Monthly Archives: December 2017

Watch “ABBA – Happy New Year” on YouTube

Watch “She Keeps The Home Fires Burning” on YouTube

Watch “Sittin’ on the dock of the bay + lyrics” on YouTube

Watch “johnny cash – hurt (lyrics)” on YouTube

Watch “NINA SIMONE – my father” on YouTube

Original lyrics by Judy Collins.

My father always promised me
That we would live in France
We’d go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance

We lived in Ohio then
He worked in the mines
On his dreams like boats
We knew we would sail in time.

All my sisters soon were gone
To Denver and Cheyenne
Marrying their grownup dreams
The lilacs and the man.

I stayed behind the youngest still
Only danced alone
The colors of my father’s dreams
Faded without a sound.

And I live in Paris now
My children dance and dream
Hearing the ways of a miner’s life
In words they’ve never seen.

I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine
And watch the Paris sun
As it sets in my father’s eyes again.

My father always promised us
That we would live in France
We’d go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance.

I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine
And watch the Paris sun
As it sets in my father’s eyes again.

Watch “nina simone the last rose of summer” on YouTube

Watch “Charlotte Church – Tis The Last Rose Of Summer (Live From Jerusalem)” on YouTube

Watch “Beautiful Version Of Auld Lang Syne” on YouTube

Madonna-del-Solletico – Masaccio

Madonna-del-Solletico - Masaccio

Madonna-del-Solletico – Masaccio

Watch “Elisa – “Ti vorrei sollevare” – feat. Giuliano Sangiorgi (official video – 2009)” on YouTube

Watch “RadioItaliaLive – Il Concerto – Milano 01/06/2014” on YouTube

Watch “Stadio – Ballando al buio (HD)” on YouTube

Watch “Bianca Atzei – Ora esisti solo tu [Sanremo 2017]” on YouTube

Watch “Annalisa – Direzione la vita (Official Video)” on YouTube

Live Cam Milan Cathedral

everliving music:  Watch “Empire Brass Quintet; Handel’s Water Music Suite” on YouTube

Watch “G.F.Haendel – Water Music” on YouTube

Watch “G.F. Handel Coronation Anthems” on YouTube

The Basilica of San Domenico is one of the major churches in Bologna, Italy

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The Basilica of San Domenico is one of the major churches in Bologna, Italy. The remains of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), are buried inside the exquisite shrine Arca di San Domenico, made by Nicola Pisano and his workshop, Arnolfo di Cambio and with later additions by Niccolò dell’Arca and the young Michelangelo.

La Mulți Ani 2018!

La Mulți Ani 2018!

La Mulți Ani 2018!


Watch “Klaus Johannis, presedintele României: Împreună cu protestatarii!” on YouTube

Am fost în Piaţa Universităţii, alături de miile de români, ca să-mi arăt indignarea. O gaşcă de oameni politici cu probleme penale vrea să schimbe legislaţia din România, vrea să slăbească statul de drept. Or, aşa ceva nu se poate admite! Este inadmisibil să se schimbe legislaţia şi zeci, sute de politicieni certaţi cu legea să se găsească cu dosarele curate şi să continue fărădelegile. Românii, pe bună dreptate, sunt indignaţi.

Two cancer-fighting medicines listed on the PBS and now accessible to Australians


Cost of two ‘life-changing’ cancer medicines slashed by over $100k

Esther Han

Hundreds of Australians will benefit from affordable access to the two medicines from January 1, 2018. 

Medications that can inhibit the growth of two “catastrophic cancers” will next week be made available to Australians at a tiny fraction of the original price.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the listing of cancer medicines alectinib (brand name Alecensa) and carfilzomib (brand name Kyprolis), whose manufacturers usually command more than $100,000 per court of treatment.

Listing these medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme means that  from January 1, patients will pay only a maximum of $39.50 per script, with concessional patients paying just $6.40.

“In other words, drugs which are life-changing were impossible to be paid for by most people, now they’ll be in the reach of everybody who needs them,” said Mr Hunt.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the move brings the drugs into the reach of those who have a desperate need. Photo: Jesse Marlow

From Monday, patients with a form of non-small cell lung cancer that is caused by an abnormal gene will be able to access alectinib, which works by targeting and blocking receptors found on the cancer cells.

In some cancers, these receptors are overactive, causing cells to grow and divide too fast. This medication inhibits these receptors to slow or stop tumour growth.

About 250 eligible patients each year will benefit from the listing of alectinib, which would otherwise cost around $188,430 per course of treatment.

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In addition, patients with relapsed refractory multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells, will be able to afford carfilzomib, which works by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and helps boost survival rates.

Multiple myeloma can prevent healthy plasma cells from working properly, making the bones weaker and leading to the spread of tumours in the bones.

Since multiple myeloma does not have a cure, most patients with multiple myeloma will relapse.

About 550 patients are expected to benefit each year. Normally patients would pay around $138,800 per course of treatment.

“Ultimately, this is medical science being translated to the reach of every Australian who needs it, and what we’re doing is we’re investing $300 million,” said Mr Hunt.

“We’re bringing these drugs into the reach of those who have a desperate need and without this help they simply wouldn’t be able to afford it.”

Esther Han

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For Jerusalem!: Watch :  “Nikki Haley: „Vom ține minte acest vot!”” on YouTube

Nu vi se pare că Nikki Haley este prezidențală?

Discursul ambasadorului SUA Nikki Haley după rezoluția ONU care condamna decizia SUA de a recunoaște Ierusalimul drept capitală a Isaelului și de a muta ambasada de la Tel Aviv în capitală.

„Statele Unite își vor aminti de această zi în care au fost ținta unui atac în această Adunare Generală pentru însăși faptul de a ne fi exercitat dreptul de națiune suverană. (…)

America va muta ambasada în Ierusalim. Este ceea ce poporul american vrea să facem. Și este și drept să facem așa.
Niciun vot la Națiunile Unite nu va schimba ceva.
Dar acest vot va schimba felul în care americanii se raportează la ONU și în felul în care noi vom privi acele țări care au arătat lipsă de respect față de noi la ONU.

Și vom ține minte acest vot.”

Our President…is a true American!

Today’s Holiday:Fiesta of the Black St. Benito

Today’s Holiday:
Fiesta of the Black St. Benito

This fiesta is celebrated by a number of locales in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, and is especially popular in Bobures. After early morning mass, the chimbángueles, or vassals of the saint, put St. Benito’s statue on a litter and surround it with flowers. They then carry it through the streets while performing an unusual bouncing kind of dance, in which they continually move forward and backward to the accompaniment of seven drums. Throughout the long procession, St. Benito’s image is sprinkled with perfumes and presented with drinks of homemade whiskey. More…:

Today’s Birthday:Carmen Sylva (1843)

Today’s Birthday:
Carmen Sylva (1843)

In 1869, Elisabeth of Wied, the daughter of a German prince, married the future king of Romania, Carol I. An artistic and imaginative queen consort, she wrote prolifically—in four languages—under the pseudonym Carmen Sylva. She composed poetry, plays, novels, and essays, at times collaborating with her lady-in-waiting. Her 1882 collection of witty aphorisms won a French literary award. Despite knowing it was illegal, she is said to have encouraged her nephew—the heir to the throne—to do what? More…:

This Day in History:WWII: Germans Firebomb the City of London (1940)

This Day in History:
WWII: Germans Firebomb the City of London (1940)

By the end of the Blitz—Germany’s eight-month nighttime bombing campaign in Britain—tens of thousands of people were dead and millions of homes lay in ruins. For about a two-month period, the country faced nightly attacks. One of the worst raids occurred on December 29, when much of London—including such historic landmarks as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Guildhall—was destroyed or damaged by bombs and the fires they started. How many children were evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz? More…:

Quote of the Day:Rene Descartes

Quote of the Day:
Rene Descartes

There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another. More…:

Article of the Day:Ragweed

Article of the Day:

Ragweeds are flowering plants of the genus Ambrosia, most of which are native to America. The pollen of the weedy herbs is recognized as the primary cause of hay fever in eastern and middle North America. Its effects are exacerbated by the fact that ragweeds—which are anemophilous, or wind-pollinated—are each thought to be able to produce about one billion grains of pollen in a single season. For what other reasons is ragweed so difficult to eradicate? More…:

Idiom of the Day:living the dream

Idiom of the Day:
living the dream

Leading an extremely ideal life, especially in relation to one’s career. (Sometimes said ironically to mean the opposite.) Watch the video…:

Word of the Day:hobgoblin

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) An object or a source of fear, dread, or harassment.
Synonyms: bugbear
Usage: But this encompassment of her own characterization … was a sorry and mistaken creation of Tess’s fancy—a cloud of moral hobgoblins by which she was terrified without reason.:

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Today’s Holiday:Holy Innocents’ Day

Today’s Holiday:
Holy Innocents’ Day

Also known as Innocents’ Day or Childermas, this day commemorates the massacre of all the male children two years and under in Bethlehem as ordered by King Herod, who hoped that the infant Jesus would be among them. This day has long been regarded as unlucky—particularly for getting married or undertaking any important task. But over the years in some countries it has become a day when children play pranks on their elders. In Mexico, Childermas is the equivalent of April Fools’ Day. More…:

Today’s Birthday:Dhirubhai Ambani (1932)

Today’s Birthday:
Dhirubhai Ambani (1932)

Ambani was born in rural Gujarat, India, to a family of modest means. As a youth, he worked in Yemen, then returned to India to found Reliance Industries. Originally an importer of synthetics, Ambani went into textile production, establishing his Vimal brand as a household name in India. As the company diversified into chemicals and power, he became a billionaire. At his death, his sons inherited one of the largest companies in India—but squabbled over ownership. How was the conflict resolved? More…:

This Day in History:Westminster Abbey Is Consecrated (1065)

This Day in History:
Westminster Abbey Is Consecrated (1065)

The first church built on the site of what is now Westminster Abbey is believed to date from the early 7th century. Around 1050, King Edward the Confessor began rebuilding it. A week after the consecration of the new church, he died. William the Conqueror then launched the Norman invasion and, a year later, was crowned at Westminster Abbey—which would later house Edward’s shrine. Nearly every British sovereign since then has been crowned in the abbey. What do they sit on during the coronation? More…:

Quote of the Day:L. Frank Baum

Quote of the Day:
L. Frank Baum

I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart. More…:

Article of the Day:Plasma Lamps

Article of the Day:
Plasma Lamps

Originally invented by Nikola Tesla to study high voltage phenomena, plasma lamps are now widely available novelty items. The lamps, generally gas-filled orbs, contain an electrode that ionizes the gas, producing beams of colored light. Placing one’s hand near such an orb alters its high-frequency electric field, causing a single beam to migrate from the electrode to the point of contact. Do plasma lamps have any practical applications? More…:

Idiom of the Day:live paycheck to paycheck

Idiom of the Day:
live paycheck to paycheck

To spend all of the money one earns by or before the next time one is paid, thus saving none or very little in the process. Primarily heard in US. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day:stammer

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) To speak with involuntary pauses or repetitions.
Synonyms: bumble, falter, stutter
Usage: “You–you must think me crazy,” stammered Anne, trying to recover her self-possession.:

Ognuno ha un paese nell’anima.È il luogo dove siamo stati più tempo.È il paese dove abbiamo trascorso l’infanzia, dove abbiamo giocato, dove abbiamo imparato la vita.~Romano Battaglia~

Ognuno ha un paese nell’anima.

È il luogo dove siamo stati più tempo.

È il paese dove abbiamo trascorso l’infanzia, dove abbiamo giocato, dove abbiamo imparato la vita.

Romano Battaglia

Watch “Mozart Ave Verum Corpus por Leonard Bernstein” on YouTube

Ave verum corpus,
Natum de Maria virgine;
Vere passum immolatum
In crucis pro homine.
Cuius latus perforatum
Unda fluxit et sanguine.
Esto nobis praegustatum
In mortis examine.

Christmas and holiday season

The Christmas season,also called the festive season, the holiday season (mainly in the U.S. and Canada), or simply the holidays, is an annually recurring period recognized in many Westernand Western-influenced countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January. It is defined as incorporating at leastChristmas, and usually New Year, and sometimes various other holidays and festivals. It also is associated with a period of shopping which comprises a peak season for the retail sector (the “Christmas (or holiday) shopping season”), and a period of sales at the end of the season (the “January sales”). Christmas windowdisplays and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies when trees decorated with ornaments and light bulbs are illuminated, are traditions in many areas.

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In the denominations ofWestern Christianity, the term “Christmas season” is considered synonymous withChristmastide, a term associated with Yuletide, which runs from December 25 (Christmas Day) to January 5 (Epiphany Eve), popularly known as the 12 Days of Christmas. However, as the economic impact involving the anticipatory lead-up to Christmas Day grew in America and Europe into the 19th and 20th centuries, the term “Christmas season” began to become synonymous instead with the traditional Christian Adventseason, the period observed in Western Christianity from the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day until Christmas Day itself. The term “Advent calendar” survives in secular Western parlance as a term referring to a countdown to Christmas Day from the beginning of December.

Beginning in the mid-20th century, as the Christian-associated Christmas holiday became increasingly secularized and central to American economics and culture while religio-multicultural sensitivity rose, generic references to the season that omitted the word “Christmas” became more common in the corporate and public sphere of the United States, which has caused a semantics controversy that continues to the present. By the late 20th century, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkahand the new African American cultural holiday of Kwanzaabegan to be considered in the U.S. as being part of the “holiday season”, a term that as of 2013 has become equally or more prevalent than “Christmas season” in U.S. sources to refer to the end-of-the-year festive period. “Holiday season” has also spread in varying degrees to Canada; however, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the phrase “holiday season” is not widely understood to be synonymous with the Christmas–New Year period, and is often instead associated with summer holidays.


Roman Saturnalia

Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of thedeity Saturn, held on December 17 of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through December 23. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and acarnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social normsgambling was permitted, and masters provided table service for theirslaves. The poet Catulluscalled it “the best of days.”

Christian adoption

The tradition of celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25 appears to date from the 4th century when Christianity was adopted as the official religion of theRoman Empire.

In the Christian tradition theChristmas season is a periodbeginning on Christmas Day(December 25). In some churches (e.g. the Anglican Communion) the season continues until the day before the Epiphany, which is celebrated either on January 6 or on the Sunday between January 2 and 8. In other churches (e.g. the Roman Catholic Church) it continues until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on the Sunday following the Epiphany, or on the Monday following the Epiphany if the Epiphany is moved to January 7 or 8. If the Epiphany is kept on January 6, the Church of England‘s use of the termChristmas season corresponds to the Twelve Days of Christmas, and ends onTwelfth Night.

This short Christmas season is preceded by Advent, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day: the majority of the secularized Christmas and holiday season falls during Advent. TheAnglican Communion and some Protestant churches follow the Christmas season with an Epiphany seasonwhich lasts until Shrove Tuesday which is also known as Mardi Gras or ‘Fat Tuesday’. Other European cultures have their own carnival festivities between new year and Lent.

Secularisation and commercialisation

According to Yanovski et al.,in the United States the holiday season “is generally considered to begin with the day after Thanksgiving and end after New Year’s Day“. According to Axelrad, the season in the United States encompasses at least Christmas and New Year’s Day, and also includes Saint Nicholas Day. The U.S. Fire Administration defines the “Winter Holiday Season” as the period from December 1 to January 7. According to Chen et al., in China the Christmas and holiday season “is generally considered to begin with the winter solsticeand end after the Lantern Festival“. Some stores and shopping malls advertise their Christmas merchandise beginning after Halloween or even in late October, alongside Halloween items. In the UK and Ireland, Christmas food generally appears on supermarket shelves as early as September or even August, while the Christmas shopping season itself starts from mid November when the high street Christmas lights are switched on.

The precise definition of feasts and festival days that are encompassed by the Christmas and holiday season has become controversial in the United States over recent decades. While in other countries the only holidays included in the “season” areChristmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day,New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Epiphany, in recent times, this definition in the U.S. has begun to expand to include YuleHanukkah,KwanzaaThanksgivingBlack Friday and Cyber Monday.The expansion of the holiday season in the U.S. to encompass Thanksgiving is believed to have begun in the 1920s, when major department stores Macy’s andGimbels launched dueling Thanksgiving Day parades to promote Christmas sales.Due to the phenomenon ofChristmas creep and the informal inclusion of Thanksgiving, the Christmas and holiday season has begun to extend earlier into the year, overlappingVeterans/Remembrance/Armistice Day, Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night.

Today’s Birthday:Louis Pasteur (1822)

Today’s Birthday:
Louis Pasteur (1822)

Perhaps best remembered for developing the pasteurization process, Pasteur was a French microbiologist who made great strides in keeping people safe by revolutionizing contemporary thinking about diseases. He proved that food spoilage was due to exposure to microorganisms, leading to the use of heat pasteurization to kill bacteria. He developed vaccines against anthrax, cholera, and rabies, and his work on silkworm diseases saved the French silk industry. What was “Pasteur’s Deception”? More…:

This Day in History:Radio City Music Hall Opens in New York City (1932)

This Day in History:
Radio City Music Hall Opens in New York City (1932)

Developed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the Radio Corporation of America, and the creator of the Roxy Theatre, New York’s landmark Radio City Music Hall opened with a lavish variety show that was not well received. Instead, the world’s largest indoor theater began showing movies with accompanying stage spectacles. Recently, it has focused on concerts and live events such as the Grammy Awards. Its annual Christmas show remains a popular tourist attraction. What was the first film shown there? More…:

Quote of the Day:Gilbert Chesterton

Quote of the Day:
Gilbert Chesterton

If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics. More…:

Article of the Day:Cities of Refuge

Article of the Day:
Cities of Refuge

Cities of refuge were towns in the ancient Kingdoms of Israel and Judah in which the perpetrators of manslaughter could claim the right of asylum. Outside of these cities, blood vengeance against such perpetrators was allowed by law. According to some regulations, perpetrators who had claimed asylum were to be taken from the city and put on trial; if found innocent, they were to be returned safely to the city of refuge, which they could ultimately leave without fear of harm when what happened? More…:

Idiom of the Day:live in an/(one’s) ivory tower

Idiom of the Day:
live in an/(one’s) ivory tower

To reside or exist in a place or among a social circle that is characterized by effete academic intelligence and thus is out of touch with or aloof from the realities of life. Watch the video…: