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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

the sky is grey and it looks like rain but I love it

The sky is grey and it looks like rain but I love it. It depends on my mood, I guess... but I don't think anything could make me feel bad today because


I took my final French (written) exam this morning. I think I did okay, but what I'm most happy with is to have it finally DONE. Well, yeah, I hope I do well, too (because it counts for a FREAKING FIFTY PERCENT OF MY GRADE). ;) Then I've just got the oral exam tomorrow night after I come home from classes to study for, but the studying for that will be nowhere as bad as the studying for this morning's test was. I don't think I've ever studied so much for a test in my life.

School starts tomorrow, but I'm expecting it to be just going over syllabuses and then my three hours break in between for my office hours as a student representative - which I expect to be just sitting in a room for two hours with no one ever coming to see me so it's pretty much going to be the one actually quiet place where I can study or write essays... or if I don't have to do either, watch Supernatural or Skype with my good friend Voronda. I'm actually kind of looking forward to school starting because that means getting to see people my age, lots of English, and best of all, no French.

Oh, and I watched The Fault in our Stars. I thought I would hate it because I have this bias against anything that's a popular teenage romance, but it was actually REALLY REALLY GOOD. Review of that coming on my reviews blog on Friday. And ED SHEERAN SINGS THE CREDITS SONG. Can I just say that

movie with a beautiful story + Ed Sheeran = PERFECTION

Okay? Okay.

... which makes me realize that I haven't done my "115.5 Alyianna FM" for a while. So I shall do that, starting out my favourite song of the moment. Get ready for slower songs / indie-folk because that's the mood I'm in right now.

Ed Sheeran ~ All of the Stars
(lots of mistakes with the lyrics if anyone is 
actually looking at them)

Gabrielle Aplin ~ November

Snow Patrol ~ New York

The Lumineers ~ Hey Ho

Mumford & Sons ~ I Will Wait

Of Monsters & Men ~ Little Talks

Imagine Dragons ~ Nothing Left to Say / Rocks

I just realized the name of this song 
rhymes with the last one.

The Last Time ~ Taylor Swift & Gary Lightbody

St. Roch or Rocco

Ordinary Time: September 2nd

Untrustworthy sources say he was probably born at Montpellier, France, son of the governor there. He was orphaned when he was twenty. He went on pilgrimage to Rome and devoted himself to caring for the victims of a plague that was ravaging Italy. He became a victim himself at Piacenza, but recovered and was reputed to have performed many miracles of healing. On his return to Montpellier, he was imprisoned for five years as a spy in pilgrim's disguise when his uncle, who was governor, ordered him imprisoned. (His uncle failed to recognize him, and Roch failed to identify himself.) Roch died in prison and was only then identified as the former governor's son by a birthmark in the form of a cross on his chest.

Another biographer says that he was arrested as a spy at Angers, Lombardy, and died in prison there. When miracles were reported at his intercession after his death, a popular cult developed, and he is invoked against pestilence and plague. He is known as Rocco in Italy and Roque in Spain.


Gaza Ceasefire: Hold the Cheers

By Stephen Lendman

Global Research, August 27, 2014

(...) Terms largely replicate how both sides ended Israel’s November 2012 Pillar of Cloud aggression.

Hamas stuck to the letter of the deal. Israel violated it straightaway. It blamed Hamas for its crimes. Expect nothing different this time. (...)

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Monday, September 1, 2014

St. Giles

Ordinary Time: September 1st

According to tradition, St. Giles was born in Athens, Greece and was of noble extraction. After his parents died, he fled from his fatherland to avoid followers and fame. He went to France, and in a cave in a forest near the mouth of the Rhone, he was able to lead the life of a hermit. Legend notes a hind came everyday to his cell and furnished him with milk. One day the king's hunters chased the hind and discovered St. Giles and his secret hermitage. The hunters shot at the hind, but missed and hit Giles' leg with an arrow, which kept him crippled the rest of his life. He then consented to King Theodoric's request of building a monastery (known later as "Saint Gilles du Gard") and he became its first Abbot. He died some eight years later towards 712.


Chaldean Patriarch Sako says US behind ISIL

Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:38 PM

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has unleashed an attack on the West, accusing the United States of supporting the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) terrorist group.

“America is behind ISIS [ISIL], which is the crime of the century, and they want to brazenly displace Christians from their homes and churches,” Sako told the local newspaper Ad-Diyar, saying the reason was that the West’s labor force needed immigrants.

“The West watched us and it seemed they have ignored our suffering,” he complained. “But we will not leave our land, whatever the sacrifices.” (...)

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