Abandoned miners village in Lavrio

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The revolution

will abolish ownership

the profit

every form of power

alienation of man

the verses writing lyrics

above all the latter

Desperately they will hit their wings

and, as a result, will be lost to the west

and then we’ll see how

the revolution has no beginning and no end

is born and dies every moment

the revolution is chasing the chimera

is a poem with a gun

a semen filled with sperm

a love for the harmony of becoming

and yet it is

bread for the children of the world

the revolution looks at infinity

Tolis Nikiforou

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Ndebele house paintings

The Creators Project gets exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the cross-country U.S. tour of renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu. As she travels through New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C. and Atlanta, we get insight into the craft, skill, matrilineal tradition, innovation, and inspiration behind her larger body of work, as well as the original pieces she created for this (Belvedere)RED campaign, raising money for the Global Fund to fight and eliminate the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

In the 18th century the Ndzundza Ndebele people of South Africa created their own tradition and style of house painting. Until the late 1900s, the Ndebele people were very fierce warriors and large landowners. In the autumn of 1883, they went to war with the neighboring Boer workers. The loss of the war brought on a harsh life and horrible punishments for the Ndebele. Through those hard times expressive symbols were generated by the suffering people expressing their grief. These symbols were the beginning of the African art known as Ndebele house paintings.

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Tribute to Frank Sinatra

 

 

 

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra rose to fame singing big band numbers. In the ’40s and ’50s, he had a dazzling array of hit songs and albums and went on to appear in dozens of films, winning a supporting actor Oscar for From Here to Eternity. He left behind a massive catalog of work that includes iconic tunes like “Love and Marriage,” “Strangers in the Night,” “My Way” and “New York, New York.” He died on May 14, 1998 in Los Angeles, California.

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Carl von Linné …”father of modern taxonomy”

 

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Carl Linnaeus  (23 May 1707 – 10 January 1778), also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who formalised binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms. He is known as the “father of modern taxonomy”. Many of his writings were in Latin, and his name is rendered in Latin as Carolus Linnæus (after 1761 Carolus a Linné).

Linnaeus was born in the countryside of Småland in southern Sweden. He received most of his higher education at Uppsala University and began giving lectures in botany there in 1730. He lived abroad between 1735 and 1738, where he studied and Continue reading

Royal Windsor Horse Show History

 

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Royal Windsor Horse Show first started in 1943 to help raise funds for the war effort. It has continued to run every year since and is now the only show in the UK to host international competitions in Showjumping, Dressage, Driving and Endurance.

In 1943 Count Robert Orssich and Mr Geoffrey Cross were inspired by the ‘Wings for Victory’ campaign and set about organising a Horse and Dog Show in Windsor to raise money for the war effort.

The first show was simply called the Windsor Horse and Dog Show. It took place on Wednesday 26th May 1943 and helped the Royal Borough raise £391,197 – enough Continue reading

King Maha Vajiralongkorn during the coronation procession in Thailand

Μπανγκόκ οι μεγαλοπρεπείς τελετές για την στέψη του Μάχα Βατζιραλονγκόρν, του νέου βασιλιά της Ταϊλάνδης

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Wearing a 200-year-old crown
In one of Saturday’s ceremonies, the king put on a crown weighing 7.3 kilograms (16 pounds) and measuring 66 centimeters (26 inches) in height. It symbolizes his royal powers, which include the right to intervene in government affairs. “I shall reign in righteousness for the benefits of the kingdom and the people forever,” he said in his traditional first royal command.

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn visited Buddhist temples and greeted his subjects for the first time since his crowning in a royal procession around the old quarter of Bangkok on Sunday, as part of intricate coronation ceremonies held over three days.

“Long live the king!” shouted well-wishers who lined roads for hours under the blazing sun and well into the night, hoping for a glimpse of the constitutional monarch who is revered in Thai culture as a living deity. Continue reading

Battle of the Nations 2019 Serbia

 

 

Historical Medieval Battle Association, or HMBIA, is the international sports organization created to develop, support and promote HMB sport – a unique combination of true sport and historical cultural heritage.

The World National HMB Championship Battle of the Nations is an international event that gathers hundreds of HMB fighters and thousands of HMB fans from all over the World in spectacular cultural locations for several days of intense sports action, exciting shows and an authentic medieval atmosphere.

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Mardi Gras Indians 2019

 

 

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Mardi Gras Indians (also known as Black Masking Indians) are black carnival revelers in New Orleans, Louisiana, who dress up for Mardi Gras in suits influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel.

Collectively, their organizations are called “tribes”. There are about 38 tribes. They range in size from half a dozen to several dozen members. The groups are largely independent, but a pair of umbrella organizations loosely coordinate the Uptown Indians and the Downtown Indians.

As a major southern trade port, New Orleans became a cultural melting pot. Continue reading

How Cadbury’s put the chocolate into Easter

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Νοσταλγικές εικόνες της Cadbury από το πρώτο σοκολατένιο αβγό το 1875

One of the most iconic brands in existence, Cadbury’s distinctive purple and white logo has been a stalwart image on confectionery shelves across the UK for over a century – and never more so than at Easter.  

As the supermarkets and shops begin once again to overspill with chocolate chicks, bunnies and eggs in the run up to Good Friday, a historic set of pictures shows the evolution of the Cadbury’s Easter Egg.
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Marianne North – The painter of the world’s plants

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Αντί να προβάλλουμε την ασχήμια και τη διαφθορά δε θα ήταν καλύτερα να μαθαίνουμε για ανθρώπους που αγωνίστηκαν με όποιον τρόπο να αφήσουν κάτι στους επόμενους που να αξίζει????

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Η ζωγράφος των φυτών του κόσμου

Το 1860, η Marianne North ερασιτέχνης κηπουρός και ζωγράφος, διέσχισε τον ωκεανό για την Αμερική, κουβαλώντας πινέλα, μπογιές, ένα καβαλέτο, και την αγάπη της για τα λουλούδια. Στη συνέχεια ταξίδεψε στη Τζαμάικα, στο Περού, στην Ιαπωνία, στην Ινδία και την Αυστραλία. Επισκέφτηκε όλες τις ηπείρους εκτός από την Ανταρκτική, ψάχνοντας νέα λουλούδια για να ζωγραφίσει. «Εντυπωσιάστηκα από την ποικιλία των θεμάτων που μπορούσα να ζωγραφίσω», έγραψε.

Rather than projecting ugliness and corruption, it would not be better to learn about people who fought in any way to leave something to the next to be worth ???? 

 

In 1860, Marianne North, an amateur gardener and painter, crossed the ocean to America, carrying brushes, paints, a cane, and her love for flowers. He then traveled to Jamaica, Peru, Japan, India and Australia. He visited all the continents except Antarctica, looking for new flowers to paint. “I was impressed by the variety of subjects I could draw,” she wrote.

Marianne North (24 October 1830 – 30 August 1890) was a prolific English Victorian biologist and botanical artist, notable for her plant and landscape paintings, her extensive foreign travels, her writings, her plant discoveries and the creation of her gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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The Love Story Behind Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is indeed the proof of a great love and a very romantic gesture.

What do you think about this wonder of the world and its symbolism?

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The wife of the emperor, Mumtaz Mahal died only minutes after giving birth to the couple’s 14th child, a daughter. The emperor, who loved her so deeply, was struck by the death of his wife and mourned her for two months. His appearance was changed from wealthy and imposing, to pure and simple.

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I Love Lucy

Ball was revolutionary in more ways than one, especially when it came to transforming the entertainment industry for women. As she once said, “I am not funny… What I am is brave.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

She showed that women can be funny. She showed that women can be the lead of their own show and their own lives. She showed that goofiness is attractive. She showed that one woman can do wonders for other women. Ball absolutely deserves all of the recognition. Continue reading

Kanamara Matsuri – Kawasaki, Japan

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The idea of a penis festival may sound ludicrous, but actually, it’s a Shinto religious tradition many Japanese folks take seriously. So there’s a solemn aspect to it, but you can also have fun there! Here’s how to enjoy it.

Where Does The Tradition Come From?

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As is often the case, “matsuri” festivals in Japan are centered around a Shinto shrine. In Kawasaki, a suburb of Tokyo, there is the Kanayama (金山) shrine which encompasses in its premises the Wakamiya Hachimangu (若宮八幡宮), a kind of secondary inner shrine dedicated to the goddess of creation Izanami, which is one of the most important deities of the Shinto religion.

When she gave birth to her son Kagutsuchi, the god of fire, she burnt her reproductive organs and died. The Wakaiya Hachimangu is a shrine hence that is dedicated to sexual health. From the Edo Era, people prayed at that shrine to recover from STDs which were very prevalent in Japan at the time.

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Ching Ming Festival 2019

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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

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

Peterloo exhibition targets new generation of protesters

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Show in Manchester displays key objects shedding light on massacre 200 years ago

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A piece of commemorative glass with an image of the massacre, which will feature in the exhibition. Photograph: People’s History Museum

The Scum Uppermost, a satirical cartoon of popular radical reform represented as a many-headed monster, and embroidered flags are among the objects being brought together for the first time in an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre.

Eighteen people were killed and 700 injured at the peaceful protest for democratic reform in Manchester in 1819, and the exhibition will chart its legacy and the ways in which the storywas suppressed. Continue reading

Return of Spring: Return of Persephone


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Spring Equinox

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Λεπτομέρεια από τον πίνακα του Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema,(1836-1912) “Εαρινή ισημερία” , 1894.


In ancient times, the spring equinox marks the time of the return of the goddess Persephone from the Underworld. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the earth and, at the fall equinox, she descends downward into the Underworld to visit with the dead.

In her absence, Demeter searches in vain for her daughter, and becomes consumed by grief, causing all of the earth to wither and die.  The gods later intervene, bringing Persephone back up from the Underworld to reunite with her mother at spring time, thus the blossoming of the earth anew. Grecian history marks the story of Continue reading

Hong Kong Flower Show 2019

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The Hong Kong Flower Show is a major event organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to promote horticulture and the awareness of greening.

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Every year, it provides a good opportunity for hundreds of thousands of local citizens and horticulture lovers all over the world to appreciate the beauty of flowers and share their experiences in the cultivation of flowers. Continue reading

Holi Festival in India 2019

 

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Τον ερχομό της άνοιξης γιορτάζουν χιλιάδες Ινδοί στην πόλη Μπαρσάνα, με αρκετό γέλιο, χορό και τραγούδι σε ένα… πολύχρωμο φόντο.

Πρόκειται για το Φεστιβάλ Χόλι, γνωστό και ως «Γιορτή των Χρωμάτων», το οποίο λαμβάνει χώρα στις αρχές της άνοιξης.

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Every year the streets of India become a riot of colour and frivolity as people across the country celebrate Holi. Dating back throughout the centuries, it’s a festival that is highly significant to the Hindu religion and has, in recent years, been adopted by countries across the globe as a fun event that brings people together and celebrates unity and harmony. Whether you’re planning to visit India and experience Holi firsthand or are simply interested in learning more about the festival, here you’ll find a wealth of information to help you better understand this important celebration.

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Pierre de Coubertin’s Monument

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Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937) was a French pedagogue and historian, founder of the International Olympic Committee, and considered father of the modern Olympic Games.

The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and the second, the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. He was buried in Lausanne (the seat of the IOC), although, in accordance with his will, his heart was buried separately in a monument near the ruins of ancient Olympia. Continue reading

The Battle of the Oranges festival in Ivrea

 

If we look to the past, we’d see that this carnival is connected to the Lord of Ivrea’s attempt to take the virginity of the miller’s daughter on the eve of her wedding, sometime in the 12th or 13th century, as the legend goes.

But she made a bold move – a strike of the sword, and set the town free from his oppression. Continue reading

Flour War in Galaxidi

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Σκοπός είναι να ρίξεις όσο περισσότερο αλεύρι μπορείς!! Αλλά και να σου ρίξουν!!

 

Greece Flour War

Who ever spend a day at Galaxidi in Greece on the Clean Monday, is most certainly unable to forget that day.

Who ever has spend a day at Galaxidi on the Clean Monday, has experienced a carnaval like no other.

I am refering to the tradition of Flour war, which holds since 1801!!!!

Yes, you understood me right. I am talking about a FLOUR WAR. No mistake.

We happened to get there at the right day and at the right hour: At Galaxidi on a Clean Monday. Bingooo!! Continue reading

Ox cart carreta Costa Rica

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The carreta, or ox cart, is a brightly colored handicraft and symbol of Costa Rica culture. Those looking to appreciate the artistic side of Costa Rica will enjoy this unique art form, and those interested in history and mechanics will enjoy seeing carretas being crafted in the traditional manner.

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Ox Cart Background

The ox cart became a significant means of transportation for rural Costa Ricans after it was introduced to the area circa 1840. Farmers used ox carts in order to transport valuable crops like coffee beans or sugar cane. The carreta was valued for its ability to maneuver over all types of hazardous terrain. In spite of the name, originally Continue reading

Thank you …. To all women

 

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Thank you

To all women who contribute to the evolution of human kind,

To all women who protect and preserve life in all its forms, starting with self,

To all women who know that self healing and self liberation contribute to free and heal the whole system,

To all women who see the imbalances created by a male dominated culture and choose to step into their true power again to co-create a more balanced, just and loving world, Continue reading

“With the gaze of the conqueror: Athens of Occupation in the photographic collection of Byron Mitos”

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“With the gaze of the conqueror: Athens of Occupation in the photographic collection of Byron Mitos”  to be held  in Fetichie Mosque, in the archaeological site of the Roman Forum of Athens.

The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Museum of Byzantine Culture and with the support of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens.

Exhibition duration until 30 June 2019

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Πώς αποτύπωσαν την Αθήνα στην περίοδο της Κατοχής οι ίδιοι οι κατακτητές; Ποια θέματα επέλεγαν να απαθανατίσουν και από ποια απέστρεφαν το βλέμμα τους και γιατί; Τι κρύβεται πίσω από την ηρεμία των ερασιτεχνικών φωτογραφιών που κατέληξαν να κοσμούν τα προσωπικά λευκώματα των στρατιωτών και αξιωματικών του γερμανικού στρατού;

Σε αυτά και μια σειρά από άλλα ερωτήματα, αναφορικά με τις συνθήκες που οδήγησαν στη φωτογραφική παραγωγή της κατοχικής Αθήνας, επιχειρεί να δώσει απαντήσεις η περιοδική έκθεση :

«Με το βλέμμα του κατακτητή: η Αθήνα της Κατοχής στη φωτογραφική συλλογή του Βύρωνα Μήτου» που διοργανώνεται από τη Διεύθυνση Νεότερης Πολιτιστικής Κληρονομιάς, σε συνεργασία με το Μουσείο Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού .

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The Floating Doll festival in Japan

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The Hina Nagashi, or Floating Doll festival in Wakayama, Japan, involves loading boats with traditional Japanese dolls and launching them out to sea in a special ritual.

The dolls are donated by the families of girls. It’s thought that any potential bad luck is launched out to sea with the dolls thus ensuring the health and success of the girls who donated the dolls.

Το φεστιβάλ Hina Nagashi ή Floating Doll στο Wakayama της Ιαπωνίας περιλαμβάνει τη φόρτωση μικρών ξύλινων σκαφών με παραδοσιακές ιαπωνικές κούκλες τις οποίες ρίχνουν στη θάλασσα μετά από ειδική τελετουργία.

Οι κούκλες δωρίζονται από τις οικογένειες των κοριτσιών. Θεωρείται ότι οποιαδήποτε  κακή τύχη εξαφανίζεται στη θάλασσα  εξασφαλίζοντας έτσι την υγεία και την επιτυχία των κοριτσιών που δώρισαν τις κούκλες!

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What was the first circus?

Ο Philip Astley δεν ήταν ο πρώτος συνταξιούχος ιππέας της εποχής του – υπήρχαν πολλοί σαν αυτόν, οι οποίοι επέστρεφαν από τους πολέμους και έβρισκαν μια νέα χρήση για τις ιππικές δεξιότητές τους.

Ξεκίνησε δίνοντας μαθήματα ιππασίας το 1768. Η καινοτομία του Astley ήταν να βάλει τα ακροβατικά άλογα σε έναν κύκλο, σε αντίθεση με ένα μακρύ ίσιο, που έδινε στους θεατές του ένα θεατρικότερο σκηνικό. Εδώ μπορείτε να βρείτε περισσότερα για την ιστορία του τσίρκου !

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The circus was first established by Philip Astley, who opened the Astley’s Amphitheatre in 1777. It was his idea to have the horses perform in a circular ring.
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Ηow did the first circus come about, and why did it lead to the modern three-ring spectaculars we’ve come to know and love?

Much of the credit goes to Philip Astley, who had served as a cavalry Sergeant Major in the French and Indian War. When Astley returned from the war to London in 1768 and discovered 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

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

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

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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Venetian Masks – Bενετσιάνικες μάσκες και «mascareri»

 

Since the ancient carnival times, the habit of wearing masks and costumes has given birth to a flourishing trade, with specialized artisans producing more and more extravagant and sophisticated masks. Among the most famous and diffused costumes, especially in the 17th century, the so-called baùta consisted of a particular white mask under a black hat and a black cloak. It was even used outside the carnival period to court someone anonymously.

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World Radio Day

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“On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace.” —

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium.
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Red Hand Day

“Kids’ minds should be full of smarts not guns.”

“Keep your head held high no matter the tough obstacles you face.”

“We are children, not soldiers.”

On Red Hand Day or the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, February 12 each year, pleas are made to political leaders and events are staged around the world to draw attention to child soldiers: children under the age of 18 who participate in military organizations of all kinds. The aim of Red Hand Day is to call for action to stop this practice, and for support for children affected by it!

 

Η Ημέρα της Ερυθράς Χειρός ή Ημέρα του Κόκκινου Χεριού γιορτάζεται κάθε χρόνο στις 12 Φεβρουαρίου με σκοπό να θυμήσει και να ευαισθητοποιήσει τους πολίτες του κόσμου για τα παιδιά που στρατεύονται παρά τη θέλησή τους σε πολέμους και ένοπλες συγκρούσεις. Πρόκειται για τη χειρότερη μορφή παιδικής κακοποίησης. Continue reading

Davidson Bruce …

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“He seemed to know that it was the inner moment I was drawn to and not his clown face or physical appearance”

– Bruce Davidson

USA. Palisades, New Jersey. 1958. The Dwarf.

 

Bruce Davidson was 24 when he visited the Clyde Beatty Circus. In 1958, combined with the Cole Brothers and Hamid-Morton, the circus raised a gargantuan three-ring tent at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.

One spring morning Davidson headed off there at the suggestion of Sam Holmes, who was in charge of the picture library at Magnum Continue reading

Legendary midwife dies at age 96

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Legendary midwife dies at age 96

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As i had promise to my friend Peggy i want to honor also a truly wonderful person who lived a remarkable life!

Rhodanthe, the midwife

Rhodanthe was passionate about new mothers and their babies. In fact, she spent more than 65 years catering for them. It’s calculated that she assisted 23,000 local mothers and their newborns. Continue reading

Here’s Why the Unicorn Is Scotland’s National Animal

Γιατί ο μονόκερος είναι το εθνικό ζώο της Σκωτίας

 

 

 

The Scots had a thing for unicorns long before everyone else! As Scotland’s national animal, this legendary creature has served as a Scottish symbol for cent

Although a mythical beast, the unicorn — a white horse-like creature with a lion’s tuft for a tail and a spiraling horn protruding from its forehead — has featured in many cultures as far back as the classical age. Babylonians idolised this enchanting specimen, while peoples from the Indus Valley Civilization incorporated the unicorn into ancient seals. Similarly, unicorns feature in written accounts from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians.

Οι Σκωτσέζοι είχαν κάτι για τους μονόκερους πολύ πριν από όλους τους άλλους! Ως εθνικό ζώο της Σκοτίας, αυτό το θρυλικό πλάσμα έχει χρησιμεύσει ως σκωτσέζικο σύμβολο εδώ και αιώνες. 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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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

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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

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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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

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

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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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.

 

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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 (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

“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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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.

Ο Πλάτων Αντωνίου γεννήθηκε το 1968 στο Λονδίνο, από Έλληνα πατέρα και Continue reading