“Agora é tarde; Inês é morta”
(Είναι πολύ αργά: η Ινές έχει πεθάνει)
Eugénie Servières, “Inês de Castro with her children at the feet of Alfonso IV, King of Portugal, seeking clemency for her husband, Don Pedro, 1335”, 1822, detail, Palace of Versailles, France
Every country has its legends and fairytales and Portugal is not an exception. One of the most known Portuguese tales is a love story about King Pedro of Portugal and Inês de Castro. Their relationship did not end as they would have wanted, with Inês being killed by royal minions. But in this case, what life took apart, death put back together, and here’s a story of how King Pedro’s and Inês’s tombs were made. Continue reading
Show in Manchester displays key objects shedding light on massacre 200 years ago
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
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
Congo Lucha, a deeply moving documentary on a group of young people promoting democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo, received the 2019 OMCT prize at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH).
When handing the award to its director, Marlène Rabaud, Gerald Staberock, OMCT Secretary General, said: “The Festival debated about the new threats facing human rights and asked whether we Continue reading
Μια τρυφερή δασκάλα
Ένα χαρισματικό αγόρι
Μια ιδιαίτερη ιστορία αγάπης
The Kindergarten Teacher tells a twisted tale of mentor and protégé, and displays Maggie Gyllenhaal’s immense talent. In this story, Gyllenhaal plays Lisa Spinelli, the titular teacher whose life isn’t exactly in crisis, but slowly stagnating.
Lisa’s home life is unsatisfying, her teenage children and husband emotionally distant. She takes the time to attend a weekly poetry class, but her work isn’t particularly good. It’s not terrible – just not great. It’s mundane, just like everything else in Lisa’s existence.
Lisa is coasting through life, until she notices that one of her students, five-year-old Jimmy, going into a kind of trance and reciting a poem that he simply shouldn’t have been capable of Continue reading
The Knife Angel sculpture, made of 100,000 confiscated knives, is installed at Coventry Cathedral, England
The 8 metre-high artwork, created by Alfie Bradley, is at the cathedral until 23 April as a physical reminder of the effects of violence and aggression!
Στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, υπάρχει ένα γλυπτό αγγέλου μήκους 8 μέτρων, κατασκευασμένο από 100.000 δωρισμένα μαχαίρια. Σκοπός του γλυπτού είναι να θυμόμαστε τους ανθρώπους που πέφτουν θύματα βίας με μαχαίρια, στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, και να Continue reading
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
If the word “opera” brings an image of a fat lady singing and sends you running away, you’re missing out. Many operas are so famous that they’ve entered into pop culture. In fact, you probably already know more about operas than you think.
Lakmé is an opera composed by French composer Léo Delibes in 1881, based on the autobiographical novel Le Mariage de Loti by Pierre Loti (about Loti’s romantic liaison with an exotic Tahitian girl, how’s that for a premise of the novel?). The opera is famous for its complex and beautiful melodies. Continue reading
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.
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
Today I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
In many European cultures, however, the dragonfly is associated not with blessings, but with evil. In Sweden, it is believed the presence of the dragonfly around you indicates impending injury or tragedy.
Various culture’s language may play a part in this dark dragonfly symbolism. In Romania, the word “drac” means both dragon and the devil, and when combined with folklore, can easily result in evil implications for the dragon-fly. Continue reading
Στη βοτανολογία ονομάζεται Mandragora officinarum και είναι γνωστός και ως «το μήλο του Σατανά».
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
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.
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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
Οι σκιτσογράφοι στις μεγάλες “κλειστές” δίκες
A courtroom sketch is an artistic depiction of the proceedings in a court of law. In many jurisdictions, cameras are not allowed in courtrooms in order to prevent distractions and preserve privacy. This requires news media to rely on sketch artists for illustrations of the proceedings. Continue reading
Στὸν καφενὲ ἀπ᾿ ἔξω σὰν μπέης ξαπλωμένος,
τοῦ ἥλιου τὶς ἀκτῖνες ἀχόρταγα ρουφῶ,
καὶ στῶν ἐφημερίδων τὰ νέα βυθισμένος,
κανέναν δὲν κοιτάζω, κανέναν δὲν ψηφῶ…….
Efi’s stone craft decoupage
The kaphenia (cafes) are an integral part of Greek culture, places for locals to talk to each other and share news. They first appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, and some of them still exist.
Described as historical cafés, kaphenia sustain their classic atmosphere by serving both traditional and modern desserts with coffee of supreme flavor. Here are our favorite kaphenia if you want to explore Athens’s unique historical café culture. Continue reading
When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset.
“You΄re running around with other women,” she told her mate.
“Eve, honey, you΄re being unreasonable,” Adam responded. “You know you΄re the only woman on earth.” The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by a strange pain in his side. It was Eve poking him about the torso.
“What do you think you΄re doing?” Adam demanded.
“Counting your ribs,” said Eve.
In Greece, perfume was already central to worshipping and pleasing of the gods and goddesses. The Greeks believed that anything as wondrous must actually have come from the gods: vast quantities were used in religious ceremonies, and those too poor to afford fragrance for funerals simply painted a perfume bottle on the coffin.
An entire book, ‘Concerning Odours’ – written by Theophrastus, ‘the father of botany’ – was dedicated to fragrance, its pages documenting spikenard, iris, cistus, rose, mint, myrtle, hyacinth, cinnamon and narcissus, among other perfume ingredients. Continue reading
Sometimes a tempting offer is too good to refuse, even if it means risking one’s life
Odysseus also encounters the famous sirens during his wanderings. Typically, in Greek depictions, the sirens they are half-woman half-bird creatures that perch on the rocks by the sea and sing beautiful songs that lure men who, refusing to leave, die of starvation.
In the Odyssey, Circe warns Odysseus about the sirens and tells him to plug his and his crew’s ears with beeswax in order to block their sweet songs from entering their ears. Being curious about the songs the Sirens sing, Odysseus only plugs his crew’s ears with beeswax and then has his men tie him to the mast of the ship, Continue reading
Hercules Monument, Kassel, Germany
At the very top of the park, the huge monument of Hercules is perched on top of the stone Oktogon building, completed 300 years ago in 1717. There’s a platform for taking in the amazing views along the axis of the park down towards Kassel.
Barcos Moliceiros …. εδώ ο κόσμος χάνεται … βαρκούλες αρμενίζουν χαχαχα!!!!
Moliceiro είναι το όνομα που δίνεται στις βάρκες που πλέουν στο Ria de Aveiro , την περιοχή της λιμνοθάλασσας του Ρίο Vouga . Αυτές οι βάρκες χρησιμοποιήθηκαν αρχικά για τη συγκομιδή των φυκιών , αλλά τώρα χρησιμοποιούνται συνήθως για τον τουρισμό. Continue reading
A new museum in Milwaukee may well hold the largest collection of bobbleheads anyone has ever seen, displaying more than 6,500 figures of athletes, mascots, celebrities, animals, cartoon characters, politicians and more.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum recently opened and was the brainchild of friends Phil Sklar and Brad Novak, who started collecting the figures 16 years ago.
Ένα νέο μουσείο στο Μιλγουόκι μπορεί να κατέχει τη μεγαλύτερη συλλογή των bobbleheads (τα κεφαλάκια που κουνιούνται) που έχετε δει ποτέ, εμφανίζοντας πάνω από 6.500 φιγούρες αθλητών, μασκότ, διασημοτήτων, ζώων, χαρακτήρων κινουμένων σχεδίων, πολιτικών και πολλά άλλα.
Το μουσείο Bobblehead άνοιξε πρόσφατα και ήταν το πνευματικό τέκνο των φίλων Phil Sklar και Brad Novak, οι οποίοι άρχισαν να συλλέγουν τα εκθέματα πριν από 16 χρόνια.
The Battle of the Oranges festival is held in Ivrea, Italy, to mark the people’s rebellion against tyrannical lords who ruled the town in the Middle Ages. Revellers on floats represent guards of the tyrant, while those on foot are the townsfolk. They arm themselves with oranges and battle commences .
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
Η «πονηρή» ιστορία πίσω από το αγαλματίδιο της Rolls Royce
The Spirit of Ecstasy is the ornament found on the bonnet of the Rolls Royce car. It is in the form of a woman leaning forwards with her arms outstretched behind and above her, billowing cloth running from her arms to her back, resembling wings. It has become an iconic symbol of luxury and elegance. Continue reading
Ένα εντυπωσιακό Παρατηρητήριο θα ανοίξει σε λίγο καιρό τις πύλες του στη Νέα Υόρκη
New York will soon have “the edge” when it comes to magnificent outdoor observation decks
Already home to some of the most famous viewing spots in the world, the Big Apple is about to add another to its impressive collection.
Named Edge, the upcoming Hudson Yards observation deck is set to open next year, with incomparable views of the city skyline.
Standing at more than 1,100 feet, Edge will be the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere and the fifth highest in the world.
“Even if we travel the world to find the beauty, we have to take it with us so that we can always find it”. –
«Ακόμα κι αν ταξιδέψουμε σ΄όλο το κόσμο για να βρούμε την ομορφιά, πρέπει να την πάρουμε μαζί μας για να μπορούμε να τη βρίσκουμε πάντα». –
Pattachitra παραδοσιακή ινδική ζωγραφική!
Στην σανσκριτική γλώσσα, «Πάττα» κυριολεκτικά σημαίνει «πανί» και «χίτρα» σημαίνει «εικόνα» . Τα περισσότερα από αυτά τα έργα απεικονίζουν τις ιστορίες των ινδουιστικών θεοτήτων.
Τα Pattachitra έχουν μυθολογικές αφηγήσεις, οι οποίες εξηγούνται χρησιμοποιώντας περίπλοκες λεπτομέρειες.
Αυτή η μορφή τέχνης ορίζεται από την πλούσια χρήση του χρώματος, των δημιουργικών σχεδίων και μοτίβων και από το συνδυασμό κλασικών και λαϊκών στοιχείων.
Orissa, the land of Lord Jagannath is synonymous with the ancient art form, Pattachitra.
One of the many art forms to have survived over thousand years, Pattachitra can virtually act like a historical chronicle of our country through time. Simple and rustic in appearance, you will be surprised to know that Pattachitra paintings require immense patience, intense hard work and skilled craftsmanship. Let’s share some interesting bits of information about the art that are as mind blowing as the masterpieces the art has given us. Continue reading
Wabi Sabi είναι η ομορφιά ατελών, προσωρινών και ημιτελών πραγμάτων
Είναι η ομορφιά λιτών και ταπεινών πραγμάτων
Είναι η ομορφιά μη συμβατικών πραγμάτων
“Wabi-sabi” is a word often used in tea ceremony. While it is a tea ceremony term, it is also a concept that is very much alive in the everyday lives of Japanese people .
It is very difficult to explain this concept. People interpret it in different ways, so it can not be defined precisely. However, it can be said that the basis of wabi-sabi is an aesthetic that finds beauty in imperfection. Continue reading
Where will I find peace
That puts my mind at ease
Where will I find the solace I seek
Would that help me scale happiness peak
I have searched the world
Only to find hearts so cold
People so insensitive n ruthless
My feelings seem so worthless
Tired of wandering & searching
A broken heart I was nursing
Ultimately I sought shelter in solitude
Numb with pain at the worlds attitude
Stop I Did often just to question
What actually was my intention
Tired of running away from reality
I found peace within my own entity
© Aarzoo Mehek
The canvas has been computerized and hovering the mouse over a person will tell who each person is.
Clicking on a person, you will get their life history.
Chinese Artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, 2006, oil on canvas
Από μόνος του όλος ο πίνακας είναι μοναδικός…
Αλλά θα διαπιστώσετε πως σύροντας το ποντίκι σας επάνω σε κάθε μία προσωπικότητα (πέραν από κάποιους ξενέρωτους) σας μεταφέρει σε σχετικές πληροφοριακές σελίδες.
Δηλαδή, επιλέγοντας μία από τις απεικονισμένες προσωπικότητες, μεταφέρεστε στην ιστορία της ζωής του.
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An exhibition dedicated to the emotion of anger for children, teens and those who love exploring!
Why anger was chosen as the subject of this exhibition?
Because anger is an emotion that makes all human relationships harder, while at the same time it offers us helpful messages about our personal boarders and desires. Continue reading
I remember ……. like today …… the kites …. of my life…
that none of them has ever reached the heights …
Another started out strong …. heavy … unhappy …. with scars on his paper body ….
Another was swirling like a spoiled child who did not want to separate the earth …….
Another liked to hang on a tufted tree … .. and look at the struggle of the others ….
Another power cord far away to meet …. there he would be scrambling as if seeking his heroic death … ..
But this KITE of mine THE LAST…….ONE Continue reading
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.
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
Why standing still and not speaking for a living isn’t as easy as it looks
Ζωντανά αγάλματα ή τα Ανθρώπινα αγάλματα γίνονται όλο και πιο δημοφιλή!
Απολαύστε το … και την επόμενη φορά που θα δείτε ένα, ρίξτε ένα κέρμα στο καπέλο τους, ως ένδειξη αναγνώρισης.
Το κάνω από σεβασμό για την υπομονή τους!
Today’s living statues are actually part of a noble and historic tradition that dates back to the tableaux vivants – or living pictures – of the early medieval period. In the tableaux, costumed actors would create a scene by remaining silent and motionless, as if they were in a picture.
Over time, actors took the tableaux out onto the streets. It’s now such a profitable business that there are ‘living statues’ in every city around the world.
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
As everyone knows or should know, Nespresso capsules is a new waste stream that was just non-existent only some years ago. Now it is yet another source of waste that could be avoided (even if Georges try to sell you the much as he can).
In 2010 it was estimated that 10 billions of capsules were sold in the world (Nespresso and others caps). But these capsules gave some inspirations to crafters around the world and a lot of them transform them into lovely jewels.
Here is a selection of my crafts!!!
Thiseio is the name of a traditional neighbourhood in downtown Athens,northwest of the Acropolis.. Long ago, the name was derived from the Temple of Hephaestus which was mistakenly known as Thiseion in reference to Theseus, the mythical king of Athens, which gave rise to the neighbourhood being named Thiseio.
photos Efi 2019
The area has many cafés and cultural meeting points Thiseio is served by the nearby Thiseio metro station.
The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. Continue reading
You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are our noblest symbol of excellence. They are a tribute to the democratic philosophy. They are our aspirations and our name. They are the essence of Greekness.