[awesomeness] is the retrieval of the duel

Yes, new Nike commercial.

In French:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoaa489T3ZY?wmode=transparent]


Je jette avec grâce mon feutre,

Je fais lentement l’abandon

Du grand manteau qui me calfeutre,

Et je tire mon espadon;

Élégant comme Céladon,

Agile comme Scaramouche,

Je vous préviens, cher Mirmidon,

Qu’à la fin de l’envoi, je touche!

Premier engagement de fer.

Vous auriez bien dû rester neutre;

Où vais-je vous larder, dindon?…

Dans le flanc, sous votre maheutre?…

Au coeur, sous votre bleu cordon?…

– Les coquilles tintent, ding-don!

Ma pointe voltige: une mouche!

Décidément… c’est au bedon,

Qu’à la fin de l’envoi, je touche.

Il me manque une rime en eutre…

Vous rompez, plus blanc qu’amidon?

C’est pour me fournir le mot pleutre!

– Tac! je pare la pointe dont

Vous espériez me faire don: –

J’ouvre la ligne, – je la bouche…

Tiens bien ta broche, Laridon!

A la fin de l’envoi, je touche.]


In English: 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH06ltXfhvA?wmode=transparent]


“A thoroughbred from head to heel, 

 disdainful of the rein or bit 

 Tonight I draw a lyric wheel,

But, when the poem ends, I hit.

This sharp tooth slavers for its meal.

There, let it strike. Ah, did you feel the bite?

Not yet.

The vultures sit until the closing of the deal.

The poem ended, and then I hit.

Prince, drop your weapon. Humbly kneel,

Seek grace from God in requisite

Repentance. Now – I stamp the seal.

The poem ended – and I hit.”]

Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 (1842) by Robert Schumann #MusicForToday

They played this at the Arties Festival at the NCPA last night. Beautiful, lively piece. It was like reading a Dumas novel.

First Movement: Allegro Brillante


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkG2d4IEzbg?wmode=transparent]


Second Movement: In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNKY_qkwy04?wmode=transparent]

Third Movement: Scherzo: Molto vivace

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06cTjtOnSQA?wmode=transparent]

Finale: Allegro ma non troppo

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qiRr9qqyHo?wmode=transparent]




Obama on ‘learning’

Obama’s a politician who makes a load of sense. Was just listening to him talking about learning from thought-leaders — the active example being Mahatma Gandhi, but in effect extending to all thought-leaders from the past, from sages to philosophers to politicians and so on.

He spoke of how they serve as his guiding lights – and that while he doesn’t live up to their standards often – he certainly works to extend, to build upon the great ideas of the past. And to keep pushing ahead.

That’s what I’ve liked about Obama; he’s looked to build above all else. He needs to get back on brief, and be himself in all the policies he’s working on now.

Furtwängler and Symphony No. 9

I’ve heard renditions of the 9 by other composers, but none quite come so close to the brilliance of this wartime rendition – performed on March 9, 1942, by Wilhelm Furtwängler and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The ninth is always glorious, and this rendition, played in the shadow of a great war just makes it so much more intense. If you love this kind of music, this’ll be the best 80 odd minutes you’ll ever spend.


I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo – Un Poco Maestoso

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7bBCGUTboY?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxmQ6UtHV1Y?wmode=transparent]


II. Molto Vivace – Presto – Molto Vivace

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ8-omnuS2M?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxmQ6UtHV1Y?wmode=transparent]


III. Adagio Molto E Cantabile – Andante Moderato

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjsPJRVfixs?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJBG9oSrbDg?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c63FVMWELg?wmode=transparent]


IV. Presto- Allegro Assai – Allegro Assai Vivace – Alla Marcia – Andante Maestoso – Allegro Energico – Prestissimo

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87hD_3nmCA0?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX0axuWB5Qo?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYvjb2QIANA?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytv77Bx9wQc?wmode=transparent]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo-qfMj7xGM?wmode=transparent]

Awesomeness and The Impossible Brief

so as I’d posted a few weeks ago; I’d written an entry to The Impossible Brief (http://www.theimpossiblebrief.com/); which is a platform for ideas with an aim to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. My entry was titled ‘The Museum of Man’; and made an appearance in Haaretz earlier this month. I’m quite chuffed about it.


The facebook pagelink is here:


My original proposal is here: