Daily Archives: December 14, 2013

The persecution of Egypt’s Coptic Christians – CBS News


The persecution of Egypt’s Coptic Christians – CBS News.



Flickr: The British Library’s Photostream

Flickr: The British Library’s Photostream.
Image taken from page 116 of 'Gordon and the Mahdi, an illustrated narrative of the war in the Soudan, etc'



British Museum – Room 1: Enlightenment

British Museum – Room 1: Enlightenment.

The Daily Dot – Study shows malware can secretly hack your computer through its speakers

The Daily Dot – Study shows malware can secretly hack your computer through its speakers.

UNICEF – Press centre – Decline in education for Syrian children “worst and fastest in region’s history”

UNICEF – Press centre – Decline in education for Syrian children “worst and fastest in region’s history”.

Mozart, Piano Concert Nr. 12 A-Dur KV 414 – Vladimir Ashkenazy

Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite n°2 (Seiji Ozawa)

Schubert: Rondo el la mayor para violin y cuerdas D 438

Federico Agostini, violin 
Orquesta de Camara Abril. Concierto de Clausura.

quotation: Herman Melville

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss


George VI, King of Great Britain and Ireland (1895)

The subject of the Academy Award-winning 2010 filmThe King’s Speech, George VI became king of the United Kingdom following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. George was an important symbolic leader of the British people during World War II, supporting the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill and visiting his armies on the battlefield. He earned the respect of his people by scrupulously observing the responsibilities of a constitutional monarch and by overcoming what handicap? More… Discuss


this day in history: USSR EXPELLED FROM THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS (1939)

USSR Expelled from the League of Nations (1939)

The League of Nations was an international confederation of countries created after World War I and disbanded following World War II when many of its functions were transferred to the United Nations. The League collapsed when faced with threats to international peace from all sides in the 1930s, including the Spanish civil war, Japan’s resumption of war against China, and the appeasement of Adolf Hitler at Munich. Its last important act was to expel the Soviet Union in 1939 for doing what? More… Discuss

ASPARTAME DEEMED SAFE….[at current consumption levels…]

Aspartame Deemed Safe

Ever since the sugar substitute aspartame came on the market in the 1980s, it has been dogged by rumors that it causes a host of adverse health effects. Over the years, it has been blamed for everything from premature births to cancer to behavioral problems in children. Yet, a comprehensive study by the European Food Safety Authority concludes that the sweetener is safe at current consumption levels and poses no health danger, except to those who suffer from a rare genetic defect known as phenylketonuria.More… Discuss


Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys had already pioneered California rock—guitar-oriented songs about girls and surfing—when Brian Wilson resolved to create “the greatest rock album ever made.” Wilson’s new arrangements, full of sweeping harmonies and sounds ranging from the electro-theremin to the bicycle bell, made up the 1966 album Pet Sounds. Its songs—including “God Only Knows” and “You Still Believe in Me”—shocked his bandmates but enthralled listeners. What album inspired Wilson’s creative quest? More… Discuss