Night owl chat – Words, with Richard Burton

More of the first art, with the immortal voice of Richard Burton.


Robert Graves – “Welsh Incident”


Ernest Dowson – Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae


Dylan Thomas – Elegy


Dylan Thomas – Fern Hill


Francis Thompson – The Hound of Heaven


Seek beauty, night owls.

119 Responses to “Night owl chat – Words, with Richard Burton”

  1. 1 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

  2. 6 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    OMG! Love, love, LOVE Richard Burton!!!

  3. September 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Classy LL. He had a voice for the ages.

  4. 23 amk for obama
    September 2, 2014 at 10:15 pm

  5. 26 amk for obama
    September 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    The leaking of intimate photos of celebrities from iCloud accounts was due to a theft of log-in information, not a security breach, says Apple.


    denile, denile, denile.

    adieu. adieu, adieu.

  6. September 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    All right, citizens, off to have a nightcap and settle in. Had a spot of trouble sleeping this morning; woke up at 2 a.m. and couldn’t really get back to Nod. So an early night for me. See everyone in the morning.

  7. September 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  8. 31 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  9. September 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm

  10. 33 amk for obama
    September 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm

  11. 34 anniebella
    September 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Finally some tv pundits and journalists who are talking with some common sense concerning how the President is handling ISIS, and how foolish the media and others acted over the comment the President made about having no strategy. I hope someone saw this beside me me, I can not thing of the two guys name who were talking with Lawrence..

    • 35 anniebella
      September 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Can not think of the two guys name, E.J. something.

      • 36 desertflower
        September 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm


        • 37 HZ
          September 3, 2014 at 2:14 am

          Yes, DF and anniebella. They were David Corn and E.J. Dionne. Excellent segment. Loved the comments by both men. LOD did a great job. That was very uplifting to see LOD and David Corn and E.J. Dionne give intelligent answers and give some respect to POB. Refreshing.

          Thanks LL for your brilliant work. You are so smart. I love your well of knowledge. So many beautiful and brilliant loving TOD family members within this space. Chips, I love you each and every day I have the honor of being among all of your talented and gifted supporters of PBO. It is glorious. This little senior appreciate All of you so much.

          Vc, so grateful that you arrived home safely. Get some rest.

          Always so grateful that our President of these United States arrives safely on his trips. He makes me so proud everyday of my life.

          So good to see MightyPamela back. Love you sweet spirit of goodness.

          TOD family, thanks for your thoughts of goodness and prayers for me. I got a lot done today and less pain. I am claiming “Joy will come again in the morning.” I am so grateful to get a lot of this paper work done and then I can relax and watch our president do great things during his traveling. May all goodness remain in his space and he be granted favor of wisdom, and patience as he works so hard to made a difference of lasting value for all people. I love my president and my Chips. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ TY, Chips for being so brilliant and working so hard to support PBO.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}. Oh, please watch out for those TB, but I love how you have such a beautiful force with words that will take down a TB in a New York minute. You are the best, my beautiful Chips. Love you so dearly, and I am so grateful for all that you do for all of us.

          Goodnight everyone. Amk, take care of all of the beautiful units in the family. I am thinking of you with gratefulness that everything worked out in a wonderful manner. You are such a brilliant force around here. HZ

  12. September 2, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    • 39 Ladyhawke
      September 2, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    • 40 Ladyhawke
      September 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      And the GOP and the MSM hate the fact that then Senator Barack Obama was right about the Iraq war.

      Transcript: Obama’s Speech Against The Iraq War


      What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

      What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income — to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear — I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.



  13. 42 hopefruit2
    September 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

  14. 46 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

  15. 48 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    US ambassador to Estonia has tweeted since this

  16. 51 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    The Estonian outlet is touting Heritage Foundation’s “approval” of PBO’s trip to Estonia. Had to laugh.

    Must be referring to this:


  17. 53 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm

  18. September 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Livestream open for PBO’s arrival:


  19. 56 MadameSoph
    September 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Just got home; watching the livestream now!

  20. 57 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm

  21. 58 arapaho415
    September 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    While we’re waiting for AF1, here’s an article from Jan 2007 about Tallinn, arguably the most beautiful city in Europe.

    Everything I’ve read about Estonia sounds like Paradise to me.

  22. 59 carolyn
    September 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you so much LL, for Richard Burton’s reading. That voice! He could make an audience laugh or cry, just by repeating nonsense syllables in that marvelous voice…..but then with the beautiful words too…….. NOONE else can read The Hound of Heaven….NOONE!!!

  23. 60 arapaho415
    September 2, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    And here’s one from two years ago about Estonia’s internet prowess:

  24. 61 MadameSoph
    September 2, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    The plane! The plane! 🙂

  25. 62 desertflower
    September 2, 2014 at 11:20 pm


  26. 63 hopefruit2
    September 2, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Estonia is searching for its own “Obama.”

    HEADLINE: Searching for the Estonian Obama (5)

    // US President Barack Obama broke the mold in the United States when he became the first African American to win the presidency in 2008. Barring British expatriate Abdul Turay, Estonia has no black politicians, but there are plenty of barriers to break. ERR News takes a look at a host of candidates who can change the rules in Estonian politics. //


  27. 65 hopefruit2
    September 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    AF1 has touched down!!!

  28. 66 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Current Weather Conditions in Tallinn, Estonia: Mostly Cloudy – 45°F

  29. 67 arapaho415
    September 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    How I love the internet!!!

    This Estonian feed is so exciting, much better than network TV!

  30. 68 MadameSoph
    September 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    So proud to see “United States of America” on that plane as it lands; I’m grinning ear to ear. Don’t remember ever feeling that way during any other presidency before PBO.

    • 69 Dudette
      September 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      I feel the same way MadameSoph!

    • September 2, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      We are all with you on that!!

    • 71 arapaho415
      September 2, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Agree so much!

      I loved how the cameras lingered over the USA Flag and Presidential Seal.

      This is an historic meeting, during the greatest crisis in Europe since WWII.

      Europeans haven’t forgotten the US and the Marshall Plan.

      Check out the articles in the tweets I posted just before AF1 came into view for more on Tallinn and Estonia.

  31. 72 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I always enjoy watching these airport greetings! 🙂

  32. September 2, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    POTUS looks wonderful. Now it’s on to meetings.

    • 76 hopefruit2
      September 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Yup I think his speech will be at 9AM tomorrow Eastern time – 4PM Estonia time.

      • 77 arapaho415
        September 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

        Thanks for the schedule, HF2.

        PBO is going to be operating on adrenalin all week.

        Since he’s a night owl, doubt if he got any shut eye on the flight to Estonia — especially after the awful events today (i.e., ISIS).

        Another reason it’s so wrong for the MSM/GOP to nip at his heels and pounce on any slight slip of the tongue. I wish they really would put country first.

  33. September 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    From an earlier thread:

    The President will meet with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Estonia. He will then visit the Kadriorg Palace to participate in the official arrival ceremony, where he will be greeted by President Ilves of Estonia.

    Later in the morning, the President will hold a bilateral meeting while at the Palace.

    In the afternoon, he will visit the Bank of Estonia to participate in a joint press conference with President Ilves.
    Following the press conference, the President will visit the Stenbok House to meet with Prime Minister Roivas.

    Later, he will visit the Kadriorg Art Museum to meet with the three Baltic presidents – President Ilves, President Berzins of Latvia, and President Grybauskaite of Lithuania.

    In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Nordea Concert Hall to students, young professionals, and civil society and political leaders.

    Following his speech, the President will deliver remarks to U.S. and Estonian troops at the Tallinn Airport Hangar.
    Later in the evening, he will travel to Newport, Wales, where he will remain overnight.

    • 79 MadameSoph
      September 2, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks for the info Meta. He did look good didn’t he? Had an extra little spring in his step. I bet something cool is about to go down. All I know is that whenever the media is obsessed with him golfing, it usually means some major PBO badassedness is about to take place.

      • September 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

        He looked rested and more than ready for the day. IOW, very handsome!

        I love when he has something up his sleeve, leaving all the knuckle draggers firmly in the dust!

        • 82 arapaho415
          September 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm

          PBO is the definition of grace and elegance, handsome with a great stride too.

          It’s beyond me how any American could not be proud to have him represent the USA on the foreign stage.

          If our MSM would broadcast that Estonia feed (short and sweet arrival) instead of parroting what everyone else has said all day, then any American who isn’t a bigot would be grateful that he’s our President.

          • September 3, 2014 at 12:02 am

            PBO’s phenomenal presence on the world stage as well as his countless achievements here and abroad are the furthest thing from MSM’s radar. The gossip mills are too busy making up hair-on-fire sound bites to pacify and sedate the boss.

        • 84 anniebella
          September 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

          Maybe he look so rested cause he is out of Washington D.C. Imagine how rested he will look when he is no longer President. The job can bring alot of stress. I used to say how I wish he could run again, not any more do I feel that way.

          • 85 anniebella
            September 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

            There are benefits, but it’s a pain in the ass too, on him and his family.

          • 86 arapaho415
            September 2, 2014 at 11:56 pm

            He’s not going to get much sleep on this trip.

            See my comment above.

            • 87 anniebella
              September 3, 2014 at 12:37 am

              I agree arapaho415, and what do you bet that the media back here in the U.S will give this trip much more attention then they have given the last four or five trips of POTUS. On POTUS last few trips the media here hardly mention he was overseas, but this will get attention cause they are hoping to see him fail.

  34. 90 carolyn
    September 2, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    For once, perfect timing on my part. Turned on the Estonian feed just as Air Force One taxied to its place, so I got to see PBO trot down the high steps of the plane, and greet and be greeted and SMILE, then get into the Beast. All is well. He has landed and will be well taken care of.

    Like most of you, I never cared about Air Force One before, certainly never went to a live feed to watch it land and watch the president come down those tall steps.

    Sending deep, heartfelt prayers for wisdom and courage for PBO, and wisdom and courage for those who will listen to him. May they make wise decisions these days,, and prevent horror and bloodshed in that part of the world. May they deal with Putin so he understands that he cannot push countries and leaders around. As Bob says: Trust Barack; he’s earned it.

    • 91 MadameSoph
      September 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Me too, carolyn!

    • September 3, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Isn’t it funny? I think we look for him on all his travels because we know he’s always up to something interesting and we’re curious about all that. We follow along to see that he’s OK, to know he is being loved and honored and respected, to wish him well. It’s a total sense of security and source of great pride.

  35. 93 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

  36. 94 MadameSoph
    September 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    For Dudette:

    Thought you’d enjoy this interview in Italian with Terence Hill. They show clips from his old spaghetti western movies. I’m guessing you don’t speak Italian, but his voice is lovely 🙂 Can’t believe he was 69 when he did this! I watch episodes of Don Matteo (aka Father Hotness 🙂 ) every Monday night on MHZ online and he STILL looks good. They stream two subtitled episodes for American audiences at 9 and 10 p.m. and then again at 12 and 1 a.m. EST

    • 95 Dudette
      September 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Oooh thanks so much MS! It’s times like this I wish I’d stuck w/ learning one of the languages I studied (other than English) to fluency. Italian was one of them. Don’t remember a darn thing but just seeing & hearing TH is enough! Coincidentally, I just introduced a friend to a couple of the old Trinity movies this weekend. The man has STILL got it! What a treat! 🙂

  37. 96 Dudette
    September 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

  38. 99 FoxfireTX
    September 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    The timing of the ISIS video with the start of PBO’s trip scares me. I haven’t worried about his travels for a very long time, but I sure hope the SS has extra precautions in place for this trip. Just way too many of the crazies passing easily around Europe. But it is heartwarming to see how warmly he is welcomed abroad given the shit here. I find it amusing that the website lists the best places to see the motorcade pass in Estonia. I also love it because his ongoing popularity in Europe is part of what drives the GOP insane:-)

  39. 100 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 11:48 pm

  40. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    September 2, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    This post was just what the day required, LL. Thank you. And something about it reminded me of the poem in Babette’s Feast (one of my favorite life-changer films). I went online to see if I could cut and paste it somewhere, rather than retyping it from a version I have on the wall above my desk. Didn’t find the poem yet, but I did find this fascinating little snippet (fascinating as in: another surprise from Pope Francis, in paragraph one of the piece) (I knew the film had a cult following, but not the Pope!):


    So, here’s a toast to leisure time, and here ya go:

    (Poem from Babette’s Feast)

    Broken Vows

    It is late last night – the dog was speaking of you
    The snipe was speaking of you in her deep marsh
    It is YOU were their only word, throughout the woods
    And that you may be without a mate until you find me.
    You promised me – and you said a lie to me –
    That you would be before me, where the sheep are flocked
    I gave a whistle and three hundred cries to you
    And I found nothing there but a bleating lamb.
    You promised me a thing that is hard got you:
    A ship of gold under a silver mast
    Twelve towns and a market in all of them
    And a fine white court by the side of the sea.
    You promised me a thing that is not possible:
    That you would give me gloves of the skin of a fish
    That you would give me shoes of the skin of a bird
    And a suit of the dearest silk in Ireland.
    My Mother told me not to be talking with you
    Today or tomorrow or on Sunday
    It was a bad time she took for telling me that
    It was shutting the door after the house was robbed.
    You have taken the East from me
    You have taken the West from me
    You have taken what is before me and what is behind me.
    You have taken the Moon. You have taken the Sun from me.
    And my fear is great you have taken God from me.

  41. 107 Ladyhawke
    September 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm


    O’Donnell: ‘Dither’ is Republican for ‘think’


    As critics assail Pres. Obama’s actions on ISIS, the Commander-in-Chief orders an airstrike on terrorists in Somalia. EJ Dionne and David Corn discuss.



    • 108 anniebella
      September 2, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you Ladyhawke, those are the two guests on The Last Word I was talking about earlier.

      • 109 Ladyhawke
        September 3, 2014 at 12:11 am

        My pleasure. The segment was a breath of fresh air. I loved the comment that David Corn made about us not being able to have an adult conversation. It’s unfortunate that the media and the GOP are too busy criticizing and looking for soundbites to distract from the real issues. The real issues in most cases is that President Obama is trying to clean up the wreckage produced by the Bush administration.

        • 110 anniebella
          September 3, 2014 at 12:31 am

          I saw some article were Paul Ryan blaming Obama for the raise of ISIS. It’s just alot of B.S. from the media and GOP, and now some Democrats. It’s refreshing to see some adults disgusting these matters like adults and not throwing politics in there.

          • September 3, 2014 at 2:18 am

            The saddest thing is those guys are so clueless, they REALLY think it’s true. They really think that the ISIS problem is mainly due to the fact that the US didn’t keep a few thousand more soldiers in Iraq.

            Republicans have become the party of ignorants. They are every bit as ignorant and stupid about foreign policy as they are about economics. They don’t know history, they don’t understand the complex relations between the different peoples, groups, tribes of the Middle East. They view the world in simplistic terms. Is it ANY wonder why they screwed up so badly during the Bush years ?

  42. 112 JER
    September 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

  43. 115 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

    *** HEADS UP!!!
    Dearest traveling companions (on the night watch): I. AM. HOME!! Thank you! I rolled in about an hour ago, emptied the car, had a long shower. and changed the bedding so I can have fresh homey sheets tonight. This is the FIRST time in my driving career that the trip home took waaayyy longer than the trip out! It’s also the first time I’ve driven for 11 hours with only a one hour stopping break (went shopping after we – 16yr old and I – got lost)! Anyways, it helped enormously to know that you were waiting ‘here at home’ for me to get in – I’m in now. 😀

  44. September 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    What a lovely thread…thanks for posting Richard Burton….

    As late as I am (catching up), the comments about the President’s trip is so amazing…I feel as if I was there on his arrival. President Barack Obama makes us proud each day. We did well in electing this man! So proud of myself 🙂

    MadameSoph…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Terrance Hill (and Bigger)! OMG…I will have to find some movies to watch … TRINITY!!! AWWWW

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