Daily Archives: November 4, 2015

historic music bits: BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No.7 ‘Archduke’ | E.Gilels, L.Kogan, M.Rostropovich | 1956


BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No.7 ‘Archduke’ | E.Gilels, L.Kogan, M.Rostropovich | 1956

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Schubert / Emil Gilels / Amadeus Quartet, 1976: Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”)


Schubert / Emil Gilels / Amadeus Quartet, 1976: Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”)

great compositions/performances: Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor (the Rosamunde Quartet), D. 804, Op. 29


Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor (the Rosamunde Quartet), D. 804, Op. 29

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November 4th, 2015: St. Charles Borromeo


Image of St. Charles BorromeoSt. Charles Borromeo

Charles was the son of Count Gilbert Borromeo and Margaret Medici, sister of Pope Pius IV. He was born at the family castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore, Italy on October 2. He received the clerical … continue readin

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today’s holiday: Mischief Night


Mischief Night

The idea of letting children have a “lawless night” originated in England, and was often celebrated on May Day Eve (April 30) or on Halloween. But in the mid-17th century, when Guy Fawkes Day (November 5) became a national holiday, Guy Fawkes Eve became the most popular night for mischief in England, Australia, and New Zealand, where it is sometimes called Mischievous Night or Danger Night. More… Discuss

quotation: The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years. Thomas Hardy


The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Discuss

today’s birthday: Will Rogers (1879)


Will Rogers (1879)

Rogers was an American humorist and actor. A cowboy in his youth, Rogers traveled the world before returning to the US to perform in vaudeville and Wild West shows as a rider and trick roper. The “cowboy philosopher’s” homespun wit and salty commentary on current political and social events soon earned him a following through movies, books, radio, and a syndicated newspaper column. A champion of airplane travel, Rogers made several long plane trips, but died in a crash with what famous aviator? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi Assassinated (1921)


Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi Assassinated (1921)

Cofounder of one of Japan’s first political parties, Hara served as prime minister of Japan from 1918 to 1921, becoming the first commoner to be appointed to that office. During that time, he suppressed labor organization while extending suffrage to small landholders by lowering the property qualifications for voting. Hara also attempted to reduce the power of the military, which led to his assassination by a fanatic. Which of his possessions did he describe as his most valuable in his will? More… Discuss

Ibn Battuta


Ibn Battuta

In 1325, Ibn Battuta embarked on an extraordinary 75,000-mile (120,675-km) journey via Mecca to Egypt, East Africa, India, and China. He set out at age 21 and returned home some 30 years later. No other medieval traveler is known to have journeyed so extensively. The details of his travels are recorded in a narrative titled The Adventures of Ibn Battuta. His inventions and academic work are also renowned. What nearly cost Ibn Battuta his life en route to China? More… Discuss

bellicose


bellicose

Definition: (adjective) Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.
Synonyms: battleful, combative, contentious
Usage: She had always found him to be bellicose and was not surprised when he was expelled from the military academy for his belligerent and violent behavior. Discuss.

Tarantino ‘not intimidated’ by police


Tarantino ‘not intimidated’ by police http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34719708

Strong forces make antimatter stick


Strong forces make antimatter stick http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34727774

Astronomers find sunless world


Astronomers find sunless world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-34712877

Romania sees second night of protests


Romania sees second night of protests http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34726826

Relativity versus quantum mechanics: the battle for the universe


Relativity versus quantum mechanics: the battle for the universe

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Theresa May unveils UK surveillance measures in wake of Snowden claims


Theresa May unveils UK surveillance measures in wake of Snowden claims

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Egypt flights on hold as UK says bomb may have caused Russian crash


Egypt flights on hold as UK says bomb may have caused Russian crash

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Have we solved Jerusalem’s greatest mystery?


Have we solved Jerusalem’s greatest mystery?
http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/04/middleeast/israel-acra-discovery/index.html

Serbs and Bosnians in historic meeting


Serbs and Bosnians in historic meeting http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34720815

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Turkey targets Erdogan opponents in crackdown

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France to compensate Holocaust deportation victims

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Jeb Bush apologises to France for workweek crack

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‘Son of Saul’: a Holocaust movie unlike any other

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Sarkozy outraged over link to ‘Air Cocaine’ investigation

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Diet soda linked to heart failure


Diet soda linked to heart failure
http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/03/health/soda-heart-failure-study/index.html

From NPR News


Deep In The Amazon, An Unseen Battle Over The Most Valuable Trees http://n.pr/1RekAWw

Online brain training ‘helps over-50s’


Online brain training ‘helps over-50s’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34701907

‘Lost’ Disney cartoon to be screened


‘Lost’ Disney cartoon to be screened http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34711495

Syrian child refugees ‘being exploited in Jordan’


Syrian child refugees ‘being exploited in Jordan’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34714021

Chalabi death highlights Iraq war legacy


Chalabi death highlights Iraq war legacy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34713891

Did Rabin assassination kill the best chance for peace?


Did Rabin assassination kill the best chance for peace? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34712057

Iraq invasion politician Chalabi dies


Iraq invasion politician Chalabi dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34709685

Migrant disturbances at UK Cyprus base


Migrant disturbances at UK Cyprus base http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34715877

‘Fake fish’ fracas hits Belgium


‘Fake fish’ fracas hits Belgium http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34709314

Tsar’s grave reopened in murder case


Tsar’s grave reopened in murder case http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34708730

Iconic Rome fountain renovated


Iconic Rome fountain renovated http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34714200

Mountain’s dark bees in virus fight


Mountain’s dark bees in virus fight http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-34710340

Scientists develop ultra-hard glass


Scientists develop ultra-hard glass http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34714993

Houston rejects equal rights changes


Houston rejects equal rights changes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34716179

Obama to rule on Keystone during term


Obama to rule on Keystone during term http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34716181

Sisi defends Egypt’s security laws


Sisi defends Egypt’s security laws http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34712217

Plans to store all internet browsing


Plans to store all internet browsing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34715872

‘Dozens killed’ in S Sudan plane crash


‘Dozens killed’ in S Sudan plane crash http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-34719679

Romania PM Ponta resigns over fire


Romania PM Ponta resigns over fire http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34720183