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Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn discothèque. While in the disco, Tony is the champion dancer, his circle of friends and weekend dancing help him to cope with the harsh realities of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, his general restlessness. The story is based upon a 1976 New York magazine article by British writer Nik Cohn, "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night". A newcomer to the United States and a stranger to the disco lifestyle, Cohn was unable to make any sense of the subculture he had been assigned to write about. Saturday Night Fever was a huge commercial success; the film helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta well known from his role on TV's Welcome Back, Kotter, a household name. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees, is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.

The film showcased aspects of the music, the dancing, the subculture surrounding the disco era: symphony-orchestrated melodies. A sequel, Staying Alive starring Travolta was released six years but was panned by critics. In 2010, Saturday Night Fever was deemed "culturally or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Anthony "Tony" Manero is a 19-year-old Italian American from the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, he lives with his parents and younger sister, works at a dead-end job in a small hardware store. To escape his day-to-day life, Tony goes to 2001 Odyssey, a local disco club, where he is king of the dance floor and receives the admiration and respect he longs for. Tony has four close Italian American friends: Joey, Double J, Bobby C. A fringe member of his group of friends is Annette, a neighborhood girl who longs for a more sexual relationship with Tony. Tony and his friends ritually stop on the Verrazzano–Narrows Bridge to clown around.

The bridge has special significance for Tony as a symbol of escape to a better life on the other side—in more suburban Staten Island. Tony agrees to be Annette's partner in an upcoming dance contest, but her happiness is short-lived when Tony is mesmerized by another woman at the club, Stephanie Mangano, whose dancing skills exceed Annette's. Although Stephanie rejects Tony's advances, she agrees to be his partner in the dance competition, provided that their partnership remains professional. Tony's older brother, Frank Jr., the pride of the family since he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, brings despair to their parents and grandmother when he tells them he quit the priesthood. Tony shares a warm relationship with Frank Jr. but feels pleased that he, Tony, is no longer the black sheep of the family. Frank Jr. tells Tony that he never wanted to be a priest and only did it to make their parents happy. Frank Jr. encourages Tony to do something with his dancing. While on his way home from the grocery store, Gus is hospitalized.

He tells his friends that his attackers were the Barracudas, a Puerto Rican gang. Meanwhile, Bobby C. has been trying to get out of his relationship with his devout Catholic girlfriend, pregnant with his child. Facing pressure from his family and others to marry her, Bobby asks Frank Jr. if the Pope would grant him dispensation for an abortion. When Frank tells him such a thing would be unlikely, Bobby's feelings of desperation increase; the group gets their revenge on the Barracudas, crash Bobby C's car into their hangout. Tony, Double J, Joey get out of the car to fight, but Bobby C. takes off when a gang member tries to attack him in the car. When the group visits Gus in the hospital, they are angry when he tells them that he may have identified the wrong gang. Tony and Stephanie dance at the competition and end up winning first prize. However, Tony believes that a Puerto Rican couple performed better, that the judges' decision was racially motivated, he gives the Puerto Rican couple his trophy and reward money, leaves with Stephanie.

Once outside in a car, Tony tries to force himself on Stephanie. Tony's friends come to the car along with an intoxicated Annette. Joey says. Tony tries to lead her away, but is subdued by Double J and Joey, sullenly leaves with the group in the car. Joey has sex with Annette in the back seat of the car. After Joey finishes with Annette, he switches places with Double J who proceeds to rape Annette despite her loud protests with Tony uncomfortable with the situation in the front seat. Bobby C. pulls the car over on the Verrazzano–Narrows Bridge for their usual cable-climbing antics. Instead of abstaining as usual, Bobby performs stunts more recklessly than the rest of the gang. Realizing that he is acting recklessly, Tony tries to get him to come down. Bobby's strong sense of despair, the situation with Pauline, Tony's broken promise to call him earlier that day all lead to a suicidal tirade about Tony's lack of caring before

Sexi (Phoenician colony)

Sexi known as Ex, was a Phoenician colony at the present-day site of Almuñécar on southeastern Spain's Mediterranean coast. The Roman name for the place was Sexi Firmum Iulium. Alternative transcriptions of the Phoenician name of the city in Latin include Seks, Sex and Sexsi; the ancient Phoenician settlement, whose earliest phases are unclear, was located southwest of the Solorius Mons. From the 3rd-2nd centuries BC it issued a sizable corpus of coinage, with many coins depicting the Phoenico-Punic god Melqart on the obverse and one or two fish on the reverse alluding to the abundance of the sea and a principal product of the area; the Barrington atlas of the ancient world equates ancient Sexi with modern Almuñécar. Huss, Geschichte der Karthager, Munich: C. H. Beck

Yele Sambat

Yele Sambat is the lunar calendar used by the Kirat community of Nepal. The Yele Sambat calendar is named after the first Kirat king Yalambar; the Limbus call it Yele Tangbe, the Rais call it Yele Dong, the Sunuwars call it Yele Thoche. It is said that this calendar started when the Kirat king Yalambar defeated the Gopal dynasty in the Kathmandu Valley; the Yele Sambat calendar begins on 15 January. This new year day is celebrated as Maghe Sankranti in Nepal when people eat sweet potato and various kinds of yams and sel roti. On 15 November 2009, Subash Chandra Nembang, Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly stressed the need for the Government of Nepal to recognize Kirant Yele Sambat and ensure that it would be included in the constitution as annex. On 15 January 2010, the Government of Nepal stated. According to Gopal Vamsawali, 32 Kirat kings ruled the Kathmandu valley for 8 months; the Kirat rule ended and the Licchavi rule was started by Jaya Varma in Saka Sambat 107. 78 years of time period is added to convert Saka Sambat into AD, i.e. Saka Sambat 107 + 78 years = 185 AD.

The Kirat kings ruled for 8 months. Deducting 185 from 1963 years and 8 months = 1779.8 BC, the starting ruling year of the first Kirat king Yalambar. In 2018, adding 1779.8 BC and 2017 AD, the Yele Sambat year comes out to be 8 months. Source: प्रडा जगदीशचन्द्र रेग्मी, नेपाली किरात जातिको गौरवपूर्ण इतिहासको परिप्रेक्षमा किरात येले संवतको प्रचलन तथा संवैधानिक उपक्रम, किरात येले संवत अध्ययन समन्वय समिति, २०१०, पृष्ठ १३ र पृष्ठ २२७. According to Gopal Vamsawali, 32 Kirat kings ruled the Kathmandu valley; the list of these kings along with their period of rule is given below: Kiranti New Year

Aurore MB 02-2 Mini Bulle

The Aurore MB 02-2 Mini Bulle is a French ultralight aircraft, designed by Michel Barry and produced by Aurore Sarl of Sauvagnon. The aircraft is supplied as plans for amateur construction; the Mini Bulle was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules and is an evolution of the Aurore MB 02 Souricette with a more modern look as opposed to the MB 02's antique 1920s appearance. The Mini Bulle features a strut-braced shoulder-wing, a single-seat enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration; the aircraft is made from wood with its flying surfaces covered in doped aircraft fabric. Its 9 m span wing employs single supporting struts; the standard recommended engine is the 18 hp Hirth F23 two-stroke powerplant or the JPX 505. Differences with the earlier MB 02 include longer main landing gear legs to allow more propeller clearance and an aerodynamic cowling. In 2015 the aircraft kit was €6,000 and plans sold for €230.

Data from Bayerl and TackeGeneral characteristics Crew: one Wingspan: 9 m Wing area: 10 m2 Empty weight: 130 kg Gross weight: 220 kg Fuel capacity: 20 litres Powerplant: 1 × Hirth F23 single cylinder, air-cooled, two stroke aircraft engine, 13 kW Propellers: 2-bladed woodenPerformance Maximum speed: 140 km/h Cruise speed: 125 km/h Stall speed: 60 km/h Rate of climb: 1.7 m/s Wing loading: 22.0 kg/m2 Official website

The 9 Volt Years

The 9 Volt Years is a compilation of early recordings by Marshall Crenshaw. It includes first versions of Crenshaw's best known songs, including "Someday, Someway" and "You're My Favorite Waste Of Time". All songs written except where noted. "Run Back to You" – 2:32 "Someday, Someway" – 2:33 "Love Can Be Bad Luck" – 3:18 "Stay Fabulous" – 2:29 "Everyone's in Love with You" – 2:25 "You're My Favorite Waste of Time" – 2:57 "Like a Vague Memory" – 3:21 "Bruce is King" – 3:55 "That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On" – 2:50 "She's Not You" – 2:49 "The Thrill of the Fight" – 0:09 "First Love" – 2:22 "Something's Gonna Happen" – 2:00 "I'm Sorry" – 2:25 "Rockin' Around in N. Y. C." – 2:53

Zakhar Sorokin

Zakhar Artyomovich Sorokin was a Soviet fighter pilot and flying ace who flew in combat with prosthetic feet from 1943 to 1945, having lost his feet to frostbite in 1941 after crashing in tundra in his MiG-3. He was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of the British Empire for his perseverance, after the war he wrote several memoirs. Sorokin was born on 17 March 1917 to a working-class Russian family in Glubokoe, his family moved to Krasnodar oblast in 1920, where he attended school and was employed as an assistant locomotive engineer while training at an aeroclub. After entering the navy in 1937 he graduated from the Yeisk Naval Aviation School in 1939, he was assigned to the 72nd Mixed Aviation Regiment of the Black Sea Fleet, based in Sevastopol. Starting on 22 June 1941, Sorokin was engaged in World War II operations defending against Operation Barbarossa; the next month he was transferred to the Northern Fleet, where he flew in the squadron under the command of Boris Safonov.

He was credited with his first aerial victory on 19 July 1941, on 18 October 1941 he was promoted to deputy squadron commander. However, just one week he was badly injured after a forced landing on the Arctic tundra, where he remained for four days before receiving medical attention, resulting in severe frostbite that ended up requiring his feet to be amputated, he received surgery in Kirov before returning to his regiment in March 1943. By the time he was promoted to the position of regimental navigator, the regiment had received the guards designation and been renamed as the 2nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment. On 19 August 1944 he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union, in December that year he transferred to the 11th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, where he was the senior navigator. In total he flew 267 sorties, gaining one probable shootdowns during the war. After the war he was discharged from the military since his need for prosthetic feet was considered to be a disability.

However, he was able to re-enter the military in 1952 and posted to the 614th Fighter Aviation Regiment, but soon returned to the reserve in 1955. As a civilian he lived in Moscow, joined the Union of Journalists of the USSR, authored 15 books, he was buried in the Kuntsevo cemetery. Alexey Maresyev Gheorghe Bănciulescu