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More incredible match ups by photographer Peter Macdiarmid where comparisons have been made from World War 1 with modern day 2014.
Throughout 2014 the First World War’s Centenary will be remembered.

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*** WWI ARCHIVE *** BOURNEMOUTH - 1917: Indian soldiers who were wounded fighting at Flanders recuperating at Bournemouth in England, Bournemouth, England, circa 1917. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
***MODERN DAY*** LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Visitors walk on West Beach on July 15, 2014 in Bournemouth, England.(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)


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*** WWI ARCHIVE *** LONDON - 1917: A ‘male’ MKIV tank at the Lord Mayor’s show in November 1917 in London. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
***MODERN DAY*** LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 17: Early morning light at the Bank of England on July 17, 2014 in The City of London, England. Throughout 2014 the First World War’s Centenary will be remembered. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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*** WWI ARCHIVE *** BRIGHTON - circa 1915: Injured Indian soldiers of the British Army at the Brighton Pavilion, converted into a military hospital around 1915 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
***MODERN DAY*** LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14: In the Music Room at the Royal Pavilion on July 14, 2014 in Brighton, England. Throughout 2014 the First World War’s Centenary will be remembered. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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231 Plays
Karl Jenkins
Benedictus

Benedictus, Karl Jenkins, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

     Stillness.
     There was a point in time, some interminable and indefinable period that lasted somewhere between an instant and eternity, when everything in the city seemed to fall still at the exact same time.  Mamoru had pulled enough all-nighters to know about this peculiar lapse in the heartbeat of the metropolis, which seemed to always begin just before dawn.  He was in it now, and he closed his eyes and relished the sensation.  Even the wind had fallen still.
     Perhaps part of its beauty was that so few people seemed to recognize the moment, or perhaps its fleeting nature was what made it so precious.  Nonetheless, Mamoru had always enjoyed revelling in that almost mystic stillness; in those moments, it was as if he could feel a bond to the city, even the world, around him.  He wondered if it had been that way in the past, when he’d actually been prince of this entire world.  Had he ever taken time back then to close his eyes and feel his world?  He wasn’t certain, but it seemed to him that he had not.
     A pity.
     “Pivlionta,” a voice murmured behind him.  Mamoru didn’t bother to glance up.
     “Bless you,” he said.
     Yusaku laughed.  “It’s an old Reinan word,” his partner explained, propping his elbows on the railing beside Mamoru and gazing off the edge of the roof.  “It refers to the point of stillness that divides one day from the next.”
     “They have a name for that?” Mamoru asked, raising his eyebrows.  “Seriously?”
     “Ah, my ancestors had names for everything,” Yu shrugged.  “Gave ‘em something to do besides drink and fight.”

—Mark MacKinnon, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Ch. 9

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Dinah Washington and Max Richter
This Bitter Earth

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This Bitter Earth | Dinah Washington and Max Richter On The Nature Of Daylight

This bitter earth
What fruit it bears
What good is love
That no one shares
And if my life is like the dust
That hides the glow of a rose
What good am I
Heaven only knows

This bitter Earth
Can it be so cold
Today you’re young
Too soon you’re old
But while a voice
Within me cries
I’m sure someone
May answer my call
And this bitter earth
May not be so bitter after all.

Tears…


A gorgeously plaintive mashup of a 1960 Dinah Washington song with a 2004 Max Richter post-classical instrumental for strings.

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Max Richter
On The Nature Of Daylight

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Max Richter - On The Nature Of Daylight, 2004


I happened to watch both Shutter Island and Disconnect for the first time in the past few days.  And I’m thankful it made me look up the particular piece of music that was used in both movies.  There’s a universe of feeling contained in these 6 minutes.

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Maaya Sakamoto
Chiisana Hemisphere

"Little Hemisphere", a nearly a capella version of the RahXephon series opening.  When all I want to hear is Maaya’s voice and some low-key synths, this delivers!

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Hitomi Kanzaki (Vision of Escaflowne), Reika Mishima (RahXephon), Mari Ilustre Makinami (Evangelion), Akashi (Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei)…
♥ Maaya Sakamoto

Hitomi Kanzaki (Vision of Escaflowne), Reika Mishima (RahXephon), Mari Ilustre Makinami (Evangelion), Akashi (Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei)…

♥ Maaya Sakamoto

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