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Friday, June 24, 2011

"The Palace" A must see new short film

The Palace is a strong 16-minute piece that looks big budget. It was filmed near the UN green-line that still divides the ancient city of Lefkosia, most of the props, uniforms and locations are the real thing, supplied by locals. Award-winning director Anthony Maras (AzadiSpike Up) has had to be sensitive while filming in Cyprus as, even after almost forty years, memories of the events are still fresh and he treats both sides with human respect.
Great performances throughout – if you’re seeing any shorts this year make sure not to miss this one.
The Palace focuses on one Cypriot family fleeing the advancing Turkish forces, who take refuge in an abandoned Ottoman-era palace. A young Turkish Cypriot conscript comes face-to-face with this family in hiding, and is forced to confront the reality of war and his role in it. The Palace is inspired by a story, amongst others, about, "a Cypriot mother faced with an impossible decision".
"As soldiers closed in near her hiding spot - her young baby boy was restless. She had to either let him cry and risk the consequences, or try silencing him by forcing his mouth shut and risk suffocating her baby. I could never vanquish this scenario from my head and used it as one of the key story threads for The Palace," said Maras.
Not only was The Palace filmed in Cyprus it was filmed, "literally within metres from the United Nations Green Line, and that got "pretty hairy at times" when having to recreate the more brutal parts of the conflict in front of ordinary Cyprus citizens passing by, Maras said. "It of course can bring back memories for these people and we had to be very sensitive about that," he said.
Initially, as Maras explained, the original plan was to film somewhere outside Adelaide, in the country to try to recreate the surroundings of the Lefokesia. Luckily they had the opportunity to film on location where the war memories, unfortunately, are everywhere. Many parts of Lefokesia still remain untouched, so no CGI or expensive sets were required of the film-makers to simulate their war-reality. "For the actors in the film it was also very real because the bullet holes are still there and you can see, in many cases, where and how some of the conflicts occurred," said Maras.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ayran or Starbucks

Rather than the question, "Would you like something to drink?" Turkish hospitality leaps immediately to the "What?" Tea, called çay (chai) in Turkish, is not so much a national drink as it is a ritual. Boil the water incorrectly and you're in for trouble. Let the tea steep without prior rinsing and you've committed an unforgivable transgression. What's amazing is that so many tea drinkers manage to maintain white teeth, and as you'll see, some don't. Tea is served extremely hot and strong in tiny tulip-shaped glasses, accompanied by exactly two sugar cubes. The size of the glass ensures that the tea gets consumed while hot, and before you slurp your final sip, a new glass will arrive. If you find the tea a bit strong, especially on an empty stomach, request that it be "açik," or "opened," so that the ratio of water to steeped tea is increased.
The coffee culture is a little less prevalent (notwithstanding the current siege by Starbucks, Gloria Jean's, and Kahve Dünyasi -- coffee world) but no less steeped in tradition. Early clerics believed it to be an intoxicant and consequently had it banned. But the kahvehane (coffeehouse) refused to go away, and now the sharing of a cup of Turkish coffee is an excuse to prolong a discussion, plan, negotiate, or just plain relax. Turkish coffee is ground to a fine dust, boiled directly in the correct quantity of water, and served as is. Whether you wait for the grinds to settle or down the cup in one shot is entirely an individual choice, although if you leave the muddy residue at the bottom of the cup, you may be able to coax somebody to read your fortune.
There are two national drinks: raki and ayran. Raki is an alcoholic drink distilled from raisins and then redistilled with aniseed. Even when diluted with water, this "lion's milk" still packs a punch, so drink responsibly! Raki is enjoyed everywhere, but is particularly complementary to a meal of mezes.
Ayran is a refreshing beverage made by diluting yogurt with water. Westerners more accustomed to a sweet-tasting yogurt drink may at first be put off by the saltiness of ayran, but when mentally prepared, it's impossible to dismiss the advantages and pure enjoyment of this concoction.
Caffeined Out -- As a result of the Ottoman's second unsuccessful siege on Vienna, many of the army supplies were left behind in the retreat, including sacks and sacks of coffee beans. Believing them to be sacks of animal waste, the Viennese began to burn the sacks, until a more worldly citizen, aware of the market value of the bean, got a whiff and promptly saved the lot. He later opened up the first coffeehouse in Vienna.

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Thought of the day

Spirit of Sacrifice

"You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection" - Buddha

We were born in Divine Love but we forgot. In this human life we tend to confuse love to infatuation. Love, True Love has no conditions. "Love is something I can feel if I feel safe and loved by another.  If my safety and lovability are threatened in some way, I withdraw my love.  This withdrawal is justified and is also a part of love."  This definition is illusive and causes suffering in itself.  It cuts you off from the true experience of love.
Because the sacrifice of love is so great, human nature has invented another definition of love that allows us to believe we are loved and loving without having to suffer.
All good things come with sacrifice.  Love in its purest human form request, the greatest sacrifice of all.  Love asks that you give up judgement, fear, resentment, shame, hurt, and expectation of love returned.  Love asks that you forgive all harm done.  This does not mean that you forget harm done or continue to place yourself in harm's way.  Setting healthy boundaries is good.  It means that you must claim full responsibility for your experience.  You must give up seeing yourself as a victim and see yourself as a divine being worthy of great love.  Love commands of us that we simply give of our hearts freely and unconditionally.  This means that love will also wound us. Not only must the Ego die to love, but once we are opened, we must suffer the consequences of disappointment and betrayal.  Love, therefore, is both sought after and rejected by all of us.

Human love is conditional.  Until you have found safety and love within yourself through realizing your divine nature, you are incapable of experiencing the true meaning of love.  If you open yourself to love, expect joy and expect to suffer.  Expect your suffering to teach you much.  Expect your suffering to lead you to the grandest experience of all--freedom.  Expect to have the feeling of being home in the most profound sense of all.  The experience of love is complete peace and excruciating, almost unbearable joy at the same time.  The experience of love is what we are destined to experience.  Without realizing it, each of us is striving daily for this kind of love.  Whether we know it or not, it is our reason for living. Everything we do, think, and feel is a subconscious seeking of love--even our violent acts, thoughts, and feelings.

The experience of love will propel you into another dimension, another reality.  It makes you realize that those things you strive for on a daily basis do not satisfy and are only weak substitutes for what you really want--unconditional love.  For most this realization is too much a responsibility to keep conscious. Love requires too great a sacrifice so most of us deny what we know deep in our hearts, believing that the world and the things we do in it is what we want.  We humans are in a terrible dilemma that will cause us suffering until we are willing to admit to what we know by the teachings of love.
Much human suffering is caused by the belief that another human being can provide the love we need.  Loving each other is a natural result of the experience of love.  However, we do not give each other the experience of love.  The true experience of love comes from within the self.  This loving within the self has no object.  It is the willingness to feel love--for no reason or motivation other than to experience love.  It is a willingness to open the heart, let go, and feel love.
Would you like to try something that has the potential of altering all your relationships for the better?  Start loving for no rational reason.  Ignore all your reasons not to love.  Just love.  Keep loving for as long as you want.  See if you can maintain this love feeling while encountering the limitations of other human beings.  Set a boundary, and love.  Say, "No," and love.  Disagree with someone and love.  Problem solve with someone you have difficulty with and love.  You will learn that you are capable of loving in spite of the limitations around you.  You will learn that loving can bring about positive changes that otherwise would never occur.  And you will learn the peace and joy that comes with loving.

Life is a battle. In order to fight, one needs strength and the strength of virtue and this force is only sustained and increased with the cultivation of spirituality, that is, with religious practice. Life is love and love is sacrifice. In any circumstance, one can observe that when a house flourishes, it is because there is someone who sacrifices him or her. This someone sometimes is a servant, a housemaid. When it is two who sacrifice themselves, the life of the whole becomes brilliant, exemplary. A marriage, in which the spouses have the spirit of sacrifice, has peace and joy, and this is so with or without children, with or without wealth. If there are more than two who are sacrificing themselves, the house radiates with a thousand lights which dazzle everyone who approaches it.

Karma or just Destiny

Monday, June 20, 2011


Kratise me - T.N.S feat Demi

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Ten most Peaceful Places to live in the world

According to the Institute for Economics and Peace that rated the relative tranquility of 144 nations
according to 23 indicators â€" including gun sales, the number of homicides, the size of the military,
the potential for terrorism and the number of people in jail. The index defined peace as "the absence
of violence," and so far, things are a little dicey. Violence and instability have increased, respect for
human rights has decreased. The researchers also calculated that the world"s nations have
collectively lost close to $8 trillion due to the complications of widespread violence

So, what is the most peaceful country on Earth? Well, it's not Britain and it's certainly not the USA
(which places 83rd). It is New Zealand. Yes, the land of Hobbits and Kiwis is officially the most
peaceful country in the world. Not only does New Zealand have all the benefits of an English
speaking country, it"s also incredibly beautiful with an open society. And they don"t spend a lot of
energy trying to kill each other.

1. New Zealand

New Zealand might be the most isolated and expansive fully developed nation in the world. It shares no
borders, sits relatively distant from any other nation, has no real national enemies, has a safe democracy and
a diverse landscape with many remote places to hide away within. Furthermore, it ranked #1 on the Global
Peace Index in 2009.

2. Bhutan

Landlocked among the Himalaya mountains, Bhutan is one of the most isolated nations in the world. It also
showcases one of the most stable balances in the world between moderization and retention of ancient
culture. Its religious population believes in peaceful resolution to all conflict, and although it sits in a troubled
region, it remains protected by its geography.

3. Iceland

Iceland, of course, has no borders, has remote locations, is stable as a country and has virtually no world
enemies. Its people are happy and the nation always ranks highly on the Global Peace Index. If world conflict
erupts, Iceland is one of the few stable nations in the world unlikely to get caught up in the middle

4. Tuvalu

Isolated in the middle of Micronesia, Tuvalu is among the safest and most remote places in the world. It is the
third least populated country on Earth, and the forth smallest. There are only a few places more distant from
the world"s strife than Tuvalu.

5. Finland

Finland has a long history of desiring to stay out of international conflicts, is recognized as neutral and always
ranks in the top 10 of the Global Peace Index. It"s northerly location also typically means the remote areas of
this country are a perfect place to disappear.

6. Seychelles

Aside from being safely isolated from the rest of the world in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this beautiful
island nation is a great place to forget about your worries. Isolation is the key here. And conflict is as
transparent as the water.

7. Canada

Canada is the second largest nation in the world, yet it only shares a land border with one other country - the
U.S.A. - and it is a peaceful border. That means there is a great expanse to escape to, if need be.
Furthermore, Canada has few world enemies, ranks consistently high on the Global Peace Index, and is
relatively homogeneous.

8. Papua New Guinea

There are regions of Papua New Guinea that are still being discovered for the first time. The canopy covered,
mountainous nation contains some of the most isolated places in the world. Tuck yourself away in a nook
here and it may be one of the few places left where you can completely insulate yourself from the outside
9. Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a stable democracy, a disbanded military and a national policy of neutrality. It also ranks
highly on the Global Peace Index, Happy Planet Index, and Life Satisfaction Index. Although it sits in the
middle of a tumultuous region, there are far worse places to sit in peace as the world goes down in flames all

10. Switzerland
Switzerland"s long history of neutrality and its tucked away location among the valleys of the Alps still make it
a safe bet, even despite having a high number of bordering nations. It helps that neighboring Austria is also
considered a neutral nation

Vancouver in Forbes Top Ten Places to live - 4th Place

10. Sydney, Australia
Quality of Life Index: 106.3
Eco-City Index: 125
9. Bern, Switzerland
Quality of Life Index: 106.5
Eco-City Index: 133.6
7. (tie) Frankfurt, Germany
Quality of Life Index: 107
Eco-City Index: 123.1
7. (tie) Munich, Germany
Quality of Life Index: 107
Eco-City Index: 130.7
6. Dusseldorf, Germany
Quality of Life Index: 107.2
Eco-City Index: 130.7
4. (tie) Vancouver, Canada
Quality of Life Index: 107.4
Eco-City Index: 133.6
4. (tie) Auckland, New Zealand
Quality of Life Index: 107.4
Eco-City Index: 133.6
3. Geneva, Switzerland
Quality of Life Index: 107.9
Eco-City Index: 131.5
2. Zurich, Switzerland
Quality of Life Index: 108
Eco-City Index: 133.5
1. Vienna, Austria
Quality of Life Index: 108.6
Eco-City Index: 126.2

Associated Press
Riots overshadow Canucks fans' Game 7 heartbreak
By GREG BEACHAM , 06.16.11, 08:23 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The plywood sheets filling in for shattered windows on the historic Hudson's Bay Co. department store Thursday were turned into a canvas for expressing a city's embarrassment.

On a spectacularly sunny day after a dreary, disturbing night in Vancouver, hundreds inscribed messages and drew pictures on the wood. It was a form of group therapy for a city recovering from extensive rioting after the Canucks' blowout loss in Game 7 of the Stanley (SXE - news - people ) Cup finals.

Some messages were hockey-centric: "So Proud of Our Boys." "Real Fans Don't Riot." "We'll Get 'Em Next Year."

Overturned cars, raging bonfires, hospitalized fans and hooliganism are likely to be the lingering memory of the Canucks' agonizing failure on the precipice of their first Stanley Cup title.

And that's a shame. Vancouver's citywide pain after the Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins already was heartbreaking enough without the ugliness that followed.

Chu called those who incited the riot "criminals and anarchists" and officers identified some in the crowd as the same people who smashed windows and caused trouble through the same streets the day after the 2010 Winter Olympics opened.

"These were people who came equipped with masks, goggles and gasoline," Chu said. "They had a plan."

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said "organized hoodlums bent on creating chaos incited the riot" in his city, while city councilor Suzanne Anton said the rioting has shaken Vancouver and overshadowed the hockey team's playoff run.

"I would never have believed that Vancouver would be a city where there would be looting," she said. "I just feel such a profound sense of disappointment. We like to think we live in paradise here in Vancouver. It's hard to imagine here."

Anton said there was no loss of life or police brutality. She also said dozens of volunteers patrolled the city's entertainment strip on Thursday, picking up debris and garbage.

One of the volunteers, Al Cyrenne, carried his broom downtown to clean up the damage.

"I'm all choked up," he said, as he surveyed broken windows. "I can't believe the scene. Just talking about it brings me to tears. I can't believe the people of Vancouver would do this. It's just a few idiots."

While police said it was mostly young people responsible for the mayhem, an equally young crew turned up in jeans and rubber gloves, some with Canucks jerseys, ready to help clean up.

Dozens of remorseful and dismayed commuters crowded around the smashed display windows at the flagship Hudson Bay store, a historical building that was the first focus of rampaging looters Wednesday night. Someone had tacked a rough, hand-painted sign that read: "On behalf of my team and my city, I am sorry." People waited in line to sign it.

Georgia Straight and the Riots - We agree

A society who spends more time on the Xbox destroying media created objects and 3 dimensional versions of themselves, twittering, smsing and failing in school, wont be peaceful in times of crisis, they are looking for attention and some passion and excitement in their 3 dimensional world of lack and non dimension, their lack of spirit and connection to emotions, their family , their freinds, and the world we live in, its all a false creation imbedded in their brains by our social media our society that needs to be better than their neighbor and a society that needs to feed its ego and not its soul. *GreekSpirit*

Georgia Straight

This riot didn't happen on its own. Society as a whole ensured that it was the only outcome, starting with the assumption that our over-amped if not war-like passion for something as inconsequential as a hockey game is appropriate to begin with, let alone officially sanctioned. But hey, it’s a fucking goldmine for advertisers and a hell of a vacuum to suck in a growing population of bored, distracted, disassociated, and quietly despairing Lower Mainlanders marinated in the hegemony of cheap sensation, and governed by institutions hostile to art, truth, and beauty. It’s a problem that, as always, starts at the very top.

The wrong questions will inevitably get asked in the wake of all this, and the wrong solutions applied. Expect “tougher policing”, and a ramped up culture of intolerance in a city that already turns a blind-eye to a tsunami of social ills. The VPD—which was quick to blame the violence on "criminals, anarchists, and thugs"—is encouraging anyone with high-resolution pictures to email them to the department, but is that really what we want to become? Yes, last night's violence was inexcusable and the offenders should be prosecuted, but the slope towards becoming a Big Brother-like society where we tattle on our neighbours is already slippery enough. Wouldn't it be preferable to live in a society in which we actually knew our neighbours to begin with? To know and trust the people around us to act like responsible individuals? To enjoy a culture of mutual respect rather than suspicion, hyper-competition, and meaningless interaction mediated through our phones and iPads? All we're doing right now is gawking at city-sanctioned spectacles—or plugging in our headphones so we can ignore each other.

There was a beautiful outpouring of love and support for our fair city this morning as hundreds of volunteers took to the streets to help clean up the terrible mess from last night. We do have the capacity to be kind, gentle, thoughtful individuals, and, hopefully, we can begin to repair the damage to our tarnished reputation. Unfortunately, there's no simple band-aid solution that will fix a sick society. The symptoms are clearly manifesting but, without facing up to the fact that there is an overarching problem, there is absolutely no chance for us to heal. But perhaps the first step towards solving this systemic problem is to acknowledge the fact that there is actually something wrong with us.

Feta me Psomi - Feta and Bread - So Tiri

Shahrukh's First Video Broadcast - One man Media machine !

Ra.One movie - We wish you luck Shahrukh Khan

Ra.One (Hindiरा.वन) is an upcoming Hindi science-fiction superhero film directed byAnubhav Sinha. The film, which features Shahrukh KhanKareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, will be produced under Khan's production company, Red Chillies Entertainment. Originally scheduled to release on June 3 2011, the film was pushed back due to extensive post production work and is now set for release on October 26, 2011.Ra.One's first look was unveiled during the First Quarter Finals of the 2011 Cricket World Cup whilst the theatrical trailer was released three months later.
On March 10, 2011, it was announced that the television broadcasting rights for Ra.One had been sold to Star India for a record sum of  40 crore, officially surpassing the previous record of 3 Idiots for  33 crore, to become the highest-sold Bollywood film ever. Wikipedia