Daily Archives: May 15, 2015

The ‘living concrete’ that can heal itself

The ‘living concrete’ that can heal itself



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From BBC news : Facebook ‘tramples on European law’

Facebook ‘tramples on European law’



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From BBC news : Boston bombing death sentence

Boston bombing death sentence



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Republican lawmaker: Cuts didn’t cause crash

Republican lawmaker: Cuts didn’t cause crash



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From NPR News: Feds tell insurance to pay for anesthedia

Feds Tell Insurers To Pay For Anesthesia During Screening Colonoscopies



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From NPR News: B.B. KING

B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies At 89 http://n.pr/1ag3sjh


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U.N. Appeals To Syria’s Warring Groups To Spare Ancient City Of Palmyra http://n.pr/1Fd10oB


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From BBC news : Palmyra: IS threat to ‘Venice of the Sands’

Palmyra: IS threat to ‘Venice of the Sands’



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From BBC news : Ex-Bin Laden aide sentenced to life

Ex-Bin Laden aide sentenced to


life http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32757609

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From BBC news : IS seizes Iraqi city stronghold

IS seizes Iraqi city stronghold



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RIP B. B. King – Rock Me, Baby (50+ videos Mix – B. B. King – Rock Me, Baby)





B. B. King – Rock Me, Baby



This college student told Jeb Bush that his brother “created ISIS.” Now she’s speaking out — msnbc (@msnbc) May 15, 2015

RIP: “The Thrill Is Gone” BB King

Thrill of a Lifetime (album)

Thrill of a Lifetime (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

historic Musical Bits: Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, S.163 – 4. Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este – Claudio Arrau

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, S.163 – 4. Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este – Claudio Arrau

Published on Jan 12, 2013

Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este (The Fountains of the Villa d’Este) – Over the music, Liszt placed the inscription, “”Sed aqua quam ego dabo ei, fiet in eo fons aquae salientis in vitam aeternam” (“But the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life,” from the Gospel of John).


Historic Musical Bits: Isaac Stern – Edouard Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21

Édouard Lalo

Édouard Lalo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaac Stern – Edouard Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21

Published on Oct 24, 2012

Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzando
III. Intermezzo
IV. Andante
V. Rondo


The Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21, is a work for violin and orchestra by Édouard Lalo.


The work was written in 1874 for violinist Pablo de Sarasate, and premiered in Paris in February 1875.

Although called a “Spanish Symphony” (see also Sinfonia concertante), it is considered a violin concerto by musicians today. The piece has Spanish motifs throughout, and launched a period when Spanish-themed music came into vogue. (Georges Bizet‘s opera Carmen premiered a month after the Symphonie espagnole.)

The Symphonie espagnole is one of Lalo’s two most often played works, the other being his Cello Concerto. His “official” Violin Concerto in F, and his Symphony in G minor, written thirteen years later, are neither performed nor recorded as often.[citation needed]


  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Scherzando: Allegro molto
  3. Intermezzo: Allegro non troppo
  4. Andante
  5. Rondo: Allegro

A typical performance runs just over one-half hour. One of the shorter recordings, conductor Eugene Ormandy’s 1967 recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra, featuring violinist Isaac Stern, runs 32 minutes and 43 seconds.[1]

Influence on Tchaikovsky

The Symphonie espagnole had some influence on the genesis of Tchaikovsky‘s Violin Concerto in D major. In March 1878, Tchaikovsky was staying at Nadezhda von Meck‘s estate at Clarens, Switzerland, while recovering from the breakdown of his disastrous marriage and his subsequent suicide attempt. His favourite pupil (and possibly his lover), the violinist Iosif Kotek, shortly arrived from Berlin with a lot of new music for violin. These included the Symphonie espagnole, which he and Tchaikovsky played through to great delight. This gave Tchaikovsky the idea of writing a violin concerto, and he immediately set aside his current work on a piano sonata and started on the concerto on 17 March.[2] With Kotek’s technical help, the concerto was finished by 11 April.





Saint of the Day for Friday, May 15th, 2015: St. Dymphna

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St. Dymphna

Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Aoi Matsuri

Aoi Matsuri

One of the three major festivals of Kyoto, Japan, the Aoi Matsuri, or Hollyhock Festival, is believed to date from the sixth century. The festival’s name derives from the hollyhock leaves adorning the headdresses of the participants; legend says hollyhocks help prevent storms and earthquakes. Today, the festival, which was revived in 1884, consists of a re-creation of the original imperial procession. Some 500 people in ancient costume parade with horses and large lacquered oxcarts carrying the “imperial messengers” from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the shrines. More… Discuss

quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

today’s birthday: Wavy Gravy (1936)

Wavy Gravy (1936)

Born Hugh Romney, Wavy Gravy is a peace activist known for his whimsical hippie appearance and clown persona. After being repeatedly arrested at political demonstrations, he adopted his flamboyant look in the hopes that police officers would be less likely to arrest someone dressed as a clown. Gravy was a master of ceremonies during the first Woodstock Festival and the two subsequent events and is now the official clown of the Grateful Dead. Who gave him his unusual moniker? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Diego Marín Aguilera Makes Early Attempt at Flight (1793)

Diego Marín Aguilera Makes Early Attempt at Flight (1793)

Inspired by the eagles he saw while out in the fields, Spanish inventor and aviation pioneer Diego Marín Aguilera built a flying machine from wood, iron, cloth, and feathers whose design was based on his observations of birds of prey. His attempt to fly the vehicle was somewhat successful—he reportedly reached a height of about 20 ft (6 m) and glided some distance—but he crash-landed when the device suffered a structural failure. What did the locals do when they learned of his invention? More… Discuss

The Scripps National Spelling Bee


The Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a highly competitive annual spelling bee run on a non-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company, held at a hotel in the Washington, DC, area. The competition came into existence in 1925, and the first winning word was “gladiolus.” The bee is open to the winners of sponsored regional spelling bees held mostly throughout the US, and participants must be in eighth grade or below, or 15 years old or younger. Why is it called a spelling “bee”? More… Discuss

word: pariah


Definition: (noun) A social outcast.
Synonyms: castaway, leper, untouchable
Usage: The rumors of his traitorous actions were enough to make him a pariah among his peers, though nothing was ever proven. Discuss.

From France 24 :

Islamic State militants close in on Syria’s historic Palmyra



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From CNN : Blues legend B.B. King dies

Blues legend B.B. King dies



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Exercise ‘buys five years for elderly’

Exercise ‘buys five years for


elderly’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32735723

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