“Climbing Over Grit” – MARZEEH LALEH CHINI / Abnoos Mosleh Shirazi

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God, what a journey ….

What would be next?!

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Ήξερα ότι  στο Ιράν, οι γυναίκες αντιμετωπίζουν διακρίσεις σε κάθε πτυχή της ζωής τους, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των ζητημάτων γάμου, διαζυγίου και επιμέλειας, ίσης μεταχείρισης, πολιτικής θητείας και οικογενειακού και ποινικού δικαίου, αλλά είναι η πρώτη φορά που τα συνειδητοποίησα όλα αυτά, διαβάζοντας ένα εξαιρετικό βιβλίο με ιστορικό και κοινωνικο-πολιτιστικό ενδιαφέρον με τον τίτλο:

“Climbing Over Grit”  των MARZEEH LALEH CHINI και Abnoos Mosleh Shirazi

Στο δυτικό κόσμο είναι δύσκολο να συνειδητοποιηθεί αυτή η υποταγή των γυναικών, αλλά πιστέψτε με ότι αξίζει τον κόπο να διαβάσετε αυτό το βιβλίο και θα καταλάβετε πολλά !!! Continue reading

Honorable gentleman, Mr. Pantelis – Έντιμε άνθρωπε κυρ-Παντελή

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Όμως κάποιοι Άνθρωποι δεν πεθαίνουν ποτέ! Έτσι κι ο Πάνος Τζαβέλλας θα μείνει Αθάνατος. Για να μας υποδεικνύει με την αγωνιστική και μουσική του κληρονομιά που μας άφησε ότι ο συμβιβασμός και το βόλεμα γεννά τους εκάστοτε « κυρ- Παντελήδες», που στο χέρι μας είναι να «τους θάψουμε βαθειά στα σπαρτά», πριν προλάβουν να κοπρίσουν αυτά, για τα οποία αυτός και χιλιάδες αγωνιστές στη Γη, ακρωτηριάστηκαν για να τα κρατήσουν ζωντανά. Πανανθρώπινα ιδανικά και αξίες για την Ελευθερία, την Πατρίδα, τον Άνθρωπο, τον Πολιτισμό.

 

 

 

Honorable gentleman, Mr. Pantelis
you have a store somewhere on Earth.
You sell your wares, you make money
a lot of money, a lot of money.

On Sunday mornings, in the church
you pray to the Virgin Mother.

Honourable gentleman, Mr. Pantelis,
you’ve also got a wife, a daughter, a son,
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The wheels of life ……..

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And as long as you wait for the wheel to turn, life is gone and lost!

You’ve got to have the will to live
You’ve got to have the will to try
Sometimes you gotta walk away, with your head held high
Wipe your tear-stained eye, ’cause you’ve got to keep on trying

The wheels of life, keeps going around
I said the wheels of life, yeah, keep right on going around

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Οι ρόδες της ζωής……..

Και όσο εσύ περιμένεις τη ρόδα να γυρίσει, η ζωή περνάει και χάνεται!

 

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Haute Couture ή Υψηλή Ραπτική

 

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Haute couture is one of the most misused terms in fashion. Some of the uninitiated toss it around relentlessly in an ungainly belief that peppering your language with “exotic” French expressions will make you sound smarter while others (ab)use it because haute couture collections are way fancier than ready-to-wear, so everything that’s at least a bit fancy in the eye of the beholder automatically becomes “couture”:

My boyfriend bought me a Hysteric Glamour shirt
They’re hard to find in the States, got me feeling couture

Gwen Stefani, Harajuku Girls

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Puppet Museum, Salzburg

Ο κόσμος του κουκλοθέατρου στο Σάλτσμπουργκ!

Ιn the Prince’s cellars of Salzburg Fortress is a unique museum. Delve into the fabulous world of puppets.

The magical puppets in the cellars of the Prince of Salzburg Fortress will hold you and your family in awe. Many historic puppets of the world famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre and Marionette Museum are on display in Salzburg Fortress.

You can see, for example, the “Sound of Music”, a world with famous opera, which has for years been very successfully presented by the Salzburg Marionette Theater. Continue reading

Sálvese Quien Pueda – Gaby Moreno

Every man for himself
From this storm
Save that you see the storm
It goes from mouth to mouth through the Cañaveral, thunder and lightning will burst, save whoever may be here, there will be no mercy, only the darkness will soon inhabit, seek refuge now, or they will regret that all is not lost, run now.

Every man for himself, here is no more, only pure rubble and a voice that is heard say, I had no luck I could only notice …

Be saved that death had no mercy on me ….

Tropical Storm Josephine was an unusual Atlantic tropical storm that moved from west to east across the Gulf of Mexico in October 1996. It formed on October 4 as a tropical depression from the remnants of a cold front.

Early in its duration, the system interacted with a ridge over the central United States, which produced strong winds and high tides along the Texas coast. The outer rainbands caused flooding rainfall in southern Texas, and in Louisiana, high tides flooded roads and stranded residents on Grand Isle.
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Guzang Festival of Miao Minority Guizhou

 

Guzang Festival is a very important and unique festival of the Miao minority group. There are many records of the use of the two characters known as “Gu” and “Zang”. Some people say they are related to drums, while some others they are related to what Miao people worship, which are bulls. Despite all this, it is the oldest festival of the Miao culture.

The festival is held by different villages every 12 years in a 13-year cycle. There are many sayings for the origin of this Continue reading

Life everywhere….

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“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.

Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.

That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”

– L.R. Knost

Anarkali’s love

 

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The story of Anarkali is a traditional legend- one full of mystery, suspense, and passionate romance, passing on from generation to generation in Pakistan. It is a tale of forbidden love between Anarkali, a courtesan, and prince Salim, the son of the Great Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Continue reading

I Will Wait For You _ Frank Sinatra

The clock will tick away the hours 
One by one,
Then the time will come 
When all the waiting’s done,
The time when you return 
And find me here and run.

If it takes forever
I will wait for you,
For a thousand summers
I will wait for you,
Till you’re here back,
Back beside me, 
Till I’m holding you,
Till I hear you sigh
Here in my arms.

Anywhere

The Egg – Andy Weir

The plot supposedly happened in an intervening period between death and rebirth. A man, who just died due to a road accident, conversed with his Maker. Their exchange is both revealing and challenging. This is the shortest story I have come across so far. In less than 1000 words, Andy Weir has provided us a pensive and relevant read, giving us a clearer view of our ethical obligations – accountability and respect for others.

Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine.

 

Το Αυγό είναι μία καταπληκτική ταινία μικρού μήκους σχετικά με την ύπαρξη. Σκηνοθετήθηκε από τους Tage Hervén και Hjalmar Ekström και βασίζεται στην ιστορία » Το Αυγό» του Andy Weir.

Οι ελληνικοί υπότιτλοι ενεργοποιούνται αυτόματα. Αν δεν εμφανίζονται πατήστε στο εικονίδιο με το «γρανάζι» και επιλέξτε «Ελληνικά». Αν παρακολουθείτε από tablet ή κινητό πατήστε στο εικονίδιο με τις τρεις τελίτσες και επιλέξτε τους. Continue reading

The Neoclassical Trilogy in Athens

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Η «νεοκλασική τριλογία» της Αθήνας, όπως συνήθως λέγεται, στην οδό Πανεπιστημίου, ταυτίζεται με την καρδιά της πνευματικής ζωής της πόλης. Αριστερά, η Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη, στο κέντρο το Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών, δεξιά η Ακαδημία Αθηνών. Πρόκειται για τρία επιβλητικά νεοκλασικά μέγαρα που κατασκευάστηκαν τον 19ο αιώνα.

 

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Το Πανεπιστήμιο σχεδιάστηκε από τον Δανό αρχιτέκτονα Χριστιανό Χάνσεν, τα άλλα δύο κτίρια από τον αδελφό του, Θεόφιλο, και ολοκληρώθηκαν από τον Έρνστ Τσίλλερ. Και τα τρία έχουν πλούσιο διάκοσμο στο εσωτερικό τους, ενώ γύρω τους διαμορφώνονται κήποι με γλυπτά σπουδαίων Ελλήνων καλλιτεχνών, σχηματίζοντας ένα ξεχωριστό σύνολο στο κέντρο της πόλης.

Okay, we know we cheated, but once you’ve seen the Trilogy, you’ll understand why. Located in the centre of the city on Panepistimiou Street, these three neoclassical buildings, which include ancient Greek, Roman and Renaissance elements, are the University, the National Library of Greece and the Academy of Athens. Continue reading

What not to wear: The rules of fashion on the ice

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Johnny Weir famously competed in a swan-inspired costume with a single red glove (aka the beak) that he named Camille. Franck Fife

Figure skating has long been known for its bedazzled, over-the-top and sometimes crazy costumes: Johnny Weir famously competed in a swan-inspired costume with a single red glove (aka the beak) that he named Camille.

Russian ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin fueled controversy with their stereotyped “aboriginal” costumes.

And Katarina Witt caused a stir with her 1988 feather-trimmed getup that was deemed too sexy for lacking a skirt.

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Figure skaters – stuffed animals and “sweepers”

 

 

Giving figure skaters stuffed animals is a proper affair. After fans throw their stuffed animals in the skating rink, young boys and girls known as “sweepers” or “pixies” stride forward onto the ice and start picking those toys up one by one.

It may sound like a cumbersome chore for a child to run but these Continue reading

Children’s Games from the Ellen and Arthur Liman Collection

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Instruction and Delight: Children’s Games from the Ellen and Arthur Liman Collection
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 17 January — 23 May 2019

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Wallis’s Elegant and Instructive Game exhibiting the Wonders of Art in Each Quarter of the World, ca. 1820
(New Haven: Yale Center for British Art)

By the beginning of the eighteenth century in Britain, parents and teachers had begun to embrace wholeheartedly a suggestion from the philosopher John Locke (1632–1704) that “Learning might be made a Play and Recreation to Children.”

The material culture of this period, and the subsequent generation, reveals a significant shift in thinking, as adults found fresh value in childhood and in play for its own sake. Continue reading

Conservation of Tutankhamun’s Tomb Completed

Ολοκληρώθηκε η αποκατάσταση του τάφου του Τουταγχαμών

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Live Science reports that conservators from the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities have completed a decade-long project to restore the 3,000-year-old tomb of Tutankhamun and upgrade its infrastructure.

Tutankhamun began his rule during the New Kingdom, around 1336 B.C., at the age of nine, and died in his late teens. His mummy remains in the tomb. Continue reading

“Give out what you most want to come back”

This is the en-deer-ing moment a wild stag visited an old lady’s window for snacks and strokes. Hungry deer Flippen visits 81-year-old Mette Kvam at her mountainside home in Aurland, Norway, twice a day every day.

The widowed pensioner loves to feed the cheeky deer, and the pair have developed an adorable bond over the past four years.

2019 European Figure Skating Championships

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France leads after European Championships Pairs Short Program in Minsk

MINSK, 24 January (BelTA) – France’s Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres took the lead at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships after the Pairs Short Program in Minsk on 23

January, BelTA has learned.

Η ΕΡΤ, πιστή στην παράδοση δεκαετιών, θα μεταδώσει για ακόμα μία χρονιά το Ευρωπαϊκό Πρωτάθλημα Καλλιτεχνικού Πατινάζ, που θα διεξαχθεί από την Τετάρτη 23 έως και την Κυριακή 27 Ιανουαρίου 2019 στο Μινσκ της Λευκορωσίας. Continue reading

Capernaum

Once it overcomes its cloying setup, Nadine Labaki’s film about an 12-year-old embittered by his grim circumstances is an arresting look at crushed innocence

Zain (Zain Alrafeea) is a 12-year-old boy in Beirut, deeply embittered by his poverty, by his parents’ failure to protect him from it and by the desperate and humiliatingly ineffective accommodations they have made to get money. Continue reading

A King’s painting

 

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Once upon a time, there was a Kingdom. The king there only had one leg and one eye, but he was very intelligent and kind. Everyone in his kingdom lived a happy and a healthy life because of their king. One day the king was walking through the palace hallway and saw the portraits of his ancestors. He thought that one day his children will walk in the same hallway and remember all the ancestors through these portraits.

But, the king did not have his portrait painted. Due to his physical disabilities, he wasn’t sure how his painting would turn out. So he invited many famous painters from his and other kingdoms to the court. The king then announced that he wants a beautiful portrait made of himself to be placed in the palace. Any painter who can carry out this should come forward. He will be rewarded based on how the painting turns up. Continue reading

Going for Water – Robert Frost

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The well was dry beside the door,
And so we went with pail and can
Across the fields behind the house
To seek the brook if still it ran;

Not loth to have excuse to go,
Because the autumn eve was fair
(Though chill), because the fields were ours,
And by the brook our woods were there.

We ran as if to meet the moon
That slowly dawned behind the trees,
The barren boughs without the leaves,
Without the birds, without the breeze.

But once within the wood, we paused
Like gnomes that hid us from the moon,
Ready to run to hiding new
With laughter when she found us soon.

Each laid on other a staying hand
To listen ere we dared to look,
And in the hush we joined to make
We heard, we knew we heard the brook.

A note as from a single place,
A slender tinkling fall that made
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.

* Photo by: Abdullah Evindar

Gala dinner: Salvador Dalí’s surrealist cookbook

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Σεξ και αστακοί: Το  βιβλίο συνταγών του Σαλβαντόρ Νταλί 

Ο σουρεαλισμός και το φαγητό συνδυάζονται ιδανικά σε ένα ακόμη αδίστακτο καλλιτεχνικό παιχνίδι του Νταλί

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Les dîners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste … If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.”—Salvador Dalí

Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows: Sex and lobsters, collage and cannibalism, the meeting of a swan and a toothbrush on a pastry case. The opulent dinner parties thrown by Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) and his wife and muse, Gala (1894–1982) were the Continue reading

Mileștii Mici, Moldova annual Wine Run

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Milestii Mici is the largest underground wine cellar in Moldova. It has more than 200 km of limestone tunnels, 55 km of which are used for storing wine. The tunnels’ depth varies from 30 to 85 m below ground.

Sport, wine and traditions have been nicely combined at Milestii Mici Wine Run. More than 350 participants from Moldova and abroad ran 10 km and discovered the Milestii Mici wine galleries. If you wander about the event atmosphere and the participants’ feelings, please watch this teaser and you’ll witness everything.

 

Εκατοντάδες δρομείς συμμετείχαν σε έναν αγώνα δρόμου δέκα χιλιομέτρων. Αυτό θα μπορούσε να είναι μία συνηθισμένη είδηση. Ωστόσο, αυτός ο αγώνας δρόμου είχε κάτι το ιδιαίτερο, καθώς πραγματοποιήθηκε στο μεγαλύτερο κελάρι κρασιών του κόσμου. Continue reading

Light rain in Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Το νέο μουσείο στο νησί Σααντιγιάτ, το οποίο περιλαμβάνει 55 λευκά κτίρια, είναι έργο του διάσημου Γάλλου αρχιτέκτονα Ζαν Νουβέλ , ο οποίος εμπνεύστηκε από τις παλιές αραβικές συνοικίες.

Ο θόλος του, ο οποίος αγγίζει σε διάμετρο τα 180 μέτρα, είναι κατασκευασμένος από 7.000 τόνους χάλυβα και υποστηρίζεται από μόνο τέσσερις βάσεις, ενώ εσωτερικά, υπάρχουν περίπλοκες διατρήσεις στο πλέγμα του θόλου, που δεν λειτουργούν μόνο για φυσική διακόσμηση, αφού θα διαχέουν το φως, αλλά δημιουργούν και ένα μικροκλίμα στο χώρο. Continue reading

Cormorant Fishing (Ukai)

Ψάρεμα με κορμοράνους στην Ιαπωνία

Ukai is a traditional fishing method which uses trained cormorants to catch river fish such as sweetfish (ayu).

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This type of fishing has been around for over 1300 years, most prominently along the Nagaragawa River in Gifu City, where the master fishermen have official patronage from the emperor. Continue reading

Milford Sound – the Eighth Wonder of the World

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Milford Sound history begins a long time ago, back when all of New Zealand was an unspoiled land of forest and mountains, rivers and sea. Māori people living in the South Island discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago.

Tribes would travel there to fish and hunt around the fiord, and to collect precious pounamu. These treks from the east used traditional pathways across passes, including what is now known as MacKinnon Pass on the Milford Track. Continue reading

“Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death”

 

 

Πρόκειται για μια συλλογή από 18 κουκλόσπιτα-σκηνές εγκλήματος, γνωστά ως “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” (Μελέτες συνοψίζοντας τα πιο σημαντικά ανεξήγητων θανάτων).

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death are a series of nineteen (twenty were originally constructed) intricately designed dollhouse-style dioramas created by Frances Glessner Lee (1878–1962), a pioneer in forensic science.

Glessner Lee used her inheritance to establish a department of legal medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1936, and donated the first of the Nutshell Studies in 1946 for use in lectures on the subject of crime scene investigation. In 1966, the department was dissolved, and the dioramas went to the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. where they are on permanent loan and still used for forensic seminars. Continue reading

Rattle of eternity

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……. On the next death
I will donate the rattle of eternity
in the first passive devil


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1600 Jan Claesz., Girl with a Rattle

…….Στον επόμενο θάνατο
θα δωρίσω τη κουδουνίστρα της αιωνιότητας
στο πρώτο περαστικό διάβολο..

Μαρία Ροδοπούλου

 

 

Joseph-Ignace Guillotin

 

 

Though he didn’t invent it, the guillotine was named for a French doctor

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The man who gave his name to Madame la Guillotine or The Widow (La Veuve) was born at Saintes in southern France in 1738 and became a doctor after graduating from university in Paris. From 1789 he was one of the Paris deputies to the Constituent Assembly, in which he took a prominent role. Continue reading

IT IS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

 

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There was a man taking a morning walk at or the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die.

The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He drepeatedly. Right behind him there was another person who Continue reading

Exploring the Aga Khan Museum

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The Aga Khan Museum located in Toronto, Canada was opened in September 2014. It is the only museum in North America dedicated to the artistic, cultural and intellectual heritage of Islamic civilizations.

The museum houses rare and exquisite objects such as Quranic manuscripts, scientific texts, ceramics, glass ware, metal objects, carpets, textiles, wooden objects, and Persian and Mughal paintings.

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800 bamboo strips rewrite history

 

 

This is like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

Near a river in Guodian, China, not far from a farmhouse made of earth and thatched with straw, Chinese archaeologists in 1993 discovered a tomb dating back to the fourth century B.C.

The tomb was just slightly larger than the coffin and stone sarcophagus within. Scattered on the floor were bamboo strips, wide as a pencil, and up to twice as long. On closer scrutiny, scholars realized they had found something remarkable.

“This is like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” says Tu Weiming, director of the Harvard Yenching Institute (HYI), who has played a key role in the preservation of, accessibility to, and research on the Guodian materials since 1996. Continue reading

The Bear and the Travellers

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Two travellers were on a long journey through the countryside. They were walking along a track on the edge of some wood, when, some way ahead of them, they suddenly spotted a great bear ambling towards them. They were not sure whether the bear had seen them, but not wanting to take any risks, the first traveller climbed up the first tree and hid amongst the high branches. The second one dropped his bags and fell to the ground, pretending to be dead. He’d heard somewhere that bears don’t like to eat dead flesh, so he thought this was his safest way to survive.The bear reached the spot where the man was lying on the ground, who was keeping as still as he could, and doing his best to keep his breath in. The bear sniffed around his Continue reading

O γρίφος της παπαρούνας – Riddle of Poppy

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A beautiful woman had been transformed by a witch into a poppy in a field. Each evening, she returned to normal and was allowed to pass the night at home. One morning, before she went back to the field to become a poppy again, she said to her husband: ‘If you succeed in picking me, the spell will be broken.’

This was true, but how could the man recognise his wife amongst all the other thousands of poppies? The answer was simple: Since the woman had spent the night at home, she was the only poppy in the field that was not wet with dew.

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Μια όμορφη γυναίκα είχε μεταμορφωθεί από μια μάγισσα σε μια παπαρούνα σε έναν αγρό.
Κάθε βράδυ, επέστρεψε στο φυσιολογικό και είχε τη δυνατότητα να περάσει τη νύχτα στο σπίτι της. Ένα πρωί, πριν επιστρέψει στο αγρόκτημα για να γίνει πάλι παπαρούνα, είπε στον σύζυγό της: «Αν καταφέρεις να με βρεις, το ξόρκι θα σπάσει».
Αυτό ήταν αλήθεια, αλλά πώς θα μπορούσε ο άνθρωπος να αναγνωρίσει τη σύζυγό του ανάμεσα σε όλες τις άλλες χιλιάδες παπαρούνες;
Η απάντηση ήταν απλή: Δεδομένου ότι η γυναίκα είχε περάσει τη νύχτα στο σπίτι, ήταν η μόνη παπαρούνα στον αγρό που δεν θα είχε  πάνω της δροσοσταλίδες.
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Popeye’s birthday

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Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar.

The character first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929, and Popeye became the strip’s title in later years. Popeye has also appeared in theatrical and television animated cartoons.

Ο Ποπάι (Popeye), ένας από τους πιο αγαπημένους χάρτινους ήρωες, «γεννήθηκε» το 1929 απ’ το πενάκι του Έλζι Κράισλερ Σίγκαρ. Γκρινιάρης, αλλά καλόκαρδος, δεν αποχωρίζεται ποτέ την πiπα και τη ναυτική στολή του.Όταν βρίσκεται σε μπελάδες τρώει σπανάκι, που του δίνει μια υπεράνθρωπη δύναμη για να υπερασπιστεί και να σώσει, συχνά, την αγαπημένη του Όλιβ. Παρότι κοντός, αμόρφωτος, με ιδιόμορφη εμφάνιση και φωνή, με ένα μάτι και κανένα δόντι, πολλοί τον θεωρούν ως τον πρόδρομο των υπερηρώων που κυριάρχησαν αργότερα στα κόμικς.

 

Έκανε το ντεμπούτο του στις 17 Ιανουαρίου του 1929, σε μία σειρά κόμικς της Continue reading

Leonhart Fuchs_ Fuchsia

 

 

Fuchs was born in 1501 in Wemding in the Duchy of Bavaria. After attending a school in Heilbronn, Fuchs went to the Marienschule in ErfurtThuringia at the age of twelve, and graduated as Baccalaureus artium. In 1524 he became Magister Artium in Ingolstadt, and received a doctor of medicine degree in the same year.

 

Fuchs’ name is preserved by the plant Fuchsia,]discovered in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean in 1696/97 by the French scientist and Minim monk Charles Plumier. He published the first description of “Fuchsia triphylla, flore coccineo” in 1703. It is sometimes thought that the color fuchsia is also named for Fuchs, but that actually derives from fuchsine, an early trade name for the dye rosaniline hydrochloride, which produces a brilliant pink-purple color.

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The United States Prohibition of Alcohol

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The prohibition of alcohol in the United States lasted for 13 years, from January 16, 1920 through December 5, 1933. It is one of most famous—or infamous—times in American history. While the intention was to reduce the consumption of alcohol by eliminating businesses that manufactured, distributed, and sold it, the plan backfired.

 

Considered by many as a failed social and political experiment, the era changed the way many Americans viewed alcoholic beverages. It also enhanced the realization that federal government control cannot always take the place of personal responsibility.

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Eric Liddell_ Chariots of Fire

 

 

 

 

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Eric Liddell (1902 –  1945) was a Scottish Olympic champion at 400 m and a famous Christian missionary; his inspirational life was captured in the film Chariots of Fire

Although his parents were Scottish, Eric Liddell was both born and died in China. He was born on 16 January 1902 in the city of Tientsin (now Tianjin) in north-eastern China.

He was sent to Eltham College, a Christian boarding school for 12 years. In 1921, he moved to Edinburgh University where he studied Pure Science. From his school days, he was an outstanding sportsman excelling in short distance running, rugby union and cricket. In 1922 and 1923 he played rugby union for Scotland in the Five Nations. However, it was at running that he really excelled, and after setting a new British record in the 1923 100 yards sprint, he was considered a great prospect for the Olympics in 1924. Continue reading

An Old Abandoned House – Kay Whitaker

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An old abandoned house,
White frame, stands on the hill
And looks down here on me.
A feeling always still Lingers about its walls
Each time I look around.
The windows, vacant, stare.
There never is a sound. And yet it seems to live.
Its memories float inside
In rooms I cannot see,
A former life to hide Of some time in the past
When children’s voices called
Where grasses now stand still
And dead tree limbs are sprawled. I wonder on the house,
The life that once was there.
But it stands silent, mocking me,
Continuing to stare.

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Samuel van Hoogstraten – A Peepshow with Views of the Interior of a Dutch House

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The peepshow is a rectangular box; the interior is painted on three sides, as well as on the top and bottom

 

The sixth side is open; originally light would have entered the box from this side, perhaps through specially treated paper stretched across it. The box would have been placed close to a window or illumination provided by a candle. There are peep-holes in the two shorter sides which provide the illusion of three-dimensional views of the interior of a house.

Hoogstraten’s box is an unusually elaborate example, decorated on the exterior with allegorical paintings which correspond to chapters in a theoretical book that the artist was to write later. The long side illustrates

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