"One day I drove into the city to buy goods for my shop. I repaired antennas and satellite dishes, so I needed some replacement parts. But on the road there was a checkpoint for the Syrian government, and two soldiers came up to my car. They began to argue with each other. ‘Let’s take him,’ said one of them.
'Let him go,' said the other. And they went back and forth, and back and forth. But finally the first man won the argument, and they took me out of my car, put a blindfold on me, and took me to jail. When I got to the jail, they began beating me with a cord. They asked me if I supported the rebels. I kept saying 'No,' but they kept beating me. They took off all my clothes. They said: 'We are going to whip you 35 times, and if you say 'ouch,' we will start from the beginning. They whipped me and kicked me and broke 3 of my ribs.
They said: ‘Tell us how many soldiers you’ve killed.’
I said: ‘None.’
They said: ‘Tell us how many soldiers!”
I said: ‘None. I haven’t killed anyone.’
But they kept beating me and they ripped off my toenails and I screamed: ‘Eleven! Eleven! I killed eleven soldiers!’ So they put me into prison. But I never killed any soldiers. I never fought anyone. I’m a good person. I have a very sweet heart. You believe me when I tell you this, don’t you?”
(Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan)
"My brother went to college in America, and it was very hard for my parents to send him there. My father worked two jobs. I’d always hear him talking to my mother about money troubles. So when I graduated from high school, I went straight to work, to help pay for my brother’s school. I never resented it, because I knew he was more intelligent than me, and he deserved it. But now he has a great job in Australia, and I wish that I’d gone to college. But you know what? That same brother married into a family with two sisters. He married the older sister. And at the wedding, I met the younger sister, we danced, and now we are married. Her name means ‘angel,’ and she is my angel. And I tell her every day that she’s better than being a millionaire. So my brother got his job. And I got my wife." (Dhana, Jordan)
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here I know, but I’ve been super busy with university work and creating my new business, which I’d love you guys to take a look at. I draw British wildlife using watercolour and acrylic paint. I also take commissions so if anyone would like something special, I’d be happy to do it!
Check out my Tumblr blog for a full gallery of my drawings so far:
Or my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleIllustrations
Hope you’re all well and lovely!
“I had forty acres and a new home out in California. I was working as a stone mason. I could bring in $6000 cash some weeks. Then I was walking home one night and someone tried to kill me. I got brain damage. I lost my sense of smell, my sense of taste, most of my hearing, and now I can barely stand without getting dizzy. I must have fallen and cracked my head open thirty times since then. Everything I knew has been washed out into the water. I’ve tried to commit suicide several times.”
Remember your mortality
Headdress & Winged Harness designed and made by Rob Goodwin
Costume Design: David Bamber
Photographer: Diego Indraccolo
Ballerina: Ksenia Ovsyanick
COSTUME DESIGNER QUICK PROFILE: ARIANNE PHILLIPS
Arianne Phillips is not just a costume designer but also Madonna’s stylist. Maybe it is her experience with Madonna and other musical artists that gave her inspiration for her memorable TANK GIRL designs. Check out some of her films below.
- W.E. (2012)
- Knight and Day (2010)
- A Single Man (2009)
- 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
- Walk the Line (2005)
- Swept Away (2002)
- One Hour Photo (2002)
- Girl, Interrupted (1999)
- The Mod Squad (1999)
- The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
- Tank Girl (1995)
- The Crow (1994)
- Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993)
paper marbling caterinasforzas
fill a tray with water. blow, fan, stir, dab, and drag paint or colored ink across its surface. put a sheet of washi paper on top to stain it with the floating art.
though called “turkish” paper marbling by europeans, this design technique was developed in east asia, central asia, and the islamic world. it is an important part of turkic, tajik, indian, and other asian and middle eastern cultures.
The Psychedelic Art of Paper Marbling
Oguz Uygur, a Turkish filmmaker, documents his parents’ craft of Ebru, transforming floating inks into delicate patterns. Using close-ups and shallow depth of field, he captures the detail in their artistry, which involves mixing inks with thin wires.
Happy birthday to the great William Shakespeare who was born on this day (23rd April) 450 years ago.
Tonight the BBC aired the final part of it’s latest period drama - Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. And what a treat it has been.
Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and starring Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay the 3 part series tells the story of Marry Yellan and her tortured experience at her uncle’s Inn.
The drama is gritty, dark, romantic, sad and real. It’s heroine is strong and determined and because she’s not portrayed as typically “pretty”; so much more to be admired. So much more believable.
What I loved was the BBC’s determination to not shy away from the brutal realities of what smugglers in the 19th century did. It’s shocking in a way that’s manageable to a viewer but honest in the disgusting and brutal ways of the criminals that have almost become a thing of folklore.
Without a doubt a great adaptation of a fantastic story that regret I haven’t read already. If you want an adaptation with something new to give, check this out now on BBC iplayer.