Martina Advaney

Martina Advaney

Martina is a designer with many years of experience, she writes articles on varied subjects and also conducts interviews.


23/3/2018 - 1:39 pm

Female Leads Movies

Women mostly play second fiddle in the movies that we see. Here is a list of films for your watching pleasure that exemplifies women and have women playing the lead role. Each one of them from very good to excellent.

A hand with a smartphone raised above the head, or extended with a selfie stick, and puckered lips - the quintessential picture of today's life. Every moment of every life has to be perfectly arranged, recorded and posted. In the process, the smartphones are already smarter than we are. Not so sure? Check out our gallery to see some of the dicey places where selfies have been taken.

21/3/2018 - 9:42 am

Adventures on Mountain Roads

While travelling in Uganda, I got into a situation where I really thought that the end was at hand. The road narrowed steadily, hand in hand with the declining quality of the surface, until we reached a point where there was no way even to call it a path. The car precisely fit the width of the path, leaving the minimum leeway to avoid falling off the cliff on one side and scraping the car against the rocks on the other. To add the imaginary icing on top of the cake, the entire stretch was covered with mud, and the fact that we had a 4WD vehicle didn´t help is as much as would have been desired.

A news item regarding the shortage of water in Cape Town recently circulated through periodicals all over the world and caused a shock, and not just to those who will be impacted directly. A limit to the supply of drinking water that will begin no later last than April 22 is the unqualified order from city officials, with the possibility that rationing will be pushed even further forward to an earlier date.

Probably the most expensive coffee – at US$700 per kilo – comes from the most unusual production process. Judge for yourself: Coffee cherries are eaten by the Asian palm civet, then defecated, and the coffee beans collected from the fecal matter and roasted. Traditionally produced in Sumatra, Java, or Indonesia, the beans used to be collected from civets living in the wild, however . . . as the demand for Kopi Luwak Coffee rose, the coffee business adapted. So Asian palm civets are now kept in captivity, in miserable living conditions, in cages, and badly fed.

Ubiquitous sun, hot weather, endless beaches, layers upon layers of blue and dazzling sand. For this picture, a majority  would travel pretty long distances. Where are the most virginal beaches mirroring the Biblical paradise? Check out our list.

The way we live, what we share and whom do we share it with, how much can we know somebody...who controls whom, friends and online friends...These films depict the modern world we live in and how life has become in parts.....a travesty.

15/3/2018 - 1:37 pm

Puzzling Acronyms

Acronyms are abbreviations created from the first letters of words and are themselves pronounced as words. This differentiates them from Initialism which are pronounced letter by letter (e.g. BBC). Acronyms were established in 1940 and gained popularity in the 21st century.

They say the best therapist has a fur and four paws. As  it seems there is something to it. People who have a pet at home usually know what is it to come home and be welcomed with great joy by their four-leged buddy. No wonder, places where animals were typically forbidden, now welcome them. Pets now "work" at cafes, at airports, even in offices - and all that to share and spread the calm that they carry within.

A couple of weeks ago, during February, Europe experienced very cold temperatures dropping down to - 20°C at night and not going above -10°C during the days. While in January, it seemed that spring would come early this year, the entire scenario changed rapidly, almost overnight. Not quite the same in the opinion of a bunch of yellow crocuses in our garden. The extreme cold did not bother them at all and they were happily blooming in temperatures of -13°C and colder. As it seems, at the end, nature knows better about the timing of the seasons.

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