Give something back to the world : Free #Ebooks

tumblr_mydc34bfV91rqx86wo1_1280“Give something back to the world” was one of the 10 tips that the headmistress gave, in her last speech before her departure, to the girls in my daughters’ school in order to lead a good life. I found this tip quite inspirational despite the rest nine were quite interesting and some funny ones.
“Δώσε κάτι πίσω στο κόσμο” ήταν μία από τις 10 συμβουλές για καλή ζωή , που έδωσε η διευθύντρια  του σχολείου των κοριτσιών μου στον τελευταίο λόγο της προς όλα τα κορίτσια, πριν αναχωρήσει για το επόμενο πόστο της. Αυτή τη συμβουλή την βρήκα πολύ εμπνευσμένη παρότι και οι υπόλοιπες εννέα ήταν ενδιαφέρουσες και μερικές αστείες.

1 – Don’t grow up too quickly/Μη μεγαλώσετε γρήγορα.
2 – Eat vegetables./Τρώτε λαχανικά.
3 – Stay curious and always keep a sense of perspective ( that might be 2 half things…)/Να είστε περιέργες και και να διατηρείτε μια αίσθηση προοπτικής.
4 – Work hard but also be prepared to rock the boat (very wise, very cool!)/ Δουλεύετε σκληρά αλλά πάντα να είστε έτοιμες να ταρακούνησετε τα λιμνάζοντα νερά.
5 – Don’t ever, ever have to combine the words ‘if’ and ‘only’/Ποτέ μα ποτέ δεν πρέπει να συνδυάζετε το “εάν και μόνο”.
6 – Wear sensible footwear (except perhaps if you get given a pair of Laboutins for Christmas! Then that rule simply does not apply!)/Να φοράτε αναπαυτικά παπούτισα (εκτός αν σας έχουν δώσει ένα ζευγάρι Laboutins για τα Χριστούγεννα!Τότε αυτός ο κανόνας δεν ισχύει.
7 – Never worry too much about your appearance. It’s what’s inside that really counts/Ποτέ μην ανησυχείτε πολύ για την εμφάνισή σας. Ο εσωτερικός σας κόσμος είναι που μετράει.
8 – Treasure your friends. They will ALWAYS be there for you/Να φυλάτε τις φιλίες σας σαν θησαυρό. Αυτοί θα είνα πάντα εκεί για σας.
9 – Give something back to the world/Δώστε κάτι πίσω στον κόσμο.
10 – And quite a lot in life can be made better by dancing and singing(the singing is mine)/Και πολλά στη ζωή μπορούν να καλυτερέψουν με το χορό και το τραγούδι(το τελεταίο είναι δικό μου).

As I was inspired from this particular tip, I decided to keep my promise #GiveEBooks and released another 10 codes for each of my books.

Eμπνεύστηκα λοιπόν από αυτή την συμβουλή της και αποφάσισα να κρατήσω την υπόσχεσή μου #GiveEbooks. Ιδού λοιπόν, άλλοι 10 κωδικοί για να κατεβάσετε ελεύθερα 10 αντίτυπα από το κάθε βιβλίο μου.

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Σας εύχομαι να περάσετε σούπερ τώρα τις γιορτές. Kαι μην ξεχνάτε  the closing line of Philip Larkin’s poem “what will survive of us is love”.

We cannot move on without young people

The phrase “think globally, act locally” has been used by different groups such as environmentalist and business executives to care or build something locally and move later to global growth.  But now the Millennials, the generation  born between  1982 and 2003 , around the world are giving the phrase an entirely new meaning as they pursue their efforts to change the world and most of the times putting their own life at risk. The latter is the proof of the sincerity of their actions. They are risking even their own life in order to achieve what they believe is good not only for themselves but also for the society where they belong. The examples are bold and global :

images-1Malala in Pakistan :  The  Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban and defended her right to an education. Malala was brave and her fight was more straightforward. She was a female in underdeveloped country and she was fighting for education against Taliban. People in the West were eager to support her and to encourage the rest by giving her the Nobel prize of peace.

cd6a04e2-7cb0-11e4-9a86-00144feabdc0Joshua Wong in Hong Kong : The most radical of Hong Kong protesters to secure democracy. He went on hunger strike to urge the government to hold talks on Beijing political reforms. He wrote.”The people of my generation want what everybody else in an advanced society seems to have : a say in our future. And on twitter : “Fanny Law : Please tell your friend, he can move to a place without the Communist party, but he cannot move to a place without young people”. His supporters say “his movement succeeded because the students now have the fire of democracy burning in their  heart which will not be quenched by the iron fist of Beijing”.

assets_LARGE_t_420_54161256Nikos Romanos  in Greece : the young boy who was only 15 years old  when his friend was murdered in cold blood by a policeman  and died in his arms  in the centre of Athens. He is labeled as an  anarchist and according to his own view and letters to the public he accepts this role.  At the moment, he is in the prison and on hunger strike demanding educational leave in order to continue his studies. Nikos Romanos has more difficult role and status. He is struggling with an unknown combatant. He cannot articulate enough his struggle  because of his youth and the tricky environment he is in. He lives in a democratic country in the West where the bankocracy,  which goes hand in hand with  kleptocracy and  corruption, is the real master. Nonetheless, he managed to move more than 10.000 people , who marched in the centre of Athens, two days ago, in order to support him and his demands.

Despite the sadness and anxiety I had and have for the life of the above kids, I cannot hide my admiration for their Courage. And I can say  for sure that our future will be much brighter than we think.

Read what the others read : Pledge #GiveEbooks

There are very few books that someone can send to the British ambassador in Greece and make really sense to him.  One of those books is “Johnny and Me”. And perhaps it’s the only Greek book that he can mirror himself  from a different point of view and understands better the people around him in this post of his career. / Είναι πολύ λίγα βιβλία που μπορεί κανείς να στείλει στον Βρετανό πρέσβη στην Ελλάδα και να του κάνουν κάποια αίσθηση πέρα από τα συνηθισμένα. ‘Ενα από αυτά τα βιβλία είναι “ο Τζόνι κι Εγώ” . Και ίσως να είναι το μόνο βιβλίο που μπορεί να λειτουργήσει σαν αντικαθρεπτισμός. Να δει τον εαυτό του και τους ανθρώπους που τον περιτριγυρίζουν, σε αυτό το πόστο της καριέρας του,  από μία διαφορετική γωνία.

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Τherefore here is the opportunity to read what the others read(see British Ambassador ) and see the way that they are thinking, as Murakami wrote in Norwegian Wood: “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” And for those who still haven’t read “Johnny and me” I have some free codes to give in./ Eδώ είναι η ευκαιρία να διαβάσετε ό,τι οι άλλοι διαβάζουν(βλέπε Βρετανό Πρέσβη ). ‘Οπως έγραψε ο Μουρακάμι στο Νορβηγικό δάσοs  “Mόνο όταν διαβάζεις ό,τι οι υπόλοιποι διαβάζουν μπορείς να σκεφτείς ό,τι οι άλλοι σκέφτονται”. Για όσους δεν έχουν διαβάσει το Τζόνι κι Εγώ και την Πηνελόπη Οnline παραθέτω μερικούς κωδικούς παρακάτω:

Τζόνι κι Εγώ :

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Πηνελόπη Online :

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For those that they weren’t fast enough to download the ebooks(the codes last only 3 weeks) be in tune for the next post, I will give some  more codes to download the boooks.

Don’t forget “the feel good factor” is very important element and the main cause to read the above books. The recession maybe is over  in Greece but the depression was a legendary one.

/ Όσοι δεν προλάβετε να κατεβάσετε τα βιβλία  (οι κωδικοί ισχύουν μόνο 3 εβδομάδες) παραμείνετε συντονισμένη στο επόμενο πόστ. Κοντά στα Χριστούγεννα θα βγάλω μερικούς νέους κωδικούς.

Και μη ξεχνάτε  “the feel good factor” είναι ένας από τους λόγους να διαβάσετε τα παραπάνω βιβλία. H ύφεση ίσως τελείωσε και οι αγορές άνοιξαν για την Ελλάδα αλλά τα σημάδια της κατάθλιψης και του φόβου που άφησε δύσκολα να αποσβεστούν.

Χαμογελάστε! Τα καλύτερα έρχονται !

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P.S. Πάντα είναι ωραία να έρχεται κανείς επαφή με Πρέσβεις και δη με Βρετανούς. Η ευγένειά τους σε σκλαβώνει ! ‘Ωρα για σοκολατάκι ;) Enjoy!

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Amsterdam : New Hype Sightseeing

If someone was asking me which is my favourite city in Europe, the answer would be Amsterdam. The reason is simple and straightforward, it’s a humane city with all the weaknesses and strengths that this characteristic entails.

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In Amsterdam at the moment, there are some new sightseeing  and if someone wants to be and feel  cool , he/she must visit them.

The new Anna Frank Museum is at the top of the list, taking into consideration the two new books, the new museum and the upcoming new film. Average waiting time, one and half hours in the queue. Not too bad!

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Some years ago  AF  museum was located in the High Street, now in the same premise is  the museum of Amsterdam . (Pic. above).

 

P1100074Rijksmuseum entrance – restaurant and shop.

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Night Watch by Rembrandt.

Rijsksmuseum : The building’s refurbishment is super with first class restaurant-quality and service deserve many stars. The art exhibition  is unique from Vermeer to Rembrandt and the coolest thing is that you can take photos of anything you like! You can take pictures of Rembrandt’s Night Watch and make it yours! How cool is that?

For coffee or lunch,  my old-time favourite  “Cafe Americain” at Leidseplein is a constant value.

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The area with the canals  including the Vondelpark are the most expensive properties.

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And the new hype in town is the new self-service of hot food. I think this is super idea! No talking, no queues, no waiting, just the right coins and there you are, with a sausage or croquettes in your hands.

When I’m talking about Amsterdam for some reason comes to my mind the lyrics of the song “A windmill in Old Amsterdam” -

-They sang every morning, “How lucky we are
-Living in a windmill in Amsterdam, ya!”

IMG_5884“In the month of July” by Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriel – Rijksmuseum

And don’t forget to buy the  hype memorabilia:

If you are collector, like me, the Starbuck city mug.

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and the delft porcelain Christmas ornaments.

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Christmas is coming!

Semipalatinsk: City With A Past

Kazakhstan is not only Astana or Almaty, it’s a huge country with innumerable cities and towns. Semey  is in the northeastern province of East Kazakhstan and in the Kazakhstan part of Siberia near the border with Russian Federation. Semey, during the Soviet Union era, was called Semipalatinsk and for sure isn’t a new brand city as Astana . It’s a city with past and a complicated one.  Very close to the city centre of Semey,  there is a small town “Kurchatov” one of the dozen “closed towns” of Soviet Union. They were known only for the post boxes. Kurchatov was Semipalatinsk-21. It was site of nuclear power. The Soviets use all the nuclear weapons in this site.

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Arriving in Semipalatinsk and stepping out from the airport hall there is a big label : “We are open for our friends”

Some years ago this area was closed. Movement in and out of the cities was restricted and entry was forbidden to foreigners.

“It was Lavrenti Beria, the ruthless head of Stalin’s secret police, who chose the location in the depths of Siberia for the Soviet Union’s nuclear testing programme and ordered the town of Kurchatov to be built-using gulag labour” to house its scientists. During a test of one particular powerful bomb, in 1953, the authorities evacuated villagers and livestock.But not everyone was evacuated. The Soviet scientists left a group of 40 men behind as human guinea pigs. Infant mortality increased four times of the level of the rest of the Soviet Union. Today, residents still have a life expectancy that is several years lower that in the rest of the country” Secret cities of the steppes, Jack Farchy, Ft weekend magazine, sept 6/7,2014.

 

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The park in the city centre of Semey.

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Abay museum, the national poet of Kazakhstan.

 

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City centre.  A war memorial.

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Semey, as part of Kazakhstan Siberia, is quite cold place, the temperature is around to -48 C during Winter but probably without Astana’s winds.

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The city has a major university.

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Semipalatinsk was the place of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s exile for five years and it was depicted in the various books of Dostoyevsky including  “The Brothers karamazov”

Personally, I had a lovely time there with my Kazakh friends and a major event, a veritable Kazakh wedding!

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