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2008-09-22 00:00:21

MUSICAL reality show Maestro has sparked a Beethoven sales boom. Eight celebrities, including Jane Asher and David Soul, trained as orchestra conductors in the BBC2 show. Comedian Sue Perkins beat musician Goldie in the final, during which they conducted part of Beethoven's Fifth. HMV said they had since seen a three-fold rise in sales of recordings of the symphony. (c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-10 18:00:20

French model and actress Laetitia Casta is to be the face of "Notorious," Ralph Lauren's newest women's fragrance, Ralph Lauren Fragrances announced Wednesday. The perfume debuts in the United States this month with a print campaign starring Casta, plus a "Notorious" commercial film, directed by Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, the company said. "Laetitia's glamor, daring and powerful femininity make her the perfect face for this seductive fragrance," Guillaume de Lesquen,...

2008-09-08 18:00:28

Almaden Minerals Ltd. (TSX: AMM)(AMEX: AAU) ("Almaden") is very pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a Ludwig von Mises Institute seminar which will be held in Vancouver this September 13th, 2008. This seminar, Choice in Money: The path to sound currency will feature speakers Walter Block, Tom DiLorenzo, Doug French, David Gordon, Joseph Salerno and Lew Rockwell. Immediately following the Ludwig von Mises Institute Seminar, and in the same location, Almaden will be hosting a separate...

2008-08-27 15:00:48

THOSE who missed some of the most talked about shows of the festival will be able to catch them again on the radio from this week. Today, Radio 3 listeners can relive performances by French clarinetist Paul Meyer and Eric Le Sage, who offered a recital of Brahms' sonatas and Martinu's Sonatina and Lutoslawski's miniature Dance Preludes. The Radio 3 series of programmes launched yesterday with the first Queen's Hall concert for Festival 08 by The Ysae Quartet. On Thursday, Gabriela...

2008-08-08 15:00:38

By CRAIG SMITH No country for old women Craig Smith I The New Mexican Alexandra, gorgeously sad and eminently Russian film, not rated, in Russian with subtitles, The Screen, 473-6494, 4 chiles Nothing much happens in this 92-minute 2007 film by Alexander Sokurov, and everything happens. It is one of the most effortless artistic achievements I can recall, as well as being a beautifully conceived, directed, and acted piece of cinema. I would be surprised if its slow-moving, bleak...

2008-08-04 15:00:19

Excerpt from report by private One Plus One TV on 4 August: [Presenter] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer and Nobel Prize winner, died last night. He died at his house in Moscow on the 90th year. [Passage omitted: biographical details] [Semen Hluzman, captioned as former dissident, in Russian] For me, Solzhenitsyn is an entire epoch. The epoch of my youth. In that epoch, Solzhenitsyn perhaps played the dominant role because in order to make little steps if was necessary to have...

2008-08-04 03:00:02

Following the death of Nobel Prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, his son Stepan Solzhenitsyn told Russia's Channel One about his father's last day in an interview broadcast on 4 August. "He had a regular working day. He was working throughout the day and he fell ill only at night. An ambulance was called, they tried to help him. It did not last long, his suffering did not last long. The day, like all of his days, turned out to be both a working and a calm one. It's even strange,...

2008-08-03 18:00:13

Once exiled Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose works revealed the harshness of the Soviet penal system, has died, his son said Sunday. He was 89. Russian media reported the writer's son Stepan said Solzhenitsyn, who had been ill for years, died at his Moscow-area home of either a stroke or heart failure, the BBC said. Solzhenitsyn, who wrote One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was awarded a Nobel Prize for literature in 1970. He was exiled in 1974 and didn't return until...

2008-08-03 03:00:10

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--Concert life evaporates almost completely in August in Western Pennsylvania, but there are plenty of alternatives for those who refuse to write off this month, or other dry periods for that matter. Many top local musicians head out of town during the summer to perform at music festivals across the U.S. and around the world. The pattern here is not likely to change anytime soon -- not with the Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival just...

2008-08-01 06:00:19

By Noam Cohen It was not hard, in the end, to figure out that the Web site was a hoax, however tantalizing the site was for reporters eager to fill out details on the fugitive life of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader reincarnated as a hippie guru of alternative healing. Any public search of the site, dragandabic.com, could have shown that the Web address had been registered after Karadzic was arrested last week on charges of war crimes. And, oddly enough, a returning visitor...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.