Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

Watch “Dvořák – Piano quintet op.81 – Smetana SQ / Hála” on YouTube


Watch “Mozart Piano Concerto 26. Aimi Kobayashi” on YouTube


Watch “Richard Wagner – The Valkyrie, WWV 86b, Ride of the Valkyries (Oslo Philharmonic/ Maris Jansons)” on YouTube


BBC News: Turkey-US row: Erdogan ‘upset’ by visa suspension


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Turkey-US row: Erdogan ‘upset’ by visa suspension – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41556557

BBC News: Facebook uncovers ‘Russian-funded’ misinformation campaign


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Facebook uncovers ‘Russian-funded’ misinformation campaign – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41182519

Watch “Only a Glass of This Juice will Remove Clogged Arteries And Control Blood Pressure” on YouTube


Watch “Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G Major Op. 78, D.894 (Arkady Volodos)” on YouTube


Floarea de Colț ! Această floare simbolizează România ! Distribuie mai departe !


Floarea de Colț ! Această floare simbolizează România ! Distribuie mai departe !

France 24 :  Tumaco, in Colombia’s far south-east, is no stranger to the violence surrounding the cultivation of coca, a raw material for making cocaine


Tumaco, in Colombia’s far south-east, is no stranger to the violence surrounding the cultivation of coca, a raw material for making cocaine.

For decades, the local area has been a key source of the plant – and consequently a battleground in intense struggles for control of Colombian drugtrafficking.

On October 5, at least six coca growers were shot dead and 21 wounded while protesting against a coca eradication operation carried out by the Colombian army. A FRANCE 24 team went to report on this.

Contradictory versions of events

An official in a farmers’ organisation, who declined to give his identity for security reasons, told FRANCE 24 that 500 rural workers had gathered to form a “human shield” to protect coca fields that the armed forces were getting ready to tear up and burn.

Another witness said that his “brother died when a policeman shot him at point blank range”. A third source told FRANCE 24 that “it was a peaceful demonstration, because – as everyone knows – we all depend on coca farming to make a living here. But they [the soldiers and the police] attacked us.”

Some organisations go further in their allegations. Coccam, a coca growers’ association, said “these weren’t just clashes: it was slaughter.” Another such group, the Asominuma association, said the army “responded disproportionately to a peaceful demonstration”.

Today’s Holiday: St. Denis’s Day


Today’s Holiday:
St. Denis’s Day

Also known as St. Dionysius, St. Denis is the patron saint of France. According to legend, Pope Clement sent him to what is now France to establish the Church there, during the reign of Emperor Decius (249-251), but the pagans who greeted him did not treat him well. The most widely repeated legend is that they beheaded him on Martyr’s Hill—the place now known as Montmartre in Paris—but he miraculously picked up his head and carried it for two miles before expiring at the site where the Church of St. Denis was later built. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Alfred Dreyfus (1859)


Today’s Birthday:
Alfred Dreyfus (1859)

In 1894, French Army intelligence discovered that military secrets were being leaked to Germany. Dreyfus, a Jewish captain in the French Army, was blamed and convicted—twice—on insufficient and forged evidence. He was imprisoned on Devil’s Island. The affair became a national scandal amid reports that the army, permeated by anti-Semitism, had covered up evidence of his innocence. He was pardoned by the president in 1899 and cleared by a civilian court in 1906. Who was probably the real traitor? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The Phantom of the Opera Premieres in London (1986)


This Day in History:
The Phantom of the Opera Premieres in London (1986)

Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in 1986. In 2010, it celebrated its 10,000th performance at the same venue. It opened in New York in 1988, and went on to become the longest-running musical on Broadway. It is also the most financially successful entertainment project of all time, having earned billions of dollars. What is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain


Quote of the Day:
Mark Twain

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: F for Fake


Article of the Day:
F for Fake

F for Fake (1974) is the last major film completed by Orson Welles. It is a brilliantly edited investigation of the nature of authorship and authenticity, incorporating the story of professional art forger Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving’s fabricated biography of Howard Hughes, and Welles’s personal reflections on his infamous broadcast of The War of the Worlds. Early in the film, Welles vows that everything seen in the next hour will be true. What happens exactly one hour later? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: like a chicken with the pip


Idiom of the Day:
like a chicken with the pip

In low spirits; in a weak or sickened state or manner. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: unfledged


Word of the Day:
unfledged

Definition: (adjective) Not having the feathers necessary to fly. Used of a young bird.
Synonyms: immature
Usage: A small, unfledged sparrow sat on the window sill, where it hungrily waited for its mother and breakfast.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch