Daily Archives: 7 November 2011

Devil face discovered hidden in a fresco by Giotto (+1337)

From The History Blog comes this very cool story about a detail hidden in a painting by Giotto, now “discovered”.
Devil in the details.
A restorer working on a fresco by Giotto di Bondone in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi … Continue reading

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Christmas Pudding: really aged edition!

Once again this year I shall make a Christmas Pudding.  Stir-Up Sunday is getting close!
With that in mind, I thought I would share this interesting article from The History Blog:

112-year-old Christmas pudding found in cupboard

What is probably the oldest Christmas … Continue reading

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Some fruits of the Big Apple

Some of the high points of New York City so far.
Three new Met button colors of the sixteen possible!

I couldn’t get out to the Bronx Zoo, so I went down to Zuccotti Park instead.

Just nice!

Central Park.

A snack on exiting the … Continue reading

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Catilina a-dressing

From rogueclassicism:
ante diem vii idus novembres

ludi Plebeii (day 4) — the major festival in honour of Jupiter continues
63 B.C. — Cicero accuses Lucius Sergius Catilina of various misdeeds (the so-called Second Catilinarian Conspiracy) …
8 B.C. — Death … Continue reading

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Suggestions for airlines

Airlines are in it for the money, no matter how much they say it is all about us.
Since I have to leave NYC fairly soon – alas – and I am thinking about how pleasant it has become to fly, … Continue reading

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A reader alerted me to this:

Tired of liturgical abuses in your parish?  Tired of dopey improvisation from the priest?
Get your priest and even the liturgy staff some Say The Black – Do The Red reminders!

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It’s “good news” time!

Do you have any really good news for the readers?

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GIRM 299 and the old, uncorrected translation

From a reader:
I’ve seen your posts in the past regarding the mistranslation of the Institutio Generalis 299, from which many argue that Holy Mass facing the people is desirable. [GIRM 299 actually says that what is desirable, when possible, is … Continue reading

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From a Call To Action liturgy… who can forget this?

Remember their music?
From Occupy Wall Street…

Coincidence?  I think not!
And there’s this.

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Your Sunday Sermon notices

Do you have any good points from the Sunday sermon you heard?
Share the with the readers.

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From Reuters:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – A huge asteroid will pass closer to Earth than the moon Tuesday, giving scientists a rare chance for study without having to go through the time and expense of launching a probe, officials said.
Earth’s … Continue reading

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