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Hmmm, I'll try to figure this web slide show thing out....

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I've always liked walking through the cemetery looking at the the statues... gotta say, though, whilst I listened to your piano accompaniment, I heard the Smiths in my head. Keats and Yeats are on your side, while Wilde is on mine.
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I've always liked walking through the cemetery looking at the the statues... gotta say, though, whilst I listened to your piano accompaniment, I heard the Smiths in my head. Keats and Yeats are on your side, while Wilde is on mine.



I know. I wanted to put Gary Jules cover of Mad World, but you have to use public domain music. I'll link to the long version soon and there's no music at all on that slide show server.

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Yet another reason to go back to Italy...I totally missed out on that the last time!
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Very nice pics, Chris.

If you like Satie and Debussy, you might like Ravel and Poulenc, too (they're a little later).

Debussy wrote tons of piano music (one big set of pieces is the "Preludes"), but other kinds as well, including orchestral and opera.
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Awesome slide show! I wonder how much the sculpture cost and whether or not some of pre-made? The grave featuring Medusa was surprising!

Could there be some friendly competition? Like, "Did you see what the Marconi family put on Antonio's grave? We'll have to do better than that?" Or maybe some trash talking like, "I can't believe the Donafrio's put that eyesore on Sophia's grave! It's a disgrace."

I liked the simple ones the best - my favorite was an angel sitting with one knee up, her arm casually resting on her knee and her chin in her palm.
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The catacombs in Paris have an inscription above a doorway that reads in latin or French (can't remember which) something like "Welcome to the city of the dead". It's a cool place.
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For some reason our corporate internet has branded MySpace as verboten so I'll have to wait till I get back home to check it out. Mad

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Awesome slide show! I wonder how much the sculpture cost and whether or not some of pre-made? The grave featuring Medusa was surprising!

Could there be some friendly competition? Like, "Did you see what the Marconi family put on Antonio's grave? We'll have to do better than that?" Or maybe some trash talking like, "I can't believe the Donafrio's put that eyesore on Sophia's grave! It's a disgrace."

I liked the simple ones the best - my favorite was an angel sitting with one knee up, her arm casually resting on her knee and her chin in her palm.


I get the feeling it's very-much a status thing. And with Milan being a fashion capital, and so much conspicuous status-seeking, it's not really a surprise that families would compete on grave monuments. I didn't get the feeling any of these were bought off the shelf. I suppose some of the religious ones could be, but I started to ignore those after a while because many of them just weren't interesting. I hit the Madonna and Pieta tolerance wall after about four hours in Italy.

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This made me think of the nicest grave I've personally seen back in Davenport: The grave of a 8 year old boy who died of influenza back during WWI. A simple marker, and a statue of a sorrowful golden retriever lying next to it. I'll have to get my sis to send me a picture to post on here.
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This made me think of the nicest grave I've personally seen back in Davenport: The grave of a 8 year old boy who died of influenza back during WWI. A simple marker, and a statue of a sorrowful golden retriever lying next to it. I'll have to get my sis to send me a picture to post on here.

Okay, I'm probably just having a crappy day, and a girly moment wrapped together, but this made me tear up just a little.
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That's very poignant, isn't it?
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That's very poignant, isn't it?

That reminds me: this morning on C-SPAN's Washington Journal one of the guests (not a caller) pronounced that word with a hard "g." My ears almost exploded.
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I missed the piano Sad

I keep my computer muted almost always. But I will say that both shows went spendidly well with Pendulum's Propane Nighmares and Slam which is what I was listening to. :/ I'll have to go back and listen to the piano now.


Great pics, I love cemeteries!
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Beautiful one-of-a-kind originals. How far and between do the dates on the sculptures vary? ( I'm assuming this is all one cemetery, because I'm ignorant of the region) - but the work is amazing. I've always said that golf courses and cemeteries were both a mindless waste of good land - but if they all looked like this one, I would reconsider my wish of being cremated and having at least a small portion of my ashes integrated into an hourglass - that way folks can just set me on top of the t.v. and turn me over every know and then so I can still be doin' something.

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