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VIDEO: the mystery in the South of France - Chauvet cave
Today, OUTLOOK will give you a tour at the place where it is impossible to get an ordinary person!
29.05.2017 | history, France
A word spoken is past recalling
Words we vocalize every day seem ordinary and familiar to us. We even get the feeling that, for instance, the word “chauffeur” existed forever. There is only this slight nuance: cars themselves re a little over hundred years old… Hence, things aren’t that simple when it comes to our day-to-day vocabulary. Well then, why not recollect interesting stories of other words origin?
12.05.2017 | history, illustration
Peacekeeping Is Power: United Nations Day
United Nations Organization was created in order to cease global violence, protect human rights and eradicate poverty. On October, 24, 1945 founding states ratified the treaty on creation of global body that acquired the name the UN.
24.10.2016 | history, society
POMPEII: LIFE UNDER ASHES
Human history remembers Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki. The list goes on and it includes Pompeii where residents turned into stoned monuments against their will. Located near modern Naples, the city with views of Mount Vesuvius was one of the most developed cities not only in the Roman Empire, but also in Europe. Once thriving community it flourished in many spheres: painting...
19.06.2016 | Italy, history
VIDEO: Majestic heritage of Uzbekistan
Thanks to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Ukraine and personally Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alisher Abdualiev OUTLOOK was lucky enough to visit this hospitable country. And today we will tell about a unique place - the Mausoleum of the prominent military leader and political figure of Amir Temur. In April of this year, Uzbekistan celebrated the 680-year anniversary of the birth of the great ruler.
15.04.2016 | history, culture, Uzbekistan
Le Grand Louvre
First exhibition of paintings in the world’s most visited museum the Louvre was opened on 1793. But its building was well-known far beyond France, though the edifice was not used with such lofty cultural purposes.
09.02.2016 | architecture, history, France, places
European Flea Markets
Despite a wide-spread belief, European flea markets have little in common with both second-hand and ordinary trade rows on traditional merchandise markets. These places per se are unique due to a one-of-a-kind reflection of the country’s spirit and what at first glance seems like plain goods may tell you about its past and help feel a spirit of an era.
05.12.2015 | history
Underground Brilliance of the Empire: Budapest Metro
After having spent merely an hour for a flight from Kiev, I suddenly realized I reached the city where continental Europe’s oldest subway is situated. And things that Budapest underground is famous for are not limited to this. OUTLOOK sets on a trip around metropolitan of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Want to go down?
30.11.2015 | history, Hungary
Everyone Needs Money
They are referred to differently in every other place but are loved, probably, in the same way everywhere. Sure enough, we talk about money or more precisely their “second names” because alongside official ones currencies have common nicknames.
15.11.2015 | traditions, history, society
THE NEVERENDING STORY WITH COMPLICATIONS
Fantasy story about a boy Bastian, who stole a book with an amulet on its cover, and the adventures of a brave Atreyu - The NeverEnding Story - is undoubtedly an iconic movie. This film classic was created in 1984, before computer graphics, virtual studios and wonders drawn up on the screen. And a few people know what a reverse side of the film is...
28.10.2015 | movie, art, history
White Jazz Syncopation
“I don’t mean a thing if it ain’t that swing”, - that’s what famous jazz musician Glenn Miller used to say. African slaves brought to the USA began performing ‘dotty’ rhythm and swinging pulsations for white jazzmen to take up mysterious syncope later. At that, “black” and “white” jazz were going in separate directions: Africans preferred improvisation while Europeans opted for ready melodies.
25.10.2015 | music, history, personalities
Cities of the world, unite!
For more than 50 years a World Day of Twin Cities falls on the last Sunday of April. The beginning of the World War II is considered to be a starting point of town-twinning. Enthusiasts from Coventry – a major industrial centre of England which survived intense bombing by the Nazis – sent to the Soviet Stalingrad, the city of the same level of industrial development and population, letter supporting confrontation to Hitler. In return they got a warm and appreciative response.
21.10.2015 | history, do you know
Sculpture of the Vatican: history and philosophy
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?". Evil tongues grumbled that the walled enclave protected magic books of how to seize the world, the castle’s cellars hide torture chambers for sinners, and after liturgies alchemists are busy inventing the Philosopher's Stone. But when museums welcomed visitors, both guests and the Romans gasped with delight. Collectors estimated that the cost of all the works of art featured by almost the smallest country in the world, is 150 times more than the world's GDP.
28.09.2015 | architecture, history, Vatican
Little Lenin dreamt of…
The great ones of the earth as well as not really great ones set tongues wagging significantly not only when alive but also after death. Indeed, how can one remain silent when looking at a pompous shrine of one or another figure even with Egyptian pyramids off the market? Outlook made sure that Vladimir Lenin’s Mausoleum on the Red Square is a pretty modest resting place unlike…
04.09.2015 | history
THIS IS NOT A MAY DAY DEMONSTRATION
Instead of curses and insults - kissing; instead of loud slogans - people dressed like semi-finished food; instead of declarations - body-art. OUTLOOK is revealing the most creative protests.
04.08.2015 | history, illustrations
Masada Fortress: the last stronghold
"One, who lives in the house on the fringe, is the first to protect his people", this Ukrainian proverb fits the history of the Israeli people, but instead of "house" it shall be "fortress". When the Romans attacked, Jerusalem residents fought the Romans with inhuman valour "back to back" till enemy legions pushed them to the last stand. Concentrated in the fortress of Masada, near the Dead Sea, the Jews rebels showed brave resistance to the Romans. Although few people survived, Masada still has emblematic value as a monument to national courage.
24.07.2015 | history, Israel
Silk Road: Tajik Style
Merely on hearing “Silk Road” we picture valiant wanderers and caravans full of precious items and exotic articles that cross countries and continents. Today we tell about Tajik cities that acted as major transfer points on this trading artery.
15.07.2015 | history, Tajikistan
Incredible Stories of Creation of National Anthems
July 14, 1795, 6 years after the Storming of the Bastilles, the French officially approved revolutionary Marseillaise in the capacity of the state’s anthem. To this occasion, OUTLOOK suggests you take a plunge not only into notes and words but also into unusual stories of state “hits” creation.
14.07.2015 | history, culture
Gertrude don’t drink this… drink “Coca-cola”?
It owes its appearance to black slavery and Prohibition. It was originally sold in chemist’s shops as a remedy for nerves and impotency, and today 80% of Earth population drinks this beverage. World brand “Coca-Cola” celebrates 129 years of existence this year.
08.05.2015 | history
"Movies from the station": the birth of cinema
Every year over 4 thousand movies are released. In India alone a couple of locally produced films come out daily. And as far back as some hundred years ago all of this didn’t exist. It was only in 1896 when viewers saw the famous “Train Pulling into a Station” by Lumière brothers for the first time.
13.02.2015 | cinema, history, personalities
The most “peoples'” president. Franklin Roosevelt
With emphasis purely on statesman’s deeds, biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is told by history teachers all over the world. All diligent pupils remember him as the head of the USA elected for four terms instead of permitted two and establisher of the "New Deal". But today in the honor of the famous president's birthday on January, 30, 1882, we'll tell you about his life outside politics.
30.01.2015 | history, personality
Berliner Mauer: More Than Just a Wall
"Tear down this wall" - having said this phrase in already distant 1987 Ronal Reagan made it into history. In several years, on November, 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall was disassembled after all and till now enough reasons have accumulated to look at it in a different way...
09.11.2014 | Germany, history, do you know
Stroll Around Dungeons of Europe: Paris, Berlin, Prague
Sauntering through picturesque nooks of Grand Dame Europe we look around without even suspecting how many interesting things there are beneath our feet.
From mightiness to nonentity: Incas
Today people of Peru celebrate Day of Puno – informal cultural capital of the country. The city now parties and feasts. Splendid celebrations are held in honor of the foundation of Empire of Inca. According to local legend, their arch fathers, Manco Capac as well as his sister and wife Mama Uqllu, came out of the waters of Lake Titicaca and founded Puno nearby.
05.11.2014 | traditions, history, Peru
«I’m selling myself at a high price»
Plenty of open umbrellas colored in intimidating incarnadine aren’t necessarily a sign of an upcoming rain, snow or new-fashioned flash mob. This is the way how sex workers and those who sympathize with their fate protest against violence for the eighth year in a row. In debates concerning prostitution it is hard to strike a happy medium not so much in legal terms as on the level of public consciousness and perception or, more precisely, rejection. Although there were times when so called courtesans exerted impact not only on men’s behavior but also on the course of world politics.
01.11.2014 | world, history, illustrations
BACK SIDE OF SWEDISH SOLEMNITY
October is a season not only for scarves, mulled wine and mellow autumn, but for announcement of Nobel laureates. The world usually keeps a close watch on this event, yet often public sees only the "glossy" side of the coin. Outlook dived deeper and found out about curiosities and scandals that have escorted the prestigious award for more than a hundred years.
23.10.2014 | science, history, personalities
CANCAN: A WAY FROM WORKING-CLASS BACKSTREETS TO OPERA HOUSE
Today is the "official" birthday of cancan, on October 21, 1858 it was first performed in Paris. However it had been danced "unofficially" since the beginning of the 19th century. OUTLOOK wishes our readers to feel party and festive atmosphere and join the dance! Thus, today we would like to share unknown facts about movements inseparable from the French culture.
21.10.2014 | art, history, France
History og brand: Cadillac for president
The car that can be without a doubt called an American dream is “Cadillac”. It is distinguished by its considerable dimensions and luxurious appearance. It was this brand that became the first registered automobile trade mark in the United States and it is the one that remains the most prestigious on the territory of the New Word through present. Suffice to say that for over 80 years presidents of the USA opt exceptionally for “Cadillac”.
Great Refusal Theory
The date of October 8th, 1906 remained in history as a symbol of the great refusal from well-deserved honours. Finnish writer Arvid Järnefelt receives a letter from Leo Tolstoy, he is eagerly tearing the envelope, looking at writing of Russian novelist “Please try to make it so that I would not be awarded with the Nobel Prize. If it was meant to happen, then it would be very unpleasant for me to refuse from it.”
Kiev historic conference with participation of the Ambassadors of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and the EU
The event was held upon an initiative of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Kiev and the Embassy of Germany in Ukraine. The main subject of the forum discussions was the role of Ukraine in the First World War. Researchers from Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic made presentations focused on various aspects of Ukrainian history in the framework of the big disaster of the XX century.
19.09.2014 | history, diplomacy, ambassador, event
Beautifully ugly Cleopatra
Concept of female beauty changes nearly as often as every century. But universal beauty paragon that not only managed to win hearts of the most influential men of her times but also to net global fancy for thousands and thousands years remains, sure enough, Cleopatra…
09.09.2014 | history, Egypt, personalities
So Sorry for the Bird…
Figurines of dodo bird “invaded” all souvenir shops of Mauritius and its image even managed to become a national symbol complementing to the country’s emblem. But the most grievous thing of all is that all this glory came to Raphus cucullatus after it was completely extinct from the face of Earth – and it took it less then a hundred years…
11.08.2014 | history, nature, Mauritius
Wimbledon: the origins of British traditions
After thousands of sets a lot of water has gone under the bridge (in the literal sense, as rains are their imminent attribute). Please, find below the most interesting facts from the history of the tournament especially from OUTLOOK.
Gate to Ages Past and Gone
On June, 3, 1954 in the Sahara was discovered tomb of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh Sanheta (2570 BC). But today it would be nice to recall the other significant findings, which are now undeservedly forgotten.
AT WHAT PRICE?
When another advanced gadget or new technology miracle enters the market, many of us count our savings anxiously - enough for purchase? In this pursuit of present and future, we quickly forget how it used to be, and what the cost of, for example, the first TV set was.
01.01.1970 | history, tecnologies
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