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Entries from December 17th, 2009

Poetry in Translation (LXXII): – Horia VINTILA, “Dedication”

December 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Diaspora, PEOPLE, Poetry, Reviews, Translations

DEDICATION (Vintila Horia)
Through streets of Babylon I look confused
For Thee my Lord to come in your pursuit
My voice is hoarse and broken like a lute
Which lost its soul for being over used.

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Constantin NOICA (1909-1987) – Centenar (Isabela Vasiliu-Scraba)

December 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments · OPINION, PEOPLE

“Comuniştii s-au aşezat prea aproape de oameni; s-au instalat în cămara lor de alimente, în culcuşul lor, în sertarele lor [cu manuscrise], pe cât posibil chiar în conştiinţele lor, încât indispun prin simpla lor voce, cu simplul lor ziar ” (Noica, Rugaţi-vă pentru fratele Alexandru, 1990, p. 15)

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Sfidarea Idiocratiei (I) – Memorii din Romania si Anglia

December 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Sfidarea Idiocratiei (I) – Memorii din Romania si Anglia · Books, Diaspora, quotations, Reviews

CRITERII DE DISCRIMINARE (fragmente): (…) Prima tentativa de a obtine un pasaport a fost la varsta de 14 ani, la eliberarea primului meu buletin de identitate, cand am crezut ca in mod automat sunt indreptatit sa obtin si pasaport. Pentru ca aveam niste strabuni cehi,  eram nerabdator sa descopar familia indepartata din Cehoslovacia. M-am dus […]

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Cambridge Memoir (II) – Peterhouse

December 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Cambridge Memoir (II) – Peterhouse · Books, Diaspora, PEOPLE, quotations, Uncategorized

Cambridge Memoir (II) – Peterhouse 17. Lord Dewar’s rescue No sooner that I accepted, with great glee, my Presidency of the Peterhouse Grad. Soc. the style of leadership had to change. New blood was needed to inject some tonus in the proceedings and I was determined to encourage more social contacts amongst its members, by […]

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Cambridge Memoir (I) – Peterhouse

December 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Cambridge Memoir (I) – Peterhouse · Books, Diaspora, quotations, Uncategorized

Peterhouse has the oldest Hall in Cambridge, going back to its foundation, in 1284. The Hall was restored in the 19c century when it was decorated by William Morris. It could take up to over one hundred undergraduates, but as their number grew, two sittings were introduced and eventually a self-service system. Formal dinners got fewer and attendance was no longer compulsory. However, as meals were heavily subsidized from college funds and benefactions,

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