Yuzuru Hanyu talking to the little girl holding the Japan flag at the Opening Ceremony of the World Team Trophy of Figure Skating, right before leaving the ice. (taken from this video)
I saw this little exchange while watching the Opening Ceremony, suddenly glad I couldn’t watch it live, so that I was able to make a gif from the video I found. The girls with the flags had a very pretty dance at the start of the ceremony, and then had to hold this flags for its entirety. I can’t imagine they weren’t tired by the end of it. Most of the older skaters completely ignored them (mostly because of language issues, likely), but Yuzuru talked to the girl with his country’s flag, and I thought it was cute, with her little nod, and his smile and all.
Since everyone is doing intro post to their favorite skaters, what the hell. Might as well do one of my own. Many of my favorites already have introductions (and much better than this) but there is one which I haven’t found and I really wanted to do: Javier Fernandez. Many people just know him because he’s Yuzuru Hanyu’s training partner, but this guy here has an awesome story of his own.
Warning: Very, VERY, long post. Read at your own risk.
“My brother is now my sister, and I love her very much,” said Kasik Kapali during the rainbow flag-raising ceremony at the UN House, Kathmandu Nepal to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and the International Family Equality Day on Wednesday. - United Nations
Ukigumo (Petrolz’s Nagaoka Ryousuke)’s cover for PIZZICATO FIVE’s 東京は夜の七時 (Tokyo wa yoru no shichiji), used at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Flag Hand Over Ceremony, with lyrics symmetrically rewritten by Shiina Ringo.
7 da noite em Tóquio -7 da manhã no Rio- (At 7pm in Tokyo -At 7am in Rio-) Lyrics/Music written: Yasuharu Konishi Arranged/Lyrics for reply: Sheena Ringo Brass arrangement: Yoichi Murata Vocal: Ukigumo
With both hands moving out over the diorama and access in a moment to any destination We ourselves became the door It’s 7 at night in Tokyo When you touch the handle Oh, we become the summer It’s all night long I want to love It’s 7 at night in Tokyo “We’ll meet at the crossing” “Don’t go astray” It’s a point that connects nature and civilization I want to be with you now It’s 7 at night in Tokyo A city exists like a dream On the other side of the world someone is waking up It’s 7 at night in Tokyo Awake to true love In this corner of the universe, where are you now? For even if the whole world is fighting, Out on your own with nothing As if just shy of all that is holy I want to be with you now It’s 7 at night in Tokyo There’s no way we’re calming down The answer is right here, life is moaning It’s 7 at night in Tokyo Catching hold of the truest love It’s all so short, where are you now?
Nuremberg Rally, Adolf Hitler consecrating new standards of the NS-Driver’s Corps with the Nazi ceremonial flag during the parade of the SA, the SS, and the NS-Driver’s Corps at the rally ground - 1936
FBI Director James Comey pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election; French soldiers patrol near the Eiffel Tower as part of the “Sentinelle” security plan in Paris; President Trump shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they deliver a statement at the White House; the staff at the Fairfax newspaper The Age walk out in protest after the company announced a round of staff cuts, in Melbourne, Australia; more than 1,700 pupils perform a sunflower dance at a primary school in Hefei, east China’s Anhui Province; a Chinese honor guard member stands at attention as his ceremonial flag blows across his face before a welcome ceremony for Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters/Zuma)
Photo credits: Carolyn Kaster/AP, Christian Hartmann/Reuters, Carlos Barria/Reuters, Joe Castro/Reuters, SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire, Mark Schiefelbein/AP
Taken from naturalization ceremonies in Denver, Milwaukee and Miami, these photos reflect a process that transcends partisan lines and elected officials.
Oslaydis Viquillon, center, originally from Cuba, wipes tears from her eyes as she and her fellow new citizens sing “America the Beautiful” after their naturalization ceremony in Miami, FL. 170 people from 27 different countries became United States citizens during the ceremony. (Scott McIntyre)
Newly naturalized citizens celebrate with their families and take pictures after their naturalization ceremony in Miami, FL. (Scott McIntyre)
American flags on display at a naturalization ceremony in Miami, FL. (Scott McIntyre)
Wifredo Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Florida, speaks during a naturalization ceremony in Miami, FL. (Scott McIntyre)
Hector Villarreal, 69, originally from Mexico, participates in a naturalization ceremony at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “I’m finally getting my citizenship. I should have gotten it when I served in the service, [but] I never bothered with it…my kids talked me into it to be honest with you.” (Lauren Justice)
“It’s a big change. It’s very different from where I’m from,“ said Paola Castro (right), 40, from Argentina. "We don’t have free expression [in Argentina] or liberty like we have here.” Castro has lived in the United States for 14 years and became a citizen in a naturalization ceremony in Miami, FL. (Scott McIntyre)
A participant holds an American flag at a naturalization ceremony in Denver, CO. (James Chance)
Maria Thorington, 27, from Canada, sits with her daughter Mallory at a naturalization ceremony in Denver, CO. "My husband served [this] country, I want to be a part of it.” (James Chance)
A new citizen poses with her certificate of naturalization at a ceremony at the Denver Field Office in Denver, CO. (James Chance)
Juliana Taylorkanara (center), 42, originally from Sierra Leone, participates in a naturalization ceremony at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “It’s a wonderful day, becoming a US citizen. It’s a blessing. Every version of America is beautiful, I can say. Everything. The loving, the caring, the constant help, everything. It means a lot to me.” (Lauren Justice)
Individually, the photos and their captions reveal unique motivations for being naturalized, but in their totality, convey a unity foundational to another oath that, when written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, was intended to be applicable to any citizen of any country: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Click here to view the entire photo essay “Choosing to Become an American”
THE SONG JOHN BROWN’S BODY - WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO WORLD WAR II THIS SONG HAS INSPIRED MANY VERSIONS-THE TUNE EVENTUALLY BECOMING THE “BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC” MANY HAVE CLAIMED CREDIT!
According to an 1890 account, the original John Brown lyrics were a collective effort by a group of Union soldiers who were referring both to the famous John Brown and also, humorously, to a Sergeant John Brown of their own battalion. Various other authors have published additional verses and/or claimed credit for originating the John Brown lyrics and tune.
At a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Warren, near Boston, on Sunday May 12, 1861, the John Brown song was publicly played “perhaps for the first time”. The American Civil War had begun the previous month.
Newspapers reported troops singing the song as they marched in the streets of Boston on July 18, 1861, and there were a “rash” of broadside printings of the song with substantially the same words as the undated John Brown Song! broadside, stated by Kimball to be the first published edition, and the broadside with music by C. S. Marsh copyrighted on July 16, 1861, also published by C.S. Hall . Other publishers also came out with versions of the John Brown Song and claimed copyright.
Some researchers have maintained that the tune’s roots go back to a “Negro folk song”, an African-American wedding song from Georgia
An African-American version was recorded as “We’ll hang Jeff Davis from a sour Apple Tree”.
Anecdotes indicate that versions of “Say, Brothers” were sung as part of African American ring shouts; appearance of the hymn in this call-and-response setting with singing, clapping, stomping, dancing, and extended ecstatic choruses may have given impetus to the development of the well known “Glory hallelujuah” chorus.
Given that the tune was developed in an oral tradition, it is impossible to say for certain which of these influences may have played a specific role in the creation of this tune
SOURCES: George Kimball, “Origin of the John Brown Song”, New England Magazine, new series 1 (1890) , Blood on the Risers From Wikipedia, James Fuld, 2000 The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk Courier Dover, Pg 32.
At the 2012 Olympic Games, Lisa Carrington became the first Maori to win Olympic gold after her performance in the K-1 200m. In 2016, Carrington successfully defended her gold medal and picked up a bronze in the K-1 500m. She served as New Zealand’s flag bearer at the closing ceremonies.
Chinese swimmer Ning Zetao claims historic win at world championships
China’s Ning Zetao took home a historic win at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia on Thursday, grabbing gold in the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 47.84 seconds.
This is the first time that an Asian swimmer has broken the 48-second barrier in the event, and the first time a Chinese has won the event.
22-year-old Ning, a lieutenant in the Chinese navy, did a smart military salute to the national flag during the medal ceremony. “Winning the gold is like a dream,” said Ning, “I made it. And I showed the world that Chinese men can also win in short distance swimming.”
China has already made some breakthroughs in long distance swimming. At the 2009 Rome World Championships, Zhang Lin claimed China’s first world gold by breaking the record in the men’s 800m freestyle. At the 2012 London Games, Sun Yang won China’s first Olympic gold in men’s swimming.
Ning’s victory is being compared by thrilled Chinese net users to Liu Xiang’s winning in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, which was also a significant breakthrough in Chinese sports history.
Of course, the netizens didn’t forget to praise Ning using their favorite online catch phrases:
“He can obviously depend on his looks, but no, he chooses to make his way with his ability,” remarked @Xingzoudepangyatou
“My mom asked me why I had to kneel in front of our TV. [Heart] [Heart] [Heart] [Heart] ” commented @_Fanersai, implying that he was totally overwhelmed by Ning’s performance.
“No one in this world looks better than Ning, topless.” @yyangguangchuantoulexin
In Thursday night’s tough final, Australian swimmer Cameron McEvoy became runner-up with 47.95, and Argentina’s Federico Grabich took the bronze at 48.12.