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Edward Hopper Soir Bleu

Why Did Edward Hopper Paint This Clown?

After Jan Matejko’s Stanczyk, here’s another sad clown, this time painted by Edward Hopper. In this video, we’re looking at his 1914 Soir Bleu. A perculiar talent; the ability to paint ‘silence’. Although background noises would prob surround the events in Hopper’s works, they fade into insignifance and silence ‘muffles’ them. For e.g. the painting…
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Norway richest country

How Norway Got Insanely Rich

Norway is one of the Richest Nations on Earth, but its not exactly obvious why. Its large quantities of oil may be your first conclusion, but most oil rich small nations suffer from severe economic and social issues. How did Norway avoid the oil curse to become the economic powerhouse it is today and does…
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Mikhail Baryshnikov dancing to Sinatra

Baryshnikov the acclaimed Ballet dancer dancing to Sinatra, a fascinating clip showing his great talent and emotion.

Carl Sagan Astronomer

Carl Sagan – American Astronomer

Nov. 9, 1934 – Dec. 20, 1996 American astronomer. Very interested in what life on other planets would be like, which is known as SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence). Sagan was a science communicator, which meant he taught people about science. He wrote many books and appeared on television constantly. He mostly talked about planetary…
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Harrison Clock 1727

The Clock That Changed the World

Of international scientific importance, the Harrison Clock is only one of only three precision pendulum clocks made by John Harrison and instrumental in solving the Longitude problem. The clock was made in 1727 with an amazing fully working wooden mechanism. Plans are in place to display it as part of an interpretive display at Leeds…
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Three Blind Kings

Three Blind Kings

A Q&A with geostrategist and Pentagon guru Edward Luttwak By David Samuels Being an enfant terrible at the age of 79 is not a task that can be undertaken lightly. Most men are simple conformists from childhood on. For those with more adventuresome temperaments, a flurry of rebellion in their teens or 20s is usually…
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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein’s Mistake

Smartest Person on Earth Amsterdam, May 4, 2022 —  One day Albert Einstein wrote on the blackboard: 9 x 1 = 099 x 2 = 189 x 3 = 279 x 4 = 369 x 5 = 459 x 6 = 549 x 7 = 639 x 8 = 729 x 9 = 819 x…
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Eagles Hotel California

Eagles perform “Hotel California”

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hairWarm smell of colitas, rising up through the airUp ahead in the distance, I saw shimmering lightMy head grew heavy and my sight grew dimI had to stop for the nightThere she stood in the doorway;I heard the mission bellAnd I was thinking to myself,‘This could…
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Boekensalon

Online Book Salon Slavery in the East and the West

On Thursday, March 24, Karwan Fatah-Black, associate professor of colonial history, Alicia Schrikker, associate professor of general history, and Carl Haarnack, founder of Buku – Bibliotheca Surinamica, will be guests in the online book salon of University Libraries Leiden (UBL). Chief Curator Garrelt Verhoeven will talk to them about the books ‘Slavernij en beschaving Kleine…
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Albert Camus Struggle

Algerian Chronicles 

The struggle of Albert Camus Niek Pas / antonfoek.com Amsterdam, March 7, 2022– In the lockdown of 2020, many people reached for The Plague. This classic from the oeuvre of Albert Camus (1913-1960), about a plague outbreak in Oran, is at the same time a poignant questioning of solidarity.  They also apply to the recently published…
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