Daily Archives: August 5, 2015

No Iran deal is vote for war – Obama

No Iran deal is vote for war – Obama



Hiroshima marks 70 years since bomb

Hiroshima marks 70 years since bomb



Meet Saint Nektarios – a philosopher, poet and miracle worker :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

By Elise Harris

Athens, Greece, Aug 5, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Buried in a hilltop monastery on a small Greek island, Saint Nektarios – one of the most widely known and venerated Greek Orthodox saints – draws thousands of pilgrims each year, and is known for his writings and miracles.

The Greek Orthodox Church is part of the larger body of Eastern Orthodox Churches, who share a common doctrine and form of worship with each other.

Although the majority of Greek Orthodox live in Greece and in the southern Balkans, they are also present in Cyprus, Anatolia, southern Caucasus and Turkey, where their patriarch and head – Bartholomew I – lives.

Agios Nektarios of Aegina was born Oct. 1, 1846, in Asia Minor, now a part Turkey, into a simple but pious Christian home and given the name Anastasios.

Although family funds were limited, Nektarios completed elementary school in his hometown before leaving for Constantinople (now Istanbul) at the age of 14, where he worked as a shop assistant.

He regularly attended the Orthodox Church’s Sunday Divine Liturgy, and was an avid reader of scripture, as well as the writings of the Orthodox Elders of the Church.

In 1866, at the age of 20, Nektarios went to the island of Chios, where he was appointed a teacher. After seven years he entered the local monastery. Three years later he was made a monk, taking the name Lazarus.

After a just one year he was ordained a deacon and given the name Nektarios. Having completed his studies thanks to the help of a wealthy benefactor, the deacon moved to Alexandria, where he served under the guidance of the then-Patriarch of Alexandria, Sophronios.

via Meet Saint Nektarios – a philosopher, poet and miracle worker :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, August 5th, 2015: St. Addal

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St. Addal

A disciple of Christ sent by St. Thomas to the court of King Abgar the Black, the second century Osroene ruler. Legendary accounts claim Abgar wrote to Christ asking Jesus to cure him of an … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Burkina Faso Independence Day

Burkina Faso Independence Day

Formerly called Upper Volta, Burkina Faso gained independence from France on August 5, 1960, an event commemorated as a national holiday each year. The area had been a French protectorate since the 1890s. More… Discuss

quotation: Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life. Robert Louis Stevenson

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

today’s birthday: Joseph Merrick, “The Elephant Man” (1862)

Joseph Merrick, “The Elephant Man” (1862)

Known as “The Elephant Man,” Merrick was an Englishman who suffered from a severely disfiguring disease, mistakenly thought to have been elephantiasis, that caused growths all over his skin and bone surfaces and made it difficult for him to walk and speak. He escaped from a workhouse at 21 to join a freak show, where he was discovered by a physician who later admitted him to London Hospital. He was cared for there until his death at age 27. What rare syndrome likely caused his deformities? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Cowra Breakout: One of the Biggest Escapes in History (1944)

Cowra Breakout: One of the Biggest Escapes in History (1944)

During World War II, Japanese prisoners of war at a camp near Cowra, Australia, orchestrated one of the largest prison escapes of the war. Armed only with makeshift weapons, hundreds of Japanese prisoners stormed the machine gun posts and overwhelmed the guards. Some prisoners, rather than escaping, attempted or committed suicide, or were killed by fellow soldiers. The breakout resulted in the deaths of four Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese prisoners. How many managed to escape? More… Discuss



Established in 1947, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an independent executive bureau of the US government. Its primary function is obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and persons, and reporting such information to the various branches of government. Congress placed restraints on its activities in the early 1970s, when reports that it had engaged in assassinations and domestic spying surfaced. How was CIA involved in the Watergate scandal? More… Discuss

word: fancier


Definition: (noun) A person having a strong liking for something.
Synonyms: enthusiast
Usage: I am somewhat of a fowl fancier, and I have seldom seen a better grown goose. Discuss.




Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility

Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility



Companies forced to disclose CEO-workforce pay gap

Companies forced to disclose CEO-workforce pay gap



From France 24 :

Britain charges radical preacher for waging support for IS group



From France 24 : Migrant Crisis

EU offers to help France, UK tackle Calais migrant crisis



From France 24 : IS ATTACK

Turkey says ‘extensive’ fight against IS group to start soon



The ‘sanitised narrative’ of Hiroshima

The ‘sanitised narrative’ of Hiroshima



Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 Jasper String Quartet ( Amazing Romantic Theme: II. Largo. Cantabile e mesto (F-sharp major)

Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5

Published on Sep 13, 2014

Performed by the Jasper String Quartet
at Soka Performing Arts Center
November 24, 2013

String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 Joseph Haydn
I. Allegretto
II. Largo. Cantabile e mesto
III. Menuetto. Allegro
IV. Finale. Presto

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The six String Quartets, Op. 76 by Joseph Haydn were composed in 1796 or 1797 and dedicated to the Hungariancount Joseph Georg von Erdödy[n 1] (1754–1824). They form the last complete set of string quartets that Haydn composed. At the time of the commission, Haydn was employed at the court of Prince Nicolaus Esterházy II and was composing the oratorioThe Creation as well as Princess Maria Hermenegild Esterházy’s annual mass.

Although accounts left by visitors to the Esterházy estate indicate that the quartets were completed by 1797, an exclusivity agreement meant that they were not published until 1799.[1] Correspondence between Haydn and his Viennese publishers Artaria reveal confusion as regards their release: Haydn had promised Messrs. Longman Clementi & Co. in London the first publishing rights, but a lack of communication led him to worry that their publication in Vienna might also be, unintentionally, their first appearance in full. In the event, their publication in London and Vienna was almost simultaneous.[1]

The Op. 76 quartets are among Haydn’s most ambitious chamber works, deviating more than their predecessors from standard sonata form and each emphasizing their thematic continuity through the seamless and near-continual exchange of motifs between instruments.[2]

Opus 76, No. 5 (“Largo”)

The Quartet No. 64 in D major, Op. 76, No. 5, is sometimes nicknamed Largo because the second movement with that tempo distinction dominates the quartet both in length and in character.[citation needed] The work consists of four movements:

The first movement (in D Major, 6/8 time) departs from the sonata form of the first four to what Robin Golding can only describe as “unorthodox variations”.[citation needed] The second movement, written in F-sharp major in cut time, is in sonata form. The third movement, in D major and D minor, is a standard minuet and trio, while the fourth movement’s D Major, cut time Presto is in an irregular sonata form.[6]


Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp major, Op. 78 -À Thérèse- – Artur Schnabel (this sonata plays for me for more than 50 years)

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp major, Op. 78 -À Thérèse- – Artur Schnabel

discover beautiful music with Andras Schiff: Piano sonata op. 24, no. 78 “Fur Therese” (“Beethoven most beautiful melody”)

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78