Daily Archives: June 27, 2013

Quotation: Ambrose Bierce on Accountability

Accountability, n.: The mother of caution.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ALEXIS CARREL (1873)

Alexis Carrel (1873)

In 1894, French president Sadi Carnot died because surgeons could not reconnect his severed veins after a stabbing. The incident inspired Carrel, a French surgeon, to develop a suturing technique based on methods used by embroiderers. Known as triangulation, the technique is still used today. Carrel won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912 for his work on sutures and organ transplants. He also developed the artificial heart with what American famous for non-medical work? More… Discuss

Extraits du tétéfilm de 52′ de Robert Stefinger : Alexis CARREL . Loué par les uns, critiqué par les autres,
il demeure l’un des péres de la médecine moderne.



Mike Tyson Bites Off Part of Evander Holyfield’s Ear (1997)

Once a renowned heavyweight boxer, Tyson sought a comeback in 1995 after spending three years in prison following a rape conviction. His first fight with Holyfield in 1996 saw Holyfield, who was in the midst of a comeback of his own, defeat Tyson for the heavyweight title. Their 1997 rematch was temporarily halted when Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear—and permanently stopped when Tyson bit him again on the other ear and was disqualified. What reason did Tyson give for the infamous bite? More…Discuss


Seven African Countries Dramatically Cut Childhood HIV Infections

Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have all made great strides in reducing new HIV infections in children. Since 2009, these seven countries have cut the number in half. Much of this success is the result of programs to getantiretroviral medications to HIV-positive pregnant women, thereby preventing the virus’ transmission to their offspring. Still, across most high-priority countries inAfrica, including those named above, access to AIDS drugs for pediatric patients remains “unacceptably low,” with only 30 percent of HIV-positive children getting the treatment they need. More… Discuss

Los Angeles, Miracle Mile Transformation:)


I snapped this yesterday of the apartment complex that I’m tracking.

The Miracle Mile Area is changing fast.
New apartments, condos and soon expansion of the purple line train which will actually run all the way down wilshire blvd and to the beach. So cool!!!

Finally modernization and the ability to really commute by mass transit.

Wait like NYC?
Well not close….but 10 years from now we should get close.


Be Well,




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Ioana Radu – Am inceput sa-mbatranesc

June 30, 2013: Silver Birch Press Author Philippa Mayall at Skylight Books, L.A.

Hear, Hear!

Silver Birch Press


Silver Birch Press is honored to celebrate the release of PHOENIX, a memoir by Phillipa Mayall, with a reading and book signing by the author at Los Angeles’s acclaimed Skylight Books on June 30, 2013. We invite our Southern California readers (and authors!) to join Silver Birch Press and Philippa Mayall for this event. 


WHERE: Skylight Books

LOCATION: 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90027

WEBSITE: skylightbooks.com

PHONE: 323-660-1175

EVENT INFORMATION: Philippa Mayall Reading

WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 2013

TIME: 5 p.m.


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salmon wraped in parma ham

Eat colors….Live a colorful life!

taste of colours



Salmon wrapped in Parma ham is a classic and definitely worth to try.

Season the salmon fillets with the pepper and wrap them in the slices of ham. Drizzle with a little olive oil and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes; the ham should be crisp.

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Senator Caught in Strip Club with his Pants Down [video]

Senators never fail to impress me…in all the negative ways: Go on: rule the World!


Check out this video  by Represent.us that critiques how politicians pander to monied interests rather than creating the best policies for the MAJORITY of their constituents.

When money wins, we all lose. Join the fight to stop bribery & corruption at www.represent.us/senatorstrips

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Modern St. Martin, poetic thought by George-B

Modern St. Martin, poetic thought by George-B

“I am the stranger you need not worry about,
The stranger breaking bread, and shredding toga
The Saint Martin of the world”, he said…

I know it’s rare to run into him,
I know it’s hardly a chance to find him,
On one’s shopping list, of “things, and people to search for” list,

But he is there…Now offering a flower,
now playing a tune for you,
Now just seated quietly,
watching the waves undying on the sand of the beach,

Or just waiting for a wave,
like no other – just like any other one before,

The dream that’s always in unraveling,
the dream in the making…
The bread of the Earth,
and the baker across from the mill,
the Don Quixote of the eternal chivalry ,
the wind that never fails to point the Westerly pass –
the infallible compass…

Just a Question: “Is a Dream Worth a Thousand Lives? Is a Dream Worth One?”

Just a Question: “Is a Dream Worth a Thousand Lives? Is a Dream Worth One?”

Salvador Dali The Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dali The Persistence of Memory


Erik Satie: “Tendrement” – Valse chantée (original)

Text: Vincent Hyspa
Sopran: Sigune von Osten
Klavier: Armin Fuchs

Jacqueline du Pré – Couperin, Les Goûts-Réunis, 13ème concert

Jacqueline du Pré-Mendelssohn-Granados-Saint-Saëns: Romance sans Paroles

Felix Mendelssohn: Song Without Words-Romance sans Paroles-Lied ohne Worte, op.109
Granados/Cassadò: Goyescas-Intermezzo
Saint-Saëns: Allegro Appassionato Op.43
Cello: Jaqueline du Pré – Piano: Iris du Pré

LP INSERT (nicely double-framed) – ‘Commercial!?’

LP INSERT - 'Commercial!'

LP INSERT (Nicely double framed) – ‘Commercial!’                                        (clicking will only make it larger 🙂 )

J. S. Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971 (1st Edition)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Concerto nach Italienischen Gusto (Concerto after the Italian taste)
(Italian Concerto) in F Major, BWV 971

00:05 I. (Allegro)
03:56 II. Andante
08:20 III. Presto

Performance on Acoustic Piano Player created by S. Nicolosi


Karl Goldmark (1830 – 1915) Work: Overture, Sappho, Op.44 (1893)

Karl Goldmark (1830 – 1915) Work: Overture, Sappho, Op.44 (1893) Orchestra: Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Adam Medveczky.

Excerpts from Wikipedia:  ‘Karl Goldmark, also known originally as Károly Goldmark (Hungarian: Goldmark Károly) and later sometimes as Carl Goldmark; May 18, 1830, Keszthely – January 2, 1915, Viennawas a Hungarian composer. Goldmark came from a large Jewish family, one of 20 children. Continue reading

W. A. Mozart Symphony No.38 Prague in D major K 504, Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor – Prague Philharmonia

W. A. Mozart Symphony No.38, ‘Prague‘,  in D major K 504, Jiri Belohlavek, Conducting

1. Adagio – Allegro 0 – 12:36
2. Andante 12:37 – 25:08
3. Presto 25:10

Prague Philharmonia
Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor

Buy “Symphony No. 38 I D, K. 504 – “Prague”: II. Andante” on

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Sorry, I need a nap . . .

Naps are cool….

A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly

302 - Copy

I don’t want to talk right now.  Being full-time cute is exhausting work.

Excuse me, but are you still here?

305 - Copy

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Streets of the world : Timisoara, Romania.

wonderful photos of a great town!

From KCET: California Among 10 Worst States for Children’s Well-Being (“Read it and weep Politicians!”)

From KCET: California Among 10 Worst States for Children's Well-Being: Read it and weep Politicians!

From KCET: California Among 10 Worst States for Children’s Well-Being: Read it and weep Politicians! (click to access report)

Excerpts from Report:

‘According to Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, California leaders aren’t giving enough attention to the fundamental issues undermining our children’s — and our state’s — success.

“Essentially, we are not prioritizing kids,” he charged. “So, even though we are one of the top states in revenue, we’re well in the bottom half in terms of investing in education. And that also is true in terms of children’s health and other issues.”

Lempert said the state’s poor ranking doesn’t make sense when you consider that California ranks 11th in tax revenues and second in spending for prisons and corrections.’


From KCET – Why Summer School Is Important -Concerns California and the WORLD

From KCET - Why Summer School Is Important -Concerns California and the WORLD (click to access report)

From KCET: Why Summer School Is Important: Concerns California and the WORLD (click to access report)

KCET.org – Don’t you love this? (I should have a “Tall Stories” Category!)

KCET.org - Don't you love this?

KCET.org – Don’t you love this?

Enrica Ciccarelli: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28 Op. 101 – I Allegretto Ma Non Troppo – Enrica Ciccarelli

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28 Op. 101 – I Allegretto Ma Non Troppo – Enrica Ciccarelli

Download Enrica’s cd “A Portrait”: http://www.amazon.com/A-Portrait/dp/B…

Listen to all the extracts from “A Portrait”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2z9m0…

SFEM and Enrica Ciccarelli were originally brought together by a shared passion for music and uncompromising quality: this is the basis of their artistic marriage.

The resulting project, involving SFEM’s Team and italian Pianist Enrica Ciccarelli kicked off in 2011 and aims to reissue some of Enrica’s earlier recordings, as well as new ones, especially arranged for this series and coproduced by Musicassoluta.

Since May 2013, when the project was officially presented at La Scala Shop in Milan, the first two recordings are available in shops and on Amazon.

This is an extrat from “A Portrait”.
This 3CD-box-set contains recordings dating as far back as 1996 and giving an account of her career. Continue reading

Flashmob “Carmina Burana” Train Station in Vienna

Great Musical moment!

Daniel Barenboim: Beethoven, Sonata for piano Nº 24 in F sharp major op.78 ‘À Thérèse’ (one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of musique ever written!)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata para piano Nº 24 en Fa sostenido mayor, Opus 78
“À Thérèse”.
(written for Countess Thérèse von Brunswick – 1809)
1. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo
2. Allegro vivace
Daniel Barenboim, piano.

Enrica Ciccarelli : Chopin Ballade G minor Op. 23

(Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo)
Read about Chopin’s Ballades >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here 
From Wikipedia:

Enrica Ciccarelli

Enrica Ciccarelli

Enrica Ciccarelli

Nationality Italy Italy
Genre Classical Music
Period of activity 1992  – In business
Tool Piano
Albumpublished 8
Studio 6
Live 2
Website http://www.enricaciccarelli.com

Enrica Ciccarelli ( Sondrio , 23 April 1965 ) is a pianist Italian .
Ha compiuto gli studi musicali presso il Conservatorio “G. Verdi “ di Milano studiando organo e composizione organistica e pianoforte. Si è perfezionata con Jean Bernard Pommier, Hans Graf, Michele Campanella e ha seguito i consigli di Nikita Magaloff e Tatjana Nikolayeva oltre ai corsi di di Sergiu Celibidache. Continue reading

Quotation: Homer on Deeds by which one to be remembered

Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discus

Today’s Birthday: LOUIS XII OF FRANCE (1462)

Louis XII of France (1462)

King of France from 1498 to 1515, Louis XII succeeded his cousin Charles VIII. Called the “Father of the People” by his subjects, Louis maintained his popularity by ruling with moderation. Despite early victories, he was unsuccessful in asserting French claims in Italy after he met resistance from Pope Julius II‘s “Holy League.” Though his failures in Italy did not tarnish his image in France, they were the subject of a commentary in a famous work by what Italian political theorist of the time? More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE BATTLE OF DETTINGEN (1743)

The Battle of Dettingen (1743)

In 1713, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction, which stated that a female heir could inherit his lands. When his daughter Maria Theresa became queen in 1740, the War of Austrian Succession erupted. Austrian, British, German, and Dutch troops formed the Pragmatic Army, named in support of the sanction, and defeated French troops in the Battle of Dettingen, despite having no access to supplies. In the battle, what did King George II do that no British monarch has done since? More… Discuss



Soapy Smith

One of the best-known con men of the American Old West, Smith established criminal empires in Colorado and Alaska. His nickname comes from his main scam, in which he duped townsfolk into thinking he was selling them soap cakes wrapped in money. His cronies in the crowd would then buy all of the money-wrapped cakes, leaving paper-wrapped soaps for everyone else. However, Smith’s seedy ways were his undoing, and he was shot in 1898 after stealing a miner’s gold. What were his last words? More… Discuss