World Chess Champion 1960-1961. Known as the "Magician from Riga", Latvian Mikhail Tal's games are forever in the list of Brilliancies. He also holds the record (as of October 2018) for the longest unbeaten streak in competitive chess history.
Widely considered as the father of Czech Music, he led a colourful and slightly tragic life, composing many beautiful works. Rising to prominence over his life, he became deaf late in his life and soon passed on, but not before leaving us with some more music. In this episode, I share with you his story. Excerpts from his first String Quartet "From My Life" will be played inbetween sections. It was composed by him as a "semi-autobiography". I Hope that it would add to the atmosphere and...
The history of silk is rather interesting, it began in China and spread to the rest of the world. How and why did such an item hold such prestige and be a symbol of luxury in the world? Its production saw heydays and rainy days, the carefully guarded secret of silk eventaully spread and other nations took part in this business. It made money then, and it still makes money now.
Pax Sinica, China's Peaceful Rise, Chinese Century and the Chinese Dream. Articles comprising of China's past and future influence. These are but a small part of China to read about. But they are useful in giving us an overview of the trajectory of Chinese influence.
In which I speak about the famous Lost Battalions. In WW1, an American battalion was lost in the Argonne and through the blockade (By the germans) they were finally saved. In WW2, another American battalion was encircled by the Germans in the Vosges, they too, broke out.
The picture is a monument to the Lost Battalion in the Argonne Forest, France.
These are two very recent micronations seeking recognition with interesting goals. The Romanov Empire already has some land and the space faring ideals for Asgardia has shown some progress with a launch of Asgardia-1. These are certainly developments that will be fun to follow.