Christ The Redeemer Statue In Rio De Janeiro Brazil
A world renowned symbol of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is Christ the Redeemer, or in Portuguese, Cristo Redentor. It is a large spiritual statue in Rio de Janeiro that is stationed on top of the Corcovado mountain looking over an amazing view of Rio consisting of Botofogo, Flamengo, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, the Botanical Gardens, and more. There is in addition a statue in similar form in Lisbon Portugal.
In 1889, the primary proposal to develop a sculpture was rejected by the Princess Isabel since when Brazil became a Republic, the laws were mandating to split the church and state. In 1921, the following suggestion was made by the Archdiocese and he prepared an event known as Semana do Monumento which signifies Monument Week to collect the charitable contributions and the funds. The design first decided on was a globe in the hands of the Christ and a pedestal symbolizing the globe but afterwards a layout that integrated open arms was decided upon.
The monument was sculptured by French sculptor Paul Landowski. Engineer Heitor da Silva Costa lead the undertaking. The crew of engineers and specialists determined to construct the statue of reinforced concrete as well as clad the outside layer in soapstone, which has high resistance to extreme weather. The stones came from Limhamn, in Malmo, Sweden. The statue of Christ the Redeemer was inaugurated on October 12th, 1932 by Brazilian president Vargas in an opulent ceremony.
The Christ the Redeemer sculpture is one of the tallest statues of its sort in the entire world. At 38 meters, it is said to be taller than the Cristo de la Concordia statue in Bolivia, which is 34.2 meters tall. Nonetheless, adding the height of its podium, the Cristo de la Concordia statue stands at 40.44 meters.
On 7 July 2007, the Christ the Redeemer statue attained a further acknowledgement when it was called as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by the Swiss-based organization, The New Open World Corporation. On February 10, 2007, the statue was hit by lightning during a violent thunder storm. Even though many trees in the neighborhood had been uprooted by the storm, the statue was not seriously damaged.
Christ the Redeemer remains one of the most beloved year-round tourist attractions for guests of Rio. Many state the ideal time to visit the statue is late afternoon or evening when you can take pleasure in the splendor of an enchanting sunset while at the very same time taking in the views from one of the most important landmarks in the world.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Christ The Redeemer Statue In Rio De Janeiro Brazil
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The three Indian men - tried as Santhan, Murugan, Perarivalan - were members of a Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and Gandhi's killing was seen as an act of retaliation after he sent Indian peacekeepers to Sri Lanka in 1987. The three were convicted of involvement in 1998 and sentenced to death by hanging. A fourth person, a woman, was also given the death sentence but it was later commuted to a life term. The men appealed for mercy but successive Indian presidents gave no decision until 2011, when their plea was rejected. "Delay in deciding mercy pleas is one of the grounds to commute the death sentence to life imprisonment," the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, said. Gandhi's widow, Sonia, is head of the Congress party while their son, Rahul, leads its campaign for elections in the next few months. Rajiv Gandhi's mother, Indira, was assassinated in 1984 over the army's storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar to crush a Sikh militant movement. The death penalty remains in force in India despite a long campaign by human rights groups to abolish it. It has rarely been carried out, however. About 500 people are on death row, many of them for years. In November 2012, India ended what many rights groups had interpreted as an undeclared moratorium on capital punishment when it executed a gunman convicted for the 2008 militant attack on Mumbai. Three months later, it hanged a man from Kashmir for a 2001 militant attack on parliament. The Supreme Court said on Tuesday the administration must move faster on deciding on mercy petitions in the interest of justice. Last month, the Supreme Court commuted the sentences of 15 death row prisoners to life in jail on the grounds of delay. Human rights group Amnesty International said the commuting of the death sentences was encouraging, especially following the January decision.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Thinking of romantic ideas for boyfriends is not difficult for women. However, we usually complain that our boyfriends / husbands are not romantic, or not romantic enough. How often do you find yourself saying, "I wish he was more romantic"?
They might be romantic at the beginning, but this 'romanticness' declines with time, and probably fades. And this has to do with the intrinsic differences between the two sexes.
* Women always fantasize about romantic ideas for boyfriends, but men fantasize about sensual pleasure.
* Women dream about romantic words, but men dream about new sexual positions.
* Women long for hearing sweet talk, but men don't spend 'enough' time thinking of romantic things to say. And here comes our role.
Our role is to EDUCATE them about us. Yes, this is what you should do. There are simple things that we'd love them to do (or not do), which they may not even know. Your man will not comprehend our subtle needs without you giving him a hand.
For example, the majority of women can easily implement the following romantic ideas for boyfriends and husbands:
1 - Tell him you want to hear that you are beautiful, that he loves you, that he cares for you, and that he cannot live without you. Tell him you know he does, but you want to hear that! At least twice a day. Tell him we are not satisfied with "knowing" this fact, but we also want to hear it. He probably does not know this fact. Or probably he already knows it, but does not realize how important it is. Otherwise he'd have done it!
2 - Tell him you want to hear this in front of others also, not just between the two of you. Explain to him that this makes you more confident and proud of him.
3 - Tell him you want him to show how he cares about you. Again, you know he does, but you want him to ask you, "How was your day?" and "You look happy today." You want him to put your photo in his wallet, on the dashboard and on his desk at work. You want him to handwrite you a love letter. You want him to buy you a gift from time to time. No occasion required! Educate him. Give him some of these tips and he should follow this pattern and be creative.
4- Tell him you also want to hear about his problems, and not just he about yours. If you ask him why he is upset, he should tell you why. Tell him you do not like secretive guys. Secretiveness does no good to your relationship, to say the least.
5 - Tell him that you want to see him handsome, as much as he wants to see you beautiful. His clothes, his cologne, his hairstyle, his teeth, his breath, his dining etiquette and the like.
6 - Tell him you want him to hug you, though not only during intercourse. A passionate hug is sometimes more satisfying! Tell him your heart is a closed book, and one hug is the master key to open it. I bet he will be surprised.
7 - More importantly, tell him that women are emotional. More emotional than he may think. When we complain, we are not necessarily looking for a logical solution as much as for understanding and a comforting hug. Probably he does not understand that. Make sure he does.
So, remember that if you'd like to revive your relationship with your significant other, you have the responsibility of educating him about how different you are from him, how unmanly you are. We need to invent more and more romantic ideas for boyfriends and husbands. Inventing romantic ideas for boyfriends is easy for you, but not necessarily equally easy for him.
If you find a gentle way to communicate these ideas to him, it should let him contemplate the differences between you, and how he should NOT treat you as one of his guys!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Watching Pulp Fiction again after an age, along with some of the extras on the 2-disc set. I'm way behind, because I had not seen any of the bonus stuff at all. The 30-minute original documentary Pulp Fiction: The Facts had a ton of interviews with Tarantino, the cast, the producers, etc., some done in the process of shooting the movie (the date and specific scene was noted), so that was a real treat to see.
Near the beginning of the movie, as Vincent Vega recounts his travels in Europe for Jules, it occurs to me for the first (or the 400th) time -- I lose track in my old age -- that Vinnie won't be taking any more vacations, ever. But forget that for now; he's hip, he's a hitman, and he looks like John Travolta dipped in cool sauce. So he can't be all bad. Unless the gun is pointed at you, in which case, he's intolerably bad.
At any rate, it hit me this morning as my brain was getting started that somebody has probably written fanfic about Vinnie Vega's Amsterdam Adventures. I don't know for sure, and I'm not going to ruin the mystery by hunting for it. I don't have that much invested in it -- it's just a natural and elegiac exercise to imagine what went down on the man's final European jaunt. And hopefully that little outing will stay locked away in the corner of my mind, never to see the light of day.
Which brings me to something that need not be stated since it's patently obvious, but I just want to see it hanging out there: Pulp Fiction would not be improved one scintilla by strip mining the characters' backstories. End of story. The outcry if there was a Before Pulp Fiction series of books and movies would hopefully be heard long and loud, as I hope happens with Before Watchmen. I guess we'll see soon enough how it all shakes out. I should probably thank DC for giving me a healthy shove towards the door, so hey, Jim, Dan, and all your corporate masters -- thanks for the dose of reality. You've shown this fool how it works.