Σάββατο, 10 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

Christmas Song - Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite- Dance of the Reed Flutes

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Danse Russe

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Marche

marilena: 'Nutcracker' season

marilena: 'Nutcracker' season: http://youtu.be/I8lNTGHMnwo

'Nutcracker' season

marilena: ΣΚΗΝΕΣ ΕΘΝΙΚΗΣ ΤΑΠΕΙΝΩΣΗΣ......

marilena: ΣΚΗΝΕΣ ΕΘΝΙΚΗΣ ΤΑΠΕΙΝΩΣΗΣ......: Tης Ελλης Τριανταφυλλου Η πρώτη σκηνή εκτυλίχθηκε στις αρχές της εβδομάδας, σε κεντρικό σημείο των Βρυξελλών. Εστιάτορας σταματάε...

ΣΚΗΝΕΣ ΕΘΝΙΚΗΣ ΤΑΠΕΙΝΩΣΗΣ......





Tης Ελλης Τριανταφυλλου




Η πρώτη σκηνή εκτυλίχθηκε στις αρχές της εβδομάδας, σε κεντρικό σημείο των Βρυξελλών. Εστιάτορας σταματάει τέσσερις δημοσιογράφους -μεταξύ των οποίων και η υπογράφουσα - και τους ρωτάει: «Από πού είστε; Από την Πορτογαλία;». «Οχι», απαντάμε. «Από την Ισπανία;», επιμένει αυτός. «Οχι, όχι, από την Ελλάδα», διευκρινίζουμε. «Από την Ελλάααδα; Χα! Χα! Μπαγκλαντές!» αποφαίνεται αβίαστα ο καταστηματάρχης, αφήνοντάς μας άναυδους.


Η δεύτερη, λίγες ώρες αργότερα, όταν ψάχνοντας ένα δώρο για την κόρη μου μπήκα σε μικρό κατάστημα γνωστού εμπορικού δρόμου, της Ερμού των Βρυξελλών. Αφού διάλεξα κάτι, έβγαλα την πιστωτική κάρτα και το διαβατήριό μου και τα έδωσα στην πωλήτρια. Εκείνη ανοίγει το διαβατήριο και κουνάει το κεφάλι με μία έκφραση συγγνώμης στα μάτια: «Α, από την Ελλάδα... Λυπάμαι, δεν μπορώ να τη δεχθώ»!



Η εν λόγω κυρία δεν ενομιμοποιείτο σε καμία περίπτωση να μη δεχθεί την πιστωτική κάρτα, η οποία είχε διαθέσιμο όριο, γιατί η χώρα που την έχει εκδώσει βρίσκεται στην κατάσταση που βρίσκεται σήμερα. Δεν προβλέπεται σε καμία διατραπεζική συμφωνία ούτε μπορεί να δικαιολογηθεί κατά κανέναν τρόπο. Και αν ήθελα να το τραβήξω, είναι βέβαιο ότι θα έβρισκα το δίκιο μου, μόνο που στο μεταξύ είχα χάσει κάθε διάθεση να το διεκδικήσω. Αισθανόμουν κυριολεκτικά σαν δαρμένη. Προσβεβλημένη, θυμωμένη, έξαλλη! Δεν ήθελα καν να ρωτήσω την αμήχανη πωλήτρια τι θα έκανε αν το διαβατήριο είχε ως χώρα προέλευσης την Πορτογαλία ή την Ιταλία... Δεν είχε νόημα. Θα είχε, αν όλοι κρίνονταν με τα ίδια κριτήρια. Μόνο που στη δική μας περίπτωση βάλαμε τα χέρια μας και βγάλαμε τα μάτια μας. ΄Η για την ακρίβεια επιτρέψαμε στην ηγεσία μας να το πράξει για λογαριασμό μας.


Περπατούσα στους δρόμους της βελγικής πρωτεύουσας, η οποία σημειωτέον βιώνει τη δική της, εξαιρετικά μεγάλη, αγωνία για το μέλλον της χώρας, αλλά και για τις Βρυξέλλες που ανατριχιάζουν στο άκουσμα φημών που φέρουν τη Γερμανία να καλοβλέπει τη μεταφορά του ευρωπαϊκού κέντρου βάρους στα δικά της εδάφη, και το κεφάλι μου πήγαινε να σπάσει. Είναι δύσκολο, πολύ δύσκολο, να καταλάβεις και ακόμη πιο δύσκολο να αποδεχθείς πως μέσα σε ελάχιστο χρόνο έγινες ο περίγελος της Ευρώπης. Θυμήθηκα ότι πέρυσι τον χειμώνα ο τότε πρωθυπουργός Γ. Παπανδρέου μιλούσε για Τιτανικό και αντιμετώπιζε με δημόσιες δηλώσεις τους Ελληνες ως συλλήβδην διεφθαρμένους και περίπου ανίκανους και τεμπέληδες. Τους ίδιους ανθρώπους που μήνες νωρίτερα διαβεβαίωνε ότι «λεφτά υπάρχουν» και μήνες αργότερα προσπαθούσε να πείσει ότι για τον ίδιο είναι θέμα πολιτικής τιμής να τους ζητήσει τη γνώμη, μέσω δημοψηφίσματος, για το μέλλον της χώρας. «Μα αυτός είναι ήδη παρελθόν», θα πείτε. Σωστά. Εστω και αν ο ίδιος αρνείται να το αποδεχθεί. Η ζημιά όμως έγινε και είναι δυσθεώρητη. Σήμερα, η χώρα εκτός από την κρίση χρέους αντιμετωπίζει και μία πρωτοφανή κρίση αξιοπιστίας, η οποία λειτουργεί διαβρωτικά και εξαιρετικά επικίνδυνα για την ίδια την Ελλάδα και τα συμφέροντά της, αλλά και για τον λαό της που βάλλεται πανταχόθεν και δεν μπορεί να σηκώσει κεφάλι.
Aυτή είναι ίσως η μεγαλύτερη βλάβη που υπέστη η χώρα την τελευταία διετία και πιθανότατα η πιο επικίνδυνη μελλοντικά, αν δεν αντιμετωπιστεί με κάποιον τρόπο. Αυτό, μοιραία, πρέπει να είναι και το διακύβευμα των επόμενων εκλογών, όποτε και αν γίνουν. Μία γόνιμη αντιπαράθεση ιδεών και προτάσεων για την αναδόμηση της εικόνας της χώρας, για την επούλωση των πληγών της τραματισμένης αξιοπιστίας της, για την ανάταξη του ηθικού των πολιτών της. Σε διαφορετική περίπτωση, ακόμη και αν η κρίση χρέους αντιμετωπιστεί, προοπτική αμφίβολη, διότι και αυτή συνδέεται με το κύρος και την αξιοπιστία, η χώρα πολύ δύσκολα θα κατορθώσει να ξανασταθεί στα πόδια της και να βρει τον βηματισμό της.


Και τότε, οι επόμενοι περιπατητές στις Βρυξέλλες και όπου αλλού θα θυμούνται τα λόγια του Κωνσταντίνου Καραμανλή «έξω πάμε καλά» και θα νιώθουν πικρά δάκρυα στη μνήμη της εποχής που, έστω στο εξωτερικό, η εικόνα μας ήταν καθαρή και ελκυστική...
καθημερινή 9/12/11

Παρασκευή, 9 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

marilena: ΑΥΤΗ ΕΙΝΑΙ Η ΠΡΑΓΜΑΤΙΚΟΤΗΤΑ.....

marilena: ΑΥΤΗ ΕΙΝΑΙ Η ΠΡΑΓΜΑΤΙΚΟΤΗΤΑ.....

ΑΥΤΗ ΕΙΝΑΙ Η ΠΡΑΓΜΑΤΙΚΟΤΗΤΑ.....

European nations are realigning their economic and political structures to ...

marilena: ΕΠΙΤΕΛΟΥΣ.....ΒΡΕΘΗΚΕ ΙΔΙΟ ΚΟΥΤΕΛΟ !!!!!

marilena: ΕΠΙΤΕΛΟΥΣ.....ΒΡΕΘΗΚΕ ΙΔΙΟ ΚΟΥΤΕΛΟ !!!!!

ΕΠΙΤΕΛΟΥΣ.....ΒΡΕΘΗΚΕ ΙΔΙΟ ΚΟΥΤΕΛΟ !!!!!

An intergovernmental treaty between the 17 euro-zone countries and six other EU...

marilena: PORSCHE ΠΟΔΗΛΑΤΟ !!!! ΕΥΚΑΙΡΙΑ....!!!!

marilena: PORSCHE ΠΟΔΗΛΑΤΟ !!!! ΕΥΚΑΙΡΙΑ....!!!!: PORSCHE BIKE RS Price: £4,999 Weight: 9kg Frame: Carbon fibre Groupset: Shimano XTR Wheels: Crank Brothers 29in Top speed: Greate...

PORSCHE ΠΟΔΗΛΑΤΟ !!!! ΕΥΚΑΙΡΙΑ....!!!!




PORSCHE BIKE RS
Price: £4,999
Weight: 9kg
Frame: Carbon fibre
Groupset: Shimano XTR
Wheels: Crank Brothers 29in
Top speed: Greater than you'd think

The car is dead. Or dying. Or at least declining. We reached "peak car", as transport policy wonks call it, some time in the past decade, when fewer of us started driving shorter distances, less often. Bad news if your business runs on petrol and four wheels, which is perhaps one reason why car manufacturers, spluttering as they are towards a gloomy horizon, are reviving their links with the bicycle. Ding ding!
When cars rolled on to our roads more than 100 years ago, bike shops began stocking them. In some cases bicycle manufacturers such as Armand Peugeot thought there might be something in the combustion engine. By the late 1920s, Peugeot had cast off its bike arm and, while the name appeared on frames until recently, it was a rare reminder of the entwined histories of the bicycle and the car.
Now the bike is in the ascendant and, in a symbolic reversal, cars are being shifted across showrooms to make way. Last month a BMW dealer opened a bike shop inside a London branch. Several manufacturers that have put their names to bikes (even Hummer has dabbled) are now giving them greater prominence. They include Porsche, which this month offers two high-end hybrids. The RS, which I was given to test for a weekend, is striking. Most striking is its price. At £5,000 you might expect an engine and heated seats. It costs more than the sum of its parts, the incongruous Porsche badge up front being its most expensive component.
But the carbon-fibre frame will turn heads. The top tube sweeps in an arc from the headset but its grace is consumed by its girth, reaching tree-like proportions at its upper end. The forks complete the muscular look and offer enough clearance above the fat Schwalbe tyres to stick a fist through. It's beautifully built and finished, but won't please those who seek elegance in bikes.
But it's quick, responsive and unforgiving, and at times feels as if it needs to be reined in like the wild horse of the Porsche logo. But don't expect comfort from the racing saddle or rigid frame as it passes over even tiny bumps. Do expect fun. The RS offers total control and its weight helps it to fly uphill. But, while I enjoyed the spin, I also found it to be deeply flawed. This is a bike with an identity crisis, offering the racing credentials of a road bike (but none of the right bits), the bulk of a mountain bike (but with no suspension) and the semblance of a hybrid (without the comfort or practicality). It is a missed opportunity for Porsche, which might have complimented the RS's cheaper (still £3,000) sister, the S – a sporty hybrid in aluminium – with a pure road bike as pretty and as refined as its sports cars. Instead we have a fudge for rich people who don't know much about bikes. If the car-bike balance is tipping back towards two wheels, I fear the RS will do little to nudge the scales.

marilena: Third Reich....και πλειστηριασμός......

marilena: Third Reich....και πλειστηριασμός......: Hitler letters: A pair of letters from Hitler to a young admirer Klara Jung. $7,000-8,000 Hitler's ledger: The personal account book ...

Third Reich....και πλειστηριασμός......


Hitler letters: A pair of letters from Hitler to a young admirer Klara Jung. $7,000-8,000





Hitler's ledger: The personal account book includes payments for art work and 'blood money'. $5,000-7,000



Goebbels' letters: Eighty-two handwritten love letters from the Jewish school teacher Else Janke to Joseph Goebbels. $7,000-9,000



Adolf Hitler: This 9in x 11in photograph of the Nazi leader is expected to fetch up to $9,000



Signed rally photo: Signed by the Hitler Youth leader Arthur Axmann. $150-200



The 1,133 lots include Adolf Hitler's secret accounts book, some of Joseph Goebbels' love letters and hundreds of original yellow "Jew stars" that millions were forced to wear before being sent to Nazi death camps. The macabre items are part of a huge collection of Nazi memorabilia which started going under the hammer in the American town of Stamford, Connecticut, yesterday, attracting bids expected to be in excess of $300,000.
The auction is evidence of a global boom in the Nazi relics trade which appears to be expanding apace as the horrors of the Second World War recede into history and an adverse economic climate increases an appetite for material assets.
Bill Panagopulos, the Greek-American owner of Stamford's Alexander auction house which is organising the sale, makes no apologies: "People want souvenirs – I would even sell Hitler's moustache," he joked in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel.
His buyers range from nouveau riche Russians and private historians to wealthy Jewish bidders who purchase historically important memorabilia for museums.
"We don't get neo-Nazis – they have neither the brains nor the money," Mr Panagopulos insisted.
The items up for sale include a statement written by Hitler's Armaments Minister, Albert Speer, at the start of the Nuremberg war crimes trial, valued at $10,000. The collection also runs to disturbingly banal knick-knacks such as a wooden plaque bearing the image of flying ducks, which turns out to be the first prize for a wild-fowl hunting competition organised by the commander of Dachau.
However the objects expected to attract some of he highest bids are a bronze desk set, complete with inkwells and blotter, that Hitler is thought to have used to sign the Munich agreement of 1938, the Nazi leader's secret accounts book and items which once belonged to the Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.
Mr Panagopulos says that a rash of films about the Second World War have fuelled demand for such memorabilia. But, on a personal level, he says he dislikes being surrounded by Nazi relics. He complains they give him "bad karma", not least because his parents' village was burned down during the Nazi occupation of Greece.
For sale: The Nazi catalogue
1. Signed rally photo Signed by the Hitler Youth leader Arthur Axmann. $150-200.
2. Hitler letters A pair of letters from Hitler to a young admirer Klara Jung. $7,000-8,000.
3. Goebbels' diary A journal from Joseph Goebbels' school years. $2,500-3,500.
4. Hitler's ledger The personal account book includes payments for art work and "blood money". $5,000-7,000.
5. Goebbels' letters Eighty-two handwritten love letters from the Jewish school teacher Else Janke to Joseph Goebbels. $7,000-9,000.

marilena: ΤΕΛΙΚΑ Ο ΑΗ ΒΑΣΙΛΗΣ.....ΠΡΕΠΕΙ ΝΑ ΝΑΙ ΚΙΝΕΖΟΣ........

marilena: ΤΕΛΙΚΑ Ο ΑΗ ΒΑΣΙΛΗΣ.....ΠΡΕΠΕΙ ΝΑ ΝΑΙ ΚΙΝΕΖΟΣ........

ΤΕΛΙΚΑ Ο ΑΗ ΒΑΣΙΛΗΣ.....ΠΡΕΠΕΙ ΝΑ ΝΑΙ ΚΙΝΕΖΟΣ......

Christmas production line: Workers sew Christmas products at the Yiwu Spaceflight craftwork company

Christmas production line: Santa hats are made at the Yiwu Spaceflight craftwork company in China

Christmas production line: Christmas ornaments in the Yiwu Spaceflight craftwork company in China

Christmas production line: Production line of Christmas goods at a factory in Yiwa China

Christmas production line: Workers assemble Christmas stockings on the production line in Yiwa China

Christmas production line: A worker holds up a Santa hat from the production line in Yiwu

Christmas production line: Santa hats are packed into boxes from the  production line in Yiwa

Christmas production line: One of the many Christmas product wholesale stores in Yiwu

Christmas production line: Musical Santa figures for sale at the Yule Sun wholesale store in Yiwu

Christmas production line: Christmas figures in the Yule Sun Factory wholesale store in Yiwu

Christmas production line: Wholesale store in Yiwu selling varieties of artificial Christmas trees

Christmas production line: Santa figures for sale at the Yule Sun Factory wholesale store in Yiwu

Christmas production line: Santas for sale at the Yule Sun Factory wholesale store in Yiwu

Christmas production line: A Santa figure for sale at the Yule Sun wholesale store in Yiwu, China

marilena: Ίσως οι χειρότερες ιδέες δώρων....

marilena: Ίσως οι χειρότερες ιδέες δώρων....

Ίσως οι χειρότερες ιδέες δώρων....

worst xmas gifts: Toilet teapot

worst xmas gifts: Toilet roll puzzle


marilena: EIFFEL TOWER.

marilena: EIFFEL TOWER.: T T he Eiffel Tower as it would look over time with 600,000 plants growing on it. Nicknamed "la dame de fer", or "iron lady," the Eiffel...

EIFFEL TOWER.

The Eiffel Tower as it would look over time with 600,000 plants growing on it.
TThe Eiffel Tower as it would look over time with 600,000 plants growing on it.

Nicknamed "la dame de fer", or "iron lady," the Eiffel Tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, and was named after its designer and engineer Gustave Eiffel.
Nicknamed "la dame de fer", or "iron lady," the Eiffel Tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, and was named after its designer and engineer Gustave Eiffel.


Construction works for France's most famous building in July 1887. Built for the 1989 World Fair, the tower was only intended to last 20 years. It was saved by its indispensable use as a radio and telecommunications transmitter.
Construction works for France's most famous building in July 1887. Built for the 1989 World Fair, the tower was only intended to last 20 years. It was saved by its indispensable use as a radio and telecommunications transmitter.


Ginger's proposal to drape the tower in plants wouldn't be the first time it has taken on a new look. In 2004 the tower was bathed in red light to mark the Chinese New Year.
Ginger's proposal to drape the tower in plants wouldn't be the first time it has taken on a new look. In 2004 the tower was bathed in red light to mark the Chinese New Year.


In 2008, the Eiffel Tower was illuminated in blue with gold stars, representing the EU flag, to mark the staunchly pro-European nation's EU presidency.
In 2008, the Eiffel Tower was illuminated in blue with gold stars, representing the EU flag, to mark the staunchly pro-European nation's EU presidency.


The tower transformed into a spectacular beacon of red white and blue in October 2009, celebrating its 120th anniversary year.
The tower transformed into a spectacular beacon of red white and blue in October 2009, celebrating its 120th anniversary year


Fireworks burst over the Eiffel Tower, which is itself aglow with lights, during traditional Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, 2011.
Fireworks burst over the Eiffel Tower, which is itself aglow with lights, during traditional Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, 2011.

marilena: Ten hours around the negotiating table were not...

marilena:


Ten hours around the negotiating table were not...
: Ten hours around the negotiating table were not enough to convince British Prime Minister David Cameron to back down on his demands for s...



Ten hours around the negotiating table were not enough to convince British Prime Minister David Cameron to back down on his demands for safeguards to his country’s interests.
As such, the leaders of France and Germany showed him to the door and decided to settle for closer budget discipline among eurozone countries. According to German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "David Cameron sat with us at the table, we made a decision for this text, we do not have time for weak compromises regarding the euro."

marilena: Who works the longest hours in Europe?

marilena: Who works the longest hours in Europe?: Hint: it's not Germany. Find out how many hours people work in different jobs and across the EU As Europe's leaders gather to discuss...

Who works the longest hours in Europe?


Tired office worker
Hint: it's not Germany. Find out how many hours people work in different jobs and across the EU



As Europe's leaders gather to discuss how to rescue the mediterranean economies and safeguard the single currency, it's tempting to resort to crude national stereotypes of prudent, hard-working Germans and lazy Greeks.
But the Office for National Statistics seems to be on a mission to rescue us from our own prejudices. New data published this morning shows that Greek workers actually put in longer hours than anyone else in Europe — 42.2 per week, compared to just 35.6 in Germany. If you look at full-time figures, it is even starker.

EU working hours

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Country
All in employment
Full-time employment
Productivity index per hour worked (EU=100)
EU37.441.6100
Austria37.843.7115
Belgium36.941.7134.7
Bulgaria40.941.341.7
Cyprus4042.180
Czech Republic41.242.370.1
Denmark33.839.1119.2
Estonia38.640.861.1
Finland37.440.3111.3
France3841.1132.7
Germany35.642123.7
Greece42.243.776.3
Hungary39.440.659.2
Ireland3539.7125.6
Italy37.640.5101.5
Latvia39.240.847.1
Lithuania38.339.755.7
Luxembourg3740.5189.2
Malta38.841.481.9
Netherlands30.540.9136.5
Poland40.642.253.9
Portugal39.142.365.4
Romania40.54141.7
Slovakia40.541.578.4
Slovenia39.641.880.2
Spain38.441.6107.9
Sweden36.540.9115.5
UK36.342.7107.2