Friday, June 26, 2009

Singer Michael Jackson Dies at 50

I can’t believe what I have read from the news splashed all over the websites in BBC and AP news. Michael Jackson, The King of Pop had a cardiac arrest and passed away moments ago after a cardiac arrest. RIP Michael Jackson and thank you giving giving us so many wonderful songs. God bless.

 

Article extracted from BBC website:

Singer Michael Jackson dies at 50

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson had been due to play 50 concert dates in the UK this summer

Pop star Michael Jackson has died in Los Angeles, aged 50.

Paramedics were called to the singer's Beverly Hills home at about midday on Thursday after he stopped breathing.

He was pronounced dead two hours later at the UCLA medical centre. Jackson's brother, Jermaine, said he was believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jackson, who had a history of health problems, had been due to stage a series of comeback concerts in the UK on 13 July.

Speaking on behalf of the Jackson family, Jermaine said doctors had tried to resuscitate the star for more than an hour without success.

Jermaine Jackson on his brother's sudden death

He added: "The family request that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time."

"And Allah be with you Michael always. I love you."

TV footage showed the star's body flown from UCLA to the LA County Coroner's office where a post-mortem is expected to take place on Friday.

Concerns were raised last month when four of Jackson's planned comeback concerts were postponed, but organisers insisted the dates had been moved due to the complexity of staging the show.

A spokeswoman for The Outside Organisation, which was organising the publicity for the shows, said she had no comment at this time.

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said: "I always doubted that he would have been able to go through that schedule, those concerts. It seemed to be too much of a demand on the unhealthy body of a 50 year old.

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"I'm wondering that, as we find out details of his death, if perhaps the stress of preparing for those dates was a factor in his collapse.

"It was wishful thinking that at this stage of his life he could be Michael Jackson again."

Uri Geller, a close friend of the star, told BBC News it was "very, very sad".

Speaking outside New York's historic Apollo theatre, civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton paid tribute to his friend.

"I knew him 35 years. When he had problems he would call me," he said.

"I feel like he was not treated fairly. I hope history will be more kind to him than some of the contemporary media."

Melanie Bromley, west coast bureau chief of Us Weekly magazine, told the BBC the scene in Los Angeles was one of "pandemonium".

"At the moment there is a period of disbelief. He was buying a home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles and the scene outside the house is one of fans, reporters and TV cameras - it's absolute craziness.

"I feel this is the biggest celebrity story in a long time and has the potential to be the Princess Diana of popular culture."

Musical icon

Tributes from the world of music and film have already flooded in from celebrities including Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger and ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.

Michael Jackson in 1972

Jackson's contribution to music

Large numbers of fans have also gathered outside Jackson's home and at the UCLA medical centre with lit candles to mourn the star while playing his greatest hits. Facebook groups have also been set up for fans to share their memories.

Paramedics were called to the singer's house in Bel Air at 1221 (1921GMT) following an emergency phone call.

They performed CPR on Jackson and rushed him to the UCLA medical centre.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said the robbery and homicide team was investigating Jackson's death because of its "high profile", but there was no suggestion of foul play.

Jackson began his career as a child in family group The Jackson 5.

MICHAEL JACKSON 1958-2009

Full name: Michael Joseph Jackson

Born: August 29, 1958, Gary, Indiana, US

Also known as: The King of Pop, Wacko Jacko

Biggest hits: I Want You Back, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Billie Jean, Bad, Black or White, Earth Song

Obituary: Remarkable talent

Life in pictures

Tributes paid to Michael Jackson

He then went on to achieve global fame as a solo artist with smash hits such as Billie Jean and Bad.

Thriller, released in 1982, is the biggest-selling album of all time, shifting 65m copies, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

He scored seven UK number ones as a solo artist and won a total of 13 Grammy awards.

"For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words," said Quincy Jones, who produced Thriller, Bad and Off The Wall.

"He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him."

The singer had been dogged by controversy and money trouble in recent years, becoming a virtual recluse.

Michael Jackson's body is delivered by helicopter for a post mortem report

He was arrested in 2003 on charges of molesting a 14-year-old boy, but was found not guilty following a five-month trial.

The star had three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II.

He is survived by his mother, Katherine, father, Joseph and eight siblings - including Janet, Randy, Jermaine and La Toya Jackson.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ahoj Prague! Europe Trip Day 2 Part 3

 

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Panoramic view of St Nicholas Church.. Forgot about this photo, so uploaded it now.

OK back to the castle tour, I am standing next to the castle guard.

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walked passed St Vitus Cathedral, I reached St George Church, apparently is the oldest church in Prague.

Me in front of the St George Church.

Interior of the church

Looking towards the front entrance

Came out front of the church, you will see the back of the St Vitus Cathedral

As I have bought the all-in-one ticket, I went in for the Art Gallery. It was too warm in there to be honest, and I was wondering whether they have some room temp control to protect the art works.

  

Some of the famous works displayed there.

Later went to the Golden Lane. A very rustic street.

So where did I go later? Come back soon for more!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ahoj Prague! Europe Trip Day 2 part 2

After this, went into St. Nicholas Church at Malostranske Namesti! This is a must go place! I know it is not free, but the entrance fees that you paid is well worth it!

St. Nicholas Church

Front entrance of the church.

Main altar area. Baroque style design.

You have to watch the video to truly appreciate the grandeur of the whole church! I was lucky enough to be in the church while a group of girls practicing choir. Check out the video! Make sure you watch it in HQ version. The story has it that Mozart did performed in this church with the famed organ in this church.

The gorgeous interior of the Baroque Style Church of St Nicholas in Prague. Coincidentally there were a group of choir students practicing in the church, making the visit more magical.

 

After this I walked to the Prague Castle!

The standing guard at the main entrance

Saw St Vitus Cathedral when I walked into the court yard.

St. Vitus Cathedral 

The side of St Vitus Cathedral

Bought myself a ticket for the whole castle entrance and went to nearby cafe to have lunch.

Goulash, roast pork and dumpling

With beer and soup!

 

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ahoj Prague! Europe Trip Day 2

Early in the morning, I made a head start to the castle area of Prague, the Hradcany! I have made note the direction of sunrise and sunset so that I can capture the beautiful Charles Bridge photos without the annoying sun glare in the background, which will make the photos looks like over expose! And off I went!

Tips for those budding photographers who happen to be in Prague or planned to go Prague, make sure you go to Charles Bridge in the morning to snap some nice photos and also the the castle at the top of the hill! It is so difficult to snap a good shot in the afternoon when the sun is exactly in the back ground of the hilly area. Then when you walk back to the Old town area, you can snap the nice view of the old town panorama without the sun glare again.

Alright, back to my trip blog now…

watch out! Horse cart everywhere running wild at 30 mph! Haha!

Walking from my hostel to the Charles bridge. Wonderful scenery!

After 20 minutes walk, I am on the Charles Bridge! Wow! As it is still early, not many tourists throng the area yet, great start for a photo shootout! BUT, some renovation was underway on the bridge, covering the front span of the bridge spoilt the photoshoot opportunity at the start of the bridge. BUT, never mind, it can be rescued, by snapping in the middle span of the bridge.

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One of the bridge statues.

I just love the contrast of the statue against the bright blue sky and clouds. Feel so majestic and “godly”. Is that the right word? Haha!

Statue of St John of Nepomuk. The legend has it that if you touch the plaques at bottom of this statue, it will bring you good luck! That explains why the plaques has some rubbed trails ( noted the gold colour part).

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Reached the other side of the bridge!

Really nice architecture!

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Very colourful buildings leading all the way to St Nicholas Church at Hradcany area!

This part of Prague will surely transform you back to an imaginary world, where buildings are so wonderfully painted and every corner of the streets are so fairy tales like.

Come back tomorrow for more of my travel posts!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Photos loading problems will be solved tonight

I have finished migrating my data to the new server. Will get it running by tonight.

UPDATED: Seems that the new server is currently having some technical glitch too! What the.... Anyway, photos still can be displayed in the old posts, so you can browse the old posts while I work on migrating to another new server service provider...

Saturday, June 06, 2009

My black eagle has landed!

A week before my Central Europe trip, I got this as my main shooting gear for the euro adventure. Voila the Canon Powershot G10.

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Some people might ask why I opted for this camera as with that price tag, I can get a DSLR? Canon powershot G10, packed with DSLR full features of PASM modes and with 28mm wide lens, comes with video recording and the most impressively, the 3 inches LCD screen. All those featured are packed nicely in a tank built like casing, and it is easier to carry around then the DSLR. There you go! So, all the photos from Euro trips onwards are from this G10!

Tell me what you think about it? Haha!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Ahoj Prague! Europe tour Day 1 part 3

After this, I went on top of the Astronomical Clock building. To have a great view of the city.

Climb through this.

Old town square view from the top of the tower

church of our lady upon tyne

St. Nicholas Church

I took a video of the surrounding while on the tower.

On the way back to the hostel, went pass the opera house, with tram in the front.

My first tradisional Czech evening meal, The goulash, with nice beer!

The dancing house

The reflection of the bridge near my hostel

a window view from my hostel. Wow…

Back tomorrow, the castle area… Hradcany

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