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When we are weary we must remember to relax and enjoy some of the good things in life like love and romance or stimulating venues with those special persons. Many Cafes play music and serve aperitifs. We shall devote this channel to those pursuits so that you can find diversions to the news of the world and celebrate the arts and scenes of far off places.



A taste of the temporal while pondering the eternal


On the town or...


On the terrace


Life is a spin.


Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon (1953)
 
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  • Jim Croce - I'll Have To Say I Love You ...
    by George Freund on June 1, 2016 at 6:37 PM
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    James Joseph "Jim" Croce (January 10, 1943 - September 20, 1973) was an American folk and popular rock singer of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" both reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    1960s

    From the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Croce performed with his wife as a duo. At first, their performances included songs by artists such as Ian and Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, and Woody Guthrie, but in time they began writing their own music. During this time, Croce got his first long-term gig at a suburban bar and steak house in Lima, Pennsylvania, called The Riddle Paddock. His set list covered several genres, including blues, country, rock and roll, and folk.


    Croce married his wife Ingrid in 1966, and converted to Judaism, as his wife was Jewish. He and Ingrid were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony. He enlisted in the Army National Guard that same year to avoid being drafted and deployed to Vietnam, and served on active duty for four months, leaving for duty a week after his honeymoon. Croce, who was not good with authority, had to go through basic training twice. He said he would be prepared if "there's ever a war where we have to defend ourselves with mops".


    In 1968, the Croces were encouraged by record producer Tommy West to move to New York City. The couple spent time in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx and recorded their first album with Capitol Records. During the next two years, they drove more than 300,000 miles, playing small clubs and concerts on the college concert circuit promoting their album Jim & Ingrid Croce.


    Becoming disillusioned by the music business and New York City, they sold all but one guitar to pay the rent and returned to the Pennsylvania countryside, settling in an old farm in Lyndell, where Croce got a job driving trucks and doing construction work to pay the bills while continuing to write songs, often about the characters he would meet at the local bars and truck stops and his experiences at work; these provided the material for such songs as "Big Wheels" and "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues".

    1970s

    They returned to Philadelphia and Croce decided to be "serious" about becoming a productive member of society. "I'd worked construction crews, and I'd been a welder while I was in college. But I'd rather do other things than get burned." His determination to be "serious" led to a job at a Philadelphia R&B AM radio station, WHAT, where he translated commercials into "soul". "I'd sell airtime to Bronco's Poolroom and then write the spot: "You wanna be cool, and you wanna shoot pool ... dig it."


    In 1970, Croce met classically trained pianist-guitarist and singer-songwriter Maury Muehleisen from Trenton, New Jersey, through producer Joe Salviuolo. Salviuolo and Croce had been friends when they studied Villanova University, and Salviuolo had met Muehleisen when he was teaching at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. Salviuolo brought Croce and Muehleisen together at the production office of Tommy West and Terry Cashman in New York City. Croce at first backed Muehleisen on guitar, but gradually their roles reversed, with Muehleisen adding lead guitar to Croce's music.

    In 1972, Croce signed a three-record contract with ABC Records, releasing two albums, You Don't Mess Around with Jim and Life and Times. The singles "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)", and "Time in a Bottle" (written for his then-unborn son, A. J. Croce[citation needed]) all received airplay. Croce's biggest single, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", reached Number 1 on the American charts in July 1973. Also that year, the Croces moved to San Diego, California.

    Croce began touring the United States with Muehleisen, performing in large coffee houses, on college campuses, and at folk festivals. However, Croce's financial situation was still bad. The record company had fronted him the money to record his album, and much of what it earned went to pay back the advance. In February 1973, Croce and Muehleisen traveled to Europe, promoting the album in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, receiving positive reviews. Croce now began appearing on television, including his national debut on American Bandstand[14] on August 12, 1972, The Tonight Show on August 14, 1972, The Dick Cavett Show on September 20/21 1972, The Helen Reddy Show airing July 19, 1973 and the newly launched The Midnight Special, which he co-hosted airing June 15. From July 16 through August 4, 1973, Croce and Muehleisen returned London and performed on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Croce finished recording the album I Got a Name just one week before his death. While on his tours, Croce grew increasingly homesick, and decided to take a break from music and settle with his wife and infant son when his Life and Times tour ended. In a letter to his wife which arrived after his death, Croce told her he had decided quit music and stick to writing short stories and movie scripts as a career, and withdraw from public life.

    Death

    On Thursday, September 20, 1973, during Croce's Life and Times tour and the day before his ABC single "I Got a Name" was released, Croce, Muehleisen, and five others died when their chartered Beechcraft E18S crashed into a tree, while taking off from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Others killed in the crash were pilot Robert N. Elliott, comedian George Stevens, manager and booking agent Kenneth D. Cortose, and road manager Dennis Rast. Croce had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University's Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches and was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College. The plane crashed an hour after the concert. Jim Croce was 30 years old.


    An investigation showed the plane crashed after clipping a pecan tree at the end of the runway. The pilot had failed to gain sufficient altitude to clear the tree and had not tried to avoid it, even though it was the only tree in the area. It was dark, but there was a clear sky, calm winds, and over five miles of visibility with haze. The report from the NTSB named the probable cause as the pilot's failure to see the obstruction because of his physical impairment and the fog reducing his vision. 57-year-old Elliott suffered from severe coronary artery disease and had run three miles to the airport from a motel. He had an ATP Certificate, 14,290 hours total flight time and 2,190 hours in the Beech 18 type. A later investigation placed the sole blame on pilot error due to his downwind takeoff into a "black hole"—severe darkness limiting use of visual references.

    Jim Croce was buried at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer, Pennsylvania.

    TIME IN A BOTTLE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyTfbtZeGeU

    I Got A Name

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHVBzLGAIbU&list=PLTlGpE4OYS4XgwBz6Ta2viv5j3whIBDZC

    Photographs And Memories

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nacZxGGciY&index=7&list=PLTlGpE4OYS4XgwBz6Ta2viv5j3whIBDZC

    A Long Time Ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfjjMvbH5I4&list=PLTlGpE4OYS4XgwBz6Ta2viv5j3whIBDZC&index=13

    Alabama rain

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kio002YGGUE

    Dreamin' Again

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUbhU0nBf4g

    These Dreams

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oELFuOJX4zo

    IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEKdzyBJ6Vw

  • Sam Cooke - Stand By Me
    by George Freund on October 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM
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    NEW LINK:

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2m8k88

    Samuel "Sam" Cooke (January 22, 1931 - December 11, 1964 was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was "the inventor of soul music", and possessed "an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed."

    Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Twistin' the Night Away" are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.


    On December 11, 1964, at the age of 33, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke's death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been consistently called into question by Cooke's family and his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

    Death

    Cooke died at the age of 33 on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel at 9137 South Figueroa Street, in Los Angeles, California. Answering separate reports of a shooting and of a kidnapping at the motel, police found Cooke's body, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes but no shirt, pants or underwear. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, which was later determined to have pierced his heart. The motel's manager, Bertha Franklin, said she had shot Cooke in self-defense after he broke into her office residence and attacked her. Her account was immediately questioned and disputed by friends and acquaintances.


    Boyer told the police that she had first met Cooke earlier that night and had spent the evening in his company. She claimed that after they left a local nightclub together, she had repeatedly requested that he take her home, but he instead took her against her will to the Hacienda Motel. She claimed that once in one of the motel's rooms, Cooke physically forced her onto the bed and that she was certain he was going to rape her. According to Boyer, when Cooke stepped into the bathroom for a moment, she quickly grabbed her clothes and ran from the room. She claimed that in her haste, she had also scooped up most of Cooke's clothing by mistake. She said she ran first to the manager's office and knocked on the door seeking help. However, she said that the manager took too long in responding, so, fearing Cooke would soon be coming after her, she fled from the motel before the manager ever opened the door. She said she then put her clothing back on, hid Cooke's clothing, went to a telephone booth, and called police.


    Boyer's story is the only account of what happened between the two that night; however, her story has long been called into question. Inconsistencies between her version of events and details reported by other witnesses, as well as circumstantial evidence, invited speculation that Boyer may have gone willingly to the motel with Cooke, then slipped out of the room with Cooke's clothing in order to rob him, rather than to escape an attempted rape.

    Some of Cooke's family and supporters, however, have rejected Boyer's version of events, as well as those given by Franklin and Carr. They believe there was a conspiracy to murder Cooke, and the murder took place in some manner entirely different from the three official accounts. Singer Etta James wrote that her viewing of Cooke's body, before his funeral, led her to join those who question the accuracy of the official version of events. She said the injuries she observed were well beyond what could be explained by the official account of Franklin's alone having fought with Cooke. James described Cooke as having been so badly beaten that his head was nearly separated from his shoulders, his hands were broken and crushed, and his nose mangled.

    Sam Cooke - Wonderful World

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4GLAKEjU4w

    Sam Cooke - You Send Me

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TY6mNlaPDk

    A Change Is Gonna Come -- Sam Cooke

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ3aDrn7P4M

  • The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
    by George Freund on January 12, 2015 at 8:56 AM
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    "Won't Get Fooled Again" is a song by the English rock band The Who, written by Pete Townshend. It was released as a single in June 1971, reaching the top 10 in the UK, while the full eight-and-a-half minute version appears as the final track on the band's 1971 album Who's Next, released that August.

    "Won't Get Fooled Again"

     

    We'll be fighting in the streets

    With our children at our feet

    And the morals that they worship will be gone

    And the men who spurred us on

    Sit in judgement of all wrong

    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

     

    I'll tip my hat to the new constitution

    Take a bow for the new revolution

    Smile and grin at the change all around

    Pick up my guitar and play

    Just like yesterday

    Then I'll get on my knees and pray

    We don't get fooled again

     

    The change, it had to come

    We knew it all along

    We were liberated from the fold, that's all

    And the world looks just the same

    And history ain't changed

    'Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war

     

    I'll tip my hat to the new constitution

    Take a bow for the new revolution

    Smile and grin at the change all around

    Pick up my guitar and play

    Just like yesterday

    Then I'll get on my knees and pray

    We don't get fooled again

    No, no!

     

    I'll move myself and my family aside

    If we happen to be left half alive

    I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky

    Though I know that the hypnotized never lie

    Do ya?

     

    There's nothing in the streets

    Looks any different to me

    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye

    And the parting on the left

    Are now parting on the right

    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

     

    I'll tip my hat to the new constitution

    Take a bow for the new revolution

    Smile and grin at the change all around

    Pick up my guitar and play

    Just like yesterday

    Then I'll get on my knees and pray

    We don't get fooled again

    Don't get fooled again

    No, no!

     

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

     

    Meet the new boss

    Same as the old boss


    WELL SOME PEOPLE WERE FOOLED. WE'LL SING THE OLD SONG AND CHERISH OUR ABILITY TO THINK AND REASON.

  • El Cid - Love Theme (Miklós Rózsa)
    by George Freund on January 4, 2015 at 1:33 PM
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    El Cid (1961) is a historical epic film, a romanticized story of the life of the Christian Castilian knight, Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, called "El Cid" who in the 11th century fought the North African Almoravides and ultimately contributed to the unification of Spain. The film stars Charlton Heston in the title role and Sophia Loren as Doña Ximena.

    When a man loves a woman he says it in the immortal works of Miklós Rózsa one of the greatest composers of any era in my opinion.


    Sophia Loren and Charleton Heston starred in El Cid.

    So can you as the world unfolds.



  • Stacey Kent - Mi Amor
    by George Freund on August 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM
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    Escape with the one you love into another dimension with this fine set of romantic music.


  • BRUCE COCKBURN If I Had A Rocket Launche...
    by George Freund on February 17, 2015 at 9:41 PM
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    "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn, from his 1984 album Stealing Fire.


    The song was inspired by Cockburn's visit, sponsored by Oxfam, to Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico following the counterinsurgency campaign of dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. Although Cockburn had occasionally touched on political themes in his earlier songs, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" was his first explicitly political song to be released as a single, and earned him a new reputation as an outspoken musical activist.

    In the song, Cockburn despairs of waiting for a political solution to the crisis, and expresses the desire to take matters into his own hands. Each verse ends with a line stating what Cockburn would do if he had a rocket launcher: in the first verse, I'd make somebody pay. In the second, I would retaliate. In the third, I would not hesitate.

    The fourth and final verse ends with the song's most famous and controversial lyric: If I had a rocket launcher, some son-of-a-bitch would die.

    In a later interview, Cockburn stated that the song "is not a call to arms; this is a cry."

    In 2009, Cockburn performed the song for Canadian troops in Afghanistan; he was subsequently presented (temporarily) with a rocket launcher.

    The Most Secret Covert Black Operation In World History

    We wonder if the song would solve the chemtrail conspiracy?

    Lovers In A Dangerous Time

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dGNDUdtNh8

    Wondering Where the Lions Are

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4FEn-ZKdDg

    The Last Night Of The World

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02TUsZzF6es

  • AUSSIE'S SAY NUTS TO CARBON TAX TRUE BLU...
    by George Freund on August 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM
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    One of the greatest psyops of the last few centuries was to convince us with sham science that carbon made the planet heat up. The scientists got got fixing the data. Al Gore's film was a fraud. But if we dutifully paid this tax all would be well despite China burning dirty old coal. People caught on. Paying the damned tax was surely a wake up call. You can now resume regular programming NOT! Never trust them. They're consummate liars. As Goebbels opined I can turn a circle into a square. 

    John Williamson is one of my favourite balladeers from down under. He's True Blue. Wipe the dust from your brow, enjoy an Australian lager and veggiemite on a shingle and enjoy the news of the first country to liberate itself from one of the greatest lies ever sold.

    Cootamundra Wattle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN_AqUK_3LM

    Galleries of Pink Galahs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty27xUYtDWA

    I Am Australian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD3SkTyXzcE

    Keeper of the Stones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-1HfLpLj3I

    Raining On The Rock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IcgPdppG_k

    River Crying Out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYt0ldmAlhA

    This Is Australia Calling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLhhwvj0uKE


    Australia Becomes First Developed Nation to Repeal Carbon Tax

    Tony Abbott Pledged to Get Rid of the Tax Last Year

    By ROB TAYLOR And RHIANNON HOYLE CONNECT

    Updated July 17, 2014 5:51 a.m. ET

    CANBERRA, Australia—After almost a decade of heated political debate, Australia has become the world's first developed nation to repeal carbon laws that put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions.

    In a vote that could highlight the difficulty in implementing additional measures to reduce carbon emissions ahead of global climate talks next year in Paris, Australia's Senate on Thursday voted 39-32 to repeal a politically divisive carbon emissions price that contributed to the fall from power of three Australian leaders since it was first suggested in 2007.

    Australia, the world's 12th largest economy, is one of the world's largest per capita greenhouse gas emitters due to its reliance on coal-burning power stations to power homes and industry. In 2011, daily emissions per head amounted to 49.3 kilograms (108 pounds), almost four times higher than the global average of 12.8 kilograms, and slightly ahead of the U.S. figure of 48.2 kilograms.

    The former Labor government, while introducing a price on carbon, said the move would help slash emissions by 160 million metric tons by 2020. It offered voters billions of dollars in compensation through tax breaks and welfare payments for increased costs stemming from one of the most dramatic reforms ever attempted in the energy-reliant economy.

    But after the global financial crisis took hold in 2008, followed by the end of a decadelong mining boom in 2012 that slowed growth and employment in the A$1.5 trillion (US$1.4 trillion) economy, Australian voters turned against climate laws—recognized by the International Energy Agency as model legislation for developed countries—blaming them for rising energy bills and living costs.

    The World Bank in May produced a State and Trends of Carbon Pricing report counting carbon pricing programs in 40 nations and 20 regions worth a collective US$30 billion, while also singling out repeal plans in Australia as one of the biggest international threats to the rollout of similar programs elsewhere, given its example.

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who made a pre-election "pledge in blood" to voters and business to prioritize growth above climate shift, delivered on his promise after independent senators with deciding votes in the upper house sided with his conservatives, following a power shift this month that ended years of domination by the pro-environment Greens party.

    "Today the tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone, a useless destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families' cost of living and which didn't actually help the environment is finally gone," a jubilant Mr. Abbott told voters in a news conference after the Senate's decision.

    He said the carbon price was acting as a A$9 billion a year handbrake on the economy, which was adjusting to the end of a record mining investment boom that helped shield Australia through much of the recent global economic downturn.

    Without matching emissions policies in other industrialized countries, Mr. Abbott had said earlier the tax was an unfair shackle on local companies and individuals, unequaled except in Europe, where an emissions market has operated since 2005...


  • Green Fields of France by John McDermott...
    by George Freund on November 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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    John Charles McDermott (born 25 March 1955) is a Scottish-Canadian tenor best known for his rendering of the song "Danny Boy". Born in Glasgow, Scotland, John moved with his family to Willowdale, Toronto, Canada in 1965. Growing up in a musical family, his only formal musical training was at St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto, Ontario in 1971 and 1972.

    Starting out

    After singing at weddings for a few years, he joined with several other choristers to form a group, named The Mistletones, in 1980.

    He performed "The Ballad of Harry Warden", the closing theme of the Canadian slasher film My Bloody Valentine (1981).

    Starting in 1988, he has regularly been called upon to sing the national anthems at Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs. From 1984 through 1992, he worked as a circulation representative for the Toronto Sun; Conrad Black heard him singing at company parties. Black, along with other executives, financed McDermott's independent recording of "Danny Boy" in 1992, which was picked up and released in North America by EMI Music Canada. Following this unexpected success, McDermott decided to pursue a professional singing career.

    Professional career

    He performed his first concert at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre on October 5, 1993 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From there he continued to tour the rest of Canada, performing as an opening act for The Chieftains. Throughout 1994, he went on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, following the great success of "Danny Boy", which had been ranked Number 1 on the charts there and achieved triple platinum in New Zealand. Next, in 1995, he went on a tour of Britain with The Seekers.

    At this point in his career, he was becoming recognized internationally, so he started to tour regularly as a solo act rather than an opening act. He also appeared at several special events including the D-Day ceremonies in France in 1995, and the United States Democratic National Convention in 1996. He has also appeared on television several times, both as a host of CBC Television concert specials in 1997, and in his own television special titled John McDermott: A Time to Remember, which aired on PBS in 2002. He formed The Irish Tenors, and after performing a large concert in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, they spent some time touring the United States, appearing on television, and releasing a gold record.

    Since leaving the Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to tour extensively throughout the World, performing with his own group and with the great symphonies of the world. He continues to work to support the veteran community in the United States and in Canada. In 2000, McDermott dedicated McDermott House in Washington, D.C., a transitional home for homeless veterans. His latest release, Journeys: Bringing Buddy Home, was recorded to help support fundraising for Fisher House Boston and launch the Canadian initiative for an outreach center for Canadian veterans.

    In 2010, John took part in the World Jazz for Haiti charity album, recorded at Number 9 Audio Group in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as David Clayton-Thomas and Holly Cole.

    No one does it better in my opinion. We remember those who lost their lives with the voice of John McDermott.

    The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - John McDermott

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VktJNNKm3B0

    John McDermott~Christmas in the Trenches

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gx2cAUo7i4


  • RUSSIAN AID STORMS THE UKRAINE BORDER IN...
    by George Freund on August 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM
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    You can't say we can't do a little C & W at Cafe Paradiso. I get the feeling this was the training film the Ruskies used as they waited for the go ahead at the border. Always remember the motto of the SAS. WHO DARES WINS! You just got to dare. 


    Kris Kristofferson in CONVOY

    Ukraine crisis: Russia aid convoy 'invades Ukraine'

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 12:32 ET

    Russia's aid convoy heads through Ukraine towards Luhansk

    The BBC's David Stern: "Red cross officials say Moscow decided to move forward without them"

    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of a "flagrant violation of international law" after Russian humanitarian aid lorries entered Ukraine without permission.

    More than 100 Russian lorries entered on Friday without an Red Cross escort and most without customs clearance.

    Rebel fighters could be seen at the border as the lorries passed

    But Russia's President Vladimir Putin said further delays to the delivery of aid "were unacceptable".

    Reports say the first trucks have reached the rebel-held city of Luhansk.

    Reporters at the scene saw rebel fighters in front of the convoy as it crossed the border near the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky.

    Ukraine's security chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko said it was a "direct invasion" but no force would be used against the convoy as it wished to avoid "provocations".

    The Ukrainian army continued operations in neighbouring Donetsk region on Friday

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was not part of the convoy "in any way".

    Russia's foreign ministry has warned Ukraine not to take any action against the convoy, without specifying the consequences.

    In a statement, President Poroshenko said "a column of more than 100 vehicles entered Ukrainian territory without a customs inspection, without border control or International Red Cross escort, which is a flagrant violation of international law".

    Ukraine fears that the aid convoy of at least 260 lorries, which arrived at the border more than a week ago, is part of a broader Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine.

    Russia denies accusations that it arms and trains the rebels in Luhansk and the neighbouring region of Donetsk, where four months of fighting have left more than 2,000 people dead and caused more than 330,000 people to flee their homes...


  • One Tin Soldier 10,000 Strong NATO Rapid...
    by George Freund on August 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM
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    The 60's was a great decade for the anti-war movement. This was a classic hit in the genre. In the era of the Vietnam War this echoed off the walls for many years. As we approach the climactic end of the age where the forces of Gog and Magog assemble, we reflect one tin soldier. Peace on Earth is all we say.


    "One Tin Soldier" is a 1960s counterculture era anti-war song written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. Canadian pop group The Original Caste first recorded the song in 1969 for both the TA label and its parent Bell label. The track went to number 6 on the RPM Magazine charts and hit the number 1 position on CHUM AM in Toronto, and reached number 34 on the American pop charts in early 1970.

    In 1971, the song was a hit in the U.S. for Coven, whose recording was featured in the film Billy Jack. The single went to number 26 on the Billboard pop chart before it was pulled from radio by the film's producer. A re-recorded version by Coven made the Billboard chart in 1973, peaking at number 79.

    A 1972 remake by Skeeter Davis had moderate success on the American country charts but did very well in Canada, peaking at number 4 on the Canadian country chart and number 2 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart. Davis received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal for the song.


    Britain to spearhead 10,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force with mission to halt Putin's 'Tsarist expansionism'

    • Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Norway and Netherlands will join bid against Putin
    • Aims to deter him from what West sees as move to redraw Europe's borders
    • Lithuanian president warned 'Russia is practically at war against Europe'
    • Concerns that he intends to impose a New Russia 'statelet' within Ukraine

    By Will Stewart For The Mail On Sunday

    Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite, pictured left with David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, bluntly called for the West to wake up, saying 'Russia was practically at war with Europe'

    Britain is to spearhead a new Nato rapid-reaction force amid warnings that Vladimir Putin is virtually ‘at war against Europe’ and planning ‘Tsarist expansionism’.

    EU leaders were scrambling last night to bolster sanctions which have so far failed abysmally to halt the Russian president’s determination – in Western eyes – to bully Ukraine into remaining in his orbit.

    Leaders of countries sharing borders with Russia led the way in demanding tougher action against what they see as blatant aggression on their doorstep.

    Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite bluntly called  for the West to wake up, and appeared to urge Nato to give significant military aid to Kiev.

    ‘Russia is at war against Ukraine and that is a country which wants to be part of Europe. Russia is practically at war against Europe,’ she said.

    She lambasted previous sanctions as ‘a big mistake’ because they were ‘too general’.

    Lithuania is one of at least six states believed to have signed up to a new British-led Nato rapid-reaction force, the formation  of which is expected to be announced this week by David Cameron as Wales hosts the most important Alliance gathering since the end of the Cold War.

    Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Norway and the Netherlands will also join the 10,000-troop bid to deter Putin from what  the West sees as an attempt to redraw the frontiers of Europe.

    A key concern is that he intends to use his military might to impose a new ‘statelet’ within Ukraine called Novorossiya –  or New Russia. What remains of Ukraine could be left with  no coastline if the plan goes through.

    A diplomat said: ‘Putin is obsessed with Novorossiya, territory won for the Romanovs by Catherine the Great. He wants it back.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738677/Britain-spearhead-10-000-strong-Nato-rapid-reaction-force-mission-halt-Putins-Tsarist-expansionism.html#ixzz3BvYIednA 

  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Closer To Believ...
    by George Freund on April 8, 2015 at 12:33 PM
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    Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, were a sporadically active English progressive rock supergroup power trio. They found success in the 1970s, have sold over forty million albums and headlined large stadium concerts. The band consists of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). They are one of the most popular and commercially successful progressive rock bands.


    The ELP sound is dominated by the Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, and piano of the flamboyant virtuoso Emerson. The band's compositions are heavily influenced by classical music in addition to jazz and – at least in their early years – hard rock. Many of their pieces are arrangements of, or contain quotations from, classical music, and they can be said to fit into the subgenre of symphonic rock. However, Lake ensured that each of their albums contained at least one simple, accessible acoustic ballad, many of which received heavy radio airplay. Lake, in addition to providing vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar and lyrics, also produced the band's first five albums.

    LUCKY MAN

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwCWCJLm6M0

    C'EST LA VIE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SCmchJTPPo


    Studio albums

  • JOHN BARRY: Eternal Echoes /Across the s...
    by George Freund on February 10, 2016 at 11:20 AM
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    John Barry Prendergast, OBE (/ˈbæri/; 3 November 1933 ? 30 January 2011) was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the scores for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James Bond Theme" to the first film in the series, 1962's Dr. No. He wrote the scores to the award winning films Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as the theme for the British television cult series The Persuaders !, in a career spanning over 50 years. In 1999 he was appointed OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.


    Eternal Echoes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkMIsNkoUFk

    Out Of Africa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWZ2adCaKo4

    No matter what unfolds there is a God who created this Eden we inhabit. There is life, love and music. We just have to appreciate it.


    Flying over Africa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjzf_cWzlp8



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