Musée Condé

The Musée Condé – in English, the Condé Museum – is a French museum located inside the Château de Chantilly in Chantilly, Oise, 40 km north of Paris. In 1897, Henri d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale and son of Louis-Philippe I, bequeathed the château and its collections to the Institut de France, it included both rooms remodeled as museum spaces and those left as residential quarters in the styles of the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection of old master paintings is among the most important in France, it consists predominantly of Italian and French works and includes three paintings by Fra Angelico, three by Raphael, five by Nicolas Poussin, four by Antoine Watteau and five signed by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. The museum harbors a collection of 2,500 drawings and a library including 1,500 manuscripts, of which 200 are illuminated; the most renowned of the latter are the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. In addition to these, there are collections of prints, portrait miniatures, antiques, old photographs, decorative arts and porcelain.

The collection may only be seen at Chantilly due to the conditions attached to the bequest by the Duke d'Aumale. These conditions forbid the loaning of artworks to other institutions as well as insisting that the exhibition spaces not be modified in any way; as a result, the museum remains unchanged since it was opened in 1898. About 250,000 visitors come to the museum each year. Paul Dubois "Official website". Retrieved 2011-01-27. "The Musée Condé collections". Retrieved 2011-01-27

Ein Lama in Yokohama

"Ein Lama in Yokohama" is a 2005 song released by animated German crocodile, Schnappi. It was the second single from the debut album Schnappi und Seine Freunde and was released on April 25, 2005; the song concerns itself with a llama. The llama flies to Yokohama, is frustrated by his inability to eat with chopsticks. "Where is the fork?" Asks the llama. The llama and Schnappi do various silly things with their chopsticks; the llama learns to use chopsticks by observing several geisha eating, becomes a chopstick "superstar." Lyrics were written and the music composed by Rosita Blissenbach and Iris Gruttmann. As for the previous single, it was performed by Joy Gruttmann; the song features Das Lama, another animated animal, mentioned in the credits. The music video was produced as an animated feature; the song achieved success in many European countries, but this success was minor in comparison with "Schnappi, Das Kleine Krokodil". It hit its highest position in Germany where it reached number 6. In Austria, it peaked at #6 for two weeks, after a debut at #7 on April 24, 2005.

The song was a hit in Norway, stayed for nine weeks in the top ten, five of them at #7, during 2005 summer. In New Zealand, the single was charted for 12 weeks in the top 40 with a peak at #11 on August 8, 2005. In Switzerland, it debuted at #15 on May 8, 2005, but didn't stop to drop on the chart and fell off it after 12 weeks, it was a moderate hit in Australia. Lyrics by Rosita Blissenbach Music by Iris Gruttmann Producer by Hans Steingen, Iris Gruttmann Remix by Glasperlenspielern Vocals by Joy Gruttmann "Ein Lama in Yokohama", video

Wang Xiang

Wang Xiang, courtesy name Xiuzheng, was a Chinese politician who lived through the late Eastern Han dynasty, the Three Kingdoms period, the early Western Jin dynasty of China. He served among the highest positions in the government, including Minister of Works and Grand Commandant in the Cao Wei state during the Three Kingdoms period, Grand Protector during the Western Jin dynasty, he was one of The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars. Wang Xiang's ancestor was Wang Ji, who served as a Counsellor Remonstrant in the Western Han dynasty, his grandfather, Wang Ren, served as the Inspector of Qing Province in the Eastern Han dynasty. His uncle, Wang Rui, served as the Inspector of Jing Province and was killed by the warlord Sun Jian. Wang Xiang's father, Wang Rong, turned down offers to serve in the government and remained a commoner throughout his life. Wang Xiang's mother, Lady Xue, was from Gaoping County, she died early as Wang Rong took a second wife, Lady Zhu, who bore him another son, Wang Lan. Wang Xiang was born in the chaotic era towards the end of the Eastern Han dynasty, when various warlords were fighting for power throughout the Han Empire.

Around the time, Wang Xiang's only surviving family members were his stepmother Lady Zhu and half-brother Wang Lan. They fled from their home in Langya Commandery and headed south to Lujiang Commandery, where they lived in seclusion for over 20 years. During this time, Wang Xiang received invitations to serve as an official in the local commandery office but he turned them down. During the Three Kingdoms period, Lü Qian, an official of the Cao Wei state serving as the Inspector of Xu Province, wanted to recruit Wang Xiang to be an Assistant Officer under him. Wang Xiang refused, but relented after his brother Wang Lan urged him to accept. Lü Qian put Wang Xiang in charge of domestic affairs in Xu Province. During his tenure, he implemented educational policies and sent soldiers to deal with bandits in the region, his successful policies earned him much praise from the people in Xu Province. In recognition of his achievements, Wang Xiang was nominated as a maocai and appointed as the Prefect of Wen County.

On, he was promoted to the position of Minister of Finance in the central government. In 254, Wang Xiang supported the regent Sima Shi in deposing the third Wei emperor, Cao Fang, replacing with him Cao Mao; as a reward for Wang Xiang's support, Sima Shi awarded him the title of a Secondary Marquis and appointed him as Minister of the Household, but reassigned him to be Colonel-Director of Retainers. In 255, when the generals Guanqiu Jian and Wen Qin started a rebellion in Shouchun, Wang Xiang accompanied Sima Shi as he led imperial forces to suppress the revolt. After the rebellion was crushed, Sima Shi appointed Wang Xiang as Minister of Ceremonies and promoted him from a Secondary Marquis to a village marquis under the title "Marquis of Wansui Village"; as Minister of Ceremonies, Wang Xiang served as a tutor to the young emperor Cao Mao and taught him the ways of a ruler. In 260, Cao Mao, no longer willing to be a puppet emperor, staged a coup d'état to seize back power from the regent Sima Zhao.

However, he ended up being assassinated by Cheng Ji, an officer under Sima Zhao's close aide Jia Chong. During Cao Mao's funeral, a 75-year-old Wang Xiang wept bitterly and said, "I, an old minister, am so unworthy!" His words made some of the officials. In 261, during the reign of the fifth Wei emperor Cao Huan, Wang Xiang was promoted to Minister of Works. In 264, he was given an additional role as a Palace Attendant. In the same year, Sima Zhao restored the five-rank nobility system, abolished, enfeoffed Wang Xiang as the Duke of Suiling with a dukedom comprising 1,600 taxable households. In 265, following Sima Zhao's death, his son Sima Yan usurped the throne from Cao Huan, ended the Cao Wei state and established the Jin dynasty with himself as the emperor. After his coronation, Emperor Wu appointed Wang Xiang as Grand Protector and allowed him to keep his peerage as the Duke of Suiling. By Wang Xiang, He Zeng, Zheng Chong and some former Wei officials were in their old age, so it was no longer convenient for them to attend imperial court sessions.

Emperor Wu thus sent Ren Kai a Palace Attendant, to visit them and seek their advice on policy matters. Wang Xiang already in his 80s, sought permission on a number of occasions from Emperor Wu to retire, but the emperor refused. Hou Shiguang, a Palace Assistant Imperial Clerk, once asked Emperor Wu to dismiss Wang Xiang because Wang Xiang had been absent from imperial court sessions for a long time due to poor health. However, as Emperor Wu respected and favoured Wang Xiang, he ordered the Imperial Censorate to make an exception for Wang Xiang, he allowed Wang Xiang to remain in office and continue drawing his salary though Wang Xiang spent most of his time at home. Wang Xiang died in 269 at the age of 85 and was awarded the posthumous title "Duke Yuan", hence he was formally referred to as "Duke Yuan of Suiling". Wang Xiang's half-brother, Wang Lan, served