Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Famous Italian Painters

A List of the Top 10 Italian Painters
  1. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519)
  2. Michelangelo (1475–1564)
  3. Raphael (1483-1520)
  4. Caravaggio (1573–1610)
  5. Botticelli (1445–1510)
  6. Bernini (1598–1680)
  7. Titian (1488–1576)
  8. Donatello (1386–1466)
  9. Canaletto (1697–1768)
  10. Correggio (1494–1534)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Anne Frank Quotes

  • People will always follow a good example; be the one to set a good example, then it won't be long before the others follow...

  • For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the outpouring of a thirteen year old schoolgirl.

  • Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
  • Forgive me, Kitty, they don't call me a bundle of contradictions for nothing!

  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.

  • I believe that in the course of the next century the notion that it's a woman's duty to have children will change and make way for the respect and admiration of all women, who bear their burdens without complaint or a lot of pompous words!

  • And whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery!

  • I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop and to express all that's inside me!

  • I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains... My advice is : "Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that's still left in and around you and be happy!"

  • I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.

  • I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. (1944)

Charlie Chaplin Quotes

"I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician."

As quoted in The Observer (17 June 1960)

"Friends have asked how I came to engender this American antagonism. My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them. Secondly, I was opposed to the Committee on Un-American Activities — a dishonest phrase to begin with, elastic enough to wrap around the throat and strangle the voice of any American citizen whose honest opinion is a minority of one."

* My Autobiography (1964)

"Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish. ... The trouble is you won't fight. You've given up. But there's something just as inevitable as death. And that's life. Think of the power of the universe — turning the Earth, growing the trees. That's the same power within you — if you'll only have the courage and the will to use it. "

"I am not a political man and I have no political convictions. I am an individual and a believer in liberty. That is all the politics I have. On the other hand I am not a super-patriot. Super-patriotism leads to Hitlerism — and we've had our lesson there. I don't want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films."

"I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness — not by each other's misery."

Biography of Charlie Chaplin

Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan Quotes

Quotes on the Conservative Party

"No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin"

- Nye Bevan

"We have been the dreamers, we have been the sufferers, now we are the builders. We enter this campaign at this general election, not merely to get rid of the Tory majority. We want the complete political extinction of the Tory Party."

- Aneurin Bevan start of 1945 election campaign

Quotes on the NHS

"The National Health service and the Welfare State have come to be used as interchangeable terms, and in the mouths of some people as terms of reproach. Why this is so it is not difficult to understand, if you view everything from the angle of a strictly individualistic competitive society. A free health service is pure Socialism and as such it is opposed to the hedonism of capitalist society."

—Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear, p106

Quotes on Socialism

"There is only one hope for mankind — and that is democratic Socialism. "

"There can be no immaculate conception of socialism. "

Quotes on Unilateral Disarmament

"It is therefore not a question of who is in favour of the Hydrogen bomb, but a question of what is the most effective way of getting the damn thing destroyed. It is the most difficult of all problems facing mankind. But if you carry this resolution and follow out all its implications — and do not run away from it — you will send a British Foreign Secretary, whoever he may be, naked into the conference chamber. ... And you call that statesmanship? I call it an emotional spasm. "

- Aneurin Bevan 1957

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Anne Frank Timeline and Facts

  • Anne Frank - Born on June 12, 1929
  • Place of Birth : Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Parents: Otto Frank Edith Holländer
  • Biography of Anne Frank
  • 1933 - Hitler comes to power and begins enacting anti-semitic legislation. Franks make plans to leave for Holland.
  • 1938 Otto Frank starts a second company in partnership with Hermann van Pels, Jew who had also fled from Germany with his family

  • 1939 World War II begins on September 3rd when Britain, France and Allies declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland
  • 1940 May 10: The Germans invade and occupy the Netherlands
  • 1941 January 8: Dutch Jews are forbidden access to movie theaters or use public transport
  • 1941 April : In Holland all Jews are forced to wear yellow stars.

  • 1942 June 12: Anne receives an autograph book from her father for her birthday and Anne Frank decides to use it as a diary

  • 1942 July 6: The Frank family go into hiding in Amsterdam because of her mother - Margot's deportation order.
  • 1942 July 13: The Van Pels family, join the Frank family in the 'secret annex'.

  • 1944 June: Allies land in Normandy and begin advance across Europe.
  • 1944 August 1: The final entry is made in the diary of Anne Frank
  • August 4: The hiding place was stormed by the German Security Police following an anonymous tip-off.
  • September 3: Both families are sent in a cattle cars to Auschwitz.

October 28: Anne and Margot are transported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

  • 1945 January 6: Anne's mother, Edith Frank dies of starvation at Auschwitz
  • January 27: The Russian Allies liberate the remaining survivors in Auschwitz, including Otto Frank.
  • March : Margot Frank diee of typhus in Bergen-Belson
  • April 1945 - Anne dies of typhus in Bergen-Belsen. The camp was liberated by British troops on
  • May 8: Germany surrenders to end World War II in Europe

  • 1947 Anne's diary, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is published in Amsterdam.
  • 1952 June 16: The diary of Anne Frank is published in the United States
  • 1957 May 3: Otto Frank and others establish the Anne Frank Foundation
  • 1960 May 3: The Anne Frank House is opened in Amsterdam
  • 1990 March 23: The Hamburg Regional Court confirms the diary's authenticity.

Monday, December 7, 2009

List of Famous People

At top 100 Famous People of twentieth Century I have listed 100 famous people.

Of course, there is an endless debate we could have over who is most famous person. The list reflects a largely Anglo-Saxon viewpoint. But, I this can be justified in the sense that most movies and literature are in English.

Despite having a list of 100 famous people, there are many notable omissions, including

  • Mae West,
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • C. G. Jung
  • Henri Mancini
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Fred Astaire
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Jimmy Conners
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • Yogi Berra
  • Dan Rather
  • Ervin "Magic" Johnson
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • Miles Davis

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Eva Peron Quotes

I am my own woman.

"I am only a simple woman who lives to serve Peron and my people."

"I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with."

"I had watched for many years and seen how a few rich families held much of Argentina's wealth and power in their hands. So Peron and the government brought in an eight hour working day , sickness pay and fair wages to give poor workers a fair go ."

"I have one thing that counts, and that is my heart; it burns in my soul, it aches in my flesh, and it ignites my nerves: that is my love for the people and Peron."

» I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have.

» Suffer little children and come unto me.

"The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory."

" There are some oligarchs that make me want to bite them just as one crunches into a carrot or a radish."

"Time is my greatest enemy."

Eva Peron Biography

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Leo Tolstoy Quotes

"The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth."

- Leo Tolstoy

"A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral. "

- Leo Tolstoy

"The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people. "

- Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to be happy, be. "

- Leo Tolstoy

"Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here."

- Leo Tolstoy from War and Peace

"Love hinders death. Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source."

- Leo Tolstoy

"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man."

- Leo Tolstoy

- Biography Leo Tolstoy

Friday, February 6, 2009

Emil Zatopek Quotes

Quotes by Emil Zatopek

"Great is the victory, but the friendship is all the greater."

"There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race."

"If you want to win something, run 100 meters.
If you want to experience something, run a marathon."

"Men, today we die a little."
- Emil Zatopek at the start of the 1956 Olympic Marathon.

"Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow.
I want to learn to run fast."

"When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical.
Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either.
Then willpower will be no problem."

"A runner must run with dreams in his heart, not money in his pocket."

"What has passed is already finished with.
What I find more interesting is what is still to come."

"We forget our bodies to the benefit of mechanical leisure. We act continuously with our brain, but we no longer use our bodies, our limbs. It is the Africans who possess this vitality, this muscular youth, this thirst for physical action which we are lacking. We have a magnificent motor at our disposal, but we no longer know how to use it."

"You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder....When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness.
Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it."

"After all those dark days of the war, the bombing, the killing, the starvation, the revival of the Olympics was as if the sun had come out....I went into the Olympic Village and suddenly there were no more frontiers, no more barriers. Just the people meeting together. It was wonderfully warm. Men and women who had just lost five years of life were back again."
Emil Zatopek, about the 1948 London Olympics.

"I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me.
But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known."
- after winning marathon in 1952

"If you come to think of it, you never see deer, dogs and
rabbits worrying about their menus and yet they run much faster than humans."


"When I was young, I was too slow. I thought I must learn to run fast by practicing to run fast, so I ran 100 meters fast 20 times. Then I came back, slow,slow,slow. People said, 'Emil, you are crazy. You are training like a sprinter.'"

Emil Zatopek on Interval Training, "Everyone said, 'Emil, you are a fool!'
But when I first won the European Championship, they said: 'Emil, you are a genius!'"

"He does everything wrong but win."

Larry Snyder, Ohio State track coach, about Emil Zatopek's contorted style of running.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Photos of Oxford in Snow

In January 2009, unusual weather conditions bought a good dusting of snow, transporting the historic heart of Oxford. These are some photos of the snowy conditions.


Radcliffe Camera Square with a light dusting of snow


Mick on the way to work in the snow


Cycling through snow


Cycling through snow shower


Cycling through snow


Heavy snow

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Great Speeches that Changed The World

On the day of Barack Obama's inaugural address in Washington D.C. It seemed an appropriate time to look at some of the great speeches that have influenced and changed the world.

These great speeches often provided the seed for powerful social or political change. They also inspired nations and races in their darkest hour.

Perhaps none more so than Winston Churchill's defiant speeches in 1940 and 41, as Britain stood alone against the Nazi conquered Europe.

These speeches are often beacons of hope from Martin Luther King's - "I Have a Dream" to Nelson Mandela's "Rainbow nation speech"

The speeches are also important reminders of basic moral values from Jesus Christ's 'Sermon on the Mount'' to Mother Teresa's Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech.

Speeches that changed the world

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
  Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth."
 -Sermon on the Mount (c30 AD) - Jesus Christ
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
- Gettysburg Address 19th November 1863 - Abraham Lincoln

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
- I Have a Dream 28th August, 1963- Martin Luther King
"I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true."
 Swami Vivekananda's speech 11th September, 1893 to World Parliament of Religions
"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France.... we shall never surrender"
- Winston Churchill 4th June 1940 - We shall fight on the beeches
I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.

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I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.

Read more at: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/full-text-swami-vivekanandas-1893-chicago-speech/220148-53.html?utm_source=ref_article
"Such is individual life. Who, I ask you, can take, dare take, on himself the rights, the duties, the responsibilities of another human soul?"
- Solitude of self - (1892) Elizabeth Cady Stanton  to US Congress on issue of women's rights

"This Declaration is based upon the spiritual fact that man must have freedom in which to develop his full stature and through common effort to raise the level of human dignity. We have much to do to fully achieve and to assure the rights set forth in this Declaration. But having them put before us with the moral backing of 58 nations will be a great step forward."
On the adoption of the Universal declaration of Human Rights (1948) - Eleanor Roosevelt
" We found that all the fine phrases about freedom and liberty were entirely for male consumption, and that they did not in any way apply to women." 
- Freedom or Death 13th November, 1913 - Emily Pankhurst

More: Speeches that changed the World


Friday, January 16, 2009

Famous black people who changed the world

A list of inspirational black people. This page has moved to here:


Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) - King was a pivotal figure in the non-violent civil rights movement. During the 1950s and 1960s, he sought to improve race relations and overturn discrimination in American society. He is remembered for his powerful speeches which sought to bring about a united society - where race did not act as a barrier.
Nelson Mandela (1918 –  2013 ) - Mandela spent most of his life campaigning for an end to apartheid in South Africa. After over 20 years in prison, he was released and was able to be the first elected President in post apartheid South Africa. Also admired for his forgiveness and willingness to reach out to the white community in South Africa.
Desmond Tutu (1931 – ) Leading figurehead in the South African anti apartheid movement. Desmond Tutu is a leading figure in speaking out for humanitarian and civil rights issues.