Cell phone January 19, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Mobile Telecoms.
Did you know?
The word “phone” comes from the Greek word “phoni” for voice or sound.
The word “cell” comes from the Latin word “cella,” which means “chamber.”
Combining the etymology for these two words, one might conclude that “cell phone” might mean “speaking in a chamber.”
Tea Time January 19, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Drinks & Beverages.
There is a ritual hidden in every cup of tea, according to the philosophy of the country where tea originated, China.
In 2737 BC, while the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was boiling water under a shrub, a few leaves fell into his cup. Delighted by the flavour and the aroma of the drink, the emperor decided to spread its use.
At the Brasserie, my favorite tea-spot, the ritual of meeting for a cup of tea on a winter’s day becomes even more enjoyable in a lovely setting.
A hot cup of tea offers much more than a variety of flavours and aromas, further stimulating your senses with a sensational view to the surrounding greenery, as your thoughts turn to the endless, blue sea.
675 Million Downloads Sold In 2006 January 19, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Music.
In 2006, more than 675 million downloads were sold around the world, according to new statistics from Nielsen SoundScan International.
The figures were compiled from 170 download services operating in 17 countries Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
More than 81 million sales were Pan-European digital sales and almost 600 million downloads came from the North American market. Gnarls Barkley had the biggest selling download of 2006 in Europe. The Pan-European Top 20 Digital Tracks were:
1: Gnarls Barkley – Crazy – Single Version
2: Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie (Featuring Wyclef Jean)
3: Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
4: Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
5: Justin Timberlake – Sexyback (main version-explicit)
6: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California (Album Version)
7: Rihanna – Unfaithful
8: Nelly Furtado – Maneater
9: James Morrison – You Give Me Something
10: Christina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man
11: Mary J. Blige – One
12: Orson – No Tomorrow
13: Take That – Patience
14: Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous
15: Razorlight – America
16: Pink – Who Knew
17: Black Eyed Peas – Pump It
18: Rihanna – SOS
19: Pussycat Dolls – Beep
20: Kelly Clarkson – Because of You
Brit Awards Nominees January 19, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Music.
The 2007 Brit Awards Nominations were announced in London today with Muse and Lily Allen leading the pack with four awards and Gnarls Barkley close on three.
Even veteran artist Bob Dylan managed to score two nominations, for Best Internal Male and Best International Album, more than 40 years after his first release. Australia’s Wolfmother scored the only Aussie nomination, for International Breakthrough Act, up against Ray Momontagne, The Raconteurs, Orson and Gnarls Barkley. The Brit Awards will be held in London on February 14. Here is the full list of nominees:
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
Corinne Bailey Rae
Mastercard British Album
Amy Winehouse – ‘Back To Black’
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’
Lily Allen – ‘Alright, Still’
Muse – ‘Black Holes And Revelations’
Snow Patrol – ‘Eyes Open’
British Single Shortlist
Corinne Bailey Rae – ‘Put Your Records On’
The Feeling – ‘Fill My Little World’
James Morrison – ‘You Give Me Something’
The Kooks – ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’
Leona Lewis – ‘A Moment Like This’
Lily Allen – ‘Smile’
Razorlight – ‘America’
Sandi Thom – ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’
Snow Patrol – ‘Chasing Cars’
Take That – ‘Patience’
Will Young – ‘All Time Love’
British Breakthrough Act
Corinne Bailey Rae
British Live Act
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
The Flaming Lips
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bob Dylan – ‘Modern Times’
Gnarls Barkley – ‘St Elsewhere’
Justin Timberlake – ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’
The Killers – ‘Sam’s Town’
Scissor Sisters – ‘Ta-Dah’
International Breakthrough Act
Outstanding Contribution To Music