Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sports: NHL Hockey: Winnipeg gets a new league franchise, and public goes mad with joy!

CBC News (May31,2k11)

a refWrite recommends sports news-story

Winnipeg cheers return of NHL

'It's a fantastic day for the city,' says Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz

Posted: May 31, 2011 7:06 AM CT 

Last Updated: May 31, 2011 3:14 PM CT 

A deal has been reached to bring a National Hockey League team back to Winnipeg for the first time since 1996.
A deal to move the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers to the Manitoba capital was announced Tuesday at press conference at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
The team will play in the 2011-12 season.
"Today, on behalf of my family, our partner David Thomson, and our entire organization, I am excited beyond words to announce our purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers," said Mark Chipman, chairman of True North Sports and Entertainment Ltd.
As soon as the announcement was made by Chipman, thousands of fans shouted, cheered, clapped, whistled, popped champagne and sang the Stompin' Tom Connors anthem The Hockey Song at two main party places in the city: the famous intersection of Portage and Main, and The Forks marketplace.
Portage and Main was shut down to traffic for a couple of hours as an estimated 1,000 people gathered there.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Sports: Football/Soccer: Scotland's Celtic win 35th Scottish Cup vs. Motherwell

BBC News Sport Football (soccer) May22,2k11

Motherwell 0-3 Celtic 

By Martin Conaghan
Celtic claimed their 35th Scottish Cup with a comfortable victory against Motherwell at a rain-soaked Hampden.
Ki Sung-Yeung struck from distance in the 32nd minute for a sensational opener, then Gavin Gunning shook the Celtic crossbar moments later.

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Music: Chamber Music: piano, violin, flute

YouTubeServices, channel yUT2ube,
video-collection partner with refWrite

-- video magterials posted by Earfill

Artisanal poetry: Michel Godin des Mers: A Québec poet with his own approach


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French with no subtitles:  Billed as an "artisanal poete", by videaste Cedric Barbier, Québec culture celebrates Michel Godin des Mers at his stand in a parkette of a traffic circle.  Two of his sign-poems read in English "Women of the World -- Make Love"  and "Religions!!.Schism[atic]".  I loved the man's animated oral discourse:  how does he maintain his enthusiasm, after all these years?

Also take a gander at Barbier's video EoS - Diner Abscons.  The dinner devolves into a scene of mayhem, echoing the bums' feast like a Lord's Supper that devolves into a frenzy in Louis Bunuel's Veridiana.

-- Anaximaximum

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sports: Football/Soccer: England's Manchester United wins over Blackpool

byBBC Sports (May22,2k11)

Respect for the writer, Phil McNulty, one of the best in sports writing in the English-speaking language, the "Chief football writer at Old Traffor".

Old Trafford, I learned thru Google, is the name of a township within the Greater Manchester Area, where I presume the ManchUs have their stadium and headquarters.  Anyway, the brilliant McNulty has an unsigned photo to enhance his page, a photo of such brilliant composition, precisely the ball is centered in the painterly sense, with the goalie an off-weighing figure juxtaposed radiatingly to two leading figures, the goalie's figure being less distinct becawz it's chunked out of the zone of the main force.

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Movies: Cannes Film Festival: Terrence Malick wins Palme for 'The Tree of Life'

BBC News - Entertainment and Arts (May22,2k011)

Malick's drama 

The Tree of Life 

triumphs in Cannes

US director Terrence Malick's drama The Tree of Life has won the Palme d'Or prize for best picture at the Cannes film festival
The film, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, is about a family in Texas in the 1950s, but is also a meditation on the meaning of life.
The film had divided critics at the prestigious festival, the BBC's arts correspondent Vincent Dowd says.
He says some consider it pretentious and others profound.
Best actor gong went to French performer Jean Dujardin for the silent film The Artist.
Best actress was won by US actress Kirsten Dunst for her role in Melancholia.

The last-named movie is directed by Lars von Trier who was expelled from the festival for making statements sympathetic to Hitler at a press conference there, while at the same time his latest movie was allowed to continue in the competition.  (see previous post today).
-- Movieman

Movies: Cannes Film Festival: Von Trier expelled, but the show goes on, including VT's 'Melancholia'

Aish.com  (May22,2k11)

          The tragedy is they still don't get it.
The Cannes Film Festival had to make a decision. Danish director Lars von Trier, winner of the coveted Palme D’Or award for best picture in 2000 with "Dancer in the Dark" and a favorite this year to again take the prize with his latest film "Melancholia," caused quite a furor when he publicly made clear his positive feelings about Hitler.
At a press conference, Von Trier joked that he was a Nazi and that he sympathized with Adolf Hitler. "I think I understand the man. He's not what you would call a good guy but I understand much about him and I sympathize with him."
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Artisanal poetry: Michel Godin des Mers: A Québec poet with his own approach



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YouTube - Michel Godin des Mers, l'artisan poète
YouTube - Michel Godin des Mers, l'artisan poète

Billed as an "artisanal poete", by videaste Cedric Barbier, Québec culture celebrates Michel Godin des Mers at his stand in a park of a traffic circle in Montreal.  Two of his sign-posts read in English "Women of the World -- Make Love"  and "Religions!!.Schism[atic]".  I loved the man's animated oral discourse:  how does he maintain his enthusiasm, after all these years?

Also take a gander at Eos - Diner Abscons.  3,554 visits so far.  In Cabaret-French language with h+-degree of accessiblity  for those  not having so-h+-a-familiarity with spoken French.  Visually deliteful!

-- Anaximaximum

Music: CountryUSA: Top 20 Country Songs

Great American Country email newsletter (recent)

This Week’s Chart:

1. Keith Urban – “Without You”
2. Sara Evans – “A Little Bit Stronger”
3. Chris Young – “Tomorrow”
4. Blake Shelton — “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
5. Billy Currington — “Let Me Down Easy
6. Josh Turner — “I Wouldn’t Be A Man”
7. Mark Wills – “Looking For America”
8. Jason Aldean feat. Kelly Clarkson – “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
9. Brett Eldredge — “Raymond”
10. Rascal Flatts – “I Won’t Let Go”
11. Reba McEntire – “If I Were A Boy”
12. Due West – “When The Smoke Clears”
13. Justin Moore – “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”
14. The Band Perry – “You Lie”
15. Zac Brown Band – “Colder Weather””
16. Sugarland – “Tonight”
17. Ashton Shepherd – “Look It Up
18. Easton Corbin – “I Can’t Love You Back”
19. Darius Rucker – “This”
20. Alison Krauss & Union Station – “Paper Airplane”

GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown premieres every Friday night at 8/7c with re-airs throughout the weekend. Click here for a complete schedule.

-- GAC info posted by Country Gal

Music: Classical: Chopin's Polonaise Op.53 in A flat major key played at the piano by Horowitz


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-- Hat Tip to Lucas Freire Grassi (grad research, International Communities studies, University of Exeter, England, UK.  And also a reformational scholar from Brazil,  bravo  brasiliero !

-- YouTube stuff and Hat Tip posted by  Classico
-- Thanks, Lucas.  I love this work of music for the piano, both compositionally from the pen of Chopin, and performance-wize at Horowitz's fingertips. -- Classico.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Music: CountryUSA: Lady Antebellum's "belated Mother's Day" celebration

Great American Country (May12,2k11)
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In this YouTube vid, Lady Antebellum (before the war) celebrates Mother's Day, and belatedly refWrite does too.  -- Country Gal

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sports: BaseballUSA: Washington's Nationals peak, drop, 'hangs on for win'

Washington Post Sports (May10,2k11)

The author, Adam Kilgore, is one of the best sports writers
in the USA, and covers the "national sport," baseball.  He's
an expert on the National League, especially its East 
Conference, particularly his newspapers hometeam,  DC's 
Nats.  Today the Nats are at the bottom of the five-team
East Conference with the Phillies over the Nats (18 wins, 21
losses).  Which ties Washington with their conf's New York 

But that unimpressive score puts both bottom-rung teams in
their conference  h+er in the standings than Central Conf's
Chicago Cubs and Houston, as well as the West Conf's
Arizona and San Diego.  In their league, they're tied with
Central's Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.  Now, I must admit that
I'd choose the Phillies over the Nats any dayt, due to personal
favoritism (I grew up in Philadelphia with vacations in

For the same reason, in the American League's East Conf, I'd
pick Toronto (19 wins, 20 losses as of today) where I now live.
And in Central and West, I've no favourites but that always may
change as the season continues.

-- Sportikos

Standings from Major League Baseball.

Nationals vs. Braves: Washington erupts, 

then barely hangs on 

for win

ATLANTA — The Washington Nationals finally found the offensive breakthrough they had been waiting for Tuesday night, which in the end mattered more than they hoped it would. They scored more runs in a game than they had in three weeks, and then they ensured, to their temporary horror, they needed every last one.
The Nationals carried a six-run lead over the Atlanta Braves into the eighth inning before escaping with a 7-6 victory at Turner Field. They built their lead on three-run home runs byLaynce Nix and Jayson Werth, who hit his first homer with a man on base this season. They squandered almost all of it with an eighth-inning meltdown. In the end, Drew Storen converted his eighth save — but not without a flyout to the warning track — and preserved the 100th victory of starter Jason Marquis’s career. ....
The Nationals had last scored at least seven runs in a game April 20, and they did not figure to do it against Tim Hudson, the pitcher who had dominated them like no other. In 19 previous starts against the Nationals, he had an 11-2 record with a 1.88 ERA. In his last start, he pitched a shutout.The Nationals had been shut out Sunday  [a week ago] for the fourth time this year. They kept saying their offense would break out, but Tuesday did not seem a likely occasion. ....
But Werth and Nix delivered in crucial spots, and they aren’t giving the runs back.

-- Washington Post matter posted by Sportikos

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Music: Song: Classical Handel for oratorio Semele, based on poem by William Congreve

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Where e'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade ....

We used to sing this piece by George Frederic Handel (1685-1759) for our music teacher, Harry Banks -- also an organist of great repute and an experimental virtuoso on the instrument in the chapel of Girard College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (circa 1948-1955). The poem is by William Congreve (1670-1729), British, English I presume.  Congreve also wrote "some of the most popular English plays of the Restoration period

Hat Tip to Lucas Freire Grassi, University of Exeter, Brasileriro and English gentleman.

-- Music Man

Music: Singing: Singing worldivew, singing philosophy -- Lorena Chaves


Brazilian chanteuse Lorena Chaves sings a text of art-historian advocate of Christian philosophy and worldview Hans Rookmaker.

Hat Tip to Igor Miguel, Belo Horizonte, Brasil

This may be a first for reformational aesthetic practice, but I need more information -- like the text and its documentation of source.  Also, of course, more on the artist singing and her accompaniest on the quitar.

-- Music Gal

Monday, May 02, 2011

Sports: Hockey: Detroit Red Wings goalie engulfs puck shot by San Jose Sharks

Christian Science Monitor (May1,2k11)

National Hockey League's Western Conference played its semi-finals in the annual lead-up to the Stanley Cup.  The May Day photo by CSM shows Jimmy Howard, goalie for Detroit's Red Wings, stopping San Jose's Sharks from scoring in Game 2 of the NHL series, in San Jose, California.

-- CSM pix and text materials posted here by Sportikos