‘No winners’ as hundred mushers brave tough Czech sled dog race

A hundred mushers and ten bikers from 11 countries battled frost and snow at a five-day sled dog race in the Czech Republic, which organisers call one of the toughest in Europe. The 23rd year of the Czech Long Trail has attracted mushers from countries across Europe — including Austria, Croatia, Germany the Netherlands and Serbia. Mushers can choose one of two tracks — 300 kilometres with five stages and an elevation topping 9,000 metres or 200 kilometres with four stages and an elevation of 7,000 metres. In Czech, the race is called Sedivackuv long — bearing the name of a dog that strayed and was shot by a local man just before the first edition of the race in 1997.

Croatia’s shipbuilders struggle to stay afloat

Late wages, mass strikes, scrapped contracts – Croatia’s once-thriving shipbuilding sector is sinking, in one of the last gasps of the region’s communist-era industrial giants.

Today in History for December 14th

(14 Dec 2018) George Washington dies at age 67; Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his group reach South Pole; Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia sign an internationally-brokered peace treaty; Baseball’s Roger Maris dies at age 51. (Dec. 14)

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Croatia’s Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or

Croatia’s Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or, football’s most coveted award, having helped take his country to the World Cup final and helping his club, the Real side, retain their Champions League crown for the second year running.

Croatia’s Luka Modric on the red carpet at the Ballon d’Or

Croatia’s Luka Modric arrives on the red carpet at the 2018 Ballon d’Or ceremony. Modric is one of the favourites to win football’s most coveted award, having helped take his country to the World Cup final before being beaten by France in Moscow. The 33-year-old was also brilliant in the Real side that retained their Champions League crown for the second year running, and the Spanish club would love to see him succeed 2016 and 2017 winner Ronaldo, who has since left the Bernabeu for Juventus. IMAGES

Kylian Mbape on red carpet at Ballon d’Or

France’s Kylian Mbappe arrives on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony for the 2018 Ballon d’Or in Paris. He’s the favourite to win the Kopa Trophy for best Under-21 player. Meanwhile Croatia’s Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners, including Mbappé, hope to pick up the prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy, ending the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. IMAGES

Etherwood feat Anile x Degs – Bear’s Breeches (New Lanes Sprayout)

Buy or stream ‘Degs – Mixtape Sprayout’ here: https://Degs.lnk.to/MixtapeSprayoutyb

NEW LANES

Writing intercepts,
it starts off the dome then I type it in my phone,
flashbacks interject

Creating every day,
I use my words to try and block myself from stress,
although it’s working less.

I was feeling like my soul’s barking,
when I sat and thought about it
every second passed I got no answer,
and still i just work for the comeback
brothers wanna know my pain without asking
don’t wanna come to terms with it
and on the roads you know we don’t get this plaster
gimme the food ‘cos I’m starving,

I’m in my head and I was sparring,
and yeah I know I got people that I love
and I don’t wanna be a martyr,
trying to win a battle on my own
avoiding all of this scarring
heads wanna criticise it’s so jarring
feeling like I’ve lit the flame and i’m charring,

Like any person I’m hurting
but on the microphone I’m just searching
trying to find a wave in sound I want surfing,
new lanes in my life so I’m merging into them,

and I’m merging into zen,
‘cos i’m finally in a place where
accepting the shit’s not a burden
nothing ain’t certain come to the surface

So I went out with that mindset
but the first days were quite hard,
but I’m telling my brain to catch comfort
‘cos life’s full of these paths brother,

I don’t give a fuck about the scars,
VSOP with my dargs, bun at my yard,
stay on a level but never get charged,
feeling benevolent eh

The past is irrelevant,
never succumb to the elements,
and stand firm with your patience
‘cos relationships are quite delicate
and be strong in ambition
cos life’s short we’re just skeletons
through hard times we mark signs of strength,
setting a precedent eh

Yeah,
I’m speaking with evidence,
but the fact is I’m not sure myself
fake confidence and intelligence
and the fact is if you overthink
it’s hampering your development, yeah

Still I got a long time ‘till these problems fade away
Swimming in a strong tide yet my resolve’s here to stay, yeah.

Don’t be afraid of the change,
my ethos is moving through space,
on a shuttle flight

Don’t be afraid of the heights,
we’re climbing to aim for the prize.

New lanes

Still I got a long time ‘till these problems fade away
Swimming in a strong tide yet my resolve’s here to stay, yeah.

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Following his popular debut single ‘Poveglia’, recent Hospital signing Degs returns to spread love and spray lyrics with his 8-track ‘Mixtape Sprayout’, featuring track selections from drum & bass heavyweights Nu:Tone, S.P.Y, London Elektricity, Etherwood, RD and Cyber Posix.

With a playful yin-yang of raw untapped soul and fierce lyrical barrages, this array of sprayouts sees Degs’ unique touch bounce through the vibrations of the Hospital sound. Playful hip-hop hooks, silky soulful flows, intricate word play, rapid fire punchlines and deeply personal narratives makes this a worthy sequel to his debut single.

Having kickstarted his momentum at Hospital Records with whirlwind pace, Degs continues to cast a beaming spotlight onto his abilities. Already London Elektricity’s MC of choice, Degs joins us for all our adventures from Hospitality On The Beach in Croatia, all over Europe, the UK and beyond!

Follow Degs:

www.soundcloud.com/degsmusic
www.facebook.com/degsmusic
www.instagram.com/degsmusic

Follow Hospital Records:

http://hospitalrecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/Hospitalrecords

http://instagram.com/hospitalrecords
http://play.spotify.com/user/hospitalrecords
http://www.google.com/+HospitalRecords

London Elektricity x Degs – Had A Little Fight (Fine Arts Sprayout)

Buy or stream ‘Degs – Mixtape Sprayout’ here: https://Degs.lnk.to/MixtapeSprayoutyb

Following his popular debut single ‘Poveglia’, recent Hospital signing Degs returns to spread love and spray lyrics with his 8-track ‘Mixtape Sprayout’, featuring track selections from drum & bass heavyweights Nu:Tone, S.P.Y, London Elektricity, Etherwood, RD and Cyber Posix.

With a playful yin-yang of raw untapped soul and fierce lyrical barrages, this array of sprayouts sees Degs’ unique touch bounce through the vibrations of the Hospital sound. Playful hip-hop hooks, silky soulful flows, intricate word play, rapid fire punchlines and deeply personal narratives makes this a worthy sequel to his debut single.

Having kickstarted his momentum at Hospital Records with whirlwind pace, Degs continues to cast a beaming spotlight onto his abilities. Already London Elektricity’s MC of choice, Degs joins us for all our adventures from Hospitality On The Beach in Croatia, all over Europe, the UK and beyond!

Follow Degs:

www.soundcloud.com/degsmusic
www.facebook.com/degsmusic
www.instagram.com/degsmusic

Follow Hospital Records:

http://hospitalrecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/Hospitalrecords

http://instagram.com/hospitalrecords
http://play.spotify.com/user/hospitalrecords
http://www.google.com/+HospitalRecords