Daily Archives: March 8, 2013

In the Mirror-La oglinda Angela Moldovan,lyrics by G.Cosbuc

George Cosbuc 1866 – 1918
La Oglinda – 1890 Balade si idile
George Cosbuc – 1890 Balade si idile
George Cosbuc
Azi am sa-ncrestez in grinda
Jos din cui acum, oglinda!
Mama-i dusa-n sat! Cu dorul
Azi e singur puisorul,
Si-am inchis usa la tinda
     Cu zavorul.
Iata-ma! Tot eu, cea veche!
Ochii? hai, ce mai pereche!
Si ce cap frumos rasare!
Nu-i al meu? Al meu e oare?
Dar al cui! Si la ureche,
     Uite-o floare.
Asta-s eu! Si sunt voinica!
Cine-a zis ca eu sunt mica?
Uite, zau, acum iau seama
Ca-mi sta bine-n cap naframa,
Si ce fata frumusica
     Are mama!
Ma gandeam eu ca-s frumoasa!
Dar cum nu! Si mama-mi coasa
Sort cu flori, minune mare
Nu-s eu fata ca oricare:
Mama poate fi faloasa
     Ca ma are.
Stii ce-a zis si ieri la vie?
A zis: -“Ce-mi tot spun ei mie!
Am si eu numai o fata,
Si n-o dau sa fie data:
Cui o dau voiesc sa-mi fie 
     Om odata”.
Mai stiu eu! Si-asa se poate!
Multe stiu, dar nu stiu toate.
Mama-mi da invatatura
Cum se tese-o panzatura,
Nu cum stau cei dragi de vorba
     Gura-n gura.
N-am sa tes doar viata-ntreaga!
Las’ sa vad si eu cum se leaga
Dragostea – dar stiu eu bine!
Din frumos ce-l placi ea vine –
Hai, ma prind feciorii draga
     Si pe mine!
Ca-s subtire! Sa ma franga
Cine-i om, cu mana stanga!
Dar asa te place dorul:
Subtirea, cu binisorul
Cand te strange el, sa-ti stranga
     Tot trupusorul.
Bratul drept daca-l intinde
Roata peste brau te prinde
Si te-ntreaba: -“Draga, strangu-l?”
Si tu-l certi, dar el, natangul,
Ca raspuns te mai cuprinde
     Si cu stangul.
Iar de-ti cere si-o gurita –
Doamne! Cine-i la portita?
Om sa fie? Nu e cine!
Hai, e vantul! Uite-mi vine
Sa vad oare cu cosita
     Sta-mi-ar bine?
O, ca-mi sta mie-n tot felul!
Sa ma port cu-ncetinelul:
Uite salba, brau, si toate!
Si cosite cumparate,
Stai, sa-nchei si testementul
     Pe la spate.
Uite ce bujor de fata 
Stai sa te sarut o data!
Tu ma poti, oglinda, spune!
Ei, tu doara nu t-ei pune
Sa ma spui! Tu ai, surata,
     Ganduri bune.
De-ar sti mama! Vai, sa stie
Ce-i fac azi, mi-ar da ea mie!
D-apoi! N-am sa fiu tot fata,
Voi fi si nevast-odata:
Las’ sa vad cat e de bine
Ca mi-a spus bunica mie
Ca nevasta una stie
Mai mult decat fata, juna,
Ei, dar ce? Nu mi-a spus buna
Si ma mir eu ce-o sa fie
     Asta una!
Brau-i pus! Acum, din lada
Mai ieu sortu! O, sa-mi sada
Fata cum imi sta nevasta…
Aolio! Mama-n ograda!
Era gata sa ma vada
     Pe fereastra.
Ce sa fac? Unde-mi sta capul?
Grabnic, hai sa-nchid dulapul,
Sa ma port sa nu ma prinda.
Salba, jos! Si-n cui, oglinda!
Ce-am uitat? Inchisa usa
     De la tinda.
Intra-n casa? O, ba bine,
Si-a gasit niste vecine,
Sta la sfat… toata-s vapaie!
Junghiul peste piept ma taie:
Doamne, de-ar fi dat de mine,
     Ce bataie!

Halleluhaj played on glass harp by Réal Berthiaume (accompanied by guitar): A real treat!

Leonard Cohen – Tonight Will Be Fine

Leonard Cohen – “Tonight Will Be Fine”

Sometimes I find I get to thinking of the past. 
We swore to each other then that our love would surely last. 
You kept right on loving, I went on a fast, 
now I am too thin and your love is too vast. 
But I know from your eyes 
and I know from your smile 
that tonight will be fine, 
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine 
for a while. 

I choose the rooms that I live in with care, 
the windows are small and the walls almost bare, 
there’s only one bed and there’s only one prayer; 
I listen all night for your step on the stair. 

But I know from your eyes 
and I know from your smile 
that tonight will be fine, 
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine 
for a while. 

Oh sometimes I see her undressing for me, 
she’s the soft naked lady love meant her to be 
and she’s moving her body so brave and so free. 
If I’ve got to remember that’s a fine memory. 

And I know from her eyes 
and I know from her smile 
that tonight will be fine, 
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine 
for a while.

George Harrison And Bob Dylan: The Concert for Bangladesh – Rehearsal

The Storm before the calm (poetic thought by George-B)

The Storm before the calm (poetic thought by George-B)

I float, now, at fate’s will, karma – for sail,
fate – for rudder while I remain,
just a resigned captain, passenger and sole survivor,

Surreally true…

Show me to the shore,
show me the rock, the birds,
show me the current to the light house,

to become again homeward bound,
from the storm before the calm


Haydn – Symphony No.101 in D major (re major) ‘The Clock’ with The New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conductor)

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conductor
For information and analysis of this work visithttp://muswrite.blogspot.com/2012/03/…
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English: House of Joseph Haydn in Vienna, now ...

English: House of Joseph Haydn in Vienna, now a Haydn museum. Español: La casa donde vivió Joseph Haydn durante sus últimos años en Viena fue convertida en museo. ATWien1060 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Symphony No. 101 in D major (Hoboken 1/101) is the ninth of the twelve so-called London Symphonies written by Joseph Haydn. It is popularly known as The Clock because of the “ticking” rhythm throughout the second movement.

Haydn completed the symphony in 1793 or 1794. He wrote it for the second of his two visits to London (1791-2, 1794-5).

The work was premiered on 3 March 1794, in the Hanover Square Rooms, as part of a concert series featuring Haydn’s work organized by his colleague and friendJohann Peter Salomon; a second performance took place a week later.[1]

As was generally true for the London symphonies, the response of the audience was very enthusiastic. The Morning Chronicle reported:

As usual the most delicious part of the entertainment was a new grand Overture [that is, symphony] by HAYDN; the inexhaustible, the wonderful, the sublime HAYDN! The first two movements were encored; and the character that pervaded the whole composition was heartfelt joy. Ever new Overture he writes, we fear, till it is heard, he can only repeat himself; and we are every time mistaken.[2]

The work has always been popular and continues to appear frequently on concert programs and in recordings.

It is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpetstimpani and strings.

The work is in standard four-movement form, as follows:

  1. Adagio – Presto
  2. Andante
  3. MenuettoAllegretto
  4. Vivace


“Surprise” ( Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G major)

Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 94 “Surprise”
in G major / G-Dur / en sol majeur

Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, Adam Fischer

Deutsch: Joseph-Haydn-Straße, Wuppertal

Deutsch: Joseph-Haydn-Straße, Wuppertal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like all of Haydn’s “London” symphonies, the work is in four movements, marked as follows:

The Symphony No. 94 in G major (Hoboken 1/94) is the second of the twelve so-called London symphonies (numbers 93-104) written by Joseph Haydn. It is usually called by its nickname, the Surprise Symphony.

Haydn wrote the symphony in 1791 in London for a concert series he gave during the first of his visits to England (1791–1792). The premiere took place at theHanover Square Rooms in London on March 23, 1792, with Haydn leading the orchestra seated at a fortepiano.

Haydn’s music contains many jokes, and the Surprise Symphony includes probably the most famous of all: a sudden fortissimo chord at the end of an otherwise pianoopening theme in the variation-form second movement. The music then returns to its original quiet dynamic, as if nothing had happened, and the ensuing variations do not repeat the joke. (In German it is commonly referred to as the Symphony “mit dem Paukenschlag“—”with the kettledrum stroke”).

In Haydn’s old age, George August Griesinger, his biographer, asked whether he wrote this “surprise” to awaken the audience. Haydn replied:

No, but I was interested in surprising the public with something new, and in making a brilliant debut, so that my student Pleyel, who was at that time engaged by an orchestra in London (in 1792) and whose concerts had opened a week before mine, should not outdo me. The first Allegro of my symphony had already met with countless Bravos, but the enthusiasm reached its highest peak at the Andante with the Drum Stroke. Encore! Encore! sounded in every throat, and Pleyel himself complimented me on my idea.[1]

The work was popular at its premiere. The Woodfall’s Register critic wrote: “The third piece of HAYDN was a new Overture [i.e. symphony], of very extraordinary merit. It was simple, profound, and sublime. The andante movement was particularly admired.”[2]

The Morning Herald critic wrote:

The Room was crowded last night…. A new composition from such a man as HAYDN is a great event in the history of music. — His novelty of last night was a grand Overture, the subject of which was remarkably simple, but extended to vast complication, exquisitly [sic] modulated and striking in effect. Critical applause was fervid and abundant.”[3]

The symphony is still popular today, and is frequently performed and recorded. (Read more here…)

A Lemon by Pablo Neruda

A Lemon (by Pablo Neruda)

Out of lemon flowers
on the moonlight, love’s
lashed and insatiable
sodden with fragrance,
the lemon tree’s yellow
the lemons
move down
from the tree’s planetarium

Delicate merchandise!
The harbors are big with it-
for the light and the
barbarous gold.
We open
the halves
of a miracle,
and a clotting of acids
into the starry
original juices,
irreducible, changeless,
so the freshness lives on
in a lemon,
in the sweet-smelling house of the rind,
the proportions, arcane and acerb.

Cutting the lemon
the knife
leaves a little cathedral:
alcoves unguessed by the eye
that open acidulous glass
to the light; topazes
riding the droplets,
aromatic facades.

So, while the hand
holds the cut of the lemon,
half a world
on a trencher,
the gold of the universe
to your touch:
a cup yellow
with miracles,
a breast and a nipple
perfuming the earth;
a flashing made fruitage,
the diminutive fire of a planet.

(Visit this website for translations in several other languages)


Debussy – La cathédrale engloutie (With François-Joël Thiollier)

La cathédrale engloutie (“The Submerged Cathedral” or “The Sunken Cathedral”) by Claude Debussy. Played by François-Joël Thiollier.

Debussy playlist – “La Mer”: “Dialogue between Wind and Wave”

Third movement of Debussy‘s “La Mer” (“The Sea”): “Dialogue du vent et de la mer” (“Dialogue between Wind and Waves”).

By listening to this wondrous piece, you can choose to allow the entire playlist run it’s course: great thing about our time: we can do that…well, so far, at least!


“It’s Time To Tax Financial Transactions”: Here At Last Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

well, a police state, requires a lot of cuts, in civilian jobs!


On Friday at midnight, the sequester kicked in, triggering $85 billion in deep, dumb budget cuts that sent “nonessential personnel”— such as air traffic controllers — packing.

Not to worry, though: Wall Street’s day was pretty much like any other. Billions of dollars in profits were made off of trillions of dollars in financial transactions. And the vast majority of those transactions were conducted tax-free.

Moral of the story: What else is new?

Crash the economy? Free pass. Prevent planes from crashing? Pink slip.

We don’t need a team of policymakers to tell us this isn’t good policy, or that it needs changing. But on Thursday, we heard policymakers propose exactly that: a change.

Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), along with Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.), unveiled a bill that would place a light tax on all financial transactions — three pennies on every $100 traded.

The good…

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The twenties are back!

Bel' Occhio


The roaring, wild twenties.

The beginning of jazz.

Women started taking a stand for more equal rights.

And  women abandoned their restrictive clothes and shortened their skirts.

I’m involved in a high school project – The Roaring Twenties.  Fanny the Flapper needs a costume that reflects the era. This is a challenge  for my teen-age friend.  Could I?  Would I?  Help?




Pining and pattern  planning.  I’ve found the fabric – now to make the pattern.  This is fun.




It’s a tiny dress form but the process for making a dress is exactly the same;  facings cut on the bias, pleated skirt and perfectly trimmed edgings.





The dress is finished.   It was part of a bigger project.  Oh yes – the project got an A mark.

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Shall We Develop the Skill of Happiness Together?

Life: practice, practice, practice!

Good at Life


Recently I received an invitation via email to join a new website community.  I clicked the link and began to explore what it was all about.  Happify was the name, and well, I kinda love happiness and the idea of it so… I couldn’t resist.  The next word I saw was science- my other love!  The drool began to seep from the corners of my mouth like a dog being taunted with a pixie cup of peanut butter.  I’ve done a lot of learning about the latest research regarding human happiness. I find it very comforting to know that I do in fact have a pretty good amount of control over how happy I am and all I have to do is take note of the actions they’ve discovered start releasing all those good feeling chemicals in my brain, do them, and I’m well on my way.

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London seeks to legalize secret courts

Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News

Published on Mar 7, 2013

Secret courts where secret evidence could be heard against defendants who don’t even have the right to appoint their own legal representatives could become a more common feature of British justice system if the government pushes through the controversial new Justice and Security bill. In heated debates in the House of Commons, a parliamentary majority ensured it took a step closer to becoming law despite passionate opposition. The government claims it is necessary on national security grounds but opponents of the bill say if passed, this signals real hypocrisy from the government. Despite a cross-party movement to try and block the passing of the bill, the Coalition has been accused of ‘railroading the plans through’ and stamping on centuries of tradition where the accused has the right to face the evidence against them.

Amina Taylor , Press TV, London


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UN backs expansion of North Korea sanctions after nuclear threat

Only threats…work? (but isn’t that diplomacy at it’s best?)

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UN resolution condemns third nuclear test ‘in the strongest possible terms’ and warns the North against further provocations

Susan Rice North Korea sanctions

UN ambassador Susan Rice votes at a security council meeting on imposing a fourth round of sanctions against North Korea. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The United Nations security council has voted unanimously to punish North Korea for last month’s nuclear test with a toughened sanctions regime, hours after Pyongyang threatened to unleash a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.

Secretary general Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, said the resolution “sent an unequivocal message to [the North] that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons“.

The decision by the 15-member council followed lengthy negotiations between the United States and China, the North’s main ally. Measures…

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Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to 4 years behind bars in wiretap trial..

Another crook another day: few millions to go!

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John WorldNews

Published on Mar 7, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi is sentenced to 1 year in prison, that’s already confirmed!.

The ex-premier is accused of violating secrecy laws after making public a police wiretap concerning his political rival in 2005. They were published in Il Giornale, a newspaper run by his brother, who was also sentenced to over two years and three months in prison.

Under Italian law, people over 75 who are sentenced to less than two years don’t have to actually serve their term behind bars. Berlusconi is 76.



Berlusconi sentenced to 1 year behind bars in wiretap trial

Published time: March 07, 2013 11:18
Edited time: March 07, 2013 12:54
Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (AFP Photo)
Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (AFP Photo)

Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to one year in jail after a wiretap trial linked to a 2005 banking scandal.

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Ants and Aspartame- pic

Ants are smarter than us: for once We should learn from them: feed it back to the ones responsible!


The complete US jobs report in two simple charts

Some charts cannot be denied!

Time to Be Scared: Dont Believe in UFOs? Watch This! – Recent Mass UFO Sightings

I’m some of then landed and are running the world…what can you say: if they behave inhuman it’s becauthey are not…Humans!

Special on Debssy’s birthday: Sergiu Celibidache conducting Debussy’s Prelude l’Apres-Midi un’faune

Köln, Münchner Philarmoniker, 1994. Such a shame that this  rendition hadn’t been published yet.

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, is a symphonic poem fororchestra by Claude Debussy, approximately 10 minutes in duration. It was first performed in Paris on December 22, 1894, conducted by Gustave Doret.

The composition was inspired by the poem L’après-midi d’un faune by Stéphane Mallarmé, and later formed the basis for the ballet Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. It is one of Debussy’s most famous works and is considered a turning point in the history of music; composer-conductor Pierre Boulez even dates the awakening of modern music from this score, observing that “the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music.”[3] It is a work that barely grasps onto tonality and harmonic function.

About his composition Debussy wrote:

  The music of this prelude is a very free illustration of Mallarmé’s beautiful poem. By no means does it claim to be a synthesis of it. Rather there is a succession of scenes through which pass the desires and dreams of the faun in the heat of the afternoon. Then, tired of pursuing the timorous flight of nymphs and naiads, he succumbs to intoxicating sleep, in which he can finally realize his dreams of possession in universal Nature.[4]  

Quotation: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) on love

Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love that makes the world go round.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: KONSTANTINOS KARAMANLIS (1907)

Konstantinos Karamanlis (1907)

One of the most important political figures in the history of modern Greece, Karamanlis helped rebuild Greece’s economy while serving in various posts after WWII. Chosen as prime minister in 1955, he formed a government and a new conservative party, the National Radical Union. In 1960, he established an independent republic on Cyprus to ease tensions with Britain and Turkey over the island. He resigned in 1963 and lived in exile in Paris until 1974. What finally brought him back to Greece? More… Discuss


Nelson’s Pillar Destroyed by Explosion in Dublin (1966)

Built in 1808 and towering over the center of Dublin, Ireland, Nelson’s Pillar was a massive monument to Horatio Nelson, Britain’s most famous naval hero. It was controversial from the start. In 1966, Irish Republican Army members destroyed the pillar with a bomb. Irish Army engineers then removed the pillar’s pedestal with a controlled explosion, which is said to have caused more damage than the original blast. The head of the statue was later stolen from storage. Where did it end up? More… Discuss



Missing Soviet War Veteran Found Living in Afghanistan

Bakhretdin Khakimov was just 20 years old when he wentmissing in Afghanistan months after the Soviet invasion in 1979, and for 33 years his whereabouts remained unknown. Recently, however, a Moscow-based veterans’ group tracked him down in Afghanistan and learned what became of the young soldier. It turns out that Khakimov had suffered severe head trauma in the fighting and had been rescued and nursed back to health by a local Afghan healer. Khakimov chose to remain in Afghanistan thereafter, adopted the name Sheikh Abdullah, and took up the profession of his rescuer. More… Discuss



Solar Pond

A solar pond is a man-made pool of saltwater that not only absorbs heat from sunlight, but is able to store it for use in heating or power generation. In a freshwater pond, sun-warmed water rises to the top, loses its heat to the atmosphere, becomes denser, and sinks again. In a solar pond, however, a layer of highly salty water remains trapped at the bottom by its own density, even as it is warmed by sunlight—thereby storing heat. Typically, how hot is the bottom of a solar pond?More… Discuss