CARS HOMES JOBS
Sara Foss's Thinking It Through
by Sara Foss

Thinking It Through

A Daily Gazette life blog
Her column and blog rolled into one
 

Mummies!

By Sara Foss
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I recently learned that the Albany Public Library has a museum pass program, which enables cardholders to check out a pass to a local museum and visit at no cost. One of the most popular passes is the one to the Albany Institute of History and Art, and when it became available earlier this month, a friend of mine nabbed it. And on Saturday we took in the museum’s mummy exhibit, “The Mystery of the Albany Mummies,” for free.

I like ancient Egypt. In 2010, I visited the King Tut exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Museum in New York City and found it fascinating, and so I was excited to learn about the Albany mummies. There are two Albany mummies, and they are not new — they were brought to the museum in 1909 by trustee Samuel Brown, who purchased them from the Cairo Museum. For a long time, one mummy was believed to be male, and other was believed to be female. But in 2012 the museum announced that X-rays and CT scans had revealed that the female mummy was actually a man: a priest and sculptor named Ankhefenmut. (The other mummy has never been identified, but you can view his partially unwrapped body at the exhibit.)

The mummy exhibit reunites Ankhefenmut with two pieces of his coffin that ended up in the British Museum in London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: a “mummy board” that covered the corpse and a coffin lid. One of my favorite objects was a priest’s linen robe that was found bundled on the bottom of Ankhefenmut’s coffin. This item is enclosed in a light-sensitive display case; to look at it, you press a button and a light turns on, revealing the fragile, almost-wispy cloth.

The exhibit features about 200 objects. There’s a 400-pound stone statue, loaned by the Phoebe A. Heart Museum of Anthropology in California, of the goddess Sekhmet, who has the body of a woman and the head of a lion, and the 3,000-year-old Egyptian scarab necklace and earrings worn by the actress Anne Baxter in the 1956 film “The Ten Commandments.” Having just watched “The Ten Commandments,” I greatly enjoyed seeing this striking necklace, and learning that it was a genuine artifact of ancient Egypt.

Overall, the Albany Institute of History and Art’s mummy exhibit is rich in science and history. It teaches about ancient Egypt, but also the museum itself, how it came to possess the two mummies, and the ongoing process of learning more about them. The exhibit runs until June 8, and it’s definitely worth a trip. Even if you have to pay for it.

Got a comment? Email me at sfoss@dailygazette.net.

WATCH LIVE WORLD CUP UEFA HERE Watch Spain vs Chile live (stream) watch Spain vs Chile Live Online (uefa) World Cup live

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Free World Cup 2014 telegraph.co.uk cbc.ca independent.co.uk theguardian.com dailymail.co.uk blog.sfgate.com mirror.co.uk bleacherreport.com ibtimes.co.in ibtimes.co.uk ibtimes.com Telegraph.co.uk ibtimes.com fansided.com fanatix.com christianpost.com christiantoday.com Spain vs Chile watch live.Spain v Chile live.Watch Spain v Chile live.World Cup live.Watch World Cup 2014 Live Online Stream Free.World Cup 2014 live.WATCH Spain vs Chile live online sopcast link video where to Watch Spain vs Chile live.Chile vs Spain live.Watch Chile vs Spain live.live watch Spain vs Chile live.Spain vs Chile live.Watch Spain vs Chile live.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online The ball sailed in a huge, long arc through the fading light and dropped into the net. On the halfway line of pitch six at the Alfredo Gottardi training ground outside Curitiba, Spain’s players cheered.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Free World Cup 2014 telegraph.co.uk theguardian.com dailymail.co.uk blog.sfgate.com mirror.co.uk cbc.ca bleacherreport.com ibtimes.co.in ibtimes.co.uk ibtimes.com Telegraph.co.uk ibtimes.com fansided.com fanatix.com christianpost.com christiantoday.com Spain vs Chile watch live.Spain v Chile live.Watch Spain v Chile live.World Cup live.Watch World Cup 2014 Live Online Stream Free.World Cup 2014 live.WATCH Spain vs Chile live online sopcast link video where to Watch Spain vs Chile live.Chile vs Spain live.Watch Chile vs Spain live.live watch Spain vs Chile live.Spain vs Chile live.Watch Spain vs Chile live.

Spain know only a victory against their Group B opponents at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro will suffice following their 5-1 humbling by Holland last week.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has said he will make some changes - Gerard Pique's and Xavi's places are at risk - but could keep faith with keeper Iker Casillas who made a couple of bad mistakes against the Dutch.

Chelsea striker Torres said the reigning world and European champions cannot even contemplate going out of the tournament.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Their work here was done. Scoring from the middle of the pitch without the ball bouncing was the warm-down, extended until someone succeeded. Behind them, Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina were in the middle of a familiar face-off from the penalty spot.

For just under an hour the ball had moved swiftly and so had they: 20 players in barely 20 metres, passing and pressing. At one stage David Villa flew into Sergio Busquets, dumping him on the turf and continuing, no acknowledgement, not even a glance. There was an intensity to the session that had been missing in previous days. The recovery was gathering pace and there were places to play for.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online The hardest thing for Spain on Wednesday is recovering from the mental scars of that defeat to Holland. Vicente del Bosque won’t have to make huge tactical changes but after Diego Costa’s poor show, he could bring in Cesc Fabregas as a ‘false nine’. He knows the role well and defenders don’t like marking empty spaces.

He told a news conference: "The important thing is that we win, hopefully in our usual style, at the high level that allowed us to win the World Cup and the Euros. And if we can't win like that, we have to win any way we can, because otherwise we'll have to go back home. All that's important tomorrow is that Spain plays and wins."

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Torres admitted the pressure will be intense against a Chile side who saw off Australia to put themselves just a win away from qualifying.

He added: "We think that the match is going to be like any matches against Chile - it's going to be really intense. They take a lot of risks because that's the way they are.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online On the morning after the defeat against Holland, the front cover of the sports daily Marca was a funereal black. The headline said “Fix this”. That is what Spain are trying to do. Vicente del Bosque admitted that he fell asleep in front of the Australia game, exhausted, and that when he awoke the television was still on. Ideas assault him, questions, too. Fixing this may not be easy and may not be in their hands but they must do their bit to fix it. The question is: how?

The world is waiting to see if Spain’s golden era is really over, or if the reigning World Cup champions just got off to a very, very bad start in the opener, when they were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Another loss could send the reigning champions home in group play for the second straight World Cup. Against the Dutch, the Spanish players looked old and flat, and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was embarrassingly bad. However, Casillas may be back in goal – his replacement David de Gea was injured in training last weekend. Chile expects the wounded champion to come roaring back, fueled by pride and experience.

The Chileans had their own struggles in the first game, working hard to finally hold on to a 2-1 lead over feisty Australia. In 2010, Spain and Chile were drawn into the same group and the Spainsh – who had lost their first game of group play that year, as well – defeated Chile 2-1. Chile advanced to the knockout stage but lost to Brazil 3-0. The game will be played at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Cesc Fábregas called it “life or death”; Spain had two options: “win or win”. Win and win, more like. The world champions need six points and for Chile not to beat Holland. If that happens, they will need to overturn a huge disadvantage in goals. Spain’s goal difference stands at -4, Chile’s at +2. If Spain do go through it is likely to be in second place now: and that may mean meeting Brazil, who have not lost in Brazil for 12 years.

Xabi Alonso spoke of “analysis”, of “gauging sensations” and “detecting” the failings. They had done so, he said. Some were obvious: specific errors could be detected in all five goals. Casillas stood before his team-mates and apologised before saying sorry to the supporters, too.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online But the problems were more profound, even if David Silva had a wonderful chance to make it 2-0 that might have ended the game. Too many players ended the season out of form and fitness.

Within the camp, the idea that their problems are physical is given short shrift but since 1 April Gerard Piqué had played only 90 minutes for Barcelona and 45 for Spain; 2013-14 may have been the worst season Xavi and Busquets have endured and it would be natural for Sergio Ramos and Alonso to undergo a post-décima decompression.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online "They've had good results with that so we have to fight from the beginning, but we have to be calm at the same time. We know a draw's not enough. We need to win, but we need to stay calm. One of the problems against Holland was we weren't able to interpret what was going on and that's something we're usually good at.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online "We feel a responsibility to defend our title, and there's pressure, but it's a shared pressure. We won as a team and if we lose, we lose as a team. If we win it'll be the whole team - 23 players plus coaches and everyone else.

"We're not even thinking about the possibility of defeat."

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Del Bosque said the team "are really hurting" and added: "We still have a chance to progress in the World Cup but this situation has made a response from the players necessary if we want to advance."

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said the days since the Holland defeat had been agony, and pointed out that Spain had lost their opening match of the last World Cup - 1-0 to Switzerland - but still went on to win the tournament.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online He said: "I wished we had played one or two days after because the waiting has been really hard.

"We must forget what has happened and put it behind us. We have two matches that are now like finals. We had a similar situation at the last World Cup and will give it our very best to win and get to the second phase.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online One of the men on the pitch noted that Spain’s central defenders barely spoke during the game. There was a lack of concentration and intensity; in the final half an hour it was almost as if they did not, or could not, compete.

“With 20 minutes to go, instead of thinking: ‘We can turn this round’, we were thinking: ‘It’s four, there’s 20 minutes left still and we can’t do anything,’” Fernando Torres admitted.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Some doubted the attitude and some of the criticism has been sharp. As usual, Del Bosque was measured: “We were not the saviours of the fatherland before and nor are we trampling on the flag now,” he said.

Juan Mata insisted the analysis had been focused more on Chile than Holland. “It was hard to get back to normality but we have to look forward now,” Andrés Iniesta said.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Decisions will be conditioned not only by defeat but by fitness and form. And above all by what stands before Spain now. Del Bosque admits he will make changes but he has been at pains to insist that a dropped player is not a blamed player. He has not told his players what those changes will be yet.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online “If they know what the team is in advance, it may change their state of mind,” he said. “I feel affection for all of these players but above personal feelings we have to find solutions for the team.”

Silva is likely to make way for Pedro, who had started eight consecutive games before the match in Salvador, and the coach has also contemplated a change at centre-forward, with Torres or Villa as a No9 or even Fábregas as a false No9. Juanfran offers more attacking thrust than César Azpilicueta. Koke for Xavi has been discussed widely. If Xavi were to be left out it would carry a symbolic significance; he is 34 and he is also the ideologue of the approach that has defined Barcelona and la selección.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online In a season in which, as Mata put it, “the possession debate is fashionable”, some saw defeat as the end not only of an era but of a philosophy.

But it may not be that what Spain do is intrinsically wrong, so much as that they were not able to do what they do. They lost the control that has defined them. Alonso dismissed the idea that Spain’s problem had been physical and said that they had played “more with our hearts than our heads”. There will be no sudden shift in style, no revolution. “We are flexible in some aspects of the game but stubborn in others,” Del Bosque said.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Yet there are doubts and they are exacerbated by the fact that Spain may need to chase goals and that is not really what they do: of the European teams at the World Cup, only Greece and Croatia averaged fewer goals in qualifying. Since Euro 2012, Spain’s top scorer is Pedro. He had scored 12 of Spain’s 59 goals.

He is followed by Villa on six, Torres on six, and Santi Cazorla, Álvaro Negredo, Mata and Jordi Alba on four. Of those, only Alba started against Holland.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online A solitary goal is usually enough for Spain – in their past 10 knockout games at major tournaments, counting finals, they have not conceded a single goal – but now it may not be.

The doubts were played out in front of the media, with Alonso and Fábregas as protagonists; the scene spoke of an almost existential angst, an uncertainty over identity that had not been seen before in a team where the style has been non-negotiable.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online As if the need to chase down a six-goal difference had blurred everything. “There is not only one way of playing,” Fábregas said. “We have to beat Chile and if possible with more goals. Instead of controlled football, of pass, pass, we have to be a bit more dynamic, a bit more vertical. We have played a game of touch, position and control but there are moments in life, and this is one of them, when you have to attack. We have to be brave. We have to try to win by more one goal and we have to attack, attack, and score a lot of goals.”

This is a very tough game and a big one at that. Spain need to win in my opinion; if the Netherlands win their game and all of a sudden Chile draw with Spain, I could see Chile and the Dutch playing out for a boring draw to take Spain out of competition.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online For me it’s a big, big game but I do think they’ll nick it and score a couple of goals. I say that because I expect Diego Costa to score a couple of goals – Chile are a small team and struggled against Gary Cahill in the friendly at Wembley in November and he’s not the biggest lad in the world – he’s good in the air but he's no Costa.

That brings its risks and alongside him Alonso reined in his team-mate. “We know the needs we have. We will probably have to attack but there’s a time for that,” he said. “We have to be intelligent and not fall into what [trap] Chile want.”

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online For Spain, patience must remain a virtue. And by the following day, Fábregas’s tone had changed. It is all about winning any way they can, Torres said, but the best way for Spain remains Spain’s way.

“We will try to get the win, whether that’s in the first minute or the 90th,” Del Bosque said. Anything else could prove suicidal and for all the potential permutations, one thing is for sure: Spain must win.

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online “The first thing we have to do is win,” Torres said. “Then we can think about scoring as many goals as possible. If you don’t win there are no more calculations: you’re out.”

Spain vs Chile live Watch Spain vs Chile Live Stream Online Free World Cup 2014 bleacherreport.com ibtimes.co.in ibtimes.co.uk ibtimes.com Telegraph.co.uk ibtimes.com fansided.com fanatix.com christianpost.com christiantoday.com Spain vs Chile watch live.Spain v Chile live.Watch Spain v Chile live.World Cup live.Watch World Cup 2014 Live Online Stream Free.World Cup 2014 live.WATCH Spain vs Chile live online sopcast link video where to Watch Spain vs Chile live.Chile vs Spain live.Watch Chile vs Spain live.live watch Spain vs Chile live.Spain vs Chile live.Watch Spain vs Chile live.

 

comments

 

columnists & blogs


Log into Dailygazette.com

Forgot Password?

Subscribe

Username:
Password: