Daily Archives: April 29, 2017

Watch “Johnny Cash – Like A Bird On A Wire” on YouTube

Watch “Prokofiev-Romeo and Juliet ☆The World Orchestra ☆Josep Vicent” on YouTube

Watch “Tchaikovsky – Romeo & Juliet – Fantasy Overture” on YouTube

Today’s Holiday:New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Today’s Holiday:
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

A 10-day feast for the ears, the eyes, and the stomach held in New Orleans, Louisiana, this festival brings together thousands of musicians, artisans, and cooks who do their thing for more than half a million visitors. The concerts feature not only traditional and contemporary jazz, but also other music forms developed in New Orleans: ragtime, country, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, folk, and Latin. Food tents serve a multitude of indigenous foods, such as jambalaya, andouille, crawfish bisque, gumbo, frog legs, and so on. Hundreds of artisans also display their crafts. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (1957)

Today’s Birthday:
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (1957)

The son of a British poet laureate and an actress, Day-Lewis is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed actors today. He is also one of the most selective, working only sporadically and maintaining a low profile between films. The intense method actor has won two Academy Awards for best actor, for 1989’s My Left Foot and 2007’s There Will Be Blood, and is known for his diverse and convincing roles. In 1997, he disappeared and became an apprentice in Italy—in what trade? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Oldsmobile Builds Its Last Car (2004)

This Day in History:
Oldsmobile Builds Its Last Car (2004)

Founded in 1897 by Ransom Olds, Oldsmobile—not Ford—was the first company to mass produce automobiles. After it became part of General Motors in 1908, it shifted to making luxury vehicles. Sales soared in the 1970s and 80s—the Cutlass was the top-selling car in America in 1976—but by the 90s, Oldsmobile had lost its market to other GM divisions. Amid declining profitability, GM discontinued the line in 2004 after 107 years. The first Oldsmobile was the Curved Dash. What was the last? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Joseph Conrad

Quote of the Day:
Joseph Conrad

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Bog Bodies

Article of the Day:
Bog Bodies

Because of their extreme acidity, bogs form a natural preservative and have been found to be a valuable repository of human remains. Over the past two centuries, hundreds of bodies—some of which date back 10,000 years—have been recovered from bogs throughout Europe. These unusually preserved corpses often remain so intact that even intricate details like tattoos and fingerprints can still be distinguished. How did many of the people whose remains have been recovered from the bogs die? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:in plain view

Idiom of the Day:
in plain view

In full, unrestricted view; visibly, openly, or publicly. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:inebriant

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) An intoxicant.
Synonyms: alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, alcohol
Usage: He guzzled the inebriant like a thirsty man would water and promptly dropped to the floor with a thud.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Ottoman Empire: Did you know that modern Turkey has discovered the access to Wikipedia? Another reason for which Turkey must…go!


The Ottoman Empire (;Ottoman Turkish: دولت عليه عثمانیه,Devlet-i ʿAlīye-i ʿOsmānīye;Modern TurkishOsmanlı İmparatorluğu or Osmanlı Devleti), also known as theTurkish Empire, Ottoman Turkey, was an empirefounded at the end of the thirteenth century in northwestern Anatolia in the vicinity of Bilecik and Söğüt by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman. After 1354, the Ottomans crossed intoEurope, and with the conquest of the Balkans the OttomanBeylik was transformed into a transcontinental empire. The Ottomans ended theByzantine Empire with the 1453 conquest of Constantinople by Mehmed the Conqueror.

Quick facts

During the 16th and 17th centuries, at the height of its power under the reign ofSuleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire was a multinational, multilingual empire controlling much ofSoutheast Europe, parts ofCentral EuropeWestern Asia, the CaucasusNorth Africa, and the Horn of Africa. At the beginning of the 17th century the empire contained32 provinces and numerousvassal states. Some of these were later absorbed into the Ottoman Empire, while others were granted various types of autonomy during the course of centuries.

With Constantinople as its capital and control of lands around the Mediterranean basin, the Ottoman Empire was at the centre of interactions between theEastern and Western worlds for six centuries. While the empire was once thought to have entered a period ofdecline following the death ofSuleiman the Magnificent, this view is no longer supported by the majority of academic historians. The empire continued to maintain a flexible and strong economy, society, and military throughout the seventeenth and much of the eighteenth century. However, during a long period of peace from 1740 to 1768, the Ottoman military system fell behind that of their European rivals, the Habsburg and Russian Empires. The Ottomans consequently suffered severe military defeats in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which prompted them to initiate a comprehensive process of reform and modernization known as the Tanzimat. Thus over the course of the nineteenth century the Ottoman state became vastly more powerful and organized, despite suffering further territorial losses, especially in the Balkans, where a number of new states emerged.The empire allied withGermany in the early 20th century, hoping to escape from the diplomatic isolation which had contributed to its recent territorial losses, and thus joined World War I on the side of the Central Powers.While the Empire was able to largely hold its own during the conflict, it was struggling with internal dissent, especially with the Arab Revolt in its Arabian holdings. Starting before World War I, but growing increasingly common and violent during it, major atrocities culminating ingenocide were committed by the Ottoman government against the Armenians,Assyrians and Pontic Greeks.

The Empire’s defeat and the occupation of part of its territory by the Allied Powersin the aftermath of World War I resulted in its partitioningand the loss of its Middle Eastern territories, which weredivided between the United Kingdom and France. The successful Turkish War of Independence against the occupying Allies led to the emergence of the Republic of Turkey in the Anatolian heartland and the abolition of the Ottoman monarchy and caliphate.

France 24 : Pope heads to Egypt to mend ties with Islam, reassure Christians

Pope heads to Egypt to mend ties with Islam, reassure Christians

In keeping with his inclusive approach to his role, when Pope Francis visits Egypt on Friday he will meet with the head of the most important institution in the Islamic world as well as leaders of the nation’s embattled Christian community.


France 24 : Turkey ‘blocks access to Wikipedia’, says monitoring group

Turkey ‘blocks access to Wikipedia’, says monitoring group

Turkish authorities on Saturday blocked access to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, an internet monitoring group said, the latest in what government critics say is a crackdown on free speech on the internet.


Watch “Jeff Buckley Hallelujah Lyrics – Leonard Cohen” on YouTube