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The Lord of the Rings interesting facts

The Lord of the Rings interesting facts

The Lord of the Rings interesting facts

The Lord of the Rings sometimes called the greatest book of the 20th century. It was published in 1954 and has been translated into 25 languages. The book took 11 years to write. In 1970 the word hobbit was included in the Oxford Dictionary.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of the book, was born in 1892 in South Africa and grew up in a village near Birmingham. He took part in the First World War and then became a professor of English at Oxford University. While Tolkien was correcting exam papers he wrote down a strange sentence: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit…” Later the writer transformed this sentence into a full novel called The Hobbit, published in 1938.
Tolkien loved ancient myths and for his books he borrowed characters from Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and other European mythology. He created his own world inhabited by wizards, elves, dwarves, goblins and hobbits.
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Altamira Cave the Sistine Chapel the Stone Age

Altamira Cave the Sistine Chapel the Stone Age

Altamira Cave the Sistine Chapel the Stone Age

Spanish nobleman called Don Marcelino de Sautuola lived in the late 1800s. He liked to search clues to the lives of people who lived thousands of years ago. Don Marcelino knew that prehistoric homes had been found in caves nearby. He also knew of a cave called Altamira close to his farm. He began to visit the cave and dig through the deep soil on the cave floor. Over the centuries, this soil had piled up, raising the floor and making the cave dark and narrow. Don Marcelino finally succeeded in finding some ancient spearheads. He brought them home to show his family and friends. And his young daughter, Maria, asked him to take her with him the next time. It was hard to refuse her anything and he agreed. 9-year-old Maria promised not to disturb her father at his work. In the cave the girl couldn’t find anything that was fun to do. After a time, with a candle in her hand, she crept into the low passage. Soon the little corridor grew wider. Looking up at the ceiling, Maria stopped still. All around her there seemed to be animals.
“Father!” Maria cried. “Bulls! Bulls!”
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The rose – myth and meanings

The rose - myth and meanings
The custom of exchanging flowers may have less to do with romance and chivalry than with anxiety. For the shy or uncertain, handing over a bouquet is often the easiest way to express the sentiment.
Roses are among the oldest of cultivated flowers, with the first known to have grown in Asian gardens 5,000 years ago. In its untamed from the flower goes back even further; fossils of wild roses date back 35 million years.
Ancient myths, biblical stories, and fables all assigned meaning to flowers. In the early 1700s Charles II of Sweden introduced a new language to Europe when he brought the Persian poetical art called “the language of flowers” to the West. Floral lexicons were published throughout the 18th century, allowing secrets to be exchanged with a lily or lilac, and the entire conversation to take place in a bouquet. It seems the more popular flower, the more superstitions and meanings have been associated with it. The rose carries the most baggage by far.
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History of the bicycle

History of the bicycle

History of the bicycle


It seems that there is no simpler invention in the world. There is even an expression “Don’t reinvent the wheel”, in Russian it sounds like “Don’t reinvent the bicycle”. It means don’t invent (or say) something that is well known to everyone. But for a long time people did without wheels and bicycles, of course.
It is believed that the Ural blacksmith Yefim Artamonov built the world’s first bicycle with pedals and steering wheel in 1801. From the Urals, he came to Moscow and his bike appeared in the royal museum of rarities and… was forgotten. But until now, there are disputes, whether this event is real or just a historical tale.
In 1815 the German Baron Karl von Dreze invented a device which he called “machine for running”. It looked like a two-wheeled scooter with the steering wheel and without pedals, with wooden frame and could have a good speed for that time. People were delighted!
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Pearly Kings and Queens

Pearly Kings and Queens

Pearly Kings and Queens

Pearly Kings and Queens give London its unmistakable atmosphere. They are as much a symbol of London and England as James Bond, Mr. Bean, David Beckham and Paul McCartney.
In 1875 Henry Croft started the London tradition of Pearly Kings and Queens. The boy’s parents died when he was a baby and he was put in an orphanage. It was normal for children to earn their own living in those days. When Henry was thirteen, he had to leave the orphanage and find a job. His first job was as a sweeper in the Somers ‘ own market. He soon made lots of friends amongst the local traders, called Costermongers, who sewed pearly buttons on the seams of their trousers, jackets and caps to show their status. Henry’s new friends were kind and caring and ready to help each other. Henry wanted to do something for poor people and decided to help the kids at his old orphanage.
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Downshifters – who are they?

Downshifters

There are a lot of cases in the history when people sacrificed their career, social status, wealth in favor of the spiritual life. In fact, Prince Siddhartha Gautama known as the Buddha was the first downshifter. He left his home, family and renounced the inheritance to become a monk and dedicate his life to the study of how to overcome suffering.
The life of American writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau is a classic example of downshifting. Harvard graduate decided to live in a hut, eat anything he can get and do not communicate with people. Upon returning to civilization, he created the book Walden which later became a cult.
Poet Arthur Rimbaud decided to escape from problems and went to distant countries – Europe, Middle East and Africa. The reports on the visits contained valuable information so they were published by the French Geographical Society.
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So different but still friends

Cat and Parrot

Cat and Parrot

Too often we erect barriers guided by stereotypes and prejudices. If we put aside all unnecessary things, there would be much more warmth, friendship and love in the world.

The tale about friendship between the kitten and the mouse
In one city, in one of the apartments little mouse Manya lived. She lived there for a long time and remembered all its residents. One came, others left, and almost every family had a cat who was trying to catch her. Manya was a very lucky mouse. She ran away and hid herself in her nice, clean and warm burrow. There she had many different and useful things.
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