New Brazilian frog named after Ozzy Osbourne


This video is called Wild Amazon Part 1.

From National Geographic:

New “Bat Frog” Found in Amazon, Named for Ozzy Osbourne

Dendropsophus ozzyi males make high-pitched, batlike calls

Carrie Arnold

November 8, 2014

Holy Batfrog! Scientists have discovered a new tree frog species with a shrill, batlike call in the Brazilian Amazon.

“As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it,” said Pedro Peloso, one of the frog’s discoverers and a postdoctoral fellow at Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil.

Peloso and colleagues found the 0.75-inch (19.4-millimeter) amphibian in 2009 as part of a biodiversity survey of Floresta Nacional de Pau-Rosa, a protected area in the state of Amazonas (map).

During the month-long expedition, the team found 21 specimens of the brown-and-orange creature, which has mysteriously long, delicate fingers and toes. (Read about tree frogs in National Geographic magazine.)

The male frogs also have an unusually large vocal sac, a nearly transparent piece of skin that inflates to produce its unique high-pitched chirping sound. Male tree frogs in general make loud calls to communicate with females in distant treetops, but the new species is the first known to sound like a bat.

Once the team had brought their treasure back to the lab, “we kept talking about the ‘bat frog,’ which led to us talking about being fans of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath,” Peloso said.

At a concert in 1981, Osbourne bit the head off a bat that a fan threw on the stage, although Osbourne later said he believed it was rubber. Peloso named his bat frog Dendropsophus ozzyi, and it’s described November 6 in the journal Zootaxa.

British veterans for peace


This video from Britain says about itself:

8 October 2014

on remembrance day
when the army prays
and the flags go up
to remind us that they do it for us

on remembrance day
by the flower display
where the Church explains
how the heroes keep the villains away

there I’ll
tell it to the careless wind
there I’ll
tell you when the good guys win

on remembrance day
I should stay away
from the BBC

where they tell you what a real man should be

and the children watch
as the vicar walks around with a cross
‘cos to love is fine
if you do it at a sensible time
there I’ll
tell it to the careless wind

yes I’ll
tell it to the careless wind
yeah I’ll
tell you when the good guys win
yes I’ll
save it for the next of kin

on remembrance day
on remembrance day
on remembrance day.

Last year I took my kids to Remembrance day church parade. I was struck by how the balance seem to have shifted from remembering the dead to celebrating their heroism. The poppy was like a red blanket thrown across all conflicts since 1914 many of which were opposed by a majority of British citizens. I was in a church unable to stand separate from the state because the Church of England is part of the state.

Anyway, when I got home I wrote this song, I hope it is critical without being condemnatory. It has been picked up by the Christian think tank Ekklesia to promote the white poppy and will be performed for Veterans for Peace as part on remembrance day this year.

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By Will Stone in Britain:

Peace campaign veterans remember all war dead

Monday 10th November 2014

War veterans campaigning for peace held a sombre vigil at London’s Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday yesterday, marching under the banner “Never again.”

As millions across the country joined Establishment figures to pay tribute to the war dead, the Veterans for Peace UK (VFP) group — which includes former Afghanistan serviceman and anti-war campaigner Joe Glenton — marked its own ceremony outside the memorial in Whitehall.

The afternoon ceremony was held “to remember all of those killed in war including civilians and enemy soldiers.”

Joined by supporters, VFP members faced the war memorial to sing Where Have All The Flowers Gone and read the poem The Cenotaph.

A wreath containing 90 per cent white poppies and 10 per cent red, to highlight the huge proportion of civilians killed in modern warfare, was also laid.

VFP members all wore hoodies, dark clothing and black ties. Supporters were advised to wear clothes “as if you were attending a funeral.”

A one-minute silence was observed before a reveille was sounded to mark the end of the ceremony.

Mr Glenton, who was jailed for absconding from military service in 2007, said he joined VFP to “counter the institution of war and to lead the way towards better alternatives to it.”

Falklands war veteran and VFP member Gus Hales, from Nuneaton, said: “War is always based on a lie and those that start them never fight in them.”

Earlier the Queen laid the first wreath at the Cenotaph after the nation marked two minutes’ silence at 11am. Thousands gathered at the Tower of London to see the installation of ceramic poppies.

Visiting the installation, Minouche Daniels, 54, said: “Seeing it makes me wish that there weren’t wars in the world. Coming from Lebanon I have a different perspective to all of it. I still wish that there weren’t deaths due to war.”

Russell Leach, 93, who helped build Mulberry harbours used by the Allies to bring cargo ashore during the Normandy landings in WWII, said of the installation: “Seeing it makes me feel sad. One wonders what it was all for. I think it is more questions than answers, really.”

This year’s Remembrance Sunday marked 100 years since the beginning of WWI, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the end of Britain’s 13-year military presence in Afghanistan.

Anti-World War I song censored for Royal British Legion


This music video is called Eric Bogle – The Green Fields of France. Also known as ‘No Man’s Land‘. The (complete, uncensored) lyrics are here.

By Richard Bagley in Britain:

Campaigners hit out at removal of song’s anti war message

Saturday 8th November 2014

Pop star Joss Stone was embroiled in a political row yesterday after releasing a “sanitised” version of a classic anti-war anthem for the Royal British Legion’s annual poppy appeal.

Peace campaigners have slammed the version of Eric Bogle’s ballad No Man’s Land, which hit the shops on Monday in advance of Remembrance Sunday.

The sentimental track by Ms Stone and guitarist Jeff Beck cuts two and a half verses from the original four, including lines declaiming “man’s blind indifference to his fellow man.”

Also missing is its poignant anti-war crescendo: “Did you really believe that this war would end wars?/Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame/The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain/For Willie McBride, it all happened again/And again, and again, and again, and again.”

Thousands have already bombarded the RBL with complaints over the release via an online petition demanding that it apologise.

But in a statement to the Morning Star yesterday the organisation hit back, saying it “rejects the premise of a campaign claiming that it has ‘sanitised’ the anti-war message.”

It suggested that the campaign was rooted in a “selective and misleading interpretation of a letter written by Eric Bogle.”

The original songwriter, who was not involved in the new version, gave his own take after being inundated with queries.

He said the Stone release “certainly doesn’t glorify it, but doesn’t condemn it either.

“Sentimentalising, perhaps, but not glorifying.”

He agreed that the “strong anti-war message” of the original had been diminished.

“Missing some crucial verses does not help.”

But musician Lisa Rigby branded the changes “a shameful omission.”

“All those lost to war are best commemorated by meaningful efforts to stop war entirely,” she said.

Joss Stone butchers No Mans Land: here.

The Royal British Legion, who run the Poppy Appeal, have in recent years shown a tendency to misuse the message of remembrance to encourage a pro-war, jingoistic agenda. They have now taken things a step further by using an anti-war song in a fundraising film – after taking the anti-war lyrics out: here.

See also here.

Legion Scotland has defended its decision to drop “Royal British” from its name after criticism from pro-union supporters. The veterans’ charity said the rebranding was not a political move, but “the day-to-day name” was adopted to differentiate it from the Royal British Legion south of the border: here.

Catalonian, Spanish classical music concert


This is a list of music videos by violinist Laura Rafecas and piano player Carles Puig from Catalonia. The first item on the list is Soneti de la rosada, by Catalonian composer Eduard Toldrà.

This was also the first piece of music which Laura Rafecas played on 25 October 2014 in a chapel in Hilversum. This time together with another piano player: Roderigo Robles de Medina.

This music video is called Beethoven Piano concerto no 4, Roderigo Robles de Medina, piano, part I.

Since a few years, Roderigo Robles de Medina and Laura Rafecas play together in a project called Essences from Catalonia. They play not only Catalonian music, but also music by composers from other parts of Spain.

After Toldrà, they played Spanish Suite by Manuel de Falla. De Falla is from Cadiz, about as far from Catalonia as possible in Spain.

This video is a performance of that music by Hai-Ye Ni, on cello.

Then, the next music in Hilversum was Elegia by Federico Mompou.

Next, they played Sonata Espanola by Joaquin Turina.

This music video is called Turina, Sonata No. 2, Op. 82, Sonata Espanola, Movements 1 & 2. Performed by Alfonso Lopez violin, Michelle Tabor piano.

This music video is called Turina, Sonata No. 2, Op. 82, Espanola, Mov. 3.

This video is from September 2013 in Rotterdam. It shows the encore of the Essences of Catalonia performance, Romanza Andalusa, by Pablo de Sarasate.