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  1. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map/cases The Greater Manchester area map shows there are fewer cases than areas of higher vaccination. The same is the case in Liverpool and York:
  2. The video reminded of this poem by Mathilde Wesendonck (1828–1902). Pardon my attempt at a translation into English from the original German: The Angel In the early days of childhood I often heard it said that angels exchange heaven's pure bliss For earth's sun, So that, when a sorrowful heart Hides its cares from the world And would silently bleed away And expire in streams of tears, And when its fervent prayer Pleads only for deliverance, Then that angel will fly down And gently raise the heart to heaven. Yes, an angel descended to me also, And now on radiant wings Leads my spirit, far from every torment, Towards heaven! Original German: Der Engel In der Kindheit frühen Tagen Hört ich oft von Engeln sagen, Die des Himmels hehre Wonne Tauschen mit der Erdensonne, Daß, wo bang ein Herz in Sorgen Schmachtet vor der Welt verborgen, Daß, wo still es will verbluten, Und vergehn in Tränenfluten, Daß, wo brünstig sein Gebet Einzig um Erlösung fleht, Da der Engel niederschwebt, Und es sanft gen Himmel hebt. Ja, es stieg auch mir ein Engel nieder, Und auf leuchtendem Gefieder Führt er, ferne jedem Schmerz, Meinen Geist nun himmelwärts!
  3. What a beautiful video. Just goes to show that not all coloured people are what some people say they are.
  4. Going by screenshots of today's Covid-19 official data maps from the government, it appears that the case rate is higher in areas of England that have had the highest percentage of vaccinations. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map/cases The first map shows an area of England that's had 2nd dose vaccinations (21.10.21). The darker the colour, the higher the percentage of people who've been vaccinated. The second map shows a similar area of the country that shows the number of cases. The darker the colour, the more cases reported. The areas that have had the most 2nd dose vaccinations, are the areas that have the most daily cases. The areas that have had the least number of 2nd dose vaccinations, have the least number of cases.
  5. What a coincidence! I remember it was quite a long walk to get to the Jewish Ghetto but it afforded a look around some of the parts of the city I might not otherwise have seen. In the winter months, Wagner rented the first floor apartment of the magnificent Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, on the Grand Canal, also where he died in 1882: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1B0efk-vq8 (YouTube doesn't allow embedding of this video)
  6. He said he's too old to stay in Australia and fight. He's now in Acapulco under the wing of Jeff Berwick and his dog Lucy.
  7. Yes, antisemitism was common in Richard Wagner's day, but if Wagner saw talent, he would forget the chip on his shoulder and his prejudices and that the person was a Jew, as with the Jewish conductor Herman Levi, who Wagner selected to conduct his last opera. Not a small honour, by any means! Herman Levi was also in the German news recently, did you spot that? What a coincidence, I visited Venice in 2019, and visited the Jewish Ghetto. Took this photo:
  8. A letter has been published on a Marxist website in support of the composer Bright Sheng, who has been suspended from teaching by the University of Michigan after showing a blackface Othello film in class: https://slippedisc.com/2021/10/leftwing-students-call-for-michigan-to-reinstate-bright-sheng/
  9. Winifred Wagner was English and a friend of Oswald Mosley, whom she invited to Bayreuth. When her son, Wieland Wagner, grew up, he had a high wall built up to separate his house from his mother's, in order to distance himself from her, as she never gave up her adoration of Hitler to her death. If Wagner were around in Nazi Germany, he would've hated the National Socialists as they would've interfered with his artistic aspirations. He wouldn't have let Hitler anywhere near his house in Bayreuth. His antisemitism probably became instilled in him when he went to Paris as a young man, where he complained of being badly treated by Jews who owned the the theatres, so for the rest of his life, he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder. To his credit, he was the greatest music drama influencer the world has ever known, and his incredible insights into the human psyche were well ahead of his time!
  10. Steppenwolf (a film based on a novel by Herman Hesse - Max von Sydow as Harry Haller) "There once was a man called Harry, who went on two legs, wore clothes, and was a human being. Nevertheless he really was a wolf of the steppes. In his childhood he was wild and disobedient and disorderly. And those who brought him up declared a war of extinction against the beast in him. And precisely this had given him the idea that he really was a beast with only a thin veneer of the human." FOR MADMEN ONLY Film intro...
  11. A German city cancels Wieland Wagner Due to Wieland Wagner's association with the National Socialists, and his close relationship with 'Uncle Wolf' - Adolf Hitler - Wieland-Wagner-Höhe, in Stuttgart, has been renamed Heinrich-Heine-Höhe by the City council. Up until 1933, the viewing platform was originally named after the Jewish poet, Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), one of Germany's greatest poets. Wieland Wagner was Richard Wagner's grandson. His mother, Winifred Wagner, often invited Adolf Hitler to stay with her in Wahnfried, the house that Richard Wagner built as his residence, in Bayreuth. Du bist wie ein Blumen (Heinrich Heine) (You are like a flower, English translation © Richard Stokes) You are like a flower, So sweet and fair and pure; I look at you, and sadness Steals into my heart. I feel as if I should lay My hands upon your head, Praying that God preserve you So pure and fair and sweet.
  12. Very unusual for an 11 year old girl to collapse and die with a cardiac arrest.
  13. A head rolls... ETO update: https://slippedisc.com/2021/10/head-rolls-at-english-touring-opera/
  14. I was a highwayman Along the coach roads I did ride
  15. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide All right now, for all you boppers out there in the big city, all you street people with an ear for the action...
  16. Apparently, it was David Amess's dream for Southend to become a city. Southend will be joining another seaside town in becoming a city - the City of Brighton and Hove, which became a city in 2000.
  17. La Divina Comedia Typical of a lot of human nature. It's very common for people not to just be themselves, so they have to belong to a group and once they join that group, label or identity, the ego takes over and they have to impress that group in order to stand out or just to be accepted as part of the tribe, and "more bells are added to this gaudy fool's cap which, through convulsive contortions and antics, are made to jingle louder and ever louder in order to maintain itself for as long as possible on the usurped throne!" It's all basic human psychology, but quite comical from a spiritual perspective!
  18. Has anyone been able to sing like this since 1950?
  19. RobSS

    Roger Scruton

    Roger Scruton on Moral Relativism A conversation with Roger Scruton hosted by the Common Sense Society in 2012.
  20. Our soul is our interface, the working area between our spirit and God, and from there, it can go either way, but we have to choose, either we go with the AI, human augmentation, transhumanist agenda, or we reject it. It's going to be more and more difficult to sit in the middle and not make an ultimate choice and this is going to be increasingly problematic for a lot of people going forwards. Rudolf Steiner, for example, said it's possible for vaccines to be used to disconnect humanity from God: "I have told you that the spirits of darkness are going to inspire their human hosts, in whom they will be dwelling, to find a vaccine that will drive all inclination towards spirituality out of people's souls when they are still very young, and this will happen in a roundabout way through the living body. Today, bodies are vaccinated against one thing and another; in future, children will be vaccinated with a substance which it will certainly be possible to produce, and this will make them immune, so that they do not develop foolish inclinations connected with spiritual life — ‘foolish’ here, of course, in the eyes of materialists." (Rudolf Steiner, Lecture 13: The Fallen Spirit's Influence in the World, 27th October, 1917)
  21. Roger Scruton - The Tyranny of Pop Music A discourse on how vacuous banal pop music kills humanity, and how, in contrast, our ancestors listened to music. There's nothing wrong with judging music, and in so doing, oppose political correctness. Our civilisation was made by music but to hear it, one has to clear the air of noise.
  22. The Ring of Fire In the style of Richard Wagner:
  23. Ron's Gone Wrong (2021 film) Summary: "Twentieth Century Studios and Locksmith Animation's "Ron's Gone Wrong" is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his 'Best Friend out of the Box.' Ron's hilarious malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship. " (source) According to the film's trailer, there will only be two kinds of people, those that have the new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, and those that don't. We're being presented with serious choices all the time now. How critical they are to ultimate soul survival is still debatable. One choice already on offer is obviously whether to have the jab, or not to have the jab. All part of the AI transhumanism agenda, in little creeping steps.
  24. The idea of initiation was what Stanley Kubrick explored in his film "2001: A Space Odyssey". Over the past 18 months, it's possible humanity could have been taken over a kind of abyss. If this is the case, the world we knew, before March 2020, will never ever return. We could still be in the process of travelling over a kind of abyss, of course.
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