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Uffington White Horse by Mark Bond

Uffington White Horse

"The owld White Harse wants zettin to rights,
And the Squire hev promised good cheer,
Zo we'll gee un a scrape to kip un in zhape,
And a'll last for many a year"

The Uffington White Horse is a prehistoric figure cut out on the hillside, exposing the natural chalk beneath the grass. It needs frequent cleaning (or "scouring") to keep it white and to avoid the build-up of a turf. There is some evidence that in prehistoric times a number of layers of compacted chalk were laid down. Today the responsibility for…

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Van Damme The Monk by Mala Matina

Van Damme The Monk

"Van Damme as you never saw him!" announces the poster. Indeed, not content with doing things in half measures to make his character more credible, Van Damme followed the way of life of the Shaolin monks during several weeks when he became a vegetarian and lost 15 kilos (Raging Monk?). In short, the tandem Van Damme/Lam left well to surprise us once more.

You had been warned. He did it! We thus could not resist the desire for making you benefit from the first visual one of Ringo Lam?s new film with Jean-Claude Van Damme: The…

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Zen Gardens by Jim Down

Zen gate

Zen, a specific arena of Buddhism emphasizes contemplation and meditation as mediums for achieving self-knowledge. A Zen garden helps to achieve the status of mindfulness in order to ultimately achieve Enlightenment. Both creating and meditating in these gardens aid us in our understanding of the Buddhist religion.

The art of garden-making in Japan goes back to the 6th century, when hill and pond gardens were introduced from China and Korea, where aristocrats gathered to enjoy poetry and games alongside a stream. Japanese monks further developed gardens into a high art over hundreds of years of temple gardening.…

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