Archive for September, 2007

Aziza Mustafa Zadeh – also known as The Princess of Jazz, or Die Prinzessin des Jazz or as Jazziza, was born (December 19, 1969; Baku) to musical parents Vagif and Eliza Mustafa Zadeh. Vagif was a pianist and composer, famous for creating mugam-jazz fusion in which his daughter now plays. Eliza is a classically trained singer and Georgia native.

They first noticed their daughter’s sensitivity to music when she was eight months old. As Aziza recalls the story her mother tells: “Once, my father was improvising at the piano playing in the mugam mode known as “Shur,” which creates a mood that evokes very deep, sad emotions. As my father was playing, I started to cry. Everyone wondered what was happening to me. Why was I crying? And then mother realized the correlation between my feelings and the music. ‘Vagif, please,’ she told my father, ‘change the scale. Go to Rast. Play Rast.’ And he did. Now ‘Rast’ is characterized by its joyfulness and optimism. And sure enough, with tears still running down my cheeks, I started to make dance-like movements. And Mom pointed out, ‘Look, look what she’s doing! Change back to Shur!’ And when he did, I started crying again louder than before. At least, that’s what they tell me. Back to Rast, and I began dancing again.”


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High levels of a male sex hormone in foetuses are linked to a higher chance of developing autistic traits in childhood, scientists say.

The findings come from an eight-year study relating the development of 253 children to levels of testosterone they were exposed to in the womb.

The scientists said it was unclear whether the hormone was causing the traits or was a by-product of them.

The research was presented at the BA Festival of Science in York.

The research team, from the University of Cambridge, looked at levels of foetal testosterone in the womb by examining samples taken from women undergoing amniocentesis for clinical reasons.

The children were then followed during their development.

At 12 months, 18 months and 46 months, the scientists used tests to spot autism-like traits, such as counting how often a child looked at its mother’s face or how large its vocabulary was.

At these early stages, the team found a link between the traits and higher foetal testosterone levels.

But the scientists’ latest research results came from a study undertaken when the children were eight years old.


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“Девчата” (1961)

“Девчата” (1961)

Режиссёр: Юрий Чулюкин

Сценарий: Борис Бедный
Оператор: Тимофей Лебешев
Художник: Ирина Шретер
Композитор: Александра Пахмутова

В ролях: Надежда Румянцева, Николай Рыбников, Люсьена Овчинникова, Инна Макарова, Светлана Дружинина, Нина Меньшикова, Станислав Хитров, Николай Погодин, Анатолий Адоскин, Михаил Пуговкин, Алексей Крыченков, Роман Филиппов.

Один из наиболее популярных фильмов 60-х, прочно вошедший в список “классических” советских кинокомедий… В отдаленный северный городок приехала Тося Кислицына, которую в тот же день приняли на работу в качестве поварихи. И в этот же день она повстречала красавца Илью, который нравился почти всем женщинам. Знакомство начинается с ссоры, но позже перерастает в любовную историю. Веселый рассказ о дружбе и любви молодежи на таежной новостройке был удостоен премий и дипломов кинофестиваелй в Эдинбурге, Каннах, Мар-дель-Плата…

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Театр танца Алии Шалхаровой — «Офарин» не зря называется театром – без актерского таланта исполнителей не получилось бы этого волшебства. Видимо в этом заключается секрет их успеха. Собственно суть восточного танца – в его движениях, в каждом из которых заложен смысл. Каждый их танец напоминает восточную сказку, со своей историей, сценической постановкой, яркими национальными костюмами, поражающим взор мастерством и ловкостью танцоров. Представления «Офарина» – это своеобразный синтез национального танцевального искусства Узбекистана с современными открытиями в мире танца.


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Italy – Bella Italia – is a country of extremes, with something to offer every visitor: from snow-iced mountains to hot lazy Mediterranean beaches, from unspoilt hill villages to cities that have bustled for thousands of years.

Italy is a dream destination, with three of the world’s most beautiful cities: Rome, where antiquities bask in the sunshine in a colourful and lively metropolis, Florence, thought by many to be the art capital of the world, and unique Venice. Those who are in search of culture or vibrant modernity may prefer the charms of fashionable Milan or stately Turin, while the intrepid can dive into the colourful chaos of historic Naples.



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Daily Hadith No.7

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who said:

“A prayer performed by someone who has not recited the Essence of the Qur’an (1) during it is deficient (and he repeated the word three times), incomplete.”

Someone said to Abu Hurayrah: [Even though] we are behind the imam? (2)

He said: Recite it to yourself, for I have heard the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be up on him) say:

“Allah (mighty and sublime be He), had said: ‘I have divided prayer between Myself and My servant into two halves, and My servant shall have what he has asked for. When the servant says: ‘Al-hamdu lillahi rabbi l-alamin’ (3), Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says: ‘My servant has praised Me.’ And when he says: ‘Ar-rahmani r-rahim’ (4), Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says: ‘My servant has extolled Me,’ and when he says: ‘Maliki yawmi d-din’ (5), Allah says: ‘My servant has glorified Me’ – and on one occasion He said: ‘My servant has submitted to My power.’ And when he says: ‘Iyyaka na budu wa iyyaka nasta in’ (6), He says: ‘This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.’ And when he says: ‘Ihdina s-sirata l- mustaqim, siratal ladhina an amta alayhim ghayril-maghdubi alayhim wa la d-dallin’ (7), He says: ‘This is for My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.’”


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Spiced Summer Pudding


225g/8 oz apples, peelled and chopped

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of ground nutmeg

100g/4oz caster sugar

150g/5oz raspberries

150g/5oz blueberries

225g/8oz strawberries, hulled and halved

8-10 sliced day-old white bread (I’ve used cinnamon one) and halved

Fresh mint leaves, a cinnamon stick, fresh strawberries and raspberries to decorate


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