52 years have passed since The Beatles released their self-titled album, better known as the White Album on November 22nd, 1968. The recording sessions came after the Fab Four’s trip to Rishikesh, India, for a Transcendental Meditation retreat. While Ringo Starr left the trip early, due to not being able to stomach the food, both John Lennon and Paul McCartney‘s writing flourished as a result of the course, with George Harrison taking, perhaps, the greatest strides on a spiritual and musical level, which would be witnessed in years to come.Related: Mark David Chapman’s John Lennon-Signed Album To Be AuctionedThe actual recording of the album proved to be a bit more difficult, however, as the group, especially Lennon and McCartney, found themselves at odds throughout the sessions, even going so far as to record in separate studios at times. This period also marked the change-up in the overall recording process, with Lennon bringing along new lover Yoko Ono; typically, the group worked in isolation, with no distractions. Between his necessity to have Ono by his side, as well as the pair’s apparent addiction to heroin, tensions between band members were at an all-time high, eventually causing Starr to quit the band for a brief period.Eventually, the 30-song album was finished, and featured a myriad of musical stylings, with no true coherent sound or theme from beginning to end; simply a mixture of individual, albeit brilliant tracks, providing further evidence of a group completely at odds and on the verge of breaking up. Despite all of that, the album went on to see major commercial success in both the UK and the United States, retaining a #1 status for weeks at a time, and is The Beatles most certified album at over 19-times platinum.Various hits from the album include “Back in the U.S.S.R.”, “Dear Prudence”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Blackbird”, “Rocky Raccoon”, “Helter Skelter”, “Revolution 1”, and many, many more.Take a full listen to the album below via Spotify:The Beatles – The White Album[Originally published November 22nd, 2019]
Egypt’s Luxor tourism The first Chinese archaeological team in Egypt has officially started excavation work in Montu Temple at the Karnak Temple Complex of monument-rich southern city of Luxor.Courtesy: Xinhua“This is a very important moment for us,” Jia Xiaobing, head of the Chinese archaeological mission in Egypt, told a press conference held in the open air at the precinct of Montu Temple.“Both Egypt and China are ancient civilizations with long histories and with the help of our Egyptian colleagues, I hope this project will bring fruitful results,” he said.The project is an outcome of a protocol of cooperation signed between the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in October.They formed a joint Egyptian-Chinese archaeological mission to do the excavation works in the relics of Montu Temple that has been untouched and closed for visitors for decades.For his part, Mostafa al-Saghir, director-general of Karnak temples in Luxor, hailed the cooperation with Chinese archeologists, expecting the first Chinese mission in Egypt to be a beginning for further archeological cooperation between the two sides.“I expect very fruitful archeological cooperation between Egypt and China. It will be a strong beginning for the excavation work of the first Chinese mission in Egypt in Montu Temple in Karnak,” Saghir told Xinhua after the official announcement.“The Chinese team has distinguished members with massive expertise that qualifies them for efficient work in the Karnak temples,” he added.The event was attended by a number of Egyptian and Chinese officials including Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, director-general of Upper Egypt’s antiquities, Mohamed Yahia, director-general of Luxor antiquities, and Shi Yuewen, cultural counselor of the Chinese embassy in Cairo.Egypt, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, has been working hard to preserve its archaeological heritage and discover the secrets of its ancient artifacts.Over the past few years, the country has witnessed several big archaeological discoveries including pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins, mummies, burial sites and funerary gardens.Ties between Egypt and China have been growing fast over the past few years with the support of the political leadership of both sides, which led to elevating their cooperation to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership.Related Egypt’s Tourism Sector taps into Chinese Market The Nile Series: what remains of Egypt’s biggest temple (balloon trip in Luxor)
eFootball.Pro has reached a broadcast agreement that will see it broadcast on French television channel ES1.The inaugural season of the Pro Evolution Soccer competition will be broadcast in its entirety on the channel from March 19th.Image credit: eFootball.ProEven though it kicked off in early December 2018, ES1 will show the backlog of matches up until the finals of the tournament on May 19th. The channel will air numerous reruns of each day of action and has tapped Alix Dulac, a PES journalist, and Sofian Le GEEK, a YouTuber and Manager of Neo Esports, to commentate.Six teams compete in eFootball.Pro, and they will all be recognisable to football fans. The teams that take part are Barcelona, Schalke 04, AS Monaco, Celtic FC, Boavista FC, and FC Nantes.ES1 has previously broacast the likes of Rainbow Six Siege Pro League, Six Major Paris, Rainbow Six Siege Coupe de France, DreamHack Open Leipzig, PUBG Global Invitational, and The International.Just last month, eFootball.Pro entered an agreement with German television channel Sport1 to broadcast matches and highlights across its network. Brokered by Sportrader, the deal result in gameplay from the event being broadcast on eSports1, as well as Sport1’s website and YouTube channel.Esports Insider says: eFootball.Pro hasn’t necessarily put up big numbers online but it does have a number of television broadcast agreements at this point so it’s hard to know just how many eyes are on the competition. It’s clear that Konami is trying hard to push it and we’re glad to see that they’re being proactive about boosting viewership in different countries.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube
ABC/John Medland(LOS ANGELES) — Hayley Atwell is going from the MCU to the IMF. Best-known for playing Peggy Carter in Marvel’s Captain America films and ABC’s Agent Carter, Atwell will join Tom Cruise in the next Mission: Impossible movie.“Should you choose to accept…,” M.I. writer-director Christopher McQuarrie captioned a photo of Atwell on Instagram Friday, to which she responded, “Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…” McQuarrie directed 2015’s Rogue Nation, as well as last year’s Fallout, which became the M:I franchise’s highest-grossing film with $791.1 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Atwell will reprise her Agent Carter role for an episode of What If…?, the upcoming animated Marvel Studios series for Disney+.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.