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Cold Warrior

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Gender: Male
Home country: USA
Current location: Cannes, France
Member since: Sun Aug 24, 2014, 05:49 AM
Number of posts: 14,131

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Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent is the upcoming first fully painted biographical animated film. It tells the story of painter Vincent van Gogh. It is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, and is being produced by Hugh Welchman and Sean Bobbitt of BreakThru Films and Ivan Mactaggart of Trademark Films. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and re-training of professional oil painters to become painting-animators on the film was partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign. The film is being sold by Cinema Management Group and financiers include RBF Productions, Silver Reel, Doha Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Sevenex Capital Partners and City of Wrocław, European Capital of Culture in 2016.

Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters.

Posted by Cold Warrior | Sat Jul 1, 2017, 01:42 PM (4 replies)

Kiri Te Kanawa - Die Fledermaus

Posted by Cold Warrior | Sat Jul 1, 2017, 01:37 PM (0 replies)

"It has the sad and romantic air...

...of all places that have once been of importance and live now on the recollection of a vanished grandeur"

-- W. Somerset Maugham, "Footprints in the Jungle," Far Eastern Tales

“As for the scenes we shared in the Piazza Unita that day in 1897, I can hear the music still, but all the rest is phantom. The last passenger liner sailed long ago. The schooners, steamboats and barges have disappeared. No tram has crossed the piazza for years. The Caffe Flora changed its name to Nazionale when the opportunity arose, and is now defunct. The Governor's Palace is now only the Palace of the Prefect and the Lloyd Austriaco headquarters, having metamorphosed into Lloyd Triestino when the Austrians left, are now government offices: wistfully the marble tritons blow their their horns, regretfully Neptune and Mercury linger upon their entablatures. Those silken and epauletted passengers, with all they represented, have vanished from the face of Europe, and I am left all alone listening to the band.”

― Jan Morris, Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere

Posted by Cold Warrior | Sat Jul 1, 2017, 11:11 AM (1 replies)



Do not suddenly break the branch, or
Hope to find
The white hart behind the white well.
Glance aside, not for lance, do not spell
Old enchantments. Let them sleep.
" Gently dip, but not too deep",

Lift your eyes
Where the roads dip and where the roads rise
Seek only there
Where the grey light meets the green air
The hermit's chapel, the pilgrim's prayer.

-TS Eliot

The White Hart...
Posted by Cold Warrior | Sat Jul 1, 2017, 04:21 AM (6 replies)

Lies and deceptions should not be tolerated!

Lies and deceptions should not be tolerated.

Liars are no better than a thief. A thief robs you of your possessions - a liar robs you of your trust.

That is what we have in our White House. There is no honesty. There is no truth. There is no transparency. Personally, I cannot accept that as a "legitimate" government.

It doesn't matter how much people attempt to "normalize" this White House. I can never accept them as representative of my interests. I could never tolerate a "liar".

Happy Sunday from the UK

Just about to brew a cuppa in my celestial teapot!

The Swan of Tuonela

Extreme beauty for a Sunday morning!

The Swan of Tuonela (Tuonelan joutsen) is an 1895 tone poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It is part of the Lemminkäinen Suite (Four Legends from the Kalevala), Op. 22, based on the Kalevala epic of Finnish mythology.

The tone poem is scored for a small orchestra of cor anglais, oboe, bass clarinet, two bassoons, four horns, three trombones, timpani, bass drum, harp, and divided strings. The cor anglais is the voice of the swan, and its solo is one of the best known cor anglais solos in the orchestral literature. The music paints a gossamer, transcendental image of a mystical swan floating through Tuonela, the realm of the dead. Lemminkäinen, the hero of the epic, has been tasked with killing the sacred swan; but on the way, he is shot with a poisoned arrow and dies. In the next part of the story he is restored to life.

The Pretender at Albert Hall

Off to see Jackson Browne in a few hours at Albert Hall. Will walk from my place at Marble Arch across Hyde Park.

Alone and Drinking Under the Moon

For Agent 86!

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I asked the moon
to drink with me, its reflection
and mine in the wine cup, just
the three of us; then I sigh
for the moon cannot drink,
and my shadow goes emptily along
with me never saying a word;
with no other friends here, I can
but use these two for company;
in the time of happiness, I
too must be happy with all
around me; I sit and sing
and it is as if the moon
accompanies me; then if I
dance, it is my shadow that
dances along with me; while
still not drunk, I am glad
to make the moon and my shadow
into friends, but then when
I have drunk too much, we
all part; yet these are
friends I can always count on
these who have no emotion
whatsoever; I hope that one day
we three will meet again,
deep in the Milky Way.

-Li Po, 701-762

And this is bad, why?

The gold rush brothel run by President Trump's grandfather will be turned into a tourist attraction.

Friedrich Trump built the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel in Bennett, Canada, and kickstarted the family's multi- billion empire.

On the surface, his business was simply a hotel and restaurant that boasted a fancy menu - in reality, it was a brothel that housed prostitutes and sold large amount of alcohol, Maclean's Magazine reports.

The Parks Canada and the Carcross Tagish First Nation want to transform the ancient site into a tourist attraction, 120 years since its founding.

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