Over a year ago I transferred the blog from BlogSpot to WordPress and not everything migrated in the format it was originally published. So when the mood strikes me I go back and “tidy” things up. Reformat and resize pictures, realign captions, change links, reinstate videos etc. However there is one draw back to this: it appears that when I fix up the categories and tags on an entry the system sends out a message signalling a new post to anyone who is following me.
I worked on today’s Throwback earlier in the week and if you are getting this as a second notification I do apologize. I have asked the good people at WordPress if there is a workaround and await an answer from them.
I was reminded of this post from 2008 when I read a recent review of a play at Britain’s National Theatre. Singer/Songwriter/Cultural Historian Yasmin Levy is appearing in Salome, a new play based on the Biblical story as re-imagined by popular director Yaël Farber. It led me to reread this post and to spend some time listening to her on YouTube beyond the two songs I posted.
On this day in 1495: A monk, John Cor, records the first known batch of Scotch whisky.
In 1492 their Catholic Majesties Ferdinand and Isabella weren’t just busy financing Columbus’s treasure hunt to India they were also arranging for an “ethnic cleansing” of their Kingdoms of Aragon, Castille and Granada. The Alhambra Decree gave the Jewish population of Spain four months to either convert to Christianity or leave their homeland – taking with them anything they owned that was not of gold, silver or minted coin. And with that edict the Sephardi began their wanderings in North Africa, Europe and the Near Orient.
Though Ferdinand and Isabella may have gained much financially – monies, treasures and land reverted to the crown – Spain lost much of a culture that had existed within it borders since before the birth of Christ. A culture that had flourished under Roman and Muslim rule but was destroyed by Christian zeal – and plain old fashioned greed. A culture that was rich…
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