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Mud Architecture

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dr. Gus Van Beek, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, is completing a book on Old World mud architecture, examining methods of construction and varieties of designs in contemporary as well as ancient structures. The work will cover major types of construction in Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and India, resulting from research on arch and vault construction which Dr. Van Beek started in 1971 as the result of examples he uncovered at Tel Jemmeh, Israel. Contact: Dr. Gus Van Beek, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History.

Related: Heavenly Mud


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Melt away unwanted fat with 'The Strawberry'

Billed as pain-free and non-­invasive, it promises an effective way to ­contour the body. But would it be the answer to my poolside prayers?

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The male assets

Men are the best bosses: Women at the top are just too moody (and it's women themselves who say so). Here are some of the male assets:

# Straight-talking
# Less likely to get involved in office politics
# Easier to reason with
# Less likely to bitch about others
# Less likely to suffer from mood swings
# Able to leave their private life at home
# No time of the month
# More likely to share common interests
# Don't feel threatened if others are good at their jobs
# More reasonable

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What you need to know before buying Tramadol

Monday, August 30, 2010
Tramadol is used to treat pain. Those who want to buy Tramadol – a pain reliever - should have a look at tramadolbuy.co and lean what they need to know before making a purchase of the drug. Tramadolbuy.co is an information rich resource page that gives all information about Tramadol.

One should only use any drug only after consulting a medical doctor. Only a doctor is the best judge to prescribe what a patient needs and how much and for how long. Self medication is always dangerous and may have bad health effects. Patients should then take the drug exactly as advised by their doctors who know better than what is given in Tramadol guides and accompanying literature. It is best to take care and act responsibly to avoid any serious connotation later.

Cheap tramadol can be found all over the internet. There are so many pharmacies online that are serving patients who are sitting home and give orders with click of a connected computer. Try online purchase. Logs on to the internet and type query ‘cheap tramadol’ in search engine. You will be presented presented with a huge list of pharmacies selling tarmadol. This goes without saying that shopping online is much cheaper than physically going to store fronts and making a purchase. The cost of physical shopping includes cost of maintaining a store and the staff in addition to so many other over head expanses. On the other hand, it is easy to search online, find a place like buycheaptramadol.co and make purchase sitting home. The cost will be much lower than buying the same drug from front stores. In addition to getting cheap drug, online shopping saves hassle and time.

Those who have been prescribed and want to buy Tramadol should have a look at buytramadolnoprescription.co before buying. I suggest, you carryout a little research and learn all about buying and using any drug.
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Working Women

Friday, August 27, 2010

Is Part-Time Work Good For Women? Find out here.
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Best content from the interweb

A girl quits her job with a (flash) bang by emailing some photos to the entire office, about 20 employees. Awesome doesn't begin to describe this office heroine. The images tell a story of a girl and her boss. In addition to this being an interesting story, imagery is good and depicts the exact mood and attitude of the girl. BTW, I found these images through Interbent and discovered a new place to hang out. I suggest you too should have a look at Interbent.

Interbent – best content from the interweb – is an interesting and neatly laid out site bring together interesting from all over.

I enjoyed exploring Interbent. I am not a geek but the best like is Cool License Plates for Internet Geeks. That page shows some of the coolest and innovative ways to ‘take your web life offline.’ I loved those number plates and wish to have one on my own car. Have a look and see how geeks like to show their association with life online and html knowledge and have their number plates. An when you are on neatly laid out Interbent, look around and you will find a lot to hold your attention. I am certainly going to be at Interbent for sometimes.
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Key person insurance for business

Business suffers badly in case a key employee or staff member suffers a serious accident, illness, or suddenly passes away. How to protect businesses against such an eventuality? One of the ways to cover businesses is key person insurance (also called keyman insurance) by xlife.com. What is more, call xLife (1300 135 205) right away and save up to 20% on your first year’s keyman insurance premium .
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Fun with Fluegge

Thursday, August 26, 2010

During her visit to TGD, Mr. Fluegge worked together with the young students in their school and carried out some fun activities, which are otherwise not part of the schooling program. These colorful activities included every thing from ball games to magic games to juggling and a lot in between. Apart from fun, these activities sprout new ideas in the minds of young students. In addition to regular music lessons in the evening at the village museum site, these activities doa lot of good to the students.

Mr. Lutz als had brought along his guitar and he as well as the boy students had lots of fun together.
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Celebrate Recovery

Readers here at Dolls Village are very well familiar with our concern about addiction of any kind. It is sad how drugs and addictions are ruining relationships and even the precious lives. Best thing is that recovery is possible. Addicts can be saved and brought back to mainstream where they can fully participate in society and live normal and happy life.

I personally have a lot of praise for Sober Living by the Sea - addiction recovery website that offers a unique recovery environment for anyone who is suffering. Sober Living by the Sea is one of the largest residential treatment facilities in the United States, caring for those suffering from all forms of addictive behavior. Sober Living by the Sea is located in the warm, healing climate of Southern California where the facilities and services together with caring and professional expertise help deal with any problems related to the use of alcohol, drugs or food. Have a look at the neatly laid out site and it will give you a feeler of the environment of the facility in addition to insight about their treatment programs. In addition there is a lot of information that can help the patients and their families.

In my own quest, I explored Ambien Sleeping Pill Addiction Treatment in California. Best thing is that you can ask for free and confidential initial telephone assessment. Just call 866.323.5609 and speak with a caring expert at Sober Living by the Sea.

One of the most important for addicts is to know about how others have been coping with similar problem. Sober Living by the Sea also offers personal insight into addiction recovery that is very inspiring and motivating for anyone. Read through Celebrate Recovery Residential Treatment Program and see how a like minded people share their experiences, strengths, and hopes with others who are going through the “Principles” in a Christ-centered recovery. You too can do that.

Caption: The ocean's natural beauty and spending time outdoors under the sky is a critical component of our treatment regimens at Sober Living by the Sea.
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An Overview

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Best mud hut in Dolls Village


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The first impression

One of the first places I came to know after settling down is a village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka near Okara. The unique claim of the village to international fame is the dolls and toys made by village women that are collectors delight all over the world. Dolls made in the village have travelled to International Dolls Museum in Amsterdam and also have been put on display in the "Themepark" at EXPO 2000 in Hannover (Germany) as one of the 767 worldwide projects - an example of thinking for 21st century. Earlier, the dolls participated in International Toy Fair in Nuremberg. These dolls show how culture goes beyond simple work of art and becomes collaboration among applied and natural sciences as well as other forces that affect our lives.

The murals are painted on the parameter mud walls in the village where doll collectors and people interested in sustainable development and rural heritage from different initiative groups come and stay as paying guests. The village folks still consider cooing crows as symbol of the arrival of the guests. Architectural competitions are held annually when best mud house is selected. The Chief Harappan Explorer Dr. Mark Kenoyer had the place on the jury in competition held last July. Two full time German volunteers, Dr Norbert Pintsch and Dr Senta Siller, and village people are working together to change the life and out look in this peaceful hamlet. Whenever I visited the village, I saw something new, something different, which the villagers do to make difference in a place where they belong.


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How can you stop worrying

Financial angst is the biggest cause of worry for 40 per cent of us, followed by friends or family problems, health and work.

The average Brit wastes FIVE YEARS of their life worrying. But don't fret - a new book explains how with repetition and perseverance, you can put a stop to it. See here how you can stop worrying.


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TTC Products by Zephanja Arzt

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Women of substance

Monday, August 23, 2010
Societies pride in different strengths: Some give importance to bravery, some to democracy, and some nations think that freedom of expressions, development and or education are the hallmarks for their long-term sustenance. “The nations should be judged on how they look at their women,” writes Abbas Khan, the author of Urdu novel Mein Aur Umrao Jan Ada, his eleventh, that I have had the chance to read.

There is a famous saying that every thing in fiction is true except dates. But in the novel written by Abbas Khan even dates are true because he has based his novel in the back ground of five very famous women in the history: Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, Quratul Ain Tahira (Iran), Mughal Princess Noor Jehan and Umrao Jan Ada.

Helen of Troy was the daughter of Zeus and Leda and wife of Menelaus, considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world. Her abduction by Paris caused the Trojan War and made thousand ships drown.

Cleopatra (actually Cleopatra VII) was the last of the Ptolemies, the Macedonian-descended pharaohs who ruled Egypt beginning in 304 B.C. Cleopatra has come down through history less for her administrative skills than for her beguiling ways, which she used in an attempt to keep Egypt free from Roman domination. Among those whom she charmed was Julius Caesar, with whom she had a son, Caesarion. After Caesar’s death, Cleopatra joined forces with Caesar’s colleague Marc Antony; they became lovers and political allies against Antony’s rival Octavian. Octavian’s forces finally defeated those of Antony and Cleopatra in the naval battle of Actium in 31 B.C. The two lovers fled to Alexandria and, faced with defeat by Octavian, committed suicide. Legend has it that Cleopatra died by the self-inflicted bite of a poisonous snake called an asp, though no firm evidence exists to support that claim.

Qura tul Ain Tahira created waves in the history of Iran in 1848. Princess Noor Jehan was a Mughal princess who helped King Jehangir rule Mughal Empire. And Umrao Jan Ada, whose poignant tale of misadventure of a little girl, forced into prostitution; and the saga of 1857 at the center of this tragedy as a testimony are famous in history.

Umrao Jan Ada was a dancer girl of Lakhnow (India) and her fame was at the peak from 1896 to 1899. In 1899, Mirza Hadi Ruswa wrote a novel titled Umrao Jan Ada that was published by Maha Dev Parshad Publishers Lakhnow. In turn, Umrao Jan Ada published a novel titled Fasan-e-Ruswa, which describes the love story of Mirza Hadi Ruswa and a French woman Sophia Augustan.

These women are at the background in which Abbas Khan has set his novel. With the help of today’s characters, the author weaves a web around modern world’s family — a basic unit of the society and tells us how that is being disintegrated.

The theme of the novel has been defined by the first sentence which reads, “Family is the bases of society. Both male and female should refrain from every type of waywardness to save the society.” Abbas Khan portrays nineteenth century character (Umrao Jan Ada) living in twenty first century in his lucid style.

Abbas Khan writes on societal issues in the daily Nawa-e-Waqat and his other published work includes three novels, seven short story books and a compilation of his observation: [Zakham Gawah Hain, Tu Aur Tu (novels), Dharti Binam Akash, Tensikh-e-Insan, Qalam, Kursi Aur Wardi, Us Adalat Men, Jism Ka Johar (short story books), Reza Reza Keenat and Pal Pal (afsancha — shortest storybook) and Din Mein Charagh] and now Mein Aur Umrao Jan Ada (novel).

Books have been bringing changes in human relationships and making difference in the lives of people. The power of worlds has caused people to loose their existence or to better them. This is what his novel is expected to do.


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Naked truth

We all do it, often without even thinking about it, and sometimes several times a day. But new thinkers are trying to persuade us that telling lies - even little white ones - is bad for our relationships. Find out why lying is [bad] good for you - even tiny fibs harm relationships, according to the new 'radical honesty movement'


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Pakistan women’s football team enters FIFA rankings

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pakistan women’s football team enters Fifa rankings

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Friday, August 20, 2010
Following abbreviations have been used through out this blog:

AeFeA (or AFA) - Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama

BHU - Basic Health Unit

DOW - Dolls of the World

TTTC - Technical Transfer and Training Center

TGD – Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka

WAC - Women Arts Center

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Rural urban migration

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The world is fast approaching the point where the majority of the human population will be found in urban areas.

Somewhere, sometime in 2007, someone migrating from their rural home to begin a new life in a town or city will tip the global rural/urban balance, the UN estimates.

Throughout history, the world has experienced urbanisation but the huge rise in the number of people making their homes in towns and cities is a recent phenomenon.

In 1950, less than one-in-three people lived in urban areas. The world had just two so-called "megacities" with populations in excess of 10 million: New York and Tokyo. Today, there are at least 20.

Greater Tokyo, the world's biggest city, has expanded from 13 million residents in 1950, to today's figure of 35 million.

The United Nations estimates that about 180,000 people are being added to the urban population every day. This means the world's urban infrastructure has to absorb the equivalent of the population of two Toykos each year.

North America and Europe's urban areas already account for about 70-80% of the regions' populations, and these are expected to stabilise at these levels.

Developing nations are shouldering the vast majority of this burden, leaving them struggling to cope with the huge influx of people into urban areas. Some cities' populations are 40 times larger than what they were in 1950.

In the traditional model of urbanisation, which North America and Europe experienced during the Victorian era, people were pushed away from the countryside by the mechanisation of agriculture, and pulled towards urban areas by the offer of jobs and wages.

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Dolls for a cause

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Welcome to Dolls Village

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Located on the offside, between Okara und Faisalabad, 45 Minutes eastward of Harappa.


NO Swimming Pool - NO Alcohol - NO Buffet - NO Bus - N O ...!

Pre-condition for Participation: Covered skin, Respect for the traditional culture !

- Last war of freedom in the Punjab in 1857, Murder of Lord Berkeley by the Kharel tribe of TGD
- Region of the best buffaloes of the world as well as cattle thieves;
- AFA / TGD at the EXPO 2000 in Hannover and EXPO 2005 in Aichi
- AFA / TGD silver medal for the dolls project IWSA/UNESCO 2004
- “TV-Programme”: channel ONE-sunset, channel TWO-moonshine and stars

Handicraft production of dolls in traditional dresses of provinces and minorities at the Women Centre

Models of Rickshaws and other metal toys at the Men Centre.

Best time for visits: March and October (as there is no air-conditioner in summer and no heating in winter)

Local Boarding and Lodging is available for visitors @ Pak. Rs. 250 per person per day.

Registration for Transport Lahore - Village:

M.Ilyas, AFA, Showroom Lahore, 0303-7 35 69 86

Registration for Self-Transport: Mr Farooq Ahmad, AFA, Man. Director Men Centre 0300-417 43 60

Mrs Farzana Zahoor, AFA, Man. Director Women Centre 0321-697 21 05

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Куклы Hародов Mира (Russian)

Куклы были всегда. Доказательство тому – однозначно идентифицированные в качестве таковых предметы, найденные при раскопках в Южной Америке, Японии, Италии, Греции и в других местах по всему миру. Сделанные из всевозможных материалов – дерева, воска, глины, ткани, – они использовались не только как игрушки, но часто и как символы и культовые предметы, миниатюрные изображения человека в ритуалах жертвоприношения. Еще и по сей день у различных народов они выступают как фетиш, что привело к возникновению культовых фигур или разработанных на их основе игрушек. Куклы – это не только игрушки, имеющие воспитательную ценность, но и реальные документы прошлого и настоящего и, следовательно, важный источник, из которого можно черпать знания об играх, образе жизни, быте и хозяйственной деятельности того или иного народа. Таким образом, куклы являются важным проводником культуры!

Д-р Зента Зиллер основала в ряде стран – Пакистане, Камеруне, Колумбии и др. – различные социальные проекты. Суть их заключается в следующем: занятие художественными ремеслами шаг за шагом прокладывает путь в деле развития сельских областей, обучает их жителей приемам самопомощи, сдерживает отток людей из деревни за счет мероприятий, приносящих им дополнительный доход. Производство кукол здесь – это кропотливая ручная работа; их наряжают в оригинальные костюмы с разнообразными аксессуарами. Вследствие этого забытые виды тканей и детали одежды вновь оживают и занимают важное место в быту.

Куклы из Пакистана

Основанный д-ром Зиллер в 1993 г. женский проект в пакистанской провинции Пенджаб – а на сегодняшний день он разросся и включает в себя также и центр для мужчин – способствовал тому, что к настоящему времени уже 120 женщин имеют доход. Занятость этих женщин в проекте, базирующаяся на их любви к традиции, не препятствует их работе по дому и в поле, а также проведению различного рода праздников, которые определяют традиционную культуру в сельской местности. Деревня Татта Гхуламка Дхирока насчитывает около 1200 жителей. В 1991 г. сельская община основала кооператив «Аньюман-э-Фалах-э-Аама», который сотрудничает с DGFK e.V. (Немецкое общество содействия Kultur e.V.). Сам Аньюман участвует в шести других проектах в стране.

Куклы из Камеруна

Начиная с 1998 г. были основаны три кооператива («Акавтинуигах», «Акаанканг», HandiCraft CAT) в Баменде, столице северо-западной камерунской провинции, которая граничит с Нигерией. Эти кооперативы также сотрудничают с DGFK. Баменда насчитывает примерно 60 000 жителей, которые составляют население семи холмов и говорят на восьми различных языках. Помимо мужчин из кооператива CAT, художественно-ремесленную продукцию изготавливают более 100 женщин.

Куклы из Колумбии

В 1999 г. был основан кооператив «Танто Мехор» в Сабойе, который к настоящему времени сотрудничает с тремя инициативами. Сабойя – это населенный пункт примерно с 6000 жителей, расположенный вблизи от Чикинкиры, столицы департамента Бойака, к северу от Боготы. У этого кооператива также имеются связи с DGFK. Художественными ремеслами здесь заняты более 100 женщин.

...покупая представленные здесь изделия, имеющие высокую художественную ценность, вы не только поддерживаете мероприятия, приносящие доход населению пенджабского региона, но и приобретаете уникальный образец традиционной культуры страны.
Одноразовым либо многократным перечислением некоторой денежной суммы вы поддержите дальнейшую работу проекта развития сельской местности. Вы можете указать одно из следующих назначений для вашего денежного перевода:
a) общее,
b) женский центр,
c) центр здоровья,
d) сельскохозяйственный проект,
e) проект по обеспечению питьевой водой,
f) проект развития центра для мужчин,
g) школьный проект,
h) проект развития туризма.

Переводы следует направлять на следующий счет:

Получатель: ...
Счет №.: ...
Название банка: ...
Пароль: 3S-Foundation / SentaSillerStiftung
назначение: (смотри вышеуказанные пункты от a) до h))

или отправьте чек на предъявителя по адресу


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Centre for Appropriate Technology Cameroon

Readers at Light Within are familiar with the work of NGOs and how Thatta Kedona (and also SPARC) is making difference in a small village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka situated on the bank of River Ravi near Gogera. Dr. Senta Siller (mother of dolls) and Dr. Norbert Centre (fondly called by village community as chaudhry sahib) keep toggling between Germany and the remote village with fresh ideas and people of the village keep making new products (dolls, tin toys and other decorative cultural mementos) keep travling from village to the entire world. Now the untiring couple has started another project in Cameroon. Heritage and Appropriate Technology Center is born in Cameroon.

Heritage and Appropriate Technology Center Cameroon is Bamenda - capital of North West Region in the Republic of Cameroon - based NGO. The NGO is focusing on development, presentation on exhibitions and promoting of appropriate technology. Do-it-yourself usage of appropriate technology gives a hope of independence from central technical infrastructure. And handmade dolls, dressed in traditional attires from the different provinces are a means of additional income generation in rural areas. Heritage and Appropriate Technology Center Cameroon involves men, women and also children in different initiatives.

Heritage and Appropriate Technology Center Cameroon has develop active cooperation with foreign NGOs like Technology Transfer and Training Centre in Pakistan, Institute for Planning and Consulting, German Society for the Development of Culture (DGFK) and Bamenda University of Science and Technology (B.U.S.T). This blog, in addition to useful information about Cameroon (one of the most diverse African countries that is called Africa in Miniature and its culture and people, will covers CAT initiatives and projects. [Via]


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Saturday, August 14, 2010
Dolls and Friends of Dolls say Salam Pakistan
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Do you have love for others? How much?

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Preservation of the craft

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Young Aslam displays his art work (bedspreads sheets, table cloth, wall hangings, a melee of colour and an extravaganza of design) in Thatta Kedona show room at Lahore under the approving gaze of Dr. Senta Siller. Aslam needs no coaxing to display the finished pieces. As quickly as he spreads his art pieces, he rattles off the names. Persian 1, Persian 11, Masjid Wazir Khan, the palm tree, peacock palm, dancing parrots, the elephant tram and six peacocks, also naming the prestigious places where these designs are in use at the moment.

Aslam represents fourth generation of the family carrying forward the art of block printing that is at the verge on extinction. Block printing represents an age when mastery over art was the struggle of a life time of hard labour and Aslam does not seem to forget this philosophy even thought he has ambitious to innovate and diversify the art of his forefathers in a big way.

Jhando, the master craftsman exported hand painted and printed cottons and silks and velvets to agencies in London and New York. An international nomenclature some seventy years ago and now Calico Prints in Lahore is representing the family name and craft which once enjoyed international repute. Aslam is carrying the tradition further.

Indeed today Aslam with his skill of colour and stroke work, epitomizes an art technique which Jhando had carried to the pinnacle of perfection. Jhando -- the legendary great grandfather of Aslam -- was of course a figure of epic stature so to say. It was he who left to the family a collection of over twenty two thousand blocks drawn from diverse cultures like Muslim, Mughal and Punjabi cultures and Hindu mythology. The grandfather was illustrious too to be sure with his collection of awards and accolades kept zealously safe even today in velveteen cases.

Block printing is a very fine art that has matured over time. So intricate are the patterns that a single motif may need anything from two to twelve blocks to complete the details. Different block motifs cater to different colours in the same pattern. All this requires dexterity of hand to prevent them from running the other. The grand finale of course is the intricate brush work. Fashioned from local needs these indigenous brushes with all their quaintness high light of the motifs.

It goes without saying that Aslam’s exotic collection that I saw at Thatta Kedona is a treat for eye. Ironically, block printing is a cultural heritage reduced to penury under the influence of a mechanized industrial society and bulk production phenomenon. Yet one has to see it to believe the richness of this art from which even in its quaintness excels the grandeur of modern printing.

Preservation of the craft is a very noble passion but there is a difference in the preservation methodologies and objectives. “It is different to preserve the ancient cultural heritage for the sack of its perpetuation as an art and to do it for commercial purposes,” says Dr. Norbert Pintsch. Thatta Kedona is trying to patronize in order to preserve this (and many more) arts for the sack of those arts in their own original contexts.

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Pink Lady

Say what you will about Michelle Obama's personal style, but her wardrobe—a canny calculation of high and low fashion—is carefully attuned to our tough economic times. Read the story here.

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A New Social Movement

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Dr. Senta Siller

The first encounter with people in a traditional Punjabi village in Pakistan took place in the autumn of 1990 at the invitation of a former student. There are over twenty thousand such villages in the densely populated Punjab province of Pakistan. To put it generally, the first impression was the following: a poor village, a poor region with no roads, no sewers, no schools, no electricity, no toilets. Shooting a documentary film, setting up a public health service, establishing an NGO, building an NGO-financed school were the first measures towards creating a village development project, which was followed from 1993 on by projects that generated income for the rural population. Ten years of Pakistani-German co-operation at NGO level have provided a clear view and have increasingly shown that Pakistan is a rich country with traditional, cultural, natural and social resources.


Bi-lateral agreements between countries have in the past ensured economic developments and changes. This is not the place to judge the extent to which something did or did not make sense. It is, however, a fact that in many cases the majority of the population in an assisted country has not benefited from the envisaged and anticipated changes, but instead distribution of the benefits has been from top to bottom. Even if hardly anything perceptible arrived at the "bottom," this is particularly where there were and are the most drastic consequences, most neither anticipated or desired.

The forms of support - probably occasionally even well meant are an underlying output of urban cultures, which due to an absence of knowledge and a lack of ability to judge its significance, restrict rural culture at best and at worst even cause it permanent damage. It is difficult to imagine a stop to this practice; nonetheless it is at the grass-roots level, in the countryside, where traditional cultures still thrive that resources are redefined and used in projects. The approach necessary for this differs greatly from standard approaches.

Development phases

Project development in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka can be divided into five phases:

There is nothing that does not or has not already existed; but there are things that are frequent because they are carried out frequently (graffiti in university library).

  • 1991 - Amjad's Village: Establishment of first contacts, creation of a documentary film, first showing in Germany, fund raising for a school for boys, first private health center to provide medical care for the villagers.
  • 1993 - Thatta Kedona: activating the village women and resumption of the tradition of making dolls. Parallel to this, training is given Ð virtually from the very beginning a successful attempt is made to generate income for women living in rural areas.
  • 1995 - Village Toys from Pakistan: Initially the hand-crafted dolls are offered and sold on the local market at bazaars. Ethnological research results are brought in and ethnic dolls are dressed in the traditional costumes of the various provinces and minorities. A new women’s center is set up and powered by photovoltaic energy. The first invitations abroad follow.
  • 1998 - Handicrafts from Pakistan: Together with the Export Promotion Bureau, handicraft products are exhibited abroad for the first time with other NGOs. First orders placed by foreign customers follow. Young village men are brought in and, independently of the women, make tin toys and ecotechnological products. Invitations from foreign women’s groups lead to a network for the project Dolls of the World. An international network joins the local network of domestic NGOs; the women’s group initiated by the Pakistani village NGO also works with other NGOs in Cameroon and Columbia. Health assistants are trained and a health center set up in order to improve the health of the villagers.
  • 2001 - Gogera Development Program: Growing numbers of people from elsewhere in Pakistan as well as foreigners visit TGD in order to find out about the project and the example of life in the village. This requires involvement of the region in the project. The pre-Pakistan history is an important factor here.

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Saint Christopher Medals

Catholics are already very well familiar with Saint Christopher - the patron saint of travel. Legend has it that Saint Christopher was the patron saint of travel. He was a huge man who worked as a ferryman, carrying people across a ranging stream. Saint Christopher Medals are very popular among devotees. Hence the devotees enjoy wearing gold and silver religious jewelry as a token of their faith. People use the medal in different ways; some wear Saint Christopher medals as a bracelet, some use it in the necks, some wear on rings  and some even hang it in their automobiles they drive.

Those who are looking for stylish and high quality Saint Christopher Medals must have a look at PicturesOnGold.com - a manufacturer that may be able to change the design to fit your unique needs. Aptly named PicturesOnGold.com offers Saint Christopher medals in wide range of designs to choose from online. The imagery at neatly laid out site is good and looking at the medal will give you an idea of how it will look while in use.

I suggest you explore the site and see what they are offering and how. Better still take one for yourself and or gift it to any of your loved one as a token of good wishes.
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Youth style

The youth style was a European way of living, around the year 1900, and represented a revolt against the industrially produced goods. The speciality of era was the cooperation between artists and craftsmen and the usage of selected materials and techniques as well as integration of non-European motives and cultures specially popular were those from the sub-continent.

An interesting example from the present time is the art of block printing in Lahore and elsewhere in Pakistan. On the occasion of the first handicrafts exhibition in the year 1890 in British-India, Kipling, the museum director of that time and father of the writer Rudyard sat together with a craftsman and used motives from the Moghul period, and walls of the pavilions in Shalimar Gardens were selected.

The English variant of the youth style was the so called modern style, in France the Art Nouveau, and in Austria Sezessionsstil.

A famous name in youth style was of the Vienna designer Carl Otto Czechka, whose 100th birthday was celebrated in July 2010. His work was meticulously followed by another Vienna resident Dr Senta Siller, also a designer, however with a twist directed towards income generating measures based upon traditional culture in rural areas. The youth style movement developed itself soon into art of minorities because it was not based upon mass production and the products, all individual pieces, had their price.

The problem of that time has become more severe as the price is still considered the main purchasing argument. Beauty and the specialness are lost and with it the traditional affect.

Dr. Siller has been working on this problem since many years. She strives to maintain handicraft techniques and traditional motives and forms. With the help of other volunteers, she tries to generate lasting income for the participants while maintaining good quality and limited production. Not only through training and production in projects in Pakistan, Cameroun. Columbia, but also through bazaars in ethnological museums.

This is how Pakistani Chaddars made in the workshop of Mr Aslam in Lahore and dolls from the village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka (Thatta Kedona) make an impact upon the conscience and give hope for renewed interest of quality conscious customers.

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Unequal gender relationship

By Charles Mustapha Kayoka

Indeed fighting poverty, especially among women in rural area, requires a multi-pronged approach. Any efforts that seek to alleviate poverty using only one method, let us say, the economic approach of giving women loans and related assistance is unlikely to yield successful results.

For it is important for gender activists to realize that when we discuss women’s powerlessness we need to recognized their existence is a crushing intersection of factors of oppression; that only from that understanding shall we be able to design effective strategies for their liberation.

Important still is the need for understanding of what women themselves indicate as their priority factor of oppression to be tackled and eliminated. Talking to women of Ugogoni hamlet in Kongwa district recently they indicated, for instance, that it was true that the economic factor presented a daunting challenge and that their existence was made difficult for their inability to make ends meet.

It was not true, they indicated, that they did not work hard. The main problem was lack of market for their farm produces and the fact that they were living in poverty. Poverty, the said, made local market of their products unable to find buyers.

“Almost all women in the village do one thing or another for generating financial income, but it is the lack of market that fail us. At times we make local brew, but we still cannot sell it at a profit. People are just poor,’’ indicated Naomi Maswaga (50), a resident at Ugogoni. She said it was difficult to tell when they would sell the only cash-crop- groundnuts.

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Pakistan's first female cartoonist

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
By Siham Basir

“I believe Gogi teaches you to laugh at yourself in the worst of situations,” Nigar Nazar, CEO, Gogi Studios

Gogi is Nigar Nazar’s mouthpiece. A cartoon character, Gogi sounds off on every domestic issue under the sun.

Born in the ’70s from Nazar’s pen, the ageless Gogi has done the rounds of newspapers, magazines and TV channels in Pakistan and abroad. Nazar describes her as the symbol of the enlightened, energetic and adventurous Pakistani woman who refuses to kowtow to authority and finds humour in the most trying of situations – not unlike her creator, Nigar Nazar, the first woman cartoonist of Pakistan and CEO of Gogi Studios.

Q: What inspired you to address issues like social hypocrisy through an unconventional medium like Gogi, a cartoon character?

A: I read a lot of comics in my school days – and I still enjoy reading comic strips in newspapers. I’ve always felt that the art of cartoons is an appealing and powerful medium, and when used tactfully, it can bring about a change in our social fabric.

Q: What role do you believe Gogi plays in your readers’ lives?

A: When she was appearing in newspapers, many women could relate to her. She was a source of amusement to her readers.

I believe Gogi teaches you to laugh at yourself in the worst of situations. And we all need to do that.

Q: Who are the majority of Gogi’s followers?

A: I have been occupied with projects and storybooks for children for the past few years, so for the time being my readers are children. It’s nice to see the impact of these books on young children, especially the book on environment called The Garbage Monster. Children in public schools will soon be receiving schoolbags with eight fun books/comic books authored by me. They will be attending workshops in which they will be entertained with animated Gogi cartoon spots, live cartoons and tips on drawing cartoons. They will also receive sketchbooks and art supplies from Gogi Studios for this purpose.

Q: Have you ever been attacked for your cartoons?

A: Not really, but the sad part is that I haven’t received any encouragement either. For instance, the owners of the print media would rather use syndicated foreign comics instead of giving local cartoonists a chance.

Q: Your character’s image has been painted on seven buses in Pakistan. Where do these buses operate and what purpose do they serve?

A: These were nine Varan buses in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, three New Khan buses in Lahore, and two coasters which operated between Gujjar Khan, Gujrat and Pir Wadhai. These were part of a project that ran for a couple of years.

Q: You are involved with some charitable organisations as well. What sort of impact do your cartoons have on the under-privileged class in Pakistan?

A: A great deal of impact. They love the colourful cartoon books I give them, and every book conveys a message in a subtle manner. We would be quite happy if we were to succeed in changing the mindset of even two per cent of the children.

Q: You’ve attended many international conferences as a cartoonist. Have you ever faced any problems due to your nationality?

A: No. In fact, I feel proud to represent Pakistan as a woman for two reasons. Firstly, people overseas have a stereotypical image of Pakistani women. I would like to think that my being a female cartoonist dispels that image to a certain extent. Secondly, whether as a member of the international jury of cartoonists in Turkey, or as a founding member of APPACA (Asian Pacific Animators and Cartoonists Association) in China and the Congress of Cartoonists in Nepal and Malaysia, or as an invitee to the conference of cartoonists in Singapore, I almost always found myself to be the only woman cartoonist present. Interestingly, even the western countries were not represented by any women cartoonists.
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Face behind beauty and skin care industry in Pakistan

Monday, August 9, 2010

Even though beauty is only skin deep, it’s important for women to feel beautiful and look beautiful. The awareness is increasing amongst the ladies to look after themselves and so the beauty salons are playing a pivotal role in helping the woman to tone up the features. Beauty saloons have emerged into an industry and it is important to choose a good parlour where you could be facilitated with good services.

Amina. Z beauty salon in Defence, Lahore is one of the prominent beauty salons of the town that is running by the experienced and qualified make up artiste Amina Zahoor.

Prior to graduation in makeup course from London school of beauty and makeup in 2002, she engaged with one of the leading makeup artistes Masarat Misbah’s salon, Depilex where she learned the art of makeup and hairstyling. She has also done skin courses; one from Malaysian BML Skin care institution in 2003 and other of Makeup and hair-styling course from Juice Hair Academy, Mumbai in 2006.

In an interview with Sunday Plus Amina brings to light the hallmarks of her impressive working. She said that after graduation from Kinnaird College she joined Depilex to have an experience of learning the art of makeup and hairstyling in the professional environment. “During training I felt that it would be better if I adopt it as a profession. So I took a franchise of Depilex in 2002 which was in fact a turning point for my career,” she said.

She was running Depilex’s franchise successfully for seven years but contract could not be matured and then she had to withdraw and started working with the title of Amina. Z beauty salon.

She suggested that in the summer season, the makeup base should be light but it must be water oriented. It is better to use light colours like pinkish that is the real reflection of the summer tones.

As in the summer, people love to wear light colours that is why makeup of light colours looks better while in the winter everything happens entirely in a different way and fashion enthusiasts should use dark colours for the parties and weddings

“In winters the skin becomes dry and rough so foundation should be oil based. Dark shades are preferable as different colours like red, orange, and brown are commonly used,” she added.

Answering to query she said, “If we ignore the use of hygienic tools and equipments during makeup then a lot of problems in terms of skin diseases erupt. Makeup kits and tools should be sterilized daily basis otherwise its use can be harmful. We are always conscious about the tools and we don’t use them for a long time. Mostly people are complaining regarding these issues. But we have sterilizing machines to disinfect the make up kits.”

“Here at Amina. Z beauty salon, special care is given to this concern. People have to suffer because of various untrained beauticians that have come into this profession. They are just minting money and don’t care about the clients.” She maintained.

“It is necessary for every bride to look after herself carefully especially before wedding days. If bride has normal skin then no need to have especial treatment while if any bride has skin problem then she should start treatments like, acne facial or whitening facials for even tone and pigmentation but it should be continued at least till six months prior to the wedding. Hair styling matters too much for everyone whether anybody attends weddings or parties because it plays prestigious role for changing the look.

She recommends that every woman especially for the bride to look after the hands and feet as skin and hair. It is better to have manicure and pedicure two to three times before the wedding and authentic creams and beauty products should be used for hands and feet daily. Bride should take at least seven to eight hours sleep and take a lot of water, fruits and vegetables daily.

“Today everything has been changed and we have lot of clients sent by their husbands. Now every husband wants her wife to look beautiful. We always take the client’s opinion firstly then we come up with other considerations,” she further said.

“Beauty business is growing rapidly. Latest make up techniques have come into this profession that have made the profession easier. Trends of make up have not changed but hairstyles change frequently. Nowadays hair extensions have come to enhance the thickness of hair.” She added.

She commented that newcomers should come into this profession after proper learning and having professional beauty courses. It is good for the beauty business as well.

It is Amina’s confidence and professionalism that makes her prominent among many in the business. She is personally available in Lahore for the services while two branches of her salon in Toronto (Canada) and New Jersey (USA) as well are also running successfully. She has plans to have some more franchises in Pakistan and also she wants to establish training institution in Lahore that most probably would be affiliated with the London school of beauty and make up.

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Dolls of the World

Friday, August 6, 2010
Idea and Work on
Sustainable Rural Development in Punjab
Punjab University Press, Lahore
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Story of the Dolls Village

In the green heat of one of the most fertile lands in the world there is a tiny repository of color -- a doll village. This is Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka (TGD), an ancient world embalmed in amber -- a small village in Central Punjab, Pakistan. This rural and needy community has, in the space of 7 years and with the help of its skilled work, become known to the world as a fact where once it was a whisper on the wind.

The story begins in 1990 when Dr. Senta Siller, a German graphic designer, and her husband were invited by a Pakistani student in her class – Amjad Ali – to visit his ancestral village. They saw a village where country farmers still lived as they did in an ancient era. Time stands still here. To the modern eye, used to civic amenities glittering facades and antiseptic cities it is perhaps a shock to be faced with a rural village such as TGD, which had no roads, electricity or water until the year 2000.

No one in the village could afford fired brick buildings so nearly all the houses were built using sun dried bricks and a plaster of mud would act as a cement to hold the bricks in place. This style of building was similar to the Adobe houses built by Native Americans on the opposite side of the globe.

“My husband who is an architect fell in love with the mud structures and he said,“ they will disappear in the next 10 or 20 years -- we must come back and make a video,” recalled Senta. And so it was that a year later the couple returned with a young filmmaker to the village and rural life in Pakistan was filmed. This video was named “Amjad’s Village” and after returning to Germany they showed the movie to their audience. The entrance fees of about 300 people who watched the film was then used to purchase the cement and bricks needed to build a boy’s school in TGD. The farmers themselves constructed the school.

The farmers also founded an NGO named Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama and sought the cooperation of volunteering experts. On her previous visit Dr. Siller perceived the need of the village families for a second income- farming was not able to suffice their basic needs.

The first volunteer in the village was Leila Mason, a young German doctor who established a Basic Health Unit in a private home and trained three women in basic healthcare over a period of 18 months. The village NGO then invited Dr. Siller to create income for the village women through applied arts.

After a thorough investigation with particular reference to the dearth of quality handmade toys in the local market, Senta went back to Germany. “I learnt doll making in 1992 (I never made a doll before- I am a designer) at some evening classes in Germany for the village to multiply the skills of the women.” The following year, after having retired from her post as vice principal of an art college in Berlin, she returned to the village and work began on the income generation project, which is now known under the trademark of “THATTA KEDONA”” meaning “village of toys” in Punjabi.

The village project really started with doll making and it is still this skill, which has earned it global fame. Each doll that is crafted in TGD is marked with the name the doll maker.

It is a unique product and each woman makes her own doll. “We don’t make it like an assembly line in a factory. Each girl learns to be a good doll maker and can maker her own product. They (the women) come if they need material and only if they need training do they come at special hours. Usually they come in the morning to deliver what has been done and take home new material. They deliver whenever the product is ready”, say Senta Siller.

If an urgent order is to be fulfilled then Senta asks a team if they can finish the required amount in the specified time. Usually there is no pressure because the village project is well managed and there is always an inventory of products both in the showroom in Lahore and in the Women Art Center (WAC) in the village. Also, the work is usually completed ahead of deadlines and for special orders. A timesheet is developed so that each doll maker knows when to deliver a particular doll in given week.

In parallel with the doll making activity innovation was required to produce different products for sale. For traditional designs Senta looked for old block prints -- in the streets, in the bazaars-- and wherever she would spot a little elephant or a little donkey, a “more” (peacock), as she says rolling the “r”, or a camel the design would be mentally sketched. These would then be used for designing new products.

Some of the objects developed at the center are actually centuries old. For instance there is the dhota -- a beautiful hanging mobile or pendant. These are still alive as wedding presents in the village- when a girl is married her friends still give her a mobile for her new house. The women’s project copied the mobile but used better material to make an improved product.

There was also the need for innovation and creativity. “We took the original children’s shows of the Punjab -- the Ali Baba and Khussa -- and made a small ornate pincushions. We converted things, which were existent in the culture. For instance, decorations of the braids, “pirandas” are beautiful but nobody will buy (them) -- in the foreign community. “They don’t use “pirandas” so we make a bookmark with this beaded ornament. The same ornament with tiny hooks turns into earrings or it can with a small golden loop become a buttonhole ornament for shits or be turned into a Christmas tree decoration,” says Senta.

After this range of small products Senta observed a technique in the village where a coil of twisted cotton material would be manipulated into animal or human figures. In order to give more definition to the shapes of such inventions and make them more durable Senta taught the women a variation of this method. “We made this in miniature with wire and wool so we invented very small dolls and I brought the brooch needles from Germany and we started with brooches and the next year we invented the finger puppets and the little dolls were used for many applications.”

The Women Art Center grew and now has a beautiful indigenously designed building that was built using a grant from the German Embassy in Islamabad to house it as well as a photovoltaic system that was funded by the Japanese embassy in Pakistan.

The women in the center made steady progress and slowly but surely incomes began to flow into their houses and the difference could be clearly felt. This left the young men of the village watching in envy as the women used their time in creating and also enjoyed themselves whilst the boys were left with no gainful occupation.

The yond men asked that work be found for them and so with the cooperation of the Germany NGO and its local counterpart a Technical Training Institute was developed for the manufacturing of small tin sheet items and the latest technologies such as those needed in harnessing solar power were envisioned as skills training for the boys.

Senta bought a sample solar cooker from and Institute of Alternative Technology in Lahore and then found a sponsored volunteer in Germany -- a young technical teacher who visited the village twice 1997 and 1998. He trained the boys in the making of solar cookers and little tin sheet rickshaws.

The solar cookers are a low cost alternative and are effective in making stew like dishes. Already the prices of petroleum all over the globe have begun to destabilize. It’s to the credit of the village planners that they have had the farsightedness to take this possible scenario into account when planning for feasible training programs in the village.
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Urbanization - Rural to Urban Migration Trends

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tags: Urbanization, Migration Trends

By Brad Knickerbocker

For the first time in human history, the world's population is about to become mostly urban. Citing population growth rates and migration patterns, United Nations researchers and other experts predict that some time in 2008 more people will live in cities than in rural areas.

This demographic shift is mostly taking place in Africa and Asia, largely in low-income settlements in developing countries - much of it in the 22 "megacities" whose populations will exceed 10 million and in some cases grow to more than 20 million by 2015.

The environmental, economic, and social ramifications of such trends are enormous, according to the Worldwatch Institute's annual "State of the World" report released Tuesday. Among the major challenges are the mundane features of daily living: clean water and air, sanitary waste facilities, the cost of food, and the availability of shelter and transportation.

Unplanned and chaotic urbanization is taking a huge toll on human health and the quality of the environment, contributing to social, ecological, and economic instability in many countries," warns the report, which is written by demographers, international program officials, and other experts from the United States and other countries.

But the news is not all bad. Researchers find examples of cities from Karachi, Pakistan to Freetown, Sierra Leone to Bogotá, Colombia with projects aimed at improving the lives of urban dwellers while reducing the environmental impact of concentrated populations. These include urban farming plots, solar water heaters, economic cooperatives, improved sewer facilities, and upgraded transportation systems.

"The task of saving the world's modern cities might seem hopeless - except that it is already happening," says Worldwatch president Christopher Flavin. "Necessities from food to energy are increasingly being produced by urban pioneers inside city limits."

Still, the challenges and the probable costs of addressing them remain daunting. Eight of the 10 most populous cities are on or near earthquake faults. Some two-thirds of the cities projected to exceed 8 million residents by 2015 are in coastal areas where sea levels may rise as a result of climate change.

But the human need is more immediate. Of the 3 billion people who live in cities today, about 1 billion are in slums without clean water, adequate toilet facilities, or durable housing. Some 1.6 million urban dwellers - many if not most of them children - die each year due to causes associated with the lack of clean water and sanitation.

"For a child living in a slum, disease and violence are daily threats, while education and healthcare are often a distant hope," says Molly O'Meara Sheehan, project director of Worldwatch's 2007 report, a collection of articles and graphics produced annually since 1984.

This argues for a reassessment of global development priorities, advocates say, particularly the allocation of national and international aid. According to the Commission for Africa, launched by British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2004, problems associated with urbanization are second only to HIV/AIDS on the world's most rapidly urbanizing continent.

Yet from 1970 to 2000, aid designated for cities in developing areas was just 4 percent of total development assistance worldwide. This was the period when many countries in Africa were transitioning politically and economically from European colonialism to independence.

"Too many of us were ill prepared for our urban future," notes Anna Tibaijuka, executive director of UN-HABITAT, the United Nations agency that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing universal adequate shelter.

"The promise of independence has given way to the harsh realities of urban living," writes Dr. Tibaijuka, an agricultural economist and native of Tanzania, in the report's foreword.

By 2015, there are likely to be 59 African cities with populations between 1 million and 5 million, 65 such cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 253 in Asia.

"Urban centers are hubs simultaneously of breathtaking artistic innovation and some of the world's most abject and disgraceful poverty," writes Mr. Flavin. "They are the dynamos of the world economy but also the breeding grounds for alienation, religious extremism, and other sources of local and global insecurity."

Cities also exemplify the challenges and promises of sustainability. China, for example, has 16 of the world's most polluted cities. But on an island in the Yangtze River near Shanghai, China this year plans to break ground on the Dongtan ecocity project designed to be nearly self-sufficient in food, water, energy, and waste disposal for its projected 500,000 residents


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The Life That I Have, Is Yours

Marc's emotional toast, Madeleine Albright's all-night dancefest, and the newlyweds' stay at The Pierre - some of the best moments are now being divulged about this weekend's lavish wedding ceremony. The couple read aloud the poem called “The Life That I Have” by Leo Marks. Marks was a famed cryptologist in WWII and often wrote “code poems” to transmit messages. This poem, however, was written after his girlfriend Ruth died in a plane crash. "I transmitted," he writes in his memoir Between Silk and Cyanide, "a message to her which I'd failed to deliver when I'd had the chance." In a strange twist, he later gave the poem to Violette Szabo, an Allied secret agent during WWII who was later executed. Her life is documented in the film Carve Her Name with Pride.

It’s deceptively simple, yet its complicated history gives it depth:

“The Life That I Have”

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

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Extreme Housing

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
By Dr. Norbert Pintsch

We have already discussed and illustrated Technology and Economy in connection with extreme housing in in parts 1 and 2. Here we discuss the area of Philosophy and the Religion in order to complete the whole picture.

First of all a note on, perhaps surprising, aspects of Religion:

  1. The basis of thinking of believers as well as non-believers is identical. If non-believers are of the opinion, they are free of religious limitations and think clearly on scientific lines, so this shows actually their incapacity to admit the influence of religion on our way of thinking.
  2. One should accept this fact in order to understand the errors in the usual way of thinking, giving a shocking dimension to the usual concepts of finding problem solutions.
  3. In western systems, one is inclined in religious matters to make a comparison between bananas and Neem-tree, i.e. one compares, what is actually incomparable, e.g. a religion with a total life system. One can only compare in order to recognize the differences and after that again separate, because the incomparability becomes apparent,- a continuously changing process which should be quite clear.

    The deficient knowledge in the totality approach and the appropriate actions lead to enormous deficits, which are completely covered up in consumption oriented and resource squandering actions. This situation leads to a fascinating situation, which fades away the sense of error.

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    Beautician Education

    Demand for hair and skin services are growing exponentially. More and more people are looking for hair styles and skin care services. This has created a lot of opportunities for professionals with skills and knowledge who can deliver. Thanks to Kohler Academy – provider of comprehensive educational experience in the professional beauty industry – that they are offering education in related fields. Kohler Academy graduates are highly marketable and sought-after beauty industry professionals with skills that can take them to the next level in your chosen field.

    Those who are interested to join the beauty industry (as a Hair Stylist/Designer, Platform Artist, Skin Therapist, Make Up Artist, Image Consultant, Editorial Stylist, Product Specialist, Educator, Manufacturer's Education Specialist, Manufacturer's Sales Specialist, Front Desk Retail Specialist, Salon or Spa Manager and or Salon or Spa owner) must have a look at hair schools and see what they are offering and how. Better still join the program and equip yourself with creative expertise that is in demand.
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    The Wedding of the Century - Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    Congratulations Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

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    Art of Woodwork

    Engraved woodwork - the name is enough to collectors, travellers and cautiously curious dreaming. Antiquity is the first message of the ancient art. And, woodwork executed in villages of Pakistan is a collector's delight that needs to be preserved.

    During the Mughal era, Pakistan produced many intelligent personalities and talented artisans who occupied positions in the Mughal courts. Artisans of Pakistan have instinctive good taste and they have achieved a distinctive excellence in woodwork. They are said to have been employed during the construction of Taj Mahal at Agra and Golden Temple at Amritsar. Special types of furniture and decorative items with brightly lacquered woodcarvings and coloured woodwork are still made here and famous all over the world. Gujrat, Chaniot and Multan are particularly famous for woodwork.

    What this internationally acclaimed craft of the country needs is an institutional patronization and extensive efforts for preservation. Made in Pakistan wood items are found at different antique shops and but this art seem to be fading away in the face of the factory made items. It can be a potent source of earning for village artisans if attention is paid to and earnest efforts are made. Sadly, the trained incompetents responsible for export promotion of art and culture do not see this and the unique potentials and its cultural importance yet.


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