Monthly Archives: October 2013

Russian President Putin Launches Torch Relay in Moscow

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken part in a ceremony in Moscow to launch the torch relay for next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Winter Olympics – History Of The Torch Relay | 90 Seconds

The torch will go on a 123-day journey covering some 65,000km (40,000 miles) before the Games start in the Black Sea resort on 7 February.

The torch’s journey will include a trip into space.

Mr Putin said the Games would show Russia’s “respect for equality and diversity”.

‘The way we love it’

“Today is a joyous and momentous day,” he said. “The Olympic flame – the symbol of the planet’s main sports event, the symbol of peace and friendship – has arrived in Russia, and in a few minutes it will be on its way around our huge country.”

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New Hercules Trailer: Destiny, Heroes and the Greek Myths on Film

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Something fun, check out the latest Greek Myth film. Also, we are all surrounded by ads and flashy media to catch our attention. Below is an interesting documentary about the Mystery of Icons, and how Christian Art has influenced the world. The documentary is long so take your time.

Hercules, the story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic.

“Hercules: The Legend Begins” movie hits theaters March, 2014.

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic – a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.

Hercules: The Legend Begins 2014 Movie
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: Renny Harlin
Actors: Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss, Rade Serbedzija

Hercules: The Legend Begins official movie trailer courtesy Millennium Films.

Part 1 Holy Images
Part 2 Canons and Freedom
Part 3 God Images
Part 4 Struggle for Icons
Part 5 Types of Icons
Part 6 Power of the Name
Part 7 Teaching and Exaltation

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Get Tickets to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games & Save Wildlife

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From Sochi Website:

Welcome to the official website for the sales of tickets for the XXII Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi.

Sochi 2014 would like to thank all customers who purchased tickets and have made our program huge success. Many spectators have already bought tickets to the Olympic Games in Sochi which will make for an exciting atmosphere inside the venues. The seat assignment process is completed and the second sale phase has started which now enables you to see the seat information in the purchasing process. Details on purchasing tickets, sales dates and requirements needed to purchase tickets can be found below.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of history in the making!

Check Sochi Website

While you are there View the fun interactive Mascot page.

By the way, the polar bears frozen Arctic home is shrinking due to climate change. And it breaks my heart to see, the endangered polar bears and their cubs, struggling to survive in the shrinking Arctic landscape. In many cases, the bears and their families are starving. Climate change is shortening their hunting season. 

Please take a look at the videos and save the beautiful Polars Bears from hunger and death. Take action on climate change, urge President Obama and President Putin to help the wildlife and reduce carbon pollution.

Start by signing the Petition at WWF 

View the Nat Geo Website

Follow @Whitehouse, @KremlinRussia_E, @NatGeo and @NRDC on twitter

Russian President Putin Videos

President Putin Shakes Hand with Walruses

 President Putin Tags Polar Bear 

President Putin Given Tiger Cub in 2008 for Birthday

President Putin Draws Cat 

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Two Firebird Ballerinas, Russian Diana Vishneva and Native America Marie Tallchief

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It came to my attention that one of my favorite (ballet dancers Diana Vishneva) is one of the torchbearers during the Winter Games. That is awesome! Years ago, I had the “The Pencil Kissed The Paper” on the Myspace website.  And on the sidebar was a photo of Diana from another ballet, Sleeping Beauty. Therefore, I wanted to post a clip of her dancing in the Firebird Ballet’s enchanted garden. The Firebird appears, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich, as the she tries to pluck golden apples from the magic tree. Ivan captures her and holds the Firebird until she gives him one of her feathers.

There’s more, I also found a rare video of Marie Tallchief dancing. Maria (88 years old)  died this year, the Osage ballerina Tallchief  broke ground for Native ballet dancers.  Now, watch Maria Tallchief, Prima Ballerina, Perform ‘Firebird.” Hope you enjoy both performances. Love Shelley

Tallchief, née Elizabeth Marie Tallchief, was born in 1925 and grew up on the Osage reservation in Oklahoma. Interested in dance from a young age, her mother was a perpetual source of encouragement, enrolling her and her sister Marjorie in ballet lessons. From the New York Times:  

Ms. Tallchief remained closely identified with her Osage lineage long after she found fame and glamour in Paris and New York, and she bridled at the enduring stereotypes and misconceptions many held about American Indians. Recalling her youth in her memoir, she wrote of a dance routine that she and her sister were asked to perform at Oklahoma country fairs, making both of them “self-conscious.”

“It wasn’t remotely authentic,” she wrote. “Traditionally, women didn’t dance in Indian tribal ceremonies. But I had toe shoes on under my moccasins, and we both wore fringed buckskin outfits, headbands with feathers, and bells on our legs. We’d enter from opposite wings, greet each other, and start moving to a tom-tom rhythm.”

The performance ended with Marjorie performing “no-handed back-flip somersault.

From Youtube: The interview with Maria Tallchief about George Balanchine’s “Firebird” which he choreographed for her and the New York City ballet in 1949. Music by Igor Stravinsky. Choreography by George Balanchine. From the DVD “Dancing for Mr B – Six Balanchine Ballerinas / Moylan, Tallchief, Ashley, Kistler, Hayden, Kent.”

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