Monthly Archives: August 2015

China rebuilds its forgotten ‘Auschwitz’ to remember Japan’s brutality


China rebuilds its forgotten ‘Auschwitz’ to remember Japan’s brutality

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Seabirds ‘blighted by plastic waste’


Seabirds ‘blighted by plastic waste’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34108017

US horror filmmaker Wes Craven dies


US horror filmmaker Wes Craven dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34104752

Walker considers Canada border wall


Walker considers Canada border wall http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34107896

Obama renames Mount McKinley as Denali


Obama renames Mount McKinley as Denali

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UK journalists arrested in Turkey


UK journalists arrested in Turkey http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-34109186

Deadly protests after Ukraine vote


Deadly protests after Ukraine vote http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34105925

Netflix dropping thousands of titles


Netflix dropping thousands of titles http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34110968

Hundreds of migrants arrive in Vienna


Hundreds of migrants arrive in Vienna http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34110406

UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed


UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34111092

Welcome to Washington | Sue in the City


Welcome to Washington | Sue in the City

Sheherazade, Ouverture de feerie (arr. for 2 pianos)


Sheherazade, Ouverture de feerie (arr. for 2 pianos)

Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 15 in F, K. 533 / K. 494


Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 15 in F, K. 533 / K. 494 


Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov: Sheherazade (Tale of Tsar Saltan, Suite for orchestra, 1-3 Op.57)

great compositions/performances: Antonin Dvorak : Serenade for String Op 22


Antonin Dvorak : Serenade for String Op 22

Debussy: Valse romantique (1890)


Debussy: Valse romantique (1890)


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Claude Debussy
(1862 – 1918)

Complete music for piano solo (in chronological order)

Valse romantique (1890)

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    • “Valse romantique” by Thiollier, Francois-Joel

Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances op.45 – Live concert


Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances op.45 – Live concert 

today’s holiday: Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day


Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day

Kyrgyztan declared independence from the Soviet Union on August 31, 1991, along with other central Asian republics as the Soviet empire crumbled. Located along the famed Silk Road, the trade route connecting the eastern and western parts of Eurasia, the country is mostly mountainous, part of the Tien-Shan, or Celestial Mountains. Independence Day is a national public holiday in the Kyrgyz Republic. More… Discuss

quotation: How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning. Jonathan Swift


How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

today’s birthday: Caligula (12 CE)


Caligula (12 CE)

Caligula was a Roman emperor who began his reign upon the death of the extremely unpopular Tiberius. His reign was initially welcomed, but, shortly after assuming power, he suffered a severe illness that is widely believed to have rendered him insane. He earned a reputation for cruel autocracy, torture, and execution and was finally assassinated by a tribune of the Praetorian Guard. Caligula’s real name was Caius Caesar Germanicus. Why was he nicknamed Caligula as a child? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Iroquois Confederacy Is Formed (1142)


Iroquois Confederacy Is Formed (1142)

The Iroquois Confederacy is a North American confederation of indigenous peoples, initially comprising the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. A sixth tribe, the Tuscarora, joined later. The league was formed for both defense purposes and to prevent intertribal conflict. Although frequently referred to as the Iroquois, the nations refer to themselves collectively as Haudenosaunee, which means “people of the longhouse.” The league’s formation is said to have coincided with what event? More… Discuss

Arlo Guthrie (Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant lyrics)


Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer and son of Woody Guthrie, is perhaps best known for his talking blues song “Alice’s Restaurant.” The song’s original recording lasts 18 minutes and 20 seconds, though Arlo has been know to lengthen the song to 45 minutes in concert. Based on an actual incident, the song was a scathing indictment of the Vietnam War draft. Arlo also appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York. What movie launched his acting career? More… Discuss

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant lyrics

Cetatea Făgăraşului added a new photo. – Cetatea Făgăraşului



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avidity


avidity

Definition: (noun) Keen interest or enthusiasm.
Synonyms: eagerness, avidness, keenness
Usage: A devoted fan, he followed the tennis tournament with avidity. Discuss.

From France 24 :


US horror film legend Wes Craven dies aged 76

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Rescued hiker, 62, survived nine days with broken bones drinking creek water


Rescued hiker, 62, survived nine days with broken bones drinking creek water

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China punishes 197 over stock ‘rumours’


China punishes 197 over stock ‘rumours’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-34104114

Cum s-a decis cu creionul soarta unor întregi comunităţi de la graniţa Banatului. Românii şi sârbii au negociat ani întregi pentru delimitarea frontierei | adevarul.ro


După destrămarea Imperiului Austro-Ungar, românii şi sârbii, care au împărţit Banatul, nu s-au putut înţelege pe linia de demarcaţie, care avea să se definitiveze de-abia după ani întregi. Ştiri pe aceeaşi temă Librăria, editura şi tipografia Moravetz – una dintre cele mai mari ca… Vitejia oltenilor în Primul Război Mondial. Cum au fugărit duşmanul în… Cei de la “Crima Organizată” din Timişoara au descoperit “cuibul” şofe… La sfârşitul Primului Război Mondial, România şi Serbia (transformată în Regatul Iugoslaviei) au dat o luptă diplomatică pentru Banat. Marile puteri învingătoare şi-au asumat răspunderea de a trasa noile graniţe dintre statele Europei centrale şi răsăritene la Conferinţa de pace din 1919-1920. Unele decizii luate pot părea astăzi bizare. În 1922, a doua comisie prevedea un schimb între cele două state: România ceda Gaiul Mare, Krivabara (Ujfalu) şi Şurian, în timp de sârbii au cedat Beba Veche, Pusta Kerestur şi Ciorda. Directivele după care linia frontierei trebuia fixată pe teren între comune sunt: limitele administrative şi interesele economice locale. “S-a căutat un conses între români şi sârbi, pentru că părerile celorlalte naţiuni din Banat nu au fost luate în seamă. A existat şi tentativa de a forma Republica Banat, condus de Otto Roth, pentru a păstra Banatul întreg. Românii şi-ar fi dorit ei tot Banatul, sârbii la fel, spuneau că au dreptul la Banatul întreg. Au fost multe discuţii privind trasarea graniţelor între România şi Regatul Sârbilor, Croaţilor şi Slovenilor. Era dificil să rupi Banatul, care funcţiona ca o unitate economică unitară. Era şi calea ferată. Spre exemplu, linia Timişoara – Baziaş trecea la un moment dat prin anumite localităţi din Serbia, pe la Vârşeţ şi Biserica Albă, iar apoi revenea în România. Românii ar fi vrut şi Vârşeţul, au luptat ani de zile pentru el. Read More:

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Rape, ignorance, repression: why early pregnancy is endemic in Guatemala


Rape, ignorance, repression: why early pregnancy is endemic in Guatemala

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Donald Trump’s seduction: a huge fanbase, from posh parties to Main Street


Donald Trump’s seduction: a huge fanbase, from posh parties to Main Street

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Oliver Sacks, eminent neurologist and author, dies aged 82


Oliver Sacks, eminent neurologist and author, dies aged 82

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Brazil’s economy enters recession


Brazil’s economy enters recession

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US man dies after petty theft arrest


US man dies after petty theft arrest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34090238

Image of Israeli trying to arrest Palestinian boy, 11, goes viral


Image of Israeli trying to arrest Palestinian boy, 11, goes viral
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Cetatea Făgăraşului added a new photo. – Cetatea Făgăraşului


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Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré


Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré

Niccolò Paganini – Sonata for Violin and Guitar No.6 in E minor Op.3


Niccolò Paganini – Sonata for Violin and Guitar No.6 in E minor Op.3

today’s holiday: Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship


Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship

The Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship takes place in August in Savonlinna, Finland. The light-hearted event offers several categories for men, women, and teams: original, which is based on distance; freestyle, based on distance, style, aesthetics, and creativity; and juniors, which is limited to children 12 years old and under. First-place winners get a new mobile phone. Since the inaugural competition in 2000, several European countries—including Norway, Switzerland, and Germany—have introduced their own national championships. More… Discuss

quotation: Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


Man is by nature a political animal.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809)


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809)

The father of the US Supreme Court justice of the same name, Holmes was an American physician, poet, and humorist. After beginning his medical career as a general practitioner, he shifted to the academic field and became dean of the Harvard medical school. However, he is perhaps best known for the poem that won him national acclaim—”Old Ironsides,” a protest against the scrapping of the USS Constitution, which helped save the ship. What common medical term was coined by Holmes? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Mohács Begins (1526)


Battle of Mohács Begins (1526)

In 1526, King Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia led a poorly prepared army against a vastly superior Turkish force led by Sultan Suleiman I with disastrous results. About 25,000 of the king’s soldiers were killed in the battle, and the rest were taken captive and massacred. Louis himself died during the retreat after being thrown from his horse. The defeat resulted in more than 150 years of Ottoman domination in Hungary. What modern Hungarian expression of bad luck references the battle? More… Discuss

Doughnuts or Donuts?


Doughnuts or Donuts?

Regardless of how you spell this sweet, deep-fried treat—doughnut or donut—its origins remain a mystery. Some claim that Dutch settlers brought it to North America. Others maintain that a Danish sea captain impaled a fried cake on a wheel spoke to free his hands during a storm and, thus, invented the doughnut’s hole. The two most common types are ring-shaped doughnuts and filled doughnuts, flattened spheres injected with a sweet filling. In what countries can you get a meat-filled doughnut? More… Discuss

petrolatum


petrolatum

Definition: (noun) A semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication.
Synonyms: mineral jelly, petroleum jelly
Usage: While her friends bought expensive designer lip balms, she stuck with her grandmother’s remedy, a big jar of petrolatum. Discuss.

A century of west African portrait photography


A century of west African portrait photography

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Week in pictures: 22-28 August 2015


Week in pictures: 22-28 August 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-34086384

10 things we didn’t know last week


10 things we didn’t know last week http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-34084417

FBI demanded Scandinavian countries arrest Edward Snowden should he visit


FBI demanded Scandinavian countries arrest Edward Snowden should he visit

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Kreisler Romance Larghetto by Carl Von Weber – Garrett David


Kreisler Romance Larghetto by Carl Von Weber – Garrett David

Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178


Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178

Cine a fost cazacul Mazepa, războinicul care tulbură Europa chiar şi după 300 de ani de la moarte. Răpus pe pământ românesc, a fost îngropat de şase ori | adevarul.ro


Erou naţional în Ucraina, el este duşman de moarte în Rusia, continuând să fie, la 300 de ani de la moarte, sub „afurisenia“ Bisericii Ortodoxe. Este considerat părintele ideii de independenţă a ucrainenilor. A murit pe pământ românesc, la Varniţa (în Basarabia) şi a fost înmormântat de şase ori. Ultima oară într-o biserică veche de sute de ani pe care comuniştii au tras-o cu remorcherele în Dunăre pentru că refuza să se prăbuşească. Ştiri pe aceeaşi temă Legendele Dunării: misterul tunelurilor străvechi care împânzesc Galaţ… Povestea Elisei Leonida, prima femeie inginer din lume. A studiat în G… Un sondaj de opinie făcut recent de o televiziune locală din Galaţi a scos la iveală un adevăr crud despre gălăţeni: 95% dintre cei chestionaţi habar nu au de unde vine denumirea „Mazepa”, care dă denumirea a două cartiere ultracentrale ale oraşului. Prilejul este tocmai bun pentru a scoate la iveală povestea mai puţin ştiută a lui Ivan Stepanovici Mazepa, marele conducător al oştilor cazace care au îngrozit Europa în secolul al XVII-lea. După cum veţi vedea, Mazepa a avut o legătură specială cu Galaţiul, de aici şi denumirea cu numele lui a centrulului oraşului. Un erou naţional ajuns duşman al poporului Ivan Mazepa (1639-1709) s-a născut într-o familie bogată

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