L’Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe, "Handel’s The Messiah"

Haendel - The Messiah - Hallelujah from Arnaud Bringer-Casanova on Vimeo.

Oh hi there!  It is Easter weekend.  And it is one of those Easter weekends where eastern and western churches celebrate it at the same time.  Oh those churches and their special ways of establishing dates of some of the most significant events of their beliefs.  Even though those religious leaders cannot seem to agree on anything, one thing they all agree on is that Handel's "Messiah" is a great piece of work.  Is there anything or anyone music cannot bring together?  So let us enjoy the coming of the weekend with an uplifting song.  It is Friday and that means it is time for the Friday afternoon cheerful tunes video in which we welcome the weekend with the happiest of all music videos!

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Political Families

Solution to last week's crossword.

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant.  Political dynasties in America are the inspiration for this week's theme, Political Families (click to solve the puzzle).

In order to play the puzzle you will need to download the free Across Lite or Crossword Solver software.  Solutions are included in the file.  If you choose the pdf or image formats below, solutions will be available next week.  Above, last week's solution.

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Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, by Stephen Leacock, Part LXX

Stephen Leacock

Every day on Daily Readers' Book Club we offer an article length section of a book until that book is done.  We are currently reading Stephen Leacock's Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich.  This book will have 94 parts.

That afternoon all the newspaper editors in the City were busy getting their obituary notices ready for the demise of Dr. McTeague.

"The death of Dr. McTeague," wrote the editor of the Commercial and Financial Undertone, a paper which had almost openly advocated the minister's dismissal for five years back, "comes upon us as an irreparable loss.  His place will be difficult, nay, impossible, to fill.  Whether as a philosopher or a divine he cannot be replaced."

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A New Baby Brings America to a New Age

Chelsea Clinton

Every weekday on the Daily Poet, the day's news in poetry form.

OMG people
Chelsea Clinton is pregnant!
All babies are created equal
even those born to presidential grandparents

A bunch of men
gather round in Switzerland
and promise to
not fight each other for a day or two

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A Cool Day in Spring

Skiing

Crisp and cool
winter leaves

as spring acts as
referee

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Very Tasty Veggie Burgers

Oh hi there!  So veggie burgers have gotten a real bad rap.  But there are ways to make them delicious.  And here are Brendan Brazier and Zelana Montminy telling us how to make them so delightful.  There really is no need to sacrifice flavor for health!

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Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, by Stephen Leacock, Part LXIX

Stephen Leacock

Every day on Daily Readers' Book Club we offer an article length section of a book until that book is done.  We are currently reading Stephen Leacock's Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich.  This book will have 94 parts.

For just at this juncture something occurred calculated to divert not only Mr. Furlong's sentence, but the fortunes and the surplus of St. Asaph's itself.  At the very moment when Mr. Furlong was speaking a newspaper delivery man in the street outside handed to the sanctified boy the office copy of the noonday paper.  And the boy had no sooner looked at its headlines than he said, "How dreadful!"  Being sanctified, he had no stronger form of speech than that.  But he handed the paper forthwith to one of the stenographers with hair like the daffodils of Sheba, and when she looked at it she exclaimed, "How awful!"  And she knocked at once at the door of the ancient clerk and gave the paper to him; and when he looked at it and saw the headline the ancient clerk murmured, "Ah!" in the gentle tone in which very old people greet the news of catastrophe or sudden death.

But in his turn he opened Mr. Furlong's door and put down the paper, laying his finger on the column for a moment without a word.

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World Leaders to Meet in Geneva

Every weekday on the Daily Poet, the day's news in poetry form.

World leaders to meet
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Valhere, "Les Souterrains"

VALHERE : les souterrains from Brice Beillant on Vimeo.

Ever wonder how you could get your band to create the world's snobbiest music video?  No?  Well, okay, let us pretend that you did.  Here are the ten steps to creating the world's most pretentious music video.

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The Corrupt Act of Closing a Corruption Commission

Stop sign

Last week Republicans lost faith in their candidate, this week Democrats lost faith in theirs, and so far it seems, there is no third party candidate strong enough to take advantage of the situation.  So maybe, just maybe, we may not have a governor at all, and based on our choices, that may not be such a bad thing after all.  The big news this week was the Southern District US Attorney Preet Bharara looking into why the Governor disbanded the Moreland Commission, the commission the Governor set up to look into corruption in the State's legislature.  Rob Astorino also surprised everyone by supporting inspections for abortion clinics even though he is opposed to abortion.  This week's installment of the "New York State Gubernatorial Candidates Power Standings (or something like that)" sees Cuomo remaining at the top spot but also losing the most points for the week.  Astorino on the other hand remains at the bottom but is the only one to gain points making this race a little bit closer than the complete blowout it was last week.  This week's roundup below.

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