It is a sign of the times. Change is imminent and the dominance of power is likely to swing east. The 2008 Olympics will be held in China on a grand and spectacular scale. Preparations are already at hand from mascots and theme songs to the training for gold. No detail is left to chance as China awakens to its new role as a major economic player and a leader in the east. The torch, a culturally and historically rich symbol for the Olympic Games, will not only carry the flame of the Games but represent the spirit and passion of the Chinese in an international event. Thus, the design of the torch is not only technologically advanced but also culturally significant.
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If panties make you feel desire, ecstasy and put you in a kinky mood, they make other men feel horror, fear and great insult. The superstitious Myanmar military has an abhorrence of contact with women’s panties because they believe women’s panties – thongs, sexy bikinis, or XL sized grandmother’s underwear – sap their strength.
In a campaign to protest the military crackdown on monks, women hit the testosterone-dominated army one below the belt. In a move that signified great insult, panties of various sizes and shapes were hurled at the Myanmar Embassy in UK, Australia, Thailand and the Philippines. One never knew panties had such power and could speak such great volumes.
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The most remarkable 15th century mural painting created by the famous scientist cum artist Leornardo Da Vinci, The Last Supper (known as Cenacolo in Italian) is now available on the internet. An Italian digital imaging firm, HAL9000, has published a high-resolution image (16giga pixel) showing the scene of the last supper from the final days of Jesus as narrated in the Gospel of John 1:21, , when Jesus announces that one of his twelve disciples would betray him. The availability of this mural will give conspiracy theorists to make a detailed analysis and to find out the mysterious hiding behind.
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Sony Ericsson has recently launched a good-looking MBW-150 Bluetooth-enabled wristwatch that comes in three versions including Classic, Music and Executive editions, designed together with a world expert in watch technology – Fossil. They can act as a wireless remote, vibrating call notifier and even display the caller ID which allows the consumers to choose to reject, mute or pick up the call.
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It seems that Chinese cinematography must go through these rites of passage before it reaches maturity. Though Chinese directors have successfully penetrated the Hollywood market with movies of traditional sword fighting and actors in flowing robes, they have to grapple with Western ideals and values to retain the serious interest of the Hollywood audience. While Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon may arouse the interest of an international audience piqued by the mystique of China’s rising influence, the admiration is a passing fad. Thus, Ang Lee’s following movie, Brokeback Mountain, addresses the controversial issue of gays in the traditional setting of western or cowboy country. Gay rights is a major and thorny issue in the west though it is still largely kept under covers in the east. The hauntingly romantic and fresh perspective of the movie by a Chinese director earned the movie numerous accolades at the Oscars.
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