Saturday, March 09, 2013

Daylight Saving Time Explained

C. G. P. Grey has explained so much since that first ground breaking video in January 2011 when he explained the Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England. He has since gone on to produced 29 other explanations of things as diverse as the True Cost of the British Royal Family and the Myth of Santa - or was that the True Cost of Santa and the Myth of the British Royal Family???  Whatever! 

This evening as we in North America set our clocks ahead an hour - very early this year but since our neighbour to the South has decreed it even shall we follow - I thought I'd let him recap the complexities of our annual "spring forward".

And for those of my friends interested in the activities at the Holy See - no! no! not those activities, I mean the upcoming election of a new head of the Vatican State - Grey has a quick refresher on what it takes to become Pope.

09 March - 1959:  The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Mercoledi (on Venerdì) Musicale

I know I'm a little late but I've just been so caught up in the Italian elections, the Pope doing his peek-a-boo thing, Canadian Senate scandals and another "Storm of the Century" that my music listening has been greatly curtailed.

However I will now make up for it by listening to - and hopefully you will join me in this - a potpourri of music in this witty Spanish (yes I know Spanish???? but music is an international language) cartoon retrospective of The History of Western Music.  (And no Jackiesue I'm sorry that doesn't mean Willie Nelson!)

Though Paolo Morales de Los Rios should more rightly have called it Historia de la Música Occidental, it really is a great piece of animatin.
Many thanks to John, my good buddy from Roman Days - honestly I saw more of him in Rome than I do here in Ottawa. Definitely my bad!

01 March - 1457: The Unitas Fratrum is established in the village of Kunvald, on the Bohemian-Moravian borderland. It is to date the second oldest Protestant denomination.