Gardening tips from the Bloom 2017 big winner When it comes to gardening, Sparky’s friends and Bloom winners Oliver and Liat Schurmann know their stuff, and provide here, courtesy of The Irish Independent, the fundamental principles of designing and building your perfect garden. by Rebecca Lumley, Irish Independent – June 2 2017 • Cellist Jenny Dowdall in the FBD Insurance ‘Transition’ garden. Photo: Julien Behal • Oliver and Liat scooped the prize for best large garden at this year’s flower festival, adding to list of seven previous Bloom in the Park accolades. Their stunning tidal garden, inspired by the Connemara coastline, amazed judges with a sophisticated water feature designed to mimic sea tides. In the centre of the glistening pool sits a small pavilion, half enclosed by glass panels and half open to the air, part-stranded on the water like an island. The “smokers’ room”, according to Mr Schurmann. Here he sits down with, divulging his top tips for garden greatness. – Oliver Schumaan with his Garden Transition at the Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Kyran O’Brien • 1. Light According to Mr Schurmann, lighting can make or break a garden. While correct positioning of plants can illuminate key features, getting […] Read more
What does it mean to be beautiful? | Esther Honig | TEDxVancouver • In a project titled “Before and After”, Esther Honig sparked a global conversation on beauty ideals. The results were both positive and negative, and may have left more questions than it answered. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015. YouTube Tags: beauty, identity, TED, TEDxVancouver, TEDxVancouver 2015, Vancouver, TEDx, Rogers Arena, Vancouver speakers, Vancouver conference, ideas worth spreading, great idea, In the spring of 2014, journalist Esther Honig embarked on an unconventional social experiment. She sent her image to 50 strangers around the world and asked that they use Photoshop to “make her beautiful.” The results sparked a worldwide conversation around beauty ideals and globalization before taking an unexpected twist. On June 24, 2014, the project went viral and was featured on Buzzfeed, TIME, The Atlantic, CNN International, Good Morning America, The Today Show and many other prominent media properties. It wasn’t long before her face had become a public domain, highjacked by marketers. In order to take back the narrative surrounding her project and her identity, she had to relinquish ownership, confront the criticisms and allow her project to take on a life […] Read more
Denis Dutton – A Darwinian theory of beauty TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton’s provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply “in the eye of the beholder,” are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins. • Uploaded on YouTube Nov 16, 2010 Read more
Waiting for Godot with English & Arabic Subtitles • Waiting for Godot (/ˈɡɒdoʊ/ god-oh[1]) is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for the arrival of someone named Godot who never arrives, and while waiting they engage in a variety of discussions and encounter three other characters.[2] Waiting for Godot is Beckett’s translation of his own original French play, En attendant Godot, and is subtitled (in English only) “a tragicomedy in two acts”.[3] The original French text was composed between 9 October 1948 and 29 January 1949.[4] The premiere was on 5 January 1953 in the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris. The English language version was premiered in London in 1955. In a poll conducted by the British Royal National Theatre in 1990 it was voted the “most significant English language play of the 20th century”.[5] – Source: Wikipedia with thanks – Remember, Wikipedia is run and produced by volunteers so remains free with no advertising – please consider a donation, are, medium or small. –  Video published on YouTube Jul 19, 2015 Film & Animation – Standard YouTube License Read more
World Meteorological Day – 23 March 2017 Clouds play a pivotal role in weather forecasts and warnings. They help to drive the water cycle and the entire climate system. Throughout history, they have inspired artists, poets, musicians, photographers and countless other enthusiasts. Understanding Clouds is the theme of World Meteorological Day 2017 to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water. Clouds are central to weather observations and forecasts. Clouds are one of the key uncertainties in the study of climate change:  we need to better understand how clouds affect the climate and how a changing climate will affect clouds. Clouds play a critical role in the water cycle and shaping the global distribution of water resources. ¨ On the lighter side, World Meteorological Day will provide an opportunity to celebrate the inherent beauty and aesthetic appeal of clouds, which has inspired artists, poets, musicians, photographers and countless other enthusiasts throughout history. World Meteorological Day marks the launch of a new edition of the International Cloud Atlas after the most thorough and far-reaching revision in its long and distinguished history.  The new WMO Atlas is a treasure trove of hundreds of images of clouds, including a few newly […] Read more
It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. You know exactly what you want to do, but there are endless obstacles in your way. • How to Become the Best in the World at What You Do Source: How to Become the Best in the World at What You Do – The Mission – Medium It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. You know exactly what you want to do, but there are endless obstacles in your way. There is so much competition — thousands or millions of people competing to do exactly what you want to do. – How do you get out of the rat race? How do you advance quick enough to not have your dreams smashed into submission by society and imploded by “reality”? How do you make the needed leaps to move beyond the masses vying for a similar position? After all, you have bills to pay and tons of other responsibilities. You only have a limited amount of time each day. After work and everything else you’ve got going on, it’s easy to justify waiting until tomorrow. Even if you have the raw energy to do your work, you may feel guilty breaking from […] Read more
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• Explore how a new generation is keeping Turkey’s centuries-old culinary traditions alive in a modern world. • – Subscribe to our channel: – Follow us on Twitter: – Find us on Facebook: – Check out our website: Published by Al Jazeera on YouTube – Jan 1, 2016   Read more
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  This is where Sparky comes from. Sant Pol de Mar is a municipality in the comarca of Maresme in Catalonia, Spain. It is located on the coast between Canet de Mar and Calella. • Area: 7.5 km² Elevation: 15 m Weather: 13°C, Wind SW at 18 km/h, 56% Humidity Local time: Sunday 1st January 2017 2:31 PM Population: 4,997 (2014) Instituto Nacional de Estadística Province: Province of Barcelona Points of interest: La Murtra, Platja de la Musclera, Platja de Can Villar, Can Planiol Wikipedia Video Published on YouTube Nov 11, 2015 Vídeo promocional del poble de Sant Pol de Mar. Any 2015 Read more
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