"Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana’s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes, dukes and duchesses and will one day furnish Britain with a king: Diana’s son, Prince William."
"Donatella Versace, who became chief designer after the murder of her brother Gianni, chats with Vanessa Friedman about how her Milan office reflects her pain and inspires her to keep Versace relevant."
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conducting.
"The Firebird (French: L'Oiseau de feu; Russian: Жар-птица, Zhar-ptitsa) is a ballet by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, with choreography by Michel Fokine. The scenario by Alexandre Benois and Michel Fokine is based on Russian fairy tales of the magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner. At the premiere on 25 June 1910 in Paris, the work was an instant success with both audience and critics."
"A quest for freedom and adventure, introducing the new Spirit of Travel Campaign from Louis Vuitton starring Michelle Williams and Alicia Vikander."
Live in Dublin.
"On a crisp autumn day with his hit The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald playing in the background, a humble Gordon Lightfoot reflected on his roots in Orillia, Ont., as a lakefront sculpture of the singer-songwriter was unveiled before hundreds of fans."
"The sculpture depicts Lightfoot as he would have appeared on the cover of the 1975 greatest-hits compilation, Gord's Gold. Lightfoot is seen sitting cross-legged, playing an acoustic guitar underneath a massive arch of maple leaves. The leaves feature scenes representing the songs on Gord's Gold, including Summer Side of Life, Carefree Highway and If You Could Read My Mind.
"The interpretive scenes were included so figurative artist Timothy Schmalz could craft a work of art that would create curiosity about Lightfoot and his work as the years wore on, rather than putting together a piece simply showing Lightfoot playing a guitar. He listened to the songs depicted on the leaves over and over again to get each one right. Sometimes the inspiration struck right away; other times, it changed frequently."
"Thanks to Christopher Bratty of the Remington Group, Lightfoot will be part of Orillia, and this beautiful spot in the heart of Canada, forever."
"Schmalz's work won universal praise at the ceremony; among others, Bratty called it 'magnificent.' But perhaps none of the accolades were as important as from the subject himself, who the sculptor called Canada's answer to William Shakespeare."
With thanks to two of Canada's greatest artists, Gordon Lightfoot and Timothy Schmalz, the generosity, hospitality and grace of the people of Orillia and Christopher Bratty and the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation, and everyone at Jesson + Company Communications.
"Life is an increment of moments." - Sharyn Thomas-Counce
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And in concert in 1972.
"Documentary film looking at the poetry of W H Auden, revealing how it came not just from inspiration but from a rigorous scientific analysis of love itself. When he died in 1973, he left behind some of the greatest love poems of the 20th century. Most of his unpublished material was destroyed, apart from two short journals and a series of jottings, containing diagrams and notes about the nature of love."
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.
"The most breathtaking moment in the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer doesn’t involve explosions or lightsabers or ominous references to the Dark Side. It’s an eyeblink-long shot of Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, in the embrace of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. It’s a moment of a weary-looking woman with graying hair and lines on her face. Holy science fiction, Hollywood — somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, a grown woman has been given permission to look like a grown woman."
"Kaufmann Mercantile wants each thing you buy to be the last of its kind you will ever need."
"From raw cashmere to the finished design, discover the craftsmanship behind our iconic Burberry cashmere scarves. Made in Scotland at two distinguished mills by expert craftsmen, over 30 colours, check and prints are available as part of The Scarf Bar."
Burberry Scarf Styling Tutorial - The Bandana.
"Having been transplanted - in trucks full of carefully catalogued pieces - some 1,250 miles from its original site in Millstone, New Jersey and meticulously reconstructed in Bentonville, Wright's Bachman-Wilson house has started a second life nearly sixty years after it was first built."
"Now, all fragrance is an illusion. But to create smokiness, perfumers use a range of materials (both synthetic and natural): isobutyl quinolone, cade oil (also known as ‘juniper tar’, birch tar (leathery, rich), resins such as labdanum (from the cistus plant) and opoponax. It’s done with such deftness that some smoky perfumes can almost trigger a fight-or-flight response, when you catch a whiff unexpectedly."
“The idea came to us in front of a vending machine containing chocolate bars and drinks. We said to ourselves that we could do the same thing with good quality popular literature to occupy these little unproductive moments.”
The symphony is set in 4 movements:
1. Allegro assai (0:00)
2. Andante grazioso con sordini (7:22)
3. Minuetto: Allegretto (11:13)
4. Rondo (14:08)
Composed by Ignaz Pleyel in 1786 and published in Paris in 1787. A copy at the Stams Monastery attributes it to Mozart.
Performers: Philharmonie Györ, conducted by Paul Weigold.
"P.G. Wodehouse , perhaps best known and best loved of English comic novelists, is still something of a mystery. Affable and accessible to journalists, he was cripplingly shy and remained inscrutable about his private life. Bookmark traces his career, from an Edwardian middle class family to his experiences in a German internment camp, with the help of Tom Sharpe , Barrie Pitt , Lady Frances Donaldson , Sir Edward Cazalet and Lt Col Norman Murphy , a Wodehouse scholar who claims to have discovered the origins of Blandings "
"To be taken seriously is an accolade for the thinker. But from Nietzsche to Derrida, big ideas have been expressed through irony, satire and jest. Might comedy be the best and perhaps only way to convey some truths, or is truth never a laughing matter?"
The nuclear submarine that can remain underwater for 25 years.
"Alisa Siegel's profile of Montrealer Raphaëlle de Groot, who creates art from other peoples' burdens: objects they no longer want that are full of meaning."
"The Egg is a funny short film about religion & existence when a young man meets god.
The film is directed by Tage Hervén & Hjalmar Ekström and is based on a text by Andy Wier.
Starring Johan Holmberg & Samuel Haus"
Formation perform Young Ones at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich 2015.
The uncensored story of Marjorie Cameron.
The art of reinvention.
"The secret of Gould’s success was arguably very simple: it lay in the quality of his recordings. Gould approached recording as no artist had previously done. For him, the goal of recording was not to reproduce his own live performance; rather, it was to create a new, unique work, one that could only have been born in the studio. Live performances were one-off affairs and, if something went wrong, if anything were different from what the artist truly desired, nothing could be done. The failure was complete – a fatality. He called it the “non-take-twoness” of performance. In contrast, the recording studio represented control – supreme, undeniable, artistic control – the ability not so much to excise and avert mistakes (not an issue for Gould) but to re-think and re-conceptualize every instant of a musical interpretation, to exercise creative control over nearly every dimension of the final musical form."
Hat tip to Mr. Tarantino.
"You don’t create a fragrance in a laboratory ». Follow François Demachy’s trail of inspiration, in an olfactory road movie."
Sometimes things get better with time.