Jewish Passover and Christian Easter: What Do They Have In Common?

Detail of Da Vinci Last Supper by Giacomo Raffaelli
Detail of Da Vinci Last Supper by Giacomo Raffaelli -- click to enlarge

It is a little known fact that, in the early Eastern Christian churches, the timing of the celebration of Easter was based on the date of the Jewish Passover.

According to ancient records Jesus was crucified just before Passover. The famous last supper was the day before that. While the sacrificial lambs were being slaughtered for Passover, Jesus was undergoing crucifixion and so became the ultimate sacrificial lamb.

In the Jewish tradition Passover is the 8 day observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt in 1446 BCE during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II (1279 BCE — 1213 BCE) or, according to some scholars Amenhotep II (1436 BCE — 1410 BCE).
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Fantastic Realism Art Work of Russian Artist Boris Indrikov

LEPIDOPTERA. 2001
LEPIDOPTERA. 2001 oil on canvas 50 X 70 cm -- Artist: Boris Indrikov (click to enlarge).

Boris Indrikov is a talented and original artist born in Leningrad in 1967 and now lives and works in Moscow . From 1991 to 1997 he was a book designer and worked as an illustrator for the popular science magazine “Chemistry and Life.”

He has been a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and the UNESCO International Federation of Artists since 1998.

Boris has exhibited works at a number of shows in Russia and abroad. He exhibited at the Moscow Art Fair, Art-Manezh in 2002 and 2003, and Drommar in Nykoping, Sweden in 2004. He currently works in painting, graphic design and small-form plastic. He works mainly in fantastic realism.

Indrikov’s artworks are featured in the Horizon Gallery in the Netherlands and appear in private collections all over the world including in Russia , Sweden , Germany , France , Switzerland , Japan and the United States (5 photos).
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Wild Horses at Sunset on the Bot River Estuary

Wild Horses grazing at sunset
The Bot River Wild Horses grazing at sunset -- Photo: John Bradfield

Today at sunset I strolled down to the “lagoon” otherwise known as the Bot River Estuary. Lo and behold, the wild horses were grazing on the grassy banks in the distance about 200 meters (650 feet) away.

The Bot River Estuary which lies at the edge of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve near Hermanus in the Western Cape of South Africa

Fortunately I had my camera with me and I decided to get nearer and take some photos. As I approached them the three stallions in the herd watched me carefully before deciding that I was not a threat. In the fading light I was able to take a few — uploaded here for your enjoyment (4 photos).

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South Africa’s Kirstenbosch Exhibit for 2011 Chelsea Flower Show

Designer David Davidson
Designer David Davidson With a Scale Model of the Kirstenbosch Entry -- Photo: Charles O'Leary

A scale model of the Kirstenbosch exhibit which is South Africa’s entry to the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London is seen here on display at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. The finished display will cover a 12 x 12 meter (39 x 39 feet) area.

Designers, David Davidson and Raymond Hudson will be exhibiting for the eighteenth time this year. For the past 35 years, the Kirstenbosch-SA Exhibit has won 30 Gold medals, two Silver-Gilt medals and three Silver medals, as well as various special awards for outstanding contributions. The two designers will win a special ‘Gold Prize’ from the Scion shop if they win another Gold Award in this year’s show.

The show will run from the 24th to 27th of May, 2011. All the plants used in the show are indigenous to South Africa. However, because some are annuals, usually flowering in Spring in South Africa, plants will be sourced from Keintzler in Germany. South African plants are a common sight in Europe where their cultivation has become quite commonplace (5 Photos).
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Property Defects Full Disclosure Required By Consumer Protection Act

Property defects must be fully disclosed
Property defects must be fully disclosed

Under the new Consumer Protection Act full disclosure of property defects or potential defects has become essential.

From 1 April 2011, developers, speculators, and investors with property portfolios who sell property in their ordinary course of business can no longer rely on the Voetstoots clause to limit their liability for defects. In fact the new act makes it illegal not to specify these in writing. Failure to do so can have dire consequences and could even lead to the cancellation of the sale and a full refund of the purchase price.

Previously the voetstoots clause (voetstoots is a term derived from Roman Dutch Law and means literally “as is”) protected the seller who was able to rely on the fact that it was the buyers responsibility to examine the property for any defects on the principal of caveat emptor or “buyer beware.” Continue reading Property Defects Full Disclosure Required By Consumer Protection Act

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Terry Kobus Hermanus Based South African Artist

White Nguni Bull
White Nguni Bull - Oil on canvas 762 x 1016 -- Artist: Terry Kobus

Local artist Terry Kobus is known for exquisite paintings of South Africa’s indigenous Nguni Cattle. Armed with a camera and his artists sketchbook he rides a mountain bike into remote rural areas where these unique indigenous cattle can be found.

Terry works in oil and on wood and canvas to capture the magic of the grasslands of Zululand, the Drakensberg and the Transkei wild coast.

Terry has exhibited internationally and has a number of works featured in international collections. If you wander down Hermanus’s main street you will find him in his Originals Gallery. He has a working studio there where you can see him at work.

Originals Gallery & Framing – the studio of Overberg Artist Terry Kobus

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Rhino Massacre in South Africa Continues

Black Rhinocerous
Black Rhinocerous (Diceros bicornis) -- Photo: prob1t on Flickr

In South Africa, home to 90% of the world’s population of rhinos, a war against internationally funded rhino poachers is losing ground.

Last year 333 were killed, nearly half of them in the Kruger National Park. The year before that it was 209. The year before that, in 2008, the total jumped to a staggering 83 rhinos from a previous year total of only 17. The accelerating numbers are a real cause for concern. In the first three months of 2011 it’s already reached 81. This is in spite of some rigorous countermeasures.

Well resourced and highly organized crime syndicates are now equipped with helicopters, night vision equipment, high-tech weapons, tranquilizer darts and chain saws. The horns are taken in efficient military-style operations with little regard for the animals and often with gruesome results. Continue reading Rhino Massacre in South Africa Continues

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SmartBird Robot Design That Flies Like a Bird

The SmartBird is designed by leading-edge German company Festo. SmartBird is a remarkable and amazing marriage between Biology and Machine.

One of the most enduring of engineering challenges, a call that once inspired the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, has been met: the quest to create a machine to successfully mimic the complex wing movements of birds and in the process achieve flight.

Now for the first time this dream has been adequately fulfilled. The SmartBird elegantly reproduces the wing movements of birds with a brilliant concept. The result is an astonishing creation that can take off, fly and land autonomously, and achieve this with an unprecedented efficiency in flight operation. Continue reading SmartBird Robot Design That Flies Like a Bird

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South African Sunset Painted By The Master Scientist

South African Sunset
South African Sunset over the Bot River Estuary -- Photo: John Bradfield. Taken with a Canon Powershot A460

This photo was taken just after sunset with a Canon Powershot A460. If you painted this incredibly beautiful sky just this way . . well, it would look as if you changed your mind somewhere, wouldn’t it?

The Bot River Estuary lies against the foothills of the Kogelberg mountains in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and only 20 kilometers outside Hermanus, South Africa. At bottom right part of the Kogelberg mountain range is just visible.

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932 — 2011)

Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor -- Artist: Max Tegman on Flickr

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (27 February 1932 – 23 March 2011) died yesterday morning at the age of 79.

“I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else.”

Oscar-winning actress and super-star, Elizabeth Taylor, starred in over 50 Hollywood movies. She was a committed AIDS activist, raising in excess of $200 million dollars for AIDS research.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1999.

Update: Elizabeth Taylor was buried alongside her last ever love letter from Richard Burton. She had kept the romantic note on her dressing table for 27 years.


Artist: Max Tegman on Flickr

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