Daily Archives: August 20, 2015

Famine threatens war-torn Yemen – UN

Famine threatens war-torn Yemen – UN http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33998006

Coins worth $4.5m found off Florida

Coins worth $4.5m found off Florida http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33998010

Britain and France sign Calais deal

Britain and France sign Calais deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33992952

Humans are ‘unique super-predator’

Humans are ‘unique super-predator’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34011026

great compositions performances: Ottorino Respighi-Gli uccelli (The Birds) (Complete)

Ottorino Respighi-Gli uccelli (The Birds) (Complete)

historic musical bits: Schubert – 4 Impromptus, D. 899 / Op. 90 (Maria João Pires)

Schubert – 4 Impromptus, D. 899 / Op. 90 (Maria João Pires)

historic musical bits: Beethoven – Complete String Quartets with Quartetto Italiano

Beethoven – Complete String Quartets

great compositions/performances: Bach English Suite No 5 BWV 810 E minor Andras Schiff

Bach English Suite No 5 BWV 810 E minor Andras Schiff

Paul Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Paul Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

make music part of your life series: Mozart – Symphony #34 in C Major K 338

Mozart – Symphony #34 in C Major K 338

holiday: Chilseog


Chilseog is the Korean version of the Seven Sisters Festival, based on a Chinese legend about two stars known as the Herdsman and the Spinning Maiden. The Herdsman star, located in the Aquila constellation, and the Spinning Maiden star, Vega in the Lyra constellation, are in love but can only meet once a year—on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, when crows and magpies form a bridge across the heavenly river, as the Milky Way is called. On this night it is customary for young Korean women to pray for celestial assistance in sewing and to honor the stars by penning verse about them. More… Discuss

quotation: Charles Dickens

Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

H.P. Lovecraft (1890)

H.P. Lovecraft (1890)

A master of Gothic horror, fantasy, and science fiction, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American writer particularly noted for his many nightmarish short stories, most of which originally appeared in Weird Tales and other pulp magazines. Some of his best-known tales are part of the Cthulhu Mythos series, in which he invents an entire mythology of earthly origins, gods, and hideous otherworldly creatures. Many of Lovecraft’s stories mention the Necronomicon, which is what? More… Discuss

Republic of Senegal Declares Its Independence (1960)

Republic of Senegal Declares Its Independence (1960)

First colonized by the Portuguese, Senegal became part of French West Africa in 1895. In 1946, it became an overseas territory of France, and its inhabitants were made French citizens. In 1958, Senegal became an autonomous republic within the French Community. The next year, Senegal joined the Mali Federation, which became independent in June 1960. Two months later, Senegal withdrew from the federation, becoming an independent state. What small nation does Senegal almost entirely surround? More… Discuss

The Great Boston Fire of 1872

The Great Boston Fire of 1872

The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston’s largest urban fire and remains one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history, causing $73.5 million in damages. Numerous factors contributed to the fire, not the least of which was the lax enforcement of Boston’s building regulations which, coupled with the practice of over-insuring buildings, left no real incentive to build fire-safe structures. How many years did it take to rebuild the burnt district? More… Discuss

word: sectionalism


Definition: (noun) Excessive devotion to local interests and customs.
Synonyms: provincialism, localism
Usage: He believes that Manhattan is the center of the universe, and his sectionalism is so acute that he is reluctant to visit friends in Brooklyn. Discuss.

Vaccine for Mers ‘looks promising’

Vaccine for Mers ‘looks promising’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33974816

Macedonia ’emergency’ over migrants

Macedonia ’emergency’ over migrants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34008867