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June 24, 2011


God, I love Les Barricades Mysterieuses! And this arrangement by Thomas Ades:

It makes lovely pre-evening-walk music too...

I think Quebec must be the only province in Canada that celebrates St-Jean-Baptiste Day. Called Juhannus in Finland, it's an official holiday (day off work) there tied in with Midsummer and the start of summer holidays, a mixture of pagan and Christian and whatever one wants it to be. Hope summer has started there! We're still shifting back and forth here...

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.