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Swing along

“Jazz is the music of freedom”. That’s how Irina Bokova, Unesco Director  General, described this type of music while presenting  April 30th  as the International Jazz Day. The aim of this celebration … Continue reading

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The act of moving. Change of place or posture. Transference, by any means, from one situation to another. Natural or appropriate motion. Progress. Advancement. (Webster Dictionary) “A footballer, kickboxer, modern … Continue reading

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Suspended coffee

The idea is simple:- people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. They don’t have to “prove” anything to claim one, … Continue reading

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The beginning of something. Books for me are the beginning of an adventure, an open window to uncertainty, meeting people -some of them old  acquaintances , others totally strangers- feelings no … Continue reading

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A vision of future

The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. The BBC , in its competition “What if?” , asked for people’s visions of the future with the … Continue reading

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One-way ticket

One-way ticket to Mars……Why one-way? Because during the journey, which will last from seven to eight months, astronauts will lose bone and muscle mass. After spending time on that planet, … Continue reading

19/04/2013 · 1 Comment

Hello stranger

“You matter to me. In a way I cannot explain, you matter to me. And you, you are a marvel… you and all the parts of you.” This is not the … Continue reading

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A situation where roads in a town become so blocked by cars that it is impossible for any traffic to move. There are more than a billion cars in the … Continue reading

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The frequency and severity of disasters have increased over the last few years as a result of climate change. Disasters are not natural, they only occur when people lack preparedness … Continue reading

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Hotel Living

There are a  lot of reasons to live in a hotel: you  are on a  business trip, your house is being repaired, you consider it an adventure, or many others. … Continue reading

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A long search for something that is difficult to find, or an attempt to achieve something difficult. The photo exhibition “Journeys to School” tells an inspiring story of girls’ and … Continue reading

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Social classes

The BBC has carried out a huge sociological survey of more than 161,000 people with the aim of reflecting modern occupations and lifestyles. The  study measured economic capital – income, … Continue reading

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Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. … Continue reading

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Fool’s Day

April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the … Continue reading

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