Written on a day that only comes around every four years. (?!)
The physics of ball juggling
Being a few feet away from Piazzolla as he was playing in Lisbon in November 1987 was an unforgettable experience. Right now, in this precise instant, Libertango is one of the tenuous, ember-like-glowing strands of my shambolically tangled feelings. Now is a moment to remember. I know that somewhere along the line I will want to look back to now with a cold and analytical mind.
My mother took a photo of this commemorative plaque in the radiology pavilion of the Portuguese Oncology Institute in Lisbon on the 21st of February 2012. We were both glad that the makers and writers of recent history in Portugal let it remain where it belongs.
" The Portuguese Oncology Institute was created by the Public Education Minister, António Sérgio de Sousa, on the 29th of December 1923. In 1927, funds were obtained to purchase land, build two pavilions and acquire a thousand and eight hundred milligrams of radioelement, install four roentgen therapy cabinets and laboratories for scientific research.
The Oncology Institute began functioning in the new buildings, with these materials, on the 29th of December 1927.
The swift progress achieved between 1928 and 1933, the propaganda, the publications, the acquisition of new study materials and the training abroad of medical staff derive, in great measure, from Prof. Dr. Oliveira Salazar’s interest in the fight against cancer.
This pavilion, begun in May 1931, was built according to the principles agreed upon during the 2nd Congress of Radiology (Stockholm, July 1928).
This was the first construction created in Europe with efficient protection against radiation, and its existence is owed, in the greatest measure, to the Minister of Finance, Prof. Dr. Oliveira Salazar."