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The bond between Yuzuru and Shoma

Hero’s Special 170402

So, as opposed to the usual media angle of Shoma vs Yuzu, Hero’s has decided to put together a program about their relationship, as seen from behind the scenes footage. Most of the articles/reports are now focusing on the relationship between Yuzu and Shoma instead of the previous angle of rivals, because this time they had the shared role of Japan’s representatives as opposed to being individual skaters.

Shoma: Right now, when I’m practicing, my motivation is the desire to achieve the ability to win over Yuzu-kun. That’s the only motivation and, in order to continue growing, I would like to continue forward without changing this feeling.

Yuzu: I’ve often been told that I’m in a position of being chased by others but, if you think about it, just like how we found out with this SP, there are still many people I have to chase after. After all, after the SP the one who was standing in first place was Javier, and the one who was third was Patrick. Of course, the young skater Uno…Uno-san…U-Uno-san? *frowns at himself and laughs* Uno-senshuu** too (was in the top 3). There are many things that I don’t have, so in a manner of speaking, everything is to me, something/someone to chase after.  

In which we get a behind the scenes look at the bond between Yuzu and Shoma (as viewed by the Japanese media)

Full translation including video narration under the cut.

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100 Documents: First Underground Train System (1854-63)

By the 1850′s, London had a population of over 2.5 million.  It was the world’s richest city - and one of the most crowded.  Over 250,000 people used its roads each day, and horses left enormous amounts of droppings.  The traffic was a nightmare.

Charles Pearson (1793-1862) was born and lived in London.  He entered public service in 1816, and throughout his life was engaged in various social causes.  He was old enough to remember London before the Industrial Revolution, and he wanted to clear its streets.

Railroads were still quite new.  The first locomotive-driven railway between cities, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, had only been around since 1830.  In 1845. Pearson (who was now a solicitor for the City of London) began thinking up a new smokeless public rail transportation system for the future.

In 1854, he wrote a research report that blamed much of London’s overcrowding on the poor traffic control of the increasing “migratory population”.  On August 7th, he helped to gain Royal Assent for the North Metropolitan Railway Act, which would lead to the opening of the first underground train system.

Pearson also worked out the financing scheme for the construction of the Metropolitan Railway, which would go north-west from the financial heart of the city, and cost about £1 million.

Constructing the underground railway was done with various methods.  Some sections were tunnelled beneath the city.  For other sections, the existing above-ground structures were levelled, and a deep trench was dug for the rail bed (later covered up again, so buildings could be built above it in the future.)

There were a number of accidents, collapses, floods, and other mishaps during the construction.  But by 1861, it was mostly finished, and the first trial run was carried out.

In May 1862, the first trial run over the entire railway line was carried out.  William Gladstone (Chancellor of the Exchequer) was one of the passengers.

Pearson died in September 1862 of dropsy, so was unfortunately not able to see the completion of the project.  On January 9th, 1863, the Metropolitan Railway had its opening ceremony, and on the 10th, it opened to the public.  It used steam locomotives, which pulled gas-lit carriages between Paddington and Farringdon Street.

The Metropolitan Railway was a huge success.  During its first year, it carried 9.5 million passengers; during 1864, 12 million passengers.

Illustrations of the Metropolitan Railway’s stations in the London Illustrated News, December 1862.

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MAMAMOO is the only female artist on Billboard‘s Top 10 World Albums Chart this week!

MAMAMOO secures spot on Billboard World Albums Chart

MAMAMOO is the only female artist on Billboard‘s Top 10 World Albums Chart this week!


The rookie group rocked the K-Pop scene with their jazzy debut track “Mr. Ambiguous” last June that showcased the group’s powerful vocals and bright charms.

Since then, MAMAMOO released their second mini-album, Piano Man, and have just dropped their third EP with title track “Um Ah Oh Yeah” topping real-time domestic music charts.

Their confident and spunky personalities gave them creative freedom to take on a hilarious gender swap in their latest music video.

MAMAMOO’s EP Pink Funky nabbed the number seven spot on the Billboard World Albums Chart this week demonstrating their increasing popularity internationally as well.Check out their music video and see why this rookie group is taking over K-Pop with their unique sound.

Congratulations, MAMAMOO!

Muse news: The Globalist and Drones both played at dress rehearsals

(Apparently) Muse played both The Globalist and Drones during their recent ‘Drones World Tour’ dress rehearsal.

They played 5 songs in total: Drones into Reapers, Psycho, Undisclosed Desires, the Handler, the Globalist back into Drones. (yes, they played Drones twice)

I’ve heard rumours going around about them having played Map of Your Head but i haven’t found a reliable source to back this statement up with yet.

Matt also promised that they will play Fury and Map of the Problematique in Norway

[source 1] [source 2]

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