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Welcome to Washington | Sue in the City


Welcome to Washington | Sue in the City

Sheherazade, Ouverture de feerie (arr. for 2 pianos)


Sheherazade, Ouverture de feerie (arr. for 2 pianos)


Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov: Sheherazade (Tale of Tsar Saltan, Suite for orchestra, 1-3 Op.57)

great compositions/performances: Antonin Dvorak : Serenade for String Op 22


Antonin Dvorak : Serenade for String Op 22

Debussy: Valse romantique (1890)


Debussy: Valse romantique (1890)


Uploaded on May 2, 2009

Claude Debussy
(1862 – 1918)

Complete music for piano solo (in chronological order)

Valse romantique (1890)

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    • “Valse romantique” by Thiollier, Francois-Joel

Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances op.45 – Live concert


Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances op.45 – Live concert 

today’s holiday: Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day


Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day

Kyrgyztan declared independence from the Soviet Union on August 31, 1991, along with other central Asian republics as the Soviet empire crumbled. Located along the famed Silk Road, the trade route connecting the eastern and western parts of Eurasia, the country is mostly mountainous, part of the Tien-Shan, or Celestial Mountains. Independence Day is a national public holiday in the Kyrgyz Republic. More… Discuss

quotation: How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning. Jonathan Swift


How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

today’s birthday: Caligula (12 CE)


Caligula (12 CE)

Caligula was a Roman emperor who began his reign upon the death of the extremely unpopular Tiberius. His reign was initially welcomed, but, shortly after assuming power, he suffered a severe illness that is widely believed to have rendered him insane. He earned a reputation for cruel autocracy, torture, and execution and was finally assassinated by a tribune of the Praetorian Guard. Caligula’s real name was Caius Caesar Germanicus. Why was he nicknamed Caligula as a child? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Iroquois Confederacy Is Formed (1142)


Iroquois Confederacy Is Formed (1142)

The Iroquois Confederacy is a North American confederation of indigenous peoples, initially comprising the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. A sixth tribe, the Tuscarora, joined later. The league was formed for both defense purposes and to prevent intertribal conflict. Although frequently referred to as the Iroquois, the nations refer to themselves collectively as Haudenosaunee, which means “people of the longhouse.” The league’s formation is said to have coincided with what event? More… Discuss

Arlo Guthrie (Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant lyrics)


Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer and son of Woody Guthrie, is perhaps best known for his talking blues song “Alice’s Restaurant.” The song’s original recording lasts 18 minutes and 20 seconds, though Arlo has been know to lengthen the song to 45 minutes in concert. Based on an actual incident, the song was a scathing indictment of the Vietnam War draft. Arlo also appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York. What movie launched his acting career? More… Discuss

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant lyrics

Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré


Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré

Niccolò Paganini – Sonata for Violin and Guitar No.6 in E minor Op.3


Niccolò Paganini – Sonata for Violin and Guitar No.6 in E minor Op.3

today’s holiday: Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship


Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship

The Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship takes place in August in Savonlinna, Finland. The light-hearted event offers several categories for men, women, and teams: original, which is based on distance; freestyle, based on distance, style, aesthetics, and creativity; and juniors, which is limited to children 12 years old and under. First-place winners get a new mobile phone. Since the inaugural competition in 2000, several European countries—including Norway, Switzerland, and Germany—have introduced their own national championships. More… Discuss

quotation: Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


Man is by nature a political animal.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Mohács Begins (1526)


Battle of Mohács Begins (1526)

In 1526, King Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia led a poorly prepared army against a vastly superior Turkish force led by Sultan Suleiman I with disastrous results. About 25,000 of the king’s soldiers were killed in the battle, and the rest were taken captive and massacred. Louis himself died during the retreat after being thrown from his horse. The defeat resulted in more than 150 years of Ottoman domination in Hungary. What modern Hungarian expression of bad luck references the battle? More… Discuss

Doughnuts or Donuts?


Doughnuts or Donuts?

Regardless of how you spell this sweet, deep-fried treat—doughnut or donut—its origins remain a mystery. Some claim that Dutch settlers brought it to North America. Others maintain that a Danish sea captain impaled a fried cake on a wheel spoke to free his hands during a storm and, thus, invented the doughnut’s hole. The two most common types are ring-shaped doughnuts and filled doughnuts, flattened spheres injected with a sweet filling. In what countries can you get a meat-filled doughnut? More… Discuss

Kreisler Romance Larghetto by Carl Von Weber – Garrett David


Kreisler Romance Larghetto by Carl Von Weber – Garrett David

Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178


Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178

today’s holiday: Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo


Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which details the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the “Four Latin Fathers” of the Christian Church. When Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine’s Day in 1565, they named the U.S.’s oldest European community after him. More… Discuss

quotation: Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity. Honore de Balzac


Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) Discuss

The iPod


The iPod

The Apple iPod, currently the world’s best-selling line of digital audio players, was unveiled in 2001 for the Mac, and in 2002 for Windows. iPods store and play songs in a variety of digital formats, including MP3, Apple Lossless, and AAC. The combination of sound quality, sleek design, and slick user interface, coupled with a bold marketing campaign, has made the iPod a hit. By the end of 2006, over 67 million iPods had been sold. What medical problem may be associated with prolonged iPod use? More… Discuss

unwieldy


unwieldy

Definition: (adjective) Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity.
Synonyms: unmanageable
Usage: She shifted the unwieldy groceries in her arms and looked for an empty shopping cart. Discuss.

Moldova Independence Day: On August 27, 1991


Moldova Independence Day

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova became an independent and sovereign state. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the country celebrates Independence Day every year on August 27. As part of the celebrations, the Moldovan President addresses the people of the country with a festive speech. Public concerts, fairs, and outdoor activities are held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as in other cities around the country. On August 27, 2001, the first military parade was held in Chisinau to celebrate the first 10 years of the country’s independence. More… Discuss

quotation: Reproach is infinite, and knows no end. Homer (900 BC-800 BC)


Reproach is infinite, and knows no end.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discuss

Execuţia lui Ion Antonescu


Execuţia lui Ion Antonescu

Foarte frumos scris! Vizionare placuta celor… – Cetatea Făgăraşului


Obiectiv istoric incadrat pe locul 2 mondial ca fortificatie,este mandria fagarasenilor.In fiecare an in jurul ei se organizeaza aceste zile ale Fagarasului.Anul acesta a luat parte si o garda cu comandir, copil de trupa,tobosari,-toti in costume de epoca superbe- faclii si calareti falnici pe cai minunati si tunuri pentru a da deschiderii festivitatilor acel aer medieval care adauga Cetatii un plus de frumusete misterioasa la ceas de seara. Dac-am da frau liber imaginatiei,si am face abstractie de iluminatul electric,azi atat de necesar,am putea crede ca la portile Cetatii,negutatorii cu tarabele,imbie domni si domnite cu bunatati si lucruri scumpe,iar inauntru zidurilor, mestesugarii se indeletnicesc cu lucruri si reparatii necesare traiului de zi cu zi. In muzeu,cu ajutorul istoriografilor si a restauratorilor,vizitatorilor li se pun la dispozitie incaperi mobilate in care lumina filtrata ne face sa ne inchipuim domnite si cavaleri soptind taine si facand cu mana celor alesi . Gasim si temnite intunecate in care si-au gasit sfarsitul de la tradatori de neam pana la cei oprimati de regimul comunist,…daca treci pragul lor si-asculti atent, s-ar putea sa mai auzi suspine vechi ramase intre zidurile groase…..Si toate astea in frumoasa cetate a Fagarasului pe care trebuie neaparat s-o vizitati si s-o tineti minte!!!!

Foarte frumos scris! Vizionare placuta celor… – Cetatea Făgăraşului.

Cam asa a fost la Zilele Cetatii Fagarasului in… – Cetatea Făgăraşului


Obiectiv istoric incadrat pe locul 2 mondial ca fortificatie,este mandria fagarasenilor.In fiecare an in jurul ei se organizeaza aceste zile ale Fagarasului.Anul acesta a luat parte si o garda cu comandir, copil de trupa,tobosari,-toti in costume de epoca superbe- faclii si calareti falnici pe cai minunati si tunuri pentru a da deschiderii festivitatilor acel aer medieval care adauga Cetatii un plus de frumusete misterioasa la ceas de seara. Dac-am da frau liber imaginatiei,si am face abstractie de iluminatul electric,azi atat de necesar,am putea crede ca la portile Cetatii,negutatorii cu tarabele,imbie domni si domnite cu bunatati si lucruri scumpe,iar inauntru zidurilor, mestesugarii se indeletnicesc cu lucruri si reparatii necesare traiului de zi cu zi. In muzeu,cu ajutorul istoriografilor si a restauratorilor,vizitatorilor li se pun la dispozitie incaperi mobilate in care lumina filtrata ne face sa ne inchipuim domnite si cavaleri soptind taine si facand cu mana celor alesi . Gasim si temnite intunecate in care si-au gasit sfarsitul de la tradatori de neam pana la cei oprimati de regimul comunist,…daca treci pragul lor si-asculti atent, s-ar putea sa mai auzi suspine vechi ramase intre zidurile groase…..Si toate astea in frumoasa cetate a Fagarasului pe care trebuie neaparat s-o vizitati si s-o tineti minte!!!!

Cam asa a fost la Zilele Cetatii Fagarasului in… – Cetatea Făgăraşului.

Liniştea de dinaintea furtunii la graniţa României cu Serbia. Cât de pregătiţi suntem pentru a primi refugiaţi din Orientul Mijlociu: „E o mare problemă!” | adevarul.ro


Situaţia imigranţilor din Balcani şi din apropierea graniţei cu România, în special de la frontiera dintre Serbia şi Ungaria, a pus în alertă şi autorităţile din ţara noastră.

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Ridicarea gardului de sârmă ghimpată de către Ungaria, pentru a împiedica invazia refugiaţilor din Serbia, ar putea crea un scenariu dramatic pentru România: refugiaţii care doresc să ajungă cu disperare într-o ţară Occidentală să îşi aleagă o nouă rută, cea prin România.

 

Deocamdată, acest scenariu este privit cu rezervă de autorităţi. Problema se află în mâinile Inspectoratul General pentru Imigrari (IGI), Departamentul Azil şi Integrare (DAI) – structură specializată a Ministerului de Intern, şi Înaltul Comisariat pentru Refugiaţi al Naţiunilor Unite (UNHCR), care sprijină guvernul în consolidarea sistemului de azil şi a legislaţiei în materie de azil.

 

„Inspectoratului General pentru Imigrări se ocupă de cererile şi dosarele celor care solitiă azil, ei sunt cei care le procesează cererile şi dau o decizie. IGI administrează cele şase centre regionale de recepţie şi proceduri pentru solicitanţii de azil: la Timişoara, Galaţi, Rădăuţi, Giurgiu şi Şomcuta Mare. Însă nu toţi solicitanţii de azil sunt cazaţi în centre, mulţi prefer să locuiască în oraş”, a declarat Gabriela Leu, purtător de cuvânt al Înaltul Comisariat pentru Refugiaţi al Naţiunilor Unite (UNHCR).

 

Centru pentru tranzit de la Timişoara, unic în lume

 

Centrul de la Timişoara este unul special, practic unic în lume. Acestea este împărţit între UNHCR – care a înfiinţat Centrul de Tranizt în Regim de Urgenţă, care primeşe refugiaţii în drumul lor spre destinaţia aleasă, şi IGI.

 

„Centrul de Tranzit de la Timişoara este unic în lume. A fost înfiinţat în 2008, în urma unui acord între Guvernul României, UNHCR şi Organizaţia Internaţională pentru Migraţie, semnat la .Aici ajung cei care urmează să fie relocaţi într-o altă ţară. Ei sunt scoşi de UNHCR din pericol, aduşi în România pentru a rezolva dosarele lor, iar apoi pleacă în altă ţară, în SUA, Australia, Marea Britanie, Canada, Norvegia, Olanda şi Suedia. Centrul poate primi 200 de persoane aflate în tranzit. Ei sunt refugiaţi în tranzit. Vin şi pleacă, există un flux. În paralel, IGI are în acelaşi perimetru un centru cu 50 de locuri pentru solicitanţii de azil”, a mai declarat Gabriela Leu.

 

Structuri guvernamentale care se activează în cazul de urgenţă

 

Numărul de cereri de azil inregistrate în Romania în ultimii ani a fost relativ constant, în medie 1.500 cerer pe an, cu excepţia perioadei 2011-2012 când au fost înregistrate 2.064 şi respectiv 2.982 cereri (flux mai mare datorat Primaverii Arabe).

 

„În cazul în care numărul azilanţilor va creşte, se va face o redistribuire la toate centrele de cazare din ţară. Există planuri pentru a face faţă creşterii numărului de solicitanţi de azil. Este un plan pus la cale de IGI şi alte structuri guvernamentale care se activează în cazul de urgenţă. Nu avem cum să facem estimări şi presupuneri. Totul depinde de traseele pe care le aleg migrabnţii pentru a ajunge în Uniunea Europeană. Aceşti oameni sunt epuizaţi, debusolaţi, vor să ajungă cât mai repede la destinaţie. Dar nu putem prezice se ce va întâmpla. Cert este că suntem pregătiţi. Dar se poate schimba totul în orice moment. În acest moment UNHCR face presiuni pe ţările din jur să îi primească pe refugiaţi, să le ofere cazare şi asistenţă, să primească ajutorul necesar. Este vorba de organizaţie a Naţiunilor Unite, ca atare problema trebuie rezolvată la nivel de diplomaţie ca ţările din Europa să găsească modalităţi legale să accepte refugiaţii. Ei nu pot fi trimişi înapoi. Trimiterea lor în ţarile de

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Uruguay Independence Day


Uruguay Independence Day

This national holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of Uruguay from Portuguese rule on this day in 1825. By 1828, Uruguay was officially autonomous. Patriotic ceremonies are held in the capital city of Montevideo, with speeches and the singing of the national anthem. More… Discuss

quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)


If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake—Aye, what then?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: New York Sun Publishes “The Great Moon Hoax” (1835)


New York Sun Publishes “The Great Moon Hoax” (1835)

“The Great Moon Hoax” was a series of six New York Sun articles discussing the supposed discovery of life on the Moon. The discovery—allegedly made using a massive telescope—was falsely attributed to famed astronomer Sir John Herschel. In the articles, the author claims that unicorns, bipedal beavers, bat-like humanoids, and other fantastic animals inhabit a forest- and ocean-covered Moon. The series was likely intended to boost the paper’s sales and ridicule what contemporary theories? More… Discuss

The Kingdom of Swaziland


The Kingdom of Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, landlocked, mountainous country in southeast Africa. In 1968, Swaziland achieved complete independence, but retained membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. The country is cut by four major river systems, which are increasingly used for irrigation. Sugarcane is the country’s leading export, but pineapple, citrus fruit, and cotton are also important agricultural exports. Why does Swaziland have the one of the world’s lowest life expectancy rates? More… Discuss

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Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise


Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise

historic musical bits: Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor


Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor

F. Chopin – Krakowiak, Grand Rondeau de Concert op.14 pt2/2 – Rondo a la Krakowiak


F. Chopin – Krakowiak, Grand Rondeau de Concert op.14 pt2/2 – Rondo a la Krakowiak

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN _ Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major (Opus 60)


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN _ Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major (Opus 60)

quotation: Charlotte Bronte


If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

today’s birthday: Jorge Luis Borges (1899)


Jorge Luis Borges (1899)

Borges was an Argentine poet, essayist, and short-story writer. Much of his work is rich in fantasy and metaphorical allegory, including the story collection Ficciones, which won him an international following. In the 1920s, Borges was afflicted by a worsening hereditary blindness and was totally blind by the mid-1950s. Forced to abandon the writing of long texts, he began dictating his works. What literary movement is Borges credited with establishing in South America? More… Discuss

Hai la hora ciobaneasca!


Hai la hora ciobaneasca!

Saint of the Day for Friday, August 21st, 2015: St. Pius X


Image of St. Pius X

St. Pius X

On June 2, 1835, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto saw the light of earth at Riesi, Province of Treviso, in Venice; on August 20, 1914, he saw the light of heaven; and on May 29, 1954, he who had become the … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Great American Duck Race


Great American Duck Race

This uniquely American event started in 1980 in Deming, New Mexico. Up to 80 live ducks race for cash prizes in an eight-lane chute. There are races that include politicians’ heats and a media heat. Other features include a parade, dances, hot-air balloons, an arts and crafts exhibit, a pageant of people dressed like ducks, and a duck contest in which ducks are dressed like people. Race participants come from several states; spectators now number about 20,000, almost double the population of Deming. More… Discuss

quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss: in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

today’s birthday: William “Count” Basie (1904)


William “Count” Basie (1904)

Basie was an American jazz pianist and composer who became one of the premier swing bandleaders of his time. After working in dance halls and vaudeville in New York City, Basie moved to Kansas City, a major jazz center, where he formed his own band. Under his leadership, they broadcast from the Reno Club in Kansas City, where a radio announcer dubbed him “Count.” According to one story, the band came up with what signature song while improvising to fill time on the radio show? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion Begins (1831)


Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion Begins (1831)

Turner, born into slavery and sold three times as a child, led a slave uprising in Virginia that resulted in the deaths of about 55 white people. A deeply religious man, he experienced visions he interpreted as divine in nature and which convinced him that his mission in life was to lead slaves out of bondage. He and many of his followers were caught and hanged, and many more blacks were killed in retaliation. What celestial event did Turner interpret as a sign to begin preparing for rebellion? More… Discuss

Papyrus of the Nile Delta


Papyrus of the Nile Delta

Papyrus was an early form of paper made from the pith of the papyrus plant, a wetland sedge that once flourished in the Nile Delta. Though its earliest use has been traced to Ancient Egypt, it was also widely used throughout the Mediterranean region, inland parts of Europe, and southwest Asia. Making a sheet of papyrus involves a complex process of layering the inner piths of the stems, then hammering, drying, and polishing them. What unlikely article of clothing was made from papyrus? More… Discuss

great compositions performances: Ottorino Respighi-Gli uccelli (The Birds) (Complete)


Ottorino Respighi-Gli uccelli (The Birds) (Complete)

TODAY’S HOLIDAY Bat Flight Breakfast


Bat Flight Breakfast

Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico was proclaimed a national monument in 1923 not only for its geologic formations but for its teeming bat population. Although many visitors to the park witness the bats’ spectacular outbound flight at sunset, far fewer witness their return—except those who attend the annual Bat Flight Breakfast. About 400 people arrive at the cave before sunrise on the second Thursday in August and eat sausages and scrambled eggs in their official yellow “bat breakfast hats” while they wait for the bats to return to their roosts. More… Discuss

quotation: Willa Cather


Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss