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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sputnik International Presents… Happy New Year 2015: Highlights from Around the World

00 new year 01. new york ny times square. 04.01.14

Revellers engulfed by confetti in Times Square just after midnight during New Year’s Eve festivities in New York (Borough of Manhattan. New York County) NY USA.

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00 new year 02. new york ny times square. 04.01.14

Revellers play in spent confetti along a street after midnight in Times Square in New York.

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00 new year 03. paris france. 04.01.14

People gather on the Champs Élysées in Paris (Département de Paris. Région Île-de-France) FRANCE before celebrating the New Year.

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00 new year 04. paris france. 04.01.14

In wishing their relatives and friends a good year and good health, the French say, “Bonne année et bonne santé”.

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00 new year 05. hong kong china. 04.01.14

An old-fashioned Chinese junk sails in Victoria Harbour before the New Year fireworks in Hong Kong PRC on 31 December 2014.

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00 new year 06. Korea. 04.01.14

People gather to celebrate the New Year at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju (Gyeonggi Province), north of Seoul (Special City of Seoul) ROK.

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00 new year 07. Korea. 04.01.14

On New Year’s Day in Korea, believers try to recall their past lives and go to temples to pray for happiness. They also light candles which symbolise enlightened souls.

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00 new year 08. japan. 04.01.14

The Japanese pay special attention to New Year food traditions. They prepare dishes of seaweed, sweet potato, soybeans, and fish cakes. Another cherished custom is giving money to children in special envelopes, known as otoshidama.

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00 new year 09. japan. 04.01.14

Men ride on a portable Shinto shrine (mikoshi) as local people carry it into the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the New Year in Oiso (Naka District. Kanagawa Prefecture. Greater Tokyo Area. Kantō Region) JAPAN, west of Tokyo proper.

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00 new year 10. iceland. 04.01.14

Icelanders celebrate the holiday with their families and set off fireworks at midnight, ushering in the New Year. Musical shows, bonfires, and feasting are also very popular.

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00 new year 11. st petersburg russia. 04.01.14

Skating rink on Palace Square, St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF.

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00 new year 12. ded moroz russia. 04.01.14

The main character of Russian New Year is Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost), a wizard who brings presents to children.

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00 new year 13. copacabana beach rio de janeiro brazil. 04.01.14

Brazil celebrates New Year with parties and music festivals on the famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro State. Southeast Region); oceans of people dressed in flashy and colourful clothes flood city streets.

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00 new year 14. brazil. 04.01.14

Brazilian fishermen try to entice the Mother of Waters by going out in their boats with gifts of rice, flowers and even jewellery… which they throw into the sea.

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00 new year 15. rome italy. 04.01.14

Italians observe an interesting food custom on New Year. When midnight comes, they eat lentil stew, one spoonful for each stroke of the bell. They believe that brings good fortune.

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00 new year 16. big ben london england uk. 04.01.14

Scarcely has New Year arrived, than the English rush to open their back doors to see the old year off. Next, they ask the first dark-haired man they encounter to come in through the front door. Guests should bring salt, coal, and bread, symbolising having enough food, money, and warmth for the next year.

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New Year Celebrations have just taken place all over the globe, engulfing the seven billion people of our planet in a spirit of joy and pleasure, granting them hope for a better year ahead, and leaving behind bad memories and misfortune from the last one. Let’s cast a glance on New Year celebrations from the sun-kissed beaches of Brazil to the shining skies of Iceland. “May your days be as glittery as diamond, may your friends be as good as gold, may your heart stay as green as emerald, and may your soul remain as pure as pearl”. The French celebrate the New Year with a traditional feast that includes crepes, foie gras, and, of course, champagne. When the clock strikes midnight, the French exchange kisses. New Year is clearly the most adored festival of the Chinese calendar, with Hong Kong residents heading to temples to pray for good fortune, followed by pyrotechnic shows and mythological spectacles which light up the city. Koreans celebrate the New Year twice… on 1 January, like the rest of the world, and on the first day of the Korean lunar calendar. In both cases, it’s a major traditional family holiday when Koreans visit their parents and remember their ancestors. In Russia, New Year is the happiest and most cherished family holiday. Ice skating is one of the main activities during the winter holidays.

1 January 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/photo/20150101/1016453014.html

Sunday, 23 November 2014

23 November 2014. Veteran’s Day in the Big Apple… Fr Dan from PA is a Vet, Too!

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Hug a vet today! They weren’t responsible for any gnarly political shit. They were blameless… they put their lives on the line. This is what honour is all about. Therefore… how can those who avoided service know the meaning of honour and character? Good question, ain’t it? Honour those who “did the right thing”… as for the others… we needn’t go on, do we? Pour ’em all a slug of the GOOD stuff…

THANK YOU…

BMD

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Jewish Theatre District Spot “Cafe Edison” Closing… #SaveCafeEdison

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00 Save Cafe Edison. 13.11.14

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Another old-school New York Jewish institution is about to fall victim to gentrification. The New York Times reported that the owners of the Hotel Edison asked the Cafe Edison, a modest Theatre District coffee shop long favoured by Broadway cognoscenti, to leave its premises in the hotel. While not kosher, Cafe Edison, founded by Polish-born Holocaust survivors, Harry and Frances Edelstein, served deli sandwiches and traditional Ashkenazi Jewish fare, like blintzes and matzoh ball soup. Known, in a nod to its founders and its no-nonsense manner as the Polish Tea Room… in contradistinction to the swanky Russian Tea Room… it was also the inspiration for the setting in Neil Simon’s play, 45 Seconds From Broadway. Simon reportedly enjoyed frequent meals there with his producer Emanuel Azenberg. Other regular patrons included comedian Jackie Mason, actor Henry Winkler, and the late African-American playwright August Wilson. Mimi Sheraton, a former NY Times restaurant critic who published books about bialys and chicken soup, among other topics, featured Cafe Edison in her forthcoming 1,000 Places to Eat Before You Die.

7 November 2014

Julie Wiener

Jewish Daily Forward

http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-the-carrot/208864/cafe-edison-jewish-theater-district-spot-closing/

Also read this, this, this, and this on this beloved “Noo Yawk” eatery

Here’s an online link to a petition to save this iconic Midtown beanery

Editor:

Where will we go for kasha varnishkes and mushroom soup in Midtown if it closes? Kasha varnishkes… real Noo Yawk Soul Food… kasha with bow-tie pasta lubricated with real schmaltz (chicken fat, for them not in the know). Who the hell wants another Disneyfied POS plastic eatery? 😦

Can we save this hole-in-wallsky beanery? We oughta… if not, Big Nick’s (The Burger Joint) on B’way is next…

BMD

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

11 September 2012. Some of My Favourite Things… The Most Iconic Skyscraper in the Entire World… The Chrysler Building

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