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Kolkata‚ÄďAgra Cantonment Express

The 13167 / 68 Kolkata Agra Cantonment Express is an Express train belonging to Indian Railways - Eastern Railway zone that runs between Kolkata Chitpur & Agra Cantonment in India. It operates as train number 13167 from Kolkata Chitpur to Agra Cantonment and as train number 13168 in the reverse direction serving the states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh; the 13167 / 68 Kolkata Agra Cantonment Express has 1 AC 2 tier, 1 AC 3 tier, 6 Sleeper Class, 6 General Unreserved & 2 SLR Coaches. It does not carry a Pantry car coach; as is customary with most train services in India, Coach Composition may be amended at the discretion of Indian Railways depending on demand. The 13167 Kolkata Agra Cantonment Express covers the distance of 1,461 km in 28 hours 30 mins & in 28 hours 05 mins as 13168 Agra Cantonment Kolkata Express; as the average speed of the train is below 55 km/h, as per Indian Railway rules, its fare does not include a Superfast surcharge. The 13167 / 68 Kolkata Agra Cantonment Express runs from Kolkata Chitpur via Asansol Junction, Dhanbad Junction, Gaya Junction, Mughalsarai Junction, Varanasi Junction, Lucknow NR, Kanpur Central, Mathura Junction to Agra Cantonment.

As sections of the route are yet to be electrified, a Howrah based WAP 4 hauls the locomotive from Kolkata Chitpur until Mughalsarai Junction handing over to a Lucknow based WDM 3A which powers the train for the remainder of its journey. 13167 Kolkata Agra Cantonment Express runs from Kolkata Chitpur every Thursday reaching Agra Cantonment on the next day. 13168 Agra Cantonment Kolkata Express runs from Agra Cantonment every Saturday reaching Kolkata Chitpur on the next day. Http://www.nr.indianrailways.gov.in/view_detail.jsp?id=0,4,268&dcd=3451 http://erail.in/13167-koaa-agc-expres https://archive.is/20141022120340/http://www.thestatesman.net/news/38859-howrah-katihar-express-to-run-on-tuesdays.html http://erail.in/13168-agc-koaa-exp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcfBMY263mM Indian Railway

Meadow Heights, Victoria

Meadow Heights is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 19 km north of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Hume. At the 2016 Census, Meadow Heights had a population of 14,842. Prior to Meadows Heights the area was known as Coolaroo. Meadow Heights underwent a property boom in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as demand for new houses rose, forcing prospective buyers into the outer suburban area. Meadow Heights Post Office opened on 6 March 1995. In recent years, developers have focused their efforts on suburbs to the north, with few new housing projects being completed since 2000. Meadow Heights is bordered by Pascoe Vale Road on the east, parkland on the west, Barry Road on the south and Somerton Road to the north; the area is served extensively by local taxi companies. Meadow Heights is served by several bus routes; the following bus routes run through Meadow Heights: Route 541 - Broadmeadows Station - Roxburgh Park via Meadow Heights Route 542 - Roxburgh Park - Pascoe Vale via Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows & GlenroyThe following bus routes travel along the boundaries of Meadow Heights: Route 484 - Broadmeadows - Roxburgh Park via Greenvale Route 543 - Greenvale Gardens - Roxburgh Park via Greenvale Village SC Route 901 - Frankston to Melbourne Airport Route 953] - Broadmeadows – Craigieburn via Roxburgh Park Coolaroo Station and Roxburgh Park Station are the closest railway stations to Meadow Heights.

Meadow Heights Primary School Bethal Primary School Meadow Heights offers several places of interest, with the nearest cinema complex located to the south, in Broadmeadows. There are several youth centres for social activities and there is a soccer team in the area. There are around four milk bars; the main shopping centre is Centro Meadow Heights, located on Paringa Boulevard. It features over 25 specialty shops. There is a mosque in Meadow Heights, near the shopping centre. A community centre and a skate bowl are located in the Buchan Street Reserve. Meadow Heights has parks all throughout the suburb, the most largest of, the Broadmeadows Valley Park, which starts from Meadow Heights right down to Jacana, with a bike trail alongside; the park has soccer fields and playgrounds near Barry Road and Magnolia Boulevard, providing barbecue and picnic areas for residents. Shankland Wetlands has a variety of introduced and native birds; the wetlands is located south of Meadow Heights, at the end of Barry Road.

The most common ancestries in Meadow Heights were 23.2% Turkish, 10.1% Australian, 8.9% English, 6.8% Lebanese and 5.0% Iraqi. 49.6% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were 12.8% Turkey, 8.8% Iraq, 3.4% Lebanon, 2.9% Vietnam and 1.3% New Zealand. 24.9% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included 26.3% Turkish, 15.5% Arabic, 5.0% Vietnamese, 4.8% Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, 3.5% Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and 1.3% Spanish. The most common responses for religion in Meadow Heights were 42.1% Islam, 26.5% Catholic, 6.7% No Religion, 3.6% Anglican and 3.3% Eastern Orthodox. City of Broadmeadows – the former local government area of which Meadow Heights was a part

Dragon Bones (See novel)

Dragon Bones by Lisa See is the third of the Red Princess mysteries, preceded by Flower Net and The Interior. Once again the protagonists Inspector Liu Hulan and Attorney David Stark return—this time as husband and wife. At the start of the novel, the couple mourns the death of their young daughter Chaowen. Guilt and anguish have driven the lovers apart. Hulan's inner turmoil is made worse when she is forced to shoot and kill a woman at an All-Patriotic Society rally to save a young girl from being stabbed by her mother; the Chinese government opposes the Society as a threat to public order, an opinion that Hulan shares. Hulan and David are brought together to work on the same case from different perspectives. Hulan is sent to an archaeological site near the construction of the massive 3 Gorges Dam project to investigate a suspicious death. In an NPR report, See emphasizes the potent symbolism of the Dam, alluding to a 4,000-year-old Chinese saying: "He who controls the water controls the people".

She concludes her report by returning to the same idea: "... no matter how the outside world views the dam, inside China it will be there to remind the people of a sage emperor. David is sent to the same site to find out how precious Chinese artifacts are being smuggled out of China; the archaeologists at the site are working frantically to find as many antiquities as they can before the dam is completed, flooding their dig site as well as many others. They are interested in finding evidence that people in the area have maintained continuous culture for 5000 years; the plot weaves together several story lines. One involves the difficult task of finding out the true intentions of the All-Patriotic Society. Another is concerned with Chinese archaeology and whether the men and women who work at the dig site are involved in the smuggling of antiquities. With dead bodies turning up rather Hulan's task in solving these crimes is challenging, and there is the painful journey of Hulan and David as they try to accept their daughter's death.

Reviewers of Dragon Bones have tended to be somewhat ambivalent about it. Lev Raphael's review is rather typical in this regard. Raphael finds the novel to be "overly romantic" and the conclusion melodramatic. On the other hand, "the real strength of this book is the absorbing portrait of China, from the bugged office of a high official to the dismal hut of a starving peasant, the kind of person who knows what it is'to eat bitterness.'" See presents an "effective depiction of a modern land held and hostage to the past..." Bissey, Carrie. Review. Booklist, 15 March 2003. Hill, Nancy Malone. Review. Library Journal, 15 May 2003. Kirkus Reviews, 15 March 2003, Vol. 71 Issue 6. McAloon, Judy et al. Review. School Library Journal, 10/2003. Raphael, Lev. "Dragon Bones." Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 July 2003. See, Lisa. Dragon Bones. New York: Random House, 2003. See, Lisa. "Three Gorges Dam is potential new symbol in China surpassing the Great Wall", NPR, 08/12/03. Zaleski, Jeff. "Dragon Bones". Publishers Weekly, 24 March 2003, p. 55.

"Gorges Artifacts Add to Study of Early Chinese Civilization". Xinhua News Agency Excerpts from various reviews

Array mbira

The Array mbira is a hand-crafted modern musical instrument with a unique harp- or bell-like sound. It is made in the United States by its inventor Bill Wesley and manufactured by Wesley with Patrick Hadley in San Diego, United States, its development began in the 1960s. It is part of the lamellaphone family; the metal tines are grouped into multiple octaves. Sounding each grouping of octaves in a left-to-right direction runs through the circle of fifths, sounding each group in a right-to-left direction runs through the circle of fourths; the Array mbira contains two and a half repetitions of the entire chromatic scale, arranged in a continuous circle of fifths. The octaves of each note are grouped together in a staggered, nearly vertical arrangement; each of the metal tines in a group may be played independently, multiple octaves may be sounded together in a one-fingered stroke. The octave groups may contain as many as five. There are 12×2.5=30 octave groups in the standard design, so a five-octave Array mbira uses 5×30=150 tines.

The arrangement of the tines allows music to be played with relative ease in any key. The Array mbira is large enough to allow two people to play on the same instrument at once, side by side, it is a sturdy instrument. Sounds are made by manually pushing down and releasing bent metal tines with a grasping fist movement of the fingers; some contact with the finger nail helps to produce a clear tone. Low notes are played upwards with the pad of the thumb; the tines are made from high-carbon spring steel. They are individually ground to a smooth round shape on the ends; these tines are held down to the sounding board by two bolted crossbars. These crossbars keep the notes in tune over long periods many years; the names of the notes are engraved into the metal crossbar. The lower notes are closer to the player, the higher notes are farther away; the tines are arranged. Furthermore, each tine is bent at a certain angle to produce harmonics that are more consonant than other mbiras and kalimbas. Two types of Array mbiras are available, a solid body.

Both models have dual piezoelectric pickups that produce two separate channels, one for the left side of the instrument and one for the right side. The hollow body is an acoustic instrument that utilizes a sound box, which can be made from a variety of domestic and exotic hardwoods; because these instruments are hand crafted works of art, there are many options for embellishment, including various inlaid borders, burl veneers, colored lacquer and type of finish. The solid body instruments are smaller in overall size, they are better for live performances because they do not have problems with audio feedback when amplified. The notes are arranged according to the Array system, developed by musicologist and author Bill Wesley; the Array system of organizing the notes is similar to the Wicki-Hayden note layout, while offering the advantage of being able to play multiple octaves of the same note with one finger. The Array system is a specific pattern of arranging musical tones, it is both unimorphic.

There is only one unimorphic planar system available on a lead instrument at this time, and, the system used for organizing the Array mbira. Because the Array system is isomorphic, any given chord, scale, or song, no matter how complex, can be played in any one of the 12 keys after the player learns to play it in one key; because it is unimorphic, common chords tend to fall close together. In the key of C, for example, the F and G major chords can be played by moving the C major chord shape one octave group to the left or right; the same applies to Em, Am, Dm. The minor chord shape is easier to play with the left hand, while major chords are easier to play with the right hand. There is a row for every possible musical interval, not just fifths and octaves but whole tones, minor thirds, etc; the Array system can be thought of not only as being based on the circle of fifths, but as being based on rows of whole tones. Each whole-tone row is separated by a fifth/fourth; the experience of playing an Array mbira is that less shifting around of movement is required for playing a given chord progression.

Because of the duplications of all notes available, complex rhythms and fast melodies are easier to play. The Array system allows the player to access the same notes with each hand in different locations. In addition to this, the close grouping of octaves allows large chords to be played that would require four hands on a piano. An mbira with only two or three octaves is better suited to fast, complex melodies while the larger five octave model is better suited to large chords and complex voicings; the shorter tines sound higher in pitch. This means. An ascending major scale is played by playing a "three-four" pattern: do-re-mi, fa-sol-la-ti, do-re-mi, etc. going higher and higher until you run out of notes. The visual/tactile sensation of playing a group of three notes followed by a group of four notes results from the nature of the major scale: two whole steps, followe

Wonderful Fool

Wonderful Fool is a novel by the Japanese author Shusaku Endō serialized in the newspaper Asahi Shimbun in 1959. The main character, Gaston Bonaparte arrives at the Yokohama seaport to visit an old pen friend of his living in Tokyo. Gaston is a wise fool, an kind and naive, which causes different people to like him, help him, or take advantage of him, he never loses faith in humanity and manages to make a deep impression on the most hardhearted persons. Beneath the light humor of the story are many clear references both to Endo's life story and his Christian beliefs. One day Takamori, a young man living with his mother and dominant younger sister Tomoe, receives a letter from Singapore. After a while they manage to decipher the unusually poor Japanese, figure out that Gaston Bonaparte, a man who used to be a pen friend of Takamori during his school days, will soon arrive in Japan. On the expected day, they find the poorly dressed Gaston in the cheapest class, deep down in the ship. Gaston befriends a stray dog, to follow him for most of the story but he is captured by the dog catcher and killed.

After staying a few days at Takamori and Tomoe's home, Gaston decides to carry on his mysterious mission in Japan. He ends up checking into a Love hotel in Shibuya with his dog, attracting some strange looks from the owner. During the night Gaston manages to help a thieving prostitute escape, which gets him kicked out of the hotel in the middle of the night, but she gets him food and puts him in contact with an old fortune teller, who makes Gaston his assistant. Soon Gaston is kidnapped by a gangster planning to murder two old army officers for revenge. Gaston tries to talk the man, out of his violent plans; when this doesn't work, he steals the bullets from Endo's gun, thus making the victim able to run away. Endo knocks Gaston out and flees, but Gaston manages to track the next victim down, outside his house he finds Endo once again; the former is not overly happy to see him, but figures that he could use some help with digging up some silver that the army officer stole during the war. In the mountain swamp where the treasure is supposed to be located and the army officer get into a fight.

Gaston gets between them, saving the life of Endo, found by a fisherman and rushed to a hospital. Gaston is never found again. Takamori and Tomoe get hold of Gaston's diary. All, written is a scrawl about his failure in passing the missionary exam, it is written. It is clear by the novel's end that Gaston's visit has led the main characters to reassess their lives, Takamori begins to look at the less well off in Tokyo for the first time