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    Manet, The Railway
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    Manet, The Railway

    November 17, 2019

    (piano music) Man: We’re at the National
    Gallery in Washington, D.C. We’re looking at Edouard
    Manet’s The Railway, which is one of their great canvases. Woman: And one of my personal favorites. Man: It’s a very difficult
    painting to read in certain ways. Woman: Well that’s the idea I think. Man: I think you’re absolutely right. Woman: There were all these paintings
    that were easy to read at the academy. Man: It’s still pretty luscious
    to look at but it’s breaking a
    hell of a lot of conventions. Woman: It is. We can’t read it. Man: Presumably the main
    subject is facing away from us. Woman: We also don’t understand
    what their relationship is. Man: And spacial construction
    is very ambiguous. But let’s
    try to set this up a little bit. We’re in Paris and we’re just
    standing outside one of the
    main train stations in Paris and we’re at an iron gate looking
    down actually at the train yard. Woman: The train yard, right. And we’re on a very modern
    bridge in the middle of Paris
    that has recently been rebuilt. Man: We have this young
    woman and this child that have stopped to look
    and rest for a moment. The young woman looks up and out
    at us. There is a puppy in her lap. She is interrupted with
    her finger in a book and is folded up in her lap. Woman: She directly engages us. She has looked up and
    we’ve interrupted her and we’re so implicated. What are we in the
    middle of saying to her? Man: That’s right and she’s looking up, almost assessing us. Woman: We don’t know what
    our relationship is with her. Man: She has a reason to be there.
    The child has stopped to look. She has sat down to rest perhaps. It is about this interaction,
    which the city had made possible. The Grand Boulevards had opened up. The city became a place
    that you moved through as opposed to a series of
    sort of separate areas. Woman: And small neighborhoods. Man: That’s right, and so
    there are interactions between
    people between classes. Woman: Between strangers. Man: Between strangers
    that was intensely modern. Manet is capturing that beautifully here. But also with all of the ambiguity
    of the industrial culture that had made this
    possible with the railway. Look at the ambiguity that the
    railway constructs with its steam. With that cloud, that is in some ways
    really the subject of the painting. And really stark contrast between
    the luminosity of that cloud of steam and the dark
    bars of the iron fence. Woman: What I find amazing is the
    looseness with which everything is painted and how that also is a
    symbol of the modern world. Manet is rejecting all the finish. Man: But also the momentary
    because to clarify we need something that’s fixed
    and stable, that’s right. Woman: So for example the grapes on
    the ledge over to the right corner spill over but you don’t have a sense of
    that as a real ledge that exists in space that is foreshortened and
    comes out towards us and all
    that brown paint behind those black bars on the right side almost comes forward in front of the black bars, so that space collapses all of
    those rules about perspective and atmospheric perspective and
    constructing space and finish. This is a painting that’s meant
    in just about every way to signify the modern and the contemporary. Man: And it really does. Think about what it means to
    have the primary central figure
    turned away from us completely so we cannot see anything but the
    very edge of her face and her cheek. Woman: And look at how unfinished. Her arm is really lax
    modeling to define it. Nothing is framed.
    Nothing is in the center. It’s the way that we experience the city. It’s the way that our eye moves. Man: Where does he put his focus? For a moment it’s on the puppy. For a
    moment it’s on the young woman’s face, but it’s especially on her hat
    and the fashion of her hat. Woman: Yes, it’s very much about fashion
    and about reading people in the city based on what they’re
    wearing, reading their class. Man: You know we still do this.
    It’s an intensely modern painting. (piano music)

    NHRA & NASCAR Drivers Try Dirt Track Racing for the First Time | Toyota
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    NHRA & NASCAR Drivers Try Dirt Track Racing for the First Time | Toyota

    November 17, 2019

    – Hi, I’m Christopher Bell
    driver of the number 20 in Ream Supra – And I’m Erik Jones, driver
    number 20 DeWALT Camry – So we’re here today at the
    dirt track in Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I’m a dirt
    guy. He’s not a dirt guy. We’re about to get him behind
    the wheel of a dirt car. What do you think? – Well, we’ll see how it goes
    I guess. We’ll take it step- by-step. But I’m looking forward to it. – Yeah, whenever I start it
    at KBM in the trucks, they ran butler builts. But then whenever
    I had to get adjusted to the carbons, it was really weird. – The only time it ever really
    gets upset is if you lift completely out of it. (cars revving) – Dude you were going
    good. I was confident. – It was everything I thought
    it would be and more. I mean I’ve always been a big dirt
    track fan, you know, getting to know guys like Kyle Larson,
    following Chris Rubbel, and having him give me pointers
    out here today. Driving to keep things midget definitely
    made it to the top of my bucket list. – It was fun watching you out there. – I was just getting comfortable
    at the end, I was ready to keep going. I was enjoying
    it. It was something new, something challenging. You
    know, the adrenaline is definitely a nervous adrenaline at first. – Its been a while since I’ve
    been in a midget. I didn’t spin the thing out or roll
    it over so. Roundy round guy at heart. This is just
    great. I really enjoyed it. – Do you want to do more? – No. – Seriously? – I don’t want to take it down. – Just practice up. (laughing)

    Railway Journey Kotri To Sehwan Sindh Pakistan Traveling by Train
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    Railway Journey Kotri To Sehwan Sindh Pakistan Traveling by Train

    November 17, 2019

    Traveling Pakistan, Today Journey on Pakistan Railway’s Train Mohenjo Daro Passenger from Kotri junction to Sehwan Sharif in interior Sindh, Kotri Station was opened for public 13th May 1861. It is among the oldest Railway Station of Pakistan. Kotri junction Railway Station is in Jam Shoro district near Kotri barrage on Indus river. Kotri junction connects Pakistan Railways mainline 1 and 2. Our journey is on Mainline 2. Kotri to Sehwan distance is almost 140 km. along the railway line mostly rural area of Sindh provinc Main Railway Stations on Railroad are Sindh University, Cadet College Petaro, Unarpur, Budpur, Khanot, Gopang, Man Jhand, Sann, Amri, Laki Shah Sadar, and Sehwan Sharif. Three trains are running on its route, Bolan Express, Khushhal Khan khatak express, and Mohan Jodaro passenger, Mohan Jodaro Passenger runs between Kotri and Rohri junction via, Sehwan, Dadu, & Larkana. Mohenjo-Daro is an archaeological site Near Mainline 2, Built around 2500 BCE, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley civilization and one of the world’s earliest major cities,

    Sompeta | Sompeta Railway station
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    Sompeta | Sompeta Railway station

    November 17, 2019

    Namaste Friends how’s it going back with another video, from your favorite channel Vishwa sree Yadla In response to viewer request, we’ve put a video which is related to the Sompeta and the Sompeta railway station. So my name is Vishwa Sree Yadla before we get into that let me just say something real quick, if you haven’t already subscribed and you enjoy my videos and you like my content be sure to click that little red subscribe button and then click that little bell symbol right next to it and if you click on that you will then be notified every time I put out a new video. Hopefully, you’ll be a part of the notification squad now let’s get into the rest of the video. Sompeta railway station (station code: SPT) is located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. 223 km from Visakhapatnam, it serves Sompeta-kanchili, Kaviti and surrounding areas in Srikakulam district. It is a major hub for regions around Sompeta and Kanchili. It is situated in Kanchili, a village and a Mandal in Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh. It lies on the Mainline between Chennai Central and Howrah. The station has 4 Platforms. The number of Halting Trains: In this station are 14 super-fast trains, 18 express trains and 6 passenger trains halt in this station in both directions. Some trains that are passing through are Konark Express, Visakha Express, HWH MAS Mail, East Coast Express, It belongs to East Coast Railway, Khurda Road Jn. The neighborhood Stations are Jhadupudi, Baruva, Near By major Railway Station is Puri and Airport is Bhubaneswar Airport. As Sompeta is a census town in Srikakulam district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the mandal headquarters of Sompeta mandal in Tekkali revenue division. This station was built during the period 1893–1896, supporting 1,287 km of railway tracks covering the coastal area from Cuttack to Vijayawada. It was built and opened to traffic by East Coast State Railway. Later in 1900s, this was handed over to Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR). When India became independent the station came under the jurisdiction of South Eastern Railway. In the year 1998 – 99 the station was electrified. After 2003, as per restricting of Indian railways zones, the station fell under jurisdiction of East Coast Railway. The Bengal Nagpur Railway was nationalised in 1944. The Eastern Railway was formed on 14 April 1952, with the portion of East Indian Railway Company east of Mughal Sarai and the Bengal Nagpur Railway. In 1955, South Eastern Railway was carved out of Eastern Railway. It comprised lines mostly operated by Bengal Nagpur Railway earlier. Among the new zones were East Coast Railway and South East Central Railway. Both these railways were carved out of South Eastern Railway As this station has a First-Class Waiting Hall, computerized reservation offices, second class waiting room, footbridge, and a Public Address System. A computerized reservation counter is available from 08:00Hrs to 20:00Hrs. This station is staffed by a station superintendent, three station masters, ten traffic points men, and three booking clerks. The station superintendent is in overall charge of the station, and is responsible for all aspects of station maintenance, staff administration, and commercial statistics. The station contains the office of a senior section engineer for the railway. The permanent way (PWAY) works for tracks and gate is located here. This is one of the best Railway Station and an important one too as most of the major passenger and express trains pass via this carrying many passengers to n fro from cities like vizag and Bhubaneswar every day. It is best for people from the major three mandals. viz., Sompeta, Kanchili and kaviti etc. Just outside the station entrance it got so many fast-food stalls all mouth-watering foods, mainly the ‘chicken pakoda’. You have to try it…!! and you’ll definitely love it too.! It’s the home station for nearby villages of sompeta. As the station is small and It’s clean and neat, and located at a very good environment. On the other side of this Railway Station the famous temple the Goddess ‘Kanchamma talli’ is situated. Always have her blessing!! The Sompeta Census Town has a population of 18,778 of which 8,968 are males while 9,810 are females as per report released by Census India 2011. Sompeta is trading center of coconut coir and even exports coir to other states. Sompeta was an Assembly Constituency in Andhra Pradesh. However, Sompeta Assembly Constituency ceases to exist as an assembly constituency as per the delimitation process recently carried out. Part of the constituency includes Sompeta mandal will be part of Ichchapuram Assembly Constituency. The other part makes into the newly formed Palasa Assembly Constituency. As The town was in news, as it witnessed unprecedented violence on July 14, 2010, when Indian company Nagarjuna Construction Company Limited tried to a cquire 1,905 acres i.e., 771 hectares of fertile multi-cropping agricultural land and wetlands with the help of local authorities and armed police force for construction of a coal-based thermal power plant in Beela of Sompeta mandal. Despite being productive, the lands and wetlands of Sompeta were declared by the government as a “wasteland”, thus, allowing the conversion to a power plant. Sompeta is known for its wetlands, greenery and biodiversity. Farmers and fishermen of the area protested against the power plant as it will kill the biodiversity and destroy their livelihood, polluting the area with ash from burning coal and damaging the water bodies. The villagers of Sompeta used this land to sustain their fisheries and farmlands. The residents of Sompeta, Baruva and other neighboring mandals in the district have been fighting against the thermal power plant since 2009. The agitation started with relay hunger strikes by fishermen starting December 5, 2009. In July 2010, more than 3,000 community members stood up and fought plans to sacrifice their land, their water, their air and ultimately their livelihoods for a Nagarjuna Construction Company coal plant. The main agenda was “to protect water bodies on war-footing basis under Neeru Meeru Programe and to identify and include all lands covered by water bodies,” which petitioners say the plant violates. “In late August 2015 the State Government cancelled the land allocation for the power station and directed that the company only use it for agricultural projects. In October 2015 the state government conceded to the protestors’ demands and assured only eco-friendly projects in the ‘Beela’ area. The cancellation follows an eight-year-long campaign – including an almost six-year-long relay hunger strike – by a coalition of fisherfolk, villagers and environmentalists against the plant.” Sompeta wetland in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh that borders Odisha is one of the last remaining wetlands of Coromandel Coast that holds a significant key to the aquatic biodiversity of the peninsular India. Spread over 1,600 ha in area with 20 km long shoreline that ranges from 0.5 to 2 km in width, Sompeta wetland is a complex ecosystem with a multitude of aquatic habitats including freshwater marshes and pools, irrigated paddy fields, stream mouths, mud flats, coastal brackish/saline lagoons, and tidal backwaters. This variety in physical features gives rise to a spectacular diversity of aquatic flora and fauna. This wetland complex is also a lifeline to over 90,000 people, living in 39 villages around the wetland, who are directly dependent on the waters for their sustenance. The local communities have been waging a vigorous campaign to protect the wetland as parts of it were to be “reclaimed‟ for industrial development though these plans have since been suspended following mass protests from local people A short survey was conducted by Dr. Rajah Jayapal, Dr. Arun P.R & Mr. Ramesh Kumar S during 15 – 24 March 2016 for a preliminary assessment of the floral and faunal diversity. It was recorded as 125 species of birds including 48 waterbirds and another 16 wetland-dependent avifauna. Interestingly, the documented presence of The five species of globally Near-threatened bird s, viz., Oriental Darter called as (Anhinga melanogaster), second Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata), Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus), Fourth Curlew Sandpiper called as (Calidris ferruginea), and the last fifth one Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) in and around the Sompeta wetland. Other interesting observations include range extension of Bengal Bushlark (Mirafra assamica), which is otherwise distributed along the Indo – Gangetic plains east to Bengal and Brahmaputra floodplains, occurrence of a good population of Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta) – an uncommon winter visitor to India, and a large nesting colony of Black-breasted Weaver (Ploceus benghalensis) – a rare nea r-endemic species to India. Other taxa like plants, butterflies, dragonflies, fishes, herpetofauna, and mammals. Thirty-three species of butterflies were recorded Odonates are also surveyed and documented for the first time from the wetland complex and its immediate surroundings. Totally 23 species of Odonata were recorded including 17 dragonflies and 8 damselflies which belong to 4 families. and the temples which are located in Sompeta are Sri Somapolamamba temple Someswara Swamy Temple Kashi Visweswar Swamy Temple Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy temple Hanuman Temple Nimbhashini Amma Temple And many more… and the tourist places which are near by sompeta are Berhampur / Brahmapur which is 52km Gopalpur which is 61km and it has got beach Chilika it is 9 2km away and it has got beautiful lake Vizayanagaram which is about 177 km Puri which is about 220km Vishakapatnam which is about 223 km and the nearby cities are Ichchapuram 22 KM Berhampur or
    Brahmapur which is of 48 KM Parlakhemu ndi which is 50 KM and the nearby airports are Bhubaneswar Airport which is 214 KM Vishakhapatnam Airport which is 223 KM Rajahmundry Airport which is around 401 KM Raipur Airport which is around 430 KM and the nearby d istricts are Gajapati 60KM Ganjam 66 KM Srikakulam 117 KM Rayagada 139 KM and the nearby Railway stations are Jhadupudi Railway Station which is of 7.4 KM Ichchapuram Railway Station which is of 20 KM near If you have any ideas or recommendations or just suggestions of how I could improve my either my way of editing or improve the content. Please let me know down below in the comment. I love to hear your feedback remember to keep always doing marks and stuff and I’ll see guys in the next video.

    Keller Polska – Modernisation of railway line E30 – Cracow, Poland
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    Keller Polska – Modernisation of railway line E30 – Cracow, Poland

    November 17, 2019

    We are in Cracow, where the railway line E30 between Kraków Główny freight station and Rudzice is being built. The E2 overpass is being constructed in this very spot. It is going to replace the current railway embankment. Our task is to make 1000 mm diameter columns to install pillars – supports for this structure. The difficulties we have mostly stem from the fact that we are based in the city centre. It triggers many problems, not only related to logistics and train movements, but also to city traffic. In case of soil-cement columns, we mix the cement slurry with the soil, hence the name soil-cement. The columns are placed in a block layout, with an overlap of about 10 cm. The depth of our columns ranges from 5 to 13.5 metres. The works that we do are always kept under control. We have a surveillance system that automatically registers the formed columns. The core samples are subject to a compressive strength test, in order to verify their resistance and whether they comply with project requirements.


    How do we build new railway lines? (Britain’s Digital Railways)

    November 17, 2019

    Wonder why we’ve stopped?
    “We’re sorry for this delay. A train in front has broken down and because we don’t
    yet have the capability to teleport, we won’t be on the move until they are on the move!”
    Bad times! Shame we can’t take a short cut! Or teleport!
    As the railway network has a limited number of routes and lines, when a train breaks down,
    it affects lots of other trains. What about building more track. More train
    lines would mean more space for everyone! Simple.
    Building new lines is certainly a solution to the problem. But building new lines takes
    a long time to plan and build, and are expensive. New lines might include building a flyover
    at key junctions to remove a bottleneck. This will help speed up journeys as trains would
    not have to wait their turn at the signals. Or it could be building new lines between
    cities to help passengers and freight get around more quickly, like the high speed line
    linking London with the Channel Tunnel, and that proposed to link London with the North.
    Building new lines frees up space on the existing lines so that more local trains could run,
    picking up passnegers at towns along the route. The extra space also helps more freight trains
    to run, taking lorries off the roads. But its not just new lines across the country
    that would help. New underground and tram lines help people get to work in large cities
    and shopperx to get into the high streets. But how do we know where to put these new
    lines? It takes some careful planning. After all
    no one wants a railway line going through their school or house – and there are protected
    habitats where building just isn’t allowed. The landscape affects how new lines are built
    – and if they can be built at all. High speed trains can’t run super fast around
    tight corners or go up and down steep hills. Viaducts and tunnels can be used to get through
    these obstacles but they cost a lot more money than surface tracks and many places aren’t
    safe for tunnelling because of flooding or the vibrations that the underground trains
    will cause to buildings in the area. And with new lines there will be new stations,
    which need over 1km of straight level railway. There may be differing opinions about where
    to place these stations – in the middle of a town so they’re easy to get to using
    other public transport, or outside a town so there’s less disruption to residents
    but more cars on the roads as people drive to the new parkway stations? As you can see
    planners have a lot to think about. A wide range of people are involved in planning
    where new lines will be built. Transport modellers look at how people the railways and try to
    predict how this will change in the future. Then there are are lots of different types
    of engineers who’ll be involved. Some are civil engineers who understand how railways
    lines fit around existing buildings. Others are geotechnical engineers – specialists in
    things like tunnelling. Hey! Looks like things are moving again.
    Finally! Now if they just put some effort into cracking
    teleportation we’d be there even more quickly. Yeah, Bex, like that’s gonna happen…

    Cities Skylines tutoriel: Railway mod
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    Cities Skylines tutoriel: Railway mod

    November 17, 2019

    Hello everyone, my name is Neguchi and welcome to this tutorial on the Railway Mod. In this video I show you the different possibilities of this mod, as well as the options available to us. This mod was developed by three of the big names in modding Cities:Skylines – of course, I mean Ronyx, Revo and Simon. The first use of this Railway Mod is the change of the railroad tracks from vanilla to the photorealistic tracks of the mod. The basic mode offers you three different styles with two thresholds: Concrete sleepers on simple concrete, concrete sleepers and wooden sleepers on gravel soil. You will find both in a version without catenary and a version with overhead line. Let’s try to create a station by clicking on this field, of course and then get access to the different tracks of the Railway-Mod. Let’s take a closer look at this list and see that each track is identified by a specific code. The letter W indicates the presence of a catenary. The next four letters indicate the style of the tracks you want to move. The first two letters indicate the style of the track bed: “Gr” for gravel and “Pa”for concrete. The next two letters indicate the style of the threshold: “Wo”for wooden and “Co” for concrete. Once you’ve decided on the style of the rails, you choose them and place your station. It is also possible to change the rails at the existing railway station. For this, we use another mod: “Touch it!”, which makes the rails accessible for the upgrade through this specific tool. Then just select the station tracks that you find on the far right of the list of railway tracks. Select the upgrade tool and click on the rails. As far as the rails are concerned, we have one or two way single tracks and one or two way double tracks. In addition, the mod divides the rails into two types: nodeless and standard. These nodeless rails have some little peculiarities, which make them indispensable for the realization of various turnouts and track systems. If you have created your tracks with catenary, you will find that you miss the catenary pylons. In fact, the Railway Mod uses a specific system that you need to activate. To do this, use “ALT+SHIFT+P” to access the control panel. In addition to the catenary masts, you can use the various buffer or signal types and various “Pn” barriers. Unfortunately, there is currently only one available Swiss-style, but others should follow quickly. I will now introduc you to various tips and tricks with the Railway Mod. First we will create a single switch between two double tracks. Unfortunately, as you can see, there is a small problem here with the appearance of a glitch. By replacing this part of the track with a “nodeless” version, everything becomes normal again. The second turnout that I will create is a so called “double crossing switch”. First, I will create four individual routes like this. Then I connect the two outer rails with a nodeless rail like this. Then move the node between the two inner lanes and bend the two segments so that they meet. The next step will be to make the crossings. It is the rails that connect the transition with the inner rails and vice versa. If the central crossing node is to be intact, then you have to lay a small track like this. Finally, thanks to “MoveIt!”, bend these little rail sections, to give them a very natural curvature. Now let’s take a look at this point system in operation: You will notice that in my example, I have only used one-way to two-way tracks. It is possible to use one way tracks but then this type of attachment is referred to as a “single cross”. Here is one of these crossings in action! As you can see, this a relatively simple mod. If used correctly, this allows a very high flexibility in the turnouts. I recommend you watch the episode of my main series “Saint-Martin en Leu”, in which I use some of the possibilities that this mod offers. If you liked this tutorial, feel free to share it and give it a little blue thumbs up. Comment if you have any further questions, I will try to answer them. On Thursday, I invite you here to discover my main series “Saint-Martin en Leu” and I also invite you to subscribe if you don’t want to miss the next tutorial. I wish you a good day / evening until the next video.

    Railway Wali Aloo Ki Sabji | रेलवे वाली आलू की सब्ज़ी  | Chef Ranveer Brar
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    Railway Wali Aloo Ki Sabji | रेलवे वाली आलू की सब्ज़ी | Chef Ranveer Brar

    November 17, 2019

    This story of puri actually starts much later. You know towards Independence when migration increased in Delhi, so Bedmi Puri started selling in Old Delhi Station and then from there Bedmi Puri culture became really, really famous across India, because people started understanding that puri will not spoil once bought. And “Aloo ki Sabji” was made spicy that it would not get spoiled. So would travel station to station with it. When people used to travel with it, so they realised that this Bedmi Puri is good. So gradually they started their own stalls on every station. Later on people realised that this is a very difficult job to do, because Bedmi Puri has stuffing in it. So later Bedmi Puri changed into Nagori Puri. It is essentially the puri which was supposed to be kept for an hour after rolling it out so that it rises a bit. So it was not supposed to be crispy. Like railway puri is soft, so nagori puri was made soft because there was fermentation. So it used to stay soft for a really long time in your travel. It never got crispy, as in you don’t want papad in your travel.. right! So that is supposedly the origin of “Aloo Puri” in India. “It’s done now.. I’m tired, now I can’t do” Rolling & Action! It’s late night and whenever I’m hungry at night, so I just do one thing. Take boiled potatoes and make a curry. We get “Aloo ki Sabji” at Lucknow railway station with Puri. Every time I’m missing home or it’s late in the night, that’s what I cook. No onion! No garlic! All you need to have is boiled potatoes in the refrigerator. You know what’s my favourite mid-night snack..? When I don’t feel like doing anything. My favourite mid-night snake is.. Gud (Jaggery) & Chana (Roasted Black Gram) that’s what I like! The first railway conversation started from 1857 when genuinely railways helped britishers to stop our first war of Independence. But in nearly 1864 railway started their food in house. And that’s when people started experimenting with food on a train. And people say that Frontier Mail was the first train which had a proper restaurant and people used to travel in that train just to eat their food. Water and tomatoes Simple! No Rocket Science! That make sure that turmeric powder is cooked properly. We don’t have to cook too much that’s why I added water. If I wouldn’t have added water, the colour would have ruined and it would have been something brown in colour. And we are adding tomatoes in a dish, so the expectation is that reddish colour and that is why anytime you’re cooking with tomatoes don’t overcook the masalas and add less cumin powder else the colour will be ruined. The gravy will turn brown instead of red and then you’ll say “Ranveer you didn’t tell us” First of all cooked the dish at mid-night you gave some information and left out the rest. So these boiled potatoes. You know the history of Indian railways is.. is parallel to the history of a lot of things. In many ways, railway has taught food to India. People often say that If railways wouldn’t have been there so India wouldn’t know the meaning of tea. Because to increase the consumption of tea, britishers… After a point of time when production was increasing and consumption was decreasing because of the opium war with China So to increase the consumption of tea in India, Britishers started distributing tea for free at the station. Before that Indian’s used to consume just milk and coffee in South India. So if it were not for the Indian Railways, we would have never got hooked on to Tea. Tea would not have been an Indian beverage. That would have been an English beverage If Britishers wouldn’t have started distributing tea for free at the station. And now see.. Yesterday tea was dependent on us and today we are. As the tomatoes will start turning soft, will add salt. So again no onion no garlic. Something that’s easy to do, simple to do. Tomatoes turned soft. Added salt. It is good if potatoes a bit tight. So these are bit tight. It’s alright. Because it will cook and soak the gravy. Just waiting for tomatoes to get soft. As they become soft, will add potatoes and water. It’s a thing.. At least in Lucknow or small towns it happens.. In Lucknow it is thing that at night around 12, 1 or 2 we won’t get food anywhere but at the stations. And have this dish from the station at 12, 1, 2 or 3 at night and you’ll remember it forever. This is true that small towns… Lucknow is a small town. Stations are open 24 hours in the small towns. So anytime you’re hungry, you know that you’ll get “Aloo ki Sabji” at the station and that’s what I remember. Growing up if you’re hungry at mid-night…. I had Vespa then.. Pick up your scooter, go to the station and eat “Aloo ki Sabji with Puri” Today also, whenever I’m hungry at night, I have “Aloo ki Sabji” There goes potatoes. I won’t add water immediately. Will let it cook a bit in the masala. As they will cook a bit in the masala, then will add water. The dish will have gravy, there will be thick gravy but it will be there. There goes water. And close the lid. I’ll make Puri and get it. As the potatoes have become soft, so they have already thicken the gravy. Just little bit of salt Nice! And we are done! See.. It is so easy if we have boiled potatoes in the refrigerator. All this thickness is purely because of the potatoes. This thickness is purely from the cooking of the potatoes. Now we don’t need anything but just Puri. I already made Puri. Here comes Puri and “Aloo ki Sabji” from the station. Now imagine… It is November-December’s winter in Lucknow City, and you’re hungry and you have this smoking hot “Aloo ki Sabji” hot Puri and a glass of tea. What can be better than this at mid-night. No!

    China Railway High-speed Train No.D6747 (Zhengding Airport — Shijiazhuang)
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    China Railway High-speed Train No.D6747 (Zhengding Airport — Shijiazhuang)

    November 17, 2019

    Our train passing Zhengding Airport railway station. Speed ~250km/h Train No: D6747 Origin: Beijing West station, Beijing. Destination: Shijiazhuang station, Hebei. This trip from Beijing to Shijiazhuang is 281km (175mi) in length. I recorded the first 36min and the last 13min of the journey. The other video departing from Beijing can be seen in my other Youtube video. some air pollution can be seen… Ticket fare for the trip is ¥86.50 yuan (~$14 USD). It takes 1hr 40min to complete the 175-mile journey. Train speed: 242km/h (150mph) For a real high-speed train with top speed over 300kph (as this is a semi high-speed train with top speed 250kph), the shortest trip takes only 1hr 07min, and ticket price is ¥128.50 ($21 USD). The train is running smoothly, as we can put a bottle filled with water upside-down on a table and it will always stand. Special thanks to the workers committed to high-precision construction! Approaching Shijiazhuang city. Shijiazhuang is the capital city of Hebei province, with a population of over 3 million in the city area, and about 10 million if rural area is included. Train speed: 242km/h (150mph) We are now 260km (161miles) away from Beijing, and the trip took us 1h30m now. The railway line we’re on is part of the Beijing-Guangzhou Highspeed rail, which is over 2200 in length. This segment (Beijing-Shijiazhuang) was opened in Dec 2012 (I was on the first-launch train). The old Beijing-Guangzhou rail (which ran parallel with the highspeed version of it). Bypassing Train No. Z55 (overnight express train from Beijing West to Lanzhou) We went into the newly-built five-kilometer underground tunnel as the train went through the city center. Train broadcast: approaching Shijiazhuang railway station. Please mind the gap blablabla… Train speed is still over 200km/h when entering the tunnel China high-speed trains are always equipped with English broadcast. Although some speak with strong Chinese accent, I bet this is not a big problem… We went out of the tunnel… slowing down. it’s nearly 40 kilometers from the airport to the city center, and it just took us 10 min… We’re ready to pull into Shijiazhuang railway station. Train No. D2006 pulling out, bound for Beijing West. People started to check-in on platform 12. They’re taking another high-speed train which was bound for Xi’an city. Thank you for watching

    The Question that Stops Christians in Their Tracks
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    The Question that Stops Christians in Their Tracks

    November 17, 2019

    In your conversations with other people about Christ, and Christianity, and the real important things, you are going to encounter what I call THE question. That is, the the question that stops most Christians in their tracks, and they don’t really quite know how to deal with it. And the question was posed to me in an hour long TV debate that I had with Deepak Chopra, the New Age guru, as we talked about spiritual things. And what he said to me is, “So you’re saying that anyone who doesn’t believe just like you is going to Hell.” That’s the way he put the question. Now some people have said if you’re careful how you push the question, you could win any argument. And the problem here is that this was a question about the exclusivity of Christ. A critical issue in Christianity, but it was put in a way that made me look really really bad. So, if I would have answered the question, “Yes. Unless you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, then you will die in your sins, you would go to Hell.” I would have answered correctly, but I would have really given the wrong impression. I would have fulfilled a really negative stereotype that people have of Christians, and I would have played right into Deepak Chopra’s rhetorical hand, and I did not want to do that. And so in that particular circumstance, I side-stepped the issue and went in a different direction. But we can’t always side-step that issue nor should we. We need to address it because it’s really really important, but how do we do that? And this is where the tactical approach, I think, is really golden. Especially using the Colombo Tactic in its third sense, and that is using questions to make a point. Using questions allows us to make the point a much more powerful way especially when we get stuck in a circumstance like this. People asking us about Jesus being the only way of salvation. This happened to me once in a Barnes and Noble where I was giving a presentation for a book I’d written, the “Relativism” book, and afterwards during the Q&A someone came up to me and asked the question, “Why do I need to believe in Jesus?” He said, “I’m Jewish. I believe in God. I tried to live the best life that I can. Why do I need Jesus?” So there’s the question again. Not as belligerently put as with Deepak Chopra, but the question. Now here’s a case where I want to lead up to the point. I want to make the point by making a couple of steps. I have a choice at this point. I could go ahead and state my steps as part of my argument. Put my pieces on the table, so to speak, and then come to a conclusion, which leaves me with a certain liability. Every time I make a claim that is a stepping stone to my conclusion, the other person, especially if they’re a little bit belligerent, can just deny the claim, and now I get nowhere. So instead, I am going to use questions to get those pieces placed on the table by the other person, because if they put those pieces on the table it’s a lot harder for them to take them off. To deny them. Okay, let me show you how that works with THE question. Alright? And this person who asked the question there at the Barnes and Noble, I said, when he offered the question, “Do you mind if I ask you a couple of questions?” “No, go right ahead.” Here’s the first question, I asked, “Do you think that people who commit moral crimes ought to be punished? In other words, the people who do bad things, should they pay for them?” And he said, “Well since I’m a a prosecuting attorney…” Yeah, I got lucky on the attorney part, you know. But most people have this sense, this deep intuition that people who do wrong things should not get away with them, okay? And so I agreed with him. I agree the people who do wrong things ought to be punished. So now we’ve got a piece on the table. He put it there because I asked him the question. Second question. “Have you ever done any wrong things?” That’s personal right? What do you think he said? He said, “Yeah, I guess I have.” If he would have said he didn’t do any bad things, I want to talk to his wife! You know? Of course, now we all know we’ve done wrong things. I agreed with him, so have I. And then I said, “Now we’ve got another piece on the table.” And so I said to him, “Look at where we’ve come just in two questions. We both agree that people who do bad things ought to be punished, and we both agree that we’ve done those bad things. You know what I call that?” I said to him. “What?” he said. I said, “Bad news. This is not a good picture for us.” Now, do I need to tell this man he’s a sinner? No, he just told me. Do I need to tell him that he’s under judgment? No, he just told me. He wasn’t thinking about that when he walked into the Barnes and Noble. But when I asked him a couple of simple questions that brought these moral intuitions, moral common sense, really to his awareness, he laid them right on the table. Now I’ve got something to work with. And then I went from there, and I explained, “It’s as if the judge is about to lower the gavel on the two of us in the dock, and we both know we’re guilty, and we both know we deserve what we’re going to get, and then the judge pauses and says, ‘By the way, are either of you guys interested in a pardon at this point?'” Look, when you know you’re guilty, you’re much more open to an offer of forgiveness, and that’s exactly where I wanted to bring him. And then I explained in very simple terms about substitutionary atonement. That the judge took off his robe, and got in the dock, and took the punishment for us so that we could be set free. I didn’t use the language of substitution, I just explained it because that’s what God has done in Jesus, and that’s why Jesus is the only way. He’s the only one who solved the problem. Nobody else could do this. Only Jesus could. And that’s why we have to put our confidence in Him. So what I’ve done now is I’ve taken a very tricky situation, THE question, and I I’ve approach it using a tactical approach. Getting help from the other person to get my pieces on the table so that when I’m going to make my case, now it’s much easier to do so in light of what he’s helped me to establish. And, I don’t know if that attorney trusted the Lord or not, but at least I was communicating the Gospel to him, at least in a way that he could understand. Because now it just wasn’t a matter of believing in God and living the best way you could live. We both realized that’s not enough. If we’re really guilty, then there’s got to be a solution to the guilt problem, and that’s what Christians offer in Christ. God becoming a man to take the guilt upon Himself so that we can be forgiven – that’s the reason Jesus is the only way. He’s the only one who solved the problem. And this is one way of getting to that vital point by using a tactical approach.