European Migrants in Search of Utopia

Δυνατά χάλκινα γλυπτά για τη μετανάστευση και την ουτοπία

Ο νορβηγός καλλιτέχνης Fredrik Raddum είναι γνωστός για τα γλυπτά και τις ενδιαφέρουσες εγκαταστάσεις του, οι οποίες συχνά «εξερευνούν» πολιτικά και κοινωνικά θέματα.

 

Bronze Sculptures by Fredrik Raddum

Oslo-based Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum is known for his imaginative figurative sculptures and installation art, which often explore political themes.

His previous work mixes tragedy with humor, depicting surreal, dystopian cartoon figures that encourage the viewer to “think beyond the initial encounter.” Raddum’s most recent collection of bronze sculptures—titled Hacienda Paradise – Utopia Experiment—was exhibited earlier this year at Galleri Brandstrup, and sheds light on a true story of human immigration that’s now referred to as “The Galapagos Affair.” Continue reading

Η Γιορτή της Ενηλικίωσης στην Ιαπωνία_ Coming Of Age Day – Japan

Η ενηλικίωση στην Ιαπωνία γίνεται στα 20έτη και σύμφωνα με τα ήθη και έθιμα, κάθε δεύτερη Δευτέρα του Ιανουαρίου, διοργανώνονται γιορτές, εκδηλώσεις και πάρτι για το πέρασμα από την εφηβική ηλικία στην ενηλικίωση (Coming of Age Day).

Οι νέες φορούν τα κιμονό τους και ξεχύνονται σε πλατείες δρόμους, στο μετρό, σε πάρτι, σε εκδηλώσεις που διοργανώνουν οι δήμοι για να το… γιορτάσουν. Continue reading

RESCUER’S ARE ANGELS

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Yes, rescuers are angels
You cannot see their wings
They keep them neatly folded
As they do their caring things.

 

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How the Snowdrops Came

   Fairies are never allowed to stray out of Fairyland during the winter-time. But when spring comes they may dance and play in the woods and meadows of the earth as long as they please, and at night they may sleep out in the wood, curled up in a bluebell or a buttercup.

   There was once a fairy called Silver Wing, who grew tired of waiting for the spring-time. One day early in February she whispered a secret to her playmates. Continue reading

Out of order…..

I am so sorry that i can not answer to your comments….  thank you for your love … i will return as soon as i will fell better

 

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Λυπαμαι που δεν μπορω να ανταποκριθω  στα μηνυματα σας, νιωθω τοσο αδυναμη, αλλα σας υποσχομαι να γυρισω γρηγορα! Σας ευχαριστω ολους για τις ευχες σας!

Maslow’s Hammer

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Abraham Maslow: Αν έχεις μόνο ένα σφυρί, τότε τείνεις να βλέπεις όλα τα προβλήματα σαν καρφιά

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“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

Ο Αμερικανός ψυχολόγος Αβραάμ Μάσλοου, γράφοντας το 1966 για τους κινδύνους της απλοποίησης σύνθετων θεμάτων στην επιστήμη, σημείωσε:

«’Οταν το μόνο εργαλείο που διαθέτεις είναι σφυρί, φαντάζομαι ότι είναι μεγάλος ο πειρασμός να βλέπεις κάθε πρόβλημα σαν καρφί».

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Greek graduate invents free Braille software programme for the blind

Απόστολος Γαρούφος: Μετέγραψε το «Μονόγραμμα» του Ελύτη για τους τυφλούς

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Apostolos Garoufos from Tsotili in the area of Kozani is a graduate student from the University of Thrace who transcribed a poem by Nobel-prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis into Braille, as part of a greater project where he will release to the public a free software programme where anyone in the world can transcribe text from Greek or English into Braille. Continue reading

All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers

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“… Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.”

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Όλοι οι πόλεμοι είναι εμφύλιοι πόλεμοι επειδή όλοι οι άνθρωποι είναι αδέρφια …

Ο καθένας οφείλει απείρως περισσότερο στην ανθρώπινη φυλή παρά στη συγκεκριμένη χώρα στην οποία γεννήθηκε

Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon

“Another Day of Life”

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Το «Another Day of Life» των Ραούλ ντε λα Φουέντε και Ντέιμιαν Νένοφ, με θέμα τον εμφύλιο πόλεμο στην Ανγκόλα, αναδείχθηκε η Καλύτερη Ευρωπαϊκή Ταινία Κινουμένων Σχεδίων για το 2018

A gripping story of a three-month-long journey that renowned Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski took across Angola ravaged by a war in which the front lines shifted like a kaleidoscope from one day to the next.

 

Βασίζεται στο μυθιστόρημα του Πολωνού δημοσιογράφου, φωτογράφου, ποιητή και συγγραφέα, Ρίσαρντ Καπισίνσκι, και καλύπτει τρεις μήνες του πολέμου, μέσω της αλληλογραφίας του Καπισίνκι με το πολωνικό πρακτορείο ειδήσεων.

Η ταινία είναι συμπαραγωγή πολλών ευρωπαϊκών χωρών.

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Trinity of the spiral – Lucian Dobârtă

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The triskelion or ‘triskele’ is also known as the tri-spiral or ‘Spiral of Life’. The three spirals in the triskelion are interconnected with no open ends thus creating one continuous line. Each spiral turns in the same direction. The three spirals represent balance, harmony and continual motion indicative of the flow of life and of the Earth in her seasons and cycles. Continue reading

Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden – Springfield, MA

 

 

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on  2 March 1904. An American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist best known for authoring children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

His work includes several of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. Continue reading

” Nous passons notre vie dans des boîtes.” Pierre Rabhi

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Περνάμε τις ζωές μας σε κουτιά – We spend our lives in boxes

 

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One of our greatest sources of authentic power in life comes from our willingness and ability to act, especially in the face of obstacles and fear.

To be truly successful and fulfilled, we must challenge ourselves to take bold and courageous actions and to go for what we want.

Legendary author Ray Bradbury said, “First you jump off the cliff and then you build your wings on the way down.”

Stepping out of our box in life doesn’t always involve something big like

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Hate for Sale by Neil Gaiman

Hate for sale. All the very best 
Hate for sale. Vintage stuff.
Do my cries excite your interest? 
Lovely hate. Your life is rough.
Buy my hate. You’ll come right back for more. 
Hate for sale. Enough to start a war.
Hate the rich, the brown, the black, the poor. 
Hate is clean. And hate will make you sure.
Hate for sale. You’ll feel superior.
Hate for sale. You’ll make the news.
Hate the families who come here fleeing war. 
Hate the gay. The trans. The new. The Jews.
Don’t need to care who you detest 
Hate makes you feel a whit less scared 
To know that your group is the best 
And burn to ashes all the rest
Who will not face the real test
But showed up naked, unprepared
To be sent back, or drowned, or hurled 
back into the abyss. Your world
will be so safe, so clean, so great.
And all you needed was some hate.
Hate for sale. All the very best 
Hate for sale. Vintage stuff.
Do my cries excite your interest? 
Hate for sale. Never enough.

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Neil Gaiman has this powerful and insightful offering for us to reflect upon, with his words being spoken by Peter Kenny, and animated by Anna Eijsbouts.

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Scars Of War -Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco

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You say your calling was the Marines,
But yet your life remains apart at the seams.

You say the life of a soldier
Is what saved you from yourself,
But vivid dreams continue to haunt you
to reveal remanants of the torture,
You had to inflict.
How does the act justify the means?

You say, your honor was stolen from you!
But who stole it from you?

You say, it was the politicians in the end,
that left you scorned.

You say we fought in a senseless war,
In the end you were left feeling void,

Void of any human compassion. How could my
Countrymen have abandoned us?

Why were we such an embarrasment to them?
Our politician’s and leader’s had us believing that
it was our war as well as theirs. What enemy?
Who’s enemy? Their enemy or ours? Was it easier to forget
Those brave men who selflessly gave of themselves
For their country?

You say again, how could they have abandoned us?
No recongnition, no bands playing, just a few
Surviving pictures that tell the story of the
Suffering and the innocence we left beind,
Only to realize that it will continue to burn
In our minds and leave us scared for an eternity!

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Platon (Antoniou) – O βασιλιάς της φωτογραφίας

Born in London in 1968, Platon was raised in the Greek Isles until his family returned to England in the 1970’s. He attended St. Martin’s School of Art and after receiving his BA with honors in Graphic Design, went on to receive an MA in Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art.

 

 

Ο Πλάτων Αντωνίου είναι ένας από τους σπουδαιότερους φωτογράφους του κόσμου και ο Έλληνας που έχει αποτυπώσει με τον φακό της κάμεράς του περισσότερους από 130 πολιτικούς ηγέτες και δεκάδες διάσημοι καλλιτέχνες, έχοντας, έτσι, κερδίσει μία σημαντική θέση στην κορυφή των πιο επιδραστικών φωτογράφων όλων των εποχών.

Τα ξεχωριστού στυλ και, κατά κύριο λόγο ασπρόμαυρα, πορτρέτα του έχουν κοσμήσει τα μεγαλύτερα περιοδικά της Αμερικής, όπως τα Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ και το Sunday Times Magazine.

Έχει καταγράψει στιγμές ανθρώπων της διπλανής πόρτας, αλλά των συγκρούσεων στην Μπούρμα της Αιγύπτου διακινδυνεύοντας τη ζωή του. Πλέον, χαρακτηρίζεται ως «χαρισματικός ομιλητής», λόγω των εμπνευστικών ομιλιών, του και «αναζητητής της αλήθειας πίσω από τη δύναμη», εξαιτίας της επιδίωξής του να φανερώνει μέσα από τις φωτογραφίες του όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερο το «πραγματικό πρόσωπο» των ισχυρών μορφών των οποίων αναλαμβάνει τις φωτογραφίσεις.

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The Choice Is Mine – Abimbola T. Alabi

 

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*Merab Gagiladze
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Life may not let me choose my lot,
But whether I’d be happy or not…
That is my choice.

To leave hurtful memories behind
Or allow them to bother my mind…
The choice is mine.

To fret over a mistake when it’s done
Or learn from it and move on…
The choice is mine.

To be bothered by all that people say
Or ignore them and go my own way…
The choice is mine.

To hide my feelings, pent up, unspoken,
Or say my mind and ease the burden…
The choice is mine.

To enjoy what I’ve been able to gain
Or ungratefully regard it with disdain…
The choice is mine.

Sometimes I won’t get to pick my lot,
But whether I’ll be happy or not
Will always be my choice.

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Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/the-choice-is-mine

Just taking the role of “center of attention” to a new level

Many many wishes to all of you!!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!

 

The phrase center of attention means a person or thing that is interesting to everyone and draws the most attention in the room

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There are a few possible origin stories for this common phrase.

The first origin story is that the expression developed from the verb center. The word center comes from the Greek kentrum, which means the center point of a compass. This word entered English in the 1300s and meant the center of a circle. By the 1590s, it meant the center of anything. People began using center figuratively by the 1680s. Center of attention is attested from 1868. Continue reading