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4/08/2017

Untouched For 70 years...Amazing!

This apartment is one key fascinating and mysterious place as it has been abandoned since 1939. Due to the place being auctioned, it was reopened 70 years later which gave us a rare sight for this untouched art and a multimillion dollar set of artifacts.

The apartment was owned by the 23-year old Madame de Florian. Due to the German forces coming to France, she vacated the place and went south.

Leaving this place must have been very sad for her but she needed to flee as Germany is about to start invading France that time. World War II is budding across Europe.

She departed quickly, locked her Parisian apartment and headed to the relatively invasion-free south of demarcation zone.

She continued paying rents even after the war until she died of a ripe age of 90 on 2010. Yet she never returned. Her heirs only got to know this apartment after her death. Then they hired Olivier Choppin-Janvry, an auctioneer, to make an inventory of the apartment’s contents. Considering the time it was last occupied, they are understandably pessimistic.

Then they were surprised. The room is still preserved to its pre-World War II Era, looking like a place being frozen in time. A lot of time passed since then, the smell of dust is everywhere and so with cow webs. They are taken back in time because the room boasted treasures from the 1900’s. They noticed that the works of art are taken off the walls, as if the owner wanted to carry those but was short of time.

This intricate cosmetic table has still all the make-up and perfumes on as if these are waiting for their owner to return.

They also saw an old Mickey Mouse stuff toy in the corner showing one of its very first look. Amazing.

The heirs are also mystified as to the woman in pink dress in the painting. Further investigation revealed that she was Marthe de Florian, the previous occupant who is also Florian’s grandmother. She was a famous Parisian actress being classified as one of high-profile celebrities. There were also pieces of evidence found in her house that Presidents and Prime Ministers of France visited her in addition with a collection of love letters tied in ribbons.

Now that they knew the subject of the painting, they have to look for the painter. It was a tough time finding him but it was discovered that he was Giovanni Boldini – a famous Italian painter from the Belle Epoque period. The painting was then auctioned on March 2010 with a price of $ 3.4 million – the highest for his work.

The heirs were left puzzled as to why she did not return despite continuously paying the rent for the next 70 years. Her reason to leave and the disarray arrangement of her place was understandable given how horrifying World War II is about to begin in France but they could not see the reason for not returning. Until then, this remains a mystery for her heirs.

2/12/2017

Graffiti Art From Around The World

For those individuals among us who possess a talent for art, opportunities to create something beautiful can be found all around us. Thankfully, there are plenty of incredibly talented street artists out there who are doing just that, turning drab public spaces into explosions of color and creativity. Check out the gallery below to see some truly incredible transformations.


 "Knowledge Speaks - Wisdom Listens," Athens, Greece


"Juliette Et Les Esprits," Montpellier, France


3D Mural In Poznan, Poland


"Renaissance," Le Puy en Velay, France


Giant Starling Mural In Berlin, Germany



An Entire Town Was Painted Over In Palmitas, Mexico

Photorealistic Mural, Glasgow, Scotland

Full Moon Hostel, Bristol, UK

 "Let's Keep The Plants Alive," Bialystok, Poland

 Racoon Mural Made Of Trash And Found Objects, 

Lisbon, Portugal

1/17/2017

The Long Struggle For Women's Rights in America

 Women haven't just started marching in
 protest for their rights. 
"We march peacefully to send a message loud and clear – that women’s rights are human rights and that defending the most marginalized among us means defending all of us."







The Women’s March on Washington January 21, 2017 is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of women and allies to DC on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Marches are also scheduled for almost every state capitol as well. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time.





Along with echoing the 1963 civil rights demonstration where Martin Luther King Jr. first declared, “I have a dream,” the Women’s March on Washington has historical ties to the early suffrage movement. More than a century ago, thousands of suffragists gathered in DC on the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration demanding the right to vote.
Organized by the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade saw more than 5,000 marchers from around the country to “march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded,” according to the parade’s program. It was one of the first national efforts in the name of women’s suffrage, and it would take seven more years for women to secure the right to vote through the 19th Amendment.



1/07/2017

A NEW RELEASE I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!



POISONED PALETTE is Jill Paterson's sixth  book in her fascinating Fitzjohn Mystery series. 

"An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Lyrebird Lodge in the Blue Mountains on that crisp autumn morning, all anxious to acquire one of Florence Fontaine’s much sought after paintings. However, the only art on one visitor’s mind is the art of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn, unwittingly drawn into the case, launches his investigation that reveals a web of past and present jealousy, deceit and revenge, at a time when his own life is unravelling before his eyes.

Meanwhile, Claire Reynolds, Florence’s business manager and organiser of the event, finds herself entangled in the police inquiry as evidence of her involvement is established. Traumatised, Claire is blind to the peril that surrounds her."



Jill Paterson is best known for her popular Fitzjohn mysteries. The first book in the series, The Celtic Dagger, was published in 2010 by New Holland Publishers after Jill entered the 2008 New Holland Publishers & NSW Writers Centre Genre Fiction Award. Since that time, through Amazon, she has independently published its second edition along with four further books in the series.

Jill has also authored two non-fiction books entitled Self Publishing-Pocket Guide and Writing-Painting A Picture With Words.

Jill lives in Australia with her musician husband and bossy cat, Fergus. Her favourite pastimes when not writing are painting and photography. 

If you would like to know when Jill's next book comes out, please visit her blog, The Perfect Plot, at http://www.theperfectplot.blogspot.com, where you can sign up to receive an email about new releases. Information on the Fitzjohn Mystery Series can also be found at http://www.jillpatersonfitzjohnmysteries.com.