Leicester, vânt, muzică și Amerindieni

 

“Sufletul n-ar avea curcubeul daca ochii n-ar avea lacrimi.”

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Ajunsesem cu bine în Leicester după ce ne minunasem la propriu de toată splendoarea așezată printre colinele blânde, cu verdele pur care bucură ochii și întinerește inima, în goana autocarului  intre Nottingham și noul oraș ce aveam să-l descoperim.

Ne grăbeam spre o întâlnire și cu telefonul în mână ascultam atent vocea gravă  din aplicația ce îmi îndruma pașii, în timp ce îmi zgâiam ochii la înălțime pe zidurile clădirilor atât doar cât să citesc numele străzilor.

În gălăgia străzii am pierdut parte bună din explicațiile robotului, așa că ne cam învârtisem și rătăcisem o vreme.  Vântul bătea puternic, iar noi se pare  ca eram deja în leagănul imaginar al lui “unde ne-o duce vântul.”  Undeva în mijlocul unei piețe ce nu părea chiar așa aglomerată, am trecut razant, aproape să ne ciocnim  pe lângă un domn îmbrăcat ciudat.  Parcă chemată înapoi dintre toate vânturile ce ne legănau printre străzi, am privit plină de încântare și curiozitate la omul ce începea să își cânte atât de delicat muzica.

Am filmat  cu telefonul și nu am reușit să duc înregistrarea până la sfârșitul melodiei. Între timp lumea se oprise să asculte.  Ma impresionează toți artiștii străzii, în aceeași măsură, și este evident că nu aș avea timp să îmi opresc pașii și să-i ascult pe toți.   Sunt zile în care piețele par un spectacol viu de sunet,  arta, culoare, culturi.  Dar uneori în toată viteza cotidiană îmi golesc gândurile la capătul ideii de artă stradală, în timp ce le umplu cu toate gândurile bune așa încât să le transmit universalității, ca într-un cerc al bucuriei vieții.

Domnul din înregistrare mi-a amintit oarecum de copilărie, de Old Statterhand și Winnetou.  Purtată de vânt printre colțișoarele pline de bucurii ale aducerilor aminte.

 

“Calca usor primavara. Mama natura este insarcinata.”

“Nu poti trezi un om care pretinde ca doarme.”

“Nu judeca pe cineva pana nu ai umblat doua luni in mocasinii sai.”

“Nu mostenim pamantul de la inaintasi, pur si simplu il imprumutam de la copiii nostri.”

“Chiar si atunci cand cazi in nas, te misti tot inainte.”

“Daca un om este intelept ca un sarpe, isi poate permite sa fie inofensiv ca un porumbel.”

“Un deget nu poate ridica o piatra.”

“Nu schimba caii în mijlocul raului!”

“Nu lasa ca ieri sa foloseasca prea mult din astazi.”

 “Lunii nu ii este rusine de latratul cainilor.”

“Ziua si noaptea nu pot ramane impreuna.”

“Toti cei care mor sunt egali.” ( Proverbe amerindiene) Proverb-amerindian

 

  • Desi 64.000 de nativi Sioux au luptat in armata americana in timpul celui de al II-lea Razboi Mondial, numai 4 Medalii de Onoare au fost oferite acestei comunitati
  • Se estimeaza ca in momentul debarcarii lui Columb pe coasta Cubei, in 1492, in America de Nord traiau circa 60.000.000 de amerindieni. Ultimul recensamant arata ca, in prezent, numarul acestora se ridica la maxim 2,7 milioane.
  • Un scandal enorm a cuprins SUA in ianuarie 2008, atunci cand membrii comunitatii Sioux au cerut separarea de Statele Unite ale Americii si crearea Republicii indienilor Lakota (adevaratul nume al nativilor Sioux). Printre revendicarile acestora se numara si retrocedarea a nu mai putin de 24, 3 milioane de hectare de teren din circa cinci state americane.
  • Guvernul american finanteaza in prezent constructia celei mai mari sculpturi din lume care sa il infatiseze pe liderul Sioux, Crazy Horse. Sculptura este realizata in Dacota de Sud, dintr-un intreg munte, si se estimeaza ca in momentul finalizarii, aceasta va depasi ca dimensiuni sculpturile celor patru presedinti de la Muntele Rushmore
  • Obiceiul macabru de a scalpa victimele (taierea pielii de pe craniu), celebru printre amerindieni, se pare ca este o inventie spaniola. Conquistadorii ar fi platit mercenarii indieni dupa numarul de scalpuri colectate in timpul raidurilor. ( Sursa:  Descopera.Ro) 

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Cu vântul în față, îmbrățișați de aroma amintirilor,  descifrand coduri istorice misterioase, într-un oraș britanic ce își leagă numele de regi și regine, aveam să învălui toate acestea într-o mantie multicoloră a realității. O realitate cu zile ploioase sau dimineți însorite, cu oameni obișnuiți, cu dorințe frumoase  pline de optimism. Într-un oraș multicultural, zâmbetul strălucește la fel pe fețele tuturor, în aceeași limbă, înțeleasă de toți.    Un Leicester cu   vânt, muzică,  si zâmbete luminoase.

City War Memorial, Nottingham

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The City War Memorial, Nottingham is the main War Memorial for the City of Nottingham. 

The Memorial was designed by T. Wallis Gordon, Nottingham City Engineer and Surveyor.

The foundation stone was laid by Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), on 1 August 1923. Constructed of Portland stone, the gateway is 46 ft (14 m) high and 58 ft (18 m) long, the central arch is 27 ft (8.2 m) high and 16 ft (4.9 m) wide; the arches on either side are 20 ft (6.1 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) wide. The flanking colonnades, are 20 ft (6.1 m) high and 86 ft (26 m) long. The walls on either side extend the overall length to about 252 ft (77 m).

It was unveiled by Edmund Huntsman, Mayor of Nottingham, on 11 November 1927. The service of dedication was carried out by James Gordon, then Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Nottingham.

It was later adapted to commemorate those people who died in the Second World War.

 

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City of Nottingham
In ever grateful Memory of the Men of Nottingham who gave their lives for their King and Country in the Great War. 1914 – 1918. Erected by their fellow Citizens
Vivit Post Funera Virtus

(Wikipedia)

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The Memorial Gardens, commemorating the dead of World War 1, are early 20th-century gardens laid out on land donated by Sir Jesse Boot. They lie on the Victoria Embankment of the River Trent and incorporate the city’s war memorial in the form of an arch and terrace.

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The earthworks of Victoria Embankment were constructed between 1898 and 1901. The adjacent Meadows Recreation Ground was opened in May 1906. A further area of land was bought in 1920 by Sir Jesse Boot and donated to the Corporation of Nottingham to be preserved as open space and a memorial site in perpetuity. The Memorial Gardens were laid out by Mr J. Parker, the Superintendent of the Nottingham Public Parks Committee, and opened in 1927. ( Memorial Gardens

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Vicar Water Country Park

Vicar Water is a small river in Nottinghamshire, England. It is a tributary of the River Maun, and runs through an area which was once the royal hunting ground of Clipstone Park. It gained its present name in the early nineteenth century, and was dammed in 1870, in order to make a trout fishery, which was used to stock the lakes at nearby Welbeck Abbey. Since the cessation of coal mining, much of it has been incorporated into a country park, and is a designated Local Nature Reserve.

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The river joins the River Maun near Clipstone where there is a hunting lodge, built in 1164 and known to have been used by King John. The ruins are grade II-listed and a scheduled ancient monument.  The name of the river was Warmebroke at the time, and it was not called Vicar Water until the early nineteenth century. In  the seventeenth century, large tracts of land were given to the Duke of Newcastle and the Duke of Portland, and the river and its surroundings became part of the estate of the Duke of Portland. The 5th Duke of Portland constructed a dam across the river in the 1870s, to impound the water and create a lake. This was used as a trout fishery, from which the lakes at Welbeck Abbey were stocked. Records show that 600 fish were transferred for this purpose in 1873.

Thirty years later, the pool was a popular location for swimming and boating. It continued to be so during the First World War, when it was used by some of the 20,000 soldiers stationed nearby, and after the opening of Clipstone Colliery in 1922, numbers using the facilities were swelled by some of the 2,000 residents who moved into the purpose-built village of New Clipstone. Fishing also became popular, with the Duke awarding the fishing rights to the Clipstone Colliery Angling Club. Spoil tips from the mine gradually surrounded the lake and river, until tipping ceased in 1976. Nottinghamshire County Council then initiated a reclamation scheme, to transform the area into a country park. 25 acres (10 ha) of woodland were planted, and the park opened in 1982. Ten years later, ownership was transferred to the Newark and Sherwood District Council, and improvements were made using grants from Nottinghamshire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund. A part-time ranger was employed to manage the site in 1993, and this became a permanent post in 1999, when funding was received from the owners of Clipstone Colliery, RJB Mining.

The river starts at a series of small lakes, at the western edge of the country park. They occupy the site of a larger artificial lake, marked on the 1885 map as having three sluices into the main channel. T he river used to start before the lake, but this area has been affected by railway construction, and a large settling pond was built as part of the mine workings, where the stream once was. The river continues along the southern edge of Clipstone and the northern edge of the country park, to reach the “V”-shaped Vicar Pond, which is now a coarse fishery.  Below the pond, the course is crossed by several redundant railway bridges, once associated with the colliery, and the National Cycle Network Route 6 runs parallel to it. It runs northwards at this point, to reach King’s Clipstone, and the remains of the hunting lodge, to pass under the B6030 Mansfield Road, and join the River Maun. ( References: Wikipedia)

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Surprise me September

There run  through the time

The river of dreams,

While looking  to mine 

All hours to mean.

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There flew  through the space 

Nice smiles  from the hope, 

While looking for grace

Of the life to involve.

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There comes in the mind

Bouquet of the choices

Which ask for a kind

Of  following  voices. 

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Today may I count 

On what should  remember

While jumping the bound.

Surprise me September! 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

Pagan Pride

The Pagan Pride UK Parade and free  festival takes place annually on the first  Sunday in August in Central Nottingham.

 

Pagan Pride is a day of community and celebration,  beginning with a parade through the streets of the historic City of Nottingham to The Arboretum where a free  festival of live music, workshops, dance, arts, crafts, and networking opportunities – as well as hosting many stalls, food and a real ale bar.  There’s even an After Show Party at a local venue in the evening. 

Pagan Pride is a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, and funded solely from public donations and fundraising events.

 

Pagan Pride is a movement among the American Pagans to build a positive public image of Paganism. Local Pagan Pride groups sponsor “Pagan Pride Day” festivals, usually in public locations such as city parks or university campuses. The first recorded reference to “Pagan Pride” can be traced to 1992.

Live your beautiful life!

While there is life, there is hope! 

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Heaven on Earth – Hunza Valley

 

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The Heaven on Earth, Hunza Valley, a region in the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of northernmost Pakistan, is renowned for its spectacular natural scenery of majestic mountains and glittering lakes.  And  for the beauty of its people. People who enjoy long life expectancy. 

The rough mountain terrain, clean air and water, an abundance of healthy organic foods like dried apricots and almonds, and relative isolation are believed to have blessed the locals with excellent health and long  lives. 

 

 

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 Apart of these, Hunza is renewed for something else which is really great.  At least three-quarters of people in the Valley – and virtually all the youths of both genders ,  can read and write (in a country where about 55 percent of the population is literate, and millions of girls are essentially blocked from attending school). Almost every child in Hunza attends school up to at least the high school level, while many pursue higher studies at colleges in Pakistan and abroad.

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Dawn, an English-language Pakistani daily, reported that one of the principal factors behind Hunza’s stupendous literacy figures traces back to the educational advocacy efforts of the Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah. In the early part of the 20th century, he persuaded the mirs [rulers] of Hunza state to educate their peoples. By 1946, 16 “Diamond Jubilee” schools were established in the Valley, followed by a decision from the Pakistani government to open up public schools in the Northern regions, including Hunza. In 1983, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, introduced The Academy, a high-quality school (including dormitory facilities) exclusively for girls in Hunza. By the early 1990s, the government created “community schools” in Hunza, including the Al-Amyn Model School in the village of Gulmit, which permitted the students’ families to participate in lessons.

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Dawn noted two other major developments in regional education gains: the establishment of the Karakoram University in Gilgit, and the founding of organizations by the Aga Khan dynasty that encourage universal education, training and scholarships. The present Aga Khan has also financed local agricultural and other economic endeavors through the Aga Khan Development Network. “There seems to be urgency in terms of acquiring education,” wrote Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, director of the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore School of Economics, in an article in Dawn. “Parents in Hunza are convinced that the best thing they can do for their children is to help them get a good education. There is a growing interest in higher education for girls.”

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Parents in Hunza encourage their daughters to gain an education and are even willing to send girls to all parts of Pakistan to obtain a quality degree. It is an approach that distinguishes Hunza from the rest of the Northern Areas.  Even more extraordinary, the importance of education in this Valley has raised the status of women to equality with men.  in Hunza (in stark contrast to virtually all other rural parts of Pakistan), women and girls stroll the bazaars after dusk without male relatives, and no one dares to bat even an eyelash at them, let alone stare sleazily and make risqué comments as is tradition elsewhere.  Women have also become an integral part  of the local economy, including those who weave Hunza’s famous handicrafts.

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Now, hundreds of well-educated young Hunza residents are involved in IT centers, many of which are funded by foreign NGOs, studying e-marketing, e-accounting, content writing, programming, foreign exchange market trading and web design. It is hoped these courses will lead to gainful jobs, both online and offline.  Pakistan is a leader in online work, ranking fourth in skills on a list of 158 countries and third in total earnings. This alone speaks to the talent in the country.  Women are at the forefront of this surge. Online work is transforming the role of women across Pakistan and offering opportunities for them in IT and beyond.

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Visitors to the stunningly beautiful valley, towered over by five snowcapped mountains, sometimes feel as if they are standing at the edge of the Earth — or, maybe, at the centre of it.

A once-vibrant tourism industry collapsed after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. 

As a model of moderate Islam, the idyllic valley has emerged as an oasis of tolerance, security and good schools.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Abstract

Abstract art has come into being as a necessary expression of the feelings and thoughts of our age; it has added new dimensions to creative painting.  – Leonard Brooks

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Kings Mill Reservoir, Sutton in Ashfield, UK

 

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art. – Salvador Dali 

 

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Quarry Lane, Mansfield, UK

You can’t look at abstract art without thinking.  Patricia Cole- Ferullo 

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Quarry Lane, Mansfield, UK

 

Abstraction is an esoteric language.- Eric Fischl  

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Bucharest, Romania

Abstract art is a fundamental distrust of the theory of reality concocted by the eyes.  Robert Brault 

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Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone, UK

Abstract Art… is part of the constant change and vital searching that energizes every true art.-  Leonard Brooks 

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Nottingham, UK

By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction.- John Dewey 

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Bucharest, Romania

In every landscape should reside jewels of abstract art waiting to be discovered. – Melissa Brown

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Nottingham, UK

In the process of making a painting in an abstract way, the painter is in search of a reality. Not one of realistic objects, but of the complete end result. The painting is experienced as a whole, and must evoke in the painter the absolute conviction that this is how it should be and no other way. – Paul Burlin 

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Crooked Spire Church, Chesterfield, UK

The abstract nature of reality is the source of beauty.- William DeRaymond 

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Pakistan Monument, Islamabad, Pakistan

The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes and, ironically, the more real. – Lucian Freud 

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Bucharest, Romania

We commonly call it abstraction, when now it is really nothing more than extrapolation. And yet it goes on.  John Gargano 

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Deva, Romania

Live your beautiful life! 

While there is life, there is hope! 

Weekly photo challenge: Abstract

Wollaton Hall

 

Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Elizabethan mansion in the heart of Nottingham.

 

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Wollaton is a classic  prodigy house,  “the architectural sensation of its age”, though its builder was not a leading courtier and its construction stretched the resources he mainly obtained from  coalming; the original family home was at the bottom of the hill. Though much re-modelled inside, the “startlingly bold” exterior remains largely intact.

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Wollaton Hall  was designed by Robert Smythson and built by Sir Francis Willoughby between 1580 and 1588 for his family. Now a prominent Grade One listed building, the stunning Hall houses the city’s Natural History Museum along with reconstructed room settings.

The building consists of a central block dominated by a hall three storeys high, with a stone screen at one end and galleries at either end, with the “Prospect Room” above that. From this there are extensive views of the park and surrounding country. There are towers at each corner, projecting out from this top floor. At each corner of the house is a square pavilion of three storeys, with decorative features rising above the roof line. Much of the basement storey is cut from the rock the house sits on.

 

Standing on a natural hill three miles west of Nottingham City Centre, Wollaton Hall is set in five hundred acres of spectacular gardens and parkland. The hall was used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film, Dark Knight Rises.

The surrounding parkland has a herd of deer, and is regularly used for large-scale outdoor events  such as rock concerts, sporting events and festivals.

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Live your beautiful Life!

While there is life, there is hope! 

Wollaton Park

 

 

 

Wollaton   Park is one of the most famous and popular attraction of Nottingham. 

It is also fantastic for wildlife. With woodland, wetland and grassland over a large area. It is designates as a Local Wildlife Site. 

 

Wollaton Park spans 500 acres of spectacular gardens and parkland and is a haven for wildlife, including herds of red and fallow deer which are free to roam in their natural habitat. 

 

 

The formal gardens provide the perfect spot to sit and relax. There is also a small walled botanic garden which has been developed and cared for by volunteers from the Nottingham branch of the Hardy Plant Society since the early 1980’s. 

 

Live your beautiful Life!

While there is life, there is hope! 

The Roman Bath, “Thermae Germisara”


 

Our travel plan carried on with a small excursion to the Geoagiu Bai. Dad has been the first one who brought to the table the idea. For sure, AB should see how beautiful is Romania. 

 

From Hunedoara it takes by driving on a road no more than 40 minutes. We always love to take it via Rapolt. It seems the way more picturesque. 

 

As usual, Cosmin has come with historical explanations. It is  so lovely his way to bring the history in our sights. 

 

In Roman times , Baile Geoagiu were known as  “Thermae Germisara” or  “Germisara as Thermis”.  Roman thermal baths ( Germisara ) kept almost the same shape as in ancient times, being built in the present location Geoagiu , a promontory circular diameter of 90-95 m . The bathrooms have worked in two phases ( Germisara and subsequently Thermae Dodona ) . In 1935 ,  while digging  the small basin of the present swimming pool with thermal water , they were unearthed statues representing the Aesculapius ( Aesculap ) and Aegean ( Hygeia ) , which testify to the intense life of those times . .. Interesting time… and  as history says,  the Dacians already knew of the thermal springs of the area.  The first settlements in the area can be found in the time of the Dacians, in the 1st century BC, as shown by archeological discoveries. … But Cosmin stated as well as other researches  showed  that the name came from the Hungarian name of the river Gyógy which means curative,  as has been found written villa Gyog by 1921. 

 

Here is certified too a kind of temple dedicated to the Nymphaeum  plus many others altars, statues, coins and precious metal ( seven plates by gold).  Relics and archaeological traces found inside the bath shows as well a strong and permanent service in the Roman period.

 

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The  water from Geoagiu springs is calcareous and ferrouginous with a temperature of 33°C.   The waters of the resort are used both in internal cure and as a bath for rheumatic diseases, paralysis, etc. Ferric sludge that is found here is also used for the therapeutic purposes.

 

 

After the Romans left Dacia, it is supposed that the place has been left in desolation.   The first mention after this has come in the medieval times from Geovani Andrea Gromo, an Italian mercenary, commander of the guard Prince John Sigismund Zapolya. He recorded the restoration of bathrooms by mid-century 16 by Queen Isabella, wife of  John Sigismund Zapolya Hungarian King. 

 

 

Today the Roman Baths attracts tourists from all around the world. The climate is moderate continental. The annual average temperature 9.8°C. 

 

Natural cure factors consist of alkaline mineral water, slightly sulphurous, bicarbonate, magnesium and thermal mesothermal (29-32°C) peat mud, ferruginous, sedative climate. Therapeutic Indications: musculoskeletal disorders (rheumatism, neuralgia) gynecological disorders, nurit and metabolic diseases, dermatological diseases, hepatitis, chronic cholecystitis. Ozonized air and always refreshed by breezes mountain, recommended for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system, tiredness, anemia, neurosis. These indications have a general character, in each case is required the specialists recommendation.

 

 

 

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