"For most Czech historians Sigismund of Luxembourg is very much a controversial figure. Many of them were extremely critical of him. Very often this was due to an imagination of Sigismund drawn by the early 20th century Czech writer of historical novels, Alois Jirasek, who in his books described Sigismund as a red-haired and crooked man, meaning not only his body but also his lack of moral principles." — Alena Škodová
Instead of Groundhog Day or Imbolc, today is Liichtmëssdaag in Luxembourg. Children walk from house to house with paper lanterns on sticks, singing a traditional song. Loosely translated, the song begins: “Dear Blessed Blaise, give us Bacon and Peas.” Today, that means that the children receive candy from the houses they visit, Halloween-style.
In the old version of the song, a later section goes: “Let the young live, let the old die.” That’s been altered for our more gentle age, to a similar rhyme that translates to: “Let the young live, let the old live next door.”
I remember the Feast of Saint Blaise from my Catholic primary school, but it was an unsettling ritual that involved neither bacon nor candy. Instead, a priest would stick two candles on each child’s throat, and the teachers’ explanations were always vague and menacing.
“Physically, I’m ready. I’ve continued my training and now I want to suffer on my bike. When I think about what happened, it makes me so angry, it is an additional motivation. I’m stronger and more motivated than ever before,” Frank said — wort.lu in English.
Also, sadists will enjoy watching severe dehydration in the Australian heat wave.
"banned substances can be in anything. No one guarantees us other food is ‘clean’. I’m training regularly with top male cyclists these days. We talk about the clenbuterol scandal a lot. I can assure you: every single one of them is terrified. Truly terrified. Image if you test positive. Just imagine. Career over, life over, stigmatized for eternity." —
"25 years ago today, Luxembourg company SES launched its first satellite, the Astra 1A, making Luxembourg an important player in the world of interspatial technological development and broadcasting." - wort.lu
Becoming Holy Roman Emperor in the 15th Century was no picnic. An aspiring emperor had to spend years playing dozens of petty princes and powerful warlords off each other… just to obtain the many crowns traditionally associated with Empire. Sigismund of Luxembourg began as King of Hungary in 1387.
Forty-four years later, he traveled to Milan, daring his Venetian enemies to challenge his coronation with the Iron Crown of the Lombards. He was finally elected Holy Roman Emperor two years later — the last of the House of Luxembourg.
Today is Armistice Day in many European and Commonwealth countries; Veterans Day in the United States.
A Thankful Village, it was said, was one which lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again. For example… “Thirty men went from Catwick to the Great War and thirty came back, though one left an arm behind.” It was also said that such villages have no war memorials - or that if they do, they are a thankful reminder of all who served. Any community which enjoyed this rare distinction must have been Thankful indeed, in an age when family and community life broken by war was the norm.
I can put on $120 worth of clothes and shoes and be taken seriously almost anywhere I might want to go. So that’s what I do. Not everyone gets to do it. These facts are worth thinking about.
I can add that one of the tricky things about living abroad is that all the clothing-codes are different from what I grew up with. So once in a while, I lose that sense of privilege that the author describes: “Almost anywhere I am, no one would argue that I didn’t have a right to be there.”
It’s just a little slip, a bit of discomfort, when I know that I’ve made myself conspicuous. Just enough to remind me of the privilege that I always had, as I made my way through American society.
Physicist Gabriel Lippmann developed a sensitive meter which was used in the first ECG machine. He is most known for having developed the first method of color photography and so earning the Nobel Prize in Physics.
“There has never been any good reason for us [USADA] not to be the agency doing the samples. The reason is that they want to control the results. They want to control who is tested and they want to control what is tested for, so they don’t have any issues… It is not by surprise that there hasn’t been any positives from the Tour of California.”
I’ve been trying to avoid getting angry about the Tour de France, but I just passed my limit.
the truth is, Froome avoided the potentially disastrous consequences of a full-on bonk 4km from the finish by getting the necessary sugars he needed by flagrantly tearing up the rule book - and even worse, he didn’t even break the rules directly himself, he got a team-mate to do it for him.
"But then Movistar and Saxo Bank just stopped attacking. I couldn’t figure that out. I mean you have 100 kilometers still remaining and the yellow jersey is totally isolated. You can do a lot of things in those situations. But you do not start to ride tempo for him. You are just playing into his hands."
Bob Jungels: “I only lost seven seconds. It is always strange in these short efforts. For me personally it was just a little bit too short, but I gave my all.” Jungels was the last rider out of the start house for the evening prologue. He continued: “It was nice with all the crowds cheering us on and I was happy with how my ride went.”
"The Luxembourg line-up includes Laurent Didier und Bob Jungels for RadioShack Leopard Trek. Andy Schleck is not pitched to compete. Ben Gastauer (Ag2r – La Mondiale) and Jean-Pierre, better known as Jempy, Drucker (Accent Jobs – Wanty) are also part of the line-up. Additionally, Christian Helmig will compete for Team Differdange and finally, Luxembourg’s national team is joining the international competition." — wort.lu
"Today, in stage four, he’ll be wearing the blue jersey, as king of the mountains. But it looks like a lot of calculations preceded ‘Operation Mountain Jersey’. ‘On the plane, I was looking at the Bible, the road book, exhaustively,’ according to Willem. ‘I have knowingly evaluated what could be a realistic goal. And the blue jersey in stage three was an obvious choice. Today (yesterday ed.) wasn’t a lucky shot. I like to cycle with my legs and with my head." — Thanks, bdrammel of reddit!
The race was part of Jens Voigt’s preparation for the Amgen Tour of California. … “Every lap we passed the Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of that church in 1517. Very cool,” continued the 41-year-old winner. —RSNT website
Selections from the writings of Kierkegaard by Søren Kierkegaard, 1923,University of Texas edition, in English
"By faith Abraham received the promise that in his seed all the generations of the earth would be blessed. Time passed, the possibility was there, Abraham had faith; time passed, it became unreasonable, Abraham had faith.” I don’t remember which intro-level philosophy course at UIUC had me pouring over those badly photocopied pages in the “course pack” when I first read Kierkegaard. I do remember reading the Bible with new eyes from then on.
We did this tour last year, and it was worthwhile. Several of our friends didn’t realize that the tour is only available during the summer and missed the chance! This year, it’s July 15 to August 31, except Wednesdays. (from wort.lu)