Yes Minister Christmas Special Sketch: “Christmas at the Ministry”

Yes Minister Christmas Special Sketch: Christmas at the Ministry

A two-minute Christmas-themed television sketch, featuring Paul Eddington as the Rt Hon. Jim Hacker, Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Derek Fowlds as Bernard Woolley, was broadcasted on BBC One as part of a Christmas special named The Funny Side of Christmas.

Sir Humphrey has a special end-of-year message for the Minister, delivered in what is even by his standards an especially circumlocutory style. His message is transcribed here:

Jim Hacker: Are there more, Bernard?

Bernard Woolley: Before you go home for the holiday, Minister, Sir Humphrey has something to say to you.

'Yes Minister The Complete Collection' by Paul Eddington Nigel Hawthorne (ISBN B00008DP4B) Sir Humphrey: Oh thank you, Bernard. Minister, just one thing. I wonder if I might crave your momentary indulgence in order to discharge a by no means disagreeable obligation which has, over the years, become more or less established practice within government circles as we approach the terminal period of the year, calendar, of course, not financial, in fact, not to put too fine a point on it, Week Fifty-One, and submit to you, with all appropriate deference, for your consideration at a convenient juncture, a sincere and sanguine expectation, indeed confidence, indeed one might go so far as to say hope, that the aforementioned period may be, at the end of the day, when all relevant factors have been taken into consideration, susceptible of being deemed to be such as to merit a final verdict of having been by no means unsatisfactory in its overall outcome and, in the final analysis, to give grounds for being judged, on mature reflection, to have been conducive to generating a degree of gratification which will be seen in retrospect to have been significantly higher than the general average.

Jim Hacker: What’s he talking about?

Bernard Woolley: Well, Minister, I think Sir Humphrey just wanted to crave your momentary indulgence in order to discharge a by no means disagreeable obligation…

'The Complete Yes Minister' by Jonathan Lynn,? Antony Jay (ISBN 0563206659) Jim Hacker: Alright, alright, Bernard! Hum…but Humphrey…

Sir Humphrey: At the end of the day, Minister, all due things being considered…

Jim Hacker: Hum…don’t, don’t, just forget the…

Sir Humphrey: Yes, Minister?

Jim Hacker: Are you saying “Happy Christmas”?

Sir Humphrey: Yes, Minister!

25 Great Quotes On Thinking New Ideas

  • If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
    Albert Einstein (1879–1955), German-born Physicist & Philosopher, Author of Out of My Later Years
  • Every time you meet somebody, you’re looking for a better and newer and bigger idea. You are open to ideas from anywhere.
    –Jack Welch (b. 1935), American Business Executive & Author of Jack: Straight From The Gut and Winning
  • 'Stop Playing Safe' by Margie Warrell (ISBN 1118505581) The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
    –Mark Twain (1835–1910), American Author & Humorist, Author of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The rewards in business go to the man who does something with an idea.
    –William Benton (1900–73), American Publisher, Businessman, Politician
  • Try this for a week: Each morning, spring out of bed at the first hint of light and focus first on the new and wondrous things that are just waiting to reveal themselves that day. Let curiosity well up inside of you. Let your mind open up to new ideas. Forget that you already know everything.
    –Donna Kinni (b. 1961), American Author
  • The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen.
    –Carl Ally (1924–99), American Advertising Executive
  • When it comes to organizational imagination, everyone is a point of light, inwardly afire with excellent ideas for making our companies work smarter, faster, leaner, and better. But as business leaders, we too seldom tap into our most valuable resource—the brain trust of our employees—to discover new pathways of progress and profits.
    –Charles Decker (1961–2012), American Publisher
  • Inventors and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at the beginning (and very often at the end) of their careers.
    –Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821–81), Russian novelist, Author of Crime and Punishment
  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
    –John Steinbeck (1902–68), American Novelist and author of Of Mice and Men
  • 'Crossing the Chasm' by Geoffrey A. Moore (ISBN 0062292986) Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you’re working on.
    –Thomas Edison (1847–1931), American Inventor
  • No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated.
    –Ellen Glasgow (1873–1945), American Novelist, Author of In This Our Life
  • To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.
    –Rosabeth Moss Kanter (b. 1942), American Academic, Author of Challenge of Organizational Change
  • Brainpower is now the greatest commodity we can contribute to the world. Democracy was never intended to be a breeding place for mediocrity. We must engage in the business of stimulating brainpower lest we fail in producing leaders of consequence. In a period of speed, space and hemispheric spasms we dare not treat new thoughts as if they were unwelcome relatives.
    –Dean F. Berkley (1925–2009), American Academic
  • If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution.
    –Rollo May (1909–94), American Psychologist
  • New ideas come from differences. They come from having different perspectives and juxtaposing different theories.
    –Nicholas Negroponte (b. 1943), Greek-American Architect
  • Invention is the process by which a new idea is discovered or created. In contrast, innovation occurs when a new idea is adopted.
    –Everett Rogers (1931–2004), American Sociologist
  • The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
    –Linus Pauling (1901–94), American Scientist
  • Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.
    –Antoine de Rivarol (1753–1801), French Journalist
  • The power of an idea can be measured by the degree of resistance it attracts.
    –David Yoho (b. 1946), American Business Consultant
  • An idea is salvation by imagination.
    –Frank Lloyd Wright (1869–1959), American Architect and author of The Natural House
  • '13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do' by Amy Morin (ISBN 0062358308) Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
    –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), German Poet & Statesman, Author of Maxims and Reflections
  • If you can dream it, you can do it.
    –Walt Disney (1901–66), American Entrepreneur & Entertainer
  • There is no prosperity, trade, art, city, or great material wealth of any kind, but if you trace it home, you will find it rooted in a thought of some individual man.
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82), American Philosopher and Essayist, Author of Self-Reliance
  • A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world’s ignorance and press for admission.
    –Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), American Author of A Singular Life and other books
  • I’d climb into the car as it went down the assembly line and introduce myself. Then I’d ask for ideas.
    –John Risk, American Automotive Engineer

Carl Larsson: Sweden Realism Master

In the 19th century, the world was introduced to what we celebrate today as modern art which came with the onset of realism. Now, pops the question, what is Realism?

Well, in short, it was the first non-conformist art movement which intended to revolutionise the social mores and traditions. Realism presented the raw scenarios from the everyday life and every realism artist showcased them in dark tones hiding harsh undertones of society.

Many artists shone the light on Realism art which truly embraced the modernist ideas and many Carl Larsson oil paintings were some of the best which can now be made yours here.

A Dive into Carl Larsson’s Life and Mind

Carl Larsson - Sweden Realism Master

Carl Larsson, a Swedish artist among others upturned Realism art with his simple yet complex representation of the world around him. Most of his paintings envelop the colloquial domestic life and the celebration of festivity where he made art out of his own family members.

He saw the skyrocketing of the Industrial Revolution and how it drove people towards some towards capitalism and some into the deep and dark pit of extreme penury. So through his art, he attempted to showcase the littlest joys of the quite countryside found in quarters but with exhilaration. His work intended to show the routine life and pristine rites which remain unspoiled by the cruel modernism that had eaten up the country. Some of his works are as follows:

1. Christmas Morning

Carl Larsson - Christmas Morning

Christmas morning is a sacred and holy holiday celebrated with much elation by all parts of the world. Carl has painted a typical panting of a typical household overflowing with children while the mother can be seen sitting amidst them. The red clothes of the children are symbolic of the Christmas cheer that runs in their spirit. Visibly, a small and congested room houses a party of five which suggests the monetary restraints that governed the countryside.

The children seem preoccupied with materials of their interest which could very well be Christmas gifts and their engagement evidently cheers up the face of the mother depicting the affection that bonds the family. Carl painted the nuances of family life with the ugly truth of menial existence and the beauty of relationship which came under the arena of Realism. The painting is distinct from any high art of pure modernist eras in a way that this covers a simple yet complex framework of society. Abundance of happiness even in scarcity is the idea which Carl propagates here.

2. Midvinterblot

Carl Larsson - Midvinterblot

Midvinterblot is a classic painting which translates to Midwinter’s Sacrifice in Swedish. This came to be known as Carl’s greatest work of Realist art. This mural came from the inspiration of an Icelandic writer, Snorri Sturluson.

It depicts a scene which finds no mention in Swedish history- the sacrifice of the mythical King Domalde! It shows a sacrificial scene in midwinter where the king is presented on a sled, unclothed with the priest concealing the knife. The background of the time was given by Snorri that the land was large crop failures and a pagan sacrifice was demanded to relieve the people of the suffering. This created a huge controversy around this painting regardless of its grandiose and historical beauty.

Carl was unflinchingly determined to keep the painting unchanged even after objections because he was a realist who wanted his art to promote the same. Realism showed the world the “ugly truths” which no one wanted to come face-to-face. The king is seen to be sacrificing for the good of his people which was seen as the ‘dharma’ or duty of kings.

3. Breakfast under the Big Berch

Carl Larsson - Breakfast under the Big Berch

This is another masterpiece by the Swedish artist who continued to walk on the path of Realism art. This painting throws a happy image of the authentic Swedish life of his family. A plethora of vibrant colours gleam in the eyes of the onlookers which attempt to make an impression of elation which is a constant vibe here. The quintessential family with a dog is shown having breakfast merrily in the lap of nature.

He wanted to bring these margins of society into the mainstream and romanticise the whole idea around it. Nature was worshipped around the 1940s in the Swedish tradition which evidently is an aspect here. Nature was a source for the people which became one with their well-being. Recurrence of the idea of being around nature which include the Romantic ideas can be seen in the context of being away from the hustle bustle that industrialisation brought with it. The simple picturesque pleasures of life are being emphasised on here which include familial warmth and the vivaciousness it brings. The realist ideas can once again be seen getting invoked here.

Carl Larsson was born in penury but died in utter glory where most of his paintings are seen standing out in the Museums in Sweden. He became the face of Realism with his paintings which upheld the movement in its entirety. The supposed minorities of the society were glorified in an idealistic fashion in his simple yet powerful paintings.

This movement stood for the battering apart of the traditional constraints of mainstream beauty in art and Carl, the realism artist did just that and expanded the preconceived conceptions of art, marking the onset of Modern Art.

How to Find Single Girls Online for Free

How to Find Single Girls Online for Free

The Internet significantly expands dating boundaries. This is a great solution for shy people. It gives time to consider what to say to the interlocutor. And thanks to the detailed customer profile applications, you can immediately select the most appropriate candidates by age, profession or other personal interests and preferences. The most popular are those dating platforms that offer their services absolutely free.

However not payable online resources easily become the center of cheating. The user of such platforms should be extremely careful. According to statistics, users of free dating websites quite often become victims of fraud. If your online interlocutor asks you for money, stop talking immediately, no matter how attractive the virtual person is.

Scientists, by the way, have found that marriages between people who started relationships on the Internet are falling apart less often. Such couples also quite easily tolerate long-term periods of separation when one person has to be far away bor a variety of reasons.

When looking for single girls via online dating platforms men can realize that online communication has its own rules and unique conveniences. Users of such platforms have to fill in their customer profiles—write a few paragraphs about themself describing their interests, hobbies, desires, and expectations of what they want from a potential partner. About a few qualitative photos from real life will increase chances to find the most suitable partner. Being natural, sincere, and objective every dating platform user has a chance to find his love of all life. It is also important not to hurry up when making decisions on people whom you don’t know for quite sufficient time. According to various sociological studies, about 15 percent of all couples who have met via online dating platforms ended up in marriage. However, it is worth mentioning that real life is frequently too different from online dating. Building a real family will demand a lot of tolerance, sensitivity, and ability to negotiate with your partner. Remember, official registration of a relationship is only the beginning of difficult joint work on mutual progress and development.

Global digitalization transforms online dating into a common way to start the romantic relationship and the global market for such services consequently transforms into a multi-billion industry where people find each other even when being separated by thousands of miles. Nowadays, 300 million people are getting acquainted using the online resources available on the Internet.

Meanwhile, young people who are more technologically savvy than older ones are most actively using online dating services. According to the Pew Research Center, among Europeans between 18 to 24 years old, the proportion of users of such services increased from 10 percent in 2013 to 27 percent in 2015. Over the same period, in the older age between 55 to 64 years old the share of online dating seekers doubled to 12 percent.

Many men find their beloved woman using free online dating platforms that offer to find a single woman online even if she is located far away, even if she lives on the other side of the globe. Using dating platforms everyone can find a partner and live the happiest life full of positive and warm emotions.

9 Everyday Challenges for Making Your Family Stronger

9 Everyday Challenges for Making Your Family Stronger

Today’s challenges concern those who already have someone to try them with. If you have already found a person with whom you have a strong relationship or even family and kids, then you need to learn to look in the same direction. But let’s start with a few questions:

  • Have you thought about how to improve your family life?
  • Have you thought about why spending time together became a responsibility?
  • Have you thought about how to make everyday life happy?

Well, you can search for all kinds of psychological practices yourself but the best way is to try challenges. In other words, try to test yourself and follow these tips for only 30 days. There is nothing complicated in this, however, you need to devote yourself to this, improving relations with your loved ones.

1. Go In For Sports.

Do workout together every day. It can be fitness, cycling, skiing, or swimming, even morning exercises! There are no rules about what type of exercises to choose and where to do it. Don’t worry about how much kilograms you need to get rid of or gain physical strength. Your only task is to make it a habit.

By the way, doing sports is one of the rules of finding love after 60 for single men. Women want their men to have good bodies even in mature age.

2. Don’t Eat Sugar.

We all need to reduce our sugar intake. Over the next 30 days, forget about any refined sugar along with artificial and natural sweeteners. Everything that contains extra sugar in any form is forbidden, so read the labels, study the ingredients and look for everything that can be considered sugar, including agave nectar, barley malt, sugarcane juice, sugar extracted from the coconut palm, fructose, brown cane sugar, and rice syrup.

3. Have An Offline Day.

Social networks and the Internet have entered our lives, and spending a day outside the network will be a real problem for each of us. At the same time, such a day will definitely benefit, and you will pay attention to how much free time remains that can be spent on a more useful thing.

4. Play Together.

Make it a rule to play with children every day or every week at a specific time. The game releases endorphins, which improve well-being and brain function and strengthen social connections.

5. Don’t Complain and Don’t Gossip.

Wear a bracelet on your wrist as a reminder of the challenge. Every time you complain or criticize, put the bracelet on your other wrist. At the end of the day, write down how many times you have done this. The next day, try to reduce this amount.

6. Laugh More Often.

It doesn’t matter if you giggle, scream, or laugh to tears, look for funny and humorous moments throughout the day. Pay attention to how your mood improves in a month and stress levels decrease.

7. Get Rid Of Clothes That You Don’t Wear or Things That You Don’t Like.

Don’t be afraid to throw away unnecessary things. Most of us should learn this skill. Free your closet, bedside table, room, or apartment. Old things will leave old thoughts and maybe memories. This will be a powerful step towards a new family life.

8. Read Books.

Reading with children is not only good for the brain but it also helps unite your family. More than 82% of children name their parents as the people who inspired them to read. Present books, help children choose them, try audio and electronic formats, read at night.

9. Take One Photo Every Day.

Using your smartphone, take one original photo every day, edit, and share it on social networks. You can select a specific topic for this challenge. Sort photos by theme or emotion such as love, dating, kindness, nature, or color. It will leave pleasant memories for life.

The Fantastic Ornate Building of Saint Philomena’s Church, Mysore

Fantastic Ornate Building of Saint Philomena's Church, Mysore

Though Mysore has been a stronghold of traditional Hinduism from time immemorial, it has been famous for the harmonious coexistence of other religions also. This is testified to by many churches and mosques, which have been serving the cause of religion of their followers without any hindrance. Saint Philomena’s Church on the Ashoka Road (and practically at the entrance of Mysore coming from Bangalore) is a testimony for the religious tolerance of the people of Mysore.

Attractive colonnades of Saint Philomena's Church, Mysore There was a church known as Saint Joseph’s church built in 1840 and it was reconstructed and was renamed as Saint Joseph and Saint Philomena’s cathedral. It is said that Sri Thamboo Chetty, the then Dewan of Mysore in one of his visits had brought a piece of bone and drapery of the famous religious savant from Magnano in France from Peter Pisani, Apostolic Delegate of the East Indies and he wanted to consecrate them in a suitable church for this purpose.

The cathedral was designed by French architects and its foundation was laid by the then Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadeyar II in 1933. This church is modelled on Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and the Gothic Church at Cologne in Germany.

Unique Architectural Style with Some Greek Features

The most attractive part of this edifice is the two tall imposing pointed towers at the facade itself. The two towers rise to a height of 165 ft. The elegance of this structure is enhanced by miniature pointed towers at different points, adding further height to the cathedral.

The vertically fashioned tall windows at regular intervals add a great charm. The pointed triangular gothic motifs at different places is another attraction.

Crypt with statue of Saint Philomena in Mysore

The church has a crypt in which is a statue of Saint Philomena in a catacomb-like cell. A piece of her bone is preserved at the center of a beautiful shield. There is also a piece of her drapery. Hence, this is important to Roman Catholics.

The interior of the cathedral is decorated with attractive colonnades and glass paintings made in France. Particularly noteworthy are the paintings of crucification of Christ and John baptizing Christ. The annual Saint Philomena’s feast is held in this cathedral. Large numbers of Roman Catholic devotees visit this sacred cathedral.

Unique Architectural Style with Some Greek Features of Saint Philomena's Church, Mysore

Hundreds of tourists of all religions to Mysore visit this cathedral daily to see the lofty and beautiful, tall and imposing towers and the architecture of a rare type not generally seen in many areas of this country.

4 Signs of Online Dating Scams

4 Signs of Online Dating Scam

The number of victims of online dating scammers is growing, and the total amount of cash losses each year is estimated in millions of dollars. Cheating schemes are also being improved, and now, scammers are increasingly implementing long-term scripts instead of simply sending phishing emails.

If you are a regular visitor to online dating services, and your interlocutor has met one or more of the below-provided criteria, you should beware at least and reduce or stop communication at all.

Target Audience for Online Dating Scammers

Typically, the target audience is people belonging to different demographic groups and on almost all the platforms, although there are some exceptions. Thus, you will not run into romancecompass scams since the service has a great security system. However, nobody is immune to this type of scam on other dating platforms. Well, besides, there is a tendency that retirees are catfished more often, as well as those who are prone to increased susceptibility or appear rarely in public. Especially a lot of scammers are present on the services that are popular all over the world. Moreover, the number of potential victims is growing with the popularity of dating applications, and many stages of the process of luring victims are automated with the help of bots.

1. Specific profile. When studying the profile of your interlocutor, there are several signs that you should pay special attention to.

  • There are very few photos, or there are pics with a glamorous or model appearance.
  • A person is looking for a partner in your area, but they are living in another country.
  • Many scammers claim to be on a business trip to another country.

When using applications, scammers and bots add very little information to the profile and only one or two photos. Also, the profile, as a rule, is not linked to Instagram and other accounts on social networks.

2. Attempts to continue communication on some other sites. An online dating scammer will quickly offer to continue your communication outside the site where you’ve met.

Often, scammers prefer to communicate via text messages, for example, Skype or Facebook. However, it can also be an instant messenger like WhatsApp. You should be especially careful with people you are not familiar with in real life, who want to communicate on another platform.

3. A prompt manifestation of feelings

Scammers tend to move quickly to emotional conversations. After a short period, they may confess love or deep affection. This trick is a part of the emotional manipulation that is often used by cybercriminals when dating on the Internet. That is why sensitive people with a secluded lifestyle are especially desirable targets since they crave new connections. You should pay attention to interlocutors who begin to show their feelings at the very beginning of communication if you have not met in real life yet.

4. Different circumstances hampering the meeting

The most common strategy is when a scammer wants to meet with you, but there are always unforeseen reasons that prevent you from the meeting.

Since the fraudster is not the person for whom they claim to be, it’s obvious that they do not want to meet in person at all. It is for this reason that many dating scammers say that they are working in another country or are on a business trip because it’s the most effective excuse in this case. Many male scammers upload profile photos in which they wear military uniforms.

The reasons hampering the meeting may be an occasion to ask for money from you first, for example, to buy a ticket. Sometimes, scammers claim to be detained at the border and need money to get free.

The Romantic Rome at Nighttime

The Romantic Rome at Nighttime

During the day, Rome is a very busy modern city of two and a half million people and people are going about their business—they are crowding onto the buses, they are trying to hail a taxi, there speeding like heck through traffic—and it really can be very exhausting.

When the sun goes down, the entire character changes and it’s not just for tourists but for the people there and this is what they live for in Rome. To be able to come out and socialize and everything becomes more relaxed and people’s attitude changes. For them, the and evening is not “I’m going to rush here to this concert” and “I’m going to rush there to get dinner” and “I’m going to grab something to go” the way many Americans would do—instead it’s settling down into this easy rhythm of life and seeing what’s going to happen next.

Think about to the traditional Roman siesta. People will take their large meal in the afternoon and maybe even sit down and take a little nap or watch a little TV for 20 minutes or something—all in order to recharge their batteries so that they can come out at night and that’s when they really live and that’s what tourist should also do. Take a little break from your sightseeing in the heat of the mid-afternoon, take your little siesta, and gear up for the wonder of Roman nighttime.

Archaeologist Rome Romantic Rome by Night

Archaeologist’s Rome by Day and the Romantic Rome by Night

Get ready for the transformation of Roman grandiosity to Italian intimacy. What makes an intimate Rome easier is the way the city is lit at night. It was a deliberate choice on the part of the city administration not to have this neon glare that sort of flattens everything and makes everything look the same, but to have these very soft orange lights that are supposed to imitate the light of a torches in the past. So when you stroll through the city at night you can’t see everything together from afar. You have to discover it closely as you get to it. All this affords a gradual intimate look that you’ll really love and also makes you imagine the city in the evening.

There is an interesting distinction—there’s the grand Rome and then there’s the intimate Rome. By day it really is the grand Rome with icons such as the great Roman monuments, the Coliseum, and Pantheon. But really that the night-time Rome is the small, medieval lanes the people walk through. By day it’s the archaeologist’s Rome and by night is the romantic Rome.

The Aperitivo Culture - Romantic Rome at Nighttime

The Aperitivo Culture

Even if you’re not a type of person that likes a cocktail before dinner, have a drink on a piece of expensive real estate, enjoy the little munchies surrounded by local people doing exactly that. If you’re in the mood to splurge, join in a rooftop bar at a hotel downtown, or just have an aperitivo on one of the squares. Then have dinner, skip dessert, take an after-dinner stroll with gelato.

A wonderful Roman night is all about the pace of things. Romans don’t try to fit in like dinner and a show … it just kind of dinner. You linger over each course because the meal becomes the evening’s entertainment itself and the Romans love to dress up to go out to meet their friends, sit at a little cafe or restaurant with rickety tables and traffic roaring past them. It’s that little slice of intimacy where they can then get into that pace of life and that rhythm of life where each course becomes a new magical thing. Don’t be a traveler who wants to keep it moving.

Charming Medieval Roman Neighborhood Trastevere

Trastevere—a Charming Medieval Roman Neighborhood with an Intense Character

You got that that local pride; there was a time when they would never cross the river on the other side of the Tiber River. In fact, literally Trastevere means “the other side of the river”—the district’s name derives from the Latin words “Trans Tiberim” beyond the Tiber River.

This is that other side of Rome—the intimate side of Rome—the Rome of the narrow lanes of the red pastel colors, buildings with green ivy hanging down with the people’s laundry hanging overhead, lanes pop into tiny little squares that feature little cafes, restaurants, pizzerias where you can sit down and enjoy your meal. The food is great, the aperitifs are great, but it really is presenting you the theater of the people. Don’t let that pass by. Hang out in these squares and you’re paying your cover charge for a great celebration of life.

Nighttime Romantic Walks - Romantic Rome at Nighttime

Nighttime Romantic Walks in Roman

For a great walk, start from St Peter’s Square because in the evening is lit up splendidly and I would just walk towards the river where the Castel Sant’Angelo, a Fortress where the Popes used to escape to in the past. It’s also a little beautifully lit monument cross the river Tiber, where you can cross the bridge of the Angels which is decorated with his beautiful Bernini statues. Walk along the Via dei Coronari and it does give us that back street village that is very romantic and end up at the beautiful square Piazza Navona.

Castel Sant’Angelo was originally a tomb for Emperor Hadrian. That was the original structure and then it took on other uses as time went on and in the medieval times because it was so tall and so monumental, it was used as a castle and as a prison. This tomb for Emperor Hadrian is across from the river Tiber because Ancient Roman laws established that the dead had to be buried outside the city.

it’s a wonderful place to go up at sunset. A great way to kick off your evening you go up there and you look across and you have this incredible view of Michelangelo’s Dome and all of the other domes of the city. You watch the sun turn orange and you watch the pigeons as they start flying by and this is where you begin to see night descend on the Eternal City.

What’s great about Rome at night is that on the one hand you’re walking down a little alley way or a little narrow street and then torch lit or seemingly torch lit with this new lighting and on all of a sudden you pop out and there’s a floodlit monument … there’s the pantheon … and all that then surprise element and you’re getting that mix of this very romantic and dark that this then punctuated with a blaze of light and glory from ancient monument and you can have a kind of a quiet street and suddenly you step into a floodlit square with three grand fountains and artists and street musicians and outdoor cafes in the evening.

Via del Corso Spanish Steps - Romantic Rome at Nighttime

Via del Corso, the Fountains, and the Spanish Steps in Rome

The main drag, the Via del Corso is shutdown, with police on horses monitoring the activities. It says a lot about the way in which an urban setting can be experienced … the Romans hate crowds as much as anybody else but they also don’t like deserted places. The passeggiata can feel that you’re part of a community … part of something bigger than just yourself.

Go to the Spanish Steps because that’s where all of Rome will be descending for nightfall and you will see the things that are typical of Rome at night. Witness the flood lights, see Bernini’s fountain down at the base, with people sitting on the on the steps, and if you wanted to you could climb up to the top where you can get a great view out over all of Rome so you can really feel like you are in one place but you’re taking part of the entire city.

Fall in Love with Nighttime Rome

During the day it can be an overwhelming city by day where everyone’s in a hurry and traffic generally competes with some of the greatest city views anywhere, but after dark that’s when Rome becomes a true spectacle.

Saints Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas Vilified Women in Their Writings

You can find other disparaging remarks about women throughout the history of philosophy. Consider what seminal Catholic thinkers like Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas had to say about women:

  • “Woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from defect in the active force or from some material indisposition…”
    Source: St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, q. 92 a. 1
  • “Good order would have been wanting in the human family if some were not governed by others wiser than themselves. So by such a kind of subjection woman is naturally subject to man, because in man the discretion of reason predominates.”
    Source: St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, q.92 a.1 reply 2
  • “I don’t see what sort of help woman was created to provide man with, if one excludes the purpose of procreation. If woman was not given to man for help in bearing children, for what help could she be? To till the earth together? If help were needed for that, man would have been a better help for man. The same goes for comfort in solitude. How much more pleasure is it for life and conversation when two friends live together than when a man and a woman cohabitate?”
    Source: St. Augustine, Genesi Ad Litteram, 9, 5-9

Warren Buffett on Time Management: “All You Need Is … Time”

Warren Buffett on Time Management: Warren Buffett once said on time management, “The rich invest in time; the poor invest in money.”

Buffett is currently the fourth richest men in the world. He can buy practically anything he wants to, and more than nearly everyone else could ever dream of.

Nevertheless there’s one thing that even Warren Buffett cannot buy, and that is time.

Here’s a brief transcript from a Charlie Rose interview:

Warren Buffett: I mean I can buy anything I want basically, but I can’t buy time.

Charlie Rose: And so to have time is the most precious thing you can have?

Warren Buffett: Yes, I better be careful with it. There is no way I will be able to buy more time.

Warren Buffett's Interview with Charlie Rose (Time Management) Charlie Rose: And living in Omaha makes that easy?

Warren Buffett: That makes it a lot easier. I, for 50 whatever, well for 54 years I spent five minutes going each way now. Just imagine that was a half an hour each way. You know. I know the words to a lot more songs and that’s about it.

Charlie Rose: It adds up. Doesn’t it?

Warren Buffett: It really adds up. Now if you’re doing an hour a day difference coming and going that’s two and a half percent of the person’s work week. That means 40 years you’re talking about a year.

An undisciplined mind will find every reason to do what should not be done and every excuse not to do what should be done. Warren Buffett once said, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.”

Ira Glass Time Management Technique

This American Life‘s Ira Glass talks with Lifehacker about how he works. When asked what his best time-saving shortcut or life hack was, he responded:

I’ve got nothing. Reading other people’s answers to this question on your website today made me realize I live my life like an ape. I eat the same breakfast and lunch everyday, both at my desk. I employ no time-saving tricks at all.

Though come to think of it, I guess my biggest life hack—and this is the very first time I’ve attempted to use the phrase “life hack” in a sentence—is that my wife and I decided to live just a few blocks from where I work. We did this because of our dog. Since I spend at least an hour every night walking the dog, I didn’t want to spend another 60 or 90 minutes a day commuting. I don’t have the time. Like lots of people, I work long hours.