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, 2004 file photo. He has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision from Stockholm that makes him the only singer-songwriter to have won the award.— Reuters
BOB Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that makes him the only singer-songwriter to have won the award.
The 75-year-old — who won the prize for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” — now finds himself in the company of Winston Churchill, Thomas Mann and Rudyard Kipling as Nobel laureates.
The announcement was met with gasps in Stockholm’s stately Royal Academy hall, followed unusually — by some laughter.
Dylan’s songs, such as “Blowin’ in the Wind Julian Weigl Jersey
,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Like a Rolling Stone” captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.
More than 50 years on, Dylan is still writing songs and is often on tour, performing his dense poetic lyrics, sung in a sometimes rasping voice that has been ridiculed by detractors.
Some lyrics have resonated for decades.
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,” written in 1962, was considered one of the most eloquent folk songs of all time. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” in which Dylan told Americans “your sons and your daughters are beyond your command,” was an anthem of the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests.
Awarding the 8 million Swedish crown (US$930,000) prize, the Swedish Academy said: “Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound.”
Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg said: “He is probably the greatest living poet.”
Asked if he thought Dylan’s Nobel lecture — traditionally given by the laureate in Stockholm later in the year — would be a concert Hendrik Bonmann Jersey
, he replied: “Let’s hope so.”
Over the years, not everyone has agreed that Dylan was a poet of the first order.
Novelist Norman Mailer countered: “If Dylan’s a poet, I’m a basketball player.”
Sara Danius, the Nobel Academy’s permanent secretary, told a news conference there was “great unity” in the panel’s decision to give Dylan the prize.
Dylan has always been an enigmatic figure. He went into seclusion for months after a motorcycle crash in 1966, leading to stories he had cracked under the pressure of his new celebrity.
He was born into a Jewish family but in the late 1970s converted to Christianity and later said he followed no organized religion. At another point in his life Gonzalo Castro Jersey
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BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- China will strengthen its fast-growing postal industry, an official said on the 48th World Post Day on Monday.
The industry, mainly postal and courier services, has seen revenue increase 2.7 times since 2012, and the courier sector has been the world's largest in terms of delivery volume for three years Felix Passlack Jersey
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However, the industry is still facing problems in many fields, including delivery channel safety, vehicles and employee interests, Ma said.
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SPB will encourage companies to become comprehensive logistical operators and increase their presence overseas, he added.
It will also support state-owned enterprises in railway and civil aviation sectors to join the delivery market to integrate the postal industry with the transportation network, Ma said.
In 2016, delivery volume of China's courier sector accounted for more than 40 percent of the world's total with 60 percent of world delivery volume growth.
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, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's 26th naval escort fleet departed from here on Friday morning after a five-day visit to Denmark.
Chinese Ambassador to Denmark Deng Ying, representatives of the Danish Navy, and overseas Chinese in Denmark, attended a farewell ceremony at Nordhavn harbor in the Danish capital.
The fleet, which comprised the guided-missile frigates Huanggang and Yangzhou, and the supply ship Gaoyouhu Dzenis Burnic Jersey
, made port calls at Nordhavn harbor on Monday, the second time Chinese naval ships have paid an official visit to Denmark.
During the visit, Chinese naval servicemen and their Danish counterparts visited each other's warships and held a football match friendly. The vessels were also open to the local on Monday.
After leaving the harbor, the Chinese naval ships and their Danish counterparts held a drill.
Denmark is the second stop on the fleet's global voyage after completing its escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters, two areas that China and the European Union (EU) have cooperated closely on in escort missions in recent years.
FUZHOU， May 5， 2016 (Xinhua) -- A farmer applies fertilizer to a piece of lotus root field in Caopu Village of Nantong Township in Minhou County of Fuzhou City， capital of southeast China's Fujian Province， May 5， 2016. Today marks the "Beginning of Summer" in solar terms and farmers here are busy with farming. (XinhuaJiang Kehong)
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Although Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan expressed hope that the militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) will leave Turkey next week, most experts believe this is only a wish.
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