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Thousands of ways to wish you the best, today and for the rest of your life.

Español - Felices Pascuas y Feliz Año Nuevo
English - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Polish - Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
Afrikaans - Geseende Kerfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar
Amharic - Melkam Yelidet Beaal
Arabic - I'D Miilad Said ous Sana Saida
Armenian - Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri - Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bahasa Malaysia - Selamat Hari Natal
Basque - Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali - Shuvo Baro Din - Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Bohemian - Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian - Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
Breton - Nedeleg laouen na bloav ezh mat
Bulgarian - Vasel Koleda; Tchesti nova godina!
Catalan - Bon nadal i feliç any nou!
Cantonese - Seng Dan Fai Lok, Sang Nian Fai Lok
Choctaw - Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Cornish - Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsican - Pace e salute
Crazanian - Rot Yikji Dol La Roo 
Cree - Mitho…

Chaplin, Dickens and Cervantes: plenty in common

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy when seen in long shot”, used to say Chaplin (Internet Source 1). More than thirty years after his death he still remains one of the most important cinema icons of all times. His biographers say that when Chaplin was a little boy he decided to be a comic after observing his mother representing theatre scenes while he was sick in bed. In 1912 he went to the USA and became the first actor to appear in Time magazine (1925) becoming the biggest cinema icon in the world. His political inclinations crashed against the Committee of Anti-American Activities, that saw in Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940) communist content. In addition, his marriages to very young women caused him much trouble against the establishment. His life always had a tragicomic misfortune even after his death.On 3rd March, 1978 his body was taken from the local cemetery and found two months later.
Chaplin´s career and films have been analysed in many …

The Piccadilly Circus murderer

I have just written a crime short story. I hope you like it.


She lay propped up by pillows as her husband burst into the room to soothe his sore throat with a sherry. The window was half-opened and he could easily hear the paperboy reading aloud the newspaper headline: "Dead banker in Piccadilly Circus. Puzzled police call detective Clemont Turpin".
After gulping down his sherry, he stared at his wife and said: "Mon amour, how is it possible they know faster than me?" And Colette replied: "That is because since Hercule Poirot got retired, the British chief inspector depends on you to solve his most complicated cases."
Suddenly, there was a knock at the hotel door. The knock was so light that Clemont did not hear it, and after a little while, a noise like a bang was heard. Clemont was approaching the door when he noticed that a man in his thirties was actually entering their hotel room. In panic, Clemont fetched the b…

A strange zebra crossing

Last Sundat I went for a run around my neighbourhood and run into a zebra crossing that did not end in the pavement. It is the first zebra crossing I see that ends nowhere. I made me laugh and stopped to film it.

Mi friend Marcin Kikut needs your help

I am writing to you to ask you for help. My friend Marcin is having a very hard time. For the past years he has been fighting with all his strenth against a brain cancer that is leaving him very weak.  This is what he wrote to me yesterday,
Hi Dario!
Sorry to have taken time to get back to you. It is only now that I start to feel decent after the last chemo.
It's been over 2 years now and regretfully I am still fighting. In the meantime I've had a couple of metastasis to the right eye orbit and surroundings and in January this year I had 6 new tumors located in the head and brain area. Went through Gamma Knife radiosurgery here in Warsaw, which we had to pay for ourselves since NFZ does not refund this procedure,at least not yet. Lots of hassle and uncertainty at that time, but I hope it will pay off. Additionally we decided on an alternative DCA treatment supervised by a Clinic in Canada. I have been qualified for the treatment and am already in therapy. There is no need to t…

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