♬ Sophie and the Giants – We Own The Night

LYRIC

I feel the tension between you and me (Me)
It’s like a cosmic reaction that we won’t fight
Lose inhibitions, come closer to me (Closer to me)
Drunk on self-esteem, ’cause I don’t wanna think twice (Twice)

Let’s get dramatic tearin’ up this room (Tearin’ up this room)
What comes unquestioned like we always do
Oh-oh-oh, breaking rules
But we’re no good at nothing else

So let’s get drunk, fall in love
I don’t wanna be alone
Keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night
So what if you’re not who I’m takin’ home?
Let’s just keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night

Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na, na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na, na
(Like we own the night)

Move with the motion, keep breathin’ with me (Me)
Yeah, our bodies magnetic when we’re alone (Na-na-na)
Wish we could just live right now on repeat (Repeat)
It’s so bitter sweet, yeah, losin’ my mind

Let’s get dramatic tearin’ up this room (Tearin’ up this room)
What comes unquestioned like we always do
Oh-oh-oh, breaking rules
But we’re no good at nothing else

So let’s get drunk, fall in love
I don’t wanna be alone
Keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night
So what if you’re not who I’m takin’ home?
Let’s just keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night

Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na, na
(Like we own the night)
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na, na
(Like we own the night)

Let’s get dramatic tearin’ up this room (Tearin’ up this room)
What comes unquestioned like we always do
Oh-oh-oh, breaking rules
But we’re no good at nothing else

So let’s get drunk, fall in love
I don’t wanna be alone
Keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night
So what if you’re not who I’m takin’ home?
Let’s just keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night

14th July (’22): Bastille Day – French national holiday

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In French, it is formally called Fête nationale française (French: [fɛt nasjɔnal]; “French National Celebration”), and legally le 14 juillet (French: [lə katɔʁz(ə) ʒɥijɛ]; “the 14th of July”).

The French National Day is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a major event of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération that celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. One that has been reported as “the oldest and largest military parade in Europe” is held on 14 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

In 1789, tensions rose in France between reformist and conservative factions as the country struggled to resolve an economic crisis. In May, the Estates General legislative assembly was revived, but members of the Third Estate broke ranks, declaring themselves to be the National Assembly of the country, and on 20 June, vowed to write a constitution for the kingdom.

On 11 July Jacques Necker, the Finance Minister of Louis XVI, who was sympathetic to the Third Estate, was dismissed by the king, provoking an angry reaction among Parisians. Crowds formed, fearful of an attack by the royal army or by foreign regiments of mercenaries in the king’s service, and seeking to arm the general populace. Early on 14 July one crowd besieged the Hôtel des Invalides for firearms, muskets, and cannons, stored in its cellars. That same day, another crowd stormed the Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris that had historically held people jailed on the basis of lettres de cachet (literally “signet letters”), arbitrary royal indictments that could not be appealed and did not indicate the reason for the imprisonment, and was believed to hold a cache of ammunition and gunpowder. As it happened, at the time of the attack, the Bastille held only seven inmates, none of great political significance.

The crowd was eventually reinforced by mutinous Régiment des Gardes Françaises (“French Guards”), whose usual role was to protect public buildings. They proved a fair match for the fort’s defenders, and Governor de Launay, the commander of the Bastille, capitulated and opened the gates to avoid a mutual massacre. According to the official documents, about 200 attackers and just one defender died before the capitulation. However, possibly because of a misunderstanding, fighting resumed. In this second round of fighting, de Launay and seven other defenders were killed, as was Jacques de Flesselles, the prévôt des marchands (“provost of the merchants”), the elected head of the city’s guilds, who under the feudal monarchy also had the competences of a present-day mayor.

Shortly after the storming of the Bastille, late in the evening of 4 August, after a very stormy session of the Assemblée constituante, feudalism was abolished. On 26 August, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen) was proclaimed.

Stephen Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF, has died

Almost everyone has used an animated gif at least once on social networks and on their devices. Stephen Wilhite, inventor of this famous format, passed away a few days ago at the age of 74. Yet another victim of COVID-19. Today, GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are used in online conversations as memes and jokes, but in reality they have existed for decades and were born for very different reasons. Stephen Wilhite created the GIF in the late 1980s when he was employed at CompuServe, which is the beginning of the Internet age, with the aim of offering a format that would facilitate the download of color images at a time when speed of the Internet was completely different from the current one. Hence the .gif format has become one of the most popular on the web. Farewell to the inventor of the GIF format. “Humble, kind and good man” The unfortunate occasion allows to clarify the debate on the pronunciation of this acronym. As stated by the inventor Wilhite, the word “GIF” is pronounced with the soft G, or “JIF”. Stephen Wilhite has always remained a humble person and out of the spotlight. After retiring in the early 2000s, the inventor of the GIF image has spent his life traveling and building model trains in the basement of his home. “Even with all his achievements, he has remained a very humble, kind and good man,” his wife Kathaleen said in an interview with The Verge.

♬ 🇺🇦 ANTI-WAR SONG: Bob Dylan – Masters of War

LYRIC

Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death will come soon
I’ll follow your casket
By the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead

TRADUZIONE

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead

Venite signori della guerra
voi che costruite i cannoni
voi che costruite gli aeroplani di morte
voi che costruite le bombe
voi che vi nascondete dietro muri
voi che vi nascondete dietro scrivanie
voglio solo che sappiate
che posso vedere attraverso le vostre maschere

Voi che non avete mai fatto altro
che costruire per distruggere
giocate con il mio mondo
come fosse il vostro giocattolo
mettete un fucile nella mia mano
e vi nascondete dal mio sguardo
e vi voltate e scappate lontano
quando volano i proiettili

Come Giuda dell’antichità
voi mentite e ingannate
Volete farmi credere che
una guerra mondiale può essere vinta
Ma io vedo attraverso i vostri occhi
e vedo attraverso il vostro cervello
così come vedo attraverso l’acqua
che scorre nella mia fogna

Voi armate i grilletti
perchè altri sparino
poi vi sedete a guardare
il conto dei morti farsi più alto
Vi nascondete nei vostri palazzi
mentre il sangue di giovani
fluisce fuori dai loro corpi
ed è sepolto nel fango

Voi avete sparso la paura peggiore
che si possa avere
la paura di mettere figli
al mondo
Per minacciare il mio bambino
non nato e senza nome
non valete il sangue
che scorre nelle vostre vene

Cosa ne so io
per parlare quando non è il mio turno?
Potreste dire che sono giovane
potreste dire che non sono istruito
ma c’è una cosa che so
sebbene sia più giovane di voi:
nemmeno Gesù perdonerebbe mai
quello che fate

Lasciate che vi faccia una domanda
il vostro denaro è così potente
che pensate potrà
comprarvi il perdono?
Io penso che scoprirete
quando la Morte chiederà il suo pedaggio
che tutto il denaro che avete fatto
non riscatterà la vostra anima

E spero che moriate
e che la vostra morte arrivi presto
Seguirò la vostra bara
nel pomeriggio opaco
Veglierò mentre siete sepolti
nel vostro letto di morte
e resterò sulla vostra tomba
finchè sarò sicuro che siete morti

the first concert paid in Bitcoin is by One Republic

A historic event for music ended last week thanks to One Republic. The famous US band was the first to create a live concert that can be purchased in Bitcoin. The event was held on November 16th at the gates of Vienna with tickets sold out in a few minutes through the Strike peer-to-peer app.

The American singer is a big fan of cryptocurrencies and NFT and is convinced that music and technology must go hand in hand. Apparently he has no intention of stopping there, in fact the American artist has already announced that in December he will hold another show that will accept payments in Bitcoin.

It is a very important event for the music scene with the first world famous band launching this type of initiative. The world of music has often been associated with NFTs, where this year we have seen several artists try their hand at digital works.

11th November: Saint Martin’s Day

Martin of Tours (Latin: Sanctus Martinus Turonensis; 316 – 8 November 397) was the third bishop of Tours. He has become one of the most familiar and recognizable Christian saints in France, heralded as the patron saint of the Third Republic, and is patron saint of many communities and organizations across Europe. A native of Pannonia (in modern central Europe), he converted to Christianity at a young age. He served in the Roman cavalry in Gaul, but left military service at some point prior to 361, when he became a disciple of Hilary of Poitiers, establishing the monastery at Ligugé. He was consecrated as Bishop of Caesarodunum (Tours) in 371. As bishop, he was active in the suppression of the remnants of Gallo-Roman religion, but he opposed the violent persecution of the Priscillianist sect of ascetics.

The tradition of cutting the cloak
San Martino shares his precious cloak with a poor man, detail of the facade of the Cathedral of Lucca dedicated to the saint

As a circitor, his job was the night patrol and the inspection of the guard posts, as well as the night surveillance of the garrisons. During one of these patrols, the episode took place that changed his life (and which is still today the one most remembered and most used by iconography). In the harsh winter of 335 Martino met a half-naked beggar. Seeing him in pain, he cut his military cloak (the white chlamys of the imperial guard) in two and shared it with the beggar.

The following night he saw in a dream Jesus dressed in half of his military cloak. He heard Jesus say to his angels: “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptized, he has clothed me.” When Martin woke up his cloak was intact. The miraculous cloak was kept as a relic and became part of the relic collection of the Merovingian kings of the Franks. The medieval Latin term for “short mantle”, chapel, was extended to the people in charge of keeping the mantle of St. Martin, the chaplains, and from these it was applied to the royal oratory, which was not a church, called a chapel.

In Italy the cult of the saint is linked to the so-called summer of San Martino which manifests itself, in a meteorological sense, at the beginning of November and gives rise to some traditional popular festivals. In the Abruzzo municipality of Scanno, for example, large fires called “glories of San Martino” are lit in honor of San Martino and the districts compete against each other who makes the highest and most durable fire

🎃♬ JACKSON – Thriller

today a song (famous) of peanuts dedicated to halloween…

LYRIC

It’s close to midnight
Something evil’s lurking from the darkUnder the moonlight
You see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream
But terror takes the sound before you make itYou start to freeze
As horror looks you right between the eyes
You’re paralysed’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
And no-one’s gonna save you
From the beast about to strike
You know it’s thriller
Thriller night
You’re fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonight, yeahYou hear the door slam
And realise there’s nowhere left to runYou feel the cold hand
And wonder if you’ll ever see the sun
You close your eyesAnd hope that this is just imagination
(Girl)
But all the while
You hear a creature creeping up behind
You’re outta time’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
There ain’t no second chance
Against the thing with the forty eyes, girl
Thriller (ooh, ooh)
Thriller night
You’re fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonightNight creatures calling
The dead start to walk in their masqueradeThere’s no escaping the jaws of the alien this time (they’re open wide)This is the end of your lifeThey’re out to get you
There’s demons closing in on every sideThey will possess you
Unless you change that number on your dial
Now is the time
For you and I to cuddle close together, yeah
All through the night
I’ll save you from the terror on the screen
I’ll make you seeThat this is thriller
Thriller night
‘Cause I can thrill you more
Than any ghoul could ever dare try
(Thriller) Ooh, ooh
(Thriller night)
So let me hold you tight
And share a
(Killer, diller, chiller)
(Thriller here tonight)’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
Girl, I can thrill you more
Than any ghoul could ever dare try
(Thriller) Ooh, ooh
(Thriller night)
So let me hold you tight
And share a
(Killer, thriller) Oh
I’m gonna thrill you tonightDarkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorise y’alls neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the Hounds of Hell
And rot inside a corpse’s shell
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller, ooh, ooh, yeah)
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller, oh, darling)
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller)
Ooh, ooh, babe
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller) Oh, darling
Thriller night
OohThe foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty-thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

♬ Adele – Easy On Me

“Easy on Me” is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter Adele for her upcoming fourth studio album, 30 (2021). It was released on 15 October 2021 by Columbia Records as the lead single from the album, marking the first release from the singer in five years. “Easy on Me” was produced by American record producer Greg Kurstin, who also co-wrote the song with Adele. A minimally produced ballad, “Easy on Me” is set to a prominent, sombre piano, propelled by sparse bass beats.

Expressing themes of nostalgia, regret, and forgiveness, the song’s lyrics represent Adele’s plea to her son, asking him to help her reorganise her life post-divorce. Music critics reviewed “Easy on Me” positively, praising its poignant lyrics and emotional vocals, though some opined it did not match the heights of her previous singles. An accompanying music video, directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan and shot in Sutton, Quebec, was released on 15 October 2021, continuing the setting established in the music video for Adele’s 2015 song “Hello”, where she is seen entering a furnished house. In the “Easy on Me” video, Adele vacates the house and drives off in a truck, while a pile of sheet music flies out of its windows, littering the road. “Easy on Me” garnered the Spotify and Amazon Music records for the most streams for a song in a day.

During an interview with Vogue, it was revealed that long-time collaborator Greg Kurstin worked on the song. The staff at Capital FM interpreted the song title as documenting the “start of a blossoming relationship”. On 9 October, the singer shared a 40-second preview of the song via Instagram Live. “Easy on Me” was released on 15 October 2021, to all digital music platforms. It marked the first single by Adele in five years.
Composition and lyrics

“Easy on Me” is a simplistic piano ballad with bass drum beats joining halfway. The hook consists of the song’s title sung in a prominently elongated melody. The song is written in the key of F major with a slow tempo of 70 beats per minute. Lyrically, Adele addresses her nine-year-old son in the song, explaining to him her divorce from his father and beseeching him to be “easy on [her]”.

LYRIC

There ain’t no gold in this river
That I’ve been washing my hands in forever
I know there is hope in these waters
But I can’t bring myself to swim
When I am drowning in this silence
Baby, let me in

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
Didn’t get the chance to
Feel the world around me
I had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

There ain’t no room for things to change
When we are both so deeply stuck in our ways
You can’t deny how hard I have tried
I changed who I was to put you both first
But now I give up

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
Didn’t get the chance to
Feel the world around me
Had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

I had good intentions
And the highest hopes
But I know right now
It probably doesn’t even show

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
I didn’t get the chance to
Feel the world around me
I had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

Traduzoine testo (italian)

Non c’è oro in questo fiume
Dove da sempre mi lavo le mani
So che c’è speranza in queste acque
Ma non riesco a trovare la forza per nuotare
Mentre sto annegando nel silenzio
Baby, fammi entrare

Vacci piano con me baby
Ero ancora una bambina
Non ho avuto la possibilità di
Sentire il mondo intorno a me
Non ho avuto tempo di scegliere cosa ho scelto di fare
Quindi vacci piano con me

Non c’è spazio perché possa cambiare neanche una cosa
Quando siamo entrambi così fermi sulle nostre idee
Non puoi negare quanto duramente io ci abbia provato
Ho cambiato chi ero per mettervi entrambi al primo posto
Ma ora mi arrendo

Vacci piano con me baby
Ero ancora una bambina
Non ho avuto la possibilità di
Sentire il mondo intorno a me
Non ho avuto tempo di scegliere cosa ho scelto di fare
Quindi vacci piano con me

Avevo buone intenzioni
E le più grandi speranze
Ma adesso lo so
Probabilmente non si vede neanche

Vacci piano con me baby
Ero ancora una bambina
Non ho avuto la possibilità di
Sentire il mondo intorno a me
Non ho avuto tempo di scegliere cosa ho scelto di fare
Quindi vacci piano con me

war also decides the dawn of darkness …

illustration of Pawel Kuczysnki

There are bright ages and there are dark ages. Although the cycle of life is made up of the alternation of sunlight, in some periods it seems that the sun never rises. And when there are wars in between, it is always in the dark and freedom seems so suppressed that not even the sun gives that hope ..
what is freedom? It is being able to do what I want while respecting the freedom of the other. But if my concept of freedom is different, the system of society becomes utopian. The 3rd millennium is characterized by having exported democracy to exasperation leading it almost to a democratic dictatorship. Paradoxically, although China has nothing to do with most of the wars that have taken place in recent years, it nevertheless identifies the concept of democratic dictatorship at its perfection.

2nd October 1950 – The first strip of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts is released.

A group of children and a white dog with black ears make up Peanuts, a daily comic written and illustrated by Charles Monroe Schulz, published from 2 October 1950 to 13 February 2000 (the day after the author’s death). A comic book saga that entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most popular comic of all time. In the beginning the characters were just Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty and the dog, Snoopy. But soon the strip began to focus especially on Charlie Brown, a stubborn, shy and insecure child in love with “a red-haired girl”, Violet, who will be added at a later time. Over the years Shermy and Patty appear more rarely, while new characters are inserted: Schroeder, Lucy van Pelt, selfish and mischievous, and her brother Linus. In the sixties the strip begins to devote more space to Snoopy, who will become the great protagonist of the history of Peanuts. Endowed with a fervid imagination, in the course of its long history he has personified hundreds of different characters: Joe Falchetto, Mickey Mouse, Charlie Brown’s younger sister, Sally, the bird Woodstock, a friend of Snoopy who speaks a language of his which for us is incomprehensible, Pigpen, the always dirty child, Spike, one of Snoopy’s brothers who lives in the desert and many more, telling stories in the strips that have fascinated children all over the world. The adventures of Snoopy and his companions have appeared in over 2,000 newspapers, reaching 355 million readers. Since 1970 the definition of “Linus blanket” has been officially included in Webster’s Dictionary, and the most prestigious museums in the world have dedicated exhibitions and retrospectives to Schulz. The result of fifty years of Shulz’s tireless work, the series was interrupted by the express will of the author, who, jealously claiming paternity, forbade any heirs to continue it.