miércoles, 5 de julio de 2017

40 Aniversario de boda en Vignanello


El 1 de julio de 2017 se ha celebrado el 40 Aniversario de boda de María de Gracia de Solís-Beaumont y Carlo Emanuele Ruspoli, duques de Plasencia y de Morignano. La organización del evento que resultó ser realmente fantástico fue coordinado por las princesas Claudia Ruspoli y Nathalie Pignatelli, con la colaboración del director artístico Cesare Barro y de su hermana Dina. Han intervenido un medio centenar de personas entre empresas, proveedores y artistas. Próximamente insertaré un vídeo de la fiesta para recordar a los tambores, las banderas, las trompetas, los violines, los músicos, los cantantes, los come-fuegos, los fuegos artificiales barrocos, etcétera. También será para nosotros una alegría poderlo ver ya que no pudimos apreciar todo lo que habíamos previsto para resolver los pequeños problemas que surgen en cada celebración. 




Entre los numerosos mensajes de agradecimiento recibidos destaco este:


Muy queridos amigos,

Teníais que haber oído los comentarios de la gente en el autobús “ Es la fiesta mas bonita que he ido y que ire en mi vida “ y todos lo repetían.

Yo lo he tenido que contar todo mil veces, y lo hago con tal “ pasión  y frenesí “ que yo misma me emociono y los demás también. Belencita (hermana de la autora del mensaje) lo vivió tanto que lloraba intensamente…

Me imagino cuanto habéis trabajado, pero todo ha sido irrepetible, el lugar , las mesas y la vajilla, el menú y todas las sorpresas desde los drones hasta el brindis de la Traviata, los discursos breves pero intensos

Los magníficos fuegos artificiales… Va a haber un video ?porque me encantaría verlo y a poder ser comprarlo

Enhorabuena por haber realizado un sueño que nos ha dado tanta felicidad a todos. Solo se veían caras sonrientes… me fui con pena.

Gracias y gracias y que ese amor que os tenemos tantos se traduzca en mucha energía buena porque os mereceis todo

Mil besos

                           


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domingo, 25 de junio de 2017

Asesinato en el Oneida

MURDER ON THE ONEIDA 

William Randolph Hearst was one of the richest men in the world. His empire including the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, headquartered in an impressive Moorish building at 1111 S. Broadway.


On Saturday, November 24, 1924, Hearst's Yacht Oneida cast off from San Pedro, California for a luxurious cruise to San Diego. The guest list included his mistress Marion Davies, Charlie Chaplin, gossip columnist Louella Parsons, an author, 6 other actors and a doctor. The guest of honor was Hearst's production manager Thomas Ince, aboard for a birthday celebration.


Sometime after dinner, Ince developed a severe case of indigestion and was taken to shore by water taxi and then deposited onto a train in San Diego by Dr. Goodman. Ince's condition worsened and he was removed at Del Mar where he was administered care by another Doctor. He was taken to his Benedict Canyon estate, Dias Dorados, where he died 48 hours later. Official cause; heart attack.


But the other version is far uglier, the L.A. times headline: Movie Producer shot on Hearst Yacht! Hearst was supposedly jealous of an affair between his mistress and Chaplin. Catching them in the act, the billionaire went for his gun. Miss Davies' screams awakened Ince, who tried to do something, taking the bullet for Chaplin. Chaplin's Japanese secretary later claimed Ince was bleeding from a bullet wound to the head when he came ashore.


Hearst's Los Angeles Examiner reported that Ince had fallen ill while visiting Heart's San Simeon ranch. Chaplin denied ever being on the Oneida, claiming he, Davies and Hearst visited Ince later that week and that he'd taken two weeks to die. Chaplin had attended Ince's funeral services just over 48 hours after his death.


Davies insisted that Parsons, Goodman and Chaplin were not on the boat, and that she'd received a phone call from Nell Ince informing her that her husband had died. Parsons had been a newspaper columnist for one of Hearst's papers, Hearst granting a lifetime contract and syndication, and then gifted Nell Ince a trust fund. She insisted no autopsy be performed and ordered her husband cremated immediately. Hearst supposedly paid off the mortgage to Ince's Chateau Elysee apartment building (now the Celebrity Scientology Centre) in Hollywood.

Ince's film legacy was tainted by the circumstances surrounding his death. Had he lived, he could have become one of the film moguls of the 1930's. As for Hearst, his truth is sealed in his mausoleum.

Photos above are William Randolph Hearst, Marian Davies, Charlie Chaplin, Louella Parsons and Thomas Ince.

miércoles, 7 de junio de 2017

Il castello Ruspoli di Vignanello

Castello Ruspoli is a 16th-century castle in the town of Vignanello, Lazio, Italy. It continues to be the property of the Ruspoli family, an old and noble Italian family. It is well known for its Renaissance-era Giardino all'italiana




martes, 30 de mayo de 2017

Cuadrado mágico

Un cuadrado mágico es una tabla de grado primario donde se dispone de una serie de números enteros en un cuadrado o matriz de forma tal que la suma de los números por columnas, filas y diagonales principales sea la misma. Usualmente los números empleados para rellenar las casillas son consecutivos, de 1 a n², siendo n el número de columnas y filas del cuadrado mágico.

Los cuadrados mágicos actualmente no tienen ninguna aplicación técnica conocida que se beneficien de estas características, por lo que sigue recluido al divertimento, curiosidad y al pensamiento matemático. Aparte de esto, en las llamadas pseudo-ciencias ocultas y más concretamente en la magia tienen un lugar destacado.

El cuadrado mágico de Alberto Durero, tallado en su obra Melancolía I está considerado el primero de las artes europeas. En el cuadrado de orden cuatro se obtiene la constante mágica (34) en filas, columnas, diagonales principales, y en las cuatro sub-matrices de orden 2 en las que puede dividirse el cuadrado, sumando los números de las esquinas, los cuatro números centrales, los dos números centrales de las filas (o columnas) primera y última, etc. y siendo las dos cifras centrales de la última fila 1514 el año de ejecución de la obra.



Alberto Durero (en alemán Albrecht Dürer; (Núremberg, 21 de mayo de 1471-Núremberg, 6 de abril de 1528) es el artista más famoso del Renacimiento alemán, conocido en todo el mundo por sus pinturas, dibujos, grabados y escritos teóricos sobre arte. Ejerció una decisiva influencia en los artistas del siglo XVI, tanto alemanes como de los Países Bajos, y llegó a ser admirado por maestros italianos como Rafaelllo Sanzio. Sus grabados alcanzaron gran difusión e inspiraron a múltiples artistas posteriores, incluyendo los nazarenos del siglo XIX y los expresionistas alemanes de principios del siglo XX.

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lunes, 29 de mayo de 2017

Erasing Anne Boleyn: The Missing Documents

Erasing Anne Boleyn: The Missing Documents 

Very little documentary traces of Anne Boleyn remain. We know her mostly through the accounts of others - accounts that are often extremely hostile. Were her records destroyed intentionally, or by Time's indifferent hand?

Only a few of Anne's letters in her own handwriting still exist. A letter written to her father in 1514, and one written to Wolsey. We have the text of a handful of others, copied in the State Papers. Anne appears to have been a prolific correspondent, so this dearth of surviving copies would seem to indicate they were intentionally destroyed. This would not be unusual, since people would not want to be found with the letters of a convicted traitor among their papers.


We also have a letter, supposedly found among Cromwell's papers after his execution, which is claimed to be a copy of a letter from Anne Boleyn in the Tower. Historian John Strype, who had access to records which may have been destroyed in a fire in 1731, says he saw another letter from Anne in which she angrily rejected a plea bargain which would depend on her "confessing" and would stand on her innocence, even unto death.

There are very few records of Anne's trial. Only the salacious indictments and the verdicts survive. Contrast this to the numerous records concerning Katheryn Howard, which include interviews with witnesses, reports of the investigating commissioners, transcripts of testimony, and the written confessions of the accused themselves. That was just the investigation - Katheryn was never brought to trial.

Yet nothing like that from Anne's trial survives.

We know that there once were some more records of Anne's life, because they were examined by William Camden, who had access to the state papers of Elizabeth's minister William Burghley. It was Camden who confirmed some of the biographical details of Anne Boleyn which are still subject of debate by historians. It's assumed these papers were later destroyed, possibly in the 1731 Cottonian Library fire. What we lost is almost impossible to tell. But from the silence of the early historians, it's assumed that the trial records were already gone.

But if the records of Anne's trial were - indeed - intentionally destroyed, who did it and why?

Historian David Starkey has put forth the theory that the documents never existed in the first place, that Anne was condemned primarily on verbal testimony that intentionally wasn't transcribed.

The theory explains why we don't know what Lady Bridget Wingfield supposedly confessed on her deathbed, or what was actually said by the Countess of Worcester when her brother confronted her. By contrast, Katheryn Howard's fall was a genuine investigation that generated paperwork as the investigators tried to determine what had happened, instead of a hasty frame-up to justify a pre-determined verdict.

Another theory claims that Henry VIII and Cromwell had Anne's trial records quietly destroyed because they were trying to cover up the shameful lack of solid evidence against the queen, hoping the people of the future would take the indictment and verdict at face value. The purge supposedly occurred around the same time as Henry had Anne's portraits and emblems destroyed.

Yet another theory puts forth that Queen Elizabeth had the documents destroyed when she came to the throne to try to eliminate the evidence of her mother's condemnation. But why would she leave the salacious indictment intact, if that was the case? Elizabeth seems to have taken the position that the past was past, and left it at that. She seems an unlikely culprit.

All in all, Starkey's explanation, or a purge of documents by Cromwell seems the most likely to me.

sábado, 27 de mayo de 2017

The history of Britiss Surnames

THE HISTORY OF BRITISH SURNAMES 

Sometimes, people took their names from occupations. See if you recognize anyone's name from this list! Listed by name first, and job description second.

Archer - archer
Bacchus - worked in a bake house
Bailey - bailiff
Barber - cut hair; surgeon
Barker - worked with bark for the leather trade, shepherd
Baxter - female baker
Bekker - made wooden vessels
Bender - made casks and barrels
Berger - shepherd
Boatwright - made boats
Bowman - archer
Brewer - brewed ale
Brewster - female brewer
Butler - wine steward
Campion - pro fighter; champion
Cantrell - cinger in a chatry
Carpenter - carpenter
Carrin - made carts
Carter - made or sold carts, transported goods
Cartwright - made carts
Carver - sculptor
Cater - supplied goods to a large household
Century - belt maker
Chafer - lime kiln worker
Chaffer - merchant
Chalker - white washer
Challender - sold blankets
Chamberlain - in charge of private chambers.
Chambers - in charge of private chambers.
Chandler - candle maker
Chaplin - chaplain
Chapman - merchant/peddler
Cheeseman - made and sold cheese
Cheesewright - made and sold cheese
Cherrier - worked in a cherry orchard
Chessman - made and sold cheese
Clark - clerk
Cleaver - either worked in a butcher shop or split wood
Coldren - made large cooking pots
Coleman - gathered charcoal
Collier - sold charcoal
Conner - inspected for weights and measures
Cook - cook
Cooper - made barrels
Cotter - tenant farmer
Crowther - played the "crowd," a medieval stringed instrument
Day - worker in a dairy
Dexter - female dyer
Drage - confectioner
Draper - maker/seller of woolen cloth
Dyer - dyed cloth
Dyster - female dyer
Falconer - kept and trained falcons
Farrar - smith, ferrier
Faulkner - kept and trained falcons
Fearson - ironmonger/smith
Fisher - fisherman
Fiske - sold fish
Flax - sold or grew flax
Fletcher - made arrows
Foal - fool; jester
Forester - guardian of lord's forest
Foster - guardian of lord's forest
Fowler - keeper/catcher of birds
Frobisher - polished swords and armor
Fuller - thickened cloth by trampling
Gage - inspected for weights and measures
Gardner, Gardiner - tended gardens
Glover - made gloves
Graves - steward
Hammer - made stone hammers
Harper - played or made harps
Hayward - guarded fences or enclosures
Heard - shepherd or cow herd
Hinman - keeper of deer on an estate
Hogg - swine herd
Hooper - fitted metal hoops to barrels and casks
Hunter - hunter
Inman - Innkeeper
Kantor - singer in a chantry
Kellogg - slaughterer
Key - made keys
Killer - lime kiln worker
King - servant to a king
Kisser - armor maker
Knight - knight; any military servant; young servant to a knight
Lander - laundry worker
Leadbetter - lead worker
Lister - cloth dyer
Lorimer - made spurs
Lush - usher
Machin - mason; stoneworker
Marshall - in charge of horses
Mason - mason; stoneworker
Mercer - merchant, esp. of fine cloths (silk, velvet etc.)
Miller, - Milner miller
Mulliner, - Mills miller
Nader - tailor
Naylor - made and sold nails
Page, Paige, Paget - minor male servant
Palmer - a pilgrim
Parker - game keeper
Parson parson; - rector
Piper - played or made pipes
Plummer plumber; - lead worker
Potter - potter
Proctor - tax collector; solicitor; steward
Provost - supervisor on a lord's manor
Purcell - swine herd
Redman - roof thatcher
Rock - spun wool; made distaffs
Rocker - spun wool; made distaffs
Ryder - delivered messages on horseback
Sadler - made saddles
Salter - salt worker or salt seller
Sargent - military servant
Sawyer - sawed wood
Schneider - tailor (German)
Schreiber - clerk
Scully - town crier
Seal/Seales - maker of seals or saddles
Sexton - maintained churches; dug graves
Shepherd - shepard
Shields - armorer
Singer - singer
Skinner - tanned hides
Skipper - ship master
Smith, Smythe smith - smithy
Smoker - made smocks
Snyder - tailor (Dutch)
Soppner - roofing shingle maker
Spencer - dispensed lord's provisions
Spicer - sold spices
Spittle - hospital worker
Stanier, Stonier - stone cutter
Steele - steel worker
Stewart - steward
Stringer - made strings for bows
Tabor - played the tabor (small drum)
Tanner - tanned hides
Tasker - did piece work
Taverner - tavern keeper
Taylor - tailor
Thatcher - thatched roofs
Tiller - farmer
Tillman - farmer or tile maker
Todd - fox hunter
Toller - toll collector
Trainer - trapper
Tranter - waggoner
Trapp - trapper
Travers - tollbridge keeper
Trinder - wheel maker
Trotter - messenger
Tucker - cloth worker
Turner - made small objects by turning them on a lathe
Tyler - made tiles
Tyrer - wardrobe master
Voss - servant
Walker - shrunk woolen cloth
Waller - built walls
Ward - watchman; guard
Warf - dock worker
Warner, Warrer - in charge of wildlife at a park
Wayne - wheel maker
Webb - weaver
Webster - female weaver
Woodward - forester
Wright (i.e. wheelwright made wheels for carts)

So now you are a bit smarter than before you read this!

jueves, 18 de mayo de 2017

Mark Twain

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, conocido por el seudónimo de Mark Twain (Florida, Misuri, 30 de noviembre de 1835-Redding, Connecticut, 21 de abril de 1910), fue un popular escritor, orador y humorista estadounidense. Escribió obras de gran éxito como El príncipe y el mendigo o Un yanqui en la corte del Rey Arturo, pero es conocido sobre todo por su novela Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer y su secuela Las aventuras de Huckleberry Finn.

Twain creció en Hannibal (Misuri), lugar que utilizaría como escenario para las aventuras de Tom Sawyer y Huckleberry Finn. Trabajó como aprendiz de un impresor y como cajista, y participó en la redacción de artículos para el periódico de su hermano mayor Orion. Después de trabajar como impresor en varias ciudades, se hizo piloto navegante en el río Misisipi, trabajó con poco éxito en la minería del oro, y retornó al periodismo. Como reportero, escribió una historia humorística, La célebre rana saltarina del condado de Calaveras (1865), que se hizo muy popular y atrajo la atención hacia su persona a escala nacional, y sus libros de viajes también fueron bien acogidos. Twain había encontrado su vocación.

Consiguió un gran éxito como escritor y orador. Su ingenio y sátira recibieron alabanzas de críticos y colegas, y se hizo amigo de presidentes estadounidenses, artistas, industriales y realeza europea.

Carecía de visión financiera y, aunque ganó mucho dinero con sus escritos y conferencias, lo malgastó en varias empresas y se vio obligado a declararse en bancarrota. Con la ayuda del empresario y filántropo Henry Huttleston Rogers finalmente resolvió sus problemas financieros.

Twain nació durante una de las visitas a la Tierra del cometa Halley y predijo que también «me iré con él»; murió al siguiente regreso a la Tierra del cometa, 74 años después. William Faulkner calificó a Twain como «el padre de la literatura norteamericana».