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Where Are We Now?

"Where Are We Now?" is the first single from David Bowie's 24th studio album, The Next Day. The single was released on iTunes on 8 January 2013, Bowie's 66th birthday, along with a video by Tony Oursler, posted on Bowie's website. According to producer Tony Visconti, the timing of the release was Bowie's idea, the single was "dropped" in iTunes for fans to discover, with no prior warning or fanfare. Upon its release, the song received significant news coverage, which allowed it to peak at number six on the UK Singles chart; this proved to be Bowie's biggest hit since "Absolute Beginners" in 1986 and his last top ten hit before his death in January 2016. The success of the song meant that Bowie has had a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart in five different decades, something which few other artists have managed to achieve. Bowie had released no new material for ten years, since 2003's Reality, or performed live since 2006, it was believed by that he had retired. However, on the morning of his 66th birthday, "Where Are We Now?" appeared on iTunes, along with information about Bowie's upcoming new album The Next Day.

The release was unusual in that it was issued with no promotion at all, with fans discovering the existence of the single themselves. The news was reported and the single received much radio airplay topping the iTunes downloads chart and charting at number six on the UK Singles Chart. Despite the media attention surrounding the surprise release, Bowie made no media appearances whatsoever, with producer Tony Visconti instead taking media requests and accepting an interviewer's suggestion that he was Bowie's "voice on earth"; the lyrics are simple and repetitive, an older person reminiscing about time spent and time wasted: "Had to get the train / from Potsdamer Platz / you never knew that / that I could do that / just walking the dead", the last line of which, in the video, produces a grimace in the singer. He grimaces again just after: "A man lost in time near KaDeWe / just walking the dead", which precedes the refrain: "Where are we now / where are we now?" Chris Roberts called it a "spectral, frail yearning without chest-beating, candid in its few, clipped phrases and sighs concerning the heart's filthy lessons."Graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook, who created the cover for The Next Day, wrote that the song is a "comparison between Berlin when the wall fell and Berlin today".

The music video, directed by Tony Oursler, shows Bowie and an unnamed female companion as conjoined "face in a hole" puppets sitting on a pommel horse, Bowie with the "permanently anxious eyes of the elderly Duke of Windsor," as Robert Everett-Green put it. The woman was confirmed as artist Jacqueline Humphries, Oursler's wife. Bowie and Oursler wanted someone who looked like Bowie's PA, Corinne "Coco" Schwab, as she did in the 1970s in Berlin, where she and Iggy Pop would hang out together; the video is set in what could be an artists' studio in Berlin, where Bowie lived from 1976, showing moving black-and-white footage of the city from the 1970s on a screen. It opens with a shot of a large diamond and an empty picture frame lying on the floor, before moving into a studio containing a mishmash of items from Bowie's own life or apartment in Berlin: there are mannequins, bottles, an egg, an eyeball on a shelf, a crystal, a snowflake, a giant blue ear. Bowie is seen toward the end of the video wearing jeans, a T-shirt that reads "m/s Song of Norway".

Sophie Heawood writes that Song of Norway was a film that Bowie's girlfriend at the time, Hermione Farthingale, left him to appear in. The footage on the screen and references in the lyrics include the Berlin Wall and mention of the Bösebrücke, the first border crossing that opened when the Wall fell on 9 November 1989; the lyrics read: "twenty thousand people / Cross Bösebrücke / Fingers are crossed / just in case." Other reference points in the video and song are the Brandenburg Gate. The single made it to the top of the charts in eight countries on the day of its release, it was no. 1 on the British iTunes chart by 3 pm that day. It was at first deemed ineligible for placement on other British singles charts because, in addition to being sold separately, the song was free to those who pre-purchased The Next Day on iTunes, making the sales difficult to separate; the Official Charts Company resolved the issue, on 13 January the song entered the UK Singles Chart at no. 6, Bowie's highest charting single there since "Absolute Beginners" reached no. 2 in 1986.

It is his first UK top-ten single since "Jump They Say" in 1993. His first top-ten hit was in the UK in 1969 with "Space Oddity."The Next Day was no. 1 on the iTunes charts in 17 countries on 8 January: Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It made the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and the United States on the same day. David Bowie: lead and backing vocals, keyboards Henry Hey: piano Tony Visconti: string arrangement Gerry Leonard: lead and rhythm guitars Tony Levin: bass Zachary Alford: drums Heroes "Heroes" History of Berlin DavidBowie.com "Where are we now?, DavidBowie.com

Gopło

Gopło is a lake in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, north-central Poland, near the city of Gniezno. It gives its name to the protected area called Gopło Landscape Park. In early Middle Ages, the shores of Lake Gopło were home to a West Slavic tribe of Goplans. At the northern end of the lake stands the "Mouse Tower" of Kruszwica, its name derives from a legend of the corrupt Prince Popiel, who fled to the tower from his rebelling population, was devoured there by mice. Some historians and archaeologists consider the area the heart of the first state of the Polans, the "founding" tribe of Poland. Lozny, Ludomir, "The Transition to Statehood in Central Europe", in Grinin, Leonid E, et al; the Early State, Its Alternatives and Analogues, Saratov: Uchitel Publishing House, ISBN 5-7057-0547-6, pp. 278–87

Tyburn Brook

Tyburn Brook was a small tributary stream to the West Bourne or Westbourne and ran in Hyde Park for a few hundred metres south by south-west. It has lost its catchment to natural drainage into the gravelly topsoil and to surface water, foul and in early Victorian style combined sewers and its small collect, its source remains beneath the earth to feed into a mixture of these; the Serpentine, having been the Westbourne's main showing is now fed by three boreholes instead. It is not to be confused with the much longer Tyburn, Ty Bourne or River Tyburn, but was confused until the early 19th century as both were well west of the walls of the City of London; the brook was mentioned in William Blake's Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion: They groan’d aloud on London Stone, They groan’d aloud on Tyburn’s Brook: Albion gave his deadly groan, And all the Atlantic mountains shook. Subterranean rivers of London

Trolleybuses in Mexico City

The Mexico City trolleybus system serves Mexico City, the capital city of Mexico. The system opened on 9 March 1951; as of mid-2014, the system had the operable fleet included around 360 trolleybuses. The total number of trolleybuses scheduled in service in peak periods was 290 in late 2012, but was 264 in mid-2014; until 2019, the lines were identified with the following letters: A, CP, D, G, I, K, LL and S. The eight lines in operation are designated by numbers; as of 2018, the fare is MXN $4.00. Lines 1 to 7 are cross-city routes. Servicio de Transportes Eléctricos – has much more information on the subject List of trolleybus systems Transportation in Mexico City Media related to Mexico City trolleybus system at Wikimedia Commons Mexico City database / photo gallery and Mexico City trolleybus list at Urban Electric Transit – in various languages, including English

Clara Sosa

María Clara Sosa Perdomo is a Paraguayan model, TV Host and beauty queen, crowned Miss Grand Paraguay 2018 and was crowned Miss Grand International 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar. She is the first Paraguayan woman to win the Miss Grand International title. Sosa was born in the capital of Paraguay, Asunción, raised in San Lorenzo, she is a model at ON Management and a host at the morning show La mañana de Unicanal. In 2015, Sosa joined and finished in the Top 20 semifinalist at Miss Model of the World 2015 competition. On 9 June 2018, Sosa was crowned as Miss Grand Paraguay 2018 held its finale night at the Hotel Guarani Theatre, she succeeded Lia Duarte Ashmore. As Miss Grand Paraguay, Sosa won the competition and was crowned Miss Grand International 2018 was held on 25 October 2018 at One Entertainment Park in Yangon, Myanmar by outgoing titleholder Miss Grand International 2017, María José Lora of Peru, she is the second from South America. During the final question for all five was, "If you were crowned Miss Grand International 2018 tonight and you could choose one country for your first visit to run your first'Stop the War and Violence Campaign', which country would you choose and what would be your message to them?"Clara's winning answer in full: If I have the honor of being Miss Grand International 2018, I would choose to visit Donald Trump, because the United States of America is an example for other countries.

So my first message for him would be to be an example of peace and tolerance. Her court included Meenakshi Chaudhary of India, Nadia Purwoko of Indonesia, Nicole Colón of Puerto Rico and Haruka Oda of Japan. Sosa ended her reign on October 25, 2019 in Caracas, the host nation of the 2019 Miss Grand International pageant, she crowned Valentina Figuera of Venezuela as her successor. Miss Grand International Official Website Clara Sosa on Instagram