Incredible reproduction of Van Gogh masterpieces

 

Painter Zhao Xiaoyong works on a copy of a self-portrait by Van Gogh.

I chanced upon an episode of Witness on the Aljazeera cable television and I was glued to my seat watching it, such that I decided to share it with you.

This short film by Haibo Yu and Kiki Tianqi Yu shows the incredible talent displayed by a family of painters and some friends in duplicating the famous works of art by renowned artists, which in this particular case were those of the Netherland’s famous son, Vincent van Gogh. The much talked about Chinese painter here is Zhao Xiaoyong.

While we are confronted with stories of fake news now-a-days, stories about fake paintings coming from all over, but especially from China, has been with us for a long time that it no longer surprises us.

What is amazingly surprising, however, is the prolificacy by which these fake paintings are being produced by poor, migrant people eking out a living in a crummy place.

Enjoy reading the short article and be amazingly entertained watching the video by clicking at this website: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2018/02/dreaming-vincent-china-copy-artists-180208090217935.html.

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Eid al-Fitr and Trillanes’ continuing woe

First let me greet Happy Eid al-Fitr to the Muslims all over the world, but especially our brothers and sisters in Marawi City who are suffering the misfortune of having their tranquil lives outrageously disturbed and bedeviled by the Maute-ISIS militants.

Muslims are celebrating the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday with prayers as they mark the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

It is my fervent hope and prayer that the Marawi siege will end soon with government helping rebuild the lives of people and in the forefront of reconstructing the damaged city.

On a much different note I cannot help but share with you this video that reflects nothing but the continuing woe of Sen. Antonio Trillanes.

Nobody, but nobody really wants to be in the shoes of Trillanes now. He made a big boo-boo of himself during the highly watched interview he had with BBC’s ‘Hard Talk’ host Stephen Sakur that it looks like he has become the butt of jokes already.

It Trillanes thinks that his predicament in the interview will come to pass as swiftly as it shamefully happened to him, he is wrong for this will forever remain a stigma on his persona that he should start kissing his political ambitions good-bye.

Good for him and enjoy this video!

 

‘Balls’ of steel

 

ballsThat is what this gongfu (kung fu) master has literally – ‘balls’ of steel!

I thought man’s family jewels (testicles) were the weakest and fragile part of man’s body that would bring one to his knees with wrenching pain once it gets hit.

Every male, one time or another, must have experienced the excruciating pain felt following a direct hit! You can ask a boxer who has been at the receiving end of a low blow.

Until I saw this video I did not have the faintest idea that there was such a training that would turn this vulnerable part of man’s body into an unsusceptible ‘balls’ of steel or iron crotch.

Check this link out about Master Wei Yaobin and his followers and if you are a male person I am sure you will keep on grimacing at every blow that hits its mark!

But what i found painfully funny are the self-flagellations!

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/move-over-ip-man-meet-iron-crotch-man

Cruelty of sun bears at the Bandung zoo

 

sunbears_230117_stI do not know if you have read about or seen already the woeful condition and the pathetic sight of the sun bears found inside the Bandung zoo in Indonesia’s West Java province.

Am sure there are more miserable looking animals inside but the sun bear is singled out here in this video and link of an article that I am sharing perhaps because of its rarity.

The sun bear, which is considered the smallest of the bears, can only be found in tropical forest habitats of Southeast Asia, and has been classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) because of its depleted suitable habitat caused by deforestation.

While it is bad that they are kept in the zoo for public display, it is even worse for their kind because they cannot do what they are suppose to do if they were in the wild, what with their long tongue 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in) to extract insects and honey and with their large paws and large sickle-shaped claws, which is believe to be an adaptation for climbing trees.

This video that I am sharing, which was taken by Indonesia-based Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, only shows how inadequate the funding perhaps to make the animals healthy and the facility to remain sustainable.

But what is even worse perhaps is the lack of trained personnel to run the zoo.

What a pitiable sight indeed.

For more on the subject you can also visit this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/skeletal-sun-bears-indonesia-zoo_us_58819d50e4b0e3a735684c7f.

The case of the snotty receptionist

I got this joke from a friend and I thought I would share it with you, well, just for a change and for some laughter.

But you know what – this may sound funny, but there are really some doctor’s receptionists out there that are just as overbearing and unsympathetic as the one featured here.

Obviously, you will notice that the patient here is a senior citizen and a quick witted one who administered to her a quick dose of her own medicine – and even worse!

That is all one has to do to put this type of puffed-up clerks in their right place.

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Yesterday I had an appointment to see the urologist for a prostate exam. Of course I was a bit on edge because all my friends have either gone under the knife or had those pellets implanted

The waiting room was filled with patients.

As I approached the receptionist’s desk, I noticed that she was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler.

I gave her my name, and in a very loud voice, she said, 

“YES, I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE. YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE, RIGHT?

All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at me, a now very embarrassed man. But as usual, I recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied,

“NO, I’VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON’T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS.”

The room erupted in applause!

 

 

 

 

The amazing truth about Trevor Noah

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This is something new that I am doing. It may not be the last one.

For those who do not know Trevor Noah, haven’t heard of him spoken about or much less haven’t had the chance to listen to him, the video you are about to see, I am sure, will captivate you.

Compared to Jon Stewart, an American stand-up comedian who gained acclaim as an acerbic, satirical critic of personality-driven shows when he hosted The Daily Show (1999-2015) on Comedy Central, Noah, the man who took over Stewart’s talk show program is a much lesser light.

But slowly and surely Noah, the stand-up comedian from Soweto in South Africa is making a mark of his comedic personality and wit, and while not exactly filling up the shoes of the much loved Stewart, more and more people, including other famous talk show hosts in America, are recognizing his potential for greatness, as well.

What makes Noah intriguing is his mixed-race ancestry having a Swiss- German for a father and a South African mother of Xhosa ancestry. What made it even worse, if not daunting, is the fact that his parents’ relationship was illegal at the time of his birth under aparthied. His mother was jailed and fined by the South African white minority government, and his father later moved back to Switzerland.

I will leave it up for you to consult Wikipedia to learn more about Noah or Stewart, for that matter, and/or their respective satirical news programs.

The only reason why I am doing this differently is because I want to share with you the book that Noah has written, “Born a Crime”, from which he reads excerpts of some overwhelming and heart-stirring stories about his life as he is being interviewed by somebody of his own color.

What a struggle! What a success! All despite being ‘born a crime’.

As it has moved and impressed me, I am sure you, too, will feel the same, and perhaps even more.