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Schatzkammer

Schatzkammer, a German word which means "treasury" or "treasure chamber", is a term sometimes used in English for the collection of treasures objets d’art in precious metals and jewels, of a ruler or other collector which are kept in a secure room and found in the basement of a palace or castle. It often included the wider types of object typical of the Renaissance cabinet of curiosities. A small but evocative Renaissance room in a tower at Lacock Abbey was designed for keeping and viewing the treasures of the newly rich owner; the term is used of the collections of European rulers or wealthy families. Well-known examples are: The Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace in Austria; the collection of the royal regalia and treasures of the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty, housed in the Residenz Palace in Munich, Germany. The vast collection of the Wettin Monarchs of Saxony, kept in the Green Vault at Dresden Castle in Dresden, Germany; the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom in the Tower of London.

A display of Bourbon treasures in the basement of the Museo del Prado, Madrid. The Waddesdon Bequest, a 19th-century collection of Renaissance treasures now displayed together in the British Museum; the Waddesdon Manor permanent display of the Treasury displays more than 300 precious objects reflecting generations of Rothschild collecting. Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen displays objet de vertu in silver and other precious materials, some in the cabinets and treasure rooms specially constructed over the centuries by the Kings of Denmark for their display; the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia are displayed in a series of modern galleries built inside an enormous vault in the basement. Church establishments had treasuries where similar objects were kept, which are now open as museums. Important and intact examples are: The treasury of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome The treasury of San Marco, which retains a unique collection of Byzantine art, looted during the Fourth Crusade; the Trier Cathedral Treasury The Essen Cathedral Treasury The Aachen Cathedral Treasury at the Aachen Cathedral, one of the most important collections of church cultural artefacts in Europe The Treasury of the Basilica of Saint Servatius in Maastricht, a church treasury with some fine specimens of Medieval Mosan metalworkExamples outside Western Europe include: The Treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic The Russian Crown treasury at the Diamond Fund of Moscow Kremlin.

The Treasure Rooms of Topkapi Palace display Ottoman treasures

Sixteen Tons of Bluegrass

Sixteen Tons of Bluegrass is an album by Pete Stanley and Wizz Jones produced by Chas McDevitt, released in the UK1966 on Columbia Records. Wizz & Pete were the first British musicians to interpret America's favourite traditional music for UK audiences; the album was released on the Joker label in Italy as Way Out West, with a different cover design. Wizz Jones is quoted, describing the cover, "I've only seen this once, as I recall the alternative sleeve design is hilarious. A mini-skirted girl is perched on a gate being serenaded by a smart young man in blue jeans!" In 2000 it was released on CD by Rollercoaster Records as More Than Sixteen Tons of Bluegrass and Other Fine Stuff, with the addition of a number of bonus tracks. The bonus tracks comprised the 2 tracks from the duo's 1965 single and six unreleased tracks from the "Sixteen Tons" recording sessions; the masters of some of the original tracks had been lost by this time, but those tracks were reinstated by dubbing from commercial copies or from acetates, without appreciable deterioration of quality.

The CD reissue therefore comprises the entire output of the duo, includes a gatefold presentation pack with a booklet of detailed notes and archive photographs. After this album, Stanley continued to play bluegrass with Brian Golbey, Jones went on to have a solo career, playing blues and contemporary folk songs written by himself and others. All tracks are credited as "traditional, arranged by Pete Stanley & Wizz Jones", except where stated otherwise. "Ramblin' and Gamblin" "My Grandfather's Clock" "Burglar Man" "Freight Train" "Clinch Mountain Backstep" "Kentucky Moonshiner" "Teardrops In My Eyes" "Ballad of Jed Clampett" "Kentucky Mountain Chimes" "National Seven" "Iowa" "Devilish Mary" "Hesitation Blues" "Weepin' Willow Blues" "Stern Old Bachelor" "Fidlers Green" In 2000, the album was re-released on Rollercoaster Records as "More Than Sixteen Tons of Bluegrass and Other Fine Stuff". The re-released contained the original remastered album as well as eight bonus tracks "Riff Minor"* "Teapot Blues"* "Riff Minor" "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" "The Cuckoo"* "Walk Right In"* "Shuckin' Sugar"* "Corinne"* * = Denotes a song, unreleased Producer: Chas McDevitt Sleeve Notes: Nigel Hunter Design and artwork: David Gibsone CD production: John Beecher Photographs: Chas McDevitt Booklet author: Ralph McTell, with additional contributions by Chas McDevitt, John Pilgrim, Pete Stanley, Wizz Jones and Nigel Hunter

2015 Japan Series

The 2015 Japan Series was the 66th edition of Nippon Professional Baseball's postseason championship series. The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, champions of the Pacific League, played the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, champions of the Central League; the Hawks were the defending Japan Series champions, having beaten the Hanshin Tigers in 2014. The series was sponsored by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and was known as the 2015 SMBC Nippon Series; the Hawks defeated the Swallows in five games. Lee Dae-ho won the Japan Series Most Valuable Player Award. Kenji Akashi, Shota Takeda, Rick van den Hurk won outstanding player awards, while Tetsuto Yamada of the Swallows won the Fighting Spirit Award. Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks won the series, 4–1; this was the fourth time in Japan Series history that two rookie managers met, with Mitsuru Manaka managing Yakult and Kimiyasu Kudoh managing SoftBank. The other occurrences were in 1986, 2002 and 2004. In addition, Manaka is the first rookie manager of a Central League team to qualify for the Japan Series through the Climax Series playoff system.

Yakult won the Central League pennant and defeated the Yomiuri Giants in the Central League Climax Series, making this their first Japan Series appearance since 2001, when they defeated the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes four games to one. The defending champion Hawks won the Pacific League pennant and defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Pacific League Climax Series. Before the start of the game, Seiichi Uchikawa, the Hawks' cleanup hitter, was ruled out for the Japan Series due to broken ribs suffered during the Climax Series victory. Shota Takeda, the starting pitcher for the Hawks, pitched a complete game victory against the Swallows. Nobuhiro Matsuda, the Hawks' captain, scored the game's first run with a home run in the fourth inning. Swallows' starting pitcher Masanori Ishikawa allowed three earned runs; the Hawks shut out the Swallows, with Hawks starting pitcher Rick van den Hurk pitching eight innings, allowing only three hits while striking out seven and issuing no walks. Closer Dennis Sarfate pitched the ninth inning for the Hawks.

On offense, Lee Dae-ho and Akira Nakamura hit home runs for the Hawks. Tetsuto Yamada hit three home runs in three consecutive plate appearances during Game 3 for the Swallows, becoming the first player to hit three home runs in a Japan Series game. Shigeo Nagashima hit home runs in three consecutive plate appearances spread across two games during the 1970 Japan Series. Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hit a home run for Yakult, while Kenji Akashi and Kenta Imamiya hit home runs for the Hawks. Dae-ho, who assumed the cleanup hitter role from Uchikawa, batted 3-for-4 and recorded four runs batted in during Game 4, he had an RBI single in the first inning, hit a double that scored three runs in the third inning. Toru Hosokawa hit a home run in the sixth inning. Wladimir Balentien scored the Swallows' first run on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning, the Swallows scored three more runs in the sixth inning. Though he allowed four runs in five innings and left the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, Tadashi Settsu was the winning pitcher.

Shohei Tateyama took the loss in the game for the Swallows. Sarfate ended a potential ninth inning rally by Yakult to record the save. Dae-ho hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning for the Hawks' first runs of the game, they scored two more runs in one run in the ninth inning. Meanwhile, the Hawks pitchers, led by starting pitcher Jason Standridge, who pitched six innings, recorded another shutout of the Swallows to win the series in five games. Dae-ho, who batted 8-for-16 with two home runs and eight RBIs in the five game series was named the Japan Series Most Valuable Player, he became the first Korean player to win the Japan Series MVP Award, the first foreign player since Troy Neel in the 1996 Japan Series. Kenji Akashi, Shota Takeda, Rick van den Hurk of the Hawks won outstanding player awards; the Fighting Spirit Award, given to the best player on the losing team of the series, went to Tetsuto Yamada of the Swallows. Masayoshi Son, the owner of the Hawks who owns the Sprint Corporation, based in Kansas City, joked that he would like the Hawks to play against the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball, if they won the 2015 World Series, to determine a true champion of baseball.

Interestingly, the Royals did win the World Series by the same count of four games to one over the New York Mets. However, no series happened between SoftBank and the Royals. 2015 Korean Series 2015 World Series