Dignity (a.k.a. Dignity of Earth & Sky) is an amazing new sculpture overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota.
The 15.24 meter high stainless steel statue by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Claude Lamphere depicts an Indigenous woman in Plains-style dress receiving a star quilt.
According to Lamphere, the sculpture honors the culture of the Lakota and Dakota peoples who are indigenous to South Dakota.
Engineering of Rapid City, SD ensured the sculpture would endure the strong winds common in the area.
U2 have spent the past few weeks focusing on the launch of their SiriusXM channel U2 X-Radio, but Bono and the Edge took a break to honor their long-time road crew with an acoustic rendition of “Stairway to Heaven,” which they posted on YouTube.
“There’s one annoying aspect of an Irish crew that has to be said,” Bono says. “Wherever you go in the world, whatever venue you’re playing — whether it’s the Olympia or 3 Arena or Madison Square Garden — you walk into the venue and it’s a big moment, and you’ll hear a song that we said, ‘We’ll never, ever play this.’ And that’s right, ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ These professionals believe they play this better than the band. And you know, it might be true.”
The video features a truncated rendition of the song — the first time they’ve performed it outside of tiny snippets during their live shows. Robert Plant hasn’t touched the song since Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion concert. He played numerous Zeppelin classics when he toured with Jimmy Page in the Nineties, but “Stairway to Heaven” never entered the set outside of a shortened rendition on Japanese television in 1994.
U2, meanwhile, are in the early stages of creating their follow-up to 2018’s Songs of Experience. “There’s an album ready to completed,” Adam Clayton told Rolling Stone earlier this month. “It’s very, very fresh. We’ve cut everything quite quickly. We’re coming to things in a shorthand way. The feedback we get from that is pretty good. We want to be quick, down and dirty with the next one.”
You can see the video here: Watch Bono and the Edge Perform an Acoustic ‘Stairway to Heaven’
The next phase of the customs grant scheme is now open for applications and sees a record £50 million investment as part of the measures to accelerate growth of the customs intermediary sector and help meet the increased demand it will see from traders at the end of the transition period.
Customs intermediaries – including customs brokers, freight forwarders and express parcel operators – as well as traders who complete their own declarations, are among those who can now apply for grant funding to support with recruitment, training and IT to handle customs declarations.
Grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Applications will close on 30 June 2021, or earlier if all funding is allocated.
Don’t miss the opportunity to study on the UK Customs Academy: UK Customs Academy
You can read more about the grant here: Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations