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Filmmaker seeks out esoteric texts for his vast collection on the occult

When filmmaker E. Elias Merhige made his first movie, “Begotten,” 1989’s black-and-white allegory about death and transformation, he hoped, like any recent film school grad, it would change his life. It did in ways he could not imagine. It launched his career, highlights of which include 2000’s “Shadow of the Vampire,” starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, and the serial killer thriller, “Suspect Zero,” starring Ben Kingsley. But beyond that, “Begotten” introduced him to the works of Hermes ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, England, London, Greece, California, Sport, Rome, Things To Do, Soccer, Egypt, Beverly Hills, John Malkovich, Isaac Newton, William Blake


“Nero fiddled… Trump golfs”—but did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned?

After almost 2,000 years, Nero’s fiddle is back in the news. Everyone knows the story of how the Roman emperor Nero (54-68), in the midst of a crisis, ignored his duties and instead sang songs. The phrase “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” is now shorthand for a failure of leadership. It has even made its way into our imagined future, as a theme for a “Star Trek” movie (“Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns”).So it comes as no surprise that U S Senator Bernie Sanders updated the line to criticize President ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Leadership, History, Rome, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Social Sciences, Trump, U S, Roman, Nero, Vergil, Cornelius Tacitus


HOW POISONOUS ARE HELLEBORES?

How poisonous are hellebores? Native to large swathes of Europe and Asia, Hellebores are a great choice for when deciding to introduce early flowering plants to the garden. This is especially true when you consider the number of improved hybrids being released from plant breeders on a year to year basis. Despite their beauty, there is a shadow that hovers over the Hellebore genus and that is down to its toxicity. In fact every part of the plant is considered poisonous! Luckily Hellebo...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, Alexander the Great, Simon Eade


Hungary orders LGBT publisher to print disclaimers on children's book

Fairytale anthology Wonderland Is for Everyone must now carry warning that its stories contain ‘behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles’Hungary’s government, which has made hostility to LGBT people a central part of its rightwing agenda, on Tuesday ordered a publisher to print disclaimers identifying books containing “behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles”.The government said the action was needed to protect consumers, after Labrisz, an association for lesbian, bisexu...
Tags: Europe, Books, Lgbt, Censorship, World news, Culture, Hungary, LGBT rights, Labrisz


Coming to terms with recalcitrant kids and with mots populaires

A look at such English animal names as pig, cow, bull, bun (that is, bunny), cat, dog, tyke, horse, and quite a few others reveals a certain uniformity: their roots have always been monosyllabic (except for an occasional case ending), and dictionaries tend to call their origin unknown or uncertain. Does it follow that their etymology is as simple as bow-wow, oink-oink, as cluck-cluck? Surely, this is not the whole story. Also, camel and elephant are not reducible to animal cries. The same holds ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Africa, Lukas, Kipper, Joseph Wright, ENGL, Kitz, Zicke, Sabine van Straaten, Wortmann, Wilhelm Oehl, Kitze, Zick lein, Ticcen, Felix Wortmann


Closure of an iconic Paris bookshop alarms French bibliophiles

Hit hard by the pandemic, the flagship Gibert Jeune store is closing its doors – one of many booksellers in the city feeling the strain of Covid-19Paris, a great literary city, is losing one of its most celebrated bookshops. Gibert Jeune, a popular chain, has announced it will be closing its flagship shop in the Latin Quarter in March – the latest in a series of closures and appeals for help that threaten the future of the city’s booksellers.Gibert Jeune once attracted long queues of students in...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, World news, Culture, Paris, Booksellers, Seine, Latin Quarter, Boulevard St Michel, Gibert Jeune


How Stephen King’s gun essay found new life in ‘Gomorrah’

The horror writer agrees to let an editor whose cousin was shot and killed by Camorra gangs print his work on gun violenceA non-fiction essay about gun violence by the American horror writer Stephen King will be produced by a tiny publishing house in Scampia, on the outskirts of Naples, known as one of the biggest drug-dealing and arms hotspots in Europe and the setting for the Italian TV drama Gomorrah. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Books, Stephen King, World news, US news, Culture, Italy, Young People, Mafia, Organised Crime, Naples, Gomorrah, Camorra, Scampia


Tintin cover art sells for record-breaking €3.2m

Hergé’s original artwork for Le Lotus Bleu was rejected as too expensive to reproduce in 1936 and given to editor’s son, who kept it in a drawer for decadesA rejected Tintin cover illustrated by Hergé that was gifted to a child and kept in a drawer for decades has set a new world record as the most expensive comic book artwork, selling at auction for €3.2m (£2.8m) on Thursday.Le Lotus Bleu was created in 1936 by the Belgian artist, born Georges Remi, using Indian ink, gouache and watercolour. It...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, France, China, World news, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Belgium, Comics and graphic novels, Tintin, Hergé, Georges Remi, Le Lotus Bleu, Lotus Bleu


New Pulsar Thermion XM30 Thermal Riflescope

Pulsar USA have just released the new Pulsar Thermion XM30 Thermal Riflescope. The product is Made in Europe but intended for the U.S. market. Pulsar Thermion looks like a traditional riflescope but offers thermal performance. Check here to see what it may look like when mounted on an AR-15. This thermal riflescope offers 3.5-14x magnification with […] Read More … The post New Pulsar Thermion XM30 Thermal Riflescope appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Europe, Guns, Thermal, Optics, Daily News, Scopes, Pulsar, Product Announcement, Thermal Riflescope, Thermion XM30, Pulsar USA


Rimbaud's remains will not be moved to Panthéon, rules Macron

President decides against relocating remains of French poet to Parisian memorialThe remains of the famed French poet Arthur Rimbaud will not be moved to the Panthéon mausoleum despite a campaign to honour him as an artist and symbol of gay rights, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has decided.A petition last year backed by a number of celebrities as well as the culture minister, Roselyne Bachelot, called for Rimbaud to be reinterred alongside his lover and fellow poet Paul Verlaine at the m...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, Poetry, World news, Culture, Paris, Pantheon, Emmanuel Macron, Rimbaud, Macron, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Roselyne Bachelot


Onyx BOOX Note S 9.7 stylus not working anymore

Hello. My Onyx Boox Note S 9.7 screen doesn't recognize the stylus anymore, I can only use it with finger touch. I don't know if it is a coincidence, but this happened only a few weeks after I updated the firmware to the latest version (Build number: 2020-07-24_06-35_2.3.1_ddc8bd5) At first I thought the stylus might be broken, but I noticed that when I open a note using the default application, if I put my palm on the writing area or if I touch it with my fingers, the application stops respond...
Tags: Europe, Books, Romania, Onyx Boox, Hanvon, Boox, Boox Customer Service, Hanvon Technology


COVID-19 and pollution: double standards, quadruple bias

The difference between policy responses to COVID-19 and to environmental crises is striking. When faced with the pandemic, governments around the world (with a few notable exceptions) adopted draconian measures to limit the disaster. These measures are not inconsequential: it will take years to reduce unemployment and the public debt. Yet, they were sacrifices considered necessary to protect public health.Environmental crises are not tackled with the same aplomb. Just like the pandemic, pollutio...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Climate Change, Pollution, North America, Environmental Activism, Social Sciences, Science & Medicine, COVID-19, World Health Organisation WHO Covid


HOW DO YOU GROW FORSYTHIA?

How do you grow Forsythia? Come the spring and you will probably notice that every man and his dog is growing a forsythia in the front garden, and when you think about it it's not really surprising. They are one of the first of the truly ornamental flowering shrubs to come into flower in the spring and they do so with a huge abundance of showy blooms. So long as you like yellow, you may have purchased a dream come true. Unfortunately their omnipresence tends to lose their shine, but i...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gardening, UK, Bruce Forsyth, Royal Horticultural Society, Simon Eade, William Forsyth, Forsythia


BREAKING: CZ In Negotiations For Colt Acquisition

Colt, one of the oldest and most venerable names in US firearms manufacturing may be on the verge of being acquired by one of Europe’s leading brands. Česká Zbrojovka better known as CZ are well regarded for for their classic CZ 75 pistols, their bolt actions and most recently their new assault rifle BREN series as […] Read More … The post BREAKING: CZ In Negotiations For Colt Acquisition appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Europe, Guns, US, Companies, Breaking News, Colt, CZ, Česká Zbrojovka, Firearms Manufacturers, Gun Brands


The 11 crucial books that explain modern capitalism

Capitalism: It's worth understanding how it actually works. Peter Dazeley / Getty Images These classic books tell how modern capitalism in Europe and the US changed from a system that manufactured actual products into a financialized trading desk for credit derivatives and leverage. They also describe the how modern inequality developed. And they are all absolutely riveting. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fifty years ago, capitalism in the West was based on manufac...
Tags: Firefox, Europe, Books, Politics, UK, London, Finance, Germany, US, America, Trends, Features, West, Atlantic, Capitalism, Paris


Weekend Reading 1.10.21

The best thing I read today was “what a long year this week has been”…. it made me laugh. Woah what a surreal week with everything that happened at the Capitol. I’m still shocked by what happened and closely following that story. We’re still hunkered down here in California, and the latest decision is the local lockdowns remain in place until February due to rising virus cases. I am trying to stay positive in these challenging times, and I am just hoping by spring thing start to improve. The one...
Tags: Crafts, Europe, California, Ikea, Capitol, Da Vinci


Buy Looking for any 7.8" or 8" reader (Kobo, Pocketboot/Vivlio or Tolino)

Hello, Just looking for: - Preferably ==> - Kobo Aura One - Pocketbook/Vivlio Inkpad3 - Alternatively ==> - Kobo Forma - Tolino Epos 2 I am living in France, so better from France and/or any low cost tracked shipping country in Europe. Hacked or not, I don't really care, as long as I know what has been done on the device. Physically in good condition. :D Thanks in advance!
Tags: Europe, Books, France, Flea Market, Kobo Pocketboot Vivlio


Most Organized Pro-Trump Group at the 6 January Protests: Anti-CCP

Anti Chinese Communist Party Banner at Trump Rally 6 January, 2021, courtesy Dean Weingarten U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The fight to restore and retain the most basic freedoms in the United States may be most well understood by people who have experienced oppression in other parts of the world. Most of the world has no First or Second Amendment rights. The most organized group at the pro-President Trump rally/ stop the steal protest were the Chinese Americans warning against the Chinese Communi...
Tags: Europe, Guns, Washington, China, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, West, United States, Italy, Arizona, Chinese communist party, Mall, Joe, Max, Trump, Ccp


Behold an Interactive Online Edition of Elizabeth Twining’s Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants (1868)

Of all the varied objects of creation there is, probably, no portion that affords so much gratification and delight to mankind as plants. —Elizabeth Twining “Who owned nature in the eighteenth century?” asks Londa Schiebinger in Plants and Empire, a study of what the Stanford historian of science calls “colonial bioprospecting in the Atlantic World.” The question was largely decided at the time by “heroic voyaging botanists” and “biopirates” who claimed the world’s natural resources as their ow...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Science, London, College, Stanford, History, Britain, Colchester, Facebook Twitter, Curtis, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Josh Jones, Kew, Werner


CZ Introduces the TS2 Competition Pistol

CZ-USA continue their focus on the competitive shooting market with a new competition pistol, the Tactical Sport 2 (TS2). The new pistol was announced in Europe in November and is now available in the US. Designed with IPSC, USPSA, 3-Gun and Steel Challenge shooters in mind, the TS2 has a steel frame, aluminium grip panels and a […] Read More … The post CZ Introduces the TS2 Competition Pistol appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Europe, Usa, Guns, US, Daily News, Pistols, CZ, CZ-USA, Product Announcement, Semi-Auto, Competition Pistol, IPSC USPSA, Tactical Sport, CZ TS 2, TS2


DO TULIPS COME BACK EVERY YEAR?

Do Tulips come back every year? Do Tulips come back every year should be a simple question to answer, and in some respects it is. As far as native species growing in their natural environments are concerned the answer is of course yes. The whole evolutionary point of the bulb is so that it can survive extended periods of harsh conditions, such as drought and high temperatures, by moving into a period of dormancy. Once conditions improve the bulb is triggered back into life and we have...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, England, Central Asia, Southern Europe, Simon Eade


NSSF Commends Rep Duncan’s Introduction of the Hearing Protection Act

The NSSF commends Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC) for the introduction of Hearing Protection Act HR 95. IMG Jim Grant U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)-  The NSSF, the firearm industry’s trade association, commends U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s (R-S.C.) introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 95. The legislation was introduced with 36 original co-sponsors. The bill would remove firearm suppressors from the list of definitions under the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA), eliminating onerous and duplic...
Tags: Europe, Guns, Fbi, Marine Corps, Duncan, ATF, NFA, NSSF, Jeff Duncan, Jim Grant, U S Rep, Gun Rights News, National Shooting Sports Foundation NSSF, Lawrence Keane


Best-Selling Products of January-March 2020

Check out the products and colors customers were loving the most this time last year. Use them as inspiration for your new seasonal designs and make more sales! We’re predicting the products and colors that will be popular on the Marketplace this spring by looking to last year’s best-sellers. It might still be snowy outside where you live, but warmer weather is on the horizon — and customers will be shopping for breezy T-shirts soon. The following table will help you get prepared for possible...
Tags: Europe, Marketplace, T-shirts, Product news, Navy Unisex Hoodie, Men Women Unisex Kids Babies Accessories, Men s T Shirt Women s T Shirt Unisex Hoodie Kids, Bella Canvas Kids Premium T Shirt Snapback Cap, Black White Navy, Men s Premium T Shirt


Weekend Reading 1.2.21

Has there ever been a January we welcomed more? It feels good to have turned the page on 2020, although not much has changed other than the calendar page. Still, I love the idea of another trip around the sun that’s not as strange as the last one! I enjoyed a few days off with extra eating and sleeping, it felt good to be lazy. I love the last week of December because I never really know what day it is. I feel rested and ready to jump into a new year, but first I still need to take down the Chri...
Tags: Crafts, Europe, London, New York City


Italy begins year of Dante anniversary events with virtual Uffizi exhibition

Gallery puts seldom-seen Divine Comedy sketches on display online to mark 700 years since poet’s deathEighty-eight rarely seen drawings of Dante’s The Divine Comedy have been put on virtual display as Italy begins a year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death.The drawings, by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari, are being exhibited online, for free, by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, World news, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Italy, Florence, Dante, Dante Alighieri, Federico Zuccari


Italy begins year-long celebration of Dante's 700th anniversary with virtual Uffizi exhibition

Gallery puts seldom-seen Divine Comedy sketches on display online to mark 700 years since poet’s deathEighty-eight rarely seen drawings of Dante’s The Divine Comedy have been put on virtual display as Italy begins a year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death.The drawings, by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari, are being exhibited online, for free, by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, World news, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Italy, Florence, Dante, Dante Alighieri, Federico Zuccari


HOW TO GROW ARAUCARIA BIDWILLII - the Bunya Pine

The Bunya Pine - Araucaria bidwillii Commonly known as the Bunya Pine, Araucaria bidwillii is a large evergreen pine native to south-east Queensland Australia. It was named in honour of botanist John Carne Bidwill, who discovered it for western science 1842.  Despite both its looks and common name it is not a true pine botanically speaking, but instead a member of the the same genus as the monkey puzzle tree - Araucaria araucana. This is why it can sometimes be known the 'false monkey ...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, United Kingdom, South America, Norfolk, Queensland Australia, Simon Eade, Bunya Pine, Bunya Pine Araucaria, John Carne Bidwill


HOW TO GROW THE NORFOLK ISLAND PINE - Araucaria heterophylla

The Norfolk Island pine - Araucaria heterophylla The Norfolk Island pine - Araucaria heterophylla is a distinctive, tall-growing and elegant conifer native to the Norfolk Island, a small Pacific Ocean island situated between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. Beside the monkey puzzle tree - Araucaria araucana, the Norfolk Island pine is the only other species from this family that is commonly grown in Europe, either as a houseplant in northern Europe or as an ornamental garden plan...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, Ireland, Norfolk, Flickr, Pacific Ocean, Norfolk Island, Mediterranean, Scilly, Great Britain, Gulf, Public Domain, Isles, New Caledonia, Australia New Zealand, John Innes


Through gilets jaunes, strikes and Covid, Paris's 400-year-old book stalls fight to survive

With passing trade hit hard by the pandemic, the booksellers on the banks of the Seine are strugglingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUsually, Sundays are good days for the bouquinistes. Legions of strollers – tourists, out-of-towners, Parisians – throng the banks of the Seine, and the open-air booksellers whose green boxes have lined the quays for 400-odd years do good business.One recent Sunday, though, Jérôme Callais made €32. And there was a day that week when he m...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, Culture, Paris, Booksellers, Seine, Coronavirus, Covid Paris, Jérôme Callais, Callais, Quai de Conti


Barks & Bullets: The Story of S&W’s Bicycle Guns

Barks & Bullets: The Story of S&W's Bicycle Guns U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The term “velocipede” may be foreign to most today, but it was familiar in 19th century Europe, where it was another way of referring to a bicycle. At the time, these unusual, human-propelled devices opened up a whole new world of possibility in terms of transportation. No longer did you need a horse (and all of the assorted expenses that come along with it) in order to travel faster than you could walk. This new mode o...
Tags: Europe, Guns, US, Revolver, United States, Nra, Smith Wesson, Smith and Wesson, Firearm News, Rock Island Auction Company, Logan Metesh, High Caliber History LLC, High Caliber History, Logan Metesh Logan Metesh, Smithsonian Institution the National Park Service, Standard Catalog of Smith Wesson



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