Pictures of the Week: Oct. 31 – Nov. 7

Nov. 2, 2014. Turkish soldiers keep warm atop a hill overlooking the Syrian town of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa Province.

Turkish soldiers keep warm atop a hill overlooking the Syrian town of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc

Nov. 2, 2014. Daredevil Nik Wallenda, left center in red, makes his tightrope walk uphill at a 19-degree angle, from the west tower at Marina City across the Chicago River to the top of the Leo Burnett Building in Chicago.

Nik Wallenda

Nov. 4, 2014. Dogs trot around in a spa and grooming room at The Wagington Luxury Pet Hotel in Singapore on its opening day, giving wealthy pet owners a new option to pamper their furry companions.

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TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES – NOVEMBER 02: A young girl walks between crosses as she tries to find the  grave of a loved one at a newly constructed mass grave for 3,000 typhoon Haiyan victims on the grounds of the Holy Cross Cemetary during All Souls Day on November 2, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Filipinos descend on cemetaries all across the country to tend to the graves of loved ones on November 1-2 marking All Saints day and All Souls day. Residents of Leyte are preparing for the 1-year anniversary since Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. *** BESTPIX *** Locals Prepare For First Anniversary Of Typhoon Haiyan

Nov. 5, 2014. Starlings in the Scottish Borders. Tens of thousands of starlings start their murmuration, with Criffel mountain in the background, as dusk falls near Gretna Green on the England and Scotland border.

Starlings in the Scottish Borders

In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 photo taken with smartphone camera, a fallstreak hole forms in the sky over Wonthaggi, Australia. A fallstreak hole is a circular gap that appears in high clouds, when a section of the cloud freezes. The ice crystals are heavy, so they fall out of the cloud, leaving a hole. It is a relatively rare phenomenon.Australia Rare Cloud

Nov. 4, 2014. Citizens go to cast their ballots at the South Shore Park building on Election Day in Milwaukee.

BESTPIX Midterms Elections Held Across The U.S.

Belarus Interior Ministry troops soldiers take part in the qualifying examinations for the “Madder Beret” headdress outside Minsk, on November 4, 2014. TOPSHOTS-BELARUS-SPECIAL-FORCES-EXAM

Nov. 4, 2014. A judge wearing white gloves stands before a special session of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the first session of the court.

A judge stands before a special session of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of its first session in New York

A young Indian Shiite Muslim flagellates himself during a procession to mark Ashoura in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Shiites mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. APTOPIX India Ashoura

Nov. 4, 2014. Pakistani Shiite Muslim immigrants to Greece take part in a religious Ashoura procession in Athens’ Piraeus district.

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Nov. 6, 2014. Afghan special forces demonstrate their skills during Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg’s first visit as the head of NATO at the special forces training camp in Kabul.

APTOPIX Afghanistan

Oct. 31, 2014. San Francisco Giants fans, some dressed in Halloween costumes, watch the victory parade for the 2014 World Series champions.

APTOPIX World Series Giants Celebration Baseball

A piece of debris is seen near the crash site of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said on Saturday he was working with U.S. authorities to determine what caused a passenger spaceship being developed by his space tourism company to crash in California, killing one pilot and injuring the other.vPiece of debris is seen near the crash site of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil

Nov. 1, 2014. A tomb is decorated with flowers in Barcelona during All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday to reflect on the saints and deceased relatives.

APTOPIX Spain All Saints Day

Oct. 31, 2014. Members of a Mexican honor guard stand behind the spray from a water fountain during a welcoming ceremony for El Salvador’s President Salvador Sánchez Cerén at the National Palace in Mexico City.

APTOPIX Mexico El Salvador

Nov. 6, 2014. A ball is seen near a crater caused by shelling at a school’s soccer field in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two teenagers died and four were wounded when an artillery shell hit the school’s playing field as they played soccer.

A ball is seen near a crater caused by shelling at school's soccer field in Donetsk

A participant in costume holds aloft a torch as bonfire societies parade through the streets of Lewes in Sussex, on November 5, 2014, during the traditional Bonfire Night celebrations. Bonfire Night is related to the ancient festival of Samhain, the Celtic New Year. Processions held across the South of England culminate in Lewes on November 5, commemorating the memory of the seventeen Protestant martyrs. Thousands of people attend the parade through the narrow streets until the evening comes to an end with the burning of an effigy, or ‘guy,’ usually representing Guy Fawkes, who died in 1605 after an unsuccessful attempt to blow up The Houses of Parliament. TOPSHOTS-BRITAIN-OFFBEAT-TRADITION-BONFIRE

Nov. 6, 2014. Spectators wearing 3D glasses watch the live concert of the German band Kraftwerk at the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation in Paris.

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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 05:  U.S. President Barack Obama walks away after speaking to the media during a news conference in the East Room a day after Democrats lost the US Senate Majority, November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Yesterday Republicans won the majority of the US Senate for the first time in 8 years after Americans went to the polls and voted in the mid-term elections.

President Obama Holds A News Conference Day After Midterm Elections

Nov. 7, 2014. A historic image commemorating the former Berlin Wall is projected on Alcala Gate in Madrid. Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on November 9.

Historic image commemorating the former Berlin Wall is projected on Alcala Gate in Madrid

Nov. 6, 2014. A couple under an umbrella walk amid Christmas illuminations in Tokyo, Japan.

Christmas illumination in Tokyo

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Cultures worshiping the sun and Halloween

Wanted to pick the subject some time now since it obvious the sun god has many representatives in most cultures.As i was reading though i found this good first page of a real good book i wanted to share that cover a good introduction.Enjoy your Sunday reading with a good photo addition.

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwn, ˈn, ˌhɑːl/; a contraction of “All HallowsEvening“),[6] also known as Allhalloween,[7] All Hallows’ Eve,[8] or All Saints’ Eve,[9] is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide,[10] the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows),martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.[11] Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”[12]

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals,[13][14] with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain.[8][15][16] Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.[17][18]

More on Halloween definition here.

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If we could ask one of the old-world pagans whom he revered as his greatest gods, he would be sure to name among them the sun-god; calling him Apollo if he were a Greek; if an Egyptian, Horus or Osiris; if of Norway, Sol; if of Peru, Bochica. As the sun is the center of the physical universe, so all primitive peoples made it the hub about which their religion revolved, nearly always believing it a living person to whom they could say prayers and offer sacrifices, who directed their lives and destinies, and could even snatch men from earthly existence to dwell for a time with him, as it draws the water from lakes and seas.

In believing this they followed an instinct of all early peoples, a desire to make persons of the great powers of nature, such as the world of growing things, mountains and water, the sun, moon, and stars; and a wish for these gods they had made to take an interest in and be part of their daily life. The next step was making stories about them to account for what was seen; so arose myths and legends.

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The sun has always marked out work-time and rest, divided the year into winter idleness, seed-time, growth, and harvest; it has always been responsible for all the beauty and goodness of the earth; it is itself splendid to look upon. It goes away and stays longer and longer, leaving the land in cold and gloom; it returns bringing the long fair days and resurrection of spring. A Japanese legend tells how the hidden sun was lured out by an image made of a copper plate with saplings radiating from it like sunbeams, and a fire kindled, dancing, and prayers; and round the earth in North America the Cherokees believed they brought the sun back upon its northward path by the same means of rousing its curiosity, so that it would come out to see its counterpart and find out what was going on.

All the more important church festivals are survivals of old rites to the sun. “How many times the Church has decanted the new wine of Christianity into the old bottles of heathendom.” Yule-tide, the pagan Christmas, celebrated the sun’s turning north, and the old midsummer holiday is still kept in Ireland and on the Continent as St. John’s Day by the lighting of bonfires and a dance about them from east to west as the sun appears to move. The pagan Hallowe’en at the end of summer was a time of grief for the decline of the sun’s glory, as well as a harvest festival of thanksgiving to him for having ripened the grain and fruit, as we formerly had husking-bees when the ears had been garnered, and now keep our own Thanksgiving by eating of our winter store in praise of God who gives us our increase.

Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit, lends us the harvest element of Hallowe’en; the Celtic day of “summer’s end” was a time when spirits, mostly evil, were abroad; the gods whom Christ dethroned joined the ill-omened throng; the Church festivals of All Saints’ and All Souls’ coming at the same time of year—the first of November—contributed the idea of the return of the dead; and the Teutonic May Eve assemblage of witches brought its hags and their attendant beasts to help celebrate the night of October 31st.

“Sun Worship. The Sources of Hallowe’en” is the first chapter of Ruth Edna Kelley’s The Book of Hallowe’en (1919)

originally http://biblioklept.org/2014/10/25/sun-worship-the-sources-of-halloween/

When your small…people are strange

Yes and it has been no a proven fact as it has been all over the centuries that young people don’t really care about their houses.It was that factor that start promoting smaller and smaller living conditions even Turing our century in a packet of living conditions.Here are some of the most famous small packs now days.

Miniature house in London 17,4

sold for 275000 pounds a new record for 17,4 sq.There is no room for a description you can see it all in the picture.

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you can read it in Geek here.

Smallest hotel in the world

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It is a small portable suitcase hotel.It has hosted so far more than 3000 people running from 2004.There are a lot of positive commends from all those that stayed and since they tried to cover all basic needs they could not find room for the guest book so they encourage their customers to write on it. Dimensions 2,74×1,47.

Built in 2004, the hotel includes a mini bathroom with a toilet and sink as well as bunk beds. It can cater to only two guests.

The man behind The Suitcase Hotel is retired railway conductor Matthias Letterman.

‘I wanted to make a crazy and unusual stopover that fitted in with the Railway themed museum and restaurant we had established nearby back in 1998,’ said the 56-year-old.

‘One of the large suitcases being displayed at the museum was offered to me. With the help of two friends – a plumber and a roofer – I managed to turn it into a hotel.’

Read more here,here

Welcome to the world’s smallest hotel that has just ONE room measuring 8ftx10ft…and is all booked up for the summer

  • World’s smallest hotel has opened in Copenhagen, with only one tiny bedroom above the city’s smallest coffee shop
  • Despite its diminutive appearance the room comes with bathroom, flat screen and mini bar
  • It is decorated with a large picture of Ronnie Barker as the owners are fans

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Equipped with a TV and iPhone docking station this en-suite room has just enough space to swing a cat in – but not much more.

There is also a picture of legendary British comedian Ronnie Barker – not because he stayed there but because the owner of the hotel is a huge fan.

Every corner of the pint-sized room has been used for storage after the owner renovated the empty building
Owner Leif Thingtved said the small but perfectly formed hotel room is booked all summer. Read more here.

 Capsule hotel.

 Nine hours hotel

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A Japanese hotelier that provides ultra-economical, pod-style accommodation, has opened a new location at Narita Airport in Tokyo. The concept of capsule hotels is nothing new—the first such establishment opened in Osaka in 1979, and they have grown in popularity among frugal travellers, inebriated office workers and even the unemployed—but this is the first time sleeping pods have appeared at airports. Gulliver is surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

Catching forty winks during an airport stopover can be a trying experience, so much so that many people—myself included—no longer make the effort. Being six foot four, your correspondent has learned to preoccupy himself in other ways while waiting for connecting flights: working and reading fit the bill nicely, as does staring forlornly at the runway while I drift into a semi-conscious haze. Though my mood often flounders and my temper shortens, I have found my circadian rhythm to be a negotiable biological process. Once the mind recognises that the conditions for sleep are absent, the body makes pragmatic adjustments. The horizon of consciousness stretches, and traditional concepts of time evaporate.

But it needn’t be this way, says Nine Hours. It has set up 129 pods at Narita, equipped with beds, and not much else. Each one measures about two metres long, one metre high and one metre wide. The price is ¥1,500 ($14.50) for the first hour, then ¥500 for each subsequent hour. Or you can pay ¥3,900 for a full night. Customers have access to shower facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi, storage lockers and a shared lounge. Read more here.

Of course someone will say that its a matter of economic ability and the sooner or later when they get some money they will surely get a bigger place.Well so far w have seen that to be a culture thing and to vary all around the world. Others tend to spend money to Big houses sure.But thee are still places in the world where people spend their money on enjoying their life than making a house to live in.And most likely it will be a small percentage nowadays that will invest early on in a house. Most will try and get a house later on and that’s a big maybe.SO culture might be the absolute factor as it seems but eventually and as we see it the world will turn in a smaller place to live …

Welcome to my Blog

I ll write this down to English though i wanted to start making a Greek Blog site.Since this is the welcoming post I ll put it on international language so all my friends can read it.I have tried before to blog and i have been aked to many more but i always though blogging was smt for the few the ones that wanted to get their expertise one step beyond.And this where exactly i find my self being right now and wanting to share even more thing with all the ppl i started again.Blogging a must for all ppl to express and share their expertise i strongly recommend you star tone today.

 

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