Monthly Archives: November 2019

Horoscope♉: 11/30/2019


Are you one of those people who thinks that your bank account can’t be overdrawn as long as you still have checks in your checkbook? As bad as you think your financial situation is, your problems are easily reconciled. It’s not that you’re spending more money than you have, but that you’re not keeping track of what you spend. Better recordkeeping will help ease your anxiety.:

Today’s Holiday: Advent (Germany)

Today’s Holiday:
Advent (Germany)

Many German households observe Advent with an Advent wreath. Traditionally fashioned from a fir branch entwined with gold and silver ribbons or bits of red thread, the wreaths also contain holders for four candles. German families display the wreath on a tabletop or suspend it from the ceiling. One candle is lit on each of the Sundays in Advent. Many German households light a “Star of Seven,” a seven-branched candelabrum, on Christmas Eve, and at midnight carry the lit “star” though the dark to the village church for the Christmas Eve service. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Louis Allen “Lou” Rawls (1933)

Today’s Birthday:
Louis Allen “Lou” Rawls (1933)

Rawls was an American soul, jazz, and blues singer known for his smooth vocal style. He began singing in his church choir at the age of seven and later sang with local Chicago groups. Though he was pronounced dead after a severe car accident in 1958 that left him in a coma for several days, he recovered and went on to enjoy a successful career, winning multiple Grammy Awards and selling more than 40 million records. Who once credited Rawls with having the “silkiest chops in the singing game”? More…:

This Day in History: Portuguese Restoration War Begins (1640)

This Day in History:
Portuguese Restoration War Begins (1640)

Following the death of Henry, the cardinal-king of Portugal, in 1580, Philip II of Spain assumed control of Portugal by force of arms. The “Spanish captivity” lasted for 60 years. Finally, in 1640, the Portuguese took advantage of Philip IV’s preoccupation with a rebellion in Catalonia and revolted. The Portuguese dethroned him and reclaimed independence for Portugal. Undeterred, Philip fought for decades to regain control of Portugal. When did Spain finally recognize Portugal’s independence? More…:

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen

Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. More…:

Article of the Day: Codices

Article of the Day:

A codex is a manuscript book, especially of Scripture, early literature, or ancient mythological or historical annals. The oldest extant Greek codex is a biblical manuscript from the 4th century BCE. Codices were developed separately by pre-Columbian Mesoamericans after 1000 CE. The earliest type of manuscript in the form of a modern book—a collection of pages stitched together along one side—the codex replaced earlier rolls of papyrus and wax tablets. What advantages did it provide over them? More…:

Idiom of the Day: admit defeat

Idiom of the Day:
admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: disparage

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) To speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way.

Synonyms: belittle, pick at

Usage: When it came to the principal’s attention that Mrs. Smith regularly disparaged her students’ efforts, she was removed from the classroom and reprimanded.:

Watch “London Bridge terror attack latest: Questions raised over attacker’s release from prison” on YouTube






Quote: Nicolae “Nicola” Tesla

Quote: Nicolae

Quote: Nicolae “Nicola” Tesla

Horoscope♉: 11/29/2019


It may be difficult to focus on household chores today. Your mind is on more exalted matters, such as spiritual and intellectual interests and you feel lazy. It’s OK to do nothing. You don’t have to knock yourself out every day! Relax at home, read, watch TV, and cook if you must do something. Your chores can wait until you feel more energetic.:

Today’s Holiday: Barbados Independence Day

Today’s Holiday:
Barbados Independence Day

After having been a British colony since the 17th century, Barbados became independent on this day in 1966. A ceremony took place near the capital city of Bridgetown, during which the British flag was lowered and replaced by the Barbados flag, and the national anthem was sung. Today, festivities extend through the month of November with the National Independence Festival of the Creative Arts. On Independence Day, festivities culminate with a parade and the final appearance of performers, and exhibits of art work and photography are on display. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Shirley Chisholm (1924)

Today’s Birthday:
Shirley Chisholm (1924)

Chisholm was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1968, becoming the first African-American woman to serve in Congress. During her 15 years in the House, she was known for her strong, liberal views, including her opposition to US involvement in the Vietnam War and her advocacy of employment programs. As a candidate for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, she won 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race. How many assassination attempts did she survive during her campaign? More…:

This Day in History: Ken Jennings’s Winning Streak on Jeopardy! Ends (2004)

This Day in History:
Ken Jennings’s Winning Streak on Jeopardy! Ends (2004)

In 2004, Jennings won 74 consecutive games on the television game show Jeopardy!—the longest streak in the program’s history. His extensive knowledge of trivia earned him more than $2.5 million. Ratings for the show during his unprecedented streak increased by 22 percent. On his 75th appearance, the final answer was “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year.” Jennings incorrectly responded with “What is FedEx?” What was the correct response? More…:

Quote of the Day: Edwin Abbott

Quote of the Day:
Edwin Abbott

Mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy. More…:

Article of the Day: The Blue Angels

Article of the Day:
The Blue Angels

In 1946, the US Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the Blue Angels, performed for the first time. Intended to enhance Navy recruiting and to represent American armed forces as international ambassadors of good will, the Blue Angels perform aerial demonstrations involving highly precise maneuvers while flying in formation. During the stunts, the jets can sometimes come within 18 inches of each other. Why is it that pilots in the Blue Angels squadron do not wear G-suits? More…:

Idiom of the Day: act of congress

Idiom of the Day:
act of congress

That which is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: intermit

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) Cease an action temporarily.

Synonyms: pause, break

Usage: Pray to the gods to intermit the plague.:

Watch “Broken Things – Ryan Adams (With Lyrics Below)” on YouTube

I’ve come to you from broken things
I’ve crawled to you on my hands and knees
Sailed to you across the seven seas
If only to hear you say my name

I’ve come to you from broken times
I’ve shown you my face with no disguise
My memories a mirror without eyes
If only to take away your pain
If only to hear you say my name
You’re the whispering in the rising wind
Empty and so cold too dark for the birds to fly in
And they’re lined up on the wall
And as I’m walking by, they scattered and take off
I watch them as they rise into the sun
If only you believed you were the one
When the day is new the light is warm
Upon the bed the curtain is drawn and torn
The shadows forming, falling just behind
If only you believed all of my lies
Hanging in my heart just like a flag
When I’m lazy the wind, the colors sag
As the clouds rolling off the hill
Can’t tell where the roofs begin and end
No more will I know my home again
Hear the whispering in the rising wind
Empty and so cold too dark for the birds to fly in
They’re lined up on the wall
As I’m walking by, they scattered and take off
I watch them as they rise into the sun
If only you believed you were the one
If only you believed you were the one
If only you believed you were the one
Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Ryan Adams
Broken Things lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group

Watch “Jean Sibelius – Valse triste (Sad Waltz), Op. 44, No. 1 conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz” on YouTube

Quote: Winston Churchill

Quote: Winston Churchill

Quote: Winston Churchill

Quote: don’t let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything!

Quote: don't let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything!

Quote: don’t let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything!

Quote: Whose life am I living?

Quote: Whose life am I living?

Quote: Whose life am I living?




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

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Romeo and Juliet(Prokofiev)

Romeo and Juliet (Russian: Ромео и Джульетта), Op. 64, is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on William Shakespeare‘s play Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev reused music from the ballet in three suites for orchestra and a solo piano work.

Romeo and Juliet

Commemorative coin depicting a scene from the ballet

Choreographer Ivo Váña-Psota
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Based on Romeo and Juliet
Premiere 1938
Mahen Theatre, Brno
Original ballet company Ballet of the National Theatre, Brno
Characters Ivo Váña-Psota as Romeo
Zora Šemberováas Juliet
Genre Drambalet

Background and premiereEdit

Based on a synopsis created by Adrian Piotrovsky (who first suggested the subject to Prokofiev)[1]and Sergey Radlov, the ballet was composed by Prokofiev in September 1935 to their scenario which followed the precepts of “drambalet” (dramatised ballet, officially promoted at the Kirov Ballet to replace works based primarily on choreographic display and innovation).[2] Following Radlov’s acrimonious resignation from the Kirov in June 1934, a new agreement was signed with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on the understanding that Piotrovsky would remain involved.[3]

However, the ballet’s original happy ending (contrary to Shakespeare) provoked controversy among Soviet cultural officials.[4] The ballet’s production was then postponed indefinitely when the staff of the Bolshoi was overhauled at the behest of the chairman of the Committee on Arts Affairs, Platon Kerzhentsev.[5]The ballet’s failure to be produced within Soviet Russia until 1940 may also have been due to the increased fear and caution in the musical and theatrical community in the aftermath of the two notorious Pravda editorials criticising Shostakovich and other “degenerate modernists” including Piotrovsky.[6] The conductor Yuri Fayermet with Prokofiev frequently during the writing of the music, and he strongly urged the composer to revert to the traditional ending. Fayer went on to conduct the first performance of the ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Suites of the ballet music were heard in Moscow and the United States, but the full ballet premiered in the Mahen Theatre, Brno (then in Czechoslovakia, now in the Czech Republic), on 30 December 1938.[7] This version was a single-act production with music mainly from the first two suites. Prokofiev was not able to attend the premiere due to his status of outbound restriction.

1940 Kirov productionEdit

Galina Ulanova and Yuri Zhdanov in the ballet

It is better known today from the significantly revised version that was first presented at the Kirov Theatre(now Mariinsky Theatre) in Leningradon 11 January 1940, with choreography by Leonid Lavrovskyand with Galina Ulanova and Konstantin Sergeyev in the leading roles. Despite the objections of Prokofiev, Lavrovsky significantly changed the score of the ballet. This production received international acclaim and was awarded the Stalin Prize.

In 1955, Mosfilm made the film version of this production with Galina Ulanova as Juliet and Yuri Zhdanov as Romeo. This film won the Best Lyrical Film and nominated as Palme d’Or in the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Original Cast

Revivals and other productionsEdit

In 1955, Frederick Ashtonchoreographed a production of Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Danish Ballet.

In 1962, John Cranko‘s choreography of Romeo and Juliet for the Stuttgart Ballet helped the company achieve a worldwide reputation. It had its American premiere in 1969.

In 1965, choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s version for the Royal Ballet premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev danced the title roles. Fonteyn, considered to be near retirement, embarked upon a rejuvenated career with a partnership with Nureyev. Also in 1965, Oleg Vinogradov stages a version in Russia while serving as assistant ballet master to Pyotr Gusev.

In 1971, John Neumeier, partly inspired by John Cranko, created another version of the ballet in Frankfurt. In 1974, Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet premiered in Hamburg as his first full-length ballet with the company.

In 1977, Rudolf Nureyev created a new version of Romeo and Juliet for the London Festival Ballet, today’s English National Ballet. He performed the lead role of Romeo with British ballerina Patricia Ruanne creating the role of Juliet. As a partnership, they toured the production internationally, and it continues to be a popular ballet in the ENB repertoire, with its most recent revival in 2010 staged by Patricia Ruanne and Frederic Jahn of the original 1977 cast. This production was also staged by La Scala Theater Ballet in 1980 and Paris Opera Balletin 1984 and has been a renowned performance in the POB repertoire.

In 1979, Yuri Grigorovich created a new version for the Bolshoi, “which did away with most of the stage properties and stylized the action into an all-danced text.” This was revived in 2010 and remains in the Bolshoi repertory.[8]

A 2010 production at the Royal Swedish Opera

In 1985, choreographer László Seregi‘s production premiered at the Hungarian National Ballet, Budapest.

A 2014 Krzysztof Pastor’s production at the Polish National Ballet, dancers: Vladimir Yaroshenko and Maria Żuk

In 1996, choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot premiered his version of Roméo et Juliette at Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Taking formal inspiration from the episodic character of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score, Maillot structured the action in a manner akin to cinematic narrative. Rather than focusing on themes of political-social opposition between the two feuding clans, this Romeo and Juliet highlights the dualities and ambiguities of adolescence.

In 2007, Peter Martins made Romeo + Juliet on New York City Ballet to the Prokofiev music.

In 2008, Krzysztof Pastor presented his version by the Scottish Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. The Polish premiere of this version was by the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw, and the United States premiere was by the Joffrey Ballet in 2014.

On July 4, 2008, with the approval of the Prokofiev family and permission from the Russian State Archive, the original Prokofiev score was given its world premiere. Musicologist Simon Morrison, author of The People’s Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years, unearthed the original materials in the Moscow archives, obtained permissions, and reconstructed the entire score. Mark Morris created the choreography for the production. The Mark Morris Dance Group premiered the work at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in New York state. The production subsequently began a year-long tour to include Berkeley, Norfolk, London, New York, and Chicago.

In 2011, the National Ballet of Canadapremiered a new choreography of Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmanskyin Toronto, with plans to take it on tour in Western Canada in early 2012.



In addition to a somewhat standard instrumentation, the ballet also requires the use of the tenor saxophone. This voice adds a unique sound to the orchestra as it is used both in solo and as part of the ensemble. Prokofiev also used the cornet, viola d’amore and mandolins in the ballet, adding an Italianate flavor to the music.

Full instrumentation is as follows:

Horoscope♉: 11/28/2019


The bubble you’ve been living in for a long time may burst today. You could face some real disappointments. Try not to let this get you down. Keep the big picture in mind as best you can. Remind yourself that trips or meetings or fun days out can always be rescheduled, and then you’ll have the pleasure of looking forward to these events all over again.:

Today’s Holiday: St. Andrew’s Eve (Poland)

Today’s Holiday:
St. Andrew’s Eve (Poland)

The eve of St. Andrew’s Day is a special night for young Polish girls who want to find husbands. They play Andrzejki, or “Andrew’s games,” a kind of fortune telling. They break off dry branches from cherry trees, place them in wet sand, and tend them carefully for the next few weeks. If the branch blooms by Christmas, it is believed that they will marry within the year. Pouring liquid wax into cold water is another popular method of foretelling their romantic futures. The shapes into which the wax hardens often provide clues with which they can read their fate. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835)

Today’s Birthday:
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835)

Cixi was the Imperial consort who controlled the Chinese Qing dynasty for almost half a century. A low-ranking concubine of the Xianfeng emperor, she bore his only son, the future Tongzhi emperor, in 1856. After the emperor’s death, Cixi joined a triumviral regency that governed in the name of her son, who was only six at his accession. During that period, the Taiping and Nian rebellions were put down and the government was briefly revitalized. What happened when Cixi’s son died in 1875? More…:

This Day in History: The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)

This Day in History:
The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)

Chaired by US Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission was appointed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the shooting of his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. After months of investigation, it reported that Kennedy was killed by Oswald’s rifle shots from the Texas School Book Depository and that Oswald’s murder by Jack Ruby was not part of a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. What later reports questioned its findings? More…:

Quote of the Day: Ambrose Bierce

Quote of the Day:
Ambrose Bierce

Capital, n.: The seat of misgovernment. More…:

Article of the Day: Yoruba Twins

Article of the Day:
Yoruba Twins

While the birth rate of monozygotic—identical—twins is relatively constant worldwide, the rate for dizygotic—fraternal—twins varies widely. Fraternal twins are most common among persons of African ancestry, and the highest incidence of fraternal twins is among the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, with a frequency of more than 40 per 1,000 births. This has made twins an important part of Yoruba culture, in which twins are said to share one soul. What traditions do the Yoruba follow regarding twins? More…:

Idiom of the Day: accident of birth

Idiom of the Day:
accident of birth

Any and all particulars surrounding one’s birth (physical characteristics, social background, and even nationality) that are considered a result of parentage and the specific circumstances of birth, and are therefore entirely out of one’s control. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: fire-eater

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A belligerent grouch.

Synonyms: hothead

Usage: That old fire-eater next door is always screaming at me to keep my dog off of his lawn.:

Watch “Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”” on YouTube

Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
But baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Well there was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show that to me do ya
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC




Ambrose Bierce Quote: HISTORY

Ambrose Bierce Quote:  HISTORY

Ambrose Bierce Quote: HISTORY

Watch “Somewhere in Time (orchestra version), Conducted by Albert E Moehring” on YouTube

Watch “Unchained Melody – Mantovani and his Orchestra” on YouTube

Watch “Autumn Leaves – Mantovani and his Orchestra” on YouTube

Watch “Acker Bilk – Ramblin’ Rose” on YouTube

Watch “The Magic Shop by H. G. Wells Audiobook – FULL” on YouTube

Watch “** I Can’t Stop Loving You ** – Acker Bilk” on YouTube

Watch “POEMS OF WILLIAM BLAKE – FULL Audio Book – Songs of Innocence and of Experience & The Book of Thel” on YouTube


Thanksgiving Day is not all about eating a good meal and enjoying it to the fullest. The name of this holiday conveys that on Thanksgiving Day, we share our thoughts with our most beloved family member or friends or any close ones. We thanks them for everything that they have done for us. Sharing our thoughts and expressing our feeling is not simple and it should be done with respect. For that purpose, we have some of the best Happy Thanksgiving Quotes, which will definitely convey your message to others. We mostly use Short Thanksgiving Quotes on Greeting Cards and give it to our close ones to let them know how thankful are you.

Famous thanksgiving quotes to God, Teachers, Friends

Many of us believe in God and want to thank him for this precious life he has given to us and for all the things. We also consider teacher as our master and feel respect towards them. Given that Quotes are the best way to convey our message.

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Horoscope♉: 11/27/2019


Someone you know well could be saying one thing to you while your intuition tells you another. Your friend is probably troubled by something embarrassing. Don’t press for information. It will come out in good time. If you want to help, distract your friend by taking him or her out to dinner or a movie. This should take your minds off the trouble for a while.:

Today’s Holiday: Albania Independence Day

Today’s Holiday:
Albania Independence Day

The Albanian people proclaimed their independence from the Turks on this day in 1912. The Turks first invaded this part of Europe around 1400, and they ruled the country for more than 400 years. It wasn’t until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence issued on November 28, 1912. Independence Day is a public holiday observed throughout Albania and is marked by a festive parade in Tirana, the capital. It is followed by Liberation Day on November 29, the day on which the invasions of German and Italian troops during World War II were ended in 1944. More…:

Today’s Birthday: William Blake (1757)

Today’s Birthday:
William Blake (1757)

Blake was an English poet and artist. Trained as an engraver, he opened a print shop in 1784 and developed an innovative technique for engraving illustrations and text on the same plate and for producing colored engravings. Blake’s paintings, engravings, and illustrated books of poetry feature detailed images of realistic natural forms as well as fanciful creatures. He lived on the edge of poverty, was considered mad, and died in neglect. When did he finally gain recognition as a visionary? More…:

This Day in History: Albania Declares Independence from the Ottoman Empire (1912)

This Day in History:
Albania Declares Independence from the Ottoman Empire (1912)

The Ottoman Turks conquered Albania around 1400 and ruled the country for more than 400 years. It was not until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence was issued in 1912. Although Serbia showed intentions of annexing a large part of Albania in order to gain an outlet on the Adriatic, the move was opposed by Austria-Hungary, Italy, and the Albanians. Albanians celebrate their independence on November 28. What do they celebrate on November 29? More…:

Quote of the Day: Ambrose Bierce

Quote of the Day:
Ambrose Bierce

Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum—”I think that I think, therefore I think that I am.” More…: