This World ...
The cherry blossoms ---
a snow reprise --- hold within
an artist's promise.
----- Arshad M. Khan
Spring in Japan --- from Zeenat Mansoor
A fascinating journey through the human body --- contributed by Zeenat Mansoor
Vanishing Car --- STORY HERE
New Airbag Motorbike Jacket --- STORY HERE
It's always surprising how music spurs memory. This beautiful song (circa 1863) is
the work of Spanish composer Sebastian Yradier --- the habanera form recalls the
composer's 1861 visit to Cuba. Some claim it has been recorded by more artists
than any other song written; it is certainly one of the most popular. Here are
three versions to satisfy most tastes ---
For peace then and for Spring ---
For opera fans, here is another habanera adapted by Bizet for Carmen (prends
garde à toi!)
And some other popular arias ---
And for something completely different --- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan LINK HERE
Handel's aria from Rodelinda, "Dove sei amato bene" LINK HERE
To celebrate Spring with Vivaldi --- VIDEO HERE
Bach Prelude to Suite #1 VIEW MUSIC VIDEO HERE
WORLD'S SHORTEST SUMMARY OF GERMAN CLASSICAL MUSIC?
Ah! the German composers. Mahler strikes a vein deep and mines it rich.
Brahms? He has a lot to answer for --- a forty-year argument with my better half!
For some reason, he just leaves me hanging in the air. Now Bach appeals to the
engineer part and as a salve for this soul; then mighty Beethoven, he yanks it out
for display leaving one breathless and awed by genius. Oh Schubert, I almost
forgot --- isn't that what always happens to you? --- you tenderest of lovers, shy as
a tulip in early Spring, you touch the heart. And then there is Mozart, little playful
Mozart; if ever I have found a kindred spirit ...; if the others now and again send
us to heaven, you have already come from there. There you are gentle folk, a
little summary of some German composers --- I can already think of the omitted
ones, Richard Strauss for example, who I love, and how could I have forgotten
Wagner ... and Schumann ... and Papa Haydn ... and ... .
...... Arshad M. Khan
"Maru Bihag" Begum Parveen Sultana sings --- Indian classical music
Tone, range, perfection --- morning dew to honey --- what more can one ask for?
VIEW MUSIC VIDEO HERE
Wind powered car breaks world speed record --- FULL STORY
'Brain decline' begins at age 27
Old age begins at 27 when our mental powers start to decline FULL STORY
Speared boy saved by doctors: FULL STORY
Bush having trouble raising funding for his library: FULL STORY
Lingerie, the secret to a town's success in Brazil: FULL STORY
Paul Krugman for Secretary of Treasury --- VIDEO HERE
Cremona violins thrill virtuosos
The Italian town of Cremona, once home of master violin maker Stradivari, still
produces highly prized violins.
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Vanuatu cargo cult marks 50 years
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World's longest hair! --- PHOTO HERE
Afghan poets tackle scars of war --- FULL STORY
Russian daredevil parachutes into active volcano. Valery Rozov jumps into the
Mutnovsky volcano on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula VIDEO HERE
Lance Armstrong in controversy again --- FULL STORY
World's most accurate clock --- FULL STORY
Tree found growing inside a man --- FULL STORY
A standard green chilli is rated at about 1500 Scoville units for hotness; a ghost
chilli is over a million. So how many could you eat in two minutes? One? Five?
Ten? A 26-year old Indian woman sets a new record. And just for more fun, rubs
her eyes with chilli seeds.
An award-winning poignant film --- a small window on our world
..... Contributed by Zeenat Mansoor VIDEO HERE
To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2009, a bit of doggerel....
The earth took a dive today;
It fell and dented its head,
Got up groggy and dazed,
It fell again flattening its butt.
Ask why it out of orbit jumped --
Pray tell! I shall, I will, yes, I must --
It tried to shake off the vermin,
Mostly human, crawling on its skin.
----- Arshad M. Khan
dedicated to the brotherhood of man ...
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Beethoven "Pastoral" Symphony - 5th Movement VIDEO HERE
Blue Tango VIDEO HERE
Lady of Spain VIDEO HERE
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No.
2) --- the 1st Movement VIDEO HERE
Enrico Caruso - 'O SOLE MIO VIDEO HERE
Yundi Li plays Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 VIDEO HERE
Yundi Li - Chopin "Fantasie" Impromptu, Op. 66 VIDEO HERE
When-two-husbands-are-better-than-one FULL STORY
India royals' allowances raised FULL STORY
Baby Whale FULL STORY
Who's Happy And Why? FULL ARTICLE
School for rogue monkeys in India FULL STORY
The Joy of Scratching FULL STORY
Restricting Calories Thwarts Disease, Aging FULL ARTICLE
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt give $1 Million to Pakistan refugees
Please see The Pakistan Refugee Crisis for details
Laser Cure for Age-related Macular Degeneration --- King's College,
London FULL STORY
One World, One Tribe --- A Photo Journal FULL STORY
World's longest tunnel FULL STORY
Pregnant man gives birth --- a second time FULL STORY
Blind Vision: Perspective seen by a blind painter --- from Zeenat Mansoor
World's Fastest Magician? --- 10 illusions in 5 minutes (from Zeenat
Mansoor) VIDEO HERE
Sir Thomas Crapper
Flushed with pride, Thomas went to receive a knighthood. Everyone
agreed this was the most merited honor ever. So, on this Memorial Day,
a quiet prayer of thanks in your room of choice.
Should you desire the authentic original --- LINK HERE
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary
Quincy Jones claimed to drink of it every morning - his 'orange juice' VIDEO
So What - John Coltrane and Miles Davis
Miles Davis --- jazz trumpeter, icon, the music revolutionary with with clean minimalist
lines. Perhaps the most significant jazz musician of the 20th century. 'Cool jazz'. And
John Coltrane another genius. VIDEO
J.du Pré - Granados Intermezzo VIDEO
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White VIDEO
Mambo No.5 --- Perez Prado VIDEO
Ashokan Farewell --- Jay Ungar (1982) --- in the style of a Scottish lament
And here's Jay Ungar himself with Molly Mason
Rose and Gould play Beethoven's Cello Sonata in A: 1st movement
J.du Pré - Beethoven Sonata No.3 in A - II.Scherzo
M.Rostropovich - Beethoven Sonata No.3 in A major, 3rd movement
Jacqueline du Pré Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 Adagio
Jacqueline du Pré - Forellenquintett
Jacqueline du Pré - Elgar Cello Concerto 1st movement
Mozart 'killed by strep throat' FULL STORY
Beethoven's 239th Birthday (Dec 16, 2009)
Happy Birthday Maestro and Heartfelt Thanks ...
World's most expensive cities LINK HERE
Vast waves in Hawaii attract surfers LINK HERE
A TV channel promoting understanding throughout the world and certainly
worth watching, MHz Networks offers a multi-cultural perspective.
Exercise Pill: The Couch Potato's Dream? Christopher Wanjek STORY HERE
Solar System Wrapped in a Ribbon of Atoms STORY HERE
Time Travel? STORY HERE
Barnacles' sticky secret revealed STORY HERE
The new remarkable Eigenharp STORY HERE
Jaw bone created from stem cells STORY HERE
University Rankings Worldwide (from the respected Times Educational
New (2009) Listing of Top Ten Universities HERE.
2008 Complete List HERE
The Ten Most Expensive US Colleges HERE.
Norway best place to live --- UN Development Report DETAILS HERE
China celebrates 60 years of the People's Republic STORY HERE
Oct 1, 2009 - Jimmy Carter's 85th
Happy birthday Mr. President.
Congratulations on being one of the most productive ex-Presidents ever.
Oct 2, 2009 - Mahatma Gandhi 140th birth anniversary - born in Porbandar,
Oct 6, 2009 - 120th anniversary of the opening of the Moulin Rouge where
the Can-Can originated.
Two years later (1891) Toulouse-Lautrec painted his famous poster (among
many) depicting star dancer La Goulue (Louise Weber).
Sumo Wrestling --- Here's one of the best in action
Some music to relax with over the hectic holidays
Luigi Boccherini: Minuet
Pachelbel Canon in D Major
Mozart - Rondo Alla Turca
Great retirement destinations LINK HERE
Wine tips for the holidays:
Wines can be divided into Old World wines (Europe) and New World wines
(Americas, Australia). For a very general classification (fraught with exception)
one can say that old World wines tend to be high in acidity, not very fruity, and
better with food. This is due to the climate - a shorter growing season. New World
wines are better when drinking wines by themselves, and often beat old world wines
in tastings because they are more complete (longer growing season so more sugar
in the grapes). They are also higher in alcohol.
It is really difficult to mismatch food with wine to the point of undrinkability. But if it
should happen, one thing to remember is butter goes well with every wine! So if a
wine is mismatched with the food being eaten, take a bite of bread with butter
before sipping the wine.
How to taste wine (now this is tasting not drinking) -
Pour about a centimeter of wine in a tulip-shaped wine glass ...
1. Look at color
2. Swirl the wine to aerate holding the glass by the stem. Then smell (put nose
right in glass) the wine.
3. Taste consists of two parts -
Feeling - Swirl in mouth like mouthwash. The feeling is either acid i.e. feels sour
(can be sour enough to make lower lip salivate), or tannin (feels puckery)
which is present in red wines and comes from crushed skin.
Flavor - Then chin down (if you don't, the wine will dribble out!) suck air into mouth
to let it flow over the wine to bring out the flavor. Let the wine linger on the
tongue, then swallow.
4. See how long taste lasts in mouth - called the
Finish - usually about 10 secs can be as long as 45 secs. Generally (but not
always true) the longer the finish the better the wine.
Can battlefield robots take the place of soldiers? FULL STORY
Last speaker of ancient language Bo dies FULL STORY
Genes reveal biological aging FULL STORY
For Valentine's Day we go down memory lane ... Judy Collins brings to life
Joni Mitchell's beautiful encapsulating lyrics VIDEO
And here's an encore VIDEO
Music - Scarlatti Sonata L23 in E Major VIDEO
In this the 200th anniversary year of Chopin's birth (March 1, 1810), here
are a few pieces played by Chinese pianist Yundi Li a former winner of the
prestigious Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition.
Chopin nocturne op. 9 no. 2
Chopin "Fantasie" Impromptu, Op. 66
And here's Yundi Li (at age 18 the youngest winner) at the Chopin Piano
Source Huffington Post - Comment Section
From Scientific Headlines (April 1, 2010) --- Disaster at CERN: The Large Hadron
Collider has disappeared into a black hole it formed during an experiment. Several
well known scientists including Professor Doctor Ty A. Knott of String Theory fame
have disappeared along with it. But the Professor's extra dimension analog gives
us hope they will all reappear again on the other side of the black hole in an
alternative universe ... provided his theory is correct.
Small, dark Easter eggs good for your heart?
Resveratrol and its control of insulin - sugar a major culprit in aging
Biggest Spending Suburbs in the USA STORY HERE
June 11, 2010
THE FLYING OFFICE CHAIR
How would you like to sit in an office chair attached to 54 regular helium balloons
and take off into the wild blue yonder? You are not buckled in because that
would hinder your ability to jump off when you come in to land. This is what
Jonathan Trappe did. It all started as an idle office conversation, and now there
he was at 10,000 ft. almost two miles above ground floating along silently with the
wind. No onrushing air, just quiet, in the closest analog to flying in a dream.
Absolute bliss until trouble began ... . It was time to come down. So he released
three balloons; but this altered the pattern of balloons, and the chair started to
tip over. Worse, the contraption continued to rise. He released more balloons;
the chair tipped further and he was still ascending. He pulled up his knees
leaning back to try to right the chair. He released more balloons and tipped back
even more. He was now at 14,700 ft., far higher than he had intended to go, and
wondering why he had done something this crazy, when with the next release, his
'airchair' began to descend. He landed in a field, jumping off so the chair
wouldn't maul him. But now it was much lighter and the whole thing took off
again. He ran after it trying to grab it but wasn't quick enough. There it was
flying away until it ran into a tall tree -- some of the balloons burst and the chair
came down. For more photos see http://www.clusterballoon.com/
Standing at more than 5ft (1.52m) tall, the Amorphophallus titanum is
World's Oldest Champagne STORY HERE
The Oldest Mongolian Musical Instrument -- Hear the Morin Khuur or
horse-head fiddle (circa 300 BC) STORY HERE
Gaza Man Has 430 Grandchildren STORY HERE
Genius Octopus STORY HERE
Amazing Upside Down Houses STORY HERE
11 Of The Craziest Things About The Universe LIST HERE
France's best honey: from the Paris rooftops? STORY HERE
Largest Hail Stone Ever Recorded STORY HERE
Twenty movies that can make men cry STORY HERE
Watch out your PC could help attacker locate your home STORY HERE
China's huge expressway buses STORY HERE
$1 million prize to Bangladesh professor for water purifier
World-record $1m speeding penalty
Mercedes SLS AMG, file image The Swede was driving a Mercedes SLS AMG -
which has a top speed of 317km/h
A 37-year-old Swedish driver who was caught driving at 290km/h (180mph) --
170km/h over the limit -- in Switzerland could be given a world-record speeding
fine of SFr1,080m ($1m; £656,000), prosecutors say.
Under Swiss law, the level of fine is determined by the wealth of the driver and
In January, a Swiss driver was fined $290,000 - the current world record.
Record-breaking train on track (from China Daily) Imagine how it feels
to sit in a passenger jet as it hurtles down the runway just prior to
take-off. That is the feeling a lucky group of passengers got to
experience on Friday when China's newest fast train set a world record
during a trial run (Dec 3, 2010) as it hit 486.1 km/h on the
Beijing-Shanghai line. The new record replaced one of 416.6 km/h set
almost three months earlier, also in China, on the high-speed line
between Shanghai and Hangzhou.
Gettin' home safe after Thanksgiving! VIDEO
"... freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose ..." -- Kris
Paris woman trapped for 20 days in bathroom STORY
Hawaii the American Galapagos STORY
A giant sinkhole opened up in a residential area of the town of
Schmalkalden, Germany, Monday, causing no injuries but forcing the
evacuation of 25 people. STORY
World's fastest rollercoaster: Could you stomach it? STORY
Father And Son Send iPhone Into Space And Record Incredible Video
Flying Like A Bird: Students Design Wing-Flapping Plane
Origin of Peace Sign? STORY HERE
India Monkey King -- man climbs like a monkey to scale new heights
Spray-on clothing STORY HERE
Scientist Bitten by Bizarre Beast STORY
Sinkhole Appears in Guatemala Bedroom STORY
China Stages Bee Wearing Contest STORY
Royal Honeymooners Presented Rare Aphrodisiac STORY
Radiation Chart -- Doses from Familiar and Unfamiliar Sources
Messenger of Peace Argentinian singer Facundo Cabral shot dead in Guatemala STORY
London fails to make top 50 'most live-able' cities STORY
Strauss-Kahn faces Paris investigation into writer's attempted rape claims STORY
Maria Gomes Valentim, a 114-Year-Old Brazilian, Named Oldest Living Person by Guinness World
Afghanistan: New Car Plates are 39 Steps to Shame
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
Winter temperatures in Harbin can drop below minus 35 degrees Celsius; yet the city has turned
adversity to advantage. It offers an extravaganza of snow and ice attracting winter tourists from all
over the world.
Held in January and early February, the festival has been a tradition since 1963 -- except for a short
interruption during the cultural revolution. The city now holds the Guinness Record for the world's
largest ice sculpture at 250 meters long, 8.5 meters wide, using over 13,000 cubic meters of snow.
The local university Arts Department even offers a program in Ice Sculpture. Picture Gallery.
No bars. No walls. No armed guards. The prison island of Bastøy in Norway is filled with some of the
country's most hardened criminals. Yet it emphasizes self-control instead of the strictly regulated
regimens common in most prisons. VIDEO
April 10, 2011
World's largest Lego tower erected in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Measuring 102 ft., 3 inches., the tower beats the previous record set in Santiago, Chile by 25
centimeters. It is composed of about half a million Lego pieces.
Music of the Stars
Structure of stars revealed by 'music' they emit
Hibiscus flowers contain antioxidants (Hibiscus sabdariffa) that help control cholesterol levels
Gadhafi finds that money can't buy friends in Africa STORY
Anwar Sadat's 12-year-old great-niece is abducted and released 24 hours later for a £5m ransom
Helping Japan -- Japanese Character Shines -- amid massive destruction in Japan, the Japanese
remain unflinchingly respectful, honest and conscientious.
JAPANESE RED CROSS
UNICEF FOR JAPAN DISASTER RELIEF
Chocolate -- An ounce of dark chocolate reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, is a great
Earliest Human Remains in U.S. Arctic
Zinc can help against common colds
Boy falls onto subway track playing video game
Top Ten Jobs in America STORY HERE
University Rankings Based on Statistical Data Only (i.e. excluding peer review)
College Rankings by State:
Best Business Schools
On Mt. Mengdingshan in Sichuan Province, swift yet elegant tea
performances are held to preserve what is considered the oldest tea
ritual in China. Local tea leaves grown at an altitude of 1000 meters have
special qualities that give it a unique taste. Tea made from these leaves
were presented to numerous emperors of the past, and are still being
grown today. In addition, locals give tea performances that combine the
art of serving tea with traditional Chinese martial arts. A unique kettle
with an extraordinarily long spout is whipped around like a sword. Many
local youth now train at schools hoping to develop a steady career and
pass down this traditional art form.
Jerusalem rabbis 'condemn dog to death by stoning' STORY HERE
World's Youngest Grandmother
A Romanian housewife, now 25, is believed to be the world's youngest grandmother reports The
Sun. Rifca Stanescu was just 12 years old when she had her first child, Maria. Despite her
mother's protests, Maria married at age 10 in Investi, Romania before giving birth to her now
two-year-old son Ion a year later. Rifca married jeweler Ionel Stanescu when she was 11 and he
Man builds cathedral from trash STORY
Humanoid Avatars for Helping Humans STORY HERE
Kristine Casey, Chicago Woman, Gives Birth To Own Grandson STORY HERE
Our crossword puzzle master achieves movie appearance (in The Dilemma). Look sharp or you'll
miss it ... among the dancers behind Kevin James in the Green Mill Club scene. VIDEO