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2008-10-29 12:00:18

Regulatory News: FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise) is celebrating its annual Trophee des Arts Gala on October 29, 2008 in New York's historic and newly renovated Plaza Ballroom, honoring Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Vivendi and Philippe de Montebello, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. During the evening, Grammy-Award winner Ne-Yo will surprise the audience with a special performance. A black-tie benefit hosted by chairmen Doug Morris, Chairman of...

2006-02-03 14:48:20

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return to Italy several works, including a 2,500-year-old Greek vase, following decades of controversy over what Italy says are plundered antiquities. On Thursday, the New York museum formally presented to the Italian Culture Ministry in Rome a draft of an agreement transferring legal title to six antiquities from the museum's collections. The pieces include a group of 15 Hellenistic silver pieces and will be...

2005-12-23 12:55:25

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...

2005-12-23 12:56:08

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...

2005-11-22 11:42:12

ROME (Reuters) - The director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art met Italian officials in Rome on Tuesday over several disputed art works in the Met's collection that Italy says were looted, one official said on Tuesday. The talks come just days after the former curator of another respected art institution, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, appeared before a Rome court to face charges of acquiring stolen artifacts. The Getty earlier this month returned three disputed art...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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