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Nothing really matters

Air Guitarists from all over the world travel to Oulu literally for nothing. But in the end they realize that everything aroud that nothing is something they will never forget - And make them return year after year. This beautiful video by Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard and Maria Lax presents what really happens during the few days at the Air Guitar World Championships. 

Air Guitar World Championships from Maria Lax on Vimeo.

Tue 11 Nov 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Top3 Videos on YouTube

The top three performances of World Final can now be found on Youtube. More will be uploaded soon, but meanwhile, check out the amazing shows by Seven Seas, Airistotle and Mean Melin at www.youtube.com/worldairguitar.

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Sat 30 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

JAPAN BRINGS IN NEW AIR GUITAR BLOOD BY TAKING OVER THE WORLD TITLE

JAPAN BRINGS IN NEW AIR GUITAR BLOOD BY TAKING OVER THE WORLD TITLE

The Air Guitar World Champion 2014 is Nanami ”Seven Seas” Nagura of Japan

The Northern Finnish city of Oulu embraced yet again the world peace during the 19th edition of the Air Guitar World Championships. The World Final on Fri 29 August turned out to be victorious for the Japanese who had traveled to Oulu with the largest team in years – including this year’s national air guitar champion Nanami ”Seven Seas” Nagura.

After a tight air-off with the reigning US champion Matt ”Airistotle” Burns, Seven Seas turned out to be invincible also on the world final stage. The American team had to give in for the Japanese Air Guitar fury when the 19-year-old samurai girl beat also the 2013 World Champion Eric ”Mean” Melin, who scored the 3rd place. After two years under the US ruling, the trophy of Air Guitar shall spread its peaceful message from the land of the rising sun in 2014.

The message of peace was strongly present at the World Final celebration, when the all-shouting male choir Huutajat declared an Ode to Joy – along with the Ukranian and Russian air guitarists Rezo ”Baron Horse-Stealer” Gamrekelidze and Alex ”Devilseducer” Gott in a peace-loving Air Guitar statement. The audience was also enchanted with the sensual Finnish pop duo Ukkosmaine. The evening was hosted by Dan ”Björn Türoque” Crane and included also some special appearances of the 2011 and 2012 World Champions Aline ”The Devil’s Niece” Westphal and Justin ”Nordic Thunder” Howard.

The honorary jury included the Head of the Jury, guitarist Juha Torvinen, showdancer Outi Räsänen, a culture personality and the conductor of Huutajat Petri Sirviö as well as two national Air Guitar organizers Mathias Mertens (DE) and Ivalyo Botushanov (BG).

The compulsory round was performed on TNT Diet by Michael Monroe.

The Results of the Air Guitar World Championships Finals

1. Nanami ”Seven Seas” Nagura (JP) 35,3 (17,4)
2. Matt ”Airistotle” Burns (US) 35,3 (17,1)
3. Eric ”Mean” Melin (US) 35,0
4. Keisuke ”The Ninja” Nagatsuka (JP) 34,6
5. Lee ”Brymtime” Brymer (CA) 34,4
6. Rob ”Windhammer” Weychert (US) 33,7
7. Daniel ”Moredrive” Oldemeier (DE) 33,5
8. Michael ”The Destroyer” Heffels (NL) 33,4
9. Sabrina ”Lady Liberty” Schramm (DE) 33,1
9. Corentin ”Airgus” Fermont (BE) 33,1
11. Doug ”The Thunder” Stroock (US) 16,2
12. Del-Kun Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW)16,1
13. Atanas ”Air Grinder” Tsvetkov (BG) 16,0
14. Guy ”The Bandit” Thompson (UK) 15,9
15. Charlotte ”Boy Named Sue” Clarke (UK) 15,8
16. Marquina ”Marteeka” Iliev (US) 15,5

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Sat 30 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Final scores are here!

Final Scores, AGWC 2014

1. Nanami "Seven Seas" Nagura (JP) 35,3 (17,4)

2. Matt ”Airistotle” Burns (US) 35,3 (17,1)

3. Eric ”Mean Melin” Melin (US) 35,0

4. Keisuke ”Keisuke The Ninja” Nagatsuka (JP) 34,6

5. Lee ”Brymtime” Brymer (CA) 34,4

6. Rob ”Windhammer” Weychert (US) 33,7

7. Daniel ”Moredrive” Oldemeier (DE) 33,5

8. Michael ”The Destroyer” Heffels (NL) 33,4

9. Sabrina ”Lady Liberty” Schramm (DE) 33,1

9. Corentin ”Airgus” Fermont (BE) 33,1

11. Doug ”The Thunder” Stroock (US) 16,2

12. Del-Kun Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW)16,1

13. Atanas ”Air Grinder” Tsvetkov (BG) 16,0

14. Guy ”The Bandit” Thompson (UK) 15,9

15. Charlotte ”Boy Named Sue” Clarke (UK) 15,8

16. Marquina ”Marteeka” Iliev (US) 15,5

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Fri 29 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Performance order for the finals is here!

The final lottery has been done, and here is the performance order for tonights show.

1. Doug ”The Thunder” Stroock (US)

2. Keisuke ”Keisuke The Ninja” Nagatsuka (JP)

3. Del-Kun Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW)

4. Rob ”Windhammer” Weychert (US)

5. Daniel ”Moredrive” Oldemeier (DE)

6. Marquina ”Marteeka” Iliev (US)

7. Guy ”The Bandit” Thompson (UK)

8. Corentin ”Airgus” Fermont (BE)

9. Nanami ”Nanami Seven Seas Nagura” Nagura (JP)

10. Eric ”Mean Melin” Melin (US)

11. Sabrina ”Lady Liberty” Schramm (DE)

12. Atanas ”Air Grinder” Tsvetkov (BG)

13. Charlotte ”Boy Named Sue” Clarke (UK)

14. Lee ”Brymtime” Brymer (CA)

15. Matt ”Airistotle” Burns (US)

16. Michael ”The Destroyer” Heffels (NL)

 

The Final Jury includes five members: The esteemed head of the Jury, guitarist, the Keith Richards of Finland, Juha Torvinen, the CEO of Cable Factory (Helsinki) and the director of choir Huutajat Petri Sirviö, a show dance expert Outi Räsänen. Also two National Championships' organizers of the AGWC Network: Ivalyo Botushanov (BG) and Mathias Mertens (DE). 

If you are not lucky enough to be present in Rotuaari Stage, you can see the show streamed live online in  www.kaleva.fi/ilmakitara starting at 7.40 p.m. (EET)

Keep on rockin' in the free world! PEACE!

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Fri 29 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Eight Dark Horses Go Through to the World Final

Eight Dark Horses Go Through to the World Final

Keisuke the Ninja (right) and The Thunder Stroock (left) took were the top2 Air Guitarists at the Dark Horses Qualifying Round.

Altogether 20 Dark Horses battled over the last spots in the Air Guitar World Championships Final in Oulu, Northern Finland on Thursday 28 August. The highest scores were given to Japanese Keisuke ‘Keisuke The Ninja’ Nagatsuka who took over the first place with his Asian fury. The second best scores were given to Doug ‘The Thunder’ Stroock (US) and the third spot was taken over by Del-Kun Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen (TW).

Dark Horses Qualifiying Round, complete results:

1. Keisuke "Keisuke the Ninja" Nagatsuka (JP) 18,0
2. Doug "The Thunder" Stroock (US) 17,8
3. Del-Kun Dave "G. Tso Money" Chen (TW) 17,4
4. Rob "Windhammer" Weychert (US) 17,3
4. Marquina "Marteeka" Iliev (US) 17,3
4. Guy "The Bandit" Thompson (UK) 17,3
7. Corentin "Airgus" Fermont (BE) 17,1
8. Daniel "Moredrive" Oldemeier (DE) 16,7 (16,8)
8. Shingo "Airguitaryman Shingoro" Harima (JP) 16,7 (16,6) 
10. Marie "Chuck Airy" von Borstel (DE) 16,6 
11. Tom "Sgt. Wrecker" Hill (AU) 16,2 
12. Jan "Geeky Gisbert" Fischer (DE) 16,1 
12. Valentina "Electric Butterfly" Urm (RU) 16,1 
14. Jessica "Aerojess" Lange (DE) 15,9 
15. Michael "Giant Junk" Vucovich (US) 15,8 
16. Merlin "Airlectic Shock" Schumacher (DE) 15,5 
17. Soile "Office Rat" Suvanto (FI) 15,2 
18. Mitsuaki "Inogami Koushou" Inoue (JP) 15,1 
19. Mikael "Spike" Dahlbom (SE) 14,6 
20. Noriko "Angel Prop Norry" Irie (JP) 14,4


The honorary jury included Artistic Director of Oulu Music Video Festival, Otto Kylmälä, singer of the flamenco band Bajo Cero & producer of the Jojo - Oulu Dance Centre Anna Murtola and Neondad guitarist and esteemed Air Guitar model Jarkko Halunen, and two National Championships' organizers of the AGWC Network: Aline ”The Devil’s Niece” Westphal from Germany and Dan ”Björn Türoque” Crane from the United States.

High quality photos of the qualified Air Guitarists can be found on Media Gallery.

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Fri 29 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Those Steamin' Dark Horses Tonight!

The exciting lottery for the performing order for Dark Horses tonight in 45 Special has been done.

1. Marie "Chuck Airy" von Borstel (DE)
2. Jessica "Aerojess" Lange (DE)
3. Merlin "Airlectic Shock" Schumacher (DE)
4. Tom "Sgt. Wrecker" Hill (AU)
5. Doug "The Thunder" Stroock (US)
6. Shingo "Airguitaryman Shingoro" Harima (JP)
7. Keisuke "Keisuke the Ninja" Nagatsuka (JP)
8. Noriko "Angel Prop Norry" Irie (JP)
9. Corentin "Airgus" Fermont (BE)
10. Rob "Windhammer" Weychert (US)
11. Mitsuaki "Inogami Koushou" Inoue (JP)
12. Valentina "Electric Butterfly" Urm (RU)
13. Soile "Office Rat" Suvanto (FI)
14. Mikael "Giant Junk" Vucovich (US)
15. Del-Kun Dave "G. Tso Money" Chen (TW)
16. Marquina "Marteeka" Iliev (US)
17. Jan "Geeky Gisbert" Fischer (DE)
18. Daniel "Moredrive" Oldemeier (DE)
19. Michael "Spike" Dahlbom (SE)
20. Guy "The Bandit" Thompson (UK)

Good luck to all the contestants! Let the Airness Lead You!

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Thu 28 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Recycled & Demilitarized - The 2014 Edition of Air Gear is here!

Recycled & Demilitarized - The 2014 Edition of Air Gear is here!

The official Air Guitar World Championships merchandise 2014, brought to you by our friend Varusteleka - one of the biggest army stores in Europe.

Something old, something new - This year you can choose from two different prints: ”Airness Is Next to Godliness” by comic artist Mari Ahokoivu, and last year's visual ”Make Air, Not War" print by our lovely graphic designer Mikko Arhippainen. Prints are made by Kooma - hand-made clothes from Oulu since 1998.

Promo Pics photographed at the kooma boutique, by Valokuvaamo Palovaara - Pekka Palovaara. 2013 photos taken at Northern Finnish soul scenery, a swamp of Yli-Ii.

Limited edition: merchandise is available only in the event in 2014 at Cultural Centre Valve (Hallituskatu 7, Oulu) and at the World Final venue. These beautiful outfits were sold out last year, don’t waste any time to get your own.

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Tue 26 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

National Champions 2014: Lady Liberty (DE)

National Champions 2014: Lady Liberty (DE)

The National Champions 2014 blog series presents the Air Guitarists who represent their country in the World Final on Friday 29 August. The T-shirts are donated by the City of Oulu that welcomes all the airheads to join the Air Guitar circus on 27-30 August.

Name: Sabrina "Lady Liberty" Schramm
Years in active: 1.5 years
Where do you get your Airness: The love for music drives me.
Oulu in 5 words: I, have, never, been, there! I guess it is very Interesting, fun, Full of Airness and awesome people!
My Air Guitar Idol: The guy in the bar who plays with all his heart not careing about a thing - we all know him!
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family: Airy greetings, see you in a week!

See more info on Air Guitar Germany.

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Mon 25 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

National Champions 2014: Destroyer (NL)

National Champions 2014: Destroyer (NL)

The National Champions 2014 blog series presents the Air Guitarists who represent their country in the World Final on Friday 29 August. The T-shirts are donated by the City of Oulu that welcomes all the airheads to join the Air Guitar circus on 27-30 August.

Now this is something that we don't see every day: A World Champion returns on the Final stage nine years after his championship year. Meet Destroyer, the Dutch Champion and the World Champion 2005! 

Name: Destroyer
Years active: 10
Where do you get your Airness?: In my head, as it is enourmously big and filled with compressed air.
Oulu - hot or not? Hot like a steaming volcano!
Name your Air Guitar Idol: Heart Buckboard for his perseverence and creativity and Hot Lixx Hulahan for realness and fun
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family: Let 'm roll and keep the faith!

www.air-guitar.nl

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Fri 22 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2014: BOY NAMED SUE (UK)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2014: BOY NAMED SUE (UK)

The National Champions 2014 blog series presents the Air Guitarists who represent their country in the World Final on Friday 29 August. The T-shirts are donated by the City of Oulu that welcomes all the airheads to join the Air Guitar circus on 27-30 August.

Name: Boy Named Sue
Years active: 7
Where do you get your Airness? Deep in my soul, also from being a total badass.
Oulu - hot or not? Describe the home of Air Guitar in five words: Heart & soul of rock & roll.
Name your Air Guitar Idol: Taryn Kapronica.
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family: I'm a woman who isn't called Sue. That is the least weird thing about me.

airguitaruk.com

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Thu 21 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

National Champions 2014: Brymtime (CA)

National Champions 2014: Brymtime (CA)

Photo by Nick Cheeseman

The National Champions 2014 blog series presents the Air Guitarists who represent their country in the World Final on Friday 29 August. The T-shirts are donated by the City of Oulu that welcomes all the airheads to join the Air Guitar circus on 27-30 August.

An Air Guitar World Championships first-timer, Brymtime, will represent Canada in the World Final 2014: 

Name: Lee 'Brymtime' Brymer
Years in Air Guitar: First year
Where Do you get your Airness: Deep down inside me is a fiery passion for music, Air Guitar allows me to express that through the air, the air that surrounds us.
Oulu - Hot or Not? Describe the home of Air Guitar?: I don't really know much about Oulu, but from what I've seen from the pictures and the videos it looks like there's a lot of energy and enthusiasm around the competition, and i'm looking forward to figuring it out from there.
Name Your Air Guitar Idol: I'm so new to Air Guitar that I'm still figuring this one out. 
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family: Greetings from Canada, looking forward to meeting you, rocking out with you and having a pint after.

airguitarcanada.org.

 

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Tue 19 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

National Champions 2014: NANAMI seven seas NAGURA

National Champions 2014: NANAMI seven seas NAGURA

The National Champions 2014 blog series presents the Air Guitarists who represent their country in the World Final on Friday 29 August. The T-shirts are donated by the City of Oulu that welcomes all the airheads to join the Air Guitar circus on 27-30 August.


The first National Champion we're about to meet is the lovely Japanese Champion NANAMI seven seas NAGURA.

Name: NANAMI seven seas NAGURA
Years in active: 2 years
Where do you get your Airness?: When I listen to rock music on portable audio player with big volume. 
Oulu – hot or not? Describe the home of Air Guitar in five words: Hot, of course! My five words: lake, cool, energy, destination and passion.
Name your Air Guitar Idol: Dainoji DAICHI
Greetings to the Air Guitar Family:
Hello everyone! I'm NANAMI seven seas NAGURA coming from the country of the rising sun, Japan. In Air Guitar World Championship, I will show my passionate air guitar performance with NAGURA NANAMI style as the representative of Japan. And you'll be surprised! Are you ready?

 

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Fri 15 Aug 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

This week: Four countries, one purpose

It's going to be one busy week for all drama loving souls! In addition to the final games of the FIFA World Cup, several significant Air Guitar contests will be held all over the world. The top air guitarists are being searched in Bulgaria, Canada, Japan and in the United States.

National Air Guitar Championships events this week:

* Wed 9 July: Bulgarian Championships, Varna qualifier at Funcity Festival
* Thu 10 July: Canadian Championships, Toronto qualifier at Lee's Palace
* Fri 11 July: Bulgarian Championships, Plovdiv qualifier
* Sat 12 July: US Championships, Northwest semifinal at The Independent
* Sun 13 July: Japanese Championships: Tokyo qualifier at Shinjuku Loft

 

Tue 8 Jul 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

2014 enrolment begins

2014 enrolment begins

The world’s top air guitarists will gather in Oulu, Northern Finland for the 19th time this August. In addition to choosing the world champion on Friday 29 August at the Final, the four-day event offers air guitar spirited side programme in the exotic Finnish environment. The 19th Air Guitar World Championships will be held on 27-30 August.

Sign up in the qualifying round

The world finalists will be chosen at the National Championships held in the Air Guitar Network countries during the following weeks. Other air guitarists have a chance to win a golden ticket to the Final in the Dark Horses Qualifying Round in Oulu on Thursday 28 August. The contestants can sign up in the qualifying round here.  The registration deadline is 14th August. 

National Champions and the Dark Horses will challenge the reigning World Champion, Eric ”Mean Melin” Melin, who returns to Oulu to defend his title. In addition to the airy rivarly, the four-day festival includes the warm-up day Airientation on Wednesday 27, and a soothing post-festival trip to Iso-Syöte at Air Off event on 30-31 August. See the details and join in!

 

Tue 17 Jun 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

In the Spotlight this weekend: US and Japan

Happening on the Air Guitar front this weekend:

Friday (that is today)
US Air Guitar Kansas City qualifier at recordBar

Saturday
* Japanese Air Guitar Championships Tokyo qualifier at Shinjuku Loft Plus One
* US Air Guitar Chicago qualifier at Underground Lounge - Chicago

Best of luck to every single contestant. Have an air-tastic weekend, y'all!

www.usairguitar.com
airguitarjapan.blog.fc2.com

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Fri 16 May 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Acts of Airness, next episode: Brooklyn

The Acts of Airness, next episode: Brooklyn

The US Champion 2013, Lt. Facemelter, and his suspicious methods of facemelting at the World Final last year

The season 2014 is about to begin in The United States. The first US Championships qualifier will be held in Brooklyn (NY) on 1 May, and the battle takes place at Saint Vitus bar. More info on the event can be found on the Facebook event. 

The entire US Championships 2014 schedule hasn't been published yet, but some bits and pieces are out already. 

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Fri 25 Apr 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

UK Championships Final in July

UK Championships Final in July

 W!ld Th!ng 37, UK Champion & Air Guitar World Championships 2nd runner-up 2013

Wake up call for the UK Airheads: The National Championships entry is now open. The National Final is to be battled at Boston Music Room in London on Saturday July 19th.

If you're in it to win it, fill out the entry form at www.airguitaruk.com. More info on the event and early-bird tickets can also be found on the Air Guitar UK website. See you in London, airficionados!

 

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Thu 24 Apr 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lady Liberty is the German Champion 2014

Rhein Zeitung was present at the German Air Guitar Championships in Koblenz last Saturday

Ladies and gentlemen, Air Guitar World Championships proudly presents the first confirmed act of the 2014 line-up: Lady Liberty from Germany!

The German Championships final was held at Circus Maximus in Koblens last Saturday. The qualified Air Guitarists competed over fame, glory and the golden ticket to the World Championships. As the Rhein Zeitung reportage shows, there was no lack of imagination nor style. But there was one above them all - one with a special, 'unglaubliche stage precense'. That certain someone is the brand new German Champion, Lady Liberty, who will represent her country at the World Championships in August. 

The 19th Air Guitar World Championships will be held in Oulu on 27-30 August. Lady Liberty and other National Champions will climb on the World Final stage at Rotuaari Square on Friday 29 August. Programme details will be published in May, stay tuned! 

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Wed 23 Apr 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Japanese Championships begin in May

Japanese Championships begin in May

The land of the rising sun sends its greetings by publishing the first dates for the season 2014. The search of the Japanese Champion starts in May and ends in the National Final at the end of summer. Keep yourself updated by following the Air Guitar Japan website

Japanese Air Guitar Championships 2014 regionals:
17 May Qualifying round at Shinjuku Loft Plus One, Tokyo
25 May Qualifying round at Nagoya Carnival Stars, Aichi 
18 Jun Qualifying round at Shinjuku Loft / Bar Stage, Tokyo
13 Jul Qualifying round at Shinjuku Loft / Bar Stage, Tokyo

Japanese Air Guitar Championships Final
27 July Sendai Rensa, Sendai

 

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Thu 20 Mar 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Season 2014 Begins in Germany

Season 2014 Begins in Germany

The fierce 2011 World Champ, Aline "The Devil's Niece" Westphal, will be hosting tonight's event. 

Achtung, Airheads: Germany starts the global Air Guitar Season 2014 tonight! The German organizer Dr. Mathias Merthens, also known as Eric "Nu" Matic, sends his greetings:

"German Air Guitar season starts tonight with the Lower Saxony regional competition at Faust in Hannover. Hosted by the 2011 World Champion, Aline "The Devil's Niece" Westphal, and an AGWC Dark Horse contestant Merlin "Lester Lixx Dickson" Schumacher, there will be a fiery battle over the first ticket to the National Final that is held in Koblenz on 19 April.

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Sat 1 Feb 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nordic Thunder Hits The Nordic Travel Fair

The year starts with Nordic Thunder's pilgrimage to his home away from home. The 2012 World Champion can be seen at Nordic Travel Fair in Helsinki this weekend, on 17-19 January. Nordic Thunder performs and hangs out at Oulu exhibiton stand (6m91), come and say hello! 

Nordic Travel Fair Website.

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Wed 15 Jan 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)