The joy of Music – André Rieu

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Nottingham , 16/12/2017

I had the great chance to attend  André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra’s concert  in Nottingham at  Motorpoint Arena on their recent and amazing tour in UK during this December.   Thanks to my lovely and caring friend, Carmen, who made these moments happened!

For 30 years, with soloists from all around the world, they have created  such amazing, emotional, beautiful, elegant spectacles, making the feeling of being in fairy tales. The joy of music makes their concerts so unique. Someone near to me said with tears in eyes: “They stole this music straight from the Heaven!” I could not agree more than this. Their music brought emotions and happiness in my heart and tears dropped while soul has been touched by their music’s grace.

I managed to record some moments. Not many as we were under the magical effect.  At a  point we embraced together and were feeling the sound of the happiness dancing a universal waltz. A waltz which took us to the Heaven.  The real magic was happening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glow

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Newstead Village, UK
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Bodrum, Turkey

“It is easy to see the glow but hard to recognize the awakening of silence.” –  Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

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Newstead Abbey, UK

“Grace and beauty originates from within. It is the spirit’s light that glows out and make every-thing beautiful” – Angie Karan

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London, UK

 

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Lahore, Pakistan

“Do whatever makes your spirit glow out loud.” –  TemitOpe Ibrahim

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Nottingham, UK

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” –  Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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Newstead Village, UK

“Glow wherever you go and let the light of God reflect in the world around you. You carry the light of God and wherever you pass, darkness must flee.” – Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You

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Newstead Village, UK
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Deva, Romania

“We are philosophers of our time
Floating in the moon’s evening glow” 
― Richard L. Ratliff

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Nottingham, UK

“Rekindle the glowing spirit for success in your heart. Refresh your mind with possibility thoughts and never give way for your passion to drink from the cup of tiredness. Be renewed in your thoughts every single day.” –  Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream

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London, UK

“Shine, shine, shine tonight- It’s time to let it show- Burn bright, light the fire- That leads the way to hope- The Maker of the stars lives in our soul- We have His light, what are we waiting for- Get out and glow.” – Moriah Peters

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Newstead Village, UK

“Every day, strive to refine your contagious shine, and shake the nonsense offered by those who lack the will to polish-up from within.” – T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

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Newstead Abbey, UK

“We are like the moon. The moon shines anyway, but it does not produce its own light. It reflects the light illuminated onto its surface by the Sun and is never proud to say “I am the source of light”. God shines through us, hence He deserves the glory; not us.” –  Israelmore Ayivor

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Newstead Abbey, UK

“On the rocks of a bay so blue, it made her gray eyes glow.” – A. LaFaye, Water Steps

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Nottingham,UK

“We like to admit to only that which already glows, although it is nobler to support brightness before it glows, not afterwards.” – Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

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Bodrum, Turkey

“Friends are like the stars that glow in the sky… you don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there overhead, and even when it’s cloudy, snowy or stormy, even when the power goes out and you’re trapped in darkness, they’ll always find a way to shine through to you.” – Rebecca McNutt, Smog City

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Newstead Abbey, UK

“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.” – James Thurber

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Nottingham, UK

In response to the Daily Post- Photo Challenge, Glow 

There is no such thing as size

 

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St James’s Park – London

 

“To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.”  – Eleanor Catton

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London

“Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.” – Plutarch

 

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Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

“Between shortage and absolute poverty an ocean of shades and gradations do emerge on the scale of deficiency. Be that as it may, each stage must find a mode to leave a door ajar for the sun to peer in and human warmth to radiate. ( ” Homeless down in the corner”)” –  Erik Pevernagie

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London

“All space is relative. There is no such thing as size. The telescope and the microscope have produced a deadly leveling of great and small, far and near. The only little thing is sin, the only great thing is fear!” –  David H. Keller

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Newstead, Nottinghamshire

“The scale can only tell you what you weigh; not who you are.” –  Steve Maraboli

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Nottingham

“Nothing is so small that you cannot cut it in half” – Ulf Wolf

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London

“Do not let one negative carry the same weight as ninety nine positives.”- Kamil Ali

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London

“Life is like music on a scale, moving up and down. When your life is over, you have written your song.” –  Peggy Toney Horton

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London

“Your purpose…should always be to know…the whole that was intended to be known.” – Maimonides

 

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Bodrum, Turkey

“Get Off The Scale!

You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!” –  Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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Hunedoara, Romania 

In response to The Daily Post- Photo Challenge, Scale 

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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Green Windmill and Science Centre Nottingham

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Green’s Windmill in Sneinton,  Nottingham,  has been  built by the father of  the notable scientist and mathematician George Green in 1807.

   By 1817,  Mr Green, a Nottingham baker,  built a fine house next to the windmill and his family moved here, away from the noisy, overcrowded town.

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Today the working Mill is a popular museum and science centre, which teaches new generations of children about the valuable work of George Green.

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Sadly, the mill was badly damaged by a fire in 1947, but  later has been  restored by Nottingham City Council in the 1980’s. The windmill began milling again in December 1986 and the giant sails can still be seen working to this day.

George Green was a mathematical genius who developed new ways of doing mathematics, which have helped scientists to understand the world around us. Test your brain power with the hands-on experiments in the Science Centre which explore electricity, magnetism and light, ideal for young children.

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I’m stepping

 

 

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London, UK

 

I’m stepping to play on my game,

While world from outside answers mind,

Through evenings I’m grabbing the frame

Of questions which hard tie me blind. 

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Hunza Valley , Pakistan

 

I’m stepping to act on my dreams,

According to plan, worth desired.

The lights from inside caught my fears,

The shadows are playing so wired. 

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Nottingham, UK

I’m stepping  to sit on my table, 

While questions are  digging   my  space

Nor nothing, or all these, together, 

Embrace  me with peace and relax. 

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London, UK

  Relax 

Ceva Românesc III

Nottingham,  1 Decembrie 2016

Se ia dorul, încet, să nu-l doară, se cuprinde în brațele timpului;  se reazămă sufletul pe un ochi catifelat de stea. Se așează dorul în palmele Universului, în dansul precipitat al timpului. Îmbrățișare caldă între stele arzătoare și licăriri de secunde. Îmbrățișare caldă între chemări telurice, frânturi de gânduri rupte între drumuri nesfârșite.  Oameni și lumini, trenuri, gări, aeroporturi, aterizări și decolări. Se ciocnesc de valurile realității, se sparg în mii de frânturi. Rămân aceeași oameni.  Doar luminile roiesc în timpuri peculiare, și răsfrânge dorul în umbre întunecoase,  târându-l între trenuri și gări, aeroporturi, aterizări și decolări. 

  Se ia dorul, încet, să nu-l doară. Se așează zâmbetul lângă ochiul de stea, se picură magia momentului, se încălzește la flacăra optimismului, și se îmbrățișează dorul, strâns, să poată să își verse lacrima pe umărul timpului. Lacrima nopții adânci a înstrăinării, lacrima întristării, lacrima vântului rătăcit între galaxii.   

Se ia dorul, încet, să nu-l doară.   Se alină cu mângâierile zâmbetelor noastre.  Zâmbete presărate zilnic în inboxuri, între secundele alergării cotidiene sau între duminici în familie. Noua  familie universală, cu frânturi de grai românesc, cu “bune dimineți” și inserări cu “noapte bună”. Se ia dorul, și se face buchet de gânduri. Și se dansează în pereche cu timpul.  Valsul teluric… Un,doi, trei… un, doi, trei… Un dor, doi ochi triști în noapte și trei speranțe înfofolite în gânduri de lumină. Lumina care aduce forța. Forța care împinge pașii.

La mulți ani, România! La mulți ani, români, oriunde v-ați afla. Oriunde pașii au găsit forța și lumina.   Se ia dorul și se luminează cu speranța gândurilor! Se alină cu îmbrățișarea ploilor de stele.  Stele ce încă poartă visele în ele.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chaos

“I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.”
― Bob Dylan

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Ballymena, Northern Ireland 

“Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

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Rawalpindi, Pakistan 

“It’s a cruel and random world, but the chaos is all so beautiful.”
― Hiromu Arakawa

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

“It’s hard to believe in coincidence, but it’s even harder to believe in anything else.”
― John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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Nottingham, United Kingdom 

“Life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting.”
― Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Demon in My View

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City of Caves, Nottingham, United Kingdom 

“Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.”
― Terence McKenna

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom 

“In chaos, there is fertility.”
― Anaïs Nin

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Mansfield, United Kingdom 

“If chaos is a necessary step in the organization of one’s universe, then I was well on my way.”
― Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

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Nottingham, United Kingdom

“In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.”
― Jeanette Winterson, The World and Other Places: Stories

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Nottingham, United Kingdom

“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”
― Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom 

“All the most powerful emotions come from chaos -fear,anger,love- especially love. Love is chaos itself. Think about it! Love makes no sense. It shakes you up and spins you around. And then, eventually , it falls apart.”
― Kirsten Miller, The Eternal Ones

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Portstewart, Northern Ireland 

“Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that?”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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Ridge (Transmogrify)

Night falls on my angles of miss,

Days  burning just trying escape, 

While asking the spring for the bliss, 

While drawing the hope into shape.

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The flowers turn round to the life 

The Stars are  dancing with Moon.

Whilst time through squares just flies

Still nothing to bring to the tune.

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I am seeking my own on the bridge 

Which drives  to the Sun, far away.

While running to catch  on the ridge

All  senses that kneel me on pray.

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