Carnival in Greece

Imagine the biggest party you’ve ever seen. Join in a forbidden festival. Wander through the streets, playing pranks. Add loud music and some thousands of participants dressed in you-name-it costumes floating the streets. Under the auspices of the Carnival King, you are welcome to come together with all the fellow masqueraders and fill the city streets, bars, clubs and colourful parade groups.

Patrinó karnaváli (Patras carnival) is the largest event of its kind in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe. Giant decorated cars, carts and coaches, colourful papier-mâché figures will fill the city streets. A key character is the Carnival King, presented in all his splendour. The Carnival also has its Queen, who is actually a beautiful young lady on a floral or an artistic float. There is also a night parade, called “nyhteriní podaráti”, which takes place on Continue reading

Τσάμικος, Μάνος Χατζιδάκις, Νίκος Γκάτσος

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Οnly if you are from Greece you will understand…..

Tsamikos Lyrics: Nikos Gatsos
Music: Manos Hatzidakis
First version: Manolis Mitsias

In the stony mountains with the flute and the clarinet on top of the holy rock now dance three brave men Nikephoros* and Digenes** and the son of Anna Komnene*** Continue reading

Keep Eating and Never Regret: Fat Thursday 2019

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Doughnuts, doughnuts… who wouldn’t be tempted by one freshly out of the bakery, covered in sweet coating and with a warm, creamy filling… Aaaaah…
People dieting- no talk of calories or fats, you’re forbidden entry to today’s Fat Thursday post because today is all about EXCESS and GLUTTONY.

I would even eat a spoon if I only could

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Gluttony, i.e. excessive indulgence in food and drink, is one of the seven deadly sins which good observant Christians should avoid committing. It’s a recurring subject in art history and worth looking at, especially that it’s pretty clear that humanity hasn’t changed at all and still enjoys overeating. Continue reading

My Ηedgehogs… from chestnuts

The chestnut was Zeus’s ” acorn”….

 

….For my  handmade  craft became “hedgehog”

 

Το βελανίδι του Δία μεταμορφώθηκε……

Της καστανιάς τ’ οπωρικό να πρωτοϊδείς, τραβιέσαι
και φαγουλό δεν το θαρρείς, από την ασκημιά του·
αλλ’ αν με νου προσεχτικό, με χάρη περιέργειας
απλώσεις, φτάσεις στο δεντρί, το κάστανο τρυγήσεις,
το γδύσεις οχ τα ξώτσεφλα, τ’ αγκαθερό του ντύμα,
με θαυμασμό θα ιδείς γυμνό το μυγδαλένιο σούμπρο
και στην ειδή παράμορφο και νόστιμο στη γέψη.

Ιωάννης Βηλαράς

A PIONEER OF VERTICAL DANCE

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Το να βλέπαμε χορευτές να χορεύουν στο δημαρχείο μπορεί να μην ήταν κάτι ιδιαίτερα πρωτότυπο. Το να βλέπαμε όμως χορευτές να χορεύουν οριζόντια στον τοίχο της πρόσοψης του δημαρχείου μπορεί να μας άφηνε και με το στόμα ανοιχτό.

Ιδιαίτερα αν χόρευαν με τον ίδιο υπέροχο τρόπο που χορεύουν η Amelia Rudolph και ο Roel Seeber, δύο από τους χορευτές της… εναέριας ομάδας Bandaloop, στην πρόσοψη του δημαρχείου του Όουκλαντ.

Bandaloop dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber take vertical choreography to new heights on Oakland’s City Hall

BANDALOOP honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance.

A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology to turn the dance floor on its side. Continue reading

Step outside of your comfort zone

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One of the hardest things to do in life is to step outside of your comfort zone, and take a chance. It’s definitely easier to be set in your ways, and do only what makes you comfortable. But life experiences are what shape you as you continue to learn and grow as a person.

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New experiences can inspire you to take paths that you never imagined, opening you up to a whole new world of possibilities. If you never take a chance, you can never get to somewhere new.

We aren’t necessarily talking about life-threatening risks that require you to sign some kind of liability waiver before-hand, but Continue reading

God’s Altar – Ecuador’s Tulcán Municipal Cemeter

While most cemeteries are content with their tranquil natural vistas, one caretaker decided that he was going to step it up a notch, and transformed the graveyard’s tall hedges into a sprawling topiary wonderland.

 

 

In 1936, gardener Josè Maria Azael Franco, who worked as the caretaker of the city’s municipal cemetery, began sculpting the rows of bushes under his care into a variety of shapes and designs.

There are the archways and angular geometric shapes that can be found in topiary collections around the world, but Franco also created a number of unique natural sculptures all his own. The garden features animals, angels, Incan symbols, and bulbous, iconic creatures squatting in a row. Continue reading

Ugur Gallen – Heartbreaking Contrast Between The Two Worlds We Live In

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Uğur Gallen is a photographer who lives in Turkey.  The contrast between  reflects two different worlds   inspired him to portray this in his work.

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Τούρκος καλλιτέχνης Ugur Gallen φωτογραφίζει και «συγκρίνει» τις διαφορές ανάμεσα στις ανεπτυγμένες χώρες κι εκείνες που μαστίζονται από συγκρούσεις

Ο Τούρκος καλλιτέχνης προσπαθεί μέσα από τις φωτογραφίες του να καταδείξει τις διαφορετικές συνθήκες διαβίωσης αλλά και ασφάλειας ανάμεσα στις χώρες της Δύσης και αυτές που μαστίζονται από πολεμικές συγκρούσεις.

 

https://www.artfido.com/turkish-artist-captures-the-heartbreaking-contrast-between-the-two-worlds-we-live-in/

The Black Cat Auditions in Hollywood, 1961

“The biggest invitation to bad luck ever seen in one place”

LIFE magazine, 1961

152 μαύρες γάτες σε αναμονή του ρόλου για τη “Μαύρη γάτα” του Edgar Allen Poe !!!

Cats hate being on leads at the best of times, so what’s going on in these curious photos of kitties on leashes lined up with their owners?

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These photos were taken by legendary LIFE photographer Ralph Crane in 1961. They show over 150 of the cutest and fluffiest of budding actors auditioning for a starring role in the film adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat. Continue reading

Hummingbirds Battle in the Air

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A Mayan legend says the hummingbird is actually the sun in disguise, and he is trying to court a beautiful woman, who is the moon.

Ένας θρύλος των Μάγια λέει ότι το κολιμπρί είναι στην πραγματικότητα ο ήλιος μεταμφιεσμένος, και προσπαθεί να φλερτάρει μια όμορφη γυναίκα, που είναι το φεγγάρι.

Hummingbirds sometimes use their unmatched flying skills for something other than feeding on flowers–for fighting over them. Flowers in full bloom are a call to arms. It’s fight and flight – a display of skill and fiery temper.

 

 

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Mua Roi Nuoc – “making puppets dance on water“

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Hanoi is the iconic Water Puppets Show!

 

Για αιώνες, τα παιδιά στο Βιετνάμ παρακολουθούν ένα μοναδικό είδος κουκλοθέατρου που εκτελείται στο νερό. Οι παίκτες των κούκλων βρίσκονται μέσα στο νερό και από εκεί κινούν τους πρωταγωνιστές.

Μια παραδοσιακή βιετναμέζικη ορχήστρα παίζει κατά τη διάρκεια της παράστασης, ενώ τραγουδιστές τραγουδούν την ιστορία της παράστασης. Τα θέματα προέρχονται από την καθημερινή ζωή στο Βιετνάμ αλλά και από παραμύθια και θρύλους.

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Time for Meditation….

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Take it easy, Sadness. Settle down.
You asked for evening. Now, it’s come. It’s here.
A choking fog has blanketed the town,
infecting some with calm, the rest with fear.

While the squalid throng of mortals feels the sting
of heartless pleasure swinging its barbed knout
and finds remorse in slavish partying,
take my hand, Sorrow. I will lead you out,

away from them. Look as the dead years lurch,
in tattered clothes, from heaven’s balconies.
From the depths, regret emerges with a grin.

The spent sun passes out beneath an arch,
and, shroudlike, stretched from the antipodes,
—hear it, O hear, love!—soft night marches in.

 

MeditationCharles Baudelaire

 

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Recycled Materials for Medals at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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Η χώρα του ανατέλλοντος ηλίου ανακυκλώνει ηλεκτρονικές συσκευές για τα μετάλλια των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων Τόκιο 2020

 

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) is conducting the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project to manufacture the medals for use at Tokyo 2020 from consumer electronics such as used mobile phones.

Through this project, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will manufacture approximately 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Continue reading

Children’s games in ancient China

During ancient times, children didn’t have smart phones, ipads or computers to entertain them. Instead, they came up with interesting games to play in their childhood. Let’s take a look.

In my country it’s a time when people of all ages can take a break from their everyday, dress up in full costume and dance in the street!

This is carnival in Greece and my grandson Tom is Chinese child for this year!

Let’s see the games that Chinese children used to play!!! Continue reading

Yasuke, the only African samurai

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One of the best-known non-Japanese samurais was the 16th-century African slave who went by the name of Yasuke. He was reportedly the first African man to come to Japan, and because of his origin, many people gathered around him after he arrived to take a closer look.

Yasuke was in the service of the Italian Jesuit Alessandro Valignano, the man appointed to inspect the Jesuit missions in the Indies. Later, he was made a samurai by the ruler and hegemon Oda Nobunaga, who wanted Yasuke as his bodyguard. The Japanese were so unused to Africans, the warlord ordered him to take off his clothes to have servants try to wash out the “black ink” from his skin.

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Skating on frozen Lake Baikal

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Skaters in Siberia enjoy some of the season’s last trips across frozen Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake.

 

One of the most beautiful and visited places in Russia is Lake Baikal. It is located on the border of the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia.

This place has conquered the hearts not only local tourists, but the foreigners too. The Baikal is rightly called the “The Holy Sea” and “The Diamond of the Planet”, but even these phrases are not enough to describe all his charm. Continue reading

Why do Most Cultures Have Flood Myths and Stories?

Flood Myths go Global

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Flood myths have been around probably since man first started oral traditions. The most well known in Western culture is the story of Noah’s flood from the Bible but there are many other stories. The Sumerians … [wrote] down their flood myths with the story of Gilgamesh ….
In Europe Plato wrote of the city of Atlantis that swallowed up by the sea. It is said he got his story from the ancient Egyptians. This isn’t to say that Europe did not have any original flood myths, as they did. The Arcadians, Samothrace, ancient Germans, Scandinavians, Celtic, Welsh, Lithuanian, Transylvanian, and Turkish peoples all had various forms of flood myths popping up in their culture.

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A Tribute To Stan Laurel

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Άγγλος ηθοποιός και σκηνοθέτης, ο «Λιγνός» του διάσημου κωμικού ντουέτου «Χονδρός – Λιγνός», όπως είναι γνωστό στην Ελλάδα («Laurel & Hardy» στον αγγλόφωνο κόσμο).

 

Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer, and film director who was part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.

He appeared with his comedy partner Oliver Hardy in 107 short films, feature films, and cameo roles. Continue reading

Glove Stories…

 

 

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Discover one of the best collections of gloves in the world – The Glove Collection of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, cared for and housed at the Fashion Museum.

This exhibition features exquisite examples of historical gloves from the past 400 years, many of which have never been displayed to the public before.

Highlights include beautiful embroidered gauntlet gloves from the 1600s, a curious pair of gloves in a walnut shell from the 1830s, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage-driving gloves. Continue reading

Lemon Festival in Menton 2019

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To φεστιβάλ λεμονιού διεξάγεται κάθε Φεβρουάριο στην πόλη Menton της Γαλλίας. Πρόκειται για ένα από τα πιο ιδιόμορφα φεστιβάλ του κόσμου με παράδοση δεκαετιών. Διαρκεί 15 ημέρες και οι δρόμοι της πόλης γεμίζουν γιγαντιαίες κατασκευές φτιαγμένες από λεμόνι, μουσικά συγκροτήματα και διάφορες εκδηλώσεις για μικρά και… μεγάλα παιδιά.

 

 

Started in 1933 as a fruit show, the Lemon Festival Menton has grown to be so much more and is now an internationally renowned event, drawing around 160,000 visitors to a joyful fruity jamboree every year.

But the Menton lemon has always been special. It’s a very bright yellow, elongated rather than round, and prized by chefs for its rich essential oil. Continue reading

‘Nakedness’….

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“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” – Warren Buffet

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«Βλέπεις ποιος κολυμπάει γυμνός μόνο όταν υποχωρεί η παλίρροια»

ΠΑΛΙΡΡΟΙΑ – Στέφανος Παντελίδης

Ώρες ώρες έρχεται η άμπωτη

και μας αδειάζει.

Μένουμε κόκαλα και σάρκες.

Χωρίς ψυχή, σερνόμαστε χαμένοι.

Κι ύστερα να σου η πλημμυρίδα.

Φουσκώνουμε, τραβούμε

αισιόδοξα μπροστά.

Κι ύστερα πάλι,

έρχεται η άμπωτη.

 

I recently came across this quote for the first time. It zinged me. It thrilled me. I’ve been replaying it in my mind over and over again and sharing with anyone who will listen. It’s brilliant. It compels you to stop and think. What does this mean? Does this apply to me in any way?

I feel that ‘nakedness’. The tide has gone out in my life and the next wave hasn’t yet come in. We stand on the wet sand, retired Continue reading

The Viracocha III reed raft … sail across the Pacific

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The voyage begins on the northern coast of Chile, in Arica, Chile and will cross the entire Pacific Ocean, covering approximately 10,000 nautical miles in a six months time period. It will be the longest raft voyage of any kind in modern times, shedding new light on the long distances such rafts could have traveled and providing important information about human migration.

 

Το ταξίδι αρχίζει στη βόρεια ακτή της Χιλής, στην Αρίκα της Χιλής και θα διασχίσει ολόκληρο τον Ειρηνικό Ωκεανό, καλύπτοντας περίπου 10.000 ναυτικά μίλια σε περίοδο έξι μηνών.

Θα είναι το μεγαλύτερο ταξίδι  με καλαμένιο καράβι στη σύγχρονη εποχή, ρίχνοντας νέο φως στις μεγάλες αποστάσεις που θα μπορούσαν να έχουν ταξιδέψει και θα δώσει σημαντικές πληροφορίες για την ανθρώπινη μετανάστευση.

As climate changes, we need the arts more than ever

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In tumultuous times, art can and must express the turmoil and help us process what’s going on

 

In the 1997 film “Titanic,” Wallace Hartley, the violinist and leader of the band on the ill-fated ship, turns to his band mates as the water rises around him and says:

“Gentlemen, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight.”

Is the only contribution musicians and other artists can make at this moment in history to bravely go down with the ship, lifting the spirits of fellow passengers?

On its own terms that’s an honorable contribution, but surely we can do more.

It’s often said that a novel, a painting, a song or a motion picture Continue reading

To Kiss The Sea – Ivor Steven

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Today my friend Ivor posted a poem for our  love for sea!
He lives in Australia and there is still summer …

Thank you so much my friend!!

 

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Read his lovely poem :

A sincere thank you to Efi, of EfiSoul63,  for being the inspiration behind my poem, and our mutual love of the sea

To Kiss The Sea

I wish to be at the beach and free

Saltwater and sand are out of reach for me

Oh, to be sunbathing and swimming

To be in the surf, playing and frolicking

I’m close enough to breathe the nearness of the sea

Just across the sand dunes and through the tea-tree

I wish to be under the sea

Rolling with the waves crashing above me

Swirling and unfurling

Bubbling and frothing

I’m close enough to hear the evening sea-mist

Just outside my window, I feel the bliss of the sea’s kiss

 

https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/to-kiss-the-sea/comment-page-1/#comment-19522

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF RATIONALISM – Bertrand Russell

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April 1950: Philosopher, mathematician and author, Bertrand Russell (3rd Earl Russell) (1872 – 1970) with a group of children at Beacon High School. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
3. Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.
4. When you meet with opposition, even if it is from your family, endeavour to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

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“The Little Boy and the Old Man – Shel Silverstein

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Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”

Said the old man, “I do that too.”


The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”
I do that too,” laughed the little old man.


Said the little boy, “I often cry.”
The old man nodded, “So do I.”


But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”


And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
I know what you mean,” said the little old man.”

 

 

Parthenon’s full moon

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-«Το διάδημα του φεγγαριού στο μέτωπο της νύχτας»

(Ο. Ελύτης)

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The moon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

Tuesday’s full moon, or supermoon, appears brighter and bigger than other full moons because it is close to its perigee, which is the closest point in its orbit to Earth.

(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The National Museum of Indian Cinema

The National Museum of Indian Cinema charts everything from the nation’s first film in 1913 to the billion-dollar industry of the modern day

From silent black-and-white films to colourful blockbusters bursting with song and dance, the evolution of Indian cinema is traced by a new museum in the home of Bollywood.

Costing 1.4 billion rupees (Dh72.3 million), India’s first national film museum is spread across a stylish 19th-century bungalow and a modern five-storey glass structure in south Mumbai. Continue reading

Chiribiquete National Park – “The Maloca of the Jaguar”

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Chiribiquete National Park, the largest protected area in Colombia

 

 

Over 75,000 figures have been made by indigenous people on the walls of the 60 rock shelters from 20,000 BCE, and are still made nowadays by the uncontacted peoples protected by the National Park.

These paintings depict hunting scenes, battles, dances and ceremonies, as well as fauna and flora species, with a particular the worship of the jaguar, a symbol of power and fertility. Continue reading

‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’ – A furtive tear


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A single secret tear
from her eye did spring:
as if she envied all the youths
that laughingly passed her by.
What more searching need I do?
What more searching need I do?
She loves me! Yes, she loves me, I see it. I see it.
For just an instant the beating
of her beautiful heart I could feel!
As if my sighs were hers,
and her sighs were mine!
The beating, the beating of her heart I could feel,
to merge my sighs with hers…
Heavens! Yes, I could die!
I could ask for nothing more, nothing more.
Oh, heavens! Yes, I could, I could die!
I could ask for nothing more, nothing more.
Yes, I could die! Yes, I could die of love.

The poor Nemorino pines for the lovely Adina, who shows him nothing but indifference. When he hears the story of “Tristan and Isolde,” and the love potion that causes the title characters to fall madly in love, Nemorino wonders if such a potion exists, and finds a con man who gladly sells him a “potion” that’s really just wine.

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Mieszko the Stone Bear

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Legend says this is actually a heartbroken prince waiting for his true love’s kiss

 

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When walking past Warsaw’s Old Town and the Church of Our Lady of Grace, you’ll find a small statue that does not seem fit the setting. It’s a statue of a bear, seemingly asleep on the church porch.

This statue is said to be of Prince Mieszko, an adopted prince of Janusz I who was found in a bear’s den during a hunting trip. The legend says that as a todder, he protected the bear and her cubs from being shot by putting himself between the animals and the hunters, a brave move that convinced Janusz I’s family to adopt the child as their own. Continue reading

Mother to Son – Langston Hughes

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Well, son, I’ll tell you:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.

So boy, don’t you turn back.

Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,

And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47559/mother-to-son
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Ancient campfires led to the rise of storytelling

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Sometime about 400,000 years ago, humans learned to fully control fire. This breakthrough radically changed our diets, because we could now cook food, but did it transform our culture as well?

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….Campfires allowed human ancestors to expand their minds in a similar way and also solidified social networks.

“Stories told by firelight put listeners on the same emotional wavelength,” she writes in the paper, and “elicited understanding, trust, and sympathy.” Continue reading

Carnival in Nice 2019

 

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His Majesty Carnaval 2019 will be “King of Cinema” from 16 February to 2 March.

Nice will indeed be celebrating 100 years of its Studios de la Victorine, centre of the cinema industry on the Côte d’Azur, which since 1919 has seen Marcel Carné, Roger Vadim, François Truffaut, Jean Cocteau, Jacques Demy, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen and many other talented directors.

As every year, the Carnaval of Nice will offer its spectators spectacular and creative parades, combining grace and audacity while offering the chance to discover or rediscover the charms of Nice and the Côte d’Azur in winter.

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Bob Marley – redemption song

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Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look? Ooh
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the Book

 

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs….

 

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