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Andre Rieu – The Emperor Waltz (Kaiserwalzer) 2008 great compositions/performances

Andre Rieu – The Emperor Waltz (Kaiserwalzer) 2008

today’s holiday:St. Agatha Festival (2015)

St. Agatha Festival (2015)

Sant’ Agata (St. Agatha) is especially revered in Catania, Sicily, where her relics are preserved in a silver casket. On February 3, 4, and 5 each year, a silver bust of St. Agatha wearing a jewel-encrusted crown is carried in procession from the cathedral to Catania’s various churches. Included in the procession are the ceri, huge wooden replicas of candlesticks that are carved with episodes from the saint’s martyrdom. The streets are lined with streamers and flowers, and illuminated by strings of colored lights after dark. The festival ends with a fireworks display in the piazza. More… Discuss

thinking of a song: Dance me to the end of love, LEONARD COHEN

Dance me to the end of love, LEONARD COHEN

Leonard Cohen Live – A Thousand Kisses Deep: “…a light that doesn’t need to live,and doesn’t need to die…”

Leonard Cohen Live – A Thousand Kisses Deep

UKIP Nigel Farage on Fox News – Responding to the Paris attack?

UKIP Nigel Farage on Fox News – Responding to the Paris attack?

picture of the day: Wyatt Earp Dies (Painting by Don Prechtel)

Wyatt Earp Dies

Frontiersman Wyatt Earp died on January 13, 1929, after an illustrious life in the West. Born in Illinois in 1848, he served as a lawman in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, as well as Tombstone, Arizona Territory, where Wyatt and his brothers Morgan and Virgil were notorious for violent clashes with outlaws. Western historians have disagreed about the particulars of Wyatt Earp’s life, but he is said to have been a freighter-teamster, railroad construction worker, policeman, prisoner, saloon keeper and horse farmer, and he was involved in several gunfights–for reasons that may or may not have been related to law enforcement. When Morgan was killed, Wyatt avenged his death by killing Frank Stilwell, an outlaw he had previously arrested.

Painting by Don Prechtel

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day?podMonth=1&podDay=12&pod=GO#sthash.xrojEucA.dpuf

People and Places: Famagusta


The city of Famagusta is located in Eastern Cyprus. It occupies the site of ancient Arsinoë—built in the 3rd century BCE by the Egyptian king Ptolemy II—and is thought to be the setting for much of Shakespeare’s play Othello. In the 20th century, Famagusta served as a British naval base and was heavily bombed in World War II. From 1946–1948, a British internment camp for illegal Jewish immigrants to Palestine was maintained near the city. Why was Famagusta completely evacuated in 1974? More… Discuss

Health-Diets: DASH Diet Rated Best Overall

DASH Diet Rated Best Overall

For the fifth year in a row, US News & World Report has named the DASH diet the best overall diet. DASH—which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—is a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products; low in saturated and total fat; low in cholesterol; and high in fiber. DASH was rated by a panel of experts above 34 other diets, including such popular options as Weight Watchers, the Mediterranean diet, and the Paleo diet. More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Friday, January 2nd, 2015: St. Basil the Great

Image of St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great was born at Caesarea of Cappadocia in 330. He was one of ten children of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia. Several of his brothers and sisters are honored among the saints. He … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Berchtold’s Day (2015)

Berchtold’s Day (2015)

In Switzerland, the day after New Year’s Day is known as Berchtoldstag and is celebrated primarily by children. Groups of playmates organize parties that feature nut eating and nut games followed by singing and folk dancing. A popular game is the building of “hocks” composed of four nuts placed close together with a fifth balanced on top. The children begin gathering and stockpiling nuts for Berchtold’s Day festivities early in the fall. More… Discuss

From the BBC: Life choices ‘behind many cancers’

Life choices ‘behind more than four in 10 cancers’

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More than four in 10 cancers – 600,000 in the UK alone – could be prevented if people led healthier lives, say experts.

Latest figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is the biggest avoidable risk factor, followed by unhealthy diets.

The charity is urging people to consider their health when making New Year resolutions.

Life choices ‘behind many cancers’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30589712

today’s holiday: Misa de Gallo (2014)

Misa de Gallo (2014)

Misa de Gallo is the start of the Christmas season in the Philippines, blending Christian tradition with the harvest thanksgiving of the ancient Filipinos. As the first cockcrows are heard at dawn on December 16, bells of the Roman Catholic churches ring, brass bands parade through towns, and skyrockets burst—all to awaken people for the Misa de Gallo (Cock’s Mass in English and Simbang Gabi in Tagalog) each morning of the festival. On December 24 there is a midnight mass, after which people congregate in food stalls or go home for traditional breakfasts of rice cakes and ginger tea. More… Discuss

WORD: inchoate


Definition: (adjective) Only partly in existence; imperfectly formed.
Synonyms: incipient
Usage: Dave looked at Mr. James Ward wonderingly, until that gentleman broke his train of inchoate thought. Discuss.
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Robert Burns (1759)




Robert Burns inspired many vernacular writers ...

Robert Burns inspired many vernacular writers across the Isles with works such as Auld Lang Syne, A Red, Red Rose and Halloween. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Burns, a Scottish poet, wrote some of the best-known poems in the English language—like New Year‘s classic “Auld Lang Syne” and J.D. Salinger‘s titular inspiration “Comin’ thro’ the Rye.” However, he struggled to get published during his lifetime and became not only discouraged but poor and dissipated—carrying on several simultaneous love affairs. His first poem was published in 1786, but he did not get to enjoy his success for long; he died of rheumatic fever at 37. What is a “Burns Supper“? More… Discuss



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Suminuri Matsuri

Suminuri Matsuri is a New Year tradition observed for more than half a millennium in a district of Matsunoyama, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. People adorn their homes and streets for Oshogatsu (New Year’s Day) with decorations made of paper, tree branches and bamboo. After the holiday, they take down the decorations and burn them, keeping the ashes for the Suminuri Festival. People take the ashes outside and mix them with snow, then rub the concoction on each other’s faces for luckin the new year. More… Discuss


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Burning the Clavie

The Burning of the Clavie takes place in Burghead, a fishing village in the region of Moray, Scotland. Local residents make the clavie by sawing a tar barrel into a larger and smaller half, breaking the larger half into pieces and stuffing it inside the smaller half along with tinder and tar. At dusk, the Clavie King sets the clavie on fire and leads a procession through town to a high headland along the coast, where the flames ignite a huge bonfire. At the end of the festivities, townsfolk gather pieces of the clavie to light a New Year fire believed to keep witches and evil spirits away for a year. More… Discuss


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Great Composers/Compositions: Alexander Glazunov “Ruses d’Amour” Op.61, Yevgeny Svetlanov

Alexander Glazunov Ruses d’Amour Op.61

1. Introduction 
2. Scene 1 
3. Mimic Recitative
4. Gavotte
5. Sarabande 
6. Farandole
7. Scene 2 
8. Puppet Dance
9. Scene 3 
10. Scene 4 
11. Scene 5
12. Variation 
13. Scene 6. March
14. Scene 7. Grand waltz
15. Scene 8 
16. Scene 9
17. Scene 10
18. Scene 11
19. Short Peasant’s Dance
20. Dance of the Groom and the Bride
21. Variation
22. Fricassee

Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Conductor

For  a complete  list of Glasunov’s composition visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Alexander_Glazunov

Time Square New York Ball Drop 2014 New Years Eve Celebrations 2014

Published on Dec 31, 2013

The stunning Time Square Ball Drop from 2014. Celebrate the new year with New York and the rest of the world by watching this spectacular display.
Time Square New York Ball Drop 2014 New Years Eve Celebrations 2014
Time Square New York Ball Drop 2014 New Years Eve Celebrations 2014

This is of the 2012 ball drop and is what I think the 2014 one will be like

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2014 Taipei Midnight Fireworks | New Year’s Eve Fireworks Full Show HD Demonstration

Published on Dec 31, 2013

Fireworks Display in Taipei 101 Full show Full HD Full show!
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Thanks for watching!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2013 | Taipei Taiwan | Australia [31 Dec 2012]

12 AM Midnight Taipei New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2013 With Awesome Fireworks! [Televised Program]

– Braydeeeee

Happy New Year – Welcome 2013
Date Of Shooting – 31 Dec 2012
Time – 12 am Midnight
Location – Taiwan Sydney Melbourne Tokyo Taipei Hong Kong China Beijing Thailand Moscow Москва Новый год Фейерверки Spain fuegos artificiales London Dubai / Burj Khalifa Paris New York Time Square Vancouver Montreal Seattle San Francisco Los Angeles SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL Rio De Janeiro استراليا

2012-2013 Midnight Fireworks | Taipei, Taiwan (Full Show) (HD) 
2012-2013 Midnight Fireworks | Taipei, Taiwan (Full Show) (HD) 
2012-2013 Midnight Fireworks | Taipei, Taiwan (Full Show) (HD) 
2012-2013 Midnight Fireworks | Taipei, Taiwan (Full Show) (HD) 

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2012-2013 Midnight Fireworks | Taipei
2012-2013 Midnight Fireworks | Taipei
2012-2013 Midnight Fireworks | Taipei

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Taipei Real New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2013 年台北101跨年煙火
Taipei Real New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2013 年台北101跨年煙火


Vienna New Years Concert 2010, Die Fledermaus Overture, Johann Strauss

From the New Years Day concert 2010 in Vienna. Johann StraussDie Fledermaus Overture. Upscaled to 720p.

Recorded from the BBC on 01 January 2010.



Celebratory Gunfire

A common practice in places such as the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia, Latin America, and some parts of the US, shooting a firearm into the air in celebration occurs most often on holidays such as New Year‘s, Christmas, and Eid. Falling bullets are responsible for damaged roofs and shattered windows. Worse, they can result in injury and even death. Why is the mortality rate among those struck by falling bullets much higher than the mortality rate normally associated with gunshot woundsMore… Discuss


The Black Swan: Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman at the 2009 Toronto Internatio...

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I finally watched this beautiful movie yesterday evening and was, as in the past moved by the unequal expressivity brought to the film by Natalie Portman
There are many sacrifices to be made, to become again the princess one was, before being transformed into the swan, and only true love can do it: It’s a marvelous story, that has like all stories full grip on reality.  
Happy New Year Natalie, Happy New Year World!