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Sigur Rós – Andvari

You saw the whole
You sighed oh no oh life
You sighed all for
You sighed oh no
You sighed only should I-
I know
I love you
You saw no one for
You don’t know I would
You
You don’t love you
You don’t know, how could
You don’t know I would
You
You don’t know you…..

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igur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band with melodic, classical, and minimalist elements. The band is known for its ethereal sound and lead singer Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto voice. An extended Sæglópur EP was released, featured three new songs, which are said to be somewhere in between Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do, untitled #9 from the Vaka EP, and the end of “Glósóli”. The EP also includes a DVD with all three music videos. Unlike its predecessor , the album’s lyrics are mostly in Icelandic, with occasional elements of Vonlenska (“Hopelandic”), a scat-like form of gibberish. The songs “Andvari”, “Gong” and “Mílanó” are sung entirely in Vonlenska. Moreover, the song “Mílanó” was written together with the string quartet Amiina. The BBC has frequently used tracks from Takk… in its programmes. “Hoppípolla” was employed as the backing music to trailers for the highly-acclaimed nature series Planet Earth and for the end credit of Match of the Day broadcasting the FA Cup Final. “Sæglópur” has been used as a backing tune for the BBC’s advertising campaign for the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, while snips of “Sæglópur”, “Milanó” and “Svo hljótt” appeared in Top Gear. “Sæglópur” was also notably used in Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia E3 2008 gameplay debut trailer as well as their televised commercials for the game. Sigur Rós received three awards at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2006: Best Album Design (along with Ísak Winther, Alex Somers and Lukka Sigurðardóttir), Best Alternative Act and Best Rock Album for Takk… Named in part after a sister of one of the bandmembers, Reykjavik, Iceland’s Sigur Rós (Victory Rose) was formed by guitarist and vocalist Jon Thor Birgisson, bassist Georg Holm, and drummer Agust. Formed in early 1994 while the members were teenagers, the trio’s first recorded song earned them a deal with Iceland’s Bad Taste label. Their sprawling debut LP, Von (Hope), was released in 1997, followed the next year by a collection of remixes from that album, Recycle Bin. Kjartan Sveinsson joined the band on keyboards and the band recorded 1999’s strings-heavy Ágætis Byrjun (Good Start), earning themselves numerous accolades in their homeland and achieving platinum status in sales. Agust then departed and was quickly replaced by Orri Páll DýRason. Svefn-G-Englar, their first release to be distributed outside of their native country, was hailed as NME’s Single of the Week during September of 1999, launching a press hype steamroller in the U.K. and — to a lesser extent — in the U.S. The “Ný Battery” single was issued in early 2000, the band’s breakout year. British independent Fat Cat began distributing the band, stretching their reach beyond Icelanders and rabid journalists. April dates in England with Godspeed You! Black Emperor were capped off by an appearance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, and they also opened several dates of Radiohead’s European tour before year’s end. ….

Fiji

Fiji is home to some of the most stunning beaches on the planet, Fiji is known for its crystal clear azure waters, incredible marine life, rugged highlands and stunning rainforests. What adds to the allure of vacationing here is the wonderful blend of nature and culture to create an atmosphere that is truly one-of-a-kind and found no where else in the world. The perfect vacation destination for many, Fiji has a multitude of activities for all to enjoy. Offering some of the best snorkeling, diving and surfing opportunities you can find on the planet; the sailing, windsurfing and hiking is also truly world class. Easy to get to and blessed with a year-round warm topical climate, Fiji is the ultimate getaway for those who wish to escape to a more utopian existence…..

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iji (sometimes called the Fiji Islands), is a Melanesian country in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand and consists of an archipelago that includes 332 islands, a handful of which make up most of the land area, and approximately 110 of which are inhabited.
Fiji straddles the 180 degree longitude line (which crosses land on a remote tip of Vanua Levu and again near the centre of Taveuni), so the international date line jogs east, placing Fiji all in one time zone and “ahead” of most of the rest of the world.

Fiji is the product of volcanic mountains and warm tropical waters. Its majestic and ever-varied coral reefs today draw tourists from around the world, but were the nightmare of European mariners until well into the 19th century. As a result, Fijians have retained their land and often much of the noncommercial, sharing attitude of people who live in vast extended families with direct access to natural resources. When it came, European involvement and cession to Britain was marked by the conversion to Christianity, the cessation of brutal tribal warfare and cannibalism, and the immigration of a large number of indentured Indian laborers, who now represent nearly half of the population, as well as smaller numbers of Europeans and Asians. Today, Fiji is a land of tropical rainforests, coconut plantations, fine beaches, fire-cleared hills. For the casual tourist it is blessedly free of evils such as malaria, landmines, or terrorism that attend many similarly lovely places in the world.
Internal political events in the recent past resulted in a reduction in tourism. The Fiji tourism industry has responded by lowering prices and increasing promotion of the main resort areas that are far removed from the politics in and around the capital, Suva.

Land of plenty: Down under

Men at Work was an Australian reggae-influenced rock band which achieved international success in the 1980s. They are the only Australian artists to reach the Number 1 position in album and singles charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom with Business as Usual and “Down Under” respectively.[1] The group won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist and sold over 30 million albums worldwide….

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Down Under – Men At Work.
On the Picture ULURU. Rising from the broad desert plain in the deep centre of Australia. Uluru/Ayers Rock is Australia’s most recognisable natural icon.

The famous “Rock” stands348 metres high and, like an iceberg, has most of its bulk below the surface. It is located 440 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Forty kilometres to the west of Uluru/Ayers Rock is Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas. This massive pile of rock domes dates back 500 million years.

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ormed in 1979 by Colin Hay and Ron Strykert as an acoustic duo, with the later joinning of Jerry Speiser playing drums, John Rees playing bass and Greg Ham playing sax, flute and keyboard. They signed with CBS Records and recorded their first single “Who Can It Be” produced by the american Peter McIan, that was sent to the american radio and reached #1. In 1981 they released their first album, Business as Usual, bringing back their hit now named “Who Can It Be Now?”, and a new one, “Down Under”, which also was a #1 hit, putting Business as Usual as the #1 album in 1982, taking out Michael Jackson’s Thriller from the top. At this year the Men toured USA opening the act for Fleetwood Mac.

They received the Grammy© as best new artist in 1983, and release in USA their second album, Cargo, bringing such strong new hits like “Overkill” and “It’s a Mistake”. They started an world tour, passing through the US’ Musical Festival that was transmitted live for all the world. One of their shows was released in the video Live in San Francisco, or Was It Berkeley? in 1984. At this year, the argues started and Jerry Speiser left the band, taking John Rees with him. Colin, Greg and Ron were back in the studio at the Xmas for the recording of their third album, released in 1985 named Two Hearts, now no more produced by McIan, but for Colin and Greg. It had some singles released but didn’t get so much attention, still it went gold. After the release of Two Hearts, Greg and Ron also left the band, and Colin toured with another musicians. After the tour Men at Work was over.

In 1987 Colin Hay released his first solo album, named Looking for Jack, still by CBS Records, which had the single “Hold Me” as Top 40 song in USA. Greg Ham was producing soundtracks and acting in gold australian productions, sometimes he were into some Colin concerts to remember Men at Work. Colin Hay also stared some movies, like “Wills & Burke” and “Georgia” with Judy Davis, he also was a guest VJ for MTV.

Colin formed a band named Colin Hay Band in 1988 for touring, it was formed with Gerry Hale, Paul Gadsby and Robert Dillon. In 1990 they released the album Wayfaring Sons, now by MCA Records, which had a #1 hit in Brazil, the song “Into My Life”, and this success brought Colin to the world-known Rock in Rio festival at Rio de Janeiro.

Colin went independent and released in 1992 through Trafalgar Records his third solo album, acoustic, named Peaks & Valleys, with the featuring of his sister Carol in some backing vocals. In 1994 Colin created his own musical label, the Lazy Eye Records America Inc., and through it released his forth album, Topanga, with the featuring of musicians from all his career, like Paul Gadsby and Robert Dillon from Colin Hay Band, Chad Fischer from Lazlo Bane, Carol Hay and even Greg Ham from Men at Work.

After so many requests Colin formed Men at Work again with Greg Ham, for a tour in South America. The concerts in Brazil resulted in Men at Work’s fourth album, the live Brazil ’96, released in 1997 only for South America. At this same year, Colin recorded a new version for “Overkill” with the band Lazlo Bane, which he’s a kind of godfather. Colin already has acted in another movies like “Cosi” and “Heaven’s Burning”. Men at Work was back in studio for the recording of “The Longest Night”, a song composed by Greg Ham.

Men at Work was back but Colin didn’t stop recording solo, in 1998 he released his fifth album, Transcendental Highway. Sony/Legacy released Men at Work’s live album in world wide with the adiction of “The Longest Night” in the new studio version, now the album was just named Brazil.

Colin composed and sung the song “Misty Bay” with his girlfriend, the latin-singer/composer/dancer Cecilia Noël. He also acted in the movie “The Cra�c” with Jimeoin, a new acoustic version of “Down Under” is on the soundtrack of this movie.

Colin released a new acoustic album in 2000, named Going Somewhere, bringing the main songs played at his acoustic concerts that were not in Peaks & Valleys.

Men at Work was the closing act for the Ending Cerimonies of Sydneys Olympics, playing “Down Under”, after 17 years live for all the world again. Paul Hogan released the movie “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” and there’s “Down Under” at the soundtrack, in a new version with the featuring of Cecilia Noël & The Wild Clams. Colin is now in the end production phase of his seventh solo, Men at Work has no preview of any release.

Wheel of time – Tibet

Werner Herzog’s beautiful new film explores the Buddhist Kalachakra Initiation. It includes interviews with the Dalai Lama, access to secret rituals as well as footage of a pilgrimage to the holy Mount Kailash in Tibet.

It is difficult to make films about the unseen but Werner Herzog, the masterly German filmmaker, captures perfectly the atmosphere of a pilgrimage and a rite, first in on the Nepalese/Indian frontier and then in Austria. The film is astonishingly moving and respectful of Buddhism – and for once you can see the Dalai Lama not on a platform speaking about contemporary issues, but doing what he is really there to do – praying with the faithful. I think that the most hardened sceptic would be knocked over by the strange, wholly convincing mysticism that suffuses erner’s film.

Nick Fraser
Storyville Series Editor

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he legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog traveled to India in 2002 to make a documentary on Kalachakra, the elaborate ordaining ritual for Tibetan Buddhist monks. Every two or three years, nearly a half million pilgrims travel to witness it at Bodh Gaya, India, where the Buddha sat under a tree and found enlightenment. A sand mandala signifying the wheel of time is meticulously created by monks and is meant to stir the seeds of enlightenment in Buddhists of all stripes. This intricate creation stands for the world of phenomena, the realms of consciousness, and the pure lands of the deities. Pilgrims from Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka arrive in trucks or on foot. They endure heat, hunger, and thirst to get there. Those who are more well-to-do set up tents while the majority sleep on the ground.

Herzog shares an interview with a monk who took three-and-one-half years to arrive at Bodh Gaya: he did prostrations all the way for 3,000 miles. He has knobs on his wrists and a wound on his forehead from touching the earth with his head millions of times. What does he have to show for it? You can see in his eyes and visage a serenity that comes from such discipline and devotion.

Meanwhile thousands of other Buddhists are working on 100,000 prostrations facing the tree where Buddha was enlightened. Herzog playfully captures a small child kneeling on the earth and trying to mimic the prostrations of the adults around him. Other pilgrims gather around a stupa that has healing powers.

There are so many ways for the pilgrims to find happiness. One purchases a few birds and sets them free. Young monks gather excitedly to serve tea to the elders; it is considered an honor to be of service. One of the high points of the festivities comes when the monks throw gifts to the crowds, including barley dumplings which hold the promise of a long and prosperous life.

When the sand mandala is finally finished, it must be enclosed in glass since one touch or even a breath could destroy it. When the pilgrims learn that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has joined them, they gather in long lines to enter the place where he will speak. People toss their prayer shawls to the front just to have them in his presence. But the Kalachakra initiation cannot be completed since the Dalai Lama is not feeling well. His sadness spreads to the Tibetan Buddhists who have waited so long to be with him in this gathering.

Herzog travels to the next Kalachakra meeting, which is held in Graz, Austria, in 2002. The Dalai Lama is in good health again and 8,000 Eastern and Western Buddhists gather in a convention hall for the ceremonies. Herzog interviews a Tibetan Buddhist who has just been released from prison after serving 37 years. He describes the ordeals brought on by two statements of liberation for his people; he can’t really put into words the joy he felt upon first seeing the Dalai Lama. The sand mandala ceremonies are completed, and it is destroyed in several minutes. Here is a stunning and unforgettable image of Tibetan Buddhism’s acknowledgment of the impermanence of all things. The sand is gathered and released into a nearby river to flow out into the world as a blessing.

Herzog’s engrossing documentary is a spiritual blessing for Buddhists and anyone else fortunate to experience it. There are several brief interviews with the Dalai Lama where he demonstrates his knowledge of Buddhist tradition and his hopes that all religions will practice love, kindness, and compassion in a world split apart by hatred, war, and misunderstandings. At one point, a smudge appears on the lens of the camera and Herzog casually wipes it off with his thumb. The director’s sense of humor comes across when he photographs one bodyguard still on duty in the nearly empty convention hall. Back in India, he focuses on a single monk seated on his prayer cushion amidst 400,000 other cushions. The closing shot is of Mount Kalish in Tibet, which has been called a “precious jewel of snow.” According to tradition, one three-day trip around the sacred mountain can wipe away the sins of a lifetime. Herzog catches the shimmering dots on the lake in front of the jewel shaped mountain in what becomes a breathtaking visual delight.

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