Window to the World, calling for Wind of Wisdom,
as common sense is a gift to each soul,
as common environment is the inseparable planet,
as common desire is to live in a better world.
"Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends."
- Jacques Delille
"Thoughts are mightier than strength of hand."
Australia v. Japan, landmark case: Let justice be done. In a 12-4 vote, World Court orders Japan to stop whaling in Antarctica
The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.
Australia argued that the programme was commercial whaling in disguise. The international court agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo. Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it "regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision".
Reading out the judgement on Monday, Presiding Judge Peter Tomka said the court had decided, by 12 votes to four, that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic and refrain from issuing any new ones. read more »
Love & passion spark Life mystery, not data, nor lab: singing nun rocks; couples married for decades die minutes apart
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"Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75."
- Benjamin Franklin
"When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain."
- Mark Twain
"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
You name it: Karma or what? Judges in tears: 7yo sings very sad song once banned; goose stalks man; bond between Giant & Tiny
Man, goose form odd-couple friendship
7-Year-Old Stuns Viewers When She Sings 'Gloomy Sunday' By Billie Holiday (VIDEO)
When 7-year-old Angelina Jordan Astar got onstage to sing "Gloomy Sunday" for "Norway's Got Talent," no was expecting this voice to come out of such a little girl. Her smoky, soulful tone is reminiscent of Billie Holiday, and makes her seem wise beyond her years. It takes a truly old soul to capture the feeling of Lady Day, let alone audiences' hearts. Her incredible performance earned her a standing ovation and the tears of several audience members.
Angelina's performance elicited both tears and a standing ovation from the stunned judges. But just how much did this sweet child grasp the gravity of what she was singing?
"I felt something special about it. It's hard to explain in words," said Angelina, explaining to a Norwegian television station that she speaks English and "understood [the song] very well … when I sang it for my mum, she said that this song is nice, but it was an incredibly sad song."
This young girl obviously has a very old soul.
Latin phrases: "mindful of what has been done, aware of what will be", "peace visits not the guilty mind", ...
"memores acti prudentes futuri": mindful of what has been done, aware of what will be
- from the North Hertfordshire District Council coat of arms
"nemo malus felix": peace visits not the guilty mind
"Nemo igitur vir magnus sine aliquo adflatu divino umquam fuit.": No great man ever existed who did not enjoy some portion of divine inspiration.
- from Cicero's De Natura Deorum, Book 2, chapter LXVI, 167
Nature's Awe. In front of your eyes (time-lapse video) snowflake comes to life; plants make choice; music from ice
Norway’s Ice Music Festival
"It's said the full moon can bring on unusual behaviour, and that certainly seems to be the case in Norway. For the last seven years, to mark the first full moon of the year, musicians from all over the world perform at a festival where all the instruments are made from ice and snow."
Photo courtesy visitnorway.com and icemusicfestival.no