Daily Archives: July 26, 2015

Make music part of your life series: Romanian Rhapsody George Enescu

Romanian Rhapsody George Enescu

historic musical bits: Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 – Leonard Bernstein

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 – Leonard Bernstein


  • First movement: Allegro con brio
  • Second movement: Andante con moto
  • Third movement: Scherzo. Allegro
  • Fourth movement: Allegro

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picture of the day: An early photograph of Stonehenge taken July 1877

An early photograph of Stonehenge taken July 1877https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Stonehenge_1877.JPG

historic musical bits: Beethoven Egmont Overture Bernstein Vienna Philharmonic

Beethoven Egmont Overture Bernstein Vienna Philharmonic

Richard Wagner: Parsifal Overture

Parsifal Overture

Pope Francis sends support for Day for Life in England and Wales Vatican Radio

Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his good wishes and support to the Catholic Church in England and Wales for this Sunday’s Day for Life. Day for Life is the day dedicated to praying for the protection of human life and raising awareness about its meaning and value at every stage and in every condition.

The Apostolic Nuncio to the United Kingdom, Archbishop Antonio Mennini received the letter from the Pope and conveyed it to the Bishop for Day for Life, Bishop John Sherrington. The Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing “upon all those persons who are participating in this significant event and working in any way for the promotion of the dignity of every human person from the moment of conception until natural death.”

Day for Life 2015 focuses on Catholic teaching about appropriate treatment at the end of life. The essential message for the Day is ‘How do we cherish life while we can and accept death when it comes?’

Bishop Sherrington said: “Catholics cherish and celebrate the gift of life but they are not vitalistic in saying that life must be preserved at all costs. Rather, judgements are to be made about types of treatment, taking into account the benefits and burdens of the treatment as well as the person’s total medical condition and well-being. This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer has any effect or, indeed, harms the patient, or where the risks or burdens of the treatment outweigh the likely benefits. Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts are needed. But in such situations these two questions can guide us: “Is this decision loving life?” and “Is this decision accepting the inevitability of death? Please pray that we will always value the precious gift of life.”

Day for Life is celebrated yearly by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales. The Day is celebrated in England and Wales this Sunday (26 July) and in Ireland on 4 October 2015. It was celebrated in Scotland on 31 May 2015.

The proceeds of the Day for Life collection to be held in parishes in England and Wales on Sunday 26 July 2015 assist the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life-related activities supported by the Church.

via Pope Francis sends support for Day for Life in England and Wales Vatican Radio.

Angelus Domini 2015.08.02 : Reserve your seat…

Angelus Domini 2015.08.02

Moby-Dick Sketch


Moby-Dick Sketch

Turkey calls Nato talks on IS and PKK

Turkey calls Nato talks on IS and PKK



Edvard Grieg – Symphonic Dances / Danses Symphoniques

Edvard Grieg – Symphonic Dances / Danses Symphoniques

Brahms – Violin Sonata No 1 in G Mag op. 78

Brahms – Violin Sonata No 1 in G Mag op. 78

today’s holiday: World Champion Bathtub Race

World Champion Bathtub Race

In 1967, the British Columbian city of Nanaimo decided to mark its centennial anniversary with a race in its Nanaimo Harbor. Thus was born the International World Championship Bathtub Race, the main event of the four-day Nanaimo Marine Festival. The 36-mile race features homemade entries that have the shape and design of a tub and run on a boat motor that does not exceed eight horsepower. Other festival events include a Sail Past on Wheels Fun Parade, a “Kiddies Karnival,” and a fireworks show. More… Discuss

quotation: Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

today’s birthday: George Bernard Shaw (1856)

George Bernard Shaw (1856)

Shaw was an Irish playwright and critic who revolutionized the Victorian stage, authoring more than 60 plays, including Man and Superman and Pygmalion, his comedic masterpiece. Nearly all of his works mix a vein of comedy with stern social commentary—on subjects including education, marriage, religion, government, and class privilege. Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 and is the only person to have received both it and what other award? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Wagner’s Parsifal Premieres in the Bayreuth Festival Theatre (1882)

Wagner’s Parsifal Premieres in the Bayreuth Festival Theatre (1882)

Loosely based on Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival—the medieval epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival and his quest for the Holy Grail—Parsifal is a three-act opera by German composer Richard Wagner. The opera was first conceived in 1857 but not completed until 25 years later. It premiered in 1882 at the second Bayreuth Festival, where it was performed exclusively until 1903. What tradition has arisen among the audience at performances of Parsifal at Bayreuth? More… Discuss



Dalmatia, a historic region of Croatia, is located on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea roughly extending from Rijeka (Fiume) to the Gulf of Kotor. It is generally mountainous, with a coastal lowland famed for its scenic beauty and resorts. The population is largely composed of Roman Catholic Croats. However, Eastern Orthodox Serbs and some Italians also live in the area, mainly at Zadar, the historic capital. Dalmatia lends its name to what article of clothing? More… Discuss

word: footpad


Definition: (noun) A thief who preys on pedestrians.
Synonyms: padder
Usage: The footpad was known to local police, as he had a habit of preying on tourists in the center of town. Discuss.

Biserica Neagră Engraving


Biserica Neagră Engraving

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