SuprBay: The PirateBay Forum

Full Version: The Serenity Thread - For relaxation, positivity, inspiration, and joy
You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Positive News:

Late Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to go on a spacewalk, was also an accomplished artist

[Image: cea26c72db1ad84dafc2358a918a9b67.jpg]

[Image: 42b57ebb575ead79a1c3c6b74219409d.jpg]

Legendary cosmonaut and Air Force major general, Alexei Leonov, who died October 11 at the age of 85, was a true romantic. He believed in aliens and drew stunning pictures of cosmonauts and far away planets all his life.

Leonov had been interested in drawing since he was a kid and initially tried joining an art school. But the young man from a poor rural family couldn’t afford to move to a big city.

He enlisted in a training program for military pilots instead and, proving his skills in that field, ended up being recruited to the USSR’s maiden cosmonaut squad together with Yury Gagarin.

In 1965, Leonov became the first man ever to exit his capsule while in the Earth’s orbit and perform a spacewalk which lasted 12 minutes, a venture that was riddled with emergency situations.

Ten years later, the Siberian native made history again as the commander of the Soviet crew during the 1975 Soyuz-Apollo mission that saw the Russian and American modules docking with each other in space.

But Leonov never thought of giving up on his art, even taking a pencil with him to his space missions to make sketches of what he saw through the ship’s viewing port.

Of course, most of the 200 pictures he drew were space-themed, based on both personal experience and fantasies of manned missions to far away planets, which he hoped humans would explore someday.

His feats in space were what attracted public attention to his art, but the cosmonaut’s works proved worthy of praise. The self-taught painter became a member of the Soviet Union of Artists, while his drawings appeared on Soviet postal stamps.

Leonov gifted several of his works to the iconic Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. His paintings are also exhibited in other Russian cities and abroad, including Houston, Texas and Dresden, Germany.

Unlike some of his colleagues, Leonov never claimed to have met aliens during his space mission, but said that he was ready to sacrifice his life in order to make contact with extraterrestrials.“If we have life here on Earth, why shouldn’t it exist elsewhere? There’s a billion galaxies out there,” he argued.


Rare color footage of his spacewalk, March 18, 1965. He exited the space capsule Vokshod 2 for 12 minutes and 9 seconds.


Artworks by Leonov:

Leonov exhibits his paintings at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
[Image: 7f0d3662019ac38aa2dc7d695fdbfc70.jpg]

"Above the Black Sea"
[Image: 5c0220a767fffa1e12b256956cce1552.jpg]

"Cosmic Dawn"
[Image: b3f7d0675c5b828f21e1d8b658b2cd59.jpg]

"In a World with Two Suns"
[Image: 07b48f5087a5e9b06936d3cd076ca4cd.jpg]

"Inside a Martian Crater"
[Image: 5fb4cfaada7fbe67b43cf7a4016056ed.jpg]

"Man on the Moon"
[Image: 96d643ef75be1020423511a4831b6bbf.jpg]

"The Moon"
[Image: a58ef93687367017154cf976793d3a8d.jpg]

Soviet and Bulgarian stamps made from his original artworks. He autographed the samples below.
[Image: c218ac6ff2c7faedad38fd0aed1a5040.jpg]

[Image: 7c847ba2aeca7d561501521ee63df0e7.jpg]

[Image: d72672ba8482bfae33ec7bdc6d88d913.jpg]

[Image: 746f4780adb8f31f2e98b6a18cdac776.jpg]

This Leonov sketch is the first artwork created in space, shown with his pencils.
[Image: d717fe6da3e1ef6f3ba2477f1d748dc6.jpg]

Leonov at work, 1973.
[Image: 4a629a8f2f629cb807462f9159f6c219.jpg]



Alexey Leonov, The Spacewalker


Joachim Heinrich - Words


The Joy of Painting

Season 2, Episode 9 - "Black and White Seascape"


Caduceus - Lacuna


The Art of Aquascaping - James Findley

Aquascaping Tutorial - "Tributary"

Aquascaper George Farmer:

"Aquascape for Under $10 - No CO2, no filter and no heater - Max fun!"

George sets up his first no CO2, no filter and no heater aquascape bowl for under $10 in this step by step tutorial inspired by fellow UK YouTuber MD Fish Tanks. In this basic guide he goes through the importance of a good substrate and how to do the easiest water change ever invented.

"Aquascape Tutorial - 3 Stone Iwagumi"

In this aquascape tutorial George shows you how to aquascape with 3 stones, also known as Sanzon Iwagumi. He sets up his Aquascaper 600 with Tropica Soil and Tropica 1-2-Grow plants. Also, the video features a new aquascaping rock known as Millennium Stone from Aquarium Gardens.

"Beautiful Aquascape Store in Poland - Green Art"

George vistis the Green Art aquascaping store in Poland.



Akira Kurosawa: My Life in Cinema (1993)

In a long dialogue, Nagisa Oshima interviews notable film director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa, leading him to share his thoughts about filmmaking, his life and works, and numerous anecdotes relating to his films and his various film activities.

Kurosawa, born March 23, 1910 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan, directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. He is regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.

Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, following a brief stint as a painter. After years of working on numerous films as an assistant director and scriptwriter, he made his debut as a director during World War II with the popular action film Sanshiro Sugata (a.k.a. Judo Saga). After the war, the critically acclaimed Drunken Angel (1948), in which Kurosawa cast then-unknown actor Toshiro Mifune in a starring role, cemented the director's reputation as one of the most important young filmmakers in Japan. The two men would go on to collaborate on another 15 films.

Rashomon, which premiered in Tokyo, became the surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival. The commercial and critical success of that film opened up Western film markets for the first time to the products of the Japanese film industry, which in turn led to international recognition for other Japanese filmmakers. Kurosawa directed approximately one film per year throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, including a number of highly regarded (and often adapted) films, such as Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961). After the 1960s he became much less prolific; even so, his later work—including his final two epics, Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985)—continued to win awards, though more often abroad than in Japan.

Kurosawa wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for all the films he himself directed. However, to supplement his income, he also wrote scripts for other Japanese directors throughout the 1940s, and even through the 1950s and part of the 1960s, long after he had become world-famous. He also worked on the scripts for two Hollywood productions he was slated to direct, but which, for complex reasons, were completed by and credited to other directors (although he reportedly did shoot some scenes for Tora Tora Tora!, the footage from which has apparently not survived). Finally, near the end of his life, he completed scripts he intended to direct but did not live to make, which were then filmed by others.

Kurosawa also edited all his own films, though he only occasionally took screen credit for it. He edited the work of others as well.

In addition, he involved himself in a number of theater-related projects, worked as a producer, did television projects and published several books.

While putting the finishing touches on the screenplay After The Rain in 1995, Kurosawa slipped and broke the base of his spine. Following the accident, he would use a wheelchair for the rest of his life, putting an end to any hopes of him directing another film. After his accident, Kurosawa's health began to deteriorate. While his mind remained sharp and lively, his body was giving up, and for the last half-year of his life, the director was largely confined to bed, listening to music and watching television at home. On September 6, 1998, Kurosawa died of a stroke in Setagaya, Tokyo, at the age of 88.


Far Caspian

Between Days

This Recording Released: 2018

1. Between Days

2. Blue

3. The Place

4. Let's Go Outside

5. Finding My Way Home

The Heights

This Recording Released: 2019

1. Conversations

2. Astoria

3. A Dream of You

4. These Times

5. The Heights

Thread Maintenance:


Akira Kurosawa: My Life in Cinema (1993)


Positive News:

Lost species of mouse-deer rediscovered in the wild after 30 years

[Image: 6b551cbfd734569c7120b4b7666af4d4.jpg]

A species of mouse-deer undocumented for almost 30 years has been rediscovered in the lowland forests of Vietnam. The silver-backed chevrotain, about the size of a small cat, had never been photographed in the wild and is only known to science thanks to five specimens, four of which were described in 1910. The fifth specimen, a pelt from a hunter-killed chevrotain, was described in 1990. The species appeared to be extinct, felled by deforestation and intensive hunting over the last century.

On Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, scientists announced the discovery of a population of silver-backed chevrotain, detailing an expedition to Vietnam's Greater Annamite region. An intense period of study and field work resulted in the first detection of the species in nearly three decades.

It's another success story for Global Wildlife Conservation, a non-profit collaborating with conservation scientists to search for lost species.

To find the chevrotain, field biologist An Nguyen and a team of researchers conducted a series of surveys across 13 Vietnamese villages and towns. The silver-backed chevrotain has a distinctive ochre-and-grey fur and the team surmised if the species was alive, local residents would be able to recall the species' unique look. The initial surveys helped researchers decide where to build a network of camera traps across the forests in Vietnam's south.

The traps were programmed to take a three-shot burst when triggered by motion and ran over two study periods, lasting approximately six months, in 2017 and 2018. During the observation period, the cameras snapped over 200 images of the silver-backed chevrotain at 15 different locations.

Though the photographs show the species is alive -- the first time ever -- the researchers did not detail the new population, fearing this information may be used by poachers.

Poaching presents one of the greatest threats to the species' existence, along with habitat loss. The researchers urge "immediate follow-up action" and suggest conducting additional surveys across Vietnam's Greater Annamite region to establish other locations where the silver-backed chevrotain may be living.


[Image: de301848c531867a1168be8476c67704.jpg]


Mandolin Orange - Time We Made Time


The Joy of Painting

Season 2, Episode 10 - "Lazy River"


Brian Crane - Wind


The Art of Aquascaping - James Findley

Aquascaping Tutorial - Through the Eyes of a Child

Aquascaper George Farmer:

"The Best Rock Aquascaper in the World"

"Wonderful Nature Aquarium Aquascapes - ADA Poland Cinematic 2019"

"Super Low Tech Aquascape Tour with MD Fish Tanks"

George visits Marc Davis, MD Fish Tanks, who has a great collection of low-tech, no CO2, no filter aquascapes and planted aquariums.



Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby is interviewed on the British chat show Parkinson in 1972.

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer, comedian and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin.

in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

Crosby won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures, radio, and audio recording. He was also known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962.

Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies. He then convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard.



The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

[Image: 757cd7a75e165a283bd14cb6a0eb749b.jpg]

At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Indrid Bergman



Lentils: A Miracle of Nutrition

Lentils are one of the most underrated products on the food market. They are edible legumes. Its bushy annual plant is known for its lens-shaped seeds.

Lentils are undemanding plants and thrive in drier regions. They are packed with protein and considered some of the most nutrient dense foods.

In the past few years, lentil researchers and farmers are trying to find new and innovative ways to increase yields and make the plants more disease resistant. While some researchers and farmers use GMOs, pesticides and herbicides, there are other cultivators who point out the dangers of those methods and prefer organic farming and cross-breeding of hardier plants.


Jonn Serrie

Sunday Morning Peace

This Recording Released: 2011


01.Sunday Morning Peace 00:00
02.Maiden Voyage 11:57
03.The Enlightened Path 24:14
04.Breath of the Valley 31:39
05.Sea Mist 40:59

Happy New Year!

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours

Andreas Vollenweider - The Woman And The Stone (Live at the AVO Session in Basel, Switzerland, November 4, 2001)

David Lanz - First Snow

Harold Budd - Quadari

Pat Metheny - Chris

Gareth Pearson - Cold Comfort

Paul Cardall - Our Love

Jeff Pearce - Angels Of The Ocean Calm

Jim Chappell - Leaving

David Helping - Promise

Peter Kater, Dominic Miller - In A Dream

Michael Jones, David Darling - Rainfall

Spencer Brewer - Portraits (Live at the 15th Annual Pianists concert in Ukiah, California, 2007)

Secret Garden - Evensong


Winter Wallpapers:

[Image: b983ebc4af30ab8e1848aefed9a7469c.jpg]

[Image: 72213aaa9428a0783ef6c14579217fdc.jpg]

[Image: 748f9c28671367405e2ef6b8752aa4d6.jpg]

[Image: ec42e3628f72d75789e6ff1e444bc44d.jpg]

[Image: 6a83ca351ccdef2667d97b733e692cf2.jpg]

[Image: 361ab0f84dda589e0b2264b4e1730eb8.jpg]

[Image: c5ba1eb99ade65faa4ae18b36dfb4b2e.jpg]

[Image: 7b12e49152ced60507a4cf342e0951b9.jpg]

[Image: dce4c46262b3be9d1a239955d9992930.jpg]

[Image: 8eafd9022c1b871f5e58f9a4aaee8be0.jpg]

[Image: 5b116d6c86a0cb4f3e36518ecbbe267f.jpg]

[Image: b8b6ed9ff448fbeaab80ca639ce45259.jpg]

[Image: 3416b872e2650c744bf88d1a300ff04e.jpg]

[Image: 63e9f1dd297193c53561ea2e1cee056c.jpg]
Happy Valentine's Day!

[Image: 0810fced824d768a8c68d5a19245f0a3.png]

Jack Jones

A Live Retrospective

I've Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do / Shall We Dance, 1961

Bewitched, circa 1963

I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, 1965

Call Me (with Joanie Sommers), The Hollywood Palace, 1965

People Will Say We're In Love, 1966

A Day In The Life Of A Fool, circa 1966

The Shadow Of Your Smile / What Now My Love, 1966

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, The Hollywood Palace, 1968

Free Again, 1968

The More I See You, 1970

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?, circa mid-1980s

There's No Easy Way, circa mid-1980s

I Am A Singer, circa mid-1980s

Without A Song, circa early-to-mid-1990s

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me), 1998

God Only Knows, Southern California, 2009

The Windmills Of Your Mind, New York City, 2009

Where Do You Start, Fairfield Halls, London, 2009

Positive News:

Leading Russian fertilizer company PhosAgro goes green

[Image: 5eb5f4bb76bc017ff22fd2b28e6dd927.jpg]

Leading Russian fertilizer company PhosAgro was in Berlin in the middle of January to attend the Green Week and promote its ecologically friendly fertilizers as Russian corporates increasingly embrace the need to build sustainable businesses.

Quote:“Green Week is a unique opportunity for Russian managers to show off what they have achieved in promoting food security and tackling the new challenges,” Sergey Pronin, the deputy CEO of PhosAgro, said.

PhosAgro is one of the biggest fertilizer producers in the world, mining phosphate on the Kola Peninsula, north of the Arctic Circle, that is then processed into a variety of phosphate-based crop nutrient products that can dramatically improve crop yields. PhosAgro exports its products to 102 countries all over the world.

Pronin says PhosAgro is proud of its phosphate ore deposits, which are unique in terms of their purity, and unlike many of their competitors contain no trace elements such as heavy metals that are injurious to health.

Quote:“Russia makes a significant contribution to food security. The agricultural sector of our country has shown impressive growth over the past few years and we see a significant potential for its further development,” says Pronin.

Green issues have come to the fore recently thanks to the campaigning of activists and the EU’s adoption of a circular economy package in 2019 that included measures to impose limits on cadmium, a harmful heavy metal, in phosphate-based fertilizers.

Companies such as PhosAgro welcome the cap on cadmium levels in fertilizers and seek to develop sustainable businesses, as not only is it a responsible way to work, but it is also good for business.

Last year PhosAgro produced about 9.5mn tonnes of fertilizers, and was one of the largest exporters in the world. About a third of its production goes to the domestic market in Russia, which has grown by over 35% in the last five years, says Pronin. The issue of food security has always been important to the Russian consumer, who values “natural” foods highly. This love of the natural is born out of the fact that almost all Russians have a dacha where they typically grow their own fruit and vegetables; it is a social cliché that this home-grown produce is always better than what you can buy in the shop.

However, even though PhosAgro sells a naturally occurring fertilizer, the produce grown using it does not qualify as “bio” in Europe.

Quote:“To be honest, there is no universal standard of what is a bio product,” says Pronin. “In Europe it is supposed to be a product that is grown with no chemicals involved at all. In Russia agricultural products grown with phosphate-based fertilizers that qualify for Russia’s green standard also qualify as green.”

Still, irrespective of the bio classification, there is a general increase in concern about the quality and safety of food products in different regions of the world and Pronin claims that PhosAgro fertilizers meet the “most stringent requirements for growing organic agricultural products, and we are ready to share experience, knowledge, work to strengthen trade relations and the search for joint solutions to the key challenges facing humanity,” he says.

To this end PhosAgro has developed a Green brand of Russian fertilizers, which it launched at the Berlin convention.

Quote:“Our phosphate-based fertilizers are made from unique raw materials - apatite-nepheline concentrate from the Kola Peninsula. According to its environmental characteristics, it is superior in its purity to two thirds of the world reserves of phosphate raw materials,” says Pronin.

Besides, the leaders in the mineral fertilizers, agribusiness and retail industries in Russia are creating an independent association, the Green Club, of manufacturers and suppliers of products with improved environmental performance. These products will be sold under the national brand “Green Standard” in Russia, according to regulations that are currently being considered by the Duma and should be implemented by January 1, 2021.

Thanks to the state program for the development of agriculture and tit-for-tat sanctions that the Kremlin imposed on EU agro-imports in 2015, the Russian agricultural sector has been through a small revolution in the last five years as it attempts to become self-sufficient in many products, and the state has poured money into agro-infrastructure.

Quote:“The practical goal of the Green Standard project is to provide the population of Russia with high-quality agricultural and food products, to strengthen the competitive position of Russian producers of mineral fertilizers and agricultural products in the export market. The philosophy and mission of the project is to update the image of Russia in the international arena as the only country capable of providing partner countries with high-quality mass-produced agricultural products,” says Pronin.

Last year, Russia ratified the Paris Accords and is now rolling out the legislative basis to regulate emissions and at the same time cut emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Russia plans to launch a Green Certificate trading system to regulate carbon emissions and the food industry is setting up parallel initiatives. Indeed, in general the leading corporates are moving faster and further than the government, as several blue chips have already been punished by equity investors for their poor environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores.

The introduction of green labelling for food products in Russia will give domestic producers the opportunity to introduce a new brand of agricultural products to the European market, says Pronin.

Quote:“Large European food chains are expected to track what fertilizers and agricultural products were used in the production of food products they purchased; it may encourage farmers to use clean fertilizers, which will undoubtedly provide further opportunities for expanding sales markets for environmentally friendly products,” states Pronin.

As part of this drive, PhosAgro intends to invest some $3bn over the next five years in increasing production and improving its green credentials by adopting state-of-the-art technologies.

Quote:“This will allow PhosAgro to remain one of the most effective producers of mineral fertilisers on a global scale. For 2020, the company's investment is planned in the region of $500mn.” says Pronin. 

Part of the investment is so PhosAgro can make a contribution to achieving 10 of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Although the sanctions imposed on Russia and counter-sanctions imposed by the Kremlin don't apply to fertilizers, European farmers still bear the financial burden of the EU common customs tariff for fertilizers, which amounts to 6.5% and applies to fertilizers that meet Russia’s new Green Standard.

Quote:“Today we see a paradox, where the regulator forces farmers to overpay for ‘green’ fertilizers. Removing artificial tariffs and duties will make fertilizers more affordable and fair for agricultural producers in the EU,” says Pronin.

According to the PhosAgro deputy CEO, the situation with European duties against environmentally friendly fertilizers resembles Ukraine’s ban on the import of fertilizers from Russia.

Quote:“Unfortunately, we have lost the Ukrainian market and it [has] forced us to find new customers,” says Pronin. “But the real losers are the Ukrainian farmers, as they have been forced to buy fertilizers with a lower quality.”


Mountains Of The Moon - Caterpillar


The Joy of Painting:

Season 2, Episode 11 - "Black Waterfall"


Eric Tingstad And Nancy Rumbel - Shenandoah


Introducing a new series for the thread:


Eyewitness is a natural history television series produced by the BBC and DK Vision. The series is based on the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Books series.

The series aired on BBC in the UK and PBS in the US from 1994 to 1997.

It was narrated by Andrew Sachs (UK) and Martin Sheen (US).

Series 1, Episode 1 - Amphibian


Michael Jones - Tapestry


Aquascaping with George Farmer:

"Beautiful Aquascape and Shrimp Aquarium Store - Garnenlenhaus"

George visits Garnelenhaus, a beautiful aquascape and shrimp specialist aquarium store near Hamburg in Germany.

"The Ultimate Biotope Planted Tank (Cinematic Special)"

The epic 28000 litre / 7500 gallon planted aquarium is the biggest in Germany. The aquascape was created 8 weeks ago by a team from Dennerle and Hagenbeck Tropen Aquarium, and George.

"My Aquascape Story - 100K Subscriber Special"

"How to set up a pressurised CO2 kit - Full Tutorial"

A basic guide on how to set up a pressurised CO2 kit for a planted aquarium aquascape. The best way to grow aquatic plants faster is to add carbon dioxide via a pressurised CO2 system like this.


Niklas Paschburg

Tuur Mang Welten

This Recording Released: 2016

1. 00:00:00 Ulenflucht
2. 00:03:58 Holtnevel
3. 00:07:33 Tuur Mang Welten
4. 00:12:10 Dawn
5. 00:15:55 De Tweete Gleem
6. 00:19:26 Waldeinsamkeit



Masters Of Time - Independent Watchmakers

The world’s elite independent watchmakers are incredibly passionate about watchmaking from design to assembly, delicately bringing together hundreds of minuscule parts all by hand.

In a world of inexpensive digital watches, Switzerland's famous timepiece industry keeps ticking. And the elite of the industry are the cabinoche, who make watches entirely by hand.

Enter a world where craftsmanship meets art at a microscopic level. For the first time ever, high-definition cameras equipped with super-macro lenses reveal the inner workings of some of the most delicate and exquisite timepieces ever created.

This program spotlights the unusual skill, patience and passion underlying the "old-fashioned" art of handmade watches.

Hosted by Michael Rhys

Produced by NHK in 2016

Part 1 - Christiaan van der Klaauw, Beat Haldimann

Part 2 - Valerii Danevych, Thomas Prescher

Part 3 - Vianney Halter, Kari Voutilainen


Introducing a new addition to the thread: Classical Journey - An exploration of the world of classical music.

The focus will be on the works of the lesser-known composers.

Classical Journey:

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901)

[Image: 00d9ff0e82351018150b1609feacf509.jpg]

Like those of his Belgian contemporary Lekeu and his older countryman Mussorgsky, the story of Vasily Kalinnikov is a tragically short one in which a handful of works gives a tantalizing glimpse of what may have been.

Born is the village of Voin in the province of Orlov, Russia on January 13, 1866, Kalinnikov was the son of a cleric who also held the position of local police chief. The elder man was musically inclined, playing guitar and accordion as well as singing in the church choir. Young Vasily learned the latter instrument on his own and with the help of the village doctor, later adding the violin to his accomplishments. Further on he joined the church choir, learning the basics of music theory in the process and becoming the choir conductor at 14. Kalinnikov resolved to make music his career.

At 18 and with the most tenuous of financial resources, Kalinnikov set out for Moscow to study music at the conservatory, transferring to the Philharmonic Music School a half year later. While there, he bolstered his meager income by taking a course in bassoon, which resultantly enabled him to play in various orchestras as bassoonist, violinist, or timpanist. He also took on work as a music copyist.

Having graduated, Kalinnikov held various teaching posts and was assistant conductor at an opera company. However, the delayed effects of the strain of holding multiple positions during his student years undermined his health and he contracted tuberculosis. For this the composer traveled south, meeting Tchaikovsky in 1892. He received praise from the older man when he showed him the score of his own orchestral suite. This encouragement was a morale boost for the ailing young composer and he began work on his First Symphony in C minor. Completed in 1895, it was performed by the Russian Music Society in 1897. By that year, Kalinnikov had also completed his Second Symphony in A-flat, this despite consumption of the throat compounding his health problems. The following year he completed the symphonic poem The Cedar and the Palm and received a commission to provide incidental music for a production of Tolstoy's Tsar Boris, for which he completed a substantial amount of music. But the young man's health was worsening and he succumbed to his illness on January 11, 1901, too frail to attend a performance of his Prologue to Boris. He was only 34.

Symphony No. 1 in G minor (1894–1895)

1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante commodamente 14:25
3. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo 21:47
4. Finale: Allegro moderato 30:10

Symphony No. 2 in A major (1895–1897)

1. Moderato - Allegro non troppo
2. Andante cantabile - 11:04
3. Allegro scherzando - 19:00
4. Andante cantabile - Allegro vivo - 28:04

Symphony Orchestra of Russia
Conductor: Veronika Dudarova
Recorded: Studio No. 5, Ostankino, Moscow, 1992

Painting: "An Arizona Sunset Near the Grand Canyon", 1898 by Thomas Moran.

Suite in B minor (1891–1892)

1. Andante
2. Allegro scherzando
3. Adagio
4. Allegro moderato

USSR Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Evgeni Svetlanov

The Cedar and the Palm, Symphonic Picture after Heinrich Heine (1897–1898)

Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi

Painting: "Palm Tree at Bordighera", 1884 by Monet

Tsar Boris, Incidental Music to the tragedy by Tolstoy (1898)

1. Overture Moderato Assai . Allegro
2. Andante Con Moto
3. Act 3
4. Andante
5. Allegro

Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antal Jancsovics

Élégie in B-flat minor (1894)

Piano: Vladimir Leyetchkiss

Nocturne in F-sharp minor (1892–1893)

Serenade in G minor for string orchestra (1891)

USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov

Bylina, Epic Poem (Overture) (c. 1892)

Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antal Jancsovics

Painting: "A Rye Field", 1878 by Ivan Shishkin

Intermezzo No. 1 in F-sharp minor (1896)

USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov

Intermezzo No. 2 in G major (1897)

USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov


Wallpapers - Elephants of Botswana:

In the past, Botswana protected elephants and cherished the idea conservation. Unfortunately, in May 2019, President Masisi along with an inquiry committee, lifted the hunting ban on trophy hunting of elephants, as well as hunting by farmers, endangering the lives of these precious, intelligent beings. In February 2020, Botswana sold the rights to shoot 60 elephants for $43,000 per animal angering conservationists and animal lovers all over the world.

The news is especially troubling when one considers that elephants are also threatened by poachers and habitat loss due to deforestation and farming.

Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only an estimated 400,000 remaining throughout Africa. An insatiable lust for ivory products in the Asian market makes the illegal ivory trade extremely profitable, and has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants. Between 2010 and 2014, the price of ivory in China tripled, driving illicit poaching through the roof. If the elephants are to survive, the demand for ivory must be stopped . As of 2011, the world is losing more elephants than the population can reproduce, threatening the future of African elephants across the continent. Bull elephants with big tusks are the main targets and their numbers have been diminished to less than half of the females. Female African elephants have tusks and are also killed, which has a terrible effect on the stability of elephant societies, leaving an increasing number of orphaned baby elephants. There are still more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born. Elephant populations continue to decline.

In Botswana at present, there are only around 130,000 elephants.

It is said that the "King of Beasts" has always been the lion, monarch of all predators. But the hierarchy of authority in the animal kingdom - perhaps better described as the food chain - is not all dominated by red tooth and sharp claw. The most influential creature on the African continent in terms of landscape alteration, water-course adjustment, seed dispersal and sheer dominant strength has to be Loxodonta africana - the African elephant.

African elephants are highly intelligent. They have a very large and highly convoluted neocortex, a trait they share with humans, apes and some dolphin species. They are amongst the world's most intelligent species. With a mass of just over 5 kg (11 lb), the elephant brain is larger than that of any other terrestrial animal. The elephant's brain is similar to a human brain in terms of structure and complexity; the elephant's cortex has as many neurons as that of a human brain.

Elephants exhibit a wide variety of behaviors including those associated with grief, learning, mimicry, art, play, a sense of humor, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, memory, and possibly language. All point to a highly intelligent species that is thought to be equal with cetaceans and primates.

There are two species of African elephants - the bush elephant (Loxodonta africana ) and the smaller African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis). Since 2004, both species have been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of endangered animals.

Weighing up to 6000 kg (6.6 tons) and measuring up to 3.3 m (10 ft.) at the shoulder, the African elephant is the world’s largest land mammal.

A combination of the upper lip and nose, an African elephant’s trunk is extremely versatile. Elephants use their trunk for smelling, breathing, detecting vibrations, caressing their young, sucking up water, and grasping objects. The tip of their trunk is comprised of two opposable extensions, or fingers, which allow for extreme dexterity.

Both male and female elephants possess tusks, which are modified incisor teeth. Although tusks are present at birth, the “baby tusks” fall out after a year, and permanent ones replace them. These tusks will continue to grow throughout the elephant’s life. Similar to the trunk, elephant tusks are utilized in a wide range of activities. They are used for digging, foraging, and fighting. At times, they also act as a resting place for the elephant’s very heavy trunk.

An African elephant’s large ears also serve many purposes. The ears’ large surface area helps radiate excess heat under the harsh African sun. The ears are also often used to communicate visually. Flapping their ears can signify either aggression or joy. And finally, elephants’ ears, used in conjunction with the soles of their feet and their trunk, aid in the ability to hear sounds over long distances. On average, an elephant can hear another elephant’s call at 4 km (2.5 mi.) away. Under ideal conditions, their range of hearing can be increased to 10 km (6.2 mi.).

Although elephants can make a very wide range of sounds (10 octaves), they mostly communicate through low frequency sounds called “rumbling.” In fact, elephants are capable of producing and perceiving sounds one to two octaves lower than the human hearing limit. As lower frequency sounds travel farther than their higher counterparts, their range of communication is extensive. Furthermore, elephants have the ability to judge the distance from another elephant based on the pitch of his/her call. As the sound travels over distances, the higher tones will fade out, leaving a lower pitch.

Communication is vital to elephants, who rely on a social network for survival. The sustaining social unit is a herd of mothers and their young, sisters, and female cousins, led by an older matriarch. Male elephants will leave the herd at around 14 years old when they hit puberty. They then join a loose-knit band of other bull elephants, leaving the bachelor herd at will to search for potential mates.

Upon successful mating, the male elephant will move on to other herds, and the female will start a 22-month gestation period. When the calf is born, aunts, sisters, and cousins all help care for the newborn. In this way, all the elephants of the herd learn essential lessons in rearing a baby. And since elephants only give birth once every 5 years, successfully raising their offspring is critical to their survival.

Aside from their ability to learn through watching and mimicking, African elephants also possess other very human qualities. Their great capacity for compassion is demonstrated as they care for the wounded and grieve the deceased. Their developed sense of memory allows them not only to remember lost loved ones, but also to harbor grudges, and recognize long-lost friends. Upon the return of a friend, elephants take part in a joyous greeting ceremony where they spin in circles, flap their ears, and trumpet.

Having adapted to life across Africa’s diverse ecosystems, the African elephant plays a vital role in maintaining ecological harmony. African elephants ingest plants and fruits, walk for miles, and excrete the seeds in fertile dung piles. In this way, new plants can grow in different areas and can cross fertilize. In fact, 90 different tree species rely on the elephant for propagation. African elephants also dig holes to expose underground springs. This allows smaller animals to access water in drier times.

[Image: 977e9fa599957eb82098973db4ae3ee5.jpg]

[Image: 668f53684cacb484e2442f3051e65cdd.jpg]

[Image: cea944ffd91acc3318fab14369805cb7.jpg]

[Image: 0d1b3636197a408585344f19b4addbdb.jpg]

[Image: 18f0d26f589c31ceb2fcac2f778a6894.jpg]

[Image: ab9b74b467858f5eb3e3ec8a279e737a.jpg]

[Image: a510c60ae853a52ca7e4b535e98120fe.jpg]

[Image: 5bc24b2bd12206df1a169b75b1f2d5f1.jpg]

[Image: 64b1c33a967d53696907f8ba8195818d.jpg]

[Image: 8effb138401960767f5ca9585fbc7185.jpg]

[Image: 6249745b47d5a0b87905b6079f967e01.jpg]

[Image: d2076602293fd2962f668438ee2defd4.jpg]

[Image: 87ad64554b5c0de0ea0298084f5c6a60.jpg]

[Image: e9a9b668bc7e13e53e373a18e6c40b91.jpg]
Positive News:

Scientists 3D printed a human cornea using stem cells

[Image: a0d47bb3db1e1c8dca2090a00e67d18a.jpg]

Researchers have created the most advanced artificial cornea ever using 3D printing and human stem cells. The technology, if successfully developed, could help millions of people around the world see a clearer future.

The cornea is the protective, clear outer layer covering the eye. When it’s damage, it creates serious vision problems or can cause blindness. Currently, people with damaged corneas hope for healthy corneas transplants from deceased donors, but the need far exceeds the supply.

Enter the artificial corneas developed by engineers from Newcastle University, detailed in a paper published in Experimental Eye Research. The 3D printed corneas are not easy to develop: first, there’s the problem of distinctive curved shape of the human cornea. Researchers used a special camera to photograph a volunteer’s eyeballs to create 3D model, the first time that the cornea shape has been printed. Next, scientists need to create an ink thin enough to filter through a 3D printer, but firm enough to maintain a 3D shape. To get the right texture, researchers created a bioink using stem cells from donor corneas, adding it to alginate (a jelly-like goo) and collagen (ropy proteins). The result looks something like a contact lens, but can do a lot more to repair vision.

Artificial corneas will still require actual cornea donations, but they’ll be able to make each cornea donation go a lot farther. Instead of replacing one damaged cornea with a healthy one, scientists would be able to grow enough cells from one donated cornea to print 50 artificial ones.


David Tolk - In Reverence


The Joy of Painting

Season 2, Episode 12 - "Mountain Waterfall"


Daria Semikina - To the Light



Series 1, Episode 2 - "Bird"


Tim Story - Map Of The Warm Night



Salt - Tears Of The Earth (2001)

There are millions of solutions to the problems of survival but there is only one substance that has awakened all organisms to life: salt. No creature can live without this magic mineral - and no living organism can produce it on its own.


Message To Bears

Folding Leaves

This Recording Released: 2012


01. Daylight Goodbye 00:00
02. Wake Me 05:51
03. Mountains 11:22
04. Bird's Tail 15:16
05. Farewell, Stars 18:59
06. Undone 23:15
07. At a Glance 25:59
08. Everything Was Covered In Snow 29:37
09. Unleft 34:41


Aquascaping with George Farmer:

"How to Aquascape a 125 Gallon Planted Aquarium - Step by Step"

George aquascapes a 125 gallon planted aquarium for Stephen, Claire and Milly from Scotland. In this Aqua Oak tank with a sump, CO2 injection, Twinstar 1200 LED lighting and Tropica Soil, George shows you how to use bogwood and mini landscape rock, and lots of plants to create a beautiful aquascape.

"Beautiful Danish Aquascapes at Home - Full Aquarium Tour"

George visits Danish Aquascaper Michael Mikklesen in his beautiful home.

"Great British Aquascape Store Tour - Crowder's Aquatics"

George visits Crowder's Aquatics, an aquascaping specialist aquarium store in Hampshire, UK. Run by Rocky and Kaz Crowder this local fish shop stocks loads of great hardscape, aquarium plants, aquascape friendly fish and dry goods perfect for hobbyist interested in aquascaping.


Classical Journey:

Franz Berwald

[Image: b3cda2c3fba9b8af3d30a9d843b17fbb.jpg]

Franz Adolf Berwald (23 July 1796 – 3 April 1868) was a Swedish Romantic composer. He became more appreciated as a composer after his death than he had been in his lifetime.

Franz Berwald was one of the seminal composers of the first half of the nineteenth century, a precursor of the Scandinavian symphonic school which would come to fruition a half century later. Yet as a musician in his native Sweden he labored in obscurity and was forced to make a living in such nonmusical fields as glassblowing, lumbering, orthopedics, and physical therapy.

Berwald was born in Stockholm. His father, a German orchestral violinist, imparted some training on his son, but Franz was largely self-taught. At 16 he joined the Royal Opera Orchestra and began to compose. His Grand Septet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and String Quartet was premiered in 1828; already a pattern was set, for that idiosyncratic work met with indifference from Swedish audiences.

Berwald spent some time in Norway, then went to Berlin to study music further. From there he went to Vienna where he found an audience for his work. There his opera Estrella di Soria was performed to acclaim. In 1841, he married in that city and the following year produced his First Symphony, "La Serieuse." That same year he returned to Sweden only to find that his reputation had not preceded him. Nonetheless he continued to compose, turning out operas and three more symphonies: No. 2 ("La Capricieuse"), No. 3 ("La Singuliere"), and No. 4.

Failed performances induced Berwald to go abroad again, unsuccessfully to Paris where he received no performances, and to Vienna where once again he found an appreciative audience for his opera A Swedish Country Betrothal. It was ironic then that in his homeland he obtained neither the post of music director at Uppsala University nor that of court conductor.

Thwarted in his first career, the composer was often forced to turn to other endeavors such as glass-blowing and running a sawmill. But Berwald, a kindly and humanistic man, seemed to find his non-musical niche in orthopedics and in blazing trails in its accompanying physical therapy, specializing in congenital spinal deformities of children. Here would seem to be a rarity among creative artists, one to put the inner urge and ego on hold sublimating these in tending to the external needs of humankind.

Finally, in his sixties, musical breaks came his way in Sweden. His first Vienna-period opera Estrella di Soria was performed and earlier instrumental works began to appear in print. He was accepted in the Swedish Academy and made a professor of composition in 1867. But, sadly, Berwald succumbed to pneumonia the following year.

Like his contemporary Berlioz, Berwald was a visionary. He preferred to use established forms to contain a unique mode of thought. His four symphonies (1842-1845) are especially significant as they are precursors of Sibelius and Nielsen in their streamlined contours and unexpected harmonic and melodic devices. As such, he was one of the most important of the early Romantics.

Symphony No. 1 in G minor (Sinfonie sérieuse) (1842)

Mov.I: Allegro con energia 00:00
Mov.II: Adagio maestoso 11:25
Mov.III: Stretto 18:07
Mov.IV: Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto 23:21

Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester

Conductor: Okko Kamu

Symphony No. 2 in D (Sinfonie capricieuse) (1842)

Mov.I: Allegro 00:00
Mov.II: Andante 11:48
Mov.III: Finale: Allegro assai 20:30

Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester

Conductor: Okko Kamu

Symphony No. 3 in C (Sinfonie singulière) (1845)

Mov.I: Allegro fuocoso 00:00
Mov.II: Adagio - Scherzo: Allegro assai - Adagio 11:47
Mov.III: Finale: Presto 20:49

Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester

Conductor: Okko Kamu

Symphony No. 4 in E-flat (Sinfonie naïve) (1845)

Mov.I: Allegro risoluto 00:00
Mov.II: Adagio 08:54
Mov.III: Scherzo: Allegro molto 15:27
Mov.IV: Finale: Allegro vivace 20:59

Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester

Conductor: Okko Kamu

Theme and Variations in B-flat for Violin and Orchestra (1816)

1. Introduzione. Andantino con variazione
2. Variazione 1
3. Variazione 2
4. Variazione
5. Variazione 4
6. Poco allegretto

Violin: Johannes Lorstad

Malmo Opera Orchestra

Conductor: Niklas Willén

Concerto in E for 2 Violins and Orchestra (1817)

1. Adagio. Rondo: Allegro
2. Tempo di Marcia
3. Allegro

Violin: Johannes Lorstad and Andreas Hagman

Malmo Opera Orchestra

Conductor: Niklas Willén

Konzertstück in F for Bassoon and Orchestra (1827)

Gävle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Petri Sakari

Piano Concerto in D (1855)

Mov.I: Allegro con brio 00:00
Mov.II: Andantino 09:27
Mov.III: Allegro molto 14:41

Pianist: Niklas Sivelöv

Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester

Conductor: Okko Kamu

Slaget vid Leipzig (meaning - The Battle of Leipzig) (1828)

Malmo Opera Orchestra

Conductor: Niklas Willén

Elfenspiel (meaning - Play of the Elves) (1841)

Gavle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Petri Sakari

Ernste und heitere Grillen (meaning - Serious and Joyful Fancies) (1842)

Gavle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Petri Sakari

Erinnerung an die norwegischen Alpen (meaning - Reminiscence of the Norwegian Mountains) (1842)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Sixten Ehrling

Bayaderen-Fest (1842)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Sixten Ehrling

Wettlauf (1842)

Gävle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Petri Sakari

Duo for Cello (or Violin) and Piano in B flat (1858)

Mov.I: Allegro ma non troppo, attacca
Mov.II: Poco adagio quasi andante, attacca
Mov.III: Allegro agitato

Piano: Mats Lidström

Cello: Bengt Forsberg

Piano Trio No. 4 in C (1853)

Piano: Kalman Drafi

Cello: Gyorgy Kertesz

Violin: Jozsef Modrian

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor (1849)

I. Introduzione
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale

Copenhagen String Quartet

Violin: Tutter Givskov

Violin: Mogens Lydolph

Viola: Mogens Bruun

Violincello: Asger Lund Christiansen

String Quartet No. 3 in E flat (1849)

Ensemble: Saulesco-Kvartetten

Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor (1853)

Allegro Molto 
Scherzo Poco Allegretto
Adagio Quasi Andante 
Allegro Assai E Con Spiritoso

Uppsala Chamber Soloists

Piano: Bengt-Åke Lundin

Piano Quintet No. 2 in A (1850–57)

Allegro Con Gusto
Allegro Vivace
Poco Andante
Allegro Molto

Uppsala Chamber Soloists

Piano: Bengt-Åke Lundin

Septet in B flat for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (1828)

Nash Ensemble Radio Studio Recording, Nov. 9, 1979

Drottningen av Golconda (The Queen of Golconda), opera (1864)

1. Overture
2. March
3. Bridal Procession
4. Ballet
5. Folk-Dance

Malmo Opera Orchestra

Conductor: Niklas Willén

Happy Easter!

[Image: 2f1a6260f6f1f0562cc76a85c5570ecb.jpg]


[Image: 25b241597023e1e04084a0133201aa69.jpg]



The Miracles Of Lourdes

This documentary tells about the various miraculous cures that occur each year by pilgrims who visit Lourdes and who bathe and drink the water at the Grotto of Lourdes located in the Pyrenees mountains of Lourdes, France.



Athos (2016)

Mount Athos on a peninsula off the cost of Greece is one of Europe's last remaining secrets: a monks' republic. Access to women is strictly denied and in order to keep unwanted tourists out, visas are granted only to pilgrims and workers. For the first time, a filmmaker was given access to all forms of monastic life on the holy mountain.



The Sistine Chapel Restored

This is an in-depth retrospective on the restoration of the Sistine Chapel.

The Sistine Chapel was built by Pope Sixtus IV within the Vatican immediately to the north of St. Peter's Basilica and completed in about 1481. Its walls were decorated by a number of Renaissance painters who were among the most highly regarded artists of late 15th century Italy, including Ghirlandaio, Perugino, and Botticelli. The Chapel was further enhanced under Pope Julius II by the painting of the ceiling by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 and by the painting of the Last Judgment, commissioned by Pope Clement VII and completed in 1541, again by Michelangelo. The tapestries on the lowest tier, today best known from the Raphael Cartoons (painted designs) of 1515–16, completed the ensemble.

Together the paintings make up the greatest pictorial scheme of the Renaissance. Individually, some of Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling are among the most notable works of western art ever created.[a] The frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and in particular the ceiling and accompanying lunettes by Michelangelo have been subject to a number of restorations, the most recent taking place between 1980 and 1994.

Between June 1980 and October 1984 the first stage of restoration, the work upon Michelangelo's lunettes, was achieved. The focus of the work then transferred to the ceiling, which was completed in December 1989 and from there to the Last Judgment. The restoration was unveiled by Pope John Paul II on 8 April 1994. The final stage was the restoration of the wall frescoes, approved in 1994 and unveiled on 11 December 1999.

Before Restoration:

[Image: 93a3f3d514393de08b69deedbcdd02f29ff97682.jpg]

After Restoration:

[Image: 39c5dae33f40a469fe1ca91a04a54021.jpg]

[Image: 0679be740d506dbf58817be35ea3ba75.jpg]

[Image: 9ca96fa71a051c07addcb85feac85e42.jpg]

[Image: 6c66333f13bedf9da2f40e2153e9f03fc800be07.jpg]


Miserere Mei, Deus

by Gregorio Allegri, composed in the 1630s

The Choir of New College, Oxford under the direction of Edward Higginbottom

The photo is the inside of the Gothic chapel Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.


Easter Oratorio, BWV 249

by Johann Sebastian Bach, composed in 1725, 1735 and the 1740s

English Baroque Soloists

Monteverdi Choir
Soprano: Hannah Morrison
Mezzo-soprano: Meg Bragle
Tenor: Nicholas Mulroy
Bass: Peter Harvey

Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

London, Proms 2013


Sacred Music From Medieval Spain

Llibre Vermell de Montserrat and The Cantigas De Santa Maria

The Llibre Vermell de Montserrat ("Red Book of Montserrat") is a manuscript collection of devotional texts containing, amongst others, some late medieval songs. The 14th-century manuscript was compiled in and is still located at the monastery of Montserrat outside Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

The Cantigas de Santa Maria ("Canticles of Holy Mary") are 420 poems with musical notation written in the medieval Galician-Portuguese language and date from 1221 to 1284. It is one of the largest collections of monophonic (solo) songs from the Middle Ages and is characterized by the mention of the Virgin Mary in every song, while every tenth song is a hymn.

Recorded at the Cathédrale d'Elne on 19 July 2013 during the Festival de Radio France et Languedoc-Roussillon.

01. O virgo splendens (Llibre Vermell, nº 1, s. XIV) 1:55
02. Laudemus Virginem (Llibre Vermell, nº 3, s. XIV) 8:05
03. Splendens ceptigera (Llibre Vermell, nº 4, s. XIV) 9:40
04. A Madre de Jhesu-Cristo (Cantiga de Santa María, nº 302, s. XIII) 12:05
05. Instrumental (Cantigas de Santa María, s. XIII): 17:00
- O que diz que servir ome, nº 311
- Des oge mais quer'eu trobar, nº 1
- Por razon tenno d'obedecer, nº 113
- Como somos per conssello, nº 119
06. Imperayritz de la ciutat joyosa (Llibre Vermell, nº 9, s. XIV) 22:40
07. Cuncti simus concanentes (Llibre Vermell, nº 6, s. XIV) 32:03
08. Mariam, matrem virginem, attolite (Llibre Vermell, nº 8, s. XIV) 35:55
09. Mui grandes noit e dia (Cantiga de Santa María, nº 57, s. XIII) 44:20
10. Los set gotxs (Llibre Vermell, nº 5, s. XIV) 48:40
11. Instrumental (Cantigas de Santa María, s. XIII): 53:20
- Tanto son da Groriosa, nº 48
- Mui gran Dereit e das bestias, nº 52
12. Polorum Regina (Llibre Vermell, nº 7, s. XIV) 57:40
13. Ad mortem festinamus (Llibre Vermell, nº 10, s. XIV) 1:03:43
14. Stella splendens (Llibre Vermell, nº 2, s. XIV) 1:10:35



by Olivier Messiaen, composed 1932-1933

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Antoni Wit

00:00 I - Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père ("The majesty of Christ demanding his glory of the Father")

05:39 II - Alleluias sereins d’une âme qui désire le ciel ("Serene alleluias of a soul that longs for heaven")
11:48 III - Alleluia sur la trompette, alleluia sur la cymbale ("Alleluia on the trumpet, alleluia on the cymbal")
17:36 IV - Prière du Christ montant vers son Père ("Prayer of Christ ascending towards his Father")


Celestial Harmonies 

Responsories and Antiphons

by Hildegard von Bingen

Recorded in the Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford, on 10th and 11th August, 2005.

This Recording Released: 2008

Choir: Oxford Camerata

Vocals: Abigail Boreham (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7), Carys Anne-Lane* (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7), Clare Dawson (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7), David Brown (28) (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 8), David Knight (6) (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 8), Eloise Irving (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7), Paul Thompson (8) (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 8), Peter Davoren (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 8)

1 O Cohors Militiae 15:42
2 O Successores 8:21
3 O Vos Imitatores 6:34
4 O Dulcis Electe 6:19
5 O Victoriosissimi Triumphatores 9:37
6 O Cruor Sanguinis 6:05
7 O Vis Aeternitatis 8:58
8 O Splendidissima Gemma 12:43


Holy Pascha (Easter Sunday)

Choir of Vatopedi Fathers, Mount Athos

This Recording Released: 1999


1. Christ Is Risen From The Dead 
2. First Ode Of The Canon 
3. Third Ode Of The Canon 
4. The Hypakoe 
5. Fourth Ode Of The Canon 
6. Fifth Ode Of The Canon 
7. Sixth Ode Of The Canon 
8. Kontakion, Oikos & Synzxarion 
9. Seventh Ode Of The Canon 
10. Eighth Ode Of The Canon 
11. Ninth Ode Of The Canon 
12. A Sacred Pascha 
13. The Myrrh-bearing Women 
14. Stichera Of Pascha 
15. It Is The Day Of Resurrection 
16. Partake Ye Of The Body Of Christ 
17. O Thy Divine And Beloved 


Happy Spring!

[Image: 334c1e611e67b6fcbb9ce1a0bc901f8a.jpg]

Observer Drift - Home Video

Keeps - I Don't Mind

Dustin Tebbutt - The Breach

Harrison Storm - The Words You Say

Rhodes - Run

Gerard And The Watchmen - Hesitate

Caveman - 80 West

The Eastern Sea - A Lie

Lightheart - Heart

Racing Glaciers - Little River

Matthew Wright - Plans

New Ancestors - Don't Feel Sad

Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Collapse

Hibou - Hollow

The Hope Arsenal - The Mountains Are Calling

The White Bicycles - Courtesy

Tom Day - Solace

Nate Eiesland - Drifting

Christian Carcamo - Steady Ground

Silences - Vancouver Aches

Inland Traveler - Paths Are Frozen

Berlin Bar Hounds - Skeleton

Positive News:

Rescue lamb starts cuddly friendship with disabled duck at animal sanctuary

[Image: 4765d50a7758360f0.jpg]

Adorable things are happening in the fields of Goats of Anarchy (GOA).

GOA is a 30-acre farm animal sanctuary in Hampton, New Jersey, that is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of goats with special needs, and is home to over 130 animals, including goats, horses, donkeys, cows, alpacas, sheep, pigs, turkeys, geese, ducks, and chickens.

Leanne Lauricella, the founder and president of GOA, has seen many things since starting the non-profit in 2014, but something special has recently taken her by surprise.

Gigi a 7-month-old lamb with an "old soul" has been living with GOA's blind goat herd and "acts as a mom to some of them."

Quote:"She plays gently with the babies and cuddles the ones who need it," Lauricella said.

Recently, Gigi, who arrived at GOA hours after her birth, has found that someone else at the sanctuary needs cuddles: Merlin the disabled duck.

Quote:"He has an injured leg and is not able to walk. We did try a prosthesis, a wheelchair, and splinting, but none of these options worked for him," the founder said of Merlin, a two-year resident at GOA. "Merlin can't walk, but loves hanging out in his pool. You can find him either splashing around, hanging out in his special chair, or sunbathing in the grass with friends."

It was one day while Merlin was sunbathing on the grass that Gigi decided to make her first move.

[Image: 17a86788b439ba6d9.jpg]

Quote:"A couple of weeks ago, we spotted Gigi laying next to Merlin in the grass and we thought it was so cute. We weren't too surprised because Gigi is such a cuddler but thought it was just a one-time occurrence, " Lauricella said. "But the next day, she did it again."

Gigi stopped by Merlin's sunbathing spot for cuddles again and again and again, until it became clear that some quality snuggle time with Merlin was now part of her daily schedule.

Quote:"Every day, Gigi visits Merlin out in the grass and curls up next to him," Lauricella added. "It's like she is trying to comfort him. At first, he seemed a little annoyed but now he grooms her and snuggles with her. They have developed a friendship and it's unlike anything we've seen on the farm."

[Image: 2cf4ddc6bb43fd1de.jpg]

Interspecies friendships on the farm are rare since the animals at GOA are often separated by species for their care, which makes the fact that Gigi sought out Merlin even more heart-warmingly unique.

Quote:"This relationship is very special," GOA's president said.

The ability to witness ridiculously precious moments like this is one of the many reasons Lauricella, who also advocates for animal rights and promotes veganism through GOA, started the sanctuary.

Quote:"At GOA, we rescue animals that have been neglected, abused, or discarded. Around 25 of our goats wear prosthetic devices, and we have a barn full of goats who use wheelchairs. We have a herd of blind goats, several blind horses, and even a cow and a sheep who wear prosthetic devices," she said. "Five of the most challenged goats even live in my house with me. Our mission is to help these animals, but in doing so, we help ourselves and our followers and supporters. Watching these animals fight for their lives and seeing what they overcome is so inspiring."

Lauricella hopes that GOA's many supporters will have a chance to see Gigi and Merlin's blossoming friendships in-person someday soon, but, to slow the spread of COVID-19, GOA is currently closed to the public, aside from regularly scheduled weekly staff and volunteers.

[Image: 355e01a25fd2f9ce7.jpg]

Quote:"We hope that this will change in the next few months because we love having visitors. We feel it's so important for people to experience farm animals in person because our guests are usually amazed at how social the animals are," Lauricella said.

GOA, a non-profit, depends on donations to operate, and, like many animal rescues, has experienced a dip in donations during the pandemic.

Quote:"Because so many people are struggling financially, we are definitely feeling the effects of that. Donations are slowing and like many nonprofits, we rely solely on donations," Lauricella said. "We promised our animal residents that we would give them the best possible care, and we will do everything we can to fulfil that promise, even during a pandemic. We have been working hard to find creative ways to fundraise using various social media platforms and even virtual tours."

If you would like to support the good work of GOA, you can donate via their website.

GOA's website:


John Barry - Born Free


The Joy Of Painting:

Bob and some of his squirrel friends.
[Image: 5.-Bob-and-his-squirrels-1991.jpg]

Season 2, Episode 13  - "Final Grace"


John Barry - Somewhere In Time



Series 1, Episode 3 - "Cat"


John Barry - All Time High



"Making a Basket from Pine Needles - Start to Finish Project"

A talented, beautiful lady from the YouTube channel Wild She Goes shares her fascinating skills.


Virtual Relaxation Space:

"In a Tent on a Rainy Day"

Length: 8 hours


Ralph Vaughn Williams

Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 in E minor (1905-1906)

Conductor: Bernard Haitink

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra



Broadcasting's Forgotten Father - The Charles Herrold Story

Doc Herrold is shown at the_microphone of KQW, early 1920s.
[Image: 6.-Charles-Herrold.jpg]

A broadcast announcement, July 22, 1912.
[Image: 7.-A-broadcast-announcement.jpg]

This PBS documentary from 1995 investigates and illuminates the life and achievements of Charles "Doc" Herrold (November 16, 1875 – July 1, 1948), an American inventor and pioneer radio broadcaster, who began experimenting with audio radio transmissions in 1909. Beginning in 1912, he became the first person to make entertainment broadcasts on a regular schedule, from his station in San Jose, California. He is the father of audio broadcasting.

The 1909 Herrold station became KQW and today it is KCBS in San Francisco, now over 100 years old.

Since 1978, the California Historical Radio Society has awarded an annual "Charles D. 'Doc' Herrold Award", in recognition of "Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation and Documentation of Early Radio."

Written, Produced, Directed and Narrated by Mike Adams.


Aquascaping with George Farmer:

"Scaped Nature - A Unique and Beautiful Aquascaping Store - Full Tour"

George gives a tour of the beautiful aquascaping, terrarium and living art store, Scaped Nature in Norwich, England. The store has a great selection of Nature Aquarium style aquascapes and planted tanks, as well as various terrarium style pieces.

"Exclusive Tour of the Tropica Aquarium Plants Moss Facility"

George gives an exclusive tour of the Tropica Aquarium Plants moss growing facility and also an insight into other aquatic plants in their greenhouse.

"Beautiful Aquascapes at AQUA 2019"

George presents the beautiful aquascapes and planted aquariums at AQUA 2010 in Telford, UK. AQUA is a UK aquatic exhibition show for trade only and showcases the biggest aquatic (indoor and pond) brands and their products. Aquascaping was well-represented with some excellent freshwater aquascapes on the Evolution Aqua, OASE, Tropica and Aqua One booth.

"7 Proven Steps to Aquascape Success"

In this video, George covers the 7 proven steps to aquascape success based on his own experiences from the last 15 years of aquascaping and keeping planted aquariums. He applies the 7 steps to his own Aquascaper 1200 Nature Aquarium.

The Steps:

1. Choosing the aquarium
2. Lighting
3. Substrate
4. Filtration and Circulation
5. CO2 Injection
6. Liquid fertilizers
7. Plants


The Smile Zone:

[Image: 8-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 9-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 10-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 11-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 12-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 13-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 14-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 15-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 16-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 17-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 18-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 19-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 20-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 21-SZ.png]

[Image: 22-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 23-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 24-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 25-SZ.jpg]

[Image: 26-SZ.jpg]


[Image: 27-SZ-Gif.gif]

[Image: 28-SZ-Gif.gif]

[Image: 29-SZ-Gif.gif]




First Orbit (2011)

This real-time recreation of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit, was shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin's original mission.



[Image: 30---Infographic---Particle-Sizes.jpg]


Classical Journey:

Alessandro Marcello

[Image: 31---CJ-Alessandro-Marcello.jpg]

Alessandro Marcello was born August 24, 1669 in Venice, Italy. Much of what is known about him comes not from his few compositions, but from his professional career and social activities as a member of Venice's nobility. Both he and his more famous brother Benedetto studied law and were members of the city-state's high council. Alessandro was educated at the Collegio di S. Antonio, then joined the Venetian Arcadian society, the Accademia degli Animosi in 1698, and served the city as a diplomat in the Levant and the Peloponnese in 1700 and 1701. After returning to Venice, he took on a series of judiciary positions while dabbling in a number of creative endeavors. He was responsible for paintings found in the family palaces and parish church and, after joining the literary society, the Accademia della Crusca, published eight books of couplets, Ozii giovanili, in 1719. That same year, he was named head of the Accademia degli Animosi, and as such, he did much to expand its collection of musical instruments, many of which are now in Rome's National Museum of Musical Instruments.

Marcello's compositional output is small, consisting of not much more than a dozen each of chamber cantatas, violin sonatas, and concertos. Most of his works were published under the pseudonym "Eterio Stinfalico," which is one of the reasons why it wasn't known until the mid-twentieth century that Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974, was a transcription of Marcello's Oboe Concerto in D minor, and even so, both the Bach and the Oboe Concerto are still often attributed to Benedetto Marcello. His cantatas dealt primarily with pastoral subjects and contained topical references.

His instrumental works reflect a knowledge and understanding of the differences in French, Italian, and German music of the time, including choices of instruments for both the solo and continuo parts and use of ornamentation. Of all of his works, what is best known is the Adagio from the Oboe Concerto, which has become a staple of wedding music collections.

He died June 19, 1747 in Padua, Italy.

La Cetra

6 Concerti for 2 Oboes

1. No. 1 in D major, SF. 936      0:05     
2. No. 2 in E major, SF. 938      7:13     
3. No. 3 in B minor, SF. 937      13:55   
4. No. 4 in E minor, SF. 939      25:17     
5. No. 5 in B flat major, SF. 944  32:52
6. No. 6 in G major, SF. 941      39:45   

Oboe: Heinz Holliger
Oboe: Louise Pellerin

Camerata Bern

Conductor: Thomas Füri

Recorded in 1981

The painting in the video is The Lagoon at Sunset, Venice by Adrian Rigby

Concerto for Oboe, Strings and Basso Continuo in D minor (Venice, 1717)

I.  Andante spiccato - 0:05
II.  Adagio - 3:16
III. Presto - 6:32

Baroque Oboe: Paolo Grazzi
Violin I: Luca Mares, Laura Mirri, Massimo Forese
Violin II: Giuseppe Cabrio, Massimo Battistella Rossella Croce
Viola: Alessandra Di Vincenzo, Maurizio Borzone, Marta Travesi
Viololoncello: Francesco Galligioni, Daniele Cernuto
Violone: Alessandro Sbrogiò
Harpsichord: Raffaele Vrenna
Archlute & Theorbo: Ivano Zanenghi

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Conductor: Andrea Marcon



Great Blue Wild (2017)

To catch a glimpse of some of the most spectacular natural wonders on the planet, you have to journey deep beneath the oceans. Dive into lush undersea gardens filled with vibrant vistas and otherworldly creatures.

Hosted by Ross Huguet

Produced by Smithsonian Channel, as part of Smithsonian Earth


Three hundred and seventy miles off the coast of Mexico in the eastern Pacific, the waters surrounding Socorro Island are home to some of the world's largest marine life. Take a deep dive through surging currents and majestic coral reefs with whale sharks, giant manta rays, and more.

Cocos Island

Jacques Cousteau once called Cocos Island "the most beautiful island in the world." Beyond its pristine rainforest is a marine wilderness brimming with multicolored fish, enormous sea turtles, and vast schools of sharks.


Forty miles north of Honduras, near the Bay Island of Roatan, is a spectacular and pristinely preserved coral atoll: the Mesoamerican Reef. Explore the abundant and diverse marine life, lush vegetation, and magnificent caves of this rare underwater wonder.


Explore the wild blue Caribbean waters of Cozumel, a lush paradise packed with marine surprises. From the spectacular Paso Del Cedral coral reef to the world's longest subterranean underwater cave system, go where only the bravest divers dare venture.


The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Estimated to be nearly 4,000 years old, its waters are home to an immense marine ecosystem. Explore a deep blue wilderness brimming with rare, exotic fish, sea turtles, sharks, and huge green morays.


Across the 3,000 scattered islands of the Bahamas lie visions of unexpected wonder. Experience its unique natural marvels-from towering pine forests to tangled mangrove swamps, to a mysterious labyrinth of underwater caves.

Sea of Cortez

In three decades, the waters around the remote village of Cabo Pulmo have gone from wildly biodiverse, to barren, to a bountiful and pristine haven for mighty sharks and flying rays once again. See how local fishermen ultimately turned back the clock, restoring one of the world's most majestic coral reefs.

Palau Sharks Sanctuary

Palau has set up the world's first shark sanctuary-a California-sized marine zone where hunting these endangered predators is strictly prohibited. Can this tiny island-nation defend against a sophisticated army of poachers? Join the front lines to save one of the ocean's most cherished and endangered predators.

Giants of Palau

In Palau, the local economy relies on ecotourism that's sustained by strong legal support. Shark hunting is banned, giant manta rays are protected by law, and tireless efforts are made to combat the acidification an ocean ecosystem housing coral reefs. But can ambitious conservation keep pace with the scale of man-made devastation?

Indonesia: the Secret Lives of Manta Rays

The vibrant reef ecosystem of Raja Ampat, off the coast of Indonesia, is home to a conservation sanctuary twice the size of Singapore. It's one of the few places on Earth where two different species of manta ray live side by side. Join a dedicated team of conservationists as they track these mysterious creatures to safeguard their future.

Indonesia: Amazon of the Seas

Indonesia's marine rainforests are under threat, and rising sea temperatures and destructive fishing practices have taken a toll. However, conservation initiatives in hundreds of protected marine zones have given hope to the giant manta rays, 300 species of coral, and six of the world's seven sea turtle species that call this ecosystem home.


The 2020 German Society of Nature Photography (GDT) Nature Photographer of the Year:

Peter Lindel – A Hare’s Dream 

A European hare in the north of Dortmund, Germany.

[Image: 32---Hare.png]


Ed Patrick:

Ed Patrick grew up on the south coast of England. He left school at 16 and saved his money working in the local guitar shop to buy a one way ticket to North America.

Aged 18, and accompanied by a notepad of his favorite guitar players' phone numbers, Ed traveled coast to coast learning from musicians who graced the landscape of 70s and 80s American radio. It was on greyhound buses and in small town hostels that he developed his love of songwriting. 

[Image: 33---Ed-Patrick.jpg]

[Image: 34---Ed-Patrick.jpg]


Man Overboard


What You See

Eyes On You

Never Knew

So Glad (I Got You)

Blow My Cover

Make It Me

Barcelona, Babe

Serratona Skies

She Said

Addicted To You

You In My Life



A Misunderstood, Maligned Animal:

Many people believe that raccoons are aggressive. They are not typically aggressive around humans, cats, dogs, etc. In fact, with regular contact with humans, dogs, cats, etc., they are much more likely to become friendly than show aggression.

Another overblown concern is that they will spread rabies everywhere. Many people believe that raccoons are the main carrier of rabies, but the truth is, there’s never been a documented case where a raccoon has bitten a human. Rabies in wild animals can be controlled easily and compassionately through effective programs; treats containing the rabies vaccine are dropped from airplanes or distributed on the good.

If a raccoon becomes part of your animal family, it is easy to vaccinate them for rabies, control fleas and to worm them.

The raccoon is extensively hunted in Germany as they are seen as an invasive species and pests. In the 1990s, only about 400 raccoons were hunted yearly. This increased to 67,700 by the 2010/11 hunting season and the tally broke the 100,000 barrier in 2013. During the 2015/16 hunting season, the tally was 128,100 animals, 60 percent of which were provided by the federal state of Hesse.

The raccoon was a protected species in Germany, but has been declared a game animal in 14 of the 16 states since 1954. Hunters and environmentalists argue the raccoon spreads uncontrollably, threatens protected bird species and supersedes domestic carnivorans. This view is opposed by the zoologist Frank-Uwe Michler, who finds no evidence a high population density of raccoons has negative effects on the biodiversity of an area. Hohmann holds that extensive hunting cannot be justified by the absence of natural predators, because predation is not a significant cause of death in the North American raccoon population.

In August, 2020, Black Lives Matter members ran over a raccoon twice before beating the animal to death with a baseball bat and posting it online in a horrific act of animal cruelty.

Regarding the raccoons' proximity to "civilized" humans, I'm reminded of lyrics from an early country song from 1928:

I'd rather drink muddy water and sleep in a hollow log
Than to be here in Atlanta and get treated like a dirty dog

Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas) by Jimmie Rodgers (the father of country music)

General Facts:

Scientific Name: Procyon lotor

Average Size: 12" tall; 24-38" long; 14-23 lbs.

Average Lifespan: They live for up to 2-3 years in the wild. They can live for much longer in captivity, with the oldest recorded being 20 years old.


Raccoons are natively found throughout most of North America. Raccoons have emerged in parts of Europe and Japan due to human introduction of the species.


Traditionally, raccoons prefer heavily wooded areas with access to trees, water and abundant vegetation. There, they make their dens in the hollow parts of trees as well as abandoned burrows, traveling up to 18 miles to forage for food.

Raccoons are extremely adaptable. They are often found in suburban and urban areas, making their homes in man-made structures like attics, sewers, barns and sheds. In urban areas, raccoons tend to stay closer to their dens with a range of only about 1 mile, depending on their age and sex.


Raccoons are omnivores with an opportunistic diet; eating almost anything they can get their paws on. In urban areas, where wildlife and fresh vegetation are limited, raccoons will be more likely to eat human food and invade trashcans. The majority of their diet consists of sweet foods like fruits. They also eat invertebrates.


Activity: Nocturnal in nature, raccoons are mostly active at nighttime. They are most active in spring, summer and fall, and will sleep in their dens for most of the winter.

Reproduction: Reproduction begins in late winter. Females, or sows, usually give birth to 1-6 baby kits in April or May. Mothers are very protective of their young until they separate after about a year.

Social Interaction: Raccoons are independent after 12-14 months of age. Adults live in loose knit communities of 4 - 5 raccoons for better protection against predators.

Communication: Raccoons communicate with each other using over 200 different sounds and 12-15 different calls.

Skills: Raccoons possess amazing dexterity that gives them the ability to open doors, jars, bottles and latches. They are also great climbers, which allows them to better access food and shelter.


One of the most popular raccoon facts is their tendency to be clever and intelligent. In fact, zoologist Clinton Hart Merriam once described them as more cunning than foxes.

In a study by the ethologist H. B. Davis in 1908, raccoons were able to open 11 of 13 complex locks in fewer than 10 tries and had no problems repeating the action when the locks were rearranged or turned upside down. Davis concluded that they understood the abstract principles of the locking mechanisms and their learning speed was equivalent to that of rhesus macaques.

Studies in 1963, 1973, 1975 and 1992 concentrated on raccoon memory showed that they can remember the solutions to tasks for at least three years. In a study by B. Pohl in 1992, raccoons were able to instantly differentiate between identical and different symbols three years after the short initial learning phase. Stanislas Dehaene reports in his book The Number Sense that raccoons can distinguish boxes containing two or four grapes from those containing three. In research by Suzana Herculano-Houzel and other neuroscientists, raccoons have been found to be comparable to primates in density of neurons in the cerebral cortex, which they have proposed to be a neuroanatomical indicator of intelligence.

Other Interesting Facts:

Female raccoons give birth after only about 65 days of pregnancy.

Like humans, they have five fingers. They have non-opposable thumbs. Their feet are plantigrade, similar to human feet. Their front paws are incredibly dexterous and contain roughly four times more sensory receptors than their back paws—about the same ratio of human hands to feet.

A raccoon will rinse food in water prior to eating it. When there is no water close by, a raccoon will still rub food to remove debris. Raccoons can heighten their sense of touch through dousing. Some believe that raccoons douse their paws to stimulate the nerve endings. Like light to a human's eyes, water on a raccoon's hands gives more sensory information to work with, allowing them to feel more than they would otherwise. This allows them to differentiate between objects without seeing them, which is crucial when feeding at night.

The purpose of a raccoon's black mask is to reduce glare, helping them to see better in the dark. The dark color absorbs incoming light, reducing glare that would otherwise bounce into their eyes and obstruct their vision. At night, when raccoons are most active, less peripheral light makes it easier for them to perceive contrast in the objects of their focus, which is essential for seeing in the dark.

A group of raccoons is called a nursery.

There are six raccoon species native to North and South America.

Raccoons are part of the culture of the Indigenous People of the Americas. Raccoons have been the subject of a number of folk tales of the Indigenous Peoples, often portrayed as clever tricksters and skilled foragers. They also have been depicted to have supernatural abilities or at least have connections to the spiritual world.

Understanding lends respect.

Raccoon Lives Matter!

[Image: 35---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 36---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 37---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 38---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 39---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 40---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 41---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 42---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 43---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 44---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 45---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 46---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 47---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 48---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 49---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 50---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 51---Raccoons.png]

[Image: 52---Raccoons.png]

[Image: 53---Raccoons.jpg]

[Image: 54---Raccoons.jpg]
Positive News:

Airbus unveils world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft

European aerospace corporation Airbus has unveiled three designs for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft that would rely on hydrogen as a primary power source. Collectively dubbed ZEROe, the climate-neutral, zero-emission concepts are designed to carry maximum passenger loads between 100 and 200 people for flights that range from short-haul trips to transcontinental journeys. Airbus’ hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft could enter service as early as 2035.

Revealed in late September, Airbus’ three concept designs are primarily fueled by hydrogen but differ in aerodynamic configurations and technological pathways. They will be further evaluated and assessed for feasibility. The zero-emission commercial concepts include the “turbofan” design that can accommodate 120 to 200 passengers with a range of over 2,000 nautical miles to make the aircraft ideal for transcontinental trips. The plane would be powered with a modified gas-turbine engine that runs on hydrogen, rather than jet fuel, on combustion.

[Image: 1.jpg]

[Image: 2.jpg]

The second concept is the “turboprop” design that can hold up to 100 passengers. Named after its turboprop engine, the hydrogen combustion-powered aircraft also features a modified gas-turbine engine but would only be capable of traveling around 1,000 nautical miles on shorter trips.

[Image: 3.jpg]

[Image: 4.jpg]

The last design is the “blended-wing body”, the most eye-catching concept of the three, that can accommodate up to 200 passengers. This model features an exceptionally wide fuselage thanks to the connection of the wings to the main body of the aircraft.

[Image: 5.jpg]

[Image: 6.jpg]

“This is a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole and we intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen. The concepts we unveil today offer the world a glimpse of our ambition to drive a bold vision for the future of zero-emission flight,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO.

Airbus plans to work together with government and industrial partners to provide increased funding for research and technology into sustainable fuels and the realization of the ZEROe prototypes.


Quiet City (featuring Paul Buchanan) - Due North


The Joy of Painting

Bob in 1991.
[Image: Bob.png]

Season 3, Episode 1 - "Mountain Retreat"


Paul Buchanan - Seasons Of Light



Season 1, Episode 4 - "Dinosaur"


Lawson Rollins - Footprints



How to Make a Bamboo Colander

This traditional Japanese bamboo work uses Moso bamboo and light bamboo cut at the best time of the season.


Aeon Waves - Into The Light


Virtual Relaxation Space:

Relaxing Sound of Waves

Length: 57 minutes


Patrick O'Hearn - Beyond This Moment



Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest (2019)

This is the incredible story of how a degraded farmland has been regenerated back into beautiful New Zealand native forest over the course of 30 years.

This 30-minute documentary is about Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know of his plans to allow the introduced ‘weed’ gorse to grow as a nurse canopy to regenerate farmland into native forest, people were not only skeptical but outright angry – the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”.

Now considered a hero locally and across the country, Hugh oversees 1500 hectares resplendent in native forest, where birds and other wildlife are abundant and 47 known waterfalls are in permanent flow. He has proven without doubt that nature knows best – and that he is no fool.


Tiny Home Living:

"Tiny" is a bit of a misnomer for this lifestyle because it gives people the wrong impression.

A living space doesn't necessarily have to be extremely diminutive. It can be can be small without feeling overly confining. A small home can be very comfortable and homey. Smart design and lighting can make a small space seem more spacious.

Also, having sufficient land around the home can make a small space more expansive. Considering the land, a positive corollary arises from tiny home living - drawing people back into nature and the consideration of the land being as much your home as the physical structure itself. It is healing for people to return to, and reconnect to, nature.

You can think of the living spaces in this movement as being on a spectrum of space usage, from tiny to the size of a traditionally small home like a dacha, English cottage, or small cabin. It is all up to you to decide how much space suits your needs and budget.

The Benefits of Tiny Home Living:

Low to no mortgage

Given the low costs associated with tiny homes, it’s much easier for people to buy them without taking out home loans. The interest savings alone make this a terrific benefit.

According to statistics, as many as 66% of tiny home dwellers have no credit card debt. Addition to that, 69% don’t have a mortgage payment.

Fewer construction costs

Given recent real estate trends, building and owning homes is no longer affordable for small families. It’s become near impossible for people to build their own custom home. However, with tiny home living, homeowners can design and build a tiny custom house for less than the average home, depending on size and amenities.

Lower energy costs

Tiny houses suggest tiny appliances. A smaller space requires less heating and cooling, reducing energy costs. In most cases, a tiny home’s energy costs will total to a third of the costs associated with a standard home. Also, using solar energy is often more feasible with tiny living, allowing homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint.


With environmental protection efforts becoming a top priority in homeowners’ minds, the tiny home movement fits neatly into that idea. Not to mention, tiny home construction puts less strain on the country’s natural resources.

Recycled, repurposed, and salvaged materials can be used for construction and decoration. This not only makes your home unique and aesthetically interesting, it also saves the number of new materials from being made.

Reduced maintenance

One of the biggest benefits of having a tiny home is having less space meaning there is less to clean. A traditional home can be very time consuming to clean and cost more than having a tiny house.

You’ll just need minutes to clean up every week and you can focus doing the things you really want to do, which is incredibly liberating.

Allows you to declutter your life

It’s amazing how many possessions you can accumulate when living in a standard home, many of them obsolete as part of your life. With less space for storage, tiny living will force you to declutter and focus more on necessities and less on wants.

To start off this segment of the thread, I would like to share with all of you some of the great videos of Bryce Langston from the YouTube channel Living Big In A Tiny House. His videos are so enjoyable.

"Back To Nature Living In A Beautiful Tiny House Tent"

September 27, 2018

This young family are doing things a bit differently! They gave up their city lives in Southern California to live a debt free and simple life, close to nature in a beautiful tiny house tent in New Mexico!

Their home is by no means a normal tent, but more like a tiny house cabin with canvas exterior. Certainly, this home is glamping taken to the extreme! This unique and beautifully crafted home provides all the shelter the family needs while allowing them to truly live more connected to the natural world and the beautiful gardens surrounding their house tent.

"Tiny House With Amazing Pop Up Roof"

March 29, 2019

This tiny house on wheels is something very special. Designed for a family of three, this home was designed with a very clever transforming function. When moved on the roads, it perfectly meets the legal height requirements but once parked up, the roof of the home pops up to create standing room in the sleeping loft.

Constructed entirely as a DIY project, this tiny house was a definite labor of love for Ben and Nat, who had previously had very little construction experience. The finished tiny home gives the family of three everything they need, including a wonderful extra sleeping loft for their daughter Charlie.

"This Ultra Modern Tiny House Will Blow Your Mind"

April 5, 2019

This ultra modern tiny house on wheels is truly something to behold. With it's jet black exterior, super clever design and incredibly high quality of craftsmanship, this tiny home is sure to blow your mind.

Inside, the home is every bit as practical as it is beautiful. Constructed by couple Matt and Lisa, this tiny house has absolutely everything the young couple needs and many extras on top! As far as tiny home’s go, this one is especially spacious and packed full of clever smalls space design ideas.

"Tiny Houses And Permaculture For A Resilient And Sustainable Future"

Peak Oil, economic collapse, global warming. There is little question that if humanity remains on the path we are on now, then there is little hope for a sustained existence on the planet. We need to change our thinking and adopt a more harmonious stance to our relationship with the biosphere. The principles of permaculture teach us how it is possible to thrive on the earth and actually have a positive impact on the environment around us and together with the tiny house movement they provide a hopeful model for the future.

Andrew Martin is the author of the book Rethink: ...Your world, Your future. After waking up to the worlds sustainability crisis, Andrew left the high flying world of finance to move to New Zealand and start a permaculture farm where he now lives with his wife Beth. In this interview, we talk about his research, permaculture and how the tiny house movement provides insight into potential models of sustainable living.

"Super High Spec Professionally Built Tiny House"

This incredible off-the-grid Tiny Home, constructed by boat builder and cabinet maker Jeff Hobbs really has taken Tiny House construction to the next level. It's packed with clever design features, high quality materials, and sustainable technologies.


Aquascaping with George Farmer:

"MY BEST AQUASCAPE - Relax for 3 minutes"

"Super Easy Guide to BIG Aquarium Water Changes"

In this super easy guide to big aquarium water changes, George discusses how he performs water changes in his aquascapes. In this guide, George shows you how you can make water changes really easy without the need to lift buckets to and from the aquarium.

"How to feed your planted tank with liquid fertilizer!"

George discusses how to feed your planted aquarium and aquatic plants with comprehensive all-in-one liquid fertilizers. Most live plant aquascapes will do much better with liquid fertilizers added.

"Beautiful German Aquascape and Pond Store - Zoo Flottman - Full Tour"

George visits Zoo Flottman in Frankfurt, Germany with Jurijs Jutjajevs (cameraman!) and shows you the beautiful nature aquarium aquascapes, planted tanks and Japanese koi pond.

"Amazing German Aquascape Specialist - Scapers Lounge - Full Tour"

George shows you around the amazing German aquascaping specialist store, Scapers Lounge. Check out the great selection of nature aquariums, planted tanks, and aquascapes.

"Beginner's Guide to Aquascaping on a Budget - Non CO2 Low Tech Fluval Flex"

George sets up a budget-friendly Fluval Flex planted tank aquascape with no CO2 injection and easy low tech plants.


The Smile Zone:

[Image: 1.jpg]

[Image: 2.jpg]

[Image: 3.jpg]

[Image: 4.jpg]

[Image: 5.jpg]

[Image: 6.jpg]

[Image: 7.jpg]

[Image: 8.jpg]

[Image: 9.jpg]

[Image: 10.jpg]

[Image: 11.jpg]

[Image: 12.jpg]

[Image: 13.jpg]

[Image: 14.jpg]


[Image: G1.gif]

[Image: G2.gif]

[Image: G3.gif]

[Image: G4.gif]

[Image: G5.gif]

[Image: G6.gif]

[Image: G7.gif]

[Image: G8.gif]

[Image: G9.gif]

[Image: G10.gif]


Classical Journey:

Tor Aulin

[Image: Tor-Aulin.jpg]

Tor Aulin, born 10 September 1866, Stockholm, was a Swedish violinist, conductor and composer.

He studied music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (1877-1883) and then in the Conservatory of Berlin (1884-1886) with Émile Sauret and Philipp Scharwenka. From 1889 to 1892 Aulin served as concertmaster of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. He went on to conduct the principal symphony orchestras of Stockholm and Gothenburg. In 1887 he formed the Aulin Quartet, the first full-time professional quartet in Sweden. It gained an excellent reputation. It disbanded in 1912. Along with Wilhelm Stenhammar, Aulin spearheaded a revival in interest in the work of Franz Berwald, and as soloist he premiered some of Stenhammar's works for violin and orchestra.

Aulin composed a number of orchestral and chamber music works, including a violin sonata, three violin concertos, an orchestral suite, and many small pieces for the violin.

His sister, Laura Valborg Aulin (1860-1928), was a pianist and composer whose output included two string quartets, in F major and E minor, among other works. 

He died 1 March 1914, in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden.

Violin Concerto No.2 in A-minor, Op.11 (1892)

Violinist: Ola Rudner

Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Niklas Willén

Mov.I: Moderato
Mov.II: Andante sostenuto - Animato - Tempo I
Mov.III: Allegro vivace

Violin Concerto No.3 in C-minor, Op.14 (1896)

Violinist: Tobias Ringborg

Orchestra: Svenska Kammarorkestern

Conductor: Niklas Willén

00:00  Mov.I: Molto moderato
11:33  Mov.II: Andante con moto
18:48  Mov.III: Allegro molto

4 Aqvareller, Op. 15 (1899)

Violin: Nils-Erik Sparf

Piano: Bengt Forsberg

00:00 I. Idyll
03:49 II. Humoresk
07:48 III. Vaggsång (Berceuse)
11:07 IV. Polska

Swedish Dances for Orchestra, Op. 32 (1913)

Gävle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Niklas Willén

00:00 I. Moderato marcato
04:59 II. Quasi moderato
08:30 III. Poco andante
14:39 IV. Molto vivace



Come Next Spring (1956)

[Image: CNS-Poster.png]

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Steve Cochran, Walter Brennan

In 1920s Arkansas, after a 12 year absence, reformed alcoholic Matt Ballot returns to his abandoned family but has to win them back and regain his hometown's respect too.



In The Morning EP

This Recording Released: 2015

1. Nothing Left To Lose

2. Runnin'

3. The Dreamer

The Silence Of Staying In

This Recording Released: 2020

1. Shame

2. Death And The Early House

3. Novelty

4. Post / St. Andrew's Parish

5. Border Boys

6. Lincoln

7. To Rule / To Reconcile

8. Berlin

9. Northern Flower

10. Get Worse


Neon Nights - The Living Art Of Fireflies

Photographer Kei Nomiyama captured dreamy, long-exposure images of fireflies in the mountains of Shikoku Island – the smallest of Japan’s four main islands.

Japan’s firefly season runs from late May to mid-July.

The phenomenon of synchronous fireflies is seen when some species light up their abdomens to attract a mate.

Japan has more than 40 species of firefly.

[Image: F1.png]

[Image: F2.png]

[Image: F3.png]

[Image: F8.png]

Firefly season is during Japan’s rainy season, which coincides with the bloom of hydrangea flowers.
[Image: F4.png]

The female firefly climbs the dandelion and attracts the males for mating.
[Image: F5.png]

‘On this night, the fireflies amidst the bamboo forest were at a peak and created this carpet of light.’
[Image: F6.png]

The Japanese name for this plant is hotaru bukuro, which means firefly bellflower and is derived from children having played with fireflies around this bell-like flower.
[Image: F7.png]
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Bright, Hopeful New Year.

[Image: Ea64DpC4_o.jpg]


Christmas Concert with The Cathedral Choir of St. Bavo, Haarlem, Netherlands

The Choir of the Cathedral of Saint Bavo in Haarlem, Netherlands, sings the 'Pastoral Messe' by Diabelli and parts from the 'Ceremony of Carols' by Britten.

Soloists are: Jasper Schweppe, Anouk van Laake, Floris Claassens, Hidde Kleikamp, and Frank de Ruijter.

Accompanied by Ton van Eck on organ, Auréli Husslage on harp and the Promenade Orchestra.

Conducted by Fons Ziekman and Sanne Nieuwenhuijsen.

Wade: O Come All Ye Faithful
Diabelli: Pastoral-Messe in F-major, op.147
Willcocks: The First Nowell
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
Richards: Over the land
Britten: A New Year Carol
Mendelssohn: Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Vaughan Wiliams: Fantasia On Christmas Carols

Recorded on December 16, 2012.


Christmas In Vienna 2008

Christmas in Vienna with international soloists such as Elina Garanča and Juan Diego Flórez at the Wiener Konzerthaus.


Christmas Cantata

Alessandro Scarlatti

Soprano: Gertraut Stoklassa

Purcell Singers
Mainz Chamber Orchestra

Conductor: Gunter Kerr

1. Sinfonia
2. Recitativo: O di Betlemme
3. Aria: Dal bel seno d'una stella
4. Recitativo: Presa d'uomo la forma
5. Aria: L'Autor d'ogni mio bene
6. Recitativo: Fortunati pastori
7. Aria: Toccò la prima sorte a voi


Medieval Carols

Oxford Camerata

Director: Jeremy Summerly

This Recording Released: 1993

0:00  1 Ave Maria (English, 15th century)
2:53  2 What tidings bringest thou? (English, 15th century)
7:01  3 O viridissima virga (Hildegard of Bingen)
11:47  4 Alma redemptoris mater (English, 15th century)
18:13  5 Deo gracias Anglia (English, 15th century)
22:11  6 Be merry be merry (English, 15th century)
24:45  7 Riu riu chiu (Spanish traditional)
27:08  8 There is no rose (English, 15th century)
31:44  9 Planctus Guillelmus (Anonymous French, ca. 1090)
38:32  10 Eya mater Stephane (English, 15th century)
41:09  11 Gaudete Christus est natus (English traditional)
42:52  12 Hail Mary full of grace (English, 15th century)
46:36  13 Now may we singen (English, 15th century)
50:59  14 Nowell sing we (English, 15th century)
54:20  15 Planctus David (Abelard)


Ancient Noëls

Maggie Sansone And Ensemble Galilei

This Recording Released: 1993

1. Cantiga De Santa Maria, No.48

2. Gloucestershire Wassail / Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day / The Sussex Carol

3. Hoboekentanz / Schafertanz

4. O Bethlehem/Bethlehem's Stall/A Maiden Was Adoring God, The Lord/Great Gentlefolk, Hold And Bethink You

5. The Bellman's Song

6. The Truth Sent From Above

7. Nowell, Nowell: Tidings True/Riu, Riu, Chiu

8. I Must Go Gather Comfort/There Was A Maid So Lovely/When Judah's Loya Soul Alone

9. Cantiga, A Madre Do Que Livrou

10. Whenas the Rose of Jericho/A Year Begins of Joy and Grace/To Us a Little Child Is Born

11. Donkey's Carol/The Friendly Beasts

12. Here Betwixt Ass And Oxen Mild/The Golden Carol

13. In The Bleak Midwinter


A Magical Celtic Christmas

Greg Joy And Mark Bracken

This Recording Released: 2005

0:02  O Come, O Come Emmanuel
5:50  God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
10:03  The First Noel
13:43  Hey Ho, Nobody Home
16:59  Away In A Manger
20:57  I Wonder As I Wander
25:26  St. Basil's Hymn
29:12  Deck The Halls
31:48  We Three Kings Of Orient Are
36:14  Gaudete
39:02  Entre Le Boeuf Et L'Ane Gris
42:04  Silent Night
46:55  Coventry Carol


Christmas Wallpapers:

[Image: DGJc2nK5_o.jpg]

[Image: apGBLHGV_o.jpg]

[Image: XYdJxxvz_o.jpg]

[Image: 8DciIK2I_o.jpg]

[Image: UfblTQLC_o.jpg]

[Image: StTplKxc_o.jpg]

[Image: U1YwCMFI_o.jpg]

[Image: 9z5GWRSx_o.jpg]

[Image: ZMw7bbia_o.jpg]

[Image: kr18nIc1_o.jpg]

[Image: Xa4d53d2_o.jpg]
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6