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Saint of the Day for Saturday, May 30th, 2015: St. Joan of Arc


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St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province … continue reading

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today’s birthday: Miguel Hidalgo (1753)


Miguel Hidalgo (1753)

A national hero in Mexico, where the state of Hidalgo bears his name, Miguel Hidalgo was a priest and revolutionary leader who is regarded as the founder of the Mexican War of Independence movement. Influenced by the French Revolution, he launched a revolt against Spain in the early 19th century. Hidalgo led the rebels to several early victories but was captured, defrocked, and executed by firing squad along with other revolutionary leaders in 1811. What was done with their remains? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First Pasteurization Test Conducted (1862)


First Pasteurization Test Conducted (1862)

Pasteurization is the process of heating beverages or food, such as milk, beer, or cheese, to a specific temperature for a specific period of time in order to kill microorganisms that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation. The process was named after its creator, French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who conducted the first pasteurization test with fellow French scientist Claude Bernard in 1862. Why is pasteurization not designed to kill all microorganisms in food? More… Discuss

Pasteurization is the process of heating beverages or food, such as milk, beer, or cheese, to a specific temperature for a specific period of time in order to kill microorganisms that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation. The process was named after its creator, French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who conducted the first pasteurization test with fellow French scientist Claude Bernard in 1862. Why is pasteurization not designed to kill all microorganisms in food? More… Discuss

The Salic Law


The Salic Law

The Salic law was the rule of succession in some royal and noble European families that forbid females to succeed to certain titles or offices in the family. It likely came from the Salian Franks, who prohibited women from succeeding to the throne. The rule was most prominently enforced by the house of Valois and the succeeding house of Bourbon in France and was involved in the rivalry of Stephen and Matilda for the English throne. What impact did it have when Victoria became queen of England? More… Discuss

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (1926)


Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (1926)

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is a French political leader who rose through the ranks over nearly two decades to become president of France in 1974, defeating Socialist François Mitterrand, who would later unseat him in the 1981 election. A supporter of European economic integration, Giscard later served as a member of the European Parliament and as president of the Convention on the Future of Europe. What fueled rumors in 2009 that he had once had a fling with the late Diana, Princess of Wales? More… Discuss

JULES MASSENET.- EL CID – Ballet


JULES MASSENET.- EL CID – Ballet

 

‘Book lover’, 1933. Photo by Brassaï — ✍ Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo)


Bizet – Carmen Suite No.2 – Danse Bohème , great compositions/performances


Bizet – Carmen Suite No.2 – Danse Bohème

Leo Delibes, Coppelia, Act I – Theme slave varie


Leo Delibes, Coppelia, Act I – Theme slave varie

Leonard Cohen – Take This Waltz [Official Music Video], great songs/interpretations


Leonard Cohen – Take This Waltz [Official Music Video]

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

George Gershwin – An American in Paris, (performed in 1959 by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.), great compositions/performances


George Gershwin – An American in Paris

this pressed for your information: Obama and Cameron warn Congress over Iran sanctions vote | US news | The Guardian


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President Barack Obama, right, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, presented a united front about Iran in their White House press conference on Friday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Barack Obama and David Cameron have warned of possible military confrontation with Iran if Congress succeeds in passing new sanctions legislation rather than giving nuclear non-proliferation talks more time.

In a joint press conference characterised by unusually blunt pressure on US lawmakers, the president said he would veto their proposed legislation if it reached his desk. The British prime minister revealed he was making personal calls to senators during his visit to Washington to dissuade them from passing the bill in the first place.

via Obama and Cameron warn Congress over Iran sanctions vote | US news | The Guardian.

Chabrier – Fête polonaise, from the opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (Acte II), great compositions/performances


Chabrier – Fête polonaise, from the opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (Acte II)

Claudio Abbado Conductor: “Haydn Variations” Brahms, great compositions/performances


 

Guess what!!!: Judge won’t allow delay of Boston Marathon bombing trial due to the recent attacks in Paris — Newsweek (@Newsweek)|


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


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

this pressed for your right to know: French police commissioner kills himself hours after Charlie Hebdo attack


A French police commissioner reportedly killed himself just hours after the bloody massacre at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead.

Helric Fredou, who co-workers claim had been battling depression, shot himself Wednesday night in his office in Limoges, France 3 reported.

The body of 45-year-old Fredou was found by a colleague at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday, according to French media reports, which stated the commissioner was suffering from depression and burnout. Colleagues told France 3 that Fredou, who was single with no children, was feeling overworked and overwhelmed by his job.

Fredou had reportedly met with a family member of one of the Charlie Hebdo victims before committing suicide.

via French police commissioner kills himself hours after Charlie Hebdo attack.

this pressed for #jesuischarlie: World Leaders Head Paris March Honoring Terror Victims – ABC News


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World Leaders Head Paris March Honoring Terror Victims

Jan 11, 2015, 11:21 AM ET

By ABC News via Good Morning America

PHOTO: The crowd gather at Republique square in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

The crowd gather at Republique square in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

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Roughly one million people – including leaders from around the world – today marched as part of “a cry for freedom” to honor those killed in this week’s terror attacks in Paris.

The march began Sunday afternoon at the Place de la Republique, near the Charlie Hebdo offices where 12 people were killed Wednesday.

People huddled in the windy streets – some appearing solemn, some upbeat – marching with French flags and “Je suis Charlie” signs. Portions of the crowd spontaneously burst into applause as they marched.

via World Leaders Head Paris March Honoring Terror Victims – ABC News.

this pressed: Suspected member of Islamic State group arrested in Germany-info24.us


Suspected member of Islamic State group arrested in Germany

By Info on January 11, 2015 News

BERLIN – German prosecutors say they have arrested a suspected member of the Islamic State group.

The federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement late Saturday that a 24-year-old man identified as Nils D. was arrested in Dinslaken in western Germany and his apartment was raided.

The suspect allegedly traveled to Syria in October in 2013 where he joined IS fighters. He returned to Germany in November 2014.

A local prosecutor in Duesseldorf had opened a separate terror investigation against the man in early 2014, but federal prosecutors said there was no indication that he was planning any concrete attacks. They also said his arrest was not related to the terror attacks in Paris.

via Suspected member of Islamic State group arrested in Germany.

from the Telegraph: Paris shootings: Crowds join ‘Unity’ march for Charlie Hebdo attacks, in pictures


Paris Shooting-crowds join unity march for terrorist attacks (click to access the Telegram's article)

Paris shootings: Crowds join ‘Unity’ march for Charlie Hebdo attacks, in pictures (click to access the article at the Telegraph!)

 

this pressed: Israeli premier Netanyahu offers French Jews to migrate to Israel following deadly attack


Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, stands next to French Ambassador to Israel, Patrick Maisonnave, as he presents his condolences following Wednesday’s deadly attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s offices, at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Brothers suspected in the newspaper terror attack were cornered with a hostage inside a printing house on Friday, after they hijacked a car and police followed them to a village near Paris’ main airport. (AP Photo/Thomas Coex, Pool) (The Associated Press)

JERUSALEM – Israel’s prime minister says he will try to increase immigration of French Jews and others in Europe suffering from a “rising tide of anti-Semitism.”

via Israeli premier Netanyahu offers French Jews to migrate to Israel following deadly attack.

From NPR (National Public News)News: From Threats Against Salman Rushdie To Attacks On ‘Charlie Hebdo’


From Threats Against Salman Rushdie To Attacks On ‘Charlie Hebdo
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When Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa calling for the killing of British writer Salman Rushdie, many in the West could scarcely believe a literary novel would prompt an international death threat.

We’ve come a long way since then.

Radical Islamists now issue threats against cartoonists, writers and filmmakers with such frequency that they barely cause a stir. Actual attacks have been carried out several times over the past decade, and French authorities suspect Muslim extremists in Wednesday’s slaughter of 12 people in Paris, including eight journalists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

To see how these threats and attacks have evolved over the past quarter-century, consider al-Qaida‘s most-wanted list, published in 2013 in its online magazine, Inspire.

A couple of things stand out in the article titled “Wanted: Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam.” First, it attracted little attention because it’s the kind of thing the group does regularly. Second, the group did not target Western political or military leaders — the people who have actually waged war against the group.

People Around the World Are Pouring Into the Streets to Support Charlie Hebdo After the Paris Massacre These maps and photos capture the defiant response. (Religion and terrorism don’t mix)


Dozens of demonstrations have been developing around the world in the wake of Wednesday’s massacre in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where masked gunmen murdered 12 and injured 10 others. French newspaper Le Monde is tracking the growing number of rallies, including those in Berlin, London, New York, and Montreal.

In Paris on Wednesday evening, a crowd reportedly numbering in the thousands gathered at Place de la Republique, rallying in solidarity around the phrase “Je Suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie.” Some raised pens in tribute to the slain cartoonists.

Exploding Beethoven: Tempest Sonata Live from Paris Valentina Lisitsa: great compositions/performances


Man Picks Stranger for World Trip


Man Picks Stranger for World Trip

Canadian Jordan Axani plans to begin a trip around the world today with a traveling companion he chose based on an unusual criterion: she has the same name as his ex-girlfriend. Axani scheduled the three-week trip in May with his then-girlfriend. When the two broke up, he decided to avoid the hassle of changing airline tickets booked in her name by putting out a call for anyone with the same name and a valid Canadian passport. Axani said he received thousands of responses, including from many people who offered to legally change their names. He chose a woman after speaking with her on the phone. More… Discuss

Haiku – La Tour Eiffel, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems


Haiku – La Tour Eiffel, poetic thought by George-B

It feels unreal 
La tour Eiffel top’s clouded:
black-in-white makes grays.

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The Champs-Élysées


The Champs-Élysées

This avenue in Paris, France, leads from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is divided in two by the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées. The lower part, toward the Place de la Concorde, is surrounded by gardens, museums, theaters, and restaurants. The upper part, toward the Arc de Triomphe, was traditionally a luxury commercial district. Twelve avenues radiate to form a star at the avenue’s upper end, with the Arc de Triomphe at its center. To what does the avenue’s name refer? More… Discuss

Joe Dassin Champs Elysées Lyrics

 
Les Champs-Élysées Video:

Paroles de Les Champs-Élysées Je m’baladais sur l’avenue
Le coeur ouvert à l’inconnu
J’avais envie de dire bonjour
À n’importe qui
N’importe qui ce fut toi
Je t’ai dit n’importe quoi
Il suffisait de te parler
Pour t’apprivoiser

Aux Champs-Élysées
Aux Champs-Élysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie
À midi ou à minuit
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez
Aux Champs-Élysées

Tu m’as dit “J’ai rendez-vous
Dans un sous-sol avec des fous
Qui vivent la guitare à la main
Du soir au matin”
Alors je t’ai accompagnée
On a chanté, on a dansé
Et l’on n’a même pas pensé
À s’embrasser

Aux Champs-Élysées
Aux Champs-Élysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie
À midi ou à minuit
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez
Aux Champs-Élysées

Hier soir deux inconnus
Et ce matin sur l’avenue
Deux amoureux tout étourdis
Par la longue nuit
Et de l’Étoile à la Concorde
Un orchestre à mille cordes
Tous les oiseaux du point du jour
Chantent l’amour

Aux Champs-Élysées
Aux Champs-Élysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie
À midi ou à minuit
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez
Aux Champs-Élysées

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Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned


Original Little Prince Illustration to be auctioned

Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned

Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned

Saint of the Day for Monday, December 1st, 2014: St. Eligius


Mitsuko Uchida – W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”: great compositions/performances


Mitsuko Uchida – W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”

Martha Argerich plays Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16: greaat compositions/performances


today’s birthday: Emilio Pucci (1914)


Emilio Pucci (1914)

Born into an aristocratic Italian family, Pucci earned his doctorate in political science before a chance meeting on a Swiss ski slope changed the course of his career. In 1947, while on a ski holiday, he crossed paths with a Harper’s Bazaar photographer who was impressed with the skiwear Pucci had designed and got him a spread in the magazine. Within years, Pucci had become an internationally renowned fashion designer. How did his doctorate later come into play in his career? More… Discuss

SAINT-SAËNS Violin Sonata No.1 – A.Pascal, I.Philipp, 1934 *vinyl remaster*: make music part of your life series


SAINT-SAËNS Violin Sonata No.1 – A.Pascal, I.Philipp, 1934 *vinyl remaster*

today’s birthday: Auguste Rodin (1840)


Auguste Rodin (1840)

Rodin was a French sculptor noted for his renderings of the human form. He spent 37 years working on The Gates of Hell, a monumental sculptural group commissioned for a proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs and inspired by Dante’s Inferno. The project was never finished, but many of the 186 figures intended for it, including The Thinker, The Three Shades, and The Kiss, were later presented as individual works. Who was The Thinker intended to represent? More… Discuss

top favororites and retweeted: Love in library, by Jim Rugg for the cover of the Foxing literary magazine— ✍ Bibliophilia


It’s about books, bookstores, librarians and readers…It’s about the love of books and air conditioned!

word: whet


whet 

Definition: (verb) To make more keen; stimulate.
Synonyms: quicken, pique
Usage: The aroma of frying bacon whetted my appetite. Discuss.

FOCUS – ‘These are children, not terrorists,’ say Belgian parents of Syria jihadists – France 24


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This week, two French teenagers were arrested trying to reach Syria to join fighting against President Bashar al-Assad. Three men from Paris went on trial on Thursday on similar charges. Now Belgian parents tell France 24 about losing their children to jihad.

It is a situation not unique to France. Young people from all across Europe have travelled to Syria to join the ‘Holy War’ against Assad, often leaving without warning, their parents unaware to their sons’ and daughters’ plans to become soldiers in a foreign land.

In Belgium, an estimated 300 citizens have left their country for the Syrian battlegrounds. Many parents believe their children, young and impressionable, have been manipulated into taking up the jihadist cause.

Gathered in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, a group of mothers with children in Syria have staged a protest to press the authorities into tackling the problem.

They are making a stand against what they claim is a lack of action by the authorities.

“We’re the parents of jihad fighters, of terrorists. People are afraid of them, of us. But we’re not the ones who’ve sent our children over there,” says Veronique, one of several protesters wearing masks they say symbolise “misunderstanding”.

“Our children were tricked into this,” says another. “They didn’t go to Syria of their own free will. I mean: it’s not normal, that a kid who had no problems finds himself over there, that’s not normal. These are children, Belgian children… They’re not terrorists!”

via FOCUS – ‘These are children, not terrorists,’ say Belgian parents of Syria jihadists – France 24.

The Moulin Rouge


The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge, which means “red mill” in French and features a distinctive red windmill on its roof, is a traditional cabaret located in the area of Pigalle in Paris. After opening in 1889, the Moulin Rouge became known for its scandalous can-can dancers and appeared in many works by post-impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It later saw performances by Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, and Frank Sinatra. The revues performed at Moulin Rouge must all adhere to what superstition? More… Discuss

Ennio Morricone – The Mission Theme


Ennio Morricone – The Mission Theme

NYP: KURT MASUR Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: great compositions/performances


NYP: KURT MASUR Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

RONDO in C – IGNACE PLEYEL: make music part of your life series


RONDO  in C- IGNACE PLEYEL

today’s birthday: Elsa Schiaparelli (1890)


Elsa Schiaparelli (1890)

After working in the US as a scriptwriter and translator, the Italian-born Schiaparelli settled in Paris and established a house of couture. A daring fashion innovator, she popularized brilliant colors, like “shocking pink,” and brought the padded shoulder, synthetic fabrics, and exposed zippers to high fashion. She was also the first couturier to open a boutique offering ready-to-wear clothing. Schiaparelli took much of her inspiration from contemporary art and even collaborated with whom? More… Discuss

Madame de Pompadour


Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour became King Louis XV‘s mistress in 1745 and remained his confidante until her death. Of middle-class origin, she owed her success mainly to her intelligence and capabilities. She was a devoted patron of the arts and was a tastemaker in matters of art and culture. However, she was less astute in the political arena, as exemplified by her encouragement of the French alliance with Austria that involved her country in the disastrous Seven Years’ War. How did she die? More… Discuss

quotation: W. Somerset Maugham: “In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city…”


In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

Lalo / Isaac Stern, 1956: Symphonie Espagnol in D minor, Op. 21 – Complete (Original Vinyl LP): great compositions/performances


Lalo / Isaac Stern, 1956: Symphonie Espagnol in D minor, Op. 21 – Complete (Original Vinyl LP)

Movements/Sections

5 movements:

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Scherzando. Allegro molto
  3. Intermezzo. Allegro non troppo
  4. Andante
  5. Rondo
Composition Year 1874

this pressed from VOA: Explosion Fells Building Outside Paris, Killing at Least 2


Explosion Fells Building Outside Paris, Killing at Least 2.

today’s birthday: Julio Cortázar (1914) “French: a culture of inclusion”


 

Français : Plaque commémorative, 4 rue Martel,...

Français : Plaque commémorative, 4 rue Martel, Paris 10 e . « Ici vécut Julio Cortázar, 1914-1984, écrivain argentin naturalisé français, auteur de Marelle. » (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Julio Cortázar (1914)

Cortázar was an Argentinean novelist who gained recognition as one of the century’s major experimental writers. A permanent resident of France after 1951, his works reflect his interest in French Surrealism, psychoanalysis, photography, jazz, and revolutionary Latin American politics. His masterpiece, Rayuela—translated as Hopscotch—creates a world in which eroticism, humor, and play offer solace for life’s cruelty and despair. What is unique about the novel’s structure? More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Saturday, August 23rd, 2014: St. Philip Benizi


Image of St. Philip BeniziSt. Philip Benizi

Servite cardinal and preacher. Born in Florence, Italy, to a noble family, he was educated in Paris and Padua where he earned a doctorate in medicine and philosophy. He practiced medicine for some … continue reading

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today’s birthday: Georges Cuvier (1769)


Georges Cuvier (1769)

Cuvier was a renowned French naturalist and zoologist considered the founder of comparative anatomy. He rejected the theory of evolution and instead embraced catastrophism, which proposes that geological changes on Earth have been caused by sudden upheaval rather than by gradual and continuing processes. He also greatly advanced the science of paleontology by reconstructing the soft parts of fossils deduced from their skeletal remains. What extinct flying reptile did Cuvier identify and name? More… Discuss