Filled with anticipation, I arrived in the Pink City of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.’ In fact, it was my first question to our guide. He laughed and told me of another tourist who planned her whole trip around sighting scenes from the movie. The hotel actually is in a nearby city but the shots of the arches and the pink buildings were shot in Jaipur. The reputation of the Pink City is so important to the local economy, that the government furnishes just the correct color for painting the buildings inside the walls of the old city.
This was only a photo opportunity of the front facade of the Palace of Winds where you can see the pink color of the buildings.
To give you an idea how important Jaipur is for travelers to India, Eyewitness Guide India gives no less than fifteen pages to the Pink City and surrounds…
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When students graduate from the Kanazawa College of Art in Japan, they get to wear whatever they want to the graduation ceremony. The annual event is clearly popular, judging from the number of television cameras, photographers and reporters on hand to cover the ceremony.
I’m not sure which costume is your favorite but for me, it’s the giant cello, no contest! He even has a huge bow (pic #9)! Runner-up goes to Danbo, the adorable cardboard robot seen in #2 and #20 below.
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The Crimea region of Ukraine is now under de facto Russian control. It is a simple fact on the ground. The rights and wrongs of this are for others to discuss, I’m more interested in the reasons why and the possible consequences.
As I was going through various news sources over the weekend, what else can I do after a knee operation, I saw a picture that stopped me in my tracks. It shouldn’t surprise me, the role of religion in politics is hardly new. The image I saw, link here, was of Eastern Orthodox priests blessing Russian troops as they take control of Crimea. I have been thinking about this image and what it means.
Outside the Orthodox community many people don’t realize just how powerful the Orthodox church is and how much power and influence it has in Russian politics. Its Patriarch, Kirill Gundyaev and Vladimir Putin…
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In a fascinating photo series for the Guardian, photographer Sarah Lee took photos of army ration packs around the world. The differences between the various countries ration packs highlight the diversity in taste and cuisine preferences.
While I’ve included a few examples below, be sure to read the full article at the Guardian where you will find the complete 11-picture gallery along with intriguing descriptions about the contents.
The Italian ration pack contains a breakfast shot of 40% alcohol cordiale, a powdered cappuccino, lots of biscotti, and a disposable camping stove for heating parts of the meal, including a pasta and bean soup, canned turkey and a rice salad. Dessert is a power sport bar, canned fruit salad or a muesli chocolate bar. the Guardian
2. United Kingdom
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Incredible Three Dimensional Street Art
These amazing workds are the brainchild of one Julian Beever, an extremely talented street painter, who creates astounding scenes, showing his enormous creative streak and imagination. His street art is not only beautiful but also fun to photo with!
Netanyahu said that the world’s greatest challenge was preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, and “no country has a bigger stake in this than Israel.”
The prime minister also spoke about Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, saying that the Palestinians have not been doing enough to advance negotiations. He reiterated charges that the Palestinian Authority was guilty of “incitement” toward Israel.
He called on the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
Netanyahu said that the people of Israel expect him to stand strong against pressures on the Jewish state.
Source: Jerusalem Post
What Netanyahu explains to Obama, should have been ABC for the US President.
You do not sign…
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Readers will note that whilst presenter Stephen Sackur invokes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions spectre, in line with what is increasingly looking like standard BBC policy, he fails to provide viewers with any information whatsoever regarding the end game of the BDS political campaign and hence both deprives them of the ability to place those threats in their proper context and whitewashes that campaign’s destructive nature.
A segment of the interview was also promoted on the BBC News website’s Middle East page under the apparently deliberately simplistic title “Naftali Bennett: Israeli settlements must stay”. At the time of writing, that clip had been left up for seven consecutive days.
An artist always has poetical license!
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Every artist was first an amateur.
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture,
society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not
is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.
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