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In 1972, David Bowie gave birth to arguably his most famous alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust-an androgynous alien with spiky tangerine h
air, theatrical makeup and brightly-colored glam rock attire. An eponymous ode to the character appears on
Bowie’s album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, which was released that year.
With the album, Bowie redefined glam rock and spent 18 months in the
years 1972 and 1973 touring the United Kingdom, North America and Japan.
During the tour, Bowie invited a Cambridge University graduate, M
ick Rock, to be his personal photographer. They first met backstage in March 1972.
success of winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, Zhang Qinghua, professor at Beijing Normal University, believes that Mo’s way of dealing with this h
as been to make a return to his hometown, a village in Gaomi, Shandong province, both in reality and spiritually.
Mo didn’t publish any new work in the five years following the award, when in 2017 he
released several short stories, poems and theater works, mainly reminiscing about his hometown.
Unlike Mo’s former novels, Peking University professor Chen Xiaoming notes th
at his new works are more reserved, realistic stylistically and employ more simple language. Literary cri
tic Li Jingze is impressed that Mo has remained acutely sensitive to the realities of urban and rural life.
At least four deaths have been blamed on crowding during the climbs, Agence France-Presse reported.
People should be well prepared to handle Qomolangma’s traffic jams which are common phenomena along climbing paths, said alpinists who had reached the summit.
“Although the news about the jam on Qomolangma this year has gone viral, people should understand that it happens every year during the brief cl
imbing window. Knowing what to do when climbers jam the narrow paths should be incl
uded in their training well in advance,” said Ma Liyamu, who reached the top of Qomolangma, the world’s ta
llest mountain at 8,848 meters, on May 22 and was also held up by the crowds on her descent.
She is the leader of a mountaineering team of three Chinese women w
ho scaled Qomolangma. They launched their expedition from Nepal, which issued 381 cli
mbing permits for the season that concludes this week. Nepal’s permits this season cost $11,000 each.
FTSE Russell, a leading global multi-asset index, data and analytics provider, said Satur
day that it will add Chinese A shares to its widely-tracked global benchmarks next month.
The addition will be officially effective after the close of share markets on June 24.
According to the plan of FTSE Russell, this move marks the first stage of incorporatin
g Chinese shares into its indexes. In this stage, 1,097 Chinese stocks, or 20 percent of A shares, will be bro
ught into the indexes, drawing an expected $10 billion from passive investors.
FTSE Russell will add 40 percent of A shares to its indexes in September, and another 40 percent in March next year.