25th January ’22 – Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle is a feast celebrated during the liturgical year on 25 January, recounting the conversion. This feast is celebrated in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches. This feast is at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an international Christian ecumenical observance that began in 1908, which is an octave (an eight-day observance) spanning from 18 January (observed in Anglican and Lutheran tradition as the Confession of Peter, and in the pre-1961 Roman Catholic Church as the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter at Rome) to 25 January. In rural England, the day functioned much like groundhog day does in the modern-day United States. Supposed prophecies ranged from fine days predicting good harvests, to clouds and mists signifying pestilence and war in the coming months.

The collect in the Roman Missal is: O God, who taught the whole world through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Paul, draw us, we pray, nearer to you through the example of him whose conversion we celebrate today, and so make us witnesses to your truth in the world.

♬ Tommaso Paradiso – LUPIN

LYRIC

Corre una lacrima
sulla lama della spada di Ghemon
si alza in volo un airone
solo in mezzo alla campagna
La città va più lenta del solito
e è tornato il nostro amico da Milano
ora vive qui
ed è felice di cantare canzoni

Ma che splendida normalità dici che è la primavera my friend
Lisa mette a letto i bambini
poi va sul balcone per un po’ di aria fresca
mentre passa la pubblicità
nelle case della gente che cena
ti va una bibita, un po’ di acqua gassata

Oggi sono stato bene
sono stato bene anche da solo
con il pianoforte e mille cose in testa
che non mi deludono mai
che non mi abbandonano mai

Corre una lacrima
sulla tesa del cappello di Jigen
vola in aria un pallone
un tango tutto pieno di sabbia
la città è più calda del solito e
è il momento di andare lontano
fare la spesa, fare la coda Lupin è di nuovo scappato

Ma che splendida normalità
dici che è la primavera my friend
Lisa mette a letto i bambini
poi va sul balcone per un po’ di aria fresca
mentre passa la pubblicità
nelle case della gente che cena
ti va una bibita, un po’ di acqua gassata

Oggi sono stato bene
sono stato bene anche da solo
con il pianoforte e mille cose in testa
che non mi deludono mai
che non mi abbandonano mai

Ho anche comprato un quadro blu

Oggi sono stato bene
sono stato bene anche da solo
con il pianoforte e mille cose in testa
che non mi deludono mai
che non mi abbandonano mai

Ho anche comprato un quadro blu

The Tension between the United States and Russia is skyrocketing – Russia wants to invade Ukraine.

For several weeks, the possibility of a new Russian invasion of Ukraine has become increasingly concrete. Since last November, the Russian government has been massing thousands of soldiers near the border of eastern Ukraine, threatening to intervene if the West, or rather NATO, does not decide to give up keeping Ukraine under its influence, and therefore does not show with clarity of wanting to give up the process of “enlargement to the east”. In recent days, concerns about a possible Russian intervention have grown even more intense and there are reasons to believe that Vladimir Putin’s regime is indeed considering a military operation of some kind.

The first thing to bear in mind is that any Russian military operation in Ukraine would not be something new, nor particularly unexpected.

Over the past fifteen years, Putin’s Russia has shown on several occasions that it is willing to use force to guarantee its influence in neighboring countries that were part of the Soviet Union: it happened for example in 2008 in Georgia, where Russia intervened by pushing back the Georgian troops who had invaded South Ossetia; and it happened in 2014 in Crimea, when men with covered faces were sent by Putin to take control of the Ukrainian peninsula, then annexed by a very controversial referendum.

The second thing to consider is that Ukraine is particularly important to Russia, and has been for some time.

Putin would like NATO, the military alliance of which the United States is the informal leader, to provide an official guarantee of renouncing Ukraine to join the organization (although no one is willing to do so for now) and therefore expand its own. presence to the east. In recent days, several analysts have mentioned the long article published by Putin last July in which the Russian president spoke of the “historic unity between Russians and Ukrainians” and argued, in essence, that Ukraine belonged to Russia and that the formation of a Ukrainian national identity detached from Russia was to be considered an “anti-Russia project”.

The situation that has arisen today is particularly worrying for several reasons.

♬ Purple Disco Machine, Sophie and the Giants – IN THE DARK

Purple Disco Machine's new single is out. The song came out just today, a few days ago ...

LYRICS
I got lost in the wilderness
I thought I was surely falling apart
The pain you caused cut so deep
Truly was a work of art

I don’t care what they say, I’m gonna do it anyway
(Oh, oh)
It’s the only thing I see, always staring back at me
(Oh)

I’ve been left in the dark, standing cold in the night
Memories of your taste, I’ve been holding on tight
Falling apart and I’m living a lie
All of this time I’ve been loving a liar

Pulled me in with your words so sweet
Every time I ignore the sign
Redemption’s mine on the day I leave
Falling for you was my only crime

I don’t care what they say, I’m gonna do it anyway
(Oh, oh)
It’s the only thing I see, always staring back at me
(Oh)

I’ve been left in the dark, standing cold in the night
Memories of your taste, I’ve been holding on tight
Falling apart and I’m living a lie
All of this time I’ve been loving a liar

Ooh
Am I going under?
Ooh
Should my heart surrender?
Ooh
Am I going under?
Ooh
Should my heart surrender?

(Am I going under?)
(Should this heart surrender?)
Ooh
Am I going under?
Ooh

I’ve been left in the dark, standing cold in the night
Memories of your taste, I’ve been holding on tight
Falling apart and I’m living a lie
All of this time I’ve been loving a liar

Ooh
Am I going under?
Ooh
Should my heart surrender?
Ooh
Am I going under?
Ooh
Should my heart surrender?

20th Jan (’22): The world day of Italian cinema

The world day of Italian cinema is a national event that is celebrated on January 20 of each year, aimed at strengthening and enhancing Italian cinema abroad. The date, more precisely, recalls the date of birth of the Italian director Federico Fellini. The first World Day of Italian Cinema was celebrated in 2020.

“The World Day of Italian Cinema has as its objective the promotion abroad, with the support of the diplomatic consular network and the Italian Cultural Institutes, of quality Italian film production”. Bound Italy has a great tradition of quality cinema: it is the country that has won the most Oscars for the “Best Foreign Language Film” category and its contemporary film production is supported as an integral part of the promotion of the Italy brand in the world. An ambitious project based on a multi-year strategy and team action with public and private actors in the film industry.

♬ ADELE – Oh My God

LYRIC

I ain’t got too much time to spare
But I’ll make time for you to show how much I care
Wish that I would let you break my walls
But I’m still spinning out of control from the fall
Boy, you give good love, I won’t lie
It’s what keeps me coming back, even though I’m terrifiedI know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Mmh, yeah
Mmh, yeahI know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Mmh, yeah
Mmh, yeahOh my God, I can’t believe it
Out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping
Out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe, baby, I’m just losing my mind
‘Cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of Heaven and Hell
Is a battle that I cannot fightI’m a fool, but they all think I’m blind
I’d rather be a fool than leave myself behind
I don’t have to explain myself to you
I am a grown woman and I do what I want to doI know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Mmh, yeah
Mmh, yeahI know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Mmh, yeah
Mmh, yeahOh my God, I can’t believe it
Out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping
Out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe, baby, I’m just losing my mind
‘Cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of Heaven and Hell
Is a battle that I cannot fightLord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (oh Lord)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (don’t let me let myself down)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (oh my God)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (oh, oh, oh)
I said Lord don’t let me let me downOh my God, I can’t believe it
Out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping
Out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe, baby, I’m just losing my mind
‘Cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of Heaven and Hell
Well it’s a battle that I cannot fightLord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (I know that it’s wrong)
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (but I want to have fun)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (mmh, yeah)
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (mmh, yeah)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (I know that it’s wrong)
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (but I want to have fun)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (mmh, yeah)
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (mmh, yeah)

Kazakhstan, violent street protests over gas price increases: eight dead and 317 injured. State of national emergency declared. Also national blackout of internet

Political chaos in Kazakhstan turned into civil warfare after thousands of people poured into the streets of various centers, in a protest unprecedented in the history of the country, to demonstrate against the rise in the price of gas. After the intervention of the police in an attempt to quell the riots, a state of emergency was declared in Almaty and in the capital Nur-Sultan. It was later extended to the whole country. today President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has decided to dissolve the government led by Prime Minister Askar Mamin. And in a speech to the nation he made it known that “there are dead and wounded”. Russia invites the parties to “dialogue”: “We support a peaceful solution to all problems within the legal and constitutional framework and through dialogue, not through street riots and violation of the law”, announced in a statement. Foreign Ministry. The president also said he called on Russia and his allies to help his country quell protests overcoming what he called a “terrorist threat”.

Meanwhile, the demonstrators have aimed at the country’s main airport, the international airport of Almaty. This was announced by the local news channel Horde via Telegram. According to the press office of the airport, the authorities no longer have control of the airport after “45 invaders” took control of the facility. At the time of the kidnapping, there were no passengers in the terminal, he points out. All flights to Kazakhstan have therefore been canceled.

According to the NetBlocks web monitoring group on Twitter, the government has chosen to resort to the internet blackout to obscure everything that is happening in the country: “Kazakhstan is currently experiencing a nationwide internet blackout after a day of disruptions. of mobile internet “and other” partial restrictions “, the NGO said announcing that this” could severely limit the coverage of the anti-government protests that are escalating “. A move that could precede heavy repression by military forces, given that President Tokayev has promised a “tough” response to the ongoing unrest in the country: “As president, I am obliged to protect the security and peace of our citizens, to worry about the integrity of Kazakhstan, ”he told Kazakh television and adding that he intends to“ act as hard as possible ”.