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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the last exponent of the Beat Generation, dies

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a 101-year-old American poet, passed away on Tuesday 23 February. Ferlinghetti owned a famous and ancient bookstore in San Francisco, it was considered the temple of the Beat Generation. The beat movement spread in the 1950s as a rebellion against conventional US society values ​​and materialism. The counterculture arisen from the Beat Generation manifested itself through jazz rhythm and drug experimentation, as well as through sex and writing, and the crude representation of the human condition. His son Lorenzo gave the news of his death, announcing that his father took his last breath in his home in San Francisco, due to a lung disease. Ferlinghetti was born in 1919, at the end of the First World War, in New York (even if his father was Italian, from Brescia...

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Culture

A journey through the world’s food cultures 3.0

Today we resumes our journey in search of the tastiest dishes of each country. Our first stop is in a country situaded on the border between Europe and Asia. We are talking about Turkey. Its cuisine has very ancient origins as it dates back to the era of the Ottoman Empire. Due to its geographical position, Turkey has absorbed influences from many countries such as Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, the Balkans, giving life to a rich and varied cuisine that is not limited only to the famous kebab. Börek, for example, is a very tasty savory pie made up of pasta sheets and which can be filled in many ways. There are more than three hundred types of köfte (meatballs) that are usually ate with the typical ayran drink, made with water, salt and shee...

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The thousand faces of Lupin, the gentleman thief who continues to fascinate millions of people

It was 1907 when the adventures of Arsène Lupin, the character invented by the French writer Maurice LeBlanc, began to circulate in the form of short stories, obtaining such a positive response as to push the author to create an entire series dedicated to him.  There was a cinematic transposition of the story with The Teeth of the Tiger by Chester Withey already in 1919, between 1948 and 1949 there was the comic version and it was in 1971 that the first television series starring the gentleman thief came out. In 2021, the character of Lupin returns to fascinate with the modern reinterpretation of the French TV series published on Netflix, which kept more than 70 million viewers attached to the screen. However, not everyone knows that Arsène Lupin is inspired by a real person. His name ...

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Music

Daft Punk split and hang up their helmets

An eight-minute clip and almost 13 million views marked the farewell announced by the famous French electronic music duo, Daft Punk.   Artists Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have announced their split, after 28 years of collaboration, with an unequivocal video titled Epilogue. The news came out of the blue, leaving fans totally speechless and in a melancholic mood. On Monday afternoon, the reactions following the goodbye video were so numerous that there were almost 30 tweets posted every second.  The group, originally known as Darlin', began its “journey” with Laurent Brancowitz (current...

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A Valentine’s Day fairy tale: Eros and Psyche

Valentine's Day coming with its dose of romance and sweetness. For some people it is a holiday without any meaning, while for others it represents a great opportunity to celebrate love. The sweets, the photos and many types of gifts that we usually give on Valentine's Day, often show the image of Cupid. We are used to imagining him as a child who shoots arrows with his bow to make two people fall in love, but long ago someone represented Cupid in a totally different way. We are talking about Lucio Apuleio Madaurense, better known as Apuleio, a writer, philosopher and rhetorician born around 125 A.D. in Madaura, in the Roman province of Numidia. In his work "The Metamorphoses", Apuleius tells a mythological story, with a magical flavor and a fabulous atmosphere, entitled "Eros and Psych...

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Education

Benefits of outdoor education

The word "education" makes us think of a process that generally takes place at home and at school, in a closed and reserved environment. However, education is something that has to do with the outside world, with situations that are out of home and school. Is it enough, therefore, to educate children in an environment that only partially reflects the world in which they must learn to live? An all-round education should, perhaps, be broader, adapting itself to the new needs of our times. This need is met by outdoor education, a term that refers to all educational activities carried out outdoors not only by schools, but also by associations and local authorities. Outdoor education is based on the direct contact with nature, promoting on the one hand the social skills of children, who ...

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BooksCulture

Bookcrossing: books on the road

We are used to thinking of books as objects destined to take a place in our bookcase and stay there forever, especially if we liked them. They are browsed, smelled, read and then closed probably for decades. Instead, thanks to a well-established initiative called bookcrossing, now books are able to move from house to house, from city to city, becoming something that isn’t destined to be bought and owned by a single individual, but to be donated by a reader to another one in an infinite cycle. In fact, bookcrossing consists in leaving a book in any place, such as a park bench or the steps of a building, and a casual passer-by finds it and decides to take it away with him/her. Once read, the book is not kept by its last reader, but it returns to a new public place, ready to be temporaril...

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Gandhi before becoming the Mahatma

The anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who freed the Indian people from the British Empire, occurred on 30 January. On the same day 73 years ago, Gandhi was in fact killed by a Hindu fanatic who held him responsible for the concessions in favor of the Muslim factions and Pakistan. Even today he is remembered by his compatriots, and by the whole world, as the non-violence paladin who managed to lead India towards independence. What is perhaps less known is his story before becoming the great Mahatma Gandhi. His original name is Mohāndās Karamchand Gāndhī, but he is often referred to as Mahatma, which means "great soul". He came into the world in October 1869 in a small fishing village, in an area that now borders Pakistan, in Gujarat. At that time India was part of the ...

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The Carnival of Venice 2021 will be a streaming event

When in February 2020 they had to interrupt the most anticipated event of the year in one of the most visited cities in the world, due to the pandemic, most people thought “we'll make it up next year”. Then February 2021 came and, although with slightly brighter prospects thanks to the arrival of the vaccine, Venice is still not ready to host the millions of tourists it used to welcome for its Carnival.  There are many people involved in the organization of the Venice Carnival. It is not just a city festival, it is also a very important event for the economy of the city. CNA Turismo e Commercio (the Italian organization representing craft enterprises) had estimated a turnover of 260 million euros for the year 2020, many of which went up in smoke. Last February there was no time to...

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