Sunday, 31 December 2017

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Just Architecture



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Bizarre Architecture Around the World #InfographicYou can also find more infographics at Visualistan





Tuesday, 26 December 2017

It is a State of Mind


Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year — and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority. ~ W.J. Cameron #Christmas #Quote

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~ Author Unknown #Christmas #Quote

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow #Christmas #Quote

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~ Washington Irving #Christmas #Quote

For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind. ~ Loring A. Schuler #Christmas #Quote

Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for — I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times. ~ Kate L. Bosher #Christmas #Quote

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~ Author Unknown #Christmas #Quote

It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!... Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!" ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! #Christmas #Quote

For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. ~ W.J. Ronald Tucker #Christmas #Quote

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~ Peg Bracken #Christmas #Quote


CALVIN: This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn't make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery?
If the guy exists why doesn't he ever show himself and prove it?
And if he doesn't exist what's the meaning of all this?
HOBBES: I dunno. Isn't this a religious holiday?
CALVIN: Yeah, but actually, I've got the same questions about God.
~ Bill Watterson #Christmas #Quote

Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. ~ Kin Hubbard #Christmas #Quote

Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included. ~ Author Unknown #Christmas #Quote

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~ W.T. Ellis #Christmas #Quote

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale #Christmas #Quote

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~ Mary Ellen Chase #Christmas #Quote

I do like Christmas on the whole.... In its clumsy way, it does approach Peace and Goodwill. But it is clumsier every year. ~ E.M. Forster #Christmas #Quote

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~ J.L.W. Brooks #Christmas #Quote

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let them overtake me unexpectedly — waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why, this is Christmas Day!" ~ David Grayson #Christmas #Quote

'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale;
'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man's heart through half the year.
~ Walter Scott #Christmas #Quote

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. ~ Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide" #Christmas #Quote

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is. ~ Eric Sevareid #Christmas #Quote

This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. ~ Taylor Caldwell #Christmas #Quote

Christmas is the day that holds all time together. ~ Alexander Smith #Christmas #Quote

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more! ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! #Christmas #Quote

The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world. ~ Author Unknown #Christmas #Quote


From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it. ~ Katharine Whitehorn #Christmas #Quote

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself. ~ Francis C. Farley #Christmas #Quote

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. ~ Charles M. Schulz #Christmas #Quote

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. ~ George Carlin #Christmas #Quote

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall! ~ Dave Barry #Christmas #Quote

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it. ~ Richard Lamm #Christmas #Quote

O child... it is only for thirty-six hours of the three hundred and sixty-five days, that all people remember that they are all brothers and sisters, and those are the hours that we call, therefore, Christmas eve and Christmas day. ~ Edward E. Hale #Christmas #Quote

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow #Christmas #Quote


Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! ~ Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers #Christmas #Quote

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. ~ Andy Rooney #Christmas #Quote

There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,' returned the nephew. 'Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it! ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol #Christmas #Quote

Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.... ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! #Christmas #Quote

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie #Christmas #Quote

Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit only by tree lights and remember that our blessings outnumber the lights. Happy Christmas to all. ~ Betsy Cañas Garmon #Christmas #Quote

Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you're home. ~ Carol Nelson #Christmas #Quote

Very gay they were with snow and sleigh-bells, holly-boughs, and garlands, below, and Christmas sunshine in the winter sky above. All faces shone, all voices had a cheery ring, and everybody stepped briskly on errands of good-will. ~ Louisa May Alcott, "Seamstress," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873 #Christmas #Quote

There is one more good thing about Winter—he brings Christmas. Through the bleak December the thought of the coming festival is pleasant—like the reflection of a fire on our faces.... Christmas-day is the pleasantest day in the whole year. On that day we think tenderly of distant friends; we strive to forgive injuries—to close accounts with ourselves and the world—to begin the new year with a white leaf, and a trust that the chapter of life about to be written will contain more notable entries, a fairer sprinkling of good actions, fewer erasures made in blushes, and fewer ugly blots than some of the earlier ones. And to make Christmas perfect, the ground should be covered and the trees draped with snow; the bleak world outside should make us enjoy all the more keenly the comforts we possess; and above all, it should make us remember the poor and the needy; for a charitable deed is the best close of any chapter of our lives, and the best promise, too, for the record about to be begun. ~ Alexander Smith, "Winter," 1863 #Christmas #Quote

It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement. ~ Markus Zusak, The Book Thief #Christmas #Quote

Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you. ~ Steve Maraboli #Christmas #Quote

All photos above from the Pase del Niño Viajero Parade
December 24, 2017
Cuenca, Ecuador



Pre-Christmas and Children's Parade, Cuenca, Ecuador 2017

Monday, 25 December 2017

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker 
By: Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
Margaret Hunt's translation (1884)

A shoemaker, by no fault of his own, had become so poor that at last he had nothing left but leather for one pair of shoes. So in the evening, he cut out the shoes which he wished to begin to make the next morning, and as he had a good conscience, he lay down quietly in his bed, commended himself to God, and fell asleep. In the morning, after he had said his prayers, and was just going to sit down to work, the two shoes stood quite finished on his table. He was astounded, and knew not what to say to it. He took the shoes in his hands to observe them closer, and they were so neatly made that there was not one bad stitch in them, just as if they were intended as a masterpiece.




Soon after, a buyer came in, and as the shoes pleased him so well, he paid more for them than was customary, and, with the money, the shoemaker was able to purchase leather for two pairs of shoes. He cut them out at night, and next morning was about to set to work with fresh courage; but he had no need to do so, for, when he got up, they were already made, and buyers also were not wanting, who gave him money enough to buy leather for four pairs of shoes. The following morning, too, he found the four pairs made; and so it went on constantly — what he cut out in the evening was finished by the morning, so that he soon had his honest independence again, and at last became a wealthy man.


Now it befell that one evening not long before Christmas, when the man had been cutting out, he said to his wife, before going to bed, "What think you if we were to stay up to-night to see who it is that lends us this helping hand?" The woman liked the idea, and lighted a candle, and then they hid themselves in a corner of the room, behind some clothes which were hanging up there, and watched. When it was midnight, two pretty little naked men came, sat down by the shoemaker's table, took all the work which was cut out before them and began to stitch, and sew, and hammer so skilfully and so quickly with their little fingers that the shoemaker could not turn away his eyes for astonishment. They did not stop until all was done, and stood finished on the table; and then they ran quickly away. 


Next morning the woman said, "The little men have made us rich, and we really must show that we are grateful for it. They run about so, and have nothing on, and must be cold. I'll tell thee what I'll do: I will make them little shirts, and coats, and vests, and trousers, and knit both of them a pair of stockings, and do thou, too, make them two little pairs of shoes." The man said, "I shall be very glad to do it;" and one night, when everything was ready, they laid their presents all together on the table instead of the cut-out work, and then concealed themselves to see how the little men would behave. At midnight they came bounding in, and wanted to get to work at once, but as they did not find any leather cut out, but only the pretty little articles of clothing, they were at first astonished, and then they showed intense delight. They dressed themselves with the greatest rapidity, putting the pretty clothes on, and singing,



"Now we are boys so fine to see,
Why should we longer cobblers be?"






Then they danced and skipped and leapt over chairs and benches. At last they danced out of doors. From that time forth they came no more, but as long as the shoemaker lived all went well with him, and all his undertakings prospered.