Friday, August 31, 2018

Communication Party at T.R.A.C.S

T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island


Communication (from Latin commūnicāre, meaning "to share") is the act of conveying meanings from one entity or group to another through the use of mutually understood signs and semiotic rules.
The main steps inherent to all communication are:
  1. The formation of communicative motivation or reason.
  2. Message composition (further internal or technical elaboration on what exactly to express).
  3. Message encoding (for example, into digital data, written text, speech, pictures, gestures and so on).
  4. Transmission of the encoded message as a sequence of signals using a specific channel or medium.
  5. Noise sources such as natural forces and in some cases human activity (both intentional and accidental) begin influencing the quality of signals propagating from the sender to one or more receivers.
  6. Reception of signals and reassembling of the encoded message from a sequence of received signals.
  7. Decoding of the reassembled encoded message.
  8. Interpretation and making sense of the presumed original message.
The scientific study of communication can be divided into:
  • Information theory which studies the quantification, storage, and communication of information in general;
  • Communication studies which concerns human communication;
  • Biosemiotics which examines communication in and between living organisms in general.
The channel of communication can be visual, auditory, tactile (such as in Braille) and haptic, olfactory, electromagnetic, or biochemical.
Human communication is unique for its extensive use of abstract language. Development of civilization has been closely linked with progress in telecommunication.
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Emma Nutt

Emma Nutt (July 1860–1915) became the world's first female telephone operator on September 1, 1878, when she started working for the Edwin Holmes Telephone Dispatch Company (or the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company) in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Life and career
In January 1878, the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company had started hiring boys as telephone operators, starting with George Willard Croy. Boys (reportedly including Nutt's husband) had been very successful as telegraphy operators, but their attitude (lack of patience) and behavior (pranks and cursing) were unacceptable for live phone contact, so the company began hiring women operators instead. Thus, on September 1, 1878, Nutt was hired, starting a career that lasted between 33 and 37 years, ending with her retirement sometime between 1911 and 1915. A few hours after Nutt started working, her sister Stella became the world's second female telephone operator, also making the pair the first two sister telephone operators in history. Unlike her sister, Stella only remained on the job for a few years.
Emma and Stella Nutt, working alongside boy operators in Boston, 1878
The customer response to her soothing, cultured voice and patience was overwhelmingly positive, so boys were soon replaced by women. In 1879 these included Bessie Snow Balance, Emma Landon, Carrie Boldt, and Minnie Schumann, the first female operators in Michigan.

Nutt was hired by Alexander Graham Bell, who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone; apparently, she changed jobs from a local telegraph office. She was paid a salary of $10 per month for a 54-hour week. Reportedly, she could remember every number in the telephone directory of the New England Telephone Company.

To be an operator, a woman had to be unmarried and between the ages of seventeen and twenty-six. She had to look prim and proper and have arms long enough to reach the top of the tall telephone switchboard. Like many other American businesses at the turn of the century, telephone companies discriminated against people from certain ethnic groups and races. For instance, African-American and Jewish women were not allowed to become operators.

1 September is unofficially commemorated as Emma M. Nutt Day.
This special day, conveniently leading up to Labor Day on Monday, honors the world and work of telephone operators. It was a highly important job for many decades, although in recent years most of such positions have been eliminated by automation in telephone systems.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Our deejay not appeared. Tim gladly could jump in and he did a great job. And here are the snapshots.

Saturday, August 25, 2018


T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island

Patrick Swayze and Dirty Dancing

Last week it was the birthday of Patrick Wayne Swayze.
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas, the second child of Patsy Swayze, a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, an engineering draftsman. He had two younger brothers, actor Don (born 1958) and Sean Kyle (born 1962), and two sisters, Vickie Lynn (1949–1994) and Bambi. Swayze and his siblings were raised in their mother's Roman Catholic faith.

Until the age of 20, Swayze lived in the Oak Forest neighbourhood of Houston, where he attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Oak Forest Elementary School, Black Middle School, and Waltrip High School. During this time, he pursued multiple artistic and athletic skills, such as ice skating, classical ballet, and acting in school plays. He played football for his high school and was hoping to receive a football scholarship for college until a knee injury ended his career. He also concurrently practiced martial arts such as Wushu, Taekwondo and Aikido, which he used to channel his "self-deprecating rage". In 1972, he moved to New York City to complete his formal dance training at the Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet schools.

Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979)
His first professional appearance was as a dancer for Disney on Parade. He starred as a replacement playing the role of Danny Zuko in the long-running Broadway production of Grease before his debut film role as "Ace" in Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979). He appeared as Pvt. Sturgis in the M*A*S*H episode "Blood Brothers" (1981) as well as in the TV movie Return of the Rebels (1981) with Barbara Eden and had a brief stint in 1983 on a short-lived TV series The Renegades playing a gang leader named Bandit. Swayze became known to the film industry after appearing in The Outsiders (1983) as the older brother of C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe. Also, in 1983, Swayze played a U.S.M.C. trainer in Vietnam rescue film Uncommon Valor with Gene Hackman. The following year, Swayze, Howell, and Howell's friend Darren Dalton reunited in Red Dawn (1984); in 1986, Lowe and Swayze reunited in Youngblood (1986). His first major success was in the 1985 television miniseries North and South, which was set during the American Civil War.

Swayze's breakthrough role came with his performance as dance instructor Johnny Castle in the film Dirty Dancing (1987), alongside his Red Dawn co-star Jennifer Grey. Dirty Dancing, a coming of age story, was a low-budget film that was intended to be shown in theatres for one weekend only and then be released on video, but it became a surprise hit and achieved an enormous international success. It was the first film to sell one million copies on video, and as of 2009, it had earned over $214 million worldwide and spawned several alternative versions, ranging from a television series to stage productions to a computer game. Swayze received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the role, and sang one of the songs on the soundtrack, "She's Like the Wind", which he had originally co-written with Stacy Widelitz for the film Grandview, U.S.A. (1984). The song became a top-10 hit and has been covered by other artists.

During his career Swayze received three Golden Globe Award nominations, for Dirty Dancing (1987), Ghost (1990), and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). His other films included The Outsiders (1983), Road House (1989), and Point Break (1991). He was posthumously awarded the Rolex Dance Award in 2009.

In January 2008, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He fought the illness for well over a year and was able to continue working, but died on September 14, 2009.

Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama dance film written by Eleanor Bergstein, directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, and featuring Cynthia Rhodes and Jerry Orbach.
Originally a low-budget film by a new studio, Vestron Pictures, Dirty Dancing became a box office hit. As of 2009, it has earned over $214 million worldwide. It was the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video, and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack created by Jimmy Ienner generated two multi-platinum albums and multiple singles, including "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", which won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for best duet. The film's popularity led to a 2004 prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and a stage version which has had sell out performances in Australia, Europe, and North America.

Dirty Dancing tells the story of Baby, a young woman who's deciding what direction she wants to take her life as she enters adulthood. Luckily, she has an entire summer to figure it out at Kellerman's, a resort where her family goes every summer to relax, swim, do daytime activities and, yes, even dance.
It's dancing that gets Baby involved with Johnny Castle, one of the handsome dance instructors at Kellerman's. After a personal tragedy strikes Johnny's dance partner, Penny, Baby agrees to help Johnny out — but first, she has to learn how to dance. From there, romance blooms quickly between Baby and Johnny, and soon these two are trying to decide if they can make their romance last long after the summer ends.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Thursday 23 August 2018, we have our next topic event given on River Island and is all about The Netherlands. We have DJ Trees and Artist Angel with a performance of Andre Hazes.
There are several posts on this blog about The Netherlands, Holland and the Dutch people.
Holland Party at the Village on River Island
All credits are for Deepert who did the organization of this event!!

André Hazes
André Gerardus "André" Hazes (30 June 1951 – 23 September 2004) was a Dutch singer in a genre called levenslied ("song about life"), popular music about everyday life sung in the Dutch language. André Hazes was one of the most successful singers in this genre. Hazes recorded 31 studio and live albums and he released 55 singles.

André Hazes was both a cult figure and a very successful mainstream pop artist. He earned both reputations by being the most successful baby boom generation interpreter of "het levenslied" -- the Dutch equivalent of American country songs or the French chanson. "Het levenslied" (the life song) evokes the lives of ordinary people in simple and recognizable terms, often with a melodramatic touch. Hazes rose to fame in the 1970s, with hit songs like "Eenzame Kerst" and "De Vlieger." He secured his mainstream success well into the '80s, and although he was obscured somewhat in the 1990s, Hazes returned to the spotlight in 1999, staying there until his early and unfortunate death in 2004.

André Hazes was born in Amsterdam on June 30, 1951, in the working-class neighborhood of De Pijp. He fell in love with music -- especially rock & roll and the blues -- at an early age. 
Albert Cuyp markt. Amsterdam, Nederland, 22 oktober 1959
When he was only eight years old, André was discovered by Johnny Kraaykamp, Sr., shortly after which his single "Droomschip" was released, but it failed to bring success. Sometimes, lightning does strike twice, because in 1976 -- when Hazes was 26 years old -- he was discovered again, this time by no less than Willy Alberti. Up until then, Hazes had gone through a string of jobs: from factory worker to market salesman. Alberti ensured the release of the single "Eenzame Kerst" during the Christmas season of 1976. Hazes' first full-length studio album, entitled Zo Is Het Leven, followed in the summer of 1977, to positive reviews and good sales. Frustration and tension with his record label, however, kept Hazes away from recording and the music industry for the next few years. Among other things, he worked as a bartender. He returned to the recording and performing fold in 1980 -- with the help of producer Tim Griek, Hazes released a single "'N Vriend" and a studio album of the same name. 'N Vriend's successor, Gewoon André, reached the top of the album charts a year later.
The single "Een Beetje Verliefd" became Hazes' ticket to superstardom. For Hazes, the '80s were marked by over 20 hit singles and more than a dozen successful studio albums, as well as sold-out shows, live albums, and his own (although short-run) television series. In May 1988, Hazes' friend and producer Tim Griek died.
Later that year the Dutch football team won the European Championship, and Hazes released a single, recorded with the team, entitled "Wij Houden Van Oranje."
The song grew into a national sports anthem. At the end of the '80s, Hazes recorded and released Dit Is Wat Ik Wil, a collection of blues originals and covers of Dutch and English-language origin. Among them was a version of "The Thrill Is Gone" with Brainbox's Kaz Lux and "What'd I Say" with Herman Brood. With two new producers, Hazes kept his production pace high in the 1990s -- delivering at least one new studio album per year -- but signs of wear, both artistically and in his audience, were beginning to show (though his sales consolidated and never dropped below respectable levels).
Even more importantly, Hazes' lifestyle, consisting of many shows a year and a lot of drinking, was beginning to take its toll. Hazes was never in the best physical shape, but at the end of the '90s he had become seriously overweight and began experiencing heart problems. After filmmaker René Appel made a documentary about him, Hazes' star rose to national fame once again: Zij Gelooft In Mij showed Hazes in all his fragility -- both as a performer and as a husband and a father. His next three albums all made the Top Three of the album charts, and the compilation 25 Jaar: Het Allerbeste Van reached the number one position and eventually spent over two years in the album charts. In 2003, Hazes celebrated his silver anniversary as a performer with a concert in the Amsterdam Arena, immortalized with the DVD Live in de Amsterdam Arena.
In May 2004, Hazes announced that he had hearing problems; as a result, he had to cancel his concerts. Four months later, on the 21st of September, Hazes was rushed to a hospital. He died two days later as a result of two strokes and cardiac arrest. Hazes was given a farewell ceremony in the Amsterdam Arena on September 27, with more than 48,000 people present. Over six million people from the Netherlands and Belgium watched the service. Several Dutch celebrities spoke and/or performed that night -- among them were Trijntje Oosterhuis, René Froger, and Guus Meeuwis -- and Hazes' band played Gary Moore's "Still Got the Blues." Though some argue that the evening was over the top (and perhaps rightly so), Hazes' farewell ceremony stressed his special status as a performer; not merely loved for his music, he was also adored for being himself -- a plain and ordinary yet special person and performer. Hazes' single "Zij Gelooft In Mij" was re-released two days later. It became his fifth number one single (others were "Eenzame Kerst," "Diep In Mijn Hart," "Ik Meen 't," and "Wij Houden Van Oranje").

A year after his death, on September 23, 2005, Hazes' ashes were shot into the sky. That same day, a statue was uncovered at the Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam, the place where Hazes was first discovered. 

After his death, Hazes scored several more hits -- some of them posthumous duets with contemporary artists such as Gerard Joling and his son André Jr. An album of these duets, Samen Met Dré, was released in 2007. It reached the number one slot not long thereafter, staying there for three weeks.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Yesterday, the party at T.R.A.C.S was canceled. I totally forgot to post the snapshots of the Prison Party of last week. 
So here they are.