Daily Archives: December 18, 2014

Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town

Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30532540

Kurds ‘break IS mountain siege’

Kurds ‘break IS mountain siege’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30539170

Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78

Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30536718

Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection

Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30517594

Dozens of Egyptian Islamists jailed

Dozens of Egyptian Islamists jailed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30532889

Windows browser choice system ends

Windows browser choice system ends http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30501518

Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect

Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30529137

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30537826

Archaeologists Discover Cemetery With Millions of Mummies


U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic ties, swap prisoners


10 Animals That Can Predict Disasters: Photo : Discovery News


Sinister Sparkle Gallery: 13 Mysterious & Cursed Gemstones | Mysterious Diamonds & Cursed Precious Stones


Bizarre Russian rock contains 30,000 diamonds – CSMonitor.com


A Picture Captures Planets Waiting to Be Born – NYTimes.com


Internet authority ICANN says it was hacked – LA Times


Survey: No Consensus How to Curb Eroding Online Privacy


Crash at church Christmas concert: 3 killed, 5 children injured – LA Times


Crash at church Christmas concert: 3 killed, 5 children injured – LA Times


Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto Op. 7 – Francesco Nicolosi

Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto Op. 7 – Francesco Nicolosi

From npr: At An Isolated Camp, Iraqi Police Prep For A Showdown With ISIS

At An Isolated Camp, Iraqi Police Prep For A Showdown With ISIS http://n.pr/1ACVbgl

From NPR News: Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The Planet

Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The Planet http://n.pr/13b22D4

10 things you need to know about Russia

10 things you need to know about Russia

Cult of Putin

Cult of Putin

Putin promo: ‘The bear never asks permission’

Putin promo: ‘The bear never asks permission’

What would you ask President Putin?

What would you ask President Putin?

Putin blames the West for Russia’s misery

Putin blames the West for Russia’s misery

Putin: ‘We’re not warmongers’

Putin: ‘We’re not warmongers’

Churchill painting sells for £1.8m

Churchill painting sells for £1.8m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30530792

UK army murder claims ‘were lies’

UK army murder claims ‘were lies’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30515369

Palestinian peace plan put before UN

Palestinian peace plan put before UN http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30527476

Sony cancels The Interview release

Sony cancels The Interview release http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30526406

Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough

Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30528316

Swiss interest rate to turn negative

Swiss interest rate to turn negative http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30528404

Obesity ‘could be a disability’ – EU

Obesity ‘could be a disability’ – EU http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30529791

‘100 villagers’ kidnapped in Nigeria

‘100 villagers’ kidnapped in Nigeria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30529178

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537, ‘Coronation’ (Murray Perahia): make music part of your life series

MozartPiano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537, ‘Coronation’ (Murray Perahia)

Saint of the Day for Thursday, December 18th, 2014: St. Rufus

today’s holiday: St. Modesto’s Day (2014)

St. Modesto’s Day (2014)

St. Modesto is the patron saint of farmers in Greece. His feast day is celebrated with various rituals in honor of farm animals. In Lemnos, kollyva (cooked wheat berries) and holy water are mixed with their fodder, while in Lesbos, the holy water is sprinkled on the fields to ward off locusts and disease. For horses and oxen, December 18 is a day of rest. The Eastern Orthodox Church reserves this day to commemorate St. Modestus, who was patriarch of Jerusalem from 631 to 634. He is known for a sermon he preached on the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. More… Discuss

quotation: The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. Mark Twain

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

today’s birthday: Steven Spielberg (1946)

Steven Spielberg (1946)

Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award-winning director and one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in the history of US cinema. He began his career directing for television, but his major success came when he began directing movies. His 1975 film, Jaws, became one of the highest-grossing movies ever and made him a household name. Spielberg later surpassed this record with the films E.T. and Jurassic Park. What 1993 movie earned him his first Academy Award? More… Discuss

Navajos Win Bidding War to Buy Back Sacred Artifacts

Navajos Win Bidding War to Buy Back Sacred Artifacts

After failing to stop an auction of artifacts held sacred by their tribe and others, members of the Navajo Nation outbid art collectors to win the objects in Paris this week. The auction was conducted despite efforts by the tribes and US government officials, who requested that the sale be postponed until the items’ provenance was determined. The artifacts include several Navajo ceremonial masks dating to the 19th and early 20th century, as well as dolls used in rituals of the Hopi tribe. Hopi representatives considered the sale of the items sacrilegious and refused to take part in the auction. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Nutcracker Premieres (1892)

The Nutcracker Premieres (1892)

Now a beloved Christmastime classic, The Nutcracker ballet premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, to fairly negative reviews. Even Tchaikovsky himself, the composer responsible for the score, found the ballet lacking. Despite its initial failure, the ballet about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and battles the evil Mouse King has since become a holiday favorite. What helped turn things around for The Nutcracker? More… Discuss

Shakespeare’s Sonnets Audiobook by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Sonnets Audiobook by William Shakespeare

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The Sonnet

The Sonnet

A sonnet is a poem with 14 lines, invented in 13th-century Italy and perfected by Petrarch. The Italian sonnet is divided into an octave and a sestet. The octave states a problem, and the sestet gives its resolution, with a clear break between the two sections. When the sonnet reached England in the 16th century—chiefly through translations of Petrarch’s works—poets changed its meter, rhyme scheme, and line grouping, creating the Elizabethan sonnet. What is the origin of the term “sonnet”? More… Discuss

Word of the Day: Disciple

Word of the Day


Definition: (noun) One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
Synonyms: adherent
Usage: An avowed disciple of Jonson and his classicism and a greater poet than Fletcher is Robert Herrick, who, indeed, after Shakespeare and Milton, is the finest lyric poet of these two centuries. Discuss.