Posidonia 2014 welcomes World to Greece

From All About Shipping, here

Posidonia 2014 welcomes World to Greece

The Makers and Shakers off Greece's Shipping Triumph

More than 1.800 Exhibitors from 93 countries and 19.000 visitors meet in Athens

Posidonia 2014, the world’s most prestigious shipping exhibition, which opens next week at the Athens Metropolitan Expo, will be the biggest in the event’s long history with organizers confirming new records in terms of participant countries and exhibition size, and the conferences and seminars program marking a significant growth compared to the 2012 event.

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33 Painfully True Facts About Everyday Life

Very funny, and revealing. Published in Bored Panda, here

33 Painfully True Facts About Everyday Life

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Danish writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler – the creative duo known as Wumo – has created a brilliant series of graphs that illustrate some of the basic painful truths of everyday life in the Western world.

Their graphs and diagrams are snarky and sarcastic but, for the most part, true. This, coupled with their simple and official-looking design, makes them a delight to look at.

Have a look here, it is really worth it…

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Greece faces long road to recovery, despite financial rebound

Today was a big day for Greece’s struggle to become normal again. There are some smiles around, but a lot of hard effort still ahead. The following article at Hellenic Shipping News here is a very good account on what is going on on the ground.

Greece faces long road to recovery, despite financial rebound

Nikos Mavrikos has fired half of his employees since 2010 as the Greek economy imploded, leaving his ship supply business on the verge of collapse. February marked a turning point, however: Mavrikos made a hire, his first in four years.

“People are slowly starting to trust Greece again,” says Mavrikos, who hopes to take on even more employees soon at his family-owned business.

Greece is experiencing a remarkable financial recovery. Just two years ago, the country was expected to default and exit the euro, possibly setting off a messy unraveling of the entire currency bloc.

Today, after a tough regime of layoffs, wage cuts and reductions in government spending, factories are beginning to hum again, Greeks are starting to buy cars and other products again and the country is being courted in financial markets. The government is looking to the end of a tough international emergency aid program at the end of the year.

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Plane buffs captured Flight 370 in images before disappearance

This intriguing mystery with MH370 will certainly create a lot of stories in the years to come, notwithstanding our awful feelings about the apparent heavy loss of life. One of the most fascinating stories has appeared on CNN, here. The title is a bit misleading, but never mind…

Plane buffs captured Flight 370 in images before disappearance

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(CNN) — A few months before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, an enthusiastic plane spotter named Gunnar Kullenberg heard Malaysia Airlines was about to stop flying to the United States. He wanted a photograph of its majestic Boeing 777-200 and planted himself at the Los Angeles airport at dawn. That’s where he snapped a photo of the airplane dancing in the glowing sky.

“I didn’t think much of it, other than that it was a beautiful fall day here in Southern California,” Kullenberg recalled.

Ercan Karakas, an airline captain, captured a similar image in Istanbul in January 2012. “I’m a spotter. I love to watch and photograph the takeoffs of heavy aircrafts,” he wrote of the experience. “I know they are not a metal, flying bird; they connect thousands of people in a journey to happiness.”

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Amazing starry time-lapse video of Corfu

A truly amazing video for Corfu was posted on CNN here

Amazing starry time-lapse video of Corfu

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(CNN)Corfu‘s tourism board should thank Vasilis Metallinos and John Miliadis.

“Corfu Nightscapes — A Company of Stars” is the pair’s stunning five-minute video comprising 60,000 photos taken between 2010 and 2014 by Metallinos.

If you’re not inspired to head to Greece after seeing it, you probably didn’t full-screen this tribute to Hellenic beauty.

You MUST see it here

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Scrap metal find turns out to be $33 million Faberge golden egg

The real power of Google. Just read this on CNN here. Stunning!

Scrap metal find turns out to be $33 million Faberge golden egg

Carl Faberge's jewelery workshop made 50 Easter eggs for the Russian royal family, each taking a year or more to craft. According to Faberge, designs were produced in the greatest secrecy, "the only pre-requisite being that they contained a surprise."

(CNN) — A $14,000 jumble sale find turned into millions of dollars for a man who’d been thwarted in his attempts to turn a quick profit by selling the tiny ornament to scrap metal dealers.

The man, who hails from the Midwest but wishes to remain anonymous, had been left financially stretched after he apparently overestimated what the tiny golden egg would be worth once melted down. He’d been hoping to make $500.

In a fit of desperation one night last year, he typed “egg” and the name engraved on the clock it contained — “Vacheron Constantin” — into Google.

His search brought up a 2011 article in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper describing a “frantic search” for the object: the Third Imperial Easter Egg, made by Faberge for the Russian royal family and estimated to be worth 20 million pounds ($33 million).

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Really awesome… If you ever wrote something (like a book, or anything, really), you will visualize this very fast. Published in Huffington Post here

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

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Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.

And psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it’s not just a stereotype of the “tortured artist” — artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person.

“It’s actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self,” Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, told The Huffington Post. “The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self … Imaginative people have messier minds.”

While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.

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