Лыжная база в Чернигове в сентябре 2021 (ФОТО)


Сегодня, 29 сентября, рано утром прокатился на лыжную базу в Чернигове. Полное название – Черниговская спортивная лыжная база олимпийского резерва Украины (ул. Малиновского, 59, Чернигов). Там очень прикольно. Лес, красота, птицы, грибы, тишина и покой. Отдых на природе — просто класс)

Зимой и летом регулярно проводятся турниры по биатлону. Здесь тренировались А. Дериземля, В. Деркач и другие известные украинские биатлонисты. Одним словом – прогуляться на лыжной базе утром – одно удовольствие.

Ниже – фоточки с поездки. Всем спортивного настроения и позитива-)

Myths and facts about Led Zeppelin


Today I have made up my mind to remember one of my favorite bands – Led Zeppelin. I wish you would enjoy the post. I wrote this text a couple of weeks ago but decided to post it just now.

Trendy British rock band Led Zeppelin was formed in London in 1968. This is one of the most innovative, successful and influential bands in the history of modern music. Having created its own sounding, Led Zeppelin becomes one of the foremost hard rock groups.

The band has played a fundamental role in heavy metal development. According to “Allmusic”, it was Led Zeppelin who first refused releasing singles, laying the foundation to such musical concepts as “album rock”. Led Zeppelin still remains one of the most successful bands in rock music history. Over 360 million albums have already been sold worldwide. 114 million have been purchased in the United States. Led Zeppelin`s seven albums topped the Billboard 200.

It seems that none music group was sprouted with so many myths and fictions, like Led Zeppelin. So, let us switch to myths and facts about Led Zeppelin.

Band members of Led Zeppelin:

  • Jimmy Page, guitar (1968-80, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007);
  • Robert Plant, vocals (1968-80, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007);
  • John Paul Jones, bass guitar (1968-80, 1985, 1988, 1995, and 2007);
  • John Bonham was the best led zeppelin drummer ever (1968–80).

Concert musicians:

  • 1985 drummers: Phil Collins, Tony Thompson, Paul Martinez;
  • 1988, 2007 drummer – Jason Bonham;
  • 1995 drummers: Jason Bonham, Michael Lee.

Lead Zeppelin

The band’s name came from the phrase of one of the musicians of “The Who” band. Different sources stipulate that this was either drummer Keith Moon or bassist John Entwistle. Once Jimmy Page worked together with Nicky Hopkins and Jeff Beck on one of their songs. Jimmy Page jokingly suggested making a super group of those musicians presented in the studio at the moment. His colleagues liked the idea, but someone joked that at the very first concert the group would collapse like a lead zeppelin. Page remembered this strange image. In time, when his “Yardbirds” band was forced to change its name, he suggested that very phrase. The band’s manager Peter Grant proposed to remove one letter from the band`s name. Therefore, “Led Zeppelin” name was fixed.

Physical Graffiti

The longest Led Zeppelin`s song is called “In My Time of Dying”. Its duration is 11:04. The shortest track is “Bron-Yr-Aur”. Its time is 2:06. Both songs enter “Physical Graffiti” studio album.

Jimmy Page and microphones

While working on the first album under the name “Led Zeppelin”, Jimmy Page revealed the science of microphone placement. According to the generally accepted norms of that time, microphones were placed in front of the musical group, and sound engineer just pressed “Start” button. Page decided to hang microphones not only in front of the group, but also behind it to catch the echo. Therefore, he hung them in a few feet above the drum kit. That allowed sound to “breathe”.

Dirty hooligans

After the second American tour in 1969, Led Zeppelin`s name was constantly associated with the most hooligan rock band in the world. The musicians trashed hotel rooms, filled them with water, broke the furniture and threw it out of the windows. However, “Los-Angeles Times” wrote an article citing one anonymous hotel manager. The journalists claimed that the band’s manager Peter Grant paid all probable damage which musicians could cause in advance. Moreover, by prior arrangement, musicians were settled in the rooms, where repair works were planned to start soon.

Stairway to Heaven

“Stairway to Heaven” is one of the most legendary rock songs of all times. The song has never been represented in charts, because it was never released as a single. Only radio stations received single-recording of this song. Those copies quickly became collectors` rarity. Led Zeppelin took this step deliberately. All members of the band realized that “Stairway to Heaven” was a milestone in their work. That is why they just did not want it to become excessively worn out. The song sounds 8 minutes and 3 seconds. Please note that Page prohibits sing this song to anyone except Plant.

Scandal with Eva von Zeppelin

In English “zeppelin” means “airship”. This word comes from the name of the inventor of this type of airships – Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Although the word “zeppelin” became a household name long ago, it brought some problems to the group when they arrived to concerts in Denmark in 1970. A relative of the inventor, Eva von Zeppelin, elderly representative of one of the most influential families in Europe, raised the scandal, trying to forbid the group to give concerts in Denmark. She explained this by saying that the group members were merely the bunch of screaming monkeys that stole Zeppelin`s name and played hideous music. Jimmy Page invited Eva to meet with the group to resolve the conflict. The heiress accepted the invitation. The manager persuaded the musicians to behave as correctly as possible. The meeting itself was friendly, although Led Zeppelin`s members did not succeed in anything to convince the old woman, who just wanted to defend the honor of her family.

Led Zeppelin filmography

  • 1976: “The Song Remains The Same”. This is a video from the concert in Madison Square Garden.
  • 2003: “Led Zeppelin”. This is a collection of previously unreleased concert videos.
  • 2012: “Celebration Day”. This is a video recording from the concert at O2 Arena in 2007.

John Bonham death

On September 24, 1980 Rex King took John Bonham to “Bray Studios” to prepare for the upcoming US tour. Along the way, the drummer drank 750 ml of vodka. Then members of the group continued to drink in the studio. In the evening they all went to drink up to Page’s Old Mill House. After midnight, Bonham had lost consciousness and was carried to bed. In the morning, Page, Plant and Jones gathered for breakfast. However their beloved drummer did not come down. Soon they found John Bonham dead, since he drank over two liters of vodka the previous day.

Led Zeppelin Breakup

On October 7, 1980 the investigation issued a decision that Jon Henry Bonham death was the result of an accident. The funeral took place on October 10, 1980 in the parish church. The bass drum from Bonham`s favorite drum set was installed at the headstone. Jeff Lynne and Paul McCartney were also present at the farewell ceremony. Two days after it, all Led Zeppelin band members gathered on Jersey Island, from which they flew to London hotel “Savoy” to Peter Grant. Their decision to breakup was unanimous. “Having lost a mutual friend, we, being in complete agreement and understanding, have come to the conclusion that we cannot continue to exist as a group any longer,” as an official statement stated.

After Led Zeppelin Breakup, all members started solo performances. John Paul Jones returned to the producers’ activities. His solo album under the name “Zooma” was released in 1999. Jimmy Page recorded a soundtrack for “Death Wish II” movie. Later, he gathered a collection of previously rejected studio tracks. In 1982, he released them all under the name “Coda.”

Led Zeppelin discography:

  • Led Zeppelin, 1969;
  • Led Zeppelin II, 1969;
  • Led Zeppelin III, 1970;
  • Led Zeppelin IV, 1971;
  • Houses of the Holy, 1973;
  • Physical Graffiti, 1975;
  • Presence, 1976;
  • In Through the Out Door, 1979;
  • Coda, 1989.

Led Zeppelin` top-10 best songs:

  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Moby Dick
  • Heartbreaker
  • When the Levee Breaks
  • Kashmir
  • Bring It on Home
  • Thank you
  • Rock And Roll
  • Whole lotta love
  • Immigrant Song

Friends, I hope you`ve enjoy the reading! Have a great day and stay tuned!

How to succeed during coronavirus self-quarantine: Alexander Pushkin, Isaac Newton, and you


Now almost all countries of the world are in quarantine in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, do not lose heart. You must strictly adhere to the quarantine rules and finally do everything you planned to do before but never had time for.

The Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and the outstanding English physicist Isaac Newton were also forced to quarantine for some time. Look what came of it.

Alexander Pushkin, cholera and quarantine

In 1830, Alexander Pushkin, while preparing for the wedding, briefly stopped in financial matters at his family country seat Boldino. A sudden outbreak of cholera and quarantine locked the poet in the wilderness for over three months.

It became the most striking and fruitful period in Pushkin’s creative work. In unexpected quarantine seclusion, the poet felt an unprecedented surge of inspiration, mastered new genres and literary forms, and as a result wrote an incredible amount of his remarkable prose and poetry.

Isaac Newton, Plague, and Quarantine

In 1665, Isaac Newton was forced to leave Cambridge and returned home. The reason for this was the quarantine during the outbreak of the plague in England. Deprived of the opportunity to teach and communicate with colleagues while in isolation, Newton went much deeper into scientific research. It was then that he discovered the Law of universal gravitation and wrote many scientific papers, which have retained their relevance in our days.

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What to Watch, Read and Listen to During Your Coronavirus Self-Quarantine?

It is a bad time. Thousands of people across the world are sick with coronavirus. Those who aren’t are being encouraged to stay away from public spaces. Schools, museums, movie theaters, bars, restaurants – all closed. You’re home, and you need a distraction. Let me help you. In this article you will find some propositions for what to watch, what to listen to, what to cook, how to entertain your kids. Be safe.

It will also help you to cheer up:

To crown it all

Any crisis is not only difficulties and a huge inconvenience. It is an amazing period when windows of opportunities are actively opening. Strange as it may seem, it is the best time for new ideas and discoveries, creative breakthroughs and insights.

Right now, during quarantine, we can get all these “I`ll do it later” from the far shelves of the subconscious – I’ll write, read, finish, look, try, create … later.  You can waste this time in rubbish, panic, and depression. But you can direct your energy to the embodiment of what will become a new step in your life.

So, self-quarantine, self-educate, and do not panic! Everything will be great!  

How much money the largest companies in the world lost on Friday, March 13, 2020?


As the Dow Jones suffered its worst decline since 1987 and coronavirus fears caused markets to slide around the globe, the world’s twenty richest people lost just over $78 billion combined in a single day.

Huge panic in the largest world markets keeps on growing. Stocks, indices, cryptocurrencies are going down. I decided to count a few figures. See how asset values have changed over the past month:

Companies:

Apple -25%;

Tesla -43%;

Facebook -34%;

Netflix -21%;

Alibaba -20%;

Uber -47%;

Twitter -35%;

Amazon -23%;

ZOOM +40%! (110% for 3 months, video conferencing service).

Cruise operators:

Royal Caribbean -77%;

Norwegian Cruise -79%;

Carnival -65%.

Airlines:

American Airlines -55%;

Delta Air Lines -45%;

United Airlines -58.

Oil:

Exxon Mobil -42%;

Gazprom -32%;

Royal Dutch Shell -49%;

Chevron -30%.

Indices:

S&P -30%;

Dow Jones -31%.

Cryptocurrencies:

Bitcoin -52%;

Ethereum -57%.

How much the richest people in the world lost in dollars per day:

Jeff Bezos -8 billion, Amazon;

Bernard Arnault -$7,7 billion, Louis Vuitton;

Mark Zuckerberg -$5,7 billion, Facebook;

Warren Buffett -$5,2 billion, private investor;

Amancio Ortega -$5,2 billion, Zara/Massimo;

Steve Ballmer -$4,3 billion, Microsoft;

Larry Page: -$4 billion, Google;

Sergey Brin: -$3,8 billion, Google.

Since the market selloff began on Monday, Jeff Bezos has seen his net worth shrink by more than $9 billion to $104.4 billion at Thursday’s market close. That’s on top of his $14.1 billion loss last week. While LVMH’s Arnault suffered fewer losses last week — he was down $7.4 billion — his fortune has taken a $10.1 billion hit since Monday, with LVMH shares in freefall. Needless to say, buying luxury goods is not at the top of many people’s lists this week.

For more details on the plunging net worths of the world’s richest, see Forbes’ Real Time Billionaires page, which tracks the changes in fortunes throughout the day when stock markets are open around the world.

Lewis Hamilton is 2018 Formula 1 World Champion


Just now! Lewis Hamilton, 33 years, is 2018 Formula One World Champion! Congrats!!! Fifth title. By the number of wins, Lewis shares the second place with El Maestro – the prominent Argentine racing car driver Juan Manuel Fangio. Michael Schumacher keeps on holding the records for the most World Championship titles (7), the most Grand Prix wins (91), the most fastest laps (77) and the most races won in a single season (13).

Ok. Gran Premio de Mexico 2018. Race results:
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
3. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari)
4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

 

Hungarian F1 Grand Prix 2018: Viewer’s highlights


We finally did it! Formula 1, Hungaroring 2018. It was terrific and insanely hot. The atmosphere at the race is indescribable. A combustible mixture of engine noise and squeal of breaks. Congrats to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen, and Ferrari – next time you`ll celebrate. Formula 1 is fantastic. Incredible adventure!

Let me show you some viewer’s highlights:

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Путешествия или ремонт?


Путешествие или ремонт балкона? Вопрос приоритетов. Купить новый свитер, джинсы, куртку или билет в Аргентину? Сделать ремонт или прожить месяц в США? Обновить тупящий телефон или пожить неделю в Лос-Анджелесе?

Сидеть на заднице на насиженном месте – не дешевле. Начинаешь тратить деньги на всякую хрень, которая в целом не важна. Месяц жизни в США – это ремонт, скажем, балкона, какая-то дурацкая покупка, а еще – много вина и сыра. Самое вкусное вино – не 20 или 30 лет выдержки, а то, которое пьешь на берегу океана в очередной богом забытой местности. Пусть даже оно из пакета, а закусываешь его хлебом.

В путешествиях ты покупаешь только необходимое — одежду. Потому что старая уже старая износилась или в ней жарко/холодно, а не потому, что просто нужна новая рубашка. Покупаешь обычную еду, чтобы сытно, вкусно и дешево. Мобильный интернет, потому что без него станет работа, и так далее.

В поездках получается делать только то, что по-настоящему нравится. Вы когда-нибудь пробовали делать рутинную, неинтересную работу в горах или на берегу океана? Получилось? У меня никогда не получится. В жизни слишком много всего интересного, чтобы заниматься какой-то хренью.

В конце концов, как часто пишет мой коллега Тимур Ворона, что ты вспомнишь через 20 лет? Пиво на диване под футбол в квартире с ремонтом или закат в Санта-Барбаре?

Как Уинстон Черчилль обошел «сухой закон» в США


Winston Churchill is drinking at daytime

1932 год. В Америке свирепствует Prohibition — настоящий сухой закон, по сравнению с которым горбачевская антиалкогольная кампания — детский лепет.

В это время в США с визитом едет Уинстон Черчилль, который до конца дней своих не расставался с крепкими алкогольными напитками. Как человек законопослушный, он предусмотрел необходимость придерживаться своей привычки, не нарушая закона.

Поэтому заручился бумагой от доктора Отто Пикхардта.

Доктор был, видимо, помимо всего прочего, мастером слова.

Оригинал справки:

Churchill`s medical information while visiting the USA in 1932

Интересует перевод предложения:

The quantity is naturally indefinite but the minimum requirements would be 250 cubic centimeters

Можно ограничиться переводом первой части сложносочиненного предложения (вторая представляет скорее физиологический, чем лингвистический интерес).

Варианты перевода:

— Доза средства, необходимая пациенту, с точностью не определена, однако она совершенно точно составляет не меньше 250 миллилитров.

— Точная дозировка невозможна по естественным причинам, но минимальной дозой можно считать 250 куб. см.

 — Настоящим подтверждаю, что свое благотворное влияние на выздоровление Господина Черчиля может оказать употребление алкоголя, особенно во время еды. Количество его, конечно, ничем не ограничивается, но минимум 250 мл.

 — В молодости я взял себе за правило не пить больше 250 г спиртного до обеда. Теперь, когда я уже немолод, я держусь правила не пить больше 250 г спиртного до завтрака.

 — Ты что, краев не видишь?

А какой ваш вариант?)