FreejFolkore, the first time I heard about it was when we were invited ‘en famille’ to see a special cartoon performance at the theatre. The invitation was for all the VIPs (Penelope status as VIP was due to her Greek nationality, it cannot be all bad all the time, the wheel turns and some time you find yourself up!) and exactly because of thιs three letter acronym, we had an excellent seat, as you see in the photos below, accompanied by food (Αρτος και θέαμα!)
So far so impressed. But even this extraordinairy setting for a theatre didn’t prepare me to what we were going to experience for the next one and half hour performance. It was really a revelation to our eyes. The performance was a blend of dancing (Spanish, Indian and Arabian folklore dance) 3 D animations , live stage performance with a range of jogglers and two beautiful Arabian horses which were able to perform ‘grand jete’ equal to the most qualified ballerinas. All this mix and match of arts and technological innovations were folding the main cartoon characters with the name Freej which is the most successful TV cartoon series in Dubai.
The Freej is a tale fo 4 UAE national women living in a secluded neighbourhood in modern day Dubai and they try solve all the everyday social issues. There is no issue too hard for them to tackle it with a good cup of coffee in the house of one of them. Contemplating back to the cartoon central idea, the process is not far away with what we are doing all the bloggers of the world in the blogosphere. It is truth universally acknowledged we ,as bloggers, are able to tackle all the world social issues. Examples many, such as Obama’s election. We had foreseen Obama’s presidential election months ago even before Ted Kennedy discovered and supported him. We became ‘next to kin’ with his wife . She was not any more Obama’s wife but Michelle for us, and for sure we were masters in providing advice for her presidential election outfit, despite most of us the time we were exchanging our ‘Haute Couture’ opinions we were wearing our pyjamas. The toughest issue was the Greek riots in Athens and the Hamas –Israel conflict but thanks to Obama’s election the conflicts stopped. I have no idea why all these important people go to Davos for networking and they don’t engaged in blogging which is time and money saving for the looming financial great depression era..
p.s.I forgot to say that I was the first person in these Vip seats tackling a piece of melon 😉 The rest were too busy exchanging cards for their very important networking business. A lady gave me her card with her details, despite I said to her I am writer and I am not able to employ her anywhere. The only thing probably I could do is to put the contents of her card as a footnote in my new book !
“Write whatever comes to your mind about the word nostalgia” the teacher of the creative writing course said . “Easy peasy lemon squeazy Greek, Greeky word from the Greek land and I knew it, I knew what it means, I felt it millions of times in my life so far, and I can write an essay about it in a seconds” thought. But he carried on, explaining few things about the word, saying “it comes from the Greek nostos-return home, and algia-pain” (blah blah..boring, boring stuff) and he added ” It was first diagnosed by Johannes Hofer among the various displaced persons of the seventeenth century:Swiss mercenaries soldiering abroad;domestic servants working in France and Germany; freedom-loving students from Berne, studing in Basel. As cure Hofer prescribed opium, leeches and return to the Alps!” After a pause he noticed how enthusiastic and full of beans I was, like a pupil of the primary school raising his hand to answer the question about one plus one, and he said.’ Write down the first word that comes in your mind about Nostalgia ! Quite surprised but without hesitation I wrote ‘England’ and a slide show of pictures came to my mind
cycling along the canal
the neighborhood (the owner of this house had two olive trees outside! Greek products next to my heart)
The cheese monger in the corner with the best fusty French cheeses!Actually not so good it didn’t have greek feta
the little cinema wich makes really a difference among the others dinosaurs Odeon etc..
the Small Spa meeting the girlfriends for a chat in the warm waters
Hofer recommended Opium …etc. Perhaps Sisha will work as a replacement and remedy to forget. Perhaps I and G.W Bush need it to forget the olden days 😉
At last I got in my hands on the first digital book. Many years ago when I was writing my master’s thesis , my subject for my research was digital books, internet etc. I remember then, I was passionate about the subject, but somehow back in my mind I had my doubts about the realization of all the project. My main worry was the screen how it will be possible to read something like a book in a pc screen which is quite tiring .
But holding this small book (Amazon Kindle) in the size of paperback and looking at the screen all my worries disappeared. It looks and read like a paper and can hold 200 non-llustrated titles, newspapers and magazines.You can download content from Amazon in the proprietary Kindle format(AZW) and Amazon offers an email-based service that will convert HTML, DOC (Microsoft Word), PDF, JPEG, GIF.. documents to AZW. You can select reading material (newspapers) through the Kindle or through a computer at Amazon Kindle store. It is delivered wireless so you don’t need to make any provision.
my fetish when i'm writing
The only drawback perhaps is holding it. I would prefer more space (handle) from the left side.
I am looking forward to see ‘Johnny and Me’ as a digital book !
Hooray Hooray the dreams never end 😉