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Popcultcha set to move after owners buy Geelong’s Griffiths book store building

The Howard family has bought the old Griffiths books store building at 96-98 Ryrie St, Geelong.

A Geelong retailer selling pop culture merchandise is moving to one of the city’s landmark retail addresses.

Popcultcha is preparing to relocate to the former Griffiths bookstore in Ryrie St later this year after the Howard family, the company’s owners, bought the building.

The sale, which the Geelong
Advertiser understands is worth more than $2.25 million, is expected to settle this month.

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The Ryrie St landmark was previously leased by party supplies retailer Lombards.

Ground floor retail space spans 380sq m, with the heritage-listed exterior offering a wide street frontage to give more room to display an array of statues, suits and collectibles.

Popcultcha director Ash Howard has fond memories of the Griffiths building.

“I remember as a kid walking in there, just the smell of the old floorboards,” he said.

“We hope to restore it over a couple of months.

“We’ve always been on the lookout for something that fits with our brand.”

Mr Howard acknowledged the risk of relocating away from its present Moorabool St location, one of Geelong’s main pedestrian thoroughfares.

The ground floor offers almost 400sq m of floor space.

But he said the business had already taken the bold step of establishing a Popcultcha gallery at Federal Mills.

“That’s definitely not a foot traffic area and it’s been very successful,” Mr Howard said.

“I see Ryrie St making a comeback. I’ve been disappointed with the amount of action on Moorabool St. There doesn’t seem to be too many retailers getting out on the street but Ryrie St has got some things going on,” he said.

Mr Howard said eateries such as Alma and the gelati store in Gheringhap St, as well as Wonder Yoga on Ryrie St, were already creating a buzz.

Ash Howard is the director of Popcultcha, which is preparing to move its Moorabool St shop to Ryrie St. The business also has a display gallery at Federal Mills. Picture: Glenn Ferguson

“Everybody is starting to realise that town doesn’t have to exist in a small perimeter around Westfield,” he said.

He said the move away from the bus stops would also please customers.

“We’ve got mums and dads bringing their kids in and it’s just not cool to take your kids in there when there’s a chance of fights around the corner,” he said.

Gartland Property, Geelong agent Adam Farrell, who brokered the deal, said the buyers saw the positives in occupying such an iconic retail space.

“We’ve got some positive things happening in that little pocket,” he said.

“All the little shops are filled. There will be another restaurant going in to 110 Ryrie St, which I sold about a year ago.”

Bookshops | Melbourne – City of Literature

Melbourne is the centre of one of the most engaged and energetic bookselling communities in Australia. With a range of bookshops from hole-in-the-wall laneway bookshops to some of the largest bookshops in Australia, it includes independent, specialist and antiquarian booksellers as well as flagship shops for some of Australia’s leading national book retailers. Victoria is also blessed with some of the best regional bookshops in the country.

Melbourne boasts bookshops like Readings (International Bookstore of the Year 2016) and Avenue Bookstore who has been named Australian Bookseller of the Year on numerous occasions, and along with Hill of Content, Paperback Bookshop and Dymocks are famous for their range of selection as well their readings and events. In the suburbs you’re likely to run across a quality independent or national bookseller on just about any ‘high’ street from Frankston (Robinsons) to Yarraville (Sun Books). Specialist bookshops like The Little Bookroom or Younger Sun (children’s books), Books for Cooks (cookery), Collected Works (poetry and ideas), Metropolis Bookshop (architecture, arts and design) and the Foreign Language Bookshop just scratch the surface of Melbourne’s diversity. Most of these shops have regular events from fiction and poetry readings to children’s storytelling to book clubs.

Antiquarian and quality secondhand booksellers abound in Melbourne, and are proactive in supporting an international ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair at the University of Melbourne annually. Some of the leading antiquarian sellers include Kay Craddock, Sainsbury’s and Douglas Stewart Fine Books. In regional Victoria, Ros Greenwood’s Old and Rare Books in Dunkeld is a feast for lovers of old books. Clunes is well worth a visit for their annual Clunes Booktown antiquarian book festival, and offers literary events year-round.

The Great Ocean Road is home to bookshops like The Bookshop at Queenscliff, Torquay Books and Great Escape Books, as well as the massive second-hand/antiquarian bookseller in Geelong, Barwon Booksellers. The rambling maze of rooms that make up Paradise Books (new, second-hand and antiquarian) means you can truly get lost in a good bookshop in Daylesford and Farrells Bookshop in Mornington holds its own festival!  Squishy Minnie is a children and young-people’s bookstore in Kyneton, only 60 minutes north of Melbourne.

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) the peak body for Australian bookshops is based in Melbourne and runs Love Your Bookshop Day while the City of Melbourne provides an online overview of the city-based bookshops. Also available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre and The Wheeler Centre reception are our City of Literature Walking Maps. These provide an overview of bookshop locations in the CBD and inner suburbs and are very popular with tourists and local book-lovers alike! It even has its very own hashtag, #litmapofmelbourne.

For the comprehensive list of bookshops visit the Australian Booksellers Association website.

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Move over Amazon: celebrating Australia’s diverse independent bookshops this Christmas | Books

Independent bookshops in Australia are having a revival, the people who run them say. And after evidence from Britain last year that the number of independent bookshops grew for the second year running – a dramatic turnabout after a 20-year-decline – Australian retailers claim they, too, are thriving.

What’s behind the revival? Although online shopping is often cheaper and more convenient, when it comes to books people are increasingly looking for something more. Kate Treloar, co-founder of the Pop-Up Bookshop in the Adelaide Central Market, characterises it as “experience and soul”.

“It does feel like it plateaued for a little while there and now it’s coming out the other side,” she says. “People have probably reached screen saturation.”

Potts Point Bookshop, 14 MacLeay St, Elizabeth Bay NSW Photograph: Supplied

Anna Low, owner of Potts Point Bookshop in Sydney, says embedding itself in the local community, as well providing pitch perfect service, has been critical to its success.

“Everyone who works here is a crazy book person,” she says. “It’s about being able to connect the right book with the right person.”

Storytime events for kids and author talks for adults help, too. “People really like being part of something, being part of the conversation,” Low says.

The Architect’s Bookshop in Sydney’s Surry Hills, meanwhile, has focused on carving a niche as a community space for architects. “We do talks, book launches, we are involved in the Sydney Architecture festival,” says Tom Dwyer, one of the store’s managers. “And we rely a lot on our customers for suggestions. We are always looking for what they are asking for.”

The bookshop next door, Title, has taken a different tack. It doesn’t do talks or events but it has diversified: selling records, gifts, headphones, hi-fi systems and board games alongside books. As the manager, Ian Underwood, says: “We are a destination store.”

So with Christmas around the corner, here are just some of Australia’s independent bookstores doing things differently – and where to find them.


60 Bourke Street, Melbourne

What to buy? The Paperback Bookshop in Bourke Street. Photograph: Supplied

Few stores in Australia endorse late night shopping, but the Paperback is an exception. During the week it stays open until 10pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays it’s open until 11pm, meaning this is the place to get your boozy book hit or to stop by on a literary date before or after cocktails and dinner on happening Bourke Street. It was founded in the early 1960s to stock paperbacks, and it has now branched out to hardbacks, too.

63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Hares & Hyenas was founded in 1981 and stocks books ranging from coffee table tomes to erotica to memoirs by the likes of Patti Smith, and caters to queer and gender-diverse communities. But what differentiates it from other queer bookshops is its jazzy performance venue, the Hare Hole. An average of three shows are put on a week at the Hole, from comedy to spoken word events to Melbourne Fringe festival theatre. There is even a Gay Stuff markets with all sorts of paraphernalia for sale. A book club, too, tackles a new queer novel each second Saturday of the month.

But wait, there’s more

Australia’s city of literature is most famously the home of Readings Books. Its flagship store is at 309 Lygon Street, Carlton, but it also has stores in Doncaster, Hawthorn, Malvern and St Kilda, and at the State Library Victoria. You could also visit:

  • Hill of Content – one of Melbourne’s oldest bookstores, providing a “broad and discerning range of books”, at 86 Bourke Street

  • Coventry Bookstore – small contemporary bookstore at 265 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

  • Brunswick Street Bookstore – warm and friendly indie space at 305 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

  • City Basement Books – a bargain basement of secondhand books at 342 Flinders Street

  • Sun Bookshop – beloved westside literary haven, tucked into the similarly beloved Sun Theatre, at 10 Ballarat Street, Yarraville

  • Books for Cooks – for lovers of wine, food and the culinary arts, and books old and new about the same, at 115-121 Victoria Street

  • Metropolis – specialises in graphic design, architecture, photography, pop culture, film, art and the like, with a curated general range, at level 3 of the beautiful art deco Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street

  • Brown and Bunting – specialising in good quality secondhand literature and children’s books and more at 237 High Street, Northcote

  • Kay Craddock, Antiquarian Bookseller – beautiful antiquarian and secondhand books in the Assembly Hall building at the leafy end of the city, 156 Collins Street

  • Wayward Books – a tiny bookstore in leafy surrounds catering to the quirky, at 172 Bellair Street, Kensington


193 Boundary Street, West End

For budding writers, Avid Reader is a bookshop that provides something more: a workshop series aimed at honing your craft. In 2020 author JP Pomare, journalist Jenny Valentish and literary agent Alex Adsett will provide the lowdown on everything from crime writing to finding your character’s voice to the ins and outs of the publishing world. While slightly pricey (half-day workshops start at $75, full day at $150), this is one way to get your ideas out of your head and maybe, one day, into a book and on to a bookshelf.

But wait, there’s more

  • Riverbend Books – breezy and friendly bookshop with cafe adjacent, and the place where the Indigenous Literacy Foundation got its start, at 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba

  • Archives Fine Books – specialises in rare books and in the heritage-listed John Mills Himself warehouse, at 40 Charlotte Street

  • Folio Books – a wide range of titles, offering discounts for members of RAIA (Australian Institute of Architects), at 33 Mary Street

220 William Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

A bookshelf at Grand Days. Photograph: Supplied

Kings Cross may be dead, but Grand Days harks back to its bohemian glory era. Front and centre are the beautifully presented secondhand books, although bric-a-brac and vintage clothes also make an appearance. An entire back room is dedicated to vinyl, with founders Tamara and Tom often on hand to help with any selections. In the evening come for the “grand nights”, ranging from scarf-tying workshops (who doesn’t want to learn how to tie a neckerchief?) to fashion sales, acoustic gigs and movie screenings, all with refreshments in tow. This is a neighbourhood gem.

46 Hall Street, Bondi beach

Gertrude & Alice at Bondi beach. Photograph: Supplied

This firm Bondi favourite is minutes from the beach but feels like its own world. Although there are a sprinkling of outside seats for those wanting to bask in the sunshine, most patrons stop by to sink into oblivion in one of the old armchairs or communal wooden tables in the darker, cosy, European-feeling interior. There are thousands of secondhand books to choose from but the cafe menu and Campos coffee are themselves reasons to visit. Try the breakfast crumble served with coconut yogurt and the floral pink-coloured rose latte.

But wait, there’s more

Sydney is thriving with independent bookshops. Here is a (by no means exhaustive) list:

  • Gleebooks – while its satellite stores can be found around New South Wales, including Blackheath, Dulwich Hill, and even the Roslyn Packer Theatre, its main store can be found at 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, right next door to …

  • Sappho Books – a secondhand bookstore, cafe and tapas bar that also hosts Da Capo music bookshop, at 51 Glebe Point Road

  • Bookoccino – northern beaches bookstore and literary events hub led by Pulitzer prize-winning writer Raymond Bonner, at 66 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon beach

  • Better Read than Dead – 20-year-old Newtown institution with popular events schedule, at 265 King Street, Newtown

  • The Architect’s Bookshop – a community space for architects, at 499 Crown Street, Surry Hills

  • Title – books, records, gifts, headphones, hi-fi systems and board games, at 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

  • Potts Point Bookshop– modern bookstore with a wide range of children’s books and free gift-wrapping at 14 Macleay Street

  • The Bookshop – catering to Syney’s queer community, at 207 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

  • The Best Little Bookshop in Town – new and secondhand books at 97 Cronulla Street, Cronulla

  • Dog Eared Books – specialises in new releases and paperbacks, at 2/7 Hillcrest Road, Pennant Hills

  • Berkelouw Books – sixth-generation booksellers whose flagship store specialising in antiquarian and secondhand books is at 19 Oxford Street, Paddington


Shop 10, Central Market Arcade, Adelaide

Founded by Kate Treloar and Nick Patrick, Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop started as a pop up all over the city, appearing everywhere from unused shopfronts to street corners. The idea was to both repopulate Adelaide with books (critical since so many bookshops have closed) and to create an ever-changing space in which readers can browse. Now the bookshop – which features secondhand titles and also buys books from punters – can be found online and in a flagship shop in the Adelaide Central Market, stuffed with treasures. When the Central Market is redeveloped in a $400m makeover, however, it will go back to what it does best: pop-ups.

But wait, there’s more

  • Dillons Norwood Bookshop – South Australia’s largest independent family owned bookstore, at 160-166 The Parade, Norwood

  • Imprints Booksellers – selling an eclectic range of books since 1984, at 107 Hindley Street

  • O’Connell’s Bookshop – secondhand and antiquarian books at 19 Bank Street

  • Booknook & Bean – coffee, books and a cosy corner to read, at Topham Mall, shop 18, 52-54 Waymouth Street

  • Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers – dealing in out-of-print and antiquarian books, at 196 North Terrace

  • Booked at North Adelaide – new titles and designer stationery, at North Adelaide Shopping Village, 81 O’Connell Street

  • Matilda Bookshop – specialising in new release fiction and lifestyle titles, plus a dedicated children’s room, at 1/8 Mount Barker Road, Stirling


Weston Arcade, 11 Brierly Street, Weston Creek

Boasting several kilometres of bookshelves, Beyond Q stocks secondhand and antiquarian books (if you have books to sell, it offers shop credit in the cafe or bookshop in return). Music is central here, too, with gigs every weekend, ranging from classical guitar to jazz bands to piano recitals and the blues. Gigs are free, although donations are welcome, and refreshments are BYO with a corkage fee of $5 for wine.

But wait, there’s more

  • Paperchain Bookstore – established in 1982 and a favourite of local and visiting authors alike, at 34 Franklin Street, Manuka

  • Muse – restaurant fused with new and secondhand bookstore running a vibrant literary events program, at East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston


88 William Street, Perth

Bang in the middle of Perth’s CBD, Boffins Books has won the Australian Book Industry Association’s award for best specialist bookseller six years running. It was, in fact, founded in 1989 as a technical-title bookshop, stocking everything from books on tech to racehorse training. It has since expanded to fiction, current affairs and kids’ books as well, but Boffins still shines through its knowledgeable staff and special order service. Via the latter, it is able to track down rare titles that might otherwise be hard to find – meaning you can finally get hold of that Jewish-Japanese cookbook you’ve always wanted.

But wait, there’s more

  • Planet Books – for all things “slightly left wing, quirky and unique”, found at 638 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, and 192 William Street, Northbridge

  • Crow Books – for books both mainstream and hard-to-find, at 900 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park

  • White Dwarf Books – for all things science fiction, fantasy and paranormal, at shop 1, Albert Facey House, 469 Wellington Street

  • The Lane Bookshop – solid all-rounder with cafe adjacent, at 52c Old Theatre Lane, off Bay View Terrace, Claremont


131 Collins Street, Hobart

Established in 1920 by WE Fuller in Hobart, Fullers today focuses not only on books but on fostering community. Clubs nurtured by the shop include the Shakespeare group, the philosophy group and the Fullers reading group, which has run for two decades. There is also the Fullers Ferrets – a club not for furry small animals but for kids. If that all seems a bit too hectic, then visit Fullers’ Afterword Cafe instead. Windows offer stellar views of Mount Wellington and there’s even a “poet’s breakfast” of muesli, preserved fruits and Tasmanian honey.

But wait, there’s more

  • The Hobart Bookshop – close to the wharf and right in the heart of Salamanca market, at 22 Salamanca Square

  • Cracked and Spineless – formerly The Imperial Bookshop but renamed in 2013, stocks new and secondhand books at Shop 9, 138 Collins Street

  • State Bookstore – a boutique bookstore specialising in art, architecture, travel and film, adjacent to the State Cinema at 377 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

UPDATE: Thank you to all the readers who have been writing in and commenting below, telling us all about your favourite independent bookshops. Here are just some of your additions. Please continue to tell us about your favourites in the comments!

New South Wales

  • Gould’s Book Arcade – 536 King St, Newtown

  • Abbey’s Bookshop – 131 York Street, Sydney

  • The Turning Page Bookshop – 125 Macquarie Rd, Springwood

  • Megalong Books – 183 The Mall, Leura

  • The Book Connection – 178 Macquarie St, Dubbo

  • The Constant Reader – 27 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest

  • Cooks Hill Books – 72 Darby Street, Newcastle

  • Roaring Stories (formerly Brays Books) – 268 Darling St, Balmain

  • Urchin Books – 238 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville

  • Candelo Books – 208 Carp St, Bega

Australian Capital Territory

Northern Territory


  • Avenue Bookstore – Albert Park, Elsternwick and Richmond

  • The Book Bird – Shop 1, Pakington Village, 111 Pakington Street, Geelong West

  • Fairfieldbooks – 117A Station St, Fairfield

  • Brunswick Bound – 361 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

  • New International Bookshop – Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton

  • Stoneman’s Book Room – 101 Mostyn St, Castlemaine

  • Antipodes Bookshop – 138 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

  • Minotaur – 121 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

  • That Little Bookshop – 819 Doveton Street, North Ballarat

  • Minerva Books – 121 Sturt Street, Ballarat

  • Mary Martin Bookshop – 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank

Western Australia

South Australia


Have we missed your favourite independent bookstore? Tell us about it in the comments below

This article was updated on 20 December 2019 to add a second list of independent bookshops

90,000 Australian storyteller Robert Ingpen – Hearth of Culture

Going to bookstores is a special pleasure: you can be lost all day. Recently, I have become very interested in book illustration, so I begin to walk around the bookshelves from the children’s department, where I choose the copies I like, leaf through them, read and write down the names of the illustrators. And then the most interesting thing begins: the search for information about the artists, acquaintance with their work, and sometimes with themselves.

I have known the name of Robert Ingpen for quite a long time, but I managed to get to know his work quite recently, thanks to the book “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Graham, bought as a gift to nephews, which their mother loved very much. I really want to share his illustrations with my readers, so I will not deny myself this pleasure.

Robert Ingpen. Illustration for the book “The Secret Garden” by Francis Burnett

Robert Ingpen is an Australian artist and writer born on October 13, 1936 in Geelong, Victoria.His work varied in genres, from illustrating children’s books to creating Australian stamps and designing a flag. From 1971 to 1975 he was a member of the United Nations in Mexico and Peru, where he participated as a designer on environmental conservation projects. As a result of this collaboration, in 1980, Robert Ingpen wrote a book about tiny Peruvian fishermen who crossed the Pacific Ocean and arrived on the shores of Australia, entitled The Voyage of the Poppykettle.

Illustration for the book “The Voyage of the Poppykettle”

In 1986, for his contribution to the development of children’s book illustration, he was awarded the most prestigious award – the Hans Christian Andersen Medal.Interestingly, he drew the first illustrations at the age of 38. Since then, the artist has illustrated more than 100 books, including those written by himself. By the way, his books have been translated into Russian. I have personally seen on sale his books “The Special Bear”, “The Bad Bear” and “Mishka’s Story”. You can also find the “Keeper of Dreams”.

Among the illustrated books in Robert Ingpen’s track record are Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, Treasure Island, Mysterious Garden, Christmas Stories, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and a lot others.

The artist is still very disciplined and productive. He says it’s all thanks to Harold Friedman, his book art teacher at the Institute of Technology in Melbourne, who taught Robert Ingpen everything from paper production to editing.

In addition to illustrations, Ingpen designed houses, designed tapestry drawings, created bronze statues for the Poppykettle fountain, raised four children and is raising six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.And most importantly, he continues to create for children and adults.

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You can learn more about the artist in the article “The Guardian” and the article “The Age” (in English)


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90,000 What to bring from where – Temptation with impressions – LiveJournal

People often ask themselves what to bring? Ordinary magnets are, of course, wonderful, but there are many other souvenirs and gifts that can not only decorate the house, please the eye, but also be useful in everyday life! We offer a small list of gifts.What would you give?

Hookah, or rather shishu, as it is called in Egypt, can be collected for $ 25-30. The main thing is to choose a brass pipe with a large valve (then the hookah will be easier to smoke) and a camel skin hose (it is reliable and almost eternal). A flask can be just beautiful. And buy three brush brushes of different lengths and volumes at once for cleaning the flask, tube and hose tip. Leather pillow – or rather, a $ 10 drum-like leather pillowcase that takes up very little space in your luggage, and in which, when you return, you can store anything from beach towels and swimwear to old magazines (the pillow stuffed with magazines, however, turns into a stool).You should look for high-quality snow-white cotton in Alexandria: here you will be hand-sewn or embroidered with anything from a set of bed linen to a tablecloth with napkins for 60 people. Haggle desperately – but count on $ 700-800

A cowboy hat like Crocodile Dundee’s will please a brave and cheerful man for only $ 50AU – and a hat with a shark-tooth edging (for example, Akubra brand) will definitely not pass by no girl. Hats, like other kangaroo leather products, are practically eternal and look only better over the years: they protect from dust, sun, wind and even rain.Jerky – jerky – jerky, cut into strips weighs almost nothing and is very compact in the luggage, but it makes it possible to treat everyone to kangaroo meat and crocodile meat. A high-quality Boomerang – the traditional weapon of Australian aborigines – has long turned into a popular game in Europe: however, carved, skillfully decorated boomerangs look more like works of art and cost the same, from $ 250-300. It’s a shame if that kind of money flies away and doesn’t return – it’s worth taking a few lessons from a seller who will willingly teach you how to throw a boomerang, Emu sheepskin boots from Geelong, eucalyptus honey and Bundaberg cane sugar from Queensland, crocodile leather belt or wallet from Rocks Market in Sydney.

Icewein is a unique wine made from grapes frozen right on the vine. Very fresh, with a sour taste, unlike other “summer” wines. A good gift for a connoisseur and connoisseur of wines – just keep in mind that real ice wine is made only from Riesling grapes: everything else is newfangled inventions. From 12 € for 0.75. Swarovski Crystals – apart from the fact that the Swarovski Crystal World Museum located near Innsbruck is a must-see for both children and adults, there is also the world’s largest brand store, where everything sparkles so it is simply impossible to resist buying all the sisters by earrings.Viennese bronze miniatures represent themselves as graceful young ladies of varying degrees of nudity. The young ladies may be 200 years old. And the price depends not only on age. But also from the frivolity of the figurine. From 1000 to 3000 € – and you can be sure: this is one of the rarest and most successful souvenirs in terms of capital investment. Chocolate, and especially the Mozartkugeln sweets (to the creator, who even erected a monument no worse than Mozart himself) from Vienna, royal porcelain from Vienna’s Augarten palace, Jagertee concentrate for warming winter drinks from Tyrol.

T-shirts of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and other popular clubs: you just need to clarify in advance the sympathies of the future owner of the shirt – from £ 5. and the brave, complete with socks, scarves and ties with unimaginable patterns (shirts – 90 pounds). Barbour wax cotton jackets are very expensive and very indicative from the point of view of belonging to the high society: in such a jacket you need to walk around the lands in the family estate, well, or just wear it to feel comfortable even in wet, umbrella, scarf or wallet – with a classic Burberry check from London.

Leather sandals – woven from leather straps: the same can be seen in marble on the statues in the Louvre. They do not injure the leg, are ideal in the heat and look very impressive on the leg. Look for the Stavros Melissinos store on Aghias Theklas in Athens – there are both traditional and original sandals. Olive soap is made from the same olives as oil, more precisely, made from the remains of oil production – it has wonderful delicate aroma, very mild action and magically moisturizes the skin: this is a great gift for both friends and yourself, from 1-2 € per piece.Ceramics in Greece, as you know, pots are burned not by gods, but at least by heroes: the art of pottery here goes back millennia, and plates, dishes, jugs, wonderful in simplicity and elegance, can be found literally on the side of the road, following the sign to the pottery workshop. A deep painted plate for a Greek salad will cost 6-8 €. But an antique amphora for wine or oil will cost about 600-800 euros. And remember about the overweight, olive oil from Sparta, Metaxa cognac from Kyphisia, cosmetics with olive oil, citruses, sea salt, grapes and other gifts of nature from Athens.

Espadrilles are shoes to be bought in Barcelona: they were invented by Pyrenean peasants in the 14th century. These are fabric slippers with a flat rope sole, lightweight and non-slippery. Today you can find them as classics in very simple shapes and colors, to fashionable espadrilles with wedges and silk ribbons. From 6 € per pair. Flamenco accessories – in the southern part of Spain, and in Madrid, right behind Corte Ingles you can find entire shops dedicated to this dance.A slender beauty who will have the courage to wear it every day will be delighted with a fluffy colorful skirt (from 30E) – for more modest friends, you can bring colorful scarves or castanets, which, by the way, are not just a musical instrument, but an excellent handy tool for calming the nerves. Jamon – or rather Iberian jamon – is not just a dried pork leg, it is a whole art: pigs freely graze in the oak groves, feeding on selected acorns, and the technology of ham preparation has been perfected for centuries and takes two years! Particularly appreciated is the pata negro – a ham with a black hoof, the price of which can reach 4,000 euros, depending on the weight.bags, belts and other leather goods from Toledo, abanico – or silk and lace fans from Madrid, wine from Rioja.

Tea accessories: buy everything related to the preparation and consumption of tea – just do not take a ready-made “set for the tea ceremony.” It is better to choose a heavy molded teapot with a long, non-heating handle, several thin porcelain cups, strainers and other cute and useful things that will be useful not only for the owners of Asian-style apartments, but also in an ordinary kitchen.Tea – do not buy the most expensive one: perhaps no one will appreciate its strange taste. Buy the one that suits you personally. Take a look at milk oolong, for example – almost everyone likes it. Just keep a close eye on how the selected tea is weighed, packaged and handed over to your hands – a real Chinese person will be upset if he does not substitute good tea for some kind of dust for a gaping tourist. Cufflinks, earrings, necklaces and other jewelry from the Pearl Market in Beijing – I wouldn’t expect to pay 1,500 dollars for a pair of earrings with large black pearls.Just take a connoisseur with you if you don’t want to pay extra for cultured or even fake pearls, inexpensive silk dresses, pajamas, umbrellas, blouses, and more. in silk villages directly from producers, mahjong or go games at the Old City market in Shanghai, ginseng tincture or vodka with a snake from Hong Kong.

Panung – or fishing pants, which are equal on all sides. Two wide trousers, joining together, form a belt under a meter wide. The fabric is folded around the waist and secured with a thin belt.Ideal pants for heat, yoga, home, pregnant women and in general for life. For $ 20 you can buy a luxurious piece embroidered with shells, for example. silk pillows start at $ 100, cotton, of course, cheaper). An elephant figurine – “for luck” – incredibly believable and survived a couple of centuries, will cost $ 100-800, depending on the material.For example, a cat-sized elephant carved from jadeite – the same stone that makes up the Emerald Buddha – costs less than $ 1,000. And an elephant is the size of a sparrow, but made of ivory – twice as expensive. Inexpensive and beautiful precious and semiprecious stones from Bangkok, spices – real hot peppers, saffron, pasta for tom yam, fish sauce, dried lemon grass, canned coconut milk in Phuket market, orchid essential oil from Nong Nooch village.

United Arab Emirates
Dates are a favorite delicacy of the Arabs.There are even stores in the Emirates that sell exclusively dates – Emirates Dates or Bateel. Buy fresh, dried, stuffed with almonds, drenched in chocolate, jam, or infused with honey. From $ 10 for a dozen chocolate-covered dates – an excellent gift for sweets. Small henna packets-cones with henna for painting on the body are sold at every step for $ 0.5-1.5 and will be an excellent gift for friends. Just remember: – for henna to be well absorbed, after application, the drawing will need to be moistened with lemon juice diluted with sugar.The pattern can last up to two weeks! Coffee pot – zhezve (Turk) or dalla (coffee pot with a long spout): heavy copper, with embossing or noble patina, roaming for more than one century with caravans – such Turks and coffee pots should be looked for in antique shops. Copper heats up slowly and maintains the optimum temperature to make the right oriental coffee. From $ 300. In Dubai – inexpensive gold products, in Fujairah – hand-woven silk carpets embroidered with stones and beads, in Sharjah – aromatic oils.

Reindeer skin – a snow-white fur canvas for 50E is simply irreplaceable in cool weather on a summer cottage, on a swing, on a picnic, just warn future owners of the skin that in dry hot weather its skin needs to be hidden in a cold place. perhaps a popular Finnish brand, well-known and highly recognizable outside the country: red poppies and Marimekko stripes are undeservedly not brought to Russia, so you have to stock up on bed linen in the designer’s homeland (€ 10 per pillowcase, about € 100 per set), men’s shirts, old-fashioned designs with wallets and other things of life-affirming Puukko or finca: an easily recognizable non-folding knife with a comfortable handle and a durable blade is a great gift for boys, men or women who are used to using quality knives in the kitchen. There are handcrafted examples with carved bone handles at a price of 400 € and more – for every taste: rye round bread from Rovaniemi, amazing vases and other glass of the Aalto brand from Helsinki, Mummi-Troli in the form of mugs, key rings, T-shirts, slippers, books , drives and so on in Mummi-Mir, not far from Turku.

Pashki sir or pashki cheese is a sheep’s cheese, which is made only on the island of Pag, aged for six months in olive oil, sometimes with the addition of aromatic herbs: thanks to this, the cheese acquires an amazing viscous structure and a very piquant taste. From 8 € for a small round. Travarica is a grape vodka infused with mountain herbs: you should not buy it in souvenir shops in Dubrovnik, but at local markets or in small zucchini, where you will be willingly poured several shots of different tinctures to sample.Some ooze such a scent that they seem to be used as medicine. From 6-7 € for 0.5 l. “Morchich” is such an incomprehensible and incomprehensible word called jewelry with a Moor’s head: earrings, cameos, necklaces, bracelets – a black head in a snow-white turban looks luxurious on snow-white skin. Look for some truly precious pieces in Rijeki. The Balkan version of the Italian ham “pršut” is much more seasoned and drier and should be bought at the village market in Dubrovnik. Intricate handmade lace from the island of Pag, the favorite of the British royal family Maraschino cherry liqueur from Zadar.

Railway: in Switzerland, one in five (regardless of age) collects model railways. There are even specialty shops and fairs for the exchange of wisdom. Such a fair is held annually in Bern, in October. And in Zurich, the Roundhouse store sells cucumber-sized trains, rails, sleepers and other parts, including semaphore bulbs, all year round. This fun is taken extremely seriously here. Fondue – it is believed that fondue is the only national Swiss dish: this method of preparation made it possible to use bread and cheese petrified in the frost.A thick-bottomed pot, a burner and fondue forks can be bought in any kitchen department, just do not buy a ready-made mixture of fondue cheeses: it is better to stock up on Appenzeller, raclette and real Gruyère – they are well stored. A watch of a reputable brand for the price of a good car or much more (cars are still rarely encrusted with diamonds) will be an excellent gift for a person with whom you have the same reliable relationship as the mechanism of a Swiss watch. Cheese from the mountain farms of the Valle canton, Toblerone chocolate, bought in Zermatt overlooking the Matterhorn, sturdy and beautiful Fogal stockings, with shops on every corner, a cuckoo clock from Lucerne.

South Africa
Amarula liqueur, which, incidentally, ranks second in sales of all cream liqueurs, after Baileys. It is made from the sweet fruit of the marula tree, also known as the “elephant tree” – if you forget the name, just ask the store for a bottle “with an elephant” (about $ 25 per 0.75 l). Biltong – jerky meat of African antelopes, ostriches and other exotic animals. Do not buy prepackaged bags – find a place where meat that does not spoil in the African heat is sold by weight: it will be much more profitable, from $ 2 per 100 grams.Zebra rugs or buffalo leather banquets or a mahogany coffee table with antelope horn legs – find something luxurious to match your décor at the Waterfront stores in Cape Town. Prices start at about a thousand dollars – in addition to the skins, you also pay for the work of eminent designers. Do not forget to save your receipts before crossing the Russian border – it’s exotic after all. High-quality diamonds and jewelry in Kimberley, interior items made of ebony and mahogany in the Saturday market in Johannesburg, bead jewelry – the hobby of the Zulu masters, however, for the original, beautiful and not too expensive will have to hunt all over the country.

Bento box – various shapes, sizes and colors, elegant lacquered, pink with hello kitty, painted by evil samurai and mannered geisha food boxes, or just lunch boxes: a very practical and original gift. A variety of diets will be delighted. Sushi dishes – lovers of this Japanese food will definitely delight in authentic chopsticks, ceramic sauce bowls, ginger storage boxes, flat maple leaf plates, special knives for cutting rolls, reed rugs and other attributes.It’s nice that you don’t need to look for them specifically – you can just buy them in the kitchen section of any department store. Japanese Puzzles – It’s not for nothing that Japan is called a country of high technologies: buy one of the newfangled Japanese puzzles and your friends will literally break their heads. This is a good way to appreciate what Japanese science is capable of. Well, to contribute to its development – from $ 200 for pieces of medium complexity, made of carved semi-precious stones, electronics up to home robots from the Akihabara region in Tokyo, tea and tea ceremony accessories from Tokyo’s “Tea Museum”, comics from books shops in Osaka.


Shopping in Sydney

Shopping on a tourist trip is a must. Everyone wants to bring at least a souvenir from the trip for himself or his friends, acquaintances, relatives.

– The Rocks Markets

Shopping in Sydney

I am often asked where is the best place to buy things and souvenirs in Sydney and I always say – “At Peddy’s Market”.There are the cheapest souvenirs, which can be purchased from Friday to Sunday, and Sydney residents who live near the city buy inexpensive vegetables and fruits there. But often this answer does not suit the questioner. Therefore, I will try to answer in a more extended way.

Super-cheap souvenirs in Australia – at Peddy’s Market

In Sydney, as in other large cities in Australia, there are chain stores and Shopping Center chains. The most famous shopping center chain is Westfield Shopping Centers , which presents branches (boutiques) from various companies and, as a rule, there are rather large departments of the chains Myer (originally a chain of stores in the state of Victoria) and David Jones , the first store of which can be visit just in Sydney (this New South Wales chain of stores), at Elizabeth Street , which is next to Hyde Park .

– Pitt Street Mall pedestrian area

The star of luxury shopping is Queen Victoria Building , built in 1898 to design by George McRae . Everything there is very expensive, very shiny and very beautiful. Building QVB , as the Sydney people simply call it, is beautiful in itself, one of the best in Sydney, you should go inside just to just look.In the summer in January there is a beautiful Christmas tree, there are often small exhibitions on the topic, and it is a must to observe the hours of work of Neil Glaser (1982) with moving figures. You can still take pictures inside.

– Queen Victoria Building

Not far from QVB there is a large bookstore Dymocks where you can buy superbly illustrated books about Australia or whatever you like best.In fact, the departments of this chain can be found at Westfield Shopping Centers , which I mentioned above.

And also next to QVB , at the famous Sydney intersection (Georg st & Park st), where you can go to green light in any direction, there is a bookstore Kinokunia . There are some pretty good books on fashion and photography. By the way, the shopping center Galleries Victoria is located in the same building.

– Kinokunia Shop

Now from QVB north on Georg st , another historic building and shopping center rolled into one – Strand Arcade or Passage Strand , whose building was designed by the English architect John Spencer (John Spencer) and was considered the most beautiful arcade of those times.Shopping in it is not insanely expensive, but pretentious. As a historical building, it deserves attention, because externally appears in its original form.

– Strand Arcade – Entrance
– Inside the Strand Arcade

And so, if you hate buying cheap souvenirs made in China, then The Rocks Markets is what you need. They sell Australian-made souvenirs, but not always of Aboriginal origin. The prices are appropriate. Before the new year, this market is open until late at night, and normally only on weekends.

– The Rocks Markets

Perhaps the coolest souvenir after the boomerang is the key chains and openers from the kangaroo scrotum. A neutral souvenir for those celebrating Easter is Banksia cone eggs or wooden painted in Aboriginal style.

– Banksia Cone Eggs, The Rocks Markets

– Kangaroo scrotum key chains
– Digital printed scarves (hand-painted ones still need to be looked for)

Probably not the cheapest souvenir – opal jewelry.I would recommend reading a little literature on making opal jewelry, but if my reader is still lazy, then the cherished word when choosing opal is Solid . And if you are traveling to Australia with the main purpose of buying opal jewelry, then choose an opal mining site and go there. For me personally, such a place is White Cliffs , because few tourists get there and prices are much cheaper there.

Payment method

And so, I highlighted the main shopping places, and now the question of the payment method remains.Basic: either cash or by card. If by card, then when asked when paying – “Credit, savings, check?” Feel free to answer – “Credit”, tk. Transaction processing for NOT Australian cards goes through Visa or MasterCard (depending on which system your card is).

Tax refund

In Australia, a tax refund (about 12%) is provided for goods purchased in Australia with a value of 300 AUD, if the tourist carries them in hand luggage.To receive compensation, you need to take a special receipt from the store when buying. Then at the airport, after passing through passport control, you should contact the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) office, present the goods, receipt, passport and international boarding pass.

– The Rocks Markets

Some more interesting shopping spots in Sydney at a glance:

At Crown Street at Surry Hills or King Street at Newtown you can find retro shops , visit elite boutiques, purchase interior items.This, as they say, is not for everybody.

At Paddington , you can visit the Saturday fair or wander around the shops at Oxford Street , offering all kinds of goods can be considered an endless shopping road. And on a weekday morning, I would suggest taking a stroll through the little shops around Kings Cross and Potts Point .

Maybe in the future I will propose routes for shopping walks around Sydney as part of the site.

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Knowing (2009)

Knowing (2009)

Year of issue: 2009

Country: USA

Genre: thriller, drama, detective

Duration: 02:01:29

Director: Alex Proyas

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, D.G. Maloney, Lara Robinson, Nadia Townsend, Alan Hopgood, Adrienne Pickering, Joshua Long, Daniel Carter, Andrew Lyons, Sally Anne Arnott, Clem Maloney, Verity Charlton, Steve Mouzakis, Jim Nobelok, Joel Blowon, Marcus Haymiecke 38

Description: After opening the “time capsule” in which in 1959 a group of schoolchildren placed drawings with their vision of the future, a mysterious sheet, covered with numbers from top to bottom, falls into the hands of the teacher John Koestler. In his quest to decipher the contents of the sheet, Koestler establishes a mysterious connection between the numbers and the world’s largest disasters that have occurred on Earth over the past 50 years.If the numbers are to be believed, tragedies cannot be avoided in the future, only now Koestler knows when to expect them. But is there a way to prevent them? And most importantly: what happens when the chain of numbers ends?

Did you know that …

  • The script for the film was written by writer Ryan Pearson, after which Columbia Pictures took over the project. Rod Lurie and Richard Kelly were appointed to direct, but the rights to the film were later sold. The project was hand-picked by Escape Artists, while Styles White and Juliet Snowden rewrote the script.In February 2005, Alex Proyas was appointed to direct the film.
  • The film is set in Boston and the film crew used Australian locations such as Geelong Ring Road, Melbourne Museum, Mount Macidon and Collins Street to recreate the city. The film was also filmed at Camberwell High School, converted for the film into William Daws Elementary School in Boston.
  • The Australian Synchrotron and Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts were used for filming inside the observatory.
  • Alex Proyas, in all his work in cinematography, first used a Red One digital camera.
  • The film ends with the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.
  • At the very beginning of the film, there is a small blooper: in the classroom where children are sitting, flags of various states are depicted on boards. Among them is the flag of the Russian Federation (the fifth flag from the left). Taking into account the fact that the action takes place in 1959, the flag of the USSR should have been placed in its place.
  • Originally, Richard Kelly was to be directed.

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Westbury Library. The smallest library in the world. Public bookcase

Despite the rapid development of various technologies and the progressive age, reading books will never lose its relevance.This is confirmed by the work of libraries, the number and formats of which amaze the average reader. Today I would like to pay special attention to the smallest, but no less popular libraries in the world.

The smallest library in the world

Small libraries seem to include those in the countryside, where books are housed in one or two rooms. But a library in a small town in Great Britain is breaking records. The fact is that it is located in an ordinary telephone booth.Of course, only one person at a time can visit this room, but it is also noteworthy that, given the small number of local residents (800 people), there is a constant queue to the library.

To begin with, ordinary telephone booths are no longer relevant today, as mobile communications are flourishing. It turns out that such booths are idle, and their owner, British Telecom, is ready to rent and sell them for a ridiculous price. One of these red booths attracted the locals, who converted it into a small library.To do this, they installed shelves inside and placed not only different books, but also DVD format discs. Here you can find classics, cookbooks and world bestsellers.

There are no employees in the “telephone” library, and everything is put on self-service and the consciousness of people. The assortment of the library is constantly replenished with home books of the townspeople. Even in the evening, you can borrow a book, since the booth is equipped with lighting. As for the work schedule, the books are available to readers all year round without weekends and holidays.

Public bookcase

Small libraries of this kind have become quite common in many countries. People call them public bookcases. The very first of them appeared at the beginning of the 90s. Initially, they were located in Graz (Austria), and later began to meet in Hamburg and Mainz (Germany). The companions of this idea were the artists who equipped the libraries on their own.

The inspiration for the creation of accessible books prompted the founding of an open library in Hanover, which was the beginning of the spread of “bookcases” throughout Europe.

Special purpose

Based on the name, it becomes clear that such libraries have one goal – to give anyone the opportunity to read a book. But, besides this, keep old, unnecessary home books, which are often thrown away as unnecessary, burned or gather dust for years in the attic. So, a person can donate his books to the library, thereby replenishing its assortment. By the way, no one ever controls the time a book is taken. If you wish, you can take it away for good, if only it fulfills its purpose.

Quite recently, in 2017, and immediately became a point of attraction for millions
people from all over the world. Which, of course, and not surprising – the Binhai Library
can rightfully be called a unique piece of modern architecture.

The building has a spherical shape, from the inside it is up to the ceiling
filled with undulating, overlapping, bookshelves.
The five floors of the library include many reading rooms, zones
rest, offices and even a terrace for a pleasant pastime in a warm
the weather.The repositories can hold more than one million books.
The huge ball of the central library hall is softly illuminated in the dark
time of day, as if calling on the townspeople and guests of Tianjin not to forget
about the fascinating book world.

Thionville, France.

This media library could form the basis of future models for urban
spaces. The authors of the project, bureau Dominique coulon & associes, implemented
the idea of ​​creating a space in which visitors become
both participants and actors.The building accommodated not only
traditional book rooms, but also media areas, rooms for holding
exhibitions, music studios, cafes. Various activities at the same time
creates continuous dynamics of space. Also, in the media library
there are new models of spaces – the so-called “bubbles”,
which housed more intimate zones – language class, places for
games, reading rooms, etc. They are like cocoons in which you can
feel more alone.

The facade of the building bends like a ribbon, and on the roof there is a terrace,
to which the green ramp leads.On the terrace, visitors have the opportunity
not only to read or chat, but also to take a nap and even have a picnic.

San Diego, USA.

This is a brutal constructivist “Tree of Knowledge” made of glass
and concrete built in the 1970s by William Pereiro. Image
turned out to be very outstanding and recognizable, so the library immediately
became the emblem of the University of California. The eight-story building includes
into itself several million volumes of scientific books, as well as space
for classes and creativity.

Also noteworthy is the entrance area of ​​the library, the author of the design of which
became the conceptual artist John Baldessari. The installation presents
by themselves images of students over piles of books. Top on the front doors
inscription: “Read / Write / Think / Dream”. When the doors slide open
their multi-colored glasses combine, creating original coloristic

Medellin, Colombia.

Buildings built in 2007 by the architect Giancarlo Mazzanti,
settled down on the top of the mountain.Three megalithic buildings are similar to
an alien base, or at Stonehenge … These three “granites of science”,
in addition to reading rooms and book depositories, they accommodated cultural centers
and modern interactive systems. You can get to the library quite
in an unusual way – by cable car. Building so modern
and a unique complex marked the beginning of the transformation of the city of Medellin,
which, back in the early 2000s, was considered one of the most dangerous
in Colombia.

Liyuan, China.

Li Xiaodong Atelier Architects established in 2011
year in the village of Huairou an amazing space, harmoniously blended
into the natural environment and emphasizing unity with it. The facade of the library is decorated
twigs of trees that locals collect in the vicinity and
are used as fuel, and the new use of such eco-material as
cladding was an excellent solution.

The interior space of Liyuan Library is attractive
and cozy: several levels without tables and chairs, bookshelves, steps
– everything speaks of the hilly terrain in which the library was built.The building is completely glazed, and this gives a lot of much needed natural
light (there is no electricity in the library), as well as visual space,
despite the very small area.

Berlin, Germany.

The Library opened its doors in September
2005 and became an addition to the existing building of the Humanities Institute,
built back in the 1970s. The author of the project called his creation “the brain of Berlin” because of
its curved galleries and staircases, reminiscent of the convolutions of a human

The five floors of the library are shrouded in glazed aluminum panels and
supported by a steel radial frame. The building has a natural
ventilation – the supply of fresh air is controlled by a computer,
and the heating system uses heat from heated surfaces. Have a translucent
the inner membrane has daylight filters. Inside the library is created
its own favorable microclimate, which helps to preserve books
funds and, of course, the health of readers.

Vienna, Austria.

Designed a futuristic building and its unique style is immediately noticeable: flexible lines, smooth
forms and flowing transitions from one space to another. Having opened their
doors in 2013, the library became not only the dominant feature of student
town, but also a new architectural center of attraction for tourists.

The LLC building consists of two volumes with contrasting fiber-reinforced concrete cladding
facades. In the upper block, black, with a dynamic cantilever stem,
the library is located, the highlight of which is the reading room with
huge window.The lower part of the building is separated from the upper solid glazed
tape and trimmed with light-colored panels. There are spaces inside
for various activities, halls for celebrations, career center
for graduates, bookstore and more. The library is equipped
the latest technology, and in good weather, students can practice
even on the street.

Geelong, Australia.

The authors of the project – the ARM Architecture bureau, tried to follow three main
ideas: first, it was necessary to pay tribute to the surrounding historical
buildings with the status of cultural heritage sites and create a building,
which would not be drastically out of context, and secondly, to design
spectacular and modern space that meets the requirements of not only
today, but also tomorrow, and thirdly – to develop an organic
a structure in harmony with the natural environment.So, was born
a unique spherical structure reminiscent of a cave with stalactites.
The glazed wall reflects the adjacent park area and thus
In this way, the building visually merges with nature. On the eight floors of the library
in addition to library premises, there are cafes, exhibition spaces
and archive.

New York, USA.

The smallest libraries in the world appeared in 2013 on the streets of New York
– they can accommodate only one reader and about 40 books.Target
social experiment of the city hall and bright yellow constructions – give
an opportunity for residents to take a break from the hectic pace of life in the metropolis,
regain interest in paper books and read them for free. Principle of operation
– anyone can borrow a book for a few days or exchange it
to the other. Replenishment of books on the shelves is welcome, but vandalism
or theft – no. Ten small pavilions of the LIttle Free Library are designed
by different designers, using recycled materials, installed
in different locations in Manhattan.

Note that ideas for small free libraries have spread
worldwide. They appeared in converted telephone booths, bus
stops and even in public transport.

Nice, France.

The world’s first “inhabited sculpture”, created in 2002,
is one of the buildings of the Louis Nucera library. Authors of the idea – Yves Bayard
and Francis Chapu designed a unique head that instantly became one
of the sights of Nice.

Unfortunately, ordinary visitors have access to the “brain”
no – the statue houses the premises of the administration of the library, located
in a neighboring building with more traditional architecture.


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is a movement that is becoming more and more popular in the world from year to year.The idea of ​​exchanging the read books, leaving them in public places, arose in 2001, and since then its fans have been growing. But in 2009, an equally commendable initiative arose – to create entire mini-libraries, in which anyone could choose a book to their liking.

Little Free Libraries
is a new non-profit project aimed primarily at ensuring that people not only enrich their inner world by reading books, but also find friends and like-minded people with whom they can discuss what they have read.A small free library is nothing more than a small book rack that anyone can set up in their backyard. The rule of using such book depositories is very simple: take a book, do not forget to put another one in its place. Thus, there is a constant update of the “content” of the library. By the way, a similar principle is typical for street libraries, into which the British have converted many (we recently told the readers of the Culturology website about this.RU).

The idea to create such non-standard libraries came to the minds of Americans Todd Ball and Rick Brooks. On the one hand, it helps to improve literacy among readers, broaden their horizons, on the other hand, it brings users closer together. In addition, many are creative in creating mini-libraries, so that they gradually become a real decoration of cities. Every year, there are more and more small free libraries: in 2011, 100 were registered, today there are more than 6,000 of them all over the world, it is planned that by the end of the year there will be at least 25,000.Owners of such libraries can register them online to make it easier for potential readers to find books.

Small free libraries are certainly not the only project to see quirky book collections. On our site, we have already talked about other funny book depositories. For example, oh oh

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1. The oldest functioning library is located in the Monastery of St. Catherine on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.It was built in the middle of the 6th century and became the second largest collection of religious materials in the world (after the Vatican). It is closed to the general public, and only monks and invited students can borrow books from it.

The National Library of France is the oldest public library service currently in operation. It began its work in 1368, when it was still housed in the Louvre. Over the past almost 700 years, the library has moved many times to new and larger premises.

2. The largest library in the world is the Library of Congress with 158 million titles on approximately 828 miles of bookshelves (1 mile = 1.6 km – 90,492 approx.
). The library’s collection contains over 36 million books and other printed materials, 3.5 million records, 13.7 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 6.7 million sheet music sheets and 69 million manuscripts.

3. The smallest libraries in the world have appeared on the streets of New York – they have room for just one reader.There are 40 books in one bright yellow building. Their goal is to help the townspeople take a break from the hectic pace of life in the metropolis, giving them the opportunity to read good stories for free. The small free library was designed by several innovative architects using recycled materials to protect books from the elements.

4. The tallest library in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is located on the 60th floor of the JW Marriott Hotel in Shanghai (China). It is located at 230.9 meters above the street.The 103 bookshelves house an ever-expanding collection of Chinese and English books. By the way, the area of ​​the library is not that big – only 57 square meters.

5. The very first librarian was Zenodotus of Ephesus. He was a Greek literary critic, grammar scholar, and commentator on Homer. He, a pupil of Filit Koski, became the first librarian of the Library of Alexandria.

6. The first library classification system was invented during the Han Empire.In North America, however, it is believed that personal book collections were brought to the continent by French settlers in the 16th century.

7. The first mobile library, according to the British monthly The British Workman, appeared in 1857. At this time, she traveled in a circle of eight villages in Cumbria. A Victorian merchant and philanthropist, George Moore, set up a project with the goal of “spreading good literature to the rural population.” The Warrington Wheel Library, established in 1858, was another early British traveling library.

8. The most often stolen, most likely, the Bible, and after it – the Guinness Book of Records.

9. The first floating library appeared in 1959. To “launch” this project, a number of ships had to be used. The custom-built special vessel entered service in 1963. Its length is 24 meters. Today the ship is used for summer tourist cruises.

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Symbols of Great Britain

In 2007, a survey was conducted among residents of Great Britain on the topic – which national symbols of their country are the most popular all over the world and cause an association with good old England.The British, without hesitation, answered that the main place in this hit parade should be occupied by a red telephone booth! In the minds of the inhabitants of Foggy Albion, this everyday attribute has become a kind of icon, evidence of the success of Great Britain from the middle of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century.

It has become on a par with such famous symbols of the country as buses and mailboxes, also painted red.

Unfortunately, red telephone boxes are becoming a relic of the past and are on the verge of complete disappearance.In the modern world, it is much easier and more convenient for people to use cellular communications. Literally five years ago there were more than 150 thousand of them, now there are only 13 thousand. To save some of this relic, the Lord Mayor of London, as well as architects and historians, have made efforts to add 2,500 booths to the list of state protected monuments.

Some of the rest of the booths fall into the hands of the resourceful inhabitants of England, for only 1 pound, thanks to the British Telecom operator. Of these, the British make themselves showers, storerooms, art exhibitions.

From the booth to the library

Residents of the small town of Westbury-sub-Mandip also contributed to the preservation of this attribute. They had an interesting idea – to convert a telephone booth into a library. The British quickly turned their fantasy into reality by installing shelves and lighting in the night booth. Then, most of the townspeople brought books of various genres and DVDs from their homes. The result is the smallest library in the world, which, nevertheless, contains more than a hundred different topics: from cooking to classics.

Since the library is public, all visitors are librarians themselves. They regularly fill up the ranks of books and if they take something to read, then they return it to their place. You can come here at any time of the day, regardless of whether it is weekdays or weekends, the library is open all year round, day and night.

Popular place for residents

Westbury-sub-Mandip is the smallest English town with about 800 residents, and as the library has become an extremely popular and popular place for people to visit, there is often a long line to it.

The enterprising British have found a way to perpetuate such a national symbol so dear to them, thus giving the red telephone booth a second life and even more popularity than in the old days.

90,000 Belov was excommunicated 10 years ago from the Seventh-day Adventist Church for adultery – Incidents

VLADIMIR, August 5. / Corr. TASS Anna Ustinova /. Oleg Belov, suspected of killing six children, wife and mother, was expelled from the Seventh-day Adventist Church for adultery 10 years ago.In addition, he was never the leader of the Gorokhovets community, church presbyter Alexander Zimin

told TASS

“He was not a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, he has not been a member of the church since 2005,” the priest said.

On this topic

He explained that Belov was expelled from the Adventist church, which he had been a member of since 1992, for violating the seventh commandment of the Bible “You shall not commit adultery.” With his wife Julia, the man began to live in an unregistered marriage, and decided to formalize the relationship only after the appearance of offspring in the family.Nevertheless, Belov attended a religious organization with his children.

“There is free admission, please, anyone can bring, even a non-believer can come with his family,” said the presbyter.

He stressed that Oleg Belov had never been a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of the Gorokhovets District, of which his mother was a parishioner. The murder suspect was first assigned to the Vladimir community, and then to the Nizhny Novgorod community. “Since 2002, there was a group there (in Gorokhovets), we came as missionaries with my wife, and in 2007 we registered as a church.And (Belov) he was not even a member of it, “Zimin noted.

On this topic

Earlier it was reported that investigators raided an Adventist church in Nizhny Novgorod visited by a suspect in the mass murder.

According to the police, in 2007 Belov founded in the town of Gorokhovets, Vladimir region, where he was born, a religious community “Seventh-day Adventist Church”.

On Tuesday, in a Nizhny Novgorod apartment where a family with six children under 6 years old lived, their remains and the corpse of their mother, who was 5 months pregnant, were found.The father of the family was detained by officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Vladimir region. During the arrest, he resisted, was wounded in the stomach and hospitalized in the Central City Hospital of the city of Kovrov, and today he was transported to the City Hospital No. 35 in Nizhny Novgorod.

90,000 Souvenirs from Paris: the best gifts for home

In a city associated with iconic landmarks and world-class shopping, souvenirs naturally abound. You will find many inexpensive Eiffel Tower and Paris keychains, I love you! T-shirts, but thanks to the city’s artistic flair and craft heritage, you can also find a richer selection.

Here’s our top pick for the perfect Parisian souvenirs.

Sweet Treats

In Paris, of course, there is no shortage of souvenirs for those with a sweet tooth. Pack the chocolate in your checked baggage rather than your carry-on bag to keep it cool. Pralines, ganaches and fruity chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat or 44 flavors of chocolate from Alain Ducasse La Manufacture de Chocolat bean bar are immensely popular. Or try artisanal chocolates made with 100% cocoa butter (no milk, butter, or cream) by Charles Chocolatier, otherwise get miniature sculptures by chocolate artist Patrick Roger.

Brightly colored feather pasta from Ladurée or Pierre Hermé is a favorite gift – note that they are fragile in their eggshell and should be eaten within three to five days of purchase. The most practical option is to take with you the candies and caramel from the oldest Parisian pastry chef à la Mère de Famille (1761) or the jars of bijouterie with syrupy caramel au beurre salé (creamy caramel) sold with a small spoon at Maison Georges Larnicol.

If you’re hopelessly in love with the decadent hot chocolate served at Angelina’s aristocratic 1903 pastry shop, her affiliate drink sells her in bottles (no whipped cream).And if you want to remind yourself of visiting the Musée d’Orsay, bring a jar of honey from beehives to the rooftop. Again, they will need to enter your checked baggage.

Coffee and tea

Bring the charm and romance of Parisian cafes to life with a bag of coffee beans from the antiquated Belleville Brûlerie or Coutume tavernas. Tea lovers will prefer tea from a historic Parisian teahouse such as Mariage Frères (1854), which sells 500 varieties in muslin bags or as inserts in the iconic black Mariage Frères cans.Try before shopping at a nearby teahouse or register for a tasting workshop on Saturday morning.

Souvenir shopping doesn’t get any more elegant than at Dammann Frères ( The 17th century house is known for its aromatic teas reminiscent of Noel in Paris (Christmas in Paris), Nuit at Versailles (Night at Versailles) and the Luxembourg Gardens.

Books and paper

Books aren’t the easiest souvenirs to carry home, but the typical Parisian shopping experience justifies the extra pounds.Browse Parisian fiction in English at the mythical Shakespeare & Company bookstore, browse antique books at green second-hand booksellers on the Seine, or gobble up used books over coffee in Mersey.

Fine art books are an easy way to take some world-class Parisian art with you. The Louvre, Pompidou Center, Tokyo Palace and the Louis Vuitton Foundation all have outstanding museum bookstores.

“Fabriqué en France avec joie et amour” (“Made in France with joy and love”) is a label on notebooks, calendars and other creative and attractive paper products – wonderful gifts – on Papier Tigre (,

Spark plugs

City of Light makes boogie (candles) very well. The world’s oldest candle maker, Claude Trudon (who was the official supplier for Versailles and Napoleon) began selling candles in his Paris store in 1643. Buy beautiful candles for every taste: a dozen candles in a rainbow of colors, a scented candle in smart bronze glass, a 22 cm high wax bust of Marie Antoinette to burn


Luxurious Parisian cirier (candle maker) and perfumer Diptyque (, which has been around since about 1961, is the essence of Parisian chic. Fine items guaranteed to evoke the French capital long after you leave include palm-sized ovals of perfumed wax to slip into your sock drawer, travel perfume (one in your purse for your trip home), and 50 sunken candles in a china jar. with the scent of French nature (figs, mimosa, lily of the valley, orange). Da Khol ( works with Limoges porcelain to create contemporary and vibrant pieces.

Will the scary china break in transit? Instead, opt for perfumed candles in a handcrafted canister from the Parisian slow-design house Maison Maison from Center Commerciale ( and Colette concept stores.

Spicy souvenirs

Nothing attracts the taste of Parisian wine like truffle products from La Maison de la Truffe or the luxury grocery store Hédiard. Maye French Mustard and Fauchon Gourmet Paradise are in the same gourmet plaza.Check the customs regulations in your country before buying half a store.

Many pastry shops (cheese shops) provide vacuum packaging for transporting cheese home. Hard cheeses are the most practical – forget the sticky portion of St-Félicien or fresh goat cheese, which must be kept in the refrigerator. Seek advice from qualified personnel at 38 St. Louis, Androuet or Barthelemy.

Parisian nostalgia

Browse vintage boutiques in glass-roofed passenger covers (shopping arcades) in 19th century Paris to discover a counter of exciting Parisian collectibles – vintage stamps, antique books, posters, postcards and autographs that you can imagine as a souvenir.

For modern nostalgia, hit the Paris Rendez-Vous, where you’ll find toy sailboats that mimic the ones that have roamed the Jardin du Luxembourg since the 1920s, water decanters and giant breakfast teacups suitable for making French-style croissants …

French accessories

Add a touch of Parisian chic to your everyday wardrobe with a French accessory that no Parisian can do without – and as easy as pie in a package.Hermès’ signature square of silk is timeless, as is the Fragonard linen tote bag (great perfume too) or the hand-printed Kasia Dietz bag ( For the best Parisian souvenir, sign up for a workshop ( with a bag designer and paint your own.

Inspirational department stores with a range of accessories ranging from vintage to modern and made in France are Colette, Merci and Gab & Jo.


Buy the cover of an imaginary magazine The Parisianer ( and hang over your bed at home to inspire sweet dreams of Paris. 50 original Parisianer covers were originally published as a book, and 26 are available as individual posters. Each one is owned by a local artist and illustrates a monument, landmark, or scene from Paris in an eclectic New York style. Admire and shop at the Merci concept store, the Artazart designer bookstore near the Canal Saint-Martin, or on the left bank of Le Bon Marché.


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