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Monday, September 26, 2016

Persia and Iran - poetry Hafez and Rumi

Home of one of the world's most ancient and enduring civilizations, Iran has been at the nexus of world history for the past three thousand years. Situated at the crossroads between East and West, it has been marked by its encounters with other cultures and has influenced them with its own.
Iran has been the home of some of the world’s most influential and inspiring poets, whose works revolutionized the literature of both the East and the West. Spanning themes of love, divine mysticism and human rights, their poetry is an incredible contribution to Iranian culture, and remains entirely relevant today.  
From paradise gardens and Persian carpets to the mystical poetry of Rumi and Hafez, Iran's contributions have earned it a place among history's most refined and sophisticated societies.

Bringing Persian Poetry to Western Readers

      Hafez  - Poet Details   (1310–1390)
The works of 14th century Persian poet Hafez are iconic in Iran. Poet and scholar Dick Davis has spent years bringing the medieval writer's words to the West. Jeffrey Brown talks to Davis about his experiences with Persian culture, the challenges of translating, and his new book, Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz. 

couplet versified by Hafez in Nastaʿlīq.
  Read three Poems here
Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī, Hafez, he is said to have known by heart the works of Rumi, Saadi, Farid ud-Din, and Nizami.
Two links; 
Review on his work.
His work.  

Watch this  video, click the  link:

three recent books dealing wih Iran

Title Book: Iran in World History
AuthorRichard Foltz

Richard Foltz traces the spread of Iranian culture among diverse populations ranging from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, and along the Silk Roads as far as China, from prehistoric times up to the present day. He emphasizes the range of contributions Iran has made to world history by highlighting the roles of key figures such as the ancient empire-builders Cyrus the Great and Darius I, the medieval polymath Avicenna, and early modern Mughal rulers such as Shah Jahan, who built India's celebrated Taj Mahal. 

 Iran today is rarely treated well in Western news headlines, despite remarkable achievements by individual Iranians in a wide range of fields. Encompassing religion, literature, the arts, and politics, Iran in World History offers a comprehensive history of one of the world's most influential civilizations and offers nuanced examples of its continuing role in the world today.

Title Book: Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran

 Author:  Elaine Sciolino

The book that revealed Iran to the West, now with a new Afterword. Elaine Sciolino updates Persian Mirrors to include coverage of the 2005 presidential election in Iran. As a correspondent for Newsweek and The New York Times, Sciolino has had more experience covering revolutionary Iran than any other American reporter. 
She was aboard the airplane that took Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Tehran in 1979 and was there for the revolution, the hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq war, the rise of President Khatami, the riots of 1999, and the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. 

In Persian Mirrors, Sciolino takes us into the public and private spaces of Iran, uncovering an alluring and seductive nation where a great battle is raging -- not for control over territory, but for the soul of its people.

Title book:  From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table
Author:  Dick  Davis

“Whoever seeks the origins of wine must be crazy,” a Persian poet once declared, implying that simple enjoyment of this greatest gift of the grape ought to be enough. Since he wrote those words, however, winemaking has been traced all the way back to the northern uplands of the Fertile Crescent some seven millennia ago, the start of a journey that would take it across the Near East and then into Europe in the dawning years of civilization. Iran was one of the nurseries of the wine grape, and, as empires rose and fell there, princes, priests, poets and people in ordinary walks of life all embraced wine in various ways. After Islam came to Iran, wine drinking sometimes slipped from public view, but it never disappeared.

The final section of the book offers 80 recipes, a guide to Persian hospitality, both old and new, and seasonal menus for various occasions. Grapes play a role in most of the recipes, whether in the form of the fruit, the leaf, the juice, the syrup, unripe grapes or their juice (verjuice), vinegar or wine. Although these recipes are presented for the modern table, they are traditional—based on sources as various as a tenth-century Persian cookbook or the culinary archives of a sixteenth-century Persian court.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wheelchair man fights for rights

Image result for Indonesia, Ridwan Sumantri

One man's fight for
                                 equal access in Indonesia
12 September 2016 Last updated at 23:10 BST
Born into a poor family in Indonesia, Ridwan Sumantri was a bright student, who paid his own school fees by selling plastics and working in a factory.
But, paralysed from the waist down in an accident, he became a disability campaigner, winning a rare court victory against official indifference.

 Image result for Indonesia, Ridwan Sumantri

Produced by Christine Franciska, with illustration by Muhammad Taufiq (Emte).

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Penyy enters the Big bang theory series

TASK. Read aloud and 

           prepare 4 full questions in each one of the 9 bits of dialogue.
    (groups of three) 

Characters:   Penny, Sheldon, Leonard

Season 1_  initial episode__

  The big bang theory

Leonard: New neighbour?Sheldon: Evidently.
Leonard: Significant improvement over the old neighbour.
 Penny: Oh, hi!
Leonard: Hi.
Sheldon: Hi.
Penny: Hi?
Leonard: We don’t mean to interrupt, we live across the hall.
Penny: Oh, that’s nice.
Leonard: Oh… uh… no… we don’t live together… um… we live together but in separate, heterosexual bedrooms.
Penny: Oh, okay, well, guess I’m your new neighbour, Penny.
Leonard: Leonard, Sheldon.
Penny: Hi.
Leonard: Hi. Well, uh, oh, welcome to the building.
Penny: Thankyou, maybe we can have coffee sometime.
Leonard: Oh, great.
Penny: Great.
Sheldon: Great.
Leonard: Great. Well, bye.
Leonard: Should we have invited her for lunch?Sheldon: No.
Leonard: I think we should be good neighbours, invite her over, make her feel welcome.
Leonard: I’m going to invite her over. We’ll have a nice meal and chat.
Sheldon: Chat? We don’t chat. At least not offline.
Leonard: Well it’s not difficult.
Sheldon: To what end?
Leonard: Hi. Again.
Penny: Hi.
Leonard: Anyway, um. We brought home Indian food. And, um. I know that moving can be stressful, and I find that ... that good food and company can have a comforting effect.
 Penny: Oh, you’re inviting me over to eat?Leonard: Uh, yes.
Penny: Oh, that’s so nice, I’d love to.
Leonard: Great.
Scene: Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment.
Penny: So, what do you guys do for fun around here?Leonard: Okay, well, make yourself at home.
Penny: Okay, thankyou.
Leonard: You’re very welcome.
Penny: This looks like some serious stuff, Leonard, did you do this? (pointing at a white board)Sheldon: Actually that’s my work.
Penny: Wow.
Sheldon: Yeah, well, it’s just some quantum mechanics.
Penny: So you’re like, one of those, beautiful mind genius guys.
Sheldon: Yeah.
Penny: This is really impressive.
Leonard: I have a board. If you like boards, this is my board.
Penny: Holy smokes.
Penny: Uh, do you guys mind if I start?Sheldon: Um, Penny, that’s where I sit.
Penny: So, sit next to me.
Sheldon: No, I sit there.
Penny: What’s the difference?Sheldon: What’s the difference?Penny: Do you want me to move?Sheldon: Well.
Leonard:  (to him) Just sit somewhere else. (to Penny) Well this is nice. We don’t have a lot of company over.
Sheldon: Tuesday night we played Klingon battles on the net until one in the morning.
Penny: So,  Klingon battles?
Leonard: Yeah. That’s probably enough about us, what can you tell us about you?
 Penny: Um, me, okay, I’m Sagittarius, which probably tells you way more than you need to know.
Sheldon: oh, you participate in thet cultural delusion that the time of your birth affects your personality.
Penny: Participate in the what?Leonard: I think what Sheldon’s trying to say, is that Sagittarius wouldn’t have been our first guess.
Penny: Oh, yeah, a lot of people think I’m a water sign. Okay, let’s see, what else...?, oh, I’m a vegetarian, oh, except for fish, and the occasional steak, I love steak.
Sheldon: That’s interesting. Leonard can’t process corn... can you? (to Leonard)
Leonard: Wu-uh, do you have some sort of a job?Penny: Oh, yeah, I’m a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory.
Leonard: Oh, okay. I love cheesecake.
Penny: Oh, anyways, I’m also writing a screenplay. It’s about this sensitive girl who comes to L.A. from Lincoln Nebraska to be an actress, and ends up a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory.
Leonard: So ... it’s based on your life?Penny: No, I’m from Omaha.
Leonard: Well, if that was a movie I would go see it.
Penny: I know, right? Okay, let’s see, what else? Um, that’s about it. That’s the story of Penny.
Leonard: Well it sounds wonderful.

Penny: It was. Until I fell in love with a jerk.
Sheldon (mouths): What’s happening.
Leonard (mouths back): I don’t know.
Penny: Oh God, you know, four years I lived with him, four years, that’s like as long as High School.
Sheldon: It took you four years to get through High School?
Leonard: Don’t.
Penny: I just, I can’t believe I trusted him.
Leonard: Should I say something? I feel like I should say something.
Sheldon: You? No, you’ll only make it worse.
Penny: You want to know the most pathetic part? Even though I hate his lying, cheating life, I still love him. Is that crazy?
Sheldon: Yes.
Leonard: No, it’s not crazy it’s, uh, uh, it’s a paradox. And paradoxes are part of nature.
Penny: Oh, I’m so sorry, I’m such a mess, and on top of everything else my stupid shower doesn’t even work.
Leonard: Our shower works.
Penny: Really? Would it be totally weird if I used it?Sheldon: Yes.
Leonard: No.
Sheldon: No?Leonard: No.
Sheldon: No.


Léo Ferré -poèmes

Leo Ferre* ‎– 

Chante Les Poetes  - 1996

2 × CD, Compilation 

  • Apollinaire
  • Baer, 
  • Baudelaire, 
  • Caussimon, 
  • Ferré, 
  • Ferré/Claude, 
  • Rimbaud
  • Rutebeuf, 
  • Verlaine, 
  • Villon

Poeme_1Le genie de Rimbaud que Léo Ferré a bien senti la musique que Léo a mis sur ce texte est fabuleuse ,parfaite j'adore cette chanson:

"A sept ans 
il faisait des romans
sur la vie du grand désert "


           Guillaume Apolianire -

Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine
Et nos amours
Faut-il qu'il m'en souvienne
La joie venait toujours après la peine
Vienne la nuit sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont je demeure
Les mains dans les mains restons face à face
Tandis que sous
Le pont de nos bras passe
Des éternels regards l'onde si lasse
Vienne la nuit sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont je demeure

L'amour s'en va comme cette eau courante
L'amour s'en va
Comme la vie est lente
Et comme l'Espérance est violente
Vienne la nuit sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont je demeure
Passent les jours et passent les semaines
Ni temps passé
Ni les amours reviennent
Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine
Vienne la nuit sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont je demeure


 F.  Villon   Frères humains -text

Frères humains qui après nous vivez,
N'ayez pas vos cœurs durcis à notre égard,
Car, si pitié de nous pauvres avez,
Dieu en aura plus tôt de vous merci.
Vous nous voyez attachés ici, cinq, six :
Quant à notre chair, que nous avons trop nourrie,
Elle est depuis longtemps dévorée et pourrie,
Et nous, les os, devenons cendre et poussière.
De notre malheur, que personne ne se moque,
Mais priez Dieu que tous nous veuille absoudre!

Si nous vous appelons frères, vous n'en devez
Avoir dédain, bien que nous ayons été tués
Par justice. Toutefois vous savez
Que tous les hommes n'ont pas l'esprit bien rassis.
Excusez-nous, puisque nous sommes trépassés,
Auprès du fils de la Vierge Marie,
De façon que sa grâce ne soit pas tarie pour nous,
Et qu'il nous préserve de la foudre infernale.
Nous sommes morts, que personne ne nous tourmente,
Mais priez Dieu que tous nous veuille absoudre!

La pluie nous a lessivés et lavés
Et le soleil nous a séchés et noircis;
Pies, corbeaux nous ont crevé les yeux,
Et arraché la barbe et les sourcils.
Jamais un seul instant nous ne sommes assis;
De ci de là, selon que le vent tourne,
Il ne cesse de nous ballotter à son gré,
Plus becquétés d'oiseaux que dés à coudre.