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The building of the National Bank of Slovakia is one of the tallest buildings in Bratislava. On 23 May 2002 the new building of the National Bank of Slovakia's headquarters was ceremonially opened, it is located in Bratislava I District – the Old Town, in the area defined by the Streets Mýtna, Slovanská and Imrich Karvaš Street. Through its spacious, in particular its technical facilities, it creates optimal conditions for NBS employees to perform all the central-bank functions. Urban and architectural solution of the construction arose from a public tender, which received 24 competitive proposals. A jury comprising 21 renowned specialists from the field of architecture and specialists from the banking sphere and the NBS chose as the winning architectural proposal that of the designers Ing. arch. Martin Kusý and Ing. arch. Pavol Paňák; the winning project began to be realised in November 1996. The architectural and construction solution for the building is purpose oriented, pleasing to the eye and efficient.
It fulfils the most modern technical and environmental criteria as well as the highest demands for the economical operation of the building and quality of the work environment. The basic architectural concept in the composition of the new NBS building is the contrast of its strong horizontal base and out of this a growing tower; the lower horizontal part of the building forms the premises for the fulfilment of the central bank's operational functions resulting from the Act of the National Council of the Slovak Republic no. 566/1992 as amended. There is a congress hall and exhibition premises. In terms of space this part of the building is composed around an attractive central yard with a raised green area. In the tower part are administrative offices. A significant component of the architectural and spatial concept of the new building is this green as an integral component of the selected premises; the design was realised by Slovak companies. The construction was carried out by the Association H – V – Z.
Engineering activity was provided by the Association of Engineering. The new building of the National Bank of Slovakia headquarters is in Slovak conditions both an unusual and demanding construction, not only in terms of its height, imposing architectural solution, but in terms of the demands on the material provision, technological construction procedures, coordination of all sub-suppliers in the period of its construction and finishing; the new NBS building may be considered from the aspect of its architectural and urban solution as a gain for the central zone of the capital, located in proximity to the central bodies of the Slovak Republic. Height: 111 m Floors: 33 Underground floors: 3 Area: around 6.000 m² Number of lifts: 23 Capacity: 1 005 people Number of underground parking places: 305 About the building on the NBS site
"All the Time" is a song by the DJ duo Playmen, featuring Greek-Swedish singer Helena Paparizou, the rapper Riskykidd and Courtney who has collaborated with Helena in vocals since 2009. The song was performed for the first time at Mad VMA 2012 on June 20; the song contains a sample from Eddie Murphy's hit song, "Party All the Time". On 2 July 2012, the song had a digital release and, in the beginning of 2013, was released as part of the compilation CD The Anthem Vol. 2 by Panik Records. A music video was filmed by director Apollonas Papatheoharis on 14 July 2012. Paparizou uploaded a backstage photo on her Twitter account the same day; the music video was uploaded to Playmen's official YouTube channel on 26 July 2012. Digital download"All The Time" – 4:16Digital download"All The Time" – 4:16
In German heroic legend, Alberich is a dwarf. He features most prominently in the poems Ortnit, he features in the Old Norse collection of German legends called the Thidreksaga under the name Alfrikr. His name means "ruler of supernatural beings", is equivalent to Old French Auberon; the name was used for a character in Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Alberich plays a prominent role in the Nibelungenlied, where he is the guardian of the Nibelung's treasure and has the strength of twelve men. Siegfried overpowers him using his cloak of invisibility. Siegfried pulls his beard in mock combat when he arrives unannounced to claim the treasure. In the poem Ortnit, here described as having the form of a small child and visible only to the possessor of a magical ring, seduces the queen of Lombardy and sires the hero Ortnit; when Ortnit seeks to woo the daughter of the heathen king Machorel, Alberich reveals his paternity to Ortnit and aids him in his quest, playing tricks on the heathen king and impersonating the heathen god Mahmet.
When Ortnit sets out on his final fatal adventure against a plague of dragons, Alberich takes back the magic ring and warns Ortnit not to go on his quest. In the Thidrekssaga, Alfrikr makes the swords Eckisax and Nagelringr, giving this last sword to Thidrek. References to Alberich outside of heroic poetry are rare. In Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, Alberich is the chief of the Nibelungen race of dwarfs and the main antagonist driving events. In Das Rheingold, the first opera in the cycle, he gains the power to forge the ring after renouncing love and stealing the gold of the river Rhein, of which the ring is made, his brother, the smith Mime, creates the Tarnhelm for Alberich. News of the gold robbery and ring of power incites giants alike to action; the giants Fafner and Fasolt demand the ring in payment for building Valhalla, carry off Freia as a hostage. In Götterdämmerung, the murderer of the hero Siegfried, is the half-human half-dwarf son of Alberich by Grimhilde, a human woman.
This detail of Hagen's origin is Wagner's invention, not taken from the myth or epic poems, in which Hagen is an ordinary human being with human parents. Wagner's Alberich is a composite character based on Alberich from the Nibelungenlied, but on Andvari from Norse mythology, he has been described, most notably by Theodor Adorno, as a negative Jewish stereotype, with his race expressed through "distorted" music and "muttering" speech. In World War I, the German retreat to fortified positions in the Hindenburg Line, named after Siegfried despite its common name, was named Operation Alberich. During WWII, Germany developed anechoic tiles. Oberon Elegast/Elbegast/Alegast— elf guest, elf spirit Bulfinch, Thomas. 1834. Bulfinch's Mythology. Reprinted by New York: Harper & Row, 1970, p. 354–356, 903. ISBN 0-690-57260-3. Gillespie, George T.. Catalogue of Persons Named in German Heroic Literature, 700-1600: Including Named Animals and Objects and Ethnic Names. Oxford: Oxford University. ISBN 9780198157182.
Guerber, Helene A.. 1895. Myths of Northern Lands - Index. P. 218, p. 295 index. File retrieved 7/15/2007
Blue Views is the fifth solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Paul Carrack a member of the supergroup Mike + The Mechanics. It was Carrack's first solo album in seven years. Blue Views was released in 1995 on I. R. S. Records in the UK and most other territories. In the US, it appeared on the Ark 21 label; the album was produced by Carrack's erstwhile Mike + The Mechanics bandmate Peter Van Hooke, who had left the group the previous year. Blue Views spun off two UK top 40 hits: "Eyes of Blue" and a re-recording of "How Long", which Carrack had written and sung 22 years earlier as a member of the band Ace. In the US, "Eyes of Blue" was a minor hit on the Adult Contemporary charts, while the track "For Once in Our Lives" was a major AC hit, peaking at #3; the song "Love Will Keep Us Alive", a Carrack co-write, had been recorded by the Eagles for their 1994 album Hell Freezes Over. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls Blue Views "solid adult contemporary pop", while criticizing some of the "spotty" material, writes that "Carrack's vocals are terrific and the sound is appealingly polished."
Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. Paul Carrack – lead vocals, keyboards Rod Argent – keyboards Tim Renwick – guitar Robbie McIntosh – guitar Mitch Dalton – classical guitar Neil Hubbard – guitar Pino Palladino – bass Keith Wilkinson – bass Andy Newmark – drums Martin Ditcham – percussion Luis Jardim – percussion Frank Ricotti – percussion Gavyn Wright – violin Perry Montague-Mason – violin Roger Chase – viola Bill Hawkins – viola Katie Kissoon – backing vocals Tessa Niles – backing vocals Lance Ellington – backing vocals Producer – Peter Van Hooke Engineers – Paul Mortimer and Simon Smart Assistant Engineers – Danny Dawson, Paul Hicks, Robbie Kazandjian and Guy Massey. Mixing – John Brough and Simon Smart Mastered by Chris Blair Recorded and Mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Photography – Paul Cox Blue Views at Discogs