Sunday, October 20, 2013
Meet 98 year old Dobri Dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war. Every day he walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of Sofia, where he spends the day begging for money. Though a well known fixture around several of the city’s churches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying Bulgarian monasteries and the utility bills of orphanages, living instead off his monthly state pension of 80 euros.
|This is what $438,885 look like in... 15 tons of FIVE CENT COINS|
This square outside parliament in Bern, Switzerland was covered in 15 tons of coins by activists, a total of $438,885 (400,000 francs). But this is not charity money, the initiative aims to have a minimum monthly disposal household income of CHF 2,500 (US$ 2,700) given by the government to every citizen living in Switzerland.
Matthew Cornell holds a BFA from California State University, Long Beach. He describes his paintings as ‘sublime observations,’ dramatized by his careful use of color and atmosphere. The small scale of his canvases and the great detail in his landscapes are intended to encourage a greater intimacy between viewer and image.
There are no humans present in his paintings, because Cornell regards a world in which nature rules as an ideal one. His work has been exhibited across the United States and he has won numerous awards, including first prize in painting at Winter Park Art Festival in 2008 and 2009.
|Speechless Artworks by Matthew W. Cornell|
A bridge in Lushan Xihai, a national key scenic spot in Jiujiang city, East China's Jiangxi province, collapsed Sunday, resulting in 18 tourists falling into Zhelin Lake, after about 100 visitors rushed to the bridge against the advice of guides. The capacity of the bridge is 40 people. The 18 tourists received medical attention