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 Rock legend Hendrix dies after partyRock legend Hendrix dies after party by The Ovi Team
September 18th 1970; Guitarist Jimi Hendrix has died after collapsing at a party in London. Police say there was no question of foul play. A number of sleeping pills were found at the house in Notting Hill Gate and they have been taken away for
 Vitaphone SystemVitaphone System by The Ovi Team
August 2nd 1926; John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the first showing of the Vitaphone System. The sy
 Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse by The Ovi Team
23 July 2011; with her gravelly voice and eclectic style, Amy Winehouse, 27, who was found dead in London, won comparison with some of the great female singers such as Sarah Vaughn and Nina Simone. But like another great singer, Janis Joplin, s
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 Live Aid ConcertLive Aid Concert by The Ovi Team
13th July 1985; The Live Aid Concert was a series of rock concerts held to raise f
 World Music DayWorld Music Day by The Ovi Team
The World Music Days are more than just a festival. They also are a meeting place,
 Royal Shakespeare TheatreRoyal Shakespeare Theatre by The Ovi Team
23rd April 1932; The New Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens in Shakespeare
 Fools' dayFools' day by The Ovi Team
The BBC creates a hoax Panorama programme about spaghetti crops in Switzerland and showing women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry. It should be remembered in context that Spaghetti was not a
 Hill Street Blues beginsHill Street Blues begins by The Ovi Team
January 15th 1981; Hill Street Blues, television\'s landmark cops-and-robbers drama, debuts on NBC. When Hill Street Blues first appeared, the police show had pretty much been given up for dead. Critics savaged stodgy and moralistic melodramas,
 Nikos KavvadiasNikos Kavvadias by The Ovi Team
Nikos Kavvadias born in January 11, 1910 and he was a poet and writer; currently
 Bodhi DayBodhi Day by The Ovi Team
Bodhi Day, traditionally the 8th day of the 12th lunar month, has been observed on December 8 in Japan since the Meiji Restoration (1862-1869). It is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni or Siddh
 Scenes of Clerical LifeScenes of Clerical Life by The Ovi Team
November 6th 1856; “Scenes of Clerical Life”, the first work of fiction by the author later known as George Eliot, is submitted for publication.
 Odysseus Elytis NobelOdysseus Elytis Nobel by The Ovi Team
Since the last few days we are talking about Nobel Prizes, a Greek poet Odysseus Elytis , was awarded the Literature Nobel Prize and it was announced on the 18th of October 1979.Elytis\'s poems
 Family PortraitsFamily Portraits by Richard Stanford
One day, or night, someone in each of these farmhouses sealed the windows, closed the curtains, looked around the empty rooms, stepped out the front door and locked it shut.   They turned and walked away, leaving behind the laughter o
 Vaclav Havel (1936-2011): His Revolt is an Attempt to Live Within the Truth by Rene Wadlow
He rejects the ritual and breaks the rules of the game.  He discovers once more his suppressed identity and dignity.  He gives his freedom a concrete significance.  His revolt is an atte
 Stream of consciousness by Dr. Emine Koseoglu
Can “stream of consciousness” be borrowed from literature and be adapted to drawing? To get the answer, pick up a song and start a quick sketching session. Both by concentrating on paper and leaving your hand free at the
 The Archibald in the Yarra by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
As one moves into Yarra country in Victoria, Australia, the sight of a tamed environment is everywhere.  As the wineries start making an appearance as dots of civilized behaviour to water the thirsty, the mood is an appropriately cultured one
 Should the Concept of Beauty be Resurrected in the Twenty-first Century? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
A few days ago we were treated to an article titled Gangbang Parties and Domina Rooms by Lilika Ruby which ends this way: “…there is still virulent disagreement about what is obscene and what is decent. About what is culture a
 Ovi Promotes: Art Exhibition in Vantaa, Finland by The Ovi Team
 Sex, swinging and the need to secede by Lilika Ruby
Earlier this year, Swiss artist Christoph Büchel installed a
 H. Helmy Gallery by H. Helmy
H. Helmy began painting when his niece and nephew asked him how a graphic he had designed on the computer would look on canvas. He bought art supplies, started painting, and hasn’t looked back. His love of nature serves as the source of his in
 Parables of Irony: Jose Saramago by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
A world of blindness that reduces those of civilized sight to barbaric sightlessness; a world where death ceases to reap, leaving the living unmolested.  These were just a few visions put to print by the Portuguese writer and Nobel Laureate J
 African cinema lost in translationAfrican cinema lost in translation by Abigail George
Television, films and churches formed a large part of the origins of my writing when I was younger. My childhood was not as bleak as some; I was happy, obedient, kind, patient, loved dogs, tennis and swimming; dancing wildly, joyfully in the sp
 Healing work in a healing biotope by The Ovi Team
An interview with Dr. Amelie WeimarDr. Amelie Weimar received her M.D. degree from Freie Universität Berlin in 1991, and since 1995 she has been responsible for the medical needs of 200 people living in the community o
 In My Dreams It Was Simpler by Tolulope Popoola
 Cigarettes by Shavarsh Palabikian
This is a photo-story to show the harm that cigarettes cause in a rather soft and delicate manner. It is presented not in the ways we got used to: a doctor holding lungs over a human body deeply cut in the thorax, where the pathologist shows th
 Will Modernism be On the Streets? by Alexandra Pereira
Will Modernism and the many -isms it produced, will they be on the streets? Are young generations of creators taking into account, much more than ever before, what is done elsewhere, it does matter what is done if it
 Tropicalism and Tribalism by Alexandra Pereira
 Logic, Syllogisms and Maintaining the Status Quo by Leah Sellers
Some ignoble Minds would have Americans memorize and swallow whole this Logic - this Syllogism. The American Health Care System and Insurance Companies have become too Greedy.  Greed will always exist.  Therefore, Human Beings should not
 Dragon My Kindred by David Sparenberg
“The Universe is a Green Dragon.” -Brian Swimme   Something of beauty moved above me. Yet when I looked, it was my shadow soaring in the sky.  Who can tell me what this mystery is?
 Christianity: a Private Affair or Part of the European Identity? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 International Museum Day - Dusting Off the 1954 Hague Convention by Rene Wadlow
18 May has been designated by UNESCO as the International Day of Museums to highlight the role that museums play in preserving beauty, culture and history.  Museums come in all sizes and are often related to institutions of learning and li
 A Third Window, beyond Materialistic and Mechanistic Philosophies of Nature by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 La Galleria Devanna a Bitonto: Un Nuovo Gioiello del Patrimonio Artistico d'Italia by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Quest’annuncio sull’apertura del Museo Devanna a Bitonto è stato già publicato sulla rivista internazionale Ovi in inglese. Vorrei ripublicarla in italiano in omaggio a quegli amici e parenti italiani che non leggono l’
 The Museum Devanna in Bitonto, Puglia: A New Jewel in Italy's Artistic Patrimony by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Diego Fabbri's Trial of Western Civilization by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 European Culture vis-a-vis "Multiple Modernities" by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Jürgen Habermas on the Vision of a Post-Secular Europe by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Sundry Musings on the New Millennium's Transatlantic Dialogue by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Give me one reason... by Edna Nelson
A piece of artwork from Edna Nelson: Give me one reason...  For more From the mind of Edna Nelson click
 Art as Fictional Truth and Make-Believe by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Jill Worrall: Iran, the most misunderstood country of the world! by Kourosh Ziabari
It's a long time that I've got used to hear expressions such as "wow! I see you have restaurants in Iran!" "Believe me Iran was not what I'd thought", "I was never thinking of such a beautiful country" and
 The Nature of Art as a Problematic of Aesthetics by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
By now the reader who has followed the various views and definitions of art by various philosophers and art experts as here presented is perhaps more aware of the eclectic, head-spinning nature of those views and may be wondering which are thei
 R. G. Collingwood's Theory of Art as Expression and Fantasia by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Art in the Era of the Internet and the Digital Reproduction by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 The Deconstruction of Art as Fetish by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Art and Feminism in the 21st Century by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Appiah and Jegede's African Concept of a Postcolonial Art by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Roland Barthes' Death of the Author and Art as Text by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The reader is the space on which all the quotations that make up a writing are inscribed without any of them being lost; a text’s unity lies not in its origin but in its destination. Yet this destination cannot any longer be personal:
 Kaisla Arts and Crafts by Luis Alves
Kaisla shop gallery (Kaisla kauppa galleria) is a rectangular two-story old house with solid red-brick walls and interior open spaces, nicely situated at the port of Korpilahti, Central Finland (
 Leo Tolstoy's Concept of Art as Communication of Feeling by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Livre ou vision? Une vieille querelle by Dimitra Karantzeni
Les vacances sont malheureusement terminées pour presque tous les gens mondialement et la rentrée a la quotidiennité qui nous presse et nous ettouffe très souvent, est parfois plus difficile que nous pourrions imaginer…
 Some Musings on the Nexus between the Mytho-poetic and Religion by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Poetry makes the world appear more intense, meaningful and significant. So does God to a believer. Depth psychology, a non-agnostic psychology, sees parallels between literature and religion, identifying spontaneous, self-organizing images that go
 Polarage by Thanos Kalamidas
Because there are NO stars in the sky!For the full Polarage Exhibition, click
 The Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
I just finished rereading G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. It is uncanny how a book that was written some eighty years ago is as much relevant today as it was then, if not more. In it Chesterton, among other things argues about material
 The Vichian Poetics of William Blake and Karl Marx by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Sarah Pow by Sarah Pow
Sarah Pow makes her Ovi magazine debut with this exhibition.For the full Sarah Pow Exhibition, click
 The Rat Pack Movie by Asa Butcher
 The Five Ways to God's Existence of Thomas Aquinas by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Thomas Aquinas has become the official favored philosopher/theologian of the Catholic Church. That was not always so. In fact while he was still alive he was suspected of heresy by the archbishop of Paris. His sin was that of basing his philosophy
 Der Weg der Anakonda: Wenn Bauten tanzen lernen by Leila Dregger
Der Designer Martin Pietsch verbindet Musik und Baukunst – in diesem Jahr auch beim Boom-Festival in PortugalBoom erhält eine neue Verpackung. Das unabhängige Kultur- und Kunst-Festival Boom wird vom 11.-18. August
 The path of the Anaconda: When buildings learn to dance by Leila Dregger
Boom gets a new wrapping. Like every two years, music and art festival “Boom” will attract thousands of goa and trance lovers to Idanha-a-Nova in Portugal this year from 11th-18th of August. “Trail of the anaconda”, “
 Something Foreseeable, This Way Comes by Leah Sellers
Repeating the same behavior with the expectation of getting different results, different outcomes, is supposed to be the definitive definition of Insanity. Socially, historically and psychologically War equals destructive and manipulative Chaos. T
 International Conference on the Creative Industries and Intellectual Property: Day 2 by Sofia Gkiousou
Another good day in London and again I descended upon the Birkbeck Clore Management Centre – in the heart of Bloomsbury, London – to watch the proceedings of the
 Angola's Creation Myth (The Ovimbundu legend) by Alexandra Pereira
The ethnic group of the Ovimbundus explains the origin of Angola as a nation and of several ethnic groups as descending from the Ovimbundus themselves. The designation of Angola derives from the name of the Ngola kings, and some defend that these
 Le contenu de la tevision de nos jours by Dimitra Karantzeni
Pour commencer, l’opinion qui fait l’unanimité est que la télé est une révolution vraie dans les technologies découvertes du XX siècle. Dès sa découverte, les gens ont la chance de communiqer
 The Japanese Founding Myth by Alexandra Pereira
Japan is an incredibly rich country in poetic myths and legends, many of these derived from folk tales, Shinto and Buddhist beliefs. The majority of them were recorded in the Kojiki or “Book of Ancient Things”, the oldest chronic
 Transcendence as Cultural Identity by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
There is growing chorus of voices asserting that full human development cannot be achieved without regard for essential religious values; that achievements in political, social, economic, technical, artistic and scie
 Diametrically Different: Dragons East & West by Valerie Sartor
To begin to grasp the extreme differences in culture and thought between China and the western world one of the most startling distinctions can be found by examining the universal dragon motif. This ancient symbol ha
 Claude Levi-Strauss and the Timelessness of Myth by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Claude Levi-Strauss, a Belgian born anthropologist (1908-) like Carl Gustav Jung does not consider himself a professional philosopher but he too, via anthropology, arrived at the fundamental insight that myths across
 Buy George by Asa Butcher
I'm going to reuse my intro for yesterday's Earth Day article because it seems so apt. Today is St. George's Day. I doubt you have anything special planned. There'll be no joyous parades through our towns, there'll be no flags
 Lev Semenovich Vygotsky: Thought, Language, and Children at Play by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In 1958 an Italian translation of a novel written in the Soviet Union and suppressed there appeared in the West winning its author instant fame and recognition and the Nobel Prize for literature besides. The novel
 The Heavenly Stone by Valerie Sartor
“Why are the Chinese putting jade onto the Olympic medals?” I asked my colleague Wu Nanlan as we sat in a weekly planning meeting. Raising her elegant eyebrows she gaped at me in surprise. “Haven’t you
 Paper Tiger by Valerie Sartor
I am a woman who is easily duped. Moving to Beijing drilled this character defect into me after months of being tricked, cheated and laughed at by my Chinese landlord. It all started when I came to Beijing, China's capital city, late last sum
 Growing up in Helsinki in the '70s and '80s: Sir Spliff Richard by Juliette Roques
It is a cold winter evening that’s really still afternoon on the day that we set out on our first cultural tour of Helsinki. The mission is simple enough, yet, perhaps complicated in its execution. Show us a place we can go to, a place th
 Magician Downtown by Steve Cartwright
It's well known that an artist becomes more popular by dying, so I'm pummelling my head with a frozen mackerel. Take a gander at my online gallery... and please hurry with your response - this mackerel's killin' me!
 Noam Chomsky on the Politics of the Essence of the Human Mind by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Noam Chomsky is considered one of the pivotal linguists of our time. He follows a long heritage on the nature of language which begins with the ancient Greeks and continues with Giambattista Vico in the 18th century.
 China's Forbidden Fruit by Valerie Sartor
Last week I stopped at a very traditional looking teashop, hoping to buy some good Chinese tea for Jane, my friend Michael's wife, before flying to Santa Fe to visit my friends. Jane loves tea; she never drinks coffee. The quaint looking store
 Europevision Semi-Final in Helsinki by Caisa
The last (but not least) category to go through the semifinal screening of the Ourvision 2008 Song Contest is Europevision, where the already chosen five semifinalists compete for only two spots in the glorious Grande Finale.
 Feng Shui and Celestial Creatures by Valerie Sartor
From time immemorial Chinese culture has been loaded with symbols. They range from auspicious numbers, ancient Chinese characters and pictographs, colors and coins, dates and times - to animals, both f
 The Tao of Silk by Valerie Sartor
China’s most ancient gift to the world: silk, arrived long before gunpowder, paper and printmaking. This coveted fabric predated Christ and Buddha. Durable, useful and elegant, it is one of the oldest fibers known to man. Production remaine
 The Tools of Last Resort by Jan Sand
Life can get very tough indeed. No matter the huge advances in understanding the universe in general and untangling our own individual problems of obtaining even the minimum sustenance for staying alive and healthy, natural and social forces can
 Aggression in China by Valerie Sartor
“The police said it was a good thing I slept through it,” my Irish friend Daragh in Beijing reported, “Otherwise the robbers might have killed me. It’s quite common in large Chinese cities, actually.”
 L&OCI Semi-Detached: Killer by Linda Lane
"Countries that do not control knowledge and information tend to do better because the average guy who is exposed to a lot of information can get ideas and profit from them." Tom Clancy
 Laulajat ianikuiset by Riku Pyhala
Kalevalan päivä? Sen kirjan, eriskummallisen kansalliseepoksen? Sen loputtoman pitkän riimirunotarinan, jota pakkoluetettiin peruskoulussa kuin ruotsin kieltä? Viime kuukausina olen sattumalta pal
 Works by photographer Cátia Cóias by Catia Coias
Cátia Cóias (29) is a Lisbon-based artist and photographer. She attended the Fine Arts course, London Metropolitan University, and the Photography course at the Hackney College, London, as well as the Photography
 The Tupi Legend for the Origin of the Night by Alexandra Pereira
This is the original legend by the Tupi tribes of the Amazon for the Creation of the Night. The natives believe that in the beginning of everything there was a perman
 Skying Artwork in a National Museum: Salvador Dali by Linda Lane
Interesting that searching I am unable to find anything on the Web about 'Skying Artwork'. What is "to sky artwork"? It is the practice, infringing on moral copyright, of hanging or displaying artwork in such a way that it can
 YURTS: living inside a mandala by Valerie Sartor
Round and warm, creative and comfortable, yurt constructions have long rode an unusual wave of popularity by symbolizing an ancient link to the earth as well as an alternative, portable lifestyle. For many, these breast
 The Principle of Complementarity in Bohr's Quantum Mechanics and Vico's Historicism by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The concrete without the universal becomes trivial. The universal without the concrete becomes irrelevant” - Alfred N. Whitehead Vico was
 Finn Brit Players' Spring Programme by The Finn-Brit Players
Dear Players, As always, we look forward to a theatrically active spring season. The major production of the season is After Dinner by Andrew Bovell, which will be performed in late March and early April. In addition, the D
 The Legend of Timor Loro Sae by Alexandra Pereira
This is the traditional tale about the origins of Timor Loro Sae, which in tetum means "orient land – the land of the rising sun", or "land of dawn", or just "East Timor",
 The Queen of Hearts 2008 by Caisa
On 14 February 2008, Helsinki's International Cultural Centre CAISA will come alive with music, exotic foods, fashion and beauty as Finland’s most outstanding international women t
 Faces of Vainamoinen - The Kantele as Symbol by The Ovi Team
Faces of Väinämöinen is kantele player Timo Väänänen’s Doctor of Arts work for the Folk Music Department of Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy. The project includes a concert, an exhibition and a photographic
 The Cycle of Time: The Chinese New Year by Rene Wadlow
Talk of the Year ahead and the devil laughs”- Chinese proverb This 7 February marks the start of the New Year in China. The start of a New Year is
 The British Invasion by Jack Wellman
On February 7, 1964, a British invasion of another sort hit the United States, starting in New York. The nation’s and the world’s taste in music would be forever altered - changes so epic in social and
 Defining Moment by Jack Wellman
February 1st 1884 was a defining moment in history - at least for those who value accurate language, both spoken and written - because this was the birth of the Oxford English Dictionary, which was the most comprehensive definition of the
 Christopher Dawson and the Making of Europe by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In 1932 Christopher Dawson published a book titled The Making of Europe which had enormous success and established his reputation as a scholar of incredible range and erudition who could communicate with gre
 The Truth of Scientific Knowledge Grounded in Faith by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The act of faith consists essentially in knowledge and there we find its formal and specific perfection.”- --Thomas Aquinas
 The Bright Side to Britney's Breakdown by Doug McGill
When I turned on the CBS Early Show this morning, oh, what a sight! Britney Spears was being hounded by paparazzi! When that poor young woman got out of her car she was swarmed by dozens – dozens! -- of sickenin
 How honest are you? by Clint Wayne
According to a recent survey carried out by the popular drinks brand WKD, men admitted to telling an average of five fibs a day, whereas women only admitted to telling an impressive three fibs a day. But is that the truth?Vote
 John Searle on the Human Mind and the Nature of Intelligence by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Modern rationalists whose paradigm of reality is Descartes’ philosophy and its idea that we are nothing but so much matter extended into space and complicated biological machines are fond of pointing out that o
 Coffee and Cigarettes in Helsinki #3: Sightseeing in Kallio by Juliette Roques
Author’s introductionHow do you engage with a culture when you don’t speak the language? In Coffee and Cigarettes in Helsinki, the author describes different people as they try to make sense
 The Cultural Janus-face of the European Union by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: What is urgently needed in the debate on the future of Europe is the substitution of old Machiavellian paradigms based on "real politick" considerations with new imaginative on
 Universal human rights in a cultural diversity contextUniversal human rights in a cultural diversity context by Joseph Gatt
Social life is governed by principles and doctrines that differ in every society. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, though in my opinion the greatest document ever to be printed, sometimes might contradict people’s traditions.
 Diego Fabbri's Trial of Western Civilization by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: Diego Fabbri's existential theater, passionately committed to the exploration of the human condition and the spirit of the age, is all but forgotten nowadays. That is unfortunate, for the theatrical produc
 Vico on the Nexus between Language and Time: another View by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
The study of language is the starting point of Vico’s historicism. For Vico, language is humanity’s primordial historicization. In fact, Vico’s professed academic discipline was neither history nor philos
 Mistletoe, Mythology and Medicine by Stuart Muscroft
Kissing under the mistletoe is a tradition shrouded in myth as is mistletoe’s medicinal heritage. I spent some time looking at numerous web pages and have found there are Norse myths handed down orally and Greek myth
 Coffee and Cigarettes in Helsinki #1: Kappeli by Juliette Roques
Author’s introductionHow do you engage with a culture when you don’t speak the language? In Coffee and Cigarettes in Helsinki, the author describes different people as they try to make sense
 History of Christmas Past by Jack Wellman
Christmas is the most widely celebrated holiday among the nations. There are as many different traditions as there are nations that observe it. For example the poinsettias were embraced by America when their Mexican representative, Joel R. Poinset
 Back to the Future: Musings on Time and Utopia 3/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
We may ask: why does our historicity take the form of trying to repress the future by controlling it? Because to wholeheartedly embrace what is right-here-and now-in front of us as an unknown
 Back to the Future: Musings on Time and Utopia 2/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Let us therefore test Thoreau’s experience of the “auroral hour” with the Derridarian critique. This is not easy because Thoreau does not describe it literally but simply ev
 Ethnocentrism: A cause of war?Ethnocentrism: A cause of war? by Joseph Gatt
It is natural that people believe that the way they think and act, or their culture is the most appropriate. Some people reject other cultures. Others reject other point of views within their own culture, and see any evasion
 The Poetical in the film "Il Postino" 3/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
As long as the two men are together the friendship thrives. Eventually Neruda, having obtained a reprieve, returns to Chile with his wife. Despite his promise to stay in touch, he is never heard from again. His poet
 The Poetical in the film "Il Postino" 2/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Neruda in turn would retort that it is exactly due to a powerful passion for justice that a poet will break out in song and poetry and lyrically express those feelings. The Marxian ideology embedded in the poetry ded
 The Poetical in the film "Il Postino" 1/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Far from being a mere sentimental romantic comedy, or a realistic portrayal of Pablo Neruda's exile from Chile, or of the socio-political conditions of post-war Italy, the Italian award-winning film Il Postin
 Edward Said on Cultural Imperialism 2/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Let us now go back to Said’s beginnings (also the title of his above mentioned book) from which continuities follow, and apply a non-linear conception of career to his own career. If we
 Edward Said on Cultural Imperialism 1/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Edward Said, even four years after his untimely death, remains today a powerful, well-reasoned voice of the voiceless, and a courageous critic of cultural imperialism. His mind was like that of Leonardo: where others saw an abyss between East and
 Democracy as the Common Sense of the People: Confronting the Ancient to the Modern View 2/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
At this point one may ask: is Plato’s critique still valid today, and if so, what are the practical consequences of ignoring it? Let us try to apply this critique to an overarching prob
 Democracy as the Common Sense of the People: Confronting the Ancient to the Modern View 1/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In a relativistic age which beliefs in functional truths but not in Truth, when consequently many sing the praises of democracy but precious few can pin down its essence, a revisiting of Plat
 UK's only cool brand? by Asa Butcher
The CoolBrands Council, a group of style experts, designers and commentators from across Britain, in association with a YouGov poll on the opinions of more than 2,000 members of the public, have voted the luxury spor
 Vaclav Havel: Authentic Humanist and Cultural Hero for our Times 3/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In 1990 Havel addressed the U.S. Congress on the subject of democratic ideals and the rebirth of the human spirit where he reflected on the end of the bipolarity of the Cold War and the begin
 Vaclav Havel: Authentic Humanist and Cultural Hero for our Times 2/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Havel is part of an ongoing Czech intellectual tradition which, in order to be able to "live in truth" has recourse to Husserl’s Lebenswelt to counter an oppressive Marxist id
 Jane of Thought: Flashers of the planet unite! by Jane Eagle
Hello world. Right to the point without prologues, blablablas, etc. (well that is unusual for my style… that coffee has gotta have something to do with it). Anyway, I was checking my mail the other day: Panda Software was updating me about t
 Jane of Thought: Why do we "art"? by Jane Eagle
"I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say."A French guy by the name of Jean Cocteau wrote poetry but even he wondered why…It’s true that Art approaches us in each step of our
 Taiteilijaelamaa by Maippi Tapanainen
Kuolleiden taiteilijoiden töistä maksetaan satojatuhansia euroja, ja heitä muistellaan oman aikansa eliittinä. Elävistä taiteilijoista vain harva elää taiteen tekemisellä.
 Tutkijat samassa jamassa by Maippi Tapanainen
Samassa liemessä apurahaa saaneiden taiteilijoiden kanssa kiehuvat tutkijat, joille apurahan saaminen voi myös merkitä putoamista turvaverkon läpi.
 Take me! I'm FREE! by FREE! Magazine
A quick intro from the Ovi Team:As many of you know, Thanos and Asa live in Helsinki, which is where the soul of Ovi magazine also resides. Online, we are an international magazine that reaches almost 100 countries, while outside our fr
 Paco, el camarero by Antonio Diaz
Recuerdo los años de Instituto como algunos de los más felices de mi vida. Una época que yo tacharía de bastante inocente por mi parte, aunque ya no fuera tan niño y el vello púbico no solo asomara ya, sino que se hab
 Ta very much! by Asa Butcher
"Thank you very much for the Sunday jointThank you very much, thank you very, very, very muchThank you very much for the Sunday joint and our cultural heritage, national beverage, being fat, Union jack, nursery rhyme, Sunday Times, na
 Elogio Sociologico da Cultura das Saunas na Finlandia by Alexandra Pereira
A nudez torna os homens mais iguais entre si: expõe fragilidades (as nossas e as dos outros, de mulheres e homens, crianças e velhos de todas as raças, eunucos, doentes, deficientes), não deixa que as posses materiais se interp
 The Dance by Jan Sand
Although I enjoy a good healthy body, my own as well as others, most of my acrobatics have been mental rather than physical. As a kid I was not particularly accomplished in sports nor in group activity and never having much to display physicall
 Mobiles and salsa moves by Carlos Eyl
It all started two months ago when my current mobile phone suddenly couldn’t totally charge its battery. In today’s world, it’s just not acceptable for anyone not to be available 24-7, especially in
 'Unfinnished' by Jan Sand
Although my parents assured me that I started my indoctrination into speaking English well before reaching my first year and I progressed rapidly into fluency, whatever linguistic centers that reside in my CNS have e
 The collective mind by Jan Sand
G.B. Shaw once noticed that America and England were two nations divided by a common language, an observation that says a great deal about mutual understanding. The world stumbles forward into a
 Saido Mohamed: Islam ei ole uhkaSaido Mohamed: Islam ei ole uhka by Maippi Tapanainen
”Olin mogadishulainen city-girl”, kuvaa erikoissairaanhoitaja, projektiasiantuntija Saido Mohmed lapsuuttaan ja varhaisnuoruuttaan synnyinmaassaan Somaliassa. Ennen sisällissodan puhkeamista hän
 Fathers' Day by Jan Sand
The designation of a day to honor something or another has odd implications. As a generality it might indicate that the object was valued for only one day among the hundreds in a year to be worthy of contemplation. O
 Swedish is Double-Plus-Good! by Eero Nevalainen
It is again the time of the year to show how much we all love Swedish. Flags are flying on the flagpoles. The media are relaying the politicians' rhetorically rather predictable statements on the crucial importan
 The Dungeon MasterThe Dungeon Master by Paul Thomas
It’s not happening to acknowledge a particular anniversary; nobody significant -fictional or otherwise - has died, so that isn’t the reason for this global fight festival either, and my fervent research h
 Mr Money: God of GreedMr Money: God of Greed by Asa Butcher
"It's about money, greed and absurd things like that. It's a kind of theatre, a rock cabaret…a psychowesternrockandrollexperience. There's dancing, horny girls and different characters, like Snak
 Sprites, spirits, spooks and slime by Jan Sand
I cut my first literary teeth on the usual big bright colored books, but quickly zipped into the available fantastic adventures available in the local library. I swept through Andrew Lang’s Blue,
 Walking around…my 30s! by Carlos Eyl
Who said thirty was a big number? Looking back at my last line of deeply rooted one-millimeter hairs on my scalp, I realize that it wasn't just yesterday that I was born. The thought has been haunting me for the
 There's that word again by Jan Sand
The old story is that one psychoanalyst passes a professional associate on the street, raises one hand in recognition and says, “Hi!” The second nods in acknowledgement and the two continue on their way. Each in his turn frowns and say
 Staying alive by Jan Sand
A chicken, according to biologists, is a method for an egg to create another egg. Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist, extended that thought to humans and DNA. But that imperative has a time frame for the individual. Living creatures all p
 A noir comic called Dick Tracy by Thanos Kalamidas
In a black and white world, where you can spot the criminals from their big flat-top head, policemen are too few to deal with all the crime and gangs, so they often escape through brutality by hitting the prisoner fi
 Hippopotamus and other farm animals by Thanos Kalamidas
When I was two, perhaps three-years-old, I saw an elephant, according to what others have told me, since I don’t have memories from that period. For the next couple of days I walked around the house moving my hand oddly in front of me like a
 Survivors by Jan Sand
The classic solution to creaky parents holding on to life by their fingernails, past the time of their useful strength and tolerable civil behavior, has been presented by Eskimo society that sets up an ice version of a rocking chair on a convenien
 Mohammad Vs Mozart: Stupidity won by Thanos Kalamidas
All my life I believed that there is a limit to everything. There is one point that you cannot go any further. If you do, then you find yourself on a new road. Somehow this belief applies to everything and to everybo
 Museums - Putting art out of context by Trol
I was reading in a Greek newspaper about a museum in Athens that decided to open its doors to the public on a few selected nights. The exhibitions would be open until 2 a.m. with additional events planned for the late-night visitors, offering a br
 The Midas nudge by Jan Sand
Human excess is not so much a sin as a miscalculation of sufficiency. Sometimes it can get you in trouble, sometimes it can get everybody else in trouble and sometimes it can get you fame, fortune and a reasonable crack at happiness or what is
 Toxic waist by Jan Sand
Modern life has presented many threats to humanity. When added to the standard ammunition humanity has to shoot itself in the foot, our progression in technical capability represents an accumulation of direness that
 Sofia's Letters from London #2 by Sofia Gkiousou
Put that cigar out, Mr Churchill!Consider. Remember. Churchill, a beloved British politician, not to mention cultural icon, always comes to mind with a cigar somewhere about his pers
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #3 by Rob Jenkinson
Summer drags on in the US. You’d think that they would have the odd cold day just to mix it up a bit, wouldn’t you? But no. They have a storm here and there, but sadly when this happens it tends to rip the tops of people’s houses
 80 years and 200 euros by Asa Butcher
Thursday 9th September, 1926, was the first radio broadcast by Finland's public service Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and now it is celebrating eighty years later with a day full of special programming…well, at least it is speci
 Sofia's Letters from London #1 by Sofia Gkiousou
I am Greek. Now stop right there. Do you have an image taken from My Big Fat Greek Wedding hovering somewhere behind your eyes? Do you see me shrouded in some sort of white bed sheet and sandals? Well, I don
 A pinball wizard by Thanos Kalamidas
While writing about Jesus Christ Superstar musical and film I used the phrase ‘rock opera’, so it is natural to remember the first person who composed anything to do with this type of m
 Cool as f*** by Asa Butcher
What is the coolest book you have ever read? I mean a seriously stylish book that made you say, 'Wow! I wish that was me'? A book which threatens serious damage to your optic nerve because you can't read fast enough and causes sleep-de
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