Sound of Music No. 1: “Der Hölle Rache” (Hell`s Revenge) by Florence Foster Jenkins

arts, Film, humor, Movie, Musik, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps

Queen of The Night by Florence Foster Jenkins – known as the Worst Singer in The World Ever.

True passion and devotion doesn´t need to strike the right note.

The Artist

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Florence played by Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins (born Narcissa Florence Foster; July 19, 1868 – November 26, 1944) was an American socialite and amateur soprano who was known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability. The historian Stephen Pile ranked her “the world’s worst opera singer … No one, before or since, has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.”

Her TOP Hit…

A Recommenation:

The sweet-bitter movie about Mrs Florence – with some very good laughs and an excellent performance of Meryl Streep, singing the aria in person!!!

Amazing to be able to intentionally miss the notes – just by less than an inch.

In my opinion Hugh Grant is the perfect match for the role of Mrs Florences husband – great!

“Without dreaming big, drive, courage & loyalty, there is nothing.” 

Queen of the Night by Meryl Streep alias Madame Florence

The touching movie based on a true story….a lesson on courage.

Poem No. 85: “My Candle” – “Meine Kerze”

Gedichte, poems

Meine Kerze brennt
an beiden Enden; 
sie übersteht diese Nacht nicht.
Aber sie spendet
all meinen Freunden – und Feinden 
ein wundervolles Licht.

My candle burns
at both ends;
she won`t survive the night.
But she contributes
all my friends - and foes
a wonderful light.

Poem No. 76: “Equipment” by Edgar Guest (born 1881)

Gedichte, poems

Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You’ve all that the greatest of men have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say “I can.”

Look them over, the wise and great,
They take their food from a common plate
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes,
The world considers them brave and smart.
But you’ve all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if only you will,
You’re well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen, great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place,
You must say where you want to go.
How much you will study the truth to know,
God has equipped you for life, But He
Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win,
So figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began.
Get hold of yourself, and say: “I can.”

Strong Women No. 9: “Sophie Scholl” – Member of the White Rose Resistance Group (Germany 1942-1943)

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Sophia Magdalena Scholl (9 May 1921 – 22 Feb. 1943) was a German biology & philosophy student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany.

She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich (LMU) with her brother, Hans. As a result, she was executed by guillotine. 

ACTIVITIES OF THE WHITE ROSE

The core members initially included Hans Scholl (Sophie’s brother), Willi Graf, Christoph Probst and Alexander Schmorell.  Initially, her brother had been keen to keep her unaware of their activities, but once she discovered them, she joined him and proved valuable to the group because, as a woman, her chances of being randomly stopped by the SS were much smaller. Calling themselves the White Rose, they instructed Germans to passively resist the Nazi government. The pamphlet used both Biblical and philosophical support for an intellectual argument of resistance. In addition to authorship and protection, Scholl helped copy, distribute, and mail pamphlets while also managing the group’s finances.

Sophie and the rest of the White Rose were arrested for distributing the sixth leaflet at the University of Munich on 18 February 1943. In the People’s Court before Judge Roland Freisler on 22 February 1943, Scholl was recorded as saying these words:

Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare express themselves as we did.

On 22 February 1943, Scholl, her brother, Hans, and their friend, Christoph Probst, were found guilty of treason and condemned to death. They were all beheaded by a guillotine by executioner Johann Reichhart in Munich’s Stadelheim Prison only a few hours later, at 17:00 hrs.

Else Gebel shared Sophie Scholl’s cell and recorded her last words before being taken away to be executed. “It is such a splendid sunny day, and I have to go. But how many have to die on the battlefield in these days, how many young, promising lives. What does my death matter if by our acts thousands are warned and alerted. Among the student body there will certainly be a revolt.”

Prison officials, in later describing the scene, emphasized the courage with which Sophie walked to her execution. Her last words were:

How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?

Following her death, a copy of the sixth leaflet was smuggled out of Germany through Scandinavia to the UK by German jurist Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, where it was used by the Allied Forces. In mid-1943, they dropped over Germany millions of propaganda copies of the tract, now retitled “The Manifesto of the Students of Munich”, please follow the link below to the 6th and last leaflet of the White Rose (in English language), if you like….

web: http://learning-from-history.de/sites/default/files/attach/8578/a027t01e.pdf

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Poem No. 14: “See It Through” By Edgar Guest

Gedichte, poems, Uncategorized
When you’re up against a trouble, 
Meet it squarely, face to face; 
Lift your chin and set your shoulders, 
Plant your feet and take a brace. 

When it’s vain to try to dodge it, 
Do the best that you can do; 
You may fail, but you may conquer, 
See it through! 

Black may be the clouds about you 
And your future may seem grim, 
But don’t let your nerve desert you; 
Keep yourself in fighting trim. 

If the worst is bound to happen, 
Spite of all that you can do, 
Running from it will not save you, 
See it through! 

Even hope may seem but futile, 
When with troubles you’re beset, 
But remember you are facing 
Just what other men have met. 

You may fail, but fall still fighting; 
Don’t give up, whate’er you do; 
Eyes front, head high to the finish. 
See it through!

Insight No. 37: Worldwide Protests (part 2) – Touching Photos of Resistance, Courage and Solidarity – “Weltweite Proteste”

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Iran – protest against domestic violence claiming justice for women.

 

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Paris / France – Contra corruption.

 

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United States – protest against water pollution due to fracking.

 

Russian homophobic laws demo

Gay Parade in UK with Russian guests.

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London – Brexit referendum demonstration

 

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Tunesia (?) – Protests at the Occasion of the Arab Spring

 

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Germany – 108 km human chain to demand disarmament

 

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Climate Change Protest of an ice bear in the States

 

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Dublin / Ireland – Demonstration to support referendum about the introduction of abortion rights for women in Ireland.

 

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Algeria (?) / North Africa

 

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Germany – fight against abuse of contract of work labor resulting in temporary employments while employee protection regulations are systematically undermined. (IGM = union of metal processing employees).

 

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Germany – students protests due to a severe shortage of affordable housing.

 

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Myanmar Buddhist Monk Protests protected by civilians who built a double human chain.

 

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Pro HealthCare Demonstration in the States.

 

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Japan animal protection demonstration.

 

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United States – campaign to promote the rights of fathers in the event of a divorce.

 

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Unted States – Labor union strike

 

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch

Zimbawe – demanding education for everybody