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Side by side

Close together and facing the same way. Pierre Dulaine, the well-known ballroom dancer, returns to Jaffa, his birthplace, with the idea of fulfilling his lifelong dream: teaching Jewish and Palestinian … Continue reading

29/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Smiling

“Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and … Continue reading

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Knit

Make (a garment or other item) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine. It seems a delicate job for hard men, but … Continue reading

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Crowdsource

 To give tasks to a large group of people or to the general public, for example, by asking for help on the Internet, rather than having tasks done within a … Continue reading

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Objectify

Degrade to the status of a mere object. Women’s rights activists demonstrated in Berlin last week against the exhibition which shows a giant pink Barbie dollhouse saying that Barbie objectifies … Continue reading

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IF

What would you do IF you could put an end to hunger forever? A recent UN report has offered a possible answer to that question: eating more insects.  The authors … Continue reading

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Turn a blind eye

Pretend not to notice. 1.125, mostly young men and women, is the number of victims found , up to now, in the debris following the collapse of a clothes factory in Bangladesh. … Continue reading

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Torero

I’ve found this beautiful piece of fitness history in which a torero from Spain, Gabriel Alcoba, demonstrates his invention to exercise at home. This slimming device from the 1950s has … Continue reading

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Bitcoin

Bitcoin , described by some  as digital gold, is being presented as a new kind of currency. Launched in 2009 by a mysterious figure going under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, the … Continue reading

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Creativity

Creativity  ” is the process of having original ideas that value.” claims Sir Ken Robinson. This expert in education maintains that schools kill creativity because we’ve been educated to become good … Continue reading

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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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Movement

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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Birth

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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