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A Flash Mob for the City of Sabadell in Catalonia, Spain.


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By T.V. Antony Raj

Banco Sabadell Headquarters in Sabadell, Catalonia
Banco Sabadell Headquarters in Sabadell, Catalonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Sabadell Barcelona, the second largest city in the south of the comarca (county) of the Vallès Occidental in Catalonia, Spain is on the River Ripoll, 12 miles (20 km) north of Barcelona.

Sabadell and its archrival, Terrassa, in the east-central region of Catalonia, are co-capitals of the comarca of Vallès Occidental. These two cities pioneered the Industrial Revolution in Catalonia with their textile mills.

In the mid 19th century, nicknamed the “Catalan Manchester“, Sabadell became the most important wool city in Spain. Now, Sabadell is basically a commercial and industrial city with no significant agricultural activities.

On December 31, 1881, a group of 127 businessmen and traders from Sabadell Barcelona founded Banco de Sabadell, for financing local industries and providing them with raw materials (wool and coal) under more favourable terms and conditions.

In 1907, Banco Sabadell wound up the non-banking businesses to focus its activities on entirely on commercial banking.

In 1965, Banco Sabadell started its territorial expansion, slowly and steadily spreading to the nearby towns. In 1975, it started to expand beyond Catalonia by opening a branch in Madrid.

Now, Banco de Sabadell is the fifth-largest Spanish banking group with its headquarters in Sabadell includes several banks, brands, subsidiaries and associated banks specialises in serving SMEs (Small or Medium Enterprises) and affluent individuals interested in international trade.

Banco de Sabadell London situated at Sabadell House, 120 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EA (Source: manchesterhistory.net)
Banco de Sabadell London situated at Sabadell House, 120 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EA (Source: manchesterhistory.net)

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In 1978, Banco Sabadell expanded internationally by opening its first branch abroad in the heart of the City of London in the United Kingdom.

Banco Sabadell with its extensive commercial and operational experience and having an in-depth knowledge of the features of the Indian financial system started operating in New Delhi, India in 1994.

In 2012, on the 130th anniversary of its founding, Banco Sabadell launched a campaign called “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell) to pay homage to its founding city.

For culminating the campaign, Banco Sabadell arranged a scintillating flash mob with 100 people from the Orquestra Simfonica del Vallès, Cor Lieder Camera, Cor Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

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A Sinhala – Tamil Hymn to Commemorate Saint Joseph Vaz


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Saint Joseph Vaz
Saint Joseph Vaz

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Saint Joseph Vaz was born on April 21, 1651 in the village of Benaulim, Goa, India.

In 2012, Rev. Fr. Anthony Hemantha Peiris of the Diocese of Badulla, Sri Lanka, wrote the Lyrics in Sinhala and also composed the music of the hymn sung in the following video to commemorate the birth of the Saint of India and Sri Lanka.

Rev. Fr. Michael Rajendram Pillai of the Diocese of Galle translated the lyrics were Tamil.

The hymn is sung in both Sinhala and Tamil languages in the same Melody.

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Here are the lyrics and the music sheet.

Hymn to St. Joseph Vaz in Sinhalese and Tamil

Music Sheet Page 1

Music Sheet Page 2

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Musical Instruments / Tools for the Future?


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Myself  .By T.V. Antony Raj

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I came across the following video on Facebook. It reminds me of the limerick we use to sing when we were young as part of a Baila in Sri Lanka:

King Kong went to Hong Kong,
To play a game of Ping Pong,
The ball struck his Ding Dong,
And the sound it made was Dong Dong!

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“Ebola (La La)” by Rucka Rucka Ali


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Myself  .By T.V. Antony Raj

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Rucka Rucka ALI
Rucka Rucka ALI

American rapper, radio personality, singer, comedian, and satirist Rucka Rucka ALI (born January 27, 1987) has over 100 million views on YouTube for his parodies. The genesis of Rucka Rucka Ali is difficult to trace. As part of his mystique he does not reveal his actual name.

Most of Rucka Rucka Ali’s music parodies contain lyrics for shock value. On more than one occasion he has imitated ethnic celebrities and politicians such as Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden, and Kim Jong Il. He often auto-tunes his vocals.

Some of his songs include “Ching Chang Chong,” a parody of The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” full of Asian stereotypes, and “Justin’s Beaver,” a parody of B.o.B’s “Magic” ridiculing Justin Bieber.

One of Rucka Rucka ALI’s most infamous parodies was “Ima Korean,” a parody of The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” It makes fun of Kim Jong-il and North Koreans. He later released a sequel called “My Korea’s Over,” a parody of “International Love.”

On October 26, 2014, Rucka Rucka ALI released the song “Ebola (La La)“. It is a parody of Fergie’s “L.A. Love (La La). It humorously details the Ebola epidemic of 2014. It highlights how Ebola spreads and how people stereotyped as “Blacks” have Ebola.

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Rucka Rucka ALI’s “Ebola (La La)” Lyrics

[Intro]
(La-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la)

[Verse One]
I tell you where it’s from
Africa
That’s from where Ebola comes
West Side
It hides in the suitcase
2 days later
It lands in USA
I get it from my girlfriend
& give it to my dad
I catch it on the subway
& leave it in the cab
I eat it at Subway
Drink it at Starbucks
Ebola’s everywhere
& I give no fucks

[Pre-Hook One]
They scared
It’s bad
Ebola’s gonna kill us all dead
They mad
How’d this happen?
Gotta make sure that nobody else gets it
I’m sorry but I have it & you have it
Or you’ll get it so forget it
Don’t sweat it
Just let it be
I’m telling you Ebola’s not the Enemy
Listen

[Hook One]
I have Ebo-la-la-la-la-la & you have Ebo-la-la-la-la-la & we have Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Everybody has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Selena has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Justin has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Taylor has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Jesus has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Ebola

[Bridge One]
Every shitty little village in Africa has Ebo-la
Every city in America is getting it now
Just go with it bruh

[Verse Two]
Airports
Check if he’s Black
He could have Ebola so send him back
In fact keep a eye on the Black Eye Peas
Mostly Black & Guy
Don’t worry about Peas
& the Cosbys could have Ebola also Oprah
Let’s just close up Detroit til this crisis is contained
Don’t let the Obamas on the plane cause

[Pre-Hook Two]
They black, they could have Ebola
Might as well also watch for Ayrabs
If they have a brown face
We’ll keep em safe in Guantanamo Bay
I’m sorry for everybody for the drama but we’re gonna get Ebola if we let black people in
Ebola’s not a country in Africa
It’s the whole continent

[Hook Two]
I have Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
You have Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Obama has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Kanye has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Will Smith has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
2Pac has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Steve Harvey has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Magic Johnson has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la & AIDS

[Bridge Two]
Diggy & Biggie & Jay-Z & Nas have Ebola
Stephanie DJ & Kimmy Gibbler have Ebola
Every shittle little village in Africa has Ebo-la
Every city in America is getting it now
Just go with the flow

[Hook Three]
You have Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Your mom has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Your Uncle Tom has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Ariana has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Ben Affleck has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Matt Damon has Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
He got it from Ben Affleck
La-la-la-la-la
The Kardashians have Ebo-la-la-la-la-la
Ebola
(La-la-la-la-la)

[Outro]
I have some Ebola
(La-la-la-la-la)
We all have Ebola
(La-la-la-la-la)
We need some Ricola
(La-la-la-la-la)
& some Pepsi Cola
(La-la-la-la-la)
Tommy has Ebola
(La-la-la-la-la)
Billy has Ebola
(La-la-la-la-la)
Jason has Ebola
(La-la-la-la-la)
Trini has Ebola
Oh wait no, she died years ago

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To All Sleep-deprived Parents… O You Terror!


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By T.V. Antony Raj

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O You Terror! (Source: gettyimages)
O You Terror! (Source: gettyimages)

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Carmina Burana means “Songs from Beuern” in Latin. It is the name given to a manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts from 11th to 13th century. “Beuern” is short for Benediktbeuern. The collection found in 1803 in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern, is now housed in the Bavarian State Library in Munich.

These pieces are in most cases bawdy, irreverent, and satirical. Written by students and clergy, in Medieval Latin, a few are in Middle High German, and some with traces of Old French or Provençal.

Twenty-four poems in Carmina Burana were set to music by Carl Orff in 1936 and his composition quickly became popular and a staple piece of the classical music repertoire. Scores of film soundtracks including Lord of the Rings have used the opening and closing movement, “O Fortuna”.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra launched its “Say it with Carmina” contest inviting Australians to come up with new lyrics.

Matthew Hodge is a father of three living in Sydney, Australia. He sent his entry an “An Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorizing Toddlers” to the contest. Among the many entries submitted, including odes to the Pope, it was Hodge’s entry with its hilarious phrases such as, “Oh you terror, get down from there. Mummy’s getting cranky,” that received the most votes. He won the first prize.

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The Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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The 200 members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra somberly chanted phrases like “Where are your pants? What have you done with my purse?” with a straight face making Hodge’s words funnier.

Even if this musical offering from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra won’t make your chores and stress go away, it is sure to bring a smile on your face.

THE ODE TO SLEEP DEPRIVED PARENTS AND TERRORISING TODDLERS

O’ you terror!
Get down from there!
Mummy’s getting cranky…

Put my phone down.
Where are your pants?
What have you done with my purse?
Don’t throw those blocks.
What is that smell?
Why do you look so happy?
What’s in your mouth?
Who ripped that book?
Why won’t you just stop moving?

He’s on the chair!
Just standing there!
Wobbling like a drunk man.
Where is my mug?
What was that crash?
Who let you in the kitchen?
You’ve got a knife!
Put it down now!
Don’t wave it near your sister!

Put my phone down.
Where are my apps?
Who dialled triple zero?

Why won’t you sleep?
Is it your teeth?
I need another coffee!
My head’s so sore!
Look at the floor!
Cleaning will take forever.

What’s wrong with you?
What did I do?
Why do you do this to me?
I hope when you…
Have some kids too…
They drive you crazy!

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“In The Dark I See by @Lights” by Casey Chanin


Casey Chanin is a Pop/R&B singer from Westchester, NY.  She is working on her debut album to be released in 2013 via Bralec Harlit Entertainment.  Check out her story below to see how she’s made it through being misdiagnosed by over 15 doctors, living with Celiac Disease and struggling with binge eating and hopes to inspire girls everywhere to love and accept themselves.

Link To Casey Chanin's Story

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Hi. I’m Casey. I’m 19, 5’2”, and I’ve lived most of my life hating myself for the way I look. Here is the very short version of my story.

At 13 I weighed only 53 pounds, and was going through a 2-year misdiagnoses. Everything I ate made my stomach hurt. I would eat, and then I’d be on the floor screaming in pain but the doctors said I was lying to cover up my “eating disorder”. I went through over 15 doctors, and two psychologists. I was dropped by many of them because they didn’t know what to do. I lost all of my friends. I was in too much pain, and too weak to go to school. I was in the hospital with feeding tubes down my throat to force feed me. I tried my best to eat, but no matter how much I ate, I kept losing weight. I ate through the pain to make everyone happy, except myself. I was killing myself with food.

The doctors decided to cut a hole in me so my parents could put a feeding tube through it. A week before they were going to do it a doctor saw a blood test that I had taken two years earlier and saw that I had Celiac Disease, an intolerance to Wheat, Oats, Rye, and Barley. By eating those foods, my intestines were completely damaged. My growth hormone had stopped, and my digestive system had completely broken down. I stopped eating those foods, and the pain went away.

Even though I was finally diagnosed, I was told if I didn’t gain a certain amount of weight in a week, I’d be put back in the hospital. So, every night, I’d make myself a picnic in my room, and eat until I was about to throw up. In only two months, I gained the 20 pounds I needed to. But I couldn’t stop eating. I kept eating, and eating, and eating. It became an addiction. I used food to cope with everything. It consumed my life. I would binge every night, and sometimes, be too sick to go to school. I went to a therapist after therapist trying to get help, but I just couldn’t stop. I was diagnosed with Binge-Eating Disorder. I hated myself. I felt disgusting. I thought I was a failure and had no willpower. Food had completely consumed my life. The past two years I had been forced to eat, and then I literally could not stop eating. I spiraled into depression, began cutting myself, and was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Body Dysmoprhic Disorder. I coped with all of that now for 4 years. My highest weight was 140 pounds.

I still struggle with Binge-Eating, self harm and my weight constantly goes up and down. I have stretch marks, cellulite, and scars all over my body. I can’t help but sometimes look in the mirror and see ugly. But slowly, I’m getting better. Sometimes I can look in the mirror. Sometimes, I can take pictures of myself and that’s a huge improvement from where I was. I’m a survivor. People told me I was going to die, and I didn’t. People told me I was a liar, and I fought for my life, no matter what anyone said. So what if I have scars? It shows what I have gone and still am going through. It shows how I’m still fighting for happiness everyday, and that will start by loving my body. I am beautiful.

We all need to realize that life is too short to base it all on the way we look, or a number on a scale. Eat when you’re hungry. Eat chocolate if it makes you happy. Wear whatever you want. If the media think that killing yourself physically and mentally to look a certain way is what’s beautiful, then they are the ones with the problems. If everyone looked the same, the world would be so boring! YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR WEIGHT. NO MATTER WHAT SIZE.

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In The Dark I See by @Lights (Cover by @CaseyChanin)

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Sandy, “There’s nothin’ left for me …”


Spooky gray NYC skyline
Spooky gray NYC skyline. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

Now that Sandy has passed my way, a song from the olden days has come to haunt me.

Stranded at the drive in,
Branded a fool,
What will they say
Monday at school?

Sandy, can’t you see,
I’m in misery?
We made a start, now we’re apart,
There’s nothin’ left for me

Love has flown all alone,
I sit and wonder why-y-y oh
Why you left me,
Oh Sandy

Oh Sandy, maybe someday,
When highschool is done
Somehow, someway,
Our two worlds will be one

In heaven forever
And ever we will be,
oh please say you’ll stay,
Oh Sandy

Sandy my darlin’, you hurt me real bad,
You know it’s true
But baby, you gotta believe me when I say,
I’m helpless without you

Love has flown all alone,
I sit, I wonder why-y-y oh
Why you left me, oh Sandy
Sandy, Sandy, why-y-y-y, oh Sandy

From the musical movie “Grease” – one of my all time favorites.

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Harris Jayaraj for Dummies


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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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Harris Jayaraj, an Indian film composer from Chennai, Tamil Nadu has written numerous scores and soundtracks for Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.

His father, S. M. Jayakumar, a noted film guitarist was an assistant to Shyam, the Malayalam music director and later became a film composer.

Harris began his formal training in carnatic music when he was six. As per his father wish he learned classical guitar. At the 4th grade exam conducted by the Trinity
College of Music, London, Harris scored the highest mark in Asia. In 1987, at the tender age of twelve Harris began his music career as a guitarist.

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First night, First dreams, They are coming

Note: The English translation was done by an anonymous person.

Lyrics

Mudhal iravu, mudhal kanavu, varugiradhu
(First night, first dreams, coming)

Muzhu nilavu, oru milagu, erigiradhu
(full moon, one black pepper, burning)

Pagal nilavu, digil kanavu, varugiradhu
(day moon, nightmare, coming)

Vazhi sevuru, mazhai kuluru, adikiradhu
(a wall on the way, cold rain, beating)

Chorus

Thirakkaadha vaanam ondru, pirikkaamal paathen indru
(non opening sky, without opening, I saw today)

Thiriyaadha paalai kondu wowuwowuyeah
(non spoiled milk, wowuwowuyeah)

Sirikkaadha pennai kandu, markkaadha nenjam ondru
(seeing non smiling girl, one non-forgetting heart)

Arikkaadha mudhugai kandu, wowuwowuyeah
(seeing non-scratchy back, wowuwowuyeah)

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Paul McCartney’s “When I’m Sixty-Four”


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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When I’m Sixty-Four” was the first song recorded for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (often shortened to Sgt. Pepper), the eighth studio album by “The Beatles”, the English rock band. The album was released on June 1, 1967 on the Parlophone label, arranged and produced by George Martin (who later in 1996 was made a Knight Bachelor and honoured as Sir George Henry Martin CBE, in recognition of his services to the music industry and popular culture.).

The album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band“, is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, and has since been recognised as one of the most important albums in the history of popular music, that included songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life

Paul McCartney, a Beatle, was born on June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England to Mary, a maternity nurse and James McCartney, a cotton salesman. Paul was raised in a traditional working-class family, much the same as his future fellow Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

When Paul was 14 years old his mother died. Soon, he began his lifelong love affair with music. His father, a jazz pianist from the 1930s and 1940s, who never got a nod of recognition from anyone, encouraged him to play multiple musical instruments. Paul took formal music lessons as a boy, but the future Beatle preferred to learn by ear. He taught himself the Spanish guitar, trumpet and piano.

In 1957, at the age of 15, Paul McCartney met John Lennon at a church festival where both teenagers were performing. They both struck a chord and Paul joined Lennon’s band “The Quarrymen.”

Paul McCartney, wrote the basic tune for the song “When I’m Sixty-Four” when he was only 15. He copied his father James McCartney’s style. He used to play it when The Beatles were still known as “The Quarrymen.” Paul wrote the lyrics later in honor of his father’s 64th birthday and sang the lead vocals.

In “When I’m Sixty-Four“, a man asks a woman whether she will still be with him when he got older, when he was 64 years old.

In March 1997, Paul McCartney was knighted for services to music.

Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, turned 64 on June 18, 2006. Isn’t it pathetic that on May 17, 2006, Paul McCartney and his then wife, Heather Mills, separated, finalizing the divorce in 2008? So, “No” would be the answer to his musical query with regards to Heather Mills.

They could have waited a year.

LYRICS

When I’m Sixty Four

When I get older, losing my hair
many years from now,
will you still be sending me a valentine,
birthday greetings, bottle of wine?

If I’d been out till quarter to three,
would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
when I’m sixty four? Ooh

You’ll be older too.
Ah, and if you say the word,
I could stay with you.

I could be handy mending a fuse
when your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside,
Sunday mornings, go for a ride.

Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
when I’m sixty four?

Ev’ry summer we can rent a cottage
in the Isle of Wight if it’s not too dear.
We shall scrimp and save.
Grandchildren on your knee;
Vera, Chuck and Dave.

Send me a postcard, drop me a line,
stating point of view.
Indicate precisely what you mean to say,
yours sincerely, wasting away.

Give me your answer, fill in a form,
mine forevermore.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
when I’m sixty four? Ho!

Bowling at Brunswick Bowling Center, Ellicott City, MD.


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Myself . 

By T. V. Antony Raj

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On January 18, 2012, my wife and I went to the Brunswick Bowling Center in Ellicott City, Maryland, with my son Subas and his friends.

Bowling at Brunswick is family fun at its best.

This bowling center has 32 Lanes.

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Also, this bowling center has 1 Billiard Table, Arcade Games, Lounge, Snack Bar and  Pro Shop.

It was a great way to spend some quality time and everyone one of us enjoyed bowling late into the night.

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