There are only about six people worldwide who do what Richard Binder does. With great pride and skill he repairs fountain pens inside and out and brings them back to pristine working condition. He’s been honing his craft and repairing fountain pens professionally for about 15 years in his home in Nashua, New Hampshire.
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Five year old Akim Camara playing Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Dance of the Fairies’ with André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra.
In 2004 – when Akim was only 3 years old – he already performed Ferdinand Kuchler’s violin concertino in G, opus 11 with André in the Netherlands. Followed by a brief encore performance. Akim exited stage right after two massive standing ovations.
With his uncanny ability to memorize a musical piece after hearing it only once or twice, Akim’s talent developed rapidly and his youthful enthusiasm and passion for the violin only grew.
This time Akim was performing a more complex piece, Dance of the Fairies, at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with an appropriately bigger violin. He also sang “Pie Jesu” with Carla Maffioletti.
The clip is taken from the DVD André Rieu Live in New York City.
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This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.
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Last month, the Niels Bugge Cartoon Award asked illustrators and cartoonists from around the world to submit drawings based on a basic theme: climate. “Oceans are in our hands,” the contest proclaimed, urging participants from 75 countries to put forth their best (and satirical) interpretation of the singular global concern.
“Human beings, as all life on earth, came from the stars and landed through the ocean,” the contest solicitation read. “Ocean is our very first foster mother, much more than the land where we now cut trees and plant transgenic corn. But, as we maltreat land, we have been maltreating our spring of life and now oceans are quite ill because of our activities: less fish but more plastic, less pure water but more oil, less coral but more garbage. That’s why today, not tomorrow, we must do our best to save oceans of ourselves if we still want to have a future on this planet.”
In response, the international competition received over 1,000 entries, sent from everywhere from Iran, China, Syria, the U.S. and the host country, Denmark. They, in typical political cartoon fashion, seem to perfectly unfold the issue of climate change, encapsulating the issues and feelings wrapped up in discussions of humans’ impact on our planet.
The winners of the 2014 Niels Bugge Cartoon Award were Andrei Popov (Russia), Bruce Mackinnon (Canada) and Pawel Kuczynski (Poland).