Het festival heeft dit jaar als speciaal thema het slavernijverleden en de openingsfilm is Hoe duur was de suiker. Regisseur Jean van de Velde en actrice Wong-Loi-Sing zullen in de Cubaanse hoofdstad aanwezig zijn en hun film presenteren aan het publiek. Daarnaast zullen ze een bezoek brengen aan de filmacademie van Havana en er een workshop geven aan studenten. Ook het Engelstalige slavernijdrama Tula the Revolt van de Nederlandse filmmaker Jeroen Leinders wordt vertoond.
De Filmweek brengt een hommage aan Pim de la Parra, die vorig jaar te gast was op het festival, met de documentaire Parradox van In-Soo Radstake en met de la Parra's Odyssee d'Amour, door Eye International opnieuw in première gebracht in het Caribisch gebied, met integrale Spaanse ondertiteling.
Verder staan dit jaar een aantal succesvolle Nederlandse films op het programma die nog niet eerder in Cuba zijn vertoond: de speelfilms Wolf van Jim Taihuttu, Alles is familie van Joram Lürsen, Theo van Gogh's 06/05 en Interview, de jeugdfilms Mees Kees van Barbara Bredero en Spijt! van Dave Schram. De Nederlandse schilderkunst komt aan bod in Rembrandt's J'Accuse van Peter Greenaway en Pim van Hoeve's Van Gogh's Legacy en tot slot kan het Cubaanse publiek de dance documentaire I am Hardwell zien.
DC Sircar observes that palaeographically the Hathigumpha record is slightly later than Naneghat record whereas the letters of Sanchi inscription of Satakarni resemble the script of Hathigumpha inscription. Kharavela in his inscription mentions one Satakarni, who is identified as Satakarni II, who is also identical to the one who inscribed in Sanchi.
The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi is the oldest structure and was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BCE. Its nucleus was a hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Buddha. It was crowned by the chatra, a parasol-like structure symbolising high rank. A pillar of finely polished sandstone was also erected. The old stupa was later covered when it was expanded. The bottom part of the pillar still stands. The upper parts of the pillar are placed under a canopy nearby. The pillar has an Ashokan inscription (Schism Edict) and an inscription in the ornamental Sankha Lipi from the Gupta period.
Sometimes you don't think about miso soup as an appetizer until dinner is almost on the table. Well, that's my life, anyway. Miso soup is a great accompaniment for any Asian fare, especially dishes...
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* But really — does anyone else feel that spreading sensation after you swallow that first spoonful? It’s like dragon’s fire (albeit, less scalding) slowly flames down your throat in waves. It hits your stomach and spreads around its walls in a beautiful hug, and soon it’s coursing through your veins and your limbs. OK, not exactly an ideal experience in summer, but you’d be surprised how many temperature-hot/spicy-hot foods Asian cultures love to eat in hot weather.
The point: You still have time to make a few bowls of miso soup, if you have hondashi powder on hand. I’ve decided to document an official recipe for the miso soup I make with hondashi and white miso paste. Feel free to add or subtract whatever other garnishes you like — there is no exact science here.
"This is the oldest hominid skeleton on Earth," said Tim White, University of California, Berkeley, professor of integrative biology and one of the co-directors of the Middle Awash Project, a team of 70 scientists that reconstructed the skeleton and other fossils found with it. "This is the most detailed snapshot we have of one of the earliest hominids and of what Africa was like 4.4 million years ago."
White and the team will publish the results of their analysis in 11 papers in the Oct. 2 issue of the journal Science, which has Ardi on the cover. They announced their findings at press conferences held simultaneously today in Washington, D.C., and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Someone asked me, “How can I really be responsible for my life?” I asked her, “Do you know who you are?” Not knowing, how can you be responsible for your life? The problem i...
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Someone asked me, “How can I really be responsible for my life?” I asked her, “Do you know who you are?” Not knowing, how can you be responsible for your life? The problem is that what our life actually is and our so-called intellectual understanding of what it is are often two different things. Most of the time we are deceiving ourselves, whether we know it or not. Please be careful about this. Shakyamuni Buddha himself said, “Be a torch for your life.” In other words, depend on yourself and be responsible for yourself, not as what you think you are but rather you as the dharma. This is very important. You cannot depend on your complaints, on your greed, anger, and ignorance.
So close the gap between Yourself and yourself. Carry this wisdom into your daily life and let your life continue in this way. When you close the gap, that is the best way to take care of your family, of your community, of your life. Then your life becomes delightful, not only for yourself but for the people around you as well.
A library of cross-disciplinary interestingness and combinatorial creativity
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Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (public library) by firefighter-turned-writer Caroline Paul and illustrator extraordinaire Wendy MacNaughton, she of many wonderful collaborations — a tender, imaginative memoir infused with equal parts humor and humanity. (You might recall a subtle teaser for this gem in Wendy’s wonderful recent illustration of Gay Talese’s taxonomy of cats.) Though “about” a cat, this heartwarming and heartbreaking tale is really about what it means to be human — about the osmosis of hollowing loneliness and profound attachment, the oscillation between boundless affection and paralyzing fear of abandonment, the unfair promise of loss implicit to every possibility of love.
Via dit fantastische platform ben ik op zoek naar mensen die iets zien in de verfilming van het boek ‘De Alchemie van de Liefde’. Het is een waar gebeurd verhaal over bankprocessen, faillissementen, ouderverstoting (ouders die hun kinderen niet meer zien), racisme, bedreiging, manipulatie en andere duistere scenario’s. Mohammed en ik, Chantal, kozen er als schrijvers van het boek doelbewust voor om met deze verhalen niet zomaar naar de pers te stappen. Het was belangrijker om met een Positieve boodschap naar buiten te komen, een boodschap van Vrede, Harmonie en Liefde. En meteen kwamen we bij de vraag: ‘Wie zijn wij eigenlijk?’ En wat zorgt er eigenlijk voor dat sommigen zover verwijderd geraken van hun Liefdevolle kern? Dit bracht ons dan bij het punt dat er véél meer is dan wij met onze zintuigen kunnen waarnemen. Meteen zorgde dit voor verschillende sciencefictionelementen in het boek. Maar is veel niet gewoon ‘normaal’ in plaats van ‘paranormaal’?
Nederlands actrice, voluit Delaloranne Marietje Vaags. Had een vaste rol als cipier in de televisieserie Vrouwenvleugel (1993-95) en speelde ook een hoofdrol in de minimal movie Dagboek van een zwakke yogi ('Ronald da Silva' alias Pim de la Parra, 1993). Kleinere rollen in films als De avonden (Rudolf van den Berg, 1989), Romeo (Rita Horst, 1990), The Baby of Mâcon (Peter Greenaway, 1993), de eindexamenfilm Buenos Aires, Here We Come (Marc van Uchelen, 1996), de televisiefilm Lolamoviola: Benidorm (Jaap van Eyck, 1997), de televisieserie "Quidam, Quidam" (Maria Uitdehaag en Robert Wiering, 1999) en Sinterklaas en het geheim van de Robijn (Martijn van Nellestijn, 2004). Speelde voorts in de zelden of nooit vertoonde minimal movies Het gelukzalig lijden van Derek Beaujon (De la Parra, 1991), Het labyrint der lusten (De la Parra, 1991), Extravaganza (De la Parra, 1991) en Round of Prisoners (De la Parra, 1995). Tevens coregisseerde en schreef ze met De la Parra de eveneens obscure minimal movie Vrouwen van vandaag (1993).
The best-known Brahmi inscriptions are the rock-cut edicts of Ashoka in north-central India, dated to 250-232 BCE. The script was deciphered in 1837 by James Prinsep, an archaeologist, philologist, and official of the East India Company.
The best-known Brahmi inscriptions are the rock-cut edicts of Ashoka in north-central India, dated to 250–232 BCE. The script was deciphered in 1837 by James Prinsep, an archaeologist, philologist, and official of the East India Company. The origin of the script is still much debated, with current Western academic opinion generally agreeing (with some exceptions) that Brahmi was derived from or at least influenced by one or more contemporary Semitic scripts, but a current of opinion in India favors the idea that it is connected to the much older and as-yet undeciphered Indus script.:20
The Gupta script of the 5th century is sometimes called "Late Brahmi". The Brahmi script diversified into numerous local variants, classified together as the Brahmic scripts. Dozens of modern scripts used across South Asia have descended from Brahmi, making it one of the world's most influential writing traditions.
Piprahwa is a village near Birdpur [historical British variant as Birdpore] in the Siddharthnagar district of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The scented rice 'kalanamak', very famous and spicy, is grown in this area. This Stupa was discovered by William Claxton Peppe, a British colonial engineer and landowner of an estate at Piprahwa.
This recent expert opinion concerning the authenticity of the Piprahwa reliquary once more raises questions about the exact whereabouts of Kapilvastu, tilting the evidence back towards it being located in India. Competing claims believe that Kaplivastu is at Tilaurakot in Nepal.
Today, the relics from the original and the 1970s excavations of the Piprahwa Stupa are revered by many Buddhists the world over with ten million people in 1978 paying homage to the relics when they travelled to Sri Lanka, and in August 2012 the Indian government once more allowed the relics to be lent to Sri Lanka.
The Piprahwa relics, are located in the Calcutta and New Delhi Museums, the Golden Mount Temple in Bangkok, in Burma, the Dipaduttamrama Temple (also known as the Jewel Stupa) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Anuradhapura Temple, Kandy, Sri Lanka. A portion of the relics were retained by W. C. Peppe, and these are still owned by a descendant of the Peppe family in England.
Just a few steps away from commercial thoroughfares, this former imperial lake garden ushers city dwellers from the urban hustle and bustle into a peaceful haven of weeping willows, arch bridges, paddle boats and visually stunning flowers.
Whatever the season, the 4.4 square-kilometre park showcases a distinctive colour: pink cherry blossoms in spring, emerald lotus leaves in summer, golden ginkgos and red maples in autumn, and snow-covered pines in winter.
Much of Nanjing’s downtown is built around this massive, smooth body of water. A casual stroll around the lake and through its five islands – all connected by bridges -- can take up to five hours.
Various gates. The main one is Xuanwu Gate, near Metro Line 1 Xuanwumen Station; free; open daily 6.00 a.m.-8.00 p.m.; round-the-lake sightseeing bus RMB 30 (US$4.80) per person per trip
Wuchaomen Park (午朝门公园)
Every morning, retired locals practice tai chi, sing opera and walk backwards in circles in what was once the forbidden grounds of the Ming Palace.
Inside the park stands Wumen, one of Nanjing’s few remaining palace gates, dating back to 1367. Visitors can climb the grey-bricked structure to experience a good view over Yudao to the south, the straight and tree-lined former imperial road.
Philip Roth confronts age and beauty, and turns—well, not exactly sentimental, but surprisingly warm.
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Everyman takes its title from a medieval morality play, a nasty little allegory of what happens when the party ends. Called by Death, the central character is abandoned by his “false friends”—friends, family, wealth—and leans instead on Good Deeds, Strength, Beauty, Intelligence, and Knowledge. By play’s end, he is alone: All but Good Deeds have left him, and he must confront his grave with Christian humility. The world he has left behind is “drowned in synne,” as God complains in the play’s prologue, overflowing with “pryde coueteyse wrathe and lechery.”
In this performance three main elements come together: the job of the road paver, dance and visual art. Wouter Klein Velderman reveals himself as an ally in de Châtel's research, always interested in what happens in the society, in raw truth, dance and sculptural elements. Thus, the connection between dance and visual arts was born. The repetitive movements of the road pavers, the beauty that arises by their actions, and the large quantities of paving stones are the starting point for the performance ÚT (OET). The materials Wouter Klein Velderman uses for his sculptures and installations often come from the industrial production, like metal, PVC fabric or wood. He treats these rough and impersonal materials with great care and attention: each sculpture arises in strong contrast with their subject, like a pile of stones, a sea-container or a factory site. PRESS RELEASE
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For 20 000 years, in Lascaux, Niaux, Chauvet, Combe-Nègre, Marsoulas and in hundreds of other caves, prehistoric man decorated the walls with horses and bisons, along with deer, ibex, aurochs.. However, our intention to restore the wild fauna of ancient times has not yet lead us to reintroduce mammoths, lions and rhinos into the Reserve!
The end of World War II in Europe signaled the end of the road for chauffeur Kay Summersby's three-year relationship with her boss, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.Her face was censored from the official...
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The end of World War II in Europe signaled the end of the road for chauffeur Kay Summersby's three-year relationship with her boss, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Her face was censored from the official photo taken by Technical Sgt. Al Meserlin, Ike's personal photographer, on that May morning in 1945 when the Germans surrendered at the red-brick schoolhouse in Reims, France.
In a print of the original picture, which Meserlin has kept in his scrapbook for 50 years, Summersby is in the background as Eisenhower holds aloft, in a V-for-victory gesture, the two pens used by the high-ranking German officers to sign the surrender.
Meserlin, now living in Sea Girt, N.J., has no idea why the photo was altered after he shipped off his film to the Army Pictorial Service laboratory in Paris. "All our stuff went through the wartime censors," he said. "Usually they just cropped out identifying terrain details so as not to reveal Eisenhower's whereabouts, like when he went to Bastogne."
When Eisenhower left Europe for a Pentagon assignment some months later, Summersby's name was dropped from the travel orders of SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force) staffers joining him. She was the only member of what he fondly called his "immediate wartime family" to be left behind.
She was devastated, as she recorded in a bittersweet autobiography, "Past Forgetting: My Love Affair With Dwight D. Eisenhower," written after Eisenhower's death and during her final illness. It depicted a passionate but unconsummated love affair that consisted mostly of "stolen kisses" along a woodland path or aboard "a darkened plane to Cairo."
She wrote of holding hands, sitting before the fire in his quarters listening to favorite records while sharing cocktails for two, "almost telepathic" bridge partners, golfing together, horseback riding in the countryside or the desert, romping with "Telek," the coal-black Scotch terrier he bought for her.
Eisenhower mentions her only once in his diary, "Crusade in Europe," just a name on a list of aides.
Kathleen McCarthy Summersby, a perky, coquettish Irish divorcee and former fashion model for the House of Worth in Paris, was 33 when as a civilian volunteer with the British Motor Transport Corps she was assigned to drive Eisenhower around London. He was 20 years older.
One of her earlier assignments was driving an ambulance in the heavily blitzed East End dock area, picking up bodies and delivering them to the morgue. Twice she had to drive around all night searching for a morgue that had room for more corpses.
Levitt and Dubner take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally – to think, that is, like a Freak. They offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria. Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such revolutionary thinkers been so revealing – and so much fun to read. Read More.