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

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“Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death”

 

 

Πρόκειται για μια συλλογή από 18 κουκλόσπιτα-σκηνές εγκλήματος, γνωστά ως “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” (Μελέτες συνοψίζοντας τα πιο σημαντικά ανεξήγητων θανάτων).

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death are a series of nineteen (twenty were originally constructed) intricately designed dollhouse-style dioramas created by Frances Glessner Lee (1878–1962), a pioneer in forensic science.

Glessner Lee used her inheritance to establish a department of legal medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1936, and donated the first of the Nutshell Studies in 1946 for use in lectures on the subject of crime scene investigation. In 1966, the department was dissolved, and the dioramas went to the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. where they are on permanent loan and still used for forensic seminars. Continue reading

Rattle of eternity

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……. On the next death
I will donate the rattle of eternity
in the first passive devil


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1600 Jan Claesz., Girl with a Rattle

…….Στον επόμενο θάνατο
θα δωρίσω τη κουδουνίστρα της αιωνιότητας
στο πρώτο περαστικό διάβολο..

Μαρία Ροδοπούλου

 

 

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

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

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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800 bamboo strips rewrite history

 

 

This is like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

Near a river in Guodian, China, not far from a farmhouse made of earth and thatched with straw, Chinese archaeologists in 1993 discovered a tomb dating back to the fourth century B.C.

The tomb was just slightly larger than the coffin and stone sarcophagus within. Scattered on the floor were bamboo strips, wide as a pencil, and up to twice as long. On closer scrutiny, scholars realized they had found something remarkable.

“This is like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” says Tu Weiming, director of the Harvard Yenching Institute (HYI), who has played a key role in the preservation of, accessibility to, and research on the Guodian materials since 1996. Continue reading

The Bear and the Travellers

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Two travellers were on a long journey through the countryside. They were walking along a track on the edge of some wood, when, some way ahead of them, they suddenly spotted a great bear ambling towards them. They were not sure whether the bear had seen them, but not wanting to take any risks, the first traveller climbed up the first tree and hid amongst the high branches. The second one dropped his bags and fell to the ground, pretending to be dead. He’d heard somewhere that bears don’t like to eat dead flesh, so he thought this was his safest way to survive.The bear reached the spot where the man was lying on the ground, who was keeping as still as he could, and doing his best to keep his breath in. The bear sniffed around his Continue reading

O γρίφος της παπαρούνας – Riddle of Poppy

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A beautiful woman had been transformed by a witch into a poppy in a field. Each evening, she returned to normal and was allowed to pass the night at home. One morning, before she went back to the field to become a poppy again, she said to her husband: ‘If you succeed in picking me, the spell will be broken.’

This was true, but how could the man recognise his wife amongst all the other thousands of poppies? The answer was simple: Since the woman had spent the night at home, she was the only poppy in the field that was not wet with dew.

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Μια όμορφη γυναίκα είχε μεταμορφωθεί από μια μάγισσα σε μια παπαρούνα σε έναν αγρό.
Κάθε βράδυ, επέστρεψε στο φυσιολογικό και είχε τη δυνατότητα να περάσει τη νύχτα στο σπίτι της. Ένα πρωί, πριν επιστρέψει στο αγρόκτημα για να γίνει πάλι παπαρούνα, είπε στον σύζυγό της: «Αν καταφέρεις να με βρεις, το ξόρκι θα σπάσει».
Αυτό ήταν αλήθεια, αλλά πώς θα μπορούσε ο άνθρωπος να αναγνωρίσει τη σύζυγό του ανάμεσα σε όλες τις άλλες χιλιάδες παπαρούνες;
Η απάντηση ήταν απλή: Δεδομένου ότι η γυναίκα είχε περάσει τη νύχτα στο σπίτι, ήταν η μόνη παπαρούνα στον αγρό που δεν θα είχε  πάνω της δροσοσταλίδες.
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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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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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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_ Chariots of Fire

 

 

 

 

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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

An Old Abandoned House – Kay Whitaker

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An old abandoned house,
White frame, stands on the hill
And looks down here on me.
A feeling always still Lingers about its walls
Each time I look around.
The windows, vacant, stare.
There never is a sound. And yet it seems to live.
Its memories float inside
In rooms I cannot see,
A former life to hide Of some time in the past
When children’s voices called
Where grasses now stand still
And dead tree limbs are sprawled. I wonder on the house,
The life that once was there.
But it stands silent, mocking me,
Continuing to stare.

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Samuel van Hoogstraten – A Peepshow with Views of the Interior of a Dutch House

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The peepshow is a rectangular box; the interior is painted on three sides, as well as on the top and bottom

 

The sixth side is open; originally light would have entered the box from this side, perhaps through specially treated paper stretched across it. The box would have been placed close to a window or illumination provided by a candle. There are peep-holes in the two shorter sides which provide the illusion of three-dimensional views of the interior of a house.

Hoogstraten’s box is an unusually elaborate example, decorated on the exterior with allegorical paintings which correspond to chapters in a theoretical book that the artist was to write later. The long side illustrates

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European Migrants in Search of Utopia

Δυνατά χάλκινα γλυπτά για τη μετανάστευση και την ουτοπία

Ο νορβηγός καλλιτέχνης Fredrik Raddum είναι γνωστός για τα γλυπτά και τις ενδιαφέρουσες εγκαταστάσεις του, οι οποίες συχνά «εξερευνούν» πολιτικά και κοινωνικά θέματα.

 

Bronze Sculptures by Fredrik Raddum

Oslo-based Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum is known for his imaginative figurative sculptures and installation art, which often explore political themes.

His previous work mixes tragedy with humor, depicting surreal, dystopian cartoon figures that encourage the viewer to “think beyond the initial encounter.” Raddum’s most recent collection of bronze sculptures—titled Hacienda Paradise – Utopia Experiment—was exhibited earlier this year at Galleri Brandstrup, and sheds light on a true story of human immigration that’s now referred to as “The Galapagos Affair.” Continue reading

Η Γιορτή της Ενηλικίωσης στην Ιαπωνία_ Coming Of Age Day – Japan

Η ενηλικίωση στην Ιαπωνία γίνεται στα 20έτη και σύμφωνα με τα ήθη και έθιμα, κάθε δεύτερη Δευτέρα του Ιανουαρίου, διοργανώνονται γιορτές, εκδηλώσεις και πάρτι για το πέρασμα από την εφηβική ηλικία στην ενηλικίωση (Coming of Age Day).

Οι νέες φορούν τα κιμονό τους και ξεχύνονται σε πλατείες δρόμους, στο μετρό, σε πάρτι, σε εκδηλώσεις που διοργανώνουν οι δήμοι για να το… γιορτάσουν. Continue reading

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

Out of order…..

I am so sorry that i can not answer to your comments….  thank you for your love … i will return as soon as i will fell better

 

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Λυπαμαι που δεν μπορω να ανταποκριθω  στα μηνυματα σας, νιωθω τοσο αδυναμη, αλλα σας υποσχομαι να γυρισω γρηγορα! Σας ευχαριστω ολους για τις ευχες σας!

Maslow’s Hammer

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Abraham Maslow: Αν έχεις μόνο ένα σφυρί, τότε τείνεις να βλέπεις όλα τα προβλήματα σαν καρφιά

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“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

Ο Αμερικανός ψυχολόγος Αβραάμ Μάσλοου, γράφοντας το 1966 για τους κινδύνους της απλοποίησης σύνθετων θεμάτων στην επιστήμη, σημείωσε:

«’Οταν το μόνο εργαλείο που διαθέτεις είναι σφυρί, φαντάζομαι ότι είναι μεγάλος ο πειρασμός να βλέπεις κάθε πρόβλημα σαν καρφί».

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Greek graduate invents free Braille software programme for the blind

Απόστολος Γαρούφος: Μετέγραψε το «Μονόγραμμα» του Ελύτη για τους τυφλούς

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Apostolos Garoufos from Tsotili in the area of Kozani is a graduate student from the University of Thrace who transcribed a poem by Nobel-prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis into Braille, as part of a greater project where he will release to the public a free software programme where anyone in the world can transcribe text from Greek or English into Braille. Continue reading

All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers

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“… Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.”

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Όλοι οι πόλεμοι είναι εμφύλιοι πόλεμοι επειδή όλοι οι άνθρωποι είναι αδέρφια …

Ο καθένας οφείλει απείρως περισσότερο στην ανθρώπινη φυλή παρά στη συγκεκριμένη χώρα στην οποία γεννήθηκε

Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon

“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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Trinity of the spiral – Lucian Dobârtă

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The triskelion or ‘triskele’ is also known as the tri-spiral or ‘Spiral of Life’. The three spirals in the triskelion are interconnected with no open ends thus creating one continuous line. Each spiral turns in the same direction. The three spirals represent balance, harmony and continual motion indicative of the flow of life and of the Earth in her seasons and cycles. 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

” Nous passons notre vie dans des boîtes.” Pierre Rabhi

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Περνάμε τις ζωές μας σε κουτιά – We spend our lives in boxes

 

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One of our greatest sources of authentic power in life comes from our willingness and ability to act, especially in the face of obstacles and fear.

To be truly successful and fulfilled, we must challenge ourselves to take bold and courageous actions and to go for what we want.

Legendary author Ray Bradbury said, “First you jump off the cliff and then you build your wings on the way down.”

Stepping out of our box in life doesn’t always involve something big like

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Hate for Sale by Neil Gaiman

Hate for sale. All the very best 
Hate for sale. Vintage stuff.
Do my cries excite your interest? 
Lovely hate. Your life is rough.
Buy my hate. You’ll come right back for more. 
Hate for sale. Enough to start a war.
Hate the rich, the brown, the black, the poor. 
Hate is clean. And hate will make you sure.
Hate for sale. You’ll feel superior.
Hate for sale. You’ll make the news.
Hate the families who come here fleeing war. 
Hate the gay. The trans. The new. The Jews.
Don’t need to care who you detest 
Hate makes you feel a whit less scared 
To know that your group is the best 
And burn to ashes all the rest
Who will not face the real test
But showed up naked, unprepared
To be sent back, or drowned, or hurled 
back into the abyss. Your world
will be so safe, so clean, so great.
And all you needed was some hate.
Hate for sale. All the very best 
Hate for sale. Vintage stuff.
Do my cries excite your interest? 
Hate for sale. Never enough.

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Neil Gaiman has this powerful and insightful offering for us to reflect upon, with his words being spoken by Peter Kenny, and animated by Anna Eijsbouts.

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Scars Of War -Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco

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You say your calling was the Marines,
But yet your life remains apart at the seams.

You say the life of a soldier
Is what saved you from yourself,
But vivid dreams continue to haunt you
to reveal remanants of the torture,
You had to inflict.
How does the act justify the means?

You say, your honor was stolen from you!
But who stole it from you?

You say, it was the politicians in the end,
that left you scorned.

You say we fought in a senseless war,
In the end you were left feeling void,

Void of any human compassion. How could my
Countrymen have abandoned us?

Why were we such an embarrasment to them?
Our politician’s and leader’s had us believing that
it was our war as well as theirs. What enemy?
Who’s enemy? Their enemy or ours? Was it easier to forget
Those brave men who selflessly gave of themselves
For their country?

You say again, how could they have abandoned us?
No recongnition, no bands playing, just a few
Surviving pictures that tell the story of the
Suffering and the innocence we left beind,
Only to realize that it will continue to burn
In our minds and leave us scared for an eternity!

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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.

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The Choice Is Mine – Abimbola T. Alabi

 

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Life may not let me choose my lot,
But whether I’d be happy or not…
That is my choice.

To leave hurtful memories behind
Or allow them to bother my mind…
The choice is mine.

To fret over a mistake when it’s done
Or learn from it and move on…
The choice is mine.

To be bothered by all that people say
Or ignore them and go my own way…
The choice is mine.

To hide my feelings, pent up, unspoken,
Or say my mind and ease the burden…
The choice is mine.

To enjoy what I’ve been able to gain
Or ungratefully regard it with disdain…
The choice is mine.

Sometimes I won’t get to pick my lot,
But whether I’ll be happy or not
Will always be my choice.

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Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/the-choice-is-mine

Just taking the role of “center of attention” to a new level

Many many wishes to all of you!!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!

 

The phrase center of attention means a person or thing that is interesting to everyone and draws the most attention in the room

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There are a few possible origin stories for this common phrase.

The first origin story is that the expression developed from the verb center. The word center comes from the Greek kentrum, which means the center point of a compass. This word entered English in the 1300s and meant the center of a circle. By the 1590s, it meant the center of anything. People began using center figuratively by the 1680s. Center of attention is attested from 1868. Continue reading

Sailing midst the clouds – Et cetera

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He feels the clouds envelop him
As he sails across the sky
He rows his boat into the new world
And waves this world goodbye
His best clothes on and new hat up
He lets out a triumphant cry
He gazes at the distant world
And then at the mackerel sky
He’s up, he won, he defeated the world
All he had to do was try

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Rusalka …is a water nymph

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Α slavic myth says that Rusalkas were alluring water nymphs known for their beautiful song. They probably originated as fertility spirits, associated with particular lakes and with the life-giving power of water.

But they were later said to be the souls of children who had died at a young age, or of women who had drowned themselves. Their song lured passers-by into the water.

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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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The Witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

 

Shakespeare wrote Macbeth at a time when interest in witchcraft bordered on hysteria. Witches were blamed for causing illness, death and disaster, and were thought to punish their enemies by giving them nightmares, making their crops fail and their animals sicken.

Macbeth-and-the-Three-Witches-1855-Theodore-Chasseriau-oil-painting-1.jpgThe Macbeth and the Three Witches 1855 painting originally painted by Theodore Chasseriau

Witches were thought to allow the Devil to suckle from them in the form of an animal, such as ‘Graymalkin’ and ‘Paddock’, the grey cat and the toad mentioned by the Witches in Act 1, Scene 1. Those who were convicted were often tortured, their trials reported in grisly detail in pamphlets that circulated in their hundreds. Often, those accused of witchcraft lived on the edges of society: they were old, poor and unprotected, and were therefore easy to blame.

Στο έργο, οι τρεις μάγισσες αντιπροσωπεύουν το σκοτάδι, το χάος και τη σύγκρουση, ενώ παίζουν και το ρόλο των μαρτύρων. Την εποχή του Σαίξπηρ, οι μάγισσες θεωρούνταν χειρότερες από επαναστάτες, αφού ήταν όχι μόνο πολιτικοί αλλά και πνευματικοί προδότες.
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The most striking art inspired by opera

Η νύχτα στην όπερα είναι ηλεκτρισμένη. Δεν είναι περίεργο ότι οι εικαστικοί καλλιτέχνες εμπνέονται χρόνια τώρα από αυτές τις  μεθυστικές μορφές τέχνης.

 


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1895 Typogravure Charles Courtney Curran Metropolitan Opera House New York Art

 

A night at the opera is electric. It’s no wonder that visual artists have long been inspired by this most intoxicating of art forms.

Some early artworks present a window into a world available only to a small handful of elite opera-goers; later works turn their attention from the stage and shine the spotlight on the audience and even use the architecture of opera houses as a canvas.

Here are our favourite pieces of visual art inspired by opera:

Εδώ είναι τα αγαπημένα μας κομμάτια εικαστικής τέχνης εμπνευσμένα από την όπερα

William Hogarth
A Scene from ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ VI (1731)

William Hogarth’s painting captures the climactic scene of John Gay’s ballad opera – the moment the highwayman Macheath is sentenced to death.
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Raindrops are like fairy whispers..

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What would you wish for if a fairy gives you a magical wish?

 

You may not see the fairies and think they’re not around,
but out amongst the trees and plants these special beings abound.

Whenever you’re in nature they are just beyond your sight,
as their very favourite playtime is whilst you sleep at night.

If you’d like some magic fairy dust you should make your wishes clear, then ask the fae to bless your wish and click to be sprinkled ……..

May all your wishes come true!

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Α ‘blue’ sand dune on Mars

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Τo get rich, you have to believe something so incredibly far from your reach…

Wishing to all of you  to be more rich in hope!!

Εύχομαι σε όλους σας να γίνετε πιο πλούσιοι στην ελπίδα!!

ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ !!!!

Η ανακάλυψη του μπλε αμμόλοφου στον κόκκινο πλανήτη έδωσε στη NASA ίσως τις πιο εντυπωσιακές φωτογραφίες από τον Άρη.

The dune appears blue in an enhanced-color image taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), though it’s actually a grayish hue. The visual effect comes from upping the contrast, a trick that allows researchers to see more detail in images of Mars. Continue reading