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#279

A White Horse

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate)  I have recently launched a newsletter. You can subscribe to it at [thememorypalacepodcast.substack.com] (https://thememorypalacepodcast.substack.com/) .  This episode was originally released in 2016 in the days after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It is re-released every year on the anniversary of the incident.  A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Notes and Reading:* Most of the specific history of the White Horse was learned from "Sanctuary: the Inside Story of the Nation's Second Oldest Gay Bar" by David Olson, reprinted in its entirety on the White Horse's [website] (http://whitehorsebar.com/history/) .* "Gayola: Police Professionalization and the Politics of San Francisco's Gay Bars, 1950-1968," by Christopher Agee.* June Thomas' [series] (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_gay_bar.html) on the past, present, and future of the gay bar from Slate a few years back.* Various articles written on the occasion of the White Horse's 80th anniversary, including [this one] (http://http//www.sfgate.com/lgbt/article/Oakland%C2%ADsWhite%C2%ADHorse%C2%ADgaybarturns80%C2%AD4503994.php) from SFGATE.Com* Michael Bronski's [A Queer History of the United States] (https://www.amazon.com/History-United-States-ReVisioning-American/dp/0807044652) .* [Radically Gay] (https://www.amazon.com/Radically-Gay-Liberation-Words-Founder/dp/0807070815/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1466054102&sr=1-1&keywords=radically+gay) , a collection of Harry Hay's writing.* Incidentally, I watched [this interview] (http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=Mattachine:_Radical_Roots_of_the_Gay_Movement) with Harry Hay from 1996 about gay life in SF in the 30's multiple times because it's amazing. Music* We start with [Water in Your Hands] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/water-in-your-hands/id1042354508?i=1042354575&mt=1&app=music) by Tommy Guerrero.* Hit Anne Muller's [Walzer fur Robert] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/walzer-fur-robert/id773453107?i=773454900&mt=1&app=music) a couple of times.* Gaussian Curve does [Talk to the Church] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/talk-to-the-church/id986813339?i=986813593&mt=1&app=music) .* We get a loop of [Updraught] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/updraught/id521024430?i=521024651&mt=1&app=music) from Zoe Keating.* We finish on [Transient Life in Twilight] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/transient-life-in-twilight/id732997129?i=732997132&mt=1&app=music) by James Blackshaw ... Read more

12 Jun 2024

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12 Jun 2024


#278

Episode 218: Olga

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A Note on Notes: I always prefer that the listener goes into each episode cold, not knowing what it's going to be about. So, you might want to tread carefully, as there are spoilers in the notes below.  Music ---L'espagne pour memoire by Michel Portal ---Find me Tomorrow from Christophe Beck's score to Charlie Countryman ---The old Soviet philharmonic plays some Shostakovich. ---The London Symphony Orchestra plays The Blue Danube Waltz. ---We hear Walt by Mother Falcon. ---Sombolero by Luiz Bonfa Notes ---Like a lot of people below, say, 55, I first heard about Olga Fikotova-Connolly when reading her [obituary] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/01/sports/olympics/olga-fikotova-connolly-dead.html) in the New York Times. ---By far the best thing you can do if you want to know more about her is track down her out-of-print memoir, [The Rings of Destiny] (https://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Olympic-champions-romance-transcended/dp/B000J0VIC0) , which, despite its rather puffed-up title, is so warm and detailed and intimate. It's a delight.  ---You might also enjoy this [late-in-life interview] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJzkuPK_L5g) with Olga as well.  ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

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06 Jun 2024


#277

Hazel, Mark, and a One-Time Juliet

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music ---Traffico from Carlo Rustichelli's score to Divorzio All'Italiana and Una Braveta, from his score to Amici Miei. ---Tema Grottesco from Giovanni Fusco's score to L'avventura. --- Gloving it from Moondog. ---Musica Bionda from the score to The Sweet Body of Deborah ---The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra plays Natascha from the score to The Perfect Marriage.  ---Waltz from the Brendan Eder Ensemble ---Christa Schonfeldinger plays Grieg's Smarthold - der Kobold, on the glass armonica. ... Read more

02 May 2024

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02 May 2024


#276

Episode 216: Awake

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music ---A synth stab from As if it Would Have a Universal and Memorable Ending by Shane Carruth's score to his film, Upstream Color, a movie I love deeply.  ---Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by the Platters ---The Girl Who was Frightened of Ashtrays by Charlie Megira ---Sambolero by Luiz Bonfa.  ---Water by So Percussion ---Divertimiento Fur Tenorsaxophon Und Kleines Ensemble (Part 4) from Carl Oesterhelt and Johannes Ender. ---Ball by Duval Timothy ---Piece 3 by the great Warren Ellis. ---Chora tua Tristeza from Lalo Schiffrin ---Growing Up from Ben Sollee's score to Maidentrip ---(Vibraphone, Marimbaphone, Malletted Wood, Two Synthesizers) and (Two Bells) by Josiah Steinbrick ---Main et lee from Michel Portal ... Read more

18 Apr 2024

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18 Apr 2024


#275

Episode 215: An Eighth Wonder

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music ---Momento Ritmico and Papete aru by Piero Umiliani ---Opus 13 from Sven Libaek's score to The Set ---French Doll by Larry Ashmore and David Francis ---The wonderful Sewentuwa by Hailu Meriga ---Wave I by Elor Saxl ---Green by Hiroshi Yoshimura Notes ---I originally learned about the Elephantine Colossus years ago in David McCullough's Brooklyn... and How it Got That Way, which still holds up. ... Read more

04 Apr 2024

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04 Apr 2024


#274

Episode 214: Newsboy

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music ---Un geant dans la mer and Triste soiree III from the score to Marie et les naufrages by the genius, Sebastian Tellier.  ---Love is Blue by Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Vendors. ---Rocky Passage by Jeremiah Chiu and Marta Sofia Honer ---Morris Visits Dr. Pratt from John Barry's score to The Wrong Box ---Adios Muchachos from Andre Popp ---Moonlight in Vermont from the great Dorothy Ashby.  ---Midnight Moon by The Portland Cello Project ---Dance PM by Hiroshi Yoshimura ---And we hear Blind Andy Jenkins' "Floyd Collins in Sand Cave" followed by Vernon Dalhart doing the same song under the name, "The Death of Floyd Collins." We also hear Jimmy Osbourne do Andy's, "The Death of Little Kathy Fiscus." Notes ---I have a note in my years-long running list of possible story ideas that says, "event songs," but I could never remember why. Then I was reading Charles Hirschberg and Mark Zwonitzer's, Will You Miss me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music and was reminded of Andy's story (that book is great). ---I also recommend the always-useful, Country Music USA, by Bill C. Malone for more on Andy and his era as well as Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity by Richard A. Peterson. ---If you want more about poor Floyd Collins, you could turn to Robert K. Murray and Roger W. Bruckner's, Trapped!: The Story of Floyd Collins. ... Read more

21 Mar 2024

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21 Mar 2024


#273

Episode 213: The Light and the Spirits

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music ---Abisme by Shida Shahadi ---Ellen’s Image from Lalo Schiffiren’s genius score to The Fox ---Circulation by H. Takahasi ---Liquid Spear Waltz from Michael Andrews’ score to Donnie Darko ---A8 from a terrific record called NuNu by Clever Austin Notes ---I found a lot of insight in a terrific book called Extraordinary Beliefs by Peter Lamont. In it, there’s a smart historical, psychological exploration of why spiritualism was able to flourish despite all sorts of evidence opposing it.  ... Read more

07 Mar 2024

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07 Mar 2024


#272

Episode 212: David Mills

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music Una Bravata from Carlo Rustichelli’s score to Amici Miei. Sunshine on Fish Skin by Girls in Airports. The Vienna Glass Armonica Duo performs Mozart’s Adagio for Glass Harmonium. The Fellowship by John Shabason Notes ---The best read on Mills is a 2022 [article] (https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-thorny-problem-of-keeping-the-internets-time) by Nate Hopper in The New Yorker about the challenges of keeping time on the internet. ... Read more

11 Feb 2024

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11 Feb 2024


#271

Episode 211: Cutting and Ned

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music Je ne pas si c’est tout le monde - Theme Comedie from Vincent Delerm’s score to the film of the same, long name. Forbin’s Hi Fi from Michel Colombier’s score to Colossus: The Forbin Project Boo’s Lullaby by Maria Chiara Agriro and Jamie Leeming Helle (Ballade) from the great Phillipe Sarde score to that picture. L’Espagne pour memoire from Michel Portal’s score to Un et a la garoupe The Rain Never Stops on Venus by Michael Wollney Je t’ai meme pas dit by Vincent Delerm. From a Dream by Oregon A version of Narcisus for Clarinet and Electronics as played by Thea Musgrave. Notes ---Good sources if you want to know more are Peter Manseau’s book about spirit photography and the spiritualist age (Cutting intersects interestingly with that crea), [The Apparitionists] (https://www.amazon.com/Apparitionists-Phantoms-Photography-Captured-Lincolns/dp/0544745973) , as well as [this article] (https://dev.neaq.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Download-this-PDF-book.pdf) by Jerry Ryan about the history of aquariums in Boston. ... Read more

14 Jan 2024

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14 Jan 2024


#270

Smoky and Bill, a Holiday Card

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. This is a special holiday bonus episode, a sequel to Episode 210. You’ll want to listen to that one first. Music The Parisienne by the Henri Crolla Ensemble Violette… by Philippe Sarde Gift by Makasuta Takagi The Sammy Herman Sextet plays The Bells of St. Mary’s ... Read more

23 Dec 2023

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23 Dec 2023


#269

Episode 210: Smoky and Bill

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music I Believe in the Night by Keith Kenniff Improvisations sur les folies d’Espagne (extraits) from Marin Marais and Jordi Savall Finally by Lambert Voltige by Marin Lizotte Violin Solo no. 1 by Peter Broderick Fratres fur violin und klavier by Avro Part as played by Ursula Schloch and Marcel Worms Dungen by Henrik Lindstom Notes ---There are plenty of places to go to read about Smoky and Bill but why would want to go anywhere else than his book, [Yorkie Doodle Dandy] (https://www.amazon.com/Yorkie-Doodle-Dandy-Memoir-7th/dp/0965225402) ? ... Read more

01 Dec 2023

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01 Dec 2023


#268

Episode 120: The Prairie Chicken in Wisconsin: Highlights of a Study of Counts, Behavior, Turnover, ...

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) from PRX. Music We move between three different pieces from Camille Saint-Saens': [Suite, Op. 90: II Menuet] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/camille-saint-sa%C3%ABns-music-for-piano-and-cello-piano/1221645418) , and two from Carnival of the Animals: [Aviary and the Cuckoo in the Heart of the Woods] (https://itunes.apple.com/pg/album/saint-saens-symphony-no.-3/id181866489) . We hit [Juneau] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wildlike-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/1122753801) from Danny Bensi and Sander Jurriaans' score to Wildlike. And [The Waltz] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/5-to-7-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/1319417428) from their score to 5 to 7. And there's a total gem from George Mukabi called [Dila Ni Dila] (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/mtoto-si-nguo/959802086) in there too. Notes Do yourself a favor and read Frances Hamerstrom's autobiography, My Double Life: Memoirs of a Naturalist. Do your kids a favor and Jeannine Atkins take on Frances in her book Girls Who Looked Under Rocks. And then [watch] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tnq-og4Z_X0) Frances teach David Letterman how to cook a snake. ... Read more

17 Nov 2023

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17 Nov 2023


#267

Episode 209: Wake

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music Dave Pajo/Aerial M does Plastic Energy Man Patricia Rossborough played To a Wild Rose Mal Waldron plays Warm Canto We hear Muff Gets a Share from Joel P. West’s score to Band of Robbers We hear another song I absolutely love, Turned Out I Was Everyone, by Sasami We finish on Popcorn and Life from Ben Sollee’s lovely score to Maidentrip. ... Read more

07 Oct 2023

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07 Oct 2023


#266

Episode 208: In the Gallery

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music The Theory by Clem Leek Hiddensee by Caeys The Clock Tower by Hampshire and Foat Notes If you want to know more about Gardner, I’d suggest Witness to an Era: the Life and Photographs of Alexander Gardner, by Mark Katz. On Brady, Matthew Brady: Portraits of a Nation, by Robert Wilson. I’d also suggest reading the New York Times’ [review] (https://archive.nytimes.com/opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/the-dead-of-antietam/) of the exhibit. It’s pretty stunning. ... Read more

21 Sep 2023

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21 Sep 2023


#265

Episode 207: The Six Triple Eight

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music Inception by radio.string.quintet.vienna Julie With by Group Listening Nice Breeze Isn’t It? by friend of the show, Simon Rackham Wet by Taylor Deupree Times Like This II by Jean Kopperud and Stephen Gosling Broad Channel by Bing and Ruth Cradle (with Akira) by ghost and tape Lithosphere by Caoimhin O Raghellagh and by Caoimhin O Raghelagh and Thomas Bartlett Notes ---You can find the website I mentioned [here] (https://www.womenofthe6888th.org/) ; it’s a one-stop shop, really, for information on the 6888t. . ... Read more

09 Sep 2023

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09 Sep 2023


#264

Episode 206: The Thundering Herd, The Vanishing American

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music Halcyon and Photosynteses and Embryo by H. Takehashi Intro by Library Tapes The Florist Wears Knee Breeches by M. Sage Notes I found Andrew Isenberg's book, The Destruction of the Bison, An Environmental History, completely fascinating. If you want to do a deep dive on Madison Grant, I'd recommend Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison Grant by John Peter Spiro. If you want to do a deep dive on the Catalina Buffalo, this [site] (https://allaboutbison.com/bison-in-history/catalina-island-bison/) is a fun place to start. ... Read more

17 Aug 2023

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17 Aug 2023


#263

Episode 79: Artist in Landscape

This show is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. This episode was originally released in November, 2015. Music * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth’s Modesty Blaise score. * They first meet to a piece called Brouillard ( [version 1] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/brouillard-version-1/id419449862?i=419449905&mt=1&app=music) ) from Georges Delaure’s extraordinary score to Jules et Jim. (A  [second version] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/brouillard-version-2/id419449862?i=419449939&mt=1&app=music)  comes in later when J.J. Audubon is living the high life in England). * We also hear  [Waltz] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/waltz/id646119150?i=646119162&mt=1&app=music)  by Mother Falcon. * I go back to the  [Marcelo Zarvos/Please Give] (http://www.amoeba.com/please-give-original-motion-picture-score-marcelo-zarvos/albums/2929417/)  well when the Scotsman arrives at their store. Note: it’s the go-to soundtrack for “People Arriving at One’s Store With A Life Changing Proposition” here at the Memory Palace. Also: go watch  [Please Give.] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/please-give/id397089345?mt=6) * The  [little piano piece] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/adoptees/id555242925?i=555243051&mt=1&app=music)  is from Nathan Johnson’s score to The Day I Saw Your Heart. * Lucy and John titter like plovers to Andrew Cyrille’s dope, skittering drums on  [Nuba 1.] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/nuba-1/id318169158?i=318169617&mt=1&app=music) * The especially sad bit, right before the end is  [Dream 3 (in the Midst of my Life)] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/dream-3-in-the-midst-of-my-life/id1018451607?i=1018452332&mt=1&app=music) , from Max Richter’s giant, From Sleep album. * A couple times, including the ending, we hear  [“the Lark Ascending”] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/ralph-vaughan-williams-lark/id691644405?mt=1&app=music)  from Ralph Vaughn Willliams. It is beautiful. You should buy it. Notes As per usual, I read a lot about the Audubons and the Bakewells. I relied most upon the charming and smart,  [On the Road with John James Audubon] (http://www.amazon.com/Road-With-John-James-Audubon/dp/0396077404)  by Mary Durant, and Carolyn DeLatte’s lovely, thoughtful book,  [Lucy Audubon: a Biography.] (http://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Audubon-Biography-Southern-Series/dp/0807133817) * Just a quick note: there’s a very enjoyable PBS/American Masters/Nature  [documentary] (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/john-james-audubon-drawn-from-nature/106/)  about Audubon. It’s a fun and informative watch. But, I’ll say, you come out of that thinking that things were fundamentally swell between Lucy and John in a way that I’m not entirely sure is supported by the facts. Or jibes with, you know, human nature. ... Read more

22 Jul 2023

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22 Jul 2023


#262

Episode 90: A White Horse

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) This episode was originally released in 2016 in the days after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It is re-released every year on the anniversary of the incident. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Notes and Reading: * Most of the specific history of the White Horse was learned from "Sanctuary: the Inside Story of the Nation's Second Oldest Gay Bar" by David Olson, reprinted in its entirety on the White Horse's [website] (http://whitehorsebar.com/history/) . * "Gayola: Police Professionalization and the Politics of San Francisco's Gay Bars, 1950-1968," by Christopher Agee. * June Thomas' [series] (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_gay_bar.html) on the past, present, and future of the gay bar from Slate a few years back. * Various articles written on the occasion of the White Horse's 80th anniversary, including [this one] (http://http//www.sfgate.com/lgbt/article/Oakland%C2%ADsWhite%C2%ADHorse%C2%ADgaybarturns80%C2%AD4503994.php) from SFGATE.Com * Michael Bronski's [A Queer History of the United States] (https://www.amazon.com/History-United-States-ReVisioning-American/dp/0807044652) . * [Radically Gay] (https://www.amazon.com/Radically-Gay-Liberation-Words-Founder/dp/0807070815/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1466054102&sr=1-1&keywords=radically+gay) , a collection of Harry Hay's writing. * Incidentally, I watched [this interview] (http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=Mattachine:_Radical_Roots_of_the_Gay_Movement) with Harry Hay from 1996 about gay life in SF in the 30's multiple times because it's amazing. Music * We start with [Water in Your Hands] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/water-in-your-hands/id1042354508?i=1042354575&mt=1&app=music) by Tommy Guerrero. * Hit Anne Muller's [Walzer fur Robert] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/walzer-fur-robert/id773453107?i=773454900&mt=1&app=music) a couple of times. * Gaussian Curve does [Talk to the Church] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/talk-to-the-church/id986813339?i=986813593&mt=1&app=music) . * We get a loop of [Updraught] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/updraught/id521024430?i=521024651&mt=1&app=music) from Zoe Keating. * We finish on [Transient Life in Twilight] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/transient-life-in-twilight/id732997129?i=732997132&mt=1&app=music) by James Blackshaw ... Read more

12 Jun 2023

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12 Jun 2023


#261

Episode 205: Alice Ramsay

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Music Pollen and Photosynteses by H. Takehashi Ediacaran Moonrise by Barry Walker, Jr. To the Cellar from Krzysztof Komeda’s wonderful score to The Fearless Vampire Killers. Blue Sutura from Piero Piccioni’s score to Il medico della mutua. 3-Sized PF and Let’s Go Crazy!, both by Takahiro Kido Emerald Ash by Golden Brown Merry-Go-Round by Domenique Dumont Aquel Senor by the mighty, Frankie Reyes Tesko Me Ja Zaboravit Tebe by Banko Mataja Notes ---You can read the article by Katherin Parkin [here] (https://www.academia.edu/37093056/Alice_Ramsey_Driving_in_New_Directions) . ... Read more

03 Jun 2023

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03 Jun 2023