One Night in Yerevan or the New Dawn of Armenian Rock Music

One Night in Yerevan or the New Dawn of Armenian Rock Music

Friday May 5, my brain barely responded to write the last essay of the year, I felt my palms sweat, my eyes were full of blood, in other words I was exhausted. “That’s it, I need to give myself a break and do something enjoyable tomorrow,” I told myself as I shut the computer and headed towards my bed. Continue reading “One Night in Yerevan or the New Dawn of Armenian Rock Music”

All about Disneyland, The Magical Paradise

All about Disneyland, The Magical Paradise

 

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No matter how old are you, you have an inner child that gets excited about attraction parks and magic. Disneyland is Happiest Place on Earth that gives people joy and good vibes. It has a lot of interesting facts and history to know about. There are 7 Disneyland parks in the world in 6 countries. In the USA there are two Disney amusement parks: Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The original Disneyland is one in Anaheim, California,  that was opened in July 17, 1955.

Not many people actually know how this huge and amazing amusement p053b214776afc3942b55d75b6b6536b5ark came to life.  Its owner Walt Disney, born in Chicago in 1901, worked as a commercial artist before setting up a small studio in Los Angeles to produce animated cartoons. In 1928, his short film Steamboat Willy, starring the character “Mickey Mouse,” was a national sensation. It was the first animated film to use sound, and Disney provided the voice for Mickey. From there on, Disney cartoons were in heavy demand, but the company struggled financially because of Disney’s insistence on ever-improving artistic and technical quality. His first feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938), took three years to complete and was a great commercial success.

In the early 1950s, Walt Disney began designing a huge amusement park to be built near Los Angeles. He intended Disneyland to have educational as well as amusement value and to entertain adults and their children. Land was bought in the farming community of Anaheim, about 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and construction began in 1954. In the summer of 1955, special invitations were sent out for the opening of Disneyland on July 17.

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Unfortunately, the pass was counterfeited and thousands of uninvited people were admitted into Disneyland on opening day. The park was not ready for the public: food and drink ran out, a women’s high-heel shoe got stuck in the wet asphalt of Main Street USA, and the Mark Twain Steamboat nearly capsized from too many passengers. Disney soon recovered and started to accept customers. Disneyland in California is the only Disney amusement park that Walt Disney was designed. Walt Disney died in 1966, and Walt Disney World was opened in his honor on October 1, 1971.

                   From the left the Map of Disneyland in 1955, from the right in 2017

The magical park has developed and grew a lot.  Times flies and a lot changed since the opening day. The admission ticket in 1955 was only 1$, now it is 99$. According to Disneyland news the park welcomed 700 million guests since its beginning. Over 84 million Mickey Mouse ears have been sold since Disneyland opened, making the ears the most popular Disneyland souvenir of all time.Walt Disney had his own private — and secret — apartment above the fire department on Main Street. The apartment is still there today, and the light in the window is supposed to symbolize Walt’s presence.

Here you can find all of the Disneyland parks in order of their opening dates:

  • California. Disneyland Resort. Walt Disney Imagineering. 1955
  • Florida. Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Cruise Line. Disney Vacation Club. Adventures by Disney. 1971
  • Japan. Tokyo Disney Resort. 1983
  • France. Disneyland Paris. 1992
  • Hong Kong. Hong Kong Disneyland. 2005
  • Hawaii. Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa. 2011
  • China. Shanghai Disney Resort. 2015

All the Disneyland parks have almost the same attraction sections Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Gardens of Imagination, Main Street, Mickey Avenue, Adventure Isle, Treasure Cove.

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Disneyland has achieved various awards for their great work like  Innovative Technology Building Shanghai Disney Resort’s Castle Attracts Prestigious International Architecture Award , Top Experience in Innovation by Design AwardsTokyo Disney Resort Honored with IAAPA Brass Ring Award or Disney Cruise Line Honored with the Most Awards in the 2016 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

Before visiting The Happiest Place on Earth, now you know the origins of it.

 

Resources

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/disneyland-opens

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20121213-different-disneylands-around-the-world

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/

https://aboutdisneyparks.com/about/awards

http://disneylandnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/07/pdf/disneyland-resort-59th-anniversary-fun-facts-july-17-2014.pdf?t=1411574454

http://www.businessinsider.com/23-crazy-facts-about-disneyland-2015-7

 

The Craziest Laws from Around the World

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1. Only a qualified electrician is allowed to change a light bulb in Victoria, Australia. If you disobey the law, you will get fine up to 6$.

2. In the USA, Colorado law states that a man cannot marry his wife’s grandmother.

3. In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament. This was voted the most ludicrous law in the UK in 2007. A spokesman for the House of Commons said: ‘The people who know about these things here say there is no basis for such a law, not to say it does not exist somewhere in writing.’

4. In Canada, by law, one out of every five songs on the radio must be sung by a Canadian. This one is actually an interesting law as the country tries to promote their artists.

5. Flushing the toilet after 10pm is illegal in Switzerland. Flushing the loo after 10pm in an apartment building is illegal in the country of Switzerland. The Government consider it noise pollution.

6. A representative from Oklahoma, Linda Larsen attempted to lower the divorce rate by proposing a law that would require the following before a marriage license would be issued: neither party should snore, at least one meal a week should be prepared by the non-primary cook, toothpaste should be squeezed from the bottom of the tube, pantyhose shouldn’t be left hanging in the shower, and the toilet seat should always be down when not being used.

7. In Thailand it is illegal to step on money because it has the image of the king on it and stepping on it signifies disrespect.

8. Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.

9. Donald Duck comics were once banned in Finland because he never wore pants.

10. In France, it is stated as illegal to marry a dead person.

11.  In Texas, USA, criminals were required to give their victims at least 24 hours oral or written notice giving details of the crime they are about to commit.

12. In Lucca and Florence, Italy, a new law has been passed forbidding the opening of fast food kebab shops in the historic centre.

13. In Rome, Italy, groups of three or more people risk being fined €500 if they are caught singing and/or dancing in the city’s streets. It is also illegal to eat outdoors in  Rome’s historic centre.

14. In Spain, there’s a limit to the amount of dogs you can have with you at the same time. If there’s eight or more on your leashes, you’ll likely receive a penalty.

15. Seville law states that people cannot hang “indecent” clothes on a line. This obviously includes any underwear and suggestive attire.

Now you are aware of the laws that actually exist in the world and you should avoid to encounter with them.

 

 

Sources

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2856346/It-illegal-not-smile-Milan-no-donkeys-sleep-bath-Oklahoma-strangest-laws-word.html#ixzz4gV5XguEM

http://www.italymagazine.com/news/unusual-italian-laws#sthash.FSOXxJLv.dpuf

https://www.factretriever.com/crazy-law-facts

https://www.dawn.com/news/1109338

Masquerade in Armenia

On March 6, 2017, Masquerade ballet had its premiere at the Opera House in Armenia. The ballet is based on Russian poet and playwright Mikhail Lermontov’s play of the same name and is performed under Aram Khachaturian’s music. Before the debut of the performance, Constantine Orbelian, the artistic director at the opera house and a world-famous conductor, assured that this new staging of “Masquerade” would find a wonderful reception by the audience.

As a witness, I can confirm that it actually did. The audience did not leave just after the performance was finished and enthusiastically applauded all the participants from the musicians to the dancers. The warmest and loudest applauds received the protagonist of the play, playing Yevgeny Arbenin as besides the wonderful ballet, he showed excellent acting technics and was able to touch the heart of the audience.

Vilen Galstyan, the director of the staging and the chief choreographer at the Opera and Ballet Theater, expressed his opinion about Masquerade and about  ballet in Armenia. “We do not have many ballet fans in Armenia, not to say there are not at all, but there are only few. Recently, I restored “Zhizele” ,which we did not have in our repertoire and we performed it so many times in the crowded hall. Let us not forget that we are not Moscow, we are not St. Petersburg, but we always have an audience in our ballet performances. I do not complain about our audience. I think, “Masquerade” is a new dope, a new step for our people to gather around the theater again,” Said Galstyan.

You can see an excerpt from the performance here https://www.facebook.com/pg/OperaandBalletTheatreofArmenia/videos/

Finishing Touches

As our semester has come to an end, so has this blog. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “why does everybody write the same post during week 15?” Before I give you a chance to be disappointed in my creative ability, give me a chance.
Everything deserves a good conclusion; short assignments, extensive projects and even human life itself (sorry if you don’t particularly like the topic of death – many people don’t). This is why films roll the end credits, books have epilogues and essays have summaries. Unfinished business is the worst type of business there is (except for pharmaceutical monopolies – those companies are lethal!). I’ve put too much emotion, time and energy into my posts to write just another post.
Writing this blog has been fun, educational and pretty useful for my general writing skills. As I mentioned in some of my previous posts, this semester has been loaded with essay upon essay, so this blog was a good way for me to practice my writing without having to adhere to a strict rubric. It was a way for me to note down any interesting information I came across, any research I did as well as an opportunity for me to simply vent about my emotions. Several times, writing about the bad in my life as well as the good was oddly soothing – it felt like I was confiding in a friend.
Overall, I would do this again. And who knows – maybe I’ll start my own blog someday?

Nick Drake

Nick Drake was a British musician known for his brilliant acoustic songs. Nick was terribly underestimated during his lifetime. Only after his tragic death, with the coming of the Internet, Drake gained enormous recognition and appreciation.

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Nick had a really mystical personality.  “I don’t like it at home, but I can’t bear it anywhere else.” – he told his mother. Nick suffered from deep depression in his lifetime. During his last years, Drake became increasingly antisocial. He was using antidepressants and died of the overdose. Nick was only 26 years old.

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Despite his constant sadness, Nick found his glimmer of happiness in nature. He found his comfort in nature. As I often like to say, nature loved Nick, hugged him and told beautiful things to him. And Nick wrote songs to tell us all the beautiful things that nature whispered to his ear. Especially “Pink Moon” album has lots of nature in it.

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This one song – “Day is Done” is a true masterpiece

“Day Is Done”

When the day is done
Down to earth then sinks the sun
Along with everything that was lost and won
When the day is done

When the day is done
Hope so much your race will be all run
Then you find you jumped the gun
Have to go back where you begun
When the day is done

When the night is cold
Some get by but some get old
Just to show life’s not made of gold
When the night is cold

When the bird has flown
Got no-one to call your own
Got no place to call your home
When the bird has flown

When the game’s been fought
You sped the ball across the court
Lost much sooner than you would have thought
Now the game’s been fought

When the party’s through
Seems so very sad for you
Didn’t do the things you meant to do
Now there’s no time to start anew
Now the party’s through

When the day is done
Down to earth then sinks the sun
Along with everything that was lost and won
When the day is done

 

Mash Mashok

Towards the year-end tradition 😊

When book ends, it tends to have some kind of conclusion, a sum-up where one can find the future paths the heroes will be taking. Today, with this last post, I am finishing my writing journey into this course and into this style of personal weekly diary. Although for every single week, I was putting a reminder telling I should write this blog post, I should also admit a learned a lot from it. And, as the writer of my own book, I should have some magical forecast for myself as well.

When writing these blog posts I learned how every word can significantly add different meaning to the overall text. I learned how to organize my writing and how to write about topics of my interest so those would be interesting for others as well. With the help of these blogs, I finally understood and re-confirmed my idea that law is the field I want to be in. I enjoy writing about laws and human rights and every news that concerns those, and when I was not able to find news regarding that field, I felt so bad I should be writing about another. Even when law is a complicating subject, with the help of blogs I learned how to write about it and generally about every topic in an easy and comprehensive way, so everyone who will be reading will understand what is written.  I learned to follow my words and form my expressions, I experienced seeing and noticing the important from secondary and how that choice of material can affect your text and your writing.  I also understood how to be attentive to minor details as details are the points from which many stories are discovered and born.

My magical forecast is that I wish myself not to forget everything I learnt and deepen my knowledge with practice and studying. I hope I will succeed.

Thank you for this opportunity and for these lessons!

Happy and peaceful summer to everyone!

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