Erdogan’s new sérail

turkish_Palace   Scheduled to be inaugurated at the 91st anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish republic on the 29th October, the new turkish presidential Palace, fits perfectly the description of an ottoman serail. The 1.000 ultralux room, $350 million edifice, in a neo-seljoukide style extends on 200.000 square meters in the middle of a forest (a real nightmare for the environmentalists!) created by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk  in the outskirts of the turkish capital.  It’s 7 times larger than the white house, 6 times the Palais de l’Élysée, nearly the size of the Kremlin and half the size of the Vatican.

   The palace constitutes one more of Erdogan’s “contributions” to the turkish republic. The third airport of Constantinople  will be named after it’s name. An university and a football stadium bare the name of the president. He is already making provision for his burial, ordering the construction of a giant mosque in Constantinople which ambitions to be visible from all the corners of the city.

   Vanity? megalomania? projection of force? or merely strong political planning?

sources: Le figaro, CNN

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the apple that moves the world

2560_Flying_Apple     According Apple’s CEO Timothy Cook “with the iphone you have a strong and personal relationship”. He is absolutely right and financial constitute a solid proof. iPhone sales only, are adding 1/4 to 1/3 of a percentage point to the annual growth rate of the US GDP (42  to 52 $billion, with a big “b”!). Apple accounted for about 3,5% of the weighting of Standard & Poor  500 stock index and it’s stock represented 18% of the entire rise of the index this year. And the engine that drives Apple’s Starship is iphone. The cost of building a basic iphone is about $2oo but it’s average retail price is at $603. Over the opening weekend of the introduction of iPhone 6 Apple accepted 10 million orders, added to the 4 million pre-orders.

The “i-” prefix has been established as the modern “midle-to-poor” class status symbol.

Main source: INYT 27 Okt 14

Ετσι κάνουν όλες (;)

Έτσι κάνουν όλες resized   Την Παρασκευή 24 Οκτ, ήταν νύχτα πρεμιέρας για την Εθνική Λυρική Σκηνή στην κεντρική της σκηνή στο θέατρο Ολυμπία. O Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart στη δύση του, (σωματική και όχι συνθετική) με μια από τις τελευταίες όπερες του Così Fan Tutte έδωσε στην αίθουσα ευθυμία, χαμόγελο και ποιοτικό, αβίαστο οπερατικό γέλιο.  Οι εκπληκτικοί φωτισμοί  του Simon Cordner, η ευρηματικότατη σκηνοθεσία της Ροδούλας Γαιτάνου εντός του εξαιρετικού σκηνικού του Γιώργου Σουγλίδη δημιούργησαν με ιδιαίτερη επιτυχία την Ναπολιτάνικη ατμόσφαιρα της εκνοής του 18ου αιώνα. Οι κορυφαίες ελληνικές φωνές της Μυρτώς Παπαθανασίου (soprano), Ειρήνης Καράγιαννη (mezzo-soprano), Μυρσίνης Μαργαρίτη (soprano), αλλά του Αντώνη Κορωναίου (ténor) δικαίωσαν (κατα το μεγαλύτερο μέρος…) τη φήμη τους. Η μουσική διεύθυνση του Μίλτου Λογιαδή της ορχήστρας της ΕΛΣ συμπλήρωσε (και αυτή κατά ένα μεγάλο μέρος…) το σύνολο.  Tο μόνο, κατά τη γνώμη μου, σοβαρό πρόβλημα της βραδυάς ήταν ότι μία Αθήνα των 4.000.000  δεν μπόρεσε να γεμίσει πλήρως το ωραιότατα και ιστορικό θέατρο στην επίσημη πρεμιέρα της ΕΛΣ. Ηταν μία σπάνια (και ακριβή) παράσταση, αντάξια της προσπάθειας την οποία καταβάλει ο Μύρωνας Μιχηλίδης. Must see, γιαυτούς που επιθυμούν να δοκιμάσουν (ή  γνωρίζουν ήδη) το πόσα μία ωραία λυρική βραδιά έχει να δώσει.

The treasures of darkness

 shadow-economyWith this shadowish title The Economist (issue Oct 11.) describes the complexity of the greek issue.

     2 out of 3 Greek workers, either understate their earnings or fail to disclose them. In 2013 an estimated 24% of all economic activity in Greece went undeclared. “Tax moral” is probably the lowest in the EU. Shadow business activity is stagnating the economy but also constitutes a lifeline to many of the unemployed.

    My angle is that this article does not add nothing that is already known. Nevertheless what if ALL start to (honesty) try to pay our (probably unfair) taxes, not out of cohesion but in the frame of a national generated-from-below strategy. Instead of trying to persuade everyone (including and mostly ourselves)  to avoid paying, what if  we try to do the opposite. Turn the (in)famous “movement” of  “I don’t pay” to a “I must pay” initiative.  I suggest we try it just for a couple of months. If it doesn’t work  we can can always return to our beloved  ” j’accuse” across the board. We have tried almost everything else right?

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People who have lost the sense of time and space while immersed in to cyber-social media-always connected world. Even among other people they walk “nose-diving” fixed into the tablet/smart phone