Sunday, December 30, 2007

Willis Carrier

Blue sky, not a single cloud, flowers and bees around us - everything so beautiful, but so hot! As soon as we could, we went indoors, praising Willis Carrier and his wonderful invention.

Poor cats, I let them out. After they digged the wet flower-beds, I couldn't allow them to come inside and jump on our beds.


Friday, December 28, 2007

First Film Projection

The brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière were two of the earliest players in the development of motion pictures. Their cinématographe device, patented in 1895, was a combined cine-camera and projector, using an intermittent claw derived from the mechanism used in sewing machines. It was used to show the first projected cinema film to a paying audience, in the basement of the Grand Café, Paris, on 28 December 1895. This example is the earliest surviving from the subsequent production run.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Lucia, The Queen of Lights

The Lucia Bride, or Saint Lucia - she is known by many names, in many lands. In Sweden she is, by tradition, the eldest daughter of the family, who, at early dawn during the Christmas Season, appears at her parent's chambers dressed in a long white gown sashed in red. She wears a crown of lighted candles in her hair, and brings hot coffee and sweet saffron buns.
(Helen Ingeborg)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Seasons Greetings!



'A joy shared is a joy doubled.'

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Today is Jane Austen's Birthday

Jane Austen (16 December 1775) was a British novelist whose realism, biting social commentary, and masterful use of free indirect speech, burlesque and irony have earned her a place as one of the most widely-read and best-loved writers in British literature. Austen created the comedy of manners of middle-class life in the England of her time in her novels, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), and Northanger Abbey (1817) and Persuasion (1817).
Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the eighteenth century and are part of the transition to nineteenth-century realism. Austen's plots, although fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Like Samuel Johnson, one of the strongest influences on her writing, her works are concerned with moral issues. She died in July 18, 1817, Winchester, Hampshire. (Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica)
In popular culture, Austen's novels have been adapted in a number of film and television series, varying greatly in their faithfulness to the originals.
Go to http://www.janeausten.co.uk/ and have some ideas for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Carl Larsson




Carl Larsson was born in Stockholm, in May 28, 1853. His parents were extremely poor and he had a very difficult childhood. When he was thirteen, his teacher urged him to apply to the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. Carl was admitted. He worked as an illustrator of books, magazines, and newspapers, moved to Paris. In 1882 Larsson met Karin Bergöö, who soon became his wife. This was to be a turning point in Larsson's life. Carl and Karin Larsson had eight children and his family became Larsson's favourite models. Many of his watercolours are now popular all over the world. In 1888 the young family was given a small house, named Little Hyttnäs, in Sundborn by Karin's father Adolf Bergöö. Carl and Karin decorated and furnished this house according to their particular artistic taste and also for the needs of the growing family. (Wikipedia)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

I love Ireland!


1921: Irish Free State established The British government and Irish leaders Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins, and others signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, establishing the Irish Free State as an independent member of the British Commonwealth this day in 1921. (Britannica On Line)

Thank God for Ireland, Oscar Wilde, Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan and irish coffee!.

Smiling Sky



If it's real, I don't know.
But it's nice. Good Morning!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

World Aids Day in Rio



In a few moments it'll begin the ceremony of World Aids Day, at the top of Corcovado. Sergio Cabral (Rio de Janeiros's Governor) and José Gomes Temporão (Health Minister) will attend the Mass celebrated by our Bishop, Dom Eusebio Oscar Scheid.
That's what I can see from my window...

Venezuelans, say NO!


Let's hope the Venezuelan people should vote no tomorrow.
No more dictators, no more censorship, no more dismal education and health care in Latin America!


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