Rosemaling, the decorative folk painting of Norway

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Τhanks Amanda  from blog … Something to Ponder About

 

 

 

Most people have never heard of “Rosemaling” or Rose Painting, but if you ever go to Norway, you will see plenty of it in shops, museums, private homes and most especially, in older churches.

Before technology arrived, Norwegians spent long winters in darkness, so, in order to brighten up the interior of the homes and places of worship, they developed a form of traditional painting that was completely unique. “Rosemaling artists” or Rose painters earned their living traveling through the western fjords of Norway, often times painting in the styles that might have passed out of European fashion 100 years previously. Continue reading

To all the souls that bloom in heaven

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…..In God’s garden
Where flowers never die,
you are a flower will bloom forever
Watered by my tears I cried ……

Aφιερωμένο στην αδελφούλα μου  και σε όλες αυτές τις ψυχούλες που ανθίζουν στον Παράδεισο!!!

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Memorial poems – A Flower Blooms In Heaven

Easter in São Brás de Alportel


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São Brás de Alportel

is a municipality in the District of Faro in Portugal.

My friend Jo (https://restlessjo.me/2019/04/24/celebrating-life-at-easter/)

Celebrating life at Easter and shared this enormous street party that is Festas das Tochas Floridas with us

 

 

I will share with you her excellent photos and her link for more details!!

Celebrating life at Easter!

HAPPY EASTER JO!!!

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How Cadbury’s put the chocolate into Easter

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Νοσταλγικές εικόνες της Cadbury από το πρώτο σοκολατένιο αβγό το 1875

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

As the supermarkets and shops begin once again to overspill with chocolate chicks, bunnies and eggs in the run up to Good Friday, a historic set of pictures shows the evolution of the Cadbury’s Easter Egg.
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The museum of Pysanka (Easter egg)

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Τα περίτεχνα διακοσμημένα ουκρανικά πασχαλινά αυγά, γνωστά ως «pysanka», είναι αντικείμενα λαϊκής τέχνης που αποτελούν παράδοση στη μικρή πόλη Κολομίγια (Kolomyia) της Ουκρανίας

 

Pysanka by itself is mostly chicken (goose) egg, painted on a specific technology with wax and natural or aniline dyes. Pysanka quickly blended into the Christian Easter ritual. The pictures on pysankas have the images of crosses, churches, bell towers, signs with Easter greetings.

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The collection for the museum began to form more than a hundred years ago, when by the initiative of the local clergy a museum of folk art of Gutsulschina region appeared. Gutsulschina is a mountainous region located in the territory of present Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernovtsy, Zakarpattia oblasts, as well as surrounding Ukrainian villages of neighboring Romania.

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DO I REALLY LOVE YOU AFRICA?

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I want to share with all of you this post of my friend  Anthony Agu (his blog is https://madotonero.com/)

  Antony is from Africa but works it Italy! He is an author and a teacher by profession. A graduate in biological science and presently a pharmaceutical student in the University of Rome II.

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I imagine the kind of family I grew up from. Sometimes I asked myself if I was educated. And if yes, who educated me? What kind of brain do I have? What kind of thinking faculty do I have? If at all, I saw the four walls of higher institution, what did I learn from there? I wonder the kind of transformation that has taken place in my life. I wonder what has come over me.

When I traveled to visit my neighbours, I admire the kind of infrastructures they are having. I praise them. I cherished them. I wish my people could be like them. Before leaving I would give them part of my resources to continue developing their lands while my own people perish in pain, hunger, joblessness, lack of infrastructure, and the like. They thanked me and called me, “The Wise Man.” Shame on me. It was only an ironical statement they made. I am a fool, a fool at 40. Continue reading

The Fight of Two (lions) Within You

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The Fight of Two Wolves Within You

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

* Tom is feeding the lion with his easter chocolate egg … i believe this is the good one as it is next to the side of his heart ❤

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Bulla and Lunula ….amulets

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Roman bullae were enigmatic objects of lead, sometimes covered in gold foil, if the family could afford it. A bulla was worn around the neck as a locket to protect against evil spirits and forces. Bullae were made of differing substances depending upon the wealth of the family.

 

 

 

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Before the age of manhood, Roman boys wore a bulla, a neckchain and round pouch containing protective amulets (usually phallic symbols), and the bulla of an upper-class boy would be made of gold. Other materials included leather and cloth.

A freeborn Roman boy wore a bulla until he came of age as a Roman citizen. Before he put on his toga virilis (“toga of manhood”) he placed his boyhood bulla in the care Continue reading

Meet Afghanistan’s first female graffiti artist, who is risking it all for her murals

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«Αν ένα ρεύμα γίνει και πάλι ποταμός αλλά τα ψάρια έχουν πεθάνει, δεν υπάρχει επιστροφή γι’ αυτό που έφυγε».

Η Σαμσιά Χασάνι μέσα από την τέχνη της θέλει να δείξει ότι οι γυναίκες επέστρεψαν δυναμικά στην αφγανική κοινωνία

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‘Freedom is not that we remove our burqas and hijabs, freedom is having peace. Even if she removes her cover, if she still can’t study and work, what good is it?

The ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the US are never far from the headlines. The possibility of their return to power elicits plenty of questions, none of which seem to have an answer. But there are particular queries to be had for those working in creative industries, and especially for women. After all, even the arts couldn’t escape the wrath of the fundamentalist political movement, which once restricted the sector with harsh punishments.

But not all Afghans are against the Taliban’s return, at least not outright. Shamsia Hassani, 31, thought to be Afghanistan’s first female graffiti artist and co-founder of Berang Arts, a group that promotes contemporary arts in Afghanistan, says she does Continue reading

Serbian art, the art recognizable by its uniqueness

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Serbian painting have followed all the world’s trends from medieval to modern times, but it still managed to develop an authentic form of its own

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Serbian painting was developed within architecture and a tradition of decorating walls in churches built by Serbian nobles and kings over a century ago. It originates from Byzantine art that however originated from rich Hellenic heritage.

Between two worlds, the East and the West, Serbian painting was influenced by both sides and it turned into the art recognizable by its uniqueness and grandeur. This art was inseparably connected to history, culture and literature of Serbia in the Middle ages. Continue reading

Why did you want to tell me? … Socrates

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In ancient Greece Socrates had a great reputation for wisdom. One day someone came to meet the great philosopher, and said:

– Do you know what I just heard about your friend?

A moment, – answered Socrates – before you tell me, I would like to give you a test, that of the three sieves.

– The three sieves?

Yes, -continued Socrates- before telling anything about the others, it is good to take the time to filter what is meant. I call it the test of the three sieves. The first sieve is the truth. Have you checked if what you are going to tell me is true?

– No, I just heard it.

– Very well. So you do not know if it’s true. We continue with the second sieve, that of goodness. What do you want to tell me about my friend, is it a good thing?

– Oh no! Conversely.

– Then, -asked Socrates- you want to tell me bad things about him and you’re not even sure they’re true. Maybe you can still pass the third sieve test, the utility test. Is it useful for me to know what you are going to tell me about this friend?

– Not seriously.

– So, “Socrates concluded,” what you were going to tell me is neither true nor good nor useful; …

Why did you want to tell me? …

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

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A Heart Can Turn To Stone – Kasey Smith


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……A heart can not turn to stone when there’s a spark of love,

let the beauty of your tomorrows fly in like a white dove.

There’s another out there waiting to show you they care,
keep an open heart and allow them to step in and to share.  

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http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewPoetry.asp?id=245552

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Dark Internet Fairy Tales: The Big, Bad Wolves of Social Media

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I want to share a true story of a really true friend of mine Manessah B.

She says :

There are many great and wonderful people online and, unfortunately, there are monsters too. I’m learning to embrace every experience and try to find the good out of every situation, even the painful ones. This experience taught me that I should be more careful with my heart, especially online, but at the same time it taught me that my heart was not completely closed like I thought.

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Once upon a time…

A young woman ventured into cyber woods and found shelter on WordPress.  In her possession was a basket filled with poetry and prose ready to be shared with the world.  She eagerly placed all of her poems and thoughts on the window sill of her blog like freshly baked pies and waited for the scent to attract the attention of other digital forest dwellers.

The young woman smiled with glee, as people came to sample her words, but in the midst of her happiness tragedy struck. Just days after starting her blog, she received news that a man she cared deeply for had passed away.  The poor woman was already recovering from two major surgeries and coping with her second close Continue reading

Marianne North – The painter of the world’s plants

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

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Η ζωγράφος των φυτών του κόσμου

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

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

 

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

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

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Kovačica (Serbian village) is said to be a place where fairy tales are painted

Ναΐφ τέχνη (Naïve art, ή Toddler art) είναι μία κατηγορία τέχνης που χαρακτηρίζεται από μια παιδικού τύπου απλοϊκότητα, τόσο στην ύλη και το περιεχόμενο όσο και στην τεχνική. Η λέξη Ναΐφ είναι διεθνής πλέον, αλλά προέρχεται από την Γαλλική naive που σημαίνει αφελής. Όμως το δεδομένο ότι υπάρχουν τόσοι πολλοί ναΐφ καλλιτέχνες, με τα έργα τους, οι οποίοι έχουν λίγη ή καθόλου εικαστική παιδεία, αυτό και μόνο αποδεικνύει ότι ο όρος συχνά δεν ισχύει.

 

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The people who make fairy tales literally come to life are the naive painters of Kovačica. Were it not for these astounding artists, this magical place would be just another village in Vojvodina.

And were it not for them, this small village wouldn’t have been visited by world famous celebrities such as the Rolling Stones, Pele and Alain Delon, and even the former president of France François Mitterrand. Continue reading

Modern take on Flemish classics in new Bruges museum

Έκθεση με 3D απεικόνιση έργων των ζωγράφων Jeroen Bosch, Jan Van Eyck και Hans Memling στο μουσείο «Musea Sculpta» στη Μπρίζ του Βελγίου

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Inspired by Jan van Eyck and other 15th-century Flemish painters, 40 artists came together over 60 days to produce sculptures for a new museum in Bruges.

The Musea Sculpta, in the shadow of Bruges’s Saint-Salvator Cathedral, hopes to attract tourists with a modern take on the works of the Flemish masters.

The 700 square-metre museum was designed by artist Alexander Deman to house works inspired by Renaissance painters Van Eyck, Hans Memling and Hieronymus Bosch.

After 20 years of hosting ice and sand sculpture festivals in Belgium and France, Deman, a Bruges native, said he wanted to create something more permanent and feature the works of the early Flemish Renaissance painters because “they represent the birth of the depth technique in their paintings”.

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Η Ασαφής Λογική – (fuzzy logic)

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.……the human mind is not a mathematical or a computer and works with the binary system 0 and 1 and follows either 0 or 1.

But it consists of dense interconnected networks. Power can use these networks for other purposes and makes us think about dualism.

And on this dualism there is the one-way street, called for it, …..good …

So we discover many paths for a happy life by making this ill reality a new reality.

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….ο ανθρώπινος νους δεν είναι μαθηματικά, ή ηλεκτρονικός υπολογιστής και να λειτουργεί με το δυαδικό σύστημα 0 και 1 και να ακολουθεί ή το 0 ή το 1.

Αλλά αποτελείται από πυκνά διασυνδεόμενα δίκτυα. Μπορεί η εξουσία να χρησιμοποιεί αυτά τα δίκτυα για αλλότριους σκοπούς και μας κάνει να σκεφτόμαστε πάνω στον δυισμό.

Και πάνω σ’ αυτόν τον δυισμό να υπάρχει ο μονόδρομος, του λεγόμενου για εκείνη, …..καλού……

Έτσι ανακαλύπτουμε πολλά μονοπάτια για μια ευτυχισμένη ζωή φτιάχνοντας σ’ αυτήν την άρρωστη πραγματικότητα, μια καινούργια πραγματικότητα.

https://gerasimos-politis.blogspot.com/2012/03/fuzzy-logic-asafhs-logikh.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzzy_logic

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Allegory of War- Jan Brueghal the Younger

 

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The painting depicts a city in the midst of chaos; smoke and fire emerge from the city line in the background while various animals viciously battle next to a pile of weapons, armor, and other various war objects. Two humans, one wearing a red cape and traditional war attire during that time and carrying a sword, and the other carrying a torch and donning a sort of toga, appear to be running from the right side of the painting as if to inspect the anarchy. Continue reading

Jousting… Κονταρομαχία

 

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Jousting is a martial game or hastilude between two horsemen wielding lances with blunted tips, often as part of a tournament. The primary aim was to replicate a clash of heavy cavalry, with each participant trying hard to strike the opponent while riding towards him at high speed, breaking the lance on the opponent’s shield or jousting armour if possible, or unhorsing him. The joust became an iconic characteristic of the knight in Romantic medievalism. The participants experience close to three and a quarter times their body weight in G-forces when the lances collide with their armour. Continue reading

Tank Biathlon 2019

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Οι “Διεθνείς Αγώνες Στρατού ” (International Army Games ) “ανοίγουν αυλαία” στην περιοχή Alabino στην Μόσχας με το δίαθλο των τανκς

«Κάθε χρόνο,  οι  Αγώνες προσελκύουν  ολοένα και περισσότερo ενδιαφέρον τόσο από την ίδια την χώρα όσο από το εξωτερικό».

Στη σημερινή τελετή έναρξης οι τυχεροί θεατές που βρίσκονται εκεί μπορούν να δουν από κοντά εκτός από το διάθλο, τεθωρακισμένα οχήματα, τανκς και επιθετικά ελικόπτερα που βρίσκονται εκεί για επίδειξη. Ένα δίαθλο ιππασίας είναι επίσης προγραμματισμένο αναφέρει το RT.

Όσοι δεν είμαστε κοντά μπορούμε να έχουμε τουλάχιστον μια εικόνα από τους Διεθνείς Αγώνες Στρατού live όπως την μεταδίδει το ρωσικό RT στον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο (2017).

At the Alabino training ground near Moscow, the Taman Motorized Rifle Division of the Guards Tank Army of the Western Military District will determine the best tank crew during the Tank Biathlon 2019 first qualifying competition during the week. Continue reading

Good and Bad Governments: An Allegory by Ambrogio Lorenzetti (1338-39)

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«Η αλληγορία της καλής και κακής διακυβέρνησης» του Αμπρότζιο Λορεντσέτι

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A brief description of the scenes:

What do we see in Good Government? – On the right, the personification of Wisdom as a man, flanked by six females: Peace, Fortitude and Prudence on the left and Magnanimity, Temperance and Justice on the right. (Fortitude, Prudence, Temperance and Justice being cardinal virtues). Above are Faith, Hope and Charity (theological virtues). On the left of the mural, Justice balances the scales of Wisdom. Continue reading

Τokyo kindergarten by Tezuka Architects lets children run free on the roof

The oval-shaped roof deck of this playful Tokyo kindergarten allows children to play and run endless laps around it – a feature that has just won it the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize.

Completed by Tezuka Architects 10 years ago, Fuji Kindergarten is located in the Tachikawa suburb of the city. It accommodates 600 children aged between two and six.

The school follows the Montessori Method, an educational approach where children are given freedom to range around the classroom and learn via discovery.

Rather than impose physical boundaries on the children, Tokyo-based architect Takaharu Tezuka designed the kindergarten as a continuous space that allows for unfettered learning and play.

He calls his concept the “nostalgic future”, where he looks at the way children would naturally choose to play without gadgets and screens, then facilitates it with future-forward designs. Continue reading

My Star In The Purple Sky

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This is real love !!! Today my friend Ivor celebrate the birthday of his wife, who is not here with us anymore, with these wonderful words.

Another birthday for my gracious lady, I’ve written a new birthday poem for her this year, I’m beginning a new dawn, somehow, my body has been renewed, I’m wearing new shoes, and I’m flying across those new purple skies, going to New York and Philadelphia. I’ll go gather up new blossoms, and glittering American violet blue stardust, I’ll bring them back for you, and sprinkled the petals of family love, covering you, with a new colourful mauve blanket of love, ….. Oh, I can see your gorgeous everlasting smile,…… there in front of me…….

 

My morning flowers

Blossomed, a violet blue

For her and me

The sun filtered through

Casting a purple shadow

Over you and I

Delivering our mauve star

Into the distant sky

Where she shines nightly

Looking over you and I

https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/my-star-in-the-purple-sky/

THE BELLS – Adam Zagajewski

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And you know what they say each time a bell rings?

A new angel gets its wings….

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We’ll take refuge in bells, in the swinging bells,
in the peal, the air, the heart of ringing.
We’ll take refuge in bells and we’ll float
over the earth in their heavy casings.

Over the earth, over meadows
and a single white daisy, over the bench on which love
carved its imperfect symbol, over a willow
obedient to the will of cool wind,

over the Tatras’ green lake, over crying
and mourning, over binoculars shining
in sun,

Over the border, over your attentive gaze,
over the pupil of somebody’s eye, over a rusty cannon,
over the garden gate which no longer exists,
over clouds, over rain drinking dew,

over the town park where a Swiss Army knife,
lost lifetimes ago, lies hidden still.

When the night comes, we’ll take refuge
in bells, those airy carriages,
those bronze balloons.

(Translated by Renata Gorczynski, Benjamin Ivry and C. K. Williams)

http://ramartin-rudy.blogspot.com/2013/02/quasimodo-blessing-of-bells.html

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Revolution, Napoleon and Now Fire: What Paris’ Iconic Notre Dame Cathedral Has Endured

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Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral caught fire  (April 15), a shocking inferno that soon collapsed part of the building’s spire.

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According to the BBC, the cause of the fire was not immediately known, but may have been linked to ongoing renovation work on the building. It’s not yet clear how much of the famous twin-towered church that the fire will destroy, but the damage — including to the church’s famous stained glass — is apparently extensive. Continue reading

The Love Story Behind Taj Mahal

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

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

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

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I Love Lucy

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

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

Vardo: The Opulent Caravans of The Gypsies

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Living in trailer homes is largely an American culture, but the history of mobile homes originated in Europe

 

 

The first trailer home owners were the travelling showmen who spent most of their lives on the road. Instead of pitching tent wherever they went, they had horse-drawn wagons where they cooked, ate, and slept. Later, around the middle of the 19th century, these caravans were adopted as living quarters by the Romani people, commonly called the Gypsies. These people originated from northwestern India, a country their forefathers left some 1,500 years ago and settled in different parts of the world, but mostly in Europe and Mid-West Asia. In the last hundred years or so, the Romani people have also spread to the Americas. Continue reading

Dalton’s shoe tree

Ιnspired from Lucky Luke and Daltons my new craft

 

The Daltons are fictional outlaws who regularly appear in the Lucky Luke comic book series and arch-enemies to Lucky Luke. They were created by artist Morris and writer René Goscinny. They are loosely inspired by the real-life Dalton Gang, and billed as their cousins. While the original Dalton brothers are depicted as evil and Continue reading

Bloom like a flower….

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“Speed of life is a killer not a healer,

so slow down to bloom like a flower.”

Debasish Mridha

Today is my birthday and this wish was given to me by a friend of mine!!
So i am sharing this wish with you !!

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your beautiful thoughts with me.

Thank  also Humanity Lives On  for

Versatile Blogger Award

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PS :  I am thankful for all the beautiful people I have around me. You all have contributed to something very exciting in my life. I thank everybody for all the fabulous birthday wishes. 

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Canola flowers form a beautiful ‘golden sea’

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Luoping County is quiet for most of the year until the canola flowers bloom, and then the area of Yunnan, China, is reborn into a vibrant natural spectacle of yellow flowers as far as the eye can see. 

The fields of canola — also known as rapeseed — are used in the production of cooking oil. They’re also as popular with bees as tourists and photographers, so beekeepers set up tents among the flowers during their February to April bloom. While most anywhere outside the limits of the small town of Luoping is drenched in the sunny hues, the most surreal places to view them are with the towering mountains like the Golden Rooster Hill (aka Jinjifeng) and Hundred Thousand Hills spiking up from the floral fields. In some areas they also form otherworldly shapes in the terraced farms.

At the beginning of the canola season an annual festival is held in the flower’s honor, while after the petals fall Luoping County returns to its slumber amongst the hills.  Continue reading

Peter Josef Safar ….“kiss of life”

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During the 1950s, Safar designed a daring experiment, one that he acknowledged could not be repeated in later years—he sedated and paralysed volunteers. Then he would tilt a volunteer’s head back and thrust the jaw forward, demonstrating effective airway opening. He also proved that a long forgotten manoeuvre, the “kiss of life,” or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, was far more effective than the then standard chest pressure and arm lift technique.

Κάνε ΚΑΡΠΑ, σώσε μια ζωή!

Όλοι ξέρουμε το φιλί της ζωής αλλά αυτόν που το ανακάλυψε??

Σαν σήμερα λοιπόν γεννήθηκε ο Πέτερ Σάφαρ, αυστριακός γιατρός, που ανακάλυψε τη μέθοδο της τεχνητής αναπνοής, γνωστή ως «το φιλί της ζωής». (Θαν. 2/8/2003).

Το φιλί της ζωής ή ΚΑΡΠΑ (ΚΑΡδιοΠνευμονική Αναζωογόνηση) ή αγγλιστί CPR (CardioPulmonary Ressuscitation) είναι η διαδικασία κατά την οποία ο διασώστης Continue reading

Guitars of the greats rock NY museum

Σε ρυθμούς ροκ, το Μητροπολιτικό Μουσείο της Νέας Υόρκης

Η έκθεση «Play It Loud» στο ΜΕΤ της Νέας Υόρκης παρουσιάζει 185 κομμάτια, από τα οποία περισσότερα από 130 είναι μουσικά όργανα, που η ιστορία τους χρονολογείται από το 1939 έως το 2017

 

A Groundbreaking Exhibition At The Met: 'Play It Loud: Instruments Of Rock & Roll

 

The art of rock’n’roll is getting its due at an upcoming show at New York’s Met museum, which is decking its halls with instruments from the genre’s greats.

The storied Manhattan institution has amassed a staggering collection of rock memorabilia and instruments from superstars including Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Prince, Joan Jett, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley for the show Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll set to open Monday. Continue reading

You can’t cage angels… Wayne Stubbs

….You can’t cage me in
I’m nobody’s guilty sin
For I will fly once again
To free people from pain
I’ve lived poor
I’ve lived rich
I’ve been unsure
I won’t wilt
I will soar
I will be free
This angel won’t be caged
For I have too much grace
Let me fly
Time is mine!

 

 

https://cosmofunnel.com/poems/you-cant-cage-angels-149399

 

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The Breast or the Milk…

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You are hungry for knowledge
hungry to grow
hungry for experience
hungry to fly. . .
It could be that today

I am the breast

that gives the milk
that satisfies your hunger. . .
I think it´s fantastic that today
you want that breast.

But don´t forget:

It´s not the breast that satisfies your hunger
It´s the milk!

 

 

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The history of the wood engraving – Iστορία της ξυλογραφίας

For my friends Derrick and Jackie

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The history of the medium of wood engraving evolved from the oldest printing technique, woodcut—which, in Western culture, goes back to the fifteenth century. A wood block is cut from a smoothed plank cut longitudinally from the tree trunk so that the grain runs in parallel lines to the block.

Once the design has been established by cutting away the wood around the areas that will be printed, the block is inked with a small roller called a brayer. To print the block, a moistened piece of paper is placed on top of the block, along with a protective layer, called the tympan, and then put through the printing press. Alternately, a circular tool called a baren or even a spoon or the palm of the hand can be used to create enough pressure to print the inked block. Continue reading

“The Perfect World” By Kahlil Gibran


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God of lost souls, thou who are lost amongst the gods, hear me:

Gentle Destiny that watchest over us, mad, wandering spirits, hear me:

I dwell in the midst of a perfect race, I the most imperfect.

I, a human chaos, a nebula of confused elements, I move amongst finished worlds—peoples of complete laws and pure order, whose thoughts are assorted, whose dreams are arranged, and whose visions are enrolled and registered. Continue reading

Aleijadinho “the little cripple”

Ouro Preto, Brazil

Museu do Aleijadinho

A display of works by one of the world masters sacred art, an 18th-century Brazilian sculptor nicknamed “the little cripple.”

Sacred art will gain a whole new meaning when you have the chance to experience the work of Aleijadinho, a master baroque sculptor and icon of Brazilian art. Despite losing the use of his fingers, Aleijadinho’s paintings, statues, carvings, and sculptures are works of mastery and wonder, a testimony to the power of will and devotion.

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Oedipus and the Sphinx


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Oedipus and the Sphinx

is an 1864 oil on canvas painting by Gustave Moreau that was first exhibited at the French Salon of 1864 where it was an immediate success. It is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.The work was a fresh treatment of the established subject of the meeting between Oedipus and the Sphinx on the road to Delphi, notably portrayed at Sophocles‘ play Oedipus Rex.

The painting depicts Oedipus meeting the Sphinx at the crossroads on his journey between Thebes and Delphi. Continue reading

Dutch Astronaut André Kuipers Opens National Museum Week in The Netherlands

 

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Always wondered what the space suit of the Dutch astronaut André Kuipers looked like? There is a massive golden version of it floating around in The Netherlands this week!

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Ο Ολλανδός αστροναύτης Andre Kuipers και ο ηθοποιός Kim-Lian van der Meij αποκαλύπτουν ένα άγαλμα με την στολή του αστροναύτη, στα εγκαίνια της 5ης Εβδομάδας Εθνικών Μουσείων

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From 8 to 14 April 2019, it’s time for the fifth annual National Museum Week in The Netherlands and the week of cultural festivities was opened today by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers. Continue reading

Kanamara Matsuri – Kawasaki, Japan

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

Where Does The Tradition Come From?

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

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

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The Egg Dance

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The Egg dance was one of the earliest Saxon Medieval dances and, like the Carole, was performed during a period of festivity namely the Easter-tide festivities.

The  egg dance was derived from a traditional Easter game, in the egg dance eggs were laid on the ground or floor and the goal was to dance among them damaging as few eggs as possible.

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Ο χορός αυγών ήταν ένας από τους αρχαιότερους σαξονικούς μεσαιωνικούς χορούς, και λάμβανε χώρα κατά τη διάρκεια μιας περιόδου γιορτών του παλατιού. Continue reading

Gerovassiliou Wine Museum

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Parallel to his interest in quality wine making, Vangelis Gerovassiliou’s other aspiration is to enhance the viticultural tradition: in 1976 he started collecting viticulture, winemaking, bottling and cooperage tools from around the world.

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Especially notable is the corkscrew collection, which he started in the 1980s and which now numbers more than 2600 exhibits, making Vangelis Gerovassiliou one of the world’s greatest collectors of corkscrews. The collection includes rare and unique pieces dating back to the 18th century, true symbols of the technological advances, high aesthetics and social structures of the era. Continue reading