Daily Archives: October 3, 2014

Ennio Morricone – Cinema Paradiso (In Concerto – Venezia 10.11.07): great compositions/performances

Ennio MorriconeCinema Paradiso (In Concerto – Venezia 10.11.07)

Antonín Dvořák – Romantische Stücke, Op. 75: make music part ofyour life series

Antonín Dvořák – Romantische Stücke, Op. 75

today’s hoday: Leiden Day

Leiden Day

In 1573, the Dutch city of Leiden (or Leyden) was besieged by the Spaniards. Thousands were dying from disease and hunger. Finally, the river dikes were cut so that the Dutch army could sail in over the flooded fields and save the city. According to legend, the first person to emerge from the besieged city on October 3 was a young orphan boy. In the deserted Spanish camp, he discovered a huge pot of stew that was still hot. Known as Hutspot met Klapstuk, the mixture of meat and vegetables is still served on this day, along with bread and herring. More… Discuss

quotation: Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation. Francis Bacon

Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Mogadishu Begins (1993)

Battle of Mogadishu Begins (1993)

In 1992, US armed forces, together with the United Nations, undertook a joint relief operation in Somalia, a country wracked by civil war and famine. Increasing violence in the area led to “Operation Gothic Serpent,” a US mission to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid‘s top advisors, but two US helicopters were shot down, and an urban battle ensued. Eighteen US servicemen and thousands of Somalis died in the fighting. What went wrong even before the helicopters were shot down? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954)

Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954)

Vaughan’s career as a professional musician was tragically cut short when he was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990, but in the short time he spent in the industry, he helped inspire a blues-rock revival and secured his reputation as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His trio’s 1989 album In Step won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, as did the posthumously released Family Style, featuring Vaughan and his brother Jimmie. What was Vaughan’s “first wife”? More… Discuss

News: Norway Best Country for Older People

Norway Best Country for Older People

Growing old is never easy, but for some it is easier than others, and where they live has a lot to do with it. An index evaluating the quality of life of older adults in 96 countries around the globe has ranked Norway the best country in the world for older people, followed closely by Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, and Germany. Australia, Western Europe, and North America also rank high on the list. The index weighs factors such as income security, health, personal capability, and whether the elderly live in an “enabling environment.” More… Discuss

Story: Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is the last surviving town gate of Berlin, Germany. When completed in 1791, the lavish gate greeted visitors to the boulevard that led directly to the Prussian palace. Architect Carl G. Langhans modeled the gate after the Propylea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. On top was the “Quadriga of Victory,” a statue of a chariot drawn by four horses. Heavily damaged in World War II, the gate was restored in 1957. Why was it closed in 1961, and when did it reopen? More… Discuss

word: muster


Definition: (verb) Gather or bring together.
Synonyms: rally, summon
Usage: Mustering all her strength, she pulled hard on the oars. Discuss.

Biden strikes again | McClatchy DC News | Sacramento Bee


National Stories – WJAC WJACTV.com


Secret Service Scandal Sparks Rare Bipartisanship – ABC News


New York hospitals, airports and 911 crews are all prepared to put end to Ebola outbreak before it starts: officials – NY Daily News


Family of US Ebola Patient Moves into Donated Home in Gated Community – ABC News


The element that redefined time

The element that redefined time http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29476893

Official carcinogens lists now four substances longer – UPI.com


Hotel fined for blocking guests’ Wi-Fi


Mobile Web – Lifestyle – California enterovirus-D68 cases jump to 14, five in greater Bay Area


‘Committed’: NBC News Freelancer Returned to Liberia Despite Ebola Risk – NBC News.com


Ebola becomes an election issue


American Aid Worker, Former Soldier Peter Kassig Threatened in ISIS Video – ABC News


Lebanon ‘imposes curfews on Syrians’

Lebanon ‘imposes curfews on Syrians’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29484662

Boko Haram insurgency tearing Nigerian families apart

Boko Haram insurgency tearing Nigerian families apart http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29477760

Day in pictures: 3 October

Day in pictures: 3 October http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29474567

Does Islamic State have chemical weapons?

Does Islamic State have chemical weapons? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29479620

Texas abortion restrictions upheld

Texas abortion restrictions upheld http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29470440

Briton Alan Henning ‘killed by IS’

Briton Alan Henning ‘killed by IS’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29485405

Canada to join anti-IS air strikes

Canada to join anti-IS air strikes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29483160

Sweden to recognise Palestinian state

Sweden to recognise Palestinian state http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29479418

US to release force-feeding tapes

US to release force-feeding tapes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29485205

Evernote Adds ‘Context’ and Work Chat | News & Opinion | PCMag.com


Evernote Adds ‘Context’ and Work Chat | News & Opinion | PCMag.com


Facebook seeks entry into health care – CNET


2 more GM recalls affect half million vehicles


One Thing Is Missing From Facebook’s Research Guidelines: Respect For Its Users – ReadWrite


Texas apartment where U.S. Ebola patient stayed to be cleaned: official


Google ‘deletes’ celeb nude pics

Google ‘deletes’ celeb nude pics http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29473557

Cable broadband speeds ‘beat fibre’

Cable broadband speeds ‘beat fibre’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29475570