Aigina spring raining time….


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We spent weekend in Aigina island in spite of the rain and it was amazing!!! Have a nice week!!!

According to ancient mythology, Aegina owes its name to the nymph Aegina, daughter of the river god Asopus, who Zeus seduced and took on the island of Aegina, then called Oenone. There she gave birth to Aecus, first king of the island and grandfather of the famous Trojan hero, Achilles. Continue reading

The Railway Station – Archibald Lampman

 

 I will be with my grandson for some days!!
So don’t worry I will be fine!!
See you on Monday!! Love you all!!!

 

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Τα τρένα 
παγεροί μάρτυρες γίνονται 
στους εναγκαλισμούς 
τα χαμόγελα, 
τα φιλιά, 
τα δάκρυα 

και τα μουρμουρητά των επιβατών τους …..

 

Μπριλή Μαίρη

 

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*William Powell Frith, The Railway Station, c.1862-1909, oil on canvas, Royal Collection

 

The darkness brings no quiet here, the light
No waking: ever on my blinded brain
The flare of lights, the rush, and cry, and strain,
The engines’ scream, the hiss and thunder smite:
I see the hurrying crowds, the clasp, the flight,
Faces that touch, eyes that are dim with pain:
I see the hoarse wheels turn, and the great train
Move labouring out into the bourneless night.
So many souls within its dim recesses,
So many bright, so many mournful eyes:
Mine eyes that watch grow fixed with dreams and guesses;
What threads of life, what hidden histories,
What sweet or passionate dreams and dark distresses,
What unknown thoughts, what various agonies!

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Ching Ming Festival 2019

Εξευμενίζοντας τα νερά του Dujiang Dam στο Qingming Festival
Η πόλη της Dujiangyan στην Κίνα είναι διάσημη για το αρχαίο αρδευτικό της σύστημα το οποίο κτίστηκε 2,300 χρόνια πριν!
Τώρα βέβαια είναι η πόλη που έγινε γνωστή από τους καταστροφικούς της σεισμούς που ευθύνονται για τους θανάτους πολλών ανθρώπων!

Κάθε Απρίλη με αφορμή το Qingming Festival γίνονται θυσίες για το νερό και μνημονεύεται η μνήμη όλων αυτών που έχασαν τη ζωή τους από αυτό!

Ching Ming Festival is one of China’s largest events based off of the lunar calendar. Ching Ming officially starts 104 days after the winter solstice. The festival usually begins on April 4th or 5th, but activities may start as early as 10 days prior.

In English, Ching Ming is often referred to as Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness because of the holiday’s events. The primary role of the Ching Ming Festival is to pay respect to ancestors. While many Chinese holidays are oriented around ancestor worship, Continue reading

Ximei….

This poignant and sensitive film is a portrait of Liu Ximei, a young Chinese woman who fights to defend the rights of people living with HIV in China, against all odds.

Millions of Chinese people were infected in the 1990s: across the country, the government encouraged poor farmers to donate blood in exchange for compensation under catastrophic health conditions. A hidden scandal… but for how long?

 

Liu Ximei was born in 1985 in Xincai County, Zhumadian City in Henan Province. Being born in violation of the one child policy, she was given up to be raised by relatives. In 1995, a ten year-old young lady, Ximei, was severely injured while harvesting wheat. Losing copious amounts of blood, she was given HIV contaminated blood and contracted AIDS while under treatment at a local hospital. According to 2011 official statistics, there are 850,000 AIDS sufferers in China, a majority of which contracted the illness as the result of an officially promoted plasma market. This film describes Liu Ximei’s life in 2013.

 

Οι ταινίες μπορεί να γίνουν ένα είδος «καθρέφτη» για να κατανοήσουμε το προβλήματα στον κόσμο.

Το Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου και το Φόρουμ για τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα στη Γενεύη, είναι ένα από τα κορυφαία διεθνή γεγονότα, αφιερωμένα σε ταινίες που παρουσιάζουν την παραβιάση των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων. Continue reading

“Hijo de la Luna” – “Child of the Moon”

Ο Γιος της Σελήνης: Το παραμύθι και το τραγούδι

 

Hijo de la Luna” (English: “Child of the Moon”) is a song written by José María Cano performed originally by the Spanish band Mecano with lead singer Ana Torroja.

The lyrics depict a Roma woman in love with a man of the Calé tribe, who prays to the Moon to marry him because a marriage between tribes was forbidden according to Romani laws. The Moon asks for the woman’s first-born as payment.

After the child is born, his parents are dismayed to see that his skin is the whitest white and his eyes are grey, even though they both have dark skin and dark eyes. The lyrics explain that the Continue reading

BREAKING POINT – Carlos Caicedo

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Ah! Paper! Along with the pencils, it’s becoming an endangered species. Future generations won’t get to experience the touch, the caresses with the eyes over the page, the pleasure of turning the paper at the sound of a good read, the instant magic of sketching. Call it nostalgia. Yes, it is…

A small yellow pencil finds itself hanging in danger from its own line.

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«Κατάρτι το μολύβι μου, το κείμενο φορτίο…»

Με τον καφέ στο χέρι κάθομαι και ξαφνικά συνειδητοποιώ πως μου λείπουν τα ασπρόμαυρα κύματα της χαρτοθάλασσας που υπήρχε επί πολλά χρόνια πάνω στο γραφείο. Και όχι μόνο εκεί, παντού στο σπίτι.

Τώρα τελευταία μου λείπει να γράφω με μολύβι σε χαρτί. Τα γραπτά μας πια πληκτρολογούνται σε ηλεκτρονικούς υπολογιστές κι οι γρήγορες σημειώσεις αποθηκεύονται στα κινητά. Continue reading

Chinese Women Once Had to Point Out Their Medical Troubles on Ivory Dolls

A jade diagnostic doll rests on a tiny embroidered throw. A jade diagnostic doll rests on a tiny embroidered throw. Jamie Rees/Courtesy Clendening History of Medicine Library & Museum, University of Kansas Medical Center

 

Often when a woman saw a doctor in 18th-century China, she wasn’t allowed to actually see him. Instead, she sat behind a curtain or bamboo screen, where she had to map out her pain on a body that wasn’t her own. Her hand, or that of a close female attendant, would poke through the drapes or screen, and gesture toward the naked body of an ivory doll. If the patient had difficulty breathing, she might run a finger along the doll’s curved chest. For menstrual pain, the smooth abdomen. For a headache, the bump of a bun. After studying these cryptic communications, the doctor would issue his diagnosis. Continue reading

Flute Player – Farzaneh Khojandi

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*The Flautist by Dasha Riley


Where is the real bazaar?

I want to buy an eyeful of kindness.
I want to dress my soul in hyperbole.
There’s a merchant who brings me
a whole spectrum of leaping colour
from the city of desires.
But here at the bazaar at Khojand,
faces are sour, talk is hot
and I long for the cool sweets of Tabriz.
Where is the real bazaar?
The flute-player tells me:
come with your ears used to insults,
and listen to the light recite a prayer to the dark.
Open your eyes used to pale shame
and see the beauty of Truth.
Where is the real bazaar?
The flute-player is there
calling my heart towards his hat
full of old change, but not a single pearl,
and since I am the jewel in the teardrop
I must go.

 

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Francesco del Cossa – Allegory of April: Triumph of Venus

Francesco del Cossa – Allegory of April: Triumph of Venus, c.1470, fresco (Palazzo Schiffanoia, Ferrara) – three detail images. Also an image of a Roman fresco of the Three Graces from the Casa di Titus Dentatius Panthera in Pompeii, c.70-79 AD (now in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples)

The Palazzo Schiffanoia was a summer pleasure villa built for extravagant entertainments at the aristocratic Court of Ferrara. In 1469 the ruling d’Este family commissioned Cosme Tura and Francesco del Cossa to paint an elaborate series of allegorical Continue reading

Samuel Morse inventor and Code Creator

Ο «Αμερικανός Ντα Βίντσι» Σάμιουελ Μορς

Ο ζωγράφος που εφηύρε τον τηλέγραφο αλλά και τον ομώνυμο κώδικα σημάτων

By creating of the electric telegraph and unified language that managed to connect all four corners of our world, Samuel Morse solidified his place in the annals of our history. Here you can find out the story of his life, work, and contributions to the human race.

Samuel Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter and inventor who is best remembered today for his invention of single-wire telegraph system and the co-inventor of the Morse code – method of transmitting textual information as a Continue reading

World Autism Awareness Day

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most Continue reading

April Fool’s Day

Καλό μήνα χωρίς άλλα ψέματα !!!!!

 

Although many lie on a daily basis, starring our politicians, there are the lies that say 1 April, where someone says lies in order to fool the «victim» and tell him with a smile of success good month!

An example of a great farce, is when at the beginning of the 20th century an American Journal published an article, which stated that Thomas Edison had invented a machine, which render the water in wine. That was enough to make vertical drop in the stock market, shares of companies manufacture and movement of wine. Continue reading