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Click here to see map of Elefsina and here for a closer look at our school! A web presentation(ppt) of The Economic High School - HERE

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Targoviste - between myth and reality


Centuries ago, Vlad Tepes, a Romanian prince, became well known in Europe because of his bloody habit, impaling. For this reason, people called him Vlad the Impaler. One of the favourite cities to express this bloody wish, was Targoviste. That’s why, Vlad the Impaler has been associated with Dracula, and Targoviste as one of Dracula’s house.
How does it look Targoviste nowadays?

A very quiet town, the only army that makes noise is for the celebration of the town.

Αιώνες πριν, γράφουν οι Ρουμάνοι συνεργάτες μας, ένας αιμοσταγής ηγεμόνας της Βλαχίας, ο Βλαντ Τέπες, ήταν διαβόητος στην Ευρώπη για τη συνήθειά του να ανασκολοπίζει τους εχθρούς του. Ένα από τα κάστρα του, το κάστρο του Δράκουλα βρίσκεται στην πόλη μας, Ταργκοβίστε, σήμερα μια ήσυχη επαρχιακή πόλη. Ο μόνος στρατός που παρελαύνει είναι οι κάτοικοι κατά τις τοπικές γιορτές.
A feedback from Medeea Secretariat

© video made by Romanian students Click here to see Elefsina today and its mythological background. NOTE: Demeter, the ancient goddess of earth, had a special connection to our town. "Demeter" is the name of the ship with which Dracula travelled from Romania to England, in a most thrilling story within a story! Πατήστε εδώ για πληροφορίες για τη μυθολογική Ελευσίνα και την πόλη σήμερα. ΣΗΜ.: Στο βιβλίο, ο Δράκουλας ταξιδεύει από τη Ρουμανία στην Αγγλία με καράβι που ονομάζεται ΔΗΜΗΤΡΑ! Πρόκειται για τη θεά των Ελευσινίων μυστηρίων που δίδαξε την καλλιέργεια του σίτου και έδωσε ελπίδα για τη μεταθανάτια ζωή στους θνητούς!

eTwinning conference

For the article on the conference in the Greek local press, press here Πατήστε εδώ για το άρθρο περί Διάσκεψης στον τοπικό τύπο του Θριασίου Αττικής.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A month of protest against human trafficking (18 Oct -18Nov)

"Something whispers to me that all is not well.
Oh, what will tomorrow bring to us? We go to seek the place where my poor darling suffered so much...." (Dracula, p.418 - Memorandum by Abraham van Helsing)

18 October - 18 November
An entire month against human trafficking.
Thinking about Stoker's character, there is a real psychoanalysis. It seems that weak human beings have always tried to become more powerful in an illicit manner - eviction. The Count wants to possess Mina's soul (DRACULA: "People are my greatest resource. I rarely turn down a chance to meet new blood"), Dorian Gray wants to possess youth forever (“To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.”) and while powerful human beings have always been those who have given themselves to the others, they were the ones who sacrificed themselves on the shrine of human understanding. Let's think for a while about all victims who suffered so much because of the weak people.

I remember a text written by an well known Romanian poet, Nichita Stanescu, in his book - Respirari - claiming the force to transform the verb "to have" into the verb "to be" and to give the last one the sense of possession, of good wealth:
"Oameni sarmani si distrusi prin nastere trebuie ca au fost acei inaintasi ai mei de mi-au micsorat instinctul posesiunii, labartand in mine bucuria de a fi pur si simplu, schimband pe "a avea" in "a fi" si dandu-i nuanta acestuia de lucru, de avere."

or, as Oscar Wilde would tell it: “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul there are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”

In order to celebrate that, we are proposing you an interactive video to complete Thursday, when we'll meet in chat.

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Free pictures from Internet - Wikipedia/ Google pictures
Music: Enya: The book of the day


INeedADream said...

Various organizations renew their commitment to combat human trafficking and related problems, including forced labor, sexual exploitation, slavery and organ trade.

The Polish police warns travelers, that the number of human trafficking-related crimes is on the rise. That's why it is advised to check the credentials of the employer before undertaking a position abroad. You should also never agree to give away your passport of mobile phone to third parties.

DreamerGirl said...

Very interesting the text written by Nichita Stanescu! We should all try to change "to have" into "to be" and find the joy and the wealth in it.

As for the human trafficking,I think we should fight against it and against the related problems with all the power we have.As Denisa said,I think people should,at first,understand what they have to do in order to protect themselves.


Anonymous said...

Coming to the library today, I was prompted to take a look at the blog. I hadn't realised what "trafficking" meant, but when I did a bit or research, I was shocked by the results. People should get informed on the subject. Only then something can be done... A.18, Library Member
(Library translation)

Σήμερα που μπήκα στη βιβλιοθήκη η υπεύθυνη με ρώτησε αν ξέρω τι είναι το τράφικινγκ μπήκα στο internet και κατάλαβα ότι τα παιδιά και η γυναίκες είναι αντικείμενα εκμετάλλευσης . Κάποιοι τους παρέχουν ουσίες για να τους έχουν του χεριού τους .Αισθάνθηκα σοκ . Πρέπει ο κόσμος να πληροφορηθεί για το θέμα και να δράσει .Προτείνω τις παρακάτω ιστοσελίδες στα ελληνικά Α. Μέλος βιβλιοθήκης Ελευσίνας


Anonymous said...

δυστυχως το trafficking δεν εχει συνορα ουτε εθνικοτητες!!!Λυδία, 16

Unfortunately, trafficking knows no boundaries nor nationalities....
Lydia, 16

elefsina said...

Speaking of being or having, the Library would like to suggest Erich Fromm's "To have or to be". Here is part of his interview given on the bookQ
"Giovanna Maria Pace: Professor Fromm, during your life have you known people
who have achieved the being mode of existence?
Erich Fromm: Yes.
Giovanna Maria Pace: Can you name someone?
Erich Fromm: I think of Marx, Pope John XXIII or Rosa Luxemburg.
But it would
be useless to look at a list of illustrious names. For the most part, biophiliacs,
lovers of life, are found among simple people, without pretensions.
Giovanna Maria Pace: And the intellectuals?
Erich Fromm: Intellectuals are hindered on the way to being, by their {04} narcis-
sism. Politics and religious leaders by their egotism. As you see, the list is soon
exhausted. For the rest, a Jewish legend says that the world rests on 36 just
men: only thirty six, but their moral strength is immense."
As you can see, team, we booklovers are on the right track!

elefsina said...

The number of library members that read about trafficking on the blog, is increasing daily. Although they have a vague notion, they can now realize the dangers and get better informed.
It was a very good first step, and all thanks to our Romanian twinners.

elefsina said...

Greek readers may fing this interesting

Written by professor of Criminology Gr. Lazos