Κυριακή, 16 Μαΐου 2010


We all know that "Déjà vu" is the experience of being certain that you have experienced or seen a new situation previously – you feel as though the event has already happened or is repeating itself. The experience is usually accompanied by a strong sense of familiarity and a sense of eeriness, strangeness, or weirdness. The “previous” experience is usually attributed to a dream, but sometimes there is a firm sense that it has truly occurred in the past.
Some people may claim that this phenomenon is caused due to the fact that we have lived another life before or even that we relive the same life over and over again. This might explain why we have this sense of familiarity at certain moments in our lives.

"Jamais vu" (never seen) on the other hand, describes a familiar situation which is not recognized. It is often considered to be the opposite of déjà vu and it involves a sense of eeriness. The observer does not recognize the situation despite knowing rationally that they have been there before. It is commonly explained as when a person momentarily doesn’t recognize a person, word, or place that they know. Chris Moulin, of Leeds University, asked 92 volunteers to write out “door” 30 times in 60 seconds. He reported that 68 per cent of his guinea pigs showed symptoms of jamais vu, such as beginning to doubt that “door” was a real word. This has lead him to believe that jamais vu may be a symptom of brain fatigue.

Παρασκευή, 14 Μαΐου 2010

Φωτιά στο Πάρκο Αθαλάσσας

Άμυαλος πυρομανής είχε την φαi'νή ιδέα να διασκεδάσει βάζοντας φωτιά στο Πάρκο Αθαλάσσας! Φαίνεται ότι έχει αλλεργία στο ελάχιστο πράσινο που μπορούμε να απολαύσουμε στην Λευκωσία.

Δευτέρα, 10 Μαΐου 2010

The history of Bachata

The Bachata dance was said to have originated from the Dominican Republic. It is danced by couples usually in a romantic and sensual story-telling style. The Bachata dance was also, at some point, considered to be a passionate and sensual kind of expression of love through dance. Aside from the romantic-side of the Bachata dance, its story-telling humor also depicts women overpowering men. At that time, the Bachata dance was performed by servants after a hard days work. The dance was used as a means of merrymaking of the people in the village.

Of course, dancing and merrymaking would not be complete without music. It was said that the early Bachata music was created using items commonly found on one’s backyard such as garbage cans, pots, pans, and fences, among others. This is one of the reasons why the Bachata is called such because in some parts of the Dominican Republic, bachata refers to trash. Nowadays, electric instruments, particularly electric guitars, are used to create Bachata music accompanied by male vocals. Some of the popular Bachata artists are Jose Manuel Calderon and Rafael Encarnacion.

As time passed by, like any other Latin American dance routines, the traditional Bachata dance is performed with close body contact of the partners or while contemporary Bachata dance routines feature minimal body contact.

The Bachata dance is not only fun to learn, it also has its own share of physical, emotional, and psychological perks. Physically, like any other dance routine, the Bachata dance serves as a great form of exercise. When dancing Bachata, every muscle of the body is used, from the head, arms, chests, hips, legs, and the feet.

Aside from being a form of exercise, learning the Bachata dance steps also stimulates one’s mind to harmoniously coordinate with one’s body. Socially, people who want to learn the Bachata dance need to be open with their emotions to be connected not only with their partner but also with the choreographer. Having the perfect Bachata dance choreography is not enough if not danced with passion, emotion, and connection from the couple. One of the best things that dancers get from dance routines is confidence, and the Bachata being one of the Latin American dance techniques fall under this. Boosting one’s confidence on the dance floor does not only end there but stays with one’s personality.

By learning the Bachata music and its dance techniques, one does not only learn the moves and grooves but also get to know more about the people and culture behind it.

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Κυριακή, 9 Μαΐου 2010

Watch the new series "Lie to me"

Μια δραματική σειρά, εμπνευσμένη από τις επιστημονικές ανακαλύψεις ενός ψυχολόγου, ο οποίος μπορεί να διαβάζει τη γλώσσα του σώματος και βοηθά με την ομάδα του στην εξιχνίαση εγκλημάτων κλπ.

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες

Low fat kalamari (squid) for those who are on diet


  • καλαμάρι σε ροδέλες
  • 2 κουταλιές μουστάρδας
  • 1 κουταλιά ελαιόλαδο
  • πιπέρι
  • αλάτι
  • μπούκοβο (chilli)

Πλένουμε το καλαμάρι και το τοποθετούμε σε ένα πυρέξ. Αναμειγνύουμε όλα τα υπόλοιπα υλικά και περιχύνουμε πάνω στο καλαμάρι. Ψήνουμε στο φούρνο στους 200 βαθμούς, αέρα και κάτω αντίσταση, μέχρι να ροδίσει το καλαμάρι.

Σάββατο, 8 Μαΐου 2010

Stop running over cats and dogs!

Κουραστήκαμε πλέον να βλέπουμε γάτους και σκύλους νεκρούς στους δρόμους. Αναρωτιέμαι γιατί στο εξωτερικό δεν έχουμε συναντήσει ποτέ αυτή την εικόνα. Ίσως επειδή υπάρχει αγνή αγάπη προς τα ζωντανά από μέρους των ανθρώπων και δεν τα έχουν επειδή είναι IN ή για να κυνηγούν λαγούς και περδίκια. Ίσως γιατί τηρούν οι περισσότεροι το όριο ταχύτητας και δεν τρέχουν να προλάβουν το τρένο μέσα από πυκνοκατοικιμένες περιοχές. Και τελευταίο, ίσως γιατί δεν έχουν σαν χόμπι να κτυπούν τα αθώα ζώα που έχουν το 1/10000000ο του μυαλού τους, περιμένοντας ότι έπρεπε να γνωρίζουν τους κανόνες οδικής κυκλοφορίας και να μην διασταυρώνουν απερίσκεπτα τους δρόμους. Το αποκορύφωμα δε είναι ότι μετέπειτα λυπούνται και για τη ζημιά που προκάλεσε το ζώο στο BMW, Mercedes κλπ αυτοκίνητό τους!!