Art Deco

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What is Art Deco?

Art Deco – the abbreviated form of Arts Décoratifs, is a type of architectural style (or art) which incorporates glaring colors, geometric design and exoticism. Art Deco borrowed its name from an international fair in Paris in the mid-1920s. Some notable Art Deco buildings include 30 Rockefeller Plaza and 570 Lexington Avenue in New York and the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago. In my outlook, what makes Art Deco remarkable is its unique blend of contemporary design with artistic style: it is a kind of architectural design which really moves away from making a building look like an overtly simple (and ugly) type of architecture; I think in doing so it instead presents architecture which you can really admire because there is something so artistic about it.


A Weekend Trip To Istanbul

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What you must see on a weekend trip to Istanbul

Istanbul, the former capital of Turkey, is a city that every traveler must visit at least once if they find Islamic culture and architecture fascinating. In my outlook, the best time of the year to visit Istanbul is in the summer or the winter because the two seasons are not typically when a traveler can expect to encounter rainfall. On a weekend trip to the European city, include the following two buildings as sites which you must explore before your trip ends because they are just too beautiful to miss:

  1. Hagia Sofia – a really ancient church built in the style that is associated with the Eastern Roman Empire.
  2. Ortaköy Mosque – a beautiful mosque designed during the Ottoman era in the Baroque Revival style of architecture

If all the touring gets too much then you can always pick up a roasted corn on the cob from the many wagons which they are sold from or a patso – a local sandwich that has hot dogs and potato fries as fillings, to take a break with.

Hot Dog and Fat Pig Chat About Music

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It is a really hot Sunday afternoon. Hot Dog and Fat Pig are sitting in Mr. Brown’s garden and sipping cold lemonades.

Hot Dog: Ooh! I think I am feeling less hot now after drinking nearly half of my lemonade!
Fat Pig: Yeah? I still feel just as hot as I was when we sat down in the garden a few minutes ago.
Hot Dog: So, how has your weekend been so far? Mine has been really boring.
Fat Pig: Oh! I didn’t get around to doing anything except listen to a few new music records.
Hot Dog: You didn’t finish homework? I spent almost whole of yesterday doing nothing but that.
Fat Pig: I will only begin doing the homework in the evening today…no idea how I will finish but it’s only homework. I was too busy enjoying my latest music purchases to care.
Hot Dog: What did you buy?
Fat Pig: I bought all of Lulu’s three albums last time I was in town with…
Hot Dog: Oh you like to listen to music by the pop star?
Fat Pig: Yeah! I just spent whole of yesterday dancing around in my room with her music blaring loudly from my sound system.
Hot Dog: Mr. Brown didn’t mind the loud music coming from your room?
Fat Pig: Nope! But that’s only because he was in a pretty good mood yesterday so I just got him to wear a set of soundproof headphones and do whatever he wanted to do – he ended up spending most of yesterday reading some book and cleaning around the house.

A Little History of the World

A Little History of the World is a children’s book which was published in 1935 by Erenst H. Gombrich and was translated into English only in 2005. The book provides an uncomplicated introduction to history – one which can be read through and understood by children with only a basic idea of the subject because of its compact nature. The book can also act as fast and brief resource point for lovers of history; books like that are necessary when time is limited for a reader but eagerness to devour history still rages on which can only be satisfied with knowledge of the subject. The book has very good breadth: it does not only focus on feats of mankind but also on areas in history such as the Stone Age, World War II and the Treaty of Versailles and people like Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler; it also covers art and science as well within the context of history.

DC Exhibition: Dawn Of Super Heroes

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A new exhibition called DC Exhibition: Dawn Of Super Heroes at the O2 in London, England provides an in-depth look into the how all of the characters were fashioned. The exhibition is also displaying some costumes from superhero movies, as well as early comic book covers, plenty of pages from comic books and preliminary works of art which includes superheroes like Batman and Superman.

The costumes on display are from films, like Batman Forever (1995), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) and is inclusive of costumes of both superheroes, like Batman and Wonder Woman, plus of villains, like The Joker and Two-Face. In my outlook, the most striking costume on display at the exhibition is that of Catwoman – it is a ripped black costume which equate well with the feline-natured superhero’s provocative avatar.

Life Experiences vs. Reading

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Does a person learn more from life experiences or from reading?

In my outlook, a person cannot learn a lot from life experiences because there is a big limit to how many experiences a person can have for them to learn all that they need from; however, a lot can be learnt from reading. For example: let’s say a woman’s experiences regarding many of her friends getting divorced has taught her a little bit about how to handle episodes like that and suddenly her life requires her to make a sour dish, like pickles but she is somebody who has never had any experience in that? For moments like that, an appetite for reading and for gaining knowledge is what is necessary – it will easily get a person out of any sticky situation. And the greater that a person’s appetite is for reading, the more that they will learn and know – not just about tackling life and society in general, but also about many interesting topics in the world, such as science and history.

Home Alone

Home Alone = when escaping from badness comes at a price

In my outlook, one of the many reasons why the film Home Alone is great is that it kind of makes you have faith in the idea that finding peace from your extremely large family can be possible when a few people in it have misbehaved with you because that is what happens to Kevin McCallister (the protagonist in the film) after he suffers from taunts from members of his family; Kevin finds peace by ending up all alone for a while during the holidays. However, that idea which you kind of have faith in is not perfect if peace can be obtained by experiencing living alone just like Kevin because then it could still come at a price: pretty soon, that experience will in all likelihood, in a similar fashion to the sorrow Kevin eventually feels over having to live alone, make you wish you were no longer living totally alone; still, perfect idea or not, obtaining a little freedom from any type of nastiness in some way is a good thing.