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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

L' Opéra Imaginaire

L' Opéra Imaginaire
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1    Verdi - Traviata - Noi Siamo Zingarelle
2    Puccini - Madame Butterfly
3     Verdi - Rigoletto - Donna E Mobile
4    Bizet - Carmen
5    Gounod - Faust - Le Veau D'or
6    Bizet - Les Pecheurs De Perles
7    Delibes – Lakmé - Flower Duet
8    Mozart - Die Zauberflöte
9    Mozart - Nozze Di Figaro - Voi Che Sapete
10    Puccini - Tosca - E Lucevan Le Stelle
11    Verdi - Traviata - Choeur Bohemiens
12       Verdi - Traviata - Le Trouvère
13    Verdi - Traviata - Choeur Des Bohemiens
L' Opéra Imaginaire  

Mr Burns

Mr Burns


Digital Photography for Dummies

Digital photography for dummies

Category: Photography Tips
Written on Jan 31, 2008 by Sandro Dzneladze
Digital photography for dummies
Are you planning to buy a digital camera? Do you already have a digital camera? If both answers are yes then this basic tips and tricks are for you.
Digital photography seems easy to the amateur compared to analogue film cameras but taking really good photos requires knowledge and understanding of photography.
Here are the basics along with some tips and tricks to produce better digital photos. Here I will go through the following aspects:

- Storage and Image Quality
- Memory
- Battery Power
- Exposure
- Focus
- Depth of field
- Zooming
- Flash
- LCD View finder

Storage and image quality:

Digital photography for dummies: Image qualityMost digital cameras allow you to reduce their resolution or increase the compression to get more images on to the memory card. However, both these will reduce quality. Unless you have a very small memory card, select the highest resolution pictures and lowest Jpeg compression settings.
When it comes to how much resolution you need, it depends on how much detail you want to capture. More mega pixels means higher detail and bigger enlargements or crops before you the image starts to become pixelated.
For a 3R size photo 1024*786 resolution should be just fine.


Digital photography for dummies: MemoryMemory is an important part of digital photography but will become less of an issue in the future as storage capacities become larger and larger. Storage capacity dictates how many pictures you can take and how high a resolution they can be.
There are several memory card formats available for different cameras.
· Smart Media
· Compact Flash
· xD
· MS
· SD

I’d recommend buying a 1GB memory card.
Memory cards can be erased and reused but you’ll want to back up your images first. Most people copy their snaps on to a PC or laptop.


Digital photography for dummies: BatteriesThe lifespan of digital camera batteries depending on the model and usage, but one to four hours of solid use is about standard. In practice you’ll power down the camera between pictures, allowing you to take around 50 photos over a period of several days.

Tips to save your battery:-
· Switch off the flash
· Do not use the LCD view finder.
· Switch off button beeps and other sound effects.
· Use high drain rechargeable batteries such as Ni-MH 2300mAh because disposable alkaline AA cells won’t last long in a digital camera
· Use a card reader to move pictures onto your PC instead of connecting the camera and using its batteries.
· If you own a SLR digital camera, purchase a spare battery and the battery grip attachment.

All digital cameras have an auto setting which calculates what it anticipates will be the most suitable exposure. Most devices get it about right, but mistakes happen. There will also be times when you want a darker or brighter result.
Digital photography for dummies: Exposure
Deliberately underexposing an image can be an affective way of cutting through haze or bringing out a colourful sunset. Overexposing is also handy if your subject is dark and you can’t or don’t want to use a fill-in flash. Remember to set the exposure compensation back to zero afterwards though. 

Digital cameras have an auto focus mode but, as with auto exposure, this can go wrong. A common problem is where the subject in the foreground is out of focus, but the background is in sharp focus. It’s clear that the camera has focused on the background by mistake.
The first time you try this it’s easy to press the button all the way and accidentally take the photo early. It takes practice to learn the right pressure, but at least a digital camera lets you delete the pictures that went wrong.
Digital photography for dummies: Focus

Depth of field:

Depth of field is a technical term referring to how much of the picture is in focus. A large depth of field has lots in focus, while a shallow depth of field only has the main subject in focus.
The depth of field is controlled by the lens aperture, described by its f-number. Smaller f-numbers mean shallower depths of field; larger f.numbers mean larger depths of field. Digital cameras generally have a range of f-numbers between f2.8 and fl1. (You can read more about DOF here.)



Most digital cameras are fitted with optical and digital zoom facilities. It’s best to disable the digital zoom as it just crops the centre of the picture and enlarges it, thereby losing quality, The optical zoom uses lenses to get closer to a subject with no loss in quality, but zooming in and out also has other effects.


Camera Flash:

The key to using the flash is to understand its limitations. Built-in flashes are only effective over a distance of a few short metres and, beyond this, have no effect at all. Unless your subject is within a few metres, you might as well switch off the flash. It’s also a good idea to switch off the flash when shooting through windows to avoid reflection.


LCD View finder:

A big advantage of digital cameras is being able to use the LCD screens to check a photo immediately after taking it. This is invaluable for checking exposure, and composition, not to mention potentially blinked eyelids. Beware, though, as the screen resolution is too low to confirm whether a picture is definitely in focus. So if you’ve got a particularly important shot, play it back afterwards and zoom in closely to ensure everything’s fine.

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Digital Photography All-In-One For Dummies

Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle, the most unlikely reality TV star ever, shocks Simon Cowell on 'Britain's Got Talent'

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 7:26 AM
Susan Boyle shows off her golden voice on 'Britain's Got Talent'. Susan Boyle shows off her golden voice on 'Britain's Got Talent'. Meet the frumpy, unemployed, 47-year-old woman who shocked Simon Cowell.
During auditions for "Britain's Got Talent" this week, Susan Boyle of the village West Lothian walked on to the stage to snickers from the audience and an eye-roll from Cowell. After she unleashed a perfect rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables," she left with the crowd on its feet.
"Without a doubt, that is the biggest surprise I've had in three years of the show," said one of Cowell's co-judges, Piers Morgan.
Boyle received three perfect scores and is the early favorite to win on the hit reality TV series. "I know the minute you walked out on that stage that we were going to hear something extraordinary and I was right," quipped Cowell.
In just three days, the clip of Boyle's stunning performance has notched 2,605,000 views on YouTube.
"I've always wanted to play before a large audience," Boyle said before hitting the stage. "I'm going to make that audience watch."
When she walked out on the stage of the TV show Britain’s Got Talent, no one expected her to do well.
The Audience was laughing before starting the song...
after the song... well... WATCH!!
Here are the Lyrics
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life woth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used
And wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame.

And still
I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms
We cannot weather...

I had a dream my life would be
So different form this hell I'm living
so different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.
"I was born with a disability and that made me a target for bullies. I was called names because of my fuzzy hair and because I struggled in class. I told the teachers, but because it was more verbal than physical I could never prove anything. But words often hurt more than cuts and bruises and the scars are still there. I still see the kids I went to school with because we all live in the same area. They're all grown up with children of their own. But look at me now - I've got the last laugh... Mum loved the show and used to tell me I should put my name down and that I'd win it if I did. But I never thought I was good enough. It was only after she died that I plucked up the courage to enter. It was a very dark time and I suffered depression and anxiety. But out of the darkness came light. I realised I wanted to make her proud of me and the only way to do that was to take the risk and enter the show." Miss Boyle told presenters Ant and Dec that she lived alone with just her cat Pebbles for company. She said: ‘I’ve never had a boyfriend. I’ve never even been kissed.’
Never been kissed: Britain's Got Talent singing sensation Susan Boyle
Middle-aged ‘hairy angel’ wipes the smile off Britain’s Got Talent judges' faces
Britain's Got Talent
Panel: Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell will judge the talent
By Liz Thomas - Last updated at 12:47 AM on 10th April 2009
Middle-aged, dowdy, with thick eyebrows and an unfortunate gait, she couldn’t have looked less like a star. But Susan Boyle may be the surprise winner of Britain’s Got Talent after she stunned Simon Cowell with her remarkable voice.
Unemployed and single, the 48-year-old has thick unkempt hair, bushy eyebrows and downy fuzz is noticeable across parts of her face.
Surprise: Susan left the audience speechless with her amazing performance
Surprise: Susan left the audience speechless with her amazing performance
paul potts
Speechless: The surprise reaction to Susan brought back memories of 2007 singing sensation Paul Potts (above)
A smirking Cowell asked her who she would like to emulate - to which she replied Elaine Paige. ‘I would love to be in musical theatre. I have just never had the opportunity,’ said Miss Boyle, who is from West Lothian in Scotland.
Moments later, the music mogul and fellow judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan were left speechless by her powerful rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. Miss Holden appeared close to tears as she sang, while Cowell looked almost adoring.
The audience gave the singer a standing ovation and cheered as she finished the song.
The turnaround was reminiscent of mobile phone salesman Paul Potts's success in the first series. The judges admitted they had dismissed Potts because of the way he looked – namely, awkward and with wonky teeth.
'Never judge a book by its cover!'
Susan Boyle, 48, from West Lothian is living proof of this quote as she stunned the judges on Britain's Got Talent singing 'I Dream A Dream' from Les Miserables, earning herself a standing ovation from the crowd and inspired the ITV show to a peak audience of 11.8million viewers.
Before her performance, Miss Boyle told Geordie hosts Ant and Dec that she's "never had a boyfriend" and she has "never been kissed before".
Her previous singing experience was limited to the church choir and karaoke. The audience and judges laughed as she said she would like to be as successfull as Elaine Paige.
Susan soon turned that laughter into tears, Piers Morgan described her as stunning and "the biggest surprise in three years on the show" while Simon Cowell said she can go back home and with her head held high.
Well done Susan, she is now tipped as an early favourite to win this years show!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Parlez-moi d'amour



 Parlez-moi D'amour :

Parlez-moi d'amour
Redites-moi des choses tendres
Votre beau discours
Mon cœur n'est pas las de l'entendre
Pourvu que toujours
Vous répétiez ces mots suprêmes :
"Je vous aime"

Vous savez bien

Que dans le fond je n'en crois rien
Mais cependant je veux encore
Écouter ce mot que j'adore
Votre voix aux sons caressants
Qui le murmure en frémissant
Me berce de sa belle histoire
Et malgré moi je veux y croire


Il est si doux

Mon cher trésor, d'être un peu fou
La vie est parfois trop amère
Si l'on ne croit pas aux chimères
Le chagrin est vite apaisé
Et se console d'un baiser
Du cœur on guérit la blessure
Par un serment qui le rassure

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Michael Bublé

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Windmills of Your Mind / Les Moulins de Mon Cœur

Les Moulins de Mon Cœur
The Windmills of Your Mind

"The Windmills of Your Mind" is a song with music by French composer Michel Legrand and English lyrics written by Americans Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
The French lyrics, under the title "Les Moulins de Mon Cœur", were written by Eddy Marnay.

The song (with the English lyrics) was used as the theme for the 1968 film, The Thomas Crown Affair.

The opening two melodic sentences were borrowed from Mozart's second movement from his Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, K. 364.

In the original 1968 film the song was performed by Noel Harrison who took the song to #8 in the UK Singles Chart. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1968.
A version by Sting was used in the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.

Dusty Springfield's version of the song from her album Dusty in Memphis is also well known; this version reached #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in 1969.  This recording also appeared on the soundtrack to Breakfast on Pluto (2006).
The song has been interpreted by a large number of singers, instrumentalists, and orchestras.

Michel Legrand 
The Thomas Crown Affair(1968) 
Dusty Springfield  1969 HD
Barbra Streisand   2011
Mireille Mathieu &  Michel Legrand - Duo
Amaury Vassili  
Michel Legrand
Tina Arena -  (Live)
Frida Boccara - 
Nana Mouskouri - 
Claude François   + Paroles
Patricia Kaas 
Barbra Streisand   2011
The Thomas Crown Affair 
Thomas Crown Affair 
Vicky Leandros
Sharleen Spiteri  + Lyrics
Noel Harrison
The Windmills Of Your Mind
Les Moulins de Mon Coeur 
Les Moulins de Mon Coeur
Thomas Crown (1968) 
Dusty In Memphis
Noel Harrison

Is there a definitive meaning to this song?

The most revealing line is:  "When you knew that it was over, you were suddenly aware that the autumn leaves were turning to the colour of her hair"

Is it about the emotional turmoil caused by a relationship ending (abruptly?); endlessly re-winding to when you were so in love that everything else in life was a blur, and going round & round in circles over what went wrong and what you might have done differently?
Something we can all relate to.

One of the song's writers, Marilyn Bergman, said: "The lyric we wrote was stream-of-consciousness. "We felt that the song had to be a mind-trip of some kind.  "I think we were thinking… you know when you try to fall asleep at night and you can't turn your brain off and thoughts and memories tumble."
Life in the 60's was a constant whirl

Les Moulins de Mon Cœur

Les Moulins de Mon Coeur
The Windmills Of Your Mind
Michel Legrand - Musique
Michel Legrand - Music
Paroles: Eddy Marnay
Lyrics: Bergman, Marilyn / Bergman, Alan

Comme une pierre que l'on jette
Dans l'eau vive d'un ruisseau
Like a circle in a spiral
Et qui laisse derrière elle
Like a wheel within a wheel
Des milliers de ronds dans l'eau
Never ending or beginning
Comme un manège de lune
On an ever-spinning reel
Avec ses chevaux d'étoiles
Like a snowball down a mountain

Or a carnival balloon
Comme un anneau de Saturne

Un ballon de carnaval
Like a carousel that’s turning
Comme le chemin de ronde
Running rings around the moon
Que font sans cesse les heures
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Le voyage autour du monde
Past the minutes on it’s face
D'un tournesol dans sa fleur
And the world is like an apple
Tu fais tourner de ton nom
Whirling silently in space
Tous les moulins de mon cœur
Like the circles that you find

In the windmills of your mind
Comme un écheveau de laine

Entre les mains d'un enfant
Like a tunnel that you follow
Ou les mots d'une rengaine
To a tunnel of it’s own
Pris dans les harpes du vent
Down a hollow to a cavern
Comme un tourbillon de neige
Where the sun has never shone
Comme un vol de goélands
Like a door that keeps revolving
Sur des forêts de Norvège
In a half-forgotten dream
Sur des moutons d'océan
Like the ripples from a pebble

Someone tosses in a stream
Comme le chemin de ronde

Que font sans cesse les heures
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Le voyage autour du monde
Past the minutes on it’s face
D'un tournesol dans sa fleur
And the world is like an apple
Tu fais tourner de ton nom
Whirling silently in space
Tous les moulins de mon cœur
Like the circles that you find

In the windmills of your mind
Ce jour-là près de la source

Dieu sait ce que tu m'as dit
Keys that jingle in your pocket
Mais l'été finit sa course
Words that jangle in your head
L'oiseau tomba de son nid
Why did summer go so quickly?
Et voila que sur le sable
Was it something that I said?
Nos pas s'effacent déjà
Lovers walk along a shore
Et je suis seul à la table
And leave their footprints in the sand
Qui résonne sous mes doigts

Was the sound of distant drumming
Comme un tambourin qui pleure
Just the fingers of your hand?
Sous les gouttes de la pluie
Pictures hanging in a hallway
Comme les chansons qui meurent
Or the fragment of a song
Aussitôt qu'on les oublie
Half-remembered names and faces
Et les feuilles de l'automne
But to whom do they belong?
Rencontre des ciels moins bleus
When you knew that it was over
Et ton absence leur donne
Were you suddenly aware
La couleur de tes cheveux
That the autumn leaves were turning

To the colour of her hair?
Une pierre que l'on jette

Dans l'eau vive d'un ruisseau
Like a circle in a spiral
Et qui laisse derrière elle
Like a wheel within a wheel
Des milliers de ronds dans l'eau
Never ending or beginning
Au vent des quatre saisons
On an ever-spinning reel
Tu fais tourner de ton nom
As the images unwind
Tous les moulins de mon cœur
Like the circles that you find

In the windmills of your mind
Les Moulins de Mon Coeur