Weekly Writing Challenge: Mail It In

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Ancient Greek Everyday Life

Men if they were not training in military, or discussing politics went to the Theatre for entertainment. To watch dramas that they could relate to, including tragedies and comedies. These often involved current politics and gods in some form. It is thought that women were not allowed to watch theatre or perform at the theatre, although male actors did play women roles.

Lives of Women in Ancient Greece were closely tied to domestic work, spinning, weaving and other domestic duties. They were not involved in public life or in politics. The live were normally quite confined to the house although one public duty was acting as a priestess at a temple.

Children in ancient Greece usually occupied their time playing with toys and games.

Farming and Food

The majority of Ancient Greek people made their living from farming. Citizens often had land outside the city which provided their income. The Greek landscape and climate was difficult to farm.
Grapes were usually picked around September and either kept for eating or made into wine. Making wine was done by treading and kept in jars to ferment. 
Ancient GreeceOlives were either picked by hand or knocked out of the tress with wooden sticks. Some were crushed in a press to produce olive oil and some eaten. This was an important product to the Greeks that had many uses including; cooking, lighting, beauty products and for athletic purposes. It is also believed that uprooting an olive tree was a criminal offence. The grain was usually harvest around October to ensure it would grow during the wettest season. A man drove the ox driven plough, as second man sowed the seeds behind. In Spring the Crops were harvested using curved knives (sickles). After harvesting the grain, it was then thrashed, using mules and the help of the wind to separate the chaff from the grain, the husks were then removed by pounding the grain with a pestle and mortar. 
Ancient GreeksAncient Greeks usually ate bread (barley or wheat) and porridge, accompanied with food such as cheese, vegetables, fish, eggs and fruit. Animal such as deer, hare and boars were hunted only as addition to the food supply. Seasoning usually involved coriander and sesame seeds. Honey was probably the only sweetening that existed at the time, importance this is shown as the beehives were kept in terracotta

Ancient Greek Games

Greek boys played games like hockey, which were not part of the Olympic Games. The Ancient Greek boys usually played games naked, so girls were forbidden to watch. 
Ancient Greek women and girls were not expected to do much physical activity for recreation purposes. From this pot we can see a young girl, juggling three balls, but there is nothing to presume she was a performer, as she is dressed like an ordinary girl.

The Ancient Greeks also played games that did not involve much physical activity also, such as marbles, dice, checkers and knucklebones. Below is a famous vase from the Vatican museum depicting Achilles and Ajax playing ‘Petteia’ checkers. The Ancient Greek version of checkers was similar to what the current game of backgammon is where the Game backgammon is derived from. The Ancient Greek version of Checkers involved a board, stones and dice.

What Makes a Post Freshly Press-able: A Space For Learning

Abandoning the Space Shuttle … a Lesson for Educators
Cape Canaveral – 24 years ago the space shuttle Challenger exploded in a thousand flaming pieces just minutes after takeoff, leaving behind thick clouds of smoke and a heavy atmosphere of mourning.
The sight was horrible for the families of the seven astronauts and gi’A those who gathered to watch the first ever mission
teacher in space.

The catastrophic event that marred the glittering «picture» of NASA and shook the belief that spaceflight could become less common and the civil flights.
The subsequent investigation about the causes of the fatal explosion revealed a space agency, which is more interested in keeping schedules and public relations than for the safety of spaceflight and taking wise decisions.
Seventeen years later, seven more astronauts were «lost» with the spacecraft Columbia leading many to believe that NASA did not get the lesson from the tragedy of Challenger.
But after the successful return to space flight made this summer (below the highest levels so far mechanical control), the future looks promising for space observers.
«Did not we all learn as we go?» Wonders the Grace Corrigan, the woman who lost her daughter, teacher Christa McAuliffe in the crash of the Challenger. «We all learn from their mistakes,» adds the same.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

«Alone at Home»: One of the most successful comedies of cinema

Hilarious comedy that scored huge box office success, leading to follow three more sequels. Behind the camera is the acclaimed Chris Columbus («Mrs. Ntapfair»), while the leading role keeps the adorable young actress Makolei Kalkin. From the rest of the cast stand-winning Joe Peshitta (Oscar Actor 1991 – «The good guys») and the unforgettable overweight comedian John Candy. The film was considered one of the most successful comedies of world cinema.

CASE: A multi-member American family is going to travel to Paris for the Christmas holidays, possessed of excessive stress on the day of departure, resulting in one of its members, the 8 year old Kevin Mack Kalister, left behind. Little Kevin finds himself all alone in the house and confronted two thieves who plan to rob! But thanks to the ingenuity of children, courage and imagination, manages to defeat …Image

Fashion & Style

Fashion & Style

Photographs by Jonathan Player for The New York Times

From left, Thomas Tait oversize satin coat, Simone Rocha embroidered organza dress and Erdem dress in sheer embroidered silk. More Photos »

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Christopher Kane monster T-shirt and skirt embroidered with molded gel squiggles. More Photos »

Tom Ford biker shorts and a crepe de Chine popover top with patent leather patches at the shoulders. More Photos »

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Philip Treacy smiley-face saucer hat.More Photos »

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Burberry close-fitting trench coat in metallic leather. More Photos »

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Christopher Kane semi-sheer luncheon suit in sugary pink. More Photos »

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Thomas Tait oversize leather biker jacket and silk jersey pants. More Photos »

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Paul Smith color-blocked blazer and cotton shorts, worn with brogues.More Photos »

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J.W. Anderson top with intersecting layers over trousers, with a quilted clutch bag. More Photos »

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Mary Katrantzou dress in a print based on postage stamps and old currenciesMore Photos »

Tom Ford skirt in embroidered silk and a matching silk hoodie. More Photos »

KILLING time before a show in Bloomsbury, I wandered into a bookshop here on the aptly named Store Street, where I found a used copy of Peter Ackroyd’s history of London. A photograph of a destitute man in Spitalfields, in the East End, stopped me cold: it was taken in 1969. A wild guess would have said Victorian times.

Of course London has changed dramatically in just the last two decades, and those changes are reflected, perhaps predictably, in the kinds of fashion now produced here.

There are two dominant types: the internationally flavored brands, like Burberry, Tom Ford, Mulberry and Stella McCartney. Some of these brands sell Britishness, but as Justine Picardie, the new editor in chief of British Harper’s Bazaar, observed outside of the Burberry show on Monday, that’s not enough. A heritage brand must also reflect new tastes. Equally, part of London’s allure to foreigners, privileged or not, is its extraordinary sense of tradition.

The success of the Summer Olympics — the city still feels on a high — showed how vital that heritage is. To Ms. Picardie, the author of a well-received biography of Chanel, a connection could easily be made between Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony and the creative brilliance of Philip Treacy’s hat show. Even without Lady Gaga, who wore a pink chiffonburqa made by Mr. Treacy for the late Isabella Blow, and costumes once worn by Michael Jackson, the headpieces were a gas on their own: the punk feathers, the lagoons of swirling straw, a huge saucer with a yellow happy face.

“It’s quintessentially British,” Ms. Picardie said of Mr. Treacy’s magisterial wit.

The remarkable thing about Christopher Bailey’s show for Burberry is how he sopped up the city’s energy. He did it with color, the very same metallic tones — inky blue, fuchsia, copper, pink, green — that you see at night from a Thames River bridge. Mr. Bailey returns again and again to the trench coat, making it brighter, glossier for a new marauder. This time he cut the coat corset-tight, in satin and pleated satin. Tinted hard vinyl bags could have been inspired by the city’s glass superstructures.

Mr. Ford is also aware of the international character of London, and his streamlined clothes, his best collection since he started his own women’s line, tap into that, with a new interpretation of biker shorts and, in lieu of a conventional jacket, a trim popover top made slick with patches of black patent leather.

The British Fashion Council, organizer of the shows, is proud of higher attendance figures among foreign buyers and journalists. So punctual were the shows that I missed two of them, though I arrived at, say, 20 minutes after the hour. In Paris or New York, you’d just be sauntering through the door.

A grown-up attitude was widely evident in the clothes, too. Vivienne Westwood may have ended her show by wearing tiny hot pants and waving a banner about the threat of climate change, her ongoing passion, but most designers, even the young, seemed committed to wearable clothes.

Mary Katrantzou’s postage-prints came in easy-to-digest shapes. A new star, Simone Rocha, showed simple well-made dresses and separates in cotton eyelet and embroidered organza. Erdem’s lacy refined dresses delivered that essential neon jolt. Jonathan Saunders dipped into stripes for a strong show, while Paul Smith did a lively bit of color-blocking.

But London, as Gaga’s borrowed shroud reminded people, is a city that thrives on wit and originality. This is the other dominant fashion, the thoroughly creative kind that can stand up on the international stage. Three collections are worth noting: Christopher Kane, Thomas Tait and J. W. Anderson.

Mr. Anderson’s clothes reveal an impressive freehand quality, especially in the cutting, and, at the same time, a great sense of judgment. He knows what looks very uncool. And he had some of the most desirable accessories of the season, like quilted clutch bags rimmed with a silly ruffle.

Mr. Tait’s spirit is utterly contemporary, backed by a solid feeling for couture. This season he got a lot of mileage out of a stretch satin, dyed in different colors and used for airy coats and crisp shorts. A sports/hip-hop aesthetic gently wormed its way through striped knits, lanky jersey pants and an oversize leather motorcycle jacket. His skill is in incorporating those couture shapes in an offhand way, and steering clear of English-garden prettiness.

“There’s such a sea of banality that all you need is one spark,” Mr. Kane said before his superb show. To create that vital spark, he combined a childlike sensitivity to novel textures, like gel squiggles (as in gummy worms) and wing nuts with a sophisticated sense of sensuality.

Lots of designers have tugged at the notion of a woman as a trussed-up package. But Mr. Kane laid out dresses and suits that were at once wearable and piercingly accurate in their sexual tension. Sure, a pale pink coat looked camera-ready for a first lady or princess, but the strange tissue-paper-like fabric dared you to touch it.




From the very beginning of what would become the Free Spirit Heresy its followers ran into trouble with the secular and religious authorities. BothAmaury de Bene and Giochinno de Fiori, whose ideas could be said to be at the fountainhead of the movement, underwent examination and persecution at the hands of the Church. Amaury’s writings were condemned in 1204, Amaury himself dying in 1207 having been forced to recant his views. In 1209 ten of his followers were burnt at the stake in Paris, Amaury’s body was exhumed, also burnt and the ashes scattered. By 1215 his work and followers were formally condemned by the Fourth Lateran Council and denounced as officially heretical.

In spite of the support of earlier Popes and his popularity among the people, in 1200 Gioacchino da Fiore submitted his works to Pope Innocent IIIfor examination but, like Eckhart after…

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From the very beginning of what would become the Free Spirit Heresy its followers ran into trouble with the secular and religious authorities. BothAmaury de Bene and Giochinno de Fiori, whose ideas could be said to be at the fountainhead of the movement, underwent examination and persecution at the hands of the Church. Amaury’s writings were condemned in 1204, Amaury himself dying in 1207 having been forced to recant his views. In 1209 ten of his followers were burnt at the stake in Paris, Amaury’s body was exhumed, also burnt and the ashes scattered. By 1215 his work and followers were formally condemned by the Fourth Lateran Council and denounced as officially heretical.

In spite of the support of earlier Popes and his popularity among the people, in 1200 Gioacchino da Fiore submitted his works to Pope Innocent IIIfor examination but, like Eckhart after him, died before judgement could be carried out. Some of his ideas were officially condemned along with Amaury’s at the same Lateran Council of 1215 and his followers, the Joachimites, were brutally suppressed by the Church against whom they were starting to preach. By this time, with the rise of the Cathar movement in the south of France, the Church was increasingly on its guard against the threat of heresy.

Nevertheless the spread of Free Spirit ideas continued along with other possibly related Christian lay movements such as the Beguines and Beghards, even after the suppression of other heresies such as the Cathars and the Waldensians. By the 14th century the movement had spread widely across the ChampagneThüringen and Bavaria and more northwards into what is now Belgium and Holland. It was during this time that works such as Porete’s The Mirror of Simple Souls and Mechtild of Magdeburg‘s Light Flowing from the Godhead were being written and Meister Eckhartwas preaching. As the heresy spread the Inquisition moved in to combat and root it out. Porete was burnt at the stake in 1310, Eckhart was put on trial in 1327 and other important Christian mystics, such as Jordan von Quedlinburg, Henry Suso and John of Ruysbroek spoke out against the heresy — even though some (Ruysbroek in particular) expressed similar ideas such as the immanence of God and the possibility of union with Christ in this life. Where they differed with the Brethren was in their belief in the validity of the Church and the need to experience these things within its framework. Eckhart himself denied that he had anything to do with the Free Spirits and insisted that his thinking remained within orthodox boundaries. Nevertheless he was forced to recant various ideas he had propounded that seemed to overlap them before he disappeared from public life.

From 1300 to 1350 the Brethren were found largely on the Rhine from Cologne to Strasbourg. In Brussels a similar movement appeared known as the Homines Intelligentiae or Men of Understanding. Towards the end of the 14th century the Lollards in England emerged, sharing many doctrines with the Free Spirit, as well as those of the Cathars and Waldensians. As with all these movements, the common ground included rejection of the Church as corrupt, a belief in the presence of God in the human soul via the Holy Spirit and the need to work out a grassroots salvation of mankind individually. The growing lay Christian movement with ecclesiastical connections, the secretive Friends of God, who are thought by some to have provided protection and anonymity for Meister Eckhart after his trial, may have absorbed some of the Brethren and their ideas into their ranks during the escalation of Church persecution of heretical movements. Johannes Tauler and Henry Suso are associated with this movement, although their view of the Brethren is disputed, Suso in particular preaching against them. The influential “anonymous” treatise, Theologia Germanica, was dissiminated during this time amongst many “heretical” groups and its approach to Brethren-like purification — mirroring Eckhart’s style and language usage — became very influential. Some historians give it credit for the ultimate actions taken by Martin Luther, who prized the document, and the subsequent Protestant Reformation a century and a half later, although doctrinally Luther and the Reformation were very different from the Free Spirits.

Many edicts were published against the Brethren. In 1312 the Council of Vienne finally putting paid to any possibility of their avoiding the charge of heresy. But, notwithstanding the severities which they suffered, records show that the followers of the Free Spirit heresy continued until about the middle of the fifteenth century. Some sources identify their beliefs as precursors of later Christian movements such as the Ranters and the Quakers. Similarly, ideas reminiscent of the Free Spirit heresy can be found in the works of the poet and artist William Blake who preached a similar revolutionary, Gnostic Christianity (e.g. “One law for the lion and the ox is oppression… for everything that lives is holy” The Marriage of Heaven and Hell).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Everyday Life Yoga In Daily Life

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Everyday Life Of Music In People’s Everyday
The Value Of Music In People’s Everyday Lives Depends On The Uses They Make Of It And The Degree To Which They Engage With It, Which Are In Turn Dependent On The Contexts In Which They Hear It. Very Few Studies Have Investigated People’s Experiences Of Music In Naturalistic, Everyday Circumstances, And This Exploratory Study Provides Some Initial Normative Data On Who People Listen With, What They Listen To (and What Their Emotional Responses To This Music Are), When They Listen, Where They Listen, And Why They Listen. A Total Of 346 People Who Owned A Mobile Phone Were Sent One Text Message Per Day For 14 Days. On Receiving This Message, Participants Were Required To Complete A Questionnaire About Any Music They Could Hear, Or Had Heard Since Their Previous Message. Responses Indicated A High Compliance Rate; A High Incidence Of Exposure To Music; That The Greatest Number Of Musical Episodes Occurred While Participants Were On Their Own; That Pop Music Was Heard Most Frequently; That Liking For The Music Varied Depending On Who The Participant Was With, Where They Were, And Whether They Had Chosen To Be Able To Hear Music; That Music Was Usually Experienced During The Course Of Some Activity Other Than Deliberate Music Listening; That Exposure To Music Occurred Most Frequently In The Evening, Particularly Between 10 Pm And 11 Pm, And On Weekends; That Music Was Heard Most Frequently At Home, With Only A Small Number Of Incidences Occurring In Public Places; That The Importance Of Several Functions Of Music Varied According To Temporal Factors, The Place Where The Music Was Heard, And The Person Or People The Participant Was With. Further Research Should Include Participants From A Greater Range Of Sociodemographic Backgrounds And Should Develop Context-specific Theoretical Explanations Of The Different Ways In Which People Use Music As A Resource.