Daily Archives: November 11, 2013

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto op.129 – Mario Brunello

Mario Brunello plays the Schumann‘s Cello Concerto op.129
Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli conducts the Rai National Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai)
Turin, 1996


Quotation: William Makepeace Thackeray about friendship

Who has not remarked the readiness with which the closest of friends and honestest of men suspect and accuse each other of cheating when they fall out on money matters?

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss


Chopin- Waltz no. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 no. 2

Waltz no. 7 in C sharp minor
Opus 64 no. 2
Frederic Chopin

Performed by Philippe Entremont


Daisy Lee Gatson Bates (1914)

Bates was a key figure in the integration of public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas. The publisher of a newspaper, Bates began publicizing civil rights issues in the early 1940s. In 1957, when the Little Rock School Board chose nine black students to integrate the local high school, Bates organized the group’s activities amid mob violence so intense that the students could only enter the school under military guard. On what national holiday is Daisy Gatson Bates Day observed in ArkansasMore…Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE GREAT BLUE NORTHER (1911)

The Great Blue Norther (1911)

The central US is no stranger to sudden changes in weather, but the temperature fluctuations and weather phenomena that struck on November 11, 1911, were about as unusual as it gets. On that day, many cities experienced record high temperatures before the mercury plummeted to record lows. Springfield, Missouri, for example, was a balmy 80°F (27°C) before the cold front passing through the region brought it down to a frigid 13°F (-11°C). What else did the front bring with it? More…Discuss



Piracy Pays Off for Criminal Underworld

A joint World BankUN Office on Drugs and CrimeInterpolstudy estimates that between 2005 and 2012 acts ofpiracy brought in $339 million to $413 million in ransompayouts. Most of this money goes not to the pirates themselves but to the financiers behind them. These kingpins then use their ill-gotten gains to fund both legitimate business activities as well as various criminal operations, including further piracy, human trafficking, and drug and arms dealingMore… Discuss



Misery Lit

Misery lit is a genre of biographical literature focused on the protagonist’s triumph over childhood trauma. Such texts typically involve physical or sexual abuse, or neglect, perpetrated by an adult authority figure, like a parent. Often written in the first person, the stories usually culminate in some sort of redemption or escape. Frank McCourt‘s memoir Angela’s Ashes is deemed a seminal work of the genre, although not the first. Which book do most people think originated misery lit? More… Discuss