Black & White Sunday: Unusual

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Join me this Sunday again and post a photo or several photos of something unusual. Make sure it is black and white or almost ūüėÄ A Happy and peaceful Sunday to all my followers!

 

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Check out the entries for this B&W Sunday by clicking on the titles bellow:

Unusual 

Boaring Sculpture

Snake Charmers in Jaipur

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Look Who Borrowed The Leopard’s Spots!

Ironbridge Gorge

Unusual by Klara

Unusual Eyes

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In the arms of the angel

Rainy day at the Junkyard

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Thursday’s Special: A Snap i.e. Artu

Artu was kept in a cage on a hill overlooking Varenna on lake Como. The sun was coming down  and the bars were blocking the view, so I had to come very close. Unlike Regina who screamed her lungs out at the site of me and other impertinent tourists, Artu just gave me this dumbfounded look.
 

 
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**About Thursday‚Äôs Special: It is a ‚Äėnon-challenge‚Äô challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled ‚ÄúThursday‚Äôs Special: (your theme/title)‚ÄĚ (as explained in my Thursday‚Äôs Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday‚Äôs Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday‚Äôs Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.

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Let’s see other entries to Thursday’s Special:

Thursday’s Special: Earthly Paradise

 
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The etymology of the word garden shows that it came into the English language in c. 1300 from Old North French¬†gardin¬†(Modern French¬†jardin¬†subsequently entered Italian, Spanish and Portuguese as¬†giardino,¬†jardin¬†and¬†jardim), which was derived from Vulgar Latin “hortus gardinus” meaning enclosed garden. The Frankish word for garden was¬†gardo, from Proto-Germanic¬†gardaz, (Old High German¬†gard, gart¬†meaning an enclosure or compound, appears in the name of the town Stuttgart). The Proto-Slavic word¬†gord¬†for fortified settlement which later evolved into¬†grad¬†and means town or city, can be seen in many Slavic toponyms such as in the older name for St Petersburg,¬†Petrograd.

Thus the original Latin denominator for garden “hortus gardinus” passed on the second part of the expression “gardinus” meaning “enclosure” to denote garden in modern Germanic and Romance languages, whereas the first part of the term “hortus” which actually means “garden” has been preserved in scholarly terms like horticulture, orchard.

Enclosed, protected (guarded) piece of land, garden is also a cognate of “guard” because defence against two or four-legged varmints is the common concern of both guarding and gardening.

Gardens appeared in the beginnings of Neolithic revolution (approx. 11,500 – 5,000 years ago) when gradual shift from hunting-gathering to farming gave birth to sedentary societies. With the development of early agriculture, social, economic and cultural practices also evolved and led to what is known as civilisation.

Contrary to gardens where nature is subdued, ordered, selected and enclosed, forests are representatives of unorganised, untamed nature where access is not restricted by a deed of ownership, but by mere geography. The garden is a symbol of the soul, and the qualities cultivated in it, a symbol of the consciouss and the female receptive principle as opposed to the adamant forest which can be seen as a symbol of unconscious.

Despite the safety and bountifulness of the garden, the magic of the forest has always had a more alluring quality for me.

Which one would you rather have: a garden with its tamed character and regulated nature, or a forest, unruly and unpredictable?

**About Thursday’s Special:¬†It is a new ‚Äėnon-challenge‚Äô challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled ‚ÄúThursday‚Äôs Special: (your theme/title)‚ÄĚ (as explained in my¬†Thursday‚Äôs Special¬†introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday‚Äôs Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday‚Äôs Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.

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Check out the beautiful entries for this week’s Thursday’s Special:

Thursday’s Special: Silver Lining

This time I went a step further in my photo post; I wasn’t happy with just posting a photo I had taken on my holidays, and enclosing a song, I felt like writing a music review as well.

What follows is a picture I took on my recent holiday in Lugano, Switzerland, which I titled “Silver Lining”. In the bellow text you will find a track by the same title that matches my picture, a musical review of the band’s first album, and details on my Thursday’s Special non-challenge.

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Silver Lining

The two guys (Hutchcraft and Anderson) that are behind the “Silver lining” song met some eight years ago when their friends got involved in a fight in front of one of Manchester’s nightclubs. Too drunk to join in, they started talking about music and realising they had similar tastes, decided to start a band. The band named “Bureau” broke up a year later, only to reappear shortly afterwards under the name “Daggers” that claimed to be responsible for inventing disco lento musical genre. In early 2009 “Daggers” was also disbanded, but later the same year these two Mancunians formed a duo called “Hurts” that has been active ever since.

Their first album “Happiness” released in 2010 best known for the hit song Wonderful Life, contains the song “Silver lining” that I discovered by accident on you tube while searching for a musical accompaniment for my “Silver lining” photo.

Click here to listen:

Now there’s no way back from the things you’ve done
I know it’s too late to stop the setting sun
You see the shadows in the distant light
And it’s never going to be alright
And you know, and you know, and you know I’m right.

The album received positive to mixed reviews from music critics ranging from “an ordinary package of overblown melodies and musty lyrical clich√©s” or “music that moisturizes a touch too much” to “music that harnesses the 80’s whole underpinning pop ethos, its spirit of expansiveness, its shamelessness, its irony-free faith in the emotive power of a glorious hook”.

After having listened to it several times I can only say that I find the album (this song included) flamboyant, daring, rich with flashes of wit and intelligence; an ultimate ode to the sounds of the 80’s. It is more 80’s than the 80’s themselves.

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**About this post: Thursday’s Special is a new ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. There is also a widget created especially for this non-challenge, so if you like it, feel free to use it when linking to my Thursday’s Special post, or you can just display it in the sidebar on your blog.

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Let me wrap up now with an encouraging quote: “It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.” (Roger von Oech) ūüėČ

Check out the beautiful entries for Thursday’s Special non-challenge:

SUNDAY POST: Bridge

You know how you sometimes pass by things and never have a closer look, or stop to take a photo. The same happened with this railway bridge that I pass under every day on my way to work. Today I was so happy to see Jake back with us and his challenge on, that I went out even before my morning coffee,  and took a photo of it.

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SUNDAY POST: Focused attention

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This is my contribution to Jake’s Sunday challenge – Focused attention. You can check out the other entries here.