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  • Great music

    by Ray

    A selection of musical texts and interpretaions of the very highest level of artistic inspiration. Date Composer Work/Movement_______ Artist(s) Label time Comments________________________ 1 1708 Bach Cantate BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit"/ Chœur Süddeutscher Madrigalchor & (...)

  • Marcel Proust and the 4th Dimension

    by Ray

    While the concept of a fourth dimension of "space-time" is generally associated with the theory of General Relativity developed by Albert Einstein between 1907 and 1915 and published in 1916, we would like to point out in ths anniversary year of the publication of the first volume of Marcel (...)

  • La littérature de langue allemande — un survol personnel

    by Ray

    Ce relevé des livres par des auteurs allemands, autrichiens et suisses que j’ai fréquentés depuis de bien nombreuses années représente, me semble-t-il, un bon échantillon de la littérature de nos assez mystérieux voisins d’outre-Rhin.
    Il est certes utile d’avoir des notions d’allemand, car nombre (...)

  • The Ultimate Roller-Ride

    by Ray

    Giannuccio (pop.: 70, altitude: 500m.) is a cosy little hamlet nestled in the mountains 8 kilometres up the road from the bigger village of Monaccia d’Aullène (pop.: 400, altitude: 100 m.) in southern Corsica.
    It is best known as the starting-off point for the two-and-a-half-hour hike up to the (...)

  • How to improve your English diction (with useful sayings and proverbs)

    by Ray

    Here you will find some tried and proven guidelines, exercises, tips and tidbits designed to help learners of all ages and stages to improve their verbal-communication skills in the language of Shakespeare and Laurence Sterne.
    Audio versions have been included at the end of each section. TABLE (...)