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World Toilet Day 19th November 2014A man uses a toilet over open water in Mumbai, India.
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Hachi. Get your hankies out!

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō, it is directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey,Kaneto Shindo and stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen, and Sarah Roemer. The subject is a remake of the 1987 Japanese language film, Hachikō Monogatari (ハチ公物語?), literally “The Tale of Hachiko”.

Hachi is portrayed by three dogs, Chico, Layla, and Forrest

On May 19, 2012, a ceremony took place at the train depot at Woonsocket Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI, where “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” was filmed, unveililng a permanent bronze statue of the legendary Japanese dog Hachiko. This is an exact replica of the bronze statue of Hachiko which resides in front of Shibuya Station in Japan. The train depot at One Depot Square is also now known as Hachiko Place. This statue dedication ceremony was part of the Cherry Blossom Festival held in three Rhode Island towns, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. Many dignitaries, including the Mayor of Woonsocket and the Consul General of Japan attended the ceremony. Two cherry blossom trees were planted by the statue. A visiting guest, who drove up from New Jersey, brought along his Akita-mix Hachi, who was invited to participate at the ribbon-cutting ceremony as a “real-life standin for Hachiko”.


Soundtrack by Jan A. P. Kaczmarek.

Hachikō (ハチ公?, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935) was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture[1] who is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner which continued for many years after his owner’s death.[2] Hachikō is known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公, “faithful dog Hachikō”) — hachi meaning eight, the number referring to the dog’s birth order in the litter, and a suffix kō meaning affection.

I’m not crying… just something in my eyes…


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Hundertwasser-Haus: Colorful Wien


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Please, not another painter!

Blair Putin Bush by Bush JrSource: George W Bush exhibits his paintings of world leaders

«On Saturday, former US President George W Bush, who has said he is admittedly “not a great painter”, opens a public exhibit of his works – more than 24 portraits of world leaders he met while president.

His Angela Merkel shows a more cheery side to the German chancellor than her sometimes grumpy public persona projects.

But perhaps the most eagerly anticipated portrait is that of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

During their first meeting, in Slovenia in 2001, Mr Bush came close to claiming he could read the former KGB spymaster like a book.

“I looked the man in the eye,” he famously said. “I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

But here he is rendered as a poker-faced Putin, more enigmatic and unreadable.

There’s a coldness to the portrait of a leader whom Mr Bush referred to privately as “Pootie Poot”.

Mr Bush, or “43” as he signs each canvas, reckons this to be his finest work.

Mr Bush said the Dalai Lama is “a very sweet man, and I painted him as sweetly as I could”

For those of us who covered the Bush presidency, from the golf rounds to the mountain-bike riding, from the brush clearing to that Top Gun moment in the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad, his newfound hobby is an improbable departure.

But he paints every day, gets a lesson every week and says his inspiration came from his great hero Sir Winston Churchill.

Those who interacted closely with Mr Bush during his White House years reckon he was unrecognisable from the two-dimensional figure who lent himself to such easy caricature.

Certainly, his artwork has added an extra and unexpected side.
By Nick Bryant

Critic: ‘Bush in a different light’

“It was a surprise when it emerged that he was painting,” Philip Kennicott, art critic for the Washington Post, says. “It’s anachronistic to paint, so it suggested a level of patience and reflection that often times Bush wasn’t credited with.

“I certainly see this as humanising him. You know – show yourself as earnestly involved in a skill and hopefully do it well enough so that we don’t laugh you off. I think this gives him a chance to be seen in a different light.”

Critic: ‘Bush as folk artist’

“He’s made himself strangely vulnerable,” Daniel Rolnik, a Los Angeles-based critic who writes for ArtSlant and other publications, says. “It’s more the fact that he’s doing it than his technical ability – that’s what folk art is all about.”

“He’s like a folk artist. He knows that he wants to show you these portraits of people, but he’s not a trained artist. In a weird way he’s the most American folk artist ever because he’s had the highest position in America.”»

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