Daily Archives: January 25, 2015

Leonard Cohen: Alexandra Leaving – with Sharon Robinson, great songs/interpretation


Leonard Cohen: Alexandra Leaving – with Sharon Robinson

As someone long prepared for the occasion;
In full command of every plan you wrecked—
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect,

You who were bewildered by a meaning,
whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed—
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

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Leonard Cohen – The Book of Longing


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from  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3655546/Poems-by-Leonard-Cohen.html


The book of longing


I can’t make the hills

The system is shot
I’m living on pills
For which I thank G-d
I followed the course
From chaos to art
Desire the horse
Depression the cart
I sailed like a swan
I sank like a rock
But time is long gone
Past my laughing stock
My page was too white
My ink was too thin
The day wouldn’t write
What the night pencilled in
My animal howls
My angel’s upset
But I’m not allowed
A trace of regret
For someone will use
What I couldn’t be
My heart will be hers
Impersonally
She’ll step on the path
She’ll see what I mean
My will cut in half
And freedom between
For less than a second
Our lives will collide
The endless suspended
The door open wide
Then she will be born
To someone like you
What no one has done
She’ll continue to do
I know she is coming
I know she will look
And that is the longing
And this is the book

Leonard Cohen, Ghent, Alexandra Leaving 15-8-2012, (from the Book of Longing)


ALEXANDRA LEAVING, from Leonard Cohen’s ‘T h e B o o k o f L o n g i n g’


ALEXANDRA LEAVING,
from Leonard Cohen‘s

T h e  B o o k  o f  L o n g i n g

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The song Alexandra Leaving on
Ten New Songs is based on this poem.

(based on The God Abandons Antony,
a poem by Constantine P. Cavafy)

Suddenly the night has grown colder.
Some deity preparing to depart.
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
they slip between the sentries of your heart.

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure,
they gain the light, they formlessly entwine;
and radiant beyond your widest measure
they fall among the voices and the wine.

lt’s not a trick, your senses all deceiving,
a fitful dream the morning will exhaust—
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving,
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin.
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined,
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for this to happen,
Go firmly to the window. Drink it in.
Exquisite music, Alexandra laughing.
Your first commitments tangible again.

You who had the honor of her evening,
And by that honor had your own restored—
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Alexandra leaving with her lord.

As someone long prepared for the occasion;
In full command of every plan you wrecked—
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect,

You who were bewildered by a meaning,
whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed—
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Hydra, Greece
September 1999

Venezuela blocks access to Lopez


Venezuela blocks access to Lopez http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30977027

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Ukraine vows to ‘calm’ fighting


Ukraine vows to ‘calm’ fighting http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30974283

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Sixteen killed in Egypt protests


Sixteen killed in Egypt protests http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30974291

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From France 24


Live: Triumphant Syriza says Greece ‘leaves austerity behind’

http://f24.my/1C1FUKC

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Amazing sketch from my SketchGuru


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Wine, Women and Song – Johann Strauss Jr.


BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No.7 ‘Archduke’ – E.Gilels, L.Kogan, M.Rostropovich, 1956 , great compositions/performances


BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No.7 ‘Archduke’ – E.Gilels, L.Kogan, M.Rostropovich, 1956

today’s picture: Abdication of Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani



Abdication of Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani

Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawaii (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani stepped down from the throne on January 24, 1893, to avoid any bloodshed and to pardon her supporters who had been jailed by the Provisional Government, which had asked her to abdicate. After becoming queen in 1891, Liliuokalani fought against making Hawaii a part of the United States, making her unpopular among those Hawaiians who felt they had more to gain from annexation. She believed in ‘Hawaii

Queen Liliuokalani license

Queen Liliuokalani license (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

for Hawaiians,’ and conceded less to foreign businesses and governments than her predecessors had. Five years later the U.S. Congress annexed Hawaii–without a vote from the Hawaiian people.

Image: Library of Congress

 

Saint of the Day for Sunday, January 25th, 2015 : St. Peter Thomas


Image of St. Peter Thomas

St. Peter Thomas

Simple coat of arms of the Carmelite Order

Simple coat of arms of the Carmelite Order (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carmelite Latinpatriarch and papal legate. Peter was born in Gascony, France and joined the Carmelites while still a young man. In 1342 he was appointed procurator of the order and, from Avignon, he … continue reading

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Thinking of a song: Bob Dylan – I Pity The Poor Immigrant Great song and lyrics


I Pity the Poor Immigrant

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amazing sketch from my SketchGuru


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USA TODAY: Europe shifts policy in war on terror


From USA TODAY

Europe shifts policy in war on terror

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USA TODAY: Obama arrives in India for three-day visit


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Obama arrives in India for three-day visit

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Get Vaccinated or Stay Out of Disneyland: Officials


http://nbcnews.to/1L3E1zF

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USA TODAY: Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at 83


From USA TODAY

Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at 83

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Frim CNN: U.S. Navy official at Gitmo removed


Top U.S. Navy official at Gitmo removed
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/22/us/navy-gitmo-commander/index.html

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HOLLANDE SAYS


French flag burners ‘should be punished’, says Hollande

http://f24.my/1ycFgHe

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From NPR News


Jeff Gordon Says 2015 Will Be His Last Full NASCAR Season http://n.pr/1y43MFG

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Check out @PBSDS’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/PBSDS/status/556184653879840769?s=09

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From France 24:


A French Patriot Act? How not to p
anti-terror laws

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4-year old calls 911, saves pregnant mother


4-year old calls 911, saves pregnant mother
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/25/us/michigan-pregnant-mom-911-call/index.html

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quotation: “Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.” W. Somerset Maugham


Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

today’s holiday: Festival of the Cow (2015)


Festival of the Cow (2015)

The Fiesta de la Vaca takes place in the village of San Pablo de los Montes, in the Spanish province of Toledo, on St. Paul‘s Day. While the religious procession and mass for the feast of San Pablo are going on, a group of young men form a counter-procession in the opposite direction. One of them plays the role of the cow, La Vaca, while another is dressed as Mother Sow, Madre Cochina. A third is dressed as a shepherd, and there are others ringing cow bells. Every time the group passes the image of the saint, they call out, “Here goes the cow!” More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Virginia Woolf (1882) Watch “the Lighthouse” here


Virginia Woolf (1882)

A successful innovator in the form of the novel, Woolf was a significant force in 20th-century fiction. As a novelist, her chief concern was to represent the flow of ordinary experience, and she accomplished this by placing greatest emphasis not on plot or characterization but on her characters’ consciousness. Her books include Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob’s Room, and To the Lighthouse. Woolf struggled with bouts of depression and, fearing the onset of a breakdown, did what in 1941? More… Discuss
Watch “the Light House on EUZICASA or YouTube:

To the Lighthouse – 1983 – Kenneth Branagh, Virginia Woolf FULL

this day in the yesteryear: Nellie Bly Goes Around the World (1890)


Nellie Bly Goes Around the World (1890)

Elizabeth Jane Cochran—better known by her pen name, Nellie Bly—was a pioneering investigative reporter. She feigned insanity in order to be committed to the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on New York City’s Blackwell’s Island and expose the institution’s horrific and abusive treatment methods. In 1889, she embarked on a 24,899-mile (40,071-km) journey around the world inspired by the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Her trip, however, was somewhat shorter. How long did it take? More… Discuss

what about: Film Noir! (with access to ” the Maltese Falcon” and “The Big Sleep”


Film Noir

The Maltese Falcon (1941 film)

The Maltese Falcon (1941 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Film noir is a style of film characterized by low-key lighting, bleak urban settings, and corrupt, cynical characters who find themselves entangled in the criminal underworld. This dark genre, which gave rise to the film archetypes of the hardboiled private detective and the femme fatale, was especially popular in Hollywood in the 1940s. Classic examples of film noir include The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Who first coined the term film noir, and what does it mean? More… Discuss

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Additional references:

– Watch the “the Maltese Falcon here or on You Yube!

 

nostrum


nostrum

Definition: (noun) Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases.
Synonyms: cure-all, panacea, catholicon
Usage: Stay healthy, for science is no closer to a nostrum than alchemy was. Discuss.


Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia, says UN

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Fresh anti-rebel protests in Yemen


Fresh anti-rebel protests in Yemen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30964784

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Go Figure: The week in numbers


Go Figure: The week in numbers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30955188

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Deadly dip: baseball’s toxic tradition


Deadly dip: baseball’s toxic tradition http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30935685

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Why tyrants are afraid of art and beauty


Why tyrants are afraid of art and beauty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30939668

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The islanders who don’t want a bridge to the mainland


The islanders who don’t want a bridge to the mainland http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30939461

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Where do the wealthiest 1% live?


Where do the wealthiest 1% live? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30949796

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Emergency patch fixes Flash flaw


Emergency patch fixes Flash flaw http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30948123

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Rockets kill 30 in eastern Ukraine


Rockets kill 30 in eastern Ukraine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30967949

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Libya’s Ansar confirms chief’s death


Libya’s Ansar confirms chief’s death http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30971915

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Obama starts three-day India visit


Obama starts three-day India visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-30930581

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US condolences over Japan ‘IS death’


US condolences over Japan ‘IS death’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30972185

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Eyes on Pluto for historic encounter


Eyes on Pluto for historic encounter http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30954673

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Boko Haram attacks key Nigeria city


Boko Haram attacks key Nigeria city http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30972534

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