Category: The Story

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British art history

Grand mural projects by Jeremy Musson Amsterdam, 23 July 2021–In her book, Lydia Hamlett unpacks the literary, cultural and political significance of “the animated wall” Mural paintings are some of the most ambitious works of art commissioned by British patrons during the 17th and early 18th centuries. From Rubens’ work at Banqueting House, Whitehall, to…
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Kim Bok-Dong

Life as a “comfort woman”: the story of Kim Bok-Dong

Madame Kim passed away on January 28, 2019, making this interview possibly the last sessional interview of her 92 years on earth. Although she dedicated her life to helping wartime rape victims, she received no official apology from the Japanese government. Her story will live on through her fighting spirit. Please watch this video and…
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Gorilla kisses Baby

First-Time Gorilla Mom Can’t Stop Showering Newborn With Kisses

Calaya is a first-time mother at the Smithsonian Zoo who couldn’t stop kissing her newborn right after she gave birth.

Agafia

Agafia. Hermit Surviving in Russian Wilderness for 70 years

Soon after this film aired, Agafia found a helper who has now been living with her for more than a year. Georgy Danilov, 53, is from Orenburg. He is an Old Believer. It was Agafia’s spiritual father who found and blessed her helper. Georgy has been doing the toughest chores for almost two years: he…
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How Big is the Universe

How big is the universe … compared with a grain of sand?

How big is the universe … compared with a grain of sand? ‘You’ll never get your head around how big the universe is,’ warns astronomer Pete Edwards of the University of Durham in this film about measuring astronomical distances. ‘There are as many stars in the universe as there are grains of sand on the…
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August Rodin and Rainer Maria Rilke

Why Write ?

Read Rilke or the Artist as a Teacher Part III Amsterdam, June 30 2021– Writers are often asked: why do you write? Readers are never asked: why do you read?  Literary theory does indeed look at all kinds of aspects of a work of art, but something is grossly neglected, according to literary scholar Jan…
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Incomprehensible Rainer Maria Rilke

And yet so rich and easy Part II Amsterdam, 30 june 2021– One often hears that Rilke’s poetry is so difficult, so very incomprehensible. This is true for his mystical late work, but not for the poems from his middle period. These are surprisingly concrete and clear, if you make any effort to follow the…
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Rainer Maria Rilke

The Great Rainer Maria Rilke

Part I Rainer Maria Rilke: Diary from Florence (Das Florenzer Tagebuch).  Amsterdam, 30 june 2021–Rainer Maria Rilke was twenty-two when he traveled to Italy to view the art treasures of the early Renaissance. In his Florentine diary, which he wrote not in Florence but in the fashionable seaside resort of Viareggio, the young student makes…
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Story of our Life

The Story of our Life

Part III by: A. van Veelen Amsterdam, June 28th 2021– It is as if Amsterdam Football Club and Ajax’s selection escapes relegation in the post-competition and we still praise the coach: just go for it, he did it in the very end. Nothing seems to break our self-image. No pandemic, benefits disaster or corruption scandal. The…
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Counting Pennies with a Broken Soul

Our Own Story of Life

Our Life Our Story Part II A. van Veelen Amsterdam, June 28th 2021– Anyone selling gossip is shooting him/herself in the foot.  Branding comes from burning.  You burn your fingers somewhere. Just look at the influencer without a last name. Zero experience with buying Chinese mouth caps, and yet he talked a hundred million into…
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