Peterloo exhibition targets new generation of protesters

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

A piece of commemorative glass with an image of the Peterloo massacre

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

Gwen Stefani, Harajuku Girls

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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

Unesco – The perfumes of Grasse on the list of the patrimony of the Humanity

Άυλη πολιτιστική κληρονομιά της UNESCO τα περίφημα αρώματα της Γκρας

Η πόλη Γκρας στην Κυανή Ακτή έγινε κοιτίδα της αρωματοποιίας τον 16ο αιώνα, καθώς τα βυρσοδεψεία της ζητούσαν αρωματικές πρώτες ύλες για να κατεργάζονται τα δέρματα και να αρωματίζουν τα γάντια

 

 

The know-how related to the perfume of Grasse was inscribed on the list of the intangible cultural heritage of Humanity by a specialized committee of Unesco meeting in Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius.

 

Each year, the Unesco Committee meets to evaluate nominations and decide whether or not to include the intangible cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage proposed by the States Parties to the 2003 Convention.

In November 28, a specialized committee of Unesco meeting in Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius, decided to register the know-how related to the perfume of Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes.
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International Human Solidarity Day – Διεθνής Ημέρα Ανθρώπινης Αλληλεγγύης

The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s self to others

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Το πιο ικανοποιητικό στη ζωή είναι να μπορείς να δίνεις ένα μεγάλο μέρος τους εαυτού σου στους άλλους

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

International Human Solidarity Day is:

  • a day to celebrate our unity in diversity;
  • a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements;
  • a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity;
  • a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals including poverty eradication;
  • a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.

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Nativity scene at Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square sculpted out of 700 tons of sand

Φάτνη από… άμμο στο Βατικανό

Αν και η άμμος παραπέμπει σε καλοκαίρι, ο ευφάνταστος καλλιτέχνης Ρικ Βαράνο σκέφτηκε να τη χρησιμοποιήσει τα Χριστούγεννα, για να κατασκευάσει τη φάτνη του Βατικανού στην πλατεία του Αγίου Πέτρου.

VATICAN-CHRISTMAS-POPE

The Vatican unveiled its novel Nativity scene for Christmas in St. Peter’s Square Friday afternoon — sculpted completely out of sand for the first time.

The traditional scene depicting Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus surrounded by angels, shepherds, animals and the Three Wise Men was made with over 700 tons of sand and is about 82 square feet. Continue reading

‘Snegurochka’ – The Snow Maiden – Η Κόρη του Χιονιού

 

Ο χειμώνας ήρθε και κουβαλάει μαζί του θρύλους και παραμύθια. Είτε έρχεται μαλακός και ήμερος στις χώρες της Μεσογείου είτε άγριος και σκληρός στις Βόρειες χώρες, οι ιστορίες του κουβαλάνε οικουμενικούς πόθους και κρυφές ανάγκες.

The Snow Maiden is a character in Russian folktales. She is very beautiful and often depicted with snow white skin, deep sky-blue eyes and curly fair hair. She is known as ‘Snegurochka’ in Russian – ‘sneg’ being the Russian word for snow.

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She is the daughter of the immortal Gods, Father Frost and Mother Spring. In the stories, she usually goes to live with humans to care for an elderly couple who have no children. In some stories, she grows to like a young man, but her heart is unable to know love.

Mother Spring takes pity and gives her this ability, but as soon as she falls in love, her heart warms her and she melts. In other stories she melts by coming in contact with fire or warmth. The tale of Snegurochka can often be seen beautifully depicted on hand-painted Russian crafts. Continue reading

Hydra: a pilgrimage to Leonard Cohen’s Greek island retreat

The tiny Greek island that so enchanted Leonard Cohen in the 1960s still captivates today.

 


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Greece is a good place
to look at the moon, isn’t it?
You can read by moonlight
You can read on the terrace
You can see a face
As you saw it when you were young

Cohen wrote the poem Days of Kindness about his girlfriend and muse Marianne Ihlen, and their years spent here.

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https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/dec/04/hydra-greece-leonard-cohen

Sailing races in Hydra island, Greece

Every year there are two established sailing races at the island, and attract an increasing number of vessels and visitors to the island who come either by vessels or by other means of transport.

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Α.The first regatta is at the end of October near the celebration of October 28. This year will take place from Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30, 2016.

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Make Me Beautiful, Madame D’Ora

Dora Kallmus, more known by her pseudonym Madame d’Ora

 

In 1907, Dora Kallmus was one of the first women in Vienna to open a photographic studio.

 

 

She delved into the Viennese world of fashion, aristocracy, and politics to immortalize the biggest names of creme de la creme of Austria and abroad, as within only a few months her atelier had established itself as the most elegant and renowned for artistic portraits.
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Transformation by Konstantia Gourzi

Transformation – A staged musical work, as a signal against child abuse by Konstantia Gourzi. For four singers, seven instrumental soloists, male choir, children choir and dancers.

This is a video from Konstantia Gourzi: time zero – six pieces for 4 singer, children’s choire and ensemble, op. 46 (original duration 35 min.) Dedicated to the relatives of the victims of 9/11.

Η αρχιεπισκοπή του Μονάχου ανέθεσε στην ελληνίδα συνθέτρια και διευθύντρια ορχήστρας Κωνσταντία Γουρζή τη σύνθεση νέου έργου με θέμα την παιδική κακοποίηση. Το μουσικό έργο της Κωνσταντίας Γουρζή, Τransformation, πρόκειται για μια νέα σύνθεση για δύο υψίφωνους, δύο μεσόφωνους, ανδρική χορωδία, παιδική χορωδία, μουσικό σύνολο και 10 χορευτές.

Παρουσιάστηκε στις 6 Οκτωβρίου 2018 υπό την παρουσία του Πάπα Φραγκίσκου και άλλων πολιτικών και θρησκευτικών ηγετών στην ιστορική εκκλησία του Αγίου Ιγνατίου στη Ρώμη στο πλαίσιο των κινητοποιήσεων της καθολικής εκκλησίας για την προστασία των παιδιών κατἀ της κακοποίησης. Continue reading

The Serpentine Galleries Pavilions, a history

Serpentine : το πιο διάσημο εφήμερο περίπτερο τέχνης του κόσμου

 

Η Serpentine Gallery, η οποία  βρίσκεται στους κήπους Kensington, στο δυτικό τμήμα του Hyde Park στο Λονδίνο, αναθέτει κάθε χρόνο, από το 2000 σε κορυφαίους αρχιτέκτονες του κόσμου, το σχεδιασμό του καλοκαιρινού της περιπτέρου – μία προσωρινή κατασκευή εξωτερικού χώρου που φτιάχνεται κάθε χρόνο για την περίοδο των 4 μηνών του καλοκαιριού δίπλα στην γκαλερί.

Mια φωτογραφική διαδρομή από το 2018 προς τα πίσω στο 2000 για εσάς!!!

The Serpentine is a world-famous contemporary art centre in London composed of two galleries at the opposite sides of the Kensington Gardens’ Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park: the original Serpentine Gallery, established in 1970 in a former tea pavilion, and the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery opened in 2013 and designed by the Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid. Along with the activity of its permanent galleries, the Serpentine is renowned for the temporary summer pavilion, commissioning since 2000 to some of the most prominent international architects. Continue reading

Cecil Beaton – «Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs»

2 Οκτωβρίου 2018 – 20 Ιανουαρίου 2019
Μουσείο Μόδας και Υφάσματος του Λονδίνου

 

 

Στην έκθεση, που έχει θέμα τη μόδα της δεκαετίας του 1930, περίοπτη θέση έχουν οι φωτογραφίες του Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), που, εκτός από τα θρυλικά πορτρέτα των σταρ, υπήρξε διάσημος φωτογράφος μόδας για τη Vogue, το Harper’s Bazaar και το Life.

Παρουσιάζονται μερικά από τα πιο διάσημα πορτρέτα του -μεταξύ αυτών του Σαλβαντόρ Νταλί, της Μάρλεν Ντίτριχ, της σχεδιάστριας Έλσα Σκιαπαρέλι και της Κάθριν Χέπμπορν- όπως και μία σπάνια έγχρωμη φωτογραφία του μοντέλου Μέρι Τέϊλορ.

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion & Photographs will present the over 100 of the most influential day and evening fashions ensembles of the decade, from fantasy evening wear to beach pyjamas, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them. The 1930s ushered in the utilitarianism of World War II after the excesses of the 1920s. Continue reading

Kumari ….Οι «ζωντανές θεές» του Νεπάλ

 

The  or Kumari Devi comes from the Hindu faith however most of the “traditional” Kumari in Kathmandu are Newari (original settlers of the Kathmandu Valley). In Nepal the Kumari is a prepubescent girl selected by a council from the Newari people that acts as a manifestation of divine female energy. Continue reading

‘Mud Men’ of Papua New Guinea

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For centuries, the Asaro ‘Mud Men’ of Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, have adorned themselves with mud, clay masks and bamboo finger extensions to look like evil spirits.

 

 

 

While the masks have different origin stories, it is believed that in the 1800s, tribesmen would raid other villages – for their women or pigs – while intimidating their enemies with large masks and bamboo spears. Continue reading

Giants puppets return to Liverpool for the last time

Εκατοντάδες χιλιάδες άνθρωποι συρρέουν για να τους δουν!

Μια διαφορετική παρέλαση είχαν την τύχη να παρακολουθήσουν  όσοι βρέθηκαν στο Λίβερπουλ, καθώς… μαριονέτες-γίγαντες είχαν «καταλάβει» την πόλη. Συγκεκριμένα η θεατρική ομάδα «Royal De Luxe» διοργάνωσε για μια ακόμα χρονιά τη σχετική εκδήλωση, η οποία προσελκύει εκατοντάδες χιλιάδες ανθρώπους που επιθυμούν να θαυμάσουν αυτές τις θεσπέσιες και εντυπωσιακές κατασκευές.

 

Thousands of spectators are lining Liverpool’s streets as huge puppets stride through the city in a street theatre festival.

Known as The Giants, the over-sized marionettes have returned for a third and final time.

Previous visits in 2012 and 2014 attracted six-figure audiences and led to millions of pounds spent locally.

One spectator Lewis, 10, who was watching at St George’s Plateau, said: “It was epic! Mind blown!” Continue reading

Illuminated water and the disappearance of corals

However, the news is not all good. The science tells us we’re committed to losing about 90 percent of the remaining coral reefs due to impacts of climate change, and the threats of pollution and overfishing are still on the rise. Will it be a case of too little too late? Continue reading

Cooking a comet, ingredients for life?

Παγκόσμια Εβδομάδα Διαστήματος –  World Space Week

Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 3,700 events in 80 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2017.  The 2018 theme is “Space Unites The World” and 2019 theme “The Moon:  Gateway to the Stars.”

“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”

Comets are considered to be time capsules containing information about the conditions of the early Solar System. In order to understand what they are, where they come from, and their influence on the evolution of Earth, it is necessary to find out what material they contain. Continue reading

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