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ANGKOR WAT STEGOSAURUS: Cambodian Hindu temple shows possible ancient knowledge of prehistoric life

Krong Siem Reap, CAMBODIA
VIJAY SHAH via Hawkfeed

If you visit the 800-year-old Hindu temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, you will be immediately be taken aback by the immense building and intricate carvings of deities and old Khmer kings of was once one of the most powerful and expansive empires in south-east Asia. However take a closer look, and you will notice something very peculiar among the images of soldiers, local wildlife, royalty and apsaras (sacred nymphs).

Via Hawkfeed

On one of the walls of the main temple at Ta Prohm, there is a carving of a lizard-like creature, stockily-built and four-legged with a series of small sails running along its back. To many modern observers, it resembles a stegosaurus, a herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the late Jurassic period, some 155 to 150 million years ago in what is now the western United States and Portugal. Eight centuries later, it would be impossible to interview the carver of the main temple wall with its prehistoric embellishment, but this may be a sign that the ancient Khmer Hindus knew of the existence of dinosaurs, which were not fully understood in Europe until the archaeological discovery of dinosaur fossils that began in the 19th century. It is possible that they may have unearthed a dinosaur skeleton while constructing the temple and figured out what kind of dinosaur it was, before carving its supposed likeness into the temple wall of Ta Prohm as a sort of homage.

The story of the Khmer stone dinosaur has been noticed by various scientific, obscure discovery and religious websites, including Hawkfeed, which specialises in Indian and Hindu news stories and features and is the source for this article. The dinosaur has also attracted attention across the religious divide from Biblical proponents.

The Angkor Wat temple complex was built around 1140 CE by the emperor Suryavarman II and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Khmer people has previously come into with Indian traders who introduced them to Hinduism. The temple was also built as a show of imperial strength as the Khmer empire was making inroads against the neighbouring Thais. The Ta Prohm temple, where the carving is said to be found, was built by later king Jayavarman VII sometime in the late 12th century. The complex eventually fell into disrepair and was swallowed up by the surrounding jungle until, ironically, French archaeologists rediscovered it and it is now the world’s largest surviving religious monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yet, at least judging by the mysterious stegosaurus carving, the Khmers may have themselves possessed advanced archaeological knowledge at the time.

While many have cited this as evidence that the ancients were far more advanced in scientific understanding than they are usually given credit for, and some Christian creationists have clung onto the idea that the Angkor Wat stegosaurus is proof that humanity and dinosaurs co-existed, therefore invalidating the theory of evolution, opponents say that in fact the stegosaurus is probably more likely a depiction of a rhinoceros or a chameleon with exaggerated features. A report by the Smithsonian Institute suggests that if viewed head-on, the carving does not appear prehistoric at all. As the report itself states “The head is large and appears to have large ears and a horn. The “plates” along the back more closely resemble leaves, and the sculpture is a better match for a boar or rhinoceros against a leafy background.” Leaves are a common motif as a background design on many of Angkor Wat’s stone carvings.

The Smithsonian also suggests that the carving may be have been added much more recently, perhaps by a visiting film crew or a local artisan with a strange sense of humour. Others have compared the carving to a baby Asian rhino or a local species of mountain lizard which both bear a strong resemblance to the carving. Nevertheless, the temple has become a source of pride for Cambodians, Hindus and humanity the world over, regardless of whether it was a stegosaurus on that wall or not.

 

SOURCES:
Resurging Hinduism, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/ResurgingHinduism/?fref=nf
“Shocking : Ancient Hindus Knew about Dinosaurs 800 years before Modern Science” – Hawkfeed http://hawkfeed.com/ancient-hindus-knew-about-dinosaurs-800-years-before-modern-science/
“Stegosaurus, Rhinoceros, or Hoax?” – Brian Switek, Smithsonian.com/Smithsonian Institution (12 March 2009) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stegosaurus-rhinoceros-or-hoax-40387948/?no-ist
“DINOSAUR OF TA PROHM” – ilbonito, Annetta Black, mrobscurity, wythe and Allison, Atlas Obscura http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dinosaur-angkor-wat
“Stegosaurus Carving on a Cambodian Temple?” – Glen J. Kuban, Glen Kuban’s Web Sites http://www.paleo.cc/paluxy/stegosaur-claim.htm
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Shocking : Ancient Hindus Knew about Dinosaurs 800 years before Modern Science” – Hawkfeed http://hawkfeed.com/ancient-hindus-knew-about-dinosaurs-800-years-before-modern-science/

PARAMOUNT RESORT: New theme park to launch 2020 in south-east England

Sunny Atwal (contributor)

Vijay Shah (reporter)

London Town is about to get that bit more exciting as a new entertainment park and tourist attraction gets ready to attract film buffs and day trippers to an area brimming with both film history and cultures that draw in film makers from all over the world.

While not exactly in London itself, but on the Swanscombe peninsula in north Kent, about forty or less minutes from the centre of London by train and less by road, the London Paramount is a ‘world-class’ entertainment resort that will be opened by famous Hollywood studios Paramount Pictures very likely in another five years’ time, and will be an ambitious project and a first for the Hollywood studio in the UK.

The resort is being bankrolled by investment firm London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), who are in the final stages of consultations with the public on the project. LRCH have created a website outlining their plans for the theme park project, along with downloadable materials on the new park and how it will benefit tourism and local communities.

Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA

Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

London Paramount will feature an exciting variety of themed rides and attractions for everyone, especially youngsters, families and groups, as well as crazier rides for the adventurous thrill seekers looking for that next adrenaline fix. In the centre of the resort will be the Entertainment City, which will play host to a selection of indoor, covered and open-air experiences as well as a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants. From time to time, the  City will also be a venue for live shows and music concerts that will set south-east England ablaze. There will also be a special ‘Paramount and Friends’ carnival taking place every day that will see Paramount characters such as Betty Boop, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and the stars of Madagascar parade and meet-and-greet fans alongside many spectacular shows featuring some of the Paramount studio‘s most iconic characters.

For the more sedate and relaxed, London Paramount will also host West End-quality theatrical and general productions as well as showing of films and other programmes from Paramount, the BBC and Aardman studios, home of the much-loved plasticine comic duo, Wallace and Gromit. There will also be live comedy acts invited to perform at Paramount’s first ever resort on these shores.

The resort plans to opens its doors in 2020, with new rides and attractions appearing shortly afterwards. Highlights include the Port Plaza, paying homage to Kent’s maritime heritage; the Myths and Legends castle, based on the castle that appears on the film studios logo, designed after its founding in 1911 and the oldest Hollywood logo in existence; the Paramount Port Bay, featuring canals and pleasure barges, and the excitingly jaw-dropping Adventure Isle. Other attractions include a 1,500 seat West End theatre, Europe’s largest indoor water park and specially-created wildlife habitats to promote conservation of the animals and plants that call the river Thames’ banks home.

It is expected to attract up to 40,000 visitors per day with a range of hotels and restaurants being planned close by to cater for them.

The London Paramount project is projected to bring a massive financial boost to the Ebbsfleet and greater north Kent region, with the park and associated creative hubs and shopping centres bringing in 27,000 jobs and revitalising the area and local communities as well as having knock-on effects commercially and creatively for the rest of Kent and London.

For more information visit:

http://www.londonparamount.info/

SOURCES:
“WELCOME TO LONDON PARAMOUNT” – Paramount London Entertainment Resort, PPS Group http://www.londonparamount.info/
“RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS” – Paramount London Entertainment Resort, PPS Group http://www.londonparamount.info/the-project/rides-and-attractions/
“Paramount Pictures” – Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramount_Pictures
“BENEFITS” – Paramount London Entertainment Resort, PPS Group http://www.londonparamount.info/benefits/
“THE PROJECT” – Paramount London Entertainment Resort, PPS Group http://www.londonparamount.info/the-project/
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:ParamountPictures01.jpg” – Gary Minnaert, Wikimedia Commons (21 January 2007) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ParamountPictures01.jpg

SULLEE J: “DREAMS” featuring YLie and DatBoyBomb

Acclaimed rapper and lyrical philosopher Sullee J has returned to the studio to drop a brand new track from his hit mixtape “The Missing Element”. The final track on this intense mixtape, entitled “DREAMS”, features the new talents of fellow rappers YLie and DatBoyBomb on vocal collaboration.

This special compilation has taken over a year to put together, bringing to the mic twenty global artists who are doing very big things on the scene. Some of the artists are Philadelphia’s former Black Wall Street artist Cyssero, Young Noble from Outlawz, Hussein Fatal, Panama of The Wire from HBO & many more.

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(c) Sullee J Management

Such an intense project with so many big names is a testament to Sullee J’s great organisational skills and his desire to use hip-hop as a transformative tool to change society and bring out positive vibes for all. The Missing Element is his way of making an often maligned musical genre a force for unity that brings us all together, regardless of background or gender, race or religion.

“Music is about bringing people together”

– Sullee J

DREAMS is now available for viewing on Sullee J’s official channel on YouTube (produced by Spence Mills of Crackerjack Productions) and listening on SoundCloud. Fans can also download the full mixtape ‘The Missing Element’ on Datpiff, the full authority in free to download , from the mixtape’s official release date of 1st June.

“The entire universe shares a common set of elements.” By the grace of good faith and consistency of hard work, I have been more than fortunate to collect over 20 gems to collaborate with in the past year and half. I have compiled a disc “The Missing Element” which I believe is Unity! Whether we are talking music, business, school, or general public, we have a lot of arrogance and pride, that allows people to not want to move together. I truly believe we can change that, and I believe all the artist’s I’ve had a chance to work with on this project also believe that. This is more than music, it’s a message. This is power! Strength in numbers, and truth in collaboration. Look out for this compilation coming out June 1st, along with the final track ‪#‎DREAMS‬ which we are releasing a music video for! I hope this gives hope to a lot of uprising artist, and even change the mindsets of some that have made a name. We need to utilize our network and be of help to each other. I don’t want to see anyone fall, nor do I like to see people with a dream suffer.” 

Music Video – Dreams ft. Sullee, YLie, & DatBoyBomb

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Fans can download the full mixtape at: Datpiff – http://www.datpiff.com/mixtapes-detail.php?id=710615

http://www.officialsulleej.com/

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SOURCES/VIDEO & IMAGE CREDITS:
Sullee J Management.
“Sullee J feat. DatBoyBomb & YLie – Dreams [Prod. Spence Mills] Music Video” – Sullee J, YouTube GB (31 May 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZNg1AUozBA&feature=youtu.be
“Sullee J, Nikki Taylor, Phrak, Chris Crown, TookDalocster, Young Noble, Hussein Fatal, Panama, Joey B, VibeWitMe, WhoIsParadise, Macabeats, Mastermind DaGenius, Genocide, Mc Remark, Cyssero, BTodd, Wordsmith, YLie, DatBoyBomb & More The Missing Element” – Sullee J Manager, DatPiff/Idle Media Inc. (1 June 2015) http://www.datpiff.com/mixtapes-detail.php?id=710615

MAMAG: International Modern Art Austria Biennale

MAMAG Modern Art Museum, a specialist art gallery in Austria, has announced it will be hosting the International Modern Art Austria Biennale exhibition and festival on the 14-30 August 2015, the museum‘s website has announced.

The board of trustees for the museum, based at the Schloss Hubertendorf (castle) in Blindenmarkt, a small town around 5 kilometres from Amstetten in central Austria, have organised the first ever such biennale for contemporary arts in Austria in a bid to increase networking and exposure to those engaged in the artistic life. The event will also offer up and coming contemporary artists across Europe and the world a unique and sympathetic chance to showcase their best pieces to a discerning international audience.

(c) MAMAG

 

The Schloss, which is a large stately home built in 1614 by a local knight, Georg Löffler on old farming lands and a disused mill, was chosen as the Biennale’s venue by MAMAG for its rustic charm, and its relevance as a European hotspot for old and new art and culture, according to the museum’s website.

Details on which artists will be exhibiting are not yet available as the Biennale is still in the very earliest stages of preparation. However the company’s Twitter account has a pinned tweet dated the 11th April, calling on artists to enter submissions for the Biennale this August. Visitors are also being offered free entry during the festival’s opening hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm local time.

The MAMAG museum is a privately owned art museum for modern and contemporary art in Lower Austria. Much of the pieces held in situ are by local Pop Art artist Tanja Playner. The museum regularly organises special exhibitions on modern art, photography, scenic views and panoramas, lithographic works, sculptures and mixed media contemporary art.

MAMAG will also be playing host to the International Modern Art Fair of Austria at the Schloss Neuberg in Loeffelbach on the 11-19 July, 2015.

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SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Schwarzenegger Fans, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/arnold_fanclub
“International Modern Art Austria Biennale” – MAMAG Modern Art Museum http://www.mamag-museum.com/international-modern-art-austria-biennale-1/index.html
“CASTLE HUBERTENDORF” – Franz Aigner Properties LLC/Aigner rental of properties http://www.aigner-properties.com/real-estate/aigner-schloesser-gmbh/84-castle-hubertendorf
“MAMAG Museum english” – MAMAG Modern Art Museum http://www.mamag-museum.com/mamag-museum-english/index.html
MAMAG Museum of Art, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/mamag_museum 
IMAGE CREDIT:
“International Modern Art Austria Biennale” – MAMAG Modern Art Museum http://www.mamag-museum.com/international-modern-art-austria-biennale-1/index.html

IMPREINT: The CUT OFF Project

London, a leader among the world’s cities. A population of eight million.

Frantic, busy, popular, cultural, fast, slow. A giant urban sprawl where everything runs at breakneck speed and even life can ill-afford to catch a breath. People go past each other in a flurry of activity, not a glance or a smile. No-one asks about anyone else, their fortunes or their misfortunes. For those with no fortune in life, the loneliness and dismissal is even more profound. Aside from the casual toss of coins or the countless stares and avoided looks, those who take the streets as home feel as invisible and inconsequential as ever.

Out of many voices, one is captured. On a simple piece of nondescript cardboard, an anonymous individual asks for help. Not to buy a sandwich or get twenty pence for a phonecall, but to feel what the luckier ones feel. Eager to sample the delights of one of the city’s upmarket restaurants or for people to wish him a simple ‘happy birthday’, the owner of the mysterious sign pleads for assistance from a known, yet invisible public. To realise an ambition, just a helping hand to make it happen.

(c) IMPREINT

(c) IMPREINT

Behind the cardboard voices, capturing the less-photographed side of London and making a social stand against poverty, is a new artist and blogger, known only by the pseudonym ‘IMPREINT’. His latest project sees a visual night-time trip to the nooks and crannies beyond where most tourists and Londoners venture and where their eyes pass over. The solitary cardboard sign, with its well-written and urgent message, is part of IMPREINT’s latest photographic project, entitled CUT OFF – an acknowledgement of the invisible, the homeless, the forgotten – and their ambitions and desires. Taken among the city lights under the cover of night amid London’s distinctive red phone boxes and its bright lights, IMPREINT preserves with their camera the wishes of a down-and-out asking to be accepted and noticed by society. We see neither the sign’s creator nor the audience, but the loudness of the sign holder’s dream rings true amid the serenity and harshness of London’s cold grey streets.

CUT OFF is a long-time concern for the artist, who had previously exhibited works under the titles of “The Space” and “The White Frame Collection”, since his career began more than five years ago. Seeing a world where people were just asking and giving, IMPREINT felt something was wrong. He thought that rather than a give-or-take situation which is the norm regarding the homeless, it needed to be more about equality and letting them speak for themselves. The piece of cardboard became a metaphorical message, a symbol of seeking opportunity to change its owner’s condition while doing their best to bring about that change. Work on the CUT OFF project began in January 2015, which saw IMPREINT take to the streets of London with cardboard signs in tow. While more comfortable with paint and found objects, IMPREINT saw no challenge in arming themselves with a smartphone and camera and getting down and personal with London’s pavements to capture the images for CUT OFF.

CUT OFF is a project that works in its simplicity, yet subtly laced with a deep message. In one way, IMPREINT forces us to confront this reality of life without thrusting it into our faces. While popular culture and urban living has forever linked the homeless person with the cardboard sign, IMPREINT’s work challenges us to sit up and take notice of these often ignored signs, set amid the empty domains of those without roofs. By making the homeless the focus of CUT OFF, IMPREINT has reached out to society in its own terms, making art that opens people’s eyes to the harsh world of street living. IMPREINT has done well in a theme where many artists fear to tread, that of making art reflect on the more negative attributes of society. Not simply to show it on a white wall and say ‘ this is it!’ but to stir in the viewer a need to change their outlook, and perhaps, do something about it.

(c) IMPREINT

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Cut off IMPREINT (3)

(c) IMPREINT

 

The artist began their work in the UAE in December 2009, with a wish to make art not just something to be sold at auction or admired by gallery visitors, but to make a social impact, benefitting society and not just depicting it. IMPREINT themselves transcends the default role of artist as name and brand, seeing themselves as not just a person, but a concept stretching far beyond the individual. IMPREINT has exhibited at impromptu art galleries and spaces of creativity all over London, as well as self-created international shows in places such as India, Spain and Hungary.

IMPREINT

Official site: http://www.impreint.com/

Blog: https://impreintofficial.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IMPREINTofficial/

 

Many thanks to Napsugar Budai for setting up the collaboration and supplying images for this article.

 

SOURCES:
IMPREINT http://www.impreint.com/
“EXHIBITIONS” – IMPREINT http://www.impreint.com/#!exhibitions/c236g
“Reviews” – IMPREINT, IMPREINTofficial https://impreintofficial.wordpress.com/reviews/
“PROJECTS” – IMPREINT http://www.impreint.com/#!projects/c20iw
“IMPREINT – CUT OFF” – Napsugar Budai (5 January 2015) https://napsugarzas.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/impreint-cut-off/
IMAGE CREDITS:
Photos by IMPREINT and supplied by Napsugar Budai.

 

PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Sheep/Goat

This year, the Chinese New Year will fall on Thursday, February 19, and according to the hallowed annals of the ancient zodiac from which originated the animals and their associated years, we will see the dawn of the Year of the Sheep. The sheep in question is said to be specifically the female Wood Sheep, although some will say it is the Green Sheep. Whichever material or colour the sheep of 2015 will arrive as, the New Year will be a time of new beginnings, family reunions and much excitement.

The sheep is considered a lucky animal, attached to the easy life. An important and ubiquitous creature even today in the rural areas of the world’s most populous nation, the sheep is associated with the elements of earth and wood in the Chinese Five Element theory. Interestingly enough, some users of the Chinese zodiac in fact will state it will soon be the Year of the Goat, another farmyard animal that enjoys nibbling vegetation, although with a range restricted to pastures and mountains in northern China.

The confusion over whether this new lunar year is in honour of the sheep or goat stems from the use of the Mandarin word ‘yang’ to describe this year. The problem is, ‘yang’ can be used to refer to many kinds of herbivorous animals with cloven feet, including sheep, goats, camels and even gazelles, according to Isaac Yue, a professor of Chinese religion and mythology at the University of Hong Kong (interviewed by CNN).

People born in the Year of the Sheep (or Goat or Ram) are said to be tender, kind-hearted, family oriented and endowed with an intelligent nature while being humble and polite. You shouldn’t expect too much boasting bravado or fiery tempers to come out of a Sheep. They are also said to be good with business dealings and can be relied upon to keep the household budget in the black in their everyday economics. They are also aesthetically pleasing with symmetrical faces and figures, if you believe the old legends.

Previous years of the Sheep/Goat this and last century were:- 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003.

Whichever animal takes pride of place in this year’s fantastic celebrations, I’ll be wishing you a very happy Year of the Sheep or Goat.

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今年以来,中国农历新年将落在周四,2月19日,并根据古老的生肖从而形成了动物及其关联多年的神圣史册,我们将看到羊年度的曙光。有问题的羊,据说是专门女木羊,虽然有些人会说,这是绿羊。无论材料或颜色2015年羊会到来,新的一年将是新的开始,家庭团聚和太多的激动时刻。

羊被认为是幸运的动物,附着在安逸的生活。即使在今天,在世界上人口最多的国家的农村地区一个重要的,无处不在的动物,羊是用泥土和木材在中国的五行学说中的元素有关。有趣的是,中国的黄道十二宫实际上是一些用户会说明它很快就会山羊,另一个农场的动物,喜欢嗑植被年,尽管仅限于草原和山脉在中国北部的一个范围。

在这个新的农历年是否是为了纪念绵羊或山羊的混乱从使用普通话词’阳’茎今年来形容。问题是,’阳’可以用来指多种草食动物偶的脚,包括绵羊,山羊,骆驼,甚至瞪羚,根据艾萨克·悦,中国的宗教和神话的香港大学教授(由CNN采访)。

生于羊年(或羊或羊)的人说是温柔,善良,面向家庭和赋予智能的性质,而谦虚有礼。你不应该抱太大的期望吹嘘虚张声势还是火热的脾气来一只羊了。他们也说是良好的业务往来,可依靠保持在黑色的家庭预算在日常经济。他们还美观对称面孔和人物,如果你相信古老传说。

往年羊/山羊这和上个世纪是: – 1907年,1919年,1931年,1943年,1955年,1967年,1979年,1991年,2003年

无论动物姣姣在今年的梦幻般的庆祝活动,我会希望你的羊或山羊的一个非常快乐的一年。

 

Here is our selection of lucky images for the occasion. Enjoy!!!

下面是我们选择的幸运图像的场合。享受!

 

 

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Via HD Wallpapers Inn

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(c) AliExpress

(c) Zazzle

(c) Zazzle Australia

(c) Colourbox via Holiday Pictures

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(c) 123newyear.com via R. Tayal/YouTube GB

(c) CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY WALLPAPER

(c) playrific

 

(c) Pixel Jeff/Tumblr

*The Half-Eaten Mind’s first ever bilingual article!!
*Text written mainly at Informa offices at Maple House, Tottenham Court Rd., Euston. Picture sourcing and editing of article carried out at the HEM home office in Plaistow. Published as per normal location listed above.
SOURCES:
Chinese New Year 2015 – The Year of Green Wood Sheep or Goat” – Chinese Horoscope Fortune Calendar http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2015.htm
“Is it the Year of the Sheep, Goat or Ram?” – , CNN International Edition/Cable News Network/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (13 February 2015) http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/12/asia/year-of-the-goat-sheep-ram/
“Chinese Zodiac – Sheep / Goat / Ram” – TravelChinaGuide http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/sheep.htm
“2015 Chinese Zodiac Sheep – Year of Sheep” – Legend of Chinese Zodiac http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/Zodiac/SummarySheep.htm
IMAGE CREDITS:
Getty Images via Zemanta.
“Chinese New Year 2015” – Sky HD Wallpaper, SkyHDWallpaper.com http://www.skyhdwallpaper.com/chinese-new-year-2015
“Animated Happy New Year Wallpaper 2015” – HD Wallpapers Inn http://www.hdwallpapersinn.com/animated-happy-new-year-wallpaper-2015.html
“Chinese New Year 2015 Sheep HD GIF Animated Wallpapers,Images,Pictures” – Namit Kapoor, Chinese New Year 2015 (6 February 2015) http://chinesenew-year.com/chinese-new-year-2015-sheep-hd-gif-animated-wallpapersimagespictures/
“animated goats Results” – AliExpress, AliExpress.com http://www.aliexpress.com/popular/animated-goats.html
“2015 Chinese New Year Gifts – Shirts, Posters, Art, & more Gift Ideas” – Zazzle, Zazzle Inc http://www.zazzle.co.uk/2015+chinese+new+year+gifts
“Happy New Year Wishes Sms Greeting Card New Year Images Tee 2015” – Holiday Pictures http://holidaypictures.org/new-year-2015/happy-new-year-wishes-sms-greeting-card-new-year-images-tee-2015-10
“Chinese New Year 2015 – Year Of The Sheep/Ram/Goat” – Raghav Tayal, YouTube GB (4 February 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuVIbZJZ73c
“Chinese New Year 2015 Wallpaper, Images, Pictures in HD” – Kartik Shah, CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY WALLPAPER http://www.happynewyear2015wallpaper.com/2015/01/chinese-new-year-2015-wallpaper-images.html
“Happy 2015 Year of the Sheep!” – playrific, Playrific® Inc (January 2015)  http://playrific.com/m/19381/happy-2015-year-of-the-sheep
Pixel Jeff, Tumblr http://pixeljeff.tumblr.com/

FESTIVE FILMS: Notting Hill to host Xmas pop-up cinema

A special pop-up cinema where filmgoers have to enter through a wardrobe is set to make a return to the fashionable district of Notting Hill in London, local culture online magazine Londonist reports.

The cultural initiative, called Pop Up Screens, will see what Londonist describes as a ‘winter wonderland of Christmas films‘ will bring a selection of festive films to the 20th Century Theatre in Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill for twelve days, between and including the 12th and 23rd December 2014.

Home Alone (film)

Home Alone (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Among the Christmassy highlights to get people into the Yuletide spirit will be classic and vintage films like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street and a selection of films suitable for children, including the comedies Elf and the films of the Home Alone series, starring Macaulay Culkin as loveable rogue Kevin. Popular Disney princess animation Frozen will also put in a very appropriate appearance. For more grown-up visitors to Pop Up Screens, there will be great flicks like Scrooged, Love Actually, Gremlins and Bad Santa to round up the feast of Hollywood festive films during December.

There will be three screenings at the 2oth Century Theatre per day, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities for shoppers, parents and commuters finishing their working shifts to stop by and unwind. The doors will open an hour before the start of each screening, so no need to rush. There will also be loads of yummy and warmth giving Christmas specialties on hand, such as mulled wine, hot chocolate (with alcohol) and other treats, to help stave off the biting cold.

Tickets for the Pop Up Screens events are from £10 for children and £20 for adults. A list of films, ticket prices and booking details can be found on the Pop Up Screens website.

SOURCES:
HEM News Agency, Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-news-agency
Londonist, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Londonist
“Pop Up Screens Returns To Notting Hill For Christmas” – Beth Parnell-Hopkinson, Londonist (25 November 2014) http://londonist.com/2014/11/pop-up-screens-returns-to-notting-hill-for-christmas.php?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Londonist&utm_content=Pop%20Up%20Screens%20Returns%20To%20Notting%20Hill%20For%20Christmas
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Home alone.jpg” – 20th Century Fox & ThunderPower, Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (27 February 2011) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Home_alone.jpg

PHOTO MOMENT: Indie music end of year party poster by Tacheless Promotions

(c) Tacheless Promotions

An independently produced poster by an independent music label.

This poster combines alternative art (seemingly influenced by Instagram) combined with the visuals of a vibrant Northern indie music scene, getting right to the core of what music is all about: good times and appreciation of non-mainstream bands.

The poster is for the ‘Twisted Wheel‘ end of year music party being held at IndiePendent café on the High Street, Scunthorpe on the 5th December 2014, featuring indie acts Danny Mahon and the band The North. It was produced by Tacheless Promotions using Fused.

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
The North, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/TheNorthBandUK
IMAGE CREDIT:
tacheless promotions, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/tachelessp

 

PHOTO MOMENT: Old Skool Raver

(c) original designer via Riki Blac

A Photoshop designed poster for a ‘old school’ music event being held in south-east London. The capital city of the United Kingdom is home to a varied and exciting musical scene encompassing many niches, tastes and cultures. Nightclub events such as ‘Old Skool Raver‘ are particularly popular among the city’s younger music lovers, drawn by the banging beats, relatively cheap alcohol and experiences of fun. These events are highly publicised via brightly coloured flyers and posters which have become works of art in their own right, even though mainstream designers and the modern art world may generally regard such ephemera generally as promotional tat. Some music posters for famous bands and events such as Live Aid (1985), the Woodstock festival and early illegal warehouse raves in the late Eighties are now prized collectors’ items fetching sometimes hundreds of pounds on auction sites.

Different ‘club nights’, as they are usually known as in the industry, will often have performances and artistes from particular musical genres. The most popular in terms of ticket sales are pop, garage, R&B, reggae, dancehall, bashment and house music. Many ravers nostalgic for their younger partying days will find that London in particular caters well with its many ‘old school’ nights showcasing memorable hits from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.

The poster above features the obligatory line-up of acts scheduled for the night, and graphics reminiscent of what truly defined an early 1990’s raver. Also shown is the singer Stush, the ‘First Lady of British Dancehall’, who has been active in the local underground music scene since 2002. Her music has been featured in the tough inner city life film Adulthood.

ADDITIONAL SOURCE:
“All Hail Stush: First Lady of British Dancehall” – Bashment Vibes (9 August 2013) http://www.bashmentvibes.com/2013/08/09/all-hail-stush-first-lady-of-british-dancehall/
IMAGE CREDITS:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter https://twitter.com/VShah1984
land of da legends, Twitter https://twitter.com/landofdalegends
Riki Blac, Twitter https://twitter.com/BushBash

RAKSHA BANDHAN 2014: HEM rakhi greetings to my sisters…and for all

(c) El Sol/Flickr/Compfight

This Sunday is the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, which celebrates the special bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, siblings get together. The sister ties a length of specially designed string around the brother’s right wrist and prays for his wellbeing and long life, while the brother gives her gifts and sweets and re-affirms his protection and care for her. It can also be celebrated between male and female cousins and even nowadays with friends.

It is observed by Hindu, Sikhs and Jains in countries such as India, Mauritius, Nepal and in expatriate communities across the globe. In my religion it takes place on the full moon day of the month of Shravan. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, Raksha Bandhan translates as “tie/bond of protection” and has its roots in the pastimes of God as mentioned in our holy scriptures. One such story is that “Deity Lakshmi tied a rakhi onto the wrist of the king Bali thus making him Her brother and therefore helping liberate Lord Narayan i.e. Vishnu. That day as per the Hindu lunar calendar was ‘Shravan Paurnima (Purnima)’.”

By tying this wristband (raksha) onto your wrist I am binding you just like the powerful and generous King Bali was bound by it. O wristband, do not get displaced.”

The rakhi is the string adornment presented by the sister around her brother’s wrist, usually made up of silk or cotton. It can be simple or have an elaborate design featuring paste or semi-precious stones, religious symbols and beadwork inspired by Indian traditions in embroidery and crafts. They are usually coloured red, but can be of many bright colours, often in the same rakhi. There are even children’s versions that feature cartoon characters and some are equipped with miniature toys, although some feel this trivialises the sanctity of the festival.

Raksha Bandhan is a unique and remarkable festival that celebrates and highlights the unbreakable bond between siblings and between families. That even though the rakhi may eventually weaken and fall off, the importance of caring and treasuring your siblings can never fall away. The sacred bond should always remain strong. The rakhi is beautiful yet strong, just like a sister’s love, and as every sister is different and special in her own way, so is every rakhi. By seeing the rakhi firmly tied to his wrist every day, the brother is reminded that his sister is always there for him and likewise he is poignantly reminded of her love and compassion in his life and his need to support her. As a family member, as a sister, as a confidante, as his best friend.

On this auspicious occasion, the Half-Eaten Mind presents a selection of Raksha Bandhan festival themed wallpapers for you to download and send as virtual greetings for your dearest siblings today.

I dedicate this article to my sweet and wonderful sisters Sherrie, Alia, and Anjali.

 Though they don’t all officially celebrate, I want to be thankful for them being in my life and being the blossoms that bring fragrance to my happiness. I am blessed to share my life with each and every one of you xxxxxxxx

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

A Sister Like You
Someone who will understand
Who knows the way I feel
In every situation
Her concern is very real
Someone who has walked my ways
Who knows my every need
Times when she would see me cry
Her heart would nearly bleed
Everyone should have a sister
Just the way I do
Richly blessed is what I am
To have a sister like you

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

(c) Imagesbuddy.com

(c) Cute Harry via Free Images Wallpapers

(c) Cute Harry via Free Images Wallpapers

(c) theback-benchers.com

(c) CommentsKart.com

(c) original designer via R.D. Hajare

(c) Fun2Pix.com

(c) Fun2Pix.com

(c) TotalBhakti.com via India-Forums

SOURCES:
“Raksha Bandhan” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raksha_Bandhan
“Rakhi: The Thread of Love – About the Raksha Bandhan Festival” –  Subhamoy Das, About.com – Religion-Spirituality-Hinduism hinduism.about.com/od/rakhi/a/rakshabandhan.htm
“Raksha Bandhan: History, Significance and Purpose” – Hindu Janajagruti Samiti www.hindujagruti.org/hinduism/knowledge/article/raksha-bandhan-history-significance-and-purpose.html
“Raksha Bandhan Poems and Sayings – Rakhi 2014 English and Hindi Poems” – Happy Raksha Bandhan 2014 rakshabandhanfestival.com/raksha-bandhan-poems-and-sayings-rakhi-2013-english-and-hindi-poems/
IMAGE CREDITS:
El_Sol, Compfight via Flickr compfight.com/search/rakhi/1-3-1-1
“Happy Raksha Bandhan Greetings Graphic For Share On Myspace” – Imagesbuddy.com www.imagesbuddy.com/img/raksha-bandhan/page/56/
“Raksha Bandhan Wishes for Brother” – Cute Harry via Sarah [Team FIW], Free Images Wallpapers (1 August 2014)  www.freeimageswallpapers.com/raksha-bandhan-wishes-for-brother.html
“Raksha Bandhan wallpaper 2012, Happy Rakhi wishes images photos pics” – The Back Benchers Team, TheBack-Benchers.com (31 July 2012) theback-benchers.com/raksha-bandhan-wallpaper-2012-happy-rakhi-wishes-images-photos-pics/
“Happy Raksha Bandhan Graphics” – CommentsKart.com (31 July 2013) www.commentskart.com/2013/07/31/happy-raksha-bandhan-graphics-4/
“happy rakshabandhan” – Via Rajesh Hajare, RDH Sir’s Official Website (20 August 2013) rdhsir.mwb.im/happy-rakshabandhan.xhtml
“Happy Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Wishes to Brother and Sister” – Jeetu Aneja, Fun2Pix.com/FUN2PIX (5 August 2014) www.fun2pix.com/happy-raksha-bandhan-rakhi-wishes-to-brother-sister/
“Happy Raksha Bandhan To All!!” – ‘tiny15’, India-Forums/Cyberax (20 August 2013) www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=3708215