Chanel Gets the Eastern Bloc Treatment –

Who would have thought a 100-year-old matyo would be the perfect accessory for a Chanel knit sweater? Or that a Polish university could be the quintessential backdrop for a Parisian pearl-embroidered frock? Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz-Farago did: The photographer and stylist make the East-meets-West connection between Chanel and former Eastern Bloc countries in their newest book, Women in Chanel, which is available tomorrow. It’s the second in a series and acts as the sequel to Northern Women in Chanel, a 2011 tome that focused on Baltic and Scandinavian beauties. This time, the duo will be launching their book with an exhibition at the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, a division of the National Museum in Warsaw, with all proceeds going to Save the Children.

Farago and Klemetz-Farago’s couture-dotted view of countries like Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania features Chanel-endorsed beauties from those very nations like Andreea Diaconu, Eniko Mihalik, Anja Rubik, Monika Jagaciak, Magdalena Frackowiak, Vanessa Axente, and Malgosia Bela—all, of course, wearing Chanel. What made their latest models stand out? “The sculptural cheekbones and big eyes,” said Farago. “Seems like there is a special wind blowing from the Carpathian Mountains!”

The inspiration for the sets was similarly homegrown: Polish model Anna Jagodzinska was photographed in the chemistry lab at the Warsaw University of Technology and cited the Polish-born French scientist Marie Curie as among her inspirations for the shoot. “The location was just fantastic; you can’t find that kind of spot anywhere else because everything is so modernized,” said Farago. “It was an old laboratory—a dream location.” Another unexpectedly chic backdrop? Hungarian model Axente posed on the Puszta, the Great Hungarian Plain, complete with a herdsman dressed in a traditional suba coat. “It was a great thing to see that old folklore is still very modern,” added Fargaro, “as well as contemporary within these garments.”

The touring exhibition of Women in Chanel starts at the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture on March 31. The book is available at


Dream Chronicles – The Book of Air Game Review

After the first Dream Chronicles trilogy, Faye’s journey has come to an end. Dream Chronicles: The Book of Air begins the adventures of Lyra the Chosen Child, daughter of Faye and Fidget the fairy. Just before her 18th birthday, Lyra suddenly finds herself caught in what seems like a cross between a dream and an alternate dimension. With the advice of her grandfather, help Lyra find the mysterious Clockmaker and find her way home!

Dream Chronicles: The Book of Air is the fourth installment in the Dream Chronicles adventure puzzle game series. After the first three games, the stories and adventures of main character Faye have finally come to a close. Now the spotlight shines on Lyra, the daughter of Faye and Fidget the fairy. Lyra is the Chosen Child of prophecy, and is destined to become the next Fairy Lord, and The Book of Air marks the start of her amazing journey.

The Book of Air begins on the eve of Lyra’s 18th birthday. In what seems like a dream, Lyra sees a group of people approaching her, with her grandfather among them. Just as her grandfather is about to hand her a gift, everything goes black and Lyra wakes up outside her old school. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like she’s really at her school because there are energy bolts arcing across the sky and destroying things around her, and the entire place is deserted!

Trapped in what seems like an alternate dimension, Lyra has to find a way to escape and return home. Luckily, her grandfather has managed to get in contact with her, and is able to give her advice and help her overcome obstacles on her journey. Lyra’s adventure is presented in the game as an adventure and puzzle game hybrid. The main interface shows Lyra’s current location where you can interact with various objects. You will need to solve intricate puzzles and find cleverly-hidden objects in order to progress in the game.

The first thing you will notice when playing The Book of Air is how absolutely gorgeous the art is. Beautifully hand-painted art and subtle CGI and animation combine to create a steampunk-fantasy atmosphere that is simply breathtaking. The Dream Chronicles series has always been famous for great artwork, but this latest game has definitely set a new standard. Add to that a great soundtrack and believable voice-acting, and you have one great piece of entertainment!

The puzzles in this game are fairly original and quite challenging. There are some of the standard puzzles such as jigsaws and logic games, but they are accompanied by more unique and original games such as encryption, word puzzles and combination locks to name a few. Quite a few of the puzzles have also been integrated into the main adventure screen, providing a more seamless gaming experience. Rather than having to click on an object to launch a puzzle, these puzzles are solved by moving or interacting with objects on the main screen.

The Book of Air also adds an element of growth (or leveling, in RPG terms). There are little jewel pieces scattered all over the various locations in the game, and you unlock certain abilities when you find enough of them. Finding ten of these pieces will unlock the ability to decipher encrypted codes, another twenty pieces will unlock the ability to reveal magically hidden objects, and so forth. These abilities also serve as obstacles preventing you from accessing more difficult areas, as you will need them to solve some of the puzzles that you come across.

Dream Chronicles: The Book of Air is a great adventure puzzle game that will satisfy both newcomers and fans of the series alike. The production quality of the game is top notch, as can be seen in the almost-perfect art and soundtrack as well as the intricate and detailed puzzles and story. This game is also designed to be the first part in a new Dream Chronicles trilogy starring Lyra, so there’s no better time to enter this magical dream world.

The basic version of the game is not out yet, but you can get the Collector’s Edition which includes exclusive extras including bonus locations and gameplay, bonus soundtrack, a built-in strategy guide as well as a sneak peak of the next Dream Chronicles game!

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Beautiful Dream book launched – Bahrain News Agency

12 : 49 PM – 27/03/2016

Manama, Mar. 27 (BNA): On the side-lines of the 17th Bahrain International Book Fair being held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister, the secretary-general of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO), Dr. Mustafa Al Sayed, has launched his latest book titled “Beautiful Dream”.
Director of Curricula in the Education Ministry, Dr. Medina Hasan Taha, praised the book’s informative content and lucid style which contributes to upbringing children on the good moral values that characterize the Bahraini people and the habitual knack for philanthropic deeds, forbearance and enlightenment.

Dr. Al Sayed launched his book at RCO’s pavilion in the 17th Bahrain International Book Fair which continues until April 3 at Bahrain National Museum. He subscribed his signature on copies of his book for adults and children in the autographs corner of the fair.

The Organisation’s pavilion includes numerous publications which document the great humanitarian role of HM the King and the Royal Charity Organisation’s humanitarian relief and welfare programmes inside the Kingdom of Bahrain and abroad supported by the Government led by HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister, and supported by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

The Royal Charity Organisation led by the Representative of HM the King for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, reflects the advancement of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leadership, government and people.

The RCO pavilion also includes educational books and artistic works prepared by the Organisation’s staff on sale at nominal prices whereas its revenue is being dedicated in favour Bahraini orphans.


BNA 1010 GMT 2016/03/27

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Last updated : 01 : 01 PM – 27/03/2016

Dream Destination – Make Your International Trip Possible Without Expanding the Budget

Shooting at an international destination has been the new trend in our Bollywood movies. This has driven a lot of people today who are not happy with getaway trips to Goa, Kerala or Mumbai. Going abroad for a holiday is a cool thing now. But planning an international trip and that too for an entire family might break your bank considerably.

Needless to say, if you are planning an abroad trip, surely you will have a few popular destinations in mind. However, there are a few budget-friendly trips that can take your vacation at considerably lesser cost. Here is a list of some affordable alternatives for seeking an international holiday package with the help of which you can plan two vacations instead of going for one family trip a year.

1. Airfares

While heading for an international location, airline ticket is very important. This is one thing which cannot be avoided and costs heavy on your pocket. It is always better to book these tickets in advance and visit discount websites to check if there is any good deal available upon them. Getting round trip tickets is one of the best ways to save money as one way tickets are always quite expensive.

2. Food

Your international holiday package can come within your budget, if you avoid availing food from the hotel. It is often seen that the food provided by the hotel is expensive and tastes not so great. You must find a local cafe near your hotel and stumble onto the local favourite.

Another option to save your money is to eat more at lunch than dinners. Of course, having a lunch in a restaurant is quite cheaper than the dinner. Besides, taking light dinner is very good for your health as well.

3. Transportation

While on an international vacation tour, you must avoid using taxis and instead use public transportation, as it is very cheap to travel. Maximum countries of the world boast of good transportation connectivity in the form of Rails, Metros and Subways. Before taking any of the options, you must research for multi-trip discounts. In many countries, metros and rail services offer special passes like 3-day unlimited travel passes that are worth the cost.

4. Accommodation

Often smaller towns based close to the place where you are going encompass several hotels that are less expensive. You can save a good amount by taking such hotels in our international package if you don’t mind the additional 15 minute ride. You must also opt for two-bedroom suites instead of having two rooms. Apart from being a cheap alternative, it will give you much privacy too.

Another way to save a hole in your pocket is by staying in vacation homes if you are spending at least few days at a particular destination. They are much more comfortable and will lessen your cost to a great extent.

5. Alternatives

Other than following these above mentioned factors, you can go for some alternatives as well. You can save a lot of your money if you book an international package that includes both hotels and flights. Visiting a place in off-season is another way to reduce your trip cost. Further, there are few travel sites that fix the rates based on the day and time of the week you place your booking. For getting a better deal, you can try certain different combinations.

Travelling overseas is a dream of almost everyone. However, there are several places close to your native country that are interesting as well. Travelling to lesser crowded places is always a good option in more ways than one.

April and the Extraordinary World review: Skip Batman v Superman. There's a much better comic book film out right now. – Vox

The best movie opening this weekend is based on a comic book. It features a grand conclusion where allies turn against each other, the good guys and bad guys engage in a horrible battle, and there’s a long countdown to the detonation of a doomsday device.

The name of this movie is April and the Extraordinary World, an animated film from France. Should you be looking for comic book thrills in hopes of skipping the absolutely putrid Batman v Superman, you’re in luck, because April and the Extraordinary World will provide them in spades — while also offering characters worth caring about and a story that makes sense.

Also, there’s a talking cat, something that Batman v Superman very much does not have.

This is a movie unlike any other

April and the Extraordinary World


Including this super-cool pigeon spy.

The best thing about April and the Extraordinary World is how it’s utterly unlike most comic book movies — and most superhero movies — produced in the US. It’s a loose, scrappy tale that blends pulpy adventure with a young woman’s coming of age, and then adds a healthy dollop of mad science.

April is the daughter of two brilliant scientists — and her father is also the son of a brilliant scientist. As the film begins, her parents are trying to create a serum that will turn men invincible. (A not-quite-right version of it gives her cat, Darwin, the ability to speak, which is how the movie comes into its talking feline.)

But April and her parents live in an alternate world, where scientists are frequently rounded up and imprisoned by the government, and where the advancement of technology is frozen at the level it hit in the late 19th century. As her parents and grandfather close in on the right formula for the serum, the authorities show up, angry about the unsanctioned practice of science.

So begins a whirlwind chase that carries on through the rest of the film, give or take a 10-year time jump from 1931 (when April is a child) to 1941 (when she is a young adult).

Torn from the pages of a graphic novel by Jacques Tardi, the extraordinary world of April and the Extraordinary World is its chief asset. The film, from directors Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, gallivants about an alternate Paris, where cable cars take 82 hours to groan their way toward Berlin, and houses can sprout legs and transform into submarines at a moment’s notice.

The visual design is spare but hugely imaginative, offering the loving touch of hand-drawn animation and the technical precision of computer animation, often within the same frame.

But the movie’s script (by Ekinci and Benjamin Legrand) barely pauses to take any of this in, as April and Darwin (to say nothing of Julius, a young male hanger-on she acquires) race to escape capture by those who long to use her as a way to track down her elusive family members, or as a way to get their hands on that serum, which has yet to be perfected but remains an impressive dream.

April is a vivid reminder of the limited scope of most US comic book movies

April and the Extraordinary World


April hugs her long-lost grandfather.

April reminds us that for as limited of a palette as big studios let comic book films have — generally the bright, poppy tones of Marvel films or the shadowy grimness of DC — the art form itself offers lots of other ways to innovate.

While the film is built around a young woman who’s reconnecting with her legacy (without spoiling too much, April loses contact with her parents) and slowly falling in love, but it also boasts sentient animals and a hidden city where the great scientists of history (including Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, and others) toil in secret. At all turns, April seems to be geeking out about all the cool shit it’s come up with.

It’s also unabashedly a movie that lets its young heroine be the most compelling, most important character onscreen — not an accessory in the stories of men, as happens in a certain other comic book movie now playing multiplexes around America. April is smart and funny and voiced by the great French actress Marion Cotillard (in the original French-language version, at least — there’s an English dub as well). And she has a talking cat. What’s not to love?

April just loves hanging out with its characters, and seems to share their enthusiasm for discovering the wildest corners of their wild, weird world, even though you’d think it would know just what was lurking in those corners.

There are times when it’s a little bit too much, when the movie’s breathlessness cuts against it, and you wish it would slow down for a moment or two. But it’s hard to fault something that’s so immensely inventive, something that’s having so much fun just being itself. The movie doesn’t feel weighed down by expectations, by trying to establish an entire April and the Extraordinary World franchise. It’s just telling a fun story, and packing in as much exciting stuff as possible.

This will also remind you of the limited scope of most American animated films, too

April and the Extraordinary World


The police are hot on April’s tail.

April and the Extraordinary World is the latest triumph for the indie animation distributor GKIDS, which seems likely to earn its ninth Academy Award nomination for this film. (It’s the most successful independent animation studio in history at the Oscars.) And while it’s easy to talk about how April is so different from most American comic book movies, it’s also different from most American animated movies.

After all, how often do animated movies made in the US offer so much outright action? How many conclude with laser gun battles? How many have a teen girl protagonist who’s also a genius scientist — and then give her a mad scientist grandfather to spar with?

Watch too many big studio comic book and animated movies, and you can feel your horizons closing in around you. Watch this one, and you’ll be reminded that both comics and animation are limited only by what some mad genius can dream up.

April and the Extraordinary World, alas, isn’t in nearly as many theaters as that other comic book movie. Here’s a way to find out if and when it’s coming to your area.

Dream Invaders Review – How to Invade Her Dreams and Seduce Her

Are you looking for information on how to invade the dream of others? There are many reasons why you might want to learn these techniques – You want to influence the way how people think, you want to help them quit their bad habits, or maybe you want to seduce them while they are sleeping. Whatever the reasons are, you know that there are techniques that allow you to invade into the dreams of other people and manipulate them in certain ways.

‘Dream Invader’ is a home study “crash course” created by Jeffrey Nelson. It is an e-book written to teach you on how to ‘talk’ to any person you want using telepathy. The author claims that if you can go to sleep, then you will be able to use the techniques taught in this course effectively.

This course seems to teach techniques that focus more on seduction, like ‘implanting your thoughts inside her mind’, ‘getting her to turn on her horny urges’, ‘setting up anchors in her subconscious mind’, ‘implanting irresistible feelings into her mind’, etc…However, you will find that the techniques taught in this course are applicable in other areas of your life if you understand the whole concept of mind control.

If you had been dating women and were unsuccessful with them, this e-book will give you a different concept of how you can attract and seduce them using the power of your mind. Of course, this course is unsuitable for people who do not believe in telepathic communication.

Comic Fiction – New York Times


John Gall

By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
353 pp. Ecco/HarperCollins, $26.99.

If only we all had problems like the Plumbs: the four adult beneficiaries of their family’s $2 million trust fund. Mere months before the money is theirs, Leo, the oldest — loaded on martinis, antidepressants and “truly excellent cocaine” — makes off with a 19-year-old waitress and crashes his Porsche. A chunk of the inheritance is used to pay for the woman’s injuries, and each Plumb’s share is reduced to a paltry $50,000.

This story of first-world problems proves to be an enjoyable comedy of manners as Sweeney artfully skewers family dynamics, the publishing world and New York society at large. The Plumbs are Jack, a struggling antiques dealer; Bea, a former “Glitterary Girl” who has long failed to deliver the manuscript of her novel; Melody, a mother who can barely afford her mortgage payments; and the brother they begrudgingly lionize, the aptly-named Leo, the founder of a Gawker-like media empire. Each Plumb was banking on the inheritance to pull them out of financial, as well as personal, bogs. If only they had spared a thought for the legacy behind the trust fund: their father’s invention of a synthetic polymer batting used in maxi-pads and “the quilted square of revolting plastic that still sits beneath every piece of slaughtered meat or poultry in the supermarket” — designed to sop up a bloody mess. Just one example of the humor and delightful irony that abound in this lively first novel.


By Mona Awad
214 pp. Penguin, $16.

“The universe is against us, which makes sense,” Lizzie tells us as she sits in a suburban McDonald’s with her best friend, Mel. “So we get another McFlurry and talk about how fat we are for a while.” Mel convinces Lizzie to proposition a nearby table of middle-aged suits, and here begins our protagonist’s descent into finding validation — mostly through the male gaze.

We follow her many transitions: from adolescence to mature womanhood; from Lizzie to Beth to Elizabeth to Liz; from plus-size to “very salady.” She sheds her shapeless black Goth rags in favor of punishingly tight cocktail dresses. Some sections jump into other points of view, like those of a wannabe rocker who calls Lizzie only for a late-night hookup, and Tom, the husband who misses her heavier body: “He is still getting used to the severely pared-down point of her chin, the now visible web of bones in her throat, how all the once-soft edges of her have suddenly grown knife-sharp. How they seem pointed at him in perpetual, quiet accusation.”

The book feels less like a traditional novel than a collection of 13 moving portraits of Lizzie at different cross-sections of her life, fulfilling the promise of its title — and the prophecy the teenage Lizzie makes in McDonald’s: “I’m going to grow into that nose and develop an eating disorder. I’ll be hungry and angry all my life, but I’ll also have a hell of a time.”

By Elizabeth McKenzie
430 pp. Penguin Press, $26.

Veblen Amundsen-Hovda and Paul Vreeland meet in a Stanford research lab, over cafeteria coffees and neuro-techie chitchat. Veblen, named after the ­Norwegian-American economist who coined the term “conspicuous consumption,” is an Amélie-like Manic Pixie Dream Girl: a “smart but spacey, undervalued woman with the handmade clothes and self-cut hair.” Paul is a Brooks ­Brothers-clad neuroscientist who invents the Pneumatic Turbo Skull Punch — a pistol-like instrument for reducing brain trauma, clamored after by major suitors in pharma and the military. (Like Chekhov’s gun, the Skull Punch will, of course, go off by the final act.)

All seems to go well for the happy(ish) couple — right down to the fairy-tale proposal with a diamond the size of a horse pill. That is, until a squirrel begins to cast his foreboding two cents on the union, like a bushy-tailed Greek chorus. The fights between the couple begin to escalate — over wedding plans and family and the squirrel itself. Through the course of the novel, the question persists: Is the critter real or simply an extension of Veblen’s lavish imagination?

A literary novel with a squirrel subplot may sound improbable, yet McKenzie adroitly skirts the line between the plausible and the absurd. Veblen, the book’s heart and spirit, wins us over with her sense of wonder about the natural versus the man-made world — a wonder that suffuses the entirety of this quirky, engaging novel.

By Helen Ellis
188 pp. Doubleday, $24.

These stories of American housewives begin benignly enough: They grocery shop. They host co-op board soirees. They invite rule-breaking doormen to lunch and dismember them. They bid on estate sale jewelry that could be filled with teaspoons of cyanide. They dabble in taxidermy. Macabre does not even begin to describe this collection steeped in the Southern Gothic tradition. Flannery O’Connor would turn green with equal parts sick and envy.

“Southern Lady Code” and “How to Be a Patron of the Arts” are conduct manuals parceling twisted bits of advice like “When a guest says your meatloaf looks like a football, don’t tell the woman that her husband is obviously gay.” Despite an outlandish premise, “Dumpster Diving With the Stars,” the book’s highlight, has real heart: A struggling novelist retreats into housewifery until she decides to compete on a reality television show against John Lithgow, a Playboy Playmate and Mario Batali.

The book is riddled with pop culture allusions — from Beyoncé to Miley Cyrus to Lululemon. But these topical references might date the book and risk alienating readers unfamiliar with what’s trending on TMZ. It is a critique raised only because this dark, deadpan and truly inventive collection is one you’ll wish to relish long after its sell-by date.

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Bird Watching Holidays in Bolivia: Dream Trips for Birders

If you’re an avid bird watcher looking for your next intrepid adventure, why not consider Bolivia? Famous for its prolific birdlife, Bolivia offers plenty of opportunities to spot many of the 850 species that reside here. Its diverse geography and range of ecosystems provide the perfect habitats for the different species.

A trip to Bolivia makes for a fascinating and memorable experience but, before you book, make sure you do some research on the bird watching holidays on offer. You should book with a company that offers small groups, a local tour leader, and a varied itinerary to ensure you get the most out of your once in a lifetime visit to this spectacular country.

Highlights of Bolivia

Most bird watching holidays to Bolivia include Amboro National Park on the itinerary, which, because of its incredible range of flora, is home to an astounding number of bird species, including Flycatchers, Tanagers, hummingbirds and Antbirds. This ecological hotspot covers half a million hectares and encompasses three main ecosystems: the Amazon basin, the northern Chaco and the Andes. The mountainous region towers above the extensive lowland areas and, consequently, both highland and lowland animal and plant species are found here.

Los Volcanes is home to several species that are endemic to the area. The Grey-checked Parakeet, Black-streaked Puffbird, Bolivian Recurvebill and the Yungas Manakin are among the many unusual inhabitants to be found in this reserve. It is thought that 170 different avian species live here, which is extremely high considering its habitat and elevation. Experts attribute the diversity to the fact that the forest includes both deciduous trees and evergreens. The well-mapped trail system makes for ideal access to all areas of the reserve for those on guided bird watching holidays.

Because Bolivia is home to the Andes, it has extensive areas of semi-deciduous woodlands in the foothills and other areas of shrub desert. These particular regions offer the perfect habitat for the Red-fronted Macaw, the Red-tailed Comet and the Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant, all sought after species for the avid bird watcher.

Bolivia also boasts the stunning cloud forest of Siberia, a unique ecosystem that is made up of north-south valleys sheltered by the Andes from the extreme Amazonian weather. Comarapa is an area of cloud forest in the Serrania de Siberia where the Rufus-faced Antpitta is often spotted, along with the Golden-headed Quetzal and the Pale-legged Warbler. In the transition zone, where the cloud forest meets the drier valleys, the Ringed Warbling Finches are a common sight.

Bird watching holidays to Bolivia are perfect for those with a long list of exotic birds on their wish list, and a trip to this stunning region of South America will certainly be one to remember.

Book Cheap Flights For Your Dream Vacation

Travelling by air was once considered a very luxurious venture because airfares were then very expensive. Nowadays, numerous airlines are offering cheap flights to almost any part of the world. Through the internet, you can easily get online to avail of these offers and book your vacation.

Looking for the cheapest flight options is no rocket science. With just a single click, you can get the cheapest deals even at the last minute. There are basically numerous websites that offer online airline bookings. They also offer flight listings where you can compare with all other available options in your search. You can get hold of these low-cost flights for both domestic and international travel quite easily. Everything can now be possibly accomplished even as you go from place to place or from anywhere you may be.

Because of the options opened through discounted airfares, you can now afford to buy an airline ticket while at the same time save a good part of your financial resources which you may add up for your travel expenses. And you will reach your desired destination without hampering your travel time.

Usually, it was almost impossible to book an airline ticket on a whim when people make last minute travel plans. But with these reasonably priced airfares, travellers like you can now book for international flights as well as domestic flights without any difficulty.

Booking a flight for your dream vacation is a very simple process. However, if you need more help, a reliable travel agency may be able to assists you. Dependable travel agencies have their own websites where you can search for cheap flights with superior competence. You can directly catch an international flight hurriedly but within a reasonable cost. Their booking services can also help you with your bookings.

The booking process is actually very simple. You can gain access to a list of available flights as per travel plan provided on their websites. All you need to do is fill out their booking form with information about your destination and travel dates. This will help you get information about discounted flights even for international flight bookings accordingly. The discounted airfares are displayed along with the regular airfare and flight schedules. If you happen to track down a flight schedule which fits in with your travel plans then you can simply move on and book your trip immediately. Thus making it easy for any traveller to book their vacations and avail of cheap flights to anywhere in the world.

Dream Interpretation – The Shark In Dreams

We prefer to ignore what is bad, and we try to define what is negative in a positive way. We usually justify what is negative as something that should be accepted because it is part of the human nature, as if our defects should be simply accepted instead of corrected.

This tendency to justify what is negative and to interpret what is bad in a positive way is an idiotic attitude imposed by our anti-conscience. We adopt the behavioral patterns of our wild conscience without understanding the meaning of our actions. We believe that this is the way we have to behave only because we have the inclination to do what our anti-conscience imposes to our conscience, without analyzing the reasons why we behave the way we do.

The anti-conscience makes us disregard all dangers, so that it may have the chance to manipulate our conscience and gradually destroy our capacity to think logically. This is why it suggests positive definitions for what is bad, and it justifies the absurdity we observe as if it could be logically explained.

Our conscience passively accepts these explanations, without imagining that they come from our absurd and evil anti-conscience. Even though the anti-conscience is idiotic, it is smart enough to prepare many logical traps for our (also idiotic) conscience.

You have to be afraid of all dangers and learn how to have the right attitude in dangerous situations.

This is not a simple matter in your busy daily life. You tend to disregard what is bad even when you try to pay attention to whatever could be suspicious in your reality.

I had this tendency too when I was young and I was in the beginning of my research. I remember that when I started translating the symbolic meaning of a literary book I had written when I was a teen, I tried to find a way to justify the positive meaning of the shark in my book.

The shark was one of the most important personages of the story, but it didn’t live in the sea. It was a flying shark that lived in the air.

I was 15-years-old when I started writing this book, after facing a tragic car accident. I kept writing it during six years, while I was traveling from Brazil to the US, where I remained studying English for six months, and then I went to Greece, where I have many relatives because my parents are Greek, and where I decided to live because there was no safety in Sao Paulo, my city. There was too much violence in the streets.

This happened in 1980, when I was 19-years-old. I lived in Greece as a tourist after living in the US in 1979, and I went back to Brazil one year later to decide what to do. Since the situation in my country was so terrible because the poor became too violent and there were many poor people in Brazil, I decided to live in Greece, where at the time everything seemed to be safe, and I had the protection of many relatives.

I kept writing ‘The Philanthropic Beggar’, my strange literary book, while I was facing these adventures. I remember that when I wrote the part about the flying shark I was working at the center of Athens as a secretary for a company that exported agricultural products from Greece to Arab countries. I had decided to get married to my Greek boyfriend and we were preparing everything for our marriage.

I had a lot of free time early in the morning because I only had to answer the phone and send one or two telexes. The internet didn’t exist yet, and I had to use the telex in order to send instant messages to our customers in their countries. I usually had work only much later, when my boss would arrive.

Certain morning I was at the office writing my literary book, when I decided to write something totally different because my book was becoming boring. My magical inspiration made me create a new personage: an intelligent and peaceful shark.

I believed that this was my idea, but this idea was inspired by the unconscious mind that gives us artistic talents, besides producing our dreams. The shark is an important dream symbol.

When I was writing this book I believed that the shark was really intelligent and I agreed with its thoughts. At that time (1981) I was neurotic, but I ignored this fact. I agreed with the absurd thoughts that were generating schizophrenia within my conscience.

In 1988, when I was 27-years-old I became a dream translator after seriously studying Carl Jung’s complicated method of dream interpretation, and I decided to translate the symbolic meaning of my literary book because I understood that it contained many dream symbols.

In the beginning I looked for information about sharks with the intention to justify the peaceful ideas of the shark in my book, and I found one shark that was not dangerous for human beings in a certain island, even though all the other types of sharks were violent and dangerous.

I related the information I found in Jung’s books with the information I found by comparing dreams, and I discovered that the meaning of the shark in dreams, literary works, and drawings is terrible. The shark represents schizophrenia.

I realized that the shark couldn’t really have a positive meaning since it was a violent killer. Then, I understood that its suggestions in the story of the philanthropic beggar were not as intelligent as they seemed to be. They were in fact misleading the beggar.

The fact that the shark in this story could fly means that schizophrenia would become a god for me. I would be completely absurd. This literary book was reflecting my mental illness and trying to help me prevent schizophrenia.

The accurate translation of the meaning of this dream symbol was very unpleasant and sad for me, but thanks to the comprehension that I would become schizophrenic I was very serious and I precisely obeyed the divine guidance in my dreams.

I was already obeying the divine unconscious mind, but I couldn’t imagine that I was so absurd. I believed that I had a simple neurosis.

Through dream translation I learned that I had inherited a very strong anti-conscience. I had to be cured before it would become even stronger. Without the right treatment, my neurosis would become schizophrenia.

Fortunately, I was studying the meaning of dreams and I could be enlightened by the symbolic information contained in my dreams and in my literary work.