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today’s holiday: Frost Saints’ Days


Frost Saints’ Days

These three consecutive days in May mark the feasts of St. Mammertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatus. In the wine-growing districts of France, a severe cold spell occasionally strikes at this time of year, inflicting serious damage on the grapevines; some in rural France have believed that it is the result of their having offended one of the three saints, who for this reason are called the “frost saints.” French farmers have been known to show their displeasure over a cold snap at this time of year by flogging the statues and defacing the pictures of Mammertus, Pancras, and Servatus. More… Discuss

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Borough Market


Borough Market

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in South London. It is a successor to a 13th century market that adjoined the end of London Bridge. People come to trade at the current market from all different parts of the UK, and it has become a fashionable place to buy food. Large portions of the market are to be demolished under what project? More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Monday, May 4th, 2015 : St. Florian


today’s birthday: Golda Meir (1898)


Golda Meir (1898)

Meir was Israel‘s first female prime minister and the third woman in the world to hold such an office, after Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka and Indira Gandhi of India. A signer of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, she served in the fledgling nation’s parliament and held posts as minister of labor and foreign minister before becoming Israel’s fourth prime minister in 1969. During her tenure, she sought to ease tensions in the region through diplomacy. Why did she resign in 1974? More… Discuss

Nigel Farage: Stop playing wargames with Putin


Nigel Farage: Stop playing wargames with Putin

just a thought: “Makers of life: No one loved feels wrong to the world…”


just a thought: “Makers of life: No one loved feels wrong to the world, but every unloved one is wronged.”
– George-B.

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CAT STEVENS – THE BOY WITH A MOON AND STAR ON HIS HEAD LYRICS

 

today’s holiday: Finnish Sliding Festival (2015)


Finnish Sliding Festival (2015)

Patterned after the traditional event in Finland that celebrates Shrove Tuesday before the beginning of Lent, the Finnish Sliding Festival, or Laskiainen, has been held in White, Minnesota, every winter for more than 50 years. It features two large ice slides, which are constructed at the edge of Loon Lake. People bring their sleds or toboggans for an exciting ride down the slide onto the frozen lake. Other activities at the weekend event include log-sawing contests, Finnish music and dance performances, and traditional Finnish foods such as oven pancakes and pea soup. More… Discuss

UK May Be First to Allow “3-Parent Babies”


UK May Be First to Allow “3-Parent Babies”

The UK House of Commons voted Tuesday to allow a method of in vitro fertilization that uses DNA from three people. The House of Lords must approve the proposal before it becomes law. If it does, the UK would become the first country to allow the technique, which is intended to limit the transfer of mitochondrial disease from mother to child by combining a donor’s healthy mitochondrial DNA with nuclear DNA from the intended father and mother. The nuclear DNA of the donor egg would be removed in the process. Many ethical concerns about the process have been raised. More… Discuss

Leonard Cohen – So long, Marianne [Studio Version] (“…I forget to pray for the angels And then the angels forget to pray for us…”)


Leonard Cohen – So long, Marianne [Studio Version]

“VEGHEAȚI SĂ NU MI SE PIARDĂ CÂNTECELE”: Ion Voicu – Balada de Ciprian Porumbescu (Ballad for violin and orchestra), great compositions/performances


Ion Voicu – Balada de Ciprian Porumbescu (Ballad for violin and orchestra)

Thinking of a tune: Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life


Farage: Should British taxpayers be paying for child benefit in Warsaw, Mr Tusk?


Farage: Should British taxpayers be paying for child benefit in Warsaw, Mr Tusk?

(California): This is the one simple truth car insurance company don’t want you to know. (New Rule Leaves Drivers Furious and Shocked!)


New Rule Leaves Drivers Furious and
Shocked!

And I promised myself not to allow myself to be shocked this year!


Warning: Do Not Pay Your Next Car Insurance
Bill Until You Read This…

January 14, 2015

(California): This is the one simple truth car insurance company don’t want you to know. If you are currently insured, drive less than 35 miles/day and live in a qualified zip code you can receive some huge discounts. Also, if you have no DUI’s on your record, you may qualify for some of the biggest discounts of all. But do you think your car insurance company will tell you that?

When drivers enter their zip code and vehicle information at Provide-Insurance.com many are shocked at the results they find. Most just can’t believe that the available rates are in fact real, but the truth is rates have dropped significantly for many people over the past 12 months. Also, thanks to new program policies it’s now easy to save up to 45% with rates as low as $9/week.

We had Kristen Pereira, our in house financial expert, test these types of services out. She came back a few days later to report a number of exciting things – including that she will now save over $400 during the next year. She found many others who have done the same.

Does this mean Kristen was overcharged by her previous insurance company? Well, it’s possible since they neglected to share with her a number of lower cost insurance options. When confronted, she was told in a hesitant voice,”There are just so many options, and I didn’t think you would be interested in that specific one.”   continue reading here

Large families are schools of solidarity and sharing, Francis affirms


Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the General Audience held Jan. 8, 2014. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the General Audience held Jan. 8, 2014. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA

Large families are schools of solidarity and sharing, Francis affirms

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.- In an address on Sunday to Italy’s National Numerous Family Association, Pope Francis thanked the members of large families for their cultivation of virtues that benefit society at large, as well as themselves.

“The fact of having brothers and sisters is good for you,” he said Dec. 28 to the children among the some 7,000 members of large families from across Italy at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“The sons and daughters of large families are more inclined to fraternal communion from early childhood. In a world that is frequently marred by selfishness, a large family is a school of solidarity and sharing; and these attitudes are of benefit to all society.”

The audience was on the occasion of the association’s tenth anniversary, and marked the feast of the Holy Family.

“You have come here with the most beautiful fruits of your love,” he said to the parents of the families. “Maternity and paternity are gifts from God, but your task is to receive this gift, to be amazed by its beauty and to let it shine in society. Each of your children is a unique creation that will never be repeated in the history of humanity. When we understand this, that each person is willed by God, we are astonished by the great miracle that is a child! A child changes your life!”

We have all seen, he reminded them, men and women who have profoundly changed “when a child arrives,” adding that a child is “the unique fruit of love,” coming from and growing in love.

“You, children and young people, are the fruit of the tree that is the family: you are good fruit when the tree has good roots – grandparents – and a good trunk – the parents,” Pope Francis said. “The great human family is like a forest, in which the trees bear solidarity, communion, fidelity, support, security, happy moderation, friendship. The presence of large families is a hope for society.”

This, he said, “is why the presence of grandparents is very important: a valuable presence both in terms of practical assistance, but above all for their contribution to education. Grandparents conserve the values of a people, of a family, and they help parents transmit them to their children. Throughout the last century, in many countries in Europe, it was the grandparents who transmitted the faith.”

“Dear parents, thank you for your example of love for life that you protect from conception to its natural end, in spite of all the difficulties and burdens of life, that unfortunately public institutions do not always help you to bear.”

He lamented that while the Italian constitution calls for particular regard for large families, this is only “words” and is “not adequately reflected in the facts.”

Considering Italy’s low birth rate, he voiced hope that it’s politicians and public administrators would give large families “all due support.”

“Every family is a cell of society, but the large family is a richer, more vital cell, and the state has much to gain by investing in it.”

In light of this, he affirmed the National Numerous Family Association, and groups like it, for advocating for large families in the European nations, and for being “present and visible in society and in politics.”

He concluded by praying in particular “for those families most affected by the economic crisis, those in which the mother or father have lost their jobs and in which the young are unable to find work, and those families in which the closest relationships are marked by suffering and who are tempted to give in to loneliness and separation.”

Outbrain recommends, but who’s listening? euzicasa does!


Outbrain recommend- but who's listening? euzicasa does! Check this and many other unique videos at the BBC

Outbrain recommends but who’s listening? euzicasa does! Check this and many other unique videos at the BBC This one too should open in a new window!

 

Inside secret vault holding long-lost art treasures

26 March 2014 Last updated at 20:32 GMT

Cornelius Gurlitt is a reclusive man, but he was recently found to be holding one of the world’s biggest private art collections – close to 1,500 pieces that he had stored at his homes in Munich and Salzburg.

It is though much of it came from his father, a dealer licensed by the Nazis to buy and sell art, and may have been stolen from Jewish families.

The works, by artist such as Picasso, Renoir, Monet, are now being held in secure warehouses and vaults by restorers and experts trying to trace their history.

The BBC’s Stephen Evans was granted exclusive access to look at some of the long-lost masterpieces which had been kept hidden for decades.

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 birthday: Benjamin Disraeli (1804)


Benjamin Disraeli (1804)

Disraeli, a Conservative politician and novelist, succeeded the earl of Derby as prime minister of Great Britain in 1868 but lost the office to political rival William Gladstone that same year. During his second term as prime minister, from 1874 to 1880, Disraeli’s ministry enacted a number of domestic reforms. He was a staunch imperialist and, under his leadership, Britain gained a controlling interest in the Suez Canal. Why was Disraeli’s first book, Vivian Grey, strongly criticized? More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Carriacou Parang Festival (2014)


Today’s Holiday

Carriacou Parang Festival (2014)

The Carriacou Parang Festival has been held annually since 1977 to sustain the musical tradition of house-to-house serenading by acoustic string bands at Christmas time. Organized parang groups from villages throughout Carriacou, its neighboring island Petite Martinique, and Grenada compete for cash prizes and a challenge trophy. Groups comprise not more than eight members, all dressed in colorful outfits to reflect the festive season. Instruments used include the bass drum, guitar, violin, marack (shack-shack), mandolin, saxophone, and others. More… Discuss

this pressed for your safety: Christmas decorations that could kill you


Christmas decorations that could kill you

Christmas decorations that could kill you

Keep these potentially deadly decorations out of reach of pets and children… and very curious adults.

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Let’s face it: even as an adult, shiny objects are pretty enticing. Now just imagine how wondrous they seem to children and animals. While tinsel isn’t toxic, it can cause problems if ingested, especially for pets, as the foreign object could twist and tangle up in their intestines.

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Though they are less toxic to humans than once believed, poinsettias can cause extreme discomfort when ingested. If your toddler has a bite, it can cause a mild stomachache, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is likely that people with a latex allergy will be allergic to poinsettias as well, since they both share similar proteins, and a severe reaction shouldn’t be treated lightly. Animals that nibble on these plants will likely experience mouth and stomach irritation and occasional vomiting.

via Christmas decorations that could kill you.

Tchaikovsky – Suite No. 4 in G major “Mozartiana”, Op. 61: great compositions/performances


Tchaikovsky – Suite No. 4 in G major “Mozartiana“, Op. 61

this day in the yesteryear: First Space Rendezvous (1965)


this day in the yesteryear

First Space Rendezvous (1965)

Three years after the first manned space flight, NASA launched the Gemini program, a series of two-man space missions aimed, among other things, at developing astronauts‘ ability to maneuver spacecraft. One goal was to achieve orbital rendezvous, and after a failed attempt in June 1965, Gemini had success. Astronaut Wally Schirra maneuvered the Gemini 6 spacecraft to within feet of Gemini 7, close enough to have docked had they been so equipped. When was the first docking achieved? More… Discuss

ASMR Videos on BBC


ASMr Videos on BBC

ASMR Videos on BBC (click to access website)

Deep Chakra Meditation *Calming and Relaxing*

A spike in my stats (#euzicasa): Multumesc de vizita: mumai bine va doresc la toti…


Multumesc de vizita: mumai bine va doresc la toti...Daca ni vreti sa faceti nici o resolutie de Anul Nou...mai bine sa pivim problema mancarii prin ochii unui personaj care are nevoie de garderoba noua...2 numere mai mari! :)

Multumesc de vizita: mumai bine va doresc la toti…Daca ni vreti sa faceti nici o resolutie de Anul Nou…mai bine sa pivim problema mancarii prin ochii unui personaj care are nevoie de garderoba noua…2 numere mai mari! 🙂

today’s holiday: Eton Wall Game


Eton Wall Game

Every year on St. Andrew’s Day, England‘s prestigious Eton College holds the famous Eton Wall Game, a variety of rugby that has its own highly technical rules and is different from all other forms of the game. The object of the game is to win goals by maneuvering the ball into the opposing team’s “calx,” designated by a chalk line on a garden wall at one end of the field and by a mark on a tree at the other. The game is made up of many scrimmages along the brick wall that marks off the college athletic field for which the game is named, and goals are almost never scored. More… Discuss

Guide Dogs


Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are service dogs that have been specially trained to help the visually impaired safely navigate their environments. The first school for guide dogs was established by the German government after World War I to provide service dogs to blinded veterans. Schools now exist in several European countries and in the US, where the pioneer Seeing Eye, Inc., founded by Dorothy Harrison Eustis in 1929, is one of the best known. What breeds are most frequently trained to be guide dogs? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Brazil Becomes a Republic (1889)


Brazil Becomes a Republic (1889)

In 1889, discontented Brazilian militarists staged a coup and exiled Emperor Pedro II. Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca, leader of the revolutionaries, led the provisional government that established the republic and became president. Although Brazil was flourishing financially thanks to coffee and wild rubber exports, its political situation remained uneasy. Faced with growing opposition, Fonseca dissolved Congress in 1891 and was forced to resign. What was Brazil’s official name during this period? More… Discuss

healthy choices: Fruit Juice and Five a Day


Fruit Juice and Five a Day

Current nutrition guidelines recommend that people consume five portions of fruits and vegetables a day, and a serving of unsweetened juice can count towards this number. However, health campaigners are pushing for officials to remove juice from the guidelines because it can be confusing to parents. Many parents are under the impression that juice is a healthy choice for their children since it is derived from fruit, but they fail to realize that such juices are often packed with added sugars and that juice boxes typically exceed the recommended serving size. More… Discuss

Ethics, Environmental, Health: IS YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW ENOUGH? Effects of Feeding GMO Potatoes To Rats (Pt. 1)


Effects of Feeding GMO Potatoes To Rats (Pt. 1)

Adele – Skyfall (Lyrics on screen) Published Published on Oct 5, 2012/views: 4,798,136: make music part of your life series


Adele – Skyfall Lyrics on screen

Farage: Thank you for confirming Cameron is the real fantasist, Mr Barroso|europarl


Farage: Thank you for confirming Cameron is the real fantasist, Mr Barroso

Farage: The Last European Commission that Governs Britain |europarl


Farage: The Last European Commission that Governs Britain

this pressed for your peace of mind: Travelers entering the U.S. from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to be monitored for 21 days starting Monday| Lucy Westcott (@lvzwestcott)


this pressed- for the record: BBC News – Syria: Kobane siege death toll ‘passes 500’


At least 553 people are said to have died in a month of fighting for Kobane, the Kurdish town just inside Syria under Islamic State (IS) attack.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based Syrian opposition body which monitors the conflict, counted 298 IS fighters among the dead.

via BBC News – Syria: Kobane siege death toll ‘passes 500’.

this pressed (read it please): Scotland’s Independence Vote Shows a Global Crisis of the Elites – NYTimes.com


Scotland’s Independence Vote Shows a Global Crisis of the Elites – NYTimes.com.

Excepts:  “The details of Scotland’s grievances are almost the diametrical opposite of those of, say, the Tea Party or Swedish right-wingers. They want more social welfare spending rather than less, and have a strongly pro-green, antinuclear environmental streak. (Scotland’s threatened secession is less the equivalent of Texas pulling out of the United States, in that sense, than of Massachusetts or Oregon doing the same.) But there are always people who have disagreements with the direction of policy in their nation; the whole point of a state is to have an apparatus that channels disparate preferences into one sound set of policy choices.

What distinguishes the current moment is that discontent with the way things have been going is so high as to test many people’s tolerance for the governing institutions as they currently exist…
“Power is not a right; it is a responsibility. The choice that Scotland is making on Thursday is of whether the men and women who rule Britain messed things up so badly that they would rather go it alone. And so the results will ripple through world capitals from Athens to Washington: The way things are going currently isn’t good enough, and voters are getting angry enough to want to do something about it.

today’s holiday: Gibraltar National Day


Gibraltar National Day

On September 10, 1967, the people of Gibraltar participated in a national referendum and rejected the option to pass under Spanish Control. Since 1967, Gibraltarians have commemorated the referendum date. In recent years, events leading up to the momentous day have included dance performances, military band concerts, and a governor’s parade. On National Day, people typically dress in the national colors of red and white. A popular tradition is the ceremonial release of 30,000 red and white balloons, each representing an individual living on the rock. More… Discuss

Young Princess Diana pic.twitter.com/05arjaFLxB — History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) September 11, 2014


this pressed from USA Today: Report: Britain IDs man in video of Foley’s death


Report: Britain IDs man in video of Foley’s death.

today’s holiday: World Bog Snorkelling Championship


World Bog Snorkelling Championship

Peat bogs are areas of wetlands that are plentiful around the United Kingdom, so in the 1980s folks in the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, decided to make annual, if wacky, use of one. They clear a 60-yard path through the black, smelly waters of the Waen Rhydd peat bog outside town. Competitors must traverse the trench twice using any but standard swim strokes. Snorkels and flippers are required wear. A newer event takes place in the same bog in July—the World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championship. More… Discuss

Itzhak Perlman – Pablo de Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen Op.20: great compositions/performances


Itzhak Perlman – Pablo de Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen Op.20

Itzhak Perlman Violine
Pablo de Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen Op.20

this pressed from the telegraph : Twitter suspends Islamic State accounts – Telegraph


Twitter suspends Islamic State accounts – Telegraph.

today’s holiday: The Glorious Twelfth


The Glorious Twelfth

August 12 is the legal opening of grouse season in Scotland. If the 12th falls on a Sunday, Grouse Day is the following day. Because grouse-shooting has always played such a central role in the life of Scottish gentlemen, the occasion is referred to as the Glorious Twelfth and is observed as a social event by Scots around the world. More… Discuss

Gaming in Small Doses Has Benefits for Kids


Gaming in Small Doses Has Benefits for Kids

The adage “Everything in moderation” appears to apply even to video games. A recent study finds that youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 who spend an hour or less a day playing video games are better adjusted and report more satisfaction with their lives than those who do not play at all, while those who play video games for more than three hours a day are less well adjusted than their peers. More… Discuss

word: nonpareil


nonpareil 

Definition: (noun) A person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example.
Synonyms: nonesuch, apotheosis, ideal, paragon, saint
Usage: An ‘Only’ is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better’n any other feller. Discuss.

Vox Luminis, Thomas Weelkes, Death hath deprived me – LIVE090112: make music partofyour life series


Vox Luminis, Thomas Weelkes, Death hath deprived me – LIVE090112

Vox Luminis

Thomas Weelkes
1576 – 1623
“Death hath deprived me of my dearest friend”
Eulogy on the death of Thomas Morley in 1602

Zsuzsi Toth, Alice Foccroulle
Helen Cassano, Kerlijne van Nevel
Barnabas Hegyi, Tore Denys
Olivier Berten, Philippe Froeliger
Lionel Meunier, Robert Buckland
Bertrand Delvaux, Pieter Stas, Nemanja Milicevic

Lionel Meunier (artistic direction)

Live during a recording session in Beaufays/ Belgium

The CD will include the British Royal Funeral Music, the funeral sentences by Thomas Morley and Henry Purcell and funeral motets and will appear sometime in 2013 at the label Ricercar.

word: profligate


profligate 

Definition: (adjective) Shamelessly immoral or debauched.
Synonyms: degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, riotous, fast
Usage: We both know that he has been profligate in every sense of the word; that he has neither integrity nor honor; that he is as false and deceitful as he is insinuating. Discuss.

Careful…Someone’s Watching


Careful…Someone’s Watching

A new UK law requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile companies to store user data reflects a growing and worrisome trend of mass surveillance by governments. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose off ice released a report concerning the issue, expressed concern that such government-approved programs are becoming “a dangerous habit rather than an exceptional measure” and that more needs to be done to ensure that people’s personal freedoms are protected. More… Discuss