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Terror attacks in Paris: Mourners hold vigils worldwide for victims


Terror attacks in Paris: Mourners hold vigils worldwide for victims

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Paris terror attacks ‘carried out by three coordinated teams of gunmen’


Paris terror attacks ‘carried out by three coordinated teams of gunmen’

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Europe – Live: Father, brother of one of Paris attackers placed in custody – France 24


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France – Belgium launches probe and arrests suspects linked to Paris terrorist attacks – France 24


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this pressed: L’imam de Bordeaux : «Les musulmans doivent se manifester pour dire stop» @leJDD


lejdd.frL’imam de Bordeaux : «Les musulmans doivent se manifester pour dire stop»

En tant que responsable religieux comment réagissez-vous aux massacres de vendredi à Paris?
Ma première réaction est celle d’un citoyen, et c’est l’effroi et la consternation qui m’assaillent. ­Ensuite, du point de vue religieux, la position de l’islam est très claire : ces meurtres appellent à une triple condamnation – éthique, juridique et théologique. Éthique parce qu’aucune morale ne donne l’autorisation de tuer des innocents. Juridique parce que ces actes ne respectent pas la guerre telle qu’elle est dictée dans la tradition musulmane. Théologique, enfin, parce que ces kamikazes sont persuadés qu’ils iront au paradis alors qu’ils risquent davantage de se retrouver en enfer.

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Pensez-vous pouvoir être entendu sur ces questions aujourd’hui?
Ces thèmes sont déjà engagés au niveau politique. Mais les réponses pour l’instant ne sont pas à la hauteur : elles ne s’attaquent qu’aux symptômes sans s’attaquer aux causes de la crise sociétale que nous traversons. Sur ce thème, il faut aussi aborder la responsabilité des imams et des responsables musulmans. Les institutions musulmanes doivent parler, se manifester. D’ailleurs, elles ont toutes fait des communiqués pour condamner ce qui s’est passé.

Lire aussi : Attentats de Paris : sept terroristes sont morts

Est-ce suffisant?
C’est nécessaire mais pas suffisant. Les musulmans doivent aussi se manifester pour dire stop, pour dire qu’on n’accepte pas ces actions au nom de notre religion. Cela passe par la responsabilisation des musulmans en tant que citoyen. C’est ce que nous essayons de faire dans nos prêches et nos conférences. De ne pas rester dans la passivité, de participer aux débats. De ne pas laisser ces gens-là confisquer leur religion.Lire aussi :

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this pressed: Peace for Paris — jean jullien (@jean_jullien)


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this pressed: Atentate în Franța. Ce simbol s-a răspândit cu repeziciune pe rețelele sociale


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comentarii, Un turn Eiffel simplificat, înconjurat de un cerc negru: ‘Peace for Paris’ (Pace pentru Paris), un desen realizat imediat după atentatele de la Paris de către un tânăr desenator francez, s-a răspândit cu repeziciune pe rețelele sociale sâmbătă.

“Ascultam la radio noaptea trecută și prima mea reacție a fost să desenez și să împărtășesc acest lucru”, a declarat pentru AFP Jean Jullien, desenator francez de 32 de ani care trăiește la Londra.

“A fost spontan, am vrut să fac ceva care poate fi util oamenilor”, a spus el.

“Având în vedere violența atacurilor (care au făcut 128 morți), simbolul +Peace and Love+ se impunea. Tehnica a fost destul de simplă, cu Turnul Eiffel, simbolul Parisului. Cele două simboluri sunt strâns legate”, a explicat el.

Jean Jullien a publicat pentru prima dată simbolul pe site-ul său (www.jeanjullien.com) înainte de a-l posta pe contul său de Twitter la scurt timp după miezul nopții (twitter.com/jean_jullien). Postarea a fost distribuită de peste 45.000 de ori
și a constituit subiectul a peste 76.000 de noi postări pe Twitter.

La 7 ianuarie, după ce s-a aflat despre atacul criminal împotriva săptămânalului satiric Charlie Hebdo (soldat cu 12 morți), sloganul ‘Je suis Charlie’ s-a răspândit ca fulgerul. Autorul lui a fost Joachim Roncin, director artistic și jurnalist muzical la revista gratuită Stylist, care a publicat logoul cu litere albe pe fond negru pe contul său de Twitter în mai puțin de o oră după atac.

 

 

Source: Atentate în Franța. Ce simbol s-a răspândit cu repeziciune pe rețelele sociale

This pressed: Anti-Muslim protests break out across France as tensions reach boiling point https://t.co/TEJpr3KHW1— Daily Express (@Daily_Express)


this pressed: The day after the horror in Paris | The Economist


SHORTLY after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, Manuel Valls, France’s prime minister, visited a high school and told pupils: “your generation will have to get used to living with the danger” of terrorism. Since then, Paris has been on high alert. Parisians have indeed grown accustomed to the presence of soldiers patrolling streets, railway stations and places of worship, and the appearance of metal barriers preventing parking outside all schools. But nothing could have prepared the French for what happened last night: the indiscriminate murder of people sitting outside eating pizza, watching a rock concert or attending an international football match. In total, at least 128 were killed and the death toll is likely to keep rising.The French awoke this morning in a state of shock. “Carnage in Paris” read the front page of Libération newspaper. “This time it’s war” was Le Parisien’s headline. Television stations broadcast non-stop scenes of the dead and wounded being carried away in the darkness. President François Hollande went during the night to the Bataclan, a concert venue stormed by terrorists where more than 100 people were killed. He described the events as “a horror” and, having already declared a state of emergency and reintroduced emergency border controls, vowed to lead a “pitiless” war against terrorism.

Mr Hollande blamed Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group that rules large parts of Iraq and Syria. In a statement, the group said it had carried out the “blessed attacks” in retaliation for France’s involvement in allied air strikes against IS. Some suggest the Bataclan, which has been threatened in the past, was targeted because the owners had connection to Israel (and the American band playing had toured Israel in the summer), but such speculation may be ascribing too much forethought to the killers.

The Paris town hall has today closed all schools, museums, libraries, town halls, gyms and markets. The capital’s police chief advised Parisians to stay at home. Many places were quieter than usual, yet there was also a strange sense of defiant normality this morning in Paris. Metro stations near where the attacks took place remained closed. But otherwise trains were running normally on the metro and RER suburban railway. Air France said that it was maintaining flights in and out of the capital and the Eurostar train to London continued to run. Locals were trying to go out and about as usual.

It is hard to know what getting used to terrorism means. The January attacks were shocking enough, a deliberate series of attacks on specific targets: a satirical newspaper, a Jewish supermarket, a policewoman. But last night’s horror was indiscriminate. It had been an unseasonably warm evening for November, and the three attacks on Paris restaurants took place in a busy neighbourhood, around the 11th arrondissement, popular for its bars and nightlife. Tens of thousands of football fans were packed into the Stade de France to watch France play a friendly match against Germany, holders of the world cup. They included Mr Hollande, who was exfiltrated during the match after three explosions around the stadium. The slaughter at the Bataclan took place during a packed rock concert. In each case, these were Parisians enjoying a Friday night out in largely unsecured public places. The idea that even this can no longer be considered safe, as in Tel Aviv or Beirut, comes as a deep shock.

It is also hard to know precisely what Mr Hollande means by a “war” on terrorism. French security sources have been concerned for some time about the possibility of such an attack. Their worries were twofold: forthcoming scheduled events (particularly the Paris climate talks, which start at the end of November) and indiscriminate attacks in public places. Up to a point, tight security measures can be put in place for the first category. The second is far more difficult. It is much easier to get hold of handguns and even automatic weapons in France, part of the borderless Schengen zone, than it is in Britain, an island that retains passport and customs controls at its borders. As recently as August a heavily armed gunman was overwhelmed by fellow passengers as he tried to open fire on a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris. Moreover, among the eight terrorists who died last night were a number of suicide bombers—the first attack of this sort on French soil, posing a new threat to the country.

The French government is well aware that, given these new threats, the best form of prevention is better intelligence. It has already tightened counter-terrorism laws, and Mr Valls, a former interior minister, has boosted the intelligence budget to allow more agents to be recruited. But it takes time to make new trainee analysts fully operational. As it is, French intelligence services are understood to have some 5,000 people with links to terrorism on a watch list; the Thalys gunman had been among them. It is simply not possible to keep anything like that number under surveillance.

As the French try to come to terms with the latest attack, and make sense of what happened, the unpopular Mr Hollande will need unusual political skills to reassure a shaken nation. After the January attacks he emerged as a far more statesman-like leader than many had imagined possible. Back then Mr Valls, too, gave a powerful speech to parliament, urging unity and vowing defiance against terror. He was careful to stress that France was at war with “Islamist terrorism”, not Islam itself, and to recall that the vast majority of France’s Muslims were deeply shocked by the attacks. Indeed, one French policeman shot dead by the Charlie Hebdo gunmen was of Muslim origin.

Even then, however, there was trouble in some schools, where pupils refused to observe a minute’s silence for the victims. France is home to Europe’s biggest Muslim minority, some 5m-6m strong, and some of those in the outer-city estates, where unemployment is high, are young and impressionable. Jihadist recruiters, using French air strikes in Syria and Iraq as a pretext, have been particularly successful in luring French citizens, including converts and young girls, to join IS. France supplies more would-be jihadists than any other European country.

Now Europe’s refugee crisis makes managing the politics even more delicate. Inevitably, some have already tried to point the finger at migrants, even though this latest sort of attack would presumably have been carefully planned and long predated the current exodus of asylum-seekers to Europe. In fact, France has been on the sidelines of the influx, as the vast majority of refugees head to Germany. Robust French foreign policy probably has far more to do with France’s vulnerability to terrorism than refugees.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front (FN), was due to make a statement later today. She is likely to do her best to sound responsible, as part of her effort to reinvent the FN as a respectable party ready to govern. She announced on Twitter that she would suspend her election campaign until further notice.

Ms Le Pen is currently favourite to win election to the presidency of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, in northern France, and will make a formidable campaigner in the presidential election of 2017. For now she will probably dwell more on what she sees as the errors of a borderless Europe. In many ways she does not need to sound inflammatory about immigration in order to win support. If anything, these ghastly attacks in Paris will strengthen her further still.

Read more:

What Paris’s night of horror means for Europe

Vilifying all Islam is the wrong way to counter bloody medievalism

France and its Muslims

Source: The day after the horror in Paris | The Economist

this pressed: The French awoke this morning in a state of shock — The Economist (@TheEconomist) November 14, 2015


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Great Depression irony as people wait in breadline in Ohio – 1937 — MuMu (@mumu_foste)


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Historic musical bits: #PrayersForParis Imagine – The Beatles – John Lennon


Imagine – The Beatles – John Lennon

Freaks(1932) – Gooble Gobble! One of Us!


Freaks(1932) – Gooble Gobble! One of Us!

this pressed: Laying flowers in front of Rome’s French Embassy — #PrayersForParis #ParisAttacks — Ann Schneible ن (@AnnSchneible) November 14, 2015


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this pressed: Panic, confusion after explosions heard near Paris football match | Reuters.com


Panic, confusion after explosions heard near Paris football matchFriday, November 13, 2015 – 01:01Football fans who watched the France-Germany match, near where bombs exploded, speak about panic and confusion inside the stadium. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Police patrol the streets near the Stade de France national stadium, where hundreds of fans are evacuating following multiple attacks around Paris. The attacks included gunmen and bombers and killed scores of people. Earlier in the evening, inside the stadium, explosions could be heard during a France-Germany friendly match. The match continued until the end but panic broke out in the crowd as rumors of the attack spread. Afterwards fans streamed out in small groups to try to get home.

This fan says, “We were all happy, but when we left the stadium there was a big disenchantment. The party was ruined and everybody started to panic.”

French President Francois Hollande, who was attending the match, has declared a state of emergency and closed France’s borders to stop the perpetrators from escaping.Panic, confusion after explosions heard near Paris football match Friday, November 13, 2015 – 01:01

Source: Panic, confusion after explosions heard near Paris football match | Reuters.com

THIS PRESSED: Hammond: Syria talks will be difficult | Reuters.com


Hammond: Syria talks will be “difficult”Friday, November 13, 2015 – 01:08On the eve of Syria talks, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond offers cautious expectations of the outcome. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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On the night before the second round of Syria talks, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the discussions on Saturday will likely focus on the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.

”This the second in what I imagine will be a series of talks. I don’t think we are going to complete the process tomorrow by any means, but the important thing is that everybody is around the table and talking, and that we now have a process underway. And of course there are a number of difficult issues of which the future of Bashar al-Assad is probably the most difficult and yes that will certainly remain as an important subject tomorrow,” Hammond told reporters outside the hotel where he had just finished meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri. Hammond said the UK and Egypt were working on a way to ensure British tourists come back to the resort after a Russian plane crashed after take off from the resort two weeks earlier.

”We want to get British tourists back to Sharm al-Sheikh as soon as possible‎. Business as usual with the tour operators being able to take the millions of Britons who want to visit Sharm al-Sheikh to the resort so the Egyptian hoteliers and people working in the tourist industry, who are looking forward to welcoming them, can do so as soon as possible. We had a good discussion about how to take forward the necessary steps to ensure that can happen as soon as possible,”
he added.

Foreign ministers were gathering in Vienna on Friday for a new round of talks in a bid to step up diplomatic efforts to end a four-year-old conflict in Syria. The meeting brings together 17 countries including officials from Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Europe and three international bodies. It is a second round of negotiations between the world and regional powers with a stake in Syria’s war.Hammond: Syria talks will be “difficult”Friday, November 13, 2015 – 01:08

Source: Hammond: Syria talks will be difficult | Reuters.com

this pressed: France’s Hollande visits scene of Paris attack | Reuters.com


France’s Hollande visits scene of Paris attackFriday, November 13, 2015 – 01:33French President Francois Hollande visits the scene of an attack in Paris, one of several that killed more than 120 people. Yiming Woo reports.

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French President Francois Hollande stands near the Bataclan music hall in Paris, where gunmen killed nearly 100 people. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING:

“I wanted to be here to measure the scale of this tragedy, this abomination committed in a number of places across the capital by savages who had a desire to kill, to kill the largest number of people possible.”

The victims were attending a rock concert, when the gunmen opened fire. Anti-terrorist commandos eventually launched an assault on the building, killing the attackers, and rescued dozens of survivors. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING:

“We wanted to be there among those who saw these awful things, to say that we are going to fight, and that this fight will be merciless. Because when terrorists are capable of such atrocities they should know that they’ll be faced with a France that’s determined, a France that’s united, a France which stands together, a France which will not be intimidated, even if today we’re infinitely moved by this tragedy.”

Officials say some 40 other people were killed in up to five other attacks in the Paris region, in what’s being called an unprecedented terrorist attack. Hollande has declared a nationwide state of emergency and announced the closure of France’s borders to stop those behind the attack escaping.

Source: France’s Hollande visits scene of Paris attack | Reuters.com

this pressed: Paris attack survivor: phone ‘saved me’ | Reuters.com


Paris attack survivor: phone ‘saved me’4:03am EST – 01:10A man who was near the sports stadium in Paris where two deadly bombs exploded, says his phone saved his life. Yiming Woo reports.

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Sylvestre is a lucky man. He was speaking to someone on the phone and walking near the Stade de France in Paris, when a bomb exploded. It sent shrapnel flying towards him, but his phone took most of the hit. (SOUNDBITE) (French) WITNESS TO EXPLOSION NEAR STADE DE FRANCE, SYLVESTRE, SAYING: “After he hung up, I was crossing the street and straight away, boom, it exploded right in front of me. Everything was blown to bits and I felt stuff flying around, I fell and then I got back up. And that’s when you guys saw me, you were already there. So this is the cell phone that took the hit, it’s what saved me. Otherwise my head would have been blown to bits.” Officials say several people died in the two suicide bomb explosions outside the stadium, where French President Francois Hollande and the German foreign minister were watching a friendly football match. The Friday night bombing was one of five coordinated attacks over the course of a few hours in Paris. At least 120 people are dead, and some 200 others were injured. Hollande has said the government’s aware of where the attacks came from, and has declared a national state of emergency.

Source: Paris attack survivor: phone ‘saved me’ | Reuters.com

this pressed: Breaking – France 24 – One of Paris attackers ‘radicalised’, known to police, says prosecutor


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One of Paris attackers ‘radicalised’, known to police, says prosecutor

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this pressed: Syria talks get underway in Vienna: diplomatic source — FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en)


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this pressed: Exploring DC! #whitehouse #memories — Alexia Meyer (@Alexia_Meyer) November 6, 2015


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this pressed: Les premières Unes des journaux en France, disponibles ce samedi 14 novembre. #ParisAttacks #Fusillade — Le Monde Histoire


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this pressed: Les attentats survenus cette nuit, faisant plus de 120 morts, sont les plus meurtriers de l’histoire de France. — Le Monde Histoire


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This Pressed: Sergei Lavrov reacts to Paris attacks & insists on “need for international coalition against ISIS” FRANCE 24 English FRANCE 24 English


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Paris attacks: what we know so far


Paris attacks: what we know so far

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Updates on the Paris massacre of November 13th


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Paris attacks: Isis militant said to be Syrian who passed through Greece on refugee route


Paris attacks: Isis militant said to be Syrian who passed through Greece on refugee route

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#ParisIsAboutLife The Eiffel Tower went dark for the 1st time since 1889. The World turned them on. — Dr. Ramani Durvasula (@DoctorRamani)


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Musical historic bits: Mireille Mathieu – Comme d’habitude ( My way )


Mireille Mathieu – Comme d’habitude
( My Way )

Mireille Mathieu – Nos Souvenirs (Memories) (French and English subtitles) (1981)


Mireille Mathieu Nos Souvenirs (French and English subtitles)

(1981)

Pray For Humanity! (Mireille Mathieu – La Marseillaise (Lyrics – French / English Translation)


Mireille Mathieu – La Marseillaise (Lyrics – French / English Translation)


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Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Arise, children of the Fatherland,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
The day of glory has arrived!

Contre nous de la tyrannie,
Against us the tyranny’s
L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
The bloodied banner is raised, (repeat)

Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Do you hear in the countryside
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
To roar those ferocious soldiers?

Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
They come right here into our arms
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes !
To slaughter our sons, our wives!

Aux armes, citoyens,
To arms, citizens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Form your battalions,
Marchons, marchons !
Let’s march, let’s march!
Qu’un sang impur
May a tainted blood
Abreuve nos sillons !
Drench our furrows!

Aux armes, citoyens,
To arms, citizens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Form your battalions,
Marchons, marchons !
Let’s march, let’s march!
Qu’un sang impur
May a tainted blood
Abreuve nos sillons !
Drench our furrows!

Français, en guerriers magnanimes,
Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors,
Portez ou retenez vos coups !
Bear or hold back your blows!

Épargnez ces tristes victimes,
Spare these sad victims,
À regret s’armant contre nous. (bis)
Armed against us against their will. (repeat)

Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
But not these blood-thirsty despots,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé,
These accomplices of Bouillé,

Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié,
All these tigers who mercilessly
Déchirent le sein de leur mère !
Ripped out their mother’s breast!

Aux armes, citoyens,
To arms, citizens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Form your battalions,
Marchons, marchons !
Let’s march, let’s march!
Qu’un sang impur
May a tainted blood
Abreuve nos sillons !
Drench our furrows!

Aux armes, citoyens,
To arms, citizens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Form your battalions,
Marchons, marchons !
Let’s march, let’s march!
Qu’un sang impur
May a tainted blood
Abreuve nos sillons !
Drench our furrows!

Amour sacré de la Patrie,
Sacred patriotic love,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs
Lead and support our avenging arms

Liberté, Liberté chérie,
Liberty, cherished liberty,
Combats avec tes défenseurs ! (bis)
Fight back with your defenders! (repeat)

Sous nos drapeaux que la victoire
Under our flags, let victory
Accoure à tes mâles accents,
Hurry to your manly tone,

Que tes ennemis expirants
So that your enemies, in their last breath,
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire !
See your triumph and our glory!

Aux armes, citoyens…
To arms, citizens…
Aux armes, citoyens,
To arms, citizens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Form your battalions,
Marchons, marchons !
Let’s march, let’s march!
Qu’un sang impur
May a tainted blood
Abreuve nos sillons !
Drench our furrows!

Aux armes, citoyens,
To arms, citizens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Form your battalions,
Marchons, marchons !
Let’s march, let’s march!
Qu’un sang impur
May a tainted blood
Abreuve nos sillons !
Drench our furrows

Pray For Humanity

Pray For Humanity

great compositions/performances: Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat, K. 417 [complete]


Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat, K. 417 [complete]

 

historic Musical Bits: Wilhelm Kempff plays Chopin Impromptu No. 3 in G flat Op. 51 (rec.1958)


Wilhelm Kempff plays Chopin Impromptu No. 3 in G flat Op. 51 (rec.1958)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act II Scene 1: Waltz (Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra)


Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act II Scene 1: Waltz

historic musical bits: Kempff – Brahms Intermezzo op.117 no.1 in E flat (1950)


Kempff – Brahms Intermezzo op.117 no.1 in E flat

historic musical bits: What Is Life – George Harrison


What Is Life – George Harrison

historic musical bits: THE BEATLES IF I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU BBC


THE BEATLES IF I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU BBC

Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 14th, 2015: St. Lawrence O’Toole


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St. Lawrence O’Toole

St. Lawrence, it appears, was born about the year 1125. When only ten years old, his father delivered him up as a hostage to Dermod Mac Murehad, King of Leinster, who treated the child with great … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Lord Mayor’s Show


Lord Mayor’s Show

The second Friday in November is Lord Mayor’s Day in London, the day on which the city’s Lord Mayor is admitted to office. The following day is the Lord Mayor’s Show, a series of civic ceremonies held since 1215 that culminate in a parade to the Law Courts. Today, the Lord Mayor rides from Guildhall to the Law Courts in a scarlet and gold coach drawn by six matched horses. Accompanying the coach is an honor guard of musketeers and pikemen in period dress, as well as many bands and numerous floats decorated to reflect the interests or profession of the new Lord Mayor. More… Discuss

quotation: Most amusements only mean trying to win another person’s money. Rudyard Kipling


Most amusements only mean trying to win another person’s money.

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today’s birthday: Astrid Lindgren (1907)


Astrid Lindgren (1907)

Lindgren was a Swedish children’s book author and screenwriter best remembered for writing the series of books featuring the character Pippi Långstrump, or Pippi Longstocking. Pippi, an unconventional, assertive, and extraordinarily strong girl—recognized by her fiery red hair worn in braids that stick out sideways from her head—was featured in many of Lindgren’s hundreds of books, which sold roughly 145 million copies worldwide. What other memorable characters did Lindgren create? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First Shipboard Aircraft Takeoff (1910)


First Shipboard Aircraft Takeoff (1910)

A year after learning to fly, aviator Eugene Ely performed an experiment for the US Navy: he took off from a temporary platform built over the bow of the USS Birmingham, anchored off Virginia’s coast, and became the first person to take off from a ship in a fixed-wing aircraft. Two months later, he performed the first shipboard landing, using the first tailhook system to land on the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay, California. He died less than a year later while doing what? More… Discuss

The Magyars


The Magyars

The Magyars, a nomadic people, migrated from the Urals to the Northern Caucasus region around 460 CE. They remained there for roughly 400 years, until the advance of the Pechenegs forced them west into what is now Romania. They arrived in Hungary towards the end of the 9th century, displacing the resident Huns and Slavs. The Magyars currently comprise 92% of the Hungarian population; consequently, the words Magyar and Hungarian are used interchangeably. What is the origin of the latter term? More… Discuss