Monthly Archives: August 2012

Regina Spektor – Ballad of a Politician/Lovable Dictator live at Other Music, NYC [02/09]


 

This post is dedicated to the most costly, and worthless fight for power over the war on American society, and to the next lovable dictator!: In short Elections 2012 _ “You can’t fool billion of people all the time!”

A man inside a room is shaking hands with other men
This is how it happens
Our carefully laid plans

Shake it, shake it baby
Shake your ass out in that street
You’re gonna make us scream someday
You’re gonna make it big

You love so deep, so tender
Your people and your land
You love ’em ’till they can’t recall
Who they are again

Work it, work it baby
Work your way ’round that room
You’re gonna make it big some day
You’re gonna make a boom

But I am
But I am
But I am not a number, not a name

But I am
But I am
But I am a carefully laid plan

Shake what your mama gave you
You know that it won’t last
You’re gonna taste the ground real soon
You’re gonna taste the grass

A man inside a room is shaking hands with other men
This is how it happens
Our world under command

Shake it, shake it baby
Shake your ass out in that street
You’re gonna make us scream someday
You’re gonna make us weak

You’re gonna make us scream someday
You’re gonna make it big

(read/add comments to the meaning of this song       Here)

 

Regina Spektor – “Samson” [OFFICIAL VIDEO]



Regina SpektorSamson” Directed by Peter Sluszka

Regina’s new album ‘What We Saw from the Cheap Seats‘ is available now:
http://smarturl.it/whatwesawitunesyt

Samson, by Regina Spektor

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread, and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the Bible didn’t mention us
And the Bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin’ on our heads
But they’re just old light, they’re just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful, and came into my bed
Oh, I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I’d done alright
And kissed me till the mornin’ light, the mornin’ light
And he kissed me till the mornin’ light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
Ate a slice of wonder bread, and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn’t bring the columns down
Yeah, we couldn’t destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the Bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first      

Read more about what listeners think the meaning of this song is             here

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Regina Spektor’s new album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” – May 29, 2012 Firewood Track No.4


Regina Spektor - What we saw from the cheap seats Album

Regina Spektor – What we saw from the cheap seats  (Album)

Firewood lyrics

The piano is not firewood yet
They try to remember but still they forget
That the heart beats in threes
Just like a waltz
And nothing can stop you from dancing

Rise from your cold hospital bed
You’re not dying
Everyone knows you’re going to live
So you might as well start trying

The piano is not firewood yet
But the cold does get cold
So it soon might be that
I’ll take it apart, call up my friends
And we’ll warm up our hands by the fire

Don’t look so shocked
Don’t judge so harsh
You don’t know
You are only spying
Everyone knows it’s going to hurt
But at least we’ll get hurt trying

The piano is not firewood yet
But a heart can’t be helped
And it gathers regret
Someday you’ll wake up and feel a great pain
And you’ll miss every toy you ever owned

You’ll want to go back
You’ll wish you were small
Nothing can slow the crying
You’ll take the clock off of your wall
And you’ll wish it was lying

Love what you have and you’ll have more love
You’re not dying
Everyone knows you’re going to love
Though there’s still no cure for crying     (from Here)

Firewood is the forth song from Regina Spektor‘s new album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” – May 29, 2012.
–Track Listing–
1. Small Town Moonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU_YMzHtjhk
2. Oh Marcello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZiZC5DaWnY
3. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi6j48HOLBI
4. Firewood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMutAOEQ5I
5. Patron Siant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn7x1KwE_Ho
6. How: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8H3LbxO44k
7. Open: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK9jb4fVBug
8. All The Rowboats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7RTyNObpaE
9. Ballad Of A Politician: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnYDuKSzQpM
10. The Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzyixV-eGRI
11. Jesicca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FceDSfo8DAo
12. Call Them Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho1ShVDMtx4
13. The Prayer of François Villon (Molitva): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Lr8ggJWi4
14. Old Jacket (Stariy Pidjak): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmzfaapaPMA

Full Album Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL77EA59C56F2E4A11&feature=view_all

Regina Spektor
Regina Ilyinichna Spektor is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered in New York City’s East Village. Wikipedia
Born: February 18, 1980 (age 32), Moscow
Height: 5′ 2″ (1.58 m)
Record labels: Warner Music Group, Sire Records, Warner Bros. Records
 
 
Song Year Album
Ne Me Quitter Pas 2002 Songs
Fidelity 2006 Begin to Hope
The Call 2008 Box Office Hits
Samson 2002 Songs
Us 2004 Soviet Kitsch
Eet 2009 Far
On the Radio 2006 Begin to Hope
How 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
All the Rowboats 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Hero 2006 Begin to Hope
Don’t Leave Me 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Laughing With 2009 Far
Better 2006 Begin to Hope
Après Moi 2006 Begin to Hope
Blue Lips 2009 Far

 

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Regina Spektor – Laughing With (Official Video) [with lyrics] [con letra en español]



Laughing With lyrics
Songwriters: Spektor, Regina;

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re starving or freezing or so very poor

No one laughs at God
When the doctor calls after some routine tests
No one’s laughing at God
When it’s gotten real late and their kid’s not back from the party yet

No one laughs at God
When their airplane starts to uncontrollably shake
No one’s laughing at God
When they see the one they love hand in hand with someone else
And they hope that they’re mistaken

No one laughs at God
When the cops knock on their door
And they say we got some bad news, sir
No one’s laughing at God
When there’s a famine or fire or flood

But God could be funny
At a cocktail party when listening to a good God themed joke or
Or when the crazies say He hates us
And they get so red in the head you think they’re ’bout to choke

God could be funny
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
When they’ve lost all they’ve got and they don’t know what for

No one laughs at God
On the day they realize that the last sight they’ll ever see
Is a pair of hateful eyes
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re saying their goodbyes

But God could be funny
At a cocktail party when listening to a good God themed joke or
Or when the crazies say He hates us
And they get so red in the head you think they’re ’bout to choke

God could be funny
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war

No one laughing at God in a hospital
No one’s laughing at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re starving or freezing or so very poor

No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
We’re all laughing with God
(From  Here: )

Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” Official Music Video


 

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Down in Bowery
They lose their ballads and their lipped-mouths in the night
And stumbling through the street, they say
Sir, do you got a light?
And if you do then you’re my friend
And if you don’t then you’re my foe
And if you are a deity of any sort then please don’t go”Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pasDown in Lexington they walk in new shoes stuck to aging feet
And close their eyes and open
And not recognize the aging street
And think about the things were right
When they were young and veins were tight
And if you are the ghost of Christmas past
Then won’t you stay the night?Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ooh ooh ooh
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas

Down in Bronxy Bronx
The kids go sledding down snow covered slopes
And frozen noses, frozen toes
The frozen city starts to glow
And yes, they know that it will pass
And yes they know New York will thaw
But if you’re a friend of any sort
Then play along and catch a cold

Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ooh ooh ooh
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas

I love Paris in the rain,
I love Paris in the rain
I love, I love, I love in the rain
I love Paris in the rain,
I love Paris in the rain
And I Love I love I love in the rain
I love, I love, I love in the rain

Down in Paris they walk fast
That is unless they’re walking slow
And in cafes they look away
That is unless they look right in
And in the gardens I get lost
That is unless I’m getting found
And if you are the ghost of New York City
Then won’t you stick around?

Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ooh ooh ooh
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas, ah ah ah
Ne me quitte pas, mon cher
Ne me quitte pas

I love Paris in the rain,
I love Paris in the rain
I love, I love, I love in the rain
I love Paris in the rain,
I love Paris in the rain
I love, I love, I love in the rain
And I love, I love, I love in the rain…

And I love, I love, I love, in the rain
I love, I love
In the rain, in the rain
Oh I love in the rain
In the rain, in the rain

Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas
Ne me quitte pas


Directed by: Ace Norton

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Thurday Evening at the Concert: Forrest Gump Theme by Alan Silvestri (enthusiastic in perpetuity)


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 
Alan Silvestri

Silvestri in 2009
Background information
Birth name Alan Anthony Silvestri
Born March 26, 1950 (age 62)
New York City
Genres Film score
Occupations Composerconductor
Instruments GuitarPianoSynthesizer,SynclavierDrums
Years active 1972–present

Alan Anthony Silvestri (born March 26, 1950) is an American film composer and conductor.

Silvestri is best known for his collaborations with director Robert Zemeckis, having scored Romancing the Stone (1984), the Back to the Futuretrilogy (1985, 1989, 1990), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009) and Zemeckis’ upcoming film Flight(2012).

Silvestri is also known for his work on Predator (1987) and Predator 2 (1990), both of which are considered preeminent examples of action/science fiction film scores. He has also begun a collaboration with director Stephen Sommers, scoring the films The Mummy Returns in 2001, Van Helsingin 2004, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in 2009. His most recent work included The Avengers in 2012.

Silvestri has also composed music for television shows, including TJ Hooker (one episode), Starsky & Hutch (three episodes), CHiPs, andManimal (all but one episode).

Silvestri was 21 years old when he started his film/television composing career. His style is marked by a strong use of the octatonic scale, as well as the use of different notes and instruments.

Personal life

Silvestri grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey[1] and attended Teaneck High School there.[2]

Silvestri also owns a vineyard, Silvestri Vineyards, located in Carmel Valley, California.[3]

Awards

Silvestri has received two Academy Award nominations, one for Best Original Score for Forrest Gump (1994) and one for Best Original Song for “Believe” on The Polar Express soundtrack. He also received two Golden Globe nominations: Best Score for Forrest Gump and Best Song for The Polar Express.

He has also received four Grammy Award nominations, winning two awards – Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, for “Believe” from The Polar Express in 2004 and Best Instrumental Composition, for “Cast Away End Credits” from Cast Away in 2002. His other two nominations were for Best Soundtrack Album (for Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit). During the 2005 Grammys, Josh Groban performed “Believe.” [4]

On September 23, 2011 he was awarded with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award by the City of Vienna at the yearly film music gala concert Hollywood in Vienna.

Discography

1970s

  • The Doberman Gang (1972)
  • The Mack (1973) (1983 video reissue)
  • Las Vegas Lady (1975)
  • The Amazing Dobermans (1976)
  • The Fifth Floor (1978)
  • CHiPs (1978–1983)

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

 

Thursday evening at the Concert (II): Hans Zimmer – Maestro (The Holiday soundtrack)


Thursday Evening a the Concert: Schubert – Der Tod und das Madchen (“Death and the Maiden”) , Strings Quartet in D Minor, Op. 14, D810


Franz Schubert
String quartet No. 14 d minor, D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

I. Allegro


II. Andante con moto


III. Scherzo: Allegro molto / IV. Presto

Nachum Erlich
Chamber orchestra of the Music Conservatory Karlsruhe

Live Recording 24.1.2011 Crown Hall, Jerusalem

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

String quartet no. 14 in D minor “Der Tod und das Madchen” D810

Performed by the Takacs Quartet

HIGH QUALITY: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=azGjSn52KRo&fmt=18 

*The String Quartet in D minor was written in 1824, just after Schubert became aware of his ruined health. It is popularly known as the “Death and the Maiden” Quartet because the second movement is adapted from the piano accompaniment to Schubert’s 1817 song (or lied), “Death and the Maiden”.

Ariel Dorfman‘s 1991 play “Death and the Maiden” and its 1994 film adaptation (directed by Roman Polanski) take their names from the quartet. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 

Original manuscript of Death and the Maiden quartet, from The Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection, Morgan Library, NY

Original manuscript of Lied Death and the Maiden

The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden, by Franz Schubert, is one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire. Composed in 1824, after the composer suffered through a serious illness and realized that he was dying, it is Schubert’s testament to death. The quartet is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in 1817 of the same title; but the theme of death is palpable in all four movements of the quartet.

The quartet was first played in 1826 in a private home, and was not published until 1831, three years after Schubert’s death. Yet, passed over in his lifetime, the quartet has become a staple of the quartet repertoire. It is D. 810 in Otto Erich Deutsch‘s thematic catalog of Schubert’s works.

1823 and 1824 were hard years for Schubert. For much of 1823 he was sick with an outburst of tertiary stage syphilis, and in May had to be hospitalized.[1] He was broke: he had entered into a disastrous deal with Diabelli to publish a batch of works, and received almost no payment; and his latest attempt at opera, Fierabras, was a flop. In a letter to a friend, he wrote,

“Think of a man whose health can never be restored, and who from sheer despair makes matters worse instead of better. Think, I say, of a man whose brightest hopes have come to nothing, to whom love and friendship are but torture, and whose enthusiasm for the beautiful is fast vanishing; and ask yourself if such a man is not truly unhappy.”[2]

The quartet takes its name from the lied “Der Tod und das Mädchen” (“Death and the Maiden, D.531), which Schubert wrote in 1817. The theme of the song – a setting of a poem by that name by Matthias Claudius. – is the theme of the second movement of the quartet. The theme is a death knell that accompanies the song about the terror and comfort of death:

Death and the Maiden

Peter Schöne (baritone) and Boris Cepeda (piano)

 

Der Tod und das Mädchen, Hans Baldung Grien, 1517

The Maiden:

Oh! leave me! Prithee, leave me! thou grisly man of bone!
For life is sweet, is pleasant.
Go! leave me now alone!
Go! leave me now alone!

Death:

Give me thy hand, oh! maiden fair to see,
For I’m a friend, hath ne’er distress’d thee.
Take courage now, and very soon
Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee!”[12]
 Takacs Quartet has a great interpretation of this string quartet        here

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=azGjSn52KRo&fmt=18 

Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC


Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC

Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC (click to access story)

Cameron Diaz


Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

There is something about Cameron Diaz at 40….Happy Birthday Cameron!


There is something about Cameron Diaz at 40....Happy Birthday Cameron!

There is something about Cameron Diaz at 40….Happy Birthday Cameron! (Click to

access the slide show-a collection of pictures from Cameron’s film acting
career)

From Wikipedia:

Cameron Diaz
 Diaz at the 2012 premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Born Cameron Michelle Diaz (1972-08-30) August 30, 1972 (age 40) San Diego, California, United States
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1988–93 (model) 1993–present (actress)

 

Actress Natalie Wood’s death certificate amended by coroner (from Reuters)


Actress Natalie Wood's death certificate amended by coroner (from Reuters)

Actress Natalie Wood’s death certificate amended by coroner (from Reuters) (click to access story)

Iubire Dinainte (By George-b) –


Iubire dinainte 

(By George-b)

 Invesminteaza-ma in pielea ta,
Acopere-ma-n parul tau,
Invita-mă in incaperea ta –
Apoi vom mai putea privi in Lună….

Dar nu-nainte…  In a ta presenţa privesc in jos,
Cu stîngacia primelor dorinte-
cu cît mai arzatoare, cu-atat mai nepatrunse…

O dorinţă de-a privi la stele, împreuna, 
ca si cum toata lumea–i contopita-ntr-una noua,
inca nenumită , la început de inceput si mai-nainte….

Oh,  dar invesmantaza-ma in pielea ta si vom vedea-mpreună

O Luna…numai nouă…

——————– ///  ——————–

Love from long ago  (by George-b)

Dress me in your skin,
Cover me in your hair,
Invite me inside-
Then we could still look at the Moon…

But not before – as in your presence I stare down
With that awkwardness of first desires-
The more ardent, the more kept deep inside,
where only though exist without expression…

Oh, desire to observe the stars, together,
As if the world entire’s blend anew
yet unnamed, at the beginning of beginnings and beyond…

Oh, but dress me in your skin and we shall see together
A Moon…only new.

Isle of Man: the 166th country I have the honor to have been visited from! Thanks and come back soon!


Isle of Man

Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Quocunque Jeceris Stabit  (Latin) Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand.[1]
Anthem: O Land of Our Birth” “Arrane Ashoonagh dy Vannin(Manx) Royal anthem: God Save the Queen
Location of  Isle of Man  (Red)
Location of Isle of Man  (Red)
Capital (and largest city) Douglas (Doolish) 54°09′N 4°29′W / 54.15°N 4.483°W / 54.15; -4.483
Official language(s) English, Manx[2]
Demonym Manx
Government British Crown Dependency Parliamentary democracy (Constitutional monarchy)
Lord of Mann Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood
Chief Minister Allan Bell
Legislature Tynwald
Upper house Legislative Council
Lower house House of Keys
Status Crown dependency
Lordship of Mann revested in British crown 1765
Area
Total 572 km2 (196th) 221 sq mi
Water (%) 0
Population
estimate 84,655 (202nd)
Density 140/km2 (109th) 362.4/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
Total $2.113 billion (162nd)
Per capita $35,000 (12th)
Gini 41[3]
HDI (2010) 0.849[4] (very high) (14th)
Currency Pound sterling1 (GBP)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Summer (DST) (UTC+1)
Date formats dd/mm/yyyy (AD)
Drives on the left
ISO 3166 code IM
Internet TLD .im
Calling code +44 specifically +44-1624      (landline) area code +44-7524, +44-7624, +44-7924      (mobile)
1 The Isle of Man Treasury issues its own sterling
English: The Three Legs of Man, Ronaldsway Air...

English: The Three Legs of Man, Ronaldsway Airport. By Bryan Kneale R.A. The motto “Quocunque Jeceris Stabit”, which translates literally as “whithersoever you throw it, it will stand” accompanies the three legs on the Coat of Arms of the Isle of Man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quotation: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) on Childhood Experiences


Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Muriel Ellen Deason, AKA Kitty Wells (1919)


Muriel Ellen Deason, AKA Kitty Wells (1919)

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Wells sang gospel music in church as a child and performed on radio in the 1930s. She achieved fame with her 1952 hit, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” a rebuttal to a popular song about wayward women. It made her the first female musician to top the country music charts, paving the way for later female country stars such as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She sang about topics such as drinking and divorce. How did radio stations react to her first hit? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: Thurgood Marshall Confirmed as First African-American US Supreme Court Justice (1967)


Thurgood Marshall Confirmed as First African-American US Supreme Court Justice (1967)

The great-grandson of a slave and the first African American to serve on the US Supreme Court, Marshall was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson at the height of the Civil Rights movement. As a lawyer, he won 29 of the 32 cases he argued before the Supreme Court, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education and others that established equal protection for African Americans in housing, voting, employment, and education. What church has included Marshall in its calendar of saints? More… Discuss

Sugar Molecule Spotted Near Sun-Like Star


Sugar Molecule Spotted Near Sun-Like Star

For the first time, astronomers have discovered sugar—one of the building blocks of life—in a gas cloud near a star. The simple molecule, called glycolaldehyde, is essential to the formation of ribonucleic acid (RNA), which is present in all living cells. The 10,000-year-old star, known as IRAS 16293-2422, is similar to the Sun and is approximately 400 light-years from Earth. Scientists believe the glycolaldehyde may have been formed as a result of the star’s radiation hitting even simpler molecules. More… Discuss

Wilkins Micawber (Some charater comes to life…and what a life!)


Wilkins Micawber

Micawber is a character from Charles Dickens’s 1850 novel David Copperfield. Though eternally optimistic, he persistently falls behind financially. As a result, he is sent to a debtor’s prison, much like Dickens’s father, the real-life inspiration for Micawber. He eventually exposes his employer, Uriah Heep, as a criminal, and is able to start a new life in Australia. One of Micawber’s memorable quotes pertaining to personal finance is known as the Micawber Principle. What is it? More… Discuss

Essential Eucaliptus (El Dorado Park) photography


Essential Eucaliptus (El Dorado Park)

Essential Eucaliptus (El Dorado Park)

California Hummingbird (El Dorado Park)


California Hummingbird

California Hummingbird

Piotr Iljitsch Tchaikowsky – Andante cantabile op.11 (English String Orchestra William Boughton, conductor)



English String Orchestra
William Boughton, conductor

“THE DREAMERS” – PATTI SMITH – “PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER”


Robert Schumann Carnaval Op.9 Claudio Arrau piano


 


Robert Schumann Zwickau, 8 giugno 1810 – Endenich, Bonn, 29 luglio 1856 – Carnaval Op.9
Claudio Arrau piano

 

Claudio Arrau León (February 6, 1903 – June 9, 1991) was a Chilean-American pianist known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning from the baroque to 20th-century composers, especially BeethovenSchubertChopinSchumannLisztBrahms and Debussy. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century.

Claudio Arrau

 

Arrau was born in ChillánChile, the son of Carlos Arrau, an ophthalmologist who died when Claudio was only a year old, and Lucrecia León Bravo de Villalba, a piano teacher. He belonged to an old, prominent family of Southern Chile. His ancestor Lorenzo de Arrau, a Spanish engineer, was sent to Chile by King Carlos III of Spain. Through his great-grandmother, María del Carmen Daroch del Solar, Arrau was a descendant of the Campbells of Glenorchy, a Scottish noble family.[citation needed]

 

Arrau was a child prodigy, giving his first concert at age five. When he was 6 he auditioned in front of several congressmen and President Pedro Montt, who became so impressed as to start arrangements for his future education. At age 8 he was sent on a 10-year long grant from the Chilean government to study in Germany, travelling in the company of his mother and sister Lucrecia. He was admitted at the Stern Conservatory of Berlinwhere he eventually became a pupil of Martin Krause, who had studied under Franz Liszt. At the age of 11 he could play Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, considered to be one of the most difficult sets of works ever written for the piano, and also Brahms‘s Paganini Variations. Arrau’s first recordings were made on Aeolian Duo-Art player piano music rolls. Krause died after five years of teaching Arrau, who at fifteen was devastated at the loss of his mentor.  Read more here

 

 

Most follows in One Day (from wordpress)


Most Follows in One Day

WordPress sais: “On Wednesday August 29, 2012 you surpassed your previous record of most follows in one day for your blog euzicasa. Nice!”

I would like to take a moment and thank all of you, my friends here at euzicasa for joining, commenting, for you encouragement and support for this website/blog/kioshk/art gallery/Concert Hall/ Press Room/Gym/Photolab –  Ohhhh – Zoo-botany garden/bike trail/reading room/clean air-water-soil room/politics room/ The list goes on and on/.

I would like to thank you, those today new members, especially: 

  • molnar
  • artlesspoems
  • Barbara Bamber
  • tighinaromaneasca
  • MikeFilmTalk
  • natycalinescu
  • and to all 125 members,

Thank you very much!

 

News Release: Licorice Lead recall showcases the need for more food safety programs (from U.S. PIRG)


News Release: Licorice Lead recall showcases the need for more food safety programs  (from U.S. PIRG)

News Release: Licorice Lead recall showcases the need for more food safety programs (from U.S. PIRG) (click to read more)

Question Everything!


What Went Viral (from MSN.com)


Did you know that even  whale mothers can be so proud of their progeny as to introduce it to humans in a boat? Check this out here

Hurricane Isaac_ Louisiana Today on the 7th Anniversary of Katrina) (from MS – NBS News)


Hurrice Isaac_ Luisiana

Hurricane  Isaac_ Louisiana  (click to access report)

Hurricane Isaac: 75 rescued in Plaquemines Parish – 25 still stranded (from WWLTV.com)


Hurricane Isaac:  75 rescued in Plaquemines Parish - 25 still stranded (from WWLTV.com)

Hurricane Isaac: 75 rescued in Plaquemines Parish – 25 still stranded (from WWLTV.com)    (click to access report)

Today’s Birthday: John Locke (1632)


John Locke (1632)

Locke was an English philosopher and founder of British Empiricism. He summed up the Enlightenment in his belief in the middle class and its right to freedom of conscience and right to property, in his faith in science, and in his faith in the goodness of humanity. His influence on philosophy and political theory has been incalculable. His 1690 Two Treatises of Government influenced the American and French revolutions. He once fled to Holland under suspicion of involvement in what plot? More… Discuss

John Locke's 1689 Two Treatises of Government,...

John Locke’s 1689 Two Treatises of Government, in it Locke calles “lives, liberties and estates” the “property” of individuals. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This day in the Yesteryear: Chemical Element Meitnerium Is Synthesized (1982)


Chemical Element Meitnerium Is Synthesized (1982)

In 1982, a German research team led by Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Münzenberg at the Institute for Heavy Ion Research created a new element. While bombarding bismuth-209 atoms with iron-58 ions, they detected a single atom of what is now called meitnerium. Its atomic number is 109. The artificially-produced, radioactive element is named for Lise Meitner, the Austrian-Swedish physicist and mathematician who helped discover nuclear fission. What was its original name? More… Discuss

Quotation: George Eliot – a writer-(1819-1880) – on the power of Words


You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

France Opens Murder Inquiry into Yasser Arafat’s Death


France Opens Murder Inquiry into Yasser Arafat’s Death

French prosecutors have opened an inquiry into the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004 at the age of 75 in a French military hospital. Although the cause of death was not initially released, reports later surfaced indicating that he had died of a stroke. However, his family has requested an inquiry to investigate claims that he was poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive isotope. Traces of the isotope were recently found by Swiss scientists on some of Arafat’s belongings, including his trademark keffiyeh. More… Discuss

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin Rare Version! HQ (I’d trade all my tomorrows for just one yesterday)


 



Me & Bobby McGee Lyrics  (“Me and Bobby McGee” as written by Kris/foster Kristofferson)
Read more here 

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train
And I’s feeling nearly as faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained,
It rode us all the way to New Orleans.

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna,
I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues.
Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby’s hand in mine,
We sang every song that driver knew.

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,
Nothing don’t mean nothing honey if it ain’t free, now now.
And feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
You know feeling good was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

From the Kentucky coal mines to the California sun,
Hey, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done,
Hey Bobby baby? kept me from the cold.

One day up near Salinas,I let him slip away,
He’s looking for that home and I hope he finds it,
But I’d trade all of my tomorrows for just one yesterday
To be holding Bobby’s body next to mine.

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose,
Nothing, that’s all that Bobby left me, yeah,
But feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
Hey, feeling good was good enough for me, hmm hmm,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

La la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la la
La la la la la Bobby McGee.
La la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la, Bobby McGee, la.

La La la, la la la la la la,
La La la la la la la la la, ain`t no bumb on my Bobby McGee yeah.
Na na na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na na na na
Hey now Bobby now, Bobby McGee, yeah.

Lord, I’m calling my lover, calling my man,
I said I’m calling my lover just the best I can,
C’mon, hey now Bobby yeah, hey now Bobby McGee, yeah,
Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lord
Hey, hey, hey, Bobby McGee, Lord!

Yeah! Whew!

Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lord
Hey, hey, hey, Bobby McGee.

 Janis: (“this is where somebody has to take over”…)  
George: “Well Janis,  nobody else could, so far, nobody else will!”
Get more song facts here
When Janis Joplin sang this song, everyone figured Bobby McGee was a man. But the song was originally written by Janis’ former boyfriend Kris Kristofferson. And when Kriss wrote the song, Bobby McGee was a girl In fact, Bobby McGee was an alias for Janis Joplin herself.

At the start of the song, Bobby McGee and her boyfriend are backpacking all over America. They hitch a ride with a truck driver. Bobby sings, to entertain the trucker, while her lover plays the harmonica (a harmonica is often called a “blues harp,” and “harpoon” is another nickname for the harmonica).

We’re led to believe that Bobby McGeee is a free spirit who hates the idea of being tied down. For that reason, Bobby eventually abandons the lover, in search of some elusive place where he or she will be happy. 

The lover misses Bobby, but doesn’t hold any grudges over being abandoned. The lover thinks Bobby was a rare and special person, and hopes Bobby finds whatever it is he/she is looking for.

The lover draws one lesson: “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” That means we’re only free if we have nothing. If we have friends, families, jobs, relationships, homes… then we’re not really free, because we have ties and responsibilities. The only way to be completely free is not to have possessions or commitments or relationships.

(Or to have lost them, in one way or another)

 

Janis Joplin – Little Girl Blue (This is Tom Jones, 1969)



JANIS JOPLIN
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart (1935).

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Sit there, hmm, count your fingers.
What else, what else is there to do ?
Oh and I know how you feel,
I know you feel that you’re through.
Oh wah wah ah sit there, hmm, count,
Ah, count your little fingers,
My unhappy oh little girl, little girl blue, yeah.

Oh sit there, oh count those raindrops
Oh, feel ’em falling down, oh honey all around you.
Honey don’t you know it’s time,
I feel it’s time,
Somebody told you ’cause you got to know
That all you ever gonna have to count on
Or gonna want to lean on
It’s gonna feel just like those raindrops do
When they’re falling down, honey, all around you.
Oh, I know you’re unhappy.

Oh sit there, ah go on, go on
And count your fingers.
I don’t know what else, what else
Honey have you got to do.
And I know how you feel,
And I know you ain’t got no reason to go on
And I know you feel that you must be through.
Oh honey, go on and sit right back down,
I want you to count, oh count your fingers,
Ah my unhappy, my unlucky
And my little, oh, girl blue.
I know you’re unhappy,
Ooh ah, honey I know,
Baby I know just how you feel.


Found on more albums:

The Essential Janis Joplin
Janis
The Collection [1995]
The Collection [Cube Version]
The Collection [Cube Version]
I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Janis Joplin [Madacy]
Anthology
Pearl/I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
The Essential Janis Joplin [Limited Edition 3.0]
Cheap Thrills/I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
The Essential Janis Joplin [Japan Bonus Track]
Star Power
Love, Janis
Absolute Janis                                                     Read more Here 

Midway – a film by Chris Jordan


Midway (from Midway.com)

Midway (from Midway.com)  (clicK to view  film)

Santa Ana Bike Road: Mile 0 @ Pacific Coast Hwy Underpass (last Saturday Afternoon)


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A nice ride, on a wide, well maintained road. All underpasses are large, well lit and the grade in low (even the one in the picture, that looks so dark.) I checked out the first 12 miles and leave the rest for autumn, when the weather is milder. 

( Snapshots were taken with Videolan media player, from the video recorded on the Midland XTC Webcam (720p HD))

From Democracy Now: Julian Assange’s Public Address


AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s shows with the words of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. On Sunday, he made his first public appearance since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, just days after he was granted asylum. Assange is attempting to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crime accusations, because he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States to face charges over the leaking of secret U.S. military and diplomatic files. Julian Assange spoke from a windowsill on a small balcony on the second floor of the Ecuadorean embassy, careful not to step onto the balcony, which is considered outside the legal boundary of the embassy. Dozens of police officers looked on. British authorities have threatened to raid the embassy and are refusing to allow Julian Assange safe passage out of the country to Ecuador. In his nine-minute address, Julian Assange called on President Obama to abandon what he described as a, quote, “war on whistleblowers.”

JULIAN ASSANGE: I am here today because I cannot be there with you today. But thank you for coming. Thank you for your resolve, your generosity of spirit. On Wednesday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy and the police descended on this building, you came out in the middle of the night to watch over it, and you brought the world’s eyes with you. Inside this embassy, after dark, I could hear teams of police swarming up into the building through its internal fire escape. But I knew there would be witnesses. And that is because of you. If the U.K. did not throw away the Vienna conventions the other night, it is because the world was watching. And the world was watching because you were watching. So, the next time somebody tells you that it is pointless to defend those rights that we hold dear, remind them of your vigil in the dark before the embassy of Ecuador, remind them how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world, and a courageous Latin America nation took a stand for justice.

And so, to those brave people. I thank President Correa for the courage he has shown in considering and in granting me political asylum. And I also thank the government and, in particular, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, who upheld the Ecuadorean constitution and its notion of universal citizenship in their consideration of my asylum, and to the Ecuadorean people for supporting and defending this constitution. And I also have a debt of gratitude to the staff of this embassy, whose families live in London and who are showing me hospitality and kindness despite the threats we all received.

This Friday, there will be an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of Latin America in Washington, D.C., to address this very situation. And so, I am grateful to those people and governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, and to all other Latin American countries who have come out to defend the right to asylum; and to the people of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia who have supported me in strength, even when their governments have not; and to those wiser heads in government who are still fighting for justice—your day will come; to the staff, supporters and sources of WikiLeaks, whose courage and commitment and loyalty has seen no equal. To my family and to my children, who have been denied their father, forgive me, we will be reunited soon.

As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies. We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America. Will it return to and reaffirm the values, the revolutionary values it was founded on, or will it lurch off the precipice, dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark?

I say it must turn back. I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation. The United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters. The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful. There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organization, be it WikiLeaks or be it the New York Times.

The U.S. administration’s war on whistleblowers must end. Thomas Drake, William Binney and John Kiriakou and the other heroic whistleblowers must—they must—be pardoned or compensated for the hardships they have endured as servants of the public record. And to the Army private who remains in a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, who was found by the United Nations to have endured months of torturous detention in Quantico, Virginia, and who has yet, after two years in prison, to see a trial: he must be released. Bradley Manning must be released. If Bradley Manning did as he is accused, he is a hero and an example to all of us and one of the world’s foremost political prisoners. Bradley Manning must be released. On Wednesday, Bradley Manning spent his 815th day of detention without trial. The legal maximum is 120 days.

On Thursday, my friend Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Human Rights Center, was sentenced to three years in prison for a tweet. On Friday, a Russian band was sentenced to two years in jail for a political performance. There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response.

Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: Julian Assange, speaking to hundreds of supporters and to the media from a windowsill on a small balcony on the second floor of the Ecuadorean embassy in London Sunday. He was careful not to step onto the actual balcony, which is considered outside the legal boundary of the embassy. He stood within the windowsill.

When we come back, we hear from Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, former British ambassador Craig Murray and writer Tariq Ali. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. Back in a minute.   (From Democracy now)

5 places to witness one of nature’s greatest fall spectacles (from USA Today -Travel)


The annual migration of monarch butterflies to wintering grounds in central Mexico is one of nature's most amazing feats. And though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a "mixed" forecast for this autumn's monarch-watching prospects, the show – and attendant festivities – will go on at a number of National Wildlife Refuges.

5 places to witness one of nature’s greatest fall spectacles (from USA

Today Travel) (click to access story)

monarchwatch.org

click to access MonarchWatch.org

News Release

MONARCH WATCH ANNOUNCES ‘BRING BACK THE MONARCHS’ CAMPAIGN

“In real estate it’s location, location, location and for monarchs and other wildlife it’s habitat, habitat, habitat”, said Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch. Monarch Watch (www.MonarchWatch.org) started in 1992 as an outreach program dedicated to engaging the public in studies of monarchs and is now concentrating its efforts on monarch conservation. “We have a lot of habitat in this country but we are losing it at a rapid pace. Development is consuming 6,000 acres a day, a loss of 2.2 million acres per year. Further, the overuse of herbicides along roadsides and elsewhere is turning diverse areas that support monarchs, pollinators, and other wildlife into grass-filled landscapes that support few species. The adoption of genetically modified soybeans and corn have further reduced monarch habitat. If these trends continue, monarchs are certain to decline, threatening the very existence of their magnificent migration”, said Taylor.  → More

THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME


 

The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Built in the 1950s by the Soviet Union, the Baikonur Cosmodrome is an aerospace launch facility located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan. The world’s first artificial satellite and first manned spacecraft were launched from there, and the base is still used by the Russian space program. Though the city that sprang up around the facility now shares the name Baikonur, it was originally Tyuratam. Baikonur was a mining town about 200 miles (320 km) away. Why was the base named for a distant town? More… Discuss

 

Phrases Worth Quoting: Washington Irving – on Personal Growth by the means of Doing


One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: WILLIAM ROBERTSON DAVIES (1913) – a Canadian Writer


 

William Robertson Davies (1913)

Davies was one of Canada’s most distinguished writers. Educated at Oxford, he produced more than 30 works of fiction throughout his long literary career, as well as plays, essays, and criticism. Among the themes explored in his densely plotted novels are life’s moral dimensions and the isolation of the spirit. He is best known for his three novel trilogies dealing with life and culture in fictional Ontario villages. What innovative technology, considered indispensible today, did he proudly shun? More… Discuss

 

This day in the Yesteryear: FIRST ISSUE OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED (1845)


 

First Issue of Scientific American Magazine Is Published (1845)

In 1845, Rufus Porter—an eccentric inventor, painter, and editor—published the first issue of Scientific American, a weekly newspaper about new inventions. By 1853, its circulation had reached 30,000 and it was reporting on various sciences, such as astronomy and medicine. In 1921, it became a monthly. Its solidly-researched, well-written articles, accompanied by illustrations and explanations, have made it a highly regarded publication. How much did the first subscriptions cost? More… Discuss

 

Blogging Award: The Beautiful Blogger Award (second time around)


Blogging Award

beautiful-blogger-awardThank you  sarahjademcdermott for nominating me for this award.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated:  How wonderful to wake up on a Monday morning to an award from a blogging friend my website.  
Like many good things in life it evolved on  the corner of a three legged table, not even two years ago, from a burning desire to share my passion for music, photography, physical activity, and poetry, as well as trends,  I thought very important,  in the world we live in. 
I am so glad that so many of you like what I tried to make known in my posts.

This is the second Beautiful Blogger Award that I received and both within the last month.  (Visit my “Blog Awards” Page    for more info.)

Rules:

1. Post seven interesting things about myself.

2.  Nominate other bloggers who I feel deserve the award.

3.  Let them know about the nomination.

4. Post this picture in the post w/ your copy paste editing options.

1.  Here are 7 things about me (no not the same you already know):

1. I like squirrels – I think that they are wonderful creatures, from which many among us would learn something from watching their playfulness.

2. If you visit, bring some mushrooms (edible) – I’ll make you something good to eat.

3. I am so happy to wake up everyday, and consider it the gift I treasure most.

4. Last time I check, I was on the market for a Treck bicycle, but ended up taking home a Cannondale  bike instead.

5. Do you know how to preserve fresh Tarragon? If not, I do.

6. Once upon a time I liked to go fishing… lately I’d rather cycle instead: Everything changed.

7. I like to make new friends.

2.  Nominate other bloggers who I feel deserve the award:

I nominate the following bloggers:

  • Eda – Her poetry is beautiful (don’t take my word for it check it instead… so what if you don’t know Romanian: Google does!)
  • Microcritters – His Critters are cool (to say nothing of the super photos of macrocritters) Again don’t take my word for it; gocheck it out for yourselves)
  • Brooke – I love her website and the beatiful posts she published in the short time since our blogs discovered  each other  Redwood, cheese, Northern California trip, honey,  all wrapped around in wonderful posts anf photos.

Thank you for visiting for a while, and leaving with a thought for this blogger!

Your enthusiasm  is the true winner of this award, as your interest, curiosity, and desire to  know are its true brain, heart, and few other internat and vital organs of this blog!


Thank you so much again!

La mort de Neil Armstrong, héros de la conquête spatiale, suscite de vibrants hommages


A true American Hero: Neil Armstrong!

Rest in Peace!

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Neil Armstrong devant sa photo le 26 juillet 2005 au musée de Valence

Armstrong, qui a donné l’envie à toute une génération de conquérir les étoiles, est mort à 82 ans de complications liées à une opération cardiovasculaire survenue plus tôt dans le mois, a annoncé sa famille samedi.

Parlant d’Armstrong comme d’un “héros américain contre son gré”, ses proches ont exprimé leur espoir que son héritage encourage les jeunes gens à “travailler dur pour que leurs rêves deviennent réalité, (…) repousser les limites et servir avec abnégation une cause plus grande que la leur”.

John Glenn, 81 ans, qui a effectué le premier vol orbital américain, a salué l'”audace” d’Armstrong et rendu hommage à son humilité légendaire.

“Il n’avait pas l’impression de devoir se vendre comme une marchandise”, a déclaré l’ex-sénateur de l’Ohio à la chaîne de télévision CNN. “C’était une personne humble et il l’est resté après son vol lunaire, comme avant”.

Ce pionnier lunaire, décoré de nombreuses fois par les…

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Chris Coyier: 10 Things to make your site faster


Monday, August 27, 2012 (from Democracy Now)


Monday, August 27, 2012   (from Democracy Now)

Monday, August 27, 2012 (from Democracy Now) (Click to access program)

Election 2012: Dreams of a Vote Deferred?

People remember 1929 as the year of the stock-market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression, the global economic disaster which remains the only one in history that dwarfs the one in which we now find ourselves. It was also the year Martin Luther King Jr. was born, who wouldn’t live to see 40 years.
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Today’s Quotation: Excerpt from Middlemarch -George Eliot on Egotism


Excerpt from Middlemarch -George Eliot on Egotism

Excerpt from Middlemarch -George Eliot on Egotism (click to access Quotations Book)

Today’s Birthday: Charles Stewart Rolls (1877) (the Rolls-Royce Guy)


Charles Stewart Rolls (1877)

English:

English: “Photograph of the Hon. C.S. Rolls’ autocar with HRH The Duke of York, Lord Llangattock father, Sir Charles Cust and the Hon. C.S. Rolls as occupants”, taken by John Howard Preston. Charles Stewart Rolls went on to co-found Rolls-Royce in 1904. The photograph shows ‘The Hendre’, the family’s gothic mansion in Monmouthshire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A member of the British aristocracy, Rolls developed an interest in engines and cars while studying at Cambridge. He became the first person there to have a car—a Peugeot—and, in 1902, he went into the automobile sales business. Striking a deal with manufacturer Frederick Royce in 1906, he co-founded the Rolls-Royce automobile company, which quickly earned a reputation for its engineering. In 1910, at the age of 32, Rolls became the first Briton to die in what unusual way? More… Discuss