September 4th, 2020

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Songsters of Love


We were both avid bird watchers.


We used to love to listen to them singing in the morning. Local songs are different to the ones we heard in Boston. The variety of voices is impressive. There are so many kinds of birds here and they stay here all year around.


One of our favorite songsters were Carolina wrens (on the cover photo). Experts say that their singing portfolio includes over 40 love songs. It’s not just about the numbers. Those are beautiful, pure and crisp aria, masterpieces of singing.


Carolina wrens here begin to sing really early. At 5 a.m., we could here a little Caruso singing to his love mate just outside our place.


On the day when Sue passed away, the songs suddenly stopped. It became unusually quiet.


The nurse called and said that she died at 10:42 a.m.


I was on my way to see her and now the clock stopped. So did the singing outside.


Last night, I was sitting in the car and a little Caruso landed on the mirror next to me. He looked at me for a quick second and took off.


In the morning, I heard him singing again.


 

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Kolibri


Chrigi said that in German they are called Kolibri. The same as in Russian.


Here they are known as hummingbirds.


“Yes, this is a hummingbird,” said Brian.


“This is Mario”


I named the guy with the authority of my 5 years of experience in birds photography.


In Italian, they are also called Colibris.

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John Davis (USA): The Last World Championship with the Legend


History in Color:

August 30, 1953, Stockholm, Sweden – Legendary U.S. heavyweight, 2x Olympic Champion, 6x World Champion John Davis of NYC, NY, USA competes in the 90+kg weight class at the 1953 World Championships.


The World title this time was won by Doug Hepburn of Canada. Davis finished second.


Davis was 32. He was injured. It was his last appearance at the Worlds.




John Davis (1921-1984) was truly a super legend of Olympic weightlifting. He was the heavyweight king of the world from the end of 1930s to mid 1950s.


Davis won the Summer Olympics in London (1948) and in Helsinki (1952) . The super heavyweight class at the time was 82.5+kg in 1948 and 90+kg in 1952. His bodyweight was 98.6kg and 104.3kg accordingly.


By many accounts, Davis could have won a couple of more Olympics had they not been cancelled in 1940 and 1944 because of the World War II.


Davis won his first world title in 1938 and then, 12 years later, the second one in 1946 His total count of major championships included 6 gold medals at the Worlds and 2 golds at the Summer Olympics. He also set 16 world records in his career.


John Davis was born and grew up in the NYC area. In his childhood years he was good in gymnastics. After the end of a weightlifting career he worked for years as a correction officer at the famous Rikers Island jail facilities.


Besides weightlifting, Davis had two big passions in his life. It was jazz and opera. He actually was a very good opera aria performer but couldn’t pursue this career due to a chronic medical defect (hiccups).