to commemorate it now that it's over

German Oktoberfest celebrations around the world

The largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany is in the twin cities of Kitchener & Waterloo in Ontario/Canada (1,000,000 visitors), Blumenau/Brazil (700,000+), Cincinnati, Ohio/USA (500,000+ visitors), and Denver, Colorado/USA (450,000+ visitors). In addition to North America, many other countries have their own Oktoberfest events:

Argentina
The National Beer Festival (Fiesta Nacional de la Cerveza) is Argentina’s version of the German Oktoberfest. It has taken place every October since 1963 in Villa General Belgrano, Córdoba. The party emerged by the hand of the first German immigrants. This festival attracts thousands of tourists for 2 consecutive weekends.

Australia
In Australia, the universities are notorious in their celebrations of Oktoberfest, and as students graduate and move on, this has rolled over into pubs and restaurants in the university areas. The Harmonie German Club, Canberra, holds an Oktoberfest over a 3-day period every year. The festival is currently in its 45th year, and attracts a large number of visitors.

Brazil
In Brazil, several southern cities, populated by Germans in the 19th and 20th centuries, have their own Oktoberfest, with the biggest one in Blumenau, celebrated annually since 1984. There are 18 days of music, dance and food, commemorating ancestors that came from Germany. In 10 days in 1984, 102,000 people (more than 30% of Blumenau’s population) attended, now it’s more than 700,000. Festivals are also being held in Santa Cruz do Sul and Igrejinha, Rio Grande do Sul, and Rolândia, Paraná.

Canada
In Canada there is an annual 9-day celebration spread over 18 Festhallen in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. It attracts over 1,000,000 visitors annually. While its best-known draws are the beer-based celebrations, other cultural and entertainment attractions also fill the week. The most well-known is the parade held on Thanksgiving Day; as the only major parade on Canadian Thanksgiving, it’s televised nationally. (Coincidentally, the closing day of the Bavarian Oktoberfest also lands on the German equivalent of Thanksgiving, Erntedankfest.) The twin cities and surrounding area have a long history of German roots; Kitchener was formerly named Berlin. A large portion of the population identify as being of German heritage, many still speak German. A common phrase at the celebrations is Gemütlichkeit. The word is even programmed into bus route displays, so during Oktoberfest it will show the route and Gemütlichkeit, or Willkommen. Another celebration is held in Sherbrooke, Quebec at the beginning of October. The 1-night event is held by Sherbrooke’s University engineering students’ association and gathers around 5,000 people.

Chile
In Chile beer fests are celebrated in Valdivia, Puerto Octay, Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Llanquihue, and Malloco.

Colombia
In Colombia it is sponsored by Bavaria Brewery. A series of concerts and events are held along different cities, with special emphasis in those with German background like Bucaramanga.

Germany
The Oktoberfest Hannover is a fair which takes place every year at the end of September/beginning of October. It usually lasts 16 days and features 160 rides and inns, 2 large beer tents seating more than a 1000 people each, and numerous stands offering refreshments. With more than 1 million visitors each year, it is the 2nd-largest Oktoberfest in the world.

Hong Kong
The Oktoberfest was started here in 1991. It is celebrated in late Oct and early Nov (local dry season) and is hosted by the Marco Polo Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, just next to the Star Ferry pier. The hotel sets up a traditional tent with long wooden tables and benches with capacity for 1,500 to create an Oktoberfest atmosphere. The German Band Die Notenhobler from Ulm entertains the approx. 85% Chinese audience. Their program starts at 19:30 every night and comprises 3 parts: traditional German music, games and competitions, party music. The hotel caters traditional Southern German foods, such as pork knuckle, sausages with sauerkraut, and apple strudel or milk-cream strudel together with beer (past sponsors were Löwenbräu, Veltins, Jever, Löwenbräu). It’s a popular destination for private functions and staff parties of large corporations as well.

India
In Bangalore, Kingfisher beer established The Great Indian October Fest in 2005.

Ireland
In Cork, the Francisan Well Brewery has an Oktoberfest festival whose dates parallel those of the festival in Munich. Downes Pub in Waterford have been celebrating annually since 2002 and their celebration culminates in an evening in October that features German beer-drinking music from the City of Waterford Brass as well as a wide selection of imported German beer. Oktoberfest is celebrated in University College Dublin each year with a Bavarian-themed festival taking place in the Pit next to the Forum bar on campus.

Mexico
In Mexico, there are several cities celebrating this event, which has grown in popularity over the 19th and 20th centuries. The best known Oktoberfest takes place in the southern part of Mexico City, at the Club Alemán in the borough of Xochimilco. The German and German-Mexican community is a regular, but the event is attended by residents of many backgrounds. The celebration is in most traditional German fashion, with the Mexican fiesta kick. Typical German food and keg beer are available. A hand craft market and amusement rides are also set up.

Palestinian Territories
An Oktoberfest celebration is held in the West Bank town of Taybeh, home to the only Palestinian brewery (Taybeh Brewery). The first Taybeh Oktoberfest was held in 2005.

Romania
In Romania, the Oktoberfest has been organized in Brasov (Kronstadt in German), Transylvania since 2009, in early Sept by the Deutsche Wirtschaftsklub, in association with local authorities. Traditional German and Romanian beers, foods, and music can be found in each edition.

United States
German-Americans are the country’s largest self-reported ancestral group. Correspondingly, there are hundreds of large and small Oktoberfest celebrations held annually throughout the country, the largest being in Cincinnati, Ohio. Known for its large German immigrant population, Pennsylvania and its historic Pennsylvania Dutch (actually Pennsylvania Deutsch but Americans say Dutch and hence, mix us up with Dutch people from the Netherlands…) population are well known to have Oktoberfest celebrations during the months of Sept and Oct. These celebrations became increasingly popular among the general population in the later half of the 20th century with the rise of microbreweries, and with the opening of authentic German brew houses such as Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh, PA and Las Vegas, NV.

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On this day in music history: August 15, 1960 - “It’s Now Or Never” by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks. Written by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold, it is the thirteenth chart topping single for the rock & roll icon. “It’s Now Or Never” is adapted from the Italian song “O Sole Mio” written in 1901 by G. Capurro and Eduardo di Capua. Songwriters Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold write the English lyrics for the song, which is in the public domain in the US by the time Elvis records it. Recorded on April 3, 1960 at RCA-Victor Studios in Nashville, TN, it becomes Presley’s second post-Army chart topper. Entering the Hot 100 at #44 on July 18, 1960, it rockets to the top of the chart four weeks later. The song is also a huge international smash, topping the UK singles chart for eight weeks, becoming his biggest single in that country. Though its UK release is held up for three months over a dispute with the original publisher of “O Sole Mio”, which was still under copyright protection, and not in the public domain as previously thought. “Never” is reissued as a single in the UK in January of 2005 to commemorate Elvis’ 70th Birthday and hits number one again, nearly thirty five years after it had originally topped the chart in that country. “It’s Now Or Never” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

War Horse - the definitive guide

Later this evening, London says farewell to War Horse, after a record-breaking run. To mark the occasion (and in case it comes up in a pub quiz) we’ve produced a definitive guide to the show.

The show’s history

  • War Horse received its World Premiere at the National Theatre on 9 October 2007 and played in the Olivier for 92 performances until 14 February 2008 and was seen by over 104,000 people.
  • War Horse returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from 10 September 2008 until 18 March 2009 for a total of 114 performances and was seen by a further 130,000 people.
  • War Horse transferred to the West End in 2009 with its first performance at the New London Theatre on 28 March 2009. War Horse will have its final performance at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016 .
  • The New York production of War Horse opened on 14 April 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center and ran until 6 January 2013.
  • In February 2012 War Horse opened at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, and ran until 6 January 2013.
  • A US tour of War Horse began in Los Angeles on 14 June 2012 visiting cities including San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago and Seattle, and toured North America until 22 June 2014.  It was followed by a visit to Tokyo, Japan in summer 2014.
  • An Australian production opened at the Melbourne Arts Centre State Theatre on 31 December 2012 and then toured to Sydney and Brisbane.
  • A tour of the UK and Ireland ran from September 2013 until February 2015, visiting Plymouth, Birmingham, Salford, Edinburgh, Southampton, Dublin, Sunderland, Bradford, Cardiff, Salford (again), Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol.
  • In October 2013 a German language production called Gerfärhten opened at the historic Theater des Westens in Berlin, where it ran for a year.
  • In June 2014, a Dutch language production of War Horse premiered in the Netherlands at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam as part of the Holland Festival.  It toured around the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Breda, Groningen, Apeldoorn, Rotterdam, Heerlan) and then went on to Antwerp in Belgium where it was performed in Flemish from 16 May – 14 June 2015.
  • War Horse toured to South Africa from October 2014 until January 2015, playing in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  
  • A Chinese-language production of War Horse opened in autumn 2015 at the National Theatre of China’s theatre in Beijing followed by a tour including Shanghai and Guangzhou. This collaboration is part of a partnership between the National Theatre of Great Britain and the National Theatre of China.
  • War Horse was broadcast to over 1000 cinemas worldwide by National Theatre Live on 27 February 2014.
  • On 25 October 2012 War Horse celebrated 5 years since its world premiere at the National Theatre. The celebrations at the New London Theatre were attended by an audience including Olympians, Paralympians, actors, sports stars and presenters.  It is now in its eighth year in London.
  • A BBC War Horse Prom inspired by the play and Michael Morpurgo’s novel took place on Sunday 3 August 2014 as part of the centenary commemorations of World War One.  It featured a new suite created by Adrian Sutton from his score for the original production, as well as other music from the period with performers including the Proms Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone.
  • John Tams performed his song ‘Only Remembered’ from War Horse at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 November 2014.
  • A second UK tour of War Horse will begin in Canterbury in September 2017, and tour to Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, Brighton, Bradford and Nottingham.

Audience statistics

  • By the time its West End run closes at the New London Theatre this evening, War Horse will have been seen by 2.7 million people in London and over 7 million people worldwide.
  • In February 2011 the 1 millionth patron to see the production in London met with writer Michael Morpurgo and was photographed with puppet horses Joey and Topthorn.
  • The National Theatre Live screening of the West End production in February 2014 was seen by over 350,000 people world-wide – breaking previous UK records for NT Live.
  • War Horse has been seen by The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Harry as well as other famous faces including Michael Caine, Rupert Everett, Ethan Hawke, James Earl Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Keira Knightley, Annie Lennox, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Miranda Richardson, Alan Rickman, Meg Ryan, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Hilary Swank, Alec Baldwin, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Diana Ross, Diane Keaton, William Shatner, Barbara Walters, Hugh Jackman, Ricki Lake, Kate Winslet, George Lucas, Blythe Danner, Joan Rivers, John McEnroe, Queen Latifah, Martin Sheen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Billy Crystal, Sting, Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Angela Lansbury, Elaine Stritch, Michael Buble, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Martin Clunes, Liza Minnelli, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow, Sir Bob Geldof, Tom Daley, Philip Schofield, Tana Ramsay, John Hurt, Natalie Gumede, Sir Steve Redgrave, Bill Bailey, Elizabeth Jagger, Greg Rutherford, Mary Berry and Ronnie Wood,
  • Having seen the show at the New London Theatre, Steven Spielberg commissioned a new film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which premiered in January 2012 and starred Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Emily Watson. 

The puppets

  • The puppets in War Horse were created by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, based in Cape Town.
  • It takes eight months to build a complete set of puppets for War Horse; they are handmade by 14 craftsmen and women.
  • The finished horse puppets weigh approximately 43 kilos for the body, including the puppeteers’ backpacks, and another 7.7 kilos for the head. They are made of cane, leather and tyvec, a material used in book-binding (for the manes and tails). The torso is reinforced with aluminium and able to carry a rider on top.
  • Joey, Topthorn and Joey as a Foal are each operated by three puppeteers - the Head, the Heart and the Hind. The three puppeteers work together to create the character of each horse and to produce the horse noises. 
  • Puppeteers train for eight weeks before they begin performing. Their training includes basic principles of puppetry before they work specifically on creating the horses.
  • War Horse has 23 puppets, including horses Joey and Topthorn, as well as a goose, two swallows and two crows.  

Awards

United Kingdom

  • 2007 Evening Standard Award for Set Design - Rae Smith and Handspring Puppet Company
  • 2007 Critics’ Circle Award for Set Design - Rae Smith and Handspring Puppet Company
  • 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards for Set Design - Rae Smith and Handspring Puppet Company
  • 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Theatre Choreographer - Toby Sedgwick
  • 2012 Whatsonstage Best West End Show Award
  • 2015 Mousetrap Award for Best Play

United States

  • 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play
  • 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Play - Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
  • 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award Outstanding Lighting Design - Paule Constable
  • 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Special Achievement Award - Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler
  • 2011 Drama Desk Special Award for Thrilling Stagecraft
  • 2011 World Theatre Award - Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence -Seth Numrich
  • 2011 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favourite Play
  • 2011 Drama League Awards - Distinguished Production of a Play
  • 2011 Special Tony Award - Handspring Puppet Company
  • 2011 Tony Award - Best Play
  • 2011 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play - Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
  • 2011 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play - Rae Smith
  • 2011 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play - Paule Constable
  • 2011 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play - Christopher Shutt

South Africa

  • Fleur du Cap Award for Best Puppetry Design

Canada

  • 2012 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards Best Design - The creative team of War Horse
  • 2012 Toronto Dora Awards Outstanding Costume Design - Rae Smith, Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company for War Horse
  • 2012 Toronto Dora Awards Outstanding Choreography - Toby Sedgwick for War Horse
  • 2012 Toronto Dora Awards Audience Choice Award - War Horse

US Tour

  • 2012 Best Presented Production - LA Ovation Awards

General information

  • War Horse runs for approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including one interval
  • Suitable for 10 years plus
  • Over 950 people have been employed world-wide on War Horse

So, there you go. Everything you could want to know about War Horse. Now, there’s just one thing left for Joey to do: say goodbye to London.

#GetWellSoonJB

I was holding off this post for quite sometime because its the hundredth post and it coincides with this blog crossing 100 followers ( I feel like many people are acknowledging BGyeom these days and it obviously makes me happy). 

I wanted to commemorate that by posting my favourite BGyeom moments but I’ve been so heartbroken over JB’s injury that nothing else seems to matter more than his health right now. The fact that he won’t be able to perform at GOT7′s first concert in Korea must have hit him hard and fans probably can’t even imagine what he’s going through physically and mentally.

But while I was literally crying over it yesterday I realized Jaebum has not one but six friends and brothers who treasure him more than anything else in the world. With only a few hours left before the concert, these six people must be feeling the pressure of performing well for the group and their leader, yet their hearts must be in so much pain knowing that their brother is suffering right now. 

It was while my mind wandered off with these thoughts that I realized that although in kpop ships and OTPs are fun and endearing because of the love and affection two people share, there’s nothing quite as beautiful as the brotherhood of a group of friends. In GOT7, all seven members are each other’s strength and thats what we should remind ourselves every once in a while.

Praying for JB’s quick recovery so that he can perform to his heart’s content with GOT7 once again.

The worst global terrorism campaign under way right now is Obama’s global assassination campaign. The drone campaign. Notice that there’s a debate in the United States when he decides to murder Americans like al-Awlaki; is that legitimate or not?

What about the other people? The people that are being murdered are suspects.

Go back 800 years again to Magna Carta. We’re going to commemorate its 800th anniversary next year, probably morn its disappearance. The core concept developed in Magna Carta was what we call presumption of innocence. And what it stated is that a free man cannot be subjected to state punishment without due process, without trial by a jury of peers. Now, free man was a very limited concept in the 13th century. Of course it excluded women, it excluded people who weren’t free, and so on. It gradually expanded over the centuries. So it’s embedded in the constitution, also with limits, the 14th Amendment, other limits. But now it’s being contracted. The drone campaign eliminates presumption of innocence.

The way it works is, Obama and his advisers get together Tuesday morning and decide who they are going to kill that day. The concept ‘guilty’ means Obama decided to murder you. That’s a regression that goes back 800 years. That’s pretty serious.

And what’s more serious is it’s not discussed. The only thing that’s discussed is the killing of Americans. Are Americans a difference species? Who says you can kill other suspects? There is some talk about collateral damage; what about the people who are just standing around and get killed Well yeah, that’s bad, but what about the people you’re aiming at? They are suspects.

You haven’t shown proof of anything about them. Just somebody the government wants to kill.

—  Noam Chomsky | Talks at Google
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Simon’s tattoos: 

  • carpe diem: left upper chest (over heart); first tattoo. he had it done shortly after being signed professionally.
  • Filipino tribal art: right shoulder to elbow; the sleeve is partially completed. in its finished state, it will run the length of his arm from shoulder to wrist. hidden within the art is the number 11 written in roman numerals, which commemorates the first number he wore. 
  • sun mandala: right elbow; a part of the tribal sleeve. it circles his right elbow.
  • turtle: inner right wrist; it will become a part of the sleeve once completed. it is a representation of his mother. its placement on the inner wrist and the plan to incorporate it into the sleeve shows that her memory is honored and protected, a piece of his story that he would be incomplete without. 

Chance the Rapper & Donnie Trumpet Release “The First Time” In Light of ‘Surf’ One Year Anniversary

Last night, while most of the Western half of the world was asleep, Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet and the rest of The Social Experiment celebrated the one year anniversary of their group’s debut album, Surf. The critically acclaimed project, which was released for free on iTunes was downloaded a whopping 618K times, and amassing over 10M downloads in its first week. As we all know by now, Chance is a true champion for the people, and is keen on making major changes in how music is delivered, even co-signing a fan-created petition to push the GRAMMYs into possibly recognizing and awarding music released on most platforms for free. To commemorate the one year occasion, Chance & Donnie dug into a vault of “unused Surf pieces” recorded during the original sessions. The result is a nearly 11-minute epic composition titled “The First Time” which features Chance The Rapper, Ady Suleiman, J.P. Floyd, Dustin Green and Cam Obi.

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something ridiculous (ep60 spoilers)

“Percival,” Vex’ahlia says, looking out over the battlements of Whitestone Castle at the truly ridiculous number of people dressed in colorful masks and costumes with various dogs and horses milling about the grounds in the predawn air. When Percy woke her at nearly full dark for ‘something important’, this was perhaps the last sight Vex was expecting. “Percy, what is this?”

“Ah,” Percy says, shifting from one foot to the other. “Yes. This. So– you remember back when I made you a baroness, back in Syngorn?”

“Yes, I remember quite clearly, it was a very nice gesture,” Vex says, glancing suspiciously at Percy. “But I don’t see what that has to do with– the lost mummers down there. They are lost, right? They’re not here to like, petition me or anything?”

“Do you remember the title I gave you? Exactly?”

Vex wracks her brain. “Baroness of Whitestone– mistress of something, blah blah blah– honestly dear I have you to keep track of the ridiculously long names.”

“Lady Vex'ahlia, Baroness of the Third House of Whitestone, Grand Mistress of the Grey Hunt.”

Vex smiles, because he recites it in the same dry and matter of fact way he always says, “Percival Fredrickstein Von Mussel Klossowski de Rolo III”.

“See?” Vex says. “You know it better than I do.”

“This,” Percy says, waving his hand out over the assembled crowd, “is the Grey Hunt.”

“I’m sorry?”

“It’s a stag hunt. We do it once a year, it’s in– worship of Pellor, commemoration of the first feast held by the settlers in Whitestone, that sort of thing. I did say that once a year you would have to do something ridiculous and– this is it. This is the Grey Hunt and you are its Grand Mistress.”

Vex looks out over the crowd again, recognizing them now for what they are in the flickering torchlight. Hunters, apparently, equipped with bows and spears and draped in colors that would get them seen a mile off in any proper forest. She raises one eyebrow, deeply unimpressed.

“This?” she says. “Is the Grey Hunt? Is what I’m in charge of? Every year?”

“Yes?” Percy says, turning the answer into a question as if it might soften the blow. “When I picked the title I tried to choose one that might… suit your actual skills and interests.”

“If you are playing a joke one me,” Vex warns, turning on Percy and searching his face. He looks perfectly earnest, but if her brother put him up to this she swears she will find out. “I will bury you in the deepest level of the Nine Hells I can dig up.”

“I’m really– I’m really not,” Percy says. Under his cravat his throat bobs. “The Hunt itself may be– well, it’s kind of a joke and kind of a religious festival, and kind of an actual hunt. It’s a tradition that has been held in Whitestone for hundreds of years.”

“Hm,” Vex says. She looks over the gathered crowd with a discerning eye. The people are laughing and joking with one another, suffused with a high key sort of energy that she’s only ever seen in Whitestone at Winter’s Crest. “It’s not very Grey, is it?”

“It’s not,” Percy agrees. He looks, pleadingly, at her. Vex can’t resist him when he crooks his eyebrows at her like that, like he desperately needs her help but is too lordly to just come straight out and ask for it. “If it helps anything, as Lord of Whitestone, I’ll be going out there with you. You’ll be leading the charge of course, but I’ll– help as I can.”

Vex does grin at that. She could get used to the idea of dragging Percy a group of assorted visiting nobility and Whitestone peasantry through the underbrush for a day. “Actually, that does help.”

“Good,” Percy says, smiling benignly, “because there’s a costume.”

The Minaret of Jam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan. It is located in the Shahrak District, Ghor Province, by the Hari River. The 62-metre high minaret, surrounded by mountains that reach up to 2400m, was built in the 1190s, entirely of baked-bricks. It is famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration, which consists of alternating bands of kufic and naskhi calligraphy, geometric patterns, and verses from the Qur'an


The Minaret of Jam is probably located at the site of the Ghurid Dynasty’s summer capital, Firuzkuh (Firuz Koh). During the 12th and 13th century, the Ghurids controlled what is now Afghanistan, but also parts of eastern Iran, Northern India and parts of Pakistan.

The Arabic inscription dating the minaret is unclear - it could read 1193/4 or 1174/5. It could thus commemorate the victory of the Ghurid sultan Ghiyas ud-Din over the Ghaznevids in 1186 in Lahore. However, Ralph Pinder-Wilson, believes the minaret was built for the victory of Mu'izz ad-Din, Ghiyath ud-Din’s brother, over Prithviraj Chauhan. The assumption is that the Minaret was attached to the Friday Mosque of Firuzkuh, which the Ghurid chronicler Juzjani states was washed away in a flash-flood, some time before the Mongol sieges. Work at Jam by the Minaret of Jam Archaeological Project, has found evidence of a large courtyard building beside the minaret, and evidence of river sediments on top of the baked-brick paving.

The Ghurid Empire’s glory waned after the death of Ghiyath ud-Din in 1202, as it was forced to cede territory to the Khwarezm Empire. Juzjani states that Firuzkuh was destroyed by the Mongols in 1222.

Today is KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi]’s first anniversary, and there’s an incredible surprise awaiting players in Daybreak Town. As we finally gain access to other areas of the world, we discover gummi pieces scattered throughout all over the place, a hot-headed duck and a bashful dog. Who are they, and what are they doing here? We’ll have updates and translations available shortly, but for now, please enjoy this special artwork by Tetsuya Nomura to celebrate the occasion!

KINGDOM HEARTS x [chi],
for everyone out there that wields a Keyblade,
thank you so much.

In this world, Keyblades are wielded in great efforts to protect its balance, and we welcome and greet its first anniversary.
The management staff gives special thanks.

For commemorating the first year anniversary in appreciation,
I drew a new picture,
which I foresaw as a card for everyone to retrieve.
By all means, continue to protect the balance in this world,
and I’m glad you are enjoying this game.

KINGDOM HEARTS Series
Director Tetsuya Nomura

Voltage Fanbase’s 2,000 Followers Contest~ With Prizes!

A few days ago, VFB hit 2,000 followers! That means we now have over 2,000 people in our little fandom network, creating and submitting and liking and reblogging fanworks. It’s a milestone for us, and we’d like to celebrate and thank you all!


So, to commemorate, we’ll be having a fanwork contest! The contest will run from 6/3/15 to 7/8/15 and consist of the following three sections:
                         Fanfic     | | |     Fanart     | | |     Riddles

Each section will technically be its own competition, so you can choose to enter one, two, or all three! However, everyone is permitted only one entry per section.

Every section will have a first, second, and third place winner, for a total of 9 winners. The prizes are:

First:

  • A lengthy fanfic (by me or Tadako)
  • An edit (by Jun or Viola)
  • A fanart (by me or Liah)
  • A drabble (by me or Tadako)

Second:

  • An edit (by Jun or Viola)
  • A fanart (by me or Liah)
  • A drabble (by me or Tadako)

Third:

  • An edit (by Jun or Viola) -OR- Fanart (by me or Liah)
  • A drabble (by me or Tadako)

-The rules for each section are under the cut-

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