the fight against General Franco's troops, and the title was taken from a propaganda poster of the time. One line from the song is a genuine quote from a Welshman: "If I can shoot rabbits, then I can shoot fascists." Nicky Wire later claimed that the ideology behind the song was that political issues seemed to have lost their relevance in modern society.'
The 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' album is sometimes wistful and sometimes dispassionate. Elegant, with a meticulous, almost glazed-over sound but so beautiful. I still genuinely love 11 of the 13 tracks on this album, however, I can totally understand why fans of Manics from the punk-pop beginning would hate it. Likewise, I became a fan of the band from this album so it was a shock to discover the earlier heavier, rougher sound.
Ready for Drowning — 1998
I have been playing this song for 16 years and only learned today that it's about Welsh identity and the flooded village Capel Celyn. *shrug* Stunning vocals by James Dean Bradfield and that early unexpected key change is so Manics-y.
The Masses Against The Classes — 2000
Respect forever to them for managing to make this a #1 single. Starts with a quote from Chomsky, morphs through 'Twist and Shout' then a Nirvana-esque verse, but the epic chorus is all Manics. Sorry for the low sound quality.
Found That Soul (Live in Cuba) — 2001
MSP were the first western band to perform in Cuba since the 1959 revolution.
To Repel Ghosts — 2004
I was unaware until very recently that Lifeblood is the most hated album by the band, critics and many fans, too. This is a little hard to take because I adore it. I understand it was recorded in a different way from the other albums, with generous synthesizer and millions of layers. I think it is gorgeous in its own way and some of the better Nicky Wire lyrics are on this album.
In February, I went to a major retrospective on the work of American Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. It was already a captivating experience but when my eyes settled on this piece, I could only say OHHHH. There are so many art references in Manics songs: Basquiat must have inspired this particular favourite of mine.
I also have a lot of love for this one.
Facing Page: Top Left — 2009
Writings left behind by missing Richey Edwards in 1995, set to new music. So, not standard rock lyrics. 'Journal for Plague Lovers' is an amazing album.
Also this one sounds great.
Rewind The Film — 2013
Below, I explain that there were three Manics albums between 2007 and 2013 that did not pique my interest. The main exception is this song which I think is exquisite. A slow burner. The guest vocalist Richard Hawley adds interest and a point of contrast to James Dean Bradfield.
Let's Go To War — 2014
New 'Futurology'. I'm happy to say there's an arch sense of fun here and lots of style too.
From the same album, this song is very simple/repetitive but effective. An ode to the EU.
Here's how being a Manics fan has played out for me:
-In 1995, I was given a mix tape with one Manics song by my friend Meghan (she was very clued into the UK music scene). The song was 'She Is Suffering'. The only line of the lyrics I could really understand was. "she is suffering" but I did appreciate the song's tempo and the way the lead guitar works around the bass structure. Although I liked the song, I didn't investigate further.
— In the summer 1996, aged 18, I visited Meghan in the UK and we went to one of those massive music festivals (Phoenix). Manic Street Preachers performed the day we were there. I clearly remember when they played ‘A Design For Life’, which I liked. But again, I wasn't inspired yet to go out and buy the music.
-Mid-1999, I first heard 'If You Tolerate This. ' when MuchMusic played the video. I was immediately taken with the song. I scrambled to write down the artist info and bought the CD at my local HMV right away, then I played it constantly. (It was released, like, a year later in Canada than in the UK.) The ‘This Is My Truth’ album was all over alternative rock radio in Toronto that summer. At the time, all I knew about the band was 1) they were from South Wales 2) they were big on leftist politics. So, I was not aware of the band's backstory or the meanings of most of the songs. I thought it was weird to have only three members in a band, not knowing that it was really (four minus one) members. Of course, in the late 90s, you couldn’t just hit up Google or YouTube to learn everything about a band. In those days, I was lining up for the university library computer terminals to check my e-mail twice a week. I wasn’t spending time on fan listservs to decipher the meanings of lyrics! I didn't have access to the British music press like NME, either. This does represent an uncharacteristic lack of curiosity for me, though, and it took me years to find out the heartbreaking truth of songs like ‘Tsunami’ and ‘Nobody Loved You’. I guess I was used to songs having meaningless lyrics?
-I spent the summer of 1999 on excavation in Pompeii with a large group of British students. I ended up talking music with one guy who told me a lot about the Manics and the Richey story. He also lent me his ‘Everything Must Go’ cassette. To this day, that album always reminds me of summer in the ancient city and the looming atmosphere of death that nobody else seemed to notice (especially ‘Small Black Flowers’).
-In September 1999, Manic Street Preachers came to Toronto and I went to the show (alone, none of my friends were interested). I don’t recall much about the concert to be honest. I do remember that a large proportion of the audience was in Wales rugby tops but I was really caught off guard by the girls up the front wearing light-up devil horns and feather boas. At the time, I was unaware of the Manics’ early 90s glamour-punk era: I had only seen the button-downs and boiler suits Manics!
— I investigated the older Manics stuff several times but none of it stuck with me. The 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004 albums remained very important to me over the years but my interest slumped after the 2007 ‘Send Away The Tigers’ album revealed a new, bland adult-contemporary sound. With the exception of one or two songs each and a few B-sides, the 2007, 2011 and 2013 albums are not listenable for me. I guess I didn’t read The Guardian the week in 2009 when ‘Journal for Plague Lovers’ was released because that’s new to me and I definitely love it. In 2009, I also somehow missed hearing about another concert in Toronto, 10 years after the one I did see. I still feel completely gutted to have missed this. Heartbroken, really, because I hear it was a fantastic show. Being a Manics fan in Canada is a bit of a solitary situation.
— I’m back in the fold these days, loving much of the 2014 ‘Futurology’ album. Still, I almost managed to miss another Toronto show this April, being alerted by my brother only 10 days before. There were still tickets available despite the venue capacity of 1500. This was The Holy Bible 20th Anniversary tour and they played the whole album in order. After hearing ‘The Holy Bible’ performed in full, I gave the Richey-era Manics stuff another chance and discovered that I genuinely love it now. I would like to wind time back three weeks so that I could appreciate the show more, line up earlier, be more familiar with the older music. Is it weird that it took me until age 37 to embrace pop-punk and overwhelmingly bleak rock?