Deva Premal born April 2, 1970 in Nürnberg, Germany, as Jolantha Fries is a singer known for introducing Sanskrit mantras into the mainstream. Her meditative, spiritual music, composed and produced with Prabhu Music, puts ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras into contemporary settings.
Premal met her partner in life and music, Miten, at the Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune, India in 1990, where she was studying reflexology, shiatsu, cranio-sacral therapy, and massage. They have been touring together since 1992, offering concerts and chant workshops worldwide. MORE
An adventure with the Indian gypsies of Rajasthan Northern India. I’ve never seen so many naturally good looking heappy people in one place in my life. I love these people. Their culture, their dance, their music, their uniqueness, their brilliant colors they use in clothing, their work habits, and their creativity. Held annually in a region where the currency is camels, the Pushkar Camel Fair attracts Indian pilgrims and merchants drawn by a devotion to religion or business. The festival and the camels have been featured in magazines and television programs around the globe. I was fascinated by this unique event, but was hoping to find something different here. I was looking for some of the most beautiful people on the planet, the Gypsy women, queens of the desert. MORE
There is nothing better than a great opening or credit scene for a movie or TV series. Following are some of our favourites. If you have favourite please send us the Youtube link to info@stratford.rocks and we will add to this list we hope will continue to grow. MORE
Alexander III of Macedon (Greek:July 356 BC – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty. He was born in Pella in 356 BC and succeeded his father Philip II to the throne at the age of 20. He spent most of his ruling years on an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa, and by the age of thirty, he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from Greece to northwestern India. He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered one of history's most successful military commanders. MORE
While most countries don’t bother with paper denominations smaller than a five, the $1 bill is the pride of America. Maybe it’s the distinctive smell of that cotton-linen blend. Maybe it’s because we suspect there’s map to some secret treasure encoded in the design. Or maybe a thick wad of bills just makes us feel wealthier than we really are.
Whatever the reason, we clearly can’t get enough of them. But how much do we really know about our National Treasure? Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the dollar bill. MORE
It is unclear when Neanderthals split from modern humans, with DNA studies ranging from 182 kya to before 800 kya and the time of divergence from the ancestral Homo heidelbergensis is also vague. The oldest potential Neanderthal bones are dated to 430 kya, but the classification is uncertain. They are known from numerous fossils, especially following 130 kya. The type specimen, Neanderthal 1, was found in 1856 in the German Neander Valley. After much debate over its validity, Neanderthals were depicted as being primitive, stupid, and brutish, for much of the early 20th century. Though their image in the scientific community has markedly changed since, the unevolved caveman archetype remains prevalent in popular culture. MORE
You're looking at one of the oldest breeds of sheep in the world. Icelandic sheep descended from short-tailed sheep brought to the island from Norway in the 9th and 10th century with the first wave of settlers. These sheep, with their dual-layer wooly coats, thrive in this harsh environment, outnumbering people in Iceland by more than a factor of two. But on December 12, these sheep, especially the ewes, will have to contend with something more invasive than the wind chill factor. Sheep-Cote Clod, the first of the 13 Yule Lads, is due to visit. MORE
The notion of what consciousness is has eluded even the most erudite of scholar and diligent of researcher. But what about notions of Universal Consciousness? If finite consciousness within the human form have proven so elusive, then grasping notions of a universal consciousness must be even more enigmatic. Start upon your own journey of awakening and enlightenment by exploring what consciousness is, where it comes from and how we are all connected through a universal consciousness. MORE
Would it surprise you to know drinking water in some Canadian cities contains unsafe levels of lead?
A year-long investigation by more than 120 journalists from nine universities and 10 media organizations found some disturbing answers.
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could be consuming tap water laced with high levels of lead leaching from aging infrastructure and plumbing, a large collection of newly-released data and documents reveals. MORE
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