JUST A CUP OF TEA ???

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The numbers say that tea is the most popular drink in the world, even more coffee. So if you do not want to settle for the classic sachet immerse in boiling water and want to try to “build” your infused with real crushed leaves, squeezing the eye to creativity and design, then this selection of original infusoria is perfect. From Shark fin mannikin that floats, from the Titanic to the lollipop, here thirty ideas to enjoy a good hot cup and play with fantasy……

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BEST MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD

NATIONAL GALLERY - WASHINGTON - USA
NATIONAL GALLERY – WASHINGTON – USA
NATIONAL GALLERY - WASHINGTON - USA
NATIONAL GALLERY – WASHINGTON – USA
NATIONAL WAR WAR II MUSEUM - NEW ORLEANS - USA
NATIONAL WAR WAR II MUSEUM – NEW ORLEANS – USA
NATIONAL WAR WAR II MUSEUM - NEW ORLEANS - USA
NATIONAL WAR WAR II MUSEUM – NEW ORLEANS – USA
MUSEO DEL PRADO - MADRID - SPAIN
MUSEO DEL PRADO – MADRID – SPAIN
MUSEO DEL PRADO - MADRID - SPAIN
MUSEO DEL PRADO – MADRID – SPAIN
TE PAPA MUSEUM - WELLINGTON - NEW ZEALAND
TE PAPA MUSEUM – WELLINGTON – NEW ZEALAND
TE PAPA MUSEUM - WELLINGTON - NEW ZEALAND
TE PAPA MUSEUM – WELLINGTON – NEW ZEALAND
THE RIJKSMUSEUM - AMSTERDAM - HOLLAND
THE RIJKSMUSEUM – AMSTERDAM – HOLLAND
THE RIJKSMUSEUM - AMSTERDAM - HOLLAND
THE RIJKSMUSEUM – AMSTERDAM – HOLLAND
UFFIZI GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY ( my hometown )
VASA MUSEUM - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN
VASA MUSEUM – STOCKHOLM – SWEDEN
VASA MUSEUM - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN
VASA MUSEUM – STOCKHOLM – SWEDEN
WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE - SAINT PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE – SAINT PETERSBURG – RUSSIA
WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE - SAINT PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE – SAINT PETERSBURG – RUSSIA
YAD VASHEM - JERUSALEM - ISRAEL
YAD VASHEM – JERUSALEM – ISRAEL
YAD VASHEM - JERUSALEM - ISRAEL
YAD VASHEM – JERUSALEM – ISRAEL
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC - USA
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC – USA
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC - USA
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC – USA
ART INSTITUTE - CHICAGO - USA
ART INSTITUTE – CHICAGO – USA
ART INSTITUTE - CHICAGO - USA
ART INSTITUTE – CHICAGO – USA
BRITISH MUSEUM - LONDON - ENGLAND
BRITISH MUSEUM – LONDON – ENGLAND
BRITISH MUSEUM - LONDON - ENGLAND
BRITISH MUSEUM – LONDON – ENGLAND
ACCADEMIA GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY (my Hometown )
ACCADEMIA GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY (my Hometown )
ACCADEMIA GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY (my Hometown )
ACCADEMIA GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY (my Hometown )
BORGHESE GALLERY - ROME - ITALY
BORGHESE GALLERY – ROME – ITALY
BORGHESE GALLERY - ROME - ITALY
BORGHESE GALLERY – ROME – ITALY
GETTY CENTRE - LOS ANGELES - USA
GETTY CENTRE – LOS ANGELES – USA
GETTY CENTRE - LOS ANGELES - USA
GETTY CENTRE – LOS ANGELES – USA
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM  - ATHENS - GREECE
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM – ATHENS – GREECE
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM  - ATHENS - GREECE
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM – ATHENS – GREECE
HAGIA SOPHIA - ISTANBUL - TURKEY
HAGIA SOPHIA – ISTANBUL – TURKEY
HAGIA SOPHIA - ISTANBUL - TURKEY
HAGIA SOPHIA – ISTANBUL – TURKEY
RICARDO BRENNAND INSTITUTE - RECIFE - BRAZIL
RICARDO BRENNAND INSTITUTE – RECIFE – BRAZIL
RICARDO BRENNAND INSTITUTE - RECIFE - BRAZIL
RICARDO BRENNAND INSTITUTE – RECIFE – BRAZIL
NATIONAL GALLERY -  LONDON - ENGLAND
NATIONAL GALLERY – LONDON – ENGLAND
NATIONAL GALLERY -  LONDON - ENGLAND
NATIONAL GALLERY – LONDON – ENGLAND
MET - METROPOLITAN MUSEUM - NEW YORK CITY - USA
MET – METROPOLITAN MUSEUM – NEW YORK CITY – USA
MET - METROPOLITAN MUSEUM - NEW YORK CITY - USA
MET – METROPOLITAN MUSEUM – NEW YORK CITY – USA
MEXICO ANTROPHOLOGY MUSEUM - MEXICO CITY - MEXICO
MEXICO ANTROPHOLOGY MUSEUM – MEXICO CITY – MEXICO
MEXICO ANTROPHOLOGY MUSEUM - MEXICO CITY - MEXICO
MEXICO ANTROPHOLOGY MUSEUM – MEXICO CITY – MEXICO
MUSEE D'ORSAY - PARIS - FRANCE
MUSEE D’ORSAY – PARIS – FRANCE
MUSEE D'ORSAY - PARIS - FRANCE
MUSEE D’ORSAY – PARIS – FRANCE
LOUVRE - PARIS - FRANCE
LOUVRE – PARIS – FRANCE
LOUVRE - PARIS - FRANCE
LOUVRE – PARIS – FRANCE
MUSEO DE ORO - BOGOTA- COLUMBIA
MUSEO DE ORO – BOGOTA- COLUMBIA
MUSEO DE ORO - BOGOTA- COLUMBIA
MUSEO DE ORO – BOGOTA- COLUMBIA

Art lovers and history will not be left high and dry this winter. Here is a list of major museums around the world to visit during the winter season. Whether you start a weekend or a month, the destinations are for all tastes: from Italy to the United States, passing through Russia, a map to navigate the beauties to be discovered scattered around the globe.

THE COLORS OF THE FLAG

I’ve always been fascinated by the colors of the flags. Here’s an article that talks about the universal flag that could unite all peoples.

Article Source: Brandpowder.com

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Globalization has been so fast and out of control that, in the end, no one thought of a global flag, an emblem for all of us, representing the planet as a whole. To be honest, a world flag already exists. It is called  the One World Flag (pictured below). It was designed by David Bartholomew in 2006. In his blog, you read that “the One World Flag is an international symbol of diversity, Honoring the Talents, Abilities and Uniqueness in Each of Us, as Strengths that can Benefit All of Us” for whatever that means.

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This flag is very inspiring, and perfect for a summer campsite but, in our humble opinion, it has got three little problems: first, being the output from a single person, and not from a congregation of people representing different countries, it is perhaps a bit solipsistic;  second, it has been conceived as a free gift to the world, but then the project had to find a way to make a profit in order to finance its ideals. We have nothing against it, of course, we’d like to think it as free for everybody to use. Last but not least…the yin-yiang. What does that mean for an Aboriginal, an Inuit or a Maori? This is in fact a symbol based on a local culture which doesn’t represent everybody’s values. It’s revealing more of the creator’s beliefs than of a worldwide sentiment. Our considerations are limited, of course, to constructive criticism. Following emblems’ etiquette, we highly respect this flag as any other flag of the world.

Nevertheless, the Brandpowder Team, few year ago, started to focus on the subject with a more structured approach, trying to find a universal code that could work for everyone, independently from race, language, culture or religion. After sending a letter to several Governments and other worldwide organizations, asking their point of view (and getting no answer) we rolled up our sleeves. The first step for the worldwide flag project was to put together a worldwide team.

In our office a considerable amount of data on existing flags has been collected. We went through the story of each flag, trying to work out which colors are more present, in order to get a proportion that could represent all Countries. We found out a lot had already been done on this topic. For sorting out color quantities and distribution, for instance, we found particularly helpful the crwflags database. Also wolfram‘s blog has been valuable for extra insight on color statistics, based on Mathematica software. We then shared all the collected information with every contributor to the World Flag project, letting everyone run wild with his or her proposals.

Below: the first chart shows worldwide color’s presence on a flag; the second shows what would it look like if flags were ranked according to population’s density. It’s evident, in this case, the impact of China.

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Red has always been the favorite color, representing – also today – more than 30% of total flags’ surface. The rank has gone through minor changes in the past. One hundred years ago, for example, yellow gold was more popular than green, and light blue was more widespread than ultramarine. For our case study, we obviously concentrated only on contemporary flags.

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Above: we have been intrigued by an interesting essay by Diane Guyot, who created an algorythm to get the average color from each of the 248 world’s flags. Below: the Union Jack, as it would appear after her mathematical blender.

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The challenge was to come out, in the end, with a flag that could represent, in the most accurate manner, the average values, taste and mood of 6 billion people. The first evidence of colors’ proportion on worldwide flags, and their meaning, is pictured here below:

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It is worth to mention this interpretation is simply based on an average from all contributors’ point of view, with 39 different countries representing 85% of the total population. Red, the most popular of all colors, represents not only blood, of course, but also courage, love, aggressivity, heat and pride. Blue, likewise, bears with it several symbols: freedom, independence, democracy, aspirations, moral values, ideals and peace. White stands for spiritual values, pureness, neutrality, excellence and abstraction. Green is a symbol of land and hope, but it’s worth to consider that for some countries land is expressed by yellow or black. Black, in some cultures, is linked to roots, tradition and a sense of belonging. In others it is a warning to maintain a distance from borders. In our resarch we discovered that, if all flags of the world could be re-designed from scratch, blue would be the dominant color, followed by red, white and green.

The World  Flag, according to a set of agreements voted by all contributors, must not represent a symbol, a figure, an existent or familiar shape, neither had to bear a link to dogma, language, race or political statement. The Flag of the World, which we are happy to introduce here for the first time, is a 10-color emblem based on flags of the world’ color quantity. It represents the five continents plus the five main bodies of water. The black, as tenth color, and always in proportion to worldwide’s colors, is connecting together every field in a pathway which helps readability also in very small sizes. It was not easy to choose among hundreds proposals; in the end the top flag, voted by the vast majority of participants, won by a good length. The design is by a Chinese refugee who didn’t want to reveal his identity. The anonymity of the artist, he wrote us in letter accompanying his work, is the best prerequisite for a world’s creation. For whatever that means.

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The World Flag is the result of a worldwide project that involved 39 countries. There is no copyright. Click on the flag to download it. It’s free and can be used for any purpose.

EXPO 2015 – THE COUNTRIES

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EXPO 2015 – MILAN – LOGO

Countries

Expo Milano 2015 starring the Countries from all over the world who have been invited to interpret the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Food, a vital part of daily life for the entire world’s population and capable of uniting people of different cultures and religions, also brings with it profound concerns. Each Country, coming from their own culture and traditions, is called to question and offer solutions to the major challenges related to the future of food. Participating Countries express the meaning and content of their presence at Expo Milano 2015 through a themed concept and have the opportunity to choose between two modes of participation: by building their own exhibition space (Self-Built Pavilions) or by choosing their own space inside one of the nine Thematic Clusters.

Here some rendering of the Self-Built Pavilions of many Countries ( not in particular order )

EXPO 2015 - KUWAIT - Challenge of Nature
EXPO 2015 – KUWAIT – Challenge of Nature
EXPO 2015 - KAZAKHSTAN - The Land of Opportunities
EXPO 2015 – KAZAKHSTAN – The Land of Opportunities
EXPO 2015 - JAPAN - Harmonious Diversity
EXPO 2015 – JAPAN – Harmonious Diversity
EXPO 2015 - ITALY - The Nursery of Italy
EXPO 2015 – ITALY – The Nursery of Italy
EXPO 2015 - ISRAEL - The Fields of Tomorrow
EXPO 2015 – ISRAEL – The Fields of Tomorrow
EXPO 2015 - ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN - Global Sofreh, Iranian Culture
EXPO 2015 – ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN – Global Sofreh, Iranian Culture
EXPO 2015 - HUNGARY -  From The Purest Sources
EXPO 2015 – HUNGARY – From The Purest Sources
EXPO 2015 - GERMANY - Fields of Ideas
EXPO 2015 – GERMANY – Fields of Ideas
EXPO 2015 - FRANCE - Different Ways of Producing and Providing Food
EXPO 2015 – FRANCE – Different Ways of Producing and Providing Food
EXPO 2015 - CZECH REPUBLIC - Laboratory of Life
EXPO 2015 – CZECH REPUBLIC – Laboratory of Life
EXPO 2015 - CHINA - Wisdom, Feeding back the Nature
EXPO 2015 – CHINA – Wisdom, Feeding back the Nature
EXPO 2015 - CHILE -  A Diverse Country
EXPO 2015 – CHILE – A Diverse Country
EXPO 2015 - BRAZIL - Feeding the World with Solutions
EXPO 2015 – BRAZIL – Feeding the World with Solutions
EXPO 2015 - BELARUS - The Wheel of Life
EXPO 2015 – BELARUS – The Wheel of Life
EXPO 2015 - AZERBAIJAN - Protection of Organic Food and Biodiversity for Future Generations
EXPO 2015 – AZERBAIJAN – Protection of Organic Food and Biodiversity for Future Generations
EXPO 2015 - AUSTRIA - Breathe. Austria
EXPO 2015 – AUSTRIA – Breathe. Austria
EXPO 2015 - ANGOLA - Food and Culture: Educate to Innovate
EXPO 2015 – ANGOLA – Food and Culture: Educate to Innovate

The Exposition Site of Expo Milano 2015 is thus transformed into a mosaic of countries committed to creating awareness amongst the visitors around a theme that is crucial for future generations, making them part of a global project never seen before. 184 unique and unrepeatable days of culture and science, innovation and tradition, sustainability and solidarity in which you can find over a hundred national cuisines each with their own tastes, scents and colors.

EXPO 2015 - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - American Food 2.0
EXPO 2015 – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – American Food 2.0
EXPO 2015 - URUGUAY -Trust Worthy Natural Flavors for the Planet
EXPO 2015 – URUGUAY -Trust Worthy Natural Flavors for the Planet
EXPO 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM - Grown in Britain: Shared Globally
EXPO 2015 – UNITED KINGDOM – Grown in Britain: Shared Globally
EXPO 2015 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Food for thought – Sustaining and Sustainable: Shaping and Sharing the Future
EXPO 2015 – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Food for thought – Sustaining and Sustainable: Shaping and Sharing the Future
EXPO 2015 - THAILAND - Nourishing and Delighting the World
EXPO 2015 – THAILAND – Nourishing and Delighting the World
EXPO 2015 - SWITZERLAND - Confooderatio Helvetica
EXPO 2015 – SWITZERLAND – Confooderatio Helvetica
EXPO 2015 - SPAIN - Cultivating the Future
EXPO 2015 – SPAIN – Cultivating the Future
EXPO 2015 - SLOVENIA - I Feel Slovenia. Green. Active. Healthy
EXPO 2015 – SLOVENIA – I Feel Slovenia. Green. Active. Healthy
EXPO 2015 - ROMANIA - Living with Nature
EXPO 2015 – ROMANIA – Living with Nature
EXPO 2015 - OMAN - Heritage in Harvest
EXPO 2015 – OMAN – Heritage in Harvest
EXPO 2015 - MONACO - Excellence and Solidarity – A New Look at Feeding the Planet
EXPO 2015 – MONACO – Excellence and Solidarity – A New Look at Feeding the Planet
EXPO 2015 - MOLDOVA - Shine the Light - Energy of Sun, Energy of Earth, Food for people
EXPO 2015 – MOLDOVA – Shine the Light – Energy of Sun, Energy of Earth, Food for people
EXPO - MEXICO - the Seed for the New World: Food, Diversity and Heritage
EXPO – MEXICO – the Seed for the New World: Food, Diversity and Heritage
EXPO 2015 - MALAYSIA - Towards a Sustainable Food Ecosystem
EXPO 2015 – MALAYSIA – Towards a Sustainable Food Ecosystem
EXPO 2015 - LATVIA - Apiary of Life
EXPO 2015 – LATVIA – Apiary of Life

On this page you can see a preview of those Countries which have joined Expo Milano 2015 and have already developed their theme of participation.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte D’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Holy See
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian National Authority
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sovereign Order of Malta
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Viet Nam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe