Thursday, December 29, 2011

Amr Diab - Father of Mediterranean Music?



Amr Abdol-Basset Abdol-Azeez Diab (Arabic: عمرو عبد الباسط عبد العزيز دياب‎; born October 11, 1961) is an Egyptian singer and composer of geel music; the contemporary face of Egyptian el-geel pop music, according to World Music. Diab is the best-selling Arab recording artist of all time, according to Let's Go Egypt. He was awarded the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist four times: 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2009.He is currently one of the top singers in the Arab world, and considered a living legend by many of his fans in the Arab world.
Amr Diab is known as the Father of Mediterranean Music. He has created his own style which is often termed "Mediterranean Music" or "Mediterranean Sound", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.
In The Mediterranean in Music, David Cooper and Kevin Dawe referred to his music as "the new breed of Mediterranean music".
According to author Michael Frishkopf, Amr Diab has produced a new concept of Mediterranean music, especially in his international hit, "Nour El Ain".
In his analysis of The Very Best of Amr Diab album, Victor W. Valdivia of Allmusic said: "His music melded traditional Arabic sounds and textures with Western rhythms and instruments. The mesh was dubbed Mediterranean music, and The Very Best of Amr Diab displays Diab's superb skill in creating it."
According to the BBC, Diab "has ruled the Arab music world, especially Egypt and the Middle East, since the mid '80s, continually breaking sales records". Wikipedia


amr diab - habibi ya nour al ain by kareem93


http://abdbda.deviantart.com/art/Amr-Diab-172209595



Don 2 in theatres



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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Direct line to God



An Australian decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to England thinking that he would start by working his way across Europe.

On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read "$10,000.00 per call".
The Australian, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for.
The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000.00 you could talk to God.
The Australian thanked the priest and went on his way.

Next stop was in France. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in England and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was.
She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000.00 he could talk to God.
"O.K., thank you," said the Australian.
He then travelled to Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Czech Republic.
In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same "$10,000.00 per call" sign under it. The Australian, upon leaving the Netherlands, decided to travel to Greece to see if Greeks had the same phone.
He arrived in Greece, and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read, "40 cents per call."
The Australian was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign.
"Father, I've travelled all over Europe and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in all of Europe the price was $10,000 per call.
Why is it so cheap here?"

The priest smiled and answered,

"You're in Greece now, my son - it's a local call."
 http://globalgreekworld.blogspot.com/2010/04/global-greek-humour-youre-in-greece-now.html#ixzz1hhZJzKeo

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Giorgos Fanaras - Byzantine Talent from Komotini



Snow brings Greece to a standstill

Hundreds of drivers remained trapped on Friday as a cold front of heavy snowfall and gale-force winds swept across several parts of central and northern Greece. 

Emergency crews rescued more than 1,000 drivers trapped along the Egnatia Highway near the towns of Kozani and Grevana, but hundreds more remained confined to their cars. 

Authorities opened up schools to host the vast amount of people who would otherwise have been forced to spend the night in their vehicles near the town of Kozani, in northern Greece. 

Kilometre-long queues were reported on the motorway along Lamia as drivers had to reduce their speed or stop to fit snow chains. 

Meanwhile, power cuts were reported in 15 villages near the town of Konitsa, 9 near Tsoumenka and 20 near the town of Karditsa, while schools in Kastoria, Grevena, Florina and Kozani were closed to students. 

The sudden wintry weather, with strong winds and low temperatures, struck late on Wednesday as many people prepared to leave the Greek capital and head towards their hometowns, villages and islands for the Christmas break. 

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/239239-Hundreds-trapped-as-snowfall-brings-part-of-Greece-to-standstill
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1344202/Pictures-snowman-built-Big-Freeze-An-inspiration-time.html

White Xmas in Australia?













http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/melbournes-west-hit-by-hailstones-but-new-years-eve-is-looking-hot/story-e6frf7jx-1226230231119


HAILSTONES the size of cricket balls, flash-flooding, planes diverted and flights postponed, power lost from homes, major transport delays and a tornado to top things off - that was Christmas Day in Melbourne.
Much of Victoria copped the extremes - from steamy, sultry weather for Christmas lunch to severe storms that left many residents struggling to compare them with anything in memory.
The volunteers who staff the State Emergency Service had little time to digest their lunch when the calls for help started arriving.
Melton, on Melbourne's western fringes, was the first to report hailstones at 3.30pm (AEDT).
Then the skies exploded over greater Melbourne, as lightning strikes, loud cracks of thunder, torrential rain and hailstones hammered the city.
By 9pm the SES had handled more than 2000 calls for assistance, mainly damage caused by hailstones to skylights and windows.
It may be a few days before the damage to motor vehicles can be assessed.
Much of Victoria remained at risk this evening, with severe weather warnings for Melbourne city fringe areas including Hurstbridge, Lilydale, Yarra Glen, Healesville, east of Mt Dandenong and south of Kinglake. Warnings were also issued for regional Victorian areas including Mildura, Horsham, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Geelong, Melbourne, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.
And storm warnings were also issued for southern New South Wales and the ACT. The weather bureau said areas that could be affected included Canberra, Goulburn, Yass, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Cobar, Wentworth and Balranald.
SES spokesman Lachlan Quick said reinforcements from SES branches in the Victoria's western districts would be drafted in on Monday to help with the huge clean-up in the north and northwest parts of the state.
He said most of the calls concerned smashed windows and skylights.
"There was a tornado reported at Fiskville and we know it touched down at Keilor Downs because we had some SES volunteers there and they had to run for shelter," Mr Quick said.
Bicycle paths along the Yarra will be closed on Monday as the river swells with floodwater.
Powercor, which provides electricity for those living in Melbourne's and the state's west, including Bendigo and Ballarat, reported more than 3300 people without power at 9pm along with damage to lines and power poles.
At Melbourne Airport international and domestic flights were diverted to Sydney because of strong winds and lightning, while planes that were due to fly out were grounded.
Passengers urged to contact their airline or the airport for further information.
Metro, which runs the Melbourne's train services, was warning commuters to expect major delays, with most lines disrupted, and had advised people to defer non-essential travel.
It said many of its pedestrian subways were under water.
VicRoads was reporting many roads closed in the worst-hit areas northwest of Melbourne because of flooding.
At Lilydale, in Melbourne's east, flooding caused the closure of the Warburton Highway.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a minor flood warning at 8.30pm for the Merri Creek at Coburg and Fitzroy, saying the creek was rising quickly in those suburbs.