Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel peace prize


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Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize, just before the biggest day yet of global action.

 

Thunberg began a solo protest in Sweden in August but has since inspired students around the globe. Strikes are expected in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries on Friday, involving hundreds of thousands of young people. 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

Mandrake… Satan’s Apple

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Στη βοτανολογία ονομάζεται Mandragora officinarum και είναι γνωστός και ως «το μήλο του Σατανά».

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Ernest Board, Dioscorides describing the mandrake, 1909

 

Fans of Harry Potter must remember the scene from the second movie ‘Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber’ when Professor Sprout pulls out a squealing Mandrake from its pot during Herbology class.

In real life, Mandrake is a plant related to deadly nightshade and has roots that resemble the male and female human form. 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

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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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

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

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

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)

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

Kenyan roses for Valentine’s Day

Τα τριαντάφυλλα της Κένυας και ο Άγιος Βαλεντίνος

Αν ζείτε στην Ευρώπη και είχατε την τύχη να σας προσφέρουν τριαντάφυλλα την ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου, μάλλον θα προέρχονταν από την Κένυα. Κι αυτό γιατί το περίπου 25% των λουλουδιών που πωλούνται στην Ευρώπη εισάγονται από τη συγκεκριμένη χώρα.

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NAIVASHA: In a country strangled by anger and fear, it is taking armed escorts and emergency airlifts to transport Kenya’s most warmhearted export – the rose – abroad for Valentine’s Day.

Kenyan flowers – mostly roses – account for a quarter of Europe’s cut flower imports, and Kenyan growers have been pushing to keep exports up for the holiday despite ethnic violence that has paralysed the East African country.

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There is enough food grown in the world for everyone

 

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There is enough food grown in the world for everyone. And yet we remain stuck in a food crisis. Half the world’s food is lost as waste and a billion people – one in every six of the world’s poorest – cannot access enough of the other half and so go hungry every day. Our leaders have another chance to put that right.

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Υπάρχουν αρκετά τρόφιμα που καλλιεργούνται στον κόσμο για όλους. Και όμως παραμένουμε κολλημένοι σε μια κρίση των τροφίμων.

Το μισά από τα τρόφιμα του κόσμου χάνονται ως απόβλητα και ένα δισεκατομμύριο άνθρωποι – ένας στους έξι από τους φτωχότερους στον κόσμο – δεν μπορούν να έχουν πρόσβαση στο άλλο από το άλλο μισό και έτσι πεινούν καθημερινά.

Οι ηγέτες μας έχουν άλλη μια ευκαιρία να το κάνουν αυτό.

https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2009-10-16/world-food-day-there-enough-food-grown-world-everyone-op-ed

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Cormorant Fishing (Ukai)

Ψάρεμα με κορμοράνους στην Ιαπωνία

Ukai is a traditional fishing method which uses trained cormorants to catch river fish such as sweetfish (ayu).

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This type of fishing has been around for over 1300 years, most prominently along the Nagaragawa River in Gifu City, where the master fishermen have official patronage from the emperor. Continue reading

Milford Sound – the Eighth Wonder of the World

Māori Milford Sound History

Milford Sound history begins a long time ago, back when all of New Zealand was an unspoiled land of forest and mountains, rivers and sea. Māori people living in the South Island discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago.

Tribes would travel there to fish and hunt around the fiord, and to collect precious pounamu. These treks from the east used traditional pathways across passes, including what is now known as MacKinnon Pass on the Milford Track. Continue reading

IT IS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

 

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There was a man taking a morning walk at or the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die.

The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He drepeatedly. Right behind him there was another person who Continue reading

Leonhart Fuchs_ Fuchsia

 

 

Fuchs was born in 1501 in Wemding in the Duchy of Bavaria. After attending a school in Heilbronn, Fuchs went to the Marienschule in ErfurtThuringia at the age of twelve, and graduated as Baccalaureus artium. In 1524 he became Magister Artium in Ingolstadt, and received a doctor of medicine degree in the same year.

 

Fuchs’ name is preserved by the plant Fuchsia,]discovered in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean in 1696/97 by the French scientist and Minim monk Charles Plumier. He published the first description of “Fuchsia triphylla, flore coccineo” in 1703. It is sometimes thought that the color fuchsia is also named for Fuchs, but that actually derives from fuchsine, an early trade name for the dye rosaniline hydrochloride, which produces a brilliant pink-purple color.

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RESCUER’S ARE ANGELS

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

 

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How the Snowdrops Came

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

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

Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden – Springfield, MA

 

 

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

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

The fairy tale of a truth – Το παραμύθι μιας αλήθειας

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Once upon a time it was a shepherd’s family. They had all their sheep together in a corral. They fed them, cared for them and grazed them.

Somewhere, the sheep were trying to break it.

The oldest shepherd came and said,

“Oh, sheep unconsciously and arrogant, do not you know that out there the plains are full of dangers? Only here is plenty of water, food, and above all, protection from the wolves. “

In general, this was enough to hinder the sheep’s “freedom”.

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Why living like a cat could be the secret to happiness and success

 

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Watching the cats in Hydra island  I remembered the book of French author Stéphane Garnier “How to Live Like Your Cat”

Stop over-thinking

They have no sense of time, so they don’t stress, rather they focus on the moment. As a result their minds are unburdened and they are free to enjoy themselves.

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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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The Mules of Hydra Island, Greece

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Τα γαϊδουράκια και τα μουλάρια «σηκώνουν στην πλάτη τους» το νησί

Στην Ύδρα τα μουλάρια είναι συνυφασμένα με την εικόνα του νησιού. Τα συναντάς στο λιμάνι, στα στενά να είναι φορτωμένα με κάθε είδους αντικείμενο από ψυγεία και πλυντήρια έως τρόφιμα και υλικά οικοδομής. Τα μουλάρια στην Ύδρα είναι το απόλυτο μεταφορικό μέσο στη στεριά. Είναι απαραίτητα γι΄αυτό και απολαμβάνουν της φροντίδας και της αγάπης ντόπιων και επισκεπτών.

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Almost everywhere in Greece, cars, trucks, and motorcycles have taken over.

Everywhere, that is, except for Hydra.

For on this picturesque island, a short hydrofoil trip from Greece’s sprawling, congested capital, the donkey — and the mule — keep the town running. With motorized vehicles banned from the island the only form of land transport is equine. Continue reading

Spires of the fireweed.. Ian Emberson

Fireweed is a bush that takes on a bright red colour in autumn

Spires of the fireweed on the fretted sky –
Tints of magenta on tranquility,
Do you feel nurture for the life within,
The burst of bloom that yields your progeny.
Do you have sense of flowering’s fleeting glow,
Bearing its part in continuity
To charge the seed and rip its casing wall
And float its fluff upon the autumn wind?…

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https://www.inspirationalstories.com/poems/spires-of-the-fireweed-ian-emberson-poem/

 

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i

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You know a Georgia O’Keeffe painting when you see one – those oversized flowers and stark images of New Mexico. But an exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden showcases one of her lesser-known subjects. “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii” includes 20 works, and a curated flower show.

“This is Georgia O’Keeffe, but sort of turned up a notch,” said Joanna Groarke, one of the curators of the exhibit. “We see these incredibly bright tropical colors that of course are inherent to the subject, but also feel different.” Continue reading

Giant fights and giant’s causeway – Το Μονοπάτι του Γίγαντα

“You are standing on, or are about to visit, one of my favourite places. The jewel in the crown of the fabulous coast of Antrim. A site of World Heritage and therefore ranked alongside Mount Everest and the Giant Redwoods of California for it’s importance to humankind.Volcanic activity helped Finn Mc Cool forge this wonder of the World some 60 Million years ago. It is today the habitat of rare plants and animals. Please treat their home with the pride and the care it deserves.” –   Dr David Bellamy

 

“The Giant’s Causeway is the aftermath of volcanic crashing, burning and cooling,” Eleanor explains. “An epic 60-million-year-old legacy to lava. Over 40,000 basalt columns. Interlocked.

“It’s no wonder this place is a Unesco World Heritage Site because beyond the mindboggling beauty, the Causeway is our portal into Earth’s most ancient past,” she concludes.

Giant fights

Finn is having trouble with someone across the water. The Scottish giant Benandonner is threatening Ireland. An enraged Finn grabs chunks of the Antrim coast and throws them into the sea. The rock forms a path for Finn to follow and teach Benandonner a lesson.

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Bad idea – Benandonner is terrifyingly massive. Finn beats a hasty retreat, 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

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

“Like being in a dream”

Called Curiosity Cloud, Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler’s installation for Perrier-Jouët consists of 264 suspended blown-glass bulbs, each of which contains a hand-made model of an insect.

The installation lies dormant when there’s nobody around. But the bulbs light up and the insects inside start fluttering against the glass as soon as visitors get close.
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Primorsky oceanarium

Σήμερα θα σας κάνω μια εικονική περιήγηση στο Primorsky oceanarium στο Βλαδιβοστόκ, που άνοιξε ξανά  τις πόρτες του στους επισκέπτες,  μετά από μια μακρά ανακαίνιση το Δεκέμβριο του 2016.

The Primorsky oceanarium promises to be in TOP 10 best oceanariums of the world, Russia itself has no other oceanariums to compare with this one. The main building whose area is 35 thousand square meters will accomodate 500 aquariums for eighteen thousand kinds of fish and mammals.

This oceanarium is not only an entertainment object, but a scientific base as well. Hundreds of scientists are going to work there.

http://englishrussia.com/2016/03/26/new-russian-oceanarium-promises-to-be-one-of-the-world-best/

https://el.garynevillegasm.com/puteshestviya/87203-chto-nuzhno-znat-pered-tem-kak-posetit-okeanarium-vladivostoka.html

Wild Camels in far West

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In 1855, the government used funds to buy and ship camels from Egypt. They thought that they would do better in the heat than horses would, making missions easier. When the Civil War broke out a couple of years later, many camels escaped, and bred, leaving hundreds of feral camels in the wilds of Texas.


Έχετε δει ποτέ τον Τζον Γουέιν στην κινηματογραφική του καριέρα να καβαλά καμήλα; Ποτέ! Κι όμως, οι νοτιοδυτικές ΗΠΑ συνήθιζαν να φιλοξενούν εκατοντάδες καμήλες, κι αυτό με παρέμβαση της κυβέρνησης.

Ήταν το 1855 λοιπόν όταν το Κογκρέσο διέθεσε κονδύλι 30.000 δολαρίων για τη μεταφορά αραβικών καμήλων από την Αίγυπτο. Η ιδέα ήταν ότι ένα Continue reading

Zapote “Hells Bells” – Oι καμπάνες του διαβόλου

Δεν υπάρχει τίποτα οπουδήποτε στον κόσμο, σαν τους σταλακτίτες σε αυτό το Cenote. Αντί για τους τυπικούς σταλακτίτες, σταλαγμίτες και στήλες, οι σταλακτίτες σε αυτό το Cenote έχουν σχήμα καμπάνων.

Μερικοί άνθρωποι πιστεύουν ότι μπορεί να υπήρχε άνεμος φυσώντας στο σπήλαιο όταν σχηματίστηκαν. Αλλά κανείς δεν ξέρει.

 

There’s nothing anywhere in the world like the stalactites in this Cenote. Rather than the typical stalactites, stalagmites and columns, the stalactites in this Cenote are shaped like bells.

Nobody is sure how or why it happened. But I’ve been in probably 100 caves above and below water and I’ve never seen anything like these, or I guess, has anywhere else. Some people think there might have been wind blowing in the cave when they were formed. But nobody knows. Continue reading

The incredible 2000-year-old earthquake detector

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Although we still cannot accurately predict earthquakes, we have come a long way in detecting, recording, and measuring seismic shocks.

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Many don’t realise that this process began nearly 2000 years ago, with the invention of the first seismoscope in 132 AD by a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, engineer, and inventor called Zhang (‘Chang’) Heng.

The device was remarkably accurate in detecting earthquakes from afar, and did not rely on shaking or movement in the location where the device was Continue reading

Restless Temple – ride the storm

Temples are usually made of stone, stand still and glorify mortal and immortal power. I started to think about this temple in 2000, as a monument to our ambitious and precarious ingenuity – always at the mercy of the forces of Nature. This temple moves between the powers of wind and gravity.

Οι ναοί συνήθως κατασκευάζονται από πέτρα, στέκονται ακόμα και δοξάζουν τη θνητή και αθάνατη δύναμη. Άρχισα να σκέφτομαι αυτό το ναό το 2000, ως μνημείο της φιλόδοξης και επισφαλούς εφευρετικότητας μας – πάντα στο έλεος των δυνάμεων της Φύσης. Αυτός ο ναός κινείται ανάμεσα στις δυνάμεις του ανέμου και της βαρύτητας. Continue reading

Send you a Cricket as Sign of Good Luck

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Crickets have played a strong role throughout Chinese, Japanese and Native American cultures as a symbol of good fortune, vitality and prosperity. As far back as 500 B.C., people revered the song of the cricket and often kept crickets in cages to enjoy that song on a regular basis.

Oι γρύλοι διαδραμάτισαν ισχυρό ρόλο σε όλους τους πολιτισμούς της Κίνας, της Ιαπωνίας και των ιθαγενών της Αμερικής ως σύμβολο της καλής τύχης, της ζωτικότητας και της ευημερίας. Από το 500 π.Χ. μέχρι και σήμερα, οι άνθρωποι σέβονται το τραγούδι του γρύλου και κρατούν γρύλους σε κλουβιά για να απολαμβάνουν αυτό το τραγούδι σε τακτική βάση. Continue reading

Good morning with 1,600 birds from Thailand

 

Thailands annual bird singing contest where competitors pitch their singing birds against other has drawn thousands of people to the unique competition

 

Ένας παράξενος διαγωνισμός λαμβάνει χώρα κάθε χρόνο την περιοχή Rueso, στη νότια επαρχία Narathiwat της Ταϊλάνδης, που συγκεντρώνει το ενδιαφέρον ντόπιων και ξένων.

The annual bird singing competetion in Pattani,Thailand draws thousands of spectators from south east Asia. The birds are kept in ornate bamboo cages which are covered with elaborate and colourful cloths but when the competition begins the cages are hoisted onto hooks suspended three metres high above the ground on a metal grid. Continue reading

The Spectacular Scene Of Migratory Animals

The purpose of migration for both humans and animals is survival

 

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These pictures are so awesome!

And they really give me goose bumps! So this is how it look like when animals migrate, so dramatic and so amazing! Some of the photos look like they are coming right at you! This is really makes my heart race.

http://www.thedailytop.com/spectacular-scene-migratory-animals-definitely-worth-seeing/

AI GIANNIS AT KASTRI and Mamma Mia

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It’s on the east side of Skopelos, with an amazing view of the St Giannis Bell Tower, of the church of Aghios Giannis, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) sends out the three wedding invitations that set the plot in motion.

 

Shortly before reaching Glossa οf Skopelos, on your right, you come across a road that leads to the chapel of Ai Giannis at Kastri.
The chapel of Ai Giannis is at the top of a rock 100 m high and to reach it one must climb about 106 steps cut into the rock.

Before the road reaches the sea, there is a tap with water at the chapel of Panagia.

 

Λίγο πριν φτάσετε στην Γλώσσα της Σκοπέλου, συναντάτε στο δεξί σας χέρι, έναν δρόμο που οδηγεί στο εκκλησάκι του Αϊ Γιάννη στο Καστρί. Το εκκλησάκι του Αϊ Γιάννη βρίσκεται στην κορυφή ενός βράχου ύψους περίπου 100 μ. και για να φτάσει κανείς πρέπει να ανέβει περίπου 106 σκαλοπάτια λαξευμένα πάνω στο βράχο.

Προτού ο δρόμος φθάσει στη θάλασσα, στο εκκλησάκι της Παναγίας υπάρχει βρύση με νερό. Continue reading

What Would We Do Without Donkeys ?

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Από την πανέμορφη Χώρα της Αλοννήσου ο φίλος μου ο “Γιώτης” άξιος κουβαλητής στα πέτρινα ανηφορικά σοκάκια παραδίδει χωρίς γκρίνια τις παραγγελίες των κατοίκων

From the beautiful village Chora of Alonissos my friend “Giotis” worthy carrier in the stone uphill alleys it delivers without moaning the orders of the residents

 

For millions of people, the donkey is the main means of transporting goods, particularly in cities where many homes are not accessible by vehicles.

The donkeys can be maneuvered in closed turns and cross narrow, enclosed paths leading to homes. They do not need expensive tires and rarely have problems on slippery surfaces.

They carry loads of any shape and size, making home delivery almost anywhere. While the angry car drivers push the horn immobile, the donkeys go unhindered despite the traffic jam. Continue reading

The Pigeon Towers of Iran

Oι  περίτεχνοι περιστερώνες της Περσίας!

 

 

During the 16th and 17th century, particularly around the time of the Safavid reign, the Iranian folks built a large number of towers to house pigeons. The pigeons were domesticated not for their meat (pigeon is especially revered in Islam), but rather for their droppings, which the locals collected and used to fertilize melon and cucumber fields.

Κατά τη διάρκεια του 16ου και 17ου αιώνα, κυρίως στα χρόνια της βασιλείας των Σαφαβιδών στην Περσία, ο λαός έχτισε έναν μεγάλο αριθμό πύργων για περιστέρια, τα οποία εξημέρωναν όχι τόσο για το κρέας τους όσο για τα περιττώματά τους, που τα χρησιμοποιούσαν για να λιπάνουν τις καλλιέργειες πεπονιών και αγγουριών.

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Shushtar, Historical Hydraulic System

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ΙRΑΝ Shushtar, Historical Hydraulic System, inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, can be traced back to Darius the Great in the 5th century B.C.

It involved the creation of two main diversion canals on the river Kârun one of which, Gargar canal, is still in use providing water to the city of Shushtar via a series of tunnels that supply water to mills. It forms a spectacular cliff from which water cascades into a downstream basin.

It then enters the plain situated south of the city where it has enabled the planting of orchards and farming over an area of 40,000 ha. known as Mianâb (Paradise).

 

Το Ιστορικό Υδραυλικό Σύστημα του Shushtar, που είναι εγγεγραμμένο ως αριστούργημα δημιουργικής ιδιοφυΐας, ανήκει στον Μεγάλο Δαρείο και χρονολογείται τον 5ο αιώνα π.Χ.

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Coralarium: Ocean’s First Intertidal Art Museum Doubles as Marine Habitat

Μουσείο για κοράλλια και υποβρύχια αγάλματα!

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A new first-of-its-kind underwater art museum in the Maldives features exhibits and sculptures at various levels, from the seabed through the intertidal waterline and up to the skyline, designed to be exposed and submerged to different degrees.

More than just an aesthetic endeavor, however, the project by environmental artist Jason Decaires Taylor is engineered to support the regrowth of endangered coral populations and other local marine wildlife. It’s the island’s first regeneration project, addressing a real need while also raising regional awareness. Continue reading

“Η εγκατάλειψη ζώων είναι μια συμπεριφορά που δεν μας τιμά”

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“The abandonment of animals is a behavior that does not honor us”

 

He grew up a lot. My parents did not want it. We got baby. He got sick. We had a problem with the block of flats. We changed home / work. He turned the house. He was barking. We changed our mind. She gave birth to puppies that we did not calculate.

Μεγάλωσε πολύ. Δεν το ήθελαν οι γονείς μου. Αποκτήσαμε μωρό. Αρρώστησε. Είχαμε πρόβλημα με την πολυκατοικία. Αλλάξαμε σπίτι/δουλειά. Κατέστρεφε το σπίτι. Γάβγιζε. Αλλάξαμε γνώμη. Γέννησε κουτάβια που δεν είχαμε υπολογίσει.

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Αdvices from a fireman

 

Το θερμικό που δημιουργείται μπορεί να φτάσει μέχρι και τους 800 (οκτακόσιους) βαθμούς Κελσίου.
Όλα λιώνουν.
Βασική αρχή δεν χάνεις την ψυχραιμία σου.
Βάζεις σε σένα και σε όποιον έχεις δικό σου μαζί βρεγμένη πετσέτα ή μπλούζα στο πρόσωπο και φεύγεις όσο η φωτιά είναι ακόμα μακριά.
Πιάνεις πορεία προς στη θάλασσα.

Εάν δεν υπάρχει, πας όπου υπάρχει τσιμέντο.
Πυλωτές σπιτιών, πλατείες, γήπεδα μπάσκετ κ.λπ.

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The heat generated can reach up to 800 (eight hundred) degrees Celsius.
Everything is melting.
The basic principle is that you do not lose your temper.
You put on yourself and anyone who has your own wet towel or blouse on your face and you leave as long as the fire is still far away.
You are heading for the sea.

If it does not exist, where there is cement.
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“Finally things had lost their weightiness”

 

“When the flood submerges the whole country, no raindrop may feel responsible ”

Erik Pevernagie

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Daredevil tourists enjoy luxury banquet… 6,500ft in the air

Ποιος είπε ότι “η τρέλα δεν πάει στα βουνά ” ????

 

 

 Who said “Madness does not go to the mountains” ????

 

Hundreds of hardy tourists ate seafood and drank wine on the side of a cliff some 6,500ft in the air as part of a summer festival at the Mount Laojun in China.

The luxury repast, which was part of a summer festival in Henan Province, was held on tables set up over a six-foot-wide footpath attached to the side of the rockface.

 

https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/daredevil-tourists-enjoy-luxury-banquet-6-500ft-in-the-air-1.748740#5

«Νεφέλη» παντός καιρού…

 

 

Η νέα κακοκαιρία «Νεφέλη» (όπως ονομάσθηκε από την υπηρεσία meteo του Εθνικού Αστεροσκοπείου Αθηνών) θα φέρει σημαντική επιδείνωση του καιρού στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος της Ελλάδας από  Δευτέρα 25 Ιουνίου, έως και την Πέμπτη 28 Ιουνίου.

Σύμφωνα με τους μετεωρολόγους, η «Νεφέλη» φέρνει μαζί της ισχυρές βροχές και καταιγίδες, που κατά τόπους ενδέχεται να έχουν αρκετά έντονο χαρακτήρα, ενώ σε κάποιες περιοχές θα συνοδεύονται από χαλαζοπτώσεις και ενισχυμένους ανέμους.

The new bad weather “Nefeli” (as it was called by the meteorological service of the National Observatory of Athens) will bring a significant deterioration of the weather in most of Greece from Monday, June 25th until Thursday, June 28th.  According to meteorologists, “Nefeli” brings with it strong rains and storms, which may be quite intense in the locality, while in some areas they will be accompanied by hailstorms and strong winds.

 

Στην ελληνική μυθολογία, η Νεφέλη σχετίζεται με το μύθο του Φρίξου και της Έλλης.

Η Νεφέλη υπήρξε η θεά της Φιλοξενίας, ήταν Ωκεανίδα, παρόλο που ευρύτερα γνωστός γι’ αυτήν ήταν ο Δίας.

Σύμφωνα με τον μύθο την δημιούργησε ο Δίας δίνοντάς της την μορφή της Ήρας προκειμένου να ξεγελάσει τον Ιξίωνα. Από την ένωσή τους γεννήθηκαν οι Κένταυροι, τους οποίους βοήθησε η Νεφέλη στη συμπλοκή τους με τον Ηρακλή.

 

In Greek mythology, Nefeli is related to the myth of Frixos and Ellis. Nefeli was the goddess of Philoxenia, she was Oceanic, although Zeus was more widely known for her. According to myth, Zeus created it by giving her the form of Hera to trick Ixion. From their union, the Centaurs were born, whom Nefeli helped in their struggle with Hercules.

 

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