Daily Archives: September 26, 2012

Sara Bareilles – Between The Lines – Trailer

Music video by Sara Bareilles performing Between The Lines – Trailer. (C) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment

Andy Williams – Moon River (Lyrics): Mr. Williams, you will be missed!



Quotation: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) on definition of true artist

The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss


Macavity The Mystery Cat – TS Eliot

The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock. T.S. Eliot. Read by Anthony Hopkins


T. S. Eliot

Listen (to Eliot read)

Listen (to Sir Antony Hopkins read)

S`io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse. Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero, Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo. Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table; Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent To lead you to an overwhelming question... Oh, do not ask, "What is it?" Let us go and make our visit. In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo. The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes The yellow smoke…

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THOMAS STEARNS “T. S.” ELIOT (1888) an Poet and Critic THe Hollow Man ( this is the way the world ends-not with a bang, but a whimper)

Thomas Stearns “T. S.” Eliot (1888)

Eliot was an American-British poet and critic and an immensely distinguished literary figure who, from the 1920s on, was the most influential English-language modernist poet. His early poems, such as “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Waste Land,” express the anguish and barrenness of modern life and the isolation of the individual. In his later poetry, he turned from spiritual desolation to hope for human salvation. What book by Eliot is the basis for the musical CatsMore… Discuss

The Hollow Men was written in 1925

Eliot said the name was a mixture of “The Broken Men” of Rudyard Kipling with “The Hollow Land” of William Morris

There are strong references to Guy Fawkes, particularly the ending. 

The portrait of T.S. Eliot was by Wyndham Lewis in 1938

The picture is of a Japanese scarecrow, reworked in Paint Shop Pro. Here’s the original picture:

This day in the Yesteryear: STEAMSHIP RMS QUEEN MARY IS LAUNCHED (1934)


Steamship RMS Queen Mary Is Launched (1934)

Construction on the Queen Mary ocean liner began in Scotland in 1930. In 1934, British King George V’s consort, Queen Mary, christened the ship in her own name. Operated by the Cunard Line, the glamorous luxury ship carried passengers between New York and England for decades—except during World War II, when it was painted grey and converted to carry troops. In the 1960s, air travel rendered transatlantic passenger ships obsolete, and the Queen Mary was retired. Where is it now? More… Discuss




New, Deadly Virus Linked to SARS

A new respiratory illness that has killed one and left another in critical condition has been identified, and researchers say the virus that causes it is in the same family as the SARS virus, which infected thousands and killed hundreds around the world in anoutbreak in 2002 and 2003. International health authorities are on alert, but no travel restrictions have yet been issued, as there have been only two confirmed cases of the new illness thus far. Both of those cases have been traced to the Middle East, and there is no indication that the disease has spread. More… Discuss



The Siege Tower

Dating to antiquity, siege towers were large, portable structures that aided soldiers in scaling defensive walls and shielded them as they did so. The massive towers were filled with soldiers and then wheeled up to the walls of a besieged fortress, whereupon gangplanks would be lowered to allow the invading force access. Archers and catapults were often positioned on top of the towers so that they could fire upon enemies during an assault. What protected the wooden towers from flaming arrows? More… Discuss

Jesse Ventura on CNN Piers Morgan Sept. 17th, 2012 Full Interview