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Kaiser Lane, VOL 1, Chapter Two

2020.08.06 21:11 severakj Kaiser Lane, VOL 1, Chapter Two

Chapter One
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As Warspite and her retainers quietly made their way across the base and towards the mess hall for breakfast, the morning’s nightmare lingered over the Queen of the Royal Navy in Exile like a dark cloud. Not that this was particularly unusual for the former Knight-Commander: the hellish version of her predecessor and fallen closest friend haunted Warspite far more than she dared admit to anyone, even in private, and few were the days that passed without the Flagship wondering if Elizabeth was looking down on her in shame.
By necessity, Warspite had learned how to push such ghosts aside without too much difficulty (her sense of duty being one of her few traits that had survived Skagerrak intact), but it was not so this morning. The Flagship’s nightmare had dredged up memories that she much preferred keeping buried, and now the Fast Battleship could hardly look around her without seeing something that stood as a testament to how far the Royal Navy had fallen. All around were a thousand tiny reminders of Warspite’s various failings, a thousand little things that worked to stir up the Queen’s ghosts.
Most of these reminders stemmed from the simple fact that, despite being the Queen of the Royal Navy, Warspite’s held Court in a Maple Monarchy Naval Base. For more than a decade now the Fleet had languished in Exile, banished from Great Britain by the traitors that they had fought side-by-side with during the Great War. It was yet another dark mark on Warspite’s reign: not only had the Royal Navy lost its pride, its fighting spirit and its self-confidence under her watch…they had lost their home.
Warspite had been built at Devonport, trained at Rosyth and spent her formative years being stationed variably at either Scapa Flow or London: in short, she had been British, through and through. The Royal Navy Bases of Great Britain, with all their little quirks and idiosyncrasies, had been her home, and in many ways Warspite still saw them as such. Despite the vicious war against Ironblood that she had been fighting, the years she had spent there had been in many ways the best years of the then-Knight-Comamnder’s life. Warspite had fought her first true battles there, made her first true friends there, had first truly been alive there, able to embrace her humanity and realize what, exactly, it had been that she had been fighting for.
But now such places were long lost, kept far beyond the Queen’s reach by treason and betrayal. When the Revolution had swept through Britain in the wake of their defeat in the Great War (and when Repulse’s accompanying mutiny had torn Royal Navy apart), Warspite had been forced to flee like a craven across the Atlantic and take refuge in the Elder Dominion. It was her second greatest failure, behind only Skagerrak in shame. And unlike Skagerrak (which had become something of a taboo to mention in the Flagship’s presence), it was impossible to avoid reminders of the Exile.
The simple fact that Warspite was stationed at His Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard-Halifax instead of, say, London, made sure of that. Regardless of the Maple Monarchy’s of its status as the eldest of the former British Empire’s Dominions, what had formerly been Canada was not easily confused for Britain. The Maple Monarchy, despite (or perhaps because of) its heritage as a former British Colony, was rather proud of being a noticeably distinct entity; the differences between a Royal Navy and a Royal Canadian Navy base (subtle as they often were) couldn’t be avoided, and each one of them (no matter how small) served to rouse Warspite’s ghosts. She meant no insult to the Canadians, but quite frankly the Flagship found the best port in the Maple Monarchy severely lacking.
This was not to say that Halifax was a bad base. In fact, by military and historical standards it was actually a rather impressive one. Halifax had always been one of the Royal Navy’s better facilities, especially among those in the Dominions: Acting as the main Royal Navy headquarters in North America dating back to the middle of the 18th Century, the base had served the British Empire well through the Seven Years War, the American and French Revolutions and the War of 1812, gradually transforming from a colonial backwater into the core of the Royal Navy’s North American presence in the process.
It was the Siren Wars that would secure Halifax’s place in Royal Navy history. The Sirens had laid brutal siege to the British Isles, laying waste to much of its industry and agriculture in the process. With their factories and farms either destroyed or under constant threat of attack, the survival of the people of Britain had become almost completely reliant on food and war material safely produced in the vast interiors of Canada or America and then shipped to the Old World. An endless stream of transport ships and their escorts had had to fight their way across the Atlantic, taking horrific losses in the process.
Halifax’s strategic location just north of the main Atlantic shipping lane between the Americas and Europe had become the lynchpin of this system: the base was both the last major port of call that any eastbound convoy could take shelter in before the brutal fight across the North Atlantic and the first relatively safe port that any westbound ships could possibly hope to reach on the return trip. By necessity, Halifax’s facilities had been massively expanded and improved during the war, becoming one of the most important repair yards and supply stations in the entire British Empire.
And, of course, one of the best defended. Given that the fall of Halifax could very well have severed Great Britain’s lifeline, the Royal Navy had spared no expense in turning the port into a fortress. The harbor was naturally defensible, with a small entrance guarded by multiple islands that funneled all traffic into a handful of narrow channels. The Admiralty had made full use of these geographic features: soon enough, those islands were crawling with long-barreled heavy artillery pieces and the channels were choked by comprehensive minefields.
Those defenses were soon pushed to their absolute limits: the Sirens had not hesitated in the slightest to challenge fortifications that would have ripped any human fleet to shreds, knowing full well that Halifax’s loss would leave any and all transatlantic traffic dangerously exposed and almost certainly assure the fall of the British Isles. The ensuing Siege had been lengthy and brutal: the otherworldly invaders had launched assault after assault after assault against the fortress city, like endless waves breaking against a rocky shore. Dozens upon dozens of shipwrecks soon littered the sea floor around the harbor, and tens of thousands of lives had been lost defending it.
But Halifax had held out, and (more importantly to the Empire) the convoys had continued. In large part due to resources shipped via what was soon being called ‘the Canadian New York’, Great Britain had survived the onslaught of the Sirens, and eventually the mysteries of the Wisdom Cubes had been unlocked and the emergence of shipgirls had tipped the scales in humanity’s favor. When the Sirens were finally seemingly driven away from the world’s major waterways, Halifax could stand proud as one of the legendary stories of the war: only a small handful of other cities had withstood so long or so intense a siege.
The grueling and ferocious campaign had been for Canada what the Siege of New York had been for the United States (and later its successor, Eagle Union): the place where all the setbacks and sacrifices of what would later become Azur Lane had finally borne fruit, where the raging Siren tide had finally begun to be turned back, and where the new, post-Siren Wars national identity of their peoples had been shaped. Halifax was where the concept of a Canadian (as opposed to a Nova Scotian, Quebecois or Albertan) had started to take shape; Leaders forged in its fires would be the ones to lead what was now the Maple Dominion into the new era; the day that the siege was finally broken had become a national day of remembrance.
Despite this, the city would not stay in the spotlight of world events for long. Halifax’s duties initially remained largely the same in the post-Siren Wars era, the fortress city continuing to serve well as the Royal Navy’s North American home base, communications hub, supply station, repair yard and defensive lynchpin, but the global situation was rapidly changing. With the Sirens apparently in full retreat, the British Empire was free to turn its attention to more human matters: Namely, the collapse of the old European balance of powers and the emergence of the German Empire (rebranded as Ironblood) as the continent’s new hegemon.
Consequently, Halifax’s importance (and indeed that of the entire Maple Dominion) to the Empire faded somewhat, the Royal Navy’s attention being diverted closer to home. Even before the Great War had begun, resources and personnel had been diverted away from the Dominions and back to the North Sea and the Channel, reflecting the shift in priorities that placed Ironblood as the new imminent threat to the Empire. With their continental rival increasingly flexing their authority in regions that were practically on Britain’s doorstep, lands like the Maple Dominion, ANZAC, Good Hope and the Crown Jewel found themselves being put on the backburner, largely left to their own devices and reliant on their own resources. With emphasis placed on the likes of London, Rosyth and Scapa Flow, ports such as Cape Town, Sydney, Bombay and of course Halifax were relegated once more to secondary status, their young domestic navies not quite up to the task of operating independently of the Royal Navy.
Once the war broke out, Halifax’s new existence as little more than a supply depot and transport hub became set in stone. The new foe lacked the omnipresence that the Sirens had had, leaving the Dominions firmly on the periphery of events. Aside from a few isolated raiders like the cruiser Emden and the small colonial forces like the one commanded by the original Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, the naval fronts stayed far away from the Empire’s overseas territories: Ironblood’s Capital Ships were confined to the North Sea until after Skagerrak, and its submarines were focused closer to the Isles (lest they draw Eagle Union into the War).
Even without foes to directly fight, Halifax and the personnel stationed there (human and shipgirl alike) had done their duties faithfully and unwaveringly, doing well to uphold the legacy forged in the Siren Wars. But still the city’s luster faded: Logisticians, often as important as field commanders (if not more so), rarely win glory, and the same is true for supply depots when compared to battlefields. There was to be no Battle of Halifax in the Great War (unless one counted the accidental explosion of the transport ship Mont Blanc, which managed to destroy as much of the city in a matter of seconds than the Sirens had managed to do in a few years), the city instead simply and quietly serving in its new reduced role. With no honors won, Halifax was relegated to backwater status in the minds of the Admiralty, important only as a transport hub.
That view had not changed with the end of the War; if anything, it had become even more entrenched. Even after more than a decade of Exile, more than a decade spent living and working in the city as if it were her home, the view that Halifax was a poor substitute for London or Scapa Flow was hard for Warspite and other British Exiles to shake. In large part this was due to the old prejudice of the homeland versus the colonies: Canada (depending on how you defined it) had an impressive history going back several centuries, but all its accomplishments amounted to footnotes when compared to the history of Britain (which could claim a legacy dating back to Rome), and so naturally the people of the mother country tended to look down on their ‘children’.
In far larger part this was due to the nature of their arrival in Halifax: to the Flagship, and indeed to almost everyone that had fled from Great Britain during the Revolution, the city (and the Maple Dominion as a whole) had always been meant to be a temporary lodging, not a permanent residence. The far majority of them had tried to avoid setting down lasting roots in anticipation of the day that the British Isles were reclaimed from the Revolutionary traitors, and they thus refused to think of their current locale as being “home”; instead, the Dominion was seen only as a stepping-stone to reclaim the lost glory of the Empire, as a crossroads or rest stop on the way to the true destination.
The Exiles had brought with them various touches of home, of course, ranging from statues and paintings to British-style gardens and renamed buildings and streets. But these were ultimately halfhearted gestures, more in the vein of bittersweet reminders of what had been lost than any genuine attempt to reshape the newly-reorganized Maple Monarchy into a new Great Britain. Nobody wanted to build a replacement London almost 3000 miles away from the original (not while the chance of reclaiming said original existed at least: doing so would have been to admit that the British Isles were well and truly lost), and so no one ever truly tried to do so.
All this was to say that Halifax remained Halifax; more to the point, it remained not Scapa Flow, not Rosyth, and most especially not London. And the reminders of this fact were seemingly everywhere: Simply walking across the base to get breakfast, Warspite passed by a dozen Naval Emblems, all of them bearing the stylized red leaf of the Maple Monarchy instead of the Royal Navy’s lion; she strode down grey and quiet roads named for Canadian Prime Ministers rather than colorful and noisy ones named for English Kings or Queens; on the way she was saluted by two of the River-class destroyer sisters, Restigouche and Qu’Appelle, both of whom addressed Her Majesty in the Quebecois accent that was so different from Warspite’s British inflections.
Arriving at the Mess Hall, the reminders continued. In and of themselves, the choices for breakfast weren’t bad ones, per say: nothing wrong with eggs, ham and pancakes, but the side of poutine, the lack of a hot drink besides coffee and the fact that everything seemed to have been drowned in Maple Syrup all served to highlight the meal’s distinctly Canadian flair. Warspite ate the not-quite British breakfast in silence, sitting outside in the not-quite British weather and not-quite enjoying the panoramic view of the harbor that she would never and could never call home.
Finishing her breakfast, Warspite then headed towards the Headquarters building for debriefing of the Fleet’s High Court (and yet more reminders of how badly her reign had gone). During Queen Elizabeth’s rule, such a meeting would have been held (weather permitting) in the Royal Gardens, appreciating the sunshine, the birds chirping and the beautiful flowers. The Maid Corps would have been present to provide tea and sweets, and the various members of the Court would have probably spent more time making small talk than discussing operations.
In fact, Elizabeth’s debriefings had more often than not resembled tea parties more than any kind of military meeting. The reason had been simple: to provide Her Majesty and her Court with a way to encourage the ideals of elegance and grace throughout the Royal Navy. The idea had been to instill senses of beauty and humanity in Elizabeth’s subjects, to stop them from being consumed by the sorrow and misery of the war around them, to give them something more to fight for than a flag and an oath. Warspite’s predecessor had made such ideals the core of her rule, trying to bring some measure of civility to a world that had rapidly been going mad, being utterly determined to make sure that the shipgirls of Royal Navy didn’t forget why they was fighting.
How things had changed. Different indeed was the Court of Queen Warspite: Gone was the tea, the sweets and indeed the entire Maid Corps, the Maple Monarchy’s far more limited budget causing them all to be written off as frivolous wastes of precious resources. Gone were the Royal Gardens, succeeded by an armored bunker buried in 50 feet of solid bedrock below the Headquarters building, as dark and silent as a tomb. And gone were the ideals of elegance, grace, beauty and civility, fallen with the Queen who had so embodied them.
The Court’s members, too, had changed, the old guard of Royal Navy having been a) lost at the Disaster of the Skagerrak like Lion and, of course, Her Majesty had been; b) deemed outdated after the war and either gone into retirement or been mothballed, a la Iron Duke; c) scattered across the Dominions in a desperate effort to hold together the crumbling Empire, as was the case with Barham, Valiant and Malaya; or d) had joined Repulse in stabbing them in the back during the Revolution. This left the new High Court dominated by new faces: in fact, Warspite was the only holdover from her predecessor’s reign, being the lone shipgirl among them that hadn’t been constructed post-war.
“All rise in the presence of Her Majesty, the Fast Battleship Warspite, Queen of the Royal Navy by the blessing of King-Emperor Edward VIII of the British Empire.”
The High Court of the Royal Navy In Exile stood at attention around a circular table as Warspite entered the dimly lit conference room a half-moment after Dido’s announcement, heads bowed. Various stray papers were strewn across the room, either stacked on the table or pinned to various boards and maps on the walls. There were five other shipgirls present in all (excluding Warspite’s retainers): two Fast Battleships, a Dreadnought, a Destroyer and a Submarine, each one representing a different operations branch within the Royal Navy.
To Warspite’s immediate right was Nelson, the plate-armor-clad Dreadnought towering over everyone else in the room. She stood as a living monument to the Royal Navy’s new ideals: The wills that had shaped Nelson’s Wisdom Cube reflected the Royal Navy’s post-war bitterness, resentment and desire for revenge, the wish to reclaim past glories that had culminated in the construction of one of the strongest naval vessels ever built. Nelson had been specifically conceived as a Warrior to surpass Warspite herself, to be the first in the new generation of Knights of the Royal Navy that would one day avenge Skagerrak and return the rule of the waves to Britannia.
No expense had been spared in her design or construction. In terms of raw power, the Knight-Commander of Royal Navy In Exile put all but a handful of other shipgirls in the world to shame: compared to a Queen Elizabeth or Revenge-class Battleship, Nelson’s displacement was nearly 50% heavier, partially due to her hull being some 200 feet longer but mainly due to the sheer amount of extra armor that she had been given. At the same time, her vastly improved propulsion systems allowed her to maintain the same 23-knot speeds as the older vessels. Nelson’s firepower, too, was a massive leap forwards, the previously standard eight 15-inch guns having been traded in for nine 18-inchers, firing heavier shells at higher velocities.
All this came at a cost, however (a cost perhaps even larger than the monstrous amount of wealth required to build and maintain her hull). Where the Royal Navy In Exile proclaimed Nelson as their greatest warrior, the old Royal Navy would have called her a callous brute: her Wisdom Cube forged largely by anger and thoughts of vengeance, unfettered and hard-to-direct rage was constantly boiling just beneath the Dreadnought’s skin, leaving the Knight-Commander often short tempered, irritable and seemingly looking for a fight. While Nelson was an excellent battlefield leader (she was Knight-Commander for a reason, after all), all the traits that served her well in combat left her prickly and isolated off it.
Besides Nelson, the Destroyer Amazon seemed outright puny by comparison. Where Nelson’s Wisdom Cube had been shaped by the desire to avenge Skagerrak, Amazon’s Wisdom Cube had been shaped by the hope to learn from the mistakes that had caused the Disaster and to make sure that it never happened again. Amazon had been built as a destroyer for the future, her design drawing from everything that the Royal Navy had learned from the war, and her personality matched this desire: always was Amazon striving for the wisdom and knowledge that had eluded her predecessors that dark night in the Skagerrak.
The screen ship was meant to spend her time teaching the lessons she learned to newly commissioned shipgirls: Formerly the Headmistress of the Royal London Shipgirl Academy, she served the same role in Exile, giving lectures on everything from tactics to naval history to gunnery at the Royal Shipgirl Academy-Halifax. It was Amazon’s responsibility to make sure that the girls entering Royal Navy In Exile would not make the same errors as those that had come before.
If only she hadn’t developed the same personality type as Nelson. To be sure, Amazon’s irritability came from a place of genuine concern (namely, an overwhelming desire to make sure that her lessons stuck with her students), but it still wasn’t exactly a pleasure to deal with on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the Headmistress found herself lacking in opportunities to improve her social skills, much like the Knight-Commander (the latter probably spending more time going on Siren hunting expeditions in the Labrador Sea or Baffin Bay than was strictly healthy).
In Amazon’s case, rather than running around the Artic looking for things to shoot or bludgeon it was a case of spending too much time locked away in dark laboratories. This was down to a shortage of students: with Maple Monarchy’s limited resources sorely handicapping their ability to build new shipgirls (a problem that was further exaggerated by the loss of a substantial portion of the Empire’s reserve of Wisdom Cubes during the Exile), Amazon spent the far majority of her time working on various research projects rather than teaching. The Headmistress relentlessly chased after breakthroughs in everything from Combat Theory to reverse engineering Siren weaponry, anything that might give the Exiles a technological or doctrinal edge, becoming the de facto head of the Royal Navy’s R&D Department in the process. Unfortunately, most of her projects (promising as some of them were) had yet to bear fruit, a fact that left Amazon with a constant air of frustration about her.
Directly across from the Queen, blending in with the shadows behind her a bit too much for comfort, was Upholder, the submarine that acted as the Royal Spymaster. Ironically for a spy, the submarine stood out among the other shipgirls present, standing in sharp contrast to the surface ships around her: She was even smaller than Amazon, and unlike the military uniforms worn by the rest of the High Court Upholder was clothed only in a ragged old cloak, the hood pulled down over her face until only her mouth was visible.
Warspite had never liked submarines all that much. Her experiences with them had been quite limited (the old Royal Navy hadn’t invested many resources into subs, initially viewing them the kind of warriors that only inferior fleets would turn to) and overwhelmingly negative (it had been U-Boat attacks, after all, that had been one of the largest factors that had turned Skagerrak into the Disaster), and this had left the Queen with a firm distaste for undersea warfare.
But the Great War had shown just how effect such methods could, and nowadays the Royal Navy In Exile needed every advantage that it could get its hands on. Cheap, easy to make and capable of inflicting disproportionate damage, more and more of the Fleet’s resources had started to pour into building up a substantial undersea arm. Lacking their own submarine experience, the Royal Navy In Exile was forced to settle for trying to imitate the impressions given by Ironblood U-Boats during the War. Said U-Boats had gained a fearsome reputation indeed, striking without warning and slipping away before anyone could catch them, then coming back to do it again. They were known as silent assassins, acting as complimentary daggers to the broadswords of the Dreadnoughts, and were the best friends of an inferior Navy.
Her Wisdom Cube shaped by this desire to mimic the success of their foe’s submarines, Upholder’s personality wound up being something of a pastiche of Royal Navy’s beliefs (read: stereotypes) about the demeanors of Ironblood U-Boats: The Submarine was secretive to a fault, usually behaving like a living shadow and with something akin to an obsession with figuring out how to sink bigger shipgirls. She rarely spoke, almost never showed her full face and knew a frightening amount about just about everyone (while remaining an almost total mystery herself).
Upholder was the kind of person you forgot about unless they were right in front of you, and she was all the more dangerous for it: In battle, the Spymaster was ruthless, cunning and fought dirty. More than once, Warspite had received complaints that the Submarine had outright cheated in combat exercises, Upholder only avoiding punishment because nobody could uncover any proof of the alleged misdeed. In short, she was creepy, probably more deadly than Nelson, and a damn good Head of Intelligence.
To Upholder’s right sat Warspite’s Steward, the stoic and determined Fast Battleship King Edward VIII. While Warspite was the one that set policy and gave orders, it was Edward that made sure that the Queen’s will was carried out. And Edward was quite good at her job: The younger shipgirl was best described as being nearly compulsively well-organized and almost ruthlessly efficient. This was yet another product of the modern Royal Navy possessing a fraction of their pre-Exile resources: Edward and her older sister were the only modern Capital Ships that the Maple Monarchy had so far scrounged up enough funding and material to build, ultimately being a pair of Budget Battleships (in fact, under older classification systems they would have been considered Battlecruisers, and indeed their designs were in effect little more than modernized and economized versions of the older Admiral-class) that traded raw strength for maximized efficiency.
Edward’s Wisdom Cube (and in consequence, her personality) had been shaped by largely by this desire to do more with less. Of course, this had the effect of leaving her with a disposition that was about as interesting as drying paint when she was on duty (ironic, given her namesake’s tendency to be a driving wheel in the Maple Monarchy’s high-society gossip machine), but in many ways Edward’s apparent lack of major personality traits beyond “dutiful stoicism” was far more of a blessing than a curse.
The Fleet Quartermaster was meant to be the silent workhorse of the Navy, and the job was best suited to someone who simply put their head down and worked-a description that fit Edward (who routinely buried herself in mountains of paperwork for hours on end in order to turn shortages into surpluses) to a tee. The hyper-diligent head of Logistics was the shipgirl that squeezed every cent of the Navy’s budget for all it was worth, that made sure the Maple Monarchy’s worn down and overstretched facilities and shipgirls were being kept in fighting shape. Without her, the Royal Navy In Exile probably would have completely fallen apart.
Edward’s older sister King George V was the last shipgirl in the room, rounding out the High Court. George’s christening and commissioning, carried out by her human namesake King-Emperor George V (in one of his last public acts before his health had seriously begun to deteriorate) had been a watershed moment for the Royal Navy In Exile, and indeed the whole British Empire: her status as first modern Capital Ship built in the Maple Monarchy made her into not only a point of national and imperial pride, but also a first step in truly showing the world that the Royal Navy could still carry on, and that the dream of Britannia ruling the waves was far from dead and gone.
The KGV-class sisters were perfect compliments to each other with regards to leading the tattered remnants of Royal Navy into the future. The younger strengthened the Fleet’s ‘body’ while the elder healed its ‘soul’: Where Edward worked to resolve the Fleet’s myriad logistical and material problems, George was the one that was leading the charge to rebuild Royal Navy’s spirit and self-image, dragging it out of nearly two decades of despair and self-pity.
George held the perfect job to fulfill this task: In her capacity as Warspite’s Chancellor, the Fast Battleship was the Fleet’s Head Diplomat, acted as both its liaison to the Maple Monarchy’s human government and its go-to representative when meeting with other navies, becoming the public face of the Navy in the process. As the designated Pride of the Royal Navy In Exile, she was something more: a shining beacon to which the national spirit could rally, the symbol of hope for the Empire’s future, a living monument to the Royal Navy’s continued determination and resilience.
In both roles, George served spectacularly. The Chancellor possessed an outright magnetic personality, able to encourage respect and admiration (if not outright loyalty) almost by her mere presence. And she was always putting action to her appearances: wherever the Royal Navy In Exile ran into trouble, be it her sister’s never-ending struggle with the Fleet’s bureaucracy or Nelson’s duels with the Sirens up in the Arctic, there could be found King George V, inspiring her comrades to victory. She practically radiated the kind of charisma that had been missing from the Fleet throughout Warspite’s reign and carried with her a rekindled version of the fighting spirit that the Royal Navy had lost at Skagerrak.
Many throughout the both the Navy and the Empire at large whispered not-so-quietly that George was far Queenlier than Queen Warspite had ever been. In fact, it was generally assumed among the higher circles of the Fleet (and Maple Monarchy society in general) that the younger, more energetic and more charismatic (and, ahem, “better equipped”) George was being deliberately groomed as Warspite’s successor. This was in fact an idea with a great deal of public support: many of those that remembered the days before the Exile found George a nostalgic harkening back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and certainly found her a more inspiring figure than Warspite (who had never truly taken to the role of Queen, rarely appeared publicly and was deeply stained by the dual shames of Skagerrak and the Exile).
The rumors that Warspite was soon to step down and let George take the reins had gained significant steam after the death of King-Emperor George V. But there was no abdication looming for the Grand Old Lady: despite the part of her that wished to be parted from her Crown of Thorns, Warspite’s pride and honor (or what she still had of them, anyways) prevented her from daring to hand her burdens over to another. The logic was simple and absolute: It was her fault that Elizabeth’s legacy had become so tarnished, and so it was her duty to see things made right. The Grand Old Lady flatly refused to leave behind her mistakes for another to clean up. In the Flagship’s eyes, only by personally leading the Fleet back to glory could she finally excise her demons: Royal Navy’s shame was her shame, and its redemption would be her redemption.
It would be a long and winding road to that redemption, with steps both large and small. Today was to be a small step, the simple matter of leading the High Court’s debriefing (although the subject of the meeting was a far larger matter). Nodding in acknowledgement of her Court Officials, the Queen of the Royal Navy In Exile signaled for the other shipgirls to be seated, a gesture that was quickly followed by the scraping of chairs and the taking of seats. Remaining standing herself, Warspite then formally opened the meeting.
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2020.04.15 08:37 CopyPastePoster Full transcript of DP interview with Anupama

Link of interview - https://youtu.be/Zn6es9JdbsE
Deepika [00:00:06] I feel like I've experienced the worst or maybe in some ways it's more of.
[00:00:13] So having been through that and, you know, coming out of it, everything else seems like you feel like you're prepared for anything that's that life throws at you.
[00:00:23] I think for us to fight, people need to stop thinking of those as dumb. Be good.
[00:00:28] Hi. We got. Hi. I know, I know that you're cleaning stuff. I know you're labeling stuff, including your husband. So I am not going to ask you what you're doing. Well, I don't ask. Have you discovered anything new about yourself during this downtime? Do you think anything fundamental will change?
[00:00:56] For myself personally, I don't think so. In Avin, in a way that. I don't. I feel like.
[00:01:07] I mean, without trying to sound like I'm doing my own, but I feel like most mental illness. I feel like I was on this journey or on this spot already of understanding life beyond materialism. I just one thing to grow and evolve as a person. What my thoughts and beliefs are standing by that. So I feel like. In that sense. I feel like that journey for me already. Like began in 2014. And so I'm not really finding this this period difficult at all. In fact, I think there's a lot of introspection. There's a lot of self realization that I am actually really enjoying this. I seem to be at peace with whatever it is is coming. Are we? You know, I wasn't on the on a back foot when this sort of lockdown was announced. I didn't go into a frenzy about, oh, my God, what are we going to do? How am I going to be, you know? Locked up inside my home for like three weeks. I don't think any of those things. I think in the way that I received it, I was quite I was quite happy with the way I received this information and the way that I reacted. So, yeah, I mean, it's it's so I feel like that journey for me already began. So so do what I feel like. What we're going through right now is not something that I'm personally I mean, you know, I don't mean it in any other way. In terms of what is going on within our country and globaly and in the way that it's impacting people's lives. But for me personally. But yes, I mean, unexpectedly when I learn something from it, I hope so. I mean, I hope. I think that's my realization. I think my realization is that. I was quite impressed with how I dealt with this whole situation.
[00:03:24] Yeah, you you really you see it. What, you paid off in a sense. Right. Because otherwise there's so many distractions all the time.
[00:03:33] Yes. Yes. And I do not know if people were finding it difficult to spend time. I mean, of course, there's me and my husband. It's not like I'm alone in the house. But, you know, a lot of time, a lot of it, even though you have a companion, a lot of it is also having to live within your own mind. You know, it's like you also got to be dependent on each adult 24/7. You also have to give space to the other person. You also have to live on your own in your own head for some time. You need to give the adipose in space. So. I feel like that's that's happening pretty easily, you know. And. There's a lot of beast, there's a lot of gun. There's no anxiety. There's no fear of of what next? Because I think in in my. In my what I feel like I've experienced the worst or maybe in some ways, you know.
[00:04:43] So having been through that and, you know, coming out of it, everything else seems like you feel like you're prepared for anything that's that life throws at you.
[00:04:54] You know, I was reading an article in Vanity Fair magazine, an anecdote about the caption was perhaps a global pandemic is a time for celebrities to stay quiet. And it said good content, which is what the writer called it, said Corbould content. You know, is it just rings as false and distasteful and unaware of the seriousness of the stakes. What what is your response to that?
[00:05:26] I mean, I think it means different things to different people.
[00:05:33] And.
[00:05:36] I think you've got to separate. I think foster five people need to stop thinking of Actos as good. You know, there's this thing that all it's all about, you know, vanity and this sort of life. And I'd say a majority of us are pretty smart, pretty intelligent. And I think we we we kind of like we know what is happening. We know, you know, we understand the serious seriousness of the situation. But I think, you know, like in the movies, there's always several ways of of seeing the same thing. You know, you can see it in a comic way. You can see it in in a direct, serious way. You can see it in a roundabout way. I think different people have different ways of. Receiving information, expressing themselves and, you know, I think there's a lot of people who feel like, yes, we've got the message, we understand the seriousness of it. We are doing everything in our own, you know, within our capacity to stay indoors or to be careful with, you know, social distancing of being responsible towards our mission in terms of what we can give back to the have nots. Beyond that, I mean, what else are we supposed to do? Are we supposed to? I mean, I don't know. You know, and I think as long as you I think every I think everyone who's who understands empathy.
[00:07:13] You know, I think most of us do, I think most of us are.
[00:07:17] And, you know, I think we all feel empathy. And then as long as you have that God, that God Green and all that God and obedient, it doesn't matter whether I put up a post of whatever it might be. So I'm not really sure what this whole conversation is about, to be honest. But I feel like different people have different ways of dealing with it. You know, there's a whole lot of people who don't want to know. You know, I. It also creates a lot of anxiety for a lot of people have constant information about the pandemic and what you should do and what you shouldn't do when he's to understand that there are people who live with mental illness on a daily basis. And and it would cause you further anxiety. So, you know, they're probably looking for folk on in that kind of helps them get their mind off everything that's going around in the world. So, you know, like I said, I think different people receive things differently. Different people react to things differently. And I think as long as you're authentic to who you are in this process of I feel like that's the only way to go about this.
[00:08:28] You know, the guy was talking to econ and he was saying, of course, that a much, much bigger things at play now.
[00:08:38] But when they postponed a D3, he said when we had to put it out, when we knew there was no option, he said it was really disappointing because we loved the films so much and everybody's so excited about it. And, you know, you went on a certain momentum, you're heading to the finish line. And he said it was just like hitting a wall. Well, how did you deal with it? It's a big one. This movie.
[00:09:05] To be honest, I saw it coming a couple of weeks before that decision was all to be made. I feel like you kind of knew that this is weird. You don't even though the actual announcement fit to have been slightly later on when you kind of felt like. Yeah, I think this is where we're headed. And I don't think you're. I mean, at a personal level, I don't think I was thinking about that at all. You know, I think there were other decisions to be made, like with my bed and be okay. Do I need to bring them here or should we be going there? Do we do this lockdown together as a family? They were all, you know, like those kind of thoughts and, you know, making sure that quickly everything around us was, you know, ask as okay as it can be and and taking get over loved ones and. So I think it was more about, you know, survival than, you know, rushing to stock up and, you know, they were all like sort of those kind of things going on in my head. And I don't really think professionally there was any. Good son, G-O-D. I think we had psychologic and sons, I'm sure. I mean, it's not like 80 degrees, the only movie that gets affected people, every single fan, you know. So then you'll feel like, yeah. It's okay. I mean, we're all in this together. You know, whether it's production getting delayed, whether it's films taking a beating, whether it's, you know, the lees's getting pushed. We're all in this together. So we also have to deal with it together.
[00:10:42] When we come out of it, you know, to me, I felt like you really went out on a limb with chuppah as an actor, as a producer. You know, we talked about how hard it was, how challenging it was for you to do this role. And you were really good in the film. I mean, at no point did I think you were not the character, which which is an amazing accomplishment. Did it break your heart when it didn't perform at the box office?
[00:11:13] No, because I think we make an eye and I think all we is knew that it was a challenging one in many ways. It was not your sort of. So I've done a plateau of easy to digest kind of film. I think we knew that right from the start. And I think we were ready for that challenge right from the beginning. And I always say this for Megan and I though the measurement of success of this film is not the box office. It is Daniel down the line. When you see goods like Lakshmi in the mainstream, in offices of, you know, in industries, in, you know, in in the world in the way that we live in. That will be the true success of CHUBBUCK. It is not what you see in the box office. I genuinely believe that the success of CHUBBUCK is is 5, 10 years down the line. And I know at that point we will all know that Chapa had a small role to play in that movement.
[00:12:22] Did you what did you learn from the experience?
[00:12:28] So much.
[00:12:31] And, you know, is it like professional, is it wasn't it? I think I felt like like I noted every little. As a producer, so what do I believe in? What do I stand for? What are the kind of things that we want to make as an actor? I think I was to do where I am in my life and wanting to push the needed. You know, at so many levels, understanding the life of an acid attack survivor that, you know, you you just sort of read about stories like this, but then when you actually live the life of an acid attack, survival. The highs and the lows of that life. You know, if if you don't come out, oh, forget it. Dull and unfulfilling, having evolved as a blessing and having done something, then you know you're not doing something right.
[00:13:29] But did it toughen you up that begun? Do you feel like you can take on more now?
[00:13:36] Oh, yeah.
[00:13:39] Yeah, I mean it in one way. Yes, of course, of course. I know. I've always been open to that challenge.
[00:13:44] I don't feel like it. In fact, I spin it on its head and see, I think I've always been ready for that challenge. And that's why when Chubbuck came to me, I was like, yes, yes, of course. You know, I will do this and we will do whatever it takes to make this movie. So, yeah, I I feel like I've always been ready. I've always been up for challenges.
[00:14:09] Okay. And we knew about SHUKMAN. But is there anything else that you're considering have signed or. It's brewing as we speak?
[00:14:18] Yes. Yes. Nothing that I can speak of. But yes, there's certainly stuff that, you know, that I'm exploiting, scripts that I'm reading, you know, meetings that was set up before this happened. So definitely. But I mean, of course, things are going to change now. It's you know, I think everybody's date situation is going to sort of play out differently in the way that we thought about it maybe a month ago. So the you know, we all have to deal with it when this kind of pans out. But of course, I mean, that is most definitely stuff that I'm looking at. Apart from shock, when so often there's the in done that. So you announced the idea. Yes. You know, when we know who the director is, also what we make that announcement. This is not the time to be talking about this thing. We make that announcement when, you know, when we get out of this.
[00:15:13] Tell me, did you find the love story that you so badly wanted?
[00:15:16] When we spoke in Cannes last, you know, I can't believe the pick up otakon cannot find a great love story. Yeah, but I feel like it.
[00:15:31] Don, is there is the film in that space. I'm not I'm not into that story. But it is that G.E.D. suite. You know, just that year, Jovana ish, goyish like these daughters in my head. But, you know, that's sort of sweet and good, sweet, simple message. You know, it makes you feel good. But it also makes you think a little bit of maybe just, you know, half a deal.
[00:16:02] You know, it's it's it's in that space. I feel that the precision of that Hoffert deal. I know you announced that that you will do when you got posted on your. So show me that does that you've donated to the gas fund. But this is also a very, very challenging time in terms of mental health, which is a cause very close to your heart. Is the foundation going to be working alongside, you know, for the pandemic in any way?
[00:16:31] Yes, we have. In fact, we've been very actively creating awareness about what one can do in this situation for people who, you know, who live with mental illness. And that's sort of actually be the next conversation for a foreign leader need to really focus on on mental health. And I think that's really important. I feel like it's one of those things that has been under-represented, not not enough focused on mental health in a crisis like this. And so it's great that I think everyone's donating to food and, you know, the medical for donor B and mosques and various various things. And that's great. But there's also. Mentally, is that so important? That hasn't been highlighted enough, that hasn't been spoken about enough, and dealing with it in itself is not part of dusk. And then to go through something like this makes it even harder. And so you'd probably see me in the next couple of days and weeks actually speaking more about mental health in this time.
[00:17:58] Like you said, that the film industry is all going we're all going through this together. And, you know, everybody will come together and figured out the way forward when when hopefully this should pass soon. Tell me, what is your biggest concern? Because entertainment globaly has been hit so badly. It's the first time in the history of cinema that the box office is zero. It's never happened before. As a producer, as an artist, what is your biggest concern with this?
[00:18:31] All.
[00:18:35] To be honest. I know, I feel like.
[00:18:41] There's there's no magic to this. There's no sort of any kind of deep down information that you can rely on, because I feel like what we're going through has never happened. Exactly. So.
[00:18:53] So.
[00:18:55] There's no way of saying. When we come out of this, this is how it will pan out because we we've never been and not just for the film industry in every single industry, I don't think. And I don't think we in our generation, at least in Alabamans generation, in times when these grandfather, who's 90 or 90 plus in he has never experienced something like this. He's fought wars. He's you know, he's been a part of the partition and he's been a part of so much. But he still says this is unprecedented. He's never expedients come in like this. So. There's nothing to sort of fall back on or lean, lean on and say, okay. We feel like this is what if we open up to be in Europe, know this is how we can kind of measure and then course. Correct. I just guess the millions and millions of rupees that that. I pretended to be lost. You know, and anyway, I feel like the defend making business is not really a lucrative business in that sense. Most people do it because they're just passionate about getting stories. And in recent times, there is a perception of the millions and millions and, you know, of the hundred crore office, but that's all perception. How much of produce so actually makes. I think that in that sense, that cash in hand, if you like, that are very, very few successful producers will actually eventually make. Enough money on a film. So to have to deal with that enele and then to kind of go through what we're going through. I don't know. Honestly, I don't know. I don't know, I mean, there are so many feel as though, you know. I'm trying to think about it as we speak. But I'd be interesting, I'd be interested to know your thoughts on this and if you could, anything or how you feel this would find out.
[00:21:10] Well, you know, like you said, they because this there is no there is no precedent for this. We've never seen this situation before. Oh, I know. They're looking at maybe it does opening in June or July or even later. You know, Hollywood is now clocking dates in September.
[00:21:28] But even then, people are going to feel safe to come out. And then what happens? I wonder to the small little film, you know, to those big budget movies that people only come out for the Penfolds. Does this divide between, you know, the mid-level film and the big film become even full? What happens to all the all the small potatoes? You know, the small potatoes, cheese. You know, what does this do to our viewing habits? It's so noisy. I love the theatrical expedients so much that it's frightening to contemplate.
[00:21:59] Jake? Right. And you know, there's this conversation now about some Finns link only digital and not have a theatrical release. And these are unprecedented times and you know. I don't know. I don't know. I don't think anyone knows.
[00:22:19] But definitely because what do you think is the role of art at a time like this?
[00:22:28] Well, I think it's for one. I think it's great for people with mental illness. So whether it's watching certain kinds of movies or whether it's music, I think music is therapy for a lot of people. Cooking, stitching, coloring. You know, I think all of those things. You know, so for one, it's you may not even realize it, but it definitely has a positive impact on on your mental health. But at the same time, what dad, what up people in the arts doing at this point? I don't know. I think some people are just, you know. Oh, working out some people cooking someone's cleaning. And some people are doing it out of no choice because you don't have help like you probably would under normal circumstances. And then some people are doing it because it's just fun and you don't get to do it on delays. Yeah.
[00:23:30] With to your finding yourself at that piece and sort of using this time very productively, which is which is the name of your Instagram series, How to be Productive. I think so, I mean, to be honest, I'm always I've always been that person.
[00:23:44] I don't get it. I'm not like all my life. I've. I don't think you'll ever heal me. Samso bored of I'm never bored. I'm always thinking of things to do, whether it's in the kitchen, whether it's in the hall or whether it's on my phone, you know, whether it's watching something. There's always things that I think cough in my head of things that I can do from the smallest thing to the biggest thing. You know, I'm always thinking of what I can do. So I'm not someone who is able to said, you know, in fact, my mother's always said, like, can you just sip it and keep saying it? Music. Can you can you sit in one place? Can you can you not like have to do something all the time? I don't know. Because I'm always up to something. I'm always doing something. My mind is always engaged and occupied. He calls it Putt-Putt. He's like, yeah. I mean, he complains on the family group. She's like you said. And I sprained my back of two days ago when I was cleaning. So I sprayed my back and then I was bored. So he made sure before he went down to the gym, he said, you know, you're not moving from here. You've speed your back. And he made a surprise visit in 20 minutes. And I was not in my bed. I was actually up on a shelf trying to clean something. And he got really wide. Is that can you not do this all the time? Did you just sit in one place? You enjoyed your back. So I find it really difficult to just sit in one place and not winning.
[00:25:10] I know, I know. I am. My husband guns me. Gilady, you know, Gilady feeding.
[00:25:18] Said, I think the only time I really sit down is not dying when we're having Dinaw and we actually are watching either a TV series or watching a movie. That's probably the only time at the end of the damage. Huh? OK, now I can sit and eat and watch something.
[00:25:36] Listen, it's a wonderful thing. It's a wonderful thing. And I don't I don't I feel I'm not complaining. It's given me time to reconnect with my home.
[00:25:47] I mean, not that I'm not aware or fall off for this, but I think the last couple of years was just so busy. And you're out all the time. And, you know, so whether it's things I know people make fun of like or she's labeling of groceries or whatever, but it actually, you know, I went into the kitchen yesterday and I cooked up an entire Thai meal and it was easy for me because I knew exactly what was where. I knew where the dishes will I. And that's where I started off from. You know, a lot of people who feel like. This is a life like I've always lived, but I've worked to get to where I am. I started off moving to Bombay. I lived in that. They did a block and I lived alone. There were days when I'd come back from work and, you know, you'd have this home delivery as easy as it used to be. There were days when I would like Ordell in food. I mean, I had to order in every meal because I didn't know how to cook. I'd come back late at night and, you know, eat good food because I was exhausted from work. I'd let you just take it out of the fridge, eat whatever hot food you got that was there from the morning, clean my house, gone to work, done by Dandala. I've done all of that. So this is easy for me. This is really easy for me. And I enjoy it. I enjoy being around the house and doing stuff.
[00:27:05] Listen, keep enjoying. I just hope this doesn't last too long and we get to enjoy a meal to see you on screen rather than on Instagram. Well, thank you so much. It's always such. I hear you. Thank you. Thank you.
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2020.01.17 14:46 sw04ca X-Men Character Discussion #32 - Warpath/James Proudstar

This week I didn't have as much time as I normally do, but I figured we'd look at one of the later additions to the New Mutants, a character who was actually a rival to the team when we first meet him. James Proudstar, also known as Warpath (and for a short time, Thunderbird). He was introduced in the mid-Eighties as part of the Hellions, created by Chris Claremont to provide a foil for the New Mutants. Over the years, he moved into heroism and became an X-Man. Here's a few quick thoughts about Warpath.
Summing up, Warpath has been a pretty good secondary character, especially during the last fifteen years. He's a serious character that works very well in dramatic, heroic stories with high stakes and where the characters aren't worried about taking a life. James kind of languished during the Nineties, but apart from that he's been one of the more low-key interesting charactersin his cohort. So what do you think about Warpath?
For those of you looking for a little more information, here's an article written by Zachary Jenkins over at the Xavier Files.
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2019.12.03 15:52 kawaiisovietball Know Your Shipfu - 013

Know Your Shipfu - 013
#Know_your_shipfu - 013
HMS Glasgow (C21) - The Scottish (Careless) Maid
I. Overview
HMS Glasgow (C21) was a Southampton-subclass, Town-class light cruiser of the Tea Royal Navy and the 7th ship to hear the name. As opposed to some of her fellow mates, Glasgow was a more careless maid as she accidentally sank 2 friendly ships (think twice if anyone is looking to appoint her to be the chief maid). However, she did take part in many actions in the Atlantic as well as in the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. Together with many of her sisters, Glasgow was put into reserve after the war before being scrapped in the late 50s.
II. Specifications
1. Name Glasgow
2. Namesake City of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
3. Class Town
4. Subclass Southampton
5. Motto "Memor es tuorum" - "Be mindful of your ancestors"
6. Type Light cruiser (CL)
7. Laid down April 17, 1935 at Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock, UK
8. Launched June 20, 1936
9. Commissioned September 9, 1937
10. Struck March 1958
11. Fate Scrapped July 8, 1958
12. Displacement 9,100 tons
13. Propulsion 4x Admiralty 3-drum boilers. Four-shaft Parsons geared turbines
14. Power generated 75,000 shp
15. Maximum speed 32 knots (59 kph)
16. Max. operating range Complement: 748
17. Size 1. Length: 558 ft (170 m)
2. Beam: 61 ft 8 in (18.80 m)
3. Draft: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
18. Radar Type 286M -> Type 271 (1942) -> Type 283 radar (1944)
19. Main armament 4x3 BL 6-inch (152 mm) Mk XXIII guns -> 3x3 BL 6-inch (152 mm) Mk XXIII guns
20. Anti-aircraft armament 1. Large-caliber: 4x2 QF 4-inch (102 mm) Mk XVI guns
2. Medium-caliber: 2x2 QF 2-pounder (40 mm) pom-pom anti-aircraft guns -> 4x4 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns (1944)
3. Small-caliber: 2x4 0.5-inch (12.7 mm) AA machine guns
21. Torpedo 2x3 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (removed 1944)
22. Aircraft carried 2x Supermarine Walrus aircrafts (later removed)
III. Operational history
Glasgow, maybe prewar
Glasgow was ordered on December 17, 1934 at the Scotts Shipbuilding Company in Greenock as part of the Royal Navy's expansion program. She was the 7th ship to bear the name, with the first being a Scottish 6th-rate ship and the 6th one being a 1910 Town-class cruiser. She was laid down on April 16, 1935 and launched on June 20, 1936 by Mrs. Lucy Baldwin, the wife of former PM Stanley Baldwin. Glasgow-chan joined the maid team on September 9, 1937 after being completed. She was assigned to 2nd Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet.
Glasgow spent the first years of her career uneventful with some naval exercises and "flag showing". In May and June 1939, Glasgow and her big sister Southampton escorted liner RMS Empress of Australia carrying King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on their Royal visits to Canada and the US before escorting them back to the UK on Empress of Australia's sister, RMS Empress of Britain (both belongs to Canadian Pacific Line). In July 1939, Captain Frank Pegram was appointed the commander of the ship.
With war being inevitable, on September 2, 1939, Glasgow was detached for patrol off Norway with Humber Force to intercept commerce raiders and blockade runners. The following day, Britain declared war on Germany, and on September 4, Glasgow and J-class destroyer Jersey (has got an episode on her, I can translate it may anyone want) intercepted German freighter Johannes Molken Buhr, which was later scuttled by her own crew. Glasgow was later sent to patrol in Skaggerak with her sisters Southampton, Sheffield-chan and Arethusa-class Aurora. However, due to Javelin-chan and Jersey-chan collided with each other, the mission was cancelled and they returned to Rosyth. 4 days later, Glasgow was sent to escort damaged submarine Spearfish back to her home base, during which, Glasgow-chan was attacked by enemy aircrafts without success.
With reports of Gneisenau in the area, Glasgow escorted Hood-neesan and Repulse in search for the new German battlecruiser. While returning to Britain, Glasgow and fellow sisters Southampton and Edinburgh was attacked by Luftwaffe's aircrafts, who dropped 120 bombs on them. Fortunately, Glasgow-chan wasn't damaged. Later on, Glasgow and Edinburgh escorted convoy KJ 003 made of 19 tankers from October 22 to 24. Towards the end of November, Glasgow joined 2 destroyers in search of German liner Bremen. She was then diverted to search for escaping Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in seek of revenging the sinking of armed merchant cruiser Rawalpindi. A week later, Glasgow took part in the unsuccessful search for American merchantman City of Flint, which had been captured by Deutschland. In December 1939, she escorted three convoys: HN 003, ON 004/1, ON 006/1 with another convoy, ON 007/1 in early January.
Glasgow was transferred to another maid team, the 18th Cruiser Squadron on January 7, 1940. There, along with Newcastle, she escorted 6 convoys in January 1940. Glasgow captured German trawler Herrlichkeit off Tromsø on February 12 before returning to Belfast for repairs 5 days later, which last for a month. After repairs were completed, Glasgow-chan returned to action, just as the German was launching Operation Weserübung. On April 7, Glasgow sailed with Berwick, Portlandshire and York to intercept German warships in the area. Two days later, Glasgow-chan and her fleet was attacked by German Ju 88 and He 111 bombers off Bergen, which scored two near misses. The near misses caused minor flooding to the ship, knocking out her "A" turret and killed 2 of her crew. Things were worse for her teammates as Tribal-class destroyer leader Gurkha was sunk during the air attack. After this, Glasgow-chan was detached with Sheffield to Britain for repairs on the following day. While en route, they was involved in another air attack, with no damage sustained.
After a very short 22-hour repair, Glasgow was assigned with Sheffield and 6 Tribal-class destroyer leaders to land troops in Harstad and Namsos as part of Operation Henry and Harry. Galatea joined Glasgow and Sheffy in Operation Sickle, the landing of the 15th Infantry Brigade in Åndalsnes on April 23. 6 days later, Glasgow embarked the King of Norway, King Haakon VII and Crown Prince Olav, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Halvdan Kolt and Minister of Defense Birger Ljungberg. Under the escort of Jackal and Javelin-chan, Glasgow arrived in Scapa Flow on May 1. Later that week, Glasgow embarked the Royal Marines at Greenock and carried out the initial occupation of Iceland during Operation Fork. The Marines disembarked at Reykjavik on May 10, under the protection of heavy cruiser Berwick, Glasgow as well as two F-class destroyers Fearless and Fortune. They carried out patrols in Iceland before sailing back to Liverpool for some refit. During her month-long refit in Liverpool, Italy declared war on Britain, and so on June 10, Glasgow's crew captured Italian freighter Gambiano.
Underway in the Mediterrenean
Returning to action in July, Glasgow-chan joined her big sister Southampton and the Salty Sussex and Shropshire. However, in the thick (bloody) British fog off Duncansby Head on July 16, our careless little maid collided with destroyer HMS Imogen. The collision caused extensive fire abroad and heavy flooding to the little destroyer. Imogen had to be abandoned and later sank. The incident resulted in nineteen of Imogen's crew and two of Glasgow's lost their lives. After rescuing the I-class destroyer crew, Glasgow returned to Liverpool and stayed there 3 months for repairs.
Late October 1940 saw Glasgow escorting Arklolicon and Barham to Gibraltar. There, she joined Force X to transport troops to Malta. After arriving in Malta on November 7, Glasgow joined the 7th Cruiser Squadron. She screened Lusty in her raid on Italian fleet in Taranto. 3 days later, Glasgow, along with Berwick, Gloucester and HMAS Sydney landed 3,400 troops in Piraeus, Greece. Later that month and in early December, Glasgow-chan escorted convoys MW 4 and ME 4 with Force E and Force F. While anchored at Suda Bay in Crete on December 3, Glasgow was attacked by a Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 flown by Italian ace Carlo Emanuele Buscaglia. 2 torpedoes hit the British cruiser, knocking out her propellers. Therefore, Glasgow-chan was sent to Alexandria for temporary repairs in January 1941.
Damaged Glasgow was sent to the Indian Ocean in early 1941 to protecc convoys from potential enemies. On February 15, Glasgow escorted some 4 landing ships through the Suez Canal. Later on, she was deployed with Hermes, (the salty) Shropshire, Emerald and her sister Enterprise (the British E-class cruiser, not the American legend Enty or Belfast x Enty, okay?) and Australian heavy cruisers Australia and Canberra to search for German cruiser Admiral Scheer, who had just sunk Canadian freighter Canadian Cruiser and AMC HMCS Rantaupandjang (Rawalpindi's little sister). On February 22, one of Glasgow's two Walrus spotted Admiral Scheer. However, fuel shortages prevented them from chasing down the German raider. A month later, Glasgow was deployed with Caledon, two K-class destroyers and two Indian trawler to provide support for the invasion of Italian Somaliland, as part of Operation Appearance.
After the successful landing in Somaliland, Glasgow joined HMS Cornwall, Portlandshire, Phoebe and HMAS Canberra as escort for convoy WS 6 from April 10-13, later relieved by C-class cruiser Colombo. Later in April, Glasgow relieved old heavy cruiser Hawkins to escort WS 7 until May 7. Our maid was sent to search for German commerce raider Pinguin later in May. From June 1941 to February 1942, Glasgow joined in convoy defense operations and escorted convoys WS 11 and WS 12. Another friendly fire incident occurred at midnight on December 9, 1941 when our careless maid opened fire with her 6-inch on friendly Indian patrol ship Prabhavati, mistaken her for a surfacing Japanese submarine. Prabhavati was sunk and Glasgow had to rescue the ship's survivors and sent them to Bombay.
With Enterprise in Singapore, 1942
In March, Glasgow escorted convoy WS 16 with her sister Newcastle. On April 1, she was relieved by Colombo and armed merchant cruiser Aleunia so that she can move to the US for repairs in April. Arriving in Brooklyn Naval Shipyard in New York on May 6 after a passage through Mombasa, Glasgow went through a month-long repair before returning to Britain. There, she was equipped with a new Type 284 fire-control radar and Type 271 airborne warning radar. New Oerlikons were also equipped to Glasgow-chan. She returned to Britain in August and arrived at Scapa Flow on September 3, 1942.
King George VI inspecting the ship in Scapa Flow
Upon arrival, Glasgow-chan was reassigned to the 10th Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet and assigned to the task of escorting British convoy bound for the Soviet Union. After some period of retrain and repairs lasted until December 1942, Glasgow was ready for action by the beginning of 1943. On January 20, 1943, Glasgow-chan was deployed with Bermuda and the salty cruiser Kent (hey shikika..) to screen Convoy JW 52 and returning convoy RA 52. She then patrolled around Icelandic waters and was involved in a minor incident on February 23. While anchoring at Seidisfjord, heavy weather dragged Glasgow and she was grounded. After a short repair, Glasgow-chan escorted King George V and her sister Howe to provide distant escort for homebound convoy RA 53 from Kola Inlet. Later in March, Glasgow encountered German blockade runner Regensberg carrying rubber, tungsten and many valuable goods from Japan. Unwanted to get their valuable supplies got captured by the also material-hungering Britain, the crew of Regensberg scuttled their ship. In heavy weathers, only 6 of the runner’s crew survived and was rescued by Glasgow. After some patrols in the Arctic, Glasgow was sent to a warmer place, the Southwest Approach to hunt for German blockade runners and commerce raiders.
In Scapa Flow, date unknown, maybe during her second deployment to the Arctic in late 42- early 43
The first action where our maid was involved was some action against French coastal shipping on June 12 with Crown Colony-class cruiser Bermuda, who joined Glasgow during JW 52. A week later, Glasgow escorted carrier Archer and corvettes of Escort Group B5 to hunt for submarines from Brest. By the end of the month, Glasgow provided Ocean Escort for minelaying operation of the 1st Minelaying Squadron in Northern Barrage. In late July, Glasgow joined Canadian destroyers HMCS Athabaskan, Iroquois and Polish destroyer ORP Orkan for assault patrols in the Bay of Biscay. After operations in the Bay of Biscay, she was anchored at Devonport Dockyard for repairs that last for a month, where her Walruses and catapults got removed to make room for additional Oerlikons and she was fitted with the new Type 283 Fire-Control Radar. She also had a new commander, Captain Charles Clark. On October 26, 1943, Glasgow embarked First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham and undertake the internment of the ashes of the old First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, who have just passed away on October 21 off Nab Tower. After that, she participated in Operation Tunnel series of attacks on French coastal shipping in November 1943. In December, Glasgow and Gambia took part in Operation Stonewall, the interception of blockade runners returning to occupied French from Japan. After 2 weeks of patrol, a Sunderland flying boat sighted German blockade runners Alsterufer, who was carrying precious Tungsten and rubber on December 27. Thus, Glasgow, Enterprise (again the E-class), Penelope and Ariadne were sent to capture the merchantman. This would lead into the Battle of the Bay of Biscay.
Painting by Norman Wilkinson, Glasgow and Enterprise firing at German ships during The Battle of the Bay of Biscay, 1943
The Kriegsmarine sent two flotillas to escort Alsterufer home: the 4th Torpedo Boat Flotilla consisted of torpedo boats T22, T23, T24 and T26 and the 8th Destroyer Flotilla consisted of Niimi-chan and her sisters Z24, Z27, Z32, Z37 and two torpedo boats T25 and T27. By 04:00 on December 28, the two German flotillas were waiting south of Cape Clear, but Alsterufer was nowhere to be seen. Unknown to the German, the blockade runner was sunk by Liberator bombers from Czechoslovak No. 311 Squadron and the No. 86 Squadron. By midday, the two German flotillas met each other. One hour later, they were spotted by Allied aircrafts. Meanwhile, a Fw 200 Condor bomber detected Glasgow and Enterprise, and attacked them. As they were detected, Glasgow changed her course towards the Northeast. At 13:32, from a range of 16 miles, Glasgow-chan detected the German destroyers. Captain Clark ordered Glasgow to open fire at Niimi with her “A” and “B” turrets, guided by the newly installed Type 273 radar. Enterprise followed some few minutes later. In the first minutes of the battle, though being targeted, Niimi wasn't damaged. Our Soviet German protagonist launched 6 of her torpedoes at a range of 17,000 meters. Niimi-chan and her sister Z24 returned fire with their 15 cm, almost hitting Glasgow and Enterprise. At 14:05, Glasgow was hit in the “A” boiler room by either of the destroyers, killing two seamen who were manning the pom-pom and further wounded three. By 14:18, both German flotillas was involved in action. High seas prevented the torpedo boats from launching their torpedoes, so only destroyers Z32 and Z37 could launch their torpedoes at Glasgow. With 10 torpedoes heading for her, Glasgow-chan had to take evasive maneuvers. Glasgow was almost hit by a torpedo as she and Enterprise was baiting them. After the second torpedo run, the German boats laid smoke turned away.
During the Battle of the Bay of Biscay, Dec. 28 1943
At 14:35, Glasgow reversed her course to chase down the retreating German. By this time, Glasgow and Enterprise was separated after the torpedobait and was acting independently. The German launched another torpedo attack against the charging British cruisers, whilst the two British were keeping accurate 6-inch shots. At around 14:38, after firing her first salvo of torpedoes, Z27 was critically damaged by a 6-inch shell from Enterprise, causing fire and slowing the German destroyer down. After being hit, Z27 launched the second salvo of 4 torpedoes, however, just like the first salvo, no torpedoes hit the British cruisers.
Meanwhile, Glasgow was concentrating her fire on torpedo boat T25. The little *Elbing-*class torpedo boat was hit in her aft torpedo tubes area, killing many of her crew. A second shell hit T25’s funnel, immobilize her. Being a sitting duck at that moment, T25 requested her big sis T22 to cover for her. In the meantime, Glasgow shifted fire towards T25’s sister, T26. T26 was bracketed by near misses from the accurate radar-guided guns from Glasgow and was critically hit with a shell right into her boiler room at 14:40, slowing the ship down. T22, trying to help her crippled sister, was focused by Enterprise, who hit her with shells and fragments from the near misses. After firing her 10.5 cm guns and all of her torpedoes, which proved harmless to the cruisers, T22 laid smoke and retreated.
Enterprise finished off the crippled T26 at 14:45 with a single torpedo whereas Glasgow hit Z27’s magazine at point-blank range, sinking the drifting destroyer in a large magazine explosion which killed most of her staff. Enterprise fired her guns and a torpedo, which reduce T25 to a burning and sinking wreck by 14:50. The British cruisers, low on ammunition and fuel, withdrew towards Plymouth.
The Battle of the Bay of Biscay was a complete victory for the British. Glasgow and Enterprise sank a destroyer (Z27) and two torpedo boats (T25 and T26) and further severely damaged another TB, T22 while receiving minimal damage to themselves. 532 Kriegsmarine’s sailors were killed during the battle, further lowering Kriegsmarine's morale after Scharnhorst was sunk in the Battle of the North Cape 2 days earlier. The failure in Bay of Biscay and North Cape marked a sour end of 1943 for the German. From then on, in addition to the lost of 3 blockade runners in the South Atlantic, Germany could only trade with her only real ally, Japan, via small little submarines, hampering her supplies.
After the Battle of the Bay of Biscay, Glasgow and Enterprise withdrew to Britain. En route, they were attacked by He 177 armed with Fritz-X Glider bomb on December 28. Neither of the ship was hit, however. They arrived at Plymouth the following day. Glasgow was repaired for some weeks before returning to defend convoys MKF 026, MKF 028A and MKF 029 from mid January to mid-March.
Bombarding Cherbourg, June 25, 1944. USS Quincy in the background
In April, Glasgow joined US Western Task Force consisted of USN battleships Texas and Arkansas, Free French cruiser Montcalm and Georges Leygues, nine USN destroyers and three Royal Navy Hunt-class destroyers. During Operation Neptune, they took part in bombardment exercises in Cape Wrath. On D-Day (June 6, 1944), Glasgow took part in the bombardment of the Omaha Beach with ships of Force C. She continued this action until June 20, when her squadron was detached to bombard the port of Cherbourg. After returning to Portland on the following day, Glasgow again joined her peer Enterprise, US battleship Shounen Nevada and two Pacific veteran Tuscaloosa and Quincy in Task Force 129. Together, they carried out the bombardment of Cherbourg on June 25, which Glasgow was hit by two shells from shore batteries, damaging her electrical system. On June 30, Glasgow withdrew to Belfast for a nine-month-long refit. During the time, Glasgow-chan was fitted with new radars and additional anti-aircraft armament. Her “X” turret was removed in favour of additional Bofors.
After a long refit, Glasgow was back in action by May 1945. By this time, Germany had surrendered, so she was transferred to the Indian Ocean to fight the already desperate Japanese Empire. On August 22, 1945, Glasgow sailed with Jamaica to the British East Indies Fleet. By this time, Japan had got nuked and was preparing for surrender.
On October 5, 1945, Glasgow relieved Phoebe as the flagship of the 5th Cruiser Squadron. After serving in the Indian Ocean for two years, she steamed back to Portsmouth and was put into reserve. Later in September 1948, after being recommissioned for active service, Glasgow was appointed the flagship of the British West Indies Station. She attended the Halifax bicentenary celebrations in Nova Scotia in 1949. In October 1950, she returned to Britain and was refitted at Chatham before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet in 1951. Glasgow was appointed the flagship of the Malta station, under Admiral the Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
Lord Mountbatten aboard Glagow, 1952
2 years later, she and her crew took part in film “Sailor of the King” as the fictional cruiser HMS Cambridge. In the same year, Glasgow-chan took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Together with Town-class cruisers Gambia and Bermuda, new cruiser Eagle, seven destroyers, Glasgow-chan escorted the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh aboard Royal Yacht HMY Britannia on their world tour when they arrived at Malta on May 2, 1954. With Gambia, she took part in the withdrawal of the 40th Royal Marines Commando Brigade from Port Said, Sudan, giving the independence to the African nation.
In 1955, after 5 years of serving in Malta, Glasgow returned to Britain and joined the Flag Officer D Flotilla of the Home Fleet. In late 1955, Glasgow-chan was decommissioned in Portsmouth. However, with the Suez Canal Crisis in 1956, she was temporary called back before being officially decommissioned in November 1956. Glasgow was considered a surplus at the time of economic hardship and the budget was tight, so she was put on the disposal list in March 1958. In July 4, 1958, Glasgow was sold to BISCO for scrapping and left Portsmouth. She was broken up on July 8, 1958 at Hughes Bolckow’s yard in Blyth.
IV. In Azur Lane
In-game Glasgow
Glasgow was put into the game in the mid-November update. She is a Rare ship which can be obtained through the Light Construction Pool with a build time of 01:25:00. Upon her introduction, there was a short period when her Construction Rate was increased for 2.5%. Glasgow is still unvoiced.
Similar to most light cruiser, Glasgow-chan has three equipment slots for CL Guns (115%->135%), Torpedoes (120%->130% and Anti-Air Guns (110%) . Glasgow has two class-specified Assault Skills: “Full Firepower” which increase her own firepower and “All Out Barrage” which triggers her class’ barrage. She also has a Defensive Skill, “Swift Defender” (related to the fact that she defended many convoys?) which reduces damage dealt to the fleet.
In the wiki, there is something wrong with the translation of her Self Intro line as Glasgow could never taken part in the Battle of the North Cape, as she was busy fighting the German destroyers off France when the battle occurred. Also in her Self-Intro, she mentioned having bad eyesight, related to the fact that she rammed and sank Imogen in foggy weather and mistook Prabhavati for a Japanese loliboat. (So, buy her glass :> ). Secretary 1 and 2 referred to her sisters Newcastle and Sheffield. Glasgow also have Additional Lines when sortieing with her sisters Sheffield, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle and her big sis Southampton.
(Low resolution) \"A Maid In Class\" skin
Glasgow has got a skin, “A Maid In Class” for 780 green Jap cats (u know wot oi mean.)
V. Sources
1. References
Soft reference: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Glasgow_%28C21%29
Detailed service log: Naval History http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-06CL-Glasgow.htm
2. In Azur Lane
Default skin https://blhx.fandom.com/wiki/Glasgow?file=Glasgow.png
"A Maid in Class" skin https://azurlane.koumakan.jp/Glasgow/Gallery#A_Maid_in_Class
3. IRL
Prewar https://www.naval-history.net/Photo06clGlasgow1NP.jpg
King on board https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:HMS_Glasgow_(C21)#/media/File:HMS_Glasgow_visit.jpg#/media/File:HMS_Glasgow_visit.jpg)
During Bay of Biscay, 1943 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:HMS_Glasgow_(C21)#/media/File:The_Royal_Navy_during_the_Second_World_War_HMS_Glasgow_4-inch_AA_gun_crew_A_21143.jpg#/media/File:The_Royal_Navy_during_the_Second_World_War_HMS_Glasgow_4-inch_AA_gun_crew_A_21143.jpg)
Mediterreanean https://alchetron.com/HMS-Glasgow-(C21)#demo#demo)
Singapore, 1942 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:HMS_Glasgow_(C21)#/media/File:HMS_Glasgow_and_Enterprise_Singapore_1942_AWM_302397.jpeg#/media/File:HMS_Glasgow_and_Enterprise_Singapore_1942_AWM_302397.jpeg)
Norway https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a6/11/44/a6114407c6f36b73ffe611298f59ae69.jpg
Cherbourg https://www.dday-overlord.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/hms_glasgow-1.jpg
Biscay drawing, 1943 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Bay_of_Biscay#/media/File:Nmm_nmmg_bhc0686_large(2).jpg.jpg)
Postwar, 1952 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:HMS_Glasgow_(C21)#/media/File:HMS_Glasgow_Mounbatten.jpg#/media/File:HMS_Glasgow_Mounbatten.jpg)
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2018.12.03 21:23 elixtarnar Sziget 2019 Rumour Mill

You asked for more leaks, but even I don't know what names will Sziget announce next. However, in this post you can find below a list of acts that Sziget could get, because they have gigs in Europe in August!
Last edits:
12.03.2018. Reason: added more Reading & Leeds names to the list + Frequency Festival names + suggestions.
12.04.2018. Reason: added names from the Boardmasters Festival UK + other suggestions
12.07.2018 Cut out Balaton Sound names
12.10.2018 Added Father John Misty (gig in Portugal), Scorpions, Slayer, Major Lazer + other Bloodstock Open Air heavy metal acts
12.11.2018 Added Tame Impala & others that are performing at Flow Festival + Highfield Festival names + New Order
12.13.2018 Added Sonus Festival (Croatia) acts
12.15.2018 + Oscar and the Wolf (Belgium gig), Sting (France), Ariana Grande (European stadium gigs)
12.16.2018 + Deadmau5 (Creamfields) & Jess Glyne (UK)
12.19.2018 + Kylie Minogue (UK gig) + The Good, The Bad & the Queen (Luxembourg gig) + Indie Music Festival (Ireland) + Awake (Romania) + Victorious (UK) names + Frequency Festival (Austria) new names
12.20.2018 + Boomtown (UK) names
12.23.2018 + Madness (UK gig)
01.23.2019 Added suggestions from comments + Pstereo, South West Four, Ms Dockville & Øyafestivalen names.
01.25.2019 + The Chemical Brothers + Bay Fest (Italy) names
01.28.2019 + ArcTanGent Festival (UK) & Paredes de Coura (Portugal) names
01.29.2019 Added Blue Moon Festival (Netherlands) + some Green Man (UK) names
01.30.2019 + Lowlands Festival (Netherlands) names
01.31.2019 Added Reading & Leeds (UK) new names
02.01.2019 Added Deerhunter (Portugal) + Check in Party Festival (France) & Way Out West (Sweden) + Lokerse Feesten (Belgium) names
02.02.2019 Added The Darkness (touring with Ed Sheeran) + Edinburgh Summer Sessions (UK) names
02.07.2019 + Boardmasters (UK), South West Four (UK), Tsunami Xixon (Spain) & SonneMondSterne Festival (Germany) names
02.08.2019 Added Jugendfest (Norway) names
02.11.2019 Added Boomtown (UK) acts
02.12.2019 Cut out this day's Sziget announcement + added Rock En Seine (France) names
02.13.2019 Added Victorious Festival (UK) names
02.14.2019 + FEST Festival (Poland) & Flow Festival (Finland) acts
02.28.2019 + Fall In Love (Romania), Festival Forte (Portugal), MEO Sudoeste (Portugal), Wilderness (UK), Neopop (Portugal) & Untold Festival (Romania) names
03.05.2019 + New Horizons (Germany) & The Qontinent (Belgium) names
The list is the one that can be found here, but I cut out the names that Sziget already announced.
If you know / see any other interesting acts that are playing festivals / gigs in Europe in August, please comment here and we'll update the list with those names!
In this topic we can also discuss who would you want at Sziget or who do you think that will announce August dates in Europe, as there are some acts that are performing in June and July in Europe, but didn't announce any gigs for August yet, so you can expect some of those to join the Sziget lineup too!
Special thanks to: Koos_Armloos, thegreasycavemen, camdencrush, shakeshookshaken, Shameful_pleasure!
Here is the list:
  • 187 Strassenbande (08.15-17, Austria)
  • 3 Of Life (08.07-12, UK)
  • 65DaysOfStatic (08.15-17, UK)
  • 6lack (08.06-10, Portugal)
  • 30 Seconds to Mars (08.16-18, Germany) - will perform @ Budapest Park
  • A.A. Williams (08.15-17, UK)
  • Acid Arab (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Act of Rage (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • A.D.H.S. (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Adaro (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • A Day to Remember (08.23-25, UK)
  • Adriatique (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Adrenalize (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Adrenalized (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Afrojack (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Against the Current (08.23-25, UK)
  • Agar Agar (08.23-25, France)
  • Agoraphobia (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Agoria (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Ahzumjot (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Aiming for Enrique (08.15-17, UK)
  • Airboure (08.05, Germany)
  • Ajja (08.07-12, UK)
  • AJ Tracey (08.15-18, Romania)
  • AK/DK (08.15-17, UK)
  • Alborosie & Shengen Clan (08.07-12, UK)
  • Aldous Harding (08.15-18, UK)
  • Alice Phoebe Lou (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Alice Russell (08.07-12, UK)
  • Alison Wonderland (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Alligatoah (08.15-17, Austria)
  • All Tvvins (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Alle Farben (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Alpha Wann (08.23-25, France)
  • Altin Gun (08.22-24, France)
  • Alvvays (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Amadou & Mariam (08.15-18, UK)
  • Amelie Lens (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Amnesia Scanner (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Amplify (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Angernoizer (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Anhatema (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Anitta (08.06-10, Portugal)
  • Anna (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Andrea Oliva (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Andy Burrows (08.23-25, UK)
  • Andy C (08.24-25, UK)
  • Andy The Core (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Angerfist (08.07-12, Spain)
  • AniMe (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Anne-Marie (08.15-17, Austria) - will perform at Strand Festival in Hungary
  • AnnenMayKantereit (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Anime (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Antal (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Anthony Linell aka Abdulla Rashim (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Anthrax (08.09-11, UK)
  • Antispin (08.07-12, UK)
  • Aphex Twin (08.23-25, France)
  • Apollonia (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Ariana Grande (08.17, UK)
  • Armand van Helden (08.08-13, Croatia)
  • Armin Van Buuren (08.09-11, Germany) - will perform at Balaton Sound in Hungary
  • Artful Dodger (08.07-11, UK)
  • Artwork (08.07-11, UK)
  • A$ap Rocky (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • ASG (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Ash (08.23-25, UK)
  • Asian Dub Foundation (08.07-12, UK)
  • Astrix (08.15-17, Austria)
  • At The Gates (08.07-12, UK)
  • Atari Teenage Riot (08.07-12, UK)
  • Atomic Zeros (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Atmozfears (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Atrip (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Aurora (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Avalon (08.07-12, UK)
  • Awkward Family Portraits (08.02-04, UK)
  • Azusa (08.15-17, UK)
  • Bad Company (08.07-12, UK)
  • Badly Drown Boy (08.23-25, UK)
  • Balthazar (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Barely Legal (08.07-11, UK)
  • Basement Jaxx (08.24-25, UK)
  • Bass Chasers (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Bastards on Parade (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Bastille (08.23-25, UK) - will perform at Strand Festival in Hungary
  • Battles (08.15-17, UK)
  • B-Front (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • BCUC (08.07-12, UK)
  • Beans on Toast (08.07-12, UK)
  • Becky Hill (08.23-25, UK)
  • Bedouin Soundclash (08.07-12, UK)
  • Belle & Sebastian (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Ben Klock (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Ben Sims (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Ben UFO (08.07-12, UK)
  • Berri Txarrak (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Bestien (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Bexey (08.23-25, UK)
  • Bianco White (08.01-04, UK)
  • Biffy Clyro (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Bigbang (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Big Lad (08.15-17, UK)
  • Big Thief (08.06-10, Norway) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • Binh (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Billie Eilish (08.23-25, UK)
  • Billy Jefferson (08.01-04, UK)
  • Birds in Row (08.15-17, UK)
  • Bizi, F & Sitoi (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Blackalicious (08.07-12, UK)
  • Black Honey (08.10-11, Romania)
  • Black Midi (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Black Peaks (08.07-12, UK)
  • Blackout Problems (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Blaenavon (08.23-25, UK)
  • Blank Rage (08.24, Netherlands)
  • Blaster (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Bloc Party (08.09, UK)
  • Blond (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Blood Orange (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Blossoms (08.23-25, UK)
  • Bloxx (08.23-25, UK)
  • Bodega (08.22-24, France)
  • Bog Rolling Stones (08.23-25, UK)
  • Bombay Bicycle Club (08.01-04, UK)
  • Bombskare (08.02-04, UK)
  • Bonez MC & Raf Camora (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Boogarins (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Borgore (08.01-04, Romania)
  • Boris Brejcha (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Bossk (08.15-17, UK)
  • Boston 168 (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Bowling For Soup (08.23-25, UK)
  • Boy Azooga (08.07-11, UK)
  • Boys Noize (08.07-12, UK)
  • Bradley Zero (08.07-11, UK)
  • Brass Against (08.07-12, UK)
  • Breabach (08.07-12, UK)
  • Brennan Heart (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Bring Me The Horizon (08.23-25, France) - however unlikely because in 08.17-18 they're in Japan
  • Brohug (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Broken Element (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Broken Minds (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Broken Social Scene (08.15-18, UK) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • B.Traits (08.07-12, UK)
  • Bugzy Malone (08.07-11, UK)
  • Bullet For My Valentine (08-08-10, Germany) - gig in Budapest
  • Buzzcocks (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Caine (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Calvin Harris (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Camelphat (08.23-25, UK)
  • Camera Obscura (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Camo & Krooked (08.01-04, Romania)
  • Cancer Bats (08.07-12, UK)
  • Capital Bra (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Caravan Palace (08.01-04, UK)
  • Caravana Sun (08.07-11, UK)
  • Car Bomb (08.15-17, UK)
  • Cardi B (08.08-10, Sweden)
  • Carl Cox (08.07-12, UK)
  • Carolina Durante (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Carpenter Brut (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Car Seat Headrest (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Casey Lowry (08.23-25, UK)
  • Caspian (08.15-17, UK)
  • Cattle (08.15-17, UK)
  • Cavetown (08.23-25, UK)
  • Cradle of Filth (08.09-11, UK)
  • Charli XCX (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Charlotte De Witte (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Chase & Status DJ Set (08.24-25, UK)
  • Chasing Abbey (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Chok Dee (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Choose 90s (08.23-25, UK)
  • Chris Liebing (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Christinne (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Children of Bodom (08.09-11, UK)
  • Chronixx (08.07-12, UK)
  • Cid (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Circa Waves (08.23-25, UK)
  • Circuits (08.07-12, UK)
  • Clairo (08.23-25, France)
  • Claptone (08.08-13, Croatia)
  • Clara Luciani (08.22-24, France)
  • Claude Vonstroke (08.07-11, UK)
  • Clean Bandit (08.23-25, UK)
  • Clockartz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • CoCo and the Butterfields (08.02-04, UK)
  • Code Orange (08.09-11, UK)
  • Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five (08.02-04, UK)
  • Comethazine (08.23-25, UK)
  • Connan Mockasin (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Conjurer (08.15-17, UK)
  • Coone b2b Hard Driver (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Courtney Barnett (08.24, Netherlands)
  • Courtesy (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Crack Cloud (08.22-24, France)
  • Crissy Criss (08.07-11, UK)
  • Cro (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Crossfaith (08.07-12, UK)
  • Crucast (08.23-25, UK)
  • Crypton (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Crumb (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Crypsis (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Cuebrick (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Cult of Luna (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Cupcakke (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Cykada (08.01-04, UK)
  • D-Attack (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Dam-Funk (08.08-10, Sweden)
  • Danko Jones (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Daniel Avery (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Dark-E (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Darkzy (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Daughters (08.15-17, UK)
  • Dave Clarke (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Davoodi (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • David Guetta (08.01-04, Romania)
  • Dax J (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • D-Block Europe (08.23-25, UK)
  • D-Sturb (08.21-25, Germany)
  • D-Fence (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Darkraver (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Da Tweekaz (08.21-25, Germany)
  • David Puentez (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Deadly Guns (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Deadmau5 (08.23-25, UK)
  • Deathroar (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Deerhunter (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Deetox (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Degos & Re-done (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Def Toys (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Delete (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Demi Kanon (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Dense & PIKA (08.07-12, UK)
  • Denis Sulta (08.23-25, UK)
  • Dennis Ferrer (08.07-11, UK)
  • Denza (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Denzel Curry (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Dermot Kennedy (08.07-11, UK)
  • Derrick Carter (08.08-13, Croatia)
  • De Staat (08.15-18, Romania)
  • Destructive Tendencies (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Deterrent Man (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Devin Wild (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Di Carlo (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Dickster (08.07-12, UK)
  • Die Orsons (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Dimension (08.07-11, UK)
  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (08.07-12, Spain) - will perform at Strand Festival
  • Dimmu Borgir (08.09-11, UK)
  • Dirty Phonics (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Disclosure DJ Set (08.31-09.01, Romania)
  • Dither (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Disciples (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Distruction Boyz (08.23-25, UK)
  • Dizzee Rascal (08.07-11, UK)
  • Django Django (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • DJ Batiste (08.07-12, Spain)
  • DJ Bone (08.07-12, UK)
  • DJ EZ (08.07-11, UK)
  • DJ Isaac (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • DJ Kristof (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • DJ Marta (08.07-12, Spain)
  • DJ Neil (08.07-12, Spain)
  • DJ Yoda (08.23-25, UK)
  • DJ Yves (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Dodgy (08.23-25, UK)
  • Don Diablo (08.09-11, Germany) - will perform at Balaton Sound
  • Dorian Paic (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Doves (08.23-25, UK)
  • Drangsal (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Dreadzone (08.07-12, UK)
  • Dr. Peacock (08.07-12, UK)
  • Dr. Phunk (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Dr. Rude (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • DRS (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Drunken Masters (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Dub Phizix & Strategy (08.07-12, UK)
  • Dub Inc (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Durand Jones and the Indications (08.01-04, UK)
  • Dustin Hertz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Dynoro (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Earl Sweatshirt (08.08-10, Sweden)
  • Earthling (08.07-12, UK)
  • Easy Life (08.07-11, UK)
  • Eats Everything (08.08-13, Croatia)
  • Echo & the Bunnymen (08.08, UK)
  • Ecstatic (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Eddy Hardcore (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Edx (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Eels (08.24, Netherlands)
  • E-Force (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • El Altar Del Holocausto (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Elbow (08-01-04, Germany)
  • Elephant Sessions (08.07-12, UK)
  • Eli Brown (08.07-11, UK)
  • Ellie Goulding (08.16-17, Norway)
  • Emphasis (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Eno (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Enrico Sangiuliano (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Enter Shikari (08.16-18, Germany) - will perform at Akvarium Klub in Budapest
  • Eptic (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Eriksson Delcroix (08.24, Netherlands)
  • Erol Alkan (08.07-12, UK)
  • Eskei83 (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Evolver (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Extreme Noise Terror (08.07-12, UK)
  • Ezra Collective (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Faber (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Farao (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Fanatics (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Fatherson (08.23-25, UK)
  • Father John Misty (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Fay Wildhagen (08.06-10, Norway)
  • F. Nøize (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Feet (08.07-11, UK)
  • Felix Krocher (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Fettes Brot (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Fight Clvb (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Fil Bo Riva (08.15-17, Austria)
  • First Breath After Coma (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Fisher (08.23-25, UK)
  • Fixate (08.07-12, UK)
  • FKJ (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Flava D (08.07-11, UK)
  • Flavien Berger (08.22-24, France)
  • Fleetingwood Mac (08.23-25, UK)
  • Flobu (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Flohto (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Floral (08.15-17, UK)
  • Foals (08.22-24, France)
  • Footworxx Militant Crew (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Forest Drive West (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Four Tet (08.07-12, UK)
  • Franz Ferdinand (08.07-11, UK) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Freddy K (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Fredo (08.23-25, UK)
  • Frequencerz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Freya Ridings (08.01-04, UK)
  • Friction presents CONNECTIONS (08.24-25, UK)
  • Frontierer (08.15-17, UK)
  • Fun Box (08.02-04, UK)
  • Fun Lovin' Criminals (08.23-25, UK)
  • Gabrielle Aplin (08.07-11, UK)
  • Gasellit (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Gaudi (08.07-12, UK)
  • G-Eazy (08.15-17, Austria) - will perform at Balaton Sound
  • General Levy (08.07-12, UK)
  • Gestort Aber Geil (08.09-11, Germany)
  • George FitzGerald (08.01-04, UK)
  • Georgia (08.07-11, UK)
  • G Flip (08.23-25, UK)
  • Ghost (08.16, Austria)
  • Giggs (08.07-11, UK)
  • girl in red (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Giorgio Moroder (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Godflesh (08.07-12, UK)
  • Gogol Bordello (08.22-24, France)
  • Good Charlotte (08.08-10, Germany)
  • Good Riddance (08.14-16, Italy)
  • GosT (08.15-17, UK)
  • GPF (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Grace Carter (08.07-11, UK) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • Grace Petrie (08.07-12, UK)
  • Gregory Alan Isakov (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Grouch in Dub (08.07-12, UK)
  • Groove Armada (08.07-12, UK)
  • Gunna (08.23-25, UK)
  • Hak Baker (08.07-12, UK)
  • Hannah Wants (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Hardbouncer (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Hard Driver (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Hard Effectz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Hatred (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Hayley Kiyoko (08.23-25, UK)
  • Head Hunter (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Headhunterz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Headie One (08.23-25, UK)
  • Hedex (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Heideroosjes (08.06, Belgium)
  • Helena Hauff (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Hellbillies (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Henrik! (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Henrik Schwarz (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Hexcut (08.15-17, UK)
  • High Focus Takeover (08.07-12, UK)
  • Hinds (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Hockey Dad (08.23-25, UK)
  • Hockeysmith (08.07-11, UK)
  • Holiday Oscar (08.23-25, UK)
  • Hollywood (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Holy Goof (08.23-25, UK)
  • Honeyblood (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Honey Dijon (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Horse Meat Disco (08.08-13, Croatia)
  • House Gospel Choir (08.07-11, UK)
  • Hue & Cry (08.09, UK)
  • Hugel (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Hunee (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Hyrule War (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Ian Van Dahl (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Ibibio Sound Machine (08.07-11, UK)
  • I Don't Know How But They Found Me (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Ignite (08-06-09, Slovenia)
  • I Hate Models (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Iisa (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Imperatorz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Infected Mushroom (08.07-12, UK)
  • Invalids (08.15-17, UK)
  • Iseo & Dodosound (08.07-12, UK)
  • Israel Nash (08.24, Netherlands)
  • Ithaca (08.07-12, UK)
  • It It Anita (08.22-24, France)
  • J. Karjalainen (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Jaako Eino Kalevi (08.09-11, Finland)
  • James (08.15, UK)
  • James Arthur (08.01-04, Romania)
  • James Bay (08.23-25, UK)
  • James Blake (08.08-10, Sweden) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • James Hype (08.24-25, UK)
  • Jamie Jones (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Japanese Breakfast (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Jason Payne (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Javi Boss (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Jax Jones (08.07-11, UK) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • Jay Reeve (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Jeanne Added (08.22-24, France)
  • Jess Glynne (08.08, UK) - Balaton Sound
  • Jesse Markin (08.09-11, Finland)
  • JLV (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Joey Daniel (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • John Digweed (08.07-10, Portugal)
  • John Moreland (08.24, Netherlands)
  • Johnny Marr (08.10, UK) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • Joji (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Jonathan Wilson (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Jonathan Wilson (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Jon Hopkins (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Jose Conca (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Joseph Capriati (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Jorja Smith (08.07-11, UK)
  • Joy Orbison (08.07-12, UK)
  • Jnxd (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • JP Cooper (08.15-18, Romania)
  • Juice WRLD (08.23-25, UK)
  • Juju (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Julien Baker (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Jungle By Night (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Junkie Kid (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Kabaka Pyramid (08.07-12, UK)
  • Kadhja Bonet (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Kaiser Chiefs (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Kamaal Williams (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Karpe (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Katakombi (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Kate Tempest (08.07-12, UK)
  • Kawala (08.01-04, UK)
  • Kelly Lee Owens (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Keltek (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Khruangbin (08.15-18, UK) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • Killerwatts (08.07-12, UK)
  • Killing Joke (08.07-12, UK)
  • KMPFSPRT (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Kobosil (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Kodaline (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Kölsch (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Kompromat (08.22-24, France)
  • Konstantin Sibold (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Kontra K (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Korsakoff (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Kosheen with Sian Evans (08.07-12, UK)
  • Kovacs (08.31-09.01, Romania)
  • Kriz (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Kronos (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Krowdexx (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Krystal Klear (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Kvelertak (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Kylie Minogue (08.01, UK)
  • Kyrist (08.07-12, UK)
  • La Colonie de Vacances (08.22-24, France)
  • Lady Dammage (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Lady Leshurr (08.07-11, UK)
  • La Fleur (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • La Fuente (08.21-25, Germany)
  • La M.O.D.A. (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Lasgo (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Laurel (08.07-11, UK)
  • Le Boom (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Leftover Crack (08.07-12, UK)
  • Lemaitre (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Len Flaki (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Le Prince Miiaou (08.22-24, France)
  • Leroy Burgess Full Band (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Less Than Jake (08-06-09, Slovenia)
  • Lethal MG (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Letters From the Colony (08.15-17, UK)
  • LEVt (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Lewis Capaldi (08.07-11, UK)
  • Lexer (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Lexy & K-Paul (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Liam Gallagher (08.31-09.01, Romania)
  • Lil Baby (08.23-25, UK)
  • Lil Uzi Vert (08.23-25, UK)
  • Liquid Sould (08.07-12, UK)
  • Little Dragon (08.23-24, Poland)
  • Little Simz (08.15-17, Norway)
  • LLNN (08.15-17, UK)
  • Loathe (08.07-12, UK)
  • Lobotomy INC (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Loco Dice (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Los Bengala (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Lost Frequencies (08.23-24, Poland) - will perform at VOLT
  • Lost Identity (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Lost in the Riots (08.15-17, UK)
  • Lotto Boyzz (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Loud Luxury (08.23-25, UK)
  • Louise Cole Big Band (08.23-25, France)
  • Low Island (08.01-04, UK)
  • Lowriderz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Loyle Carner (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Lny Tmz (08.07-12, Spain)
  • LSB (08.07-12, UK)
  • Lucas (08.07-12, UK)
  • Luigi Madonna (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Luis Bonias (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Lunakorpz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Lysistrata (08.22-24, France)
  • Mabel (08.24-25, UK)
  • Maceo Plex (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Macfloyd (08.02-04, UK)
  • Macklemore (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Mad Dog (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Madness (08.30, UK)
  • Magdalena (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Maikel Delacalle (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Maissquille (08.07-12, UK)
  • Major Lazer (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Makaya McCraven (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Maksim MC (08.07-12, UK)
  • Malice (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Mall Grab (08.07-12, UK)
  • Mandala (08.07-12, UK)
  • Mandy (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Manudigital & LT Stitchie (08.07-12, UK)
  • Marc Rebillet (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Marcel Dettmann (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Marco Carola (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Marcus Gad (08.07-12, UK)
  • Mark with A K (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Maricia Griffiths (08.07-12, UK)
  • Marika Rossa (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Marteria & Casper (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Martin Solveig (08.07-11, UK) - will perform at VOLT
  • Masked Intruder (08.14-16, Italy)
  • Mason Maynard (08.07-11, UK)
  • Materia (08.07-12, UK)
  • Matija (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Maustetitot (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Mayday Parade (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Mavi Phoenix (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Maxi Jazz (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Maximo Park (08.01-04, Germany)
  • MC Alee (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • MC Chucky (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • MC Dash (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • MC DA Syndrome (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • MC DL (08.21-25, Germany)
  • MC Livid (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • MC RG (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Mefjus (08.07-12, UK)
  • Melé (08.07-11, UK)
  • Meshuggah (08.15-17, UK)
  • Metallica (08.16, Austria)
  • Meute (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead (08.07-11, UK)
  • Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions (08.24, Netherlands)
  • Miss K8 (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Miss Puss (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Mitski (08.06-10, Norway)
  • MK (08.08-13, Croatia)
  • Modeselektor (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Mogwai (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Møl (08.15-17, UK)
  • Monolink (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Montreal (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Monsters of Liedermaching (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Moonlight Benjamin (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Mooving Oos (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Motorpsycho Med Venner (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Mr. Ivex (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Ms Banks (08.24-25, UK)
  • Ms. Dynamite (08.07-12, UK)
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill (08.07-12, UK)
  • Muff Potter (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Mura Masa (08.23-25, UK)
  • Murcof w/ Malo Lacroix (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • My Baby (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • My Nu Leng & Dread MC (08.07-11, UK)
  • Myst (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Namdose (08.22-24, France)
  • Naaman (08.07-12, UK)
  • Napalm Death (08.07-12, UK)
  • Nathan Dave (08.07-11, UK)
  • Natty & The Rebel Ship (08.07-12, UK)
  • Ncrypta (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Neelix (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Neon Chambers (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Neophyte (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Neneh Cherry (08.09-11, Finland)
  • New Order (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Netsky (08.15-18, Romania)
  • Never Surrender (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • NERVO (08.15-17, Austria) - Balaton Sound
  • Nightmares On Wax (08.08-13, Croatia)
  • Nilufer Yanya (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Nina Kraviz (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Nitzer Ebb (08.09-11, Finland)
  • No Fun At All (08.02-03, Spain)
  • NOFX (08.06-09, Slovenia)
  • No Rome (08.16-25, UK)
  • Northern Lite (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Not3s (08.23-25, UK)
  • Nothing But Thieves (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Nothing, Nowhere (08.23-25, UK)
  • NSG (08.23-25, UK)
  • Nura (08.16-18, Germany)
  • N-Vitral (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Ocean Colour Scene (08.23-25, UK)
  • Ocean Wisdom (08.07-11, UK)
  • Octavian (08.23-25, UK)
  • Ogives Big Band (08.15-17, UK)
  • Oh my God! It's the Church (08.01-04, UK)
  • Oh Sees (08.22-24, France)
  • OK Kid (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Oktober Lieber (08.22-24, France)
  • Olafur Arnalds (08.01-04, UK)
  • Oliver Heldens (08.24-25, UK)
  • Oliver Koletzki (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Onkl P (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Ookay (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Oscar and the Wolf (08.11, Belgium)
  • Oscar Mulero (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Ostblockschlampen (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Outsiders (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Ozomatli feat. Chali 2NA (08.07-12, UK)
  • Paco Garcia (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Paco Osuna (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Panic (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Pan-Pot (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Parkway Drive (08.06, Germany)
  • Partyraiser (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Pat B (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Patrick Topping & Richy Ahmed (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Patti Smith (08.01, UK)
  • Paula Temple (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Peace (08.23-25, UK)
  • Pendulum DJ Set B2B Friction (08.01-04, Romania)
  • Pen Gutt (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Pennywise (08.07-12, UK)
  • Peralta (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Pete Murray (08.07-11, UK)
  • Pharoah Sanders Quartet (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Phase Fatale (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Phuture Noize (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Pijn (08.15-17, UK)
  • Pish (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Pink (08.07, Denmark)
  • Plan B (08.24-25, UK)
  • Playboyz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Polar Inertia (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Polo & Pan (08.23-25, France) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • Pond (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Post Malone (08.23-25, UK) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Primal Scream (08.10, UK)
  • Primeshock (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Problem Central (08.07-11, UK)
  • Professor Green (08.23-25, UK)
  • Project One (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Prophets of Rage (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Prospa (08.07-11, UK)
  • Psyko Punkz (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Public Enemies (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Pulley (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Pup (08.14-16, Italy)
  • PVRIS (08.23-25, UK)
  • Pyhimys (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Qatja S (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Queensryche (08.09-11, UK)
  • Quintino (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Protoje & The Indiggnation (08.06-10, Norway) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Radical Redemption (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Rammstein (08.06, Latvia)
  • Ran-D (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Ransom (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Razika (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Razorlight (08.07-11, UK) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Rebekah (08.07-10, Portugal)
  • Rebelion (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Rebourne (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Reche & Recall (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Refuzion (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Regain (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Rejecta (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Rels B (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Republica (08.23-25, UK)
  • Requiem (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Restrained (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Retrospect (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Retrovision (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Rex Orange County (08.08-10, Sweden)
  • Rhys Fulber (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Rhythmnreel (08.02-04, UK)
  • Ricardo Villalobos (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Richard Thompson (08.15-18, UK)
  • Richie Hawtin (08.18-22, Croatia) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Rikas (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Rionnagan Rois (08.02-04, UK)
  • Riot Shift (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Robyn (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Rødhåd (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Roger Sanchez (08.08-13, Croatia)
  • Rogers (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Romare (DJ Set) (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Ronald V (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Rond (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Rooler (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Ross From Friends (08.07-11, UK)
  • Royal Blood (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Rudimental DJ Set (08.15-17, Austria) - Balaton Sound
  • Rudimental live (08.23-25, UK)
  • Rusko (08.01-04, Romania)
  • Russ (08.06-10, Portugal)
  • Russkaja (08.07-11, Germany)
  • Ruthless (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Ruusut (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Rvage (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Ryan McMullan (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Sabaton (08.09-11, UK)
  • Salt-N-Pepa (08.07-12, UK)
  • Salvatore Ganacci (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Sama' (08.07-12, UK)
  • Sam Fender (08.07-11, UK)
  • Sam Paganini (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Sandy Warez (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • San Salvador (08.07-12, UK)
  • Sasasas (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Scorpions (08.09-11, UK)
  • Sea Girls (08.07-11, UK)
  • Sefa (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Seinabo Sey (08.08-10, Sweden)
  • Sekula (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Sei2ure (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Self Esteem (08.07-11, UK)
  • Sephyxx (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Seth Lakeman (08.07-12, UK)
  • Seth Troxler (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Sevana & Jada Kingdom & Naomi Cowan (08.07-12, UK)
  • Shacke One (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Sharon Van Etten (08.15-18, UK)
  • SHDW & Obscure Shape (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • She Drew the Gun (08.07-12, UK)
  • Shy FX (08.24-25, UK)
  • Siberian Meat Grinder (08.07-12, UK)
  • Sick Of It All (08.14-16, Italy)
  • Side Chick (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Sigma (08.24-25, UK)
  • Sigrid (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Sister Nancy & Legal Shot (08.07-12, UK)
  • Sithu Aye (08.15-17, UK)
  • Skegss (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Skream (08.07-12, UK)
  • Slaves (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Slayer (08.03, Germany) - will perform at Budapest Arena
  • Sleaford Mods (08.07-11, UK)
  • Slowthai (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Slushii (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Soak (08.07-11, UK)
  • Sofa (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Solomun (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Sonja Moonear (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Sookee (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Sound Rush (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Southsea Alternative Choir (08.23-25, UK)
  • Spiritualized (08.14-17, Portugal)
  • Starsailor (08.23-25, UK)
  • Stefflon Don (08.23-25, UK)
  • Stephan Bodzin (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Sting (08.01, France) - will perform at Budapest Arena
  • Skeggs (08.07-11, UK)
  • Skerryvore (08.02-04, UK)
  • Skinny Lister (08.07-12, UK)
  • Skream (08.07-12, UK)
  • Slaves (08.07-12, UK)
  • Slowthai (08.07-12, UK)
  • Sonic Species (08.07-12, UK)
  • Sound Rush (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Spag Heddy (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Spitnoise (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Sprinky (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Spurv (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Stadium X (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Standards (08.15-17, UK)
  • Stella Donnelly (08.07-12, UK)
  • Stereolab (08.15-18, UK)
  • Steve Aoki (08.06-10, Portugal)
  • Stormzy (08.08-10, Sweden)
  • Stylo G (08.07-12, UK)
  • Sub Focus DJ Set (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Sub Zero Project (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Sugar Horse (08.15-17, UK)
  • Sugus (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Sundara Karma (08.23-25, UK)
  • Sunrise Avenue (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Surgeon (08.07-10, Portugal)
  • Sven Väth (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Submotion Orchestra (08.07-12, UK)
  • Super Cat (08.07-12, UK)
  • System Overload (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Svetlanas (08.07-12, UK)
  • Swedish House Mafia (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Switch: Hype & Hazard (08.24-25, UK)
  • Talco (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Tale of Us (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Tame Impala (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Tender (08.10-11, Romania)
  • Ten Tones (08.16-25, UK)
  • Terrorclown (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Tesseract (08.09-11, UK)
  • Tha Playah (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Thea Hjelmeland (08.06-10, Norway)
  • The Algorithm (08.15-17, UK)
  • The Amazons (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Baboon Show (08.02-03, Spain)
  • The Black Queen (08.15-17, UK)
  • The Black Seeds (08.07-12, UK)
  • The Breath (08.07-12, UK)
  • The Burgess (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Charlatans (08-01-04, Germany)
  • The Chats (08.16-18, Germany)
  • The Chemical Brothers (08.24, UK)
  • The Contortionist (08.15-17, UK)
  • The Courteeners (08.16, UK)
  • The Cure (08.06-10, Norway)
  • The Damned (08.06, Belgium)
  • The Dangleberries (08.02-04, UK)
  • The Dark Horror (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • The Darkness (08.10-11, Iceland)
  • The Distillers (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Dunwells (08.07-11, UK)
  • The Frank & Walters (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • The Futureheads (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Good, The Bad & The Queen (08.15, Luxembourg)
  • The Grand East (08.24, Netherlands)
  • The Hives (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Holy (08.09-11, Finland)
  • The Human League (08.03, UK)
  • The Hunna (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Inspector Cluzo (08.22-24, France)
  • The Japanese House (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Joy Formidable (08.16, UK)
  • The Lizards (08.02-03, Spain)
  • The Magic Gang (08.07-11, UK)
  • The Maine (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Melodyst (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • The National (08.10-11, Romania) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • The Night Cafe (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Ocean (08.06-10, Norway)
  • The Offspring (08.08-10, Germany)
  • The Pearl Hearts (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Physics House Band (08.15-17, UK)
  • The Poozies (08.02-04, UK)
  • The Prodigy (08.16-18, Germany)
  • The Prototypes (08.15-17, Austria)
  • The Psychotic Monks (08.22-24, France)
  • Therapy? (08.07-12, UK)
  • The Restarts (08.07-12, UK)
  • The Rifles (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Satan (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • The Selecter (08.02-04, UK)
  • The Sensational David Bowie Band (08.02-04, UK)
  • The September When (08.16-17, Norway)
  • The Sherlocks (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Sickest Squad (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • The Silver Beatles (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Specials (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Speed Freaks (08.07-12, UK)
  • The Story So Far (08.16-18, Germany)
  • The Streets (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • The Twang (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Twilight Sad (08.16-25, UK)
  • The Undertones (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • The Vaccines (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Wombats (08.23-25, UK)
  • The Zutons (08.23-25, UK)
  • This Is Lovksi (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • This Is The Kit (08.07-12, UK)
  • Thomas Azier (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Three Trapped Tigers (08.15-17, UK)
  • Thyron (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Tinie Tempah (08.24-25, UK)
  • Timmy Trumpet (08/09/11, Germany) - will perform at Balaton Sound
  • Tokyo Machine (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Tom Grennan (08.23-25, UK)
  • Tom McGuire & The Brassholes (08.02-04, UK)
  • Tom Odell (08.02-04, UK) - announced for Sziget on the 5th of March
  • Torridon (08.02-04, UK)
  • TQD (08.24-25, UK)
  • TR-101 (08.22-25, Portugal)
  • Tracyanne & Danny (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Trespassed (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Trettmann (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Triggerfinger (08.15-18, Romania)
  • Turbobier (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Turnstile (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Tyler Childers (08.24, Netherlands)
  • Twin Atlantic (08.16-25, UK)
  • Twinx (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Twisted Wheel (08.23-25, UK)
  • Two Door Cinema Club (08.23-25, UK)
  • Two Feet (08.16-18, Germany)
  • UB40 feat. Ali Campbell & Astro (08.07-12, UK)
  • UFO361 (08.15-17, Austria)
  • Underworld (08.07-10, Portugal)
  • Unge Ferrari (08.06-10, Norway)
  • Unresolved (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Upsammy (08.08-10, Sweden)
  • Valentino Kahn (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Valentino Kanzyani (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Valentourettes (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Victor Ruiz (08.09-11, Germany)
  • Villain (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • Ville Vallo & Agents (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Virkelig (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Vitalic pres. Dima live (08.23-24, Poland)
  • Vitor Kley (08.06-10, Portugal)
  • Voigtmann (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Voronoi (08.15-17, UK)
  • Warface (08.21-25, Germany)
  • Weiss (08.07-11, UK)
  • Weval (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Whitney (08.15-17, Norway)
  • Whyte Horses (08.12, Italy-Sardinia)
  • Wild Cat Strike (08.15-17, UK)
  • Wild Youth (08.02-04, Ireland)
  • Wiley (08.24-25, UK)
  • Wilkinson (08.07-11, UK)
  • Will Varley (08.23-25, UK)
  • Willem (08.16-18, Netherlands)
  • Willis Drummond (08.02-03, Spain)
  • Window Kid (08.07-11, UK)
  • Wiwek (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Wretch 32 (08.24-25, UK)
  • Wu-Tang Clan (08.23-24, Poland)
  • W&W (08.15-17, Austria) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Xavier Rudd (08.07-12, UK) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Yazmin Lacey (08.07-12, UK)
  • Yeasayer (08.15-17, Norway) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Yellow Days (08.14-17, Portugal) - announced for Sziget on 02.12.2019
  • Yoshiko (08.09-11, Belgium)
  • You Me At Six (08.16-25, UK)
  • Yung Hurn (08.16-18, Germany)
  • Yungen (08.24-25, UK)
  • Yves Tumor (08.09-11, Finland)
  • Zara Larsson (08.08-10, Sweden)
  • Zetazen (08.07-12, Spain)
  • Ziggy Marley (08.16-18, Netherlands) - playing at Budapest Park
  • Zip (08.18-22, Croatia)
  • Zonderling (08.21-25, Germany)
Highly unlikely names:
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Tiesto
  • J Balvin
  • Nicky Romero
  • Tchami x Malaa
  • Sofi Tukker
  • Jauz
  • Deorro
  • Vinai
  • Dubfire
  • Martin Jensen
  • DJ Snake
  • Future
  • Marshmello
  • Paul Kalkbrenner
  • Hernan Cattaneo
  • Killy
  • Will Sparks
  • Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
(the above will perform at Balaton Sound)
  • Slipknot
  • Slash
  • Parov Stelar
  • Robin Schulz
  • LP
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Papa Roach
  • Cypress Hill
  • Martin Solveig
  • Lost Frequencies
  • Jan Blomqvist & Band
  • Kruder & Dorfmeister
  • Nouvelle Vague
  • Deladap
  • Ugly Kid Joe
  • Amaranthe
  • Next Level pres: Habstrakt
  • Bladerunnaz 20: Friction + THE PROTOTYPES
(the above will perform at VOLT Festival)
  • John Newman
(the above will play at Strand Festival)
  • The National
  • Mura Masa
  • Tom Odell
  • Johnny Marr
  • Big Thief
  • Honne
  • David August
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Jax Jones
  • Sonny Fodera
  • Polo & Pan
  • Khruangbin
  • Black Mountain
  • Grace Carter
  • Ocean Alley
  • Burak Yeter
  • Post Malone
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • James Blake
  • Years & Years
  • Tove Lo
  • Razorlight
  • Son Lux
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Jain
  • Yeasayer
  • Yellow Days
  • Tove Styrke
  • Masego
  • Protoje & The Indiggnation
  • Xavier Rudd
  • Wanda
  • W&W
  • Vini Vici
  • Carnage
  • Sigala
  • Hucci
  • Elderbrook
  • Roosevelt
  • Anna of The North
  • Fakear
  • Valeras
  • Welshly Arms
  • Foo Fighters
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • The 1975
  • Martin Garrix
  • Richard Ashcroft
  • Catfish & The Bottlemen
  • Kodaline
  • Chvrches
  • Jungle
  • The Blaze
  • Maribou State
  • Parcels
  • Superorganism
  • Pale Waves
  • Boy Pablo
  • Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
  • Alma
  • Gang Of Youths
  • Of Mice & Men
  • Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
  • Yungblud
  • Tamino
  • Ed Sheeran
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2018.11.07 00:19 kaunis [Tuesday, November 6 2018] 80 Children abducted from a school in Cameroon.; U.S. regulator demands companies take action to halt 'robocalls'; Swedish University developed a new liquid that can store solar energy for years to in an enclosed system






  • etymologynerd
    Deforestation in Malaysia has brought humans and mosquitoes closer together, making it "ground zero for the next malaria menace"
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  • Zkootz
    [Title Post] Swedish University developed a new liquid that can store solar energy for years to in an enclosed system. For instance, heating up houses during winter, without emissions. Might be commercial within 10 years.
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  • Notmiefault
    The Gunpowder Plot involved 36 barrels of gunpowder in an undercroft below the House of Lords. Just how big an explosion would 36 barrels of 1605 gunpowder have created, had they gone off?


  • Gavinon
    Reddit, what's a good mobile game that's not filled with cancerous amounts of micro-transactions?


  • JYeckley
    ELI5: When driving, is there a speed that is the most fuel efficient? If so, what is it and why?


  • jersey_fox
    TIL that the Black Knight in Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail was inspired by two Roman wrestlers who were in a very intense and entangled fight. After one surrendered from pain of a broken rib an attendant picked up the winner, tapping him and saying "You won" to discover that he was dead.
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  • holgrovin
    TIL That ants are self aware. In an experiment researchers painted blue dots onto ants bodies, and presented them with a mirror. 23 out of 24 tried scratching the dot, indicating that the ants could see the dots on themselves.
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  • QuarantineTarantula
    TIL that in 1983 the head of a woman was found in a peat bog in England. A man assumed it belonged to his wife, who he had murdered and dumped in the bog in 1961, and made a full confession. The remains were dated and discovered to be 1750 years old. The man was still convicted of his wife's murder.
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  • BunyipPouch
    New Image of Matthew McConaughey as Moondog in 'The Beach Bum' - Also Starring Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Zac Efron, and Snoop Dogg - Directed by Harmony Korine ('Spring Breakers')
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  • mysteryguitarm
    I'm very excited to share the official poster of my film 'Arctic', starring Mads Mikkelsen!
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  • Russser
    Just finished Phillip Pullman’s, “His Dark Materials”. Never have I read a kids book with such thematic meaning and adult content. What other children’s books are this mature?











  • aqai
    Like chimpanzees and dolphins, octopuses are among the special set of intelligent animals that have been observed using tools. They have also been observed playing: pushing a plastic bottle over and over again at a stream of water flowing into its tank — almost like bouncing a ball underwater.
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Everyday we’ll feature a selected small subreddit and its top content. It's a fun way to include and celebrate smaller subreddits.

Today's subreddit is...


Its top 3 all time posts
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2018.11.06 21:00 DangerDylan [Tuesday, 06. November]

World News

Anti-vaccine movement spreading ‘fake news’ online and putting children at risk, England’s top doctor warns
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Emmanuel Macron calls for creation of a ‘true European army’ to defend against Russia and the US
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U.S. soybean sales to China down 94% thanks to Trump trade war
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All news, US and international.

U.S. regulator demands companies take action to halt 'robocalls'
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Former Nazi SS camp guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany
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After almost 13 years of being wrongly convicted and imprisoned for murder, a Miami man is freed after an investigation made by twenty college journalism students.
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Energy cost of 'mining' bitcoin more than twice that of copper or gold: New research reveals that cryptocurrencies require far more electricity per-dollar than it takes to mine most real metals
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Air pollution linked to autism: study. The study found that exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) from vehicle exhausts, industrial emissions and other sources of outdoor pollution increased the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by up to 78%.
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Deforestation in Malaysia has brought humans and mosquitoes closer together, making it "ground zero for the next malaria menace"
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Amazon employees hope to confront Jeff Bezos about law enforcement deals at an all-staff meeting - The ‘We Won’t Build It” group sent a letter to the CEO this summer decrying the company’s relationships with police.
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Voting machine manual instructed election officials to use weak passwords.
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The Unresolved Issue of Verizon Throttling Santa Clara’s Fire Department Shows Why ISPs Need Rules
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Sadly, this is not the Onion.

Guy Fawkes event in King's Point shut down for being actual dumpster fire
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Under Armour employees no longer allowed to expense strip club visits
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Man Reunited With Pet Snake He Accidentally Donated to Fort Worth Goodwill
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Ask Reddit...

Men of Reddit, what are the little things that attract you to someone that they would never guess you find cute, sexy, etc?
Reddit, what's a good mobile game that's not filled with cancerous amounts of micro-transactions?
What trend was popular when you were a kid that you thought, “man this will be popular forever. Surely this will never be dated!!”?


u/harritaco made the news!
PSA: New SSD Encryption Exploit (Can affect Bitlocker too!)
Tools & Info for SysAdmins - Network Tools, SysAdmin Book, Data Centre Podcast Etc

Microsoft SQL Server

SQL as a data analysis tool


Exporting to your clipboard as html
Need to download 1 million files via web requests and wants to speed up the process - what are my options?
Push powershell scripts and configuration from central server

Functional 3D Printing

Thought it belongs here
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Made this for my NATO bands
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3D printed Prosthesis Cosmetic Cover - Discrete Design [Creality CR 10]
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Data Is Beautiful

[OC] US Population Projections by age through 2060
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Most representative country flag per continent [OC]
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[OC] My train journeys in the Netherlands since 2015
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Today I Learned (TIL)

TIL that in 1983 the head of a woman was found in a peat bog in England. A man assumed it belonged to his wife, who he had murdered and dumped in the bog in 1961, and made a full confession. The remains were dated and discovered to be 1750 years old. The man was still convicted of his wife's murder.
Comments Link
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search This article is about the cat species that is commonly kept as a pet. For the cat family, see Felidae. For other uses, see Cat (disambiguation) and Cats (disambiguation). For technical reasons, "Cat #1" redirects here. For the album, see Cat 1 (album). Domestic cat[1] Cat poster 1.jpg Various types of domestic cat Conservation status Domesticated Scientific classification e Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Suborder: Feliformia Family: Felidae Subfamily: Felinae Genus: Felis Species: F. silvestris Subspecies: F. s. catus Trinomial name Felis silvestris catus Linnaeus, 1758[2] Synonyms Felis catus (original combination)[3] Felis catus domestica (invalid junior synonym)[4]
The domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus or Felis catus)[1][5] is a small, typically furry, carnivorous mammal. They are often called house cats[6] when kept as indoor pets or simply cats when there is no need to distinguish them from other felids and felines. They are often valued by humans for companionship and for their ability to hunt vermin. There are more than seventy cat breeds recognized by various cat registries.
Cats are similar in anatomy to the other felids, with a strong flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws and teeth adapted to killing small prey. Cat senses fit a crepuscular and predatory ecological niche. Cats can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small animals. They can see in near darkness. Like most other mammals, cats have poorer color vision and a better sense of smell than humans. Cats, despite being solitary hunters, are a social species, and cat communication includes the use of a variety of vocalizations (mewing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling and grunting) as well as cat pheromones and types of cat-specific body language.[7]
Cats have a high breeding rate.[8] Under controlled breeding, they can be bred and shown as registered pedigree pets, a hobby known as cat fancy. Failure to control the breeding of pet cats by spaying and neutering, as well as the abandonment of former household pets, has resulted in large numbers of feral cats worldwide, requiring population control.[9] In certain areas outside cats' native range, this has contributed, along with habitat destruction and other factors, to the extinction of many bird species. Cats have been known to extirpate a bird species within specific regions and may have contributed to the extinction of isolated island populations.[10] Cats are thought to be primarily responsible for the extinction of 87 species of birds,[11] and the presence of feral and free-ranging cats makes some otherwise suitable locations unsuitable for attempted species reintroduction.[12]
Because cats were venerated in ancient Egypt, they were commonly believed to have been domesticated there,[13] but there may have been instances of domestication as early as the Neolithic from around 9,500 years ago (7500 BC).[14] A genetic study in 2007[15] concluded that all domestic cats are descended from Near Eastern wildcats, having diverged around 8000 BC in the Middle East.[13][16] A 2016 study found that leopard cats were undergoing domestication independently in China around 5500 BC, though this line of partially domesticated cats leaves no trace in the domesticated populations of today.[17][18] A 2017 study confirmed that domestic cats are descendants of those first domesticated by farmers in the Near East around 9,000 years ago.[19][20]
As of a 2007 study, cats are the second-most popular pet in the U.S. by number of pets owned, behind freshwater fish.[21] In a 2010 study, they were ranked the third-most popular pet in the UK, after fish and dogs, with around 8 million being owned.[22]
Contents 1 Taxonomy and evolution 2 Nomenclature and etymology 3 Biology 3.1 Anatomy 3.2 Physiology 3.2.1 Nutrition 3.3 Senses 3.4 Health 3.4.1 Diseases 3.5 Genetics 4 Behavior 4.1 Sociability 4.2 Communication 4.3 Grooming 4.4 Fighting 4.5 Hunting and feeding 4.6 Running 4.7 Play 4.8 Reproduction 5 Ecology 5.1 Habitats 5.2 Feral cats 5.3 Impact on prey species 5.4 Impact on birds 6 Interaction with humans 6.1 Cat show 6.2 Cat café 6.3 Ailurophobia 6.4 Cat bites 6.5 Infections transmitted from cats to humans 6.6 History and mythology 6.6.1 Superstitions and cat burning 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links Taxonomy and evolution Main article: Cat evolution The domestic cat is a member of the cat family, the felids, which are a rapidly evolving family of mammals that share a common ancestor only 10–15 million years ago[23] and include lions, tigers, cougars and many others. Within this family, domestic cats (Felis catus) are part of the genus Felis, which is a group of small cats containing about seven species (depending upon classification scheme).[1][24] Members of the genus are found worldwide and include the jungle cat (Felis chaus) of southeast Asia, European wildcat (F. silvestris silvestris), African wildcat (F. s. lybica), the Chinese mountain cat (F. bieti), and the Arabian sand cat (F. margarita), among others.[25]
The domestic cat is believed to have evolved from the Near Eastern wildcat, whose range covers vast portions of the Middle East westward to the Atlantic coast of Africa.[26][27] Between 70,000 and 100,000 years ago the animal gave rise to the genetic lineage that eventually produced all domesticated cats,[28] having diverged from the Near Eastern wildcat around 8,000 BC in the Middle East.[13][16]
The domestic cat was first classified as Felis catus by Carl Linnaeus in the 10th edition of his Systema Naturae published in 1758.[1][2] Because of modern phylogenetics, domestic cats are usually regarded as another subspecies of the wildcat, F. silvestris.[1][29][30] This has resulted in mixed usage of the terms, as the domestic cat can be called by its subspecies name, Felis silvestris catus.[1][29][30] Wildcats have also been referred to as various subspecies of F. catus,[30] but in 2003, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature fixed the name for wildcats as F. silvestris.[31] The most common name in use for the domestic cat remains F. catus. Sometimes, the domestic cat has been called Felis domesticus[32] as proposed by German naturalist J. C. P. Erxleben in 1777,[33] but these are not valid taxonomic names and have been used only rarely in scientific literature.[34] A population of Transcaucasian black feral cats was once classified as Felis daemon (Satunin 1904) but now this population is considered to be a part of the domestic cat.[35]
All the cats in this genus share a common ancestor that is believed to have lived around 6–7 million years ago in the Near East (the Middle East).[36] The exact relationships within the Felidae are close but still uncertain,[37][38] e.g. the Chinese mountain cat is sometimes classified (under the name Felis silvestris bieti) as a subspecies of the wildcat, like the North African variety F. s. lybica.[29][37]
Ancient Egyptian sculpture of the cat goddess Bastet. The earliest evidence of felines as Egyptian deities comes from c. 3100 BC. In comparison to dogs, cats have not undergone major changes during the domestication process, as the form and behavior of the domestic cat is not radically different from those of wildcats and domestic cats are perfectly capable of surviving in the wild.[39][40] Fully domesticated house cats often interbreed with feral F. catus populations,[41] producing hybrids such as the Kellas cat. This limited evolution during domestication means that hybridisation can occur with many other felids, notably the Asian leopard cat.[42] Several natural behaviors and characteristics of wildcats may have predisposed them for domestication as pets.[40] These traits include their small size, social nature, obvious body language, love of play and relatively high intelligence.[43]:12–17 Several small felid species may have an inborn tendency towards tameness.[40]
Cats have either a mutualistic or commensal relationship with humans. Two main theories are given about how cats were domesticated. In one, people deliberately tamed cats in a process of artificial selection as they were useful predators of vermin.[44] This has been criticized as implausible, because the reward for such an effort may have been too little; cats generally do not carry out commands and although they do eat rodents, other species such as ferrets or terriers may be better at controlling these pests.[29] The alternative idea is that cats were simply tolerated by people and gradually diverged from their wild relatives through natural selection, as they adapted to hunting the vermin found around humans in towns and villages.[29]
Nomenclature and etymology The origin of the English word cat (Old English catt) and its counterparts in other Germanic languages (such as German Katze), descended from Proto-Germanic *kattōn-, is controversial. It has traditionally thought to be a borrowing from Late Latin cattus, 'domestic cat', from catta (used around 75 AD by Martial),[45][46] compare also Byzantine Greek κάττα, Portuguese and Spanish gato, French chat, Maltese qattus, Lithuanian katė, and Old Church Slavonic kotъ (kotka), among others.[47] The Late Latin word is generally thought to originate from an Afro-Asiatic language, but every proposed source word has presented problems. Many references refer to "Berber" (Kabyle) kaddîska, 'wildcat', and Nubian kadīs as possible sources or cognates, but M. Lionel Bender suggesets the Nubian term is a loan from Arabic قِطَّة qiṭṭa.[48] Jean-Paul Savignac suggests the Latin word is from an Ancient Egyptian precursor of Coptic ϣⲁⲩ šau, 'tomcat', or its feminine form suffixed with -t,[49] but John Huehnergard says "the source [...] was clearly not Egyptian itself, where no analogous form is attested."[48] Huehnergard opines it is "equally likely that the forms might derive from an ancient Germanic word, imported into Latin and thence to Greek and to Syriac and Arabic". Guus Kroonen also considers the word to be native to Germanic (due to morphological alternations) and Northern Europe, and suggests that it might ultimately be borrowed from Uralic, cf. Northern Sami gađfe, 'female stoat', and Hungarian hölgy, 'stoat'; from Proto-Uralic *käďwä, 'female (of a furred animal)'.[50] In any case, cat is a classic example of a Wanderwort.
An alternative word is English puss (extended as pussy and pussycat). Attested only from the 16th century, it may have been introduced from Dutch poes or from Low German puuskatte, related to Swedish kattepus, or Norwegian pus, pusekatt. Similar forms exist in Lithuanian puižė and Irish puisín or puiscín. The etymology of this word is unknown, but it may have simply arisen from a sound used to attract a cat.[51][52]
A group of cats can be referred to as a clowder or a glaring;[53] a male cat is called a tom or tomcat[54] (or a gib,[55] if neutered); an unspayed female is called a queen,[56] especially in a cat-breeding context; and a juvenile cat is referred to as a kitten. The male progenitor of a cat, especially a pedigreed cat, is its sire,[57] and its mother is its dam[58] In Early Modern English, the word kitten was interchangeable with the now obsolete word catling.[59]
A pedigreed cat is one whose ancestry is recorded by a cat fancier organization. A purebred (or pure-bred) cat is one whose ancestry contains only individuals of the same breed. Many pedigreed and especially purebred cats are exhibited as show cats. Cats of unrecorded, mixed ancestry are referred to as domestic short-haired or domestic long-haired cats (by coat type), or commonly as random-bred, moggies (chiefly British), or (using terms borrowed from dog breeding) mongrels or mutt-cats.
While the African wildcat is the ancestral subspecies from which domestic cats are descended, and wildcats and domestic cats can completely interbreed (being subspecies of the same species), several intermediate stages occur between domestic pet and pedigree cats on one hand and entirely wild animals on the other. The semi-feral cat, a mostly outdoor cat, is not owned by any one individual, but is generally friendly to people and may be fed by several households. Truly feral cats are associated with human habitation areas, foraging for food and sometimes intermittently fed by people, but are typically wary of human interaction.[41]
Biology Anatomy Main article: Cat anatomy
Diagram of the general anatomy of a male Domestic cats are similar in size to the other members of the genus Felis, typically weighing between 4 and 5 kg (9 and 10 lb).[37] Some breeds, such as the Maine Coon, can occasionally exceed 11 kg (24 lb). Conversely, very small cats, less than 2 kg (4 lb), have been reported.[60] The world record for the largest cat is 21 kg (50 lb).[61][self-published source] The smallest adult cat ever officially recorded weighed around 1 kg (2 lb).[61] Feral cats tend to be lighter, as they have more limited access to food than house cats. The Boston Cat Hospital weighted trapped feral cats, and found the average feral adult male to weigh 4 kg (9 lb), and average adult female 3 kg (7 lb).[62] Cats average about 23–25 cm (9–10 in) in height and 46 cm (18 in) in head/body length (males being larger than females), with tails averaging 30 cm (12 in) in length;[63] feral cats may be smaller on average.
Cats have seven cervical vertebrae, as do almost all mammals; 13 thoracic vertebrae (humans have 12); seven lumbar vertebrae (humans have five); three sacral vertebrae like most mammals (humans have five); and a variable number of caudal vertebrae in the tail (humans have only vestigial caudal vertebrae, fused into an internal coccyx).[64]:11 The extra lumbar and thoracic vertebrae account for the cat's spinal mobility and flexibility. Attached to the spine are 13 ribs, the shoulder, and the pelvis.[64] :16 Unlike human arms, cat forelimbs are attached to the shoulder by free-floating clavicle bones which allow them to pass their body through any space into which they can fit their head.[65]
Cat skull The cat skull is unusual among mammals in having very large eye sockets and a powerful and specialized jaw.[66]:35 Within the jaw, cats have teeth adapted for killing prey and tearing meat. When it overpowers its prey, a cat delivers a lethal neck bite with its two long canine teeth, inserting them between two of the prey's vertebrae and severing its spinal cord, causing irreversible paralysis and death.[67] Compared to other felines, domestic cats have narrowly spaced canine teeth, which is an adaptation to their preferred prey of small rodents, which have small vertebrae.[67] The premolar and first molar together compose the carnassial pair on each side of the mouth, which efficiently shears meat into small pieces, like a pair of scissors. These are vital in feeding, since cats' small molars cannot chew food effectively, and cats are largely incapable of mastication.[66]:37 Although cats tend to have better teeth than most humans, with decay generally less likely because of a thicker protective layer of enamel, a less damaging saliva, less retention of food particles between teeth, and a diet mostly devoid of sugar, they are nonetheless subject to occasional tooth loss and infection.[68]
Cats, like dogs, are digitigrades. They walk directly on their toes, with the bones of their feet making up the lower part of the visible leg.[69] Cats are capable of walking very precisely because, like all felines, they directly register; that is, they place each hind paw (almost) directly in the print of the corresponding fore paw, minimizing noise and visible tracks. This also provides sure footing for their hind paws when they navigate rough terrain. Unlike most mammals, when cats walk, they use a "pacing" gait; that is, they move the two legs on one side of the body before the legs on the other side. This trait is shared with camels and giraffes. As a walk speeds up into a trot, a cat's gait changes to be a "diagonal" gait, similar to that of most other mammals (and many other land animals, such as lizards): the diagonally opposite hind and fore legs move simultaneously.[70]
Like almost all members of the Felidae, cats have protractable and retractable claws.[71] In their normal, relaxed position, the claws are sheathed with the skin and fur around the paw's toe pads. This keeps the claws sharp by preventing wear from contact with the ground and allows the silent stalking of prey. The claws on the fore feet are typically sharper than those on the hind feet.[72] Cats can voluntarily extend their claws on one or more paws. They may extend their claws in hunting or self-defense, climbing, kneading, or for extra traction on soft surfaces. Most cats have five claws on their front paws, and four on their rear paws.[73] The fifth front claw (the dewclaw) is proximal to the other claws. More proximally is a protrusion which appears to be a sixth "finger". This special feature of the front paws, on the inside of the wrists, is the carpal pad, also found on the paws of big cats and dogs. It has no function in normal walking, but is thought to be an antiskidding device used while jumping. Some breeds of cats are prone to polydactyly (extra toes and claws).[73] These are particularly common along the northeast coast of North America.[74]
Physiology Cats are familiar and easily kept animals, and their physiology has been particularly well studied; it generally resembles those of other carnivorous mammals, but displays several unusual features probably attributable to cats' descent from desert-dwelling species.[32] For instance, cats are able to tolerate quite high temperatures: Humans generally start to feel uncomfortable when their skin temperature passes about 38 °C (100 °F), but cats show no discomfort until their skin reaches around 52 °C (126 °F),[66]:46 and can tolerate temperatures of up to 56 °C (133 °F) if they have access to water.[75]
Normal physiological values[76]:330 Body temperature 38.6 °C (101.5 °F) Heart rate 120–140 beats per minute Breathing rate 16–40 breaths per minute
Thermograph of various body parts of a cat Cats conserve heat by reducing the flow of blood to their skin and lose heat by evaporation through their mouths. Cats have minimal ability to sweat, with glands located primarily in their paw pads,[77] and pant for heat relief only at very high temperatures[78] (but may also pant when stressed). A cat's body temperature does not vary throughout the day; this is part of cats' general lack of circadian rhythms and may reflect their tendency to be active both during the day and at night.[79]:1 Cats' feces are comparatively dry and their urine is highly concentrated, both of which are adaptations to allow cats to retain as much water as possible.[32] Their kidneys are so efficient, they can survive on a diet consisting only of meat, with no additional water,[80] and can even rehydrate by drinking seawater.[81][79]:29While domestic cats are able to swim, they are generally reluctant to enter water as it quickly leads to exhaustion.[82]
Nutrition Cats are obligate carnivores: their physiology has evolved to efficiently process meat, and they have difficulty digesting plant matter.[32] In contrast to omnivores such as rats, which only require about 4% protein in their diet, about 20% of a cat's diet must be protein.[32] A cat's gastrointestinal tract is adapted to meat eating, being much shorter than that of omnivores and having low levels of several of the digestive enzymes needed to digest carbohydrates.[83] These traits severely limit the cat's ability to digest and use plant-derived nutrients, as well as certain fatty acids.[83] Despite the cat's meat-oriented physiology, several vegetarian or vegan cat foods have been marketed that are supplemented with chemically synthesized taurine and other nutrients, in attempts to produce a complete diet. However, some of these products still fail to provide all the nutrients cats require,[84] and diets containing no animal products pose the risk of causing severe nutritional deficiencies.[85] However, veterinarians in the United States have expressed concern that many domestic cats are overfed.[86]
Cats do eat grass occasionally. A proposed explanation is that cats use grass as a source of folic acid. Another is that it is used to supply dietary fiber, helping the cat defecate more easily and expel parasites and other harmful material through feces and vomit.[87]
Cats are unusually dependent on a constant supply of the amino acid arginine, and a diet lacking arginine causes marked weight loss and can be rapidly fatal.[88] Arginine is an essential additive in cat food because cats have low levels of the enzymes aminotransferase and pyrroline-5-carboxylate which are responsible for the synthesis of ornithine and citrulline in the small intestine.[89] Citrulline would typically go on to the kidneys to make arginine, but because cats have a deficiency in the enzymes that make it, citrulline is not produced in adequate quantities to make arginine. Arginine is essential in the urea cycle in order to convert the toxic component ammonia into urea that can then be excreted in the urine. Because of its essential role, deficiency in arginine results in a build up of toxic ammonia and leads to hyperammonemia.[89] The symptoms of hyperammonemia include lethargy, vomiting, ataxia, hyperesthesia and can be serious enough to induce death and coma in a matter of days if a cat is being fed an arginine-free diet. The quick onset of these symptoms is due to the fact that diets devoid in arginine will typically still contain all of the other amino acids, which will continue to be catabolized by the body, producing mass amounts of ammonia that very quickly build up with no way of being excreted.
Another unusual feature is that the cat cannot produce taurine,[note 1] with a deficiency in this nutrient causing macular degeneration, wherein the cat's retina slowly breaks down, causing irreversible blindness.[32] This is due to the hepatic activity of cystinesulfinic acid decarboxylase being low in cats.[91] This limits the ability of cats to biosynthesize the taurine they need from its precursor, the amino acid cysteine, which ultimately results in inadequate taurine production needed for normal function.[91] Deficiencies in taurine result in compensated function of feline cardiovascular and reproductive systems.[91] These abnormalities can also be accompanied by developmental issues in the central nervous system along with degeneration of the retina.[91]
In order to produce the essential vitamin niacin for use in the cat, tryptophan is needed for conversion purposes. However, due to a competing pathway with acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA), niacin can become deficient and require supplementation.[92] This process occurs when an overactive enzyme, picolinic acid carboxylase, converts the vitamin B6 precursor picolinic acid into the alternate compound acetyl-CoA, instead of converting quinolinate into nictotinic acid mononlucleotide (niacin).[93] Niacin is required in cats as it supports enzyme function. If niacin is deficient in the diet, anorexia, weight loss and an increase in body temperature can result.[94]
Preformed vitamin A is required in the cat for retinal and reproductive health. Vitamin A is considered to be a fat-soluble vitamin and is seen as essential in a cat's diet. Normally, the conversion of beta-carotenes into vitamin A occurs in the intestine (more specifically the mucosal layer) of species, however cats lack the ability to undergo this process.[92] Both the kidney and liver are contributors to the use of vitamin A in the body of the majority of species while the cats liver does not produce the enzyme Beta-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase which converts the beta-carotene into retinol (vitamin A).[95] To summarize: cats do not have high levels of this enzyme leading to the cleavage and oxidation of carotenoids not taking place.[93]
Vitamin D3 is a dietary requirement for cats as they lack the ability to synthesize vitamin D3 from sunlight.[96] Cats obtain high levels of the enzyme 7-dehydrocholestrol delta 7 reductase which causes immediate conversion of vitamin D3 from sunlight to 7-dehydrocholesterol.[97] This fat soluble vitamin is required in cats for bone formation through the promotion of calcium retention, along with nerve and muscle control through absorption of calcium and phosphorus.[97]
Cats, like all mammals, need to get linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid, from their diet. Most mammals can convert linoleic acid to arachidonic acid, as well as the omega 3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid) through the activity of enzymes, but this process is very limited in cats.[92] The Δ6-desaturase enzyme eventually converts linoleic acid, which is in its salt form linoleate, to arachidonate (salt form of arachidonic acid) in the liver, but this enzyme has very little activity in cats.[92] This means that arachidonic acid is an essential fatty acid for cats as they lack the ability to create required amounts of linoleic acid. Deficiency of arachidonic acid in cats is related to problems in growth, can cause injury and inflammation to skin (e.g. around the mouth) decreased platelet aggregation, fatty liver, increase in birth defects of kittens whose queens were deficient during pregnancy, and reproductive failure in queens.[92] Arachidonic acid can also be metabolized to eicosanoids that create inflammatory responses which are needed to stimulate proper growth and repair mechanisms in the cat.[98]
Cat food § Nutrient chart provides a list of the many nutrients cats require as well as the use of the nutrients in the body and the effects of the deficiency.
Senses Main article: Cat senses
Reflection of camera flash from the tapetum lucidum Cats have excellent night vision and can see at only one-sixth the light level required for human vision.[66]:43 This is partly the result of cat eyes having a tapetum lucidum, which reflects any light that passes through the retina back into the eye, thereby increasing the eye's sensitivity to dim light.[99] Another adaptation to dim light is the large pupils of cats' eyes. Unlike some big cats, such as tigers, domestic cats have slit pupils.[100] These slit pupils can focus bright light without chromatic aberration, and are needed since the domestic cat's pupils are much larger, relative to their eyes, than the pupils of the big cats.[100] At low light levels, a cat's pupils will expand to cover most of the exposed surface of its eyes.[101] However, domestic cats have rather poor color vision and (like most nonprimate mammals) have only two types of cones, optimized for sensitivity to blue and yellowish green; they have limited ability to distinguish between red and green.[102] A 1993 paper reported a response to middle wavelengths from a system other than the rods which might be due to a third type of cone. However, this appears to be an adaptation to low light levels rather than representing true trichromatic vision.[103]
Cats have excellent hearing and can detect an extremely broad range of frequencies. They can hear higher-pitched sounds than either dogs or humans, detecting frequencies from 55 Hz to 79,000 Hz, a range of 10.5 octaves, while humans and dogs both have ranges of about 9 octaves.[104][105] Cats can hear ultrasound, which is important in hunting[106] because many species of rodents make ultrasonic calls.[107] However, they do not communicate using ultrasound like rodents do. Cats' hearing is also sensitive and among the best of any mammal,[104] being most acute in the range of 500 Hz to 32 kHz.[108] This sensitivity is further enhanced by the cat's large movable outer ears (their pinnae), which both amplify sounds and help detect the direction of a noise.[106]
Cats have an acute sense of smell, due in part to their well-developed olfactory bulb and a large surface of olfactory mucosa, about 5.8 cm2 (0.90 in2) in area, which is about twice that of humans.[109] Cats are sensitive to pheromones such as 3-mercapto-3-methylbutan-1-ol,[110] which they use to communicate through urine spraying and marking with scent glands.[111] Many cats also respond strongly to plants that contain nepetalactone, especially catnip, as they can detect that substance at less than one part per billion.[112] About 70–80% of cats are affected by nepetalactone.[113] This response is also produced by other plants, such as silver vine (Actinidia polygama) and the herb valerian; it may be caused by the smell of these plants mimicking a pheromone and stimulating cats' social or sexual behaviors.[114]
Cats have relatively few taste buds compared to humans (470 or so versus more than 9,000 on the human tongue).[115] Domestic and wild cats share a gene mutation that keeps their sweet taste buds from binding to sugary molecules, leaving them with no ability to taste sweetness.[116] Their taste buds instead respond to acids, amino acids like protein, and bitter tastes.[117] Cats and many other animals have a Jacobson's organ in their mouths that is used in the behavioral process of flehmening. It allows them to sense certain aromas in a way that humans cannot. Cats also have a distinct temperature preference for their food, preferring food with a temperature around 38 °C (100 °F) which is similar to that of a fresh kill and routinely rejecting food presented cold or refrigerated (which would signal to the cat that the "prey" item is long dead and therefore possibly toxic or decomposing).[115]
The whiskers of a cat are highly sensitive to touch. To aid with navigation and sensation, cats have dozens of movable whiskers (vibrissae) over their body, especially their faces. These provide information on the width of gaps and on the location of objects in the dark, both by touching objects directly and by sensing air currents; they also trigger protective blink reflexes to protect the eyes from damage.[66]:47
File:BIOASTRONAUTICS RESEARCH Gov.archives.arc.68700.ogv Comparison of cat righting reflexes in gravity versus zero gravity Most breeds of cat have a noted fondness for settling in high places, or perching. In the wild, a higher place may serve as a concealed site from which to hunt; domestic cats may strike prey by pouncing from a perch such as a tree branch, as does a leopard.[118] Another possible explanation is that height gives the cat a better observation point, allowing it to survey its territory. During a fall from a high place, a cat can reflexively twist its body and right itself using its acute sense of balance and flexibility.[119] This is known as the cat righting reflex. An individual cat always rights itself in the same way, provided it has the time to do so, during a fall. The height required for this to occur is around 90 cm (3.0 ft). Cats without a tail (e.g. many specimens of the Manx and Cymric breeds) also have this ability, since a cat mostly relies on leg movement and conservation of angular momentum to set up for landing, and the tail is little used for this feat.[120] Their excellent sense of balance allows cats to move with great stability. A cat falling from heights of up to 3 meters can right itself and land on its paws.[121]
Health Main articles: Cat health and Aging in cats The average lifespan of pet cats has risen in recent years. In the early 1980s, it was about seven years,[122]:33[123] rising to 9.4 years in 1995[122]:33 and 15.1 years in 2018.[124] However, cats have been reported as surviving into their 30s,[125] with the oldest known cat, Creme Puff, dying at a verified age of 38.[126]
Spaying or neutering increases life expectancy: one study found neutered male cats live twice as long as intact males, while spayed female cats live 62% longer than intact females.[122]:35 Having a cat neutered confers health benefits, because castrated males cannot develop testicular cancer, spayed females cannot develop uterine or ovarian cancer, and both have a reduced risk of mammary cancer.[127]
Despite widespread concern about the welfare of free-roaming cats, the lifespans of neutered feral cats in managed colonies compare favorably with those of pet cats.[128]:45[129]:1358 [130][131][132][133]
Diseases Main article: Feline diseases A wide range of health problems may affect cats, including infectious diseases, parasites, injuries, and chronic disease. Vaccinations are available for many of these diseases, and domestic cats are regularly given treatments to eliminate parasites such as worms and fleas.[134]
Genetics Main article: Cat genetics The domesticated cat and its closest wild ancestor are both diploid organisms that possess 38 chromosomes[135] and roughly 20,000 genes.[136] About 250 heritable genetic disorders have been identified in cats, many similar to human inborn errors.[137] The high level of similarity among the metabolism of mammals allows many of these feline diseases to be diagnosed using genetic tests that were originally developed for use in humans, as well as the use of cats as animal models in the study of the human diseases.[138][139]
Behavior See also: Cat behavior and Cat intelligence A black-and-white cat on a fence A cat on a fence Outdoor cats are active both day and night, although they tend to be slightly more active at night.[140][141] The timing of cats' activity is quite flexible and varied, which means house cats may be more active in the morning and evening, as a response to greater human activity at these times.[142] Although they spend the majority of their time in the vicinity of their home, housecats can range many hundreds of meters from this central point, and are known to establish territories that vary considerably in size, in one study ranging from 7 to 28 hectares (17–69 acres).[141]
Cats conserve energy by sleeping more than most animals, especially as they grow older. The daily duration of sleep varies, usually between 12 and 16 hours, with 13 and 14 being the average. Some cats can sleep as much as 20 hours. The term "cat nap" for a short rest refers to the cat's tendency to fall asleep (lightly) for a brief period. While asleep, cats experience short periods of rapid eye movement sleep often accompanied by muscle twitches, which suggests they are dreaming.[143]
Social grooming Although wildcats are solitary, the social behavior of domestic cats is much more variable and ranges from widely dispersed individuals to feral cat colonies that gather around a food source, based on groups of co-operating females.[144][145] Within such groups, one cat is usually dominant over the others.[34] Each cat in a colony holds a distinct territory, with sexually active males having the largest territories, which are about 10 times larger than those of female cats and may overlap with several females' territories.[111] These territories are marked by urine spraying, by rubbing objects at head height with secretions from facial glands, and by defecation.[111] Between these territories are neutral areas where cats watch and greet one another without territorial conflicts. Outside these neutral areas, territory holders usually chase away stranger cats, at first by staring, hissing, and growling, and if that does not work, by short but noisy and violent attacks. Despite some cats cohabiting in colonies, they do not have a social survival strategy, or a pack mentality, and always hunt alone.[146]
Cat with an Alaskan Malamute dog However, some pet cats are poorly socialized. In particular, older cats may show aggressiveness towards newly arrived kittens, which may include biting and scratching; this type of behavior is known as feline asocial aggression.[147]
Though cats and dogs are often characterized as natural enemies, they can live together if correctly socialized.[148]
Life in proximity to humans and other domestic animals has led to a symbiotic social adaptation in cats, and cats may express great affection toward humans or other animals. Ethologically, the human keeper of a cat may function as a sort of surrogate for the cat's mother,[149] and adult housecats live their lives in a kind of extended kittenhood,[150] a form of behavioral neoteny. The high-pitched sounds housecats make to solicit food may mimic the cries of a hungry human infant, making them particularly hard for humans to ignore.[151]
Domestic cats' scent rubbing behavior towards humans or other cats is thought to be a feline means for social bonding.[152]
Communication Main article: Cat communication Domestic cats use many vocalizations for communication, including purring, trilling, hissing, growling/snarling, grunting, and several different forms of meowing.[7] (By contrast, feral cats are generally silent.)[153]:208 Their types of body language, including position of ears and tail, relaxation of the whole body, and kneading of the paws, are all indicators of mood. The tail and ears are particularly important social signal mechanisms in cats;[154][155] for example, a raised tail acts as a friendly greeting, and flattened ears indicates hostility. Tail-raising also indicates the cat's position in the group's social hierarchy, with dominant individuals raising their tails less often than subordinate animals.[155] Nose-to-nose touching is also a common greeting and may be followed by social grooming, which is solicited by one of the cats raising and tilting its head.[145]
Purring may have developed as an evolutionary advantage as a signalling mechanism of reassurance between mother cats and nursing kittens. Post-nursing cats often purr as a sign of contentment: when being petted, becoming relaxed,[156][157] or eating. The mechanism by which cats purr is elusive. The cat has no unique anatomical feature that is clearly responsible for the sound.[158] It was, until recent times, believed that only the cats of the Felis genus could purr. However, felids of the genus Panthera (tiger, lion, jaguar, and leopard) also produce non-continuous sounds, called chuffs, similar to purring, but only when exhaling.[159]
The hooked papillae on a cat's tongue act like a hairbrush to help clean and detangle fur. File:Housecat Grooming Itself.webm A tabby housecat uses its brush-like tongue to groom itself, licking its fur to straighten it. Cats are known for spending considerable amounts of time licking their coat to keep it clean.[160] The cat's tongue has backwards-facing spines about 500 μm long, which are called papillae. These contain keratin which makes them rigid[161] so the papillae act like a hairbrush. Some cats, particularly longhaired cats, occasionally regurgitate hairballs of fur that have collected in their stomachs from grooming. These clumps of fur are usually sausage-shaped and about 2–3 cm (0.8–1.2 in) long. Hairballs can be prevented with remedies that ease elimination of the hair through the gut, as well as regular grooming of the coat with a comb or stiff brush.[160]
Fighting Among domestic cats, males are more likely to fight than females.[162] Among feral cats, the most common reason for cat fighting is competition between two males to mate with a female. In such cases, most fights are won by the heavier male.[163] Another common reason for fighting in domestic cats is the difficulty of establishing territories within a small home.[162] Female cats also fight over territory or to defend their kittens. Neutering will decrease or eliminate this behavior in many cases, suggesting that the behavior is linked to sex hormones.[164]
An arched back, raised fur and an open-mouthed hiss can all be signs of aggression in a domestic cat. When cats become aggressive, they try to make themselves appear larger and more threatening by raising their fur, arching their backs, turning sideways and hissing or spitting.[154] Often, the ears are pointed down and back to avoid damage to the inner ear and potentially listen for any changes behind them while focused forward. They may also vocalize loudly and bare their teeth in an effort to further intimidate their opponent. Fights usually consist of grappling and delivering powerful slaps to the face and body with the forepaws as well as bites. Cats also throw themselves to the ground in a defensive posture to rake their opponent's belly with their powerful hind legs.[165]
Serious damage is rare, as the fights are usually short in duration, with the loser running away with little more than a few scratches to the face and ears. However, fights for mating rights are typically more severe and injuries may include deep puncture wounds and lacerations. Normally, serious injuries from fighting are limited to infections of scratches and bites, though these can occasionally kill cats if untreated. In addition, bites are probably the main route of transmission of feline immunodeficiency virus.[166] Sexually active males are usually involved in many fights during their lives, and often have decidedly battered faces with obvious scars and cuts to their ears and nose.[167]
Hunting and feeding
A cat that is playing with a caught mouse. Cats play with their prey to weaken or exhaust them before making a kill.
A domestic cat with its prey Cats hunt small prey, primarily birds and rodents,[168] and are often used as a form of pest control.[169][170] Domestic cats are a major predator of wildlife in the United States, killing an estimated 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals annually.[171][172] The bulk of predation in the United States is done by 80 million feral and stray cats. Effective measures to reduce this population are elusive, meeting opposition from cat enthusiasts.[171][172] In the case of free-ranging pets, equipping cats with bells and not letting them out at night will reduce wildlife predation.[168]
Free-fed feral cats and house cats tend to consume many small meals in a single day, although the frequency and size of meals varies between individuals.[146] Cats use two hunting strategies, either stalking prey actively, or waiting in ambush until an animal comes close enough to be captured.[173] Although it is not certain, the strategy used may depend on the prey species in the area, with cats waiting in ambush outside burrows, but tending to actively stalk birds.[174]:153
Perhaps the best known element of cats' hunting behavior, which is commonly misunderstood and often appalls cat owners because it looks like torture, is that cats often appear to "play" with prey by releasing it after capture. This behavior is due to an instinctive imperative to ensure that the prey is weak enough to be killed without endangering the cat.[175] This behavior is referred to in the idiom "cat-and-mouse game" or simply "cat and mouse".
Another poorly understood element of cat hunting behavior is the presentation of prey to human guardians. Ethologist Paul Leyhausen proposed that cats adopt humans into their social group and share excess kill with others in the group according to the dominance hierarchy, in which humans are reacted to as if they are at, or near, the top.[176] Anthropologist and zoologist Desmond Morris, in his 1986 book Catwatching, suggests, when cats bring home mice or birds, they are attempting to teach their human to hunt, or trying to help their human as if feeding "an elderly cat, or an inept kitten".[177][178] Morris's hypothesis is inconsistent with the fact that male cats also bring home prey, despite males having negligible involvement with raising kittens.[174]:153
Domestic cats select food based on its temperature, smell and texture; they dislike chilled foods and respond most strongly to moist foods rich in amino acids, which are similar to meat.[85][146] Cats may reject novel flavors (a response termed neophobia) and learn quickly to avoid foods that have tasted unpleasant in the past.[146] They may also avoid sugary foods and milk. Most adult cats are lactose intolerant; the sugars in milk are not easily digested and may cause soft stools or diarrhea.[146][179] They can also develop odd eating habits. Some cats like to eat or chew on other things, most commonly wool, but also plastic, cables, paper, string, aluminum foil, or even coal. This condition, pica, can threaten their health, depending on the amount and toxicity of the items eaten.[180][181]
Though cats usually prey on animals less than half their size, a feral cat in Australia has been photographed killing an adult pademelon of around the cat's weight at 4 kg (8.8 lb).[182]
Since cats lack sufficient lips to create suction,[183] they use a lapping method with the tongue to draw liquid upwards into their mouths. Lapping at a rate of four times a second, the cat touches the smooth tip of its tongue to the surface of the water, and quickly retracts it like a corkscrew, drawing water upwards.[184]
Running A veterinarian and columnist for Mercola Healthy Pets, Karen Shaw Becker, has compiled a list of the fastest and most athletic cat breeds. First is the Egyptian Mau, which can clock up to 30 miles per hour, faster than any other domestic cat breed in the world.[185][unreliable source] In descending order, Becker lists the other swift domestic cats: the Abyssinian cat, the Somali cat, the Bengal cat, the Savannah cat, the Manx cat ("He can jump and accelerate through the house like there's no tomorrow. Watch for his sharp turns and quick stops – you'll think he's a mini sports car in the shape of a cat."), the Siamese cat, the Ocicat, and the Oriental Shorthair.
The average house cat can outspeed the average house dog (excluding those born to run and race, such as the greyhound and the cheetah), but they excel at sprinting, not at long-distance running.
Play Main article: Cat play and toys File:Play fight between cats.webmhd.webm Play fight between kittens, age 14 weeks Domestic cats, especially young kittens, are known for their love of play. This behavior mimics hunting and is important in helping kittens learn to stalk, capture, and kill prey.[186] Cats also engage in play fighting, with each other and with humans. This behavior may be a way for cats to practice the skills needed for real combat, and might also reduce any fear they associate with launching attacks on other animals.[187]
Owing to the close similarity between play and hunting, cats prefer to play with objects that resemble prey, such as small furry toys that move rapidly, but rapidly lose interest (they become habituated) in a toy they have played with before.[188] Cats also tend to play with toys more when they are hungry.[189] String is often used as a toy, but if it is eaten, it can become caught at the base of the cat's tongue and then move into the intestines, a medical emergency which can cause serious illness, even death.[190] Owing to the risks posed by cats eating string, it is sometimes replaced with a laser pointer's dot, which cats may chase.[191]
Reproduction See also: Kitten
When cats mate, the tomcat (male) bites the scruff of the female's neck as she assumes a position conducive to mating known as lordosis behavior.
Radiography of a pregnant cat (about one month and a half) Female cats are seasonally polyestrous, which means they may have many periods of heat over the course of a year, the season beginning in spring and ending in late autumn. Heat periods occur about every two weeks and last about 4 to 7 days.[192] Multiple males will be attracted to a female in heat. The males will fight over her, and the victor wins the right to mate. At first, the female rejects the male, but eventually the female allows the male to mate. The female utters a loud yowl as the male pulls out of her because a male cat's penis has a band of about 120–150 backwards-pointing penile spines, which are about 1 mm long; upon withdrawal of the penis, the spines rake the walls of the female's vagina, which acts to induce ovulation. This act also occurs to clear the vagina of other sperm in the context of a second (or more) mating, thus giving the later males a larger chance of conception.[193]
After mating, the female washes her vulva thoroughly. If a male attempts to mate with her at this point, the female will attack him. After about 20 to 30 minutes, once the female is finished grooming, the cycle will repeat.[192]
Because ovulation is not always triggered by a single mating, females may not be impregnated by the first male with which they mate.[194] Furthermore, cats are superfecund; that is, a female may mate with more than one male when she is in heat, with the result that different kittens in a litter may have different fathers.[192]
A newborn kitten At 124 hours after conception, the morula forms. At 148 hours, early blastocysts form. At 10–12 days, implantation occurs.[195][196]
The gestation period for cats is between 64 and 67 days, with an average of 66 days.[197] The size of a litter usually is three to five kittens, with the first litter usually smaller than subsequent litters. Kittens are weaned between six and seven weeks old, and cats normally reach sexual maturity at 5–10 months (females) and to 5–7 months (males), although this can vary depending on breed.[192] Females can have two to three litters per year, so may produce up to 150 kittens in their breeding span of around ten years.[192]
Cats are ready to go to new homes at about 12 weeks of age,[198] when they are ready to leave their mother. They can be surgically sterilized (spayed or castrated) as early as 7 weeks to limit unwanted reproduction.[199] This surgery also prevents undesirable sex-related behavior, such as aggression, territory marking (spraying urine) in males and yowling (calling) in females. Traditionally, this surgery was performed at around six to nine months of age, but it is increasingly being performed before puberty, at about three to six months.[200] In the US, about 80% of household cats are neutered.[201]
Ecology Habitats
A cat in snowy weather Cats are a cosmopolitan species and are found across much of the world.[39] Geneticist Stephen James O'Brien, of the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland, remarked on how successful cats have been in evolutionary terms: "Cats are one of evolution's most charismatic creatures. They can live on the highest mountains and in the hottest deserts."[202] They are extremely adaptable and are now present on all continents except Antarctica, and on 118 of the 131 main groups of islands—even on isolated islands such as the Kerguelen Islands.[203][204]
Feral cats can live in forests, grasslands, tundra, coastal areas, agricultural land, scrublands, urban areas, and wetlands.[205] Their habitats even include small oceanic islands with no human inhabitants.[206] Further, the close relatives of domestic cats, the African wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) and the Arabian sand cat (Felis margarita) both inhabit desert environments,[29] and domestic cats still show similar adaptations and behaviors.[32] The cat's ability to thrive in almost any terrestrial habitat has led to its designation as one of the world's worst invasive species.[207]
As domestic cats are little altered from wildcats, they can readily interbreed. This hybridization poses a danger to the genetic distinctiveness of some wildcat populations, particularly in Scotland and Hungary and possibly also the Iberian Peninsula.[42]
Feral cats Main article: Feral cat
Feral farm cat Feral cats are domestic cats that were born in or have reverted to a wild state. They are unfamiliar with and wary of humans and roam freely in urban and rural areas.[9] The numbers of feral cats is not known, but estimates of the US feral population range from 25 to 60 million.[9] Feral cats may live alone, but most are found in large colonies, which occupy a specific territory and are usually associated with a source of food.[208] Famous feral cat colonies are found in Rome around the Colosseum and Forum Romanum, with cats at some of these sites being fed and given medical attention by volunteers.[209]
Public attitudes towards feral cats vary widely, ranging from seeing them as free-ranging pets, to regarding them as vermin.[210] One common approach to reducing the feral cat population is termed 'trap-neuter-return', where the cats are trapped, neutered, immunized against diseases such as rabies and the feline Panleukopenia and Leukemia viruses, and then released.[211] Before releasing them back into their feral colonies, the attending veterinarian often nips the tip off one ear to mark it as neutered and inoculated, since these cats may be trapped again. Volunteers continue to feed and give care to these cats throughout their lives. Given this support, their lifespans are increased, and behavior and nuisance problems caused by competition for food are reduced.[208]
Impact on prey species
Carrying half of a rabbit To date, little scientific data is available to assess the impact of cat predation on prey populations outside of agricultural situations. Even well-fed domestic cats may hunt and kill, mainly catching small mammals, but also birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates.[168][212] Hunting by domestic cats may be contributing to the decline in the numbers of birds in urban areas, although the importance of this effect remains controversial.[213] In the wild, the introduction of feral cats during human settlement can threaten native species with extinction.[206] In many cases, controlling or eliminating the populations of non-native cats can produce a rapid recovery in native animals.[214] However, the ecological role of introduced cats can be more complicated. For example, cats can control the numbers of rats, which also prey on birds' eggs and young, so a cat population can protect an endangered bird species by suppressing mesopredators.[215]
In isolated landmasses, such as Australasia, there are often no other native, medium-sized quadrupedal predators (including other feline species); this tends to exacerbate the impact of feral cats on small native animals.[216] Native species such as the New Zealand kakapo and the Australian bettong, for example, tend to be more ecologically vulnerable and behaviorally "naive", when faced with predation by cats.[217] Feral cats have had a major impact on these native species and have played a leading role in the endangerment and extinction of many animals.[218]
Even in places with ancient and numerous cat populations, such as Western Europe, cats appear to be growing in number and independently of their environments' carrying capacity (such as the numbers of prey available).[219][220] This may be explained, at least in part, by an abundance of food, from sources including feeding by pet owners and scavenging. For instance, research in Britain suggests that a high proportion of cats hunt only "recreationally"[220], and in South Sweden, where research in 1982 found that the population density of cats was as high as 2,000 per square kilometre (5,200/sq mi).[219]
In agricultural settings, cats can be effective at keeping mouse and rat populations low, but only if rodent harborage locations are kept under control.[221][222] While cats are effective at preventing rodent population explosions, they are not effective for eliminating pre-existing severe infestations.[223]
Impact on birds
A black cat eating a house sparrow The domestic cat is a significant predator of birds. UK assessments indicate they may be accountable for an estimated 64.8 million bird deaths each year.[168] A 2012 study suggests feral cats may kill several billion birds each year in the United States.[224] Certain species appear more susceptible than others; for example, 30% of house sparrow mortality is linked to the domestic cat.[225] In the recovery of ringed robins (Erithacus rubecula) and dunnocks (Prunella modularis), 31% of deaths were a result of cat predation.[226] In parts of North America, the presence of larger carnivores such as coyotes which prey on cats and other small predators reduces the effect of predation by cats and other small predators such as opossums and raccoons on bird numbers and variety.[227] The proposal that cat populations will increase when the numbers of these top predators decline is called the mesopredator release hypothesis.
On islands, birds can contribute as much as 60% of a cat's diet.[228] In nearly all cases, however, the cat cannot be identified as the sole cause for reducing the numbers of island birds, and in some instances, eradication of cats has caused a 'mesopredator release' effect;[229] where the suppression of top carnivores creates an abundance of smaller predators that cause a severe decline in their shared prey. Domestic cats are, however, known to be a contributing factor to the decline of many species, a factor that has ultimately led, in some cases, to extinction. The South Island piopio, Chatham rail,[226] the New Zealand merganser,[230] and the common diving petrel[231] are a few from a long list, with the most extreme case being the flightless Lyall's wren, which was driven to extinction only a few years after its discovery.[232][233]
Some of the same factors that have promoted adaptive radiation of island avifauna over evolutionary time appear to promote vulnerability to non-native species in modern time. The susceptibility of many island birds is undoubtedly due to evolution in the absence of mainland predators, competitors, diseases, and parasites, in addition to lower reproductive rates and extended incubation periods.[234] The loss of flight, or reduced flying ability is also characteristic of many island endemics.[235] These biological aspects have increased vulnerability to extinction in the presence of introduced species, such as the domestic cat.[236] Equally, behavioral traits exhibited by island species, such as "predatory naivety"[237] and ground-nesting,[234] have also contributed to their susceptibility.
Interaction with humans Main article: Human interaction with cats
Cats and people Cats are common pets throughout the world, and their worldwide population exceeds 500 million.[13] Although cat guardianship has commonly been associated with women,[238] a 2007 Gallup poll reported that men and women in the United States of America were equally likely to own a cat.[239]
As well as being kept as pets, cats are also used in the international fur[240] and leather industries for making coats, hats, blankets, and stuffed toys;[241] and shoes, gloves, and musical instruments respectively[242] (about 24 cats are needed to make a cat-fur coat).[243] This use has been outlawed in the United States, Australia, and the European Union.[244] Cat pelts have been used for superstitious purposes as part of the practise of witchcraft,[245] and are still made into blankets in Switzerland as folk remedies believed to help rheumatism.[246] In the Western intellectual tradition, the idea of cats as everyday objects have served to illustrate problems of quantum mechanics in the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment.
A few attempts to build a cat census have been made over the years, both through associations or national and international organizations (such as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies's one[247]) and over the Internet,[248][249] but such a task does not seem simple to achieve. General estimates for the global population of domestic cats range widely from anywhere between 200 million to 600 million.[250][251][252][253][254][255]
Cat show Main article: Cat show A cat show is a judged event where the owners of cats compete to win titles in various cat registering organizations by entering their cats to be judged after a breed standard.[256][257] Both pedigreed and companion (or moggy) cats are admissible, although the rules differ from organization to organization. Cats are compared to a breed standard,[258] and the owners of those judged to be closest to it are awarded a prize. Moggies are judged based on their temperament. Often, at the end of the year, all of the points accrued at various shows are added up and more national and regional titles are awarded.
Cat café Main article: Cat café A cat café is a theme café whose attraction is cats that can be watched and played with.[259] Patrons pay a cover fee, generally hourly and thus cat cafés can be seen as a form of supervised indoor pet rental.
Ailurophobia Main article: Ailurophobia Ailurophobia is a human phobia of cats; however, the term is often associated with humans that have a hatred of cats.[260]
Cat bites Main article: Cat bite Cats may bite humans when provoked, during play or when aggressive. Complications from cat bites can develop.[261] A cat bite differs from the bites of other pets. This is because the teeth of a cat are sharp and pointed causing deep punctures. Skin usually closes rapidly over the bite and traps microorganisms that cause infection.[262][261]
Infections transmitted from cats to humans Main article: Feline zoonosis Cats can be infected or infested with viruses, bacteria, fungus, protozoans, arthropods or worms that can transmit diseases to humans.[263] In some cases, the cat exhibits no symptoms of the disease,[264] However, the same disease can then become evident in a human. The likelihood that a person will become diseased depends on the age and immune status of the person. Humans who have cats living in their home or in close association are more likely to become infected, however, those who do not keep cats as pets might also acquire infections from cat feces and parasites exiting the cat's body.[263][265] Some of the infections of most concern include salmonella, cat scratch disease and toxoplasmosis.[264]
History and mythology Main articles: Cultural depictions of cats and Cats in ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptians mummified dead cats out of respect in the same way that they mummified people.[266]
Ancient Roman mosaic of a cat killing a partridge from the House of the Faun in Pompeii
A 19th-century drawing of a tabby cat Traditionally, historians tended to think ancient Egypt was the site of cat domestication, owing to the clear depictions of house cats in Egyptian paintings about 3,600 years old.[29] However, in 2004, a Neolithic grave excavated in Shillourokambos, Cyprus, contained the skeletons, laid close to one another, of both a human and a cat. The grave is estimated to be 9,500 years old, pushing back the earliest known feline–human association significantly.[16][267][268] The cat specimen is large and closely resembles the African wildcat, rather than present-day domestic cats. This discovery, combined with genetic studies, suggests cats were probably domesticated in the Middle East, in the Fertile Crescent around the time of the development of agriculture, and then were brought to Cyprus and Egypt.[15][20] Direct evidence for the domestication of cats 5,300 years ago in Quanhucun, China has been published by archaeologists and paleontologists from the University of Washington and Chinese Academy of Sciences. The cats are believed to have been attracted to the village by rodents, which in turn were attracted by grain cultivated and stored by humans.[269]
In ancient Egypt, cats were sacred animals, with the goddess Bastet often depicted in cat form, sometimes taking on the war-like aspect of a lioness.[270]:220 Killing a cat was absolutely forbidden[266] and the Greek historian Herodotus reports that, whenever a household cat died, the entire family would mourn and shave their eyebrows.[266] Families took their dead cats to the sacred city of Bubastis,[266] where they were embalmed and buried in sacred repositories.[266] Domestic cats were probably first introduced to Greece and southern Italy in the fifth century BC by the Phoenicians.[271] The earliest unmistakable evidence of the Greeks having domestic cats comes from two coins from Magna Graecia dating to the mid-fifth century BC showing Iokastos and Phalanthos, the legendary founders of Rhegion and Taras respectively, playing with their pet cats.[272]:57–58[273]
Housecats seem to have been extremely rare among the ancient Greeks and Romans;[273] Herodotus expressed astonishment at the domestic cats in Egypt, because he had only ever seen wildcats.[273] Even during later times, weasels were far more commonly kept as pets[273] and weasels, not cats, were seen as the ideal rodent-killers.[273] The usual ancient Greek word for "cat" was ailouros, meaning "thing with the waving tail",[272]:57[273] but this word could also be applied to any of the "various long-tailed carnivores kept for catching mice".[273] Cats are rarely mentioned in ancient Greek literature,[273] but Aristotle does remark in his History of Animals that "female cats are naturally lecherous."[272]:74[273] The Greeks later syncretized their own goddess Artemis with the Egyptian goddess Bastet, adopting Bastet's associations with cats and ascribing them to Artemis.[272]:77–79 In Ovid's Metamorphoses, when the gods flee to Egypt and take animal forms, the goddess Diana (the Roman equivalent of Artemis) turns into a cat.[272]:79 Cats eventually displaced ferrets as the pest control of choice because they were more pleasant to have around the house and were more enthusiastic hunters of mice.[274] During the Middle Ages, many of Artemis's associations with cats were grafted onto the Virgin Mary.[274] Cats are often shown in icons of Annunciation and of the Holy Family[274] and, according to Italian folklore, on the same night that Mary gave birth to Jesus, a virgin cat in Bethlehem gave birth to a kitten.[274] Domestic cats were spread throughout much of the rest of the world during the Age of Discovery, as ships' cats were carried on sailing ships to control shipboard rodents and as good-luck charms.[270]:223
Several ancient religions believed cats are exalted souls, companions or guides for humans, that are all-knowing but mute so they cannot influence decisions made by humans. In Japan, the maneki neko cat is a symbol of good fortune.[275] In Norse mythology, Freyja, the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, is depicted as riding a chariot drawn by cats.[276] In Jewish legend, the first cat was living in the house of the first man Adam as a pet that got rid of mice.[277] The cat was once partnering with the first dog before the latter broke an oath they had made which resulted in enmity between the descendants of these two animals.[277] It is also written that neither cats nor foxes are represented in the water, while every other animal has an incarnation species in the water.[277] Although no species are sacred in Islam, cats are revered by Muslims. Some Western writers have stated Muhammad had a favorite cat, Muezza.[278] He is reported to have loved cats so much, "he would do without his cloak rather than disturb one that was sleeping on it".[279] The story has no origin in early Muslim writers, and seems to confuse a story of a later Sufi saint, Ahmed ar-Rifa'i, centuries after Muhammad.[280] One of the companions of Muhammad was known as "Abu Hurayrah" (Father of the Kitten), in reference to his documented affection to cats.[281]
Superstitions and cat burning
Some cultures are superstitious about black cats, ascribing either good or bad luck to them. Many cultures have negative superstitions about cats. An example would be the belief that a black cat "crossing one's path" leads to bad luck, or that cats are witches' familiars used to augment a witch's powers and skills. The killing of cats in Medieval Ypres, Belgium, is commemorated in the innocuous present-day Kattenstoet (cat parade).[282] In medieval France, cats would be burnt alive as a form of entertainment. According to Norman Davies, the assembled people "shrieked with laughter as the animals, howling with pain, were singed, roasted, and finally carbonized".[283]
"It was the custom to burn a basket, barrel, or sack full of live cats, which was hung from a tall mast in the midst of the bonfire; sometimes a fox was burned. The people collected the embers and ashes of the fire and took them home, believing that they brought good luck. The French kings often witnessed these spectacles and even lit the bonfire with their own hands. In 1648 Louis XIV, crowned with a wreath of roses and carrying a bunch of roses in his hand, kindled the fire, danced at it and partook of the banquet afterwards in the town hall. But this was the last occasion when a monarch presided at the midsummer bonfire in Paris. At Metz midsummer fires were lighted with great pomp on the esplanade, and a dozen cats, enclosed in wicker cages, were burned alive in them, to the amusement of the people. Similarly at Gap, in the department of the Hautes-Alpes, cats used to be roasted over the midsummer bonfire."[284]
According to a myth in many cultures, cats have multiple lives. In many countries, they are believed to have nine lives, but in Italy, Germany, Greece, Brazil and some Spanish-speaking regions, they are said to have seven lives,[285][286] while in Turkish and Arabic traditions, the number of lives is six.[287] The myth is attributed to the natural suppleness and swiftness cats exhibit to escape life-threatening situations. Also lending credence to this myth is the fact that falling cats often land on their feet, using an instinctive righting reflex to twist their bodies around. Nonetheless, cats can still be injured or killed by a high fall.[288]
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2018.06.23 07:22 -0-1- All Aadhar links

  1. https://scroll.in/pulse/857656/across-india-hiv-positive-people-drop-out-of-treatment-programmes-as-centres-insist-on-aadhaar
  2. http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/rbi-clarifies-that-linking-aadhaar-to-bank-accounts-is-mandatory-2417021.html
  3. https://www.newsclick.in/ghosts-aadhaar-modi-govt-uidai-fabricated-data-duplicates-finds-it-activist
  4. https://www.ndtv.com/business/aadhaar-data-breach-210-government-websites-displayed-private-data-says-uidai-1777380?type=news&id=1777380&category=Business
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/aadhaar-project-threatens-rights-amnesty-international/527985.html http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/what-s-the-problem-sharing-details-with-govt-for-aadhaar-sc-to-petitioners/story-HattPkpVKkXdjzffWdHYkO.html
https://www.reddit.com/india/comments/7s6gls/vijay_shekhar_sharma_founder_of_paytm_on_aadhaa corporate interests supporting Aadhar
https://in.reuters.com/article/india-aadhaar-breach/critics-of-aadhaar-project-say-they-have-been-harassed-put-under-surveillance-idINKBN1FX0FU http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/new-law-cannot-cure-pre-aadhaar-act-data-breaches-says-supreme-court/article22816551.ece?homepage=true
https://www.reddit.com/india/comments/86z8ww/aadharnama/ (AadharnamaI posted on reddit)
https://web.archive.org/web/20180326061115/https://www.reddit.com/india/comments/86z8ww/aadharnama/ (Aadharnama on wayback machine)
Phase 2
  1. https://www.medianama.com/2018/04/223-hacking-group-lulzsec-india-alleges-massive-aadhaar-and-pan-data-breach/
  2. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/supreme-court-judge-questions-aadhaar-linking-to-mobile-phone-asks-is-everyone-a-terrorist-1833492?pfrom=home-topscroll
  3. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/can-dna-be-taken-for-aadhaar-asks-judge/article23447019.ece?homepage=true
  4. https://barandbench.com/delhi-hc-aadhaar-linkage-it-returns/
  5. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/money-and-banking/aadhaar-seeding-must-for-bank-accounts-under-kyc-norms-rbi/article23629576.ece
  6. https://www.medianama.com/2018/04/223-the-government-admits-that-the-supreme-court-had-not-ordered-the-aadhaar-mobile-linking/
  7. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/database-safe-but-theres-a-new-leak-1-3-lakh-aadhaar-bank-details-out-1842945?type=news&id=1842945&category=india-news
  8. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/didnt-order-aadhaar-sim-link-sc/article23673731.ece
  9. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-papetp-national/tp-telangana/sim-card-sellers-can-misuse-your-aadhaar-biometrics/article23715549.ece
  10. https://www.medianama.com/2018/04/223-aadhaar-leaks-list/
  11. https://m.timesofindia.com/india/aadhaar-not-must-for-mobile-sim-says-govt/amp_articleshow/63992984.cms
  12. https://thewire.in/economy/aadhaar-fraud-uidai
  13. https://blog.mozilla.org/netpolicy/2018/05/01/mozilla-statement-on-recent-reports-of-aadhaar-data-being-breached-again/
  14. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sc-questions-private-companies-using-aadhaar-says-it-goes-beyond-mandate-of-law/story-bu93CfiRpICaUZaWvEpSWL.html
  15. https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/sc-does-not-seem-to-agree-with-aadhaar-law-being-termed-a-money-bill
  16. https://www.newsclick.in/another-aadhaar-security-breach-even-biometric-data-can-be-misused
  17. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2018/may/03/25-lakh-telangana-pensioners-accounts-aadhaar-numbers-leaked-on-treasuries-department-website-1809491.amp?__twitter_impression=true
  18. https://scroll.in/article/877949/this-week-saw-3-aadhaar-leaks-and-an-admission-from-the-government-that-it-lied-about-mobile-linking
  19. https://www.karansaini.com/extracting-aadhaar-linked-phone-numbers/
  20. https://newsclick.in/uidai-paying-attention-aadhaar-security-failures-asks-fsmi
  21. https://www.moneylife.in/article/aadhaar-is-increasing-coercive-power-of-the-state-against-individuals-shyam-divan-tells-the-sc/53979.html
  22. https://foundation.mozilla.org/campaigns/release-the-bill/?sp_ref=410112189.352.187880.t.605542.3&source=twitter
  23. https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/100518/citing-mother-difficulty-example-sc-judge-says-aadhaar-serious-issue.html
  24. https://newsclick.in/how-aadhaar-makes-identity-fraud-much-easier
  25. http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/jean-dreze-social-welfare-programmes-under-nda
  26. https://m.economictimes.com/news/economy/policy/worlds-largest-id-database-exposed-by-india-government-errors/amp_articleshow/64169884.cms?__twitter_impression=true
  27. https://m.economictimes.com/wealth/personal-finance-news/aadhaar-not-mandatory-for-getting-pension-government/articleshow/64173119.cms
  28. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/police-need-aadhaar-access-to-nab-first-time-offenders-says-ncrb-chief/article24220580.ece?homepage=true
  29. https://www.moneylife.in/article/aadhaar-is-infosys-founder-nilekanirsquos-conflict-of-interest-making-lives-difficult-for-bank-customers-through-finacle/54408.html
  30. https://www.moneylife.in/article/aadhaar-the-big-fat-lie-of-uidais-missing-person-found-propaganda/54544.html
  31. https://www.financialexpress.com/money/income-tax/bombay-high-court-allows-25-people-to-file-income-tax-returns-without-their-aadhaar-card-details-here-is-why/1225778/lite/
  32. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhqZz7dQffQ&feature=youtu.be
  33. http://www.toxicswatch.org/2018/07/51-reasons-why-all-freedom-loving.html?m=1
  34. https://globalvoices.org/2018/07/13/in-india-regulators-are-deciding-the-fate-of-sensitive-data-behind-closed-doors/
  35. https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/jean-dreze-exclusive-mgnrega-workers-have-become-guinea-pigs-for-aadhaar-payments-system/1246759/
  36. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/aadhaar-data-vulnerable-to-insider-threat-uidais-unhackable-claim-a-myth-experts/articleshow/64970654.cms?
  37. https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/behave-if-you-want-aadhaaarticleshow/64937281.cms?
  38. https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2018/07/10/this-uzbek-national-was-arrested-last-year-with-an-aadhaar-card-believed-to-be-forged-its-still-valid-on-the-uidai-website_a_23478403/
  39. https://www.businesstoday.in/opinion/columns/bury-this-bekaar-aadhaastory/280139.html
  40. https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2018/07/11/indias-leading-it-institution-is-urgently-asking-teachers-to-upload-their-aadhaar-numbers-to-an-unsecured-google-doc_a_23479194/
  41. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/banks-question-uidai-diktat-on-audit/article24392463.ece
  42. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/aadhaar-has-both-financial-and-data-risks-point-out-panelists/articleshow/64956517.cms
  43. https://www.reddit.com/antiaadhacomments/8w0qwv/if_your_bank_insists_on_aadhaar_use_this_link_to/
  44. https://theprint.in/governance/37-duped-on-olx-by-crooks-using-leaked-aadhaar-copies-of-army-cisf-personnel/79068/
  45. https://theprint.in/governance/after-aadhaar-a-new-bill-aims-for-greatness-but-may-leave-your-personal-info-unsecured/79483/
  46. https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/compulsion-by-stealth/article5646019.ece
  47. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJFHOJDIX30
  48. https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/aadhaar-row-right-to-privacy-data-leak-protection-uidai-5316396/
  49. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/uidai-has-no-answer-to-aadhaar-details-on-the-web-advises-caution/articleshow/65459721.cms
  50. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L49LxRaWdO4&feature=youtu.be
  51. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/telecom-news/uidai-announces-phased-rollout-of-face-authentication-with-telcos-from-september-15/articleshow/65450528.cms?from=mdr
  52. https://thewire.in/tech/aadhaar-fingerprints-ncrb-police-investigations
  53. https://newsd.in/aadhaar-needed-for-speed-posts-to-abroad/
  54. https://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/data-protection-bill-series-retrospective-application-of-law-and-stand-on-aadhaar-4967161.html
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2018.04.18 01:00 boredCommentator JoJo's OC Tournament #3: R2M6 - Bas Haze, Blake Falstaff, and Mr. Moon vs Johnny Leever and Furo Raida

The results are in for Match 4! The winner is…
Stephen ‘Steppy’ Morris and ‘Monster’, with a score of 80 to Roel’s 49!
Category Winner Point Totals Comments
Popularity Player Team 28-12 A decent turnout at 7-3 and handy popularity victory for the players. Creativity seems to have won out over sheer overpowering force in the voters’ eyes.
Quality Tied 25-25 Reasoning.
JoJolity Player Team 27-12 Reasoning.
Well, this match was certainly an exciting one, and it’s great to see interest and attention on boss matches, considering there’s going to be two more later this round! Roel van Greywolf played to his strengths very well and had an opening play that was barely countered, but the sheer creativity on display by the player team managed to equal out their quality scores, and meanwhile popularity and JoJolity handily went to them.
While this 2v2 deathmatch hopefully has a higher turnout than the last one, in the meantime you can still vote on the totally original treasure hunt between a Lineman and three artificial clones. As of typing this, it definitely needs more votes, and has a full day to get them!
“Yaaharharhar!” The eager cries of a pirate captain on the edge filled the upper-crust Californian streets, a beat-up old used convertible sailing through them as the radio blasted a nautical tune. Johnny Leever had “acquired” the car on the side of a long stretch of road after his teammates picked him up from his previous destination. To the song’s rhythm, meanwhile, a hermit crab who clung to the hood clacked her claws. To show no hard feelings to the briefly-abandoned crustacean, Furo Raida’s captain offered to take her along on his next big mission.
In a beat-up old studebaker, driving towards the same destination, a detective with a cat in the passenger seat and beachcomber in the back was trying to focus on the road.
“You… sure it’s a good idea to go there, Blake?” Bas Haze asked, reading about the destination they were headed on a tablet. “I mean, the previous owner is dead, so what more could be there, right?”
“Plenty more could be there, Bas,” the detective responds. “I mean, after Flori Dada went an’ bit it, all ‘is goons just cleared out. It’s gotta mean somethin’ that people’re gatherin’ there again. Maybe there’s… somethin’ the last guys there missed, or somethin’ like that!”
“As long as that ‘something’ isn’t another freak snowstorm…” Bas shivers a bit at the thought. “GPS says we’re getting close, though.”
Mr. Moon perks his head up, looking out the windshield and meowing out. “Look alive, Blake. The road’s all wet up ahead.”
“Again with this? It’s been hot and dry all day, Moon, there’s no way that-”
With a horrible sound, the car just straight lurches and falls several inches into the road with a splash, causing Bas and Blake to jump and Mr. Moon to climb up to the head of his seat.
“Mmaybe we should start listening when the cat has one of his weird hunches?” Bas suggests, climbing out of the car carefully and stepping onto the ground, only to find all of it completely dry. “Huh? Uh, Blake, our car’s sorta stuck in the ground…”
“The hell?! Our car is ruined!” Blake and Moon climb out onto the hot pavement, noticing the same thing, the detective squinting her eyes. “Think I know who did this.”
A pirate captain and a crab had just run into the building, and a purple convertible parked nearby quickly shifted to lose a lot of conspicuously boat-like properties.
“Arr, what be the meanin’ of this here gatherin’ o’wayward souls?” Kicking open the door to the rundown estate, Johnny Leever shouted to all in the vestibule. In response to his actions, a small crowd of men and women looked in his direction. While all but one was dressed shabbier than Flori Dada’s goons, they also actually seemed to be in better health and spirits than the men that Jekyll described to the captain on his previous visit.
“Is that a hermit crab?” One woman asked, simply pointing curiously at the clacking critter.
“Aye, but not just any hermit crab, lass. She be the fiercest hermit crab on land an’ sea!”
“I… Alright.” She nods. “You’re not a cop, are you?”
“As if! Cap’n Leever follows no law but ‘is own and the call of the sea.”
More nodding, and sighs of relief from every tense person in the room. “Well, then, did you have business with Mr. Flow, or..?”
The conversation is cut off by another trio rushing in. “Why the ‘ell’d you wreck our car?!”
“Grr… So we were followed after all! ‘ow did ye escape me sights?” Johnny Leever’s hand forms into a fist.
“Following you? No, we were just on here on our own when we- Yow!” Bas jumped back, wincing, and rubbing his leg after having been pinched in the ankle by Furo Raida, much to Johnny’s amusement.
Mr. Moon’s tail swished as he surveyed the musty, dusty, dark building. “Blake, there’s other cats around, and I can smell their scents all over everything… Two of ‘em. Feral. Male.” He gets ready to pounce. “Neither of them gets to have a crab lunch, though!”
Blake nods. “But… Why’re there squatters ‘ere again anyway? The old bastard who kept you ‘ere died months ago!”
“Aye, an’ me own crewman were the one who sent ‘im t’Davy Jones’ locker! Anythin’ left to find here’s the claim of the Bikini Bottom!”
The Ruby users and Pearl users circled each other in the foyer from a safe distance, eyeing each other suspiciously.
One homeless fellow, either tanned or simply darker-skinned, with dark, wavy hair and a goatee and clad in a suit spoke up. “A moment of your attention, all of you!” Attention earned, he clears his throat and continues. “I am Evan Flow, the… Th-the leader of this commune. I think I remember your friend, Captain Leever, for I lived through the hell that dead man put me and so many of my former friends through. I hid and watched once the fighting began, and remained here in secret when all others left. Since then, I’ve turned this place into a true sanctuary for my brothers and sisters, for a large roof over our heads, a warm place to rest them, a farm upon the roof where we grow seasonal fruits and vegetables to share as one. But I’m-I’m getting away from my point here.” He clears his throat. “I cannot be of any assistance to you all while you’re acting how you are! Resolve this dispute however you will, but please, leave the rest of us out of this. We are simply trying to live our lives.”
With that, Evan was quick to clear out. The five looked between one another once more, having all taken that request the same way: beat the hell out of one another without harming the residents.
Location: What was once the Dada Estate, having since genuinely been taken over and made into a more benevolent homeless commune since the death of Flori Dada. The teams approximately start in the places that have been marked with their colors, roughly, though they are meant to be around 25 meters apart from one another. Homeless men and women are still squatting as they were before, though in a lesser but still very impressive number. On top of that, they’re genuinely more affable than the broken, violent soldiers Flori had made of his previous guests, at least to people who don’t mean them harm.
While the estate’s residents may no longer be trying to kill you, that doesn’t mean that the place is 100% safer. Several of the windows have been broken and then boarded up. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Jekyll, the lights and electricity all throughout the 1580 square meter mansion are quite faulty, and the generators a few of the better-off members of the commune managed to scrounge together was only enough to either keep the heat on or keep the lights on. They chose heat. There’s no running water, so crates upon crates of bottled water have been stacked in the pantry along with much of their food (fresh vegetables and fruits), guarded by a pair of twin veteran brothers. Mice and other rodents are roaming around all over, and their leader Evan Flow allowed in a pair of feral cats, a black bombay and orange tabby they’ve taken to calling Nightman and Dayman. Aside from the kitchen, which is kept clean, many of the surfaces of the rooms are covered in a thin layer of dust and dirt.
Goal: RETIRE your opponents.
Additional Information:
Nightman and Dayman, the cats, have agility 5, strength and endurance 1, cat 3, and Mousing 5. They’re not fond of one another, but both at least agree that they’re better than humans. The new “master” of the estate is the only one who particularly likes either of them. They start in the kitchen on opposite sides of the island-countertop.
The average squatter in the Dada Estate has 2 in speed, strength, and communist literature, 3 in endurance, and 4 in unionizing. The veteran brothers in the kitchen have 4s across the board and are armed with boards, as in a spiked 2x4 each. There’s around 8 per room, mostly just socializing among themselves or recalling horror stories about this place’s previous master (or, in the library and reading room’s cases, reading some Marx and having a book club), and they’re content to just let the five of you do your thing as long as you don’t hurt any of them. If you do manage to injure any of them, though, every one in the room you’re currently in and all adjacent rooms will move to attack the offending party.
None of the residents can see stands, but if they start getting mysteriously injured without an obvious cause, it won’t take long for them to put two and two together on who is responsible.
You will not be able to find Evan Flow anywhere during the match, so don’t try to.
JoJolity: At least one per team based around not harming the homeless people, and/or around turning them on your opponents.
Team Combatant JoJolity
Crimson Chiefs Bas Haze “Kukuku… No more running, unless you want to hurt all these people…” All these people have nothing to do with this fight. Your beef is with those jerks who ruined your team’s studebaker. Minimize any potential damage to the homeless people trying to live their lives here.
Crimson Chiefs Blake Falstaff and Mr. Moon “The ground has a memory of everything that happens upon it. Underworld takes these memories and exacavates them.” Your sharp detective skills led to you learning a lot about what happened here last time. Take some ideas from the previous fight here, both from the players and the boss, and put a new, creative, effective spin on them.
Bikini Bottom Johnny Leever “Kukuku… No more running, unless you want to hurt all these people…” This guy respects your team for sparing so many of his former allies, and this time they’re not even trying to hurt anyone, so there’s no reason for you not to keep that up! Minimize any potential damage to the homeless people trying to live their lives here.
Bikini Bottom Furo Raida “The ground has a memory of everything that happens upon it. Underworld takes these memories and exacavates them.” Your own teammate once had a hell of a fight in this place, and his opponent was fearsome as well. Take some ideas from the previous fight here, both from the players and the boss, and put a new, creative, effective spin on them.
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Match Player(s) 1 Player(s) 2 Type Description Match Date
1 Baron Mordechai Henry Walshman Deathmatch A minute-long elevator ride is awkward enough without this in the mix. Apr 7
2 Thela Hun Ginjeet Lance Deathmatch A fancy party and neon lights... Wait, that's TOO Neon! Apr 9
3 Anna Rose and Damon Aurel Stu Steel E. and Fabian Gibson Objective You wanna do this the right way? Let’s go to the ice, get some pucks. Apr 11
4 ‘Steppy’ Morris ‘Monster’ Boss The Devil's Mad Dog has struck this peaceful town… Apr 13
5 ‘Crowbar’ Jackson Chloe Jay, Kay, and Elle Objective An archeological dig in search of some buried treasure! Apr 15
6 Furo Raida and Johnny Leever Blake Falstaff, Mr. Moon and Bas Haze Deathmatch The man may be dead, but his home is still standing… Apr 17
7 Grace Vincent Amaki Castillo Deathmatch And I'm freeeeee... Free fallin'! Apr 19
8 Mute Nick Mason Boss A mild-mannered bartender has inspired this much hatred? Apr 21
9 Buffalo Soldier and Soichi Utsumi Simon ‘Jack’ Rodgers and Basilio Goltero Santos Deathmatch A ruined town in a horrible sandstorm... It's almost poetic, don't you think? Apr 23
10 Marco F. Caine Jim Ledbetter Deathmatch “Oh, that isn’t smoke, It’s steam! Steam from the steamed baths we’ll be fighting in!” Apr 25
11 Rory Raccoon Mary Ann Objective Oh, all we're doing is walking dogs! What's the worst that could happen? Apr 27
12 MAKS_13 and Manny Elflad Jules Langlias and Tsao Xu Objective Two car crash victims, but only one vacant room at the clinic. Apr 29
13 Henry Jenkins Otraz Ivanov Objective Fishing gets a lot more exciting when you’re underwater...and when Stands are involved! May 1
14 Judas Saxon Russ Teneo Boss "It's kinda like a cross between Tradtional Fighting Stances and Water Ballet..." May 3
15 Clarence Creedwater and Dr. Jekyll Gregor Yuvecksky and Geoff Wetton Deathmatch A straightforward cage match, but there's some rather unruly spectators… May 5
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2018.01.30 06:00 birdyroger THE LAST PERSON BABA REMEMBERED

 Eruch Jessawala 
Baba has his own way of drawing His loved ones. Doctors are a prime example. And Dr. Ginde, you may say, is a glaring example of this. Baba was suffering from excruciating pain in His face. He had what is called trigeminal neuralgia.
Our Feramji who just died this last June, also suffered from it and the pain was so bad that he used to come out of his room and bang his head against the pillars of the verandah to get some relief. Baba hadn't been able to eat for several days because of the pain, and naturally we were all worried about Baba's condition. Nariman was living in Bombay then and he contacted Dr. Ram Ginde.
Dr. Ginde was the top neurologist in the country at the time, a renowned doctor, and Nariman went to Beach Candy Hospital to see if Dr. Ginde would travel to Ahmednagar to examine Baba, because he knew that Baba would not come to Bombay to be treated. In a way, it was a preposterous request to expect such a big person who was so famous and so busy to go all the way to Ahmednagar, but, of course, where Baba was concerned, no task was too imposing for Nariman to take on.
How can I explain this to you all? It wasn't that we weren't aware of how preposterous some of the things we asked people to do were -- we were intelligent people, Nariman was a man of the world, he knew very well how important people had to be handled -- but there was an air of freedom around Baba.
Baba was the Emperor, the whole world was His, everyone in it was merely one of His vassals, so what did it matter to us if the world thought this one was great or that one was a VIP, or this one was a Maharaja -- it was all the same to us. We were in the world but we truly were not of it. We were free men who had chosen to become His slaves, and by becoming His slaves, we became totally free from bondage to the values of worldly people. So Nariman didn't hesitate for a second to go and ask this famous neurosurgeon to see Baba.
I remember Nariman telling us about it later. It was amusing the way he described it. Instead of having an interview with Dr. Ginde in his office as he expected, he found that Dr. Ginde was too busy for that. Nariman ended up following Ginde around the hospital as he made his rounds, talking to him in between patients. Dr. Ginde was very abrupt, almost rude, but it was just that he didn't have time for the social niceties. So Nariman followed Dr. Ginde around and explained the situation, and Ginde agreed to come. Dr. Ginde had never met Baba before and, of course, at first wanted Baba to come to Bombay, but Nariman told Ginde that Baba couldn't come to Bombay and that Ginde would have to go to Ahmednagar. "How?" Ginde asked. Nariman said that he would arrange a car and driver to be put at Ginde's disposal, and eventually Ginde agreed.
A certain date had been set up, and on that day the car containing Dr. Ginde arrived at Meherazad and I went to receive him. As soon as he got out of the car he said to me, very curtly, "Do you have anyplace to piddle?"
"What?" I was a little taken aback. And the question surprised me because we used to piddle wherever we wanted to in those days. We didn't have the latrines you see now. There were just a few buildings here, and we were completely surrounded by fields, so whenever we had to ease our bladders we would just wander into one of the fields and go. So I told Dr. Ginde, "Yes, just this field."
Ginde walked off into the field where Falu's rose garden is now, and I showed him the water tap and the soap and he said to me, "Do you know how to wash your hands?" I don't remember what I said to that, but he went on, "Most people don't have any idea how to use soap properly to wash their hands. You don't just rub some on and then immediately wash it off." And the whole time he's talking he's rubbing his hands with the soap, making a rich lather. And he gave me a lecture on the proper way to wash your hands. I don't remember it now, but it had something to do with working up a good lather and letting the soap bubbles stay on your hands for a while so that a catalytic agent had time to work, and it was the reaction caused by this agent which actually got the hands clean.
I don't remember exactly what he said, but I'll never forget the way he immediately started lecturing me on the proper way to wash your hands. He was like an army general ordering his troops about, showing them how to do this or do that. After coming into Baba's contact he was a completely different person, but this was how he was with us in the beginning. Very abrupt, very curt. In the meantime, Dr. Goher had come to tell Dr. Ginde that he could see Baba. So Dr. Goher led him to Baba's room, and Ginde began his examination and he quickly diagnosed the problem as trigeminal neuralgia.
"I can give you some medicine for the pain, but there's nothing else I can do," Ginde said.
"There's no cure?" Baba asked.
"Yes, there is a cure, but it is worse than the disease."
"What's the cure?" Baba asked.
"I can give you an injection which will relieve the pain in an instant, but I don't recommend it."
As soon as Baba heard that, He wanted the injection given, saying that the pain was unbearable, but Ginde kept insisting that he couldn't recommend it. I remember Ginde said at one point, "If my own father were suffering the way you are, I would not recommend that he have the operation."
But Baba wouldn't be put off, so finally Ginde said, "Well, if you want it done, you will have to go to the hospital."
"Hospital?" Baba made a frown to show that he didn't like the idea. "Why not do it here?"
"But Baba," Dr. Ginde said, "it is a delicate operation. It has to be done in a hospital."
"Do it here," Baba gestured.
"Baba, that's impossible. First of all, the room must be completely antiseptic and..."
Baba turned to Dr. Goher, "Can't you make the room antiseptic?"
"Yes, Baba. We can do that, and in the meantime Dr. Ginde can have some breakfast. By the time he's finished, we'll have everything ready here."
"No, no, it's not possible. It's a very delicate, intricate, and sensitive operation. You need a special screen to make the proper measurements." And Ginde explained that you had to insert a needle into the brain through the temple. You had to make the most exact measurements so you would know where to inject the needle and how deep to position it so that it would be situated at the very end of the trigeminal nerve. Then you released a drop of alcohol on the nerve end and it deadened the nerve so that there would be no more pain.
"Do it," Baba gestured.
"But Baba, even if I could do it here, which I can't, I don't recommend it. The pain will stop but that whole side of Your face will be permanently desensitized, numb. You won't be able to feel any normal sensations like heat or cold. Better to live with the pain, which is only periodic, than the loss of sensation, which will be permanent. You will have no feeling on that half of Your face" -- I think it was the right side of Baba's face -- "You won't feel Your tears, Your saliva will dribble, Your eye will droop. Better to live with the pain, which is intermittent. I will prescribe some medicine to make it more tolerable." You see, already Dr. Ginde had developed some feeling for Baba. He didn't want to see Baba looking that way. That's why he had pleaded with Baba that even if it were his own father, he wouldn't want that.
But Baba was adamant. "No, I want you to do the operation," Baba indicated. "I will take full responsibility for it."
"But Baba, without a screen it is not possible to measure accurately. There is no way of knowing whether the needle is in the right position."
"I have been hearing," Baba gestured, "that you are the top neurosurgeon in the country, and you can't do the measurements properly without a screen?"
"It has to be exact, Baba. You don't want to deaden the wrong nerve."
"But surely, with your experience, you would be able to make the measurements."
You see how the conversation turned. Baba started playing on Dr. Ginde's pride. Buttering him up, as it were, emphasizing how skillful he was reputed to be. And though Baba was supposed to be the patient, see how He is the one who leads the doctor in the conversation. Baba conducts it all.
Dr. Ginde admitted that he could do the measurements without the screen. "But how is it possible for me to do the operation here? You will have to be anaesthetized."
"Baba, You must not move. This is a very delicate operation. The slightest movement of Your head could result in my hitting the wrong nerve."
"I will sit very still. I won't move."
"But I have to inject the needle to just the right depth and then release one drop of alcohol. How will I know if I have found the right spot, how will I know whether the pain has subsided? You don't even speak."
"I'll raise my finger."
"How?" Ginde demanded, and Baba gestured, "I'll do this," and showed him how He would raise His finger without moving His head at all.
"But will you be able to bear the pain without moving at all?"
"I will bear it."
"Your head mustn't shake at all."
"I won't shake."
And Baba indicated this with such calm authority that Dr. Ginde believed it and eventually was persuaded that he could do the operation here.
He went and had breakfast, which the women sent over while Dr. Goher supervised the cleaning of Baba's room. She turned it into an operating theater. And when it was ready Dr. Ginde came back inside and began taking the most precise measurements of Baba's head and forehead. He spent a long time with calipers measuring from every angle. Finally he was ready, and he inserted a large needle into Baba's head. Here, at the temple. You could hear the needle as it pierced Baba's skull -- you may call it a long, thin nail, not even a needle. As I recall there was another needle inside this, with a drop of absolute alcohol. Dr. Ginde inserted this into the hole made by the larger needle.
"The instant you feel relief, raise Your finger," Dr. Ginde instructed Baba. Baba sat absolutely motionless. And when Dr. Ginde found the right spot and released the alcohol, without moving at all, Baba just raised His finger, like this.
Dr. Ginde withdrew the needle and then applied a dressing to the temple. Baba was very happy because the pain was completely gone, and Dr. Ginde was also very happy and very proud because, really speaking, the operation should not have been done like that and it required great skill on Dr. Ginde's part to be able to do it.
Ginde asked Baba to walk. He wanted to see if Baba's balance had been affected, but I still remember the sight because Baba took Ginde's hand, and the two of them, hand in hand strolled up and down the room. Baba turned to Dr. Goher and gestured that they should give Ginde some food. "Bring some rice and dal for him." Baba ordered, and when the food came, Baba fed the first morsel to Dr. Ginde Himself.
Ginde said, "But Baba, You have not eaten for some days, it is better if You have some food and Ginde tried to persuade Baba to eat.
"I am very happy," Baba declared.
"But I am not," Ginde answered.
"Why not?"
"It's not good, Baba. You should not have done it." He was glad the pain was gone, but he was unhappy that one side of Baba's face would now be permanently without feeling or sensation.
But, as usual, Ginde was in a hurry, so he wanted to leave right away now that the operation was over. And only a minute or two after, the car drove off. It was just at the end of the driveway, or the top of the hill, you may say, when the pain returned. Baba told us to immediately call Adi on the phone in Ahmednagar and tell him to stop Dr. Ginde's car and tell Dr. Ginde the news that the pain had returned. So we did. We didn't have a phone here, but we cycled down to the pumping station and called Adi and told him to stop the car when it came through town. So Adi did.
"What is it?" Ginde asked.
"I just received a phone call," Adi said, "that the pain has returned. What should we do now?"
Ginde replied, "Tell Baba that I am very happy to hear that the pain has returned."
And this was how Dr. Ginde was caught. It seems as if Baba suffered this excruciating neuralgic pain only to have the excuse to call Dr. Ginde to Him. And after the contact was made, which was the important thing, the pain came back and Baba's face was not affected. And Baba stopped complaining about the pain as well.
In subsequent years, Dr. Ginde saw Baba many times, but not as a doctor, and grew to love Him very deeply.
You know that at the very end, on the 31st of January, Dr. Ginde was the last person Baba remembered. He had called Dr. Ginde and given instructions that he should come to Him at Meherazad before noon on the 31st, and throughout that morning Baba would inquire whether Dr. Ginde had arrived yet. Finally, just before noon, Baba told us to call Adi and leave word that as soon as Dr. Ginde arrived, he should be brought to Meherazad at once, without any tea or refreshment first.
And Ginde arrived just after Baba dropped His body. But you know that story, don't you, you know why Ginde was late? As I've told you, he was a very busy man. He was always in a hurry, so when he would come to visit Baba, he would drive from Bombay, spend a few hours with Baba, and then rush back to Bombay. But the whole way here, he would be instructing his driver to go faster. "Can't you go faster, why are you taking so long, don't dawdle."
And he would instruct the driver to pass cars without regard for whether the road conditions permitted it or not. It used to terrify his wife, and she complained to Baba. "How often have I been telling him not to back seat drive, but he doesn't listen to me. But if you were to tell him, Baba, he will listen to You."
Baba agreed and told Dr. Ginde that from then on he was not allowed to say anything to his driver. He had to let his driver drive at his own speed and not insist that he try to pass every vehicle on the road. Dr. Ginde didn't like it, but his love for Baba was such that the obeyed. But now see the situation. He had been called to Meherazad on the 31st by Baba, and Baba had emphasized that he must be there by twelve noon at the latest.
So Dr. Ginde had left early that morning, in plenty of time. But for some reason, his driver went even slower than usual. Of course, Dr. Ginde didn't know just how critical Baba's condition was, but he was beside himself, and yet he couldn't say a word to his driver. And then, to make matters worse, the driver suddenly pulls over to the side of the road and gets out of the car. Dr. Ginde thought the driver had to piddle or something, but the driver just stood there for quite a while, resting and Dr. Ginde, bound by his obedience to His lord, had to remain silent. And it was because of that that he was late. He arrived at Adi's office just in time to hear that Baba had dropped His body. The shock was so great that he had a heart attack right there in Adi's office.
But after only a minute he and Adi drove to Meherazad and he was able to pay his last respects to Baba. "Where were you?" we asked. "Baba wanted you here by twelve, Baba kept asking for you." And poor Ginde, it wasn't his fault that he was late, but how he must have felt it. I told you, the shock was so great that he had a heart attack as soon as he arrived and heard the news.
But then he stayed and was with us while Baba's body was lying in the crypt at Meherabad. It was Dr. Ginde who kept urging us to inter Baba's body. We hadn't planned to keep Baba's body for seven days in the Samadhi. We had no such plans at all. We weren't able to think ahead that way. We simply were following Baba's orders.
We took Baba's body to the crypt at Meherabad because He had told us all many times how important it was that His body be placed there after He dropped it. And we played "Begin the Beguine" because Baba had told us to do that as well. But we had no idea so many of Baba's lovers would come to pay their last respects to Him. To have one last glimpse of His face. And with so many lovers coming, and from distant lands, how could we deprive them of this last darshan? We couldn't, so we got blocks of ice and kept Baba's body surrounded by ice blocks.
Even so, Dr. Ginde was upset. "Eruch," he would tell me, "Baba is God, but his body is human. It will decompose just like any other body; you must inter it." You see, Ginde was afraid that Baba's body would swell up and burst. "You can't keep His body indefinitely. This is a desert climate, you must inter it as soon as possible."
And we said we would as soon as there was the first indication that Baba's body was starting to deteriorate, but the days passed and we still hadn't interred the body and Dr. Ginde couldn't take it anymore, he decided to go back to Bombay. But before he went, he asked Don Stevens, who was there, to come and see him in Bombay on his way back to the States to tell him exactly what occurred during the next few days.
And do you know, Baba's body stayed fresh the entire seven days. But after a week it was decided that the time had come to inter Baba's body and so, on February 7th, on His birthday by the Zoroastrian calendar, the ice was removed and Baba's body was covered up. A wooden coffin had been made as a lid and earth was put on top of that and then a cloth was placed at the top. The marble slab wasn't installed until sometime later.
Don Stevens left and went back to America. But he remembered Dr. Ginde's request and so he went to visit him. He went to Dr. Ginde's apartment and opened his arms to hug Dr. Ginde when, to his utter astonishment and surprise, Dr. Ginde bent down and lowered his head on Don's shoes. Don didn't know what to say, he was so taken aback at this. Here was this man, this famous doctor, falling at his feet and wiping the dust off Don's shoes and placing it on his head. "You've just returned from Meherabad," Dr. Ginde explained, "so the dust on your shoes is sacred."
That is the degree to which this famous neurosurgeon came to love Meher Baba as the Lord. Dr. Ram Ginde, truly a great lover.
And to net this lover, Baba used the excuse of trigeminal neuralgia. At one time or another, I think every part of Baba's body suffered from some sort of ailment. And in each a different specialist would be sought out, and whosoever came to see Baba, they ended up by surrendering to His love.
The Avatar suffers, but through that suffering His lovers are drawn to Him. And through our suffering for Him, not for ourselves, our love for Him is increased. And the more we love Him, the more we feel we don't love Him and the more we suffer for Him, until that love and that suffering reaches such a height that the Beloved falls in love with His lover and the game is over. The Beloved becomes the lover and the lover becomes the Beloved. That is called realization.
THAT'S HOW IT WAS, pp. 41-51 Copyright 1995 AMBPPCT
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2017.03.31 22:31 AJs_WP_Acct [EVENT] Massive industrial corridor expansion!

The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) has made New Delhi, Mumbai, and the areas between them into highly-developed, advanced centers of industry and technology. The two cities have acquired magnificent skylines and immense amounts of industrial development. At the same time, it's important to keep the development of the nation on pace with the growth of its population.
Therefore, a new 2040 plan will seek to capitalize on the efforts of the DMIC with a new, $280 billion plan to be implemented over the next six years. This huge budget will come from a slight increase in taxes on the wealthy, and a significant devotion of funds from the Research, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environmental sections of government spending. Foreign partners will also be invited to contribute. This plan will create a new industrial corridor, the Chennai-Bengaluru-Ahmedabad Industrial Corridor (CBAIC). The CBAIC will advance the technology on the existing Western Dedicated Freight Corridor to a high-speed and high-capacity capability.
It will expand this line from the city of Mumbai, northwards, connecting India's fourth-largest city Ahmedabad to the industrial corridor stretching from New Delhi to Mumbai. It will then stretch down to the south, to India's Silicon Valley in Bengaluru, the third-largest city and India's technological capital. From Bengaluru, it will stretch through the heart of India, reaching Hyderabad, the fifth-largest city, before stretching north along the eastern coast to the other end of this great corridor of industrialization, in Chennai - India's sixth largest city, and largest on the eastern coast. Wherever the line is expanded, its extension shall be accompanied by a frenzy of spending on improving infrastructure, adding high-tech capability, and advancing industry - to create a true modern industrial corridor along its length. At completion, this Western Dedicated Freight Corridor will become the Indian Dedicated Freight Corridor, being the primary artery of all Indian domestic commercial activity.
This immense megaproject is expected to bring hundreds of millions of people into the advanced industrial corridor powering India's future. It will radically change the face of India, as the most influential infrastructure development effort in human history. Using experience gained from the DMIC, India will expand and establish new highways, energy systems, airports, seaports, skyscrapers, and manufacturing centers. Across Indian cities, new skyscrapers in the design trend of the Vikar Pawas Eco will spring up. The CBAIC will create new transport, technological, logistics, and industrial hubs across the subcontinent, driving Indian growth forward for at least the next decade. Millions of Indians are expected to become involved in some fashion in the creation and construction of the CBAIC. As hundreds of thousands of our citizens have gained decades of experience working in the Arabian megaprojects, and we have quite a few megaprojects of our own completed, we fully expect the ambitious scope of this initiative to be within our reach.
The schedule for the massive effort is the following:
Category Cost Completion Date
Logistics Hubs $11 billion 2043
Industrial Hubs $12 billion 2043
Manufacturing Centers $15 billion 2045
Energy Systems $18 billion 2044
Technological Hubs $23 billion 2044
Ports (Seaports, Airports) $23 billion 2044
Highways $35 billion 2045
Mumbai 2045 $71 billion 2045
Indian Dedicated Freight Corridor $72 billion 2046

Mumbai 2045

As of 2040, the city of Mumbai has a population approaching 40 million people. By a significant margin, this makes India's financial capital the largest city in the world. As Mumbai city authorities say, the world's largest city deserves to be the world's greatest city.
Therefore, $71 billion will be invested over the next five years into developing Mumbai, in order to make it so.
Firstly, the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India will be merged to create the Mumbai Stock Exchange, which on merging will become the largest stock exchange in Asia, and one of the largest in the world. $2 billion will be invested in expanding and advancing this stock exchange's capabilities, to make it one of the leading financial institutions in the global economic landscape.
Secondly, a major program of skyscraper construction will begin, to advance the city's capabilities. Four Vikar Pawas Eco Skyscrapers will be constructed, providing greater habitation and commercial ability to Mumbai's inhabitants, but with differing designs to create a more beautiful skyline. The centerpiece of this design will be the 2km-tall Gandhi Peace Tower, a monument to the unofficial Father of the Nation, and to the might of the country he brought into existence. By far the most expensive part of the Mumbai 2045 project, this building and its associated infrastructure will cost $41 billion to construct over the next five years, with $30 billon coming from the Mumbai 2045 initiative, and an addition $11 billion coming from the private sector. Though an additional $20 billion in spending will ensure that several other new skyscrapers above the 1.4km mark are built in Mumbai and other Indian cities, the Gandhi Peace Tower will dominate the Mumbai skyline. At the same time, $11 billion in spending will also focus on expanding the city's industrial, logistics, and technological parks and hubs of innovation to forward the furious, eternal march of progress in the nation.
Also part of the project will be a serious $12 billion expansion the Mumbai Metro, in order to serve the entire city capably. It will increase size by a factor of eight over the next five years, funded by the Mumbai 2045 initiative. This expanded subway will capably serve the new city, with both underground and overground sections.
In line with regulations to be implemented in all major Indian cities, the Municipal Health Departments will see their funding vastly increase by $6 billion, with far more personnel and equipment to enforce health laws. This is intended to maintain the cleanliness of the city, and prevent the accumulation of waste. In tandem with new stricter environmental health laws and the success of the Thorium Initiative, we hope to see all Indian cities clean by 2045, especially Mumbai.
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2017.01.26 00:38 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: india top posts from 2016-01-26 to 2017-01-24 18:31 PDT

Period: 364.58 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 126024
Rate (per day) 2.74 344.87
Unique Redditors 650 10917
Combined Score 450243 932604

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 14223 points, 14 submissions: ironypatrol
    1. Winner of a fancy dress competition at a school in Bangalore (8456 points, 222 comments)
    2. The United States of India (938 points, 51 comments)
    3. PV Sindhu wins China Open (810 points, 24 comments)
    4. Arnab Goswami resigns from Times Now, says could start another venture (777 points, 356 comments)
    5. Didn’t know Hindi well, came from Chennai. I thought “abbey saale” was way to call out to people: Google CEO, sundarpichai at IIT-Kharagpur (433 points, 131 comments)
    6. A cartoon on Salman's recent acquittal from the black buck case (429 points, 23 comments)
    7. Today is the 97th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre [NP] (353 points, 102 comments)
    8. Amazing picture of Indian Army tanks firing at night at Exercise Shatrujeet on now in Rajasthan (350 points, 71 comments)
    9. Bill for legalised supply of opium, marijuana cleared for Parliament (307 points, 63 comments)
    10. Homosexuality Can Be 'Cured', Say 38% of IIT Bombay Students (303 points, 196 comments)
  2. 11272 points, 1 submission: hd-86
    1. Tragedy of India (11272 points, 349 comments)
  3. 6558 points, 1 submission: ForPranitaThrowaway
    1. My friend passed away and TOI made a mockery of her. (6558 points, 244 comments)
  4. 6412 points, 3 submissions: Saigo_Digiart
    1. I thought there was a lack of India based satire comics, so I made my own! - Brown Paper Bag. Let me know what you guys think about a few of my first comics (3130 points, 209 comments)
    2. A few days ago, I shared the first of my India based comics - Brown Paperbag. The response has been overwhelming. I owe a lot of it to Reddit /India. So here are some more of them for those of you who are not on Facebook (1990 points, 167 comments)
    3. /India, it's been a while! I'd like to thank you guys so much for liking my comics. Here are a few more for those of you not on Facebook/Instagram (1292 points, 137 comments)
  5. 5855 points, 12 submissions: wordswithmagic
    1. How to transport a bed for free in Bangalore? (1859 points, 180 comments)
    2. This is what we Indians did to the new superfast Mahamana Express; Do we even deserve such swanky trains? (905 points, 317 comments)
    3. Son has no legal right in parents' house, can stay at their mercy: Delhi high court (428 points, 115 comments)
    4. TIL: In 1955, Parliamentarians unanimously decided to increase their salary by Re 1, because their existing salary was Rs 420 (408 points, 39 comments)
    5. Karnataka government likely to limit multiplex movie ticket price at Rs 120 (383 points, 541 comments)
    6. Proof that Delhi citizens are not heartless, cold, indifferent to others' pain and joys (322 points, 115 comments)
    7. JNU vs Siachen (Cartoon by Satish Acharya) (277 points, 49 comments)
    8. TIL: In an interview, Salman Khan explained his logic of refusing Chak De India: “I had a problem with the title. I wish they hadn’t added India to the title. I felt our fans in Pakistan and Bangladesh might feel bad.” (277 points, 120 comments)
    9. TIL: In 1984, Atal Bihari Vajpayee stood between a murderous mob and helpless Sikh taxi drivers to save them from catastrophe (262 points, 74 comments)
    10. TIL In 1991, when India's foreign exchange reserves plunged to $1.2 billion, RBI pledged India's entire gold reserve to raise $600 million. The van transporting the 67 tons of gold to the airport broke down on route and panic followed.. (250 points, 85 comments)
  6. 5841 points, 10 submissions: imnoidiot5
    1. A slice of Mumbai at night (1683 points, 130 comments)
    2. The Milky Way from Tosh, Paravati Valley, Himachal Pradesh (1390 points, 78 comments)
    3. An elephant and a rhino have an awkward stand off in Jaldaprada, West Bengal (518 points, 80 comments)
    4. IAF aircraft in action on the INS Vikramaditya (450 points, 59 comments)
    5. Diving with elephants in the Andaman and Nicobar islands (356 points, 56 comments)
    6. Can You Hear Bollywood's Deafening Silence On Salman Khan's Rape Comment? (354 points, 172 comments)
    7. A short exchange with an earthquake expert got me wondering about India's preparedness for any earthquakes in the future (313 points, 59 comments)
    8. The Kamuthi Solar Power Project in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu viewed from the sky. (283 points, 22 comments)
    9. A stadium being prepared before a Delhi Daredevils game (256 points, 18 comments)
    10. Tabo Monastery, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India (238 points, 17 comments)
  7. 5513 points, 6 submissions: Keerikkadan91
    1. Shilpa Shetty's thoughts on Orwell's 'Animal Farm' (3973 points, 433 comments)
    2. Cute equals childish: When will the Tamil cinema heroine grow up and become an adult? For many heroes, the heroine is simply a overgrown child old enough to legitimately excite him sexually. (405 points, 195 comments)
    3. Indian politician builds mansion with bullet-proof bathroom using taxpayer money 'It's like the good old days when the feudal lord would have a castle that would have a house as well as his office,' says one critic [x-post /worldnews] (403 points, 96 comments)
    4. 'Charkha in hands and Nathuram in heart; No sin in calling a joker a joker': Gandhi's great-grandson slams Modi over Khadi calendar row (246 points, 100 comments)
    5. Kerala CM says beef eating part of state's culture, ban in police academy to go (244 points, 193 comments)
    6. First batch of three female fighter pilots commissioned (242 points, 83 comments)
  8. 5174 points, 11 submissions: mathurawai
    1. There's an Indian YouTube Tech Channel Sharmaji Technical which posts tech videos/Mobile Reviews in Hindi. Only this time he forgot to clear the history before making the video. (920 points, 161 comments)
    2. Mahatma Gandhi's letter to Adolf Hitler. July 1939. (711 points, 237 comments)
    3. Salman Khan's legal team forces parody account to delete the Facebook page. (646 points, 191 comments)
    4. A photo of Assam floods I took on my flight. (546 points, 22 comments)
    5. Happy Independence Day India. (499 points, 144 comments)
    6. 50 chartered planes to ferry VVIPs to Nagpur for Gadkari’s daughter’s wedding (398 points, 208 comments)
    7. This 21 year old girl was stabbed over 22 times by a stalker in Delhi. [NSFL] (331 points, 185 comments)
    8. One is Master of courts, undefeated, unparalleled pride of India. Other one is PV Sindhu. (330 points, 29 comments)
    9. How the intellectuals of Gurgaon behave with Bachelors. (279 points, 217 comments)
    10. Some jokes just write themselves. (260 points, 95 comments)
  9. 4331 points, 12 submissions: Abzone7n
    1. Beautiful India (Day 3) : Dawki,Meghalaya. (592 points, 29 comments)
    2. Beautiful India (Day 5) : Leh-town, Ladakh. (467 points, 25 comments)
    3. India bags deals to launch 68 foreign satellites, 12 of them from US (459 points, 49 comments)
    4. Rajya Sabha passes GST Bill 197-to-0 (454 points, 291 comments)
    5. Never change Kozhikode (429 points, 65 comments)
    6. BBC being BBC, (x-post nepal). (324 points, 66 comments)
    7. Beautiful India (Day 8) : Agatti Island Airport, Lakshadweep. (308 points, 20 comments)
    8. North Sikkim for me is a fairytale place in the winter. (294 points, 40 comments)
    9. India's car manufacturing industry has surpassed South Korea's to become the world's fifth largest in terms of output so far this year (284 points, 86 comments)
    10. Beautiful India(Day 2) : Meesapulimala, Kerala. (244 points, 23 comments)
  10. 3771 points, 10 submissions: hipporama
    1. Petrol stations won't accept cards from Monday to protest bank's transaction fee (585 points, 177 comments)
    2. No laws in India to protect customers if they lose money during digital transactions (481 points, 159 comments)
    3. Ramdev’s Patanjali Fails FSSAI Tests, Fined (449 points, 116 comments)
    4. Finance ministry official says political parties are exempted under income tax law to deposit old currency notes in their bank accounts (407 points, 175 comments)
    5. I Have Seen More Sexism In Bollywood Than In The Porn Industry, Says Sunny Leone (379 points, 196 comments)
    6. Among Political Parties, BJP Has Largest Amount Of Unknown Income (355 points, 109 comments)
    7. Amit Shah’s co-operative bank at Ahmedabad Ashramam road gets Rs 500 crore deposit, just after notes ban (334 points, 116 comments)
    8. India 96th in download speed, behind Nepal, Bangladesh (278 points, 93 comments)
    9. Gujarat: Angry cashless people attack banks (260 points, 140 comments)
    10. You say clean-up is your concern so why no Lokpal in 2 yrs, SC asks Govt (243 points, 123 comments)
  11. 3743 points, 7 submissions: HarrySeverusPotter
    1. Something that you'll not see on news channels (1594 points, 126 comments)
    2. [Shower Thought] I'm convinced most of the teachers who told me Wikipedia is unreliable, now use viral WhatsApp forwards for most of their news sources (449 points, 81 comments)
    3. [NP] Anyone like falooda? (411 points, 52 comments)
    4. [NP] you know nothing bull. (364 points, 77 comments)
    5. Arnab Goswami wants me to speak on that British guys views on India on NewsHour, but that man doesnt deserve any airtime, hence I have denied : Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) on Twitter (361 points, 115 comments)
    6. When you see it ... [xpost funny] (318 points, 62 comments)
    7. [NP] But Why? (246 points, 57 comments)
  12. 3124 points, 6 submissions: ghatroad
    1. Mitron.....! (1497 points, 121 comments)
    2. Marine Drive, Bombay (Mumbai), India, 1930s [NP] (454 points, 100 comments)
    3. Indian Men will be Men (338 points, 136 comments)
    4. [NP] Indian engineer working in Sweden starter pack X-post sweden (306 points, 171 comments)
    5. [NP] Meanwhile in TN (286 points, 71 comments)
    6. [NP] Vasco da Gama before the Zamorin of Calicut X-post from southindiaart (243 points, 74 comments)
  13. 3080 points, 4 submissions: sojana
    1. Supreme Court historic verdict: Politicians can't use religion, caste, creed or language for votes (1310 points, 307 comments)
    2. [NP]When that one homie who supplies dope walks in! (1052 points, 81 comments)
    3. India Has Surpassed Mexico To Become The Most Ignorant Nation In The World: Survey (457 points, 235 comments)
    4. PMO refuses demonetisation info under RTI - Times of India (261 points, 87 comments)
  14. 2899 points, 1 submission: yal_sik
    1. Modi: From Nov 8 to abolish 500 and 1000 Rupee notes. (2899 points, 1803 comments)
  15. 2796 points, 6 submissions: AvianSlam
    1. @CNNnews18: #BREAKING -- Veteran actor Om Puri passes away at the age of 66 (1176 points, 200 comments)
    2. Andhra CM's mega prize for any Andhra scientist who gets a Nobel: Rs. 100 crore. Naidu's offer is roughly 16 times more than the reward money of the Nobel Prize itself. (413 points, 125 comments)
    3. AP FiberNet: Andhra Pradesh launches 15 Mbps broadband Internet at Rs 149 per month, 100 Mbps at Rs 999. (399 points, 309 comments)
    4. BJP MP Ananth Kumar Hegde caught on camera beating up doctor at Karnataka hospital. BJP has distanced itself from the MP, saying the party is not accountable for an individual’s actions. (291 points, 58 comments)
    5. Note ban takes toll on terror; Pak counterfeit presses close, Kashmir violence dips 60% (278 points, 193 comments)
    6. Check out Andhra Pradesh State Dashboard, where you can monitor everything from number of streetlights switched on, power generated daily, water levels, rainfall, tax revenue, forest plantation rates, government revenue, and more. (239 points, 33 comments)
  16. 2673 points, 7 submissions: doc_two_thirty
    1. Cow only animal that inhales, exhales oxygen: Rajasthan minister (542 points, 262 comments)
    2. The logic works both ways [NP] (430 points, 18 comments)
    3. How to party safely in India [NP] (409 points, 57 comments)
    4. Cheesy girls [NP] (406 points, 64 comments)
    5. 25 out of 33 Patanjali Ads Were False & Misleading: ASCI (361 points, 68 comments)
    6. The word "night" in the Indian sub-continent [x-post etymologymaps] [NP] (284 points, 150 comments)
    7. An Excerpt from Chetan Bhagat's latest book [NP] (241 points, 299 comments)
  17. 2672 points, 3 submissions: MantalBwoy
    1. Airtel, please. (1516 points, 153 comments)
    2. RIP Indian Media (615 points, 103 comments)
    3. Anurag Kashyap on Twitter: If you haven't seen Masaan , better to download it on torrents or watch a pirated Dvd than see it on hot star. It's mutilated on it. (541 points, 192 comments)
  18. 2493 points, 5 submissions: that_70_show_fan
    1. Amazon Prime video is censoring content and the world needs to take notice (1115 points, 272 comments)
    2. Just something that happened to my sis....[x-post /funny] (553 points, 135 comments)
    3. Why everyone need to support our police forces demand for 8 hour shifts (293 points, 58 comments)
    4. Honda announces that, starting April 2017, all their cars will come with dual SRS airbags as standard (285 points, 77 comments)
    5. Censor Board wants 40 cuts in Bollywood film Udta Punjab, which deals with drug abuse in the state - The Board has refused to clear the film if the edits are not made, citing 'excessive swearing, abusive language and drug consumption' shown in it. (247 points, 100 comments)
  19. 2389 points, 5 submissions: Divtya_Budhlya
    1. In light of The Times of India (TOI) implementing Anti-Adblock Features and blocking its readers, here's how many ads they display compared to actual content. (1112 points, 144 comments)
    2. Reuters India on Twitter: India’s telecom regulator TRAI says no company to offecharge discriminatory tariffs for data on basis of content - TV (424 points, 38 comments)
    3. Marc Andreessen on Twitter: "Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?" (320 points, 133 comments)
    4. Cops in Mumbai continue to harass couples on the streets for no reason (275 points, 103 comments)
    5. TIMES NOW on Twitter: "#BREAKING Bombay High Court orders only 1 cut in 'Udta Punjab' #UdtaPunjabVerdict https://t.co/l70Pulketd" (258 points, 107 comments)
  20. 2367 points, 3 submissions: sex_with_a_panda
    1. Haha (1285 points, 129 comments)
    2. India is dying of thirst, can we please talk about it? (700 points, 291 comments)
    3. [Zoke Tym] After Oscars, reporter asks Leonardo DiCaprio about intolerance in India (382 points, 50 comments)
  21. 2250 points, 7 submissions: john2a
    1. Ladakh - Two seasons (393 points, 27 comments)
    2. Phoren uncle is always better (363 points, 65 comments)
    3. TIL there is a longstanding demand in Northeast India for a separate time zone. NE people have breakfast after minimum four hours of daylight and start of office hours only at middle of the day. (358 points, 86 comments)
    4. TIL Kalki Koechlin is the last descendant of the renowned Alsatian Koechlin family which included French industrialists, traders, composers, perfume makers, an aviation pioneer, mayors and a structural designer of the Eiffel Tower. (350 points, 44 comments)
    5. TIL 18th and 19th century European visitors at Mahabalipuram reported that locals had seen glinting copper tops of pagodas out at sea. After the 2004 Tsunami, a previously unseen lion statue appeared on Mahabalipuram beach. (282 points, 23 comments)
    6. Most technical protest in India ever (253 points, 26 comments)
    7. Condition of NH-37 Manipur (251 points, 40 comments)
  22. 2229 points, 5 submissions: techaddict0099
    1. OMG! Times of India makes a fool of itself – TOI Promotes The Hindu in matrimonial ad (995 points, 61 comments)
    2. The Real Indian Wedding Pic collection [Sauce FB] (378 points, 172 comments)
    3. How India Eats - Veg/Non-Veg State wise % (322 points, 198 comments)
    4. Flyover on the balcony, flyover on the room! That's Kolkata for you (297 points, 98 comments)
    5. This Guy Promotes Helmet Wearing in better way: He writes on back of his car "My son died in road accident as he was not wearing helmet, so please wear and promote others to wear" (237 points, 10 comments)
  23. 2162 points, 7 submissions: TemptNotTheBlade
    1. Urban Dictionary: MITRON (459 points, 85 comments)
    2. Muslims attack on Hindus in three states on Eid-e-Milad (353 points, 210 comments)
    3. Cash Withdrawal Limits Likely To Continue Beyond Dec 30, Says SBI Chairman. "If there is no cash, whether restriction or no restriction, I cannot give it” (318 points, 149 comments)
    4. Rs 91 lakh worth old notes found in Maharashtra BJP minister’s vehicle (264 points, 146 comments)
    5. High-tech solar cells power Shivaji statue to light up Mumbai city - major tech breakthrough after Nano Chip in Rs 2,000 (261 points, 48 comments)
    6. Cash crunch a bitter pill for sugarcane farmers. There is simply no cash in the bank. Every time we complain, the bank manager asks us to approach Modiji, said a farmer (254 points, 206 comments)
    7. Don't hold currency, use it freely; cash crunch will be resolved soon: RBI (253 points, 160 comments)
  24. 2150 points, 6 submissions: mycuntry
    1. 'If you don't like a book, throw it away': Madras HC's fantastic order on a petition seeking ban on Tamil writer Perumal Murugan’s controversial book (558 points, 98 comments)
    2. With 97% Toilet Coverage, Kerala Is Going For 100% ‘Open Defecation Free’ Status By November 1 (343 points, 75 comments)
    3. US dossier bares Pakistan's role in Pathankot terror attack: The US has handed over evidence, comprising over 1,000 pages of chats and conversations between Jaish-e-Muhammed handler and Jihadis. (325 points, 101 comments)
    4. The Man Who Saw the Future: One of Jawaharlal Nehru’s enduring legacies has been the firm civilian control of the military (313 points, 117 comments)
    5. Rent-a-riot leaders exposed in UP: Chilling sting operation tapes politicians from across parties agreeing to stage religious violence for Rs 5 lakh (309 points, 82 comments)
    6. Apparently, the best story on Dipa Karmakar, the sole Indian gymnast to qualify for Rio, was made by China's CCTV News (302 points, 87 comments)
  25. 2128 points, 4 submissions: serialposter
    1. PV Sindhu through to Olympics Gold Medal Match. (1120 points, 234 comments)
    2. WTF? I thought the PayTM ad after demonetization day was cringy. This is another level. (511 points, 138 comments)
    3. Hypercity is selling Tomato Puree 1+1 free. One is manufactured in Jan 2016 and the other in July 2015. The July one expires this month but interestingly the July ones have the mfg. date scrubbed off. (253 points, 36 comments)
    4. Nice work, newspaper photo captioning guy. (244 points, 27 comments)

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  5. bhiliyam (3728 points, 766 comments)
  6. Not_a_kulcha (3645 points, 141 comments)
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  23. Anon_id_43576999 (2514 points, 31 comments)
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  3. My friend passed away and TOI made a mockery of her. by ForPranitaThrowaway (6558 points, 244 comments)
  4. Shilpa Shetty's thoughts on Orwell's 'Animal Farm' by Keerikkadan91 (3973 points, 433 comments)
  5. I thought there was a lack of India based satire comics, so I made my own! - Brown Paper Bag. Let me know what you guys think about a few of my first comics by Saigo_Digiart (3130 points, 209 comments)
  6. Modi: From Nov 8 to abolish 500 and 1000 Rupee notes. by yal_sik (2899 points, 1803 comments)
  7. India conducted surgical strikes last night across LoC to safeguard our nation: Defence Ministry by Brownboypower (2098 points, 936 comments)
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  10. 10 month old Baby dies in UP govt hospital as everyone demands bribes for treatment by samaritan7 (1835 points, 211 comments)

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2016.09.27 19:00 waffel113 For Your Consideration #76: Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose

Happy Tuesday everyone, and welcome to this week's For Your Consideration, the series where we discuss albums that aren't on our Essentials list, and maybe why they should be. This week, DylanBruhdriguez is here to talk about Bombay Bicycle Club's debut album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose.
Artist - Bombay Bicycle Club
Album - I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose
Apple Music
Background by DylanBruhdriguez
Bombay Bicycle Club are an indie rock quartet from London featuring the talents of Jack Steadman (lead vocals, guitar), Jamie MacColl (guitar), Ed Nash (bass) and Suren De Saram (drums). With a somewhat strong following in Britain, they have made some waves in popularity worldwide. Formed in 2005 by Steadman, Saram, and MacColl while attending upper secondary school, they later added Nash after they met at funeral for a childhood friend. The band would play under the name The Canals for a few months but eventually settled on Bombay Bicycle Club, inspired by an Indian restaurant chain no longer in operation. In August of 2006, they entered and won the “Road To V” music competition in which the winners would be handed the opening slot of the prominent V Festival in Britain. Before they even graduated from upper secondary school, these boys were already playing festivals, featured in NME, were talked about heavily on music blogs, and were in the middle of their own tour in support of their first EP, The Boy I Used To Be. 2007 would see the release of another EP, How We Are, and the band would also head into the studio in preparation for their debut, I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose, which dropped the following year on their independent label Mmm… Records. With a track list full of tunes that displayed a youthful teen attitude, they grabbed the attention of the local Crouch End music scene. The received a decent amount of critic acclaim, and saw the band catapult to popularity in their home country. In 2010 the band would turn to an all-acoustic sound with the album Flaws. They would return to the electric guitars, but with a more dance pop infused style on A Different Kind Of Fix in 2011. Their latest album to date, So Long, See You Tomorrow brings together a mixture of inspirations, crafting a passionate indie pop album with world music influence. In 2016, Jack Steadman announced that the band decided collectively to take an indefinite hiatus, with hopes to return one day, as Steadman and Nash intend to work on solo projects.
Album Review by DylanBruhdriguez
Taking the name from A Tribe Called Quest lyric, Bombay’s I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose masterfully captures the raw emotion of a young teenage soul with a fast paced, but balanced, post-punk influenced indie rock album. Produced by Jim Abbis, (Arctic Monkeys, Björk, DJ Shadow) you can hear the faint influences all throughout the record. So many bands tried their hand at this angsty style of rock in the early to mid 2000’s, but I feel this album showcases the best parts of this era, while at the same time expanding on the genre by experimenting with various ideas. The album on a conceptual level tries to document youth and its feelings in different situations, such as relationships, frustration, existential thinking and day-to-day life.
Opening the album is a minute and a half instrumental titled “Emergency Contraception Blues” that basically sets the tone for rest of the LP. Starting off subtle with a simple but pleasant guitar and bass melody, the song kicks into full gear, going full throttle when the piercing drums enter the soundscape. The melody speeds up, another guitar wails, and amidst all this beautiful chaos, the storm clears to perfectly transition into the second track, "Lamplight".
With this track, we see a similar formula in the build up of the song, but this time it is accompanied by the moody and enticing vocals of Jack Steadman.
“You mirror gaze
While I decide
The moment you were defied”
Steadman belts out these opening lyrics. His voice brings to life a mind of young boy in adolescence, and seemingly passionate urge to relive a moment “by the dim lamplight”. The way he commands the presence of the track give the words more meaning in an emotional manner. I love the way they layered the whispered vocal on the “I feel the spirit, I feel the...” lyric, its one of my favorite moments on the album. On the instrumental side, the song is a fun ride, building up and breaking down all throughout its 4 minutes. During the chorus, the guitar and bass truck through a crunchy melody, that eventually gives way to a smooth guitar refrain. Before the end, we get a pleasing break from the rapid progression of the instrumentation, featuring these organ-like keys and quick chords. The track explodes like a firework at the three-minute mark, with fuzzy riffs and what sounds like background growls from the band. It’s an absolute blast and really gives the project a strong start.
This leads to track three, "Evening/Morning". The production and sound of this tune could very well fit on a Franz Ferdinand album, as it has a low, punchy bass line that kicks of the song. It is the shortest song in the track list, but still pack a punch. This leads into a ringing guitar hook that grabs the attention of the listener.
"Dust on the Ground" has, without a doubt, some of the best songwriting on the entire LP. Steadman appears to grieving about someone he has feelings for. The person Steadman is referring to in the song seems to have been in love with this other person for some time now and might also be problematic—
“It's that ancient love,
That you won’t outgrow
It’s the fee you pay
It’s the debt you owe”
This tracks exhibits yet another example of the catchy, crisp and somewhat twangy guitar leads/hooks this tracklist has to offer. MacColl and Steadman are not reinventing the wheel or doing anything super out of the ordinary with their guitar playing on this track in particular, nonetheless, the leads/hooks match the mood of the album so well and really contribute in a major way aesthetically.
Track five is called "Ghost" and has an interesting concept. From my interpretation, the ghostly “spirit” in the lyrics is Steadman’s songwriting. It appears his “ghost” writer (which is actually himself, but takes on an alter ego type role) is having some sort of writer’s block —
“Chasing the dream
No I never pick up the pen”
“Always planned
But never get things done”
It’s a brilliant and unique way to go about the song. What’s amazing is that this track and many others on the album were already written by Steadman three years prior to this album’s released, meaning he was only age fifteen at the time he starting writing. It is impressive, given thought and skill put into the concept. The drums that come in on both verses are vibrant, adding to its steady but consistent pace. The highlight for me though comes in final minute of the song, as the vaguely garage-rock style outro is tied together with these lovely vocal harmonies.
This brings us to the halfway point of the album, and easily Bombay’s most popular song, “Always Like This”. Its an anthem of a relationship going down a dead end road as the subject wants to know if the person they are with truly feels they are in love. So unique in its own right, the distinctive nature of this song fits snug right in the center of the album as it gives the listener a switch up in style, as it’s the most different instrumentally from the first five tracks until the closer. For one, it starts off with an airy and atmospheric synth lead that sounds heavenly, and stays subtly within the song. Hazy guitars and shakers accompany Steadman’s anxious, but infectious reverbed vocals. There seems to be a funky vibe that guides the track along heard especially from the rhythmically minded bass.
The following track, “Magnet”, takes on a similar lyrical theme to “Always Like This”, as it begs the question, what am I getting out of this relationship? It’s has a quick tempo with a postpunk feel. From the bright and sunny whistles, the joyous “WOOO’s”, to the lo-fi vocals in the second verse, there are so many little components that make it enjoyable and possibly one of the best tracks. The ending is kind of the cherry on top, with a very low buzzing bass and these keys that only be described as the best sounding elevator music ever.
The eight spot in the track listing is “Cancel On Me” and is without a doubt the most heartbreaking. Steadman is writing as a hopeless romantic that is putting more than his fair share in a relationship, and the other person does want to return the favor while being in constant denial of the fact that they are doing anything wrong—
“Cancel on me again,
Oh, cancel on me again,
And it's not you fault and again,
No it's not your fault you said, oh”
The vocal delivery is executed in such a manner where you can feel the hopelessness of a long gone connection between the two people, especially in the outro where Steadman fantasizes about a world where this partner is actually longing to see him—
“Dreaming of you pushing up to me
And I know where it's going to lead
Dreaming of you rushing up to me
That was the boy I used to be”
The beginning instrumentation feels like it could be a deep cut off an early Bloc Party record. It ends with bang as violently strumming guitars and blaring drums ties up all the loose ends.
This brings up “Autumn,” one of the more slower paced moments on the LP, but it does not make it underwhelming as it includes a variety interesting elements. I like this track a lot because BBC experiments on this particular track with odd time scales, and an ostensibly Aphex Twin inspired backing beat. It sounds very computer like, but weirdly meshes well with the rest of the band’s instrumentation (the best example of this is right before the two minute mark).
Next up is “The Hill” where Steadman tries his shot at a primal Alex Turner in his vocal delivery and executes perfect, if not better. The tempo of this song immediately picks up and definitely has a more happy focus lyrical, as Steadman captures the spirit of youth. The lyrics are nostalgic, but not corny, and mention wanting to “go back to old times” in a heartwarming way. There is also an existential question of trying to make the most of life and find meaning, which really plays into the project’s theme as a whole.
The eleventh track, “What If”, wraps up the concept of the album very well, insinuating that the subject only has one chance to overcome their shyness and confess feelings to this other person. It perfectly presents the innocent youthfulness that has defined the subject/subjects in the previous tracks, accepting that this could be their only shot. They admit that it would be nice to have someone who could relate to their shyness, however the tracks ends without an answer of if they were able to establish a relationship. It is the most straightforward sound wise and derives from the same structure of slow build up to a menacing finish in which all the instruments are pushed to the max that many of the other tracks had as well.
The closing track, “The Giantess” is another experimental tack that boasts an acoustic guitar plays the same melody from the opening track, “Emergency Contraception Blues” and includes an electric drum kit, clashing cymbals, and manipulated vocals that create a hauntingly beautiful ending.
Overall, Bombay Bicycle Club wonderfully constructs an indie rock album that sets itself apart from so many other artists in the genre. While they most definitely have influences, they are innovative in an equal amount of ways. With each listen there is something new to discover, giving it timeless replay power. If you enjoy early to mid 2000’s indie rock scene and have not given this thing a try, I would say it is worth your time.
Favorite Lyrics by DylanBruhdriguez
Never really put me right
The words we said by dim lamplight
Bodies cold and intertwined
I feel the spirit
I feel the-
  • Lamplight
It's that ancient love
That just moves along
And there's an itch so slight
Even when you're gone
Well I met you right
But I kept your wrong
And I must wait until I've found the ground that you are walking on
  • Dust on the Ground
And I've woken up in so many rooms
I'm sorry that I left so soon, I
Didn't wanna break anybody’s mood
Cause last night you woke me up
We almost fell in love
But then you said
It is time for bed
  • Magnet
Talking Points by DylanBruhdriguez
  • At the time of this album’s release, the band members were all about age 18, and Steadman starting writing for the album at age 15. Would you say writing from the context of a young teenager creates a more authentic experience rather than looking back on it?
  • What other groups/artists come to mind when you hear this album? Are they from the early to mid 2000’s?
  • Do you focus on lyrical content when first listening to a song, or do you look more to the instrumentation?
  • What other ways have bands experimented with sound, while at the same time rely on earlier influences/current trends?
Thanks again to DylanBruhdriguez for the great writeup! Next week's FYC should feature pbmummy talking about The Dresden Dolls' self-titled debut, but that is subject to change. If you want to know what's coming up, you can check the schedule in the comments below.
And thanks to the suggestion of BLAZINGSORCERER199 in last week's thread, we now also have an archive of every FYC from inception, which you can check out here. You can go there to find the artists, albums (with streams), genres, writers, and links to every writeup, which will be updated constantly as the series continues. Check it out, let me know if there are any issues if you find any. See you next week!
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2016.09.25 21:39 BLOEDHOND Guns N' Roses Tour Diary (May 24, 1991 - April 9, 1992)

Friday, MAY 24, 1991 OPENING NIGHT of the Use Your Illusion tour in East Troy, WI. The venue is Alpine Valley. Skid Row opens the show and does so throughout the year. Saturday, MAY 25 SECOND SHOW at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI.
Tuesday, JULY 2 GUNS PLAY their first of two gigs in St. Louis, MO, at the Riverport Performing Arts Center.
Tuesday, JULY 2 SECOND SHOW in St. Louis. In the middle of the show Axl spots someone in the crowd that?s taking pictures. He told the security to remove the person so he jumped into the crowd. When he got back on stage he complained about the security and left the stage. The others in the band followed him. After this a riot broke out. GN?R wanted to continue the show but were told not to. The band lost their equipment and Axl was charged for inciting a riot. Slash later about the incident: "We were backstage, watching cops on stretchers all bloody and shit, and it was like, "Fuck! How could this be happening?" I was so scared somebody was going to die. It was completely out of hand. This guy was shooting pictures the whole show. He'd been doing it, and probably having a good laugh. I saw Axl tell the security guard, 'Stop that fuckin' guy!' and the security's watching the band. So Axl went in, and that's when it started. We wanted to go on again. I know there's a certain amount of blame that can be put on us, because if you don't know us, you might say, 'Well, you could've done something to keep it together.' But from our point of view, it all happened so fast, we didn't know what the fuck was going on. The kids had a field day. I lost all my amps, my guitar tech got a bottle in the head, someone got knifed, our stage and video equipment and Axl's piano were trashed. I don't know. It was a fluke. It shouldn't have happened... but it did."
Saturday, AUGUST 3 THE LAST gig before heading for Europe for the first time of this leg. This concert was the longest Guns ever did.
Monday, AUGUST 12 GUNS N? Roses and Skid Row arrives in Helsinki, Finland. Duff, Slash, Matt, Dizzy and Skid Row spends the night at the Tavastia club where the Black Crowes were performing.
Tuesday, AUGUST 13 THE FIRST of two shows at the Ice Stadium in Helsinki, Finland.
Wednesday, AUGUST 14 SECOND SHOW in Finland.
Friday, AUGUST 16 GUNS PLAY in the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
Saturday, AUGUST 17 SECOND SHOW in Stockholm. During their stay in Sweden, when Guns were at the club Daily News, a photographer from Expressen (Sweden?s at that time biggest newspaper (referred by Axl as "your version of the Enquirer") takes pictures of them without permission. Guns bodyguards tried to stop him but they failed and the picture came on Expressen?s first page the next day.
Sunday, AUGUST 19 THE SHOW goes fine until someone throws a fire-cracker up on stage during "Sweet Child O? Mine". Axl then adressed the audience: "You wanna play games like that, we?ll go home, it?s not a problem". The song went on, but when Axl saw that the security didn?t do anything he stopped the show: "Stop, stop, stop... I didn?t come here for anyone in my band to get hurt or for any people in the crowd to get hurt, because somebody wants to be an asshole." Axl then talked to Izzy before he said: "In fact, we are gonna leave for a bit, until you find the guy". So they went off stage. After about 15 minutes they got back on stage and continued with "Sweet Child...". On the 21st should Guns have played at Spectrum in Oslo, Norway but it was cancelled.
Saturday, AUGUST 31 A SHOW at Wembley Stadium in London, England. This came to be Izzy's last concert with Guns N' Roses.
Before the tour resumed in December a lot of things happened... On September 17 Use Your Illusion I & II was released, Steven Adler launched a lawsuit against the band in October, on November 17 did Izzy Stradlin leave the band. There were only three weeks to find a replacer, but they made it and Gilby Clarke toured with them for the rest of the tour.
Friday, DECEMBER 6 THE TOUR resumes in Worcester, MA.
Tuesday, DECEMBER 31 NEW YEAR'S eve show at the Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Friday, JANUARY 3, 1992 GUNS N' Roses opens 1992 with a show in Baton Rouge.
Saturday, FEBRUARY 1 A SHOW in Chandler, AZ at the Compton Terrace. This is the last gig before Guns are moving on to Japan.
Monday, FEBRUARY 17 THE BAND arrive in Narita, Japan. They are going to play three gigs here.
Monday, FEBRUARY 17 THE BAND arrive in Narita, Japan. They are going to play three gigs here.
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 19 GUNS KICK off their Japan gigs with 'Coma.' One of three live performances of the song!
Thursday, FEBRUARY 20 SECOND SHOW in Japan.
Saturday, FEBRUARY 22 THE THIRD Japanese show is being filmed for a home video release later during 1992.
Wednesday, APRIL 1 - Thursday, APRIL 2 TWO GIGS in Mexico.
Thursday, APRIL 9 A SHOW at the Rozemont Horizon in Chicago, IL. The next show was going to be held at Rosemont Horizon again, but a prosecutor issued a warrant for Axl's arrest in St. Louis in 1991. Two more shows had to be cancelled (Auburn Hills, MI, Palace on April 13 and 14).
Monday, APRIL 20 THE FREDDIE Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness is held in London, England at Wembley Stadium. Guns N' Roses performed Paradise City and Knockin' On Heaven's Door. They were originally going to perform three songs but there had been some technical problems earlier. Later that night Axl joined his heroes, Elton John and the remains of Queen, for an amazing duet version of "Bohemian Rhapsody". He also performed "We Will Rock You" with Queen. Slash played "Tie Your Mother Down" together with Queen and Joe Elliot. The show was shown live around the world via satellite, gathering the largest audience for a music concert in history. In the UK, the royalties from the "Knockin'..." single have been pledged to organizations fighting AIDS.
Guns N' Roses Tour Diary (May 14, 1992 - July 3, 1992)
Thursday, MAY 14, 1992 BAND ARRIVES in Dublin at 7.15pm on their private jet, having been delayed for five hours in Los Angeles because of radio problems on the plane. The crew has already been over for a week. Four stretch limos wait to ferry the band to the luxury Berkely Court Hotel. Despite secrecy surrounding the band's arrival, several fans, one journalist and a photographer are waiting for them. A smiling Axl Rose rewards them. Friday, MAY 15 AXL'S SMILING, stubbled face makes the front page of the Irish Independent. Other newspapers and magazines, however, are more concerned whether the good Catholic girls of Ireland bare their breasts on the video screens at the concert - a trend at the band's recent American shows. While Axl starts his preparations for tomorrow's show, the rest of the band speed through the Irish countryside for a soundcheck at Slane Castle, 30 miles north of Dublin. Set in a natural amphitheater on a curve of the River Boyne, with the castle on a hill to the left of the stage, it's the most beautiful venue on the band's European schedule. The soundcheck lasts two hours until everyone is satisfied and then the inflatable "beast" is let out of his cage for the first time. Later that night Slash goes to check out the girls in their ball gowns en route for the Trinity Ball, the social highlight of the Dublin year.
Saturday, MAY 16 THE PRESS reports that 800 police - one tenth of Ireland's force - will be patrolling the Slane Castle site. But, apart from drunkenness and minor drug offenses, they have no problems. The little village of Slane (population 1,200) is totally sealed of to traffic as thousands of bandanna'd fans block the main (and only) street, drinking and dancing to ad hoc bands that seem to spring up out of nowhere. U2 send a crate of 40-year-old Irish whiskey and a barrel of Guinness for the band. A 24-seat Sikorsky helicopter brings the band to the site at 4pm, circling around it three times so that everyone can take pictures of the 50,000 crowd gathered below. Local band My Little Funhouse, recently signed to Geffen Records, open the show followed by Faith No More. Matt, Duff and Slash go fishing by the river and have their photographs taken in front of the castle. While waiting for Guns N' Roses kids in the audience amuse themselves by building human pyramids with the top figure giving a quick "moon" before loosing his balance. Meanwhile, the police scour the crowd with binoculars, vainly searching for a bared breasts. Later on, Slash says how pleased he is to be in Dublin. "I can always tell a drinking town when the people in the bar get drunk before I do."
Sunday, MAY 17 THE PREVIOUS night's show makes three front pages in the newspapers. The Sunday World review is headlined "Burns And Roses" (with appropriate 'mooning' pictures). Slash later goes out to sample some traditional Irish hospitality at Howth Island and there's a mass trip to McDonalds to ward off the first signs of homesickness.
Tuesday, MAY 19 BAND FLY to Prague, Czechoslovakia, in the evening for the first of three shows. They have had to change their hotel after their original choice withdrew having discovered who the band was. Various band members venture forth to find one of the first symbols of Western decadence to reach Czechoslovakia - a strip club. At a production press conference with the local state promoter, the media is preoccupied with the ticket price, which at 280 crowns ($9) is one of the most expensive ever in Czechoslovakia.
Wednesday, MAY 20 TONIGHT'S SHOW is at the massive Strahov Stadium. 50,000 people turn up for the biggest rock concert in Czechoslovakia since the Rolling Stones played in 1990, just a moth after the country's return to democracy. There is a huge military police force present to guard the stadium. This is the first date with Soundgarden on the bill. An MTV crew, headed by Headbanger's Ball host/producer Vanessa Warwick, arrives to interview the band at the show in the afternoon. The band come on stage to the introduction, "Okay, you ex-commie bastards, get ready to rock!" The video screens and pyrotechnics are used for the first time and the inflatable beast is joined by its twin brother. The band is clearly pleased with the audience reaction. Slash says: "I guess you guys don't know much English so I'll just say fucking hi!" En route from the venue, Axl stops off to admire one of Prague's finest statues in the centre of town. The rest of the band goes out drinking.
Thursday, MAY 21 BAND MEMBERS and entourage go shopping and buy Russian army hats, military paraphernalia and puppets. Throughout the day, a shuttle service is run between the hotel and McDonalds, as the food at the hotel leaves a great deal to be desired.
Friday, MAY 22 THE SHOW at Budapest is at the Nep Stadium, but the band's plane is delayed leaving Prague for four hours by a bomb scare and arrives at Budapest just 20 minutes before scheduled showtime. The band is rushed straight from the tarmac to the stadium with a police escort, at 80 miles per hour, where 70,000 fans are waiting patiently. Axl greets the crowd by saying: "I'd like to congratulate you on your new-found freedom. I hope it goes well for you." Three songs into the set the band finds themselves having to compete with a tremendous thunderstorm as lightning flashes around the stadium and driving rain drenches both the the audience and the band. The crowd rip up the plywood they are standing on to construct makeshift umbrellas. Even after the rain ceases the band continues to get wet from the water pouring off the roof of the stadium. Midway through the set Axl announces: "This is a song that Freddie Mercury asked us to sing for you. He couldn't be here tonight, he had other plans, so we tried to learn it in the dressing room tonight." Axl and Slash then play the same Hungarian folk song 'Tavasziszel' that Queen performed in Budapest at their show in 1985. After two verses Axl lets the crowd take over for the third.
Saturday, MAY 23 BUSKING MUSICIANS playing outside their hotel wake the band. Tour manager John Reese is ordered to pay them off, which he does with $100 bills. Within minutes other aspiring musicians descend on the square in hopes of a similar pay-off. The band fly to Vienna for tonight's show before 70,000 at the Donau Insel stadium situated beside the river Danube. U2, who are due to play in the same venue the following night, are in attendance. Afterwards the band is presented with a Golden Penguin Award by magazine Rennbahn Express for the best band of 1991. Later on Axl and Bono, who have been in animated conversation after the concert for an hour, join U2's accountant Ossy Kilkenny for his birthday party at a Viennese restaurant, at which the birthday cake is presented by a naked Adam Clayton.
Sunday, MAY 24 THE BAND returns U2's compliments by going to their concert, which is at the same venue. Axl joins Bono on stage to sing an acoustic version of 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door', which they perform from a tiny circular stage at the end of a walkway-50 metres from the main stage, right in the middle of the crowd. He introduces Axl by saying: "This song could be written for him". Axl's appearance brings an ecstatic response from the audience. Later that night, Slash and Gilby find themselves in a very upmarket strip club, were the staff pressures them into buying a bottle of champagne, for which they are later charged $300.
Monday, MAY 25 GUNS N' Roses fly to Berlin.
Tuesday, MAY 26 SHOW BEFORE 40,000 at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, built by Hitler for the 1936 Olympics. In the first unpleasant incident of the tour a bottle is thrown on stage. Axl repeatedly calls the offender a "fucking asshole", but the rest of the show contributes without interruption. One woman goes into labour during the show and security and medical staff makes frantic efforts to find her and take her to the hospital.
Thursday, MAY 27 THE BAND fly from Berlin to Stuttgart for the biggest show of the tour do far - 75,000 people at the Cannstatter Wasen. It's also the biggest rock show Stuttgart has ever seen and the first time that this new site has ever been used for a rock concert. The show starts slightly later then scheduled after the band requests an NWA song to be played before the band come on stage. The CD has to be hurriedly ferried through the crowd to the mixing desk. The announcer introduces Guns N' Roses with the phrase: "OK you beer swilling, Merc driving mugs?", The band opens the set with 'It's So Easy'.
Saturday, MAY 29 THE BAND fly from Stuttgart to Cologne for another sell-out show in front of 70,000 people at the Mungerdorferstadion. Not even a couple of heavy showers can dampen the crowd's enthusiasm, which is the wildest yet. The band respond by playing two songs - 'Perfect Crime' and 'Rocket Queen' - for the first time on this European tour and 'So Fine' which has only been performed once before. The band's entrance on stage is proceeded by Sid Vicious' version of 'My Way'. Axl, whose beard is looking more messianic by the day, describes the crowd as "The biggest wet T-shirt contest in the world", to which Gilby responds: "It's a sea of tits". Axl later reminds the crowd: "This is live, not Memorex". Midway through 'Patience' he stops the show, shouting: "Stop, stop, let's get this son a bitch over" and the band replays the song. Unencumbered by an early curfew, the band play for two hours, 42 minutes, with two encores, making this their longest show yet.
Wednesday, JUNE 3 AFTER THREE days off in Cologne, during which the band spent time shopping, fishing and gambling, they fly to Hannover for a show at the Niedersachsen Stadium with another 60,000 crowd. As this was the only concert in Northern Germany, fans have come from all over the region - including many thousands from Hamburg, two hours drive away - clogging the main roads into Hannover. Members of Germany's leading rock band, The Scorpions, also show up at the gig. Slash's girlfriend, Renee, flies in from Los Angeles to join him.
Thursday, JUNE 4 DURING THE early afternoon, band members and some of their entourage play American football on a small patch of grass outside the hotel. Later, the oppressive humidity is broken by another ferocious thunderstorm as the party waits impatiently at the Hannover Airport Holiday Inn to leave for Paris - Axl's favourite city. Having checked into the luxurious Hotel De Crillon, overlooking the Place de la Concorde, the band meet up with Jeff Beck, Lenny Kravitz, plus Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. All of whom have flown in specially for the Paris show, which is to be televised live around the world on Saturday evening. Already, TV and radio networks, who are carrying the show in the US and across Europe, are well installed on site, with satellite uplinks, commentary booths and miles of cable - creating a 'media city' backstage, which is bigger then the band's own compound.
Friday, JUNE 5 SOUNDCHECK AND rehearsal during the afternoon at the Hippodrome in the Bois de Vincennes for tomorrow's show. The band are joined by Lenny Kravitz, who plays 'Always On The Run' (a song that Slash wrote the guitar parts for), Jeff Beck for an instrumental version of 'Locomotive.' And then Beck, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for a brainstorming version of the Yardbirds 'Train Kept A-Rollin'', which leaves the stage crew in awe. That evening the band's backline is transported to the Elysee Montmartre club where the band continue rehearsing with Kravitz, Tyler and Perry behind closed doors for two hours.
Saturday, JUNE 6 THE BIG day gets off to a bad start when Jeff Beck is woken at 4pm with a piercing pain in his right ear, which recognizes as a recurrence of tinnitus. After Jeff and Slash talk it over, it is decided not to risk permanent damage to Jeff's hearing. Slash says: "Just playing together during rehearsals and bullshitting together off stage was fucking great. I can't see risking your hearing for the sake of a show. He's meant too much to me and rock 'n' roll in general. It was an honor to be on the same stage as him." As Jeff returns to London to consult an ear specialist, the band and remaining guest artists make their way to the Vincennes Hippodrome, where 58,000 - including French rock personalities Johnny Halliday, Jean-Michel Jarre and Eddie Mitchell, plus leading French ballet dancer Patrick Dupond and top French actor Patrick Bruel - are in place as the show kicks off to a welcoming: "Oui, Oui Motherfuckers!". The band power through 'It's So Easy', 'Mr. Brownstone', 'Live And Let Die', 'Attitude' and 'Bad Obsession' before introducing Lenny Kravitz, whose 'Always On The Run' stirs up the crowd still further. 'Double Talkin' Jive' is "dedicated" to movie actor Warren Beatty by Axl, who is wearing a T-shirt that says 'Nobody Knows I'm A Lesbian'. The band return for the encores with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and play the classic Aerosmith hit 'Mama Kin' and 'Train Kept A-Rollin'', before Guns N' Roses close the two-and-a-half hour show themselves with 'Don't Cry' and 'Paradise City'.
Sunday, JUNE 7 AFTER A day spent recuperating and sightseeing, band and entourage dines out at the River Café - a floating restaurant on the River Seine - to celebrate band manager Doug Gouldstein and Jenny's second wedding anniversary. During the day hundreds of fans have gathered outside the Hotel de Crillon and a decoy limousine is parked at the front entrance while the band make good their escape unnoticed from a side entrance. The band's security team then leave in the limo and shake off pursuing cars in a high speed chase around the streets of Paris.
Monday, JUNE 8 THE BAND go shopping and sightseeing in Paris. Axl goes to the Louvre to see his favorite statue, The Winged Victory, after which he takes a boat trip on the Seine. However, he has not been sleeping and by late Monday is in a state of complete physical exhaustion. Doctors recommend that Axl takes 36 hours rest, so the band postpone the Manchester Maine Road show, scheduled for Tuesday June 9 until the following Sunday. The band request that the production catering, as it's now not needed for the Manchester load-in be given to a local hospice.
Tuesday, JUNE 9 MAINE ROAD ticket holders are promised a full rebate if they are unable to make the new date. However, most hold onto their tickets for the Sunday show. While Axl remains in Paris to recuperate, the rest of the band flies to London.
Wednesday, JUNE 10 - Friday, JUNE 12 DURING THEIR three days off, the band and crew stop, dine out and meet old friends. On Thursday, Axl flies in from Paris and later that day makes a brief shopping expedition to Europe's leading toyshop, Hamleys. That same day, a softball game is organized at the Bank of England sports ground, which all band members (except Axl) and the crew takes part in. On Friday night the band's UK booking agent John Jackson organizes a five-hour go-karting championship for the band and entourage, at a specially designed indoor track in West London.
Saturday, JUNE 13 72,000 PEOPLE pack into London's Wembley Stadium for what is generally regarded by the band, critics and fans alike as the 'hottest' show of the tour so far. During the show, Axl, in fine form, has one trouble-making fan removed and later stops the performance so that security can help a young girl, who he spots in distress at the front of the crowd. For the first encore, the band spring a surprise on the now-ecstatic crowd when they are joined on stage by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May for 'Tie Your Mother Down' and 'We Will Rock You'. The band ends their longest European show yet with 'Don't Cry' and 'Paradise City'.
Sunday, JUNE 14 BAND FLY to Manchester for the rescheduled date before 30,000 fans. The band are almost two hours late on stage after arriving behind schedule then having to wait while lighting difficulties were overcome. After the show, while the crew completes a hyper-quick load-out and transport the gear to Gateshead, the band flies back to London.
Monday, JUNE15 DUFF AND Gilby go to the Townhouse recording studio in Shepherd's Bush to work on a track for Duff's solo project. Later, Axl and Dizzy work on another song at a different studio.
Tuesday, JUNE 16 BAND FLY from Luton airport to Newcastle for the show at Gateshead International Stadium before 25,000. It's considered a storming show with just one awkward moment - when Duff had a verbal altercation with one excitable fan. But after Axl's words of warning - "I wouldn't mess with him: he's not had a drink in two weeks!" - the fan piped down. GN'R fly back to London after the show to continue their stay at Chelsea harbor's exclusive Conrad Hotel, where fellow guests include Prince and INXS.
Wednesday, JUNE 17 DUFF AND his girlfriend Linda fly to St. Tropez in the south of France for a few days. Slash stocks up on Dr. Marten boots and visits London Zoo. Gilby and Matt go to Kensington Market.
Thursday, JUNE 18 DIZZY'S BIRTHDAY. He celebrates in the evening by having his first taste ever of Indian food at the Bombay Brasserie, with Matt. Later he joins pop-band Deee-Lite at their party in the Zatopce club, south London.
Friday, JUNE 19 KEYBOARD PLAYER Ted Andreadis' birthday. Late afternoon, the band flies to Frankfurt. But Axl is pulled over by a security guard at Heathrow Airport: the second time staff there had singled him out by harassment, following GN'R's visit to London for the Freddie Mercury Tribute. Following this latest incident, Axl issued a press statement in which he said: "Having just given what I consider to be the best performance I am capable of at this point in my career, I totally understand why someone in the UK would want to needlessly harass me in this way." "I don't expect to be treated any differently from anyone else traveling in and out of Britain and I understand these people have a job to do. However, to be singled out by someone who just wants to score a few points and have a story to tell his friends over a beer is really out of order."
Saturday, JUNE 20 TONIGHT'S SHOW is a two-hour drive from Frankfurt, at an airfield on top of a hill in Wirzburg. As GN'R approach the venue, the weather breaks and one of the worst storms in recent years hits the site. For a while, the local airport is forced to close and the autobahns in the surrounding area grind to a halt. 45,000 fans witness an astonishing show during which the lightning cannot be distinguished from the onstage pyrotechnics. Within minutes both the fans and the band are soaked to the skin and, for a while, the steam rising from those packed at the front prevents those further back from even seeing the stage. No one can believe that Guns will complete a full set, but two-and-a-half hours later, they've done just that.
Sunday, JUNE 21 THE BAND leaves Frankfurt and fly to Basle in Switzerland for another sold-out show at the 50.000 capacity St Jakob Stadium. Hurrying to the venue through the rush-hour traffic, the band is given a police escort from the airport to the venue. Media and fan response is ecstatic, one DJ proclaiming the show to have been "the most wonderful performance a band had ever given in Basle". Whilst some band members venture out sample the local bars, Duff - starting to feel the effects of playing in the torrential downpour in Wurzburg - retires early to bed, with a temperature and signs of flu.
Monday, JUNE 22 BEING IN Switzerland, Axl goes out and buy watches as surprise gifts fro many of the entourage and management - who in the meantime have also stocked up on Swiss watches. Duff's condition worsens and so he spends most of the day in bed hoping to recover for the next day's gig in Rotterdam. As evening draws in, Axl is also found to be suffering from a sore throat.
Tuesday, JUNE 23 THE JOURNEY to Rotterdam is delayed whilst Axl and Duff receive medical treatment to ensure they get through the show. Axl is given further medication by a doctor who is waiting for him at Rotterdam airport. The band finally goes on stage at 10pm, two hours after Faith No More have completed their encore. There is an 11pm curfew at the Feijenoord Stadium and as that time approaches, the local authorities tell the GN'R management that power will be cut at 11.30. Axl is made aware of the moves and, concerned that the fans will be deprived of a full set, announces to the crowd: "You have a right to a complete show. You paid for it? If they cut the power, be my guests, do what you want." After much discussion backstage, the police decide to let the band play on until well after midnight and any trouble is avoided. Duff, however, arrives at the night's hotel feeling considerably worse and on medical advice is forced to spend two days resting. Consequently, the following night's show in Belgium has to be canceled.
Wednesday, JUNE 24 FLY TO MILAN, where the entourage is forced to split into two hotels as no one has enough rooms to hold all of them. Whilst Duff stays in his room, the Italian promoter takes everyone else out to one of the city's finest pasta restaurants.
Thursday, JUNE 25 SLASH, GILBY and Ted Andreadis take a small private jet to Munich where they meet Michael Jackson to film the video for his next single, 'Give In To Me'. Shot in a small club, before an invited audience of both Jacko and GN'R fans, filming continues until the early hours of the morning.
Friday, JUNE 26 AXL VISITS the showrooms of top Italian designers Gianni Versace and Armani. In the evening he dines with Versace's sister, Donatella, and her top model husband, Paul Beck. Also at the table are supermodel Naomi Campbell and Axl's girlfriend Stephanie Seymour.
Saturday, JUNE 27 AFTER AN hour-and-a-half drive to Turin, and theme to the movie 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly' serving as their intro, GN'R take to the Della Alpi stadium to see 65,000 faces looking back at them. With his girlfriend Stephanie watching from the wings, Axl gives the performance of a lifetime. The crowd responds ecstatically, prompting Axl to comment? "They didn't warn me that the Italians were so hot. Now I know!" After the show, GN'R and entourage board a 40-seater coach for a four hour drive to San Remo, their base for the next couple of days.
Sunday, JUNE 28 TO CELEBRATE Duff and Linda's engagement, the band rent a 180-foot luxury motor cruiser, called Maxime's, for a party cruise along the Italian coastline. The day is spent swimming, snorkeling, water-skiing, fishing and attempting to master the jet skis. In the evening, the crew lay on a celebratory dinner and make a special cake, iced with the Guns N' Roses logo. Members of the party take advantage of the grand piano on the lower deck, to jam on into the night.
Monday, JUNE 29 STILL ON the cruiser, members of the band wake themselves up by high-diving 60 feet off the top deck into the Mediterranean - whilst Gilby finally manages to get up on the water-skis. Late afternoon, the cruiser returns to San Remo.
Tuesday, JUNE 30 LEAVING THE Italian coast, the band drive two hours to Genova from where they fly to Seville in Spain. The evening's gig has no curfew to obey so the band delay their start until darkness so that the lightshow can be seen in full and finish the set in the early hours of the morning.
Wednesday, JULY 1 SOME MEMBERS take a special private guided tour of the World Exposition site, others go shopping, whilst Slash makes an excursion to a derelict building inhabited by a small herd of sheep and goats for a photo session. In the early evening, news reaches the management that the authorities have closed the 55,000 capacity Vicente Caldaron stadium in Madrid where GN'R were to play the last date of the tour on Saturday July 4 because the concrete fabric of the building has been badly affected by aluminosis. A search for an alternative venue begins immediately?
Thursday, JULY 2 - Friday, JULY 3 THE GN'R crewmembers, who had already begun to work at the Vicente Caldaron stadium, are on permanent standby to build a new stage at a different venue, should one be found. Unfortunately, at such short notice, this proves impossible and the gig cannot be rescheduled. In a statement issued Friday, Axl said: "We were looking forward to this last date in Europe, as we love the Spanish audiences and were planning on a wild night to end the tour. We hope that we will be able to return soon and make it up to our fans."
After the disappointing cancellation of the last date in Europe, GN'R returned to the USA to begin their much anticipated co-headline tour with Metallica. Together they were scheduled to play 25 dates, beginning July 17, 1992 at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC. With Guns going on last each night, Faith No More opened the majority of the early shows?
Guns N' Roses Tour Diary (July 17, 1992 - October 6, 1992)
After the disappointing cancellation of the last date in Europe, GN'R returned to the USA to begin their much anticipated co-headline tour with Metallica. Together they were scheduled to play 25 dates, beginning July 17, 1992 at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC. With Guns going on last each night, Faith No More opened the majority of the early shows?
Wednesday, JULY 29 MIDWAY THROUGH the show at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey Axl encounters severe pain in his throat but continues to (almost) finish the show. 'Almost', because during the last song, 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door', he is hit in the genitals by a cigarette lighter thrown from the audience with considerable force. Whilst the singer returned backstage to regain his breath, Duff McKagan took over on lead vocals. Axl later quipped: "I got hit in the dick with a Bic!"
Thursday, JULY 30 IN NEW York, Axl Rose is diagnosed having sustained severe damage to his vocal chords, so the tour is temporarily interrupted. Three shows - Foxboro Stadium in Boston, MA (July 31), Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC (August 2) and the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN (August 5) - will be rescheduled in September. Axl is ordered to not use his voice for a week. "My vocal chords have turned to hamburger," he croaked.
Saturday, AUGUST 8 TOUR RESUMES at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. Before Metallica's set, singeguitarist James Hetfield is warned about some new pyro cues. He stands clear of these but he takes up a position where the old ones detonated, not understanding that these were still in operation. His left arm is badly burnt and Metallica have to stop their show. During Guns N' Roses' set, Axl leaves the stage after being hit by a missile thrown from the crowd. He leaves the stage temporarily, but before he and the band return, a riot breaks out.
Tuesday, AUGUST 25 WITH HETFIELD recovered from the burns he sustained on August 8, the tour resumes at the International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. Axl has overcome his vocal chord and arytenoid inflammation problems and has been fit to perform for more then a week, but GN'R has waited for their co-headliner's singer to be ready too. Seven gigs needed to be rescheduled as a result of Hetfield's injuries and rescheduling them proved tricky as they were outdoor venues also busy with sporting events. Guns have spent much of the downtime at home in LA shooting a couple of music videos.
Monday, SEPTEMBER 7 RESCHEDULED WILLIAMS-Brice Stadium show in Columbia, SC.
Friday, SEPTEMBER 11 RESCHEDULED FOXBORO Stadium show in Boston, MA.
Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 15 RESCHEDULED METRODOME show in Minneapolis, MN.
Monday, SEPTEMBER 21 HAVING BEEN on the road with GN'R since May of 1992, Faith No More leave the tour to fulfill prior headline touring commitments. Following their tour-debut at shows in Kansas City (before a crowd of 40,000) and Denver (48,000) last week, Body Count are announced to be taking over the slot for two of the remaining five shows. Motörhead are also added to the bill for three gigs.
Thursday, SEPTEMBER 24 SHOW AT Oakland Stadium in Oakland, California - with Body Count.
Sunday, SEPTEMBER 27 SHOW AT Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CA - with Body Count.
Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 30 SHOW AT The Coliseum in Los Angeles - with Motörhead.
Saturday, OCTOBER 3 SHOW AT the Rosebowl in Pasadena, California - with Motörhead.
Tuesday, OCTOBER 6 SHOW AT the Kingdome in Seattle, WA - with Motörhead.
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2015.10.13 17:17 ReconEG For Your Consideration #33: Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

Hello everyone and welcome back to For Your Consideration, the weekly thread where we talk albums not on our essentials list, and maybe why they should be. This week, new podcast member dankdadburrito talks Titus Andronicus' 2010 epic, The Monitor.
Artist: Titus Andronicus
Album: The Monitor
iTunes/Apple Music
Background by dankdadburrito
Hailing from the humble city of Glen Rock, New Jersey, Titus Andronicus is an indie punk-rock band who currently have 4 albums under their belt, the most recent being their rock opera epic, The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Most of, if not all of, the band’s songwriting is done by frontman Patrick Stickles, whose songs are usually steeped in stories and problems of his own life, such as his prescription drug addiction and issues with his father.
The band formed in 2005, however, they did not officially release their first full length LP, The Airing of Grievances, until 2008. While this album released to some critical acclaim, it would not capture the true praise that its follow up, The Monitor, would get upon its release in 2010. This release was universally praised and considered by many to be one of the best releases of the year, with its impressive riffs, anthemic lyricism, and a sprawling narrative arc of Stickles’ manic depression after an attempt to move to Boston.
Review by dankdadburrito
Many believe The Monitor to be Titus Andronicus’ crowning work, and for very good reason. I myself agree very heavily with this sentiment, as the album holds not only an impressive sound and story, but also an emotional connection which many can relate to at times and, interestingly enough, I believe this hits the peak of maturity in Patrick Stickles’ writing, with him exploring many dark places in his own life, as well as connecting them through an interesting metaphor.
Throughout the album, we receive many small traces of the metaphorical connection between Patrick Stickles’ own depression, the “internal conflict” that comes with it, and the American Civil War. These moments come in lo-fi recordings of quotes from influential figures of the time, as well as war drum patterns in the opening of “Richard II”. These small details help with the overarching metaphor, and do add an interesting layer to the album’s overall depth.
Thus, it begins with an interesting quote from Abraham Lincoln’s Lyceum Address, talking about how we as a nation cannot be divided, but must either die together as a whole, or live on in peace. This opening track paints the beginning picture of Patrick’s overall story of his move and return from Boston, and the wave of depression of feelings of worthlessness that came with it. Soon after we come to “Titus Andronicus Forever”, which is considered to be the main theme of the album, in both definitions of the world. This song repeats a simple refrain several times, but sends out a dire message in the process: “The enemy is everywhere, but no one seems to be worried or care that the enemy is everywhere.” This song is both driving and paranoid, with such contrast in its lyricism and overall instrumental tone. Overall, this simple message reflects Patrick’s hopelessness in his own situation, and the feeling that he’s being attacked from the rest of society, including himself.
From here we reach to “No Future Part III: Escape From No Future.” The song opens up with another quote from Lincoln, discussing his own misery, and just how deep it goes within him, claiming, “If what I feel were distributed equally to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on Earth.” Patrick, throughout this song, discusses how he feels his depression has been just as terrible with its consequences, such as the prescription drug addiction and locking himself away from the rest of society. Eventually reaching its emotional climax with the refrain, “You’ll always be a loser…”, this depressing self-acceptance shows just how far down Patrick has spiraled, but even then, in the end, it leaves the listener with a little bit of hope, stating, “...and that’s okay.” We move on to “Richard II”, which deals with difficult cycles such as depression and joy, as well as war and peace, pushing the metaphor even closer than ever. Finally, wrapping up the interconnected string of three songs, there is “A Pot In Which To Piss.” This song discusses Patrick’s thoughts and reflections on what others have thought of his music from the previous album, as well as a reflection upon music as a whole, with the belief that you can’t “make it on merit and merit alone” anymore. He admits that in this end, things don’t look too good for him and the band, but even in this darkness, he refuses to admit defeat, stating “there’s a white flag in my pocket, never to be unfurled.”
The next tune, “Four Score and Seven”, is Patrick’s reflection on the duality of man, and how in general people are both nice, and complete assholes to each other. Before reaching its second verse, the song breaks into an uproarious brass section, with an almost glorious approach at a break, and soon the song itself speeds up, as Patrick begins to vent this frustration he feels towards all the people he meets, but even as he realizes he is being treated as dirt, he once again refuses to give up dignity, stating, “I wasn’t born to die like a dog, I was born to die just like a man!” Throughout all his trials, Patrick continually refuses to give up dignity, even in the darkness, showing his true dedication to going on every day, even though his depression is tearing against him. The next song, “Theme from ‘Cheers’”, isn’t actually the theme from the titular show, but instead an anthem almost celebrating Patrick’s former problem of getting blackout drunk frequently. He himself dislikes the song and its celebration of alcoholism, thus refusing to play it live. But other than that, the song is just as good as anything else on the album. In it, Patrick looks into his alcoholic problem, as well as reflecting upon his need for an “escape from reality”, and in the end how all his own decisions lead up to his own problems, leading into a cycle best described in the next song, “To Old Friends and New.” This song discusses how in the end, we’re all facing our own self-induced problems, and the only way to break this cycle is to find the solution ourselves, even if it takes help. Either that, or we can just accept the way we live, and claim “it’s alright.” And thus, the penultimate track, “...And Ever,” is a reprisal of “Titus Andronicus Forever,” rounding up everything the listener has learned of Patrick’s problem, as well as their own possible issues, with a simple summation, “The enemy is everywhere.”
And finally, we reach “The Battle of Hampton Roads.” If you didn’t understand the themes of the album, this song should be able to do it again quite nicely. The title itself, as well as the first few lines (“Tonight, two great ships will pull back to their ports”) is a reference to the battle in which the ship that the album is named after, The Monitor, faced off against the Merrimack. Overall, the song tells about Stickles’ regrets, with his final acceptance, admittance, and repentance of his problems and the causes of them. In the end, Patrick realizes the very thing he had considered, his enemy is EVERYWHERE, including in himself and his own identity. And in this moment, he realizes that he’s just as much of an asshole as anyone else, and that he deserves any flak he gets, including from his own family (“And I’m sorry dad, no, I’m not making this up!”). This final glorious anthem wraps itself up with an impressive bagpipe solo, out of all instruments, and then one final guitar part, thus drawing the album to a close with the same static as it started with.
In the end, there are few albums that have given me such an emotional kick in the gut as The Monitor. It conveys the many levels of depression and self-acceptance, as well as the struggles of trying to move on in life after previous problems. In the end, it has major relistenability as both a body of work as well as individual pieces. It’s a fun album for sure, and both one of the most fun to sing along with out there, as well as one of the most tear-inducing works I’ve listened to. It is, as a whole, an American album, in all its acceptance, pride, and self-loathing.
Favorite Lyrics by dankdadburrito
Because where I’m going now, no one can ever hurt me
Where the well of human hatred is shallow and dry
No, I never wanted to change the world, but I’m looking for a new New Jersey
Because tramps like us, baby, we were born to die!
  • “A More Perfect Union”
You will always be a loser, now
and that’s okay!
  • “No Future Part III: Escape From No Future”
And I know it won’t do much good
Getting drunk and sad and singing
But I’m at the end of my rope
And I feel like swinging
  • “A Pot In Which To Piss”
And so now when I drink I’m going to drink to excess
And when I smoke I will smoke gaping holes in my chest
And when I scream I will scream ‘till I’m gasping for breath
And when I get sick I will stay sick for the rest of my days peddling hate from the back of a Chevy Express
And I’m sorry dad, no, I’m not making this up!
  • ”The Battle of Hampton Roads”
Talking Points
  • Is this album truly the best in [email protected]'s discography, and if not, why do you think so?
  • Can this album truly be considered a punk album, or is it just more aggressive indie rock?
  • How does this compare to other concept albums of its nature?
  • What do you think of Titus' shift from a more lo-fi influenced sound of The Airing of Grievances to this more cleanly cut album?
  • Do you prefer Titus' more idea-drawn concept albums (this and TMLT) or their general collections of songs (AoG and Local Business)?
*Is this album essential? Do you think it deserves to be?
Special thanks once again to dankdadburrito for his write-up! If you'd like to do an FYC, send me a PM with what album, artist, and why you want to do an FYC on it. For now, here's the schedule of upcoming FYC's:
User Album Artist Date
stu_balls Alien Lanes Guided by Voices 10/20
EvilAnticsLive Antics Interpol 10/27
jamaicanhopscotch Amnesiac Radiohead 11/3
BellyButtonBob Twin Fantasy Car Seat Headrest 11/10
CVance1 Civilian Wye Oak 11/17
jake_dpp Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Dead Can Dance 11/24
pbmummy The Hot Rock Sleater-Kinney 1/5
_lucabear Hadestown Anais Mitchell 1/12
murkler42 High Violet The National 1/19
HoudiniShuffle Soviet Kitsch Regina Spektor 1/26
siddharm 13 Blur 2/2
jamzedodger The Con Tegan & Sara 2/9
firstinthesea Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? Metric 2/16
ReconEG Medúlla Björk 2/23
ZooropaStation You're a Woman, I'm a Machine Death From Above 1979 3/1
IGetNoSlack Psychic Darkside 3/8
waffel113 I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning Bright Eyes 3/15
mr-spectre ten stories mewithoutyou 3/22
Trionout Bitte Orca Dirty Projectors 3/29
VanillaSweat The Satanic Satanist Portugal. The Man 4/5
two_bagels_please Pop Gas 4/12
dankdadburrito Dark Comedy Open Mike Eagle 4/19
waffel113 Oh, Inverted World The Shins 4/26
DannyButler Just Got Back From The Discomfort, We're Alright The Brave Little Abacus 5/3
jamaicanhopscotch Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes 5/10
The_Potato Elephant The White Stripes 5/17
ParticularJoker Different Class Pulp 5/24
BroomPerson21 Tallahassee The Mountain Goats 5/31
Apotheosis91 North Darkstar 6/7
ADirtyHookahHose Apologies To The Queen Mary Wolf Parade 6/14
MontyMoleMan You & Me The Walkmen 6/21
evacipated The Midnight Organ Fight Frightened Rabbit 6/28
IAM_2PAC_AMA I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose Bombay Bicycle Club 7/5
waffel113 Sea Change Beck 7/12
Moon-Safari World of Echo Arthur Russell 7/19
TheSentientIguana Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? The Unicorns 7/26
arcainzor Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness 8/2
badjazzmaverick I Know What Love Isn't Jens Lekman 8/9
clockwork_watermelon Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished Animal Collective 8/16
scratchedrecord_ now Flood They Might Be Giants 8/23
hiplink Elliot Smith Elliot Smith 8/30
kappyko The xx xx 9/6
ReconEG The Redeemer Dean Blunt 9/13
thequietthingsthat Keep It Like a Secret Built to Spill 9/20
HoraceAzpiazu Lazer Guided Melodies Spiritualized 9/27
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2015.09.22 18:17 ReconEG For Your Consideration #30: Newworldaquarium - The Dead Bears

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of For Your Consideration, the weekly thread where we talk albums not on our essentials list, and maybe why they should be. This week, the grand Apotheosis91 makes his return to FYC to talk Newworldaquarium's The Dead Bears.
Artist: Newworldaquarium
Album: The Dead Bears
Apple Music
Background by Apotheosis91
Newworldaquarium is a pseudonym of Jochem Peteri, a Dutch electronic music producer who, by his own account, has been releasing music since at least the early 90’s under a list of names long enough to give Aphex Twin a run for his money. His more well-known pseudonyms include Ross 154 and Newworldromantic, but the full extent of his discography is unknown.
Peteri first made waves in the year 2000 when Detroit techno legend Carl Craig expressed a desire to release the Newworldaquarium track “Trespassers” on his famed Planet E label. He then released the album Strike as Ross 154 in 2004 on the Amsterdam-based Delsin Records, and proceeded to make numerous appearances on various singles and compilations through the label over the following years. In late 2007, he released The Dead Bears via his own NWAQ label, which was then given an expanded CD release by Delsin, incorporating new material as well as tracks from various points in Peteri’s career.
Peteri claims to make music sparsely, preferring to record in intense creative spurts and release songs slowly over time. Aside from the occasional compilation appearance, he has no known releases since The Dead Bears. However, he has continued to actively DJ in clubs throughout Europe and the UK, and has made a very limited number of appearances in the US through The Bunker NY.
Review by Apotheosis91
The Dead Bears is an album entirely unlike any other, one that takes a strict minimalist approach to a diverse palate of styles, deconstructing them and flipping them inside out into a genreless mash of hedonistic musical playfulness. Each song is rooted in classic electronic music methodology, consisting of maybe only four or five seconds of music looped for upwards of ten minutes with no change whatsoever. But despite this hardline minimal approach, The Dead Bears is a pop album in dance refraction, its daunting façade concealing internal mechanisms that drive right into the brain’s pleasure centers, delighting the senses with each ecstatic repetition. It is a singular beast, one entirely rooted in Peteri’s vivid musical imagination, which fascinates and intrigues as it wreaks havoc with time, space, and sensation over the album’s ten vast epics. A pure electronic outlier, The Dead Bears is a walking contradiction, immensely listenable in its perversion of simplicity and experimentation.
I generally tend to avoid track-by-track reviews when writing these posts, but for an album as intimidating as The Dead Bears can be, it’s likely the most efficient means of breaking down the record’s inner workings (not to mention the appeal of its nearly intolerable quantities of repetition).
The album’s opening moments are fittingly its most challenging as well. “The Force” is a ten-minute amoeba, a seemingly endless swath of sound that numbs the senses, allowing them to adapt to the new ways of hearing that The Dead Bears requires. A loping four-to-the-floor kick trudges relentlessly onward from the song’s very first second, locked in place as it churns a buzzing chime loop into a distorted pulp. Eventually, a fuzzy chord progression drifts into the background, filtering in and out focus, gradually swelling with each repetition, revealing new frequencies one-by-one before receding back into the ether. This is the same structural model that every track on The Dead Bears follows to a T: introduction, repetition, expansion, recession, conclusion. It seems almost like a parody of aggressive minimalism, but in fact aims to subvert the notion entirely. As “The Force” demonstrates, it serves to enable a sensory release, one that opens up new aural pathways as numbness turns to delight, and the tracks lift the ear to new heights of pleasure at every turn.
“Star Power” acts as a much needed palate cleanser from the bare-bones aggression of “The Force.” The album’s shortest track by over three minutes, “Star Power” is a dubby interlude, marked by a clicking drum pattern, a Nile Rodgers-esque guitar loop, and a chirping synth line that pulls the ear down into entirely alien territory. The follower, “Noworldbutu,” is one of the tracks pulled from Peteri’s prior releases, a single dating to around the same creative era as Trespassers. An eerie, dissonant synth (bell?) loop glides over a skipping kick drum, becoming swallowed in the mix by an expansive chord progression that engulfs the track, lending it a tense yet lucid quality. One review describes “Noworldbutu” as “the soundtrack to an outer-space murder scene,” and I’ve yet to find a better description.
“Avon Sparkle” is one of the records more immediate moments, as a stylish bassline ebbs and flows around a series of playful arppegiations. Its sister song, “The Tide You Can’t Feel,” takes a more nocturnal approach, a calm and crystalline counterpoint to “Noworldbutu’s” obliquely sinister droning. These two wash away the blurry feel of the album’s opening trio, and set the stage for one of the greatest electronic works ever recorded.
Every once in a while a song comes along that is so singular, so commanding, so impossible with its ambition yet so effortless in its execution that it takes on a nearly deistic status. It swallows the mind whole, spitting it out with no memory of what sound was like before then. In these cases, a piece of music demands a certain level of status, a marker that cements it firmly above those beneath its remarkable heights. Such enormous tracks are not suited to be referred to as simply a song, but rather as the song. When it comes to The Dead Bears, and to electronic music, I propose that “Trespassers” has earned the distinction of being the song.
Like “The Force,” a pointed, thumping, four-four kick underlines the entirety of “Trespassers” duration. Only in this case, there is far more clarity, far more speed, and an undeniable danceabilty to this simplest of sounds. Behind it, a swishing, grainy sound, oscillates in asynchronous time. A descending keyboard line, sampled from Hall & Oates “I Can’t Go For That” falls into place. It’s answer, a chirping vocal (in only the vaguest of terms, mind you) from an obscure Latin music import, squawks out over the syncopated percussion, underscored by a similarly off-kilter guitar riff. And for the next ten-minutes, well, that’s pretty much it. These few elements swell, fade, chop in and out, and dance circles around each other, before each gracefully bows out. “Trespassers” embodies the best of Peteri’s music: playful, imaginative, ingenious, engaging, and pleasure inducing to an unfathomable degree. Insane as it sounds, it’s simply one of the most thrilling experiences dance music has to offer.
The title track has the unfortunate task of following “Trespassers,” and does so by throwing us into similarly dubby and aqueous territory just as “Star Power” did before. It’s one of the more instrumentally sparse tracks on the album, composed of only a stuttering drum pattern, a towering oscillated pad, and Peteri’s own incomprehensible mumbled vocals. “Shine Eyed” is perhaps one of the albums most unabashedly beautiful moments, a twilight exhale that glistens over swirling, grainy chords. It’s a melancholic and reflective moment, the first after a long sequence of relentlessly joyful dance music. It gives the album a much-needed sense of space, a place of relaxation and calm before being thrown back into the fray.
With “NY,” it’s easy to see how Carl Craig could have taken an interest in Peteri’s own bizarre brand of techno deconstruction. A blown-out, droning bassline bounces in tandem with a dissonant chord, indescribable sounds swirling above the nearly undecipherable murk of the percussion below. “NY” is the type of track only Peteri could get away with, like a Detroit Techno classic played in slow motion beneath the surface of a swamp. Nonetheless, it’s all the things a song so minimal could never be on paper: driving, infectious, joyous, an immensely campy and gleeful romp. “Kirana’s Lament” continues the formula, droning onward with an endless fog of sounds that are impossible to place, yet uncannily evocative. It’s a weak point if The Dead Bears ever had one, but like “The Force,” it effectively demonstrates the mechanisms that its contemporaries use to such a contagiously pleasurable effect.
Ambient closer “Kemo Sabe” sends the album off in appropriate fashion, its diffuse yet razor-sharp layers of chords and oscillations fading off into the horizon, peaceful and invigorating at the same time. It’s a striking closer, and arguably one of Peteri’s finer moments, as he appears to strike the fear of god into the listener while simultaneously putting them into sleep. The track, like so many on The Dead Bears is utterly contradictory, and yet it somehow reconciles its paradoxical nature in an ingenious wash of sound and space.
On first listen, The Dead Bears is not an easy record to like, but give it time and it will become impossible not to adore. At every repetitious second, Peteri’s sounds are engaging, intriguing, confounding, and delightful. As I said, The Dead Bears’ confrontationally minimal approach masks the extent to which it strives to please and titillate the listener. Its ethos is that of a pop record, one that serves to induce nothing but pleasure and sensory abandon. It’s a wonderful, bizarre, wholly unique record, crafted with an imaginative hand skilled enough to make only a handful of sounds entirely worth 70 minutes of your time. The Dead Bears is every bit thoughtfully evocative as it is mindlessly entertaining, the sole product of Peteri’s completely singular imagination, and a marvelous record that no other producer (save perhaps Ricardo Villalobos) could have accomplished. Furthermore, it’s vastly underrated, worthy of far more love and exposure than it ever received. I’ve had the pleasure now of having it in my catalogue for years, and against all odds, it’s one of the artifacts I treasure the most. I’ve heard these loops thousands of times now, and not for one second of it have I ever been bored.
Talking Points by Apotheosis91
  • What about The Dead Bears do you think allows it to be exciting rather than boring? Do these songs require a greater degree of skill than ones with far more complexity?
  • What do these songs make you feel? Do they place you in a sequence, a moment? What is your experience like listening to these songs?
  • For such a populist album, do you think it will ever be possible for this record to find a wider audience? Does its methodology betray it’s intentions?
  • “Trespassers” is just the shit, isn’t it? God damn, what a fucking song.
Special thanks once again to Apotheosis91 for writing another great FYC for me! If you would like to do a FYC, send me a PM with an album, artist, and why you want to write about them. For now, here's the schedule for upcoming FYC's:
User Album Artist Date
DrStr8ngelove Embryonic The Flaming Lips 9/29
elgabe Shields Grizzly Bear 10/6
BadgerOnSteroids Fear Fun Father John Misty 10/13
stu_balls Alien Lanes Guided by Voices 10/20
EvilAnticsLive Antics Interpol 10/27
jamaicanhopscotch Amnesiac Radiohead 11/3
BellyButtonBob Twin Fantasy Car Seat Headrest 11/10
CVance1 Civilian Wye Oak 11/17
jake_dpp Juju Siouxsie and the Banshees 11/24
pbmummy The Hot Rock Sleater-Kinney 1/5
_lucabear Hadestown Anais Mitchell 1/12
murkler42 High Violet The National 1/19
HoudiniShuffle Soviet Kitsch Regina Spektor 1/26
dankdadburrito The Monitor Titus Andronicus 2/2
jamzedodger The Con Tegan & Sara 2/9
jake_dpp Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Dead Can Dance 2/16
ReconEG Medúlla Björk 2/23
ZooropaStation You're a Woman, I'm a Machine Death From Above 1979 3/1
IGetNoSlack Psychic Darkside 3/8
waffel113 I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning Bright Eyes 3/15
mr-spectre ten stories mewithoutyou 3/22
Trionout Bitte Orca Dirty Projectors 3/29
VanillaSweat The Satanic Satanist Portugal. The Man 4/5
two_bagels_please Pop Gas 4/12
dankdadburrito Dark Comedy Open Mike Eagle 4/19
waffel113 Oh, Inverted World The Shins 4/26
DannyButler Just Got Back From The Discomfort, We're Alright The Brave Little Abacus 5/3
jamaicanhopscotch Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes 5/10
The_Potato Elephant The White Stripes 5/17
ParticularJoker Different Class Pulp 5/24
BroomPerson21 Tallahassee The Mountain Goats 5/31
Apotheosis91 North Darkstar 6/7
ADirtyHookahHose Apologies To The Queen Mary Wolf Parade 6/14
MontyMoleMan You & Me The Walkmen 6/21
evacipated The Midnight Organ Fight Frightened Rabbit 6/28
IAM_2PAC_AMA I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose Bombay Bicycle Club 7/5
waffel113 Sea Change Beck 7/12
Moon-Safari World of Echo Arthur Russell 7/19
TheSentientIguana Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? The Unicorns 7/26
arcainzor Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness 8/2
badjazzmaverick I Know What Love Isn't Jens Lekman 8/9
clockwork_watermelon Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished Animal Collective 8/16
OmniscientRogue Flood They Might Be Giants 8/23
hiplink Elliot Smith Elliot Smith 8/30
kappyko The xx xx 9/6
ReconEG The Redeemer Dean Blunt 9/13
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2015.02.24 22:46 36055512 The Land Speed Record

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Welp, I'm taking a break from trying to get Steam running in a Crossover bottle on a Mac like some kind of animal, so it's time for cue theme music ANOTHER TALE FROM THE USED CAR DEALERSHIP!
The owners of Dishonest Used Car Dealership weren’t particularly business-savvy, but they knew to hop on trends in the market when they appeared, and so all of the sudden we found ourselves as a new, cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly dealership, right about the time that sort of stuff was starting to become a big deal. This meant things like hybrids, biodiesel, and electric cars were suddenly part of our repertoire, just as such things were getting really hot in the market. There is some good stuff out there that markets itself as being “green” and unfortunately an awful lot of snake-oil, so one of our jobs in the service department was to test things like veggie oil conversions, new little electric cars, and so forth to see what was good and what was trash - or more accurately, what we could pawn off on people and what was so obviously junk that no one in their right mind would ever buy it. This meant I did a lot of "real world testing" of various terrible cars or various terrible cars with various terrible aftermarket systems slapped on. It turns out that the world's best stress test is to try and take a horrible veggie-oil converted diesel Volvo on a date, because it is absolutely sure to break down on you mid-drive-to-restaurant, and when it breaks down, it will be absolutely sure to blow a hot veggie oil line, and when it blows an oil line, it'll be absolutely sure to be the one that runs right underneath the passenger's seat, basting the lovely female you're trying to impress with yellow sludge salvaged from a Chinese restaurant... But that's another story for another day.
Among the many cars of dubious quality in our new “environmentally-friendly” inventory was the Xebra. Xebras are a Chinese electric car engineered to be as cheap and simple and terrible as possible. So they don’t have to pass any kind of safety standards, they are technically classified as motorcycles, and the Quingqi Motorcycle Company that makes the Xebra pulls off this feat through one simple trick: they leave a wheel off the car. That’s right, these are three-wheelers, laid out like a Reliant Robin with one wheel in the front, two in the back (for why this is a terrible idea, see the Top Gear episode on the Robin). They have atrocious build quality, a 35-ish MPH top speed, begin rusting the moment they’re made, and are absolutely terrifying to drive. Imagine a slightly oversized tricycle with a flimsy steering wheel that bends in your hands and a body made of fiberglass so thin you can just about see through it, and you’ll get close. Now imagine this tricycle is so poorly made that the company that made it does not recommend driving it in the rain because the electrical system will short out. That is the Xebra. Why on earth the owners paid to import a half dozen of these things is a mystery for the ages, since few even survived a test drive before breaking down and we could not get them out the door to save our lives.
Colossal Redneck belched his way into my office on a grey spring morning and placed his KFC-greased palms on my glass desk. I briefly considered spraying the entirety of his person with Windex, but before I could, he launched into his spiel.
CR: “Lord Salisbury thinks he can swap out the throttle controller on one of them Xebras to get some more speed out of ‘er.”
Me: “That’s terrifying.”
CR: “Yeah, awesome, ain’t it? I’m gonna have ‘im do it.”
A couple hours later and out from the bay rolled out a white Xebra pickup with a new throttle controller under the bed. Lord Salisbury, one of my technicians, so named for his English accent and his proverbial bottle of Bombay Sapphire hidden in his toolbox, showed me his handiwork. Under the bed was a new aftermarket throttle controller, two huge fat cables snaking out of it. The throttle controller on an electric car is basically a giant glorified potentiometer attached to the accelerator pedal. A higher amp controller lets more amperage through at full tilt, at the cost of munching through your batteries that much faster. Of course, if the wiring in the vehicle is made of pot metal and insulated with Foxconn workers’ suicide notes, you might question whether it’s a good idea to dump 600A through it. Nor is it a particularly great idea to boost the top speed of a vehicle whose sole selling point is that they managed to avoid having to crash test them.
LS: “So, the stock throttle controller is 300 amp. This one’s 600.”
Me: “What do you think it’ll do?”
LS: “I’m not rightly sure. I’m guessing it’ll go at least 45, which means it should to be able to keep up with traffic a little better.”
Me: “Is that a good idea?”
LS shrugged. CR shot me his stupid toothy grin.
“C’mon, let’s see if this piece of s#!t is any good!”
Against my better judgement, I reluctantly climbed in the passenger side and we whirred down the street. We must have looked quite the sight, two fat idiots crammed into a three-wheeled sardine can, struggling to go 25 in a 45. Around the corner from the office was a big hill, and our litmus test for whether these cars had enough grunt was whether they could successfully climb the hill without coming to a halt. For the first time, this one practically zoomed up the hill, not falling below 10 MPH the entire way up. You laugh at 10 MPH, but most of these s#!t sandwiches would just stall, leaving you to have to roll backwards down the hill. Simply making it to the top was a minor miracle.
The typical test drive route went up the steep side, down the gentler way on the far side of the hill, and back to the shop on the ring road that wrapped around the town. Instead, CR pulled into an industrial park at the top and whipped the three-wheeler around.
CR: “Let’s see how fast we can get it goin’ down the hill!”
Me: “Are you stupid? These things have NO brakes.”
CR: “Naw, if it gets goin’ too fast, I’ll just saw the wheel back and forth and it’ll slow down. It’ll be fiiiiiiine.”
This was an incredibly dumb idea, even for him, and I continued protesting for a minute, only to conclude that, f**k it, I didn’t have anything to live for anyway. If I was going to die, at least this mode of suicide had a pretty good chance of being funny, versus any of the others I had considered in my adulthood. CR pulled the car back onto the road when traffic was clear and paused at the top of the hill.
CR: “This is gonna be f**kin’ awesome!”
He made the Mario Kart race-starting noise - “beep… beep… BING!” - and mashed the pedal to the floor. It wasn’t exactly neck-snapping acceleration, but as we rolled down the hill, we started picking up speed. CR began calling out the speed indicated on the dashboard as though were were pilots on some kind of experimental supersonic test flight:
“20… 25… 30… 35…”
At about 35, the contraption picked up a noticeable vibration from somewhere in the front.
“38… 40…”
The vehicle was now beginning to sway back and forth. The little truck was not pleased about its downhill trajectory and was doing everything in its power to steer us in a safer direction, like into a tree, or into the back of a delivery van. Colossal Redneck jerked the wheel left and right in an attempt to keep the car pointed in a vaguely downhill direction.
“45… 46… 47… 48… 49… 50!”
At this point the vibration had evolved from “noticeable” through “worrying” all the way to “world-ending”. The dashboard was rattling and visibly shaking, and the entire… “assembly” that comprised the truck bed sounded like it might just clatter its way off. The fiberglass that Quingqi optimistically calls a “passenger door” was shaking so badly that I could see daylight appear around the seal.
At 50, CR stabbed at the brakes. Even he wasn’t stupid enough to take it up all the way to freeway speeds. I watched his foot stomp the pedal, retract, and stomp it a couple more times. He gave me a look that landed somewhere between surprise and terror, which told me everything I needed to know: the brakes were as good as they ever were in a Xebra, which meant that we had none.
At the bottom of the hill was a T-junction, and you can guess what leg of the T we were on. A few hundred yards ahead was a concrete wall which separated the road from a 20-foot dropoff into a junkyard. We were going to crash into the wall, and one of two things was going to happen: we would be instantly wadded up into a firey ball of fiberglass and Great Leap Forward-quality steel, or we would blow completely through the wall, arc gracefully through the air, and then immediately land atop a pile of dead Pontiacs.
CR, in spite of the general panic inside the car, managed to pull the handbrake, which surprisingly did have a marginal degree of effectiveness, and I watched the speedometer creep glacially down toward slightly less insane speeds. But it was not enough, and as we reached the flat section near the intersection, the gauge still hovered above 35.
I heard CR shout at me to hold on, and he yanked the wheel violently to the left. Because of how the steering on the Xebra is designed, past a certain steering angle, the wheel will just simply snap all the way to full lock, and that’s exactly what happened. The car whipped sideways with a horrid bang and my body slammed against the door. I don’t know for sure whether we were on two wheels at any point, but I can’t imagine we weren’t. We careened onto the main road, and miraculously managed not to slide into the concrete wall at the bottom of the hill.
We coasted back to the shop in silence, the Xebra having now picked up a horrible squealing noise. Back at the service bay, we piled out. I had just started to compose my tirade when Colossal Redneck punctuated the moment with a loud “holy f***ing s#!t!”
CR: “Look at this f**kin’ thing! The wheel! The god-damn wheel!”
Sure enough, there was a severe abnormality to the steering system on our rocketship. The violence of the “maneuver” at the bottom of the hill had taken the front wheel and fork assembly and bent it backwards to the point where the tire was now grazing the bodywork.
Think about how terrifying that is. Cars are pretty robust objects; generally speaking, short of an accident or hitting an enormous pothole at Mach 5, most handle abuse very well. Going around a corner at 35 might feel a bit fast, but it you can reasonably expect that if you do so your car isn’t going to explode. Our turn at the bottom of the hill had been rough, but not nearly rough enough to completely collapse the front subframe in any ordinary car, and yet collapse it it had. We concluded that the front subframe was apparently either made from tin foil or some sort of soft cheese.
We submitted the damage as a warranty claim to the manufacturer, somehow forgetting to include the little details of the upgraded throttle controller or our land speed record attempt. CR informed the owners that the Xebra couldn’t survive anything aside from the most gentle of driving, and recommended we try to get a refund from the manufacturer, as they were clearly unsafe. The response was typical: “Once it’s out the door, who gives a s#!t?”
From then on, Colossal Redneck and I both categorically refused to drive the Xebras ever again. We never did sell a single one.
Next Story: The Locker Swap
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2014.02.21 07:02 Sylviee Bundle lot: 320ml+ various Naturally Extracted Tobaccos in 5-6mg (36 bottles)...$125

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2012.02.28 08:20 19f191ty A buddy of mine who is a sailor just typed this story up on his blog. I thought /r/nosleep would like it.

Note: The following, well, most of it at least is all true. this ACTUALLY happened on a SCI (Shipping Corporation of India) ship a long time ago. Its been passed down from officer to cadet for so many long years that it has now earned its place in mariner legend. Hope you enjoy this.
"Out here in the Blue, God comes to the Master when He's not sure what to do" - Officer Cadet V D Vishwakarma, MV Morning Chorus September 1979
You know, I've been in command of my ship many many long years, yet it was only at the time this account ended, that I realized it was time to retire. That such horror is possible at sea, I could never have imagined, and when I say that, all the force of 40 years of sailing to the far side of the world rides with my words. I've witnessed things most people wouldn't...couldnt...dream of seeing, heard accounts that would freeze the marrow in your bones before you could say avast, loved women more beautiful than the painted dolls on today's television, witnessed war, saved lives....If you sail long enough, for all the hum-drum everyday life that you sacrifice, you gain...no, that would be the wrong word...you are...introduced....to aspects of life that are closed to many. Whether you reach out and take this bittersweet alternate reality and make it a part of you, or fight it till, over time, it seeps into your very being and hollows you out, destroying you by the mockery it makes of your long standing efforts to resist it....that, is your choice.
The sea is never gentle on men, it never has been. Her power goes beyond what unimaginative landlubbers would give her credit for. She takes away a part of your life, and replaces it with something of her own, sometimes sinister, sometimes cruel, sometimes painful, but always joyf...no, pleasurable. yes...always pleasurable. This is inevitable, and I've only known men who ran back and claimed solid ground under their feet, never to return, to have avoided this end.
After the events that I am about to recount...well, I feel you, my reader, should judge for yourself. I will depart from this world soon, very soon, if i am any judge of these matters, and only want to see my wish to leave a last warning note to young men coming to sea with stars in their eyes (not that warnings have ever dissuaded young men from taking their hands off the rigging) fulfilled. The rest is for you to judge.
I was in command of the MV Gauri Shankar, a 35,000 ton bulk carrier during these events. I had orders to load iron ore at the port of Manaus, a ways up the Amazon, then sail her to the factory of the world at the time, Japan. All in all a long, long voyage to make.
The ship herself was the product of a West German shipyard, solidly built, not a weak spot in her hull, and through my own diligent efforts, and the good fortune to receive mates who knew their jobs on my vessel, she had kept in beautiful condition. Wide, huge hatch covers all along her centre line dominated my everyday view of my ship, and fully loaded she sliced through the water, doing a respectable 12 knots at full speed.
I had a good, no, a great complement of officers - all Indians, with the exception of a Dutch Chief Mate, and a total rating complement of about 36 men. good men, all of them...with a few exceptions of course, but such bad apples are inevitable on any ship.
We reached Manaus with no difficulties, sailing up the amazon with pilots onboard, and the long, 2 week loading began. I had taken the measure of the chief mate by that time, and judging him to be competent, ready for a command of his own in fact, I left him to handle the show,and went about writing my daily quota of letters - to my wife, family, friends. Must say, after decades of service, I'd earned the right to be a letter writing sailor.
Well, my C/O proved to be more than competent - he was, well, one of the good ones - handling everything to near perfection, the man got us loaded and ready to go in 5 days. Departure checklists were completed, the pilots boarded, lines cast off, and we were off.... the transit east is unimportant, and I shall now skip to events that happened 400 miles into the atantic ocean, several weeks later.
I was taking my customary evening walk on deck, and having completed my inspections, enjoyed a truly breathtaking sunset and got some exercise, i returned to my rooms. Within minutes, my chief mate summoned me to the bridge. i thought he sounded a bit alarmed, so i made my way up there post haste, wondering what could have flustered him.
half an hour later we were still discussing what couldve happened to the deck watchman. seems an OS (ordinary seaman), young strapping 21 yr old fellow, wasnt responding to the mate's calls in the walkie. We'd mustered a search party to search for the fellow on deck I feared I'd had a man overboard. In atlantic waters, i feared for the man's life very much, if he'd gone over the side here.
No results from the search party so another team was mustered to search the entire ship, and fearing the worst, we swung her around to begin a search for him, assuming he'd gone over the side. and the 1st tendrils of fear crept up in me - calm seas, perfect visibility, the man was as sober as they come....how could he have fallen over?
I was woken up by loud banging on my door later that night, around 0300, and opened up to find the chief mate along with a visibly shaken AB of the watch, gurcharan, who had a dazed, terrified expression on his face - i remember noticing that his lips were...colourless....almost white, and he was sweating, shivering uncontrollably, and appeared to not be looking anywhere, just off into space, all the time.
The mate refused to tell me anything, except that I must see for myself. Making our way to coaming 72 on the main deck, in the pitch darkness and accompanied by no less than 5 ABs with flashlights, the Mate, who led the way (gurcharan, or guru for short, had vehemently refused to come with us, or state his reason for disobeying...he simply vomited up his dinner when i suggested he do so) shone his flashlight up, up to the hatch cover, and the sight i saw there will remain with me forever.
I noticed the blood first. blood, congealed and some of it already drying, had run down the coaming and was pooled in a small, thick mass on the deck, a few feet from where I stood. clumps of black hair, mingled with small shards of white bone and mangled pieces of tissue clung to the bulkhead, arrested in their path downward by evaporation. And perched on top of the hatch, one eye missing, the other wide open, his mouth arrested in a curiously snarling expression, was the dismembered head of the OS. trails of what i thought could only have been the various tendons, muscles and blood vessels, crudely severed hung from the ruin of his neck, down over the side of the hatch.
A great yell went up from the men gathered behind me, one of them uttering a terrified scream and running back to the accomodation. Well, there wasnt any hiding something of this magnitude, not anymore. For a minute, i was simply too shocked and stunned to do or say anything. I'd never been in this situation before....
Hours later, after the head had been...secured and bodybagged, stored in our freezer for the inevitable police investigation, and it was confirmed that there was no sign of the body, i called a crew meeting. 36 men faced me now in harbor office, each with different degrees of fear clearly written on his face.
I explained to them that a murder had been commited on my ship, and the murderer was amongst us. I asked this man to step forward and account for his actions. brief silence...and nothing. I then informed the crew that all work from was to be stopped indefinitely, and no crewmember should venture anywhere on the ship unless accompanied by at least two others, and after informing the officer on the bridge. We had diverted our course, and were heading for the nearest port, which was at minimum a 2 week sail away.
The mood on my ship was dark now, very dark. The mate reported to me that there wasn't a single crewmember who didn't carry some sort of weapon around him at all times, and I feared that if we didn't reach civilization soon, we wouldn't need the killer for the next death. my ship, my crew...were tearing themselves apart. I however double locked my door that night, and went to a troubled sleep, hoping I had done enough to stave off disaster.
It happened 3 days later. The 2nd cook was his next victim. A jolly, cheerful man from Goa, Earl Fernandes has disregarded my orders and had apparently stepped out to dispose off the garbage overboard when he'd been killed by a massive blow to the back of his head. His skull was a gory mess, and the 2nd mate, a young fellow from bombay, fell over and vomited his guts out all over the galley deck where we found the poor man. His head and face had been further disfigured with random pieces of garbage being stuffed into the orifices, before the whole thing had been stuffed into the garbage bag and deposited at the entrace to the galley. A great sadness passed over me then, and i despaired. Never before had i lost men, and in such horrible circumstances. I had failed them, and now i devoted all my thoughts to getting them to land and the long arm of the law before anyone else died.
The atmosphere on the ship was hard to describe. It was poisonous. Men who had been friends for years, who would have gladly jumped into stormy oceans to save one another, now carried knives, daggers, screwdrivers, shanks and other assorted deadly weaponry on their persons and looked askance at anyone coming closer than 4 feet of them. Cabins all over the ship had been deserted, the men all slept in the common rooms now, with a rotating 3 man watch at all hours of the night. The mates had narrowly broken up three fights already, fought over things as careless as spilt coffee, a 'suspicious' stare, and as i remember it - a fork..held in a suspicious manner (yes, you heard that right- a fork!) My ship had ceased to be a ship. If we didn't make landfall soon (i gave my men another 36 hours of non stop high stress before someone snapped) I would lose another man, whether at the killer's hands or from other causes. And there wasn't anything I could do about it.
"I am but mad North-North West; when the wind is southerly I know a Hawk from a Handsaw" - William Shakespeare
Lemme tell you something - before you so much as lift a single fucking finger of yours to point at me, goddamit - you gotta look at the bigger fucking picture. So, here I was, staring at my own goddamn blood, in total puzzlement, but well, hey, this shit happens to a man just once in his life, you know? drop by drop, it just flowed down my hand, pooled briefly in my palm, then followed my fortunes and took a bloody dive down to my cabindeck. I'd begun cutting myself, see, when the news arrived. It came with a letter, just in with the shipsmail a few days ago...now isn't that a fucking laugh! see, letters are a joyous, celebratory occasion out here in the blue - at least, for me they are, i dont really know what the other chaps here think of them- i fucking LOVE em, practically tear them outta their bloody envelopes just to get my hands on the letter - you know what I do then? well, i bloody well sniff the damn thing first - prolong my experience, delay gratification (oooh, I've always been good at delaying gratification - haha, im sure you'll admire this particular quality of mine) a bit, then i feel the paper, still folded - taking in the texture, the feel of those nasty bloody edges, everything....THEN I sit down with it, light up a PallMall, and go about reading it. So do tell me one thing you lily livered land abiding piece of dog crap! Is it any way to break the news to a man?? a FUCKING letter, i tell you!a Goddamd letter??? ahh, let me introduce to you the contents of this nice brightener up of my day -
hello, says my dear dear wife (i do love that woman, though for what she's done, Ima pursue the bitch to the ends of fucking hell to make her pay!!) guess what, she says - our son...is dead!! Now is that funny, or is that funny??? hmmmm? shit, I'm practically roaring with laughter re-reading this thing, I am! just like that - He's dead. road accident of some sort, apparently - poor sod was returning from the grocers - some idiot in a car ran him over, and then ran himself into a telephone pole (in his hurry to get away, I should guess): end result - my boy, my poor poor boy...dead. driver: alive. Which was good, really- I really wanted to get near that driver - ahhh, I couldnt wait. I'd make him die slow, real slow. I'd make him suffer till he begged for death, and when that last hope was close, I'd yank the bitch away from right uder his nose now, I would! hahaha, oh yes, Im going to have plenty of fun with this.
OH! back to my letter - now now, dont be so hasty - I'm SURE you're wondering why i referred to the mother of my son as bitch (apart from the fact that, well, she sure is one). well, that s where the second part of the letter comes in now doesnt it?
She informed, (INFORMED, mind you!!!!) that immediately post writing the letter I was now holding in my hands (the postmark was dated 3 weeks ago) she intended to... to consume the entire box of sleeping pills she stashed in her med cabinet, and go to bed. said she wanted to meet her boy. said sorry.
I guess...i guess she said a lot of things....things that I cant recal right away, I'm sure you'll forgive me, sir...shadows grow over my world, and darkness falls - to quick, too quick I say, but in these matters, when o when has a bloody man got a say in it? I...didn't feel right - all broken up, and shook up, and...well, someone had gone and twisted my wires up something fierce, it felt like.
When I looked down at my hand - there. I'd cut myself. Been looking at myself in my looking glass a while too - i know, cz it was sunny out thr when i began, and now it was dark. or was that just me? oh well, I wont ever know, i think. Now all thats left is making the best of what Iv got left. I'm SURE you'll agree with me, that THIS, THIS is what comes of the evil, corrupted,sedentary....lifestyle of landlubbers...its not right, and yes, i admit it. I DID it....I went out there and i got me the first landlubber I could find, and i CUT his FUCKING throat and watched him bleed right there on the deck, gargling, choking, sputtering up insane quantities of blood as he clawed at his gaping smile of a throat... That pathetic excuse for existence tried struggling as I held him down, but haha, with your own jugular pumping alllll your lifejuice outta you, how you gonna hold that up, now, hmm? so he didn't. well, he did, a bit, even looked at me outta the corner of one eye, and I remember flying into such an insane rage at what I saw in his eye, that I took it from him. didn't look long at me after that now did He? Yea, that sure was fun.
Note: Part 2's coming up - I've been sitting on this one awhile now since I wasn't really sure of the delivery
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2012.02.21 14:13 tabledresser [Table] IAMA novice soccer coach that led the 'worst team in the world' to their first ever international victory. AMA

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Who will play you in the inevitable movie they make? I want them to cast against type and go with Samuel L Jackson. You can have a say in that yourself. Here's a link to the trailer and the movie fundraiser! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028948731/the-soccermen.
How exactly did you land the job? Did you call/arrange before or you just showed up? Also, never underestimate the power of just showing up! We sent an email and said we were coming over and interested in helping out. I love the internet. But when we got there we showed we were really committed and the job was there if we wanted it. The whole story is in the documentary: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028948731/the-soccermen Never underestimate the power of sending a passionate email!
Can you tell us about the game against Guam? The game against Guam was NERVE RACKING. Nothing could prepare you for the nerves. Every time a player of mine was fouled I screamed astonishing abuse at the ref. I was a terrible example of fair play.
Wait, you guys left? Yes, we had to hand over the reigns. The team has to have local people running it long term and that's what's happening. Hopefully we were a lasting catalyst!
What was the score? what were the goals like? What is Guam's international rating?, and how many spots did your team move up as a result of the win? We beat a local prem side handsomely. I think it was 7-1 Our goals were all very well taken and well worked passing goals and one was a drilled daisy cutter from long range. We are not in FIFA yet. YET.
You for next England manager! You dont want that.
A job? The shame! I know. Disgraceful.
Ye are fucking legends. Do ye consider yourselves skilled at football, like have any trials or anything? Paul is actually in shape and played semi-pro. I scored a hatrick in the garden against my niece recently.
Is your niece pro or...? Hahaha - quality. She is a pro at taking massive dumps. Adorable little thing really.
What will you do if Spurs ever play pohnpei? Explode.
YID ARMY!! Pause...YID ARMY!!!!
Your real name is Gordon Bombay isn't it? Very flattered by the reference.
Ah, so you're doing this because of a DUI? Haha, don't drink and drive, kids. That's for adults. Kidding.
When I first joined a team, it consisted of only of close friends. We lost every match we played for months. This was when we were 14 years old. Now, we're still together, but we're a lot better. We're competitors in our Sunday league division and we're currently in third place. It takes passion and love for the game in order to keep playing even though you keep on losing. Sorry, but here's the question: How did the team celebrate after their first victory? HHAHA great story! Love that! Our Celebrations? Gatorade fight, the biggest BBQ in South Pacific history and lots of tears.
How much tactical instruction did the team need when you got there? Did you have to go over positions, roles, etc. or were they already familiar with that? Only a few players had the proper tactical experience. Most were just great athletes who wanted to learn. It was a blank slate in some cases and the learning curve was steep! It was funny to see players gravitating to unfashionable position. Gratifying for a coach!
What made you think you could turn the losing team around? We were all the way around the world. If we couldn't turn it around - it was a long way to go to fail!
So, why did you take the risk? I only asked myself that question the night before the big game. And I started crying. Footage of me crying like a big girl's blouse will be in the documentary: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028948731/the-soccermen.
Wow, so you never actually thought about it before taking a losing team and trying to revive them, knowing that if you failed then it would be a long way to go down? It was a dream to do something like that. I'm a massive football fan and the appeal of trying was more alluring that the risk of failure.
Did you get paid for the job? If yes, how much per month? No we were never paid. It was totally voluntary. Paul had a few flights subsidized and some of our accommodation was pro-rated but no - this was a passion project. Hence why we're both broke!
You're kidding me! Nope. That's why we're trying to raise money for the documentary. We haven't got a penny left! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028948731/the-soccermen.
Where are you from? I just moved from a first world country to a third world country myself... Assuming you are from a first world country, what did you find were the major differences? What shocked you about Pohnpei? Great question. Communication was obviously a big deal as their English wasn't as fluent as we had imagined. The major shock was the speed of things. Imposing a western sense of urgency is a challenge. The cumulative effect of the heat and the humidity on your psyche was also a big shock! I was sweating like a snowman in a microwave!
How were you received initially by the players and the locals? Staring. Lots of staring. Mainly because I was sweating so heavily. I made some great friends on the island, it was tough at first but by the end we were very close.
How epic was your training montage? What was the background song to said montage? Here is the first video we made about the project: this should answer the first question. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqr6zJK5bWE&context=C30c32e5ADOEgsToPDskLtZfCDuC5CfRxfddUMkrX-
Who was the antagonist who saw that he was wrong all the way, and then started the slow clap that will escalate into thunderous applause for the underdog? The antagonist was probably the sports minister who was a bit of a tool. Never helped us at all. The Olympic Committee were amazing though.
>Recruiting players and bridging the enormous cultural gap to instill a professional discipline needed to compete at international level wasn't any easier. I'd love to hear more about how you got the professional discipline instilled into them. I don't assume that they were professional footballers, so how often was training? We trained every day - especially in the build up to the tournament in Guam. 5 am gym sessions and then afternoon training sessions. The trick to getting people to play like professionals is to treat them like professionals. THAT really freaked them out and they felt like they had to rise to the occasion! Whole story is in the documentary: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028948731/the-soccermen.
Were you on soccer am? Yes. My partner in crime, Paul Watson, was on Soccer AM. http://www.socceram.com/story/0,21644,13871_7506247,00.html.
Yea, you definitely said you beat Guam, not a premier team. Isn't that kinda like Germany's International team beating the Spurs? That would never happen.
This sounds like Cool Runnings, except for football. Do you see yourself as John Candy? Also, did you guys have a song, like "Pohnpei has a football team" or something? I ate so much fish and rice that I ended up looking like John Candy. We didn't have a song. I tried to play Prodigy Firestarter in the gym but the boys always changed it to Sean Kingston: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkyhvCdJ_vM.
Hey, that sounds amazing. I have two questions. Are you still coaching there? What system did you play? We are no longer coaching the team. I may return this summer for a guest appearance at the Micronesian games but that is TBD! We played standard 442. We encouraged the wing backs to overlap and played a deep line.
Which managers did you take inspiration from? Who gave the halftime team talks? or was it a good-cop/bad-cop delivery? I love coaching. I doubt anyone would hire me in a paid position though! I think Paul has had his fill. You can Tweet him to know for sure: @paul_c_watson Harry Redknapp has got to be someone to look up to. He trusts his players and is a great motivator. It may sound silly but I also look up to boxing trainers like Freddie Roach and Angelo Dundee.
So what are you going to do now? Keep coaching them? No, we handed over the reigns to the locals. Now I am focused on raising the money to finish the documentary: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028948731/the-soccermen.
How the hell do you get 3rd degree sunburns?! Snorkeling.
You know I'm a fan and supporter of the project, are you planning on doing more football based docuementary type films in the future? Kieran! Our top supporter! You should check out the amazing posters this guy did for us on http://www.thesoccermen.com/gallery Yes, Kieran, this is the first project of hopefully many. Thanks for your enduring support!
I saw Paul on Soccer AM the other day, and looked up your story. Really inspiring! How many hours of Football Manager experience did you put on your CV when you applied?! ;) I had a problem at university with Football Manager. I needed an intervention.
Come on you Spurs! I noticed a Spurs jersey on one of the locals in the video; was it originally yours? Yes, I am a massive Spurs fan. I made sure we brought over a bunch of Spurs kits on our first trip to indoctrinate them nice and early. Although we had to PAY for them! Yeovil and Norwich gave them for free!!
So with your credentials turning around the world's worst team, are you being considered for the England job? I am - yes. My tactic of beating Guam at all costs really impressed them.
Yeovil!!! We lov'em.
48 hour flight?! shit, how'd that break down? London > Dubai > Manilla > Guam > Chuuk > Pohnpei.
What is your England starting XI? I make no apologies for the Spurs bias. Get used to it if Harry takes over! Hart, Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Ashley Cole, Micah Richards, Gerrard, Parker, Aaron Lennon, Rooney, Sturridge, Defoe !!!
Was it an official FIFA match? We are not yet in FIFA so it was not an official match, it was a friendly. Hopefully soon though!
Is there anything beer can't do?! Not sure. I'll keep looking though.
Get any action? 2nd time with this question. No. Sadly not. My players were getting enough to make up for it though.
Do you plan on continuing a career in soccer or filmmaking? I'm working on a way to combine the two!
Forest are in dire need of a new gaffer! Tempted? Yeah, you guys are struggling right now. Shame - you're a huge club.
What is the greatest asset of the players you worked with? They are tough. A tough bunch of guys. Boils, sprains, cuts, bruises - they hardly ever complained.
Pretty cool stuff man, very, very inspiring. Just one question, why WHY did you have to use the hideous name of "soccermen" instead of footballmen which is what you really are. Was it just to appease the handegg-loving fellas? That's what they called us. I kind of like it!
What was the name of your talking animal sidekick? We were chased by a lot of the wild dogs on the island. I didn't give them names.
Are you the eighth son of an eighth son of an eight son of a wizard? I'll ask my auntie, she's the genealogist in our family.
Not sure if this will get buried, but I remember watching some random game in college (San Marina I think), and I remember them being brutally crushed, at around over 100 points (no exaggeration) to zero. How bad did you guys end up losing when you started, and how did you manage to cheer that team up? We never got a hiding by anyone when we were in charge and the team was so committed they didn't need cheering up. We took them to a water park to celebrate their win. They liked that!!
Nice one. Pohnpei is totally on my 'list'. I have to see the ancient ruined city of Nan Madol before I die. I mean, a mysterious abandoned city built log cabin style out of giant volcanic basalt columns? It doesn't get better than that. I agree. Go there. It's remarkable.
So I am a little confused. Did you coach them or did you and your friend actually play for Pohnpei? If you did play, did you have to get citizenship to be capped by another country? We coached. We didn't play. You have to be a citizen to play.
What about This now? Love that video. These positive stories are what sport is all about.
You and your friend are both brilliant and insane. So what now? what's next for Pohnpei? Thank you. FIFA membership for Micronesia!
Do you think, when coaching players with lesser skills, it is better to focus on the basics (passing, shooting, marking properly) or higher skills (such as very advanced ball skills, tricks, drills like holding the ball off the ground for as long as possible)? Also, can you teach creativity and anticipation? Sorry for broad questions. Get them in shape. Start with basics!
Why is it your drinking beer in this description yet you're drinking tea in the kickstarter description? We were drinking both. Simultaneously.
Do you think this will be a catalyst to you getting a job as a manager somewhere else? Second, how much Football manager do y'all play? I hope so alot.
Wow, that is amazing! Has any journalist done anything in depth about you yet? A couple. Always open to offers especially ones about the buried treasure I found on Sokeh's rock!
Who would be the most accurate actor to portray you when the movie's inevitably made? We discussed Samuel L Jackson earlier and I like that idea. Casting against type!
This sounds like it was really fun, did you learn any interesting phrases in the local language? Nothing repeatable in pleasant company!
I used to go to school with Stephen Clemence (son of Ray Clemence... also, interestingly, Pat Jennings son "Pat" was also at the same school at the same time!). We used to play up front together. I was faster (fastest kid in the school at the time) and more skill full. Yet he went on to play in the Premiership! With that in mind, who do you think will win the Championship... Super Saints (COME ON!!!!!)... or dirty, dirty $%*@ hammers (BOO!)? I want to see Soton back in the Prem.
So stumbled to find this at 6:30 in the morning. Noticed Pohnpei and soccer. Checked a friend's FB page to see if this was related to the time he spent in Pohnpei. It was. He was the guy who got kicked in the face punching the ball out of the box. I'd mention names but privacy and all that. Glad to know that everything is doing good down there. Keep up the great work. Oh and so I don't get pitchforks drawn, I know that even basic necessities (milk, bread, ect) are incredibly expensive on the island, leaving an incredible need to conserve finances. Did that factor into the coaching and team building that went on? I know who you're talking about.
I know this question could make me seem a little like a skinflint. But can two persons join in a 100$ donation and get our name together in the credits? Sure.
But, how do you sit with balls that big? Haha, i have a system.
This sounds like movie material. Ever though on contacting someone in the movie business ? Check out the trailer!
You kinda look like Forlan. HAHA and David Nalbandian...and Clay Matthews. I don't play like any of them though!
You are awesome. End of story. So are you!
A Brit calling it soccer -.- It used to eat me up. I embraced it after a while.
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2011.08.25 18:30 corpuscrispy CCNightLife Weekend Rundown

Just a sampling of what's going on around town this weekend:
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