Jun 15, 2015 1:30:01 PM
The Jewish-Russian poet Osip Mandelstam ( (1891-1938), one of the poets of twentieth century Russia, wrote in 1923 a poem with the title: 'He Who Had Found a Horseshoe'. Stalin felt insulted by the poems of Mandelstam and banished him to a labor camp. He died in a Gulag camp near Vladivostok.Read More
Jun 2, 2015 4:18:32 PM
The Guernica is Picasso's most famous painting. Everyone has seen an image of it. It shows the raw and penetrating horrors of the war. You can almost hear the screams of the victims.
The painting is full of anti-war symbols, but what many do not know, is that there are also small signs of hope and new luck: a lamp that keeps shining despite of everything, flowers in the hand of a fallen soldier and a meticulously painted horseshoe. The dying horse is the central image of the painting. The animal suffers greatly. At first sight, we only see the head of the animal, but who takes a closer look can see its legs, and on its hind leg, Picasso painted, remarkably precise, a horseshoe. An intricate sign of hope for luck.
Jun 1, 2015 2:03:54 PM
Living in a horseshoe? Located in Berlin, stands an extraordinary complex in the shape of a horseshoe. It dates back to the twenties, when Berlin was expanding rapidly and there was a huge housing shortage. The architect, Bruno Taut, was commissioned to design a public housing complex. It had to be something different than the usual drab working-class districts. You had to live enjoyably, with a lot of 'light, air and sun'.Read More
May 18, 2015 4:58:00 PM
One of the exciting things about social media is how fast and how far information is shared. In the past, a new band might play together for years before being heard outside its local area. You, however, will be able to enjoy horseshoe music within minutes. Iron horseshoes with rock and roll! And a little country, too.Read More
Mar 17, 2015 6:30:48 PM
People have been tattooing each other for over five thousand years, possibly since the end of the last Ice Age. Tattoos have been used to mark clans, indicate social class, identify criminals, demonstrate religious pride, flaunt authority, advertise special skills, ward off evil, and bring good luck. The earliest known proof of deliberate inking was found on the frozen body of the “Iceman” discovered in 1991 by hikers in the Alps. At first thought to be a deceased mountaineer, the man turned out to be a member of an ancient Neolithic community. His body revealed numerous areas with short lines pigmented by charcoal; since each area covered lesions of degenerated bone, they may represent the first actual evidence of acupuncture. For whatever reason, the practice of tattooing remains common all over the world and seems to be increasing as a means of self-expression.Read More