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Music on Sunday; beautiful film soundtracks

I love watching films but what would films be whithout music. So here are some classical film soundtracks; even better with headphones on.

One of my favorite films: the Time Traveler's wife

Loved this movie!

And because I really am a Trekkie at heart and a Cumberbatch fan: (and the music is so good for this film)

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Quotes and Pics 145, It's not all so black and white

Not only my 750th blog on Blogger but quotes and pics 145; who would have thought.. 

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History; Richard III - War of the Roses

King Richard III
History, I love it, always have especially British history. I love reading historical novels and curently I'm reading about the War of the Roses- Stormbird by Conn Iggulden.  My favorite actor Benedict Cumberbatch is as we speak busy playing Richard III for the BBC for the Hollow Crown series. 
Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III
But who was Richard III and what is the War of the Roses? 
War of the Roses

Maybe this family tree clarifies it better. 

In the opening battle of England's War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat King Henry VI's Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London. Many Lancastrian nobles perished, including Edmund Beaufort, the duke of Somerset, and the king was forced to submit to the rule of his cousin, Richard of York. The dynastic struggle between the House of York, whose badge was a white rose, and the House of Lancaster, later associated with a red rose, would stretch on for 30 years.
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Music on Sunday; Brahms

It's time for some classical music again; this time Johannes Brahms I grew up with (among others) classical music. My parents listened to that a lot. I can still hear my dad whistle with some pieces (I do that now too :) )  As a kid I didn't care for it much but now I'm older (hopefully wiser as well ;) ) I love it! It's soothing and relaxing I think. So from time to time I will post classical music as well here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do; 

This conductor is fascinating to watch;

If you feel like listening for a little more than 45 min: 

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Quotes and Pics 144

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Art on Friday; Pointillism

Georges Seurat and a detail from one of his pointillist paintings, “La Parade de Cirque” (1889)

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation. The technique is also known as Divisionism. The movement Seurat began with this technique is known as Neo-Impressionism.

Vincent van Gogh-selfportrait
Paul Signac-Femmes au puits
Henri-Edmund Cross-The Pink Cloud
Charles Angrand-Path in the country
George Seurat-A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte 
 Paul Signac-the windmills at Overschie
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Wordless Wednesday, Scottish Castles

Eilean Donan Castle
Castle Stalker
Edinburgh Castle
 Stirling Castle
 Stonehaven Castle
 Glamis Castle
 Cawdor Castle
 Dunrobin Castle
 Castle Stuart
 Inverary Castle
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Music on Sunday; Yes for Scotland

With only four days away from the referendum even I'm getting excited and I'm not Scottish (sadly enough) But for centuries the Scots have fought their way to Independance now and why not! If your heart is in that country (and if you have followed my blog for some time you know mine is) you just know there's no other way than independance for Scotland. So today's blog is about the love for a country and it's music, it's heritage. You just have to say YES!

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Quotes and Pics 143, poem quotes

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Art on Friday; Henry Raeburn

Sir Henry Raeburn self portrait
I've bought a book about the Scottish painter Henry Raeburn the other day called : 'The Makers of British Art'.
Unfortunatelly it's pictures are in black and white but still a lovely book about Sir Henry Raeburn's works and life.

Here a few of his wonderful portraits ; 
Margaret Moncrieff 
Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch  or The Skating Minister
Niel Gow, 1727 - 1807. Violinist and composer
Sir Walter Scott and his dogs
 The Macnab  Francis Macnab 16th chief of the Clan Macnab (1734-1816)
Boy and rabbit
Girl sketching

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Wordless Wednesday; 10 impressive places to visit around the world

Dallol Volcanic acid pool, Ethiopia
Nigardsbreen Ice Cave,Norway
Fingal’s Cave Staffa Island,Scotland
Badlands National Park,South-Dakota
Badwater Salt Flats,California USA
Hraunfossar Waterfalls,H├║safell Iceland
Fernando De Noronha,Brazil
Thor’s Well,Oregon USA
Baatara Gorge Waterfall Tannourine,Lebanon
Ben Bulben County Sligo,Ireland
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