God, what a journey ….
What would be next?!
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
Woman Holding a Balance, 1664, Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675, oil on canvas, 15 5/8 x 14 inches, Widener Collection-National Gallery of Art Washington D.C.
So this week as you balance all your activities, take a moment to trace the outline of your soul’s journey
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,
modern furniture, a color TV,
you’re getting intellectual input. Continue reading
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
Οι ρόδες της ζωής……..
Και όσο εσύ περιμένεις τη ρόδα να γυρίσει, η ζωή περνάει και χάνεται!
Μiniature dresses Efi’s crafts
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
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
The Guzang Festival in southwest China’s Guizhou Province is the most important festival for the Miao people to offer sacrifice to their ancestors
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 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
And all I ever needed was the one
Like freedom fields where wild horses run
When stars collide like you and I
No shadows block the sun
You’re all I’ve ever needed
Baby you’re the one
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Σεξ και αστακοί: Το βιβλίο συνταγών του Σαλβαντόρ Νταλί
Ο σουρεαλισμός και το φαγητό συνδυάζονται ιδανικά σε ένα ακόμη αδίστακτο καλλιτεχνικό παιχνίδι του Νταλί
“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
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
Ψάρεμα με κορμοράνους στην Ιαπωνία
Ukai is a traditional fishing method which uses trained cormorants to catch river fish such as sweetfish (ayu).
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
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
……. On the next death
I will donate the rattle of eternity
in the first passive devil
1600 Jan Claesz., Girl with a Rattle
…….Στον επόμενο θάνατο
θα δωρίσω τη κουδουνίστρα της αιωνιότητας
στο πρώτο περαστικό διάβολο..
Though he didn’t invent it, the guillotine was named for a French doctor
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
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
This is like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Bamboo slips from the Tang Yu Zhi Dao, an ancient text from the Guodian excavation advocating ‘rule by the most meritorious’ and ‘abdication as a means of succession.’ According to Sarah Allan in Buried Ideas, it ‘reflects ideas that were current in the late fifth and early fourth centuries BCE.’
An eighteenth-century painting showing Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin dynasty ‘burning all the books and throwing scholars into a ravine’ in order to stamp out ideological nonconformity after the unification of China in 221 BCE. ‘For over two millennia,’ Ian Johnson writes, ‘all our knowledge of China’s great philosophical schools was limited to texts revised after the Qin unification.’ Now a trove of recently discovered ancient documents, written on strips of bamboo, ‘is helping to reshape our understanding of China’s contentious past.’ Illustration from Henri Bertin’s album The History of the Lives of the Chinese Emperors.
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
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.
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.
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
Fuchs was born in 1501 in Wemding in the Duchy of Bavaria. After attending a school in Heilbronn, Fuchs went to the Marienschule in Erfurt, Thuringia 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.
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer
Well, my baby, she gone, gone tonight
I ain’t seen the girl since night before last
I wanna get drunk, get off of my mind…
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
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