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Double Fantasy

Double Fantasy is the fifth album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released in November 1980 on Geffen Records. Produced by Lennon and Jack Douglas, it was the seventh and final studio album released by Lennon during his lifetime; the album marked Lennon's return to recording music full-time, following his five-year hiatus to raise his son Sean. Recording sessions took place at The Hit Factory in New York City between August and October 1980; the final album features songs from both Lennon and Ono alternating between the two in its track listing. Other tracks recorded by Lennon from the sessions were compiled by Ono for release on Milk and Honey in 1984. Upon its release, the album stalled on music charts and received negative reviews from music critics, with many focusing on the album's idealisation of Lennon and Ono's marriage. However, following Lennon's murder three weeks after its release, it became a worldwide commercial success and went on to win the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards in 1982.

In subsequent decades, the album has been viewed more favorably, with Lennon's songs, in particular, garnering praise as some of his finest. In 2010, Ono and Douglas released a remix of the album, titled Double Fantasy Stripped Down, which featured less lavish production than the original. Following the birth of his son Sean in 1975, Lennon had put his career on hold to raise him. After five years of little musical activity aside from recording the occasional demo in his apartment in New York, Lennon felt ready to resume work. In the middle of 1980, Lennon embarked on a sailing trip through treacherous waters from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda. During the journey, his yacht encountered a prolonged severe storm. Most of the crew succumbed to fatigue and seasickness except Lennon, forced to take the yacht's wheel alone for many hours, he found this invigorating. It had the effect of both making him contemplate the fragility of life; as a result, he reworked earlier demos. He commented "I was so centered after the experience at sea that I was tuned in to the cosmos – and all these songs came!"

Ono wrote many songs, inspired with new confidence after Lennon had stated that he believed that contemporary popular music such as the B-52's "Rock Lobster" bore similarities to Ono's earlier work. The couple decided to release their work on the same album, the first time they had done so since 1972's politically charged Some Time in New York City. In stark contrast to that album, Double Fantasy was a collection of songs wherein husband and wife would conduct a musical dialogue; the album took its title from a species of freesia, seen in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, whose name Lennon regarded as a perfect description of his marriage to Ono. Ono approached producer Jack Douglas, with whom the couple had worked, gave him Lennon's demos to listen to. "My immediate impressions were that I was going to have a hard time making it better than the demos because there was such intimacy in the demos," Douglas told Uncut's Chris Hunt in 2005. Sessions for the album began at The Hit Factory in New York City on 7 August 1980 and continued through 19 October 1980.

They produced dozens of songs, enough to fill Double Fantasy and a large part of a projected second album and Honey. Lennon wanted to work with different musicians than he had and had Douglas assemble and rehearse the band without telling them who they would be recording with. While the sessions were underway, Douglas brought Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos of the band Cheap Trick to play on Lennon's "I'm Losing You" and Ono's "I'm Moving On", but these were re-recorded with the studio musicians; the sessions remained top secret. Lennon and Ono still were not paid for the initial sessions themselves. After they were satisfied that the album was strong, their publicist Bruce Replogle leaked the news that the couple were back in the studio again. Lennon was inundated with offers from all the major labels; the recording industry was shocked when the couple signed with the newly formed Geffen Records on 22 September 1980 because David Geffen shrewdly insisted on speaking with Ono first and regarded her contributions as equal to Lennon's.

He signed them before hearing any of the tracks. The album was preceded by the single " Starting Over", backed with Ono's "Kiss Kiss Kiss", it was released on 20 October 1980 in the United States, four days in the United Kingdom. Peaking at number 8 in the UK chart, after Lennon's death the single reached number one. In the US, the single was inching upward in the top 10 before reaching number one following Lennon's death; the album was released on 17 November 1980 in both the UK and US. Geffen had planned an elaborate cover for Lennon's comeback, but Ono could not decide on a photo. Not wanting to miss the Christmas release deadline, Geffen used the single sleeve as the front cover, while choosing an outtake from the same photo session for the back; the tracks were sequenced as a dialogue between Ono. On the initial pressings, the track listing was out of sequence on the album cover. Initial sales were sluggish. In the UK album charts, it had peaked at number 14 slipped to number 46, while in the US, it had risen to number 11.

Upon Lennon's murder, the album jumped to number 1 in the US Billboard chart, where it stayed for eight weeks, in

Antonio Prats Cervera

Antonio'Toni' Prats Cervera is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. In a career spent with Betis, he appeared in 338 La Liga matches over 12 seasons, winning one Copa del Rey with the club. Prats was born in Majorca. After emerging through his hometown RCD Mallorca's youth system and playing one year with RC Celta de Vigo, he settled at Seville's Real Betis, where he remained nine years. In 1999–2000, as the Andalusians were relegated from the top flight, he scored against Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid through free kicks, in a 2–1 win and 1–2 loss. In 2005–06, Prats returned to Mallorca for a further two campaigns, before the emergence of Miguel Ángel Moyá forced a move to Segunda División club Hércules CF where he was scarcely used, retiring in March 2008 following recurrent back problems. Betis Copa del Rey: 2004–05 Spain U21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship: Third-place 1994 Toni Prats at BDFutbol Betisweb stats and bio

Alexis, Illinois

Alexis is a village in Mercer and Warren counties in Illinois, United States. The population was 831 at the 2010 census; the Warren County portion of Alexis is part of the Galesburg Micropolitan Statistical Area, while the Mercer County portion is part of the Davenport–Moline–Rock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area. Alexis was called Alexandria or Alexandria Station, under the latter names was laid out in 1870 when the railroad was extended to that point. After learning of another Illinois town named Alexander, the founders wanted a new name. Around this time, Grand Duke Alexis was visiting the country. Alexis is located at 41°3′48″N 90°33′18″W; the village is situated along the boundary between Mercer counties. In the 2000 census, 499 of Alexis' 863 residents lived in Warren County and 364 lived in Mercer County. According to the 2010 census, Alexis has a total area of all land; as of the census of 2000, there were 863 people, 361 households, 246 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,778.6 people per square mile.

There were 383 housing units at an average density of 789.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 99.65% White, 0.12% from other races, 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.20% of the population. There were 361 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.6% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94. In the village, the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males. The median income for a household in the village was $36,705, the median income for a family was $46,364.

Males had a median income of $32,419 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,059. About 4.0% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over. Alexis Fire Equipment a manufacturer of fire engines and fire fighting related equipment is the village's largest employer. Alexis Police Department Mercer County Sheriff's Office Warren County Sheriff's Office List of municipalities in Illinois Media related to Alexis, Illinois at Wikimedia Commons

Light House Hill

Light House Hill is situated in Hampankatta, the heart of Mangalore City in the southern India. It was used as watch tower for Sultanate of Mysore Navy. Light House Hill is the location of two famous educational institutions in Mangalore, namely St. Aloysius College and Kasturba Medical College; the famous religious places here are the Idgah Mosque. The City Central Library is located close to St Aloysius college; this library is run by the Mangalore City Corporation. There are several branches for city central library within Mangalore; the first lighthouse of Mangalore is located in the heart of the Mangalore city. This "Light House" was built by Hyder Ali, the de facto ruler of Mysore and stood as the watch tower of Sultanate of Mysore Navy under him and great his great son Tipu Sultan; the huge watchtower in the hill served as a base for the British, from where many resident commanders of the British Navy would monitor the movement of travelling ships. The base of the light house has a library, with a reading room named after Karnad Sadashiv Rao, a renowned freedom fighter

Gadžin Han

Gadžin Han is a village and municipality located in the Nišava District of the southern Serbia. According to 2011 census, the municipality has 8,389 inhabitants; the municipality borders Bela Palanka municipality and City of Niš in the north, Babušnica municipality in the south-east and Leskovac municipalities in the south, Doljevac municipality in the west. Aside from the town of Gadžin Han, the municipality includes the following settlements: According to the last official census done in 2011, the municipality of Gadžin Han has 8,389 inhabitants; the ethnic composition of the municipality: The following table gives a preview of total number of employed people per their core activity: Nišava District Subdivisions of Serbia Official website

Kafta Humera

Kafta Humera is one of the woredas in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Part of the West Tigray Zone, Kafta Humera is bordered on the south by Tsegede, on the west by Sudan by the Tekezé River which separates Kafta Humera from Eritrea on the north and Semien Mi'irabawi Zone on the east, on the southeast by Wolkayt. Towns in Kafta Humera include Adi Humera. Prior to the Ethiopian Revolution, Kafta Humera was the site of a government program to provide land to landless peasants from Tigray and Eritrea. By the end of 1971, some 500 farmers occupied about 7,000 square kilometers, a further 50,000 were employed as seasonal workers. Although the program was intended for landless citizens, much of the available land had been taken by absentee landlords from the aristocracy—one estimate is as high as 55% of all grants. Kafta Humera, was selected by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2003 as an area for voluntary resettlement for farmers from overpopulated areas. Along with Tsegede woreda, the other woreda selected in Tigray that year, welcomed that year a total of 7334 heads of households and 618 total family members.

In August 2006, the Tekeze flooded displacing 450 households. However, subsequent visits by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs found no need for emergency services. In November of that year, a wild fire near the resettlement sites in Kafta Humera destroyed 10 hectares of forest. Based on the 2007 national census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia, this woreda has a total population of 92,167, an increase of 48,690 over the 1994 census, of whom 47,909 are men and 44,258 women. With an area of 4,542.33 square kilometers, Kafta Humera has a population density of 20.29, less than the Zone average of 28.94 persons per square kilometer. A total of 23,449 households were counted in this woreda, resulting in an average of 3.93 persons to a household, 22,259 housing units. The majority of the inhabitants said they practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 95.16% reporting that as their religion, while 4.7% of the population were Muslim. The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 48,690 of whom 25,456 were men and 23,234 were women.

The largest ethnic groups reported in Kafta Humera were the Tigrayans, the Amharas, foreign residents from Eritrea. Tigrinya is spoken as a first language by 89.36%, 7.74% speak Amharic. 92.69% of the population said they were Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, 6.35% were Muslim. Concerning education, 19.28% of the population were considered literate, greater than the Zone average of 9.01%. Concerning sanitary conditions, about 91% of the urban houses and 58% of all houses had access to safe drinking water at the time of the census. A sample enumeration performed by the CSA in 2001 interviewed 11,606 farmers in this woreda, who held an average of 1.89 hectares of land. Of the 21,950 hectares of private land surveyed in Kafta Humera, 93.19% was under cultivation, 0.03% pasture, 4.85% fallow, 0.73% woodland, 1.19% was devoted to other uses. For the land under cultivation in this woreda, 31.24% is planted in cereals, 0.94% in pulses, 60.87% in oilseeds, 0.03% in vegetables. The number of hectares planted in fruit trees is missing.

68.8% of the farmers both raise crops and livestock, while 27.97% only grow crops and 3.23% only raise livestock. Land tenure in this woreda is distributed amongst 74.74% owning their land, 25.09% renting, those holding their land under other forms of tenure 0.17%. The economy of this woreda is centered on the production of sesame, which by 1996 replaced cotton as the primary cash crop. Sesame is a high-value edible oil, exported to Israel, the Middle East and China. Over 400 large-scale investors cultivate an average 600 hectares of sesame, while local farmers cultivate up to 12 hectares each. Investors cultivate 58% of the 186,000 hectares of cultivable land, local farmers the remaining 42%. Sesame production is labor-intensive during the weeding and harvesting period, attracting an average of 200,000 workers from the rest of the Tigray Region, northern Amhara, Sudan each year. Another important crop in Kafta Humera is sorghum, which both investment and local farmers cultivate as both a cash and a food crop