KLINGON OPERA u

I was introduced to a new to me genre.  My Dear Son IV, Roy, gave me the gift of awareness of KLINGON OPERA.
According to RVRGEEK,  “‘u’ (meaning Universe in Klingon) is part of the first full length Klingon opera performed on earth.
“Klingon opera is based around the principle of musical combat, the impact of two opposing forces.”

For your listening … entertainment:

Klingon Opera ‘u’ in Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
5min. 30sec.

uploaded by Drongo
Komposition: Eef van Breen
Libretto: Kees Ligtelijn and Marc Okrand
Künstlerische Leitung: Floris Schönfeld
Produktion: Theater Zeebelt/ Den Haag
“Part of the very special opera ‘u’ by Floris Schönfeld, directly from the Netherlands.
They tell us the story of Kahless and how he lost his brother and father to the underworld, only to follow and rescue them.
“Here we see Kahless (the wonderful Taru Huotari) fighting together with his love Lukara (Jeannette Huizinga). After the Master of the Scream (Michael Mason) tells us more about the battle at the river, Kotar from the Underworld (Ben Kropp) is looking for the two stolen souls (father and brother of Kahless) and will be convinced by Kahless to join the battle against Molor.
“Saw it in the 2013 special “Unmenschliche Musik” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.” http://www.hkw.de    Drongo
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5. CONVERSATIONS WITH BUMP ONNA LOG

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BEAR:   Bump Onna Log, I forgive you….
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BUMP ONNA LOG:   What for? I didn’t do anything.
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BEAR:   … and I forgive you for not apologizing …
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BUMP ONNA LOG:   Just forget it. It’s water under the bridge.
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Bear:   I would feel a little bit better though, if you did apologize and …
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BUMP ONNA LOG:   But there’s nothin’ for me to be sorry for. I didn’t do anything to be sorry about.
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Bear:    I forgive you anyway ..
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BUMP ONNA LOG:    I wasn’t aware that I did anything … You just exaggerate everything! You never listen to a word I say! (turning and starting to walk away) Mutter, mutter, mumble, heifer, mumble…
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BEAR:    (hurrying to catch up and get in line of sight) I’m sorry, I was trying to listen, but I just didn’t hear what you said when you turned your back and walked away. Were you talking to me?
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BUMP ONNA LOG:   What’s the use of even trying, you don’t ever pay attention, and that’s all your imagination!!
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BEAR:   But I do want to know what you want to say to me.
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BUMP ONNA LOG:    I don’t want to say anything! Now quit throwing it in my face! I told you, that is all your imagination. Bygones are bygones. Let it alone! There is just no pleasing you! (Turns to walk in a different direction) mutter mutter … I have to … mutter mutter… mutter work … mutter put up with … mumble …. inaudible
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BEAR:    Do you want me to know what you are saying?  I  am able to  hear a word hear /here   (starts to giggle) and here …..
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BUMP ONNA LOG:  You always make an argument out of everything ….
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BEAR: ( unable to stifle laughter) hahahahaha
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BUMP ONNA LOG: You know …  You are just crazy.!! (Waves arms, stomps away.  Finds important busy work to do.)
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Bear …  03.01.2014

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Please remember BUMP ONNA LOG is a composite persona spouting comments and conversations overheard or listened to over the years in shops, schools, in offices, and sometimes in actual people’s homes. The conversation progression has actually occurred. The real BUMP ONNA LOG inspiration(s) does often actually use the same phrases in response to multiple interactions.   BEAR is sometimes merely an amused eavesdropper, rather than an actual participant.  Sometimes BEAR is a participant AND an amused  eavesdropper.   You, Dear Reader, may recognize yourself or someone you know … really!!  You might be BEAR or your might be BUMP ONNA LOG or you might be parts of both.    I do hope that you find the absurd as amusing as I do.    Out of actual context, anyway.  Hahahahaha
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Education International Comparisons

Spoof …. sort of ….

Report: Chinese Third-Graders Falling Behind U.S. High School Students in Math, Science

News•        high school•    ISSUE 49•09•    Feb 27, 2013   www.theonion.com
Experts say the average Chinese third-grader is now, alarmingly, barely able to compete with a U.S. high school senior.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA—According to an alarming new report published Wednesday by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, third-graders in China are beginning to lag behind U.S. high school students in math and science.

The study, based on exam scores from thousands of students in 63 participating countries, confirmed that in mathematical and scientific literacy, American students from the ages of 14 to 18 have now actually pulled slightly ahead of their 8-year-old Chinese counterparts.

“This is certainly a wake-up call for China,” said Dr. Michael Fornasier, an IEA senior fellow and coauthor of the report. “The test results unfortunately indicate that education standards in China have slipped to the extent that pre-teens are struggling to rank among even the average American high school student.”

“Simply put, how can these third-graders be expected to eventually compete in the global marketplace if they’re only receiving the equivalent of a U.S. high school education?” Fornasier added.

Fornasier stressed that while the gap is not yet dramatically sizable, it has widened over the past two years after American high schoolers tested marginally higher in algebra, biology, and chemistry than, shockingly, most of China’s 8- and 9-year-olds.

“For decades, young children in China have scored at the expected level of their peers in American high schools, so this is a very worrying drop in performance,” said Fornasier, adding that the majority of Chinese third-graders are now a full year behind the average U.S. 12th-grader in their knowledge of calculus. “In the chemistry portion of the exam, for example, Chinese children proved to be slightly deficient compared to American teenagers in their understanding of the periodic table, molecular structure, and the essential principles of atomic theory.”

“And even when they did test at the same level in mathematics, it often took Chinese elementary school students 10 to 15 minutes longer to do simple things like factor a polynomial equation or compute the derivative of a continuous function,” Fornasier added. “That just isn’t normal.”

In addition to disappointing marks from grade school children in China, 10-year-olds in Germany, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, and New Guinea also reportedly tested an average of three percentage points lower than U.S. high school seniors in physics, with education officials from each country expressing deep concerns about the increasingly mediocre quality of their primary schools.

In light of the alarming study, many in China have called for considerable reforms of the country’s education system, including implementing far stricter standards for teachers, investing in better learning materials, and increasing the length of school days.

“Our third grade classes clearly cannot afford to lag behind American high schools if they are to be successful in the future,” read an official statement from China’s Minister of Education, Yuan Guiren. “Frankly, the scores are unacceptable, and we have to turn this around immediately. If there’s an American 17-year-old who can do something academically that a Chinese 8-year-old can’t, that’s a very big problem.”

“At that rate, how do we expect our Chinese 13-year-olds to be ready for American colleges?” Yuan continued.