Deva – Gymnastics Home


These days  I have been back to visit my home land. And have found that peace and serenity again and again.  The earth calling  has given me all time a deep and long, meaningfull  and philosophically  path. 

Deva – famous for the legendary gymnast Nadia Comaneci and for the Gymnastics School which for many years  has trained world class gymnasts, is a gorgeous city  situated in Hunedoara County, part of Transylvania . The race of performance in Gymnastisc starts in Deva . For years and years Gymnastics  team has got all my admiration and respect.

After the Olympic Games in Montreal,  it has been set up the Gymnastics School at Deva, in 1978, when the coaches Marta and Bela Karoly  moved the national team from Onesti to Deva. After 1990, the school underwent a process of administrative reorganization, being named the High School for physical education and sports, and since 2003 it turned into the Cetate Deva National Sports College, focused on female artistic gymnastics and athletics.


Silence’s Rhythm



Today I have got my breathing

So deeply in my thoughts

Apart from  all   the smoothness 

Which run through daily naught. 




Today I’ve danced  with Silence 

So deeply in my mind

Away from  defiance 

Which made my race  so blind. 


 Today I’ve seen  the angels

Who light my inner peace

While singing with archangels

And shine through silence’s piece.  


Step out will bring Tomorrow 

Still looking for the path.

Through Laugh, and Hope, and Sorrow

I’m praying in my faith. 


“In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.”



While there is life, there is hope!

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Museum of Nottingham Life



Museum of Nottingham Life  is sited in Brewhouse Yard at the base of Castle Rock, a location that itself reveals much about Nottingham’s social history. The museum depicts the social history of Nottingham over the last 300 years and is housed in five 17th century cottages adjacent to the famous ‘Trip to Jerusalem’ public house and is staffed mainly by the volunteers.

Brewhouse Yard once contained a thriving community of 20 houses, with a population of 127 people at its peak. The surviving buildings house the museum and contain a mixture of reconstructed room and shop settings, and gallery displays including ‘Toys’ and ‘Community Showcase’ which highlights work by local groups or individuals. In the adjacent Rock Cottage is a reconstructed Victorian School room and a new exhibition ‘Growing up in Nottingham’. Also discover a system of man-made caves built into the rock. Once used by the former residents, they now house museum displays including a reconstructed air raid shelter.


Dragobete – The Day of Love



“The day when the birds are betrothed”, Dragobete is a traditional Romanian holiday celebrated on February 24. 

The legend says that Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter.


It is around this time that the birds begin to build their nests and mate. On this day, considered locally the first day of spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. Maidens used to collect the snow that lay on the ground in many villages and then melt it, using the water in magic potions throughout the rest of the year. Those who take part in Dragobete customs are supposed to be protected from illness, especially fevers, for the rest of the year. If the weather allows, girls and boys pick  snowdrops  or other early spring plants for the person they are courting. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like  Valentine’s Day.

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It is a common belief in some parts of Romania that, during this celebration, stepping over a partner’s foot leads to the dominant role in the relationship. Dragobete customs vary from region to region.



(source photos: google images)


While there is life, there is hope!


Şi florile stau îngemănate
Alături unite, cu faţa spre soare.
Se-apleacă uşor: divină-nchinare.
Respiră profund din aerul vieţii…
Din timpuri trecute cântat-au poeţii
Magia şi şarmul ce le străbate
Cu harul pe toate!
Şi pasărea mică ce-şi flutură zborul
Gingaşă se-apleacă în semn de-nchinare,
Un dans care prinde şi flutur şi floare.
Respiră cu dor din văzduhuri înalte,
E totul al ei: aproape, departe…
Şi cerul întreg i-a dat Creatorul,
Şi cântul şi zborul!
Tu vrei să trăieşti şi aevea îţi place
Să simţi cum prin vene pulsează voinţa.
Când graba şi stresul înving neştiinţa,
Tu toate le şti şi-ţi pare că-i bine,
Şi-o lume întreagă se simte ca tine,
Dar totuşi se zbate şi nu are pace
Şi nu ai ce-i face…
Dar turma cea mică şi blândă măsoară
În trepte de aur Iubirea divină
Şi plânge în taină-a pământului vină.
Când oamenii uită cum se…

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Stepping in time

Known as “Castle Rock”, with cliffs 130 feet (40 m) high to the south and west,  Nottingham Castle  was a major royal fortress and occasional royal residence in the Middle Ages. In decline by the 16th century, it was largely demolished in 1649.  The Duke of Newcastle  built later a mansion on the site, which was burnt down by rioters in 1831 and left as a ruin. It was later rebuilt to house an art gallery and museum, which remain in use to this day. Little of the original castle survives, but sufficient portions remain to give an impression of the layout of the site.


For centuries the castle served as one of the most important in England for nobles  and royalty  alike. It was in a strategic position due to its location near a crossing of the  River Trent,  and it was also known as a place of leisure being close to the royal hunting grounds at Tideswell, which was the “Kings Larder” in the Royal Forest of the Peak, and also the royal forests of  Barnsdale  and  Sherwood Forest . The castle also had its own deer park in the area immediately to the west, which is still known as The Park.



While King Richard of England   (known as “Lionheart”) was away on the  Third Crusade, along with a great number of English noblemen, Nottingham Castle was occupied by supporters of  Prince John, including the  Sheriff of Nottingham. In the legends of  Robin Hood, Nottingham Castle is the scene of the final showdown between the Sheriff and the hero outlaw.

In March 1194, a historic battle took place at Nottingham castle, part of the returned King Richard’s campaign to put down the rebellion of Prince John. The castle was the site of a decisive attack when King Richard besieged the castle, after constructing some of the same types of siege machines he had used on the crusade. Richard was aided by  Ranulph  de Blondeville, 4th Earl of Chester, and  David of Scotland, 8th Earl of Huntingdon. The castle surrendered after just a few days.



Edward III  used the castle as a residence and held Parliaments. In 1346 King   David II of Scotland  was held prisoner. In 1365 Edward III   improved the castle with a new tower on the west side of the Middle Bailey and a new prison under the High Tower. In 1376  Peter de la Mare, speaker of the House of Commons was confined in Nottingham Castle for having ‘taken unwarrantable liberties with the name of  Alice Perrers, mistress of the king’

In 1387 the state council was held in the castle.  Richard II held the  Lord Mayor of London with Aldermen and Sheriffs in the castle in 1392, and held another state council to humble Londoners. The last visit recorded by  Richard II  was in 1397 when another council was held here.

From 1403 until 1437 it was the main residence of  Henry IV’s  queen,  Joan.

After the residence of  Joan  maintenance was reduced. Only upon the  Wars of the Roses did Nottingham Castle begin to be used again as a military stronghold. Edward IV  proclaimed himself king in Nottingham, and in 1476 he ordered the construction of a new tower and Royal Apartments. This was described by  John Leland  in 1540 as:

‘the most beautifulest part and gallant building for lodging… a right sumptuus piece of stone work.’

During the reign of King Henry VII the castle remained a royal fortress.  Henry VIII ordered new tapestries for the castle before he visited Nottingham in August in 1511. By 1536 Henry had the castle reinforced and its garrison increased from a few dozen men to a few hundred.

In 1538 the Constable, the  Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland , reported on the need for maintenance. A survey in 1525 stated that there was much ‘dekay and ruyne of said castell’ and

‘part of the roof of the Great Hall is fallen down. Also the new building there is in dekay of timber, lead and glass’.



Two of Nottingham’s most successful entrepreuneurs of the 19th century were Jesse Boot and John Player. The first one developed a health empire and the later to counter it by manufacturing billions of cigaretes!

Jesse Boot, the founder of the chain of Boots the Chemist shops, started life in his widowed mother’s herbalist shop on Goose Gate in Nottingham and went on to found the Boot’s Pure Drug Company in 1888. The Boot’s the Chemist’s first shop in Nottingham was opened in 1892 and was situated in Pelham Street.

There had been a small tabacco factory in Nottingham for over 50 years when John Player took it over in 1877 and it was in the late 1890 when the great expansion in the business took place which led in 1901 to the foundation of the Imperial Tobacco Company.



It was at Nottingham Castle that the young King Edward III trapped his mother, Queen Isabella, with her lover, Martin Mortimer, and created the legend of Mortimer’s hole. This was said to be a cave leading from the cellars of Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn to the castle, through which Edward III is reputed to have crept to capture Mortimer, who was later put to death. Mortimer’s ghost is reputed to haunt the cave.IMG_3907


“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
 John W. Gardner
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

Vincent Van Gogh

“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”
Junot Diaz
“Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.” 
Duane Hanson
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.
Thomas Merton