Daily Archives: May 1, 2015

Saint of the Day for Friday, May 1st, 2015 , St. Marculf


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today’s holiday: The Game of St. Evermaire


The Game of St. Evermaire

The Spel van Sint Evermarus, or the Game of St. Evermaire, is a dramatic reenactment of the slaying of eight pilgrims in Rousson (Rutten), Belgium, on their way to the Holy Land in 699. This event is portrayed by the townspeople of Rousson each year on the first day of May in the meadow near the Chapel of St. Evermaire. Following a procession around the casket believed to contain the saint’s bones, costumed villagers representing St. Evermaire and his companions are attacked by 50 “brigands” led by Hacco, the legendary assailant. By the end of the drama, the saint and the seven pilgrims lie dead. More… Discuss

quotation: Charlotte Bronte


Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision.Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

today’s birthday: Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852)


Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852)

Considered one of the founders of neuroscience, Ramón y Cajal was a Spanish histologist and Nobel laureate. He devised a method of staining nerve tissue that allowed him to study the structure of the nervous system and make many important discoveries. In 1906, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Camillo Golgi. Though he was a highly respected researcher in his adult years, he often got into trouble as a child and was imprisoned at the age of 11 for doing what? More… Discuss

Sunflowers


Sunflowers

The sunflower is a plant native to the New World and common throughout the US. Its stem can grow up to 10 ft (3 m) tall, and its flower head, commonly having yellow rays, can reach 1 ft (30 cm) in diameter. The sunflower was domesticated around 1000 BCE in the Americas, where the Incas venerated it as an image of their sun god, and it reached Europe in the 16th century. It is valued today for its oil-bearing seeds that can be made into bread. The sunflower is the state flower of what US state? More… Discuss

word: balustrade


 

A page of fanciful balusters from A Handbook o...

A page of fanciful balusters from A Handbook of Ornament, Franz S. Meyer, 1898 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

balustrade

 

Definition: (noun) A rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it, as along the front of a gallery.
Synonyms: banister, handrail
Usage: She leaned over the balustrade, trying to see what was happening below. Discuss.

 

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Gulf ministers meet as Yemen fighting rages

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Syria: On the trail of looted antiquities

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US Navy to ‘accompany’ ships through Strait of Hormuz

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North Korean diplomats storm out of UN rights meeting

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Nepal earthquake death toll surpasses 6,100

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Baltimore officials ask protesters for patience

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At least three dead as torrential rains flood Havana

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Istanbul police fire tear gas to disperse May Day protesters

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Oligarch avoids extradition to US


Oligarch avoids extradition to US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32544699

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Albania opens communist police files


Albania opens communist police files http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32552372

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Shake-up in Saudi state oil firm


Shake-up in Saudi state oil firm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32552594

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Saving culture from war and weather


Saving culture from war and weather http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32526030

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Egypt satirist Bassem Youssef on revolutions, superheroes and spies


Egypt satirist Bassem Youssef on revolutions, superheroes and spies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32482914

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The women who are obsessed with Parkour


The women who are obsessed with Parkour http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32533679

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Can a country have too many public holidays?


Can a country have too many public holidays? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32479435

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The rape of Berlin


The rape of Berlin http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32529679

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Istanbul police clash with leftists


Istanbul police clash with leftists http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32552376

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Freddie Gray ‘died from bolt injury’


Freddie Gray ‘died from bolt injury’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32546201

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