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The Women’s Market – an introduction

юни 3, 2014

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The Women’s Market is a lively food and wares street market and one of the landmarks of Sofia of a century-long existence. It became an iconic place for the 1990s post-socialist city. At that time it was attracting a daily pedestrian flow equivalent to 1/5th of the metropolitan population, as well as generating its very own share of urban folklore. Today these developments have subsided but the Women’s Market is the last area in the central city that still caters to the needs of the poorest groups of Bulgarian society. They bring here some 70 thousand visitors per day. However, since 2006 the Women’s Market has been gradually reframed as a problem for the city.

How the Holy River Ganges is helping in the fight with global warming

юли 28, 2010

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While politicians argue if climate change is man-made or not, scientists have been trying to tie up the planet’s carbon budget. Ganges is maybe one of the most astounding rivers of the East. Spanning 2500km through the North-East of the Indian subcontinent, supporting 400 million people living near its banks, it is the centrepiece of Indian civilization and a sacred goddess in Hindu religion. Scientists have suspected for decades that the goddess is attending to the fates of not only its Hindu worshippers but to the well-being of all of mankind.

The maths behind living forms and shapes

март 5, 2010

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How to make the spots on a leopard and the stripes on a zebra? How does the egg of the frog decide which end will become the head and which - the bum? Who divides the worm in regular segments and positions the teeth of the crocodile around its jaw?

When did the hills of Plovdiv become seven?

декември 2, 2009

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All the hills of Plovdiv once upon a time were much more impressive. However, the millennia of coexistence with man have left an indelible mark on them. Thousands of tons of rock have been removed from the hills and turned into the street flooring of the city or into building foundations. Then came the next conqueror of the city - a Macedonian, Roman, Bulgarian, Ottoman - and started to build the new face of his civilization - yet again with rock from the same hills.

The Bunardjika hill – memorials and oblivion

ноември 24, 2009

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A Soviet soldier of stone is standing on top of the mountain in snow and rainstorm. With saddened heart he remembers another storm - the leaden storm of the war, he remembers all those young men who fell in it. He mourns because unlike him, the well-known Alyosha, they remained nameless and unspoken about.

Sahat tepe – for ever connected with city time

ноември 24, 2009

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The Western traveller exclaims "in this city we saw the first clock in this vast and barbaric country!" However, do not get the wrong impression that Muslims did not know how to keep track of time, or were not interested in it.

Kapana – the dying heart of the Imperial city

ноември 24, 2009

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The Kapana area is quite an extraordinary neighbourhood of Plovdiv. Inbetween any two streets there is space barely enough to fit a house or two. In Ottoman times it was the very centre of the city. The din of intensive trade started with sunrise and didn't cease until sunset: the calls of vendors, the rattling of carts, the strikes of hammers and speech in all languages of the East.