Music of the Virgin Islands The traditional music of the British Virgin Islands is called ''fungi'' after the local cornmeal dish with the same name, often made with okra. The special sound of fungi is due to a unique local fusion between African and European music. It functions as a medium of local history and folklore and is therefore a cherished cultural form of expression that is part of the curriculum in BVI schools. The fungi bands, also called "scratch bands", use
. A pool with numerous water streams, and special sound and visual hardware, allowing the water to "sing" and "dance" in rhythym. The fontains operate only in summer evenings, when their visual effects are the best-seen. Initially constructed in 1970, the Singing Fontains were totally renovated in 2009. *
. The ''sopile'' (or ''rozenice'', as it is called in Istria) is an ancient traditional woodwind instrument of Croatia, similar to the oboe or shawm. It is used in the regions of Kvarner, Kastav, Vinodol, Island Krk, and Istria. ''Sopile'' are always played in pairs so there are great and small or thin and fat ''sopila''. ''Sopile'' are musical instrument of sound very interesting possibilities and very piercing special sound. ''Sopile'' are, by "mih" and "shurle," today very popular in folk tradition of Istria, Kvarner and Island Krk. The '''sopila''' is a wooden horn originating from Istria and some of the northern islands along the Adriatic Coast of Croatia. Like oboes, sopilas have double reeds, but are always played in pairs; one larger than the other. Both have six finger holes, being equally spaced on the smaller one, and set in groups of three on the larger one. Often used to accompany dancing, the voice of the sopila is that of the Istrian scale. The film shows, through the eyes of the main character Esma, her teenage daughter Sara, and others, how everyday life is still being shaped by the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. The title refers to a neighbourhood of Sarajevo Esma lives in. The film was an international co-production between companies from Bosnia (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Austria, Croatia and Germany; it received funding from the German television companies ZDF and Arte. ''Grbavica'' received an enthusiastic response from critics, earning a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a website that aggregates professional critiques. ; December 2001 : Four Parties from Croatia (Croatia People's Party), Bulgaria (Movement for Rights and Freedoms), Czech Republic (ODA) and Lithuania (New Union (New Union (Socialliberals))) become full members of the ELDR Party. 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The 2006 (2006 Alpine Skiing World Cup) World Cup calendar included three super combis and just one traditional combined race on the men's side, while the women raced two super combis and no traditional combineds. Kostelić won the first three women's World Cup super combis. The land area is about the size of Croatia or the American state of West Virginia. It is watered by several important rivers, which are tributaries of the Paranaíba (Paranaíba river). '''John of Wildeshausen, O.P. (Dominican Order)''', (also called '''Johannes Teutonicus''') (born around 1180, Wildeshausen, Westphalia--died 4 November 1252 in Strasbourg) was a German (German people) Dominican (Dominican Order) friar, who was made a bishop in Croatia and later the fourth Master General (Master of the Order of Preachers) of the Dominican Order. Upon his return to Rome, John was then assigned to join his friend and fellow Dominican, Paul of Hungary, to serve as Prior Provincial of the new province (ecclesiastical province) Paul had founded for his homeland, a post in which John served from about 1231 to 1233. At that point, due to the removal from office of the incumbent due to heresy, he was named bishop of Đakovo in Croatia (then part of the Kingdom of Hungary) by the papal legate, the Cistercian cardinal James of Pecorara, a position he accepted only under religious obedience. John would travel his extensive diocese on foot, leading, or driving ahead of him, a little ass which carried his books and vestments. He was at once bishop and missionary. His preaching was incessant; his charity inexhaustible. On himself he spent next to nothing, for he regarded the revenues of his diocese as the property of the poor, and there were many within his jurisdiction. He was given valuable assistance by King Coloman (Coloman of Galicia-Lodomeria), the Duke of Slavonia (brother of the popular saint, Elizabeth of Hungary). John served in this post from 1233 to 1237, when, after repeated requests, he was allowed to retire by Pope Gregory IX. John was so eager to relinquish the office, that he renounced any pension to which he was entitled from the diocese, and returned to his monastery in Strasbourg. In contrast "Lijepa naša", often considered one of the band’s least popular songs, Bregović (who is half Serbian (Serbs) half Croatian (Croats)) combined the Croatian anthem "Lijepa naša domovino" with the Serbian World War I traditional "Tamo daleko" to form the chorus of the song, this proved very unpopular as ethnic tension among the people of Yugoslavia (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) was on the rise at the time which would eventually boil over into full scale Yugoslav wars in the 1990s.
Royal Engineer in a special sound-ranging section and earned the Military Cross. Following the war he became New Zealand's leading scientist, founding the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) in 1926 and organizing its research particularly in the area of agriculture. During World War II he worked on radar research and in 1947 became scientific liaison officer in London. He died at his home in Lowry Bay, Lower Hutt on the shores of Wellington