This probably wasn’t the outcome you were wishing to hear about.
Which Do You Prefer To Watch?
BOOK OF THE WEEK
The Defeat of Rome
By Gareth C. Sampson
This book is not an easy read, but if you are as fascinated by Roman history as I am, you will learn a lot about Crassus and the victory at Carrhae by the Parthians.
In 53 BC the Proconsul Marcus Crassus and 36,000 of his legionaries were crushed by the Parthians at Carrhae in what is now eastern Turkey. Crassus’ defeat and death and the 20,000 casualties his army suffered were an extraordinary disaster for Rome.
The event intensified the bitter, destructive struggle for power in the Roman republic, curtailed the empire’s eastward expansion and had a lasting impact on the history of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
It was also the first clash between two of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world. Yet this critical episode has often been neglected by writers on the period who have concentrated on the civil war between Pompey and Caesar. Gareth Sampson, reconstructs the Carrhae campaign in fine detail, reconsiders the policy of imperial expansion and gives a fascinating insight into the opponents the Romans confronted in the East – the Parthians. (Source: Amazon)
MOVIE, PLAY OR TV SHOW OF THE WEEK
I mentioned this movie back in July 2019 and watched it again last week. I enjoyed it and thought it was well worth watching, even a second time.
Here was the poll results from back in 2019:
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (Source: IMDB)
Star Trek: Picard
Last week, I watched the second episode of this new Star Trek series and so far I’m a little disapointed. Nevertheless, I will continue to watch because it is good to see Jean-Luc Picard again.
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
I’ve mentioned before, but thought I would again. I’ve seen Little Richard twice. Once when he was young (as was I) and once when he was old (as am I). I’m glad he is still around (And I am to still be around).
Long Tall Sally (1956)
By Little Richard
ART OF THE WEEK
Kerid Volcanic Crater Lake in Iceland
Known as the Eye of the World or Eye of Odin
The Norse god Odin is typically portrayed as having only one eye. The myths which explain this [was …] the result of his pursuit of knowledge, which led him to sacrifice his right eye to gain cosmic knowledge from the mythical well of Mimir.
The myth is mainly concerned with the price of wisdom, and what an individual will pay to gain what they desire. In drinking the waters of Mimir’s Well, Odin is able to see more with one eye than he did previously with two. It establishes Odin’s great desire for wisdom and knowledge, and also emphasizes that the greater the sacrifice, the greater the reward. (Source: Wikipedia)
Located in southern Iceland, Kerid is unique among crater lakes in that its caldera likely didn’t form from an explosion as most do. The Kerid volcano is thought to have formed when the magma in the center simply depleted itself, and the empty chamber beneath caved in. Regardless of the geological minutia that led to the lake’s creation, its bright rainbow of colors look unearthly.
In addition to the bright, sapphire-colored waters, the steep slopes of the caldera’s bowl are almost entirely covered in red volcanic rock. There is one, less-steep side of the slope that is covered in rich green moss. (Source: Atlas Obscura)
EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK
If you have enjoyed Downton Abbey as well as other shows featured on PBS Masterpiece, Darlene Shibley deserves some thanks for her donations to The Masterpiece Trust that makes these wonderful shows possible.
For decades as one of San Diego’s most high-profile and prolific philanthropists, Shiley — with her late husband, heart-valve inventor Donald Shiley — has given away upward of $100 million to science, educational and arts organizations.
But it’s been the one-time actress’ record-breaking gifts to the fundraising Masterpiece Trust, more than $5.2 million to date, that have made Shiley nearly as famous as a Crawley family member.
Born: Aug. 23, 1946
Education: San Jose State University, theatre arts and humanities
Work experience: Acting, semiconductor industry, television public service director, accounting firm, public relations., President, Shiley Foundation
“Darlene is a wonderful ambassadress for the show. People recognize her everywhere and she handles it with such warmth and grace,” said Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece and one of “Downton’s” executive producers. (Source: The San Diego Union – Tribune)
If you have a cat, this may be helpful
LAST WEEK’S POLLS
I did not see the film, but I would like to see it 36.84% (7 votes)
I saw the film and liked it 31.58% (6 votes)
I did not see the film and I do not want to see it 31.58% (6 votes)
I saw the film and did not like it 0% (0 votes)
Total Votes: 19
Yes 95.45% (21 votes)
No 4.55% (1 votes)
Some of both 81.82% (18 votes)
Do you usually let them continue with a belief that you think is mistaken 13.64% (3 votes)
Do you usually insist upon trying to win the argument 4.54% (1 votes)
Total Votes: 22
More yes than no 50% (11 votes)
More no than yes 50% (11 votes)
Yes, all three 52.38% (11 votes)
Two of the three 19.05% (4 votes)
None of the rocks 19.05% (4 votes)
One of the three 9.52% (2 votes)
If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00
However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life,
only you can do that.