Tuesday, December 30, 2003

another blog free day WAS THE SIXTH CHIRSTMAS DAY
but a very enjoyable day

see Genaloge blog

need to find some of Nelson's dreams if any are recorded

Hugh Watkins

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Van Impe article: "It is gradually turning into a private enterprise. In short: it's a business that must be profitable. And information in this context is just a simple product, which has to be treated like steel or oil or Belgian fries. The principles for example of just in time delivery and stock control management which are so useful in a purely economic context, like a motorcar plant, are slowly killing the old and proven concept of cheap and accessible information for everyone. As for the argument that paper is out of fashion, it has to be said that all paper -even acid paper, when handled with care- still remains a relatively cheap and therefore a very democratic source of information.

We also have to face a cultural problem in this discussion: newspapers are meant to be thrown away. After a few hours or days the reader uses his old newspaper in the kitchen, for wrapping potato peels, or in the garden, to light the barbecue. Therefore it is very difficult to convince the public and the government of its importance. After all, aren't we dealing with an extremely valuable and essential world heritage, like Buddha's or cathedrals?

Finally, it is a misconception to think that the use of microfilms and bits and bytes will eliminate the need for new shelve space and stacks. It might be said that a visit to the annual Frankfurt Bookfair could convince even the strongest opponents. Information on paper and microfilmed or electronic information will keep on coexisting for a long, long time.

Right now I think there is only one reasonable solution for the shelve space problem: build more stacks."

Van Impe article: "3. Conclusion

'Paper is out of fashion, it will not last, and above all, it takes an enormous amount of expensive shelve space. Internet, cd-roms, the e-book, that's the future.' I have heard these and other similar arguments more than once.
However, most of the librarians I meet realise how complex the actual situation is and how unpredictable the future.

They know that it is not simply a matter of making a choice between information presented on paper or information presented in an electronic way (including microfilms).
A lot of them also refuse to give up their paper journal subscriptions, as long as nobody can guarantee that the electronic versions can be archived in a proper way. Their ultimate nightmare would be that the publisher stops his activities and disconnects his servers: this would result in no more journals and lost investment. Although at the same time they do, and I do too of course, embrace the electronic world and its countless advantages.

The unconditional love for the cyberworld, and the disapproval of paper, is a specific point of view of managers and software engineers.
The engineers hardly ever use a library themselves, they are mainly concerned with the technical problems they meet and the solutions they propose. They also need huge budgets to keep on developing more and more sophisticated products. At the same time it seems to be that they are not able to solve the problem of long term archiving and conservation of electronic media. In a way the 'acidity' of the bits and bytes is more alarming than the acidity of paper.
And the managers want to manage. Today everything in life has to be managed, from the cradle to the grave. Today a university and also its library is no longer an independent centre of intellectual life, experiments and discussions. It is gradually turning int . . . . . ."

british national collection of newspapers - Crump article:
"Some facts and figures will give you an idea of the size of this operation. The current collection of newspapers is 32 kms. of shelf-length in size for hard copy with an additional 13kms. of microfilm.

It grows at the rate of over a third of a kilometre a year.
The greatest proportion of that growth (338m) being UK legal deposit material with significantly less growth in foreign papers because, as I have said, we acquire as much as we can on purchased microfilm both to save on space and for ease of use.

We currently acquire 121 foreign titles on microfilm. Some 37,000 readers used the Newspaper Library in 1999/2000 and such is the demand that the reading rooms were operationally full on average once or twice a month. These facts trip off the tongue easily and can perhaps obscure the reality of an enormous collection (both in terms of the size of its individual components and as a collection in itself), whose binding, storage and availability to readers has required decades of investment.

In order to achieve systematic microfilming over the last thirty years we have had to commit an additional and separate funding stream each year that the programme has been carried forward."

Newspapers contents: "Do We Want to Keep our Newspapers?
now published by the Office for Humanities Communication, edited by David McKitterick (July 2002);
£25.00; available from OHC, King's College, Strand, London WC2"

Van Impe article Leuven university library: "2.1. We are hungry
Although our university celebrates this year its 575th anniversary, our library is as a collection much younger, namely some 50 years. So the first reason why we accepted the British Library's offer is more or less an emotional one: we are still repairing our twice destroyed library, fighting the demons from the past, trying to restore as good as one can the intellectual, cultural and scientific heritage of our university.
And it is equally important to know that our newspaper collection is even younger than 50 years. It only started growing considerably in the seventies, when the library of the Belgian Parliament donated a large part of its newspaper collection, after having microfilmed its contents."

Friday, December 26, 2003

THINGS TO DO IN MICHIGAN - STATE HISTORY: "1805 The Michigan Territory is created;
fire destroys most of Detroit "

Google Search: 1805 Michigan territories

Lewis and Clark Bicentenial Commemoration, Falls of the Ohio: "Over the course of two years, four months, and nine days the legendary Meriwether Lewis and William Clark along with their expedition members traveled a total of eight thousand miles and embarked upon a threshold of discovery that would later become one of the most productive and successful military operations and scientific explorations known to the United States of America."

Hamilton: "Sir William Rowan Hamilton


Born: 4 Aug 1805 in Dublin, Ireland
Died: 2 Sept 1865 in Dublin, Ireland"

Year 2005 ANNIVERSARIES Page ~ aMUSIClassical Directory: "Year 2005
02 JAN Centenary of the birth of English composer Sir Micahel Tippett
02 MAR Centenary of the birth of American composer Marc Blitzstein
09 APR 70th birthday of Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen
02 MAY centenary of the birth of English composer Alan Rawsthorne
29 JUL 80th birthday of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis
08 AUG Centenary of the birth of French composer Andre Jolivet
23 AUG Centenary of the birth of English composer and conductor Constant Lambert
15 OCT centenary of the FP of Debussy's La Mer
05 NOV 70th birthday of English composer Nicholas Maw
07 NOV centenary of the birth of English composer William Alwyn
22 NOV 80th birthday of American composer and conductor Gunther Schuller.
09 DEC centenary of the FP of Richard Strauss' opera Salome "

Napoleonic Code: "The original Napoleonic Code, or Code Napoléon, is the French civil law code, established at Napoleon's behest and entering into force on March 21, 1804. The Napoleonic code was the first legal code to be established in a country with a civil law legal system. It was based on Roman law, and followed Justinian's Corpus Juris Civilis in dividing civil law into:

personal status;
acquisition of property.

Other countries soon copied this idea, and developed their own codes, of which the Swiss and German codes were the most influential. All of the countries of the modern Europe with exception of : countries of Great Britain, Irland, Russia and Scandinavian countries, base their civil law system on the Napoleaonic Code. The code was then the most permanent inheritance of the Napoleon. "

Odense: "In the 16th century the town was the meeting-place of several parliaments, and down to 1805 it was the seat of the provincial assembly of Funen. "

October 21: "1797 - In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution | USS ''Constitution'' is launched to fight Barbary pirates off the coast of Tripoli (in 1805 the Tripoli peace treaty was signed on Constitution's deck). "

WIKOPEDIA 1805: "Events

January 11 - Michigan Territory is created.
February 15 - Harmony Society officially formed
April 27 - United States Marines and Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna (The 'shores of Tripoli').
May 26 - In Milan's cathedral, Napoleon I of France is crowned King of Italy.
June 1 - Luigi Boccherini was buried in Italy after being found found dead on May 28.
October 21 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar - British naval fleet led by Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish off the coast of Spain.
June - War ends between Tripoli and the United States of America.
Sweden declares war on France
Lewis and Clark Expedition sets out across North America

Art, Culture and Fashion
1805 in literature
March 3 - Jonas Furrer, Swiss politician and first President of the Swiss Confederation (+ 1861)
April 2 - Hans Christian Andersen, writer (+ 1875)
November 14 - Fanny Mendelssohn, composer and pianist
December 25 - Joseph Smith, Jr., religious leader, founded Mormonism

January 23 - Claude Chappe, telecommunication pioneer (semaphores)
May 9 - Schiller, German playwright.
May 25 - William Paley, philosopher
May 28 - Luigi Boccherini, Italian classical music preformer
October 21 - Horatio Nelson, British admiral.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article '1805'. "

Friedrich Schiller: "Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (November 10, 1759 - May 9, 1805), usually known as Friedrich Schiller, was a German poet, historian, and dramatist.

He returned to Weimar in 1799, where Goethe convinced him to return to playwriting. He and Goethe founded the Weimar Theater which became the leading theater in Germany, leading to a dramatic renaissance. He remained in Weimar until his death at 45 from tuberculosis. "

Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1758 to 1805 : National Maritime Museum:
painted by Lemuel Abbott, 1760 to1803

This is one of a number of replicas of the original portrait painted at Greenwich in 1797 for Nelson's friend William Locker.

Locker was Lieutenant-Governor of Greenwich Hospital, and the portrait was to hang in his dining room.
Acquired by Huson Morris in about 1830, his grandchildren sold it in 1941 'as Lord Nelson's posthumous contribution to the present war'."


H.C. Andersen's Diary. Thursday December 8 1825

An ugly dream in the night, (about Nathan David's daughters and that the Headmaster seemed to be telling me off horribly.

Source: Dagbogen, torsdag d. 8. december 1825

Notes: HCA is twenty years at old at a grammar school (Slagelse
Latinskole 1822 to 1826, when the headmaster was Simon Meisling) with much younger children.
Because of poverty he came late to the Gymnasium school (college in USA) and then only because Jonas Collins sponsored him.

Nathan David was a business man in Slagelse.
His daughter Sara met HCA at school friend Ole Pedersen's home (the son of the schnapps distiller Ole Pedersen in Slagelse).

Sara teased HCA by reeling off the titles of a mass of novels and asking HCA if he had read them. She also spoke of her younger sister.

Skolegang - H.C. Andersen

In 1826 he moved with the Meislings to Helsingør, when Meisling was appointed Rektor of that Latinskolen.
He was very unhappy and finally took his matriculation exam studentereksamen ... at Copenhagen University.

His main exams would be in danish, german and latin and he never mastered english.

skiænde . - - was a problem word for me - help anyone please !

thanks to an email January 7 2004
In a message dated 07/01/2004 18:24:07 GMT Standard Time, hedvig writes:

Sorry, I did not answer you, you asked what does 'skiende på' mean. It is the same as skælde ud. If you send your text again, I will look at it once more. You also have 'at skænde', it means to 'forulempe' either physically or sexually.

Google Search: skiænde

I think you can say molest for 'skænde'. There is a quotation with the words 'skænde, brænde og ...'
The samy rhyming exists in 'skælde og smælde', probably oldfashioned now as most things from my childhood. :-)

Otto Kalkar: Ordbog til det ældre danske sprog (1300-1700): "Otto Kalkar:
Ordbog til det ældre danske
sprog (1300-1700)
bd. 1-4, København 1881-1907. "

Old Danish is difficult luckily this is on line

Hugh Watkins

H.C. Andersens drømme :: www.andersen.sdu.dk :: H.C. Andersen Centret:

Hans Christian recorded 96 dreams in his diaries

HC Andersen - Poesi: "Hvad er det vel vi kalde Poesi?
En skuffet Drøm, nu det Uendelige!
Det enkelte, det Heles Harmoni,
vi jo med dette lille Ord udsige.
Vort Liv, ja jeg og du, kort alle vi
er Poesi!"

H.C. Andersen Manuskripter, Odense Bys Museer the Little Mermaid

Odense City Museums - Hans Christian Andersen Museum: "Apart from 175 fairy-tales and stories, he wrote 14 novels and short stories, about 50 dramatic works, a dozen travel accounts, about 800 poems and a host of biographical works, articles and humorous short pieces. "

Odense City Museums - Hans Christian Andersen Childhoodhome: "Hans Christian Andersens Childhood Home
Munkemøllestræde 3-5
DK-5000 Odense C

Close to St. Knud's Cathedral lies the house where Hans Christian Andersen lived from the age of two until he was fourteen. It was from this humble home that his childhood memories sprang. The cobbler's small family dwelling is only 18 sq m in size. Today, it houses an exhibition on Hans Christian Andersen's links to his native city of Odense. "

The Timetable Year By Year :: www.andersen.sdu.dk :: The Hans Christian Andersen Center: "The Timetable Year By Year"

Hans Christian Andersen: A Poet's Day Dreams :: www.andersen.sdu.dk :: The Hans Christian Andersen Center: "A Poet's Day Dreams was first published in English February 1853"

Google Search: Colin White MA, AMA, Director Trafalgar 200

The Lady Nelson letters - Frances' story told for the first time - marriage break-down revealed : National Maritime Museum: "The Lady Nelson letters - Frances' story told for the first time - marriage break-down revealed

A remarkable collection of intimate, unpublished letters, acquired by the National Maritime Museum at auction on Trafalgar Day, October 2002, has now been catalogued and is available for research. The 72 letters, from Nelson's wife, Frances, to Alexander Davison, Nelson's closest friend and prize agent, reveal new details of Nelson, one of Britain's greatest heroes."

Calendar - H.C. Andersen: "The two German brothers played a part in creating Hans Christian Andersen's particular form of the genre, the original fairy tale.

This is the topic for the seminar at the Danish embassy in Moscow in which Cay Dollerup of the Centre for Translation Studies at the University of Copenhagen will talk about how the stories of the Brothers Grimm inspired Hans Christian Andersen to write fairy tales.

Denmark was the first country in the world to translate the tales of the Brothers Grimm, and Danish readers received the Brothers' folktales such as Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel with open arms, when the first Danish volume of their fairy stories was published in 1821.

Thus, the two German brothers, who collected folktales and adapted them into book form helped pave the way for Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales in Denmark. Their stories inspired Hans Christian Andersen to write the original fairy tales that would secure his fame. Hans Christian Andersen's first collection of fairy tales, Tales, Told for Children was published in 1835. "

Calendar - H.C. Andersen: "02 April 2005"

Andersen Online: "My life is a beautiful fairy-tale, rich and happy.
If, when I was a small boy, poor and lonely going out into the world, I had met a powerful fairy godmother and she had said:
'Choose your own course through life and your destination, then I shall protect you and lead you..'
then my fate could not have been a happier one, nor more cleverly and well guided than it has been.'"

Google Search: andersen bicentenary

Organisation - H.C. Andersen: "The Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation is currently located at Det Adelige Jomfrukloster in Odense, Denmark.

It plans, coordinates and acts as mediator for the entire celebration of Hans Christian Andersen's bicentenary nationally as well as internationally."

Nelson Show Must Go On (from This Is Local London): "Celebrations to mark the bicentenary of Lord Horatio Nelson's victory at Trafalgar
will be the biggest since the Queen's Golden Jubilee despite financial worries.

Greenwich's National Maritime Museum is working flat out to make the celebrations in 2005 the most memorable in recent maritime history, despite a Government funding crisis.

Royal Navy plans for much of its fleet to be in Britain are being blocked by the Government due to a budget crisis in armed defence and fear vessels will need to stay deployed in the Gulf.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: 'The navy does not have as many vessels as it did 100 years ago, so there are less vessels to be able to deploy.'

At least one of clipper Cutty Sark's three clinkers, used to transport passengers from the ship to land, will join a flotilla of boats which will sail up the Thames in a reconstruction of Nelson's funeral."

Research - Fairy tales - Life & Works The Hans Christian Andersen Center

Vice Admiral Lord Nelson at The 1805 Club


in 2005 Denmark will remember the birth in Odense of Hans Christian Andersen,

and England will remember the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson KB