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Festival da Canção

Festival da Canção or Festival RTP da Canção is the name given to the national festival and broadcast by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal to choose the Portuguese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. It was first held in 1964. Like most pop festivals in isolated countries, it was a important event for the still incipient music industry of the 1960s and 1970s. Left-wing composers and writers would try to squeeze subversive lyrics in the contest, with great effect. After the 1974 revolution, incidentally code-triggered by that year's winner being played on national radio, Portugal became open to foreign culture, thus deeming the Festival as a lesser musical event, dominated by below-standard pop songs with little or no impact in the industry, although remaining a popular TV show; the 1990s saw a recovery of the contest's image considered a viable means for a new singer to start a career. Internationally acclaimed Portuguese singers Dulce Pontes and Sara Tavares made their debut in the 1991 and 1994 editions, respectively.

Many other unknown performers like Lucia Moniz and Anabela leaped to national stardom after taking the RTP trophy. After reaching an all-time high 6th place in the 1996 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the festival declined from on. In 2000, the winner Liana did not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, as Portugal had for the first time been relegated due to consecutive poor showings. In 2002, the Festival da Canção wasn't organized, contradicting the tradition of staging a Festival da Canção without participating in that year's Eurovision Song Contest, as happened in 2000 and 1970. Since 2001, the festival saw consecutive changes of format. 2005 saw RTP commissioning a song for Eurovision, rather than organizing some kind of competition. Since 2006 RTP settled for a traditional multi-singer, multi-composer competitive format, claiming the memory of older contests and songs. Producers have since been invited to come up with songs and singers, the 2007 result with Sabrina making it to the Eurovision final, gave RTP the necessary confidence to maintain the current format.

In 2009, an open call for songs was held by RTP, abolishing the invited producers method, with online voting deciding the qualifiers to the televised final from a list of 24 songs, with 12 competing in the live contest. More changes to the format of the contest were made in 2010. Two semi-finals and a final are now held to select the winner. Foreign composers were once again allowed to compete. Since 2017 different languages are allowed to compete. SF = Semi-final, F = Final Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest List of historic rock festivals Media related to Festival RTP da Canção at Wikimedia Commons Festival da Canção Official Site

Deutsches Currywurst Museum

The Deutsches Currywurst Museum was a museum in Berlin dedicated to the German sausage currywurst. The museum was located in Berlin Mitte near Checkpoint Charlie and was the first and only museum about currywurst; the museum received 350,000 visitors annually. It is permanently closed since the 21st of December 2018; the museum opened on August 15, 2009, 60 years after the invention of currywurst in 1949 by Berliner Herta Heuwer. Museum founder, Martin Löwer came up with the idea for the museum during a holiday trip to Jamaica. There he visited an exhibition about the yam root and started thinking about what food type would be as popular in Berlin. Löwer considered the currywurst to possess "cult status" in Germany and used the sausage's fame as justification to create the museum, it permanently closed on 21 December 2018. Patrons followed a "sauce trail" through the history of currywurst; the museum was interactive, with exhibits and displays aimed at engaging the senses of sight and sound. Highlights included a spice chamber with sniffing stations, a sausage-shaped sofa, audio stations playing currywurst-themed songs, a virtual currywurst making game called "Curry Up!"

The museum had special installations at children's eye-level

Sittingbourne F.C.

Sittingbourne Football Club are an English football club based in Sittingbourne in Kent. They were founder members of the Kent League, they have reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup twice in their history. They are playing in the Isthmian League South East Division. Although an earlier Sittingbourne United club had been playing since as early as 1881, Sittingbourne F. C. traces its lineage to 1886. The club moved to a field behind the Bull pub in 1892, where they were to remain for nearly 100 years. Senior status was acquired in 1893, the following year the club joined the first incarnation of the Kent League, before withdrawing to enter the South Eastern League in 1905. After World War I the club rejoined the Kent League, where they played until 1927 when they joined the Southern League. In 1930 they left this league and it is unclear where they played next. After World War II the Brickies rejoined the Kent League once again, where they were champions in 1957–58 and 1958–59. After the second title win they rejoined the Southern League, but after a promising start their performances declined and in 1966–67, after finishing bottom, they dropped out to join the Kent Premier League which had changed its name from the Thames & Medway Combination.

This lasted for the league folded. In 1968 a new Kent league was formed. During season 1961–62 Accrington Stanley left the football league; this created 25 clubs applied to join, of which Sittingbourne were one. They did not obtain any votes and Oxford United were elected with 39 votes. Sittingbourne were Kent League champions in 1975–76, 1983–84 and 1990–91, the third title win earning them a place back in the Southern League. In 1992–93, by now playing at the new Central Park ground, they won promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, however a financial crisis led to relegation two years later. Although the team bounced back, winning the Southern Division title at the first attempt, they were relegated again in 1998 as the club hovered on the brink of being wound up completely. A move out of Central Park and a drastic reduction in the playing budget saw the Brickies through their troubles, but they flirted with relegation back to the Kent League for a number of years, only finishing in the top half of the table on one occasion in the next eight seasons.

In 2006 a re-organisation of the English football league system saw Sittingbourne moved into the Isthmian League, starting in Division One South. The 2009–10 season ended with Sittingbourne winning the Kent Senior Cup for the first time in 52 years. Gary Abbott left his position as manager in May 2011 and was replaced by his assistant Richard Brady, he brought in ex-brickie Jamie Coyle as his assistant. In September 2011 after a brief spell in charge they were offered management positions at Leatherhead and indicated that the positions were too good to turn down. Long serving player, Joe Dowley took over the caretaker position of manager with the assistance of players Bradley Spice and Bryan Glover. In November 2011 the committee were impressed with what had been achieved that they made their positions permanent. Joe Dowley resigned as manager after the last game of the 2011–12 season stating that he wished to return to his playing career. In May 2012 the club employed the Scottish brothers Danny Ward as joint managers.

They were with Ramsgate who they left in April 2012. The Ward brothers left their position in September 2013 by mutual consent. In September 2013 after a brief successful spell as caretaker managers, Matt Wyatt and current player and captain Nick Davis were appointed joint managers. In July 2014 Nick Davis resigned as joint manager and Matt Wyatt continued as manager on his own for a short period and resigned himself in October 2014, his replacement was his previous joint manager Nick Davis. Season 2017-18 started with only 2 players remaining from the previous season. A new squad was recruited and the season started on a positive note and at one point saw them reach the top of the table; however this did not last and a succession of poor results saw the team drop down the table. In January 2018 Nick Davis resigned and was replaced by one of the coaches, Aslan Ödev, as an interim manager for the rest of the season. After much success, in April 2018 Aslan Ödev was awarded the role of manager and will continue for the 2018-19 season.

The 2018-19 season started well for the Brickies but started to go downhill with a string of poor results. In January 2018 Aslan Odev left his position and was replaced by Chris Lynch the Dover Athletic head of youth development. Sittingbourne played at the Bull Ground until 1990 when they sold the site for £4.5 million and built a new state of the art stadium on the outskirts of the town named Central Park Stadium. However, overspending on the new ground caused the club financial difficulties and they were forced to sell the ground to the local council and lease it back; the ground was leased to a company which ran greyhound racing events, who allowed the football club to sign a seven-year lease. The club found it hard to guarantee the availability of the stadium due to the racing and agreed to start playing their games on part of the complex where they used to train; this was named Bourne Park. The ground was shared with Maidstone United between 2002 and 2009, again for the 2011–12 season, until Maidstone moved into the Gallagher Stadium in July 2012.

In March 2013 it was announced that they would leave Bourne Park at the end of the season for financial reasons and move to the Woodstock Park complex to share with Southern Counties East League side Wo