Daily Archives: October 25, 2013

EDWARD ELGAR.- Concierto violín y orquesta Op. 61.-Violín Kyung Wha Chuhg

Concierto violín y orquesta en si menor, Op. 61
Allegro molto



“Impromptu, Op. 90 D899 No. 3 in G-Flat Major” by Franz Schubert

Schubert’s “Impromptu, Op. 90 D899 No. 3 in G-Flat Major” performed by Alexandre Tharaud as heard in Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner “Amour”.

Vasily Kalinnikov : Symphony No. 1 in G minor

Vasily Kalinnikov : Symphony No. 1 in G minor
Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov (Conductor)
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

(Rec.1945) Public Domain


Quotation: Fyodor Dostoyevsky on expressing truth vs. flattery

Nothing in the world is harder than speaking the truth and nothing easier than flattery.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Discuss


Today’s Birthday: RICHARD EVELYN BYRD (1888)

Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888)

A pioneer in aviation and exploration, Byrd was a member of the first expeditions to fly over the North and South Poles, undertaken in 1926 and 1929 respectively. The North Pole flight earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor and helped him secure funding for his subsequent expeditions, like the one to Antarctica two years later. From the base he established there, he went on to explore and map large areas of the continent. Why do some believe he was undeserving of the Medal of Honor? More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1854)

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854)

The Charge of the Light Brigade, immortalized in Alfred, Lord Tennyson‘s poem of the same name, was an ill-advised British cavalry assault on Russian forces during the Crimean War. As a result of miscommunication, British soldiers advanced on heavily armed Russian troops who thought their attackers must be drunk. Though hundreds of British soldiers were killed or injured in this battle, their commander, the Earl of Cardigan, not only survived but did what immediately after the battle? More… Discuss



Spare the Rod Lest You Spoil the Child

Evidence is mounting that parents should not put too much stock in the age-old adage “spare the rod and spoil the child.” In a recent study, researchers linkedspanking in early childhood to later behavior problems,aggressiveness, and even slight vocabulary deficits. Experts suspect that children who are spanked are more inclined to use their fists rather than their words to solve problems because this is the sort of behavior that has been modeled for them. It is less evident why spanking might hinder vocabulary development, but one possibility is that parents who spank may speak to their children less often than parents who use other forms of discipline. More… Discuss



Manhattan’s Five Points

Five Points was a notorious New York City slum centered on a five-cornered intersection in what is now Foley Square. The neighborhood, home to the infamous “gangs of New York,” was created in the early 1800s after Collect Pond was filled, creating a swamp and prompting its more affluent inhabitants to move amid declining conditions. Heavily populated by free African Americans and Irish immigrants, Five Points was an early example of racial integration in the US. What form of dance emerged there? More… Discuss