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‘The Little Yellow Book’

The Little Yellow Book, quotations from Chairman Xi Dada includes 300 quotations from China’s president Xi Jinping one of the most powerful men in today’s world. Out of hundreds of speeches, press releases and news, the authors curated this “best of” covering a disparate of subjects since the first moment Mr. Xi assumed office, back in the winter of 2012, until October of 2018. Within 180 pages of easy-to-read material, the Little Yellow Book highlights Xi’s governing philosophies centered on Chinese Dream, elaborating on a variety of issues from culture and arts to climate change, from Internet control to One Belt, One Road, from national security to military vision, from innovation and green development to wealth sharing. Apparently inspired by its far-famed predecessor the Little Red Book, Xi Dada’s quotes are plucked out of context and strung together without much regard for chronology. Chairman Mao’s red booklet boasted to be the second most printed book after the Bible. It was used during the Cultural Revolution not only to streamline ideology, but also as a weapon to defend communist China against its enemies. While currently being fleshed out by Party scholars, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristic for a New Era are commanding domestic media channel as well as occupying the country’s ad spaces and billboards to be studied on a daily basis by its citizens. School children and Party officials alike have been learning the theories named after political theorists like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong. College students and white-collar employees receive certificates for accurately memorizing Xi Jinping Thought and use it as a guidebook for living, working and policymaking. In the first week of October 2018, Hunan TV, one of China’s largest television networks, has aired a new quiz show about the life and philosophy of China’s current leader. The ideology was recently written into the Chinese Constitution.

With close-ups and a real-time camera running approach, this fine collection of Xi Dada’s quotes is an attempt to reveal the true intentions of China’s leader. In a world overwhelmed by information, this one little book cuts through noises and gives some solid yet to-the-point answers to the China-related issues that are relevant for the world today and tomorrow. Apparently inspired by its famous predecessor The Little Red Book, this small publication not only taps into the current trend of bringing political tracts into the 21st century, it’s vigorously different and delivers more within less pages. Click here for PRI’s The World story on the project.

About the Authors:

Julie O’Yang- Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the Foreword, she writes about the purpose of the Little Yellow Book is “to distill the huge volumes of Xi Jinping Thought and pen into a small booklet that even a semi-illiterate could read, memorize, or set to music.” She works from Europe (The Netherlands/Denmark).

Fernando Eloy- All-round creative human being. Interestingness hunter-gatherer. Founder of MaisOrient Film Productions (Macau). In love with everything he does. Born in Lisbon in the spring of 1966, Eloy made his media debut working as radio DJ and journalist for pirate radio stations. During his 1980’s “pirate” period, together with 2 other partners, he founded Radio 98, a popular Lisbon youth radio which was later renamed Super FM. In 1996, as producer and promoter, he landed Portugal’s first Surfing World Championship event, the Coca-Cola Figueira Pro 96, while he continued working for various media outlets either contributing to and/or coordinating scriptwriting for TV productions. In 2001, he moved to Macau and became a committee member of the Macau East Asian Games Organizing Committee. In 2005, Eloy directed his first documentary, “350 Meters”, and in 2006, he produced a series of shows for ESPN Star Sports (Singapore). Ever since then, he has directed documentaries about the city of Macau, corporate films and one short feature, June (2012). From 2016, Eloy has paused actual filming to build a slate of feature films, TV series and stories for online applications with Julie O’yang.

How To Keep Yourself Entertained During Long-Haul Travel

Got a long journey ahead of you? It is easy to get bored on long-haul travel particularly if you are by yourself, but fortunately, there are many great ways to keep yourself entertained, and many of these can be productive and valuable. You may want to try a few of the following on your next long-haul flight, and it is good to have a few ideas up your sleeve in case you quickly become bored of one or if you are finding it difficult to get any sleep or rest. So, read on for a few different ways that you can keep yourself entertained during any long-haul journey.

Reading

Reading is perfect for a long-haul journey as it can keep your mind busy, but it is also a healthy and valuable pastime. Additionally, many people find that reading can help them to get tired and fall asleep easier which is ideal if you are on an overnight flight. On top of this, there are so many different books and styles to choose from so you should always be able to find something that piques your interest.

Film/TV

Planes often have films and TV that you can watch, which is a superb way to kill a few hours. If there are no films or TV on the flight, then you could always download a few on a tablet or similar device so that you can easily watch on a long journey.

There are many amazing TV boxsets which are very easy to binge on so you could easily get stuck into one of these on the journey.

Remember: Pack a pair of headphones, otherwise you won’t be able to listen privately! Try and download a variety of films and programs so you don’t get bored and can change genre if you feel like it.

Casino Games

Casino games are great fun, and there are endless variations, so you should easily be able to find a few that you enjoy playing on a long-haul journey. Unibet casino games have a wide range on offer with an easy-to-use system which will make it easy to play even if you do not have much experience in casino games.

Listen To Music

Music can be a great form of distraction and particularly if you are listening to your favorite band or just discovering a new artist. Before setting off on your journey, consider loading up your phone or device with all your favorite music along with a few new artists and the time is sure to fly by.  Additionally, podcasts can be another good way to pass the time, and there are so many to choose from which means that it should not be hard to find a series that interests you.

Long-haul journeys can be boring particularly if you are traveling solo. The above are all excellent ways to keep yourself entertained which should help to pass the time, and you may even find that you enjoy the journey if you are able to get hooked into a book/TV show/film or discover a new artist or favorite game. Just be sure to plan ahead, and bring everything that you need with you to make the most of the journey ahead.

Maggie Rogers’ “Give A Little” Out Today

If you haven’t heard of Maggie Rogers yet..it’s about time you seriously do.

Just earlier today, the 24-year old music artist released her new song “Give A Little” that is available for listening on Spotify and the song is available for download HERE

Produced by Grammy-award winning producer, Greg Kurstin, Rogers’ new upbeat song exhibits a soft touch of romance as it is aground by darkness and defensiveness.

Kurstin has previously worked with Adele, Sia, Foo Fighters and many others so it’s to no surprise that his help with Rogers’ “Give A Little” is such a success already.

Ever since Rogers released her first album The Echo back in 2012, her talent in the music industry has evolved and blossomed into something more beautiful every time. This change is evident throughout her music over the course of years as she gains an even larger fan base during the process.

Interested in seeing where Rogers will be showing? She will be the headline for two sold out shows at Koko in London which takes place the 29th and 30th of August, following her performances at the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds Festival at the BBC Radio 1 Stage.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is yet another event where Rogers’ will be performing at which takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of September.

Did you think that was the last of Maggie Rogers’ appearance this year? Think not! She will also perform as a co-headline at All Things Go Fall Classic which is one of Washington D.C.’s LARGEST signature festivals. By her side on October 6th is also LPX (Lizzy Plapinger).

A fan of hers already? We knew you would. You can all her tour dates right here –RSVP fast!

As for her “Give A Little” song, stay tuned in the next upcoming weeks for her official music video!

 

 

 

The Wombats

The Wombats Release Macabre New Music Video for Single “Lemon To A Knife Fight”

PRESS HERE to watch via NME

New Album BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE out February 9, 2018 via Kobalt Music Recordings

North American tour kicks off January 8, 2018 + supporting Weezer and The Pixies on summer 2018 dates

“Grade A purveyors of electric live sets…blending pop, electro and rock sensibilities” – Entertainment Weekly

“…packed with anthemic hooks” – Pitchfork

“The Wombats have been in the game since 2007, but perform with the verve and joy of a band just starting out…” – SPIN

“…gripping” – Billboard

“…practically tailor-made for the airwaves”- Idolator

“A unique combination of electropop and post-punk styles” – Boston Globe

Liverpool trio The Wombats have unveiled a dark, cinematic music video for their new single “Lemon To A Knife Fight” PRESS HERE to watch via NME. The visual puts a twist on the song’s exploration of a toxic relationship’s emotional rollercoaster with a sinister plot involving kidnapping and attempted murder, which finds the heroine turning the tables on her attackers thanks to a phantasmagoric transformation.

Director Finn Keenan shared, “The idea for this video came from the line in the brief ‘David Lynch meets Power Rangers’. I wanted to make something that started off dark, surreal and little bit disturbing but then flip it on its head with a big ole’ twist that led to a ludicrous ending. These hunters do this every month, but this time they picked the wrong werewolf.”

“Lemon To A Knife Fight” is The Wombats’ first release from forthcoming album  BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE, out  February 9, 2018 via Kobalt Music Recordings, and premiered via  The Fader and as the “Hottest Record in the World” on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 showBEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFEis available for pre-order now, PRESS HERE to pre-order and receive “Lemon To A Knife Fight” as an instant grat track.

In support of the album, the band will be embarking on a North American tour this January, as well as joining Weezer and The Pixies on their summer 2018 co-headline tour. Full tour routing is below and PRESS HERE to purchase tickets!

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE follows The Wombats’ 2015 LP Glitterbug, which garnered critical acclaim and debuted in the Top 5 on the UK Album chart and Billboard 100. Single “Give Me A Try” reached Top 20 at Alternative Radio, spent four weeks in a row at #1 on Alt Nation and, along with single “Greek Tragedy” has over 70 million combined Spotify streams. The band brought the singles – and their unforgettable live energy – to performances on

CBS This Morning, Late Night With Seth Meyers and more. The band’s magnetic live shows led a

fully sold-out North American tour, as well as unmissable festival performances at Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Firefly, Reading and Leeds and more.

Written from three corners of the globe – drummer Dan Haggis in London, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen nursing his new family in Oslo and frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy in Los Angeles –

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE was created over long distance writing sessions, supplemented by intense two-week in-person sessions in Oslo. Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice), the album finds The Wombats pushing the boundaries of alt-pop innovation with a lush, ultramodern indie soundscape that captures The Wombats’ unique pairing of irrepressible hooks and tragi-comic lyricism with a newfound maturity and moving emotional depth.

“Lemon To A Knife Fight” video:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/nNh51G84WZY

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE track listing:

1. Cheetah Tongue

2. Lemon to a Knife Fight

3. Turn

4. Black Flamingo

5. White Eyes

6. Lethal Combination

7. Out Of My Head

8. I Only Wear Black

9. Ice Cream

10. Dip You In Honey

11. I Don’t Know Why I Like You But I Do

The Wombats tour dates: 

*with Weezer and The Pixies

January 8             Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

January 9             Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

January 10           Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

January 13           Boston, MA @ Paradise

January 15           Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

January 16           Atlanta, GA @ Centerstage

January 18           St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

January 19           Kansas City, MO @ The Truman

January 22           Denver, CO @ Gothic

January 23           Salt Lake City, UT @ Rockwell Room

January 25           Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda

January 26           Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory

January 27           San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

January 29           Portland, OR @ Wonder

January 30           Vancouver, BC @ Venue

January 31           Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market

June 23                 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*

June 26                 New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square*

June 27                 Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion*

June 29                 The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*

June 30                 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater*

July 6                     Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center*

July 7                     Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

July 8                     Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*

July 10                   Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*

July 11                   Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center*

July 13                   Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*

July 14                   Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage*

July 15                   Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheatre*

http://www.thewombats.co.uk

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All-New Content to MARVEL LEGACY!

Marvel Legacy is changing the way you read comics – and the future of the Marvel Universe. This fall, Marvel, is proud to present MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!, three all-new pages of comic content written by Robbie Thompson (Silk, Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supreme) with a majority of art from acclaimed superstar Mark Bagley (The Amazing Spider-Man, All New X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man). These stories will draw all readers into the Marvel Universe like never before. And at no extra cost to the reader, what better way to change the way readers jump into a series!

 

Featured in select Marvel Legacy issues, each story provides easy access into the world of each title character, as well as easy access into the Legacy stories. Designed to give brand new readers a hook into the series, MARVEL PRIMER PAGES will offer all fans a simple jumping on point for almost all of Marvel’s heroic and iconic characters.

 

“When I first approached Robbie and Mark to do these Primer stories, I gave them only one edict: to remind all readers both who these characters are and what they’re about in three all new pages,” said Marvel editor Darren Shan. “What we got back has been some of the most fun art I’ve ever seen from Mark! And we couldn’t be luckier to have someone like Robbie to cherry pick the most classic moments in Marvel history. Then the two of them tie this all up into one perfect package.  I think everyone will love these!”

 

“It’s been an absolute blast working on this project — it gives me a great excuse to re-read so many of my favorite comics!” said writer Robbie Thompson.  I’ve been a fan of Mark’s for years, so to get to work with him is a dream come true. Mark takes the scripts and distills them down to their essence, finding brilliant ways to tell these stories with truly iconic images. I can’t wait for people to see what he’s done with these!”

 

“This Legacy gig has been a lot of fun to work on and a bit of an education…even for someone who has been drawing comics for as long as I have! I think readers will really enjoy the stories we’re revisiting,” added artist Mark Bagley.

 

Marvel Primer Pages give every fan the opportunity to truly “MAKE MINE MARVEL” by providing most accessible way to enjoy Marvel Comics – ensuring that long-time fans will fall in love with their favorite stories all over again, and that new fans will be drawn into Marvel’s magical universe of adventure and heroics. Coming this fall, don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of your favorite story – with Marvel Primer Pages!

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com

or simply chat with some of your favorite heroes with Marvel’s chatbot accessible through Twitter andFacebook

 

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