BBC (ended 2012)
|Glad to see you as well! I am enjoying every moment! Never knew how precious freedom really was!|
|Where do you find all those fonts and stuff! Pretty great searcher and researcher you are...|
|Don't worry, you'd perfectly pronounce Serbian, because every letter carries only one sound, so it's very easy concerning phonetics. As for grammar, I sometimes wonder myself how I learned it...|
English is a nightmare with all it phonetic sounds etc. The children i teach are learning to read phonetically, it's working mostly but is playing havoc with their spellings as the sounds and letters don't always line up!
|I used to have a solid knowledge of German, but now I just know how to present myself and that's all, and that's mostly due to lack of practical use of it.|
|"Parlais vouz Frances" (I don't know French nor do I like it, so sorry if I made some terrible mistake in this other sentence).|
|when I decided that I don't care if I made some mistake in plurals, or forgot to add that famous 's' to present simple third person singular - I finally managed to talk in English, and not to make as many mistakes as I thought I would.|
|I read that Basque are actually the indigenous people of Europe. In a way, they are the "original" Europeans, and their language is, as I understood, an isolate language, totally different from other European languages. |
Have you heard of that theory of Basques being indigenous to Europe, like for example, Native Americans were indigenous to North and South America?
|And I know it's not important, but are you Basque or Spanish?|
|this civilization, of which the traces remain in Vincha near Belgrade, had a period of complete peace that lasted for some two thousand years!|
|Being Basque I've of course heard of it. Basque is older than all languages known and shares no resemblance with any. Wherever it originated, it didn't become affected by any other and managed to survive throughout the centuries which is pretty amazing especially since it's been tried to be erradicated during the time of Franco the Spanish dictator (people were forbidden to use it on penalty of death).|
That can sometimes be the case with the things that are strictly forbidden. The harder you push them down, the fiercer they defend themselves. My people were pushed that way by the Turks - The Ottoman Empire - for centuries, and everything was forbidden, but in the end we were the first of the oppressed people who claimed independence, and some have theory that actually our language is the means by which we won the battle. The language was affected, but it survived, and with it the feeling of nationality.
I've never heard how Basque language sounds, it must be very interesting to listen to all the new words. As I said, I'm learning Finnish at the moment, and it's quite different from other languages as well. Most of the words are new, unknown to me, and that's fantastic, like opening a magic vault
|I consider myself 100% Basque. The Basque Country claims its independence from Spain although it uses the wrong means (terrorism). It is a huge political issue. One of those topics we talked a while ago that are better left for ourselves, remember? I usually say I'm Spanish unless I'm talking to a Spaniard. The rest of the world wouldn't know where the Basque Country is, some don't even know where Spain is|
Yeah, I remember that discussion, I agree it's all politics. I assumed you were Basque, but I wasn't certain, so I asked. I agree that some people in this world probably don't know where Spain is There are much more ignorant people than one would guess...
And about that 2000 years of peace, it's amazing. Those people were agricultural neolithic society who worshiped mother-earth, and by looking at the statues they made you see this progression from war to peace. At first these figures of goddesses were rounded, sort-of chubby, and very hospitable: a typical statue would be of a woman with big breasts (symbolizing fertility) stretching her arms at her sides as though she is going to give someone a huge hug of welcome. As times progressed, and Indo-European invaders made their way into these territories, the statues changed also. Now the chubby lady became a thin woman holding in her hands two thunders (symbolizing weapons, war), and apart from female goddesses, male counterparts began to appear, gods of war and alike. And that was end of paradise that lasted.
It's something our professor called the First Europe which was truly united by peace, unlike many other Unified Europes that use wars to achieve peace.
|That can sometimes be the case with the things that are strictly forbidden. The harder you push them down, the fiercer they defend themselves.|
|My people were pushed that way by the Turks - The Ottoman Empire - for centuries, and everything was forbidden, but in the end we were the first of the oppressed people who claimed independence, and some have theory that actually our language is the means by which we won the battle. The language was affected, but it survived, and with it the feeling of nationality.|
|I've never heard how Basque language sounds, it must be very interesting to listen to all the new words.|
It is amazing how History can be read through the cultural and artistical manifestations. The least we wish for, the happier we seem to be. Fits people who were content with which mother nature would give them. The only weapon those people needed were farming implements and tools. Progress is not always a good thing.
|Think of the Great Dragon, being the last of his kind. Doesn't he have all the right to hate Uther?|
I concur with you, he has every right. As a ruler, Uther is perhaps successful, and doing the best he can, but as a man, he is hypocritical and ruthless, and has killed a lot more people than the Great Dragon did. Not to mention the fact that 90% of the series is based upon the past that is haunting him, but mostly hurting others, the most obvious and catastrophic example being the release of the Great Dragon.
|here is a typical Basque song for kids. It has the lyrics so you can satisfy your curiosity about new sounds|
I listened to it, it sounds very interesting, and jolly, but that's probably because it's a song for kids And what does "handitzen handitzen" mean?
|It is amazing how History can be read through the cultural and artistical manifestations. The least we wish for, the happier we seem to be. Fits people who were content with which mother nature would give them. The only weapon those people needed were farming implements and tools. Progress is not always a good thing.|
Progress... I have another impression that's very fresh, compared to the previous ten-year olds Well, I went to Belgrade on Monday to see Avatar 3D, since the cinema in my city is currently under reconstruction and isn't working. Due to the string of bad luck that's been with me these days, in the cinema I found out there weren't any free tickets, so I traveled some 300 km from here to there, and back again, for nothing But that's not the point. 'Cause see, this cinema was located in a sort-of gigantic shopping mall, with tens of shops, restaurants, clubs, and what not. And there were like hundreds of people everywhere, talking, chatting, eating, eating, drinking, smoking, laughing, buying, buying, buying, and there was so much noise that I was a bit disoriented. I don't have agoraphobia but suspect that I could have easily get one there. Then I went into a huge store (perhaps not incidentally called 'Mammoth' which sells books, CDs, DVDs, notebooks, pencils; then I went into another store with technical items, and there were computers big and small, cell-phones, numerous gadgets. But the one thing that was common to them all were, of course, the prices. The prices everywhere. And I thought, do we really need all this stuff. Do I need this high-tech gadget that I will probably have to replace in a year or two with a newer one? And, anyway, who is going to buy all these things? You may call me conservative, but I don't like this commercialism everywhere, the fact that everything is made in great numbers for the masses, nothing is personal, nothing has some peculiar, one of a kind character that makes it unique, like some handiworks, like a poem, a short story... And when I think of it, I won't be surprised if they invent some machines that will compose poems like in a factory.
Again I will appear conservative if I say that I like long walks. They are best if they are in some park, or by a lake, but you don't need the park or the lake, you just need people, and some real talk. Walk and talk. And I know I am not perfect either, and am also double-faced in all this argument because I am - or used to be - a sort of technomaniac, but now I really feel sick of all this technological process that has thrown us into circulus vitiousus consisting of buy-repair-buy new phases that repeat themselves. I do rely on my computer a lot, and this chat in this "Rising Sun" of ours proves it: but at least we are thousands of kilometres apart, and this is the only way; the fact is some people connect through social networks with the friends that basically live almost in the same street as they do.
And of course this buy-repair-buy new cycle forces us to always seek something new, to upgrade, to acquire, to pile up things, then throw them out of the house or something like that, and I also ask myself, where does all that techno-garbage go, when it's done with. Some of it goes to recycling, of course, but there is a lot that just pollutes this planet.
My professor of philosophy wisely said that if a man wants to be happy he has to have small needs, not to want many things, but to be satisfied with what he has. And this professor isn't that wise, if he were wiser, he would realize that most of the time he is just having a monologue about himself
Anyway, that's what you said, Esther, these people had a long period of peace because they were satisfied with what they had, with the land to till, and their simple life. They may have lived shorter than we do, they may have known lesser than we do, but they lived in peaceful life. And more and more I just like small places, small towns, as opposed to these metropolis-****places, where there is no quietness.
Now, to stop the preaching, that's what progress word reminded me of. And let's imagine (because this is pub after all ) that I was some drunken guy unsatisfied with something, having a long monologue, but I'm different from him 'cause I know I have probably bored you to some extent (Internet texts are much harder to read than those on paper, I figure those Dostoyevskian monologues will be very hard to read on this Kindle thing ), and for that I apologize.
|I listened to it, it sounds very interesting, and jolly, but that's probably because it's a song for kids And what does "handitzen handitzen" mean?|
|My professor of philosophy wisely said that if a man wants to be happy he has to have small needs, not to want many things, but to be satisfied with what he has.|
Thanks for the Basque song explanation!
|I used to take these walks to the lighthouse at sunset with my dog. It was just him and me and a bunch of fishermen watching their rods coffee in hand. I would sit by the ocean and let the breeze make a mess of my hair as I felt the salty taste of the waves on my lips. I would just sit there, stroke my dog and realize that life was perfect and simple and enjoyable. That I was tiny compared to that ocean but that it was alright. My dog died some two years ago and I have never found the courage to go, sit and lean against that lighthouse again.|
I had a dog as well, he died some three months ago, he was only six months old, some mean people poisoned him. He was a Labrador Retriever, and one of the gentlest dogs I have ever seen, and crazy about guests. And he was a great, great friend, always up for a game. Humans should learn from dogs about loyalty, really... Dog will always walk with you, always will have time for you, whenever you come home, he will greet you with joy, wagging his tail. I remember when I took him, everyone told me how it was a great obligation - and it is, at times it is quite an obligation. But when he passed away, I realized how the place is somehow empty, and I would carriy twice the burden if I could bring him back.
|I do rely on my computer a lot as well, but it doesn't prevent me from enjoying any other of the little pleasures that I love: reading, writing, making puzzles, and talking to people. I have a Facebook account (that I never use) and I was surprised when all my friends (the ones who live close by) sent me friending requests.|
I also rarely use Facebook, and made an account for the sake of some cousins that live in other towns. I actually used to loath it. Now I show up now and then, but still I think I have posted something on that wall three times in six months.
And about cell-phones. I hate them, always did, and always will. I had no intention of buying one, but received it as a birthday present. And it's funny how things change in communication. When I was a kid, and some other kid wanted me to go out, he would stand under my window (I live in an apartment on the first floor) and yell "Daaaankoooo!" Then people would call me on my home phone, but since the cell-phones entered the picture, almost no one calls me on my home-phone, and interestingly, many of them are ashamed if someone else would pick up the phone, and they would have to present themselves or something. They are so used to contacting a person directly without need to introduce, that now it's kind of unsettling thing if someone else answers Then you've got all these strategies, like, 'I'll ring you at your cell-phone, and then I'll call you at your home...' Which is ridiculous...
I congratulate one of my friends, he still hasn't got a cell-phone, and nowadays that's quite an achievement
*Crashes into the raising sun* It's the weekend everyone!! Woop!!
I must addmit i have facebook and use it a lot! Mainly to keep in contact for free with my friends from home and around the world, i also love things like IM so that i can chat with my twin sis who's at uni miles and miles away from me. I know i could (and probably should) call her but its cheeper to use IM. As for mobiles I've got one but only really use it for quick calls when im out and about to find out where friends are and for texting my family and friends with small bits of info which don't merit a phone call! In my student house we do have a landline which most of use to recieve phone calls from our parents, mine in particular phone twice a week and we talk for about an hour at time to make sure i'm fine! I think facebook and texting has its place but its still nice to have someone shout up the stairs "Sarah! Your mum's on the phone!"
I'm so sorry about your dog, Danko *hugs* I can't believe someone poisoned him I really despise animal abusers! Golden Retrievers and Labrador are probably my favourite breed, they are so intelligent, loyal and friendly... people should learn indeed a great deal from dogs, they are loving and faithful and only expect some love returned. I have always grown up with doggies and cats and I think a kid's life is much enriched because of that. I know how shallow one feels when we lose them, I'm so so sorry. How was he called? Here's my dog, Hotz (Basque for 'Cold' ). He was an adorable Samoy that lived for almost 15 years, pretty good for his breed:
This is Kika, my kitty:
Lol, yeah I remember how it was to be call and be called at the top of someone's lungs to go out and then to come back for lunch. My neighbourhood is pretty quiet so kids still do that here, I always remember it with a smile.
|They are so used to contacting a person directly without need to introduce, that now it's kind of unsettling thing if someone else answers Then you've got all these strategies, like, 'I'll ring you at your cell-phone, and then I'll call you at your home...' Which is ridiculous|
|*Crashes into the raising sun* It's the weekend everyone!! Woop!!|
*huggles her Merlin friends*
|it's still nice to have someone shout up the stairs "Sarah! Your mum's on the phone!"|