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Friday Open Thread

by In Wales
Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 12:02:59 PM EST

It's Friday, people. Friday.

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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 4 January

by In Wales
Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:31:50 PM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Europeans on this date in history:

1809 - birth of Louis Braille, the inventor of braille, a system of reading and writing used by people who are blind or visually impaired.(d. 1852)

More here and here

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Thursday Open Thread

by dvx
Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:33:26 PM EST

There's something to be said for...

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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 3 January

by dvx
Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:20:41 PM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Europeans on this date in history:

1865 - birth of Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (d. 1936)

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Wednesday Open Thread

by dvx
Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 11:48:53 AM EST

For a late-starting week!

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Izzy's Renegade New Year's DIY Salon - 2 Jan 2013

by Izzy
Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:50:16 AM EST

So I dropped in to say hi and happy new year the other day. Innocent enough. Then, as I feared, before you knew it I was engaged in a deeply wonkish and probably irrelevant discussion of US Congressional procedure. Then, hey! Where's the salon? Is everyone on vacation? Well guess what? I still have the keys to this place. I think there's rules or templates or something, but I'm in a 'we don't need no stinkin' templates' mood, so follow me over the jump for a little salon anarchy....

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Out with the old In with the new Open Thread

by afew
Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:17:11 AM EST

Can 2013 be worse than 2012?

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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 31 December

by afew
Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 04:00:43 PM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Europe on this date in history:

406Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.

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Chronis Missios: A tribute

by BalkanIdentity
Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 03:26:03 AM EST

In November 2012 Chronis set sail. He is one of those few that were given that very rare grace to speak simply, as requested by Seferis:

Δε θέλω τίποτε άλλο παρά να μιλήσω απλά, να μου δοθεί
   ετούτη η χάρη.
Γιατί και το τραγούδι το φορτώσαμε με τόσες μουσικές
   που σιγά-σιγά,βουλιάζε ι
και την τέχνη μας τη στολίσαμε τόσο πολύ που φαγώθηκε
   από τα μαλάματα το πρόσωπό της
κι είναι καιρός να πούμε τα λιγοστά μας λόγια γιατί η
   ψυχή μας αύριο κάνει πανιά.
I want nothing more than to speak simply, to be granted that grace.
Because we've loaded even our song with so much music that it's slowly sinking
and we've decorated our art so much that its features have been eaten away by gold
and it's time to say our few words because tomorrow our soul sets sail.

(from An Old Man by the River Bank - G. Seferis)

Chronis did not learn to read and write at an official school as at second grade he was forced to drop out. His education formed in a place that somehow liberated his soul as it incarcerated and tortured his body. He extended his grace to us through his line-of-thought books starting with Καλά εσύ σκοτώθηκες νωρίς (Lucky you died early) (the only translation from Greek I could find is here and since my French is elementary I cannot vouch for its quality).

In this tribute I wanted to let some of his words express his deep concern for the fate of this world as well as his faith in the potential of humanity as personal beings forming a community but before I do so I have to at give a brief synopsis of the life that formed his world view.

For the New Year - afew

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Last Weekend Open Thread

by dvx
Sat Dec 29th, 2012 at 11:15:19 AM EST

No, really!

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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 29-30 December

by DoDo
Fri Dec 28th, 2012 at 03:41:46 PM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Europeans on these dates in history:

1922 - premiere of the silent movie Nathan the Wise, which became a target and victim of an anti-Semitic campaign. A copy was discovered in 1996, and restored until 2010

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1812 - Prussian general Ludwig Yorck von Wartenburg kick-starts the defection of Prussia and other allies from Napoleon with his private truce with Russian troops, the Convention of Tauroggen

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Friday Open Thread

by afew
Fri Dec 28th, 2012 at 11:54:07 AM EST

Last one of these too

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Thursday Open Thread

by Jerome a Paris
Thu Dec 27th, 2012 at 11:22:38 AM EST

Last one this year, enjoy it while it lasts

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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 27 December

by dvx
Wed Dec 26th, 2012 at 04:42:02 PM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Stars in the firmament on this date in history:

2004 - Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.

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Christmas Wednesday Open Thread

by Nomad
Wed Dec 26th, 2012 at 10:10:30 AM EST

For joyeux yarns

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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 25 December

by Nomad
Tue Dec 25th, 2012 at 06:46:05 AM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Europe on this date in history:

1950 - Theft of the Stone of Scone, an oblong piece of stone, used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of the United Kingdom, taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students.

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A replica of the Stone

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Christmas Eve + Day Open Thread

by afew
Tue Dec 25th, 2012 at 04:53:39 AM EST

Christmas Eve, babe/The bells are ringing out for Christmas Day

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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 24 December

by afew
Sun Dec 23rd, 2012 at 04:00:54 PM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Europe and Africa on this date in history:

1871 - Aida opens in Cairo

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Weekend Open Thread

by dvx
Sat Dec 22nd, 2012 at 11:45:35 AM EST

Because the world didn't end after all.

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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 22-23 December

by DoDo
Fri Dec 21st, 2012 at 03:31:01 PM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Europeans on these dates in history:

1892 - birth of Herman Potočnik (Hermann Noordung), rocket engineer and pioneer of astronautics (d. 1929)

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1482 - King Louis XI of France and Archduke Maximilian I of Habsburg sign the Treaty of Arras closing the Burgundian succession crisis and effectively ending the history of Burgundy as an independent kingdom

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