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and BOSTON helped!

FYI: National Aboriginal Day is actually June 22nd 
(soon to be renamed by Justin: ”National Indigenous” appears to be more… genuine.)
But the 25th Anniversary Conference will be held on November 12th 
through November 14th – inclusively!
Oskar would have been 117 in 2017…
31st Anniversary of a certain trade that keeps on giving…
Canada’s 150th…
(they were not officially a nation, before that –
they still are a colony of sorts;
just ask the ”Queen of Canada”…)


Montréal’s 375th –
founded in 1642 by three kind souls
(two women, one guy:
Jeanne Mance, Marguerite Bourgeoys
and Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve)
Alas, over time, their creation has become
infested and grimy, like most urban settings
tend to become, granted…
One could be tempted to celebrate this
by misusing your big pots, as they did before
most recently in fact…
Or rioting – they do it when they prevail
unfairly and undeservingly, in sports –
they’ve had zero chances to do so lately…
Or… you may actually celebrate this
by dropping by one of the few
worthy, redeeming places
on the whole island:
Meanwhile, down south…
16 years of ”WAR ON TERROR”
Star Wars: 1977-2017
40 Years Already…
”Atheists… Atheists everywhere…!”
”Like I said, Luke: scum and villainy!”
”Pardon, Ben… I thought you said… vi-llia-ny?”
”Did I? It was the atheist unbalance in the Force here
that made me sputter off such idiotic non-words!”
”The Force is weak with the atheist… aye?”
 Maybe it is time for some… 
100 years ago… 
11 years ago…
… and, as seen on  ”l.p. – luminous pondering”…

Newsweek may have a drastically different list

on the same subject here – but they’re missing out

on three of the most crucial ones,

found right here

and only here

on TLB Prime.


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Fair Use Act:
yes it is!



But will the meting out of said ”JUSTICE” truly be up to par?  Both in real life as on various mediums, most notably digital and cinematic…! Can the justice be up to snuff when all parties involved appear to have emerged like… bats… straight out of hell?


It is interesting to see that so much restructuring has taken place already within the burgeoning ”DCEU” – the only cinematic universe to rival Disney’s Marvel-ous product at this point. With four ”official” entries thus far (Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad – because all that came before does not count, somehow: Green Lantern, the Dark Knight trilogy, that awful Catwoman, Steel, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Losers, Road To Perdition, V For Vendetta, Watchmen and, if we go back far enough, Swamp Thing, the Superman movies with Christopher Reeve that spawned the genre and all the other Batty stuff rehashed over the years…! But… let’s not go there!) DC hopes to firmly establish the rest of their universe with the fifth one: JUSTICE LEAGUE! And I, for one, hope that they do just that!


In its infinite (crisis?) wisdom rather difficult to decipher, DC has decided to separate TV fare from that ”DCEU” that they speak of – the DC Extended Universe, an extension itself of the vastness of their Multiverse that they brought back, after years of denial following their classic use of the key word ”CRISIS” way back in 1985: ”Crisis On Infinite Earths”. That worlds-shattering event was meant to do away completely with any notion of a ”multiverse” and shore in all the various sources into one cohesive universe.  Gone were the various versions of Earth: S, X and many oddball ones. There could be only ONE planet Earth – for a while. That, quite obviously, wasn’t meant to last as they attempted, time and again, to offset this via various Deus Ex Machina bits, one being called ”hypertime” which was basically an excuse to explore all sorts of alternate realities. Now, with the lid blown completely off this creative hampering (thanks to bubbly creative wiz Geoff Johns) anything and everything is possible – in the source material (DC stands for, more and more over time, almost strictly ”digital comics” but, to be honest, they still do waste paper by printing them also) as well as the representations (exploitations) on the small and big screens. So we have two Supermen, one for each screen or medium, if you prefer. Ditto, and far more interestingly, for The Flash. Eventually, it will be true for all of their characters – absolutely all of them. And that is a good thing: because, perhaps then, we can get the classic, true blue Aquaman on TV at least, for example – while the barbarian Atlantean of the seas wreaks havoc on the big DCEU screen…

Alongside his Mera – and the “warrior mermaid” queen mother portrayed by Nicole Kidman herself! (What a casting coup – but that is another story… for later, in 2018!)


The results get to be, therefore… diversified, to say the least! On television (read: on the CW network) we have a Supergirl finally flanked by a mellower version of her Superman-of-a-cousin… We have The (better) Flash… We have an exclusivity, so far: Arrow…  And Gotham – with lesbians! We have DC’s ”Legends of Tomorrow” – that, so far, do not represent a threat to the Justice League’s status of ”number one DC team” – somehow. They are, in truth, viewed as the B-team of said group, with the likes of Firestorm, Atom and Vixen in their ranks. Plus a very sapphic White Canary (one wonders why the whiteness, then…? And why, also, is this LC -lesbian chic- such a recurring trend at DC all of a sudden; they are also present on Supergirl’s show) along with execrable team members such as Captain Cold and Heatwave – members that simply do not belong there at all!  Poor Rip Hunter – he had it even worse than Rick Flag had it with his rag-tag Suicide Squad! Killer Croc… Boomerang… Diablo? Granted he did have Harley Quinn, embodied by Margot Robbie; a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that reeks of LC too… But let’s not go THERE…!


Big name thespians get to play these fan favorite characters, invariably. But this is strictly reserved for theaters, where it is scheduled to be all the ”top names” character-wise as well – but all in due time! Will Smith was recruited to flesh out Deadshot on the ebony side; however, Dwayne Johnson’s turn to appear in the DCEU is still years away…

It makes one wonder who else could be recruited NEXT…? Let us try to imagine, only for a second here… Britney Spears as Black Canary for the DCEU? Leonardo DiCaprio as classic Firestorm? Or The Joker in his early years, as it has been rumored…? Sheldon from Big Bang Theory as the Riddler? The blondie from that show – Kaley – as the DCEU Supergirl, too?  Olivia Wilde as Batgirl? Matt Damon as… a pedestrian casual-ty! Dr. Phil as Krona? Charlize Theron as Harbinger! What a damaging blow it would do to Marvel and their Brie broad as their Captain! LOL Will Ferrell as the Monitor? Or is he better suited to be the Pariah… hmm? Yes – I think so too! But let’s not go there either just now…


2017 will rather be the year of Wonder Woman and the Justice League; Gal Gadot will feature in both and it is clear they count on her to reel in the fanboys. (There was, also, that oddly-erotic foray into the genesis of the Amazon’s character with “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” biopic – but let’s not go there!) 2018 will see Aquaman and Batman – they’ll have Amber Heard (as Mera – seen above, second pic from the top!) and surely a bevy of other beauteous ladies for support, in both cases. Somewhere in-between, there should be Gotham City Sirens, just to try and cash in on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn obsession and appeal, both… But that is another story, again!


Of all of these, JUSTICE LEAGUE has got to be the one to turn the tide, critically-speaking. Wonder Woman started the turning; she’s in this one, as a team leader-figure no less, hence, logically, the turning resumes! So far, all the DCEU films have been bashed for various reasons, ranging from disappointing handling of the characters to outright bad storytelling, pinned primarily on director Zach Snyder’s head. And yet, and yet – Zach Snyder did a bang up job with all that he has ever done in this sub-genre (including his WATCHMEN of course but also his 300 and dare I throw in his Dawn of the Dead?)  and the fans truly have NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT – AT ALL! Still, DC has listened and he will be out of the picture after this JL film; alas. He has only this one shot to redeem himself, therefore: a film packing it all, featuring Momoa’s kickass Aquaman, Gal Gadot’s Amazon, Ben Affleck’s Batman but also a weaker Flash and a non-factor such as Cyborg (sorry, Cy!)  On the villainy’s side, the demonized Steppenwolf reeks of a lot of things – and it may be overkill. He threatens to overshadow his master, Darkseid – seriously! Darky poorly embodies evil, if you ask me: of course he is times better than a Joker, but, quite frankly, one has to hope we have not seen the last of Doomsday! One thing has not changed in DC films, since the Reeve & John Williams days: they lack serious threats to fight! Must be the real Superman Curse; an extended DC Curse now? Maybe the CCO has a solution for this, too…? Not holding my breath though!


(Alas, it does not seem that it will ever include crossovers between the TV fare and the movies: and so somewhat interesting adversaries, rife with potential, such as Killer Frost and Deathstorm, below, will never square off against the ”real Superman” as portrayed by Henry Cavill or Jason Momoa’s Aquaman or Ben Affleck’s Batman… Nooooo – these are TV bad guys: they have no business being on the big screen – ever! Meanwhile, we’ll recruit the broad from the Walking Dead to play Bruce Wayne’s mother shot full of holes – no problem! We’ll get TV veterans to fill up accessory roles (usually surrounding Bataflac indeed) – again, no problemo! Or friends and pet actors of the director in truly insignificant roles that have the cyber fandom abuzz for months on end; such as Jena Malone did when she could have been a number of characters but turned out to be ”Jenet Klyburn” – a character that is about as important and refreshing in the DCU as Jar Jar Binks is, due to fan reaction mostly, in the Star Wars ”U” – but I digress!!!)


One has got to believe, then, that these guys know what they are doing – after the Malone Affair (when she could have been the DKR Robin, Batgirl, Oracle, whatever… she was just Jenet. An homage to Jenette Kahn, was it? Don’t answer that. At least she wasn’t Killer Frost – on TV! What a waste of a good actress right there; verily, she should have been QUEEN OF THE SEAS! But I’m digressing once more.) so, yes, it may be difficult to trust DC at this point in time… Then again, the CCO does have a proven track record now – does he not? Indeed, pulling all the creative strings is Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns: he who revitalized the fates and reps of so many of these characters (Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern and Arthur Curry’s Aquaman, to name but two) and so he should, logically, be the one to properly translate them *all* onto ”silver screen” success at long last – right? Right…


May the… Justice be served, then?

(Not as catchy as ”may the Force be with them” – but then few things can be!)

Images: trademark & copyright DC Entertainment

Dream Finale…?

It’s the final game of the season…   April the 11th, 2015…

The captain of the team, Zdeno Chara, is playing on, even though he’s hurting all over (…)

The team has under-performed throughout the season, dating back to last year’s playoffs even, plagued by all sorts of injuries, too. But they battle on, even as they teeter on the edge of the abyss: and an abysmal non-playoff qualifying year appears to be more than a very plausible end to it all, at this time…

They learn that their rivals for those last two playoff berths are doing well: better than they presently are. And to think that, a mere few days prior, they sat comfortably atop both of them in the standings, having all but clinched that first ”wild card” spot already…

But that is the thing: it was all but officially clinched.  Ottawa made a push, so improbable and so impressive though it was, that they leapt ahead and past the Bruins, and they overtook that spot, relegating our B’s to the situation they were in then: to fight until the last puck drop for the very last berth, the second wild card.

The fight was on: and it was with old rivals Pittsburgh Penguins that it would take place.  The final game of the season would decide it all: the luck of the draw had the Pens play the lowly Sabres in Buffalo – an easy task if there ever was one.

Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins, the best team in the East just one year prior -the certifiable Beast of the East- had to match up with newly-confirmed juggernaut Tampa Bay. The Bruins had won 2 out of 3 games against the Lightning; however, the Lightning had also been coming on strong towards the end of the season, which was good in and by itself for it was all done in their attempt to disallow the atrocity of seeing the Montreal Canadiens finish atop the division – which is an abomination sans nom right there! The Lightning hates the Canadiens even more than the Bruins do, this season: for the simple reason that the Hateful Habs halted their playoff push so very prematurely last year, too, when the Lightning’s top goalie was out with an injury himself… The Habs had swept the Lightning, i fact: ever since, much like the Boston Bruins of 2008-2009, the Lightning was merciless towards the Canadiens, not giving them an inch and having won every single game against them afterwards. That non-meritorious sweep was to be avenged – and it would be, just the Bruins had done to the Canadiens in 2009, the Habs’ centennial, sweeping them in four straight in the first round – so the Lightning would do to the Habs in 2015, in the second round.

But back to THAT GAME… Bruins vs Lightning, with the Bostonians’ dreams of playing for the cup again on the line…

The Boston Bruins did not hold their fate in their own hands – and they knew it very well. They were dependent upon the Sabres -of all teams- to make it into the playoffs. In order for them to squeeze in, the Buffalo Sabres (a lowly team, bottom-of-the-standings dwellers, comprising several former Habs such as Gionta and Gorges) had to find a way to defeat the Penguins simultaneously while the Bruins did their part by defeating the Lightning. What did the Sabres do? They didn’t hold their end of this. They dropped the ball – or the puck, in their own net. They lost to the Pens, who were, themselves, playing for their playoffs lives, let’s not forget that!

Learning of this as they still played in Tampa – trailing the Lightning by one goal, on top of that – what did the Boston Bruins do?

They dig deep into their resources and tied the game nonetheless.

The game went into overtime… and then a shootout. They lost the game only then – on one shot, one lucky bounce, during a shootout; as it had happened too many times during the course of this season to forget as it is… Once again, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Loui Eriksson, David Krejci (even at 50%…) – they all gave it their all, to the very last…

Even if the season was already over.

Those are the Boston Bruins. Those are the true champions I know and have known since the days of Rick Middleton… Cam Neely… Dave Reid… Randy Burridge… Steve Kasper… Craig Janney… Bob Joyce… Vladimir Ruzicka… Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque, of course!

The dream ended valiantly, this year – as it does every year: win or lose, they fight until the end.

It was just that much obvious in defeat, this time around, than it was, say, in 2011 when the cup was won – at last… Or in 2013, when the cup was stolen from us, by a mini-Chicago blitz in game 6…

Boston will be back.
The Bruins will rise again.
The dream continues…


An important reminder – for there is need for this… Indubitably! 

It is exactly as they say, folks: like punctuation, every single chosen word has its importance… The order in which they appear in a sentence; the intonation, if they are spoken… But the punctuation is even more primordial, if it is to be all in written indeed…

You have heard this one before, haven’t you:

An English professor wrote the words, “Woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly.

The men wrote: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.”

The women wrote: “Woman: Without her, man is nothing.”

Genders have something to say about it, too, evidently…

But that is not the point right now…!

For, generally-speaking, the persuasion is intuitive and the proper punctuation is applied, without much dwelling upon it, by anyone really – in the above example, whether it is urban legend or not, guys and gals applied it very much on instinct, that gut-feeling that makes you lean towards one way rather than another…  In most cases, throughout the blogsphere and social media as well as in everyday life, that ”gut-feeling” reigns supreme – maybe too much so. Alas, it somehow leans the way of ”less is more” -perhaps because no one ever has enough time to lend to these things, deemed to be”insignificant details” by most- with disastrous results…

Another example is necessary here, just to painfully drive this point all the way across…

How about this…

A sign by the road, holding up against a fence, reads ” NO TRESPASSING VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED” – it makes you rightly feel in your right to march on, then… no? There’s nothing to fear! Alas, no… The all-important period was missing there: after ”trespassing” of course… (Heck, go with the exclamation mark!)

More examples where that came from – here, here and here.

Punctuation must not be forgotten, folks – remember it or be condemned to be misread every single time out!  A message from your friendly blogsophere neighbor… Luminous Luciano!

(I’m equally passionate about the suspension points…)


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Today Is Water Day

And what have ye DONE…?
But never mind that right now…
In this day and chaotic age
in which we see the most unstable weather patterns
wreaking havoc with our daily lives
in all manners aquatic
(just a quick glance at this video footage,
barely a few months-old,
from Foz De Douro, Porto in sea-loving Portugal
or, better for more telling yet,
the video from four years ago
from Madeira, Portugal (again)…)
It is very cruelly ironic
(if not exactly aquamusing)
to see in what sorry state
our overall access to
água potável 
(drinking water)
has gotten to be
– this while floods, storms
and other aquapocalypses 
are taking place left and right.
And yet, while all this is happening,
and people are drowning in droves,
so many don’t even have
a single thirst-quenching drop to drink…
Is there any crueler irony?
But it doesn’t have to be this way! 
And here is why it doesn’t:
no, it is not thanks to Spongebob Squarepants,
Aquaman and the Aquabats!
No, it isn’t thanks to
the Marines, the Navy or
Corporate America…!
And it certainly isn’t thanks to
your friendly city’s infrastructures
or AquaFina either!
It is thanks to organizations such as
and clever, awareness-raising ads
(taken out on high-profile sites
and magazines alike, such as Time)
like this one right here:
Bravo,, for doing all that you do!
And for those who are still more hooked on wine,
those who can whine in French, too,
check this back issue out:
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  SINCE 1901…!

It was between this one and le Louvre on that slightly cloudy day in Paris: and, quite frankly, I am glad Musée d’Orsay won out in the end! (Don’t ask why – or how!) There was a queue (it cannot be avoided) but once we got in, all the wonders awaiting us amply made up for any pent-up feeling of frustration! (We had spent quality time outside, waiting in line, at any rate: there are musicians there, selling their CDs! So… ah… no, we didn’t exactly buy any CDs this time – burnt as we have been by our supporting Cuban and Dominican musicians with extremely low-quality music production values, as far as the actual CD quality goes…! On est qui, au juste, nous: le mécénat ambulant alors?!? Il y a bien des limites à tout, Sacrebleu! Such music is best enjoyed LIVE – so we gave them some euros, on the spot!  Voilà! They can be traced, I am sure, via this service right here… They’ll be around the museum when YOU drop by, too; I am sure! As for me, I see far more interesting things outside the museum than merely that...!)

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The permanent expositions on Gauguin and Van Gogh (among many other artists; we would be remiss if we did not mention the names of Georges Rochegrosse and Edgar Degas – but there are so many here and they are only some of the many tips of the iceberg here!) are well-worth the price of admission here – evidently.  Thematic expositions complement the visit, but to see those, on top of the permanent expo, you will have to fork over extra euros – of course!  It is just too bad that we cannot take pictures of all the fine sculptures and paintings, so many treasures that belong to the PEOPLE, really; however, we bought the book ”LE MUSÉE D’ORSAY À 360 DEGRÉS” which is, practically, the entire museum’s catalogue in just about as many pages.  For an additional 25 euros (again on top of the price of admission, of course; which is as low as 9 euros for the main attractions, excluding that temporary exposition there) it is a good investment, je suppose…!  For it is like taking the entire museum with you; and having taken all the pictures you wanted, in optimal conditions too!  Each time you peruse the book, you are THERE – once more! Pardi…! And… that book makes for a great keepsake, surely!

Although pictures were formally forbidden, we managed to take a few snapshots – needless to mention!  We and a hundred other visitors…!  Those shots are to be found elsewhere on the blogosphere; but here is a sample…

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Originally seen on TLB Prime, unedited…

Then again on my Luminous Writings portfolio…

The Historian in me is alive and well – even though he never agreed to sign up with the System and repeat, ad nauseam, the inculcated, accepted so-called facts to a disinterested audience. I will, however, do some rehashing of those facts – on occasion, in my own way, with verve. And whenever I do such a thing, the truth will come out.

There is a monument in the shape of a cross
that stands a mere few feet away from the church where I was baptized, lo, not all that long ago… 
L’église St-Martin.

 The cross stands very tall – about 12 feet tall – on the grass that belongs to a school actually; a school I never attended, somehow – l’École Leblanc. I remember my father showing me this monument, stopping there to make some pictures of the little man I was back then, in the 70s, one summertime walk… The monument has been there since 1941 – which is the year another dear relative of mine was born… They commemorated, with this monument,the 400th anniversary of the arrival of one Jacques Cartier in the area, in 1541 thus. The plaque that states all that took another 50 years to find its way there though, having been installed only in 1991 by a government anxious to complete unfinished works left scattered all about the province of Quebec by its predecessors who’d briefly gained the power reins…

Jacques Cartier’s third voyage of 1541 has been summed up with three words:

“failure, suspension & retirement.”

Aside from Cartier, the monument has much greater significance for me, personally,

and this in several ways too, as can be evident already.

There are the childhood memories, of course, first and foremost.

The 1970s were golden years to me, for so many good reasons.

I also remember 1991 very well –

two out of those three words that qualified Cartier’s final voyage

would equally apply for that year as well,

as far as a certain other person of my entourage was concerned back then…

Well, at some point anyway, it seemed to be that way.

However, appearances are always so deceiving – and so it was, there too…
But I digress – and verse nostalgic by the same token there.

Let us rather focus on the monument once more -it is a huge white, immaculate cross,with a crest embedded in its center and the years 1541 and 1941 blazoned across said crest…
It looks very stylish, very elegant and has not changed one iota in all these years…
On the plaque, there is an enchanting hymn that always captivated my imagination, for as long as I can remember – and I would only find out why as an adult, of course.
It is highly interesting, also, that a web search unearthed many different lyrics and versions of the hymn in question – which is titled Vexilla Regis
Artiste: Noctes
Chanson: Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferni

Beware-with the dark I ride as one. When my legacy I reclaim.
As a fallen god, with the lunar legions by my side
On dragon wings I fly. Behold-the etheral shades of night

Pletoric formations of dark dancing past the aeons of the eleusinian vast
Within a dream, my honour to last, to sprout throughout my blood
to strengthen my heart.
The heaven torns apart as twillight shreds and thunder.
With a vampire breath I whirl the frost, to storm within my kingdom to come
Dead winter enthrones.

Vexilla regis produent inferni
As a phantom of night I ride, by thy side

The Archangels revocation of the dead
The apocalyptic revelation
The arrival of plague and death.
The Armageddon revolution-to come

Astral sparks of fire, descending to ablaze
The landscapes drained by sulphur rain
from the canopy licked by flames
Shadows walks the earth, to ravish life and glee
To walk the fields of reverie, sowing dark in dreams to be

Beware-with the dark I ride as one. When my legacy I reclaim.
As a fallen god, with the lunar legions by my side
On dragon wings I fly. Behold-the etheral shades of night

Clamant-the silence-as blood to my ears
The battlescreams echoes has vanished, faded into the past

The black sun is falling into the abyss
with the lakes of dark blood to merge
The sky is aflame, when I ride through the night
as a phantom through fire I fly
Armageddon…The final redemption of wrath

Dies Irae…


Despite the gusto and allure of the preceding, the original latin and French version that is quoted on the plaque is much more one of DEVOTION than one so… Apocalyptic! Although I like apocalyptic – aye, I do! Almost as much as I like nostalgic, romantic, antique and antics…
But I’ve just digressed once again right there, I do believe…
The following is, hence, the Latin & French *classic* version:
(Not all the latin is translated though – if anyone can help with that, feel free to do so!)
It is to be found in its entirety here:

VEXILLA Regis prodeunt ; – Les étendards du Roi s’avancent
fulget Crucis mysterium, – La Croix rayonne en son mystère.
quo carne carnis conditor – En croix, la Vie subit la mort,
suspensus est patibulo.1 – Et par sa mort eut fruit de vie.

Confixa clavis viscera
tendens manus, vestigia,
redemptionis gratia
hic immolata est hostia.

Quo vulneratus insuper – Toi qui reçus le coup de lance
mucrone diro lanceae, – Au fer brutal, pour nous laver
ut nos lavaret crimine,2 – De la souillure du péché,
manavit unda et sanguine. – Tu ruisselas d’eau et de sang.

Impleta sunt quae concinit – C’est accompli ce qu’a chanté
David fideli carmine, – David en des vers prophétiques.
dicendo nationibus : – Il proclamait : « Sur les nations,
regnavit a ligno Deus. – C’est par le bois que règne Dieu. »

Arbor decora et fulgida, – Arbre splendide, éblouissant,
ornata Regis purpura, – Orné de la pourpre royale,
electa digno stipite – Tronc choisi qui fus jugé digne
tam sancta membra tangere. – De toucher des membres si saints.

Beata, cuius brachiis – Bienheureux Arbre dont les bras
pretium pependit saeculi : – Ont porté la rançon du monde !
statera facta corporis, – Tu pesas le poids de ce corps,
praedam tulitque tartari. 3 – Et l’Enfer dut lâcher sa proie.

Fundis aroma cortice, –
vincis sapore nectare,
iucunda fructu fertili
plaudis triumpho nobili.

Salve, ara, salve, victima,
de passionis gloria,
qua vita mortem pertulit
et morte vitam reddidit.

O Crux ave, spes unica, – Salut, ô Croix, seule espérance !
hoc Passionis tempore ! * – Procure, au temps de la Passion,
piis adauge gratiam, – Grâce abondante aux cœurs fidèles,
reisque dele crimina. – Et rémission aux cœurs coupables.

Te, fons salutis Trinitas, – Trinité, source de salut,
collaudet omnis spiritus : – Les vivants chantent Vos louanges,
quos per Crucis mysterium – Victorieux par Votre Croix,
salvas, fove per saecula. – Ils recevront la récompense. Amen !

A tale of Praise and Worship – reeking of a theme that is dear to me also, now, that of Redemption and that precious Reward that is Promised…!


On this link, you can listen to the hymn (or cantique) too -I highly recommend it, evidently.
Oh, and as for Cartier and his failed voyage…
The historian in me would be remiss if he did not add the following…
In Spring of 1542, Cartier abandoned Charlesbourg-Royal and set out for France with a supply of what he believed gold and diamonds gathered from the shores of the St. Lawrence River.
Back in France, the King was ecstatic over the cache of ‘gold and diamonds’ Cartier had brought with him from the New World. However, the gold turned out to be worthless iron pyrite – fool’s gold. The diamonds were nothing but quartz. Canada, apparently, offered nothing which would compensate for the money spent to finance the voyages.

French exploration in the New World would subsequently be suspended.

No more commissions were ever granted to Jacques Cartier.

He retired to his birthplace, St. Malo, where he died in 1557.

My father’s health really started deteriorating in 1992.
By September of 1993, he was forced into early retirement because of his failing health.
His plans to retire to his birthplace were ruined by all this.
He would live about the same amount of time afterwards, only not in his birthplace and in relative good health, like Cartier, the bringer of fool’s gold, would get to enjoy…

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Going To Boston… Boston… Boston, Massachusetts…
Ohh, I’m going to Boston…
Oh yeah baby – I’m telling you like it is; I’m going to Boston!
The City of Champions – yeah baby!

(Singing this to the rhythms of Paul Simon’s old tune about some other place that he visited – wherever that was…! Oh yeah: I’ll be singing these lyrics I spontaneously cooked up on my way to… BOSTON!)


And I will be going there a mere few weeks after I went to… CUBA!


Is it to antagonize Americans in general, that I get to go where they cannot go, due to their own embargo and associated imbroglios…? (As for the latter, sing it to the tune of Guantanamera like I do…! But that’s another story – back to our questioning here!)


Is it to partake of the ambiance that permeates the entire Boston area, ever since they defeated seven annoying adversaries in roughly a decade (give or take 12 months) and were therefore crowned seven times in that short span, effectively becoming the city of champions, hoping some of that will rub off on me and extend my very own lucky streak (hopefully make it reach ever higher, greater heights too!) and consecrate me as a champion, too?


Or is it simply to bask in the merriment of March Break *and* upcoming St-Patrick’s Day festivities in a city that truly appreciates the Green… The Red… The Silver… And the Black and the Gold! But we’re getting sidetracked here, now…!


Let’s say that it is, quite simply, all of the above!


(After all, I am a history buff -formally trained in the field too but, alas, with the least interesting subject there was- and I may just be in the midst of a Revolutionary Tour -instead of, say, an umpteenth Luminous Tour?- so certainly Cuba and America had to be the first two stops there! In that order. Just to antagonize Americana – indeed! After all, the latter’s revolution was done and over with by the late 1780s while, in Cuba, it’s 53 years of Revoluciòn – and counting! They had to be first. Next stop: I think I’ll simply go back to Bulgaria then…? But let’s leave all that revolutionary talk at that, for now…)


And let’s just explore the luminous city of… Boston!








Truth be told, we didn’t have time to truly roam all the historical sites, streets, nooks and crannies of the great city of BOSTON – but we saw enough and we WILL RETURN…! And, next time, we’ll shoot for certain true blue Bostonian standards as far as the choice of our lodgings are concerned – not that we were poorly set up at all, mind you, but then again we were not in Boston per say: we were in one of its suburbs’ hotels!


On our way there, though, we know what to expect now for we had to go through the harshest territories there are or that there could possibly be (you know the drill: New Hampshire, Maine… Vermont! Brrrrr – it’s so damn cold there! But then again – we were coming from the darndest, grimiest cold town there is: murky Montréal – yerck!) and we had the fortune of stopping by The Eastside Restaurant & Pub – if we had not, we would have surely died!


And to think that the American customs guy sent us, originally, to Hoagie’s! It was a chance encounter at the gas station that made us discover The Eastside, guiding us there! You can eat as unhealthily as cops and other boogers do, customs guy – but we sure won’t!


The Eastside is described as a fine establishment and its slogan sums up its attributes well; it reads like this – “fine family dining on the water.” The menu does have lots of seafood on it – but not exclusively that, fear not! Fine dining on or by the water is just fine with me though: I love the water! And, so it is here, by the sea, with an atmosphere of nautical paradise complete with washrooms for mates and mermaids that most certainly can be more convincing once it is summertime again! We gotta drop by once more – the very next time that we’ll be going to BOSTON!