Van Gogh’s Suicide Gun

The rusty 7 mm revolver that Van Gogh allegedly used for killing himself with in 1890 has sold for €162,500 ($183,000) in an auction. Is the auctioned pistol really the same weapon the painter had used on July 27, 1890 to kill himself? The pistol, a Lefaucheux, was found in the same field where the artist was shot by a farmer in the 1960s.  It is impossible to confirm but the auctioneer M. Grégoire Veyrès indicated that the identity of the...

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Review: Hauser Super Dark Mechanical Pencil

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Flair Writing Industries Limited, an ISO: 9001 company, offers ‘HAUSER’ (Germany) writing products since 2014. Mechanical pencil is my everyday writing instrument, and I have been using Hauser Super Dark 0.7 mm clutch pencils for scribbling notes or preparing first drafts. I...

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Towards a more Sensible Ecology

We must not allude to one sole reason to emphasize the need of meeting the environmental challenge. Let us also trust our senses, those very elements of our being, which make us see the ravages caused by the concrete structures and hear the silence of a spring without the presence of a single bird. For each and every one of us, the link with nature is first and foremost a wide range of perceptions, sensations and emotions. The primary pathway...

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Apple’s Irrational Success

In a way, Apple’s crazy success embodies the aberrations of global capitalism. Here’s a company that sells much less than its competitors: Chinese Huawei has just overtaken the US behemoth to become the second largest mobile phone manufacturer, behind the number one, the Korean Samsung. Apple, the former champion of innovation (remember the frenzy created by the iMac or the iPod?) didn‘t make a breakthrough since its first iPhone in the last...

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It’s a new Ireland

Fourteen years in prison. That was the punishment for Irish women who resorted to abortion till May 25, 2018. A day later, it is a new Ireland. This is the kind of referendum that reconciles one with referendums. The Irish vote on Friday, May 25 to legalise abortion resulted in a tidal wave in favour of a repeal of the constitutional amendment banning voluntary termination of pregnancy in the republic. In a counter-example of the referendum on...

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