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Gulf Daily News Wednesday, 28th January 2015
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Ministry of Sound
show at Bushido
THE stage is set for the
Ministry of Sound event
this weekend at
For 23 years, the party
brand has been an icon
for clubbers everywhere,
providing the biggest DJs
and breakthrough talents
to venues around the globe.
The event, on Friday, will
be headlined by DJ Tim
Cullen from the Ministry
of Sound’s flagship club in
He will be behind the
decks providing crowds
with a selection of house
music and progressive tech
DJ Tim has established
himself as one of the most
exciting, jet-setting DJs
and producers on the
Not only being handpicked to become a resident
DJ at the world famous
Ministry of Sound in London, he is also one of the
scene’s most versatile DJs.
His skills have earned
him sets alongside big
names such as Fedde Le
Grand, Laidback Luke, Michael Woods, Chris Lake,
Armin Van Buuren and
Doors will open at 9pm,
and entry for women is
free with tickets for men
costing BD10 in advance
and BD20 at the door.
For more information
about the event, call
n Ministry of Sound resident
London DJ Tim Cullen
BAHRAIN-BASED band Black Lime
will take to the stage at JJ’s Irish Restaurant on Friday at 8pm.
The five-piece rock band will perform
a range of styles including classic rock,
grunge, fusion and alternative.
Resident DJ Tripz will be behind the
decks from 6pm.
Call 39329083 for more information.
Stage set for plays
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n DJ Swing
DJ marks birthday
DJ and producer Sami Dee
will celebrate his birthday
by getting behind the decks
at Brazil Lounge tonight
from 8pm.
He will be joined by DJ
Cossta, having played along-
side the likes of Rob Mello,
Matt Tolfrey and John
On Friday, DJ Swing will
play at the Brazil Lounge
after-brunch party from
blackout in
SEOUL: For many, the hour with-
JJ’s to host
Black Lime
THREE popular
Karnataka to stage
Indian plays will be
the plays.
staged at a drama
The team is led
festival, Natakotsaby well-known cova, being organised
median, dramatist,
by Kannada Sangauthor and actor
ha, Bahrain.
Yeshwanth SirdeshThe famous
Kannada comedy
Gaggara, an
play All The Best
and ever-popular
Tulu language
n Mr Sirdeshpande play, will be staged
Rashi Chakra will
be staged back-toby Kannada Sangback on Friday at Priyaha artistes on February 6
darshini Auditorium, South
at the same venue, startPark Restaurant, Manama,
ing at 5.30pm.
starting at 5.30pm.
Donor passes can be
Five professional artistes
collected from the sangha
are being flown in from
office in Gudaibiya.
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computer screen in Singapore
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US Billboard Top 10 albums
1. Lindsey Stirling
Shatter Me
2. Dawn Richard Black
3. Calvin Harris Motion
4. FKA twigs LP1
5. David Guetta Listen
6. Robin Schulz Prayer
7. Skrillex Recess
8. Borgore The Buygore
9 Odesza In Return
10. Clean Bandit New Eyes
1. Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint
2. Jazmine Sullivan Reality
3. J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills
4. Rae Sremmurd Sremmlife
5. D’Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah
6. Mary J. Blige The London Sessions
7. Fabolous The Young OG
8. K. Michelle Anybody
Wanna Buy A Heart?
9. Tyler Carter Leave Your
Love (EP)
10. Various Artists
1. Meghan Trainor Title
2. Taylor Swift 1989
3. Kidz Bop Kids Kidz Bop
4. Ed Sheeran X
5. Mark Ronson Uptown
6. Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint
7. Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour
8. Maroon 5 V
9. Hozier Hozier
10. J. Cole 2014 Forest
Hills Drive
1. Soundtrack Guardians
of the Galaxy: Awesome
Mix Vol.1
2. Hozier Hozier
3. Guster Evermotion
4. Panda Bear Panda Bear
Meets The Grim Reaper
5. AC/DC Rock Or Bust
6. The New Basement
Tapes Lost On The River
7. Arctic Monkeys AM
8. Nickelback No Fixed
9. Various Artists
Another Day, Another Time:
Celebrating the music of
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
10. Foo Fighters Sonic
Highways (Soundtrack)
out a Facebook was a golden
opportunity for a joke – or a
marketing pitch – on other social media sites.
Facebook said the blackout that
made its sites inaccessible
worldwide for about an hour
yesterday was self-inflicted.
Users in the eastern US itching
to post photos of the big snowstorm had to turn to other outlets, while companies, like the
dating app Tinder, that depend
on Facebook and Instagram to
reach their customers, had to
For many, though, the blackout
was just a blip, a sign that while
Facebook has become an important communications tool
for some 1.35 billion people
worldwide, a temporary shutdown does not have the same
crippling effect as the shutoff of
electricity, water, the Internet or
a city’s public transit system.
It’s also a lesson, perhaps, in what
happens when we rely on a free
service that, while very stable,
does not promise 100 per cent
uptime. Facebook’s last significant blackout was nearly five
years ago.
People took to Twitter to complain
and joke about the blackout,
while companies such as Coca-Cola took it as a viral marketing opportunity.
The hashtag “#facebookdown”
generated a cascade of tweets,
including an image of a T-shirt
with the words “I survived
“Kind of like the snowstorm that
was supposed to cripple New
York City, this didn’t have much
of an impact on Facebook,” said
Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with research firm eMarketer. “It was over quickly, it was
easily fixed and life came back
to normal fairly quickly.”
She added that while it’s possible that companies that rely on
Facebook’s login tool to let people access their sites and apps
lost a “little bit of traffic” or a
tiny bit of ad revenue, for the
length of time that the blackout
lasted it’s unlikely to have had a
big effect.
“Life will go on, I think we’ll all
n Indone
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s military yester
withdrew from search and recovery ef
a month after an AirAsia passenger je
crashed into the sea killing all 162 peo
on board, navy officials said.
The Airbus A320 vanished from radar
screens during bad weather on Decem
28, less than half way into a two-hour
from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-big
city, to Singapore. There were no surv
A multinational search and recovery
operation has found 70 bodies in the J
Sea and had hoped to find more after
locating the fuselage of the plane. But
of rough weather and poor underwater
visibility hampered navy divers’ effor